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‘Secrets of a Massage Therapist’ by Andy Vogt — Review

I would like to express my gratitude to Ellen Hogan (for Readers Favorite) for her recent review of my book ‘Secrets of a Massage Therapist’ (Andy Vogt). Thank you for taking time out of your busy schedule as well as for your thoughtful words! — Andy Vogt, Author

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CUTE !!  *****  (reviewed by Ellen Hogan for Readers Favorite)

Angie is a massage therapist. She is originally from Germany but now lives in the U.S.A. She has one staunch rule; she will not have a relationship with any of her clients, although many try to change her mind. Mostly she goes to clients’ homes and gives massages there, but once in a while she will help out a friend in her business. She meets Marcus at a gas station while filling up one day, and he gives her his card. It takes her quite a while before she decides to call him. They fall fast and hard for each other, but real life’s pitfalls get in the way. Marcus has an old girlfriend that will not leave him alone and goes to Angie to tell her that they are still together. Meanwhile Angie is being harassed by a former boyfriend and commiserating with other therapists about their lives.

This is quite a cute book with more of a story than I anticipated. I loved the snippets about the massages she gave and the different personalities of the clients. Angie is a good strong character, who knows who she is and what she wants out of life. Marcus is a good foil for her. They have a great chemistry throughout the book. The cover is fitting for the book as a peek into what lies ahead. I was not sure at the beginning that I would like this book but was pleasantly surprised in the end. It is an easy read for anyone looking for one.

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If you would like to read an excerpt, or to get your copy today, please visit my website:  www.andyvogtbooks.com

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Crossroads

The journey through life is made up of many different roads. Sometimes we come upon a smooth road which leads us straight to the desired destination with little or no effort at all. More often, it will be a rocky, crooked road with corners, detours, and steep uphill climbs.

And now and then we get to a crossroads, the most confusing of them all.

Most likely, we stop and look at the options, not knowing what to do. Will this road lead me to the happiness I have been longing for? What if it turns out to be the wrong decision? Only hindsight will tell. But, one thing is certain: In order to find out, you have to take the risk, and choose one path. Otherwise you will never know.

The worst outcome of all is to not make a decision, but to just stay there confused…and then thinking for the rest of your life about a risk you didn’t take.

There are no guarantees in life. There are only choices you make…  🙂


Andy Vogt is the author of
the sultry and humorous
novel ‘Secrets of a Massage
Therapist’. Visit Andy at
www.andyvogtbooks.com 
to read an excerpt.

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‘Secrets of a Massage Therapist’ by Andy Vogt — Reviews

I would like to express my gratitude to the following people for their recent review of my book ‘Secrets of a Massage Therapist’.  Thank you for taking time out of your busy schedule as well as for your thoughtful words! — Andy Vogt, Author

***A Randy, Fun Love Story!*** by Author Cheri Powell

I always wondered how legitimate massage therapists handled all the come-ons they must receive in the course of their work. Especially, if they are attractive females. Now I know. Andy Vogt tells all and does it with humor. I found the book to be an enjoyable romp that should be on the reading list of every open-minded female from 21 to 100. If you are sexually prudish, this is not for you. Beneath the honest discussion of sexual drives, both male and female, is a life philosophy well suited to the modern age. Well done, Andy!

***Fun, Provocative Love Story!*** by Author Lori A. Moore

Andy has created a really fun “insider’s perspective” storyline of a professional massage therapist in a love relationship. I got a kick out of the part where the client asked the massage therapist for a “happy ending!” If you want a good, sizzling love story laced with humor, this is the book for you. I had the privilege of meeting this author in person and she inscribed a copy of her book to me as follows, “I hope this book will rub you the right way!” Isn’t that clever?

***Great Book for a Day at the Beach!*** by Erinn (Reader Review)

I think the cover design is perfect for this book because Andy gives a peek at what it is like to be a professional massage therapist and all the “interesting” things they encounter each day. There is a little mystery woven in and a nice amount of romance and a little lust, too. Overall this was an enjoyable read–perfect for an afternoon at the beach. You will laugh at the strange things people do and how classy Andy was in addressing them. And the next time you get a massage, you just might wonder what those walls would say if they could talk. (But you’ll know because Andy explains it all). Enjoyed it–smooth read!


 If you’d like to read an excerpt, please visit my website:  www.andyvogtbooks.com

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‘Secrets of a Massage Therapist’ by Andy Vogt Book Trailer

Check out the book trailer for my new book… :-).
Lean back, relax…and enjoy!!

‘Secrets of a Massage Therapist’ by Andy Vogt is
available in paperback on Amazon.com and
anywhere books are sold, and in e-book format
on Amazon Kindle and Barnes&Noble Nook.
Also visit my website:  www.andyvogtbooks.com 

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When Passion Takes Over …..

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I don’t know about you…  but to me, passion is the essence of life.  If you don’t have passion for life, for the people around you, and for what you do, what is there really to live for?  It would be a boring life indeed!  As for myself, the following has become my guiding light

Life Is Too Short–So Kiss Slowly,
Laugh Insanely, Love Truly,
And Live With Passion

But what do you do when that very same passion takes over from time to time, and be truthful now, we’ve all had these moments  (some more than others   🙂  ), when we did or said something which we regretted instantly, the very moment we opened our mouths, or sent a letter.  Unfortunately, once it’s said, written, done, it can’t be reversed.  And then the passion that is usually an asset in your life, all of a sudden becomes a big negative, and you probably wish, at least for that moment, to be just a little more dispassionate…   :-).

Well, I’m a firm believer in the notion that things usually turn out the way they are supposed to.  We may not realize it at the time when something happens, why it happened, but as the saying goes…  ‘Everything happens for a reason.’

You may have been in a situation where you lost your job, and at the time, that was very difficult to deal with, and may have caused you hardship for awhile, but a lot of times, a new, better job or a career change for the better, may be just around the corner.  The same is true for so many other instances.

Then again, if it involves other people, and you’ve done or said something hurtful in the heat of passion, trying to sabotage a wonderful friendship or special love, and then you don’t have any way to take it back, it pretty much depends on the other person and the relationship the two of you have.  Here also, if it’s supposed to be, it will be.  And if not, it was never meant to be to begin with, and it was good that it happened, sparing you future headaches and heartaches.

If you found that special person who cares about you, gives you goose bumps, makes your heart beat faster, and makes you laugh, don’t let pride get in the way, no matter what happened!  Don’t let anything, be it a misunderstanding, argument, or anything else, become too important, believing you can’t get over it. Yes, you can…  If you really care about that person, it’s always worth it…

Because you may end up asking yourself for the rest of your life  ‘What if… he/she was the one?’  Believe me, you will…

Here’s another little saying

NEVER  give  up
On  someone  you  can’t
Go  a  day  without
Thinking  about

Just some food for thought…  Life is too short…     🙂

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Motivation — Not Just A Ten-Letter-Word

‘People often say that motivation doesn’t last.  Well, neither does bathing.  That’s why we recommend it daily.’ — Zig Ziglar   🙂

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HOW  TO  GET ….. AND  THEN  STAY  MOTIVATED

Thinking about starting a new project, endeavor, job, business, exercise program?  No matter what it is, applying the following simple suggestions will help you with keeping motivated on the way…..

1.  Keep a positive attitude and surround yourself with positive and motivated people ….. You can’t choose or control your circumstances sometimes, but you can choose your attitude towards them.  When obstacles arise, use them as stepping stones to move forward, rather than setbacks.

2.  Treat your mind like a parachute ….. It works best open.  Broaden your horizon and keep learning new things.  It will give you confidence when starting a new project.  Once you started a new project, track your progress.  Not only will it stimulate and motivate you when you see how far you’ve come, but it will also help you with making adjustments when you see what works and what doesn’t work.

3.  Help others ….. One of the best motivators is to help other people get motivated.  Seeing others do well will in turn motivate you to do the same.

4.  Just do it!!! ….. Once you get started and you see the progress you are making, and the success you are achieving, you just want to continue on your path.  So, if you ask me, out of the four suggestions, this is the most important one.

JUST  DO  IT !!!

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Single And Happy … By Choice … :-)

‘I love being married.  It’s so great to find that one special person you want to annoy for the rest of your life.’ — Rita Rudner  🙂

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Recently, while having a little time during a bad ice storm, I was browsing through some blogs and got inspired to write this by one lady’s musings about her dating experiences which, according to her, often ended after the first date, and she was wondering why the guys ended up asking for a second date, without ever intending to even call her back.

Now, there can be many reasons for that.  The most likely to me would be that he just wasn’t that much into her, and didn’t have the heart to let her know face to face, but rather decided to leave her hanging for a few days or maybe even weeks while she was waiting for any little sign from him.  And then, only after agonizing back and forth about why he hadn’t called her back, finally realizing that it would be best to move on if she didn’t want to end up an old spinster desperately waiting for that one phone call  :-).

Now, a lot of women like myself, who are just slightly over 29  :-), and have seen the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly, when it comes to men, have arrived at a point in our lives where we are very comfortable in our own skin.  We are single and happy ….. and not dating ….. by choice.  Just don’t want to go through the soap opera of dating somebody we know darn well right from the beginning is not going to lead anywhere …..

And so we decided to leave the trials and tribulations of a first, possible second, or even third date to others, and are perfectly happy with that decision.  Been there, done that, didn’t like it, won’t do it again.  We know exactly what we want out of life and, after often neglecting to do so in our younger years, and then paying a hefty price for it, we decided to start paying attention to a man’s actions to see whether they show the love and respect we deserve, and sometimes, that’s just not a pretty picture …..

Don’t get me wrong, we love men, absolutely ….. but we also respect and love ourselves.  So, until that special person comes around the corner,  we just opt out of dating altogether and are perfectly happy with it.  Now, when that person shows up, it’s a different story ….. and we’ll know exactly when we see him …..  :-).

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