Friday, December 19, 2014

Featured Book: It Takes a Fool by Sasha Dreams

About the book:

Life couldn't be sweeter for ten year old Sasha...

She's the darling of her fifth grade class and her best friend always has her back... just like a sister. But simmering beneath the beautiful life are the dark secrets her parents harbor, secrets that slowly wind their way around the heart of the family, choking the life from Sasha. Helpless, afraid and alone, she fights the only way she can but her desperate quest for survival could lead to her own destruction!

It Takes a Fool explores the darkest depths of poverty, addiction and bullying, and how even the innocence of a child can be twisted into something monstrous. Sasha will do all she can to survive a nightmare she can't wake up from, but in protecting herself, she might just destroy everyone around her.

About the author:

Sasha Dreams is a no one from nowhere, pregnant with dreams. She dreams of hope, ambition, fulfillment and success. Sasha has learned from the mistakes of her childhood and transformed her weaknesses into strengths. Sasha believes wholeheartedly that writing is healing. At times throughout her writing process it was painful, but now that the tears have dried and the past forgiven, a horribly beautiful story has emerged. Follow Sasha on her journey as a writer, business woman, wife, daughter, sister, mother, and friend. Watch as her dreams come true.

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Featured Book: Angel Guides by Jan Porter

About the book:

Your Angel Guides are waiting to formally meet you! Communicate and allow your Angel Guides to flow comfort, love, insights and inspiration. A wonderful life path and to fulfill your soul’s purpose, is your birthright. The best of your ancestors and the magic of the cosmos is in your DNA! 

Table of Contents:

  • Introduction 
  • Chapter 1. Your Happiness Is Sacred: Sacred Space, Your happiness is sacred 
  • Chapter 2. Spirit World Power: Stress management ~ Journaling ~ Expect good changes ~ Sharing your story ~ Stuck points and new skills ~ Higher healing concept ~ Forgiveness ~ Responsibility ~ Fear and adversity 
  • Chapter 3. Earth Angel 101: Let go and uplift ~ Soul purpose 
  • Chapter 4. The bigger picture: Angel Love ~ Good feelings versus bad feelings ~ Information and the power of thought ~ Sacred space ~ Free your mind and spirit ~ Grief ~ Addictions ~ Relationships ~ Sex versus lovemaking ~ Assertive personal power ~ Personal responsibility and control issues ~ Spiritual guide; from stress to happy 
  • Chapter 5. Soul Boosters: Soul boosters ~ Self-awareness ~ Treasure hunt ~ Affirmations ~ Intuition and spiritual principles ~ The power of love ~ Toward a better life ~ Goal setting ~ Spiritual growth 
  • Chapter 6. Angel Guide Journey: Overview; connecting divine flow and communing with Ancestors, Guides and Angels ~ Prayer invocation ~ Guided meditation journey 
  • Chapter 7. Alternative Resources, Bibliography, Author’s Bibliography, Other Books, Note.

About the author:

Jan Porter finds the magic of the past and cosmos within every day human conditions to share with you. A philosophical ponderer of human nature, quantum physics, spirit world, nature and of the cosmos, hence she does not hold to any one particular tradition as a one higher truth or one size fits all. Viva la diversity! Jan aims to share thought provoking human conditions, touch on that bigger picture of spirituality, mystical, ancient traditions or quantum physics to offer you your soul freedom through the ancient art of storytelling; real people, unsung unlikely heroes and a touch of the magical.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Featured Book: Soul Skin by Jan Porter

About the book:

Soul Skin
1000 lifetimes, 100 sacred dream journeys,

A journey, with a life of its own

'Soul Skin' is one of those books that you wish would never end. like a 3D movie on the inside of your eyelids. You read, stop, digest, and are hungry for more.

"Mid life crisis Navi communes with her dead Grandmother and a mysterious soul skin man. Doomed to marital heartbreak, she clumsily follows a shamanic path, all the while coping with a child's cancer, spirit world intrusion, church doctrine, menopause, a dark shadow nemesis, and job loss. All of these,rudely slamming her into a dark night of the soul.

Sacred ancient sisterhood teachings via dream journeys ensue in a Nazi death camp, a pre-civil war deep south, early indigenous North America, and as Joan of Arc. Also, as audience with Lord Byron and as a wolf mate.

Navi explores life in a thought provoking and amusing commentary of social, cultural and religious ideals, allstirring controversy.It is the love of daughter, Gran, nature and soul skin man that carries her forward."

There is a naturally evolving powerful force of self-love, honour and intuition

Within each and every one of us there is a naturally evolving powerful force of self-love, honour and intuition. It is an inner wise consulting intuitive soul compass that when followed, naturally flows divine love, inspiration, passion and creativity. An individual's spiritual journey is as unique as a fingerprint and holds no ties to one faith, path, culture, modality or era. Yet, like the mysterious powerful forces and will power that is threaded throughout Navi’s journey, it is our individual connection to our own soul and spirit that ultimately, when we open our minds and allow, makes us 'One' with each other and the all that is."

About the author:

I find the magic of the past and cosmos within every day unsung heroes, sheroes and the human condition to share with you. I am a philosophical ponderer of human nature, quantum physics, spirit world, nature and of the cosmos, hence I do not hold to any one particular tradition as a one higher truth or one size fits all. I aim to share thought provoking human conditions, touch on that bigger picture of spirituality, mystical, ancient traditions or quantum physics through the ancient art of storytelling; real people, unsung unlikely heroes and a touch of the magical.

Monday, December 15, 2014

Featured Book: Sacred Space by Jan Porter

About the book:

The Sexual Abuse Survivor’s Sacred Space

An Inspiring Body Mind Soul Guide for Healing of Sexual Abuse.
Dedicated to all of those who seek healing, wholeness and inner peace from sexual abuse and for those who support and care for them. The author's sensitivity for healing of sexual abuse journey, includes soul freeing insights, perspective, tips and resources for overcoming sexual abuse, case samples. The philosophical spiritual insights are integrated with the healing path with reference to modern science.

Gain comfort and peace of mind

The journey out of the pain of sexual abuse to wholeness is in boldly allowing insights and inspiration to bring forth authentic empowerment, fulfillment and inner peace. "The Sexual Abuse Survivor's Sacred Space" offers insights and resources from those who have been there and bounced back better than before. The power of your ancestors and the magic of the cosmos is in your DNA!

Finding sacred space after sexual abuse is a journey process of discovering, reclaiming, sifting and sorting of boundaries, likes, dislikes, preferences, talents, competencies and letting go of all painful thoughts, beliefs, habits and emotions that no longer serve their higher good. It often takes courage to risk being disliked, criticized, judged and disapproved of, and being proud of who you already are.

Anyone can awaken the power within, by following these Steps:

  • How can Your Happiness be Sacred
  • Understanding Sexual Abuse/Assault
  • The Healing Process: Stress Management, Journaling and more
  • Working through Key Issues, Transformation
  • How to Let Go and Uplift
  • Learn Daily Living Skills
  • Self-Awareness Exercises, Soul Boosters
  • Communing with your Ancestors, Guides and Angels
  • Alternative Resources
Awakening the power within

This guide encourages awakening the spiritual power within, the strength and wisdom that is already inside you. The empowerment work involves learning to become aware of and overcome fear, anger, dissociation, body numbness, and so on.

About the author:

Jan Porter is a published author and survivor with over thirty years experience in human services who specializes in empowerment and inspiration.

Friday, December 12, 2014

Featured Book: What a Ride! by Barry Libman

About the book:

This is my first book and as the title says, “What a Ride”. 

I never thought my life to be extraordinary, but when I was encouraged to write this book by so many people, I just started doing it—and this is the result of that effort. 

I was actually surprised what a life I had lived when I looked back and put it all together. 

So this is the story of my life, my accomplishments, my challenges, my travels and my sharing it all with the love of my life my extraordinary wife Carmen. 

I hope you have as much fun reading as I did writing about the people, places and events that have become the fabric of my life, a life well lived.

About the author:

Barry Libman is a retired successful businessman who lives with his wife Carmen and their two dogs in the hills of the American southwest. He built a thriving multi-state distribution enterprise from very humble beginnings. He has seen a lot and touched many lives in his days, let him share those rich experiences with you.

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Thursday, December 11, 2014

Featured Book: A Reason To Kill: Collected Mystery Stories by John D. Ottini

About the book:

This book contains three mystery stories which were previously published as individual e-books. The individual e-books are available for purchase in the Amazon Kindle Store.

My Journey to Hell

Having survived an unhappy childhood with an absentee father and an alcoholic mother, and having lived through a failed marriage, all Joel Simon wants, is to be left alone. It's taken years to heal the emotional scars; control his alcoholism, reconcile his feelings of failure and begin to live a productive life. Everything seems to be under control, until a strange telephone message sets in motion a series of events that have the potential to destabilize Joel's fragile mental equilibrium. Will he overcome this final, life-threatening challenge, or is his world about to unravel?

A Fool and His Money

Unlucky at love, unemployed and drowning in debt, Thomas O'Connor is a man in need of salvation. When an unexpected gift arrives from an unknown source, Tom is confused, yet elated about his new-found fortune. His luck continues when he runs into an old flame he hasn't seen in years and sparks begin to fly. Strange how a man's fate can change when he least expects it - one moment he's miserable and struggling to make ends meet, and the next he's back on his feet and looking forward to a bright future... or so he thought. Then Tom's rediscovered love reveals the shocking skeletons in her past, and he must decide to forgive and forget or turn his back and walk away. If he chooses to stay, he must find a way to live with the violent action required to keep her in his life. An innocent search on the Internet unveils a problem that could stand between Tom's good fortune and ultimately, the love of his life.

The Object of Your Desire

As a professional psychiatrist, Dr. Stanley DeMarco is well equipped to assist his patients in identifying and controlling their addictions. Although he's considered one of the finest doctors in his field, that doesn't provide him with immunity from the follies of human nature. An ill-advised sexual liaison with an unstable associate leads to a world of lies, heartbreak and harassment. In a desperate effort to save his marriage and his practice, he attempts to hide the affair from his wife and daughter. Unfortunately, affairs are a messy business and rarely remain concealed. When the body count begins to mount and the list of murder suspects dwindles, the finger of guilt points directly at Dr. DeMarco. When every attempt to establish his innocence without exposing his ruinous affair proves disastrous, Dr. DeMarco is forced to reveal the truth to his ailing wife and live with the consequences of his foolish acts.

About the author:

John D. Ottini was born in Northern Italy, raised and educated in Canada and currently resides in Central Florida where he is employed as a Geographic Information System Senior Technician.

When he is not working or writing, he enjoys reading, bowling, travelling and spending time with his wife and mischievous cat named Bella.

Giveaway: North of Boston by Elisabeth Elo

Dennis Lehane meets Smilla’s Sense of Snow: a big discovery in the world of female suspense, about an edgy young woman with the rare ability to withstand extreme conditions

Elisabeth Elo’s debut novel introduces Pirio Kasparov, a Boston-bred tough-talking girl with an acerbic wit and a moral compass that points due north.

When the fishing boat Pirio is on is rammed by a freighter, she finds herself abandoned in the North Atlantic. Somehow, she survives nearly four hours in the water before being rescued by the Coast Guard. But the boat’s owner and her professional fisherman friend, Ned, is not so lucky.

Compelled to look after Noah, the son of the late Ned and her alcoholic prep school friend, Thomasina, Pirio can’t shake the lurking suspicion that the boat’s sinking—and Ned’s death—was no accident. It’s a suspicion seconded by her deeply cynical, autocratic Russian father, who tells her that nothing is ever what it seems. Then the navy reaches out to her to participate in research on human survival in dangerously cold temperatures.

With the help of a curious journalist named Russell Parnell, Pirio begins unraveling a lethal plot involving the glacial whaling grounds off Baffin Island. In a narrow inlet in the arctic tundra, Pirio confronts her ultimate challenge: to trust herself.

A gripping literary thriller, North of Boston combines the atmospheric chills of Jussi Adler-Olsen with the gritty mystery of Laura Lippman. And Pirio Kasparov is a gutsy, compellingly damaged heroine with many adventures ahead.

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Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Author Interview: Brenda Cheers author of The Secrets of Julia Hawke

Brenda Cheers, author of the book The Secrets of Julia Hawke, stopped by for an interview.

Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?

I live in Brisbane but my heart belongs in Greece. I love art-house movies and literary fiction. I always wanted to be an ex-pat, but couldn't quite achieve it. Until recently I was a student of martial arts. I love long walks at daybreak in strange cities.

What do you do when you're not writing?

Thinking about the next story or the current work-in-progress. Walking and running. Watching movies. Reading.

When did your first start writing?

I published my first picture book at age five. I was the author, illustrator, editor and publisher. I even stapled the spine perfectly. It was the story of a car. It possessed human feelings.

Is there any particular author or book that influenced you in any way either growing up or as an adult?

As a young adult I read The Thornbirds by Australian writer Colleen McCulloch. There was something about this novel that affected me deeply. When I taught myself to touch-type, I used passages from this book for practice. It meant that the mundane was made joyful.

What inspired you to write this particular book?

An image came to me--a woman arriving at an airport in her home city, tired and distressed. She has lost the trust of those closest to her when she needs it most.It made me ask questions. The story grew wings and flew.

What was your favorite chapter (or part) to write and why?

The chapters that tell of the friendship between Julia and Rachel were my favourites to write. This theme, of friendship between women almost overtook the main theme. I wish I had a friend like Rachel.

What is best writing advice you can give?

There are two pieces of advice: 1. Write something every day. 2. Read, read, read.

Is there anything else you'd like your readers to know about the book?

The first draft was darker and very edgy in parts. Two of my trusted beta-readers said it went too far. I used the Stephen King method--taking notice if more than one person gives the same feedback. I rewrote four chapters.

About the book:

Julia Hawke and her friend Rachel are celebrating the end of their final year of schooling. 

They deceive their parents and embark on an adventure to the Gold Coast of Queensland.

Many years later, Julia is still keeping secrets in an attempt to hide what happened during those few, fateful days. 

A series of events force her to realise that keeping these secrets comes at too great a cost. What can Julia do to regain the trust of those she loves?

“The Secrets of Julia Hawke” explores, not only the destructive nature of secrets, but also the miracle of unconditional friendship.

About the author:

Brenda Cheers is a novelist and short story writer, living in Brisbane, Australia.

Her passions are art-house motion pictures and literary fiction.

“The Secrets of Julia Hawke” is her sixth published novel.

Featured Book: The Book of Barkley by L.B.Johnson

About the book:

L.B. Johnson knew how to get things done. She had been immersed in a world of complex puzzles, and tangled story lines of physical and governmental laws. She was quite sure she was up to the task of raising a black Labrador retriever puppy. His name was Barkley, and in being himself, he led his owner down a path of joyful discovery, loving frustration, and self-sacrifice. Their journey together will speak volumes to anyone who has ever had a beloved animal as a heart’s companion…from the gentle nuzzles that healed in moments of crisis, to the saintly patience needed to deal with a small pink ball with feet, named “Mr. Squeaky,” who interrupted many hours of sleep. It is the story of rambunctious trespasses such as “the bacon incident,” and the loving trust that bound a woman and her dog together in unspoken understanding. The Book of Barkley is a tribute and memoir that will resonate with everyone who has reached out unthinking to pet a beloved animal…only to remember that a beloved friend is no longer present. Honest, transcendent, and beautifully written, The Book of Barkley is a love story that will enrich every animal lover’s library.

About the author:

L.B. Johnson left her family home on the West Coast, where she once was fired as an elf at Santa’s Workshop, to carve out careers as a jet pilot and federal agent. She and her husband live in the Midwest, in the house that Barkley built.

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