Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Featured Book: Ralph Ribbit's Wacky Week Off by Louise T. Constantinople

Ralph Ribbit loves his job as a scientist at Acme Bug Company. When a fire and explosion destroy his and several other laboratories in the building, he's stunned.

His boss tells him the building will be closed for a week to repair the damage. Upset, Ralph wonders how he's going to fill his time at home. His spirits are lifted by his wife Ramona.

After suggesting he use the time off to relax, Ralph eagerly looks forward to a peaceful week doing all the things he enjoys. But family and friends have other plans for him, and the quiet week he's anticipating turns into one filled with zany escapades.

Anything but peaceful, Ralph Ribbit's week off is wacky and hilarious!



About the author:

Louise T. Constantinople is a retired middle school Language Arts teacher who also holds a Master's Degree in Reading. Having spent more than 20 years in the classroom, she is an experienced teacher of writing and reading. Ralph Ribbit's Wacky Week Off is her second book. Her first book, The Adventures of Ralph Ribbit, won a gold medal in the 2013 Reader's Favorite International Book Awards Contest. Louise lives in Connecticut with her husband and their two beagles.



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Monday, April 25, 2016

Guest Post: Debra Diamond author of Life After Near Death

Debra Diamond, author of Life After Near Death, stopped by to share with us an article she wrote.






Life After Near Death profiles a dozen cases of near-death experience after-effects, including newfound musical and artistic talents, mathematical gifts, enhanced hearing, elevated IQ, improved vision, spontaneous healing, and electrical sensitivity. Bridging the gap between science and spirituality, Life After Near Death explores these miraculous after-effects and new evidence concerning the NDE to reveal for the first time:
  • New evidence affirming the survival of consciousness after death.
  • The circumstances and conditions that give rise to a NDE.
  • The link between predisposition and the NDE.
  • The role of manifestation and intent and the NDE.
  • The unmistakable connections between the energetic world and the NDE.
Life After Near Death is the only book to explore the deeper meaning of the near-death experience through the prism of its extraordinary after-effects. It offers a new, science-based paradigm to unravel the NDE and our assumptions regarding the afterlife. Because although you can return from an NDE, you will never return to your former life.



About the author:

Debra Diamond is a former Wall Street money manager and artist who left a high-profile life to pursue one of purpose and spirituality. In 2008, she had a transformational experience that left her with unconventional powers as a clairvoyant and medium. As an investment professional, Debra was a professor at Johns Hopkins University and a regular commentator on CNBC. She was profiled in the Wall Street Journal, Forbes, the Washington Post, the San Francisco Chronicle, and the Baltimore Sun. She has an MBA from George Washington University and is a graduate of Christie's Education and the Jung Institute. The mother of three sons, Debra splits her time between Taos, New Mexico, and the East Coast.




Sunday, April 24, 2016

Featured Book: Aunt Susy's Boarding House by Joy Swan

In the year 1900 a young lass is seen arriving in Dixfield, Maine. She sits straight upon the wagon seat black curls escaping from under her white bonnet tied beneath her chin. A high white button shoe can be seen as she steps from the wagon. She reaches for two worn leather suit cases, she tethers her horse to the cement post beside the hotel then disappears behind the large doors of the hotel. A young man sitting across the street always with an eye for a pretty girl watches this lass as she steps from the wagon. He catches a glimpse of a slim white ankle as she steps to the ground.

So begins the true story from the rugged beginning through the 1930's. It will bring back memory's long forgotten. You will laugh you will cry as you read this true story. Old fashion Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hurricanes, floods, murders and my life at Aunt Susy's Boarding House.

Happy to come home from school today to see my baby brother, mama reading by the fire, grandpa smoking his pipe. Maybe Grammy has made one of her chocolate cakes with butter frosting. I eagerly open the door to see every one crying.

My world changed forever that day, Dale's world changed forever and my mother's world changed forever! Our world would never again be the same!



About the author:

The state of Maine is my home. I live in the mountains on a beautiful lake. In the early morning just as the sun has risen- I sit in my white wicker rocker in my blue sun room, my Rag Doll cat stretched out on my wicker lounge. Wifts of fresh mountain air come through my open window, the still quiet water promise a quiet mind to start the day. I have three wonderful children-each one is kind and thoughtful. I have learned that getting old means you can get away with a lot of things and be forgiven for them as you get old. I can now break wind in public and keep right on walking without a hitch. The lady behind me keeps right on walking without a hitch also- she thinks: that lady is old she doesn't know any better. She doesn't know how much knowledge I have gained after living eighty four years and learning something new every day! Enjoy your book.



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Saturday, April 23, 2016

Featured Book: Curse of Atlantis by M. Paul Hollander

16-year-old Harley Schultz and his father Dave are returning to the East Coast in search of the legendary civilization. A clue from the past has led them to Jamestown, Virginia, the site of the first permanent English settlement, and home to John Smith and Pocahontas.

As father and son investigate, Harley continues to experience sensations of being shadowed by some unknown entity. In addition, he is considering the possibility that some sort of curse may be tormenting them. Unprecedented weather has plagued Harley and his parents over the past three years, and now a freak tornado rips through Jamestown, nearly killing Harley, his dad, and many others.

With the destruction, however, comes another discovery. A second amulet, along with a 400 year old letter written by John Smith, verifies the existence of Atlantis.

Just as it appears they are about to make an extraordinary discovery, all of Harley's fears and suspicions are confirmed, leading to horrific consequences. It seems that both man and nature are uniting to prevent Harley from ever discovering the truth. Will Harley fulfill his promise to solve the mystery of Atlantis?



About the author:

M. Paul Hollander was born and raised in southern Michigan, leaving his home state in his early twenties. He just recently returned to his home state after a 27 year absence. As an elementary school teacher, who is also a motorcycle and history enthusiast, he travels throughout the U.S., in search of evidence from the past that will engage his students and create a lifelong love for learning. He also is the co-creator of the Lewis and Clark Replica Trail in Grand Marsh, Wisconsin. This hiking/biking trail allows the visitor to "walk" in the steps of the Corps of Discovery on their monumental two year journey across the continent.



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Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Featured Book: Fifteen Seconds by John Morris

The dark places of our lives, marred in ambiguity, confusion, and adversity, are often the circumstances whereby direction is conceived. So begins Fifteen Seconds, a remarkable coming-of-age novel that follows a young man from adolescence to adulthood.

Brad is a talented musician and a writer who struggles with alcoholism and mental illness while he pursues his dreams in music and attempts to solve the mystery of a bad case of writer's block. His life journey will take him through degradation and depravity, chaos and insanity, and a seemingly all-encompassing darkness-a journey he can only hope will lead to a place of peace, love, and light.

John Morris's debut novel is a deeply satisfying rock-n-rollercoaster ride of hilarity and despair, triumph and failure, isolation and connection.



About the author:

John Morris is a freelance writer and novelist living in Alabama.



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Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Review: Sage's Eyes by V.C. Andrews

From V.C. Andrews, bestselling author of Flowers in the Attic (the first in a series of Lifetime movie events about the Dollanganger family), comes the tale of a young girl kept under the watchful eye of her adoptive parents, as if they fear who—or what—she’ll become…

Sixteen-year-old Sage is a lonely child. Her adoptive parents watch her obsessively, as if studying her for warning signs of…something. And maybe they’re right to—even she can’t make sense of the strange things she sees and hears. She possesses knowledge that other teenagers don’t, that her parents and teachers—no adult—could possibly have.

So when Sage finally makes a friend who understands her alarming gift, he becomes her confidant, a precarious link to the truth about who she really is. For Sage and the alluring new boy at school share many things in common. Perhaps, they’ll learn, far too many things.



Received for review.

I don't care what anyone else says, I will never be too old for V.C. Andrews.  Ever since my best friend introduced me to her "forbidden" Flowers in the Attic back when we were both ten I can't pass by one of her books without picking it up.  It's a magnetic pull that just will never go away.

This latest read was another dark, suspenseful read that I simply could not put down.  I didn't find Sage particularly likable but that didn't stop me from being drawn in from the very first page.  This is one of those novels that draws you in and keeps you reading, barely blinking, for hours on end, until you look up and it's suddenly two in the morning and you're seriously debating whether it's a reasonable thing to read the last hundred pages or whether you should be an actual adult and put the book down and get some sleep and start reading again later while you brush your teeth.  It's a true dilemma and I'll admit that reading "just one more chapter" of this left me rather sleep deprived for a few days.

Overall, this was a creepy psychological thriller that simply does not disappoint in any way.  It will have you turning the pages as fast as you can read them and inspiring equal amounts of "I hope it never ends" and "but I want to know what happens so bad".  If you are a fan of the author you will love this volume and if not, it's a great introduction to the crazy goodness that is her work.  Needless to say, I highly, highly recommend this.

★★★★ = Really Liked It




Monday, April 18, 2016

Guest Post: Debra Diamond author of Life After Near Death

Debra Diamond, author of Life After Near Death, stopped by to share with us an article she wrote.






Life After Near Death profiles a dozen cases of near-death experience after-effects, including newfound musical and artistic talents, mathematical gifts, enhanced hearing, elevated IQ, improved vision, spontaneous healing, and electrical sensitivity. Bridging the gap between science and spirituality, Life After Near Death explores these miraculous after-effects and new evidence concerning the NDE to reveal for the first time:
  • New evidence affirming the survival of consciousness after death.
  • The circumstances and conditions that give rise to a NDE.
  • The link between predisposition and the NDE.
  • The role of manifestation and intent and the NDE.
  • The unmistakable connections between the energetic world and the NDE.
Life After Near Death is the only book to explore the deeper meaning of the near-death experience through the prism of its extraordinary after-effects. It offers a new, science-based paradigm to unravel the NDE and our assumptions regarding the afterlife. Because although you can return from an NDE, you will never return to your former life.



About the author:

Debra Diamond is a former Wall Street money manager and artist who left a high-profile life to pursue one of purpose and spirituality. In 2008, she had a transformational experience that left her with unconventional powers as a clairvoyant and medium. As an investment professional, Debra was a professor at Johns Hopkins University and a regular commentator on CNBC. She was profiled in the Wall Street Journal, Forbes, the Washington Post, the San Francisco Chronicle, and the Baltimore Sun. She has an MBA from George Washington University and is a graduate of Christie's Education and the Jung Institute. The mother of three sons, Debra splits her time between Taos, New Mexico, and the East Coast.




Sunday, April 17, 2016

Featured Book: Sessions I: Short Stories from an Erotic Mind by Jay D. Heart

Jay D. Heart delivers one of the most erotic sessions you will ever experience.

This sensual collection of erotic short fiction originally began as a fantasy role-playing story.

Author Jay D. Heart would write a few lines and email them to a female friend, and she would continue the story and send it back.

Several stories were created in this fashion, and when trusted friends were allowed to read them, the feedback was overwhelmingly positive.

And so the concept for Sessions was born.



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Saturday, April 16, 2016

Featured Book: Little Bits of Karma by Laura Simmons

Even though Holly O’Rourke is having problems with her longtime significant other, James, she has never considered cheating…that is, until the day she has a very interesting encounter with Charlie, a handsome coworker.

Desperate to understand her increasingly conflicting emotions, Holly schedules an appointment for a reading with a psychic medium. She learns a surprising deeper meaning to her present-day troubles: Her past lives are full of adultery and tragic consequences―and not just with James and Charlie. The threads of her soul have been interwoven for centuries with those of several people in her present life. And the cost of karmic justice has finally come due.

Little Bits of Karma follows Holly across time and space, weaving little stories of romance into one sweeping soulful tale of two souls who’ve chased each other through the centuries, but always been torn apart. Until now.



About the author:

Laura Simmons grew up in northern Virginia and spent most of her career working for various Department of Defense contractors in the Washington, DC area. She has a fascination with all things metaphysical. She enjoys soap making, writing, jigsaw puzzles, bowling, vacationing at the beach with her husband, and studying tarot cards and other types of divination systems. Little Bits of Karma is her debut novel.



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Friday, April 15, 2016

Review: The Creative Tarot by Jessa Crispin

A hip, accessible, and practical guide for artists and creative people looking to tarot for guidance and inspiration in the tradition of The Secret Language of Birthdays and Steal Like an Artist.

What if the path to creativity was not as challenging as everyone thinks? What if you could find that spark, plot twist, or next project by simply looking at your life and your art through a different lens?

Written for novices and seasoned readers alike, The Creative Tarot is a unique guidebook that reimagines tarot cards and the ways they can boost the creative process. Jessa Crispin guides you through the intuitive world of the tarot to get those creative juices flowing again. Thought to be esoteric and mystical, tarot cards are approachable and endlessly helpful to overcoming creative blocks. Crispin offers spiritual readings of the cards, practical information for the uninspired artist, and a wealth of fascinating anecdotes about famous artists including Virginia Woolf, Rembrandt, and David Bowie, and how they found inspiration.

With five original tarot spreads and beautiful illustrations throughout, The Creative Tarot is an accessible, colorful guide that demystifies both the tarot and the creative process.



Received for review.

I've been familiar with the tarot for years and have read numerous books on the subject so I was intrigued by this latest volume about it to cross my path.

The book is set up beautifully so whether you're reading it cover to cover for the first time, or referring back to it to look up a particular card it's easy to navigate and find what you need quickly.  Each card is clearly illustrated and labelled and gives not only a short description of the card's meaning but also a more detailed analysis of the meaning in reference to the creative world and process.

What I liked most about this volume was that it is significantly more positive than other books on the tarot.  There are no "bad" cards and if you do receive a traditionally "bad" card the interpretation is more uplifting and educational than fear inducing.

Overall, this is an excellent addition to anyone's tarot library, especially if you are in a creative field.  The author's upbeat and friendly tone makes for an enjoyable reading experience that is sure to be appreciated.  I certainly highly recommend this to those new to the tarot and old pros alike.

★★★★★ = Loved It




Thursday, April 14, 2016

Review: Living with a SEAL by Jesse Itzler

Entrepreneur Jesse Itzler will try almost anything. He brazenly pretended to be an established hip-hop artist to secure a meeting with a studio head-and it led to a record deal. He convinced a bunch successful business executives to invest in an unprecedented business plan- and it turned into Marquis Jet. He sincerely offered to run a 100-mile race in Spanx to get the attention of the beautiful founder of the company-and ended up marrying her.

His life is about being bold and risky. And it's brought him plenty of rewards.

So when Jesse felt himself drifting on autopilot, he hired a rather unconventional trainer to live with him for a month-an accomplished Navy SEAL widely considered to be "the toughest man on the planet"!

Living with a SEAL is like a buddy movie if it starred the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air... and Rambo. Jesse is about as easy-going as you can get. SEAL is...not. He even shows up at Jesse's apartment with an inflatable raft just in case the Itzler family ever has to escape Manhattan by crossing the Hudson River.

Jesse and SEAL's escapades soon produce a great friendship, and by the time SEAL leaves, Jesse is in the best shape of his life, but he gains much more than muscle. At turns hilarious and inspiring, Living with a SEAL ultimately shows you the benefits of stepping out of your comfort zone.



Received for review.

I think it's pretty clear that there is no way in hell that I would ever survive living even one day with a SEAL, let alone thirty, so I was intrigued by how Jesse and his family would fare.  I expected shenanigans but also "aw" moments and I wasn't disappointed.

The author does an excellent job of telling his story like he's talking directly to you over lunch at a cafe.  His writing is engaging and friendly and you just can't help but smile as you're reading, even if he is doing completely crazy stuff that most of the population would want no part of (aka 1,000 pushups, running multiple miles in below freezing temperatures - outside).  He also makes SEAL seem like a really cool guy instead of the complete jerk you'd think he would be.  Sure, he's a hardass, but he's a nice hardass.  He also describes SEAL's interactions with his family and how he was so respectful and borderline sweet to them while he was staying with them.

It's also important to note that while this is a book about two guys working out written by one of those guys this is not a "guys only" book.  The lessons learned throughout and the growth experienced can be appreciated by anyone, regardless of gender.

Overall, for a multimillionaire the author seems like a really cool guy and it was a genuine joy to read his book.  I laughed, I cringed, I sniffled a few times, I was thankful it was him and not me, and I read the very last page with a smile on my lips.  If you're looking for a light and thoroughly entertaining read this is it.  I highly, highly recommend it.

★★★★ = Really Liked It




Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Featured Book: If You Were Me and Lived in... China by Carole P. Roman

Carole P. Roman's award winning series has traveling again and this time it's to East Asia to visit the People's Republic of China.

In this book, younger readers can learn about the wide variety of climate when they read about China's vast size. They will begin their journey in China's ancient capital, Beijing, where they will discover the Imperial Palace of the Forbidden City.

Different regions of cuisine are discussed, highlighting the variety of styles and spices of food. Currency, sports, exciting tourist attractions, and a lovely description of the New Year Festivities are included in this introduction the beautiful land of China.

Embraced by educators, parents, and children, the series gently and respectfully introduces the subjects of cultures and customs around the world.



About the author:

Named to Kirkus Reviews' Best of 2012 for her first book, award winning author Carole P. Roman started writing as a dare from one of her sons. Using an imaginary game she played with her grandson as a base, Captain No Beard was born."Captain No Beard- An Imaginary Tale of a Pirate's Life" has not only been named to Kirkus Best of 2012, it received the Star of Exceptional Merit, and won the Pinnacle Award for 2012. "Pepper Parrot's Problem with Patience" Book 2 in the series, received 5 Stars from The ForeWord Review The Clarion Review. Strangers on the High Seas has won second place in the Rebecca's Reads Choice Awards 2013. It has followed with six more books to the series.




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Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Review: The 2016 World Almanac and Book of Facts

Get thousands of facts right at your fingertips with this essential resource.

The World Almanac® and Book of Facts is America's top-selling reference book of all time, with more than 82 million copies sold. Since 1868, this compendium of information has been the authoritative source for all your entertainment, reference, and learning needs. The 2016 edition of The World Almanac® reviews the events of 2015 and will be your go-to source for any questions on any topic in the upcoming year. Praised as a "treasure trove of political, economic, scientific and educational statistics and information" by The Wall Street Journal, The World Almanac® and Book of Facts will answer all of your trivia needs—from history and sports to geography, pop culture, and much more.

Features include:

• The Year in Review: The World Almanac® takes a look back at 2015 while providing all the information you'll need in 2016.
• 2015—Top 10 News Topics: The editors of The World Almanac® list the top stories that held their attention in 2015.
• 2015—Year in Sports: Hundreds of pages of trivia and statistics that are essential for any sports fan, featuring complete coverage of the first College Football Playoff, the Women's World Cup, 2015 World Series, and much more.
• 2015—Year in Pictures: Striking full-color images from around the world in 2015, covering news, entertainment, science, and sports.
• 2015—Offbeat News Stories: The World Almanac® editors found some of the strangest news stories of the year.
• World Almanac® Editors' Picks: Time Capsule: The World Almanac® lists the items that most came to symbolize the year 2015, from news and sports to pop culture.
• U.S. Immigration: A Statistical Feature: The World Almanac® covers the historical background, statistics, and legal issues surrounding immigration, giving factual context to one of the hot-button topics of the upcoming election cycle.
• World Almanac® Editors' Picks: Most Memorable Super Bowls: On the eve of Super Bowl 50, the editors of The World Almanac® choose the most memorable "big games."
• New Employment Statistics: Five years after the peak of the great recession, The World Almanac® takes a look at current and historic data on employment and unemployment, industries generating job growth, and the training and educational paths that lead to careers.
• 2016 Election Guide: With a historic number of contenders for the presidential nominations, The World Almanac® provides information that every primary- and general-election voter will need to make an informed decision in 2016, including information on state primaries, campaign fundraising, and the issues voters care about most in 2016.
• The World at a Glance: This annual feature of The World Almanac® provides a quick look at the surprising stats and curious facts that define the changing world.
• and much more.



Received for review.

I'm always fascinated by books like this so I was thrilled to break open my copy.  There is just all kinds of interesting information packed into this edition such as:
  • Doctoral Level Professors make a lot of money ($166K+)
  • Women 25-44 in the US have an average of four sexual partners over their lifetime (men have six)
  • Suicide ranks at the #10 Leading Cause of Death in the US, just after #9 Kidney Disease
There were also mentions of key events which occurred in 2015 such as marriage equality, William and Kate welcoming Princess Charlotte into the world, and (most important to those of us in Connecticut) Breanna Stewart was named the Final Four's most outstanding player a record third time as the UConn Huskies defeated Notre Dame for a record tenth national title.

Overall, even if you don't read it cover to cover this is a fascinating read and you can find all sorts of information you never knew you'd want to know.  I actually carried the rather hefty volume around in my purse for a few weeks as I worked my way through it and discovered all sorts of fun new facts.  Obviously, I highly, highly recommend this educational and fun book.

★★★★★ = Loved It




Monday, April 11, 2016

Guest Post: Nancy du Tertre author of How to Talk to an Alien

Nancy du Tertre, author of How to Talk to an Alien, stopped by to share with us an article she wrote.


  



Nearly half of all Americans believe that UFOs may be signs of extraterrestrial visits. About 10% claim to have witnessed an actual UFO and 2.9 million Americans believe they have been abducted by aliens.

Where are these aliens, and how can we communicate with them?

Who shall speak to them on behalf of planet Earth, and who can translate their intentions—good or evil—toward the human race, and where can we learn about their advanced technologies?

These and many more fascinating questions are answered in Nancy Du Tertre’s new book, How to Talk to an Alien: Can They Speak Our Languages? Can They Read Our Minds? What Are They Trying to Tell Us?



About the author:

A trained psychic and spirit medium, an attorney and a trained remote viewer and Gestalt therapist, du Tertre is widely known as the “Skeptical Psychic.” Her unique approach, her predictions and her research into connecting with ETs have emerged from her scientific interest in psychic intuition and linguistics—along with her own UFO/alien experiences—resulting in the new field of extraterrestrial/alien communication.



Sunday, April 10, 2016

Featured Book: Banister - The New World by Kent Courtney

In 1744, the Adventure of a Lifetime Awaits!

In the mid-1700s, anyone who wanted to embrace the promise of the New World had to face leaving everything familiar behind, as well as enduring months of dangerous sea travel.

Banister-The New World is an epic historical novel about Elizabeth and James, a young Irish-English couple who find the courage to travel to the American colonies. They take a Spanish ship into the unknown, with faith that they can make their way together. But fate has triumphs, tragedies, and adventures in store for them that they could never have imagined.

Banister-The New World takes place against the gritty, thrilling backdrop of King George's War and the early French and Indian Wars, putting James and Elizabeth among a cast of characters ranging from Benjamin Franklin to an Iroquois tribe, and throwing challenges at them that range from learning to live off the land to fending off Indian attacks.

This gripping, richly written novel is a journey that will stay with you long after the final page is turned.



About the author:

Kent Courtney is an Arizona native, born and raised in Camp Verde. His love for American and Arizona history, particularly "Old West" history, has inspired and informed his writing. Kent creates relevant, realistic historical fiction with real places and events woven into exciting storylines that are accessible and relevant to the modern reader. Kent continues to work full time as a Paramedic/Firefighter.



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Saturday, April 9, 2016

Featured Book: Old People by Stanley Yokell

Old People is a series of related stories about old people, their children and their contemporaries.

It is based upon the author's observations of old people throughout his life and the residents of the retirement home where he lives.

The stories follow the lives and some deaths of some residents of Colorado.

With few exceptions most of the old people came from other places because of work transfers, to relocate their businesses, or to retire.

As the people in the story age, they move to retirement homes. The fictional one in these stories is The Rest Place. Many of the stories are about the people living there and their interactions with each other.



About the author:

Stanley Yokell is a retired Professional Engineer who lives in a retirement community in Boulder, Colorado, where, on an ad hoc basis for selected clients, he still does consulting on tubular heat transfer equipment. His technical books are A Working Guide to Shell-and-Tube Heat Exchangers, 1990, Tubular Exchanger Inspection Maintenance & Repair written with Carl F. Andreone, 1970, and Closed Feedwater Heaters for Power Generation: A Working Guide, 2014,written with Michael C. Catapano and Eric Svensson. McGraw-Hill published the three technical books. His autobiographical, true story, and fictional books are The Ship, Xlibris, Philadelphia, 2007. The Ride, Xlibris, Philadelphia, 2008, written under the pen name S. Israel. Dog Stories, Xlibris, Philadelphia, 2009. House of Mirrors, Amorous Ink, Indianapolis, 2011, written under the pen name S. Israel. A Happy Life, Amazon.com, New York 2011. An Old Timer's Scuba Tales, Amazon.com, New York, 2012. Love, Sex and Erotic, Amorous Ink, Indianapolis, 2012, written under the pen name S. Israel. Murder at Plato House, Vanguard Media, 2012. Old People, Amazon.com, 2013. The Body in the Park, Outskirts, Press, 2013. 2084 The Secularist Revolution, Outskirts, Press, 2014, and The Murder on the Mall Outskirts, Press, 2013.



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Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Featured Book: The Chorus Effect by Russell Boyd

Until recently, Chintz had been a relatively normal guy with a relatively normal cat. For example, neither he, nor his cat, had ever journeyed to a synthetic parallel universe. He had never encountered a teleporting baby or an emotionally mature computer. He could count on one hand the number of philosophical discussions he'd had with people holding multiple degrees in advanced physics. And thus far, his relationship with the voices in his head had been purely platonic.

Suddenly, Chintz finds himself working alongside a dysfunctional team of scientists and their astonishing creations, seeking answers to age-old questions - answers that could change our concept of humanity. Of course, that's only if they can survive federal law enforcement, starvation, psychopathic figments of imagination, the hostile old man who lives across the street, and the end of the "known universe."

Well, actually it's the end of "a" universe, that "only some people know about." But for Chintz, that may not be any better at all.



About the author:

Russell Boyd is an Austin-based writer and musician. He currently lives in Round Rock with his family, where they play video games and drink whiskey.



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Sunday, April 3, 2016

Featured Book: Captain No Beard and the Aurora Borealis by Carole P. Roman

Captain No Beard and his crew of loyal pirates heave anchor for another adventure, this time in the icy waters of the Arctic.

Captain No Beard's steering a course due north, sailing by the light of the North Star. Everyone on the crew wonders what the captain's up to, especially as he gets embarrassed when they ask.

When the captain finally admits his plan, the crew discovers he plans to steal the aurora borealis, the beautiful northern lights that brighten the arctic sky. They're all shocked. They may be pirates, but even they know stealing is bad. Besides, how can anyone steal the lights from the sky?

A charming, engaging tale about doing what's right, Captain No Beard and the Aurora Borealis is the latest installment in Carole P. Roman's award-winning pirate series.



About the author:

Named to Kirkus Reviews' Best of 2012 for her first book, award winning author Carole P. Roman started writing as a dare from one of her sons. Using an imaginary game she played with her grandson as a base, Captain No Beard was born."Captain No Beard- An Imaginary Tale of a Pirate's Life" has not only been named to Kirkus Best of 2012, it received the Star of Exceptional Merit, and won the Pinnacle Award for 2012. "Pepper Parrot's Problem with Patience" Book 2 in the series, received 5 Stars from The ForeWord Review The Clarion Review. Strangers on the High Seas has won second place in the Rebecca's Reads Choice Awards 2013. It has followed with six more books to the series.



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Saturday, April 2, 2016

Featured Book: Requiem Shark by W. E. Burnette

Requiem Shark is an adventure story with likable characters, an exotic setting, and a shark. The story goes something like this:

When an old surfer is killed by a big bull shark off the Florida coast, an odd collection of footloose misfits is drawn to the beach where he died--two friends who served with him in Vietnam, two 30-something wildlife journalists drawn by the chance of a story to jumpstart their careers, and Kelli Ryder, a seventeen-year-old dropout with high school behind her and an uncertain future ahead, whose heroic attempt to take the shark's victim away from it makes front-page news.

Together they become an uneasy and contentious fellowship on a mission of revenge or redemption or renewal--none of them is sure which. And as they set out aboard a barely seaworthy 45-foot research vessel to hunt sharks, Kelli's selfless courage and obdurate optimism rekindle long-extinguished fires in her older companions.

She leads them on an odyssey down the Indian River Lagoon through one of the most diverse coastal ecosystems in the world, westward on the Okeechobee Waterway into a hurricane clawing its way ashore on the Gulf Coast, and onto a sun-blasted inland sea on the edge of the Everglades where together they confront--in the form of the very shark that Kelli has already faced once--their pasts, their problems, and their destinies.



About the author:

W. E. Burnette is the author of Requiem Shark, Christmas in Sunny California, and The Long Roll.

He has been a soldier, a teacher, and a marketing writer.

A native of Bee Tree, North Carolina, he currently lives in Boulder Creek California, works in Silicon Valley, and writes fiction in his spare time.


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