Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Featured Book: Just Vengeance by Anthony D'Augustine

In BEST ENEMIES, we met Mac Taylor, the rough and tumble ex-Newark cop who hunted down two old adversaries in the backwoods of New York State. This time the former Newark Detective has become a Private Investigator.

When his first client hires him to look into a reported suicide, he soon uncovers a sinister plot that involves murders in Scotland and Italy, and plans to destroy several U.S. landmarks. Shortly after his discovery, Mac and his pregnant wife, Cheryl, become targets of international terrorists; specifically, a psychopathic killer named Dirk Conroy, aka Ahmed Sal Mohammed. Working with FBI Agent Sara Dillon, Mac sets out to find Conroy. Dillon wants him captured alive. Mac wants him dead at all costs.

Along the way, Taylor's old friend from his Vietnam days, Nick Polsani, tries to convince him that seeking justice is the only course of action to be taken. Mac disagrees. It's not justice he's looking for, it's JUST VENGEANCE.



About the author:

Anthony D'Augustine is a former detective lieutenant and firearms training supervisor with the Bergen County Prosecutor's Office in New Jersey. In addition to working with the county, Anthony served ten years as a Dumont, New Jersey police officer. He and his wife, Patricia, have three daughters and five grandchildren. Retired from law enforcement, he now donates much of his time running a charitable memorial fund in his son's name. The fund provides scholarships to local area students and support to military families in need. For details on the fund, go to SSJDMF.com.



Sunday, June 26, 2016

Featured Book: Ask More, Tell Less by Greg Warburton MS, LPC

When faced with a misbehaving child, do you find yourself resorting to lecturing, reminding, or even yelling? Do you sometimes feel helpless and panicky after you have tried everything you know to do and your child still seems “out of control” or withdrawn? Do you feel frustrated when nothing you are doing is moving your children to be responsible and achieve their unique potential?

Ask More, Tell Less provides a new model of parenting that can help transform the growing-up years. Life will become fulfilling and enjoyable rather than an ongoing, painful collision of wills. Behavior troubles diminish or vanish when children discover that they have the power to make their lives run more smoothly. These methods are not a “cater to the children” approach. Instead, they take the pressure off parents and put the whole family on a positively different road, traveling together in a land of mutual dignity and respect, maturity, and lasting change.

Greg Warburton brings time-tested, practical methods out from behind the counselor’s door to enable you to give your children the greatest gift of all: self-reliance. Through artful questioning, you can give them a clear and compelling road map for getting on with growing up in this rapidly changing world.







About the author:

Greg Warburton is a licensed mental health counselor who helps children and parents become instruments of their own healing and change. He is a dedicated innovator who brings emotional and mental self-management methods into the worlds of parenting and sport performance.

As an award-winning college instructor, he helps people eliminate self-defeating behaviors and achieve the inner freedom that comes with becoming self-reliant. He lives in Corvallis, Oregon with Valoy, his wife of 31 years.



Saturday, June 25, 2016

Featured Book: Monday's Edition by Paul Lawrence

Paul Lawrence weaves a fascinating tale of gambling, romance, adventure, history, football, and betting basics in Monday’s Edition—a football gambler’s odyssey through a season of trips to Las Vegas and Reno to try to beat the system.

Taking on this normally impossible task is Martin Adams, a 55-year-old computer technician and confirmed bachelor with an unbelievable secret advantage…

Armed with technological know-how and his top-secret advantage, Martin’s life is about to change in a big way—and not just financially.


About the author:

Paul Lawrence has been to Las Vegas more than thirty times. He has played all the casino games, bet in many sports books, and has come home a winner three times. Monday’s Edition is his first novel.



Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Featured Book: A Journey Through My Soul by Lena Sousa Day

A Journey Through My Soul is a collection of one passionate, thoughtful, lyrical young woman’s path from early adolescence to the present day.

Many of the poems reflect her teenage years, giving wonderful insight about the wonder and wisdom of emerging maturity, with experiences ranging from the ecstatic thrill of first love and crushes, the deep comfort and bonding of true friendship, and the heartbreak of learning to deal with betrayal and the end of relationships. You will be carried along on an expanding world view that includes the quiet despair of longing for loved ones stationed overseas, the joys and fears of motherhood, and the multifaceted discovery of true and lasting love.

These poems reflect experience that is both universal and unique, illuminated by a personal voice and sensitivity that allow the reader both a sense of community, and a glimpse into something beyond the everyday.

Moving, inspiring, and honest, A Journey Through My Soul is a perfect companion for every life path.







About the author:

Lena Sousa Day’s passion for poetry is an embodiment of her wide and varied experiences. She has a master’s degree in counseling psychology from Santa Clara University, and is a lifelong resident of Santa Clara, California, where she lives with her husband, Michael.



Sunday, June 19, 2016

Featured Book: The Bus Bench by Wes Bundy

Terribly naive and unworldly, unwed 17 year old Edna Rollins firmly believes that only married girls have babies. She is devastated, bringing a child into the world the product of being raped nine months earlier. She rejects him and takes her own life two days after his birth.

The infant is adopted by a childless couple who christen him Gerry and raise him in an idyllic setting in the farmland of central Ohio. Gerry's childish crush on a TV new woman becomes an overwhelming obsession as he matures. When the network moves her aside for a new face, he is overwhelmed with grief. Her celebrity quickly fades as promotional billboards, placards and posters throughout the city are scrapped except for a solitary and forgotten bus bench which bears her image. Fearful that the bench, which has become his shrine will be discovered, he maneuvers it to an obscure place enabling him to meet and communicate with the love of his life. Learning that she has married a wealthy industrialist and moved to California, he orchestrates a cross country journey to find her.

The improbable characters he encounters on his journey ridicule his efforts, serving only to plunge himself deeper into finding her. An unforgettable chain of events ends in a face to face meeting. He finds her terminally ill which he blames on her husband. He formulates a swift and brutal "payback", then kidnaps her taking her back home to Ohio and his beloved bus bench.



About the author:

Wes Bundy, father of two, is a U.S. Navy veteran who went to college on the GI Bill. As a lifetime member of the American Society of Composers and Publishers, he has written the lyrics to nearly 50 musical compositions. He has also written numerous children's stories and was named one of the top 10 out of 17,000 entries in the NASA/ JPL Microprobe essay contest. Wes has served as Master of Ceremonies for private and corporate functions numerous times and has written and produced several stage plays. The Bus Bench is his debut novel.




Saturday, June 18, 2016

Featured Book: Diamondfire by Lee Underwood

Lee once told me that half of success was showing up. Here Lee shows up in his finest. Not a rented tuxedo but the clothes of a natural man in touch with his environment, his being extending from the earth underfoot, encompassing nature, and vaulting up into the sky and touching the stars. He has become a master of the long-line and the short, the major chord and the minor, the stripped bard and the duded-out for high times on the town. His poetry is the well-rounded extension of his personality, all aspects of his being taking turns coming to the fore and receding to make room for the next view of his mountain, sometimes shining snow-capped in the distance, sometimes a scramble up sheer rock. I hope you enjoy this selection of his poetry as much as I have. It is almost like meeting the man himself. – S. Preston Chase, poet, fine arts painter

With Diamondfire, poet Lee Underwood explores the psyche and the soul with passion and wit, merging exciting and often innovative language with human emotion that spans the spectrum of consciousness from darkland neurosis to shining white light. The former West Coast Editor of Down Beat magazine, the former lead guitarist with singer Tim Buckley, and the author of Blue Melody: Tim Buckley Remembered, Underwood has a keen ear for music as well as for language. Diamondfire sums up a life brimming over with grace, wisdom, heart, and poetic intensity. – Dalton Rhodes, musician, poet, author



About the author:

Lead guitarist, toured and recorded for seven years with the late, great singer and songwriter Tim Buckley. Former West Coast Editor of down beat magazine. First poetry book was Timewinds. Pianist, with two CDs — Phantom Light, Gathering Light.



Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Featured Book: Art as Adornment by Charles L. Russell

Art as Adornment: The Life and Work of Arthur Smith is a splendid documentary writing about a prominent player in the Modernist Jewelry Movement.

The trade name, "ArtSmith" came to resonate with fashion and theater types in New York and all over the country during the three decades following World War II.

As a Black navigating the racial tensions of the period, Arthur Smith managed to rise above the fray and achieve extraordinary success in the development of designs for jewelry that were eminently wearable and for the wearer a decorative pizazz triumph.

With over 150 illustrations, this book will take you on an awe inspiring journey starting with his parents' migratory trek from Jamaica through Cuba and ultimately to New York City, Arthur's education in the arts, and concluding with a detailed description of his jewelry styling and creativity.






About the author:

The story was written by Charles L. Russell, a Caucasian businessman who late in Arthur Smith’s career, became fascinated with this Black man’s personality and creativity. The two lived together during the last eight years of Arthur’s life, and Charles became a member of the Smith’s “extended family.” When Arthur died, his archives and impedimenta all accrued to Charles. What was left behind contained a wealth of information and artifacts from which this saga was developed. Charles now lives in retirement in Lebanon, New Hampshire.




Sunday, June 12, 2016

Featured Book: The Pursuit of Wisdom by Dean Chavooshian

Like many, I have given the origin and meaning of life a great deal of thought in an effort to live it fully-with grace and intelligence. In the process, I discovered that theological/philosophical discussions on reality are empty without the consideration of scientific inquiry as they inform each other on the nature of human existence. We can benefit immensely from the great minds chronicled in this book that have dramatically changed the world and helped man imagine himself in it-leading to one's own self-discovery.

DISCOVER

In Theology:
(1) Is the soul immortal? Is reincarnation possible?
(2) Islam's holiest shrine in Mecca was built by the founding father of the Jewish nation.
(3) How one man uprooted 1500 years of Roman Catholic domination with a simple document.

In Philosophy: (1) Is the world pre-determined with orderly harmony or governed by man's free will?
(2) Is knowledge gained solely from experience and reasoning-or is it innate?
(3) How the self-awareness of existentialism allows one to live an authentic life.
(4) How 9th century Muslim scholars contributed to the foundation of modern civilization.

In Science:
(1) What makes all physical matter stable? How does matter reproduce itself?
(2) Isaac Newton described gravity's effect, but it was Einstein who showed how it originated.
(3) Did man evolve or was he created?
(4) The search for a unifying theoretical basis of all the sciences.



About the author:

After earning adegree in Theology/Philosophy, I followed what appeared to be a foreordained pathto study architecture. I received a Master's Degree in Architecture andharnessed a thirty- year profession in the field of real estate development. Myposition in prominent New York architectural firms and with international realestate developers resulted in the successful design, development andconstruction of over 25 million square feet worldwide. I continue topassionately pursue a multi-layered life that includes philanthropy, sport, andacademics: as the head of the venerable Village Temple Soup Kitchen in New YorkCity since 1999, an ardent fly fisher for trout, a certified United StatesProfessional Tennis Association (USPTA) teaching pro and high school tenniscoach, and an author who continues a quest for knowledge and an elevatedunderstanding of human existence. My life in New York City, with my wife of 36 years and adult daughter, continues to be filled with great majesty.




Saturday, June 11, 2016

Featured Book: When Is Sylvia Wallace? by Brad Anderson

Her new world began in complete silence and absolute darkness. It wasn't supposed to happen. It wasn't even supposed to be possible.

All the science and technology said so, but a freak accident changes everything and Deputy U.S. Marshal Sylvia Wallace finds herself sometime in the future when the Janus Project does not exist and most of the people around her are prison escapees.

All is not forsaken, however. A note from the past gives her hope. Deputy U.S. Marshal Robert Mackie (the Guardians trilogy) and Colonel John Callan (The Janus Project) are coming to take her back to her time.

All she has to do is stay alive until they find her, which becomes the most dangerous time of all.




About the author:

I was born in May 1963 and grew up primarily in the small Texas town of West Columbia. I say "primarily" because my dad worked in the petrochemical industry, so we (including my mom, brother, and sister) moved around quite a bit. I graduated from Columbia High and, four years later, from West Point. After graduation, I went to Fort Rucker, AL, to learn how to be a junior officer in the Army - and how to fly helicopters. From Fort Rucker, I went to Fort Wainwright, AK, and spent almost a full four years in the Aviation Brigade, with the majority of that time in the 4/9 Cavalry flying AH-1 Cobras. Soon after leaving Alaska, I got out of the Army and took on a variety of jobs before finding a home as a contractor at one of the local military bases in the San Antonio area.

I like writing about anything that captures my attention. I do not write from an outline and I have only a vague idea of how a story is going to end when I start. My job, as I see it, is to act as a scribe, relating the actions and deeds of my characters. The only time I get involved is when my characters start straying from the ending I have in mind. When one of my characters does something that surprises you, it's almost a certainty that I was equally caught off guard.

One of the fun aspects of writing is scouting out the settings. I prefer to use real places for my stories. Hiking in the Grand Canyon and the Guadalupe Mountains is physically demanding, which means I have to hit the gym to stay in shape. Which in turn helps me to keep my characters grounded, at least somewhat, in reality - if I can do something, I know they can.




Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Featured Book: The Frog That Lost His Croak by Anne Toole

A little frog who loved to croak night and day, was very sad when his croak suddenly went away.

While waiting and hoping for his croak to return, what valuable lessons did the little frog learn?


About the author:

Anne Toole grew up in Williston, South Carolina. She is a graduate of Anderson Jr. College in Anderson, South Carolina and the University of Georgia with a B.S. Degree in Elementary Education. She taught in a first grade classroom in Augusta, Georgia for thirty years. Ms. Toole has always enjoyed reading and writing poetry. As a child, she loved to listen to nursery rhymes and stories written in verse. When she became a teacher, she used nursery rhymes and simple poems in the class to enhance the regular Language Arts curriculum. After retiring, Ms. Toole worked part-time for several years as an ESOL teacher and also began writing stories about children and animals. Most of the stories are written in verse. Ms. Toole is an avid traveler and has traveled extensively in the United States, Canada, and to many countries in Europe. She has also traveled to Northern Africa and the Middle East. Ms. Toole presently resides in Columbia, South Carolina.




Sunday, June 5, 2016

Featured Book: Home Childcare vs Childcare Centers by Alice O. Carrillo

Childcare is critical in this country. Women are forced to go work more than ever. The children are left with relatives and friends because of high cost and not being able to fine high quality childcare for their children.

The book helps parents find high quality childcare, and to be aware of childcare that is not 100% for the children but instead is there because of the money. The book makes the parents aware of how to choose an excellent childcare for their children. It explains the pros and cons of both home childcare program and childcare centers. The book talks about what to expect from both programs. How as a parent, can help the provider to improve her program, making the program a better place for their children. The book has observations on both home childcare programs and childcare centers. This helps the parents see what is healthier for the children ages from 0 to 4.

The book has art activities, activities for rainy days, and activities for infants and toddlers, It's an excellent book for parents that have the problem of finding high quality childcare but yet reasonable in cost. The book has a monthly curriculum that parents can follow, so that their children can be ready when it's time for kindergarten. The book contains information about nutrition and includes a well balanced weekly menu. This helps parents know how to select healthy foods for their children. This information can be shared with their childcare provider. It contains tips on what to look for when visiting a childcare program. It has questions the parents can ask the childcare provider on the first visit. The book is a big help to parents!



About the author:

Alice O. Carrillo was born in Casa Grande, Arizona. Mrs. Carrillo has earned her master’s degree in Early Childhood Development and operated her own home childcare program for 15 years. She went on to run her own childcare center for 10 years. She is an advocate of children’s rights. Currently she lives in the state of California with her family.




Saturday, June 4, 2016

Featured Book: The Oath of Nimrod by David S. Brody

Book #4 in the Templars In America Series.

A mysterious race of North American giants. An ancient Hebrew inscription in a Cherokee burial mound. A blood oath made by blindfolded Freemasons. Are these three historical oddities the reason the CIA is trying to brainwash historian Cameron Thorne and his fiancée Amanda Spencer-Gunn?

The answer lies buried in the legends of the Knights Templar, within the rituals of the secretive Freemasons and, most significantly of all, inside the bowels of the Smithsonian Institution.

The problem for Cam and Amanda? If they go rummaging around the Smithsonian, they may find themselves buried alongside the ancient giants.




About the author:

David S. Brody is a Boston Globe bestselling fiction writer named Boston’s “Best Local Author” by the Boston Phoenix newspaper. A graduate of Tufts University and Georgetown Law School, he is a former Director of the New England Antiquities Research Association (NEARA) and is an avid researcher in the subject of pre-Columbian exploration of America. He has appeared as a guest expert on documentaries airing on History Channel, Travel Channel, PBS and Discovery Channel.




Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Featured Book: Wise & Otherwise by Joshua Scott

SUCCEEDING AT ANY PRICE, EVEN WHEN IGNORING WHAT IT TAKES OR COSTS.

A young and overly ambitious college graduate is dead set on forging ahead in the business world at any price even if he cannot yet grasp the costs, nor the consequences of his choices. No task is too mean or too vicious, and no matter how morally dodgy, no situation causes our hero to pause and rethink his actions as he only views before him a set of opportunities to climb further and further.

This saga takes place in the mid 80s of the last century within the dark labyrinths of a multi-billion conglomerate 'Inter Finance', whose tentacles spread around the globe and reach into the highest spheres of corporate power and of government circles. The quest takes our un-prepared but determined hero from one dangerous situation to the next - swirling between shady dealers and former mercenaries and landing him into the arms of gentle beauties, while hopping from jungles to high-rises in a race against the clock and against himself.

A street culture mixed with a sophisticated sense of 'savoir-dire' at any occasion, transports the reader from seriously dark moments peppered with light doses of Lower East Side humor, into unexpectedly deep thoughts but without falling into the grim traps of a serie noire genre or rushing for the chocolate box. Greed, machinations, betrayals and genuine love are scattered along the alleys of this fast and invigorating journey.