Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Book Blast! The Absorption of the Christ by Dr. Patricia Sadler Moore - Win a $25 Amazon Gift Card!


Title: The Absorption of the Christ
Genre: Personal Memoir
Author: Dr. Patricia Sadler Moore
Publisher: iUniverse
Pages: 212
Language: English
ISBN - 978-1-47594-763-2

The Absorption of the Christ is an autobiographical sketch of a narcoleptic in search of her true identity via the process of metaphysical and supernatural experiences which she submits to through mind control and the interpretation of her numerous dreams and narcoleptic journeys. These journeys lead to her discovering that the spiritual and the physical are one united process that she labels the seat of God in expression. Utilizing the power of what she believes to be her holy mind, she finds herself adrift and absorbed in the Christ consciousness which is not estranged or separated from God but is God, the Truth of life itself, the Truth of her personal being . This nonfictional account of her life from early childhood to the present also depicts many scenarios in her life which serve as a backdrop for many of her experiences.

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Dr. Patricia Sadler Moore was born in and educated in the public school system in Natchez, Mississippi. She received the Bachelor’s, Master’s and Doctorate degrees from several universities in NE and N Florida. In addition, she studied French at the University of Strasbourg in Strasbourg, France. The majority of her career was spent as a teacher of French and English and as an administrative assistant in Miami- Dade County, Florida public schools from which she recently retired . She spends her leisure studying the influence of the metaphysical and supernatural on her personal life.

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Monday, December 30, 2013

Book Blast! Shopping for a Lighter Cross by Dr. C - Win a $25 Amazon Gift Card!



Title: Shopping for a Lighter Cross
Genre: Biography
Author: Dr. C
Publisher: iUniverse
Pages: 64
Language: English
ISBN - 978-1-47599-682-1

  Everyone has life’s challenges and can face them with fear or with trust. I choose to look at them as experiences where God blessed me with His curve balls thrown in. These curve balls are not the negative, painful or abusive life experiences that I have lived through, but rather the unexpected, blessings, gifts, and graces God threw in to help me through the experiences. I believe that these curve balls were given so that I can witness to His great and awesome presence in and through the experiences, the people in those experiences and in myself as living through and surviving the experiences as a better, not bitter human being.

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The author lives in Aston, Pennsylvania with her husband John, their golden retriever Clover and their two cats: Duchess and Graygray. Dr. C is a Pastoral Associate/Spiritual Director for a Catholic parish in Delaware County and John works for the Federal Government. Dr. C graduated with her Doctorate in Ministry degree in May 2013.

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Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Book Blast! Values in Conflict by Georges R. Dupras - Win a $25 Amazon Gift Card!



339405_coverTitle: Values in Conflict Genre: Animal Advocate Author: Georges Dupras Publisher: iUniverse Pages: 324 Language: English ISBN - 978-1-46205-385-8 Values in Conflict: Reflections of an Animal Advocate offers an account of changing and conflicting social values regarding man’s role in the natural world. Author Georges Dupras compels us to think about man’s role in animal suffering and leads us to the inescapable conclusion that we must speak and act for those who have no voice. Dupras presents a pragmatic approach to peaceful coexistence with nonhuman species, without sacrificing idealism. The humane field has developed from a nonprofit mission to a profession over the past forty years addressing questions, comments, and issues that are foremost in the minds of the general public. While highlighting opposing social values, Dupras encourages those who feel marginalized due to their lack of professional training and offers advice to help them find their right path. Dupras also chronicles the evolution of the animal rights movement, one that uniquely transcends differences among species. This thorough review and reflection on both Dupras’s personal experiences and of animal advocacy in general seeks to address questions, comments, and issues that are foremost in the minds of the general public, in hopes that future generations will recognize animals for their intrinsic value, equal in their own rights.

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For over forty-five years, Georges R. Dupras has worked in many areas of the animal protection field. He is a member of the International Association for Bear Research and Management (IBA), Director of the Animal Alliance of Canada, and past member of the Board of the Canadian SPCA. He currently lives in Quebec, Canada.

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Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Book Blast! Ghost Sanctuary by Becky J - Win a $25 Amazon Gift Card!


  Title: Ghost Sanctuary
  Genre: Non-fiction paranormal/occult
  Author: Becky J
  Publisher: AuthorHouse
  Pages: 166
  Language: English
  ISBN - 978-1-49180-336-3

 Ghost Sanctuary is a factual accounting of a family’s struggle with ghosts living in their home. The book explains in detail the happenings faced by the family and their reaction to the invasion of the spirit realm into their own. The book contains fascinating photo and video evidence of what the family has and continues to experience. The author identifies how her own belief in God and the afterlife has helped her to overcome and understand the trials and tribulations of her family’s ordeal.

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Becky J. is an equestrian lover and spends her days in Western activities, teaching, riding, training, and breeding horses. For more information about her unusual nonfiction tale, please visit www.GhostSanctuary.com.

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Monday, December 23, 2013

Book Blast! Retirement: A New Adventure by Christopher Borman - Win a $25 Amazon Gift Card!



Title: Retirement: A New Adventure
Genre: How-to Guide
Author: Christopher Borman
Publisher: iUniverse
Pages: 108
Language: English
ISBN - 978-1-44016-804-8

Research indicates that there is a definite connection between life style and longevity. Personal characteristics that support longevity are optimism, adaptability, resilience, healthy self-esteem, a sense of humor, and the ability to reach out to others. Read what others have learned and experienced about retirement. Just as students need a plan for starting a career, everyone needs a plan for retirement. After a lifetime of work, it is fitting that your later years will be fulfilling and enjoyable. Even if you are already retired, you can still develop a plan. As you read the book, you will find information about how others went from careers to retirement to positive adventures. A portion of the book relates the author’s experiences as he planned for retirement; in addition to the experiences of eighteen retirees who completed a questionnaire about their retirement experiences. Also, in-depth case studies of four retirees are included in the book to illustrate how each person approached their own retirement. Hopefully, as you read through the case studies, you will find a similarity to your own career and life situation. You will see how others have made decisions and plans that may be beneficial to you in making your retirement plans.

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Christopher Borman lives in Houston with his wife, Ruth. He is Professor Emeritus at the University of Texas-San Antonio. Chris was also on the faculty in Counseling Psychology at Texas A&M University (College Station) for twenty-one years. He enjoys spending time with his three daughters and their families including three granddaughters and one grandson.

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Monday, December 16, 2013

Sleeping with a Wall Street Banker by Marlene Morgan Book Feature

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  Sleeping with a Wall Street BankerTitle
: Sleeping with a Wall Street Banker
Author: Marlene Morgan
Genre: Psychological Thriller/Romantic Suspense
Publisher: AuthorHouse
Pages: 322
Language: English
ISBN-13: 978-1-48178-874-8

Sleeping With A Wall Street Banker is a psychological thriller that begins when lawyer Alice Francis leaves her life in London for a new start with Wall Street banker Jake Logan in New York. She quickly learns that this is a man consumed by his need to control; he loves but on his terms. When Jake’s ex-girlfriend, Jessica, finds out about Jake’s relationship with Alice, Alice’s life takes a dark turn. For all the trappings of success from a Wall Street career, Jake is a man tormented by the irrational guilt he carries from his past relationship with Jessica. Jessica is unmarried and childless with a biological clock that has all but stopped ticking, and Jake is her back-up plan. Her ultimate goal is to fix Jake’s life by interfering, setting him up, and blackmailing him in an effort to force him into a horrible relationship that was never meant to be. With Alice in the picture, Jessica’s goal is almost certainly a recipe for disaster and a fate equal to death itself. When the plan begins to fail, a mentally unbalanced Jessica resorts to destruction.



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Marlene Morgan RoundedMarlene Morgan is an author, and a Barrister-at-law. She also holds a master degree in taxation and administration law from Kings College London. Having recently passed the New York Bar Exam she is currently seeking admission to the New York Bar. She can be contacted through her website at www.marlenemorgan.com     

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Interviewed at Review From Here
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Interviewed at Literal Exposure

Friday, December 13, 2013

Wake Up, Lazarus Volume II by Pierre Hegy Book Blast



 Wake Up, Lazarus Volume II
Genre: Christian Non-fiction
Author: Pierre Hegy
Publisher: iUniverse
Pages: 328
Language: English
ISBN - 978-1-93623-696-1

Today’s Catholic Church faces a major decline, and a dramatic renewal is needed to facilitate positive change. In Wake Up, Lazarus! author Pierre Hegy documents the most important issues facing modern Catholicism and presents a convincing argument for renewal in the Catholic Church. Wake Up, Lazarus! examines three general factors that contribute to the spiritual decline of all mainline churches and three factors that are special to the Catholic Church. Hegy describes the inner workings of two successful parishes—one evangelical and the other Catholic—to illustrate the strategies used that contribute to vibrant and growing church communities. He also reviews various renewal plans and then presents his personal, long-term plan for renewal in the Catholic Church, with practical implementation suggestions included in each step. Hegy communicates that the strategy and principles of Catholic renewal must lead passive Sunday church-goers to become active participants; it must help active participants to become involved in parish life; and it must inspire all involved to become committed disciples.

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Pierre Hegy received his PhD from the University of Paris in 1972. He is an author and a professor emeritus of sociology at Adelphi University; he has been a Fulbright scholar at Taiwan National University, and he taught for two years at the Catholic University of Lima, Peru. He currently lives in New York.

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Friday, December 6, 2013

Top 5 Thrillers of All Time? Find out what David Wind and Terese Ramin, co-authors of 'The Cured', have to say!


  The Cured
Title: The Cured
Author: David Wind & Terese Ramin
Genre: Suspense/Thriller
Publisher: Smashwords
Pages: 274
Language: English
ISBN-13: 978-1-48178-874-8

 When over 4000 people world-wide died after taking a cure for cancer, the drug was recalled. But the questions kept coming. Was it contamination? Was it sabotage? Or,was it outright murder by an insane research scientist in retaliation against the pharmaceutical giant he worked for and to avenge the death of his wife?

 And everyone wanted Doctor Donald Brockman! The lawyers wanted answers; the FDA wanted answers and, Homeland Security wanted the doctor!

 When the 911 code flashed across her beeper, Doctor Kira Brockman went cold. The one thing she had been dreading had happened and her life as she knew it had been changed, and the change was for the worst!

 The wrong people had found her father!

She knew she had very little time to get out of the hospital, to find her brother and to run before Homeland Security and the FBI found them, and they were not the only ones: the lawyers who were in the midst of a huge class action suit against the international pharmaceutical manufacturing giant who had sold the cancer cure wanted her and the evidence she had as well as the lethal security team from the drug company who was trying to stop Kira Brockman from disclosing the evidence only she could get—evidence that would save her father—and they would use any means necessary to stop her.

And so begins a heart stopping cross country race to save her father's life and prove he was not responsible for the deaths of 4000 people—The Cured—who had survived cancer because of his medication and then inexplicitly died from the very cure he’d created.
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Top 5 thrillers of all time?

The Chancellor Manuscript (Robert Ludlum) – David
The Silence Of The Lambs (Thomas Harris) – David & Terese
Boys From Brazil (Ira Levin) – David
Gorky Park (Martin Cruz Smith) – Terese
99 Coffins (David Wellington) – Terese

Or what makes a good heart-pounding thriller?

From Terese:
For me, a good, heart-pounding thriller is about something that affects its characters at a global level – it’s a “save the world” sort of scenario. I want to care about the characters and their cause, be right on the pages with them as they race toward the conclusion. By their very nature, thrillers have to be page-turners – something I can’t put down, that keeps me up all night reading, or holds up dinner because I have to read just one more page or chapter or… They also have to be filled with consequences that change the course of the characters’ lives – whether those characters are protagonists or antagonists. I want the thrillers I read and those that I write to have plenty of action that builds throughout the course of the book until it simply explodes into the climax and sets me down into a hugely satisfying conclusion. If a thriller doesn’t have that, it’s lost me.

Or how to conduct research for a medical thriller?

From David:
I handle research, be it medical, legal, police procedural in the same way.  I start with basics and move forward.   I look for the book’s earliest references to whatever the subject is I’m researching (usually on the Internet), then I move on to the people who are experts in the areas I am researching.  Once I have an understanding of the subject, I hit the research books and then back go to people so I can get further understanding of what I gained with the book research.  In the long run, I’ve learned it’s the experts, not the books, or the internet, but the people who know their area of expertise  who can explain it to you.  But, and most importantly, in order to truly comprehend what the experts are explaining, the books are a very necessary element.


David WindDavid Wind is the author of 34 Novels. He began writing in 1979 and has published novels of suspense, adventure, science fiction, historical fiction and romance. David's novel, Angels In Mourning, won the reader's choice Book Award from thebookawards.com. It is available as an Ebook and Trade Paper. David's thrillers are The Hyte Maneuver, (a Literary guild alternate selection), As Peace Lay Dying, and Conspiracy of Mirrors which were originally written under the pen name David Milton. For the mystery/suspense novels, And Down will Come Baby, Now I Lay Me Down To Sleep and Shadows, David worked with his wife Bonnie Faber Co-Op, is a mainstream novel about the lives of people inhabiting a New York City cooperative apartment building. Queen of Knights, a medieval fantasy, and The Others were stories of fantasy and science fiction. In 1988, David was honored by science fiction writer and Hugo Award Grand Master Andre Norton, who, after reading Queen of Knights, asked David to write a short story for inclusion in her Andre Norton's Tales From The Witch World 2 Anthology Series. David also wrote the novelization of the 7 day ABC miniseries, The Last Days Of Pompeii. David lives in Chestnut Ridge, NY, with his wife Bonnie and their sub-standard poodle, Alfie.


Terese RaminTerese Ramin is the award winning author of 10 novels of romance, romantic suspense, adventure, paranormal romance, and thrillers available in the U.S. and worldwide. Her shorter works have been published in anthologies, including the charitable collaborations Bewitched, Bothered, & BeVampyred (to benefit the International Red Cross) and The Sound and the Furry (to benefit the International Fund for Animal Welfare – IFAW). Her work has been translated and published in Dutch, French, German, Icelandic, Italian, and Portuguese. Among her many writing achievements Terese has been awarded RWA Golden Heart Award and the Romantic Times Reviewer’s Choice Award. She lives in Michigan with her husband. For more information about Terese, please visit tereseramin.com

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Interview with Leif Gregersen, author of 'Through the Withering Storm - Win a Kobo Mini E-Reader

Through the Withering Storm
Mental illness is something that is a great deal more common than many think. Statistics show that 1 in 5 North Americans will require treatment for a major disorder at some point in their lives. This means either you or a family member or friend close to you are very likely to be stricken down by a failure of our most essential and complicated organ in our bodies. When I was first treated for a mental health issue there was so much stigma and misunderstanding about mental illness that I completely denied I had a problem. Despite that mental health issues ran in my family, no one talked about them, everyone shunned those who were different, and as a result I wasted years of my life not understanding that there was help available and that I didn’t just have to ‘tough things out’. My denial and pain was so bad at one point I tried to join the military during the first Gulf War just to find a way out of life, I thought I would either gain the discipline needed to overcome my illness or die trying. I needed neither. Some find my story funny, some find it sad, but it is a story that is being played out among more people than you may think right now, right around all of us. Depression, Schizophrenia, Anxiety, Addiction. It‘s something we can no longer avoid, especially with America now deploying and redeploying troops en masse to combat zones where even the strongest among us can succumb to the pressure of such a situation. It is my hope that those who read this book can walk away from it having had a look inside the mind of someone who lost his mind and one day regained it, but not without first going through incredible pain and suffering. This suffering doesn‘t have to happen. What has to happen is that attitudes and knowledge have to improve.

How long have you been writing? 

I think some of my earliest writing goes back to a sick day when I was in second or third grade. I sat down and made up some rhyming poems, I wish I had saved them or at least showed them to someone. Later in elementary school I would use paper ribbon from the calculator at my Dad’s business to write and illustrate my own comics, mostly war stories or about spaceships. I think I did my first serious piece in grade 8 when we had a contest for our local Legion to write something about the World Wars and I wrote about the pride I felt as an Air Cadet on Rememberance Day, November 11.

When did you first know you could be a writer? 

In grade 11 I had this amazing teacher who cared very little about being liked and cared very much about preparing her students for academic pursuit. We read some amazing books in that class and the teacher explained literature to us better than anyone I had known, and I had the bug. I can even narrow it down to one day, one minute when everything about good literature just sort of came to me and I thought to myself that I could do it, I could put something like that together.

 Who or what influenced your writing once you began? 

I have had a couple of girlfriends who took an interest over the years in what I’ve written, especially before I really published anything significant, and sometimes I think if it weren’t for them reading and enjoying my stuff I would have seen no point in continuing my efforts. Also, I would say as far as authors go Robert M. Pirsig, author of “Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance” was huge for me because he struggled with a mental illness and put out some incredible writing. I really wish he had written more than the two books he did.

Who or what influenced your writing over the years? What made you want to be a writer?

I guess if I were to be truthful, I would say that I wanted in some way to feel superior to people and to have that one in a million shot of making big money from my writing. I had been told many times after I started though that reasons like that soon fade, and eventually they did, though I have derived a great deal of self-esteem and pride from my writing and I have even made a little money if you count the newspaper and magazine writing I have done. I could be making fairly good money writing for magazines still, but I have a great job that is well-paying and allows me tht time I need to devote to my writing, so I’m not worried at all about things like that which is a huge help.

How did you come up with the title of the book? 

 It took a number of years of tossing around ideas and the title kind of just came to me. The word ‘withering’ came from a comic book I used to love reading about a Tank and crew from World War Two that was haunted by a civil war general. Even after I grew up and moved out I still would look for these comics and enjoyed reading them. In one issue the Tank was described as going through the ‘withering’ fire of the enemy and years later the word just seemed to fit. I have thought about changing the title or the cover of the book so that it tells more about the subject of the book, but the title has kind of become part of the book so if I am going to make any changes, I will save my good ideas for the sequel which is hopefully going to be out soon.

Are there any current books that have grasped your interest?

 I don’t know how much I want to admit it, but I have been doing some in-depth reading of Ayn Rand. When I was younger any writer so conservative would have turned me right off, but now that I see the world through different eyes, I am starting to see the genius of some of her work. She was a great philosopher and an amazing writer. The scope of the work of hers I am reading right now (Atlas Shrugged) is incredible, it must be over 200,000 words. I’ve also taken a recent interest in J.R.R. Tolkien and Frank Herbert’s Dune series. It kind of feels great because there are so many amazing writers and amazing books out there I have just started to discover. I just hope I live long enough to read a lot of them.

From a young age I showed promise in writing and poetry, and did well in school. Even in grade five I used to draw and write stories for my own comic books and post them on the bulletin board in class. When I got to high school, I began to read voraciously, and though I failed my first academic English course, I took continually more advanced courses and got higher and higher grades in them. I was hopeful to attend University and study English, but before I finished school I was stricken with a severe breakdown and had to be hospitalized where I was diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder. From that point, family and friend relationships broke down and I ended up sort of drifting until I signed up for Flying School in Vancouver, BC. In the middle of this training, I took off for the US with a friend and tried to join the US Army as a helicopter pilot. All of these adventures are detailed in my memoir, which covers my life from the age of 13 to 21 which was the point at which I decided I had to stay in one place (I had returned to Edmonton near my home town and where my parents lived) and I took treatment for my disorder and began to write seriously. I spent some years just studying and writing poetry and then moved on to short stories, and my book, “Through The Withering Storm” is actually partially short stories I wrote and collected at that time. Now, since I turned 30 I have been living in an assisted-living house for males with Psychiatric Disorders and life has gone quite well. I landed a great job doing labour work/stage hand/security work for the stage and screen Union, IATSE. I have seen many concerts, worked closely with some big stars, and made enough money to continue writing and self-publishing my books, which have already paid for themselves in sales for the most part.

Check out my author central page where my books can be previewed and videos watched. http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B00DK44DAG Also, I have set up a website with free chapters of my book, "Through The Withering Storm", plus short stories, blog entries and even podcasts at: http://www.valhallabooks.com/ Finally, I have a YouTube Channel with tons of free videos at: https://www.youtube.com/user/viking3082000



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Monday, December 2, 2013

Book Blast - Josh and Me by Richard M. O'Bryan - Win a $25 Amazon Gift Card!



    Book-Cover1Title: Josh and Me Genre: Literary Fiction Author: Richard M. O'Bryan Publisher: iUniverse Pages: 108 Language: English ISBN - 978-1-46207-024-4 Joshua Logan David Person and Edward Jonathan Fitzhue McKay IV, better known to the residents of Jasperswitch, Virginia, as Josh and E. J., were both born on the Fourth of July. Only children, they live next door to each other, and they love each other like brothers. During the course of their childhood, Josh and E. J. share many crazy and fantastic adventures in their small hometown. Their intentions are always good, but the results don’t always turn out that way—like the time Josh is determined to fly from the barn roof on his family’s property straight into E. J.’s bedroom, or the Easter the two ten-year-old friends volunteer to babysit for ten preschool children while the adults hide eggs. Then there’s the time they meet George and Martha Washington on the school’s eighth-grade trip to Washington, DC. Wholesome and humorous, Josh and Me tells a story of two best buddies’ faith and love in God, each other, their friends, and their whole town. It is a story found in the heart of every person who has loved a place and been loved in return.

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Richard M. O’Bryan is a retired officer from the US Marine Corps as well as a retired high school history teacher. He currently is a motivational and inspirational speaker living in western Pennsylvania. O’Bryan and his wife, Karen, have been married for twenty-five years.

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Friday, November 29, 2013

Map to Happiness by The Reverend Peter K. Stimpson Book Blast - Win a $25 Amazon Gift Card!



Title: Map to Happiness
Genre: Inspirational/Self-Help
Author: The Reverend Peter K. Stimpson
Publisher: iUniverse
Pages: 206
Language: English

What is my purpose? How can I be happy? For thousands of years, people have pondered these big questions, often finding the answers elusive. In Map to Happiness, Peter Stimpson, an Episcopal priest and experienced therapist, doesn't claim to have all the answers. Still, he generously shares a wealth of wisdom he has learned by counseling and ministering to people for more than thirty-five years.

Stimpson anchors happiness in a pyramid of principles: insecurity, power, and success. He explains that by understanding everyone is insecure, we can take back our power from others to define our worth and reach for success in lasting values, not things. His message is clear: who you become is more important than what you attain.

Stimpson illustrates the power of his trilogy by answering today's ubiquitous questions related to love of yourself, your spouse, your children, and life's challenges of stress, work, illness, anger, and death. Using both spiritual and psychological perspectives, Stimpson frankly discusses how we stray off the path to happiness, but more important, how we can get back on track.

If you are confused or lost, open this map and begin your journey. You'll find help sifting through confusing issues with easy-to-understand explanations and ready-to-use solutions.

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Peter K. Stimpson is an Episcopal priest and a licensed clinical social worker. He has counseled people from all walks of life since 1972, has written a popular advice column since 1983, and is the director of Trinity Counseling Service in Princeton, New Jersey.

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Sunday, October 6, 2013

A Full House But Empty by Angus Munro Book Review

Paperback: 268 pages
Publisher: iUniverse, Inc. (September 25, 2007)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0595437192
ISBN-13: 978-0595437191

Book Synopsis: Filled with anecdotes, lessons learned, and an inspirational message for everyone, who believes that hard work breeds success, this moving autobiography shares the remarkable story of Angus Munro. Munro is just three when he suffers from appendicitis and spends several weeks in a Vancouver hospital as his family struggles to survive the Great Depression. After finally arriving home, Munro asks his sister, "Where is Mummy?" and is promptly told his mother doesn't live there anymore. It is this traumatic event that changes the course of Munro's life forever. His father is suddenly a single parent while simulataneously turning into Munro's mentor and hero. He teaches Munro the motto, "Always do the right thing," while raising his children in an environment that is at the very least hectic, and more often completely chaotic. Through a potpourri of chronological and heartfelt tales, Munro reveals how he learned to view incidents in life in terms of responsibility, recognition, personal conduct, and consideration for others. Despite dropping out of school at a young age, Munro perseveres, eventually attaining professional success. Munro's memoir is a wonderful tribute to his father's legacy and the greatest lesson of all - Whatever you do, follow through.

This book hit home very early on for me. At the age of 3, Angus suffers from appendicitis which causes him a lengthy hospital stay. Once released from the hospital, he returns to a home that his mother has left, without so much as a goodbye. Even though Angus's father is not perfect (by a long shot), I applaud the fact that he raised his children during the Great Depression and they never wanted for anything. I too was raised by a single parent who worked hard her entire life to provide for me, and like Angus's father, she isn't perfect but I admire her more than she knows. There is nothing harder, I imagine, than trying to raise a child by yourself when food and money are scarce.

 In this autobiography, Angus takes you down the path of his life - a path strewn with obstacles many of us can only imagine. Yet, in the end his conviction and strength carries him through it all. To say he had a hard life would truly be an understatement. After he drops out of school at 14, he isn't sure what his life will become. He holds various jobs, and has some time to visit relatives on both sides of his family that he had never met. The descriptive tone used is so nice to read, it makes you feel like you are sitting there with Angus, experiencing the things he is describing. I also love the way he draws on the positives of each experience and tells us the lesson he learned, whether good or bad. It is something I think the world needs more of today - we all have bad things happen, try to learn from them and move on, there's always tomorrow. One of the other amazing things is the detail this story is told in. Many of these events happened MANY years ago, yet you never feel as if you are lacking for information. The only thing I would have liked to heard more of was some of his personal life experiences as he got older. Otherwise, this is truly and excellent read, and something that has a lesson in it for all of us.
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Friday, October 4, 2013

Sam's Quest for the Crimson Crystal by Ben Furman Book Review

Reading level: Ages 9-12
Paperback: 192 pages
Publisher: Black Hawk Press (April 16, 2007)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0977873188
ISBN-13: 978-0977873180

Book Synopsis: "Sam" Mae Costas is nobody's idea of a hero. She is constantly teased about her thick glasses, her small size, and her asthma attacks are embarrassing and difficult to control. When Sam is forced to spend the summer on her grandpa's farm she thinks things can't get much worse. Deep in the caverns below the farm, Prince Buznor is a young Awok on a life-and-death mission to save his world. He has to find Sam and prove to her that only she can find and control the Crimson Crystal...the one weapon that can defeat the evil threatening his people. To reach the Crimson Crystal Sam must journey through the hostile Land of Geffen, facing hordes of catacomb dwarfs, vicious vampire bats and deadly monsters. Can Sam overcome her fears, her doubts, and find the Crimson Crystal in time to save the Awokian world?

It has been quite some time since I have read a book classified as young adult and also quite some time since I have read something in the fantasy category so it was a pleasure to read this book by Ben Furman. There are quite a few things that I love about this book, but most of all I love the fact that the author portrays the hero as a young girl who is not what you would typically classify as a hero. She has asthma, is small for her age, wears big thick glasses, and is what you would consider a tomboy. Summer is here, and that means that it is time for Sam's parents to head off on their archeological expedition. It also means it is time to leave New York and head to Grandpa Paul's farm, the place where Sam will spend her summer. Sam loves her Grandpa, but would much rather go with her parents. Unfortunately, the still think she is too young. She is worried that this summer will be like every other, with some fun in the beginning, but with boredom setting in before too long. She couldn't have been more wrong!

There have been questions about Sam's lineage from an early age. She looks nothing like most of her relatives, but does have an unusal characterisitic, a birthmark on her neck in the shape of a diamond. This birthmark seems to appear on relatives in Sam's family every 100 years...she thinks this seems too unusual to be just a coincidence. And she was right. Sam finds out that she comes from a long line of protectors of creatures no one in this world has ever heard of. She has experienced odd sensations while on her Grandfather's farm, but never dreamed it was due to the fact that there was a portal to another world rooted in his land. Not only does she have powers, she is truly a legend in the world of Prince Buznor. She needs to draw on the strength she has buried to find the Crimson Crystal so she can save the Awokian people from elimination. I am surprised and pleased to say that this book really held my attention. Even though it is geared towards a younger audience, the author does a good job of keeping the pace exciting. I would recommend this for young and old alike.

About the author: Ben, a former FBI counterterrorism chief, has drawn on this experience to write about high-tech terrorism, chemical, biological, and nuclear threats, and transnational criminal cartels. During his career he investigated kidnappings, extortions, bank robberies, led SWAT teams and was the FBI counterterrorism chief assigned to address threats against the United States by terrorists of all stripes. He also writes fantasy adventure novels with positive messages for the young adult, juvenile market. He is the Rexus CEO, a corporation that conducts international corporate investigations involving industrial espionage, internal theft, business due diligence and background screening. You can visit his website at www.blackhawkpress.com.

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

The Lost Diary of Don Juan by Douglas Carlton Abrams Book Review

Paperback: 336 pages
Publisher: Washington Square Press; Reprint edition (July 1, 2008)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1416532528
ISBN-13: 978-1416532521

Book Synopsis:   In a time of discovery and decadence, when the gold that poured endlessly into the port of Sevilla devalued money, marriage, and love itself, young Juan Tenorio was abandoned and raised by nuns. He grew up loving and worshipping all women, but a clandestine affair with one of the sisters forces him to leave the Church-and his plans for the priesthood-forever. Juan becomes a spy, as well as the world's greatest libertine. But far from the heartless seducer that legend recounts, he seeks liberation and redemption as much as personal pleasure and gratification. He begins to keep a diary of his greatest adventures and the Arts of Passion he has mastered. The most perilous adventure of all-the irresistible fall into the madness of love with the only woman who could ever make him forget all others-finally compels him to confess everything. Douglas Carlton Abrams's magical debut novel captures the heart of the Spanish Golden Age and the secret life of the world's greatest lover-Don Juan-who came to embody the spirit that would inflame the modern age.

This year has really been a great one for me, and let me tell you why. In the past, if someone would have suggested a historical fiction book to me I would have told them that it wasn't my kind of book. All of these years I have steered clear of books of this nature because while in school history was the subject that I liked the least. It is amazing what books like this can do, as now I jump at the chance to read books about history, fiction or not. I admit going in that I didn't know a whole lot about the legendary Don Juan. Just the same information that most of the general public knows...a true ladies man but not one to stay with one woman for any period of time.

This book certainly gives the readers a new look into this man - he truly loved women and his goal was to bring them pleasure by getting them to feel confident about themselves and their bodies. I loved the way this book was written, it sheds a new light on this story and really makes me want to dig into the history of Don Juan and find out more about him. Although this book is about Don Juan, Douglas does an excellent job of depicting 16th century Spain. One of my favorite part in the book is when Fray Ignacio comes to the convent to speak to the nuns about there being a heretic among them. After he questions the nuns, he decides to take one of them-Hermana Jeronima back to the headquarters of the Holy Office in Sevilla where she would be questioned further. She was being taken to the Inquisition...how horrifying! This book was an excellent read, and with its fast pace made for a delightful weekend read. I would highly recommend it.

About the author: Douglas Carlton Abrams is a former editor at the University of California Press and HarperSanFrancisco. He is the co-author of a number of books on love, sexuality, and spirituality, including books written with Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Yogacharya B.K.S. Iyengar, and Taoist Master Mantak Chia. He lives in Santa Cruz, California, with his wife and three children. In his life and work, he is interested in cultivating all aspects of our humanity —body, emotions, mind, and spirit. His goal in writing fiction is to create stories that not only entertain, but also attempt to question, enchant, and transform. Doug’s desire in writing the book was not only to resurrect this greatest of historical lovers and to give voice to his true motives; he was also moved to write a book that would explore the tension between lust and love and that would confront the human question of how any man or woman can find lifelong satisfaction in one committed relationship. To find out more about the origins of The Lost Diary and the myth of Don Juan, and to learn about forthcoming novels, please visit www.LostDiaryofDonJuan.com or www.DouglasCarltonAbrams.com.