Saturday, November 30, 2013

Book Cover & Blurb: Aeviternus Adventures

New romantic fantasy novel : Aeviternus Adventures
Rhodes, IA – Author Teresa Perin releases her new work of romantic fantasy, Aeviternus Adventures.
Jillian has just finished her first year of college and figures she’ll have a nice quiet summer back home on the family’s goat farm. Those plans are forgotten, however, when she and her cat and goat are transported to the kingdom of Aeviternus, in an alternate world.
Jillian wants desperately to find a way back home and sets off in search of the one magician skilled enough to return her to her own world. She discovers the primal elements in this realm and encounters many different creatures along the way. She is befriended by twin clerics, but then she ends up in the hands of a sexual sadist and learns about the dark side of this land, it looks like she may be doomed. Her cleric friends rush to rescue her with the aide of two magicians.

Friday, November 29, 2013

Book Cover & Blurb: Stuck in the Yuck of Depression

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Outskirts Press announces a call for host bloggers and websites for a Virtual Book Tour featuring Stuck in the Yuck of Depression, Anxiety, Abuse and Trauma.
About the Book
Trauma can happen to anyone. Do any of the following sound true about you? You find yourself feeling depressed. You feel hopeless, helpless and despairing. Your dreams and goals are unfulfilled. You are stuck in chaotic patterns leading you nowhere. Your life seems meaningless. If any or all of these statements apply to you, then a culprit could be unresolved trauma. Stuck in the Yuck helps you to identify your trauma. Then you can properly heal it and move forward into a happy life which you so richly deserve. Imagine a life filled with joy, laughter, fun and excitement. It could be yours if you merely heal your trauma.

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Book Cover & Blurb: GOLF SAYINGS

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New Book Dedicated to the Golf Lover is Released Featuring Golf Art from Around the Globe
GOLF SAYINGS: wit & wisdom of a good walk spoiled is an exciting and vibrant collection of golf art and text designed to celebrate golf and the people that love the game.
Cazenovia, NY – Author Bradford Wheler announces the release of the book GOLF SAYINGS: wit & wisdom of a good walk spoiled. This golf art book showcases artwork along with quotations about golf that covers topics including sportsmanship, golf humor, the pros, Scotland, and even presidential golf. This collaborative publication has two goals in mind: first, to honor and highlight the great game of golf though text and artwork, and secondly, to showcase the talents of new and emerging artists who focus on creating golf art.

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Book Cover & Blurb: The Cow-Pie Chronicles

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New children’s book about life in rural America on a dairy farm: The Cow-Pie Chronicles
Portland, OR – Author James Butler releases his new children’s book about life on a dairy farm, The Cow-Pie Chronicles.
Ten-year-old Tim Slinger and his nine-year-old sister- Dana face danger, excitement, and heartbreak in this story of life on a modern family farm. Though Tim (aka Poop Slinger) and "Devil" Dana engage in intense sibling rivalry that gets them both into hilarious situations with barns, ropes, farm animals, city-kid cousins, and each other, they are soon forced to confront unwanted changes when the farm is lost.

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Book Cover & Blurb: A Cry in the Night

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The Life and Death of Idealistic Civil Rights Worker Is Told in New Non-fiction, A Cry in the Night
The Deep South in the 1960s is no place for the young and innocent. A Civil Rights worker learns that hard truth in a tale of an idealistic life and violent death, A Cry in the Night.
Canton, MS – The life and violent death of a teenage Civil Rights worker is told in all its chilling horror in the new non-fiction, A Cry in the Night: The City of Lights’ Dark Side. The book is published by Outskirts Press.
Canton, Miss., in the 1960s is a city steeped in violence, and saturated in hatred and murder. It is precisely the type of place where a young idealist might believe she could make a mark on the world. A Cry in the Night is based on the life and death of innocence in the South. The non-fiction tells the story of one such dreamer – an 18-year-old Civil Rights worker who meets a grizzly fate in pursuit of justice for all.

Monday, November 25, 2013

Kurt Vonnegut

Be soft. Do not let the world make you hard. Do not let pain make you hate. Do not let the bitterness steal your sweetness. Take pride that even though the rest of the world may disagree, you still believe it to be a beautiful place.
― Kurt Vonnegut

What They Said Monday
By JccKeith
Well, as much as I would like to make some funny or even sarcastic remark about this quote, there just isn't really anything to say.  I whole heartedly agree.  Don't let other people, or the world's activities, turn you into someone you are not.  

Book Cover & Blurb: The Day an Angel Ran Into My Room

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Inspirational children’s book educates children how to visualize and how they can change their world through their positive thoughts and actions
Miami, FL - The inspirational children’s book, The Day An Angel Ran Into My Room by Miami author Anabelle Valenzuela-Alarcon was presented at the 20th Beijing International Book Fair (BIBF) from August 28th to September 1st, 2013 in the New China International Exhibition Center (NCIEC). The BIBF is one of the top four book fairs in the world.
Regarded as the kid’s version of The Secret, The Day An Angel Ran Into My Room educates children how to visualize and how they can change their world through their positive thoughts and actions. Read what happens when a six-year-old girl meets an angel, and in doing so, discovers her own magical inner world.

Sunday, November 24, 2013

What is Art? Why Should You Care?

By JccKeith

There for a while, when I was writing regularly on Sundays, I would post a picture for Sunday Art.  I was going to do the same today but decided I might chat for a minute about art instead.  What exactly is art and why should you care about it?

I thought I might inquire as to Google's opinion on art and I discovered instead, Leo Tolstoy's opinion on art.  For anyone not familiar with Tolstoy, he was a famous Russian author of things like War and Peace and Anna Karenina  to name a few.  Here is the wikipedia excerpt about Tolstoy's essay entitled What is Art:

 "What is Art?" 1897 is an essay by Leo Tolstoy in which he argues against numerous aesthetic theories which define art in terms of the good, truth and especially beauty.  In Tolstoy's opinion, art at the time was corrupt and decadent, and artists had been misled.

First, let me say that when I looked up the actual essay (which is in the public domain) it was listed as having first been published in 1896 not 1897 and it was first translated from Russian in 1899.  Not that those specifics matter all that much.  My question was more with wikipedia's statement that the essay was about Tolstoy saying art at the time was corrupt and decadent.  Maybe it is but Tolstoy does a great job of defining what art is aside from any negative opinion.

Here is a quick couple of excerpts from the essay:

"Art begins when one person, with the object of joining another or others to himself in one and same feeling, expresses that feeling by certain external indications."

Now honestly, that sentence for me was a little tough to grasp so for those like me, let me translate what he is saying:

 "Art is where a person uses some media to express a feeling and hopes that those vieiwing/hearing/experiencing the  media feel the feeling  he/she intended to express".

The second excerpt is as follows:

"The feelings with which the artists infects the others may be most various - very strong or very weak, very important or very insignificant, very bad or very good: feelings of love for one's own country, self-devotion and submission to fate or to God expressed in a drama, raptures of lovers described in a novel, feelings of voluptuousness in picture, courage expressed in a triumphal march, merriment evoked by a dance, humor evoked by a funny story, the feeling of quietness transmitted by an evening landscape or by a lullaby, or the feeling of admiration evoked by a beautiful arabesque - it is all art."

For those who need that translated as well:

"The feelings with which the artists affects the others vary."  That's pretty much the gist of it.

So let's get back to what art is and why you should care.  I think Tolstoy defined it right on about art being an expression of feeling in some media form.  Art can also be meant to express an opinion on something or make a statement about something.  Now will everyone be able to figure out what the feeling, opinion or statement is just by hearing/viewing/experiencing the art - well of course not.

Personally I think some art is easier 'to get.'  For me, I can go to a museum and see modern art and feel totally clueless about what the artist was trying to convey.  Does it make the art less valuable because I don't get it - no.  Art is a valuable part of any culture because it is another method through which history is recorded.  The thoughts, the feelings and the happenings of a civilization are recorded in the art its artists produced at that time.

Art can show what was valued at particular times throughout human history.  It provides a view into how people expressed themselves and why.  It is a window into the souls of those individuals living at the time the art was created.

So to sum it all up: Art is a feeling/opinion/statement expressed in some media form whether it is paint, music, writing, pottery, acting, whatever.  It is important because it is a record of the culture in which it was created.

Book Cover & Blurb: Daughter, Cell

New Medical Thriller by award winning author Jay Hartlove: Daughter Cell
Concord, CA - Jay Hartlove, Dark Connections Revealed, announces the release of Daughter Cell, the second thriller in the Isis Rising Trilogy. The first novel in the series,The Chosen, was selected Best Thriller by the Independent eBook Awards 2012.
How far can you genetically alter someone before she becomes someone else? Before she loses her soul?
Leading genetic researcher Randolph Macklin wakes up in Malaysia to find a four month gap in his memory, his wife dead, and his daughter in a coma. As he and his psychiatrist Sanantha Mauwad unravel the mystery, they find nothing and no one are what they appear to be. Ancient cults collide with cutting edge science in this tale of too much power driven by too much passion.

Saturday, November 23, 2013

Book Cover & Blurb: The Wacky World of Wendy White

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Well-Read Foodies Savor the Tasty Prose in New Children's Book, The Wacky World of Wendy
White! A Whopper of a Tale!
Dozens of hidden food references, full-color illustrations and sing-song prose make The Wacky World Of Wendy White!a treat for the eyes, ears and brain.
New York, NY – Peppered with dozens of hidden food references and marinated in tangy prose,The Wacky World of Wendy White! A Whopper of a Tale is a tasty take on the traditional children's tale. The new juvenile fiction is published by Outskirts Press.
Whipped up by first-time author and bona fide foodie Barbara Bonilla, The Wacky World of Wendy White! tells the story of two very different families' struggles and successes. The tale centers on 12-year-old Wendy White, a girl of simple tastes, who steps away from the White castle in search of fun food, adventure and camaraderie.

Friday, November 22, 2013

Book Cover & Blurb: T-Bone the Flying Horse

Love, Friendship and Life Lessons Abound in New Children's Book, T-Bone the Flying Horse
A young girl learns powerful lessons about life, love and friendship – from a horse! T-Bone the Flying Horse is a tale that takes readers on an adventure around the world!
Littleton, CO – A young girl's magical journey with her newfound companion is a heartwarming tale of how important and powerful love and friendship are in life. Outskirts Press publishes T-Bone the Flying Horse, a new children’s book by author Janice Virant.
T-Bone the Flying Horse is the story of how rejected racehorse, T-Bone, is adopted by a lonely, loving young girl. The girl’s love miraculously transforms T-Bone into a magnificent winged horse, and T-Bone’s love for the girl provides her with a gift as well – never again feeling alone.

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Thursday Seasonings

By JccKeith

So it happens to be Thursday night and on Thursdays I get to write a blog of the week, just in case you weren't for sure what my purpose today was.  Now technically, I should have written this earlier in the day but I was on quite the writing spree and put in an impressive - or at least I found it a little impressive - 5,000+ words in a short time.  What can I say, when the floodgates open, words just pour out of me.  Now how much I have to edit later is unknown at the moment because really, it all seems gold to me in my current state of mind.  Later I might find it to be absolute rubbish but that is a blog for another day and probably a sad one.

So what brings me back to the computer at this late hour?  Well I'll tell ya.  I had a bit of driving time - or riding time since I wasn't actually the one doing the driving - and that left me with time to think on some things.  This particular story I am working on for 2013 NaNoWriMo is different than most I write.  This one wasn't one I had already planned out in my head before I ever started typing.

Normally I have character names and types and a few key plot points somewhat lined out ahead of time.  I am definitely a pantser and never plan too much but this time was undertaken without any prior thought whatsoever.  So that left me with an empty storehouse of character names for this story.  It is not a fantasy piece so I can't just come up with whatever randomish name I want and claim it fits with that world or reality, etc.

My mind, having that bit of time to think today as I rode, wandered into the area of possible character names.  I could tell that it's been a while since I had to think of any new ones because I had some pretty terrible ideas come to the forefront.  There was Basil and Oregano or Oregana and Curry and Pepper.  Those are all completely valid names... for spices and seasonings but not necessarily people.  Names are just too important to pull randomly from your spice cabinet.

My next set of names strayed into even worse territory.  Worse you say, than spices?  Well yes.  I did that annoying thing I sometimes do when I'm bored.  I started turning words around and making words out of the backwards original word.  You know like Nilbog is goblin backwards and although when a reader gets that it may add to the description of the character's personality or hint at a true hidden personality, it just isn't a great idea.  It is too obvious.  Although you could turn obvious around to be Suoivbo and it sort of sounds a little cool, it is also a tad silly.

So... you might be wondering what I ended up doing about character names.  The truth is I ended up sticking with a classic and just using Adam for the first male character.  Clever, no?  Really my thought was that I shouldn't waste too much time picking out character names when I had so many other thoughts related to the story.  I decided to use whatever name happened to come to mind just to put something in place.  Names can always be changed later - to protect the writer from looking like a total loser that couldn't come up with a decent name for a character.  That is the beauty of using Microsoft Word is that it has that nifty find and replace feature where you can tell it to find every time you used the name Adam and replace it with a more sophisticated or mysterious or masterful name.

The key thing is to do whatever you can do at the moment.  If the story is coming at you in full force then write that sucker down until the ideas run dry.  You can fill in the holes later.

Book Cover & Blurb: Attrition

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Virginia Teen Publishes Debut Epic Fantasy: Attrition
Enter a world of Demons, assassins, and magic this new epic fantasy, the debut novel of the young, up-and-coming SG Night—a story of sword and sorcery, tyranny and rebellion, love, and the fight for survival. A native of Northern Virginia, Night finished the draft of Attrition at just 17 years old and published the final product a few short months later at the age of 18.
Ashburn, VA - In Attrition, Night brings the reader straight into the original and breathtaking nation of Io, a country held captive of the mighty Demonic Dominion. The Humans are in chains. The Elves were long ago exiled, and since have faded into myth. And the Majiski—Io’s race of battle-mages—have been all but eradicated by the Demons and their ilk.

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Experience Teaches

It's Wednesday so it's time for a little classic literature.  Well, it's at least time for a quote from a writer of classic literature:

"A man who carries a cat by the tail learns something he can learn in no other way." - Mark Twain

I like that one.  Be adventurous.

Book Cover & Blurb: Stains on the Gavel

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New detective mystery – Stains on the Gavel
Syracuse, NY – Author Charles W. Massie releases his newest detective mystery, Stains on the Gavel.
This story is about southern Kentucky, where the rules are sometimes made up on the fly. Mark Casey has been arrested for crimes he did not commit. Now the battle begins between Mark and the good ‘ol boys of Kentucky.
The odyssey that began for Mark in the book Pinned – A Kentucky True Crime, continues now in Stains on the Gavel. This is the second novel of the ’Blue Grass’ Series, and details what some might call, Kentucky Injustice.

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Book Cover & Blurb:The Symbiotic Section

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Greed, Corruption, Sensuality in the new urban romance: The Symbiotic Section
Peoria, AZ - Tina Louise Brotz announces the release of her new urban romance novel, The Symbiotic Section.
The edgy streets of Chicago provide the backdrop for a riveting tale that seamlessly blends danger and passion with the high-powered corporate world and the seedier side of the city.
Fiercely independent and ultra-sophisticated Michelle Pierson has made a name for herself as a highly successful entrepreneur. Still gorgeous and in her early thirties, she has achieved it all, but at what cost? Realizing that she is now at a crossroads in her life, she tries to cope with lingering feelings she still has for her sexy ex-husband, Michael Dickerson, head of the largest advertising agency in the city. He has never been able to handle her rising star, and Michelle soon discovers that his head is elsewhere as he negotiates the largest deal of his life while trying to bed every available female in his path.

Monday, November 18, 2013


"Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off your goal." - Henry Ford

Well said Henry or if we're going to get all formal - Mr. Ford.  I have mad respect for Mr. Ford and his revolutionary work in the automotive and mass production areas.  I'm not going to get into his association with Hitler or Nazis or his personal hatred towards certain people - those things I am not in approval of but in the grand scheme of things my opinion on Ford's opinions is irrelevant.  For the sake of this post, let's stick to Ford's quote and his status as an industry giant.

The idea here is that to succeed, you can never take your eyes off the prize.  I have to somewhat disagree with Ford in some aspects of this quote.  The thing is, there is never, ever a clear and easy path to success.  There are always going to be obstacles.  You have to accept them for what they are and figure out a way to work through them.

If you spend your life trying to figure out the easiest path to your goal then you will never get started.  Set a goal, set a plan to reach it and then as you encounter unexpected obstacles, say screw it about your plan and just do the best you can.  Be adaptable.

Book Cover & Blurb: HIDDEN

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Brighton Publishing announces the release of
“HIDDEN: A Novel of Suspense” by Thomas Hall
In a taut and expertly designed thriller, author Thomas Hall delivers a full measure of fear, edginess, and nervous tension
Marlborough, MA - Fully committed to a passionate pursuit of excellence, author Thomas Hall delivers a gripping and exhilarating thriller, HIDDEN: A Novel of Suspense.
Jonathan Allen has recently experienced a life-altering moment—the untimely and suspicious death of his wife. For the days and weeks that follow, Jonathan is haunted by his own inability to move on with his life. Caught up in his recurring nightmare of shattered hopes, and adrift now
among the facets of a life once held dear, Jonathan presses on—slowly. Until another tragedy hits…

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Book Cover & Blurb: Christianity-Karma and Reincarnation

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A Special Message to Mankind Is Shared in the New, Inspirational Book, Christianity - Karma and Reincarnation
Author Michael Andrisano shares his two near-death experiences – and a special message from God to mankind – in his spiritual book, Christianity - Karma and Reincarnation.
Ledgewood, NJ – Many people in the world today are lost, going through their lives with no direction. In his new spiritual book, Christianity - Karma and Reincarnation, author Michael Andrisano Sr. delivers a message of hope from God - to those who need it most.

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Book Cover & Blurb: The Last Neanderthal Clan

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The Last Neanderthal Clan: Dwindling Tribe Fights for Survival in New Anthropological Fiction
The Neanderthals' struggle for survival is complicated by harsh environs and competition from a superior race in The Last Neanderthal Clan.
Fairfax, VA – For centuries the robust Neanderthals dominated the northern European landscape, hunting, gathering and multiplying. With the arrival of the Cro-Magnon clans, the Neanderthal faced a new and more dangerous enemy that could threaten their very existence. Their plight is told in dramatic fashion in the newly released fantasy novel, The Last Neanderthal Clan.

Friday, November 15, 2013

Book Cover & Blurb: The Seven Kingdoms

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The Seven Kingdoms: The Darkening Lands
If you lost everything, how far would you go to take it back? For Brenik and Nalia the only choice is to rebel against the Necromancer Empire that threatens to destroy their world. Uniting an already broken country seems an impossible task, however, "it is in the blackest of nights when even the smallest flame burns brightest."
Naples, FL – Eighteen year-old author, Harry G. Sherwin announces the release of The Seven Kingdoms: The Darkening Lands. Sherwin's novel tells the story of two young elves as they set out into the wilds of Justava where they will face creatures of legend and must overcome age old prejudices in order to raise an army against the Necromancers.

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Book Cover & Blurb: The Dark Madonna

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The Dark Madonna by Nicolas Bazan, M.D.
An American neuroscientist becomes embroiled in an international mystery that explores the meaning of miracles.
New Orleans - While attending a scientific conference in Poland New Orleans neuroscientist, Dr. Alvaro Cruz, visits Auschwitz and faces the ghosts of his own harrowing escape from Argentina’s “Dirty War” of the 1970’s.
When he and his wife meet an American artist-priest just outside the entrance of the notorious concentration camp Alvaro is inexplicably drawn to this enigmatic man and his stories about the icon of Catholic Poland known as “The Black Madonna” and a religious vision he experienced as a young art student. After returning to Krakow Alvaro can’t get the comments and demeanor of young Father Stephen out of his mind.

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Book Cover & Blurb: Perfect

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Perfect* - What Jesus Teaches Us about Building Intimacy with God
God wants an intimate relationship with each of His children. And an intimate relationship with God is what we all need. He has chosen to build His kingdom through His people, and He works best in those who are most intimate with Him. Perfect* explains how the Model Prayer nourishes that kind of intimacy.
Dunedin, FL – Author, speaker and former pastor David Rex Gosnell announces the release of Perfect*: What Jesus Teaches Us about Building Intimacy with God. The teachings of Jesus and the author’s experience with prayer form the foundation of a Bible study which will inform and inspire all growing believers.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Book Cover & Blurb: Effed Up!

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Emmy and Golden Globe winning television writer Russ Woody has resurfaced with a new novel! - Effed Up! Story of a Family
NEW YORK - A delightfully disturbing read for anyone who grew up in a dysfunctional family; a reason to be grateful, for anyone who didn’t. But who the hell didn’t? These days the effort to define “family” is front and center in the public eye. And while same-sex couples are struggling to point out their legitimacy to a significant number of Limbaugh-loving Luddites, what about those of us who were forced to grow up in the pressure cooker of the “effed up” nuclear family? Mother-father-two-point-five-children, after all is the perfect paradigm of our cherished Judeo-Christian “family values.”
Effed Up! Story of a Family is a tragic and hilarious romp through the life and tortured mind of thirty something insurance underwriter, Robert Nirth, who struggles to limit his sarcasm and decidedly negative attitude toward women, in order to have a relationship with one. But having grown up in the manipulative clutches of his mother Helen, his sarcasm is the one thing that kept him alive.

Monday, November 11, 2013

Book Cover & Blurb: Pretty Ugly

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The True-to-Life Stories in this Riveting Book Offer Inspiration, Motivation and Healing For Abused Women
WASHINGTON, DC – Pretty Ugly – How Low Self-Esteem Almost Ruined My Life is a book that was birthed out of the passion and perseverance of Barbara Marie Barnes’ real life experiences. Fueled by her desire to help others and communicate the message of how to overcome even when the trials of life seem to overtake you, Ms. Barnes created a literary piece to help women of all ages take their rightful place in life. Pretty Ugly contains the expanded contents of its title telling story after story on how pretty ugly life can be at times. If you have ever felt pretty ugly, this is the book for you.

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Book Cover & Blurb: Africa's Unfinished Symphony

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Bakersfield, CA - While the tale of South Africa in the wake of World War II is riveting, violent, and cruel, it also is brimming with stories of kindness, compassion, and courage. Lucia Mann, in her latest historical novel, Africa’s Unfinished Symphony, captivates her readers as she conveys stories of the intense conflicts that existed between archaic tribal customs and modern influences. Loosely based on her life experiences in South Africa, this book immerses you in historic African themes that will jolt you out of complacency.
You will be riveted as you witness how a witch doctor’s power and his ancient tribal ways cruelly collide with the force and authority of modern Africa. And you will be mesmerized as you follow the convoluted path of Farida of the ancients battling to become Bertha of the modern world.

Saturday, November 9, 2013

Book Cover & Blurb: My Cuba Libre

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George Fowler, chief legal counsel for the Cuban American National Foundation, releases My Cuba Libre: Bringing Fidel Castro to Justice - the personal story of his lifelong battle to remove the dictator from power and bring democracy to his homeland.
Shortly after the October 1962 missile crisis George Fowler’s uncle, Alberto Fowler, a Bay of Pig invader and then a CIA operative, showed him pictures of the Russian missiles that supposedly the Russians had removed from Cuba. Mr. Fowler made it clear he thought President Kennedy had been duped by the Russians. He was right! Just weeks ago, a ship bearing old missiles from Cuba to North Korea was halted in Panama. Now, over fifty years later, many believe President Obama will be duped by the Russians once again. Putin is asking Obama to believe that the Russians will ensure that Syrian biochemical weapons are removed or destroyed. The information in George Fowler’s My Cuba Libre: Bringing Fidel Castro to Justice has never been more relevant than it is today.

Friday, November 8, 2013


Top 5 Graphic Novels:
1. The Joker: Death Of The Family, by Scott Snyder and Various
2. Green Lantern: Rise Of The Third Army, by Geoff Johns and Various
3. The Woman Rebel: The Margaret Sanger Story, by Peter Bagge
4. Avengers: Endless Wartime, by Warren Ellis and Mike McKone
5. The Walking Dead, Book 9, by Robert Kirkman and Charlie Adlard
The Joker: Death Of The Family
by Scott Snyder and Various

After having his face sliced off one year ago, The Joker makes his horrifying return in this new epic that features Batman's entire network of partners in crimefighting, including Batgirl, Catwoman, Nightwing, Robin, the Teen Titans and more. While The Joker threatens the very existence of Gotham City, these heroes --and villains--must find a way to survive.

What They Said: Marianne Williamson

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure…We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, and fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small doesn’t serve the world. There’s nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We are born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us, it’s in everyone.” –Marianne Williamson


While searching for a tidbit for a new post I remembered the movie Akeelah and the Bee. I enjoyed that show immensely though it has been a while since I’ve seen it. I do believe I’ll get it and watch it with my children. J

I’m not exactly sure whether this quote was used in the movie, referenced somehow or what, but while looking up that movie I came across this quote. Sure I could have researched it more and had all the information but I got carried away by the quote itself. It screamed at me and I had to share it. It definitely goes along with the post I wrote yesterday in some ways, or at least I felt it did at the time of reading and writing this. (INSERT HERE)

Book Cover & Blurb: Quantum Roots

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Quantum Roots: Federal agents, Alexis Grumman and Jeremy Wade track down a current day vigilante, whose fingerprints match those of a Korean War veteran.
Author Kyle Keyes uses characters from two previous novels, to promote a theory that particle energy formats with a quantum root system, that can bypass time and space. Keyes believes that such fiction could turn to fact as we move into the age of quantum mechanics.
Parrish, FL – Adventure fans everywhere should delight in this fast paced action story, that brings yesterday's gun play back to settle cyberspace-age injustice.
Jesse Joe Jacks was born sometime during the snow blizzard of 1923. The Lower Elk County, game warden died from a lightning strike on July 23, 1959, while wearing a sheriff's star.

Thursday, November 7, 2013


Top 5 Children’s Books:
Picture Books:
1.The Day The Crayons Quit, by Drew Daywalt
2. Pete The Cat And His Magical Sunglasses, by Kimberly and James Dean.
3. Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site, by Sherri Duskey Rinker and Tom Lichtenheld
4. Click, Clack, Boo!, by Doreen Cronin
5. I’m A Frog, by Mo Willems
The Very Fairy Princess Sparkles In The Snow
by Julie Andrews and Emma Walton Hamilton

The Winter Wonderland Festival is just around the corner, and Gerry knows this is her moment to SHINE. She's the most enthusiastic singer around, so she's certain her music teacher will choose her to perform the solo. She takes every opportunity to show him her VERY best voice-during rehearsal, during lunchtime, and even during recess. When a professional singer is given the solo instead, Gerry is crushed...but as the snow begins to fall, she finds a way to get her SPARKLE back!

The mother-daughter team of Julie Andrews and Emma Walton Hamilton adds a sparkly seasonal story to their #1 New York Timesbestselling series.

Book Cover & Blurb: Ernestine

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Claire Nicolas White, Aldous Huxley’s Niece, releases her historical fiction novella: Ernestine
NEW YORK - Ernestine, a novella by Claire Nicolas White, is the remarkable story of a widely popular, fictionalized teenaged character in modern Europe whose adventures are based upon the life and times of a ninety year old artist who grew up in Europe during WWII.
The real Ernestine, whose name is Francine, has lived a fascinating life. In her youth she was lovely and interesting, and greatly pursued by men the world over. The child of a Flemish woman and an unknown father (a wounded German soldier or Russian aristocrat); Francine grows up in Belgium with her Grandmother. Later in her 20s, she shelters and protects a Jewish law student from Nazi soldiers while living in Paris, and through the help her employer, secures his passage to safety out of France, but never sees him again.

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Stink Pickles and Thinking Tanks

Today's Knowledge is Power is being replaced with Useless Knowledge.

Why the hell anybody would want to know a myriad of ways in which to say they have to go to the bathroom is beyond me but here are just some ways you can say it. Some crazy stuff....research takes me down some deep dark crevices of the unabashed and spontaneous. LOL  Do you have any to add to the list?

1.       Gonna go pinch a loaf

2.       I’m gonna go put out some fires

3.       Going to the pisser

4.       I have to go water the flowers.

5.       I gotta go do the poop scoopin boogie

6.       I feel the need to squeeze the lemon

7.       I’m a few minutes away from fitting into my old wardrobe

8.       I need to drain the dragon/lizard…


Top 5 Nonfiction:
1. Killing Jesus. by Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard
2. David And Goliath, by Malcolm Gladwell
3. I Am Malala, by Malala Yousafzai with Christina Lamb
4. Things That Matter, by Charles Krauthammer
5. 40 Chances, by Howard G. Buffet and Howard W. Buffet
I Am Malala
by Malala Yousafzai with Christina Lamb

When the Taliban took control of the Swat Valley in Pakistan, one girl spoke out. Malala Yousafzai refused to be silenced and fought for her right to an education.

On Tuesday, October 9, 2012, when she was fifteen, she almost paid the ultimate price. She was shot in the head at point-blank range while riding the bus home from school, and few expected her to survive.

Instead, Malala's miraculous recovery has taken her on an extraordinary journey from a remote valley in northern Pakistan to the halls of the United Nations in New York. At sixteen, she has become a global symbol of peaceful protest and the youngest nominee ever for the Nobel Peace Prize.

I AM MALALA is the remarkable tale of a family uprooted by global terrorism, of the fight for girls' education, of a father who, himself a school owner, championed and encouraged his daughter to write and attend school, and of brave parents who have a fierce love for their daughter in a society that prizes sons.

I AM MALALA will make you believe in the power of one person's voice to inspire change in the world.