Saturday, August 31, 2013

Book Cover & Blurb: Teach your Children

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Newly Released Inspirational Book Reveals One Woman's Remarkable Message from God: True Connections
A rendezvous with fate changes Patricia's life forever – in bad and good ways she could never imagine. Her spiritual journey and lessons learned are offered in her new book, Teach Your Children.
Pickens, SC – An unspeakable tragedy and the inspiring physical and spiritual recovery that follow told honestly and tenderly in Patricia McCuen's newly released inspirational book, Teach Your Children: God's Message.

Friday, August 30, 2013

Who's On Top: Graphic Novels

Top 5 Graphic Novels: 
Hardcover:
1. THE ANIMAL MAN OMNIBUS, by Grant Morrison and Chas Trouog
2. PACIFIC RIM: TALES FROM YEAR ZERO, by Travis Beacham and Sean Chen
3. BATMAN, VOL. 2, by Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo
4. LOST CAT, by Jason
5. WONDER WOMAN, VOL. 2, by Brian Azzarello and Cliff Chiang
Spotlight: 
LOST CAT 
By Jason

A detective is walking down the street. It is raining. He sees a "Lost Cat" poster. A minute later he sees the cat from the photo. He picks it up and goes back to the poster. He calls the number. A woman answers. He turns up at her place and gives her the cat. She invites him in from the rain for a cup of coffee. They talk and find out they have a lot in common: both are divorced and living alone. Some days later he invites her out for a dinner. She accepts. He shows up at the agreed time. She doesn't. He calls her home and knocks on her door. No answer. He asks the neighbors. They haven't seen her. She has disappeared. He makes some phone calls and investigates, but can't find her. He gets a new client and has to start working on a new case. In his head he continues their conversation. Lost Cat, the new graphic novel by Jason (after years of "graphic novellas" of less than 50 pages, arguably his first genuine graphic NOVEL) is both a playful take on the classic detective story, and a story about how difficult it is to find a sister spirit, someone you feel a real connection to--and what do you do if you lose that person?

Book Cover & Blurb: Consider the Dragonfly

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Drugs, Death and Double-Crossing: Young Man Loses His Way in Miami's Criminal Justice System in the Newly Released Consider the Dragonfly
Pushed over the edge, CJ takes a dark path in a moment of revenge. Consider the Dragonfly tells the harrowing story of a young man who loses himself in drugs and crime … and the prison system.
Pensacola, FL – Drugs, death and dark dealings are commonplace in the Florida prison system … and not a place young CJ ever thought he'd call home. Consider the Dragonfly is a coming-of-age novel of a different sort, and with a darker spin. The newly released suspense novel is published by Outskirts Press.

Who's On Top: Children's Books


Top 5 Children's Books:
Picture Books:
1. PETE THE CAT: THE WHEELS ON THE BUS, by James Dean
2. THE DAY THE CRAYONS QUIT, by Drew Daywalt. Illustrated by Oliver Jeffers
3. LLAMA LLAMA AND THE BULLY GOAT, by Anna Dewdney
4. GOODNIGHT, GOODNIGHT, CONSTRUCTION SITE, by Sherri Duskey Rinker and Tom Lichtenheld
5. PRESS HERE, by Hervé Tullet
Spotlight:
JOURNEY 
By Aaron Becker

Follow a girl on an elaborate flight of fancy in a wondrously illustrated, wordless picture book about self-determination — and unexpected friendship.

A lonely girl draws a magic door on her bedroom wall and through it escapes into a world where wonder, adventure, and danger abound. Red marker in hand, she creates a boat, a balloon, and a flying carpet that carry her on a spectacular journey toward an uncertain destiny. When she is captured by a sinister emperor, only an act of tremendous courage and kindness can set her free. Can it also lead her home and to her heart’s desire? With supple line, luminous color, and nimble flights of fancy, author-illustrator Aaron Becker launches an ordinary child on an extraordinary journey toward her greatest and most exciting adventure of all.


Thursday, August 29, 2013

Book Cover & Blurb: 10,000 Babies

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10,000 Babies: my life in the deliver room
Hastings, MI – Dr. Silvio Aladjem releases his memoir, 10,000 Babies, remarkable events he experienced as an OB in high risk pregnancies.
10,000 Babies is a compilation of true events in the life of an obstetrician and his patients, presented as short stories. Some may bring a smile others a tear. Anyone who has a child, whether a mother or a father, will not remain indifferent.
These stories range from those of the very early pregnancy, to the birth of triplets, from the anguish of not knowing if the baby will be born prematurely, to the unusual case where a mother thought that she was pregnant, when in reality she was not. Those that have not yet become parents or are already parents, will find in 10,000 babies a world they did not know existed.

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Who's On Top: Nonfiction

Top 5 Nonfiction:
Hardcover:
1. THE LIBERTY AMENDMENTS, by Mark R. Levin
2. ZEALOT, by Reza Aslan
3. LEAN IN, by Sheryl Sandberg with Nell Scovell
4. INFILTRATED, by Jay W. Richards
5. HAPPY, HAPPY, HAPPY, by Phil Robertson with Mark Schlabach
Spotlight:
THE LIBERTY AMENDMENTS

By Mark R. Levin

For a century, the Statists have steadfastly constructed a federal Leviathan, distorting and evading our constitutional system in pursuit of an all-powerful, ubiquitous central government. The result is an ongoing and growing assault on individual liberty, state sovereignty, and the social compact. Levin argues that if we cherish our American heritage, it is time to embrace a constitutional revival.

The delegates to the 1787 Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia and the delegates to each state’s ratification convention foresaw a time when—despite their best efforts to forestall it—the Federal government might breach the Constitution’s limits and begin oppressing the people. Agencies such as the IRS and EPA and programs such as Obamacare demonstrate that the Framers’ fear was prescient.

Therefore, the Framers provided two methods for amending the Constitution. The second was intended for our current circumstances—empowering the states to bypass Congress and call a convention for the purpose of amending the Constitution. Levin argues that we, the people, can avoid a perilous outcome by seeking recourse, using the method called for in the Constitution itself.

The Framers adopted ten constitutional amendments, called the Bill of Rights, that would preserve individual rights and state authority. Levin lays forth eleven specific prescriptions for restoring our founding principles, ones that are consistent with the Framers’ design. His proposals—such as term limits for members of Congress and Supreme Court justices and limits on federal taxing and spending—are pure common sense, ideas shared by many. They draw on the wisdom of the Founding Fathers—including James Madison, Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, and numerous lesser-known but crucially important men—in their content and in the method for applying them to the current state of the nation.

Now is the time for the American people to take the first step toward reclaiming what belongs to them. The task is daunting, but it is imperative if we are to be truly free.


Book Review: Shaken

Shaken by Susan Hatler


 
Book Blurb:
 
 

 
High school junior, Kylie Bates, can suddenly read minds. When she touches people’s hands, she’s able to see their deepest thoughts. As if that’s not freaky enough, her dad sends her to help hottie detective, Sam Williams, track down a missing girl. Way too much pressure, especially for a girl who can’t watch Scream without getting nightmares. Then, finding the missing girl leads to much more than Kylie’s prepared for. Like discovering that her dad has been lying to her. That she has a family she never knew about. That the girls have powers similar to hers. Oh yeah, and that someone is out to get her. When the detective’s teenage wanna-be-cop cousin, Trip Williams,

Who's On Top: Fiction

Top 5 Fiction:
Hardcover:
1. THE CUCKOO'S CALLING, by Robert Galbraith
2. MISTRESS, by James Patterson and David Ellis
3. ROSE HARBOR IN BLOOM, by Debbie Macomber
4. INFERNO, by Dan Brown
5. AND THE MOUNTAINS ECHOED, by Khaled Hosseini

Spotlight: 
ROSE HARBOR IN BLOOM
By Debbie Macomber 


Hailed as “the reigning queen of women’s fiction” (The Sacramento Bee), #1 New York Times bestselling author Debbie Macomber is renowned for her novels of love, friendship, and the promise of fresh starts. Now Macomber returns to the charming Rose Harbor Inn, where each guest finds a second chance and every room comes with an inspiring new view.

Since moving to Cedar Cove, Jo Marie Rose has truly started to feel at home, and her neighbors have become her closest friends. Now it’s springtime, and Jo Marie is eager to finish the most recent addition to her inn. In memory of her late husband, Paul, she has designed a beautiful rose garden for the property and enlisted handyman Mark Taylor to help realize it. She and Mark don’t always see eye-to-eye—and at times he seems far removed—yet deep down, Jo Marie finds great comfort in his company. And while she still seeks a sense of closure, she welcomes her latest guests, who are on their own healing journeys.

Annie Newton arrives in town to orchestrate her grandparents’ fiftieth wedding anniversary celebration. While Annie is excited for the festivities, she’s struggling to move on from her broken engagement, and her grandparents themselves seem to be having trouble getting along. Worse, Annie is forced to see Oliver Sutton, with whom she grew up and who has always mercilessly teased her. But the best parties end with a surprise, and Annie is in for the biggest one of all.

High-powered businesswoman Mary Smith, another Rose Harbor Inn guest, has achieved incredible success in her field, yet serious illness has led her to face her sole, lingering regret. Almost nineteen years ago, she ended her relationship with her true love, George Hudson, and now she’s returned to Cedar Cove to make amends.

Compassion and joy await Jo Marie, Annie, and Mary as they make peace with their pasts and look boldly toward their futures. Rose Harbor in Bloom is Debbie Macomber at her heartwarming best.


Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Book Cover & Blurb: What about Women

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New e-book exposes ways the Confederate view of womanhood—along with the ancient Greek view and the picture of women in romanticized King Arthur legends—have superimposed themselves on the biblical view of women in the US church.
Seven years ago, God waylaid Deborah Brunt with this question, “Has a failure to understand the new covenant’s impact denied a whole gender, for centuries, the full redemption Jesus purchased with his own blood?” Tentatively, at first, she began to seek the answer. She learned to humble her soul, quiet her fears—and give the Lord permission to challenge her previous understanding of Scripture. She began to live in light of what she learned, to tell others—and to see dramatic healing, freedom and life emerge. Deborah’s new e-book, What About Women? A Spirit-to-spirit Exposé, traces her journey of discovery and explores the stunning, life-giving insights she’s gleaned.

Monday, August 26, 2013

Who's On Top: Movies

#Spotlight:
Lee Daniels' The Butler 

Nobody who has seen “Shadowboxer,” “Precious” or, heaven knows, “The Paperboy” would mistake Lee Daniels for a realist. Nonetheless, his new film — released, as a result of a ridiculous film industry food fight, with the ungainly official title “Lee Daniels’ The Butler” — is a brilliantly truthful film on a subject that is usually shrouded in wishful thinking, mythmongering and outright denial. Taking inspiration from an article by Wil Haygood in The Washington Post about the life of Eugene Allen, who worked as a butler in the White House during eight presidential administrations, Mr. Daniels has told the story of the civil rights movement in the bold colors of costume pageantry and the muted tones of domestic drama. He also throws in a few bright splashes of crazy, over-the-top theatricality, in the form of outrageous period-appropriate outfits and startling celebrity cameos, as well as dabs of raucous comedy. You may hear it said, in praise of “The Butler,” that it shows this director in a more restrained, responsible frame of mind than his earlier films did. This may be true — most movies not directed by John Waters can be described as more restrained than “The Paperboy” — but it misses both the subtlety of Mr. Daniels’s previous movies and the wild exuberance of this one. The history of racism in America, and of efforts to overcome it, is usually addressed by Hollywood with a solemn, anxious, churchly hush and flattened into a tableau of villains and saints. Mr. Daniels and the screenwriter, Danny Strong, understand that both the horror and the heroism are connected with everything else that makes America such a complicated, interesting, appalling and glorious place: our politics, our popular culture, our deepest desires and our simplest habits. Making the topic safe and boring is no good for anyone. — A. O. Scott


Top 10 @ Box Office:
1. Lee Daniels' The Butler
2. We're the Millers
3. The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones
4. The World's End
5. Disney's Planes
6. Elysium
7. You're Next
8. Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters
9. Blue Jasmine
10. Kick Ass 2

Disclaimer: All information comes from NYTimes.com

Book Cover & Blurb: Remembering America

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Homeless Dad looks to a better future by remembering a happier past…
...and writes an Amazon number 1!
Franklin, TN - Craig Daliessio is an author and speaker who is well versed in adversity and difficulty. A successful and respected member of the mortgage industry, Craig saw his career, and then his home and his life devastated when the industry collapsed in 2008. Five long, grinding years living in his car, showering at the rec center, and working what jobs he could find took a heavy toll. But they also revealed the man inside. In those years of devastation, Daliessio earned his Bachelors in Religion from Liberty University, wrote 4 books and two blogs, and most of all remained a devoted dad to his daughter, refusing to leave town and rebuild elsewhere when that would have been the easier path.
Along the way, Craig has written an amazing book based on remembrances of his childhood in the Philadelphia area suburbs. A time he has come to call “The Last Innocent Age”. The book; Remembering America: Looking Back at the Last Innocent Age is a sweet, witty, sometimes humorous, sometimes poignant journey back to a time when neighbors were neighbors for life. When kids played outside until dark. When you took your hat off to sing the Anthem and say the pledge. It’s Little League and Spider Bikes with Baseball cards in the spokes. It’s clothes hanging on clotheslines and girls with crushes on Donny Osmond and Davey Jones. It’s The Carol Burnett Show on Saturday night and Drive-in movies in the summer. It was the last, best era in a country that has changed in less than one lifetime. It’s a look back at a better place, and it’s struck a chord with America, reaching number one in it’s category on May 12-14, 2013.
About the book:
Remembering America: Looking Back at the Last Innocent Age by Craig Daliessio
ISBN: 978-0984533664
Publisher: The Morgan Group
Date of publish: April 2013
Pages: 240
S.R.P.: $14.99
About the author:
The author of Harry Kalas Saved My Life and A Ragamuffin Christmas adds Remembering America...Looking Back at the Last Innocent Age to his list of critically acclaimed works. Craig's writing reflects his journey...full of Faith amidst doubt. Optimism amidst fear. Devotion to family and the deep desire to share his love of a well-crafted page that touches a heart and brings a tear or a smile...or both. He is a gifted speaker and amateur hockey player and loving father. A native Philadelphian who currently resides in Nashville, Craig's literary voice has been compared to Brennan Manning and Gene Hill.

Sunday, August 25, 2013

Book Cover & Blurb: Deadly Passage

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Deadly Passage by Lawrence W. Gold, M.D.
Grass Valley, CA – Dr. Lawrence Gold has released his new high seas, adventure-thriller novel of bioterrorism in a post 9/11 world, Deadly Passage.
The novel operates on several levels not commonly encountered in a high-octane thriller, including insights into the terrorists, their backgrounds, rationale, and subtle conflicts within the communities from which they have been drawn that ultimately condition their decisions and actions. The responses of US governmental agencies mirror these diverse perspectives.

Saturday, August 24, 2013

Book Cover & Blurb: When You Have to be the Man

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Single Moms Discover Parenting Triumphs Through God with New Book, When You Have to Be the Man
When You Have to Be the Man challenges traditional “mom” thinking by discovering how one single mother found triumphs by allowing the Christ within her to have authority in her life.
Virginia Beach, VA – When You Have to Be the Man illustrates the extraordinary things that can be expected with God as the man of the house.

Friday, August 23, 2013

Who's On Top: Graphic Novels

Top 5 Graphic Novels:  
Hardcover:
1. THE ANIMAL MAN OMNIBUS, by Grant Morrison and Chas Trouog
2. PACIFIC RIM: TALES FROM YEAR ZERO, by Travis Beacham and Sean Chen
3. THE KILLER, VOL. 4, by Matz and Luc Jacamon
4. MOUSE GUARD: THE BLACK AXE, by David Petersen
5. MADELEINE L'ENGLE'S A WRINKLE IN TIME, by Hope Larson

Spotlight: 
THE KILLER, VOL. 4
By Matz and Luc Jacamon

After his misadventures in Venezuela, our Killer retires to Mexico, but his Colombian cartel friend Mariano and the Cuban agent Katia are not far behind. Soon he finds himself drawn back into the great geopolitical game between Cuba, Venezuela, and the United States, with oil revenues and political independence at stake. Even when he finds himself in unusual territory as the shadow owner of an oil company developing Cuba’s off-shore deposits, the need for his usual skill-set is never far away…


Who's On Top: Children's Books

Top 5 Children's Books
Picture Book: 
1. PETE THE CAT: THE WHEELS ON THE BUS, by James Dean
2. THE DAY THE CRAYONS QUIT, by Drew Daywalt
3. LLAMA LLAMA AND THE BULLY GOAT, by Anna Dewdney
4. GOODNIGHT, GOODNIGHT, CONSTRUCTION SITE, by Sherri Duskey Rinker and Tom Lichtenheld
5. PRESS HERE, by Hervé Tullet
Spotlight:
LLAMA LLAMA AND THE BULLY GOAT
By Anna Dewdney

Llama Llama likes to sing.
Gilroy laughs at everything.
Llama sings out just the same.
Gilroy says a not-nice name.
Teacher has some things to say:
calling names is not OK.
  Llama Llama is learning lots of new things at school and making many friends. But when Gilroy Goat starts teasing him and some of their classmates, Llama Llama isn't sure what to do. And then he remembers what his teacher told him—walk away and tell someone. It works! But then Llama Llama feels badly. Can he and Gilroy try to be friends again? Taking on a difficult but important part of children's lives, Anna Dewdney gives readers a way to experience and discuss bullying in a safe and comforting way.


Book Cover & Blurb: The Window to the Truth of the Bible

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Newly Released The Window to the Truth of the Bible Explores Contradiction, Mythology and Other Facts The Bible Doesn't Tell
What's the real truth about Hell? Are there errors in The Bible? The Window to the Truth of the Bible picks up where The Bible leaves off.
Soldotna, AK – Do the books of The Bible really tell it all? Author Erma M. Ressol explores difficult and rarely discussed facts and myths The Bible doesn't address in her new book The Window to the Truth of the Bible.
Readers interested in the unexplored aspects of religion and The Bible will find Ressol's discussion of the contradictions and errors in the good book fascinating. In addition to Christian themes, The Window to the Truth of the Bible delves into ancient common mythology and other religions that existed before and during Jesus' lifetime. Other topics discussed in the book include a number of topics not discussed in church or The Bible:
• The origin of the doctrine of Hell from the history of the trinity starting in AD 325
• Where the English word Hell came from
• Creeds and dogma written by the early Catholic Church's fathers
• What the ancient Hebrews and Mesopotamians believed about Sheol and life after death
• Rumors from the 1st to 4th centuries AD about who the father of Jesus was
• David did not kill Goliath the giant

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Book Cover & Blurb: Forced Intervention

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Sister Ransomed for Gold by Mob in Forced Intervention
Georgetown, DE - Authors Douglas E. Sipple and Charles T. Wolstenholme have released their new mob crime thriller, Forced Intervention.
Having been kidnapped by a Baltimore Mob family and held for ransom, Anna Myer is used as the motivation to force her brother, Cris Weaver, and his longtime friend, U.S. Customs Agent Dave Stevens, to organize and carry out a gold smuggling operation from the rugged wilds of north central Mexico to the United States.
Encountering dangerous weather, vicious bandits, forbidden love, hazardous mountain trails and treachery from every faction, they pursue the only available course to rescue Anna and escape with their lives, while avoiding capture by the Mexican police, being overcome by disgruntled peasants, killed by the mob or arrested as smugglers by the U.S. authorities.

Who's On Top: Nonfiction

Top 5 Nonfiction:
Hardcover: 
1. ZEALOT, by Reza Aslan
2. LEAN IN, by Sheryl Sandberg with Nell Scovell
3. THIS TOWN, by Mark Leibovich
4. INFILTRATED, by Jay W. Richards
5. HAPPY, HAPPY, HAPPY, by Phil Robertson with Mark Schlabac
Spotlight:
INFILTRATED
By Jay W. Richards

What Every American Needs to Know About the War on Free Enterprise--and Freedom Itself America: be warned.
A new wave of financial reformers has infiltrated our public institutions at both the state and national levels. A growing army of self-proclaimed activists, philanthropists, and politicians has infiltrated not only the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, but the FDIC, the Treasury, and other regulatory agencies. This explosive new book from "New York Times" bestselling author Jay W. Richards reveals the shocking truth about: The latest financial regulations--what every consumer and businessperson needs to know The Dodd-Frank Reform Act--how it targets the wrong people and problems Elizabeth Warren and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau--what they're really up to Consumer credit and debt--why we need to stop blaming the banks The war against free enterprise--what you can do to fight back

This startling account walks you through America's government and financial industry from the inside out--exposing the surprising history, the colorful characters, and the earthshaking events that got us where we are today.

You'll meet the political ideologues and extremists whose good intentions paved the road to financial hell. You'll witness the "blame game" in action, as politicians and the media use the 2008 meltdown as an excuse to further their own agendas. You'll learn about the terrible consequences that sweeping government reforms have on small businesses and other industries that had nothing to do with the financial crisis.

Finally, you'll find a special resource section of positive actions and ideas to help you stand up and speak out for your rights.

America is at a crossroads. It is time for us to choose between stricter government control that limits our freedom or a more open free market that is the key to prosperity. This book could make all the difference.

FREE ENTERPRISE IS UNDER ATTACK. THIS BOOK IS AMERICA'S WAKE-UP CALL.

"Big government statists have created a destructive myth that deregulation and greed caused the financial crisis. Richards demonstrates that altruistic government policies supported by crony socialists were the primary cause of the crisis. It is important to debunk the statist myth, because it has been the justification for extremely harmful public policies."
John Allison, President and CEO, Cato Institute, and "New York Times" bestselling author of "The Financial Crisis and the Free Market Cure"

""Infiltrated" strips the pretense of compassion from 'community action' and rips away the patina of idealism from housing 'fairness' hustles. . . . While naming the names and crimes of housing 'charity' scammers, Richards expounds an inspiring liberation philosophy of true economic compassion and win-win economic growth for all."
George Gilder, author of "Knowledge and Power"

"Fearless and brilliant. Dr. Richards boldly addresses important consumer lending issues in a detailed and exhaustive manner. You may not like his conclusions, but to detractors I say prove him wrong. The absolute best book of its kind."
Harold A. Black, PhD, Smith Professor of Finance (Emeritus), University of Tennessee

"If you want to know why the popular wisdom about the causes and effects of the financial crisis is mostly wrong, and how such myths will help facilitate similar crises in the future, Jay Richards's Infiltrated is an eye-opener."
Samuel Gregg, author of "Becoming Europe"


Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Book Review: Unspoken


Unspoken by Kerrigan Byrne

About the Book:

He's cursed with eternal silence...


Roderick MacLauchlan is death for hire. Blessed by an ancient Deity with Berserker rage, he has the strength of ten men. Cursed by a malicious enemy, he's incapable of speech. A desperate clan war rages around him and a malevolent adversary lurks in the darkness, calling for blood.

Evelyn Woodhouse is an English refugee with a dangerous secret. She has the ability to see the outcome of tomorrow's battle and knows they're on the wrong side of it. When a doomed and silent mercenary rescues her from a fate worse than death, it seems he has his own plans for her. This is his last night alive and she's never been able to defy destiny.

Book Review:
Warning: This is a novella, not a novel. It’s total length is about 60 pages give or take a few. 
I’ll admit I normally read the book blurb as well as others’ reviews before I go and decide to read a book. That doesn’t mean I won’t read it at all though. That was the case for this book. I saw a number of poor reviews; many citing extreme erotica and redundant sex scenes. They may have been talking about the trilogy as a whole or maybe not. Who knows. I do know that there were no explicit sex scenes. I have read a lot of erotica and this was not erotica. It did showcase a very touching sexual scene but the words were not vulgar and the scene not explicit. It was written with good taste IMO and I wanted to clarify with the people who are reading those reviews that the truth of the matter was: 2 sex scenes and nothing lewd.

Alrighty..on with the review. For it being a novella, I strongly feel the story was written very well. You would not imagine how complicated it can be to write a thorough and entertaining short story or/and novella. The tension in this book was captivating and moved the story onward. Evelyn’s ability to see the future, and in this story seeing the death of a man and then fearing the death, and then trying earnestly to prevent that death all in 60 short pages…that’s pretty impressive.
I do believe there is a fine line where this should stay a novella and where it would have been a nice novel. That’s a promising comment regarding a story.

My personal verdict: 9/10

Book Cover & Blurb: A Legacy Driven Life

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“A Legacy Driven Life” Provides a Practical Road Map to Designing a Lasting Legacy
Leaving a lasting legacy is no accident. In his new book, A Legacy Driven Life, author Adil Dalal provides readers with the road map to creating their own profound legacies.
Austin, TX – Leaving a legacy is not an afterthought or an accident; leaving a legacy requires one to live a legacy driven life. Author Adil Dalal's newest book, A Legacy Driven Life: Live a Legacy to Leave a Legacy, provides a practical guide to doing just that for leaders and individuals who wish to leave their mark on this planet. This self-help, motivational book is published by Pinnacle Process Solutions, Intl®, LLC.
A “legacy” provides the definite purpose to individuals and acts as a “north star” and a “lighthouse,” keeping us on a steady path through the ups and downs of life.

Who's On Top: Fiction

Top 5 Fiction:
Hardcover:
1. THE CUCKOO'S CALLING, by Robert Galbraith
2. MISTRESS, by James Patterson and David Ellis
3. INFERNO, by Dan Brown
4. AND THE MOUNTAINS ECHOED, by Khaled Hosseini
5. GONE GIRL, by Gillian Flynn
Spotlight:
MISTRESS
By James Patterson and David Ellis 

James Patterson's scariest, sexiest stand-alone thriller since The Quickie.

Ben isn't like most people. Unable to control his racing thoughts, he's a man consumed by his obsessions: movies, motorcycles, presidential trivia-and Diana Hotchkiss, a beautiful woman Ben knows he can never have. When Diana is found dead outside her apartment, Ben's infatuation drives him on a hunt to find out what happened to the love of his life. Ben soon discovers that the woman he pined for was hiding a shocking double life. And now someone is out to stop Ben from uncovering the truth about Diana's illicit affairs. In his most heart-pumping thriller yet, James Patterson plunges us into the depths of a mind tortured by paranoia and obsession, on an action-packed chase through a world of danger and deceit.

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Book Cover & Blurb: If You Were Me and Lived in...South Korea

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New children’s book Introduces Children to New Cultures Around the World: If You Were Me And Lived In… South Korea
Bethpage, NY – Author Carole Roman announces the release of her latest children’s book which introduces children to new cultures throughout the world, If You Were Me And Lived In…South Korea.
This exciting and informative new children’s series, “If You Were Me and Lived in…” takes young readers on worldwide tour of different countries and their cultures.

Monday, August 19, 2013

Book Cover & Blurb: Death of an Intern

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Author Keith M. Donaldson Gives Crime a Hefty New Twist in "Death of an Intern"
Thriller Debut Book in Laura Wolfe Series Presents Suspenseful Murder Mystery Situated in the Nation’s Capital. Plot Twists Keep Readers Guessing “Who Done It” Right Down to the Final Pages.
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Stories about crime in Washington, DC, are nothing new, even when politicians are involved. But when protagonist Laura Wolfe, a reporter for the Washington Daily Star, follows her instincts covering a multiple-murder case, dubbed a serial killing, and is led to the doors of the Vice President of the United States . . . well this reporter seeks more. Death of an Intern by Keith M. Donaldson takes readers on unexpected twists, stops, and starts that keep them in suspense throughout.

Sunday, August 18, 2013

Book Cover & Blurb: Only a Soldier Understands

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Touching Truths of Military Service Laid Bare in Newly Released Memoir, Only a Soldier Understands
In his deeply personal memoir, Only a Soldier Understands, author and former soldier Dr. Clay Lifto shares the successes, failures, frustrations and triumphs known to only a few good men.
Fayetteville, NC – There's a bond of brotherhood only a relative few can truly appreciate: the ups and downs of military service. With the newly released Only a Soldier Understands, author and former soldier Dr. Clay Lifto reflects on both the extraordinary and ordinary battles in the life of an American soldier.
Nobody understands what it feels like to be a soldier except another soldier. Shared as an autobiography, the book delves into Lifto's military experiences, allowing the reader to compare their own feelings and frustrations, successes and failures in the military to Lifto's very personal reflections.
Told chronologically in a series of 37 brief vignettes, Only a Soldier Understands shares tales from the life of a typical soldier, from the decision to join the military to the quest for respect and the need to achieve something important, to the good and bad bosses every soldier encounters. There are even suggested chat questions and a clever “Note from the Commander” at the end of each short vignette.
About the book:
Only a Soldier Understands by Dr. Clay Lifto
ISBN: 978-1-4787-1034-9
Publisher: Outskirts Press
Date of publish: June 2013
Pages: 102
S.R.P.: $14.95
About the author:
Dr. Clay Lifto, Professor Emeritus of Marketing and Management, has served at Kirkwood College since 1982. Among his many professional accomplishments, he has founded a property management company operating in three states, and established a college program focused on supervisory management. He speaks four languages, holds a BS in business management, a master’s in education and a doctorate in pastoral leadership. Currently, Lifto is pursuing his second doctorate in Counseling. Since 1993, Dr. Lifto and his wife, Ruth, have been involved with missionary humanitarian projects in Ukraine, where they have been teaching and helping to establish family centers for medical and dental care, clothing and food distribution, and personal counseling.

Saturday, August 17, 2013

Who's On Top: Graphic Novels

Top 5 Graphic Novels:




Hardcover: 
1. The Animal Man Omnibus, by Grant Morrison and Chas Trouog
2. Pacific Rim: Tales Fom Year Zero, by Travis Beacham and Sean Chen
3, The Killer, Vol. 4, by Matz and Luc Jacamon
4. Mouse Guard: The Black Axe, by David Petersen
5, Madeleine L'Engle's A Wrinkle In Time, by Hope Larson

Spotlight:
The Animal Man Omnibus
By Grant Morrison and Chas Trouog

From Grant Morrison, Eisner Award winning writer of ALL-STAR SUPERMAN and bestselling author of Supergods: What Masked Vigilantes, Miraculous Mutants, and a Sun God from Smallville Can Teach Us About Being Human, this new hardcover collects Morrison's entire groundbreaking run on ANIMAL MAN altogether for the first time .

Buddy Baker is more than just a second-rate super hero--He's also a devoted family man and animal rights activist. Now, as he tries to jump-start his crimefighting career, he experiences visions of aliens, people transforming into strange pencil-like drawings, and hints of a terrible crisis lurking around the edges of reality. And as his odyssey of self-discovery gives way to spiritual enlightenment as well as the depths of despair, Buddy meets his maker: a writer named Grant Morrison.

Collects ANIMAL MAN #1-26 and SECRET ORIGINS #39.

Book Cover & Blurb: Thy Will Be Done

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New Paranormal Romance book: Thy Will Be Done
Mojave, CA - High School English teacher releases her first novel, a paranormal romance entitled Thy Will Be Done.
Ever since childhood, Luke’s nights have been plagued by nightmares centered around a beautiful woman and a malevolent monster. Despite the sleeplessness and debilitating dreams, Luke’s life has been fairly normal—that is, until he learns that this beautiful woman is real.
Even more bizarre? This woman has been dreaming about him as well.

Friday, August 16, 2013

Book Cover & Blurb: Stillwell

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New Horror/Paranormal Thriller: Stillwell
Long Island, NY - Michael Phillip Cash announces the release of his latest horror/paranormal thriller, Stillwell : A Haunting on Long Island
Paul Russo’s wife just died. While trying to get his family’s life back in order, Paul is being tormented by a demon who is holding his wife's spirit hostage on the other side. His fate is intertwined with an old haunted mansion on the north shore of Long Island called Stillwell Manor. Paul must find clues dating back hundreds of years to set his wife's soul free.

Thursday, August 15, 2013

What They Said: Books

“What an astonishing thing a book is. It's a flat object made from a tree with flexible parts on which are imprinted lots of funny dark squiggles. But one glance at it and you're inside the mind of another person, maybe somebody dead for thousands of years. Across the millennia, an author is speaking clearly and silently inside your head, directly to you. Writing is perhaps the greatest of human inventions, binding together people who never knew each other, citizens of distant epochs. Books break the shackles of time. A book is proof that humans are capable of working magic.”
- Carl Sagan



By: William G. Muir
Before I get started I just have to say whenever I read this quote, or any of Carl Sagan's others writing I always hear Carl saying it in my head. I know that we all from time to time will hear the voice of an author, if we know know what they sound, like in our head. But Carl Sagan had a very distinct way of talking. His was a calm voice that rolled along on its cadence. It was the kind of voice that you remember long after you heard it. Which I believe that is what made him such a great educator.

I, like many, miss you Carl, you left us to soon.

Now on to our feature presentation.

Book Cover & Blurb:What's in Your 24?

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If Momma Ain't Happy: Newly Released What's In Your 24? Guides Women to Live a Life with No Excuses
What's In Your 24? offers the busy woman a guide to good health and happiness without excuses. This guide helps women become female masterpieces and to remain relevant personally and professionally.
Aurora, IL – If momma ain't happy, ain't nobody happy! Newly released lifestyle guide, What's In Your 24?, promises to help women get fit from the inside out, take control of their destiny, and live life without excuses – in short, to make “momma” happy.

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Who's On Top: Nonfiction

Top 5 Nonfiction:
Hardcover: 
1. Zealot, by Reza Aslan
2. This Town, by Mark Leibovich
3. Lean In, by Sheryl Sandberg with Nell Scovell
4. Happy, Happy, Happy, by Phil Robertson with Mark Schlabach
5. Unbroken, by Laura Hillenbrand
Spotlight:
A Street Cat Named Bob
By James Bowen 

When James Bowen found an injured, ginger street cat curled up in the hallway of his sheltered accommodation, he had no idea just how much his life was about to change. James was living hand to mouth on the streets of London and the last thing he needed was a pet.

Yet James couldn't resist helping the strikingly intelligent tom cat, whom he quickly christened Bob. He slowly nursed Bob back to health and then sent the cat on his way, imagining he would never see him again. But Bob had other ideas.

Soon the two were inseparable and their diverse, comic and occasionally dangerous adventures would transform both their lives, slowly healing the scars of each other's troubled pasts.

A Street Cat Named Bob is a moving and uplifting story that will touch the heart of anyone who reads it.

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Who's On Top: Fiction

Top 5 Fiction:
Hardcover:
1. The Cuckoo's Calling, by Robert Galbraith
2. Inferno, Dan Brown
3. And the Mountain Echoed, by Khalerd Hosseini
4. The English Girl, by Daniel Silva
5. Gone Girl, Gillian Flynn
Spotlight:
Gone Girl
By Gillian Flynn          

Marriage can be a real killer. 

One of the most critically acclaimed suspense writers of our time, New York Times bestseller Gillian Flynn, takes that statement to its darkest place in this unputdownable masterpiece about a marriage gone terribly, terribly wrong. As The Washington Post proclaimed, her work “draws you in and keeps you reading with the force of a pure but nasty addiction.” Gone Girl’s toxic mix of sharp-edged wit with deliciously chilling prose creates a nerve-fraying thriller that confounds you at every turn.

On a warm summer morning in North Carthage, Missouri, it is Nick and Amy’s fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick Dunne’s clever and beautiful wife disappears from their rented McMansion on the Mississippi River. Husband-of-the-Year Nick Dunne isn’t doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams about the slope and shape of his wife’s head, but hearing from Amy through flashbacks in her diary reveal the perky perfectionist could have put anyone dangerously on edge. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media—as well as Amy’s fiercely doting parents—the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he’s definitely bitter—but is he really a killer? As the cops close in, every couple in town is soon wondering how well they know the one that they love. With his twin sister Margo at his side, Nick stands by his innocence. Trouble is, if Nick didn’t do it, where is that beautiful wife? And what was left in that silvery gift box hidden in the back of her bedroom closet?

Employing her trademark razor-sharp writing and assured psychological insight, Gillian Flynn delivers a fast-paced, devilishly dark, and ingeniously plotted thriller that confirms her status as one of the hottest writers around.