Articles for the Month of November 2013

THE HARE AND THE TORTOISE (BEAT THE BULLIES!) by Mike Nach

An important message about bullying.

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About the book:
Hey kids! Are you being bullied at school? Afraid to go to school? Wanna know how to deal with bullies?
YES?
Then this book is for you. This book tells a story about a mean bully, the hare, and his victim, the tortoise. The tortoise finds a way to deal with the hare.
You can too!
Read on……

About Mike Nach: I am an author, stock trader and market researcher.
I am interested in religious studies and paranormal research.
I also review kindle books by other writers. My genre: fitness, health, cookery, self help, finance, nonfiction, occult and religion.

Review by susan Keefe:

The Hare and the Tortoise is a refreshing new look at the classic Aesop fable The Tortoise and the Hare.

Bullying is an immortal problem, and  it is one which manifests itself in various ways. The author has written a lovely story in which the victim becomes the victor in the end and valuable lessons are learnt on both sides.

There is, however, much more to this book. The introduction is for parents, teachers and child carers and covers the affects that bullying can have. Next comes the story, and then the author has added chapters describing different types if bullies and suggests action plans for the victims which will help them, and hopefully give them the confidence to overcome the bullies.

A really useful book, which opens your eyes to the fact that bullies are everywhere, at school, in the workplace and even on the internet. They must be stopped and this book goes a long way to offering advice on how to do this.

Available at Amazon on  Kindle http://www.amazon.com/THE-HARE-TORTOISE-BEAT-BULLIES-ebook/dp/B00GPZG7YC/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1385647810&sr=8-1&keywords=hare+and+the+tortoise+by+mike+nach

Terror at White Otter Castle by Bonnie Ferrante

This short story is based on a true story and I found it a very enjoyable read.

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About Terror at White Otter Castle: Laurel, Aster, and Beth have been best friends since grade one when they created the “triangle of power”. In September, as high school graduates, they will head off in different directions. Because Laurel fears it will be the end of their friendship, she convinces the others to join her on an end of summer trip – a nine-day canoe expedition to White Otter Castle, deep in the Northern Canadian forest. Unknown to her, the hundred-year-old log castle is has a dark secret. The “triangle of power” faces the ultimate test when the dark forest holds a terror they never imagined.

This campy little novella is sure to give you a shiver and a smile.

About Bonnie Ferrante: Bonnie Ferrante writes for adults and young adults. Bonnie loves living in Northern Ontario, Canada even though she spends most of the long winter indoor writing. She chants, bikes, gardens, reads, stitches, volunteers, studies the Dharma, paints, plays/works on the computer, attends live theatre, enjoys being trounced in scrabble by her husband, Fred, and is often found ripping up pieces of her yard or stripping furniture. She hates cooking and cleaning and loves her robot vacuum, (too bad it can’t move the furniture). Her son, stepsons, and extended family keep her young. Once upon a time, she was a grade school teacher. She has entirely too much imagination and not enough opportunity to indulge it.

Review by Susan Keefe:

When three totally different girls, who are best friends, leave high school they decide to go on a camping trip to visit White Otter Castle.

Deep in the wilderness, this imposing building has a dark history and soon the girls find themselves having an adventure which will test their friendship to its very limits.

Based on a true story this is a very enjoyable read.

Available at Amazon on Kindle: http://www.amazon.com/Terror-at-White-Otter-Castle-ebook/dp/B00FCDQ8EM/ref=tmm_kin_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&sr=&qid=

and in Paperback format http://www.amazon.com/Terror-at-White-Otter-Castle/dp/0992103711/ref=tmm_pap_title_0

Build your Team by Scott Burton

Excellent advice with a real business opportunity at the end – written by Scott Burton of ACT PM Consulting Services.

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About the book: This trilogy series is to show you the value of creating solid processes to build a strong “TEAM” and the importance of managing what “YOU” have. This will result in the ability to “LEVERAGE” opportunities that can easily be obtained to make visions and dreams become a reality.
The significance of “AWARENESS”. Awareness is about understanding as well as accepting the current environment and yourself for what it is. Once this point is reached you will then have the ability to assess and leverage situations, challenges and or opportunities with confidence.
Build your Team is Volume One of this trilogy series is to support Personal Growth.

About Scott Burton: organization objectives for over 22 years. Assessing organizations at entry level positions and moving up to management/leadership roles to understand the dynamics of the organization. Allowed me to work alongside others to present opportunities and implement solutions to alleviate gaps in processes, create system tools to build universal communication, and develop customer service to satisfy internal and external customers. Having spent the last eight years researching and implementing various tools and techniques to build teams, universal communication and leaders. I found that everything that we do has a process behind it. My series of books for personal growth are based on three basic process principles that will increase your results towards success(health,relationships,wealth)to reach the level of success you envision for yourself.
To learn more about ACT PM Consulting Services go to: (www.actpmconsulting.com) “Supporting others to Support you”

Review by Susan Keefe

When running a business, whether you are a small cog in a giant wheel or have your own business of whatever size, if there are two or more people, then you have a team.
There is no business without customers, and customer satisfaction is essential to a successful business. Your team are the people who make that happen, this is not about sales figures or pie charts it is more fundamentally important than that, it is about the backbone to a successful business, its team.
The author has vast experience in team building, self-improvement, leadership, communications and time management.
This book is about you, and your team members.  Because, everyone is different, life moulds us all, and our experiences, as we travel its path, mean we are continually evolving. A person’s attitudes to their workplace, the way they feel about their job situation, and their value, affects them, and in consequence will affect the performance of their team. In this book, you will learn how to listen to other people and develop a team who are confident working within their capabilities, have complete honesty and trust in their fellow members and who will then have the confidence to take responsibility for their actions as part of that team.
Near the end, the author offers you the chance to take an honest look at yourself and what you have, or wish to achieve, using himself as an example. He then goes on to offer you a very real business opportunity. 
Having been employed, and self employed for many years, I found this book very interesting and whether you have years of team building ahead of you, or are just starting out, I would definitely recommend it.
Build your Team is available from:
the author’s website ACT PM Consulting Services http://www.actpmconsulting.com/online-store.html

 

Life-ology 101: If All Else Fails, Smile by Michael Soward

Now released as an Audio Book via the link below.

Thought provoking reflections on life.

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This story begins in Arkansas with the nine-year-old Michael, and his younger brother, abandoned by their father, living with their strict grandmother who regularly beats them. The family attend church regularly, he discovers at a young age, he has a gift for playing the organ and it is the beginning of a lifelong love of music.

In 1969,after working hard in the cotton fields, at eighteen he finally ‘escapes’ to live with relatives in Kansas City. Moving to the big city has a profound effect on the young man from the Deep South, especially at such a time of change, the age of drugs, sex and rock and roll had definitely arrived.

The story, which follows, is of one man’s journey, his marriage, fatherhood, hopes, dreams and foibles’. It is frank and honest, brutally so sometimes. He openly talks about his relationship with his father, the driving forces in his life and the leaps of faith, which have made him into the man he is today. Throughout, this book runs a vein of the author’s deep religious belief and his faith in God, the importance of his church and love of music, which has sustained him through times of deep despair.

I have always loved reading memoirs, catching a glimpse into peoples’ lives and discovering the experiences, which have made them the person they are today. This is a very honestly written book, interesting and thought provoking, the journey of a young boy from the Deep South who ends up a father and grandfather living in New York, and all the bits in-between.

 Reviewed by Susan Keefe

About the Author: Michael Soward, music producer of cutting edge music for almost 30 years, has released his first novel, “Life-ology 101”. The book is receiving acclaim nation-wide for being an inspirational story of transformation and the power of the smile.His mother died in a hospital when he was two months of becoming two years old. His grandmother then takes him along with his younger brother to her hometown of Blytheville, Arkansas where she would raise them.He then shares how his early life in the south along with grandmother Eva’s constant beatings and whippings came to scare and affect him so deeply mentally, physically, and spiritually later in life.He experienced many trials and tribulations that many an African American faced by the nature of their skin color rather than for who they were or what they did. But American society was evolving and with Michael Soward’s indomitable spirit he overcame these obstacles by sticking to his philosophy of smiling into the face of adversity and never giving in. He eventually discovers that smiling would become one of the great medicines of his life as a powerful future would continue to unfold.
Michael Soward currently lives and serves in New York as an independent nationwide consultant for aspiring Gospel and Jazz artist and writers. He continues to help build careers and recording products within these industries through his persistence, knowledge of these markets, promotion and marketing skills.
Want to know more?
and take a look at his page in the Meet the Authors section of this site.

Available from:

Amazon: Hardcover http://www.amazon.com/Life-Ology-101-Else-Fails-Smile/dp/1483695107/ref=tmm_hrd_title_0?ie=UTF8&qid=1384855052&sr=8-1

Paperback http://www.amazon.com/Life-Ology-101-Else-Fails-Smile/dp/1483695093/ref=sr_1_1_bnp_1_pap?ie=UTF8&qid=1384855052&sr=8-1&keywords=life+ology+101

and Kindle format http://www.amazon.com/Life-ology-101-Else-Fails-Smile-ebook/dp/B00FF40FHO/ref=tmm_kin_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&sr=8-1&qid=1384855052

Barnes & Noble: Paperback and as a NOOK book  http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/life-ology-101-michael-soward/1116947771?ean=9781483695099

Google: http://books.google.fr/books?id=sRXUAQAAQBAJ&hl=fr&sitesec=reviews

Foyles Paperback: http://www.foyles.co.uk/witem/biography/lifeology-101-if-all-else-fails-smile,soward-michael-9781483695099
Foyles Hardback: http://www.foyles.co.uk/witem/biography/lifeology-101-if-all-else-fails-smile,soward-michael-9781483695105

Scribd: http://www.scribd.com/doc/170631307/Life-ology-101

And now on Audible: http://www.amazon.com/Life-Ology-101-Else-Fails-Smile/dp/B00HUGK63I/ref=tmm_aud_title_0

Engine 24 Fire Stories 2 by Joe Corso

Amazing stories from a retired fire fighter.

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About the book: Every firefighter has a treasure trove of interesting stories to tell and the stories more often than not are instructional as well as exciting. When I was a firefighter, I kept notes of the fires I responded to. Now that I am retired, I have reflected on my career as a firefighter and have written a second book about the men alongside whom I worked, facing dangerous situations daily.

This book is a compilation of eight short FIRE stories written between 1963 and 1972, from notes I wrote after returning from fires. The first story explores the emotions felt when reporting for duty for the first time. The same emotions felt by all firefighters throughout the world on their first day on the job.

An inexplicable bond forms between men and women who face danger on a daily basis and who have been tested – and have passed the test. From the combat soldier, to the policeman and the firefighter – a bond of love and trust has formed that will last a lifetime.

About Joe Corso: I grew up in Queens, New York and I began writing in an attempt to raise money to pay for my grandchildren’s college education. I’ve written 12 books and 7 short stories. Right now I’m working on the fifth installment of The Starlight Club. When It’s completed I’d like to write a sequel to the Lone Jack Kid which is a finalist in the 2013 Readers Favorite book contest in the Western category. The Starlight Club won the silver in the 2012 eLit TRUE CRIME category, and was awarded Honorable Mention in the 2013 Readers Favorite book contest. My short story FIRE: Box 598 won the bronze in the 2013 Readers Favorite contest, in the historical non-fiction category. Go figure. If I would have known I could write a good story, I would have started writing a half century ago.

Review by Susan Keefe:

In this book, I was intrigued to learn about Joe’s very first days as a fire fighter. I will be the first to openly admit that I love Joe Corso’s stories about his career, and, as he recounts his memories, I felt as if I was transported into the very soul of the young Joe. He describes his very first day and meeting the men he was to worked with, men whose courage and dedication he strove to emulate throughout his career. Experienced fire fighters ,who took the young rookie under their wing, guided and encouraged him, whilst all the time instilling in him the firm codes and values they worked by.

There’s so much in this book. The Prologue, which has been researched by members of the IAFF tells  the history of the Maltese Cross, which is the international symbol of the fire service. I loved reading Joe’s recollections of the alarm calls they went on, the unusual characters he met, and how this close knit brotherhood of men dealt with the odd bad apple or two. I also discovered that there are many types of fires, and whilst all are dangerous, the smoke alone given off of the source materials of some can be deadly. Then the history of the old fire brigade building came to life, as Joe and his friend had to recover the old fire station journals from the roof space, and discover other things, stored there.

At the end, Joe has looked back at the animal hero’s of the service, the brave fire horses and included an interesting and humorous article by Jim Blanchard of the Saugus Fire Department and a fantastic photograph. 

What can I say, this book captivated me, I just could not put it down. I loved reading of the true comradeship, loyalty and brotherhood of these brave men as seen through the eyes of the author as a young man, and the pictures within were just fantastic to see – the icing on the cake as they say.

Available in Paperback from Amazon here http://www.amazon.com/Engine-Fire-Stories-Joe-Corso/dp/1493623362/ref=sr_1_1_bnp_1_pap?ie=UTF8&qid=1383578075&sr=8-1&keywords=Engine+24%3A+Fire+Stories+2

and in Kindle format here http://www.amazon.com/Engine-24-Fire-Stories-2-ebook/dp/B00GA5EE2E/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1383578075&sr=8-1&keywords=Engine+24%3A+Fire+Stories+2