Articles for the Month of February 2014

The Treebobs and the Runaway Cauldron by Declan Harney

Audio Book – The Treebobs and the Runaway Cauldron by Declan Harney.

The Treebobs and the Runaway Cauldron: Runaway Cauldron

 

Rotten Rena the witch is in trouble. She has received receives a gramagram from her very unhappy mother who has said that unless she wins The Great Egg and Cauldron Race she will lose her home. Desolate, Rotten Rena knows that she must win, but how can she?

Her cauldron is not very helpful, but luckily, her Treebob friends and Bindweed Belle the Fairy decide to help her.

But first they have to get her cauldron to agree, and then hatch a plan to win the race.

Will they manage to save the day?

I loved listening to this magical children’s audio book in the Treebob series, written by the talented Declan Harney.

The brilliant narration of Lindsay Abbot bought the characters wonderfully to life, and I would imagine any child would love this book.

 

 

Available at Tales4all.com http://www.tales4all.co.uk/buytreebobsnow/

Amazon http://www.amazon.co.uk/The-Treebobs-Runaway-Cauldron-Unabridged/dp/B00A45QEOM/ref=cm_cr-mr-title

Waterstones http://www.waterstones.com/waterstonesweb/products/declan+harney/leo+brown/lyndsay+abbott/the+treebobs+and+the+runaway+cauldron/9319302/

Emily-Rose’s Day at the Farm by Simone Da Costa

A wonderful children’s story.

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About the Book: Emily-Rose finally gets to feed the animals on her Grammy’s farm, but Emily-Rose finds that it is not as fun as she thinks it is.

About Simone Da Costa: Simone Da’ Costa is a writer, author, publisher and freelance Magazine writer. Simone has written many articles for several North American Magazines and she currently writes for The Caribbean Current and she is a contributor on Yahoo! Voices.

She is an author of a non-fiction spiritual book and fictional children’s books. She recently published her second children’s book titled ‘Emily-Rose’s Day at the Farm.’

Simone operates a blog called Simone’s Blog – Depicting the writer in you. It’s mission is to help authors/writers express the literary art of writing and its evocative quality that gives them much joy.

 

Review by Susan Keefe.

Emily-Rose loves visiting her Grammie on the farm; however, she’s not allowed to help feed the animals because Grammie says that they are too rambunctious.

Then, one day, she’s finally allowed to do the feeds with Grammie and she’s so excited. However, the experience is not what she imagined, animals do get excited at feed times, and soon Emily-Rose finds out what the word rambunctious means.

I live on a smallholding with chickens, sheep, goats and a horse so this type of children’s book always appeals to me. When our grandchildren visit, they love to ‘help do the feeds,’ and I found the authors descriptions of the animals’ characters, and Emily-Rose’s reaction to them were so accurate, it had me smiling throughout.

A lovely, bright, colourful and beautifully illustrated children’s book which provides plenty of opportunity for interaction between adults and children. The story contains important messages, and it has the added bonus of two games pages at the back.

Available in Paperback from Amazon http://www.amazon.com/Emily-Roses-Day-Farm-Simone-Costa/dp/0987925563/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1393263685&sr=8-1&keywords=Emily+Rose%27s+day+at+the+farm

 

 

 

 

Silver Ilver and the Cleft Palate Puppy by Nina Carothers

A truly beautiful and inspirational story.

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About the book: A puppy has been born into Silver Ilver’s home.
He does have a problem that is unknown.
Zeus is the name that Silver Ilver gives him.
He is tiny and weak.  His his odds look grim.
Inside a special book is where she does read,
a trip to the puppy doctor is needed indeed.
Silver Ilver is determined to save this pup.
With help from a friend she does not give up.

This is the story of two lovable doggies, Zeus and Mia.
A portion of the proceeds from this book benefit The Mia Foundation, which is designed to give animals born with birth defects a fighting chance at life.

About Nina Carothers: Nina Carothers, author of The Color Olors, first thought of the Color Olors back in 1993. Having 4 children of her own she realized there were so many lessons, in a fun way without realizing it, that a child could learn from her books. She decided to set the Color Olors aside in lieu of raising her family. Now, 20 years later she brings the Color Olors to life with the help of her illustrator, Chris Padovano.
As you read The Color Olors stories you will find, lessons and values within her books. They are both memorable and inspirational. Many books in the Color Olors series have been inspired by Nina’s own life experiences such as The book of Red Ed and The True Meaning of Christmas. This book comes from a Christmas that Nina shared with two of her children not long ago. The book of Silver Ilver and the Cleft Palate Puppy is a true story of Nina’s own cleft palate puppy and is told in a bibbidi bobbidi boo way.
Nina currently resides in Tarpon Springs, Florida with her youngest child still at home. She is blessed with 5 little grand babies that she calls her lovies. She hopes that you enjoy her stories, told from the heart, for many years to come. With a world of color out there is no telling how many books Nina will write.

When Silver Ilver realises that one of the puppies in her dog Princess’s litter is unwell she knows that she must look after it, but what should she do?

Well, with the help of her special book and a prayer she sets about feeding the little puppy, however she soon she realises there is something really wrong with this little fellow.

A trip to the puppy doctor gives her the answer, the puppy has a cleft palate and the doctor warns her that the outlook is bleak.

However, Silver Ilver refuses to give up on the little one and names him Zeus. She searches for ways to make him well and discovers there is another puppy, called Mia, who has a cleft palate too, and she’s owned by a lovely lady called Sue.

With help and guidance from the friendly Sue, soon Zeus is getting on fine and acting just like any other puppy, getting into all sorts of mischief.

The author has written a lovely, inspirational story and the book has been beautifully illustrated by Chris Padovano. It conveys wonderfully the very special message, that animals born with birth defects deserve a chance at a life too.

A portion of the proceeds of this book benefit The Mia Foundation. Yes, it’s not a fairytale – The Mia Foundation is real, and Sue and her helpers work tirelessly every day to rescue, care for and help dogs with all sorts of problems, and it all began with a little dog called Mia…

 Available from Amazon in Paperback  http://www.amazon.com/Silver-Ilver-Cleft-Palate-Puppy/dp/1937376303/ref=pd_rhf_gw_s_t_2

If you would like to know more about the Mia Foundation please take a look at their website http://www.themiafoundation.com/

 

Through These Doors – The Manoir at Bout L’Abbé by Diane Condon-Boutier

A fascinating story.

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About the book: If these old walls could talk, would you listen? When a house has a story to tell, historical events to relate and lives to share, it should be given a voice; especially when the house is French and possesses a certain “je ne sais quoi”.
“Through These Doors: the Manoir at Bout L’Abbé” tells of the German occupation of Normandy during WWII and the scars left on their unwilling French hosts. A fragile coexistence between the factions struggling for control of Normandy is born, while internal conflicts between certain German officers and their Nazi leaders complicate the impossible relationship between a young French girl and the soldier she finds herself drawn to.
It also speaks of Debra, the American woman who convinces her French husband to buy the manor house in the 1980’s. She finds herself listening to whispers of previous occupants and being accused of insanity because of it. Still, the house will not be silent and Debra submits to its dubious support as her stormy relationship unfolds.

About Diane Condon-Boutier: Diane Condon-Boutier was born in Bay City, Michigan, in 1961. Youngest daughter of a junk food factory shipping manager and a librarian, her favorite activity to this day, is reading a book while eating potato chips. Earning a B.A. from the University of Central Florida in Orlando, in French language studies, history and culture left Diane with a penchant for long walks on sunny beaches and crazy rollercoaster rides in theme parks animated by very large mice.Thus, it is not surprising that an internship to France aiming to perfect the art of French slang resulted in an undying love for the country itself and all things French. Diane calls Normandy her home today. She lives in the countryside outside the lovely port city of Dieppe, where she revels in a daily dose of history and the unique culture the French take for granted.She shares a creaky old house with a few too many spiders and two cats, sometimes harboring one or the other of her adult daughters: Rebecca and Abigail. Their home, named “Le Clos du Hérisson” or in English: “Hedgehog Close” is available for rental under a B&B basis. These rooms are mostly spider free.Diane is also the author of a well followed travel website: www.france-vacations-made-easy.com, as well as several short stories, one of which was published in the Goodreads anthology “Ménage à Twenty”.Her début historical novel: “Through These Doors, the Manoir at Bout L’Abbé” tells of lives spent in her part of Normandy, from contemporary times back through the pages of history to the Middle Ages. It is the first in a series.

 

Those of us, who love old houses, will admit to standing in them, and wondering what tales the house could tell – if only it were possible.

This story, unusually, does just that, and the property in question is the Manoir at Bout L’Abbe in Normandy, France. A majestic building like this, set in its own grounds, would have many tales to tell, for such an imposing building, in times gone by, would need regular maintenance, staff to look after its grounds and animals, indeed, such a property would have supported, at one time, many workers.

The story begins in 1987, when young American, Debra, moves into the house with her French husband Phillippe. The house welcomes the happy newlyweds and in time children, however, over the years, things change with unforeseeable consequences…

However, a house of this age can look back a lot further than that, and earlier in the 20th Century, it had been occupied by German troops in WW2. In a fly on the wall way, the house gives the reader a fascinating glimpse into life in wartime France and through the lives of the Fournier family, we have a chance to perhaps understand a little of the emotional strains of war on the French.

The author has brilliantly described the beauty of the French countryside and its wonderful buildings. Through her historical research and attention to detail, she has produced a very interesting and totally absorbing book. Whether you are interested in France, the war, history, or just want to read a good story, I can thoroughly recommend this book.

Available from Amazon.co.uk in Paperback http://www.amazon.co.uk/Through-These-Doors-Manoir-LAbbe/dp/1478255560/ref=cm_cr-mr-title

and Kindle format http://www.amazon.co.uk/Through-These-Doors-Manoir-LAbb%C3%A9-ebook/dp/B008ND8742/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1392891520&sr=1-1&keywords=Through+these+doors

Amazon.com in Kindle format  http://www.amazon.com/Through-These-Doors-Manoir-LAbb%C3%A9-ebook/dp/B008ND8742/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1392827065&sr=1-1&keywords=Through+These+Doors

and Amazon.fr in Paperback http://www.amazon.fr/Through-These-Doors-Manoir-LAbbe/dp/1478255560/ref=sr_1_2?s=english-books&ie=UTF8&qid=1392891656&sr=1-2&keywords=through+these+doors

 

 

 

Best Foot Forward – A 500-Mile Walk Through Hidden France

A wonderful  narration of a 500 mile walk through hidden France by one of my favourite authors, Susie Kelly.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Best-Foot-Forward-500-Mile-ebook/dp/B005UHJAK4/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1352471093&sr=8-1

Available in paperback and Kindle format.

Thoroughly enjoyable!

Living in France, I couldn’t resist this book, and through Susie’s wonderful narration I was transported into her shoes for her epic journey. Laughing and crying with her, whilst enjoying her discoveries and adventures as she walked across France from La Rochelle to Lake Geneva.

Sometimes visiting hidden places few of us will be lucky enough to go and meeting real characters and challenges on the way.

Engine 24: Fire Stories 1, 2 and 3 by Joe Corso

Fascinating stories.

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About the book: Now, all in one complete book, Joe Corso’s ENGINE 24: FIRE STORIES BOOKS 1, 2, AND 3, including the AWARD-WINNING FIRE STORIES: BOX 598!
ENGINE 24: FIRE STORIES BOOKS 1, 2, AND 3 chronicles the career of Joe D’Albert, aka author Joe Corso, as a New York City firefighter. In this exciting compilation of fire stories, Corso details the triumphs and tragedies of his comrades-in-arms as they bravely battle some of the most dangerous fires in the history of the city. He tells of real life heroes and of lifelong friendships formed, as well as some of the turmoil that existed in New York City during his time with the department. Follow Corso through the 60s and 70s, and to the present day, from race riots to 9/11, when actual flames of unrest were doused by the bravest people in recent American history.

About Joe Corso: I grew up in Queens,New York and my motivation to write came from my wish to help my grandchildren pay for their college education. So far I’ve completed 13 novels and a number of short stories including my popular ‘ENGINE 24 FIRE STORIES’ trilogy and I’ve just finished the 5th installment in the ‘TIME PORTAL’ series.

I’m just completed ‘LAFITTE’S TREASURE’ and then I plan to revisit ‘THE STARLIGHT CLUB 5 which I shelved about a year ago, When that book is finished I will write a sequel to my western ‘THE ADVENTURES OF THE LONE JACK KID’, titled ‘THE RETURN OF THE LONE JACK KID’.

 

This book is a compilation of the three books Engine 24: Fire Stories written by retired New York City fire fighter Joe Corso, and dedicated to the members of Engine 24 of the New York City Fire Department.

If you are looking for action, suspense, dangerous situations, and want to feel as if you are actually walking into those blazing buildings with the fire snaking around you, then these are the stories for you, written from notes taken after fires fought by the author and his comrades.

 They also provide a very interesting history of New York, over the years. Not only the famous fires but also the race riots, secret places, and the horses role in the fire service. For me personally, however, these stories are compelling reading because they are personal, one man’s recollections of his life in the fire fighting service, snapshots in time, one offs, which can never be repeated ever again…

In one of the stories, he tells, is of his first day as a fire fighter. As you sit, reading his description of that day, written from the heart, so many years later, you feel as if you are there, a silent witness, watching the young Joe as he meets his fellow workers for the first time and they take him under their wing. These are the men who taught him, brave, dedicated, and loyal, and these same qualities they installed in him, and he has striven to emulate, throughout his career.

Reading these stories it is easy to understand the close bonds, which these brave men have with their comrades. When they are facing such unpredictable danger, it is imperative they can trust them, literally with their lives, and that trust must be earned. As a result, they become a close family, and the care they have for each other reaches far beyond the Fire Station walls.

I have loved reading these stories, for me, they have everything, action, suspense, history but above all, human interest.  I wish he would write more…

Available from Amazon in Kindle format http://www.amazon.com/Engine-Fire-Stories-Joe-Corso-ebook/dp/B00IEPWPA6/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1392800312&sr=8-1&keywords=Engine+24+Fire+Stories+1%2C+2+%26+3+by+Joe+Corso

Engine 24: Fire Stories 3 by Joe Corso

Wonderful compulsive reading.

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About the book: The final book in the Engine 24 Fire Stories trilogy focuses on the more turbulent times that firefighters had to endure in New York City during the years 1963 to 1975.
In this book, the era of Kennedy’s assassination, race riots, and looting are related through the eyes of a NYC firefighter. Joe Corso describes where he was and what the reactions of the firemen and officers were the day that President Kennedy was killed.
The author describes what it felt like to be detailed to La Casa Grande – “The Big House.”
Engine 82 was one of the busiest fire companies in the world during the race riots of the 60s. It was located in the Fort Apache section of the Bronx – and the tenseness of always having to be on guard in a hostile environment in which those men had to work is shared in gritty detail.
Corso writes of how one good firefighter lost and then regained his nerve; he writes of fires long forgotten and how, over the last 50 years, our moral codes have changed, especially pertaining to one fire that happened many years ago on Bedford Street in the West Village.

About Joe Corso: I grew up in Queens,New York and my motivation to write came from my wish to help my grandchildren pay for their college education. So far I’ve completed 13 novels and a number of short stories including my popular ‘ENGINE 24 FIRE STORIES’ trilogy and I’ve just finished the 5th installment in the ‘TIME PORTAL’ series.
I’m just completed ‘LAFITTE’S TREASURE’ and then I plan to revisit ‘THE STARLIGHT CLUB 5 which I shelved about a year ago, When that book is finished I will write a sequel to my western ‘THE ADVENTURES OF THE LONE JACK KID’, titled ‘THE RETURN OF THE LONE JACK KID’.
AWARDS
THE STARLIGHT CLUB won the silver in the 2012 eLit contest in the ‘TRUE CRIME’ category’. In 2013 the book won HONORABLE MENTION in the ‘HISTORICAL FICTION’ category’.
THE LONE JACK KID won ‘FINALIST’ in the 2013 Readers Favorite in the ‘WESTERN’ category.
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 that I could write a good story. I would have started writing a half century ago.

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I have loved reading the previous Engine 24 Fire Stories series of books and couldn’t wait to start this one. The author Joe Corso is a retired New York fire fighter and his memories of the different incidents he has attended over the years as part of the Engine 24 crew are compulsive reading.

As Joe tells his stories, he sets the scene beautifully, taking the reader with him through memory lane deep into blazing buildings and dangerous situations. In this book, we stand alongside him as he watches the looting and race riots of yester years, and discovers some of the mysterious and secret places, which exists below New York City. Through one of the stories we are reminded how much morals have changed in current years and, wait by the phone with him, years later, as with bated breath, he hears the fate of his old company in 9/11.

Reading these books you quickly discover that to be a fire fighter, you not only have to be incredibly brave, you also have to have absolute faith in your comrades and know you can trust fellow crew members literally with your life. These men form deep bonds of friendships, which often last a lifetime and become a family, close, and supportive of each other.

Telling a good story is an art, and to be able to write that story as well is a real gift, the author Joe Corso definitely talented beyond words.

Available from: Amazon in Kindle format http://www.amazon.com/Engine-24-Fire-Stories-3-ebook/dp/B00I9GEJO0/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1392115950&sr=8-1&keywords=engine+24+fire+stories+3

 

Forebears by John Needham

NEW RELEASE

A fascinating story of discovery spanning the 20th and 21st Centuries.

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About the book:  When Jay Harding is given his grandmother June’s diary after her death he discovers a vivid picture depicting one Englishwoman’s life from childhood during the dark times of wartime Britain up to the present day. But he’s already learned dark secrets. Prior to her passing his grandmother had told him the story of her forebears beginning in the early optimistic years of the twentieth century, before the world was torn apart by the cataclysm of the first terrible ‘war to end all wars.’ That account gave testimony to shocking abuse, institutional cruelty and tragedy. Now he reads on . . .

As Jay journeys through the rich tapestry of his family history we find that in many ways it’s the reader’s own. For every family has a story to be told. Intertwined threads of earlier lives influence who we become. Jay sees his ancestors’ histories in handwritten pages yellowed with age; in sepia and black-and-white pictures dulled by time; in a poignant remembrance of lost love in a silver frame; has heard it told in his grandmother’s voice, tremulous in her decline. In exploring his forebears’ histories, Jay finds the rich echoes of the past resonating with his love-blessed present, inspiring him to meet the future.

Several themes run in parallel through this rich novel: the repercussions of sexual abuse, the continuum of female sexual reproduction, the woman’s view of fighting wars and running the world and the changing social mores throughout the twentieth century. It is a compelling social and family history; that of so many families of the last one-hundred-and-five years.

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This story starts with Jay, standing in the church at the funeral of his Grandmother, June. After the wake, his Granddad offers him the opportunity to read his Grandmother’s diaries, which she has kept since she was a child.

That night, Jay and his partner Helen snuggle up together and open one of the journals….

As they begin turning the pages, they find themselves drawn back through the years to June’s childhood. But then another, parallel narrative appears: we are taken back two more generations to begin with June’s own grandmother. The story spans 105 years, and follows generations of the same family, down the female line, starting with Juniper, an attractive young woman who becomes a Governess in 1906. Her life, like so many others was moulded by circumstances beyond her control. When World War 1 started, everyone, including her boyfriend was sure it would be over by Christmas, but unfortunately, as we know it was not, and our glimpse into her life gives a wonderful insight into what living before, during and after the First World War was really like.

As the story progresses, I found it fascinating to read about the changes in attitudes, fashions and morals throughout the 20th and into the 21st Century.

At the end there is the opportunity to sample the authors debut novel ‘Convergence’, which is about Martin, one of the characters in this book.

This, in my opinion would make a good book for students of Modern History to read, or anyone interested in family life in the 20th and 21st Century. Within its pages you will find it all, love, life, birth death, the full gamut of emotions. At the very end there is a satisfying, surprise plot twist.

Available at Amazon.com in Kindle format http://www.amazon.com/Forebears-John-Needham-ebook/dp/B00IAZX3Y2/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1392033154&sr=8-1&keywords=Forebears+by+john+needham

and Amazon.co.uk also in Kindle format http://www.amazon.co.uk/Forebears-John-Needham-ebook/dp/B00IAZX3Y2/ref=cm_cr-mr-img

My Grandfather’s Pants by Tegon Maus

Great fun to read.

About the book: Jack Laskin is an ordinary man. More than ordinary according to some. Running the family hardware store and a life that would bore a snail, nothing exciting ever seems to happen to him.

Then, at his mother’s urging, he tries on a pair of his late grandfather’s old pants and everything changes — most importantly his emerging love life. It’s not long before his mother and her meddling friends get involved.

When an old friend of his grandfather’s tells Jack he has something she wants, his new-found life takes another turn. Having no idea what he is supposed to have, Jack looks to his girlfriend, Connie, and her brother, Robert, for help.

In the end, the answers will all be found in his ‘Grandfather’s Pants’.

About Tegon Maus: I was raised pretty much the same as everyone else… devoted mother, strict father and all the imaginary friends I could conjure. Not that I wasn’t friendly, I just wasn’t “people orientated”. Maybe I lived in my head way more than I should have, maybe not. I liked machines more than people, at least I did until I met my wife.
The first thing I can remember writing was for her. For the life of me I can’t remember what it was about… something about dust bunnies under the bed and monsters in my closet. It must have been pretty good because she married me shortly after that. I spent a good number of years after inventing games and prototypes for a variety of ideas before I got back to writing.
It wasn’t a deliberate conscious thought, it was more of a stepping stone. My wife and I had joined a dream interpret group and we were encouraged to write down our dreams as they occurred. “Be as detailed as you can,” we were told.
I was thrilled. If there is one thing I enjoy it’s making people believe me and I like to exaggerate. Not a big exaggeration or an out right lie mine you, just a little step out of sync, just enough so you couldn’t be sure if it were true or not. If I can make people think “it could happen,” even for a moment, then I have them and nothing makes me happier. When I write, I always write with the effort of “it could happen” very much in mind and nothing, I guarantee you, nothing, makes me happier.

Review by Susan Keefe:

Jack Laskin is just an ordinary man; he has a girlfriend, looks after his mother and runs the family hardware store. When, one day his mother gives him a pair of his grandfather’s pants, he doesn’t really want them, but she insists they’ll be perfect for him.

Being a good son, Jack dutifully wears them, then he discovers things change, suddenly those around him treat him differently, it’s almost as if he’s become someone else…

As the magic continues, he discovers family secrets beyond belief, and when a ghosts from the past come wriggling out of the woodwork, he find himself committed to solving a mystery which spans generations.

This story is fantastic! It is totally different to anything I have read before. As the storyline unfolds, it is sexy, humorous and very entertaining – absolutely brilliant!

Available from:

Amazon in Kindle format http://www.amazon.com/My-Grandfathers-Pants-Tegon-Maus-ebook/dp/B00HZH5A7O/ref=pd_rhf_gw_p_tnr_3

and Smashwords: http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/400468

Brianna’s Story: Married to an Arab (Women In Chains) by Aabra

A salient warning to young women,

Brianna's Story: Married to an Arab (Women In Chains)

About the book: Brianna Phillips thought she’d never find another man to take the place of her high school sweetheart after he was killed in Iraq.  That was before she met a very handsome and somewhat mysterious man named Khaleel who, like Brianna, is an engineering student at Columbia University.  Before graduation, however, Brianna’s life is turned upside down when she becomes pregnant with Khaleel’s baby and is suddenly whisked away to a tiny village in the heart of Saudi Arabia’s Empty Quarter. Completely separated from everything she has ever known, Brianna quickly discovers that Khaleel is no longer the man she fell in love with.  That man has been replaced by a domineering stranger who wants to control everything, especially Brianna.  This revelation is followed by other shocks as Brianna tries to adjust to a world that has suddenly turned into an endless nightmare of abuse, suppression, threats, and isolation. Pregnant and cut off from the outside world, Brianna can focus on only three things now: her own safety, the safety of her unborn child, and, most of all, how to escape from a prison built on hatred.

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The modern world has evolved in such a way that all nations intermingle and travel worldwide is common. Every country has a potpourri of cultures and we can all learn a lot from the opportunities we have to integrate.

However, the fact that they are living in a different country does not necessarily mean that a person forsakes their roots.

Who we fall in love with is dictated by the heart and the author, after previously suffering heartbreak, finally, at Columbia University, falls in love with a handsome and mysterious Saudi Arabian.

Then, before graduation, she finds herself pregnant with his child and the nightmare begins…

Suddenly she finds herself in the Empty Quarter of Saudi Arabia; the man she thought she knew has gone; instead, now in his homeland she meets the real Khaleel.

A real life horror story, brutally honest and offering a real insight into what a mixed marriage may actually means.

This story as it evolves should serve as a salient warning to young girls throughout the world to take care.

Available from: Amazon.com in Kindle format http://www.amazon.com/Briannas-Story-Married-Women-Chains-ebook/dp/B00H30AXYS/ref=cm_cr-mr-img

and Amazon.co.uk in Kindle format http://www.amazon.co.uk/Briannas-Story-Married-Women-Chains-ebook/dp/B00H30AXYS/ref=cm_cr-mr-title

Author’s website:  http://www.aabra.us

 

 

The Kidney Sellers by Sigrid Fry-Revere

New Release

One womans thought provoking journey of discovery.

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Not long after finishing her doctorate in philosophy (specializing in patient-care ethics), the author discovered that her 10 month old son had kidney cancer, the kidney was removed, but she was warned his other kidney would have to be monitored, and he might eventually need a transplant. That knowledge has never been far from her mind…

Years later in 2007, she began studying the merits of compensated organ donation and she discovered that in Iran, unlike America, donors were compensated both by the state and also sometimes by the recipient. No one had explored firsthand the donor recipient situation in Iran, and despite very bias viewpoints and open opposition, she decided to journey there herself to determine the truth.

This book chronicles her incredible, potentially dangerous journey of discovery as she interviewed hundreds of donors and recipients throughout Iran, with the assistance of her companion Dr. Bastani, a native born Iranian, who translated for her and assisted in making sure protocols were carried out correctly.  Through her we have the opportunity to discover some of the the reasons for donation, both personal, and ethical, and learn what the transplant really means to the recipient. The author also gives the reader, the opportunity to find out, through her visits to personal friends on dialysis in America, how they view their situation and what their lives are really like.

This research could have been stored somewhere gathering dust or taking up space on a computer drive somewhere, but instead this brave woman has decided to speak out, publishing her findings in an easy to understand way.

She takes an open look at the situation in both America and Iran, and admits there are flaws, in the Iranian policies but asks pertinent questions as to why thousands of Americans have to die waiting for a donor whilst the situation in Iran is so different.

Brutally honest, fascinating and heartbreaking at times, this book is thought provoking and gives someone, like myself, with no medical background, the opportunity to really understand the personal and ethical issues behind organ donation.

 Available from: http://www.cap-press.com/books/isbn/9781611635126/The-Kidney-Sellers

Please note: This book is available for pre-order, but will not be published until early March 2014. Credit cards will not be charged and orders will not be shipped until that time.