Articles for the Month of January 2017

Tricycle and Friends: True-Life Adventures of a Three-Legged Golden Retriever and His Rescued Farm Animal Friends by Lester Aradi

 

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This wonderful children’s books is about a three legged retriever called Tricycle who is adopted by a family, and goes to live at their farm.

Once there, he meets Buckaroo, the miniature donkey. The two quickly become friends, and Buckaroo introduces Tricycle to some of the other animals. Many are adopted too. He soon discovers that there are all sorts, not only other dogs, but horses, llamas, chickens, and honey bees.

They go to meet Cantara and Pink, the llamas, and discover fascinating things about these lovely animals. However, the icing on the cake is when they learn that there will be another new arrival at the farm the following day, a little baby alpaca! Everyone is excited! But what is an alpaca, and what will it be called?

The author teaches in a very gentle way, through the experiences of Tricycle and his friends, how being different is okay. And, as the book progresses we learn about bullying, the importance of adopting animals, and many other things.

I loved the way the reader gets to meet lots of the animals through delightful illustrations and lovely pictures. I thing they are so important in children’s books, and bring the farm wonderfully to life, adding so much to this enchanting tale.

I can’t wait to read more adventures from Tricycles and his friends.

 

 

About the Book:

When Tricycle, a rescued, three-legged Golden Retriever arrives at his new home, he gets the attention of the other animals who live there. They want to know what happened to his fourth leg, and they wonder if it hurts and if it slows him down.

As Tricycle gets to know the other residents of the farm, he learns there are a lot of different creatures who have a wide range of abilities and interests. He enjoys meeting the other animals and loves the peaceful quality of his surroundings.

Based on a true story, Tricycle and Friends shares a story about a group of rescued animal friends and their real-life journey of serving as therapy animals for children with special needs. Through story and pictures, it addresses topics such as adoption, bullying, dealing with physical challenges, death of a companion, and friendship.

Available from Amazon in Paperback: https://www.amazon.com/Tricycle-Friends-True-Life-Adventures-Three-Legged/dp/1480842052/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1485683172&sr=8-1&keywords=tricycle+and+friends%23

Kindle: https://www.amazon.com/Tricycle-Friends-True-Life-Adventures-Three-Legged-ebook/dp/B01N146KQR/ref=tmm_kin_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1485683172&sr=8-1

and Hardcover https://www.amazon.com/Tricycle-Friends-True-Life-Adventures-Three-Legged/dp/1480842060/ref=tmm_hrd_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1485683172&sr=8-1

 

Also available from Barnes & Noble in Paperback http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/tricycle-and-friends-lester-aradi/1125514989?ean=9781480842052

Hardcover http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/tricycle-and-friends-lester-aradi/1125514989?ean=9781480842069

and as a Nook Book http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/tricycle-and-friends-lester-aradi/1125514989?ean=9781480842076

 

Stories of Music, Volume 2 by Holly E Tripp

The powerful effect of music on us is universally recognized, just a few notes from a certain peace can instantly evoke memories which transport us back to another time, event, or place.

Raised in a musical family, the author, Holly Tripp has fond memories of listening to her grandmother’s reminiscences of a childhood dancing to fiddlers’ music. However, it was the tragic death of her brother Brandon, and their shared love of music, which reawakened her love of song writing, and subsequently, the realization of the special place in our lives, and memories, certain pieces of music hold.

I thoroughly enjoyed the author’s first book, ‘Stories of Music’ Volume 1, and have been looking forward to Volume 2. As with its predecessor, this book enables you to, by visiting the free companion web edition, use the QR and short URLs throughout the book, to enjoy the original music and videos which accompany some of the stories.

The book is divided into sections, Origins, Interconnection, Exploration, Against All Odds, Transcendence, and Ghosts. The stories, poems, and essays within each section are personal accounts, from authors, and artists, throughout the world. All wanted to share with others how music has changed and affected their lives.

There are so many wonderful recollections to enjoy, however one I particularly like is called “The Magic of the Mouth.” In this story, newly arrived in Goa, India, Mukta Patil recalls being invited to a curtain raiser for World Mouth Harp Festival of India.
He recounts his confusion, as he imagines a full sized harp, and cannot see how one will fit in a mouth. However, as the story progresses all is revealed, and we learn about this fascinating musical instrument, thought to be one of the earliest known to man. There are wonderful pictures included, and the opportunity to listen to one being played by Neptune Chapotin.

They say that music breeches all boundaries and this book does just that, demonstrating clearly how music can inspire, create and heal. The icing on the cake for me, however are the QR’s and URL’s which provided me with the opportunity to enjoy the full sensory experience.

As a foot note I would like to add, that following through with her belief that music heals, the author is donating 10% of all of the proceeds to the non-profit organisations, Hungry for Music, and Music & Memory.

About the Author: Holly E. Tripp grew up in a musical household with musician parents and a passion to follow in their footsteps. These musical beginnings, and her love for storytelling, inspired her to create the “Stories of Music” series, with which she has set out to celebrate the ways in which music is changing lives around the world. These multimedia anthologies feature authors and artists from around the world and include poetry, essays, photography, original music, and videos. An emotionally impactful collection, these books are inspiring examples of the power of music and how it connects us all. Ten percent of book proceeds are being donated to nonprofit organizations which bring greater access to music: Hungry for Music and Music & Memory.

About the Book:Stories of Music, Volume 2 is the latest installment of the multimedia anthology series that focuses on the ways in which music impacts people’s lives. Featuring works by authors and artists from around the world, Volume 2 celebrates how music can propel us forward–despite obstacles, pain, and uncertainty–and in some cases, save lives.

You will meet a host of incredible people in these heartfelt stories–a man who survived the Holocaust because he was a talented violin player, a woman who learned to play the piano at age 91, the founder of the World Mouth Harp Festival of India, and many more. You will travel back in time to experience monumental moments in music history, and to present-day India, France, Belgium, the United Kingdom, Israel, Russia, Siberia, Morocco, and the United States, where you will discover stories from people who continue to live through music today.

While reading, enjoy original music and videos that accompany select stories by visiting the free companion web edition. You will find QR codes and short URLs throughout the book to direct you to the correlating multimedia works (full instructions inside!).

Ten percent of book proceeds will be donated to nonprofit organizations Hungry for Music and Music & Memory.

Available in Paperback from:

Amazon https://www.amazon.com/Stories-Music-2-Holly-Tripp/dp/0996932747/ref=la_B018SSQE5A_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1484996304&sr=1-1

and Barnes and Noble http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/stories-of-music-volume-2-holly-e-tripp/1125428581?ean=9780996932745

 

My First Home: A step-by-step guide to achieving the ultimate American Dream by Shashank Shekhar

“There’s security in bricks and mortar,” my Dad said to me when I was buying my first house, many years ago, and the phrase is still as true today. As was pointed out to me, if you rent forever the place is never your own, and the owner of the property continues to be paid, however the money on a mortgage will decline, and seem easier as the years go by, until your home is 100% your own.

The author of this excellent book has a wealth of experience in this field and offers a tremendous amount of unbiased advice to the reader.
Not only does he take you through the whole process, from the moment you decide you might like to own your own home, till completion and even afterwards, but he also looks at each step objectively with you in mind.

Whether you are unsure as to if your credit score is good enough, if there are tax benefits, how much money you would have to put down, if any, the answers are there.

Are you even sure you are ready to take this huge step?

Or are you not sure, do you want to know more?

Do you need qualification of what will be involved, and how it will affect your life in the future?

Look no further, all the answers lie within these pages.

If your current status is not as you wish, there are plenty of options, on all steps of the path to home ownership, which will help you steer round the obstacles, or at least know what you have to do to overcome them.

Can you save easily, or do you have difficulty in putting money aside for one reason or the other, well advice is offered on how to do this, and where to put the money you are saving.

Then finally, when you are ready the author takes you through the whole process. The attention to detail, each step of the way can help you decide what to do. The author explains to you the pros and cons of working with a Realtor, Mortgage Broker, Bank Loan Officer, and if you chose to do so, how to choose one.

Then he takes you through the search for your dream home, pointing out that location, an urban or rural setting for example, is the prime thing, after all as he says “you can remodel the house and pretty much change everything; but you can’t change the location.”

You may have fixed ideas, but even if this is so, it is worth reading the comparisons between different types of homes and also consider as he says, the things which you would like to have versus the things you must have. This is perhaps especially important if you are buying a property with your partner/spouse, as you may find you have different ideas, such as, your wife may want secretly to have another baby and so that extra room which you think of as a ‘like to have,’ may be a ‘must have,’ to her.

Once you have found your perfect home the author will help you through the mine field of purchasing it, in detail, from making the offer to closing the transaction, explaining what things such as appraisals, home Inspections, insurance, and warranties are, why you should or should not have them.

Until, finally you are set to move into in your new home, where he advises you who you must tell you are moving in.

Of course, once settled, you will have other things to think about, perhaps you may be considering changing the style of décor, or even paying off the mortgage sooner…

I found My First Home incredibly comprehensive, and anyone looking to buy their first home would find it priceless.

About the Author:

After starting his business in possibly the worst year for financial markets i.e. 2008, Shashank Shekhar has grown his company Arcus Lending by more than 1000 percent just in last 3 years by helping thousands of families secure better financing for their homes. This dramatic growth has been built on the pillars of legendary customer service and unrelenting focus on education. Shashank lives and breathes the mantra “We are in the customer service and education business, we just happen to do mortgages.” Amazon.com best-selling author and national speaker Shashank is widely regarded as “America’s Premier Mortgage Expert”. He is the host of TV and radio show – “Mortgage Matters” and author of widely acclaimed books – First Time Home Buying 101 and Real Estate Unleashed. Besides writing one of the top mortgage blogs in the country, Shashank also gets invited to blog on several of the top mortgage and real estate websites. He has been featured on Yahoo News, FOX, Washington Post, Bankrate.com, Huffington Post and several other media for his expertise. Shashank was interviewed by Emmy Award-winning director Nick Nanton on his TV show. His awards include: Top 40 Under 40 most influential mortgage professionals in the country for 2012, 2013 and 2014 by National Mortgage Professional Magazine Hot 100 movers and shakers in the country by Mortgage Professional America (MPA) for 2014, 2015, 2016 Top 200 loan officers in the country (ranked by production volume ) by Origination News – 2014, 2015, 2016 Top 25 most connected mortgage professionals in the country in 2011 and 2014 by National Mortgage Professional Magazine Scotsman Guide Top Originators – 2015, 2016 Inducted into the National Academy of Best Selling Authors in 2012 Nominated for Entrepreneur of the Year award at Silicon Valley Awards, 2013 He has an MBA in Marketing from one of the premier business schools. Before founding Arcus Lending, Shashank worked for GE Money in mid-level management and worked for a start-up mortgage origination company as Director of Product Management. He also sits on the board of Give India, a non-profit that works for fundraising for Indian charities.

About the Book: First time home buying is a special occasion in everyone’s life. But because of the complexities around it, most people approach it with a mix of fear, anxiety, and uncertainty. This book was written with the sole purpose of making the process easier and more predictable. The book has tried to demystify the entire process by avoiding the jargon as much as possible. The book first helps you in deciding whether you are ready to buy or not and then gives a step by step instruction on what you can expect along the process should you decide to buy. The book takes it a step further and even advises you on steps you can take to remain a happy home owner. The book has been designed with a lot of thought, keeping you the reader in mind. It’s broken down into 5 sections. Section 1 is titled “Getting Ready”. It helps with the preliminary work you need to do to even consider home buying. Section 2 provides all the information you need to find your first home and get your offer accepted. Section 3 teaches you about different financing and down payment options. Section 4 details the loan process and the blunders to avoid. Section 5 is all about life after home ownership. From decorating ideas to how to pay off your mortgage faster, you will find invaluable tips in this section to stay a happy homeowner for years to come. Authored by Shashank Shekhar, a mortgage industry veteran and one of the top Loan Officers in the country, the tips and tricks come directly from the trenches.

Available in Paperback from:

Amazon https://www.amazon.com/First-Home-step-step-achieving/dp/1542570123/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1484992152&sr=1-1&keywords=My+First+Home%3A+A+step-by-step+guide+to+achieving+the+ultimate+American+Dream

and Barnes and Noble http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/my-first-home-shashank-shekhar/1125499464?ean=9781542570121

 

Okay, Okay by Fred Krebsbach

 

In November 1968, Fred Krebsbach had just turned twenty-one, he had finished his education with a tech degree in engineering, and was looking forward to a bright future. However the US military had other plans, the war in Vietnam needed soldiers and he was called up for draft.

Before leaving for basic training, his uncle Gene, a WWII veteran advised him to take something which would give him comfort, with him, and he chose his First Communion rosary, something which would sustain him through the months of conflict.

After he had completed his training, he left his homeland for the Tan Son Nhut Republic of South Vietnam. Thus began his tour of duty in that hell hole, where for nearly seven long months he served as an M-60 machine gunner.

The author freely admits that he was changed in irrevocable ways, and reading his story, how can he not have been. Fighting the Viet Cong, and the North Vietnamese Army under terrible conditions, losing many of his ammo bearers to booby traps, and for me, one of the saddest things was that they never said hello, because then they would never have to say goodbye…

The detailed descriptions of army life in Vietnam, and how he survived it, is absorbing reading. I was amazed to discover that captured, and rehabilitated Viet Cong, were used by the army as Tiger Scouts, and sent out in front of the soldiers to find the booby traps, punji pits, daisy chains and explosives set by their ex-comrades.

The author says that hearing WWII veterans say that they wish they had talked to their family more, has been an important factor in his decision to writing this book. I can understand this as my own Granddad was a WWII veteran who was lost, presumed dead. In fact my Grandmother was told he was dead by the British War Office. Then he turned up in Australia a couple of years after the war had ended. Apparently, he had been taken there, having been released, he had been tortured, and it was that long before they could discover his identity. I remember, he never, ever, talked about his experiences.

It must have taken a lot of courage for the author to put these words down on paper, to search is memories, trace people, and diagnose the effect on his life of those months.

Yes he came back alive, and despite sustaining injury, in one piece. However the man who returned was totally different from the ‘boy’ who left his home to fight for his country.

He married Marcia, has had children, and grandchildren, he was one of the lucky ones, thousands did not. Because of this, he wanted to put pen to paper to explain in real terms the true cost of war, both mentally and physically.

Thank you Fred.

Reviewed by Susan Keefe

About the Book: Before leaving for Vietnam, twenty-one year old Fred Krebsbach received a piece of advice from his uncle: carry something with you into combat that will give you comfort in a time of need. He figured it was worth a shot and chose his First Communion rosary. This turned out to be a life-changing, maybe even life-saving, decision. Sent into combat as an M-60 machine gunner, for almost seven months Fred faced danger from booby traps, enemy combatants, and the jungle itself. After becoming injured and returning from the hospital he gave up the M-60 to become a squad leader for Special Forces. He endured seven more months of constant change and surprise, but one companion was constant―a voice inside his head that helped him find the right course of action to keep him alive. To this day Fred doesn’t know what it was exactly, but it may have had something to do with that dang rosary! Though he survived Vietnam, Fred was changed in irrevocable ways. He hopes his story helps his grandchildren and other young people understand the cost of combat and the value of thinking it through before engaging in war.

Available from Amazon in Paperback https://www.amazon.com/Okay-Fred-Krebsbach/dp/0989671011/ref=sr_1_1_twi_pap_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1484740731&sr=1-1

and Barnes and Noble in Paperback http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/okay-okay-fred-krebsbach/1117164622?ean=9780989671019

 

Dynomike: Talent Show Time by Frankie B Rabbit

 

I loved reading Dynomike: Talent Show Time with my grandsons! It tells the story of what happens when a teacher puts up a poster for a talent show at school. It is asking for entrants who have all sort of talents, and it gets Dynomike and his friends thinking.

Each one ponders on what a great chance it is to show off their special talent, and win a prize! Out comes their competitive spirit, and they start working out what THEY can do, and how THEY can win. They are all very talented in their own special ways, and each is sure they are the best.

This sets Dynomike thinking, he takes himself off and is sad, it’s a pity that there has to losers for there to be winners. How much better it would be if they could all win!

So, he gets all his friends together, and tells them his plan.

But will his friends be interested?

Do they want to work together, and can they?

All is revealed on Talent Show night, when we find out what happens, and who steals the show.

This series of books is very special because it shows children, through wonderful rhyme, and beautifully eye-catching illustrations, using the lovable characters of Dynomike and his friends, the importance of friendship, support and team work, in many different situations.

 

About the Author: Frankie B. Rabbit was born and raised underground; the underground rap scene that is. Walking alone through the rough soils of Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York, and now currently in New Jersey; he traveled most of the North East battle rapping other upcoming hip-hop artists at local night clubs to only find himself getting paid in vegetable scraps and free admissions. While, he was winning a majority of his freestyle rap battles, Frankie B. Rabbit was only participating for bonus money to keep his whiskers afloat. Frankie B. Rabbit’s talents were not self-fulfilling for him, and he was seeking to take his talents elsewhere; hopefully to make a difference.

So, while, his rap career was dragging with monotony, he enters, yet another, freestyle rap battle at B.B. Kings in New York City—which ended being his last rap battle after being defeated by an 8 year old second grader in the first round—his name was Dynomike!

“The lyrical niceness, my rhymes so tight I give nightmares to vice grips! This mic is five bucks, this night is five bucks, and Dynomike is — is priceless!” That was only one of the sixteen bars he dropped on Frankie B. Rabbit.

 

About the Book: Best Selling Author (Frankie B. Rabbit) known for Dynomike: Back to School, and Come At Me, Bro brings you another great story called Talent Show Time.

From the Dynomike Series:

It’s talent show time at Dynomike’s school, and everyone is pumped to show off their skills and beat their friends for the grand prize. But when the competition starts to come between him and his best buddies, Dynomike realizes that there must be a better way.

Competition can bring out the good and bad in all of us in our quest to be the best. Through fun rhymes and illustrations, Dynomike: Talent Show Time shows kids that winning doesn’t mean you have to hurt the ones you care about.

Available from Amazon in Paperback https://www.amazon.com/Dynomike-Talent-Show-Time/dp/1542363918/ref=sr_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1484737206&sr=1-2&keywords=dynomike+talent+show+time

and Kindle format https://www.amazon.com/Dynomike-Talent-Childrens-Friendship-Rhyming-ebook/dp/B01NCSQ76G/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8

 

Making The Elephant Man: A Producer’s Memoir by Jonathan Sanger

Who cannot remember watching the award winning film called The Elephant Man, and, if they are truthful, the horrific fascination, and strong emotions it evoked? This is quite simply an incredible film which chronicles the life and experiences of John (Joseph) Merrick, cruelly labelled ‘The Elephant Man’ because of deformities which started to materialise at about 5 years of age, and which he had to live with throughout his short life.

Written by the producer, Jonathon Sanger, this book tells the story of how this film, the first he ever produced, came to be.

From the moment he first read the script Jonathon immediately felt strongly that it was a story which had to be told on screen. With the backing of Mel Brooks who helped finance the film through his new company Brooksfilms, The Elephant Man got the green light and the search for production staff and actors began.

Jonathon’s enthusiasm for this story was infectious, and with the creative and artistic talents of David Lynch as Director, it is fascinating to discover how the film was shot and how they came to cast so many famous actors, and talented artists.

Anyone who has seen it cannot fail to be moved by it. Unusually, for the time it was filmed in black and white, which dramatically adds to the atmosphere. I can imagine anyone interested in the film industry will be fascinated to reading how, through diligent searching and an eye for detail, Jonathon and David managed to find the cobbled streets, and hospital buildings, needed as sets, and learn how with special clever photography they ensured the perfect ambience needed to recreate Victorian London at that time.

Jonathon has, throughout this book been extremely frank about the relationships between production staff, cast members, actors, and crew, in the making and filming of The Elephant Man which is refreshing, and this honesty gives the reader and any would-be member of the industry a glimpse into what life in this line of work is really like.

The impact of this film continues however, past its premier, in that not only has it received many awards, but it has also affected how people perceive disability, and has helped organisations which work with people suffering from disabilities.

Since this, his first production, Jonathon Sanger has produced and directed many films, and also given other film professionals the chance to direct their own films through the Chanticleer Film company.

The testament to this film, and why this book was written has been summed up by the man himself, as he says in the preface, when asked what his most challenging accomplishment had been as a film producer, “it was my first film as ‘producer, The Elephant Man, that set the bar high enough that I felt I could accomplish anything.” After reading this statement, who could resist such an amazing story?

Reviewed by Susan Keefe

About the Author: Jonathan Sanger, an Academy Award-winning producer, film, theater and television producer and director, media advisor, and entertainment financial consultant, has lead initiatives in every sector of the entertainment industry. His writing has appeared in magazines, newspapers, encyclopedias and filmmaking handbooks. He lives and works in Los Angeles and New York City.

About the Book: The true story of John Merrick has captured the imagination of generations of audiences, critics, actors, and filmmakers.

In 1988 I received a screenplay about a hideously disfigured man-John Merrick, the Elephant Man-who refused to fall victim to despair and instead exemplified human dignity. The story was so gripping, so moving, the moment I finished the screenplay I began to read it again. I had to produce it. John Merrick’s story needed to be told.

The story of how I got this movie made-the whole, unvarnished, hair-pulling, stomach-churning, adventure-is itself a study in the triumph of dignity over fear. This is the story of my journey to share my love and admiration for John Merrick with the rest of world. It is a story within a story, with scheduling conflicts, location issues, special effects nightmares and many risky decisions. Assembling a team that included executive producer, Mel Brooks, new director, David Lynch, and actors John Hurt and Anthony Hopkins, I stared adversity in the eye and found a way to persevere and overcome my fears. I hope you enjoy this story, my story, of the making of this inspiring Oscar-nominated, award-winning film.

Available from:

Amazon in Paperback https://www.amazon.com/Making-Elephant-Man-Producers-Memoir/dp/1476666628/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1484393622&sr=8-1&keywords=making+the+elephant+man

and Kindle format https://www.amazon.com/Making-Elephant-Man-Producers-Memoir-ebook/dp/B01N94T2N0/ref=mt_kindle?_encoding=UTF8&me=

Barnes and Noble in Paperback http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/making-the-elephant-man-jonathan-sanger/1123796281?ean=9781476666624

and as a NOOK Book http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/making-the-elephant-man-jonathan-sanger/1123796281?ean=9781476627311

 

 

Christmas for Joshua by Avraham Azrieli

I loved the character of Rusty Dinwall from the very first page. He is a well-respected, compassionate man, a heart surgeon, and a loving husband and father.

Indeed, after falling in love with Rebecca, over twenty years before, he even renounced Christianity, embraced her Jewish faith, and is now president of his local Reform synagogue. A happy and contented man leading a devout life, and helping others.

This story begins on Thursday September 24th, it is Rosh Hashanah Eve (Jewish New Year). Rusty and his wife Rebecca are looking forward to a Skype call that evening from their daughter Deborah who is away at university, and cannot join them for the celebrations. However, Deborah is not alone when she makes the call, and introduces them to her future husband Mordechai, an Orthodox Jew.

Deborah and Mordechai announce that they will be marrying on 20th December in New York, and then coming back to her home in Arizona for their honeymoon.

Although initially surprised at the swiftness of the wedding, Rusty and Rebecca arrive in New York excited at the forthcoming celebrations.

With their daughter happy and radiant nothing, it would seem could possibly spoil such a perfect day, that is, until Rabbi Mintzberg arrives. When the elderly orthodox Rabbi announces Rusty is a shaygetz (not a full Jew), Rusty is shocked at his words, and dismayed at the ramifications they will have on such a special day.

Reeling from the repercussions, hurt, confused and surprised at the reactions of those around him, he suddenly discovers that religious intolerance is evident even within the same faith. Searching for answers, and pondering his past, Rusty decides that he is going to make the young couples celebration of their marriage in his local Reform synagogue, a night to remember, which it is, in more ways than one…

As a parent, it is easy to understand both Rusty and Rebecca’s reactions, and ways of coping to the news of Deborah’s rapid marriage, and her decision to become an Orthodox Jew. Their natural reaction is to protect her but as an adult does she need their protection?

This book highlights very clearly how hard things can be for mixed faith families at special occasions, specific times of the year, and at family celebrations, which should be happy. However it also celebrates the strength of marriage, and commitment couples should make to each other.

This book is very different to the other spy thrillers I have read by this talented author, however, I have to say it is simply a wonderful story which is uplifting, yet heart rendering at the same time, and I would highly recommend it, whatever religion you follow.

About the Author: 

Avraham Azrieli’s new novel, Deborah Rising (Harper Collins, 2016), portrays the dramatic (and unlikely) rise of the first woman to lead a nation in recorded human history. A graduate of Columbia Law School in New York City, Azrieli tried many complex court cases before his first novel, The Masada Complex (a political thriller) was published in 2010. A full-time author since then, his other books include the Israeli spy novels The Jerusalem Inception and The Jerusalem Assassin, as well as Christmas for Joshua (a family drama dealing with interfaith conflicts), The Mormon Candidate (a political thriller), Thump (a courtroom drama featuring sexual harassment and racism) and The Bootstrap Ultimatum (a mystery involving the commercialization of Memorial Day). He also authored Your Lawyer on a Short Leash (a guide to dealing with lawyers) and One Step Ahead – A Mother of Seven Escaping Hitler’s Claws (a WWII biography, which inspired the musical By Wheel and by Wing). Azrieli grew up in Israel, where he received extensive Talmudic education, served as an intelligence officer and, after attending law school, clerked for the Israeli Supreme Court in Jerusalem. Residing primarily in the United States since 1990, he currently lives near Washington DC with his wife and children. Like Ben Teller, the protagonist in The Mormon Candidate, Azrieli often rides his motorcycle in the mountainous forests of western Maryland. To learn more, visit http://azrielibooks.com/

About the Book:  Life couldn’t be better for Rusty Dinwall–a heart surgeon, amateur pianist, and volunteer synagogue president. But when his daughter’s wedding takes an unexpected turn, life spins out of control, shattering everything he believes in. A dramatic story with memorable characters, Christmas for Joshua tackles the conflicts inherent to interfaith marriage, modern parenting, and religious intolerance, taking the reader on an entertaining and thought-provoking journey through a uniquely American Christmas experience.

Available from Amazon in Paperback https://www.amazon.com/Christmas-Joshua-Avraham-Azrieli/dp/146360288X/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1483977915&sr=8-1&keywords=Christmas+for+Joshua

and Kindle format https://www.amazon.com/Christmas-Joshua-Interfaith-Marriage-Controversy-ebook/dp/B005V72LXG/ref=tmm_kin_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1483977915&sr=8-1

Barnes and Noble in Paperback http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/christmas-for-joshua-avraham-azrieli/1106754334?ean=9781463602888

and as a NOOK Book http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/christmas-for-joshua-avraham-azrieli/1106754334?ean=2940046562569

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Warrior of Light (Adventures of the Mind Traveller Book 3) by James McKenna

In this third book in the Mind Traveller series we join a 16 year old Rosie as she, having just finished her GCSE’s, is looking forward to the summer holidays.

Laying under the ancient oak tree at Haston Manor, she is dreaming of Oliver, one of the local boys and one of her partners in adventures, when an Inca boy called Titu suddenly arrives. He has been sent by his brother Apo, who is an Inca prince from Vilabamba with news especially for her. A piece of the Dove of Peace is in the Huacas.

So Rosie and her SAS Angel Elissa travel into Mind Space, and asks Grubalot what they should do. He reveals that the dark angels are rising again, they are becoming very strong, amassing a large army, and he has another mission for her. She must finds her parents, and the last pieces of the Dove of Peace, because, when the dove of peace is whole again, love will spread across Mind Space, and together with the white angels they will win the war against the Dark Angel, and his forces.

And so begins the adventure for Rosie and her friends Oliver, Charlie and Dan. However her discussions in Mind Space have been cunningly overheard by the despicable Skreg, a slimy creature who works for the dark forces, and he is prepared to do anything to stop Rosie from completing her quest.

Thwarted at every turn, bravely fighting terrible creatures, dark forces, creppins, and the hideous Skreg, the friends desperately seek Rosie’s parents. However, they are being kept prisoner, and with deception and lies at every turn, and things not being what they appear to be, will the friends be able to find them?

Then, if they do, will they really hold the key to the location of the final pieces of the dove?

Who will win the war?

Calling on allies of old, Rosie’s mothers secret diaries, and discovering some amazing new things about themselves and others, they courageously undertake the mission.

In this marvellous fantasy adventure, the reader not only joins in an amazing escapade, but also discovers through the adventure that, united, despite the dangers, true friendship and perseverance can achieve wonderful things.

Although the third book in this Mind Traveller series, it is not necessary to have read the others to enjoy this great story.

 

About the Author: 

I was born while enemy aircraft bombed London, spent some of my childhood amidst the wretchedness of post-war Austria, then with siblings and mother, followed my military father across the world. At the age of 15 I joined the British Army and attended the apprenticeship college at Harrogate, then the Royal School of Military Engineering. At 17 I passed selection for the Paras serving in the Gulf and Europe. Afterwards, running my own electronic and physical protection company came easily and gave insider knowledge for my crime thrillers The Unseen, The Uncounted and The Unwanted. Now a father and grandfather, in parallel to these crime thrillers, I have ventured into the action/fantasy world of the young reader aged 12+16. The Mind Traveller is the first of a series where Rosie adventures deep into the unchartered universe of Mind Space. The Witch’s Shadow second in the series will be published on the 5th of June. As a fulltime writer I live between the UK, Portugal and Ireland.

About the Book: 

Rosie is given a new mission in Mind Space, to rebuild the White Dove of Peace. Failure means victory for the Dark Angels who battle the White Angels for control of planet Earth and the parallel worlds.
Only Rosie’s mother knew where the last fragment of dove is hidden but are Rosie’s parents dead or trapped in a parallel time? While war rages, Rosie and her pals search for the truth, travelling from Mind Space to the Kingdom of the Incas, hunted by Skreg and his demons.
Mind Space, where time future slips to time past through time present, a place of transition where all time zones are compressed by quantum infinity, a place which must exist yet cannot exist except in our minds.

Available from Amazon in Paperback https://www.amazon.co.uk/Warrior-Light-3-Mind-Traveller/dp/0992840066/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1483699101&sr=8-2&keywords=warrior+of+light+by+james+mckenna

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