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

Child of Sorrow by Gloria Taylor Weinburg

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About Gloria Taylor Weinberg: Gloria Taylor Weinberg is a fourth-generation Floridian who retired from the Fort Pierce Tribune after 22 years as a journalist. She received numerous awards from the Florida Press Association and the Florida Society of Newspaper Editors for her columns, features and explanatory reports, including the 2000 Gold Medal for Public Service. Weinberg also paints, especially the flora and fauna of her native state. She lives with her husband, Mark, and Dudley, their spoiled cocker spaniel, in Fort Pierce, Florida. Her debut novel, “A Homicide in Hooker’s Point,” earned a 2011 Royal Palm Literary Award from the Florida Writers Association.

 

Review by Susan Keefe

In our laid back society today where the previous strict victorian rules are no longer  adhered to and pregnancy outside marriage is nolonger frowned upon, it is easy to forget that in the 1950’s and indeed later those rules were still obeyed.

This is the tale of a young girl called Viki who becomes pregnant back in 1959, her parents send her away, to avoid the neighbours knowing and the shame they would all have to endure. So, she is taken to have her child in a home for unmarried mothers. Her parents are unaware of the conditions she has to endure and are not encouraged to contact or visit her. However Viki makes friends with the many girls and women and shares their life experiences.

When her baby is finally born, her natural instincts kick in, however, its fate has already been decided and how she copes and what happens next is heartrendering. Spanning generations we follow her life, career and untimately her discoveries.

This beautifully written emotional book is a real eyeopener for those of us fortunate enough not to have been through the experience and I found it compelling reading.

 

Available at Amazon in Paperback here http://www.amazon.com/Child-Sorrow-Gloria-Taylor-Weinberg/dp/0615819109/ref=sr_1_1_title_1_pap?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1374659403&sr=1-1&keywords=child+of+sorrow

and on Kindle here  http://www.amazon.com/Child-of-Sorrow-ebook/dp/B00DRHK6MK/ref=sr_1_1_title_0_main?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1374659403&sr=1-1&keywords=child+of+sorrow

 

 

Sell the Pig by Tottie Limejuice

 

I loved this book!

Sell the Pig

As soon as I started reading the foreword, I knew I was going to love this book.

Many books have been written about people’s new lives in France, but not so many about the upheaval and organisation the move takes, without the added complication of a problematic brother and a very elderly mother.

Tottie narrates the tale brilliantly with her forthright descriptions – no holds barred of her family, other people, and the events, which made them decide to move to France. Then, once the decision is made, she takes you with her as she overcomes the obstacles necessary to make it happen.

You can laugh, cry and despair with her throughout the pages of this fantastic book as she organises everything and one, with the support of a good friend and of course her beloved Border Collie Meic. 

Available on Kindle here http://www.amazon.com/Sell-the-Pig-ebook/dp/B007AU6NZY/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1368359492&sr=8-1&keywords=sell+the+pig

at Amazon in Paperback here http://www.amazon.com/Sell-Pig-Tottie-Limejuice/dp/1480274917/ref=sr_1_1_bnp_1_pap?ie=UTF8&qid=1368359492&sr=8-1&keywords=sell+the+pig

 

The Book Depository in Paperback here http://www.bookdepository.co.uk/Sell-Pig-Tottie-Limejuice/9781480274914

and Barnes & Noble in Paperback here http://www.barnesandnoble.com/s/sell-the-pig-tottie-limejuice?store=allproducts&keyword=sell+the+pig+tottie+limejuice

Die in Paris: The true story of France’s most notorious serial killer by Marilyn Z Tomlins

 

Wartime Paris and the life of a serial killer

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

When we think of the war years our focus tends to be with the horrors of wartime battles, and it is easy to forget that for ordinary people in occupied lands other crimes still happened.

In Paris, under occupation, the French people remained strong. Their ability to keep quiet and forget incidents when convenient was very necessary, and the resistance managed to save many thousands of people because of this. However, under this cloak of secrecy, other crimes were committed, but none as horrendous as the mass murders committed by Dr. Marcel Petiot even now France’s most notorious serial killer.

This book is a thoroughly researched and an interesting study into the life of this serial killer. In its pages, we discover the making of the man, his relationships, and how he evolved into the cold, callous monster he became.

The detailed descriptions of life in Paris at this time and the thoughts and lives of its people make it a fascinating read for anyone with a love of wartime history.  

In conclusion, this book makes you yearn to be able to wander down those same streets now, look at the locations and imagine being there then, stepping into the scenes which the author has so clearly laid before you.

 

Available at Amazon in Paperback http://www.amazon.com/Die-Paris-Frances-notorious-serial/dp/1482752808/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1366440113&sr=1-1&keywords=die+in+paris

And on Kindle here http://www.amazon.com/Die-Paris-Frances-notorious-ebook/dp/B00BCRUKXW/ref=sr_1_1_title_1_kin?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1366440113&sr=1-1&keywords=die+in+paris

Southern Adventures by Tracy Kauffman

A lovely, thought provoking story.

Southern Adventures

Photo’s can be very thought provoking. For the viewer they have the power to bringing back memories, of all kinds.

The book opens with Kay looking through her old photo albums, recalling her memories.

She starts with her earliest, her childhood in Harvest, Alabama and the happy times she shares with her sisters and family. However as the book progresses we learn of places she visits, her highs and lows, her loves, and the tragedies of those around her.

The reader watches her transformation until, as the book draws to a close, she looks back, reflecting over all her achievements, wishes, prayers and dreams, and finishes with words of wisdom.

This is a lovely gentle story of one girls life in Alabama and other places, very personal and with an important message at the end.

Available in paperback and as a Nook Book at:-

Amazon  http://www.amazon.com/Southern-Adventures-Tracy-Kauffman/dp/1621476790/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1355992266&sr=8-1&keywords=Southern+Adventures+by+Tracy+Kauffman

Barnes and Noble http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/southern-adventures-tracy-kauffman/1113389151?ean=9781621476795

As a Nook Book http://www.barnesandnoble.com/s/Southern-Adventures-by-Tracy-Kauffman?keyword=Southern+Adventures+by+Tracy+Kauffman&store=ebook