One Mother’s Journey: Creating My Family through In Vitro Fertilization by Jennifer Prudenti

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For most of us women having a baby is something we naturally want, and assume it will just happen, sometimes it does, sometimes it doesn’t.

In this frank and detailed book the author, Jennifer Prudenti, with timely insertions from her husband Marty, take us on their quest to be parents. Throughout, they lay bare their thoughts and emotions for us to read, in the hope that it will give others guidance and that it will help to full in some of the questions which others are wondering about, or may have forgotten to ask.

Jennifer’s story starts very openly as she explains how, as the daughter of a loving mother, all she wanted was a daddy, and how, like many before and since, she turned to boys to get the attention she craved from males. This yearning, and the consequences of it took her health and body down a tragic route which eventually led her to need In Vitro Fertilization, or as it is commonly known IVF.

Happily married, all Jennifer and her husband Marty wanted was a family, however, this was not to be – well not easily, as you will read. The path they took was a hard one, IVF. Jennifer explains in detail the various procedure, and tests which she endured, and the life she led dancing to the rhythm of her body clock, and the routines which had to be followed. The unfortunate disappointments, the emotional rollercoasters, and everything being swept aside by Jennifer’s strong feelings that she would be incomplete as a woman, and a wife, without being a mother, despite Marty’s protestations of the opposite.

Along with following traditional guidelines, she found herself trying alternative medicines and remedies. They changed clinics and doctors, done whatever they could until, finally she was carrying her babies.

For many, from then onwards is a natural path, set in stone, but for others (myself included), this is just the beginning of months of fears and worries. Unless you have experienced it no-one can understand the feelings you go through just to get to the magical 28 weeks when baby is ‘viable’, however the author does a very good job, as it certainly brought back memories for me.

As the title suggests this story does have a happy ending, but then as they say in films, this is only the beginning of Jennifer and Marty’s life as parents. I am a true believer that no-one can prepare you for parenthood, of course, the love you feel when you see your baby or babies for the first time, but also the emotional toll, sleepless nights, worries when they don’t sleep, the list is endless. As parents all we can do is our best, and of course hindsight is a wonderful thing.

This story is one which needed telling, not only because Jennifer and her husband thought so, but also to give hope, information, courage and the strength not to give up to the thousands of couples out there who strive to have a family of their own, whatever it takes….

 

About the Author: Jennifer Prudenti is a mother of two beautiful kids, Sophia and Michael. She lives in Albertson, New York, with her husband, Marty, their children, and the family cats, Smudgie and Sabrina. She is a mother, daughter, wife, friend, coworker. She is just like you, and her story could be anyone’s. She is a marketing professional who has worked in the music business, publishing, and television, and writing is her passion..

 

About the Book:  What if you thought you had it all figured out, and then just like that, nothing was as it seems? This is a story of determination, perseverance, and faith. This is a story about making your dream come true, despite the odds. This is my story.

 

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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.

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Killing the Market: Legendary Investor Robert W. Wilson by Roemer McPhee

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This book is about the life and 40 year career in the financial market of Robert W. Wilson.

Robert W. Wilson was an investor and philanthropist, a man driven to succeed. He made brave investments, followed his own council, and was filled with grit, and the determination. It is these qualities which have led him to be called the greatest investor of our time.

He starting out with $15,000 from his mother in 1958 and had the ethos that ‘[to be an investor], money has to be the most important thing in the world to you.’ Through clever investing and sheer hard work, using other people’s money, his fortune grew astronomically over the years, and just before his death in 2013 he had a net worth of $800 million.

This small book is packed with interesting information about the companies Robert W. Wilson was involved in, which include many of the giants such as Lockheed Aircraft Corporation, Atari, Compaq Computer Corp, Burroughs, Pizza Time Theater, American Airlines and Federal Express.

I also touches sensitively in his personal life and passions, such as the opera, and his interest in nature, wildlife and conservation, all of which he supported fervently.

He handled his affairs with control and dignity, and this included his suicide in 2013. He left a note saying “I had a rewarding life. Thank you and goodbye to all my friends. Please make sure you cancel all my plans. Tell everyone what I did. I’m not ashamed of killing myself. Sell all my stuff,” the note read, according to law-enforcement sources.”

The author of this short book has treated the reader to an in-depth look at the life of this amazing man, and what made him tick, it is interesting, inspirational and I highly recommend it.

About Roemer McPhee:

Roemer McPhee was born in Washington D.C. and resided there for several years while his father was special legal counsel to President Eisenhower. At age 17, he attended Princeton University, where he studied history, then turned to business school at Wharton, as he was always interested in money and investing. After working as a trader for Morgan Stanley for two years, he now works as a private investor and is very active in the futures market and cash markets. In his free time, McPhee likes to play squash and tennis, and enjoys cycling. He also loves to sail, and travel. Aside from his new book on Wilson, McPhee is the author of the book The Boomer’s Guide to Story: A Search for Insight in Literature and Film. McPhee is married and has one son. He lives in New York City.

About the book: Robert W. Wilson is the greatest investor of all time, on the only criterion that counts: percentage return on capital. What you make with what you have, what you started out with. Wilson would be the first to point out that there are investors richer than himself; but on a percentage-return basis, he is unmatched, and untouched. He received $15,000 from his mother in 1958, and he ran this stake to the fabulous sum of $230 million, by 1986. With assistance he himself sought out, he then nearly quadrupled his net worth to $800 million, by the year 2000. This return, after taxes no less, is more than 50,000 to one. More than 5,000,000 percent. Wilson did it in about forty years, without partners. How? How, possibly? This book, “Killing the Market,” tries to find, or at least get close to, an answer.
Robert Wilson quit the investing business in 1986, because he had “lost his touch,” as he said. The most productive of men, the hardest working of men, he started to move into philanthropy. Eventually he became just about the most important philanthropist in the United States. Of the $800 million he accumulated, he had given away fully $700 million of it at the time of his death, in 2013 (by his own hand). Movingly, Robert Wilson’s gifts were never to things that entertained him, or to pet projects; they were always to charities trying very hard to make the world a better place for everybody.

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Dr. Fred’s Healthcare Rescue: The Real Solution to Healthcare by Dr Fred F. Hollingsworth

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This is a very interesting and well researched book, in which the author considers the reasons and causes of the high cost of healthcare, and examines how to overcome this. He also talks about the lack of fair competition caused by repressed freedom, giving some very interesting examples.

The author points out that healthcare could be provided much more effectively and cheaper if the authorities took advantage of the many little known therapies and treatments available instead of always opting for more expensive drugs and surgery. In chapter six he looks at the growing move towards alternative health care, complimentary, and orthomolecular medicines and how the importance of taking responsibility for your own health. Then in the next chapter he provides the reader with many examples of the hundreds of therapies, and treatments, which are available.

Chapter four discusses some of the amazing advances which have been made, including the care of premature babies which affected me 29 years ago when I had my second child, a daughter at 26 weeks weighing .652 of a kilo. Now thankfully she is a competent health care professional. However it also points out that there have been failures along the way as well. It should be noted that the author does point out at the beginning of the book that he is not a licenced physician and the book is for information purposes only.

I found chapter five very interesting since it dispels twenty-seven commonly taught and accepted beliefs such as the need for prescription drugs as the major basis for maintaining good health, egg consumption, whether margarine is better for you than butter, and whether the only solution to knee, hip, and other joint problems is replacement surgery. More than one of these fallacies took me by surprise.

The author, Dr. Fred Hollingsworth, was born in southwest Colorado His life was profoundly influenced by his mother Gertrude, and grandmother, Anna Arkell. Anna had been taught by a Susan Anderson MD and the lifesaving lessons she learnt were passed on to him through her daughter Gertrude, (Fred’s mother). In the first chapter of his mother’s book Iodine Vision which was self-published in 1995, she tells of a profound experience which was to change her life totally, and also her sons, and ultimately lead to the writing of this fascinating book.

 

 

About the Book: If Not ObamaCare,Then what? Critics of ObamaCare (The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act) have not been united in proposing a suitable alternative. The author, Dr. Fred F. Hollingsworth, has the solution. His plan is presented in Chapter 10 of his book which is reviewed below. This plan will lower costs considerably while greatly increasing the quality of healthcare. Very powerful national and international financial interests have controlled healthcare for several decades. Their motive is mainly profit. Very little money is made by getting people well and keeping them well. Much money is made by keeping people sick but alive. The term “healthcare” is not actually correct. It should be called “sickness care”. Any health product or therapy, no matter how effective, is thus rejected if it is not profitable. Doctors, who attempt to use any unapproved lifesaving treatments to heal patients, face prosecution, the loss of their licenses, jail, financial bankruptcy, the loss of their health, and sometimes their actual physical safety. The above noted financial powers have long controlled the media and have built a gigantic propaganda machine to indoctrinate the public continuously to believe that various lifesaving products and therapies, are in fact fraudulent and constitute quackery. The public is, instead, led strongly but erroneously to believe that good health depends substantially upon the liberal use of expensive prescription drugs and surgeries. Furthermore the public is led to believe many untrue beliefs which are damaging to health.

A Review by Dr. Morton Walker 9-7-2012 Dr. Fred blows the lid off the health care scandal–the crime of the century with far more victims (believe it or not) than resulted from the terrible Nazi Holocaust. Tens of millions of people have watched precious dear loved ones suffer pain and ill health for decades ultimately dying long before reaching old age. Meanwhile many lifesaving healing therapies and products have been suppressed. A few examples include: Infections can be eliminated inexpensively and effectively without the use of antibiotics. Cardiovascular health can usually be restored without dangerous and expensive surgery. Dozens of effective inexpensive cancer cures are known. Type 1 (juvenile onset ) Diabetes M. can be overcome without insulin. Alzheimer’s disease can even be reversed inexpensively. Furthermore, Dr. Fred exposes several popular false beliefs ,concerning health and nutrition, which have contributed to people’s poor health and early death. Learn who is responsible for this outrageous and intolerable situation and how tyranny has been used to repress freedom and prevent these inexpensive and unprofitable lifesaving treatments from being used by mainstream medicine. Become aware of how government leaders attempt to address these problems while they appear not to know that government itself is the cause. Armed with the health and political information in this book, the reader should gain the opportunity to live a longer and more productive life–free of pain and illness while spending little for healthcare–and, thus, also help to prevent countless numbers of devastating government and private bankrupties. All of this and much more is explained in this 340 page easy-to-read must read book which presents a plan for far more effective healthcare at much less cost.

It is available at WWW.Createspace.com/3618670 at $18.95 plus shipping. Reorders are $12.95.and Amazon in paperback format http://www.amazon.com/Dr-Freds-Healthcare-Rescue-Solution/dp/1463539053/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1457971635&sr=8-1&keywords=dr+freds+healthcare

 

Unemployable! by David Thomas Roberts

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I was drawn to this book because of its title ‘Unemployable!’ I just love the title, as it was exactly what my now husband classified me as 10 years before we married when I was a self-employed mum working in his garden – and he was right I could never be employed by anyone else. I love the freedom too much!

I agree with everything that the author David Thomas Roberts has written. This book is absolutely packed with good advice. If you have the thirst to be your own boss then this is the book for you! It is practical, informative, down to earth and yet at the same time so inspirational.

This is not however a pie in the sky, opt out and follow your dream book, it is built on solid foundations and years of dedication to his businesses. The authors has experience both as a very successful man who made it (more than once), and, just as importantly as someone who looking back can see where, and why his businesses failed. These experiences have given him a real insight into what it REALLY takes to succeed.

Also, he doesn’t glaze over the not so pleasant parts like, finance, how important it is to be truthful to yourself as to whether you really are making money, relationships, partners and the tricky one of what to do when a family member wants to become part of your business.

David Thomas Roberts freely imparts his vast knowledge and anyone considering making themselves ‘unemployable’ would greatly benefit from taking heed his advice. Whether it is discovering if this sort of life and responsibilities are really right for you, or learning from his experiences with the tax man.

At one point in the book he reminisces about asking his respected father what he would have liked to do if he could have, and why he didn’t. Funnily enough, I asked the exact same question of my own father when he had ‘retired’ and started his own business, and got the exact same answer!

I cannot recommend this book highly enough, and am sure everyone who reads it will learn so much from its contents.

About the Author: David ThomasRoberts, known as the “Renegade Capitalist®”, is the founder and CEOof Teligistics, and is a bestselling author, public speaker and serialentrepreneur who, at the age of twenty-one, left the world of being employed bysomeone else for the rest of his life and became “UNEMPLOYABLE!” Robertsshares the lessons he’s learned from more than thirty-five years as anentrepreneur, the unconventional strategies he has deployed, and providesspecific how-to advice on starting a business and the secrets of beingsuccessfully independent – and sustaining it for the rest of your life.

About the Book: Roberts makes the case that this may be the greatest time in history to start a business! Using Roberts’ strategies and principles in this book, learn how to become “UNEMPLOYABLE!” your entire life! Most of us are taught to get a good education and a good job. The idea that we should be content to have someone else dictate our daily commute, our income, schedules and vacations is the accepted norm. To some, the idea of life in a cubicle eight hours a day is akin to torture! What does it really take for someone to jump off the employment treadmill and participate in the free enterprise system, unencumbered by traditionally accepted myths?

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You Don’t Die – You Just Change Channels! by Chuck Swartwout

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I just loved this book, it is written in such a friendly chatty manner that it draws you in straight away. When I read in the introduction this 94 years young author saying “When I tell you that I am 94 years old, you may think that I’m either nuts or a dreamer to think that I can accomplish all that at an age where some people don’t want to commit themselves to buying green bananas.” I just knew it was going to be interesting.

Like most people, as a young person, Chuck Swartwout never considered growing old, however, years later after the loss of his much loved wife of 54 years, Gretchen, he found himself re-evaluating his life, questioning if his good luck at various times, was luck and not something else, and this fuelled his fascination in the afterlife. Thus began his quest for knowledge.

He has had an incredibly interesting life and career, and because of this, and his fascination in so many different things, the world we live in, the spirit world, religion, space, and everything in between, he decided to write this book. However, this is no ordinary book, the author doesn’t tell you what to do, how to think, and what is right. No, this is a ‘feedback book’ written to provide you with information, varied and unbiased, on space, the universe, the spirit world, mediums, religion, near death experiences, after death communication, the future, God, and so much more. Chuck Swartwout wants to hear from you when you have read it, he cares what you think. He wants to hear your thoughts on the subjects he has brought up. He personally believes there is an afterlife, but he wants to hear what you think about the subject. Why, because he plans to write at least one more book and wants more information, this man has a real thirst for knowledge, one I have never seen paralleled.

I am interested in near death experiences, after death communication and the spirit world, and my husband has a deep love of science and space, all through this book, I found myself reading passages out to him, I couldn’t help myself.

Chuck Swartwout strongly believes that we must end all wars and that communication is the key. Included in the books is a lovely letter from one of his granddaughters who is in the Peace Corp in Peru, in which she clearly illustrates how the differences portrayed in the various parts of the world, be it everyday tasks, or pleasures, such as dancing, are not different, they are just other way of doing the same thing. Communication is key, whether in this world or the next.

The author believes that this is so important that not only does he want to write more books, he is also looking for billionaire sponsors for a new project he is proposing. This project is about communication with the spirit world, and has the tentative name Spirit Lab. You can read more in Appendix 1.

The front cover picture is a copy of an original watercolour by his beloved wife of 54 years Gretchen, whom he firmly believes he will be reunited with in the future. Reading this book has opened my eyes to many things and taught me so much, I hope his belief that they will be reunited is true and look forward to reading the sequel.

 

About the Book: When Gretchen Swartwout died suddenly in 2006, Her husband of 54 years, Chuck, was not quite ready to call it quits. He combined his deep Christian faith with his decades of experience as an engineer and creative problem solver to produce this “common sense” analytical exploration of the idea of heaven and a life a er death. From interpreting scripture to testing the work of “mediums,” this book explores the afterlife in a way it’s never been done before.

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Biff the Useless Mention: Book IV of the Sell the Pig trilogy by Tottie Limejuice

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Those of us who are avid fans of Tottie Limejuice have enjoyed following her adventures through the Sell the Pig series. We have watch, fly on the wall like, as she left her native England and moved to the Auvergne department in the central region of France, with her alcoholic brother, and their elderly mother suffering from dementia. Then, after her mother’s death she decided to buy the ‘grottage’ and moved there. She is a very open author and gives the reader, whether they are living in France themselves, or just enjoying a good read, lots of information about the French people, customs, idiosyncrasies’ etc.

Now, with the grottage not finished, but coming along nicely, she has decided to tell her readers more about her lovely area and also the neighbouring Rhône-Alpes region. In this the fourth book in the trilogy (she explains that in the book too) she takes us on camping trips, mini breaks, and days out, nearly always accompanied by her Border Collies.

There are wonderful days out described in detail, and I have to say personally a big thank you for her descriptions of the many adventures she has had with her friend Alex. Alex is in a wheelchair a lot of the time and with a wheelchair bound husband myself, it was very interesting to hear about the facilities, or not, at the places they visited especially at the Puy de Dôme.

For those of us who have not yet visited this side of France it makes us yearn to go there and see the wonderful sights she describes.

It is obvious that the author has found her forever home, as she has even become a French national. My father has always said that you cannot live on a view, that may be true, however it must be amazing to look out of your window and be able to see the magnificent Puy de Dôme and some of the volcanic chain (chaîne des Puys).

I was given a copy of this book for an unbiased review thoroughly enjoyed it.

The back of this book allows her readers to sample snippets of her other books, some, like the Ted Darling Detective series totally different from this series.

 

About the Author: Retired journalist, freelance copywriter and copy editor Lesley Tither writes under various pen names for different genres. Already well known for travel memoirs as Tottie Limejuice, Lesley also writes crime fiction under the name L. M. Krier.

“Sell the Pig” is the first in a series of travel memoirs describing how Lesley, writing as Tottie Limejuice, decided to make the move from the UK to France to start a new life, taking with her an 89-year-old mother suffering from vascular dementia.The story continues in two further books, ‘Is That Billinge Lump?’ and ‘Mother, Was It Worth It?’
Book IV in the series, ‘Biff the Useless Mention’, is scheduled for release in early 2016.

Lesley’s first crime thriller, writing as L M Krier, ‘Baby’s Got Blue Eyes’, was published in February 2015, followed by ‘Two Little Boys’ in June 2015. Book III in the DI Ted Darling series, ‘When I’m Old and Grey’ is scheduled for release in October 2015, followed by a fourth in the series early in 2016.

Lesley also writes under the collective pen name of Jilli Lime-Holt, together with authors Jill Pennington and Janet Holt. Their first joint book, Take Three Birds, was published in December 2014.

Lesley is a former journalist, working as both a criminal court and coroner’s court reporter. She also worked as a case tracker for the Crown Prosecution Service, and for a firm investigating irregularities in offshore finance. Her other jobs have included owning and running a holiday riding centre and acting as a ‘charity mugger’, lying in wait to sign up shoppers for a wildlife charity.

Lesley’s interests centre around nature and wildlife and encompass dogs, wild camping and organic gardening. She lives in the Auvergne region of Central France and holds dual French/British nationality. Her current dogs are two rescued border collies.

Want to chat with Lesley? You’ll find a Tottie Limejuice Chat Group on Facebook, with lots of photos of the Auvergne.

About the Book: In March 2007, Tottie left Britain to follow the dream of a new life in France for herself, her elderly mother and her damaged brother. Has the dream turned to a nightmare or is Tottie still happily living the quiet life in her little ‘grottage’ in the Auvergne region of central France?
Come with Tottie now as she takes you on Tottie’s Tours of the Auvergne. Enjoy the familiar ironic humour and keen eye for detail that will bring the landscape and the people to life for you. Be prepared to shed a tear as you say goodbye to some familiar characters. And find out how Tottie took to a life of crime once she retired from her work as a freelance copywriter.
‘Biff the Useless Mention’ is the fourth and concluding part of what started out as a trilogy, with ‘Sell the Pig’, ‘Is That Billinge Lump?’ and ‘Mother Was It Worth It?’. Don’t miss this concluding part of the ‘Sell the Pig’ series.
‘Mother, mother, it’s a bugger, sell the pig and buy me out’.

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Winter’s Mystery: Time to Go Within by Patricia R. Blumhagen

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This is definitely the most powerful, inspiring and amazing poetry book I have ever read.

 
In Winter’s Mystery: Time To Go Within, the author, Patricia Blumhagen writes in a very powerful yet open way. I loved the title, since, loving nature myself I could immediately connect to the fact that in winter everything is exposed in its raw detail. Gone are the flowers which distract, the leaves which hide, in winter there is only what is…

 
The author has a lovely way of exploring the frailties and strengths of humanity. Her poetry is simply beautiful, looking at the myriad of emotions which make us who we are, our hopes, fears, dreams etc., opening them up for us in an amazing way and exposing the nucleus for us to consider.
That she is an Interfaith Minister is not really surprising, she has a wonderful way with words and I loved the strength of belief which is shown in the poem ‘Calling.’

 
There are many inspirational poems and one, which I loved was The Vessel which tells of being broken, yet still there lies the possibility of healing.

 
In this busy world there are many people who will criticise you, but sometimes you can be your strongest critic and this can cause a lot of emotional pain, and lead to self-destruction; the poem the ‘Inner Critic’ inspires you to let go of these thoughts.

 
‘I Let Go’ is a short, yet very powerful poem about coming to terms with loss which is just simply beautiful.

 
However, I have to say that my favourite is Open the Door’ which is about facing your demons and gaining inner peace, something, many people lack the strength to do.

 
Simply, this book is a joy to read and to own, I know that I shall pick it up many times from now on, whether to gain inspiration, search for answers, or just to enjoy the wonderful words within.

 

About the Author: Patricia is an Interfaith Minister, Registered Nurse, and Certified Nutritional Consultant, as well as a grower of organic herbs. As an Interfaith Minister and Spiritual Coach, her concern is finding the best approach to assist clients in connecting with their souls and in birthing their hidden potentials.She works with healing the trauma of loss. Many have been touched and healed by reading her book. She also offers transforming rituals for celebrating personal growth. For twenty-one years she lived and serviced as a nun in a Catholic Community, out growing the conditioning she found herself outside of the religious organization, and, began her search to release the old and reclaim her authentic self.

Winter’s Mystery-Time To Go Within:Spiritual Journeying is her poetic memoir. Here, she tells
her story from loss to freedom, and finding purpose and meaning in writing. In her poetic memoir
she shows how the emotional pain was the medicine for her healing towards wholeness.
Her book is the spiritual journey within for honoring the darkness and moving towards new beginnings.

Available from Amazon in Paperback http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0578072491?keywords=winter’s%20mystery%3A%20time%20to%20go%20within&qid=1450786982&ref_=sr_1_1&s=books&sr=1-1

 

Mini Farming: Sustainability with A Backyard Farm (Slef sufficiency, Sustainable farming, self sufficiency living Book 1) by Rodger Kinnard

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We actually have a smallholding, and once you have made the jump to living this sort of life, have an active vegetable patch, and a few animals, you never look back!

It starts quite sensibly by looking at backyard farming, what it entails, how much room you will need, and how much you actually have. The author then goes into what you would like to do, and, if you live in a built up area, what you might have to check on before you begin.

All types and sizes of gardens are discussed, from large plots to patio and vertical planting, there’s something in it for everyone. It then goes on in this section to discuss some of the crops, both vegetable and fruit, that you may wish to grow, and their storage. Garden maintenance and pests are also brought up, before we move to the next section, farm animals.

Animals and birds add a whole new dimension to your project, and naturally the first ones which are mentioned are the ever popular chickens, quail, ducks and geese. The author then goes on to goats, sheep, and pigs.

All this produce has to be preserved, for use out of season and this is covered too.

At the end there is a sample year in the life of a mini farmer to give a taste of how the seasons go, for those who have no experience.
Overall a very interesting and informative guide which broadly covers a wide range of farming options.

 

About the Book: Sustaining your family the healthy way: Organic farming in a small space!

In today’s economy, there are ways not only to save money, but to create healthy eating choices, by using whatever space you have available to grow your own food. Organic gardening is booming. Even with a backyard, you can prepare, plant, nurture and harvest a natural garden which will produce organic vegetables and fruit; so much better than buying from the store! The book explores egg and meat sources too, and offers suggestions to use vertical as well as horizontal gardens in the process.
With helpful instructions, plans and guidance for obtaining permits, building coops, and other structures, the book will help you also deal with garden enemies such as grubs, insects, and disease.

Creating a sustainable life for your family can be a pleasure for all of the family. These gardening ideas not only help you to create your own mini-farm, but can be fun for all the family too! Activity levels increase and you’ll experience a deeper interaction with nature, as well as knowing the source of your own food! The results just speak for themselves.

I have tried to make this book as detailed as possible to help you get started with organic life style. Here is some of what you will learn inside the book:

* The planning stages in order to start a Mini Farm
* What are different types of Gardens that you can start setting up?
* Maintaining your garden and pest control measures
* Sourcing of eggs and white meat; different options explained
* Self-preservations and the a year in life
Everything else you would need to know before starting your Mini Farm

Overall experience of growing your own organic food is wonderful not only just for your health but also for your brain. You wouldn’t need your gym membership if you start your farm workout. You can trust me on that.

“Whatever you can do, or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it.” – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Scroll up and download the book to get started on your journey towards organic living!

 

Available from Amazon in Paperback http://www.amazon.com/Mini-Farming-Sustainability-Backyard-sufficiency-Sustainable/dp/1517102243/ref=sr_1_1_twi_pap_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1445689046&sr=8-1&keywords=Mini+Farming%3A+Sustainability+with+A+Backyard+Farm+%28Slef+sufficiency%2C+Sustainable+farming%2C+self+sufficiency+living+Book+1%29

 

and Kindle format http://www.amazon.com/Mini-Farming-Sustainability-sufficiency-Sustainable-ebook/dp/B014DTUIKA/ref=tmm_kin_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1445689046&sr=8-1

Help! I’m a Kitty Mom: How to Raise an Orphaned Kitten (The Mewtopia Diaries Book 1) by Linda Deane

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Last year we rescued three kittens. Ours were large enough to fend for themselves, however, when I saw this book I knew I had to get it, just in case…

 

This book is amazing. I have never had occasion to bring up new born kittens, but if I ever do I shall be so pleased that I downloaded this book as it contains a wealth of information.

The author has vast experience of raising kittens from a very young age, and the whole book is a full of important information on the subject. What’s more the author is happy to offer advice and help if needed.

From the start, she looks into the options available if you find, or are bought a litter in a honest way, discusses the realities of the situation, the time and attention which is involved, and of course the tremendous rewards which can be gained.

A must have book for anyone who cares for animals, full of practical advice.

 

About the Author: Linda Deane is an avid cat fan. She currently shares her home with eighteen cats, two dogs, a corn snake, her husband and two teen daughters. She is an active member of the online animal rescue and rehome community, taking in abandoned cats and kittens as a foster “parent” until good homes can be found for them.
Linda lives in South Africa. She has a degree in Zoology and Botany and has always loved animals and nature. Her close relationship with cats has taught her much about their ways and her love for them has inspired her writing. She is never short of a “mewse” or two, or three, or four……

 

About the Book: The tiny scrap of life in the palm of your hand raises its head unsteadily. Delicate whiskers twitch as it sniffs the air and appeals to you with a weak cry. Instinctively it knows the tables have turned. This kitten is one of the lucky ones. Fate has chosen you and placed it in your compassionate, capable hands. What do you do now? This booklet is a comprehensive, practical guide on how to raise an orphaned kitten. Drawn from their years of experience as volunteers fostering and raising orphaned, abused and abandoned cats and kittens, Linda Deane and family share their knowledge in this series of indispensible guides. They call their home Mewtopia, a haven for needy cats and kittens. Look out for the next volume in The Mewtopia Diaries – Goodbye Gabby, An Understanding of FIP – available in October 2015.

Available from Amazon in Kindle format http://www.amazon.com/Help-Im-Kitty-Mom-Orphaned-ebook/dp/B00T34H4DK/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1445592574&sr=1-1&keywords=help%21+Im+a+kitty+mom

Naked in the Wind: Chemo, hairloss and deceit by Shirley Ledlie

51bvJKDwfGL__AA160_The big C is a word which strikes fear into the heart of everyone.

In this amazing story, not only does the author tell her readers of her very personal fight against breast cancer, but also the effects of the cocktail of chemotherapy drugs she was prescribed to cure it.

When ill, we are vulnerable, we trust those who are treating us, and Shirley was no different. However, when these people let us down not many people a brave enough to stand up against them like Shirley Ledlie. Her treatment left her with permanent hair loss, something which may have been avoided if the powers that be had done their research more thoroughly.

This story is hear rending at times, inspiring and honest, as she bravely chronicles her battle with French bureaucracy and a French drug company.

This is an amazing story, which I read in one sitting.

I applaud the author for writing it.

 

About the Author: Shirley Ledlie was born in 1958, in Nottingham, England. She is a mum of two and wife to John. Her first success in writing, was at the age of 10 after winning first prize for her entry about the delicious subject of the cocoa-bean. She still loves chocolate…

Shirley wrote a weekly column for the ‘Bella’ magazine in the UK. This continued for a year, during which time she built up a large fan base.

Naked in the Wind is her first book, a memoir she felt compelled to write after experiencing a little known adverse side-effect from her chemotherapy treatment for breast cancer. This is not a ‘cancer story’ as such but how she battles with doctors and takes on ‘big Pharma’ in her fight to discover the truth.

Her second book, is a short, light hearted travelogue titled The Unexpected Pilgrim – four days in Israel. She had a surprise offer to visit Israel and quickly fell in love with this captivating land.

Shirley is currently working on her first novel and writing a fortnightly article for an online lifestyle magazine.

 

About the Book: A seven year journey that starts AFTER the cancer treatment ends. There are no needles, biopsies or anti-sickness drugs.

This memoir is about the lies, betrayal and the dirty little secret she had unwillingly become part of. Not just her but hundreds of women all over the world – and it still goes on today. Whistle blowers, irrational behaviour and some madness- it is all here. Humorous and inspiring, in parts, and desperate in others.

 

Available from Amazon in Paperback http://www.amazon.co.uk/Naked-Wind-Chemo-Hairloss-Deceit/dp/1500136549/ref=tmm_pap_title_0

And Kindle format http://www.amazon.co.uk/Naked-Wind-Chemo-hairloss-deceit-ebook/dp/B00MNSFRXC/ref=tmm_kin_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&sr=&qid

Black Tar: For the Love of Heroin by Stephen E. Crockett

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A frank look at drug addiction. 

Well, I must start off this review by admitting that before reading this book I had no idea about the world I was about to enter as I turned its pages. I suppose for many that may sound a naive comment but it’s true, that’s not to say I don’t understand an addictive personality, I do, anyone can have an addiction to any number of things, but the world of drugs was new to me.

This very frank autobiography starts at the very beginning, as they say as we learn how he suffered a terrible fever with which he experienced hallucinations by day, and night terrors at night, aged twelve in 1972. His teenage years were, I suppose typical for many children at that time, and he experimented with drugs and alcohol, and embraced the rock and roll culture of that era. Soon however, his experimentation with increasing more potent drugs became a heroin addiction which was to influence his life for many years.

Throughout this book his world is eye-opener. His obsession with the girl with the golden eyes (Heroin) overtakes his existence, and despite managing to stop taking it at various times, his life seems to be one of continual struggle just to survive.

As we travel life’s journey with him, there are no holds barred, everything is laid out in front of us, the love, death, tragedies and despair, until we find ourselves wondering, how can one man survive so much?

But, survive he did, but is he clean?

The bravery of this author in opening up like he has, must be admired, I found this book extremely interesting, however, I can see that if you have a family member or friend in the same situation, this could well be invaluable as an aid to understanding them.

 

About the Author: The books previewed on this website represent my work in the adult horror genre. My stories are drawn from real life experiences so a good part of each is, in effect, true. Of course I have taken a writer’s liberty with each but the truth is never forgotten no matter how I twist the facts. As a result every one of these books can be traced to a specific location and a specific person or group of people. They begin with the horror story “The Dark Man,” (2009), which is based on a true story that occurred in Advance, North Carolina and as implied by the narrative is still occurring today. I followed that with “Black Tar: For the Love of Heroin,” (2010), a bird’s eye view into the daily life of a heroin addict, from addiction to destruction, to a valiant struggle to get clean and live a sober life as a recovering addict.

The personal view of addiction portrayed in Black Tar is followed by a collection of short stories entitled “Wicked Tales from a Twisted Mind” (2011). This book contains five stories which are either very personal or were drawn from the local news. They include serial killers, suicide, homicide, heroin addiction and two tales of occult tragedy. This collection of incredibly interestingly stories range from those who dabble in the occult and unfortunately lose their lives, to murderous newlyweds (It’s in the Will) and drug abusers (“Smack”) and people so tired of living they just want to die. (“Suicide.”)

These are followed by the lovable “Devil’s Kin” (2012), a work of total fiction that feeds off the words “wraith and “fetch.” “Devil’s Kin” is a writer’s project. It’s just one of those books that wells up inside you and demands to be written. You may find it interesting and it my not be your cup of tea. It was a blast to write, and I laughed the whole way so I hope you enjoy it.

My next offering is another collection of short stories entitled “Skeleton Keys.” Skeleton Keys was released in April of 2014. In it I return to the characters and territories of my first two books. “Skeleton Keys” cover subjects ranging from religious fanaticism, to drug abuse, homelessness, suicide, demonic possession and murder. As you can see I stick to my chosen subjects with true stories that can be considered skeleton’s in my closet. Understanding these stories is to understand me. Each key opens its own particular door and a possession of one kind or another is waiting behind each one.

“Ocular: the Haunting of Peacock Hill” (2014) is by far the best book I have ever written. It is a delicate blend of truth and fiction and makes for one hell of a read. Editors and reviewers alike describe it as a triumph on my part. “Topping perfection with yet more perfection.”

To be honest there are stories in these collections that scare me and when asked about their autobiographical nature I can only say; “I have been writing about one subject or another for as long as I can remember. When you write all the time you never lose anything. You may not know how subjects are going to develop but you have faithfully captured them, in files and folders, and they stand ready to be a part of one story or the other. High School drew the writer in me to the surface and it became an obsession that I have fed every day of every week for as many years as I can remember.

The early years of my life, particularly my late teens and early twenties were heavily influenced by substance abuse and a lifestyle that is best left alone. Living through such danger is no small feat but to emerge with stories to tell is an accomplishment that is almost never heard of. But here I am ready to reveal my treasures. To tell my stories and regale you with tales from which it may seem impossible to survive. Mine is a soul shaped by gritty, life changing experiences. Living it and writing it down as it happened and then weaving its various parts into a whole is not an easy thing to do.

I spent twenty-odd years studying the Kabbalah, The Golden Dawn and all forms of mystical-magical practice. The grandest knowledge I have ever gleaned from active research and practice is the mechanics of Precession and the impact that the Great Year cycle had on Judeao-Christian theology. During this period I sharpened my instincts and developed my writing skills. As a result I produced two books. “The Prophet Code” (2001) and “Bible Prophecy” (2007). The Prophet Code was first, however Bible Prophecy is better so the first is out of print while the second can be found on Amazon.com as a paperback on in Kindle form and on the CreateSpace book shelf. As proud as I am of Bible Prophecy I am not, nor have I ever claimed to be a theologian and while precession is certainly a lofty subject and the wisdom revealed in Bible Prophecy, is a knowledge worth obtaining, I never planned to spend my life writing about religious subjects.

This period instilled in me a strong desire to write stories where truth guided my pen so I weave truth and fiction in every story I write. I am blessed with a keen sense of literary creativity and am able to draw from a reservoir of dramatic experiences that have shaped my world and colored my life. The subjects captured in the books I have published are the result of the last ten years of writing and the last forty years of living. I have always felt it reasonable to assume that experiences and certain veins of knowledge could be turned into books. For that reason I have always felt it critical to write down everything that crosses my path. “Weak ink is better than a strong mind.” Nobody can be expected to remember everything – or with time anything – so writing down everything is critical to story telling.

There’s a lot of death and substance abuse in my writings and they are mirror images of my life. I have lost a lot of friends to drugs and car accidents and truthfully I am amazed to be alive myself. But that’s life when you lose yourself in drugs for a long period of time. Heroin and alcohol are unforgivable and I’m just lucky to be alive. So I’m sharing my experiences and while I may be accused of giving certain stories a romantic slant the truth still comes through and the nasty, gritty side of drug addiction is not lost or forgotten. It is what it is and if your going to write about it you might as well tell the truth. My stories are not precious and light. I spend a lot of time writing about the darkness of heroin abuse and the horrors of being homeless, penniless and friendless. Drugs will do that to you and the road back to soberity is a long one but should you live through it the adventure can only be described as incredible.

The decision to turn my stories into books has been a long, hard road and writing at a professional level takes long hours and patient editors. I’ve been blessed with good help along the way and while my support has changed from time to time I have a team of editors and artist that make my books the success they are. So read “The Dark Man” and “Ocular: The Haunting of Peacock Hill” because they are both good horror storys and you won’t expect what you find therein. You should also read “Black Tar: For the Love of Heroin” because its a cautionary tale that deserves reading. The same can be said of “Wicked Tales From a Twisted Mind” because of the short stories “Smack” and “Suicide” although there are some other interesting stories in that book and these two particular stories don’t go like you might think. “Skeleton Keys” is another collection of short stories that deals with the subjects of religious poison, heroin addiction, suicide and homelessness. It marks the end of this portion of my writing. Passions and subjects change so I plan to keep writing and you can look forward to future publications.

Author’s Website: http://www.stephenecrockett.com/#!

About the Book: Black Tar is an auto-biographical look at the use of heroin and the toll it takes on the addict and his surroundings. It is written from an addict’s perspective and details the day to day existence of one junkie as he lives from fix to fix and watches as his life spirals from alcohol, pills and Cocaine to heroin. His attempts to free himself and live a sober life are always half hearted at best and so his casual drug use spirals from a clean life, with a job and the hope of a family to a heroin addict; living hand to mouth – unemployed and desperate on the streets of Winston Salem. In this smack tinted world the extremes are overdose and withdrawal and our leading man suffers through his share of both. In the end he finds himself dangling between the fix that will kill him and sobriety.

Black Tar is available from Amazon in Kindle format http://www.amazon.com/Black-Tar-Heroin-Stephen-Crockett-ebook/dp/B009HTG9EG/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1421942598&sr=8-1&keywords=black+tar+by+stephen+crockett

and Paperback http://www.amazon.com/Black-Tar-For-Love-Heroin/dp/1480000124/ref=tmm_pap_title_0?ie=UTF8&qid=1421942598&sr=8-1

 

 

10 Stacks To Success: How to Achieve Success One Goal at a Time by Jerome Jay Isip

untitledMotivational and Inspiring.

Well if you’re wanting to become successful and looking for the way how, then I can’t think of anything better than this book.

Jerome “Jay” Isip is the author, and he gives the reader in this eye opening book, not only the tools to succeed in business and life, but also delivers a short sharp wakeup call to those who think that they might have already been trying.

I really loved this book because it is written from ‘real life’ experience, it doesn’t assume that the reader wants to spend hours at university or already has a degree. Neither does it suggest in any way the fact that it is necessary to have done both these things to get anywhere in life – how refreshing in this day and age! In his defence, I have to say, right here and now that the author does not criticize those who go down this path and acknowledges that for some professions these qualifications are necessary; however, this book looks at the opportunities there are for people who could not, or have not, either by choice or circumstance followed this path and yet still want to succeed.

In this very frank and straight talking book, the author uses his life, in many ways as an example of what not to do, and then shares with the readers how he managed to change the situations he found himself in, turning negatives into positives. A very important part of this book, is that he explains to the reader how to develop and use a PMA (Positive Mental Attitude), and how with the use of positive affirmation it is possible to literally change your life. With a positive mental attitude nothing is impossible, and if you embrace the concept of positive affirmation you can feel invincible.

The really empowering thing about reading this book is, that he explains how your life and your ability to succeed is entirely in your hands, no-one else’s yours. All the way through you are given examples and encouraged to look inside yourself to succeed. Written with a no holds barred and a brutally honest attitude, the author enables you to see that any hurdles in your way are yours of the making, and brushes away any excuses you may feel like giving.

If you want to succeed in a career and/or your personal life this book is ideal for self-motivation. Written from first-hand experience, this is the most inspirational book I have ever read. The author’s ability to inspire is amazing, and as soon as I started it I could feel myself becoming empowered by his words.

 

 

10 Stacks To Success is this generation’s guide to understanding that there are no limits,” explains Isip. “Unleashing the power of your own creativity can be a challenge. But there is nothing more rewarding that rediscovering all of the potential you have had inside of you the whole time. More confidence, more understanding and more freedom than ever are yours for the taking. My book is the starting point for the lifestyle of your dreams.”
Isip says his book is especially important for people who are stuck in neutral and need inspiration and direction to discover their unique purpose in life.
Amazon Top 50 Reviewer Grady Harp says of 10 Stacks To Success that “He challenges us in a very positive but stern manner, inserts enough bawdy humor to keeps us turning the pages, and in the end makes us realize that Jay Isip really cares that we become what our potential suggests.”
About Jerome “Jay”  Isip A native of Belleville, NJ, and Filipino by birth, Jay Isip was a professional Mixed Martial Arts fighter for 12 years, teaches a barbering class and operates a men’s salon, owns a fitness facility, investment relations firm, and is an app developer. The last goal he achieved as a measure of success was to write a book, 10 Stacks To Success, which was released in November 2014. For more information and to view the book trailer visit the author’s website: www.10StacksToSuccess.com

1o Stacks To Success is available from:

An Apartment in Paris by Caroline Blane

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Whether you have ever dreamed of owning a little pied-a-terre, are actually seriously considering it, or just love books about France and being the fly on the wall of other peoples adventures, this book cannot fail to entertain and inform you!

When college professors Caroline and her husband Andrew decide to take a six month sabbatical from their work at a university in America and buy an apartment in Paris, not only do they have themselves to think about, but also settling their five year old son Adrian into school.

Renting an apartment they settle their young son in, and with the resilience of youth, he embraces his new life and settles into his school well, and then the hunt for the perfect apartment begins.

I am an English expat living in France, and have been to Paris quite a few times, however, living within commuting distance of the capital, whilst reading this, I just wanted to get into the car and explore the famous, and more hidden treasures this beautiful city has to offer some more. Engrossed in the book I can imagine sitting in the little café’s dotted throughout the city, and find myself practically smelling the delicious coffee served within. The wonderful food and culture of France is so well described that I found myself dying to try the delicious dishes, gateaux and cheeses which are so beautifully described by the author.  

However, whilst soaking in the atmosphere and discovering, or in the case of myself rekindling my love of this wonderful city, I found myself absorbing the enormous amount of practical information and phrases which have been included in this book. For those who need it, there is also a very useful guide to the procedures and terms used everywhere in France when buying a house, and information essential for a prospective buyer.

Throughout the book, the author keeps the reader enthralled by their family’s adventures, whether they are just carrying out everyday tasks, or seeing the city’s sights and districts. This entertaining book is also contains many interesting historical facts about the places they visit, both in Paris and on their breaks to other parts of France.

This is a wonderful mixture of travelogue and ‘how to’ which I thoroughly enjoyed and would not hesitate to recommend.

 

An Apartment in Paris is available in Kindle format from Amazon.com http://www.amazon.com/Apartment-Paris-Adventures-Locating-Furnishing-ebook/dp/B00O9X4AG4/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1416505014&sr=1-1

and Amazon.co.uk also in Kindle format http://www.amazon.co.uk/Apartment-Paris-Adventures-Locating-Furnishing-ebook/dp/B00O9X4AG4/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1416505124&sr=8-3&keywords=an+apartment+in+paris

 

 

High Steaks: Why and How to Eat Less Meat by Eleanor Boyle

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We all know we would be healthier if we ate better, less meat, more chemical free, well here’s a brilliant insight into how to do just that. However this book is refreshing because it doesn’t suggest we all become vegan or vegetarian (not that there’s anything wrong with those choices), but it accepts that some people like to eat meat.

It looks very carefully, in depth, and with references to carefully researched material into how the livestock industry functions, its rules and regulations and how they have changed and are changing right now. It examines the effects the industry has, not only on environment and health, but other factors which probably one would never consider.

For a great many I am sure that much of the content of this book will be a real eye-opener, however, the authors intention is to educate rather than dictate.

Although it is no light weight listen to, and it does contain some very disturbing content for animal lovers, I thought this book contained numerous interesting facts and I would recommend to anyone who is really interested in what they are eating and the way it has been produced.

About the Author: Eleanor Boyle has been teaching and writing for 25 years, with a focus on sustainable food issues for the past decade. She lectures, facilitates community discussions, and writes about food systems and their social, environmental and health consequences, and works with organizations aiming for better food policy. Eleanor initiated, designed and teaches a course on food and the environment the University of British Columbia’s Continuing Studies Centre for Sustainability. She holds an an MSc in Food Policy from City University in London, England.

High Steaks is available in Paperback http://www.amazon.com/High-Steaks-Why-Less-Meat/dp/0865717133/ref=tmm_pap_title_0?ie=UTF8&qid=1413387764&sr=8-2

and Kindle format http://www.amazon.com/High-Steaks-Why-Less-Meat-ebook/dp/B0092XDVIO/ref=tmm_kin_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&sr=8-2&qid=1413387764

and as an audiobook from Audible http://www.audible.com/pd/Nonfiction/High-Steaks-Audiobook/B00DVMCI5E

 

Who Turned Out The Lights? by Ronald Wilde

411YxHBvPCL__AA160_A very interesting and no holes barred memoir.

I have read many memoirs and I can honestly say, none of them have been like this one.

Diagnosed as diabetic aged ten the author’s parents, ignored the condition, even though his father was a diabetic also. This lack of concern carried on through his life until the disease started to affect him, in ways he could not ignore.

This story is a no-holes-barred honest chronicle of Ronald’s life. He tells his story in a very frank, matter of fact and sometimes humorous way, and gives the reader an incredible insight into what it is like to lose your eye sight.

His story is not told as a sad one, there are many different facets to it as he rationally discusses the impact his life had on his loved ones, and his relationships. Moreover, it is a unique insight into actually coming to terms with the loss of your sight, and the obstacles both mentally and physically which have to be overcome during the process.

As his diabetes worsens other factors affect his life, and the book appears to finish quite abruptly, however this is because, I suspect, there is more to come…

Available from Amazon.com

In Kindle format http://www.amazon.com/Who-Turned-Lights-Ronald-Wilde-ebook/dp/B00F4A6I6G/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1411034854&sr=8-2&keywords=who+turned+out+the+lights%3F

In Paperback http://www.amazon.com/Who-Turned-Out-The-Lights/dp/1492825085/ref=tmm_pap_title_0?ie=UTF8&qid=1411035076&sr=1-1

And as an Audiobook http://www.amazon.com/Who-Turned-Out-the-Lights/dp/B00H394J1M/ref=tmm_aud_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&sr=1-1&qid=1411035076

When the Drum Major Died by Anjuelle Floyd

when the drum major diedA fascinating story.

When I started reading this book, the first thoughts which came into my mind were that, it’s amazing how ignorant one can be, about events which happened in your own lifetime. Being a British child at the time these events were taking place, somehow they slipped into a hole between the history I was taught at school, from ancient up to and including WWII, and the recent history which I remember as an adult.

The main character in the story Florina, is a young colored woman who has married Dr Richmond Austin, and moved to his home town Poinsettia, in the South of America. Her new in-laws are very welcoming and her new home is to be his grandparent’s house. However, she very quickly discovers that her new neighbour Agnes, who is married to the other colored doctor in the town, Macon, used to go out with Richmond, and Florina fears that the attraction is still there. However, she has her own secret, one not even her parents know… A secret which lies buried in her heart and which she can only hint at in her very poignant poetry.

This incredibly absorbing story is set at a very turbulent time for the colored people of America. The Civil Rights movement was strong, and was led by the Baptist minister and activist Martin Luther King Jr., a man who worked tirelessly for, and who played such a strong part in the ending of the legal segregation of the African-American people.

Also all the time, in the background, and twisted inextricably throughout the plot of this story is the Vietnam War which was taking thousands of lives…

However, another element of this story, which was very interesting to me, is that I never realised that there was such color snobbery within the families of colored folk, causing so much tension, prejudices, terrible rifts, and great sadness. This was so evident in this book, where at one end of the spectrum there was immense color pride and at the other the seemingly desperate need to appear white.

This book is amazing, I thoroughly enjoyed reading it. For me, it has all the essential ingredients for a good story excitement, intrigue, love triangles, lies, deceit, confessions, betrayal I could go on. However, more importantly for me, it gives a fascinating fly on the wall account of what it was really like as a colored person to live in those times, something I would never be able to experience otherwise.

Available from Amazon in Paperback http://www.amazon.com/When-Drum-Major-Anjuelle-Floyd/dp/1938070011/ref=tmm_pap_title_0?ie=UTF8&qid=1407946089&sr=8-1

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About the Author: Anjuelle Floyd is the author of “Keeper of Secrets…Translations of an Incident”, June 15, 2007, a collection of interconnected short stories, and two novels, “The House”, October 15, 2012, and “Seasons in Purdah,” September 9, 2012.
www.anjuellefloyd.com/books/keeper-of-secrets/
www.anjuellefloyd.com/books/the-house/
http://anjuellefloyd.com/

Anjuelle is a wife of thirty years, mother of three, abstract painter and licensed Marriage and Family Therapist specializing in mother-daughter relations and dream work.
A graduate of Duke University, she received her MA in Counseling Psychology from The California Institute of Integral Studies, San Francisco, she has attended the Dominican Institute of Philosophy and Theology, Berkeley, California.
Anjuelle received a MFA in Creative Writing from Goddard College, Port Townsend, Washington. She has also received certificates of participation from The Hurston-Wright Writers’ Week and The Voices of Our Nations Writing Workshops.

A student of Process Painting from 1998-2006, Anjuelle has participated in The Art of Living Black Exhibitions 2004–2011 held at the Richmond Art Center, Richmond, California.

Listen to Anjuelle’s interviews of various authors on Book Talk, Creativity and Family Matters @
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How to Write a Novel in 90 Days written by Conrad Jones

How to write a novel in 90 days

A useful guide.

This book is written by a successful and prolific author who has used his experiences in an invaluable way, to produce a very good guide for authors.

Whether you do write your book in 90 days or not, this book offers sound information and guidelines on many points.
The author started his career having to juggle a ‘day’ job with his writing, and so he fully understands the pressures writers are put under both personally, by others, and situations around them.

As well as the expected advice on the importance of doing your homework, building characters, word counts and targets, the book is full of good ideas to improve your writing. The author has included some really good examples of how, by making changes to your writing style, you can make the same story scene much more interesting, and how to increase the sales and marketing opportunities by adding ‘hooks,’ which link the book to specific places etc.

His repetition of the importance of rewriting may sound a bit daunting, however, anyone who has written a book knows that this becomes second nature after a while.

No-one can guarantee that you write a best seller, the original ideas have to come from you, however, the amount of advice given in this book is phenomenal, and it is given in a no nonsense style.

Available from Amazon in Paperback format here http://www.amazon.com/write-tested-system-prolific-author/dp/1482656787/ref=tmm_pap_title_0?ie=UTF8&qid=1407839056&sr=8-1

Kindle format http://www.amazon.com/Extended-tested-system-prolific-author-ebook/dp/B00BMK8NXS/ref=tmm_kin_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&sr=8-1&qid=1407839056

and from Audible here http://www.audible.com/pd/Business/How-to-Write-a-Book-in-90-Days-Audiobook/B00KGIDNRI

About the Author: Conrad Jones is the bestselling author of the Soft Target series, nine thrillers, a number one horror novel and two biographies. His books have reached number one in the Kindle charts in Germany, Canada and the UK, and have had over 100,000 downloads. In 2008 he was awarded the AmazonClicks.com Readers’ Choice Award. Author Biography Conrad Jones, Biography. /Conrad Jones is a 47-year-old Author, originally from the outskirts of Liverpool. His family relocated to the Welsh port, Holyhead on the Island of Anglesey the year he left school and bought a small taxi company. Conrad moved with them and worked in a number of trades including kitchen assistant, construction of children’s adventure playgrounds before branching out to run his own business as a market trader. He spent a number of years in and around North Wales before starting his career as a trainee manger with McDonalds Restaurants in 1989. He worked in management at McDonalds Restaurants Ltd from 1989-2002, working his way up to Business Consultant (area manager) working in the corporate and franchised departments.
On March 23rd 1993 he was managing the Restaurant in Warrington`s Bridge St when two Irish Republican Army bombs exploded directly outside the store, resulting in the death of two young boys and many casualties. Along with hundreds of other people there that day Conrad was deeply affected by the attack, which led to a long-term interest in the motivation and mind set of criminal gangs. He links this experience with the early desire to write books on the subject. His early novels follow the adventures of an elite counter terrorist unit, The Terrorist Task Force, and their enigmatic leader, John Tankersley, or `Tank` although his later books follow Detective Alec Ramsey and the Major Investigation Team. His novels are set in the North West and North Wales.
In 2007, he set off on an 11-week tour of the USA. The Day before he boarded the plane, Madeleine Mcann disappeared and all through the holiday he followed the American news reports which had little information about her. He didn’t realise it at the time, but the terrible kidnap would inspire, The Child Taker years later. During the trip, he received news that his house had been burgled and his work van and equipment stolen. That summer was the year when York and Tewksbury were flooded by a deluge and insurance companies were swamped with claims. They informed him that they couldn’t do anything for weeks and that returning home would be a wasted journey. Rendered unemployed on a beach in Clearwater, Florida, he decided to begin his first book, Soft Target. He never stopped writing after that.
He has reached over 200,000 downloads of his thriller novels and has had 7 books on the top 100 kindle charts, 3 number ones and an Amazon clicks Reader’s book of the month award. Recently he has 8 stand alone novels and a horror thriller, Nine Angels and the biographies of three time world champion Russ Williams (Undisputed) and extraordinary lady, Debby Hughes (Lapping it Up)

Thriller Series
Soft Target
Soft Target II Tank
Soft Target III Jerusalem
The Rage Within/ 18th Brigade
Blister

Detective Alec Ramsay Series
The Child Taker
Criminal Revenge
Criminally Insane
Frozen Betrayal

Hunting Angels/ Dark Thrillers
A Child for the Devil
Hunting Jennifer

Non-Fiction
How to Write a Novel in 90 Days
100 Ways to Publish your own eBook and make it a best seller
Dissertations Made Manageable

Author’s website: http://www.fantasticfiction.co.uk/j/conrad-jones/

 

For The Love of a Poet by Marilyn Z. Tomlins

For the love of a poet

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Russian love story.

About the book: ‘I have been obsessed with this man for years. My parents say I have a crush on him. I have been telling them it is not a crush. It is reverence. Reverence not only for the man but so too for his talent: his poetry. If anyone asks me whether I have a wish, I will say, if only I can meet the poet Beretzkoy.’ These are the wistful words of Tanya Brodovskaya. Her wish comes true, although the poet is a married man and the father of two sons, and soon a heady, passionate love affair begins. In a small, dilapidated dacha in a village south of Moscow, played out against a grim backcloth of Stalin’s demonic rule of Russia, Tanya and her dissident poet live their love to the full, stealing precious and wonderful time, finding happiness in each other’s arms although he continues to live with his wife and sons. But black clouds gather. The Man of Steel’s policies threaten the couple’s idyll. Their love will survive; they know it will. But will they?

About the author: Marilyn lives and writes in Paris. She writes whatever takes her fancy: spoof news, book reviews, posts for her website, gossip about showbiz stars and royalty, short stories, poetry – and books. She also reports crime. She was born in British Colonial Africa and is a British national. Eight years ago she became interested in the Second World War French serial killer, Dr Marcel Petiot, and she researched him for two years and then over the next two years she wrote her true-crime book DIE IN PARIS. Next, setting murder aside, she wrote the novel BELLA … A FRENCH LIFE, an emotive love story set in Paris and the beautiful Normandy coastal region of France. Russia, a passion of hers, she has planned For the Love of a Poet for at least ten years.

 

Gerald Lombard, is on a mission, he is searching for Tanya Brodovskaya, he knows how to recognise her, and so he goes to Red Square, after all, he’s been told, she is always there ‘on any Wednesday.’ Then he sees her, just as she had been described to him, and she agrees to tell her story, and so the biography begins…
This is the story of the love between an older man, and a naive young girl whom he met, in 1931, when she worked at the offices of Pravda in Moscow.

Tanya Brodovskaya, had been infatuated with the poet Boris Petrovich Beretzkoy, for a long time, however, on that day, when he took her hands in his, their lives were about to change forever.

As they say, love is blind, and when one is in such a state, nothing else matters, barriers such as age and marital status are overcome in the bat of an eyelid. Thus began their love affair, one in which Boris shaped her life, and she accepted the restrictions, making sacrifices, and giving up on dreams, freely, as only a woman who is in love will do.

It is Russia, Lenin has just died, and Stalin has taken over the reins of this enormous, harsh country. It is a country which is in a state of political unrest and turmoil, its people living in fear for their lives never knowing when they are going to be dragged away and interrogated, or deported to Siberia, some never to return…

Life for the Russian people is hard. The country is suffering from terrible famine, and pandemics ravage the country’s population, who are already weak and living in terrible conditions.

As you read this book, you realise that not only are you following the lives of these two lovers, but you are also being given an insight into this turbulent period in Russian history.

The book I believe, is based on two real people, although the names have been changed. Through meticulous research, the author has written a very thought provoking and fascinating story, which lovers of modern history will enjoy.

I am informed by the author that a French translation is available.

Available from Amazon worldwide in Paperback  http://www.amazon.com/For-Love-Poet-Marilyn-Tomlins/dp/0992670071/ref=sr_1_3_bnp_1_pap?ie=UTF8&qid=1400746203&sr=8-3&keywords=for+the+love+of+a+poet

and Kindle format http://www.amazon.com/Love-Poet-Marilyn-Z-Tomlins-ebook/dp/B00KC8M0DK/ref=tmm_kin_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&sr=8-3&qid=1400746203

Tales from the Hilltop: a summer in the other South of France by Tony Lewis

Tales from the Hilltop: a summer in the other South of France

One thing about living in France that you soon realise is that it is so vast, and all the regions hold their own special charm. Never having visited this particular region, the wonderfully descriptive writings of the author made me want to visit.

The author has a job many would envy, running a summer outdoor pursuits business with his wife, in a beautiful location. The book, is a fly on the wall, glimpse into their life. The characters they meet both through their work, and locally are guaranteed to make you smile and I would think most people would find this an entertaining read.

Available at Amazon on Kindle http://www.amazon.co.uk/Tales-Hilltop-summer-other-France-ebook/dp/B00CYBLWM8/ref=cm_aya_orig_subj

Mother, was it worth it? by Tottie Limejuice

MWIWIReal life in France.

About the book: Tottie and her eccentric family moved to France in search of a better life for her nearly nonogenarian mother who suffered from dementia. As her full-time carer, Tottie listened to daily recitations of her favourite saying: ‘Mother, mother, it’s a bugger, sell the pig and buy me out.”
Catch up now with Tottie in the AM years – After Mother – as she starts her new life in the rural Livradois-Forez region of the Auvergne, living in Tottie’s Grottage. Meet the local inhabitants, from exotic birds to colourful characters like the Bin Pickers, Library Lady and the Bowing Farmer. All are described with Tottie’s familiar gently ironic humour. Discover the procedure behind the Frogification of Tottie, and if her bid for French nationality is successful.
‘Mother Was It Worth It?’ is the concluding part of the Sell the Pig series, which began with ‘Sell the Pig’ and ‘Is That Billinge Lump?’

About the author: Tottie Limejuice is the pen-name of freelance copywriter and copy editor Lesley Tither, who lives in the Auvergne region of central France.”Sell the Pig” is the first in a planned series of books describing how Lesley, a former journalist living in the UK, decided to make the move to France to start a new life, taking with her an 89-year-old mother suffering from vascular dementia.Lesley’s interests centre around nature and wildlife and encompass dogs, wild camping and organic gardening.

 

Having read, ‘Sell the Pig,’ and ‘Is that Billinge Lump?’ I couldn’t wait to read Tottie’s further adventures, and as soon as I started this new, and sadly, last book, in the series, I knew I wasn’t going to be disappointed.

It is not your normal, we bought a house in France and renovated it, story. Indeed, Tottie’s move was based on totally different reasons, which you will know if you have read the preceding two books, however, if not, then, this book can happily be read as a standalone. 

If you want to really know what it is like living in France, making your home in a small rural community, hiring workmen and dealing with French bureaucracy, then there is no better example. The ever resourceful Tottie seems to have the ability to handle any situation with true British fortitude and determination.

However, there is a real underlying ‘heartstrings’ element to this book, and indeed to the series, as, throughout all three books we are invited, very much into her life. The reader finds themselves laughing, and crying with her as she copes with all the events life throws at her, with the support of some very good friends, both English and French.

When not renovating ‘The Grottage,’ accompanied by her Border collies Ci and Fleur, she enjoys camping and breaks away, exploring her chosen area of France. These adventures are chronicled as part of this story, and through her marvellously descriptive writing, she gives, for those of us who have never visited this beautiful region, a wonderful insight into its wildlife, and people.

I just could not put this book down, I love the down to earth, totally unbiased, and no nonsense way the story is written.

Available in Kindle format: http://www.amazon.com/Tottie-Limejuice/e/B00ADQX5KS/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_1

Children’s Book About France: A Kids Picture Book About France With Photos and Fun Facts by Jasmine Williams

Children's Book About France: A Kids Picture Book About France With Photos and Fun Facts

About the book: Jasmine Williams is pleased to present her new picture book for kids. This easy reading book for children contains fun facts about France in detail among the content of, All About France.
This delightful picture book for children, ages about 4-10, contains a variety of fun facts about France and contains wonderful graphic images to accompany the story. It offers interesting facts, in simple language, and although appropriate for all these ages, for the 4 year old to early second grade, it will probably need to be viewed with a parent.
Students will encounter new words and concepts. They’ll read about some aspects of France that they may not have known like, the history of France, famous people from France and some historical sites. Other subjects in the book include, French food, the Tour de France and the different species of animals that live in this country.
The images in the book are primarily colored Photographs that are stunning if read with a Kindle Fire or the Kindle Application on one of the tablet devices or the PC. Black and White readers will be also see them clearly but will just miss the added dimension available. Children will also find answers to kid-style questions like;
Where is France?
Why is France so steeped in history?
How does the Eiffel Tower twinkle?
Teachers and homeschooling parents will find this book a wonderful addition to their nonfiction libraries. It provides selected passages on an assortment of subjects. Science facts, history facts, and cultural facts are all presented for the young reader. Great illustrations bring the text to life.
The main subject of this e-book is to let your children explore France making this a fantastic addition to every children’s library, whether on the child’s reader or a parent’s or grandparent’s reader. It also makes a fantastic addition for reading in the car.

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Well, what more can I say?

This book is in my opinion an excellent way to introduce children to France, it’s history and what it has to offer.

The title is a little misleading, I think, as although there are many beautiful pictures within it, there is also so much information about so many subjects.

It starts with background facts and information about where France is in the world, it’s neighbours etc., then goes on to give a little history lesson, before exploring places, landmarks, animals, famous people, and of course food.

There are extra pictures at the end of other places in France, and overall I think this book would give an inquisitive child, perhaps visiting for the first time on holiday, a wonderful insight into what this amazing country has to offer.

Available from Amazon in Kindle format http://www.amazon.com/Childrens-Book-About-France-Picture-ebook/dp/B00HT1051M/ref=cm_cr-mr-img

 

Something Old, Something New by James R. Vance

Compelling reading.

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About the Book: Historical fiction novel, set in France depicting the conflict that still exists amongst families since the Nazi occupation of WWII. Two young sisters discover war memorabilia hidden in their grandmother’s trunk in an attic. They set out to trace their family history, an exploit that triggers devastating consequences.

About the Author: Originally from England, I now live in rural south west France. My first novels, ‘Animal Instinct’, ‘Killer Butterfly’ and ‘The Courier’ were published between 2008 and 2010. They formed a trilogy depicting the careers of two detectives. My knowledge of Cheshire and Greater Manchester is apparent in both ‘Animal Instinct’ and ‘Killer Butterfly’. The final novel of the trilogy,’The Courier’, uses my experience of working in France and London as an inspiration for the storyline. My fourth novel ‘Eight’, published in 2011,is a crime fiction novel set mostly in France, a sequel to the trilogy featuring one of the detectives and a former suspect. My knowledge of both countries enabled me to provide a backdrop for the plot. During this same period, I also wrote and published a children’s short story, ‘Goose’.

Having discovered that I live in an area swamped by a rich tapestry of war-time memories, I have since dedicated my time to unearthing stories of resistance activities in this region before the extraordinary tales disappear along with the ageing survivors of that period. My novel, ‘Les Ruines’, was my first foray into the genre of historical fiction. After researching local sites and listening to personal recollections of French Resistance exploits during WWII, I produced a mysterious tale of tragic events involving betrayal, retribution and chaos during the fragmented liberation of France. The novel was exhibited at the London Book Fair 2012 and a version of the novel in French will be available towards the end of 2013.

In April 2013, I published my next historical fiction project, ‘Risk’, about agents of the Special Operations Executive who organised evaders’ escape lines from occupied France during the Second World War. Combining romance and tragedy, the novel will have subtle links to ‘Les Ruines’. To learn more about these wartime exploits, I became a member of E.L.M.S. the Escape Lines Memorial Society, based in the U.K.

Our path through life, right from the beginning is composed of a series of small events. These, sometimes imperceptibly, cause change and each of these seemingly insignificant junctions cause a ripple effect, the results of which shape our lives. Sometimes, these junctions are hidden innocently, impossible for foresee and with no apparent ability to affect our future.

The story, which Elodie Arnaud recounts, starts innocently enough with her sister Monique’s fascination with the quaint English bridal tradition of something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue. Soon to be married to Gerard Thiebaud, the determined Monique convinces her sister Elodie to go with her into the attic and find their grandmother’s trunk. Monique reasoned that surely, there must be something, which she could use; however, nothing could have prepared them for the repercussions that simple action caused. 

Their grandmother, Marie Lafond had lived in Montauban, a large town in the Tarn-et-Garonne region of France during WW2, and during the war, she had been only a teenager, with a teenager’s perspective on life. The decisions she made and events in Oradour-sur-Glane, a village in the department of Haute-Vienne, are the substance of this book.

The Oradour-sur-Glane lived in today, is new, and built on the orders of Charles de Gaulle after WW2. The original village, which Marie would have known, stands as a permanent memorial and museum to the 642 men, women and children, slaughtered by the 2nd Panzer Division of the German SS on the 10th June 1944.

If you live in a rural community anywhere in the world, you accept that they are very close knit, with memories which are carried down through the generations. I live in rural France where the war is still so apparent both in monuments and remembrance days in every village; the horror of their lives through occupation and the work of the resistance, are very plain to see, even now.

This book is a beautifully written chronicle of the life of one family through three generations. The author, through meticulous research has given the reader a wonderful insight into what it would have been like to grow up and live in France under occupation.

Through Elodie and Monique’s discoveries and reflections, we learn how the outlook of modern generations has changed, on the surface, but then memories for some people, run deep.

Lest We Forget…

 Available in Paperback from Amazon

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The Kidney Sellers – A Journey of Discovery in Iran 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 in Hardback format from: http://www.cap-press.com/books/isbn/9781611635126/The-Kidney-Sellers

and Amazon.com  http://www.amazon.com/The-Kidney-Sellers-Journey-Discovery/dp/1611635128/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1394716477&sr=8-1&keywords=the+kidney+sellers

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/

 

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.

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

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.

Forebears by John Needham

A review pre-release of a fascinating story of discovery spanning the 20th and 21st Centuries.

A fascinating story.

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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.

You Cannot Find Peace Until You Find All The Pieces by Marie Maiden

Honest and Inspirational.

You Cannot Find Peace Until You Find All The Pieces

About the book: You Cannot Find Peace Until You Find All The Pieces tells the story of how God through Jesus Christ transformed my life and gave me the strength to overcome a less than desirable childhood, the regrets of becoming a teen mother, anger, immaturity, poor decision making and a really bad attitude.

 

Review by Susan Keefe:

My first impression when starting this book was one of humility. I take the fact that I know both my parents for granted. The search by this author to know her father has affected her whole life, and lasted 18 years.

The start of her journey was a turbulent one, which she tells frankly, her childhood bad attitude and anger, her pregnancy at 15, her relationships, her struggle for self-improvement, and much more…

All these events, however, were eventually to lead her to the point at which she discovered God. Her honest story continues, as she tells of her salvation through embracing his teachings and love, and how this faith gave her the strength to find out about her father.

 Knowing nothing about him, but desperate to learn, she started by discovering her ancestral roots, which went back to slaves who were brought over from the West Indies to work on the plantations of Colonial Virginia. Finding more recent information about him, however, was to prove much harder.

Throughout, there is no attempt by the author, to hide the enormous void, she felt, in her life, by the lack of knowledge about her father.  This book is a tribute to her determination and tenacity against amazing odds, to find him, and it is an inspirational read.

Available in Paperback format from Amazon http://www.amazon.com/Cannot-Find-Peace-Until-Pieces/dp/1105661261/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1386240805&sr=8-1&keywords=peace+by+marie+maiden

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

A Silly Rhyming Alphabet Book about Animals from A to Z written by Simone Da Costa

Colourful, educational and fun to read.

A Silly Rhyming Alphabet Book about Animals from A to Z By: Simone Da Costa

About A Silly Rhyming Alphabet Book about Animals: Using the names of animals that start with letters in the alphabet in rhyme, making each story silly and easy to remember the alphabet.

It is an instructional book but one which is cleverly disguised as a rhyming, animal book. children will unknowingly learn the alphabet, be introduced to animals new and known, and pick up the subtleties of rhyme.

Review by Susan Keefe

Everyone knows that children love and need attention, reading to them is an excellent way of giving them just that. Having read this book, I could not think of a better way to spend special time together with a young child than laughing and having fun exploring its pages.

Each letter of the alphabet has its own page, with a bright illustration. The writer and illustrator have combined to make this a magical book for children, using some well know, and some more  unusual creatures and a funny, silly rhyme to help the child remember each letter. Then, as an added bonus, at the end, there is a fun quiz to do.

Reading the silly rhymes, it occurred to me that it would be very easy and great fun, for the reader and child, together to elaborate on each one of the rhymes, expanding it into a story perhaps and enriching, even more, the whole experience for both.

I would recommend this book to any parent; it is educational and fun, combining funny creatures, silly rhymes and beautiful illustrations into a book which is a joy to read.

About Simone Da Costa: Simone Da’ Costa is a writer, author, self-publisher and freelance magazine writer. Simone has written many articles for several North American Magazines. She has published two books, Remember to Pray and 2013 Hummingbird Day Planner. She recently debut her first children’s book, A Silly Rhyming Alphabet Book about Animals from A to Z and it has already received rave reviews.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.

Alpaca Relaxation Guide by Nina Faust

The Alpaca Relaxation Guide by Nina Faust

 

 

Stress is a big worry these days but not if you are an Alpaca!

 

A delightful book, the Alpaca Relaxation Guide is a playful look into how Alpaca’s relax and how, by studying them you can gain inner peace.

 

This is a light-hearted guide and a wonderful introduction into the characters of these beautiful animals. As we are treated, by Nina, to glimpse into what it takes to care for these beautiful animals on her wildlife preserve in Homer, Alaska, we learn snippets of information about them.  Whether you are an Alpaca fan or just plain curious about these beautiful animals, I’m sure you will be totally captivated by the end of this book.

 

Full of bright colorful photographs of the author’s own animals it is a joy to read and a lovely insight into the joy and harmony, which can be experienced by both alpacas and their owners.

 

Nina Faust is a retired high school math/English teacher, amateur videographer, and author.

 

The Alpaca Relaxation Guide can be purchased from: http://homerbookstore.com/orders.html

ANTics by Dakota Douglas

A captivating children’s story.

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About the book: Three young ants are chased by the world’s craziest, smelliest spider – an evil monster with magic powers who has vowed to turn them into ant soup. One is a fun-loving scamp, one is clever and the third is scared of his own shadow. Can they outwit the beast and save themselves, their families and friends? An exciting fantasy adventure for 7-11-year-olds in ebook and print. ANTics is a fun way for children to learn about ants with some interactive suggestions at the end. It’s a story of courage with lessons about the importance of friendship and teamwork. As well as lots of funny moments, the story is a good way for young readers to learn new words, as all the characters have names that describe their personalities and end in ANT

Review by Susan Keefe

Everyone knows that ants are everywhere; they are industrious, clever, work as a team and live in anthills, however, have you ever really thought what life is like for them?

ANTics  is a brilliant adventure story which will capture your imagination and ensure that you never look at ants in the same way again.

Set in a world literally at your feet, ant cadets Zube [ExuberANT] and  Brill [BrilliANT] decide to try and pass their  foraging flag and they agree to take the timid HesitANT with them.

However, their adventure is fraught with unforeseeable dangers, both from the giant two legs world above them, and from some of the other wildlife around them. Together, the intrepid explorers find themselves escaping dangers, overcoming challenges, vanquishing foes and making new friends in this captivating and educational book.

This delightful story, with brilliantly devised character names, not only gives children an insight into the world of ants but most importantly, they are taught through an engaging story about the importance of qualities such as loyalty, teamwork and respect.

About Dakota Douglas: Dakota Douglas is a former newspaper reporter from the North East of England, following her childhood dream of being a novelist. As a kid she read books under the bedclothes by torchlight. Now she dives under the covers, torch in hand, to scribble down conversations between her book characters in case she forgets them in the morning. She has written stories since she was about eight years old. She wrote them on a toy typewriter and her dad did the illustrations. When she wasn’t pounding on her typewriter, she was found smashing a tennis ball against the brick end of a block of garages beside her home. For hours on end she perfected her lob, backhand and forehand shots – all the time spinning stories in her head.

Website: http://www.dakotadouglas.co.uk/

ANTics is available:

from Amazon here in Paperback http://www.amazon.com/ANTics-Dakota-Douglas/dp/1477696709/ref=sr_1_1_title_1_pap?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1380542048&sr=1-1&keywords=antics+by+dakota+douglas

on Kindle here http://www.amazon.com/ANTics-ebook/dp/B008EKVXB8/ref=sr_1_1_title_0_main?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1380542048&sr=1-1&keywords=antics+by+dakota+douglas

and at Smashwords here http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/165122

Robby’s Quest: Thrills and Chills by D. C. Rush

A beautiful children’s story

Robby's Quest: Thrills and Chills

About D. C. Rush: We actually began writing our first children’s book about 2 years ago. Cathy and I would often sit outside watching the birds. We fed the birds daily. They were very clever and fun to watch, especially when the little birds kicked seed to the ground for the larger birds. It seemed the birds had some group structure and displayed very effective teamwork. We thought it would be interesting to write a book about birds flying south for the winter.
The finished book sat on our computer hard drive for over a year before my brother and sister-in-law convinced us to self-publishing. I never thought we would actually publish our work. However, the birth of our grandson Rylie gave us some added incentive to get the book out there, and we decided to dedicate the book to him. We thought it would be nice to leave something behind for our children and their children. So we had the book proofed, edited, illustrated then self-published it ourselves at Amazon.com.
Cathy and Don currently live in Arizona with their cats, Nomi and Hershey. Cathy is a homemaker and Don is a retired Manufacturing Manager and former Elementary School Governing Board Member.

About the book: The world is a very big place when you’re a little bird, but Robby and his flock of Robins, Mourning Doves, Sparrows and a lone Blackbird are determined to see as much of it as they can.

Their latest trip takes them up the coastline from San Diego to San Francisco. This means that their friend Wanda the Whale can follow along too, bringing her new friend, Wilma the Whale with her. Those aren’t the only friends the birds have. They also meet Rhonda the Red Fox, Ollie the Owl and Ellie the Eagle who all play a very important role when two baby Robins from Robby’s flock are kidnapped by a Hawk.

The birds see some amazing sights on their travels, such as Muscle Beach, giant Redwood Trees in Big Sur, Alcatraz Island and the Golden Gate Bridge. They also get to ride on roller coasters, cable cars and do bird bungee jumping!

This is another enjoyable and educational children’s story from D.C Rush about friendship, loyalty, excitement and adventure with some unusual but charming heroes and heroines.

Review by Susan Keefe

In this fourth book, we join Robby the Robin and his ever growing flock of mixed species birds as they decide to travel again, this time their adventures are to take them down the coast and they are joined by their seafaring friends  Wanda the Whale and her friend Wilma.

During their adventures, they have fun visiting lots of new places and meeting new friends, soon discovering that the tales of their previous escapades have spread far and wide.

However, at a resting place in a Redwood forest disaster strikes the flock in the shape of another bird – an evil Hawk.

In this book, as in the others of this series, children through an engaging story which is really beautifully illustrated,  learn about important qualities, such as obeying their parents, consideration for others, loyalty, friendship and trust.

I think that an added bonus is that, whilst sitting watching the birds feed with the children I found myself showing them the different bird species, and we had great fun comparing them to the Robby’s Quest characters.

Available from Amazon on Kindle here http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00F9IJMQG 

and Createspace in Paperback here https://www.createspace.com/441477


 

Debbie by Conny Manero

 

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Debbie is a ferret, who is adopted by Andrew from the pet shop. Arriving at his 15th floor apartment, she soon discovers that Andrew has provided her with a lovely cage, plenty of attention and a friend to play with in the form of a cat called Charles.

Through Debbie, in this captivating story we learn a lot about ferrets and gain wonderful insights into this not very well known pet. Anyone who owns and loves animals knows they are very intelligent and do communicate, both with each other and interspecies, this enchanting, cleverly written book illustrates this wonderfully.  As I read it, I found myself reading out parts to my husband, laughing at the antics of these very intelligent animals. Given the freedom of the apartment whilst Andrew is at work, Debbie is soon learning new and interesting things from Charlie, including the rules of being an animal in a human’s world.

Whether you are a ferret fan or not, old or young, this book is a very enjoyable read, amusing and brilliantly written with lovely illustrations by Nancy Matson.  

Available here http://www.rockinghorsepublishing.com/debbie.html

The diary of a single parent abroad by Jill Pennington

 

 

The diary of a single parent abroad

 

 

About Jill Pennington: My name is Jill Pennington, I am a ‘Britalian’ originally from Yorkshire (England) and now living in Italy. I have three teenage children and a small farm in Emilia Romagna. I have written about life in the Italian mountains and have a follow up blog on facebook.

Facebook blog – http://www.facebook.com/TheDiaryOfASingleParentAbroad

About the Book: When Jill and her family moved to Italy she expected life to change but she had no idea how massive that change would be. Shortly after the move, she discovered her husband had been having an affair and had no intentions of staying in Italy.

Despite being in a foreign country with no income, limited language skills, a house that needed rebuilding and three young children to care for, she never once considered returning to the UK. With strength and determination she accepted any challenge, dismantling a derelict house to ground level, digging out a three metre deep well with her hands to get free water and overcoming her fear of the chainsaw to cut the winter wood. When there was very little money for food she made risotto with nettles collected from the roadside. She overcame many problems, learned new skills and discovered that money is not important, the only things in life that matter are health, happiness and her children.

Jill’s story is delivered with an ever present hint of humour because, as she says, ‘Without laughter life wouldn’t be funny’.

 

Review by Susan Keefe

 

I have to say first off that I loved this book.

I don’t honestly know whether it’s because I am English living in France or because I can relate to some of the situations Jill has had to deal with, or just because it is a really good story brilliantly told.

From a mother who enjoys renovating in the UK, to a single parent managing to settle her children and herself in a foreign land whilst coping with a tricky marriage split between two countries, I found her adventures entertaining and her portrayal of them no holds barred.

As the book progresses she gives a realistic glimpse of what it is really like to live in a different country than your homeland, especially when they speak a different language and really cannot understand you. Many books on renovating abroad are written as if money is no object and it is refreshing to read an account of what it is really like when you don’t have a lot of money yet still love where you have made your home. I also loved the way she so honestly describes how friendly the local neighbours can be in small communities, willing to offer help and support after they get to know you.

A really good story and I hope we get to hear more of Jill’s adventures.

 

Available at Amazon in Paperback here http://www.amazon.com/Diary-Single-Parent-Abroad/dp/1782996419/ref=sr_1_1_title_1_pap?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1378305322&sr=1-1&keywords=the+diary+of+a+single+parent+abroad+by+jill+pennington

 

and on Kindle here http://www.amazon.com/diary-single-parent-abroad-ebook/dp/B00871I0XS/ref=tmm_kin_title_0?_encoding=UTF8&sr=1-1&qid=1378305322

In search of Our Origins by Jamshed Akhtar

In Search of Our Origins by Jamshed Akhtar

In Search of Our Origins

Publisher:  CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform

ISBN-10: 1456335677

Genre: Religious/Scientific/Quran/Origins

Paperback: 164 pages $9.45

Kindle: 164 pages $2.95

About Jamshed Akhtar: Jamshed Akhtar is a writer / researcher, about 65 years old, with a degree in Electrical Engineering from AMU (1969), Aligarh, India. He is involved in the study of religion since 1985. Akhtar is closely associated with several Muslim organizations dealing in scientific study of Islam. In 1996, Akhtar had written a research based fiction. This book entitled ‘The Ultimate Revelations’ is probably the first and only Science fiction in the world, with Quran as the central topic. The book was well covered by almost all the major news papers of India and UAE. Akhtar has also presented his researches on revealed knowledge in different workshops and seminars, in India. In UAE, Akhtar’s book was presented at ‘The Book Mall’ by Shaikha Azza, daughter of the ruler of Sharjah. Akhtar has also appeared on the ‘Discover Islam’ talk shows on Sharjah TV to explain his researches.

The book: In Search of Our Origins, presents complex but interesting information on the origin of life and man. The 119 hints/pointers, extracted from the analysis of the original words of the Quran, seem to tell us how the first molecule of life arose on the planet, what was the mechanism involved, where the event occurred on the primeval earth, and what did happen subsequently. The pointers then tell us how the life is linked to man, how the first man and his mate were created, where they were nurtured initially, and when and where did they appear on the earth. The research also discusses entities like Jinn and malaika (angels), and the concept of Paradise with respect to Adam, within the parameters of the Quran and modern physics. Akhtar argues that the phenomenon of revelations is extraterrestrial, and presents a mechanism for verification of the information that has the potential to permanently lay at rest the debate between creationists and evolutionists.

 

Reviewed by Susan Keefe

When I started this book, I was unsure what to expect, however what I found was a compelling read full of interesting information.

The author has researched the subject of our origins in depth and presented the reader with a well-balanced book, which is easy to understand. Not only has he has studies the Quran in depth, and indeed other religious teachings, has also looked at the scientific explanations of our origins throughout the ages and presented his findings in an unbiased way.

Even though, through necessity, there are references to particular articles and paragraphs in studies and books, the author has managed to produce around these, a book which the reader finds easy to understand and absorb.

The insight into the Quran, its teachings, other beliefs and scientific theories about our evolution made this a fascinating read and personally, I found it very interesting. I also found it refreshing to be able to read a book of this genre without feeling as if you had to decide whose side you were on.

 

Available at Amazon in Paperback here http://www.amazon.com/In-Search-Our-Origins-Scientific/dp/1456335677/ref=sr_1_4_bnp_1_pap?ie=UTF8&qid=1374489739&sr=8-4&keywords=in+search+of+our+origins

and on Kindle here http://www.amazon.com/Search-Our-Origins-Scientific-ebook/dp/B004LX0KN4/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&qid=1374489739&sr=8-4&keywords=in+search+of+our+origins

Chicken Breeds Book

Now one for the smallholder or self sufficiency enthusiast.

Best Chicken Breeds: 12 Types of Hens that Lay Lots of eggs, Make Good Pets, and Fit In Small Yards.

By R. J. Ruppenthal


 

Available in Kindle format.

http://www.amazon.com/Best-Chicken-Breeds-36-page-ebook/dp/B008JI3M6O/ref=cm_cr-mr-img

 

I have kept chickens for a number of years and fully appreciate their different characteristics and what intelligent creatures they are.

My over-riding thought on having read it is that, although described as a booklet it is crammed full of educational and interesting advice which I enjoyed reading and I would imagine a new chicken keeper would find invaluable.

The information on the characteristics and breeds is very good, and worth bearing in mind, particularly if you live in a built up area. Although I did realise there were many different breeds of chicken, I have to admit, that I just picked my hens by colour [Yep! Sorry it’s true] and I don’t suppose I’m the first person to do that!

Pumpkins are not just for Halloween!

Easy Pumpkin Recipes: There’s More to Pumpkins than Pumpkin Pie (Easy Recipes from Scratch) by Nicole L’Esperance, Marie L’Esperance and John Sailors

Easy Pumpkin Recipes: There's More to Pumpkin than Pumpkin Pie! (Easy Recipes from Scratch)

http://www.amazon.com/Easy-Pumpkin-Recipes-Scratch-ebook/dp/B009FR9B7M/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1351511510&sr=1-1&keywords=easy+pumpkin+recipes

Available in Kindle format.

In the supermarket at the moment there are all shapes and sizes of Pumpkins available, tempting, but what would you do with it? Having only grown pumpkins to make Halloween lanterns I am ashamed to say, I couldn’t resist getting this book.

There are more recipe idea’s than I could have imagined, I never realised Pumpkins could be so versatile and am looking forward to getting cooking.

One for Halloween

Halloween Enchantment by Wamboee Geekenye

Halloween Enchantment

Available in Kindle format

http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=ntt_athr_dp_sr_1?_encoding=UTF8&field-author=Wamboee%20Geekenye&search-alias=digital-text

 

I picked this book out of interest just because it’s that time of the year.

Having always taken Halloween at face value as a fun night of tricks or treats, I found myself totally absorbed in this fascinating book.

It is full of interesting historical facts about the origins of the night we now call Halloween and how the festival has evolved over the centuries. There are chapters on all aspects of the night, including the history of all the traditions associated with it.

I would recommend it as a great read.

Bird book – Australian parrots (Birds are awesome)

Todays blog book is Australian parrots (Birds are awesome) by Kimberley Jane Pryor.

Australian parrots (Birds are awesome!)

Available on Kindle.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Australian-parrots-Birds-awesome-ebook/dp/B007RJJNPU/ref=cm_cr-mr-img

 

Australian parrots is a beautiful book, full of colourful photographs and interesting information.

Whether you would just like to identify more species, or learn more about their differerent feeding requirements, their behaviour and breeding, this book is essential reading.

Kimberley has written this book for young people who are interested in these clever, beautiful birds, and would like to know more.

If you love birds, wildlife, nature, pets or just learning about the natural world, you will love Kimberley’s books which are bright, colourful and full of information.

How I Beat Self Sabotage And How You Can Too by Erica Snyder

 Very inspirational and self-motivating.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This book’s title caught my attention, I’d never really thought of my failure to carry through with things in the terms of self sabotage, but now I can see it is.

Written from firsthand experience, this author has, in the past overcome a myriad of problems.

In her frank way Erica opens up enabling us to understand how her problems arose in the first place, she then gives us the opportunity to discover the path she took to overcoming the hurdles, which we all use to self sabotage.

Within this very readable book are a series of strategies she has successfully used, explained in a way, which is easy to understand and put into practice anywhere.

I for one will be applying some of them in the future; after all I have nothing to lose and everything to gain.  

Available on Amazon Kindle here http://www.amazon.com/How-Beat-Self-Sabotage-ebook/dp/B00COUMJ1M/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1368454544&sr=8-1&keywords=how+I+beat+self+sabotage+and+how+you+can+too+by+erica+snyder

At Barnes & Noble as a Nook Book here http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/books/1115278851?ean=2940016671291&isbn=2940016671291&itm=1&usri=2940016671291

and from iBookstore here http://ibookstore.com/products.php?i=B00COUMJ1M

 

Robby’s Quest for Seed by D.C. Rush

Robby’s Quest for Seed

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and Kindle format  http://www.amazon.com/Robbys-Quest-for-Seed-ebook/dp/B009V7GZ2K/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1357057918&sr=8-2&keywords=Robbies+quest+for+seed

Nook book http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/robbys-quest-for-seed-dc-rush/1113865015?ean=2940015737028

Barnes & Noble Paperback http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/robbys-quest-for-seed-dc-rush/1113865015?ean=9781481055857

Smashwords http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/270644

 

Watch the YouTube Trailer here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z1oqoMG1pNA

 

When you watch the birds outside your window preparing to fly south for the winter, do you ever wonder how they know where to go, and in which direction?

Well, in this delightful book you follow Robby the Robin, his brother, and a variety of feathered friends on their adventures south.

The flock, led by Robby, leave their big Maple tree with its bird feeder and lovely birdbath and set off, they’ve decided democratically, that Florida is going to be their spring break destination.

Each adult bird has a job, and the parents supervise their children.

Disaster strikes when one youngster goes missing on the way. What has happened to her? Will they be able to find her?

However, things get worse when they arrive to find Florida has been struck by a hurricane and there’s no food to be found anywhere. Follow their adventures as they struggle to find warmth and food.

Will they be able to find their way to safety and survive?

I think this is a lovely children’s book, which through an interesting story explains in a child friendly way, bird behaviour and migration.

 

 

Colorado Mandala by Brian Heffron

Now available at Barnes & Noble – A story of love, friendship, and loyalty set in 1970’s Colorado.

Paul is our narrator as we find ourselves stepping into the lives of two very different men, who are best of friends, our narrator, and Michael, an ex-Vietnam veteran.

The men are in business together cutting and selling rare gems. They live life to the full together with Michael’s girlfriend, Sarah, her son Stuart and their dog.

The writer sets the scenes wonderfully at the beginning of each chapter and the reader is drawn into Colorado life at this time, the characters are so real and descriptions of events and places so vivid, if you close your eyes you could almost be there!

But even in the freedom loving 70’s some things cannot ultimately be shared, and feelings cannot always be controlled. Their lives unfold before us, emotions laid bare.

Then Paul discovers Michael is keeping a deep secret, kept since his time in Nam, which if told, would change everything.

I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book, it has a brilliant story line, which could easily be continued, and as a woman, I especially liked the way it has been told from a man’s perspective.

 

Available at Amazon here http://www.amazon.com/Colorado-Mandala-Brian-Francis-Heffron/dp/0615760406/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1367494216&sr=8-1&keywords=colorado+mandala

and Barnes & Noble here http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/books/1115288022?ean=9780615760407

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

Ghosts of the Great Ocean Road – Australia (Around The Campfire) by Jan Hawkins

 

An interesting look at the history, and sights, of this wonderful coastline.

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As we travel with Jan along this amazing coastline, she not only informs us about the beautiful sights which meet our eyes, but also the history of this coast and the construction of the Great Ocean Road.

As a visitor to this great country, I was lucky enough to visit the Great Ocean Road and see the sights she author writes about, I only wish I had either read or had this book with me on my journey.

A compact eBook full of information.

Available on Kindle here http://www.amazon.com/Ghosts-Great-Ocean-Road-ebook/dp/B007JD6QKE/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1366459473&sr=1-1&keywords=the+great+ocean+road

A Nightingale in the Sycamore by Kathleen Jarvis

Just for authors:  Many years ago in Suffolk U.K. Kathleen Jarvis, a Vicars wife wrote this book ‘A Nightingale in the Sycamore.’ My Grandmother’s mentioned in it, and my Dad’s rabbits – it is a priceless keepsake in our family. Writing is a work of love; remember you might not make a fortune, and however few books sell you have still done it! Someone will remember you and hold a copy of your book precious.

AGE OF THE GENTILES And The WHITE GOD DELUSION: A True Logical bible Study On, Race, Sex, Power, Politics and War by Timothy Hugee

The new black Semite Prophet: A controversial point of view.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

When I started this book, it was with an open mind, not really knowing what to expect. This open attitude soon changed when I started reading.

Timothy Hugee’s childhood, upbringing and life experiences have lead him to believe he is the new black Semite prophet.

This book is written as a logical Bible study for black Semites, and contains an incredible amount of in-depth research, thought provoking statements and controversial views.

Being a white Christian it was very strange for me to read, as, it goes against all the religious teachings throughout my life. I have no problem with some of his observations, for example, that Jesus was in reality black not white, is believable. However, I found his generalised attacks on all white people (gentiles), their beliefs, lifestyle and his lack of compassion in any way for them very vehement.

I fully acknowledge that the black Semite people throughout history, have been very badly treated; by many different nations and that, they still feel discriminated against now. Also, I can see that for young, and indeed all, black Semites, this book and the observations that Timothy Hugee makes, will be empowering, however, if you are not black Semite you will find the words it contains disturbing.

In conclusion, Timothy Hugee is obviously a very passionate man, and he believes that he has received from God the vision of prophecy and has been chosen to tell the world. He has, produced an amazingly well researched and fact filled book, which is fine, if you are one of the chosen.

Available:-

at Amazon.com in Hardback  http://www.amazon.com/Age-The-Gentiles-White-Delusion/dp/1477278001/ref=pd_rhf_gw_p_t_1_G9AT

at Amazon on Kindle http://www.amazon.com/Age-Gentiles-White-Delusion-ebook/dp/B00A05X5B6/ref=sr_1_1_bnp_1_kin?ie=UTF8&qid=1365444848&sr=8-1&keywords=age+of+the+gentiles+and+the+white+god+delusion

at Barnes & Noble in Paperback  http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/age-of-the-gentiles-and-the-white-god-delusion-timothy-hugee/1113637095?ean=9781477277997

at Barnes & Noble as a Nook book http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/age-of-the-gentiles-and-the-white-god-delusion-timothy-hugee/1113637095?ean=9781477278017&itm=1&usri=age+of+the+gentiles+and+the+white+god+delusion

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Queen Elizabeth 1: A Very Brief History by Mark Black

The compact format of this book is ideal for the reader who wants to learn specifically about Queen Elizabeth I the last Tudor queen.

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This book covers all her life, from her birth on 7th September, 1533. We learn about her childhood, upbringing and the trials she had to endure, her relationship with her siblings, her older sister Mary, better known to many as Mary Queen of Scots and younger brother, King Edward VI.

From reading this, we can easily see how Queen Elizabeth I became such a powerful and strong leader, never marrying but dealing with suitors and foreign relations in her own way. The book finishes with her death on 24th March, 1603 at the grand age of 69.

As an adult interested in learning more about Queen Elizabeth I I found it a very interesting and enjoyable read, but I would imagine it would be invaluable to a child carrying out a history project on this subject.

Available on Kindle  http://www.amazon.com/Queen-Elizabeth-Brief-History-ebook/dp/B00ADTIBRM/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1363513436&sr=8-1&keywords=Queen+Elizabeth+1%3A+a+very+brief+history

Leaders Involved In The Final Solution by Rahul Patel

A very interesting read.

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Although a very short read, I found this book about the leaders involved in the final solution very interesting.

Everyone knows Hitler, of course, and the other names in the book are known to anyone interested in WWII, however, in this compact book the author has given us an interesting insight into the main men involved in the final solution, and their lives before, during and after the war.

I would highly recommend this book to anyone with a slight interest in the subject.

Available on Kindle http://www.amazon.com/Leaders-Involved-Final-Solution-ebook/dp/B00BSF07VS/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1363425454&sr=1-1&keywords=Leaders+Involved+In+The+Final+Solution+[Kindle+Edition]

The Adventures of Lovable Lobo – Lobo Visits the Barnyard – Written and Illustrated by C. L. Murphy

A wonderful bright interactive children’s book.

The Adventures of Lovable Lobo

This book is available for download on your iPad with iBooks or on your computer with iTunes.

https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/adventures-lovable-lobo/id598005507?ls=1

In this second book, Lobo the lovable wolf pup visits a barnyard.

Lobo is a fun loving happy wolf pup who loves to play, and now Lulubell the cow has invited him to visit a barnyard, and he’s very excited!

The silly pup has great fun imitating the animals he finds there, and discovering all about them. They have to keep telling him that he’s not one of them, but he knows that really!

This is a wonderfully bright and engaging interactive children’s book, which allows children to have great fun discovering the different barnyard animals and birds in the company of lovable Lobo. Throughout the book, they have to find and then press the animal footprints to hear the noise they make.

This book is ideal for parents and grandparents who want have the opportunity to spend time with children entering a bright and colorful world of discovery.

The talent of this author who is also an amazing illustrator shines through in this wonderful bright interactive book.

The Magic Of France – Memories Of Life & Travel In l’Hexagone

The title says it all!

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Available on Kindle  http://www.amazon.com/The-Magic-France-lHexagone-ebook/dp/B00A6RRVYK/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1360605395&sr=8-1&keywords=The+magic+of+france+by+susie+kelly

I have always been a firm fan of Susie Kelly, who has written many humorous books, about her life, adventures and travels in France. She gives her readers the opportunity to discover what it is really like to live in France and learn about its history.

Her unique ability to portrayal the characters she meets, and the situations she finds herself in, make you either want to laugh or cry.

This is a fantastic opportunity to sample four chapters from some of her books, and discover for yourself this wonderful author.

 

 

 

Cat or Dog for President.

Today’s blog book is on a very topical theme.

Cat or Dog for President – Written by Julia Dweck and Illustrated by Bill Bruning

 

Cat or Dog for President

Available in Kindle format.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Cat-Dog-President-ebook/dp/B009YW652M/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1351849113&sr=1-1

 

What if a cat or dog ran for the Presidency of the U.S.A, whom would you choose?

In this engaging book, children will discover what the cats and dogs campaigns might be like, by considering the differences between the two types of animals.

The author has managed in a humorous and fun way to explain to children, how the candidates in an election can both be very popular and each have their own strong points, but who the ideal one is depends on your personal preference.

Children will have great fun reading this lovely story, which is beautifully illustrated.

An Australian Dinosaur Tour by Jan Hawkins

Discover Australia’s Dinosaur Trail  Part of a series called Around the Campfire.

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Amazon Kindle http://www.amazon.com/Australian-Dinosaur-Around-Campfire-ebook/dp/B007IP0OAG/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1360062655&sr=8-1&keywords=An+australian+dinosaur+tour

 

Explore Australia’s prehistory with Jan, her husband and pup Tuppie as they travel the 4,800 kilometre Dinosaur Trail in Queensland, Australia.

Their journey  starts just outside Brisbane and takes the reader through vividly described countryside and townships as they meet new friends and discover Australia’s history and heritage.

It would be lovely to have this book with you and follow the Dinosaur Trail in her footsteps, to actually see the sites, museums and dinosaur centres she so vividly describes.

Luckily, there’s a wealth of information and pictures of Australian dinosaurs in this fascinating book, so for those of us who cannot visit in person, we can live the experience through Jan’s eyes.

And as for the Min Min light legend, well you’ll have to read the book to find out about that…

 

Boys & Reading by Alison Roundtree

The essential guide on how to motivate your 6-14 year old boy to read.

 

Boys & Reading

 

Available on Amazon Kindle http://www.amazon.com/Boys-Reading-ebook/dp/B009XPBWF0/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1359365152&sr=8-1&keywords=boys+and+reading+by+alison+roundtree

and on iTunes here https://itunes.apple.com/au/book/boys-reading/id570176920?mt=11

Kobobooks.com http://www.kobobooks.com/ebook/Boys-Reading/book-6DBPJnVMQEKpRgdc6tF2Pg/page1.html

The knowledge that the author has over 20 years of experience in education, both teaching and training, and latterly became a literacy specialist comes as no surprise when reading this book.

The programme she devised has been used by both herself, other teachers and parents to overcome reading problems with boys.

She starts by looking at five boys’ profiles, each child with different reading problem and from different backgrounds.

From there, she discusses the most probable causes for their problems. I found this piece of the book fascinating. As a mother and grandmother, I have to say I would have liked to have had the opportunity to read it when my children were toddlers, as I feel the knowledge and insights it contains would benefit any child.

The parent discovers why it is so important that they are the teacher, is given the confidence that they can do it, and that they do have the time. Initially, the groundwork is carried out solely by them, as they learn what to do, and how to handle the different situations which may already have, and will in the future arise.

What follows is an amazing learning programme, which shows the parent how to motivate and inspire their child to enjoy reading without temper tantrums or arguments. The writer gives them clearly the expertise to help their child overcome their problems, and become confident and successful readers.

Cleverly, in a stress free way, for both parties, the parent discovers how to help and motivate their child. The importance of setting mini-goals tailored to the child’s particular problem is emphasised. The author provides various mini-goal solutions, each with full instructions on how the parent should work with the child to achieve them, by playing games and other interactions, using imaginative and entertaining ideas, which enable them to spark the child’s interest.

In conclusion, in my opinion this book will be a real answer to many parents prayers, not only helping them to assist their child overcome a serious problem with  a vital educational and life skill, but the experience they share will also allow a closer bond to develop between them.

Me & My Money…A Child’s Story by A. K. Buckroth

A very special story about childhood T1 diabetes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Available on Amazon Kindle http://www.amazon.com/Money-Childs-Story-ebook/dp/B008QP73GK/ref=cm_cr-mr-title

 

Kali is a young girl who has grown up with T1 diabetes. She has been diabetic since she was two years old but it doesn’t stop her enjoying herself or leading a normal life.

She has a best friend called Wayne and through him, we learn about diabetes and what it means to be diabetic. During the story Kali explains how she manages her diabetes and has learnt to be responsible about what she can, and cannot eat, and how and why she uses her insulin pump.

She is saving up her weekly allowance money and one day she asks her parents for a puppy, suddenly she is responsible for someone else too!

This very special book from an author with real experience, giving an invaluable insight into diabetes but it is also a lovely story about Kali’s love for her puppy Money, his training and the responsibility owning your own puppy brings.

The book is beautifully illustrated by Amy Pichly-Meyer.

A Revolution of the Mind: Caught Between Heaven and Hell

A wonderful, educational and inspiring book by Terry Clark.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I thoroughly enjoyed reading this inspirational book, which is easy to read and has many lovely accompanying pictures.

I have read the Bible quite a few times, however, I really benefitted from the author’s explanation of the parables and teachings, and gained so much, learning how to understand and accept the natural and supernatural forces, which are at work every day of our lives.

With the help of an Orchid (you’ll have to read the book to find out how), and using the farmer sowing his seeds and reaping the harvest parable regularly, the author help us to discover how, with the right environment and essential elements, we can open our minds to the word of God.

Within these pages, there is so much information about the teachings of the Bible, and how they can be applied to our everyday life. The author shows us how important our dreams and relationships are and throughout the various sections, how to nourish them, recognise what they teach you, and who you should allow to share them.

This book enables us to see the full potential of our imagination, and teaches us that if we follow the author’s guides, the imagination will become a tool, which we can use to aid us in so many ways. You will be amazed at its potential.

In conclusion, this is an incredibly revealing book, which gives the reader so much, if they are only prepared to listen.

 

It is avalable from Amazon here http://www.amazon.com/Revolution-Mind-Caught-Between-ebook/dp/B00B0YI41M/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1358256832&sr=8-1&keywords=a+revolution+of+the+mind%3A+caught+between+heaven+and+hell

and also at the following online outlets iBookstore, ebook.sony.com, Barnes and Noble, Kobo, Baker & Taylor, Copia, Gardners, eBookpie and eSentral.

When This Is Over, I Will Go To School, And I Will Learn To Read

A revealing insight into life for children in Kenya.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In this thought provoking book, the author has given us all the opportunity to discover what life is really like in Kenya for children. The pages are full of wonderful drawing by the children of the Maseno North Sunrise Nursery School in Kenya, which they created for the author, bright photographs, and this wonderful woman has promised them the proceeds from the sale of this book.

 

Julius, his brother Hezron and their older sister Sarahare orphans, living in the forest, with their grandmother at her farm in Kenya.

When strangers arrive in their village, they discover Julius and the family are suffering from a bug called Jiggers, which crawls under their skin and lay eggs. They are all taken to the mobile clinic and orphan feeding programme for treatment.

They are treated at the clinic, by the kind staff, even though their grandmother has to return home to look after the farm and their sister still attends school, as for her it is a precious gift and she never misses, even if she is ill.

When the boys eventually return to the village, their home has been made safe and the clinic staff carry them back with gifts of foam pads, mosquito nets and food.

Julius realises that if he eats warm food and learns to walk he will be able to go to school too and he tells everyone “When this is over, I will go to school and, I will learn to read.”

A truly inspiring book, showing us all that in this day and age there are still wonderful people out there, with good hearts, who are willing to give their time, expertise and life to make a difference.

Written by Pamela Sisman Bitterman, Editor Lisa Bruhn, Photographers Ian Lesser and Pamela Sisman Bitterman, Cover Design Katie Rogers.

Available from Amazon in paperback http://www.amazon.com/When-This-Over-School-Learn/dp/1480283274/ref=pd_rhf_gw_p_t_1_8WBB

and Kindle format http://www.amazon.com/When-This-School-Learn-ebook/dp/B0053TRBGE/ref=pd_rhf_gw_p_t_2_PC6M

 

 

Don’t Fear The Dealer by Michelle Caruso

A very useful and informative guide for anyone who is considering taking their car to the service centre of a new car dealership.

 

 

 

 

Available in Kindle format  http://www.amazon.com/Dont-Fear-The-Dealer-ebook/dp/B00ANCBW9S/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1357298395&sr=8-1&keywords=don%27t+fear+the+dealer

 

Michelle Caruso has in this book, “Don’t Fear The Dealer” provided a very useful and detailed guide, without becoming too technical, into what to look for when taking your car into the service centre of a new car dealership.

In my opinion, this book is an essential guide, full of content and with powerful insights from the writer. It is easy to understand and would be invaluable purchase, even for the so called ‘male expert’.

 

 

 

 

Richard the Lionheart by Tracy Kauffman

Richard the Lionheart Man and King.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Available as a paperback at Amazon

http://www.amazon.com/Richard-Lionheart-Tracy-Kauffman/dp/1627093605/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1355291643&sr=8-1&keywords=richard+the+lionheart+by+tracy+Kauffman

and Barnes and Noble

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/richard-the-lionheart-tracy-kauffman/1113795460?ean=9781627093606

 

I thoroughly enjoyed reading this very interesting book, which chronicles in a very readable way, and great detail, the life of King Richard I.

Starting with his birth in Beaumont Place, Oxford, England in 1157, to his childhood, where he was given to the Franks, for slave labour, by his own father, who disliked him, through no fault of his own. We discover how he managed to enter the court of King Phillip II, who came to think of him as a son, and where he was trained as a knight.

Through this book, we learn about Richard boy and man. How he gained the title Richard the Lionheart, his close relationship with his mother who he loved dearly, his family and friends, his military career, and rise to the throne as Richard I, King of England.

There’s so much information contained in this book, how he gained his reputation as a great crusader, his meeting with Robin Hood, his loves, his marriage to Princess Berengaria of Navarre and his children.

It finishes with his untimely death in 1199, his successor, and the fate of his Queen.

Forgive To Win!: End Self-Sabotage. Get Everything You Want

Forgive to Win! by Walter Jacobson

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

http://www.amazon.com/Forgive-To-Win-Self-Sabotage-Everything/dp/1452834113/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1354792189&sr=8-1&keywords=forgive+to+win

 

Available in paperback and Kindle format.

 

Walter Jacobson has, in this book produced a clear recipe for self-help, through helping others.

He teaches us how our negative and cruel actions and comments to others are our subconscious way of sabotaging our attempts at self-healing, fuelling our negative feelings of self-loathing and guilt. He clearly explains how we use others’ misfortune to make excuses for ourselves, and that only by learning to be forgiving and kind to others can we find the way to forgive ourselves.

Clear examples are given of how it is possible to change for the better, helping others in so many ways, and, in return, helping ourselves.

The author has provided a very well thought out formula for self help, which he presents as the Forgiveness Diet.

The Forgiveness Diet, like any diet, is composed of various requirements for balanced healthy daily living. The amounts and composition, of the various constituents are explained in detail. Included, to help in the reinforcement of the diet, are affirmations, mantras, and visualizations. The author discusses dreams, their meanings, and how they can be used in a positive way.

This is no miracle cure. The author suggests the Forgiveness Diet be followed initially for 90 days, that the depth of healing will vary from person to person, and that the changes are for life. He advises how to cope with loved ones who are worried about the new you, and warns that Rome wasn’t built in a day.

Eventually, you can progress to the Success Diet, which is an expansion enabling you to embrace your goals and ambitions.

What a perfect title. I feel this book could not fail to change anyone’s life for the better, and implementing the diet would definitely make them a nicer person to others and themselves.

The Seasons – American version (Science and nature)

At this colourful time of the year, here’s a lovely Kindle book for children.

 

 

 

http://www.amazon.com/The-seasons-American-version-ebook/dp/B008REDOBI/ref=cm_cr-mr-title

Available in Kindle format.

 

This bright and colourful book is part of the author’s Science and nature series.

Through lovely photographs and clear easy to read text, children are taught how the year is divided into the four seasons.

Each season is introduced and then descriptions are given into what to expect during that season, a fun, yet educational book for children aged 4 to 8 years.

 

Please Note: There is also an Australian version of this book also available in kindle format.

Ming Tombs near Beijing by Wander Stories

Loving history and wanting to travel all over the world exploring even if it’s just from my Kindle, I thoroughly enjoyed this book.

 

 

 

 

 

http://www.amazon.com/Ming-Tombs-near-Beijing-ebook/dp/B0083FBL8O/ref=sr_1_sc_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1353416759&sr=8-1-spell&keywords=ming+tombes+near+beijing

 

With only basic previous knowledge of China’s history I found the virtual tour given in this book very interesting and indepth.

The thorough knowledge of the writer and their ability to bring these tombs and their contents to life had me thoroughly absorbed. It was lovely as well, whilst travelling through time to learn about the different dynasties and their reigns.  I only have the basic Kindle, however, I found the pictures which accompanied the text were clear and definitely added to the feeling of being there.

I understand that the publishers produce these books only for the e-market, however, I did feel sad that, having finished it, I couldn’t place it on my book shelves, and yes I know you can put it up on the Kindle any time, but I just felt I would have loved it as a real book and better still with tattered pages where I had actually walked round the tombs myself, with my guide.

Whether you are going to China or are just interested in tombs or China’s history I can thoroughly recommend this book.

 

 

 

So Simple Crochet Scarves: Frilly Ruffle Scarf

And now for something different – need something warm and snuggly round your neck this winter? Take a look at this book and start crocheting.

 

 

 

http://www.amazon.co.uk/So-Simple-Crochet-Scarves-ebook/dp/B008FK69DE/ref=cm_cr-mr-img

Available in Kindle format.

 

Having crocheted for years was very happy to review this book.

The instructions are clear and easy to follow.

These scarves are very popular and with the beautiful wools available should not take long to make either for yourself or as a Christmas gift.

I am certainly looking forward to making some for the winter.

International Slow Cooker Recipes – 50 Easy, Healthy, and Delicious Recipes for Slow Cooked Meals

Slow Cooker Recipes – 50 Easy, Healthy, and Delicious Recipes for Slow Cooked Meals by Brenda Finney

International Slow Cooker Recipes - 50 Easy, Healthy, and Delicious Recipes for Slow Cooked Meals

Available in Kindle format.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/International-Slow-Cooker-Recipes-ebook/dp/B0095W7HS2/ref=cm_cr-mr-img

 

I have been a slow cooker fan for many years having raised a family and worked full time. Even now, I find it an invaluable part of my life, therefore I was very happy to review this book.

What a treat! Brenda has provided an exciting collection of new recipes from around the world and for all tastes.

My personal favourite at the moment  is the Low-Fat Cheesy Mexican Chicken but I was particularly impressed by the way she cooked dishes in it which I hadn’t considered possible.