Articles for the Month of April 2016

How I Became Vegetarian: Rational answers to Why Do People Become Vegetarian by Ioan Draniciar


Saying it as it is.

Having been a vegetarian before I decided that I would become one again and wanted a motivational book to help me sustain my convictions when challenged by others, and I certainly made the right choice with this one.

Having been an animal lover all my life I could no longer live with eating them. In this book the author has used a no holds barred approach, yes, it is shocking in places, but come on, everyone knows really what happens on the factory farms, and we just chose to turn a blind eye.

As the author points out, there are many wonderful fruit and vegetables out there and if you really want the ‘taste’ of meat, plenty of vegetarian versions of it. I have to say here that I cannot understand why you would go vegetarian and then want the taste of meat, but there you go, there is a market for the produce so it must be true.

Until today, I confess, I scrolled through all those animal cruelty postings we all see, turned a blind eye, well from now on, I at least will not be condoning this sort of cruelty. This book was just what I wanted and needed to change my diet for ever and REALLY call myself an animal lover. Three cheers for the author!


About the author: Over the years I have invested thousands of dollars in dozens of top notch internet marketing courses from the world’s most elite gurus. I’ve become an expert in seo, traffic generation, product creation, list building and affiliate marketing.
It’s been quite a thrill discovering exactly how ripe the internet marketing opportunity really is today by taking the dive and implementing all the strategies I’ve paid so dearly to learn.
I began to understand the fact that most successful entrepreneurs made more money and enjoyed more freedom when they started working smart and not hard.
I wanted to be able to earn my living on my own terms and hang out with like-minded individuals who want more out of life. That is why I embraced the Internet Marketing dream in the first place.
My objective is to develop and implement online and offline marketing campaigns that are effective, ethical and exhibit a positive ROI for me and my clients.
Over the last 5 years, I’ve been focused on doing and teaching 3 main business models:
1. Selling Products Online: Selling internet marketing courses as an affiliate and selling my own information products on specialized online platforms such as Warrior Forum and Digital Point Forum.
2. Publishing books on Kindle: Over the years I have published numerous books on Kindle in various niches such as internet marketing, dating, health & fitness, soccer, children stories and more.
3. Selling Services Online: Helping small / medium businesses activate key leverage points and marketing strategies to generate more sales.
Understanding that sales and marketing go hand in hand is what allows me to leverage powerful internet marketing techniques to help my clients reach their sales/marketing goals.

 About the book: This is my personal journey from meat eating to vegetarian life style. If you ever wonder why do people become vegetarians this is a good read for you.
If you keep an open mind, it will help you understand the reasons why people become vegetarian.
I’d like to think this little book will help you see things from a different perspective, something to reflect on.
All I want is to plant a little seed in your mind and nurture it with care so that would grow and expand to the point it can no longer be ignored. It happened to me and I want you to experience that as well.
We have been trained to think in a certain way since birth but we have the knowledge and power to start looking at things from various angles so we can choose what’s best for us and those around us.
Our ancestors didn’t have the knowledge and choices we have today. They did whatever they could in order to stay alive but we evolved and have no more such excuses.
Being vegetarian it’s not just about reaping the benefits of proper health and nutrition.
Vegetarian living is more about showing kindness and compassion to all our planetary companions. It’s about planning ahead by trying to save the resources of our planet through a green lifestyle.
This book will help you see what is like on the other side and welcome you with open arms if you ever decide to explore it.

From a Broken Land (The Broken Throne) by William R. Herr


A brilliantly entertaining epic fantasy story.


In his epic debut science fiction/fantasy novel, the first book in the ‘Broken Throne’ series, William R. Herr has created an imaginary Kingdom, where battles are fought against a terrible, evil, enemy, one which can be seen only as shadows, and mist.

The story opens as a horrific blight sweeps through the lands, killing everyone and thing. In desperation, Cardinal Richmond sends, Gidon, a soldier and church emissary on a quest, one he is not expected to return from… he must travel to the land of Hammat, find a seer, and beg for aid against the blight.

Then there is Kiranae, a princess, fleeing from an evil prince with the help of her aunt the Countess Elna Damarc. To escape capture she finds herself freely entering the mist, not knowing what her fate will be.

The future however sees her stumbling from the forest in front of Gidon, Tenant, Seer Renault, and Guard Rinkins, on their quest, travelling through a land facing disaster and fighting the creatures in the shadows.

Fate it seems has thrown them together, and as this epic adventure unfolds there are fierce battles, terrible creatures, and untold dangers ahead for the group.

However, fate dictates that Kira and her aunt are to be reunited. When this happens, secrets are revealed which could change everything.

The author has created an amazing kingdom, with well-defined characters and a fantastic plot with danger, excitement, twists, and a hint of romance. Reading it, one very quickly becomes absorbed into the story, so much so that it is very difficult to put down. I highly recommend it for lovers of science fiction, fantasy and of course adventure.

About the Author: William R. Herr – Author, Playwright,  Poet, Adventurer

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Never content to settle for the mundane aspects of life, William R. Herr’s life has been nothing short of a grand adventure.

Born in Santa Monica, California, the child of a British mother and a German-American father, Herr had a quite unconventional experience growing up. Traveling with his parents across America, he learned to love to read, starting first with the work of Edgar Rice Burroughs. From there young William moved on to the Oxford English Dictionary, the Analects of Confucius, Tolkien, Heinlein, and Asimov.

“When I didn’t have my nose in a book,” says Herr, “I was either building some wild new invention, or destroying something as I tried to test it. There may have been some miserable failures at sports during that period, but I admit nothing.”  Early on though he was recognized for his skills as a writer, winning a writing contest and cementing his ambition of becoming a wordsmith.

After a stint at a junior college, Herr spent some time in Europe before returning to the United States where he landed a job as News Director at WHGB-AM in Harrisburg, PA. In his spare time, he wrote his first play. Then it was back to school to work at the college newspaper, before transferring to the prestigious University of Iowa Writing School. It was there that Herr continued to hone his writing skills, writing his first published piece (Jeremy & February, published 1996 in Likewise Magazine, London), and producing his first play (The White Room) at No Shame Theater.  He also found time to play chess with Kurt Vonnegut and spent the rest of his free time “over a typewriter.” But before he graduated he got married and had a child, making the insecurity of the writing life even more of a challenge.

To make ends meet Herr has done everything from digging ditches and shoveling cow manure to working in the corporate world (which may not be that far a stretch).  He also learned everything there is to know about computers and became a master swordsman, competing in the SCA. Herr worked for five years at Mindspring Networks, but found that environment far too stressful and claustrophobic. And since he had acquired a CDL, he opted for the freedom of the highway and became a full time trucker, a job he still maintains.  Herr is an adventurer at heart and has not only jumped off a 500 feet cliff, but has also worked for a while in the rodeo.

He is the author of The Collective, and From A Broken Land is Book One of The Broken Throne series.

Kiranae is a girl in flight, carried through the mists to escape a marriage she cannot abide. Gidon is a simple messenger, sent on a mission he is never expected to survive. Through coincidence, fate, or something stronger, they are brought together—bound to each other.

But, deep within the shadows and mist, a wicked and threatening force watches them. Gidon must protect the girl, his men, and himself from a force and presence he cannot explain. Together, they are thrust into war, intrigue, and impossible love, never realizing that their lives are part of a larger, and darker, plan.

Available in Paperback

and Kindle format

and from Barnes & Noble on the 1st May 2016

in Hardcover


and as a NOOK Book

Please Hold by Tricia Stewart Shiu


This book is just such compelling reading, I just could not put it down.

We all have been victims of haughty secretaries, the ones who guard their boss better than the most highly trained Rottweiler. Treat him like he is God, and they are the handmaiden honoured to be in his presence – when he needs something.

Perhaps you have been there, got the tee-shirt as they say. Or, have you ever considered what it was like to be that person, the executive assistant, at his beck and call? What are the women in these positions REALLY like? What did they have to sacrifice to get there?

Well, this book gives us a fly on the wall peak inside. The main character in this extremely entertaining story is Sarah Marks. At the beginning of the story she is assistant to Lance Cheroux, one of the Executive Vice Presidents of worldwide Feature Productions.

The saying that those who listen at doors only hear ill, is certainly true for Sarah when she overhears two ‘friends’ discussing her imminent transfer to the dreaded Building 99. Apparently, however, the rumours are true, Mr Cheroux’s career is about to take a tumble, and she is there, right alongside him. So they are caste out to the farthest reaches of the lot, somewhere only talked about in whispers.

Sarah is a complex young woman, hardworking and dedicated to her career, how can this be happening to her, she asks, her mentor Mary Tyler Moore. Someone she talks to all the time.

Why Mary Tyler Moore? Well Sarah has a troubled childhood, drunken father, eternally young mother… but the Mary Tyler Moore show was always there, offering advice, with Mary being a role model. So, who can blame a girl if she idolises her, literally…

However, the trials and tribulations of executive office life offer a bundle of laughs as we learn more and more about Sarah, her hopes, her dreams, and what makes her tick. We follow her as she rises from the ashes and is resurrected into the higher echelons once again.

That her life is difficult is an understatement. As we walk in her shoes, we finally understand what it is like to be an executive assistant in this high flying world, dealing with rivalry and back stabbing from all directions, oh, and of course those dreaded blisters from wearing high heels every day.

This is the first book by award winning author Tricia Stewart Shiu I have read, but it certainly won’t be the last, I just loved every page!

61Pq1mW5-eL__SY200_About the Author: A creative spirit from a young age, 25 time award-winning author, Tricia Stewart Shiu experimented with acting and wrote one-woman shows and plays. She produced a short performance piece, DOING LUNCH, which eventually made its way into a short film trilogy that won “Best Dramatic Short” at the Houston Film Festival. Shiu also directed a staged reading of a play she’d written called MARY, which was hosted by the Women’s Artist Group of Los Angeles. That play eventually became the award-winning novel, PLEASE HOLD. Not only does PLEASE HOLD offer a rare glimpse into the world of top tier gatekeepers, it also serves as a reminder that spirituality comes in many forms and no one should judge another before knowing the full story. Everyone’s journey to her own truth is layered and we all choose our path based on the highest form of guidance available. As we grow, so does our guidance. In this quirky slice of life story, Shiu draws from her extensive experience as a veteran, high-level executive assistant at one of the top six entertainment studios in Los Angeles.

About the book: FOREWORD BY HULU CEO, MIKE HOPKINS – Underdog Hollywood Executive Assistant battles big budget boss and receives miraculous aid from an unlikely source—a shrine to Mary Tyler Moore. 25 time award-winning author, Tricia Stewart Shiu’s New Adult novel PLEASE HOLD, Winner of Best Unpublished Manuscript at the Southern California Book Festival and best first Chapter at the WildSound Festival, offers an insider’s look at the world of high-level studio executive assistants and one woman’s struggle to make sense of it all. Has she come a long way, baby? Only Mary knows. Not only does PLEASE HOLD offer a rare glimpse into the world of top tier gatekeepers, it also serves as a reminder that spirituality comes in many forms and no one should judge another before knowing the full story. Everyone’s journey to her own truth is layered and we all choose our path based on the highest form of guidance available. As we grow, so does our guidance. In this quirky slice of life story, Tricia Stewart Shiu, draws from her extensive experience as a veteran, high-level executive assistant at one of the top six entertainment studios in Los Angeles.

Available from Amazon in Paperback

and Kindle format