Articles for the Month of May 2021

HARRY THE HONEST HORSE by K. A. Mulenga

Naughty Hank learns an important lesson from Harry the Honest Horse.

Harry the horse lives in Horseville, a beautiful place with a lovely meadow and lake. He is worried though, his best friend Hank just can’t resist fibbing, even though he knows it’s not right. Then, when Harry challenges him, his answer is always that life would be boring without fibs.

Poor Harry is not happy, deep down he knows Hank is being naughty, and yet he’s his best friend, what can he do?

One day Hank managed to persuade Harry to play a prank on an old couple, Mr. and Mrs. Neigh. Together the horses take Mr. and Mrs. Neigh’s hay, and the next morning when asked if they know where it is, before Harry can answer, Hank says that a big wind blew it away!

This is bad enough, but when Hank goes a little further with his pranks on the old couple, Harry just has to confide in his dad, who tells him of a wise saying, which Harry takes in.  

You see, Harry is not a bad horse, he is just being led into mischief by his friend. Empowered by his dad’s words, Harry when asked by the old couple if he knew what happened, chooses the path of honesty, and is wonderfully rewarded for it.

When his friend Hank sees what has happened, it makes him think, and he realises that he is wrong, it is not good to be a fibber, honest is really the best way to be. Harry has taught his best friend a valuable lesson.

In this lovely story the author teaches children, through a simple, yet effective story, beautifully illustrated, that being honest is really very important. Even if your friends are being naughty and telling lies, it is better not to follow them, but instead tell the truth, and set a good example!

About the Author:

My name is Kalenga Augustine Mulenga aka K.A. Mulenga. My passion is writing. I started writing when I was 10 years old and my passion was reignited by my 11 year old son. Writing runs in my blood as my late father was a journalist and the first black editor of the Zambia Daily Mail and my late brother was a poet. To date, I have published 10 children’s books . They are available on Amazon and also from my website. I love writing children’s books with a positive message and also to make them laugh and entertained. I am a prolific writer and currently have 9 edited and completed manuscripts.
I am busy with a memoir and after that I would like to write some fiction and non-fiction in the near future.
One of my books, Donk and the Stubborn Donkeys was #1 Bestseller Juvenile Fiction > Animals > Farm Animals.

Author’s website: https://www.kamulenga.com/

About the Book:

Harry the horse seems to have it all. He lives in a beautiful place, is good-looking and his cheerful nature means he is loved by every one of his many friends. Harry’s life is simple, joyful and trouble-free.
Well, most of the time, anyway! Harry’s best friend, Hank, has a bad habit of getting up to no good. He is a terrible prankster, always thinking up new ways to play jokes on others. Now, although Hank is great fun to be around, Harry notices that sometimes his pranks go too far and, instead of causing laughter, they cause hurt. The worst part about Hank’s pranks for Harry is that Hank also tells great big fibs to get himself out of trouble.
Because Harry spends so much time with Hank, he finds himself getting involved in Hank’s pranks. He knows that what Hank is doing is wrong…but he doesn’t know what to do about it. When he tries talking to Hank about what he believes, his advice falls on deaf ears. Not only does Hank not seem to take life seriously at all, but he also doesn’t seem to understand that what he sees as harmless fun is no fun at all for others! Oh, and then there’s the fibbing part.
Harry is at a loss of what to do and asks his father for help. His dad gives him some valuable advice on how to handle his wayward friend. The next time Hank does something naughty, Harry does something he’s never done before. Instead of keeping quiet and just wishing his friend could change his wicked ways, he finds his voice and speaks up!
What will happen next? Will Hank still want to be Harry’s friend? Will he ever learn the difference between harmless fun and harmful pranks? And most importantly, will he ever start telling the truth? Read on to find out…
Most of us have that “fun friend” who regularly gets us into trouble, right? Harry the Honest Horse is a delightful story which addresses important concepts such as not letting a joke go too far, and the value of being a champion for the truth, no matter how hard it may be sometimes. The fun-loving friends in the story are relatable to young readers, who will no doubt empathise with Harry when faced with the difficult decision of keeping his loyalty to a good friend versus standing up for what he knows is right. An all-round happy ending confirms to the young reader that honesty is always the best policy!

Available from Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B08VJLTLZ1/ref=dbs_a_def_rwt_hsch_vapi_tkin_p1_i8

The Starlight Club 13: The Old Doll by Joe Corso

Gangland crime writing at its best!

I’m a long-time fan of The Starlight Club series of books by Joe Corso. Each story is a stand-alone, however it is fascinating to watch the characters’ lives evolve over the series. The stories are told through the eyes of Bobby, someone who observed the events of that time, and he narrates them to his daughter Lynn, in the little room built for him. at her home in Darien, Connecticut.

Joe Corso is an award-winning author, who was born in Queens, New York, and attended the Manhattan HS of Aviation trades, and the Academy of Aeronautics. He is a Korean veteran. As well as writing this excellent series, he has also written amazing stories from his years as a firefighter working for the FDNY. He has also written adventure, science fiction, and westerns. He has four children, thirteen grandchildren, and five great grandchildren.

In this exciting story, Bobby takes us right back to the 1960’s, at The Starlight Club, with its owner Red, and right hand man Trenchie. Through their dealings both with the gangsters, cops, their ‘family’ and others, readers are able to get a real feel for life in Queens at that time. Plus, in this story, Bobby reveals a terrible mistake he made as a youngster, and one he has never forgotten…

At this time, as well as the continuing underground power struggles with gangland bosses, it is the time of horrendous riots which raged in New York, causing terrible loss of lives, and the storyline gives a glimpse into how these were instigated, and by whom.

However, it was a potential hit on Joey-Boy, one of Red’s men which brought about the meeting of Red with the ‘Old Doll,’ Betsy Nagel, a now reclusive former Ziegfeld Follies, girl. Captivated by this star of legendary grandeur, Red’s mission becomes to reintroduce her to the modern world. With the help of his famous movie star wife, Iris Lang, and his company, Starlight Productions in California, Red is determined the world will yet again wonder at Betsy Nagel’s timeless talent, and beauty.

In this book, through the talented writing of this award-winning author, we are able to enter the underground world of gang life in New York. We learn of the camaraderie, code of honour, and unswerving code of ethics that the members of the families live by. Life is ruthless, death can happen at any time, yet the families and those they care about are protected and looked after at any cost.

I highly recommend this book, and indeed the whole series as wonderfully written gangland crime thrillers, with dashes of romance, and compassion included.

About the Author:

Joe Corso (1935 – ) Born in Queens, New York. Attended Manhattan HS of Aviation trades, and the Academy of Aeronautics. He is a Koren Veteran and retired from the FDNY. He has 4 children and 13 Grandchildren and . . . 5 great grandchildren. Corso is the author of ‘The Starlight Club’ novels. His novel, ‘The Revenge of John W’ will be available shortly on Amazon.

Author’s website:https://www.corsobooks.com/

Available from Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B09449NRNB/ref=dbs_a_def_rwt_bibl_vppi_i1

The Noble Edge: Reclaiming an Ethical World One Choice at a Time by Christopher Gilbert PhD

Be the best you, you can, ethically, morally, truthfully and honestly.

This is such a fascinating and thought-provoking book. We all like to think we are honest, and would do the ‘right’ thing, however, would we? What about the niggling little voices in our heads which influence what we actually do? Do we really do what is ethically and morally right, or what’s right for us?

Dr Christopher Gilbert, was once one of the owners of a successful food delivery service called Cravings. The company was established on a strong foundation, and grew well. Unfortunately its downfall came about solely through the unethical behaviour of another company. However, it was this experience which made the author decide to follow his passion and studying ethics and human morality.

He embraced these interests and earned a PhD specializing in ethics, a Bachelor’s degree in geology, and a MBA in marketing. His passion has led over the past 25 years, to him traveling, and working, on four different continents.

What I absolutely love about this book is that it takes his reader on a moral and ethical journey, engaging them through the experiences of the author, and others, as well as through the role play of his virtual character Grace. Through her, a scenario is played out at the end of each chapter. These help the reader to fully understand the ethicality of each of the decisions she could make in that situation, and the differing repercussions of each.

The research, and personal experiences which have shaped this book are evident. Through reading it we discover how to live our life with integrity, honesty, and truthfulness. The author provides us with a well thought out blue print, which evolves as we read, revealing the three steps and nine crucial principals we can use to live a more honest, ethical, and truthful life.

There are many really good quotes in the book but this one by Ghandi is my favourite “Be the change you wish to see in the world.” For this, quintessentially, is what this book is all about. As the author says, “In the broadest context, an ethical choice is any decision or action that has an impact on others now, or in the future.” Isn’t it our duty to do just that, not only for the people on this planet, but for the Earth itself?

Many books are written about changing your life, being the better you. This book goes one step further, it invites you to go beyond yourself, to be a beacon of trust and honesty, set the right example, and do the right thing. The years of work in this field have really paid off for Dr Christopher Gilbert, because this book holds secrets everyone can learn and benefit by. Highly recommended!

About the Author:

Dr. Christopher Gilbert, author of the best-selling book There’s No Right Way to Do the Wrong Thing, is a senior international ethics consultant and popular keynote speaker. As co-founder of NobleEdge Consulting (www.nobleedgeconsulting.com), he has worked with Fortune 500, government, and non-profit organizations, including the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, traveling the globe to spearhead trust building and business sustainability programs. Christopher has been a contributing author to CNBC, Fox News, Entrepreneur, Quartz, Hitched, Yahoo Finance, Retail Dive, Young Upstarts, and Successful Business News. He has also been a featured guest on worldwide Podcasts and nationally syndicated radio shows. He and his family live outside Seattle, Washington.

The Noble Edge website: https://www.nobleedgeconsulting.com/

About the Book:

Being trusted is the foundation of our greatest personal freedoms.

But how can we make trustworthy choices in a world where there are constant personal, social and workplace pressures to ignore what is right in favor of ‘success’.

How can we rid ourselves of the distracting belief that ‘good’ people

make the good decisions, and ‘bad’ people make the unethical ones,

while we all climb up and down the moral ladder every day?

The Noble Edge answers these and many other crucial questions about living a life of integrity and honest success. The book invites readers into an inspirational conversation about truth and trust spiced with an abundance of personal stories, humor, and invaluable guidance about making consistently right choices. Far from the usual academic fog, Dr. Christopher Gilbert makes ethics enjoyable, meaningful, and accessible to everyone. In the end, readers are empowered by three well-researched steps and nine vital principles to make their relationships more authentic, their workplaces more transparent and their lives more meaningful. The Noble Edge provides a clear pathway for leading an ethically driven life.

Available from Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Noble-Edge-Reclaiming-Ethical-Choice/dp/1631954059/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1621963043&sr=1-1

100 of the Worst Ideas in History: Humanity’s Thundering Brainstorms Turned Blundering Brain Farts by Michael Smith and Eric kasum

Rib-achingly funny, and overflowing with eye-opening snippets of hindsight guaranteed to shock and awe!

Fast paced, funny, and extremely educational, everything about this book makes you smile. Not only does it keep you glued to the page, but ir grabs your attention, all the time, whilst delivering fascinating information.

From the historical truth about Columbus’ discovery of America, to the terrible blunders which could have avoided the tragic events of September 11th. History, the world of entertainments and politics, indeed the world as we know it has its flip side is exposed. And what about those ‘couldn’t be without’ products which have a place in very household, like WD40? How were they discovered, and what’s their story… You will be amazed when you find out!

The author’s, Michael N. Smith, and Eric Kasum, are both successful business men. Michael has his own advertising production company, and has written and produced hundreds of TV commercials, radio spots and corporate videos, and Eric has written speeches for presidents, is a well-known journalist and reporter. These men know their stuff!

This book is one which you will pick up time and time again. There’s just so much in it that it’s impossible to take it all in at one sitting, and this makes it excellent value for money.

This book is not only extremely entertaining, but rib achingly funny, shocking, enlightening, and incredibly insightful. I highly recommend this book as an excellent way to brighten your day!

Website: https://100worstideas.com/

Available from Amazon in Paperback and Audiobook formats: https://www.amazon.com/100-Worst-Ideas-History-Brainstorms/dp/1402293917/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1621929448&sr=8-1

Chuck the Cheetah by K. A. Mulenga

How Chuck the Cheetah learned a very important lesson.

Everyone knows that cheetahs are the fastest animals on earth, and Chuck is the fastest of them all. He knows that whether he is competing in the Daily Friendly Races, Weekly Fun Races, or the Monthly Championship Races, he will always win.

This knowledge has made Chuck into a very arrogant cheetah, failure is something he just doesn’t consider, it’s not an option, and he is always boasting that he win, win, wins. This attitude means that he is becoming more and more unpopular with his friends, Chip, Chum and Chester. They even go as far as to ask him what he would do if he didn’t win, he just laughs them off, until… during a race he stands on a thorn, this slows him down, and the race is won by Chip.

Humiliated, Chuck slinks away, unwilling and unable to be pleased for Chip. This is a very sad way to be, he is a very bad loser, which is not nice.

Then one night he is visited by a wise old cheetah who tells him that his attitude is not good. He shouldn’t be such a bad loser, and for his own good he should learn to accept defeat gracefully. Chuck decides to follow the wise cheetah’s advice and in this heart-warming story young readers will discover the advantages of being nice, and happy for others.

Not everyone can be a winner, or a leader, but everyone deserves to be loved and respected. Life isn’t about being the best at everything, not everyone can do this, but everyone deserves to be loved for themselves and who they are.

The message of kindness and love towards your friends, neighbours, and people you meet, is clearly explained in an easy to understand way. My granddaughters understood well that Chuck, his attitude, and what he learned from the wise old cheetah are lessons for us all.

I highly recommend this nicely written and beautifully illustrated little children’s book.

About the Author:

My name is Kalenga Augustine Mulenga aka K.A. Mulenga. My passion is writing. I started writing when I was 10 years old and my passion was reignited by my 11 year old son. Writing runs in my blood as my late father was a journalist and the first black editor of the Zambia Daily Mail and my late brother was a poet. To date, I have published 10 children’s books . They are available on Amazon and also from my website. I love writing children’s books with a positive message and also to make them laugh and entertained. I am a prolific writer and currently have 9 edited and completed manuscripts.
I am busy with a memoir and after that I would like to write some fiction and non-fiction in the near future.
One of my books, Donk and the Stubborn Donkeys was #1 Bestseller Juvenile Fiction > Animals > Farm Animals

Author’s Website: https://www.kamulenga.com/

About the Book:

Chuck the cheetah is the fastest runner in the land and loves to race his cheetah friends, Chip, Chum and Chester. Chuck especially loves racing because, whether he is competing at the Daily Friendly Races, the Weekly Fun Races or the Monthly Championship Races, he is always the first one over the finish line.
Because he is always the winner and has never experienced failure, Chuck starts thinking he is better than everyone else. He cannot imagine ever losing a race and ever being anything less than number one. But Chuck’s cheetah friends also want a chance to be the ones to run through the ribbon. They gather together and try and come up with ways to beat Chuck in the races. They decide to approach Chuck and ask him how he would feel if, for once in his life, he wasn’t the winner. Chuck haughtily dismisses their suggestion as ridiculous and says it would never happen.
At the next daily race, something out of the ordinary happens. Chuck experiences a setback while he is racing. Before he knows it, Chuck has lost his first ever race in the whole history of cheetah races. Well, he certainly didn’t see that coming! Feeling devastated and highly embarrassed, Chuck worries that his cheetah friends won’t like him anymore. He behaves like a sore loser and finds himself unable to be happy for the friend who beat him. While all the other cheetah friends are congratulating the new winner on his achievement, Chuck sulks and can’t even bring himself to say, “Well done!” to his speedy friend. Chuck has never felt worse in his life and everything seems to have gone wrong for him.
That night, Chuck is visited in a dream by a wise old cheetah. The sage cat gently explains the true meaning of winning to Chuck and offers him some valuable advice about how to deal with failure.
Will Chuck take heed of the cheetah’s wise words? Is it too late to save his friendship with Chip, Chum and Chester? Will they forgive him for his big-headedness and will they still like him, even though he is no longer the undefeated champion of the cheetah races? Read on to find out…
Chuck the Cheetah is a delightful story which explains the well-known adage, “Pride comes before a fall” in a refreshing way that is relatable and enjoyable for young readers. Chuck’s experience warns children of the danger of smugness and arrogance, teaches them about the nature of true friendship, and offers valuable lessons about the art of winning and losing graciously. Children will recognise the sense of competition amongst the cheetah friends and will be able to identify with the characters – whether they see themselves as Chuck, or as any of his cheetah friends.
The story contains many important messages for children. It teaches them that just because you are not the best, you are not any less lovable; it teaches them that life is not always about coming first; and it teaches them about true friendship – where we celebrate each other’s successes, stay humble and always congratulate each other for trying our best.

Available from Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B08P46JY3Q/ref=dbs_a_def_rwt_hsch_vapi_tkin_p1_i0