Articles for the Month of October 2019

Lights Out (Super Speed Sam Book 6) by Monty J. McClaine

When danger lurks in the kitchen superhero Sam saves the day.

In this special Super Speed Sam book mom is cooking the dinner and suddenly there’s a flash of lightning and the kitchen light goes out, the bulb has gone! Being a mom she tries to act cool so her children, little princess Molly, and her older brother Jack are not scared. Dad’s at work so she decides to change the bulb, even though she’s scared of electricity and heights!

Jack gets his torch and she climbs up, onto the kitchen table to change the bulb…

What happens next brings tears of worry to the eyes of Molly and Jack, however someone else is in the kitchen, and watching the proceedings, their Basset Hound Sam. Sam has secret abilities which he earnt one very special Christmas eve, but that’s another story, which fans like us of Super Speed Sam can read in Santa’s Rescue Dog (Super Speed Sam Book5).

Quickly sizing up the problem, and what he can do to help, Sam accesses which abilities he will need and in the twinkle of an eye he changes. In super speed mode he uses these abilities, then returning to his normal self, without the children even noticing. Then in his very special way indicates to his young master Jack what he must do next.

What follows are very important messages to children, about how to act, what to do in the case of an emergency, and also a little tip about safety.

My granddaughter and I love these books, we read one each time she visits. She loves them because they are brightly illustrated and we love dogs, and I love the messages the author manages to weave into the story, and the bond which Jack and Sam share, although some would say they are partners in crime.

 I highly recommend this book to all children who love animals, I am sure, that like us they will enjoy this, and the other Super Speed Sam adventures in this series.

About the Author:

Proud winner of the 7th Annual Beverly Hills Book Awards (2018) in the “Environment” category for The Rescue Elves – The Plastic Pollution Adventure.

Proud winner of the 5th Annual Beverly Hills Book Awards in the “Holiday” category for Super Speed Sam – Santa’s Rescue Dog.

I feel that some of the natural interactions between family and friends are gradually eroding, if not already completely worn away for some. And I was reminded of a C.S.Lewis quotation –

“A children’s story that can only be enjoyed by children is not a good children’s story in the slightest.”

It also feels like the simple joy of laughing or crying among family and friends is being replaced by beeps, bops and demands to ‘add new features’ or ‘why doesn’t this work?’ or ‘who’s hogging the Wi-Fi?’.

So I set out to create a fun and exciting series of children’s short stories, with lots of adventure and splashes of humor, all paced to hold children’s attention whether reading or listening… at least that’s my hope!

Stories that will delight both boys and girls, the young and old, and, of course, moms and dads! Tales that allow a return to simpler values, kid-like imagination for both children and adults and, I sincerely hope, bring families closer together.

Author’s Website http://superspeedsam.com/

About the Book:

Silly scrapes and childhood games are much of what Sam’s used to in the McClaine house. If he’s not saving Jack from himself or getting Molly out of a sticky situation, Sam enjoys daydreaming, eating treats, and lazing about. However, one stormy night changes everything for the McClaine’s–and the strength of our four-legged hero is put to the test!

When an ordinary evening turns into a dark and scary disaster, Sam transforms into his super-speedy form and learns a lot about safety in this spooky story. This time it’s Mom who’s in trouble when the lights go out and the suspense runs high! Stormy weather is no joke and there are a lot of ways to stay safe when things get dark and dangerous. Learn about the many ways you can stay safe at home during an emergency as you pal around in the dark with your favorite super-pup. When everything goes black and the world seems scary–Super Speed Sam is here to save the day!

Available from Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Lights-Out-Super-Speed-Book-ebook/dp/B01MXTNKFF/ref=cm_cr_srp_d_pdt_img_top?ie=UTF8

Capitalism for Democrats: Why The Country Needs It Now by Martin Lowy

Martin Lowy writes this informative book from a lifetimes experience as a lawyer. Banker, entrepreneur and writer. A lifelong centrist Democrat he asks his readers to take a little time out of their busy lives to consider what capitalism has achieved.

He then goes on to point out that capitalism works because it puts the control of the market into the hands of millions of people allowing them to make billions of decisions for the good of the people and economy, rather than entrusting that power to a few elites.

This book examines capitalism in depth. The author, using examples, graphs and references to three of his previous publications, explains the fundamentals of capitalism, and scrutinises it in detail. In doing so he looks at how capitalism affects and the lives of everyday people, its social impact through history, assesses its highs and lows, its global impact, equal opportunities, the free market and much more, and in doing so gives his readers all the information they require to make their own informed decision on the subject.

For me before reading this enlightening book the moral basis for choosing capitalism was simply because it puts the power into the hands of the ordinary people, however, reading this book I realised that this premise is naïve. Reading the author’s detailed examination of the subject, I finished his book feeling empowered by the knowledge of the subject gained from its pages.

At the end of the book, it is this paragraph which for me makes a very important and true point, ‘All human institutions are imperfect. The questions social scientists wrestle with are how to create institutions that work for large majorities of people to help them to live productive lives with respect and freedom from unwarranted intrusion. In creating such institutions, contradictions are inevitable. It is only through persistent good will that we can succeed in charting the best course through a changing world.’ In a nutshell, this is what capitalism aims to achieve.

This is an extremely educational and helpful book which clearly explains capitalism in an easy to understand format. Highly recommended.

About the Author:


Martin Lowy, a native New Yorker, was educated at Amherst College and Yale School, where he was managing editor of the Yale Law Journal.

He spent the first 20 years of his career as a corporate lawyer, practicing as a partner at Hughes Hubbard & Reed and Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher. His main fields of practice were banking a securities law, with an emphasis on regulated institutions. In addition to representing banks, mutual funds, a major accounting firm and a large auto company, Mr. Lowy represented the New York State Superintendent of Banks in problem bank situations and represented the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation in the liquidation of Franklin National Bank, at the time the largest bank failure in American history.

Mr. Lowy served on the staffs of several commissions to reform the banking laws in New York and nationally, and taught in the graduate banking program at Boston University Law School. He has served on the boards of directors of banks and corporations.

Mr. Lowy left the practice of law to become a senior bank executive. He served as vice chairman of a regional bank for three years.

After that tenure, the savings & loan debacle story attracted him. He found that the books being written on the subject were trying to sensationalize the story; the facts, he felt, were sensational enough. So he wrote High Rollers: Inside the S&L Debacle, a New York Times Notable Book of the Year in 1991. The U.S. Supreme Court cited High Rollers as the authority on the subject.

During the 1990s, Mr. Lowy founded a high-tech sports simulation company, which he ran for seven years, creating state-of-the-art games and making sales throughout the world.

Mr. Lowy’s books include the Practical Handbook for Bank Directors (published in 1995), an acclaimed “how-to” book that is used in over 200 bank boardrooms, Corporate Governance for Public Company Directors (published in 2003), and Think Better Golf (also published in 2003).

He took a few years off, having such a good time playing golf and enjoying the Florida sunshine that he wrote no books for five years. But at the end of 2008, the financial crisis subject grabbed him, and he dove into Debt Spiral: How Credit Failed Capitalism full-time, resolved to bring to the economic crisis of 2007-2009 the same professional and direct approach that he took successfully in High Rollers.

Published in October 2009, Debt Spiral is, Martin Lowy believes, an important book. It extracts from the Crisis the lesson that America and Americans rely too much on debt and that the Government’s various subsidies for debt are part of the problem. He intended to write a more historical history of the savings and loan debacle after Debt spiral.

But college classmates in the education field invited him to join them in a presentation on early education. He got hooked, and The Education Solution was the result. Published in March 2015, The Education Solution examines the causes of inequality and of the slowdown of economic growth in the U.S. He finds that the failure of young Americans, particularly men, to achieve high educational attainment are root causes. But quite naturally, there are causes that lie behind those failures, and it is those causes that The Education Solution seeks to attack.

Then in 2016, a friend challenged his knowledge of financial history. Marty found his knowledge lacking, so he set out to learn better what had made finance tick from World War II to the present. That study turned into Instability: The Fragility of Banks and What To Do About It, published in 2017. Policy makers have a lot of wrong ideas about banks and why they fail.

Still meaning to get back to the savings and loan story, Marty got sidetracked again by the question of whether capitalism is the best economic system for the United States. He concluded that it is but that many Americans, especially many Democrats, do not understand what capitalism is or how it works. That resulted in writing Capitalism for Democrats: Why The Country Needs It Now, published October 15, 2019.

The savings and loan story again is next, maybe in 2021.

Martin Lowy is neither a leftist nor a rightist; nor is he a wishy-washy centrist who advocates a little of this and little of that. He finds that both the left and the right have seriously flawed views of the economic world. His mission is to explain the economic world to the public so that they can see behind the various masks that ideologues adopt.

About the Book:

In 2020, Democrats will choose a candidate for President, who may or may not be in favor of maintaining the capitalist economic system in the U.S. Many people do not understand capitalism very well. It has been historically and can in the future be a force for good, promoting economic growth and better living standards. And it can be moral, as well. That good kind of capitalism relies on consumers, through the marketplace, to set prices and allocate resources.In order for consumers to do that, the system needs regulation to protect consumers and competition. And it needs to be accompanied by an adequate safety net for people who do not succeed and government guarantees of fundamental human needs, such as health care. Capitalism for Democrats explains how this good capitalism works, how different it is from some of the capitalism that we have now, and why it is morally superior to systems that rely on elites to set prices and allocate resources. This is a fairly short book that reviewers have said is “concise” “Plain English” and “enjoyable.” Almost all reviewers also have said that Capitalism for Democrats is not just for Democrats–it’s for all Americans and for anyone else who wants to see how a good capitalism works.

“This is a powerful and thought-provoking defense of an economic system that Lowy shows has brought healthy prosperity to the largest amount of people in history.”

Available from Amazon
https://www.amazon.com/Capitalism-Democrats-Why-Country-Needs/dp/1694514722/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=capitalism+for+democrats&qid=1571915934&sr=8-1

Bad Love Strikes by Kevin L. Schewe MD

An outstanding work of science fiction tantalisingly laced with fact.

This book is not only a wonderfully exciting science fiction story, it is an experience, which takes you back in time, with adventure, historically accurate facts, and probably most uniquely by the author suggesting sound tracks to listen to whilst reading it.

Set in 1974, it tells of the first adventure of the “Bad Love Gang,” a group of teenagers with the world at their feet, itching for adventure, and the author kindly invites you to join them for the duration of this story.

Back in October 1939, Albert Einstein had warned President Franklin D. Roosevelt, that Nazi Germany was trying to make an atomic bomb, and urged him to ensure that America made one first. Because of Einstein’s advice, but just in case this didn’t happen, the President decided to set in place a backup plan, and in 1942 he instructed Einstein to make a time machine, code named “White Hole Project.”

This project steeped in secrecy, is lost in time, lying quietly dormant, that is until one of the Bad Love Gangs summer jaunts leads them to discover it. The discovery and their resulting actions unleash a chain of events which changes them, and the lives of others in ways they could never have imagined…

The historical accuracy of this story makes it stand out above other science fiction stories, elevating it from great to outstanding in my opinion. The gang has a clear mission – to save the Jews and Gypsies at Chelmno extermination camp from the Holocaust. They use the machine to travel back thirty years to Chelmno in Poland, which was the first place that the Nazi’s gassed the Jews and Gypsies in their WWII genocide. In embracing the gang’s experiences, the reader, through the vividly descriptive writing of this talented author, is transported back through time, into WWII. As the story unravels and the tension mounts, our senses are aroused so much so that it is easy to imagine you are there, amongst the sights, sounds and horrors of this time. The question is, as the engines of the U.S. Air Force B-17 bomber, known as “The Phantom Fortress,” drone in your ears, as it flies its rescue mission over occupied territories, will you as a fly on the wall member of the gang succeed in your quest, and if you do, and you survive, will you all be able to return to 1974?

The Bad Love Gang is the author’s debut novel, it has an amazing storyline, which really draws the reader in, and listening to the sounds tracks suggested is something which I highly recommend. A real gem which stands out as a shining example of excellent storytelling.  I look really look forward to their next adventure.

About the Book:

In October 1939, Albert Einstein warns President Franklin D. Roosevelt that Nazi Germany is actively pursuing an atomic bomb and urges him to make sure that the United States develops the bomb first. Roosevelt heeds the warning and launches the “Manhattan Project” in June 1942. In October 1942, Roosevelt tells Einstein that prudence calls for the U.S. to have a back-up plan to the Manhattan Project in case Hitler gets the bomb first. Roosevelt commissions Einstein to secretly construct a usable time travel machine code-named the “White Hole Project.” In June 1974, an adventurous group of teenage friends, who call themselves the “Bad Love Gang,” discover a tunnel leading to the White Hole Project. They learn how to use the time machine and become the first known humans to travel back in time and return. Their mission is to save Jews and Gypsies from the Holocaust in November 1944 by using a U.S. Air Force B-17 bomber that was known as “The Phantom Fortress.” Adventurous and a very surprise ending!

Available from Amazon https://www.amazon.com/Bad-Love-Strikes-Kevin-Schewe/dp/1950895092/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=bad+love+strikes&qid=1571912057&sr=8-1

The Climate Change Adventure: Inform children about how disastrous climate change will be (Picture book) (The Rescue Elves Book 3) by Monty J. McClaine

A wonderful Relves adventure which explains climate change and its effects on our planet.

This is the third book in ‘The Rescue Elves’ series of children’s books. The Rescue Elves or ‘Relves’ have a very important job at one particular time of the year, Christmas. They are Santa’s Elves, and it is their job to ensure that Santa and his reindeer get their presents to the children of the world, however, to be fit enough for this once a year job, they are given special focused activities, in different parts of the world, throughout the year by Mrs. Claus.

The setting for this adventures activity is one of their favourite, Island Castle, which is set in the middle of a big lake. Relves Charlie, Jack, Sparkle and Holly are very excited, and are looking forward to catching up with friends who live in the lake. However, when they arrive they are greeted with a mystery, the lake water has disappeared, and not only that, but their friends lives are in danger! What could be the cause?

As parents, grandparents, and carers of the world, we have a duty to protect it for the generations who follow us. The dangers the world face through global warming are real to us, its wildlife and environments. Being very aware of this danger I was delighted to discover this book to read with my granddaughter who has just turned five. This Relves adventure in an engaging way clearly explains what global warming is, however importantly, this is not all, it also explains what we can all do to stop it.

Educating our children through wonderful story books like this, which explain very simply the effects that everyday things have on the planet, and how the introduction of new technology can reduce the carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, is vital for the future of our planet, and everyone and thing which lives on it. I highly recommend this to families who wish to educate their children on the importance of environmental awareness.

About the Author:

Proud winner of the 7th Annual Beverly Hills Book Awards (2018) in the “Environment” category for The Rescue Elves – The Plastic Pollution Adventure.

Proud winner of the 5th Annual Beverly Hills Book Awards in the “Holiday” category for Super Speed Sam – Santa’s Rescue Dog.

I feel that some of the natural interactions between family and friends are gradually eroding, if not already completely worn away for some. And I was reminded of a C.S.Lewis quotation –

“A children’s story that can only be enjoyed by children is not a good children’s story in the slightest.”

It also feels like the simple joy of laughing or crying among family and friends is being replaced by beeps, bops and demands to ‘add new features’ or ‘why doesn’t this work?’ or ‘who’s hogging the Wi-Fi?’.

So I set out to create a fun and exciting series of children’s short stories, with lots of adventure and splashes of humor, all paced to hold children’s attention whether reading or listening… at least that’s my hope!

Stories that will delight both boys and girls, the young and old, and, of course, moms and dads! Tales that allow a return to simpler values, kid-like imagination for both children and adults and, I sincerely hope, bring families closer together.

Author’s Website: http://relves.com/

About the Book:

The Relves were very excited today because their rescue mission was taking them to one of their favorite places in the world – the old ruins of the Island Castle. There they would meet up with their young fish friends, who they hadn’t seen in a long, long, time.

“This is going to be such a treat,” Sparkle said with a smile. Holly nodded. “Yeah, I love all the rich, green grass where the old castle sits!” Jack eagerly added, “And the clear blue water of the lake around it all,” as Charlie grinned in agreement.

The Relves had all the special equipment they needed that day. A mountain rescue rope, hard hats so they would not hurt their heads, and sturdy climbing boots.

But, as they got closer to the castle ruins, they could not believe their eyes. What once was an old broken-down castle on a small island in the middle of a gentle lake, was now a towering castle, that sat on what looked like a mountain. And the lake had all but disappeared, except for a few large puddles that looked like they were moving by themselves.

Available from Amazon https://www.amazon.com/Climate-Change-Adventure-children-disastrous-ebook/dp/B07YTS9GXJ/ref=cm_cr_srp_d_pdt_img_top?ie=UTF8

I Believe: It Is Ok to Be Afraid and Talk About My Fears, Just Like Sparky, the Amazing Dog by Suzanne Mondoux

 

 

In this interactive children’s book Sparky the little dog learns to overcome his fears.

In this inspirational story two horses, Carlo and Teddy, are yet again on their adventures when they hear whimpering. Being inquisitive they decide to investigate, and discover a little black dog, hiding, head in paws.

The little dog is scared, and so being caring souls they suggest that he should come with them so he is not alone and afraid anymore. Eagerly he joins them on their journey and is happy when they suggest the name Sparky for him.

Teddy explains to Sparky that although he is scared, he has in fact already taken his first brave step by lifting his head from his paws and talking to them. Teddy believes that he knows just the place where Sparky will be at home, loved and encouraged to overcome his fears by the children and animals who live there.

After hearing about this amazing place Sparky is keen to go there, and when they arrive Sparky is immediately made to feel safe, at home and loved by everyone there.

In this ‘I Believe’ book, through interactive drawing and positive affirmations children discover that although facing their fears is scary at first, if they can take the step to bravely talk them over, they will be able to overcome them.

At the special place Sparky is invited to, and in the book, the author invites her readers to write for 30 days about the fears they have, and things which they can do to overcome them, and then also each day they are encouraged to think what they can do to help animals.

The author, Suzanne Mondoux is an explorer, environmental professional and author, and her love for animals and her dedication to being a voice for them shines through in this wonderful series of incredibly motivational children’s books.

About the Author:

Suzanne Mondoux: A Voice For Animals

Explorer, Environmental Professional, Author.

French Canadian-born author and environmentally-conscious mining manager Suzanne Mondoux is dedicated to the protection of wildlife and the environment. “I am passionate about the well-being of animals.” In the Republic of Congo she wrote about her work with elephants. “The title of my first book ‘How I Became a Dragon’ refers to the tusks of elephants killed for the ivory that arrives in China, where the dragon is synonymous with Chinese culture.”

Mondoux wrote her second novel while working the Rep of Guinea –

Her second novel ‘Tragedy of the Moth’. Since then she has published The Adventures of Anuk: the first leap, and Anuk: book of words, and children series colouring and activity books (10) – I Believe series. She continues to work in Africa doing Biodiversity work.

About the Book:

The series I Believe is a journey of discovery and gratitude with amazing animal beings. 1. I Believe: I Am Courageous and an Explorer, Just Like Carlo and Teddy, Two Amazing Horses. 2. I Believe: I Am a Great Reader and Writer, Just Like Jojo, the Talented Horse. 3. I Believe: I Can Learn to Draw and Paint, Just Like Sara, the Golden Mare. 4. I Believe: It Is Okay to Be Afraid and Talk about My Fears, Just Like Sparky, the Amazing Dog. 5. I Believe: I Can Learn Something New, Just Like Cody, The Best Dog Swimmer. 6. I Believe: It Is Easy to Be Kind and Good to One Another and to Animals, Just Like Baxter, the Magnificent Dog. 7. I Believe: I Have Confidence in Myself, Just Like Rocky, the Musical Dog. 8. I Believe: I Can Find Solutions to Any Challenge or Adversity, Just Like Max, the Cat. 9. I Believe: It Is Fun Discovering the World Around Me, Just Like Sara, Carlo, and Teddy, the Curious Horses. 10. I Believe: I Can Be Thankful and Grateful Every Day for One Thing in My Life, Just Like Carlo and Teddy and All Their Friends at the Ranch. Suzanne Mondoux—A Voice for Animals (http://suzannemondoux.com). Suzanne Mondoux is the author of the series The Adventures of Anuk: The First Leap, an ecological story of a young girl on a quest to save the world.

 

I Believe: It Is Ok to Be Afraid and Talk About My Fears, Just Like Sparky, the Amazing Dog is available from

Balbao Press https://www.balboapress.com/en/bookstore/bookdetails/792847-i-believe

Amazon https://www.amazon.com/Believe-Afraid-About-Sparky-Amazing/dp/1982222778/ref=sr_1_2?qid=1570097670&refinements=p_27%3ASuzanne+Mondoux&s=books&sr=1-2&text=Suzanne+Mondoux 

Barnes & Noble https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/i-believe-suzanne-mondoux/1131671343?ean=9781982222772