Articles for the Month of November 2019

I Believe: I Can Learn Something New, Just Like Cody, the Best Dog Swimmer by Suzanne Mondoux

A wonderfully interactive children’s book inspiring self-confidence.

In this wonderful interactive children’s book, the two horses Carlo and Teddy are yet again on their adventures, this time they arrive at the sea. There they meet a very friendly tiny grey dog called Cody, he just loves to play in the waves and swim.

He asks Carlo and Teddy to swim with him, but the horses have to admit that they don’t know how. Undaunted, Cody offers to teach them, and he also explains the 6 very important rules of safety when swimming.

Under Cody’s tuition the horses are soon having a wonderful time, and swimming confidently. Afterwards they are happy to be invited to Cody’s home for dinner. Whilst they are there the new friends discuss all the wonderful things they would like to learn to do, and decide to make lists of what they are, and what they will have to do to achieve them.

Throughout the preceding pages there are lots of pictures to colour in, and now the book becomes even more interactive when the author encourages her reader to write down for 30 days the things which interest them, and also the steps they need to take to make the learning possible. Being an animal lover and advocate Suzanne Mondoux then goes on to invite her readers to also find the name of an animal who lives in the sea, find out about it, and then draw a picture of it too.

My granddaughter and I are really enjoying this ‘I Believe’ series. Natalie loves colouring the books in and the excitement of dreaming of things she would like to do, and I love the messages they convey, and their ability to encourage self-confidence.

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.

). 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.

Available from:

Balboa Press https://www.balboapress.com/en/bookstore/bookdetails/792848-i-believe

Amazon https://www.amazon.com/Believe-Learn-Something-Just-Swimmer/dp/1982222662/ref=sr_1_6?qid=1574937024&refinements=p_27%3ASuzanne+Mondoux&s=books&sr=1-6&text=Suzanne+Mondoux

The Liberal Record: Everything You Need to Know by Marcelo Brazzi

Your party, your vote, be informed!

“This book explores the history and differences between political parties,” the author Marcelo Brazzi summarises in his prologue. Then this “card-carrying independent,” a well-travelled man, who holds a master’s degree in systems engineering, and who has accomplished so much in his careers as a spacecraft engineer on NASA’s Apollo program, and a computer science instructor at California State University, goes on to share with his readers a wealth of well researched information, which, when studied, enables them to come to a cognizant conclusion.

To understand the two major parties better, Marcelo Brazzi takes his reader back through history, reflecting on their past performances. These studies allow us to understand fully how the parties have evolved throughout the years, and examines their instigation, and implementation of various important political decisions which have been made, on subjects such as the vote for women, slavery, gun laws and workers’ rights.

It was also very interesting to see how the various forms of media, with politics, like other things, have used their ability and power to influence the public. The media have the ability to manipulate the facts either way, and in return affect the bias, resulting in a remarkable influence on peoples decisions on which way to vote in an election, and an impact on the economy.

Other important issues which are considered are the environmental impacts caused by our actions, and the increase in population growth, both of which are hot topics at the moment. These two subjects which are intertwined, are having an incredible influence on the future of our planet, and the political decisions we make today will affect the health not only of our planet, but everyone on it. It is vitally important to take ownership of the problems we have caused, and the duty of those in power to ensure that changes are made not only for our generation, but for those to come, and indeed for this planets long-term survival.

In summary, this book offers the reader a comprehensive insight into the two major parties. The author explains clearly, throughout the book, and also in the Appendix, in various ways such as graphs, charts, tables, quotes, and references, how these parties have evolved and work. Highly recommended for readers who have a sincere interest in politics.

About the Author:

Marcelo Brazzi was a spacecraft engineer on NASA’s Apollo program and a computer science instructor at California State University. He holds a master’s degree in systems engineering from the University of California and has traveled extensively through Europe, Asia, Africa, and South America. Among his accomplishments are ascending Mount Kilimanjaro and Mount Everest and photographing total solar eclipses around the world. Living on the beach in Southern California, he is involved in managing his real estate investments, writing, and spending time with his grown children and his grandsons.

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

About the Book:

“A must-read, highly informative book. Marcelo Brazzi presents his ideas in a way that is both interesting and informative. The book is well researched and presents an overview of the track record of the two major parties. 5 stars” (Maria Beltran, Readers’ Favorite). Over the past few decades, the country has become highly divided politically. In the course of reporting current events, the concepts of conservative and liberal have become grossly distorted. At the top of a political agenda is the demonization of the opposition party. The true accomplishments and values have been suppressed. If this is not corrected, government will continue toward an abyss of dysfunction, disunity, and dissension. It is paramount that the US electorate is accurately and fully informed regarding the record of liberals and conservatives, hence this book. The author was a spacecraft engineer on NASA’s Apollo program and a computer science instructor at California State University. He holds a master’s degree in systems engineering from the University of California and has traveled extensively through Europe, Asia, Africa, and South America. Among his accomplishments are ascending Mount Kilimanjaro and Mount Everest and photographing total solar eclipses around the world. Living on the beach in Southern California, he is involved in managing his real estate investments, writing, and spending time with his grown children and his grandsons. http://cyberia-quest.net/BucketList2017/BUCKET-LIST2017.htm

Available from Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Liberal-Record-Everything-need-know/dp/1796035149/ref=cm_cr_arp_d_pdt_img_top?ie=UTF8

Dynomike: Pay It Forward: (Children’s Book on Being Kind) by Frankie B. Rabbit

Dynomike shows children why paying it forward is a good thing to do!

The message Dynomike is spreading in this bright and engaging children’s book is that it’s good to help others, not for reward, just to be a friend to someone in need.

When Dynomike goes to get some of his favourite strawberry pickles he is disappointed that the shop keeper Robyn has run out. However, being nice, Dynomike doesn’t let this setback ruin his day, instead, when he spies his friend Spunky having trouble, quick as a flash he’s to his aid. What does he want in return? Nothing! “Just pay it forward. Help someone today,” is his reply.

Well Spunky follows Dynomike’s advice and throughout the day the help is paid forward. All the small gestures mean a lot to the recipients, and just take a little time and consideration. What’s more, at the end of the book the young reader discovers that sometimes, small random acts of kindness can reap wonderful rewards!

My granddaughter loved me reading this colourful book to her, she adores Dynomike and all his friends, so of course, we download each book as soon as it is released.

As a mother and grandmother it is nice to have found a series of children’s books which are suitable for young children, and are also colourful and engaging for them. Most importantly, I can always be assured that each one will cleverly lead her train of thought towards being a nicer person as she grows up, and that it will encourage her to have compassion, and understanding, to others.

About the Author:

Frankie B. Rabbit is the creator of Dynomike. He was born and raised in New Jersey where he spent most of his time creating rap music. Frankie grew past rap music so he decided to write children’s books as a new hobby. He then started “DYNOMIKE” – a children’s book series with fun rhymes, vibrant illustrations, memorable characters, and stories to help kids learn life lessons while enjoying our fun stories.

We hope you enjoy the books as much as we did to create them!

About the Book:

Dynomike wants some strawberry pickles, but the store is fresh out! Luckily, his trip is not a total waste. He is in just the right place to help his friend Spunky catch his runaway banana cart. Expecting nothing in return, this kind gesture starts a chain reaction of good deeds.

In Dynomike: Pay It Forward, follow Dynomike and his friends through their neighborhood as they use their hands, head, and heart in simple ways to pay it forward and brighten other’s lives.

Available from Amazon https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B081273XDJ/ref=dbs_a_def_rwt_hsch_vapi_tkin_p1_i0

Gunfight in Abilene by Joe Corso

The Calico Kid seeks revenge!

Joe Corso has written many great books and this new western which continues the adventures of The Calico Kid, now Sheriff Cal Rhymes of Cheyenne, is a must read for all wild west fans.

The book opens with a solemn notification in the Cheyenne Leader that a ranch has been plundered and the pregnant wife of the owner attacked and killed. The owner is none other than Cal, called away on business he is in Laramie, however as soon as he receives the editor’s telegraph he heads home – one thought in his head, kill the men who killed his wife and stole his happiness.

Hardly glancing at the trail riders he passes on his way to Cheyenne, he is soon to learn that they were in fact the murderers. Leaving Cheyenne with his deputy and friend Spud it’s not long however  before they are hot on their trail and Cal has the opportunity to start gaining his revenge, discovering not only the names and descriptions of the culprits but also their destination, Abilene. But why Abilene?

The trail travellers and residents of the towns they pass through recognise The Calico Kid, and uneasily he faces the twin evils of being revered as a peacekeeper, but also being the target of every gunslinger, finding himself challenged to duels by those who cannot resist the chance that they might win.

As their journey progresses they join a family wagon through Indian territory their beautiful daughter Loretta is smitten with him, however, revenge is paramount in Cal’s mind, nothing can distract him from his mission…

Why Abilene? Well these men are not just killers, they have other cards at play and it is the task of Cal, Spud, the sheriff of Abilene – Wild Bill Hickock, Jesse James, and their followers to ensure that the law is upheld and the guilty brought to justice – but what a challenge!

This story has it all, gunfights, outlaws, Indians, settlers and even romance, and with plenty of excitement throughout I am sure that this story will enthral all Wild West fans.

About the Author:

I Grew up in Queens, New York. I’m a Korea Veteran and I retired from the FDNY. I started writing late in life hoping to help my grandchildren pay for their college education. I found that I could write a good story which resulted in 33 books and 38 awards and a multiple top 100 author.

AWARDS

The STARLIGHT CLUB
1 SILVER in the 2012 eLit contest in the ‘TRUE CRIME’ category’.
2 HONORABLE MENTION in the 2013 Reader’s Favorite ‘HISTORICAL FICTION’ category’.
3 IPPY award FINALIST in 2014.
4 GOLD SEAL MONTAINGE MEDAL FINALIST in 2014 ERIC HOFFER BOOK CONTEST.
5 FINALIST in the 2014 (NIEA) National Indie Excellence Awards-CRIME-FICTION Category
6 BRONZE on August 25, 2014 in the CIPA HISTORICAL FICTION category.
7 FINALIST in the 2015 USA Regional Excellence Book awards.
8 Included in Shelf Unbound’s 100 best Indie Books of 2015 as a NOTABLE INDIE
9 FINALIST in the 2015 USA REBA NORTHEAST Regional Contest Fiction Category
10 HONORABLE MENTION in Library Thing 2013 Book Contest.
11 2019 INDEPENDENT PRESS AWARD DISTINGUISHED FAVORITE in the Crime Fiction Category.

THE STARLIGHT CLUB 2
12 2015 BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR SO FAR

THE LONE JACK KID
13 FINALIST in the 2013 READER’S FAVORITE in the ‘WESTERN’ category.
14 FINALIST in the 2014 LARAMIE AWARDS

THE LONE JACK KID: THE RETURN
15 TRUEWEST MAGAZINE – Best of the West 2016: Western Books – Self Published Category

THE REVENGE OF JOHN W.
16 2nd place Winner in the 2015, 21st Annual C.I.P.A. E.V.V.Y. Book awards in the FICTION/WESTERN Category.

FIRE: BOX 598′ (Short Story)
17 BRONZE in the 2013 Readers Favorite contest – ‘HISTORICAL NON FICTION’ category.

‘ENGINE 24: FIRE STORIES 1, 2, 3’
18 1 BRONZE-FIRE STORIES: BOX 598!
19 SILVER-in the 2015 eLit contest in the ‘ESSAY/CREATIVE NON-FICTION category.
20 FINALIST-Chanticleer 2016 Book Contest in the Short Story Category.
21 FINALIST 2017 Book of the Year Award in the GENERAL NON-FICTION Category.
22 HONORABLE MENTION-ENGINE 24 FIRE STORIES 1, 2, 3 2016 CHANTICLEER OVERALL BEST SHORT STORY/NOVELETTE

LAFITTE’S TREASURE
23 GOLD in the 2015 eLit contest in the HISTORICAL FICTION category.
24 2015 BOOK COVER was a DaVINCI FINALIST in the ERIC HOFFER BOOK CONTEST.
25 2015 BOOK was awarded Da VINCI EYE FINALIST in the ERIC HOFFER BOOK CONTEST
5 STAR REVIEW by READER’S FAVORITE in May 2015
26 2015 BEST COVER AWARD by BooksGoSocial.com. Was awarded a cash prize by Lawrence O’Brian of Dublan, Ireland. Voting performed by the public and judges.
27 3RD PLACE WINNER in the 2015, 21st annual C.I.P.A. E.V.V.Y. BOOK AWARDS in the FICTION/HISTORICAL category.
28 2015 Chanticlear BOOK AWARDS CLUE FINALIST for Thriller/Suspense
29 2016 GOETHE FINALIST – Post 1750 HISTORICAL FICTION

TOMMY TOPPER AND THE PIXIE PRINCESS
30 FINALIST at the 2015 READER’S FAVORITE AWARD CEREMONY held in Miami.
(5 STAR REVIEW by READER’S FAVORITE.)
31 FINALIST in the 2017 IAN Book of the Year Award in the CHILDREN’S FICTION Category

THE OLD MAN AND THE KING:
32 GOLDEN EARPHONES AWARD WINNER – by Joe Corso | Read by Al Benelli
Mystery & Suspense * 5.75 hrs. * Unabridged * © 2013
This entertaining thriller features an improbable hero, Lom, a 72-year-old Korean war veteran who’s still a crack shot. He quickly sets out to save Toby, the king of a fictitious country who’s hiding out in Lom’s favorite diner after dodging an attempted assassination on a New York City street. Narrator Al Benelli portrays the male characters in this slightly wacky story with verve and a spirit of adventure. He sets the stage for Lom’s adventures with a fluid delivery and excellent pacing. Further, his interpretations intensify the political machinations and international chicanery in the king’s fictitious country. He intensifies the brutality of the mobster and his hired killers and sounds fittingly concerned as Lom’s girlfriend, Martha. Overall, Benelli presents a completely entertaining audio. S.C.A. Winner of AudioFile Golden Earphones Award © AudioFile 2015, Portland, Maine [Published: SEPTEMBER 2015]
33 Finalist in the 2017 Readers Favorite contest

THE TIME TRAVELER
34 FINALIST in the 2016 Readers Favorite Book Contest
35 FINALIST in the 2016 BOOK EXCELLENCE AWARD CONTEST Science Fiction Category

5 STAR READER’S FAVORITE REVIEW
Portion of Rabia Tanveer’s December 2015 Reader’s Favorite “Time Traveler” review follows)
“I have to admit, I was a little skeptical about this novel. However, I could not help myself, I had to read it. I’ve heard great things about Joe Corso and the way he writes, so I thought this would be the perfect time to start a novel and see what he’s got. And you know what? I was so into this story that I did not even realize that I was almost halfway done. It was interesting and very refreshing. It was so good that I started to re-read it immediately after I finished it. Huge thumbs up for Mr. Corso for writing such a great story.”
36 The Time Traveler was selected as Many Book’s April Book of the Month under the Sci-Fi genre.

SHOOTOUT IN CHEYENNE
37 2016 BOOK EXCELLENCE AWARD WINNER in the WESTERN CATEGORY
38 2017 TRUE WEST BEST OF THE WEST – SELF PUBLISHED & SMALL PRESS WESTERN BOOKS CATEGORY

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