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HUSH MONEY: How One Woman Proved Systemic Racism in her Workplace and Kept her Job by Jacquie Abram

A revealing and eye-opening exposé of how racial prejudice still exists in the workplace.

Well readers, the author of this incredible work of fiction reveals that despite the years of campaigning against racial discrimination, racial prejudice sadly still exists in the workplace. The story which follows is inspirational, a tale of strength, integrity and determination.

The protagonist, Ebony, had a lot on her plate, going through a divorce, and a mother, she is living with her adopted mother, Babette,and battling against the odds, when her luck changes. A career opportunity arises, and although temporary at first, the true skills of this young woman of colour are very soon appreciated, and she becomes a rising star at the Daebrun Career Institute. However, as we are to discover soon things change, along with jealousy, the ugly head of systemic racial prejudice arises…

The story which follows tells of the horrific and cruel racial discrimination which the protagonist endures in the various jobs she undertook at the Daebrun Career Institute. These injustices were carried out by work colleagues, and her superiors. She endured terrible treatment which left her feeling worthless and degraded. However, whilst her eyes shed tears, and her heart broke, she, with the guidance of her mother found strength through God and Jesus, learning not to fight evil with evil, but to trust in her faith.

Yet, this clever woman who gave so much to her career also documented every indiscretion and false accusation, giving her solid references, something she needed countless times.

Despite the discrimination against her she used her wit and intelligence to reveal the perpetrators, and false accusations, and despite everything rose through the company to dizzy heights. However, she needed her strength for her personal life too, as whilst her career was sometimes in turmoil, she also had heart-breaking personal tragedy to deal with,

This work of fiction is truly one of fortitude, determination, and courage, from which we can learn that anything is possible, with faith. It sends a clear message to rise against racial discrimination, and reveals that with honour, and detailed notations, justice can prevail.

In the character Ebony, the author Jacquie Abram reveals some of her struggles as a single mother, facing prejudice, and it is just this element of reality which makes “Hush Money” such an unforgettable, and inspirational story!

About the Author:

Jacquie Abram is an author, a single mother of two, a victim of racial discrimination, and an antiracism consultant who draws upon her experiences, and the experiences of her daughters and others, to add depth to her writing. She began her journey as a writer after her own experiences with racism in the workplace nearly broke her, she watched her daughters suffering the same fate, and the brutal murder of George Floyd left her traumatized. As conversations about systemic racism and anti-Blackness swept the nation, Abram picked up her pen to add to the conversation in a positive, creative way.

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Deborah Striking (Book of Deborah 4) by Avraham Azrieli

Destiny Fulfilled

The ‘Deborah’ series tells the incredible story of a young girl in Old Testament times. A girl who, against all odds, grew with courage, and through her faith in Yahweh, to became the first female prophet, and a great military leader.

We have, through previous books in the series, seen the young girl flee her village in fear of her life. Watched her struggles, then borne witness to her strength, both physically and mentally, as she transforms herself into a boy called ‘Borah.’ Why? Simply because in those times the role of a female, was very different than it is today. A subservient obedient girl could never fulfil her father’s prediction that she would become a great prophet, and preach to her people from beneath the palm tree at the family home ‘Palm Homestead.’

Deborah/Borah had absolute faith that this was her destiny, she didn’t know how it would happen, but she ‘believed’ unswervingly that it would. All the decisions she made, and deeds she accomplished were carried out with that conviction, fortified with the wisdom and visions she received from Yahweh’s word, as he came to her in the guise of an eagle.

Now, in ‘Deborah Striking,’ Deborah can no longer masquerade. The mantle of Borah is discarded. Here we see the warrior, intent on claiming her birth right in the name of Yahweh. Her lifetime of good deeds and sound judgements are repaid many fold. Her reputation has spread widely. Now, comes the climax of the story, and readers are in for a real treat as, with her supporters around her, she fulfils her destiny, truly becoming the incredible prophet we read of in the scriptures.

Avraham Azrieli, has, through this absorbing series brought alive for modern readers the life of this amazing prophet, and in doing so, he also gives us glimpses into what life was really like in Old Testament times. I highly recommend this book to lovers of biblical stories and historical fiction.

About the Author:


Avraham Azrieli is the author of books and screenplays. His first novel was The Masada Complex (a political thriller), followed by Israeli spy novels The Jerusalem Inception and The Jerusalem Assassin, as well as Christmas for Joshua (an interfaith family drama), The Mormon Candidate (a political thriller), Thump (a courtroom drama featuring sexual harassment and racism), and The Bootstrap Ultimatum (a mystery involving the commercialization of Memorial Day). Most recently, he has written a series of novels inspired by the true story of the first woman to lead a nation in human history, starting with Deborah Rising (HarperCollins 2016), and continuing with Deborah Calling, Deborah Slaying and Deborah Striking. Beside fiction, he has also authored Your Lawyer on a Short Leash – a guide to dealing with lawyers and One Step Ahead – A Mother of Seven Escaping Hitler’s Claws (an acclaimed WWII true story, which inspired the musical By Wheel and by Wing). To learn more, visit www.AzrieliBooks.com

About the Book:

This 4th novel in the Book of Deborah Series follows the best selling Deborah Rising (HarperCollins, 2016) in a tale of danger, myth, intrigue, and daring – the dramatic rise of the first woman to lead a nation in recorded human history. “A captivating read from the opening shock of a stoning to the cliffhanger conclusion, Deborah Rising provides action-packed adventure!” Historical Novels Review. “Stunning … an epic journey that no reader could guess. It’s unlike anything I have read.” Urban Lit Magazine. “The story of this young woman has moved me emotionally, spiritually, and has inspired me.” Hollywood Book Reviews. “Deborah Rising is a perfect read for history enthusiasts. Riveting!” The US Review of Books. “Deborah, for all the tragedies she has endured, continues, never losing faith. A seductive saga, peopled with a fascinating array of characters.” Bookpleasures. “This enthralling story gives the reader an amazing insight into what life was really like for women at a fascinating time in history. Absolutely absorbing!” The English Informer. ” Believable and engrossing.” Pacific Book Review. “Rich descriptions and engaging dialogue bring the story of Deborah to life … her struggles will no doubt resonate with today’s readers.” Oak Tree Reviews. “A strong female protagonist that is hard to come by.” Seattle Book Review. “No story has ever hooked me right at the beginning quite like this one … entertaining, suspenseful, and heart wrenching – definitely a five-star page-turner!” The Reader Views. “A superior, heart-pounding and inspirational read … vivid descriptions, intriguing twists. Readers are in for a real treat!” Midwest Book Review. “Deborah is strong, and her story is a compelling one. Azrieli does a masterful job.” San Francisco Book Review. “Deborah Rising powerfully depicts the political, religious, and cultural landscapes – Azrieli has a powerful gift for plot and character and for making history come alive. A masterpiece!” Manhattan Book Review.

Available from Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Deborah-Striking-Avraham-Azrieli/dp/1953648096/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1615202416&sr=8-1

MEMORIES LIVE HERE (a Novel) by Marc Sheinbaum

An incredibly clever blend of mystery and techno-thriller.

This extraordinary work of fiction cleverly blends intrigue, mystery, and techno-thriller, leaving its readers pondering on the future of mankind, the kinds of technology it may produce, and their uses. 

The story has three protagonists, and they are brothers. Josh, is a brilliant academic, a hermit geek who is leading a revolutionary secret AI project “CHERL” (Computerised Human Experience as Real Life,) which aims to bring back historical leaders to aid in modern decision making.  Louie is all about appearance and trappings. He is an investment banker who lives in a high powered world, the proverbial swan serenely floating above water, whilst paddling like fury underneath. And then there is Donny, who was destined to become a star athlete, however life doesn’t work like that, instead he’s a twice divorced, fifty-two-year old programmer.

When their eighty-seven year old mother Ruth dies, it is Louie and Donny whose job it is to arrange the funeral, and closure of her life. Where is Josh? Well he has missed the whole thing, his important project is nearing completion, his bosses are demanding, and as many people are, he is too preoccupied in his life to even think of others, let alone pick up the phone when it rings.

Like most families there are skeletons in the cupboard, and during the house clearance Donny reflects on his obsession that their fathers death 30 years previously was suspicious, but how do you find the truth when everyone who was involved is now dead?

So many questions, yet even more disaster is set to throw the brothers personal lives and careers into turmoil. With their worlds set to implode, will the appearance of their mother’s secret diaries provide the answers?

This modern day world is steeped in technology. Everyone has become insular, with the pressures of modern day life, keeping up with the Joneses, and “having all the trappings of success” becoming all consuming. This thought-provoking story looks at humans as a race, delving into the frailties of our species, those things which make us human, and asks the question “Is there is a place for technology like CHERL in our future?”

This is such a clever story, not only will it keep its readers on the edge of their seats from the very first page, but at the end it will leave them reflective, and wanting to know more… Highly recommended!

About the Author:

Marc Sheinbaum grew up in Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn. After attending SUNY Albany and NYU, he worked as an executive for over thirty-five years, mostly within large corporations, including American Express, GE Capital and JP Morgan Chase. Now retired, Marc spends his time writing and serving on public and non-profit boards. He and his wife, Hildy, split their time between Westchester County and Westport.

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

About the Book:

What if you could talk to people from the past?
Lincoln. Churchill. Gandhi.
Your dead mother.

Josh Brodsky is at the top of his game. At his new Silicon Valley job, he’s on the verge of an invention that uses artificial intelligence to bring back the greatest leaders in history. But his top-secret code becomes encrypted by a devastating ransomware attack—was the malware planted by Josh’s troubled brother Donny? When the brothers uncover their dead mother’s diaries, the family careens toward a rendezvous with A.I. to discover the truth behind their father’s mysterious death thirty years ago, and the stunning secret their mother carried to her grave. Set in the near future, Memories Live Here is a provocative technothriller about artificial intelligence and a moving family drama about three brothers haunted by the past.

Memories Live Here is available fromm Amazon in Kindle and Paperback https://www.amazon.com/Memories-Live-Here-Marc-Sheinbaum/dp/B08VLZ3NNS/ref=sr_1_2?crid=1UURF8GVMWCS2&dchild=1&keywords=memories+live+here&qid=1614249786&sprefix=Memories+li%2Caps%2C270&sr=8-2

Pieces of Wood by Kenneth James Moore

A superb thriller grounded in fact. Highly Recommended!

This book took me back to my childhood and my father reading extracts of the atrocities carried out by the Nazi against the Jews in the WWII concentration camps. These terrible things are well documented, held up as they should be as an example to the world of the terrible injustices suffered by helpless people at the command of a cruel dictator. Yet, in the first few pages of this book I discovered another, unknown, yet horrific act of evil which was carried out in the Mariana Archipelago. There five-thousand women and young boys were brought to be burnt alive in the Shinagawa Manufacturing company’s ovens, built on site by The Imperial Japanese Army.

It was July 4th 1944 when the then 27 year-old Marine Corps Captain Frank Clifford smelt gaseous fumes and went to investigate….What he saw that day was to live with him for the rest of his life, and his actions that day were set to have a marked effect on the lives of those involved, their offspring, and impacted on the lives of many, decades later.

Whilst Hitler’s aim was land acquisition, the Japanese wanted to rid the world of everyone who wasn’t Japanese, and see Emperor Hirohito and his heirs seated on the Throne of the Chrysanthemum, as rulers of the world! The Japanese scientists had been working germ warfare for years, and Dr. General Ishii Shiro was already experimenting, using prisoners as Guinea pigs…

However, this was years ago. This story is set in1978 Chicago, where the FBI’s first female Special Agent, Michaelene (Mike) Westgate has been called to investigate a series of killings.

As the death toll rises, the public are getting scared. Michaelene and fellow agent Steve Donaldson are desperate for answers. When ‘their own’ begin to be targets they suddenly realise that there may be more than one killer, a scorpion and a frog. If this is the case, what is the link between them, and what is their motive?

As the plot thickens in this incredibly clever thriller, the reader finds themselves learning fascinating snippets about Japanese history, as they are drawn into the warped psyche of two men, linked, and driven by powerful beliefs.

The author of this book is a very successful businessman and investment banker who established The Moore Financial Group, which he sold aged 45 years. He went on to fulfil his life-long passion which is to bring closure to the families of America’s MIA. His non-profit organisation Moore’s Marauders continue on their global mission to locate the remains of America’s fallen.

This book is not only a great thriller, it is also, and I think more importantly, a story which should be told. At the end of the book there are graphic photos, information, and statements about the ovens. The author was once asked: “Why am I the one person in the world best suited to tell this story? He said, the answer is easy. Simply because in June of 1998, I was perhaps, the only living being to unwittingly crawl into the human incinerators featured in this novel since they were last in use on July 3rd, 1945.” What more powerful reason could there be?

I thank God that there are people like the author, people who are brave enough to speak for those who no longer can, like the poor victims, the Japanese cruelly called “Pieces of Wood.”

About the Author:

Ken received a Bachelor’s of Science in political science from Arizona State University then continued his studies in international relations as a graduate student at Georgetown University. Following an internship with the National Security Agency, he was hired at Beverly Hills Securities in Beverly Hills, California, leading to a post as an international investment banker. Thereafter, and over the course of the next decade and a half, Ken owned and operated his own firm, THE MOORE FINANCIAL GROUP. He successfully sold it at age 45. With that Ken now sought to fulfill his life-long passion of bringing closure to the families of America’s MIA’s, the brave men and women who fought and died to preserve our nation whose remains still linger on yesterday’s battlefields. To accomplish the objective, he designed and headed a 501C-3 non-profit organization known affectionately as Moore’s Marauders. From all around the world volunteers stepped forward setting forth on a global mission to locate the remains of America’s fallen. Married to the love of his life now for 40 years, at age 71, Ken and Patti live in Scottsdale Arizona, where he as the “First Marauder,” continues to write, seeking to tell the tales of the unparalleled bravery and determination of his teams of volunteers and the heroes they sought.

Author’s Website:https://kennethjamesmoore.com/

About the Book:

On Pieces of Wood

Bill Thompson, New York based editor for Stephen King and John Grisham, offered this:
“Ken, You know how to tell a hell of a good story! Pieces of Wood is a fascinating read! You did a great research job. This novel combines historical background, interesting characters and exciting action. I was particularly riveted by the final 70 or so pages. Top marks, Ken.”

Britt Pfluger, a London-based literary scout since 1991, provided the following:
“I believe the main premise of your novel has huge potential, focusing as it does on a part of 20th-century-history that, at least to my knowledge, has not been explored much, if ever, in novel form! Pieces of Wood is an utterly riveting thriller with plenty of twists and turns.”

The Story

It’s 1978. Two sons of the Rising Sun reignite their fathers’ World War Two diabolical disdain for women, secreting it to Chicago’s shores. The first – the mastermind – a professor of nuclear physics, is readying an ingenious new weapon that if released, will have a catastrophic effect on every human being across the North American continent for decades to come. The second, a butchering psychopath, is loose in the streets, diverting local authorities with an ever-escalating, body count of his young female victims. Recalling a childhood riddle, the FBI’s first authorized, gun-toting, female agent Michaelene Westgate, rushes as the clock ticks, to decipher and crush the professor’s barbaric scheme.

The Research

Author Kenneth James Moore has traveled the globe to research a little known holocaust that has remained a closely guarded secret of Japan and US allies alike, for over 80 years. A battle plan like any other, drawn during WWII by the Imperial Japanese Army’s general staff, it aimed at destroying the women of the countries they planned to occupy. This international crime thriller wraps such historical events with edge of your seat adventure and heroism. Today, for the millions of women who mercilessly fell at the hands of Imperial Japan, their story needs to be told as a way for modern day feminists in western culture to expand their values to ones that are more intersectional. Pieces of Wood does just that. From the east coast of the United States to its mid-west, to Japan, the Mariana Archipelago, Malaysia, China, London, the former Soviet Union, to the underground remnants of 1816’s Fort Dearborn along the Chicago River, this epic, historically accurate, crime thriller is set to electrify readers, worldwide.

Available from Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Pieces-Wood-Kenneth-James-Moore-ebook/dp/B08L1J1GZR/ref=cm_cr_srp_d_product_top?ie=UTF8

Bad Love Beyond (The Bad Love Series Book 3) by Kevin L. Schewe MD

An exciting, historically accurate, time travel adventure.

Kevin Schewe’s ‘Bad Love Series’ of science fiction adventures take storytelling to the next level. This talented author not only transports his readers on exciting adventures through time, which are historically accurate, but he also enhances their enjoyment by suggesting a sound track list. Throughout the book there are references to these songs which evoke wonderful memories for the characters, and fit into the plot brilliantly.

The main protagonists are the Bad Love Gang who live up to their motto ‘Live dangerously, have fun, don’t die.’ They are all described in the front of the book and this is where the readers discover their nicknames, and the reasons behind them. As the series has progressed the gang has grown, and between them they have a wide expanse of knowledge and skills, which prove invaluable during their escapades. However, the gang are hunted by spies Boris and Christine Krovopuskov, who will stop at nothing to learn the secrets of The White Hole Project (time machine) for Mother Russia, killing without compassion anyone who gets in their way!

As Bad Love Beyond begins, the gang find themselves invited yet again to The White House, Oval Office. However, although only ten weeks have passed since their last meeting with President Gerald R. Ford for the gang, it has been thirty years for the President. Those years between have taught him to respect the advice of the gang, and he reads them extracts from The Book of Presidents about their last visit, and events which happened in 1945 (story told in Bad Love Tigers, Book 2 in the series.) They talk about an imminent NASA mission in the planning, and then Bubble Butt reveals he has an idea for a secret plan to use The White Hole Project to go into the future. It hinges on going back in time to WW11, when the gang were sent on a mission to keep the Area 51 Project, and its secrets in America’s hands. It was on this adventure that they saw the alien Blue Nova One, he believes he can go back, re-live the time, and seize the moment to explore the future.

It’s a success! The gang are transported to the beautiful planet Azure, 11.5 billion light years from Earth, and find the planet, how it has evolved, its people, and their technology fascinating. Good relations are established. However they soon discover that the Queen of Azur is worried, an environmental disaster is set to destroy the Republic of Azure, a distant island nation, however, distrust has arisen between the peoples, can the Bad Love Gang heal the rift, help, and avert disaster? Join the gang as they battle bravely against adversity, facing danger and death in their quest to save the planet, and the people of the Republic of Azure.

Vividly detailed, and historically accurate, this author sends his readers on an unforgettable rollercoaster of a time travel story, guaranteed, I believe, to rival the classic ‘The Time Machine’ by H. G. Wells. Highly recommended!

About the Author:

Kevin L. Schewe, MD, FACRO, is the proud father of two daughters (Ashley and Christie) and two granddaughters (Gracie and Olivia). He is a native of St. Louis, Missouri and now makes his home in the mile-high city of Denver, Colorado. He is a board-certified cancer specialist who has been in the private practice of radiation oncology for 32 years. He continues to practice medicine as the Medical Director of Radiation Oncology for Alliance Cancer Care Colorado at Red Rocks in Golden, Colorado. He is an entrepreneur, having founded a cosmetics company called Elite Therapeutics and Bad Love Cosmetics Company, LLC. He also serves as Chairman of the Board of a small, publicly-traded, renewable, green energy and animal feed company called VIASPACE, Inc., which recently acquired Elite Therapeutics and Bad Love Cosmetics, LLC. 

The first Sunday of June every year is National Cancer Survivor’s Day. Dr. Schewe co-chairs a yearly celebration of National Cancer Survivor’s Day at the Red Rocks Medical Center in Golden, Colorado. Every year, he writes a skit that he and the local doctors perform in front of the Survivor’s Day crowd. The skit always has a musical theme from the 1950s, 1960s, 1970s, 1980s, or one of various Hollywood themes. The doctors, dressed in costumes for their parts, ask questions or pose dilemmas to each other. The answers to those questions or dilemmas are clips from songs, which the doctors lip sync and dance to in front of the crowd. Everyone dances together at the end of the skit. It is great fun and an uplifting celebration of survival for the cancer patients, their families, and loved ones.

Author’s Website: https://kevinschewe.com/the-author

About the Book:

Back from their mission as the Bad Love Tigers to secure the secrets of Area 51 and the White Hole Project, the Bad Love Gang are summoned to the Oval Office by President Gerald Ford. They receive his blessing to use the White Hole Project to attempt intergalactic space travel in search of the cure for Hannah Lieb’s breast cancer. But Ford warns them that their arch-enemy, Russian KGB super-agent Borya Krovopuskov, remains at large and a constant threat.
Fighting off the KGB and Krovopuskov, the group sets a trap for him as they plan to return to Area 51 in 1942 using the White Hole. They reconnect with their alien friend, Blue Nova One, on Earth’s sister planet, Azur, 11.5 billion light years away. The Blue Azurians are facing a dire shortage of blue exotic matter and the Republic of Azur is facing a volcanic extinction event of historic proportions. The Bad Love Gang must deal with dinosaurs, the forces of nature, the mystery of the Bermuda Triangle and alien politics in their race to get the cure for Hannah. Can they do it?

Available from Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Bad-Love-Beyond-Book-ebook/dp/B08P5VSMNZ/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&qid=1606734874&refinements=p_27%3AKevin+L.+Schewe+MD&s=digital-text&sr=1-1&text=Kevin+L.+Schewe+MD

Traumata by Lang Fafa Dampha

A Fascinating insight into the African culture in Paris.

This interesting book follows the life of Sainy Kanteh, who the readers met in the author’s previous book ‘Peculiar.’ He is the protagonist in both stories, and through him, and his wife Fatou, we are able to gain very thought-provoking and enlightening insights into how life is in Europe, and Paris in particular for African immigrants.

Before going into more depth, I must stress that it is not necessary to have read ‘Peculiar’ to enjoy reading this book.  For those who have not, it tells of Sainy’s arrival in Paris as a young man from his native Gambia. Through his experiences and observations the readers discover his reactions to this new city he is to call his home, and gain insight into the African community there, their customs, and traditions which they continue away from their homeland. In this book he also meets and falls madly in love with Fatou, a divorcee with a young son.

Now this their story continues with Fatou adoring her man, doing everything she can to please him. They have a happy and fulfilled life, and in return he tries to provide for his family, and to do so he gains employment in a restaurant.

The strong bonds of the African community shines through in this book, where we learn about the traditions which are still carried out in Europe as they were in Africa, and their importance. However, it is also clear that life in France with its Child Benefit and other social help changes the thoughts of the African women. These changes in attitudes do affect both sexes, and can and do lead to unrest both in families and amongst the people, the cultures clash sometimes and we see the reasons clearly portrayed within these pages.

As in relationships throughout the world, temptations rise and people are human, and this is the case when Sainy falls for Stephanie a white woman who is deeply attracted to him. As the relationship develops, Sainy like many men before him change, and Fatou as his wife notices. However Fatou has also to deal with comments from the community, other women, and an accident suffered by her son which leads to trouble in the family.

As an English woman moving to France the changes in culture have been different and take adjustment, however I cannot pretend to understand how it must be for someone whose cultures differ so much in their homeland.

The author was himself born in the Gambia, and as a young man migrated to Paris, where he earned a B.A. in English Language and Literature, and a Ph.D. in English Studies (Society and Culture). He also taught Legal English (Law and Politics – UK/USA) and Economic English, for two years before returning to Africa and working as a Senior Research and Programme Officer at the African Union office (the African Academy of Languages) in Bamako, Mali, from November 2009 to July 2015, and as Acting Executive Secretary from August 2015 to December 2018, and from then to now as Executive Secretary of the same institution.

This book is openly and skilfully written, and gives the readers an unbiased opportunity to understand the life of Gambian immigrants in Paris and Europe. Highly recommended.

About the Author:

Born in the Gambia, Lang Fafa Dampha lived and worked in Paris from 1989 to 2009. He has obtained a B.A. in English Language, Literature and Civilisation at the University of Paris 7 Jussieu, and a Ph.D. in English Studies (Society and Culture) at the University of Paris IV Sorbonne. Lang Fafa taught Legal English (Law and Politics – UK/USA) at the University of Paris 2 – Panthéon Assas, and Economic English (introduction to banking and finance, and the history of economic thought) at the University of Paris 8, Saint Denis, for two and a half years. He returned to Africa in November 2009 and is now working in Bamako, Mali, as Executive Secretary of the African Academy of Languages (ACALAN), which is the African Union’s specialised institution mandated to develop and promote African languages so that they could be used in all spheres of life in Africa.

About the Book:

After falling madly in love during his first year in Paris, Sainy and Fatou’s marriage is initially successful, but as time goes on the man, and to a lesser extent, the woman both start behaving peculiarly from an African perspective, creating frictions to the point of almost irreparable damage. The story explores new things about African immigrants and shows how their home-grown values of culture, community and morality adapt in their new culture, for better or worse.

Available from Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Traumata-Lang-Fafa-Dampha/dp/B08FNMPK9T/ref=sr_1_9?dchild=1&keywords=lang+fafa+dampha&qid=1600006427&s=books&sr=1-9

A Reason to Be: A Novel by Norman McCombs

Braveheart meets Love Actually in this incredible journey of discovery.

As this compelling story begins we find the protagonist Douglas McCombs distraught, having nursed his wife Hope, the love of his life, with Alzheimer’s for the last 5 years, she has died. Grief-stricken he falls into the deepest of despairs and goes to that place only those who have lost love ones will know. Unable to remain in the family home he moves to an apartment and there gives up on everything, his reason to be lost…

Luckily his good friend called Mark calls to see him and is devastated by the shadow of a man Douglas has become. Gently he reminds him that he is an accomplished man with hundreds of patents and inventions to his credit, and reflects of the time when he was at the White House receiving the National Medal of Technology and Innovation for his inventions and advances in health science technology from the President, reminding Douglas about his own incredulity that he was actually there, and how he asked himself, was it his upbringing, his wife Hope, or his Scottish ancestry?

Finally, Mark wins him over and thus beings his re-emergence into normal life, catapulted forward by a chance incident which is just the catalyst he needs, the meeting of librarian Suzy Hamilton. Encouraged by her love of research, suddenly he finds himself rekindling his need to discover himself through his genealogy, which traces back to Scottish clans with their fierce pride, and loyalty. His journey takes him across the world, places his ancestors at important historical events, and introduces him to the determined and strong men, and women, whose blood flows through his veins.

Coming from Scottish roots, I know first-hand of the deep pride the Scottish feel in their family, its roots, and the glorious country which is their home. No matter where in the world they are, you can’t take Scotland out of a Scot, and I should know, living in France. This feeling and strength grows steadily in Douglas as he begins to understand more, and more, his family and how it has evolved including the sacrifices each generation has made for their children.

With these revelations come other more personal ones, as he slowly begins to permit himself to feel again, he learns anew how to smile, look forward to life, and yes, he even rediscovers his reason to be.

At the beginning of this incredible story there was heartrending sorrow, and then slowly the pages like petals unfurl, and with them so does Douglas. Emotions grow and events unfold until eventually, having feverishly been unable to put it down, I discovered with great sadness that I had reached the end of the most incredible story, I have ever read. Highly recommended!

About the Author:

Norman McCombs was born in Amherst, New York, in a home built by his immigrant father. He graduated from Amherst Central High School, where he met his late wife, Grace. Norman went on to earn an AASEE from ECTI, along with a BSME and an ScD from State University New York at Buffalo while serving in the New York Army National Guard.

Norman is a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, which honored him with the EDISON Medal, their highest patent award. He has received numerous other awards for technical achievement, including the National Medal of Technology and Innovation from President Obama for develop- ing the portable oxygen concentrator credited with saving and extending the lives of millions with lung diseases. He has over two hundred patents worldwide, primarily for air separation technology used for a myriad of oxygen applications around the world.

Norman is also an officier commander of the Chaîne des Rôtisseurs, as well as a sculptor, classical guitarist, and an avid fan of opera and the fine arts in general.

About the Book:

An epic tale beginning in 15th-century Scotland and flowing through time to modern-day New York, A Reason to Be is a tale of loss, hope, and the transcendent power of the love that bind us to one another.

Douglas McCombs is an accomplished engineer and recent widower driven to discover the truth of who he is by studying the people and places he comes from. After losing his wife to a battle with Alzheimer’s, Douglas is left devastated until a chance encounter with a sharp, compassionate librarian named Suzy Hamilton on the steps of the New York Public Library shakes him from the throes of grief.

With Suzy’s help, Douglas takes up genealogy and begins an investigation into his Scottish lineage that takes the reader on a sprawling journey through time and the remarkable lives of Douglas’s ancestors—from legendary highland clan chiefs and American war generals to humble farmers and family men. As he traces his ancestry through the generations, Douglas manages to discover not only the roots he was searching for, but also a brand-new reason to be.

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Peculiar by Lang Fafa Dampha

A young Gambian man’s search for a new life in Paris.

In this interesting story we follow the immigration, hopes, and dreams of the protagonist Sainy as he leaves his native Gambia, in search of a better life in Paris. This migration is seen as a way of securing a better future, however it is still a courageous thing for the young Gambian man to do.

The story begins with Sainy’s plane descending to Roissy, Paris Charles De Gaule. Immediately he discovers how different Europe smells, how dull it is, and how wet. Yet, this is the place where his future lies, and he is soon to learn that life in Europe is very, very different from his native Africa.

He manages to find lodgings in Paris with Janneh, a friendly African who is extremely generous and is very caring, and his wife Kaddy. However life amongst the African community in Paris is very different from back home. He discovers that the women benefit from the famous French “Allocation familiale” – Child Benefit monthly, free medical care, and transport on the buses and the metro. In this promised land of Liberté Égalité Fraternité the role of the woman is very different from in Gambia, and this is something the women and their husbands find it difficult to adjust to.

Sainy manages to secure a temporary residents permit for three months and spends his time watching how his people live and behave in this other country, comparing in very thought-provoking ways, the lives they lead now to how their lives would have been, had they stayed in Africa. He discovers the ‘Peculiar’ attitude of his people living in this very different country, noticing their anger and how the roles are different. His people may be in another country, far from Gambia, but their heritage and roots still stand firm in their hearts and outlook, especially when they feel there is injustice. He discovers that some traditions like the replacement of wives if one dies are still maintained even though they are out of their own country, and realises that it is impossible for his people not to compare the differences in the cultures and how it affects them.   It is interesting that as he watches it doesn’t seem to occur to him that he might adjust the same, and that under the umbrella of Europe he may adapt, and adopt these different values himself.

He falls in love with the beautiful Gambian divorcée Fatou. She had admired him since they first met at Kaddy’s, and they got to know each other more. A mother of a young son, she looks after him well and eventually they become engaged and married. The icing is truly on the plate when Sainy receives his residency permit, now nothing can stop him following his dreams…

The author of this interesting and thought-provoking story, Lang Fafa Dampa was born in the Gambia, migrated to Paris, where he earned a B.A. in English Language and Literature, and a Ph.D. in English Studies (Society and Culture). He also taught Legal English (Law and Politics – UK/USA) and Economic English, for two years before returning to Africa and working as a Senior Research and Programme Officer at the African Union office (the African Academy of Languages) in Bamako, Mali, from November 2009 to July 2015, and as Acting Executive Secretary from August 2015 to December 2018, and from then to now as Executive Secretary of the same institution.

This fascinating story gives its readers a true look into the lives of Gambian immigrants to Europe, showing the adjustments they have to make, and what drives them to succeed.

About the Author:

Born in the Gambia, Lang Fafa Dampha lived and worked in Paris between 1989 and 2009. He has obtained a B.A. in English Language and Literature at the University of Paris 7 Jussieu, and a Ph.D. in English Studies (Society and Culture) at the University of Paris IV Sorbonne. Lang Fafa taught Legal English (Law and Politics – UK/USA) at the University of Paris 2 – Panthéon Assas, and Economic English (introduction to banking and finance, and the history of economic thought) at the University of Paris 8, Saint Denis, for two and a half years. He returned to Africa in November 2009 and is now working as Executive Secretary at the African Academy of Languages (ACALAN), in Bamako, Mali, which is the African Union’s specialised institution mandated to develop and promote African languages so that they could be used in all spheres of life in Africa.

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About the Book:

Sainy, a young Gambian immigrant arrives in Paris with high hopes for a better life; . At firstin the beginning, he faces a lot of immigration restrictions. He is later seduced by Fatou, a Gambian divorcée who madly falls in love with him, and they get married. Through the eyes of the protagonist, the reader will discover, the purposelessness, fake lifestyle and illusion surrounding the community of African immigrants living in France, marked by racism, treachery, jealousy, adultery and death.

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African Migrants (Novel) by Lang Fafa Dampha

An unparalleled insight into Africa and its people.

The author of this interesting and thought-provoking book, Lang Fafa Dampa was born in the Gambia in 1965. In Paris, he earned a B.A. in English Language and Literature, and a Ph.D. in English Studies (Society and Culture). Whilst there he also taught Legal English (Law and Politics – UK/USA) and Economic English, for two years.  In November 2009 he returned to Africa and he worked as a Senior Research and Programme Officer at the African Union office (the African Academy of Languages) in Bamako, Mali, from November 2009 to July 2015, and as Acting Executive Secretary from August 2015 to December 2018, and from then to now as Executive Secretary of the same institution.

In this book Lang Fafa Dampa, through his incredibly descriptive writing, relives the experiences of the main character/protagonist fleeing Africa, in search of a brighter future in Europe. He travelled through Dakar to Bamako, and then Niamey, crossing the cruel Sahara Desert into Libya, where he spent six months. Then along with thousands of others, he had to cross the Mediterranean, as a ‘boat migrant.’ Here he recounts shocking stories of the cruelty he observed being dealt out by the traffickers who treated the migrants terribly, with no regard for their lives, and no humanity. The horrific images of this voyage were etched into the author’s young mind, and will stay with him forever…

He managed to smuggle himself into France and lived in Metropolitan Paris, where he discovered a different world. Quickly he realised that both the African and white people lived in disdain of the ‘boat people,’ and he learned to stay very quiet about the fact that he had been one. However,  this disdain caused him great pain, because he realised that they had no comprehension of the cruelty and suffering these people had to endure and had no concept of the desperate driving force which compels the youth of Africa to risk everything, (including their lives,) to better themselves in Europe.

In this new world, he found himself becoming a quiet observer of human nature, and through listening to conversations and witnessing events, he discovered a lot about the attitudes of the African immigrants he lived with, both to their wives, families, friends, their adopted countries and Africa. Countless times he found himself witness to the Alien combative Attitude Africans have, and asked himself, “Where is African civilisation? Where are Africans wisdom and bravery? Where is the great pre-colonial African civilisation that historians talk about?”

Well, the protagonist believes the answers lie in finding a way to establish the African people’s self-respect and confidence in themselves. He reflects that Africans are destructively jealous, to their detriment, and a brighter future can be achieved by future generations regenerating Africa and changing the current combatant attitude. He suggests they look for examples to other countries who work together in competing to achieve goals, not by fighting but uniting cohesively.   

The passion the author feels for Africa and his people shine through in this book. He gives his readers, through the eyes of the protagonist, unparalleled insights into Africa, its people, and the struggles they face. Highly recommended!

About the Author:

Born in the Gambia, Lang Fafa Dampha lived and worked in Paris between 1989 and 2009. He has obtained a B.A. in English Language and Literature at the University of Paris 7 Jussieu, and a Ph.D. in English Studies (Society and Culture) at the University of Paris IV Sorbonne. Lang Fafa taught Legal English (Law and Politics – UK/USA) at the University of Paris 2 – Panthéon Assas, and Economic English (introduction to banking and finance, and the history of economic thought) at the University of Paris 8, Saint Denis, for two and a half years. He returned to Africa in November 2009 and is now working as Executive Secretary at the African Academy of Languages (ACALAN), in Bamako, Mali, which is the African Union’s specialised institution mandated to develop and promote African languages so that they could be used in all spheres of life in Africa.

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About the Book:

A young Gambian immigrant gives an account of the hardship he encountered through the Sahara Desert, in Libya and the Mediterranean before smuggling himself from Italy to France. In Paris, while hiding his identity as a “boat-migrant”, he lived the contrasting philosophies of his fellows with regard to African reconstruction: hard Pan-Africanism versus staunch pro-Western. The story manifests the triviality and purposelessness of the attitude of most Africans with regards to African socio-economic rehabilitation. This story presents a world of tragedy, terror and futility, tempered by the voice of reason.

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My Kind of Guy by Paddy Bostock

An entertaining, witty political story, you just won’t want to put down!

An entertaining, witty political story, you just won’t want to put down!

I love Paddy Bostock’s witty writing style and this new book is a classic example of a clever political novel with a great plot, excellent characters, and plenty of twists and turns. The author’s brilliantly descriptive writing enables him to treat his readers to wonderful scenes, and stage incredibly funny incidents, making this another unforgettable winning story.

Retired MI6 agent Mervyn Iain Vincent, has a lot on his mind, so much indeed that mundane household maintenance just doesn’t get done, after all as a fervent greenie his days are preoccupied with global politics, the extinction of the human race and the deceitful and misleading buffoons in critical power positions throughout the world.

However, in amongst the scamming and threatening telephone calls he receives, despite being ex-directory, an intriguing call from a Lizzie Leah. Not only does she call him by his (alias) name Doctor Vincent, a name he uses at the moment because of an old Oxford doctorate in forensic anthropology, but she has lost her ‘husband’ Leo Mc Guire, and wants him to use his ‘private eye’ skills in locating him.

Well, as it turns out, Mervyn actually remembers Leo or Leon Devin as he was known to MI6, as a rookie agent drummed out of the service for bad behaviour and endangering national security. Now he begins to understand how Leo could have really ‘poof’ disappeared from sight. Indeed the son of Svetlana, an ex-secretary in Gorbachev’s Kremlin, and Sir Montmorency Devine who fled to the UK and now lives a life of privilege is actually in America, on Fifth Avenue enjoying the hospitality of Hal Schornstein, a key player in the loony incumbent’s 2020 presidential re-election campaign and a linchpin for the continuance and growth of populist unrest throughout Europe. There Leon’s heavy involvement in these right-wing activities affords this gigolo with a dangerous and busy, if complicated life.

However, when his young sister Taya requests a meeting it soon becomes evident that this misguided young man needs to be reformed, but how will they do that? Well, you will have to read the book to discover the answer to that question.

Paddy Bostock who was born in Liverpool and now lives in London. He holds a BA in Modern Languages and History, a PGDip TESL, and a PhD in English Literature. His books embrace his own unique and totally irreverent take on life and the modern political scene. This entertaining work of political fiction is an excellent example of the wonderful penmanship of this talented author.

About the Author:

Paddy Bostock was born in Liverpool and holds a B.A. in Modern Languages and History, a PGDip TESL, and a PhD in English Literature. Down the years he has been a barman, a road worker, a songwriter, an educational researcher, a translator, a book reviewer, a university lecturer and Chair of Department, and a high school mentor. He lives in London with his wife, writer Dani Cavallaro, and likes animals and bicycles.

About the Book:

Appointed by Lizzie Leah to locate her lost lover, whom she knows by the name of Leo McGuire, PI (and ex-spy) Mervyn Vincent discovers that the object of his quest is not only a gigolo with a harem of “Mrs McGuires” across the continents, but also a valuable player (real name Leon Devine) in an international right-wing cartel. Realizing that there’s more to Leon than meets the eye, Mervyn joins forces with his sister Taya, and Lizzie to reform the young man and channel his abilities into worthier causes, thereby impacting, albeit modestly, the global power machinery.

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