Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Interview with Emre Gurgen, author of Don Quixote Explained

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Inside the Book:

Don Quixote Explained

Title: Don Quixote Explained
Author: Emre Gurgen
Publisher: AuthorHouse
Genre: Literary Criticism
Format: Ebook/Paperback

  Don Quixote Explained focuses on seven topics: how Sancho Panza refines into a good governor through a series of jokes that turn earnest; how Cervantes satirizes religious extremism in Don Quixote by taking aim at the Holy Roman Catholic Church; how Don Quixote and Sancho Panza check-and-balance one another’s excesses by having opposite identities; how Cervantes refines Spanish farm girls by transforming Aldonza Lorenzo into Dulcinea; how outlaws like Roque Guinart and Gines Pasamonte can avoid criminality and why; how Cervantes establishes inter-religional harmony by having a Christian translator, on the one hand, and a Muslim narrator, on the other; and lastly, how Cervantes replaces a medieval view of love and marriage―where a woman is a housekeeper, lust-satisfier, and child begetter―with a modern view of equalitarian marriage typified by a joining of desires and a merger of personalities.


Question1- Can you please tell us about your book and why you wrote it?
My book is a scholarly academic work called Don Quixote Explained that theorizes on timeless universal themes that human beings have dealt with in the past, are dealing with at present and will deal with in the future.  Specifically, Don Quixote Explained focuses on eight topics that is important to you for eight reasons:  
·         If you want to learn about politics and how to be a leader, please read and study my essay on how an intelligent commoner named Sancho Panza leads a town called Barataria to prosperity.  From delivering objective legal opinions to budgeting state finances effectively to rejecting bribery and corruption while in office to carrying himself like a refined statesmen, this essay expresses how to manage yourself and others well, which is what leadership, any kind of leadership, is all about.  If, in a word, you want to gain and retain political power just like Sancho Panza doesso  you can manage yourself, and others, wellplease read my essay on politics, since it outlines the process of self-mastery.  For a fuller description please read a summary of my 1st essay on politics at under the book proposal tab. 

·         If you are living in a community that diminishes your freedom in the name of religion my essay on how an extreme brand of faith, like Christianity during the Spanish Inquisition, can moderate, so that the principles of a free society flourish, may help you conceptualize this topic. The synopsis of my essay on religious extremism and the opening of a free society can be found at, under the book proposal tab.

·         If you want to live morally yet practically, simultaneously, and flourish in the world pragmatically, my essay synergizing ethical behavior with concrete action can be read at under the book proposal tab. 

·         If you are a woman who wants to flourish in life you should read my essay about how an intelligent and virtuous lady named Aldonza Lorenzo transforms herself into an elegant princess named Dulcinea Del Toboso by improving her moral character.  Again, a summary of this essay can be found at, under book proposal > synopsis > essay 4. 

·         If you are a criminal, are thinking of being a criminal, or want to understand the criminal mind better, my essay on how criminals can lay down their guns, reform their souls, and become law abiding citizens (like Juan Palomeque, a former crook in Don Quixote does) may convince you to alter your lifestyle before it is too late.  A synopsis of this essay is readable at

·         If you are an open minded religionist who believes that people of other faiths who believe in other Gods are also moral, please read a summary of my essay on How Christians and Muslims can unite by dialoguing constructively and intermarrying harmoniously.  It can be found at

·         If you are a man, or a woman, looking for true love yet you feel trapped by the tradition of arranged marriages in your community, please read my essay on how people can replace a medieval view of love and arranged marriages, where women are housekeepers, lust-satisfiers, and child begetters, with a modern view of equalitarian marriages typified by a joining of desires and a merger of personalities.  My essay explaining why marrying for love usually works while marrying by arrangement usually does not can be read for free, on my personal author website, at under the more > true love tab. 

·         If you value living in a free society, or want to learn what one is, please read my essay titled “The Generation of the Renaissance in Don Quixote:  How the Spirit of Classicism, Chivalry and Christianity Bypassed Medievalism and Led to Modernity.”  This essay, if you read it, explains how a country, like Cervantes’s Spain, replaces medieval attitudes with modern concepts so that enlightenment ideals, like those of the modern Renaissance, flourish.  Again, a description of it can be found on my personal author website at, under the synopsis section of the book proposal tab. 
Question 2- What were some of the biggest challenges you faced writing it?
Writing about universal themes, in the context of Don Quixote, that connect to people’s lives, was extremely difficult, since most people have never heard of Don Quixote.  Or, if they have, think it is a stupid book about a crazy knight they were forced to read in high school.  Overcoming this view, by showing people how the book connects to their concerns about life and living, was the greatest challenge of my life. 
In other words, getting people, other than academics, to read my book, instead of dismissing it as an irrelevant waste of their time, required that I write a series of unique essays connecting significant topics to people’s everyday lives.  This is why I write about topics like love and marriage; crime and criminal reform; politics and social mobility; religious unity versus religious extremism; what a free society looks like; and more, in the context of Don Quixote
Specifically, I speak to general readers (or at least try to) by showing them that romantic love is vital to their lives. That they should only marry because of it.  This is why I crystallize the debate between marrying by arrangement and social maintenance versus marrying for romantic love and long-term happiness, in my first essay. 
Secondly, I address general readers by writing about crime and criminal reform in society, as seen through Don Quixote, since every nation has crooks it imprisons, executes, or rehabilitates.  By analyzing the criminal mind, at length, in detail, I try to show my readers:  how criminals think; what the consequence of criminal actions are; and why, in a word, they should not become criminals.  Then, I talk about the process of criminal reform.  How criminals can overcome themselves to become good men.  This was hard to do, especially in the context of Don Quixote. 
Another topic I connect to people’s lives relates to religious unity.  By writing about how Christians and Muslims living together can cooperate with one another instead of harming each other, I highlight how these two faiths are based on similar principles.  Accordingly, I write about religious unity in Don Quixote by explaining: how a Christian man and a Muslim woman marry because they fall in love; how the book’s Christian translator distrusts and denigrates the novel’s Muslim narrator, at first, but, ends-up admiring him, later on, for his good sense.  Writing about these, and other, religious topics, in the context of Don Quixote, to show my religious readers how to respect others of a different faith, who believe in and worship a different God, was very challenging. 
Besides these topics, I focus on different subjects that I thought would interest main stream readers like:  how an intelligent commoner can gain political power; how the principles of a free society can transform a culture; or how religious extremism, of any ilk, can be avoided in a country. Writing about all these issues, in the context of Don Quixote, was extremely difficult.  It took a lot of imagination.   But, I did it.  And, I am happy because of it. 
Question 3 - Do you plan subsequent books?
At present, I am developing a third Don Quixote Explained book, Don Quixote Explained:  A Travelogue, which documents my journey in Spain connected to Don Quixote.  This travel narrative, will be the last book in the Don Quixote Explained series. 
Besides this book, I plan to write a book on Jane Austen, that analyzes what constitutes successful and failed marriages, across her novels.  The base of this book will stem from my undergraduate thesis on her books, especially Pride and Prejudice.
To earn my doctorate, I want to write a dissertation on Ayn Rand’s book, The Fountainhead, which, I hope, will be publishes as a book of essays. 
Besides completing these essay books of literary criticism, eventually, I plan to write a work of creative fiction, on the theme of clean energy, with the hero protagonist developing a new form of energy based on an engine that can harness, and convert, static electricity in the air, to flowing, motive, power.  My novel’s villains will be entrenched oil, coal, and fossil fuel producers, who try to squash this new invention, along with its producer, by trying to bribe, intimidate, and threaten my hero, to give up his pursuit of revolutionizing the energy industry.    
Question 4 - When and why did you begin writing?
I began writing as a wee lad, at the tender age of 9.  What prompted me to write in the first place was my love of stories and storytelling, and my fascination with clear, crisp, dynamic writing that expressed information to my readers, in the most effective manner possible. 
Question 5 - What is your greatest strength as an author?
My greatest strength as an author is my perseverance, in the face of rejection, my tenacity, in the face of hopelessness, and my ability to see my writing projects through to completion, so that they are successful in the marketplace. 
At first, I was a weak writer, with poor grammar, worse syntax, and deeply flawed critical thinking skills.  For me, good writing, was a mystery.  Since, I lacked a broad mental dictionary, my sentences were awkward and clumsy.  My grammar and syntax was poor.  I could not sustain a piece of writing for longer than 10 pages.  Because I was a poor writer, I did not particularly like to write. 
Then, one day, this changed.  Fortunately, I found a book called The Fountainhead, by Ayn Rand, which elicited a total emotional response.  Though it was clear enough for me to like, it was still difficult for me to fully understand. 
To elucidate what AR was saying, I underlined, and looked-up, words from her books. Then, I made post-it lists of these words that I stuck everywhere:  in my bathroom, on my refrigerator, in my car, etc., so that I could integrate these words, (i.e. these concepts) in my mind. I even wrote words on my arms, so that I could memorize them, when I was eating. Of course, my parents, and many of my friends thought I was crazy.  But I did not care.  This is how I learned many words.  Because of this intense study, one of my greatest strengths as an author is word choice (i.e. using correct words in their proper context).   
To use my newly acquired words effectively, I had to learn how to write in the first place.  What the principles of good writing were. So I read many books on writing all kinds of documents from letters to e-mails to newspaper articles to books. To instill the principles of clear writing, as exemplified in AR’s books, I practiced writing, all kinds of writing, even though my attempts at creative fiction were god awful.  Over time, however, I did improve, somewhat.  Now, I am a decent writer because of it.   
Question 6 - Did writing this book teach you anything?
Writing my book taught me:
·         That writing consistently, everyday, for a few hours, over a reasonable time-period, produces better writing than cramming ideas into marathon writing sessions. 

·         That good writing shuttles back-and-forth between abstract theory and practical examples, so readers are not lost by a flood of floating abstractions, without specific references, or baffled by a torrent concretes, without a unifying theme. 

·         That clear writing about a topic, any topic, requires that I first understand that topic, before setting pen to paper, (i.e. before actually, writing about it). That, to gain this understanding, first I have to read widely about the topic to understand what other people think.  Then I have to brainstorm, think, and plan.  That, in sum, understanding and writing, just like writing and editing, are separate processes that should not be mixed together.    

·         That good writing requires a lot of rewriting since ideas are rarely perfect the first time out, from the very beginning, from the get-go.  Rather, good writing, to me, needs to be worked, then reworked, then worked again, over a reasonable period of time, to be logical.  To make sense. 

·         That contiguous writing should have a logically connected flow of ideas, where each sentence links to the sentence that came before it just as each paragraph connects to the paragraph that preceded it. 

·         That gaining and sustaining my audience’s attention, instead of boring my readers by rambling on, required me to delete paragraphs, erase sentences, eliminate words, and remove redundancies.  That, in a word, copy editing is a ruthless process that requires the callous removal of duplicative, or unnecessary, information, no matter how much an author is attached to it.

·         That to keep my readers’ attention I need to vary the length and type of my sentences and paragraphs, since readers will only read a document, if their attention is stimulated in different ways. 

·         That understanding goes down as sentence length goes up, since long sentences, with too many units of thought (too many abstract concepts) overloads a reader’s brain, with an overwhelming flood of data that cannot possibly be retained. 

·         That to hook my readers, I have to write effective introductions from the start to motivate my audience to read more, read further, and read deeper.  That, in a word, I have to start fast, and maintain that speed, throughout my essays, otherwise my readers will stop reading. 

·         That writing a document and editing a document are two different tasks, not to be fused together.  If they are, writer’s block, occurs, especially since if free-writing (the act of getting ideas onto paper) is separated from craft-editing (the act of refining prose) creative writing flows easier. 

·         That to avoid becoming too close to my work I need to take a break, once in a while, so that I can detect errors again.  To gain this objective distance, then, I need to set aside my work for a while.  Forget about it entirely.  Then read it a few weeks later from a fresh perspective, from a different angle, so I can make connections, and correct flaws, that were masked previously.  
Meet the Author:
Emre Gurgen, the author of Don Quixote Explained: The Story of an Unconventional Hero, has a Bachelor’s degree in English from Pennsylvania State University. Currently, he lives in Germantown, Maryland, where he is writing a follow-up Don Quixote essay collection and study guide.

Tour Schedule

Tuesday, June 28 - Interviewed at PUYB Virtual Book Club
Wednesday, June 29 - Interviewed at  at I'm Shelf-ish
Thursday, June 30 - Interviewed at Literal Exposure
Monday, July 4 - Interviewed at The Review From Here
Tuesday, July 5 - Guest blogging at My Bookish Pleasure
Wednesday, July 6 - Guest blogging at Voodoo Princess
Thursday, July 7 - Guest blogging at The Literary Nook
Friday, July 8 - Guest blogging at All Inclusive Retort
Monday, July 11 - Guest blogging at A Title Wave
Tuesday, July 12 - Interviewed at The Writer's Life
Friday, July 15 - Guest blogging at As the Page Turns
Monday, July 18 - Guest blogging at A Taste of My Mind
Tuesday, July 19 -  Guest blogging at Write and Take Flight
Wednesday, July 20 - Guest blogging at Harmonious Publicity
Thursday, July 21 - Interviewed  at Bent Over Bookwords
Friday, July 22 - Guest blogging at The Dark Phantom

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Book Feature: Generations of Betrayal by NSLeumas


Generations of Betrayal

    Title: Generations of Betrayal 
Author: NSLeumas 
Publisher: Trafford 
Pages: 690 
Genre: Political Science 
Format: Kindle/Paperback 

 . . .more-praises “You need to know everything in GOB if you are to understand the subversive forces which are destroying our nation, & our White-Heritage.” -gp “GOB is the one phenomenal’ ‘underground’ book that -- if read by enough people -- will turn America upside down!” -ss ¼-million words * No greater-action exists that YOU now can do for our-cause than to spread “GOBs” message!! * Hidden-truths revealed. . . .never-before combined in one-book * The most-important book of the 21st-century ! (published at-locations worldwide) NSL chose to be the mouthpiece against the schemers, before his own voice is stilled You’ll be fascinated by my-uncoverings, be satisfied that this is the final-word in exposing the lying-deceivers, & so-give your-commitment to spreading GOBs iconoclastic-&- scholarly research N.S. Leumas: He is multiply-published in all genres. He has voraciously-studied everything-historical since-ancient-times, revealing connected-links of ramifications, up to present times. He excels in history-research. “GOB” took him 25-years to complete.


   Compiler/Commentator NSL is retired from the professions of music, education, publishing, while continuing his literary/political/social writings, & his mentoring prison-outreach. Besides being focussed on his AA-Teachings, he assists an international-seeking of a “survival-homeland” for kindred-families. Multiply-published in varied-genres (200+ times to-date), including poetics/criticism/editing/ courses/column-syndication, he’s edited/compiled 2 chaps, & is now-processing a book of his-own poetry. He was led into his present-scholarship by the late Jost, of NSK. Recently, he concluded that this, his scholarly-work of 2-decades, has been ‘lost’ (ie, ‘refused’) within the biasing/prejudicing/censoring Anti-Truth Anti-FreeSpeech Jew-Rom publishing monopoly, & so decided to self-publish in typescripted m/s form. He relaxes by singing/piano-styling his-set(“Memories & Remembering”) publicly, after voraciously study-reading everything historical/philosophical/religious/economic since ancient-times, in his isolated hermitage-home in-nature.

Interview with Bobbe Palmer, author of Can This Be Home? And Four Other Stories



Inside the Book:

Can This Be Home
Title: Can This Be Home? And Four Other Stories 
Author: Bobbe Palmer 
Publisher: iUniverse 
Genre: Fiction 
Format: Ebook

Annie has just suffered an unimaginable loss. While she spirals into the darkness of grief, her rancher husband, Ray, appears to lack emotion. But as a storm approaches their Wyoming ranch, Annie finally sees something in Ray's blue eyes that transforms everything.

In a compelling collection of stories, Bobbe Palmer shines a light on five women of different ages and circumstances as each faces unique challenges. After little Ally witnesses a fight between her father and another farmer over water, she soon discovers what happens when a man thinks he can do everything for himself. Janie was once happy with Brad. But that was before he let the drink overtake his life. Now all she worries about is which one of them it will kill first. Odd Ida does not like boys. But when one appears at her door, she invites him into her home-and unwittingly, into her life, where she learns loneliness can be cured. Sandy knows something is visiting her farmhouse at night. Now all she has to do is determine its identity and what it wants.

Can This Be Home? is a compilation of tales that offer powerful descriptions, tormented characters, and heartbreak as five women bravely confront their trials.

1.Can you please tell us about your book and why you wrote it?

This is a book of short stories about women of a variety of ages,  in different places, each with a unique problem to solve.  They are character sketches, actually, drawn from  women I have known over the years.  I wrote them for my own satisfaction about a love of stories and being able to create them.  I had no great earth-shaking reason to write them except that it gave me pleasure to see what I could do with them - no great cause to support,  no crusade against injustice, no exposure of evil  – all good reasons to write, but not my reason for these stories.

2. What were some of the biggest challenges you faced writing it?

It was a challenge to create believable characters, and plausible plots.  Sometimes I wondered if I had gone beyond reasonable belief. I needed to get inside my people and try to express who they are and how they would be likely act following particular happenings.  Sometimes I wondered if I had gone beyond reasonable belief..  I found it a little hard to anticipate how what I wrote would touch readers.      

3.  Do you plan subsequent books?

I don’t have anything in mind at this point.  I will still be writing for the fun of it, but whether I will ever again have something worth another book remains to be seen.

4.  When and why did you begin writing?

 I always loved stories and had fun creating them in my head as I grew older. I had a fine teacher in high school who thought I had potential and encouraged me to be a part of the creative writing courses he taught through the three years there.  I didn’t find similar encouragement through college, but I kept writing things for my own pleasure, and have continued to do so. 

5.  What is you greatest strength as a writer?

I think I am able to” paint with words,” as some friends have said.  I like describing things in detail and making them come alive with word and phrases.  I believe I do that well. My readers admire my ability to describe the world around my characters so that they feel transported to that place and time.  I observe the world around me in detail, and take pleasure in bringing that  to my stories as well as I can.  I think that in doing that I use words and the rhythm of language to give reality to stories and their characters.

6.  Did writing this book teach you anything?

.  Writing and rewriting the stories over long years of  polishing them taught me many things about how to create a believable plot,  how to present characters in a believable way, how to prune out  what was not valuable to the story.  Just practicing over and over made my writing much better. I learned lots about publishing as iUniverse  helped me to get that done.  I knew little about any of that before

Meet the Author:
Bobbe Palmer attended Grinnell College in Iowa and the University of Denver. After teaching school one year in Kansas, she married a Presbyterian minister. She assisted him as he served churches in Wyoming, and then in mission work in Alaska. Now a widow, Bobbe lives in Estes Park, Colorado.

Monday, October 24, 2016

Book Feature: Chaste by Award Winning Author Jesse Teller


Inside the Book:

Title: Chaste Author: Jesse Teller
Release Date: October 5, 2016
Publisher: Amazon Digital
Genre: Dark Fantasy/Horror
Format: Ebook/Paperback

  When her devout parents died, Cheryl turned her back on her god. Years of denial and self-loathing have defeated her. Her life consists of taking orders and succumbing to abuse. A group of strangers stops in Chaste for the night, but an unnamed threat is preying on the town. Tragic deaths have become more and more frequent. Cheryl wants to protect these travelers, expose the evil force, and save her fellow citizens, but she must find a way to believe in hope.

Meet the Author:

Jesse Teller fell in love with fantasy when he was five years old and played his first game of Dungeons & Dragons. The game gave him the ability to create stories and characters from a young age. He started consuming fantasy in every form and, by nine, was obsessed with the genre. As a young adult, he knew he wanted to make his life about fantasy. From exploring the relationship between man and woman, to studying the qualities of a leader or a tyrant, Jesse Teller uses his stories and settings to study real-world themes and issues.

Friday, October 21, 2016

Cover Reveal: Guarded By The Warrior by Eliza Knight


Inside the Book:

Title: Guarded by the Warrior
Author: Eliza Knight
Release Date: November 29, 2016
Publisher: Knight Media LLC
Genre: Historical Romance
Format: Ebook

A lady in need of protection...

Suffering through a short marriage to an enemy of Scotland, Lady Emilia MacCulloch manages to escape just before her husband dies. But the Ross clan will stop at nothing to get her back, for she plays a big part in their plans to thwart Robert the Bruce. She fears for her own family being labeled traitors and for her life. Placed by her king as a governess in the household of a devastatingly handsome warrior, Emilia finds herself drawn to the man, when she had previously sworn off love all together. His passion, charisma, loyalty and strength shake the very foundation she's built around her heart.

A warrior in need of saving...

Ian Matheson has spent his entire life trying to prove himself. To belong. When his father passes away and his mother takes her vows at a nearby abbey, he is suddenly left in a position he was wholly unprepared for. And then his father's dozen illegitimate children arrive on his doorstep in need of a father figure of their own. They are adorable and reckless, and he's certain they'll drive him mad. Just when he thinks he might actually need to find a wife to help him, Lady Emilia is presented to him by the king. She needs his protection, and he needs her help with the bairns. Ian is tempted by her angelic face, her fiery tongue, and the secrets that surround her. He must resist the growing desire that's laying claim within him. He must prove to his clan that he is a worthy leader. But maybe, just maybe, he can have the respect of his people, and Emilia, too.

Meet the Author:

Once upon a time, in a land far away, there lived a princess…

Growing up, I was a proficient story teller, with most of my plots encompassing princesses and princes and dreams coming true. Now as an author, some of my stories are still about royalty, knights, duels, ladies, intrigue, betrayal. History fascinates me and I try to bring history back to life in each of my stories.

My favorite time periods are medieval, renaissance and Regency eras of Europe. Growing up, I was lucky to have grandparents who lived in Paris, so many a summer was spent exploring medieval ruins and historical sites.

One of my all time favorite books is Jane Eyre, by Charlotte Bronte, and I am of course Jane Austen fan, my two favorites being Pride and Prejudice and Sense and Sensibility. I love the in-depth, emotionally riveting and intriguing works of historical author, Ken Follett. I am also a fan of Shakespeare, and you will find in a lot of my writing reference to the literary God and his work. Not only Shakespeare, but other period poets and literary notables of history are on my keeper shelf. My love affair with the romance genre started young. I picked up my first romance novel, The Bride, by Julie Garwood when I was in high school, and I haven’t been able to stop reading or writing romance since.

When I’m not reading or writing I am usually doing research for fun. If you love history, come visit me at History Undressed, where we discuss all the wildly fascinating and titillating facts of history! Recently I’ve started to post reviews of historical fiction and romance novels as well.

You can visit her website at

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Creating a Table of Contents in a Word Document - Part 1

This is a great video for all you writers out there who are looking for an easy way to add chapters to a doc. 

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Looking for Book Reviewers!

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Books for Review



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Title: I, JAMES
Author: Mike Hartner
Publisher: Eternity4Popsicle Publishing
Pages: 320
Genre: Historical Fiction
He’s fighting for his life. She’s a spitfire in disguise. Can they break their bonds to find love on the high seas?
James Crofter had a happy life until his uncle kidnapped him at age 11. Forced into slavery, James has no choice but to make allies who will stop at nothing to help him escape… if the opportunity ever comes. When he finally wins his freedom, he never expected to find something more important than breaking free.
Rosalind was taken from her family at a young age. She escaped the hands of a cruel master by disguising herself as a boy. Now the cook aboard a ship, she meets a kindred spirit in James.
Can the former slaves overcome their difficult pasts to create a bright future?
I, James is the second installment in the Eternity Series, a saga of standalone seafaring adventures. If you like coming-of-age tales, clean romance, and strong male and female characters, then you’ll love Mike Hartner’s latest historical novel.

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Author: John McNeil
Publisher: Independent
Pages: 530
Genre: Children’s Fiction
The series “The Adventure of Fawn” is a ‘coming of age’ tale set in the year 1849. It tells of the adventures of Fawn, the precocious young daughter of legendary reindeer, Comet and Vixen. Initially, she has no friends and spends her days alone in the stable at Santa’s Village. She argues with her parents…wanting the freedom to go outside the Village to explore. But her parents forbid her to go outside by herself.
Declaring, “I don’t care how dangerous it is…I want some fun and excitement!” Fawn starts sneaking out each day. She makes friends quite readily, but just as quickly finds herself in dangerous situations.
‘Til the Last Snowflake Falls, introduces the host of characters and finds Fawn a prisoner of a conniving sea captain intent on capturing arctic animals to sell to a New York City zoo. Along the way, she’ll also learn some valuable lessons about what’s really important in life.

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Inside the Book

Author: Debbie Goldberg
Publisher: Balboa Press
Pages: 70
Genre: Spiritual/Transformational/Self-Help
“Are you ready to listen?” Those were the first words I heard God say to me.
What enfolded over the next 2 years was a relationship with Jesus, God and the archangels that accompany all of us dally.
In this book, I take you through my own awakening, dialogue with Spirit and healing with the little injured souls that live within me.
As a career therapist, this journey into Spirit awakened me to a deeper meaning, a healing of emotional hurt that was buried yet alive and present within all my fears and perceived limitations. My journey from stressed-out, career hungry, love starved therapist to the joy and fulfillment I experience today is all chronicled in the volumes of Creating A Life Worth Living, a gift of love from Spirit.
Everything you need for your life’s journey is within you. Allow me to help you find this love within and awaken to a new world. Creating A Life Worth Living is a series of books that build upon each other and should be read in sequence to get the most out of them.

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Author: Joni Parker
Publisher: Village Green Press LLC
Pages: 317
Genre: Fantasy
Under the rule of King Arthur, Alex finds the mortal world far from what she’d imagined, and the mortals are less than hospitable.  Accused of being the “Blue Witch,” Alex is sentenced to die for treason and has been implicated in the mysterious death of one of Arthur’s noblemen by seemingly magical means.  With help from unexpected sources, she escapes and returns to Eledon, where civil unrest and the threat of war looms.  Alex resumes her responsibilities as Keeper of the Keys for the Council of Elders, but must execute a series of quests to prove her abilities to handle the magical Keys of Eledon.  But are her efforts enough to save the Elves from Civil War? And can she commute her own death sentence by finding the Holy Grail?

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Inside the Book

Author: Shannon Medisky
Publisher: Grace To Grow On Ministries
Pages: 86
Genre: Christian Living/Personal Growth/Spiritual Growth
Looking for the easy yoke Jesus promised?
Claim it by giving up. Keep reading to learn (exactly) how.
We crave control. That’s been part of our nature ever since Eve first reached out for the forbidden fruit. But if we truly want to rest in God’s peace, then we must purpose to let go and let God. If you’re looking for real help on how (exactly) to find true, lasting results, keep reading. Inside this book, you’ll discover specific, step-by-step ways you can begin to let go of the control you never had in the first place. In short, you’ll learn how to let God do His job so you can do yours—rest in Him.
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I Have Faith

Inside the Book

Title: I Have Faith
Author: Davin Whitehurst
Publisher: Childlike Faith Publishing
Pages: 26
Genre:  Children's Picture Book
Are you ready to get your child excited about faith? “I Have Faith” puts your child right in the footsteps of Danny as he begins to learn about faith. Danny and his older brother have been wanting a dog, but both know their parents don’t think they are ready for a dog. When Danny’s mom begins teaching him what the bible says about faith, he puts his faith into action. After praying and releasing his faith for a dog, doubt and even his best friend keep telling him that he will never get a dog. Over time Danny never loses his faith in the promises of God and finds that God is faithful and that faith works. Come along on this journey that is a real life event that took place in the author’s life as a child.
This book has great illustrations that support a wonderful story about finding faith in God. As you are teaching your child about principals in the bible; this book will help you teach faith. What a wonderful experience it is when we can see our children begin to develop their faith in God, and grow from a tiny mustard seed to a firmly planted tree. The back of the book has a parent/child discussion which will help children gain understanding in faith and some scriptures that Danny’s mom used to get him excited about faith.

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Author: Thomas L. Hay
Publisher: Balboa Press
Pages: 198
Genre: Scifi
An Abduction Revelation is a story that will have you wondering if it is reality or fiction. Think Total Recall blended with Close Encounters of the Third Kind.
Who are the abductors? Where do they come from? Where are they hiding? Do they even exist?
The answers are revealed in an intriguing adventure spiked with mystery, a dash of romance, a teaspoon of heartbreak, exhilarating plot twists, and a cup of revelations that might shock and torment your reality.
Join the ‘Comeback Kid’ on his incredible journey as he unravels the secrets behind his abductions and comes face to face with his abductors.

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Inside the Book

Author: Theresa A. McKeown
Publisher: The ABC’s of Everything, LLC
Pages: 30
Genre: Children’s Picture Book
How to Eat your ABC’s” is a cleverly written and illustrated book, which encourages children to get excited about healthy eating, while also developing a genuine love for reading.  Each letter of the alphabet is represented by a fresh fruit or vegetable and is narrated by BuzzBee, (a friendly honeybee who adores children). Written entirely in rhyme with a melodic tone, it is meant to be read aloud.  Not only will it inspire kids to fall in love with fresh healthy food, but it will also build their vocabulary and phonemic awareness.  “How to Eat Your ABC’s” will instill a healthy, happy, conscious way of looking at life from a young age.
We invite children and parents alike to follow BuzzBee and his friends as they show everyone how to eat their way through the alphabet.

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Inside the Book

Author: Dave Harrold
Publisher: Viveca Smith Publishing
Pages: 287
Genre: Thriller
Danger is a way of life for Rock Pounder, so when the DEA asks him to recover $250 million in drug money hidden somewhere in Mexico, the 10% finder’s fee makes the risk worthwhile for Rock and his team. But when his beautiful publisher Penelope Dickens Frost finds herself in possession of a key that leads to the drug money, he finds trouble on more levels than he ever expected.
Penelope is one of the only women who hasn’t immediately fallen for Rock’s charms, but things heat up as the two of them race across the Mexican desert on Rock’s dirt bike, with drug lord El Raton in hot pursuit.
From Dallas to Cabo San Lucas and into mainland Mexico, Rock and Penelope follow the money trail, with Rock’s unique team aiding in the escapade. But someone on the inside is betraying them. And publisher Penelope Dickens Frost proves to be almost more than even Rock Pounder can handle in this high octane thriller, the second book in the Rock Pounder series.

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Title: I, Mary
Author: Mike Hartner
Publisher: Eternity 4 Popsickle Publishing
Pages: 266
Genre: Historical Romance
A girl with something to prove. A ship with endless challenges. Will a life on the water set her free?
Mary Crofter has spent her life around ships. She’s in love with the sea in an era that keeps girls far away from the deck. Breaking social norms, she joins the crew of a small ship and sets sail for a new life.
Eager to prove her mettle to the all-male crew, Mary demands she be treated no differently. She works hard in a world that finds an English civil war brewing and spies around every turn. When she meets a man who offers her a much safer life on dry land, she must choose between the promise of love and the call of the sea.
I, Mary is the third installment of the Eternity Series, a saga of seafaring adventures for both teens and adults. If you like strong female characters, immersive historical fiction, and sweet romance, then you’ll love Mike Hartner’s adventurous tale of the sea.

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Title: Truthsight
Author: Miriam Greystone
Publisher: City Owl Press
Pages: 286
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Doctor Amy spends her nights running a secret clinic for supernatural creatures. When she is forced to use her magic to save the lives of a centaur infant and its mother, she vows never to regret her decision, no matter the consequences. Not even when the Mages capture her, beat her, and condemn her to die.
Before the sentence can be carried out, Amy is abducted by a mysterious being named Rowan, who demands she use her healing abilities to save his father. But when Amy fails to save the ailing man, her actions unintentionally force Rowan into an exile that will soon turn into a death sentence.
Now Rowan and Amy must join forces with the creatures who were once her patients and fight to uncover the one secret that may be powerful enough to save them all.

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Author: Evonne Blanchard
Publisher: Createspace
Pages: 54
Genre: Fantasy/Science Fiction for Children 5 – 10
This is book one in a series of ten space adventures, for children ages 5-10.
Amelia opens a present.  A present that’s not a present.  No, it’s a friendly looking alien called Uglesnoo from Pluto.  Uglesnoo needs to leave right away for the Moon.  Uglesnoo also desperately needs Amelia’s help.  His sister is very sick.  Should Amelia venture into outer space?

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Inside the Book

Author: Emil Toth
Publisher: Publish Wholesale
Pages: 339
Genre: Dramatic/Inspirational/Spiritual
Batu’s inspirational story dramatizes how tragic and explosive events transform her from being self-centered to self-empowered. Batu fearlessly speaks out against injustice in a male dominated society. Unwilling to subject herself to a barbaric ritual, she insults the High Priest and creates a persistent enemy throughout the story. Selfishly, she marries the Story Teller to continue her quest for knowledge. The marriage turns into a test of wills, until she is transformed by falling in love with her husband. The death of her husband and her baby causes Batu to lose worth, as defined by law, and the council decrees she is to be expelled from the village to face certain death. With the Healer’s help, she gains a deeper understanding of life as she faces tragedies, final expulsion and death courageously and heroically.

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Inside the Book

Author: Jenny Jaeckel
Publisher: Raincloud Press
Pages: 162
Genre: Short Stories/Light Romance
For the Love of Meat combines whimsical and surreal illustrations with engaging, intimate encounters that explore the depths of human experience. Unique and diverse in setting, and with touches of magical-realism, these nine stories will tug at the strings of the wandering, romantic heart, setting it delightfully ablaze.
In Wander the Desert, Sister Aurelia, a nun from the early 20th century, finds herself stranded in the Mexican desert with nothing but a few cobs of corn and a stray horse who becomes her faithful companion. In Stumble and Fall, we meet Dara, a young Londoner hungry for adventure who, unwilling to settle for the safety and comfort of home, travels to Vancouver, city of immigrants, where a handsome stranger entices her to take a leap into the unknown. The Two explores the tender bond between two young growing up in 1940s Philadelphia, who are as inseparable as light and shadow. As one of the girls tragically becomes ill, the impact on the other shows how true connections of heart and spirit are not bound to time and place. And Mémé, set in Haiti in the 1800s, is told from the stunning perspective of a slave who, as a child, witnesses the brutal murder of her mother, and survives through her connection to her brother and the natural world.
Jenny Jaeckel’s compelling storytelling takes us across the world and through the ages, with remarkable insight and soul-moving moments, when paths cross and time unfolds. Her language, imagery and attention to detail plunge the reader into these memorable lives, soaking us in tales of adventure, courage, love, loss, longing and all the hope in between.

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Author: Linda L. Singh
Publisher: Write Stream Publishing
Pages: 260
Genre: Biography
How does a young girl emerge from humble beginnings in a rural, four-room house and an adolescence characterized by abuse and homelessness to become a Major General in the United States Army and an Executive with a leading global professional services company? For Major General Linda L. Singh, it was a series of moments. From choosing forgiveness over resentment, love over fear, discipline over recklessness, and hard work over dependency, Singh takes readers on an inspiring journey of self-discovery, love, and acceptance. With courage, honesty, and passion, she divulges how she learned to understand the value in every choice and experience, armed with unwavering faith and determination. Along the way, Major General Singh acknowledges the multitude of mentors and role-models who assisted her in her transformation from homeless teenager to self-assured leader, wife, and mother – a path that eventually led to her installation as the Commander of the Maryland National Guard. Want to follow her example and rise above your current circumstances? Read Moments of Choice: My Path to Leadership by Major General Linda L. Singh.

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Madam President

Inside the Book

Title: Madam President: The Secret Presidency of Edith Wilson
Author: William Hazelgrove
Publisher: Regnery
Pages: 352
Genre: Narrative Nonfiction/Women
After President Woodrow Wilson suffered a paralyzing stroke in the fall of 1919, his wife, First Lady Edith Wilson, began to handle the day-to-day responsibilities of the Executive Office. Mrs. Wilson had had little formal education and had only been married to President Wilson for four years; yet, in the tenuous peace following the end of World War I, Mrs. Wilson assumed the authority of the office of the president, reading all correspondence intended for her bedridden husband and assuming his role for seventeen long months. Though her Oval Office presence was acknowledged in Washington, D.C. circles at the time—one senator called her “the Presidentress who had fulfilled the dream of suffragettes by changing her title from First Lady to Acting First Man”—her legacy as “First Woman President” is now largely forgotten.
William Hazelgrove’s Madam President is a vivid, engaging portrait of the woman who became the acting President of the United States in 1919, months before women officially won the right to vote.

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Eastern Wisdom Western Soul

Inside the Book

Title: Eastern Wisdom Western Soul
Author: Richard Singer
Publisher: Devorss and Company
Pages: 200
Genre: Spirituality
Spiritual enlightenment from the Far East has taught the world that true happiness and peace come from within—a wisdom that transcends time and boundaries. As each new generation struggles to find happiness in an ever-changing world overrun by technology and media, few take the inward path to deep, long-lasting peace.
Richard Singer, a psychotherapist, has studied hundreds of Eastern-based writings and given them new life in today’s world for people looking to apply this wisdom to the stressful and frustrating aspects of the 21st century. Based on the words of Gandhi, the Dalai Lama, Buddha, Lao-Tzu, and others, Richard Singer has illuminated some of the most profound Eastern quotes with 111 meditations and contemporary applications. Each selection acts as a seed that he expands upon to create a practical meditation for a real-life situation, enabling you to recognize and accept the inner peace of your true being . . . right here, right now.
LIBRARY JOURNAL: This little book has a definite place on the library shelf. Singer, a psychotherapist and “seeker of truth,” has assembled a variety of quotations and written meditations and “real-life applications” for them. What makes his book interesting is that—in an Asian context—the quotations are pan-cultural; that is, Chinese, Buddhist, Japanese, and Hindu sources stand side by side, implying, probably rightly, that all of Asian thought, considered together, is characteristically different from Western ways of thinking.
SUE VOGAN, Author/Radio Show Host: “Singer has taken the word ‘mindfulness’ to a new level and shows us how to apply it to every moment of our lives.”

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The Reclamation

Inside the Book

Author: Thorn Osgood
Publisher: Mind Wings Audio
Pages: 497
Genre: Scifi/Fantasy
Industry has been doing business their way forever. Nothing else matters to them.
People are sick and dying from the atmosphere. Government is in denial of the problems. Earth is dying.
When the School of Ancestral Guidance, an earth guardianship organization, gets a new member, mysterious possibilities unfold.
Corilan Troxler, learns of her SAG legacy, meets an extraordinary life form and makes strange choices. With no inkling of the consequences, she must succeed with her message to the people that care about Earth and protect them from those opposing the choices they make.
Under assault by industry and its mercenary attackers, she fights to get the word out. ‘Life is through the passage.’ This is Earth inhabitants’ last chance.
If you like fiction that blurs the boundaries and transcends to the fantastical, you’ll love The Reclamation, a new environmental science fiction/fantasy saga, the School of Ancestral Guidance.

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The Ghostwriters

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Author: Mickey J. Corrigan
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Pages: 194
Genre: Mainstream Thriller
She’s ghostwriting a book for a famous author—who is recently deceased. A struggling writer living in Manhattan, Jacy McMasters is the first to admit she’s a terrific liar and a screw-up. Then the ghost of the famous novelist JD Balinger asks her to “channel” a follow-up to his classic coming of age book The Watcher in the Sky. Along with her new boyfriend, a bear of a man who has no patience for mind games, the ghost in Jacy’s head forces her to confront a lifetime of secrets—dark secrets. Secrets she’s been keeping from herself.

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Single Chicas

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Author: Sandra Lopez
Publisher: Independent
Pages: 163
Genre: Women’s/Short Story Fiction
Single Chicas is a collection of stories about modern Latinas being in, out, and around the zany hurdles of relationships. One woman receives strange calls from a lonely soul, another seeks advice on how to love herself, and another wakes up in a parallel universe to a man she’s never met. These chicas will make painstaking effort to survive the complexities with humor and grace. Once again, López dazzles audiences with her brilliantly candid craft. Smart, witty, and funny, these stories will explore the true endurance of singlehood.

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Born to Resist

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Author: Ember-Raine Winters
Publisher: Independent
Pages: 191
Genre: YA/Dystopian
Seventeen years after a series of immigration wars that rocked the former United States, sixteen year old Alexa from rural Texas finds out that her ex-military father may have had a greater part in the wars than she ever could have imagined. He is arrested for treason by the new oppressive government (RONA or the Republic of New America) and given no explanation as to why. Alexa finds herself and her best friend Jacob on a journey to California to find the mother, who she thought died when she was a baby, and the resistance who plans to stop the RONA once and for all. Along the way, Alexa and Jacobs longtime friendship changes into something much more when they both realize they have loved each other since childhood.
When they meet Xander, a boy their age who was sent by her mother to bring them to California, they find out how much trouble they are truly in. RONA has been searching for Alexa since she left her small town in Texas and will stop at nothing to bring her in. The journey to California is a rocky one. They are constantly running from RONA and dealing with some not so friendly allies. Meanwhile, they are given no information about what is happening and why. Frustration mounts for Alexa when she is left with nothing but cryptic messages from her mother and prophetic dreams. She tastes death for the first time, ending her childhood innocence forever. She is met with condescending questions from commanders at each resistance base she visits. She does the only thing she can do, the one thing her father taught her well. She fights to survive long enough to save her father from death.
Alexa has one goal in mind to rescue her dad from prison but first she must confront her mother. The relationship between Alexa and her mother is strained because she continues to lie to her about her past. Alexa and her friends, Xander, Kara, Jed, and Jacob defy her mother, the leader of the resistance, and take off on their own rescue mission across the country to save her father. They not only have RONA to watch out for, but the resistance has also placed a price on their heads. During her quest to save her father she finds out everything is not what it seems and her parents are harboring yet a another explosive secret. Will they defeat the odds? Or be captured by one of the groups in the process?

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The Can't-didates

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Title: The Can’t-idates: Running For President When Nobody Knows Your Name
Author: Craig Tomashoff
Publisher: Bobtimystic Books
Pages: 302
Genre: Nonfiction
I’m not a political person by nature. Most of the time, it seems the political world plays out more like a lame ‘70s sitcom with all its predictable characters and routine storylines. However, last spring, I got tired of hearing friends and family complain about the lack of exciting, innovative candidates for president. Everyone seemed ready to vote for “None Of the Above.” So, I decided to take a 10,000-mile road trip across America in May 2015 to meet several of the more than 1600 “real people” who are legit candidates for the presidency. Including a couple in New England.
The Can’t-idates is about dreamers — not all of whom are tin-foil hat crazy — who just want to fill a hole in their lives by running for president. And as I drove to meet them all, I realized a lot about not just my life but also about the country. If we could all take time to believe in what our parents always told us — “Someday you can grow up to be president” — maybe we wouldn’t be in the shape we’re in.

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Inside the Book

Title: License
Book 2: The Big Disrupter Series
Author: Paul Markun
Publisher: Portfolio
Publication Date: July 21, 2016
Pages - 487
Genre: Thriller
License is a thriller set in Washington, D.C., Tibet, Ukraine and Telluride. Second in the series about entrepreneurs Maxine Gold and Lionel Lane versus titans of business and politics.
Maxine Gold and Lionel Lane, lovers and Co-CEO’s, are social entrepreneurs flush with new cash. Young and ambitious, they finally have the right and the might to catapult their energy drink company, Double Vision, and disrupt the industry. But the titans of business and politics have other ideas.
Lionel partners with Chinese princeling Li Ning to launch an expansion in China . . . but their venture encounters brutal hardships and heartache among the remote cliffs of Tibet.
Their billionaire mentor’s Gulfstream goes up in flames, an obsessed Russian hacker cripples their product distribution via cyber attacks, and Maxine is forced to face a hostile Senate inquiry in Washington, D.C.
Skier Reddi Christiansen, the face of the company, is in emotional free-fall, as her final days to qualify for the Norway Winter Olympics tick away. . . while her boyfriend, ex SEAL and cyber-sleuth Trig Garcia, is stuck in a deadly special ops deployment near the Hindu Kush mountains.
Maxine discovers the only way to save their future is to face her painful past . . . a high school tragedy along the Potomac River, where the Secret Service ripped her ideals–and love–from her heart.

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A Touch Of Morning Calm


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Title: A Touch Of Morning Calm
Book 5: Sam Jenkins Mysteries Series
Author: Wayne Zurl
Publisher: Melange Books, LLC
Publication Date: July 12, 2016
Pages -  307
Genre: Mystery / Police Procedural

Chief Sam Jenkins runs headlong into Tennessee’s faction of Korean organized crime when a mobster tries to shake down two former call girls attempting to establish a legitimate business. Soon, bodies begin piling up—all with a Korean connection—in Sam’s town of Prospect and nearby Knoxville.
Sorting truth from fiction calls for more than Sam and his officers can handle, so he turns to the women in his life for assistance. His wife, Kate, Sergeant Bettye Lambert and TV news anchor, Rachel Williamson contribute significantly in clearing the convoluted homicides.

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