Saturday, September 23, 2017

Books of the Week - September 23, 2017 - Reading Nourishes the Soul

Featured Books of the Week
September 23, 2017



A Ball's Game: Baseball
by Stefan Mathis

What happens when a talking baseball, rock and roll music, and a baseball game come together. A day filled with fun, laughter, and mayhem. Join Bennie, John, Kevin, the General, and others as they play their "own" major league game. Will one of Bennie's friends spoil the day? This heart warming fictional tale could easily have been named "If the Ball Could Talk." This is Major League Baseball from the Ball's perspective. Cute, funny, and kid friendly. A story that will be loved by all baseball fans and players. Join Bennie in this tale of the most unlikely baseball game ever played. Educational too. Learn how and where baseballs are made, and the most fun ways to get your hands on a Rawlings Official Major League Baseball.




The Last Faith: a book by an atheist believer
by Karmak Bagisbayev

 
What is the unique and most important feature that distinguishes man from all other living beings?

Why is it that, contrary to the instinct of self-preservation, a parent will throw themselves headlong into fire or water to save their child?

Why do people get married and why do they get divorced? Why do people have extra-marital affairs and why do two people in a couple become jealous of one another? What is Love?

When and why did the type of sex emerge among human beings that is free of any reproductive function?

Why are the social and behavioural distinctions between men and women being rapidly erased?

Why, despite everything, is the world becoming more tolerant than it was in previous centuries?

People are born with different intellectual, spiritual and physical capabilities. So why do we assert that all people are equal?

Can the world without violence exist? If not, under what circumstances and to what kind of violence does man have a right? Wherein lies the origin of this right?

Where is the root of our morality? Why do our moral values change over time? Do absolute moral values exist?

Why has Man, on the whole, never observed (or perhaps is incapable of observing) a set of various religious commandments? Should we observe them? Are they the decree of God?

By which “commandments” do we really live our lives and is it possible to formulate them in such a way that we could realistically observe them?

What is Good? And what is Evil? Is there a simple criterion by which one may distinguish Good from Evil?

In which direction is humanity evolving and is it governed by some universal law?

Is there any meaning to life?

Is it possible to give a clear and straightforward answer to all these questions?

It is, in fact, possible!





Goodbye, My Love (Roxanne's Ghost Saga 1)
by Maggie Tideswell


A love that cannot be denied ~ and a love that cannot be. Who will win? It’s only a matter of time.

Jessica James needs a new job and her only prospect as a nanny is with a remotely located veterinarian who only wants a “mature” candidate. But youthful Jess has faced tougher challenges, and she is determined to show the very handsome yet rude widower that she is the perfect choice to care for his autistic 4-year-old daughter, no matter how much he scowls.

Dr. Ben Arnold is still grieving, and not only about the recent death of his beautiful wife. He is still coping with the knowledge his profound love for her was unreciprocated. The demands of working and taking care of Amber, his autistic young daughter, have Ben overwhelmed and the last thing he needs is an insanely strong physical reaction to a nanny who is the first to seem to connect with his beloved delicate daughter – and the last he thinks he can handle in his life.

Jess is an unseasonal storm to suddenly sweep through Ben’s life, and may be the balm he needs. While strange occurrences all around them defy answers and explanations, the unexpected arrival of Ben’s late wife’s sisters, including her identical twin, on the one-year anniversary of her death does nothing to help dispel the intense and instant desire between Jess and Ben – and Jess’ glimpses of a life long past only adds to the surreal sense of the estate called Weltevreden.




More great books to check out!
The Life You Crave - The Business of You, is a transformational book written to help you hit the refresh button in your life. Understanding how challenging it can be to make shifts in our lives, with me taking each step with you, we'll carry out a step-by-step 'cleansing' of your life so you live the joyful, peaceful, prosperous and passionate Life You Crave!

Meeting Grandmom
by Jessica Adams


Jessica's two daughters, Janiece and Janelle, never met their grandmother. She had passed away when their mother and Aunt Jenny were just teenagers. Could Jessica's old toys from the past take Janiece and Janelle back in time to meet their grandmother?
 

The Lovin' Is Easy
by Gemma Snow

Book one in the Triple Diamond series

At the Triple Diamond, good things come in threes…

Madison Hollis never expected to find anything at the Triple Diamond Ranch in Montana, a surprise inheritance left to her by an uncle she’d never met. With her career as an event-planning manager for the Silicon Valley tech titans, a job that has pushed her straining engagement to the breaking point, she doesn’t have time for soul-searching.

But, out in the Montana summer sun before putting the ranch up for sale, Madison finds herself distracted by Triple Diamond’s sexy and oh-so-tempting ranch managers. Christian Harlow and Ryder Dean are best friends and total opposites, rebel country boy and pretty boy cowboy, and both are hot as hell.

Intent on loosening her reins, Madison gives herself permission to dive into an affair, surrendering to her desire for both of them. As she gets to know both Ryder and Christian and grows all too familiar with the feeling of them on her skin, Madison wonders if it will be as easy as she’d hoped to go home and leave them behind. But when an ugly secret comes to light, it might just send her running—if something, or someones, can’t convince her to stay…

Wilde Mountain Time
by Siobhan MacKenzie

Can love survive a long lost secret that threatens everything? 

Thom Mitchell is taking a break from his musical career—before it takes a break from him permanently. While his manager tries to salvage his failing career, Thom heads for the Presidential Range in New Hampshire to take a vacation and cross something off his bucket list. At the Mt. Washington Hotel, he finds the lovely and sassy Joanna Hayes, a Southern lawyer who knows how to push all of his buttons. Drawn to her instantly, as she is to him, Thom craves the growing intimacy between them. 

But the treacherous and deadly trails of Wilde Mountain aren’t the only thing putting their burgeoning future at risk. Secrets from Thom’s past, stemming from an alcoholic blackout, could destroy them both… and their one chance at happiness.
 

The Little Book of Kindness
by Bernadette Russell

Kindness - learn how to take action to change the world, one act of kindness at a time.

The Little Book of Kindness will teach you how to be kind to yourself, to strangers, to those you love, to the world - every day, at every opportunity. 

Prompted by the seeming hopelessness of the world around her, Bernadette Russell undertook a pledge to be kind to a stranger every day for a year. The experience left her wanting to inspire others. The Little Book of Kindness is packed with fun ideas, practical tips and interactive exercises that encourage you to 'be kind' in every area of life - online, to strangers, to the environment, in your community, to yourself - and change the world, one act of kindness at a time.


The Prodigy Slave
by Londyn Skye

At the age of ten, Lily is forcefully torn from her mother's arms and sold at a Negro auction by her master, a man that Lily learns that day is her very own father. Seeking solace from such devastation, Lily secretly begins teaching herself to play her new master's piano: an instrument that she is forbidden from touching. Lily becomes an extraordinary pianist and gets away with secretly playing for fourteen years until the master's son, James, discovers her deceit. The “punishment” that James gives Lily starts her on an unprecedented journey that dramatically alters her life and influences the lives of thousands, including a man with great power. Lily's groundbreaking journey also unveils the secret altruistic love of a particular man who has been forbidden from expressing his love to her for years. But the question remains whether or not the strength of his love will be powerful enough to free Lily from the shackles of slavery and protect her dreams and her life while on her turbulent Journey to Winter Garden.

Eighteen years ago, Princess Nisha became an orphan just days after her birth. Her parents and all of those with Fey blood all gone. All consumed by a fire that none had been able to stop. Or at least this is what is told. This is what is spoken aloud. Truth? Perhaps. But these are words Nisha has never trusted. Couldn't trust since they have never sounded quite right. Yet, not even her beloved aunt ever believed her when she questioned the events of that night.

No one believed her when she had turned thirteen and she became the queen of the Under Kingdom. They didn't trust her when her powers and natural abilities began to grow to frightening results. That was fine, if they didn’t want to believe her then once she home and crowned Queen of Darke, then she would show them. Once she was Queen then she would find every answer that she had ever wanted.

It wouldn't matter who or what stood in her way, for she would show them why she should be feared. She would show them what was created when her parents were stolen from her.

For she is Nisha and she is the daughter of the darkness.
 

Snowflakes
by Steve Catto

Discovering that you can’t find your way back home can be quite disturbing, but when there’s fish to catch, food to grow, animals to hunt, and a boy to share, the world turns out to be quite tolerable really. What more could a girl want?

The problem might be that the world doesn’t find it particularly tolerable, because life is going on and no-one’s really doing anything, except enjoying themselves. That’s got to stop, there’s work to be done!

Time to send in the little grubby girl with the big eyes and the long dark hair... and maybe the monkey. That’ll put the cat among the pigeons.


 
Life hasn't been the same since returning from Barbados. Josh has fallen. Hard. Unable to shake the feelings Ella stirred up in him, he retreats further into himself. He can't tell her how he feels, because even if he did, it wouldn't change the fact that she's married.

Complicated is an understatement for Ella as she works through her own personal hell after finding out her dead husband is, in fact, alive and in hiding again. But life, and work, must go on.

An undercover job on a four-week cruise should be an easy mission for the Cole Enterprise operatives. Unfortunately, the client is one of Ella's childhood friends, which leaves the pair wishing they'd come up with something other than being engaged as their cover. Playing the part may just hurt them both.

Falling in love is never easy. In fact, it can sometimes be downright painful. No strangers to pain, Josh and Ella find themselves at the crossroads of duty and love. Lines will be blurred. Hearts will be broken. And all that they are will be tested.

 
Red Light Murder
by Robert Levitz

Miami Beach-based private investigator Ric Rivera looks into the murder of a Florida man on a sex tour of Thailand. Rivera uses his brains, his fists and his knowledge of English and Spanish to conduct a far-reaching investigation. Chief among his suspects are the shady tour director and the other sex-starved travelers on the Thailand jaunt - including an accused dope dealer, a swinging married couple and an ex-nun. The young detective is assisted in his probe by his high-spirited Cuban girlfriend and his aging grandfather, an ex-bootlegger who went straight after Prohibition. Thwarted at every turn and facing an unwanted trip to Asia, Rivera finally collars the killer in a surprise conclusion.

Evaline Transcendent



Evaline Transcendent
by Timothy Bateson

Evaline is the shipboard computer on the Miranda Two, a colony ship destined for the planet Karman-III-Delta. She is possibly Earth's last hope of establishing a working off-world colony. However, her predecessor stopped reporting home, so now she and the colonists must establish what happened to the previous colony.

The Miranda Two has been traveling for twenty years, and now it's time for Evaline to wake the crew and colonists in preparation or arrival at their destination. Can Evaline and the crew figure out what happened to the Miranda One expedition, and what price will they have to pay for the answers?

Note From the Author: This is the second release of "Evaline Transcendent", which originally appeared in the "Across the Karman Line" anthology. Since that release, I have revisited the story and expanded on some aspects, and rewritten others. At it's core, this is exactly the same story but reimagined for a wide audience.

Originally standing at around 8,500 words, this new release boasts a word count of closer to 14,000. I hope that those of you who have read the original story will discover new aspects to it when reading this version. For those coming to it for the first time, enjoy!



Classics: Why and how we can encourage children to read them



2017 Readers' Favorite International Book Awards - Gold Medal Winner in Education
2017 CIPA EVVY Award - Gold Award Winner in Academic/Reference
2017 Global EBook Awards - Gold Award Winner in Education/Non-fiction
2017 Literary Classics Book Awards - Gold Award Winner - College -Instructional/Guide Book
Mom's Choice Awards® Silver Award Recipient (May 2017)
2017 New Apple Summer E-Book Awards - Official Selection in Non-Fiction

With the aid of the various techniques mentioned in this book, I hope to propagate the reading of Classics to everyone . . . every student, parent, and educator. Through the use of these techniques, parents and educators will be able to introduce students to the rich world of classic literature without the negative feelings that often result when students are exposed to new, more difficult material. The book also focuses on the importance of reading good literature, methods for encouraging students to do so, and the lifelong benefits children will reap from exposure to classic literature. It is my hope that this book will encourage everyone to make reading the classics a habit rather than a chore. We must do so, for the welfare of the modern generation and those to follow.     




Friday, September 22, 2017

The Baby Chronicles


The Baby Chronicles:

Where You Were Before You Were

by Beatrice Bruno

The Baby Chronicles is the story behind the scenes of creation of four “pre-born” baby girls who eventually meet in the US Army: Beverley, Emmaline, Joyce, and Margarette Ann. Although many of the pre-borns you meet are excited about the prospect of having an “Earth assignment,” at least three of the main four would rather stay in Heaven with Abba. They don’t want to carry out their mission on Earth, especially with the families they have been assigned to. If you have ever wondered where you were before you existed on Earth this book will give you pause to think of the possibilities you had before you were even born.

Thursday, September 21, 2017

A Key of Whispers



A Key to Whispers

by Jacob Albrecht

When Daniel Masterson was four years old, he watched helplessly as his father was killed in a horrific car accident, which resulted in terrifying nightmares, vivid hallucinations, and a fear of anything related to horror. Years later, after a high school prank induces a frightening hallucination, Daniel decides that the only way he can get on with his life is to face his fears by going through the local scare attraction, called the Horror House, on his own. But the further he ventures into the house, the more real it becomes. Trapped within the walls of the Horror House and unable to discern if what is happening is real or not, Daniel must survive five hellish rooms, filled with unspeakable terrors, in order to make it out alive and discover the terrible secret hidden within.


Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Tamburlaine: A Broadway Revival



“Two Knockers Up!”
~Rusty Warren, comedienne

Runner Up: 2017 San Francisco Book Festival 
Chris Marlowe, a drag queen of a certain age, has kept the failing, New York City show bar, Tamburlaine, open because of a long-ago made promise. When a young man enters his life, Chris reconnects with the world and everything changes. The bar once again enjoys success, crowds flood to Tamburlaine for the gender-bending shows directed by The Great Jericho Taylor, and Chris’s impersonations of the famed comedienne, Rusty Warren are once again loved by audiences. So, why is someone trying to kill Christopher Marlowe—again and again?


“Kompes writes in a confident, playful prose that perfectly captures Chris’ snarky worldview…. A colorful, surprising novel about an over-the-hill artist grappling with times gone by.” ~Kirkus Reviews



Tuesday, September 19, 2017

My Lonely Room



My Lonely Room
by John A. Vikara

Life wasn't so great when you didn't have much of a relationship with your parents or the ability to play street games while growing up in the fifties. You would rather be secluded in your lonely room, using your imagination to write stories and draw comic books than to be drowned in negativity by your mother or humiliated by your peers. All of this can change for Jimmy Yadenik when he meets Johnny, his soon to be mentor and member of the Vandals, and he applies for membership. But the transition won't be easy.