Thursday, December 18, 2014

Texts From Jane Eyre, by Mallory Ortberg

Hilariously imagined text conversations—the passive aggressive, the clever, and the strange—from classic and modern literary figures, from Scarlett O’Hara to Jessica Wakefield
Mallory Ortberg, the co-creator of the cult-favorite website The Toast, presents this whimsical collection of hysterical text conversations from your favorite literary characters. Everyone knows that if Scarlett O’Hara had an unlimited text-and-data plan, she’d constantly try to tempt Ashley away from Melanie with suggestive messages. If Mr. Rochester could text Jane Eyre, his ardent missives would obviously be in all-caps. And Daisy Buchanan would not only text while driving, she’d text you to pick her up after she totaled her car. Based on the popular web-feature, Texts from Jane Eyre is a witty, irreverent mashup that brings the characters from your favorite books into the twenty-first century.

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  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Henry Holt and Co.; First Edition edition (November 4, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1627791833
  • ISBN-13: 978-1627791830
    This book also comes in paperback, which I received for an honest review.
    Loved her writing style.
    This book is witty, and surely will not disappoint.
    Pick it up. Amazon link above!


    Legacy by Ellery A. Kane

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    San Francisco is deserted, the Bay Bridge bombed, and the BART subway trains grounded. The Guardians, members of an elite and mysterious government-appointed military police force, are maintaining order at all costs--thanks to emotion-altering drugs like Emovere that suppress fear and anxiety. Lex Knightley, daughter of a prominent forensic psychiatrist, risks entering the devastated city to partner with the Resistance, a group of rebels intent upon exposing the dangers of Emovere. Lex discovers an ally in Quin McAllister, a magnetic Guardian Force recruit with a haunting past that binds them together. As she uncovers the secrets of the Guardian Force and confronts the truth about her family, Lex begins to realize that even those closest to her are not quite who they seem.

    A journey of self-discovery, first love, and friendship, Legacy asks its readers: Is it possible to let go of the past? Can we forgive the devastation of others? And how do we go on after loss?

    Product Details

    • Paperback: 254 pages
    • Publisher: BalboaPress (September 5, 2014)
    • Language: English
    • ISBN-10: 1452520402
    • ISBN-13: 978-1452520407
    emotional. engaging. quick read.  Legacy won't disappoint. Pick it up! Amazon link above.


    Fall In, Fall Out...The Dogface Years, by Joseph Crew

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    Son, The Army Will Make A Man Out Of You
    At seventeen years old and weighing in at barely 115 pounds, Joseph Crew and his identical twin brother, Richard, with parental permission, enlisted in the army in 1958. Their destination was the Third Armored Division in Germany—the same outfit as Elvis Presley. Their parents were in the beginning stages of divorce, and Joseph and his brother were looking to escape the domestic warfare. Fall In, Fall Out is Joseph Crew's intimate account, set against the backdrop of a pre Civil Rights, racially integrated army, charged to protect Western Europe from Russia’s hostile, overwhelming might during the deepening freeze of the Cold War. The book is about friendships, sexual discovery, racial tensions, and the heartbreak of young love. It starkly depicts barracks life and bleak war game maneuvers, and brings to life the flesh trade in a Mexican border town; the nightclubs of Copenhagen; the seedy streets of Amsterdam’s red-light district; and the glittering neon lights of Paris and Frankfurt—offering a glimpse of what army life was like in occupied Germany leading up to "the Berlin Crisis" of 1961. The young soldier's carefully preserved original manuscript provided the author a base to skillfully bring history to life and honor valued memories.

    Product details...
    Format: 5.5 x 8.5 paperback white, 341 pages
    Publisher: Outskirts Press (Sep 23, 2014)
    ISBN10: 1478727349
    ISBN13: 9781478727347
    Genre: BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Personal Memoirs

    Author Information...
    After serving in the U.S. Army, Joseph Crew returned to Europe and spent the next several years working as a truck driver, dishwasher, clerk, and bar manager. He traveled extensively throughout Europe before earning a B.A. in international literature from Schiller International University in Heidelberg, Germany, in 1974. In 1976 he completed a Master's degree in counseling through Ball State University. Joseph, a retired family therapist, currently makes his home in western Washington where he paints watercolors and continues to write. Joseph's first published work, Abraham's Burden, a mystery novel, also available on, tells the story of Charlie Abraham, a Native American Viet Nam War veteran falsey accused of a murder he didn't commit. For more information about Joseph Crew or his books view his web page at His mailing address is P.0. Box 14173, Tumwater, WA 98511. Phone 360-352-0809.

    *Gripping memoir of a young soldier's life. Having a son in the US Army myself, I found myself engrossed in this book. Pick it up (link at top of post).


    The Drug Rep by Daniel House

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    Find out why Jimmy decided to become a serial killer. Jimmy Harden was a man that had it all, a beautiful wife, a nice house, and a promising career in the Army. When he returned from his latest deployment to Afghanistan he found that things had changed. His wife had filed for divorce and took out a restraining order barring him from both her and their house. Devastated and dealing with post-traumatic stress disorder, he moved into a rundown trailer park and tried to make due as best that he could. Every day he thought about how he could get her back. His options were limited so after reading an article he came up with the idea that he could become a famous serial killer. He figured that fame, regardless of how he achieved it would bring Beth running back to him. Once Jimmy begins the killing he gets the attention of the local news station that quickly begins referring to him as "Doctor Death." He also garners the attention of the police and a hard-nosed detective named Jake Bedore who tirelessly tries to catch him. Step inside and see if becoming a serial killer gives Jimmy the fame he needs to win back his wife, or will Detective Bedore put an end to both him and his killing spree.

    Product Details

    • Paperback: 218 pages
    • Publisher: Outskirts Press (October 30, 2014)
    • Language: English
    • ISBN-10: 1478744510
    • ISBN-13: 978-1478744511

    About the Author

    Daniel House is a first time author and retired Marine who served 20 years. He worked as a drug rep for 5 years, and currently resides in North Carolina with his wife Margaret and daughter Kristina. Daniel enjoys watching the History channel and his favorite football team the Denver Broncos.

    A great debut novel for Mr. House.  Pick it up!  Quickly read.

    The Rocky Road of Love by Vernon Hosannah

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    Are you ready for an outing with our favorite two organic materials, Rocky and Sandy?

    Rocky is a large boulder—a strong, silent type with rugged, chiseled features—who lives by the water’s edge. Sandy is a lovely tropical coast, a free spirit who is always changing. The Rocky Road of Love is the humorous tale of how Rocky and Sandy meet, fall in love, and weather the storms of life. It’s an enjoyable read for both children and adults, who will each will take something away from the experience

    A sweet, sweet tale. Nicely written. Great illustrations. Pick it up!

    Monday, December 1, 2014

    Creation and Creation's God: One God, One Story, One People, by Dean Fredrikson

    For millions of literate people, the issue of natural and human origins remains open, both at the level of science and also at that of the biblical account of creation. The issues are poorly understood; it is not merely a matter of science vs. faith. Regarding science, the question is what science is scientific. The Genesis account of creation, on the other hand, is buried under centuries of theological orthodoxy more derived from Greek philosophy than from the language of Genesis itself. Augustinian Neo-Platonism predisposes interpretation of the Genesis account to misunderstanding. That view of instantaneous, complete and final ("fiat") creation, derived as it is from the idea of God as the quality of perfection, is contrary to the biblical story of a personal creator God who acts with purpose from a beginning to ultimate fulfillment in a new and good world. In fact, the idea of the progressive evolution of the natural world and of mankind fits better the stages of creation depicted in Genesis. But the idea of accidental or inevitable progress in autonomous nature is self-contradictory and entirely contrary to the biblical view of what might be regarded as purposeful, creative evolution. The purpose of the writer (or writers) of Genesis was to affirm that the world and humanity was the work of the one supreme God of the Jewish prophets. It is not an argument to prove the existence of God or to describe either the mechanics of creation or the antecedents of the big bang. Science that conforms to the modern definition of peer reviewed reproducibility and physical testability is one thing. Science that seeks its foundations in metaphysics as in the Bohr-Einstein debate over randomness in quantum theory vs. theoretical predictability, and the question of one universe vs. multiverse, is more metaphysical than scientific. Part of the book's argument occurs in fragments of a philosophy of language in which the difference between the use of literal language and literalis

  • Paperback: 424 pages
  • Publisher: Outskirts Press (July 26, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1478736224
  • ISBN-13: 978-1478736226

  • About the Author

    Dean W. Fredrikson holds a BS and MA from the University of Minnesota, with additional studies at BIOLA University and the University of Oklahoma. He served for 24 years in Portugal as a builder and instructor, taught at the Oak Hills Christian college for 22 years, and retired in 1998.

    The Secrets of a Savvy Traveler, by Priscilla Smiley

    Unlock the secrets of a Savvy Traveler! Do you suffer from wanderlust? Do you dream of tasting new foods in foreign lands, vacationing on exotic islands, or gazing upon the seven wonders of the world? Many dreamers and would-be travelers are discouraged by finances, believing that the cost of seeing the world is out of reach... The Secrets of a Savvy Traveler will show you how to accomplish your traveling goals in a simple three-step process-planning, execution, and outcome. With dozens of tried-and-true tips on budgeting, planning, and safety, this book will help you turn your dreams of traveling into an affordable reality. With The Secrets of a Savvy Traveler, you can truly make the world your oyster!

  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Outskirts Press (October 3, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1478732717
  • ISBN-13: 978-1478732716

  • Biography

    Priscilla Smiley is a self-taught savvy traveler who has explored four different continents in less than five years. Her desire to travel has developed a passion within her to educate others how to accomplish their traveling goals on a budget while using her simple three-step process-planning, execution, and outcome. With dozens of tried-and-true tips, her book will help anyone turn their dreams of traveling into an affordable reality.
    Do's and don'ts to traveling. Secrets to traveling during a holiday. Great info in a small, easy to read book!
    5 star!

    Faith, Behind the Blue Wall: Finding God's Love and Divine purpose in Law Enforcement by Clarence Hines

    Often referred to as the "Blue Wall of Silence", most people give little consideration to the sub community that is law enforcement. Most officers and soldiers accept the inherent dangers of their vocation without reservation; however, are rarely prepared to deal with the residual emotional effects of policing a community and defending our borders. Because of the strong professional standards and polished uniformed image of our warriors of justice, most people never stop to consider that because officers and soldiers encounter so much brokenness on a daily basis, they themselves can eventually break. This book is a personal career devotional for the entire law enforcement community and their families to bring them face to face with the loving presence of the God of Grace who called them, understands them, protects them, loves them and seeks to heal them. Throughout its pages, the law enforcement community will find transformative vocational meaning and purpose as they favorably live out their faith in the tough terrain of defending a city or nation. Through the often overlooked stories of soldiers and law enforcement officers in the bible, they will learn valuable lessons and gain priceless pearls of wisdom to better protect and serve our communities. Families and Communities will have never before seen access to the inner struggles and daily obstacles officers must overcome to serve them. Chaplains and clergy will be better informed and equipped to minister to the needs of their law enforcement congregants and parishioners.

  • Paperback: 92 pages
  • Publisher: Outskirts Press (October 24, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1478741449
  • ISBN-13: 978-1478741442

  • About the Author

    Clarence Hines is a retired Detective Sergeant with the St. Louis Police Department where he served for 21 years. He serves as a Criminal Justice Instructor and Associate Pastor in St. Louis. Clarence is a graduate of Covenant Theological Seminary and holds a Masters Degree in Theological Studies. He also serves as a Police Chaplain and writes a monthly faith based column in a police newsletter. He lives in St. Louis with his wife Julia and two children.
    Men and women in law enforcement sacrifice their lives for everyone. Selfless service. Beautifully written, quick read.