Monday, November 30, 2015

Blue Sun by Tracy Abrey

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A mysterious, secluded island with secrets. A brilliant teenage girl whose driving curiosity leads her to probe too deeply. A detached father who goes missing. Stalkers at every turn marked with a disturbing tattoo. An unreachable castle that holds all the answers.
Genny Hazard is on a plane to the Isle of Man, a curious island in the Irish Sea. Little does she know that she is not only going to be the new kid in a strange, foreign world, but her new life on the island is going to force her to rethink her beliefs, confront her past, and face her deepest fears.

A mysterious urban fantasy for young adults and adults alike, Tracy Abrey’s debut is a fascinating coming of age tale that explores the importance of family, the influence of our past on our present, and our need above all to find the truth. Incorporating and molding existing Manx folklore to create a new, unique mythology, its layered, intricate use of character and plot gives it the complexity and richness it deserves while never losing its pace or inventiveness. Filled with riveting mystery and almost unbearable suspense, Blue Sun is a first-rate page-turner that will leave you anxiously awaiting the next adventure.


About the Author

Tracy Abrey has been passionate about writing since stating in her second grade “school days” book that when she grew up she wanted to write books. Earning a BA in English Literature and French from Houston Baptist University and having taught high school English as she pursued her MA in English Literature at DePaul University, her childhood passion has morphed into a career focused on young adult urban fantasy. Abrey has lived in Canada, France, and England and currently resides in the US with her husband and two children.

My take:
Blue Sun is a captivating young adult fantasy.  The story is set on the Isle of Man in the Irish sea.  The author Tracy Abrey put a lot of effort and research into the island’s history which created a realistic scene.  The story begins when Genny and her uninvolved father move to the Isle of Man for his work on sustainable energy.  Genny fall’s  for the complicated, dashing boy at her new school, and embarking on a quest to make sense of all the bizarre events that begin plaguing her in her new home on this mysterious island. 

This is a well written story but it was a bit slow of a read for myself. 

Soul Food Love: Healthy Recipes Inspired by One Hundred Years of Cooking in a Black Family

A mother-daughter duo reclaims and redefines soul food by mining the traditions of four generations of black women and creating 80 healthy recipes to help everyone live longer and stronger.
 
In May 2012, bestselling author Alice Randall penned an op-ed in the New York Times titled “Black Women and Fat,” chronicling her quest to be “the last fat black woman” in her family. She turned to her daughter, Caroline Randall Williams, for help. Together they overhauled the way they cook and eat, translating recipes and traditions handed down by generations of black women into easy, affordable, and healthful—yet still indulgent—dishes, such as Peanut Chicken Stew, Red Bean and Brown Rice Creole Salad, Fiery Green Beans, and Sinless Sweet Potato Pie. Soul Food Love relates the authors’ fascinating family history (which mirrors that of much of black America in the twentieth century), explores the often fraught relationship African-American women have had with food, and forges a powerful new way forward that honors their cultural and culinary heritage. This is what the strong black kitchen looks like in the twenty-first century.


Product Details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Clarkson Potter (February 3, 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0804137935
  • ISBN-13: 978-0804137935

I absolutely loved this great cookbook.  Healthy recipes made from comfort foods you love!  Hardback book with great pictures of each dish.  I would highly recommend this book Soul Food Love to anyone, not just the seasoned cook.

I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.




MONSTERLAND BY MICHAEL PHILLIP CASH

Welcome to Monsterland – the scariest place on Earth. All guests can interact with real vampires in Vampire Village, be chased by an actual werewolf on the River Run, and walk among the dead in Zombieville. Wyatt Baldwin, a high school student and life-long movie buff is staring bleakly at a future of flipping burgers. Due to a fortuitous circumstance, Wyatt and his friends are invited to the star-studded opening of Monsterland. In a theme park full of real vampires, werewolves and zombies, what could possibly go wrong?


Product Details

  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (October 3, 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1517180678
  • ISBN-13: 978-1517180676

About the Author

Michael Phillip Cash is an award-winning screenwriter and novelist. He's written eleven books including the best-selling Brood X, Stillwell, The Flip, The After House, The Hanging Tree, Witches Protection Program, Pokergeist, and Battle for Darracia series. Michael resides on the North Shore of Long Island. He writes full-time with his screaming monsters in the background. Connect with Michael on: Facebook: facebook.com/michaelphillipcash Twitter: twitter.com/michaelpcash Web: www.michaelphillipcash.com Email: michaelphillipcash@gmail.com

THE EXPERIMENT: AMERICA'S INSANITY BY DESIGN BY FRANCIS WILLIAM NICHOLSON II

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Here it is after twenty years. The Operators of the Experiment finally let him write his manuscript. Sitting up at night alone at his personal computer, unedited and written by himself. His life in Chicago becoming a Broker at the Chicago Mercantile Exchange followed by his first two Episodes. His trip to Paris, France leading up to present day. Is he sane or insane? You be the judge.

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  • File Size: 997 KB
  • Print Length: 208 pages
  • Publisher: F W N II Publishing (July 11, 2015)
  • Publication Date: July 11, 2015
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.



SUCCESS PLAN AND POSITIONING STRATEGY 7.0 by Vicente Njoku

A Motivational New Book to Improve Personal 
and Professional Performance. . . The Success Plan and Positioning Strategy 7.0 emphasizes research and strategizing to improve personal and business performance, personal and group development, and strategies to maximize potential by bridging the distance between a plan and a successful outcome. This book is a valuable resource for anyone striving to reach their goals! With an easy-to-follow blueprint for developing a success plan and positioning strategy, Njoku’s book offers fundamental elements that are essential to closing the gap between ideas and desired results, highlighting the following keys to success: Acknowledge change and work on improving areas that will help the reader achieve their goals. Create chances for success by setting realistic goals. Focus on primary objectives and avoid unwarranted distractions that may derail the reader from reaching the finish line. Think about every option and the possibilities of bringing a vision to reality. Believe a goal is attainable if the necessary steps are taken to reach it. Develop steps that will help the reader achieve primary objectives. Use the concept to develop a roadmap to take a plan from inception to completion. Manage time efficiently by acting on plans and focusing on priorities. Measure achievements, and keep or re-evaluate the plan as necessary to achieve or maintain desired results. Explore the journey through life with passion, tenacity and a success strategy designed specifically for the reader.


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  • File Size: 1155 KB
  • Print Length: 164 pages
  • Publisher: Outskirts Press, Inc. (October 6, 2015)
  • Publication Date: October 6, 2015



CHAPTER 1: SELF REALIZATION. CHAPTER 2: SELF FORGIVENESS. CHAPTER 3: MAXIMIZE YOUR GOAL WITH A STRATEGY. 3 CHAPTERS FILLED WITH USEFUL INFORMATION TO CHANGE YOUR LIFE FOR THE BETTER; ATTAIN YOUR GOALS; KEEP PLANS IN PLACE; AND BECOME A BETTER OVERALL CONSUMER WITH SUCCESS. GREAT BOOK. HARDBACK. NO MONIES WERE RECEIVED FOR THIS REVIEW FROM MR. NJOKU.

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Kill the Silence (A Survivor's Life Reclaimed) by Monika Korra


In 2009, college sophomore and track star Monika Kørra was grabbed by three men on her way home from a party and brutally raped. Within hours of being released, Monika resolved that she would not be a victim – she was going to be a survivor. 

Monika had traveled from her home in Norway to Southern Methodist University in Dallas, determined to acclimate to life in the States and excited for the opportunity of a full scholarship to do what she loved. As an athlete and Olympic hopeful, Monika already knew how to train against extreme fatigue, soreness, and distraction. She was used to overcoming adversity, using obstacles like stepping stones to achieve her goals. Persistence and patience had always been her greatest tools.  She would now have to use these same qualities to regain her self-identity and find a “new normal”. 

Stripped of her sense of security, she slowly rebuilds her life with the help of her friends, family, and her own unflappable spirit. Monika shares the inspiring combination of mental and physical work that gave her the strength to win her greatest fight yet: the court case against the three men who had attacked her. She testifies against them with confidence and a fierce determination that these men would never be able to hurt anyone else, securing a life sentence. Two of them received life, one with parole and one without parole for the worst of the three. 

A large percentage of sexual assaults – upwards of 80% for female college students, like Monika was – go unreported, and 15 of every 16 rapists go free. By sharing her story, Monika hopes to inspire others to come forward and tell their own stories without shame or fear. Kill the Silence is about one woman's journey to recover from trauma and a call to arms to break the stigma that surrounds violence against women.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Harmony (August 25, 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0804139628
  • ISBN-13: 978-0804139625


Amazing read. Being a survivor myself I could very much relate to Ms. Korra's experience and trauma related.  Monika does a fabulous job explaining the event and her experience afterwards, moving forward in her life.  I would highly recommend this book to everyone!  Great job Ms. Korra. God bless!
You are free!


I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Newton, Maxwell, Einstein: What Were They Thinking?

How do you define time? Is it an illusion? Can a measurement made at one location influence a measurement made a million miles away, before a light signal can get there? Why doesn't the wind blow directly from a high-pressure region toward one of low pressure? Why are there pressure differences between different regions of the earth anyway? Is a vacuum nothing? What's waving when a light wave passes through a vacuum? Why doesn't the earliest sunset occur on the first day of winter? These questions, as well as many others are discussed in this book. It is a story of the questions that certain scientists were puzzling over, as well as the questions that their theories created. It helps us understand their theories, and appreciate their accomplishments, if we try to imagine their thoughts as they worked out their theories.

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  • Paperback: 276 pages
  • Publisher: Outskirts Press (October 14, 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 147875981X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1478759812



TWISTED TALES, BY TONY CARNEGIE

Fictional tales are surprisingly powerful, but only those with real eyes, realize, real lies. As an amateur writer, my goal in putting this publication together was to build the reader's interest up thinking one way and close it out with a sudden twist in a different direction. The beautiful lies of novels, movies, and TV stories can have that effect. I hope these short tales were thought provoking for you. For me, I used this as a way of exploring new approaches to this age old craft as I shared these twisted tales of life's stories Tony Carnegie.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 50 pages
  • Publisher: Outskirts Press (July 22, 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1478760125
  • ISBN-13: 978-1478760122


Fighting for Freedom in America: Memoir of a "Schizophrenia" and Mainstream Cultural Delusions

In the frontiers of America's mental health institutions, fighting for freedom can become very personal. Six years into a protected clinical career as a mental health counselor, Clyde Dee moves to Seattle, and takes a job in a Section 8 housing project. Getting to the bottom of what's going on in a fractured system, he becomes embroiled in the politics of the local drug war until he decides to go off a small dose of anti-psychotic medication. Clyde then faces threats and a re-conceptualization of a fractured past and is stopped by police in an effort to exit the country. He is incarcerated in a psychiatric ward for three months and released to the streets. In the years that follow, he moves through American disparities and cultural delusions, facing some of his worst fears come true, and striving to gain back what he lost.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 328 pages
  • Publisher: Outskirts Press (September 18, 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1478759925
  • ISBN-13: 978-1478759928



What a great read! As a person with mental health issues myself I could relate to most of the memoir. A must read for anyone who has a person with mental illness in their lives. Go ahead and read this book. I guarantee you won't be able to put it down. Read cover to cover fast!

THE ADVENTURES OF ZEALY AND WHUBBA-A NEW LIFE BEGINS, BY ROE DE PINTO

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The Adventures of Zealy and Whubba “A New Life Begins” Book 1 Series 1 A very special welcome to a beautiful, baby girl…bright-eyed, little seal pup, that is! When adorable, little Zealy is born, Whubba couldn’t be more excited! The latest in his line of powerful orcas, he’s the protector around here―and now, he’s also going to keep Zealy safe in her new marine environment, and doing so with tender, loving care! With its bright and cheery illustrations, The Adventures of Zealy and Whubba, “a New Life Begins”, the first in a series, is appropriate for infants through age five. As Zealy grows up under Whubba’s watchful gaze, the two adventurous babies teach readers that growing with love, caring and sharing are the most important parts of family life, as they melt your heart with their precious innocence. Roe De Pinto is a graduate of a three-year program in children’s literature from the Institute of Children’s Literature. Though she started working on the Zealy and Whubba series as a legacy for her children and grandchildren, sharing the characters’ infectious smiles with children all around the world is her ultimate goal! Experience the fun and educate your children through their little escapades!

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 24 pages
  • Publisher: Outskirts Press (September 24, 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1478763671
  • ISBN-13: 978-1478763673


A sweet book for kids. Love the illustrations!