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Friday, September 19, 2014

Interview with Orit Rehany, author of A River of Tears, the River of Hope

ABOUT A RIVER OF TEARS, THE RIVER OF HOPE

Title: A River of Tears, the River of Hope
Genre: School & Teaching/Inspirational
Author: Orit Rehany
Publisher: AuthorHouse
EBook: 151 pages
Release Date: December 17, 2013

 A River of Tears The River of Hope centers on the saga of the Two Torah Scrolls, and of an fluent and thriving community living peacefully for 2600 years until World War II and the events of Nazism, anti-Semitism and hatred took place in the ancient region known as the Cradle of Civilization, or modern days Iraq. The creation of Iraq by the British installed an unsuccessful attempt at Monarchy. The results were staggering and ultimately ended in the displacement of an entire community to Israel and the first settlement of the community in this newly created State. A River of Tears The River of Hope follows the enchanting and fascinating Murad family. The Murad family brought to Israel a proud heritage to share with the world including the two Torah Scrolls of their beloved father and grandfather, Rabbi Ezra Murad. Rabbi Murad’s two Torah Scrolls traveled with the family to Israel, where he was rightfully recognized as an important and impactful role models. His name shined within the community in Baghdad, and his memory and the valuable Two Torah Scrolls continued to stand out in Israel. While settling in Israel the Murad family showed us the most valuable elements of hope, drive, and determination as they continued to thrive in Israel and Canada. They continued to believe in their abilities to succeed. Indeed, as their lives changed and they relocated, the Murad family always maintained focus and the belief in their ability to survive and flourish. A River of Tears The River of Hope will welcome readers into the history of the Murad family and their amazing journey from a world filled with oppression and tyranny, to one supported by acceptance and support.

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What is your favorite quality about yourself? It is easy to criticize ourselves, but we don't stop to think about what makes us great often enough. I would like to explain why integrity is a quality that I like about myself: What are  the values and principles of Integrity? Why do we respect people with integrity? Integrity is one of the most important terms of virtue. It is the base of healthy relationship, business, or society. Persons of integrity may be regarded as honest and truthfulness, and consistency of characters. It stands in opposition to hypocrisy. Some people could or may act immorally—though they would usually not know they are acting immorally. Thus one may acknowledge a person to have integrity even though that person may hold what one thinks is importantly mistaken moral views.  

What is your least favorite quality about yourself? I came from a community that reputation mattered. Demanding of myself high standard, constantly tried not to blemish my name and to have a good credit, and constantly was worried about what others feel about me, I found out that to always try to please everybody else all the time was exhausting. It's one thing to help out a person who needs it; it's quite another to end up swamped underneath everyone else's wishes and requests, with no time left for yourself. So, I decided to reclaim my personal worth and learn not to care about what the others are saying and feel about me. Let them criticize me, take time for myself. Most importantly is to take track my achievements.

When did you first know you could be a writer? Since my high school days I loved my literature classes It inspired to start my own novel, which I did, based on achieving happiness through love. I was an avid reader, Agatha Christie's books, or any suspense books, biography books, novels, and inspirational books. The fear of failure held me back. The fear of fluency in languages, particular pieces of writing isn't going to turn out well, so I avoided working on writing in order to avoid feeling the fear. Overtime I learned to push away the negative feelings of fear and created history courses for adults. I became a guest speaker on Iraq and the Middle East alike shortly after 9/11. I had the capacity to work hard, although I did not like the increased pressure, I still had the drive to write my first book.

Who or what influenced your writing over the years?  My mother, as small children in Baghdad, used to tell us stories with the morals. Each one of my siblings was excelled in school. My brother Haim, who passed at the age of 16, created a library at home. I grew up in this kind of atmosphere that studies and education are essential to your future. In Israel I was inspired from my literature classes, started to write a novel, I was an avid reader, throughout all the countries I lived in, (four countries) when I became a teacher it was the involvement in school and the research for my students and studies alike that contributed to the power of writing, What inspired me to write this book was the desire to accelerate my grandfather's name, and the Saga of the Two Torah Scrolls.

How did you come up with the title of the book?  The biggest inspiration I got when considering the title of my book were the fond memories I had from the Tigris and Euphrates River at the time of living in Baghdad as a child. Those memories were of family outings, picnics, fishing, boating or swimming in the river. My mother sent me to swimming lessons along with other 10 boys and I was the only girl getting swimming lessons at the end of the 40s beginning 50s. The Two Rivers were such a vital element in the life of the population in Iraq. In 1951 was the mass immigration to Israel, the two Torah Scrolls, which my grandfathers wrote and were precious to the family, were transported to Israel. I wanted their voyage to their new country to pass through the River. The departure from Baghdad was with a lot of TEARS, HOPE and new beginning is replacing the tears.

What was the hardest part of writing your book?  The hardest part in writing my book was accumulating all the material. It was not just to honor and be just too, I wrote about but also interviewing family member, and others, living in four countries, getting all the images in high resolutions, and writing about each member of the family. I was very demanding of myself in producing a professional material, since it was my first book, the search for a professional editor was very hard to say the least, I went through many offers of editors, and started with one that did not have the vision for the book. Justin Spizman is an editor whom I recommend.

Friday, September 5, 2014

Interview with Natsuya Uesugi, author of grydscaen

ABOUT GRYDSCAEN

grydscaenTitle: grydscaen
Genre: Science Fiction/Fantasy
Author: Natsuya Uesugi
Publisher: Xlibris
EBook: 288 pages
Release Date: July 21, 2011

 Follow the lives of the main characters as they come together in the backstory to grydscaen:retribution, the first volume of the grydscaen saga. Faid is tired of life on the run in the Echelons, trying to keep his psychic power in check, he founds the Packrats establishing a safe haven for psychics. As a hacker he uses his jack to support his neurocyne habit. Lino is recruited by the Psi Faction and is sent on a mission to kidnap Faid. Riuho, Lino’s half brother becomes a prisoner of the Elite military and they experiment on him, train him and subject him to mind control, then send him out on a mission. On his return, Riuho is set on escaping and recruits Faid who hacks into the Psi Faction systems. They escape and return to the Packrats leading up to the start of grydscaen:retribution.

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Has someone been instrumental in inspiring you to write?

There was a priest/monk who inspired me to write my college essays when I was a junior in high school and I got into the Ivy League college I wanted to go to and graduated from there. I think he inspired me to write from my heart and believe in my message. I have been writing like that ever since.

Who is your favorite author? Why?

I like William Gibson and Ann Rice, as well as Brett Easton Ellis. I think those 3 authors have inspired me in my writing. William Gibson for his edgy storytelling. Ann Rice for her vampire world view and Brett Easton Ellis because I can relate to his characters. Each of these three authors I have looked up to.

What was your first sale as an author?

I don’t think I remember my first sale but I can tell you that I did find a reader who read grydscaen: utopia and created a whole web page for the book and said that they learned something and would end up buying all my books. I think that is high praise from a reader. I think that was the most influential sale I received. Also I just had a sale last week of the grydscaen: war book when it became a top release in hard science fiction that was influential. I think that really had an impact.

When in the day/night do you write? How long per day?

Hmm, that is a difficult question to answer because it has varied. I write when the inspiration hits me, that can be any time of day. But I guess you can say I write at night. I have this old Mac computer I use to write the books on. I have multiple computers actually but the old Mac which I can’t upgrade is tucked away in a corner of the main room with a printer and a Wacom tablet and seems to be where I write and proofread my books even thought I have more sophisticated computers with better memory and processing power.

What is the hardest part of writing your books?


The hardest part about writing the grydscaen series because it is an epic and there are multiple books is keeping the world straight. There are various political factions, government organization and nations in the story that are all vying for control be it the Atlantea Federation or the insurgent Pacific Territories. Keeping all that straight in your head when you are writing can prove difficult but you have to otherwise something will contradict and you can’t have that.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Mountain Biking in the Tao by Mark Tracey Book Blitz


Title: Mountain Biking in the Tao
Author: Mark Tracey
Publisher: iUniverse
Pages: 90
Genre: Sports/Recreation
Format: Ebook
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 "Mountain Biking in the Tao is the seminal work on Taoist philosophy and how it applies to mountain biking and life. Inspired by years of riding and meditation it gives the best possible advice on how to properly ride your mountain bike. Relax, be who you are, then go ride in the Tao on the trail nearest your own home."

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Since 1996, Mark Tracey has ridden the mountains of the great Northwest, claiming Mount Hood as his home mountain. Prior to that, his home mountain was Sandia Peak, just outside of Albuquerque, New Mexico.In addition to riding the earth?s mountains on his bike and snowboard, Mark coaches wrestling, builds Lego robots, and fixes Macintosh Computer problems. He has studied the Tao Te Ching since 1987. Mark lives with family in Portland, Oregon.
   

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Half the Man I Used to Be by Brian Ray Gross Book Blitz!

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  Half the Man I Used to BeTitle: Half the Man Used to Be Author: Brian Gross Publisher: iUniverse Pages: 167 Genre: Self-Help/Motivational Format: Ebook Purchase at AMAZON All humans have weaknesses. Even mythical warriors and superheroes have a weakness. For author Brian Ray Gross, that weakness is food. This creates an interesting paradox: food is intended to strengthen, nourish, and sustain—but when we consume too much, we become weakened by it. In this weakness, we cannot be the people God intends for us to be. In Half the Man I Used to Be, Gross shares his story about food, weight, and his weight loss journey. He tells how it all came to head in October of 2012, when he found out that he was diabetic and that his liver was failing. He was at his weakest point, and he had a choice to make: he could continue to let the weakness dictate the rest of his life, or he could seek the strength to overcome. He chose the latter, and the kind of strength he needed could only come from God. This memoir discusses Gross’s lifestyle changes and his weight loss success. His story serves to communicate there is hope for all who face the same challenges. It’s not too late to regain the life you desire. You have a creator who made you in his image, and he wants the best for you. You can do this, and when you do, you’ll be glad you did. amazon   Brian Ray Gross earned a bachelor’s and master’s degree from Morehead State University. He is a social studies and English teacher for the Raceland-Worthington Independent School District. Gross lives in Russell, Kentucky, with his wife, Kristy, and their three children. Brian is giving away a $25 Amazon Gift Card! 645
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Post-Traumatic Stress Derailment by Afrah Caraballow Book Blitz

Title: Post-Traumatic Stress Derailment
Author: Afrah Caraballo
Publisher: iUniverse
Pages: 45
Genre: Health/Medicine
Format: Ebook
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No matter where trauma comes from, it’s always violent.

 It breaks hearts and shatters shields – regardless if it’s caused by an earthquake, fire, flood, hurricane, abuse, a car crash, murder, or something else. Those who suffer from trauma often wonder if there’s something wrong with them. Afrah Caraballo, a licensed clinical social worker specializing in mental and emotional trauma, wants those who suffer to know that there are logical explanations for their feelings and behaviors. She helps caregivers and victims of trauma: • Identify the cause of the problem; • Validate loss and begin the healing process; • Overcome the sense of guilt and shame that hold many hostage. You’ll also discover how to recognize the symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder and get details on how trauma affects different age groups. Regardless if you’re a clinical social worker, victim of trauma, or caregiver to someone who is suffering, you’ll find this guide an invaluable tool to helping yourself and others.

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Afrah Caraballo, MSW, LCSW is a teacher and healer. A licensed clinical social worker specializing in mental and emotional trauma, she is the clinical director at Family ROCS. Her experiences such as living in Israel and serving in the U.S. Air Force fuel her passion for enlightening and supporting trauma survivors and caregivers. She lives in Colorado Springs. 
   

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Wednesday, September 3, 2014

The Darkest Side of Saturn by Tony Taylor Book Blitz - Win a $25 Amazon Gift Card!

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Title: The Darkest Side of Saturn
Author: Tony Taylor
Publisher: iUniverse
Pages: 492
Genre: Science Fiction
Format: Ebook
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 It’s 1997 at a mountaintop observatory in Southern California where spacecraft navigator Harris Mitchel and astronomer Diana Muse-Jones discover a dangerous asteroid which may hit the earth within two decades. As the asteroid tumbles through space towards an uncertain impact, Harris and Diana fight bitterly over how to announce their discovery. When Harris goes public to a skeptical world—at the cost of his and Diana’s careers—he sends their already turbulent relationship into a blaze of conflicting passions. As his notoriety builds, a fanatical preacher and his unhinged followers stalk him while an obnoxious radio personality provides disruptive help. Harris becomes an unwilling Pied Piper for his own overzealous followers hungry for belief and eager for guidance into an uncertain and tumultuous future. In this science fiction drama the characters battle each other in contests of Damn your world view! against a background of hard science, religion, romance, metaphysical speculation, and the forces of nature versus human passions and dreams. Meanwhile an asteroid hurtles through the solar system and global salvation or disaster hangs in the balance. “A courageous and visionary work … an instant classic.” —BlueInk Reviews
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Tony Taylor spent a long career navigating NASA spacecraft—including Voyager, Cassini, Mars Polar Lander, Galileo, and MESSENGER—to every planet in the solar system. He graduated from the United States Air Force Academy and earned an MS in physics from the University of Arizona. Tony and his wife, Jan, live in Sedona, Arizona.
 

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What is Growing Out of Your Ear by Angela Graham Book Blitz - Win a $25 Amazon Gift Card!


 
Title: What is Growing Out of Your Ear
Author: Angela Graham
Publisher: AuthorHouse
Pages: 24
Genre: Children's Fiction
Format: Ebook
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 It is summer and Angela eats a bowl of cherries. After she swallows some cherry pits, her Grandpa warns what will happen -- “A cherry tree will grow out of your ear.” Angela thinks that is silly. Do you believe a cherry tree can grow out of Angela’s ear? 

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 Angela Graham lives in Ottawa, Canada with her husband, two lively children and their dog. She has enjoyed writing stories for her children since they were young to inspire the love of reading. Angela’s stories add a humourous twist to real life. This story is motivated from Angela’s own childhood.
 

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