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Friday, March 27, 2015

Santo Nino, The Body of Christ by Romito S. Olaguer Book Feature - Win a $25 Amazon Gift Card!



Title: Santo Nino, The Body of Christ
Author: Romito S. Olaguer
Publisher: iUniverse
Pages: 312
Genre: Religion/Christianity
Format: Ebook/Paperback
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 John 18:36 We, Members of the Body of Christ are not of this world, although we live in this world. Romans 8:31 If God be for us (Body of Christ) Who can be against us.

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Romeo S. Olaguer is a retired offshore oil and gas production employee in the Gulf of Mexico and other parts of the world. He has a BS degree in Mechanical Engineering from Mapua Institute of Technology in Manila. This is his first book he is attempting to publish titled Santo Nino, The Body of Christ. He believes writing this book is the will of the Holy Spirit for he has no journalistic background. He has a great family living in California.

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Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Defining Intelligence by Dr. Pat Keogh Book Feature - Win a $25 Amazon Gift Card!


Title: Defining Intelligence
Author: Dr. Pat Keogh
Publisher: AuthorHouse
Pages: 168
Genre: Education
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 It may be unethical for a person to conduct an intelligence assessment on another human being. Human intelligence is unquantifiable. Observing or analysing behaviour, appearance, personality, beliefs or acquired knowledge cannot produce a quantifiable measure of a person’s intelligence. The brain can perform millions of billions of calculations per second. This gives the person enormous power and incalculable potential. Yet, saying ‘I use my brain to think’ awards the ‘I’ (the mind) a priority over the brain. We are thinking beings. We are compelled and condemned to think. Thinking is process. We cannot analyse thinking but we can analyse thoughts and ideas, the products of thinking. The mind can reflect on the past, live in the present and plan for the future. Intelligence involves abstract, purposeful, logical thinking and the ability to create and execute ideas. It also includes unconscious thinking. The mind functions best when the body is at rests. The mind never sleeps. The ‘Bru na Boinne’ megalithic burial tombs in County Meath, particularly New Grange testify to the brilliance in observation, the thoughtful archectual planning and the masterful engineering execution of ideas and plans by our Neolithic ancestors of five thousand years ago. Modern day communication technology air and spacecraft are contemporary testimonials to human genius. Primary education should allow time in the curriculum for students to daydream purposefully. In early schooling greater emphasis should be placed on creativity, music composition, innovation and artistic pursuits.

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Pat Keogh is principal teacher in a large Dublin suburban primary school. He is a staunch advocate of child-centred education. He has had numerous articles published in the Irish Primary Teacher’s journal ‘In Touch’, The Irish Times newspaper and in 'Leadership', an Irish Primary Principal’s magazine. Pat has a master’s degree in philosophy and a doctorate in education. His doctoral thesis is entitled: ‘THINKING CRITICALLY’. He is keenly interested in the incredible calculating ability of the human brain and the illusiveness and ingenuity of the mind. He believes that the creative mind operates best when the body is at rest.

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Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Edward IV, England's Forgotten Warrior King by Dr. Anthony Corbet Book Feature - Win a $25 Amazon Gift Card!


Title: Edward IV, England's Forgotten Warrior King
Author: Dr. Anthony Corbet
Publisher: iUniverse
Pages: 464
Genre: History
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 As the 100 Years War ground to its dismal end, England groaned under the misrule of Henry VI and his Lancastrian favorites. The House of York rose in rebellion; and Parliament restored York in the line of inheritance to the throne. Edward, Earl of March, triumphed at the Battle of Mortimer’s Cross; Parliament asked him to be King and the people proclaimed him Edward IV. His life and legacy are chronicled in Edward IV, England’s Forgotten Warrior King.

 For ten years, Edward struggled against repeated Lancastrian rebellions. He was driven from his kingdom by Richard, Earl of Warwick, but then he won decisive victories at the Battles of Barnet and Tewkesbury in 1471. For another twelve years, he reigned wisely with peace and prosperity, as a beloved King; but then he died at age forty one and his twelve-year-old son was proclaimed Edward V. Richard, Duke of Gloucester, seized the throne and put young Edward and his brother in the Tower of London, from where they never emerged alive.

 Richard III was a good King and wanted to be respected, but the people believed he had murdered the Princes in the Tower, and would not forgive him. Queen Elizabeth and Margaret Beaufort plotted with Henry Tudor, who invaded England in 1485. Henry Tudor then defeated and killed Richard III at the Battle of Bosworth Field. Henry Tudor (Henry VII) was crowned King and married Edward IV’s daughter Elizabeth; the resultant Tudor dynasty would rule England for another 118 years.

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Dr. Anthony Corbet was born in Perth, Australia. He graduated from the Adelaide Medical School in 1963; he trained in Pediatrics and Neonatology at Sydney and Montreal. He held professorial/research positions at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston. Since 1994, Dr. Corbet has practiced at the Children’s Hospital in San Antonio. Book Cover shows the Chapel of St George at Windsor (where King Edward IV and Queen Elizabeth Woodville were buried in a common tomb.)

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Friday, March 20, 2015

Understanding the Economic Basics and Modern Capitalism by Dan Blatt Book Feature

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Understanding the Economic Title: Understanding the Economic Basics and Modern Capitalism Author: Dan Blatt
Publisher: iUniverse
Pages: 558
Genre: Business/Economics
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 UNDERSTANDING of the economic successes and failures of the past century and today begins here. Dan Blatt, after almost a half-century of accurate published economic forecasts, examines history’s most important economic works. He shows why capitalist market mechanisms successfully raise billions out of poverty and why socialist and other administered alternatives flourish briefly and then collapse. UNDERSTANDING begins with the basic texts: An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations, by Adam Smith; The Principles of Political Economy and Taxation, by David Ricardo; Capital (Das Kapital), by Karl Marx; The General Theory of Employment, Interest and Money, by John Maynard Keynes; Capitalism, Socialism, and Democracy by Joseph A. Schumpeter. The analysis is readily comprehensible for college level readers and busy professionals. The style facilitates speed-reading and scanning but with liberal inclusion of quoted material covering the key ideas and most famous passages. Understanding the Economic Basics and Modern Capitalism is your source for rapid familiarity with these basic works and the reasons for the repetitive failure of current economic policies.

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Dan Blatt, a graduate of Brooklyn College and Harvard Law School, has been working for or writing about government agencies and policies for more than fifty years. His track record of accurate published economic forecasts began with the prescient book, “Dollar Devaluation” (1967). He is the author of “Understanding the Great Depression” (2009), and currently publishes “Futurecasts online magazine at www.futurecasts.com

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Thursday, March 19, 2015

Dawn of Ages by Mike Phillips Book Feature

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Dawn of AgesTitle: Dawn of Ages
Author: Mike Phillips
Genre: Science Fiction/Post Apocalyptic
Publisher: Eternal Press
Pages: 291 
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It’s the end of the world, but a new beginning for humanity. The war has lasted for generations. In this technological age, no longer must humans risk their lives in combat. Fierce robots operated by remote control make up the bulk of the militaries. Satellites in the atmosphere render the heavens a frenzy of violent confrontation. However, the war has little effect on everyday life. The bloodshed is minimal, the disruption to commerce even less. It is a comfortable war. Most of the populace believe they have nothing to fear. Little they know their world is about to come to an end.  


ABOUT MIKE PHILLIPS

Mike Phillips is author of The World Below and Reign of the Nightmare Prince. His short stories have appeared in ParAbnormal Digest, Cemetery Moon, Sinister Tales, Beyond Centauri, the World of Myth, Mystic Signals and many others. Online, his work has appeared in Lorelei Signal, Kzine, Bewildering Stories, Midnight Times, and Fringe. He is best known for his Crow Witch and Patrick Donegal series. Please visit Mike at mikephillipsfantasy.com.

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Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Finding the Guts to Write by Matt Shea, author of The Meadowdale Community Project

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The Meadowdale Community Project Title: The Meadowdale Community Project
Author: Matt Shea
Publisher: Virtualbookworm.com Publishing
Pages: 233
Genre: Fiction/Family Life
Format: Paperback/Kindle
Demolition crews continue to raze abandoned and condemned structures in the sleepy town of Meadowdale - a city hit hard by the sluggish economy. A once-cherished building is now the dilapidated Meadowdale Community Center (MCC), where the handicapped and mentally-challenged sort recyclable materials and create artwork from refuse that catches their eye. This prompts many to consider the MCC a burial ground for lost causes. But a mysterious stranger in a wheelchair arrives and befriends an intellectually-challenged teen, Chase Mansfield. When the Community Center is condemned and Chase realizes the squirrel he feeds is about to become homeless, he comes up with an ingenious idea that changes his future - and the future of the community. Chase and his invention soon unite the entire city, breaking down barriers related to wealth, politics, age, mobility and intellect. In an age of fiction based on witchcraft, libido, and immorality, The Meadowdale Community Project is a family-friendly story for all ages, tastes and background.
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Finding The Guts To Write

By Matt Shea



Writing is a very personal way of extending oneself. It goes beyond the unique style that makes up our character. It also unveils our values based on what story line we create- and how we present it.

This is where the butterflies in my stomach come alive.

Q)  How often have we listened to a loved-one's critique by hearing these immortal words?

                 “This sounds like you.”

A)   I believe every time.


Often, I've been somewhat chastised for how I went about presenting a story with,“This sounds like you,” being the first salvo.     

Trust me; I'm the furthest thing from being perfect. For that very reason; I already have my personal struggles in life while trying to survive and make a difference. On occasion, the 'peanut gallery' will catch me on something legitimate like the correct spelling for the wrong word- or that misspelled one that should have be caught early.

We're all human...

When presenting a manuscript that consists of thousands of words- and a subject matter that you-yourself selected; it's a given to find at least a few kinks somewhere. Blemishes that range from gray areas- to outcries for not being politically correct await.

Our writing style is much like our fingerprints: it's all one-of-a-kind and varies from person to person. It is tailor-made with our distinct methods of conveying a story that we feel must be told. Our way of drawing attention to a special cause or injustice.

Writing creates a different kind of double-edged sword that the author now faces. One that works both ways against him(her). Let me explain:

Each and every one of us lives in a world where we are condemned to be 'imperfect'. Hence; we are all different. Strike one.

To compound things even further; we have an unlimited amount of tools at our fingertips. Words, verb tenses, sentence structures, phrases and a galaxy of other literary assets that are just waiting to be pieced together. An assembly that's guaranteed to be different than the selection others would have used. Strike two.

A writer must convey their story within a guide line where others can easily understand. This is where it gets tricky. On one hand; we need to be correct with our writing skills. On the other; we must  'think outside of the box'. It's crucial to finesse this effort in such a way where it becomes different than the other stuff out there. After going through the mill a few times; one questions if it's even possible to write a story that will never have any backlash...

A famous editor named, Don Carter once explained to me that an author's work can be edited over and over again by the experts. Since that's the case; he stressed that a writer should simply take a deep breath and write how they truly feel.

At one of my writing groups we had the honor of having Jim Fisher join us. Jim is a seasoned editor who now teaches at a local community college. In class he addressed this issue by breaking it down with his genius. After the group went back and forth about 'proper writing' he had something to say:

“Ninety percent of acceptable writing is simply having a good story line.”

I was relieved to hear that because when I first broke into writing I felt like the game Pong. It was a frustrating 'one ore in the water' affair that resembled Abbott and Costello's Who's on First. It seemed whenever I followed the advice of one editor; it came under attack by another.  

Things began to get better. It was pointed out to me that famous writers also receive their well-publicized criticism. Successful writers who have the following of millions.

My goal as a writer isn't to become rich and famous. It's to simply improve while I try my best to inspire others. Writing is my passion.

As a developing author it was a relief to find    that I was best off just being, 'Matt'. This discovery allowed me to go forth and get my stories out there. It then put me into a league where I may not bat a thousand; but did find those who appreciated what I had to say; and how I said it. More important; there were those who met me half-way and gave their constructive criticism and encouragement.

It's nerve-wracking to present your writings to the whole world. Such presentations are a way for an author to say, “Regardless of my imperfections; here is what I have to say and please love me for it.”

In closing, I am grateful to have taken the path I took to get published. My focus is to profile the unsung hero in society who catches the ball when needed. On a more personal note; my accomplishments and shortcomings never once had anyone question where my heart is. For that reason; I'll continue to write win or lose.

 Thank you:

                                Matt Shea


Matt Shea  Matt Shea writes stories that are designed for both young and old. He profiles the average person in society that's a little different or misunderstood. Matt also writes about the plight of those who are mentally disabled and senior citizens. He exposes their personal battles in life; with values being challenged- but never compromised. When it's all said and done such individuals are recognized for being a contribution to society. They also achieve their just reward: appreciation followed by acceptance. His characters are nothing more than average people that represent all walks of life. People like you and me. Matt loves feedback from those that take the time to read his stories. He offers his email address and promises to do his very best to answer all who write him.

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Silver Diaspora by Christopher T. Rand Book Feature - Win a $25 Amazon Gift Card!


Title: Silver Diaspora
Author: Christopher T. Rand
Publisher: iUniverse
Pages: 320
Genre: Historical Memoir
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 At the outset, the members of author Christopher T. Rand’s family lived in a world of great wealth. They were among the richest people in the United States. But they then faced a dilemma: compelled to choose between staying on in their ancestral world or keeping up with the times in the nation around them and integrating themselves into the American mainstream. With each generation, the pressure on these individuals to choose between escape or immersion into the society became more and more intense. In Silver Diaspora, Rand examines his family’s roots in the northeastern United States and chronicles his journey through these times, against the backdrop of the family history. Embarking on a search of a better new world, Rand’s parents leave the East Coast and land in California. From here, this memoir follows Rand through college at Berkeley, travels abroad, work in the petroleum industry and his experiences as a writer. Describing the people, places and experiences that impacted Rand’s life, Silver Diaspora provides one man’s insight into the world in the latter two-thirds of the last century.

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Christopher T. Rand has worked as a writer, consultant, and translator. He is the author of Making Democracy Safe for Oil and has worked on litigation with the Federal Trade Commission and the state of California. Rand lives in the San Francisco Bay Area, and has two children.

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Thursday, March 12, 2015

Wonderful Worlds by Robert Greenough Book Feature - Win a $25 Amazon Gift Card!


Title: Wonderful Worlds
Author: Robert Greenough
Publisher: Trafford
Pages: 494
Genre: Religion/Spirituality
Format: Ebook
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 Wonderful Worlds is an explanation to laymen of events in cosmos and earth history, sequences of species life, and interactions of the brain, mind, soul, genome, enzymes, organs, and body. We see development of cultures directed from positions of logic and reason, eventually describing what makes us human. Proposed as beginning even before the accepted moment of the big bang, the cosmos erupts later over billions of years to first life in a progression of species, eventually leading to a fresh look at Homo erectus and newly thought subspecies of Neanderthal, sapiens, and modern man. Presented here are at least thirty alternatives to generally accepted myth, magic, and misclassifications in history. Man with emotions, including an underlying spirituality, combined with soul, brain, mind, genome, and body has experienced his evolution for over 600,000 years of a 13.7 billion-year existence. Only in the past ten thousand years has man acted in society as an intelligent, technical, communicating, calculating, emotional, and spiritual resident of Earth, even to expanding in the universe. This comprehensive collection of alternative views should be on the reading shelf of every person inquisitive of his or her planet Earth’s birthright.

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 Expansive personal interests in wide variety of topics. MBA from University of Michigan, BA from Michigan State University, and associated courses in law and engineering. Fondness for all phases of ancient history, evolution, the body and soul in development, and cultures. Attempt to communicate technical material to the common man. 

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Tuesday, March 10, 2015

There is always hope! Escaping abuse and domestic violence by author Rebecca Marie


Title: One Month Week Day Hour Minute Second
Author: Rebecca Marie
Publisher: iUniverse
Pages: 113
Genre: Self Help/Personal Growth
Format: Ebook
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 Abuse knows no boundaries. It doesn’t care if you are rich or poor, old or young. It can enter your life at any time and stay as long as you let it. In One Month Week Day Hour Minute Second, author Rebecca Marie discusses that the key is to release the secrets, talk about the abuse, and take the power away from the abusers. In this memoir, she shares her personal journey surviving sexual and physical abuse, describing how abusive patterns started at a young age, how negative self-esteem continued to grow, and how it ended in her falling in love with a psychopath. One Month Week Day Hour Minute Second narrates how Marie was victimized and lived in daily fear and despair, but discusses how she chose not to remain a victim and took power over her own life. Hoping to break the cycle of domestic abuse one victim at a time, Marie tells her emotional story to call attention to the problem of domestic violence. Her story shows there is hope for others.   amazon  
There is always hope! Escaping abuse and domestic violence.
Hoping to break the cycle of domestic abuse one victim at a time, I tell my emotional story to call attention to the problem of domestic violence.
I am a person just like you, as a matter of fact this could very well be your story or someone you know. I have experienced every emotion in my life from extreme happiness to deep sadness. I have made mistakes and I have had success. I believe that as long as we learn from our life experiences and keep growing from them, that we become the people we are meant to be.
There is a myth out there surrounding “Domestic Violence” that only certain social classes suffer from this epidemic. Abuse knows no boundaries. It doesn’t care if you are rich or poor, old or young. It can enter your life at any time and stay as long as you let it. In One Month Week Day Hour Minute Second, I discuss that the key is to release the secrets, talk about the abuse, and take the power away from the abusers. In this memoir, I share my personal journey of surviving sexual and physical abuse. I describe how abusive patterns started at a young age, how negative self-esteem continued to grow, and how it ended in me falling in love with a psychopath. One Month Week Day Hour Minute Second narrates how Rebecca was victimized and lived in daily fear and despair and discusses how I chose not to remain a victim and took power back over my own life.
I had tried leaving my husband before, but each time I would return back to him. I felt like he was becoming much more violent, much more unpredictable, and to continue on like that, I couldn’t do it anymore. I had to face the reality that if I stayed in the situation, I was going to die.
One weekend, my son and I went away to my mother’s house. I had no intention of leaving my husband at that time, but after he kept calling and arguing with me, accusing me of leaving him, I soon realized that he might be right. I got the courage to say, “You’re right, I’ve left you.” I reached out to a distress line, which in turn put me in contact with a shelter within my area. The turning point was realizing I could not do this alone, and I turned it over to those social workers and the people who deal with domestic violence on a regular basis. We can’t do this alone. That’s a really important message in this book. Anybody who’s survived abusive situations has a lot of strength. That’s what gets us through. There’s a time though when you have to let somebody else have that strength and you have to trust in the professionals. Anybody who believes no matter how small your children are, and no matter how well you think you’re sheltering them, every child knows what’s going on. The shelters are instrumental in helping the children. There’s counseling available for the children because it’s not just about you, it has an impact on everybody.
Receiving that help from the staff at the shelter ironically was another reason I decided to write my book. Although the counselors were amazing and the available resources were helpful, I still needed assistance surrounding the sexual abuse within my marriage. The counsellor said to me, “That’s one point where we don’t have a lot of resources.” They suggested a rape crisis center. I went to the rape crisis center and the counselor that I spoke to said, “I am so sorry, all I have is a two page article,” and she recommended one book which wasn’t even specific to what I had gone through. The counselor explained that it’s hard to find assistance for someone who is or has experienced rape or sexual abuse within their marriage because nobody wants to talk about it and there are little to no statistics on it. It was during this time, of my recovery that I decided to write my book. I wanted there to be another resource.
Finally about two years ago, I said to myself, “You know what, this is it. This is the time you’re going to write this book, you’re going to help others, and become an advocate.”
Writing this book was very therapeutic, I was able to relive some of those unfortunate moments by writing about them. I’ve done a lot of therapy around it, and of course when you’re going to therapy one of the biggest things they tell you is write about it, journal it…when I was writing the book, it brought those feelings back again. There are some graphic details in the book, and I wanted to make sure I did it that way. Put it out there because I’m not the only one who has gone through this or is going to go through this. Again, it was hard to do, but what kept me going was it was important to be 100 percent upfront. The only way that this book would hold the power I truly wanted it to hold was to make sure I held nothing back, and I’m proud of that.
What I want people to take away from my story is that there is hope and resources available. Stop feeling ashamed. The abuser wants you to be ashamed and to isolate you. The other thing I want to make clear is if you know of someone going through this, be there for them, don’t be judgmental.
I want society to not turn a blind eye; if you witness abuse, or know of someone suffering, please reach out to get the victim help.
Let me and my book be added to your list of resources. I can speak to your organization as a way to educate your staff, volunteers, victims, as well as fundraising events and corporate sponsors. The issue of domestic violence is ongoing. We all need to be advocates to stop the cycle. Please purchase my book or contact me by going to my website: www.rebeccamariehopes.org, 
Rebecca Marie enjoys being a mentor and her goal in sharing her story is to help others see there is hope.