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Friday, August 31, 2018

Book Blast: Hope by Rima Jbara - Win a $25 Gift Card






Title: Hope
Author: Rima Jbara
Publisher: AuthorHouse
Genre: Poetry
Format: Ebook

Hope is about a woman who lives in a drowned world and is going through a silent ruin, and finds comfort in believing that her own self exists as another being, and confides her inner most secrets to her. It all started with a dream, advancing to a nightmare that then became a reality. Hope plays a lonely game in silence until her dreams turn to dust. She lives her life through an illusion that ends with capturing her own light, making that moment an unforgettable day. This novel reveals in detail how a woman suffers from depression, and how it rules and guides her life through her journey in finding solace.

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Rima Jbara spent most of her childhood writing short stories overflowing with fantasy, and by the time she was 14, her first novel was released. Through her writing, she has given her readers a rare glimpse into her obscure world. The author released her evocative novel ‘Hope’ after five years of hiatus and obsession, and says, “I took time to experiment.” It contained gloomy and bitter self-conscious thoughts and dialogues that cemented Rima as a writer that has gone very deep to discover the inner most emotions in women and the ability to penetrate their souls. She wrote her bleak novels-on paper in shadowy rooms which only emphasizes the extreme infatuation of her art. An unconventional author, without an end declares her own death will comply while writing. Deeply troubled characters were created by Rima, and the complexity in these characters arises from her. The author’s life was tailor-made for her writing and sustains its passion in the pages; but she is best, when writing about herself. Visit the author online at www.rima-jbara.com  

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Book Blast: The Hard Bargain by David Tucker and Burton Spivak - Win a $25 Gift Card






Title: The Hard Bargain
Author: David Tucker and Burton Spivak
Publisher: XLibrisUS
Genre: Biography/Autobiography
Format: Ebook

The Hard Bargain describes in vivid detail and elegant prose the clash of wills between a famous father and his hard-driving middle son. Richard Tucker, the American superstar tenor from the golden age of the Metropolitan Opera, demanded that his son become a surgeon. Rejecting his father’s wishes, David wanted to follow his father onto the opera stage. Their struggle over David’s future—by turns hilarious and humiliating, wise and loving—is played out in medical and musical venues around the world. The father and son strike a bargain, the hard bargain of the title, which permitted both dreams to flicker for a decade until one (the right one, it turns out) bursts into sustaining flame. This heartfelt memoir about a son’s struggle against the looming power of a magnetic father is conveyed in a moving narrative that one reviewer has called “the most dramatic exploration of the private life of a legendary singer in the annals of opera literature.”

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Dr. David N. Tucker is a retired ophthalmologist with degrees from Tufts University and the Cornell University Medical College. After an internship at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City, he was a commissioned officer in the U.S. Public Health Service at the National Institutes of Health, doing research in infectious diseases during the Vietnam War. As chief resident under Dr. Edward Norton at the Bascom Palmer Eye Institute in Miami, he accepted a one year fellowship with the eminent Colombian microsurgeon Dr. José Barraquer and with other prestigious ophthalmic surgeons in Europe. For over thirty years, Dr. Tucker was in private practice in Cincinnati and was the director of the Department of Ophthalmology at Cincinnati Jewish Hospital for twenty-seven years. After retiring in 2004, he taught part time as a clinical assistant professor of ophthalmology at the NYU School of Medicine. He and his wife Lynda celebrated their golden anniversary in 2013 and have four children and nine grandchildren. 
Burton Spivak received his PhD in American History at the University of Virginia where he was a Woodrow Wilson Fellow and a Virginia- Danforth Fellow, and taught at the University of Texas at Austin, Brown University, Bates College, and the University of Virginia. He is a former recipient of the Stuart L. Bernath Lecture Prize for outstanding achievement in teaching and scholarship, awarded annually by the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations. His book Jefferson’s English Crisis: Commerce, Embargo, and the Republican Revolution (Charlottesville, Virginia, 1979) was included in C-SPAN’s American Presidents: Life Portraits list of twenty-five recommended books on Thomas Jefferson. Spivak also received his JD degree from the University of Virginia where he was on the Law Review and Order of the Coif, and practiced tax law in New York City for many years. He currently is an Adjunct Professor of History at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, Connecticut.

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Book Feature: Home Coming by Charles Lansford and Irene Nickerson






Title: Home Coming
Author: Charles Lansford and Irene Nickerson
Publisher: XLibrisUS
Genre: Coming of Age
Format: Ebook
Homecoming is that surreal feeling that a soldier has when he has returned home. For our heroes, each is facing new challenges, hopes, and fears. Ti is worried about what the shape-shifter major told him. He wonders what other secrets might be hiding in the shadows and what dangers they might hold for his family. Beary and Crew have returned home to build a new warship to face the growing threat to the Bearilian Federation. It is one that is pointed directly at his family like a dagger to his throat. Angelina and Octavious have discovered that old enemies have joined in the vendetta against their family. Old secrets may surface. Old threats may appear. All the pieces are now in place. It has been a month since everyone has returned.


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Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Author To Watch: Jeanine Kitchel, Author of Wheels Up: A Novel of Drugs, Cartels and Survival




Jeanine Kitchel, a former journalist, escaped her hectic nine-to-five life in San Francisco, bought land, and built a house in a fishing village on the Mexican Caribbean coast. Shortly after settling in she opened a bookstore. By this time she had become a serious Mayaphile and her love of the Maya culture led her and her husband to nearby pyramid sites throughout southern Mexico and farther away to sites in Central America. In the bookstore she entertained a steady stream of customers with their own Maya tales to tell—from archeologists and explorers to tour guides and local experts. At the request of  a publisher friend, she began writing travel articles about her adopted homeland for websites and newspapers. Her travel memoir, Where the Sky is Born: Living in the Land of the Maya, and Maya 2012 Revealed: Demystifying the Prophecy, are available on Amazon. She has since branched into writing fiction and her debut novel, Wheels Up—A Novel of Drugs, Cartels and Survival, launched May 2018.

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Layla always wanted to run the family business. But is she willing to kill for it?

When her notorious drug lord uncle is recaptured, Layla Navarro catapults to the top of Mexico’s most powerful cartel. Groomed as his successor, Layla knows where the bodies are buried. But not all the enemies. She strikes her first deal to prove her mettle by accepting an offer to move two tons of cocaine from Colombia to Cancun by jet. Things go sideways during a stopover in Guatemala whe Layla unexpectedly uncovers a human trafficking ring. Plagued by self-doubt, she must fight off gangsters, outsmart corrupt officials, and navigate the minefield of Mexican machismo. Even worse, she realizes she’s become a target for every rival cartel seeking to undermine her new standing. From her lush base in the tropics, she’s determined to retain her dominant position in Mexico’s criminal world. If she can stay alive.

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We welcome you to My Bookish Pleasures! Can you tell us how you got started writing fiction?
Hello, and thank you for this interview. After I moved to Mexico in the late 90s, I started writing travel articles about Mexico when a website publisher walked into my bookstore in Puerto Morelos (south of Cancun) and asked if I would do so. As a former journalist, non-fiction was not a chore and the area I was in—the Yucatan Peninsula with its pyramids, beaches, jungles—was so beautiful it was easy to write about. I wrote two non-fiction books, and since then I began thinking I could reach a wider audience by writing fiction and still take on some big ticket issues. That was the beginning of my fiction writing, with my debut novel, Wheels Up—A Novel of Drugs, Cartels and Survival.
Describe your writing process. Do you plot or write by the seat of your pants? When and where do you write?
On Wheels Up, I was a “pantser” as writing instructors say. I had an incredible story to tell about the Mexico cartels and how their creeping dominance has overtaken a country, and knowing little else about writing fiction, I just started typing. Now, with the second book in the trilogy, Layla’s Law which comes out late 2019, I am a plotter. The new idea came to me, and it made more sense to plot the story out. I write a bit in the early morning at my desk now, but my favorite time to write is between 2 and 6 pm. For some reason afternoons are my best time.

Can you tell us about your most recent release?
Wheels Up—A Novel of Drugs, Cartels and Survival, tells the tale of my Latina protagonist Layla Navarro, who catapults to the top of Mexico’s most powerful cartel when her notorious drug lord uncle is recaptured. Groomed as his successor, she knows where the bodies are buried, but not all the enemies. Since she’s light on “on the job” experience, she steps into a cocaine deal that’s moving two tons of cocaine from Colombia to Cancun. Things go sideways in Guatemala when Layla unexpectedly uncovers a human trafficking ring. Plagued by self-doubt, she must fight off gangsters, outsmart corrupt officials, and navigate the minefield of Mexican machismo. She’s also become a target for every rival cartel seeking to undermine her new standing. Her struggle is to survive.
Of all your characters, which one is your favorite? Why?
Layla Navarro, my Latina protagonist, is a strong-willed, competitive young woman thrown into an impossible situation when her drug lord uncle places her in the driver’s seat of Mexico’s most powerful cartel. As former cartel accountant, Layla sat behind a desk for years and calculated profits until her uncle was put behind bars. A far cry from running a cartel. When her older brother, the true successor to her uncle’s dynasty, dies in an ambush, the job falls to her. Since she’s next in line, she rises to the occasion. In Mexico, women have no power, so I thought it would be interesting to give this woman all the power, to see how she handles it. She has doubts of course, and her own personal demons, but she also has steely nerve and she’s hell bent on finishing what she starts. She’s a nuanced, complicated person, even sympathetic at times, in spite of her profession.
What was the most challenging aspect of writing your book?
Figuring out the first four chapters and how to keep up the thriller pace. Because I’m writing about several characters and cartel operations, at first I found it daunting to not explain how every character got to where they currently are in the book. I put the question to my writers group and my BETA readers. Finally I had my ‘aha’ moment when I hired an editor. She knew just what I should do, and I followed her lead. I promptly cut thousands of words, even two chapters, and the book reads fast I’m told. I’ve saved all those take-aways and a prequel, Before Wheels Up, comes out this fall, with all the back story I so much wanted to tell my readers.
What projects are you currently working on?
Wheels Up is a trilogy, and the second book, Layla’s Law, will be out in 2019.
What advice would you offer to new or aspiring fiction authors?
Press on! Writing is a full time job, even if you’re already working a full time job! Carve out a daily schedule, even if it’s just 30 minutes, and put words on paper. Writing begets writing. The muse only shows up if you do!

Monday, August 27, 2018

Book Blast: Revelations of Truth for Humanity by Mary Walton-Moore - Win a $25 Gift Card






Title: Revelations of Truth for Humanity
Author: Mary Walton-Moore
Publisher: XLibris
Genre: Religion
Format: Ebook

The book was birthed in 2002, after the September 11, 2001 Terrorist attack on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, but the Holy Spirit would not allow it to be published until this season of timing. It contains revelations and visions given by the Spirit of Truth relative to the existence of Humankind. The book explains “how” and “why” God allowed the 2001 terrorist attack to be successful; and, how the terrorist were able to slip through the nations safety net undetected. It explains how America fell from her seat of authority in the World and what she must do to regain her position. It explains what racism is and how it can be overcome. The book teaches how to overcome depression and oppression by balancing the mind. It explains how the Spirits of Deception are used by President Donald Trump to seduce the minds of his followers and how to break those powers. It explains the satanic weapons of warfare used by Satan and his minions to destroy The People of God and how to counter those attacks. The book explains in great detail what “Fear” does to both the mind and the imagination. The Spirit of Truth promised that the readers in need of healing in the mind and the soul and the spirit would be healed as they read the words contained in the book. The Almighty God is the author of this book and I am His mouthpeace.

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She is a native of Memphis, Tennessee. She is a veteran of the United States Marine Corps, active duty, and the Army Reserve. She was a Honorary Member of the Tennessee State House of Representatives in 1991 as a pastoral Advisor. She was ordained as a minister in 1986. She was a pastor for six years. She has an International Healing and Deliverance ministry. She has ministered to all nationalities and ethnic groups. She had a Television and Radio ministry for many years. She served on the Board of County Commissioners for Charles County, Maryland several years. She was involved in a car accident and had a deathbed experience in 1978 that changed her life. Immediately after the experience, the eyes of her understanding were enlightened to the Truth about the Soul, the Mind and the Spirit of Humankind. During the deathbed experience she went through a tunnel, and a hand reached inside the tunnel and touched her forehead and a voice spoke saying: It is not your time, I am sending you back to minister healing and deliverance to My people. When her spirit returned to her body she had become paralyzed, unable to move anything except her head. The doctors told her family that she would never walk again. Reservations were made for her to go to live at a nursing facility. She refused to go because God had given her a vision of her walking again. She had to learn how to walk all over again and is walking and ministering healing and deliverance to the People of God.

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Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Book Blast: Muddy Minutes by Rima Jbara - Win a $25 Gift Card






Title: Muddy Minutes
Author: Rima Jbara
Publisher: AuthorHouse
Genre: Mind, Body, Spirit
Format: Ebook


“Sand rasped incidents in my life, causing an abrasive outcome. Down came the rain, smothering me with mud and splattering me with my tears, creating a pool of sorrow that I swam in. An intervening energy took over me. I felt weightless as it pushed me through murky incidents. As sand and rain danced as one, it tormented me, leaving smearing mud on my days. Devastation overcame me with a magnitude that quivered my being. As I soaked in this salt water, my life remained damp for some time.” ‘Muddy Minutes’ accentuates a phase in the life of actress Turquoise Colmenares which depended on one decision that would change her present and maybe her future, considering that it is impossible to satisfy everyone. Brave acts and scenes of perseverance gained her incessant admiration, and unveiled a subject that many actors dreaded about. She walked through her blown away dreams and tossed hopes with grace. She dared to live through all the muddled moments. Rima Jbara’s message in this novel is to help you experience the joy of being alive, and the completeness that gratitude can bring with fortitude, conviction and integrity.
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Rima Jbara spent most of her childhood writing short stories overflowing with fantasy, and by the time she was 14, her first novel was released. Through her writing, she has given her readers a rare glimpse into her obscure world. The author released her evocative novel ‘Hope’ after five years of hiatus and obsession, and says, “I took time to experiment.” It contained gloomy and bitter self-conscious thoughts and dialogues that cemented Rima as a writer that has gone very deep to discover the inner most emotions in women and the ability to penetrate their souls. She wrote her bleak novels-on paper in shadowy rooms which only emphasizes the extreme infatuation of her art. An unconventional author, without an end declares her own death will comply while writing. Deeply troubled characters were created by Rima, and the complexity in these characters arises from her. The author’s life was tailor-made for her writing and sustains its passion in the pages; but she is best, when writing about herself. Visit the author online at www.rima-jbara.com  

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