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Friday, December 28, 2018

Book Blast: Thaddeus Lamb Or, Taking America Back by P. G. Smith



 

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Title: Thaddeus Lamb or Taking America Back
Author: P.G. Smith
Publisher: AuthorHouse
Genre: Satire
Format: Ebook

Rev. Thaddeus Lamb is in a world of trouble. A true believer and a man of God, he is having a terrible time protecting his small town, family, and church from the ravages of social change in the sinful ’70s. But like the mighty Don Quixote de la Mancha, he dares to dream the impossible dream: that a man of sufficient faith and fortitude can reverse the march of time. This, he believes, is his mission from God. Alas, it is a daunting quest. Satanic Steve, the station manager, torments him about his low TV ratings. His church is facing bankruptcy. His daughter is turning into a liberal feminist before his fundamentalist eyes, and then he is sorely tempted by a man on a crusade of his own. Roger Wright is a brilliant political strategist who intends nothing less than to reverse the direction of politics in America. Hilarious and heartbreaking, this meditation on the turbulent decade of Nixon and Carter examines forces that divide our nation today and provides a fictionalized account of the right-wing campaign to recruit evangelical ministers into politics.

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Meet the Author:
P. G. Smith is a retired college professor who taught philosophy and jurisprudence for 26 years. She published five books and numerous journal articles all best sellers with the 247 other people in her field. She has always been fascinated by what people believe and why they believe it. Given how depressing that hobby has become in recent years, she also goes jogging and practices yoga a lot. After residing in Detroit, Florida, Arizona, Kentucky, Ohio, and New York City she retired to the shores of the Ohio River in Indiana not far from most of her children but not too close either.

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P.G. is giving away a $25 Gift Card!

 
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Book Feature: Good Intentions Bad Consequences by Phillip Nelson





Title: Good Intentions Bad Consequences: Voters' Information Problems
Author: Phillip Nelson
Publisher: AuthorHouse 
Genre: Social Science/Sociology
Format: Ebook


A new approach to understanding voter choice with important implications. There is a substantial class of voters who would like to do “good” but ignore important consequences of their attempts to do so—naïve altruists. The book both shows why such a class exists and tests the implications of that group’s behavior in a setting where other voters are self-interested, others are traditionalists, and imitation plays a big role in voter choice. The book also looks at the policy implications of such behavior accepting as desirable, but not fully achievable, the democratic ideal in which sufficiently informed citizens are given equal weight in political choices. Naïve altruists ignore the anti-growth consequences of redistribution from the rich as a class to the poor as a class. That ignorance produces too much of that redistribution in terms of the democratic ideal.



Phillip Nelson has specialized in two fields. The first is information economics in which he has produced seminal work in consumer economics. The second is public choice in which he has written many articles and the book, “Signaling Goodness.” This book melds these two fields producing new insights about voter information problems. He has spent a lifetime teaching graduate courses in these specialties and microeconomics theory at Binghamton University, Columbia University, and the University of Chicago.





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Tuesday, December 25, 2018

Book Blast: Place of Crying by Judy Witt



 

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Title: Place of Crying
Author: Judy Witt
Publisher: XLibrisAU
Genre: Historical Fiction
Format: Ebook

INKABA YAKHO IPHI? (WHERE IS YOUR NAVEL?) Three stories—those of the Xhosa and the Khoikhoi tribes, the British soldiers and the settlers, and the burghers and the Boers—are told in parallel. Her Khoikhoi mother, had named her Coti after the wife of Cagn, the supreme god of the San people. Her skin shone like gold, the skin of the San. He had been watching as she bathed in the lagoon, blinded by her sleek beauty as she stepped out. The fading sunlight on the water drops covered her golden skin like jewels. Coti gasped when she saw him. He was Tshane, great-great-grandson of a Xhosa chief and named after one of the first Rharhabe Xhosa kings or paramount (supreme) chiefs. His mother was from the Gcaleka Xhosa clan. Tshane represented the amaXhosa, the fierce people of Xhosa. He was magnificent as he stood still and tall—a warrior, black as ebony; his toned muscles rippled. He was nervous. She was not afraid of him. She prayed now to the wise and powerful Tsui-Goab, the Khoi supreme god, to protect her from Guanab, the cunning god of evil. Her grandmother had warned that this was an evil love, brought about by the trickster god, Haitsa-Aibib. Haitsa-Aibib could change his form at will. Was he the fish eagle that had thrown the cloud over her? Lt. Ian Bentley sat his horse on a hill overlooking the coastal foothills of the Amatola Mountains. From his position, he had a good view of the sea and also the Xhosa village below him. It was baking hot under the African sun, and he looked forward to the cool evening. He sweated in his thick red tunic, made for cooler climates, and his horse fidgeted from the flies. Taking his eyeglass from his tunic, he focused on the village below. Conraad du Randt, the burghers’ leader, raised his arm for silence. ‘Yes, my people. First, they free the slaves and tell us to pay them. Now they have equality before the law? These heathens are our subordinates, damned in the eyes of God! Given to us to teach them Christian ways! Our land! Our lifestyle! Is God-given and earned by conquest!’

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Meet the Author:
Judy Witt was born in Natal in South Africa on January 1944. She was raised by Zulu women and then Xhosa women when the family moved to Port Elizabeth in the Eastern Cape. The family later moved to Southern Rhodesia and Northern Rhodesia during the years those countries were fighting for freedom and independence. Caught up in the violence and terror that evolved and the Congo Revolution spillover, they returned to South Africa the day before Zambia’s independence. Judy now lives in Sydney Australia with her husband, four married children, nine grandchildren, and one great-grandchild.

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Sunday, December 23, 2018

Book Blast: Mike Honeycutt's World of Hunting and Fishing



 

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Title: Mike Honeycutt's World of Hunting and Fishing
Author: Mike Honeycutt
Publisher: Trafford
Genre: Travel
Format: Ebook

For author Mike Honeycutt, there’s nothing more exciting than a remote trip with great scenery. In Mike Honeycutt’s World of Hunting and Fishing, he shares a travelogue that speaks to his passion for traveling the world to exotic locales to hunt and fish for unusual animal species. Based on his extensive travel experiences, Honeycutt narrates stories from all over the world on all continents. From the savannas of northern Cameroon to the jungles of southern Cameroon, and from the mountains of the Rocky Mountains in the United States, to a Himalayan tahr hunt in the mountains of New Zealand, he describes an array of real-life experiences and excursions. He tells about bird hunting in Argentina, turkey hunting in Old Mexico, and looking for the Gobi Argali Sheep in Mongolia. From airplanes to snowmobiles, to boats, horses, jeeps, four-wheelers, and pickups, Honeycutt has traversed the world experiencing an array of terrain, cultures, religions, food, and personalities. He offers insights into his travel in Mike Honeycutt’s World of Hunting and Fishing.

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Meet the Author:
Mike Honeycutt enjoys traveling around the world looking for exotic trophies and spectacular scenery. He lives in remote South-Central Missouri near a national forest with his dog and a cat.

Giveaway

Mike is giving away a $25 Gift Card!

 
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  • This giveaway begins December 17  and ends on December 28.
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Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Book Blast: The Holy Spirit Will Deliver You by Patricia L. Loranger



 

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Title: The Holy Spirit Will Deliver You
Author: Patricia L. Loranger
Publisher: iUniverse
Genre: Religious
Format: Ebook

Does it seem you just cannot win the battle over the devil? Are you battling the temptation to sin or hiding secret sins from your church and family? Do you find it difficult to participate in church groups or struggle to pray and read the Bible?
When we think of deliverance, we think of salvation, but this is only the first step. Deliverance is receiving freedom, and many Christians need freedom from their loaded baggage of sin. We say the sinner’s prayer and we think that’s it—we’ve got our deliverance. But this is just the beginning. Some Christians struggle their whole lives with temptation; they need deliverance, and there are so few deliverance ministries out there. The Holy Spirit Will Deliver You offers hope and guidance toward relief and redemption. With the aid of the Holy Spirit, author Patricia L. Loranger undertook two lengthily spiritual deliverances, in which she cast a large number of evil spirits out of herself. She knows that through the aid of God’s Spirit that dwells within, all believers can set themselves free from the chains that bind them.
Based on one woman’s personal experiences and grounded in scripture, this guide provides Christians seeking deliverance with answers and steps to take toward their ultimate freedom.

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Meet the Author:
Patricia L. Loranger is also the author of Child of Woe, Child of Sorrow. She currently lives in Ingersoll, Ontario, Canada.

Giveaway

Patricia is giving away a $25 Gift Card!

 
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  • This giveaway begins December 10  and ends on December 21.
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Thursday, December 13, 2018

Book Review: Helping Hands by Ken Saik






Title: Helping Hands
Author: Ken Saik
Publisher: iUniverse
Genre: Fiction/Romance
Format: Ebook

Jill Kreshky is recently divorced. She is doing her best to reclaim her life. After an accident causes her to spend six weeks alone in a hospital, she is haunted by the awareness that she must find a way to once again become part of her children’s lives. Unfortunately, Jill doesn’t have a car, her job is temporarily on hold, her bank account is empty. There is no question that Jill needs encouragement from someone she can trust. After she learns that a church friend, Bill Wynchuk, has been more loyal to her than she ever realized, Jill decides to invite him for supper. As he relies on his faith and skills as a psychologist to lovingly lead Jill to appreciate her inner strength and need for the Lord, she gains insights that propel her down a path of reconciliation that helps her mend relations with her son and return to Ontario to face her greatest fears about her family and unveil a deeply buried secret. In this inspirational story, a woman attempting to reclaim her life is led on an emotional journey, with help from a devoted friend, that ultimately reveals the truth and prompts her to seek forgiveness.

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BOOK REVIEW:

I was diagnosed with a rare autoimmune disorder a year ago, and reading this book rang very true to me. The author really captures Jill and the features that make her vulnerable and in need of help. And Bill is also very well written.

The plotline was inspiring to read and well thought out and very easy to read as well as emotional.

I would highly recommend this book.
Ken Saik is a committed Christian who retired after thirty-one years of teaching social studies to pursue writing fiction and poetry. To date, he has published three novellas and a novel, Baggage Burdens. Saik currently resides in Spruce Grove, Alberta, Canada.


Ken Saik is a committed Christian who retired after thirty-one years of teaching social studies to pursue writing fiction and poetry. To date, he has published three novellas and a novel, Baggage Burdens. Saik currently resides in Spruce Grove, Alberta, Canada.






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Book reviewed at The Hype and the Hoopla

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Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Book Blast: Yes, I Do by Jenny A. Rogers



 

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Title: Yes, I Do 
Author: Jenny A. Rogers
Publisher: AuthorHouseUK
Genre: Religious
Format: Ebook

This book is to bring you the reality of marriage and marrying too early in the author’s opinion. The challenges and opposition life throws at you and how you can fully cope. It will also throw some purpose of marriage according to God’s plan and give you in-depth relationship tips. At the end of reading this true life event, I hope it will help shape your life and mind to make a better choice and decision in terms of marriage and relationships.

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Meet the Author:
Jenny A. Rogers is the founder of The Renewed Network, whose mission is to Reach, Teach and inspire others through Relationship Coaching and Speaking. Following a short outlived marriage and abandonment, she decided to pursue her long desired passion for Counseling and She is now a certified Listener in the UK. She has now renewed her thoughts and attitudes towards relationship building and has helped many to achieve this. Charlotte is determined to help many more make right choices in marriage or all forms of relationships.

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Monday, December 10, 2018

Authors to Watch: Andra Watkins, Author of I Am Number 13




Andra Watkins is a New York Times best selling author. She is author of five books: To Live Forever: An Afterlife Journey of Meriwether Lewis (Word Hermit Press LLC, 2014), Not Without My Father: One Woman’s 444-Mile Walk of the Natchez Trace (Word Hermit Press LLC, 2015; NY Times best seller, week of 18 October 2015); Natchez Trace: Tracks in Time (Word Hermit Press LLC, 2015); Hard to Die (Word Hermit Press LLC, 2016); and her latest, I Am Number 13 (Word Hermit Press LLC, 2018.)

Watkins is a popular motivational speaker and has been booked throughout the United States and internationally in Ecuador and the United Kingdom. She has appeared at Nashville’s Southern Festival of Books and on the faculty of the acclaimed Pike’s Peak Writers Conference. She was also selected as writer-in-residence at Stiwdio Maelor in Corris, Wales; the Trelex Residency in Trelex, Switzerland; and Buinho Creative Hub in Messejana, Portugal. She lives with her husband in Charleston, South Carolina.

Website Address: http://andrawatkins.com/








When Emmaline Cagney's father dies on her graduation day, she foregoes college and heads to Honduras to volunteer with Nicaraguan refugees. It's 1986. The Sandinista-Contra war rages in the jungles all around her. But when General James Wilkinson reenters her life during a hurricane, can she trust him? Or should she flee?

Because of his unsolved death, Wilkinson is stuck in an in-between world called Nowhere, a place he's always used for his evil designs. Will he stick to his mission to help the Contras? Or will he ditch his mission to finally possess Emmaline?

As they fight to keep refugees safe and American involvement with the Contras secret from Congress, Em and Wilkinson careen toward a showdown that outstrips space and time, a place where nothing she knew about herself is true. And Em must confront the one person she never wanted to see again: her craven mother. Will Emmaline outwit the two people who peddled her childhood innocence before she runs out of time?

I Am Number 13 is the third book in the Nowhere Series, a speculative blend of riveting suspense, forgotten history, and a dash of paranormal fiction. If you like edge-of-your-seat action, compelling characters, and white-knuckle emotion, you'll love the latest installment in Andra Watkins' page-turning series.
"Teeming with creativity, Andra writes with grit, wit and lots of heart. She is an earnest, humble storyteller." Jenny Sanford, former First Lady of South Carolina and NYT best selling author of Staying True
"One of the most imaginative series I've ever read!" Jen Mann, NYT Best Selling Author of People I Want to Punch in the Throat
"Edge of your seat to the very end!" Jay Snook, The Good Men Project


OTHER BOOKS BY ANDRA WATKINS

Not Without My Father: One Woman’s 444-Mile Walk of the Natchez Trace



All books can also be purchased direct from Ingram Lightning Source via the Word Hermit Press shop! Paperback and e-book format.


We welcome you to My Bookish Pleasures! Can you tell us how you got started writing fiction?
I started hearing voices in my head. No, really. A man and a little girl kept waking me up at night, insisting I tell their story. Their adventure became my debut paranormal historical thriller To Live Forever. 
I figured To Live Forever would be my only book, and I embarked upon an ambitious launch plan. I decided to walk the 444-mile Natchez Trace in 15-mile increments for 34 days to take readers into the world of the novel. I was convinced I’d sell thousands of copies. (Hint: I didn’t.) But I did get my New York Times bestselling memoir Not Without My Father from the experience.
I’ve also written the paranormal historical thrillers Hard to Die and my newest installment, I Am Number 13. 
Can you tell us about your most recent release?
When Emmaline Cagney’s father dies on her graduation day, she foregoes college and heads to Honduras to volunteer with Nicaraguan refugees. It’s 1986. The Sandinista-Contra war rages in the jungles all around her. But when General James Wilkinson reenters her life during a hurricane, can she trust him? Or should she flee?

Because of his unsolved death, Wilkinson is stuck in an in-between world called Nowhere, a place he’s always used for his evil designs. Will he stick to his mission to help the Contras? Or will he ditch his mission to finally possess Emmaline?

As they fight to keep refugees safe and American involvement with the Contras secret from Congress, Em and Wilkinson careen toward a showdown that outstrips space and time, a place where nothing she knew about herself is true. And Em must confront the one person she never wanted to see again: her craven mother. Will Emmaline outwit the two people who peddled her childhood innocence before she runs out of time?

I Am Number 13 is the third book in the Nowhere Series, a speculative blend of riveting suspense, forgotten history, and a dash of paranormal fiction. If you like edge-of-your-seat action, compelling characters, and white-knuckle emotion, you’ll love the latest installment in this page-turning series.

How did you get the idea for the book?
I wanted to give James Wilkinson a story that was worthy of his delicious awfulness. If he could have another adventure, he definitely would’ve been part of the Iran Contra Affair. Plus, I wanted Emmaline, the main character from my first novel, to confront him again when she was older. I was interested to see how a few years might change how she deals with him.
What was the most challenging aspect of writing your book?
I was diagnosed with an incurable parasitic disease and started chemotherapy and steroids as I started writing I Am Number 13. Medicines scrambled my brain. For more than a year, I wrote nothing but gibberish. I truly feared I might never be able to pull the story together and make it sing. Finishing I Am Number 13 is one of the biggest accomplishments of my life. You have a billion reading options, but I hope you’ll get I Am Number 13 if only to honor the hellish road I trudged to make it.
What projects are you currently working on?
I’m working on a travelogue memoir about living with an incurable parasitic disease that’s causing me to go blind. A doctor looked at me last year and told me he wasn’t sure how long I’d have quality of life. Anyone who knows me or has read my first memoir understands my power-through-anything personality. I didn’t quite know how to handle this news.
So I started traveling the world and trying new experiences, anything that might give me a wisp of hope or grant me a miracle. Whatever type of hopelessness burdens a reader, I want this book to give everyone who picks it up a big dose of hope.

INTERVIEW WITH PRESTON HOWARD AUTHOR OF THE SHELTERING PALMS



 
Preston Howard spent his entire career working on behalf of police officers, representing them under adverse circumstances, negotiating contracts to improve officers’ benefits and working conditions, and training police union officials in the art of leadership. He has written numerous books and lectured not only in this country but abroad as well.
His latest book is the fictional autobiography/historical fiction/satire, The Sheltering Palms.
Website Address:  http://www.prestonhowardauthor.com   
Facebook Address: Preston Howard - Author



Title: THE SHELTERING PALMS
Author:
Preston Howard
Publisher:
Preston Howard Press
Pages: 519
Genre:
Fictional Autobiography/Historical Fiction/Satire

BOOK BLURB:
Renowned police labor lawyer, Preston Howard, reached a watershed in his life—a forced retirement from the firm he built from the ground up and a cancer diagnosis. These two events made him take a step back and reflect over a life that had at times been hilarious, irreverent, self-mocking, eerie and even a bit, make that, quite lewd.
A family of unique characters guided the lawyer’s formative years: a bourbon-swilling, brilliant yet flawed grandfather who mentored the young lad in matters of religion, politics and the quest for knowledge; a psychic mother; an oversexed nanny; an aunt and uncle who fought on the front lines of integration; and a fire-balling uncle who got his fifteen minutes of fame in The Show.
Preston Howard first made his mark as a crime-fighting attorney representing the Tucson Police Department. Then he spent over forty illustrious years as a labor lawyer working with police officers and union leaders and handling the gamut of fascinating, high-profile cases across the country and even in other countries.
His many tall yarns might be viewed by some with the greatest suspicion, but his story-telling is undeniably first-class, witty, and absorbing.

PRAISE:
“The best book I’ve ever read about lawyers, cops, and unions.” Bob Helpert, Tucson, Arizona

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We welcome you to My Bookish Pleasures! Can you tell us how you got started writing fiction? 

As I came close to retirement, I decided that my career working with lawyers, cops and unions provided excellent material for a book, so I dived right in and wrote this book titled The Sheltering Palms.

Describe your writing process. Do you plot or write by the seat of your pants? When and where do you write? 

I plan chapter by chapter, but sometimes I realize that something needs to be added and deleted. My routine since retiring is to work out in the morning and write in the afternoon. Since my wife and I own a B&B, I can sit on our huge wrap around porch and go at it, weather permitting.

Can you tell us about your most recent release? 

The book titled The Sheltering Palms will be coming out on Halloween (10/31/2018). It is my first novel.
 
How did you get the idea for the book? 

The ideas came from both the work during my career and many vignettes from my childhood,

Of all your characters, which one is your favorite? Why? 

The most compelling character is a fellow named Buster, who definitely enjoyed his bourbon way too much, had more information floating around in his head than ten people combined, could spin the funniest tales, write the funniest letters, and had the most peculiar ideas about religion and politicians. He was the mold for what has been termed “country lawyer.” He was the grandfather and mentor of the protagonist.

What was the most challenging aspect of writing your book? 

Staying at it, and not getting discouraged by the fact that I write slowly.

What projects are you currently working on? 

My follow up book is a sequel to this one, titled Justice Delayed is Justice Denied. It should be completed in the spring, 2019.

What advice would you offer to new or aspiring fiction authors? 

First time out, right what you know if possible. Also, don’t become discouraged by rejection. Somewhere out there is an audience for your book.