Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Book Feature: Patrick Turns His Play Into Pay by Shani & Patrick Muhammad

Author: Patrick Muhammad & Shani Muhammad
Publisher: 5 Star Publishing
Pages: 40
Genre: Children’s Book

Once great and powerful sorcerers, the Amasiti were hunted to the brink of extinction by the Hir and his followers. For four hundred years, their legacy faded from memory waiting for the hope of Aferi to be renewed…

In the Land of Yet

At the edge of the Forbidden Forest

A young woman lives alone.

Forced to fend for herself after the brutal murder of her family, Ameenah Yemini has made a life for herself as a master tanner and farmer, only venturing into the world to earn her living then return to the safety and seclusion of her home.

Until a chance encounter brings her work to the attention of the powerful Hir and her careful life begins to unravel.

Drawn to the hidden magic that lingers in everything she touches, the new Hir insists on having her for himself, using the people around her to force Ameenah into his grasp.

When she realizes that her greatest enemy may hold the key to a secret she thought lost to her forever, Ameenah is determined to reclaim her stolen past.  But, at what cost? As an ancient power waits to be unleashed, Ameenah’s choices will make the difference between awakening a new magic or delivering it into the hands of evil.




South Florida based janitor turned serial entrepreneur, Patrick Muhammad took what some would call an unconventional route to his newest venture.  “What I do now has evolved.  It truly took my passion and has turned it into a profession for me. I can see myself mentoring and sharing my story with young people easily for the next 20 years.  I love talking to young people and showing them, what entrepreneurship looks like. I love sharing my stories of how I came to be.  I didn’t just wake up one day and have all the answers.  My wife and I bumped our head A LOT.  I just want to say to them, look…here’s the blueprint.  Start now, don’t wait until you’re 30.  Passion has no age requirement, and has no limit on how many you can have. I started out as a janitor, then became a baker now I am into motivational speaking. They just have to have the passion and guidance. Anything is possible.”

“Patrick Turns His Play Into Pay” is the 1st book in a series of children’s books authored by husband and wife writing partners, Shani and Patrick Muhammad. The idea for the book was created one night while trying to explain the reason there was a gigantic, neon, pink and orange food-truck, now sitting in their front yard to their then 4 year-old Qadeer.   Patrick and his wife came up with the idea that they would write a keepsake item for all their children, detailing the road they took to becoming entrepreneurs.  The primary message is simple. By tapping into your passion early in life you can turn your playdays into paydays.  Once the book was published they both realized that the story could not only inspire their own children to entrepreneurship, but others as well. Shani figured out how to self-publish it and Patrick would take it to different youth groups in his community.   “I began shopping the book around to childcare centers and non-profits that served young people in the projects and the adults loved it.  “They really loved the idea that it was based on a true story and that the message was coming from a black male perspective. A story their children could relate to.  The images were brown like them and I just always got a positive response.  We took that book everywhere with us, and the response was this is a message that’s needed.  Children can’t be what they can’t see.”

Patrick currently lives in South Florida with his wife and three of his youngest five children.  He has a passion for planting the seed of entrepreneurship and carving out wealth building opportunities for his children’s generation. When he’s not writing books he’s on tour, speaking to groups of young people about basic principles of financial literacy and the benefits of early investing using cryptocurrency as a vehicle to establish future financial goals. When he’s not doing that…he’s on a creek with a fishing pole in his hand.

Shani Muhammad has been married to Patrick for 17 years now.  Together they have 5 children and 3 grandchildren.   Shani has spent the past 15 years in a classroom as a teacher. She too is a serial entrepreneur and has in the past owned a one-price shoe store, group homes and several online businesses. When she’s not working on the next children’s book in their series, she too enjoys researching and investing in crypto currencies and planning her family’s next “staycation.”




Monday, October 28, 2019

On the Spotlight: 'False Flag in Autumn,' by Michael Bowen

Title: False Flag

Genre: Political Thriller
Author: Michael Bowen
Publisher: Farragut Square Publications

Find out more on Amazon

About the Book:  

Josie Kendall is an ambitious political apparatchik whose memoirs will not be titled Nancy Drew Goes to Washington.  Josie has no objection to the truth—but she doesn’t let it push her around.  When a rogue White House aide tries to use her as an unwitting pawn in a plot for a spectacular October surprise before the 2018 mid-term elections, Josie calls on her D.C.-insider husband, her edgy uncle, and colorful denizens of the Louisiana demi-monde to help her out-hustle the hustlers.  But then Josie finds herself facing an even more daunting question:  is there a false-flag attack planned in order to influence the 2020 presidential election?  Josie will be forced to decide whether to venture out of the Beltway cocoon—where the weapons are leaks, winks, nudges, and spin—into a darker world where the weapons are actual weapons.  Josie will end up on the side of the angels even if, Josie begin Josie, the angels play a little dirty. 

About the Author: 

Michael Bowen recently retired from a 39-year career as a trial lawyer. The author of nineteen published novels, as well as scholarly and political commentary, Bowen is a graduate of Harvard Law School, where he served on the Harvard Law Review. Bowen and his wife Sara, a noted lecturer on Jane Austen and Harvard Law graduate, live in Fox Point, Wisconsin.

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Thursday, October 24, 2019

Fiction becomes reality? The Jessie Golden Earth Series by Annelies George

Title: Darkness and Light
Author: Annelies George
Publisher: BI Publishing
Genre: Mystery/Suspense
Format: Paperback/Ebook
On Tour: September 9-November 29

DARKNESS AND LIGHT is set five years after the brutal attack in Jessie’s apartment. From Miami to the Seychelles, the now married journalist continues her life journey. The metaphorical meaning of darkness and light are central themes throughout the story. Hatred, greed, betrayal, lies, the desire for power, far reaching jealousy, unconditional love, forgiveness and the noticeable changes in today’s climate are some of the spellbinding features of this plot.In the second part of the Jessie Golden Earth series once more today’s business jungle is intertwined with the intangible world of the other side. This results in an easily readable exciting story set in various countries around the globe, leading to a surprising unexpected end to this part in the series.


Title: Quest to the Unknown
Author: Annelies George
Publisher: Hybrid Global Publishing
Genre: Mystery/Suspense
Format: Paperback/Ebook
On Tour: September 9-November 29

Quest to the Unknown revolves around up-and-coming Dutch reporter Jessie Golden, ready for her first holiday with business mogul and playboy Carlos Gomez, with whom she is engaged in a budding romance. Her journey begins when she finds a folder full of information on a mysterious woman named Nancy and her son Paul, leading her to an unexpected quest. Soon thereafter Jessie is confronted with a series of unexplainable supernatural occurrences. She realizes there is no such thing as coincidence, although she can’t unravel the true meaning of her quest nor her link to Nancy and her son. At the same time Jessie believes Carlos’ father has ties with some questionable characters. Startled by a series of unexpected events she reaches out to Ed Turner, Carlos’ right-hand man. In order to protect the one she truly loves, Jessie starts an investigation that points to the murky world of the mob. When a stranger is constantly following her, Jessie’s life is in serious danger. Can the ones she implicitly confides in, still be trusted? The first part of the Jessie Golden 21st Century Earth Series, introduces the main characters of the saga in an intriguing story of exceptional mother love, the far reaching consequences of choices in life, genuine feelings, blind faith and brutal deception, set in a multitude of countries in today’s fast moving business world.


Fiction becomes reality? The Jessie Golden Earth Series.
“The world will be plagued by devastating storms and earthquakes,” Magda Breier, a medium in part one of the Jessie Golden Earth Series (Quest to the Unknown), states in a trance.  “Then I see seas that destroy coasts, claiming massive casualties. More than half of the world's population will die. Mark my words: the world will be shaken to its foundations, causing death to most of us.”
Will fiction become reality? Dutch author Annelies George thinks it will if the world continues to spin in a negative spiral of violence, greed, ego and matter.
“I believe that we’re all energy,” she explains. “Everything is interrelated and can therefore be impacted.”
In her point of view the way we behave is either creating a flow of positive or negative energy. Consequently, she feels that there is a link between climate change and increasing natural disasters. 
In the third part of the saga, The Prophecy: The 7 disasters before the final Apocalypse, she reflects her thoughts in a conversation a Peruvian priest has with the heroine of the story.
“What we give to the Earth, the Earth is giving back to us,” he states, in line with her own philosophy. “Where there’s harmony, pacification and inner peace among humanity, with love in the purest form, the Earth will be quiet, giving love back to mankind. A positive way of living is surrounded by positive rewards. However, when war, dissatisfaction, hatred, envy and selfishness dominate humanity, then the Earth will be restless, giving upheaval back to mankind. A negative way of living is surrounded by negative rewards.”
Through the Jessie Golden Earth Series and her Loveable Light initiative the author hopes to create awareness that the current state of our planet is the total sum of people’s behavior throughout the centuries and change is needed. 
Are you interested in the Jessie Golden Earth Series? Quest to the Unknown (part 1) and Darkness and Light (part 2) are currently available. Part 3 The Prophecy: The 7 disasters before the final Apocalypse is expected mid-2020.

Would you like to learn more about Annelies George, her books and the Loveable Light initiative? 


Annelies George was born on 4 August, 1964 in Bussum, After the gymnasium, she followed a one-year course as an international secretary in Amsterdam. Immediately afterward she started to work for a law firm, studying finance, management and law during the evening hours with the goal of becoming a lawyer herself. A move to a different town brought her into the fast IT world, where she was employed by GE Capital, marking the start of a successful career in the international IT Finance world. Due to the intensity of the job and long working hours, she abandoned her plans for a law degree. At the age of 30, she was appointed to Benelux managing director of a US based lease company, a rare phenomenon at the time, since few women were holding similar positions in the specific branch in the Netherlands. Thereafter she accepted a variety of EMEA and regional management and sales roles with Cisco, Microsoft, and Hewlett Packard. Annelies still lives in Bussum and is taking care of her 83-year-old mother. She loves, among other activities, to paint and design necklaces when she is not writing. On occasion she likes to travel to discover new places and understand the different ways of living around the globe.

You can visit her at: https://www.anneliesgeorge.com 

Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Guest post: "Finding the Time, Writing and Dogs," by Susan McCormick, author of 'The Fog Ladies'

One of the first questions people ask when then find out I am an author is, “Where do you find the time?” Most people know me by my day job, being a doctor. That takes time. I have a family, husband, two boys and a giant, slobbery Newfoundland dog. That takes time. I feel I can only write when I have stretches of uninterrupted time, to create characters and plot and plan and shuffle scenes around until they fit correctly. That takes time.

I write in the early morning, when my family is still asleep. I creep downstairs and write in the dark and then while the sun comes up. Our enormous Newfoundland dog, Albert, creeps down with me, my silent, stolid, constant companion while I write.

In Seattle in the summer, the sun gets up at about 4:30 AM and shines into my eyes and gives me hours of extra time. With all that sunlight comes energy and excitement. Winter brings darkness and coziness, with my family sleeping in extra long and no reason to stop my writing. The huge dog by my side makes sure I am never alone.

Because time is so precious, I cannot squander my chunks of time and I write no matter what. Throughout the day I jot down ideas or turns of phrase, but I’ve never been able to concentrate on actual writing or produce anything meaningful just in snippets here and there. When I sit with Albert the Dog in the morning, fingers flying on the computer keys, magic happens. Though I plot and outline, my favorite part of writing is when characters I’ve created take off on their own and get themselves into unexpected situations. Enid Carmichael, one of the characters in my new cozy murder mystery, The Fog Ladies, discovers Starbucks lattes at the ripe old age of eighty. She loves the bitterness, the froth. I wrote that. Then she craved more, and the next thing I knew, she was stealing Starbucks coupons from her neighbor’s newspaper to feed her addiction. She did that. Not me. She would have never had this luxury under time constraints. With enough time, my brain and hers became one and Mrs. Carmichael took over the writing, with excellent results. In the book she has a tiny, white, fidgety, high-strung bichon frise, as far from my friendly, phlegmatic black Newfoundland as you can get. Her dog, Snowball, was nowhere in my mind when I set out to write her first scene. Again, she created him, again adding richness to the story.

Time is no one’s friend, and I take time where I can get it, which for me is early morning, with my big dog, Albert, who, unlike the rest of us, has nothing else to do, ever.

About the Author

Susan McCormick writes cozy murder mysteries. She is also the author of Granny Can’t Remember Me, a lighthearted picture book about Alzheimer’s disease. She is a doctor who lives in Seattle. She graduated from Smith College and George Washington University School of Medicine, with additional medical training in Washington, DC and San Francisco, where she lived in an elegant apartment building much like the one in the book. She served nine years in the military before settling in the Pacific Northwest. She is married and has two boys, plus a giant Newfoundland dog.


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