Wednesday, December 11, 2013
Friday, November 8, 2013
Amapola is a marvelous and exciting novel by Alan Heywood. The characters are just lucky to be in the right place or maybe lucky. Some parts are similar to James Bond movies. I enjoy the occasional humor Heywood uses throughout Amapola and the strength of female characters. There is also much focus on how friends are important.
The main character is George Maverick, a retired major. He has not been able to forget a Costa Divan girl named Sakai. She won his heart though they were separated for a time. George believed he did right by leaving her but time hadn't helped him her over her. He passes time with an import export business which means he visits Mexico occasionally. His sister's family helps him fill a void since he isn't married. A drug gang kills his brother-in-law and niece which really angers him. George has a chance to get revenge when the government ask his help in fighting drug cartel. He goes on the adventure triggered by anger with hopes of seeing Sakai again.
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Thursday, May 30, 2013
Melancholy, red-headed Nancy doesn’t adapt to the other kids who call her "Nancy Nobody". She wished and longed-for a new friend and one day the dream came real when a plumaged, sight-challenged friend flew her way. Nancy felt wanted, she was adored, and her world was positioned correctly by her new amusing bird.
John Steven Gurney, a very productive artist and illustrator, colorfully illustrates the big pages with enough of things to look at. Composed in playful, light poetry the writer does reference things like prayer and "God’s love", there fore it may attract to a churchgoing audience.
The book icomes with a CD with 2 songs and the orated translation of the narration by actress Brittany Murphy (voice of Luanne on King of the Hill, also recognized for her roles in Clueless and Up Town Girls). This could for sure attract self-governing child who wants to "read" the book themselves. As well, the CD option may offer a few additional moments for busy caregivers. The bullying depicted in the start of the story, though very minor, may be useful for constructing empathy in the classroom for solitary and separate souls.
Children with family pets, particularly birds, would by all odds relish this book. Likewise, kids that are just getting accustomed to either themselves or someone they know who has lately gotten glasses.
Chatterbox – The Bird Who Wore Glasses is really the premier book in a series by the author Michael Uslan. Check out the website for the book at: www(dot)chatterboxthebirdwhoworeglasses(dot)com
Author: Michael E. Uslan
Illustrator: John Steven Gurney
Publisher: EE Publishing & Productions, Inc.
Thursday, May 23, 2013
If you enjoy giving a great party but find it difficult to find just the right invitations, favors, and decorations for your shindig, there is a resource that you have to consider. The Party Time book is filled with projects for making just the right invites, favors, and décor for your next gathering.
Never again will you be short on ideas and inspiration for making special times memorable! Find fun ideas for creating invitations, favors, and decorations for a multitude of events.
With Party Time you will:
• Find 15 occasions to celebrate with simple projects that even beginners can do—includes over 75 ideas
• Create projects for holidays from Valentine’s Day to Christmas, plus events such as showers, birthdays, graduations, and retirement parties
• Learn easy techniques for making an accordion-fold invitation, a pinwheel, party crackers, and more
And a few of the projects you might enjoy are:
• Ocean Isle Beach
• I Love Every Part of You
• Grace Lynn
• Graduation Autograph Mat
• Friends Magnetic Memo Board
• Wedding Family Tree
• Love Frames
• Fun at the Park
• Pumpkin Patch
• Baby Keepsakes
• Key to My Heart Clipboard
• Photo Transfers on Tiles
Most of the ideas are fresh and really inspiring and make party planning even more enjoyable. With color and materials combinations that are unique and attractive along with easy to follow instructions, one no longer needs to feel like party planning is a daunting task.
So plan your party with the Party Time!: Making Invitations, Favors, and Decorations craft book.
Wednesday, May 15, 2013
Where to buy: www.amazon.com
Painting and Decorating Clay Pots is a fantastic book on how to turn ordinary clay pots into something special.
The book provides information on materials and tools needed with over 100 projects for you and your family. Clay pots can be transformed into functional, fun and charming indoor or outdoor decorations, for your home or backyard. The projects include a wide variety of different decors, small and large, elegant and stylish.
Some of the projects are:
* Easter Bunny
* Farming Family
* Sunflower People
* Summer Windchime
* Hip Ladybugs
* Halloween Bat
* And lots more
This book will certainly provide fun and entertainment for the whole family.
Go to www.amazon.com for more information.
Thursday, May 9, 2013
Wednesday, May 1, 2013
~ Cheryl & Bill Jamison ~
This collection of 300 flavorful recipes is sure to whet your appetite. From salsa, fajitas, enchiladas, and pinata pollo - just to name a few - this book provides you with delicious American Southwest border cuisine.
American Indian Cooking: Recipes from the Southwest
~ Carolyn Niethammer ~
In this 191 page book you'll discover some of the culinary traditions that the Indians of the Southwest used to make. You'll find 150 authentic recipes like yucca hash, hominy and so much more.
The Food of Santa Fe: Authentic Recipes from the American Southwest
~ Dave Dewitt & Nancy Gerlach ~
In this 144 page book you will find some of the most delightful, authentic traditional dishes of New Mexico. Not only does this book provide recipes for you, it also gives you some geographical and historical context as well.
The Southwest Table: Traditional Cuisine from Texas, New Mexico, and Arizona
~ Dave DeWitt ~
Enjoy a taste of the American Southwest in this 288 page book. This book provides almost 200 recipes of exquisite cuisine from Arizona, Texas, and New Mexico. Not only does the author provide you with all these recipes, he provides some cooking terms and ingredients that are specific to Southwestern cuisine.
The Tex-Mex Cookbook: A History in Recipes and Photos
~ Robb Walsh ~
Enjoy a taste of Tex-Mex foods in this 288 page book. With over 100 recipes and 150 photos, you'll find lots of delicious recipes to tempt your taste buds. Some of the tasty recipes included are old fashioned puffy tacos, truck stop chili, stacked enchiladas, and sizzling fajitas.
Mexican Cooking Dude Cookbook -- Authentic Mexican Recipes from Mexico and the American Southwest (Kindle Version)
~ John Choisser ~
In this 71 page Kindle book, you will find real authentic Mexican recipes. Not only has the author provided the recipes, he's also provided photos. You'll find several recipes to tempt your taste buds like chimichangas, pinto beans, and fish tacos - just to name a few.
The Homesick Texan Cookbook
~ Lisa Fain ~
This collection of more than 125 recipes will give you a taste of Texan cuisine. With tasty creations like chile fish tacos, soft cheese tacos, and cheese enchiladas - just to name a few - you'll find plenty to tempt your taste buds.
Delicious Authentic Mexican Food: Easy Mexican Recipes for Cooking the Perfect Mexican Meal (Kindle Version)
~ Jared Daniels ~
In this 64 page Kindle book, you will find that creating Mexican meals doesn't have to be difficult. You'll find that it can actually be simple and easy. You'll find delicious appetizer, entree, dessert and even some Mexican drink recipes.
Planet Taco: A Global History of Mexican Food
~ Jeffrey M. Pilcher ~
Many people didn't know about tacos as late as the 1960s, unless they lived in the American Southwest area. Now-a-days they are well known everywhere in the world. While you won't find any recipes in this 320 page book, it's a fun read to learn the origins of the taco and how the Mexican cuisine evolved.
Thursday, April 18, 2013
Where to buy: www.amazon.com
The author of Time Management Secrets For Working Women, Ruth Klein, is a business and career coach. She coaches businesses, professionals, college students and moms. Her goal is to help people, especially women, to find a better balance between career and home life. Today’s working women have to manage families and work and endless tasks each day.
In her book she teaches women how to make the most out of their time at work, to have success in their career, as well as at home. She provides lots of practical advice on how to be organized in a way that gets lots of tasks done quickly and efficiently.
Some examples of her chapters include topics on:
How to not feel guilty when self-indulging
How to make time for love
How to take control of your schedule
How to beat stress
How to organize your desk to reflect priorities
The telephone, cell phone and email: the women’s best and worst friends
The pros and cons of working from home
Learning to relax while still getting things done.
Ruth Klein empowers women to rise above the demands of their lives, while at the same time beating stress and getting the most out of every day.
Thursday, April 11, 2013
Wayne is genuinely a searcher of understanding. I was reminded at times of Joseph Campbell throughout the book, as the two center on related subjects. Wayne shares his journey towards reason that takes him through vigorous studies of occult and myths, journeying into himself and then out once more. He dreams of being able to achieve beyond the self-importance.
Attractive, attention-demanding monochrome pics are increased by the deep-thinking quotes and the author’s excellent discussions. Each point in his travel is followed by the elegant photographs, and the pics add depth to the text – feeding one another. I discovered that I would read a sentence and then look at the pic; to and fro - each page a slow and appreciated action to relish. Published to prompt others to dig deep into finding out who they are, Wayne asks us (as he asks himself) "Who are you behind those interfering ideas?"
The question and answer interview at the end of the book was rather helpful in discovering more about the author’s personal side and his individual opinions. He also includes a list of resources to assist the reader interested in advancing their journey."
Author: Wayne Wirs
Publisher: Missing Man Press
Saturday, April 6, 2013
A Monster Named Criney Who Makes Kids Whiney by Heather Zuckerman can be grouped as an adolescent fiction geared for children aged between three and seven. Mood-setting lustrous color full pages greet the reader upon unfolding the lasting cover. Brilliant employment of rhythmic cadence and cunning design tempts the reader to use sound characterization and boosts interaction with the readers. Because of these traits, this book would work superbly when read out loud to a group of children.
Whenever Criney stops by a home to rest his weary feet, the children indoors become confused and whine. The story has Criney ‘visit’ many dwellings before an answer is discovered. I believe it will help children recognize how goofy and ineffective their whining and sulking is. The book extends one step further by teaching children an instrument to inhibit those awful feelings and alter their emotions through laughter. Laughter IS the most beneficial medication after all!
Cheerful and warm – this book actually had me smiling! This could be integrated as an excellent tool that uses humor to assist parents, educators and anyone else in fields working with younger children, against the nerve-grating whining and anger that all children experience."
Author: Heather Zuckerman
Illustrations: Shelly Meridith Delice
Publisher: Merry Lane Press
Saturday, March 30, 2013
The primary character, Larry, is experiencing a melt down, of sorts. He determines the most effective remedy is to retreat into nature. The trouble is that along the way, Larry starts to hear the voice of his dog speaking like a guru. Uncertain if he is going entirely mad, he proceeds in shock until he is able to soak up the change in realism. Between Zeus, the speaking dog, and being visited by a diversity of spiritual guides, Larry learns the solutions to his many questions about life, meaning, fate and more.
One could suppose this is by all odds an unusual plot line! Personally, I determined the book hard to read, as it was a little too deep, occasionally boring and at times the plot line appeared a little nonsensical. I really think it was the authors purpose to include an immense amount of information that may guide spiritual seekers, but it is penned with some features of witticism and zest. Jean-Claude has been on an sweeping journey of his own and factors of many belief systems can be seen throughout the book."
Author: Jean-Claude Koven
Publisher: Prism House Press
Saturday, March 23, 2013
Born Evil is a compact, 150-page book that is published on acid-free paper – which could be of interest to the environmentally aware consumer. I would place this book in the scary horror category, which involves a baby that is born evil. Traumatized by former experiences, only deepens Jonathan’s natural disposition – a brutal want to induce injury. Unready for a troubled child, his adopted parents are continually weltering in thick quarries of intense uncertainty. Rick suspects the truth, but Trish discovers it very difficult to suppose or even admit that little Jonathon is competent of such odious acts.
I believe the book creates a good point that a few people are plainly born with a want to do harm, with no abusive situation to ascribe these urges to. Readers are also shown how these impulses can easily be promoted through socially acceptable entertainment and through being witness to violent acts.
While reading Born Evil, I experienced a wide array of emotions from anger to sadness and shock. The ending was exceptional and I look forward to J.P. Ransom’s sequel.
Author: J.P. Ransom
Publisher: Author House
Monday, March 18, 2013
The warmth, disarray and ire that the primary character (Deedra) experienced, along with her anguish over the loss of her parents and the demise of her young husband made her cover her heart, lock it away and survive just by a in depth survival mode. (Therefore the "Ice".) Meeting Josh, she got occupied with dread at what could be her first experiences with real love and real passion and she almost abhorred him for interrupting her cautiously fabricated existence.
However, Deedra was not solo in her fright of feeling – Josh as well lived through a horrific relationship that left him mistrustful of commitment. Her continual rebuttal was difficult on Josh, who was accustomed getting what he desired, but his tenaciousness and love expelled her from her own prison and helped Deedra see that she had never actually existed in the least – but only lived. None of Deedra’s travel through her Self was achievable without the true-blue support of her devout friend, Marcy.
This romance novel had a few very steamy scenes (the "Fire") that, though not over-used, were for certain so well written that this shy commentator was reddening furiously while reading them – much to the amusement of my spouse!
Katlyn Stewart has done an superior job attracting the reader into the lives of her characters and feeling their pain and elation. I would not hesitate to pick up a different title authored by Katlyn.
Publisher: Publish America, Inc.
Author: Katlyn Stewart
Friday, March 8, 2013
David Ferrie, Clay Shaw, and Lee Harvey Oswald continue to generate curiosity in the minds that want the real truth about what happened on that terrible day. Witnesses claim they saw the three of them together, but the stories vary. Payne takes the case even further by taking a close look at how the New Orleans FBI and the ones in charge of the JFK assassination investigation along with the possibility of Marcello being involved. Payne gives very detailed descriptions about key components of the investigation like FOGG arrest report and the BRILLAB tape. Tough the House Select Committee cautiously investigate, the FBI was regarded inefficient in some areas. R.E. Payne is known for writing about the misdeeds of the FBI.
Tuesday, February 26, 2013
Where to buy: www.amazon.com
Real You Incorporated: 8 Essential for Women Entrepreneurs is a book from a woman entrepreneur written for other women. The author, Kaira Sturdivant Rouda, explains that there are 8 essentials that every women entrepreneur should know and understand, if they want to run a business where both the women and the company can thrive.
In her book she talks about the most important elements of a thriving business: You and your passions, brand, positioning, culture, customers, and gifts. Firstly, you need to identify who you are, and how to build an honest and real brand. She then explains how to bring yourself and the brand into your company. She gives readers reflective questions to think about, action steps to take and suggested reading. The book also benefits from her own personal stories and also those of other successful business women for inspiration and motivation.
The book is divided into two parts, the first being “Find the company in you” and the second part is entitled “Make the company successful by developing a competitive advantage within it”. It is a fantastic book full of insight and advice.
For more information on this great read, go to www.amazon.com.
Sunday, February 10, 2013
It can be hard becoming a ballet dancer.Ballet is not something that can be picked up overnight, nor can anyone master it in a few months. Taking ballet instruction is pertinent to learn the suitable methods necessary to become a genuinely charming ballet dancer whose every motion and stride personify grace and beauty.
As a resource for novice through advanced ballet pupils, The Complete Ballet Bible Package composed by Anita Leembruggen, reinforces what pupils learn in class. It's like having your own individual coach at home.
Divided into three parts, ebook, sound and ballet dance videos, these user friendly formats permit you to navigate through every ballet movement with simplicity.
Part 1 - called "The 3 Simple Rules of a Prima Ballerina" is a PDF ebook with over 200 pages of text and detailed images. This guidebook not only shows you how to do a step or motion right, but shows you how most dancers do it wrong, and says you WHY. No other book I have ever read exhibits you this. I feel this is a central facet to learning.
Part 2 - titled "Audio Terms and Definitions" is a audio software package that permits you to search any ballet term and find out its meaning. For each exercise, step, position, and/or pose, a simple point and click permits you to do any of the following: Scroll through the full list of terms. Find particular terms. Learn the right French accents for precise terms. Click a button to hear each term vocalized for you with clear and concise definitions and a available pronunciation guide.
Part 3 - titled "Video Demonstrations" is an assemblage of more than 60 videos on ballet method. If you are a visual learner like myself this is an effective benefit. Being able to learn how to correctly perform a Ballonce or Entrachat Quatre whenever you like, and as many times as you like, is an excellent technique to reinforce suitable method.
All in all the The Complete Ballet Bible Package is different than anything else I could find on the market. It is an adaptable online teaching tool that furnishes you with a visual pattern of ballet steps, exercises, and principles usually taught only in an instructive setting.
Thursday, January 31, 2013
Writing block is a phenomenon that every writer/author experiences at some time or another. It is the inability to produce new and exciting documents, articles, blogs, ebooks or non-fiction books.
Writing Rituals will teach you how to clear your mind, focus and pull together new ideas and research. Learn how to visualize the outcome, so you know where you are heading with your book or article and don’t lose momentum or the storyline. The book also teaches you the importance of having all the information on hand before starting your writing task and how to get through procrastination.
The book is for every writer who wants to adopt professional writing skills to increase productivity and focus and create well-written copy.
For more information, go to writingrituals.com
Wednesday, January 23, 2013
"THe Secret Garden" was written in 1910 as a serial by Frances Hodgeson Burnett. The story revolves around an ill-tempered wealthy British girl born in India named Mary Lennox. Mary's self-absorbed parents really did not want her and would rather continue doing their own thing. Mary is raised by natives servants and rarely is allowed to see her parents, an army captain and his wife.
The servants find Mary difficult to look after finds herself alone after a cholera outbreak. Cholera claims the lives of her parents and she is sent to live with a reclusive, Uncle, Mr. Craven, in Yorkshire. The uncle is in poor health and suffers from depression. Mary is told to stay in certain rooms and amuse herself. She hears about a garden from a servant named Martha and her curiosity gets the best of her. Mr.Craven locked the garden after his wife's death. Ms.Craven, who was killed in an accident, spent a lot of time tending the garden. No one has set foot in the garen since her death and he buried the key.
Mary passes time wondering the garden and finds the key. She starts to hear crying sounds which leads her to a boy, her cousin Colin, living in a bedroom. Martha helps to soften her manner thorught th ebook as they set to revive the garden.
Thursday, January 17, 2013
This is among my favorite mystery stories for teenagers. Written under the pseudonym Carolyn Keene, the main character, is Nancy Drew an 18 yr old amateur detective. Her father, Carson Drew is a lawyer in upper middle class River Heights. Nancy's mother died when she was 6 and housekeeper Hanna Gruen helped raise her. Bess Marvin and George Fayne, two girl cousins, help Nancy solve cases. A friend named Helen appeared in the early books 1-5. She has a boyfriend in some of the books, Ned Nickerson, who is a star athlete.
The original series includes 25 books published between 1930 and 1956 each with 210-235 pages. The Nancy Drew character ha undergone various makeovers through the years. The early books portrayed as impulsive and flippant while the latter books portrayed her as calm but still adventurous. In fact, the creator of the series felt her character may not be well- received. In the 2004 series, she becomes impulsive once more and forgets simple tasks getting so involved with her mysteries. These books are written in first person. The latter books also removed racial stereotypes or eliminated minority characters altogether. Nancy Drew was a character well-ahead of her time. She seemed to have it all when much of the country was struggling during the Depression. Who wouldn’t want to be her in any decade? She doesn’t have a job and she is very privileged. The likeable thing about Nancy is she has a kind heart and doesn't her social class go to her head.
Thursday, January 10, 2013
GoergeAnne’s perceptive life skills in Within You touched a chord in my psyche that pealed for days. I felt a kind of family relationship with the writer through Last Words of a Beauty Queen, a poem full of love for nature - something that is near to my heart. In The Flow evidences that poets are not reaching for wealth or acknowledgment, but are fired by the feeble desire that their words may relieve the journey for another soul and split the chains of their desperation by causing them to feel less lonely. With Eyes Open is a poem that touches on the purifying force that writing can have for the author. I thought thatSeeds of Content has an interesting feel to it, remindful of chanting.
Glances of an aged manner of writing words somewhat reversed, such as "searching we are, a golden life" and "on target, we all are" is something that I especially picked up on.
To leave you with a little taste of A Voice in the Night, I have selected this superbly written excerpt from the poem Awaken This Lifetime:
"Life may seem, but a merry chase,
Quite overwhelming, a dreary fate
Don’t get discouraged by a hurried pace,
Seek to awaken, for its never too late"
Author: GeorgeAnne Smith
Publisher: Publish America
Published: Sept. 15, 2005
Saturday, January 5, 2013
What if you could create rag quilts for a year? With this great project book, you can do just that. A Year of Rag Quilts is simple book with easy-to-do projects. Featuring an authentic homespun look, these 12 quaint wall quilts boast seasonal patterns and wonderfully textured edges. Best of all, they're surprisingly easy to make, thanks to a effortless, unique technique and great step-by-step instructions.
Making quilts is a favorite pastime for many crafters and hobbyist, and if you are in this category then you will love A Year of Rag Quilts. The patterns are not only authentic but they are appealing to the eye. They will also make a good conversation piece.
You can take these quilts and create family memories from them. Get the entire family involved and share some quality time together. Or invite a few girlfriends over, make some hot apple cider, and have a great time creating a quilt that you can give-away to a pregnant friend or someone who may be sick and shut-in.
You can also give this book to a person who enjoys projects like making quilts and blankets. They will love A Year of Rag Quilts. And why not spice up the gift a bit with the material and tools needed to make one quilt. They will really love that. You can even make a basket and take it to a senior citizen’s home. There are a many women, even maybe even men, who would love to have a project book with the materials needed to make a year’s worth of quilts.
There is great possibility in what you can do with A Year of Rag Quilts in your craft basket.