Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Book Feature: My Pet Peeve by Renee Rodgers Barstack








Title: My Pet Peeve
Author: Renee Rodgers Barstack
Publisher: XLibrisUS
Genre: Juvenile Fiction
Format: Ebook

Molly is a lonely little girl who is looking for a friend. She lives on a farm with her mom and dad. Molly has always loved cats and wants to get a cat, but her father sneezes when he gets around cats, so he tells her she cannot have one. Molly asks, and asks, and asks again, but the answer is always “No.” Then one day, Molly finds a little kitten hiding in the barn and wants to keep her, of course. What will she do? Should she hide the kitten from her dad? Will dad see the kitten and think it is so adorable he will change his mind about letting Molly keep the cat? What would you do if you found the cutest kitten ever? How will Molly solve this problem?






Renee Barstack, the author, is an English teacher who has taught 7th grade and is now a professor at a community college where she teaches Children's Literature. Her inspiration for this book was her students and her adorable Scottish Fold Munchkin cat. She already has a sequel in the process called "Pet Peeve Jumps the Wall." The artist, Bonnie Loss, is an art professor at the same community college.

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Book Feature: I Don't Have Time by I.M. Free








Title: I Don't Have Time
Author: I.M. Free
Publisher: iUniverse
Genre: Biography
Format: Ebook

When she was in her early thirties, the author realized something was guiding her. Suddenly, a whole new world opened up.

She had never considered herself an atheist, but she had always questioned the stories in the Bible as she thought it was impossible for anyone or anything to have so much power.

But through her own experiences, she learned something really does have that much power. She became one of the few people throughout time who began communicating directly with God.
Sometimes when the author awakens, she knows something she didn’t know before she fell asleep. She feels things she wasn’t aware of before. This is how God protects her and prepares her for life.

I Don’t Have Time is the story of how God found the author and how she realized that while some people live as though they won’t face consequences for their actions, they could not be more wrong. Even if they don’t pay the price in this lifetime, they will in the next.






I.M. Free nearly gave up on life as a teen living with an alcoholic parent, but at just the right time, a voice saved her life. That voice led her to a close relationship with God,who she now thinks of as her friend and confidant. She wrote this book so that others will find Him.

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Monday, May 14, 2018

Book feature: The Kingdom Queen by J.T. Page Jr. - Win a $25 Gift Card







Title: The Kingdom Queen
Author: J.T. Page
Publisher: iUniverse
Genre: Historical Fantasy
Format: Ebook

Two young American tourists, Carmen and Cubby, arrive at a mysterious church in present-day Austria. They meet Otto, their tour guide, who leads them to the Silver Chapel. There he weaves an enchanting story involving knights, intrigue, and true love. Otto takes their imaginations on a journey to twelfth-century Europe during the High Middle Ages, a decade after the end of the First Crusade. Princess Margarethe and Theo first meet as children when her father, King Johann, grants knighthood to Sir Josef, Theo’s father. The children are immediately drawn to each other despite the difference in social class. When Theo’s parents are tragically killed, Margarethe swears to love him forever—but is that true? Can their love survive even though they are destined to never marry? Carmen and Cubby have countless questions as the story unfolds, but Otto is always happy to explain and instruct. He tells tales of war, marriage, birth, death, and chivalry as Margarethe and Theo are constantly kept apart. Assassins abound, cultures collide, and the Knights Templar make their presence felt in sometimes surprising ways. Margarethe and Theo vow eternal loyalty, no matter the sacrifice. But will they get their happy ending or remain resigned to the duties of differing stations? Welcome to the new and timeless story of The Kingdom Queen.








Joseph T. Page Jr. has a doctoral degree in business management from Nova Southeastern University. He served as an officer in the U.S. Army for over twenty years, commanded military units on three continents, and is a combat veteran. He also worked as a Department of Defense contractor in Europe. He and his wife live in Hawaii.

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Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Interview with Dennis Quiles, author of Ordainment Betrayal






Title: Ordainment Betrayal
Author: Dennis Quiles
Publisher: iUniverse
Genre: Thriller/Suspense
Format: Ebook


Jack Steele is an ex–naval intelligence officer turned private investigator who has just proposed to his girlfriend, Martha, over dinner when he sees a bloodied and frightened boy running toward him outside the restaurant. After Martha steps in to protect the boy from the two men in hot pursuit, a gun battle ensues, leaving Jack’s beloved fiancée dead on the sidewalk. While Jack grapples with the ramifications of her tragic death, he is unwittingly pulled into the dark world of human trafficking at the hands of an Albanian mob doing business near Lake Michigan. Desperate for answers, Jack partners with a Chicago police detective to learn about the organized crime culture and develop a plan to stop the trafficking operation and free their victims before they are sold on the black market. As Jack puts his own life on the line, he must battle the powerful Catholic Church and stop the cunning exploits of a deranged pedophile priest who believes he is doing God’s work by turning children into little angels. But will Jack manage to accomplish his heroic mission before it is too late for more innocent victims? Ordainment Betrayal shares the thrilling tale of a former intelligence agent’s dangerous quest to stop an Albanian human trafficking operation in collusion with the Roman Catholic Church..


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Could you please tell us a little about your book?

This is a fiction work based on current world affairs. The story is about human trafficking depicted in a fast-moving thriller. The characters are fiction including the Priest from the Catholic Church. The information was inspired by the recent events taking place in Chicago and Wisconsin with the Priest from the Catholic Church abusing children.

The plot of the book is about an ex-naval intelligence agent, now a private investigator who is drawn into a scheme of human trafficking after his fiancée is killed for defending a young kidnapped boy. The main character has to quickly adapt and learn the devious operation of the Chicago Albanian Outfit whose well established operation runs the city's prostitution, slave sex, and gambling. 

The main character has to partner with a local Chicago detective to put an end to this criminal organization and rescue several children from a death trap under a Chicago centennial catholic church. Liberate dozens of human trafficking victims from being sold to the world's rich and spoiled players and avenge his fiancée. 

In the midst of it all, he is forced to fight a Catholic church priest who runs one of the most profitable business centers for the Roman Catholic church in Rome. The main character Jack Steele has to challenge the might of the Catholic church if he is going to eradicate the priest and his devious relationship with the Chicago Albanian mob outfit.

Who or what is the inspiration behind this book?

I attended a seminar at the Chicago State University and learned about human trafficking and how this epidemic is corrupting our society.  The lack of knowledge and danger to victims inspire me to write something about this abusive behavior and exciting read.

What cause are you most passionate about and why?

I believed that I am passionate about justice for all. Living in a safe community free of crime, danger, and prejudices.  There is nothing more important than one’s safety, and happiness. You cannot find happiness unless you are free to enjoy life and life cannot be appreciated unless you are free from the possibility of harm.

Do you have any rituals you follow when you finish a piece of work?

Yes, celebrate.   Is a tremendous relief when you finish a well-researched chapter, manuscript or task.  Is like a weight is lifted off your shoulders.

Who has influenced you throughout your writing career?

My English literature professor, she read my work and encourage me to write more. I did, and 600 pages later I was holding my first book.

What are some of your long-term goals?

Being able to help others through my work. Inspire other young writers to make it happen and somehow through my work inspire someone to become a better human being.

Dennis Quiles earned a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice and a master’s degree in business administration. A US military veteran and an accomplished professional of the protection business, he is the director of global security for one of the world’s largest multinational corporations. Quiles and his wife have three children and currently live in Illinois. This is his third book.


Monday, April 16, 2018

Book Review: Intrusion by Lanayre Liggera








As the judge in a complicated case involving an oil-bunkering gang, Sir Carter Braxton finds himself totally under the security provided by a mysterious figure, Sidi el-Hassam, a wealthy Arab who commands a volunteer group that specializes in preventing crude oil theft. The isolation under which he now lives causes him to miss his best friend’s funeral in 1993 for reasons that must remain inexplicable to his friends, the Falconer family, who live in the Forest of Dean, where they grow restoration oak. Finding herself in London, the widow, Valerie Falconer, an American from Texas, slips into one of Carter’s trials as a spectator, after which she discovers the conditions under which her old friend has been living for over three years. However, a third element also mixes into the situation in that both Carter and the Sidi, separately, have volunteered to participate in the refining of the GSP satellite system now being tested by NASA. This tracking system allows Carter to move temporarily to Texas to draw one of his assassins out. Not only is this the story of a man under physical stress and emotional stress; it is also a record of his spiritual journey led by his friend and later wife, Valerie, as well as the spiritual journey of the Sidi, which has been generated by an apparition of Mary in Zeitoun, Egypt.


BOOK REVIEW

I am always looking for a book that will grab me and leave me wanting more, and Intrusion did just that. It does a good job of touching on more than one genre, but does focus heavily on suspense. And, the depth of character development is also great, with plot twists throughout. I loved this book.





Lanayre Liggera holds an MA from Tufts University and another from Cambridge-Goddard Graduate School, where she became interested in the history of woman as portrayed by music, which led to the formation of the New Harmony Sisterhood Band, with Lanayre on banjo. The students’ research produced the book All Our Lives, which was used on college campuses until radicals blew up the publisher, Diana Press. Sometime later, she began to pursue a long-held interest in early aviation. Inevitably, this led studying World War I, spending several tours of the Western Front sponsored by our parent organization, the Western Front Association, US branch. Lanayre was named chairman of the New England–New York chapter, a post which she held for fourteen years, which held a yearly conference at a different location in our region. She and her husband were involved as volunteers in prison ministry for eighteen years as well as in nursing homes, soup kitchens, and the VA. They live in Hudson Valley, where they try to keep up with the comings and goings of their global grandchildren. She is the author of The Life of Robert Loraine: The Stage, the Sky, and George Bernard Shaw.

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Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Interview with M.J. Abrams, author of Chubby Wubbles

Title: Chubby Wubbles: A Ferret's Tale
Author: M.J. Abrams
Publisher: Trafford
Genre: Juvenile Fiction
Format: Ebook

A delightful story about the adventures of a young man and a mischievous ferret awaits in Chubby Wubbles! This vibrant picture book tells a compelling story about the bond that develops between them. As the story unfolds, their loneliness leads to a fateful meeting and a growing friendship. Together they embark on an exciting journey that progresses with lots of humor, fun, and unexpected drama along the way. Chubby Wubbles will warm the hearts of children everywhere!


Question #1 - Could you please tell us a little about your book?
Chubby Wubbles is a children's photo picture story book about the friendship between a young man and a lovable ferret determined to find his missing playmate.
Question #2 - Who or what is the inspiration behind this book?
I perceived an interesting story developing after observing several incidents and interaction involving my son and his pet ferrets. I often visited him at his apartment, and thought it would be fun to write a book about him and his pets.

Question #3- What cause are you most passionate about and why?

Finding forever homes for animals in shelters or without a home. I hate to see stories of abused and abandoned animals that cannot fend for themselves.

Question #4 - Do you have any rituals you follow when you finish a piece of work?

I read it over and over again to determine if there is any room for improvement regarding grammar and the story.

Question #5 - Who has influenced you throughout your writing career?

There wasn’t anyone in particular that influenced me. I always felt that I could author an interesting story. I just needed inspiration, which I got by observing my son and his pet ferrets interact.

Question #6 - What are some of your long term goals?

I hope that my story will make a difference in attitude towards animals, and feel empathy for their pet’s situation. Another goal is for parents and children who are unfamiliar with ferrets, to come away with a better understanding of their personality and behavior. I hope that those who read the book, find the story helpful and inspiring for their relationships with pets and children. My professional goal is to get a traditional publisher to market my book.
After being an observer and non-pet owner, I was thrown into the mix because my son was leaving and I couldn't bear the thought of him having to give up his pet ferret to someone else. Since I've grown so attached to this lovable critter, I agreed to take care of him while he was away. Because of the many experiences my son has had with this adorably sweet animal, I decided to write a children's book based on a true story about their adventures and misadventures.

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Interview with Jordan Fersel, MD, author of When Bad Backs Happen to Good People





Title: When Bad Backs Happen to Good People
Author: Jordan S. Fersel, MD
Publisher: iUniverse
Genre: Medical
Format: Ebook


Chronic back and neck pain is a thorny issue that plagues millions living in today’s modern world and has the power to take over a person’s life—not just physically, but also psychologically, emotionally, and physiologically. The good news is that there are effective ways of dealing with chronic pain that allows patients to return to a productive life without undergoing unnecessary surgery. Dr. Jordan Fersel is a board-certified pain specialist who relies on his diverse professional experience to distinguish the differences between acute and chronic pain, scrutinize the accuracy of an MRI scan to diagnose pain, examine the architecture of the spine, explain nerve injuries, differentiate between the various types of arthritis, and offer potential treatment options. Through included case studies and illustrations, pain sufferers will learn there is hope for managing pain through proper diagnosis and a treatment plan tailored to treat individual needs. It’s Not All in Your Head shares guidance from a trusted physician that explores chronic back and neck pain, its sources, and the many treatment options available.

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Question1- How did you come up with the title of your book?

The title of my book derives from my many years of dealing with chronic pain sufferers and expresses my feelings toward many of them. This group of patients represents some of the most unfortunate people you can ever meet. Their lives are going along quite swimmingly for many years and then, for many of them, there is some trauma or illness which leaves them  with long-term debilitating pain. These patients did not choose this path, and in some sense they are victims of their experience. King Solomon wrote in Ecclesiastes that in some ways humans are no different from animals in the sense that just as animals can be suddenly trapped or fish caught in a net, so too human beings are vulnerable to sudden changes in their lives which can totally alter their existence. Chronic pain is such an experience. I also wanted a catchy title that people would remember and relate to. I want people to think about the classic best seller by Rabbi Harold Kushner, When Bad Things Happen to Good People, because chronic pain is one of those things. I also wanted patients to know that there are real, physical reasons for their painful experience and for that reason the supra title is, It's Not All in Your Head. I deal with all this in my book, but the most important takeaway is that chronic pain patients are particularly unfortunate because medical science has provided no good way to diagnose or measure their experience of pain and suffering, and in many cases we have only been able to offer generic treatments such as anti-inflammatory drugs, and narcotics in severe cases. I won't go into the politics of it all here, but imagine the exasperation of someone who is in pain despite no fault of their own, can not receive appropriate treatment because of the ambiguities of their complaints and the lack of objective medical tests, and now the denial of medications that do not cure, but may ameliorate their symptoms. Traditional Western medicine has failed many of these people, and yet viewed in the proper context, their symptoms do fit into the traditional medical model - it just takes a bit of imagination and creativity to understand why. These folks need not only encouragement, but also a systematic approach to escaping from their unfortunate situation. I think I have provided some tangible solutions in my book for many people in chronic pain.
Question2- What is your writing environment like?

My writing environment is a simple cluttered desk with a picture window in front of me. I guess I like to daydream or collect my thoughts at times before writing them down, and as I write now, I am watching the snow fall. Paradoxically, distraction helps me concentrate. Usually the radio is playing some music from my college years in the background. It is quiet, but it is also kinetic. It works for me but I wouldn't recommend it for everyone.
Question3- What are some of the best tools available today for writers?

I consider myself someone who asks questions and then seeks to find the path that takes me toward the answer. I think in my case, it has been a journey of decades and of a professional career. Resources have evolved with time from medical libraries to CD ROMs, from lectures and conferences to internet research. As of today, I think Google, Wikipedia, and Creative Commons have been great resources to start a project with. It was relatively easy to locate research articles. My greatest difficulty was to find illustrations in the public domain. I think that is a problem for anyone who wants to include pictures or illustrations.There are solutions but they are not cheap. 
Question4 – What inspires you to write?

There are many things that have inspired me to write this book. First, the concepts have been looming in my head for a long time and kind of stalking me like the ghost in Macbeth. But many of these ideas have only recently crystallized in my head. At the beginning of my book I quote the chemist, August Kekule, the discoverer of the benzene ring, who describes a similar experience. My ideas at this point are theoretical in nature, but they fit the facts very nicely. That is similar to the experience of Kekule. The better the theory fits the actual experience, the better we will be able to answer the difficult questions, and even if the theory is not perfect it advances us down the path toward the real truth. Theorists are truly builders of castles in the sky, but some of those castles come to have their foundations on terra firma. In practical terms, neck and back surgery do not have the best results in the experience of many patients, I think I understand the reason for this and I try to discourage patients from having surgery out of frustration with their pain. There are cases in which surgery is absolutely necessary and I do devote a chapter to that as well. But the worst sufferers are those who have had unnecessary surgery - I want to focus patients on getting a proper diagnosis and treatment. There is too much guesswork involved in uncovering primary causes for pain because of the absence of meaningful diagnostic testing. I do not have all the answers, and I think it's all right to not have all the answers at this time, but I think that in terms of chronic pain we should always progress from the least invasive therapies to the more invasive therapies incrementally and with mindfulness, otherwise we risk destroying people's lives. There are no easy answers, but there can be systematic approaches. That is what I have come to advocate.
Question5 – Did you learn anything while writing this book?

I have learned so much writing this book. The first is that I miss writing. We used to start every English class in 10th grade with writing for ten minutes, I owe my teachers a debt of gratitude for making me write. I also found that I needed to take some very dry ideas and make an effort to make them seem more relatable and accessible to the average person. I think that was a great challenge and I will find out how well that works out. I had to clarify and strengthen some of the ideas that I have in my head, and I was actually able to find new therapies for the treatment of chronic pain based on my theories, which are related to the bodies own capacity to heal itself. I think the field of Regenerative medicine will become very important in the near future and I think that it holds great promise and also some of the secrets for treating chronic pain, but that is the topic for another book. I have learned that I can complete a project despite multiple obstacles and frustrations. I have learned not to be silent, even in the face of controversy.
Question6- What is your favorite quality about yourself?

I think my best quality is my resilience. I have been tested in many ways, but I am stubborn and I keep coming back. I don't know any other way. It is exhausting at times, but as you travel through life you find that there are important messages that need to be taken through the birthing process, and as everyone knows delivering a baby is a painful process... unless you have a nice epidural😏.


Jordan Fersel, MD, is a board-certified, pain-management fellowship-trained physician who earned a BA in biology from Queens College and an MD degree from Mount Sinai School of Medicine. He has been director of Pain Management Services at Trinitas Medical Center Oncology Unit for several years. Dr. Fersel and his wife, Esty, divide their time between Philadelphia and West Orange, New Jersey.