Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Book Feature: Quest to the Unknown and Darkness and Light 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.


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, September 10
Book featured at Review From Here

Wednesday, September 11
Guest blogging at Literal Exposure

Friday, September 13
Book featured at The Writer's Life

Monday, September 16
Interviewed at As the Pages Turn

Tuesday, September 17
Book featured at Book Cover Junkie

Thursday, September 19
Guest blogging at Book Bloggin' Princess

Friday, September 20
Interviewed at A Title Wave

Tuesday, September 24
Guest blogging at She Writes

Wednesday, September 25
Interviewed at I'm Shelf-ish

Thursday, September 26
Interviewed at Straight From the Author's Mouth

Friday, September 27
Book featured at Read My First Chapter

Monday, July 15, 2019

Interview with Dr. Mira Bajirova, author of Infertility Caused by Decreased Oxygen Utilization and Jinn (Demon)


Inside the Book:

Title: Infertility Caused by Decreased Oxygen Utilization and Jinn (Demon)
Author: Dr. Mira Bajirova
Publisher: Partridge Publishing
Genre: Medical
Format: Ebook

There are two main causes of Infertility: Decreased Oxygen Utilization and Jinn (Demon). 

When the environment or body has too many Positive Ions, the result is Decreased Oxygen Utilization. Positive Ions are produced by the manmade atmosphere, and they increase the acidity and inflammation in the body. 

These Positive Ions can affect the body in numerous ways, including decreased fertility. Many times, medicine cannot solve the problem—what people must do is to expose themselves to the Negative Ions. 

Dr. Mira Bajirova, an Associate Professor, Obstetrician-Gynecologist, and In Vitro Fertilization Consultant from Paris, explores what this means to those suffering from Infertility. 

She also highlights how Evil Jinn—through Jinn Possession, Black Magic and Evil Eye—can lead to disastrous consequences including the Infertility. Filled with insights from the Quran and medicine, this is an informative guide for anyone seeking to improve their health and expand their family.

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

Infertility is caused by the Unseen World of Jinn (Devils, Demons, Satans) but doctors are unaware and they speak about Idiopathic Infertility which means with unknown cause. As doctors are unaware they apply wrong management, any Infertility treatment will not work as the Demon can be cast out only by Ruqya and Negative Ions: both in the Noble Qur'an.

What is your writing environment like?

After being an atheist my whole life, I suddenly discovered that the Qur'an has a Healing Power from all diseases and we do not need to see doctors as the Ultimate Cure from all diseases is our Creator, Allah. 

I have been asking Almighty Allay three applications:

"My Lord increase me (in) knowledge"
"My Lord increase me (in) wisdom"

"and say: My Lord! Increase me in knowledge" (Qur'an, Taha 20:114)

What inspires you to write?

Infertility can be treated very easily and with no cost or very little cost while medical treatment is extremely expensive and doesn't guarantee the success, and additionally, none of the treatments work on the Evil Jinn. As doctors are unaware or ignorant, people should care about their health or infertility issues themselves by applying the Negative Ions and reciting Ruqya, both do not require the special skills. 

Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Interview with Sylvia S. Mader, author of A Water Lily Blooms

Inside the Book:

Title: A Water Lily Blooms
Author: Sylvia S. Mader
Publisher: Virtualbookworm.com
Genre: Coming of Age
Format: Ecopy /Paperback

An attractive young woman lies critically injured and comatose in a hospital bed far from home. Images come and go as she struggles to regain consciousness. Is that a tall, dark man beckoning her from a distance? Will she reach him? Or will her life be cut short, denying her a second chance for happiness? How did she get from being a happy, promising young pre-med student to here? And like this?
This coming of age tale follows the struggles of a driven but naive high school graduate. Andrea Bradford leaves her peaceful Martha’s Vineyard home for college, wanting to be a physician — a true professional, just like so many boys in her class. But once at college, she begins suffering the anxieties of homesickness, a blistering schedule, constant disagreements with her mother, and the uncertainty of a possible stage career. Meanwhile, several romances awaken her pent-up sexuality and introduce her to inter-racial realities and even the lure of New York high society.
Episodes of confusion, disappointment, elation, tragedy, and reconciliation all shape Andie, as she grows to become a mature, competent woman by the end of this truly “American” story.

If you were to pen your autobiography, what might the title be?

The title would be: Yes!  Yes, I have overcome obstacles in my life to become a successful biology textbook writer and now, at an advanced age, I have published my first novel.  Life has been good to me.

When not writing, what do you like to do for relaxation and/or fun?

I like to go to the opera; it is so thrilling; the singing and the sets. Days after, I sing snatches of the opera to prolong the thrill. Because I like physical activity, I enjoy going to the gym to work out and have a swim afterwards. But my very favorite activity is to go for a long walk in the woods with my husband; we like communing with nature.

What makes your book stand out from the rest?
My novel is meant to inspire. Life is hard but if we ‘keep on keeping on’ it’s possible to be joyful, to achieve goals and find love. Often novels today are written to titillate and/or shock the senses. Instead my novel is meant to share with my readers a high regard for both the natural and man-made world, and experience with them the pleasure and excitement of being alive.

Can you give us the very first page of your book so that we can get a glimpse inside? (Just the first page please)

Please see attachment below.  I scanned the exact page.

If your book was put in the holiday section of the store, what holiday would that be and why?

July 4.  My novel demonstrates freedom. Freedom to be what you want to be; to marry whom you want to marry, and freedom for a woman to have the career she wants to have.  

Would you consider turning your book into a series or has that already been done?

It’s in the works.  The next book describes the travails of the next generation of young people who face a different set of problems from their parents.

When you were young, did you ever see writing as a career or full-time profession?

Not writing books but perhaps as a journalist for a newspaper. My father was a newspaper man but his specialty was circulation not writing. Still, early on I became interested in writing for newspapers. I was on the staff of my high school paper; I wrote short articles for my local newspaper when I was a young housewife; and later I was the faculty advisor for the newspaper at Mass Bay Community College.

Did any of your books get rejected by publishers?
My first biology text titled Inquiry into Life was rejected by Prentice Hall as not being erudite enough. It was published by Wm. C. Brown Co, a family-run publisher in the Midwest but it finally became a McGraw Hill text that is now in its 16th edition.

What is your view on co-authoring books; have you done any?

None of my biology texts were originally co-authored. I like making my own decisions and since writing styles are so different, I believe it would be difficult for any type book to have coauthors.

What’s next for you?

As mentioned above, I have already started my next novel. I like writing novels; it gives you a sense of freedom!



Sylvia Mader is the author of “Inquiry Into Life, 16th edition;” “Biology, 13th edition” and “Human Biology, 16th edition,” making her one of America’s most successful college textbook authors of the last twenty-five years. She is a graduate of Bryn Mawr College, who taught community college students and wrote most of her textbooks while raising two beautiful children. She lived on Martha’s Vineyard for nearly twenty years, and is now a grandmother, living in Hollywood, Florida. This is her debut novel. She is currently working on a second one.

Friday, April 19, 2019

Book Blast: Trinities to Enneagrams by Allen David Young - Win a $25 Gift Card


Inside the Book:

Title: Trinities to Enneagrams
Author: Allen David Young
Publisher: XLibrisUS
Genre: Mind, Body, Spirit/Supernatrual
Format: Ebook

As a spiritual tool and system of personality types, the new directions of the enneagram presented in this work give a clear understanding of ourselves and those who are important to us. The trinity forces within the enneagram are explained in ways that can greatly benefit people in the personal, interpersonal, and social spheres of human existence. The creation of enneagram signs is adapted from the twelve astrology signs. While enneagram types describe one’s egocentric personality, enneagram signs are given by the cosmos at birth; they are one of a kind and reveal one’s soul-centered personality. With the addition of nine signs and stages of development through the life cycle, the enneagram becomes a system in motion and reveals more of its insights. With the addition of nine enneagram letter groups from the alphabet, you can understand what the trinity and enneagram says about the personality of your name.

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Meet the Author:
Both of my parents moved to Berkeley from Louisiana to Berkeley, California where I was born, raised, and educated from grade school through my degrees along the way were in math, business, education, and consciousness studies. After my first 10-year career as a university professor, I spent the next six years immersed in the study of Jungian Psychology, dream work, clairvoyant development training, and occult tools. For more than three decades I have been self-employed as an intuitive counselor with over 500 clients, and for the past decade I have also served as a Centers for Spiritual Living minister.


Allen is giving away a $25 Gift Card!

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  • Winners will be contacted via email on April 20.
  • Winner has 48 hours to reply.
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Friday, March 8, 2019

Interview with Michael Hoffman, author of Fuji, Sinai, Olympos

Inside the Book:

Title: Fuji, Sinai, Olympos
Author: Michael Hoffman
Publisher: Virtualbookworm.com
Genre: Essays
Format: Ecopy /Paperback

Travel companions on my journeys are four in number: Odysseus, Don Quixote, Huckleberry Finn and Basho.” (Travel) “He walked in priestly garb. Arriving towards evening at a town or village, he’d chant sutras until passersby gave him, or flung him, enough money for a flophouse bed, a little food, a bath and enough sak√©  to induce a measure of forgetfulness. ‘A beggar,’ he admonished himself, ‘has to learn to be an all-out beggar. Unless he can be that, he will never taste the happiness of being a beggar.’” (Walking) ‘“The pleasantest of all diversions,’ said the fourteenth-century Japanese priest Kenko,“ is to sit alone under the lamp, a book spread before you, and to make friends with people of a distant past you have never known.’ Reading is inseparable from reverie. ‘Sitting alone under the lamp,’ I was soon not alone at all, but hosting, I venture to say, as vivid and varied a company as ever gathered under one roof. (Genji, Myshkin and Jones) “Everest is nothing, mere seismology.” (Fuji, Sinai, Olympos) 



Could you please tell us about your book?

Fuji, Sinai, Olympos is a collection of 20 essays united by a common theme expressed by the title – the three sacred mountains in my life: Fuji because I’ve lived almost my entire adult life in Japan, Sinai and Olympos because they are the twin peaks of my native (as opposed to my adopted) civilization. Humankind from its earliest beginnings have stood in awe of mountains. In mountains we conceive our gods, lodge them, encounter them, worship them. “To ascend is human,” I write in the book. The book is therefore itself a kind of ascent – at least strives to be. The essays complement each other, and yet each is a whole in itself.

What is the inspiration behind your book?
Perhaps, most directly, Montaigne. It was reading his essays that I first thought to myself, “I’d like to try writing something like this.” What Montaigne seemed to be saying to me was, “Even the most humble subject can be an ascent.” Well, let’s try, I thought.

What cause are you most passionate about?
I am deeply suspicious of the turn human life has taken since the birth of virtual reality. I think it is slowly – actually not so slowly – robbing us of thought, of depth, of the withdrawal into one’s self that thought and depth demand. So in part this book was written as an exercise in thought – as an act, let’s say, or a gesture, towards preserving a specifically human trait that I fear is in danger of extinction.

Do you follow any rituals when you write?
No, I don’t think so…

Who has influenced you and your writing?
Dostoevsky, I think, most profoundly and over the longest time. I began reading him at 16 and never really stopped. Cervantes – my book is dedicated to his Don Quixote. Kafka. Melville. Many, many others. Among non-writers, I’ll mention Danny Gallivan for his love of language. If you know who he is, it’ll give you a smile. If (as is more likely) you don’t, he was the play-by-play announcer of NHL hockey games featuring the Montreal Canadiens throughout my childhood. What a vocabulary he had, and how he knew how to use it!

What are some of your long term goals?
Basically, to go on doing what I’m doing now – writing fiction, essays and journalism – and to do it, hopefully, better and better. I’ve been doing it for many years now, and I’m still a beginner. I hope to progress while remaining one.


Michael Hoffman has lived in Japan since 1982. His columns appear regularly in the Japan Times, irregularly elsewhere. His previous books include "In the Land of the Kami: A Journey into the Hearts of Japan;" "Other Worlds; Little Pieces: This Side of Japan;" and "The Coat that Covers Him and Other Stories."

Monday, March 4, 2019

Book Blast: The Secrets of the Woods Book 1 by Sara Beth Harper - Win a $25 Gift Card


Inside the Book:

Title: The Secret of the Woods
Author: Sara Beth Harper
Publisher: XLibrisUS
Genre: Fantasy
Format: Ebook

Leaving their rough street life behind, five children escape into the forest, which turns out to be more dangerous than their former life had been. Evil goblins, the orcs, and their dogs track them through the wilderness, desiring the magic piece they unwittingly acquired when Michael promised a dying boy he would deliver it to Camelot. They didn’t know the danger that dogged the footsteps of the person that possessed it! Scared, lost, and confused, they stumble through the days, trying to find answers though they could trust no one. They find their inner strength and determination and vicious will to survive. They find friends when they need them the most, and they find love and happiness at the most unexpected places. They overcome fear and hate and finally know they are here for a reason when their unexpected, surprising identity comes to light.

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Meet the Author:
Sara Beth Harper lives in the hills of south eastern Ohio with her big family. Was inspired to write by sleepless nights and a vivid imagination. Loves anything nature, cooking, friends, family and Jesus. She holds Him and her faith closely and knows she could not have written without Him!


Sara is giving away a $25 Gift Card!

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  • By entering the giveaway, you are confirming you are at least 18 years old.
  • One winner will be chosen via Rafflecopter to receive one $25 Gift Certificate to the e-retailer of your choice
  • This giveaway begins March 4 and ends on March 19.
  • Winners will be contacted via email on March 19.
  • Winner has 48 hours to reply.
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Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Interview with Douglas Baign, author of From Straight-laced to Cross-dressed

Inside the Book:

Title: From Straight-laced to Cross-dressed
Author: Douglas Baign
Publisher: Virtualbookworm.com
Genre: Biographies/Memoirs
Format: Ecopy /Paperback

From Straight-laced to Cross-dressed tells the story of a disturbed adult in therapy seeking to understand and prevent his desire to commit suicide. Douglas starts by knowing that it has something to do with sex but soon discovers that he can't talk about his sexuality without first discussing his religious beliefs and drift away from strict Christian Fundamentalism.The overlapping issues dredge up a confused morass of anger and love, abuse and sex.



Which route did you take—traditional or self-published—and can you give us the nitty gritty low down on what’s that like?
I'm currently self-published while looking for an agent. The easy part was finding a list of self-publishing companies.  This was a simple Web search and a query to a friend. The hard part was vetting companies to work with.  The Web will give you hints, but after that you have to sit down and do some homework.

Some companies will publish anything and just want your money.  For example, I had to give out my email address while querying and one company still keeps pushing out "Buy us!  We’re great!" emails to that account.  Yea, right.

Conversely, another self-publishing company realized I was going in another direction and gave up.  They'll make the short list if I look for someone else - clearly, they’re professional.

I went with VBW mostly because they don't publish everything.  You have to be good enough to warrant their attention. That forced me to keep my act together while jumping through the hoops.

Tell us for real what you family feels about you spending so much time getting your book written, polished, edited, formatted, published, what have you?
I've had a lot of support from my wife and friends.  They told me they were proud of me for finishing a book.  I was a product tester and technical writer before I retired, so writing, polishing editing and so on is something I did all the time anyway.  But now I get to do it for myself - which is harder, BTW.

In writing your book, how did you deal with the phone ringing, your family needing dinner or your boss calling you saying you’re late?

Ugh. What a pain.  I hate interruptions! Still, my natural style of writing helps to alleviate some of that pain.

More specifically, I often write just  a few paragraphs or 1/2 a page at a time at most, before giving up in temporary frustration.  Let's call that much text a 'chunk' of writing.  It takes me about 5 minutes to write and edit a chunk.

Glue several chunks on the same subtopic together and you have a ‘block' of writing from about 1-5 pages long, occasionally longer.  A ‘block' is the basic unit of text in this book. Typically, the block is either a letter to my correspondent 'Jacky' or an entry telling a story to my therapist. So the writing process for this book required lots of shuffling, gluing, and smoothing out the blocks.

OTOH, if the phone rang or my wife called me to dinner (you definitely don't want me to cook!) I could simply walk away from this jig-saw puzzle.  The chunks and blocks were scattered before the interruption anyway.  I always tried to finish a block but I could usually at least finish writing a chunk before handling the interruption.

Of course, there were a few times when I had to take my hands off the keyboard halfway into a paragraph.  That was frustrating, but I could usually get back in sync by reading through everything in that partially finished block (usually multiple times) before finishing that paragraph and moving to the next chunk.

This is really, really slow. Glacial. I had to be persistent and determined to finish.


Coming from a long line of teachers, Douglas Baign has a Masters degree in Education but spent his career testing and documenting low-level software. He likes looking at anything basic then challenging assumptions. Doug also has a BS in Cognitive Psychology and a deep and abiding interest in History and Physics.

Douglas' super-power is breaking things, especially computer code, but he prefers to create books, poetry and music. He also enjoys travel and photography.