Friday, March 10, 2017

Interview with Pietro Grieco, author of Proverbs & Epigrams


Inside the Book:



Title: Proverbs & Epigrams
Author: Pietro Grieco
Publisher: iUniverse
Genre: Religion/Meditations
Format: Ebook
“Concentrate on the surrounding conditions you want to produce, and avoid excuses for not living a fruitful life.” Pietro Grieco believes proverbs and epigrams can be used as stepping stones, seeds of inspiration, and sparks of creativity. With the idea of inspiring and empowering others, Pietro shares a compilation of over two hundred meaningful sayings that he hopes can help people discover fortitude, elevation, and joy within daily living. Grieco, a doctor of divinity and the president of the Foundation for Development of Spiritual Thinking, relies on both his personal and professional experiences as he offers condensed gems of positive wisdom that can be perused either by theme or randomly as affirmations, meditations, or reflections. Through his thoughtful writings, Grieco subtly encourages us to practice consistent mindfulness while musing about such relatable themes as suffering, gratitude, humility, prayer, forgiveness, and transformation. Proverbs and Epigrams: Brief Ideas with Great Power provides inspiration for anyone ready to be lifted up by a new perspective on life. 

The Interview:

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

The title was the precise definition of the content. That is: synthetic direct sayings or proverbs. 

What is your writing environment like?

My writing environment is peaceful and generally naturally harmonious. I need a good view from my working desk. I need it for each time I take my eyes out from the computer and the text, to give them some rest. I live in front of a lake (now Lake Como) as I did in California. Then water, woods and mountains are part of my natural environment. 

What are some of the best tools available today for writers?

The best tools have been: books, dictionaries, nearby libraries, and logically Internet. This tool, Internet, has become unavoidable to do an immediate check of names, dates, events. 

What inspires you to write?

For this book it was the reading of other books, meditations, reactions to events of the world, my own experiences, even suffering generated creativity. As two of the proverbs say: “When sudden inspiration touches the dormant forces of your being, be ready to let creativity flow.” And, “You are inspired when you are really breathing in spirit.”

Did you learn anything while writing this book?

I learned tons, because each one of these sayings are like seeds of wisdom, and of beauty, requiring to purify my thoughts, my writing, and my being. 

What is your favorite quality about yourself?

My favorite quality is a voracious curiosity. Since childhood I have been interested in many fields of knowledge. From electricity to geography, history to finances, poetry to philosophy, management to meditation and spirituality. That is why I took as a reference Confucius, Socrates, Thoreau, and Einstein among others.



Meet the Author:
Pietro Grieco is author of The Boy and the Prophet, as well as eight other books in Spanish. He is a doctor of divinity and holds both an OBD in administration sciences and a master of arts degree in literature and writing. He has taught at the college level in Argentina and the United States and is the founder and president of the Foundation for Development of Spiritual Thinking.


Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Book Feature: From Within the Hidden Places by Tracey Lafayette


Inside the Book:


Title: From Within the Hidden Places
Author: Tracey Lafayette
Publisher: AuthorHouseUK
Genre: Religion/Spirituality
Format: Ebook
This book is about using modern day scenarios and situations to explain the Bible text in an easy to understand way, using words and thoughts to inspire the individual as they read. Many of the thoughts and inspiration for this book have been through having simple everyday conversations with people then going away, expanding on that thinking and conversation and then using the words and the environment around me to relate it back to the Bible.

Meet the Author:
Tracey Lafayette was born in 1968 and she has three sisters, she studied at Clissold Park School in Stoke Newington, London, after leaving school she decided to become a chef. She also has experience working with young children and families. At present she lives in Birmingham in the UK.

Giveaway

Tracey is giving away a $25 Gift Card!


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Book Feature: River of Denial by Lea Braden


Inside the Book:


Title: River of Denial
Author: Lea Braden
Publisher: iUniverse
Genre: Fiction/Suspense
Format: Ebook
River Bend is just another quiet picturesque town by the Missouri river-until its school superintendent is murdered in her office one evening. Under her leadership, the school district appeared to be thriving. But as investigators are about to discover, Timmons Worthington apparently had more enemies than friends. After the police find a sticky note stuffed under Superintendent Worthington's computer keyboard with seventh grade science teacher Samantha Grant's name scrawled across it, Chief Path Patterson embarks on a quest to work his way down the list of suspects that includes Samantha. As denials flow from suspects, Samantha is once again thrust into amateur sleuth mode as she sets out to find the killer and prove her innocence in an investigation complicated by flying bullets, a flaming toilet, cocaine, and her ex-husband's crazy trophy wife. Helped by friends and her Shih Tzu, Samantha doggedly searches for the truth. But will she find answers soon enough to save her from prison or will a killer walk free? In this gripping mystery set in a postcard perfect river community, a middle school teacher must turn amateur sleuth in an attempt to eliminate her name from the list of suspects and find a determined killer.

Meet the Author:


Lea Braden is a retired middle school teacher. When she is not creating compelling mystery tales, she enjoys walks along the Missouri river with her two dogs. River of Denial is the second book in the Samantha Grant mystery series.

Giveaway

Lea is giving away a $25 Gift Card!


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Book Feature: TAI Divination Workbook by Erik Thorell



Inside the Book:


Title: TAI Divination Workbook
Author: Erik Thorel
Publisher: AuthorHouse
Genre: Body, Mind, Spirit
Format: Ebook

Author Erik Thorell reveals his new publication, TAI Divination Workbook.
TAI Divination is the fusion of three ancient divination systems: Tarot, Astrology and the I Ching or TAI. These 3 systems have come together in one reading, probably for the first time ever in the history of divination. You don't have to be psychic to use TAI, and TAI is easy to understand for beginners, and in-depth enough for experts.
TAI is not intended to compete with or replace existing forms of divination or Holy Scriptures of various religions. They all originally come from the Divine that lives within a man to help, advise and guide him in his life. The author respects all the founders equally as God's messengers.
This brings to mind of a bowl full of small cards with quotes from the Bible, a device which his Salvation Army parents used to ask questions via the ancient art of bibliomancy.
TAI was accidentally discovered February 11th 1981 and co-incidentally published in 2015, the third year of the Aquarian age. Pray that the Divine within speaking via "TAI" advises all equally kindly and wisely.
For more details you can visit www.taidivination.com .


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Friday, March 3, 2017

Book Feature: The Treasure of the Word by Isidore Okwudili Igwegbe



Inside the Book:


Title: The Treasure of the Word
Author: Isidore Okwudili Igwegb
Publisher: iUniverse
Genre: Religion
Format: Ebook

Readers of the Bible know events on the Catholic Church's liturgy have scriptural passages referring to them. Many, however, are only familiar with a few. One might be surprised at how many more are there for the reading. The Treasure of the Word: Commentary on Biblical Readings for Sundays, Feast Days, and Solemnities, Cycle B is a life-related meditation on the sacred texts within events of the Catholic Church's liturgical calendar. Author Isidore Okwudili Igwegbe's work is intended for everyone, from the layperson to church leader to those in the clergy. Beginning with Advent, each insight is based on his experiences teaching, leading, and breaking the Word of God with mixed Christian congregations in different countries and continents. Each chapter begins with the date and event, followed by a list of scriptural references. Igwegbe's text satisfies human yearning for the meaning of the Word. It is an exposition of the good news within the good news, a prayerful sharing of the great secret-human fate is God's fate, and God is an imprudent investor who blesses his capital and his love on every person, everywhere, and every time. This book encourages Christians and all believers to realise they are the centre of God's attention.

Meet the Author:
Isidore Okwudili Igwegbe has a doctorate in theological sciences from Pontificias Univerisitas Urbaniana, Rome. A Catholic priest, he currently is a lecturer at Imo State Polytechnic, Owerri, Nigeria. His books include Sacramental Theological Thinking in the African Symbolic Universe and The Meaning of the Beginning: A Perspective from An Igbo-African Popular Religious Philosophy.

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Book Feature: The Princess and the Little Man by Tim Ronald O.



Inside the Book:


Title: The Princess and the Little Man
Author: Tim Ronald O.
Publisher: iUniverse 
Genre: Juvenile Fiction
Format: Ebook

In a time and place where things were simple and magical, the fates of two lands with different cultures rest on the shoulders of a young princess and her unfortunate companion.

Gerard, an unadventurous, obedient servant of an evil crone named Judith, has his life turned upside down by Abigail the silver mare and soon finds himself on a journey that will change his life. Princess Christy of Ordinarius, a courageous and fun-loving sixteen-year-old, embarks on an auspicious voyage with her hairy blue dragon, Eva, for protection. Meanwhile, Prince Ron and his cat-chameleon, Grime, gradually arrive at the center of an age-old battle between his land, Illustris; Princess Christy's Ordinarius; and the Evil Crone Forest. In encounters across their lands, these brave young royals discover strange truths that will change their lives forever.

In this fantasy novel for middle readers, a princess, a prince, and their companions must work together to save the lands of Illustris and Ordinarius from the dark magic of the evil crones.

Meet the Author:
Tim Ronald O. discovered the multifaceted art of writing while studying for an MSc. After achieving a nidan black belt in shotokan karate-do, his love for martial arts blossomed into a thirst for adventure and eventually evolved into a ravenous interest for arts and sciences in general.

Giveaway

Tim is giving away a $25 Gift Card!

 
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Book Feature: Pauli: The Musical Pumpkin by Pamela O. Guidry



Inside the Book:


Title: Pauli the Musical Pumpkin
Author: Pamela O. Guidry
Publisher: AuthorHouse
Genre: Juvenile Fiction
Format: Ebook

This is an inspiring story of a family whose characters depend on each other's unique personality traits to see them through life's little journeys. With Luis, the strength and leadership is dominant, and Erin's motherly love is profound. The two boys are very different both in looks and in spirit. Dominic is adventuresome, and the outdoors is his passion, whereas Donovan's love for beauty and music is his motivation. Pauli, different from any of his family, is talented and musical and brings forth a feeling of magic when he plays his beautiful music. In the end, the family is reunited and reassured. Each of us is special in our own way. As long as we have each other, anything is possible.

Meet the Author:
Pamela O. Guidry was born in New Orleans, Louisiana, in 1960. My parents were the most loving and wonderful parents. I grew up in a family of six children. With three sisters and two brothers, an adventure was always just around the corner. Because family is the most fundamental purpose in life, the experiences we have shared have shaped my life. At an early age, I developed a passion for music, as well as a love for art and creativity. As an adult, I further pursued the imagination and use of colors and textures in my work as a decorator. And now, my passion is to travel the world so that I may experience the beauty of nature and the people I meet along the way.

Giveaway

Pamela is giving away a $25 Gift Card!

 
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  • Winner has 48 hours to reply.
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