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.


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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
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 saké  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
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.

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Book Blast: The Employee Millionaire by HJ Chammas

Title: The Employee Millionaire
Author: H.J. Chammas
Publisher: PartridgeSingapore
Genre: Business/Economics
Format: Ebook

When the financial crisis erupted in 2008, thousands of people lost jobs they thought theyd always have to sustain their standard of living. For H. J. Chammas, it was a wakeup call to escape struggling to make ends meet. It was time to take charge of his life and stop acting like a lab rat following a set program. In this detailed guidebook to buying, owning, and managing rental properties, he gives readers a plan that you wont find in other books. Instead of promoting foolish risks, he helps you leverage your position as an employee to achieve financial freedom. Learn how to: evaluate the current state of your finances; overcome limiting beliefs about money and investing; set personal objectives to achieve financial freedom; and think and operate like a seasoned real estate investor. Chammas shares real-life examples that will help you build a personalized investment blueprint to build your rental property portfolio and become wealthy. From identifying and closing deals, getting approved for loans, renting out properties, dealing with tenants, and capitalizing on opportunities, this book will challenge how youve always looked at life, finances, investments, and real estate.


H.J. Chammas is a self-made "Employee Millionaire" who has achieved financial freedom by investing in rental properties throughout Asia, Dubai and Europe. With over 10 years of real estate industry and investing experience, as well as property management, he brings forward a blueprint for real estate investing in a simple and clear manner.

He is the founder and CEO of the Employee Millionaire, a company that empowers employees to achieve financial freedom and become millionaires with real estate investing.

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Monday, January 14, 2019

Book Review: Good Intentions Bad Consequences by Phillip Nelson

Title: Good Intentions Bad Consequences: Voters' Information Problems
Author: Phillip Nelson
Publisher: AuthorHouse 
Genre: Social Science/Sociology
Format: Ebook

A new approach to understanding voter choice with important implications. There is a substantial class of voters who would like to do “good” but ignore important consequences of their attempts to do so—naïve altruists. The book both shows why such a class exists and tests the implications of that group’s behavior in a setting where other voters are self-interested, others are traditionalists, and imitation plays a big role in voter choice. The book also looks at the policy implications of such behavior accepting as desirable, but not fully achievable, the democratic ideal in which sufficiently informed citizens are given equal weight in political choices. Naïve altruists ignore the anti-growth consequences of redistribution from the rich as a class to the poor as a class. That ignorance produces too much of that redistribution in terms of the democratic ideal.


With the state of the government it is no wonder books like this are necessary. After reading this book it really did open my eyes even more about what it means to be a voter and what influence we have in the future of our country.

I have to admit that I feel that things are pretty bleak right now and without changes I don't imagine them to get better any time soon. But, I hold out hope knowing that others feel exactly the same way.

Phillip Nelson has specialized in two fields. The first is information economics in which he has produced seminal work in consumer economics. The second is public choice in which he has written many articles and the book, “Signaling Goodness.” This book melds these two fields producing new insights about voter information problems. He has spent a lifetime teaching graduate courses in these specialties and microeconomics theory at Binghamton University, Columbia University, and the University of Chicago.

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Book Feature: Helping Hands by Ken Saik

Title: Helping Hands
Author: Ken Saik
Publisher: iUniverse
Genre: Fiction/Romance
Format: Ebook

Jill Kreshky is recently divorced. She is doing her best to reclaim her life. After an accident causes her to spend six weeks alone in a hospital, she is haunted by the awareness that she must find a way to once again become part of her children’s lives. Unfortunately, Jill doesn’t have a car, her job is temporarily on hold, her bank account is empty. There is no question that Jill needs encouragement from someone she can trust. After she learns that a church friend, Bill Wynchuk, has been more loyal to her than she ever realized, Jill decides to invite him for supper. As he relies on his faith and skills as a psychologist to lovingly lead Jill to appreciate her inner strength and need for the Lord, she gains insights that propel her down a path of reconciliation that helps her mend relations with her son and return to Ontario to face her greatest fears about her family and unveil a deeply buried secret. In this inspirational story, a woman attempting to reclaim her life is led on an emotional journey, with help from a devoted friend, that ultimately reveals the truth and prompts her to seek forgiveness.


Ken Saik is a committed Christian who retired after thirty-one years of teaching social studies to pursue writing fiction and poetry. To date, he has published three novellas and a novel, Baggage Burdens. Saik currently resides in Spruce Grove, Alberta, Canada.

Ken Saik is a committed Christian who retired after thirty-one years of teaching social studies to pursue writing fiction and poetry. To date, he has published three novellas and a novel, Baggage Burdens. Saik currently resides in Spruce Grove, Alberta, Canada.

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