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.


MY REVIEW:

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.

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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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Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Book Blast: Yes, I Do by Jenny A. Rogers



 

Inside the Book:


Title: Yes, I Do 
Author: Jenny A. Rogers
Publisher: AuthorHouseUK
Genre: Religious
Format: Ebook

This book is to bring you the reality of marriage and marrying too early in the author’s opinion. The challenges and opposition life throws at you and how you can fully cope. It will also throw some purpose of marriage according to God’s plan and give you in-depth relationship tips. At the end of reading this true life event, I hope it will help shape your life and mind to make a better choice and decision in terms of marriage and relationships.

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Meet the Author:
Jenny A. Rogers is the founder of The Renewed Network, whose mission is to Reach, Teach and inspire others through Relationship Coaching and Speaking. Following a short outlived marriage and abandonment, she decided to pursue her long desired passion for Counseling and She is now a certified Listener in the UK. She has now renewed her thoughts and attitudes towards relationship building and has helped many to achieve this. Charlotte is determined to help many more make right choices in marriage or all forms of relationships.

Giveaway

Jenny is giving away a $25 Gift Card!

 
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  • One winner will be chosen via Rafflecopter to receive one $25 Gift Certificate to the e-retailer of your choice
  • This giveaway begins December 10  and ends on December 21.
  • Winners will be contacted via email on December 22.
  • Winner has 48 hours to reply.
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Book Blast: Mike Honeycutt's World of Hunting and Fishing



 

Inside the Book:


Title: Mike Honeycutt's World of Hunting and Fishing
Author: Mike Honeycutt
Publisher: Trafford
Genre: Travel
Format: Ebook

For author Mike Honeycutt, there’s nothing more exciting than a remote trip with great scenery. In Mike Honeycutt’s World of Hunting and Fishing, he shares a travelogue that speaks to his passion for traveling the world to exotic locales to hunt and fish for unusual animal species. Based on his extensive travel experiences, Honeycutt narrates stories from all over the world on all continents. From the savannas of northern Cameroon to the jungles of southern Cameroon, and from the mountains of the Rocky Mountains in the United States, to a Himalayan tahr hunt in the mountains of New Zealand, he describes an array of real-life experiences and excursions. He tells about bird hunting in Argentina, turkey hunting in Old Mexico, and looking for the Gobi Argali Sheep in Mongolia. From airplanes to snowmobiles, to boats, horses, jeeps, four-wheelers, and pickups, Honeycutt has traversed the world experiencing an array of terrain, cultures, religions, food, and personalities. He offers insights into his travel in Mike Honeycutt’s World of Hunting and Fishing.

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Meet the Author:
Mike Honeycutt enjoys traveling around the world looking for exotic trophies and spectacular scenery. He lives in remote South-Central Missouri near a national forest with his dog and a cat.

Giveaway

Mike is giving away a $25 Gift Card!

 
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  • One winner will be chosen via Rafflecopter to receive one $25 Gift Certificate to the e-retailer of your choice
  • This giveaway begins December 17  and ends on December 28.
  • Winners will be contacted via email on December 29.
  • Winner has 48 hours to reply.
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Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Book Blast: Angelica's Discoveries by Otilia Greco






Title: Angelica's Discoveries
Author: Otilia Greco
Publisher: iUniverse
Genre: Fiction
Format: Ebook

High in the Swiss Alps in a quaint village far away from the chaos and destruction of World War II, Angelica leads an idyllic childhood haunted by only one thing—her fear of water. But as Angelica develops into a strong, independent woman, her desire to travel becomes overpowering, and she vows to overcome her paralyzing fear one day. Now her chance has come. Even as Angelica’s father attempts to squelch her insatiable desire to explore Greece and eventually meet her Uncle Victor in the New World, Angelica secures a job as a travel guide and bravely books her first passage on a voyage captained by an old Greek. As Captain Angelis adds wisdom and comfort to Angelica’s first voyage, he has no idea that an unexpected adventure awaits them in the unpredictable Mediterranean Sea. Strengthened by her traumatic experience, Angelica safely arrives in Greece where she quickly proves herself in her new job. But when she is pursued by a handsome Greek, she soon realizes that her heart lies with someone else. As Angelica’s heart leads her in a new direction, she must bravely face her fear once again as she embarks on a challenging adventure to the New World where her true destiny awaits.

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Otilia Greco was born in the Swiss Alps, was educated in Switzerland, England, and France, and is fluent in six languages. She draws much of her inspiration from Greece, where she guided tours after graduating from Zurich University of the Arts (HGKZ). Greco and her husband currently reside in Switzerland. She is also the author of: Dreams, An Odyssey of Love and Mystery.

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  • This giveaway begins November 18 and ends on November 30.
  • Winners will be contacted via email on December 1.
  • Winner has 48 hours to reply.
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Book Blast: The Wicked: Storm Michaels by Linsey Davids



Inside the Book:



Title: The Wicked: Storm Michaels
Author: Linsey Davids
Publisher: AuthorHouse
Genre: Romance
Format: Ebook


Emily Richards is a shy young woman who has been a nobody for years, invisible to everyone she secretly wishes would notice her. Now as she and her best friend, Oliver, prepare to start classes at Harvard, they also focus on nurturing their obsession with the rock band, The Wicked. Storm Michaels is a bad boy rocker with brooding eyes and long black hair who has the pick of any woman he desires. One night, after a chance encounter backstage leads him to meet Emily—the woman he never knew he wanted—Storm makes it his mission to capture her heart. As Emily emerges from her shell and transforms from a fangirl to a woman in love with the man of her dreams, she sets down a new path that includes balancing premed classes with jetsetting around the world with her famous boyfriend. But is their love strong enough to endure the spotlight and distractions of the other women who are constantly throwing themselves at Storm? In this tale of love, passion, and self-discovery, a college student and a bad boy rocker must attempt to endure the challenges of a relationship that plays out in front of the world.

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Linsey Davids is a graphic designer by day and a writer by night. She is a cancer survivor who loves trying new things and putting positive energy out into the world. Linsey lives in Cape Town, South Africa. The Wicked: Storm Michaels is her first book.

Giveaway

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Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Interview with Richard Burack, Sr. MD, author of Lydie of Peruwelz






Title: Lydie of Peruwelz
Author: Richard Burack, Sr., MD
Publisher: iUniverse
Genre: Historical Fiction
Format: Ebook
In 1839, Lydie Fougnies, 20 years old, is attractive, refined, and educated. Her father is a well-to-do businessman. She meets Felippe Van Hendryk, single child of wealthy aristocrats. They fall in love and a two-year chaste affair leads to talk of marriage. However, his class-conscious, bigoted mother severs their relationship because Lydie is not from high society. Unhappy Felippe is sent to university in Switzerland where he marries, and divorces, the wanton daughter of a wealthy Swiss banker. Lydie is angry and resentful. She is a victim of emotion and, bent on revenge, she cannot think rationally. Believing she can wreak revenge on Mme Van Hendryk by proving her worth only if she belongs to the aristocracy, she directs her attention to Count Hippolyte de Bocarmé, a farmer who lives in a dreary, desolate 16th century chateau. Unschooled and crude, his size and strength seduce her. Certain that the rustic, prodigal son of a fine family can easily be led to the altar, she mentors him in reading, writing, and manners. Never does she suspect that he’s a conscienceless psychopathic felon. He conceals his craving to know her sexually, and plans to steal her family’s fortune.


THE INTERVIEW:


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

I used the name of the main character and where the story took place. Lydie was born and educated in the small town of Peruwelz in central Belgium. Peruwelz remains a pleasant, progressive, small city. 

What is your writing environment like?

My computer is on a crowded desk in my study located in my house on a mountain top in New Hampshire.

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

I didn’t use anything modern other than a word processing program on my computer. Other tools were old versions of a dictionary and a thesaurus.

What inspires you to write?

I’m a pedant at heart. I needed a project to occupy me in retirement.

Did you learn anything while writing this book?

It taught me to use my imagination to weave a story based on historic facts and avoiding medical jargon. The stubbornness of habit. I learned a huge amount about 1800s and early 1900s medical research; human behavior, and especially domestic violence, which haven’t changed; power of money, the ubiquity of domestic violence, and modes of cruelty then and now.

What is your favorite quality about yourself?

I like to think that I’m objective. I make decisions based on facts and data. 

Richard Burack has a BA from the University of Wisconsin and an MD from Wake Forest University School of Medicine. He served as a Medical Officer in the U.S. Coast Guard in the Pacific Theater during the Korean War. In 1960 he was appointed to the pharmacology faculty at Harvard Medical School, and later practiced internal medicine before embarking on a career as a medical director for two U.S. non-pharmaceutical corporations. In retirement, he was a part-time physician at a charity hospital in St. Lucia and has devoted himself to writing. In 1967, Dr. Burack published The Handbook of Prescription Drugs, alerting doctors and the public to the availability of less costly generic medications. Fifty years later, the public buys the majority of its prescription drugs as “generics.” He and his wife, Mary, reside in New Hampshire. They have five children and ten grandchildren.