Showing posts with label books. Show all posts
Showing posts with label books. Show all posts

21 June 2017

Witch | earthpages.ca (Reblog)

- A very informative post:  Witch. Two ideas (or facts, if your prefer) presented that were news to me!


Image credit: By Immanuel Giel - Own work, Public Domain, Link

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10 June 2017

Book Suggestions: Political Thrillers by F. C. Etier

On November 7, 2012, with the official publication of a political thriller entitled The Tourist Killer, Frank C. "Chip" Etier added - Published Author - to an already impressive list of accomplished career objectives. The novel is a fast-paced thriller with political overtones, conspiracy and intrigue. The main character, Claudia Barry is "The Shooter", a female professional assassin, who is about to retire. But before she can complete her last assignment, close out a 30-year career and fade into the sunset, she just has to answer a simple question: Can a leopard change her spots?


Finding the answer to the question may prove to be somewhat complicated.

Blogcritics.org states that "The Tourist Killer is a strong first novel by a promising author." Other reviewers have described this book as: "exhilarating", "intense", "surprisingly good", "electrifying", "a refreshing angle". But you know you've got a really satisfied audience of readers, when they start hinting about what a great movie it would be.  Mr. Etier shared a snippet of his novel as his weekly contribution to the Weekend Writing Warriors project.

The Presidents Club
A Weekly Serial Novel by Chip Etier


Mr. Etier ended 2012 on a positive note with the release of his first book and brought in the new year of 2013 with his second novel, The Presidents Club, which is being presented as a weekly serial novel by Venture Galleries, a publishing house that promotes the works of independent authors. The novel will soon be available on Amazon as an e-book and a trade paperback. Soon!


Future Projects?
An Interview of Mr. Etier About His Next Career Move

The Phoenix is the writer team of Lee and Gary Jordan. The Jordans also interview authors and publish book reviews and interviews at their Phoenix Book Review Site. On January 10, 2013, they shared their conversation with Chip Etier. He discussed a little about his background - his birthplace, Louisiana; his various career paths (pharmacist, artist/photographer, writer); and mentioned that his writing influences range from Dr. Seuss to John Grisham. (That's quite a range.) He then concluded the interview by responding to questions about what led him to write the two novels, and his plans to write more.

You can tell by the tone of the interview that Mr. Etier is a very humble guy and perfectly content to live with Bob (aka Miss Bob), his "drop dead, gorgeous" wife in the Great Smoky Mountains of North Carolina. So the interview gives no indication that he's even thinking along these lines. But the fact that Mr. Etier has successfully published two outstanding thrillers should come as no surprise to anyone who has ever read anything he has written. Why not place him side by side with Sir Arthur Conan Doyle? If people are already raving about converting his first book, The Tourist Killer, into a blockbuster hit; then might as well consider adapting The Presidents Club into a TV miniseries. Maybe plans are in the works and he's just keeping it hush hush. Then again maybe he hasn't been approached on the subject. Not yet! :)

Content first published at Seekyt, Oct 2013



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A soft cuddly sitting plush leopard from the Realistic Plush collection at Wild Republic. 14 Inches Tall.

09 June 2017

A Week of Dickens: Resources on His Life, Works, Walks, and London : Faith, Fiction, Friends (Reblog)

Well my weekend is starting off really well. I should hashtag everything #FabFriday.  First, I found a beautiful flower pic on Tumblr. Then I plucked this gem out of the posts stream for the Authentic Blogger Group on Facebook. This post is sure to delight all lovers and loyal fans of Charles Dickens.  Did you know that if you have an Amazon Kindle, you can buy the entire collection of Dickens' works for $1.99. Good literature that's priceless and inexpensive. Can it get any better? 😄


 

19 May 2017

People We Like to Quote: Sir Winston Churchill (1874 - 1965)

The Right Honourable  Sir Winston Churchill (1874 - 1965) KG OM CH TD PCc DL FRS RA,  was a military hero and British politician who served as the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1940 to 1945 and again from 1951 to 1955.  ( Wikipedia )


I take your point Sir Churchill.  Your reference to "hell" is a descriptive term, a figure of speech to describe an horrific ordeal that someone is enduring and they must stay strong, persevere and keep pushing forward in order to overcome.

However, with regard to the real hellNobody goes through it.  If they end up there it's their final destination.  They can't escape and they can't turn back.  They can't complain that there was an error in their travel itinerary and that they had been dropped off at wrong place!  They can't even bribe whoever put them in there to let them back out.  For one thing, if they were rich, they were not able to bring their money with them.  Ask the Pharoahs or ask Paul.  Also, the living whom they left behind can't pay for them to get out of hell either through a convenient system of indulgences.  (Geez!  And you think insurance in America is a rip off!)

Churchill quotes are food for thought.  

If I were setting up my own personal private library, I would make sure to have at least one book on the shelf with his quotes. 📕📕

Mini BIO - Winston Churchill




21 March 2017

Spotlight on Gwendolyn Elizabeth Brooks (1917 - 2000)

"I am a writer perhaps because I am not a talker."  

- -  Gwendolyn Brooks (1917 “ 2000) 


February was Black History Month and March is Womens History Month and Ms. Brooks get the spotlight for both of these “dedicated time periods”. She is worthy of the honor.

A biography snapshot of African-American poet, Gwendolyn Elizabeth Brooks (Jun 7, 1917 - Dec 3, 2000).



  • Gwendolyn Elizabeth Brooks is a noted African-American Poet Laureate.  

  • She published her first poem at age 14.  

  • Her beginnings were humble.  She was born in Topeka, Kansas but her family moved to Chicago (the South side, i.e. with the rest of the poor folks) when she was young.  When she grew up, she attended Wilson Junior College in Chicago, graduating in 1936.  

  • She was the first African-American (male or female) to be awarded the Pulitzer Prize; in 1950, the category for Poetry.  Her award-winning poetry was titled "Annie Allen (1949)".

  • Ms. Brooks utilized her poetic prowess for expressing her emotions, beliefs and perspectives.  She had very strong opinions about family life, war and social ethics.  Current events of her day, led her to adapt her writing style from humor and irony to a more deeply serious tone in order to address politics and racism and the real assassinations of activists Malcolm X and Medgar Evers.  

  • Over the years, her works have reached a wide and diverse audience.  She has earned the respect of many for her sincerity, quiet strength, dedication and her life's accomplishments have left an indelible mark in literature and in history.   

Ms. Brooks departed this life on December 3, 2000, at age 83.  

To sum up her writings in her own words:
"Poetry is life distilled." 


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14 March 2017

Book Review: The Signature of God (and Other Book Reviews)

Wrote some book reviews a few years back. 

Here is the link to my first (and actually my favorite; published 2013 via HUBPages.com).  

In case you liked this recommendation, supplied a quick list of some of my other reviews/suggestions for worthwhile reading.

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How do we know that God wrote the Bible? Simple! He signed it!

Book Review: The Signature of God by Grant R. Jeffrey


The Handwriting on the Wall - St Benedicts Catholic Church | Source: Wikimedia Commons


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  • A wonderful book for children written by Miska Miles, which was published in 1971: Annie and the Old One.




  • If you like true stories, mysteries that are finally solved, and ever wondered about ships that set sale and then disappeared - here are four books about Ships Lost at Sea that tell the tales.





The Seven Kings of Rome

The Seven Kings of Rome

There was once a group of villages on seven hills which grew into an empire. But how did it happen?
If your curiosity is peaked by this brief presentation of the history of ancient Rome and want to learn more, you will find two book recommendations at the end of the article.




17 December 2016

The Chocolate Lady's Book Reviews: Five (or seven) GOOD things to come out of 2016 (Reblog)

Happy to reblog and share this Featured Post from a fellow blogger, Davida Chazan, who is a "Go To" person if you're searching for good reads. Here is her suggested reading for 2016:

The Chocolate Lady's Book Reviews: Five (or seven) GOOD things to come out of 2016

Her reviews and other writings are so good I invited her to contribute to my group board on Pinterest: Freelance Writer. We crossed paths because we both contribute short posts to a site called "Daily Two Cents".  This site has a revenue-share plan for those who have a Google Ad Sense account and allows you to earn 100% of your commissions, if your post includes an affiliate referral link.  It's reasonable.  Don't you think?  This is the link to her DTC profile: drchazan aka Chocolate Lady.
(This is my DTC author profile, if you're interested: cmoneyspinner, if you're interested.)


Book lovers will probably appreciate her faves lists for previous years too!

Chocolate Lady's Favorite Books of 2015

Chocolate Lady's Favorite Books of 2014

Chocolate Lady's Favorite Books of 2013




I love her blog's tagline.  It reads:

  • Davida Chazan's Blog for mostly book reviews and literary musings (and maybe some chocolate). 

What a hook!  So of course I had to find something chocolate at her blog.  Found it!

The REAL Chocolate Wars


The REAL Chocolate Wars

It's all because of Ms. Brenner's writing style. Ms. Brenner brings even the very mundane into the world of extreme interest. She makes much out of the intrigue so that although it's really economics, it's still interesting. She works her way around marketing so that it's suddenly as moving as a love scene.

12 November 2016

Suspected Terrorists, Taking Liberties, and the “Present Distress” in America

These words were shared publicly by me, Jan 20, 2012 via my Google Plus profile. Deleted the share and am republishing it via my blog because we just went through the 2016 election and now have a new President Elect. This is not about Trump. It's about Obama (who will soon be history) and about a book. Publishing the content here as it may be relevant to the “present distress” in America.

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[Yes I know I'm quoting scripture but my statement is political. Read the entire post and you will clearly understand the application. I ain't preaching. I'M SCREAMING!!]




Acts 16: 37-38  ~ But Paul said unto them, They have beaten us openly uncondemned, being Romans, and have cast us into prison; and now do they thrust us out privily?nay verily; but let them come themselves and fetch us out. And the serjeants told these words unto the magistrates: and they feared, when they heard that they were Romans. …

Acts 25: 11-12  ~ For if I be an offender, or have committed any thing worthy of death, I refuse not to die: but if there be none of these things whereof these accuse me, no man may deliver me unto them. I appeal unto Caesar. Then Festus, when he had conferred with the council,answered, Hast thou appealed unto Caesar? unto Caesar shalt thou go.



* I’m not really a devoted fan of cable TV. But the remote control does make it very easy for me to fall asleep. The news channels in particular are excellent for insomnia. So I was flipping the channels and came across a program called The Young Turks. I paused for a few minutes to listen to the discussion with the ACLU representative who also wrote a book called Taking Liberties. Evidently Obama signed a bill that obliterates the liberty of every American citizen – those in the USA and those who are abroad. (That’s what I heard!)



* yadda yadda ... blah blah ... Something or other about citizens suspected as terrorists being arrested and detained indefinitely. Of course, to his credit, the current POTUS said he would never do that. (Uh huh. Well that’s comforting.)

* So here’s the situation: Whether or not the current President chooses to enforce NDAA (??? not sure about the alphabets), it can be enforced.


* UM … THAT’S CRAP!!!


* If you agree or disagree, you better take the liberty to say so. Because IF ENFORCED and you get arrested and detained indefinitely as a suspected terrorist, unlike the Apostle Paul, you probably won’t be able to appeal to anybody cause WON’T NOBODY KNOW WHERE YOU AT!!


For the record: I’m not a card-carrying member of the ACLU. That’s Bruce Willis.  (joking)


{The link is to the book Taking Liberties. In the interest of disclosure, I’m an Amazon Associate, so if you purchase the book via this link I earn income. But whether you buy the book or not, the NDAA IS STILL CRAP!!!}



Movies About Being an Indian Muslim in Post 9/11 America ~

Kurbaan (2009) / My Name Is Khan (2010) / New York (2009) |

“Foxes have Holes” ~

Syrian Refugees Go Home! (An Opinion Piece) - Daily Two Cents

How Crazy Horse Treated Refugees and Other Writings of White Feather ~

Bringing White Feather From the Mountain

More random thoughts plucked from my G+ post stream.



05 October 2016

Are Secret Societies a Threat?

Did you hear?  Beyoncé and Jay-Z are members of the lluminati.

Uh huh. And this strikes fear in me because … ???  ... WHY?

Well at least now I get Ray Romano’s joke about the most powerful couple in America. :)  But Jay-Z and his lovely wife, Beyoncé (who should star in her own TV show as Wonder Woman or some other "Super Woman type". - You heard it here! I’m trying to get this idea circulating!) are probably laughing way harder than everybody else.

Read an article about so-called secret societies – Freemasons, Rosicrucian Order, Illuminati, etc.

Top 5 Secret Societies |Wizzley.com

This provides a wealth of material if anyone wants something to write about it. But to take these groups seriously? WHY?


  • Are they dangerous??


  • Because they have a secret??


  • Because they are secretive??


  • Because they might have also have a lot of money and possibly some influence on persons in high places and can change the course of the world??!!!! And you have no control over it?? 

Gimme a break! Who doesn’t have a secret?? 

Rich or poor. Between dreaming and having your own secrets, can’t nobody control you!! **** Hmmm … this is kind of an afterthought but … UM … Such type organizations could be a threat to the members. Everything being so hush hush - if a crime were committed, where would they go for justice? Maybe the Cosa Nostra probably holds court on the weekends. (O.o)



The Illuminati in Hollywood: Celebrities, Conspiracies, and Secret Societies in Pop Culture and the Entertainment Industry







(This my original content which was previously published at one of my other blogs which has been discontinued.)





16 September 2016

Who is Peter Ackroyd?

Who is Peter Ackroyd?


Hmmm ... let me think.  Is he the guy in the picture?



Nope!  But you're close!  The guy in the picture below is Charles Dickens.  Ackroyd wrote a biography about Dickens.  He also wrote a bio about William Shakespeare, in case the mention about the Charles Dickens bio is not impressive enough.  :)



Charles Dickens (1812-1870) 
Charles Dickens (1812-1870) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


Peter Ackroyd is an eccentric but well established author in many genres:  biographer, historian, poet, novelist, etc.  Published a brief write-up about him at Daily Two Cents, an online writing community that offers a revenue-share plan for contributing short posts.  Good freelance opportunity!  Great if you work from home!















Peter Ackroyd books are available ~ Save up to 90% at BiggerBooks.com

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27 January 2016

Book Review: THE DEPOSIT SLIP (Reblog)

Reblogging. Excellent book review by Cynthia Rodrigues Manchekar, a member of the Authentic Blogger Group on Facebook. One of my friends is a die-hard John Grisham fan and her one-liner summary review for this particular book was a hook! She described it as: “A courtroom drama that just might depose John Grisham .” Had to know more!



This is debut novel for author Todd Johnson. Here is a striking statement from her review that peaks your interest: “... Todd has shown enough talent here to depose John Grisham as the reigning king of courtroom dramas. … Because Todd is a Christian author, there's more to The Deposit Slip than the pursuit of justice alone. There is also the need for forgiveness and reconciliation ...”


Love courtroom drama? 
Then this should be an addition to your reading list.

Book Review: THE DEPOSIT SLIP | A few drops of ink






John Grisham - on the Screen


Here are scenes from various movies adapted from a Grisham book. Do you recognize the film?












26 January 2016

History and Women: The Pendant - A Gothic Romance Novel (Reblog)

Recycling a post from one of the most gorgeous and informative blogs about women and for women on the worldwide web!

History and Women: The Pendant - A Gothic Romance Novel


History and Women: The Pendant - A Gothic Romance Novel

:A Medieval Tale of Murder, Desperation, and True Love! Recently Re-released! A lost ancient treasure.  A 100 year family feud.  And a woman ...

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