February 2019 Review Issue
The Dragon's Harvest
Jason F. Boggs
Mill City Press
may have introduced the series with a bang, but The
Dragon's Harvest takes the adventure
a step further in a stand-alone compliment to and second book in the
Here, Nelson Jones is on a mission to uncover the meaning of the sun
lead humans and Aesini to confront an impossible power play.
At stake is the survival and resurrection of The
the continued existence of aliens who value nature over technology, and
alliances forged by adversity, which face newfound challenges from
Nemesis Ira Bilis returns to throw a monkey wrench
mix, but as battle lines are drawn, the struggles proves far more
human, alien, or competing forces could imagine. Even as Bilis relishes
newfound power, its bloody aftermath, and the fact that The New Era "is back, for good this time",
a new force is unleashed that causes everyone to take a second look at
status, goals, and ambitions in this changing world.
From ideas of the will of Gods and questions about
they can be defeated to simmering regrets over lost love, fear of
hate tempered with love, The Dragon's
Harvest takes some unexpected turns that prior readers of Devil's Dragon won't expect.
Perhaps this is the greatest strength of The Dragon's Harvest: its ability to
build upon prior scenes, then turn them upside down to pair
scenes of confrontation and rescue with unexpectedly thought-provoking
of character growth and insight.
As Jessie Freeman and Ira Bilis clash, brute force
new power plays and opportunities that leads each to reevaluate their
relationship and lives.
The result is a fantasy that neatly juxtaposes
with a love/hate relationship set against the backdrop of emerging
new forces: one that leads readers on a rollicking journey through
worlds and lives to emerge into a strange new world neither side
Prior fans and newcomers alike will appreciate the
fast-paced action, vivid confrontations, and complex relationships
humans, aliens, and adversaries alike in a pick highly recommended for
who like their adventure fast-paced and their characters well drawn.
The Dragon's Harvest
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Mother of Rebellion
Beyond Here Publishing
Paperback $19.99 ISBN: 1-948673-00-2
Hardcover $29.99 ISBN: 1-948673-01-0
eBook: $ 3.99
Mother of Rebellion
takes place long after The Schism, the great war that
divided the continent of Leyumin before an uncertain series of
conflicts finally descended upon the land, thwarting any promise of
Two nations are left to vie for the title of
determined to achieve its goals by force; the other by political
The five very different individuals profiled in Mother of Rebellion are essential to
this process, and their quest for a better life unites them in
replete with hardship and dreams.
As readers venture into the lives of a slave-wife,
warrior, a guardian of history, a disciple, and a young nobleman, they
different histories, perspectives, and goals which lead them into a
vision and mission.
From efforts to make peace and undo family angst
heritage to changing visions of faith, personal loyalty, illness and
destruction, and marriage, the complex and compelling world of Mother of Rebellion demands of its
readers an attention to detail and social and political interactions.
focus is amply rewarded in a plot that is visionary, revealing, and
hard to put
down: a smorgasbord of different personalities thrown into the mix of
nation-building or destruction (depending on perspective).
Mother of Rebellion
takes different journeys and common heroes and winds them
into a story of invaders, desperate missions, winning and losing, and
political, and psychological transformation.
Readers looking for complex
worlds and entwined
will relish this saga for its fast pace, different characters, and
notions of warriors and heroism. All these facets contribute to a rich
of action and insight to keep readers thoroughly engrossed and
the conclusion right up to an action-packed, unexpected confrontation.
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after Brain Injury: Easy Cooking for Recovery: Book
Susana Stoica, PhD
Healing Alternatives Press
ASIN: B07KWGLNQP $9.95 Kindle
Cooking after Brain
Injury: Easy Cooking for
Recovery: Book 3 adds to the others in
this series, specifically designed as brain-friendly primers for those
brain injuries who typically find the usual cookbook approach too
Those with little familiarity with brain injury
realize that cooking is one of those cognitive skills that becomes a
after traumatic brain injury. Even those who were accomplished cooks
the injury often find themselves unable to comprehend the basic steps
processes of cooking.
Cooking after Brain Injury
is from an author who experienced two such injuries on the
same day, and who spent ten years retraining herself in the kitchen.
resulted in many new approaches to cooking that adjusts for common
from problems with concentration and sequencing to putting together a
complimentary menu. The
recipes in the
books also address brain injury side effects like weight gain and food
sensitivities, providing reference table that help users choose the
dishes for their needs.
Introductory sections cover the basics of which
start with, explain the classification criteria and the special codes
to the recipes, and builds on the simpler recipes presented in the
second books in the series (which are required stepping stones to
the dishes in this third book).
Unlike most series titles, these books are broken
series for a specific reason. Those suffering from brain injury are
and overwhelmed by too much information not properly structured for
comprehension, so these shorter cookbooks are more inviting. The clear
delineation between the books allows for the progressive re-learning of
Repetition in duplicating the dishes is encouraged.
avoid limited meals, Dr. Stoica encourages brain-injured users to get
with others to select recipes from the book so that proficiency can be
even as entire meals are produced.
cooking after brain injury is a tiring proposition,
the author provides larger quantity recipes for dishes that can be
and frozen, as well as specifying the steps necessary to process
frozen dishes when defrosting.
Tips on bulk food production for the freezer and
handle it and steps for cooking several dishes in a meal address
many common obstacles that tend to making cooking problematic.
Many cookbooks promote healthy recipes for healthy
but this set also promotes healing by doing, making cooking a part of
brain's exercise regimen during the recovery process. By providing only
author-tested recipes, strategies for foolproof production that
common confusion areas for the brain injured, and rating recipes by
so cooks can choose among them depending on their mental fitness on a
day, Dr. Stoica returns independence to those who typically consider
“impossible dream” after a brain trauma.
The recipes themselves are simply and clearly
from an Apple Plum Soup and German Potatoes with paprika and sour cream
Chicken Liver Pate and Eggplant Schnitzel. Appealing color photos
each new dish. Ingredients lists are common to most cookbooks, but the
differentiation between preparing ingredients and the dish itself and
and reheating suggestions also assume a step-by-step clarity that
nothing to wonder about. Ingredients lists, for example, include
Book 1 features the very simplest of dishes to get
from Asparagus with Garlic and Mushroom Soup to Tuna Salad and Berries
Whipped Cream. Book 2 expands the recipe selection with more difficult
requiring more attention to detail, from Cabbage Soup and Guacamole to
with Garlic and Gazpacho Soup.
The emphasis on step-by-step processes that breaks
typical cooking directions for easy absorption and understanding by
may not be able to concentrate or quickly process steps makes this
series a top
recommendation. These books should be in the tool boxes of anyone
from brain trauma and the therapists helping them regain their
through brain-exercise therapies by providing, especially those who may
been accomplished cooks prior to their injury, a sense of
feeling of being once again useful and an active part of everyday life
Cooking after Brain Injury: Easy Cooking for Recovery: Book 3
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Parkinson's With Diet
Yuchi Yang RD
978-1731507686 $14.99 paper/$7.99 Kindle
Managing Parkinson's With Diet is quite clear
in its approach, backed by author Yuchi Yang's authority as a
dietitian. It's designed for Parkinson's patients who seek to
medical treatment with dietary support, and is not intended to replace
physician's care. With so many Parkinson's books claiming miracles,
important to note that this practical diet guide addresses a more
and common concern in Parkinson's care: fluctuating diets, especially
surrounding protein intake.
Managing Parkinson's With Diet opens with the
latest research findings about Parkinson's, but the heart of Yang's
in designing a uniquely appropriate diet and understanding the special
Parkinson's patients. This is especially significant given studies that
indicate diet has a big influence on Parkinson's symptoms.
Specific examples of protein-rich, healthful
breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks are accompanied by references to
specific to the needs of Parkinson's sufferers, who too commonly are
Tools are provided for self-assessment and to
the approaches of physicians and registered dietitians, from how to
one's dietary fiber needs to understanding the ratio between
The information is provided using charts, examples,
unassuming tone that makes many of the concepts accessible by and
to not only Parkinson's readers, but caretakers seeking a primer on the
Educational tools range from food categories to how
design an individual meal plan. The extensive, specific tips on healthy
breakfasts, lunches, and dinners also include Chinese, Japanese, and
Eastern theme choices, which successfully diversifies the options.
Recipes for such simple dishes as Egg Stir Fry Rice
Stir-Fry Onion and Kidney Beans assure all the pieces are put together
in a way
that any caregiver or Parkinson's cook can easily understand.
Doctor's offices handle medicine and treatments,
dietitians working with physicians provide information, and Managing
Parkinson's With Diet completes the triangle of
supplementing both with clear medical research, applied to diets that
simple to understand and follow, and appealing.
Managing Parkinson's With Diet should be a
staple in any Parkinson's caregiver, family member, or patient's
arsenal for better health.
Managing Parkinson's With Diet
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Mystery & Thrillers
Black Rose Writing
978-1-68433-176-5 $17.95 Paper/$5.99 Kindle
is the first book in the Glass Star Trilogy and introduces Sloan, who
stalked not by a jealous boyfriend, but by an evil entity. Unlike a
stalker, this evil force can stalk her through her dreams, as well.
Sloan is depicted as a strong protagonist whose
independent Seattle world isn't dominated by dating or social
involvements: "Come on Sloan, you never date!
guys are fun.” “How do you know I’m not already seeing someone?” She
eyebrow. “Because every time a hot guy has ever approached you I have
say the following two words—Fuck. Off.” She made little quotation marks
air. Millie was not exaggerating. Fuck
off was my go to statement when guys tried to ask me out.
It worked like
a charm. “I can’t argue.”
Sloan isn't just an assistant at a law firm; she's
blossoming and talented young artist about to confront supernatural
she'd never believed in. Her life is set to change in many ways; not
of which is through a relationship with James, a man she admires, and
that she may be facing her last few days of life. This proposition
leads her to
quit her job and fully engage with a new task, which leads her straight
What sets Dark Touch
aside from other genre writings is its creation of a feisty, determined
protagonist who is not just believable, but compelling. Readers will
Sloan's spunky personality and grit, essential ingredients to facing
his army of winged warriors.
Torn between a dark force and a white, golden
Sloan becomes the pawn in an otherworldly. But, why is she so
injury, recovery, and confrontation permeate an emotionally charged,
story line that places Sloan far from her familiar life against forces
Readers receive more than just an action-packed
Sloan's determination and clarity shine in a tale that reveals a bigger
with the Dark Ones and their influence not just in human lives, but the
of energies in the cosmos itself.
More so than most, Dark
Touch is hard to put down and, fueled by Sloan's drive to
survive, is one
of the best new publications to appear this season, in this genre. Very
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The Dead Don't Talk
Lawrence J. Epstein
Fig Hollow Publishing
ASIN: B07LF13Y3G $0.99
Danny Ryle isn't an investigator: he's a politician
ability to fix problems. But in The Dead
Don't Talk, the problem is a murder, and Danny just happens
to have a
background that might lend to even this dilemma's resolution as he taps
knowledge of his retired father, a former hit man.
There's more than one issue with this plan,
Island is replete with suspects, and Danny has no experience sorting
clues in a murder mystery. Maybe he should have become an accountant,
The police have been very professional; but it's
they've missed something. Can Danny's talent for making things right
together a string of impossible clues to do what the professionals have
to achieve, solving a complex series of interrelationships?
There are no easy answers and no obvious leads, but
has something the police do not: access to master thieves and a ring of
individuals who can threaten and blackmail their way into anything.
dubious associations that provide Danny with a unique edge and a number
conundrums that revolve around re-election polls and an old murder
With Danny's life on the line, it quickly becomes
that the case is anything but cold. A murderer still is on the loose,
do anything to suppress the facts. Danny is headed for trouble that
savvy father may not be able to fix.
The Dead Don't Talk
is narrated in the first person, which gives it immediacy
and intimacy that draws readers in. Dialogues between father and son
practical daily matters to ethereal philosophical reflections on life
further create connections for readers who will find themselves
immersed in the
personalities, ambitions, and perceptions of two very different
characters: "You have a lot of information
absolutely no solid leads in Siegel’s murder. So you have no clues, no
and you’re putting your life in danger. For what, exactly? To help an
find some comfort before he dies. Believe me. I’m an old man. I’d like
comfort. Comfort never comes. Just one day you close your eyes and
darkness. You can’t find comfort in the face of that reality. People
promising angels singing in Heaven. And after the promise a guy dies
sitting on a lawn listening to angels singing. He’d go crazy from
five minutes. There’s no comfort in Heaven either. You just die. An
darkness, an endless void. Take your choice. You can suffer in this
than you can imagine, Danny, when you get older. Or you can stare into
vast, dark hole of nothingness. Life’s great.”
These explorations into relationships and problems
draw father and son together are part of what elevates this murder
above others, crafting scenes and encounters that go far beyond a
probe the connections, disassociations, and relationships between
members, politicians, and community.
Infused with political observations as well as a
the dark side of murder, The Dead Don't
Talk serves up an inviting, delicious read that lingers in
the mind long
after Danny faces an ethical conundrum that could either make or break
The Dead Don't Talk
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Porter House Press
978-0578-42518-4 (Hardcover) $27.09
978-0-578-42262-6 (Paperback) $17.99
978-0-692-15711-4 (eBook) $ 2.00
Amazon Author Page: https://www.amazon.com/Joe-Porrazzo/e/B004H328YC/ref=ntt_dp_epwbk_0
Author website: https://www.joeporrazzo.com/
Don’t let the advertising fool you: Deliberate
Deception is the second book in a trilogy, but that
doesn't mean it requires prior familiarity with its predecessor, Solemnly Swear. It's relatively rare to
note a trilogy addition that truly stands alone while enhancing others
series; but Deliberate Deception is
such an accomplishment, forging new ground while seamlessly integrating
details of protagonist Alex Porter's life and personality. As such, it
vivid interest not just to prior fans, but to newcomers who will
fast pace and engrossing plot.
Alex, a retired Air Force OSI agent turned private
investigator, faces another big challenge to his skills as he confronts
of a greedy corporation's raffle where the unexpected prize is death.
It's been only seven months since his wife and
were killed and Alex is still in full-fledged grief; but he is
to respond when a lawyer's friend goes missing in Tucson. It's no
his probe results in his own life being in the crosshairs; but when he
allies among those who would harm him, the story really ventures into
The first big plus to Deliberate
Deception is Alex's journey, which moves deftly from grief to
investigative mode with more than a few surprises during the process.
steeped in military procedures, circles, and connections; but even
experiences don't translate to easy solutions to complex criminal
Joe Porrazzo's attention to detail flushes out Alex's personality,
and conundrums to create not just compelling action scenes, but a
is completely realistic and likeable.
Tough security questions, high tech answers, and
first PI contract after moving to Tucson wind into a story line replete
action, intrigue, and a newfound problem that perp Diggs may just have
As a new holiday season (Alex's first without his
daughter) and romance enter the picture, readers are treated to a
story of a capable, authoritative PI who may be moving too quickly on
levels even as he perceives himself as inexplicably moving too slowly,
with his past momentum. Readers will identify with his self-assessment
predicaments as they move through an engrossing series of changing
His new girlfriend Missy is also cautious about
her life ("Missy turned to leave,
burdened by feelings of dread. She tried to shake them but she was
Alex wasn’t coming back. These feelings were new to her. Her whole
had fended for herself and never had to worry about anybody else. She
uncharted territory and the panic wouldn’t let go."). As both
new territory, events heat up to tackle themes of murder,
and unlucky, innocent people killed by greed on the cusp of what they
to be their luckiest day of life.
Politics, terrorism, and greed together create a
is hard to put down, filled with unexpected twists and turns powered by
recovery and growth and Missy's newfound revelations about the world
place in it. Once begun, it's nearly impossible to put down.
Readers looking for a thriller that grabs hold and
let go will find Deliberate Deception
just the ticket for a superior and satisfying blend of psychological
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Triad of Murder
978-1729561751 $7.99 Print/$4.99 Kindle
Book #9 in the World of Murder series is, as its
predecessors, inspired by real life events which add an extra dimension
authenticity to the story line. It opens with the dilemma of Penny, who
experiencing an independent life after being buried in childcare and
wife for eighteen years. A special arrangement has been made with
that preserves the semblance of their twenty-year relationship while
her more freedom; but when she meets Lyle at a bar, things change not
he loves her, but because he, too, plans to entrap her.
Investigators O’Roarke, Garcia and Sneed, come to
investigate a murder where Penny is the victim. Could Penny's husband,
loves her, be the perp? As the homicide detective team uncovers a
perps, mishaps, and convoluted triads of circumstance, readers receive
and fast-paced investigative story that offers more suspects than
keeps the action taunt with a guessing game that holds no obvious
As a love relationship and a special arrangement
into shootings, a cunning perp, and boys who inadvertently become part
bigger picture they'd never planned, Triad
of Murder excels in a romp through juvenile involvements and
activities that challenges investigators and a community alike.
Stella, Jack, Phoebe, and friendships gone awry
over a murder that will keep readers involved in police procedurals and
relationships right to the end.
While mystery fans and prior readers of the series
find this a compelling addition, true crime enthusiasts should also
place Triad of Murder (and the
for that matter) on their reading radars: the reality-based events and
are exquisitely detailed and the story is hard to put down.
Triad of Murder
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Edward A. Dreyfus
Edward A. Dreyfus, Publisher
Born to Hustle is a novel about identical
twin brothers with an
abusive childhood who identify with strong figures in adulthood: con
gangsters, and the personas of men who take charge, control, and action.
has forged a bond that consists of co-dependency and an attraction to
without the kind of critical thinking that would temper that draw.
of power in the past leads to a fascination with the avenues they
empowering their lives; but their very closeness and choices leads to a
between them that threatens to destroy everything.
ways, Born to Hustle is a story of
impact of an abusive childhood on siblings who have devised ways to
others, it's about adulthood choices and their influences on life
As the brothers find their lives changed by their foundation idea that
"money is power" they come to question not only their lives, but
their close relationship, identifying ways they are different: "How
it that Alan can so completely detach himself from hurting people? he thought. Despite their obvious
similarities, he often thought about how different they were."
Even as they
the idea of psychological intervention, their lives benefit from
self-examination and a slowly evolving layer of critical thinking that
surface, Born to Hustle is a focus
streetwise quest for authority, meaning, and power. But underlying this
of encounters with the 'bad boys' of the underworld is an attention to
psychological inspection that gives Born
to Hustle the flavor of an introspective slice of shattered
perceptions as one brother confronts another's new love and refutes a
blossoming relationship's validity.
psychological honesty and compelling in its careful dance between twins
not be as similar as it seems, Born to
Hustle creates a dialogue of change and growth even as it
streets of survival and assumptions.
their novels replete with psychological inspection and re-evaluation
relish this story's attention to recovery, self-inspection, and
Brian and Alan exist in a world where survival has traditionally been a
knee-jerk response rather than a reasoned, critical effort. Their
and shared changes, set against the backdrop of a street-savvy grasp
and stability, are engrossing, realistic, and educational in this
recommended, powerful drama.
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ISBN: 9781733588805 $10.99
Daring Dreamer is the first book in the
Inspiration in Cologne series,
and tells of changes that transform the relationship of two best
in Cologne, Missouri. It should be mentioned early on that while the
intends to be part of a broader set of experiences, it is complete unto
and features neither a cliffhanger conclusion nor the feel of a
Janna is a
woman still recovering from a traumatic loss in years past that haunts
keeps her from forming meaningful relationships, emotional ties, and
Seeking a way out of this quagmire of ennui, she travels around the
of Missouri until she comes upon the picturesque town of Cologne, where
sees opportunity for a new life far from ghosts of the past.
Shelby is also in need of change and is invited to join her in forming
life far from what she's known. Opening a new business together in this
town seems just the ticket for becoming part of the community and
a meaningful journey.
problem when two friends struggle to change: one may move at a
than the other. When romance is added into the mix, Janna believes her
desires are attainable, if only she can rid herself of the lingering
that affects everything she touches.
messages about perseverance, self-examination, new beginnings, and old
limitations are nicely woven into a story about changing relationships
by new opportunities.
As Daring Dreamer evolves, readers are
treated to an uplifting first-person saga of a thirty-something woman
decides to take big risks and pursue her dreams against all odds, and
her change of attitude and atmosphere pay off in a big way.
friend holds similar values but a different approach to achievement,
anxiety levels, conflicting perspectives, and volatile lives are
through shifts in points of view that capture not only their external
and internal responses; but those of suitor Richard. As Melinda, Ginny,
others become involved in their business pursuit and personal dream,
influences coalesce to create a story that is genuinely compelling and
feels true to life circumstances and interpersonal relationships.
Richard and allows romance to blossom against all odds, and readers
thought-provoking insights into how she's accepting her new life ("I genuinely didn’t expect to deviate
from my life’s plan. When Todd asked me to visit Cologne with him and
investigate the property he actually wanted me
to buy, I surprised myself.
The property exuded peacefulness. I had no idea how much I wanted—no, needed—peace in my life.”),
are nicely juxtaposed with a shared dream that Shelby and Janna still
Daring Dreamer closely examines a shared
dream, the different
avenues of achieving that goal, and the pursuits of two women who
success and who recognize their limitations and possibilities.
It is an
inspirational story that manages to combine the themes of romance and
with womens' business pursuits and the mechanics of re-careering and
re-envisioning the future in an excellent mix of leisure read and
thought-provoking inspection of the process of formulating and
most impossible goals.
their own dreams will find this a powerful story filled with the
insights of one who is a 'daring dreamer' and who invites her audience
become the same.
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Second Dharma Books
Amazon ASIN: B07MFDFPJZ
Ebook ISBN: 978-1-948037-04-4 $3.99
Paperback ISBN: 978-1-948037-05-1 $12.99
Amazon Ebook URL:
Amazon Paperback URL:
THE MAGIC LIST: Girl
Invictus provides another Spirit Invictus
novel to expand the experiences of the others in the series and again
teen Maya's world on end.
This time she is
living a normal day which changes forever when she loses track of time,
finds herself lost in time. Suddenly her family doesn't see her. A pen
paper magically appear as she tries to navigate her familiar yet
but their appearance isn't the only thing that's magical about her
As Maya comes to
realize that she has a unique opportunity to realize all her dreams,
comes to acknowledge the underlying cost of magic, and faces conundrums
involve old friends and magical voiceless exchanges and every memory of
lifetime that's been forgotten until her encounter with mysterious
Maya believes she's experiencing an afterlife; but
much more than that. She holds the power to change everything, but at a
cost. And her failed memories, other lives, David, and mixed-up
intersect in a challenging new reality that pushes her to create a
that chronicles past, present, and future events.
From her dissolving abilities to deny and repress
whether or not she's the sole cause of all the effects changing her
Maya's beliefs and abilities are challenged, and readers enter a world
with mystery, confrontation, and experiences that border on spiritual
Because Maya is a teenager, one might anticipate
series to be directed to teens. Because it involves Maya's probe of
purpose, a reader might anticipate a religious component. And because
involves her journey through possibilities, a decidedly new age element
much to a metaphysical adventure.
But to relegate this latest or the series as a
whole to any
singular readership would be to do it an injustice. Maya's ongoing
of meaning in her life and the world blends a coming of age story with
thriller overlay, adds a personal quest through impossible situations
confront and revise Maya's paradigm of reality itself, and leaves
thinking long past the mystery of the magic list itself.
Maya's journey continues to be captivating in this
incarnation, and both newcomers and prior fans will find especially
the underlying truths she uncovers from the ongoing puzzles in her
pull her from childhood into adulthood and lead her to acknowledge her
and strength, to release them, and to be reborn.
THE MAGIC LIST: Girl Invictus
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Famous Dishes from Around the
World: Healthy, Tasty, and Affordable
Platos Famosos de todo el mundo: saludables, sabrosos, y económicos
Executive Editor: Stephanie Maze
Publisher: Moonstone Press, LLC
ISBN: 9780972769723 Price: $14.99
To order, contact:
Famous Dishes from Around the World/ Platos famosos de todo el mundo is a bilingual cookbook presented in English and Spanish for lovers of good ethnic foods who may still be unfamiliar with their ingredients. The book provides an outstanding selection of top international dishes that are identified with a particular country, both with authentic recipes and variations thereof.
What sets this collection of recipes apart from that of other cookbooks is its focus on a single representative dish for each featured country. Familiar to many Americans, each of these iconic dishes is associated with a particular nation and is chosen with deliberate purpose: "Beyond emotions and memories, however, the dishes in this book represent something deeper: They are a collection of national and well-known culinary creations that have become intrinsically identified with a particular country because of their history. As such, they are a symbol of national pride and cultural identity with the country of origin, pride that is carried on from generation to generation."
Famous Dishes/ Platos Famosos includes recipes for Irish Stew, Israeli Cabbage Rolls, Mexican Fajitas, Swedish Meatballs, and Indian Fish Curry, among many others, with names that can be recognized by those who have sampled ethnic cuisine from around the world. The cookbook features a number of advantages: ingredients that can be shared across a variety of the featured dishes; dishes that are budgeted and won't break the bank; and recipes that are authentic or slightly tweaked to make them as healthy and accessible as possible.
Readers of this cookbook can expect to find not only a satisfying diversity of iconic foods, but a variety of international dishes that are appealing, surprising, and easy to produce as well. One of the featured dishes – American chili – for example, includes turkey, dried cranberries, cinnamon, and a range of many other delicious ingredients.
Each dish is accompanied by a color photo, a historical information sidebar, and a box with the nutrition breakdown of each recipe.
With its emphasis on familiar-sounding comfort
hearty mainstays, Famous Dishes from Around the
World, Platos famosos
de todo el mundo is recommended over and above other
ethnic cookbooks because of its recognizable national dishes, its
its attention to healthy ingredients, and the ease with which the
be prepared in the kitchen.
Famous Dishes from Around the World: Healthy, Tasty, and Affordable
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Stacey J. Miller
978-0984228539 $14.95 Paper/$6.99 Kindle
Childhood Bullying: How Adults Can Recover From Trauma That Began at
outlines a common dilemma many adults face: childhood trauma from
Unlike PTSD in adulthood, such trauma hold special nuances and problems
make them long-lasting shocks difficult to recover from.
J. Miller goes beyond outlining situations and the
problem to create a four-part program of healing and strategies for
Most powerful of all, however, is her examination of common adult
for handling school bullies, which too often fail to make a difference
either survivors or those who didn't make it: "Phoebe
should have been enjoying every
moment of her teenage years and looking forward to what came next.
was gone, and the teenagers who had tortured her had, at the end of
proceedings, walked away with probation and community service. The
High School administrators and teachers had avoided all legal
They didn't even have to take a day off work, as far as I could tell.
no justice for Phoebe Prince or her family. And there was no comfort
who has been a victim of childhood bullying will
readily recognize Miller's scenarios and case histories; but again: the
the title lies not in familiar scenarios and unrequited justice, but in
strategies for recovery.
range from an online approach that moves from being
savvy about safety to empowerment ("Celebrities
would call it reputation management. Business leaders would refer to it
building brand. It all comes down to one thing: controlling what people
discover about you when they find you online. You can expand your
footprint so that it speaks to the abusers and others who were part of
childhood experiences, along with everyone else who wants to know who
Your online profile should convey exactly what you want to reveal about
yourself.") to locating and reaching out to a former
to achieve resolution ("It may do you
both some good to connect. While you can't change what happened in the
you may be able to provide a different conclusion that would be easier
with. The bully may want to atone for the mistakes he or she
made. Perhaps you will
want to open the door to allow that.").
are many paths to resolution, growth, and burying
one's nightmares of the past. Miller outlines recognizable methods of
and helps adult survivors handle their ongoing trauma from childhood
Her accessible, practical, example-filled guide should be considered a
primer and a 'must read' for any adult struggling with the lasting
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Juggling - From Antiquity to the
Modern Vaudeville Press
Anybody who's ever wanted to throw a ball and
anything in life will welcome the rare opportunity to learn about its
in Juggling - From Antiquity to the Middle Ages: The
Forgotten History of
Catching and Throwing.
Readers who might think juggling holds a singular Western history will be surprised to learn that it actually was discovered in several cultures, all isolated from one another, and can be documented as early as 2,000 BCE, in the tombs at Beni Hasan in Egypt.
Thom Wall opens with a pointed
observation about why documenting the history of juggling is so
pinpoint: "As with dance, so with juggling—the moment that
performer finishes the routine, their act ceases to exist beyond the
the audience. There is no permanent record of what transpired, so
ancient roots of juggling is fraught with difficulty."
The chronicles that follow are
arranged chronologically, from ancient writings, relics, and indicators
juggling to modern times. Good-sized color images of relics and
accompany footnoted research documenting juggling's evolutionary
providing readers with both a visual and text record of its appearance
forms, history, social interactions, and human society.
It should be noted that Juggling
doesn't just assemble historical evidence. Wall discusses the quality
evidence itself and the extrapolations that can be made from it: "Though
this passage doesn’t describe a literal performance, it does serve as
that jugglers were performing with swords and on tightropes in
Turkey as early as the 4th and 5th centuries."
This approach lends an authoritative,
critical thinking perspective supplementing the historical examination,
offering readers more than just clues to juggling's appearance and
over the centuries. Readers actually learn how to analyze and assess
draw conclusions from a survey that is dedicated to exploring all
juggling, from its social and sports impact to its legal ramifications:
jongleur’s performances in early medieval Ireland were regulated by the
at least there were rules set forth for the compensation of audience members accidentally
injured by jugglers
Readers will find juggling's
story broader than anticipated, crossing disciplines with a deft
detail that follows juggling's influence on not just societies and
but gender roles: "Anthropologist Avigail Morris, who spent
considerable time studying gender roles in traditional Tongan society,
that hiko exemplified the feminine ideal in Tonga and that “the motions
gestures used in the game bring out beauty and gracefulness in females
ages”—in particular, the flexible and graceful motions of the wrists.”
explains that hiko’s mystical origins align it with “traditional
beauty and sexuality” and allow a girl to “show off just how feminine
be” (Morris, 2009)."
This history requires of its
readers some prior affinity and affection for juggling; but richly
reader's basic interest. What seems like (and is) a complex, scholarly
to the subject takes on a lively feel through embellishments and
that successfully relate juggling skills and approaches to wider
of social organization, skills development, and cultural evolution.
Jugglers especially (but
general-interest audiences, as well) will appreciate the surprising
accessibility and depth in Juggling - From Antiquity to the
Middle Ages: The
Forgotten History of Catching and Throwing, a primer packed
insights and an exquisitely involving attention to detail.
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Vincent: The Man, The Myth, and The Murder
I. Kaufman Arenberg, MD
Killing Vincent: The Man, The Myth, and The Murder disproves a common myth about the "mad artist", Vincent van Gogh, and his "suicide", making a case for a far different scenario surrounding his death. It's a combination of true crime, and an unsolved romantic murder mystery. It is a psychological probe into history that is a 'must' for any reader interested in Vincent's life and death.
Dr. Arenberg maintains that Vincent wasn’t a depressed and insane individual who shot himself in a wheat field. Instead, he was not “mad”. Yet, Vincent stumbled to his accommodations, bleeding from an abdominal wound that killed him. Who created that fatal injury? Did Vincent shoot himself? A modern forensic analysis confirms that the wound was not self-inflicted; therefore, not suicide, but murder.
forensic science is applied to history in an
intriguing manner, offering not just detailed insights on van Gogh's
on the process of verifying historical facts and tackling long-cold
murder, suicide, or mysterious death.
One should be forewarned that this is no casual inspection. For example, research into and photographs of letters in Vincent's own hand, documenting his 'vertige' attacks, show how differences in translation approach and generic terms may have contributed to differences of interpretation that alter diagnoses, perspectives, and medical viewpoints.
Dr. Arenberg's medical background is invaluable as he pursues an analysis that includes his opinion about Vincent's attacks, his health, medical diagnosis, and the impacts of his recurrent disorder on his art. However, Dr. Arenberg maintains that Vincent’s medical issues did not impact his death. Dr. Arenberg pulls no punches in giving his opinion of popular and possibly erroneous conclusions of the past: "In contrast to being remotely suicidal, you have alternately to accept that this genius's primary need was to create and capture all the beauty in the world that he saw so clearly. This unbelievable creative drive and process that generated one or two masterpieces a day would not willingly be snuffed out in any moment of despair."
From an in-depth probe into the artist's psyche, a new diagnosis of Asperger’s Syndrome emerged. In addition to progressive, investigative steps into physical evidence, such as the murder weapon, Dr. Arenberg leaves no stone unturned; whether it be forensic reenactments of the murder and discussions of the crime scene or examinations of motives and likely perps.
Color drawings throughout, created by artist Darrell Anderson specifically for the Killing Vincent Project, accompany the author's location photos and images from new forensic studies.
The result is simply an unparalleled 'must',
not just for art enthusiasts, but for true crime and history readers
in the process of re-examining a homicide cold case and its impact on
Killing Vincent: The Man, The Myth, and The Murder
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Living on the Empty Stage
New Insights Press
Living on the Empty Stage: Performing
Daily Life in the
Light of Self-Awareness is a
wonderfully written new guide at the intersection between self-help and
spiritual awareness. Its foundation is based on using the strategies of
to improve one’s “life performance” yet at the same time seeks to help
achieve greater self-awareness.
Readers seeking new methods to improve, change, and
will appreciate this guide. It offers a unique blueprint designed not
immediate gratification and change, but for a life of better daily
leading to a more fulfilling existence.
The book opens with the idea that the Empty Stage Awareness is the neutral ground from which we can adopt any frame of mind. The chapters, which are presented in five 'Acts,” then explain how there are Five Performance Styles, and each of us is usually dominant in one or two of them. Once you know your Performance Style, you can begin identifying your tragic and comic characters, creating a ‘Performance Style Profile', cultivating a higher sensitivity toward humanity, and crafting a dynamic performance model that rises above how you approach your usual roles in life.
The chapters’ discussions show how daily events,
challenges, and perceptions can be changed to improve one's performance
work, at home, or anywhere, by assessing one's
perspectives, and making social and spiritual changes that lead
to growth and transformation.
Living on the Empty Stage's
discussions of spiritual and psychological advancement will appeal to
anyone seeking a new approach to understanding our chosen roles,
and the process of changing and enhancing them. It is highly
those seeking new ideas in self-help and self-awareness.
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Poetry of Peace
978-1-947127-09-8 $12.95 Paper/$4.99 Kindle
Kephart's introduction to Poetry of Peace
explains that her life "...has been about
ascension. I have traveled from the innocence
of a child filled with wonder, aspirations, and belief in the
the deepest depths of darkness. Harnessing the strength of spirit, I
way through the shadows."
a nutshell, this captures the essence of her lyrical
writings, designed to expose, explore, and open readers to these
light and darkness and their impact on choices and growth.
Rumi quote that precedes Kephart's works is also an
indicator of her focus and direction ("The
wound is the place where the Light enters you.”) as both
ethereal reflections move from free verse to haiku in the process of
wonder, growth, darkness and beyond.
times punctuation is eschewed in favor of a smooth
flow that lends to different emphases and interpretation based on the
focus and perspective: "The air
dances between us/without beauty or grace/I’m a child without a
mother insisted I take/a dolphin deprived of waters/in which to swim. I
lost/in the wreckage of what I no/longer feel,/no longer believe,/no
other times, Kephart is quite clear in her rhythm and
movement and directs readers along a path that leaves little to the
"I escape the dungeons/of my
thoughts and leap/into tomorrow as if today/did not exist."
any poetry collection there lies an ethereal moment where
the connection between poet and reader has been forged and the work
itself as it guides writer and reader in its exploration: "I pursue the parade of pink petals/countless
flowers in the
fields of grace/yet my eyes are shielded from sight./One day I will
enthusiasts who appreciate free verse,
first-person journeys and who want not just a road to peace but a
of the process of getting there will find Poetry
of Peace as much about the inner notion of contentment and
growth as it is
about wider-ranging notions of peace.
work is poignant, reflective, guided and
remarkably astute: just the inspirational ticket for a world or readers
struggling with their own ventures into darkness and light.
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Town Big Money
Colby Williams, Publisher
Hardcover - 9781732781023 $25.95
ebook - 9781732781016 $11.99
Barnes and Noble: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/small-town-big-money-colby-williams/1129718374?ean=9781732781023
Available for retailers via Ingram
Small Town Big Money:
Entrepreneurship And Opportunity In Today’s Small
Town is about operating a small business in a small town, and
comes from an
entrepreneur author who owns and runs a coffee company in such a town
Missouri. Colby Williams doesn't deem his venture a
'small business', however. He identifies as an entrepreneur, and his
book embraces that effort.
Unlike too many books
about small business, Williams pulls no punches in outlining the pros
of any given entrepreneurial effort: "Getting
started is hard. Longevity is hard. Being financially successful in
seems like a million years away, and it all feels that much more
you live in a town in which a used espresso machine costs the same as a
just five blocks away."
difference between this book and more general approaches is that it
specifics, from gaining funding from reluctant investors and what
perception of an entrepreneur's pitch and prior successes and
failures ("People who hit the bottom
and climb to the top are a great investment, so don’t be afraid to let
pitch audience know how you’ve struggled to get where you are today.")
to the many differences of a startup venture created in a small
In such a place,
failure may actually be a starting point for future success: "...in a small town, failure can be
extra-intimidating. Everyone knows you and knows your family. We
discussed how quickly word travels here. Some of that is gossip.
element of schadenfreude – a
few people will love dishing about your failure. It makes them feel
about themselves. But the vast majority will watch what you do next.
lose everything, go bankrupt, sell the last piece for pennies - if you
afraid to show your face soon after, owning the points at which you
then a small town is a great place to receive love and support and to
again. As long as you haven’t lied to or tricked anyone, and as long as
owe money to everyone in town, falling and bouncing back is something
respect. This frees you up to innovate, create, and take risks in your
town without fearing shame. Use that failure for fuel."
By covering the
basics of small town atmosphere and how its unique size and community
to support systems unavailable in larger cities, Colby
Williams not only makes a big case for small town residents to achieve
dreams, but offers chapters that explicitly detail how to research,
manage, and grow a small venture.
By adding case history examples of success and
lessons to be learned from them, Small
Town Big Money in effect crafts the kind of atmosphere it
seeks to explore
in its subject: a small book advocating big ideas and supporting big
The process of realizing these dreams is quite exact. Williams outlines the roots of achievement and identifies common pitfalls and cautions. Any would-be entrepreneur residing in a small town will find much invaluable information encouraging the effort in a book that outlines the basic principles and practices of successful business practices that hold an eye to "building an empire that can last."
place for aspiring entrepreneurs to begin than with this accessible
which is both educational and compelling with its chatty tone and
encouraging examples of risk-takers and achievers.
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Fawn Book 3: Far and Yet So Near
Al E. Boy
Al E. Boy, Publisher
978-1979086516 $11.99 Paper
process of growth and discovery have a third book to relish in an
which continues to challenge the young reindeer with more than seasonal
become involved in the Reindeer Games of 1849 when Santa gives his duty
overseer to veterinarian Doctor Mary Weather (Santa's betrothed) and a
of crises evolves, from a health challenge involving TB to a blizzard.
drawings illustrate the dilemmas Fawn faces, from reindeer suffering
mindless trances who try to walk off cliffs to the discovery that the
are somehow being controlled. And in the midst of such a crisis rises
dilemma: will Fawn be sold?
depth introduced in the prior books expand further with Far
and Yet So Near. Fawn continues her growth process, faces a
countdown to another (and possibly very different) Christmas, and faces
thieves, reindeer-napping, and the meaning of life when everything
where even friends and family fall apart.
will find that spirit of adaptation, transition, and survival embedded
read that would at first seem to appeal primarily to children, with its
friends and Christmas setting. Far and
Yet So Near actually presents many themes suitable for older
innovative and assertive actions to individual decisions about how to
and interact with others.
Fawn is the
heroine: indecisive, yet wanting to do good and uncertain, yet willing
expand her skills and abilities to help others. Love, loss, and threats
everything Fawn holds dear keep readers involved up to an unexpected
which nicely expands Fawn's growth and abilities.
looking for a
gentle adventure replete with lessons on adaptation and giving will
Fawn's ongoing evolution, set against the trappings of Santa's world,
story recommended not just for Christmas; but for all seasons and all
The Adventures of Fawn Book 3: Far and Yet So Near
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Forgetting the Dreamtime
Austin Macauley Publishers
$14.95 Paper/$4.51 Kindle/$20.58 Hardcover
Forgetting the Dreamtime is Book
1 of the Kristen-Seraphim Saga and opens
with a teen protagonist rebelling against her evangelical parents' many
Kristen's stubbornness and mutinous attitude actually serves her well
scenario that evolves to place her at odds not just with her parents,
against a threat to everything she loves.
Forgetting the Dreamtime is a
young adult coming of age story that holds
complex situations, language, and relationships between Kristen, her
and her inner voice. While adolescent correction is one of the guiding
to her parents' lives, Kristen is a rebel who can't be controlled.
beyond her grasp, whether it be a best friend/lesbian relationship, a
attitude towards religious oppression, or forward progress in a new
relationship with Mike.
When Mike discovers the truth
about her age, he's hit with a combination of horror and admiration
creates further conflict, while a "meet the parents" dinner is
replete with religious back-and-forth jockeying that will spark a smile
who may find familiar the counterstrikes and innuendos of family
the dinner table.
Spiced by Kristen's observations of impossible things around her and larger questions of an evolving battle between good and evil, the story marches into unusual territory and becomes something much more than the journeys of a rebellious, spunky teen.
Mature teens to new adult readers will find Forgetting
difficult to easily peg. The combination of quest saga, coming of age
fantasy elements, and the reality of complex family and love
not only appeal on a broader level than the usual teen read, but
questions and perspectives that lead readers to think about Kristen's
directions and choices.
It should be cautioned that racy
language and situations are embedded in this candid, striking story.
Loewen doesn't overuse these elements (they are all key to building
and characters), but they do elevate the story to audiences who can
story of evolving sexuality and spiritual inspection.
seeking a multifaceted
tale that is intriguing, involving, and filled with confrontation and
will delight in Forgetting the Dreamtime, a
chronicle that is racy,
lively, and hard to put down.
Forgetting the Dreamtime
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Strxia: The Odds Are Against Us
Maggie Daniels and Matt Michel
Strxia Website: https://www.strxia.com
Amazon e-book: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07K8XSS86
e-book Price: $3.99
Bookbaby Paperback: https://store.bookbaby.com/book/strxia
Strxia: The Odds Are
Against Us is an elementary-grade 'portal fantasy' that sets
apart from so many other fantasy stories for this age range by
(Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) principles into the story
(physics and engineering, in particular.) The fact that these concepts
research-backed and not hastily tossed-in quasi-concepts, as in so many
and fantasy reads, elevates this story above others.
The premise revolves around parallel universe
is governed by the same physical laws as Earth. An elite group of
has seized control and is trying to manipulate the laws of math via odd
utilization, and it's up to math-savvy geek Seth and his baseball team
Many elements of Strxia:
The Odds Are Against Us would seem to indicate its
appropriateness not only
readers ages eight to twelve, but for a wider audience as well. Plays
(as in the title), creative technical thinking about parallel universes
their influences upon one another, and the inclusion of adult special
(such as the opening pages, which feature a board of directors intent
preserving sports programs threatened by a budget cut) make for
approaches that are more mature than most elementary or middle-grade
offer, with appeal to even adult readers.
has been tested on youth test readers ages 8 to 15, as well as many
8-year-old likes the action
and adventure, the humor, and becomes exposed to the physics even
understanding or, importantly, frustration.
Older readers tend to absorb the physics principles and
want to try the
That said, Strxia:
The Odds Are Against Us cultivates a lively discourse and
characters who face a myriad of choices as they navigate their
is an enticing choice for children with initial interest in baseball or
science, and offers a fun challenge for any child who enjoys action and
adventure reading. Only cursory knowledge of baseball as a sport is
to enjoy the book.
While the guise is that of an inviting leisure
combination of science information, critical thinking skills needed to
the story line, and the interesting, challenging two universes whose
experiences connect them make for a story more than a cut above that of
From jocks who demonstrate surprising botanical
to an indoor apartment-dwelling geek's confrontation with impossible
such as giant talking flowers, Strxia
excels in a story filled with surprises, it stays true to its
STEM science concepts, and it invites young readers to expand their
through a story line that romps between worlds.
Strxia: The Odds Are Against Us
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