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Keepsake: A Souvenir of Love

Keepsake: A Souvenir of Love by [Ariff, Shirin , Ali, Zunash Ashiq ]

Ready to feel enlightened? In Shirin Ariff’s Keepsake, this  short poetry book is filled with powerful uplifting words in each heartfelt poem.

The central theme in this poetry book is about the author being inspired and closer to God. In each poem, the author talks about nature and welcomed God into their life. Each poem highlights her spiritual journey to become connected and closer to Him. Whether you’re religious or not, this book would brighten your day.

In Keepsake, the poet speaks from her heart, and her heart and soul is clearly poured into every page. These poems are emotional journeys exploring nature and God’s paradise. I enjoyed the poems symmetry and easy flow. I think this is a perfect book for poetry enthusiasts, nature lovers, and the faithful.

Pages: 17 | ASIN: B07QPBMXRH

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Operation Sustainable Human

Operation Sustainable Human: A four-step scientific guide to combat climate change (high impact made simple) by [Macdonald, Chris]

Climate change is affecting every country in the world. It is a global problem. Therefore it is the responsibility of every human being in the world to help with the crisis. Operation Sustainable Human outlines three significant truths about climate change. The first being that human beings have caused the adverse climate change being experienced right now. This book is a simple guide to human action. It takes a step away from complicated and inefficient actions and focuses on simpler more manageable ways to impact climate change and the fight to save the planet.

Chris Macdonald has made an important observation. You usually cannot make a meaningful contribution to save the planet unless you have lots of money to donate to the cause or lots of time to dedicate to the cause. The situation on the ground is different. Even people with full time jobs and can barely make ends meet will feel a need to save the planet. This guide is for such people. The author presents a unique point of view to a complex problem.

There is a simplicity to this book that one would not expect but is very well appreciated. The author addresses the problem in simple language. The reader gets to consume material in a way that lets them understand both the message and the intensity of it. The book is also quite short making it easier to revert back to from time to time. This is ideal for a guide. You can always revisit it to see where you are on the actions suggested. The material is very well researched and has a strong basis in science.

This list is supposed to be about doable things, but some of them don’t feel this way. A good example of this is action item number 4. Changing the system has been on the forefront of things for a long time and is something easier said than done. For this particular action item, I felt that there was a lack of explanation on how it can be achieved. How would a regular individual stand up to the system and come out unscathed?

This is definitely a conversation worth having. If the word is spread wide enough then maybe action number 4 will not seem so daunting. If enough people see how complex the problem is and what the impact could be, they will start to understand that only humans hold the solution to the problem. This is a powerful book that is relevant book and essential. The more people read this, the better.

Pages: 77 | ASIN: B07XWVGPDQ

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Choose a Reality… Any Reality

Choose a reality....any reality by [Morfoboss, Emmanuel]

You will always be told to keep a positive outlook on things. It is possible for a person to change the trajectory of their own life by sheer will and determination. A person’s consciousness plays a big role in determining their relationship with the universe. This phenomenon has been talked about for eons. Rarely do people venture into the root of it to try and discern how it could be so. Emmanuel Morfoboss has used philosophical insight and scientific elements to analyze the idea that reality can be reformed or formed by consciousness.

Choose a Reality… Any Reality takes a unique path and brings a whole new method of preaching. The author has done a good job of decreasing the amount of qualitative elements by including science in the book. Through the various insights of some of the greatest philosophers, the reader will be gradually convinced that they truly bend the universe to their will, so to speak. While some faith and affirmations are present in the book, they are not as prominent as the science and philosophy.

This book has a personal touch as the author has written it in the first person narrative. You get to understand his motivation for wanting to explore this phenomenon. You get to see the progression from mere curiosity to seeking answers to the various questions. From this the reader can relate to the story and the author thus makes understanding the material a little easier. There is evidence of extensive research in science and philosophy as well as other related disciplines.

Short paragraphs and simple language adorn the pages of this book. Despite the subject being so heavy and complex, the writing and language are light and presented in easily digested bits. The prose is clean and crisp. While the material is fairly clear and presented with unrelenting diligence I think that the book can benefit from a good line editor. This is a complex subject. It has many layers to it and requires a lot of concentration. Therefore the reader has to be attentive right from the beginning lest they risk getting lost in the intricate web.

This book provides understanding of the universe and the need for constant positivity as a means of directing forces in the universe. It is an engaging book that imparts knowledge and wisdom. This book does not direct your life, it simply talks about the relationship between a person’s thoughts and the forces that impact their life.

Pages: 68 | ASIN: B07VMN51NP

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Tormented By God

Emil Cioran had a very tumultuous relationship with God. He even quipped that attacking God was better than invoking him. He was a pessimist, skeptic and nihilist. He was against everything with regards to creation. While many philosophers have expressed their adverse stance towards God, Emil was notably and gradually aggressive about his displeasure with God and all related things. Tormented by God is a compilation of his works. It is a view of the other side of the coin. The author seeks to interpret Emil’s works and blasphemes from the knowledgeably authoritative standpoint of a professor of Theology.

Mirko Integlia is very articulate. His presentation of his own voice with regards to Emil’s works and related philosophical works is brilliant and impressive. Not only does he remain completely calm and centered in the face of an aggressively blasphemous philosopher whose views are a stark contrast against his own, he gives a full dimensional analysis. There is a lot to be said about an author who is capable of seemingly neutral presentation of views that so enthusiastically clash with their own.

The author is a master of language. The language is simple and mindful of a person who might find the subject matter a little daunting. This simplistic presentation makes the book more appealing. The subject matter in itself is interesting. To see atheism presented by a Christian is a  novelty. As you read you will get the feeling that Mirko really did try to understand where Emil was coming from in his views and rants. You get the feeling that the author is genuinely curious about these attacks against God. There is no passion for atheism itself but you can feel yourself being drawn to the progression of Cioran’s views from his first work, On the Heights of Despair.

There is an issue with clarity. In the beginning the reader might feel a little out of their depth. However, as the author gets to the second and third chapters they seem to have gained stability and therefore prose flows easily from there. Tackling atheism and an aggressively atheist philosopher is not easy. It is intense and sensitive. This is evidenced by the caution Mirko Integlia takes in his presentation. It also helps that the book is relatively short. Even then, it is exhaustive.

With everything that is happening in the world right now, one might be tempted to share the same views as Emil Cioran. However, Mirko Integlia’s work helps with any crisis of faith that one might experience from time to time. From this you can remain steadfast even when you are in the ‘troubling vicinity of God’.

Pages: 272 | ISBN-10: 882660326X

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Becoming My Best Self: My Shero Attributes

I have heard the saying that it takes a village to raise a child. That is true for all the parents and teachers, coaches, friends, families and anyone who have the pleasure and responsibilities of inspiring our children. This book came as an inspiration and reflection of the important attributes that helps to shape our children. It is about all of our SHEROES and HEROES.  Studies have shown that the happiest, most successful children are those who can appreciate the differences and the opportunities and learnings that is experienced everyday.  I have taught my two daughters that it is important to start from a place of gratitude.  My hope is that this book will be a discussion for parents and teachers and anyone who wants to inspire important life attributes in a child’s life.  There is an opportunity to choose one the attributes each month and celebrate it, discuss, reflect and have a conversation without any judgement to build understanding and awareness.

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Just Add Pepper – Trailer

Jade is a sassy, sexy, and steady woman leading a double life. By day, she is a member of high society, basking in the pampering that only wealth can afford while associating with the upper echelons of prosperity. By night, she surrounds herself with unsavory crowds of miscreants, whore-mongers, and infidels. It is in debauchery that she makes her living, participating in deplorable sex acts. Jade must work tirelessly to keep her two worlds from colliding as she continues to run from her past. However, a new development threatens to destroy her picture-perfect life. Enter, multimillionaire bachelors, alluring playboy Christopher, and risqué haughty Malachi. Both seem hopelessly smitten with Jade and seek to know more about her. She has only two options; retain this exhausting facade, or expose everything to her friends and suitors, all of whom know nothing about her past or present. Just Add Pepper is a drama-packed prolific erotic romance with a perfect combination of naughty and nice. It’s the first in “The Pepper” Trilogy. Will Jade be able to overcome the slow but inevitable collision of both her worlds or will the ruin be too much for everyone to bear?

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Phase Rider

Phase Rider: A LightLit® Book by [Levin, David]

Phase Rider, by David Levin, is a science-fiction novel intended for a young adult/teen audience, published by LightLit. That said, the skill of the writer makes it easy for just about anyone to appreciate the story that unfolds.

There are a lot of things to like about David Levin’s Phase Rider. As a science-fiction story, the futuristic technology that is integral to the story is so well developed that one might wonder how much of it was actually based in reality. Levin creates a world in which specialized space craft can travel many times the speed of light and cross vast distances of our universe in no time at all. Of course, capabilities like those open doors for numerous engaging story elements that were a lot of fun to read.

The plot is another positive point for Phase Rider. There are certainly no shortage of sci-fi books out there that deal with the possibility of total destruction of the human race but Levin manages to approach the topic from a unique angle that many will enjoy. Phase Rider is a well-crafted story that is able to easily develop an engaging plot line.

There are a few direct messages and moral life lessons that I always enjoy having embedded in a story; however, there are times where the message seems more important than the continuity of the story line, which creates a disconnect from the story in certain areas. It would have been better to hide the messages a bit more, as doing so would allow readers to ‘discover’ these elements on their own.

Phase Rider is a well-written book that possess its own unique qualities in a fairly saturated genre. The author finds ways to bring life and intrigue into otherwise dry topics. The well crafted characters in this story possess a sense of humanity I rarely see in other novels. Minor quibbles aside I was invested in this story until the very end because of the interesting characters and captivating plot. Levin has certainly created a book that will be enjoyed by many.

Pages: 176 | ASIN: B07TX2T9MS

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More Than a Love Story

Crystal Jackson Author Interview

Crystal Jackson Author Interview

Left On Main is an emotional romance novel following Libby and Seth as they grapple with their love and their past. What was the inspiration for the setup to this intriguing story?

As a person who has experienced divorce myself, I wanted to tell a story that shows how the experience can become a turning point and an opportunity for change. The challenges that happen in our lives can make us reassess ourselves and our lives— but only if we choose to learn from it. But I wanted to tell more than a love story between two people. Left on Main– and the Heart of Madison series- is equally the story of a town and the people drawn together inside of it.

Libby is an interesting and well developed character. What were some themes you wanted to capture in her character?

Libby came into my head fully-formed. As positive as she often seems, she’s equally careful and guarded. I wanted to take the readers through her heartache and through her falling in love to show that trusting others and moving on isn’t as simple as it sometimes seems. Her choices throughout the story are reflective of her complexity.

I enjoyed the relationship between Libby and Seth. What were some ideas you wanted to explore with their relationship?

Libby and Seth are like any of us in that their past relationships have shaped how they relate to others in the present. As a former therapist, I know well that many of our coping skills are drawn from our experiences, and how we react to the present is often as much- if not more so- predicated on the past as on what’s actually happening in the moment. Still, how we love and exist within relationships comes down to our choices. Seth and Libby are faced with very relatable choices about life and love.

This is the first book in the Heart of Madison Series. Where will the next book pick up and when will it be available?

The next book drops right into the story of Seth’s sister Lindy and will be out in the Spring of 2020. Expect a faster paced story with plenty of twists ahead, and you’ll also get a chance to follow up with Seth and Libby and the rest of the cast of characters in Madison.

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Libby Reynolds is having to reboot her entire life after a sudden divorce and relocation. Seth Carver has let work become his whole life, becoming himself the kind of anachronism he surrounds himself with in the antique store he owns. They’ll fall together, but can their love withstand a visit from the past she’s left behind? Left on Main is the first in the Map of Madison series.

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Wreaking All Sorts of Havoc

Lane Baker Author Interview

Lane Baker Author Interview

Twisted Pines follows Abe as he takes a job at a summer camp where children are going missing under mysterious circumstances. What was the inspiration for the setup to this intriguing story?

Having worked at a camp during my summers in college, I understand the pressure that comes with looking after children. Parents entrust you to ensure their children’s safety; and so the thought of having a child completely vanish is a nightmarish one to say the least. Although I never personally had a camper go missing, I hoped to tap into this anxiety to give the story a pervasive sense of tension.

I felt that the story did a great job of keeping things consistently ominous and otherworldly. What themes did you want to capture while writing this book?

I’m drawn to the theme of an unknown force that lurks out of sight, and yet pulls very tangible strings – wreaking all sorts of havoc. I also like the theme of helplessness, of paralysis in particular – the vulnerability that comes with being a guinea pig, subjected to the whims of others.

Abe is an interesting and well developed character. What were some ideas that you pursued during his character development?

In my life I’ve known many camp counselors, as well as many film students. And although Abe’s character is not based on any one person, I’ve pulled traits from real-life characters that I’ve come to know over the years. I’ve also been acquainted with people whose parents have had run-ins with the law, and had a chance to see how the delinquent actions of one’s parents can affect the attitudes and behaviors of their children. On a personal level, I can related to Abe’s desire to tell an engrossing story.

What is the next book that you are working on and when will it be available?

My next book also falls within the realm of sci-fi. I’m a fan of genre mash-ups, and so my follow-up will be a contemporary sci-fi thriller. No idea just yet as to when that one will be come available. So I better get back to typing…

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Twisted Pines by [Baker, Lane]

Where have all the children gone? At rustic summer camp Mendocino Pastures, that’s the question on everyone’s mind. First one, then two, then three campers vanish – only to reappear a short while later with no recollection of the missing time. The disappearances raise questions about the children’s safety, not to mention the camp’s time-honored reputation.

When Abe, a freshman camp counselor from UCLA film school, stumbles upon a ghoulish-looking humanoid roaming the coast, he suspects this creature may play a role in the children’s unsettling disappearances. Armed with camera, journal, and a thirst for the truth, Abe sets out to pry the lid off the uncanny mystery shrouded among the camp’s TWISTED PINES.

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Embrace Compassion

Jayajit Dash Author Interview

Jayajit Dash Author Interview

The Conflict of Desires follows an executive trying to convince aboriginals to give up their land for his companies interests. What was the inspiration for the setup to this story?

In my years as a business journalist, I have stumbled upon many cases where big corporations with key interests in mining face resistance from the native residents. All those episodes of tussle and murky face-offs between a company and the original tribes form the bulwark of inspiration for my story. When companies foist their agendas on unsuspecting people and trample on their resources and brazenly try to usurp their livelihoods, the backlash is inevitable. My story should serve as a humble call to those transnational corporations to abjure coercion and embrace compassion for the people at whose expense they are expanding their frontiers of growth. Having said that mine is a work of fiction and any resonance with the ‘real’ should be treated as happenstance.

Ramesh is an interesting and well developed character. What were some driving ideals behind his development?

As a character, Ramesh arouses intrigue and empathy in equal measure. He’s no different from legions of his real life counterparts who are lumbered with tasks not so pleasant and choices tempting yet fraught with risks. So often it happens that characters in the mould of Ramesh run into a knotty life matrix- they have to solve the Rubik’s cube. For me, fleshing out Ramesh as the lead character who carries the plot narrative draws from people who are perturbed by upsetting dilemmas. Most do cave in to the pressures of the job and dictates of the boss, playing it safe. That’s where Ramesh soars above the clutter- he wins with his conscience.

What is the next story that you are writing and when will it be available?

My next work on fiction dissects the woes of workplace. I believe it will be an enjoyable read. Hoping to release it next calendar.

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The Conflict of Desires: A New Rhythm in the Tangle by [DASH, JAYAJIT]

An executive of a top notch company sets foot in a remote hinterland in a poor, eastern state of Odisha in India. Ramesh Sahay, the protagonist of the story is tasked with a mission- to woo the aboriginal tribals for pushing his employer’s interests. But the natives who have guarded the wealth of their hills for over a millennium are no pushovers. And, Ramesh is pitted against forces antagonistic to his mission. Ramesh realises the odds stacked against him. Nonetheless, his visceral urges and the mandate of a big corporation in which he has invested over a decade of his prime impels him to an unequal confrontation. How does he go on to win this tussle? Or a change of emotions tugs at his heartstrings? The story dissects the dilemma of his choices and the conflicts that shroud him. Read on to relate and connect.

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