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I Was Once A Victim

Daisy Thomas Author Interview

Daisy Thomas Author Interview

Destined To Date A Good Man gives readers practical solutions to finding a Godly man and avoiding counterfeits. Why was this an important book for you to write?

I’ve seen so many women’s lives destroyed behind counterfeit men, and I’m fed up. I can relate to their suffering, because I was once a victim myself.

You give practical advice in a straightforward manner that I enjoyed. What were some ideals that were important for you to capture in this book?

I feel it is extremely important for me to expose the tactics and tricks that counterfeits use to manipulate their victims. It’s equally important for me to reveal how to spot them, avoid them, or break free.

What is a common misconception people have about dating and finding the right partner?

Women often believe that if he looks trustworthy, says the right things, or does good deeds, that he’s a good man. In many instances, this may be the farthest thing from the truth. Counterfeits are great actors, and can fool many people.

What do you hope readers take away from your book?

This book will equip women with tools to empower them, and protect them from counterfeit men.

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Destined To Date A Good Man: No More Counterfeits! by [Thomas, Daisy]Do you feel as if he’s hiding something, but you don’t know what it is? If so, you may be dealing with a counterfeit. A counterfeit is a man who will mask his true intentions while he intentionally wastes your time, drains your resources, breaks your heart, or abandons you at his convenience. Since he is able to mimic the behaviors of a good man, he’ll manage to scam many women throughout his lifetime. It’s time to be empowered! Christian Author, Daisy Thomas will expose eight different types of counterfeits. She will also reveal numerous strategies a counterfeit will use to deceive you, and turn your life upside down. If you want to avoid getting played by a counterfeit, this book is for you. Inside you’ll find biblical and practical solutions to give you the best outcome. You’ll be empowered to recognize and break free from counterfeits in your life!

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Literary Titan Book Awards August 2019

The Literary Titan Book Awards are awarded to books that have astounded and amazed us with unique writing styles, vivid worlds, complex characters, and original ideas. These books deserve extraordinary praise and we are proud to acknowledge the hard work, dedication, and imagination of these talented authors.

Literary Titan Gold Book Award

Gold Award Winners

Kept Darkly (The Darkly Series Book 3) by [Smith, Tarrant]Surrendered Darkly (The Darkly Series Book 4) by [Smith, Tarrant]Resurrected Darkly (The Darkly Series Book 5) by [Smith, Tarrant]

One Fire Burns Out Another's Burning (Wheeler Book 3) by [Zalesky, Sara Butler]The Optical Lasso: Beware of Neptune's Dark Side by [Corwin, Marc]Scooter Nation (Unapologetic Lives Series Book 2) by [Funkhauser, A.B.]

Left for Dead at Nijmegen: The True Story of an American Paratrooper in World War II by [Nannini, Marcus A.]I Have Demons by [Adam, Christopher]

Bolan's Quest II: The Rise of the Gnarlis by [Simmonds, Paul]The Silver is Mine by [Phillips, Jason Roger]

W900 by [McNulty, Tom]Don't Drink the Pink by [Fegan, B.C.R.]

Literary Titan Silver Book Award

Silver Award Winners

"Bottom Down, Penelope Brown!" by [Pulliam, April B.]The Enchanters' Child by [Sarikonda, Navya]For The Love Of Alison by [Diver, Sahlan]

The Trial of Connor Padget by [Roberts, Carl]The Dung Beetles of Liberia: a novel based on true events by [Meier, Daniel V. Jr.]Wings at Dawn by [Balustrade, Marie ]

Burn Marks: A strange time for letters by [II, Robert D. Rice]FRAGILE MIND: Mental Health Poetry by [Thompson, Wesley]The Journal by [Stevens, R. D.]

 

Visit the Literary Titan Book Awards page to see award information and see all award winners.

 

Medication Administration

Medication Administration: A Guide for Unregulated Healthcare Providers by [Persaud BScN RN MN, Rajeev, Tabanao BSN, Richel]

Medication administration is a very practical and manual task. However, it does encompass some important elements that enhance the impact and improve the outcome. This book is meant to guide unregulated healthcare providers who find themselves at a crossroads of how to go about their responsibilities and duties. It is a guide to consider overall well being and patient preferences as a means of delivering better care. Despite the practice being unregulated, this book guides it so that it is appropriately managed. It is basically a roadmap for avoiding problems faced in the use and administration of medications. The book is divided into three major modules. The first is medication safety. The second is Medication administration techniques. The third is insulin administration and diabetes management.

The best possible quality of this book is the depth of facts and experiences on which it is based. Both authors are major players in the nursing and medical fields. They have amassed extensive knowledge and real world insight into medication administration. The vastness of their experiences shines through this book. It is simply a gem with tidbits that could easily be found in a textbook and sections that one would only encounter in practice. That is what makes this book so valuable, its capability to prepare the caregivers better for actual encounters rather than textbook hypotheticals.

Another important quality of this book is the structure. It has been divided into three modules which cover the subject of medication administration in depth. The first module opens with explaining the role of unregulated care providers and medication safety in communities. This does well to lay the land. It acts as an appropriate foundation for the next phase of the text. With a good understanding of the role an unregulated care giver plays, they will then learn about all the numerous techniques of administration. The last module is about a scourge that affects every community in the world. Insulin administration if done right is life saving. The book covers this last part with precision.

Perhaps the only issue with this book is that it is a bit tailored for the Canadian setting. However, the material seems flexible enough to model for other countries. This therefore does not take away the value of the material. The book is also written in very simple English. This is suitable for people like the personal support workers who might not have adequate medical experience to understand technical jargon.

This book is informative and well structured. The authors’ competency and knowledge comes through clearly in their delivery of the material. Medication Administration is a book worth reading if one finds themselves in a situation where they have to provide unregulated medical support.

Pages: 130 | ASIN: B07SW83YRL

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His Views on Life and the War

Marcus Nannini Author Interview

Marcus Nannini Author Interview

Left for Dead at Nijmegen follows the extraordinary true story of an American paratrooper in WWII and the challenges he faced to survive in enemy hands. What was the inspiration that made you want to write this biography?

In 2014 I was in the process of drafting a series of WW II first person “remembrance pieces” for a WW II publication. I came upon Gene Metcalfe while researching the subject and drove out to interview him. By the end of the first interview, which ran more than five hours, I knew I had a story that needed to be told in a hard-bound, full-length book.

Life interfered and I was unable to pick up again until the summer of 2017. A publisher, Casemate Publishers, in response to my query, stated an interest in Gene’s story. Gene was all for it so I transcribed my tapes and re-wrote all of my notes into a book outline and began researching. In October, 2017, Gene and I commenced twice weekly meetings. I learned his sense of humor, his views on life and the War and many other aspects of his personality.

I researched every facet of what he relayed to me, and quite a bit more. I found it necessary to read the 1968 biography of Heinrich Himmler “Himmler” (Roger Manvell and Heinrich Frankel) as well as “The Private Heinrich Himmler” (Katrin Himmler and Michael Wildt.) I expended in excess of 2,000 hours piecing together Gene’s story.

As an aside, there is reference to a castle in one of the chapters. I could find no trace of it until I found it was actually referenced in Himmler’s biography. I have a “no stone unturned” research philosophy.

Observing Gene as he described grisly details of his experiences and proceeded to explain how humor got him through the ordeal impressed me. His sketches have a humorous flair too, as one can see from those he drew for the book. I will admit there was more than one time he had me on the edge of my chair, even when I was hearing the story for the 8th time.

The war was a series of ups and downs, sometimes happening in a dizzyingly fast sequence. Gene found it to be a matter of bending to the flow of events or being overwhelmed and succumbing.

I intentionally set out to write a book that conveyed the essence of Gene Metcalfe. In my opinion it was the best approach to truly convey what, and how, he experienced WW II.

The historical accuracy was exceptional in this, even down to the smallest detail. What kind of research did you undertake to write this book?

I read three books, including one book that focused only on the Nijmegen aspect of Market Garden. I researched US Army debriefing reports of POW’s and information on every base where Gene was stationed. I also read after-action reports.

I am a researcher by trade. Along the way I accumulated an entire box of print-outs. What pleased me the most was coming across the most rare and perfectly timed photo possible, the encounter with two older German soldiers. It took me six months to get permission to use the photo. The uniformed Dutch guide in the photo apparently did the “dirty work” and is the man who disappeared before the combat patrol encountered the tank. Mike, the bazooka-man, was carrying a bag of hand-grenades as in the rush to jump from the plane he left his bazooka rockets on the floor.

I understand that your “intention was to convey the essence of” Eugene Metcalfe. What were some important ideas or themes you felt were important to convey to readers about Gene?

I felt it important to provide Gene’s background as the basis for better understanding who he was and why he was/is that man. The fact he was an only child, but “not my mom’s favorite” played a large part in the formation of his personality. He was on his own.

He was talented as an artist and musician and is gifted with the ability to draw or paint anyone or anything he has come into contact with. The sketches in the book, though produced by Gene in 2018, are accurate reproductions from 1944-45.

I wasted little time in establishing his sense of humor. Without it, Gene would not have survived and there would not have been a Left for Dead at Nijmegen.

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

Nannini: Midnight Flight to Nuremberg, from the coal mines of Pennsylvania to the Explosive Skies of Nazi Occupied Europe in my next WW II biography and is ready to go. In this new book I actually spent weekends at the subject’s home interviewing him. I anticipate it will be considered to be at least as good as Left for Dead at Nijmegen and is jammed with photos, some of which have never before seen print.

I am in the process of placing Midnight Flight and, and four additional books, with an appropriate publishing house. If all goes as planned, I will have two new books on the market next year.

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Left for Dead at Nijmegen: The True Story of an American Paratrooper in World War II by [Nannini, Marcus A.]

Left for Dead at Nijmegen recalls the larger-than-life experiences of an American paratrooper, Gene Metcalfe, who served in the 82nd Airborne during WWII. From his recruitment into the military at Camp Grant to his training with the 501st Paratroop Infantry Regiment at Camp Toccoa, it wasn’t until D-Day itself that he first arrived in England to join the 508th PIR.

When Metcalfe boarded the C-47 which would drop him at Groesbeek Heights, just outside of Nijmegen, Holland, he was handed a box of twelve dozen condoms by an over-confident British lieutenant. He was to be among the first to jump into what should have been a picture-book meadow, free of German troops. Instead, it was defended by three German anti-aircraft cannon emplacements.

As he jumped into a hail of bullets and exploding shells he watched his plane roll over and plummet into the ground. It was at that moment he realized the condoms had either been a bad joke or the planners of Operation Market Garden had seriously underestimated German resistance. Gene was listed as KIA and left for dead by his patrol, who presumed the worst when they saw his injuries from a shell explosion.

The rest of his story is equally gripping, as he became a POW held outside Munich, being moved between various camps ridden with disease and a severely undernourished population. Eventually, after making an escape attempt and being captured within sight of the snow-capped Swiss mountains, his camp was liberated by American troops in April 1945.

Gene’s story is both remarkable for his highly unusual encounter, and his subsequent experiences.

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The Dung Beetles of Liberia

The Dung Beetles of Liberia: a novel based on true events by [Meier, Daniel V. Jr.]

An adventure story of a young man trying to escape his past and punish himself for the death of his brother. Set in the wild and lawless country of Liberia, this story is an epic roller coaster ride that takes you through the exciting highs of life in a proper libertarian society, while not being shy about the harsh realities of life without law. It has romance, action, villains and an unconventional good guy pilot who might be rough on the outside but has a big heart for the country he decided to call home. Quite an education into the airline industry in a third world nation.

This novel does a great job of highlighting some inconvenient truths of emerging countries who accept deals from international companies and the harshness that occurs to the regular people.

Resource rich nations with uneducated citizens have been dominated by the rich since history began and The Dung Beetles of Liberia does a fantastic job at unmasking the on the ground truth of this exploitative situation.

Told through the eyes of a young American man running away from his problems back home, it does a great job of placing him in many different situations and meeting many different people involved in the shady business of a resource rich country, capitalizing on the lack of education of the majority of its people.

Some of the language used makes it hard to read when the author is trying to convey the accents of the natives and other pilots in the story. I felt that it could do without the misspelling of words that conveyed and the accents of characters.

The plot of the story is a bit scattered, leaving me to wonder what the central adventure/struggle was that the main character should overcome. Whilst this kept things interesting, it would have preferred to have had a few less love interests, and a stronger focus on just a few issues Ken was to face in his journey.

Overall, this story is well worth a read and does a great job in depicting what it would be like in an emerging 3rd world country that is run by dictators who are making obscene amounts of money off the backs of the native people. This is a story that is hard to put down and keeps you on your toes as to what will happen next, right down to the last chapter.

Pages: 289 | ASIN: B07PJ1K929

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Lady M – Trailer

بود و نبود یک زن قهرمان بود…
قشنگ و زیبا
عالم و فاضل
افتخار ملی

A glorious writer, a laureate poet, a talented painter, a renowned counselor, a celebrated philanthropist and an honored academic, this is the story of Afghanistan’s eternal celebrity. The multi-talented intellectual (and artist) was so enormously popular in her heyday, and continues to be, that she has ascended many levels of memorialization that started from being called a mythical figure to then securing the title of a national hero to finally being beautified as a saint. No other historical figure – save for Zoroaster – has been so dignified in Afghanistan. At the height of career, she was more popular than world-renowned mystic Maulana Jalaluddin Mohammad Balkhi was at his peak.

Though without a complete biography, she has been mentioned perennially throughout Afghanistan, Iran and Tajikistan. Beautiful, tall, talented and accomplished, she is considered the national pride of Afghanistan.

Her skills: writing, poetry, painting, sign language, carving Indus script & gardening. She lived in a house that she cultivated to be as beautiful as the Japanese Kenroku-en garden.

The winner of ancient world’s most prestigious literary prize a record six times!

The foremost adulated celebrity of the ancient world!

Available August 2019

 

An Extraordinary Pioneer Woman

Don Gutteridge Author Interview

Don Gutteridge Author Interview

Lily Fairchild details the life of a young woman through the challenges of her youth and her quest to have a family of her own. What was the inspiration for the setup to this intriguing story?

 

My purpose in creating Lily was to follow an extraordinary pioneer woman through the various phases of her long life.

Lily’s character is refreshing, she is blunt and many times quite curt as she proves her point. What were some driving ideals behind her character?

The ideals behind Lily are here fortitude in the face of adversity, the insight that comes with embracing challenges, and the pervasiveness of love in her life.

The story takes place in 1850’s Ontario. Why did you choose this time and place for your story?

The book is set in the 1850s and beyond because I have always been interested in the history of my birthplace (Point Edward, Ontario) and the tumultuous historical events that impinged upon it and its citizens.

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

My fiction writing days are over (after 22 novels) and I now keep myself occupied writing poetry abut Point Edward and my upbringing there.

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Lily Fairchild by [Gutteridge, Don]

Lily Fairchild follows the life of a pioneer woman, born in the backwoods of Lambton County in 1840, throughout her long life, ending in 2019. During that time, she is witness to historical events that impinge on her life: the Underground Railroad, the coming of the railways, the discovery of oil, the Fenian raids, the first and second Riel Rebellions, the construction of the tunnel under the St Clair River, the Great War, and the flu pandemic of 1919. Lily struggles against the forces of history and the small tragedies besetting a nineteenth-century woman and, against the odds, bearing children, marrying three times and taking part in the founding of the village of Point Edward and its steady growth as a port and railhead. Hers is a heroic story.

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Resilience and Hope

Ted Neill Author Interview

Ted Neill Author Interview

Two Years of Wonder is a memoir detailing your journey towards recovery after an attempted suicide. Why was this an important book for you to write?

Initially writing the book was part of my healing process. Post hospitalization I didn’t have too many intentions of ever publishing it, just to complete it as a way to give a shape to what I had been through. But then as I began to share it with people who were curious about it they kept saying to me “this story has to reach a wider audience.” Then when the kids themselves told me they wanted their stories shared, I felt an obligation to finally get it out there.

Throughout this book you interweave stories of orphan children you helped in Nairobi. What were some themes you felt were important to capture in this book from their stories?

Resilience and hope. While the book contains some of the harrowing experiences of the kids which–I know–are painful for a lot of people to read, throughout even their worst experiences so many of these children demonstrate such a fierce determination to survive and even thrive. They do even to this day which is why I wanted proceeds from the book to go towards their further college educations so they can continue to have some of the same chances I had.

I found this book to be inspirational. What do you hope readers take away from your book?

I want to shine a light on the suffering of these children and how that is a stand in for the suffering all around us. As Dr. Helene Gayle says in the foreword, we don’t need to go to Kenya to find suffering an inequality our world today. A lot of us can just walk down the street. To that end, I hope it makes everyone a bit more compassionate, whether its for vulnerable children in Africa, at our southern border, or the addict/alcoholic on the street corner.

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

My next book will be available later this summer. It is called REAPER MOON: RACE WAR IN THE POST APOCALYPSE. It is my attempt to take on the toxic nature of white supremacy and white nationalism which have become resurgent in the United States right now. Link to the preview page on my website is here: Reaper Moon — Tenebray Press.

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Two Years of Wonder: A Memoir by [Neill, Ted]

September 25, 2012 Ted Neill picked up a knife to cut his wrists open and kill himself. Post hospitalization and treatment for major depressive disorder, he wrote Two Years of Wonder, a memoir based on his journey towards recovery. In it, he examines the experience that left him with such despair: living and working for two years at an orphanage for children with HIV/AIDS in Nairobi, Kenya.

Neill interweaves his story with the experiences of Oliver, Miriam, Ivy, Harmony, Tabitha, Sofie, Nea, and other children, exploring their own paths of trauma, survival, and resilience. In prose that is by turns poetic, confessional, and brutal, Neill with the children he comes alongside, strive to put the pieces of their fractured lives back together as they search for meaning and connection, each trying to reclaim their humanity and capacity to love in the face of inexplicable suffering and loss.

About the Author: In addition to his time living in Kenya, Ted Neill has worked for CARE and World Vision International in the fields of health, education, and child development. He has written for The Washington Post and published multiple novels. His share of proceeds from Two Years of Wonder are donated to the children featured in its pages as well as other Kenyan based organizations that support vulnerable children and youth.

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Left For Dead At Nijmegen

Left for Dead at Nijmegen: The True Story of an American Paratrooper in World War II by [Nannini, Marcus A.]

It’s not every day that we come across a historical work with as much life in it as we see in Left for Dead at Nijmegen: The True Story of an American Paratrooper in WWII. The level of research and attention to detail that went into the retelling of Eugene Metcalfe’s harrowing tale of survival is shown in spades. The reader has no problem understanding not only the physical situations faced by the main character but also the emotions and state of mind.

The author of this incredible story is hard to identify. Marcus A Nannini is certainly the one who organized and wrote the book, but he did such a good job putting it together that you just can’t help but think it is Gene himself telling you his own story. To add to that effect, Nannini puts a lot of focus on Gene’s sense of humor and personality.

The conversations between important members of the SS as well as many other details seem almost too good to be true from a historical perspective. Nannini dutifully constructs images and characteristics of the POW camps that his subject was forced into that were previously unknown. This work, therefore, is as important to historical study of the period as it is a riveting and fascinating tale.

The story starts off with Gene Metcalfe at school and illustrates his departure from his home, family and friends. Looking to do his part, Gene sets off and quickly finds himself shipping off. From the title, the reader knows there is going to be a traumatic event from the get-go, but what transpires afterwards is quite unpredictable. Left for dead, captured, moved from camp to camp, and bearing witness to many horrifying things, it is hard to believe at times that Gene is going to make it. Even more impactful are the ways that Gene gets himself through the atrocities he experiences.

The writing is direct, simple, and honest, relaying the same feeling that you get from the main character. Left for Dead in Nijmegen, written by Marcus A Nannini and published by Casemate, a resounding recommendation to readers of historical novels.

Pages: 256 | ASIN: B07QM86WDW

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Purpose and Passion

Kim Nugent Author Interview

Kim Nugent Author Interview

Paving Your Path is a guide that high school students and their mentors can use to navigate the difficult transitional moments in life. Why was this an important book for you to write?

Paving Your Path was important for me to write because high school students are under more pressure than ever before and they do not know they can manifest their destiny. They certainly cannot do it by themselves and would benefit for a mentor. In addition, the sooner they discover their purpose and passion, the sooner they can begin on the track. This can save, time, money and frustration.

You share some very good advice in this book that is appropriate for anyone facing major life decisions. What do you hope readers take away from this book?

I want readers to consider taking on a mentoring role to make a real difference in our youth and our future. They will benefit from the relationship more than they give. It is a win-win.

What is a key concept you think is important for handling decision making?

A key concept for decision making is to define the issue, look for solutions, research the options, choose the option that best fits for you, and get into action.

When and where will this book be available?

The book will be available on September 3, 2019, from Amazon, Barnes and Noble and Ingram to coincide with the beginning of the new school year.

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“Are you passionate enough for the path you are choosing? Are you personally ready to take that path? How is the mentor-mentee relationship working out? These are important questions that will be answered within the book. Paving your Path should be a staple for graduating high school students.” – Literary Titan

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