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This Was Always About Basketball

This Was Always About Basketball by Craig Leener is a wonderful story that follows the protagonist Ezekiel Archer, better known as ‘Zeke,’ as he prepares himself for his next big step in life at the University of Kansas. This is where he plans to take his basketball dreams to the next level. However, as he begins completing his extensive to-do list before he leaves, he encounters a few bumps along the way, such as history being completely altered. As this is not the first time an unusual happening has been in Zeke’s life, he knows exactly who to turn to, his autistic but brilliant mathematician friend Lawrence.

The whole concept behind this story is compelling, and the imagination used to combine science fiction with a diary written by Zeke is done well. Having the story written in the first person narrative and having him address the reader by introducing himself,  ‘My name is Ezekiel Archer’  from one of the first lines draws them in, making them feel included in the story. There are areas throughout where the details are rich and descriptive, such as ‘Lawrence’s handwriting—rigid and purposeful letters carefully sketched and slanted in an easterly direction.’ These moments allow readers to come to know the characters, it assists the reader in understanding them on a deeper level.

This Was Always About Basketball is an entertaining and enjoyable read. The chapters are short, but all relevant which helps with the plot flow, and you are always left wanting more. This is not the first book in this series that I have read, and I hope it will not be the last as through each adventure, you learn more about the characters and feel you are part of the story with them. I highly recommend this book to anyone who loves a fantasy story.

Pages: 257 | ASIN : B08PM9X1PW

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What is Intimacy?

Author Interview
Jewel Mensah Author Interview

Reflections of Intimacy is an artistic look into how intimacy can be experienced and open up people to connect in ways not always thought of. What was your inspiration for creating a photojournalistic exploration involving intimacy?

The inspiration for creating a photojournalistic exploration through Reflections of Intimacy came from my everyday life and interactions. We often get fed a narrative of intimacy shaped by romanticism and our own experience with pleasure. As a change agent and artist, I wanted to explore what it means to be intimate at its root. To spark inquiry and move beyond the framed context with perhaps the same fervent sway intimacy affords us. 

What is a common misconception you feel people have about intimacy?

Great question. I bring this up in Reflections of Intimacy, in that intimacy is often confined to an act. However, I believe it spans our entire lives without needing to be overt in how and when it presents in our day-to-day lives. This misconception has helped shape how we behave and possibly experience intimacy. Therefore I felt it was necessary to offer a new perspective within the first chapter of Reflections of Intimacy

What do you hope is one thing readers take away from your book?

One thing I hope readers take away from Reflections of Intimacy is that they can and should explore what intimacy means to them and how it shows up in their lives. I am also happy to connect with my readers on any platform and engage directly with them at a deeper level should they wish.

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

I am currently in the exploration phase for my next book, so the date on that is tentative. However, the best place to learn about upcoming books and projects is by subscribing to the free newsletter on my website: jewelmensah.com

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What does intimacy mean to you? Reflections of Intimacy is a theoretically artistic and photojournalistic exploration into the subject and practice of intimacy; and the path of connection it opens. The book is my first self-published effort. Reflections of intimacy draws from media studies and critical theory in its framework. Through reflection, I aim to peel back a few layers of intimacy and in doing so, hope to expand the liminal bounds of the seemingly private subject within the public sphere. This books serves as an intimate reflection in its own right by capturing within it, vignettes of affect and affection. At the end of this book you will walk away with a new perspective on intimacy, its permutations in practice, and a showcase that explores the beauty of vulnerability.

Blank – Book Trailer

Imagine the world just reset itself, everything goes Blank, and humankind can’t remember the past. No one knows how much time has passed since the Blank; no one remembers much of the time before. Set in a dystopian version of Earth, where seeds are used to barter for goods, we meet the sisters Danube and Amazon Rivers along with the Bailiwick brothers, Alabama and Nebraska. The four youths grew up in the same town, and one day they stumbled across the mysterious Alice, who appeared out of nowhere. But unlike the four and their mundane lives, Alice knows how the world came to be in its current state. Told in the third person while displaying multiple character points of view, Nanette L. Avery’s novel Blank distinguishes life not endowed with ready-made meaning and the characters who are responsible for creating their own. The world everyone knew before is gone, and the one they have ended up in operates by a completely different set of rules. Alice’s existence may very well destroy what humanity has rebuilt, but she must complete the mission she was entrusted with at any cost.

Hair Loss, Second Edition – Book Trailer

Hair loss affliction is a stressful experience for both men and women. However, it is substantially more distressing for women. Living with hair loss can be a difficult experience to endure, especially in cultures that view hair as a sign of youthful vitality and good health. It is a topic of significant public interest for the fifty million men and thirty million women afflicted with the condition. Thus, it is a problem in search of a solution. Fortunately for the afflicted, science has been making noteworthy progress toward discovering potential treatment modalities to resolve the hair-loss problem.

If you are experiencing hair loss and in search of reliable, factual information on this important topic, this comprehensive book will provide the information you need to make informed and educated choices. The book HAIR LOSS: Options for Restoration & Reversal will educate the reader on the following topics and many more:

• Hormonal effect on hair loss

• Hereditary (genetic) hair loss predisposition

• Effectiveness of hair loss medications

• Topical dihydrotestosterone (DHT) blockers and inhibitors

• State-of-the-Art Hair Transplantation Surgery

• Hygiene and Hair Care

• Low-Level Laser Therapy (LLLT)

• Hair Cloning and Hair Multiplication Research

• Effectiveness of Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) Therapy

• Scalp conditions resulting in hair loss

Rosemary for Remembrance

Rosemary for Remembrance, an alluring book by Nikki Broadwell, is a fictionalized account of a war-torn love story. The author tells readers the story of a couple who has to face many troubles due to the World War. The conditions soldiers are forced to live in and how the soldier wives lived back home are shown. In this story, our protagonists, Rosemary and Dylan, wade through the waters of war, trauma, and distance between themselves to conquer their fears and insecurities.

The writing style of this book is fast-paced and captivating. Readers are drawn into this story from the beginning. I could finish this in a single day because the storyline was engaging, and each chapter left the reader wanting to know more. The natural and supernatural events filled the narrative with suspense and anticipation of what thrilling event will come next.

The mental exploration of the Prisoners of War and their post-war trauma has been explained in detail. From Rosemary’s point of view, we can witness the struggles and problems of the soldier’s family left behind without any contact with their loved ones. This book also explores the impact of soldiers’ traumas on their families and relationships. Fallouts and Divorces were common, but no one was to blame.

The journal entries by Dylan from the Prisoner of War camps made me feel the pain and anguish which coursed through those soldiers. The helplessness and cruelty of the war are being laid bare through those journals. As the author has mentioned, those journal entries were the actual journals of their grandfather. This makes them more realistic and horrific to read.

There is a parallel plot running in this book. In that story, the eighteenth-century dilemma and struggle for love are shown. The condition of women at that time has been described in a way that left me uncomfortable and angry. The story of Rebecca and Edgar reflects the story of Rosemary and Dylan, yet they are drastically different.

This book took me into the midst of the horror that was felt by the soldiers as well as their families. The simple and captivating writing style paired with a headstrong female protagonist makes this book a brilliant read. Some mature topics are presented in this storyline due to the brutal nature of the time and war. I recommend this book to people who want to read about the conditions of war and a love that’s being tested by time and troubles.

Pages: 286 | ASIN : B0711FL8T8

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Finding Andy’s Home – Book Trailer

Can a tortoise and a cat be friends despite their differences?

Andy is a giant African tortoise who goes to live in Germany as a pet. There he meets Audi, the house cat. Despite their differences, they become firm friends. Together, they embark on a quest to learn more about Andy’s origins.

Get your copy now to find out about their friendship adventures. Reveal to your children the importance of kindness and friendship to those different from us, and teach them how to seek information.

Können eine Schildkröte und eine Katze trotz ihrer Unterschiede Freunde sein?

Andy ist eine afrikanische Riesenschildkröte, die als Haustier nach Deutschland kommt. Dort trifft er die Hauskatze Audi. Trotz ihrer Unterschiede werden sie enge Freunde. Gemeinsam machen sie sich auf den Weg, mehr über Andys Herkunft zu erfahren.

Begleiten Sie die beiden Freunde bei ihren Abenteuern. Zeigen Sie Ihren Kindern, wie wichtig es ist, dem Anderen offen und freundlich zu begegnen und ermutigen Sie sie, Fragen zu stellen.

Type One Determination

Type One Determination by Lauren Plunkett is a self-help book that guides readers on how to live a healthy life with Type 1 Diabetes (T1D). While primarily written to guide T1D patients on how to live their best lives with good HbA1c values, practically anyone who struggles with any chronic condition can find great use in this book.

Part-instructive, part-memoir, Type One Determination is divided into three parts: a comeback story, nutrition, and exercise. Plunkett has masterfully used her personal stories and journey as a T1D patient and a registered dietitian to provide a step-by-step approach to how T1D patients can use nutrition and exercise to achieve remarkable clinical results and self-fulfillment.

In a chapter titled, ‘Feeding the Disease’, Plunkett opens a window into the emotional psyche of most T1D patients. While sharing in the relatable highs and lows of her anecdotes, her unmistakable humor makes it easy to forget you are reading through the pages of her lived trauma. This experience is, however, crowned with the epiphanic discovery of how nutrition can change the trajectory of living with the disease.

Plunkett’s words plunge deeply into the psychology of the average food lover. With the details of her chronicle, Plunkett offers information on how she used personalized but reproducible nutrition and exercise routines to achieve a satisfactory health record, body positivity, emotional awareness, and control. These methods are backed by scientific research from reputable sources, which Plunkett references.

You might think you are reading through a medical textbook with the details of the physiology of the cornerstones of diabetes- glucose, insulin, exercise, and nutrition. Yet, these concepts were written in the most comprehensible way that even health and nutrition students would benefit immensely from it.

Having consulted a variety of specialists for her condition over the years, lived through the challenges associated with T1D, and even studied nutrition herself, Plunkett has seen the A-Z of solutions offered to T1D patients and also seen how many of them fail. The exceptional technique she offers in her easy-to-follow counsel is the comeback determination anyone living with the disease needs.

Type One Determination is an educational look into how T1D impacts the lives of those living with this condition. With her medical background and personal experience as a patient, the author shares her knowledge with readers in hopes of helping them find a healthier self.

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Friendship

Author Interview
A. M. Dyer Author Interview

​The Order of Walrea is the first installment to The Ash and Stone saga, which chronicles an epic adventure across a land filled with conspiracy, magic, and betrayal. What was the inspiration for the setup to your story?

The inspiration came from allot of different and varied places. The story idea formed over several years as you read a book, a certain aspect of the book may inspire how two characters will interact with each other which leads the story into a new direction.

Olin and Yondi were great characters. What were some driving ideals behind their relationship and character development?

The main driving ideal that I felt was important to explore was friendship and the lengths that close friends will go for each other however brief the friendship. This played allot into their development as the story progressed in book 1 as well as heavily impacting Olin in book 2.

What were some themes that were important for you to explore in this book?

The themes I felt that were important to explore in the book were loyalty and the lack thereof, friendship, abandonment and the length that friends will go for each other, and that people will innately oppose immoral actions.

What can readers expect in book two in the Ash and Stone Saga?

Book 2 continues the adventure where book 1 left off. Book 2 is filled with more conspiracy and action as the plot instigated by Walera has come to light. Olin and Levyna explore their fightning new power as tensions escalate and war looms near.

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The Order of Walrea is the first installment to The Ash and Stone saga which chronicles an epic adventure across the Three Kingdoms, a land filled with conspiracy, magic, betrayal, and the machinations of fate.

The Three Kingdoms – Queen’s Hill, Duken, and Ravinshore – live side-by-side in hard-won peace. That peace is protected by the Orders, created to secure and safeguard each kingdoms’ interests: the Order of the Three in Duken, the Order of the Red Flame in Queen’s Hill, and the Order of Walrea in Ravinshore. But when Olin, a curious sciff servant, overhears a dangerous secret, the Three Kingdoms are thrust into a race against time to stop a conspiracy threatening the very foundation of the Orders, and the safety of the thrones.

In a journey that crosses from one end of the Three Kingdoms to another, Olin’s path converges with a wide cast of characters: Yondi, a mage’s apprentice roped into helping Olin on his quest; Posdel, a mage trying to drown the shadows in his memory with drink; Levyna, a young mage coming into a dangerous power to dream the future and travel across the kingdoms at will; Isabelle, a sorceress called to save the life of the King of Ravinshore; and Gytha, a Grand Sorceress with a mysterious past and a devastating power.

Facing an enemy that looms in every shadow, one whose reach extends far beyond the kingdoms’ borders, these individuals connected by fate must decide who to trust as they work to thwart the conspiracy and protect the very foundation of their kingdoms. As destinies converge and unseen danger creeps closer to the thrones, they must stand together in the fight against one of the most powerful entities in the Three Kingdoms: the Order of Walrea.
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