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Title: The Keys

Author: Chips Ely

Publisher: iUniverse

Pages: 394

Genre: Suspense

Format: Kindle/Paperback/Hardcover 

It is June 2014 when a close knit group of high-profile Americans secretly meets to put in play one of the most covert international military operations ever attempted. At the end of their meeting a major support operation linked autonomously with NATO and US Africa Command, is officially in business to catalyze an electrifying worldwide revolution that brings a dramatic and abrupt ending to Islamic radicalization, war crimes against humanity, ethnic cleansing and genocide waged by terrorist groups across the world.

Experience the thrill of hijacking the original TRIANA satellite, renamed to DISCOVR, from a NASA warehouse under the auspicious eye of the US government for the purpose that it would be used in a secret mission by this same unknown international military force.

Follow this riveting story that features a new U.S. political party that ushers its presidential candidate into the White House only to be threatened by a diabolical Chinese plot to undermine America and dominate the world economy.

Be part of an amazing American discovery when the president and his entourage are charged with guarding the discovery of an exotic iron ore mineral that creates an automotive battery invention that can propel an electric vehicle for thousands of hours without a charge.

Worse yet, the Chinese are planning a three-prong conspiracy to undermine America’s industrial renaissance so China can dominate world trade, steal the new US “Star Wars” space technology, and subversively gain control of the secret iron ore discovery.

Join in as America’s latest president attempts to convey the beauty of the Islamic faith and accelerate a new Islamic peace reform in the midst of a volatile world of radicalization.

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Chips Ely grew up in Northville, Michigan, and attended Ferris State University where he was a member of the track team. In his younger years, he was a partner in a family business and later, a vice president of an advertising agency in Lansing, Michigan. Now retired, he lives in Western Michigan.

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Guest Post from Sarah Smith Ducksworth, author of No Crystal Stair

Title: No Crystal Stair

Author: Sarah Smith Ducksworth

Publisher: Trafford

Genre: Poetry

Format: Kindle

Each poem in this collection is a reflection upon the author’s personal life or is a response to her vicarious interactions in the lives of characters she has met in real life or in books. Through the critical lens of poetry, she has looked for deeper meanings inside those experiences. Though the writer ends with an understanding that her life has not been a “crystal stair,” alluding to the hardships the titular character in Langston Hughes’ Poem–“The Negro Mother”– faced, the writer feels that these poems, all together, reflect her world view and personal Truth.

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When I was in elementary school, my mother, who observed me constantly scribbling on paper, told me I should never write anything down that I would be embarrassed to have the world read. She gave me this warning back in the day when both manual and electric typewriters were primarily considered office equipment and there were no digital devices available for composing and sending messages through space. Moreover, the technology did not exist for desktop and portable computers which could store countless volumes of random thoughts. Back in those olden days, I was what you might call a stream of conscious writer, putting my ideas and fancies into notebooks. And, my mother perceived a danger in this.
As a child I did not realize that such eclectic and responsive writing could be classified as therapy.  All I knew was that writing was for me a necessary extension of myself. I wrote about things I thought about—things that hurt my feelings, desires for revenge, wishes, and whatever else that made me tick. The same is true today. I write about things that trouble me, about fantasies that intrigue me, etc.; and, in the process, I exorcise demons and find ways to improve good and bad situations.
Of course, over the years, there have been times when the wrong people have gotten hold of some rant I’ve written and used it against me. The trouble my mother perceived so long ago has been proven time and time again as prophetic. And so, over time, I have become more careful in protecting my private thoughts. Still, the digital world has caused me a huge setback. The world-wide web, rife with hackers, has become my biggest challenge. Based on recent experience, I know first-hand that the internet is no place to vent.
Back in 2010, I went online and filled out a form posted by a self-proclaimed “ethics investigator.” I asked this expert about the ethics of a local prosecutor who would not assist me in finding out who was hacking my cell phone. I also invited comments from visitors to this “legal” website. In my post, I explained that there was a person who was remotely using up data on my phone and that this person had caused my cell phone, while it was lying dormant inside my pocketbook, to dial my landline phone.
Since that ethics question was posted in 2010, it has stayed prominently associated online with my name. Someone must be very interested in this post; yet, there has never been a response to my query, either from the ethics investigator or from one of his visitors. I felt hopeful when I first posted the question, but its staying power as an online item both puzzles and bothers me today.
Do I regret putting a sensitive question into the public sphere, which has the life span of dirt? The answer is yes. But, on the other hand, my life has been greatly enriched by the caveat my action provided. As result of my experience, I will consider the thin line between public and private communications when it comes to social media in the future.
Now, I face another consideration: Do I have to slash and burn my electronic diaries? After being hacked, I believe I should. Unfortunately, the loss of this private writing could translate into a loss of wisdom and hamper my growth as a writer. The only solution may be returning to pen and pad. But, even that may not work if someone really wants to get me and invades my home. Farfetched, you say?
When confronted with the choice of writing freely for emotional release or not writing things I don’t want to share, I have to choose writing anyway and taking the precaution to keep those ideas off the web.
Writers from the past and present support me in extolling the therapeutic value of writing to explore one’s own world view. Graham Greene conveyed the benefits of diary writing when he mused: “I wonder how all those who do not compose or paint can manage to escape the madness, melancholia, the panic and fear which is inherent in a human situation.”

About the Author

For most of her life, Sarah Smith Ducksworth has seen herself as a teacher who writes. She has had a teaching career spanning nearly forty years and has taught language arts in New York and in New Jersey middle schools, high schools and universities. This current book of creative writings represents a reversal in the way she has begun to identify herself and launches her intent to spend the rest of her life pursuing her love of writing.

Interview with Christopher T. Rand, author of Silver Diaspora

Title: Silver Diaspora

Author: Christopher T. Rand

Publisher: iUniverse

Pages: 320

Genre: Historical Memoir

Format: Ebook/Paperback

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At the outset, the members of author Christopher T. Rand’s family lived in a world of great wealth. They were among the richest people in the United States. But they then faced a dilemma: compelled to choose between staying on in their ancestral world or keeping up with the times in the nation around them and integrating themselves into the American mainstream. With each generation, the pressure on these individuals to choose between escape or immersion into the society became more and more intense.

In Silver Diaspora, Rand examines his family’s roots in the northeastern United States and chronicles his journey through these times, against the backdrop of the family history. Embarking on a search of a better new world, Rand’s parents leave the East Coast and land in California. From here, this memoir follows Rand through college at Berkeley, travels abroad, work in the petroleum industry and his experiences as a writer.

Describing the people, places and experiences that impacted Rand’s life, Silver Diaspora provides one man’s insight into the world in the latter two-thirds of the last century.

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Can you please tell us about your book and why you wrote it?

Rand portrays the growth and evolution of the privileged,
highly affluent world in which he grew up. Among the richest people in America,
the members of his family formed a broad panorama of figures in equal measure
sarcastic, long-suffering, glamorous, blindly superstitious and randomly
frustrated — comedians of the erratic. However, as their generations succeeded
one another, they wrestled with the dilemma of staying on in their ancestral
world or integrating themselves into the American mainstream. Through a
historical and social narrative that covers the growth of the nation from
colonial times to the present, Rand’s work, from the perspective of their
lives, up through his parents and closest relatives, gives personality and life
to a broad range of striking figures and major political and social
developments in the history of our nation.



What were some of the biggest challenges you faced writing it?

The biggest challenge was finding people to take it
seriously.



Do you plan subsequent books?

I not only plan other books but am actively engaged in
writing them.



When and why did you begin writing?

I began writing at 13.



What is your greatest strength as an author?

I leave the question
of strength to others to judge.




Christopher T. Rand has worked as a writer, consultant, and translator. He is the author of Making Democracy Safe for Oil and has worked on litigation with the Federal Trade Commission and the state of California. Rand lives in the San Francisco Bay Area, and has two children.

A Little Boy’s War by Roy Bartlett Book Blast – Win a $25 Amazon Gift Card!

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A Little Boy's WarTitle: A Little Boy’s War

Author: Roy Bartlett

Publisher: AuthorHouse

Pages: 190

Genre: Biography/Autobiography

Format: Kindle

In this autobiographical reminiscence of the war years, Roy Bartlett relates the experiences of a young boy living in the West London suburb of Ealing, particularly during the sustained German Luftwaffe ‘Blitz’ on the capital in 1940 during which he sustained injury. Millions of people in London and other cities, children as well as adults, survived the horrors and rigours of the war.

Many accounts have been written, but few from the viewpoint of a child.

Aged nine years at the outbreak of war his initial understanding of events was shaped by excitement, evacuation for a short period and what his mother could conjure up to eat from the meagre food rations.

As Roy grew older, under ever-worsening conditions, his comprehensions of events broadened.

This ensuing account of family life on the home front is a fascinating and absorbing blend of factual information and personal experience of the grim reality of those dark days, yet softened by subtle humour and boyish escapades that bring a smile to the reader.

An person who lived through the period of history and the younger generations that follow, will find this narrative to be an informative and valuable historical account of a young lad’s life throughout that terrible time.

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Now That the Dust Has Settled by Athanasio Dzadagu Book Blast – Win a $25 Amazon Gift Card!

Title: Now That the Dust Has Settled

Author: Anthanasio Dzadagu

Publisher: AuthorHouse

Pages: 372

Genre: Biography/Autobiography

Format: Kindle

In this book, I try to explore why one section of the Catholic Community connected with the late Archbishop Chakaipa was overtaken by great remorse when he died, while another went into jubilation. This leads me into the examination of what kind of person Archbishop Chakaipa was. I do this in the context of his family background and his priestly and Episcopal ministries. He was of the Unendoro clan, with a history tracing back to Karanga roots. In his Seminary years, he wrote five Shona novels which became very influential in developing Shona literacy. He earned enduring respect across the entire Zimbabwean nation for this achievement. Within Church circles Archbishop Chakaipa’s name is synonymous with the policy of self-reliance, which was his signal achievement in the Archdiocese of Harare. He was determined to see the development of indigenous Zimbabwean writers, frustrated that the world of ideas in Zimbabwe was dominated by Eurogenic (of European origin) missionaries. In his view such Eurogenic intellectual domination undermined Zimbabwean and African independence. In the book, I argue that while Archbishop Chakaipa was a hero, indeed one deserving of canonisation as a Catholic saint, true respect for him should also acknowledge his negative qualities.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

A book on Archbishop Chakaipa written by Athanasio Dzadagu should make interesting reading for three major reasons. First, the author knew Archbishop Chakaipa personally. At the age of five, he first encountered Archbishop Chakaipa when the latter was his parish priest. Interaction between Athanasio and Archbishop Chakaipa continued until the archbishop’s death in 2003. What adds to the book’s appeal is that Archbishop Chakaipa himself viewed Athanasio Dzadagu as the best person to write a book about him, as communicated courtesy of a Mai (Mrs) Muchada. Secondly, many people in the Archdiocese of Harare in Zimbabwe are keenly awaiting the appearance of the book, including those who have gone into Diaspora. Finally, the book provides an opportunity for indigenous Zimbabweans to express their own opinion of Archbishop Chakaipa, considering the fact that the written commentary after his death covered only Eurogenic opinion. Regardless of having recently left the priesthood, Athanasio Dzadagu is still highly respected among members of the Zimbabwean Catholic Community in England and Wales, which he founded in 2001. There are several among these who have, in the past, urged him to write books as a way of informing an even wider community of people.

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Pro Rules by Andreea and Stephan Ehritt-Vanc Book Blast – Win a $25 Amazon Gift Card!

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Pro RulesTitle:
 Pro Rules
Author: Andreea Ehritt-Vanc & Stephan Ehritt-Vanc
Publisher: iUniverse
Pages: 144
Genre: Sports
Format: Kindle/Paperback

Over the last twelve years, Stephan Ehritt-Vanc and Andreea Ehritt-Vanc, founders of the Pro-M International Tennis Academy, have played in or coached several players in more than sixty Grand Slams. In their guidebook, Pro Rules, they offer proven principles and a set of values that can help tennis players of all ages improve their game, achieve goals, and ultimately maximize their potential.

Presented through five main elements—experience, acceptance-action response, respect, real self-confidence, and mastering the zone—Pro Rules guides tennis players to not only control their physical play, but also their mental play as well. You can learn how to

• act like a pro in any situation;
• deal with bad calls;
• focus despite distractions;
• analyze, predict, and respect an opponent;
• strike the balance between self-confidence and overconfidence; and
• live in the present tense.

Pro Rules relies on the lessons of two experienced tennis professionals to share an innovative way of looking at life—both on and off the court—that can guide tennis players to find their professional core, learn control, and master their game by following their instincts with mastery and precision.

Stephan Ehritt-Vanc worked for the Royal Dutch Tennis Federation (KNLTB) for sixteen years. He founded the Pro-M International Tennis Academy with Andreea and is now the head of full-time programs on the ATP World Tour.

Andreea Ehritt-Vanc turned pro in 1992. She reached a top world ranking of 135 in the World Tennis Association (WTA) in singles and 40 in the WTA in doubles, winning several ITF tournament titles and two WTA titles. Andreea retired from her active career in 2008 and moved into a new role as the coach of Tamarine Tanasugarn.


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He IS Real by Janis Bolton Drinnon Book Blast – Win a $25 Amazon Gift Card!


Title: He IS Real

Author: Janis Bolton Drinnon

Publisher: Xlibris

Pages: 109

Genre: Poetry

Format: Kindle/Paperback/Hardcover

Janis began writing poetry in earnest after her first poem was published in an anthology in 1994 at age seventy- two. Following this, several of her poems were published in different anthologies through the years where she received numerous editors’ choice awards.

The spiritual nature of Janis’ poems reflects her deep religious faith. In 1998, a book of her inspirational poems and selected Bible verses, “In HIS Care,” was published as a fiftieth anniversary remembrance. In 1999, singer Jody Murphy selected a poem, He Is Real, from this book to sing and record in Nashville, TN.

Afterwards, Janis was selected for Marquis Who’s Who in the South and Southwest, Silver 25th Edition, Marquis Who’s Who in America, 52nd Edition, and Dictionary of International Biography, 26th Edition. She was elected to the International Poetry Hall of Fame in 1996.

Janis Bolton was born July 28, 1922 in Pineville, KY to Clyde Herman and Violet Hendrickson Bolton. She married Kenneth C. Drinnon June 13, 1948 and had one daughter, Dena Daryl Drinnon.

She was educated in Harrogate, TN elementary school, Middlesboro, KY high school, Lincoln Memorial University, Harrogate, journalism classes, and Newspaper Institute of America correspondence courses. While attending college, Janis wrote articles for local newspapers.

Janis has enjoyed a fulfilling versatile life in the arts as evidenced by the following: As a young teenager, she sang solos on children’s radio programs at WNOX in Knoxville, TN and sang in university and church choirs. She organized a drama department then produced and directed religious plays for Alice Bell Baptist Church, Knoxville, TN. And now, she is publishing her poetry book “He IS Real,” that contains many of her inspirational poems and selected Bible verses.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Janis Bolton Drinnon Janis began writing poetry in earnest after her first poem was published in an anthology in 1994 at age seventy- two. Following this, several of her poems were published in different anthologies through the years where she received numerous editors’ choice awards. The spiritual nature of Janis’ poems reflects her deep religious faith. In 1998, a book of her inspirational poems and selected Bible verses, “In HIS Care,” was published as a fiftieth anniversary remembrance. In 1999, singer Jody Murphy selected a poem, He Is Real, from this book to sing and record in Nashville, TN. Afterwards, Janis was selected for Marquis Who’s Who in the South and Southwest, Silver 25th Edition, Marquis Who’s Who in America, 52nd Edition, and Dictionary of International Biography, 26th Edition. She was elected to the International Poetry Hall of Fame in 1996. Janis Bolton was born July 28, 1922 in Pineville, KY to Clyde Herman and Violet Hendrickson Bolton. She married Kenneth C. Drinnon June 13, 1948 and had one daughter, Dena Daryl Drinnon. She was educated in Harrogate, TN elementary school, Middlesboro, KY high school, Lincoln Memorial University, Harrogate, journalism classes, and Newspaper Institute of America correspondence courses. While attending college, Janis wrote articles for local newspapers. Janis has enjoyed a fulfilling versatile life in the arts as evidenced by the following: As a young teenager, she sang solos on children’s radio programs at WNOX in Knoxville, TN and sang in university and church choirs. She organized a drama department then produced and directed religious plays for Alice Bell Baptist Church, Knoxville, TN. And now, she is publishing her poetry book “He IS Real,” that contains many of her inspirational poems and selected Bible verses.

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