Book Blast! York Street by Jan Walters – Win a $25 Gift Card

 


Title: York Street

Author: Jan Walters

Publisher: iUniverse

Genre: Crime Fiction

Format: Ebook

“The story left me ready for more adventures with all the characters. I look forward to the next book from this author!”

– Kelly Stuhr, Senior Des Moines Police Officer

Brett O’Shea is a young street cop in Des Moines trying to make detective. He works by the book and doesn’t believe in hocus-pocus. When a killer begins terrorizing the streets of his city, Brett is forced to alter his view of the paranormal world when a ghost appears in his bedroom.

Al is an irreverent, rule-breaking ghost, and his appearance forces Brett to reassess all his no-nonsense beliefs. Logic goes right out the window when Al offers to help catch the man terrorizing the city as well as solve the murder of his detective grandfather in 1933.

It soon becomes apparent the killer lurking in the dark corners of Des Moines has strange capabilities. Brett and Al are on a supernatural rollercoaster, and they find danger at every turn. How is Brett supposed to stop a killer with otherworldly powers, and what does the murderer have to do with his grandfather? To save the city, Brett and Al must become a half dead crime fighting duo or lose everything.

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Jan Walters and her husband live on a farm in Iowa. She grows produce to sell at local restaurants and farmers markets. Besides writing, she enjoys researching family genealogy. Her family has served on the Des Moines Police Department since the late nineteenth century. She is also the author of Believe.

 

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Book feature! A Sojourn Among the Avatars of Wisdom – Win a $25 Gift Card


Title: A Sojourn Among the Avatars of Wisdom

Author: Dudley Mecum

Publisher: iUniverse

Genre: Visionary and Metaphysical

Format: Ebook

Chris Cole enjoys aiming for the stars. After he rockets into orbit aboard the space shuttle, his mission is cut short when he is the victim of an accident aboard the International Space Station. Whisked back to earth for medical observation, Chris is eventually released. Before his return flight to Kennedy Space Center the next day, Chris decides to attend a nearby medieval fair with an acquaintance—a decision that will change the course of his life forever. Shortly after the astronaut’s arrival at the festival, the king unexpectedly selects Chris to be a contestant in a tournament. As Chris’s quest to become a knight begins, he learns how to wield a sword, battle foes, and achieve greatness. Unfortunately, villainy, treachery, and a crucible await him. As enemies emerge from the shadows, others use him as a pawn to settle old scores. Guided by a cast of colorful characters who dispense timeless advice, Chris is overcome with self-doubt as he ponders whether it is really possible to change his destiny. In this gripping fantasy tale, wisdom of the world’s greatest philosophers and modern sages is brought to life as one man attempts to escape from a prison of his own making.

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Dudley Mecum, a trained commercial pilot, earned an MBA in Finance, later working at a defense manufacturer. He currently lives in Fort Worth, Texas, where he enjoys fine art, swimming, and virtual flying.

 

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Interview with Alexis Georg Hoen, author of Christianity and Cosmic Consciousness

Title: Christianity and Cosmic Consciousness

Author: Alexis Georg Hoen

Publisher: iUniverse

Genre: Religion

Format: Ebook

Born in the Ukraine, educated in Munich, and having practiced medicine in the United States, author Alexis Georg Hoen has been exposed to widely differing political systems and religious beliefs, and he has always maintained an interest as to the origin of these beliefs and their relation to the innermost nature of man. In Christianity and Cosmic Consciousness, he interprets the words and the sacrifice of Jesus as pointing the way toward a realization of our innermost nature—the will to live and love that exists within all.

Sharing his experiences and ideas about Christ’s words and sacrifice, Hoen uses personal anecdotes and biblical examples to illustrate the nature of Christian belief. He provides a host of examples, including key illustrations from the Bible and relevant source material from other writers who address this topic. He shows us that through sacrifice we live in and for others. That is eternal life.

Christianity and Cosmic Consciousness represents the core of Christian teaching without resorting to the supernatural and miraculous, yet doesn’t try to disprove it.

How did you come up with the title of your book?
The title of my book reflects the subject that has been on my
mind for years.

What is your writing environment like?
Plenty of room, a lot of time and support by my children. A
am retired.

What are some of the best tools available today for writers?
It is great to have a word processor that makes it possible to correct and re-type , as well as having access to all kinds of information on the internet.

What inspires you to write?
The urgent desire to communicate my thoughts. Willingness
of others to listen.

Did you learn anything while writing this book?
When I finished I knew at least twice as much about the subject as when I began. I also added a considerable amount of insight into the subject.

What is your favorite quality about yourself?
My ability to find good in most situations.

Alexis Georg Hoen attended medical school in Munich. He immigrated to the United States at age twenty-five, and he practiced medicine in Los Angeles for fifty years. In addition to the study of religion, he enjoys gardening and spending time with his three children and six grandchildren.

Interview with Chips Ely, author of The Keys

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fddf4-the2bkeysTitle: 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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The Keys is available for purchase at  

iUniverse

amazon

How did you come up with the title of your book?

The book was well along and the main theme of rape as a weapon of war in Africa and the Middle East when I happened on a website http://www.womenundersiegeproject.otg that had held a photo contest for their bloggers to send in photos of women in war and images of women facing violence. The winning photo was by a senior crisis response adviser for Amnesty International. I emailed the adviser and requested her permission to use the photo and the rest is history.
What is your writing environment like?

My writing environment is ideal because I am single and my schedule is my own. I seem to work well at all hours from 3 A.M. to 3 P.M. There is very little to intrude on my concentration and am in my element when researching.
What are some of the best tools available today for writers?

In my opinion, the Internet is without question the most valuable tool for my research and I have already saved files by subject matter that were uncovered during various searches. So, the Internet is not only valuable for researching, but also for storing information for later use.
What inspires you to write?

My inspiration is from an innate sense of adventure and excitement, combined with a career that required extensive travel. For me, the sense of romance, excitement and adventure was a reality. Furthering that sense of adventure was a stint at an advertising agency as an account manager. That experience gave me insight into how to start with a blank sheet of paper and bring something to life. Then, I viewed the persistent conflicts that allowed ethnic cleansing, genocides and rape as a weapon of war, as intolerable and it fast became an objective to communicate the real intolerable situation of world gender issues.
Did you learn anything while writing this book?

The number one take-away from “The Keys” is the enormous lack of attention given to the devastating role of rapes and sexual torture of women and girls in terrorist conflicts and wars throughout the world. The UN has its hands tied or won’t risk political alienation within the “P-5” leaders. The irony is that world protection of human rights is pledged in the 1947 UN Charter, reaffirming the UN’s lack of leadership when addressing crimes against humanity, especially women and girls. The lack of action taken on behalf of the dismal state of the world’s gender and cultural issues is appalling.
What is your favorite quality about yourself?

My sense of adventure and creativity which is balanced with a great deal of sensitivity toward suffering peoples and a lack of fair play for innocent, marginalized citizens who are unprotected and undefended in wars and terrorist conflicts.

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.

Interview with Douglas Gardham, author of The Drive In


Title: The Drive In

Author: Douglas Gardham

Publisher: iUniverse

Pages: 130

Genre: Short Stories

Format: Kindle/Paperback

Have you ever been intrigued by what mysteries lie behind the doors and windows of the places you pass by on your drive into work everyday? The Drive In takes you on Tom Johnson‘s commute. Unlike Tom, you’ll get to peek behind some of those closed doors. Remember going to the “Drive-In” theatre? Each story reveals what goes on like watching the “dusk ‘til dawn” features through your car’s windshield. Meet the people at the places Tom only passes by each day. Then discover how his drive in ends like no other.

How did you come up with the title of your book?

The title for The Drive In came with the idea for the book. Years ago while driving to work it dawned on me that most of the places I had passed over the years had become very familiar but I knew nothing about them or even who lived there. It struck me as a way to bring a collection of short stories together connected from the viewpoint of the person driving to work. The driver would identify the place he was passing and the reader would get to know what went on inside through each short story. The title “The Drive In” was immediate and provided a double meaning (although a slightly different spelling). The “drive-in” movie theatre became the motif for the book and one of the themes of the driver’s story. The drive-in movie theatre, though once a thriving place to see the movies, has become a relic of the past and represents both change and as some would say progress.
What is your writing environment like?

I will and have written just about anywhere (e.g. hotel rooms, the car, coffee shops, etc) but I do most of my writing today at home in front of a MacBook Pro at a messy desk surrounded by shelves of books. I’ll often edit with pencil and paper in the living room or anywhere I can sit comfortably and read. I don’t usually listen to music any more when I’m writing as I find it distracting.
What are some of the best tools available today for writers?

I don’t use many new tools outside of the internet and my MacBook Pro. The internet is indispensible from social media to research and fact finding. Reading continues to be one of the best things for me as a writer outside of the writing itself (although I don’t consider it a “tool” but instead a way into other worlds I can’t access in any other way). I have come back to holding a book when reading at home versus an e-book, though the accessibility to reading that e-books allow is unbeatable e.g. waiting in a line-up, waiting for a movie, at the airport, etc.
What inspires you to write?

Life and I can’t help myself. I’ve written pretty much every day for more than twenty years and continue to do so. I love putting words together. Finding new meaning in simple pleasures like a walk through the forest (a privilege I enjoy most days since beginning to write full-time). Reading books inspires me but I can only read for so long before I have to pick up a pen and paper and start writing. Movies and music also inspire me.
Did you learn anything while writing this book?

A lot. The connecting story of The Drive In with the protagonist driving to work became somewhat cathartic in switching from my engineering and manufacturing world into this “writing” thing full-time. Although happening in a rather short space of time, there was much more going on in my head than I realized. Much of that made its way into the story. I also learned to never give up on an idea. Ideas have a way of surfacing at the right time provided you’re open and listening. The follow quote from Einstein has become very meaningful “The intuitive mind is a sacred gift and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift.”
What is your favorite quality about yourself?

Good question. I think it’s that I care. I care about the people around me. I care deeply for my family and close friends. I care about what I’m doing. I care about my work. I care about purpose. I care and am grateful that I get to do today this writing thing. It’s a gift and a privilege that I never want to take for granted.

Douglas Gardham is the author of the STARbook-awarded novel The Actor. He lives near Toronto, Canada with his wife, dog and cat. He loves books, music and movies. This is his second published novel.

The Sexualization of America’s Kids by J.E. Wright Book Feature!

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The Sexualization of America's KidsTitle:
 The Sexualization of America’s Kid’s
Author: J.E. Wright
Publisher: iUniverse
Pages: 176
Genre: Parenting
Format: Kindle/Paperback

Currently, kids are being hyper-sexualized by the exploding provocativeness in the media. Parents can develop the skills to recognize these subtle influences and the knowledge to counteract and do something about it. In The Sexualization of America’s Kids, Mr. Wright draws on his 22 years as a therapist, working with over 1,000 kids and their families, to demonstrate how this provocativeness affects our kids. He uses their stories to discuss how kids fall prey to these negative presentations, and he recommends Seven Ways to Raise Sexually Healthy Children and Teenagers.

Mr. Wright’s use of dialogued role-plays and actual case examples shows parents when and how to appropriately communicate on sexual issues with their different aged kids. His caring and concrete approach makes this book a necessity for all parents who are raising kids today.

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Findependence Day is available for purchase at  

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J. E. Wright has been a therapist for 27 years,having obtained his graduate degree from the University of Chicago. He has worked with over 1,000 children and teenagers and their families. He is a husband and father, and he presents workshops on childhood issues, parenting adolescents, and sexuality. He is a foster parent trainer and has several published articles.

 

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  • By entering the giveaway, you are confirming you are at least 18 years old.
  • One winner will be chosen via Rafflecopter to receive one $25 Gift Certificate to Amazon
  • This giveaway begins July 27 and ends on August 7.
  • Winners will be contacted via email on August 8.
  • Winner has 48 hours to reply.

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The Keys by Chips Ely Book Blast – Win a $25 Amazon Gift Card!


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.

ORDER INFORMATION

The Keys is available for purchase at  

iUniverse
amazon

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.

Chips is giving away a $25 Gift Card!

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  • By entering the giveaway, you are confirming you are at least 18 years old.
  • One winner will be chosen via Rafflecopter to receive one $25 Gift Certificate to Amazon
  • This giveaway begins July 27 and ends on August 7.
  • Winners will be contacted via email on August 8.
  • Winner has 48 hours to reply.

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