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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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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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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  • 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.
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  • 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.

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  • 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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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.