Review for Dream Catcher, Failure Was Not An Option

November 13, 2009 at 10:15 pm (Biographies, children, family, love, spirituality) (, , , , , , )


dream catcher for poster“This is a true story written by a prolific author, about her own younger brother who suffered Encephalitis when he was not more than a newborn. It entails his strength of personality and will to overcome an illness which left him with a so-called, mental handicap as well as physical.

I was filled with admiration for this man, Stanley Robinson and by the time I finished reading, I was in awe. I would recommend reading to anyone but for those who have known or had a person like Stanley in their lives, it will tug your heartstrings. At the least it is a lesson to the rest of the world…Souls come wrapped up in many different packages..all are a wonderful gift.”

This review was written by Sandy

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Gone Away Into The Land By Jeffery B Allen

October 28, 2009 at 9:12 pm (children, faith, family, love) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , )


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Shifting in and out of reality, this inspirational story follows 12-year old John Greber, who with his mother, Ellie, suffer abuse at the hands of John’s father, whom he calls “The Beast.” The Beast abandons his family and kidnaps John’s six-year old sister, Marny. John vows revenge as he seeks to confront his father and rescue his sister.

Jeffrey B. Allen takes us on a fantastic journey into a Land where John and his mother become embroiled in a Civil War that could destroy the Land and the World, so John must tread carefully. This coming-of-age novel travels a totally different path than expected. With both poignancy and adventure, it proves that the strength of the human spirit can overcome all odds.

 

“There is a faint dream-like quality to this book, a metaphoric attribute as it deals with themes of friendship, loss, violence, courage, greed, innocence, selfishness and love. It is an adventure, an allegory, a bittersweet fantasy filled with subtle meaning and depth that never loses its appeal. GoneAway Into the Land is a captivating book with a creative narrative that quietly lures a reader into an original world that is fully realized and thoroughly absorbing. It transcends into a superb piece of fiction, and I recommend it highly.” – A.F. Stewart, author

 

Born: New Bedford, Massachusetts, 1953.

Jeffrey B. Allen graduated High School from Central Bucks East in Doylestown, Pennsylvania. It was 1972.

He studied art at Bloomsburg University for two years before attending Boston University where he majored in European history and minored in set design and fine art. A one year hiatus in the form of a hitchhiking trip helped appease his restless and inquisitive nature. Allen attributes that early journey to laying the foundations for his strong views on politics and religion. Later, he traveled through Europe and Mexico forming some strong opinions concerning the relationship between history, politics and religion. “Those years of learning, searching, and questioning have contributed greatly to the philosophical depth of my writing.”

Allen graduated from Millersville State University in architectural design and taught for two years while also working toward his Masters Degree at Temple University in Philadelphia. After a brief teaching career, he created his own architectural woodworking firm in 1981.

By 1982, Allen was owner and president of Artistic Furnishings Incorporated, a design house and a manufacturer of custom architectural millwork. The company employed designers, artisans and support staff. His work can be seen throughout eastern Pennsylvania, New York, and New Jersey in private residences and businesses. During those years he traveled at home and abroad and studied the architectural works, both classical and modern, within every city he visited. “The inventiveness of the architect and the genius of the structural engineer always amazed me; so many of the nuances of history can be discovered within the architecture of civilized man.”

In 1996 Allen received his fifty-ton US Coastguard captain’s license and followed that with extensive sailing adventures and chartered voyages. In 2006 Allen received the Holt Businessman-of-the-Year award. In 2007 Allen sold his architectural woodworking business and soon after published his first Novel, GoneAway Into the Land. He writes as the Interior Design Specialist for the Lehigh Valley Examiner and contributes articles as an expert author for publication through Ezine Articles and other internet sites. Allen is currently working with a new publisher and expects his second novel, Beneath the Quarry Waters, to be published in early 2010.

Today, Jeffrey Allen resides in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania where he consults in the field of interior space planning, although most of his time is devoted to writing. 

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Innovative Author Michael Robert Dyet Takes His Novel Until The Deep Water Stills to A New Level

October 11, 2009 at 4:35 pm (love, romance, Suspense Novels) (, , , , , , , , , , )


UDWS_book cover_LoRezFor Katherine Orr the words “I love you” are not enough. Only a demonstrative expression of her husband Jayce’s love can rescue their relationship. But Jayce’s personal demons prevent him from giving her this even though he knows that she is all that stands between him and a descent into chaos. Simultaneously, Bryan struggles to repair the breach of love in his life caused by the death of his daughter. But his wife, Jayce’s sister, grows ever more distant. Charismatic social activist Faith, who longs for love but fears she will lose herself in it, unwittingly becomes the catalyst for change in the lives of all four characters. The paths of these four converge toward a tragic event as each struggles to decipher the intricacies of love lost and love found. Each discovers in their own way that love is the living core of human existence and that how we love defines who we are. Until the Deep Water Stills weaves together memorable characters with a tightening web of external events. It ranges from lyrical to provocative in its narrative technique and from introspective to universal it its message. Metaphors weave throughout the narrative creating a layered and rich reading experience.

 

INNOVATIVE INTERNET-ENHANCED NOVEL FORMAT

 

Each chapter in the print novel has a corresponding entry on the companion website where readers can choose to expand their experience of the novel. The website offers secondary plot lines not found in the print novel as the characters find themselves with an actual online identity:

 

  • Katherine’s Photo Journal (text & photographs)
  • Jayce’s Diary (text & audio recordings)
  • Bryan’s Blog (under a pseudonym)
  • Faith’s Letters to Her Runaway Mother (text & audio recordings)

 

The reader can approach the book three ways: 1) Read the print novel only as it can stand on its own,  2) Alternate between the print novel and the website chapter by chapter,  3) Read the print novel first and then experience the website.

Novel Companion Website          www.mdyetmetaphor.com/blog

 

UNTIL THE DEEP WATER STILLS

An Internet-Enhanced Novel

By Michael Robert Dyet

 

Format                                               Innovative fusion of a print novel with a

                                                            companion website featuring text, imagery

                                                            and professional audio recordings

Genre                                                 Literary fiction

Author Name                                   Michael Robert Dyet

Publication Date                             March 2009

ISBN                                                  978-0-9811995-0-4

Publisher                                          Self-published. Distribution services contracted

                                                                  from Ardith Publishing, London, Ontario.

Available From                                www.amazon.ca

                                                                    www.amazon.com

                                                            www.canadabooksonline.com

Author Website                               www.mdyetmetaphor.com

Novel Companion Website          www.mdyetmetaphor.com/blog

 

MichaelA_LowResABOUT THE AUTHOR

 

Michael Robert Dyet holds an Honours B.A., summa cum laude, in Creative Writing from York University and an Honours Diploma in Applied Communications from Seneca College. Michael is an active member of the Canadian Authors Association and the Writers and Editors Network (WEN).

 

Michael was a featured author at the Stellar Literary Festival in Oshawa, Ontario June 13 – 14, 2009 where he did a reading from his novel.

 

Michael’s professional writing experience spans journalism to marketing copywriting. He is currently employed as a Marketing Specialist for IAPA – a not-for-profit workplace health and safety association in Mississauga, Ontario.

 

Michael lives in Brampton, Ontario.

 

WEB SITE

mdyetmetaphor.com

 

MICHAEL’S BLOG

Metaphors of Life Journal aka Things That Make Me Go Hmmm

mdyetmetaphor.com/blog2

 

E-MAIL

michael@mdyetmetaphor.com

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Dream Catcher, Failure Was Never An Option and Brilliant Insanity are Both on Amazon Kindle’s Best Seller List

September 30, 2009 at 9:42 pm (Biographies, Books by Yvonne Mason, children, Crime Novels, mystery, Self Help, Suspense Novels) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )


Front Cover newEditorial Reviews Product Description Marion Lewis Reinhart, an androgynous serial killer, has five days to live before he is put to death by lethal injection. Due to the severity and mysterious nature of his crimes, he has been given permission to tell the world his side of the story. Not the story told in court, the real story. Reinhart has his own agenda. He believes he was justified in his quest for terrible retribution and he wants to share his truth. His web of lies, twisted facts, and narcissistic story telling hides a truth more shocking than any of his murders. ——————————————————————————– Product Details Format: Kindle Edition File Size: 201 KB Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited Publisher: Kerlak Publishing; 1st,Unabridged edition edition (October 1, 2008) Sold by: Amazon Digital Services Language: English ASIN: B00267SWG4 Average Customer Review: 5 Reviews 5 star: (5) 4 star: (0) 3 star: (0) 2 star: (0) 1 star: (0) › See all 5 customer reviews… 5.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (5 customer reviews) Amazon.com Sales Rank: #114,672 in Kindle Store (See Bestsellers in Kindle Store) Popular in this category: (What’s this?)

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Dream Catcher, Failure Was Never An Option – Review By Fran Lewis, Author

September 13, 2009 at 11:36 pm (Books by Yvonne Mason, children, health, Self Help, When Fates Collide, Andrea Dean Van Scoyoc, Tangled Minds, Yvonne Mason, Suspense, Drama, Murder, Serial Killer, Tampa, Key West, Fantasy Fest, Mallory Square, Brilliant Insanity, Dream Catcher Failur) (, , , , , , , , , )


Dream Catcher new Cover for KindleDream Catcher by Yvonne Mason

A story of triumph, love, persistence, endurance and more

There is no such thing as a child who cannot learn. There is no reason why anyone should be shunned or considered an outcast because he or she is challenged academically or in any other way. But, for a child to succeed he or she needs the support, guidance and love of a family. In this story you will meet a remarkable and unique family who not only proved the unimaginable and the unthinkable about a special young man, but engaged the help and love of friends too. Born with a serious illness, Yvonne Mason’s brother Stan proved beyond a shadow of doubt that he was going to show the world that he is here and that he will definitely succeed.

Not able to speak, not able to walk, and not able to do the things that other kids could do at first, he taught himself how to maneuver and crawl when faced with a challenge before the age of one. Born with 2 clubfeet and faced with wearing heavy plaster casts on his feet, Stan, Yvonne’s brother learned to overcome this and managed to move around. But, that is not all, with the help of his brother Barry, sister Yvonne and lots of friends and cousins he managed to learn to walk, take care of his own physical needs, attend school, graduate High School, help play practical jokes with his sister and cousins, take a bus to his Work Training Program and much more. But, what he had to learn after all of this is not much different from what we had to learn: Lessons of Life and Lessons of bigotry and prejudice not only toward people of different color or races but toward people who are different. Stan learned that not everyone is who he or she appears to be. Stan soon learns people can be cruel and underhanded. People take advantage of you when they think you are less knowledgeable than them. This holds for everyone, not just Stan.

His love of bowling, the first time he went to an Atlanta Braves game and his courage to forge ahead against all adversity makes you wonder why young people today give up so fast and try and take the easy way out.

Stan is truly a person to be admired. Nominated for the Toby Nobis award, which recognizes business, and employees who are challenged helped to give him a sense of pride but to his family too. Although he did not win this did not deter him. This was a man who was not supposed to be able “to do the simple things in life. How amazing the brain works,” as the author puts aptly puts it. Where others would whine and complain when Stan was faced with a problem he would handle it head on.

Flying by himself, dealing with a broken television set and adversity at work, he is truly an inspiration for all those who take defeat so easily and readily. Imagine trying to explain to someone the difference between 9-pin bowling and the regular method. As a bowler I do know the difference and when Yvonne describes the incident where Stan was trying to explain why he and his knew friend Lisa changed to a different bowling alley I remembered my brother trying to teach me to bowl without toppling over and throwing my arm cross alley. This story brought back some great memories. But, some lessons are difficult to learn and this time when Lisa proved herself to be a user and conniver his mother stepped in and thwarted Lisa’s scam. Others do not only learn by those who are challenged but these lessons of life too. You can never be too careful when it comes to lending money to a friend, especially when it appears that money is a primary reason for the friendship.

With their Abbot and Costello routines and their many funny high jinks Yvonne, Stan her mother and her family learned that you could do anything if you want to and don’t ever give up.

Everyone looks up to their parents and wants to emulate or follow in their footsteps. Stan loved his father and spending quality time with him and imitating some of his mannerisms and daily routines cemented their bond even more.

You need to read the last chapter written by Yvonne’s mother and presented at West Georgia for everyone to hear. Yvonne’s mother is truly amazing and someone who did what most mother’s should do but might not have the wherewithal or the stamina to do: SHE WOULD NOT ACCEPT FAILURE AS AN OPTION!

Stan is an example of what people must do in order to be happy. He accepted who he is and what his limitations and capabilities are. He would not blame the world for his problems and accepts people for who they are not bigoted or prejudice or hurtful to anyone.

Stan: I have a nephew that was born deaf. No one knew this until he was about a year old. The doctors told his mother and father he would never stand, sit up, walk, and drive a car or more. Then, he entered Lexington School for the Deaf and his mother and father would not let this diagnosis hamper him. He is now the father of a beautiful little girl and a web designer for a major hotel chain and more. Never give up on who you are. Never think that just because a doctor says it that it is written in stone.

Your influence on others will remain in their hearts and mind just by reading your story now and forever. Educators need to follow the example of those who cared enough about Stan and her caring enough to help him learn to read, speak and more. For those educators who teach Special Education you need to remember that kids learn at their own pace and as with Stan they will often surprise you and overcome insurmountable odds. Never give up and never say never. 

You need to read this book and give it to every educator, doctor and parent to know that knowledge if powerful and love and family can help you through anything. Stan’s life is message to all of us that everyone can succeed no matter what if they want to.

This book deserves more than just five stars. Fran Lewis: reviewer

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Author D.C Jennings Proves Blood is “Thicker Than Water”

September 7, 2009 at 4:09 pm (Uncategorized) (, , , , , , , , , )


D.C. Jennings, Author
Contemporary Fiction with a Conscience
www.dawnjennings.com

Thicker Than Water
Set in the hills of southern Missouri, a family’s private dilemma is made public when, after fifteen years of estrangement, a son learns that his father has been falsely accused of abandoning both him and his incapacitated mother following divorce. Raised to loathe the man who left them, Cody is stunned to hear his mother admit that it was she who instigated the divorce, she who had asked that his father leave his home and everything he loved behind.

Cecily had her reasons. Valid ones, or so the bed-bound woman believes until Cody’s hatred is suddenly directed at her. Hurt by what he views as a betrayal, shocked by her duplicity, Cody reluctantly turns to his father for the truth…

Links:

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1440411166
https://www.createspace.com/3353634

DC. JenningsAuthor Bio:

D.C. Jennings loves a good story. So much so that she walked away from a career as a licensed optician to pursue publishing her dreams. An avid reader of romance, this happily married mother of five spends her free time reading, traveling, cooking and caring for the animals that live on her Northern Missouri farm.

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Dream Catcher, Failure was Never an Option on the Best Seller List

August 29, 2009 at 8:22 pm (Books by Yvonne Mason) (, , , , , , , , , , , , )


Dream Catcher new Cover for KindleDream Catcher Failure was Never An Option is number 5 on the best seller list for Kindle under siblings. I now have three of my books on the best seller list. Check it out. Dream Catcher is a book to live by.

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Why Me? Why Her? Why Anyone?

August 19, 2009 at 2:00 am (Biographies, Uncategorized) (, , , , , , , , )


Fran Lewis bookSynopsis of WHY ME? WHY HER? WHY ANYONE?

Author: Fran Lewis

     

The purpose of this book is to make people aware of the need for a cure for Alzheimer’s. This deadly disease has no cure and has taken too many lives in the 103 years since Dr. Alzheimer’s discovered it. I have written stories in my mom’s own words, poems about her and the way the disease treats people and how humiliating it is for the person to live with this and not be able to control what is happening to them. I have included dedications by family and friends to my mom and to loved ones in order to honor them or remember them.

 

The book includes my mom’s own blog and words that tell her story from the beginning until now. I even included a research section and caregiver tips to help people with families who need to get the care and the help for loved ones. I have included the types of care that people might need and at what stages these types of care might be needed. Included in this book are the questions to ask your doctor and how to tell family members when you are diagnosed with the illness and how to deal with living arrangements.

 

I also included in this book which I think is vital the types of legal documents needed by a person with this illness and the importance of having a health proxy, power of attorney and either will or a legal document specifying how this person wants his/her money and affairs handled as the disease progresses. In my mom’s case she made me promise never to put her in a facility. She wants to remain at home as long as the home health aides feel they can care for her.

 

Finally, I have included some up to date research that is going on to help find a cure for the disease along with telephone numbers and websites to learn more about this illness.

 

The book will tell about important events in her life but it is not a biography. The main purpose is to write not only about her but about other people with the disease too and to hopefully use the book as another resource for information.

     

The approximate word count is between 40 and 45 thousand words.

 

Description of Why Me, Why Her, Why Anyone?

 

The Story Of One Woman’s Journey With Alzheimer’s Disease

 

Ruth Swerdloff’s Gripping and Heart Wrenching Words

   

The purpose of this book is to create more awareness for a cure for this horrific disease that not only tears away at all of the layers of a person’s mind but rips away any dignity they might have..  Alzheimer’s is not curable. There are no real medications to slow down what will happen to a person. My mom is on two and neither one has slowed down the progression of the disease nor have they reversed it.

 

I have learned in the past five years that there are many important things that everyone should know about getting the care for their loved one or themselves before the disease finally takes over and you cannot make these decisions for yourself.

 

The book will have my mom’s story, her blog from the day she found out she had this disease and stories in her own words. It will have tips for caregivers, like myself to learn how to help the person, what medical services are available and how to get them. The book has information on the stages of the disease, what legal documents need to be filed and prepared and what types of care is available for the person. It has dedications from family members and short anecdotes about memories about times they spent with her and more.

   

The audience that I am targeting is everyone. I think young children; young adults and all adults need to have a full understanding of this disease and how it affects everyone in the family. It can destroy relationships and it does put stress both mentally and physically on the person who has taken on the role of caregiver. The book has information to help the caregiver deal with this stress and take care of him or herself.

   

Rather than have a table of contents and list chapters, I have organized each section of this book into parts. The first part will be the introduction, the second Why Me? the third Why Her, and the Fourth Anyone? Part Two will include the stages and the things you need to ask your doctor and a guide to questions you need to ask when you find out you have this illness. The next section will have dedications and from people around the world who have family members who had the disease or have it now.

 

Finally, I have included information that I feel everyone needs to have about the illness and some history about its founder. The final pages are pictures of my mom and her family.

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Misdemeanors & Felonies by Jerry Pat Bolton

August 7, 2009 at 11:04 pm (Uncategorized) (, , , , , , )


 

Misemeanors & FeloniesMisdemeanors & Felonies: A Memoir

 

ISBN: 978-0-615-19501-8

 

There comes a time in some men’s lives that it is “fess up” time. That time for me is now. Candence, Patricia and Nick, my children, need to know a little about their father who was not there for them while they were growing up. This, sadly, is all I have to give them now. My chance at showering them with love and support and all that goes with being a father is long past due and sadly, sadly lacking. I can only give them my words. This 349 page book is for them. If no one else reads it, it does not matter, this book is for them. Oh, I hope others might want to delve into the sins of one man who was raised with 1950’s values and busted into the 1960’s and 70’s with a gusto for all the forbidden there was to savor, and there was much to savor.

 

Buy here . . .

 

http://www.lulu.com/content/paperback-book/misdemeanors-felonies-a-memoir/1760506

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She Cries in The Dark by Debi DeSantis

August 4, 2009 at 1:55 am (Uncategorized) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )


She Cries in the DarkShe Cries in the DarkIs a novel of courage and hope, friends and family come together and embrace not only the gift of life, but the unfortunate death of loved ones. This story captures one woman’s heroic journey as she falls victim to the demons associated with not only losing her precious child but her beloved husband as well, only to find herself searching desperately for a way out of the darkness. Shocking surprises and unexpected twists force Maci to selfishly survive in a world that is no longer hers… throwing her into an unfamiliar existence plagued with alcohol abuse. Sadly, Maci’s little girl is forced to cope through the loss and grief by herself which almost proves fatal.

Thankful for a friendship that develops with a compassionate doctor who has also experienced his own loss, Maci leans on him as her life shatters into a million pieces. Fortunately, a powerful force brings the two strangers together, leaving them to discover the true meaning of friendship and undying love. The extraordinary journey that this young mother’s life is about to begin, offers her a second chance at a future she could only have imagined…giving her lost soul the direction she has been searching for, along with the possibility for healing and redemption. At long last she would be able to move forward with a new chapter in her life, and bring to an end the old one, only to find out that life changing secrets could end up being a blessing in disguise.

 
book is available at

www.lulu.com my website www.debidesantis.com   

 

Debi DeSantisDebi DeSantis Author and the best Book Cover Designer in the business

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