Monday, April 30, 2012

Dan Romain - The Quaker State Affair - Guest Post



About the Book

What happens when “some day” finally arrives?

A mysterious explosion in Taiwan. Nuclear secrets stolen from Los Alamos. China’s manifest destiny at hand.

In the near future, America and China go head-to-head in a battle of technological bluffs, setting in motion a chain of events that could lead to skyrocketing oil prices, the end of the dollar, the American way of life, and the republic itself. The only man who might have an answer in the midst of the international crisis is Patrick “Mac” McDaniels, a world-renowned physicist who wants nothing to do with the government. Has he been conducting revolutionary energy research in secret? And if so, will McDaniels be America’s salvation—or its ruin?


Guest Post

When writing The Quaker State Affair, I realized that Americans have grown numb from all the buzz killing news thrust upon them every day. All of us are suffering from chronic media "TMI." As a result, we’ve become desensitized at precisely that moment in time when our perspectives need to be challenged.

So, I endeavored to write this book to be an enjoyable read notwithstanding the fact that all hell breaks loose. And, from the various books reviews we’ve enjoyed, I guess that I managed to do just that. I hope you enjoy the book and I’d love to hear from you.

The world revolves around the drill bit and yet, man has passed the point where we pump more black, unctuous goo (oil) today than we did yesterday. This comes at a time when our oil appetite continues to grow exponentially. Just imagine 1.3 billion Chinese with average incomes in 2035 equal to American incomes today (fact).

The problem is that oil is priced in US dollars and those greenbacks are losing their buying power at an unparalleled rate. Meanwhile, a worldwide movement is afoot to replace the US dollar as the sole currency used to purchase oil. When, not if, that occurs, life as we know it will turn to pooh. This book is about such a moment in time, sans the buzz kill, of course.

Compounding the geopolitical problem is an emerging China with serious structural and cultural issues that they will not be able to suppress for much longer. Their economy is riddled with corruption, unofficially high levels of inflation and political unrest arising out of the enlightenment of its people. Socio-economic tensions in China are real. Its rural population is depopulating at a time when Chinese need evermore from those migrating farmers. Pollution in China is out of control. They thirst for oil. Their imports are growing faster than their exports. The overall trade surplus of China has fallen 34 percent since 2009. America, China’s favorite buyer, is dead, flat, irritably broke. That’s a problem if your job is to centrally plan the world’s second largest economy.

Amidst all the turmoil, China is amassing a naval armada unequaled in man’s history. It uniforms over one million men and trains them at a pre-war frenzy. For what?

If one could construct a financial balance sheet to depict the world’s economic “net worth”, that image would paint a dire picture. The world’s sovereign paper-based currencies and the countries that print them are bankrupt. The corresponding Credit Default Swap redemptions would collapse the financial systems if that realization ever took hold. This, then, is a tale about all such things coming to a point in time when a seemingly harmless event pushes the inevitable into motion and sets upon the landscape a hundred years of backdrop that unfolds "overnight." It’s a story of intrigue, tragedy and hope.

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The Quaker State Affair can be purchased at:
Amazon
Barnes&Noble.com
MyBookOrders.com

Hardcover
Publisher: Two Harbors Press
Price: $22.95
ISBN: 9781937293406
Pages: 375
Release: November 1, 2011


About the Author

Dan Romain is a nationally recognized business consultant who built one of the most successful insurance firms in the country. A graduate of the University of Washington with a bachelor’s degree in economics and a member of the Omicron Delta Epsilon International Economics Society, he currently resides in Seattle, Washington, with his wife, Lori, their two children, Danielle and Brian, and their black Labrador, Kona. He has been widely credited as one of the few who accurately predicted the economic melt down.

http://www.thequakerstateaffair.com/

The Kingdom on the Edge Of Reality by Gahan Hanmer Review



About the Book

Sometimes it's funny how fast things can change, and sometimes it's not...

Welcome to Albert Keane's beautifully designed medieval kingdom nestled in a completely isolated river valley in the Canadian wilderness. Peaceful, happy, and prosperous, it takes nothing from the modern world, not so much as a single clock.

There is a castle, of course, and a monastery. There is even a pitch dark, rat-infested dungeon - because you simply have to have one if you are trying to rule a feudal kingdom!

Farmers work the land, artisans ply their trades, monks keep school and visit the sick, and nobody (well, almost nobody) misses the modern world at all.

So why has Jack Darcey - actor, wanderer, ex-competitive fencer - been tricked and seduced into paying a visit? And why hasn't anyone told him that the only way to leave is a perilous trek across hundreds of miles of trackless wilderness without a compass or a map?

Because a tide of fear and violence is rising from the twisted ambitions of one of King Albert's nobles, and Albert's fortune teller believes that Jack could turn the tide - if he lives long enough ...


My Review

Jack is down on his luck and is transported by his old time very wealthy friend, Albert Keane into a medieval world, which he created and truly wants Jack to be part of it. At first, he doesn't know why he wants him there in the first place and I wondered myself who would want to go back living in such crude and dangerous times. Jack decides to try it out and see if it suits him. The land is worked by farmers and the trades by artisans.

He learns some surprises while he is trying to adjust to the new rules. The only way out is a long trek across hundreds of miles of wilderness, it sort of reminded me of the long and dangerous journey in the Lord Of The Rings. Will Jack get used to living there? It is filled with action and excitement and is set apart from the real world. A different kind of read, which I thought to be way out there like in a fairy tale atmosphere.

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The Kingdom on the Edge of Reality can be purchased at: MyBookOrders.com

eBook
Kindle
- $7.99
Nook - $7.99
MyBookOrders.com - $7.99

Print
Publisher: Two Harbors Press
Price: $22.95 hardcover
$14.95 paperback
ISBN: 9781937293642
Pages: 360
Release: April 2, 2012

About the Author

Gahan Hanmer enjoyed a colorful career in the theater as actor, director, designer and technician, and also wandered extensively searching for love, happiness and truth. He unintentionally became a grown-up raising two beloved daughters and now lives in the high chaparral desert of California.

In describing his book, Hanmer says, "The Kingdom on the Edge of Reality has the shape of a fantasy (small kingdom set aside in time and space, saintly king, evil duke, prophecy, unlikely hero), the book is about a real kingdom set up in the present day by a wealthy eccentric in the Canadian wilderness; there is no magic, no bizarre weapons or fantastic creatures. Everything that takes place is the story is possible and plausible. It's not a fantasy. Among other things its a serious book about the human predicament and lies across several genres, or maybe falls through the cracks between several genres, and that's what makes it unique."

http://www.thekingdomontheedgeofreality.com/

Mailbox Monday

Mailbox Monday


I didn't receive any physical books in the mail but was reading the e-book : The Kingdom On The Edge Of Reality   by Gahan Hanmer

What did you receive in your mailbox?

Friday, April 27, 2012

The Office

The Office

Last night on the Office, found the staff at a "Fundraiser" for Angela's husband, who is a Senator. Andy shows up unexpectedly after being fired and just can't get over it. Dwight ends up having to donate $30,000 after mis-interpretating the silent auction. There were good and bad funny parts in the show, I hope it picks up in the future.

Feature&Follow

Feature&Follow

Q:  Have you had a character that disappointed you? One that you fell in love with and then"broke up" with later on in either the series or a stand-alone Book? Tell us about him or her.

I have to say the last series I read The Hunger Games, Katnis, I am over the excitement of the story and character.

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Buster - The Shih-tzu pup

Buster   -  The Shih-Tzu Pup

I thought I would keep you posted on Buster's happenings. He really enjoys when my niece brings her two boys over  for a visit. Their ages are 4 and 6. He really loves to run around with them, he gets so excited. It's an amazing combination of children and animals. When their visit is over, Buster retreats for a rest, he's had enough exercise for the day.

Booking Through Thursday

Booking Through Thursday

Q:  Has a book ever inspired you to change anything in your life, fiction or non-fiction alike?

So far I haven't come across a book that has changed anything in my life.Maybe think a little harder about certain subjects.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Dancing With The Stars Elimination

Dancing With The Stars        Elimination

Last night Tristan and Gladys were eliminated after the dance duel with Roshon, they danced the jive. It almost didn't seem fair to see the match-up, but that's what the bottom two had to do. It was a shame to see them go after weeks of watching them. Gladys "out - pipped" them all as Tom Bergeron remarked.Stay tuned.


Waiting On Wednesday

Waiting On Wednesday

Today's pre-publication (can't -wait-to -read) selection is:

The Unseen     by Katherine Webb

Release Date: 5-22-12    Orion Books Limited      413 pgs.

The unseen, is as gripping, thrilling, and unforgettable as her first. In this compelling story of love, deception, obsession, and illusion, the arrival of two dangerous strangers in a small village in England in the early 1900's disrupts the quiet lives of a vicar with a fascination with spiritualism and his naive young wife, and ultimately leads to murder.

Wondrous Words Wednesday

Wondrous Words Wednesday

My words today are taken from:  In The Shadow of the Banyan   by Vaddey Ratner


Reamker- is a Cambodian epic poem, based on the sanskrits Ramayana epic. The name means "story of Ramah".It adapts the Hindu ideas to Buddhist themes.

Tevoda- is a temple at Angkor, Cambodia.

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Spectral by Shannon Duffy Review- Post

Spectral   by Shannon Duffy       Review- Post

Jewel Rose was an ordinary young girl, who was constantly moving all the time. She was told by her parents that they were under a witness protection program and couldn't keep the same names wherever they went. She was told by her parents this would soon becoming to an end. As her 17 th birthday approached, there was something ominous about it. Little did she know she was to become the "Spectral" a girl with the most powers of any witch. It gets really exciting as she tries to hide away from the other covens who want these powers. Many surprising secrets are revealed to her as she makes this journey to become "Spectral". I found this to be a fast paced moving story, which totally holds your interest.

Teaser Tuesday

Tuesday Tuesday

My teaser today comes from the book, which I am still reading.

The Shoemaker's Wife   By Adriana Trigiani

Ciro closed the missal. "The sisters of San Nicola, my brother, and the world conspire to turn me into a good catholic.To all of you, I say, good luck."  pg. 115.

Monday, April 23, 2012

The Hunger Games      The Movie


After reading the Hunger Games Series, I was anxiously awaiting to see how the movie would be cast.
As the characters came to life in their roles, I enjoyed it very much. The movie was very much according to the book and moved along very well. I especially enjoyed Woody Harrelson as Haymitch, he was good in that role. I would recommend seeing the movie, if you are enjoying the series.

Mailbox Monday

Mailbox Monday

This week I'm catching up on my reading pile, nothing in my physical mailbox.

Still reading:
The Shoemaker's Wife
Spectral ( e-book)

What was in your mailbox?

Friday, April 20, 2012

Feature&Follow

Feature&Follow

Q: Fight! fight! If you could have 2 fictional characters battle it out ( preferably from books ), who would they be and who do you think would win?

My choice would be Gollum from The Lord Of The Rings, and Lord Voldemort from Harry Potter.

I think if Gollum put the ring on Lord Voldemort wouldn't see him coming and win.

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Ghost Hunters 4-18-12 Show

Ghost Hunters   TAPS

Last night on Ghost Hunters, the taps team investigated the U.S. Naval Institute in Annapolis Md., regarding claims attributed to a ghostly marine. Years ago it was believed that a suicide was committed and the ghost of this marine was still haunting there. Some sounds were heard on the evidence tapes but no spirit was seen as reported. This was also one of Grant's final investigations.

The Bookie's Son by Andrew Goldstein Post

The Bookie's Son     by Andrew Goldstein        Post

This story take place in the Bronx in the 1960's. It revolves around a Jewish family who has to help pay a debt owed by the father to a gangster because of his bookmaking. The mother, Pearl, is a real character, who plots to raise the money by embezzlement. Ricky. the son, has to take over his father's bookie business or else. This family has to decide at what price they will have to make sacrifices for each other. I found it to be  a fast paced and interesting story.

Booking Through Thursday

Booking Through Thursday

Q:  What are your literary "pet peeves"?

Too many characters in a story , that it is hard keeping up with them.
Unnecessary swearing.
A bad ending.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Wondrous Words Wednesday

Wondrous Words Wednesday

These words are taken from: Words That Make You Sound Smarter

1. Equanimity (n.) Mental or emotional stability or composure, especially under tension or strain.

2. Idiosyncratic (n.) A characteristic, habit, mannerism, or the like, that is peculiar to an individual.

3. Hedonist (n.) A person whose life is devoted to the pursuit of pleasure and self- gratification.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Do No Harm By Cliff Bacchus, M.D. Post

Do No Harm  by Cliff Bacchus  M. D.            Post


This is a thriller about Dr. Al Chandler, whose reputation as an advocate for health care reform is growing in leaps and bounds. He is a very charming man, who believes his life couldn't get much better, until he meets the beautiful Pandora Coltman. She convinces him to go to a tropical paradise in the Bahamas to be an emergency room doctor.Pandora turns up dead and Dr. Chandler has to wonder  if he will be a target to. It's a thrilling read as many dangerous secrets are revealed.

Dancing With The Stars

Dancing With The Stars

Last night on DWTS, Latin dances were featured, including Sambas, Argentine Tangos, and Salsas. Melissa Gilbert returned after her injury last week and was told her salsa needed more control. Katherine and Derek got 29 pts.and they were told that their tango was like"poetry in motion". William and Cheryl also got the high score of 29 pts. for their sultry Argentine tango. Sorry to say Gavin DeGraw got the lowest score of the night. Stay tuned.

Teaser Tuesday

Teaser Tuesday

My teaser today comes from the book  Growing Up Psychic  by Chip Coffey

"Can I learn to be more psychic?" "I had abilities as a child, but I shut them out. Can I get those abilities Back?" Those are questions I've been asked thousands of times, my response is always "maybe", because there are no guarantees or absolutes in the world of psychic phenomena.  Pg. 25

Monday, April 16, 2012

Titanic In 3-D



Over the week-end I experienced seeing Titanic again after about 15 years. It was great the first time and even greater seeing it again. Leonardo looked so young and Kate looked great. The story of them in it is just amazing. The tragedy of it still seems unbelievable and it seems hard to believe it was 100 years ago. It still captures the audience in it's never forgotten struggle for the people who survived and the many who died in those frozen waters. It truly is a reminder that nothing is for certain, a great movie.

Mailbox Monday


This week I was given Growing Up Psychic by Chip Coffey to read, and I am currently reading Spectral by Shannon Duffy and trying to finish up The Shoemaker's Wife by Adriana Trigiani.

Friday, April 13, 2012

Feature & Follow

Feature & Follow

Q:  What is one book that you would be nervous to see a movie adaptation of because you think the movie could never live up to the book?

The only one I could think of right now is The Shoemaker's Daughter, a lot would have to be left out and it would ruin the story.

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Ghost Hunters TAPS

Ghost Hunters   TAPS

Last night began the first in the last of Grant's investigations on Ghost Hunters. The one I watched was called Frighternity, an old fraternity house that was being haunted.A girl died years ago , when she fell down a flight of stairs and everyone avoided the staircase. Claims of mysterious noises were heard in the attic also,a bedroom door was also slammed.But at the end of the investigation, they were told that nothing would threaten them.An interesting case.

Booking Through Thursday

Booking Through Thursday

Q:  What book took you the longest to read, and do you feel it was the content or just the length that made it so?

I would have to say Little Women, I read it when I was about ten & it seemed to me at that time a very long book to read. But I really liked the story.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Waiting On Wednesday

Waiting On Wednesday

This week's pre-publication (can't wait to read selection) is:

Knee Deep    By Jolene B. Perry  (e-book)     Publication date: 5-1-12    Publisher: Tribute Books

Shawn is the guy Ronnie Bird promised her life to at the age of fourteen. He's her soul mate. He's more uptight everyday, but it's not his fault. His family life is stressful, and she's adding to it. She needs to be more understanding, and he'll start to be the boy she fell in love with. She won't give up on someone she's loved for so long.

Wondrous Words Wednesday

Wondrous Words Wednesday

My words today are from : The top most difficult SAT words.

1. Vituperate- To berate(v.)   (Jack ran away as soon as his father found out, knowing he would be vituperated for his unseemly behavior.

2. Upbraid- (v.) to criticize or scold severely. (The last thing Lindsay wanted was for Lisa to upbraid her again about the missing rent payment.

3. Salient- (adj.) significant, conspicuous (One of the salient differences between Alison & Nancy is that Alison is a foot taller.)

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

TheThe Solitary House By Lynn Shepherd Post - Review

The Solitary House  by Lynn Shepherd     Post- Review

This story takes place in London and the year is 1850. Charles Maddox, who's career was ended due to insubordination, is now out on his own trying to make a living. He is given a case by a feared attorney and starts out thinking it is a simple case, but it turns out to be much more than he had anticipated. It's very dark and escalates even to a darker place. This is an ingenious novel, set in a time when unraveling a dark mystery almost seems impossible. I liked the suspense and graphic nature very intriguing.

Night Sky by Jolene Perry Post

Night Sky  by Jolene Perry     Post

After losing Sarah, the friend he's loved, to some other guy, Jameson meets Sky. her native American roots, fluid movements and need for brutal honesty become addictive.

Teaser Tuesday

Teaser Tuesday

My teaser is taken from The Shoemaker's Wife  by Adriana Trigiani

"If you behave and say your prayers, I don't think you'll have any trouble." Sister Domenica stood in the doorway of the kitchen with Caterina.  pg 13.

Happy Book Birthday to SPECTRAL

happy birthday butterfly glitter

Celebrate Spectral's April 10th release day, by following the kick-off to the blog tour or purchasing a copy at these links:

Kindle - $2.99
Nook - $4.95
Google - $3.79
Smashwords - $4.99
PDF - $4.95

Convinced she’s a part of the witness protection program, sixteen-year-old Jewel Rose is shuffled around the globe with her family like a pack of traveling gypsies. After arriving at lucky home twenty-seven, she stumbles upon a mysterious boy with magical powers claiming to be her guardian . . . and warning of imminent danger. Despite the obvious sparks between them, Jewel discovers a relationship is forbidden, and the more she learns about dark, brooding Roman, she begins to question who she can even believe — the family who raised her, or the supposed sworn protector who claims they’ve been lying to her all along.

As she struggles to uncover who her family has really been running from, she is forced to hide her birthmark that reveals who she is. With new realities surfacing, unexplained powers appearing, and two tempting boys vying for her heart, Jewel battles to learn who she can trust in an ever growing sea of lies, hoping she’ll make it through her seventeenth birthday alive.

Monday, April 9, 2012

The Killing tv series post

The Killing   TV Series     Post

I started to watch The Killing again last night.Mitch thinks she sees her daughter Rosie on the side of the road, hitchhiking. But she is still working on her sanity due to her daughter's death. Linden confronted Holder and wanted the real backpack of Rosie's back. So much going on, till then a lot of speculation and conversation.

Mailbox Monday

Mailbox Monday

This past week I didn't receive any physical books in the mail, but I'm glad to catch up on my reading.

I am finishing up Solitary House  by Lynn Shepherd, and I'm eagerly waiting to start The Shoemaker's Wife by Adriana Trigiani.

What's in your mailbox?

Spectral by Shannon Duffy

Spectral  By Shannon Duffy      Post

Convinced she's part of the witness protection program sixteen year old Jewel Rose is shuffled around the globe with her family like a pack of traveling gypsies. After arriving at lucky home 27, she stumbles upon a mysterious boy with magical powers.

Friday, April 6, 2012

Feature & Follow

Feature & Follow

Q:  Have you ever bought a book because of a bad review?

No, sometimes like anything else, that might be one person's opinion, you might think differently about it.

The Priest And The Peaches by Larry Peterson Post

The Priest and the Peaches    by Larry Peterson       Post

This is a sweet wonderful story about faith, trust, family and friendship. When the Peach kid's dad passes away unexpectedly, the five children are left orphaned and stunned.

Thursday, April 5, 2012

The Voice post

The Voice      Post

Last night on the The Voice , the finalists were really terrific they gave it their all and it showed. Naturally, everyone has their favorites and mine is Chris, his voice is huge and I saw him as the winnner when he first sang. The others are great but to me he stands out. He is on Christina Aguilera's team.

Booking Through Thursday

Booking Through Thursday

If someone asked you for a book recommendation, what is the first book you'd think to recommend (without extra thought)?

If someone asked you for a book recommendation, what is the first book you'd think to recommend (without extra thought)?

I would recommend : Until Next Time    by Amy Lignor

How does a girl choose between the one who steals her heart and the one who owns her soul.

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Waiting On Wednesday

Waiting On Wednesday

My pre-publication selection this week is:

The Proposal     by Mary Balogh       Amazon pub.      Release Date: 5-1-12

Gwendoline, Lady Muir, has seen her share of tragedy, especially since a freak accident took her husband too soon. Content in a quiet life with friends and family, the young widow has no desire to marry again. But when Hugo, Lord Trentham, scoops her up in her arms after a fall, she feels a sensation that both shocks and emboldens her.

Wondrous Words Wednesday

Wondrous Words Wednesday

My words today are taken from: The Best Words

1. Alexithymia- inability to describe emotions in a verbal manner.

2. dicephalous- having two heads.

3. gelid- very cold; icy.

4. Jejune- not interesting, dull, empty.

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Buster    The Shih- Tzu   Pup

To keep you updated on our Buster, he went for his Easter grooming the other day and was highly praised by his groomer and helper. He is getting used to it and was able to be left by himself for the two hours. When he was picked up he eagerly was glad to see his owner and return home to his familiar surroundings. Have a Happy Easter everybody.