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Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Book Review: The Special and the Ordinary by David Clapham




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Title: The Special and the Ordinary
Author: David Clapham
Publisher: iUniverse
Genre: Coming of Age
Format: Ebook
John Haworth, despite innate shyness, has floated upward in a comfortable English home environment under the influence of much older sisters and their friends. After he begins a new school in the early fifties, the seven-year-old is looking lost when a classmate, Martin Holford, decides to take him under his wing. And so begins a long friendship.

Ordinary rules of life apparently do not apply to the confident Martin except, perhaps, when he allows his mischievous humor excessive free rein against the self-important. While on separate coming-of-age journeys, Martin and John get on fine, despite John's occasional resentment about Martin's ability to bounce back after perpetrating 'wrong notes' against the wealthy while John slaves away attempting to make new music sound modern. John, who has no desire to be to be an apathetic musician like his viola teacher, unfortunately lacks the talent, personality, and love of limelight to match his glamorous piano teacher or Katherine, the singer he accompanies on the piano. Now all he has to do is somehow find his place amid an uncertain career as a ghost composer where chances come as infrequent as success.

The Special and the Ordinary shares the unique story of two young people as they come of age and step into the future, each with a different idea on what it means to be true to themselves.

iUniverse awarded The Special and the Ordinary the 'Editor's Choice' designation. Here are excerpts from the enthusiastic editorial reviews:

"Definitely a worthwhile read, I recommend The Special and the Ordinary to lovers of literary fiction." - Pacific Book Review

"...heartwarming and uplifting." - Kirkus Reviews

"The writing is clear and refreshing, with clean sentences that move the story along at a brisk pace." - Clarion Review



My Review:
I really loved this book. Being able to relate on all levels (as I feel I have been John and Martin) was a refreshing change in a novel with characters as strongly written as these two were. I felt connected to both of them at different times in the book, and while I thought I would like one better than the other, that wasn't the case at all.

A refreshing viewpoint into life and it's curve balls, this is truly a must read story. 

Meet the Author:


David Clapham grew up in in Sheffield, England and studied botany at Oxford. After working at the Welsh Plant Breeding Station in Aberystwyth, Wales, he moved to Uppsala, Sweden, where he still lives today. David and his Swedish wife Lena have two children. He has also published Odd Socks with iUniverse in 2013. 

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Title: Muddy Minutes
Author: Rima Jbara
Publisher: AuthorHouse
Genre: Mind, Body, Spirit
Format: Ebook


“Sand rasped incidents in my life, causing an abrasive outcome. Down came the rain, smothering me with mud and splattering me with my tears, creating a pool of sorrow that I swam in. An intervening energy took over me. I felt weightless as it pushed me through murky incidents. As sand and rain danced as one, it tormented me, leaving smearing mud on my days. Devastation overcame me with a magnitude that quivered my being. As I soaked in this salt water, my life remained damp for some time.” ‘Muddy Minutes’ accentuates a phase in the life of actress Turquoise Colmenares which depended on one decision that would change her present and maybe her future, considering that it is impossible to satisfy everyone. Brave acts and scenes of perseverance gained her incessant admiration, and unveiled a subject that many actors dreaded about. She walked through her blown away dreams and tossed hopes with grace. She dared to live through all the muddled moments. Rima Jbara’s message in this novel is to help you experience the joy of being alive, and the completeness that gratitude can bring with fortitude, conviction and integrity.
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Rima Jbara spent most of her childhood writing short stories overflowing with fantasy, and by the time she was 14, her first novel was released. Through her writing, she has given her readers a rare glimpse into her obscure world. The author released her evocative novel ‘Hope’ after five years of hiatus and obsession, and says, “I took time to experiment.” It contained gloomy and bitter self-conscious thoughts and dialogues that cemented Rima as a writer that has gone very deep to discover the inner most emotions in women and the ability to penetrate their souls. She wrote her bleak novels-on paper in shadowy rooms which only emphasizes the extreme infatuation of her art. An unconventional author, without an end declares her own death will comply while writing. Deeply troubled characters were created by Rima, and the complexity in these characters arises from her. The author’s life was tailor-made for her writing and sustains its passion in the pages; but she is best, when writing about herself. Visit the author online at www.rima-jbara.com  

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Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Book Blast: Ira Caterpillar Learns to Scrump by Diane Worthen - Win a $25 Gift Card






Title: Ira Caterpillar Learns to Scrump
Author: Diane Worthen
Publisher: AuthorHouse
Genre: Juvenile Fiction
Format: Ebook

Ira Caterpillar, wants the job of measuring inches through the garden. To get the job he must learn to Scrump his back end to his front end rounding his back to a loop. One inch measured. But his scrump is a scritch and his back will not round until, while performing an act of courage, he thinks only of another and not himself, he learns to do the job.

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Book Blast: Revelations of Truth for Humanity by Mary Walton-Moore - Win a $25 Gift Card






Title: Revelations of Truth for Humanity
Author: Mary Walton-Moore
Publisher: XLibris
Genre: Religion
Format: Ebook

The book was birthed in 2002, after the September 11, 2001 Terrorist attack on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, but the Holy Spirit would not allow it to be published until this season of timing. It contains revelations and visions given by the Spirit of Truth relative to the existence of Humankind. The book explains “how” and “why” God allowed the 2001 terrorist attack to be successful; and, how the terrorist were able to slip through the nations safety net undetected. It explains how America fell from her seat of authority in the World and what she must do to regain her position. It explains what racism is and how it can be overcome. The book teaches how to overcome depression and oppression by balancing the mind. It explains how the Spirits of Deception are used by President Donald Trump to seduce the minds of his followers and how to break those powers. It explains the satanic weapons of warfare used by Satan and his minions to destroy The People of God and how to counter those attacks. The book explains in great detail what “Fear” does to both the mind and the imagination. The Spirit of Truth promised that the readers in need of healing in the mind and the soul and the spirit would be healed as they read the words contained in the book. The Almighty God is the author of this book and I am His mouthpeace.

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She is a native of Memphis, Tennessee. She is a veteran of the United States Marine Corps, active duty, and the Army Reserve. She was a Honorary Member of the Tennessee State House of Representatives in 1991 as a pastoral Advisor. She was ordained as a minister in 1986. She was a pastor for six years. She has an International Healing and Deliverance ministry. She has ministered to all nationalities and ethnic groups. She had a Television and Radio ministry for many years. She served on the Board of County Commissioners for Charles County, Maryland several years. She was involved in a car accident and had a deathbed experience in 1978 that changed her life. Immediately after the experience, the eyes of her understanding were enlightened to the Truth about the Soul, the Mind and the Spirit of Humankind. During the deathbed experience she went through a tunnel, and a hand reached inside the tunnel and touched her forehead and a voice spoke saying: It is not your time, I am sending you back to minister healing and deliverance to My people. When her spirit returned to her body she had become paralyzed, unable to move anything except her head. The doctors told her family that she would never walk again. Reservations were made for her to go to live at a nursing facility. She refused to go because God had given her a vision of her walking again. She had to learn how to walk all over again and is walking and ministering healing and deliverance to the People of God.

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Friday, August 24, 2018

Book Blast: Planetary Project by Aleksandr V. Bezgodov - Win a $25 Gift Card






Title: Planetary Project
Author: Alexsandr V. Bezgodov
Publisher: XLibrisUK
Genre: Political Science
Format: Ebook

This monograph discusses current global economic and social issues. It describes the essence of the Planetary Project, based on the critique of the Concept of Sustainable Development. A model is proposed for solving global problems through global human unification aimed at saving the planet Earth from future cataclysms and catastrophe for present and future generations. The Planetary Project is in essence a paradigm of the world’s harmonious development. It is based on an integrated economy and rent incomes from planetary and intellectual resources held in planetary ownership. The Planetary Project provides solutions to globalisation problems caused by unrestrained economic growth and one-sided development of some national economies. The Planetary Project proposes a just system of world income distribution including rent revenues from planetary resources. This distribution system will work in the interests of all countries, including Asian and African countries, some of which experience serious socio-economic problems. New planetary economic resources and mechanisms will be able to: save the Earth’s biosphere; improve its ecology; and free humanity from hunger, epidemic diseases, and the threat of a Third World War. They will help people unite in the name of universal values of life, the harmony between civilisation and nature, and the welfare of present and future generations. Developing Planetary Project ideas could lead to creating a serious research tradition and a wide life-affirming and peace-loving social movement.

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The author of this research monograph is Dr Aleksandr V. Bezgodov, Corresponding Member of the Russian Academy of Natural Sciences, who holds a Ph.D. in Political Science and a Doctorate in Economics. Born in Northern Russia in 1960, Aleksandr Bezgodov worked for companies specialising in innovation and high technology, as well as for organisations engaged in developing parliamentary democracy and civil society. Over the last 10 years, he has been involved in interdisciplinary research in macroeconomics and social issues at the world level using a systemic approach. He is not only a theoretician but also a practical researcher and research administrator. He is involved in both developing and implementing research-based technologies. Aleksandr Bezgodov is the author of over fifty scholarly publications proposing new original economic and sociological solutions to business administration. He is the founder and General Director of the Institute of Planetary Development in Dubai, UAE. In line with its logo “Serving humanity”, the Institute develops and disseminates the ideas spelt out in the monograph “Planetary Project: From Sustainable Development to Managed Harmony”. The Institute’s research activity is intended to provide solutions to the world’s pressing economic, social, environmental, political-legal, and cultural problems.

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