Wednesday, October 24, 2018

The Zzzzzs have it for kids



A charming children's book that introduces the oft-ignored last letter of the alphabet - the Z and its many incarnations!
The letter Z knows he will always have 25 characters in front of him.  He's fine with that. But why do we use only the words "Zebra" and "Zoo" to illustrate who he is? There's more to him than that! In fact, there's a whole world of fun and fascinating Z words out there - and to prove it, he writes The Z Book!

The Z Book, the Z is an amusing, plucky, enthusiastic, and sometimes indignant characterwho is excited to teach children words that start with or include a Z or two. He happily takes us to many parts of the world and shows us architecture, historical places, food, flowers, musical instruments, birth signs, and much more. As an additional educational element, there is a glossary with simple definitions of all the Z words used in the book. The Z Book is different, surprising, lighthearted, and fun to read.


Russell Vann
Author
GhettoBastard1968@gmail.com
PO Box 1223
Conifer Colorado 80433-1223
USA

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Thursday, October 18, 2018

Your broken pieces are where your treasure lies



"Gold in the Cracks takes you on a journey to prove that your broken pieces are where your treasure lies." 
-- John Gray, author of Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus


     In this inspiring book, award-winning designer and international bestselling author Rani St. Pucchi draws from the wisdom gained from having helped more than 20,000 women in her 30-year career as well as from her own life experiences.

     Using the principle of Kintsugi, a Japanese technique for repairing broken pottery with gold lacquer, Rani takes you on a journey to wellness and wholeness. Rani reminds us that all beautiful things have imperfections--not perfect is perfect. Wounds and healing are honest parts of our history and should be celebrated, not hidden. When you embrace your flaws and wear your scars proudly, that is when true beauty emerges.


     Gold in the Cracks offers you:

  • Insightful questions to help you reflect on your past and illuminate your path forward.
  • Beautifully presented analogies and stories that highlight key concepts.
  • Affirmations to use as a simple, powerful tool to invite happiness into your life.
  • Worksheets for journaling your thoughts.


This is not a book to read, but a life plan to follow!

By reframing your story, you can heal from your hurt and own all your parts. Your life is your story. There is beauty to be admired in broken things because they allow light to shine through like never before. Pick up your pieces one by one, then lovingly fill your cracks with gold and transform your life.




Russell Vann
Author
GhettoBastard1968@gmail.com
PO Box 1223
Conifer Colorado 80433-1223
USA

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Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Are good aliens receptive to her psychic powers?



Sequel to Mystical Aria: Seeking the Gallion Queen, 
winner of Literary Classics 2017 Gold Award for Fantasy - Tween
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Instead of gazing at the stars, I'm flying among them where no tween has been. These are the writings of Aria Vanir aboard the Gallion starship, Rama XI, during my unexpected adventure for first contact with an alien queen.

First tween contact with Queen Supreme Nashata, Galactic Mother of the Gallions, transforms psychic twelve-year-old Aria Vanir into Earth Ambassador to the Gallions. Can Aria call forth the courage to tell humans about the Gallions' peaceful messages of love, infinity, and prosperity? For this, she turns to her most trusted companion: her diary. 

In this second book of the middle-grade science fiction / fantasy Mystical Aria series, Aria's space adventure unfolds through her innermost thoughts as she reveals her visions, dreams, and inner conflicts. Get the scoop on new stories from her teen spy sister Jackie, BFF Tommy, and galfriend-for-life Princess LeSom. Check out the brand-new Aria's Universe for exclusive interviews with peaceful aliens aboard the starship Rama XI. Why does Princess LeSom like Elvis so much? What initiation did first engineer Peakte endure to emerge as the Gallions' greatest inventor? How did Nashata meet her favorite communicorn, Shemuse, as a young princess and accept her royal destiny? 

Stories from these good aliens inspire Aria to believe there could be a safe place in the world for her secret, psychic talents.

Award-winning author, Jean Neff Guthrie, includes seven book club questions at the end of this novel. 



Russell Vann
Author
GhettoBastard1968@gmail.com
PO Box 1223
Conifer Colorado 80433-1223
USA

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Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Embarrassing truths of a madman's journey


"Spiked with biting humor, Spina provides a fresh, candid take on Alcoholism with forceful grit, compelling the reader to experience the brutal intensity and mortality of it." -P.G.

WHEN I REACHED END STAGE ALCOHOLISM, I WAS POSSESSED.

Time and again, I narrowly escaped His murderous attempts. 

Not this time.

If you are willing to believe that there is a possibility you can return to sanity and freedom, my story may serve as the catalyst for an extraordinary recovery.
 
"I Almost Murdered a Complete Stranger: Embarrassing Truths of a Madman's Journey" is a visceral, deadpan account of a near-death experience brought on by the all-too-human descent into chronic alcoholism. 

Since his awakening to a deep understanding of alcoholism as a life-long affliction, Jim's obsession has been lifted, leaving him free of his desire to drink for the first time in 41 years! Reflecting deeply, he begs the answer to the question, "what changed?"

This book does not offer practical insights for recovery, self-help platitudes, or "lessons learned." 

Anyone whose lives have been shattered by this affliction (and those who love them or treat them) will find support in rekindling hope for freedom, for sanity, and to live a better life.




Russell Vann
Author
GhettoBastard1968@gmail.com
PO Box 1223
Conifer Colorado 80433-1223
USA

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Thursday, October 4, 2018

Do you feel trapped?



"A clear, compelling mix of personal narrative and practical coaching that carries the reader along effortlessly... a new and powerful way to address need-for-security issues.  I highly recommend The Golden Cage book for those feeling trapped in their current life situation!"  

Patricia Kendall, Ph.D., psychotherapist, editor of Living The Journey and author of Good Morning, Raphael



Discover how to break free of life's cages and follow your heart's calling. 

Do you feel trapped in a relationship or career, going through the motions of life with little excitement or passion? Are you spending time dreaming about doing something different with your life? If this sounds like you, you may be living in a Golden Cage that brings you some measure of comfort and security, yet it does not fulfill your heart's desires. The Golden Cage is a spiritual self-help book that will help you gain the necessary courage and skills to break free of life's Cages and lead an empowered life in alignment with your heart's true longing.
 
Drawing on her personal stories of breaking free from Cages to find empowerment, the author guides you through a powerful, insightful, step-by-step approach that shows you how to:

-          Identify your Golden Cage and its purpose for existing
-          Master the five keys to unlocking your Cage
-          Create an empowering relationship with fear
-          Build inner strength and self-confidence
-          Tap into and follow your inner guidance and truth
-          Uncover your heart's true passion and take steps towards making your dreams 
           a reality

It's time to escape from your entrapment so that the world may benefit from your brilliance and unique beauty.


Russell Vann
Author
GhettoBastard1968@gmail.com
PO Box 1223
Conifer Colorado 80433-1223
USA

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Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Was it really an accident?



With the Miss America Contest this month, this book shows the pressure upon the contestants from inside and outside forces. What went so terribly wrong?

Two women grow in surprising ways to ultimately switch roles as the idol falls from grace

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To the outside world, Liz Perkins had it all – beauty, charm, poise, talent and many adoring men. One wonders, how could it all have gone so shockingly wrong?

   When the flirtatious beauty queen, Liz, entered a room with her enigmatic flair, no one sensed her fragility– a result of the badgering of a demanding stage mother.

   Over the years, the lives of two close girl cousins took dramatically different turns. Cece found long-term fulfillment in her rock, Ross Turner. But contrary to expectations, Liz's legacy unfolded much differently than imagined. When happiness eluded her through multiple abusive marriages and dubious companions, she was left with the only company that offered her unconditional love – her many cats.

   To the casual observer, Liz achieved success and fame. Though attaining celebrity through television, advertising, and public speaking, her search for happiness ended one mysterious and tragic night when everything changed.



Russell Vann
Author
GhettoBastard1968@gmail.com
PO Box 1223
Conifer Colorado 80433-1223
USA

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Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Do you think you're cancer free? Are you sure?



This book offers a great deal of information that most cancer patients have never heard before. It thoroughly explores the topic of and provides valuable information for those individuals who might not be aware of the myriad of cancer screenings currently available. I highly recommend Jenny's book as a guide for anyone at any stage of the journey from diagnosis to treatment to remission and what lies beyond!


Robert J. LaCava, M.D., F.A.C.O.G, Founder and Medical Director The LaCava Center for Integrative Medicine


Your Go-To Guide for Cancer Testing

ROUGHLY 38 PERCENT OF MEN AND WOMEN WILL BE DIAGNOSED WITH CANCER IN THEIR LIFETIME, according to the National Cancer Institute. Breast cancer survivor and nurse Jenny Hrbacek knows it doesn't have to be that way. Americans are led to believe that the only way to discover cancer is by waiting for a tumor to grow big enough for a mammogram, biopsy, or PET scan to detect it. Jenny Hrbacek proves this to be wrong. Tumors can grow undetected for seven to ten years. Knowing this, you can intervene with early testing and avoid chemotherapy and radiation.

In Cancer-Free! Are You Sure? learn where to get the most-effective tests for early detection, what those tests entail, and how accurate they are. Building on her knowledge as a nurse as well as her own journey with breast cancer, Hrbacek gives you the tools to be an advocate for your own health.

Cancer-Free! Are You Sure? features:
  • Steps to accessing the most-current early-detection, genomic, and chemosensitivity tests
  • Treatment options other than chemotherapy, surgery, and radiation
  • Resources to connect you with integrative cancer physicians
  • Insight as to which drugs and natural therapies are effective for your cancer
If you've already had cancer and you think you're cancer-free, Hrbacek challenges you to validate that status. 

YOU DESERVE TO LIVE CANCER-FREE!


Russell Vann
Author
GhettoBastard1968@gmail.com
PO Box 1223
Conifer Colorado 80433-1223
USA

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Monday, October 1, 2018

Tricky Sentence Structure by Mary Deal



Let’s analyze a sentence from a story:

The story: Two women discuss a visit to a doctor. The one who saw the specialist is fine and found to be in good health. She tells the other....

The cardiologist said my heart was strong enough to last another fifty years.”

The parts of the sentence that don’t jibe are the words said and was.

The word said implies something already spoken and is being related in the conversation. This word is correctly used.

The word was is past-tense and ambiguous. Used as it is in this sentence, it implies something has changed to the woman’s health since she visited her doctor; was healthy then, but now....

As stated at the top of this article, we know that the woman’s health is still fine, so the bit of dialogue must accurately show that as well.

Though the dialogue talks about something that happened in the past—the conversation with the doctor—the health condition has not changed in the present. The correct way to write that bit of dialogue is:

The cardiologist said my heart is strong enough to last another fifty years.”

The word was is replaced with is, implying the woman’s heart remains healthy.

Simple nuances like these go undetected by most, even by many avid readers. Misuse of certain words and phrases are part of the colloquial way our English has evolved over time.

To be grammatically correct with past, present and future tenses in writing, we need to be astute and analyze our sentence structures and make them cohesive.


Mary Deal

Author, Painter, Photographer
Eric Hoffer Book Award Winner
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