Thursday, October 31, 2019

A canine love story

"Rio - A Love Story is a beautifully written love story indeed, a love story of a mother and her children and the special love story many of us have experienced with a beloved pet. Poignant and compelling, Joni takes the reader on a powerful journey from tragedy to triumph. The book is a testament to both the strength and resilience of the human spirit and how the unselfish love between a dog and a trainer can heal both. Highly recommended." 
-- Bradley Rand Smith, Internationally Award-Winning Playwright, Screenwriter, Theater Producer and Director  
Most of us will experience various forms of heartbreak, loss, and tragedy at some point in our lives. Joan did, experiencing the loss of some of her closest family members and beloved pets, all within a very short time. She lost her best friends and main support system overnight. It was as if a sink hole opened and swallowed her, and she was lost in darkness and depression every day. She was still alive, but she needed a miracle. Hope. A new best friend. A new sounding board, a new cheerleader that would always be there to root for her. Joan desired someone or something to end her darkness and loss of direction.

Magically, a miracle soon appeared in the form of a beautiful charming dog, Rio, a gift to her, but she didn't realize it at first. Slowly and surely her new canine friend diagnosed her malady and started her healing process by providing her with unconditional love every day and enticing her back into the bright daylight of life. Step by canine step, her devoted Rio encouraged her daily to pursue new activities together with him. These included showing in the conformation ring and trialing in rally and herding and other dog sports. The training, practice, and competition of these activities, coupled with meeting new friends in training and at the shows were just what Joan needed. Her clouds of darkness and loneliness started to dissipate. 

Joan's passage through this portion of her life may help the reader deal with their own loss of family, friends, and furry and feathered companions when that time arrives. The ability of her sweet boy, Rio, to lovingly kiss her every day, heal her wounds and lead her out of her depression may even encourage many to visit their local pet rescue to find that sweet soul that will move them to once again join in the beautiful dance of life!

This precious and heartwarming book is written for everyone, not just pet owners.Younger readers and those new to dog showing and trialing, and other activities no matter what age, will be fascinated by the number of activities that are available to them. Readers, pet owners or not, will be intrigued by the discussion of the intelligence and abilities of many canine breeds that are just recently attaining recognition for their many talents including cancer detection. Most importantly, Joan's candidness and honesty in relating to and resolving her deep sadness might help all of us deal with life's low points and perhaps prevent other tragedies as we have too often seen and heard about lately. 

This book will exceed everyone's expectations on the very important role that dogs and other pets have in our lives. As Joan learned, by sharing charming Rio with beautiful people in nursing homes and hospice settings, many that do not have visitors, life with a dog can be very fulfilling, not only for the dog owner, but for those angels that a therapy dog team lovingly visits. If you are looking for a book of rebirth, triumph and the re-celebration of life, this book delivers this message powerfully, and you will surely find Joan and Rio's story heartwarming and inspirational. This truly is a must read book for everyone.            

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Monday, October 28, 2019

The future of Africa depends on this

"Mr. Ayuk's book shows how the oil and gas industry can unleash economic development and prosperity across the continent." - Sec. Gen. Barkindo
 Although Africa has been an oil-market force for decades, it has lagged on natural-gas development, Ayuk points out. This needs to change, he says. While more gas exports would boost the continent's economy, the main reason he wants to see a gas-development boomis that gas would ease the continent's power shortages until renewables inevitably take over. 
     The power shortages that gas could help fix have been battering Africa's economy for decades, Ayuk laments. The main reason is that governments own most countries' utility assets, he contends. Governments that have separated power creation and distribution, and privatized it, are reducing their electricity deficits, he says. If adopted continent-wide, unbundling could go a long way toward  solving the power crunch, he asserts.   
     Ayuk is concerned about American companies' reduction in energy investment in Africa, which he ascribes to their assessment that Stateside shale prospects remain good and do not pose the risks that Africa does. He spends most of Chapter 17 making a case for why American energy companies, whose leadership and inventiveness he admires,should renew their commitment to investing on the continent.  
     "We need American oil and gas companies to continue operating in African communities and to continue hiring African people, purchasing from African suppliers, and partnering with African companies," he says. "And we need companies willing to share knowledge, technology, and best practices."     
     The bottom line, he says, is that "doing this remains very much in the interest of the American companies. They can reap tremendous financial rewards here."
     Ayuk also makes a case for Africa's oil and gas industry hiring and promoting more women. His main argument is one that you hear reverberating across the business world: Why limit your company's potential by failing to consider half of your country's human capital?
He underscores his argument by pointing to African women who have achieved petroleum-industry success, including becoming CEOs.
     Although "Billions" deals with one of world's most complex industries, it is easy to digest because Ayuk writes in a straightforward, concise and zesty style. This makes the book a joy to read. I learned a lot about Africa's oil and gas industry in "Billions" --and its prospects for the future -- and had fun while I was doing it.

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Thursday, October 24, 2019

Avoiding Agent Scams, New and Old

By Carolyn Howard-Johnson, author of the multi award-winning HowToDoItFrugally Series of books for writers

I recently heard about a new kink in the old agent-for-upfront-fee scam. I thought it authors were getting wise but this scam and similar ones are getting worse if only because of the new twists on old cons.

One of my longtime friends on Facebook told me that just as she had been waiting for the “right time to terminate” her relationship with her agent, she received a mass e-mail informing her of the agent’s new fee-for-service plan. My friend then canceled her contract (the terms of the contract had already expired) and asked that the mention of her books be removed from this former agent’s website. The agent refused her request (and other authors' requests) citing that she was the “agent of record” for those books.

My friend says, “I feel bad for new writers who fall for this trap of paying her upfront fees.” This agent also added another wrinkle to her fee collecting program—a cancellation-of-contract fee. That meant those who objected to her new fee would have to pay her a fee for leaving. Talk about a lose-lose proposition.  

I am not an attorney and don’t advise about the legality of the notion that keeping a book that is no longer represented by an agent on an agent’s site is legal, but it certainly is misleading if not downright unethical. One of the tools that authors use to judge the effectiveness of an agent is their catalogue of book sales. It is important that you are all aware of this practice and double check with some of the authors who have been (or are) represented by any agent you are considering. 

You should also be aware that some agents “sell books” to presses that would take any book presented to them, often called (rather erroneously) self-publishing presses and were once called “vanity publishing” or “vanity presses” and still are by anyone who cares to flaunt their #bookbigotry. Of course, these agents usually still take their 15% for “handling” and “representing” or “selling” the book to that press, even though you could have submitted your own book and been accepted with 0% chance of being rejected.

You will also find more on finding reputable agents and editors in the third edition of The Frugal Book Promoter (Modern History Press) The Frugal Editor and the third in my HowToDoItFrugally Series for writersHow to Get Great Book Reviews Frugally and Ethically: The ins and outs of using free reviews to build and sustain a writing career. The latter includes my plan for keeping old titles alive, and, yes, a few other scams only peripherally related to this agent scam.. There are all kinds of ways you can be misled—both intentionally and unintentionally by folks who just want to increase their income stream. 

Carolyn Howard-Johnson brings her experience as a publicist, journalist, marketer, and retailer to the advice she gives in her HowToDoItFrugally series of books for writers and the many classes she taught for nearly a decade as instructor for UCLA Extension’s world-renown Writers’ Program. The books in her HowToDoItFrugally Series of books for writers have won multiple awards. That series includes both the third edition of The Frugal Book Promoter and the second edition of The Frugal Editor. They have won awards from USA Book News, Readers’ Views Literary Award, Dan Poynter’s Global Ebook Award, the marketing award from Next Generation Indie Books and others including the coveted Irwin award. How To Get Great Book Reviews Frugally and Ethically is still in its first edition.

Howard-Johnson is the recipient of the California Legislature’s Woman of the Year in Arts and Entertainment Award, and her community’s Character and Ethics award for her work promoting tolerance with her writing. She was also named to Pasadena Weekly’s list of “Fourteen San Gabriel Valley women who make life happen” and was given her community’s Diamond Award for Achievement in the Arts. 
The author loves to travel. She has visited eighty-nine countries and has studied writing at Cambridge University in the United Kingdom; Herzen University in St. Petersburg, Russia; and Charles University, Prague. She admits to carrying a pen and journal wherever she goes. Her Web site is


Wednesday, October 16, 2019

The Powers of Essential Oils by Cal Orey

New  Book on the Amazing Powers of  Essential Oils

From the author of the hugely successful Healing Powers series (Honey, Vinegar, Olive Oil, Chocolate, Coffee, Tea, Superfoods) comes THEHEALING POWERS OF ESSENTIAL OILSA Complete Guide to Nature’s Magical Medicine. (Released December 2019). 

Follow your nose to nature's pharmacy: the garden, where
the essence of flowers, fruit, and trees provide some of our most
 powerful--and pleasurable--sources of health and healing...

Essential oils--including peppermint, eucalyptus, rose, and tea tree--are nature's ancient medicine, abundant with therapeutic effects. The latest scientific research shows that many popular essential oils and aromatherapy can boost your health and well-being, adding years to your life! This fascinating guide gives you the down-to-earth scoop on the top twenty oils. Learn how nature's bouquet can help you: lower your risk of cancer, heart disease, and depression. 

Enjoy over 50 recipes for delicious dishes from salads, soups, and entrees to desserts, including Lemon Oil Raspberry Muffins and Roast Chicken with Orange and Rosemary. Sprinkled with feel-good stories and memorable legends, The Healing Powers of Essential Oils shows you how the comfort and calm of scent can help you get healthy and stay health, while taking you on an exciting and life-changing aromatic adventure! Includes Color Photos

As in her previous bestselling books, Cal Orey combines groundbreaking research into all these health and weight loss benefits with home cures, cosmetic uses, household hints, and dozens of heart-healthy Mediterranean style recipes. 

Timeless Book on The Favorite Healing Powers of Superfoods

 Did you know the keys to a long life and vibrant good health can be found on the shelves of your local supermarket?
Apples, leafy greens, shellfish, yogurt—even ice cream and pasta. The latest scientific studies reveal that many of the classic foods you’ve always loved are superfoods that can supercharge your health! Not only are they delicious, they’re affordable—plus these essential farm-to-table favorites can work with any diet plan, from the balanced Mediterranean Diet to the hunter-gatherer Paleo plan.
With over 50 recipes for both cooked and raw dishes, including smoothies and soups, a detox juice fast and a jump-start pounds-off diet, this down-to-earth guide will show you how to get healthy and stay healthy with body-friendly superfoods.
*Boost your immune system with citrus and nutrient-dense berries, including fresh, frozen, and dried.
*Enjoy the healthy fats in eggs and nuts, including nut butters, to fight inflammation, slow the aging process, and lower your risk of cancer, heart disease, and diabetes.
*Trade white sugar for antioxidant-rich sweeteners like maple syrup, the newest superfood!
*Create home remedies designed to ease anxiety, improve sleep, boost brainpower and enhance energy.
*Keep your home spotless for kids and pets using eco-friendly superfood-rich formulas.
*Pamper your mind and body with the same food-based treatments that health spas use, including ingredients like seeds and seaweed.
Now you can indulge in a Pesto Pizza or Berry Basil Smoothie, a Chicken Bone Broth or dark chocolate gelato, while chilling with an ancient-oats facial or relaxing in a warm, herb-scented bath. Infused with heartwarming stories and inspiring legends, The Healing Powers of Superfoods will take you to a world of wellness that starts at home with our favorite foods from Mother Nature—enjoyed in a new way with an exciting twist!

A Complete Guide to Nature’s Most Magical Medicine
Cal Orey
Kensington Books,  December 2019, Trade Paperback Non-fiction
ISBN-13: 978-0-8065-3917-8/$16.95 ($22.95 – Canada)

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 A Complete Guide to Nature's Favorite Functional Foods


Cal Orey, M.A., is an accomplished author and journalist. She has a master’s degree in English from San Francisco State University, and for three decades has written hundreds of articles for national and international magazines. Her books include The Healing Powers of Vinegar, The Healing Powers of Olive Oil, The Healing Powers of Coffee, The Healing Powers of Honey, The Healing Powers of Chocolate, The Healing Powers of Tea, 202 Pets’ Peeves, and Doctors’ Orders. She lives in northern California. Readers are invited to visit her website at, read her blog The Writing Gourmet at, find her on Facebook, and follow her on Twitter.

You'll treasure this

This is the ultimate gardening guide - a beautiful coffee table book you'll treasure, but it's a step-by-step workbook to help you create a Garden Sanctuary! A great gift book, too!
Do you feel like you are on a gerbil wheel, and just can't get off? Does it feel like life keeps coming at you,leaving no place for you?
Do you crave the comfort of a garden? Do you wish you could walk out your door and be surrounded by the restorative powers of Nature? Do you crave a place to connect with something greater than yourself?
Maybe you have a backyard and want a garden to relax in, but you don't know how to create it.
Garden Sanctuary will guide you in how to envision and create your own connection to Nature. Follow award winning garden designer, John Beaudry's process to discover:
·       Your own sense of design--you really do have one!
·       How the principals of Arts and Crafts style transform space
·       The language of design
·       Howto measure, draw to scale, and create abase plan
·       Howto organize space using bubble diagrams, grid lines, and layers
·       Howto choose the right plant for the right space
·       The joy, peace, and harmony that a garden--just outside your door--can provide
Garden Sanctuary distills the design process into a series of concrete steps that you can use to create exquisite gardens in harmony with their environment. You will immediately feel yourself relaxing, your body being regulated, whole in the arms of Nature.

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FBI's Most Wanted Woman

Aafia Unheard is a non-fiction book covering the life story of a brilliant minded young Pakistani woman, an MIT graduate and a mother, who found herself being the focus of a case which continues to serve as an example for the war on terror in response to 9/11. 
Lady Al-Qaeda! 
The Gray Lady of Bagram! 
FBI's Most Wanted! 
Prisoner 650!...Innocent!

These and more labels have been used to describe Dr. Aafia Siddiqui; a brilliant minded young Pakistani woman, an MIT graduate, and a mother, who found herself being the focus of a case which continues to serve as an example for the War on Terror in response to 9/11.

From Dr. Aafia's humble beginnings to her disappearance in 2003 surviving secret prisons, convicted of attempted murder of American officials, to her sentencing of 86 years, and more, there are numerous questions waiting to be answered.

Covering the (08 CR 826) United States of America v Aafia Siddiqui case and the (14 CV 3437) Aafia Siddiqui v United States of America case documents, transcripts, government and defense witness testimonies, and the court orders, "Aafia Unheard" offers in-depth factual information about this politically controversial figure and brings forth Aafia's narrative like never before.

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Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Bridging Science and Spirit

"Bridging Science with Spirit is a revolutionary view which bridges a particle to every other 'God particle,' from the inside out and from macro to macro. Can atoms of information, in form, inform each other? Is this subtle exchange of 'bits' of light revealing the heart of our connected universe? Explore. Dare to rethink what you've thought."
-- KAREN ELKINS, Author, Inside OUT and editor and researcher of Science to Sage magazine
Fascinated by the mysterious power of human intention? Discover its real-world applications by exploring the breakthrough research of psychoenergetic science. Does the physics of consciousness have you scratching your head? Want to know how being intentional can improve your life? Ever wonder where science and spirituality intersect? As a protégé of Dr. William A. Tiller, Dr. Nisha Manek is well-versed in the trailblazing scientist's cutting-edge research and theories. A former esteemed member of Mayo Clinic's Division of Rheumatology and an internationally recognized leader of Integrative Medicine, Dr. Manek is at the forefront of innovative approaches to health and wellness.
Now she's slicing through the scientific jargon with an insider's look into how intention will be the next big medical breakthrough. Bridging Science and Spirit: The Genius of William A. Tiller's Physics and the Promise of Information Medicine is a beginner's handbook to this pioneering field. Using lab-based evidence and illuminating illustrations, Dr. Manek connects current scientific understandings of thermodynamics and the nature of awareness with universal spiritual truths. With these thought-provoking theories driving practical techniques, the medical and technological evolution inevitable in your lifetime is stunning. 
In Bridging Science and Spirit, you'll discover:- An easy-to-understand overview of William A. Tiller's most influential work- Seven pillars that support the shared principles of science and spirit- Over sixty drawings to clearly illustrate the core scientific concepts- An exploration of the levels of consciousness and how they impact your relationship with reality- An entertaining mix of history, physics, and spiritual anecdotes, and much, much more! Bridging Science and Spirit is a simple guide for unlocking the capacity of human intention. If you like expert insights, complex scientific concepts explained in everyday language, and intellectually energizing material, then you'll love Dr. Nisha Manek's unprecedented resource. Pick up a copy of Bridging Science and Spirit to expand your mental horizons today!

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Better than 50 Shades

A romance novel but so much more...Politics, betrayal, domestic violence and yes, passion!
Memoirs Of The Senator's Wife is the saga of a tempestuous forbidden love affair between a beautiful politician's wife, Estella Myrtle- Cyrus, and a sensuous Secret Service agent, Michael Hagar. Set during the '50s to the present-day; their romance spans decades of the most turbulent times in America.  
Xavier Cyrus meets and marries the impoverished Estella in college during a tumultuous courtship. Being a member of a wealthy prominent political family, Xavier runs for Congress and easily wins. Thrusting his new family into the exciting DC social scene and an Ancient Secret Society. However, Xavier's abuse and indiscretions with celebrities quickly destroy their marriage. Due to the responsibilities of motherhood and duty Estella remains in her unhappy marriage but finds love with her kind and gentle protector, Michael. Will Estella abandon her responsibilities to live happily ever after with Michael or will she remain in the glamorous and powerful world of a Senator's wife?

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