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The Three Insights - A DNA for Purposeful Living

Review by Lauren S. Smith

Are you looking for purpose in your life, but everywhere you search there are stumbling blocks that keep you always one or two steps away from finding what you need? The Three Insights, written by author/speaker, Tim Pond, is a thought-provoking read that's both inspiring and entertaining. The Three Insights contains fictional elements, but has a message that teaches us what our lives…


Added by Sarah Garris on November 17, 2010 at 9:30pm — No Comments

The Sobering Truth About Life As an Alcoholic

Review by Lauren S. Smith

The Sobering Truth: What You Don't Know Can Kill You, written by Jeff Herten, M.D., is, indeed, a sobering book - but also an interesting one - about the author's fight for his life through the devastating effects of alcohol addiction. Herten was a highly functional alcoholic during a time period of over 30 years. He drank heavily, yet was perfectly able to get up, go to work and lead a…


Added by Sarah Garris on November 16, 2010 at 3:14pm — No Comments

A Teddy Bear Searches For a New Home With Santa!

Santa and the Little Teddy Bear, written by author and illustrator, Peter John Lucking, combines fantasy with fiction in this delightful tale of Christmas. Lucking weaves a tapestry of fun and history that captures the imagination and frees the spirit for adults and children alike.

Lucking wrote Santa and the Little Teddy Bear in the style of other Christmas classics such as those written by Dickens and Hans Christian Anderson - with a twist that will bring tears of joy and laughter.… Continue

Added by Sarah Garris on November 11, 2010 at 11:30am — No Comments

A Novel of Forbidden Romance Between Teacher and Student

Review By Lauren S. Smith

Ronald Lewis Weaver, Senior Producer of popular daytime soap opera, The Bold and the Beautiful, knows a few things about forbidden romances and how to make a plot interesting with twists and turns. His first book, Soul Mate, is the story of a forbidden love attraction between a student and teacher and of mutual dreams and interests that convince the two that they truly are soul mates and…


Added by Sarah Garris on November 5, 2010 at 3:48pm — No Comments

A Unique Cookbook - Inspired By a Rabbit

Review By Lauren S. Smith

Ever since Bugs Bunny appeared, munching on a crisp, delectable carrot, we've known that bunnies know how to eat healthy. Camelot's Kitchen, a new cookbook filled with innovative and delicious salad recipes inspired by - a rabbit named Camelot. Shoreh Pirnia is the founder and creator of Camelot's Kitchen and Rane Sevin is a gifted artist who created the illustrations and has worked in…


Added by Sarah Garris on October 18, 2010 at 6:34pm — No Comments

Teens Learn Life's Lessons in "A Wind In Montana"

Review By Lauren S. Smith

Some novels simply entertain and others contain a powerful message in the story line and characters. In his debut novel, A Wind In Montana, Mitch Davies tells a story about teens coming of age and how they accept responsibility for their lives.

A Wind In Montana is a compelling tale of two teenagers, Rory Coleman and Victoria Beach, high school students at the same school,…


Added by Sarah Garris on October 8, 2010 at 3:47pm — No Comments

Martian Legacy - The Red Planet Has Never Felt So Close

By Lauren S. Smith

Martian Legacy: The First Manned Space Flight to Mars, Their Discoveries and the Danger They Brought Home, is a new science fiction thriller written by author, Fred Lane. Critics have called Lane's book "an ingenious romp into the near future" - and he truly weaves a tale that brings the reality of Mars exploration into a believable reality.

The third decade of the twenty-first…


Added by Sarah Garris on October 4, 2010 at 6:46pm — No Comments

An Intriguing Novel of Mystery, Romance and the Power of Voodoo

Author, Francine Craft has forged new paths in romantic fiction with her new novel, Dying on the Edge: A Romantic Voodoo Mystery, by touching on subjects such as voodoo (Francine spells it Voudou, as it's spelled by Alfred Metraux, a Swiss anthropologist who wrote 'Voodoo In Haiti'). Although set in a city that could be New York, the crux of the novel comes from the potent and magical land of Voodoo - Haiti.

Frank Ryman is the detective in Dying on…


Added by Sarah Garris on September 30, 2010 at 4:30pm — No Comments

Romance, Mystery, and Intrigue - Das Medallion Has It All - Review by: Lauren S. Smith

Das Medallion: "The Locket" -

Sometimes a new author emerges onto the writing scene with a first book that has the makings of becoming a bestseller right off the bat. With Das Medallion: "The Locket," Kathryn Scarborough has written a book that has all the potential to do just that.

Das Medallion is a historical suspense that's full of intrigue and sure to keep readers on the edge of…


Added by Sarah Garris on September 24, 2010 at 2:12pm — No Comments

Today in Science Class - Instilling Christian Values in Today's Children - Review by Lauren S. Smith

What do you do when your child comes home from school and asks questions about God versus what he learned today in science class? It's normal for kids to question beliefs and values and it's difficult to counter the information that's being fed to them every day in public schools.

Christian educator, David Millette, has written a brave new book, Today in Science Class: Ben's Big Bang…


Added by Sarah Garris on September 20, 2010 at 8:30pm — No Comments

Embracing the Unexpected - Parenting a Child With Special Needs - Review by Lauren S. Smith

There's Something About Daniel -

There's Something About Daniel: A journey with my son through complexity, life and love, written by Robyn Stecher, is both candid and compelling - a story of a mother's love and how she embraces the unexpected arrival of a child with special needs. Stecher never allowed the challenges that Daniel's life presented to cause either of them suffer.

Instead, Stecher…


Added by Sarah Garris on September 9, 2010 at 11:16am — No Comments

Explore the Best Way to Live With Principle Centered Living Guidelines - Review by Lauren Smith

Principle Centered Living -

Principle Centered Living: 9 Reasons To Maintain Your Values in a Pressure-Filled World, written by Rev. Dr. Sheldon E. Williams, is a book for our times. It explores the only question that truly matters - both in business and in life - "what is the best way to live?" Living an ethical life, void of distorted ways of thinking can keep us from falling victim…


Added by Sarah Garris on September 7, 2010 at 9:39am — No Comments

Books Or Movies by Eden Baras and Tsoof Baras

Have you ever been disappointed by reading a book and then watching its film? Have you ever watched a film and then read the book that it was based on?

Many movies remain very true to the book. Others only follow the core of the book's story, while mostly taking poetic license with the plot and the characters.

There are many reasons that make these movies what they are. For example, the length of the movies is set to be between one and a half to two hours, while books…


Added by Sarah Garris on September 1, 2010 at 12:15pm — 1 Comment

Have Post-Apocalyptic Books and Movies Become a National Obsession? - by Shaun Clarke

Post-Apocalyptic books and movies have been getting quite a lot of attention in recent years; Movies like I Am Legend and Cormack McCarthy's book The Road for example have had huge success and critical acclaim. This has a lot of people wondering why there has been such a sudden increase in fiction of this genre.

Looking back in recent history you could easily identify the rise in apocalyptic fiction against the political era. For example the early 60s with the Cuban missile…


Added by Sarah Garris on September 1, 2010 at 12:13pm — No Comments

How to Get a Nonfiction Book Published - A Bulletproof Book Proposal For Publishing Agents - by Robert Bly

You have a great idea for a nonfiction book. Everybody thinks it's a great idea. But will a book publishing company think it's a great idea - enough to pay you an advance, commission you to write it, publish your book and sell it?

That will depend largely on your book proposal. Here's where you demonstrate persuasively that your idea has merit, and that the company will benefit from publishing your book. Of course, even a solid idea and a great book proposal can't guarantee…


Added by Sarah Garris on September 1, 2010 at 12:11pm — No Comments

Mary's Son - A Tale of Christmas - An Inspiring Read - advance copy review

Mary's Son: A Tale of Christmas -

Mary's Son: A Tale of Christmas, written by Darryl Nyznyk is a wonderful and poignant story of the numbing fears of youth and an inspiring read that reinvents the real Christmas story and crowns it with a modern twist.

Sarah Stone is the eleven-year-old heroine in Mary's Son. She lives a privileged life in an elegant mansion, but is angry about the non-existent relationship with…


Added by Sarah Garris on August 30, 2010 at 3:36pm — No Comments

The Thinker's Thesaurus - Indeed! Review by Lauren S. Smith

The Thinker's Thesaurus -

The Thinker's Thesaurus: Sophisticated Synonyms for Basic Words, by Peter Meltzer, goes beyond the realm of what we think a "thesaurus" should be by providing us with a level of useful words that exceeds what we've become used to in a normal thesaurus. The thesaurus that most of us are accustomed to suggests words that can be boring and repetitive. Meltzer gives us words contained…


Added by Sarah Garris on August 25, 2010 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Writing Instructor Vs Writing Coach - Which Do You Really Need? By Suzanne Lieurance

Since I'm both a writing instructor and a writing coach, people are always asking me, "What's the difference between a writing instructor and a writing coach?"

Here's what I tell them.

A writing instructor is someone who teaches a person (or persons) HOW to write. A writing instructor can teach various types of writing such as technical writing, writing for children, resume writing, writing screenplays, etc. Generally, a writing instructor or teacher is needed when someone…


Added by Sarah Garris on August 23, 2010 at 4:57pm — No Comments

There's Magic In Journal Writing! By Annette Colby

Journal writing is one of the most powerful tools for self-growth and enriching your life. The benefits are almost too many to mention. For starters, when you write down your words, you can see what you are thinking and work with your thoughts in a new way. Writing can give voice to intense emotions, help release pain, and allow you to feel better. You can clear confusion, grasp valuable insights, and find new solutions to your own problems. In addition, you can uncover the bigger picture… Continue

Added by Sarah Garris on August 23, 2010 at 4:54pm — No Comments

Write Your eBook - 6 Great Ways to Find the Time - by Paul Jackson

Busy! Busy! Busy!

What's new? And who isn't busy?

The majority of eBook authors are part-time writers. There are very few professional writers making their living writing non-fiction eBooks. In most cases, the eBook author is a professional with a full-time business or career to run or the author has an interest about which she/he is passionate and is using the eBook as an expression of that passion.

Finding the time to write an eBook among all the other demands made…


Added by Sarah Garris on August 23, 2010 at 4:43pm — No Comments

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