Archive for April, 2012

Author’s Interview: Graham Masterton on Family Portrait

Monday, April 30th, 2012

Graham Masterton is a well known horror author in Europe. Having worked as a Deputy Editor for Mayfair, he has also worked as the editor of the British edition of Penthouse. He has authored a myriad of novels and short stories on wide variety of subjects from thrillers, horror (including horror books for children), and historical fiction, to his sex instruction books, creating a wider range of fans. Mr. Masterton can also be found as a regular contributor to Cosmopolitan, Men’s Health, Woman, Woman’s Own and other mass-market self-improvement magazines.

Of all the Graham Masterton’s horror novels, Family Portraitis quite popular for it’s being an update of the Oscar Wilde’s novel The Picture of Dorian Gray. In this interview Mr. Masterton talks on this truly horror epic and his other literary experiences.

Would you like to discuss your career graph started from a local newspaper reporter to a well known horror author?

I was always writing horror stories from a very young age, even before I became a newspaper reporter.  I was inspired by Edgar Allan Poe and Algernon Blackwood and MR James and Bram Stoker.  When I was 14 I wrote a 400-page vampire novel which fortunately has not survived the passage of time!  I continued to write poetry and fiction even when I left school at the age of 17 and joined my local paper as a trainee reporter.  At that time I became very interested in the writing of “Beat” authors like Jack Kerouac and Allen Ginsberg and William Burroughs, who wrote a notorious novel called The Naked Lunch.  When I was 21 I tried to get a job on a national newspaper but had no luck.  Fortunately a girlfriend of mine had noticed somebody on the train reading a new men’s magazine called Mayfair.  It was a British copy of Playboy, with lots of pictures of girls with no clothes on but also some very serious articles which give the readers some justification for buying it.  I applied for a job at Mayfair and was immediately appointed Deputy Editor – even though the staff consisted only of the owner, the Editor, me, a secretary, and the owner’s dog.  I worked there for nearly four years, and learned how to commission articles, page layout, typography, and all kinds of other journalistic skills (most of which are completely out-of-date.) William Burroughs came to live in London at this time and I not only commissioned him to write a series of articles for Mayfair, but wrote a novel myself with his input and assistance – a very obscure piece of work called Rules of Duel.  I found the manuscript only last year and it was published for the first time (40 years after it was written!) by Telos Books.  I had a bit of an altercation with the Editor of Mayfair and went to work for Penthouse magazine, first as Deputy Editor and then as Executive Editor.  I also edited the sex-instruction magazine Penthouse Forum.  Penthouse had just started up in the United States in those days so I was a frequent visitor to their offices in New York.  There it was suggested by an editor at Signet Books that I write a sex-instruction book How to Drive Your Man Wild in BedThis turned out to be a huge success, so I followed it up with more sex books, all of which sold very well to begin with.  In 1975, however, the bottom fell out of the sex book market, so to speak.  I had a contract with my publisher for a new sex book but they didn’t want it, so I insisted they honor their contract and sent them The Manitou instead.  This was a novel which I had written in five days (in between sex books) for my own amusement.  It was about a Native American medicine man being reborn in the present day to take his revenge on the white man.  I was inspired by a story I had read when I was a boy about Native American spirits in The Buffalo Bill Annual 1955;  and by my wife Wiescka’s pregnancy with our first (of three) sons.  The Manitou became an immediate best-seller and was filmed with Ton Curtis playing the lead role of a fake fortune-teller, as well as Susan Strasberg, Stella Stevens and Burgess Meredith.  After that I continued to write horror novels, as well as historical sagas like Rich and Lady of Fortune and Maiden Voyage.  Eventually I came up with the idea for Family Portrait.

Give us a brief of your well-received horror novel “Family Portrait”, a favorite amongst fans.

Family Portrait tells the story of a long-dead family who are only surviving because they made a pact in which their portrait was supposed to grow older and show all the signs of their debauchery while they themselves remain young.  Unfortunately for them, they have lost the portrait, and the poor technique of the painter means that the paint is beginning to flake off, which has a devastating effect on their physical selves.  Family Portrait tells the story of their desperate hunt for the portrait and the gruesome ways in which they are keeping their physical selves from falling apart.

Family Portrait is the imaginative reworking of the Oscar Wilde’s novel The Picture of Dorian Gray. What made you to do that?

I read The Picture of Dorian Gray when I was at school and always thought that it was a great idea.  So great an idea that it could very readily be expanded into a dramatic present-day horror story.  I have never been afraid to take another writer’s idea and put a new twist on it…in The Manitou I brought in the Native American gods that H.P. Lovecraft invented, and in Mirror I rewrote Alice Through The Looking Glass. Using an idea with which readers are already familiar can give a story much more credibility.

What do you think is the most frightening scene in the Family Portrait?

Certainly the most horrible scene in Family Portrait is when Vincent discovers Edward’s body and it is nothing more than a mass of maggots.  “The mindless twisting and turning of all those semi-transparent bodies, and the way they glistened in the daylight.”

You have been authored more than 35 horror novels. Which of them you think is the scariest and why?

Actually I have written 58 horror novels, plus several collections of short horror stories.  It is impossible for me to say which is the scariest, because when you write them yourself they don’t scare you!  But I think the story which still gives me a feeling of unease when I re-read the first chapter is The Pariah.  In the middle of the night, a man thinks he can hear his dead wife swinging on the swing in his back yard, even though there is nobody there.  I have also just finished a new novel called Community, in which our hero discovers that there is something very wrong about the woman with whom he has just gone to bed…

How did you become passionate about writing for the horror genre of fiction world?

As I mentioned before, I started reading Edgar Allan Poe’s Tales of Mystery and Imagination when I was only ten or eleven years old, and I began to write my own horror stories to frighten my friends at school.  Thirty years later, I met one of my friends and he told me he still had nightmares about one of the stories I read out to him in the school playground!  However, I don’t really consider myself a horror writer, only a writer who happens to write horror stories amongst many other things, such as historical sagas, thrillers, and even humor.

Your first horror book, The Manitou, published in 1975, was adapted into an awesome film in 1978. How you felt then to see your very first book becoming a best seller and then turned into a movie?

Extraordinary.  Very exhilarating…especially the trip to Los Angeles to see the premiere.  I had talks with the director Bill Girdler about making a movie from my next book,  The Djinn,  but tragically he died in a helicopter crash soon after.

Of all the books you have compiled so far, which is your favorite as a reader?

I still have soft spot for Trauma (aka Bonnie Winter) because I love writing about women and their personalities and their day-to-day problems.  I will have two new crime books to be published in 2013,  White Bones and Broken Angels,  and they both feature my Irish detective Katie Maguire,  who is a feisty but very sensitive and complex character,  with a lot more difficulties to deal with in her life apart from police work.

Who is/are your role model(s) in writing world and how far your passion for writing is influenced by the same?

When I was younger I loved the work of Nelson Algren (The Man With The Golden Arm) and Herman Wouk (The Caine Mutiny), American writers who could tell a story plainly and evocatively without the personality or the opinions of the author coming in between the reader and the story.  These days I have no heroes and I read nobody else’s fiction, although that doesn’t mean I don’t respect them.  After writing all day I simply don’t have the time or the inclination.  If I were a chef I wouldn’t spend all evening cooking.

Would you like to say something to your readers and fan club?

I have the warmest and friendliest readers I could ever wish for.  The messages I receive on my Message Board (www.grahammasterton.co.uk) and the postings I receive on my Facebook page are all evidence to me that I have not only succeeded in entertaining my readers but making them feel that they are living inside the worlds that I have created for them.  For a writer, that is very gratifying.  There are plenty more books on the way…The Red Hotel comes out in June,  2012,  and will be followed by Garden of Lies,  a new book about Jim Rook,  the college teacher with supernatural insight.  Also, I am happy to say that many of my backlist books will soon be available as ebooks, which you can download.  While I was answering the questions in this interview, I was given news that a further 15 books will soon be downloadable, including Burial, The Hell Candidate and House of Bones.  My best wishes and thanks to all of you, and good luck!

Readers can access the books by Graham Masterton from our Bookstore.

Relic: The Quest for the Golden Shrine

Saturday, April 28th, 2012

Author: Tom Egeland

When I set out to write Relic, I wanted to write a mystery novel without a crime. This may sound odd. I wanted to write a story as one would a traditional suspense novel – but without any murders and violence. The core of the mystery is a quest – the quest for knowledge, for understanding.

Relic starts out with an international archaeological dig in Norway – under the supervision of the albino and rather quirky archaeologist Bjorn Belto. A medieval Norwegian monastery conceals an archaeological sensation – a gold reliquary containing a 2000-year-old manuscript that might well change the course of world history.

When the internationally renowned archaeologist Graham Llyleworth disappears with the reliquary, Bjorn Belto reluctantly wants to set things straight.

Deeply skeptical to all the rumors surrounding the reliquary, Belto sets out to trace the reliquary’s origins. His quest takes him from the monastery via a scientific ‘intelligence organization’ in London and a research establishment in the Middle East to a Crusaders’ castle in a French village.

Here he meets a man with a revelation that has to be kept a secret for mankind.

A couple of years after the publication of “Relic“, Dan Brown published his immensely successful “The Da Vinci Code“. Mr. Brown’s success laid the ground for my own worldwide breakthrough. Although the two novels are very different in style and approach, they both deal with the same basic question: What really happened to Jesus Christ? Why do the gospels have different accounts of the same Biblical people and events?

I don’t claim to have the answers to these fundamental questions. However, literature is made for exploring “impossible” ideas and question. The two magical words in literature are: “What if …”

Relic” is a “what if” novel. What if world history has to be changed? What if the Bible does not account what really happened?

I hope my readers view “Relic” as a different kind of thriller, in which myth, mystery, history and theology are inextricably intertwined.

Interviewing Lauren Oliver on Pandemonium

Friday, April 27th, 2012

Lauren Oliver is a New York Times bestselling American author known for her young adult books. Her first YA novel Before I Fall (2010), also her debut one, earned a huge applause from book-lovers and hence become a NY Times bestselling novel. She has also authored a middle grade book, Liesl and Po (2011) that is widely acclaimed for its great fun and fantasy. After celebrating the success of her young adult debut novel, Ms. Oliver is on the move to compile a trilogy of YA novels, of which Delirium (2011) is the first installment followed by its penultimate Pandemonium released in 2012 and yet to be released Requiem, the third and final installment in the trilogy.

Here is an interview with Lauren Oliver on this trilogy of YA novels with focus on the recently released Pandemonium.

Tell us something about your passion for writing. How passionate you are about writing?

You have to be pretty passionate to commit to doing something very hard every single day of your life. I feel I can’t NOT write; the only thing more painful to me than writing is not writing!

Pandemonium is a penultimate of Delirium. How far the former complement the latter?

Delirium really tells the story of one girl, Lena, as she begins to transform, and starts to question whether everything she has learned—specifically, the idea that love is a disease—is a lie. Pandemonium broadens the lens. We see more of the country, more of the landscape, more of the political and social order (and disorder).

Give us a brief of the storyline of Pandemonium.

Pandemonium takes place in two different time frames. In one, we pick up directly after Delirium, and follow Lena into the Wilds as she begins to recover from the trauma she has experienced. In another, we fast forward about six months, and see Lena working with and for the burgeoning resistance movement. The two time frames ultimately converge.

How close you are with Lena, the protagonist?

In certain ways, she is of course like me, particularly with respect to some of her fears, her feelings of grief and anxiety and confusion. But she’s a lot shorter than I am. I’m 5’9”! :-)

Lena in Delirium and Lena in Pandemonium, which one would you say is most alike you, though both are boasting entirely different characteristics.

Hmmm. Wow. Well, I’d like to think that I’m stronger than Lena is at the start of Delirium—more obstinate and rebellious, too—but I’m definitely not as hardcore as Lena in Pandemonium. I still need a nap every day!

Compare the characters of Alex and Julian, Lena’s love interests in Delirium and Pandemonium, respectively. Who is more influential?

I’m not saying! They are very different. Alex teaches her about love for the first time, of course—but Julian teaches her that there is love after loss, which is equally important.

Would Lena continue to be the protagonist in the next installment of Delirium Trilogy?

Yes, she will, although the third and final book in the trilogy, REQUIEM, actually takes place from two different points of view—so we have two protagonists.

Tell us something about the next book of this Trilogy.

That’s all I’m saying! My lips are sealed :-)

As a writer, who whetted you appetite for writing?

I started writing because of my great love of reading. When I finished a book I loved, I would write sequels and companion stories. It was an early version of fan fiction. My father is a writer too, and my mother an English professor, so they were very influential.

What advice would you like to give to aspiring authors?

Write every day! Discipline is so important, and it’s hard NOT to become good at something you practice regularly.

Any message for your readers!

Just a great big thank you!!

Craft Books for Hobbies to Explore During Vacations

Monday, April 23rd, 2012

Author: Sherry Helms

Summer is here and it’s time for holidays to chill around in beating hot days. In coming months, housewives and students will have a break from their exhaustive daily routine and schooling hours. It’s time for them to have fun all around, to hone their contemporary hobbies as well as to grow some new ones.

Scrapbooking, Mixed Media, Mosaic, Stenciling and Toy making are some exciting indoor hobbies that housewives and students can develop during these cozy hours and use them to enhance the decoration of their houses.  But the fun in learning these hobbies would be vanished, if they go out of the home in sizzling summer days to explore the hobbies. Here, we have brought a solution to this quandary.   We are offering a list of widely-acknowledged Craft Books on these hobbies that housewives or students may curl up with under home cooling and learn about the tools and techniques of these hobbies. Here’s the list:

Scrapbooking Made Easy – This book is the best place to start with the hobby of scrapbooking. At its core is the notion that even the simplest pages will make for treasured family heirlooms. While starting with quick ways to enhance layouts, and gradually moving on to more advanced techniques, it offers the basic techniques of scrapbooking in a step-by-step process. It also includes popular articles from Simple Scrapbooks magazine.

The Encyclopedia of Scrapbooking Tools & Techniques – Covering A-to-Z techniques, every major designer and all scrapbook possibility, this encyclopedia of scrapbooking is described in glossary style and completed with photos and tips that no scrapbooker can do without. It further includes dozens of projects come from the most creative minds in the field like Andrea Grossman (Mrs. Grossman’s Paper Company); Rhonda Anderson (Creative Memories); Bridgette Server (Making Memories); etc.

Surface Treatment Workshop: Explore 45 Mixed-Media Techniques – Mixed Media is an artwork which involves application of more than one medium of visual art forms. So, if you are pondering how to begin a new piece of art then this book has the answer. The authors of Image Transfer Workshop are back to show you 45 stepped-out mixed-media techniques that will add depth and texture to your artwork. These techniques are the perfect jump-off point for creating art you will love to look at, and, in some cases, touch.

Flavor for Mixed Media: A Feast of Techniques for Texture, Color and Layers – You are invited to a fanciful feast of color, textures and luscious layers that will tempt even the most discriminating painter’s palette. In this book, artist Mary Beth Shaw shares her mixed media painting techniques for working with color, incorporating many different textures, creating multiple layers, developing a distinct flavor and making all sorts of clever combinations.

Mosaics: Inspiration and Original Projects for Interiors and Exteriors – The art of mosaic has been around for centuries. This book brings the process into the present, as two accomplished artists Candace Bahouth and Kaffe Fassett invite readers to explore dramatic color combinations using a variety of materials. This is a rich collection of creative projects for both interiors and exteriors, including detailed instructions for working with broken crockery and tiles, and preparing items such as window frames and mirrors. The book offers stunning yet practical ideas — from a fine mosaic vase and window surround to a mosaic garden terrace, table, and planter.

The Complete Stenciling Handbook – With the simple stencil — a template that lets you easily create a painted shape on a surface and allows you to repeat the exact pattern wherever and whenever you wish — you can transform and beautify just about any surface from boxes to walls to floors. This special book of Stenciling is a compendium of the latest techniques, tools, equipment and materials, presenting innovative methods and products that have taken stenciling from a rustic craft to a breathtaking art form.

Stencil 101: Make Your Mark with 25 Reusable Stencils and Step-by-Step Instructions – With this incredible, entirely original stencil collection anyone can learn to make their mark. This book in handy portfolio format includes 25 reusable stencils along with tips and tricks for stenciling on all sorts of surfaces, from walls and furniture to T-shirts, cards, and even cake. Stencil expert Ed Roth has chosen for you his favorite designs, ranging from urban-cool boom boxes and power lines to naturally fanciful sparrows and branches.

Make These Toys: 101 Clever Creations Using Everyday ItemsFocusing on fun and homemade projects, this is an ingeniously simple and fully-illustrated book for crafting toys from objects found around the house or that can be purchased for a fraction of what a commercially-produced toy can cost. With everyday objects from cardboard tubing to paper to clothespins, readers will discover how to make toys like a milk carton balloon boat, a rubber band banjo, a cardboard tube kaleidoscope, an embroidery hoop tambourine, and many more.

All these books can be accessed from our mega Online Bookstore. In case, our readers are interested in exploring some other crafts and hobbies, they can browse through Crafts & Hobbies Books category having tens of thousands titles under sub categories like Appliqué, Beadwork, Boatbuilding, Bookbinding, Cabinetmakers, Candle Making, Carving, Ceramics, Crocheting, Embroidery, Framing, Gilding, Handicraft, Knitting, Marquetry, Mosaics, Needlework, Paper crafts, Parchment, Patchwork, Potpourri, Pottery, Puppetry, etc.  

Earth Day, 2012: Read Books and Support the Cause

Saturday, April 21st, 2012

Author: Sherry Helms

Tomorrow, April 22, is the Earth Day – a day proclaimed to ponder upon the Earth’s deteriorating health, its endangered natural environment and to increase awareness and appreciation for it. The very first step towards this endeavor is to know and discuss why and how our Earth’s health is worsening day by day and this can be done by reading books written by some great environmentalists. Books always come out as rich resources for illuminating ourselves on any subject.

In this blog-post, we offer our readers separate lists of books-to-read on Earth Day for children and grown-up ones. All the books in this list we have selected on the base of their popularity.

Children’s Books for Earth Day:

Earth Day is a grand day to talk more about the Earth and its ecology with our children as well as to discuss with them why we need to keep it clean and safe. If we tell them to turn off the lights, save water and recycle their trash, they would think we are just bossing them around. But we can make it by gifting or reading some eco-minded books to our children to help spreading message of this Day across them. Books that we can get for Children are:

The Lorax - This is a classic eco-book for kids, an ecological warning that is as true today as it was when the book was first published in 1971.  Dr. Suess writes about the dangers that clear-cutting, pollution, and industrialization pose against our earth’s natural beauty. He explains everything in a whimsical style that gets the message across children without being scary.

What’s It Like Living Green?: Kids Teaching Kids, by the Way They LiveWritten by Jill Ammon Vanderwood, this book tells kids how other kids live green and how they can go green by taking simple steps. It includes lessons taught by other kids who are actually on ways to go green. Read about a teenage girl who learned to drive with a car fueled by used cooking grease or the 7-year-old boy who raised funds to build his first well to provide clean water for a whole village.

Earth Day Birthday – Earth Day is an environmental holiday that is worth to celebrate every day! Here is a sing-along, read-along book that honors the animals, the environment, and a universal holiday all in one fresh approach. While tuning up with “The Twelve Days of Christmas,” this book appreciates twelve endearing North American species like eagle, grizzlies, panthers, salmon, fawns, owls…. in their natural habitats. It further includes suggestions for Earth Day activities.

Fancy Nancy: Every Day Is Earth Day – In this book Eco-minded book, Jane O’connor teaches kids a few simple tips to go green in true Fancy Nancy style.  Being green is so important to Nancy that she wants her family to take care of the Earth’s morning, noon, and night. If you kids love reading Fancy Nancy, gift this book to them, and they will come along with the message that how fabulous it is to go green.

Books that Grown-up People can Read on Earth Day are:

Grown-up ones need to curl up with some informative and motivational literary works of true environmentalist and should act and react accordingly on this Earth Day.

Silent Spring – This book of Rachel Carson launched the American environmental movement at its very first publication in 1962. Drawing on a scientific angle, she was able to showcase the dangers of careless pesticide use for human and ecological health of the Earth. This book is centered at the effects of insecticides and pesticides on songbird populations throughout the United States, whose declining numbers yielded the silence which the book title is based on.

Desert Solitaire – From the author of the radically environmental book The Monkey Wrench Gang, this pick describes a deep and personal view of nature in its purest form through the eyes of a Utah park ranger. Through his honest solidarity and comments on the exploitation of the natural surroundings, Edward Abbey asks “if any of our incalculable natural treasures can be saved before the bulldozers strike again.”

Clean Energy Nation: Freeing America from the Tyranny of Fossil Fuels - Dangerous CO2 emission, massive oil spill and dwindling fossil fuels are driving a long overdue reassessment of our nation’s energy policies. U.S. Congressman Jerry McNerney, a renewable energy engineer and the first representative with expertise in energy independence, leads the way to change. In this book, he and journalist Martin Cheek make an impassioned argument for drastically reducing dependency on fossil fuels and developing sustainable, readily available energy sources solar, wind, bio-fuel, geothermal, and hydrogen-based power.

Plastic Ocean: How a Sea Captain’s Chance Discovery Launched a Determined Quest to Save the Oceans – A prominent seafaring environmentalist and researcher, Charles Moore, shares his shocking discovery of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch in the Pacific Ocean, and inspires a fundamental rethinking of the Plastic Age and a growing global health crisis. This is a book that everyone should read.

Readers can grab all the above mentioned books from our Online Bookstore and may also share and comment to us their own referral for the Books-to-read on Earth Day.

Exclusive Interview with Robert Muchamore on The Prisoner

Friday, April 20th, 2012

Robert Muchamore is multi-award winning English author who is popular among young adult reading genre for his two novels series – CHERUB and Henderson’s Boys.  Since the publication and success of his very first book, The Recruit (CHERUB series) in 2004, Mr. Muchamore has been continuing to enthrall the teenagers by putting back-to-back espionage novels in both the series.  Both of Robert’s series continue to bring a 60-40 teenage boy-girl fan base, which is unusual in the teen book market. All the books are based in reality, with aspiring male and female characters, teenage language and titivation.

His fifth and the most recent installment in the Henderson’s Boys series, The Prisoner, went straight into the top five in the children’s charts. It was really exciting for us and so must be for you to catch Robert Muchamore up on “The Prisoner”.

Your readers will love to read about “The Prisoner” in your words. Give us a brief of the storyline.

The Henderson’s Boys is the prequel series to the hugely popular CHERUB books, and follows the terrifying and dark adventures of the original young CHERUB spies during the Second World War in occupied France. The Prisoner is the recent installment of the HB series that tells the story of fourteen-year-old French Marc Kilgour, one of the best CHERUB agents, who is holed up in a brutal German labour camp and needs to plot a daring escape so that he can set off on another vital mission behind enemy lines.

Please discuss the specialty of the characters of Charles Henderson and his young agents, especially, Marc Kilgour, the one who takes the front in The Prisoner.

Charles Henderson is in charge of a group of espionage agents, all aged 17 or under. He’s a very rough and ready character who can be completely ruthless when he has to.

At the start of the series Marc sees Henderson as a kind of heroic father figure. But as Marc grows up he is increasingly disturbed by the horror of war and there’s friction as Marc becomes aware of Henderson’s flaws and begins questioning some of his decisions.

All the books of the Henderson’s Boys series are compiled in the backdrop of Second World War. What is the basic idea behind this?

My first series of spy books CHERUB was set in the present day and because I try to make my stories realistic I’m quite restricted in what I can do. Having a story set in WW2 really let me off the leash. I could have stories about explosions, air battles and stuff like that without losing the believability of the situations.

Which book from the Henderson’s Boys series is the favorite of the reader within you? Tell us something about that.

When you write a book you get so close to the storyline and all the details that it’s very difficult to have a good perspective on it. Also, I have a degree of affection for all of my books, so asking me to pick a favorite is like asking a mother to pick their favorite child!

Your readers must be eagerly waiting to know about your next release. So may we know what is coming from you next?

My next books are the latest CHERUB book Guardian Angel in August. It’s the second book featuring my new characters Ryan and Ning and there’s a big plot involving smugglers and computer hacking. Also in August will be the Graphic Novel of my first CHERUB book The Recruit. This will be followed by Henderson’s Boys – One Shot Kill in November.

Explore the entire CHERUB and Henderson’s Boys books at printsasia.com

Books-to-Read for Elderly People

Thursday, April 19th, 2012

Author: Sherry Helms

Do you ever notice the daily routine of the elderly people around you? Besides watching TV news, they normally engage in reading newspapers to keep up with what’s going on in the world. Most of the times, they are found busy reading books that they couldn’t pick ever from their bookshelves because of hectic young-age schedule.

But, at the same time, they start becoming ignorant towards their health, diet, dignity and social life. Here comes our role. We can encourage them for being both physically and mentally active. While taking the advantage of their appetite for reading, we can gift them some worth reading books compiled especially for old age people and let them enjoy their senior years. Reading can be a paramount source to celebrate getting old.

After making thorough research and having delved around our massive Online Bookstore, our editorial team has come up with a list of Books for Elderly People that will multiply the knowledge, spirit and activities of our dearly older ones. Here’s the list:

The Gift of Years: Growing Older Gracefully – Author Joan Chittister encourages elderly people to not only accept but also to celebrate getting old. This inspirational and illuminating book looks at the many facets of the aging process, from purposes and challenges to struggles and surprises. The central idea is a call to cherish the blessing of aging as a natural part of life that is active, productive, and deeply rewarding.

Healthy Aging: A Lifelong Guide to Your Well-Being – Drawing on the new science of Biogerontology (the biology of aging) as well as on the secrets of healthy longevity — diet, activity and attitude — Dr. Andrew Weil explains that there are a myriad of things we can do to keep our bodies and minds in good working order through all phases of life. Hugely informative, practical, and uplifting, this is a complete health guide for elderly people.

The New Yoga for People Over 50: A Comprehensive Guide for Midlife and Older Beginners – Worldwide, people are recognizing yoga for its ability to slow down and reverse the aging process. Compiled for elderly people, this book points up how yoga positions and breathing exercises benefit the circulatory system, the heart and other vital organs of our body. Yoga expert Suza Francina describes and illustrates how to begin and maintain a yoga program through personal stories and over 100 easy-to-follow instructional photos of older teachers and students.

Chicken Soup for the Golden Soul: Heartwarming Stories for People 60 and Over – This installment of the Chicken Soup for the Soul series offers readers loving insights and wisdom all focused on the prime of life. Contributors to this volume include Erma Bombeck, Ruth Stafford Peale, Tom Landry, Florence Littauer, Roy Rogers and Max Lucado. Readers of older ages would surely cherish this invaluable collection of stirring fables as a reminder that their souls are still young and hearts are truly “golden.”

Aging with Attitude: Growing Older with Dignity and Vitality – In this book, the neurologist author, Dr. Robert Arthur Levine, argues that living longer life is not enough for most of us. The quality of life as we age is more important, and much of that depends on our attitudes and approach. This book points up strategies to optimize self-esteem and health, including attention to nutrition, exercise, health care, education, mind stimulation, sexuality, social activities, and cosmetics desire.

If you really do care elderly people of your life, grab these books now at printsasia.com and gift to them.

Worth Reading Books on Travel & Tourism

Wednesday, April 18th, 2012

Author: Sherry Helms

Our Online Bookstore is enriched with a special category of Travel & Tourism Books that spans from useful travel guides to the books on touring spots, travel business, dark tourism, and many other aspects of this genre. Here, in this blog-post, we spotlight a list of books that are highly picked by the readers who are concerned with Travel & Tourism in some ways.

We believe, our list of Travel & Tourism Books would come out as a great resource for all, whether students or professionals or family persons who are planning for vacations. Let’s take a glimpse of the list:

Secret Journeys of a Lifetime: 500 of the World’s Best Hidden Travel Gems – This is a comprehensive guide on world’s best touring spots presented by National Geographic. Divided into themed chapters, this incredible touring guide features the “World at Your Feet”, “Last Wildernesses”, “Island Getaways”, “The Road Less Traveled”, “Secret History”, “Spiritual Havens”, “Hidden Treasures”, “Undiscovered Villages”, and “City Secrets”.

Tourism: Principles, Practices, Philosophies – Exploring major concepts in tourism, this book sheds light on the questions like what makes tourism possible and how tourism can become a major factor in the wealth of any nation. Authors, Charles R. Goeldner and J. R. Brent Ritchie, explain the social, cultural, economic and psychological aspects of travel and tourism. Also, its appendices give contacts information on key travel agencies around the world.

Tourism: The Business of Travel – With chapters on technological innovations and sustainability issues, this book views the Travel & Tourism industry from a business perspective, examining the management, marketing and finance issues that are important to industry members. Further, chapters reveal an integrated model of tourism and address consumer behavior, service quality and personal selling. This book is considered highly useful for the students and business firms.

Marketing for Hospitality & Tourism – A practical guide for the players of travel and Tourism industry, this widely used book is highly acknowledged for being  comprehensive and innovative, managerial and practical, state-of-the-art and real-world. With video cases, chapter examples and marketing highlights, it showcases real people and companies and demonstrates how marketing impacts every member of the hospitality team.

The Darker Side of Travel: The Theory and Practice of Dark Tourism – Dark Tourism is a tourism involving travel to the sites associated with death and tragedy. In this book, readers can explore issues relevant to the development, management and interpretation of visitor sites and attractions associated with death, disaster and suffering. It is a comprehensive analysis of Dark Tourism that examines the demand for and supply of dark tourism experiences.

Cultural Tourism: The Partnership Between Tourism and Cultural Heritage Management – While tourism professionals assess cultural assets for their probable profit, cultural heritage professionals judge the same assets for their own intrinsic value. This book combines the different perspectives of tourism management and cultural heritage management and advocates that sustainable cultural tourism can only occur when the two sides form a true partnership.

Welcome! Student’s Book: English for the Travel and Tourism Industry – This is a handy resource for people working or planning to work in the tourism, hospitality and travel industries, teaching accurate English work smoothly and effectively in this industry. Author, Leo Jones uses authentic content and context covering topics such as dealing with enquiries, making reservations, explaining the bill and dealing with complaints.

Also, if this list is unable to meet your requirements, just explore our whole lot of Books on Travel & Tourism, and readers may share and comment some more titles to increase the size of this list.

Must-read Business Books for Entrepreneurs

Tuesday, April 17th, 2012

Author: Sherry Helms

In this blog-post, we have come up with a list of Business Books that every entrepreneur or those who are planning to start or run a business should read to understand better the business strategies and to learn how to sustain  highly-competitive world of business.

Representing our massive collection of Business Books, all the books in the following list are shortlisted by our adept editorial team on the base of high-demand. Take a look!  

The Lean Startup – “How Today’s Entrepreneurs Use Continuous Innovation to Create Radically Successful Businesses?” This is what Eric Ries attempted to teach those organizations who are dedicated to create something new under conditions of extreme uncertainty. This book is come up with a new approach that help changing the way companies are built and new products are launched. It argues that though, most startups fail, but many of those failures are preventable.

The E-Myth Revisited – In this comprehensive business books, the author Michael E. Gerber basically deals with the most common question of business world, “Why Most Small Businesses Don’t Work and What to Do About It”. He takes the readers in the life of a successful business from entrepreneurial infancy, through adolescent growing pains, to the mature entrepreneurial perspective, offering hopes for success to small-business enterprises.

The One Minute Manager – This is a concise, easily read story that reveals three very practical techniques-to-follow for effective management: One Minute Goals, One Minute Praising, and One Minute Reprimands. These techniques help managers of any organization, whether big or small, to increase their productivity, job satisfaction, and personal prosperity. This, in turn, enhances the profitability for the organization and its employees.

Guerrilla Marketing, 4th edition: Easy and Inexpensive Strategies for Making Big Profits From Your Small Businesses – This book is considered as the entrepreneur’s marketing bible, the book every small-business owner should own. In this updated and expanded fourth edition, Jay Conrad Levinson adds some more points to the revolutionized marketing strategies for small-business success that defined in the first edition of Guerrilla Marketing It includes strategies for marketing on the Internet; tips for using new technology, such as podcasting and automated marketing; etc.

Mastering the Rockefeller Habits In this book, veteran business guru, Harnish Verne discusses with entrepreneurs,What You Must Do to Increase the Value of Your Fast-Growth Firm”. He compiled the best practices of some of the successfully-run firms of business world. The breakthrough in this book is an instructive chapter co-authored by Rich Russakoff that talks on the winning tactics to get banks to finance your business. Further, there are case studies demonstrating the validity of Harnish’s practical approaches.

Readers can explore the business books of their own choices or as per their specific requirements from our  Online Bookstore’s special Business Books category, hiding thousands of titles within.   

We wish to intensify this list, so readers, please do share and comment your favorite Business Book titles that you think an entrepreneur or small-business owners must read.

The Best Gardening Books to Make Your Garden Better

Monday, April 16th, 2012

Author: Sherry Helms

Gardening is a truly rewarding, productive, and usually a very economical hobby to follow in our day-to-day life. If you’ve ever thought of getting into gardening, or if you already a veteran gardener but looking for a new gardening skills to master, just pick any book from our suggested list of the Gardening Books that, we believe, would be the best for you to get started with. Each book in this list is rendered with new and highly productive gardening skills that help you improve the scenic beauty and productivity of your garden.

Check out this list of Gardening Books that includes only the best pick titles of our Online Bookstore:

All New Square Foot Gardening“Grow More in Less Space!” This is what you will learn while reading this amazing book by Mel Bartholomew who uses his engineering expertise whilst working on his passion for gardening that results in an absolutely perfect garden. With added ten new improvements, this refined version of Mel’s popular “Square Foot Gardening becomes highly productive and rewarding resource for any gardener.

The Vegetable Gardener’s Bible – This is the 10th anniversary edition of the Edward C. Smith’s popular “The Vegetable Gardener’s Bible” that has helped a number of gardeners grow an abundance of vegetables and herbs in their limited premise. New to this edition is coverage of 15 additional vegetables, including an expanded section on salad greens and more European and Asian vegetables.

The Vegetable Gardener’s Container BibleEdward C. Smith in this new book teaches home food gardeners How to Grow a Bounty of Food in Pots, Tubs and Other Containers. By growing vegetables in containers, even novice gardeners can reap a bounty of organic food in restricted spaces. Anyone can harvest tomatoes on a patio, produce a pumpkin in a planter, or grow broccoli on a balcony, it’s easy now with this incredible book.

You Grow Girl: The Groundbreaking Guide to Gardening – This is not your grandmother’s gardening book, in fact, is a trendy and humorous how-to guide by Gayla Trail fitting for crafty and artful girls around the world who are passionate for gardening but lack the know-how to turn their dreams of having homegrown tomatoes and fresh-cut flowers into a reality.

The Well-Tended Perennial Garden: Planting and Pruning Techniques – With more than 130,000 copies sold since its original publication, this advanced gardening book by Tracy DiSabato-Aust has proven itself to be one of the most useful tools a gardener can have. Now, this expanded edition offers detail of essential practices of perennial care such as deadheading, pinching, cutting back, thinning, disbudding, and dead leafing, all of which are thoroughly explained and illustrated.

Carrots Love Tomatoes: Secrets of Companion Planting for Successful Gardening – This gardening classic by Louise Riotte was first published in 1975, and since then it has been teaching generations of gardeners how to use the natural benefits of plants to protect and support each other. Here is a reader’s complete reference to which plants nourish the soil, which keep away bugs and pests, and which plants just don’t get along. This is a complete guide to use companion planting for growing an improved garden.

We make clear to our readers that this is a mere list of some highly-demanded Books on Gardening. Gardeners or readers will find a lot more titles when they browse through our special category of Gardening Books. They can go more specific with the sub-categories like Flowers, Fruit, Garden Design, Garden Furnishings, Greenhouses, Herbs and Lawns.

Readers may like to share and comment more book titles to us to enlarge this list. 

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