Archive for May, 2012

Books on Making Money: Learn to Get Extra Income

Friday, May 18th, 2012

Author: Sherry Helms

There exists some well-acknowledged legal and legitimate ways to add to your income. Since books are the best resources to get idea and important information on any topic, here we are offering a list of well-received Books on Making Money written by the field experts.

Internet Riches: The Simple Money-Making Secrets of Online Millionaires – Filled with practical pointers and inspiring interviews, this is the most powerful book ever on starting and enjoying a million-dollar online business. In this strategy-packed guide, top e-business consultant Scott Fox reveals the powerful but simple methods that he and thousands of others have used to strike it rich on the internet. Besides featuring an action plan for brainstorming new business ideas, it includes exclusive interviews with ‘mom and pop’ entrepreneurs that proves how easy it is to get started and build a million-dollar enterprise.

Thou Shall Prosper: Ten Commandments for Making Money – In this book, author Rabbi Daniel Lapin offers a practical approach to creating wealth based on the established principles of ancient Jewish wisdom. This book details the ten permanent principles that never change, the ten commandments of making money if you will. It provides new examples, especially of Internet related business opportunities. In addition, each chapter highlights specific action steps that can lead to wealth opportunities in both difficult economic times and periods of prosperity.

Making Money from Home: How to Run a Successful Home-Based Business – In tough economic times, conventional jobs can be hard to find. A home-based business could be the answer for many people. This book on Making Money compares the cost of working outside the home with the benefits of working from home. It provides readers with the tools they need to run a successful home business, such as time management advice, details on the foundations of a solid business, tips on marketing goods and services, legal issues to consider, and information on how to use the Internet effectively and how to create a business plan.

One Up On Wall Street : How To Use What You Already Know To Make Money In The MarketPeter Lynch is America’s number-one money manager. His mantra: Average investors can become experts in their own field and can pick winning stocks as effectively as Wall Street professionals by doing just a little research. In this book, Lynch says, by simply observing business developments and taking notice of your immediate world — from the mall to the workplace — you can discover potentially successful companies before professional analysts do. This jump on the experts is what produces “ten baggers”, the stocks that appreciate tenfold or more and turn an average stock portfolio into a star performer.

Making the Most of Your Money Now: The Classic Bestseller Completely Revised for the New Economy – America’s most trusted financial adviser, Jane Bryant Quinn helped millions of readers meet their goals in the 1990s through her book Making the Most of Your Money, the best personal finance book on the market. Now, this bestseller has been completely revised and updated for 2010 and beyond, providing a guide to financial recovery, independence, and success in the new economy. This proven, comprehensive guidebook steers you around the risks and helps you make smart and profitable decisions at every stage of your life.

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NY Times Bestselling Author, C. C. Hunter on Taken at Dusk

Thursday, May 17th, 2012

Author: C. C. Hunter

“Step into Shadow Falls, a camp for teens with supernatural powers. Here friendship thrives, love takes you by surprise, and our hearts possess the greatest magic of all.”

When I was approached to write a young adult series for St. Martin’s Press/Griffin, the first thing I did was to take a long stroll down Memory Lane.  Why did I do this?  Well, in order to create my characters, I needed to recall what it was like to be sixteen again.  What did I fear when I was that age?  What did I yearn for?

Taken at Dusk is the third book in my Shadow Falls series.  The story revolves around an insecure sixteen-year-old girl trying to walk through the landmines of adolescence.  With her parents divorcing, her grandparents dying, boyfriends wanting more than she’s ready to give, and girlfriends taking a detour to the wild side, Kylie has enough on her plate.  But when she’s sent to Shadow Falls, and learns she’s not human, her search for who she is turns into a pursuit of discovering what she is.

Set in a camp with vampires, werewolves, witches, faes and shape-shifters, the series takes the theme of a sixteen-year-old with an identity crisis to new heights.  However, Kylie’s journey of self-discovery, played out in the five books of the series, involves friendship, young love, acceptance and a yearning for courage, all of which are relatable and inspiring to teens and adults alike. Woven with humor, mystery, and a touch of fantasy, my goal was to write a story filled with characters easy to love and a plot that was hard to put down.  A story about supernatural beings whose choices, mistakes, and struggles can offer insight into being better humans.

The Forever War: A Conversation with Joe Haldeman

Wednesday, May 16th, 2012

We had of late the pleasure of posing some questions to the eminent American Science Fiction author, Joe Haldeman, on his career and the most popular work as a SF writer.

Mr. Haldeman has penned around 20 novels and five short story collections, so far. His best known book, The Forever War, was one of the first SF works inspired by Vietnam War that won the Hugo, Nebula, and Locus awards for the best science fiction novel in 1975. Actually, The Forever War and his first book, the autobiographical novel War Year (1972), were based on his service as a combat engineer from 1967 to 1969 in the US Army in Vietnam.

Haldeman’s other notable works include Camouflage, The Accidental Time Machine, Marsbound and Forever Peace.

Joe Haldeman officially received the Damon Knight Memorial Grand Master for 2010 by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America at the Nebula Awards Weekend in May, 2010 in Hollywood, Fla.

The Forever War” is your most popular work and has won both the Hugo and Nebula Awards for the Best Novel. Our hearty Congratulations to you! Now, what do you think made it so?

 It was one of the best novels of the year.  The two main contenders, though, were Delany’s Dhalgren and Joanna Russ’s The Female Man.  If only one or the other had appeared, it probably would have won, for being au courant.  But they took votes from each other – Russ’s book gathering a strong feminist contingent – and so The Forever War won sort of by default.

Our readers would love to read about this book in your words. Give us a brief description of The Forever War.

Soldiers fight an interstellar war against a mysterious enemy. Because of Einsteinian time dilation and “collapsars,” the soldiers spend only years in combat, while centuries pass on Earth. Any soldier will recognize the real-life metaphor in that situation.

How and when did you come up with the idea of writing this marvelous Science-fiction?

One day in the late autumn of 1970, I sat down at Keith Laumer’s dining room table and typed out a line I remembered from army Basic Training – “Tonight we’re going to show you eight silent ways to kill a man.”  About ten pages later, I realized I was writing a novel.

You must have had some interesting or unusual experiences while writing this Sci-fi. Please share the most remarkable one.

Nothing remarkable.  I just wrote every day.  Sometimes it was easy and usually it was not.

How appropriate the title, The Forever War, of the book is?

Well, it’s about a war that seems to last forever, so it’s appropriate.  The working title, actually, was Hero, but an editor complained that wasn’t “science-fictional” enough.  So I was talking to my brother about this, while we were driving between Baltimore and Washington, and he suggested “The War That Lasted Forever.” I said “The Forever War,” and that’s what it became.

Where did your interest in writing Science Fiction come from and who were your major influences?

I always read it as a kid.  My influences were the usual ones for my generation:  Clarke, Heinlein, Asimov, Bester.

What do you think is the hardest part of writing Science Fiction over Realistic Fiction?

Neither is particularly hard if you aim low enough; neither is easy if you aim high  enough.  I wouldn’t say one is harder than the other.

After enriching the world of literature with many incredible science fiction, now you are teaching writing at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Which phase of your career you think is the most rewarding: as a writer or a teacher?

Writer.  Teaching is a hobby.

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

A novel, Work Done for Hire.

Would you like to say anything to your readers?

Buy more books.  Really.

What message or tip you would love to give to the aspiring writers or those who are learning creative writing?

Don’t allow yourself to be easily discouraged.  There’s no consistent correlation between how good a writer you are and how long it takes to first be published.  Once you’ve been published a few times, it’s relatively easy to stay employed.  To people “learning creative writing” (as opposed to non-creative writing?) I would repeat what you’ve no doubt heard before – write every day.  It’s especially important to write when you don’t feel like writing.  If you don’t do that, you probably will never finish a readable book.

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Welcome to David Whitley’s World Where Everything Is For Sale: Guest Author

Tuesday, May 15th, 2012

Author: David Whitley

If everything in the world was for sale, what would you buy?

In the past, we’ve bought some strange things. We’ve even sold each other the Moon and the Stars. And for me, the joy of writing fantasy is that you can take an idea like that and push it so much further than you could in the real world – you can look at what would happen if, for example, we really could buy or sell anything – how about thoughts, memories, even emotions? What would that do to our society? What kind of people would flourish, and who would be left behind? And in the end, what would that tell us about ourselves, back here in the real world?

My books, The Midnight Charter and its sequel, The Children of the Lost, are set around the city of Agora – an ancient and proud city where everything is for sale. Emotion peddlers offer you small bottles of Happiness, the poor trade away their own memories for food, and until the age of twelve, children are mere possessions.

In The Midnight Charter my main characters, Mark and Lily, have now passed that all-important twelfth birthday and are technically adults in the eyes of the law, but they are going to have to learn fast to survive in a city where you are only as valuable as what you are willing, or able, to trade. Trapped in the centre of a web of plots and counter-plots, at first they are only trying to escape from their lives as servants. But over time, they find their own paths – Lily, who believes in good for its own sake, founds a charity, an act of sedition in Agora. Whilst fame-obsessed Mark begins a meteoric rise that makes him the darling of a city where reputation holds so much weight. And lurking in the shadows, the sinister ruler of Agora – the Director of Receipts – watches them. For Lily and Mark are no ordinary children, their lives, and the choices they make, appear to be predicted in a mysterious document, which is said to contain secrets that can drive men mad… The Midnight Charter itself.

After the explosive events of book one, Lily and Mark appear to find some respite in book two, The Children of the Lost, when they discover the land of Giseth, the seemingly perfect bucolic world outside the great city of Agora. But their presence brings disharmony to these sheltered villages—and in this land, disharmony leads to destruction, for it attracts the attentions of Giseth’s darkest secret, the predatory “Nightmare”. Lily and Mark must escape and find the Cathedral of the Lost, where they will uncover the most shocking revelations yet about their corrupt and broken world…

The final book of my Agora trilogy, The Canticle of Whispers, will be out in early 2013. I hope you’ll enjoy exploring my world, and if you’re intrigued by my books do visit my website to find out more!

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Books on Motherhood: Mother’s Day Special

Thursday, May 10th, 2012

Author: Sherry Helms

Mother’s Day is a celebration honoring mothers, and venerating motherhood and its influence in society. It is a day to acclaim a mother’s eternal and self-less love, care and devotion to her kids. It’s the time to show our due love, concern and respect to our own mother as well as to all the mothers around us by doing something cheerful for them and by making them smile wider.

With Mother’s Day, 2012 fast approaching, many of us must be planning to gift  our mom something as special as the day is, as gift-giving is the part & parcel of any celebration. Here, we are with a great gift idea, and that is books. Books are thoughtful, comparatively inexpensive and easy to wrap, and hence can be used as a perfect gift to express heartiest feelings and love for mother.

Enlisted below some motivational yet well-received Books on Motherhood written by successful authors-cum-mothers, which you can collect to gift not only to your mom but to every mothers in your family as a regard to their sacred motherhood. We believe these books would come out to be of great help to all the women, whether working or housewives, who are into the motherhood or going to experience the warmth of motherhood.

The Mission of Motherhood: Touching Your Child’s Heart for Eternity – There is no greater, nobler, or more fulfilling calling than that of motherhood. Every day, as a mother nurture her children, she influence eternal destiny as no one else can. Yet often women are drawn to seek fulfillment outside of God’s design, despite their inherent desire to embrace motherhood with their whole hearts. In this book, author, speaker, and mother Sally Clarkson asserts that by catching a vision of God’s original design and allowing it to shape their lives, mothers can rediscover the joy of motherhood to which God has called them. Using practical examples, her own personal anecdotes and a challenging vision, Clarkson upholds the traditional, biblical view of God’s plan for motherhood.

The Mask of Motherhood: How Becoming a Mother Changes Our Lives and Why We Never Talk About ItBecoming a mother is filled with the extremes of emotion – the highest highs and the lowest lows. But women are often reluctant to talk honestly about the experience for fear they’ll be seen as bad mothers. This is the book that takes on the myths and the misinformation, letting women know that many, if not most, new mothers are feeling the same way. Susan Maushart, sociologist and mother of three, explores how motherhood affects our marriages and friendships, relationships with parents, our sex lives, and our self-esteem. By reaching the last page of this book, mothers will find the comfort and reassurance that they are looking for with the confirmation that, indeed, motherhood is the toughest job in the world, but can also be the most rewarding.

The Price of Motherhood: Why the Most Important Job in the World Is Still the Least Valued“A National Bestseller that Changed America’s View of Motherhood”. Bold, galvanizing, and full of innovative solutions, this provocative book shows how mothers are systematically disadvantaged and made dependent by a society that exploits those who perform its most critical work. Drawing on hundreds of interviews and research in economics, history, child development, and law, Ann Crittenden proves definitively that although women have been liberated, mothers have not.

Good Enough Is the New Perfect: Finding Happiness and Success in Modern Motherhood – We’re the generation destined to have it all—a great job, the perfect family and the time to enjoy both. But between the conference calls and soccer practices, we’ve lost track of what really makes us happy? Join a growing new wave of mothers who are learning to let go of the little things and focus on what they really want out of their career, their family and their life. Through their groundbreaking research, Becky Beaupre Gillespie and Hollee Schwartz Temple have discovered a paradigm shift in motherhood today, offering a true roadmap for the incredible balancing act we call motherhood.

The Happiest Mom: 10 Secrets to Enjoying Motherhood – In this magnificent book on motherhood, author Meagan Francis shows us that motherhood is not an obstacle to joy, rather it is a phase to enjoy the life at best. Drawing on recent happiness research, conversations with hundreds of other moms, and her own experience as a mother of five, Francis shares her ten secrets to happy motherhood in this down-to-earth, funny, and accessible book. This is a book that every mom need to read to be a good parent while actually enjoying themselves.

The Mommy Myth: The Idealization of Motherhood and How It Has Undermined All Women – While taking readers on a provocative tour through thirty years of media images about mothers –the superficial achievements of celebrity moms, the sensational coverage of dangerous day care, the media-manufactured “mommy wars” between working mothers and stay-at-home moms, and more– this book argues that this “new momism – an ideal motherhood” has been shaped by out-of-date civilization, and that no matter how hard they try, women will never achieve it. In this must-read for every woman, Susan J. Douglas and Meredith W. Michaels shatter the myth of the perfect mom and shout, “We’re not gonna take it anymore!”

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Popular Books on World War II: Remembering the Lost Lives

Wednesday, May 9th, 2012

Author: Sherry Helms

“War may sometimes be a necessary evil. But no matter how necessary, it is always an evil, never a good. We will not learn how to live together in peace by killing each other’s children.” —JIMMY CARTER

World War II destroyed more people, implicated more nations, and cost more money than any other war in history. A total of 70 million people served in the armed forces during this very war and out of this huge number 17 million warriors died. Civilian deaths were even greater.

Each year, May 8-9 is observed as the Time of Remembrance and Reconciliation for Those Who Lost Their Lives during the Second World War, as declared by the United Nations (UN). Today, on May 9, lets join your hands with us to pay tribute to all those departed souls. Read popular Books on World War II that we are enlisted below for you. Hope, these books will enable you to empathize the pain, terror and melancholy which civilians and soldiers during WWII lived with as well as let you imagine the heart-wrenching scenes of the holocaust and its aftermath.

The Second World War: A Complete History – It began with the German invasion of Poland on September 1, 1939 and came to an end on V-J Day–August 14, 1945. In the final accounting, WWII would turn out to be, in both human terms and material resources, the costliest war in history, taking the lives of forty million people. In this complete one-volume account of the war, Martin Gilbert intertwines political, military, diplomatic, and civilian elements to provide a global perspective on the war, creating a work that is both a treasure trove of information and a dramatic narrative.

Inferno: The World at War, 1939-1945 – One of the finest military historians, Max Hastings has researched and written about different aspects of the Second World War for thirty-five years. Now, for the first time, he gives us a magnificent, single-volume history of the entire war. This book is a masterpiece on WWII that shows us at once the truly global reach of war and its deeply personal consequences. Remarkably informed and wide-ranging, this book is a new and essential understanding of one of the greatest and bloodiest events of the twentieth century, illuminating some of the darker and less explored regions under the war’s penumbra.

The Storm of War: A New History of the Second World War – The Second World War lasted for 2,174 days, cost $1.5 trillion, and claimed the lives of more than 50 million people. What were the factors that affected the war’s outcome? Why did the Axis lose? And could they, with a different strategy, have won? Andrew Roberts has defined a new history of the second world war that is acclaimed as the finest single-volume account of this epic conflict. From the western front to North Africa, from the Baltic to the Far East, he tells the story of the war – the grand strategy and the individual experience, the cruelty and the heroism – as never before.

The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich: A History of Nazi Germany – Before the Nazis could destroy the files, famed foreign correspondent and historian William L. Shirer sifted through the massive self-documentation of the Third Reich, to create a monumental study that has been widely acclaimed as the definitive record of one of the most frightening chapters in the history of mankind. As per The New York Times, this book is “One of the most important works of history of our time.”

Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption – Written by the bestselling author of Seabiscuit, Laura Hillenbrand, this book has an inspiring true story of a man who lived through a series of catastrophes almost too incredible to be believed. In evocative, immediate descriptions, Hillenbrand unfold the story of Louie Zamperini, a juvenile delinquent-turned-Olympic runner-turned-Army hero. During a routine search mission over the Pacific, Louie’s plane crashed into the ocean, and what happened to him over the next three years of his life is a story that will not let you divert your eyes from the pages for a single moment.

If You Survive: From Normandy to the Battle of the Bulge to the End of World War II, One American Officer’s Riveting True Story“If you survive your first day, I’ll promote you.” So promised George Wilson‘s World War II commanding officer in the hedgerows of Normandy, and it was to be a promise dramatically fulfilled. From July, 1944, to the closing days of the war, from the first penetration of the Siegfried Line to the Nazis’ last desperate charge in the Battle of the Bulge, Wilson fought in the thickest of the action. Of all the men and officers who started out in Company F of the 4th Infantry Division with him, Wilson was the only one who finished. In the end, he felt not like a conqueror or a victor, but an exhausted survivor, left with nothing but his life, and his emotions.

This book is one of the great first-person accounts of the making of a combat veteran, in the last, most violent months of World War II.

Besides the above mentioned books, readers  find a lot more titles on World  War II  at our online bookstore. 

10 Must-read Classic Books of All Time

Monday, May 7th, 2012

Author: Sherry Helms

Here is a list of 10 Must-read Classic Books of all time that our editorial team compiled for you after making a rigorous online research. Though this list could be endless, our adept team members restricted it to just 10 titles by selecting books  that are highly readable, very popular and widely-recommended by bibliophiles.

A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens – While reading this classic book, readers become part of an extremely turbulent part of history – the bloody, terrifying French Revolution. One of the Charles Dickens’s most influential literary works, its opening line is possibly the highly admired in literature: “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness…” Oscillating from France during its revolution to England, across the English Channel, the author looks at the politics of his day that was not only disturbing the peace of the nation but also invading people’s personal lives.

The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien – In ancient times the Rings of Power were crafted by the Elven-smiths, and Sauron, the Dark Lord, forged the One Ring, filling it with his own power so that he could rule all others. But the One Ring was taken from him, and though he sought it throughout Middle-earth, it remained lost to him. After many ages it fell by chance into the hands of the hobbit Bilbo Baggins.

While reading this mesmerizing story, readers’ would fully engulfed in a real world, with real people. The eloquence with which Tolkien compiled this book makes Middle Earth come out of the pages, letting you feel as one of the characters of this book. This is an amazing classic literature of all time.

Les Miserables by Victor Hugo – This is an 1862 French novel by author Victor Hugo that is widely considered one of the greatest novels of the nineteenth century. This classic literary work has a moving story of the trials of the peasant Jean Valjean, a man unjustly imprisoned, baffled by destiny, who is hounded by his nemesis, an ambiguously malevolent police detective Javert. This epic is at once a tense thriller that contains one of the most compelling chase scenes in all literature, an epic portrayal of the nineteenth-century French citizenry, and a vital drama of the redemption of one human being.

The Godfather by Mario Puzo – More than thirty years ago, a classic was born. A searing novel of the Mafia underworld, The Godfather introduced readers to the first family of American crime fiction, the Corleones, and the powerful legacy of tradition, blood, and honor that was passed on from father to son. With its themes of the seduction of power, the pitfalls of greed, and family allegiance, it resonated with millions of readers across the world—and became the definitive novel of the virile, violent subculture that remains steeped in intrigue, in controversy, and in our collective consciousness.

The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins – Widely regarded as one of the first (and finest) in the genre of ‘sensation novels’, this classic work tells the story of one woman’s journey through madness, murder, and mistaken identity. This is a classic work of Victorian sensationalism employing many of the sleuthing techniques of later private detectives. Highly histrionic and often the portrayer of strong female characters, Wilkie Collins intertwine the story of two sisters– one delicate and pretty and the other strong and indomitable. Though almost forgotten today but was a sensational best-seller of its day, this classic mystery is still worth-to-read, today.

A Farewell To Arms by Ernest Hemingway – The best American novel to emerge from World War I, this is the unforgettable story of an American ambulance driver on the Italian front and his passion for a beautiful English nurse. Hemingway’s frank portrayal of the love between Lieutenant Henry and Catherine Barkley, caught in the inexorable sweep of war, glows with an intensity unrivaled in modern literature. This is a moving story of love and pain, of loyalty and desertion, representing a new romanticism in classic era of literature.

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen This is a classic love story in the recommendation list of our readers. Vivacious and witty Elizabeth Bennet, the second eldest of the five daughters whom Mrs Bennett is anxious to put into marriage, hastily dismissed the superior Mr. Darcy – the most disagreeable man in the world. But, as soon as he realizes that he is deeply in love with Elizabeth, he starts improving his stubborn manners and made her to change mind. This volume is loved by book-lovers for its depth, humor and playfulness.

Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen – This is another great classic work by Jane Austen that everyone who has or aspire to have a romantic love story in his/her life should read. It is a timeless tale of romantic manners and mores in which two vastly different sisters (the Dashwood sisters) experience love and loss under the rigid view of British society.  We can say this novel is an excellent introduction to Austen’s works because of its relative simplicity and the use of typical themes and social situations.

Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell – First published in 1936, this book is a historical novel set off against the harrowing milieu of the American Civil War. This American classic has a page-turning story in which a manipulative woman, Scarlett O’Hara and a roguish man, Rhett Butler carry on a turbulent love affair in the American south during the Civil War and Reconstruction. Its movie adaptation is also as popular as this book is.

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee – This highly consequential classic work is the story about a black man charged with the rape of a white girl. Through the young eyes of Scout and Jem Finch, Harper Lee explores with rich humor and unswerving honesty the irrationality of adult attitudes toward race and class in the Deep South of the 1930s. One of the best-loved classics of all time, this Pulitzer Prize winner book has earned many acclamations since its original publication in 1960.

We invite our readers to comment and share if they have some other titles in their mind to add in this list, and they can explore the same at our specific Classic Books category.  

Guest Author: Catherine King and Her Books

Saturday, May 5th, 2012

Author: Catherine King

Hello! My name is Catherine King and I want to tell you about my latest book.

The Lost and Found Girl is a story set in Victorian England and begins with Beth, who thought she had been rescued from the life of a servant by an offer of marriage from gentleman farmer, Edgar.  Beth is not treated well and her babies, Daisy and James, are taken from her to be brought up separately in very different homes.  James is adopted by Edgar’s uncle, wealthy Lord Redfern, master of Redfern Abbey.  But Daisy is sent to a cold-hearted childless couple who treat her as a maid rather than a daughter.  When Daisy, at sixteen, finally escapes her hard life with her adoptive brother Boyd they arrive at Redfern Abbey seeking work and refuge.  Little does Daisy know that her real flesh and blood is the next in line to be lord of the Abbey!  There is a strange connection between Daisy and James, something they can neither explain nor ignore.  But will the truth be discovered in time?

The Lost and Found Girl is the story of a family bond overcoming all obstacles.  It is full of heart-warming characters and heart-breaking twists that will keep you turning the pages.  I am sure you will enjoy reading it.  It is my sixth historical novel set in nineteenth century England.  My books are set mainly in the county of Yorkshire, an industrial area where coal mines and steel works thrived alongside farms, forests and waterways.  My second title Silk and Steel was shortlisted for The Romantic Novel of the Year Award in 2008.  Details of all my books are on my website  My next book is called The Secret Daughter and will be published in paperback on 8th November 2012.

I really enjoy writing my novels.  My heroines often find themselves in difficult situations and have to draw on all their strength and resilience to overcome hardship.  I like to explore the emotions of all my characters when they are faced with tough choices.  I write at home on a portable computer in front of a window and I move from room to room as the seasons change.  Last year I installed a wooden writing lodge in my garden which I can use all year round because it has a fire grate in the middle.

I hope that I have tempted you to read The Lost and Found Girl.  You will not be disappointed!

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Honoring Keith Haring and his Incredible Art Works: Read Books

Friday, May 4th, 2012

Keith Haring is tantamount with the New York’s downtown art scene of the 1980’s.  Great at Public Art, he was an artist and social activist whose art works depict friendship, fun, feelings, and the imagination, all that captured within thick black lines, bright colors, striking symbols, and unforgettable images. Came from a small town in rural Pennsylvania, Haring revolutionized the art world within little more than a decade. He died of AIDS at the mere age of 31, but his works as public art, exhibiting around the New York streets and subways, always keep him alive and visible to his followers.

Today is May 4, Keith Haring‘s 54th Birth Anniversary. On this auspicious day, lets feel the lightness and irony, pleasure and poignancy, inventiveness and energy, all that he carried throughout his life and works, by reading some appropriate books on him and his works.

If you want to get deeper into Haring’s life and his approach towards society  as an artist, you can pick the book, Keith Haring written by Jeffrey Deitch and Julia Gruen. Closely based on Haring’s own concept for the monograph he wanted to publish before his untimely death, this volume represents more than a decade of research and contains a wealth of unpublished photographic and written material including drawings, studio photographs, and journal entries.  From chalk drawings deep in the New York City subways to murals in Pisa and Berlin, this book spans the incredible trajectory of Keith Haring’s artistic career.

There is another comprehensive book of the same name that may take you closer to the Haring’s impressive career: Keith Haring compiled by Elizabeth Sussman.  This volume, published in honor of the fiftieth anniversary of the artist’s birth, serves as a survey of some of Haring’s best known works. It takes the readers through the three turning points of his short yet remarkable career. At first, it presents Haring’s cartooning influences, where thick bold lines are laid down with ink on paper or drawn directly onto empty subway posters. Next come his most iconic works during mid-1980s, when he began to work directly on canvas. And, finally, the book sheds light on Haring’s own social awareness and fight against AIDS.

Now, if you wish to capture the spirits of Keith Haring’s artworks, you can go through either of the following best resources:

Keith Haring Journals – Haring’s artwork, with its simple, bold lines and dynamic figures in motion, filtered into the world’s consciousness and is still instantly recognizable, after twenty years of his sad demise. This Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition of his original work features ninety black-and-white images of classic artwork and never-before-published Polaroid images, offering a remarkable glimpse of a man who in his quest to become an artist, became an icon.

Keith Haring: Future Primeval – This book captures almost all the remarkable works of Keith Haring, from his quick-draw graffiti art on black paper covering unsold advertising spaces in New York subways, to his large-scale canvases/murals, and decorative & pop art output. Contributors to the text include William Burroughs and Timothy Leary. This book is a comprehensive resource to go on a trip to the places of his Public Arts, carrying strong social messages, while sitting at home.

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Books on Press Freedom: Randomly Picked from Our Store

Thursday, May 3rd, 2012

Author: Sherry Helms

Today is May 3 that become a significant day in the history of World Press ever since the United Nations General Assembly proclaimed this day to be World Press Freedom Day.  The intent of celebrating this day is to raise awareness of the importance of freedom of the press and remind governments of their duty to respect and uphold the right to freedom of expression enshrined under Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

In an attempt to support the cause of this day, we have brought forth a list of Books on Press Freedom that are randomly picked from the ocean of books available at our Online Bookstore. Pressmen and students of journalism may pick these books to understand the radicality of Press Freedom and its past & present status under the contemporary governments across the world.

Here is the list:

Into the Buzzsaw: Leading Journalists Expose the Myth of a Free Press – This is a collection of essays by award winning journalists that examines and demonstrates how suppression, manipulation, and distortion of information in news have reached a crisis level- to the point of posing a significant threat to a free American society. In this uneven yet illuminating anthology, editor Kristina Borjesson succinctly explains the journalist’s predicament: “The buzzsaw is what can rip through you when you try to investigate or expose anything this country’s large institutions be they corporate or government want kept under wraps.”

When the Press Fails: Political Power and the News Media from Iraq to Katrina (Studies in Communication, Media, and Public Opinion) – A sobering look at the intimate relationship between political power and the news media, this incredible book argues the dependence of reporters on official sources disastrously thwarts coverage of dissenting voices from outside the Beltway. The result is both an indictment of official spin and an urgent call to action that questions why the mainstream press failed to challenge the Bush administration’s arguments for an invasion of Iraq or to illuminate administration policies underlying the Abu Ghraib controversy.

Reporting the War: Freedom of the Press from the American Revolution to the War on Terrorism – Threats to freedom of the press and the need for democratic dialogue are always greatest in wartime. John Byrne Cooke, son of the veteran journalist Alistair Cooke, delivers a must-read exploration of freedom of the press in wartime throughout American history. This book sheds light on how the press has affected the course of some, but not all, American wars, how the government has tried to suppress opposing opinion, how the press has struggled, and continues to struggle to preserve the principles of the Founding Fathers.

The Idea of a Free Press: The Enlightenment and Its Unruly LegacyThis is one of the most comprehensive books on the Freedom of Press, illuminating the basic idea of a Free Press. Author, David A. Copeland makes a valuable contribution to our understanding of the evolution of press freedom and makes clear why it is one of the most cherished as well as threatened freedoms of human history.

War and Press Freedom: The Problem of Prerogative Power – In the two centuries from the ratification of the First Amendment in 1791 through the Gulf War in 1991, the American press lacked an adequate right to analyze and report on the nation’s armed conflicts. This groundbreaking and moving study, analyzing law and history over these two hundred years, argues that the press freedom cannot and should not be suspended during armed conflict. The military and the media must work together because neither has authority over the other.

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