As the judge in a complicated case involving an oil-bunkering gang, Sir Carter Braxton finds himself totally under the security provided by a mysterious figure, Sidi el-Hassam, a wealthy Arab who commands a volunteer group that specializes in preventing crude oil theft. The isolation under which he now lives causes him to miss his best friend’s funeral in 1993 for reasons that must remain inexplicable to his friends, the Falconer family, who live in the Forest of Dean, where they grow restoration oak. Finding herself in London, the widow, Valerie Falconer, an American from Texas, slips into one of Carter’s trials as a spectator, after which she discovers the conditions under which her old friend has been living for over three years. However, a third element also mixes into the situation in that both Carter and the Sidi, separately, have volunteered to participate in the refining of the GSP satellite system now being tested by NASA. This tracking system allows Carter to move temporarily to Texas to draw one of his assassins out. Not only is this the story of a man under physical stress and emotional stress; it is also a record of his spiritual journey led by his friend and later wife, Valerie, as well as the spiritual journey of the Sidi, which has been generated by an apparition of Mary in Zeitoun, Egypt.
Publication Date: May 20, 2016
Tour Dates: September 4 – 15
Forestry touches on all aspects of human welfare in one way or another, which is why foresters need to play an active role in determining our collective agenda. Alastair Fraser, a lifelong forester and the co-founder of LTS International, a forestry consulting company, explains how forestry changes with political cycles and how foresters can promote healthy forests at all times.
He explores critical issues such as:
• forests and their connection to coal;
• forest’s role in combatting floods and climate change;
• illegal logging in Indonesia, Laos, and elsewhere;
• tactics to promote sustainable forestry management;
• plantations as a solution to tropical deforestation.
From pulping in Sweden and Brazil, paper mills in Greece and India, agroforestry in the Philippines, “pink” disease in India and oil bearing trees of Vietnam, no topic is off limits. Based on the author’s life as a forester in dozens of countries, this account shows the breadth of forestry and makes a convincing case that forestry management needs to focus on managing change and achieving sustainability. Whether you’re preparing to become a forester, already in the field, or involved with conservation, the environment or government, you’ll be driven to action with Forestry Flavours of the Month.
Publication Date: May 30, 2017
Tour Dates: September 4 – 15
A Poet’s Diary 1 is a collection of thought-provoking poems such as, “It Doesn’t Stop Me from Being Happy,” “When I Think of Love,” “Police State,” and “God’s Recipe for Love. ”
As his poetic words flow, thought-provoking observations and experiences will have the reader mentally and emotionally stimulated.
Publication Date: March 5, 2014
Genre: Mental Health
Tour Dates: July 24th-August 4th
In this chaotic, desperate storm the brain tries hard to gather its fragmented parts, and anchor down the guy lines. To weather out this hopelessness, this turmoil and this pain, -prevent disintegration until the calm returns and clear skies come again.In this chaotic, desperate storm the brain tries hard to gather its fragmented parts, and anchor down the guy lines. To weather out this hopelessness, this turmoil and this pain, -prevent disintegration until the calm returns and clear skies come again.
Publication Date: August 2016
Tour Dates: August 14-25
An Unconventional Lifetime Journey: My 269 Daily E-mail Stories collates and presents hundreds of short stories that provide humorous, touching, memorable, and insightful glimpses into the life of William Faulhaber. Retired after a long career in the sporting goods business, he began to e-mail reminiscences to a list of his friends. Hearing encouragement to keep writing, he wrote about a surprisingly wide array of topics: America’s bicentennial, golf-club shafts, plow horses, vacuum cleaner sales, pontoon boats, bingo, and miracles. To truly appreciate the reach of these stories, one must dive into the collection and explore its vast wealth. Many histories take as their topics the great and cataclysmic events: wars, the rise and fall of nations, discoveries that change the direction of human evolution. If you enjoy history, you may find room on your shelf for a book that takes the time to look at the little comings and goings that make up the life of one person among many who live in the world shaped by those big events. If that is the case, then An Unconventional Lifetime Journey: My 269 Daily E-mail Stories promises to give you that fine-grain detail that brings one man’s story to life.
Steven Bentley, MD, is a retired emergency physician who is married and lives in the North Carolina mountains. Bentley has two living sisters-one in Florida, the other is an ER nurse in Charleston, South Carolina. He travels extensively with his wife and enjoys beekeeping, gardening, flowers, and everything about the natural world. This is his second book.
Inside the Book:
This is an inspiring story of a family whose characters depend on each other’s unique personality traits to see them through life’s little journeys. With Luis, the strength and leadership is dominant, and Erin’s motherly love is profound. The two boys are very different both in looks and in spirit. Dominic is adventuresome, and the outdoors is his passion, whereas Donovan’s love for beauty and music is his motivation. Pauli, different from any of his family, is talented and musical and brings forth a feeling of magic when he plays his beautiful music. In the end, the family is reunited and reassured. Each of us is special in our own way. As long as we have each other, anything is possible.
Pamela O. Guidry was born in New Orleans, Louisiana, in 1960. My parents were the most loving and wonderful parents. I grew up in a family of six children. With three sisters and two brothers, an adventure was always just around the corner. Because family is the most fundamental purpose in life, the experiences we have shared have shaped my life. At an early age, I developed a passion for music, as well as a love for art and creativity. As an adult, I further pursued the imagination and use of colors and textures in my work as a decorator. And now, my passion is to travel the world so that I may experience the beauty of nature and the people I meet along the way.
Although Dr. Patrick Mbaya’s illness caused a lot distress and nearly took his life, the emotional symptoms of the depression he developed helped him understand and empathize with patients and how they feel when they become ill. In My Brain is Out of Control, Mbaya, fifty-five and at the peak of his career, shares a personal story of how he suffered from a brain infection in 2010 that caused loss of speech, right-sided weakness, and subsequent depression. He tells how he also dealt with the antibiotics complications of low white cell count and hepatitis. He narrates his experiences as a patient, the neurological and psychiatric complications he encountered, how he coped, and his journey to recovery. Presenting a personal perspective of Mbaya’s illness from the other side of the bed, My Brain is Out of Control, offers profound insight into battling a serious illness.
What was the hardest part about writing your book?
Answer – 1 What I went through was very difficult for me, and for my family, and although I was writing down what I was going through during my illness, it took me four years before I was comfortable enough to share my story by writing the book.
Do you have a favorite excerpt from the book? If so, can you share it?
Answer – 2 Yes, I have.
EMOTIONAL SYMPTOMS GETTING WORSE!
My mood swings got worse. I was feeling very low, particularly in the morning to early afternoon. I was very emotional, and I found myself crying without a moment’s notice. My confidence was very low and I was feeling very negative, and even though I was confident I did not have HIV, I was convinced (especially in the mornings) that the test they did will be positive and I was a disgrace to my family. All my symptoms were worse in the morning.
I remember the first morning I was crying, and a very nice female staff nurse came to console me. She said,” don’t cry, your wife will be back from New York”. Clearly, she thought I was crying because I was missing my wife who was still in New York at the time, but was obviously unaware that I couldn’t control my emotions. My daughter had rung my wife and told her it wasn’t Bell’s Palsy, but something more serious, so she was desperately trying to get back home. She wanted to speak to me on the phone, but I couldn’t, as my speech by now had deteriorated so much. Ironically, in the first week of my illness, she suggested that I should have a CT brain scan but I said “don’t be neurotic dear! ”
What do you hope readers will take away after reading the book?
Answer – 3 To be aware that serious illnesses like neurological, and psychiatric like depression can affect anyone including doctors like myself, who treat these illnesses.
Who or what is the inspiration for the book?
Answer – 4 To share my personal story. What I went through was very difficult for me, and for my family, and although I was writing down what I was going through during my illness, it took me four years before I was comfortable enough to share my story by writing the book.
I also felt it is important for doctors to see things from the patient’s perspective, and also to give hope to people with depression or brain disorders, and their families.
Have you had a mentor? If so, can you talk about them a little?
Answer – 5 Dr Stephen Stahl is a Professor of Psychiatry at the University of California at San Diego, he is my mentor. He has written a lot of books on chemical changes in the emotional (limbic) brain and how medication like antidepressants, mood stabilizers, antipsychotic, etc work (psychopharmacology). Despite this been a very complex subject, his books are easy to understand, and have helped psychiatrists throughout the world.
He lectures on these subjects. He is enthusiastic, his lectures are informative, and even entertaining, making this difficult subject easy to understand.
He kindly gave his permission, for me to use some of the diagrams from one of his books, in “My Brain is Out of Control.”
I have heard it said in order to be a good writer, you have to be a reader as well? Do you find this to be true? And if you are a reader, do you have a favorite genre and/or author?
Answer – 6. Yes it is true, as you can see how good writers engage their readers.
Yes, Dr Stephen Stahl (answer 5 above).
Life 2 the Full is a self-help book that shows the reader how to improve health and well-being by preventing Illness from happening in the first place. This book will guide you through the elements needed to help you live your life to the full. Life 2 the Full covers such subjects as health and well-being, food, exercise for the body, and exercise for the mind. Stress is also covered in this book, including ways to eliminate it. Other topics include breathing, relaxation, meditation, money, and abundance. The goal is to help the reader achieve a life that is lived to the full. If you are struggling with your life through constant recurring illness, stress, food-related problems, or lack of purpose, Life 2 the Full will teach you how to change the life you are living now into a life that you never thought possible. The book is written in plain English, is easy to understand, and will give you an insight into how easy it is to change your life should you want to.
it, it is obvious. It has always been there but you just probably didn’t think
to look. It is not something that is taught in schools, even our teachers have
not been taught it. It is not a part of
the curriculum at any level of education, so why should you know about it? Our society has totally overlooked this way
of living and opted for the “get more money and grab everything you can” type
of existence. However, when you live life
to the full, your life becomes rich and abundant in every way and this can
be obtained with little effort on your part.
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possessions, which is a very narrow view of what wealth truly is. Money and possessions are absolutely a part
of wealth but only a small part.