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The Heavens Truth of Cities and Sites by Dominic Book Blast – Win a $25 Amazon Gift Card!

Title: The Heavens Truth of Cities and Sites
Author: Dominic
Publisher: Trafford
Pages: 345
Genre: Education
Format: Ebook

When you purchase my book, you will see things never seen before. If you are interested in how we got here and when and why things were done in days gone by, then you will see that the ancients of the world made things for someone in the future to discover their meanings. This book will assist anyone who has interest in the ancients of our world, to learn their meanings and reasons for doing what they done. There are many ways of uncovering mysteries, and hopefully, this book will help us all to understand.

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He has finally given to the world the truths of the works done by the ancient peoples of the world. It will be very interesting for the world and will be of interest to people for discovering meanings of future finds from archaeology. There is more to come.

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What Would You Do If You Knew You Couldn’t Fail? by Author Douglas Gardham


Title: The Drive In
Author: Douglas Gardham
Publisher: iUniverse
Pages: 130
Genre: Short Stories
Format: Kindle/Paperback

Have you ever been intrigued by what mysteries lie behind the doors and windows of the places you pass by on your drive into work everyday? The Drive In takes you on Tom Johnson‘s commute. Unlike Tom, you’ll get to peek behind some of those closed doors. Remember going to the “Drive-In” theatre? Each story reveals what goes on like watching the “dusk ‘til dawn” features through your car’s windshield. Meet the people at the places Tom only passes by each day. Then discover how his drive in ends like no other.

 

What would you do if you knew you couldn’t fail?
It’s a question that both plagued and fascinated me after
first hearing it said years ago. Its sentiment has never left me.
It seemed, from what I’d come to accept, like an ideal I
could never achieve yet its very essence came in the incessant two words “why
not?”
I think this was mostly brought on because I was bored with
what my work life had become. It wasn’t my passion or what I loved to do which
I now believe is inextricably linked to what our purpose is here on this
planet. I worked hard. I did well. I liked what I did or had come to find a way
to like it “enough”. I pleased those around me. And I kept busy—very busy.
Being busy can mask a lot of things—important things—but not the questions, “is
this it? is this all there is?”
I don’t know that I was looking for something I hadn’t
already found. I just hadn’t found a way to put it all together.
I discovered writing as a teenager while playing in a band.
I wrote most of our music and lyrics. When the music thing didn’t happen, I
went off to engineering school and subsequently a career in the profession.
Strangely, I never stopped writing and took it up in earnest a couple of years
after graduating. I began to think of myself as a writer who worked as an
engineer. But the rejection of my writing never stopped coming. So much so that
I had come to the conclusion that “author” wasn’t going to part of this
lifetime. But “never say never”. During a family trip to the west coast of
Canada to take our daughter off to school, I realized, despite all my years of
writing, I didn’t have a keepsake for my family. Everyone knew dad’s dream of
publishing a novel yet all I had to show for it was 8-1/2” x 11” pieces of
paper. Then and there I decided. I had to at least accomplish that. Thinking of
a surprise hardcover of one of my novel length works under the Christmas tree,
made things change. I found a publisher, worked with a couple of professional
editors and halved the length of my original 800-page manuscript. Today, I like
to say I not only transformed the story but I transformed my life—as that
writer who worked for so long as an engineer is now a full-time writer. Not
only do I have a keepsake for my family but a novel I want the world to read.
I no longer ask, “Is this it?”
And I have an answer to “what would you do if you knew you
couldn’t fail”.

 

I’m doing it!

Douglas Gardham is the author of the STARbook-awarded novel The Actor. He lives near Toronto, Canada with his wife, dog and cat. He loves books, music and movies. This is his second published novel.

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The Blue Book by Andrew Barbour Book Blast


Title: The Blue Book

Author: Andrew Barbour

Publisher: AuthorHouse

Pages: 776

Genre: Science Fiction

Format: Ebook 

The Blue Book; The Ultimate Project is the Terrestrial Non Human Project to introduce us to their existence alongside us on this Planet. With unique photographs of interaction between a variety of Craft, also including arrivals and departures. It’s time to know!

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  • This giveaway begins August 10 and ends on August 21.
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Guest Post from Maria Nieto, author of Breaking the Silence


Title: Breaking the Silence

Author: Maria Nieto

Publisher: iUniverse

Pages: 202

Genre: Historical Thriller

Format: Kindle/Paperback

On a sweltering summer day, the streets of Old Madrid that once resonated with the laughter of children playing are empty and silent. But inside the apartment buildings there is life as families faithfully wait for updates about an army uprising in Spanish Morocco. Before long, their greatest fears come true. As rebel troops storm Madrid and chaos fills the streets, six-year-old Mari wonders why she cannot go outside to play. Unfortunately, she has no idea she is about to be trapped inside the abyss of what is rapidly becoming a ruthless civil war. Already emotionally wounded by the absence of her mother, Mari attempts to go about her fear-filled days living with her father’s family, which includes a grandfather who lovingly teaches her about the history leading up to the conflict. As she embarks on a coming-of-age journey submerged in the darkness of war, Mari somehow stays alive despite the decisions of an intimidating, ruthless dictator, starvation, and brainwashing by the new Fascist regime. But when circumstances lead her to inadvertently commit the ultimate betrayal, Mari must face the horrifying consequences of her actions. Breaking the Silence shares the compelling tale of a little girl’s experiences as she attempts to survive amid the horror and death surrounding the Spanish Civil War.

There is not much known about Spain during Francisco Franco’s dictatorship from 1939 to 1975. Tourists began to travel to Spain after the end of the Second World War and experienced well-dressed people walking the streets, sidewalk cafes filled with tourists laughing and talking as they enjoyed good food and good wine. Spaniards were reserved but friendly and looked content. What the tourists did not know was that Spaniards in the cities HAD to dress well. Men were made to wear full suits with tie and jackets, women had to wear skirts and dresses or blouses with sleeves to the elbow. What tourists did not know as they ate tapas and tasted wine was that thousands of Spaniards were being tortured and executed in Spain’s prisons every day. What tourists did not know what that Spanish children were being brainwashed every moment of every day in schools and churches to listen at home for any talk against Franco, and report this to the police. What tourists did not know was that at the end of the war pregnant women had been executed in prisons before giving birth because the state could not wait nine months for the executions of the mother. What tourist did not know was that most poor Spaniards were starving, afraid of being carried to prison and tortured and executed for the least suspicion that they may still hold ideas of a democratic government. The story goes on forever. After the war, a Franco appointed king simulated a democracy with a constitutional monarchy. A law was passed demanding silence of any of the events during Franco’s dictatorship. Franco’s criminals who had killed, raped, and tortured thousands and thousands of Spaniards were never charged for their crimes. The people of Spain were not allowed to remember, speak or share any of the tragic events that happened to them, or to their families or friends during the tragic years of Franco’s dictatorship. This law was supposedly imposed to prevent any further bloodshed in the country.

My book, Breaking the Silence, attempts to do just that: break the silence of what happened in Spain during the Civil War, and what happened after the war. It is narrated in story form from the emotional point of view of a six year old child, and using fictional characters. It is the story of a small girl with emotional problems caused by an absent mother, and living through the horrors of the everyday war as she watches friends torn apart and decapitated by bombs and enemy fire. It is the story of a little girl after the Civil War, brainwashed by Franco’s psychological techniques making her commit an unpardonable act. An act for which she must pay.

The author spent her childhood in Spain during the Spanish Civil War and the post war years that followed the war under a brutal dictatorship. As an adult, and after four years in the US Navy, Maria graduated from Temple University in Philadelphia with degrees in nursing and nursing education followed by graduate and post graduate degrees in mental health education and counseling psychology. After teaching psychiatric nursing in Philadelphia, the author moved to New Mexico where she worked in mental health services for the Indian Health Service, and later worked for the University of New Mexico in the department of Emergency Psychiatry. Now retired, Maria still lives in New Mexico with her horse.

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The Drive In by Douglas Gardham Book Feature!


Title: The Drive In

Author: Douglas Gardham

Publisher: iUniverse

Pages: 130

Genre: Short Stories

Format: Kindle/Paperback

Have you ever been intrigued by what mysteries lie behind the doors and windows of the places you pass by on your drive into work everyday? The Drive In takes you on Tom Johnson‘s commute. Unlike Tom, you’ll get to peek behind some of those closed doors. Remember going to the “Drive-In” theatre? Each story reveals what goes on like watching the “dusk ‘til dawn” features through your car’s windshield. Meet the people at the places Tom only passes by each day. Then discover how his drive in ends like no other.

 

Douglas Gardham is the author of the STARbook-awarded novel The Actor. He lives near Toronto, Canada with his wife, dog and cat. He loves books, music and movies. This is his second published novel.

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The Drowning God by James Kendley Book Feature!

The Drowning God

The Drowning GodTitle: The Drowning God
Author: James Kendley
Publisher: Harper Voyager Impulse
Genre: Supernatural Thriller
Format: Kindle/Paperback

The Drowning God, a paranormal thriller by James Kendley, is one of 30 projects selected out of 4,563 submissions for Harper Voyager’s new digital-first expansion — release date July 28, 2015!
Detective Tohru Takuda faces his own tragic past to uncover modern Japan’s darkest secret–The Drowning God.
Few villagers are happy when Takuda comes home to investigate a foiled abduction, and local police enlist powerful forces to shut him out. Takuda sacrifices his career and family honor to solve the string of disappearances in the dark and backward valley of his youth, but more than a job is at stake. Behind the conspiracy lurks the Kappa, a monstrous living relic of Japan’s pagan prehistory. Protected long ago by a horrible pact with local farmers and now by coldly calculated corporate interests, the Kappa drains the valley’s lifeblood, one villager at a time.
Takuda and his wife, Yumi, are among the few who have escaped the valley, but no one gets away unscarred. When Takuda digs into the valley’s mysteries, Yumi’s heart breaks all over again. She wants justice for her murdered son, but she needs an end to grief. Even if Takuda survives the Kappa, the ordeal may end his marriage.
With Yumi’s tortured blessing, Takuda dedicates his life to ending the Drowning God’s centuries-long reign of terror. He can’t do it alone. A laconic junior officer and a disarmingly cheerful Buddhist priest convince Takuda to let them join in the final battle, where failure means death–or worse. The journey of these three unlikely warriors from uneasy alliance to efficient team turns THE DROWNING GOD’s mystery into an adventure in friendship, sacrifice and courage.

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James FendleyJames Kendley has written and edited professionally for more than 30 years, first as a newspaper reporter and editor, then as a copy editor and translator in Japan (where he taught for eight years at private colleges and universities), and currently as an educational publishing content wrangler living in northern Virginia. He has a taste for the macabre, and he hopes you do, too!

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Beyond Duty by James DeVries Book Blast



Title: Beyond Duty
Author: James DeVries
Publisher: iUniverse
Pages: 334
Genre: Fiction
Format: Kindle/Paperback/Hardcover 

The continuing story of Lt. Jeff Lacy is dangerous and sad. The story opens with Jeff’s participation in a Top Secret mission to observe Russian Submarine missile tests. When he has a change of duty station Jeff lands in the middle of a dangerous plot and his beloved wife Molly is killed. In despair Jeff retires from the Navy and soon finds himself working as an agent for the CIA in the United Arab Emirates. While there he becomes partners in the Mid East Construction Company which leads him into unexpected and interesting situations. Jeff finally tracks down Molly’s killer.
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Lt. James DeVries, USN, Retired, served 21 years in the Navy, 10 years in the submarine force and time in Special Warfare. The last year was with a Navy SEAL platoon setting up and operating a training facility on the island of Crete in the Mediterranean.

Jim’s retired years have been spent working as an International Field Service Engineer and 16 years for Fluor Daniel, Inc. as a Project Manager. Now fully retired Jim spends his spear time involved with amateur radio and writing.

Jim and his Red Headed wife Claire live in Salem, Oregon in the summer and Mesa, Arizona in the winter.

James is giving away a $25 Gift Card!

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  • This giveaway begins July 27 and ends on August 7.
  • Winners will be contacted via email on August 8.
  • Winner has 48 hours to reply.

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Bamford Luck by Arthur C. Eastly Book Blast!



Title: Bamford Luck

Author: Arthur C. Eastly

Publisher: iUniverse

Pages: 262

Genre: Western

Format: Kindle/Paperback/Hardcover 

Twenty-eight-year-old Clay Bamford mistakenly thinks he is just bidding his parents farewell for a short time as they depart their Idaho ranch for a vacation. As their RV heads down the road away from home, Clay has no idea that in just a short time, his parents will be murdered and he will be left attempting to solve the crime.

Luong An Chie’n—the patriarch of a Seattle Asian gang—is intent on doing whatever it takes to ensure he remains successful as a drug smuggler. When fate leads a few of his gang members to an encounter with the elderly Bamfords that ends in their untimely deaths, he is clueless that Clay Bamford has begun his own mission to find the guilty parties. Using his United States Army training, work ethic, and country boy toughness, the son hacks computers, intercepts e-mails, and infiltrates the gang. Determined to crack the crime operation, Bamford will stop at nothing until he finally leads police to a fish market—and what he hopes are the answers.

In this gripping tale, an Idaho rancher attempting to solve his parents’ murder uncovers a major drug operation in Seattle where only time will tell if he finds the justice he so desperately needs.

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Arthur C. Eastly was educated at the University of Oklahoma. He enjoys writing frontier stories that enhance the self-reliance, determination, and courage our ancestors used to face dangerous hardships and move forward. His novel,Black Arrow, won second place in a New York fiction contest. Arthur currently resides in Alberta, Canada. This is his third book.

 

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Findependence Day by Jonathan Chevreau Book Blast!


Title: Findependence Day

Author: Jonathan Chevrau

Publisher: Trafford

Pages: 290

Genre: Businesss

Format: Kindle/Hardcover/Paperback 

Get rich slowly! Financial independence is a marathon, not a sprint. The financial crisis revealed the hazards of financial illiteracy. Governments desperately want citizens to become financially independent so they’ll be less of a burden on them. Findependence Day presents personal finance in a “can’t put down” story format easily digested by young adults entering the work force and the world of money. Because money problems often cause marital breakups, it focuses on the financial journey of a young couple who experience the usual ups and downs of job loss, buying homes, raising children, investing and pensions, starting businesses, coping with stock market volatility and more.

The secrets of financial independence are critical wherever you are in the financial life cycle:

• Newlyweds embarking on family formation will discover the importance of financial planning.

• Debt-plagued graduates will be motivated to embrace “guerrilla frugality.”

• Home-owners will learn the foundation of financial independence is a paid-for home.

• Those in their first jobs will embrace employer 401(k) plans, traditional IRAs and Roth IRAs.

• New parents will discover the need for life insurance and saving for children’s education.

• Mid-life investors will learn how to cut costs in their portfolios while benefiting from the expertise of financial planners.

• Those near retirement will learn about advanced concepts like annuities and Asset Dedication.

Jonathan Chevreau is the editor of MoneySense magazine, former personal finance columnist for the Financial Post and author of nine financial books, including The Wealthy Boomer: Life After Mutual Funds. He’s active in social media and blogs at http://www.findependenceday.com.

“Once in a blue moon, a financial book is written that should be required reading for all. Such is the case with Findependence Day.” — Peter Grandich, The Grandich Letter

“A tour de force: a personal-finance book that is hard to put down.” – Larry MacDonald, CanadianBusiness.com

“Having some fun while learning what’s good for you is a double win — particularly learning what we all need to know to live happier lives.” – Charles Ellis, author of Winning the Loser’s Game

This revised all-American edition features end-of-chapter summaries of financial concepts learned, a glossary and bibliography of books that will boost your financial literacy – or that of your kids.

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Jonathan Chevreau was an award-winning personal finance columnist for the Financial Post and National Post newspaper between 1996 and early 2012. He is now the editor of MoneySense magazine, Canada’s leading personal finance consumer magazine. He lives by the lake in Long Branch, Ontario. On a good day he can see Rochester. He has previously authored or co-authored nine non-fiction financial books. They include the Smart Funds series and The Wealthy Boomer: Life After Mutual Funds (Key Porter Books); and Krash! (McGraw Hill.) In 2012, his first e-book was published by National Post: The Best of Jonathan Chevreau.

He blogs at http://www.findependenceday.com. He is active in social media, tweeting as @JonChevreau, as well as Facebook, Linked-in and Google Plus. How to get other editions of Findependence Day The e-book you are reading is the all-American edition of Findependence Day, published in 2013. The original North American edition, published in 2008 only as a traditional printed book, can be purchased via PayPal and major credit cards through the web site at http://www.findependenceday.com.

 

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Defining Intelligence by Dr. Pat Keogh

Title: Defining Intelligence

Author: Dr. Pat Keogh

Publisher: AuthorHouse

Pages: 168

Genre: Education

Format: Ebook/Paperback/Hardcover

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It may be unethical for a person to conduct an intelligence assessment on another human being. Human intelligence is unquantifiable. Observing or analysing behaviour, appearance, personality, beliefs or acquired knowledge cannot produce a quantifiable measure of a person’s intelligence. The brain can perform millions of billions of calculations per second. This gives the person enormous power and incalculable potential. Yet, saying ‘I use my brain to think’ awards the ‘I’ (the mind) a priority over the brain. We are thinking beings. We are compelled and condemned to think. Thinking is process. We cannot analyse thinking but we can analyse thoughts and ideas, the products of thinking. The mind can reflect on the past, live in the present and plan for the future. Intelligence involves abstract, purposeful, logical thinking and the ability to create and execute ideas. It also includes unconscious thinking. The mind functions best when the body is at rests. The mind never sleeps. The ‘Bru na Boinne’ megalithic burial tombs in County Meath, particularly New Grange testify to the brilliance in observation, the thoughtful archectual planning and the masterful engineering execution of ideas and plans by our Neolithic ancestors of five thousand years ago. Modern day communication technology air and spacecraft are contemporary testimonials to human genius. Primary education should allow time in the curriculum for students to daydream purposefully. In early schooling greater emphasis should be placed on creativity, music composition, innovation and artistic pursuits.

 

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Pat Keogh is principal teacher in a large Dublin suburban primary school. He is a staunch advocate of child-centred education. He has had numerous articles published in the Irish Primary Teacher’s journal ‘In Touch’, The Irish Times newspaper and in ‘Leadership’, an Irish Primary Principal’s magazine. Pat has a master’s degree in philosophy and a doctorate in education. His doctoral thesis is entitled: ‘THINKING CRITICALLY’. He is keenly interested in the incredible calculating ability of the human brain and the illusiveness and ingenuity of the mind. He believes that the creative mind operates best when the body is at rest.

 

 

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