Saturday, July 5, 2014

Author offers hilarious look at a new church in 2027



Book Review: The Future Church – Revelations Revised


By Dick Harrison
© Copyright February 2013
Kindle Edition

The new Conglomerate Church in the year 2027 takes the appeal of the Internet to a brand new level. This church captures believers of various stripes by offering them a ‘quick fix’ for their prayers, not to mention the easiest way possible to unload their confessions.

Since people already know how to pray, all they have to do is fill out their request, drop it into a prayer box at their local church,temple, synagogue, etc. and a speedy answer can come by email, Twitter message, Facebook post or even Linked-In message – whatever a person prefers!

“If they have a computer, they can go straight in – email boldly before the throne,” Harrison writes.

He shows the influence of Marshall McLuhan, a Canadian philosopher and writer that most everyone, including myself, became familiar with in high school. McLuhan wrote such books as The Global Village,in which he predicted that individual newspapers would eventually be replaced by an electronic media that would bring the world closer together, Understanding Media: The Extensions of Man (1964), about the influence of the communications media of the time and The Gutenberg Galaxy: The Making of Typographic Man (1961), which took a serious look at ‘communications technology’ and what its effects might be in the future.

To further fill the coffers, The Conglomerate Church sells a variety of items to its happy parishioners around the world such as it’s popular Three Speed Electric Rosary (to cut penance time in half!) and Confessional Saunas where those health-minded folks can go to cleanse their bodies and their souls!

You will find yourself laughing at every turn of the page in this lighthearted look at what church life could be in the future. You will be in stitches reading about the church’s new appeal to young people with Spray-On-Condoms, their choices for sainthood and the hilarious Augmented Commandments.

Obviously, Harrison put a great deal of thought into developing this book. Add a huge doses of humor throughout and this book becomes an easy read that you’ll want to enjoy more than once!

Harrison is an award winning author, cartoonist and podcaster who has published a variety of works – always maintaining his witty and charming sense of humor.

For more information on The Future Church – Revelations Revised, go HERE and to pick up your own copy at just $2.99, go to HERE





Thursday, July 3, 2014

LIM-R-IDDLES Revisited offers hours of entertaining fun



By Richard Harrison
© Copyright March 2014
Published by BookBaby

ASIN: B00K017SYU
Pages: 222

In LIM-R-IDDLES REVISITED, Richard Harrison offers readers an opportunity to solve entertaining limericks in riddles that provide hours of fun and stretch the mind at the same time.

In his opening Dedication, Harrison notes that he stems from “a generation that revered words – their power and their meaning.” It was a time when dictionaries became well-worn tools with teachers often saying, “Go look it up!” This is vastly in contrast to today where people around the world write “140-character Tweets” that contain “no grammar, punctuation or capitals.”

Being a student of old-school learning, Harrison learned to use words to their fullest, which has led him to creating word games such as those found in LIM-R-IDDLES. From humorous quips about marriage and children to the arts, animals, crime, pet peeves, imbibing, health, sports and more, his collection of 157 limericks will leave even the most intelligent folks scratching their heads as they attempt to solve the mixed up words that form them.

Add to this most amusing drawings that accompany each puzzle and LIM-R-IDDLES offers countless hours of enjoyment. Unlike crosswords, word finds and other such games, this one will keep you guessing with every page.

They say that as one gets older, it is more important than ever to keep one’s mind active to stave off the ills of old age. By the time you reach the end of this book, you will know that your mind has certainly had a good workout without you even realizing it. Also at the end, Harrison invites his readers to try their own hand at creating LIM-R-IDDLES, suggesting that if chosen, they just might appear in an upcoming issue.

So settle into your easy chair, put your thinking cap on and pick up a copy of this most entertaining and challenging work for just $2.99 by going HERE.

Also Available at Barnes & Noble HERE.

For more information on LIM-R-IDDLES REVISITED, go HERE.

For those who might wonder why this is a ‘revisited’ edition, Harrison and Albert Adler Harrison created an earlier version called Fun with Lim-R-Iddles published in 1968 so be sure to check that one out as well by going HERE.



Sunday, June 29, 2014

Experience the highest highs and lowest lows of a mother’s life



And The Whippoorwill Sang
By Micki Peluso
LSP Digital, LLC
© Copyright 2011
ISBN: 978-1466497078
296 Pages

The worst nightmare any mother could endure is the loss of a child. In And The Whippoorwill Sang, author and mother Micki Peluso relates her own agonizing story of loss and grief after a drunk driver cut short the vibrant life of her beloved 14-year-old daughter Noelle.
But this horrible incident does not consume the entirety of Peluso’s tale. The majority of her book relates countless recollections of raising a brood of half a dozen children from their earliest years when half the battle was helping them survive cuts, bruises and broken bones, to the turbulent pubescent years and their eventual entry into adulthood. From a daughter who amused the family with her many comedic antics to a son who took delight in nailing a frog to a cross and yet other who tied the family cat to an umbrella and launched it out an upper window to see if it would parachute down, one cannot help but laugh out loud.
And The Whippoorwill Sang is a truly heartfelt tale scanning many years of memories. Just as the author has the reader howling at her children’s behavior, she slips in another short chapter recalling those agonizing 10 days that she sat with family and friends in a waiting room next to the intensive care unit where her daughter’s spirit hung precariously between the world of the living and the afterlife. Thankfully, the author chose to present her story this way so the reader does not become lost in the utter hopelessness that she felt during that terrible time.
For those such as I who love to hear true tales of the paranormal, I could not help sympathizing with her youngsters when they insisted that one of the much older but beautiful homes where they lived was actually haunted. Despite their pleas about all manner of paranormal activity, including ghostly apparitions, Peluso was not convinced until she saw otherworldly spirits for herself. After this happened she wrote, “I owed my kids an apology.”
When Noelle finally succumbed to her injuries, many wonderful supernatural events made Peluso increasingly aware that the soul lives on. Two of her young grandsons, one just 2 years old, were well aware of Noelle’s presence in their lives. And she even made an unexpected appearance to her father when her mother was in hospital.
This is one of those rare books that take the reader along for both the highest highs and lowest lows of a mother’s life. Her children were certainly a mixed bag of memorable characters, not to mention dogs, cats and a loving but workaholic husband. Peluso’s story presents us with not only a mother’s memories of both joyful and sorrowful times but also leaves the reader with a feeling of great hope.
This is one book that will linger in your own memory long after its covers are closed.

To pick up your copy, go HERE




Monday, March 31, 2014

U. S. Ethics surrounding kidney donations result in needless deaths



The Kidney Sellers: A Journey of Discovery in Iran
By Sigrid Fry-Revere, J.D., Ph.D.
Published by Carolina Academic Press 
Copyright March 10, 2014
Genre:  Creative non-fiction, non-fiction adventure (adult and young adult)
ISBN 978-1-61163-512-6

According to Sigrid Fry-Revere, ethics consultant for the Washington Regional Transplant Community’s Organ and Tissue Advisory Committee, there were more than 100,000 people on the waiting list for a kidney transplant in the United States at the end of 2013 and about 400,000 people on dialysis.
The sad truth, she says, is that many of them will die because there are not enough cadaver kidneys to meet their needs and those on dialysis usually only survive for approximately four years.
“Every year only about 15% of those on the active waiting list get transplants,” she writes. “Most will die waiting. Another 7–8% die or drop off the list (because they are too sick for an operation) without getting a kidney. This translates to approximately 20-25 American dialysis patients dying needlessly every day.”
Why is this happening in such a progressive country? Fry-Revere says it is because Congress passed the National Organ Transplant Act (NOTA) in 1984 that prohibited anyone from paying for organs. On top of that, doing so could result in a fine of $50,000 and up to five years in jail.
Based on the ethics that body organs should not be up for sale, this system is why those wealthy enough sometimes turn to purchasing a kidney on the black market. Fry-Revere notes “ a thousand or more Americans purchase illegal organs (mostly abroad) every year.” However, the black market is totally unregulated leaving patients open to contracting such diseases as “HIV, hepatitis and even cancer from improperly screened donors.” And she adds, “Donors are lied to, cheated, and left without sufficient post-operative care.”
The wealthy can also afford to get an operation as well as take the needed time off work. Thus the poorer folks are the ones more likely to die. Fry-Revere, who is also project director of the Center for Ethical Solution’s SOS (Solving the Organ Shortage) project, views this situation as unacceptable, especially when she learns that a much smaller country - Iran – has solved the problem of kidney shortages.
“The United States should be ashamed to be outdone by a country like Iran,” she notes.
Fry-Revere spent two months in Iran interviewing physicians, nurses, kidney sellers and patients, as well as administrators of non-governmental, non- profits called Anjomans that arrange kidney sales in that country. She became the first person ever to document interviews on film and what she learned about the Iranian’s legal compensation system has proved invaluable.
One cannot read this book without feeling deep sympathy for not just the kidney patients who die each year in the U.S. but also for the families who are forced to watch them slowly dwindle away on dialysis. For Fry-Revere it also strikes close to home because her own son was diagnosed with kidney cancer when he was just 10 months old.
For this writer living in Canada brings the same restrictions as the U.S. I could only helplessly watch as a good friend and former co-worker on dialysis slide toward death’s door. According to Organ Donation and Transplantation in Canada, kidney donations have not increased over the past 10 years and ironically it is believed that copying the U.S. would provide the solution.
This book is a work of creative non-fiction. As such Fry-Revere, who is also president of Stop Organ Trafficking Now, uses not just her own knowledge of the situation but also relates the stories of others both in the U.S. and Iran in a way that is informative, interesting, easily readable and most importantly, heartfelt. Travel along with this courageous woman, who took her chances filming interviews without government permission. Find out why the 25-year-old Iranian system works and what problems still exist. Learn how donors are compensated and kidney patients are helped. Also discover how administrators, donors and patients deal with the ethical problems that have caused the U.S. to refuse to institute a similar system. Most importantly, learn what life on dialysis is really like. It will surely break your heart.
Aside from compelling personal stories, Fry-Revere also gives us a glimpse of life in current-day Iran that is far different than what the media and the U.S. government have led us to believe. This book is definitely worth five stars and a must-read that is hard to put down.

To pick up a copy of The Kidney Sellers: A Journey of Discovery in Iran, go to http://www.cap-press.com/books/isbn/9781611635126/The-Kidney-Sellers Amazon link: http://www.amazon.com/The-Kidney-Sellers-Journey-Discovery/dp/1611635128

All author royalties go to support the SOS, Solving the Organ Shortage, project (http://www.ethical-solution.org/projects/sos

To view photos that Sigrid Fry-Revere took while in Iran, go to http://www.TheKidneySellers.com.  For a discussion of the center’s Solving the Organ Shortage project and other related issues, go to: http://www.ethical-solutions.org.


Other sources:Organ Donation and Transplantation in Canada

http://www.parl.gc.ca/Content/LOP/ResearchPublications/prb0824-e.htm#Organ

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Author Profile: Jack Durish


Rebels Mountain
By Jack Durish
Published by Venture Galleries, LLC
Copyright December 20, 2011
Pages: 301

Although this blog is primarily for book reviews, I also provide author profiles. Today that profile is for Jack Durish, author of Rebels On The Mountain, an historical fiction work that is available in all ebook formats on Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble and iTunes. What follows is a Q & A with the author.

Q. Please give us a one sentence synopsis of your book.

A. Nick Andrews, a U.S. Army spy assigned to unwrap the mystery of diplomatic failures in Cuba, avoids being entrapped in Castro's revolution until he is forced to bury his friends and fight.

Q. Who are the main characters and who would you like to see portray them in a movie?

A. Nick Andres: A U.S. Army Ranger and Korean War Veteran who has made a career of reconnaissance patrols behind the Iron Curtain - possibly portrayed by Stephen Amell.
Lucia Comas: An American educated, island born mulata, daughter of the second wife of don Carlos Comas, a Cuba sugar plantation owner, and love interest of Nick Andrews - possibly portrayed by Christina Milian.
Emma Regan: An American socialite whose husband, a retired pediatrician operates a free clinic on the sugar plantation she inherited, and sister to the don Carlos Comas' second wife, Sigourney Weaver.
Fidel Castro: The charismatic leader of the revolution that overthrew the Cuban dictator, Fulgencio Batista - possibly portrayed by Jsu Garcia.
Che Guevera: The Argentinian doctor who became one of Castro's most notorious lieutenants and his executioner following Fidel's rise to power - possibly portrayed by Guillermo Diaz.
Ernest Hemingway: Nobel Prize winning author and Havana resident who mingled freely in the halls of power in Havana and purportedly supported Castro's revolution - possibly portrayed by William Hurt.

Q. Can you tell us the story without revealing too much?

A. Nick Andrews uses the cover of a pleasure trip with friends, the Regans - a retired doctor and his socialite wife, who own an estate in Cuba - to infiltrate the island from its halls of power in Havana to the rebel camp in the mountains at the eastern end of the island. Unexpectedly, he rekindles a childhood crush with the island-born niece of the Regans, and makes friends with a loyal Fidelista rebel. Romance, rum, rumba and revolution layer themselves into a thrilling tale of intrigue, action and suspense.

Q. What inspired you to write this book and how long did it take?

A. I was slated to pilot a vessel from Galveston Bay to the Chesapeake with a stop in Havana when I was a young sailor but the trip was canceled due to several factors including the fall of the Batista government in Cuba. I suppose that I never let go of the disappointment of missing that adventure. Thus, I followed events in Cuba closely and studied the history of the island and its people during the intervening fifty years. I spent another two years cataloging and studying my research, and another year and a half to write and edit the manuscript.

Q. What other books have you written?

Dream Pirates - Fiction for young readers with impaired reading skills and new English speakers.
WordPerfect: Creative Applications - Technical manual
Infantry School: A Soldier's Journal - Personal memoir
Vietnam: A Soldier's Journal - Personal memoir
Trifles: Literary Dessert - A collection of short stories to be published soon

Q. Which authors inspired you, your style?

A. Many including Ernest Hemingway (voice), Mark Twain (irony), Charles Dickens (memorable characters).

Q. Where can we learn more about you and your books?

A. My web site at http://www.jackdurish.com contains my personal blog, as well as my biography, a synopsis of all of my books and links to them, and recommended web sites for anyone interested in reading.

Q. How can we follow you? (ie.) Twitter, Facebook, Google+, etc.

A. Twitter    Google+

Q. Is there anything else you would like us to know?

A. I am currently working on my second novel featuring Nick Andrews as a young soldier in the Korean War. Also, I have been posting to my blog a series of articles built from my research into Cuba with special emphasis on the love-hate relationship between the island and the United States. Most expect a change in U.S.-Cuban relations when Fidel Castro dies, and Americans will begin looking forward to visiting this Caribbean paradise, which has been off limits for so many years.

To pick up a copy of Rebels On The Mountain, go HERE




Sunday, February 9, 2014

In Harmony: A biography of Jack Blanchard and Misty Morgan




By Moragh Carter
Published by Matador
© Copyright 2012
ISBN#978 1780884 202
Pages: 136

Author Moragh Carter offers an inside peek at the private lives of Jack Blanchard and Misty Morgan, best known for their hit song, Tennessee Birdwalk, which reached the number one spot on the country charts in 1970.

Through Carter, Jack and Misty share the joys and sorrows they faced over the years as they shared their music with the public in everything from run-down bars to festivals, packed auditoriums and even the Grand Ole Opry. What makes this book particular delightful is Jack’s humor that not only shines through in their music but also in how he tells their story.

Carter shares both the highs and lows this talented duo endured during their years in the music business. There were times of extreme poverty, when they struggled to make a living and aside from performing gigs, they took on extra odd jobs. At the same time, they had to content with bar owners that sometimes disappeared before paying them and even one at The Comic Book in Jacksonville Beach who fiend a fake robbery just to get out of paying them.

In 1965, the couple recorded an instrumental together called Gemini. Then in 1967, their first recording session at Woodland Studios in Nashville resulted in their song, Bethlehem Steel. Their next title - Big Black Bird - was a ‘Top 10 Pick’ on Billboard.

Their best times were during the ‘70s when they released a series of popular songs, including Somewhere in Virginia in the Rain, Humphrey The Camel and There Must Be More to Life than Growing Old but even then, record producers found exceptional ways of getting out of contracts and refusing to pay.

After suffering from ill health for a time, the couple made a major comeback going into the 2000’s with remakes from old vinyl records to digital editions of such songs as Call On Me, Back from the Dead – Volume 2 (there was no Volume 1, which again showed Jack’s amazing wit), A Little Out of Sync and Jack & Misty are Crazy. In 2004, the couple was inducted into the New York Country Music Hall of Fame and soon thereafter, into the Buffalo (NY) Music Hall of Fame in 2010.

But by far the most interesting aspect of their lives unfolds when Jack relates some of the things that happened over the years. For example, he relates that when he was a teenager, he joined a trio with two other young men, who were Mohawk Indians. The boys took him to races at the Six Nations reservation in Ontario where their parents ran a general store, post office and funeral parlor.

One night, the boys took him downstairs for a jamming session “by flashlight and candle light. It seems the entire family woke up and came down to cheer them on but when the lights went on, Jack realized “they were in the funeral parlor with two dead bodies in the audience!”

Years later, when Jack and Misty performed at a hotel restaurant and lounge in Sebring, Florida, they ran into trouble when they sang their song, Cows. Right in front of the audience, the owner yelled at them saying, “they should have known better” and promptly fired them.

This book, which is such an easy read, also includes a collection of Jack’s lighthearted and humorous stories. As Moragh noted, he has the innate ability to “paint with words.” When you purchase this book, be sure to read such stories as, ‘Henhouse Murder Trial Begins and The Last Day. You’re sure to have a great laugh!

To hear their music and keep up with their latest news, be sure to visit Jack’s web sites:

http://www.jackandmisty.com
CD Baby: http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/jackmisty

Moragh Carter web site: http://www.about.me/moraghcarter

To pick up your copy of In Harmony: A biography of Jack Blanchard and Misty Morgan, go to: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00AAI3LIA?tag=authl.it-20

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Attention Writers!

 Maurice Tudor has a Linked-In group for writers and authors. He is always coming up with new and great ways that you can promote your work for free.

You will find Maurice on Linked-In here: https://www.linkedin.com/profile/view?trk=contacts-contacts-list-contact_name-0&id=3556521

Maurice also has a web site where he posts author profiles at no cost. Here is an example of one of them: http://mauricetudorbookstore.wordpress.com/2014/02/03/this-weeks-featured-author-is-member-margaret-skea-talking-about-her-book-turn-of-the-tide/#respond

On this site, you will also find links to free tools and resources for writers, as well as promotional tips and a place where you can brag about your book - all free of charge! And there is even more to explore on this site, so be sure to check it out.

As well, Maurice has put together a Publishers Plus Directory, which every published author should take advantage of. You will find that at: http://mauricetudor.com/publishersdirectory.htm.

You can join his mailing list by sending your name and email address to
Maurice@southport88.fsnet.co.uk with Join-mailing-list in subject line, and receive all the latest free promotions as they emerge.

Also so:

Bookshelf for writers

Writers discussion grouphttp://tinyurl.com/pdnfn3u

Writers Co-operative discussion group

 http://www.linkedin.com/groups/This-groups-intentions-are-all-5112849.S.259780629?qid=ba78c91f-d703-437b-9080-32b310f741ac&trk=group_most_recent_rich-0-b-cmr&goback=.gmr_5112849 

 Happy Writing!

Martha