Life is a gift. A fleeting, complicated, painful gift. Life holds death, it holds struggle with God, and it holds precious relationships we easily take for granted. And with every event that threatens life as we know it, our perspective on it changes, whether it’s a pandemic, a shift of politics, the tragedy of war, or personal loss. This Too Shall Pass is an exploration of life—sorrowful, mysterious, funny, and beautiful—through a collection of poems, prose, memoir, and commentary written from a mostly Christian perspective. Life is no small thing. Life is no easy thing. Life is uncertain. But one thing is certain about life: it’s miraculous.
In 1989, in the west of Ireland, Donnie McNamara, tired of being the family disappointment buys a one-way ticket to Tinseltown to pursue his ridiculed dreams of acting.
Abe Nelson, a fallen Hollywood legend, now wallows in LA dive bars.
Their worlds collie. Abe becomes an unlikely mentor and is catapulted into Donnie’s fantastical endeavour.
But will the journey to stardom end in red carpets or red faces?
The Epic of Gilgamesh: A Poetic Version offers a readable edition for this ancient tale that is seldom read. The story relates how King Gilgamesh develops his humanity from a tyrant to a man capable of compassion and genuine love.
First, King Gilgamesh must discover friendship, which comes through a beast-like man known by the country folks as Enkidu. Both Gilgamesh and Enkidu complement each other, providing the missing part of their humanness to the other. The two men share several adventures until Enkidu is mortally wounded.
Now Gilgamesh must bare the sorrow of the death of his friend. Yet he refuses to accept the finality of death and decides to search for the source of eternal life. His search for eternal life leads Gilgamesh to strange lands as he meets some very interesting people. The wise Utnapishtim offers his version of the biblical flood and provides Gilgamesh the key to everlasting life.
Even though being he earliest examples of literature, The Epic of Gilgamesh remains timeless, because the tale speaks to the soul about the human condition and the desire to have purpose in life. The author set out to write this edition suitable for all readers, both young and old. The text is written in iambic pentameter and includes twenty (20) full-size color illustrations.
Ring Johnson shot himself. Or did he? For Police Chief Ray Elmore, it’s all too clear that someone is targeting the people in the sleepy, delta town of Split Tree, Arkansas, and it’s now up to him to catch the killer before he can claim another victim. But “Big Ray” is a man haunted by his own past. Physically and emotionally wounded in the Pacific, he must confront the ghosts of his dreams even as he chases the evil in his waking world.
In a tech-addicted dystopia, a young cop struggling to survive is forced into a high-octane gladiatorial grudge match, where sinister corporate overlords pull the strings and humanity’s fate hangs in the balance.
ONE WAY IN. NO WAY OUT
In the super-city of Neo Terminus, millions of tech-addicted fans surround a walled-off inner-city wasteland to watch nano-boosted gladiators called Enforcers fight to the death in the Conglomerate-controlled event known as The Zone. Enforcers are promised wealth and celebrity—if they survive.
Officer Chance Griffin fights to clean up the mean streets of Neo Terminus, and scrape together enough money for his infant son’s vital surgery. Driven by his family’s need, Chance signs on as an Enforcer for The Conglomerate.
As Chance rises to the top of the Enforcer ranks, The Glom’s mysterious Founders coerce him into competing in the greatest Zone trial ever conceived. Chance knows he’s the favorite to win. He believes his family is safe. He believes his son will get the medical care he urgently needs.
Chance is wrong.
Too late, he uncovers a plot by The Glom to rig the trial and enslave the citizens of Neo Terminus, ensuring obedience—forever.
Blinded by fame and fortune, and used as a pawn by the corporate machine, Chance resists. But he is about to discover that every deal with the devil has its price…
Blade Runner meets Judge Dread and The Running Man in this no-holds-barred dystopic thriller from Dragon Award Nominee Stu Jones.
The world is about to change in unimaginable ways…
Earthquakes rock the planet, revealing massive metallic objects and vast subterranean graveyards. One such location is in the Arizona desert. Scientists believe this incredible discovery may hold answers to the origins of man, but when the site is suddenly shut down due to seismic activity, one researcher knows she must return. Assistant archaeologist Rebecca Duccati sneaks into the compound alone, and will have to dig deep to find clues in these strange underground caves and tunnels. The work is dangerous and frightening, but she feels a connection to this bizarre phenomenon that even she isn’t fully aware of yet.
FBI Special Agent Demzey knows nothing about archaeology; his specialty— anomalous crimes, the fringe edge of the aberrant and the unknown. Demzey is investigating a recent rash of vicious and brutal murders, the clues surrounding the killings both disturbing and inexplicable. He and his assistant Connie Wegman catch a break when they discover remains of two monstrous creatures unknown to science, believed to be a race of aliens responsible for attacks on humans across the globe.
With the death toll ticking ever higher, scientists and intelligence agencies on every continent search for the source of these vicious creatures, until the combined efforts of Duccati and Demzey begin to unravel the mystery, though what they uncover could spell the end for the human race.
Rachel Zemach, a Deaf educator, writer and passionate activist, has published a memoir titled, “THE BUTTERFLY CAGE.” Drawing on her personal experiences and her extensive work with Deaf and hard of hearing children and adults, Rachel Zemach sheds necessary and sometimes startling light on the experiences of Deaf and hard of hearing individuals and offers practical advice for educators and families. Her stories about individual students and how the school system disempowers them are funny, powerful and memorable.
“Being a Deaf teacher, I have seen how the education system unnecessarily and quite unintentionally limits students’ growth and potential. My book is a heartfelt effort to bring attention to this situation, which is largely unknown to the hearing world, yet common knowledge among the Deaf. Nationwide, parents are not learning, nor encouraged, to sign with their Deaf children, and this has created an epidemic of language deprivation in Deaf children. Public schools overlook the power and benefits of Deaf students embracing a Deaf identity, which wreaks havoc on many Deaf student’s potential and psychological well-being. Through poignant, humorously told, true stories, describing both public schools and the dramatically different setting of a renowned Deaf school, my book aims to show you how and why.
Trial lawyer John W. Campbell demonstrates why Christians are fundamentally wrong about Jesus, the leader of the movement that developed into modern Christianity. Using the most up to date research and findings, Campbell shows, among other things, why Jesus was not the Jewish Messiah, why the true Jesus was replaced by Paul’s Christ of faith, and why Jesus was not resurrected from the dead. Campbell reveals now Jesus came to be severely misunderstood, unwittingly giving birth to a religion he would not have recognized and surely would have opposed. Purchase Here.
For those who love to read, explaining to others why it is absolutely necessary to give into temptation when presented with a new book. Purchasing that new book is almost a compulsion, sometimes it is an urge that simply cannot be ignored. Writer Diane Duane once remarked that reading one book is like eating a single potato chip from an open bag. It might theoretically be possible but in reality, it’s simply not going to happen.
There are ramifications to this unique form of compulsion that sees one purchase books even though there is a substantial pile of books still to be read on flat surfaces around the home of the compulsive. This is one result, the other is a commonplace look of perplexed astonishment at the fact that a book with a different cover, a different typeface, or even a different size or number of pages is, in fact, a book that has been read before.
Clearly, some method of keeping a record of books the reader has enjoyed in the past is essential. The lack of such a method leads to disappointment, frustration, and an anaemic bank account.
Fortunately, there are some easy ways to keep such a record. Here are some that many dedicated readers (and inadvertent collectors of multiple copies of the same title) might find useful.
1. Survival by Spreadsheet
The are many websites that allow you to record and organize the books and the title you have read. however, some of these websites and apps make your ‘library shelves’ available for public comment and perusal. For many people privacy is important – and that’s where Google Sheets comes into play. The information on your books is stored on the Cloud and is entirely private, but shareable with elected others. It’s free and the search capability is extremely powerful. If there is any downside it’s that if you want to really exploit the power of sheets you’re going to need some knowledge of spreadsheet design, patience, and time.
There are some exceptional templates available on the Internet. Some are free and others may require the payment of a small fee. When compared to buying multiple copies of the same book, even if you pay you’ll be saving money in the medium and long term.
2. App Appeal
If you want access to a powerful app for keeping track of up to 5,000 titles, all categorized into ‘libraries’ (your 100 personal catalogs available according to preferences), while on the go then Libib app might just be for you. Your 5,000 titles are free to save, as are those various ‘library’ categorizations. It also allows you the freedom to catalogue other media such as movies and music (two examples). You can make your library public for everyone to see, or keep it to yourself and a trusted few.
3. The Greatness of Goodreads
Goodreads is a fabulous place to keep up to date with new titles and see some great reviews that are truly useful in helping you make your choice of your next literary investment. It’s tremendously popular for good reason. Easy to use and packed full of information on the latest releases and a massive number of classics and other releases.
Goodreads also has a powerful tracking feature. It will allow you to input the titles that you have read into ‘shelves’ which initially consist of ‘Read,’ ‘Currently Reading,’ and ‘Want to Read’. You can add more shelves later to add functionality and depth to the way you categorize titles. it’s also easy to use. Search for a tile, if you find it (you probably will) then click on the green ‘Want to Read’ button next to the title. Then you can save it on any of your shelves, rate it with a starring system – and much else. But remember, shelves and reviews are public.
Keeping an easily accessible record of what you have read may not be the key to eternal happiness, but it can make a great contribution to reducing your frustration, at least that’s a step in the right direction.
In 2020 942 million books were sold in the United States – and if the trend continues it is anticipated that 2022 will see well over a billion books sold in the U.S. Look to the New York Times bestseller list to see just how influential books can be. Social Media experts keep advising us that reading is a lost art and that the future lies in images and short videos – don’t you believe it. People are reading fiction and non-fiction in greater numbers than ever before.
However, the ever-increasing numbers of books reaching the market mean that authors need to go that extra mile when it comes to publicizing and promoting their works. You might have written the next great novel, but if no one is aware of its existence it is going to sit gathering dust on bookstore shelves.
It may cause dyed-in-the-wool lovers of the written word to recoil in horror, but the truth of the matter is that promoting a book, and the effectiveness of that promotion will almost inevitably mean the difference between success and failure in an ever more crowded marketplace. This is why book promotion is important.
Book promotion is essential for far more than making sure those copies leap off the shelves, it has a variety of other advantages and benefits.
Take for instance your personal brand. Readers today are just as interested in the author as they are in the words that he or she has penned. In these days of social media, people like to connect with people. This is why you will see some of the most famous authors in the world doing live question and answer sessions and on Twitter. People want to form a connection with a human being. And remember – this might be your first book, but it probably won’t be your last, and if people recognize your name on the spine or the front cover they are much more likely to purchase that second great novel.
Customer loyalty is one of the tenants of good marketing practice. Ever wonder why people keep going back to those same global brands? It is because they trust them and are loyal. To achieve lasting success you are going to need a loyal reader base. Promotional activity including the tried and trusted methods such as book tours and radio / TV appearances – or even that podcast builds reader loyalty. And those loyal readers are the people who make or break an author. A loyal reader base means future sales are almost always assured.
Of course, the most obvious reason to engage in promotional activity is to boost sales. This brings in new readers or readers who might have been engaged with a different genre. It expands the potential readership base and erodes that dreaded market cap.
Book promotion is vitally important. Authors who fail to promote their works are almost always lost in the noise of millions of other books being published. This is why book promotion is important – if you want the reader to turn that first page you need to encourage them to do so.