Newsletter for February 2015


Featured Book - The Antigone Poems by Marie Slaight and Terrence Tasker (Artist)

theantigonepoems.jpgDescribed by The Washington Independent Review of Books as ‘terrifyingly brilliant,’ The Antigone Poems is a powerful retelling of the ancient Greek tale of defiance and justice. An intensely personal invocation of the Sophocles tragedy, it questions power, punishment and one of mythology’s oldest themes: rebellion.

'Rich in allegory and metaphor...a beautifully bound, impressive collection with language as evocative as its illustrations.' -Kirkus Reviews

'The book itself is an exquisite artefact – something to keep and re-read. Though the poetry isn’t pleasant, it’s powerful, evocative and uncovers a universal vein of anguish that will resonate with all readers'. - Maggie Ball, Compulsive Reader

‘Haunting… written in the 1970s and never released until now, is a disturbingly poignant and startlingly vivid portrait of one woman’s suffering in the face of pain and heartbreak. It will surely not be forgotten after the turn of the last page.’-San Francisco Book Review




Featured Book - Wake Up - God's Talking to You by Manny Dean Fernandez


This book is a 30 year study on how God STILL speaks to every human on earth, in dreams. I teach people HOW to understand those dreams.



Featured Book - Knights of the Withering Flame (A Saga of Sword and Stone, Book 1 by Kyle R. Zeller

knightsofthewitheringflame.jpgIt’s been a difficult year for fifteen-year-old Garith Wynd. In the aftermath of his father’s sudden suicide, he’s moved with his family into a stuffy camper in the Virginian forests during the hottest month of the year.
About the only good thing to come from the move are Garith’s new friends, the inseparable Selena and Blaine. The three friends arrange a campout, but Garith is sidetracked when he comes face-to-face with a terrifying creature ripped from the pages of Arthurian lore—the Beast Glatisant. The only thing standing between him and a grisly death is the alluring White Knight, a shape-shifting enchantress who happens to be the family cat.
Hurled into a fantastical world where knights battle witches, Golems, and forgotten evils, Garith discovers he’s the Dragonstone Protector, tasked with safeguarding an artifact capable of healing or destroying dragonkind—a relic an ancient enemy of the Round Table will do anything to possess.
Surrounded on all sides by unfathomable danger, Garith has no choice but to trust the knights. But even within the ranks of his new allies, treachery lurks. Unless Garith can discover who’s trying to kill him, his legend as the Dragonstone Protector will come to an end.



Featured Book - The Cross or the Swastika by S.J. Tagliareni

thecrossortheswastika.jpgThe Cross or the Swastika is a complex story of many characters caught in the web of the Second World War. It deals with collective pathology where normal human beings accept and endorse inhuman behaviors. It explores the roles and influence of the most powerful moral leaders in the world and attempts to understand their silence as the innocents are led to the crematoria. In the vast array of characters there are monsters and heroes. Broad in scope and thematic undertakings, settings range from the eternal city of Rome to a prison cell in London, from Denmark to the Russian front. It imagines the secret conversations of the Nazi inner circle, as Hitler and Goebbels enact their plans for European domination and the extermination the Jews, The plot follows decision-makers within the Vatican who must choose what course of action the Catholic Church will take as the Nazi cloud descends over Europe. Will they become involved in the politics of the day, going against the tradition of the church, or will they remain neutral and silent, not speaking out against horrific atrocities? An exploration of the role of the church, the depths of human depravity, and the inner strength needed to sustain individuals in times of deep crises, this novel ultimately asks: What would you have chosen? The Cross or the Swastika?


Featured Book - Ox Herding:  A Secular Pilgrimage by Jackie Griffiths

oxherding.jpgJae has many questions about the meaning of life and the
purpose of her existence, but frustratingly, no answers. After the death of her agnostic grandmother, with whom she had her most fruitful philosophical discussions, she embarks on a personal journey to fulfil a mysterious note left to her in the will: "Seek and ye shall find."

The plot follows Jae as one spring day she walks over a bridge into a strange world on the other side of the river. There she encounters challenging situations and unusual people offering tempting theories about the meaning of life. From then on she devotes all her energy to pursuing answers to the philosophical questions that drive her, experiencing a series of extraordinary adventures, until eventually she arrives at a completely unexpected conclusion.

"Ox-herding" is a term used to describe the search for meaning, purpose and spirituality that does not result in the finding of God, or of any other external authority. The ox represents the elemental beast within us all: ego. "Herding" our ego is the struggle to recognise, battle with, control, subdue, and finally, transcend the ego.

Based on the successive phases of understanding as presented in the Chinese philosophical classic, "The Ten Ox Herding Pictures," this story has ten chapters through which Jae journeys, discovering the meaning and secret to an enlightened yet thoroughly modern life; a place where all her doubts and questions are dissolved, a place without suffering or fear, yet firmly located in the midst of ordinary life. "Ox Herding: A Secular Pilgrimage" describes how she gets there in a Carrollesque adventure involving remarkable people in extraordinary settings, and sees Jae wrestling a bull, performing in a concert, becoming a guru, engaging in dharma combat, and wandering through the Biblical garden of Eden.


Featured Book - The Mask of the Verdoy:  A George Harley Mystery (Book 1) by Phil Lecomber

maskoftheverdoy.jpgIt is 1932 and London is living in the shadow of the Great Depression. A spate of terrorist bombings threatens the devastated residents, who begin to turn to desperate measures to make ends meet. This sense of desperation is reflected in the radical politics of the era; ominously the British Brotherhood of Fascists, led by Sir Pelham Saint Clair, is gaining popularity, and the Blackshirts’ attitude of prejudice and intolerance to immigrants is spreading fast.

George Harley, a cockney private detective with a strong but liberal sense of morality, is walking through Piccadilly late one night when he comes across a young rent-boy being roughed up in an alleyway. He scares off the attackers and brings the boy back to his house to recuperate. However, a few days later the house is targeted by a mysterious masked assailant and things begin to take on a dark twist. Before long Harley is drawn into a world of murder and intrigue as he uncovers a conspiracy that threatens the very security of the British nation.

MASK OF THE VERDOY is the first in a series of George Harley Mysteries.



Book Giveaways for February

theforgottengirls.jpgOne random winner will be chosen to receive a copy of The Forgotten Girls by Sara Bladel.  Click on book cover for more information and to enter.



themanwhotouchedhisownheart.jpgOne random winner will be chosen to receive a copy of The Man Who Touched His Own Heart by Rob Dunn. Click on book cover for more information and to enter.



misshazelsm.jpgOne random winner will be chosen to receive a copy of Miss Hazel and the Rosa Parks League by Jonathan Odell. Click on book cover for more information and to enter.



Book Giveaway Winners for January

Winner of The Martini Shot

Dorothy Bronstein - FL

Winner of Resilience

Ruth McQueeney - IL

Winner of The Heart Does Not Grow Back

Annmarie Weeks - PA

Recent Reviews

Cookie's Case by Andy Siegel
Death by Autopsy by Jane Bennett Munro
Falling in Love by Donna Leon
Gray Mountain by John Grisham
Knights of the Withering Flame (A Saga of Sword and Stone), Book I by Kyle R. Zeller
Mask of the Verdoy:  A George Harley Mystery (Book 1) by Phil Lecomber
Ox Herding:  A Secular Pilgrimage by Jackie Griffiths
Personal by Lee Child
Scorched Eggs by Laura Childs
The After House by Michael Phillip Cash
The Antigone Poems by Marie Slaight and Terrence Tasker (Artist)
The Boob Girls III by Joy Johnson
The Affair by Lee Child
The Anatomy Lesson by Nina Siegal
The Cross or the Swastika by S.J. Tagliareni
The Death of Pie by Tamar Myers
The Eyes of Aurora by Albert Bell, Jr.
The Memorist by M.J. Rose
The Prince of Risk by Christopher Reich
Wake Up - God's Talking to You by Manny Dean Fernandez

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