It’s hard to believe it’s the time of year again (where does the time go?) when I post about my favorite books and interviews on Writestream Tuesday. Although I still have plenty of shows left to broadcast, I wanted to post seven recommended reads (more to come) since so many people like to shop early for the holiday season.
Tears of Paradox by Daniella Bova
Currently enjoying a 5-star rating on Amazon.com, this debut novel from the Chester County-PA based author is the first in a series entitled Storms of Transformation. As author and graphic designer Kia Heavey notes, “It’s far too realistic and believable to be labeled ‘dystopia.’ Scary, scary stuff.”
For those who can relate to family closeness, love of country, sanctity of marriage, and faith in God, Tears of Paradox is a must-read. Available in both paperback and Kindle. Look for Bova’s second book of the series in early 2015.
Counteract by Tracy Lawson
Book 1 in the Resistance Series from Buddhapuss Ink author Tracy Lawson, Counteract is fast-paced, harrowing, and impossible to put down. Although geared toward a Young Adult audience, the novel’s frightening portrayal of government gone wild should also strike fear into the hearts of adults. As I noted in my review, “Question authority? More like submit to authority without question.” And yet, Lawson’s main characters offer hope that all is not lost as they awaken to reality and fight against the forces of tyranny.
Available in paperback and Kindle, Tracy Lawson’s Counteract is a great gift for readers of all ages.
Underlake by Kia Heavey
The second novel from the multi-talented Kia Heavey, whose debut novel Night Machines is one helluva supernatural thrill ride, Underlake solidifies the author’s status as one of the most innovative in the independent publishing world. As with Night Machines, Underlake features an element of the supernatural, yet it mainly serves as an enhancement to the plot . Main character, 15 year-old Katie Welch, is remarkably wise beyond her years in spite of her pampered Manhattan upbringing (or possibly because of it).
Yes, it’s classified as YA but I loved Underlake so much I read it twice! Any book that makes you sad you’ve reached the end is a book worth buying. Available in Kindle and paperback.
The Golden Pinnacle by Robert Gore
As reader/reviewer Stephen Stark notes: “Gore’s second effort, The Golden Pinnacle, truly showcases his skill as a master storyteller. His work of historical fiction will leave you feeling as if you are actually reading an untold part of American history. Set during the Industrial Revolution, you will be introduced to Daniel Durand as a private in the Civil War and follow him as he becomes one of the most powerful Wall Street financiers. I was left with the feeling that Durand actually was a contemporary of Rockefeller and Morgan. As Durand’s beautiful wife Eleanor remarked, ‘The age was marked by an intoxicating spirit of unfettered freedom, unlimited possibilities, unbounded confidence, and buoyant optimism.’ Gore’s work offers the reader a glimpse into true unadulterated American freedom.”
Available in Kindle and paperback, The Golden Pinnacle is an entertaining way to inform fellow Americans about the miraculous nature of this country, and what happens when the power of the individual is unleashed and unrestrained.
Steps To Salvation by Shlomo Attia
FULL DISCLOSURE: I am the ghostwriter of the novel reader Steve has called “a genre unto itself.” On the other hand, this offers me the unprecedented vantage point of knowing and understanding the author’s true motivations – to help move the world into a situation where global governments are limited and religious competition and conflict no longer divides and conquers.
As reader Gail states, “Shlomo posits solutions to helping entrepreneurs through a lottery system of funding, solutions to education, the prison system and the rehabilitation of criminals, and other challenges facing present day society.
“Characters in the book are descendants of Historical figures, including the progeny of Hitler, Kissinger, Mao, etc. — those who are the progeny of evil doers are restricted to a colony in Africa called Arisha, and have to devote their lives to the study of their ancestors, their wrong-doings, and admit remorse for the evil they have wrought, and ultimately have to pass a test in order to get to see the rest of the world. This is a totally new way of looking at things as they are and have been in the world, and how we can avoid repeating history.
In these grim times, the book is refreshing, presents interesting solutions and a light at the end of the tunnel — demonstrating that there is hope for a better future after all. I wonder if applying his solutions can help usher in the Messianic Age.
“Without going into details to give away the solutions, Shlomo presents a solution to the current Middle East strife particularly with the Muslims and their hatred for Jews. Read the book to find out how this can be brought about without bloodshed! I read the book in 3 days and could not put it down!”
Steps To Salvation is available in Kindle and paperback.
A Snobby Girl’s Guide to Dealing with Cancer: Surviving Cancer with Humor, Grace and Style by Maureen Miles Bucci
Do you know a woman dealing with cancer? Give her the gift of Snobby Girl. Part memoir and part guide book, Bucci’s Snobby Girl is raw, edgy, and refreshingly honest. She details her own personal journey through the daunting world of cancer diagnosis, chemotherapy, radiation, and the myriad of side effects that go along with them. Along the way, she shares little-known facts to better prepare women for the battle ahead. For example, did you know that when your hair falls out it’s actually painful? Or that Essence of Orange Oil relieves nausea?
These are just a few of a multitude of realities — ranging from harsh to helpful — Maureen divulges.
In an effort to offer real-time help and hope, Maureen founded the Snobby Girl Cancer Club on Facebook in November. Whether you’re a woman dealing with cancer or a loving caretaker, this group welcomes you to share uplifting conversation and camaraderie.
NOTE: Due to the reality of chemo’s adverse effects on eyesight and the fact that this book is part journal, A Snobby Girl’s Guide to Dealing with Cancer is only available in paperback.
Awaken to Who You Are by David Adelson
From the author’s website, where you can download his book for just $5.99: Over 40 years of spiritual research and experience created this book.
- Bliss, happiness, health and wholeness grows in and around as you read it
- Over 140 pictures only 170 pages quick, easy-to-read read it daily for maximum growth read quick
- Awaken To Who You Are gives you intellectual knowledge — and much more!
- Each reading actually awakens you to every concept presented and it’s direct experience.
- Advanced meditators, beginners, and anyone in-between will benefit from continued readings — each reading deepens your wisdom and experience.
- With more than 140 incredible illustrations, To Who You Are presents the most complete, profound, and deepest understandings yet presented on earth.
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