7 Recommended Reads for Holiday Gift Giving

7 Recommended Reads for Holiday Gift Giving

Do you have avid readers on your shopping list with a variety of interests?

Here are seven suggestions for holiday gift giving:

  1. Magnetic Love by Jennie Lynn

Magnetic Love is a magical guide to creating the life of your dreams. Enhanced by the author’s conversational style and courage in sharing her own spiritual journey, it is anchored in real results and timeless truths. I’ve been a student of spiritual laws and an avid reader of personal development books for years. Yet Jennie Lynn’s Magnetic Love resonated with me in new and unexpected ways. I felt as if I developed a relationship with the author because I can relate to so much of her story, from her frustration with doing everything right (or so she thought), only to receive the opposite of what she wanted, to learning how to truly and deeply love herself and appreciate her body.

In easy-to-understand language, Jennie explains the importance of recognizing and shifting paradigms (stubborn belief systems embedded in our subconscious minds) and becoming the vibration of the things and people we want to attract. Throughout, she shares practical exercises and online resources she has developed to help her readers transform their lives. Each chapter ends with a place for handwritten notes, along with prompts to help you glean your most important lessons and insights from what you have just read. As suggested by the title, the book features plenty of practical wisdom, based on spiritual laws, to help you find your Soul Mate, while making a clear distinction between romantic love and other various forms of this multi-dimensional energy — the most powerful force in the world. If you’re seeking to understand and apply the Laws of the Universe to arrive at a true understanding of who you really are, I highly recommend Magnetic Love (and Jennie Lynn) as your partner in manifesting all that you desire!

Purchase Magnetic Love here.

Listen to my interview with author Jennie Lynn below:

2. The Mentor in Me by William Todd

William’s honesty in sharing his journey in such an engaging way makes you feel as if he’s a good friend. It also brings him down to earth: in spite of his amazing success as an entrepreneur, he still struggled with his own fears, negative thoughts, and embedded paradigms. Becoming Bob Proctor’s protege is a humbling experience, yet one he embraces fully — at least in the beginning. As suggested by the subtitle, What To Do & What Not To Do, William describes his resistance to taking his mentor’s advice, “the times when, to his detriment, he failed to make the most of opportunities presented.”

The book’s chapters are organized according to the Seven Levels of Awareness – the process we all undergo as life unfolds. William explains each level, supporting its premise with real life examples of how he demonstrated a particular behavior, for good or ill. Each chapter closes with his Mentor’s MessageWhat To Do / What Not To Do (questions to consider), and Words of Wisdom.

It’s organization and ease of reading, combined with the author’s genuine tone makes The Mentor In Me a practical guide for improving every aspect of your life and becoming the person you were meant to be. No wonder why Bob Proctor calls it “a book you form a relationship with.” It’s overall 5-star rating on Amazon is well-deserved.

Watch Bob Proctor discuss the book below.

Spanish speaking readers on your list? El Mentor En Mi is now available on Amazon.com.

3. Cadain’s Watch by Daniella Bova

In Cadáin’s Watch, her final installment in the Storms of Transformation Series, author Daniella Bova delivers a powerful rejoinder to the forces of control and oppression. Having read the first two books and followed her characters through their harrowing ordeals as little by little, their rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness are stripped away, I was thrilled to see them fight back against a soulless bureaucracy — with a little assistance from the warrior angel Cadáin, whose presence adds a welcome supernatural element to the story. Bova also introduces a new major character in the form of Michael Wallace, whose reunion and subsequent telepathic relationship with his son enhances the plot. Even the character of Michelle has grown up considerably in Cadáin’s Watch, at last demonstrating courage and resolve, rather than dissolving into tears over every outrage. As per the author’s style, I enjoyed reading the story from the perspectives of multiple characters and appreciated the fact that for some of the story’s evil-doers, actions do indeed have fatal consequences. Her descriptions of a godless, dystopian society that exists within the remnants of what was once the greatest country on earth — including horrific gulags, forced sterilizations of women over a certain age, and diabolical experiments on children, gave me chills. It also filled me with gratitude that real life seems to be imitating art as Americans, much like Jason, Michelle, Brad, Michael and others in Cadáin’s Watch, have finally said, “enough.” In the case of Bova’s book, that final stand takes place in the beautiful mountains of western North Carolina, where her descriptions of the natural scenery offer a welcome contrast to the tension infused throughout the novel. And while the future remains uncertain, the author leaves us with hope that all individuals with the will and desire to live free, as deemed by their Creator, will find a way as long as they look to him for guidance. Congratulations to Daniella Bova on another outstanding accomplishment!

Buy the book here. Watch the book trailer below.

4. Remembering Eternity by Richard Maddox

In Remembering Eternity, gifted author Richard Maddox takes the reader on a sensory journey of self-discovery and enlightenment while evoking nostalgia for the innocence of youth. His enchanting prose and relatable characters draw you in as you follow main character Skylar through his various life transitions and search for deeper meaning. Juxtaposing time zones, the authors switches back and forth from the older, wiser Sklyar navigating his way from the pinnacle of success (as defined by western society) to his spartan new life as a divorced dad – to the young boy who delights in the simple pleasures of his Midwestern childhood until the layers of the illusion of a happy home peel away to reveal the underlying heartbreak and dysfunction. Yet Skylar remains a thoughtful observer and participant in life, savoring the “small things” like the beauty of a sunset over the Pacific Ocean and discovering truths from the spiritual Masters. Beautifully written, Remembering Eternity is a mesmerizing tale with a higher purpose: to impart metaphysical knowledge and an understanding of who we really are. I’m looking forward to reading Richard’s next book!

Listen to my interview with Richard below. Purchase the book here.

5. Amy Lynn: Into the Fire by Jack July

In the fourth installment of his Amy Lynn Series, Jack July continues his tradition of excellent storytelling. Into the Fire balances international intrigue, man’s inhumanity to man, and the relentless pursuit of justice with heart-pounding action, moral dilemmas, and palpable human emotion. As with his previous books, the pages of Amy Lynn: Into the Fire are infused with rich characterizations and love of God, family, community and country. The pacing, which juxtaposes multiple subplots and time-frames (expertly tied together in the end), along with cliff-hangers within the chapters, compels you to keep reading. I especially enjoyed the exploration of PTSD and the fine line between justice and revenge, as portrayed by Amy’s sessions with Dr. Earle in a country retreat in the mountains of West Virginia. My favorite character, Uncle Jack, takes a prominent role in Into the Fire, with the author drawing upon the character’s harrowing past, which is a formidable influence on his present actions in the aftermath of a chilling event that hits too close to home. Whether you’ve read the entire series or have just discovered the works of Jack July, you’ll love Amy Lynn: Into the Fire. If it’s your first exposure to Black Oak Alabama and its residents, you’ll be inspired to read the previous books. If, like me, you’ve been following the adventures of Amy Lynn and the Braxton family from the beginning, you’ll look forward to the next installment. Congratulations on another fine effort Jack!

Purchase the book here.

6. Gypsy Energy Secrets by Milana Perepyolkina

Healer, psychic, and spiritual guide, Milana Perepyolkina became a writer in order to share the ancient wisdom and magic of her Romani ancestry that she uses every day to make a difference in the lives of others. Having suffered throughout her life from countless physical and emotional ailments, Milana found that reconnecting with the energetic world allowed her to completely heal, transcend her troubles, and live a happy and more fulfilled life. In sharing that wisdom, Milana saw the powerful impact that the simplest techniques could make in transforming the lives of others. She wrote Gypsy Energy Secrets with the hope that her valuable knowledge could be spread to all those whom she could not personally reach. Milana continues to embrace a lifestyle of consciousness, spirituality, and happiness, and seizes any opportunity to share her wisdom with others through personal consultations and readings. She presents a comprehensive approach to heightened well-being, focusing on the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual elements. It is the mindful attention to each element that turns any day, no matter how bad, into a good day.

Listen to my interview with Milana below. Purchase the book on Amazon.

7. Lost Found & Rewired: Mind Tools to Shift You from Stressed and Frazzled to Calm and Vital by Cynthia Dougherty, Ph.D

The mind is a terrible thing to waste. The world has changed at lightning speed over the last two decades. As a result, most of us are living our lives in a frantic blur of incessant emails, social media engagement, text messages as well as an over-abundance of multi-tasking – which leaves our minds in a state of low concentration, high stress and fragmented attention. Our minds are wasting away in this damaging environment which has become a normal way of life for the majority of people. Lost, Found & Rewired will give you the tools you need to shut off that distracting mind chatter, rewire your brains so you can get back to feeling calm, happy, purposeful, connected and joyful. When you understand how your brain has evolved, then you will be able to learn how to re-wire it and reap the endless benefits.

Written by a neuro-psychologist, but taught in language that everyone can understand.

Listen to my interview with Cynthia below. Purchase the  book on Amazon

Happy Shopping and Reading!

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Seven Recommended Reads for Holiday Shopping

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.

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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.

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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.

 

Young Adult

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.

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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.

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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.

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Nonfiction

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.

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Spiritual/Metaphysical

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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Writestream Tuesday welcomes author Sarah A. Hoyt – UPDATED with Archive

Author Sarah A. Hoyt.

Author Sarah A. Hoyt.

It’s an honor to welcome award-winning novelist, short story writer, blogger and fellow CLFA member Sarah A. Hoyt to Writestream Tuesday on February 4 at 1 p.m. Eastern. This incredibly talented and prolific author has produced eighteen novels, maintains a popular blog, and interacts actively with all CFLA members, always offering insightful commentary and analysis on a variety of issues. To quote her directly:

Hi there. I’m Sarah A. Hoyt. I am a novelist with (I think) eighteen novels out. There might be more, as I haven’t counted recently. I could tell you what genres I write in, but that is liable to change on very short notice. So far I haven’t written pure romance, hard sci fi or man’s adventure. However my unofficial motto is “no genre is safe from me.” To find out more about what I’ve done to various innocent tropes and subgenres, check out sarahahoyt.com I even have free samples of my books and a few free short stories. (Look under blue plate special!)

For more and links to buy my books, look under the “my books” tab, next to this one. All purchases appreciated, because unfortunately writers have to eat and keep a roof over their heads while writing.

Isn’t that the truth? 😉

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Sarah’s science fiction novels are published by Baen Books and her novellas and short stories by Goldport Press. I will do my best to help her keep a roof over her head and food on the table by encouraging my readers and listeners to tune in to our Writestream interview on Tuesday, February 4 at 1 p.m. Eastern. During the live broadcast we welcome your calls at 347-945-7246 and your participation in the live chat room. Incidentally, if you prefer to listen through your phone rather than online, you can dial that same number. Of course, if you’re already intrigued and/or inclined to purchase a book or two by Sarah A. Hoyt before next week’s interview, you can just click here.

For a taste of what’s to come, watch Sarah’s acceptance speech below.

See you then!

UPDATE: Missed it live? Click below to listen.

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The Battle of Brandywine

September 11, 1777

“The (Continental troops) were extremely well armed, pretty well clothed, and tolerably disciplined.”

-John Adams


The Battle of Brandywine, which resulted in the loss of Philadelphia and the movement of the Continental Congress to York, was the culmination of a long period of frustration for the British. Lieutenant-General Sir William Howe, commander of the British forces in North America, had not encountered Washington’s army since the battle of Long Island in August 1776. This battle resulted in the loss of New York City to the United States for the remainder of the war. General Howe had decided to sail to the northern end of Chesapeake Bay and unload his troops during the end of August.  This proved logistically difficult because the area was narrow and muddy. Once the British landed, although the soldiers were seasick and the horses exhausted, there were many Tory sympathizers in the area, including some of the Quaker establishments, who assisted the British with their regrouping.

Washington had situated the American forces between Head of Elk and Philadelphia, near Chadds Ford, in the expectation that the British forces would follow them to this area, which would have been advantageous of them to defend, as it was higher than the surrounding areas.  On September 3, the British and their Hessian counterparts moved in two divisions north towards the American army.  The most vulnerable position for the Americans was on the right, and Washington kept receiving conflicting intelligence stating that the enemy was coming from different directions. As dawn broke on the day of the battle, the British divided their army. This ended up being simple to do, as the day dawned extremely foggy and masked many of the British army’s movement. The battle was fought at mid-morning around the meeting house while the pacifist Quakers continued to hold their midweek service. One of the Quakers later wrote, “While there was much noise and confusion without, all was quiet and peaceful within.”

Knyphausen, one of the Hessian commanders who was on the east bank of the Brandywine, launched an attack against the weakened American center through Chadds Ford. The defeated Americans were forced to retreat to Chester where most of them arrived at midnight, with stragglers arriving until morning. The American retreat was well-organized largely due to the efforts of Gilbert du Motier, Marquis de Lafayette, who, although wounded, created a rally point that allowed for a more orderly retreat before being treated for his wound. Both sides reported heavy casualties, with the Americans listing 300 killed, 600 wounded and 400 captured. The British reported 93 killed and 488 wounded. The Continental Congress abandoned Philadelphia, first to Lancaster, Pennsylvania for one day and then to York, Pennsylvania. Military supplies were moved out of the city to Reading, Pennsylvania. On September 26, 1777, the British forces marched into Philadelphia unopposed.

–Joan Schaefer Poach

About the Author:  Religious, spiritual and liberty-loving Joan Schaefer-Poach has been a member of the American Legion Auxiliary, Department of Connecticut since she was three weeks old. Both her mother and her grandmother were Past Department Presidents of the organization for the state of Connecticut, and, in 1997, Joan followed in their footsteps. This made history within the organization, as Connecticut and Massachusetts are the only two states in the country who have had three generations of members serve as Department President.

Joan currently works as a Technical Support Group supervisor for Cablevision in Shelton CT, in a 500- person-plus facility with a group that consists primarily of entry-level individuals fresh out of college. As a result, she experiences first-hand the entitlement attitude that is taught in the public school system and fights diligently to eliminate it in the workplace.

Fed up with the “hate America first” attitude that has taken over the schools from kindergarten all the way through college, Joan believes that the only way to fix this country is by exposing youngsters to our history in a way that brings it to vibrant life — as opposed to the dull recitation of dates and facts. There’s an old saying that states, “what’s past is prologue”, and if we want this country to once again be free of the onerous links to socialism and fascism, our children need our guidance. Joan fervently hopes to assist with this effort.

Editor’s Note: Joan is dedicating all of her contributions to the memory of Andrew Breitbart. RIP.

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