Featured Books of the Week!
The reality of Christmas does not always resemble the images we see on commercial Christmas cards–or in our dreams. Carolyn Howard-Johnson and Magdalena Ball present a booklet that can easily substitute for a Christmas card. They portray the familar–those of family and warmth, giving and receiving. You’ll also find the unusual from carols to the universe to end-of-year pondering with a couple of humorous poems thrown in for good measure.
Few books have had as great an impact on how humans think of our fellow creatures as Pourasgari’s “The American Outsider.” Intense and electrifying, she delivers a wild ride of crime and adventure. With a strong and resolute female read, the novel does not dally in its progress but delivers knuckle-hard action and thrill. Further, this plausible story is imbued with the lifestyle, traditions, and culture of the nation of Japan, resulting in a satisfying ode that goes down smoothly yet packages a knock.
Written in the first person narrative, “Silhouette” voyeurs through each of the two protagonists showcasing their emotions, quirks, personalities, and longing, thus creating a terrific character study that is both arresting and entertaining. Swingle’s oeuvre offers a resplendent feast for the body, heart, and spirit. Its evocative and poetic language highlights one of the complex turmoil facing modern-day society. It manages to invoke empathy, appraisal, understanding, and reflection in a deeply stoic manner.
Guest Editorial Contributor of the Week
Carolyn Howard-Johnson, author of the multi award-winning HowToDoItFrugally Series of books for writers
Carolyn Howard-Johnson brings her experience as a publicist, journalist, marketer, and retailer to the advice she gives in her HowToDoItFrugally series of books for writers and the many classes she taught for nearly a decade as instructor for UCLA Extension’s world-renown Writers’ Program. The books in her HowToDoItFrugally Series of books for writers have won multiple awards. That series includes both the third edition of The Frugal Book Promoter and will soon include the third edition of her winningest, The Frugal Editor. They have won awards from USA Book News, Readers’ Views Literary Award, Dan Poynter’s Global Ebook Award, the marketing award from Next Generation Indie Books and others including the coveted Irwin award. How To Get Great Book Reviews Frugally and Ethically is still in its first edition.
Howard-Johnson is the recipient of the California Legislature’s Woman of the Year in Arts and Entertainment Award, and her community’s Character and Ethics award for her work promoting tolerance with her writing. She was also named to Pasadena Weekly’s list of “Fourteen San Gabriel Valley women who make life happen” and was given her community’s Diamond Award for Achievement in the Arts.
Her website is www.howtodoitfrugally.com.
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Meet the Author of the Week!
An Interview with Al Rosen, Author of “Avoiding Swindlers”
L.S. (Al) Rosen has combined being a university professor (holding a PhD) with several qualifications in the fields of investigative accounting and reporting (such as acting as a fraud examiner) for over 35 years. He has authored many reports for court cases, and has testified in courts in various countries in many large-dollar cases. Often the allegations are that investors have been deceived by materially misleading financial reports. He has co-authored two previous books, and articles, with his son Mark. They address how and why multi-million dollars of investor money essentially, and often quickly, vanished. Real situations are the subject of these writings. Money was stolen and hardships resulted.
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“The Astrology of 2023: Traversing the Bridge” – A Conversation with Gahl Sasson
Gahl Sasson is an established author and has been teaching workshops on Storytelling, Kabbalah, Astrology, and Mysticism around the globe for over 20 years. His first book, A Wish Can Change Your Life, has been translated into over eight languages and is endorsed by HH the 14th Dalai Lama. His second work, Cosmic Navigator, is the essential reference guide to understanding your astrological makeup. Since 2018 Gahl has been publishing a yearly bestselling book on the astrology of the upcoming year.
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