Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Book Spotlight - Pump Up Your Book - Slyvie and the Spark - Gianna Day

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Title: Sylvie and the Spark
Author: Gianna Day
Publisher: AKA Press
Pages: 88
Language: English
Genre: Erotica
Format: Kindle ($2.99)
One night of phenomenal sex isn’t enough to convince Sylvie that she should stay with Dave, her long-time boyfriend who borders on dull when not in the bedroom. When a set of twins moves in across the hall, Sylvie’s horizons broaden, though this pair might not turn out to be exactly what they seem. With a backdrop of inappropriate coworkers, a humping-addicted mutt, and a set of sexy suitors, SYLVIE AND THE SPARK is sure to please, in more ways than one.
Gianna Day writes erotica and erotic comedies. She lives in the pacific northwest where she enjoys running, flying kites, exploring museums, and eating late-night desserts in all-night diners. She believes that with a healthysense of humor, everything will be just fine. She’s the author of the Hot Secrets Collection, which includes five erotic, lesbian short stories, and The Sylvie Series, a collection of hetero-novellas full of both comedy and naughty bits (sometimes at the same time). Sylvie & the Spark and Sylvie Says Yes are available now on Amazon. Sylvie on Strike is soon to follow. Visit her atwww.GiannaDay.blogspot.com.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Book Review - Unbroken - Laura Hillenbrand

Title:  Unbroken

Review:   I thought I was reading about a person’s experience as a Japanese prisoner of war, and it was that for the most part.  The retelling of Louis Zamperini’s experience as a Japanese prisoner of war was compelling and kept me reading.  This book was more detailed than I was prepared for however.  The first 175 pages were back story.  While interesting, it was lot of detail that seemed nonessential for the story.  While telling about Louis’s experiences many other prisoners are introduced often including a lot of details about their lives.  All of this was interesting, but made it difficult to maintain a good flow in the story.  The book continued with a lot of detail about Louis’s life after the war.  Again, it was interesting. Quite honestly I think it is important to tell the full story.  Nonetheless I was not prepared for the story to be so expansive. 

In short, the first and last sections of the story were slow to get through.  The middle held my attention fully. 

Thanks Amanda for this review.

Published:  Published November 16th 2010 by Random House
ISBN:  9781400064168
Page Count: 473
Quick Review:  3 out 5 stars –
Why I Read this Title:  A friend recommended this book to me.

Synopsis:    #1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • SOON TO BE A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE • Hailed as the top nonfiction book of the year by Time magazine • Winner of the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for biography and the Indies Choice Adult Nonfiction Book of the Year award

On a May afternoon in 1943, an Army Air Forces bomber crashed into the Pacific Ocean and disappeared, leaving only a spray of debris and a slick of oil, gasoline, and blood. Then, on the ocean surface, a face appeared. It was that of a young lieutenant, the plane’s bombardier, who was struggling to a life raft and pulling himself aboard. So began one of the most extraordinary odysseys of the Second World War.

The lieutenant’s name was Louis Zamperini. In boyhood, he’d been a cunning and incorrigible delinquent, breaking into houses, brawling, and fleeing his home to ride the rails. As a teenager, he had channeled his defiance into running, discovering a prodigious talent that had carried him to the Berlin Olympics and within sight of the four-minute mile. But when war had come, the athlete had become an airman, embarking on a journey that led to his doomed flight, a tiny raft, and a drift into the unknown.

Ahead of Zamperini lay thousands of miles of open ocean, leaping sharks, a foundering raft, thirst and starvation, enemy aircraft, and, beyond, a trial even greater. Driven to the limits of endurance, Zamperini would answer desperation with ingenuity; suffering with hope, resolve, and humor; brutality with rebellion. His fate, whether triumph or tragedy, would be suspended on the fraying wire of his will.

In her long-awaited new book, Laura Hillenbrand writes with the same rich and vivid narrative voice she displayed in Seabiscuit. Telling an unforgettable story of a man’s journey into extremity, Unbroken is a testament to the resilience of the human mind, body, and spirit.

Laura Hillenbrand 
Author Information:   Laura Hillenbrand (born 1967) is the author of the acclaimed Seabiscuit: An American Legend, a non-fiction account of the career of the great racehorse Seabiscuit, for which she won the William Hill Sports Book of the Year in 2001. The book later became the basis of the 2003 movie Seabiscuit. Her essays have appeared in The New Yorker, Equus magazine, American Heritage, The Blood-Horse, Thoroughbred Times, The Backstretch, Turf and Sport Digest, and many other publications. Her 1998 American Heritage article on the horse Seabiscuit won the Eclipse Award for Magazine Writing.

Born in Fairfax, Virginia, Hillenbrand studied at Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio, but was forced to leave before graduation when she contracted chronic fatigue syndrome, which she has struggled with ever since. She now lives in Washington, D.C.

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Friday, April 11, 2014

Book Review - Every Reasonable Doubt - Pamela Samuels Young

Title:  Every Reasonable Doubt

Review:   This is the first of four Vernetta Henderson legal thrillers.  A violent death takes place in the prologue and the story only builds from there.  As the tale is spun out sufficient information is provided for the reader to form their own opinion as to the guilt or innocence of the victim's wife who is on trial for his murder.  A second murder, counsel infighting, inexperience and marital problems trouble the defense team.  But can justice be achieved to the satisfaction of all involved. That is something that can only be decided, by the reader, after reading this well written story.  I would rate this at five stars and look forward to reading the other three books in the series.

Thanks Frank for this review.

Published:  Published January 1st 2013 by Goldman House Publishing (first published February 1st 2006)
Page Count: 426
Quick Review:  5 out 5 stars –
Why I Read this Title:  I like murder mysteries.

Synopsis:   Determined to become the first African-American partner at one of LA.'s most prestigious law firms, employment attorney Vernetta Henderson is thrilled when she's tapped to defend a prominent socialite accused of murder--"until she learns that Neddy McClain will try the case with her. The only other African-American attorney at the firm, Neddy is hot-tempered and distant, making a complex case even tougher to handle. But the women vow to put aside their differences to prove the client's innocence. Coping with the mounting pressures of defending a high-profile murder case proves challenging, and as the case starts to garner media attention, Vernetta has no choice but to spend more time in the office. Vernetta's new husband, Jefferson, unwittingly adds more stress to the mix. He is anxious to start a family, a venture she isn't quite ready to undertake. Tired of being placed on the backburner, Jefferson's patience begins to wear thin. As Vernetta's professional life dangerously intrudes upon her personal life, she soon comes to realize that providing a client with the best possible defense could come at a very high price. A victory on the case should be sweet, but how will it be without the man she loves by her side?

Pamela Samuels Young 
Author Information:   Pamela Samuels-Young is the author of the legal thrillers In Firm Pursuit, a Romantic Times magazine "Top Pick," and Every Reasonable Doubt, a USA Book News Best Books of 2006 finalist in the mystery, suspense, thriller category. Her short story, Setup , is featured in the Sisters in Crime anthology, LAndmarked for Murder. A former television news writer, Pamela works as an employment attorney for Toyota, is an adjunct professor at the University of Redlands' School of Business and writes a legal column for Global Woman magazine. She is a graduate of USC, Northwestern University and UC Berkeley's Boalt Hall School of Law.

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Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Book Review - Pump Up Your Book - The Do's and Don'ts - Hayley Rose

Review:  This is a cute picture book for kids to read and enjoy.  The pictures are bright and colorful letting kids know what to do and what not to do.  I love the one for the napkin - great ideas for Do's and Don't.  This would be a great book to read to kids a few times a month as you talk with them about manners and why they are so important.  Kids don't always know why they have to do things this is a great reminder with cute pictures to help them remember.  Nothing is better than having someone comment about how polite and well mannered your child is.

Read this book to your kids and help them learn why and how to be polite and well mannered.  Great ideas and pictures so children will enjoy the book and learn to understand the concepts of it.
Title: The Do’s and Don’ts
Genre: Children’s Picture Book
Author: Hayley Rose
Publisher: Inkwell Productions Inc.
Pages: 46
Language: English
Quick Rating:  5 stars
Synopsis:  The Do’s and Don’ts is a whimsical lesson book aimed at teaching young readers the difference between good and bad behavior/etiquette. In the book Zack and Chloe go from being manner monsters to well-behaved children as they provide samples of typical scenarios that not only young children encounter but can relate to. For example, Zack becomes a Manner Monster when he loses a game, kicking and pouting like a poor sport. In contract, good behavior is then modeled depicting Zack congratulating the winning team. Unlike other etiquette books for children that tell a story or just communicate positive behavior, The Do’s and Don’ts compares and contrasts between good and bad behavior. Simply, yet colorfully displayed, are examples of inappropriate behavior and decisions young children may display followed by behavior and decisions that are more socially accepted. Each compare and contrast anecdote is set in the same scene so that young readers can instantly see the differences between good and poor behavior.
Hayley Rose
Author informationAward-winning author, Hayley Rose, grew up in the beach side town of Pacific Palisades, California, to a family of visual artists. In the early 1990's she traveled the U.S. with her band Crush Violet. In 1994, after a family reunion, she was inspired to write a children's book. Looking for a cute and catchy name for a main character, she kept hearing “first in, first out”. Hence, the name Fifo was born. Hayley’s mother would often ask her what she wanted to be when she grew up, so Hayley decided to start her series of “Fifo” books with that very question. Her first book, Fifo “When I Grow Up” was published in 2002. Her love of travel inspired her second book in the Fifo series, Fifo “50 States”, published in 2010.

Along with writing children’s books, Hayley has been working in entertainment business management for the past 15 years, specializing in concert touring. She has worked many “A list” tours including Michael Jackson, Rod Stewart and Candlebox, just to name a few. Hayley hopes to one day soon release an album of children’s songs. She is a currently member of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators, and resides dually in Los Angeles, CA and Scottsdale, AZ.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Book Spotlight - Pump Up Your Books Tour - Semi-Coma - Gulten Dye

Q: Can you tell us why you wrote your book?
Writing for me is such a wonderful way of getting in touch with what really goes on in my subconscious and in my heart.  As for my book itself, I guess you could say that when I started to understand that my happiness didn’t have to be from outside myself, that I actually had something to do with it, and that I could make more of it anytime I chose to, I wanted to share that message with others.
Synopsis:  This book is about self-discovery and the journey that awakened me to the many facets of life. The road hasn’t always been easy with its tolls and junctions. It’s about my struggle to discover who I really am, what I believe in and how I’ve arrived at a place where I am able to appreciate myself and my surroundings.
Most of my life I lived in a state of arrested consciousness without being aware of it. Then one day out of nowhere my eyes opened just enough for me to question my way of living and my state of mind. That was the day questions started to arrive. They were nothing like the questions I had before. As if they weren’t even questions they were an unraveling string of realizations followed by overwhelming sorrow. How could I have lived my life as if I was in a semi coma and in turn induce my own suffering?

Of course in the beginning of seeing I didn’t realize that my eyes would open slightly from time to time to give me an illusion of happiness, but because I had no idea what true happiness was I would drift back to my state of familiarity. I lived my life mostly on an automatic life-sustaining machine by my body without my mind interfering with it.

It is my hope that the stories I share with you will somehow touch your heart, perhaps crack open a door and shine a light for you to embark on your own quest of self-discovery. I don’t presume to have all the answers; I don’t even know all the questions. At the very least, I am seeking to understand and allow life to happen; learning to take responsibility and ownership of myself and my actions, and appreciating all that is.

Read the chapters, each on its own. As you move through them, you will uncover my intermittent consciousness as I explore my thoughts or beliefs and might be able to even get a glimpse of my evolution along the way. 

I am blessed to have had so many people touch my life and, knowingly or unknowingly, helped me on my journey. I have come to realize that because we are all one, that anything I come to know and am willing to share with others affects all of us in a positive way. With great humility, I open up my imperfect, yet perfect, life for you to walk beside me. I am forever grateful and honored. 

Kindle Edition213 pages
Published April 13th 2012 by Gulten Dye LLC- 
Pump Up Your Book Chats with Gulten Dye, author of ‘Semi-Coma’
Author information:  Gulten Dye was born and raised in a small town in Turkey and moved with her family to Istanbul as a small child.  It was there that she earned a bachelor’sdegree in nursing, and worked as a nurse at a local hospital before moving to the Philippines with her boyfriend.
After being there a little over a year, they got married and a short while after that moved to Shreveport, Louisiana where she immediately began her studies to be able to work as a Registered Nurse. While studying for her boards, she was allowed to work as a scrub technician in an operating room at a nearby surgery center. She passed her boards and worked in an operating room for many years before moving toLas Vegas, Nevada there she worked at a busy University Medical Trauma Center as a staff nurse for several years until she earned the position of Charge Nurse.
By 2001, she was divorced and living with her two young sons.  Her desire to make more money became her impetus to start her own business, which soon became her sole source of income as her success grew.  She has never looked back.
Gulten found her talent and passion in creating one-of-a-kind jewelry pieces and sold them to well-known people, such as Celine Dion, Rachel Ray and Mary Higgins Clark.  She became an international success when her work showed on Entertainment Tonight and Insider and was for sale in the high-end casinos in Las Vegas and on high-end cruise liners. She then created a jewelry line called Metamorphosis, a line of interchangeable jewelry that brought her even greater success.
Gulten is also an author and self- published her first book Semi Coma – Evolution of my Intermittent Consciousness in 2011, currently selling on all digital media as well as in hard copy.  Her second book “The Missing Link” is awaiting publication in 2013.
In 2013, she opened her new concept store where she not only sells her own designs, but includes many local artists of different medium, including a local authors section.  In turn for being able to sell their artwork in her store, all artists have agreed to teach others their medium for the future generation free thinkers.
Gulten lives and creates in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Visit her website at www.gultendye.com.Pump Up Your Book

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