A Good Book Is All I Need

A Good Book Is All I Need

Aicha Zoubair (Non-Fiction)

Broken Pieces

Thursday, April 30, 2015

GLIMPSES OF HEAVEN ON EARTH by Charlotte Piotrowski @JohnEWadeII #AmReading #Quotes

From the chapter on freedom by co-author Charlotte Piotrowski:

“Until such time as we achieve heaven on earth, we must enjoy our freedoms responsibly. Our speech should not be harmful. Our religious practice should welcome those of all faiths (and those without religious faith). Our media should present unbiased truth and facts, rather than one-sided opinion. We must not abuse our freedoms, but rather enjoy them from a perspective of gratitude and wisdom. In doing so, we allow others to enjoy their right to freedom.

While Americans and those of many other nations, especially other democracies, already enjoy basic freedoms, many people around the globe are not equally blessed. Through peaceful means, we must support our worldwide brothers and sisters, as they work to achieve freedom from oppressive governments. We can do this by encouraging the education of all citizens. With knowledge comes power. And with power comes the strength and ability to change. In a heaven on earth, every person will enjoy freedom; and each person’s enjoyment of freedom will only serve for the betterment of the whole, and never to the detraction of anyone else.”

Glimpses of Heaven on Earth

Editor and author John E. Wade II has compiled a spiritual guide of invaluable insight for finding peace and meaning in life while making the world a better place for all. Along with co-authors Charlotte Livingston Piotrowski, Daniel Agatino, Michael Nagler, and Martin Rutte, this collection of enlightening essays and inspirational quotes from renowned thinkers and leaders throughout history provides the intellectual tools needed to live a more harmonious life.

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Genre - Inspirational
Rating – G
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Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Amanda Lee on Being More Creative When You're Relaxed @GayleTrent #AmReading #CozyMystery

It sounds contradictory, but the best way to handle pressure is to relax. I’ve been reading articles and books on how you can be more creative when you’re in a relaxed state.  When you’re overwhelmed, you have a tendency to freeze up and become unproductive.
If you’re stressing over writing deadlines, the best—albeit hardest—thing to do is to lie down, consciously relax your muscles, and tell yourself to relax. If you’re unable to relax in this way, hit the gym. A workout on the treadmill or the elliptical trainer will get your heart pumping and flood your system with endorphins.
Some writers claim that their best ideas hit them when they’re washing dishes, taking a shower, walking, or driving. This is because even though you aren’t consciously thinking about your book and your writing at that moment, your subconscious is still working on those plot points that you were trying to figure out during your last writing session.
Many writers—especially when deadlines are looming—stick to a strict daily minimum word count. I asked one such writer how she dealt with writers’ block. She said she doesn’t have it that often, but that when she does, she simply writes through it. “Even if it’s total garbage, I write anything in order to keep my writing flowing,” she said. “I know I can always come back and fix it when I get my story going back in the right direction.”
Another writer cautioned me against editing as I write. As a perfectionist, I find it difficult not to get my facts straight as I’m writing. For example, the new Fontaine book is set in Las Vegas. I couldn’t write the first draft saying to myself that I’d go back and fill in the details later. For me personally, I have to have the descriptions and facts in place as I write.  I have come to realize, however, that the books don’t have to be written in a linear form.  If I’m writing a relaxed restaurant scene and something dramatic is supposed to happen next, I can insert [ARGUMENT WITH COWORKER] or whatever scene that might be upcoming and then write something else if I’m not ready to write the heavier scene.
However you choose to do it, relaxation is key when writing under pressure: hug your dog, take a walk, watch cute animal videos, workout, take a nap…. And remember, in a true emergency, you can always request an extension for your writing deadline.

Embroidery shop owner Marcy Singer is about to have the rug pulled out from under her….

Marcy can’t wait to see the new exhibit at the Tallulah Falls museum on antique tapestries and textiles, including beautiful kilim rugs. But her enthusiasm quickly turns to terror when, the day after the exhibition opens, she discovers a dead body behind her store, the Seven-Year Stitch, wrapped up in a most unusual fashion.

The victim appears to be a visiting art professor in town for the exhibit. Did someone decide to teach the professor a lesson, then attempt to sweep the evidence under the rug? Along with her boyfriend, Detective Ted Nash, Marcy must unravel an intricate tapestry of deception to find a desperate killer.
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Genre – Cozy Mystery
Rating – PG
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Thursday, November 27, 2014

DP Denman on What Inspired The Saving Liam Series @DPDenman #Romance #LGBT #Goodreads

The Saving Liam Series was inspired by a desire to bring a little-known tragedy to the public’s attention. Thousands of LGBTQI teens spend their nights on the street, abandoned by intolerant families. It was recently estimated that at least 40,000 kids fall into that category in the US every year (30,000 in Canada). The shelters are usually as intolerant as the families these kids left behind so, they live on the street in the cold eating out of dumpsters and barely surviving. There is no excuse for that but it’s impossible to change when most people don’t realize it’s happening.

Saving Liam gave me a chance to paint a vivid picture of that existence and help people understand the way most of these kids live and the challenges they face when few people care what happens to them.


Buried lies never die.

Liam has a new career, a new condo, a newfound sense of control and none of it is quite right. Shadows drift behind the bright sparkle of his life; things he's determined to ignore until a shocking revelation makes it impossible. With the help of Justin and a new friend, Liam must face the life he's buried.

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Genre - Contemporary Gay Romance
Rating – R
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Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Christopher Mannino on Pursuing Both His Passions - Writing & Theatre @Ctmannino #YA #SelfPub

How Theatre can help a Writer

As a full-time theatre teacher, and stage actor for over twenty years, I’ve been fortunate enough to pursue both of my greatest passions (writing and theatre) professionally. I’d like to share some tips on how theatre can help writers.

1.   Theatre in a non-linear process
If you don't have time to write a book from start to stop, you're not alone.  Part-time writers need to be able to write their story whenever they get a chance- picking up the story wherever they left off.  My advice: become an actor in a play.  The more shows you're in, the more you'll get used to thinking non-linearly.  Even if a play takes place in chronological order, you never practice a show like that.  You'll pick up in the middle, work one scene, then start a different scene.  You need to be able to keep the chronology of a play in mind when starting in the middle.  Eventually this skill becomes second-nature, and will allow you to pick up a draft in the middle with no trouble at all.
2. Theatre builds dialogue skills
Have trouble writing believable dialogue?  Plays and musicals are nothing BUT dialogue.  You get used to language in a new way, by not just speaking it, but practicing speaking in different ways.  This builds skill at writing and using dialogue effectively in any setting.  Trying to incorporate appropriate methods of speaking into your characters voices can be very helpful.
3. Theatre builds confidence
A number of authors at my publishing house Muse It Up have mentioned feeling hesitant about in-person events.  The image of a reclusive writer, afraid of the world, is perhaps overblown, but to be fair- writing is an insular process.  What better remedy to isolation than jumping onstage in front of strangers.  Sound terrifying?  In a way, it's not you up there at all.  Drama provides a "mask" - in that it's your character onstage, not you at all.  If I was asked to read a script onstage I feel fine, but if I was aksed to tell my own story I might get nervous.  I reach into myself, and draw on that "mask" - becoming the character of myself.  It alleviates any nerves I might feel.

School of Deaths

Thirteen-year-old Suzie Sarnio always believed the Grim Reaper was a fairy tale image of a skeleton with a scythe. Now, forced to enter the College of Deaths, she finds herself training to bring souls from the Living World to the Hereafter. The task is demanding enough, but as the only female in the all-male College, she quickly becomes a target. Attacked by both classmates and strangers, Suzie is alone in a world where even her teachers want her to fail.

Caught in the middle of a plot to overthrow the World of Deaths, Suzie must uncover the reason she’s been brought there: the first female Death in a million years.

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Genre - YA Fantasy
Rating – PG
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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

@AmyLewisAuthor on Life Being More Fun When You're Fearless #Memoir #Women #AmReading

Five Things Being a Young Widow Has Taught Me

I was 27 when my first husband died unexpectedly after an eleven-day illness. While our marriage was far from perfect (and I do mean far), I loved him with an open heart. Now 15 years later, I can clearly say his death became the turning point of my life. If I had a before and after picture, the day he died would be the point in time where my path radically diverged. Nothing beats being a wise, young woman and here are the top five things that widowhood taught me about life, death and loss.
  1. Strength & courage are not qualities you either have or don’t. It’s an energy field that you can tap into that stretches and expands to meet the needs of that which you are facing in the moment. You have no idea how strong you are until you are faced with a situation that calls it out of you. The same goes for courage. Have faith that whatever is needed in the moment, you’ve got it.
  1. Help is everywhere; all around you, all you have to do is look for it. Easier said than done, I know, but that doesn’t make it any less true. And I’ve experienced this countless times, when I really need something, if I can stay out of my fears, exactly what is required always comes to me – no more, no less.
  1. Life is much more fun when you’re fearless. One thing became very clear to me after losing my husband:  his essence, his soul (whatever you choose to call it) was still about. I know it in my bones, and it was quite a shock to me. While I’m not ready to let go of my body just let, I am no longer afraid of death. In fact, I don’t even like the word death but “transition” still sounds little too New Agey for me. And once that granddaddy of fears dissolves, man oh man, does life get fun.
  1. Loss is part of life, so give yourself the gift of grieving. We are all individuals and grieving is highly personal business. No two people do it alike. Don’t listen to anyone else about what you should be doing, feeling, thinking, experiencing. Get rid of all your conditioned thoughts about what grieving should look like. Give yourself the freedom to do it your own way. Grieving can actually be a creative process and experience. Give yourself the gift of expression and your uniqueness. And I don’t just mean from losing a loved one, loss comes in many forms.
  1. You are not in control here. I know we spend our entire lives trying to pretend like we are in control, but we are not.  This can be a terrifying idea, or it can bring you peace. I remember the only thought that gave me solace right after he died was I could have done absolutely nothing to save him. It was essentially out of my hands. The more I tested it out, I learned when I give up trying to control everything, my life actually becomes easier not harder.

Diagnosed with Borderline Personality disorder, Amy struggled with depression and an addiction to sharp objects. Even hospitalization didn't help to heal her destructive tendencies. It took a tumultuous relationship with a man named Truth to bring her back from the depths of her own self-made hell.Amy's marriage to dark, intriguing Truth was both passionate and stormy. She was a fair-skinned southern girl from New Orleans. He was a charming black man with tribal tattoos, piercings, and a mysterious past. They made an unlikely pair, but something clicked. During their early marriage, they pulled themselves out of abject poverty into wealth and financial security practically overnight. Then things began to fall apart.
 Passionate and protective, Truth also proved violent and abusive. Amy’s own self-destructive tendencies created a powerful symmetry. His sudden death left Amy with an intense and warring set of emotions: grief for the loss of the man she loved, relief she was no longer a target for his aggression.

Conflicted and grieving, Amy found herself at a spiritual and emotional crossroads, only to receive help from an unlikely source: Truth himself. Feeling his otherworldly presence in her dreams, Amy seeks help from a famous medium.

Her spiritual encounters change Amy forever. Through Truth, she learns her soul is eternal and indestructible, a knowledge that gives Amy the courage to pursue her own dreams and transform herself both physically and emotionally. Her supernatural encounters help Amy resolve the internal anger and self-destructive tendencies standing between her and happiness, culminating in a sense of spiritual fulfillment she never dreamed possible.

An amazing true story, What Freedom Smells Like is told with courage, honesty, and a devilishly dark sense of humor.
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Genre – Memoir
Rating – PG-13
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Tuesday, November 18, 2014

LUCIFER & THE INDIGO KIDS by Lord Ra Krishna El @Lord_Ra_Krishna #Poetry #AmReading


Soon I will be free...
As free as the dolphin

That swims in the Sea...
As free as a feather

That blows in the wind...
Sitting on the beach

Sipping coffee once again
With long
dread loc's...
And new tattoo's...

Smoking with Bob Marley
As my words help heal the earth...
My music playing around the world

Performing in front of thousand's...
Sharing my art with the planet

And speaking in the language
of the dolphins...

"This “new age” book of poetry reflects the diverse views and philosophies of it’s author Ra Krishna EL. It’s an intimate, humorous and thought provoking group of poems intended to evoke strong emotion. To quote the German philosopher, Friedrich Nietzsche, this style of poetry can be called “Zukunfts poesie“ which translates into “Poetry of the future”, where truly original ideas are presented thru poetry. Also known as post Nietzschean poetry.

It’s subjects include society, pop culture, love, religious dogma, God and the new age of Aquarius. This book was written and published during the false incarceration of its author in Chicago’s notorious Cook County Jail, the largest jail in the country."

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Genre - Poetry, Philosophy
Rating – PG-13
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Saturday, November 8, 2014

Chapter 1 from The Seer’s Lover by Kat de Falla @KatDeFalla #AmReading #DarkFantasy #Fantasy

Don’s Drug Store—Friday night Wauwatosa, Wisconsin

A stain of a human being shoved through the front door of Calise Rowe’s pharmacy with just ten minutes left before close. Trying to hide her annoyance from the customer, she smiled tightly at him, feeling a twinge of unease and chills run down her spine. She didn’t need her secret senses to know the devil himself would shudder at the sight of this guy. A filthy smile peeked out from under his moldy beard. He slid a narcotic prescription known on the streets as “hillbilly heroin”— toward her.

Pure evil.

She pushed down her aversion to do her job as his legalized drug dealer. Her all-too-familiar feelings hit her like a punch in the gut. Close proximity with this guy made her skin crawl. Nothing about him in particular—not his stringy black hair, body odor, or dirty fingernails—clued her in to his black soul, but something deep within her said he presented a threat and she needed to get him out of her pharmacy—fast.

“Ignore it. It’s nothing.” Calise’s mother’s words replayed in her head. But she couldn’t suppress an inherent ability. Powerful waves of energy flowed around certain people. Not a day went by Calise didn’t

wish to tear away the veil of lies and find the truth. She wanted to see for once, what she could only feel.

She glanced at the crumpled prescription. “Give me a few minutes, Mister…Parker.”

He licked his cracked lips, and she cringed when his tongue touched an oozing cold sore. “No worries. I’m in no hurry, baby.”

The Seer's Lover

For years, Calise Rowe has been able to sense unusual energy from people, making her believe she is different. Pulled into an ancient war raging for centuries between demon hunters and seers, she's about to find out she's right.

Her search for the truth leads her to Lucas Rojas, a seer of angels and demons who walk the earth shrouded from normal human eyes. He's hidden his gift for years and refuses to endanger Calise by sharing it with her.

In the sultry Costa Rican Jungles, their worlds collide. As their passion and desire ignite, so does the ancient war between demons and seers. Will their combined efforts be enough to save themselves and the entire human world, or will their new found love be their downfall?

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Genre - Dark Fantasy
Rating – R
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