Thursday, April 24, 2014

Hair of the Corn Dog

  • File Size: 1188 KB
  • Print Length: 222 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0991375920
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Fever Streak Press (February 26, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
In the latest laugh-out-loud confessional from A.K. Turner’s "Tales of Imperfection” series, the author relates her adventures on the Jersey Shore, at an Idaho drag show with her in-laws, and surviving the perils of an elementary school ice-cream social with equal parts wit and heart. The laughter pairs well with two parts cocktail.

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~My Impressions~
This was a unique book. I enjoy getting to take little glimpses into other peoples lives and what better way to do that then by reading a "confessional" book of someones life. As a mom I can relate to so many of her stories about her kids. I laughed so hard I cried at times. I have been in those situations and reacted very similar in many of them. I adored the "almost" art camp, the boating adventures and festivals the most. Mainly because I've been there myself. I find comfort when others freak out with their kids as much as I do. Gives me some sense of normalcy in my own life.

This was just a really nice, upbeat, laugh out loud, enjoyable book from start to finish. Although the writing is a little jumpy moving from thought to thought without really tying up the first one, its real. After all that's how we really talk anyway as women. I can easily recommend this book for anyone with kids, in-laws, or those who just want a good laugh.  
~About the Author~
A.K. Turner is the author of the bestselling This Little Piggy Went to the Liquor Store and Mommy Had a Little Flask. She lives with her husband and two daughters in Boise, Idaho, where she occasionally still dreams of one day being a Secret Agent.Learn more at

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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

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Monday, April 21, 2014

Crimson Clouds

Crimson Clouds

by Claude Nougat


Robert is at a crossroads. Just retired from a brilliant career as a UN manager in humanitarian aid, he could work as a high-level consultant or pursue his childhood dream of becoming an artist. He chooses the latter to the dismay of his wife Kay. Twenty years his junior, Kay is a lover of Contemporary Art, deeply involved in her work as the owner of a trendy art gallery in New York. She is horrified by his academic paintings. They fight over Art - he's square, she's cool - but more separates them than diverging views on Art. A secret Kay has never revealed weighs on their marriage and threatens to break it apart...

This contemporary romance resonates with the complexities and wistfulness of mature passion the second time around.

~ My Impressions~
 Wonderful book that details the life or Robert on his self discovery journey.   I really liked the way the author showed the many layers of relationships we go through. The writing is authentic, with a lovely fluid style that sets the pace and keeps the book moving beautifully.Beautiful scenery is depicted throughout this novel of wonderful places all over the world that bring this story to life and give the reader the feeling of being in that location within the contemporary art world. Overall I really enjoyed this story and can easily recommend it to others who love the art world. 

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Excerpt from Chapter 8:  A Mother’s Heart

“This is very serious, Robert. I’m your mother, remember? I can see what’s happening to your marriage. You’re allowing your wife to convince you that what you do is worthless.”

“Nonsense. Kay’s tastes are different from yours and mine. That’s all.”

“Oh, but it’s not just a matter of taste. The problems between you two run much deeper than that. I’m an old woman, I have experience; I see what I see…”

“In that case, just keep your eyes shut, will you?”

“Robert, don’t get mad at me. I’m not the problem, your wife is. And you know it.”

“Maman, there is one thing I do know. You wanted to have grandchildren and we have disappointed you on that score. But that’s no reason to take it out on Kay. It’s not her fault.”

“Are you sure? I wouldn’t be so certain. No one in our family has ever been sterile. The problem could easily be on her side. After all, she’s an only child.”

“So am I. It doesn’t mean anything. Just stop it.”

Her eyes widened, as if she wanted to convey something important and didn’t know how. Then she did something very theatrical. She plunged to the floor, taking hold of my ankle. Crouching at my feet, she held my leg in both hands. “Now, try walking!”

“What do you mean?”

“Try walking, I tell you. Come on, push that leg forward.”

I didn’t try hard, not wanting to hurt her, but I could feel my leg straining against her hands.

“See? You’re slowed down. You can’t walk. That’s what Kay does to you!”

AUTHOR Bio and Links: 

Claude Nougat is a writer, economist, painter and poet. A graduate of Columbia University, Claude has dabbled in a wide variety of jobs before starting a 25 year career at the United Nations (Food and Agriculture), ending as Regional Director for Europe and Central Asia.

Claude is the author of many books, including two in Italian that won several awards in Italy, and seven in English, all fiction except one essay on development aid; she is considered a prime exponent of Boomer literature.

Her poetry has been included in "Freeze Frame", an international poetry anthology curated by British poet Oscar Sparrow, published by Gallo Romano Media in 2012.

Claude is married and lives in Italy.

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Another Heaven

  • Paperback: 332 pages
  • Publisher: Apprentice House (March 20, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 193407487X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1934074879
Caught in the cross-hairs of a twisted fanatic… Poverty, broken families and a system ill-equipped to help innocent and impressionable children combine to create an ideal breeding ground for Usman who is recruiting and training missionaries for mass destruction. While completing her thesis in India, Tina Matthew, a young doctoral student from the United States, unwittingly gets thrown into the center of this madman’s demented plot built upon religious fanaticism. She quickly learns what the classroom cannot teach as she experiences first hand how Usman executes his mission with crazed religious righteousness, violence and the psychological manipulation of human trafficking victims. “A fascinating story with a suspenseful plot and rich with characters you care about and root for until the end.” – Holly Mckenna, Professional Media Lecturer, University at Albany “Subramanian has a grasp of the complexity and depth of issues related to human trafficking and terrorism.” – Dr. Rudy Nydegger, Ph. D., Chief, Division of Psychology, Ellis Hospital “An affecting read which delves into the intricacies of a terrorist’s mind.” – Nikhil Sharda, Managing Editor – eFiction India “I was hooked to the novel right from the prologue!” – Inez Bracy, Inez Bracy International, Living Smart and Well-Online Radio.

My Impressions: 

This was a deeply moving book.I adored Tina. She comes across as very intelligent, yet always seeking to better herself and her work through more knowledge. She is warm and compassionate and tough when needed. The pages are filled with horror and atrocities that you wish were only the figment of someones active imagination, but sadly they are realities that many face daily. Living the 2nd largest hub for human trafficking makes you acutely aware of the dangers that are present. This book touched my heart in so many ways. While reading this book I was reminded again of how truly evil some people are and how well they can cover it up and appear good and innocent. I am never amazed at how far a warped religious fanatical will go for their cause. That is what makes this book all the more frightening-the reality of warped theology and the means they use to carry out the work they feel is Gods and which they feel God is really blessing them for doing. After all is it not our duty as Christians even to follow after Christ preaching the good news even if it costs us our lives?

What I find most disturbing when reading this book is how easily people are led astray and how terrorism seems to always build in communities that are knitted together, reeking havoc and destruction on the innocent. I can easily recommend this book. If you want to learn more on human trafficking you can visit the FBI website here.

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Annu SubramanianBiography

Annu Subramanian addresses global issues through her books. Her recent novel, ANOTHER HEAVEN, exposes the horrors of human trafficking and terrorism and is used as a campaign against human trafficking. She was selected as a national finalist in 2011 by Norman Mailer Center and NCTE and was chosen as Educator of Excellence in 2011 by New York State English Council. Her debut novel, WAITING FOR THE PERFECT DAWN, traces the lives of five generations of women in India and is used as a platform to empower women. She lives in upstate New York.

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