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Sunday, September 11, 2011

The Importance of Books in Our Lives

Often times in life we go through events that shape our perceptions forever more. Some of the events are earth shattering while others are inspirational. Today we are reminded of a tragic event that changed our attitudes on travel, people, and our safety. When the dust has cleared and the storms have passed us by we only have one defense. That defense is out ability to recover.
Our ability to recover comes from a large array of defenses. Some of them are put in place for us by our government, while others are natural defenses that we call upon without knowing. In my times of distress I have turned to music, writing, and reading. In other words I have turned to the discipline of the Arts as many others before me.
Today is special. Today unlike ten years ago we have more books and more authors from different walks of life. From Independent publishers, to independent authors we now stand at the utopia of reading. Independent publishers, and eBook publishers have made it a point to reach out to authors from various walks of life. Today I have the honor of mentioning five authors from five very different backgrounds. Their books are smart, exciting, and thought provoking. All of the books below can be found on Amazon and other online book venders.
The Jade Rabbit by Mark Mathews  
This book is available on all major online book vender sites.
“A female infant is abandoned by her birth-mother in a small Chinese village, raised in the United States, and becomes a social worker in order to help children in a desolate Detroit neighborhood. Her nickname is The Jade Rabbit and this is her story. As director of a shelter for runaway youth, Janice Zhu Woodward gets pulled into the lives of the lost children of the streets and is forced to relive her own traumatic past. To stay strong and spiritually inspired, Janice emulates her adoptive mother and becomes an avid, nearly obsessed marathon runner. When a mysterious girl with dreadlocks is abandoned at the shelter's front door, the two form a relationship based on their common bonds, and together, rediscover the transcendental power of motherhood love.”
“ Cixi” The Dragon Empress by Natasha Yim
“This series of historical accounts profiles strong women who took extraordinary measures to achieve and maintain power—including murder, deception, and black magic—examining the women’s reputations in the context of their eras. Just how wicked were they? The books allow readers to decide for themselves if these infamous ladies were indeed heartless and evil or simply out of touch and making the most of their circumstances.
The last empress of China, Cixi fought ruthlessly to isolate her country from the West while cloistered inside her lavish Forbidden City, ignoring the needs of her people. Her extravagant lifestyle, bouts of bad temper, and brutal punishments earned her a reputation as a cruel and ignorant leader. An exploration of Cixi's daily life—including what she ate and how she dressed—this story explains how she became one of the most notorious figures of the Qing dynasty.”
Grown Pains by K.P. Smith
“Growing Pains; Kendras Dairies is the first book in the series chronicling the journey of Kendra Foster from adolescence to adulthood. I aspire to encourage, entertain, and inspire young adults. Life has its ups and downs, its bumps and its bruises. But with perseverance, determination, and faith you can be all you were born to be. Never Give Up!”
Desperate Measures by Cindy Cromer
“What should have been the perfect vacation soon becomes a nightmare. Caitlin Martel made a stop before meeting her family at Miami International Airport. A cryptic message waited for her. She dismissed the threat and assumed it was directed toward the brilliant scientist that she recently hired. Caitlin has no idea that a forgotten secret is about to explode and put her life in jeopardy.

When Caitlin and her family arrive on the Caribbean Island of St. Kitts, they find their dream home vandalized. In the kitchen, another message has been left. In blood, leaving no doubt that Caitlin personally is the target.

In a flashback Caitlin recalls the secret that her father, Jack Spencer, revealed to her sixteen years ago. He didn’t tell her everything. Will Jack be able to confront the truth and reconstruct the past in time to save his daughter?

Caitlin’s husband Scott, FBI Assistant Director, also believes the threats are related to Caitlin’s professional life. Once Caitlin points out the significance of what was left in their home, Scott unofficially brings his top FBI agent, Tomas Medina, to St. Kitts.

When Tomas arrives, his status is quickly upgraded and the investigation becomes official. The third threat creates a direct link to multi-billionaire Lukas Bucklin.

The suspense escalates through twists, turns, and family secrets yet to be revealed. A powerful climax unveils an unlikely alliance between two deadly and dangerous enemies.”
The Ghost Ship by Gerrie Ferris Finger

“Ninety years later, Ann Gavrion travels to Cape Hatteras to get over the loss of her fiancĂ© in an airplane crash. She meets the enigmatic, yet charming, Lawrence Curator on the beach.
Behind her she hears the cries of villagers. “Shipwreck!”
A surfman runs up and shouts that the missing schooner, her sails set, is aground on the shoal. Ann recognizes the enormous ship from a photograph she’d seen the night before.
So begins her journey back to 1921 with the man the Navy sent to investigate the grounding of the great ship.
When Lawrence and Ann solve the mystery, Ann must return to her world. On the very beach where she’d begun her voyage with Lawrence, she meets his great-grandson, Rod. Exhausted, wet, she spills an account of her fabulous sea adventure. He calls her a charlatan and accuses her of using his famous ancestor to write a first person account of the tragedy for her magazine.
How many times, how many ways, must she prove that her voyage was real to Rod and the unbelievers of the world?”

Happy reading!!

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