Book Feature: The Rise of Gideon by Stan Matthews

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Inside the Book:

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Title: The Rise of Gideon
Author: Stan Matthews
Publisher: iUniverse
Genre: Historical Fiction
Format: Ebook

It is the early 1960s when journalism student Art James first meets Professor Gideon Pratt at a Midwestern university. When Art secures a reporter job after graduation, Gideon summons him, reveals that the university is harboring a Communist cell, and asks Art to write a story about it. Art, driven by his desire to earn accolades, writes the article. But when Gideon’s name is slashed from the story, Art angrily resigns.

Years later, Art lands a job with the New York Dispatch, with help from Gideon who is busy defending an educational foundation from attacks by a little known organization, the Cotterites. After Art reconnects with Gideon and his beautiful colleague/ love interest, Jo Davis, he discovers that feared anti-Communist Harry Cotter once wrote a thesis in praise of Communism—a fact that his former professor Silenus Stoddard eventually verifies. Many stories later that include an interview with Cotter himself, Art learns that Cotter is planning a rally in Madison Square Garden. While Art falls for Jo, an infuriated Gideon who blames Silenus for an embarrassing failure prepares to reveal his true self.

The Rise of Gideon shares the tale of a public relations guru and an ambitious New York reporter as they work together to expose a vicious society of extremists.

Meet the Author:

Stan Matthews is a veteran investigative reporter who has worked for both Canadian and American newspapers, and served as a fund raiser for many institutions, including churches, colleges, hospitals, American Cancer Society, Easter Seals and PBS. He is the author of several books and lives in Florida with his wife, Mary Jane.

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Book Blast: Life-Changing ABC Scriptures with Stories by Katherine Dye

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Inside the Book:

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Title: Life-Changing ABC Scriptures with Stories
Author: Katherine Dye
Publisher: iUniverse
Genre: Religion/Spirituality
Format: Ebook

Life Changing—
In the beautiful collection of fictional southern style short stories, set in her hometown, Katherine Dye highlights many nooks and crannies of New Albany, Mississippi, and if you are a native, you will delight in reading about the places you often see. If not … well, you will want to visit this lovely little artisan town and see for yourself the wonders of the pleasant and less complex southern way of life as depicted in Katherine’s stories, paintings, and sketches.

The beauty of her short stories is their attraction to the Word of God. Katherine, from a child, was encouraged to memorize scripture verses; and those that became a “lamp unto her feet and a light unto her path” are the ones she has cleverly included. There is a verse for each letter of the alphabet, and she makes clear the need for a two-way conversation between God and his children, the grand and glorious balance of prayer and reading of the scriptures.

The stories are designed for young teens, but if you are a bit older now, you may find yourself slipping back to childhood and teenage years, reminiscent of the days of The Old South. Many of the scriptures Katherine features are those we memorized as children.

We are never too old to learn, but as Katherine explains in the story of Grandy and Jamie, it is much easier when we are youthful and our minds are clear and sharp, unencumbered by years of living and working and loving and playing. It feels good to slip back to those times when our ability to memorize was heightened by virtue of our youth, and the verses we so cherish are those we best remember from childhood.

This collection of stories is timeless. Read and relish youthful thoughts.

Meet the Author:
 

Katherine Dye was born in Blue Mountain, Mississippi, during the Great Depression. She earned a Bachelor’s degree in Art and English from Blue Mountain College and a Master’s Degree in Art Education from the University of Mississippi in Oxford. She taught art and remedial reading for many years in the New Albany school system. Katherine is a gifted artist, having illustrated three published children’s books. Her art is prominently displayed in her hometown of New Albany where she has lived for many years. In 1979 and ‘80, after researching and mastering the history of her town, Katherine sketched or painted and signed limited edititon prints of the two historical depots, the grand old courthouse, the birthplace of William Faulkner, and other local points of interest. She is affectionately known as “The New Albany Historian.”

Her fictional characters, Grandy and Jamie, are examples of those hometown people who believe it will be an adventure, even an experiment, as Jamie says, “to hold Jesus’ hand to see where he might take us next. From my youthful experience, I’ve concluded that God’s way is the best way!”

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Book Blast: I Asked My Father by Dorothy Rice, R.N.

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Title: I Asked My Father
Author: Dorothy Rice, R.N.
Publisher: iUniverse
Genre: Religion
Format: Ebook

This is a small book of poetry. It was written while the author was close to death from Lupus. Why, then, does pain inspire, and inspiration produce fruits to uplift and comfort. God only knows. But there is knowing here and insights only the heart knows through suffering. If you are suffering, or know someone who is, you may find these poems a salve and solution to why good people have to suffer. For, as the author once said, “The question is not why bad things happen to good people, but why good things happen to bad people; namely, why did Jesus came for me?”

Meet the Author:

Dr. Charles Rice is the husband of Dorothy Rice, R.N. He is a clinical psychologist and Dorothy still helps him in helping couples and families. She is the author of this, small, book of poetry which she wrote when very ill with Lupus before God healed her.

Dorothy and I have two grown daughters and one grandson all living near us in Boise, Idaho.

 

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Book Blast: True Success by Arnold S. Judson

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Inside the Book:

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Title: True Success
Author: Arnold S. Judson
Publisher: iUniverse
Genre: Business & Economics
Format: Ebook

Whether you work for a business, nonprofit or governmental organization, you’ll find ways to boost organizational performance with this guide that reveals fundamental but often uncomfortable truths about the forces that impact any organization’s performance, and how this can be improved.

Arnold S. Judson, who has been helping organizations of all types for almost seventy years, reveals what makes an organization truly successful.

He describes how to:

• define what success means for any organization;

• identify and assess attractive opportunities;

• generate and implement creative ideas; and

• recognize and address limits on internal capabilities.

You’ll also learn the four key drivers that can cause an organization to be truly successful. Charts and figures are included to make it easier to formulate and execute successful plans. Empower yourself, fellow employees and your organization as a whole to be more effective and boost results with the ideas, tips and strategies in True Success. “Most management books are like instant oatmeal: hot for a minute and ultimately bland and boring. Arnold Judson has found a way to provide plenty of meat, encapsulating his diverse consulting experiences in a thoughtful and thought-provoking set of ideas that any senior manager could use.”—Allen R. Cohen, Distinguished Professor of Global Leadership, Babson College

Meet the Author:

Since 1948, Arnold S. Judson has been helping governmental, business and nonprofit organizations formulate and execute strategies in North America, Europe and the Middle East. He’s also conducted public seminars to help organizations move in new, productive directions. He now lives in Boston, Massachusetts, where he continues to work with nonprofit organizations.

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Cover Reveal: A Honeyed Light by Freddie Milano

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Title: A Honeyed Light
Author: Freddie Milano
Genre: Contemporary Paranormal

Kunal, relative newcomer to the strange town of Harmony, has his hands full preparing for Diwali. That should be enough to keep anyone’s mind pre-occupied, but Kunal can’t really ignore that he’s nearly thirty, single, and still buried in the closet.

Out of town at a gay club one night, he bumps into Oscar, proprietor of Harmony’s only sex shop, and figures his secret is now officially out. What he doesn’t expect is a slow seduction, or to have to decide what it is he really wants in life.

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MEET THE AUTHOR

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Freddie Milano lives with her partner-in-crime, two adorable and devilish cats, and far more ideas than she really has time to set down on (electronic) paper. She’s been writing since she could hold a pen, though most of the embarrassing stories thankfully never made in onto the internet, and can stay safely buried.
She loves wine, Korean pop music, tea, chocolate, coffee, mythology, and both video and tabletop gaming. An ESFJ surrounded by introverts, Freddie has learned the art of socialization in moderation. Besides, staying in just leaves her more time to write. Find more at freddiemilano.com.

 

 

Life and Death in Public Places by Chris Delyani, author of You Are Here

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Inside the Book:
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Title: You Are Here
Author: Chris Delyani
Publisher: iUniverse
Genre: Romance
Format: Ebook/Paperback

All Peter Bankston ever wanted to do was paint.

An aspiring painter, Peter scratches out a pauper’s living in San Francisco, wanting nothing more than to be left alone. Instead, he finds himself getting involved with not one but two very different men.

Like Peter, getting involved with another man is the last thing on Nick Katsaris’s mind. Smart, handsome, and good-humored, Nick’s done more than just survive—he’s positively thriving in San Francisco. But when he meets Peter, what begins as fun and games quickly turns into a game he can’t control.

Miles Bettencourt’s days are filled with longing. For him, San Francisco is haunted by Stuart, his missing ex-lover. Desperate to win him back, Miles wanders the streets in the hope of running into Stuart again. Instead, he runs into Peter—the one man who might hold the key to what Miles is looking for.

These three gay men soon form one very unlikely love triangle. Sometimes, when people break apart and then come together, they learn that discovering that where you are is the key to knowing who you are.

 

Life and Death in Public Places

I was in the thick of rewriting You Are Here when the HBO aired its last episode of the mob drama The Sopranos. I watched the last episode on DVD a few months after the actual airing, and so had a chance to listen to the Internet chatter about that tense closing scene in the diner. The dramatic cut to black. Did Tony die, or not?

For me, it didn’t matter. (Although for the record, I’d say Tony does die.) What mattered to me—especially in the context of my writing You Are Here—was that the final act of Tony Soprano’s operatic story had happened in a place as mundane as a diner. That the witnesses to the end of this story were total strangers, eating their dinners in the other booths.

That Sopranos scene gave me the idea to write my own life-or-death scene in a diner. I went to a hamburger joint near my job in San Francisco’s Financial District on my lunch hour, the same time of day as the diner scene in You Are Here. I bought some lunch, slid into one of the booths, and tried to imagine what it would be like to be sitting there with a knife at my back. (In The Sopranos, Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believing” is playing on the jukebox; on my own trip the hamburger joint, the song was Susan Boyle’s studio rendition of “I Dreamed a Dream.”) I’d taken a notebook with me and wrote down all that I saw, heard, felt. Most of all, I looked at my fellow diners, imagining them cheerfully oblivious to the near-murder in their midst.

This is what I love about writing fiction. To sit in a place as ordinary as a diner on my lunch hour and imagine extraordinary things happening there, even if the extraordinary was a man sitting in a booth with a knife at his back. I really shouldn’t have needed The Sopranos to teach me the importance of setting in the writing of important scenes.

To be honest, I wasn’t all that crazy about the ending of The Sopranos. I know many people out there believe Tony doesn’t die, that in fact he and the family muddle through. But whether or not Tony dies at the end is crucial to understanding the entire story. Imagine if Shakespeare had left the endings of his great plays ambiguous: does King Lear die at the end, or not? It shouldn’t be the viewer’s (or reader’s) responsibility to solve how a story ends.

So, here, I respectfully diverged from The Sopranos. My diner scene has a definite ending. To learn whether the characters live or die, all the reader has to do is read.


 

 

Meet the Author:
 

In 1993, Chris Delyani moved to San Francisco from his native Boston to devote his life to writing fiction—and he’s been at it ever since. His first novel, The Love Thing, was published in 2009. He lives in Oakland, California.

 

 

Book Blast: A Beginner’s Guide to God by Eric Neal

Inside the Book:

Title: A Beginner’s Guide to God
Author: Eric Neal
Publisher: iUniverse
Pages: 64
Genre: Religion/Faith
Format: Ebook

When it comes to religion, people often have more questions than answers. In A Beginner’s Guide to God, author Eric Neal hopes to eliminate some confusion surrounding religion and provide a clear and universal pathway to the creator.

In this guide, Neal addresses some of life’s biggest questions: Does God exist? What happens when we die? Is this our only life? Who created the universe? How was the universe created? Why was it created? What is the spiritual realm? Why do people believe in a higher power? In addition to addressing the large questions, A Beginner’s Guide to God explores the origins, history, and leadership of some of the world’s major religions and provides a synopsis of their teachings.

A Beginner’s Guide to God offers a general guide to spark interest and clarify aspects of mankind’s most important questions. Its goal is to help us make sense of religion, its progression, and the existence of a higher power.

This is Eric Neal’s first book, produced after many years of contemplation on the plight of religion in the modern age.

Meet the Author:

This is Eric Neal’s first book, produced after many years of contemplation on the plight of religion in the modern age. Visit him online at www.beginnersguidetogod.com

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