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Title: The Prison Planet Handbook
Author: Denis Goodwin
Publisher: XLibris
Genre: Reference
Format: Ebook

 

 

Who are we, and where did we come from? When we turn to the information provided to us, we find a mud pool of possibilities. Is this intended to subvert our built-in guidance systems? We also discover that people who are adept at researching big-picture science are offered special jobs conditional on being sworn to secrecy. What is behind this strategy? Sometimes, the reality prescribed to us doesn’t fit with or explain what we experience. So if you too know something is not quite right, wonder what else is out there, what the bigger picture is, who benefits with us excluded from it, and are ready for changes on earth, the bottom line is here.

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Review:

I found this book to be very interesting and engaging. Who hasn’t questioned where they came from and what we are? This book lays out different possibilities, ones that I haven’t read before. Did I agree with everything the author said? I am not sure, there is just a lot of things to digest. But, if you are looking for some different viewpoints on our life here, you should check out this book.

 

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After a career in medicine, Mike Houtz succumbed to the call to hang up his stethoscope and pursue his other passion as a writer of fast-paced thrillers. A rabid fan of authors such as Clancy, Mark Greaney, Vince Flynn, and Brad Thor, Mike loves series writing with strong characters, fast pacing and international locations, all of which explode into action in his debut novel, a 2017 Zebulon Award winner. When not at the keyboard, he can be found on the firing range, traveling for research across the globe, or trying out the latest dry-fly pattern on a Gold Medal trout stream.

He lives at the foothills of the Rocky Mountains in Colorado.

His latest book is the thriller/international/action novel, Dark Spiral Down.

Website: www.mikehoutz.com

Twitter: www.twitter.com/michaelhoutz

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/author.mikehoutz/

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COLE HAUFNER is a reluctant superstar in the professional mixed martial arts world. After his latest fight, his wife and child perish in a car crash. His grief deepens when his brother, BUTCH, a Delta Force operator, is absent from the funeral and reported missing by two furtive strangers who show up unannounced at the burial. Despairing, and acting on a tip, Cole travels to his childhood home in southeast China, looking for his brother.

Butch and his teammate, HAMMER, are the sole American survivors of a gun battle between their unit and North Korean commandos, both sides fighting over possession of a stolen suitcase containing a miniaturized fusion device that could either provide unlimited clean energy or be converted to an undetectable bomb seven times more powerful than a nuclear explosion. Leading the North Koreans is the sociopath, Commander PARK. Pressed into helping the Koreans is a disgraced former CIA operative, BARRETT JENNINGS.

Cole meets with the uncle who raised him, MASTER LI, and is warned to stop his search for Butch. Barrett discovers Cole’s identity (with the help of a genius computer hacker, LILLY), which opens a twenty-year-old wound when Barrett was blamed for the disappearance of Cole’s father, along with the man’s invention. Barrett enlists the 14K organized crime syndicate to help capture Cole. Hammer, separated from Butch during the fight for the device, thwarts the gang’s attempt to kidnap Cole, and the two then set off to find Butch and the device. All parties converge on the city library where Butch, now disguised as a monk, is attempting to communicate with the Pentagon. Barrett and Park capture Butch, while the 14K gang nabs Cole.

Danger mounts as Chinese authorities begin investigating foul play within their borders. Cole fights his way free of the gang and reunites with Hammer.  Both men find Barrett’s apartment and discover Lilly (the man’s stepdaughter), who divulges Barrett’s identity and plan. Cole clashes with Hammer, who is willing to sacrifice Butch in order to recover the fusion device. Lilly offers her help in exchange for her and Barrett’s rescue from Park’s grip. Meanwhile, Barrett discovers the true nature of the case the North Koreans are pursuing and, sensing he and Lilly are to be assassinated by Park once he has the device, frees Butch. Butch, trusting Barrett was sent to rescue him, leads the turncoat to the site where he hid the device. Barrett, hoping to make a quick fortune selling it, shoots Butch before escaping with the case.

Cole, along with Hammer and Lilly, arrives at the location of Butch and finds him gravely wounded. Butch fingers Barrett for shooting him and for stealing the case. Cole wants only to save his brother but Butch makes him promise to kill Barrett and recover their dad’s invention. The revelation that the device is his father’s scientific discovery propels Cole forward to fulfill his brother’s mission. Cole is forced to abandon Butch at a hospital. Cole pursues Barrett to a remote dock where the ex-CIA man is planning to escape China by boat. With the Chinese military now actively looking for Cole, Cole confronts Barrett and Park sparking a gunfight. Barrett kills Park. As Barrett turns the gun on Cole, Hammer kills Barrett. Cole, Hammer and Lilly escape via the boat, and the fusion device is safely returned.

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Would you call yourself a born writer?

For me, I believe the better description is ‘born storyteller’. The process of writing has always been a way for me to collect my thoughts and present my fiction in a way that isn’t jumbled or misses the point I’m attempting to convey. Writing allows me to fail before the reader sees the finished work. I’ve written with the intent to entertain as far back as junior high school, but I needed life experience and years of practice before I considered it a career. I’m only beginning to accept the notion I’m a ‘writer’, and I have a long way to go.

What was your inspiration for DARK SPIRAL DOWN?

I’ve been involved in children’s concerns—professionally and personally—for most of my adult life. My series shines a light on a little-known issue with the kidnapping of America children by one parent and taken to a foreign country against the will of the other parent. In 1983, a small consortium of countries adopted the Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child abduction. Only about half of countries worldwide recognize the status quo child custody arrangement existing before an unlawful removal of a child from their home country. DARK SPIRAL DOWN introduces the readers to the main character, Cole Haufner, a trained Shaolin monk, as he looks for his missing Delta Force brother in Southeast China. At the end of the book, he comes to realize he has a knack for rescuing people. The books explore his journey with returning kids to their rightful caretaker. When the court system fails a child’s return, Cole delivers his brand of justice.

What themes do you like to explore in your writing?

I’m forever drawn to the Good vs. Evil arrangement. I probably spent an unhealthy amount of time watching the Star Wars franchise growing up. A small band of rebels fighting the oh-so powerful bad guys with little chance of success. Who doesn’t like a David vs. Goliath story? I have a particular disdain for bullies, and I love scheming ways for their demise. I’d say another key idea for me is love and loyalty. The bond that people have with family, or a developed attachment based on shared experiences, is the basis for much of who we are and our motivations in life. Understanding what drives individuals explains most of their behaviors. That layering helps me develop a more complex and believable character with all the good and bad traits we all have. There I go with that good and bad theme again.

How long did it take you to complete the novel?

I was in the middle of working on my medical thriller when this storyline just kept poking at me from the back of my mind. I became so frustrated I threw that manuscript into a drawer and pulled out a note pad and started outlining DARK SPIRAL DOWN. I had a completed rough draft of 84K words in about 5 months. This was my first full-length novel—ever. When I say rough, I really mean it. I entered a contest solely for the review from an experienced author and came away with an award. About 6 months later, I had a book deal and then another year before edits and details completed for final publication. Start to book launch took around 2 ½ years.

Are you disciplined? Describe a typical writing day.

I’m disciplined up to the point my life allows. I travel frequently with my kids as their sports require a lot of time away from home. As time passes, I find myself necessarily more focused with my needed production. A typical day involves going over emails and social media then writing from eight am. until noon on a manuscript. I’ll take care of family items and other busy work over the lunch hours and try to pick up around Two. I’ll get pulled in many directions when the school bus comes home soon after. Some of my better stuff comes when I return to the story after everyone else goes to bed. That 10:30 pm to 1:30 am slot is when I can really crush it.

What did you find most challenging about writing this book?

As a debut author, I had little training and barely any idea how to properly write a novel. Some random idea would jump into my head and I’d race to get it on paper. I ended up acquiring chapters written for different sections of the book and little idea how I’d connect them. Though it worked out well, I wouldn’t recommend that type of scattered writing to others. I’m certainly not striving for a repeat.

What do you love most about being an author?

When someone, anyone, tells me they loved it, I get a rush of adrenalin knowing I entertained them, and their time was well spent. When I chat with someone face-to-face and see that excitement in their face and hear the elevated emotion in the voice reliving a scene I poured myself into, I can’t help but relive that same enthusiasm and feel a shared bond with them. That type of connection is powerful.

Did you go with a traditional publisher, small press, or did you self publish? What was the process like and are you happy with your decision?

I pitched my newly awarded manuscript to The Wild Rose Press, a smaller traditional publisher out of New York, at the Colorado Gold conference. After a request for a full, I was quickly put in touch with a senior editor who pushed the book through their committee at light speed. The communication along the way was outstanding, and I had that gut feeling I was in good hands. Because of how they’d treated me along the way, I had zero qualms of accepting the contract they offered. Working with my wonderful editor, Leanne Morgena, I’ve learned a ton this past year, and my writing has improved immensely. A great start to my career.

   Where can we find you on the web?

You can find me on various social media platforms including:

http://www.mikehoutz.com

https://twitter.com/michaelhoutz

https://www.facebook.com/author.mikehoutz/

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Title: It’s Time to Start Living with Passion! My Journey to Self Discovery

Author: Jean Paul Paulynice, MBA

Publisher: PAULYNICE CONSULTING GROUP, LLC

Publisher’s contact info: INFO@PAULYNICECONSULTING.COM

Website: https://www.jeanpaulpaulynice.com/

Non-Fiction

Genre: Self-help/Inspirational

Publication Date: May 30, 2019

ISBN: 978-1-7330427-9-6 (Hardback)      $16.99

ISBN: 978-1-7335601-9-1 (Paperback)    $9.99

ISBN: 978-1-7330427-0-3 (eBook)           $3.99

ISBN: 978-1-7335601-2-2 (Audiobook)   $3.95

Do you feel as though you’re on autopilot, going through the motions every day—wake up, go to work, come back home, have dinner, sleep, repeat—without real meaning, depth, and purpose in your life?

Even if you have a fulfilling job and earn a good salary, that doesn’t mean you’ve found your passion in life. The problem is, finding your passion can be elusive, especially in our present society where we are constantly seeking external validation from others and are being judged in public platforms more than ever (i.e…

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Geoff Armstrong began his teaching career in 1965 after receiving a teaching diploma from McGill University’s Macdonald College. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Montreal’s Concordia University in 1967 where his major field of study was history. Armstrong credits writers such as Bruce Catton, and Thomas B. Costain, as well as the encouragement of his father who had little formal education, but a deep love of reading and of history, as the inspiration for his own life-long interest.

Throughout a 25-year teaching career he taught history at several grade levels and learned quickly that to reach the hearts of his students, history had to be made immediately and deeply relevant and accessible: that some event that took place centuries before those students were born had a direct and profound influence on every aspect their lives. He also learned that talking down or writing down to his students was a recipe for defeat. It is this awareness, shaped by a quarter century of teaching and countless questions by thousands of intelligent young people that has informed and shaped his writing.

His latest book is Moments That Made America: From the Ice Age to the Alamo.

You can visit his website at www.MomentsThatMadeAmerica.com.

About the Book:

From its geological birth during the breakup of the Pangaea supercontinent millions of years ago, through the nation-shaping key events that led to its political independence from the British superpower, and other crucial, sometimes miraculous events that worked to create the nation, Moments That Made America: From the Ice Age to the Alamo explores those defining moments, both tragic and inspirational that profoundly shaped the nation and its people – crucial turning points that worked inexorably to mold and make America. These pivotal “tipping” events formed America’s geographical, sociological, political and historical landscape. Part 1 culminates with the discovery of gold in California and the role it played in fulfilling America’s dream of Manifest Destiny.

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Would you call yourself a born writer?

I believe that writing, like art or musical ability are gifts given to us as part of creation. I suppose this means that I was born to be a writer.

What was your inspiration for Moments That Made America: From the Ice Age to the Alamo?

There are a number of answers to this question, but the most accurate is one that I probably have already given:  I am a Canadian living in the United States and surrounded by Americans who know less about the history of their remarkable country than I do. My entire family lives in the United States. As a result, I spend almost half of my time in this country. Over the years I have become more and more appalled at how little Americans understand about how difficult it was for the United States to exist at all and how easy it would be to lose the freedom so many Americans take for granted. I had no choice. I had to write this series of books. The second book in the series of three, Moments That Made America: From Civil War to Superpower is now with the publisher.

What themes do you like to explore in your writing?

I am surprised, though I shouldn’t be, about how much my fascination with history influences my writing and interests. I say “I shouldn’t be” because history has always been one of my interests as well as a favorite subject for my dad and my brother.

How long did it take you to complete the novel?

It is not a novel. It is a history of the United States told from a different perspective. I focused on those key moments that fundamentally and permanently made or changed America, tipping points that had they not happened or ended differently would have ended the American story or made the nation unrecognizable. The actual writing of the first of what has turned out to be three books took me about a year. The second book took about 10 months. The planning and research have taken a lifetime.

Are you disciplined? Describe a typical writing day.

I might be an old guy (76), but I hold a full time day job (as well as morning, evening and sometimes much of the night) that presents me with frequent deadlines I cannot ignore. If I’m not disciplined, nothing gets done. I could also lose my job.

What did you find most challenging about writing this book?

Carving out the time to do the extensive research and the writing. That’s where the discipline comes in. Another challenge. Is dealing with the conflicting viewpoints and the inevitable controversies that history produces.

What do you love most about being an author?

Having the freedom to write about anything I choose

Did you go with a traditional publisher, small press, or did you self publish? What was the process like and are you happy with your decision?

I sent query letters to dozens of publishers. It took me nearly a year, but I found an excellent publisher (History Publishing Company) in Palisades, NY. They have been very helpful and I count myself extremely fortunate to have found them.

Where can we find you on the web?

MomentsThatMadeAmerica.com also Amazon and Barnes and Noble.

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Inside the Book:

Title: Infertility Caused by Decreased Oxygen Utilization and Jinn (Demon)
Author: Dr. Mira Bajirova
Publisher: Partridge Publishing
Genre: Medical
Format: Ebook
There are two main causes of Infertility: Decreased Oxygen Utilization and Jinn (Demon). 



When the environment or body has too many Positive Ions, the result is Decreased Oxygen Utilization. Positive Ions are produced by the manmade atmosphere, and they increase the acidity and inflammation in the body. 



These Positive Ions can affect the body in numerous ways, including decreased fertility. Many times, medicine cannot solve the problem—what people must do is to expose themselves to the Negative Ions. 



Dr. Mira Bajirova, an Associate Professor, Obstetrician-Gynecologist, and In Vitro Fertilization Consultant from Paris, explores what this means to those suffering from Infertility. 



She also highlights how Evil Jinn—through Jinn Possession, Black Magic and Evil Eye—can lead to disastrous consequences including the Infertility.Filled with insights from the Quran and medicine, this is an informative guide for anyone seeking to improve their health and expand their family.



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