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Title: Planetary Project
Author: Alexsandr V. Bezgodov
Publisher: XLibrisUK
Genre: Political Science
Format: Ebook
This monograph discusses current global economic and social issues. It describes the essence of the Planetary Project, based on the critique of the Concept of Sustainable Development. A model is proposed for solving global problems through global human unification aimed at saving the planet Earth from future cataclysms and catastrophe for present and future generations. The Planetary Project is in essence a paradigm of the world’s harmonious development. It is based on an integrated economy and rent incomes from planetary and intellectual resources held in planetary ownership. The Planetary Project provides solutions to globalisation problems caused by unrestrained economic growth and one-sided development of some national economies. The Planetary Project proposes a just system of world income distribution including rent revenues from planetary resources. This distribution system will work in the interests of all countries, including Asian and African countries, some of which experience serious socio-economic problems. New planetary economic resources and mechanisms will be able to: save the Earth’s biosphere; improve its ecology; and free humanity from hunger, epidemic diseases, and the threat of a Third World War. They will help people unite in the name of universal values of life, the harmony between civilisation and nature, and the welfare of present and future generations. Developing Planetary Project ideas could lead to creating a serious research tradition and a wide life-affirming and peace-loving social movement.
 
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My Review:
What a truly unique book. I know a lot of people believe they know what is best for the people and our planet, but after reading this book it gives you a whole different perspective.
Planetary Project ideas focuses on a peaceful future and who doesn’t love the thought of that? With the state of the planet and society right now, I for one think it is evident that there are changes that need to be made, and desperately. This book gives you a basis and I highly recommend it.
The author of this research monograph is Dr Aleksandr V. Bezgodov, Corresponding Member of the Russian Academy of Natural Sciences, who holds a Ph.D. in Political Science and a Doctorate in Economics. Born in Northern Russia in 1960, Aleksandr Bezgodov worked for companies specialising in innovation and high technology, as well as for organisations engaged in developing parliamentary democracy and civil society. Over the last 10 years, he has been involved in interdisciplinary research in macroeconomics and social issues at the world level using a systemic approach. He is not only a theoretician but also a practical researcher and research administrator. He is involved in both developing and implementing research-based technologies. Aleksandr Bezgodov is the author of over fifty scholarly publications proposing new original economic and sociological solutions to business administration. He is the founder and General Director of the Institute of Planetary Development in Dubai, UAE. In line with its logo “Serving humanity”, the Institute develops and disseminates the ideas spelt out in the monograph “Planetary Project: From Sustainable Development to Managed Harmony”. The Institute’s research activity is intended to provide solutions to the world’s pressing economic, social, environmental, political-legal, and cultural problems.

 

 

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Honolulu Heat, Between the Mountains and the Great Sea

By Rosemary and Larry Mild

(ISBN 978-0-9905472-3-5, Trade Paper and e-Book, 298 pages, $14.95)

Website: http://magicile.com/

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Honolulu Heat, the latest mystery by Rosemary and Larry Mild, is a tantalizing tale brimming with action, suspense, and intrigue.

About Honolulu Heat:  After surviving Hurricane Iniki on the island of Kauai, Alex and Leilani Wong move to Oahu for safety and peace of mind. Fate, however, is unkind. Alex and Leilani anguish over their son, Noah, an idealistic teenager who teeters on both sides of the law. Noah’s life takes an unexpected turn when he meets his dream girl, Nina Portfia. But Nina has dangerous family ties—and the romance turns ugly when she and Noah unwittingly share horrific secrets.

Facing a murder charge, Noah flees and finds himself swept up in a bloody feud between a Chinatown protection racketeer and a crimeland don who, ironically, is Nina’s father.

Violence cuts a wide swath in the Island paradise, leaving in its wake innocent real estate agents, a Porsche Boxster Spyder, a stolen locket, and an odd pair on a freighter to Southeast Asia. Noah, now relentlessly pursued by two mob leaders and the police, is in grave danger. Torn between loyalty and betrayal, only he can unlock his own freedom and bring peace to his family—and Honolulu’s Chinatown.

With its compelling cast of characters, pulse-quickening plot, and to-die-for setting, Honolulu Heat sizzles.

About the authors:

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Rosemary and Larry coauthor the popular Paco & Molly Mysteries and the Dan & Rivka Sherman Mysteries—and most recently, Unto the Third Generation, A Novella of the Future. They call Honolulu home, where they cherish time with their children and grandchildren. The Milds are members of Mystery Writers of America, Sisters in Crime, and Hawaii Fiction Writers. Find out more about their books on their website.

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Title: It Came by Loss

Author: Bill McCausland

Publisher: XLibris

Genre: Fiction

Format: Ebook

It Came by Loss is a tale about Pete Gordon at the hospital bed of his charismatic mother as he struggles with her demise from alcoholic liver failure. An attraction with a nurse draws Pete to reveal his vulnerabilities. Pete is haunted by the tragic death of his friend, Alf, when the men surfed monster waves. Pete’s position at a marine center involves a research trip with unstable Dr. Fields. Pete and his new girlfriend advise against diving after a violent squall. Fields is lost at night. Pete rescues him in the dramatic ferocity of the sea. Form his connection with Valerie, Pete rises from the tragedies of his past.


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Bill McCausland has a doctorate in clinical psychology and is APA board certified in the treatment of alcohol and other psychoactive use disorders. He also has a master of fine arts in creative writing. Bill McCausland has also published In the Mouth of the Wolf that tells the story of three war veterans, their different levels of trauma, and the readjustment when they return home from war. The novel covers the adjustment of their wives to the veterans’ homecoming. In the Mouth of the Wolf is a powerful story.


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Title: Era Un Espia Americano de la OSS en Salonica
Author: Helias Doundoulakis
Publisher: XLibris
Genre: Biography
Format: Ebook
Imagine the horror: One day in May 1941 that did not presage anything special, a boy from a small town in Crete faces an unexpected threat – the invasion of the German troops. Run to take cover – your first meeting in a series of meetings with the destination. Imagine the adventure: The boy and his brother work on behalf of the SOE, a secret nucleus of British intelligence. When the patriotic organization enters the peephole with cross-focus of the Germans, they immediately turn to the mountains of Crete, where, even during the day, they hide from the enemy. The danger lurks at each step. Imagine the greatness: The child is trained to become a spy for the OSS or the Office of Strategic Services (Office of Strategic Services, the only one of the central US SOE: Executive of Special Operations (Special Operations Executive). Imagine the risk: During a secret mission in Thessaloniki, the spy soldier runs the risk of losing his life daily, operating a radio under the noses of the Nazis. Will the German police eventually find out? Imagine the value: If you are arrested, the soldier-spy will swallow a poison pill to avoid suffering horribly under torture. Many times your escape is a matter of seconds. Imagine the victory of living at 92 years old to tell your story. Everything is true! The imagination is overcome. You could say that it is a script made for a movie – a story starring the game of life that is necessary for all to read. The story of the author, along with the stories of other agents, was the theme of the documentary “Campo X:
 
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Helias Doundoulakis was both an acclaimed Civil Engineer, an inventor, an author, a family man, and the patent holder of the world’s largest radiotelephone “Arecibo Antena” is survived by his wife, Rita, their four children, and his ten grandchildren.




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Title: Dying for a Drink
Author: Amelia Baker
Publisher: AuthorHouse UK
Genre: Biography
Format: Ebook
Dying for a Drink is a true story of the chaos and hurt caused by an alcoholic. The author, telling her own story, writes of time spent in multiple rehabs, both in the United Kingdom and Sydney, Australia. She writes in the hope that her story will encourage other alcoholics and addicts (which can be anybody addicted to anything)—that they will see in their own stories the similarities rather than the differences. The memoir depicts her rapid decline after she crossed the ‘invisible line’ and shows how her loved ones were devastated by her behaviour—and how they lived in fear that this disease would lead to her death. It chronicles, too, her sense of freedom and surrender and hope amid the sobriety from which she is sharing her journey and the beginnings of relationships repaired, with both loved ones and self.
 
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The author is a fifty-two-year-old woman suffering from a chronic, progressive, and often fatal disease. She’s battled alcoholism for twelve years and has been medically detoxed eleven times, eight in rehabs and three in hospital. Six of these detoxes happened since moving from Australia to a small village in South Wales, United Kingdom. Alcoholism has torn her family apart, and she was finally brought to her knees at the end of the year before she undertook the writing of this memoir—after leaving her third 28-day rehab in England. She had to surrender and is now free of alcohol and drugs. She’s been married twice. Her first husband was her soul mate. Together, they have two beautiful children—a son, twenty-three at the time of this writing, and a daughter, twenty. She lived in Australia for over twenty years and was a stay-at-home mum. Devastated by the breakdown of her first marriage, and on the rebound, she married a man she’d met in AA. This second marriage went horribly wrong. He picked up drink and drugs shortly after they were married and he abused her to the point of an AVO (apprehended violence order) being put in place following his arrest. She moved back to the United Kingdom twenty months before starting her memoir, as both her kids were studying in Edinburgh. She decided to write Dying for a Drink in the hope it would give other alcoholics and addicts hope. She wishes to remain anonymous, as she has bared her soul and shared in these pages all the ‘horrors’ of her drinking.





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DSCF4389_pp copyMargaret Mizushima is the author of the critically acclaimed Timber Creek K-9 Mysteries. Her books have garnered a Reader’s Favorite gold medal and have been listed as finalists in the RT Reviewers’ Choice Awards, the Colorado Book Awards, and the International Book Awards. Margaret serves on the board for the Rocky Mountain chapter of Mystery Writers of America, and she lives in Colorado where she assists her husband with their veterinary practice and Angus cattle herd. She can be found on Facebook/AuthorMargaretMizushima, on Twitter @margmizu, on Instagram at margmizu, and on her website at www.margaretmizushima.com.

Q: Congratulations on the release of your latest book, Burning Ridge. To begin with, can you gives us a brief summary of what the story is about and what compelled you to write it?   

A: Burning Ridge is the fourth book in the Timber Creek K-9 series, and it’s an action-packed adventure featuring Deputy Mattie Cobb, her dog Robo, and local veterinarian Cole Walker. When Cole and his two daughters find partial human remains up on Redstone Ridge, a beautiful place in the Colorado mountain wilderness, Mattie and Robo are called to investigate. After Robo finds a man’s burned body, Mattie soon realizes that she has close personal ties to the victim and she is determined to learn the truth behind his death. But the perpetrator has other plans, and Mattie finds herself the target of a sadistic killer. Cole and Robo search for the missing Mattie while a blazing forest fire threatens them all.

The plot for Burning Ridge came to me while I was writing Hunting Hour, the episode that comes before this one in the series. This villain sprang from Mattie’s past to destroy everything she once believed to be true about herself, and I couldn’t wait to finish book three so that I could get started on book four.

Q: What do you think makes a good mystery? Could you narrow it down to the three most important elements? Is it even possible to narrow it down?

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A: I’ll list what I believe to be the top three elements from the ones I enjoy in a good mystery. First of all, you must have likeable and compelling characters. That doesn’t necessarily mean that they’re good people, though most of my favorite characters have depth and goodness at their core, but the reader needs to be able to relate to and root for the protagonists in the story. Second, you need a good puzzle. It helps if the plot has twists that the reader didn’t see coming, but it’s even more important that clues are laid down that the reader can follow along with the investigator. And third, you should have an interesting setting that can be shaped to set tone and sometimes act as a barrier or even an antagonist to help develop you protagonist’s character arc. Setting itself can aid or impede a character’s progress in solving the mystery. I’m sure others might think differently to answer this question, but this is the way I see it.

Q: How did you go about plotting your story? Or did you discover it as you worked on the book?

A: I like to start with a lacey outline, one that has plenty of holes in it. As I write, these holes need to get filled in, but at least the outline gives me a sense of where I’m going. Sometimes I write out the outline, and sometimes I simply use a plotting board broken up into a grid that represents chapters. I can then post sticky notes on each space to tag what’s going to happen and what clues I want to plant. I’m trying this last method with book five, and so far I really like it.

Q: Tell us something interesting about your protagonist and how you developed him or her. Did you do any character interviews or sketches prior to the actual writing?

A: I have two main protagonists, Deputy Mattie Cobb and veterinarian Cole Walker. And I shouldn’t forget Mattie’s K-9 partner; he’s important too, but I would call him a strong secondary character. Mattie is a tough woman who grew up in foster homes after her mother abandoned her and her brother when she was six, while Cole is recently divorced after his wife left and he’s in the throes of learning how to be a single parent and still handle his busy veterinary practice. I use a written character profile to first develop my protagonists, and then I flesh out their personalities by assigning each one a type on the Enneagram, an ancient system that reflects how different people view their worlds. This way I can identify exactly which character traits I want to bring out in scene and I can predict how my characters will react under different circumstances. This is the first time I’ve used the system, and it’s given me lovely results. (For more information, you can go to an online bookseller and search for books on The Enneagram.)

Q: In the same light, how did you create your antagonist or villain? What steps did you take to make him or her realistic?

A: I like to set up my villain’s goals and motivations from the beginning. Sometimes I like to make it so that Mattie shares similar goals, so that she can relate to the villain, which is what sparked the creation of the bad guy in Burning Ridge. But by the time the story evolved, he morphed into someone so twisted that there was no way Mattie could relate to him.

Q: How did you keep your narrative exciting throughout the novel? Could you offer some practical, specific tips?

A: Bestselling author Jeffery Deaver says to eliminate all the parts in your novel that a reader might want to skip. I like that, although it’s not necessarily specific. On my plotting board, I try to keep the action going by moving through a variety of dog-action scenes, veterinary work, and interviews with lots of dialogue. I like to keep my chapters short (about 10 pages) and use that white space (shorter paragraphs sprinkled with dialogue). I also use beta readers who give me feedback regarding scenes that move too slowly or provide unnecessary information.

Q: Setting is also quite important and in many cases it becomes like a character itself. What tools of the trade did you use in your writing to bring the setting to life?

A: Ah…seems we might agree on setting being an important element! I chose an outdoor setting in the Rocky Mountains because of the challenges it brings to the story. The setting also reflects on the people who populate the book: rugged folks who love nature, animals, and are open toward others. In Burning Ridge, a charred body is found in a beautiful spot in the wilderness area where they have to pack in on horseback or hike to investigate the crime. And in fact, Mattie’s fear of horses plays into the mystery as well. And of course, the forest fire that builds toward the book’s climax creates physical and emotional challenges for the characters as well as tension for the reader.

Q: Did you know the theme(s) of your novel from the start or is this something you discovered after completing the first draft? Is this theme(s) recurrent in your other work?

A: I almost always know the themes for each book before I begin. Burning Ridge is about family and all the forms that might take, including those members who don’t share your bloodline. It’s a theme that is woven into all of the series episodes in various forms, because finding her family and having her own family are two of Mattie’s heart’s desires. And since Cole’s wife has withdrawn from him and his two daughters, he’s working hard to reshape his family and give his children a loving home. Now…wouldn’t it be great if these two could get together?

Q: Where does craft end and art begin? Do you think editing can destroy the initial creative thrust of an author?

A: This is a good question. Craft and art intermingle during the writing of a manuscript’s rough draft. Art can continue to flourish during the editing process, too, if you have the right editor. A professional editor who is experienced with the development of mysteries can be worth his/her weight in gold. Working with the right critique group can also help, but I’ve found that it’s important to work with others who are writing within the mystery genre when creating that initial draft. Otherwise, it’s very easy to take a wrong turn.

Q: What three things, in your opinion, make a successful novelist?

A: The ability to sit in isolation for hours at the keyboard is a must. Yes, it’s possible to write at a coffee shop or other social venue, but in the end, a writer must go inside her own head to get those words onto the page. Persistence is a second quality that a writer needs to have in order to achieve publication. You must persist in finishing what you start, and you must be able to persist during countless revisions in order to elevate your work to the best it can be. And finally, you need to have a thick skin. This applies to the critique process, the editorial process, and the review process after publication, that time when “Aunt Rosie” tells everyone that she doesn’t like your work.

Q: A famous writer once wrote that being an author is like having to do homework for the rest of your life. What do you think about that?

A: I agree to a certain extent. When writing a first draft, I write just about every day. I’m a fairly slow writer, so I shoot for 1000 words in my manuscript each morning in order to finish a draft and still have time to revise and polish before meeting my deadline. I save my day job and other writing duties for the afternoon. During the writing process it is like having homework, but I expect I will actually retire someday and I won’t be writing novels for the rest of my life. Then again, I might be surprised.

Q: Are there any resources, books, workshops or sites about craft that you’ve found helpful during your writing career?

A: The annual Colorado Gold writing conference in Denver and the Pike’s Peak Writers Conference in Colorado Springs have been extremely helpful in terms of writing workshops, networking with other writers, and meeting my agent and publisher. I have two shelves of resource books in my office and too many to list here, but I’ve used repeatedly the Donald Maass books for Writing the Breakout Novel, and the Debra Dixon book GMC: Goal, Motivation, and Conflict.

Q:  Is there anything else you’d like to share with my readers about the craft of writing?

A: In the beginning, tapping into the flow of writing can be a heady experience. Enjoy it, but also remember that you must finish what you start, even if that means plodding along at times. You can always revise bad writing, but you can’t revise a blank page.

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Title: The Failed Experiment
Author: Mart Grams
Publisher: XLibrisUS
Genre: Social Science/Ethnic Studies
Format: Ebook

 

 

When the American government was founded, the Founders and Framers assumed a government “of the people, by the people, and for the people.” That government is dying. It is under the authority of not “we, the people” but rather a small elite that is trying to snuff out the great experiment of man ruling himself, the common man, the man that within the right system of government can attain his purpose to achieve happiness. Were the Framers wrong? Were the ideas of Alexander Hamilton right? Is man incapable of self-rule? Does he need to be taken care of, watched, manipulated? No! It is not a failed experiment! It is time to retake that government.


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Married, two sons, had to endure sons to get granddaughters, 30 years of teaching in northern Wisconsin. Written three previous books: The Great Experiment, Economics for the Remnant, Words My Grandfather Gave Me, a fanatic of the American Dream, lives in small town with his wife Linda and their two cats, Miss Bailey and Stumpy.

 

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