Summer in the HeartTitle:
 Summer in the Heart
Genre: Fiction
Author: John McMillan
Publisher: iUniverse
EBook: 256 pages
Release Date: May 9, 2011
ISBN: 978-1-46200-974-9

“That summer in the heart which is known only in youth.”

Summer in the Heart is a lyrical evocation of the innocence, fun and liberation of growing up in the 1960s. Moving into and through his teens, Jim Mitchell must put his County Antrim village childhood behind him and adapt to the wider world of grammar school and the life of Belfast city.

In the process the reader accompanies Jim on a series of marvellous episodes. There is the self-conscious torture of his first school dance; playing truant from the formidable Cheyenne Bodie’s maths class; and the secrecy and fear that surround the summer love he finds with his country sweetheart June.

Subsequently we follow Jim’s progress through the coffee bars and streets of Belfast, new friendships and the love of city girl Katie, to his first real taste of freedom on a working holiday at an English seaside resort in the long hot summer of 1964. Jim progresses from the self-doubt and alienation of early adolescence to the beginnings of emotional maturity. The disparate settings and characters of the novel are conveyed with equal power, small worlds portrayed in a poetic way, with delicious feeling and humour.





John Kerr McMillan was born in County Armagh in 1948 and educated in Belfast, London and Bournemouth.

His first novel “On A Green Island” was published in 2001 to general critical acclaim. Peter Berresford Ellis writing in the Irish Democrat described it as “a powerful story, a fascinating first novel from a talented writer”; Edward Upward commented “the strength of his love for rural Ireland is beautifully conveyed” and Philip Callow praised “a narrative that grips the reader from the first page.”

Married with two daughters, John now lives in Somerset where his time is occupied with writing, lecturing and his family.


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Beyond the DreamTitle: Beyond the Dream
Genre: Biography/Memoir
Author: Irene Snow
Publisher: iUniverse
EBook: 398 pages
Release Date: June 28, 2013
ISBN: 978-1-47598-255-8

Until the age of four, Irene Snow lived happily with her mother and gentle, doting grandparents. The return of her father, a rough and tough soldier, at the close of World War II set the stage for rebellion and dissention in her young life. He was a strict disciplinarian, and she resented his authority from the outset. What’s more his arrival introduced her to the baser emotions of jealousy and hatred, which were previously beyond her ken as the reigning princess in Grandma’s   house.

As she grew older, her life became a search to regain the pedestal she lost, no matter what it took. As a young woman, she fell in love with a married German and had his child out of wedlock. Aware of her father’s deep and abiding enmity for “the enemy,” she reveled in his displeasure; he in turn vowed to disown his grandchild. Irene’s seven-year love affair ended with her marriage to a Canadian widower, but her wedding was closely followed by a tragedy that ignited her darker emotions and eventually brought her to a nervous breakdown, psychosis, and utter darkness.

She turned to the field of psychology in the hope it might shed light on her self-defeating behavior. While her studies provided many answers, they did not lead to peace. Finally, she embarked upon a spiritual journey that led her to “A Course in Miracles.” Once she began to reach out with love, her life changed dramatically.






Irene Snow lives in Canada with her husband, Len, and their pet cat. They are currently enjoying their retirement, especially the happy hours spent with their children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. Irene, a high school graduate, has spent a significant portion of her life in the pursuit of learning—an ongoing process.


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Islam in the Heartland of AmericaTitle: Islam in the Heartland of America
Genre: Religion/Spirituality
Author: Imam Omar Hazim
Publisher: Xlibris
EBook: 279 pages
Release Date: January 28, 2011
ISBN: 978-1-45685-798-1

“The purpose of this book is to inform and educate the general public of how Islam is taught in a mosque in the heartland of America. It includes the Friday khutbah (sermons) by Imam Omar Hazim and several other Imams (Spiritual Leaders). The hope is to help to clarify some of the
misconceptions and distortions about the religion of Islam. In addition to the sermons, there will be articles from other publications, excerpts of sermons and photos. Included also is information about the diversity among the Muslim population in the Heartland of America. This book is very timely, as Islam has been reported as being the fasting growing religion in the World. For anyone who ever thought about or wondered what is taught in the Friday services at a Mosque, this book is a must read for them.”






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Christopher ZoukisChristopher Zoukis is an impassioned advocate for prison education, a legal scholar, and a prolific writer of books, book reviews, and articles.  His articles on prison education and prison law appear frequently in Prison Legal News, and have been published in The Kansas City Star, The Sacramento Bee, Blog Critics, and Midwest Book Review, among other national, regional, and specialty publications.

Mr. Zoukis is often quoted on matters concerning prison law, criminal law, prisoners’ rights, and prison education.  Recently, he was the focus of an article at Salon.com concerning America’s broken criminal justice system and potential solutions to the current crisis.

When not in the thick of the battle for prison reform, prison education, or prisoners’ rights advocacy, Mr. Zoukis can be found blogging at PrisonLawBlog.com, PrisonEducation.com, and ChristopherZoukis.com.

His latest book is The Directory of Federal Prisons: PrisonLaw.com’s Federal Bureau of Prison Facility Directory.

Directory of Federal PrisonsQ) Would you call yourself a born writer?

A) I would say so.  From a young age I have enjoyed writing, but it has been in my adulthood — particularly the past few years — that I have written professionally.  But do keep in mind, just like anything else, the only way to become good at something is to practice.  For a writer, that means to read and write regularly.

Q) What was your inspiration for the Directory of Federal Prisons?

A) The Directory of Federal Prisons is one of those projects that just needed to be done, and now.  I regularly contribute to PrisonLawBlog.com and PrisonEducation.com.  Not a week goes by when we don’t receive an email from a friend or family member of a federal prisoner trying to reestablish contact, but they don’t know how.  There are only so many emails you can take from mothers and children of federal prisoners desiring to write to their loved ones before you have to stop what you’re doing and fix whatever the problem is.  In this case, the problem is that the Federal Bureau of Prisons has very restrictive correspondence policies and very specific mailing addresses for its prisoners.  In an effort to help connect families, we devoted our time, resources, and effort to producing the Directory of Federal Prisons in the hopes that it will help families stay together, regardless of if a term of incarceration is involved.

Q) What themes do you like to explore in your writing?

A) While the Directory of Federal Prisons focuses on factual data concerning the Federal Bureau of Prisons, I often contribute to national prison law outlets such as Prison Legal News and also to a number of online, general readership publications.  In this writing, I focus on prison education, prisoners’ rights, and social justice topics.  Lately, I have been writing a lot about solitary confinement, prison disciplinary hearings, case law updates, and many other prison-related topics.

Q) How long did it take you to complete the Directory of Federal Prisons?

A) From start to finish, it took around 6 months to research, write, and prepare the Directory of Federal Prisons for publication.  As a directory, the most challenging part was locating the research required to fulfill the project, then figuring out how to incorporate it.  In the end, I think the Directory of Federal Prison came out better than we could have hoped.  It is now helping to keep families together.

Q) Are you disciplined?  Describe a typical writing day.

A) I’d say that I’m very disciplined, in an unconventional way.  I write every day.  I do so for several hours each day.  But I don’t always stick to specific projects as I might plan.  Instead, I work on what is currently inspiring me.  This way my writing is always the best that it can be and as engaging as possible.  I try to stay energized by the content.

Q) What did you find most challenging about writing this book?

A) Obtaining the research was quite a challenge.  While yes, there are many websites that purport to provide basic character profiles and contact information for federal prisons, not many have the correct information.  Most have badly outdated information, but it is presented as if it is current.  While the Federal Bureau of Prisons does have a website, it is cumbersome to navigate and even they don’t make all of the information contained in the Directory of Federal Prisons readily available.  So, researching this project was quite a challenge.

Q) What do you love most about being an author?

A) Being able to make a difference in the world around me.  I spend every day in the social justice arena.  I advocate for prison education and prisoners’ rights through my writing constantly.  My books allow me to reach a wider market, and possibly impact public collective belief and even public policy.  It’s this potential for change that drives me forward.  With every word I have the power to make millions of lives better, and I fully intend to do so.

Q) 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?

A) The Directory of Federal Prisons was published by Middle Street Publishing.  Middle Street Publishing is a small press which focuses on social justice issues.  They primarily publish content online, but are now expanding into print, too.  Since Middle Street Publishing is such a small, close-knit bunch, Dr. Randall Radic and myself were very involved in the publishing process.  We assisted with editorial and production decisions, along with spearheading the promotion and marketing of the Directory of Federal Prisons.  While it has been exhausting, we believe that our involvement has made a world of difference.  To date, the directory has been a resounding success.

Q) Where can we find you on the web?

A) I can be found blogging regularly at PrisonEducation.com, PrisonLawBlog.com, and ChristopherZoukis.com.  I also regularly contribute to Blog Critics, AND Magazine, and Prison Legal News.


A humorous travelogue on Indonesia
“The crowd lined the street, shoulder to shoulder. Fathers held young boys high, the older children climbing trees for better views. The pressure of the crowd built behind me. About fifteen men assembled around a tied buffalo: the sacrifices were about to begin.”
What comes to your mind when you think of Indonesia?
  • Do you think of volcanoes rising hurriedly from the seas to the skies?
  • Do you imagine whimsical color-changing lakes sheltering tales of dead ancestors, wandering spirits, and local lore?
  • Do you think of baby Komodo Dragons scurrying for cover from their hungry mothers?
  • Do you imagine ever-blossoming smiles in this country often considered the happiest in the world?
Maybe you’ve never visited these islands, but you’ll feel like you have when you’ve read JOURNEYS WITH THE CATERPILLAR.
Embark on this journey today.
  • Know about ancient animist cultures still thriving in these islandsExplore stunning yet remote landscapes
  • Enjoy hilarious moments as you join the author and his fiancé interacting with the locals
  • See the amazing photographs from this trip that were selected for solo exhibition at the National Library and the Arts House, Singapore
  • Help contribute to allay poverty in these islands; all royalties from this book are donated to Ayo Indonesia and Yayasan Harapan Sumba (YHS), two not-for-profits organizations in Flores and Sumba respectively.


Shivaji Das was born and brought up in the north-eastern province of Assam in India. He graduated from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Delhi, subsequent to which he completed his post-graduation from the Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Calcutta.

He is presently working as a management consultant in Singapore. Shivaji’s writings have been published in various magazines such as Time, Venture Mag, Hack Writers. He has also given several talks on the subject of Flores and Sumba in Singapore, China, Indonesia and Brazil where he was hosted by the Ambassador of Indonesia to Brazil.

Besides travelling, Shivaji also takes an active interest in migrant issues and eradication of underage poverty and is associated with Singapore based organization Transient Workers Count Too (TWC2).




Next O&W TrainTitle:
 Next O&W Train from Tennessee
Genre: Historical Fiction
Author: JR Holbrook
Publisher: Xlibris
EBook: 123 pages
Release Date: March 30, 2012
ISBN: 978-1-46918-802-7

James Holbrook is the great-great-grandson of Nancy Moody. Nancy Moody was the daughter of Charlot Moody and Johnathon Moody-Johnathon Moody was killed in the Civil War-Nancy Moody being the mother of Armeldia Moody and the grandmother of Raymond Wright, Selby Wright, Clara, Cora, and Edith. This is the second short story of James Holbrook, who also published Making Sense in 2011. James graduated from Sullivan University in 2008 with honors and decided to try the option of writing some short stories and children’s books. What James likes most about writing is creative expression.






JR Holbrook has traveled to many places in his life and lived in more than just a few places over nearly fi fty years. While in Hawaii, he had many wonderful experiences, and some of these are in his book. He has been to the Grand Canyon, and saw eagles and condors fl y over its enormously high cliffs. When he traveled to Punta Cana and Costa Rica with college students, he had a great learning experience. He was amazed as he watched the water fall over the edge of Niagara Falls. He also enjoys writing and has studied it through the many years while being in college. He has served as a security offi cer for many years and has an interest in legal issues. Most of his family members from his father’s side who lived in Prestonsburg, Kentucky, were medical doctors, and this
is also in his book.


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About the Book

Written by Heather Jacks and accompanied by an eleven-track vinyl record featuring the original music of a select number of participants, this 200-page art-style coffee table book measures 12’’ x 12’’ and weighs in at a whopping 8lbs. Putting the spotlight on the age-old profession of busking, Jacks also seeks to stem the tide of regulation intended to suffocate creative expression and take performers off the streets.

A limited-edition coffee table book, ‘The Noise Beneath the Apple®’, is a unique and vibrant study of the culture of street performance, its legitimacy in modern times and above all, an intimate look at thirty-five buskers throughout New York City. Released with an eleven-track vinyl record that was mastered by Grammy and Academy Award winning mastering engineer Reuben Cohen, this book is a singular achievement and a one-of-a-kind tribute to the chaotic, beautiful and spirited world of busking.

About the Author

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Heather Jacks was raised on an Indian reservation in southeastern Oregon, until age fifteen. Jacks was the first ‘experimental exchange student’ to Australia with an organization called YFU, Youth for Understanding, where she spent 10.5 months in 1982. Once she returned, she received her B.A. from USF and followed that with two years of study at UC Davis. She has worked in the music industry in various capacities, since the eighties; radio, production, A&R, booking and most recently as a music journalist. Heather has recently completed a multi-media project, inspired by her love for street music, busking and the people who make it.


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**Foreword’s 2013 Book of the Year Award Finalist**

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