Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Award-Winning Journalist Pens YA Novel

Author Susan Zeidler is an award-winning journalist for Reuters News service who has always kept a foot in the creative world.  In her new YA book, Flying Through Music, Zeidler steps out of the reporting world tapping into her creative energy to write a story that can be described as “time-traveler’s wife  meets Harry Potter.”

Flying through Music chronicles the story of Zoey Browne, a 15-year-old “musiator”—a combination of a musician and aviator—who can transport herself back in time by playing piano. Zoey, to whom readers were first introduced in Zeidler’s book, The Practice Room, is spending the summer on tour with her rock star father.

When Zoey’s friend, Nathan, mysteriously disappears mid-air at the annual air show in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, Zoey sets out to solve the mystery of his disappearance by “musi-morphing” back in time. She discovers the strong connection between musicians and air disasters  upon realizing that the people responsible for Nathan’s disappearance are trying to send him to the same fate that musicians like Glenn Miller, Buddy Holly, and Stevie Ray Vaughan all faced.

During her mission to find out what happened to Nathan, Zoey must confront danger when her time traveling lands her in a Nazi concentration camp and must come to terms with the personal issues every teenager faces: defining her relationship with her father, who she has just met three years earlier, and falling in love.  It is an impossible-to-put-down story that will leave readers anxious for the release of Zeidler’s third book, on which she is currently working.

Flying Through Music is a fast-paced story with engaging characters, interwoven with historical and musical details presented in a fun, compelling manner. This unbeatable combination is certain to win over readers of all ages.

For more information about Susan Zeidler, please visit www.susanzeidler.com or follow her on Twitter @PracticeRoomSue.  For more information about Flying Through Music, please visit www.flyingthroughmusic.com.

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Learning from the Lives of Others

Why learn from your own mistakes and experience when the publishing world is full of such great wisdom from the lives of others? When I first decided to go into business for myself, I read books about the top ten most successful business people in the world. Every business idea I have ever pursued was birthed from concepts I learned from those books and applied to my life. Recently, it was my pleasure to read How Now, Norm’s Tao by Norman Spitzig. It has joined my library of great books from which to draw wisdom from the life lessons of another.

When considering whether or not to read a book of this type, I ask myself who the author is? What does he have to teach me? Norman Spitzig is a magna cum laude graduate of Boston College and holds a Masters Degree from Ohio State University. His professional career began a general manager at the Scioto Country Club in Columbus, Ohio, and he has held successful general manager positions at private clubs in Ohio, Indiana, Minnesota, and Florida for almost thirty years. Presently, Norm is a principal and senior partner in Master Club Advisors - a leading worldwide executive placement and consulting firm for the private club industry.

Using captivating personal stories, linguistic prowess, and acerbic wit, Norm shares twelve life lessons learned through his professional and life experience. Though most of the stories have their foundation in the private club world, their value and impact transcends private clubs. From lessons on dealing with difficult people, to the value of giving more and expecting less, to overcoming challenging situations, every person in every walk of life will find a way to apply the wisdom found in these pages.

My personal favorite lesson is “Laugh a lot - and then laugh some more.” If you have ever spent more than 5 minutes around me, you have heard me laugh. So, this lesson rang true for me. In one story about living in Brighton, Massachusetts while attending Boston College, Norm says, “It’s not so much that what we did was somehow objectively funny; rather, it’s that we were always able, and most willing, to see the inherent humor in just about everything.” Norm and I are long lost friends connected through wisdom and humor.

I encourage you to discover all the wisdom and humor available at www.NormSpitzig.com .

Monday, June 18, 2012

What is Your God Like?

TELL ME ABOUT YOUR GOD!: Interviews with Ordinary People Revealing Extraordinary Personal Thoughts on Religion, Spirituality, and the Nature of Existence

Tell Me About Your God! by R J McMillan offers readers a unique perspective on and of religion and spirituality through twenty interviews with a diverse array of people who share their individual thoughts and beliefs on the subject.  Interwoven into the interviews are thought-provoking insights from McMillan, accompanied by his original poetry, and relevant famous quotes.

 McMillan, who has studied religions and spiritual disciplines for almost forty years and is certified in both NLP and EFT, is passionate about sharing alternative ideas with others and writes from the heart.  After spending his early childhood “in the shadow of both the Queensboro Bridge and the Roman Catholic Church,” the author embarked on a quest for self-knowledge, leading him to the teachings by which he lives today—wisdom from such people as Deepak Chopra, Esther Hicks, Dr. Wayne Dyer, Neale Donald Walsch, and Ken Keyes, Jr.

His interviews and thoughts remind readers that their individual beliefs are valid and inspire the reader to ask and seek his own personal answers to the deeper and most important questions on life—those about the nature of God, heaven and hell, the purpose of life, and the true meaning of death. McMillan is a consultant and avid proponent of the Law of Attraction with a primary focus on the Teachings of Abraham, and offers free consultations to anyone interested.

This authentic, down-to-earth approach will appeal to people from many different walks of life and religious and spiritual backgrounds, presenting them with new ideas and thought-provoking perspectives.  Tell Me About Your God! will undoubtedly offer its readers pause for reflection, while stimulating interesting and revealing discussions on the topic.

For more information on R J McMillan, please visit www.tellmeaboutyourgod.com , follow @RJMcMillan99 on Twitter , or email him directly at rjmcmillan@cox.net.

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Science and Divine Inspiration

Why Human Beings Do Not Need Blind Faith to Believe in Creationism

The presumptions of Christianity, and that of Reform and Conservative Judaism groups, that the books of Moses were divinely inspired, i.e., originally written by people in whom God produced thoughts, has been challenged by the evidence that each and every verse of the Biblical story of creation had been given directly to Moses by a Supreme Power.

Author/researcher Professor Solomon Huriash, in his book, “WHY HUMAN BENGS DO NOT NEED BLIND FAITH TO BELIEVE IN CREATIONISM,” has demonstrated that every verse of Genesis 1 is literally in-sync with the teachings of modern science, and that is the proof offered that only a Supreme Power had provided Moses with the details of creation as it would have been humanly impossible for Moses, or 1000 like him, to have known of every basic factor and their exact chronology in the creation story. Thus, Huriash has presented the greatest academic challenge to organized religion in our time.

Huriash states that what made his findings possible were the discoveries over the last 75 years, such as those that enabled scientists to prove that 6 days of “cosmic time” equals the billions of years of Earth-time, as measured by the same clock, because of the effects of gravity on time. Among other findings were that the Bible did mention dinosaurs and we now know that birds evolved from a winged species of dinosaurs. Indeed, things learned today could never have even been imagined by the sages of yesteryear.

Professor Huriash proves to be an iconoclast as he uses for the translations of Genesis 1 the exact meanings of the Hebrew words as they were understood by the ancient Israelites, as some words and meanings differ from what we learn today.

Thomas Jefferson had said that the problem with organized religion is that it calls for blind faith and what is really needed is a rationale for belief. Huriash supplies that rationale by demonstrating the Bible’s sync with science.

Please contact Dr. Solomon Huriash at landpublishing@yahoo.com
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Saturday, June 16, 2012

The Reconciliation of Science and Religion

God Theories: Let's Talk

Science and religion are often at odds with each other.  Ken Ungerecht, who has been driven by his passionate, open-minded search for a greater spiritual understanding for over 40 years, believes that science and religion are not only reconcilable, that science can, in fact, prove religion.  As an engineer and former science teacher, Ungerecht applies his scientific knowledge to his passionate spiritual quest, which he documents in his book, God Theories.

Among the theories that Ungerecht uses the basic scientific principles to prove are:

  1. None of us could have possibly come into this world by chance or luck.
  2. Therefore, conscious choice from outside the physical realm had to be a part of the process of how we did come into this world.
  3. The Essence of who we are cannot possibly depend upon the creation of a particular physical body.
  4. Therefore the Essence of who we are must both pre-exist and post-exist any physical body in which it may find itself at any given moment.
  5. Therefore we are all, in essence, Eternal Spiritual Beings.

Although Ungerecht takes a scientific approach, his theories are still accessible to the average reader.  He incorporates the basic principles of matter, energy, and consciousness with which everyone is familiar.  Ungerecht outlines the various origin of life theories: Creation, Intelligent Design, and Evolution, expanding upon them by introducing a new, fourth theory, which combines aspects of each of the three theories, as well as expanding on the idea that consciousness in an inherent quality of all matter and energy.

Readers will inevitably take away the message that they are, in essence, miraculous, amazing, and Eternal Spiritual Beings, ultimately and completely responsible for the quality of each moment of their existence, and that quality will never have to be achieved alone.  God Theories will raise important questions for and inspire deep thought in readers from all sides of the origin of life argument, whether they are believers in Creation, Intelligent Design, or Evolution.  His studies help guide the world towards a different, happier, and more accepting place -- “the kind of place I believe its Creator always intended it to be.”

For more information about God Theories, please visit www.godtheories.com

Friday, June 15, 2012

A Survivor Learning to Thrive

The Call

Bay Area author Derald Hamilton calls himself “a survivor learning to thrive.”  Hamilton’s life experiences lend themselves to his stories, giving them humor and insight.  The master storyteller offers readers something our generation does not often see: truly literary work that combines unforgettable characters with resonant thematic elements.

As a young man, Hamilton received what he believed to be a call to the ministry; after working to save for seminary, his studies and experiences at Phillips Graduate Theological Seminary left him disillusioned, believing the church to be a “hotbed of politics and competitive showmanship.”  In The Call, a coming of age story circa the generation of the 1960s and 1970s, Hamilton uses his own experiences to write the fictionalized account of a young man, Ishmael O’Donnell, pursuing his own calling to the ministry.  Hamilton blends satire and the supernatural in his “humorous but disturbing” account of divinity school and the people who are drawn to answer “the call.”  The Call chronicles the events leading up to Ishmael’s entry into seminary and his quest, once there, to obtain the key to his purification.

Twice Upon a Prequel and Three Shorts is an anthology comprised of two novellas, The Astonishing Elmo Piggins and The Rebirth of Reginald Dexter, and three short stories: “Taken Up Before the General,” “The War Comes Home,” and “A Litter Bit of Wisdom.”  The Astonishing Elmo Piggins is a story of drugs, sex, rock ‘n roll, and religion in 1960s and 1970s Southern culture, and The Rebirth of Reginald Dexter is a story of reinvention and self-affirmation.

His stories offer the important themes that life begins where you are, that the social order will attempt to suppress anyone who tries to be his/her own person, and that, for better or worse, life happens, among other lessons.  For anyone who has ever questioned authority, been subject to authoritarian powers, or sought freedom from bondage, the characters and events portrayed in his novels are certain to hold appeal.

For more information about Derald Hamilton, please visit www.dhamiltonbooks.com or like him on Facebook at www.facebook.com/communitystandards#/profile.phP?id=100002

Thursday, June 14, 2012

From Chasing Pirates to Writing Books

Fiend's Gold

Author Wentworth M. Johnson has written and published more than twenty books in his prolific career, a remarkable feat that he accomplished after spending 12 years in the RAF, five years in a munitions factory and laboratory, and 28 years in television.  His most popular books, the Bill Reyner Mystery Adventure Series, chronicle the adventures of amateur sleuthing trio: Bill Reyner, Newf, and Gran.

Readers were first introduced to Reyner in Fiend’s Gold.  Since then, he has appeared in seven more novels: Mania, Edinburgh Cuckoos, Damp Graves, Lions and Christians, The Canadian, The Dutchman, and The Mermaid.  The fast-paced series takes readers around the world, where stories of dangerous criminals, exotic treasure, and beautiful women unfold on the page.

Johnson draws on his unique life experiences in writing his heart-racing tales.  In the RAF, Johnson worked with the Ghurka regiment reclaiming Borneo after it had been invaded by Indonesia and, later, chasing pirates in the South China Sea as a navigator with the 1125th Marine Craft Unit.  He has been shot at, shipwrecked, in a plane crash, been in a room with a wild leopard that tore the other person apart, and has been involved in many other dangerous scrapes and accidents throughout his life.  In writing the Bill Reyner series, Johnson physically went to the locales to which Bill and company travel, lending to the detail and realism with which his stories are depicted.

For anyone who loves action and sleuthing, Wentworth M. Johnson’s books are must-reads.
For more information on Wentworth M. Johnson, please visit http://www.wentworth-m-johnson.com/

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Putting a Face on AIDS

Living Beyond Rainbows

David Marty’s Living Beyond Rainbows chronicles his personal journey, putting a face on AIDS and sexual addiction, demystifying HIV, and replacing fear and ignorance with honesty and information.  Marty, a chiropractor for more than thirty years who worked closely in the HIV care community since it first came to national prevalence in the early 1980s, has seen both sides of AIDS: AIDS care giving and living with HIV.

In 2006, Marty had a close encounter with death with HIV as the suspected culprit; since then, he has struggled to live healthily with HIV and bring awareness based on factual information to society.  Marty brings his readers the message that AIDS is no longer a lethal disease and that coexistence with the virus can work by restoring the immune system.

Living Beyond Rainbows urges its readers, “Ignorance and insecurity only seems to breed more fear and isolation.  Open up the blinders and get educated.  Realize that we’re all in this sea of humanity and that we all benefit when we learn to love and respect each other.”  Marty exhorts people living with AIDS to go beyond shame and victimization and each uninfected person to realize the worth in using safe sex practices to avoid exposure.

His evocative memoirs will leave readers thinking about his life story long after they have turned the last page.  Ultimately, Marty artfully presents the uplifting message that life is a gift.

For more information about David Marty, follow him on Twitter @Author_DMarty, find him on Facebook at http://www.Facebook.com/DavidMarty#!/dmarty51, or read his blog at http://livingbeyondrainbows.wordpress.com/

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

We Need More Superwomen Heroes

Super Born: Seduction of Being

Author and video producer Keith Kornell has been writing since the age of twelve, carefully honing his craft.  His third book, Super Born, a hilarious, unique, and entertaining book is arguably his best work yet, unlike anything that readers have ever read before.

Super Born chronicles the story of Dr. Jones, a brilliant scientist who discovers that an experiment performed during the Cold War turned all of the men born in Scranton, Pennsylvania in the late seventies into morons and gave the women enhanced powers.  Determined to prove his theory, he enlists the help of a journalist, Logan, and begins his search for a superwoman.

Super Born features a unique cast of characters: Allie — the B.I.B. — is a single mother who develops superpowers in her thirties, creating a clash between the lure of her newfound powers and the familiarity of her life with a daughter and career; superwomen Jennifer Lowe and Rebecca Sans who each deal with questions and conflicts as a result of their superpowers; and mob boss Carmine Camino, among others.  The compelling and often humorous characters bring Kornell’s story to vivid life on the page.

The multi-layered plot ultimately leaves readers with the message that, despite challenges, temptations, and struggles for recognition and power, people are basically good, loving, and committed to one another.  Interwoven into the plot are themes of what it means to be a true hero, the role of women in the world, what is truly valuable in life, and the choices that we make when all things are possible.

Kornell is a true pioneer of his genre, taking readers on a unique journey that is filled with unforgettable characters and thought-provoking themes.

For more information on Keith Kornell, please visit his website at www.Superborn.net, like him on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/SuperBorn, read his blog at http://blog.thebib.org/blog-0/bid, view his Vimeo channel at http://vimeo.com/40629441 and his YouTube channel at http://www.youtube.com/subscription_center?feature=player_embedded&add_user=SuperBornBook&src_vid=TNUtQZvfAvg

Monday, June 11, 2012

Preparing for a Fortieth High School Reunion


Author Laura Macy’s fictionalized autobiographical memoir, Project Reunion—It’s All About Me!, is a quirky, humorous take on preparing for a fortieth high school reunion.  Readers will be able to relate to Macy’s humor and story, which highlights universal experiences, insecurities, and the need to be able to laugh about them.

The book is formatted as a journal that covers the 337 days from the time that Laura receives her reunion invitation until the date of the big event.  For Laura, life is all about pointy shoes, mascara, and creative beauty tricks, saving money on Botox by not frowning when she receives a speeding ticket and combining weight training, step aerobics, and housework by carrying full baskets of laundry up the stairs with her two-year-old granddaughter along for the ride.

Laura struggles to maintain her positive attitude as she faces aging, the deaths of a pet and relative, and the prospect of her impending reunion.  Macy deals with serious topics light-heartedly, as Laura determines that on her tombstone, she would like to be remembered as a “philanthropist” and a “patron of the arts;” “Well, actually, I paid for Victoria's violin lessons, paid for Tess' dance lessons, renewed our memberships at both museums and took the kids to see Shrek.”

It is a fast-moving, fun book that offers a tone to which her readers can relate, keeping readers laughing from cover to cover.  Ultimately, Macy’s story reminds us to approach life with a sense of humor: life is so much better if we can laugh at ourselves out loud and giggle smartly at our adversaries.  Inevitably, readers will be anxious for the sequel.

For more information, please visit www.lauramacy.com, follow Laura Macy on Twitter @LauraMacyAuthor, like her on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/lauramacyauthor, read her blog at http://lauramacy.blogspot.com/, or view her YouTube channel at http://www.youtube.com/user/lauralynnmacy

Sunday, June 10, 2012

A Mystery in Paris

Paris Metro

The world is having a “Paris moment” right now: Paula McLain’s novel The Paris Wife has been well-reviewed, Woody Allen’s Midnight in Paris won the Academy Award for Best Screenplay, Gertrude Stein’s collections of modernist paintings are featured in two new exhibitions, and David McCullough’s historical study of “Americans in Paris” is generating a great deal of press.  Before all of that, author Carl Malmgren published Paris Metro, a novel that captures the “Paris moment” and the spirit of Paris in the twenties.

Paris Metro is a literary mystery that depicts the dark and violent underside of the expatriate scene in Paris during the 1920s.  With a Guggenheim fellowship, Nick Edwards comes to Paris in 1925 to report on the expatriate scene there and to re-connect with romantic interest and Hollywood ingénue, Rosemary Hoyt.  He quickly meets and befriends not only Hemingway and Fitzgerald and Stein and their ilk, but also characters out of their novels, most particularly those from Hemingway’s The Sun Also Rises and Fitzgerald’s Tender Is the Night.  Rosemary Hoyt arrives in company of Dick and Nicole Diver, and Nick is pulled into the turbulence, mystery, and violence that beset the entourage.  Nick and his friends indulge in a whirlwind of partying and sexual intrigue that only concludes when a murdered body is discovered in Hoyt’s hotel room.  Over the next 18 months, Nick consorts with the expatriate crowd, both in Paris and on the Côte d’Azur, sorts out his romantic life, and tries to solve the “Diver case.”
Anyone who enjoyed the writings of Hemingway and Fitzgerald will undoubtedly fall in love with
Paris Metro, which brings the authors, their times, and their characters back to life.  It is a novel that is both fun and literary, interweaving a page-turning plot with compelling characters and themes that are familiar to readers of the literature of the 1920s.  Malmgren’s novel depicts the glamour, spirit, and decadence of the “lost generation” and at the same time purports to solve the unsolved murder from Fitzgerald’s Tender Is the Night.   For anyone who loves great storytelling, Paris Metro is not to be missed.

To contact Carl Malmgren, please e-mail CarlMalmgren@omegapublications.net

Saturday, June 9, 2012

A Biblical Perspective on Adultery

In his book, No Innocent Affair, Edward Mrkvicka takes on the difficult subject of adultery without wavering from the Bible as his foundation. Based on his 50 years of experience counseling with couples to save their marriage, He gives answers that work.

Dr. Edward F. Mrkvicka, Jr. D.D. (honoris causa) is a lay minister and counselor, and life-long Bible student. His religious writings have been awarded Best Christian Book of the Year, Best Christian Study of the Year, named a National Best Book Awards finalist, and a winner in the Christian Choice Book Awards. He has also been awarded the prestigious Faith Writers Seal of Approval.

His efforts on behalf of families, understanding adultery, and the devastating effect of divorce on children have earned him a United States Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition “in recognition of outstanding and invaluable service to the community.”

According to Dr. Mrkvicka, adultery is not worth the cost; not only to the adulterer, but to all those in his/her life (especially innocent children), so it’s best to avoid the temptation. But, if the line has been crossed, there is only one way back, and that is to get right with God. Only then can we rejoin our earthly family and His heavenly family.

Finally, an honest discussion about what adultery really is, and what it represents to all it touches. Most of all, No Innocent Affair gives answers where it might appear there are none.

No Innocent Affair is an in-depth, easy to read discussion of the matter of adultery and the seriousness of its consequences. More important, it explains how we can get right with God once we have made the mistake of giving in to its temptations. It purposely contains none of the author’s opinions, but instead is based entirely on a biblical perspective. No Innocent Affair is written out of love for both the adulterer and the victims of his/her adultery.

Dr. Mrkvicka has succeed where secular counselors fail. He believes a sinner must get right with God first, before he/she can get right with their aggrieved family.  The Bible says an adulterer destroys his own soul – No Innocent Affair is premised on Luke 15:7, which says “I say unto you, that likewise joy shall be in heaven over one sinner that repenteth, more than over ninety and nine just persons, which need no repentance.”

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Website:   www.EdwardFMrkvickaJr.com

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Friday, June 8, 2012

Vitriolic Behavior in the Current Political Climate

The Complex

Former United States Secret Service Agent Donald W. Tucker uses his life experiences to create compelling works of fiction.  Tucker’s books illustrate the principles of fairness and accountability while addressing corruption in politics and law enforcement. Tucker challenges his readers to ask themselves: Can 1984 and Big Brother be on the horizon?

His latest novel, The Complex, is an impossible-to-put-down story that closely mirrors the hostility, hatred, and vitriolic behavior in the current political climate. The spellbinding plot takes readers on a journey of murder, cover-ups, and political backstabbing.

Special Agent Wesley Charles, a man who is dedicated to protecting his country, even if it means risking his life, Wendy Wiesman, a DEA agent who has amply proven that she can keep up in a man’s world, Louis Boron, a loyal and dedicated Secret Service Agent, and Seattle police officer James Allen find themselves at a three-month seminar in Dallas for the Federal Law Enforcement Supplement Office.  The boring seminar quickly becomes exciting when they uncover a menacing conspiracy that threatens the nation.  

Tucker’s life experiences lend realism and insight to his writing, having put his life on the line for his country in a remarkable career in law enforcement that he documented in his autobiography.  He began his career with the Federal Bureau of Narcotics in Chicago, Illinois, after which he went on to work for the United States Secret Service.  He garnered tremendous recognition for his dedication to his country and was promoted to the position of Assistant Special Agent in Charge of the D.C. Headquarters, Counterfeit Division, followed by Special Agent in Charge of the Arizona Office of the Secret Service, the United States Marshal for the State of Arizona, and, eventually, Chief of Federal Court Security for the Administrative Office of the United States Courts.

For more information on Donald W. Tucker, please visit www.dontuckerbooks.com

Thursday, June 7, 2012

A Wonder and Appreciation of Creation

Peter Knoester has provided readers with a thought-provoking and reflective work in Religious Thoughts, Stories, and Poetry.  He uses a variety of media to address the great questions of humanity, including the issue of creation.

In a time when creationists and evolutionists are still hotly divided, deriding each other as either ignorant or faithless, Knoester offers a refreshing approach on the issue, instilling a wonder and appreciation of the world and creation in readers.  He illuminates how “the very stones in our driveway or on a gravel road” are not human creations but are “from the beginning of time, whether they were in a molten state or as atomic particles or even gaseous form.”  Although humans may have chosen to alter their forms or their uses, “they were there at the ‘beginning’ in one form or another.”  He helps us to understand that “nothing can be added or taken away from anything that was created by the Almighty.”

He explains that time is the only genuine creation of humans; “I believe time to be a human invention, because basically time does not exist.  Although we take the “rotation of the Planets around the sun and the set times of the moon and the deterioration of our body cells, which causes us to age” as proof that time exists, time is still a conceptual notion used by humans.

While others debate creation in a debasing manner towards the parties that oppose their beliefs, with both the religious and the scientific engaging in nasty rhetoric toward each other, Knoester’s approach is quite refreshing.  His unique outlook that humans are able to create concepts, while God is the only one capable of creating matter, offers a unique perspective that honors and appreciates the infinity and beauty of God’s creation.

Find out more at www.peterknoester.com

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

The Bible on Public Speaking

Divine Knowledge Transfer

Many otherwise capable, confident, and knowledgeable people balk when it comes to public speaking.  In fact, a poll a few years ago found that Americans are more afraid of public speaking than they are of dying.  Kelly Libatique, author of A Toast to the Holy Ghost?  A Dispassionate Look at Alcohol and the Bible, transfers his expertise in public speaking to readers in his book Divine Knowledge Transfer:  Applying Biblical Principles to Communicating, Public Speaking, Educating, and Overall Living.

In his career in the high-tech and telecom industries, Kelly Libatique has been a speaker, marketer, trainer, and representative for some of the biggest players in the corporate world, including: Sony Electronics, Cisco Systems, and Verizon Wireless, as well as appearing in acting and voiceover roles for radio and television.  Reflecting on this, he says “Communicating and Knowledge Transfer is ‘what I do’ and what I have been doing for many years.”

Libatique’s book is the first of its kind, combining Biblical concepts with modern day communicating and public speaking.  His advice is easy-to-understand, easy-to-implement, approachable, and straightforward.  Divine Knowledge Transfer is filled with validating stories and a wealth of advice the Bible offers on how to relate and communicate with others and how to prepare for difficult circumstances and people.

He offers readers such words to live by as:
  • Fear of public speaking is normal and will never completely go away. Instead of fighting, you can learn to utilize it.
  • Preparation is key in controlling fearing the unexpected and that dread of feeling vulnerable and out of control.
  • Your appearance says volumes about you and causes audiences to make judgments about you in just seconds.
  • Distractions are inevitable. Don’t try to avoid them, instead be prepared for what can and will happen. As well, distractions can actually be used to make you look more professional.
  • Your public speaking needs to be about the audience—their needs and desires—not yours.

Libatique offers readers the empowering message that anyone can become better at communicating to audiences by learning basic techniques, avoiding simple mistakes that make experts look like amateurs, and cultivating the simple techniques that make amateurs look like old pros.  Readers from all walks of life, whether they are preachers, teachers, or public speakers will benefit from Libatique’s words and become better at what they do by being able to communicate effectively and get a message across.

For more information on Kelly Libatique:

visit his website at www.Libatique.com

read his book review blog at http://kellylibatique.blogspot.com/

or his eZine articles at http://ezinearticles.com/?expert=Kelly_Libatique

follow him on Twitter http://twitter.com/#!/KellyLibatique

connect with him on Google Plus at https://plus.google.com/113360906335723163792/posts

view his book trailer at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2MCAc627iU0

Friday, June 1, 2012

Addressing Important Topics Through Fiction

A Dubious Terrain (Colton Banyon Mystery)

Las Vegas-based author, Gerald J. Kubicki, has been winning over readers with his Dubious Mystery Series, featuring Colton Banyon, an average guy who finds himself at the center of extraordinary situations, along with his spirited girlfriend, Loni, and a unique cast of characters.  In his most recent installment, A Dubious Terrain, the fourth novel in the series, Kubicki addresses race relations, illegal immigration, the absolute power of Homeland Security, and municipal corruption, in his page-turning plot.

A white-supremacist organization, the Effort, has been infiltrating American society for decades. Originally sent by its Nazi German superiors to study at Harvard University in the thirties, its members have developed contacts with America’s wealthiest and most influential people.  The Effort’s scheme is effective, garnering members in key positions at every level of industry, the media, entertainment, and the super government agency of Homeland Security.  Now they have hatched a plot to take over the American presidency.

The insidious plot that Banyon uncovers involves illegal immigrants, politicians, Homeland Security, drug dealers, and even the mayor of Las Vegas.  Banyon and company must stop the plot before it’s too late.

A Dubious Terrain is more than just your average mystery adventure. There is the timely treatment of current important topics through fiction, continuing in Kubicki’s tradition of spearheading our nation’s social issues, intermixed with humor and heart-racing adventure.  Kubicki considers himself “an average guy who can write,” starting his career as an author after a long career as an executive, which took him around the world, with experiences that lend themselves well to his settings, themes, and way of looking at the world.

Readers will undoubtedly be left anxious for the next installment in the series, A Dubious Plan, which is slated for release in July, 2012.

For more information on Gerald J. Kubicki, please visit www.geraldjkubickibooks.com
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