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The Michelangelo Effect: Keys to Extraordinary Success for Ordinary People
17th October 2014
WNL Virtual Book Tours
Guest Post 70 Ten List “What are your top ten best books”
The Little Prince
Could this be the most magical, most beautifully written book ever? A satirical look at human values from a non-judgemental and infinitely gentle voice. The Little Prince remains one of my top favourite fictional characters.
“And now here is my secret, a very simple secret: It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye.”
Lovely, and true.
A Fraction of the Whole
From the innocent wholesomeness of the Little Prince to the crooks teeming in Steve Toltz’s Australian epic, this book is a delight. Part of the author’s genius is his ability to make the unlikeliest storylines work, and work very well indeed. This book made me think, and laugh out loud. A true masterpiece.
The Lunatic Express
More monsters, madmen and a few good men. That this book is not better known is baffling. It is so well researched and brilliantly written, it surely deserves better. The Lunatic Express is Charles Miller’s tome about happenings in pre-colonial East Africa just before the turn of the century, culminating in the building of the East African Railway stretching from the coast and almost not making it to its intended destination in Uganda. When reading this, one has to forgive Miller’s sometimes slanted thinking. It is a brilliant read nonetheless.
Elechi Amadi’s beautiful novel finds us still in pre-colonial Africa, West rather than East, and I cannot decide which book I find more magical…this or Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s Little Prince. Interestingly, it was written at about the same time as The Lunatic Express. Beauty, magic and beautiful prose are expertly woven around human nature in this absolutely charming love story. I’ve read this book over and over again since I first came across it and, every time, I find myself falling under its spell. Love, love, love it.
The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe
We’ve left Africa and the world as we know it, but still immersed in magic, enter the mystical forests of Narnia. I bought this book as a pre-teen with a voucher I’d won at some school contest. I still remember the thrill of discovery when I found it at the bookshop in downtown Nairobi that accepted the vouchers. I still feel the promise of magic and adventure on cover with Aslan’s noble face, framed by the children’s stern ones. One of the best children’s books of all time, in my humble opinion.
Edward S. Herman and Noam Chomsky’s book (and documentary of the same name) brings us right back to earth with a resounding cold-reality hitting thud. Politics, and the story of how the powers that be mess with our thinking for power and profit, when intelligently written, is always an interesting read. I don’t always agree with Noam Chomsky, but this book and documentary showcase all I like about his message and arguments. I like how he cuts through our mass media-fed manufactured reality, to the science of the machinations behind it, all without turning into a conspiracy theorist. Brilliant!
To Kill a Mockingbird
The brilliance of this book has been discussed many times by many, all better than I can do here. All I can say is that I concur!
Shantram is the Australian novel that all took place in India. Brilliant, brilliant, brilliant. This book brings out every cliché I’ve learnt…”brings the characters to life,” “expertly written,” “brilliantly crafted,”…but it’s all true. Gregory David Roberts’ characters are so real, and invade your psyche and consciousness so completely, you forget sometimes that you never met them in real life. Loved this book, lost every copy (no-one you lend this to ever brings it back).
What is a woman in love with the wrong man to do? Like Arundhati Roy’s The God of Small Things, I marvel at how the book explores the consequences of an extramarital affair for women in cultures with strict class dictates and divides. Anna fate is disturbingly similar to that of Ammu , disturbing in that the consequences are so similar across cultures that are so vastly different.
I was lucky enough to come across this book before the movie came out and remain infinitely grateful for that circumstance. I should hate Perfume, after all, it’s a book about a nasty serial killer. But once again, the poetry, beauty and expert craftsmanship at penning a story won me over. This book is truly genius!
Paperback: 218 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (July 26, 2014)
Book Title: The Michelangelo Effect:
Keys to Extraordinary Success for Ordinary People
Genre: Self Help
About The Author
Nekesa Ouma-Namulu describes herself as a ‘true citizen of the world,’ having the privilege of calling many places home. She was born and brought up in Nairobi, the capital of that picturesque nation on Africa’s eastern coast, and moved to London where marriage and career made Europe her second home for almost two decades. Her career as a Computer Networking Systems consultant, which included a year with Cisco Systems, saw her spend many happy hours in data centres all over the world, fiddling with fibre-optic cables plugged to huge data switches alight with dozens of different blinking lights. Work saw her set up camp in Mexico City, Seoul and most recently Paris, which led her to conclude, “no-one does a strike quite so thoroughly as the French.” Nekesa has published a computing book, which sits happily next to others in UK libraries, as well as a children’s fable. Today, Nekesa and her family split time between homes in Kenya, Spain and the UK.
About The Book
If you’ve ever wondered why…
*dating and relationship advisors are so fixated on ‘make-overs’ (your online profile, your wardrobe, your face, your conversation skills)?
*prosperity gurus are so bent on you ‘fixing’ yourself?
*some of the most beautiful people never find love and many of the most intelligent ones never make good money?
*people with disadvantages identical to yours are so hugely successful?
*and finally, why ‘idiots’ do so well?
…you need to read this book.
The answer, is hidden in plain sight.
With unparalleled clarity the book reveals the single common denominator behind the new wave of personal success stories that is sweeping across the globe.
Hey sorry for delay guys- I am finally getting my computer to running somewhat smoothly. A lot of viruses and other issues. But should be all taken care of now-hopefully for that. Without further ado I bring you the new novel Trying to Outrun the Love of God written by Karen Adamns.
Book Title: Trying to Outrun the Love of God, Book Tour October-November 2014
Publisher: CSN Books
Author The Author
Karen Adams survived childhood molestation, 7 years of crack addiction, 4 nervous breakdown, two admissions to mental wards of hospitals against her will. She is now an Evangelist who teaches and preaches on the transforming love of God. She has a burden for emotional wounded and hurting people. She attended college at all of the Alameda County Jr. Colleges. In her free time she enjoys, traveling, movies, reading and spending time with her cat Noches and her Cockatiel birdy.
About The Book
How can God reach someone who appears unreachable? Will the love of God be enough to break every chain and loose the trap of the enemy? In her debut book, Author Karen Adams struggles to understand how a loving God would allow life to be so unbearable. Facing childhood molestation, years of crack addiction, nervous breakdowns, and admissions to mental wards, she learned that no matter how difficult life was, God continued to extend His love. Trying to Outrun the Love of God, is a deeply moving story of one woman’s journey filled with suffering and pain, but one that ultimately finds wholeness and deliverance in the arms of a loving Savior. A must read for all those who think they are alone.
Author Tour Schedule http://wnlbooktours.com/karen-adams/
Hey fellow readers and writers. Here is another book tour for you announcing the debut novel of Keith Taylor II.
Today I bring you his guest post and an introduction to him. I hope you enjoy both.
Minister Keith Taylor II is a native of Indianapolis, Indiana and is currently serving as the Youth Pastor at a local church. He received an Associates Degree in Leadership and Ministry from Crossroads Bible College and is currently pursuing a Bachelor’s of Arts in Leadership and Ministry.
Minister Keith Taylor II started preaching at the age of four and was known as “The Little Preacher Boy”. At this young age, he was found to be a young man with a heart after God, preaching and praying for people all over the city of Indianapolis wherever he could. At a young age he was giving the world a preview of what was to come. God has kept a hand on his life from his youth and gifted him with wisdom, insight and a heart for people.
He became a Youth Pastor at the age of 23. The youth ministry has grown spiritually and numerically since he took it over in 2012. He also mentors at risk youth in his free time. Some of the places God has allowed Keith to minister are juvenile detention centers, prisons, churches, and conferences.
Minister Taylor published his first book called, “Rejected, But Still Prevailing”, and is working on many more encouraging books. Additionally, he is a worshiper, teacher, husband, and world changer. Minister Keith is married to his high school sweetheart, Jasmine Taylor.
Keith has been known to some as, “Mr. Inspiration”, and that is one “mantra” that he lives by.
About The Book
Rejected but Still Prevailing teaches about rejection and how to overcome it. It provokes the reader in ways you never thought possible while providing some insight on where rejection starts and how to handle rejection from those close to you.
It includes biblical viewpoints to show rejection from a spiritual side. You will learn, grow and be able to deal with rejection as your perception about dealing with rejection will be changed.
ONE DREAM ONLY COVER REVEAL
Cover designer: Derek Murphy of CreativIndie
Title: ONE DREAM ONLY (ONE, TWO, THREE #0.5)
Summary: Sixteen-year-old Natalya Pushkaya has only one dream: becoming the best ballerina ever. Dancing’s always been who she is and she’s working her hardest to land the main role of the School of Performing Arts’ end of the year recital.
But…will she make it?
Within a week, Natalya’s life will be changed forever.
Prequel novelette of One, Two, Three.
• Goodreads – https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22740072-one-dream-only?ac=1
• Available for pre-order on Amazon – http://www.amazon.com/One-Dream-Only-Two-Three-ebook/dp/B00N0QVVIG/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1409487714&sr=8-2&keywords=nowodazkij
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About the author: Elodie Nowodazkij was raised in a tiny village in France, where she could always be found a book in hand. At nineteen, she moved to the US, where she learned she’d never lose her French accent. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Modern Language & Linguistics, and later earned master’s degrees in German Cultural Studies and European Studies. Unbeknownst to her professors, she sometimes drafted stories in class. Now she lives in Germany with her husband and their cat (who doesn’t seem to realize he’s not human), and uses her commuting time to write the stories swirling in her head. She’s also a serial smiley user.
Book Review of Shes Got Her Own by Kem Smith
Author: Kem Smith
Date of Publication:
Buy Link: http://goo.gl/1i1KT3
Rating: 5 Stars
Book Blurb: “I am finally telling you the truth. “ He stood and ran his hand along his shaved head. He walked around in circles ducking the low hanging tree.”What is the truth?” “I never loved you. Not the way I love Sheila.” The bomb was dropped. Everything made sense. “ p 171
Review by Nicole
First off to summarize this is a novel about a family going through life and how it affects their children and themselves. It also discusses the problems that mothers and fathers face with their sons being educated as young black men in school. So much so that she actually pulls her son out of public school to home school him after the principal and teaches meeting which shows her how much her son has kept from her and his father. It goes on to say that she learns about herself and her marriage while homeschooling her three children. She learns her husband is an adulterer and has been for years through Michael, her high school sweetheart. He wanted to be with her but also knew that as long as she was married that she wouldn’t ever look at him. But that wasn’t the reason he spied on Brian. He just wanted her to know what type of man she was married too. She learns that her high school sweetheart and she were meant to be together despite the many years difference. And she learns that she raised a good son. But her twins-those girls-have a long way to go. Maybe the next book may be about them.
I absolutely loved this book. It is a five star read. It is easy, moves along and lets you visualize what you are reading about. You understand the subject and can relate whether you are black or not; but being black helps a little. It is very relatable. For instance, when she goes to the school meeting and she uses the nicknames for the teacher that the students use- not sure if my mother actually ever did that but you never know. Another instance is when she talks with her friend and finally feels her friends boyfriend is stepping up to the plate and finally showing that he has staying power and is ready to commit. Like when she sees her high school sweetheart and realizes that she still is in love with him not the “pretty boy” she married. We all know the type- light skin, light eyes nice body- “pretty boys” Anyway, Michael is the dark skinned brother who was the drinking, smoking weed type but still a true friend for her. He is the one who shows her what her husband Brian was really up to because he cared about her. And in the end, they get engaged to be married.
There is a relation to church in the novel. Most black people have church as an integral part of their growing up life. We are raised in the church. The things we are taught come from the church. The connections we make come from the church. As we get older, our inclination is to send our children, even if we don’t go, to church. And there is nothing wrong with that. You have wrapped up in one building: teacher, friend, brothers, sisters, confidants, dates and advisors. They will follow you through life and hold you up when you need it. You can see this in the novel with Sharay as she goes through handling the confirmation that he husband is an adulterer.
I really liked this book. I hope that you as you read it will like it too. I recommend it highly. The buy link is above.
There are READING GUIDE QUESTIONS in the back of the novel. I think it’s a good book for a book club to use in their reading list. And I think they will enjoy it.
Disclosure: Pursuant to law I am disclosing that I am not getting paid to do this book review but I do work as a book reviewer for the publisher. The web address is http://www.arbookcorner.wordpress.com. You may see my biography there on the Meet the Crew page and read the book review on there as well as Twitter, Face book and Amazon.
Kem Smith Interview Questions
Hello and I hope that you are well. (I am well and thank you for asking )
1. Please state your name, age and educational background.
My name is Kem Smith. I am 41 years old. I have a Master’s Degree in Education with a focus on Curriculum and Instruction. My undergraduate degree is in Business Administration.
2. Please state your spouses information for same if you have it.
My husband is Orlando Smith. He is Union Sprinkler Fitter and the head honcho at home.
3. Do you have any children? If so please state their names, and ages.
We have 5 children and 2 grandchildren. Jasmine is 24, Trevon 22, Breonna 20, Jaylin 16, Joy 5.
4. Your journey to fitness. Can you explain or describe that to us. I notice in your webpage for your studio it says that you struggled with weight loss.
Body image has always been a thorn in my side. I grew up with ‘baby making hips’ and a plump behind. My mother wanted to be sure I never got fat because she was struggling with obesity. Every diet she went on I went on too. I was able to keep my weight in check while my mother grew horizontally. She died at at 42 because of complications due to obesity. It was hard for me to deal with the loss of my best friend. However, when she died she told me she didn’t want her death to be in vain. While mourning her loss, I lost my sexy. I gained weight and struggled in my career. In my recovery, I realized that I could help women who struggled with obesity. I became a Zumba Instructor three months after having my youngest daughter and lost 65 pounds. Since then, I gotten several fitness certifications and I help women get their SEXY back.
5. What about becoming a fit or healthier individual stuck in your mind as the one thing that you want people to take from your story?
Unhappiness and weight gain go hand in hand. As a person goes on a journey to find their purpose and physical fitness has to follow. We only get one body we must do a better job at taking care of it.
6. Your first book, Sexy by the Weekend: 7 Keys to Living a Practical and Extraordinary Life-how did it feel to get it published? Were there any bumps along the way to publication?
The sense of accomplishment when it comes to publishing your first book is overwhelming. I had invested in a program called Write a Book in a Weekend and the book came from that experience. I did, however, feel as if something was missing. So, early I re-released the book as a workbook with a new cover. Now, I am much happier with the design and the format. I am working on a dvd series that coordinates with the book.
7. Any excerpts from that story that you would like to share with the readers of She’s Got Her Own?
The very first Chapter is titled Rearrange your life to become your top priorty. Here’s an excerpt:
Key 1 to living a sexier life is all about reprogramming your thinking from “that’s impossible to do,” to “how I can get it done?”
Sistas who lose themselves in the everydayness of life lose sight of what it takes to become top priority, and then they often allow the fear of being labeled selfish paralyze them, rendering then unable to take even the smallest vacation from life’s responsibilities.
Often, what happens with women is, in an attempt to be exciting, they have too much on their plates, and their lives tip out of balance. Ideally, life’s priority should be a triangle with self-care at the top and work/volunteer work and family at the base. When work, family, and self-care are unbalanced, the results are obvious.
Success is more about what you say “no” to than what you say “yes” to. When you invest your time and energy into yourself, and then work and family obligations have to be prioritized based upon the big picture. Reprogram yourself to set boundaries on your access to your time and energy.
YOU ARE YOUR BEST INVESTMENT.
1. Your new novel She’s Got Her Own: can you give us a little bit of background as to how you came up with this story and the characters?
I have a heart for married women. There are so many untold stories that everyday married women grapple with. It seems that so many of our men are taking their cues from the world and not from the word. I’ve listened to my friends on the phone. I’ve witnessed women around me in abusive relationships. So, I can relate to the struggle of a married woman who is trying to align her love for God and her love for her husband. The main character, Sharay is a manifestation of women who I’ve known over the years and Michael and Brian are men who need to identify not only who they are but also who they are in God. These two men are a manifestation of what God can do when you start to follow Him instead of worldly desires
2. What about this story sticks out in your mind?
There are several controversial topics:
3. Good biblical counseling
5. Christians and gambling
6. Church leadership and promotions
7. Married couples attending separate worships
8. Respect and communication in marriage
3. The genre of your novel is Women’s Fiction for adult readers. What about this novel will make women around the country read it?
Both men and women should read my book because there is a golden nugget that everyone who reads it can identify with and learn from. The topics covered in the book are so relevant to the times we live in today and even in society, the way it exists now, God still hears and answers prayers.
4. What if anything comes to mind that may have caused you writers block in this story?
I originally wrote the story from the 3rd person point of view. I didn’t want anyone to think I was Sharay. The editors recommended that I change the story to first person point of view and the change stalled me for a while.
5. Now that the book is coming out and published is there anything you would change in your story?
I wouldn’t change the story because I argued with myself over and over during the editing and revision process and I am content with results. I have peace.
6. I am reading your story and I will review it but I did have questions for you on the book. To forward later.
When you have answered the questions please send back to me as soon as possible.
Thank you for taking the time out to answer my questions and I am looking forward to reviewing your novel.
Contest Giveaway: Author is offering a “His Until Sunrise Goodie Package” for One Winner
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Author: Joy Avery
Publication Date: 8-2-2014
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Age Group For Your Book 18+
After learning her boss has scheduled a mandatory team-building excursion, financial planner Nona Rogers panics. What does she know about camping? Nada. Zilch. Heck, she doesn’t even like picnics. And the thought of sleeping amid bugs and wild animals knots her stomach.
No way can she risk looking like an idiot in front of her colleagues. Taking proactive measures, she acquires the services of a guide to give her a crash-course in camping. Seven days living off the land. How hard could it be? Nona swallows those words when she meets the sexy titan tasked with leading her into the wild. Getting mauled by a bear quickly becomes the least of her worries.
Mason Tinsdale’s first love has always been oil rigging. But a horrible accident has him doubting the job—more importantly, himself. Seven days in the Indigo Falls wilderness is just what he needs to sort out his thoughts. Then he meets Nona Rogers. He’s convinced the gorgeous woman is going to be far more trouble than she’s worth. And he’s right. However, there’s something about the feisty vixen that makes her irresistible.
Two guarded hearts. Seven days alone. An attraction that can’t be denied.
About the Author
Joy Avery is a North Carolina native with a passion for penning contemporary romances. When she’s not writing, she enjoys reading, cake decorating, pretending to expertly play the piano, driving her husband insane, and playing with her sixteen-pound peek-a-poo and hundred-pound Rottweiler.
There’s plenty of emotion in a Joy Avery romance. Sometimes there are obstacles and hurdles in love, and she enjoys showing this in her novels. Her stories guide readers along the rutted roads of love, delivering them to a gratifying happily ever after.
Romance is Joy’s genre of choice, because she enjoys the experience of characters overcoming the barriers that have held them back from finding true love. Plus, she loves happily ever afters.
HIS UNTIL SUNRISE is Joy’s second novel. Her first novel, SMOKE IN THE CITI, garnered attention for having well-developed and believable characters, as well as refreshing humor. She is currently working on Book 2 of her Indigo Falls series.
Joy is a member of Romance Writers of America and Heart of Carolina Romance Writers
Genre: Urban Fiction/Women Fiction
Paperback: 196 pages
Recommended Age Group 18 +
Kem Smith is well known as the Owner of K.I.S.S. Fitness Studio. Equally at home in the health and physical fitness sector as she is in the world of words, Smith is the author of both non-fiction and fiction. In 2012, she released her debut title Sexy by the Weekend: A Practical Guide to Living an Extraordinary Life, which encouraged readers to get their sexy back using 7 practical keys for glamorous, alluring, and exciting living. She is also the author of two other titles, Swag on 10, a gripping tale about a young man who believes swag is everything until he experiences God swag and Why I Quit Teaching, a new teacher’s guide to surviving and thriving in the classroom.
Smith graduated from Fontbonne University in St. Louis, MO with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and a Master’s Degree in Curriculum and Instruction. A former teacher of English, Reading, Writing and Communication Arts, Smith has taught in elementary, middle and high school as well as serving as an Adjunct Professor for St. Louis Community College. She served as an active participant in Missouri Writers Workshop for over 7 years and has had her poetry published in Missouri Teachers Write magazine. Smith earned post-graduate course credit from University of Missouri in Teaching Writing Inquiry.
In addition to running her fitness business, writing books and nurturing her family, Smith is a writer for Education for All, Inc.’s Involved Parent Magazine and will be featured in the anthology “I Define Me” being published by the Nia Group Stl, Inc. Smith has written for the St. Louis American on education choices, been interviewed on several radio and television shows including Teacha Tigue’s Let’s Talk Shop on 1380AM The Woman, on Nichelle Womack’s Small Business Hour on 690AM, along with segments on Great Day St. Louis and News Channel 9 special program focused on Teaching the Teachers.
The daughter of a military father, Kem Smith was born in Amberg, Germany. She has lived in North St. Louis County since her family returned to the United States. She resides in St. Louis with her husband and children.
She’s Got Her Own by Kem M. Smith is a gripping tale of two people desperately wanting to make their marriage and family work, but wanting to find personal happiness themselves!
Sharay and Brian are a young couple trying to cope with a big lifestyle change. Sharay is a successful business woman who has quit her job to homeschool her kids. However, raising four children while keeping her faith and sanity has proved to be a bit more than she can handle. Things get even more complicated when an old boyfriend from her past shows up wanting to ignite a new romance he feels still has some spark left.
Sharay’s husband Brian is a hardworking man who just wants some recognition in church, to see his sons grow up to be strong, successful black men and to have a happy marriage. But he finds his world is slowly crumbling when Sharay doesn’t have the same future in mind.
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