23 November, 2017

#ThursdayTreeLove - A dark evening

That pic was taken on an evening. With leaves or without, the tree seems to stay calm with sky as background.

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Act like a kid and think like a parent - Book Spot Light






Non-Fiction - Self-help/Family
Date Published:  June 29, 2017

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Just for kicks, have you ever wondered what your parents really want from you in life? Is it you, or do your parents want you to have no real fun? On any given day, do you want to make your parents proud of you and still do what makes you feel really happy within yourself? Of course you do! But the real question has always been, and still is…how? How can we actually get this done?

Well, with A-C-T like a Kid and T-H-I-N-K like a Parent, a.k.a "the child-part consoler", you will get past common misunderstandings by learning how to truly talk, hear, and listen to your parents, guardians or caregivers instead of feeling like you have to run to friends to find some sense of acceptance, understanding, and real connection.

In this book, chock-full of questions and answers gotten directly from the source, you’ll learn what your parents, guardians or caregivers really expect of you—and maybe you’ll even find out how to explain to them what you really expect from them! Not that this book could ever replace a parent, because it can not. But when it comes to openly communicating certain key ideas, this book comes really close.

This tell-all guide contains lots of enlightening explanations and helpful answers to many common kid questions like:

·      What do my parents really want from me?
·      Why do my parents do what they do and say what they say?
·      What do I really need to know about my parents' parenting skills?
·      How can I keep my parents happy with me?
·      How can I help my parents to help me?
·      How can I get what I want from my parents every time?

A-C-T like a Kid and T-H-I-N-K like a Parent is an intro to the secret knowledge of adults which is a set of informations that is mainly covered in the book entitled Surrogate Re-Parenting: A.K.A. Get Your Mind Right, and even more thoroughly covered in the book The Secret Knowledge Of Adults. While this book, A-C-T like a Kid and T-H-I-N-K like a Parent is intended for kids 10 and up, the info in this book is beneficial and useful to the intelligent kid parts in all of us. Yes, this means you too.

The information in this book will help you and yours to start to see your parents, not as the enemy, but as the caring human beings they really are, and take the first step toward family unity, understanding, growth, success, and happiness! Both you and your parents really deserve this, and with this book, A-C-T like a Kid and T-H-I-N-K like a Parent, you and your parents can actually achieve this.



 
Excerpt

28) Earning Your Parents' Respect.


As a kid, when it comes to parents, us having, earning and receiving their love, is almost guaranteed. You can be one of the most stubborn, unruly, wayward kids and they would still love their child and that's for life. It's fairly easy to have a parent's love but it is a whole different thing to earn a parent's respect.


This is because love and respect come from two entirely different places. The love comes from what they feel for you, almost through themselves. Respect  comes from what they think about the what, and the “way”, you are doing things, that you are doing in your own life. As a kid, you can disgrace your parents and they will still love you. But even though they do love you, if you disgrace them, they won't respect you. As their child, you can act shamefully and your parents will still love you. But if you act shamefully, they won't respect you. You can steal from them and lie to them and they will still love you. But if you steal from them, and lie to them, they won't respect you. As a kid you can smell bad and look terribly messy and they will still love you. But if you smell bad and look terribly messy, they won't respect you. As a kid it can be very hard to earn the respect of your parents. You can't just smile your way through this one. If you want your parents' respect, you are going to have to earn it, and fight for it. This is because it isn't as easy as being loved by them. Your being respected by them is definitely worth a lot to them. When it comes to your parents, the “way” you do things, the “way” you get things, the “way” you live and the "way" you keep things, does matter to them.

As a kid, watch the “way” that is being promoted in your surroundings. A “way” that you have the power to use, choose or change for yourself, in your own life. They may not say it but they, as parents, look for proof of character in everything that you do as a kid. Proof that you have made a point of displaying character in all that you, as a kid, do or touch. Your parents watch your life for proof of honor and honesty, hoping to find both honor and honesty present, in the “way” you do everything as their child. They especially watch for decency, which is based mainly on how well you treat other living things in your surroundings. It's about how you use the power that you have over others, including smaller kids and pets. Your parents look to see you show mercy on those who have messed up on you, that are also smaller than you, like your brothers or sisters. It makes them, as parents, very proud when they see you, as a child of theirs, showing forgiveness to those who have foolishly wronged you. As you are growing up, it makes your parents really proud of you when they see how powerful you have become. They are especially proud when they see how gracious, kind, merciful and considerate you can be. They marvel at how great you have become, when they watch you being able to share with those who have given you nothing. As a parent, it gives them great joy to see their child, you, stand up against opposition to preserve the rights, safety and freedom of those around you as a kids. And the thought that if you were around a place, even if you were just passing through, that when you left that place, it would be better and cleaner because you were once there.

These are the types of things that can help you as a kid who already has their parent's love, to earn their respect. These are just a few of the actions that can help a kid earn their parents' respect.


About Katherine Shears





Katherine Shears is a mom, graduate of Strayer University, and an executive consultant, who is dedicated to bettering the social function and overall visibility of all she encounters. She is a deep thinker with an open mind who stays on the cutting edge of learning, having read over one hundred self-help titles and counting.








About C.S Whitehurst





C. S. Whitehurst is a psychology-based UX/UI designer/tester, computer programmer, IT Project Manager, and self-help enthusiast, who is a student of science, philosophy, life, and NYU. As a native of New York, having been exposed to social diversity, he has been coached by life to respond to the issues plaguing inner-city youth.











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22 November, 2017

Purple Turtle - [Book Review]



Boxed Book Set Details:



Book Title: Purple Turtle Graded Readers Level 1 (12 Titles)

Category: Children's Fiction,

Genre: Educational

Publisher: Aadarsh Pvt. Ltd.

Release date: April 1, 2017

Tour dates: Oct 30 to Nov 24, 2017

Content Rating: G (informative content intended for and available to children & their parents/educators to enhance and support learning. Suitable for: Family audiences with younger children.)



Boxed Book Set Description:



A1 Edutainment takes you to the world on an amazing new reading programme with Purple Turtle. The first level of Purple Turtle Graded Readers includes a set of 12 books with interesting stories and activities and 150 word count. This level is exclusively for learners who have just started reading. It is based on ATOS and Lexile reading level system.



To read more reviews, please visit Purple Turtle's page on iRead Book Tours.



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My Review:
I chose this book for my 6 year old son who is going to 1st grade. He likes to read but he is not familiar with many words yet.

This boxed set of level 1 has 12 books with a story and 4 activities in each book.

The stories are very simple with one or 2 sentences per page which is easy for a first grader to read by himself. Out of 12 books, i felt, my son needed help for 2 to 4 books. All others were easy with simple words. The stories have good moral too. One story that we read together is about good manners. It was all about saying hello to others, thanking for helping and mentioning sorry to apologise. While one story talks about the importance of eating vegatables, another is about different sensory organs in our body. Likwise, there are stories about music, family and about the fun time the turtle spends with his friends.
3 levels and their differences
Sample sentences in a story 

 I loved the activities at the end of each book. They are worthy a special mention. A few activities are joining the dots of numbers to draw a picture, matching the images with shadows, matching the related objects, finding correct way to reach destination etc., My son enjoyed completing these activities.
Sample activities 

I recommend these boxed sets to yoing children to introduce them to reading and to encourage them to read by themselves. The illustrations are great and attractive. The purple turtle which is the common character in all stories is lovely.

My Rating : 4.5/ 5

Ps: I have received this book from the author through iread book tours and this is my honest opinion on the book.

Meet the Publisher:



Purple Turtle is India’s 1st International brand with its educational content in several languages sold in more than 30 countries including Russia, China, US and UK. The character of Purple Turtle has delighted children across the globe through beautifully created Purple Turtle books, rhymes and videos available on YouTube.



Purple Turtle was created with the idea to spread education through a wide range of innovative books for children. To give them the experience of convenient online learning, Purple Turtle also brings both learning and entertainment on a common platform to give a wholesome learning experience to young minds.



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15 November, 2017

You came like hope by Jyoti Arora - Cover Reveal

~ Cover Reveal ~


Title: You Came Like Hope
Author: Jyoti Arora
Word length: 53,000 words
Genre: Contemporary Fiction / Contemporary Romance


Blurb:
Peehu:
“I heard them mourn my death. I lay in the
next room. Motionless, silent, and staring at the ceiling.”
Adih:
“When it comes to a broken person, some of
them are expert at blinding you. Spend an entire evening with such a person,
but you may still not know how he is crushing inside.”
Uday:
“Who would say no to him? He is smart,
intelligent, super handsome, rich, suave and sophisticated. He’s perfect!”
Pooja:
“Pooja gave no explanation. She asked no
forgiveness. She just arrived in his home, resenting him for being her
husband.”
Arunav:
“He had smiled as if nothing was wrong.
He had behaved as if he still had his
dreams and hopes.
He had pretended as if it didn’t hurt.
But it did.”
Does Destiny hold the key to our happiness?
Is it always the feeble that is the victim?
Love can be the embrace of heaven. But what
happens when it unleashes hellfire?
Lose yourself in the intense narrative of
You Came Like Hope as it unleashes a rollercoaster of emotions, uncovers some
bitter truths, challenges widespread prejudices, and forces you to reconsider
your beliefs.

Releasing on 23rd November
2017!

About
the Author:
Jyoti Arora is a novelist and
blogger from Ghaziabad. You Came Like Hope is her third novel, coming after
Dream’s Sake and Lemon Girl. She is Post Graduate in English Literature and
Applied Psychology. Besides reading and writing novels, Jyoti enjoys checking
out latest technological innovations, watching movies, and listening to old
Bollywood songs.





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14 November, 2017

The Forgotten Room by Lincoln Child - [Book review]

Book Details: 

Book Title: The Forgotten Room
Author: Lincoln Child
Genre: Thriller, mystery, suspense
Publisher: Anchor
Length of the book: 306 pages
Source: A copy picked from local library


Blurb:

A LONG-LOST EXPERIMENT OF UNGUESSABLE INTENT
A SECRET ROOM, INGENIOUSLY HIDDEN INSIDE A VAST SEACOAST MANSION

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLING AUTHOR LINCOLN CHILD AT HIS RIVETING BEST

Professor Jeremy Logan (the quirky and charismatic “enigmalogist” who specializes in solving problems of the strange or seemingly supernatural variety) receives an urgent summons from the director of Lux, one of the oldest and most respected think tanks in America. An unexplainable tragedy has taken place in the sprawling compound located on the coastline of Newport, Rhode Island. One of Lux’s most distinguished doctors, overcome by erratic behavior, violently attacked his assistant before meeting with a gruesome self-inflicted end. Deeply shaken by the incident and the bizarre evidence left behind from the doctor’s final project—as well as recent troubling behavior among several of the think tank’s other scientists—Lux fears there is something more sinister occurring within its walls and looks to Jeremy Logan to investigate.
Logan quickly makes a surprising discovery. In a long-dormant wing of the estate, he uncovers an ingeniously hidden secret room, unknown and untouched for decades. The room is essentially a time capsule, filled with eerie machinery and obscure references to a top-secret experiment known as “Project S.” As Logan attempts to unravel its meaning, he begins to discern what transpired in that room—and why the frightening project was suddenly abandoned and sealed off many years before. As his work draws him ever deeper into harm’s way, Logan soon unleashes a series of catastrophic events upon the rest of Lux .. . and himself.

One of Lincoln Child’s most thrilling novels to date, The Forgotten Room is replete with exhilarating action, veiled history, and mesmerizing science—making for a truly intelligent page-turner.


My Review:
I have been reading a lot of review copies from authors these days, but this month I decided to choose one from our library. This is my first book of Lincoln child. As I love thrillers, the blurb immediately caught my attention and 'large print' by Random house is pleasing to the eyes. 

The story is about Jeremy, an Enigmologist investigating the death of a scientist 'Will' in a private think tank in Newport called 'Lux'. Enigmologist is a new term I read for the first time, which means an expert in supernatural things and the one who solves mysterious or strange problems. While Jeremy is investigating the death of a scientist, he finds an old hidden room and details about an abandoned science project which is harmful to mankind if not properly used. Is there any link between the death and strange behaviors of other scientists and this old project? Is someone restarting the abandoned project? These questions will be solved by the end of the book.

What did I like?
For any thriller, it is the narration and pace which attracts the reader first.I loved the pace of the story except for the last part where I felt like it is dragging too much. The narration is very good and all scenes blend naturally when the story flows between chapters revealing secrets one after the other. I like Jeremy - he is cool, balanced and a person of action more than talk. Pamela and Kim's characters are great too. I wanted to know more about Roger Carbon and the reason behind his behavior but there is not much covered in the book. Laura Benedict is convincing. The cover of the book is apt and attracts readers. 

What's not so great?
I didn't like the last part where Jeremy escapes from Lux for his life. I felt it is too descriptive and boring. I actually flipped through the pages. I also felt the title of the book is not very apt. After reading the story, I thought it is more about the abandoned project or the mystery behind strange behaviors than the hidden room. 

I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. It's a perfect thriller and I would recommend this to suspense lovers.

PS: I have received this book from the local library and this is my honest opinion on the book.

My Rating: 4/5

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About the Author:
Lincoln Child is the co-author, with Douglas Preston, of a number of bestselling thrillers including Relic, Riptide and The Ice Limit. Utopia is Lincoln Child's first solo novel: he is currently at work on his second. He lives with his wife and daughter in Morristown, New Jersey.



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09 November, 2017

#ThursdayTreeLove - A tree at sunset

Captured this picture in San Antonio during the Sunset. Orange skies add to the beauty.

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08 November, 2017

Letters from Kargil by Diksha Dwivedi - [Book Review]

Book Details:
Title : Letters from Kargil - The Kargil war through our soldier's eyes
Author : Diksha Dwivedi
Genre: Non fiction
Length of the book: 168 pages
Publisher: Juggernaut
Source: A free review copy from juggernaut


Blurb:
With feet deep in snow and alert with their guns, our soldiers are responding to each threat from the enemy with twice the intensity and vigour, but my heart is somewhere else.’ In May 1999, India was invaded by Pakistan in Kargil in the Ladakh region in a surprise attack. Diksha Dwivedi’s father was one of the martyrs of that war. In this beautiful, extremely moving book, she tells the story of the Kargil war through the letters and diaries of her father and other soldiers who fought there. Intimate and emotional, Letters from Kargil is the most human and personal portrait of the war ever written.

My Review:
Iam not a fan of non fiction. I try to avoid reading them unless they are interesting. The Blurb caught my attention. Narrating a war story with letters is a fresh concept and difficult one to convince readers. I appreciate the author for her thought of the concept, her purpose in writing the book and for her effort to meet many soldiers and collate their letters and their emotions.

I heard and read in newspaper about kargil war but i never knew the details about how difficult the opetation Vijay was, how many soldiers died and how many families were impacted until I read this book. Some letters are heart wrentching to read. I can understand what their families have gone through after losing their family member. The courage and the sacrifice of each soldier is evident from their letters. Since this is not an ebook I took snaps of a few words which moved me a lot.


The words of Lt.Praveen Tomar are inspiring and they make us realize how soldiers enter the battlefield and take hell lot of risks with their life hoping for a good result.

The narration is good and the book is organized well with letters and also the information on war strategies. The book successfully captured the emotions of soldiers during the war and also their family members feelings.



The title and the cover are very apt. If you like books which tell real life stories and if you want to know about kargil war, you should definitely read it. If you want to read a simple novel and love only fiction/ thriller, this might not be for you.

My Rating: 4.5/5

P.S. I have received this book from the publisher for review and this is my honest opinion on the book.

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Maria is my pal by Dr.Michael Solomon - Book Spot Light







Children’s Book
Date Published: April 2017

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Having a pet isn’t just fun, it’s super important for childhood development. Pets and children go together like the beach and summertime. “Maria Is My Pal” is a whimsical look at children owning their first pet, and the responsibilities that come with ownership, the joys of having a pet, and how they form a commitment to each other while training to live their lives together.

Although a newcomer to this genre, readers would not know it from the way the author’s warm-hearted tale evokes laughter, smiles, joyful emotions, and reflections on his writing. His inspiration comes from watching his daughters grow and mature and become inspirations to many in their own right. His first book captures key moments in their childhood that intersect so many family stories— the first pet.


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Excerpt

In the petting area, there was a turtle named Slow Boy, two fish called Lisa and Lori, and two parrots named Annie and Fannie. Fannie had yellow markings, and Annie had green on her wings. There was also a hamster named Fred and a cute little rabbit called Maria. She was white with a funny black pattern on her tail that seemed to move from side to side whenever her perky ears heard her name.
Of all the animals, Willow thought Maria was special. Whenever Mrs. Walls’ class visited the pets, Willow spent most of her time petting and holding Maria. Maria was very friendly and popular with all the students in the class. Somehow, Maria seemed happiest when Willow was near.
As the pets were placed back into their areas, James accidently knocked over a chair. It made a loud noise. The noise frightened Maria, and before anyone could move, Maria jumped onto a chair, hopped to the floor, and then ran out of an open door. Willow’s special pal and the children’s favorite pet was gone before anyone could catch her!
Willow, Mrs. Walls, and the other children tried to catch Maria, but she was too fast. Maria hopped and jumped until she was out of sight. Everyone looked and looked, but she could not be found. Maria was gone!
Willow and the other kids were very sad. Mrs. Walls tried her best to help the children understand that Maria would be okay and not to worry.


About the Author




Dr. Michael T. Solomon is an accomplished professional who holds a doctorate in social science and a master’s in education. The author is a devoted husband, a proud father of two young professional career women, and an even prouder grandfather of two beautiful, caring sisters who are smart and gifted and funny!

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Just One Time by K S Hunter - Cover Reveal


Just One Time

The first novel by K.S. Hunter, the alter ego of an international bestselling author, whose identity will remain a secret.

Desire can have dire consequences
Two years ago, David Madden made a mistake that almost cost him his marriage. His wife, Alison, gave him another chance, but she has not forgotten, nor has she forgiven.

She is irresistible
Then David meets the alluring Nina at a theatre in London. When he loses his phone in the dark, she helps him find it, and by giving her his number he unwittingly invites her into his life.

What David initially views as an innocent flirt turns into a dangerous game of deception. His increasingly suspicious wife thinks something is up, and each lie he tells pushes them further apart.

She is insatiable
Nina pursues David relentlessly, following him to New York where she gives him an ultimatum: sleep with her, just one time, and then she’ll get out of his life forever; or she’ll ruin everything he holds dear.

She is unstoppable
Of course, one won’t be enough for Nina, and what David hoped would be the end is merely the beginning.

A modern-day Fatal Attraction, Just One Time is a steamy psychological thriller that will have you hooked from the first page and holding your breath until its shocking conclusion. 

Praise for K.S. Hunter
‘An author to watch out for – always interesting and unpredictable’Sophie Hannah

Is your book part of a series / standalone? 
Standalone

Are there any possible trigger warnings that bloggers/readers need to be aware of? Some graphic sexual content

Publication Date - 7th December 2017

Author Bio – K.S. Hunter is the pseudonym of an international bestselling author. The identity of the author, who lives in the United Kingdom, will remain a mystery.

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07 November, 2017

The Blue Unicorn's Journeyto Osm bySybrina Durant - Book Spot Light

About the Book:
“The metal horned unicorns are doomed!” That’s
what Lauda Lead Horn wailed when she first saw the tribe’s new savior. OK, so
his horn was not metal. . .and he did not have a magic power. . .and he was
really a puny little runt. But doomed? Were things really that bad? 


Well, things were pretty bad in the land of
MarBryn. Magh, an evil sorcerer utilized unicorn horns and hooves to create his
magical potions and spells. Those he used, to increase his power and to conquer
everyone in his path. All of the unicorns from the Tribe of the Metal Horn were
now gone . . . except for twelve survivors. 


Before the blue unicorn was born, Numen told
Alumna, the aluminum-horned oracle, that he had a plan to bring the tribe back
home to Unimaise. His prophecy was, “Only the blue unicorn can join with the
Moon-Star. Until then, no new unicorns will be born.” Blue was the last unicorn
born. Twenty years later, his horn was still covered with a plain blue colored
hide. There was not a glint of metal to be seen on it or his hooves. And he
still didn’t have any magic. But he was no longer scrawny and he had his wits.
Though no one else in the tribe thought he had a chance, Blue felt ready to
make Magh pay for his evil deeds. And he went off to do it alone. That was
Blue’s first mistake. If the entire tribe was not standing horn-tip to horn-tip
at the proper time and the exact place to help usher the Moon-Star Spirit into
Blue’s horn, he would die. Then, the rest of the tribe would really be
doomed. 


Readers will follow along two journey paths in
this book. Blue is joined in his travels by his mentor Gaiso, the Stag and his
friend, Girasol the Firebird as they try to find their way across a
danger-filled MarBryn to Muzika Woods. The rest of Blue’s tribe is forced to
follow another route due to Nix Nickle Horn’s unfortunate incident with a
Manticore. Nix, the great unicorn defender must safely lead the way for Ghel,
the Golden-Horned unicorn; Silubhra Silver Horn; Cornum the Brass-Horned
unicorn; Steel Horned Style; Cuprum the Copper-Horned unicorn; Tin-Horned
Tinam; Dr. Zinko; Iown the Iron-Horned unicorn and the others in an action
packed adventure to their destination in Muzika Woods. Both journey paths
converge there in the Nebulium Circle.




About the Author:
I'm Sybrina. . .. .
.Just one of millions of wannabe author/singer/songwriters out there but I
hope, after reading or hearing my books and songs, you'll think my
contributions to the world have as much value as any other famous artist out
there today. 


Fame is all in being in the right place at the right time but at least with the
internet and venues like this, all of us have opportunities to share our
creativity with the world. I'm so happy that I am able to share my works with
you. That is awesome!


The books I’ve written span a wide range between illustrated picture books,
coloring books and YA novels to technical and how-to books. If you’re so
inclined you can read a little bit about the inspiration for each one below.


My latest effort is
“The Blue Unicorn’s Journey To Osm. It is a book I started writing 30 something
years ago and never finished. At the time, it was meant to be an epic fantasy
along the lines of novels written by Tolkien, Piers Anthony, Ursula K. Le Guin
and other amazing fantasy writers. I’ve pulled out my notes, dusted off the
outline and began rewriting and expanding upon the 50 pages I had began. This
story is now available as an Illustrated Book for teens and older readers in
full color and in black and white, too. The black and white version is a
"Read and Color" book. Read a chapter, then color the following
pages. How fun is that? There is also a picture book for pre-schoolers called
Unicorns From Unimaise - The Magical Metal-Horn Trobe. A longer version of the
chapter book will soon be available as an Illustrated Novel with a companion
glossary called, The Marbryn Compendium. All of the fantastic fantasy
illustrations are by Dasguptarts. There is also a companion coloring/character
description book, edited by Calyie Martin. It will introduce potential readers
to the myriad of characters, places and things in the story.









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