Tuesday, January 26, 2016

'The Master Life' by Roger Bush Hamilton



Please allow me to introduce myself, my name is, Roger Bush Hamilton. I am a Father. I am a motivated and compelled individual, who takes this role very seriously. I am a student of living and of life. Why is it important to note my fatherhood credential and investment? Because my growth, development and evolution represent an amazing journey, and perhaps by reading it, you may embrace your important role in life as well.

It’s been said that, “A man should have two lives; one to learn it, and one to live it.” This book represents the merits of both, by a dynamic and spirited writer.

…What is unique about this book is the connection between family, work and the martial arts and how they work in a dynamic mutually supportive interaction with each other. The overall focus of the book guides you through a process of decision making to determine AND achieve what are the most important goals to enhance the quality of your life. The book avoids being one dimensional in that it looks at all the important areas of life and shows how they are connected to and benefit from the martial arts philosophy that is the book’s centerpiece.

After you have read this book you will have the skills you need to take the philosophy of the martial arts (even if you are not a practitioner) and use those skills to improve your family and work life as well as any other area that is important to you.

The other outstanding feature in the book, is that it presents all this in a way that is balanced. This balance is highlighted in the titles of the last two chapters: Commitment to Excellence (Not to Perfection) and Never Quit (But Rest When You Need It).

There are also many inspirational stories and photographs to illustrate how a serious implementation of the guidance in this book can make a real difference in your life. When you read this book and APPLY what is in it you will find the results are well worth the time and effort.









About the author:

Roger B. Hamilton is currently a 6th Degree, Master Black Belt, in the combined arts of Shotokan Karate and Goshi-Shun Jujitsu. An accomplished and active black belt karate instructor and competitor, Sensei Hamilton has more than 30 years of Martial Arts training, and over 30 years of practical teaching experience. Additionally, Mr. Hamilton is currently the Founder, owner and Chief Instructor of Hamilton Martial Arts Academy, LLC in Pitsburg, California. Additionally, Mr. Hamilton is The Bay Area Sales Manager for Give Something Back Corporation. Based in Oakland, CA GSB is a long standing business supplies company. Previously, Mr. Hamilton has held several high profile, executive management positions, such as: National Sales Manager for the Hertz Rent a Car Corporation. Mr. Hamilton has more than 35 years of professional business experience. Along with his wife, Valrina and two sons, Omar and Ali, he resides in the San Francisco Bay Area in California.

Find him online:

Website: www.hamiltonkarate.com

Book website: www.TheMasterLifeBook.com



Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/HamiltonMartialArtsAcademy

Monday, January 25, 2016

'Lethal Action (Danger in the Deep South)' by Rachel Dylan



Attorney Hope Finch is a rising star at the prestigious New York law firm of Rice & Taylor and is used to high-stakes litigation. But when she’s sent to what she thought was a small, sleepy town in Georgia, she is unprepared for the dangerous turn of events that threatens her life and career.

FBI Special Agent Gabe Marino knows that something sinister is happening in his hometown of Maxwell, Georgia. But even he doesn’t know how big the threat is until he’s assigned to protect a visiting big city lawyer. As Gabe investigates the illegal activity linked to Hope’s client, he tries to caution her, but she ignores his warnings—until it’s her life that’s in jeopardy.

When Hope becomes the target in a deadly corporate cover-up that is directly tied to the biggest trial the town of Maxwell has ever seen, she and Gabe have to find a way to work together. Hope and Gabe race against the clock to uncover the true threat, but can Gabe keep Hope safe in the face of danger or will time run out on them both?



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About the author:

Rachel Dylan writes Christian fiction including inspirational romantic suspense for Love Inspired Suspense and the Windy Ridge Legal Thriller series. Rachel has practiced law for almost a decade and enjoys weaving together legal and suspenseful stories. She lives in Michigan with her husband and five furkids--two dogs and three cats. Rachel loves to connect with readers. You can find Rachel at www.racheldylan.com.

Sunday, January 24, 2016

'A Guyanese Jaguar Soul' by Maja Sinclair



Blurb:

In A Guyanese Jaguar Soul Maja Sinclair takes the reader through the early years of her eventful life. Her father, a successful engineer, eventually sees that his wife is a terrible mother to Maja and her sister so when they split Maja follows her father around the world as he moves from continent to continent with his work.


In a very engaging style Maja shows the reader different countries and cultures through a child's eyes. Her chance encounter with a Jaguar in Guyana teaches Maja that she has the strength and durability of the mysterious cat, traits that will help her through the bad times until the good arrive again.

A Guyanese Jaguar Soul is an absorbing and enjoyable read following the path of a child as she journeys through South America, to Africa, America and Scandinavia until the urge to settle down finally takes over.






Monday, January 18, 2016

Review of '31 Strategies on How to Win Radio Contests' by Catherine Collins


Everyone loves to win a contest. Apart from getting our hands on the prizes, there is this unspeakable joy and thrill of winning a contest, knowing that we have done something right in beating other contestants to it; or simply by just being more fortunate! Joining radio contests may start off as merely exploratory and eventually reach the height of not being able to live without it. 

Stage 1 - for the fun of it / out of curiosity 

Stage 2 – it becomes a Hobby – ever since winning the first contest, your confidence level has certainly gone up a notch! Moreover, listening to the radio is also a hobby. 

Stage 3 – it becomes an Addiction – you tell yourself that you must win a particular contest and you will not be at peace until you have done so. You will do all you can to win, e.g. wake up early or stay up late (depending on the time of the contest), take leave off from work, etc. 

Stage 4 – it becomes a Passion – you know you are good at winning and you idolise your radio station. Winning radio contests is an integral part of your lifestyle. You want to share with others the good news of winning (but not the secret of doing it!). 

Stage 5 – it becomes a Profession – this is when strategies are being charted as well as research being done in order to maximise the winnings. 

Radio contests are also generally more “transparent” as the contests are run live on air with participants calling in at “real time” and scrutinised by the thousands, if not millions of listeners tuning in. 

You will find 31 STRATEGIES ON HOW TO WIN RADIO CONTESTS - INCLUDING WAYS TO INCREASE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING MORE! a useful tool in whatever stage you may be at.


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**My thoughts*

Catherine Collins has assembled a list of her tried-and-true tips for winning contests on the radio. Many of them are fantastic and great tips for those who haven't been sure what to do in the past. I have used some of them in the past. I also learned a few new ideas that I may try to employ in the future. I have a couple of friends who seem to be crazy lucky when it comes to winning contests on the radio, and I believe they likely employ a lot of these strategies.

The final section, though, advises people to try to mask their own identities or to borrow the identities of others. The author includes a disclaimers saying that she does not advocate cheating. She also doesn't feel that those methods are exactly cheating. From my understanding of radio contests, at least around here, though, they could be considered cheating. I would personally advise against those ideas, but the rest of them are fantastic tips.

I would have loved to have had some anecdotes of successful contest wins, either by the author or some of her friends. How and when did these tips work for her and them?

There is an additional surprise section that includes great reasons for listening to the radio. And then another part talks about World Radio Day. While that information is interesting, in a way it felt like a bit of filler based on the title of this book. At the same time, the author is obviously dedicated to listening and wants to share her passion with others, which is great.

I did quite enjoy the poem at the end that is a nod to her love of listening to the radio.

So, overall I give the book three stars. It has a lot of useful information in it, though I caution against a few of those final tips. (Check the fine print of your own local radio stations to clarify their requirements in these situations.) I appreciate the nod to the love of radio and the interesting trivia. I would love to see an updated version with more stories in it.

I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

About the author:

Catherine Collins enjoys writing and one of her favourite hobbies is joining, or rather winning radio contests. She is also a lyricist and poet. She holds a BA in Social Science & Humanities and a MBA from Australia. Her areas of specialisation include linguistics, sociology. services marketing, and consumer behaviour.

'Fire Below' by Robert Mahler



Blurb:


A plot by Islamic terrorists to wreak unimaginable devastation upon the Homeland: It's scarcely believable and in fact, not believed. Until two American heroes uncover the scheme while on combat duty in Iraq and almost single-handedly track down the sleeper-cell agents planning to unleash a firestorm -- it's the Fire Below.

Fire Below -- part adventure, part mystery-novel, all edge-of-your-seat action -- takes us on a roller coaster ride of adventure, intrigue, and espionage, as Bob Marconi and Mike Mackintosh initially deployed in Iraq fighting terrorist insurgents uncover a plot that if successful would destroy a third of the Homeland and kill millions of people. They have to track down the perpetrators, hiding amongst the peaceful citizens of the United States, and racing against the clock, their lives and the lives of millions of Americans along with them at risk, foil the plot of the terrorists to strike a blow for the Caliphate against the hated enemy, the United States of America.


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Monday, January 11, 2016

'31 Strategies on How to Win Radio Contests' by Catherine Collins


Everyone loves to win a contest. Apart from getting our hands on the prizes, there is this unspeakable joy and thrill of winning a contest, knowing that we have done something right in beating other contestants to it; or simply by just being more fortunate! Joining radio contests may start off as merely exploratory and eventually reach the height of not being able to live without it. 

Stage 1 - for the fun of it / out of curiosity 

Stage 2 – it becomes a Hobby – ever since winning the first contest, your confidence level has certainly gone up a notch! Moreover, listening to the radio is also a hobby. 

Stage 3 – it becomes an Addiction – you tell yourself that you must win a particular contest and you will not be at peace until you have done so. You will do all you can to win, e.g. wake up early or stay up late (depending on the time of the contest), take leave off from work, etc. 

Stage 4 – it becomes a Passion – you know you are good at winning and you idolise your radio station. Winning radio contests is an integral part of your lifestyle. You want to share with others the good news of winning (but not the secret of doing it!). 

Stage 5 – it becomes a Profession – this is when strategies are being charted as well as research being done in order to maximise the winnings. 

Radio contests are also generally more “transparent” as the contests are run live on air with participants calling in at “real time” and scrutinised by the thousands, if not millions of listeners tuning in. 

You will find 31 STRATEGIES ON HOW TO WIN RADIO CONTESTS - INCLUDING WAYS TO INCREASE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING MORE! a useful tool in whatever stage you may be at.


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About the author:

Catherine Collins enjoys writing and one of her favourite hobbies is joining, or rather winning radio contests. She is also a lyricist and poet. She holds a BA in Social Science & Humanities and a MBA from Australia. Her areas of specialisation include linguistics, sociology. services marketing, and consumer behaviour.

Sunday, January 10, 2016

New release! 'The Busy Person's Guide to Everyday Enlightenment' by Janey Bowyer The Word Sprite



The Busy Person’s Guide to Everyday Enlightenment v2 (1)The Busy Person’s Guide to Everyday Enlightenment is the perfect antidote to the strains of modern living.

Featuring easy-to-follow meditations, yoga sequences, techniques and holistic advice that you can apply to even the busiest of lifestyles.

What makes this book different is that it is tailored to recognise in this time of hectic living that we all have the need to nurture, care and centre ourselves, yet we don’t always have the time for long practices to achieve this. Ironically, the very thing we have convinced ourselves we don’t have time to do - looking after ourselves - is what can lead to better health and a sense of inner calm.

Within these pages, you will find easy-to-follow sequences.

This book is a helping hand to those who wish to fit in some me-time self-care even into the most time-starved of lifestyles.

You can learn to…

• Develop techniques in as little as 5 minutes a day that can help you deal with stress
• Turn everyday stressful situations into meditation just by shifting your perspective
• Nourish your body with simple yoga schedules that can help target specific areas or states of mind, no matter how busy you are
• Bring the holistic into the hectic and learn to Zen out when the rest of the world is rushing
• Improve and progress with the help of handy tips
• Enjoy guilt-free self-nurturing
 

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20151119-REL-Jane_Bowyer-1179About the author:

I grew up on a hill in the north of England. From a young age, I wanted to live in London. As a child, during the depths of night, I'd often listen to the hum of passing trains. Sometimes I'd run to my bedroom window hoping to catch a glimpse so that I could pretend that I too was travelling on one, speeding along, London bound, like the rest of the world was sleeping.
So one day in my late teens, I bought a one-way ticket and travelled to London with just £30.00 in my pocket and a bit of blind faith.

In my novel The Last Days of Lisa, (that I’m still writing), the main character Lisa mirrors how overwhelming it was for me to see London for the first time through the eyes of a teenager travelling alone….

‘London never rests, she thinks. It’s on speed. A vortex, absorbing everything. Running from its own stench but also basking in it. Seemingly superficial and plastic to those not enchanted by its ambivalent charms. London has a soul; a ravenous appetite that feeds on the egos of the thousands that flock here each day to get closer to their dreams. ‘

Not long after moving to London, yoga and writing graced my life. I think they both saved me. On the writing front the spark came after reading the book, Catcher in the Rye. I’d not had the opportunity to study much as a child but that didn’t matter now as this book blew me away.

“If you really want to hear about it, the first thing you’ll probably want to know is where I was born, and what my lousy childhood was like, and how my parents were occupied and all before they had me, and all that David Copperfield kind of c—p, but I don’t feel like going into it, if you want to know the truth.” J.D Salinger

As for yoga, another book in the form of a second-hand yoga book written back in the 1960’s made its way into my mitts via a second-hand bookstore.

As I’d said earlier, to start with I wasn’t very good at either. Dyslexia and lack of flexibility and poor posture were my obstacles. I could see beyond that though as both yoga and writing offered me hope and possibilities that before this I hadn’t ever thought possible. Before yoga and writing I believed I was useless and had nothing to offer the world.

So I worked hard at studying for more than a decade. The author John Harding was the first teacher to believe in me. After studying writing under his inspiring tuition, I even managed to get a few novels published along the way.

On the yoga side, I studied both Hatha and later Kundalini yoga and despite not being naturally flexible nor a person who liked to sit still. It was in India back in 2004 that I had my first awakening experience.

During all this time, I also managed over the years to work my way up from an office junior job to a finally a supervisor position, having worked for most of my life in a string of unfulfilling office jobs. The good news that in October 2015 I left office work to become The Word Sprite full time!

The silver lining in all of this is through my personal experience of having to be creative with my time I came up with the concept of yoga and holistic solutions for modern day living. Hence, this is how The Word Sprite was born!

Read Janey's awesome article How to Manifest Real, Lasting Love on MindBodyGreen.

 

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