Book Blast: The Mystery of Goat Mountain by Mel Long - Win a $25 Gift Card

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The Mystery of Goat Mountain
Title: The Mystery of Goat Mountain 
Author: Mel Long 
Publisher: iUniverse 
Pages: 338 
Genre: Fiction 
Format: Ebook

Eli left the corporate life in San Francisco and moved with his wife, Frances Amelia, to Goat Mountain, high up on the west side of the Cascade Mountains, near the small town of Colton, Oregon. When his parents died, Eli inherited the 640 acres, the original land they homesteaded in 1896. After his wife dies, Eli lives simply in a cabin on his beloved mountain. He learns to cohabitate with many of the wild animals on the land and most especially the legendary Sasquatch. He loves sharing his land, nature, and his lifestyle with his children and ten grandchildren when they visit each summer. The kids enjoy helping with the chores, swimming in the pond, learning to hunt, and exploring the open spaces. A novel, The Mystery of Goat Mountain narrates Eli's story-the many adventures he experiences and how he co-exists with the legendary Big Foot. Filled with descriptions of a scenic and idyllic Oregon locale, it intermingles a love story with that of intrigue and difficult decisions.  

Meet the Author:

Mel Long lived with his wife, Elaine, and their three sons while he taught school at Clarke's Four Corners, twenty-five miles from Goat Mountain, for twelve years. During those twelve years, he took his three sons camping on Goat Mountain. Long and his wife moved to Conroe, Texas, in 2010.

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Mel is giving away a $25 Gift Card!

 
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  • One winner will be chosen via Rafflecopter to receive one $25 Gift Certificate to the e-retailer of your choice
  • This giveaway begins June 27 and ends on July 8.
  • Winners will be contacted via email on July 9.
  • Winner has 48 hours to reply.
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Book Blast: Welcome to the Empire by Mark Curto Sr. - Win a $25 Gift Card

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Welcome to the Empire

Title: Welcome to the Empire 
Author: Mark Curto Sr. 
Publisher: iUniverse 
Pages: 148 
Genre: Historic Fiction 
Format: Ebook

From the dawn of recorded time, death, hell, and mayhem have been the calling cards of a Destroyer, who leaves nothing but carnage and desolation in his path. Thousands of years in the future, nine-year-old Prince Marckolius witnesses a brutal assault on his mother by a group of ruthless vampires. Mortified when she dies in his arms and convinced that his uncle had something to do with the attack, Prince Marckolius vows to seek justice. After training diligently with his aunt for several years, seventeen-year-old Marckolius gathers his friends and embarks on a search for the truth behind the evil act. Initially driven by revenge, Marckolius matures to become the legend he is meant to be as he faces off against forces led by his uncle that have been plotting to enslave the last of the free nations within the known Multiverse. In this futuristic adventure, a battle of wills is instigated between two very powerful Destroyers, leaving the Multiverse to wonder what will be left when all is said and done.

Meet the Author:

Mark Curto Sr. considers writing a serious hobby. He and his wife have four children, three of whom are autistic. Instead of pets, they have a very large fish tank of platies. Mark and his family live in Ohio. This is the first book in a saga that blends science fiction and fantasy.

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  • This giveaway begins June 27 and ends on July 8.
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Book Feature: Reflection of a Negro Revolutionary by Boss Jackson - Win a $25 Gift Card


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Title: Reflections of a Negro Revolutionary 
Author: Boss Jackson 
Publisher: iUniverse 
Pages: 64 
Genre: Biography
  Format: Ebook

The turbulent years of the sixties and early seventies, a time of the flowering of a people and a nation, we thought we knew what it meant to black in America, but everything we knew was changing. From the civil rights movement Led by Dr Martin Luther King Jr. The watts Riot, the so called Black Revolution, the rise of the Black Student Unions on college campuses, to the anti War and women's Lib movements, America was Changing and we were forced to change with it. The reality is that change is most certain of all the forces of nature however from my point of view not all change is good. The turmoil we experience in our modern society is a direct result of many of the changes that took place back in the sixties and seventies most important from where I stand is the loss of identity suffered by millions of Americans of African descent in the transition from Negro to Black.

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Meet the Author:

Boss Jackson is a graduate of fuller seminary MA Theology he is currently serving as pastor of the Bel-Vue Presbyterian Church USA in Los Angeles, California a position he has held for over 31years. He is an accomplished vocalist song writer and poet he has produced one play ‘from the cotton fields to the tabernacle', one Album ‘Truth Will Rise' with Dr Isaiah Jones Jr, and has published several award winning poems. he has one son, L.R, currently residing in New York, pursuing a career on Broadway as actor singer and director. Boss Jackson currently resides in Los Angeles, California.

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  • This giveaway begins March 14 and ends on March 25.
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Book Feature! Crazy Tales on the Running Trails by Joe Sinclair - Win a $25 Gift Card

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Crazy TalesTitle: Crazy Tales on the Running Trails
Author: Joe Sinclair
Publisher: iUniverse
Genre: Humorous Fiction
Format: Ebook

Distance walkers and runners can generate some of the funniest stories. As these individuals dedicate themselves to the world of fitness, many crazy things can happen on a trail, greenway, or asphalt. Thousands of fitness enthusiasts choose asphalt as their favorite body-pounding material for long-distance events. Through the fictional character of long-distance runner Joe Pounder, Crazy Tales on the Running Trails, by author and athlete Joe Sinclair, offers a spirited collection of stories describing humorous events that occurred during running events held on asphalt or trails. In his running world of pounding more than 5,000 miles of pavement, Pounder has observed much more than just the thrill of victory or the agony of defeat. Crazy Tales on the Running Trails shares stories featuring peculiar events as seen through the eyes of the infamous Pounder on his journeys across the asphalt. This humorous look at the running world brings together a host of unique characters who meet up along the world's trails.

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Joe Sinclair is an author, educator, and athlete. He earned a doctoral degree from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and served as superintendent of schools in various North Carolina districts for more than twenty years. Sinclair and his wife, Claryce, live in Statesville, North Carolina. Joe Sinclair is the author of: Putting Life on the Finish Line Getting Older, Moving Smarter The Marathon Called Educational Leadership Two Worlds of Educational Leaders Lulu the Snow Goat Queenie and Little Joe Carla Leslie has worked in public education and the travel/tourism business throughout her career. In addition to having an avid interest in creative writing, Carla enjoys web design, videography, and traveling to historic places. She has established two online bridal/home décor shops and enjoys sharing her 100-year old farm and other vacation retreats with friends and tourists who travel through her native state of West Virginia (www.CountryCabinWV.com). Carla and her husband, Jim, reside in Wilkesboro, North Carolina.

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Guest Post from Alexis Georg Hoen, author of Christianity and Cosmic Consciousness

Title: Christianity and Cosmic Consciousness
Author: Alexis Georg Hoen
Publisher: iUniverse
Genre: Religion
Format: Ebook

Born in the Ukraine, educated in Munich, and having practiced medicine in the United States, author Alexis Georg Hoen has been exposed to widely differing political systems and religious beliefs, and he has always maintained an interest as to the origin of these beliefs and their relation to the innermost nature of man. In Christianity and Cosmic Consciousness, he interprets the words and the sacrifice of Jesus as pointing the way toward a realization of our innermost nature—the will to live and love that exists within all. Sharing his experiences and ideas about Christ’s words and sacrifice, Hoen uses personal anecdotes and biblical examples to illustrate the nature of Christian belief. He provides a host of examples, including key illustrations from the Bible and relevant source material from other writers who address this topic. He shows us that through sacrifice we live in and for others. That is eternal life. Christianity and Cosmic Consciousness represents the core of Christian teaching without resorting to the supernatural and miraculous, yet doesn’t try to disprove it.

ON THE FORMATION OF SOCIETIES 

The gist of this article is taken from my book Christianity and Cosmic Consciousness," more precisely from the chapter about the last words of Jesus spoken from the Cross: "Into your hands I commend my spirit." I took that opportunity  to say that while we form our moral and governmental laws we serve our innermost divine nature and thus always commend our spirit into the hands of God. With this opinion I join Mahatma Gandhi who says that those who say that religion has nothing to do with politics do not understand  what religion is all about. I do not believe he refers to the separation of organized religion from the state which is highly desirable. Yet even the basic thoughts used in the foundation of this country, where separation of church and state was ordained from the very beginning, have a religious background as evidenced by the words in the Declaration of Independence: "...we hold these truth to be self-evident, that all men are created equal and endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights..." To my knowledge, the idea of equality first emerged as a political principle during the French Revolution. It was a revolt against the evils of a feudalist society, founded on the belief that the one' s worth is not determined  by the class into which one was born. It is a religious principle in a wider sense for it is founded on the spiritual worth of a person aside from any pragmatic considerations. Its roots are buried deep in the Christian tradition going back to Jesus's teachings and to those of St. Paul who says:  There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free person, there is not male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus." (Gal 3:28). Still, in the ensuing centuries the principle has been ignored, and even now discrimination based on origin is there as a not so silent undercurrent, and even the very signers of our Declaration of Independence tolerated slavery because blacks were allegedly born inferior to whites. Such was, and still is, the blatant disregard for a valid belief. But the principle of equality, understood simply as equality of worth, has also been misinterpreted  as denoting absolute equality by totalitarian governments, for example during the Cultural Revolution in China and the Pol Pot regime in Cambodia. As the failure of those experiments clearly demonstrates, if simple observation is not enough, people are not created equal but differ widely in terms of physical and mental ability, health and social opportunity. But along with this inequality we aiL including other living creatures and even inanimate formations in nature, share an identity of two kinds. The first is our common innermost nature, the divine creative principle of Being, manifested in all of us as the will to live and to support life in general. The second form of identity is derived from the first and again is the either conscious or unconscious desire to live in the most comfortable and agreeable way, to fulfill our desires and apply our abilities. The full realization of this identity should force us to create a society of mutual support, to help others to overcome the inequalities with which we are created, and to respect and support  our natural environment.  Such should be the true basis of any society with its laws and civil rights possessed by its members. In this effort we are hindered by an original fault that is unavoidable because Being and creative advance of which we are representatives can only be manifested by individual particular  beings, necessarily in some respects opposed to each other. While being a part, I am apart. I cannot survive without fighting the hosts of bacteria trying to invade my body, without destroying living things in order to eat, and sooner or later my interests are going to conflict with those of someone else. It is the task of moral and legal principles to minimize that dilemma. That task is based on our identity, not on our equality. These considerations show a shortcoming in the concept of equality versus that of identity. Equality denotes independent  beings placed beside each other without any obligation of mutual support. The Declaration of Human Rights by the United Nations mentions the right for support  by others but such a statement is conspicuously absent from our Bill of Rights. I should add that the Human Rights concept deserves our whole­ hearted support  but that the term really denotes Civil Rights based on Human Needs. The right to life, liberty and pursuit of happiness, so eloquently stated by our Declaration of Independence, are certainly not inalienable. We sanction killing in wars and by the still widely popular capital punishment, and we limit liberty and the pursuit of happiness whenever these interfere  with the proper functioning of our society. Everyone wants to live and no one pursuits misery. To serve these needs, civil rights are created, and they should be supported under whichever name they may be installed.

Alexis Georg Hoen attended medical school in Munich. He immigrated to the United States at age twenty-five, and he practiced medicine in Los Angeles for fifty years. In addition to the study of religion, he enjoys gardening and spending time with his three children and six grandchildren.

 

Chapters by Dianna Hubbard Stein Book Blast


Title: Chapters
Author: Dianna Hubbard Stein
Publisher: AuthorHouse
Genre: Biography/Autobiography
Format: Ebook

Dianna and Steve were roaring through life, in love, happy, and intent on having a family along the way. The story that unfolds and changes their lives forever, seemingly by chance, is a reminder to us all that amazing things can happen if you listen to your heart. The joy of finally finding their son, the complex emotions of adoptive parents and birth families, and the deep sorrow of the blows that stole their happiness can be understood by each and every person who has loved and lost, as can the belief that happiness is cyclical, as is life.  

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  • This giveaway begins December 7 and ends on December 18.
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