Travel Memoir – Safari Jema

Safari Jema
Author: Teresa O’Kane
Publisher: CreateSpace
ISBN: 978-1463741792
Pages: 294
Published: January 2012

INDIE BOOK AWARD WINNER FOR BEST MEMOIR OF 2012

Teresa O’Kane had always longed to see the world. She owned scads of travel books and maps to prove it and was about to buy yet another bookcase to hold the many Lonely Planet guides and travel essays that she and her husband had accumulated over the years when she turned to her husband and said, “I’m tired of storing our dreams. Let’s live them!” Within a month, they bought one-way tickets to Morocco, leased out their home, and set out on a journey of the African Continent top to bottom, from Casablanca to Cape Town. Transiting seventeen countries in 10 months, mostly by public transport, they explored wild, exotic, and historic locations they had only dreamed of and some they had never heard of. From sandy Timbuktu, to a tiny lemur populated island in Madagascar, the author embraces Africa. She strokes the manes of lions, contracts malaria, flies a micro light over Victoria Falls, earns a level one certification as a South African safari guide, discovers that an insect has turned her foot into a nursery for hundreds of eggs, grapples with the negative effects of foreign aid, and rubs elbows with European royalty deep within the Dogon in Mali. O’Kane offers an entertaining and enlightening look into overland travel on the African continent. Filled with helpful budget minded travel tips, this inspiring book may find you yearning to take a career break of your own.

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New Age Self-Help – Soul Secrets of Salsa

Soul Secrets of Salsa: How to Partner with Your Spirit and Dance through Life
Author: Claire Timberlake
Publisher: Balboa Press
ISBN: 978-1452539621
Pages: 190
Published: November 2011

Soul Secrets of Salsa is a self-improvement guidebook, based on an unlikely, but fascinating analogy of Salsa dancing. After an unexpected life detour that left her alone and directionless, Claire took up Salsa dancing. As Claire Timberlake’s Salsa instructor made comments – directed to improve her dancing – she found them amazingly apropos for improving her life. Soon she came to believe that her twenty-something-year-old Cuban American dance teacher was being used as a channel for the Divine. What she gleaned from Salsa was leading her toward health, happiness, and a new career. What she learned about following her Salsa partner was all she needed to know to follow her heart.

Far from being just an escape, Salsa classes provided lessons for life and helped her find her way. ‘Soul Secrets of Salsa’ clearly describes these lessons in bite-sized pieces enabling you to easily apply them to your own life.

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New Age / Memoir – Care and Feeding of Dragons

Care and Feeding of Dragons: Confession of a Diabetic
Author: Ahnalira Koan
Publisher: CreateSpace
ISBN: 978-1466323360
Pages: 160
Published: November 2011

“When I died,” Ahnalira Koan begins…a head-on automobile accident and a near-death experience that resulted in the onset of type 1 diabetes, her life took a turn she didn’t expect. Amid the struggles to assimilate her health changes, she found herself on a journey of awakening. Transforming her personal tragedy into opportunity, Ahnalira learned how to embrace her fear of the “dragon within” and make it into, not only a friend, but a teacher as well.

All of us are evolving, and the more consciousness we can bring to the process, the more we can expand, explains Koan in her groundbreaking new book, BEYOND The Law of Attraction to Align Within…Care and Feeding of Dragons: Confessions of a Diabetic Filled with techniques and tips to help readers navigate any challenges that come their way, Care and Feeding of Dragons shows that all the answers needed are within reach. Using her background in Jungian psychology, Law of Attraction and personal experience, Koan guides readers on a playful and engaging journey to becoming the best version of themselves possible. Ask for what you want. Learn to align all the parts of yourself – including the physical, emotional, mental and spiritual – and you can live a fulfilling life.

Beautifully written and filled with wit and warmth, Care and Feeding of Dragons shows you the deeper meaning behind the Law of Attraction. Deal with personality patterns that are not serving you. Figure out the patterns that are calling to “be made right”–and learn to care for, tend and listen to your dragons instead of fighting them. Whether you’re diabetic or you’re dealing with relationship or financial problems… or you are on a spiritual quest to awaken Consciousness, Care and Feeding of Dragons can jumpstart a new way of thinking to awaken greater possibilities. Life will always guide us to be the best we can be if we are willing to embrace the journey.

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Women’s Contemporary Fiction – Gem Rats

Gem Rats
Author: Lisa Loomis
Publisher: CreateSpace
ISBN: 978-1477407127
Pages: 284
Published: May 2012

Stella Kennedy, a personal trainer in the small town of Jackson Hole, from afar seems to have her life together. A nice husband, a beautiful home, good children, and a body she is obsessive about keeping fit. When a handsome younger gym member gets overly flirty with her it becomes clear to some of Stella’s clients that trouble may be brewing in paradise.

Set in a highly competitive tourist town where everyone knows everyone else’s business a group of seven women bond through their narcissistic personal trainer. These work out “gem rats” come from a variety of backgrounds, many affected by their high society attitude and money. Relationships and tenuous friendships form and are tested as life’s challenges present themselves to each of the women differently.

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Military/Aviation – Military Fly Moms

Military Fly Moms: Sharing Memories, Building Legacies, Inspiring Hope
Author: Linda Maloney
Publisher: Tannenbaum Publishing Company
ISBN: 9780978736972
Pages: 256
Published: April 2012

Military Fly Moms is a tremendous collection of true stories by seventy women who shared the same two dreams—becoming a military aviator, and being a mom. The first few women, who, in the seventies, took their places in the world of all-male military aviation, paved the way for other women to follow. From flying during the Cold War to rescue missions during Hurricane Katrina to flying in combat during the current war on terror, these gutsy women—our nation’s sisters, daughters, neighbors, friends, and, yes, even moms—have done it all.

Illustrated throughout with stunning color photos, Military Fly Moms depicts women aviators in the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard alongside their helicopters, transport aircraft, or fighter planes, as well as highlighting their families. These stories and their accompanying photographs weave a beautiful tapestry, passing on a lasting legacy to inspire future generations to reach for their dreams.

Military Fly Moms was compiled and edited by retired naval aviator Linda Maloney and published by Tannenbaum Publishing Company. A portion of the profits from each book sale will be donated to Girls With Wings, Inc., a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping girls achieve their aspirations.

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Military Memoir – Angles of Attack: an A-6 Intruder Pilot’s War

Angles of Attack: an A-6 Intruder Pilot’s War
Author: Peter Hunt
Publisher: CreateSpace
ISBN: 978-1467924214
Pages: 396
Published: March 2012

From the carrier launch in total darkness to the gut–dropping rolls through enemy antiaircraft fire, Peter Hunt puts you in the pilot’s seat for the flight of your life.

Moments after the first Gulf War began in 1991, attack pilot Pete Hunt was catapulted into the night sky from the deck of the USS Ranger. For the next six weeks, Hunt executed dozens of bombing missions into Kuwait and Iraq, including all–weather low–level attacks, A-6 Intruder missions so hazardous that they would never be flown in combat again. Whether Hunt was dropping laser–guided bombs on precision targets, supporting the Marines on the ground, or conducting attacks along the infamous “highway of death,” America’s mission was clear—to force the invading Iraqi army out of Kuwait.

Operation Desert Storm—America’s first full-scale conflict since Vietnam—proved to the world that the U.S. military was still battle–ready after decades of Cold War and set the stage for military interventions for years to come. Hunt’s gripping depiction of A-6 Intruders in combat is a thought provoking account of what America asks of her military every day.

“This…Gulf War memoir is excellent; it really does put the reader in the cockpit…Peter Hunt’s enthusiastic account is one of the best of the type this reviewer has read in recent years.” — Peter Mersky, The Hook – Journal of Carrier Aviation Book Review, February 2003. Second Edition (first edition published by Ballantine Books, 2002)

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