Children’s Picture Book – Meg the Egg

Meg the EggMeg the Egg
By Rita Antoinette Borg
Publisher: CreateSpace
ISBN: 978-1466353145
Published: June 2012
Pages: 32
Genre: Children’s picture book

Little Meg finds the outside world a bit too loud and far too scary! So, she’s going to stay inside her safe white shell, thank you very much.But then the Howl breaks into the barn and steals mother hen.What is she supposed to do, still holed up in that egg of hers? she can’t run and she certainly can’t fly. Well, never get between a chick and her momma cause this little bird ‘s got a can-do spirit and a whole lot of courage that she didn’t know she had before! A tale of self-discovery that speaks to all children’s fears of the unknown. With an onomatopoeic construction that gives life to the story and encourages children to participate through repetition of words, noises and actions. MEG THE EGG is the perfect story for beginning readers.

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Fantasy – Q7: Book One of the Quantum 7 Series

Q7: Book One of the Quantum 7 SeriesQ7
By T.R. MacKie
Publisher: Quantum 7
ISBN: 978-0985567941
Published: September 2012
Pages: 368
Genre: Fantasy, Contemporary Fantasy

Quantum 7, Book One of the Quantum 7 Series was written from the perspective of not one, but three characters, giving the reader a virtual three-hundred-sixty degree view of their juxtaposed lives. Dr. Jerrod Jacobs is a brilliant young research scientist who has developed his grandfather’s theory of time travel through brainwave technology. When he meets Renee Shelton, a young woman with an unusual medical anomaly, he knows he has found the catalyst needed to unlock the door to time travel. With Renee’s assistance, and financial backing from a wealthy benefactor, Jerrod has everything he needs to make his dreams come true. But he doesn’t count on the interference of Renee’s best friend, Kozzie Hu.

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Memoir – Inspirational/Religious/Catholic – Meet Me In The Mountains

Meet Me In The MountainsMeet Me in the Mountains
By Candy Marie Bridges
Publisher: CreateSpace
ISBN: 978-1479144488
Pages: 346
Genre: Memoir – Inspirational/Religious/Catholic

She was named Candy Cotten. When people said her name backwards, it made them smile. Candy’s memoir will make you smile, get angry, laugh and be inspired. Her life story, like her given name is memorable. She allows you to enter into her life through the pages of Meet Me In The Mountains. From her parents divorce when she was a child to the wrongful death of her husband after twenty-three years of marriage, an explosion of heart felt, brutally honest, thought provoking stories will challenge you to find faith, inspiration and hope when life is unfair. You will question your own paths in life like where you have been, where you are now, and where you might be in your future. If you are struggling with finding hope through one or more tragic events, Candy’s story just might change your perspective and outlook on life. There are questions at the end of each chapter which will open up discussion and sharing in a book study or reading group. Buy it today for yourself, a family member or a friend.

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Non-Fiction/Sociology – The Baby Matrix

The Baby MatrixThe Baby Matrix
By Laura Carroll
Publisher: LiveTrue Books
ISBN: 978-0615642994
Published: May 2012
Pages: 186
Genre: Non-Fiction, Sociology

In the movie The Matrix, the character Morpheus offers two pills to Neo–if he takes the blue pill, he will go on with life as he has before, believing what he has always believed. If he takes the red pill, he will find out what the “matrix” really is, and many of his earlier beliefs will be shattered. When it comes to taking a hard look at a specific set of beliefs about parenthood and reproduction that has driven our society for generations, The Baby Matrix is the red pill.

We commonly think our desire to have children boils down to our biological wiring, but author Laura Carroll says it’s much more than that. Unlike other books on parenthood, The Baby Matrix: Why Freeing Our Minds From Outmoded Thinking About Parenthood & Reproduction Will Create a Better World takes a serious look at powerful social and cultural influences that drive the desire for the parenthood experience, and lays out why we need to be very aware of these influences to make the most informed decisions about parenthood.

The Baby Matrix looks at long-held beliefs about parenthood and reproduction, and unravels why we believe what we believe. It lays out:
-the historical origins of beliefs about parenthood and reproduction -why many of these beliefs no longer work for society or were never true in the first place -why we continue to believe them anyway -the prices society pays as a result

The Baby Matrix shows us how we got here, brings to light what is true, which includes knowing about the powerful influence of “pronatalism,” and explains why society can no longer afford to leave pronatalism unquestioned.

“This is not a book about convincing people not to have children,” says Carroll. “I want people to be very aware of the long-held social and cultural pressures, and be able to free themselves from those pressures when making parenthood choices. This will result in more people making the best decisions for themselves, will foster a society in which those who are best suited to become parents are the ones who have children and one that knows what it means to bring a child into the world today.”

This book will make you examine your own intentions and beliefs, will rile you, and might just change your mind. Whether you are already a parent, want to become a parent, are still making up your mind, or know you don’t want children, you’ll never think about parenthood in the same way.

The Baby Matrix is a must-read for anyone interested in psychology, sociology, anthropology, parenting issues, environmentalism, and social justice. But most of all, it’s for anyone, parent or not, who reveres the truth and wants the best for themselves, their families, and our world.

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Self-Help – Trauma and the Twelve Steps

Trauma and the Twelve Steps: A Complete Guide for Enhancing RecoveryTrauma and the Twelve Steps
By Jamie Marich, Ph.D.
Publisher: Cornersburg Media
ISBN: 978-0615603056
Published: July 2012
Pages: 164
Genre: Self-Help

Criticism of 12-step recovery is nothing new; however, 12-step programs are increasingly getting a bad rap for being too “one size fits all,” or not applicable to individuals struggling with issues beyond the scope of simple alcoholism or addiction, especially issues surrounding traumatic stress. “Trauma and the Twelve Steps: A Complete Guide to Enhancing Recovery” takes the posture that there is nothing wrong with using 12-step recovery principles in treatment or in continuing care with individuals who are affected by trauma-related issues. However, this book also explains how rigid application of 12-step principles can do more harm than good for a traumatized person, and that learning some simple accommodations based on the latest knowledge of traumatic stress can enhance the 12-step recovery experiences for trauma survivors. Written for professionals, sponsors, and those in a position to reach out and help recovering addicts, the user-friendly language in this book will teach you how to unify the traditional knowledge of 12-step recovery with the latest findings on healing trauma. In doing so, you will be able to help others, and maybe even yourself, “work a recovery” program like never before!

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YA Science Fiction – Futuredaze: An Anthology of YA Science Fiction

Futuredaze: An Anthology of YA Science FictionFuturedaze
Editors: Hannah Strom Martin and Erin Underwood
Publisher: Underwords Press
Release Date: February 12, 2013
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-0-9858934-0-8
Genre: Science Fiction, Young Adult

Futuredaze: An Anthology of YA Science Fiction includes 33 original short stories and poems that spark the imagination, twist the heart, and make us yearn for the possibilities of a world yet to come. Reflecting many of the ideals first set forth by science fiction icons such as Isaac Asimov, George Orwell, and Ray Bradbury, Futuredaze challenges the imagination with young adult fiction that includes far-flung futures, dystopian alternate worlds, life among the stars, and a host of startling stories that embrace the idea of “What if?” that has driven the science fiction genre forward for more then a century. Now, it’s time to give voice to the next generation of science fiction readers and to those of us still young at heart.

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