Historical Fiction – A Song In My Heart

A Song In My Heart
Author: Roma Calatayud-Stocks
Publisher: Beaver’s Pond Press
ISBN: 978-1-59298-395-7
Pages: 376
Published: June 2011

A Song In My Heart is a unique historical novel set in Minneapolis, New York, Mexico, Italy, France, Spain, and England during the early 1900’s that highlights the contributions of many artists and cultures through music, art, and history.

A Song in My Heart is about the life of Alejandra Stanford who is born to
parents of American, Hispanic, and European heritage. As a young pianist and budding composer, “Ale” is inspired by legendary composers and dreams of one day becoming an orchestral conductor.

The CD/soundtrack that accompanies the narrative includes original songs and instrumental compositions with classical, jazz, and Latin influences. It was created to “exemplify the moods of different story segments as they unfold, since music was intrinsic to Alejandra’s creative and emotional expressions. As Bob Spear from Heartland Reviews who gave A Song in My Heart (5 stars) said, “This highly unusual and well-done project marries the written word with the musical words.”

And Archer Anderson wrote: “A Song in My Heart – Through her novel, Calatayud-Stocks establishes herself as a first-rate storyteller, showcasing her equal talents for both writing and music through the story of Alejandra Stanford. The theme of music is interwoven throughout the storyline; and Calatayud-Stocks deftly interweaves the themes of music, art, romance, passion, and history. The novel is absolutely spellbinding, transporting readers to another time and place with its words and accompanying musical journey, whisking them into the realm of the extraordinary.”

History and fiction converge impeccably in this historical novel infused with music, art, and romance, creating a compelling first installment to the A Song in My Heart trilogy.

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Children’s – Pockets

Pockets
Author: Cindy R. Juckette
Publisher: CreateSpace
ISBN: 978-1470014216
Pages: 26
Published: July 2012

Pockets is a new children’s book that features the bond between a grandparent and grandchild and the memories, stories and special moments they share together. Juckette explores the relationship between the elderly and the young in a playful and happy way that both children and parents can enjoy.

When Colton runs into problems carrying the things he’s collected in the back yard his great-grandpa comes to the rescue.

Pockets is a fun loving story that will touch your heart through the very last sentence.

“Pockets” is Cindy R. Juckette’s first book and was inspired by a weekend visit at her grandparent’s home.

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Sci-Fi/Fantasy – Jasmine and the Lamp of Spells

Jasmine and the Lamp of Spells
Author: Leonard Tate
Publisher: iUniverse
ISBN: 978-4620-0001-2 Hardcover
ISBN: 978-4620-0000-5 Softcover
ISBN: 978-4620-0002-9 Ebook
Pages: 342
Published: March 2011

After three children mysteriously vanish from their village, eleven-year-old Jasmine is warned by her father to stay near home. But when she learns that she is targeted as the fourth child, she ignores his wishes and escapes to the dreaded Bantok Forest.

Lost, hungry and frightened in the dark woods, she is befriended by an elfen king, who gives her a powerful lamp to take to her witchlike friend, Maudella. But Maudella is accused of witchcraft and driven from the village. An upset Jasmine sets out to find her and in the process is given the powerful Lamp of Spells for safekeeping–a gift that changes her life forever.

Confronted by giant crows, black hounds, an evil queen and a revengeful king, Jasmine struggles to protect the lamp as she sets out on a quest to save her world from the powerful forces of evil. With a major battle for her kingdom looming, Jasmine must make the difficult choice of what to do.

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Pop Culture – Hooked Up

Hooked Up: A New Generation’s Surprising Take on Sex, Politics and Saving the World
Author: Jack Myers
Publisher: York House Press
ISBN: 978-0985550806
Pages: 238
Published: July 2012

After two decades of technological invention, economic collapse, social upheaval, political polarization and a war on terror, one generation carries on their shoulders the responsibility to return us to a time of social balance and economic growth. They are the Hooked Up generation, born into disruption but destined to lead the nation and world into a transcendental period of human tolerance and peace. They are a ‘Hooked Up’ generation, hooked on the Internet, hooked together by the Internet and hooking up in relationships managed and defined by the Internet.

In Jack Myers new book, he shares insights and research on why today’s college students may prove to be the next great generation and possibly the greatest generation of the 21st century. After 20 years of chaos, Jack’s theories and research give us hope that by 2030, thanks to the Hooked Up generation, we will be living in a time of ethnic, gender and sexual equality; peaceful global coexistence; extraordinary human communications capabilities; spiritual renaissance; political collaboration, corporate social responsibility and economic expansion. After reading Hooked Up, you may change your mind about the future and how technology may just be the best hope for mankind. This is a must read for parents, educators, economist and business leaders, politicians, religious leaders and all those born into the Internet Age.

“Who cares about 17–21 year olds? Jack Myers does, and if you want a front row seat on where the future of business and civilization are going you should too. This book is packed with enough context to make you feel the theory is right on. I can’t stop quoting it.” – Geraldine Laybourne, Former Chairman, Nickelodeon

In this new book, readers will discover more in-depth information about how the “Hooked Up” generation, including:
How They Vote
What They Buy
Their Media Consumption
Gender, Sex, Dating, Porn
Their Thoughts, Hopes, Dreams

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Contemporary Suspense

Breaking News
Author: Trent Sherwood
Publisher: Dog Ear Publishing
ISBN: 978-145750-663-5
Pages: 312
Published: September 2011

Matt Taylor has been perched comfortably atop the evening news for over a decade. Losing his coveted evening news anchor job when executives decide to go after a younger audience shatters Matt Taylor’s world. The heartbroken journalist, who spent 12 magical years on the NBC news desk, reconnects with former college roommates and comes up with a risky scheme that will correct the injustice. If he chooses to act on this brilliant idea to regain his career, he will have to leave behind the values that have defined his life thus far. Once he has done that, there is no turning back. We interrupt this program to bring you Breaking News.

Breaking News follows Matt as he tries to get his career back on track, only to face one setback after another. An item stolen from his apartment brings him to the brink of personal ruin, as instead of being a reporter, he has become the focus of a salacious story. As he becomes embroiled in the scheme, Matt soon realizes he has gotten in way over his head. He becomes torn between the desire to revive his career and his personal ethics, realizing that the consequences of failure could be deadly.

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Religious Suspense Fiction – Ezekiel’s War

Ezekiel’s War
Author: T.W. Manes
Publisher: Tate Publishing
ISBN: 978-1613468159
Pages: 168
Published: June 2012

War has broken out in the Middle East. Israel has bombed Iran’s nuclear facilities. When several Russian scientists and technicians are killed in the raid, Russia prepares to launch an all out attack into the Middle East to settle the “Jewish Problem” once and for all. But, her real goal is to destroy ‘all’ of the countries in the region and claim all of of the oil so she can ‘rule the world’. Is there any way to save the world? Or is this the final nail being driven into the crumbling coffin of human civilization?

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