Sunday, August 13, 2017

Books of the Week - August 13, 2017 - Reading Makes You Smarter

Featured Books of the Week
August 13, 2017

The Last American Senate
by Greg T Meyers

For those paying attention in the year 2040, right on cue, the sun turns her back on the solar system; plunging the world into the deepest solar minimum since 1640 but the ice-age conditions are the least of the catastrophic changes on the planet.

Western Europe is on the brink of war with a united Middle East as the United States grows weary of being the world police. While war is deliberated in the U.S. Senate, an obscure committee discovers they are already involved, but on which side?

The technological and military domination of the West is quickly becoming meaningless due to the devastating global changes brought about by the Minimum and it appears that the next world war will be fought with swords and unimagineable magic.

Too late, the Senate learns who is behind the global unrest and that their enemy has had a ten year head start as they use the solar minimum in every way to their terrible advantage.

The rich and realistic storytelling of Greg T Meyers will leave you cheering and perhaps fearing that the actual solar minimum we are now experiencing just might have dire consequences for us all.

The Sparrow's Spirit
by Bill Welker

The Sparrow’s Spirit is an inspirational tale of triumph over self-destruction and adversity. Bill Welker vividly describes his lifelong battle to conquer the ultimate opponent – himself.  -Rob Koll, NCAA National Champion, Head Wrestling Coach at Cornell University

Dr. Bill Welker’s road to adulthood was filled with many trial-and-error experiences in which he usually took the wrong path. He grew up under the dominion of a loving mother and an austere father.

As an adolescent, Welker’s life revolved around the sport of wrestling – and nothing else. Studying in high school was an unwanted necessity to stay eligible. But the desire to continue on the mats in college decreased until the fire to compete burned out. Welker began to make very poor choices which resulted in his removal from the wrestling team and almost led to his expulsion from school.

Welker felt totally alone as his life began to collapse around him. There was nowhere to turn; he couldn’t go home a failure. He was absorbed by self-doubt, uselessness, and fell into a deep depression.

Welker had lost all hope until he began to change priorities and found someone who believed in him. Still, the struggle wasn’t over, but the struggle is the glory.

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by Marcy Alice Brandenburg
Five years after the tragic death of her father, Dahlia and her family are still struggling to cope with his loss. Her mother cries all the time and her older brother bullies her relentlessly out of grief. Dahlia is left feeling lonely and sad, wondering how different her life would be with just a little bit of love.

Dahlia only has one wish – to fly. Little does she know that her wish is going to be granted in the most magical of ways.

In a dreamlike vision, Dahlia meets a majestic black stallion named Wind. Together, she and Wind explore the mysteries of the universe and all the magic and wonder that come with them. With the help of kind celestial beings like Sun, Mother Moon, and Black Raven, Dahlia must learn the importance of love and life. If she can find the light within herself and share it with her family, she can bring them happiness again. But first, she must release the soaring eagle inside her and learn to do the one thing she always dreamed of – fly.
More great books to check out!

The French Encounter
by Jenna Brandt

While fleeing from danger and searching for her long-lost brother in Paris, Lady Margaret encounters new love. Despite her troubled past, can Lady Margaret discover hope for the future?
This is a memoir of a cycling trip that started at Versailles and continued through Paris and along the Marne valley to the Champagne region in France. The route follows that taken by King Louis XVI of France and Marie-Antoinette in their unsuccessful attempt to escape the wrath of the French Revolution, leading to their capture, return to imprisonment and eventual executions. Their story is interwoven with our journey. There is also reference to some of the significant battles that took place in the Marne Valley during WW1. But hey! It's not all doom and gloom - there's plenty of humour too.  I think it's a good read for history buffs and armchair travellers.

House of Grace
by Patricia M Osborne

‘It’s 1950 and all sixteen-year-old Grace Granville has ever wanted is to become a successful dress designer. She dreams of owning her own fashion house and spends her spare time sketching outfits. Her father, Lord Granville, sees this frivolous activity as nonsense and wants to groom her into a good wife for someone of his choosing...'
by Madeline Black

A memoir and tells my story of being gang raped at aged 13 and follows my journey of survival, healing, forgiveness, transformation and hope.
An elderly pastry chef rediscovers his youth in a land of faeries, myth, magic and the most scrumptious sweets ever imagined.

The Midnight Angel
by John Pirillo

A Midnight Angel loved by everyone, anxious to make a better person of herself is suddenly strangled to death.  Sherlock Holmes is brought onto the case to find out why this happened.
Pat Ruger is a retired detective in Denver, Colorado, who does freelance PI work.  When Pat uncovers a terrorist plot, can he find a large explosive device set to kill thousands of people and disarm it in time?

Wrong Place Wrong Time
by David P Perlmutter

"Wrong Place Wrong Time is a gripping true-life story of an unimaginable nightmare and how my ticket to a new life turns out to be a one way ticket to hell."

The Griot
by Valarie S Thomas

Her ancestors left America to forge their own society. Now rebels threaten to end the world as her people know it.

by  Steve Catto

Growing up in a little settlement with no clear memories of her early childhood would give any girl a particularly interesting perspective on life.  A handsome young man turning up from nowhere one morning would make her world look even better, but running away with him to a house that’s occupied by another girl certainly wouldn’t.  Especially when she’s younger, more attractive, more intelligent... and blonde. That’s just the way the world works.  Unfortunately, having a rant at the world with an axe probably isn’t a good idea. It might decide to answer back.

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