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Friday, April 27, 2012

Book "Greece Day by Day" - a travel guide by Frommer's - by Stephen Brewer & Tania Kollias

About the Book: Our authors—a resident of Athens and a veteran author of Greece guidebooks—share their tips on dining, shopping, and nightlife in Athens, Thessaloniki, Ioannina, and the islands; avoiding crowds and long lines at the Parthenon, the theatre at Epidaurus, and other top ancient sites; navigating the Greek ferry system; and finding just the right beach—from Rhodes resorts with amenities and watersports to isolated coves of pristine sand. Follow in the footsteps of the gods on Mount Olympus; rock stars and shipping magnates on Mykonos; Alexander the Great in Macedonia; the Minoans on Crete; Golden Age Greeks amid the ancient ruins of the Peloponnese; St. John on Patmos; monks on Meteora; the Byzantines in Thessaloniki; the Venetians on beautiful Corfu; and the Ottomans throughout Greece. Active travel adventures include hiking the Samaria Gorge; climbing Mount Olympus; sailing to Santorini or through the National Marine Park in the Northern Sporades; swimming on a range of beaches, and more. Frommer's Greece Day by Day also includes a color fold-out map in a handy pouch.

About the Authors: Stephen Brewer is an editor and writer who has worked in magazines, books, and corporate communications for more than two decades. He has been a senior editor at Geo and Connoiseur magazines, and a contributing editor to Fitness, Home PC, Longevity, and New Choices. He has written for many other national magazines, including American Health, Better Homes and Gardens, Esquire, Family PC, and Good Housekeeping. In addition, he frequently writes about European destinations for Fodor's, Frommer's, and Berlitz travel series. He has written guides to Turkey, Sicily, and Tuscany for Berlitz Pocket Guides and has updated more than 50 other existing titles in the line.
Tania Kollias is a journalist from Vancouver living in Athens, a good and warm base for trips and stories. Her goal in life was to travel, and, after getting a degree, she did, visiting some 32 countries. She has lived in Asia, Australia, and Europe, taking in a range of experiences - from crossing the Arctic Circle in Norway and trekking in Nepal to canoeing the Zambezi River and comparing beaches in India, Thailand, and Zanzibar. She has worked as a writer and editor for 2 decades, drafting reports in Tokyo for an engineering firm, producing books, wearing many hats at a newspaper, running a magazine in Athens, and contributing news and travel articles to major newspapers. this is her fifth work for Frommer's.

My Review: This is a travel guide that should be able to fulfill all your needs for information on what to do, how to do, where to go, where to eat, where to sleep, etc... when you are visiting Greece. The authors did a magnificent job putting together this excellent travel guide.

The book is structured in sixteen chapters, going from an overview of what is the best of Greece, passing over the best Itineraries for different time length travels and covering different cities and regions, like Athens, Saronic Gulf Islands, Peloponnese, Crete, Cyclades, Rhodes and the Dodecanese, Northeastern Aegean Islands, Sporades, Northern Greece, Central and Western Greece, Corfu and Ionian Islands. Then there is a chapter covering Greece's History and Culture, Special Interest Trips and finally The Savvy Traveler.
 Each chapter has maps, as well as top tips, best places to eat, best places to drink and best places to shop, costs for attractions, hours of operations, etc.
I have never been to Greece, and this guide was an excellent way of awakening my desire to go there. It is full of magnificent photos and so rich in detail that I felt that I had already visited most of the places. Definitely I will include Greece in my plans for future travels.

This is an outstanding result for a combined effort from two different authors and it was published by Frommer's in March 2011. This is a must have book for those who are serious about planing their trips and also for those who want to remember details on previous travels, while wishing they can return to Greece some day in the future.

Amazon.com was kind enough to provide this book for me through their Vine Program for reviewing and I was not request to provide a positive review. Opinions expressed here are my own.

If you read this review, fell free to leave a comment!

Monday, April 23, 2012

Book "God Gave Us Love" by Lisa Tawn Bergren and art by Laura J.Bryant


About the Book: As Little Cub and Grampa Bear’s fishing adventure is interrupted by mischievous otters, the young polar bear begins to question why we must love others… even the seemingly unlovable.
In answering her questions, Grampa Bear gives tender explanations that teach Little Cub about the different kinds of love that is shared between families, friends, and mamas and papas. Grampa explains that all these kinds of love come from God and that it is important to love others because… “Any time we show love, Little Cub, we’re sharing a bit of his love.”
 This sweet tale will warm the hearts of young children as they learn about all the different sorts of love, while the gentle explanations of each provide a valuable opportunity to encourage children to share with others a “God-sized love.”

About the Author/Artist: Lisa Tawn Bergren is the best-selling author of over thirty novels, children's books, and nonfiction books. She's currently working on a teen time travel series called River of Time. Lisa and her husband Tim reside in Colorado with their three children.
You can find out more about Lisa and stay up to date by following her...
On the Web: www.LisaTawnBergren.com, www.TheWorldisCalling.com
On Facebook: Lisa Tawn Bergren; The World is Calling; River of Time Series
On Twitter: LisaTBergren, TheWorldCalls

Laura Bryant was born and raised in South Florida. She thinks she always enjoyed drawing and was fortunate to have a creative Mother and enthusiastic art teachers in school. She attended the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore where she studied painting, printmaking and sculpture.
In 1997, after many years of searching for the ultimate job, she finally set her sites on a career in children's books. Illustrating children's books has given her an endless supply of creative freedom and joy. She is grateful every day for the opportunity to express herself in the world of books.
Visit her website at www.LauraBryant.com

My Review: This is a wonderful book with a magnificent art and will make an unforgettable gift to any child and he/she will ask you to read it until the book is completely worn out. The presentation is gorgeous: a hardcover book with a beautiful art in the cover and inside. The content is great. The book is written in a very easy language appropriate for children. GramPa Bear gently explain to his Granddaughter Bear the different types of love and the importance of sharing God's love for his creatures.
This beautiful message is passed in a lovingly way.
This is a must have in the permanent library of any Christian family that wants to transmit the message of God's love to their child/children.

This book was written by Lisa Tawn Bergren and illustrated by artist Laura J.Bryant and was published in September of 2009 by WaterBrook Multnomah Books. The publishers were kind enough to provide me a copy for reviewing through their Blogging for Books Program.

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Friday, April 20, 2012

Book "Amsterdam" - a Travel Guide by Lonely Planet - Karla Zimmerman and Sarah Chandler

About the Book: "Amsterdam's compact core is laced by atmospheric lanes and quarters. You never know what you'll find: a hidden garden, a "jenever" distillery, even an old monastery turned music venue" - Karla Zimmerman, Lonely Planet Writer.
Our Promise: You can trust our travel information because Lonely Planet authors visit the places we write about, each and every edition. We never accept freebies for positive coverage so you can rely on us to tell it like it is. Inside This Book: 360 eating and drinking listings; 85 great places to stay; 67 museums and galleries; 28 page map section; 6 different way to tour the canals; Feature coverage of top sights; Range of planning tools; Architecture in Amsterdam: the styles to spot from your canal boat.

About the Authors: Karla Zimmerman - Coordinating Author: Medieval Centre & Red Light District, Nieuwmarkt, Old South, Oosterpark & South Amsterdam. During her Amsterdam travels, Karla admired art, bicycled crash-free, ate an embarrassing number of Droste chocolates and bent over to take her jenever (Dutch gin) like a local. She has been visiting Amsterdam since 1989, decades that have seen her trade space cakes for stroopwafels (syrup waffles), to a much more pleasant effect. Based in Chicago, Karla writes travel features for newspapers, books, magazines, and websites. She has authored or co-authored several Lonely Planet guidebooks covering the USA, Canada, Caribbean and Europe. Karla also wrote Welcome to Amsterdam, What's New, Need to Know, Top Itineraries, If You Like, Museum Top Tips, By Bike, Canals and the Survival Guide chapters.
Sarah Chandler - Western Canal Ring, Southern Canal Ring, Jordaan & the West, Vondelpark & Around, De Pijp, Plantage, Eastern Islands & Eastern Docklands. Sarah fell in love with Amsterdam during university, though it was only later, as a local, that she mustered sufficient bravery to master the deceptively tricky Dutch art of cycling. When she's not frolicking in the Vondelpark, drinking koffie verkeerd (milky coffee) canalside at Café't Smalle or indulging her cinematic obsessions at the Pathé Tuschinskitheater, Sarah works as a writer, actress and lecturer at Amsterdam University College. She loves calling one of her favourite neighbourhoods on earth - Amsterdam's Latin Quarter, De Pijp - home. Sarah also wrote Month by Month, With the Kids, Like a Local, For Free, Day Trips and the Understand chapters.

My Review: This is a travel guide that should be able to fulfill all your needs for information on what to do, how to do, where to go, where to eat, where to sleep, etc... when you are visiting Amsterdam. The authors did a magnificent job putting together this excellent travel guide.

The book is structured in four blocks. First one is called "Plan Your Trip". Second one is "Explore Amsterdam", followed by "Understand Amsterdam" and finally "Survival Guide". On "Plan Your Trip" the authors list 10 top experiences, facts that you need to know, main facts on the city, some suggestions for itineraries if you have four days. They also talk about outdoors and travelling with children. After this initial introduction, the authors start describing places to visit, starting with Neighbourhoods at a Glance, Medieval Centre & Red Light District, Nieuwmarkt, Western Canal Ring, but also covering Southern Canal Ring, Jordaan & the West, Vondelpark & Around, Old South, De Pijp, Plantage, Eastern Island & Eastern Docklands and Oosterpark & South Amsterdam. Each segment has a detailed map, as well as top tips, best places to eat, best places to drink and best places to shop, costs for attractions, hours of operations, etc. The "Understand Amsterdam" block brings information on history, Dutch painting, canal architecture, architecture in general and music. Finally, the "Survival Guide" gives you general guidelines on transport, money, visas, travelers with disabilities and language, among many other topics.

This is an outstanding result for a combined effort from two different authors and it was published by Lonely Planet in March 2012. This is a must have book for those who are serious about planing their trips and also for those who want to remember details on previous travels, while wishing they can return to Amsterdam some day in the future.

Amazon.com was kind enough to provide this book for me through their Vine Program for reviewing and I was not request to provide a positive review. Opinions expressed here are my own.

If you read this review, fell free to leave a comment!

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Book "The Canker Death" by James Bottino

About the Book: When the reclusive, cynical systems administrator, Petor Fidelistro, discovers that one of his own servers has been cracked late one night, he makes it his personal business to track down the perpetrator. What his search uncovers thrusts him, unaware, into a mad shifting between worlds, time and alien minds.
Fighting to keep his grip on reality, and forcing him to cope with his past, Petor finds himself uncontrollably transitioning between sentient minds that range from semi-conscious to dominant, from beings whose bodies and identities he can control, to those who control him so fully as to be unaware of his presence. As the story unfolds, Petor gathers clues in a twisting mystery that sends him shifting between the mourning child Nanzicwital; the golem giant Faskin; the lascivious, female ambassador Desidia; and Nokinis, an insane prisoner with whom Petor battles for mastery of his own memories. As he struggles to make sense of what is happening to him, Petor finds himself embroiled in the tumultuous upheaval of a ubiquitous society that transcends life, itself.

About the Author: James R. Bottino is a self-admitted computer geek and a creative writing teacher rolled into one. He earned a BS in English Education from Illinois State University and taught high school English in a suburb of Chicago for several years. After teaching all day, he studied creative writing in graduate school at Northern Illinois University. All the while, though, in the deep corners of the night, when no one was looking, he led a double life hacking and building computers and networks. Eventually, unbeknownst to him, word of his activities leaked out, and employment offers started coming in. In the end, he switched his hobby with his profession and became a senior computer / networking administrator for a scientific research laboratory. Just six months into this position, however, tragedy struck when, at the age of 31, James was diagnosed with cancer. Given ten to one odds of living out the year and knowing that his infant daughter would never remember him if he died, he began the fight of his life, enduring massive doses of chemotherapy that killed the cancer but nearly killed him as well. After years of struggle, he survived, but only after enduring systemic nerve damage from the treatments that left him permanently photophobic, phonophobic and with frequent difficulty in using his hands. These events focused his efforts and helped him to prevail in his dual goals: being a father to his daughter and completing his first novel, The Canker Death. James currently lives in a suburb of Chicago, with his wife, daughter, two Australian cattle dogs and far, far too many books and abstruse computers.
James R. Bottino can be contacted at: "nokinis(at)thecankerdeath(dot)com"
http://www.thecankerdeath.com
http://www.twitter.com/greyhame
http://www.facebook.com/jim.bottino

My Review: This is a very interesting and well written book that will keep your attention to the end. The initial chapters are so intense that if this book ever turns into a movie, it will be like the old Alfred Hitchcock's suspense movies.
The author was very creative with his characters, which are so richly described that we learn to love them.
The plot is simple to follow. A system administrator (Petor Fidelistro) finds out that someone hacked into his computer. When trying to figure out who is responsible for that, he ends up on a journey  into aliens minds and other worlds. First he goes into the mind of a child alien named Nanzicwital (Al). Then to a giant named Faskin. Third to Desidia, a female ambassador, and finally to Petor, a prisoner. Sometimes he is under control, sometimes he is controlled. He senses through his alien body and mind. During his journey, he interacts with some interesting characters, like Faith, Arrs and Pencha. After discussions about politics, religion and control of life, you just wonder if everything was not just a delusion from Pestor's mind... or perhaps his perception of reality on Petor's body was just another visit of his mind in an "alien"  body... It is up to your imagination. Read the book and enjoy!

I recommend this book to the permanent library of all readers that love science-fiction with a good plot, with mystery, suspense and very "rich" characters.

This book was written by James R.Bottino and it was published in August 2011 by Septimus Press. The author was kind enough to provide me an electronic copy for reviewing in .pdf format, through Pump Up Your Book.

If you read this review, feel free to leave a comment!

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The Canker Death Tour Schedule

Monday, February 6
Interview at Book Marketing Buzz


Tuesday, February 7
 Guest Post at As the Pages Turn


Wednesday, February 8
Interview at Pump Up Your Book


Thursday, February 9
Guest Post at The Book Connection


Friday, February 10
Interview at Paperback Writer


Monday, February 13
Guest Post at Literarily SpeakingPublish Post


Tuesday, February 14
Guest Post at The Story Behind the Book


Thursday, February 16
Spotlight at The Plot


Friday, February 17
Character Interview at The Plot


Monday, February 20
Interview at Beyond the Books


Tuesday, February 21
Interview at The Writer’s Life


Wednesday, February 22
Spotlight at Celtic Lady’s Book Reviews


Thursday, February 23
Review at Martha’s Bookshelf


Friday, February 24
Guest Post at Everyday Adventure


Monday, February 27
Spotlight at Blurbs N’ Bytes


Wednesday, February 29
Guest Post at InkyBlots


Monday, March 5
Interview at The Examiner


Tuesday, March 6
Interview at The Hot Author Report


Wednesday, March 7
Guest Post at The Hot Author Report


Thursday, March 8
5 Things Guest Post at The Hot Author Report


Friday, March 9
Guest Post at KellyMcClymer.com


Monday, March 12
Guest Post at Review From Here


Tuesday, March 13
Interview at BlogCritics


Wednesday, March 14
Guest Post at Alchemy of Scrawl


Thursday, March 15
Review at The Hot Author Report


Friday, March 16
Guest Post at Coffee and a Keyboard


Monday, March 19
Spotlight at Books, Products and More!


Tuesday, March 20
Interview at Broowaha


Wednesday, March 21
Interview at American Chronicle


Thursday, March 22
Guest Post at Words I Write Crazy


Friday, March 23
Review at Words I Write Crazy
Review at Working for the Mandroid


Wednesday, April 4
Guest Post at Celtic Lady’s Book Reviews


Saturday, April 7
Live Chat at A Book and a Chat


Monday, April 9
Guest Post at The Book Vortex
Guest Post, Excerpt and Giveaway at Writing Daze


Tuesday, April 10
Guest Post at Writing Daze


Monday, April 16
Guest Post at Between the Covers


Tuesday, April 17
Excerpt at Between the Covers


Tuesday, April 18
Review at Books and Movies Reviews


Thursday, April 19
Guest Post and Giveaway at Darlene’s Book Nook
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Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Book "Pabby's Score" by James Ross

About the Book: Pabby and Shae, teens with special needs hoping to expand their experience outside Footprints of Hope Foster Care Center, arrive at Prairie Winds Golf Course on the east side of St. Louis.
Innocence and youthful enthusiasm get caught in an undercurrent of sinister events. Civil injustice prompted by an unethical attorney arrives in the form of a bogus insurance claim. Alcohol and greed taint a dishonest judge. An Internet dating site feeds an affair. Shady police work attempts to stain the reputation of head pro, J Dub Schroeder. As the court spins out of control an ethics board investigation and an edgy game of instant messaging tempt the hands of fate. Savant-like tendencies, dementia and flying falcons intertwine with Native American customs, thoroughbred racing and a trip up the river road to Lighthouse Point. A retired barrister hints about a corrupt underground society.
Can revealing a dark secret settle PABBY’S SCORE?

About the Author: Known best for living life to the fullest James Ross decided early on that he was going to work to live, rather than live to work. With a persuasive demeanor and a “don’t-take-no-for-an-answer” attitude he embarked on a journey that allowed for him to live life along the way.
Born in Central Illinois in the early 1950’s James Ross grew up wanting to be a professional athlete. He was the oldest son of a high school basketball coach and a homemaker. Early in his life his dad took a job as a textbook salesman for a division of Doubleday. Soon thereafter the family relocated from the corn fields of Illinois to the Metro St. Louis area.
He took up the game of golf at the age of twelve when the family moved to a golf course development in the western suburbs of St. Louis. His passion for the game grew from that moment on and with continued practice he became a low-handicap player. Mr. Ross was a three-sport athlete in high school and accepted an athletic scholarship to go to college. After one year of that he transferred to the University of Missouri in Columbia. There he was a member and social chairman of Beta Theta Pi fraternity until he graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration with emphasis on real estate and finance in 1974.
After a few years of traveling and a two year stay in Los Angeles at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in Pasadena, Mr. Ross returned to the St. Louis area to embark on a career in sales. After turning fifty he decided to get in touch with the creative side of his mind and sat down to write. Three years later his first novel, Lifetime Loser, was published.
Upon completion the writing bug had consumed him. Before his first novel was finished he had begun the second book. Finish Line is a continuation of the happenings in and around the fictitious setting of Prairie Winds Golf Course on the East Side of St. Louis. Drawing inspiration from his characters, the third book, Tuey’s Course, was released in January of 2009. Opur’s Blade is scheduled for the fourth quarter of 2009.
When he is not writing, Mr. Ross is out looking for a golf game around town or traveling to some warm weather destination to enjoy an amazing life. Many of his stories will be centered on a sports theme complete with applicable analogies. Being a native of the Midwest they will also carry references to the heartland of America.
You can visit James Ross’ website at www.authorjamesross.com.

My Review: This is the first book I read from Mr. James Ross, and definitely will not be the last. In a very well written book, Mr. Ross creates a rich environment, full of characters that you learn to love during the development of the story. The plot of this story is simple and easy to follow. Two special-need teenagers (Pabby and Shae) are hanging around at Prairie Wind Golf Course, part of a summer youth program in an attempt to learn how to socialize (they are autistic at a certain level).  The regulars at the golf course  interact with them and their caretakers (Carla and Aiesha). They have special abilities. Shae knows every information related to countries, states etc and Pabby knows everything about animals, although he is very afraid of the small ones. During their stay at the golf club, some events happened. An unethical attorney tries to sue the owner of the golf course (J.W.Schroeder) claiming his client got hurt while playing golf there. To make things worst, the administrator of the orphanage where Pabby and Shae live is the wife of a judge that has questionable behavior, being not impartial when dealing with cases from our unethical attorney's firm, as he has a relationship with another attorney from that firm. And the story goes on, full of twists and plots. You will love how the special ability of Pabby will be developed into use for benefit of the regulars of the golf club. It is a very entertaining book, easy reading, and took me around 16 hours to read the whole book.
I recommend this book to the permanent library of all readers that love a good plot, with mystery and drama and very "rich" characters, like the regulars at the golf club (Pork Chop, Uncle Woo, T-Berry and many others).

This book was written by James Ross and it was published in October 2011 by Nightengale Press. The author was kind enough to provide me a copy for reviewing, through Pump Up Your Book. Thanks, Dorothy Thompson!


If you read this review, feel free to leave a comment!

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Pabby’s Score Virtual Book Publicity Tour Schedule

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Tuesday, April 3
Book Review at Books and Movies Reviews

Wednesday, April 4
Interviewed at Review From Here

Thursday, April 5
Guest Blogging at Read 2 Review

Friday, April 6
Interviewed at Idea Marketers

Tuesday, April 10
Interviewed at
The Writer’s Life

Wednesday, April 11
Guest Blogging at
Allvoices

Thursday, April 12
Interviewed at
Broowaha

Friday, April 13
Interviewed at
American Chronicle

Monday, April 16
Interviewed at
Literal Exposure

Tuesday, April 17
Guest Blogging at
Open Salon

Thursday, April 19
Guest Blogging at Digital Journal

Friday, April 20
Book Spotlight at Book Him Danno

Monday, April 23
Guest Blogging at
Thoughts in Progress