Snardler

 

The Catalogues of Epicness, Book 1
Young Adult Humor
Date Published: 12/14/2019

Publisher: INtense Publications LLC

 

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Xavier Crenshaw discovers his life’s calling when he devises an elaborate prank that goes badly wrong. Enlightened by this experience, Xavier creates “snardling,” which is subtly but crucially different from ordinary pranks. For starters, snardlers never get caught. Crisis comes when Xavier and his two partners snardle the whole school, and the wrong person gets blamed. The team falls apart in the aftermath, until a despondent Xavier receives a secret note requesting a snardle of extraordinary proportions to occur at the unveiling of long-dead poet’s secret diary. Despite his careful planning, Xavier wasn’t ready for the terrifying surprise awaiting him, and no one in Penceleton is prepared for what comes next.
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About the Author

Bearded, sluggish, treacherous, delightfully aromatic– these are but a few of the adjectives that employers, friends, fans, and law enforcement have used when struggling to describe Houston-based novelist James B. Caruthers. He is a dad, a public-interest attorney, and proud author of his frankly dangerous debut novel Snardler.
James has dreamed of being a writer since the second grade. Now that this has been accomplished, he’s pretty darn full of himself. He loves his kids, loved being a kid, and is crazy about writing for kids. His writing philosophy is simple: never patronize. His snardling philosophy is equally as simple: never get caught.
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Who Was Joseph Pulitzer?

 

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Biographical Novel
Publisher: Knollwood Press
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Pulitzer was a rags to riches story who revolutionized the newspaper industry by introducing sensationalism and shaking the ground of American politics by demanding changes to stop the rich from exploiting the poor. Crimmins’ novel brings us into the day to day life of this unique genius, who arrived in America as an immigrant who barely spoke English yet twenty years later developed and edited two of the biggest newspapers in the nation. Pulitzer’s run-ins with the other newspaper titans of the Gilded Age show us the men who laid the foundations of American journalism, and his confrontations with the wealthy robber barons brings us into the drama of how Pulitzer began a surge for reform that was so very important to improve the quality of American life. Pulitzer’s wife tries desperately to comfort the man whom she deeply loves, yet their romance is shattered by how Pulitzer’s workaholic Napoleonic ambitions came to cause him a terrible breakdown, causing this newspaper widow further to the sidelines in this captivating drama of American life. Crimmins’ dramatic novel brings us into fundamental elements at the heart of American society, describing the life of a man who fought essential political battles that changed life as we know it in the United States.
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 Excerpt
  Pulitzer, a cub newspaper reporter, was walking down Main Street of St. Louis, on his way to a meeting of reporters at a saloon. His stroll, it is safe to say, was not pleasant. Other reporters were following him and,
as they liked to do, were making fun of him, for he was a fairly recent Jewish looking immigrant with a strong Hungarian accent.
      “That’s Jewseph Pulitzer,” said one.
      “You mean Joey the Jew,” said another.
      “Naw, he’s Pull It Sir,” said yet another, sarcastically pulling at his nose.
      Pulitzer forged onward, trying to keep his temper down amidst the cascade of anti-Semitic insults. He was six feet four inches tall and very skinny, with thick glasses perched at the end of a long nose. He would not be a formidable adversary in a fist fight.
      “Hey Joey, your mother says it’s time for bed.”
      “His English isn’t very good.”
      “It’s time to go back to Germany, Joseph.”
      Joseph, mounting the steps to the dining room of the establishment, returned fire.
      “I’m from Hungary, you idiot!”
      “He says he’s hungry.”
      “Mommy must not have given him dinner.”
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Pulitzer was a rags to riches story who revolutionized the newspaper industry by introducing sensationalism and shaking the ground of American politics by demanding changes to stop the rich from exploiting the poor. Crimmins’ novel brings us into the day to day life of this unique genius, who arrived in America as an immigrant who barely spoke English yet twenty years later developed and edited two of the biggest newspapers in the nation. Pulitzer’s run-ins with the other newspaper titans of the Gilded Age show us the men who laid the foundations of American journalism, and his confrontations with the wealthy robber barons brings us into the drama of how Pulitzer began a surge for reform that was so very important to improve the quality of American life. Pulitzer’s wife tries desperately to comfort the man whom she deeply loves, yet their romance is shattered by how Pulitzer’s workaholic Napoleonic ambitions came to cause him a terrible breakdown, causing this newspaper widow further to the sidelines in this captivating drama of American life. Crimmins’ dramatic novel brings us into fundamental elements at the heart of American society, describing the life of a man who fought essential political battles that changed life as we know it in the United States.
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Snardler

 

The Catalogues of Epicness, Book 1
Young Adult Humor
Date Published: 12/14/2019
Publisher: INtense Publications LLC
Xavier Crenshaw discovers his life’s calling when he devises an elaborate prank that goes badly wrong. Enlightened by this experience, Xavier creates “snardling,” which is subtly but crucially different from ordinary pranks. For starters, snardlers never get caught. Crisis comes when Xavier and his two partners snardle the whole school, and the wrong person gets blamed. The team falls apart in the aftermath, until a despondent Xavier receives a secret note requesting a snardle of extraordinary proportions to occur at the unveiling of long-dead poet’s secret diary. Despite his careful planning, Xavier wasn’t ready for the terrifying surprise awaiting him, and no one in Penceleton is prepared for what comes next.
About the Author

Bearded, sluggish, treacherous, delightfully aromatic– these are but a few of the adjectives that employers, friends, fans, and law enforcement have used when struggling to describe Houston-based novelist James B. Caruthers. He is a dad, a public-interest attorney, and proud author of his frankly dangerous debut novel Snardler.
James has dreamed of being a writer since the second grade. Now that this has been accomplished, he’s pretty darn full of himself. He loves his kids, loved being a kid, and is crazy about writing for kids. His writing philosophy is simple: never patronize. His snardling philosophy is equally as simple: never get caught.
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Shadow of the Demon

 

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Philanthropy Book 2
Science Fiction/Fantasy
Publisher: Chandra Press
Date Published: 11/14/2019


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The exciting sequel to Fusion World.
A world on the brink. A team divided.
It’s been months since Vai and Edam disappeared through the portal created by the destruction of the Fusion World machine. Unfortunately the machine contained the last known Dark Orb, the critical component to interdimensional travel. Luckily, a prototype is found in the vault of its creator, Dr. Charles Vindia. Vint SawWood, Vindia’s protégé, is pressed into service and can reactivate the device. But it is decades old and may only work once. There is no way to know.
Undaunted, Sajaeler and Raven lead a mission to find and rescue their missing teammates. What they discover is a world in the midst of a civil war. A shapeshifter has rallied an army of disaffected citizens to his cause and will stop at nothing until he subjugates the planet. To make matters worse, Raven becomes gravely ill. Coming to this world of mythical foes and allies has triggered something within. She must face her past in order to survive.
With the war boiling over, the team at odds, and Raven on death’s door, can Vai, Edam, Sajaeler and a new band of friends save the world and each other?
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Review

This series as a whole I am finding to be very interesting and compelling. I’ve found them both hard to put down. The ending of each one is satisfying in their own way. A captivating story of intrigue and adventure that will make any lover of science fiction feel right at home.
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Joseph Lewis Tamone lives in Wilmington, Delaware. Despite getting a degree in Environmental Engineering, Joseph has always found an escape in his quirky imagination that lent its way to his passion for writing. Joseph is an avid animal lover and history buff. When he is not writing, he enjoys escaping into the world of video games, nature, and most importantly, reading and researching. He lives in Delaware with his lovely wife, Erica, and their house full of animals.




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Life Mapping

 

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Non Fiction / Personal & Spiritual Development
Release Date: December 12, 2019
Publisher: Keys for Life Publishing
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For 20 years, master mapper and business consultant, Monika K. Moss has dedicated her talents to helping organizations and individuals create powerful road maps to their vision. In this book, Monika shares her Life Mapping process which has helped hundreds of individuals chart a map to their ideal lifestyle, enrich their lives and bring added value to their family, organizations, and community. 
As founder and president of MKM Management Consulting, Monika is committed to partnering with others to make a difference by supporting the transformation of individuals and organizations. A scholar and practitioner, Monika is a regular presenter and trainer at regional and national conferences on issues of organizational development, strategic planning, leadership development, nonprofit management.
Life Mapping has guided Monika in overcoming life’s obstacles and creating a road to success, happiness, and joy.
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My name is Monika Moss-Gransberry.  I started a company over 30 years ago called MKM Management Consulting. My intention was to change the world, one leader, one organization and one community at a time.  I have helped thousands of people around the world to transform their lives, their organizations and their communities. And I owe all of my personal and professional successes to life mapping.  On my life long journey to wholeness, I have used many methods to get there none more important than Life Mapping. I have used Life Mapping to cultivate and act on my purpose and spiritual gifts.  It led me to write the book, Life Mapping: A Journey of Self Discovery and Path Finding.
Life Mapping is a life enhancing system that leads you to start living the life you always dreamed of but never thought possible. I am living my dream and I am happy and I am at peace. And everyday, I get to help others do the same.  But, it wasn’t long ago that I was a struggling single mom, working night and day to make ends meet and challenged by the trauma’s I’d experienced in my life.  As I worked through my personal healing and embraced my purpose using the practice of Life Mapping and the tools to support me, I found myself prospering with a growing business, a beautiful family, having leisure time, being able to travel, and living and working with the love of my life.  I know that Life Mapping and its underlying spiritual practices work.  I am a living example of what you can create for yourself with your own Life Map.
I don’t want it to take you 20 or 30 years to evolve and prosper.  I have created Life Mapping so you can speed up your manifestation process and begin living your ideal lifestyle right now with each decision you make.  And as you create a life that you love living and become your best self, together we can change the world to one that is more loving and humane for all of us.
I am clear that the world is going through a transformation. It is messy and difficult. Things are pretty bad in many places and for millions of people.  We are living in a world of dualities and distractions. Staying focused and working through the traumas, challenges, and obstacles to our vision is even more important if we are going to make a world that is more humane and more suited for us all.  Life Mapping can support you maintaining your focus, keeping moving as the last vestiges of the old regimes wreak havoc on our world in a futile attempt to stay in power.  Life Mapping can help you add your positive energy to that of others by transforming your thinking, your actions and your being. And soon the bright light of our spirits and the love we share in our daily interactions with ourselves and others will overwhelmingly consume the darkness and make our world a place where all people are loved, cared for and the planet is sustained. And for each of us to be a part of the solution, we must do our inner work and transform our own lives. Take the first step and join me in using Life Mapping to transform yourself and create a life you will love living.
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Grandparenting: Renew, Relive, Rejoice



NonFiction / Self-Help

 

Date Published: November 2019
Publisher: Koehler Books
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Who doesn’t want another shot at childhood? The key to opening that door is your grandchildren.
Co-authors Siegel and Zinberg provide a concise, down-to-earth guide for both grandparents and parents. Each of the 52 straight forward nourishing practices provide methods of mindfulness, along with endearing real-life stories that grandparents can identify with. These bite-sized stories offer a rich assortment of simple ways to be present in our fast-paced lives and not miss the richness of time spent with grandchildren.
Praise for Grandparenting: Renew, Relive, Rejoice
“The interesting thing about Grandparenting: Renew, Relive, Rejoice is not only that you learn a lot about your grandkids, but also, you learn a lot about yourself.” – Bob Newhart, Comedian
 
“Grandparents are known for the many (sometimes too many) gifts that they lavish upon their grandkids. Most are gone and forgotten quickly. What if there was one gift you could give to yourself and your grandkids that would serve you both for the rest of your lives and provide a lasting bond? This book provides a path to the practice of mindfulness and opens the reader to a life well lived from the inside out. If you truly want to leave a legacy, make this book the cornerstone of your grandparent toolbox.” – Christine Crosby, Editorial Director GRAND Magazine
 
“For any grandparent interested in deepening their relationship with their grandchildren, this book delivers. Inspirational, thought-provoking, and a joy to read.” – Susan Stiffelman, M.F.T., Author Parenting Without Power Struggles and Parenting With Presence
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Pam Siegel M.P.H., M.F.T. is a licensed Marriage Family Therapist in private practice in West Los Angeles. She is a certified mindfulness therapist and implements meditation and other mindfulness tools to help her clients with a variety of issues. She is actively involved in the mindfulness and yoga community and has her own daily practice and website, http://www.pamsiegel.com.

Leslie Zinberg has co-written two successful parenting books, The Pink and Blue Baby Pages, and The Pink and Blue Toddler Pages. Both books were featured in national publicity campaigns, with appearances on The Today Show, QVC, and local television and radio segments across the country. Leslie is the co-founder of the grandparent website, http://www.grandparentslink.com.
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Billions at Play

 

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Non Fiction / Oil and Energy
Date Published: October 22, 2019
Publisher: Clink Street Publishing
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Energy can and must work better for Africans. Billions at Play, the follow up to NJ Ayuk’s Big Barrels, tells us how.
As OPEC Secretary General Mohammad Barkindo says in his foreword, Ayuk is a dreamer. But he is a dreamer with an action plan and through this book, he gives Africans the tools to get more from the energy industry.
How did Africa get here and what comes next? How do African countries and societies get the most value from their resources? What exactly can African leaders do to put their countries on a sustainable, profitable path? And how can all parties win in Africa’s energy deals of the coming decades?
Ayuk expertly argues the case for greater female empowerment, better governance and more responsive national oil companies. He points the way to a more powerful African presence on the world stage through African OPEC membership and through energy value chain development, and examines America’s role in Africa.
A career dedicated to advocacy and deal-making in African energy make NJ Ayuk the most qualified individual to show how energy can indeed work harder and act as the engine for African growth.
Building on the success of his first book Big Barrels: African Oil & Gas and the Quest for Prosperity, NJ Ayuk in Billions at Play: The Future of African Oil and Doing Deals gives us his unique take on what leaders and in-vestors can do to sign deals and build success in this complex business. Big Barrels gave us the African success stories. Billions at Play explains how energy can help achieve the African Dream.

Review

Just finished this book and it was outstanding. If you have interest in oil or energy it is a must-read. I think that the fact that he explores America’s role in the African success with Oil & Gas. It’s a world not many of us know a lot about, but I think that the importance of it for not just our own country, but everyone in the world is really eye-opening.
About NJ Ayuk, JD, MBA

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A leading authority in the African energy sector and a strong advocate for African entrepreneurship and the indigenous energy sector, NJ Ayuk is recognized as one of the foremost figures in African business today. A well-known dealmaker in the petroleum and power sectors and founder of a leading energy-focused law firm, NJ is dedicating his career to helping African entrepreneurs find success and to building the careers of emerging African talent.
As Executive Chairman of the African Energy Chamber and CEO of Centurion Law Group, NJ strives through his work to ensure that business, and especially oil and gas, impacts African societies in a positive way and drives local content development.
He is the author of Big Barrels: African Oil & Gas and the Quest for Prosperity and Billions at Play: The Future of African Energy and Doing Deals.
NJ graduated from the University of Maryland College Park and earned a Juris Doctor from William Mitchell College of Law and an MBA from the New York Institute of Technology.
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