Monday, May 22, 2017

Book Blast: The Right-Wing Threat to Democracy by Burt Hall







For over thirty years, World War II veteran and author Burt Hall assessed accountability in government and national security. Now, this seasoned, professional analyst delivers a tough account of what went wrong in our politics and system of government over the past two decades and what we can do about it. 

The right wing (not to be confused with Conservatism) has hijacked the Republican Party and wrecked havoc on our nation. It exploited basic flaws in our system to gain power and a series of major setbacks and a weakened democracy have followed. 

The Right-Wing Threat to Democracy lays out clearly what the basic flaws in our system are and how they can be fixed. The danger is that an ongoing shift of political power to the very wealthy and suppression of voting rights is silencing the voice of the average citizen. 

If elected officials do not fix the basic flaws, the American people have alternatives in our democracy and must take matters into their own hands.




After early careers in the aircraft electronics field and as a CPA, Burt Hall joined the USGovernment Accountability Office (GAO), where he served as group director analyst on national security and other matters. For more than thirty years, he reported to Congress and testified before its committees on behalf of the GAO. Mr. Hall graduated from the Harvard Advanced Management Program and was loaned twice for two years, once to a bipartisan congressional commission and later to the Reagan White House.

With Ed Asner, who also contributed to The Right-Wing Threat to Democracy, Hall coauthored Misuse of Power. He coauthored the bestselling book, How the Experts Win at Bridge, with his wife, Lynn.

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Book Blast: Say What Loneliness? by Chaunda Gaines







Loneliness is a universal thing that affects us all. It can happen when we least expect or when we isolate ourselves from others. Having experienced loneliness, author Chaunda Gaines reveals her thoughts and suggestions that can help you with the release of her new book Say What Loneliness? This book is an inspirational guide written to help you find out where loneliness fits into your life. It can inspire you to determine if you can make your life better than what it is or even find new directions whenever you feel lost, lonely and clueless. If you know someone feeling really lonely, buy this book for them. Start making a difference with this engaging book today!






Chaunda grew up in Third Ward, Texas. She’s half Hispanic. She graduated from Marion High School in Houston, Texas. She has worked in the insurance industry for twenty-three years. She always had a dream of becoming a writer from the very age of sixteen. She grew up finding about life the hard way. She had nobody to tell her about life problems you experience, the outcome of decisions and choices you make that can scar you for life. This is what aspired her to write to help others. She writes using discernment guided by divine inspiration. When she is writing she can zone herself in that element thinking how you as an individual can be thinking inside your mind. She has gone through many hardships, heartaches, failed relationships, failed marriages and many storms in her life. Her writings are real, simple and plain. Her book is about how loneliness can effect the behavior pattern of an individual life. The outcome of loneliness creeping inside your soul could result in erratic behavior. Which could have you making bad decisions or choices in your life which can end up hurting you. There are twenty topics in this book short and precise which deals with real life issues in our everyday life. In each topic, there is an solution to how you can make your life better than it is to continue moving forward in your life and not going backwards when loneliness is present. She hopes you enjoy reading “Say What? Loneliness.



Monday, May 1, 2017

Book Blast: Iniquities of Gulch Fork by Bob Smith and Sara Rhodes








In the worn and tired town of Gulch Fork, Arkansas, certified nursing assistant Samantha Caminos heads to her patient Rob Dean's home and wonders how she can find common ground with the aloof, disabled Vietnam veteran who suffers from not only PTSD but also severe neuropathy caused by Agent Orange. As Samantha approaches the house, she has no idea that very soon their lives will take a new turn. Gulch Fork, a town once filled with Ozark tranquility, takes on an aura of evil when bizarre events begin to affect Rob and two other war-scarred veterans, Peter Ness and Ron Woods-Samantha's father. But when Samantha learns that two elderly couples without living relatives in the area have fallen prey to fraud and embezzlement by a man who claims to be a pastor, she sets out on a quest to piece together a complex mystery fueled by those hell-bent on taking advantage of citizens too fragile to defend themselves. In this compelling novel based on true events, three veterans seeking peace and serenity from PTSD fall victim to injustice, prompting a young health care worker to investigate the evil that has infiltrated their once peaceful Arkansas town.




Bob Smith is a naval officer who had Agent Orange spilled on him in Vietnam and suffers from severe PTSD in addition to disabling neuropathy. After living in Spain, he returned to America and settled in the Ozarks, where he is happily pursuing his dream of writing. Sara Rhodes is a wife, mother, and certified nursing assistant who originally lived in Alaska before moving to the Ozarks with her family. Bob is her former patient whose teachings about PTSD helped her recognize her own father's battle with it. Both Bob and Sara find animals to be a great source of comfort.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Book Feature: Dancing with Detective Danger by Lynn Crandall






Inside the Book:


Title: Dancing with Detective Danger
Author: Lynn Crandall
Release Date: June 24, 2013
Publisher: Crimson Romance
Genre: Romantic Suspense


Uncovering secrets and exposing truth are all in a day's work for private investigator Sterling Aegar. But when her latest case threatens to reveal her own buried feelings for an old love, Sterling runs for cover. A body in the bathtub and pleas from a jilted wife to find her wayward husband mean a welcome break from the usual humdrum cases Sterling and her sister, Lacey, are called to investigate. But when Sterling's old flame, Detective Ben Kirby, walks into the murder scene, she feels her world spin out of control. Danger from thugs and murderers poses no greater threat than the peril she'd suffer if she lets daredevil Ben get too close. Seeing Sterling for the first time in two years is for Ben like drinking in a healing tonic. He could never forget the way it felt to run his hands over her delicious curves or the way she touched his soul. She remains the one person who can make the emptiness in his gut go away. Finding the murderer is his job, but protecting Sterling from seriously dangerous people is his mission. As the case unfolds, Sterling and Ben not only solve the murder and locate the missing husband, they confront secrets that set them each free from a painful past.

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Meet the Author:


I started spinning stories as a child when I tried to entertain my younger sister at night when we were supposed to be going to sleep. In the dark, my stories typically took on a scary or paranormal element -- didn't do much to put us to sleep. Today, I hope my stories still fail to put readers to sleep, but rather take them on a journey. That's what I've been on since I decided to make writing my focus. As a reporter and magazine feature writer, I truly enjoy learning as I work on stories. As a romance writer, I enjoy doing the research and following an evolving story of my characters. I'm still learning as I go.

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Friday, March 31, 2017

Interview with Lauren Joichin Nile, author of Race: My Story & Humanity's Bottom Line




Title: Race: My Story & Humanity’s Bottom Line

Author: Lauren Joichin Nile

Publisher: iUniverse

Pages: 539

Genre: Biography/Memoir

Format: Kindle
Purchase at AMAZON
Lauren Joichin Nile introduces what she believes is humanity’s racial bottom line with a compelling account of her personal experiences growing up in 1950’s and 60’s segregated New Orleans. In so doing, she posits what she believes is humanity’s universal racial story.
Lauren explains how starting out from Southern Africa, fully formed human beings, over thousands of years, walked out of Africa, populated the entire rest of Planet Earth, and over 2,000 generations, physically adapted to their new environments, gradually taking on the appearance of the many races of modern-day humanity, making all of us literally one, biologically-related human family.
She then provides an abbreviated account of some of the most significant events of humanity’s racial history and an explanation of how that history has affected the American racial present. She also analyzes a number of controversial topics, including whether there are truly superior and inferior races.
Finally, Lauren shares what she believes are the specific actions that humanity must take in order to heal from our wretched racial past, realize that across the planet, we all truly can love one another and as a species, walk into a wiser, more empathetic, compassionate human future.
Lauren Joichin Nile is an author, keynote speaker, trainer and licensed attorney who specializes in assisting organizations in increasing their emotional intelligence, compassion, and productivity. The goal of her work with organizations is to help create environments in which understanding and kindness are valued and as a result, every person is equally welcomed and uniformly appreciated irrespective of all demographic differences. The goal of Lauren’s speaking and training in the greater society, is to help the human species grow in both wisdom and compassion.

Question 1:  What is your favorite quality about yourself?
I love my curiosity – My love of science, philosophy and mysticism, and my fascination with the deepest mysteries of existence. 
I also don’t know who I would be without my lifelong commitment to compassion, peace and justice.
Additionally, I am exceedingly happy that I have a love for nature and for beautiful landscapes.

Question 2:  What is your least favorite quality about yourself?
Well, it’s that if I don’t feel passionately about something, no matter how important it may be, I may not do it.  As an example, I deeply regret my apparent inability to engage in the business aspects of making my writing a success.  Specifically, despite the fact that I am totally, i.e., 100% committed to the message of my book, I am finding it next to impossible to do the marketing required to get it out into the world.  I love the creative act of writing, but I do not enjoy marketing.


Question 3:  When did you first know you could be a writer?
I’ve been a strong writer throughout my life.  I was 50 years old when I decided to write a book.

Question 4:  Who or what influenced your writing over the years?
Without question, I have been inspired by the writings of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Mahatma Gandhi, Dr. Maya Angelou, Dr. Deepak Chopra, Rabbi Michael Lerner, Thich Nhat Hanh, Reverend Jim Wallis, Oprah Winfrey, Dr. M. Scott Peck, Thomas Moore, and Helen Keller.


Question 5:  How did you come up with the title of the book?

After thinking about it for many months and going through a number of titles, RACE:  My Story & Humanity’s Bottom Line occurred to me in a moment of pure inspiration, out of the blue, as I sat up in bed writing one Sunday morning.  It’s the perfect title because it describes the contents of the book exactly. It is the story of how race and racism have affected me over the course of my life as an African American.  It also explains what is humanity’s bottom line regarding race, i.e., which is as Dr. King said, thatWe must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools."


Question 6:  What was the hardest part of writing your book?
Writing the chapter of my book which details some of the history of Native Americans, Asian Americans, African Americans and Hispanic Americans was difficult because so much of those histories are filled with tragedy in the form of extreme human suffering.


Question 7:  Do you have a favorite excerpt from the book?  If so, can you share it?
The following is an excerpt from Chapter I:  “My Racial Memoir:  The Making of a Compassionate Activist.”  It is taken from an article that I wrote for my law school newspaper in 1984. While I’m not sure that it is my favorite excerpt, it is one that seems to deeply resonate with readers.

I wish that for a day, for just one day, I could make half of America’s white population experience American society as black Americans experience it.  Twenty-four short hours would suffice.  What would they experience during those twenty-four hours?  They would experience the American culture from a perspective which for most, would be shattering, shattering myths, stereotypes, pre-conceived ideas, lies.  Within those brief twenty-four hours, they would gain an awareness of the subtleties of racism of which they otherwise may have remained totally ignorant.  They would ex­perience being the fourth person in a super-market check out line, seeing the three peo­ple ahead of them receive a friendly "hello" from the cashier and they not a word; they would experience white people's assump­tion that they are interested in only “black things", which manifests itself, for exam­ple, in white peoples' questions to them regarding what they think about Jesse Jackson's campaign or Dr. King's birth­day becoming a national holiday, or some other such 'black concern". They would ex­perience what it feels like to have white peo­ple tell them all about the black people whom they have known in the past. They would experience what it feels like to be in a society in which the vast majority of its members harbor an entire set of often un­conscious but nonetheless firmly entrench­ed beliefs and attitudes about them  which are based almost exclusively upon the color of their skin, i.e. that they are less in­telligent than white people and that they lack the full range of human emotion, sensitivi­ty, and sensibilities which white people, by their very birthright, naturally possess - the ability to appreciate nature's beauty, to be touched by a poem, to look up at the stars with awe. In essence, they would experience what it is like to be thought of and respond­ed to as inferior, to lose their individuality, to be responded to as "a black person", to lose their personhood, to be dehumanized. They would no doubt see quite clearly that many white people are totally and utterly unconscious of their preconceived notions about black people. They would see the specific ways in which many white people relate to black people differently from the way in which they relate to other whites, and they would understand, no doubt with far more depth than "real” black Americans, that the ways in which white people relate to them is the result solely of their social conditioning. They would see clearly that most white people are not deliberately or maliciously racist but they would truly and experientially understand that that lack of deliberateness and malice does not alleviate the pain of losing their in­dividuality, their personhood, a big piece of their humanity. They would see clearly that it does not alleviate the pain of being objec­tified, the pain of dehumanization.

I am convinced that it can be fairly safely assumed that most white people, after only half of that day, would probably be driven to cry out, "I’m white! I’m white! This is going to wear off in only twelve hours! I’m white!" Most could simply not take the be­ing classified, being responded to by automatic impulse on the basis of the color of their skin, walking through city streets and just being in society in general with the knowledge that when many white people look at them, they, (white people), see a black per­son first, their gender second, and not much else. With their exclamations, they would in essence be proclaiming and reclaiming their full personhood, their humanity. They would be shouting to the world that they really are “a regular person".

After those twenty-four hours had elaps­ed and the 'black/white" people had returned to their ordinary state, I would love to sit in on a discussion group in which the 'black/white" people try to explain to the inexperienced half of the white persons present what it was like to be black for a day. I would love to listen to them attempt to explain how differently they, the inexperienced half, responded to them (when they responded to them at all) as black people, what it felt like to be denied the common courtesy of a "hello" from a supermarket cashier, to have white people talk to them about 'black things", obvious­ly with the assumption not only that they are interested in nothing else, but also that they probably don’t know much about anything other than "black concerns". I'd like to listen to them try to explain what it felt like to walk into a movie theatre, bookstore, restaurant, classroom, one's work environment. . . and be one of a very few or the only black face present. I would like to hear them describe what it was like to experience the American media and advertising industries as a black person. I would absolutely love to listen to that conversation.

My thirty years of experience as a black American unequivocally inform me that the inexperienced white people would res­pond to their comments and perceptions with total skepticism and even disbelief. They would be utterly unable to hear, to really hear, to listen to the descriptions of the patronizing, rote manner in which the inexperienced white people related to the “black/whites”.  Without actually having liv­ed as a black person for a period of time, albeit a very short one, there is simply no way for the inexperienced whites to unders­tand the experience of being black in the U.S.  Finally, they would for the very first time truly understand that most white people simply do not see the racism in their interactions with black people.

 MEET THE AUTHOR

Lauren Joichin Nile is an author, keynote speaker, trainer and licensed attorney who specializes in assisting organizations in increasing their emotional intelligence, compassion, and productivity. The goal of her work with organizations is to help create environments in which understanding and kindness are valued and as a result, every person is equally welcomed and uniformly appreciated irrespective of all demographic differences. The goal of Lauren’s speaking and training in the greater society, is to help the human species grow in both wisdom and compassion.

Monday, March 27, 2017

Interview with Bishop Robert, author of Count to One


The prayer of Jesus in John 17 was that His Church would be one, and that together we would display the glory of God to a lost and dying world. Our unity would prove our message. Sadly, we’ve badly missed the mark.

Bishop Robert lifts the veil on what the Holy Spirit has been doing across the globe, enflaming hearts of believers everywhere to fulfill Christ’s prayer. Today, God is moving His Church to the place of unity we see in John 17! Count to One lays a simple and compelling foundation every believer can stand upon, examining the issues and answering the questions everyone asks about overcoming the barriers to genuine Christian unity.

God gave Bishop Robert an interesting task one day in prayer, telling him “I am teaching you to count to one!” The lesson was to be found in a simple truth revealed in the pages of the Scriptures. The Lord’s determination to see the unity of His Body restored and His desire to see the power of His glory displayed to a lost and dying world will strike you with deliberate force as you take in the message of Count to One.

Christ desires to see His Body as one—a powerful and life-changing reflection of His own ministry on Earth, and Bishop Robert lays out the principles that every believer in Jesus can use to begin breaking down the barriers, which have held them back and building bridges of unity within the Body of Christ. Using a combination of fascinating historical insights and refreshingly simple applications of Scripture, Bishop Robert leads you down the path to real freedom to love your brothers and sisters in Christ in a new and effective way.

Read the book and meet the family you never believed you had. Welcome home!

For more information, please visit www.BishopRobert.com

What is your favorite quality about yourself?
I’ve spent the last 8 years working with a former diplomat. When I began, the Lord told me, “I’ve got you working with an ambassador to teach you how to think like an ambassador.”  I love how the Lord developed an ability to break down walls and build bridges with other people.


How long have you been writing?
"Count to One" is my first book. However, as an international business consultant working with governments and large non-profit entities, I have had to do quite a bit of writing my entire career.


Who or what influenced your writing once you began?
The thing that influences my writing is my passion for the subject and the message. I believe passionately about Christian Unity and the Body of Jesus Christ working across denominational barriers to accomplish the Great Commission.

What made you want to be a writer?
I do not consider myself to be primarily a writer. I look at the book Count To One to be a tool to get the message of Christian Unity out to as many people as possible. I consider the writing of the book part of what must happen to more fully express the vision and challenge.

How did you come up with the title of the book?
The idea for the book comes from Ephesians 4:4-5 – There is one body and one Spirit, one hope, one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of us all. Thus – Count To One.

A few years ago, the Lord arrested me as I was reading Ephesians, chapter 4.  I use the term arrested because, day after day, regardless of my planned reading program, I found myself returning to the same chapter and re-reading those same words.  Even when I would decide that I had spent enough time in Ephesians 4 and deliberately started to study a different book or began a specific topical study, the Lord’s conviction would come upon me and give me no peace until I turned back to what had, by now, become a very familiar passage.
This continued on for several months. Finally, I decided to directly ask the Lord what He was doing.  I am not one who frequently speaks of receiving a message from God. I am very careful before I declare that He has said a specific thing prophetically or directly, because I don’t want to be guilty of putting words into His mouth. But in this instance, His answer was clear, direct, and frankly, a bit unsettling. He simply said,

“I am teaching you to Count to One!”

I’ll be the first to confess that my mathematics skills are not the stuff that legends are made of. In fact, my feeble attempts to do all but the simplest math in my head are sort of a running joke in my family. Thankfully, the Lord wasn’t really talking about math. He was talking about unity. The light of understanding dawned as the words of Ephesians 4:4-6 flooded my mind ….

There is one body and one Spirit—just as you were called to one hope when you were called—one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, Who is over all and through all and in all.

The Lord’s determination to see the unity of His Body restored, and His desire to see the power of His glory displayed to a lost and dying world struck me with deliberate force. He desires to see His Body as one—a powerful and life-changing reflection of His own ministry on Earth.

The prayer of Jesus in John 17 was that His Church would be one, and that together we would display the glory of God to a lost and dying world. Our unity would prove our message. Sadly, we’ve badly missed the mark. 

In Count to ONE, I lift the veil on what the Holy Spirit has been doing across the globe, enflaming hearts of believers everywhere to fulfill Christ’s prayer. Today God is moving His Church to the place of unity we see in John 17! Count To One lays a simple and compelling foundation every believer can stand upon, examining the issues and answering the questions everyone asks about overcoming the barriers to genuine Christian unity. 

Christ desires to see His Body as one – a powerful and life-changing reflection of His own ministry on earth, and I lay out the principles that every believer in Jesus can use to begin breaking down the barriers that have held them back and building bridges of unity in the Body of Christ. Using a combination of fascinating historical insight and refreshingly simple applications of scripture, I lead readers down the path to real freedom to love their brothers and sisters in Christ in a new and effective way.

The Word of God is clear that we are called to work as one body, our diversity, rather than being a reason for division must be celebrated and we must recognize that it is because of our diversity we can reach the world. We also must realize that together we can do things that individually we could never accomplish. The book is a call to the Body of Jesus Christ to embrace our diversity and come together to focus on the Great Commission.

I tell the readers, “Read the book and meet the family you never believed you had.  Welcome home!”

Are there any current books that have grasped your interest?
I really enjoying Touching the Heart of God by Paul Wilbur. He and I are good friends, and I love his insights from the Messianic Jewish perspective.

I also like Just Choose! by Michael Phillips. He says, “We only have time for one passion in life. Choose yours carefully.”

What was the hardest part of writing your book?
The most challenging part is capturing the power of the events and meetings and conveying them on paper.

Give us three “Good to Know” facts about you. Be creative, you can talk about your first job, something that inspires you, anything fun that might grab the readers attention.

1.    I have spent 6 months a year in Israel for the last 8 years. I love the country and the people.
2.    I’m told that the made-from-scratch biscuits I bake are astounding.
3.    I’ve been studying the martial arts since I was 12 years old, and hold a 9th degree black belt.

Tell us a little bit about the cover art. Who designed it? What made you choose that particular image/artwork?

I knew that I wanted a photo from an event in Washington, DC called
“TOGETHER 2016”.  This was an event that I spoke at attended by over 300,000 people and it encapsulated the focus of the book, Christians coming together across denominational lines to worship and serve.

All the book cover designs had this element.

The final decision was actually made at our local book store. My wife and I went into the store and randomly chose 6 or 7 people. We asked them to look at the bookshelf closest to them and then without hesitation point out 2 or 3 book covers that stood out to them, book covers that would cause them to pick up the book and take a look at it. Based on the results of this random survey we chose the colors and the design of the book.












Bishop Robert is a voice for unity in the Body of Christ. His heart’s cry is the prayer of Jesus in John 17, that followers of Jesus may be one, and so proclaim the message of the Gospel in the power of His glory.

God gave Bishop Robert an interesting task one day in prayer, telling him “I am teaching you to count to one!” The lesson was to be found in a simple truth revealed in the pages of the scriptures. The Lord’s determination to see the unity of His Body restored and His desire to see the power of His glory displayed to a lost and dying world will strike you with deliberate force as you take in the message of Count To One. 

Bishop Robert serves as the President & Chief Executive Officer of Count to One, a ministry which exists to promote greater unity in the Body of Christ worldwide. Christ said that our love for one another would be the way the world would know that we are His disciples. As followers of Christ forgive one another and love one another - we will be in a better position to serve Jesus and fulfill the Great Commission.