Archive for March, 2012


Posted in Uncategorized on March 30, 2012 by Allbooks Review International

One Million Moms Urges Toys ‘R’ Us to Remove Archie Comic on Gay Marriage
By Jason Boog on February 28, 2012 10:01 PM

The conservative group One Million Moms is urging Toys ‘R’ Us to stop stocking an Archie Comics issue that features a gay wedding.
In issue 16 of the Life with Archie series, Kevin Keller, Archie Comics’ first openly gay character, gets married to his boyfriend. One Million Moms has created a form letter for parents to email to the toy store.
The letter concludes with this threat: “Please remove all the same-sex ‘Just Married – Archie’ comic books immediately from your shelves. My decision to shop in your stores depends on it.”

Interview with Stella Vance author of Dancing with Duality

Posted in Uncategorized on March 30, 2012 by Allbooks Review International

Please state your name and location. (city and State or Province, Country)

Stella Vance, Ecuador

Tell us the title and publisher of your book:

Dancing with Duality: Confessions of a Free Spirit

Tell us about yourself:

Stella Vance is the author of Dancing with Duality: Confessions of a Free Spirit, a memoir dealing with a woman who faced eating disorders, divorce, betrayal, physical abuse, abortion, date rape, and more–but found that life is just a game and was able to move on, forgive, and celebrate life with its ups and downs.

When was the book released?:

Sept, 2011

Give us an overview of your book.
Dancing with Duality: Confessions of a Free Spirit
Betrayed at the age of 21 by the first love of her life, Stella Vance embarks on a life of fearless adventure. She travels the world, adding notches to her lipstick case with lovers from all over the world, and surviving harrowing experiences, including abuse, addiction, abortion, date rape, and cult involvement. Along the way, Stella undergoes a spiritual transformation. Once awakened to the reality of nonduality, she gradually realizes that life is just a game, that death is just another dimension, and that nothing “out there” can really hurt her.
This inspiring page-turning memoir begins in the 1970s, with Stella as a Christian zealot. Subsequently questioning all religious dogma, Stella’s mystical quests leads her to delve deeply into the realms of dreams, psychic readings, astrology, tantric yoga, reincarnation and her own past lives, the entheogen ketamine, Indian holy men and women, revolving-door relationships, the seeker culture of southern California, and finally, the ultimate path of Advaita Vedanta. At the same time, she deals with anorexia and bulimia, addictions to cigarettes, marijuana, and alcohol, unwanted pregnancies, teaching in public schools, the death of several loved ones, foreclosure, and emigrating to South America.
The life of Stella Vance embodies all the adventure, drama, romance, humor, and philosophy of a free spirit set loose in the ’70s and finding its way into the new millennium. Reading Dancing with Duality provides evidence that life is meant to provide entertainment, as well as to teach us how to be grateful, forgive, and heal from all its vagaries.
In the end, Stella’s free spirit journey takes her on the path to the ultimate freedom: freedom from the mind with all its fears, judgments, limiting beliefs, and worries.

What inspired you to write this book?

My mother always said I had an interesting life and should write my memoirs. When I read Eat, Pray, Love, I got inspired to do this. I like how she weaved in nonfiction and reflective essays, and I did the same to educate (not just entertain) the reader.

How is your book different from other books in this genre?

It’s my unique story which involves the confusion and excitement of being in the first generation of “sexually liberated” women, and the pain involved in making tough decisions. It also entails my spiritual quest and how I had to leave the traditional Christian dogma to go deeper spiritually. It entails world travels to Latin America, Europe and Asia, and dating men from all over the globe. It includes my experience with many women’s issues, such as abortion, date rape, sexual harassment, being in a physically abusive relationship, eating disorders, and more. Yet the tone is upbeat because I survive and thrive at the end, realizing that life is just a game, and I am able to forgive everyone—including the hardest to forgive, which is myself.

Where can people buy your book?
It can be purchased on amazon or ordered at stores, requesting
ISBN-10: 1466326654 or ISBN-13: 978-1466326651
Check it out on here, with its Look Inside feature:

Are you working on another book? If so when do you expect it to be published?

At this point I am focused only on marketing.

If you self published, what advice can you give to fellow writers?

There has never in history been a better time to self publish! Sure, it is more prestigious to get a big name publisher backing your book. But that’s like winning the lottery, especially in today’s economy. The stigma of self-publishing is beginning to fade! Self-publishing is inexpensive with print-on-demand. And either way, you will have to do the marketing—so why not earn 30 to 70% of the profits instead of just a dollar a book? You will need to spend a few thousand dollars on getting the book edited, formatted, uploaded, as well as having a professional cover. But you will keep the copyright and the lion’s share of the profits. It is CRUCIAL, however, to get rid of the amateur look and have the book edited by a pro, and get a professionally done cover. People DO judge a book by its cover.

Can you share one of your marketing successes with us?

The first step is to get reviews, since most people will not buy a book that doesn’t have good reviews. Also no one wants to review an old book, so this needs to be done first. In two months I got 33 5-star reviews by spending three hours a day emailing sites and top amazon reviewers, offering a complimentary book in exchange for an honest review.

How did you find Allbooks Reviews and what are you hoping for in your relationship with us?

I plugged into google “book reviewers” and also used various other search engines. I am always thrilled to get a positive response. I find I may get only one or two per day after spending hours. It’s a numbers game.

Was the low cost a surprise? What other things would you like Allbooks Reviews to offer writers?The low price was a very big surprise and it is excellent value.
Thank you for this interview and best of luck with your book.

Review of Curb Check by Zach Fortier

Posted in Uncategorized on March 28, 2012 by Allbooks Review International

This is a book for those who love True Crime, Cop on the Beat stories. It gives you a bird’s eye view (or should I say a hidden camera view?) as a Cop makes his rounds.
Exciting, scary, sad and sometimes darn right funny, Fortier recounts some of the calls he was on when a Constable On Patrol (Cop).
Dare I say without having been a cop, that this book could be used by anyone who wants to be a real cop, one who is ready to serve the people and be more than someone carrying a gun with a badge.
This is not a novel, more like a series of short stories, which provide a view of life on the street, in the alleys and behind close doors.
To give but one example of Fortier’s Mickey Spillane style of writing, I quote, “Allen could have ripped me apart if he wanted but I sensed something in him – like a dog that barks too much. The real killers are quiet and might growl before they strike. They don’t bark to warn you. He did.”

Zach Fortier has been a police officer for over 28 years. CurbCheck is based on calls that Fortier was assigned during his career; specializing in K-9, SWAT, Gang detective, Sex crimes investigator, domestic violence crimes investigator. Names and some minor details have been changed to protect the privacy of those involved, without compromising the integrity of the story and the message of the book.

Highly Recommended, especially for those who love True Crime. Reviewer: Peter Klein Allbooks Reviews.

Available at: Amazon.

Title: CurbChecK
Author: Zach Fortier
Publisher: CreateSpace
ISBN: 10: 1466231971
ISBN-13: 978-1466231979
Price: $10.99 paperback
Price:$7.99 Kindle
Oct. 2011

Review of Cherries by John Podlaski

Posted in Uncategorized on March 28, 2012 by Allbooks Review International

Whether you’ve had the experience of going to war, which far too many American citizens have, or have stayed cleared of that ugly business, Cherries is a book that will ring true in many ways. It is a story of the Vietnam War, told by a “grunt” on the front lines. It successfully captures the way it must have been when groups of young males were thrown together, largely against their will, and put into an incredibly hostile environment.
Cherries makes a pretty clear statement that high-ranking officers were entirely focused on generating good PR and tracking performance metrics like body counts and weapons caches seized. The characters watch majors posing for pictures with war booty after they risked their lives to obtain the plunder; march through gently-drifting clouds of Agent Orange, the defoliant, which is now known to take a brutal toll on humans; and get sent on missions to rout out enemies regardless of the cost.
Author John Podlaski, through the eyes of his eponymous protagonist, tells of a conflict in which it was impossible to tell friend from foe, making it feel far more dangerous to walk through a purportedly friendly village than it was to track known enemy units through the jungles. In addition to the obvious dangers of war, he and his unit risk malaria, bites from jungle animals like spiders and snakes, and bad commands from officers who are often less experienced than they are; all to fight a war that much of the local populace and citizens back home do not support.
Although the mood is captured well, Cherries is somewhat rough around the edges, much like the new recruits whose nickname gives the novel its title. The deaths and serious maiming of key characters is often telegraphed, so it’s easy to predict which soldier is going to be the next casualty of war. In an attempt to explain military acronyms and Vietnamese vocabularly, Podlaski has a habit of parenthetically defining the term directly inside the dialogue, giving the impression that the character is explaining the meaning, when it’s clear that this is not the case. There are also frequent errors in the use of apostrophes.
Those details, which should have been caught by the editor, should not be allowed to distract from the power of this tale. Tune out the quirks and instead focus on the story of Cherries; you will have a much more profound understanding of both this war, and what we ask of our soldiers in any conflict.
Terence P Ward, Allbooks Review.

Title: Cherries
Author: John Podlaski
ISBN: 978-1-4528-7981-9
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Oct. 2011


Posted in Uncategorized on March 26, 2012 by Allbooks Review International

Pearson Sees Digital Income Beating Print Publishing In 2012
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By Robert Andrews
Pearson’s digital revenue grew 18 percent to £2 ($3.17) billion (a third of the total) through 2011, as its book publisher Penguin’s e-book sales rose 106 percent and the group reached 43 million students through digital learning services.Now Pearson (NYSE: PSO) forecasts: “Revenues from digital and services businesses (are) expected to exceed revenues from traditional publishing businesses in 2012.”
Pearson-owned Penguin on Monday reported it has sold 50 million apps and e-book since 2008. E-books now make up 12 percent of its global (£125.4 ($198.3) million) and a fifth of its U.S. sales. “We expect this percentage to increase significantly again in 2012,” the publisher said.

Review of The Molly Lake Chronicles, Book Two: Barely Afloat by Samuel Endicott

Posted in Uncategorized on March 23, 2012 by Allbooks Review International

Much has been written about the major conflicts in American history, such as the American Revolution and the Civil War. Everyone knows who fought whom and who won. However, how many of us really understand what caused these events? What were the social and economic conditions at the time and what events led up to the extreme feelings of discontent and anger on either side? In The Molly Lake Chronicles, Book Two: Barely Afloat, the author, Samuel Endicott weaves an exciting, historically grounded tale around the lives of Molly and Jean-Luc St. Alembert in New York in the Fall of 1760, when the over-taxation by the British Crown is threatening the success of many businesses and causing great hardship in the American colonies. The Crown is tightening its control of the colonies in order to increase revenue to pay off the growing war debt, and the colonists, tired of being continually oppressed, are starting to plant the seeds for rebellion.
Barely Afloat is actually the second book in a series of adventures experienced by the Alemberts, so I was a little concerned at first that I might feel out of the loop having not read the first book. However, the author carefully inserts some details from the Alemberts’ past which helps merge the two story lines nicely, so that I felt like I was revisiting old friends.
This is historical fiction done right because it takes accurate historical facts and works them into a fictional plot with a good dose of suspense and excitement thrown in to make it interesting. When you are reading a story centred on the everyday people of a certain time period enduring real challenges, it makes it far more fascinating and easier to understand than reading about the same events in a textbook. I found myself rooting for the characters because even though it takes place in a different time period, I could relate to the struggles of this young couple trying to maintain a strong relationship while making a success of their lives in the midst of hard times. It’s not really much different from today really – we all struggle to make ends meet while the government imposes one new tax after another and the cost of living just keeps skyrocketing.
The essence of the plot is the quickly developing feelings of discontent in the colonies on the one hand struggling to co-exist with the patriots who still stand behind their King. Molly and Jean-Luc, for instance, have very different political views. Molly is fiercely loyal to England while Jean-Luc is a Frenchman and strongly opposed to England’s tyranny which makes it obvious that there is potential for a rift to develop between them, especially when Molly is approached by an English naval officer to act as a spy for England to gain information about organized tax evasion in the colonies and Jean-Luc is recruited by a French spy to work against England and help in the fight for independence. However, neither tells the other what they are up to. I particularly loved Molly’s character because of the traits she demonstrated right from the opening pages of the book. She is a quick thinker and very clever when it comes to swift plans of action, and she is as tough as nails and certainly not afraid of conflict. It quickly becomes apparent that she is a force to be reckoned with!
What I truly loved about this book was that Endicott doesn’t leave out a single aspect of the growing conflict. We have the angry colonists who think the new tax requirements are excessive and unfair, the English patriots in the colonies who think the dissenters are simply ungrateful, the short-tempered Royal Governor who started out with good ideals and then lost his way, the British tax collectors who will do anything to make money and gain the Governor’s favour, the French paladins who have been sent to the colonies to stir up trouble, the Dutch patroons who control everything along the coast, and their tenant farmers who can’t get ahead as a result. It was very interesting to note that the colonists (including the Dutch patroons) were angry over oppression by the British while at the same time the small time tenant farmers were tired of being oppressed by the rich Dutch landowners who originally settled the colonies.
Molly and Jean-Luc are like danger magnets, so many times finding themselves in situations where they did not realize their lives would be in peril. This results in a story that is like a roller coaster ride of suspense from one dangerous situation to another, until the exciting conclusion. Overall, this is a very satisfying read in every respect. It is historically accurate, exciting and suspenseful, and engages the readers’ emotions from start to finish. I highly recommend it.
Samuel Endicott was born in Louisville, Kentucky in 1949 and earned degrees from both the University of Mississippi and the University of California. He is also a graduate of the Army CGSOC and the Naval War College and as an army ranger and paratrooper went on to serve in the combat engineers from 1975 to 1995. He enjoys golf, sailing, and tennis and resides in Virginia with his wife, Elaine.
Reviewer: Cindy Taylor,

Title: The Molly Lake Chronicles, Book Two: Barely Afloat
Author: Samuel Endicott
Format: paperback
Publisher: Griffin Press
October, 2011
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Review of How to get anything you want – Just Like That! by Janet Poole

Posted in Uncategorized on March 23, 2012 by Allbooks Review International

The power of positive thinking, changing attitudes, embracing your inner strength, seizing control over your life, not letting others dictate your productivity or happiness; these and many more are the themes of “How to get anything you want”. Poole builds on concepts designed to help the reader recognize those situations and inner barriers that hinder a person from progressing, or better said, from achieving their desires and goals. The book provides insight into what may be issues in your life, both personal and professional, provides direction in overcoming these issues and even exercises to help the reader through the concepts or through self-analysis and reflection. The book gives inspirational quotes, decent summaries of the chapters, good sense advice and a variety of approaches for each idea. It is all inclusive and wide ranging and will have a wide target audience.
While the book is well written, very well laid out and easy to read, I found the concepts a repeat of many self-analysis and self-help books already on the shelf. The title, “How to get anything you want – Just Like That!” is also misleading and actually contrary to some of the concepts presented. This book provides a path to attitude, emotional or situational change, which in its self might lead to personal growth, emotional stability, or even financial gain through realizing and overcoming your individual limitations, but it can give the reader nothing “Just Like That!”
On the positive side, I believe there is great wisdom inside and everyone will walk away with lessons or skills, whether new or reinforced, that can improve their situation. To those who pick up this book I say, “Embrace the message”.
Reviewed by reviewer Gregory J. Saunders, Allbooks Review,
Publisher: Mountain View Publishing
ISBN: 978-1439280607
Price: $25.00 (Amazon)
Available: Paperback
Oct. 2011
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Review Altered–A Teenage Girl’s Must-Have by Laura Burks

Posted in Uncategorized on March 14, 2012 by Allbooks Review International

Laura Burks’ first novel Altered is a captivating bundle of mystery, suspense, and forbidden love. I would definitely recommend this book for young teenage girls, typically from ages 14-16 (especially if they also enjoy the book series Twilight).
The intricate story begins very interestingly. Jenna Larson, the protagonist of the novel, hears a mysterious voice whisper her name. Right from the beginning, the book has already captured your interest. Readers will wonder, what voice? Who called? From then on, the plot only gets more and more boggling. After hearing the unexpected name call, Jenna gets curious and attempts to find who whispered her name. She proceeds into the forest, discovers an abandoned cabin, and finds a worn, strange book under the floorboards.
When I reached that point of the book, I was a little miffed. I found it unrealistic how Jenna tried so hard to find who whispered her name. It seemed like Burks was just trying to find some reason to get Jenna into finding the empty cabin. Also, in my opinion, the discovery of the old book was almost cliché in a way. I thought I knew immediately what the story would be about. The book would have magical powers…have things written in it by itself…be some evil object belonging to some evil person…I figured the rest of the plot would be a knock-off to J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets.
Surprisingly, Altered took a whole different turn away from the odd book and more into romance and danger. Jenna soon encounters a beautiful adolescent man named Jess Parkin and of course, love begins to cook between them. However, complications occur and this is when the disturbing, suspenseful parts of the book fall in.
This novel is told in first person. That allows the readers to really understand and feel Jenna’s emotions. The readers can relate to her feelings as well. All teenage girls have felt their heart jump and their bellies go nuts with butterflies whenever they’re talking to someone they like. If the story was told in third person, I think the book wouldn’t have been as spellbinding and relatable.
Altered always keeps you reading. You have no choice but to read, it’s too riveting. You’re forced to keep guessing, and when you think you know what happens next, the author always manages to surprise you. It’s one of those novels that once you start reading, you can’t stop.
Laura Burks began writing at a young age, mostly in a diary. Later, she started to write as a creator of a monthly business newsletter. Her love for writing grew immensely from then on. She started Altered (which is her first book) in March 2009. During this time, she spent a lot of time editing and browsing Internet publishing option until Wings ePress offered to print and publish her book. Besides being a writer, Burks is also a wife, mother, and a teacher of “Get Real About Violence” and a Youth Legislature program. She is also a member of Romance Writers ofAmerica and HeartLa.Reviewer: Iris Park, Allbooks Review Int.

Title: Altered
Author: Laura Burks
ISBN: 978-1-61309-026-8
Publisher: Wings ePressInc
No. of pages: 352
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Date of Review: Oct. 2011

Review of The Laird of Loch Fyne by Brandy Grandberg

Posted in Uncategorized on March 14, 2012 by Allbooks Review International

Earlier this year, I toured the Mull of Kintyre in Scotland and stopping in Inverary, experienced Loch Fyne for myself. What a wonderful coincidence to read The Laird of Loch Fyne so soon after the experience.
Unsuspecting Maggie Harris has a time travel experience that brings her face to face with the sixteenth century Laird of Loch Fyne. Being a fan of Renaissance fairs and Scottish history, Maggie quickly realizes her predicament but doesn’t yet realize it is 1593. Ian MacLachlan, the Laird is not impressed with the brash and independent, trouser clad woman that he finds trespassing on his land, however she needs rescuing and that is exactly what he does. He is pleased when he learns that Maggie is a healer and knows that her skill will be needed in the village. The relationship soon becomes a hate/love conundrum with neither wanting to admit their feelings for the other. Does Maggie want to remain in 1593 with Ian or return to her life in the present? Is Ian ready to take a wife?
Ian and his brother, Reid are being threatened by an unknown source and the ancient psychic, Gilmore brings Maggie to save them. How and why, remain a mystery to Maggie and Ian. The future holds many heart wrenching trials and tribulations for both of them. Ian’s step mother Lorna is evil and threatens his happiness. Will love conquer all? Will Maggie save the Laird? Or will she return to the present leaving love behind?
Author, Brandy Grandberg is a fan of Scotland’s rich history, customs and landscape. She lives in Iowa.
Excellent characters, vivid descriptions and well researched customs and mores of the early Scots, make this an entertaining and educational tale of romance, adventure, time travel and mystery.
Highly Recommended by reviewer Shirley A. Roe, Allbooks Review International,

Title: The Laird of Loch Fyne
Author: Brandy Grandberg
Tate Publishing
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Posted in Uncategorized on March 12, 2012 by Allbooks Review International

Random House of Canada launches lifestyle imprint under Robert McCullough

Random House of Canada is expanding its editorial presence beyond its downtown Toronto headquarters, launching what it describes as a “boutique imprint” under West Coast–based publisher Robert McCullough.
Appetite by Random House will publish about 10 lifestyle titles per year, beginning with the May release of Rob Rainford’s Born to Grill: Over 100 Recipes from My Backyard to Yours, by the Canadian chef and host of the Food Network’s Licence to Grill. That will be followed in the fall by Jerusalem: A Cookbook by Yotam Ottolenghi (author of Plenty); Modern Flavors of Arabia: A Food Journey Through the Middle East by Suzanne Husseini, etc. McCullough, the long-time publisher of Whitecap Books, joined Random House in June following the collapse of distributor H.B. Fenn and Company. Whitecap was the largest Canadian-owned publisher with distribution through the defunct firm.