Monday, December 15, 2014

YEAR END CHANGE IN MY PRIORITIES


At the beginning of this year I'd once again made a New Year's Resolution to FINALLY return to reading books again. The MAJOR DIFFERENCE this year is that instead of reading NONE, since having declared myself a Book Review a few short months ago I've already read 39; and this does not include the handful of books I'd read in the beginning of the year.


This beginning the case, I've decided to really push the envelope in reading push, and read/review as many books as I possibly can, And in order to do this, basically all of my other activities will change drastically. There will be no movement in any of my writing endeavors, nor will there will any real effort to result to the writing prompts I usually respond.


I will continue to promote the two books I've already self-publisher. I will continue to send out Tweeks as I've always done.


Finally, in exchange for you kind support here on my blog, I’m offering a SPECIAL DISCOUNT on my two books

Micro Fiction – An Anthology regularly lists on Amazon for $8.99 and is discount to $8.54.   And I Kissed a Ghost which regularly lists for $9.99 and is discounted to $8.96.

I’m offering $1.95 off for either or both books if they’re ordered through CreateSpace and the code JXE954KW is used when checking out

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Sunday, December 14, 2014

WEEKLY STATUS REPORT # 35

After the exhausting week I had last week I decided to take a little breather and basically relax as much as possible for two days.  This didn’t mean I avoided going on the internet, I did; but merely to keep my email boxes for my three email addresses as clear as possible.  Other than quick responses I sorted by mail for quicker responses for when I got back into action on Wednesday.

On Wednesday, I posted a review which I’d said last time I’ve already posted on the four sites I usually do: Amazon.com, GoodReads.com, LibraryThing.com and Shelfari.com. I’d also received a comment for this review by the author himself who said that he loved that I wrote: “…as if we'd been sitting in a class given by the author of the book." And that he considers himself to be an inveterate teacher and that his how-to-write-memoir books to be "portable workshops." It’s a nice feeling to have the author of a book you’ve reviewed to take time out of their busy schedule to compliment you for what you’ve written.

In additional to this review, this week I’ve been EXTREMELY BUSY as a Book Reviewer. In the past week I’ve read and reviewed an impressive additional five books. And at the present time on my Shelfari bookshelf I’ve got four books I still need to read. Three of them are for the REAL BOOKS I’ve won from the giveaways on GoodReads, which I’ve yet to receive, and one is for an e-book.

I can see my status as a Book Review is growing because my ranking as a reviewer on Amazon is now #53,477, so THANKS to those of you who’ve gone and said YES at the end of my reviews there.

As you can probably imagine, because of the above, I haven’t made any movement in any of my other endeavors. But so be it, I loved having done what I did this past week.


This week will probably be more of the same; especially with the Holiday Buying Season still in full swing.

A TOUR HAS STOPPED AT MY BLOG - JEFFREY von GLAHN


Background:

Jessica had always been haunted by the fear that the unthinkable had happened when she had been “made-up.” For as far back as she could remember, she had no sense of a Self. Her mother thought of her as the “perfect infant” because “she never wanted anything and she never needed anything.” As a child, just thinking of saying “I need” or “I want” left her feeling like an empty shell and that her mind was about to spin out of control. Terrified of who––or what––she was, she lived in constant dread over being found guilty of impersonating a human being. 

Jeffrey Von Glahn, Ph.D., an experienced therapist with an unshakable belief in the healing powers of the human spirit, and Jessica, blaze a trail into this unexplored territory. As if she has, in fact, become an infant again, Jessica remembers in extraordinary detail events from the earliest days of her life––events that threatened to twist her embryonic humanness from its natural course of development. Her recollections are like listening to an infant who could talk describe every psychologically dramatic moment of its life as it was happening. 


 

When Dr. Von Glahn met Jessica, she was 23. Everyone regarded her as a responsible, caring person – except that she never drove and she stayed at her mother’s when her husband worked nights.

For many months, Jessica’s therapy was stuck in an impasse. Dr. Von Glahn had absolutely no idea that she was so terrified over simply talking about herself. In hopes of breakthrough, she boldly asked for four hours of therapy a day, for three days a week, for six weeks. The mystery that was Jessica cracked open in dramatic fashion, and in a way that Dr. Von Glahn could never have imagined. Then she asked for four days a week – and for however long it took. In the following months, her electrifying journey into her mystifying past brought her ever closer to a final confrontation with the events that had threatened to forever strip her of her basic humanness.



Twitter Handle:  @JeffreyVonGlahn
Website:  http://jeffreyvonglahn.com

Purchase Link for book:  http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00IUCKOD8

BLOG POST:

This excerpt is from the Prologue. It describes how my view of infants was changed by Jessica’s therapy.

Listening to Jessica during therapy sessions was the same as listening to an infant who could talk describe in vivid detail every psychologically dramatic moment of its life as it was happening. As a result, my perception of infants was radically altered. I will never again think of them as simple little beings primarily interested in eating and sleeping. They are far more complex than I had ever imagined. When I am now in an infant’s presence, I am acutely conscious that an active force in the world is before me. What I say and how I act will be watched with great interest by a mind that, though not as developed as mine, is probably more curious about the world and definitely more sensitive to it.

Infants, especially newborns, pull me toward them with what seems like an irresistible power. Whenever I see one of these brand-new human beings, I must fight my urge to drop whatever I’m doing and immediately rush to its side. In my fantasy, I see myself slow down as I approach my goal and unhurriedly cover the last bit of distance. I close in with the most incredibly joyous smile anyone has ever seen. My eyes bulge in unabashed delight, while my smile and eyes speak for me. They speak the language of infancy, a life rich in feelings, hopes, dreams, potential, and an insatiable curiosity about the world. It is a life as exciting and intriguing as anything adults can even imagine.


Saturday, December 13, 2014

BOOK REVIEW # 39 - A PERSONAL JOURNEY TO THE HEART OF TEACHING

I bought a copy of this book primarily for two reasons. I couldn’t resist the price for the KINDLE edition for this book, FREE. The second reason is that this author and I belong internet support group “Rave Reviews”

While I’ve never been a teacher, nor a parent of a child; like ALL OF US, I’ve been a student.

As students we never got to know what’s going on inside the minds of any of the teachers we’ve ever had from Kindergarten right through our senior year in high school. All we knew had been that the person in front of the classroom was there to teach what we needed to learn. And from the ninth grade on, for me it had been to pass the all-important year end test for the subjects I’ve taken a class in; which in New York State that was the State Regents Exams.

And for some reason, as students, we never could understand why we liked some teachers more than others, we just did. All we knew it basically had been the way our teachers interacted with us; some showing us an interest in what we might to ask at the end of a class, while others told us to get to our next class so we wouldn’t be late - - in other words the old brush-off.

In his book, John Fioravanti, has gone to where almost all teachers would never dare to thread, which is letting us into his psyche for his reasons for being a teacher and his development in becoming a better teacher. This book also proves that the line in the song “Getting to Know You” from the “The Kind and I” has some truth to back it up. For those who don’t know the line, it is: “If you become a teacher by your students you’ll be taught.”

The author’s life experiences is what this book is about, and in writing it, he has lifted the veil to the reason why teachers are the way they are, which is why I’m happy to give this book 5 STARS.

US:  http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00K9UXW2E


UK:  http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00K9UXW2E


If you’ve liked reading this review, if possible I’d appreciate it if you could go to Amazon and say YES at the end of my review there. THANKS

BOOK REVIEW # 38 - THROUGH THE KEYHOLE

I bought a copy of this book primarily because the author and I belong internet support group “Rave Reviews” http/tinyurl.com/mqo65sj; as well as it being a relatively quick read.

As I read this book I felt somewhat like a voyeur, looking into the lives of several individuals while being stranded at an airport during a heavy snowstorm, through the various isolated snippets being told by them. Being a child of the 1950’s the book reminded me a little of the television show Candid Camera,” with Alan Funt; except the incidents here weren’t always funny. Instead, I experienced, like other readers will, a different emotion for each of the snippets I read.

Unfortunately, what has pulled my opinion of this book down has been the detailed description of each of the characters she has written about in her introduction. I’d been told numerous times, in writing, authors should allow their readers to formulate their own mental pictures of what any given character looks like. For example in the introduction to her book, Ms. Cowan wrote that:
Sue is around 5’6”, brown hair, outgoing, quick to laugh. John is around 6’, black hair, quiet but friendly.

To me Sue is around 5’2”, has brilliant green eyes with long auburn straight hair going halfway down her back. And John is around 5’10’, quite muscular with beautifully coiffed blonde hair and bright blue eyes. Since I didn’t read enough concerning each of her characters, I couldn’t really form an opinion of them; besides this, nowhere else through her book does she mention their relationship as a newlywed couple of husband/wife, which leaves to wonder how important it was for her telling us this.

In the end I giving this book 3 STARS.


US: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00OE6XLK2


UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00OE6XLK2

BOOK REVIEW # 37 - LOOKING FOR MR. RIGHT

As I read this book, the first book I reviewed soon after I declared myself to be a Book Reviewer, “Searching4MrRight.com” by Rene D. Schultz, came into my mind. In that review I wrote “Who can't recall the horrors of the dates you had, many of which you'd sooner forget, before getting married for the first. For the dates you can recall, didn't you give each one of those dates a label of sort to "remember" them by? If you did and you can relate to what Rene had experienced when she decided to re-enter the dating and doing the same thing. Read this book, and see how many of her dates had been similar to ones you had experienced yourself.”

Hopefully by reading “Looking for Mr. Right,” you’ll be able to by-pass some of these experiences and disasters.

I feel this book has been written in an informative as well as an entertaining manner; which added to the enjoyment of my in reading it. The book addresses the issues most women are concerned about when it comes to the “The Dating Game.” The information this book seems to indicate it has been researched quite well, and the exercises it contains are quite useful is realizing what you need to know in order to attract your Mr. Right.

While this is a book which can easily be read in a single sitting of about an hour, you should reduce your reading speed so you won’t miss anything the author has to say, so read it a second time. I’d read this book twice over the course of three hours since I’d received the book, which included a break to have my dinner.

I was about to give this book 4 STARS, but how could I forget this book had been written by a MALE with a MALE’s POV; which is why I’m giving it 5 STARS.

This review has been my honest opinion, which I wrote in return for the free KINDLE version I received.




If you feel my review has made you interested in possibly buying the book.  Please say YES at the end of the review on Amazon.  THANKS.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

BOOK REVIEW # 36 - CHARLIE, THE FLATULENT CHRISTMAS ANGEL


The instant I began to read Steve Case’s “Charlie, The Flatulent Christmas Angel,” I got flung back to the days of youth when I had been a child of the 1950’s and to all of the Dr. Seuss’ I read then.  “The Cat in the Hat,” “The Cat in the Hat Returns,” both of the Horton books, “And to Think I Saw It on Mulberry Street,” and the rest of his books had been some of my favorite books back then.

The rhyming Case uses in writing his brief, cute stories matches that of Dr. Seuss, who must have influenced him when it came to writing this book. While Dr. Seuss aimed for the zany  and funny side in his stories, Mr. Case’s humor aims to be somewhat more sedate while at the time creating stories which leave its readers with a sense that something had been gained by the end of each story.

The book is something which would definitely appeal to its intended group of young readers, about age 5 – 9. This book will also allow its adult readers to rediscover their inner child as I did as I read this book THREE TIMES. And for allowing me to rediscover those days I’m giving this book FIVE STARS.

I received a copy of this book in a GoodReads giveaway in return for my honest opinion in a review.