Secrets Best Kept by Tisha @athrhopedestiny #FridayReads #AmazonGiveaway


Secrets Best Kept

 

Title Secrets Best Kept

Author Tisha

Genre Contemporary Christian Non-Fiction

Publisher PenPoint Publications

 

Book Blurb

From prison to pristine, from jail to justice, from hell to heaven describes all the things the woman of God in this story went thru and got thru.

 

The bible says in 1 Corinthians 10:13 that “No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.”

 

God never puts more on us than we can bear.

 

God always step in on time.

 

He doesn’t come when you want Him but He right there in the nick of time.

This story is a riveting tale of triumph over trial and tribulations when you have God on your side and it confirms the fact that there is nothing too hard for God and He is bigger than any trial. He is bigger than any test.

 

Take a journey with this woman of God as she overcome her circumstances thru God who strengthens.

 

Excerpt

I was born July 17, 1957.  My mother already had four kids by the time I was born.  I can’t remember much when I was born; only from when I was 6 years old.  By then there were seven of us. I can remember that we were not wealthy but we were not poor.  My mother always had a meal on the table and we always had clean clothes.  It was three boys and four girls. We were the average family. My father, as I knew then he worked at soda factory.  I remember we always had toys on Christmas and new clothes and shoes for Easter. We were not a church going family but we were close. My younger sisters and brothers and I always found something to do in the summertime when my mother would leave for work.  We would leave the house to and go around the neighborhood and pick our cousins. We would go and pick blueberries, pears, cherries and plums.

We had to get home before mom because she told us not to leave the house but the blue berries on our hand told on us because it had to wear off. We would get a whipping but the next day we would do it all over again. When the summer was over then there was school to be starting I did not like school.

 

Amazon Giveaway:

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Buy Links

Amazon US https://www.amazon.com/Secrets-Best-Kept-actual-events-ebook/dp/B071VFKYBP

 

Amazon CA https://www.amazon.ca/Secrets-Best-Kept-actual-events-ebook/dp/B071VFKYBP

 

Amazon UK https://www.amazon.co.uk/Secrets-Best-Kept-actual-events-ebook/dp/B071VFKYBP

 

Hope Destiny

 

Author Biography

Born and raised in Orlando, Florida where I currently reside with my husband and adult kids,  I, Tisha aka Hope Destiny, am an author turned publisher with over 12 published books including a children’s book, Christian fiction novels, collaborations, short stories and more. I wear many hats and trust in God in everything I do.

 

Social Media Links

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/AuthorHopeDestiny

Twitter https://twitter.com/athrhopedestiny

Instagram https://www.instagram.com/penpointpub/

An Army at Dawn: The War in North Africa, 1942-1943 #BookReview! #military #militaryhistory #books


An Army at Dawn

 

Title: An Army at Dawn: The War in North Africa, 1942-1943, Volume One of the Liberation Trilogy

Author: Rick Atkinson

Genre: World War Two, North Africa Campaign, Nonfiction

 

Book Blurb:

WINNER OF THE PULITZER PRIZE AND NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

 

“A splendid book… The emphasis throughout is on the human drama of men at war.”―The Washington Post Book World

The liberation of Europe and the destruction of the Third Reich is an epic story of courage and calamity, of miscalculation and enduring triumph. In this first volume of the Liberation Trilogy, Rick Atkinson shows why no modern reader can understand the ultimate victory of the Allied powers without a grasp of the great drama that unfolded in North Africa in 1942 and 1943.

 

Opening with the daring amphibious invasion in November 1942, An Army at Dawn follows the American and British armies as they fight the French in Morocco and Algiers, and then take on the Germans and Italians in Tunisia. Battle by battle, an inexperienced and sometimes poorly led army gradually becomes a superb fighting force. At the center of the tale are the extraordinary but flawed commanders who come to dominate the battlefield: Eisenhower, Patton, Bradley, Montgomery, and Rommel.

 

Brilliantly researched, rich with new material and vivid insights, Atkinson’s vivid narrative tells the deeply human story of a monumental battle for the future of civilization.

 

My Review:

Part 1 of the Liberation Trilogy.

 

Atkinson has written the definitive history of the War in North Africa from Torch to the end.  He takes the gloves off and there is no reverence for leader or soldier in this writing.  It is realistic and at times disturbing but the truth is the truth.

 

Atkinson seems to have issues with some famous generals * some that I worship * but be that as it may, this is the history of this part of World War II.

 

It will take a treasured spot on my military history book shelf and now I must acquire the next two copies of this series.

 

My Rating:  5 stars

 

Buy it now:

Amazon US https://www.amazon.com/Army-Dawn-1942-1943-Liberation-Trilogy/dp/0805087249

Amazon CA https://www.amazon.ca/Army-Dawn-1942-1943-Liberation-Trilogy/dp/0805087249

Amazon UK https://www.amazon.co.uk/Army-Dawn-1942-1943-Liberation-Trilogy/dp/0805087249

Goodreads https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/541920.An_Army_at_Dawn

 

Author Biography:

Rick Atkinson is the bestselling author of six works of narrative military history, including The Guns at Last Light, The Day of Battle, An Army at Dawn, The Long Gray Line, In the Company of Soldiers, and Crusade. He also was the lead essayist in Where Valor Rests: Arlington National Cemetery, published by National Geographic. He was a reporter, foreign correspondent, war correspondent, and senior editor at The Washington Post for more than twenty years. His many awards include Pulitzer Prizes for journalism and history, the George Polk Award, and the Pritzker Military Library Literature Award for Lifetime Achievement in Military Writing. He lives in Washington, D.C. For more information, please visit www.liberationtrilogy.com.

 

Reviewed by: Mr. N

Discover the #MayanEmpire With @CarolePRoman #bookreview #FridayReads #kidlit


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Title: If You Were Me and Lived in….the Mayan Empire (Volume 8)

Author: Carole P. Roman (Author), Paula Tabor (Author)

Genre: Children’s Books, Nonfiction, History, Mayan Empire

 

Book Blurb:

Join Carole P. Roman and travel through time to visit the most interesting civilizations throughout history in the first four books of her new series. Learn what kind of food you might eat in Ancient Greece, the clothes you wore in 15th century Renaissance Italy, what your name could be in Viking Europe, and what children who lived during the Han Dynasty did for fun. If You Were Me and Lived in… does for history what her other award-winning series did for culture. So get on-board this time-travel machine and discover the world through the eyes of a young person just like you.

 

My Review:

One of the greatest ancient civilizations is the Mayan Empire and in this installment, Carole P. Roman gives us an award-winning tour. We learn what life was like for one merchant family from what they ate to societal expectations to even some of the magnificent inventions of the Mayan people. Let’s begin with some interesting facts of life for a Mayan family:

 

  • Employment was hereditary and if your father was a potter then you’d be a potter, too.
  • You lived in a simple rectangular house made of clay and you lived close to your extended family.
  • Your mother tended a communal kitchen garden and your family ate outdoors under an overhand of thatch. Men ate first, followed by the women.
  • A food staple was maize and you had it in every meal. Men would hunt for meat and that would accompany maize for meals.
  • Mayans were very religious so early in the morning, your family said a prayer at the shrine in your home.

 

Now for some of the amazing inventions and accomplishments of the Mayans:

  • The Mayans were the only American society with a written account of their history.
  • The Mayans prepared a calendar more accurate than the one used by the rest of the world.
  • In the field of medicine, the Mayans performed surgical operations on the brain.
  • The Mayans were incredible mathematicians. They were the first civilization to develop the number zero.
  • The Mayans mapped the night skies without the aid of a telescope.
  • Many of our foods (corn, squash, chocolate, fruits and turkeys) were perfected by the Mayans, as was the production of cotton.

 

I had the privilege of studying the Mayan Empire while at university and I was extremely impressed with this overview of the Mayan Empire. Well researched, Roman hit on all the main points while making it relevant for children. The illustrations are colorful, just like the Mayan Empire.

 

I highly recommend this book, especially for parents, teachers and educators. A terrific way to teach children about the Mayans in a fun, interactive way. One of the best books by Carole P. Roman to date!

 

Disclaimer: I received a paperback copy from the author in the hopes I’d review it.

 

My Rating:  5+ stars

 

Buy it now:

Amazon US https://www.amazon.com/You-Were-Lived-Mayan-Empire/dp/153504621X

Amazon CA https://www.amazon.ca/You-Were-Lived-Mayan-Empire/dp/153504621X

Amazon UK https://www.amazon.co.uk/You-Were-Lived-Mayan-Empire/dp/153504621X

 

Goodreads https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/34703526-if-you-were-me-and-lived-in-the-mayan-empire

 

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Author Biography:

Named to Kirkus Reviews’ Best of 2012 for her first book, award winning author Carole P. Roman started writing as a dare from one of her sons. Using an imaginary game she played with her grandson as a base, Captain No Beard was born. “Captain No Beard- An Imaginary Tale of a Pirate’s Life” has not only been named to Kirkus Best of 2012, it received the Star of Exceptional Merit, and won the Pinnacle Award for 2012. “Pepper Parrot’s Problem with Patience” Book 2 in the series, received 5 Stars from The ForeWord Review The Clarion Review. Strangers on the High Seas has won second place in the Rebecca’s Reads Choice Awards 2013. It has followed with six more books to the series. This year, Captain No Beard and the Aurora Borealis was named to Kirkus Best 2015. The entire cultural non-fiction series If You Were Me and Lived in… was named Best Series by Shelf Unbound. She has begun work on two new series that will be released in early 2016.

 

Motivated by her love of yoga, Roman has written a book that not only teaches four poses, but shows how easy and accessible yoga can be.

 

 

Her new non-fiction series, “If You Were Me and Lived in…” combines her teaching past with her love of exploration and interest in the world around us. The debut book in the series, “If You Were Me and Lived in…Mexico” has won the Pinnacle Award for Best in Children’s Non Fiction 2012. France, South Korea, and Norway. Rebecca’s Reads has given If You Were Me and Lived in…Norway an honorable mention in the 2013 Choice Awards. If You Were Me and lived in …France won second place. ForeWord Review has nominated If You Were Me and Lived in…France for best in children’s non fiction literature 2013. They will be followed with Kenya, Turkey, India, and Australia. She plans to do Portugal, Greece, and Argentina next year.

 

 

Writing for children has opened up a whole second act for her. While she is still working in her family business, this has enabled her to share her sense of humor as well as love for history and culture with the audience she adores. Roman lives on Long Island with her husband and near her children.

 

Social Media Links:

Website http://caroleproman.com/  

 

Blog http://caroleproman.blogspot.ca/  

 

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/CarolePRomanAwardWinningAuthorAndBooks  

 

Twitter https://twitter.com/caroleproman  

 

Pinterest https://www.pinterest.com/caroleproman/

 

Reviewed by: Mrs. N

#CoverReveal: It’s Not Your Journey (Second Edition) by @BekaLombardo #Memoir #KeepTalkingMH


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Title  It’s Not Your Journey (Second Edition)

Author  Rebecca Lombardo

Genre  Memoir

Book Blurb 

Follow Rebecca Lombardo as she details two years of her twenty-five year battle with mental illness and what brought her to attempt to take her life in 2013. As she recovered from that attempt, she continued to write in the hopes that she would help purge some of the pain in her life. What she never expected was that she could help others as well. This book quite simply began as a blog and became a book; where she opens up about her real and raw emotions during those two years.

Set aside any preconceived notions you may have about what a book should be and put yourself in the shoes of someone struggling daily with a disease she could not control, despite the support of her loving husband. Even with the struggles, Rebecca attempts to offer the reader support and guidance as she begs them not to follow her path.

This book is the true story of one woman that fights a battle inside her mind every single day and attempts to document what she is feeling to help others while she helps herself. This is the second edition of It’s Not Your Journey.

At 44 years of age and happily married for 15 years, Rebecca can finally say that she is on her way to reaching her dream. Not only does she hope to help people that are struggling with depression, she hopes to help everyone realize that you are never too old to find your voice.

Book Trailer

 

Buy Links for Kindle:  

Amazon US https://www.amazon.com/Its-Your-Journey-Rebecca-Lombardo-ebook/dp/B014CEH4T4/

Amazon CA https://www.amazon.ca/Its-Your-Journey-Rebecca-Lombardo-ebook/dp/B014CEH4T4/

Amazon UK https://www.amazon.co.uk/Its-Your-Journey-Rebecca-Lombardo-ebook/dp/B014CEH4T4/

 

Click here for more information www.rebeccalombardo.com

 

Podcast: https://www.pscp.tv/BekaLombardo1/1vOxwgRMPDoxB

Rebecca Lombardo

Author Biography 

Rebecca Lombardo is 44 years old and has been happily married for 15 years. She lives in Michigan with her husband and cats. She is a published author, a Huffington Post blogger, and a podcast host. She was diagnosed with bipolar disorder at the age of 19. She has battled that as well as several other conditions for over 20 years. In 2013, she attempted suicide. Grateful that she survived, she decided to tell her story in the hopes that she could help others choose a different path.

Social Media Links

Website www.rebeccalombardo.com

Facebook www.facebook.com/notyourjourney

Twitter www.twitter.com/bekalombardo

Instagram www.instagram.com/bekalombardo

The Power of Time Perception by @jeanpaulzoghbi #bookreview #timemanagement #TuesdayBookBlog


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Title: The Power of Time Perception: Control the Speed of Time to Make Every Second Count

Author: Jean Paul Zogby

Genre: Nonfiction, Time Management, Self-Help

 

Book Blurb:

Do you feel that time is flying as you grow older?


Want to learn the secret of how to slow it down?

 

Now you can! With access to in-depth research, you can learn how to extend the good times and fast forward through the bad ones with The Power of Time Perception.
Inside the pages of this amazingly insightful book, you will learn how we think about time, the factors influencing our time experiences, and how YOU can make every second count.

The Book covers things like:

  • How our brains perceive reality?
  • What makes time speed up or slow down?
  • How our personality traits influence our time experience?
  • How emotions affect the speed of time in our mind?
  • Ways to slow down time in our life
  • And much more…

 

Are you ready to live the longest year of your life?

 

This is one book that has all the answers.

 
Get your copy today! Every Second Counts!

 

My Review:

Time is a universal commodity yet so many of us don’t understand or utilize it properly. Now, thanks to over six years of research, Jean Paul Zogby is here to help us harness the power of time perception.

 

Starting with the psychology of how we perceive time, Zogby explains how we sense time, how our brains perceive time, what factors influence our discernment of time, how our personality and emotions determine how we observe time, how our memories alter time and how we can make every second count. Zogby isn’t basing his premise on his beliefs but on scientific research. Blending physics, biology, psychology and personal experience, Zogby teaches us how to quantify time and how best to manage it. It’s not about making lists or eating healthy, it’s all in our awareness of how time works. We have the power within and it’s all a matter of perception.

 

While there are a few concepts communicated in this book I don’t agree with, the overall theme I wholeheartedly support. Extremely well written, The Power of Time Perception takes time management to an almost spiritual level. Make every second count … a mantra I fully endorse. Highly recommend!

 

Favorite Quote: “We live in the moment when we stop living in the past, enjoy the present and look forward to the future.”

 

My Rating:  4.5 stars

 

Buy it now:

Amazon https://www.amazon.com/Power-Time-Perception-Control-Second-ebook/dp/B01MZEZL7S

Barnes and Noble http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-power-of-time-perception-jean-paul-a-zogby/1125890666?ean=2940154049556

Goodreads https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/34368862-the-power-of-time-perception

 

Author Biography:

Make Every Second Count!

Jean Paul Zogby, author of The Power of Time Perception, is a writer, researcher, music composer, and real estate development expert.

His current passion is to help people understand why time speeds up as we grow older and how to make the most of it. With the last 6 years spent researching Time Perception in the fields of Neuroscience and Cognitive Psychology, he is passionate about sharing what science has to say about our experience of time and ways to make every second count.

A husband and father of two lovely daughters and a son, he resides in Dubai where he is the CEO for a multi-billion construction project.

For more details, visit the Official Website at www.jpzogby.com

 

Social Media Links:

Website www.jpzogby.com

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/jpzogby/

Twitter https://twitter.com/jeanpaulzoghbi

 

Reviewed by: Mrs. N

If You Were Me and Lived in … the Ancient #Mali Empire by @CarolePRoman #bookreview #kidlit


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Title: If You Were Me and Lived in…the Ancient Mali Empire

Author: Carole P. Roman (Author), Mateya Arkova (Illustrator)

Genre: Children’s Books, Ancient History, Mali Empire

 

Book Blurb:

Join Carole P. Roman as she travels back in time to visit the exciting Ancient Empire of Mali in Africa during the 1300s. Learn about the varied customs and cultures. Travel to the past to discover what you would eat and do for fun. See the land and its rich history through the eyes of a youngster like you.

 

Don’t forget to look at the other books in the series so that you can be an armchair time traveler.

 

My Review:

Carole P. Roman is back with one of her most informative and insightful books in her historical/cultural series to date. She’s thrusting us into the ancient empire of Mali in the 1330’s AD. So sit tight and travel back in time to 14th century Sudan.

 

Mali started as a small part of the kingdom of Ghana but soon rebelled against the government and became their own kingdom.

 

With strong leadership, Mali took control of trade routes and soon became a mecca for trade and wealth.

 

Many in the Mali Empire followed the religion of Islam.

 

Houses were made from mud bricks and adobe plaster. The earthen walls cooled the inside which was handy since there wasn’t any air conditioning.

 

Since there was no written language, history was told by storytellers (griots). They were well-respected among the people and the king.

 

The most respected job was that of the farmer. They tended the fertile land near the river and provided food for everyone.

 

Although Mali was known for its gold, it did not produce or mint coins. Instead, salt was traded for goods in the marketplace. Only the king could use gold nuggets for trade.

 

When I first saw this book, I had no prior knowledge of the Mali Empire. It intrigued me and I’m so thankful to Carole P. Roman for spotlighting this ancient empire. I learned so much, more than I ever thought possible, and I know many children and adults will enjoy this book, too.

 

While this book is almost eighty pages, I thoroughly enjoyed reading it. It’s stuffed with many fascinating facts about what life was like in Mali and a fantastic educational resource. Both classroom and homeschool teachers will want this as part of their curriculum. I highly recommend this one!

 

My Rating:  5+ stars

 

Buy it now:

Amazon https://www.amazon.com/Were-Lived-Ancient-Mali-Empire-ebook/dp/B01N7OT0PM

 

Goodreads https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/33405623-if-you-were-me-and-lived-in-the-ancient-mali-empire

 

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Author Biography:

Named to Kirkus Reviews’ Best of 2012 for her first book, award winning author Carole P. Roman started writing as a dare from one of her sons. Using an imaginary game she played with her grandson as a base, Captain No Beard was born. “Captain No Beard- An Imaginary Tale of a Pirate’s Life” has not only been named to Kirkus Best of 2012, it received the Star of Exceptional Merit, and won the Pinnacle Award for 2012. “Pepper Parrot’s Problem with Patience” Book 2 in the series, received 5 Stars from The ForeWord Review The Clarion Review. Strangers on the High Seas has won second place in the Rebecca’s Reads Choice Awards 2013. It has followed with six more books to the series. This year, Captain No Beard and the Aurora Borealis was named to Kirkus Best 2015. The entire cultural non-fiction series If You Were Me and Lived in… was named Best Series by Shelf Unbound. She has begun work on two new series that will be released in early 2016.

 

Motivated by her love of yoga, Roman has written a book that not only teaches four poses, but shows how easy and accessible yoga can be.

 

 

Her new non-fiction series, “If You Were Me and Lived in…” combines her teaching past with her love of exploration and interest in the world around us. The debut book in the series, “If You Were Me and Lived in…Mexico” has won the Pinnacle Award for Best in Children’s Non Fiction 2012. France, South Korea, and Norway. Rebecca’s Reads has given If You Were Me and Lived in…Norway an honorable mention in the 2013 Choice Awards. If You Were Me and lived in …France won second place. ForeWord Review has nominated If You Were Me and Lived in…France for best in children’s non fiction literature 2013. They will be followed with Kenya, Turkey, India, and Australia. She plans to do Portugal, Greece, and Argentina next year.

 

 

Writing for children has opened up a whole second act for her. While she is still working in her family business, this has enabled her to share her sense of humor as well as love for history and culture with the audience she adores. Roman lives on Long Island with her husband and near her children.

 

Social Media Links:

Website http://caroleproman.com/  

 

Blog http://caroleproman.blogspot.ca/  

 

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/CarolePRomanAwardWinningAuthorAndBooks  

 

Twitter https://twitter.com/caroleproman  

 

Pinterest https://www.pinterest.com/caroleproman/

 

Reviewed by: Mrs. N

 

Announcing the N. N. Light Book Awards Finalists #books #bookreview #amreading


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Announcing the 1st Annual N. N. Light Book Awards, courtesy of N. N. Light Author Promotions.

 

We, Mr. N and Mrs. N, have read some incredible books this year and we thought it would be fun to have our own book awards. We gathered together the book reviews of every book we’ve read this year (over 200) and put together a ballot. Then Mr. N and Mrs. N sat down and discussed each entrant. After much consideration, we have narrowed it down to five finalists in the following categories:

 

Fiction

Childrens/Young Adult

Mystery/Suspense

Romance

Nonfiction

 

So, without further ado… drum roll please… here are the finalists…

 

Fiction:

Go Fast by Rod Humphris

Exordium of Tears by Andrew Weston

Pete’s Mighty Purty Privies by Aubrey Wynne

Raven’s Peak by Lincoln Cole

Dead Ground by Rod Humphris

 

Childrens/Young Adult:

Barking Madness by Ryan Hill

Lions in the Garden by Chelsea Luna

Withering Rose by Kaitlyn Davis

You, the Magician by Josh and Jodi Carothers

 

Mystery/Suspense:

Bring Your Own Baker by D. E. Haggerty

A Taste of Tragedy by Kim McMahill

Cries in the Wind by Judy Bruce

Anonymous by Christine Benedict

From a Poison Pen by B. P. Smythe

 

Romance:

The Guardian’s Witch by Ruth A. Casie

The Du Lac Chronicles by Mary Anne Yarde

Blame it on the Moon by Livia Quinn

The Guardian by Jacquie Biggar

Waltzing with the Earl by Alanna Lucas

 

Nonfiction:

The Power of Faith: When Tragedy Strikes by Chris and Terry Norton

Everything and a Happy Ending by Tia Shurina

A Long Walk with Sally by David Clark Jr.

Unearthing Venus: My Search for the Woman Within by Cate Montana

Notes from a Very Small Island by Anthony Stancomb

 

The winner in each category will receive a promotional package worth $50, courtesy of N. N. Light Author Promotions.

 

Congratulations to all of the finalists and the winners will be announced via email and on the POTL blog on Friday, December 23rd.

Book Spotlight: RSVP From Heaven by @MSaintLouisAZ #Paranormal #NewAge #books


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Title: RSVP From Heaven

Author: Marie Saint-Louis

Book Blurb:

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Excerpts: 

CHAPTER THREE EXCERPT (RSVP FROM HEAVEN)

CHAPTER FIVE RSVP FROM HEAVEN

CHAPTER SEVEN EXCERPT (RSVP FROM HEAVEN)

Buy it now: http://www.mariesaintlouis.com/store/c1/Featured_Products.html

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Author Biography:

Marie Saint-Louis is a psychic medium with international cliental and a growing celebrity list. She has read at parties sponsored by major corporations and frequently appears at events and private parties around the Phoenix area and other cities. 

“My story all begins when I provided guidance and connected deceased loved ones for people at a radio station sponsored swap meet located in a casino parking lot. This was a challenge since I was battling social anxiety, lifelong depression, and rejection.  Just months earlier, I won a jackpot on a nickel slot machine and decided to bring my spiritual gifts to parties and events. The winnings allowed me to pay each event’s vendor fees to get started. I’ve never looked back since”. 

She believes that “no event is too small or location too far” for sharing her gift with people looking to connect with deceased loved ones or receive guidance about their lives.

“Since childhood, I’ve talked to those who have passed on and was able to tell people things about their lives that couldn’t be explained.

Marie lives in Phoenix, Arizona with her two rescued cats, numerous houseplants, and visiting spirits. Marie is presently writing her second book in the RSVP from Heaven series and other creative projects.

Social Media Links:

Website: http://www.mariesaintlouis.com/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/MSaintLouisAZ

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/mariesaintlouis8

I’d Like to Introduce You to… @JoshPahigian #baseball #authorinterview #MLB


It’s my special privilege to introduce you to author (and my writing mentor) Josh Pahigian. He and I met via Twitter over a love of baseball. He helped me in so many ways to become the writer I am and I’m very excited to feature him here on my blog. He has a new baseball book out (which is a must-read for all baseball fans) and he agreed to sit down with me for an informal interview. Take it away, Josh!

 

Just as your books inspire authors, what authors have inspired you?

Growing up in central Massachusetts, I remember reading Peter Gammons’ weekly Baseball Notes column in The Boston Globe with near-religious fervor. We lived in a small town and our “paper boy” was actually a grown man, who would slow his Chevy Malibu to a swift roll and fling the bundled newspapers out the car window into your driveway. On many a Sunday morning I was waiting for him when he rolled down our street at sunrise. That’s one to think about the next time your modem is a tad slow when you sit down at the computer to read the morning news!

Jack Kerouac is another author who inspired me. I remember reading On the Road as a teenager and thinking, I’m going to do that someday … just get behind the wheel and drive. Little did I know I would be following the road to baseball nirvana.

 

What writing advice do you have for other aspiring authors?

If you’re writing nonfiction like me, I suggest you start by identifying the two of three things you’re most passionate about. Make that your subject matter. Second, read or at the very least survey as many published titles in that genre as you can find. Familiarize yourself with the terrain other authors have covered in your realm. Then, and this is where it gets tricky, find some new ground within this domain to cover. Find a niche to make your own and set about getting the experience, knowledge, and expertise to fill it well. Then, write your masterpiece. Along the way, believe in yourself even when others don’t. I wish I had saved the stack of rejection letters my co-author and I got from literary agents and publishers when we first sent around our proposal for The Ultimate Baseball Road Trip back in 2001 or 2002. After dozens upon dozens of them, we landed a great agent and then a publisher willing to pay for the rest of our trip to all of America’s big league parks. And to think, how close we came to giving up at so many junctures. But we believed in our idea and that kept us going.

 

Do you read your reviews? Do you respond to them, good or bad? Do you have any advice on how to deal with the bad?

Sure, I read my reviews… the ones by the pros and the ones by readers on Amazon and the other retail sites. I think it’s important to know how readers are responding to my work. I often try slightly new approaches in my books and want to know if they work for people. For, example, in the new edition of 101 Baseball Places I tried to get more deeply into the colorful stories and characters behind each of the best baseball sites. Will readers like that, or would they prefer to just get the facts about each site? I’d like to know. So, I’ll read the reviews.

 

Is there one subject you would never write about as an author? What is it?

Often in my baseball travels, I need to sample ballpark foods so that I can offer readers tips on which eats to seek out and which to avoid. I refuse to eat raw fish though. So, ballpark sushi is one subject I will never write about… at least not with any authority.

 

How many books have you written prior (if any?)

If you count revised and updated new editions as new books (which I am inclined to), then this is my eleventh book. Otherwise, I remain stuck at eight. Why do I count new editions as new books? Because I know how much work goes into creating a new edition and I want full credit!

 

What are you working on now? What is your next project?

I’m working on another ballpark travel book right now. It covers some familiar territory but with a unique twist. It’s not under contract yet, so I’d better clam up.

 

Where is one place you want to visit that you haven’t been before?

I would love to tour the ballparks of Japan and Australia and to write a book about my experiences with those versions of the American Game. I have two young children right now though, and traveling that far afield will have to wait until they’re a bit older.

 

What were you like as a child?

I grew up listening to Red Sox games beside my dad and watching the Sox play on the tube when they were on TV. This was before cable, which now treats us to every game in beautiful high-def, of course. I played baseball with my dad, my brother and my neighborhood friends. I played Little League. I was a fanatical collector of baseball cards. Every dollar I got my hands on led me straight to the one store in our town that had a box of Topps wax packs on the counter beside the register.

 

Have you always liked to write?

Absolutely. I remember my first publication. I was in the third grade and it was almost Halloween. Our teacher had us write spooky short stories which she submitted to the local newspaper. Three of them, including mine, were selected for publication opposite the Comics page. Mine was about meeting the ghost of Babe Ruth while trick-or-treating. He whipped a ball at me (I guess I caught him after one of his famous benders) which I walloped with a stick just in the nick of time. Softening toward me, he said, “Kid you’re going to make it to the majors one day.” I didn’t. But I did win a gift certificate for a Carvel ice cream cake, and more importantly, I fell in love with the idea of seeing my work in print. I hope my writing has improved some since then… and I apologize to the Bambino for portraying him as if he were the ghost of Ty Cobb!

 

What do you consider to be your best accomplishment?

From a writing standpoint, I would have to say publishing my first book—The Ultimate Baseball Road Trip—with my co-author Kevin O’Connell has been my greatest thrill. That was the hardest book to get into print, just because we were two newbies with no real connections when we started out. We just had a shared dream to visit all of the parks and write a book about it. I’m pretty excited about my latest book too. I think this new edition of 101 Baseball Places to See Before You Strike Out features the most consistently engaging writing I’ve managed to produce in the decade-plus I’ve been in the business… and I know it has the most visually arresting photos of any book I’ve put my name on yet.

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Book Title: 101 Baseball Places to See Before You Strike Out, 2nd edition

 Author Name: Josh Pahigian

Genre: Sports Travel

 Book Blurb:

This brand new edition of the finalist for the 2008 Casey Award profiles America’s greatest baseball museums, shrines, sports bars, pop culture landmarks and ballpark sites. From sandlots and skyboxes to TV rooms and sports bars, America’s love for baseball has inspired countless memories, discussions, and tributes. Josh Pahigian takes us across America to explore the places where the game’s history, culture, and lore come to life. Whether we travel by car or sit in the comfort of our favorite armchair, the book guides us to 101 amazing baseball places—including Ted Williams’ boyhood home, the Field of Dreams movie site, the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum, Babe Ruth’s grave, and scores of other captivating landmarks. Offering 25 brand new chapters, while providing updated info and stunning color photos for the rest, Josh Pahigian has created the perfect gift for any baseball fan.

 

Exclusive Excerpt:

 

Beyond the Vines Columbarium

Bohemian National Cemetery

5255 North Pulaski Road
Chicago, Illinois  60630

773-539-8442

www.bohemiannationalcemeterychicago.org

Each year brings with it the departure of several of our favorite old-time baseball heroes to that “big ball field in the sky.” Whether the deceased was a perennial All-Star who went on to assume his rightful place in the National Baseball Hall of Fame after his playing days were through, or whether he was a mere mortal, who played alongside the giants of his era, if his career held special meaning to our team or our city, we mourn his passing and recall his exploits on the field during the halcyon days of his youth. As the decades fly past, these losses become all the more meaningful to us, perhaps because we realize our own halcyon days are fading into memory. When such weighty thoughts besiege us, we fans often turn to the game for comfort, losing ourselves in the rhythms and routines of its marathon season. After immersing ourselves in a nine-inning, three-plus hour diversion, thoughts of our own mortality don’t seem so close or menacing. And when death visits the game, taking with it another of our heroes, we like to pretend, maybe in jest or maybe in wistful acknowledgment of our own ignorance of the great beyond, that he really might be up there in heaven, toeing the rubber, or crouching into a fielding stance, or kicking up some dirt in the batter’s box. He’s young again and playing the game we loved to watch him play almost as much as he loved playing it.

But what is there for fans? Does that big ball field in the sky come complete with field boxes and a roving hotdog vendor or two? We rarely extend the metaphor that far, though many more fans of the game shuffle off their mortal coil each year than former players.

Doing one better than the metaphorical field in the sky, a Chicago Cubs diehard championed the construction of Beyond the Vines, a twenty-four-foot long facsimile of Wrigley Field’s famous outfield wall. The columbarium, which was erected and opened for “visitors” at this cemetery on Chicago’s north side in 2009, was the brainchild of Dennis Mascari. The loyal Cubs rooter borrowed money from friends and family members to fund the design and construction of the most unique luxury boxes ever conceived. Then, he became one of the columbarium’s “lifetime season ticket holders” in 2011, when he lost his battle with cancer at age 63. Prior to his death, Mascari explained that when he visited the final resting places of his relatives, he was always left feeling depressed. He conceived Beyond the Vines in the hope that his loved ones and those of other Cubs fans might have a different sort of mourning experience.

Visiting the columbarium today, you find a wall covered in ivy, joined by four box seats that once resided within Wrigley Field, a bench that once sat in the Cubs’ bullpen, a home plate set in infield dirt, and a patch of sod that once grew at Wrigley. The unique resting place has 288 niches to house the cremated remains of Cubs fans. These spots in the wall can be purchased for about $2,000. A stained glass window in the center of the wall replicates the famous Wrigley bleachers, scoreboard, and rooftop viewing decks and reads “Cubs Fans Forever: Beyond the Vines.” Beneath the stained glass, visible through a veil of ivy and written in yellow paint, is the number “400.” This looks just like the outfield marker at Wrigley, where—you guessed it—the distance from home plate to centerfield measures 400 feet.  The clock on the top of this unusual monument is set to 1:20, which is the traditional starting time for Cubs’ afternoon games.

Although the Cubs have no affiliation with this cemetery, a licensing partnership between the Cubs and a funeral products manufacturer makes it possible for loved ones to commemorate their diehard relatives with oversized placards (like baseball cards!) that bear the Cubs’ iconic blue, white and red “C” logo. The card belonging to a gentleman, whose birth year is listed as 1911 and year of death as 2009, reads: “I saw Ruth and Gehrig play.” As for Mr. Mascari, his plaque showcases a photo of him smiling contentedly at Wrigley, alongside the words: “Please tap here after they win.”

You may visit this impressive monument to the lives of one team’s rooters within Section V of Chicago’s National Bohemian Cemetery, which is bounded by Pulaski Road on the West, Foster Avenue on the South, Bryn Mawr Avenue on the North, and Central Park Avenue on the East. The cemetery is open daily from 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

 

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Josh Pahigian Author Photo

Author Biography:

Josh is the author of several baseball books, including The Ultimate Baseball Road Trip and 101 Baseball Places to See Before You Strike Out, both with the Lyons Press. The latter title was a finalist for the 2008 Casey Award, presented annually to the best new baseball book. Josh’s latest is a revised and updated edition of 101 Baseball Places that includes 25 brand new chapters, new photos, updated visiting information, and a complete re-ranking of North America’s best baseball attractions. Josh is also the author of the Old Orchard Beach mystery novel Strangers on the Beach (Islandport Press). In addition to writing, he serves as an instructor in the University of New England’s Center for Global Humanities, and as a writing instructor in the Western Connecticut State University low residency MFA program in Creative and Professional Writing.

 

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