Thursday, October 17, 2013


The King of Sunday Morning is a geezer. Not in the traditional sense of the word as in old man. This geezer is a face, a wannabe, a top notch bloke. He is the greatest DJ that never was. He should have been. Could have been. Would have been. Now becoming a has-been.

 Tray McCarthy was born into privilege but with the genetic coding of London’s violent East End. Having broken the underworld’s sacred honour code, it is only his family’s gangland connections that save him. But in return for his life, he must deny that which he has ever known or ever will be and runs to Australia where he is forced to live an inconsequential life.

 But trouble never strays far from Tray McCarthy and eventually his past and present collide to put everyone he has ever loved in danger. He must now make a stand and fight against those that are set to destroy him and play their game according to his rules.

 Set against the subterfuge and violence of the international drugs trade, The King of Sunday Morning is the tale of what can go wrong when you make bad decisions. Tray McCarthy has made some of the worst. He must now save those he holds dear but in the process gets trapped deeper and deeper into a world where he doesn’t belong. “I want three pump-action shotguns, about twelve sticks of dynamite and a blowtorch”

 MY THOUGHTS : I received a copy in exchange for an honest and unbiased opinion. The author has a canny ability to entice the reader into connecting with the characters. This is not the typical genre of book that I would typically read, but that did not diminish the great story that the author told.

 It was a very fast paced book that changed eras, but never took anything away from the story; it was still easily followed. The details gave me the impression that there was a lot of research into the many aspects of the book and that the author just didn't write the story, but invested a piece of himself into it. Each character breathed life into the telling of the story, enhancing it more and more. I would highly recommend this book to other readers especially if they are looking for something "just a little bit different".


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Wednesday, October 16, 2013

The Spirit of Sultan Book Review

One of the most venerated Sufi poets and saints, Hazrat Sultan Bahu’s life has been as veiled as the divine. Through countless stories, the loveable and fully illumined spiritual master’s life has been told mostly through oral tradition. Using the deep emotions of his teachings, this inspiring new book uses the depth of Sultan Bahu to ignite the love of God in readers’ hearts while uplifting them to greater heights.

 The Spirit of a Sultan is a mystical new novel based on the true life accounts of Sufi reverend, poet, and saint, Sultan Bahu. A historical biography reminiscent of Autobiography of a Yogi, the novel uses a slight fictional component to create a spiritual atmosphere throughout the story. A spellbinding tale of enlightenment, this wonderful book follows Sultan Bahu’s life history and spiritual journey while showing us all how to connect with God in our hearts and minds. Written in an extraordinarily unique and intriguing style, The Spirit of a Sultan portrays the true account of a saint who shares a great many parallels with Guatama Buddha. Following a man who gave away his wealth, land, and legacy in order to pursue an austere existence in search of the truth while teaching others the realization of God and special meditation techniques, the novel inspires readers everywhere to re-examine their own lives and their relationships with God.

Review -  I learned a lot about the Muslim religion reading this book. It is centered on Sultan Bahu who was a poet and saint. The poetry and prayers are beautiful. He encountered many people and had amazing compassion.
I enjoyed his travels and the descriptions of the places, especially the holy shrines. It is amazing to think of how the people were influenced by his teachings. I have read about the Taj Mahal before but never like this!
It was an eye opening tale about Islam and what they believe and hope to achieve. And of course love is at its core. The love between Bahu and his mother was very important. She was an amazing woman and was my favorite “character”.
This book would be enjoyed by Muslims who want to know more and by non-Muslims who want to learn about the religion.

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Born in Pakistan, author Ahmad Javid (Sarwari Qaderi) is a twelfth generation Sufi with ancestral lineage going back to Syed Muhammad al Hussaini Gisudiraz the saint of Decan, a descendant of Iman Hussain, the son of Ali Ibne Abi Talib, and eventually, to the fountainhead of all spirituality, the prophet Muhammad. He spent seventeen years in Iran extensively studying Sufi literature and poetry before coming to the United States in 1993 to finish his residency training in pediatrics from Columbia University. He is the author of Sufi Light: The Secret of Meditation, which is available on

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Tuesday, October 8, 2013

TWO BROTHERS Giveaway and Guest Post

Two Brothers: Origin (A Ramtalan Trilogy)

Genre: YA What teenage boy doesn’t want to fit in and have friends? That’s what Argus Dachel, 17, wants more than anything, but because he’s half alien, and a New Breed, that’s not as easy as it seems. And it sure doesn’t help that he and his brother, Tai, are being pursued by a secret government agency. To top it off, now in their senior year at public high school, both boys risk exposure when Argus uses his extraordinary strength to defend himself against the school bully, falls for 16 year-old Lola and then learns that New Breeds are set for extermination by another group of hostile aliens. As government agent Max Jackson gets close to discovering the brothers’ identity and the hostile alien forces close in, what chance do Argus and Tai have of survival?

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Enjoy this guest post by author Sofia Diana Gabel!

The Balance Between Parenthood and Writing

I love writing, plain and simple. If anyone asks what I do, the first thing I say is that I write. While that’s true, it’s not the only thing I do, although it’s what I spend most of my free ‘me’ time doing. My main function, even now that my daughters (three of them) are all over 18, is as a parent. A single parent. I raised my darlings on my own since they were toddlers and like to think I’ve done an admirable job, not that there weren’t plenty of difficult, hair-tearing-out times, but overall, I have successfully turned out three independent, intelligent and self-sufficient young women. With these charmers all out of high school and over 18, I find that I have time and energy (both were stretched thin for years) to concentrate on my ‘other’ passion, and that’s writing.

I like to write in different genres, and my latest book is a young adult science fiction. I chose to write young adult mainly because I remember all those nights when my girls were young, when it was ‘story time’ before bed. Of course I’d read them the typical children’s books, but what they really wanted was one of my stories. These were short little tales that I’d make up, using them, of course, as characters. Some were silly and goofy, and others were exciting fantasies or science fiction. They really liked the science fiction stories of flying around in spaceships or visiting other planets. So, years later, I wondered if I could write an entire science fiction novel involving teenagers.

I developed the main characters of Two Brothers: Origin, two twin boys who have some personal secrets that they can’t share with anyone. I also have them home-schooled up until their senior year when they are put in public school, just to make their teenage lives even more difficult!

I dredged up the memories of real experiences from when my girls were in high school for the story. As we all know, high school is a time for learning about your place in the world, for better or worse. There are still bullies, the popular kids, the stoners, the brains, the jocks and the outcasts. I fit into the ‘outcast’ category, so I know exactly what that’s like and how it sticks with you for a long time. For my two brothers, Argus and Tai, they try to fit in and be normal kids, but it’s hard for them as they have special ‘abilities’ or powers, and as they get older, they are developing more of these abilities. They soon find that in addition to the usual teenage issues, now their struggle to fit in is compounded because of their secret.

When I see what Argus and Tai have to go through, I’m really glad my girls were normal and didn’t have to deal with hostile aliens or secret government agencies. In the second book of the trilogy, which is almost complete, the stakes are raised even higher for Argus and Tai. I really hope they graduate high school and can find a balance between who they are and who they want to be. After all, isn’t that what the teenage years are all about?

About the Author:

Born in Sydney, Australia, Ms. Gabel now lives in the United States with her family and hairless Sphynx cats. She has dabbled in several careers, including archaeology and wildlife biology, but writing is her true passion. She attended the University of Nevada, Reno, obtaining two bachelor degrees and has taken additional courses at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and Ventura College in Ventura, California, and is currently enrolled in graduate school for archaeology. Like writing, learning is a part of her life. She is a multi-genre writer, with a historical romantic suspense novel, a women’s fiction novel and a science fiction novella recently published, as well as several short stories published online and in print. Her latest novel is Two Brothers: Origin, A Ramtalan Trilogy, a young adult science fiction novel. Her favorite quote paraphrased from Sir Francis Bacon: Knowledge is Power.

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Monday, October 7, 2013

The Artificial Mirage by T. Warwick Book Tour

A relentless pursuit from Vietnam to Saudi Arabia in which augmented reality distorts the nature of attachment and desire. In a world where augmented reality blurs the line between the real and the computer generated, Charlie cherishes the reality of Lauren.... His life as a young American banker in Vietnam seems idyllic until a series of events precipitate her disappearance. When her trail leads to Saudi Arabia, he must navigate a criminal underworld. The stakes grow higher as it becomes apparent that reality isn’t what it once was.

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Review -- This book was a surprising read for me. It isn't something I would normally pick up but the cover was gorgeous so I said yes. The writing was fantastic, I felt like I was watching a movie, a very good movie. The world that was built was amazing, the world is run by a artificial intelligence. There were A LOT of technical terms but after a while I caught on. The beginning was a bit slow but I give that to all of the world building and after awhile I got swept up into it and didn't put it down.

 The ending was WOW. You think about it long after.

I received a book for my honest review, no other compensation was received.

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