Sunday, 29 January 2012

Your Head Here: Your Guide To Real Bedroom Feng Shui By Sherwin Ng

This is THE book to clear all your doubts on Bedroom Feng Shu- the bed is regarded as the mountain within the house, and as such, a good bed location enhances good health, generates meaningful relationships, as well as augments power and authority.

Are you sleeping in the right sector?

In his highly-anticipated first book. Sherwin Ng introduces to you the importance of mountains in Feng Shui, and how these mountains affect your house and your bedrooms specifically. Transforming Classical concepts into modern application. this second book of the Fengshuilogy series gives you a fun, easy way to Feng-Shui-It-Yourself  by just turning to the page you need.

This is perfect for both the layperson interested to know if they have their beds in the right sector, and for the student of Classical Feng Shui looking for an alternative perspective on the simple but profound effects of mountains and the Feng Shui of the bedroom.

In this book: A concise, complete introduction on bedroom Feng Shui; An introduction to mountains and external Feng Shui; A complete chapter of bedroom rules in Feng Shui -- and WHY; All 16 Flying Stars chart for Period 7 and Period 8 houses; Technical commentary on the different bed locations for all 16 Flying Star charts in Period 7 and Period 8.

Midlands Footy: 1980-2011 By Steve Brooke

This book looks back at the teams, players, managers and rivalries between all the Midlands clubs since 1980.

Over the last 30 years of great games there are many true icons who will never be forgotten and Midlands football fans have voted for the top 5 players from each of their clubs.

Featuring every result of every Midlands derby ever played and in-depth profiles of 100 Midland club legends - this is a celebration of one of the world's football hotbeds.

Features: Aston Villa, Birmingham City, Burton Albion, Cheltenham Town, Coventry City, Derby County, Kettering Town, Kidderminster Harriers, Leicester City, Northampton Town, Notts County, Nottingham Forest, Port Vale, Shrewsbury Town, Stoke City, Tamworth, Telford United, Walsall, West Bromwich Albion and Wolverhampton Wanderers.

Canadians At The Table: Food, Fellowship & Folklore - A Culinary History Of Canada

This is an introduction to the diverse culinary history of Canada. We learn about the lessons of survival of the First Nations, the foods that fuelled the fur traders, and the adaptability of the early settlers in their new environment.

As communities developed and transportation improved, waves of newcomers arrived, bringing their memories of foods, beverages, and traditions they had known, which were almost impossible to implement in their new homeland. They learned instead to use native plants for many of their needs.

Community events and institutions developed to serve religious, social, and economic needs -- from agricultural and temperance societies to Women's Institutes, from markets and fairs to community meals and celebrations.

One New World food, pemmican -- a light, durable, and highly nourishing blend of dried and powdered buffalo, elk, or deer meat that is mixed with dried berries, packed into a leather bag, then sealed with grease -- was introduced by the First Nations to the fur traders coming to Canada.

Small amounts of pemmican replaced large amounts of regular food, freeing up precious hunting and food preparation time and allowing more space to carry additional furs and trade goods. From the self-sufficient First Nations and early settlers to the convenience foods of today, this book gives us an overview of one of the most unique and fascinating food histories in the world and how it continues to change to serve Canadians from coast to coast.

Wednesday, 25 January 2012

RIT English Professor's New Book Explores History and Evolution of ‘Mania’

Lisa Hermsen reveals her personal struggle with mental illness and traces the multiple ways in which the word “mania” has been used by popular, medical and academic writers in her just-released book, Manic Minds: Mania’s Mad History and its Neuro-Future.

“I am bipolar and have a medical diagnosis. And I am a freak; I am mad. There are no two options; I am both and more. I can have it both ways. And…I can tell a good story.” Lisa Hermsen, associate professor, Rochester Institute of Technology

Mania. Throughout centuries, the word has been synonymous with madness, fury, rage and frenzy. Although its meanings have shifted over time, the word has remained connected, even in clinical descriptions, to the same madness and rage. As a result, it is profoundly affecting individuals living with medical and psychological conditions such as depression, bipolar disorder and anxiety.

In her latest book, Manic Minds: Mania’s Mad History and its Neuro-Future, Lisa Hermsen, associate professor and chair of Rochester Institute of Technology’s English department in the College of Liberal Arts, traces the multiple ways in which the word “mania” has been used by popular, medical and academic writers. She also explains the way medical professionals analyzed the manic condition during the 19th and 20th centuries.

“Today, we don’t classify people using the terms lunacy, insanity or melancholy, but the word ‘mania’ still appears as a diagnosis,” says Hermsen. “The problem with the world ‘mania’ is that it carries madness with it. Madness lingers with mania and can’t be shaken. The purpose of this book is to talk about what kind of language we can use to change how we think about madness. The word mania and the baggage that comes along with it interfere with people’s ability to manage their disorders.”

Hermsen, who teaches courses at RIT in the rhetoric of science and the history of madness, knows firsthand about the struggle with the perception of mania. She was diagnosed with bipolar disorder in her early 20s. Many of her colleagues and students had formerly been unaware of her diagnosis, but Hermsen believed that her admission was necessary to include in the book.

“My husband and I talked about whether I should ‘out myself’ in the book as someone who lives with bipolar disorder,” says Hermsen. “I feared that my colleagues and students would look at me differently if they knew—and maybe some will. But if my intention is to help others understand the history of their disease and learn that it can be managed, lived with and that these individuals can become successful, then I knew there was no way I could leave it out.”

Throughout the book, Hermsen offers in-depth analysis of contemporary figures that have written from within the illness itself, as well as her thoughts on her personal experiences with mania. Hermsen’s story was included in the book based in part on a note that was sent to her from an RIT alumnus who experienced a serious depression that temporarily interrupted his studies. The note says, “I’m glad to see someone like us chairing the English department.”

Hermsen writes: “By emerging from this diagnostic silence, I am able to tell a story beyond my own limited narrative. There were certainly times during the writing when I had to come to terms with the debilitating effects of a manic episode—the bodily reality of psychic tension, times when linguistic power eluded me. But in the end, I hope to have written with the confidence and credibility of one who possesses a dynamic relationship to mania.”

Hermsen’s book is available for $23.95 at or

Sunday, 22 January 2012

Galileo Selected Writings

The book, Galileo, Selected Writings is a masterful new translation by William R, Shea and Mark Davie.

The book is not just a collection of the writings of a great man. Shea and Davie are able to put Galileo and his writings into the context of the times in which Galileo lived.

It touches on the financial problems that beset Galileo when, on the death of his father, he became the breadwinner and the man of the house. He had dowries to fund for his sisters and his mother to provide for. Problems which meant that Galileo needed to earn a goodly income to provide for his family.

Galileo made a substantial income by selling a geometrical and military compass of his own design, which is referenced within this book, together with information on his work to construct the best telescope in existence at that time.

The book also points out that Galileo did not quite use the Leaning Tower of Pisa in the way that is generally depicted to prove his theory of gravity.

The book contains a wide and deeply fascinating collection from a range of Galileo's writings. From letters to important figures of his day, including nobles and royalty, his observations on the Copernican Theory, details of his trial and his statement of abjuration.

It contains his Dialogue on the Two Chief World Systems (see above) A Sidereal Message and much more besides.

This book is not only a testament to the brilliance of Galileo it is an interesting thought-provoking  work.

It contains copious and highly useful notes, explanatory notes and a detailed and most helpful index.

It is an ideal book for the student and for those curious to learn more about Galileo.

It is available in paperback at £10.99 published by the Oxford University Press.

The ISBN is 978-0-19-958369-0.

It is, of course, available from the That's Book bookshop, which is powered by Amazon.

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Thursday, 19 January 2012

New book from personal development expert Phil Parker shows how to be successful by asking yourself 10 questions

What use is a self help book that doesn’t give you any answers?

In his new book, The 10 Questions to Ask for Success (Hay House, £10.99), Phil Parker explains that the most important discovery he has made in over two decades of working in the personal development field is this: providing solutions, advice, suggestions or answers doesn’t really help anyone.

If we are provided with the answer to a problem we don’t go through the important process of finding a solution for ourselves and so, when faced with another problem, we turn to ask for help again. Parker argues that learning how to create our own solutions allows us to “be more independent and skilled at finding and making the right decisions for ourselves”, helping us to be successful. Instead of answers we need questions!

Although not just any old questions; as Parker explains it is about: “asking the key questions, at the right time, in order to get to the solutions”. The ten questions in this book will enable you to do this and are powerful tools – drawing on the fields of personal and spiritual development, business, psychotherapy, cognitive behavioural therapy and even hostage-negotiation – that will help you to make great decisions in all aspects of your life.

Thousands of Parker’s clients have already used the tools in this book to help themselves or others to stop being stressed, stuck, over-worried, disempowered, unmotivated, frustrated and self-sabotaging and achieve success with issues such as weight loss, anxiety and low self esteem. You will learn how to:

• motivate yourself and others
• calmly find solutions even in the most stressful of times
• design and achieve your dreams
• ensure that your relationships work well, flourish and are fulfilling
• manage your business more effectively
• assist others on their paths away from conflict and wasted time and energy, and towards transformation and fulfillment.

The 10 Questions to Ask for Success is a wonderfully practical and clear book that will help you come up with all the right questions to ask yourself in any given situation and realise that all the answers are within you.


Phil Parker is an internationally renowned lecturer, therapist and innovator in the field of personal development. His training as a hypnotherapist, executive coach, certified master practitioner of NLP and osteopath give him a unique ability to provide new solutions to meet the challenges and opportunities of life in the 21st century. Phil's hugely successful process for change, the Lightning Process, has already transformed and enhanced the lives, health and success of thousands of people around the world. He runs a private practice in London and is principal and director at the Phil Parker Training Institute.

‘Astonishing, swift and simple’ The Independent

The 10 Questions to Ask for Success by Phil Parker is published by Hay House on 6th February 2012, £10.99 pb, also available as an eBook.
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Five Tips to Help You be More Successful Right Now! Extracted from The 10 Questions to Ask for Success by Phil Parker (Hay House, £10.99)

1) Success and happiness are interlinked, so set aside some time each day for five days to write a happiness checklist. What percentage of your time is spent doing things that you love to do? If it is less than 50 per cent, then you need to reassess things; if it's over 70 per cent you're doing really well!

2) What if? Use this question to reinvigorate your future. Many of us spend too much time limiting ourselves; telling ourselves things just aren't likely to work out. Even if we have ideas about how to make changes and be more successful, we will often strangle these ideas straight away. Let your dreams breathe and live a little using the ‘what if?' question to imagine a brilliant future. Ask yourself ‘if everything that I put my hand to today turned out just perfectly, what would I do today?’

3) Stop blaming. Frustration is as linked to blaming, as success is linked to being able to let go of the past. Remember: whatever happened, happened. The question is not who was right and who was wrong, but how do you want your future to be now? Ask yourself ‘who or what do I need to stop blaming to have a great future?’

4) What do I want? A key secret of success is to get really clear about what you want – but be careful you don't get sidetracked by focusing on what you don't want. The more you think about something, the more your brain focuses on making it happen. So instead of thinking about what you don’t want, use your brain as an ally and think about what you DO want.

5) Sabotage. Unfortunately, it is often ourselves that stand in the way of our own success: whether it’s self-doubt, procrastination, a lack of motivation or just not following through. If you find yourself doing any of these, there are three things you can do. Firstly, stop beating yourself up and be kind to yourself instead. Often just doing this changes what happens next, as when we treat ourselves with compassion we allow ourselves to stay calm and find solutions. Secondly, ask yourself ‘what exactly am I committed to, what’s really important here?’ Finally, ask yourself ‘how am I going to make this easy?’ Successful people see their challenges as opportunities to creatively move things forward, and that makes everything seem easier.

Wednesday, 18 January 2012

Seeds of Fiction

Seeds of Fiction: Graham Greene's Adventures in Haiti and Central America, 1954 - 1963 by Bernard Diederich.

In June 2012, Peter Owen Publishers will be publishing a major new biography of Graham Greene - Seeds of Fiction: Graham Greene's Adventures in Haiti and Central America, 1954 - 1963. In 1965, Graham Greene joined journalist Bernard Diederich in the Dominican Republic to embark on a tour of its border with Haiti, then ruled by 'Papa Doc' Duvalier. They were accompanied by an activist priest, Jean-Claude Bajeux.

The famous novelist was 61 and depressed having struggled to finish A Burnt-Out Case and was being plagued by religious doubt; Bajeux, meanwhile, had been informed that his family had been 'disappeared' by Duvalier's henchmen. As this trio travelled along the border they met a number of rebels and other characters later fictionalized in Greene's most politically charged novel, The Comedians, published the following year.

This major new biography finally and fully illuminates a pivotal episode in Greene's life and career in the kind of detail that will sate any fans of Graham Greene's work, but also provides a fascinating glimpse into a writer's life, making it an essential purchase for fans of literary biography. Including extensive new archive material on Greene and exclusive, never-before-seen photographs of Greene on his travels - some of the most remarkable portraits of Greene seen for years - Seeds of Fiction tells the story of how a series of extraordinary and often hair-raising journeys gave one of the greatest novelists of the 20th century new inspiration in his writings.

Tuesday, 17 January 2012

Eat London

“2012 is rather an important year for London and the UK as we will be welcoming the world to our cities, so it is just as well that there has been something of a revolution in the UK – it is called the Café, Food and Restaurant Revolution. Even in these dire economic times they open every day of the week by keen young people for whom food has become a religion.” Terence Conran

This year all eyes will be on London. As host of the Olympic Games and centre of the Diamond Jubilee celebrations, locals and visitors alike will be seeking out the best that London has to offer. Wallpaper Magazine recently named London the best city on the planet and it is now considered to be one of the most important food destinations in the world.

There have been many gastronomic changes in the capital since the first edition of Eat London was published in 2007. This completely revised and updated edition presents new entries highlighting the very best food stops not to be missed on a tour of London in 15 chapters.

The book is more than just a restaurant guide and provides a personal view of London’s food culture from a dream team of authors. Terence Conran and Peter Prescott share their passion for the city and make you feel like they are showing you around themselves. From cafes to bakeries, fishmongers to butchers, the food markets and pop-ups of east London to haute cuisine in Mayfair, entries are selected for their food quality and originality, as well as their decor, convivial ambiance, sense of tradition, and wonderful personalities.
Eat London 2
All about food
Peter Prescott & Terence Conran
Published by Conran Octopus

April 2012 - Price £20
Each chapter encompasses a specific area of London with full address listings for every entry and suggestions of itineraries or fun things to do – for example the perfect Saturday in Notting Hill, or Flâneur Sundays in east London. More than 60 recipes appear throughout the book by some of Britain' s top chefs including for example Bruno Loubet, Pierre Koffman, Yotam Ottolenghi, Giorgio Locatelli and Bryn Williams. As well as signature dishes from restaurants such as Bocca di Lupo, Hawksmoor, Moro, Polpo, St John and many others.

Every entry has complete listings and can be located on the fold-out maps. All photographs are specially shot throughout by photographer Lisa Linder, illustrating London’s unique street-life and food culture.

Terence Conran is one of the world’s leading restaurateurs and has transformed the experience of eating out in London with his many acclaimed restaurants. He is Chairman of Conran Holdings, the parent company of his retail and restaurant businesses, and Chairman of Conran & Partners, his architectural and design practice. His books include The Essential House Book; The Ultimate House Book; Chef’s Garden; Classic Conran and Terence Conran on London.

Peter Prescott has worked with Terence Conran since 2001 for the Conran Restaurants group. Before this he garnered experience at Claridge’s and Grosvenor House on Park Lane. In 2006 Peter and Terence formed a new company called Prescott & Conran Ltd., the venture responsible for the award-winning Boundary Hotel, Restaurant and Rooftop, plus Albion Café, Bakery and Shop, and Lutyens Restaurant, Bar and Cellar Rooms in London’s Fleet Street.

Praise for the first Eat London:
“This ingenious paperback will become as indispensable as a well-thumbed A-Z.” So London
“A handsome, detailed guide to shopping and eating out.” Rose Prince, Daily Telegraph
‘An essential for anyone who lives around London or simply visits and loves food” Woman & Home

Sunday, 15 January 2012

Squires Kitchen's Guide To Making Sugar Figures By Jan Clement-May

Where there's a celebration there's a cake! And what better way to decorate it than with fun and colourful figures made especially for the recipient.

Popular sugar artist, Jan Clement-May, shows you how easy it is to model and personalise figures in Sugar Dough using just a handful of basic tools. After explaining the essentials of modelling in sugar, she covers three popular subject matters - occupations, hobbies and celebrations - and presents an imaginative selection of figures within each chapter.

So whether you're making a bride and groom for a wedding cake (complete with jolly vicar!), a cute baby boy or girl for a christening or baby's birthday, a cub scout or brownie for a children's party, or a cake for a sportsperson, this book is for you! Plus, if you're looking to make party bag treats, wedding favours or if you're simply short of time, there are quick and easy cupcake designs to accompany every figure.

Author Profile

Jan Clement-May started sugarcrafting in 1995 after being inspired by a novelty cake book.

Having originally qualified as a graphic designer, Jan applied her artistic talent and creative flair to cake decorating and began to make cakes for her two children, as well as for other family members and friends. In 2001, she set up The Too Good to Eat Company from home and shortly afterwards began to contribute projects to Cakes & Sugarcraft magazine.

Since then, Jan has become a tutor at the Squires Kitchen International School of Cake Decorating and Sugarcraft. She has established herself as a popular contributor to Cakes & Sugarcraft magazine and continues to run her successful business. She has written three other books, Merry Christmas Cakes, Bob the Builder™ Celebration Cakes, and Squires Kitchen's Guide to Animal Modelling (B. Dutton Publishing Ltd.).

• Learn how to model 23 fun figures in sugar, great for decorating party cakes or for personalised edible gifts.

• An enjoyable activity for modellers of all ages, perfect for keeping little hands busy.

• Step-by-step instructions and full-colour photographs throughout.

Squires Kitchen's Guide to Making Sugar Figures by Jan Clement-May is published in March 2012 by B. Dutton Publishing Ltd., RRP £12.99. Available from bookshops (including the That's Books bookshop) and direct from the publisher at

ISBN 978-1-905113-32-3.

A Very Peculiar Talent

When Tessie runs away from home she doesn’t want her mother to find her, but disappearing is easier than she had thought possible. Just what is her peculiar talent? An intriguing mystery which will keep you guessing.

Seventeen-year old Tessie runs away to London, away from home and an abusive step-father. She wants to go missing because she has taken all the money she could find.

On the train, she meets what turns out to be her saviour, a young man whose sister is in need of domestic help.

As she and his family become intertwined, the unlikely Tessie finds herself with two suitors. She marries, but a series of tragedies ensure that she once again disappears. Inspector Wilson and DC Sloane investigate, until a dead body turns up. Can this be Tessie’s final disappearance?

Action, intrigue and character drive the plot to a surprising conclusion.

An extract from A Very Peculiar Talent by Charlotte A Hutt is available to read at

Imprint: Bright Pen

Published: 5 December 2011

ISBN: 0755213939

RRP: £9.99 paperback, £3.95 ebook

Available from the That's Books Amazon book shop on this site.

Monday, 9 January 2012

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Sunday, 8 January 2012

ANGLE OF ATTACK - Author Lee Baldwin Launches Flying-oriented Adventure Mystery Title on Amazon for Kindle

Author Lee Baldwin has announced  the release of his flying-oriented adventure mystery novel, ANGLE OF ATTACK, on for Kindle e-Readers. Vintage warplanes, extreme flying, quirky women, and diamonds diamonds diamonds blend in a fast-moving tricky plot.

Angle of Attack brings the reader to adventure and intrigue in a world of extreme flying, quirky women, and the power they covet.

Pilot Cicero Clay is a researcher of vintage WWII warbirds, a glider flight instructor, and an accidental convict. First, someone tries to kill him. That same day a former girlfriend becomes his shiny new Parole Officer.

This story is not about exploding cars and guys chasing about shooting at each other. These are more skillful and adventurous scenes of piloting gliders, flying WWII warplanes such as the P-51 Mustang, about an ordinary guy trying to get out from under the parole system. It's about an unsolved historical diamond theft, and pieces of a past Clay thought was gone forever.

While Clay pursues proof that he was framed and tries to stay alive, he struggles to complete his mission: piloting a stolen vintage fighter across three states to a secretive buyer. Added challenge: Clay has never flown powered aircraft.

To survive, Clay must deduce the motivations of shadowy characters, and face challenges that push him beyond his comfort zone. In action typical of the story’s unique action scenes, Clay finds out the hard way that a glider can become a murder weapon. And how to fix it before he hits the ground.

Amid the action, a charming personal story emerges, as Clay discovers a love he never imagined.

When asked how he conceived Angle of Attack, Baldwin said, "The core ideas came while studying to be a glider pilot. I found everyday flights in powerless gliders to be thrilling high adventure, so what would it be like to push that experience to extremes, such as using a seemingly passive aircraft as a murder weapon? This event became a key plot departure from the get go."


During the weekend of January 7 and 8, Angle of Attack was available as a free Kindle download, a promotion of Amazon's Kindle Direct Publishing programme. It now costs $3.05, but is still excellent value for money.)

(EDITOR: I am reading this book, now. Get a copy. Seriously. Get it from Amazon, this minute!) You can use the That's Books Amazon Shop, if you like, just get it!)

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Hot New Theological, Political, and Legal Thrillers On E-Book Critics Are Raving About

Three international thrillers released E-books in time for the New Year by best-selling author, filmmaker, and child advocate Peter Thomas Senese have top book critics raving about the writer's geopolitical must read, inspirational thrillers.

Peter Thomas Senese's geopolitical novels include CHASING THE CYCLONE, THE DEN OF THE ASSASSIN, and CLONING CHRIST written by best-selling geopolitical thriller writer Peter Thomas Senese. All three titles are available in E-book. Chasing The Cyclone will be released in hardcover mid-January, while both CLONING CHRIST and THE DEN OF THE ASSASSIN are presently available in hardcover.

Peter Thomas Senese commneted, "I am pleased to know readers from around the world have found great entertainment value while also embracing the messages or meaning of these three uniquely different stories. I write thrillers that are based on historical possibilities and truths. So in this sense, my books are intended to make readers think about the inevitable 'what if?"

Amazon's renown HALL OF FAME reviewers are praising best-selling author's Peter Thomas Senese's recently released E-book international legal thriller CHASING THE CYCLONEas an electrifying story fans of high suspense thrillers should read. CHASING THE CYCLONE, presently available exclusively as an E-book on Amazon in E-book, is the story of a father's search for his internationally abducted child inspired by the author's own experience chasing the cyclones of abduction.

Amazon Hall of Fame book reviewer Daniel Jolley commented, "Chasing The Cyclone" isn't just a powerful novel; it's a call to arms against a growing epidemic that is tearing lives apart behind the headlines... "Chasing The Cyclone" is much more than just a superb, can't-put-down novel, though; it is a book with a purpose... Peter Thomas Senese has become an outspoken advocate on this issue, and 'Chasing The Cyclone' makes for a clear and profoundly effective call to action. I would go so far as to encourage every loving parent to read this book, as the bond between this father and son is one to be emulated..."

Amazon Hall of Fame book reviewer Harriett Klausner added, . . . "This is an exciting cautionary thriller that grips readers from the onset . . . "Chasing The Cyclone" will shake the audience, this exciting cautionary thriller grips readers from the onset..."

Dr. Grady Harp, a highly respected Amazon Hall Of Fame book reviewer said, "Peter Thomas Senese now opens the windows on the magnitude of these tragedies in his excellent "Chasing The Cyclone"... As if the fast paced energy of this story weren't enough to satisfy the reader, Peter Thomas Senese demonstrates his quality as a writer of distinction on many levels... this impossible to put down book..."

In the wake of recent international events, including Iran's capture of a U.S. drone spy plane by possible cyber-hacking combined with Russia's immediate protective agreement to develop major oil fields in southern Iran, along with the death of North Korea's isolationist dictator, Kim Jong, II, author Peter Thomas Senese is pleased to announce the release of his geopolitical thriller The Den of the Assassin on e-book.

The multi-dimensional plot is set on Wall Street and is based upon historical events that jettison the reader on a thrilling global geopolitical journey into the hidden and unseen worlds that exists within nations that have different global agendas than the United States and the West, including but not limited to China, Russia, North Korea, and Iran. Most concerning, as each nation has become more reliant on one another in our global society, a new level of extraordinary vulnerability to our national security has been created, one perhaps we may not be prepared for. In The Den of the Assassin, believe readers will find the uniquely accurate information on this subject that is carefully weaved through an intricate, entertaining storyline to be quite fascinating - and disturbing.

Amazon Hall of Fame book reviewer Daniel Jolley stated, "This is one seriously good thriller. Billed as "a novel of international finance and espionage," Den of the Assassin is a super-realistic exploration of frightening possibilities, unsurpassed heroism, Lucifer-like evil, and terrorism of the worst kind . . . Peter Thomas Senese does a masterful job traversing the inner hallways of diverse institutions as he slowly brings all of these diverse elements together for a slam-bang climax ... "Peter Thomas Senese displays a wealth of knowledge of geopolitics, espionage, and international finance, describing all the technical intricacies of the story's elements and implications with great attention to detail -without ever letting the pace get bogged down or become confusing to the reader. He also keeps a number of secrets close to the vest, saving them for just the right time in the story . . . Many a writer of thrillers seem to drop the ball somewhere in the middle of their novels, but Peter Thomas Senese's' knowledge of geopolitics, international finance, and 21st century terrorist threats keeps the fires of detailed complexity and story evolution stoked and red-hot for the entire ride. Tyler Boxter is no James Bond, but Den of the Assassin proves to be just as exciting as any 007 caper - and much more realistic."

Cloning Christ, Peter Thomas Senese's theological thriller that asks the question, "What would you do if you held the potential True Cross of Jesus in your hands, and it contained blood and hair strains on it? has had readers from around the world talking about the endless possibilities Senese brings out in his novel that pushes the question of where and how science and faith can co-exist in today's world.

Amazon Hall Of Fame book critic Harriett Klausner commented, "Fans will relish this thriller. The tale is loaded with action yet uses the characters as symbols of mankind similar to a medieval passion play like Everyman. The cast represents the faithful, the disbelievers, the dividers (torn between science and religion) or the selfish. "Cloning Christ" brings the debate of religion vs. science to the forefront in an exciting manner that focuses on the sacredness of life."

Peter Thomas Senese is a child abduction prevention advocate actively engaged in trying to stop international child abduction and human trafficking. He is a director of the I CARE Foundation. 100% of Peter Thomas Senese's royalties earned from the E-book releases of Chasing The Cyclone, The Den of the Assassin, and Cloning Christ will be donated to the I CARE Foundation.

Australian Entrepreneur-Author Opens His Bookshelf & Shares His “Best of The Best”

In an effort to save his readers and followers time and give them the ability to look over the shoulder of a successful marketer and business owner, Australian celebrated and award winning entrepreneur and author Pete Williams has today opened up his book shelf and shared his best of the best.

 His readers and followers, who are primarily entrepreneurs, internet marketers, and marketers in general, are all accustomed to checking out the notes of this award winning entrepreneur makes as he reads at

They are also regular visitors to Peter’s weekly podcast show, PreneurCast, where his business books for beginners episode was one of the most listened to from all of 2011.


As an entrepreneur, internet marketer, speaker and author, Pete Williams is a 21-year-old Melbourne native who has sold Australia’s version of the Yankee Stadium, the Melbourne Cricket Ground, for under $500. He went on to write a number of books (How to Turn Your Million-Dollar Idea Into a Reality, Media Strategies for Internet Marketers, The Ultimate Press Release Swipe File and It’s Not About the Product) and create a bunch of companies (Infiniti Telecommunications, On Hold Advertising, Simply Headsets and Preneur Group to name a few). He’s also an avid outdoor adventurer. He completed this year’s Ironman Western Australia in less than 12 hours.

Saturday, 7 January 2012

"Bermuda Contrails" a novel by Alan Edmund Smith

This novel is set mostly in a background of Bermuda and the English Cotswolds during WW2. The real world and the fictional interact against a backdrop of genuine events, summarised at the start of most chapters.

Today,  condensation trails made by high flying aircraft passing over Bermuda are a common sight, but Bermudians hadn't expected to see them over their Islands in 1940. Neither had Pamela Croft a young woman from Burford, England, who had just arrived in Bermuda on RMS Mataroa as a member of a British Censorship contingent of one hundred or so, from England. She saw her first contrail over Bermuda on her way to her temporary hotel, the Inverurie, just after she left the ship. She was on a horse and buggy and the sight sent shivers down her spine.

Bermudians felt sure that the contrails were the writing on the wall; Germany must be planning to invade Bermuda! Rumours began circulating that submarines had been seen off the South Shore. With no land aerodrome on Bermuda they knew these aircraft must be coming from overseas.

However the US, some 650 miles away, denied any knowledge of them. So did the British Government. The Royal Air Force were unable to determine which country these aircraft came from and did little to reassure Bermudians, although they tried hard.

Pam Croft quickly falls under Bermuda's spell and settles down there easily, in spite of the contrails, and stayed there as a Censorette for several years. During that time she developed a social life, mostly good but there were also some traumatic and complicated times, which she would never forget. She keeps up-to-date with Burford news by letters from her mother regularly.

There is not much good news, most of it is bad, some extremely bad which leads to an abrupt and dramatic end to her time in Bermuda. But this doesn't spoil her feelings for Bermuda, far from it; she returns there and eventually settles there, with a Bermudian husband and is present when a visitor provides the amazing truth about the wartime contrails.

Alan Smith first became interested in the wartime events in Bermuda following a visit to the Bermuda Maritime Museum in 1996, where he spotted some wartime photographs of flying boats moored off Darrell's Island, Bermuda. On the way back to Hamilton, the ferry passed Darrell's Island and it was the site of the now disused concrete ramps which were used to get the flying boats in and out of the water, which inspired him to try and find out more. His research has led to 3 novels, The Bermuda Affair, published in 2001; A sequel, the Bermuda Saga, in 2007, and now Bermuda Contrails.

Bermuda Contrails is published by Authors Online and can be purchased at as well as leading booksellers. An extract from Bermuda Contrails is available to read at

ISBN 9780755213900RRP: (paperback) £9.95, 370 pages : £3.95 (ebook)

Thursday, 5 January 2012

Children's Author Julia Suzuki Creates National Dance Competition

Julia Suzuki, the children's author who has been described as 'the next JK Rowling' (Daily Mail) has created a national dance competition based on her books about the mythical Land of Dragor.

The competition, currently at regional heat stage, is open to dancers of all ages (male and female) and contestants are judged on their interpretation of a piece of music and the themes of Julia's book 'Yoshiko and the Gift of Charms'.

At each of the ten regional heats, ten dancers will qualify for the Grand Final (held in May 2012) and a winner in each age category at regional stage will take home a sash, trophy and goodie bag.

The overall winner will receive a holiday for four people at one of SPICE resorts' five star European destinations, a Dragor outfit (custom made by Dancehouse) and be crowned Dragor Dream Dancer 2012.

In addition, every dancer competing will receive a gemstone from Julia herself.

For more information, details of heats and rules visit

Sunday, 1 January 2012

2012 – A Year of Turmoil? In His New Book, Astrologer Jonathan Cainer, Says it's All in the Stars

In a new book, out on January the 5th, leading astrologer Jonathan Cainer takes a detailed look at every supposed threat to the future – and predicts what is actually in store for 2012.
2012 is billed as the year that the world will end or at the very least fall apart.

Fuelled by internet conspiracy theories and the real threat of economic meltdown, doomsayers are having a field day.

Jonathan reveals how a rare solar maximum – the Sun firing off flares - threatens electrical supplies and communication systems.

Meanwhile, as a result of a rare planetary alignment there is a risk of:

* dramatic weather changes and increased “seismic activity” with earthquakes, tornadoes, drought.

* An even more dramatic time economically – with the financial system having to “adapt and evolve at a rate much faster than many people feel comfortable with.”

*increased natural disasters over the next two years.

*And unexpected outcomes to the elections in France, Russia and the USA

But perhaps the most worrying fact is that in in 2012 a solar maximum is overdue. This rare occurrence – which happens every 11 years - is when the Sun ejects flares (gigantic blasts of light, gas and radiation) which threatens to destroy the communications system and shut off Earth’s electricity.

Even Jonathan admits: "We may have surprising power outages and communication problems with disruption to international travel.”

In his book, he also examines the theory that Eart are under threat from - Planet X, Nibiru or a Brown Dwarf star – an invisible giant cosmic force about to exert humongous gravitational pull on the planet.

But even though, the ancient South American Mayan calendar, predicts the end of the world on December the 21st, Jonathan says: “In my own astrological judgement, 2012 is going to be a surprisingly good year.”

Jonathan, 54, has studied astrology for over thirty years and has been famous in the UK since 1985. He has successfully predicted the outcome of countless sporting events, elections and trials... and is now respected by an international readership of millions for his accuracy and insight. His summary of 2012 is that, though it remains a worrying time, there are ways it can be made OK and, as long as the challenges everyone faces are handled correctly, it can yet be a surprisingly good year.

“Ultimately, it is all going to be okay,” he says.

But how many are really in for a good year? Alongside questions about his new book ‘The 2012 Survival Guide’ Jonathan can also tell your audience about their own zodiac signs will fare in the coming year. You can ask him;

Is it true that anyone born under Aries can expect to get what they’ve been wanting for years now?

Are Taureans really due to become wealthier than they’ve ever been before?

Will Geminis really find their love lives become totally delightful?

What is it that Cancerians need to be finally free from and is that actually going to happen?

If Leos are going to become so popular and sought after in 2012, will this mean their lives change beyond recognition?

Why is there so much hard work for Virgos to do this year... and will it bring them the success they crave?

How can Librans expect to keep their daily lives normal when so much is changing in their world?

What is the great secret that Scorpios will have to keep... and what is the amazing discovery they are going to make?

Who is the mystery person that will transform the life of each Sagittarians and how will that relationship affect their future?

When can Capricorns stop making quite so many sacrifices and will there ever be a reward for all they’ve been putting up with?

Have Aquarians got to keep putting so much at risk this year? And will their great emotional gamble pay off?

What will happen to Pisceans to help them feel as if they are finally in the right place, for the right reason?