Bargain Book for 03/03/2015: Rise to Power (The David Chronicles) by Uvi Poznansky

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Here is the story of David as you have never heard it before: from the king himself, telling the unofficial version, the one he never allowed his court scribes to recount. In his mind, history is written to praise the victorious—but at the last stretch of his illustrious life, he feels an irresistible urge to tell the truth. In the first volume, Rise to Power, David gives you a fascinating account of his early years, culminating with a tribal coronation. Rooted in ancient lore, his is a surprisingly modern memoir.

In an era of cruelty, when destroying the enemy is deemed a sacred directive, the slayer of Goliath finds a way to become larger than life. His search for a path to power leads him in ways that are, at times, scandalous. Notorious for his contradictions, David is seen by others as a gifted court entertainer, a successful captain in Saul’s army, a cunning fugitive, a traitor leading a gang of felons, and a ruthless raider of neighboring towns who leaves no witnesses behind.

How does he see himself, during this first phase of his life? With his hands stained with blood, can he find an inner balance between conflicting drives: his ambition for the crown, his determination to survive the conflict with Saul, and his longing for purity, for a touch of the divine, as expressed so lyrically in his psalms and music?

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Old McLarsen Had Some Farms – Book One – Brave Beginnings by Christine Larsen

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What inspired you to write your memoir?
All the inspiration one could ever need came from the countless wonderful (and woeful) experiences over 40+ years of farming in two States of Australia – mostly in the last century. But additionally there were the appeals from those we have shared our stories with, to “please, please… write it all down. Write a book… just don’t let these stories die.”
We never could resist a healthy challenge.

About your Book:
‘Brave Beginnings’ is the first of a few books in the ‘Old McLarsen Had Some Farms’ series. In this first book are the stories of our ‘apprenticeship’ on a sheep and cropping farm in the wheatbelt of Western Australia. Unbelievable but true tales abound of two ‘city slickers’ learning the ropes, adapting to a simpler life-style (like wood fired stove, 32 volt electricity, the ‘tyranny of distance’, etc.), and raising orphans – like kangaroos, emu chicks, lambs, puppies, goats and pigs. Each story is formed as a ‘stand alone’ chapter, designed for friendly browsing and easy pick up or put down readability.

How did you decide how to publish your book and where is it published through:
I have begun self-publishing this first book of the series on Smashwords, and shortly on the Amazon platform with my eight small children’s eBooks. For a long time I despaired of getting my head around Smashwords’ stringent formatting requirements, until a helpful ‘translator’ fro Fiverr did this for me with total success. I now have achieved Premium Status there, thanks to ‘bookaholic’.
And it is going to be self-published again (like my children’s books) because I was hurt badly by rejections many years ago, when there were no other options than posting paper manuscript submissions. Today it is in my control, and after all the creative effort I have put in, I find that suits me well.

How do you see writing a Memoir as different from writing other genres of books?
It’s strange, I find. So many memories to sort through, some to laugh at, many to cry for in the reliving. I am SO appreciative of being in the incredibly fortunate position that most of the ‘crying’ variety are for sentimental reasons – not the painful type. It is all extremely ‘up close and personal’ and yet I delight in reliving the moments, complete with all their agonies and ecstasies.
In other genres the author is somewhat removed, able to take off with flights of fancy. I find each have immeasurable charms.

Author Bio:
If only my Bio could change like my stories. Ahh well, as Willie Nelson sings, ‘Some days are Diamonds, Some days are Stones) – so here we go again.
Christine is a wife, mother, grandmother – and farmer for 40+ years. This end of her life is being most happily spent on a retirement farm in beautiful South Australia, where she writes, and edits, and promotes, and tries to learn the intricacies of the Internet and her beloved (and oft-times brutish) computer.
She has been a Secretary, Lifeline Telephone Counsellor, Community Careworker, and rescuer of all manner of things, like animals, kids, and discarded knitted toys from Op Shops. Christine’s writing pursuits have included lenses on Squidoo, articles on Ezine Articles, and becoming a self-published author of eight children’s e-books on Amazon.
Today’s series of memoirs have been dancing around the outskirts of her imagination for a long time; some parts coming to fruition in her articles, others tucked away in the darkest recesses of her mind. But this is the true ‘gathering of the clan’ into one place, with one intention – to entertain and educate about another time and place, and an almost forgotten way of living Life.

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An Aviator At Heart by Ilyan Kei Lavanway

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What inspired you to write your memoir?
A few years ago, my ailing mother asked me to compose a record of memories from my youth. I gave that some serious thought and decided to go the extra mile and publish a book that recounts highlights of my youth as a teenage pilot. My passion for aviation was the impetus for nearly everything in my teens and into my twenties. I had several unusual experiences worthy of being shared in a heartwarming, adventurous, true-life account that will entertain and inspire young and old alike.

About your Book:
All he wanted was to fly. A teenage pilot with an itchy throttle hand, a DaVinci-esque knack for sketching, and four generations of aeronautical heritage can’t wait to manifest his passionate aversion to the ground. He sees every hard earned dollar as a tick on the Hobbs meter. Every unencumbered swath of dirt is a potential landing strip, legal or not. His head literally in the clouds over airplanes and girls, the young Aviator can’t take a hint. Oblivious to the opportunities and history right under his nose, his jaunts over the Cascade Mountains of Washington State to fly 1940s era taildraggers at Evergreen Field land him in the company of local aviation legend, Wally Olson. Three decades later, the reminiscent Aviator gets 20/20 vision from Dr. Hindsight. This book is packed with adventures and illustrations that provide a uniquely personal account.

How did you decide how to publish your book and where is it published through:
I spent about two years compiling memories and sketches and photos from my youth. Originally, my effort was intended to fulfill a personal request by my mother for the sake of family history and posterity. However, I felt I had a sufficiently unique set of experiences to lift the hearts of many people if I were to share a portion of my life in a book available for everyone. I decided to publish my book through CreateSpace. I have been very pleased with the quality of their printing. I had published several books through CreateSpace, so I was already familiar with their process. I prefer to self publish. There are too many reasons to list, but some include: Setting my own deadlines; no waiting for approvals that may never come from traditional publishers; I maintain complete control over my work, including pricing and availability; I can use my own ISBNs and build a brand around my own name as an independent publisher.

How do you see writing a Memoir as different from writing other genres of books?
Writing a memoir is in some ways easier, and in other ways more difficult than other genres. The old adage, write what you know, is most applicable in a personal memoir, because obviously it is about one’s own life. However, writing a memoir can be difficult for the same reason. A memoir should be true to life. There is little if any room for creative license. It can be difficult to generate reader interest in a memoir, unless of course you are a celebrity. I am not a celebrity.

Author Bio:
Ilyan Kei Lavanway is a fresh new face in the world of indie authors and publishers. His unique name could prove to be an asset as an author and publisher. Mr. Lavanway is married and has one son who has Down’s syndrome. Mr. Lavanway grew up in Wenatchee and Waterville, Washington State. He is the oldest of eight siblings, seven living. He spent his high school summers driving wheat trucks and combines during harvest, earning cash to support his first love, the love of flight. He was an avid private pilot in his teens. Ironically, for all his love of aviation, Mr. Lavanway’s fourteen years in the United States Air Force never landed him a flight crew assignment. Nope. He was kicking it subterranean school in a capsule beneath the North Dakota plains as an ICBM launch officer for his first four years of service, followed by a year of really uninteresting work in a vault, on base. His next two years took him up near the Canadian border, to the giant, phased array early warning radar site outside Cavalier, North Dakota. Then, he was off to California. Academic assignments filled the final seven years of his military service. By the time he left active duty, Mr. Lavanway had discovered his passion for writing. Since life has thrown him a few curves that make it impractical for him to return to flying airplanes, Mr. Lavanway has poured his heart into writing. His education includes a bachelor’s degree in mathematics and a master’s degree in space studies. Mr. Lavanway’s aptitudes for aviation and sciences show in some of his books. His works offer unusual perspectives, giving readers rich depth of thought.

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The House on Wilburtha Road by Fleury Sommers

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What inspired you to write your memoir?
As I grow older, I’ve noticed that the passage of time tends to distort the reality of an era. Looking back at the 1950s, particularly, it seems to me that a number of historians and novelists appear to have some kind of ax to grind. The fifties, for example, were uniformly stifling for women. All Southern people hated blacks. Men didn’t parent their children. You get the idea.
This kind of selective recollection does a disservice to children who are then educated with a single viewpoint. If the histories and novels thus produced have any staying power, they encourage subsequent generations in the same narrow perspective, that is, in the same selective recollection. They do a disservice to those of us who lived through a period of time and know that conventional wisdom is wrong…or at the least incomplete.
I’d go even further and assert that this kind of selective recollection corrupts an individual’s understanding of his or her personal history and, if collectively embraced, shades a society’s understanding of its culture and values.
My family is from Chattanooga, Tennessee. We moved to New Jersey in 1957 under circumstances described in the book. The family included five children, our mother and father and a black woman, Amelia, who had taken care of us since we were babies.
Do these circumstances present a unique perspective for readers of a period when Jim Crow died its ugly and lingering death? When lynchings were a fresh and hateful memory and a source of national shame? When the issue of civil rights began to affect our collective conscience?
I think they do. Most important, I wanted to tell the truth, the good and the bad.

About your Book:
In its way, the decade of the 1950s was as tumultuous as the 1960s. New transportation systems changed where people lived and worked. New products and technologies changed how they lived. Advances in medicine changed whether they lived. A boom in baby births dramatically reshaped family life. And, the emergence of the Civil Rights movement forever changed the way races of people understood and lived with each other.
This is the story of the impact of those changes on one family, transplanted from the Deep South to New Jersey in 1957. A profile of parents, five children and a black housekeeper whose lives bridged the Jim Crow South and the Civil Rights era.
It is a narrative at once personal and representative of a unique period in American history. For anyone interested in “what really happened,” it is an insightful and intimate story.

How did you decide how to publish your book and where is it published through:
I wanted to make this book available to the members of the generation who came before me who are still alive. So, it was a no-brainer to publish on Amazon – Createspace and Kindle.

How do you see writing a Memoir as different from writing other genres of books?
For one thing, context is important and you have to get it right. For example, my book touches upon the prevalence of syphilis among blacks in the deep South. This means I had to understand the Tuskegee experiment, what it did and didn’t do; the profound failure of access to routine medical care for blacks in the old confederate states; and, even the language used by blacks to describe health concerns.
If the book is fiction, the writer is often given a pass if he or she gets an historical detail wrong here or there. Fiction writers can even play with historical details to make them fit a narrative. But, if you get the history wrong in a memoir, you’ve given the lie to everything you’ve written.
Writing a memoir is not for the faint of heart.

Author Bio:
I’m a professional writer and editor, first as a promotional copy writer at a New York publishing house, then as an award winning editorial writer and columnist for Cox newspapers and later in public relations. Graduated from Barnard College, Columbia University and earned my masters from Northwestern University.

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CHARLIE DREW The Life & Times of a Music Hall Minstrel by Malcolm Drew by Malcolm Drew

CHARLIE-DREWMusicHallMinstrelA fascinating account of my great uncle’s times as a music hall entertainer and seaside minstrel at the turn of the 20th century. From his humble beginnings in Birmingham, England to featured comedian in 100 Palladium Minstrels at the famous London Theatre. Along the way he would share the stage with Harry Lauder, G.H.Elliott, George Lashwood, Fred Karno’s “Mumming Birds” and many more. With over 100 pages (iPad) and more than 40 illustrations. The book will be available for FREE download on 25th/26th December 2014 and on Thursdays 1st, 8th and 15th January 2015. Reviews would be most welcome.

Targeted Age Group:: All ages.

What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
A few scraps of information from family elders indicating that my great uncle had been an entertainer in Victorian and Edwardian times prompted me to undertake several years research in Birmingham, Rhyl and Manchester (England). Now, 14 years later and with the advent of the internet, I have been able to add to and double check my research to produce three Kindle books the first of which is featured here.

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Tears of Innocence by T. R. Robinson

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What inspired you to write your memoir?
Over the years many have shared their life stories with me, which made me realize how my life and that of my grandparents and parents have been anything but ‘normal’. I did not consider it right for our tales to die with me (I am the last in this branch of the family).

About your Book:
At the age of five this young girl suffered a loss which was to have a massive impact upon the rest of her life. Her innocence, loving nature and incredible naivety combined with her natural beauty where taken advantage of by family and strangers. After escaping from attempted sexual abuse she falls into the hands of an occupying force who torture and violate her and leave her for dead. Rescued by a local family she is ultimately, after many hardships, restored to her relatives through whom she meets a foreign national. Domestic violence leading to attempted suicide, near insanity and the contemplation of murder follow.

How did you decide how to publish your book and where is it published through:
I tried to find an agent and publisher when I first started writing but was unsuccessful. One agent, the only one who had the courtesy to respond, said though they liked the tale they could not take it on. But they did tell me about the self-publishing option that in the end I had little choice but to follow. I consequently published through CreateSpace and Amazon’s Kindle. In addition, after studying and following the Style Guide, I have successfully published this book with Smashwords and have been accepted for their Premium Catalogue.

How do you see writing a Memoir as different from writing other genres of books?
Dealing with real life issues and real people requires an author to limit themselves to the truth unless of course it is a fictional work based upon facts. In addition there is a need, at least in my opinion, to protect those mentioned and their relatives and decedents. Consequently, the author has to be circumspect about how they write.

Author Bio:
In writing my autobiography I have been honest, truthful and, with some limitations, uncompromising. Many of my experiences were violent, cruel and painful and as a consequence the descriptions of those people involved are unpleasant and critical. Of course not everyone I knew was like that and there were and are many good, caring and kind people. As implied in the disclaimers to my books I do not wish those still living or the relatives or decedents of those mentioned to be upset, embarrassed or to have to face public shame. I also wish to protect my own family and relatives. Consequently I am unable to post a photograph of myself as naturally these people could be traced from it. The image I have used is of my own roses and reflects the pleasure I derive from gardening.

I am a retired lone woman who, after a full and busy life, as recorded, just wishes to enjoy some peace and quiet. Unfortunately age, illness and ignorant inconsiderate people do not allow me that pleasure. However, I endeavour to enjoy what I can and to remain as stress free as possible. I found it difficult to write my autobiography because of all the memories it brought back.

I do intend to do more writing. Initially I propose to write my grandparents and parents stories. These will be based upon actual events although there will naturally be a degree of fictional content as it will be necessary for me to surmise some of the events. I also intend to complete my own story.

I enjoy gardening. From my earliest years I have gained great pleasure in watching how plants and trees grow and develop, it is truly fascinating and exciting. How they survive harsh weather conditions both cold and hot and bud and flower again in the spring is truly a marvel. I also gain a sense of real achievement when I see seeds or stones I have planted come to fruition. And of course I love the aromas and colours of flowers and fruit tree blossoms.

As a very young child I had many pets each of which I loved intensely. Unfortunately after those early years I was unable, with one exception, to have pets. Nevertheless, I do love animals and take great pleasure in watching them both in life and in documentary, natural history television programmes. I get very incensed when an animal is treated badly and often say that the owner should be subjected to the same treatment to see how they like it. Of course I have never actually done such a thing but it is often very tempting.

I also have an avid interest in current affairs both national and international, although I do get upset at the injustice and violence that is so often reported. Why do people have to be so cruel and inconsiderate to each other?

Whether this counts as an interest or as a requirement I am not sure. As a result of self-publishing my book I have of necessity had to become a social media student. There is so much in this field that it sometimes confuses and overwhelms. However, I think that at last I am becoming more adapt at it.

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My Five Stages of Grief: A Father’s Journey to Recovery from Bereavement by Darren Heart

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What inspired you to write your memoir?
After the tragic deaths of my partner, and shortly afterwards, my step son, and the subsequent grieving process that followed, I decided to share my experiences with the five stages of grief using poetry and prose in a desire to pass on new hope to those currently bereaved and grieving.

About your Book:
My Five Stages of Grief by Darren Heart is an emotional chronicle of the author’s ten year journey to recovery and healing from the grief and overwhelming sense of loss caused by the tragic deaths of his long term partner, and shortly afterwards, his step son.

The Prologue for this book summarizes the author’s moving love story up until the moment tragedy strikes at the heart of his family.

The main body of the book is represented by five chapters dedicated to the five stages of grief, namely; Denial, Anger, Bargaining, Depression and Acceptance. Each chapter is broken down to include a brief clinical definition for a particular stage, followed by the author’s own observations and experiences, closing with a number of poems written by the author, intended to reflect upon the various emotions and thoughts experienced during that particular stage of the grieving process.

My Five Stages of Grief concludes with an Epilogue where the author describes life “post-acceptance”, and offers words of hope, inspiration and encouragement to those who may be wading through the grief and mourning process, and feeling misunderstood or isolated.

Containing emotional, thought provoking, and inspirational poems related to the various five stages of grief, capturing the author’s raw thoughts and emotions associated with each stage.

For those who have suffered the loss of a loved one, this book explores a mourner’s need to acknowledge death and embrace the pain of loss and bereavement. Also explored are the many facets that make each individual’s grief unique, and the many normal thoughts and feelings that someone currently grieving may have.

At one time or another, we will all find ourselves facing a dark journey through the grieving process. My Five Stages of Grief is written to provide support and comfort for a person who is in the wake of despair following the loss of a loved one. This powerful book will help support readers throughout their five stages of grief by sharing a number of relate-able biographic experiences, breaking down the walls of isolation that can leave a mourner feeling utterly alone, in preparation for the end of the journey, peace.

How did you decide how to publish your book and where is it published through:
Given the unusual format of this mixture of poetry and observations, I struggle to find an exact match with regards to genre, and so decided that self publishing would be the best way to go.

How do you see writing a Memoir as different from writing other genres of books?
Unlike other stories, this is YOUR story, and as such should reveal the real person and passions behind the author, without embellishment. I found poetry a powerful tool in this regard.

Author Bio:
Born amid the rolling hills of Hampshire, South of the United Kingdom in 1968, Darren Heart has always found poetry a comfortable medium for expression. Love poems were a particular passion, although often passionate and private by nature. Indeed love poems often served as valuable communication tool with his long term partner. Tragedy strikes the family when his partner becomes unwell, requiring significant surgery and a lengthy hospital stay. Once again romantic poetry steps in to lend a hand, with loving poetic messages tucked away in Get Well Soon cards. Tragedy, unlike lightning, can indeed strike twice, only nine months later, her struggle for life comes to an end. Tragedy thrice, four days pass, Darren’s step son sadly passed away from a massive heart attack, caused by the same genetic disorder that had taken his mother. Heart-broken, overwhelmed by grief, and suffering the extra strain of new found single parenthood with their young child, Darren soon turned back to the pen, using poems and prose to document and help process his feelings. Over the next ten years, Darren’s writing, at the time not shared with the world, played an important role in his journey to recovery from such tragic bereavement and grief, and therefore now makes his poems available to the public. His goal is to provide some comfort to those who may be struggling with a similar journey. With a preferred, easy to read poetry style, leaning towards Ballad and Tanka, Darren’s writing captures and expresses raw emotions that often provoke a tingle down the spine, or bring a tear to the eye. Visit www.darrenheart.com for more information.

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Our Travels with Alexander – Taking a year off in France by Alex Athanassakos

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What inspired you to write your memoir?
Actual experience: The book describes my experience with taking a year off work and spending it in France with my wife and my 12-month old son

About your Book:
The author describes a year off in France through the wines, food, culture and history of Burgundy, Provence and Dordogne. The adventures of a new family whose original plan never included the challenges of travelling with a toddler are intended to show that raising a baby and living the dream, while not easy, can be funny, enlightening and worthwhile. While this is a how-to for all those parents who plan to live differently, even if it is only for a short time, it is also an in depth exploration of what makes France famous for “la belle vie”.

How did you decide how to publish your book and where is it published through:
Amazon and CreateSpace had the right tools and the right price, with no judgments about the marketability of the book. So I went with them.

How do you see writing a Memoir as different from writing other genres of books?
A memoir is by definition something you lived through and the act of writing about it recreates it in your memory.

Author Bio:
Alex Athanassakos was born in Greece in 1952 and migrated to Toronto, Canada in 1978 where he presently lives. After obtaining his PhD, he taught economics at Concordia University in Montreal and at York University in Toronto. “Our Travels with Alexander” is his first book and it describes his experience with taking a year off work and spending it in France with his spouse and his 12-month old son. He is currently working on a novel entitled “On Democracy”.

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Free Book 02/13/2015: CHARLIE DREW – The Life & Times of a Music Hall Minstrel by Malcolm Drew

BOOK-COVER-RESIZEDThis book is free on these days only – 02/13/2015 at midnight PST until 11:59 pm on 02/14/2015. If the dates are the same that means the book is free one day only.

A fascinating account of my great uncle’s times as a music hall entertainer and seaside minstrel at the turn of the 20th century. From his humble beginnings in Birmingham, England to featured comedian in 100 Palladium Minstrels at the famous London Theatre. Along the way he would share the stage with Harry Lauder, G.H.Elliott, George Lashwood, Fred Karno’s “Mumming Birds” and many more. With over 129 pages (estimated) and more than 40 illustrations. The book will be a VALENTINE’S DAY FREEBIE DOWNLOAD on 13th & 14th February 2015. Reviews would be most welcome. A brief video about the book is on YouTube.
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Any Road Will Take You There by David W. Berner

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What inspired you to write your memoir?
The book is inspired by both Jack Kerouac’s On the Road, a book I loved as a young man, and by a long-forgotten photograph of my father, my great grandfather, grandfather, me. It had been hidden in a drawer for years because of the secrets it held.

About your Book:
Recipient of a Book of the Year Award from the Chicago Writers Association, Any Road Will Take You There is honest, unflinching, and tender.

In the tradition of the Great American Memoir, a middle-age father takes the reader on a five-thousand-mile road trip — the one he always wished he’d taken as a young man. Recently divorced and uncertain of the future, he rereads the iconic road story — Jack Kerouac’s On the Road — and along with his two sons and his best friend, heads for the highway to rekindle his spirit.

However, a family secret turns the cross-country journey into an unexpected examination of his role as a father, and compels him to look to the past and the fathers who came before him to find contentment and clarity, and celebrate the struggles and triumphs of being a dad.

Any Road Will Take You There: A Journey of Fathers and Sons is a heartwarming and heartbreaking story told with humor and grace, revealing the generational struggles and triumphs of being a dad, and the beautiful but imperfect ties that connect all of us.

How did you decide how to publish your book and where is it published through:
It was first self-published, but then picked up by Dream of Thing Publishing in Chicago, a wonderful publisher dedicated to good writing and personal stories.

How do you see writing a Memoir as different from writing other genres of books?
The obvious thing is the story is true. But with that comes responsibility. It’s your truth and your memories, but if you write about others, you have an obligation to be fair. Still, you must be honest and willing to go deep. The real story is somewhere below the surface of the skin and you must be willing to take that journey to find the story.

Author Bio:
David W. Berner is an award-winning journalist, broadcaster, author, and professor at Columbia College Chicago

His first book, Accidental Lessons was awarded the 2011 Royal Dragonfly Grand Prize for Literature. His second memoir, Any Road Will Take You There won the 2013 Book of the Year Award from the Chicago Writer’s Association for nontraditional nonfiction, and has been re-released by DREAM OF THINGS Book Publishing. His collection of essays – There’s a Hamster in the Dashboard – will be released by DREAM OF THINGS in early 2015.

You also may have heard his voice regularly on the radio. He’s a reporter and anchor or CBS radio and has produced numerous audio documentaries for public radio.

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Recipes and Road Stories by Hannah and Caroline Melby

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What inspired you to write your memoir?
This book is a compilation of short stories we have collected over the many years of traveling as musicians. We took these unique stories, and paired recipes with them. The recipes come from people we have encountered on the road, certain food items that have been served from us on the road, and then just some of our favorite family recipes. Some of the stories are a little sad, some are exciting and adventurous, and others are simply hard to believe!

About your Book:
By the time Hannah was in the 11th grade and Caroline was in the 7th grade, the Melby sisters were touring the country in bluegrass bands, with Hannah on fiddle and Caroline on mandolin. Today the sisters are the front persons of a very popular Nashville-based country music touring band named HanaLena.

The sisters, who grew up in Starkville, Mississippi, performed from an early age—Hannah is now 28, Caroline is 24—evolving from bluegrass to progressive country as they perfected their songwriting and performance skills out on the road. In 2008 they won the “Best New Act in Country Music” competition at the Colgate Showdown in the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville—and took home a check for a cool $100,000 presented by country music star LeAnn Rimes.

Do they ever have some great stories to tell about coming of age on the concert trail! Recipes and Road Stories blends touching and rollicking road stories with an assortment of tasty recipes, and then tops everything off with plenty of exciting photographs. Also contributing recipes are friends they made on the road, including Rhonda Vincent, a 5-time Grammy nominee who has been called the “Queen of Bluegrass,” and Claire Lynch, who is the reigning Female Vocalist of the Year for the International Bluegrass Association.

How did you decide how to publish your book and where is it published through:
Our publisher, James Dickerson at Sartoris Literary Group, approached us one day with the idea of taking some of these stories and pairing them with delicious recipes and printing it for others to take part in. We immediately loved the idea and began recollecting as many stories as we could. We let him handle all of the publishing decisions.

Author Bio:
Hannah and Caroline Melby are a touring sister duo in the band HanaLena, which is based in Nashville, TN. They published their first book ‘Recipes and Road Stories: From Life on the Road with Sisters Hannah and Caroline Melby of the duo HanaLena’ in September 2014

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Story about Rene by Brian Wicklin

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What inspired you to write your memoir?
The idea in writing this book has been to find a part of his life that was missing and that was a problem he had to manage by himself throughout his adult life. Hopefully, this story will convey to others the need for sharing experiences about challenges and struggles as well as failures in overcoming adversity in family life.

About your Book:
This book is about Rene who lived in Kalapaluwawa a village in Sri Lanka, the island country off the southern coast of India that was once known as Ceylon. Brian Wicklin is the author and the next youngest of Rene’s 6 children. He lives in Sweden.

The book spells out the emotionally compelling story about his mother and the troublesome life she endured living with her husband, how it all ended in the most unusual of ways, her departure for London not being able to say goodbye to her children and not knowing anyone who was out there to meet her.

Against all odds in its favour she met her children one by one as grown-ups 15 to 20 years after her departure.

The story that is told starts around the early years of the previous century and ends in the Isle of Wight in 1973.

How did you decide how to publish your book and where is it published through:
I submitted the manuscript to selected publishers but had no answer. Then I received a positive answer from Éditions Dédicaces LLC and they have published the book.

How do you see writing a Memoir as different from writing other genres of books?
The difference is that in a memoir you have the story and the details. The art of writing the story is a decision you make. You feel that you have control of the facts and the style of writing, the message that has to be put accross.

Author Bio:
Brian Wicklin was born in Kalapaluwawa, a township close to Colombo the capitol city of Sri Lanka on 18th April 1939. He was the next youngest of a family of 6 children. His father was a building engineer in the government services and his mother was housewife. They were upper-middle class and held upper middle class values and had links to some of the most powerful families of the time.

His parents had a stormy relationship. When Brian was 6 years old, the family broke up and a sense of unease entered the family held social position. After the separation RENE disappeared from the country of her birth. Brian grew up in Colombo with his father until 19 and then came to Sweden on a scholarship award to pursue studies at the University of Uppsala. After graduation in 1966 he was employed most of the time at Statistics Sweden (Office of National Statistics). On leaving this office in 1997 he continued to work as a consultant for providing technical assistance to developing economies funded by international organisations such as the EU, UNDP, ADB and USAID.

He became a Swedish citizen 29th October 1969 and changed his surname WICKREMESINGHE to WICKLIN 30th July 1974. This is his first book. He had been contemplating in writing the story about his mother RENE and her disappearance from their family life. It remained a distant dream in those early years to think about meeting her once again. Despite the odds he met her again in 1960 in England.

The idea in writing this book has been to find a part of his life that was missing and that was a problem he had to manage by himself throughout his adult life. Hopefully, this story will convey to others the need for sharing experiences about challenges and struggles as well as failures in overcoming adversity in family life.

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