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Miracle Man by William R. Leibowitz

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Miracle Man by William R Leibowitz was different from anything that I have read in years. I say that because this isn’t a book, I would usually read but I was intrigued when I read about this book and I figured I would give this book a shot, and I am glad that I did because I did enjoy this book and this authors style of writing. I did worry that it would be so involved and that it would go over my head but in the end, I had no problem understand the book and getting into the story. At times I felt bad for Robert because I am sure he had to have been lonely because of his intelligence and I was left just feeling sorry for him. Like I said before I did enjoy this book and I would recommend to anyone who is looking for something different to read this summer.

About The Book

Title: MIRACLE MAN
Author: William Leibowitz
Publisher: Manifesto Media Group
Pages: 385
Genre: Thriller

REVERED     REVILED      REMARKABLE

The victim of an unspeakable crime, an infant, rises to become a new type of superhero.  Unlike any that have come before him, he is not a fanciful creation of animators, he is real.

So begins the saga of Robert James Austin, the greatest genius in human history.  But where did his extraordinary intelligence come from?

As agents of corporate greed vie with rabid anti-Western radicals to destroy him, an obsessive government leader launches a bizarre covert mission to exploit his intellect.  Yet Austin’s greatest fear is not of this world.

Aided by two exceptional women, one of whom will become his unlikely lover, Austin struggles against abandonment and betrayal.  But the forces that oppose him are more powerful than even he can understand.

Miracle Man was named by Amazon as one of the Top 100 Novels of 2015, an Amazon Top 10 thriller, an Amazon bestseller and an Amazon NY Times bestseller.

 

About The Author

William Leibowitz has been practicing entertainment/media law in New York City for a number of years.  He has represented numerous renowned creative people and many leading intellectual property companies.  William has a Bachelor of Science degree from New York University (magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa) and a law degree from Columbia University.  He lives in the village of Quogue, New York with his wife, Alexandria, and dog, George.

William wrote Miracle Man because of its humanistic and spiritual messages and because he feels that in our current times–when meritless celebrity has eclipsed accomplishment and the only heroes are those based on comic books, the world needs a real hero–and that, of course, is Robert James Austin, the protagonist in Miracle Man.

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Jim Rohn – Quote Of The Week

This week I chose a quote by Jim Rohn.  I have used several quotes by him over the years, and this one might be one of my favorites from him.  Let’s get into what I think about it below it.

I loved this quote because it reminds me that I need to focus on the present to be happy.  I find that we all can get stuck just focusing on the future and we all forget that you need to be present and enjoying your life as things happen.  This quote reminds me of watching my nephew grow up and I often had to tell my brother not to wish away the time you get with them when they are little and as they grow up.  It is amazing how he changes from day to day, and I know that people in his life don’t spend the time playing with him and watching him change.  Those are just a few of my thoughts on this quote.  Let me know what you think in the comments below!

What do you think of this quote by Jim Rohn?

What quotes are you currently loving and why?

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Sovereignty by Anjenique Hughes

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FTC: I received a free copy of this book from iRead Book Tours in exchange for my honest review. I received no other compensation and the opinions expressed in this review are one hundred percent true and my own.

Sovereignty by Anjenique Hughes was a good book. Whenever I read books like this one I find that I am always comparing these books to the book “1984 by George Orwell”. I have always felt that books never quite measured up to that book but I really enjoyed this book so it is one that I would read again just like I would read 1984 over and over again. I liked this book right from the first page because I was left wanting to know what was going to happen and how things would work out in this book. This book kept me on the edge of my seat, and I wasn’t able to figure out what was going to happen, so I was always left wondering what was up next. If you love dystopian type books, I am sure you will love this book as much as I do.

About The Book

Book Title: Sovereignty by Anjenique Hughes
Category: YA fiction, 262 pages
Genre: Dystopian
Publisher: Morgan James Publishing
Release date: July 19, 2016
Tour dates: May 15 to June 2, 2017
Content Rating: PG (No F-words, no sexual content, only one kissing scene and mild profanity)

I used to think I knew all the answers; now I no longer even know the questions. – Goro

Under the totalitarian reign of the 23rd century’s world’s government- The Sovereign Regime- control is made possible by the identity chip implanted in every human being, recording everything that is seen, done, and experienced.

No more bank accounts.
No more smart phones.
No more secrets.

When Goro inadvertently overhears an exchange of sensitive information, causing him to confront the truth about his world and prompting him to choose his true loyalties, his dream of revolution kicks into high gear. Goro doesn’t know he has covert intel in his possession both the SR and the resistance movement are desperate to acquire.

Determined to attempt the impossible task of bringing down the world government, he and his closest friends gain access to the key to ultimately deciding who has sovereignty.

But who will get to Goro first: The resistance or the Sovereign Regime?

 

About The Author

With master’s degrees in education, special education, and counseling, Anjenique “Jen” Hughes is a high school English and math teacher who loves teaching and mentoring young people. She enjoys traveling and has worked with youth on five continents. Saying she is “young at heart” is an understatement; she is fluent in sarcasm, breaks eardrums with her teacher voice (students have complained when they were within earshot), and cracks sarcastic jokes with the best of her students. Her work with ethnically and socioeconomically diverse youth has inspired her to write books that appeal to a broad variety of students seeking stories of bravery, perseverance, loyalty, and success.

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Swan Deception by Glede Browne Kabongo

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FTC: I received a free copy of this book from the author in exchange for my honest review. I received no other compensation and the opinions expressed in this review are one hundred percent true and my own.

Swan Deception by Glede Browne Kabongo was a fantastic book.  This is the first book I am read in a while that kept me on the edge of my seat and made me want to keep reading because I had to know what was going to happen next.  I don’t remember the last time that I read a book that even at work all I wanted to do was read the book.  I even had people read the back of the book and then tell me that they wanted to read the book after I was done with it which doesn’t actually happen with most of the books that I read.  I was on the edge of my seat throughout this entire book because I had no idea what was going to happen next so I was always shocked when things happened because I wasn’t ever right when I would try and figure out what was going to happen next.  This next thought is very random, but as I was reading this book, I often caught myself wondering how the author came up with this book and the things that happened in it.  If you love thrillers, I am sure you will love the book just as much as I do.

About The Book

The perfect family, a house of full of secrets and an ingenious killer out for revenge…

Dr. Shelby Cooper is a busy modern woman trying to balance it all—career, motherhood and marriage to an ambitious corporate power player. But there’s more to Shelby than meets the eye. One afternoon, the perfect life she has meticulously built comes crashing down when a stop by the police for a broken taillight turns into a terrifying battle for survival.

Shrewd, charismatic and untouchable, Jason Cooper is poised to become the next CEO of Orphion, a multi-billion dollar global technology company. To achieve his dream, no one must know he harbors a dark secret that could destroy his life and everyone in it.

The Coopers’ world explodes in a burst of scandal and suspicion when Shelby is arrested for the murder of a close friend. A clever psychopath with a bitter vendetta is playing puppetmaster and has orchestrated a series of cruel hoaxes to even the score.

To unmask a killer and save his wife from a possible murder conviction, Jason must unravel the mystery of Shelby’s past. As the clock ticks, a series of stunning revelations threaten to ruin the Coopers for good. Yet nothing can prepare them for the mother of all deception—a truth so horrifying, it may leave them shattered forever.

This diabolical psychological thriller chronicles the heart-wrenching unraveling of a family and exposes a shocking portrait of duplicity, vengeance, and betrayal that will keep you at the edge of your seat until the final, draw-dropping twist.

A Library Journal SELF-e Best Book of 2016 Pick

About The Author

Gledé Browne Kabongo writes intense psychological thrillers—unflinching tales of deception, secrecy, danger and family. She is the Amazon Bestselling Author of Game of Fear, Mark of Deceit (Eye of Fear Anthology), Swan Deception, and Conspiracy of Silence. Her love affair with books began as a young girl growing up in the Caribbean, where her town library overlooked the Atlantic Ocean. She was trading books and discussing them with neighbors before Book Clubs became popular.

She holds both an M.S. and B.A. in communications, and worked as a freelance news reporter right out of college. After she abandoned the dream of winning the Pulitzer Prize as a reporter for the Boston Globe, she jumped into marketing management for over a decade. Gledé lives in Massachusetts with her husband and two sons.

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Ava Moss by Joss Landry

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FTC: I received a free copy of this book from Pump Up Your Book in exchange for my honest review. I received no other compensation and the opinions expressed in this review are one hundred percent true and my own.

Ava Moss by Joss Landry was a good book, but it wasn’t one of my favorites.  These types of books are my guilty pleasure because for the most part, I won’t ever admit to reading most of them but they are great when I want a book that is just a happy go lucky book, and this one fits into the category for me.  I really did enjoy this author writing, and I would be open to reading other books by her in the future.  I  go annoyed by Ava throughout the book but in the end in I always found myself loving her again and again.  If you love reading Christian romance books because they don’t ever have any of the gross things in them I would recommend this book to you because it didn’t have anything in it that would make anyone uncomfortable.  I would recommend this book to anyone who is looking for a fun chick lit book to read this spring and summer I would recommend this book you.  If you have read it what do you think of it?

About The Book

In the heart of Manhattan’s financial district, during her rise through the entry-level program of a large conglomerate, Ava Moss encounters the salacious Scott Wallace. While Ava considers her boss inscrutable she realizes her heart must remain Scott-free and not fall prey to his charismatic prowess.

Quite by accident Ava overhears computer thieves plotting to steal the firm’s investment clients and seize their information. Worried Scott will not believe her story Ava enlists the help of coworkers to catch the culprits. When Scott learns about the attempted fraud, he is angrier with Ava for not having confided in him than in any potential swindle.

Ava, heartbroken by Scott’s silence and what she considers his lack of gratitude, attempts to move on to avoid the bleak consequences of unrequited love.

About The Author

Joss has worked as a consultant for more than twenty years, writing copy for marketing firms and assisting start-up companies to launch their business. She recently made the switch from composing copy and promos, to writing fiction and prose. She is developing her style through courses and the support of other writers and is presently working on honing three other novels for publication.

Blessed with four children and six grandchildren, she resides in Edmonton, Alberta with her husband, a staunch supporter, and enjoys spending time biking, rollerblading, playing tennis, and swimming. She loves creating stories as she says they fulfill her need to think outside the box.

With two of my littlest angels. This is what life is all about,

spending time with the little ones.

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Dr. Steve Maraboli – Quote Of The Week

The quote I chose for this week is by Dr. Steve Maraboli.

I chose this quote because like most of the quotes from this past month I am working on staying positive and not letting negative people affect me.  I work in the construction field and more times than not customers come in pissed off or call pissed off, and it always has rubbed off on me.  I have actually been making an effort to not let other people make me upset when I am at work.  I have though gotten to the point at work where I don’t really care is someone doesn’t like me because of one reason or another.  I just reached the point in life where I am happy with who I am so why I should stress because someone I work with doesn’t like me?  If they have a valid reason, then I have no problem listening to what they are saying and trying to make a change, but most times I just ignore people because no one will come up and talk to me about it.  Those are just a few of the thoughts I have about this quote.

What do you think about this week’s quote by Dr. Steve Maraboli?

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The Paths We Walk Trails by Felicia Ferguson

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FTC: I received a free copy of this book from BookLook in exchange for my honest review. I received no other compensation and the opinions expressed in this review are one hundred percent true and my own.

The Paths We Walk Trails by Felicia Ferguson was a book that I had a hard time getting interested in and staying interested in.  It is rare that I read books that I struggle with as much as I did with this one.  I only got through just over half of the book before I put it down and just walked away from it.  I am usually able to keep reading a book, but I couldn’t stay interested in this book for some reason.  With that being said though this book was well written and I am sure that most people would enjoy this book, but it just wasn’t the right fit for me.

About The Book

Set in Fairhope, Alabama, and the beach resort area of Scenic Highway 30A in Florida’s Panhandle, four thirty-something ladies, support each other through the triumphs and hard decisions of life. When their own ladies’ retreat is canceled by the sudden illness of its veteran coordinator, Deli, Jess, Anne, and Lindsay travel to Seaside, Florida, for a local church’s meeting on biblical reflection and meditation. The verses they study bring unexpected insights into their relationships with God, their families, and even themselves.

Single ladies, Deli and Jess, gain greater insight into what it means to be a part of a godly relationship. Deli battles her abuse history and takes a step of faith toward a future she never imagined could be hers. Jess, on the other hand, struggles to come to terms with her failing three-year relationship with a man who has little interest in God and faith. Meanwhile, Anne and Lindsay confront issues of motherhood. Anne’s pre-teen daughter has begun a slow descent into silence and moodiness leading Anne to question her long-held beliefs about parenting. Lindsay has her own questions, but with two young daughters now both school-aged, hers is a battle of mother’s guilt against a possible return to her first love: a career in law.

Their questions are our questions. Their journeys are our journeys. Come join them as they discover their own answers and God’s plan for their lives on The Paths We Walk.

About The Author

Faith

Being a follower of Jesus is the most important role in my life. I love being involved in small groups and Bible studies and have made treasured friendships in each. I am a firm believer that each person has a journey that is unique to them. As Christians, our mission should be to support each other on our walks.

Fun

I love to travel and experience new places learn about the culture of the area. The back of my MINI Cooper is covered in decals from the cities and countries I’ve visited. I like to joke that it’s my moving passport! Scotland, England, and Charleston will play supporting roles in the upcoming additions to The Paths We Walk series.

Family

Although I am single, God has surrounded me with a tremendous group of people I call my family. Some are related by blood, others only by love. Without each of them I would not be the person I am today nor would I be growing into the person God sees me be.  I do have two children (four-legged and furry) who keep me on my toes and always make me smile. I call them my “salt and pepper shakers.” Buttercup and Lillie are French Bulldogs and half-sisters from Frenchy Farms in Venice, Florida. 

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Seeing Double by Nancy J Alexander

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Seeing Double by Nancy J Alexander was a great book.  This is the second book in the series, and I loved that I got to spend more times with Elisabeth in this book.   I have to stay I liked listening to the first book more than I liked reading this one.  I think that that happened was because with the first one because I listened to it seemed more like a show than a book.  Even with that being said I really enjoyed this author writing, and I love her characters.  This book didn’t keep me on the edge of my seat, but it did make me want to keep reading and figure out how it ended.  I was sad when the book was over, but I am hoping that there will read other books in this series so that I can get to see the characters again.  If you love mystery books then you should give this one a shot and see if you like it.

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“A chill ran up her spine, triggering an alarm that spread through her system. Her eyes studied him as his eyes studied her. In the recesses of her mind, a fragment of a memory tingled…a tiny blip from long ago. An image spiraled, then vanished. There was something about this young man, this Ari Ben-Aviv. There was something about him she couldn’t pinpoint.”

On the heels of her last mystery, Elisabeth’s new patient is more than meets the eye, and unraveling his secrets will throw her team into a desert storm of double agents and religious extremists. All that stands between love and war are two families, two brothers, and two conflicting versions of the truth.

About The Author

Love of the mystery/thriller genre combines with psychotherapy training and experience to produce an emotionally supercharged dramatic novel. Nancy Alexander has devoted much of her professional life to helping survivors of childhood trauma; their distress has been ingrained and works to create characters who give voice to their plight. To analyze the evil minds that prey on others and the intricacies of law enforcers who pursue them seemed a natural interlacing of professional, literary and creative interests.

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Joel Osteen – Quote of The Week

This week’s quote is by Joel Osteen.

I love this quote because I try and focus on the good because I tend to find myself getting stuck in a negative mindset and that isn’t how I want to live my life.  I have spent the last few years working on being more positive in my life and I finally feel like I am getting the hang of it and this quote is just a great reminder to focus on the present and not worry about the future.

What do you think about this week’s quote by Joel Osteen?

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True To You by Becky Wade

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True To You by Becky Wade was a great book.  I can’t even count the number of books that I have read by this author, so I knew going into this book that I was probably going to enjoy it.  I love books by this author because the well was written and they always end up being super sweet love stories.  With that being said they are predictable, and I am usually able to figure out what is going to happen to them but I still love everything about her books.  I really liked John right from the first chapter of the book, and I was sad when the book was over because I knew he would be one of the characters that I would miss.  I wasn’t the biggest fan of Nora, but I couldn’t tell why I didn’t like her.  If you love Christian romance books, I am positive that you will love this book just as much as I did.

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Exciting Start of a Brand-New Series by a Contemporary Romance Fan Favorite

After a devastating heartbreak three years ago, genealogist and historical village owner Nora Bradford has decided that burying her nose in her work and her books is far safer than romance in the here and now.

Unlike Nora, former Navy SEAL and Medal of Honor recipient John Lawson is a modern-day man; usually, 100 percent focused on the present. But when he’s diagnosed with an inherited condition, he’s forced to dig into the secrets of his past and his adoption as an infant, enlisting Nora to help him uncover the identity of his birth mother.

The more time they spend together, the more this pair of opposites suspects they just might be a perfect match. However, John’s already dating someone, and Nora’s not sure she’s ready to trade her crushes on fictional heroes for the risks of a real relationship. Finding the answers they’re seeking will test the limits of their identity, their faith, and their devotion to one another.

 

About The Author


During her childhood in California, Becky frequently produced homemade plays starring her sisters, friends, and cousins. These plays almost always featured a heroine, a prince, and a love story with a happy ending. She’s been a fan of all things romantic ever since.

Becky and her husband lived overseas in the Caribbean and Australia before settling in Dallas, Texas. It was during her years abroad that Becky’s passion for reading turned into a passion for writing. She published three historical romances with Avon Books, then put her career on hold for several years to care for her three kids, then recently returned to writing sheerly for the love of it. She felt led to move to the genre of contemporary Christian romance and couldn’t be more thrilled with it.

These days Becky can be found failing but trying to keep up with her housework, sweating at the gym, carting her kids around town, playing tennis, hunched over her computer, eating chocolate, or collapsed on the sofa watching TV with her husband.

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