Your reading for June – by Susan Keefe

Book Title Generator: A Proven System in Naming Your Book 

by Scott Lorenz
Revealed! The secret behind choosing a great title for your book can be found in Book Title Generator… it’s essential reading for authors… before they title their book!
The author of this book, Scott Lorenz, is the owner of Westwind Communications a successful book marketing company which has, over the years helped authors realize their dreams and catapulted their books into the eyes of the public. His vast experience in this field has given him unique insights into many aspects of book realization and marketing, and in this compact book, he shares these gems with his readers.

We all know the well-known phrase, “to judge a book by its cover,” however, first you have to find the book, and it is by the title that this is achieved. Search boxes are brilliant however, it is what you put into them which matters, and it is by understanding the types of keywords you should (or shouldn’t) use in your title, that you will get your book seen by your target audience. The importance of an eye-catching title cannot be overemphasized.

Therefore “How to Title Your Book” is one book every author should read, even if your book is already published, title changes are possible, and with the knowledge, you will acquire within these pages you will discover that a clever author doesn’t just come up with a title, they take advantage of examples out there from well-known authors, and do thorough research first.

However, the really smart author, or would-be author, will take advantage of this book, because within its pages are all the information you will need, complete with examples, crafty tips and many more things most authors just don’t consider. From lengths of titles and subtitles to alliteration, the use of numbers, and pen names, a myriad of topics are discussed. In each section, the advantages and disadvantages are clearly explained, and the impact they could have, which enable you to make informed decisions, and give your book the best chance it can have of standing out.

In conclusion, this enlightening book is, in my opinion, essential reading for authors. As author’s, we are not only extremely proud of our work, but we also want it to be read by our target audience. Let’s be honest we want to sell a lot of our books, for many reasons, fantasy author’s I am sure (even if it is in secret,) dream of becoming the next J. K. Rowling, and many children’s book authors who love animals fantasize that Disney will want to make a film of their book, I know I do. Whatever your reason for writing your book, you owe it to yourself to give it the best chance it can have to shine, and this book will help you achieve this.

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The Lost Gospel of Donald

by Preston Coleman
The Lost Gospel of DonaldAn extremely entertaining, ingenious work of fiction. This irreverent, clever, and witty book is just what we need! I think it will become a classic.
Preston Coleman, the author of this extremely witty book is a professor of communication with a doctorate in media studies. Anyone reading this clever story will not be surprised that he has won awards for his teaching, research, and satire.

At a time when many Americans, and indeed the rest of the world are frustrated and concerned about the words and actions of Donald Trump, through this clever work of historical fiction, the author gives his readers a satirical look at the life and times of this egotistical world leader.

The recent discovery of a previously unknown gospel in the basement of a Russian Orthodox church in Weehawken, New Jersey, written by Donald of Gaul has opened the eyes of the world in a revolutionary new way.

In this gospel, Donald Trump is Donald of Gaul, a wealthy entrepreneur with a hospitality empire. Forward-thinking he is always looking for new talent and acts, and having seen John the Baptist baptize Jesus he thinks they are magicians of the best caliber and admires their ability to draw crowds, just what he is looking for! And so the story continues bringing forth from me a stream of giggles as I read this talented author’s work.

With Donald of Gaul taking us through the four gospels, the New Testament, and the history of Rome from Julius Caesar to Nero, in his own unique ‘business speak’ he gives his reader his tongue in cheek take on the holy book and the teachings of its prophets.

Whilst the Lost Gospel of Donald is an extremely entertaining, ingenious work of fiction, it also, at the turn of every page, give its readers an interesting wealth of discussion topics, and copious material for debate. With clever comparisons, the author has highlighted some of the terrible career decisions which Donald Trump has made, and which have caused untold frustration to many people both in America and throughout the world.

In Conclusion: This irreverent, clever and witty book is just what we need! It sums up the worrying mind and makeup of this current world leader precisely, and I think it will become a classic, and afford talking points for years to come.


The Last Gun Shark

by Joe Corso
In this exciting Wild West adventure, Joe Corso displays his incredible writing ability to the full, as he brings to his readers the life, sights, and sounds of the Wild West.

His protagonist is Brazos Kane, a gun shark who at the beginning of this adventure learns of the death of his uncle, Texas Jack Kane, the man who has taught him all he knows. Immediately he leaves for Kansas City to attend his funeral and settle his affairs. However, Bazos is very aware that he is wanted in various jurisdictions, and so, before leaving he takes a quick trip to the barbers to change his appearance.

His uncle, who was once known as Killer Jack Kane, was in later years known as the best trickshot artist in the world and traveled with circuses and sideshows showing off his talent. Brazos was very delighted to discover that he had been willed his beautiful leather conch-embossed gun-belt with two ivory-handled 45-caliber 1st generation single action Colt 1873s, which his uncle used when he performed, his handsome painted horse Wizard, and also $15,975.

However, there was also another legacy which his uncle had handed down to him, a commission which he had taken on, but unfortunately, he had died before it he could fulfil it.

It is to facilitate the safe passage of Amanda Collins. She is the niece of the owner of the Grand Hotel in town, and having spent the summer visiting with her aunt and uncle, she now needs to return to her home in North Dakota. Her father, Governor Collins wants someone to get her home safe.

Bazos accepts the commission and is pleased to discover that Amanda is not only a beautiful young woman but also a good rider. Saddled up they begin their adventure, however, it isn’t long into their journey before Bazos realizes that they are being followed. When it happens again shortly after, a shocking revelation from Amanda unveils the reason why. Suddenly the stakes are so much higher! Not only are they traveling through dangerous Indian territories where the natives are keen to kill the white man who has invaded their lands, but also interested parties are pursuing them for an entirely different reason.

Throughout this exciting story, the hard lives of the early settlers is clearly portrayed, along with the utter disrespect for life, at a time when people took what they wanted and killed indiscriminately anyone in their way. However, in the telling of this story the strength, fortitude, and comradeship which also developed can be seen as Brazos and Amanda unite with a wagon train and are joined by other cowboys as the follow their intrepid trail to North Dakota. Through this story, those of us who have never visited this vast country truly get a flavor of the courage and fortitude of these settlers who despite all odds managed to stand their ground against the natives, build towns, and railways, and establish methods of communication.

This book has so many facets, it is an excellent Wild West adventure, it portrays the history and lives of the people in those times, and it is also a romance, with twists and turns which will keep you guessing until the very last page.


Let’s Talk About Egg Donation: Real Stories from Real People

by Marna Gatlin and Carole LieberWilkins 
Marna Gatlin became a patient of John S. Hesla MD in 1999 when she attended ORM Fertility. He was immediately impressed with her intelligence, warmth, thoughtfulness, and candor. Marna has since founded a large non-profit making organization, Parents via Egg Donation (PVED) which has for many years become an important source of information for people who want to become parents via egg donation.

Carole LieberWilkins became one of the first women in the world to become a mother through egg donation. She is a licensed marriage and family therapist at a private practice in Los Angeles, she is a specialist in the field of reproductive medicine, and family building options. She is PVED’s Mental Health Director and was a founding member of Resolve of Greater Los Angeles in 1987.

In the last 30 years the process of egg donation has changed a lot, and the reasons for needing egg donation are many. Marna Gatlin and Carole LieberWilkins the co-authors of this book, call upon their own experience, and those of others to provide their readers with an essential resource which explains the journey ‘real families’ experiences when building a family built through egg and embryo donation.

Within its pages the processes are explained and true accounts given by those who have used this process. Questions are answered, fears calmed and doubts expressed, allowing the reader to fully understand that they are not alone, others have been through the experience. I really love the quote from Marna which says “Don’t get too hung up emotionally regarding your egg donor selection because at the end of the day, the baby you have is the baby you were meant to have.”

There are no subjects glazed over in this frank, honest, no-holds-barred book. I had to smile at the questions asked, especially about hair color, simply because my sister comes from a family who all have blue or grey eyes and yet hers are dark brown. These things don’t matter, and shouldn’t be worried about, having a happy healthy child is all that matters.

Uniquely, this is the first book which provides its readers with age-appropriate scripts to allay the fears of parents about how to talk to their children and explain the special way they were conceived. There is also a list of resources which contains organizations and books which you may wish to read.

In summary: This book is an essential resource for those who are considering building a family through egg and embryo donation. Highly recommended!


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