05-15-2011 07:43 PM
“Forever Young’ isn't just about adding years to your life or for seniors only. It's about functioning at peak capacity throughout life, feeling great, and being able to do things that make life worth living. It's about being biologically or functionally young, regardless of your chronological age. You will find not only scientific theories about aging but their safe application to stay young.
05-16-2011 10:27 AM
Latest news about Boomerang.
New cover art, by artist extraordinaire Laura Lakey.
Also, Boomerang is one of just 23 books named to Pixel of Ink's list "Captivating Reads" over at Amazon. Other books that made the list? How about "The Help", "Memoirs of a Geisha", "The Lightning Thief", "Outlander" and "The Art of Racing in the Rain". Keeping pretty good company!
Alan Hutcheson (aka Plumboz)
author of Boomerang, a comic novel of international intrigue, with music
05-16-2011 02:20 PM - edited 05-16-2011 02:23 PM
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Laina Byzell is a twenty-two year old street-smart, wise-cracking, drug-addicted barmaid. Gaetan Nardowsky is a twenty-four year old computer geek born and bred in Philly who has problems meeting and speaking with women. So he takes it upon himself to kidnap Laina to force her to get to know the real Gaetan. What results is a torrid love affair. An erotic love affair described in such vivid enough detail so as to inflame the passions. But Sally “Sal” Longo, a detective with the Philadelphia Police Department, bound and determined to find the kidnapper, threatens to crush a love affair destined to bring Gaetan and Laina everlasting happiness.
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05-16-2011 02:39 PM
I just published the first volume of cartoons from There is Strangeness in the Universe(TM). Followers of my cartoon thread in the B&N Community might want to take a look at my view of the world.
There is Strangeness in the UniverseTM is a cartoon series that is based on the astronomical theory that a parallel universe filled with strange matter must exist in order that our cosmos is kept in perfect balance. This, of course, gives rise to the question, "What happens in such a strange universe?" Do trees talk? Do leaves question their mortality? Maybe animals use the legal system to resolve their disputes and aliens have to struggle through life's little quandaries. Some have compared my view of life to Gary Larson's Far Side. My cartoon influences are many, but some that come to mind are: Peanuts, The Far Side, Bloom County, Doonesbury, Calvin & Hobbes, and so many more.
I started cartooning at age 63 without any formal art or cartooning training - hopefully that won't show too much. My first cartoons were on a local message board and became so popular that I was asked to be a contributor to the New York Times eNewspaper, The Local. One of my cartoons even made it into the print edition of the New York Times. Since then, I have regularly posted my cartoons on my cartoon blog and on various forums such as NookBoards.
I just released my eVersion of the cartoon series as aNookBook at $2.99. I hope you enjoy it.
05-17-2011 11:41 AM
by Maddie Broome
Contemporary Romance / Quirky Romance - 83,000 words - .99 Nook ebook
After reviving the fortunes of her hometown of Possum Dance, Texas – thanks in large part to an ALF wannabe named Bubba spotted roaming the local Piney Woods – Riley Dare has it made. She owns and operates her own store specializing in the weird and wonderful – Alien Autopsy videos, Bigfoot slippers, and plush Bubbas included. She's a respected member of her community. She's even become something of a local media darling. And okay, so the highlight of her love life in recent days was the blind date with a guy who was expecting his date to be a guy. Still, life is good. If somewhat safe and predictable. And maybe a little boring. Or possibly even a lot.
Enter then Bren Reynolds, a former high school nemesis who'd spent the four months of their shared senior year looking down his nose at the local hicks from the sticks, holding illicit keg parties at the mayor's house, and coming up with new and better ways to convince Riley he was a jerk. The bad news then gets worse – he's Riley's blind date for the local Bubba Festival. And not only does he not remember her, he thinks she's weird – and not particularly wonderful.
All, however, is not lost. A near-riot, a close encounter with a Conspiracy Nut, a dancing Tribble, and a few dozen cookies later, the weird proves to be more than a little wonderful.
05-17-2011 01:39 PM
The story follows the growth of a cottonwood tree across nearly a century. The story starts just prior to European influence, with a young warrior running from his enemies. This is pre-horse culture and as he stops to catch his breath, a few drops of blood run down his fingers and land on the cottonwood seedling –thus the blood of the warrior is incorporated into the makeup of the tree.
As the warrior runs on, the story likewise continues into the future. As the novel covers roughly two centuries, characters will come and go, while demonstrating how life was in this pivotal point in our history. Though the lives of both humans and animals come and go, the tree remains the anchor that keeps pulling the story back together. Eventually, another tree sprouts up and begins its life, as the original begins to die and ultimately succumbs to time. This was necessary to maintain the realism, since cottonwoods generally live around 90 years.
As the story moves ever closer to the modern era, the reader is carried along through the many changes that affect both the human inhabitants, as well as the wildlife in and around the area that would later become the Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge.
At one point, ancient bones are dug up during a construction project. While early in the story such a find might be destroyed, the public's ideas and the laws have changed, and the bones must be respected and handled properly. At this point, the story takes the liberty of propelling the reader hundreds of years into the past, in order to put a human element into the bones. The reader witnesses the story of the man's death, through the eyes of his grandson in a world (and even a climate) that is very different from the present.
The story ends up with a volunteer park ranger, who spends a lot of time in the bottomland forest. This person gains an appreciation for both the resiliency of the wilderness and also the damage that has been incurred over the decades and centuries. He also gains an appreciation of the history, and how his hikes have taken him to places that were inhabited by those who came before him.
05-17-2011 04:46 PM
And the latest review from across the pond for Boomerang.
A Wonderful Quirky Caper, 17 May 2011
Boomerang is a wonderfully exuberant chase caper, a cleverly executed laugh out loud gem full of quirky characters, impossible scenarios, unlikely allies, all pulled together by the brilliantly skilful penmanship of Alan Hutcheson. An absolutely wonderful book...a joy to read from start to hectic finish.
Alan Hutcheson (aka Plumboz)
author of Boomerang, a comic novel of international intrigue, with music
05-18-2011 12:13 PM
This guide provides fresh insight into the mysteries about God; and leaves us wiser, peaceful, and enlightened. God and spirit is no more another worldly belief in fate, luck, chance, or coincidence. The God is not in church, mosque or temple only that appears every Sunday. The God is in us 24-hours a day; and we’re capable of achieving union with God in this life by realizing the Divine within.
05-18-2011 07:14 PM
05-19-2011 12:03 PM - edited 05-19-2011 12:07 PM
“Art of Stress-free Living: Eastern and Western Approach” is a practical guide that combines various stress treatment approaches that have been recognized for centuries by faith healers and meditation experts, and are now accepted by modern medical practitioners. This is the first book of its kind, combining ancient Eastern wisdom and modern Western scientific knowledge.
This guide can save you from going to expensive seminars and other programs offered in physicians' offices, spas, schools or retirement centers. You don’t need to go to an ashram in India or University “wellness” centers; because this book provides various relaxation techniques that you will be able to follow yourself.
What is called “Sudarshan Kriya” by new age gurus is a cycle of breaths—long, medium and short. Not only breathing patterns influence our emotions, the breath is in the present and is used to "rope in the wandering mind" that oscillates wildly between the past and the future. You will learn how the breath being in the present can be used to "rope in the wandering mind". Like Zen masters who teach that the present moment is a chink opening into eternity, this guide describes in detail “THE POWER OF NOW- ZEN BUDDHISM APPROACH.”
This guide also takes into account the positive (pre-distress/eustress) aspects of stress.
The introduction to “Art of Stress-free Living” starts with a quote by Dr. Redford Williams, Duke University: “Diet and exercise alone are like a two-legged stool. It's more stable with the third leg, stress management.” However, the author goes even further that for healthy heart stress management is even more important than weight control and lower cholesterol. Dr. Dhillon observes that his stressed friends who were not overweight, had normal cholesterol ended up with bypass surgery, whereas those who are overweight but with low stress level did not need bypass surgery so far (in their mid-sixties now). He provides various studies and statistics on “high cost of stress” in terms of health as well as wealth. The studies show sixty to 90 percent of all doctor visits involve stress-related complaints.
The book consists of six chapters each representing an independent topic: chapter 1, Mind-Body Connection; Chapter 2, Stress Management Approaches; Chapter 3, Mental Relaxation Approaches to Stress; Chapter 4, How Breathing Affects Stress; Chapter 5, The Value of Spiritual Living; Chapter 6, The Power of Now: Zen Buddhism Approach. The chapters precede by introduction, and are followed by Glossary, References, and Notes.
After establishing mind-body connection in chapter 1, the next chapters 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 cover various approaches to stress management. However, before dealing with purely stress-management approaches, author does discuss in chapter 2 various sources of stress and stress symptoms. This chapter also gives a graph where you can determine your stress-level.
In addition to common sense approaches to routine stress, under specific stress-management approaches are discussed “Medical Approaches” and “Non-Medical alternatives.” Nutritional approach, exercise, sleep, a change of routine, financial planning, and communication are among various other means of handling stress. The author introduces relaxation techniques to be followed in detail later in the next chapters.
Chapter 6 scientifically evaluates the Zen Buddhism approach to relieve stress. Enlightenment, emotion, psychological pain are included in this chapter. Dr. Dhillon, who is uniquely qualified to present a synthesis of Eastern and Western stress-management approaches, goes in detail about the power of now in this chapter. In this chapter, he also covers general suggestions based on Zen Buddhism