Bookends Porn – People
Latest Posts / March 21, 2012

Like every other bookish person, I like bookends as well, especially ones that goes nicely with the books they hold in between even though, most likely, I’ll be the only person to ever notice. I was looking for bookends, not to buy but just to imagine when I noticed how many bookends of people there are. To be honest – they look good but I like the “Reading Sophisticates” one especially. Here are some of my favorites – which one is yours? Sterling Home Child Games Bookend Trio, 7-1/4-Inch Tall by Sterling Homedj 7-1/4-Inch tall bookend trio features young children playing hide-and-seek Makes a great gift for a teacher, parent, child care provider, or grandparent Crafted from durable composite material for long lasting beauty Antiqued finish Bookends can decorate a table or shelf or even use to hold up books  Bey Berk Lady Justice Bookend by BEY BERK Dimensions: 4 inches x 3.75 inches x 8.5 inches (per side) and 9.5 pounds Blind justice guards the innocent daily in the court, now let her protect you books Cast in solid bronze and set upon solid marble  Sterling Home Pair of Children Swinging Not Too High Bookends by Sterling Home Pair of not too…

Thoughts on: Queenmaker: A Novel of King David’s Queen by India Edghill
3 Stars , Biblical Fiction , Fiction , Latest Posts / March 20, 2012

Article first published as Book Review: Queenmaker: A Novel of King David’s Queen by India Edghill on Blogcritics. About: Queenmaker: A Novel of King David’s Queen by India Edghill is considered to be biblical fiction. I have studied the bible (both Jewish and Christian) and do enjoy biblical fiction very much. 384 pages Publisher: Picador; First Edition edition (November 2002) Language: English ISBN-10: 0312289197 My rating for Queenmaker – 3 Buy this book in paper for­mat through the Man of la Book Affil­i­ate Account More books by India Edghill Thoughts: I enjoyed India Edghill’s (website) Delilah: A Novel (book review) very much so I figured I’ll pick up her novel Queenmaker as a follow-up. Queenmaker  is a biblical fiction first person narrative of Michal, King David’s first wife (out of several) and the one to hold the title of Queen. The book follows the biblical books of Samuel and II Samuel from Michal’s perspective; from her humble beginning as a daughter of Saul, a humble farmer, through his ascension to king, wars and madness. After marrying her father’s harper / war hero David she helps him escapes her father and for her help gets sold to another man until David’s army goes back to reclaim /…

Free Digital Comic: LUTHER
Latest Posts / March 19, 2012

From comic creator Mark Waid: originally posted at Hi. Mark Waid here. As promised if you were paying attention at WonderCon today during my spotlight panel, here’s a free PDF download of a short digital-comics story I did as proof-of-concept with the talented artist Jeremy Rock.  It’s a little zombie story called “Luther”, and it’s a sample of the approach I’m taking to my long-promised–and now imminent–series of Digital Comics. Download it for free. Open it in whatever program you use to read PDF files. A simple right-click or page-tap takes you through, screen by screen, dead simple. For best results, view it full-screen, landscape format, so each image reads as a separate “page.” And enjoy. Free from Jeremy and me to you. If you like it, we could use your assistance. Send the link to your friends. In fact, I encourage you to share “Luther” with as many people as you like. Help us spread the word. Help us show off what we think Digital Comics can be. Help point the audience here. It’d be much appreciated. Then come back here April 2 to see what else I have in mind for the future of webcomics and find out how you can participate. This is big.

Guest Post: Social Media Optimization for Authors, Writers, and Book Publishers
Guest Posts , Latest Posts / March 19, 2012

  Before anything else, here is a good question for anyone who intends to launch and endorse his or her next book usinmg social media. “How do you plan to create a fan base on Twitter, Facebook, or any social networking site?”   Internet Facts First, let us look into important numbers regarding the Web’s development more than two decades ago.   The first website was set up in 1990. There were 252 million people in North America and 738 million in Asia browsing the Internet by 2009. There were 234 million websites by 2010 with 1.8 billion users.   Social Media Truths Those are statistical facts about the Internet. Now, let us proceed with a few insights on social media.   Facebook has over 650 million users. Many people view more than 30 billion YouTube videos in a month. Twitter has received 74 million unique visits in January 2010 and has passed the 10-billion Tweet mark after two months.   What do all these details mean to you and your profession then? Social media is capable of strengthening your content.   Social Media Optimisation OK. So, what comes next? Now, here are some strategies for specific sites.   1….

Fun Facts Friday: The Scarlet letter
Fun Facts Friday , Latest Posts / March 16, 2012

Today is the anniversary of the publication of Nathaniel Hawthorne‘s The Scarlet Letter. Besides a great tale, The Scarlet Letter also had a wonderful that goes with its own publication. Great price on this book in paper or FREE in elec­tronic For­mat through the Man of la Book Affil­i­ate Account More books by Nathaniel Hawthorne 1 )      The Scarlet letter is set in 17th century in Puritan Boston between 1642 – 1649. 2 )      The story that Hawthorne planned to publish the book as a novella and was convinced by his publisher to make it a full length novel is untrue. 3 )      The manuscript for the novel was written at 14 Ma.. St., Salem MA at the Peter Edgerley House. The house still stands. 4 )      Hawthorne believed the book would not be popular due to some portions which were “powerfully written”. 5 )      Contradictory to Hawthorne’s forecast, The Scarlet Letter was an instant best seller. 6 )      The Scarlet Letter started Hawthorne’s best period as a literary author. 7 )      Even though the novel sold many copies, it only brought in $1,500 to its author over a period of fourteen years. 8 )      Upon publications, protests arose in Salem due to the town’s depiction. 9…

Thoughts on: The Book of Lost Fragrances by M.J. Rose
4 Stars , Fiction , Latest Posts / March 15, 2012

Article first published as Book Review: The Book of Lost Fragrances by M. J. Rose on Blogcritics. About: The Book of Lost Fragrances by M. J. Rose is fictional book in the Reincarnationist series. This is the fourth book in the series, however they are all standalone books. 384 pages Publisher: Atria Books Language: English ISBN-10: 1451621302 My rating for The Book of Lost Fragrances – 4 Great price on this book in paper or elec­tronic for­mat through the Man of la Book Affil­i­ate Account More books by M. J. Rose Thoughts: I have read the previous three books in M.J. Rose’s (website) Reincarnationist series but I have to say that I enjoyed The Book of Lost Fragrances the most. While many people don’t read fiction, and I was one of those, I changed my mind with the condition that I’ll learn “something” from the book. That something could be about history, human condition, or anything else. I especially appreciate the Author’s Note at the end of such books which tells me what is real and what isn’t.  Actually, if there isn’t an Author’s Note I might not even bother reading it. The Reincarnationist series deals with certain objects which help people remember past…

Guest Post: From Psychology to Writing by Cynthia Klein
Guest Posts , Latest Posts / March 12, 2012

Psychiatric nursing, to some extent, is a calling. It’s not easy to delve into someone’s psyche and pull out the demons that are haunting him or her. The specificity of the intricacies of the mind and how it works is astonishing and a mystery at the same time. I was fortunate to be enrolled in psychology classes that correlated with elements in the diagnoses of my psychiatric patients; allowing me to utilize these newly-acquired skills on the unit. During this time I worked with people with diagnoses of gender dysphoria (confusion), dissociative disorders, formerly known as multiple personality disorder, and the disease of addictions. Moreover, I was also fortunate to work with specialists in these fields. The massive amount of knowledge I acquired because of these circumstances was magical. After retiring from nursing, I felt I needed to find a way to share my knowledge regarding the brain’s involvement in this disease. Beyond the world of the psychiatric unit and of mental health professionals, there is an impenetrable stigma revolving around these issues. I wondered how I could continue to inform the misinformed about the physiological causes of these “brain” diseases of mental health. Most people I spoke with clung…

John Carter Cover Gallery
Cover Gallery , Latest Posts / March 10, 2012

While I’m not much of a fan of science fiction books, I love the covers. It seems I’m not the only ones, pulp art – where buxom babes and hulky heroes reign supreme – is popular with many as is proved by the abundance of pulp art out there. I must admit that the art of the likes of Frank Frazetta catches my eye more than any other. Below are a few sample of covers from the Edgar Rice Bur­roughs Bar­soom series starring John Carter – which one is your favorite? A Princess of Mars – Buy the book or read it free electronically The Gods of Mars – Buy the book or read it free electronically The Warlord of Mars – Buy the book or read it free electronically Thuvia, Maid of Mars – Buy the book or read it free electronically The Chessmen of Mars – Buy the book or read it free electronically The Master Mind of Mars – Buy the book or read it free electronically A Fighting Man of Mars – Buy the book in paper or electronic format  Swords of Mars – Buy the book in paper or electronic format Synthetic Men of Mars –…

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