Sunday, October 28, 2012

Author Spotlight #18 - Thomas Smith

Which One Am I
By Thomas Smith &
James Darrell Williams


There are at least 16 personalities inside James Darrell Williams. But who is he really? And why? “Which One Am I?” is a singular story about universal truths, horrors and grace. Setting their work apart from other memoirs, the authors explore the nature of family and how Darrell – and all of us -- are shaped by culture, history and geography. After two years of research, Darrell and his partner Thomas Smith dug deeply into family secrets, Southern culture and Darrell’s own psyche to explore portrayals of Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID) in popular culture and the psychiatric community, linking them with the events that made Darrell the man he is. 


After spending more than 20 years as a journalist, publicist and educator, something told me it was time for a change. Though I searched for something to keep me busy in my middle years, it seemed like doors in the professional world were closed to me. In 2008, when I met Darrell in a Long Beach bar, I immediately knew this kind and thoughtful man would have an effect on my personal life. There was no way of knowing that he would change my professional life as well. He wanted someone to tell his life story. Of course, I knew from dating him that he had multiple personalities. That didn’t faze me, having become used to people changing personalities immediately after they left the stage. As we came to better know each other, I knew what he had experienced growing up with Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID) was a story the rest of the world needed to hear. 

Friday, October 19, 2012

Author Spotlight #17 - Jim Reilly

By Jim Reilly


James Connor discovers an alien spacecraft buried along with the remains of early human ancestors. It sets in motion a chain of events that pit religion vs. science for control of man’s beliefs. His actions unwittingly make him a pawn in a mysterious plan for the future of mankind and the universe.

Evolution is a story with an epic plot that addresses the great questions of time: God, Satan and mankind’s role in the universe. The conflict between religion vs. science is a timeless debate that is the backdrop to the story. It involves the discovery of an alienship and influence the aliens had on our earliest ancestors, as well as, their plan for the future of the human race. The characters must deal with the reactions of various nations and cultures caused by the discoveries where paranoia, confusion, reactionism, fears all ring true.

The characters in this story must come to terms with the discovery of a spacecraft and the implications that follow the discovery. It asks where did we come from and where are we going from here. It also asks where does religion and religious text become relevant in the final battle for the universe and the end of time, as man must determine how to defeat the aliens and their plan for mankind.

Jim Reilly is a new science fiction novelist. In 2009, he finished an MBA program during which his professors gave accolades to his writing prowess. Upon graduation, Jim was caught up in the economic recession, and was laid off from his corporate position. Jim’s wife suggested that he should write the book he had long envisioned, and to the gratitude of sci-fi readers everywhere, he did.

Jim is a married father of four, born and raised in Long Island, New York. He has a Bachelor of Science degree from the State University of New York -Empire State College and a Master of Business Administration from the New York Institute of Technology.

From an early age, Jim always had a fascination with science, religion, and science fiction to a point that it became a passion of his. Now he enjoys putting that passion to paper. He has already penned his second sci-fi book and is working on his third.

Thank you Jim for being in my Spotlight.  I wish you the best in your writing career!

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Review: Otterocity! Field Guide

Otterocity! Field Guide
Otterocity! Field Guide by Tim Northburg

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I wrote this book as a follow up to Otterocity! I wanted it to be a guidebook for inspiring you and to help motivate you into action to bring a joyful spirit to your life. We all face challenges. It is how you meet those challenges and it is the attitude you choose to take when facing those challenges head on that makes the difference in your life. I hope you enjoy.

--Tim Northburg

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Review: Otterocity!

Otterocity! by Tim Northburg

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I wrote this book to help people who are going through tough times in their lives find joy and happiness again. If you are touched by the economic downturn, experienced the death of a loved one, or are having a tough time in general, this book was meant to inspire you to bring a joyful spirit back to your life. If Otters can be hunted by predators, constantly forage for food, deal with harsh conditions living in the sea, and possess a joyful spirit . . . so can we. I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it.

--Tim Northburg

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Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Review: The Arctic Incident

The Arctic Incident
The Arctic Incident by Eoin Colfer

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Continuing his mixture of the real world and the hidden fairy realm Eoin Colfer delivers again in this second book. This time Artemis Fowl has to hook up with Holly Short, and elf officer of the LEPrecon in order to save his father.

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Review: Charlie Bone and the Time Twister

Charlie Bone and the Time Twister
Charlie Bone and the Time Twister by Jenny Nimmo

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This second installment of the saga of the children of the Red King continues where the first book left off. Charlie Bone is gong to Bloor's Academey for gifted children (descendants of the Red Kind who have unique abilties) and is tasked to aid Henry Yewbeam who is brought to them from the past by a marble like ball called "The Time Twister." This is a fun and exciting series, that puts a different spin on magic and a school for gifted children.

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