Saturday, September 15, 2012

Review and Book Giveaway: Update

 Didn't get any response on this great opportunity to win a free book! Gimme some love, readers! 

This day has been over 40 years in the making! My good friend is published, and I'm proud to offer this review and free copy of her book to one lucky commenter on this post! Winner will be announced Monday, September 17, 2012.

Terrorists have threatened the life of the president of the United States as he gives the keynote address at a college graduation. The president’s life is protected, but Aides and SSA discover that, despite heavy security, one of the operatives was killed with high-powered weapons at the site. Meanwhile, in Europe, a threat has been made to international French pop star Charm Dumotte, whisking Interpol into action, as the two incidents appear to be related.

Enter the world of imaginative author Debbie G. Brownfield as she weaves a globally inspired story of suspense, danger and, inevitably, love. The characters are larger than life, and numerous enough to warrant a helpful family tree graphic. Scenes of intrigue are interspersed with the flavor of friends and family having a good time, while dodging the perils of life in the 21st century. Debbie is my childhood friend, and this is exactly how I remember my times with her! Let Secrets of the Enemy take you into its own world!

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

One Little Change

Sometimes change is dramatic. Like in the Scrooge story where one grumpy old miser sees what his life could be if he continues being an old grumpy miser, and changes overnight to a kind and generous man. Or in the case of an overnight snow, which transforms a brown landscape into a white wonderland.

But often, change is small and gradual. Like the three pounds you lose after literally starving yourself for a month or two. And the half an inch your hair grows, while your fingernails could have become footlongs if you hadn't cut them.

It's the watched pot that never boils, they say. That's why I was surprised to find one simple thing that changed the way I think about everything. Well, almost everything.

There's a new book I've been reading. I review books for free, that is, I get paid in books, and there's no price on that! I just can't wait to tell you about the change in my thinking that this book prompted.

So check back in a few days, because I'm not finished reading it yet, but I'm devouring it in big gulps and I can't wait to tell you about it!

Have you read a book that changed you? I'd love to hear about it.

Monday, September 10, 2012

Napoleon and Related Personalities

During the French Revolution the upper crust was removed from the loaf by Madame Guillotine in a senseless frenzy to purge France of a corrupt and out - of - touch Monarchy. Simultaneously, America, too was disdaining a Monarchical system that had held dozens of generations in its powerful grasp. It was the age of freedom.

How, then, did a little Italian man from Corsica manage to dupe the world into allowing him to crown himself Emperor of most of continental Europe, with a little help from the brute force of his 'Grand Army'. When he was finally exiled it is estimated that 5 million people, soldiers included, had been wiped out. Were the French, and all the world, blind?

There can only be one answer. Charisma. Bonaparte must have had it in boatloads.

Have you ever been in the presence of someone who can get pretty much whatever they want simply by force of a magnetic personality? This is a powerful tool, and as my daughter observed sagely, most people who have this facet to their personality should not get what they want.

Remember this when you go to the polls in November.