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Moon Child Book Review

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Moon Child by Simone Maroney is a larger sized adventure, fantasy novel with 55 chapters. The story line involves complex relationships between six main characters, which are delicately balanced leaving room for intrigue.

Hanna, the chief character, was selected from birth by the Goddess, given special training and endowed with 'gifts' the elders call the 'Memories'. As Hanna goes through many travelling adventures, she becomes respected and known as the 'One' a 'Reader' and a 'Healer'.

Her father, a priest and a shaman in the village tries to protect her while making Hanna learn to stand on her own. Manon, a dear friend and fellow 'Healer', helps Hanna find a position in the same village that tried to kill her. Raer, her childhood friend, whose brain was inadvertently injured during play, becomes a valuable aid to Hanna and her adopted village. Janna, Hanna's archenemy, keeps people at attention with her evil and treacherous behavior. A little romance is thrown in with Jio, also known as 'Maih', who is actually Janna's brother.

So much is going on in the book that readers may find themselves stopping to retrace a few pages. I enjoyed reading this novel and found that it reminded me a little of Clan of the Cave Bear - because of the tribal differences, traveling and 'gifts' the chief character endures. Sometimes being selected by the Gods brings a tumultuous life!

ISBN#: 1933157046

Author: Simone Maroney

Publisher: Draumr Publishing

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Shape Shifting The Bane Of Women Everywhere

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"Shape-shifting" is something most women know about all too well. As the years pile on, so do unwanted pounds that-even among those who remain relatively slim-can literally change the body's contours.

"One may go from an hourglass to more of a shot glass," says Dr. Pamela Peeke, a clinical assistant professor of medicine at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, best-selling author and creator of the "Body For Life For Women Workout" DVD (rodale store.com). "Aging gracefully is all a matter of girth control."

Not to mention understanding women's hormones.

It's Peeke's assertion that recognizing what she calls "women's unique hormonal hard-wiring" is key to achieving and maintaining a peak body for life. There are four hormonal milestones involved:

(*) Teens and Twenties. This is when estrogen production rises. Women who were skinny teens may suddenly find weight going to their breasts, hips and thighs. This is the time to build a strong fitness foundation that can last the rest of your life. It's also a good time to build muscle tone and minimize body fat changes.

(*) The Reproductive Years. Science shows that if you enter pregnancy healthy and fit, you'll have a healthier nine months and a healthier baby. Whether you have children or not, this is the time when your metabolism begins to slow down. During this period, you should add resistance training-weights-to keep your metabolism as hot as you can.

(*) The Forties. This is a time of shape-shifting. Fluctuating estrogen and progesterone levels lead to a three- to five-pound potbelly, or menopot, for many women-on top of which toxic stress levels boost your food cravings. You need to regroup, ramp up your physical activity, examine your lifestyle and put things into balance.

(*) Menopause. Once you've reached this milestone, it's important to exercise the mind and body so that you stay sharp and keep fit. Keep learning. Make the effort to add resistance training and cardio-revving walks every day. Your goal is to live a long and indepen-dent life by taking good care of yourself.

Whether you're 20 or 50, Dr. Peeke's new DVD, "Body For Life For Women Workout," can help you.

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Buddha In The Boardroom

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Recently chosen by Writer's Digest magazine as one of the best new self-published books of 2005, 'Buddha in the Boardroom' is a clever and entertaining blend of business challenges and Buddhist philosophy.

"What a charming book! MacConnell and Mosher have successfully juxtaposed wonderful, simple Buddhist wisdom with the everyday ordinary, focusing on work life. Indeed, why not have a Buddha in the Boardroom. For that matter, simple Buddhist wisdom is helpful anywhere...This is an easy, very pleasant read - with great substance."

Writer's Digest magazine

Learn the secrets of the original self-help Guru. Over 2,500 years ago The Buddha shared with his followers what Western medicine has realized less than 200 years ago: emotional suffering can be just as painful and debilitating as physical suffering.

Buddhism teaches us that if we learn to handle our relationships properly our life will be easier. Learn how your chaotic and stressful workplace environment is really a series of relationships, whether it is with your boss, co-workers, customers, salesmen, competition, or suppliers. Each chapter shows how by learning to handle these workplace relationships properly, you not only increase your chances of success, but your job can actually becomes less stressful and more enjoyable.

"You will see yourself and everyone you know in the chapters of this book."

Heather McGough

Sometimes funny and sometimes serious, discover for yourself why 'Buddha in the Boardroom' has been called 'the business book that is inspirational.' Chapters include: competition, conflicts, controlling anger, risk taking, ethics, handling change, teamwork, goal setting, time management and many more in 30 chapters and 138 pages.

Buddhism is universally accepted because it is not in conflict with any religion nor with science. See for yourself why Buddhism is not for everyone, it's only for those who want to live a happier and more productive life.

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Help Your Toddler Adjust To A New Bed

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Your child has outgrown the crib and is ready for a new bed. But what type of bed should you buy and how will your child adjust to it?

To help children and parents with the transition, American Innerspring Manufacturers, a national nonprofit group dedicated to spreading information about sleep, has underwritten a printing of "Sleepy Creepy," a bedtime book geared toward toddlers who are leaving their cribs for "big-kid beds."

"We love 'Sleepy Creepy' because it helps with a transition that is difficult for so many parents," said Arthur Grehan, executive director of the American Innerspring Manufacturers. "Parents frequently contact us for information on the right types and sizes of beds for toddlers, so we know there's a ton of interest in the subject."

"'Sleepy Creepy' is delightful and just plain fun," Grehan added. "We suspect it'll rise to the top of the child's request list at bedtime."

AIM is making the offer in hopes that parents will give some real thought to the important transition from a crib to a bed with a real mattress. AIM is making copies of the book available to any parent who wants one in order to spark a discussion about the best way to approach this critical milestone in a child's life.

AIM's Web site, www.aim info.org, has additional information on the subject, including a tip sheet called "A Little Common Sense on Big Kid Beds."

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Blowing The Whistle On Disease

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A provocative new book has caused people to take a closer look at the products they use every day.

Kevin Trudeau, author of the number-one New York Times best-selling "Natural Cures 'They' Don't Want You To Know About," has written his second important book. Like his first groundbreaking publication-which sold more than 4.5 million copies-Trudeau's new book exposes what the author says are ways food and drug companies hide the fact that their products cause disease.

Called "More Natural 'Cures' Revealed: Previously Censored Brand Name Products That Cure Disease" (Alliance Publishing, $24.95), the new book features material the Federal Trade Commission actually censored from the first book, as well as new eye-opening information.

The book says the FDA and FTC do not protect consumers, but instead protect the profits of multinational corporations. These types of allegations have earned Trudeau the dubious honor of being called the most daring corporate and government whistleblower of all time. In fact, he has risked potential criminal prosecution by writing his new book.

He answers his critics by sharing story after story about individuals who are using non-drug and nonsurgical, natural methods for their illnesses and diseases. This book picks up where his first book left off:

(*) The 20 most commonly asked questions Trudeau received from his first book are explained in detail.

(*) Specific clinics and licensed health care practitioners from around the world are listed with complete contact information.

(*) 101 specific diseases are listed with the specific brand names that Trudeau believes will prevent, treat or cure the condition.

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A Voice In The Night

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Seventy-five pages of poetic thought on everyday life, including the author's frustrations with shopping and solicitors, greet the readers of A Voice in the Night, by GeorgeAnne Smith. She also includes a touching homage to the men and women who protect and serve us all. An interesting poem speaks from the view of a person who is shocked to find out someone was molested, when they had no idea it had happened.

GoergeAnne's insightful life skills in Within You struck a chord in my mind that rang for days. I felt a sort of kin-ship with the author through Last Words of a Beauty Queen, a poem full of love for nature - something that is dear to my heart. In The Flow shows that poets are not striving for riches or recognition, but are fueled by the faint hope that their words may ease the journey for another human being and break the chains of their despair by making them feel less alone. With Eyes Open is a poem that refers to the purging effect that writing can have for the writer. I thought thatSeeds of Content has an interesting feel to it, reminiscent of chanting.

Glimpses of an older style of writing words slightly reversed, such as "searching we are, a golden life" and "on target, we all are" is something that I particularly picked up on.

To leave you with a little sample of A Voice in the Night, I have chosen this wonderfully written excerpt from the poem Awaken This Lifetime:

"Life may seem, but a merry chase,

Quite overwhelming, a dreary fate

Don't get discouraged by a hurried pace,

Seek to awaken, for its never too late"

ISBN#: 1-4137-9489-0

Author: GeorgeAnne Smith

Publisher: Publish America

Published: Sept. 15, 2005

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Kisho Review

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Now here's a treat for dog-lovers! Author of multiple short stories for children, Jarod Twiford, has recently released his first children's book, Kisho. This story line is unique and has an ending that readers will not see coming.

Everyone loves a hero story. But in Kisho, the hero is an animated animal that is not really animated nor is he an animal! Here we have a young boy who privately loves to watch animated movies. He undergoes a magical transformation into an animated character from a movie and embarks on an adventure of a lifetime. Impending disaster, earthquakes, romance, adventure and finding true happiness are all a part of the story line in Kisho.

Jarod Twiford has been writing for young people for about six years before the release of this book. After intensive research and painstaking attention to detail, he picked the name for the leading character because Kisho means "one who knows his own mind". His thoughtful use of many breeds of canines definitely lent more power to the characters' personalities.

Though I felt a few areas were a little rushed over by the author, it certainly uses an interesting and fairly unusual theme. This book is certain to entertain and be read multiple times by readers.

ISBN#: 1-4241-0525-0

Author: Jarod Twiford

Publisher: Publish America

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Valerie Hector The Art Of Beadwork Historic Inspiration Contemporary Design

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Valerie Hector's The Art of Beadwork: Historic Inspiration, Contemporary Design (ISBN 0-8320-0307-8) is an interesting combination of the historical and cultural analysis of various beadmaking traditions and the presentation of works by modern designers who were inspired by these traditions.

There are numerous books on contemporary bead designs, as well as many histories of beadmaking (which may go back as much as 75,000 years, see http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news

/2004/04/0415_040415_oldestjewelry.html

The book looks at a number of ethnic and historical beadwork traditions:

- Han Beadwork (Mainland China)

- Ancient Japanese Beadwork

- Kathi Beadwork (Guajarat State, India)

- Sa'dan Toraja Beadwork (Sulawesi, Indonesia)

- Straits Chinese Beadwork (Penang, Malaysia)

- Kenyah Beadwork (Indonesian/Malaysian Borneo)

- Ambai Island Beadwork (Indonesian New Guniea)

- Ancient Egyptian Beadwork

- Yoruba Beadwork (Nigeria)

- Maasai Beadwork (Kenya)

- Dinka Beadwork (Sudan)

- Xhosa Beadwork (South Africa)

- Ndebele Beadwork (South Africa)

- Msinga (Zulu) Beadwork (South Africa)

- Seventeenth Century English Beadwork

- J. M. van Selow Beadwork (1760s Germany)

- Wiener Werkst

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The Chaos Cycle Book Review

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The Chaos Cycle by John Kerchack is destined for the best sellers list! I couldn't put it down and was quite frustrated when my life kept interrupting my reading sessions during the review process of this book. Honestly, my husband would talk to me and I wouldn't even know it. He even made and served supper and I was scarcely aware of what had happened. I heard some banging of a pot lid being taken out of a drawer and then all of a sudden there was this steaming plate of food in front of me and the amused face of my husband beaming back at me.

The author uses excellent writer skills that provide a steady flow of suspense. His characters are full, realistic - you really feel like you are right there. Not like watching a movie, but rather, right THERE. This is a rare talent indeed, and as a writer myself I can only envy it. John has incredible insight into the thought process of his characters - from those of the small abused children to the brutal killer.

Here we are taken on a chaotic ride while Harris and his team of talented detectives track down those responsible for a relentless murder spree in the state of Maryland, USA. I would classify The Chaos Cycle as a murder-thriller fiction novel with moments of brutal violence.

The cover is absolutely a work of art. The first thing my husband said when he saw it on my desk was "Wow! Check out this cover!" I've reviewed nearly 100 books to date and this is the first time anyone in my family reacted this way to a book cover.

The book itself is of very good quality and is a nice size - at 288 pages.

Time will slip away for the reader who opens THIS book!

ISBN#: 1-4137-8536-0

Author: John Kerchack

Publisher: Publish America

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