Books That Deserve To Be Read

There are more than half a million books published each year in the US alone. Not all of them make the best seller lists. We are on a quest to find the books that deserve to be in the best seller list.

Directions from a lost man

A self-help book from the perspective of a young man that has seen reality for what it truly is. It’s messy, confusing, painful, and at the same time, it’s a blessing to experience. Through a lifetime of events and documentation through them, this young man has seen the truth. Life happens to us all, and by no means are we ever alone in our darkness. Through words, he shines his light in hopes to show the reader that they aren’t alone. Our struggles are what connect us.

MARRYING FOR FAME

Janet Ashby and David Villa are a pair of ambitious singers that want to become famous. This couple is as different as night and day, but at the suggestion of their pushy talent agent, they decided that a marriage of convenience would help both of their careers. They get married and become friends, and slowly realize that fame is not the only thing in store for them. This light-hearted romance will make you laugh, smile, and warm your hearts!

A Wonder In the Garden

learn abut the rich ecology, the web of life and natural wonders that live just outside our doors, in gardens parks or cracks in pavements. When you learn what to look for these are as rich and as awesome as a distant rainforest. Unable to travel to find wonders? You dont have to.

Haggard Hawk

Haggard Hawk is the first in the Nathan Hawk Murder Mysteries series. It’s free to download.

A haggard hawk is a hawk in full plumage

Nathan Hawk, a high ranking police officer, is ‘required to retire’ from the force. That’s a very British way of saying he was sacked. Apparently he broke his commanding officer’s jaw and earned the undying respect of his colleagues. He goes to live in the countryside, just outside London where he spends the first few months drinking too much, arguing with neighbours and stressing about his grown up children. And wondering what to do with the rest of his life.
What are his options? How about writing his memoirs, or visiting his far flung kids, maybe even standing for the Parish Council? None of those things offers quite the buzz of catching killers, something he was really good at. His tally, when he left the police service, was thirty-four.
Just as he’s about to go mad with boredom a new friend in the village does him the courtesy of getting himself murdered. It’s a tragedy, of course, but for Hawk it’s a lifesaver.
And it comes with the added bonus of the local police not wanting him to interfere…

The latest Hawk story is called White Crane and is available now on Amazon

Beyond Sunlight

Melanie Brace is a talented young artist who had an interesting but fairly ordinary life, until she meets a handsome enigmatic stranger in a jazz club. Impressed by his great musical talent, charm and wit, she wants to date him. That same night they meet, he informs her that she has an inoperable cancer and is living on a borrowed time. When a medical test confirms his statement about her condition, Melanie demands answers. And the answer she gets is not what she had hoped to hear. The mysterious stranger is a vampire, a member of an ancient race of immortals living among humans since the prehistoric times. When a tragic event places Melanie one step closer to death, she awakens in a private hospital in full control of her body but with cold skin and without the heartbeat. Becoming a vampire was the easy part. The hard part will be to survive as one. What will you do when you will remain twenty-nine-years-old forever?

The Darkest Gift

A dynamic, enthralling tale of love, jealousy, rage, vampirism, and the Supernatural!

When a self-loathing Gay man—Jack, meets elegant yet incredibly mysterious Laurent Richelieu, he thinks his stroke of bad luck with men and women has come to an end. Or is it the beginning of a nightmare?
Jack is unaware of the dark history that unfolded centuries earlier, with Laurent’s lover and vampire maker Fabien Levesque—who was destroyed in front of him in a jealous fit of rage by his vampire maker Stefan, exacting revenge for Fabien’s rejection of him. As Jack and Laurent begin their courtship—Jack encounters horrifying experiences involving paranormal experiences, vampirism, and possible reincarnation, making him question his sanity. The more time Jack spends with his mysterious European love interest, the more revealed about the dark secret awaiting Jack. Are they destined to be together? —does Laurent honestly care for Jack? Or is there a much more sinister plot involved? Can the help of a self-described, Voodoo High Priestess named “Queen Raphaella” alter Jack’s predestined future or is his fate already sealed?

Sitting in Hemingway’s Chair

A biography of the life and death of Ernest Miller Hemingway. He was a writer, soldier, spy, big game Hunter, foreign correspondent, deep sea fisherman, boxer, bare knuckle brawler, and a hard drinker. He wrote twenty-two books, had four wives, experienced four wars, and won one Noble prize. Ernest Hemingway changed American literature; in his writing, everything is reduced to its purest form. The style of his writing did not emerge from a college education, but was developed from self- education, hard work and life experience.
The cause of Hemingway’s suicide was not from hereditary traits but was due to brain damage resulting from his adventurous lifestyle, Chronic traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE), a medical condition not discovered until fifty-three years after his death. This biography differs from others; the author met Hemingway, followed his adventures, and became familiar with chronic traumatic Encephalopathy through the deaths of fellow pro-football players from brain injuries. Hemingway received brain damage from numerous concussions resulting from incidents of war, auto accidents, boxing, airplane crashes and electroshock treatments.
More than any other Hemingway biography this work details his life as a spy in China, exploits during the Spanish Civil War, leading partisans in world war II, his court marshal and the many concussions that triggered his suicide.

Atlantic Rue

1903. The South Atlantic. HMS Roanoke steams deeper into the southern hemisphere’s winter, bound for the sparsely populated Cranmer Island. A chance encounter at sea has fateful consequences for her demoralized crew and presents a growing mystery they must resolve while they struggle to reconcile with their pasts.

Margot Merriweather

The fun-filled Lackovic family live in Perching Pile, close to the cottage of the witch, Margot Merriweather. They are deeply shaken when one of their daughters, Esther, is kidnapped from under their noses by the wicked Hobgoblin, who has an old score to settle. When Margot and her talking cat, Mordred, set off that morning to lay in stores for the coming snowfall, they have no idea that they are about to become caught up rescuing the missing Esther from the clutches of the evil Hobgoblin. To outwit him, they will have to befriend the tricky Wood Dragon and call on the help of the smallest doctor in town, who happens to be a bat. Between them, can they restore poor Esther to her family? Helped by a generous sprinkling of spine-tingling magic and an unreliable broom, and buoyed up by some mouthwatering catering by the cook, Mrs Marmalade, resourceful Margot and Mordred set about sorting out the mess. But will they succeed?

Santa Fe Mojo

Vincent Malone, the classic Private Investigator with more personal problems than he can handle. Turns to drink and misery; but he is still one hell of a PI. Looking for a safe place to hide to determine his next move, he finds himself in Santa Fe, New Mexico. A new life is about to begin; Malone will be surprised. Many interesting supporting characters lead to confrontation, romance and surprise endings.

SPEECH! How Language Made Us Human

What makes us human? Why are we the only animals who wear clothes, drive cars, trawl the internet, and fly helicopters on Mars? It’s all because we’ve learnt to talk: yet remarkably, we still don’t know how we did it. SPEECH! suggests an answer that’s been hiding in plain sight – the simple yet radical shift that turned our analog grunts and shrieks into words. But its consequences are far from simple: being able to share ideas through language was an evolutionary tipping point – it allowed us to link up our minds. SPEECH! traces our roller-coaster ride with language from hunter-gatherer to urban hipster: the epic tale of the struggle for knowledge against the false gods of culture, religion and identity – as we teeter toward a destination we may still resist, but ultimately cannot escape.

Counteract the Fat: Discover how Fiber and Antioxidants can Counteract the Physiological Effects of Junk Foods – a diet, nutrition and health book

Many of us love junk foods. What we don’t love are the medical conditions and weight gain that they are associated with. Research findings indicate that fiber and antioxidants can counteract the physiological effects of junk foods. This does not mean that we can eat as much fat as we want to. What it does mean is GREATER FREEDOM IN MAKING FOOD CHOICES! Counteract the Fat is a compilation of these research findings, providing cutting edge information on how fiber and antioxidants can help prevent medical conditions and weight gain associated with high-fat and other unhealthy great-tasting foods. The discussed Counteract the Fat concepts include:

☤ High-fat foods produce cholesterol-related acids that can clog arteries and raise cholesterol levels – opening the door to heart disease. Fiber counteracts that effect by nabbing cholesterol-related acids and removing them from our bodies, thus promoting healthy cholesterol levels and reducing our risk of heart disease.

☤ The excess calories in high-fat foods are absorbed by our bodies and stored as fat, which causes us to gain weight – opening the door to obesity. Fiber counteracts that effect by nabbing calories before they can be absorbed and stored as fat, thus making it harder for us to gain weight and reducing our risk of obesity.

☤ High-fat foods increase our exposure to “free radicals,” which attack and damage healthy human cells – opening the door to cancer, heart disease and many other conditions. Antioxidants counteract that effect by neutralizing free radicals, thus preventing and reversing cellular damage and reducing our risk of cancer, heart disease and many other conditions.

☤ The excess calories in high-fat foods can cause us to gain weight – opening the door to obesity. Antioxidants counteract that effect by giving our bodies the energy needed to burn fat more efficiently, thus making it harder for us to gain weight and reducing our risk of obesity.

The Power of Strategic Influence! 10 Success Factors of Highly Influential Leaders

The Power of Strategic Influence is an Amazon #1 Best Seller that will teach you how you can build your personal influence in business and make a positive impact on the world. The key? Focus not on what you get, but what you give. In 10 easy-to-follow steps called Success Factors of Highly Influential Leaders, it shows you how to access, utilize, develop, expand, and ultimately constructively use your influence to help make the world a better place.

The other running and complementary theme is related to relationship building for the purpose of developing highly effective and strategic business networks or spheres of influence.

This book taps into the growing awareness among business leaders that while personal influence is necessary for success, once influence is developed, it must be used in a way that’s socially responsible. It is the powerful antidote to the obsolete belief that “greed is good.” Success and power are good–but only if you give back.

As a special bonus, the book includes featured interviews with twelve nationally known CEOs.

The Life and Times of Angie Bardot

Setting out on her adventures, Angie is best described as endearingly tragic as she gives a truly laugh-out-loud account of what could possibly go wrong when her long-term marriage comes to an end. Extolling the many pitfalls of being single is no laughing matter and being thrown into the dating arena is even worse.
When curiosity to view a certain piece of the male anatomy takes priority, bedlam unfolds. Angie’s journey will leave you in fits of laughter while raising your eyebrows in absolute disdain.

Taking you from “Hell No” to “Hell Yes,” this two-part true story taps into a range of emotions as you travel along with Angie on her voyage of self-discovery. A captivating exposé of courage and raw honesty in finding a new beginning when life takes a nosedive, this compelling portrayal of compassion gives insight into the weakest and strongest moments of what it is to be human.

You will fall in love with Angie and won’t be able to stop turning the pages to see what she will do next. To err on the side of caution is not Angies strong suit. Heart wrenching, yet hilariously funny in the unique style of telling her tale, it’s never a surprise when she ends up on several occasions with her tail between her legs!
Does she ever learn?

This book is one of a kind, and better still, so is Angie Bardot.

Not Today! A Dora’s Rage Mystery – Book 1

The disguised voice on the phone claims City Hall is infested with corruption caused by a murder “that wasn’t a murder,” but when Dora’s beloved Lt. Franny Hart investigates and tragedy strikes, the enraged natural born fighter won’t let it stand … NOT TODAY – Dora’s Rage Series, Book 1.

Deborah “Dora” Ellison’s job collecting garbage, usually by lifting and “tipping” the filled garbage containers with one hand, has made her freakishly strong. At her lover, Beach City Police Lieutenant Francesca Hart’s suggestion, she tries out for a new MMA league and finds she is a natural; she forces the owner to tap.

Dora loathes bullies. When she sees someone being bullied, she is apt to go after the bully, often with unexpected brutality.

The corruption that is so much a part of Beach City politics did indeed begin with a “murder that wasn’t a murder,” and is defended by the powers that be — both in City Hall and in the person of the city’s brutal enforcer, “Cranky” Franky Patella, who is every bit as brutal, and as wounded, as Dora.

The two are destined to meet, a meeting that will decide the future of Beach City.

Trusting Molly (Silverstone Book 3)

When Mark “Smoke” Chamberlin ventures into the Nigerian jungle with his team of government assassins, his mission is clear: get in, kill the target, and make it out alive. With his extensive military experience, Smoke has no problem heading into dangerous territory. When it comes to love, though, he’s always been a little wary. But then he meets the beautiful, intrepid Molly Smith.

Schoolteacher Molly has been trying to outrun a lifetime of bad luck, and now she finds herself kidnapped along with a hundred schoolgirls in the jungle. But when Smoke finds them, Molly thinks her luck might be turning around—until she returns to the US to find her beloved grandparents murdered.

Devastated by their deaths and mystified by the turn of events, Molly turns to Smoke for comfort. But as Molly and Smoke grow closer, a different threat emerges…one that will put their relationship to the test and their lives in grave danger.

A Game of Greed and Deception

*** This Who Done It Scary Suspense Story Will Keep You Guessing Until the Very End***

When the charming Tammy Worthington takes her wealthy husband and step-daughter on a holiday weekend in the Colorado mountains, she has purely sinister intentions. Her husband is killed in a tragic auto accident, just as she had planned…and now her pending fortune awaits her.

Or does it? With no body to be found in the wreckage, he just becomes a missing person, and Tammy is seemingly trapped inside the cabin with someone stalking her from outside. Could he possibly have known what she was up to and planned his revenge?

What ensues is a deadly game of cat and mouse. A sick and psychotic woman driven by her soulless greed quickly turns from the hunter to the prey. The scenes include deadly traps and medieval torture devices, hidden doors and rooms, and an underground labyrinth of torture chambers that are not for the feint of heart.

This psychological thriller is much more than just a murder mystery, and is so devious that it is set up to fool the State police investigation. This deadly game of deception will keep you guessing until the final scene delivers a real shock that you won’t soon forget.

Asleep (Drifting) Book One

Asleep (Drifting) Book One opens with the question, what is drifting? Most of us drift through life without any thought. Drifting is being carried along by the force of circumstances. From the cradle to the grave—we’ve been told what to think, do, and believe. It answers the question—why do we feel so lost?
My story addresses the significant challenges of my early life, with friends that I still have to this day—as I recount the unbelievable real-life stories of that childhood, teenaged, young adult times, and the tragedies therein. As well as the traumatic childhood experiences—the excessive drinking, drug use I struggled through, terrible decision making––the overall sense of sorrow, and the redemptive qualities of hope!
I was born poor in a small town of Espanola, New Mexico, to an abusive mother—I have three siblings, which came from different fathers. At the age of six, I was uprooted from a small town in New Mexico to San Pedro, California, to a different world, having to adapt.
Through it all, I always had my dear grandmother and loving aunt, guiding light’s throughout my life. It was a source of comfort and sanity. I began to learn along the way how to forgive, overcome childhood neglect, give up drugs and alcohol and thus let go of all of life’s ‘unnecessary baggage’ I carried since I was small, ironically ushered me towards a fantastic re-birth!

Pivot Move

At 14, Boyd’s life goes the way of his hair–down the drain. His dad leaves and his curly brown mop follows. Now he wants out too.

Things seem to improve when he joins the Blazers. A fan of Superman as a kid, he develops an unusual interest in the inspirational sayings of Friedrich Nietzsche and his new coach almost seems to represent them.

Boyd works hard to win over his coach and teammates, but his misguided attempts alienate more than they impress.

Maybe he’d be better off running away like his dad–or can he find another way to pivot?

The Beast Must Die

“I am going to kill a man. I don’t know his name, I don’t know where he lives, I have no idea what he looks like. But I am going to find him and kill him…”When the victim of his murder plot turns up dead, Frank Cairns should be satisfied. The problem is, Frank didn’t kill him.Celebrated crime author Frank Cairns knows how to get away with murder. He’s had the experience constructing the perfect crime in his novels. Now, he intends to use his skills to get his own real-life revenge.Frank plans to murder the driver who killed his young son in a hit-and-run, but when his intended victim is found dead, Cairns becomes the prime suspect. Advocating his innocence, an old friend of Cairns calls in private detective Nigel Strangeways to help prove Cairns has been framed.Detective Strangeways must unravel a fiendishly plotted mystery if he is to discover what really happened to George Rattery.

Logo Design Love: A guide to creating iconic brand identities

Completely updated and expanded, the second edition of David Airey’s Logo Design Love contains more of just about everything that made the first edition so great: more case studies, more sketches, more logos, more tips for working with clients, more insider stories, and more practical information for getting the job and getting it done right.

In Logo Design Love, David shows you how to develop an iconic brand identity from start to finish, using client case studies from renowned designers. In the process, he reveals how designers create effective briefs, generate ideas, charge for their work, and collaborate with clients. David not only shares his personal experiences working on identity projects – including sketches and final results of his own successful designs – he also uses the work of many well-known designers such as Paula Scher, who designed the logos for Citi and Microsoft Windows, and Lindon Leader, creator of the current FedEx identity, as well as work from leading design studios, including Moving Brands, Pentagram, MetaDesign, Sagmeister & Walsh, and many more.

In Logo Design Love, you’ll learn:
Best practices for extending a logo into a complete brand identity system
Why one logo is more effective than another
How to create your own iconic designs
What sets some designers above the rest
31 practical design tips for creating logos that last

Echoes in my attic

This book consists of 20 therapeutic poems targeting young readers who are undergoing mental trauma and depression. Each verse of this book has an emotion attached to it. echoes in my attic shows the emotions and thoughts running through the brain which are like the noises in the attic, a small sound reverberates many times in the attic. Similarly, same thoughts and emotions play repeatedly in our brain.

These poems convey thoughts and emotions play.emotions, thoughts and feelings which echo in the mind. Flipping through these pages one can feel

I am now 25 years old working for an insurance company. My passion for writing began when I won a global essay award in 2015 when I shared my father’s cancer survival story. This is my second book which I wrote after recognizing my talent.

I had a difficult teenage life, and with that experience she takes up various topics and relates them to life and talks about them.