Book by Author William H Coles

From the story’s outset, readers will find they are immediately engrossed in the life of protagonist Dr. Hiram McDowell. He lives a dual existence in his world which teems, with wealth, opportunity and privilege. To the outside world he wears the facade of an ambitious humanitarian and expert in his field, but to those who know him more intimately he is morally flawed with only his own interests and needs at heart.

Altogether, McDowell severely lacks in common human decency; he is crude to his family, ignores and openly cheats on his wife, looks only to serve his goals within his profession, revels in deceptiveness, steps on the toes of colleagues and misappropriated charitable funds. Moreover, the focus of the story is not just mainly on McDowell; it also brings into focus his family dynamic and the effects that his behavior therefore has on his family, particularly his two closest children.

Ultimately, he makes enemies out of those that once trusted him and perpetuates conflicts of self- esteem within those that attempt to love him. An almost seemingly hopeless cause, it piques the curiosity to see where things go for him. Eventually McDowell’s moral deficiencies become his complete downfall and he is consequently forced to live a life of poverty and solitude with his wealth, fame and power far removed from his life. Forced to live as an itinerant fugitive, and meanwhile, surviving by his wits, he gradually learns, to humble himself and become a more humane human for his survival among everyday folk.

Best Books List

If you want to know more about a person, ask what books they read? That is one of the best ways to find out what makes a person tick, how they think, what is in their head. If I see someone who is very successful, meaning happy and healthy, I want to know what books they read. I met a person once who looked much younger than his age. He told me he practices yoga and eats good food. He recommended a book to me, The China Study. I bought the book and read it and I am so glad I did. It confirmed many things I knew, and now I know for sure and why. It is always a treat when I can get a recommendation for a book to read.

I will now state the obvious. If you want to be healthy, read a book about nutrition, and exercise. If you want to be financially independent, read books about finances and how others became that way. If you want to be better at sports, read books about sports. If you want to know more about what is going on in the world or about the lives of the famous and not so famous, there are many books to choose from. Some books you can read over and over again. Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill comes to mind.

The Bible says you can be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Romans 12:2. We have the power each day to shape our thoughts, if we choose to. What is on your best books list? What books have you read in the past year, and how have they affected you. Would you recommend any of these books to others? Are they keepers to read again one day, or do you give them away? Is there a skill or knowledge that you would like to have or learn about? What books would you like to read in this coming year? Do you read all of the same types of books or do you read books on a variety of subjects? Is there anyone who you would like to learn more about? Believe it or not, you can learn more about Donald Trump by reading some of the many biographies about him. I have read many books about him, and that is why I know he will make an outstanding president. I wonder what is on his best books list.

The Perfect Match

Although he experiences great success as a competent surgeon, he also deeply feels the emptiness of the void left by his wife’s death. Meanwhile, his only son Brody who is very much in need of a loving relationship with his father especially after the loss of his mother is now raised and cared for by Emily’s family. Consequently, the relationship between father and son eventually festers into a dysfunctional and emotionally fractured relationship as Brody feels ignored and essentially parent-less, and in turn grows to hold onto a deep and resounding resentment against his father.

However, a turning point occurs when things change as a twist of fate brings a lucrative offer to purchase Zack’s start up, a surgical robotics company. The offer not only bears opportunities that would allow Zack freedom from a now disenchanting career, but also brings a beautiful and intelligent lawyer, Gabriella Bennett into his life. As a mutual attraction develops, she helps to bring closure to some of the complexities and emptiness in his life.

Overall a satisfying read, The Perfect Match lives up to its name on multiple levels especially with the theme of the perfect match, being well executed by author T. Wayne Bloodworth. He artfully employs a nicely honed knack for evenly paced, detailed storytelling mainly when it comes to his ability to portray vivid images, the medical field and scenes of touching emotion. Additionally, I found the characters to be well thought out. I particularly enjoyed the character of Doctor Folsom. He was a sympathetic character whose emotions were tangibly realistic. I recommend putting this book on your “to be read” list. It definitely would make a good end of summer, feel good read.

Red Cape Book Review

The fateful occurrence of the events in this book has been well depicted. To keep the pace going and to appeal to the taste of children, vibrant pictures are used. As a reader, when you look at them they seem to tell you a story of their own, making you totally engrossed in the plot as if you were one of the characters.

Like other kids books, the Red Cape has vital messages to convey to both parents and little ones. But the author of this book has done this job differently by resorting to a very lively style of writing and approach. From beginning till the end, the content of this book is powerful enough to keep you and your children hooked and curious. Language is simple and full of action. Like other popular kindle books, The Red Cape has a promising plot that caters well to its target audience.

The red cape has been written using a tried and tested method to engage readers in developing their imaginations. It leaves the child thinking, who, what, where, when, why. The child at the end of the book has a chance to create their own ending. Depending on what the child sees in the pictures will depend on the ending that the child creates. This is without a shadow of a doubt one of the best imagination stories out there on the market at present.

Celebrate With 3 New Picture Books

Gator Dad

By Brian Lies Author and Illustrator

Come on –

Let’s go!

Gator dad and his three little gators are ready to squeeze the day.

Bestselling author and illustrator Brian Lies celebrates the unique ways that dads do things with their little ones. It may be unorthodox but gator dad shows his love by making the ordinary moments of the day fun. Cooking breakfast, sniffing smelly jars in the fridge and running errands at break neck speed keep his rambunctious gators entertained. He may be silly but at the end of the day he knows how to keep his gators safe and warm and Squeezed goodnight.

Every colorful page is illustrated with humorous details that will have dads laughing out loud.

A Brave Bear

By Sean Taylor

Illustrated by Emily Hughes

It is easy to be a brave bear with your dad beside you.

The sun was hot.

The air was hot.

Even the shade was hot.

And my dad said, “I think a pair of hot bears is probably the hottest thing in the world.”

But I thought up a good idea.

I said, “If we go to the river we can splash in and cool down!”

Dad said, “All right let’s go then!”

But the journey to the river may not be that easy.

There’s the grassy part to go across.

Then the busy part to push through.

After that, you’ve got to jump from rock to rock.

Baby bear is challenged to make the long hike to the river but with his dad’s encouragement he does succeed.

We played around and cooled down.

And I said, “I think a pair of wet bears is probably the wettest thing in the world!”

This sweet story of a father bear and his brave cub is enhanced by Illustrator Emily Hughes. Her soft colors and enchanted illustrations are inspired by picture books from the 1960’s and 70’s.

Peppa Pig and the Camping Trip

Created by Neville Astley, Mark Baker and Phil Davies

Peppa Pig is a worldwide, award-winning TV sensation created by Neville Astley, Mark Baker and Phil Davies that debuted in 2004. You can watch Peppa on Nick Jr. everyday.

Peppa Pig and her brother George are very excited. They’re going on vacation! Daddy Pig is bringing a surprise.

In fact, the camping trip is full of surprises.

Ladybugs in Books

Lady bugs are attractive insects that you often get to see near your garden areas. They are also beneficial in the sense that they control different predatory insects at the larval stage. Children are fond of these insects because of their colorful and spotted appearance. You can find a lady bug either with no spots or around 13 spots. The spots are mostly black on red or an orange surface. These spots are venomous and keeps them safe from different predators. There are over 4,000 different species of ladybugs found across the world.

They pass through different stages of the life cycle. Their life cycle begins as an egg. A female can lay up to a thousand eggs in their lifespan. The eggs are too small to observe. After the egg stage, the lady bugs become a larva, which is the second stage in their life cycle. The third stage in their life cycle is called the pupa and the final phase are the adult stage. Total durability of their life cycle is about one year.

People often wonder about the name of such colorful insects. Ages ago, farmers noticed that, their grapevine was protected from the aphids of some tiny insects. They started believing this act as a gift from Heaven. In gratitude, they named this insect as “Our Lady Beetle”. In Europe, ladybugs or lady beetle became famous as ladybird beetles.

Most of the children’s authors love to write interesting stories and poems on lady bugs. One such example is the book called ‘The Grouchy Ladybug’ by Eric Carle. The book called “The Bad-Tempered Ladybug” is used in various lessons for young children in their schools. Different stories are portrayed in some of books with a morality lesson, which is very handy for growing children.

In addition to the story books, lady beetles are an interesting subject for craft works. Children find it quite exciting to draw such a colorful insect. You can draw this insect even with a thumbprint and some colorful imagination. Children love to see some paints on lady beetles around their study room or their bedroom.

About Book Review of Hidden Sea

A compelling read from the start, you are immediately drawn into the story when nineteen-year-old Augustus (Augie) Sweetwater wakes up tethered by chains and shoeless in a dark and dank locale. Enraged by his circumstance he struggles with remembering just how he got there. As the story changes perspectives you meet his Great Uncle Charlie Sweetwater. He’s a 68 year old, impetuous type of free spirit, with an assortment of boats, former owner of a semi-successful business and a small assortment of likable, colorful friends. Raul, Augie’s father, contacts Charlie when Augie, although known to hold the family trait of being “free wheeling”, remains unaccounted for, after two days of failing to make contact while on a business trip along the Mexican gulf. While Raul worries that his son is really a missing person, Charlie believes that he may have made a pit stop along the way and merely forgot to call anyone. However, the mystery and adventure takes on momentum when the feeling that something is amiss hounds Charlie as well as Raul, subsequently leading them to initiating an intense search for Augie. As a result, each man embarks on separate missions to find Augustus, with their excursions bringing them into contact with, friends, danger, corruption and oddball acquaintances.

Overall Hidden Sea was a terrifically worthwhile read that approached a difficult topic with appealing eloquence. Besides being shrewdly plotted with twists, emotions, revelations and personal transformations, the story hosted a cast of distinctive characters, that made the read especially entertaining. In particular, I enjoyed Charlie, he was an intriguing personality to follow. Also, I found young Augie’s transformation throughout his circumstances to be compelling. This is definitely one great read to add to the library.

Read About Chickens

Another interesting book that children can try reading is Little Red Hen. In this book you can see how the story progresses as the hen tries to incorporate her lazy pals in a task to plant the seeds, cut the wheat, carry them to the mill and reach the farm with a bag full of flour. Children find it interesting the way she asks the idle dog, drowsy cat and a loud duck for their assistance in baking the bread. Accordingly each of them comes out to help the little hen. Finally, she decides to manage the bread all by herself.

Children can also read the story of Chicken Little, a story which has been published in several versions. The leading characters in this book include Chicken Little, Henny-Penny and Cocky-Locky. Though the birds depicted in this story do not illustrate a good sense, “The sky is falling” has been famed as one of the catchiest phrases in the history of literature.

In one of the versions of Chicken Little, you will find how an oak nut strikes Chicken Little on his head while walking in the woods. Out of anger he starts flying assuming that the sky is falling over him. Then he decides to meet with the king to explain everything. Later on his way, he shares the instance with Ducky-Lucky and Henny-Penny, who finally gets convinced that this is an alarm of a possible disaster. When the group discusses the story with Foxey-Loxey, he tricks them into entering his cave for dinner.

There are several other books based on a rooster who forgot how to brag. One such readable number is “Cock-a-Doodle-Moo!” This book tells you the funny story how the bird forgets to crow and finally manages to save the farm from the reach of a cunning fox.

In addition to these books that your child can enjoy reading, you can also make it all funny for them by reading aloud. You can also find some audio versions and picture books of “The Little Red Hen,” “Cock-A-Doodle-Moo!” or “Chicken Little.”

All about Narrating an Audio-Book

The strength of the printed story as with the audio play is that they allow the imagination to come into play, for though a character may be described in a book, their picture in our mind will be our own. Similarly with an audio play, a character may appear but unless he is described by another character we have no idea as to their appearance, and the listener’s imagination must fill in the gaps.

But with a piece of fiction which is to be narrated by one voice one cannot make a direct narration because too many of the clues are missing. No matter how skilled an actor the narrator is, there is still the possibility that confusion can arise when differentiating characters.

So, where the printed page may read –

“I’m going home now, I’m tired.”
“Really? I thought you looked quite lively.”

The reader knows that this is a conversation between two people because of the punctuation marks, but a listener doesn’t and that requires the insertion of the ubiquitous ‘he said’, ‘she said’ to a degree which wouldn’t be acceptable to a reader, but is necessary for a listener.

If one adds sound effects and background music which might drown or muffle the narrator’s voice the effect can be even more confusing.

If this seems trivial to the writer, they are missing the point. If the story is to be told, it should be told well.

This is important because of the rise of the audio-book, especially Amazon’s Audible imprint. Amazon rarely get things wrong and they are making a huge investment in promoting Audible, creating a huge opportunity for the indie writer. But to just take your masterpiece and hand it to a narrator is to do it an injustice. It deserves to be rewritten with the listener in mind rather than the reader and there is another lesson to be learned here about brevity. With a printed page a boring passage can easily be bypassed, or pages flicked forward till the reader re-engages with the story, but this is impossible with an audio-book because a Fast Forward button on your MP3 player still leaves you guessing about where to restart your listening.

So, cut it down, eliminate the boring, no matter how luscious your prose. The very fact of listening to a story, rather than reading it or sitting in front of a screen means it is very likely the listener is performing some other task at the same time. Bore them and they’ll hit the Stop button before heading to Amazon for a refund.

This is, relatively speaking, a new medium and even a skilled dramatist, experienced in writing for radio can be caught out by the vagaries of a narrated text. Narrators cost money as does studio time, so it’s best to narrate yourself to begin with and let a friend or colleague pass comment on your efforts before incurring any expenditure. If they understand every word and love it, you’ve done well and would be justified in hiring a professional narrator. But the likelihood is that there will be flaws and these should be corrected before going pro.

This isn’t an easy option because narrating a novel of 60,000 words is going to stretch to over five and a half hours of audio at an average reading speed of 180 words per minute. But reading it aloud brings added benefits in that it can aid the editing process and pick up errors more easily than reading silently from page or screen so I would recommend recording your novel chapter by chapter so it doesn’t become too onerous a task to do in one session.

Children’s Picture Books

As an English Teacher sometimes I am asked by parents why I have chosen a book with very little text, or a book that offers a very short and seemingly unchallenging story. The answer to this question is quite simple. Children learn through pictures. Young children soon pick up the short text of a picture book, if it is shared with an adult who brings the illustrations on the pages to life. Children can then develop their own sense of the world through the pictures and relate short stories to their own rather big experiences.

From a very young age children speak in narrative style so it is easy for them to pick up the text of a short story and use it in everyday language. It is also through their own stories of everyday experiences that they define themselves and are able to express their ideas, hopes and emotions in language as well as in drawing and imaginative play.

I recently popped over to Amazon and found an ideal book for children who are just beginning to speak. There are two in the series at present and are vividly illustrated. The two books in question are: Jonathan the Red Head goes to bed and Jonathan the Red Head has a friend. What I found so appealing about these books is that they are so vividly illustrated and the stories are very real. Each and every child goes to bed each night and with the experience of reading the book with Mom the child learns the outcome of that particular experience and the child is then able to build up a simulated experience along with an adult who can make the story a reality.

Sharing picture books with your child is not only about developing your child’s language ability; it is also about giving your children a wider outlook on the world. The one-to-one interaction of sharing picture books gives a child an added opportunity to develop at their own speed, knowing that they are being encouraged by an adult that they look up to. As children share more and more books with parents and teachers their self-confidence develops. This can often be seen in the way they approach the unfamiliar and engage in new experiences.

Book two is ideal for a child who is just starting out in life. Maybe visiting a Moms and tots groups with Mom or even just starting out at kindergarten or school. Most children suffer from the apprehension of joining an established group, once in, most are able to play and relate to the other children. Book two is ideal for this as it shows the child that everything will be OK. When the adult explains and embellishes the book to the child it helps to develop the child’s imagination.

The Jonathan the Red Head series is a great start for new author Perl R. Brenner; the books show that she has a real flair for understanding what children need. It’s a shame that the books are only available on Kindle as these books would transfer perfectly into a paperback version.