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    Author Interview: Aoleon The Martian Girl: A Series of Books by Brent LeVasseur

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    An interview with Brent LeVasseur author of the forthcoming sci-fi YA book series: AOLEON THE MARTIAN GIRL. Related games and music too!


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    New Book: Inmate 1818 and Other Stories by Bernard Otterman

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    About the Author: Bernard Otterman was born in Lodz, Poland, in 1937. At the age of three, he and his parents escaped Lodz and fled to Warsaw. From there to the Pietrokov ghetto and were subsequently interned in the Radom ghetto and then transferred to the Daimler work camp five miles away producing small munitions. In June of 1944, as the Russians advanced from the east, the camp was liquidated, and its inmates shipped to Auschwitz. Bernard and his mother escaped from the line being marched to the trains, fled and hid for six months as fugitives in the Polish countryside and survived until the Russian troops liberated Poland in January of 1945. His father was sent by train to Auschwitz, then immediately moved to a work camp in Germany. He too survived and the family was reunited in Lodz in September of 1945 through displaced persons listings. They lived in Germany until coming to the United States in 1951. Otterman was trained in mechanical engineering and for many years was on the engineering faculty at Northeastern and Hofstra universities. He worked and reworked the stories in this collection for more than a decade. "The Golem of Auschwitz" was first published in New Millennium Writings. "Kaddish" was first published in The Nassau Review and received first prize in fiction from the Review. "Lotto Fever" was first published in Word/Slovo. Several of Mr. Otterman's poems have been published in Poetry, Jewish Currents and other journals and compendia. 

    Mr. Otterman's book will be featured in a dramatic presentation at Queens College, Queens, NY 11-6-2014. More info at web site link.




  • 00:07

    The Sweetness: A Novel by Sande Boritz Berger |

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    As Berger's novel moves back and forth from Vilna to Brooklyn, the focus is on Rosha and Mira as well as on Charlie's sister Jeanette. All three attempt to make sense of a life that often makes no sense at all. VERDICT: In this engaging debut, a semifinalist for Amazon's annual Breakthrough Novel Award, readers gain three different views of the effects of World War II on ordinary people.

    Andrea Kempf, formerly with Johnson Cty. Community Coll. Lib., Overland Park, KS, Library Journal


    Despite the title, bitterness is the dark driving force in this stirring debut novel of Holocaust survivor guilt-guilt about being safe. Told with candor and tenderness, there are two parallel stories of Jewish girls-one a teen, one an eight year old- from the same family but worlds apart during WWII.

    Hazel Rochman, Booklist


    A Jewish girl in Eastern Europe and her teenage American cousin experience the Holocaust years in vastly different ways in this bittersweet novel.... A tender look at immigrants in America and Nazi victims in Europe succeeds in educating and engaging readers.

    Kirkus Reviews


    From She Writes Press, September 23, 2014. Available from all major booksellers, bookstores and online.

  • 00:31

    Passing Time Interview Welsh Mountains

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    This episode is an interview with Rob Lukens the President of the Chester County Historical Society. The interview covers several generations of our family in Southeastern Pennsylvania and references my book, Black Minqua the Life and Times of Henry Green. 

    Join us on Saturday September 27th, for the Welsh Mountain Historic Tour in New Holland Pennsylvania (Lancaster County). We will return to the Mountains and present life as it was in the 1700's for Tom Green and others. 

    Follow the Link for more information! 

    Tune in and Listen Up! 



  • 00:10

    Real-World Analytics by Michael Koukounas: An Interview with the Author

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    Build and manage analytics teams to drive results

    REAL-WORLD ANALYTICS was written to help business leaders develop and manage analytics teams in today's Big Data craze. The book focuses on the do's and don'ts of staffing and managing analytical teams. It helps promising analysts transition from developing analytics into more senior management roles, and it helps senior business leaders understand the limitations of their analytical teams, the issues they will need to address in running them, and the investments they need to make in support of analytics in order to be successful in today's business world.

    Michael Koukounas, a twenty-five-year business veteran of analytics, has built a career out of leveraging data, analytics, and systems to drive billions of dollars of business impacts across the globe. His responsibilities have included modeling, analytics, strategic systems development and management, credit and fraud policy, and data management. He has played senior roles in Citigroup, GE Capital, American Express, and Equifax. In building and managing analytical teams across the globe, he has found innovative ways to deliver new data tools and leverage new sources of data to meet specific business goals. He has developed and implemented analytical solutions across a number of business sectors, including government, airlines, insurance, and telecom, as well as Financial Services. Mr. Koukounas received a BA in Biochemistry from the University of Rochester and an MBA in Finance from Rutgers University, and lives with his family in the San Antonio area.


    In paperback and ebook 

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    Susannah high threes budget.

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    A New Charming Children's Book: "Pansy in Paris" by Cynthia Bardes

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    Pansy in Paris: A Mystery at the Museum. Written by Cynthia Bardes. Illustrations by Virginia Best. A Children's Picture Book. Published by Octobre Press. ISBN 978-0-615-84019-2. 32 pages. casebound with jacket, full color. Available nationally at all major bookstores and online booksellers.  

    Further information at: www.cynthiabardes.com

    "This adorable picture book is enchanting in every way...fun mystery that little ones will applaud." -- Leslie McGuirk, Children's Book Author

    Interested media contact publicity@bookbuzz.com

    Press Release

  • 00:16

    The Romance Bookmark Welcomes Suzanne Johnson

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    The Romance Bookmark with Renee Bernard welcomes Suzanne Johnson!  Below is some information on her very cool new series.  Be sure to read it. There may be a test later!  Suzanne Johnson aka Susannah Sandlin is a great read in any world so be sure to take a peek!




    (Sentinels of New Orleans, Book 1)

    As the junior wizard sentinel for New Orleans, Drusilla Jaco’s job involves a lot more potion-mixing and pixie-retrieval than sniffing out supernatural bad guys like rogue vampires and lethal were-creatures. Her boss and mentor, Gerald St. Simon, is the wizard tasked with protecting the city from anyone or anything that might slip over from the preternatural beyond. Then Hurricane Katrina hammers New Orleans’ fragile levees, unleashing more than just dangerous flood waters. While winds howled and Lake Pontchartrain surged, the borders between the modern city and the other world crumbled. Now, the Undead and the Restless are roaming the Big Easy, and a serial killer with ties to voodoo is murdering soldiers sent to help the city recover. Gerald St. Simon has gone missing, the wizards’ Elders have assigned a grenade-toting assassin as DJ’s new partner, and an undead pirate Jean Lafitte wants to make her walk his plank. The search for Gerry and the killer turns personal when DJ learns the hard way that loyalty requires sacrifice, allies come from the unlikeliest places, and duty mixed with love serves up one bitter gumbo. Out now!


  • 00:11

    The Death of Drawing: Architecture in the Age of Simulation by David Scheer

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    The Death of Drawing: Architecture in the Age of Simulation by David Scheer. Published by Routledge, June 2014. 

    This is a significant book at the time of widespread uncertainty and confusion in architectural theory, education and practice - Juhani Pallasmaa, architect and author of The Eyes of the Skin

    In this timely and important study, David Scheer offers a lucid analysis of a dramatic, unprecedented, epistemological shift in architecture and its production -  Michael Sorkin, architecture critic, Distinguished Professor of Architecture and Director of the Graduate Program in Urban Design, City College of New York

    David Scheer offers a clear and unvarnished assessment of what architects have to lose and gain as we move from representative to simulated experiences, from controlling to collaborative practices, and from Euclidean to parametric/algorithmic form-making - Thomas Fisher, author of Designing to Avoid Disaster, professor of architecture and the Dean of the College of Design, University of Minnesota.

    More information at: deathofdrawing.com

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  • 00:38

    Susannah Sandlin - Storm Force

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    Susannah Sandlin is the author of paranormal romance set in the Deep South, where there are always things that go bump in the night. A journalist by day, Susannah grew up in Alabama reading the gothic novels of Susan Howatch and the horror fantasy of Stephen King. (Um…it is fantasy, right?) The combination of Howatch and King probably explains a lot. Currently a resident of Auburn, Alabama, Susannah has also lived in Illinois, Texas, California, and Louisiana.
    Storm Force Omega Force #1
    Genre: Paranormal Romance
    Date of Publication:  March 19, 2013, in serial form for Kindle; July 9, 2013, in print, digital, and audio.
    BUY LINK - Amazon
    As leader of the elite counter-terrorism team Omega Force, former army ranger Jack “Kell” Kellison is always focused on getting the job done. So when a Houston high-rise is bombed and the governor killed or missing, Kell’s mission is clear: infiltrate the group suspected of the bombing and neutralize the threat by any means necessary...
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  • 00:06

    The Inheritance of a Swamp Witch by Sonia Taylor Brock

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    By Sonia Taylor Brock

    The Inheritance of a Swamp Witch
    In her debut novel, The Inheritance of a Swamp Witch, Sonia Taylor Brock draws on her experience growing up in Southern Louisiana to create an authentic setting complete with hanging Spanish moss, tasty cuisine, and spot-on Cajun speaking characters.  The story follows Dan Rawlings, a city slicker from Los Angeles who dreams of writing an article for the LA Times that will solidify his career as an investigative journalist.  He drives from Los Angeles to Southern Louisiana in search of a missing heir to the Hamilton family fortune. Initially treated warily by the townsfolk who see him as an outsider asking too many questions, he is soon invited to travel deep into the swamp, to the home of Estelle Eschte, a wise, elderly woman and the matriarch of the Eschte family.  

    In a Cajun English dialect thicker than molasses, Estelle reveals the family history to Dan, and he realizes she is the key to his career-breaking story.  But Dan is just beginning to understand the true legacy of the Eschte family, as a host of supernatural characters line up on the sides of both good and evil, battling to lay claim to the Balance and forever alter the nature of magic as it exists in the world.  

    The Inheritance of a Swamp Witch is the first book in a planned eight book series, and will appeal to readers of supernatural, fantasy, paranormal urban fiction.



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