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Self-published Sunday Spotlight - November 13, 2011 


I have decided to showcase three self-published authors every other Sunday. I will briefly explain their book and what it’s about and who the author is. I want to support self-published authors, and I believe that this is of more value to my audience. The actual reviews of these books may come later. This is how I plan on continuing my support of the self-published author population, as I have now fully entered the work world. Cheers to the wonderful world of self-published authors; a great group of authors that all should take the pleasure of picking one of these fabulous novels up!
eBook (Non-fiction):

CULINARY SCHOOL: THREE SEMESTERS OF LIFE, LEARNING AND LOSS OF BLOOD

Written by: S J Sebellin-Ross
2011
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S J Sebellin-Ross’ memoir, Culinary School, confesses her experiences from the good to the bad to the bizarre. Immediately, Sebellin-Ross takes you into her culinary world by describing who really is the average student. “[They] are not foodies. [They] are not people who read Saveur or own cookbooks or eat in fine restaurants. [They] are not people who know who David Chang is or what soba noodles are.” Instead, Culinary School depicts a world that may be foreign to the average person, the foodie or even the restaurateur; Sebellin-Ross roughly depicts her experiences with her fellow culinary connoisseurs. While much of the memoir revels in the struggles of Sebellin-Ross, the lighter moments keep the memoir insightful, and, at times, the memoir does offer some recipes. Sebellin-Ross’ Culinary School left me with a burnt feeling in my mouth because her whole experience seemed torturous. I love to cook and warn the foodie at heart that this is memoir for the strong stomached, but do check it out!
Non-fiction (Print):

STILL LIFE WITH BRASS POLE: THE CROSS-COUNTRY COMING OF AGE OF A TEENAGE LOVE JUNKIE

Written by: Craig Machen
2011
269 pgs
Craig Machen’s memoir, Still Life with Brass Pole, takes you into his life as a 16 year old thrown into a world of drugs and abandonment. Though Machen deals with rather heavy and serious issues, he manages to keep the moments lighter with his humor or snide comments. Still Life with Brass Pole manages to maintain a sense of optimism in a life full of obstacles and hurdles that are only heightened due to the fact that he is a teenager where everything is so much more dramatic and earth shattering. The hope that drives the memoir keeps you interested in how his cross-country adventures to find his own life and family pans out. Machen’s Still Life with Brass Pole shows how one surrounded by sorry material conditions can redefine their identity for the better. Finding a sense of purpose and the good in the world is what makes this memoir worth the read. Check out Still Life with Brass Pole!
Print Fiction:

THE WATER MEN

Written by: Adelaide MacKenzie Fuss
2011
226 pgs
Adelaide MacKenzie Fuss’ novel, The Water Men, examines the redefining of Shawn McGuire’s identity. After having to rethink his income situation, Shawn goes back to his hometown of Newport Beach, California. Though Shawn may be financially hurting, he seeks the ocean waves of the Pacific to help redirect his new path. Along his own path, he discovers the needs of others and finds that living only in his own head and for himself is not the best path for him to take this second time around. He uses his love for the ocean and surfing to help guide him to form a self-satisfying identity. Fuss’ The Water Men provides the reader with a sense on wonderment about life and how we choose specific paths in our lives. How circumstances can mold us to travel one way rather than another way. Check out Adelaide MacKenzie Fuss’ The Water Men if you want to fall into the California surfing fantasy and to see what path Shawn McGuire decides to take.
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Sunday Self-published Spotlight - October 30, 2011


I have decided to showcase three self-published authors every other Sunday. I will briefly explain their book and what it’s about. I want to support self-published authors, and I believe that this is of great value to my audience. The actual reviews of these books may come later. This is how I plan on continuing my support of the self-published author population, as I have now fully entered the work world. Cheers to the wonderful world of self-published authors—a  great group of authors! Everyone should take the pleasure of picking one of these fabulous books up!
  

eBook:

SLEEPING KINGS: DARK FORCE – BOOK ONE

Written by: John Prentice
2011
78,500 words
John Prentice’s Young Adult novel, Sleeping Kings, follows a geek, Nik, who now has to deal with her parents’ divorce. She moves to France with her father, where her ordinary life is transformed into adventure and mystery. As Nik tries to help figure out what is going on after finding a dead man, she must figure out how she fits into her new life. She uses the craziness from history to come to an understanding of what is happening around her. Prentice wondrously creates this world of mystery, fantasy and realism that is sure to keep you turning the electronic pages. Sleeping Kings is for anyone who likes to delve into a fantastical mystery, but also for those who like the mysticism of history. Check out Prentice’s Sleeping Kings, especially those Young Adult fans!
Non-fiction (Print):

WAITING FOR POPS: A JOURNEY FROM BOY TO MAN

Written by: John Philip Riffice
2010
331 pgs
John Philip Riffice’s memoir, Waiting for Pops, depicts Riffice’s life as a child dealing with a family history of alcoholism. The memoir begins strongly with a theme of betrayal and how that plays out for a young boy. Specifically, the young boy faces the betrayal of his mother because of her struggles with alcoholism. Riffice recounts the shame and betrayal the young boy feels because of living with an alcoholic mother. The memoir, however, doesn’t end with this one storyline; it, also, explores the boy’s childhood and search for answers surrounding his father. Riffice does a fabulous job analyzing how, as an adult, life and reality can drastically change. The now adult man must decide what is truth and what is fiction between what he remembers as a child and what he now know as an adult. Check out Riffice’s Waiting for Pops if you enjoy what sort of truth self-reflective tales bring to the mind’s surface.



Print Fiction:

THE WATCHMAN OF EPHRAIM

Written by: Gerard DeMarigny
2011
273 pgs
Gerard DeMarigny’s political thriller, The Watchman of Ephraim, is perfect for the current political season to keep you thinking. DeMarigny takes the history and sadness of September 11th and creates a fantastical political thriller. The main character, Chris, rethinks his high-end career after the death of his wife on 9/11. The sadness and rage he feels from loosing his wife in such a horrific way catalyzes his decision to begin an agency to combat terrorism. DeMarigny tackles current political issues that do not have easy answers, but he does a fantastic job at raising such issues in a faced paced novel. I encourage those interested in politics or fiction that tackles political issues to check out The Watchman of Ephraim.

(Source: bookedinchico.blogspot.com)

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