Friday, May 17, 2013

Duck Blood Soup

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Science meets magic in Duck Blood Soup and you can get it for free from May 17th through 19th. Save a father, rescue a giant, and prevent a war.
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When Eizenfeng's leading wizards combine science with magic, the world changes dramatically. Technological advancements, coupled with racial and economic tensions propel the country toward war with a longtime ally. Jeunelux is oblivious to the building turmoil; scorching days harvesting tomatoes and her annoying older brother are more pressing concerns.

Suddenly, strange dreams that haunt her nights become reality. Jeunelux, along with two other untrained and unlicensed wizards embark on a quest to save the girl's father, rescue a giant, and prevent a war. The three friends must quickly hone their magical skills and take on responsibilities beyond their years to save innocent lives.

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Do you people know that It is National Children's Book Week in America. It is annual celebration of books for children . It was started in 1919 and now celebrated nationwide at schools, libraries, bookstores and homes.

History :

Children's Book Week originated in the belief that children's books and literacy are life-changers. In 1913, Franklin K. Matthiews, the librarian of the Boy Scouts of America, began touring the country to promote higher standards in children's books. He proposed creating a Children's Book Week, which would be supported by all interested groups: publishers, booksellers, and librarians.
Mathiews enlisted two important allies: Frederic G. Melcher, the visionary editor of Publishers Weekly, and Anne Carroll Moore, the Superintendent of Children's Works at the New York Public Library and a major figure in the library world. With the help of Melcher and Moore, in 1916, the American Booksellers Association and the American Library Association sponsored a Good Book Week with the Boy Scouts of America.
In 1944, the newly-established Children's Book Council assumed responsibility for administering Children's Book Week. In 2008, Children’s Book Week moved from November to May. At that time, administration of Children’s Book Week, including planning official events and creating original materials, was transferred to Every Child a Reader, the philanthropic arm of the children’s publishing industry, and the Children's Book Council became a CBW anchor sponsor.(Reference Site).

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Delilah Dusticle

This is the first in a series of touching and funny stories about Delilah Dusticle. Follow her on a journey of self-discovery, friendship and adventure. 
Delilah Dusticle has special powers, she can completely eradicate dust. With her quiver pouch of special dusters Delilah can run up walls and reaches places others just can’t. As a maid in the Fenchurch-Whittington house Delilah’s unusual skills soon lead to her being promoted to Chief Dust Eradicator and Remover. Until one day a broken heart leads to her powers taking an expected turn.
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Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Letters to the Granddaughter - The Story of Dillon Wallace of the Labrador Wild

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Guest Post by Philip Schubert

I'm really pleased to accept Faiza Iqbal Butt's invitation to be a guest blogger and tell her readers about my biography 'Letters to the Granddaughter - The Story of Dillon Wallace of the Labrador Wild' (print edition:  ISBN 9781482388442).  It has been out since January 2013 and can be purchased in print and eReader format on:,,,,, Create Space, Kobo, Nook or Smashwords.  It can also be purchased as an iBook and read on an iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad.  Reviews of the biography are posted on,,

Dillon Wallace was a key figure in the Hubbard and Wallace Saga which took place more than 100 years ago in Labrador and northern Quebec. Approximately 10 books have been published on the saga over the years but this is the first biography on Dillon Wallace.

Wallace ensured that the story would never be forgotten by publishing one of the finest books ever written on the North, 'The Lure of the Labrador Wild', and by taking part in the three canoe trips linked to the saga. To date no one person has been equal to the challenge of fully retracing these trips.

I discovered the joys and dangers of travel in trackless wilderness starting in 1999 after reading Dillon Wallace's 'The Lure of the Labrador Wild'. I spent a decade retracing the routes in Labrador and northern Quebec described in 'The Lure', in Wallace's follow-on book, 'The Long Labrador Trail', and in Mina Hubbard's 'A Woman's Way Through Unknown Labrador'.

Nothing in Dillon's early life as an impoverished youth on a farm suggested that he would still fascinate people nearly 150 years later. Dillon was blessed in fact with "Grit A'Plenty", which no one would suspect from his unimpressive physique and unsmiling face. He pulled himself up by his bootstraps, rising from gristmill employee, to self-trained telegraph operator, to stenographer, to finally becoming a lawyer. His life from that point on, however, was equal parts tragic and heroic, but continued to be marked by splendid accomplishments. Starting at the age of 40 in 1903, he carried out a series of trips in Labrador and today's northern Quebec covering several thousand miles.

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The first trip sadly resulted in the tragic death of his trip leader and best friend, Leonidas Hubbard, and a narrow escape for him. His book on the trip, The 'Lure of the Labrador Wild', published in 1904, became a best seller and is still in print. It would change Dillon's life forever. It told the story of the trip as it was documented in his and Leonidas' trip journals. Leonidas' widow, Mina Hubbard, who would be forever changed also due to the unbearable loss of "her laddie", had commissioned the book. When Dillon refused to rewrite the book and make Leonidas into the larger than life figure she had been expecting, she became Dillon's sworn enemy for life.

There then followed two extraordinary trips in 1905 across Labrador, following the route planned in 1903. Dillon led one. Mina, drawing on skills that no one had realized she had, led the other. She planned hers in secret, and then provoked a life-long estrangement from Leonidas' family by telling the press as she left that she suspected that Dillon played a role in her husband's death and was on her way to investigate it. A third fascinating figure, voyager George Elson, the other survivor of the first trip, safely canoed Mina the length of Labrador down some of the most challenging rivers that George and his crack team of outdoorsmen had ever seen. No one was more impressed than George, or more disappointed than Mina, when Dillon and his only team member, forestry student Clifford Easton, successfully completed the trip as well. The evidence that George, a heroic figure in his own right, had fallen in love with Mina and which may have motivated him to agree to organize the trip at Mina's behest, added another fascinating dimension to the saga. The 1905 trip formed the basis for Dillon's second book and he went on to publish another 25 books, becoming a legend in his time.
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This is the story of Dillon Wallace as told by me, with an introduction by Dillon's granddaughter, Amy McKendry. It includes extensively illustrated maps and dozens of my colour photographs of the challenges faced and overcome in the wilds by the saga participants.

This book will appeal firstly to hard-core canoeists like me who have learned to survive in the kind of wilds experienced by saga participants 100 years ago.  It will appeal secondly to those in love with nature at its most unspoiled and pristine.  Finally, it will appeal to those looking for stories involving a character like Mina Hubbard who loved and hated with equal intensity and a character like the quietly courageous Dillon Wallace whose achievements have never been equalled to date.

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Eric Laing

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About Author : 

J. Eric Laing was born and raised in the South but now lives in New York City with his wife and their two wonderful boys. 
He is the author of five novels: Cicada (general fiction), Seep (horror), The Night Watch (thriller), Scissors & Tweed (young adult), and The Crooked Man's Mile (general fiction), as well as a collection of short stories simply titled Shorts. Look for his latest title, Weird Tales to Tell to Strangers, coming this summer!
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The Night Watch :

Murder, sex, magic, and ancient Rome
A serial killer preys upon those who are truly the most dangerous game…the gladiators. As the killer collects macabre trophies, it falls to the Prefect of the Night Watch to end the madness.But this is Rome, where blood spills like wine, and dreams…they are all too often nightmares.


A family and community become swept-up in a tempest of violence and tragedy.
After John Sayre starts slipping off at odd hours from the family farm, his wife Frances begins to suspect that he’s joined a newly-revived chapter of the Ku Klux Klan. By the time their young son discovers the corpse of a lynched black man along the side of a nearby dirt road, Frances Sayre has had enough. But John hasn’t joined the ranks of the murderous KKK as his wife fears. Just the same, John’s secret has the potential to destroy their marriage, if not so much more. What comes to pass over those heated days of summer, none on any side could have imagined, or wanted. 
Kirkus Reviews named CICADA ”new and notable” as well as awarded it “Best Indies of 2012″ status, calling it a beautifully crafted tale with well-drawn characters, adding, “Be sure to read this steamy Southern noir in the AC.” 
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The Crooked Man's Mile:

When Conner Connley was six years old he killed a man…or so he was made to believe. From that lie is born a lonely life of homeless drifting and hardship on the road. A story at turns heartbreaking and humorous, bleak and then blooming with life, love, and hope. The Crooked Man’s Mile…one man’s epic journey to learn the truth and discover himself.
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Enlightened Ones By Lacey Reah

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 Taken aback by the generous and caring “Enlightened Ones,” Maggi is convinced to leave her dysfunctional home for what will now be her true family. Led by their enigmatic leader, John Cronus, the Enlightened Ones believe they are building towards a beautiful utopia; one they feel will be the dawning of a new way of life. 
The past lives of all involved begin to unravel as they give up all their worldly possessions to build paradise on a remote island. Have the Enlightened Ones taken the road less traveled, or have they sealed their fate with a madman? 
Enlightened Ones are required to feel a great sense of trust, love, and freedom, but what happens when the rules change? What will they do when they realize paradise isn’t ready? How will they handle it when their sense of trust is questioned? In a society where betrayal is not an option, what will they stoop to in order to escape, and who will take the blame when their plans mistakenly lead to one of the greatest tragedies of their time?

Monday, May 13, 2013

Fifty Shades Boosts UK Book Sales


According to The Guardian newspaper the figures from Nielsen BookScan show that EL James’s Fifty Shades title trilogy topped the books chart last year and was a superb addition to an overall rise in the use of digital print sales for the year 2012.
It is observed that about 4.46m copies of the first novel of Fifty Shades of Grey were sold in the last year. 3.16m copies were sold of the second novel while the third novel had 2.9m sold copies. Amazingly Fifty Shades of Grey topped on the Bookseller magazine’s analysis of the best selling ebook of 2012. About 1, 609, 626 copies of Fifty Shades of Grey were sold according to the magazine.
In the beginning Fifty Shades of Grey was an online fan fiction before being released in a tiny Australian press as an ebook. Afterwards it was signed by publishing powerhouse Random House. Most of the people appreciated the impact of Fifty Shades of increasing the publishing 2012 figures.


 Fifty Shades of Grey is an erotic romance novel by a British author E. L. James. Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy has inspired women to read. It is an opened dialogue on sex and has boosted the falling book industry. It has contributed a lot in increasing the book sales for UK thus print and ebook sales rose to 4% last year with the help of E.L. James masterpiece and other creations by different authors. The of Fifty shades was published on June 20, 2011 by Vintage books with pages 514 . The average customer rating of Fifty Shades of Grey is 3.3 on while 3.6 on

Fifty Shades of Grey is criticized because of its origin as fan fiction and that it is based on Twilight novels. Amanda Hayward of The Writer’s Coffee Shop responds to such criticism by saying that Fifty Shades of Grey bore very little resemblance to Twilight and that both are worlds apart. The books are notable not for transgressive sex but for how women are using technology to subvert gendered shame by exploring explicit sexual content privately using e-readers. About 70 million copies of the trilogy have been sold, setting many new records worldwide. It is a fastest-selling paperback of all and has even surpassed the Harry Potter series.

The Guardian reports that in within the three months the book was so popular that it has maximize the records of being sold in the shape of hard copy and ebook. Furthermore The Guardian says that when the novel was published, it was selling too quickly that the publishers of the book had to run extra publishing of books in order to meet demand of 2.75 million books. It is known as one of the most fastest novel that has been sold, the million copies were sold out within no time. Entertainment Weekly reviews it as

"It is a classic piece of writing." Fifty Shades of Grey  took the place of finalist in the GoodReads Choice Awards for the Best Romance category by getting A.

Film Adaptation:

Different professionals have shown interest in adapting Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy in film. Warner Bros., Sony Pictures, Paramount, Universal Pictures, Mark Wahlberg’s are the production companies which have shown their interest and put in bids for the film rights, eventually Universal Pictures and Focus Features have secured the rights to the trilogy in March 2012. The Author has control over the movie’s creative process. Bret Easton Ellis, an American Psycho writer has publicly expressed his intention to write a screenplay for the film. Later on Angelina Jolie has been reported for her interest in directing the film.  She is in contact to direct the adaptation. Latest news about the adaptation of Fifty Shades of Grey is till April 2013 is that director Gus Van Sant had shot a scene with Alex Pettyfer as Christian Gray serving as a screen test for the studios.

Classical musical album:

EMI Classics have released an album comprising of James selected songs on September 11, 2012. It is released under the title Fifty Shades of Grey: The Classic Album. This Classic album was on number four on Billboard’s charts for classical music albums in October 2012 and reviewer write that album would appeal not only fans of Fifty Shades of Grey but those also who have no intention of reading Fifty Shades of Grey.

What People are saying :

Howells acknowledges its impact and says “You can put a lot of it down to E.L. James – Out of the blue she has come and with a bang”. Richard Mollet, Chief executive of the Publisher Association has the view that “British publishing is a healthy industry which has the power to succeed as a big giant”. He explains that the interest among the people about the online book reading has increased a lot and boosted the digital sales and added that publishers had reacted quickly to the changes in the industry and the move towards e-readers.
BBC broadcasts that E.L. James’s Fifty Shades trilogy were the best-selling titles in 2012; its combined sale was 10.5 million. At first it was thought that the popularity of ebooks will be harmful for the sales of physical books. But now it is realized that it has been just an exaggerated thing. People still love physical books and sales of physical books are equal to digital sales. So rise of e-readers as Amazon’s Kindle in recent years is healthy for book reading and consequently for publishing due to books like Fifty Shades of Grey.
Editor of industry magazine The Bookseller Philip Jones says that shops such as Waterstones were seeing a “rebound” in sales of physical books. He thanks to children’s and non-fiction areas and the “growing” market of books such as Fifty Shades of Grey. He adds that physical book sales have made up around 80% of the overall market. He said to the BBC that “Digital media is getting popular but the physical media will move with us for a long time.