Saturday, September 22, 2012

Author Describes How Her Life Changed in "One Split Second"

One split second can change your life forever. Author Suzan Bryan Hoppe knew this all to well. As a wife, mother, an insurance agent, and an active member of her church, Suzan's life was anything but boring. 
All was going well until one day, every parents' nightmare occurred: Her son, Danny, was involved in a serious accident that left him with a closed-head injury. Suzan described the tragedy in her non-fiction book, One Split Second. She and her husband, Doug, experienced the stages that families must go through in order to help their child heal. 
If that weren't enough, Suzan supported her husband, Doug, as he encountered lung problems, back surgery and open heart surgery. All the while, Suzan kept up her pace of helping family members, volunteering, attending head injury meetings, and working. 
At one point, she was preparing for a business trip to Indiana and was looking forward to relaxing and being with her friends. Before traveling to Indiana, she attended a trustee meeting at her church one evening. It was there that her head began to ache. Her headache continued when she got home. Suzan described that evening: 

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

"Worldwide Evil and Misery" Remains MANA's Best-Selling Book has published and marketed many books, yet, there's one book that remains MANA's best-seller and that is, Worldwide Evil and Misery: The Legacy of the 13 Satanic Bloodlines by Robin de Ruiter and Fritz A. Springmeir.

Maybe because the book was banned in France. Maybe because it's the government conspiracy theories or the suggestion that the world's richest families are controlling countries behind the scenes. Maybe it's the belief that there is more to Sept. 11, 2001, that hasn't been reported to the public. Maybe it's the authors' explanation for the reasons behind the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Whatever it is, readers continue to order the book.

The book promotes the belief that the visible world leaders are mere puppets directed by an invisible power from behind the scenes. Great nations are simply the operating fronts of behind-the-scenes, vastly ambitious individuals who have become so effectively powerful because of their ability to remain invisible while operating behind the national scenery.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

What We're Reading: "The Glen, A Love Story"

If you're in the mood for mystery, myth and romance, then you'll want to read The Glen, A Love Story, by Marie Coté Sherhart.

The main character, Devon Fournier, is a successful fiction writer who lives in the woods in the Adirondacks with her pets. Devon is forced to face her past as she recovers from the death of her lover, Ron. Sherhart writes:

Having gone through the debilitating and dignity-robbing crisis of Chemo and other medications, Ron had finally given in and let go. For the longer time, no one was able to bring Devon around. 

Not her friends, not her family. She spent each day alone, without human interaction, only her animals to keep her company. After his death, she was in agony for over a year. When it was over for him, it was just starting for Devon.

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

"Reading Rainbow" is Back, This Time on an App

Remember Reading Rainbow, the PBS children's program from the 1980s? Now there's an app for that thanks to LeVar Burton, the show's host. 

Burton and Mark Wolfe, his business partner, bought the rights to the name, Reading Rainbow and created an iPad app that has clips from the show, video field trips, and more than 150 books.

Let's Be Kind to Writers and Editors this Month would like to take time out to recognize all the writers and editors who work hard to create books, magazines, newsletters and any other type of written publications.

Why are we doing this, you may ask? Because recently, MANA discovered that September is National Be Kind to Writers and Editors Month. Really? Yes. 

Apparently, the annual observance was started by a writers' group in 1984 in San Antonio, Texas. The purpose was to honor the hard work of editors and writers. After all, they keep us informed and entertained.

So, how do you celebrate National Be Kind to Writers and Editors Month? Read more books? Write a note of thanks? Give them gifts? If so, what do you give them?