Episode 17: Rob Keeley reads from The Sword of the Spirit

July 19, 2018

Following the success of his award-longlisted Childish Spirits and its sequel The Spirit of London, prolific children's author Rob Keeley is back with The Sword of the Spirit, the third instalment in his thrilling and suspenseful Spirits series. Ellie's investigations into the spirit world have reached a medieval castle, where archaeologists are digging for the fabled Sword of St Merrell. But she didn't expect to meet a real medieval knight. Nor was she expecting him to be an ancestor of Edward Fitzberranger. Ellie discovers that behind a legend of chivalry and bravery lies a dark and nasty truth. And worse is to come. Ellie's meddling has consequences she could never have foreseen. This time, she may have gone too far...The Sword of the Spirit works both as a standalone novel and as part of a series. It will appeal to girls and boys of upper primary and lower secondary age - primarily 8-12 - and to parents and teachers reading the book aloud.

 

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Episode 16: Jalaja Bonheim reads from The Magic of Circlework: The Practice Women Around the World Are Using to Heal and Empower Themselves

July 12, 2018

Circlework is a nurturing and spacious practice that honors the feminine spirit. Developed by Jalaja Bonheim, PhD, it addresses women’s hunger for authenticity and intimacy while also connecting them with their feminine essence. Through a wide range of tools that include not only talking but also movement, touch, and immersion in nature, a space is created that feels equally safe and sacred. Here, women have space to listen deeply, both to their own hearts and souls and to one another. Circlework has also proven its value as an effective peace practice that is being used in the Middle East to unite Jewish and Palestinian women.

Though Jalaja is an award-winning author, none of her previous books reveal the concepts and tools that make Circlework such a magical experience. Until now, the only way to access the secrets of Circlework was to attend her retreats or trainings. Now, for the first time, she explains how ordinary circle gatherings are transformed into true mandalas—fields of sacred presence imbued with love, peace and joy.

The Magic of Circlework includes the stories and voices of many women who are using Circlework to heal their lives and relationships. Inspiring embodiments of feminine power, they have bonded to form a global sisterhood that transcends all national and religious boundaries. Anyone interested in the process of healing and evolution will love their stories of life-altering encounters and awakenings.

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Episode 15: Kathryn Heaney reads from Destiny Reclaimed

June 28, 2018

Twenty years have passed, and Mandy has helped to raise Laura’s fraternal twins David and Diana. When Laura is suddenly pulled back to Anandria, she must find a way to unite her fractured family. Vaaron is eager to meet his adult children for the very first time - but both are missing.

Diana awakens to find herself the centre of attention in a cult-like gathering. They revere and fear her, and she finds she has to rely upon their High Priest for help.

David opens his eyes to find he’s in a forest with a creature hovering over him. Confused and disoriented, it takes an unsettling act of magic, and the persistence of the creature following him, to lead them into an unusual relationship.

Both siblings eventually discover they are in Anandria - a world they had believed to be a figment of their Aunt Mandy’s imagination - where they must face challenges with their unlikely partners as their guides.

Lucifer is delighted when he lands in Anandria and feels his powers stir. Better still, he discovers that at least one of Laura’s children has come to Anandria, too. And since he still desires the destruction of Laura’s soul, what better way to lure Laura to her death than to use one of her children?

 

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Episode 14: Michael H. Rubin reads from Cashed Out

June 21, 2018

One failed marriage. Two jobs lost. Three maxed out credit cards. “Schex” Schexnaydre was a failure as a lawyer. Until three weeks ago, he had no clients and no cash — no clients except for infamous toxic waste entrepreneur G.G. Guidry, who’s just been murdered, and no cash, except for the $4,452,737 Guidry had stashed with him for safekeeping.

When Schex’s estranged ex-wife, Taylor, is accused of Guidry’s murder, she pleads with Schex to defend her. He refuses, but the more he says no to Taylor, the deeper Schex gets dragged into the fall-out from Guidry’s nefarious schemes, ending up as the target of all those vying to claim Guidry’s millions for themselves.

 

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Episode 13: Lynda Shrager reads from Age in Place

June 14, 2018

A practical step-by-step, room-by-room guide to simple modifications that can help seniors make their homes safer and easier to navigate, this reference offers readers clear and practical solutions. Author Lynda Shrager is a registered, national board certified occupational therapist, a master’s level social worker and a Certified Aging in Place Specialist (CAPS) with more than thirty-seven years’ experience in the field of geriatrics and more than thirteen years working with seniors in their homes. It is this mix of qualification and experience that makes her an expert in adapting the environment to increase patient safety and independence. This book is designed to help seniors and their caregivers address these new challenges together to make life at home safer, more manageable and less stressful for all.

Features include:
• Room-by-room walk through to evaluate and modify safety of the home
• Photographs of modifications from patients’ homes
• Recommendations for the best home medical equipment
• Where to obtain services and additional helpful resources
• Check list for the reader to complete their own room by room walk through with a quick and easy guide to making each space safe and manageable
• “Hacks for Health and Home” at the end of each chapter with occupational therapy tips
• Vital Documents Guide for easy retrieval of important papers in case of an emergency

 

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Episode 12: Sean Bloomfield reads from Adventure North

June 7, 2018

After accelerating their studies and graduating high school early, two teenagers set off from their hometown in Minnesota to embark on a 2200-mile canoe journey up the heart of North America. Their destination: the permafrost shores of Hudson Bay. Inspired by a passion for the simple life, where gadgets and schedules are replaced by nature and its harsh beauty, the duo found something that many believe is lost: a true adventure. 

Follow the pair up the flooding Minnesota River and through the prairie plains of North Dakota, across man-sized waves on Lake Winnipeg, and down the foaming rapids of the Canadian north. The triumphs and trials of the unforgiving wild challenged their friendship, dreams, and lives in a way that even they could have never predicted. For those who have dreamt of wilderness escape, or those who prefer to simply read about it, Adventure North will spur the imaginative spirit and remind you that adventure is always just around the next bend.

 

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Episode 11: Leslie Peters reads from Finding Time to Lead: Seven Practices to Unleash Outrageous Potential

May 31, 2018

If you’re struggling to find time in your day to do the “leadership stuff” you know you should be doing, this book is for you.

Whether you’re a CEO, a manager, or an individual contributor who wants to make a difference, Finding Time to Lead will provide you with perspectives and tools to maximize your capacity to lead. 

Drawing from more than twenty years of experience working side-by-side with leaders of new organizations and new leaders in established companies, Leslie Peters offers a framework of clear and concise shifts, practices, and tools to put you in the fast lane toward becoming the leader you want to be.

What does it take to be a good leader? Are there shortcuts? How can you prioritize the limited time you have available for all of this “leadership stuff”? What should you spend your time on that will help you build a culture that will attract and keep great people?

You’ll learn about five specific skill sets that shape great leaders:

 

    • Identify and quickly access the powerful places from which your best work comes;
    • Productively engage with others to build the kind of trust that leads to commitment, collaboration, and innovation;
    • Confidently lead through change;
    • Prioritize your time to have maximum impact on your corporate culture;
    • Unleash the outrageous potential in your company and its people.

 

Leadership is not what you do; it’s who you are. When you take this approach to leadership, it’s easy to find time to lead. 

Finding Time to Lead compels us to explore the intersection of what it truly means to be a leader and to be human. Leslie Peters brings a no-bullshit, straight-talk perspective to the unique responsibility of leadership – with compelling real-life stories and a clear pathway to guide the very human leader inside us all.” –Dean Carter, Head of Finance, HR and Legal at Patagonia

 

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Episode 10: Kathryn Heaney reads from Destiny Calls

May 24, 2018

Snatched into a magical dimension by a demon, art student Laura Evans has to grapple with the unimaginable. Lucifer wants to destroy her soul because, apparently, she's all that stands between him and total domination over all creation. People here say she is their saviour and it’s up to her to save the universe with her new found powers of healing. 
And then there's a man, determined to protect her. He claims that not only is she his soul mate, but his wife! Really? He's persistent - and is very convincing…Could it all be true?

 

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Episode 9: Matt Brandt reads from The Boy from the Forge

May 17, 2018
Max and Del did everything together. They bought the same bikes, wore the same clothes, and competed with one another as best friends often do in high school. As their summer together looms on the horizon, and the school year comes to an end, their friendship is tested when Max realizes their blue-collar upbringing in New Athens provides a life of limitations he didn't imagine. His only escape from it is in his true feelings for Annika, Del's girlfriend, who he can't be with. To prevent any wrongdoing, Max forms a simple plan: to find a way to escape his working a class destiny after high school for something greater than what's in Milltown.
 
"The Boy from the Forge is a coming-of-age story that skillfully combines nostalgia for friendship, first loves, and choosing one's path into adulthood...Max's moments of internal dialogue about how to move forward in life are true to the difficult choices teenagers face."  --Foreward Reviews
 
 
"...wide-ranging observations intrinsic to the story made by the teen characters (about art, beliefs, parents, teachers, love, secrecy, adult hypocrisy, future plans) ring true, as does the author's vivid depictions..."  --Kirkus Reviews
 
 
"Brandt's strength lies in his descriptive power."  --BlueInk Reviews
 
 
"...an excellent study in character writing and descriptive environment about mischief and romance, relationships and revenge. It tugs at the heartstrings, gently."  --IndieReader
 
 
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Episode 8: An Excerpt from A Maiden’s Honor

May 10, 2018

A Maiden's Honor by Josanna Thompson

A young woman raised in the South Pacific, captured by pirates. The Dey of Algiers, torn by conflicts in religion and love. Their stories intertwine.

Raised by her Scottish father and the natives of a remote island in the South Pacific, Sarah and her father embark on a perilous journey to Scotland. Sarah knew that her life would change when she left her beloved island. Never did she imagine that she would be sold into a harem. Only Hassan Aziz, the most feared pirate on the Barbary Coast can save her. But is Hassan willing to jeopardize his secret mission and risk his life and the lives of his crew to shield this intoxicating maiden from slavery?

Naa’il is the Dey of Algiers, a man who has everything including, wealth, power, wives, slaves, concubines. Drawn to two beautiful American captives, Naa’il tests their loyalty to each other. Little did he know that his game would have devastating consequences… especially for him.

"This story is quite complex, but, there is so much description of the people, times, and places, that you can almost imagine being there." ~ Amazon Reviewer

 

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