Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Battlefield of the Mind For Teens

 Worry, doubt, confusion, depression, anger and feelings of condemnation: all these are attacks on the mind. If readers suffer from negative thoughts, they can take heart! Joyce Meyer has helped millions win these all-important battles. In her most popular bestseller ever, the beloved author and minister shows readers how to change their lives by changing their minds.
She teaches how to deal with thousands of thoughts that people think every day and how to focus the mind the way God thinks. And she shares the trials, tragedies, and ultimate victories from her own marriage, family, and ministry that led her to wondrous, life-transforming truth--and reveals her thoughts and feelings every step of the way.
This special updated edition includes an additional introduction and updated content throughout the book.
The Author
Joyce Meyer is one of the world's leading practical Bible teachers. A New York Times bestselling author, Joyce’s books have helped millions of people find hope and restoration through Jesus Christ. Through Joyce Meyer Ministries, she teaches on a number of topics with a particular focus on the mind, mouth, moods and attitudes. Her candid communication style allows her to share openly and practically about her experiences so others can apply what she has learned to their lives. Joyce has authored more than 100 books, which have been translated into more than 100 languages. She conducts close to a dozen domestic and international conferences every year, teaching people to enjoy their everyday lives. For more than 30 years, her annual women's conference has attracted well over 200,000 women from all over the world. Joyce’s passion to help hurting people is foundational to the vision of Hand of Hope, the missions arm of Joyce Meyer Ministries, which supports outreaches around the world, including her hometown of St. Louis. 
Meyer writes a valuable and convincing primer on what Buddhists would call "mindfulness" from a dedicated Christian perspective. Using a rich scriptural context, she convinces listeners " to think what you are thinking about." Filled with many anecdotes from ministry, her points are made in a accessible and personable style. The psychology is sound though ensconced in conservative Christian language. Happily, Meyers encourages meditation, both on scripture and in prayer as a way to be in the moment. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard, Book 2 The Hammer of Thor

 Thor's hammer is missing again. The thunder god has a disturbing habit of misplacing his weapon--the mightiest force in the Nine Worlds. But this time the hammer isn't just lost. It has fallen into enemy hands. If Magnus Chase and his friends can't retrieve the hammer quickly, the mortal worlds will be defenseless against an onslaught of giants. Ragnarok will begin. The Nine Worlds will burn. Unfortunately, the only person who can broker a deal for the hammer's return is the gods' worst enemy, Loki--and the price he wants is very high.
 The Author
Rick Riordan is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series, the Kane Chronicles, and the Heroes of Olympus. He is also the author of the multi-award-winning Tres Navarre mystery series for adults.

For fifteen years, Rick taught English and history at public and private middle schools in the San Francisco Bay Area and in Texas. In 2002, Saint Mary's Hall honored him with the school's first Master Teacher Award.

While teaching full time, Riordan began writing mystery novels for grownups. His Tres Navarre series went on to win the top three national awards in the mystery genre - the Edgar, the Anthony and the Shamus. Riordan turned to children's fiction when he started The Lightning Thief as a bedtime story for his oldest son.

Today over 35 million copies of his Percy Jackson, Kane Chronicles, and Heroes of Olympus books are in print in the United States, and rights have been sold into more than 35 countries. Rick is also the author of The 39 Clues: The Maze of Bones, another #1 New York Times bestseller.

Rick Riordan now writes full-time. He lives in Boston with his wife and two sons. 

Tuesday, October 11, 2016


OUTCAST is Book #1 in the Groundbreaking series THE BLUE DRAGON'S GEAS, followed by THE BLACKGUARD. (Book#2)

This debut of a series into the coming of age fantasy genre has made a definite splash. A wondrous mixture of the childlike main character and mature themes to quote one five star reviewer. It is the introduction into a whole new fantasy world with unique cultures, dragons and magic.

Alador, a young man who cannot find a way to fit into the world about him, finds himself thrust into the limelight. With a brand new world, new customs and of course dragons, Outcast offers something for both epic fantasy and coming of age readers.

Alador wants nothing more then to fit into the world that rejects him due to his mixed heritage. He does not fit into the world of his mother and he can't seem to bring to life the power of his father. And then of course, there is a girl.

Renamaum, a great blue dragon, wants to restore the pact between man and dragon that time and greed have erased. He petitions the council to find one who will fight for the future of both dragon and mortal.

Both come crashing together when Alador is caught in a geas so strong that neither could abandon it, even in death.
About the Author
Cheryl Matthynssens was born in Upland, California, holds a teaching degree and is a licensed addictions counselor. This has allowed her to interview hundreds of personalities over her career.
She loves that everyone is unique and this appreciation and interest has informed and inspired her writing.

Matthynssens enjoys the universe of fantasy for the way it connects to the mind’s creativity and imagination as a colorful escape to distant lands of mystical beasts and fantastic quests where the hero really does save the day. As she’s matured artistically, Matthynssens has found writing to be a comforting counterbalance to a world where beloved characters don’t always get back up after they fall down.

Matthynssens currently lives in Riverside, Washington, and has four beautiful children and four wonderful grandchildren. 

Friday, October 7, 2016

The King's Ransom: Young Knights of the Round Table (Tales and Legends for Reluctant Readers Book 1)~ SPOTLIGHT~

 Three Friends...Three Quests...Three Mysterious Predictions.
In this action-packed MG/Tween Arthurian adventure, 11-year-old Prince Gavin, 13-year-old orphan Philip, and 15-year-old blacksmith apprentice Bryan face a ghost, a witch, and an evil villain in their struggle to clear the Wild Man of murder and theft.
Do they have what it takes to be Knights of the Round Table, or will they falter in their quests? Answer the hero's call to adventure with Gavin, Philip, and Bryan. See if you have what it takes to be a Knight of the Round Table.
A Recommended Read and recipient of the Children’s Literary Classics Seal of Approval.
2014 Gold Award eBook Winner for Juvenile Fiction from Global eBook Awards; 2013 EVVY Merit Award for Juvenile/YA from Colorado Independent Publishers Assoc.; 2012 CLC Silver Award Recipient for YA Fiction.


A Bit About Myself:
I’m a retired high school English teacher. A devourer of books growing up, my profession introduced me to writings and authors from times long past. Through my studies and teaching, I fell in love with the Ancient and Medieval Worlds. Now, I hope to inspire young readers and those Young-at-Heart to read more through my Tales and Legends for Reluctant Readers set in these worlds—Ancient Egypt, Medieval Wales, and coming soon, the ancient world of Atlantis.

My husband and I love to travel. Because I'm also a retired airline employee, we were fortunate, in 2008, to spend three weeks in Egypt traveling by local train from one end of the country to the other. In 2014, we spent three weeks in the UK driving over 1700 miles through England, Wales, and Scotland.
The story is set in medieval Wales and follows the legend of King Arthur. Twelve year old Prince Gavin, and his friends Phillip and Bryan will make it their mission to save a friend from being put to death. The three boys believe that the `Wild Man' has been falsely accused of murder and of stealing the jeweled medallion (the king's ransom).

On a single minded quest to find out who the real villain is, the boys will go on a dangerous adventure, which includes sneaking through a secret passage to listen in on the king's conversation, visiting a woman, Seanna, known as the village witch, and ultimately risking their lives for getting involved in the case.

Filled with intrigue, suspense, mystery and non stop adventure, Cheryl Carpinello has written a fascinating tale that will take you back in time when kings, knights and villains were prevalent, and honor, loyalty and true friendship were held high.

I recommend this story to tweens teens and adults alike.