Category: Non Fiction Book

Ken Dickson “Detour From Normal”

detour-from-normal-book-coverKen Dickson was in his 50’s, living an average life in the Arizona desert when he experienced some pain is his gut. He ignored it. A standard response for many people, and in this true story, it’s not so much the wait to get treatment that nearly killed him, it was the drugs.

The author’s story stands in stark contrast to what we see doctors for, treatment. Sure, he had surgery and marveled at how little pain he felt after finally having the procedure needed to remove a section of his lower intestine, but then things went sideways. He tells the story in plain English, no fancy footwork from a dancing boxer here. In real life he was just punching away, trying to make it to the bell. On the page, the words come to the reader as though they were chatting with the author in a bar. Old friends.

This book was published December 9, 2013, and runs 324 pages. More than enough to engross the reader with his plight, but the reader might not be prepared for the emotional and psychological roller-coaster that comes next as Dickson winds up in a high-security psychiatric ward due to his crazed condition. Again, it’s the drugs interacting with his body and his mind.

This is a well-told story of a man and his family trying to cope with a loved-one’s mania under a terrible set of circumstances, but Detour From Normal a good story, a true one, and one worth reading. And, it’s just 99-cents or free with Kindle Unlimited!



Gregory Diehl “Travel As Transformation”

Travel as Transformation

travel-as-transformation-book-coverIf you talk to people about what they plan to do when they retire, many give a single-word response, “travel.” That response leaves the impression that many people believe seeing things around and beyond their own home should wait until the later part of their life, and that’s a pity. What can be learned from travel to new places can be life altering or at least perception altering.

In Travel As Transformation: Conquer the Limits of Culture to Discover Your Own Identity, now available on Kindle, author Gregory Diehl tells stories of his own road to understanding as he traveled across more than 50 countries. This isn’t a travel guide, and it isn’t spiritual, it’s an awakening.

The narrative and story remind me of the book Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, where there’s a little philosophy, thought and growth, but only if the reader wants to see it. Diehl offers up his own perspective, but not as a directive.

What you can get from this new book is acceptance, that all people are essentially the same, we just live in different worlds. We also face different trials and seeing things through fresh eyes can change our own perception. So, take the plunge, read something that’s real, exciting, and different than the mainstream, you might just learn something about yourself that’s wonderful.

Five Stars

Akasha Garnier “Secrets to Shine Through the Noise”

secrets-to-shine-book-coverEver see the movie Pretty Woman? Remember the guy walking the street asking “What’s your dream? Well, that should be required reading in school, so all children dream before the hum-drums of life take over their thoughts! Fortunately, writer, producer, and activist Akasha Garnier has written just such a book about focusing on your dreams and finding ways to obtain them.

This recently published work (September 2016), Secrets to Shine Through the Noise, is a backlog of stories about Garnier’s life and how events transpired to make here the best she could be, even through the hardships that life throws at all of us. Her approach and motivation helped her rise above the crowd and her inspirational tone and plans can help you too.

Written as a story about her life and travels, instead of just a motivational tome, Akasha leads the reader in the direction of success by asking readers to view their successes, and failures, from a new vantage point, or another point of view. There is always something to be learned from each experience. Take advantage of what you’ve tried, the good and the bad, and go forward with your life and your dreams!

Secrets to Shine Through the Noise is currently on sale at Kindle for just 99-cents, but you better act quickly!

Three Stars

Esperanza Ramírez Velásquez “STRESS: Heal and Overcome Stress with Inspiration”

stress-book-coverStress is a killer, that’s the long and short of it. The funny thing is that both good and bad events can be stressful. Fortunately, author Esperanza Ramírez Velásquez understands the dangers of untreated stress and presents easy to understand and follow solutions for reducing stress in her book Stress: Heal and Overcome Stress with Inspiration.

In this newly published book (January 12, 2017), the author presents readers with some typical signs of stress (loss of energy, appetite, motivation, low self-esteem), and explains why we all need to understand and cope with our stress.

As the author says, “The motivation and movement to heal stress will lead you to find a happier and more harmonious life.” This she promotes through her pentagon of stress and her harmony for stress method.

Take care of yourself by taking a look at this book. It’s just 99-cents right now, and Free if you have Kindle Unlimited!

Three Stars

Roger Doss “Trader’s Intuition”

traders-intuitionEveryone has a story about the business deal or stock tip that they missed out on, including author Roger Doss. In his book, Trader’s Intuition, Doss explores the idea that a “gut-feeling” might be right, but with a PhD. in Computer Science, he digs a little deeper.

Chapters and analysis of stocks and cyclical stock patterns include both the fundamental and technical which provide those new to the market with an overall feel for how the stocks work.

If you are an inexperienced trader, there is enough information on stock brokers and online trading programs to get you started, and then the fun starts.

Doss explains the difference between purchase orders, cost per trade, per unit fees and cost-averaging. His plans don’t include day trading, he likes long-term buy and hold strategies with when-to-sell rules, and explains in quick order how to position yourself through stock keeping and how to select specific companies to invest in if your goal is to produce wealth.

You won’t get bogged down with long-winded examples, this is a quick read for those of us with busy lives but a desire to invest. And, finally, Doss describes four strategies that can be implemented by doing your own research, which ultimately is what most online trading involves.

Published January 11, 2017, this Kindle book is currently available for $2.99.

Three Stars


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