#BookBlitz “Come and See: An Invitation to Reclaim Your Life’s Balance” by James C. Vogelzang

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An Invitation to Reclaim Your Life’s Balance

Christian Nonfiction

Date Published: April 6, 2022

Publisher:
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“My experience reading “Come & See” is different than anything else I’ve been reading… It causes me to weep. I’m forgiven. I can forgive. Whoa! So heavy & so sweet!!!! The world is so full of toxic noise. The words in this book caused me to spend time alone & thinking
about what it is that I truly want in my life. Peace be still! I’m encouraged! My prayer is that you will feel encouraged too.” –Wynonna Judd

 

If you’re like many women, your pursuit of “balance” in life has been disappointing at best. You may have digested self-help books and podcasts by the dozens. You may have tried prayer or meditation. Yet trying to keep your feelings of weariness, guilt, and anxiety at bay is like trying to hold a beach ball under water. No matter what you do or don’t do, your
restlessness keeps bobbing to the surface. It shows up in your interactions with your family, your views of the future, your weekend choices with friends.

Come and See offers you an antidote to the emotional vertigo you feel. This is not a self-help book-in fact, it’s the opposite. This is an invitation to consider a solution that demands no achievements, requires no striving, and has nothing to do with performance or perfection. It is an invitation to wholeness, balance, and peace. All you have to lose is the pain you are tired of carrying. Are you ready? Come and see.

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#BookBlitz “When Skies Aren’t Blue: A Physician’s Personal Journey” by Andy Laurie, MD

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A Physician’s Personal Journey

 

Nonfiction

Date Published: June 14, 2021

 

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What do you do when the skies in your life turn dark?

There are many struggles in this difficult world that can darken our skies. It may be ongoing health issues, depression/anxiety, relationship struggles, financial calamity and so much more.

Andy Laurie, MD, had seemingly the perfect life. He had a successful medical practice. He was starting a second career as a pastor. He was young and healthy. He had a beautiful, loving wife and four small children. His life could not have been better. It was nothing but blue skies.

Then, the unthinkable hit. He was struck with a devastating illness. The skies of his once-wonderful life became dark, very dark.

Dr. Laurie has been battling illness for nearly two decades. He has now courageously shared his story with you. Relying on nearly thirty years of medical practice and over twenty years in the ministry, Dr. Laurie has written prescriptions for you to find hope, strength, contentment, joy, and even victory when the struggles of life have darkened your blue skies.

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Dr. Andy Laurie is a board-certified radiologist who received his medical degree from UC San Diego. He did his post graduate residency at the University of Arizona. He practiced emergency radiology for nearly thirty years before illness caused him to recently retire. In addition, he has been a pastor at The Bridge Christian Church in Tucson, Arizona, for nearly twenty years. For much of this time, he has courageously battled a devastating disease of the autonomic nervous system.

Dr. Laurie and his wife, Cyndi, were married in 1991 after he graduated from medical school. They have four grown children and make their home in Tucson with their beloved dogs.

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#BookBlitz “The Good News is, You Don’t Have Endometriosis (How I Survived IVF With My Sanity (Mostly) Intact)” by Jade Barrett

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How I Survived IVF With My Sanity (Mostly) Intact

 Nonfiction / Fertility / Infertility

Date Published: November 5, 2021

 

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Jade Barrett thought she was living her best life in her 30s. A stable career, an amazing husband, a great group of friends, a supportive family, and a beautiful home… that is until she tried to start a family.

 After yet another negative pregnancy test, her husband said, “It’s time to talk to a doctor.” Surely she didn’t have infertility…right? Finding out that the only way she could conceive a child biologically was through IVF sent shockwaves through her marriage and life.

The Good News Is, You Don’t Have Endometriosis is the hilariously
intense story of Jade Barrett’s IVF quest to parenthood and how you
can advocate for the best possible care from infertility clinics.

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Jade Barrett is an American high school teacher who experienced infertility from 2017 to 2021.

She hopes to help other women and couples who are struggling with infertility through her story, The Good News Is, You Don’t Have Endometriosis: How I Survived IVF with My Sanity (Mostly) Intact.

It is the story of triumph over adversity and how you can advocate for the best possible care from your fertility clinic.

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#ReleaseBlitz “Spirituality, Healing and Me” by Ilana Estelle

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Mind/Body/Spirit

Date Published: May 1, 2022

Publisher:  RedDoor Press

 

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Everyday life has never been more challenging and it’s easy to lose sight of who we are and who we want to be.

In Spirituality, Healing and Me, Ilana Estelle draws on her experiences of emotional, mental, and physical disability, to show how tuning into our spiritual side can improve well-being, heal our minds, and set us firmly back on track.

Ilana shows how focusing on values such as understanding, empathy, compassion, tolerance, kindness, creativity, and acceptance can help us find our inner calm.

Packed with inspiring messages and real-life vignettes, Ilana’s book shows how spirituality can help us navigate even the roughest waters.

 Ilana’s book can help to:

•Improve emotional balance and wellness

•Boost confidence and self-esteem

•Stay self-aware, grounded and patient

•Appreciate life and each other

•Accept changing circumstances

•Enhance positive emotions and personal healing

•Change the way you perceive and think about your life

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Ilana was born with a disability she didn’t know she had until the age of 46, when through her medical notes she discovered she had been diagnosed with cerebral palsy at the age of 2.

That discovery turned out to be a unique and life-changing experienced that has forced her to stand back and look at her life experiences differently.

On her late diagnosis, she set up her website The CP Diary and now uses her experiences to explore her emotional and physical health, with inspiring messages advocating resilience and change.

Ilana likes to spend her days writing and blogging about anything that contributes to her health and well-being. Ilana is an animal advocate and is passionate about environmental issues. When she is not writing, or tending to her blog, she enjoys days out exploring the Yorkshire countryside.

Ilana lives with her husband, in Yorkshire. Her grown-up son and daughter both live in London.

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#ReleaseBlitz “Thomas Jefferson: Family Secrets” by William G. Hyland, Jr.

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Nonfiction / Biography / History

 

Date Published: 2-1-22

Publisher: Palmetto Publishing / Blackstone Publishing

A fascinating biography of Thomas Jefferson that presents an entirely new and provocative look at the final years of his life, as seen through the eyes of his most trusted family confidants. A powerful profile based on fresh research and unpublished memoirs.

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A Virginia native, William G. Hyland Jr. is the author of four widely praised historical biographies, including “In Defense Of Thomas Jefferson” (St. Martin’s/Thomas Dunne Books), which was nominated for the Virginia Literary Award. He is a seasoned litigation attorney with a national law firm and nearly thirty years of high profile trial experience. He is also a former Adjunct Professor of Law at Stetson University College of Law. His professional lectures have included speeches at the National Archives and the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation. Hyland is a member of the Virginia and New York Historical Societies and serves on the Board of Directors of the Thomas Jefferson Heritage Society. Mr. Hyland holds a B.A. from the University of Alabama and a J.D. from Samford University. Before law school, Mr. Hyland held a Top Security clearance and worked for the Arms Control and Disarmament Agency.

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#BookTour “Lessons Learned from Dating: Moving Past the Hurt Into Your Blessings” by Karla L. McCullum

Welcome to the book tour for Lessons Learned from Dating by Karla L. McCullum! Read on for more info and a chance to win a $50 Amazon e-Gift Card!

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Lessons Learned from Dating: Moving Past the Hurt Into Your Blessings

Publication Date: July 2021

Genre: Dating Guide/ Self-Help/ Non-Fiction

Lessons Learned from Dating is a nonfiction book written by Karla that tells the stories of her different dating experiences during various stages of life. Each dating experience had a unique lesson, but she didn’t take the time to pause and heed the teachings. After a really painful relationship, Karla finally realized she needed to pause from dating and reflect on herself. This led Karla to start the work to heal completely, practice self-discovery, and find peace and her life’s purpose. In her book, Lessons Learned from Dating, Karla reveals how she went from a place of hurt and pain to a healed place of receiving.

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Karla L. McCullum also known as Coach K, became a Certified Life Coach in 2020 through the Life Purpose Institute in San Diego, CA . Karla is a Veteran of the United States Army. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Business Management and a Master’s degree in Human Resource Management.
Karla is the owner and founder of Full of Joy Life Coaching LLC, where she specializes in helping women work on their mindset, discover their purpose, and pursue their life goals to lead joyful and meaningful lives. Her most important job is being a mother to her beautiful teenage daughter. When Karla is not spending time with her daughter or providing Life Coaching Services, she loves traveling and seeing the world.
Karla is currently pursuing the Associated Certified Coach Credentialing through the International Coaching Federation (ICF).

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#BookBlitz “The New Eugenics: Modifying Biological Life in the Twenty-First Century” by Conrad B. Quintyn, Ph.D.

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Modifying Biological Life in the Twenty-First Century

Non-fiction, Science, Biology, Biotechnology, Genetic Engineering,
Medical

Published: May 2021

Publisher: Archway Publishing

 

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 Genetic engineering, although used with good intentions in many cases, upsets the balance of nature in unknown ways. The author considers whether genetic engineering used today to prevent and repair ‘defects’ in all humans (the new eugenics) will exacerbate social injustices and/or lead to a public safety issue.

For instance:

1. In 2012, virologists in the U.S. and the Netherlands genetically engineered avian (bird) flu to be more transmissible between mammals. These scientists argued that virus transmission between mammals enables them to make vaccines to prevent pandemics.

2. In vitro fertilization is being combined with preimplantation genetic diagnosis to design babies (i.e., eye color, larger muscles, height, intelligence, etc.).

3. Scientists have enabled pigs to be organ farms for humans using genetic editing.

If this engineered flu virus accidentally got out of the laboratory (remember, we humans are mammals), it could have caused a pandemic similar to COVID-19. Will designer babies, as they mature, feel a sense of superiority and/or pass on mutations with disadvantageous effects to future generations? Should we ignore the risk of zoonotic (animal) diseases for the potential benefits of reducing the shortage of organs? Increasingly, scientists believe improving the health and safety of humankind justifies
the risk of playing God. Scientific advancement, if not guided responsibly and with public input, can be detrimental to public safety.

Join the author as he considers whether scientists are playing God as well as the risks we face by altering genetics in The New Eugenics.

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“The New Eugenics: Modifying Biological Life in the 21st Century by
Conrad B. Quintyn is a non-fiction science book that takes a deep look into
the ethics of gene manipulation and its implementation across a broad range
of fronts…I believe the middle ground is covered well by Quintyn when he
writes, “Technology should be used to help solve problems, as long as
humans do not become slaves to it.”” Jamie Michele of
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“In The New Eugenics: Modifying Biological Life in the 21st Century,
Dr. Conrad B. Quintyn builds a discussion on how eugenics is being used in
the twenty-first century, and along with it are the moral implications and
socio-political debates that it faces…Quintyn also shows us the lessons of
history and even literary works of fiction on the wrongs of the past and the
folly of misguided and unregulated experiments.” Vincent Dublado,
freelance journalist and editorial assistant of The Diplomat digital
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“This survey of the present and future of genetic engineering sounds a
powerful, persuasive alarm to science-minded readers.” BookLife

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“In this book, the author considers the ethical implications of new
eugenics and asks the question: What are the limits of genetic engineering
and how do we know when and where to draw the line.” Christian Sia of
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“An impressively thorough survey of the development of biotechnology
and the potential dangers it poses.” Kirkus Reviews

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Crossing the Rubicon: Therapy versus Elective Enhancement

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In this age of light speed advances in biotechnology, particularly genetic engineering, some bioethicists have recalled Nazi doctors and the singular nature of the Nazi “medicine” that they practiced. But many scholars have also invoked horror stories and their fictional characters, such as Frankenstein and his monster or Dr. Moreau and his half-human/half-animal creatures, like yellow traffic lights indicating caution. They also want to emphasize to the public the dangers posed by misguided or unregulated experiments or technology. A good approach is that taken by British science writer Jon Turney, who framed the problem so that everyone can make sense of their relationship with technology: “My premise is that fictional representations matter, that the science and technology we ultimately see are partly shaped by the images of the work which exist outside the confines of the laboratory report or the scientific paper.”[i] Put simply, science does not occur in a vacuum; it
interacts with the greater culture, both shaping and being shaped by public perceptions.

In Frankenstein, British author Mary Shelley told the story of young medical student Victor Frankenstein, who is obsessed with uncovering the “elixir of life.”[ii] Sharing his unfortunate story with Mr.Walton, captain of the ship that has rescued him from the Arctic ice, Frankenstein remarks:

 Life and death appeared to me ideal bounds, which I should first break
through, and pour a torrent of light into our dark world. … Pursuing
these reflections, I thought, that if I could bestow animation upon lifeless
matter, I might in the process of time … renew life where death had
apparently devoted the body to corruption.[iii]

Prior to this time, to test his hypothesis, Frankenstein constructs a human body from parts of dismembered corpses and animates it with electricity using lightning. On seeing the corpse come to life, Frankenstein is horrified. Regretting his mistake—“the wretch—the
miserable monster whom I had created”— Frankenstein runs away, rejecting his  creation.[iv] Obviously, Shelley was knowledgeable of the new science of the Enlightenment. And her complex narrative could have been a caution to scientists that they had a moral responsibility to use their science to do no harm and not violate nature. Essentially, she believed that scientists should not use their knowledge to play God.

Another British author, H. G. Wells, told a story with similar philosophical themes, including moral responsibility and violation of nature.7 Wells told the story—through his protagonist Edward Prendick—of the obsessed, immoral, formerly eminent British
physiologist Dr. Moreau whose gruesome experiments in gross anatomy (known
as vivisection in pre-twentieth-century literature) are publicly exposed.8
As a result, Moreau is forced to flee to an island in the South Pacific.
Prendick survives a shipwreck and is rescued by, and becomes a guest of, the captain of a ship. He is subsequently transported to “the island” and, in turn, becomes a reluctant guest of Mr. Montgomery, Moreau’s assistant.9 Wandering alone on the island, Prendick is
shocked when he encounters half-human/half-animal creatures. Eventually, he surmises that Moreau has been performing painful experiments, based on the loud cries he frequently hears coming from Moreau’s laboratory.10
Later, he learns that Moreau has performed experiments to convert humans to animals. However, Moreau makes a point of correcting Prendick, expressing the fact that he (Moreau) has been striving to make a complete transformation of animal to human.11

It is probably not fair to equate these science fiction novels and their flawed characters with modern scientists. As stressed throughout this book, most scientists are honorable men and women working very hard to help humankind and obtain some fame and fortune in the process. But it is interesting that, initially, Frankenstein (like modern scientists) has
honorable intentions: “I entered with the greatest diligence into the search of the philosopher’s stone and the elixir of life. But the latter obtained my most undivided attention … but what glory would attend the discovery, if I could banish disease from the human frame, and render man invulnerable to any but a violent death!”12 (italics added). And Dr. Moreau, driven by the successes in the final stage of his research, believes that the pain he has inflicted has been insignificant to the final goal: the benefits of the work outweigh the risks.13 These attitudes are common among scientists, and in countries where regulation is lax, some of these scientists might be tempted to cross the line.

There are many therapeutic treatments in medicine, some of which are available to healthy individuals as elective enhancements. As such, the concern is for therapeutic and nontherapeutic enhancements that impact animal and human physiology or genetics. These enhancements, as discussed at the beginning of this book, usher in a new type of eugenics. Ultimately, the concern here is any research (e.g., animal-human hybrids, chimeras, xenotransplantation, organic bioelectronics, gene editing, gene therapy, or
complex chemicals that alter body physiology) that crosses the boundary into the realm of the unknown, invoking the monsters of Frankenstein and Moreau and leading to the questioning of human identity.

The mixing of human and animal genetic material has a long history in biology.14 For instance, the fusion of human and animal cells to create somatic cell hybrids was a technique first used in the 1970s and 1980s to illuminate the interactions between nuclear and mitochondrial genomes. At about the same time, the United Kingdom’s HFEA licensed the transfer of human sperm to hamster eggs, thus creating a hybrid, as a diagnostic test for the quality of human sperm.15 Today, scientists argue that the hostility
of the public toard embryo destruction, coupled with the decreasing availability of human eggs, has compelled them to find alternative means, such as interspecies cloning (merging human somatic cells with eggs from other species or transplanting human iPSCs in animal embryos to advance studies in regenerative medicine).16

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Conrad B. Quintyn is an associate professor of biological anthropology at Bloomsburg University, Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania. He earned a B.A. from Baylor University and an M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Michigan. He
taught at Iowa State University and SUNY Oswego. He was a biological anthropologist for the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency located on Hickam
Air Force Base, Honolulu, Hawaii. His interests include forensic anthropology, worldwide postcranial variation, evolutionary biology, genetic engineering, medical genetics, the problem of species, and the evolution of human diseases.
 

 

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#BookTour “Unraveling the Zodiac Ciphers and Codes” by Gary P. Kirschenheuter, PH.D.

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Nonfiction / True Crime

 

Date Published: October 17, 2019

Publisher: Mindstir Media

Unraveling the Zodiac Ciphers and Codes takes the reader on a historical trek through the Zodiac letters and ciphers associated with the Zodiac murders in the 1960s. A systematic approach uncovers the messages hidden not only in the four Zodiac ciphers but, in each of the Zodiac’s letters as well, including some that have never been broken. The decrypted and unraveled ciphers reveal the identity of the people involved in the Zodiac case—including BOTH of the killers—their motivation for committing their crimes, the connection to the sinking of the Titanic, and the precise location of the death machine bomb.

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#BookTour “The Mirror Code: Breaking the Zodiac Killer Cipher Codes” by Gary P. Kirschenheuter, Ph.D.

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Breaking the Zodiac Killer Cipher Codes

Nonfiction / Serial Killers / True Crime

 

Date Published: September 28, 2021

Publisher: MindStir Media

Breaking the Zodiac Killer Ciphers and Codes presents the mathematical solutions to the Zodiac Killer’s ciphers. For the first time, the exact messages contained in these ciphers are revealed. The cipher solutions lead to the identification of the four people involved in the Zodiac group. Photographic evidence places the two men in the group at the funeral of Zodiac victim Cheri Jo Bates in 1966. Further unraveling of the Zodiac ciphers embedded in each of the letters and the Car Door cipher lead to the discovery of the Zodiac group’s grand plan. This plan describes how the dates and locations of the attacks were chosen to form a hidden code that predicted the last murder in the series. Learn how the Zodiac group evolved over time and what brought their unbridled depravity to an end, all in their own words.

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Gary Kirschenheuter is a retired research chemist. He holds a B.A. in psychology from Loyola University in New Orleans and a Ph.D. in organic chemistry from the University of New Orleans. He resides in Arvada, Colorado, with his family and remains active in his scientific pursuits.

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#BookTour “Living in Color” by Mike Murphy

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A Love Story, In Sickness and In Health

Nonfiction

 

Publication Date: October 12, 2021

Mike Murphy’s dream came true when he found the love of his life. Nine months later, he found a lump in her breast that would change the course of their love story forever. In this moving and honest memoir, Mike tells the story of his wife Margot’s nine-year battle with cancer and the courageous attitude with which she lived each day of her life. He also offers a window into the often-overlooked role of the caregiver, sharing his own struggles with unflinching honesty, humor and insight.

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Mike Murphy is a bestselling author, speaker, coach and consultant committed to helping people around the world manifest their deepest dreams. His first book, Love Unfiltered was released in September 2014 and instantly became a best-seller.

He draws from his experience as an entrepreneur who has built solid multi-million dollar businesses, notably auto dealerships and commercial real-estate. He is President and Owner of the Oakland Automotive Group, a role he has held for nearly two decades.

Mike is also the founder of the Love from Margot Foundation, which he started in 2012 in honor of his late wife, Margot Murphy, who battled advanced cancer courageously for 9 years before she passed away in 2011. The foundation supports under insured and low-income women suffering from advanced cancer with emergency funds, education, and resources direly needed in their efforts towards healing and recovery.

 

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