Welcome to Issue 78 of the SUPERIOR BOOK PRODUCTIONS newsletter!
It’s not too late to find some great summer reading. Hopefully, we still have several beach and vacation days left. Personally, I’m going on vacation in September—I prefer traveling when temperatures are cooler. I won’t say where I’m going—I’ll save that as a surprise for the next newsletter. Meanwhile, happy reading.
This Month’s Great Book Quote:
“Anovelist says in words what cannot be said in words.”
— Ursula Le Guin
K T Volante’s new zombie novel When the World Flipped will have readers breathlessly following the adventures of Lacey and her survivor companions when the world “flips” due to a strange virus that is changing the living into the living dead.
The novel opens when a flu virus has resulted in more patients than normal in the emergency room where Lacey works as a nurse. When the patients start attacking the doctors and nurses, Lacey is forced to seek shelter. She ends up in a supply closet with another nurse and a security guard. Together, they manage to fight their way out of the hospital, being joined by a young doctor along the way. Things get wilder and wilder as they are forced to defend themselves. While they make it to the safety of Lacey’s car, they watch in agony as their coworkers are assaulted and killed in the parking lot.
To read more, visit When the World Flipped.
A Long Way to School tells the fascinating life story of Seconde Nimenya, who grew up in Burundi, Africa in the 1970s.
Nimenya is the author of three other books, including Evolving Through Adversity, her award-winning memoir. A Long Way to School is her young readers edition of that book, rewritten to inspire middle and high school age readers to overcome the challenges in their own lives. Western students will discover not only how good they have it compared to people in the developing countries, but they will discover anything is possible when you are determined to succeed.
Seconde Nimenya’s story is one of relentless determination in the face of challenges and a constant desire to learn and rise above her circumstances, no matter the odds. From her early life, Nimenya refused to give up. As an infant, she crawled into a fire when her mother left the room for just a minute. Her parents had to carry her to the nearest hospital, an hour away by car, but since they didn’t have a car, they did the trip on foot.
To read more, visit A Long Way to School.
In The Mr. X Interviews: World Views from a Fictional US Sovereign Creditor, Luke Gromen recounts a conversation he has with a fictional US sovereign creditor to illustrate the current state of the United States’ economy, including why the US dollar is losing its power and what that will mean for Americans and people worldwide.
Gromen is the founder of FFTT, LLC (“Forest for the Trees”), a research firm catering to institutions and sophisticated individuals that aggregates a wide variety of macroeconomic, thematic, and sector trends in an unconventional manner to identify investable developing economic bottlenecks for his customers. His vision was to create a firm that would address the opportunity he saw created by applying what customers and former colleagues consistently described as a “unique ability to put the big picture pieces together” during a time when he saw an increasing “silo-ing” of perspectives occurring on Wall Street and in corporate America.
To read more, visit The Mr. X Interviews.
Dr. Cynthia Barnett’s life has been a series of decisions never to give up. When obstacles have arisen, she has always found innovative ways to pursue her dreams. Even when retirement came, she put a new twist on it by changing the word to refirement and finding new ways to be fulfilled. Now, in I’m Not Done Yet, she shares a series of personal stories chosen specifically to inspire others never to give up on their dreams when faced with adversity.
Today, Cynthia is an American success story. One of the first stories she tells in this book is about growing up on the Caribbean island of St. Vincent with her grandmother and siblings. Her father had left the family long before, and her mother had come to America to try to create a better life for her children and send them money when she could. However, her mother did not always have an easy time of it, and consequently, one year, she was unable to send money home for her daughters to buy new school uniforms. Cynthia, as the oldest, fretted over this situation and feared being mocked by her classmates if she and her sisters returned to school in their old uniforms. Then she had a brilliant idea. I’ll let you read for yourself what she did to resolve the situation, but more important is what she learned from this situation.
To read more, visit I’m Not Done Yet.
Mountains of Love is the latest novel from the prolific pen of Great Lakes Romances author Donna Winters. It also represents a new departure for Winters, who has previously set her novels along the Great Lakes where she has lived for many years. A few years ago, Winters moved to the Southwest and that has influenced her latest novel. Twenty-three-year-old Cedena Rossier, the book’s heroine, is from Fayette, Michigan, where Winters previously set a trilogy, but Cedena journeys to the Chicago World’s Fair in 1893 and then to Kansas City and Las Vegas, New Mexico.
The novel begins when Cedena’s aunt and uncle invite her to attend the World Fair’s in Chicago with them, where Uncle James has a booth for Paxton’s Pharmaceuticals, his own company based in Kansas City. Running the booth for him is a young man named Matthew who immediately takes a liking to Cedena.
Cedena, however, is more interested in seeing the sights at the fair than being involved with Matthew. She finds him somewhat overbearing, and when she meets handsome Orin Young and his sister Alice, who seems to like Matthew, Cedena hopes Matthew will fall for Alice while she gets to spend time with Orin.
To read more, visit Mountains of Love.
Early in Becoming Your Dream, Joan McManus offers up her book’s primary point: “You have right now the mental skills to learn to synchronize your dominant mental attitude with the higher frequencies of the ideal person you dream of becoming. By using that gift of choice that is already yours, you will, by universal law, become your dream.”
This powerful statement sets the tone for an adventure through the ten essential steps McManus explores that will bring about transformation for anyone who follows them. McManus devotes a chapter to each step, including Designing Your Dream; Test, Digesting, and Investing in Your Dream; Understanding the Power of Your Thoughts and Words; Assuming Leadership of Your Mind; and Receiving Your Abundance. To achieve your dream, McManus explains that we must familiarize ourselves with the six mental faculties that determine the life we live. She refers to these as our Higher Order Thinking Skills (HOTS). They include intuition, will, perception, imagination, reason, and memory. McManus walks us through how to use these HOTS to their highest potential to achieve the lives we currently may only dream of having.
To read more, visit Becoming Your Dream.