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Finlay, Barry

Kilimanjaro and Beyond - A Life-Changing Journey

Author: Barry Finlay

Synopsis: BARRY FINLAY and his son CHRIS sit propped against a rock, struggling to draw a breath on Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa’s highest mountain. Their destination is tantalizingly close but what happens next will be determined by their health and the weather. In their hands is a Canadian flag bearing the names of over 200 people who contributed to helping a desperate community in Tanzania. Kilimanjaro and Beyond is an award winning book that is inspirational, thought provoking and entertaining. Follow along on the journey and realize that nothing is more satisfying than reaching a goal and giving others the opportunity to achieve theirs. 252 pp. 

ISBN: 978-145750-392-4

Price: $17.95

Available: amazon.ca, ChaptersIndigo.ca, amazon.com

Contact: info@keeponclimbing.com; www.keeponclimbing.com; www.facebook.com/authorbarryfinlay; 613-240-6953

The Vanishing Wife

Author: Barry Finlay

Title: The Vanishing Wife

Author: Barry Finlay

Synopsis: Mild-mannered accountant Mason Seaforth is forced to exchange his spreadsheets for a Glock 17 after his wife Sami disappears the night of their 20th wedding anniversary. He and Sami’s irrepressible friend, Marcie Kane, follow a trail from their hometown of Gulfport, Florida to Ottawa, Canada. Mason must make decisions that he could never have imagined. The wrong one could result in death to his entire family. 295 pp. 

ISBN: 978-0-9938910-0-7

Price: $14.95

Available: Amazon paperback; Amazon Kindle; Chapters (Kobo); Amazon; Sony (Kobo Books); Barnes and Noble; Apple ITunes

Contact: Barry Finlay, 121 Baroness Dr., Nepean, ON., K2G 6Z2, 613-240-6953 www.keeponclimbing.com

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Fowler, T. Robert

 

 

Courage Rewarded: The Valour of Canadian Soldiers Under Fire 1900-2011

Author: Fowler, T. Robert

Synopsis: The book answers the question of what is “courage in battle” by describing the bravery of Canadian soldiers in the wars they have been involved in, from the South African War of 1900 to Afghanistan in 2011.

ISBN: 978-1490472355

Price: $24.95

Available: Selected Chapters stores in the Ottawa area or from the the author at www.couragerewarded.com.

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Ghanem, Qais

 

 

Final Flight from Sanaa

Author: Qais Ghanem

Synopsis: When Tariq Hakim introduced himself to Colin Lawler one night in a quiet pub, he had no idea that this simple gesture would eventually lead him to imprisonment in his homeland of Yemen. Lawler, a lawyer, has a Libyan client who wishes to deliver much-needed medical equipment to Yemen. Hakim, a doctor who speaks the language and knows the culture, seems a perfect match to facilitate the transaction. However, while in Yemen, a favor to an old friend finds him breaking centuries-old social taboos as he is faced with the dilemma of reconciling his responsibilities to an abused female patient and respecting the culture and people of his youth. He endures torture at the hands of one of his old medical students. But a one night of passion with a beautiful Danish woman leads to rescue, while a coup d'état is being planned. 252 pp. 

ISBN: e-book: ISBN 978-0-9919412-1-6; Soft Cover: 978-1-926945-12-5

Price: e-book $2.99; soft cover $15.00

Available: amazon.com for e-book; Bookstores: Ottawa: Octopus, 116 Third Ave, Chapters South Keys, Books on Beachwood; Kingston: Novel Idea, 156 Princess Street; Montreal: Middle East Bookstore, 877, Décarie; UK London: Arthur Probsthain, 41 Great Russell Street & Heywood Hill, Curzon St.

Contact: www.dialoguewithdiversity.com; ghanems@rogers.com 613-265-4654

From Left To Right

Author: Qais Ghanem

Synopsis: A unique book of verse, traditional style, running from left to right (hence the title) in English, and from right to left, in Arabic. Should be appreciated by those who, like the author, are bilingual in these two languages. Poems about love, life, longing and belonging. 166 pp.

ISBN: 978-0-9919412-0-9

Price: $10.00

Available: Bookstores: Ottawa: Octopus, 116 Third Ave, Chapters South Keys, Books on Beachwood; Kingston: Novel Idea, 156 Princess Street; Montreal: Middle East Bookstore, 877, Décarie; UK London: Arthur Probsthain, 41 Great Russell St., Heywood Hill, Curzon St.

Contact: www.dialoguewithdiversity.com; ghanems@rogers.com 613-265-4654

My Arab Spring. My Canada

Authors: Qais Ghanem, Elie M. Nasrallah

Synopsis: An essential guide for Arab-Canadians and a fascinating resource for anyone interested in the dynamics of immigration and assimilation. Of particular note is the chapter titled “The Hot Issue of Women and Hijab,” in which the realities of a culture clash are perhaps most evident: acceptable modes of dress, the prospect of dating outside of the community and even the practice of female genital mutilation. In the final chapter, Ghanem and Nasrallah call for greater understanding between the generations and also suggest ways for Arab-Canadians to fully participate in all aspects of society, from sports to politics, media, academia, business and the armed forces. Despite occasional editing issues, the book is well-organized and full of interesting factoids about Canadian immigration, both in general terms and specifically with regard to the Arab Diaspora - KIRKUS BOOK REVIEW. 174 pp. 

ISBN: 978-1478387299

Price: $12.00

Available: amazon.com; Bookstores: Ottawa: Octopus, 116 Third Ave, Chapters South Keys, Books on Beachwood; Kingston: Novel Idea, 156 Princess Street; Montreal: Middle East Bookstore, 877, Décarie; UK London: Arthur Probsthain, 41 Great Russell St., Heywood Hill, Curzon St.

Contact: www.dialoguewithdiversity.com; ghanems@rogers.com 613-265-4654

Two Boys from Aden College

Author: Qais Ghanem

Synopsis: Ahmad and Hasan, close friends, were two of the brightest students at Aden College in Yemen. They traveled together to Britain, where Ahmad studied medicine in Edinburgh and Hasan studied law in London. However, politics and ambition changed all that! Hasan returns to Aden, where he gets married to none other than Ahmad’s sister, Salma, who adores him. Hasan’s career is successful and he becomes a high-ranking, influential minister of justice. Meanwhile, Ahmad develops a good reputation as a physician, but diagnoses murder by the police, and has to flee in disguise. Fate brings them back together in Sanaa, where the circumstances are dire. Ahmad’s forensic training incriminates one of the president’s in-laws, a sheikh accused of murdering a burglar. But Hasan protects the sheikh, and wants to put his brother-in-law in jail. Help comes from a teenaged prostitute. 291 pp. 

ISBN: 978-1-46979-626-0

Price: e-book: $3.99; soft cover: $18.95

Available: iUniverse.com; Bookstores: Ottawa: Octopus, 116 Third Ave, Chapters South Keys, Books on Beachwood; Kingston: Novel Idea, 156 Princess Street; Montreal: Middle East Bookstore, 877, Décarie; UK London: Arthur Probsthain, 41 Great Russell St., Heywood Hill, Curzon St.

Contact: www.dialoguewithdiversity.com; ghanems@rogers.com 613-265-4654

Forbidden Love in the Land of Sheba

Author: Qais Ghanem

Synopsis:
15 year old Hana has a crush on her 20 years old cousin Farook. However, he leaves to study medicine in Scotland. Her parents force her to marry another cousin, twice her age, a fat abusive chauvinistic brute. Ten years later, she has no children, and sinks into depression. Farook returns to Sanaa to set up an eye clinic next door.
She attempts suicide with sleeping pills, but Farook rushes over with his Indian nurse, with a gastric pump and rescues her. During follow up visits, the embers of her teenage love are reignited, and she declares her love to Farook, who learns about Gihad's brutality. She also confides stories about the involvement of her husband, and his brother Hamed, in arms sales, gang rapes and murder for organ harvesting from female medical students.

You can purchase the book from: http://www.qaisghanem.ca/book/forbidden-love-in-the-land-of-sheba/

Gillen, Geri (Newell)

Quite Perfectly Dead

Synopsis: Joe Cameron, a Montreal ex-cop turned Private Eye, is hired by a woman to investigate the death of her brother, which occurred within hours of playing in a poker tournament in Las Vegas. The local police have concluded that the death was a suicide, but the sister doesn't buy it. Cameron flies to Vegas to find out the truth. The suicide theory appears to hold water, and Cameron returns to Montreal with the corpse. But after a second body is discovered in Vegas, under very similar circumstances, an investigation is launched and a cross-border task force is formed between Las Vegas and Montreal. The Vegas cop who worked both crime scenes is sent to Montreal to partner with a cop who happens to be Cameron's best friend. Cameron jumps in with both feet to help, his passion for solving crimes only surpassed by his love of women, booze, poker, and Chinese food.

SBN 978-1-928049-45-6

Published in Canada  by Deux Voiliers Publishing, 2016

Paperbacks are available from amazon.ca amazon.com amazon.co.uk amazon.fr amazon.de 

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E-Books​ from Kobo  

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Graham, Barbara Florio

Mewsings/Musings

Author: Barbara Florio Graham

Synopsis: Mewsings/Musings is a 'flip' book containing award-winning humor by Barbara Florio Graham back to back with her celebrity cat, Simon Teakettle (a frequent contributor to CBC radio in Canada as well as CATS Magazine). 80 pages with a laminated color cover and a removable poster, this book won a Certificate of Excellence in the international CWA contest in 2002.

ISBN: 0-9689196-0-x

Price: $15 + Shipping and Handling

Available: www.SimonTeakettle.com, simon@storm.ca

Contact: The author simon@storm.ca

Five Fast Steps to Better Writing

Author: Barbara Florio Graham

Synopsis: Five Fast Steps to Better Writing is designed to ease the way for the hesitant writer as well as to help good writers become better. The 20th anniversary edition includes a new section especially for freelancers. Full description at www.SimonTeakettle.com.. 128pp.

ISBN: 0-9689196-2-6

Price: $18 + Shipping and Handling

Available: directly from the author at simon@storm.ca

Contact: The author simon@storm.ca, http://www.simonteakettle.com/

Five Fast Steps to Low-Cost Publicity

Author: Barbara Florio Graham

Synopsis: Called 'the best p.r. primer we've ever seen' by the Editor of Writing for Money, and 'not only informative but practically indispensable' by Canadian Fund Raiser, Five Fast Steps to Low-Cost Publicity has been excerpted in Canadian Living, P.R. Quarterly, Canadian Writer's Guide, and many Canadian and U.S. newsletters. It offers clear instructions on all aspects of promotion and publicity for non-profit organizations, small businesses, and individuals. 94 pp., spiral binding to lie flat; full-size examples of letters and press releases. 

ISBN: 0 9689196-1-8

Price: $18 + Shipping and Handling

Available: Order from www.SimonTeakettle.com, simon@storm.ca

Contact: The author simon@storm.ca

Green, Gila

No Entry

Author: Gila Green

Broken-hearted after losing her brother in a terrorist attack, 17-year-old Yael Amar seeks solace on an elephant conservation program in South Africa’s Kruger National Park.

Catapulted into a world harmonious with nature, and dazzled by her new best friend, Yael reunites with her devoted boyfriend, and becomes fascinated by a local ranger. Then, she sees something shocking.

With her newfound heaven now seething with blood and betrayal, she must keep a secret from the people she loves most to protect them and stand against the murderous forces that threaten Kruger. But will taking a stand do more harm than good?https://stormbirdpress.com/book/no-entry/

White Zion

Author: Gila Green

This novel-in-stories takes readers into the worlds of 19th century Yemen, pre-State Israel, modern Israel and modern Canada. You will hear the voices of a young boy marveling at Israel's first air force on his own roof, the cry of a newly married woman helpless to defend herself against her new husband's desires, the anger of the heroine's uncle as he reveals startling secrets about his marriage and the fall-out after generations of war. 

https://www.amazon.com/White-Zion-Gila-Green/dp/1950063127  

Passport Control

Author: Gila Green

Miriam Gil knows little about Israel. Her father won’t talk about his life there or the brother he left behind when he came to Canada. Hurt and angry when he tells her to move out to make room for his new girlfriend, she enrolls in an Israeli university. She falls in love with Guy, a former combat soldier who dreams of peace. 

Miriam is caught off guard when her visa and passport application are rejected on the grounds that she’s suspected of being a Syrian Christian. In rapid order, the university boots her out, her one friend is killed in a brawl, and Miriam is accused of murder by Israeli police. 
Despite troubling revelations about her father’s past, Miriam must reconcile with him if she is to prove her innocence, reclaim her life, and hang on to her new found love.https://www.amazon.com/Passport-Control-Gila-Green/dp/163320054X

King of the Class

Author: Gila Green

Eve and Manny are engaged in post-civil war Israel. Eve studies at the Hebrew University for Jewish Renewal, an island of militant secularism in the religiously-run Shalem State, while Manny is an unemployed graduate student with a secret: he is falling in love with his religious roots and turning his back on modern moral relativism. As their wedding date approaches, Manny deserts Eve, then devastates her a second time with the revelation that he has pre-empted their wedding with a marriage to a new lifestyle. In the midst of this betrayal, Eve collides with a pre-soul who has had his out-of-this-world eyes on her all along. The collision leaves Eve with a choice: reconcile with Manny or else condemn a soul to never living.

Now, more than a decade later, the couple live with their three children off the Tel Aviv Coast on the manmade Yovel Islands. But Eve's uncanny encounter has left a mark and she now has her own secret, one that may save her only son's life, or else tear her family apart. King of the Class is a futuristic satire on the toxic brew of religion and politics in modern Israel, poking a playful finger at parental gold-digging and technological dependence.   

https://www.amazon.com/King-Class-Gila-Green/dp/1926942140  

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Hamilton, Seymour

 

 

The Laughing Princess

Author: Seymour Hamilton

Synopsis: Petra and Daniel discover a stone on a lonely beach that holds a dragon who tells them stories of a laughing princess, an accidental wizard, a blind lover, a poet, a warrior, a witch, a vain girl, a thief of hearts musician, an escape from a pirate and then a chance to sail The Laughing Princess. pp. 138. Fiction, children (12 up).
The Laughing Princess can be heard read by the author at target='_blank'>SeymourHamilton.com or on Podiobooks.com. 

ISBN: 978-1499310184

Price: $20

Available: In print or ebook from Açedrex.com, Amazon.ca, Kaleidoscope (1018 Bank Street) Perfect Books (158 Elgin),The Book Nook (Perth) or through the author

Contact: Colophon@storm.ca; SeymourHamilton.com; 819.921.5946, 745 Route 105 Chelsea QC J9B 1P1

The Astreya Trilogy, Book 1, The Voyage South

Author: Seymour Hamilton

Synopsis: When Astreya is 17, his widowed mother gives him his father’s knife, a riddling notebook and a bracelet with a strange jewel. He sails into adventure: shipwreck, betrayal, slavery, night escapes, secret passages, treacherous relatives, unexpected allies. pp. 383. Fiction, young adult.
The Voyage South can be heard read by the author at SeymourHamilton.com or on Podiobooks.com. 

ISBN: 978-1-61179-190-7

Price: $20

Available: In print or ebook from fireshippress.com, amazon.ca, Kaleidoscope (1018 Bank Street) Perfect Books (158 Elgin),The Book Nook (Perth) or through the author

Contact: Colophon@storm.ca; SeymourHamilton.com; 819.921.5946, 745 Route 105 Chelsea QC J9B 1P1

The Astreya Trilogy, Book 2, The Men of the Sea

Author: Seymour Hamilton

Synopsis: Aboard the great ship Cygnis, Astreya learns from his grandfather Oron how to use the shipstones, but he still yearns for Lindey, who is working ashore. Further deceptions, devilment and treachery, a life-and-death sailing race, combat at sea, reunification and misunderstanding. pp. 317. Fiction, young adult.
The Men of the Sea can be heard read by the author at target='_blank'>SeymourHamilton.com or on Podiobooks.com. 

ISBN: 978-1-61179-191-4

Price: $20

Available: In print or ebook from fireshippress.com, amazon.ca, Kaleidoscope (1018 Bank Street) Perfect Books (158 Elgin),The Book Nook (Perth) or through the author

Contact: Colophon@storm.ca; SeymourHamilton.com; 819.921.5946, 745 Route 105 Chelsea QC J9B 1P1

The Astreya Trilogy, Book 3, The The Wanderer's Curse

Author: Seymour Hamilton

Synopsis: As the Men of the Sea search for Astreya and the navigation stones, Lindey takes Astreya and his friends to Matris, but much has changed. As they begin to resolve their difficulties, a gossipy old man on a horse misrepresents the past, forcing all five to flee Ships and boats race to the Village, where Astreya must prove himself, face the worst and the best aspects of his inheritance and find his destiny and love. pp. 280. Fiction, young adult.
The Wanderer’s Curse can be heard read by the author at SeymourHamilton.com or on Podiobooks.com. 

ISBN: 978-1-61179-192-1

Price: $20

Available: In print or ebook from fireshippress.com, amazon.ca, Kaleidoscope (1018 Bank Street) Perfect Books (158 Elgin),The Book Nook (Perth) or through the author

Contact: Colophon@storm.ca; SeymourHamilton.com; 819.921.5946, 745 Route 105 Chelsea QC J9B 1P1

The Hippies Who Meant It

Author: Seymour Hamilton

Synopsis: The Hippies Who Meant It  is a novel about American and Canadian 60s people who dropped out and went back to the land.  Equipped with equal parts of optimism and naïveté, Joe, Dick and Beth embark on an experiment in living off grid and outside the social norms into which they had been born, educated and trained. Near them on Nova Scotia's North Mountain are other young idealists, drop-outs, and people distancing themselves from the Vietnam War, many of whom do not last the first winter.  The story spans a decade during which the three and their hardier neighbours deal with the stresses, comedies and tragedies of their lives as they become the hippies who meant it.

Self-published, 2015

 

ISBN: 978-0-9949499-0-5 (paperback) 978-0-9949499-1-2 (e-book)

Price: paperback Canada $20, USA $15;  

Available: Amazon,  Amazon Kindle,  or Seymour Hamilton, 745 Route 105, Chelsea, QC, J9B1P1 819.827.1338. Soon: Perfect Books.

Visit SeymourHamilton.com for excerpts, comments, reviews.

 

The Hippies Who Meant It Audiobook

Author: Seymour Hamilton

The Hippies Who Meant It is available as an audiobook, e-book and paperback.  You can download the audiobook at  https://www.scribl.com/books/E8HXS/the-hippies-who-meant-it  and for the present — if you are among the first to do so —  you’ll receive both the audiobook and the ebook free.  

 

You can read about the book, and its first chapter, and also admire its beautifully appropriate cover, at SeymourHamilton.com

 

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Hegyi, Frank

 

 

Journey to the Big World

Author: Frank Hegyi

Synopsis: This book contains inspirational stories from the life of a man who dared to take the next step in search for adventures, including: Experiences as freedom fighter in the 1956 Hungarian student revolution, narrowly escaping execution; Living in refugee camps and daring to enter University as a high school dropout and succeeding in earning two college degrees; Leading expeditions in the Amazon jungle, surviving attacks by wild animals and crew; Travelling as research scientist and high tech entrepreneur throughout the world representing his adopted country (Canada); Encounters with the KGB while visiting Soviet Union as member of a scientific delegation; and Climbing up the ladder in service clubs to the position of District Governor, Kiwanis International. The stories in the book exemplify the saying: 'the difficult we do right away, the impossible takes a little longer'. 

ISBN: 978-1-897449-46-2

Price: $19.00 + GST

Available: http://www.hegyipublication.com/ and on Amazon.com Frank Hegyi

Contact: 1701 Kilborn Avenue Apt 615 Ottawa Ontario K1H 6M8,

Death Can Wait: Stories from Cancer Survivors

Author: Frank Hegyi

Synopsis: The Grim Reaper will be waiting for all of us - it is inevitable, it is the nature of things. Read, in their own words, the stories of people who said: Not now! Go away! I still have so much to do. All 36 contributors are cancer survivors. They believe that cancer can be beaten. Early diagnosis, effective medical treatments, diets and healthy lifestyle are all important elements for surviving cancer, as well as positive attitude at the time of diagnosis and during treatments. The 4 authors and 32 cancer survivors decided to share their stories with newly diagnosed patients in an effort to provide moral support while they are fighting their courageous battles. These stories provide an insight into the incredible courage of some of the people who have received the news which initially appeared to be a death sentence. Others have treated the news as a wakeup call to make changes in their life styles. Then there are stories of emotional crisis and the challenges of surviving this dreaded disease. 

ISBN: 978-1-897449-57-8

Price: $22.95

Available: http://www.hegyipublication.com/ and on Amazon.com Frank Hegyi

Contact: 1701 Kilborn Avenue Apt 615 Ottawa Ontario K1H 6M8,

If it wasn’t for celibacy... I would have been a priest

City, State

Synopsis: Reality checks on religion, politics and life are provided by entertaining and humorous short stories that expose some out-dated religious traditions and political ideologies. 258 pages.

ISBN: 978-0-9812495-3-7

Price: $19.95

Available: http://www.hegyipublication.com/ and on Amazon.com Frank Hegyi

Contact: 1701 Kilborn Avenue Apt 615 Ottawa Ontario K1H 6M8,

The Stroke – That Change My Life

Author: Frank Hegyi

Synopsis: On February 19, 2011, I was having breakfast with my daughter and my wife when the whole life took an unusual turn: I had a stroke. During the trip to the hospital, I was at peace with the world. Within an hour, I was in a coma for four weeks and when I got up, I could say 20 words and my right side was paralyzed. I was in hospital for five months. I got rid of the paralysis and three years later, my vocabulary is back to 70 percent of what was before. The book describes my recovery. 160 pages. 

ISBN: 978-0-9812495-4-4

Price: $15.00

Available: http://www.hegyipublication.com/ and on Amazon.com Frank Hegyi

Contact: 1701 Kilborn Avenue Apt 615 Ottawa Ontario K1H 6M8,

The Three Revolutionaries

Author: Frank Hegyi

Synopsis: My great-great grandfather, a Hungarian nobleman, visited the Hapsburg Castle on many occasions. The Estate in western Hungary and it was about 150 kilometers to the north-west to Vienna. He joined the 1848 revolution and was killed as a member of the Hungarian patriarchy. His estate was confiscated and my great grandfather was brought up as a citizen in Szemegye, Vas megye. My grandfather tried to rebuild the family fortune and succeeded to a certain aspect but my father lost it in 1952 as part of the collectivisation. My Uncle Istvan was imprisoned for 5 years because he crossed the border to Yougslavia and the border gourd handed him back to Hungary. He was sentenced to death but when Nagy became the Prime Minister, he was freed. I grew up while my father fought the government and we became very poor. So, in 1956 I joined the revolution against the Soviet occupation. Our insurrection was defeated in November 4, 1956 and I escaped only 3 hours before youth leaders, including myself, were to be executed.
The following book covers the stories of my family's part in the revolutions. My great-great grandfather died as part of the patriarchy. My Uncle spent 5 years in a death camp, and I escaped to the west and rebuilt my life as a scientist, government employee and an entrepreneur.
ISBN: 978-0-9940201-2-3
Price: $15.00
Contact: 1701 Kilborn Avenue Apt 615 Ottawa Ontario K1H 6M8
Available: www.hegyipublication.com Frank Hegyi

Should we believe in God, Allah or other Deities?

Author: Frank Hegyi

Synopsis: This book is about religion and highlighting the different worships that people are engaging. The aim of the book is to present an unbiased view that all religious beliefs are leading the way to a Supreme Being they call it God, Allah or other deities.
I have had the experience beyond this life. When I was 72 years, I had a severe Stroke. I was un-conscious for 4 weeks and the doctors told my family to prepare for the worst. My sprit seemed to have left my body in an un-conscious way. The doctors put me in a coma, and my spirit was waiting, will I return?  I was hoping that the time is not yet to die, I wanted to see my family again.  When I woke up after 4 weeks in a coma, I saw my wife holding my hand, and it was reassuring. I could only say "Hi" but, it was my communication! I was alive and I wanted to be well again. I had the Stroke 6 years ago. I did recover my vocabulary in English (80%) and Hungarian (50%), and my ability to walk is about 90%. I am 100% back at work, working on a publication of an article for a journal (I am a research scientist), and in the evening, I am writing my books (6th one and continuing).
After this review at age 78 years old, I believe that there is a supreme being called God, Allah or other Deities. The gender is neutral but he/she/it watches over us. It is wrong to fight over the love of God. The Supreme Being loves all of us. Through religion, we get together in a congregation and we rejoice in loving one another.
ISBN: 978-0994020147

Contact: 1701 Kilborn Avenue Apt 615 Ottawa Ontario K1H 6M8Available: www.hegyipublication.com Frank Hegyi

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Hooper, Emma

2017 Frank Hegyi Award Winner

Etta and Otto and Russell and James

Author: Emma Hooper

Synopsis: Eighty-three-year-old Etta has never seen the ocean. So early one morning she takes a rifle, some chocolate, and her best boots and begins walking the 3,232 kilometers from rural Saskatchewan, Canada eastward to the sea. As Etta walks further toward the crashing waves, the lines among memory, illusion, and reality blur. Otto wakes to a note left on the kitchen table. “I will try to remember to come back,” Etta writes to her husband. Otto has seen the ocean, having crossed the Atlantic years ago to fight in a far-away war. He understands. But with Etta gone, the memories come crowding in and Otto struggles to keep them at bay. Meanwhile, their neighbor Russell has spent his whole life trying to keep up with Otto and loving Etta from afar. Russell insists on finding Etta, wherever she’s gone. Leaving his own farm will be the first act of defiance in his life.

Moving from the hot and dry present of a quiet Canadian farm to a dusty, burnt past of hunger, war, and passion, from trying to remember to trying to forget, Etta and Otto and Russell and James is an astounding literary debut “of deep longing, for reinvention and self-discovery, as well as for the past and for love and for the boundless unknown” (San Francisco Chronicle). 

Etta and Otto and Russell and  James is published by Penguin Canada.

 

 

 

Humphrey, Neven

 

 

 

The Honourable Athletes

Author: Neven Humphrey

Synopsis: As in all international sports events, the 10th editions of both the Summer and Winter Honour Games had, among its participants, athletes with some very interesting stories to tell. Athletes such as Carlo Jones Coyote, an American track athlete who runs the Marathon, even though ‘Everyone knows that coyotes are sprinters, not pacers’; Anisette Thorbjornsdottir Arctic-Fox, from Iceland, who doesn’t let something as ‘minor’ as an injury stop her from competing in her favourite sport: snowboarding; and Denis Rebazov Silver-Fox, a black-furred Russian fox, born of red-furred parents, who’s determined to prove that it’s not what colour your fur is that’s important, but what’s in your heart. In all, 15 stories from athletes from different countries and different sports, but all with a very a special message to convey. 165 pp. 

ISBN: 978-1-897449-03-5

Price: $15

Available: Baico Publishing Consultants Inc. 294 Albert St. Ottawa ON 613-829-5141

Contact: Neven Humphrey www.nevenhumphrey.com; neven_humphrey@hotmail.com

More Honourable Athletes

Author: Neven Humphrey

Synopsis: As you may have guessed, there are more stories about the athletes at the Summer and Winter Honour Games. Stories such as Vo Su Noo-Rung-Yee, a short-track speed-skater from Korea who has to deal with bullies at her skating club; Alexandra Trob Pine-Marten, a long-track speed-skater from Norway who wants to prove that, sports-wise, females are not always the ‘weaker’ gender; and The Chinese males’ soccer team who, even though they were predicted to finish last in their tournament at the Games, want to prove that sometimes impressions can be wrong. Proving that with enough determination, you can accomplish your goals. 219 pp. 

ISBN: 978-1-926596-51-8

Price: $15

Available: Baico Publishing Consultants Inc. 294 Albert St. Ottawa ON 613-829-5141

Contact: Neven Humphrey www.nevenhumphrey.com; neven_humphrey@hotmail.com

Dr. Jekyll's Foxes

Author: Neven Humphrey

Zoya was an only cub, born to a vixen named Tanja at the Hovolsk Tame Fox Farm, just north of Kyiv, Ukraine.  And for the first six months of her life, she was trained to be a perfect house pet.

But soon after being adopted by the Karazyuks, Zoya sensed something menacing approaching her cage,…and the next thing she knew, she was in her master’s arms, back in her master’s house, and her face was covered with blood.  (What had just happened?)

Soon the menace was confirmed, in the shape of a local hunter; and fearing for their pet’s life, the Karazyuks gave Zoya to family friends, the Mirenkos.  There, Zoya met Oxen, a male fox with strange powers.  From him, and from a mysterious fox living in a nearby orphanage, Zoya discovered that she was one of six foxes who had been born with strange powers.

But a dark cloud was floating over all of them.  And if Zoya and Oxen couldn’t figure it out, it might just be their death cloud!  224pp.

ISBN: 978-99117279-0-2

Price: $20

Available: Baico Publishing Consultants Inc. 294 Albert St. Ottawa ON 613-829-5141

Contact: Neven Humphrey www.nevenhumphrey.com; neven_humphrey@hotmail.com

Tales of Conscience

Author: Neven Humphrey

What gets your goat?  What makes you angry?  Your sibling, your neighbour, your government?  Wouldn't you like to do something about it, without running the risk of going to jail?  Myself, I decided to take on many things that annoy me, and knock them down a peg or two through writing.  For example, I took on: narcissism, through a letter from the (obviously) fictitious Perfectly Sane Club; skeptics, through a dialogue with a man who does not believe in atoms or evolution; bullying, through the story of a nerd who gets back at his classmates at their 20th anniversary reunion.  And many more.  So if I can do it, you can, too! 234 pp. 

ISBN: 978-1-77216-051-2

Price: $23

Available: Baico Publishing Consultants Inc. 294 Albert St. Ottawa ON 613-829-5141

Contact: Neven Humphrey www.nevenhumphrey.com; neven_humphrey@hotmail.com

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