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Author:Yoav Limor: Photo Journalist, Ziv Koren

Publisher: Gefin Publishing House

ISBN: 972-2-538-0247

What exactly is the Israeli Defense Force (IDF)?


Author:Rafe Martin

Publisher: Wisdom Publications

ISBN: 978-1-61429-354-5

Somewhat akin to the role played by the Parables in the Christian tradition, jataka tales exemplify the key values implicit in the Buddhist religion. However, unlike the former stories and analogies, these tales all center on the experiences of the Bodhisattva, with each focused on one of the various forms that Shakyamuni Buddha assumed in his various lives that he spent on Earth before becoming fully awakened to becoming the Buddha. Reaching the highest plane of existence known as Nirvana, where suffering, desire, and sense of self and subject all end, is the final goal of Buddhism. The jatakas show, each in their own small, yet significant, way, how to get there.




Bookpleasures.com welcomes as our guest Kathryn Berla. Kathryn enjoys writing in a variety of genres including light fantasy, contemporary literary fiction, and even horror. She writes for all ages: children, middle grade, young adult, and adult.

She’s the author of the young adult novels: 12 HOURS IN PARADISE, DREAM ME, THE HOUSE AT 758, an  GOING PLACES, which received VOYA Magazine’s Perfect Ten rating.

A JOURNEY OF ORDINARY PROPORTIONS  is her middle grade novel for adults. And although ORANGE DOG, a children’s picture book, exists only in her heart, it holds a special place there.

THE KITTY COMMITTEE is her first novel written strictly for adult readers.




Bookpleasures.com welcomes as our guest, Roger Johns. Roger is a 2018 Georgia Author of Year for his debut mystery, Dark River Rising. He is a former corporate lawyer and retired college professor  with law degrees from Louisiana State University and Boston University.

During his nearly two decades as a professor, he served on the editorial staffs of several academic publications and he won numerous awards and recognitions for his teaching and his scholarly writing. Roger is the author of the Wallace Hartman Mysteries, Dark River Rising (August 2017) and River of Secrets (August 2018) from St. Martin's Press/Minotaur Books.







Author: Rowan HisayoBuchanan
Publisher: W.W. Norton & Company
ISBN: 978-1-324-00074-7


Author: Ben Rhodes

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 978-0-525-50935-6



Author:Ehud Diskin

Publisher: GREENLEAF BOOK GROUP PRESS

ISBN: 978-1-626634-516-4

Ehud Diskin, author of Lone Wolf in Jerusalem, uses the voice of David Gabinsky, a Jewish resistance fighter during World War II, to narrate his well-researched, 370-page novel.


Author: Victor del  Arbol

Publisher: Other Press

ISBN: 978-1590518458

Whew, what a read!

There is a saying “Truth is stranger than fiction.” This book, based on a true story, exemplifies the above adage.The text, spread out over three generations is a powerhouse of emotion, documenting the extreme physical and mental hardship experienced by the principal characters because of their basic will to survive in the steppes of Siberia during the early thirties. The narrative is mesmerizing, to say the least. One gets carried away by it, one lives with them as they play out their thoughts and feelings according to their interests, instincts and values.


Author:Kelly Bargabos

Publisher: Boulay Press

ISBN: 978-0-9994234-0-0


Author: Edward Johns

Publisher: EdwardJohns
ISBN Number: 13: 978-1999907402


Author:Debbie Augenthaler

Publisher: Doubleday
ISBN: 978-1-7320233-0-7


Author:Whitney Bowe, M.D.

Publisher:Little Brown
ISBN: 978-0-316-50982-4


Author: KathleenKaska

Publisher: Black Opal Books
ISBN: 978-1-62694-627-9

The main character, a woman of course, is named Kate and she has recently come back from a major elephant project in Africa. Her husband was a major league baseball player who retired to accompany her on this journey. His name is Jack. They land at her best friend and god-daughters home in Wimberly, Texas to take some time to develop the next steps in their life.


Author:Hanne Orstavik

Publisher: Archipelago Books

ISBN: 978-0-914671-94-7

Hanne Orstavik, author of Love, is Norwegian. (2018, insert) She wrote her first book at the tender age of 16. (Cut, published in 1994) She has penned a number or novels that have been translated into sixteen (16) languages. Orstavik won the Doblong Prize, an annual contest for fiction writers hosted by the Swedish Academy for authors who hail from Norway and/or Sweden. Martin Aitken translated this book.




Bookpleasures.com welcomes as our guest Kristen Wolf, author of The Way that was hailed by O, The Oprah Magazine as “A Title to Pick Up Now!”

Her second novel, ESCAPEMENT, won a 2018 IndieReader Discovery Award and received this praise: “Wolf is a masterful storyteller who has written an enchanting novel... it will resonate with anyone who has ever felt passion.”–IndieReader,

As a graduate of Georgetown University she was nominated to the Phi Beta Kappa honor society and holds an M.A. in creative writing from Hollins University. She is currently working on several innovative ventures.



Author:Kristen Wolf

Publisher: Pixeltry

ISBN: 978-0-9996103-0-5

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With her most recent richly textured and emotionally absorbing novel, Escapement Kristen Wolf illustrates her awesome ability to impart a distinctive voice to each of her women characters leading readers to an understanding of the dilemmas and ambiguities of their respective relationships through their complex psychological, sexual and philosophical mazes. Along with intense characters, Wolf intertwines music as an important theme of the narrative, which is no small undertaking, particularly when you strive, as she has masterly done, to accurately convey the emotions music conjures and the powerful persistent impact it has pertaining to her characters' lives.



Bookpleasures.com welcomes as our guest, artist, actor and now author of his memoirs, I saw A Molten White Light, Peter Mark Richman.

Peter Mark is known as Hollywood's most notorious on screen bad guy and holds the record for deaths on screen: shot, stabbed, hung, poisoned, eaten, boiled, crushed, burned, beheaded and more.

Peter Mark has appeared in over 500 guest star television roles. He has had numerous reoccurring roles in both daytime and prime time such as Santa Barbara, Dynasty, and many more.  Some of the leading ladies that Peter Mark has acted with include Florence Henderson, Sophia Loren, Cloris Leachman, Anne Baxter, Tippi Hedren, Janet Leigh, Joan Collins, Eva Marie Saint, June Allyson, Janis Page, Jane Wyman and many more. many more.






Author: DannySchuman
Publisher: Cortado Press
ISBN: 978-0-692068-526

It's certainly a provocative title: The Worst Business Model in the World: A New Kind of Guide for a New Kind of Entrepreneur. It also stretches plausibility. The worst in the entire world? Worse than one that leads to divorce, prison, suicide? One like Bernard L. Madoff  Investment Securities, LLC?





Author: Kitty Foth-Regner
Publisher: Faith HappeningsPublisher
ISBN: 978-1-941555354

This three-hundred-and-ninety-eight-page paperback targets those who enjoy books about accepting God is in control as it relates to aging. With a couple of slang words, topics of death, afterlife, and possible abuse may not be appropriate for immature readers. The ending includes the author’s biography, acknowledgments, and information regarding the publisher.


Bookpleasures.com welcomes as our guest, Michael Doyle. Michael is a journalist and author born in Wales. His words have appeared in such publications as Fangoria, Rue Morgue and Scream, affording him the opportunity to interview many celebrated filmmakers including William Friedkin, John Carpenter, Philip Kaufman, David Cronenberg, Roger Corman, Guillermo Del Toro, Ivan Reitman, Joe Dante, Paul Verhoeven, John Landis and Wes Craven.

His first book, Larry Cohen: The Stuff of Gods and Monsters, was published by BearManor Media in 2015 to critical acclaim. It traces the life and works of the independent filmmaker Larry Cohen, the man responsible for such cerebral “schlockers” as It's Alive, God Told Me To, Q – The Winged Serpent and The Stuff.


BearManor Media has just released Doyle's latest book, Hancock on Hancock, which is a candid exploration of the tumultuous career of the Academy Award-nominated writer-director John Hancock, whose films include Let's Scare Jessica to Death, Bang the Drum Slowly, Weeds, Prancer and The Looking Glass




Bookpleasures.com welcomes as our guest Dr. Bob Rich, who is the author of 20,000 books, but who has informed me that so far he’s only had time to have 17 published, because he has other things to do. His Amazon.com page describes him as an Australian writer, mudsmith, psychologist, and several other things that are none of your business. He writes in many genres, is a professional editor, and his writing has won several awards. He is also a Professional Grandfather. His aim in life is to convert our culture into one of compassion and cooperation instead of greed and conflict, because he loves so many children.



Author: Marvin Tyson

Publisher: Defiance Press &Publishing


ISBN-10:1941948035065
ISBN-13: 978-1948035064


Author: Scott Moses

Publisher: Laughing Warrior Publishing (June 14, 2018)

Publication Date: June 14, 2018

Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC

ASIN: B07CTCXY1M


Author: Doug Brendel

Publisher: Doug Brendel; Dragonhead Press

ISBN: 978-1984923844


Author: Tarra JudsonStariell

Publisher: Ranch House Press

ISBN: 978-0-9992955-0-2

ISBN: 978-0-9992955-1-9 (ePub)

ISBN: 978-0-9992955-2-6 (mobi)



Author:Michael Carlon

Publisher: Michael Carlon

ISBN: 978-0-9979839-5-1




Author: Linda Stephen
Publisher: Robert Rose
ISBN:978-0-7788-0616-5


Author: N. A. Granger

Publisher: Copper Ledge, Inc.

ISBN: 13-978069210470


Author: AnnieHogsett
Publisher: Poisoned Pen Press
ISBN: 978-1-4642-0-9994


Annie Hogsett sets up an interesting situation for her "Somebody's Bound to Wind Up Dead Mystery" series. In the first book, Too Lucky to Live, (which I have not read and which is not necessary to read to enjoy Murder to the Metal), Thomas Bennington III a blind professor at Cleveland's Case-Western Reserve University buys a lottery ticket to show a young friend that it's a waste of money and unfortunately wins the $550,000,000 MondoMegaJackpot. At that point, Tom has already met Alice (Allie) Jane Harper, who narrates both books. Complications ensue.




Author: CelesteNg
Publisher: Penguin Press
ISBN: 978-0-7352-2429-2


Author: DanFesperman
ISBN: 0525520198
Publisher: Knopf


Author: Mark A. Cymrot

Publisher: Twelve Tables Press

ISBN: 978-1-946074-19-5


Author: G PJames
Publisher: Wyatt-MacKenzie Publishing
ISBN: 978-1-948018-07-4




Author: Michelle Staubach Grimes
Illustrator: BillDeore
Publisher: Pidge Media
ISBN: 978-0-9908420-1-9




Bookpleasures.com welcomes as our guest Vicki Salloum author of Candyland and Faulkner & Friends, and one novella, A Prayer to Saint Jude. Her most recent novel Waiting For You At Midnight has just been published.




Author: Vicki Salloum

Publisher: Moonshine Cove Publishing

ISBN: 978-1-945181-368


Author: Steven Saylor

Publisher: Minotaur Books

ISBN: 978-1-250-08712-6





Author: Michael Haibach
Publisher: MJH Publishing
ISBN:978-1981923083




Bookpleasures.com welcomes as our guest John Harvey, owner of Cornerstone Real Estate Investment Services, a branch office of Sandlapper Securities LLC (Member FINRA, SIPC) who has authored together with his colleagues Trawnegan Gall and David Kangas, all of whom are licensed securities representatives of Sandlapper Securities LLC, Modern Real Estate Investing: The Delaware Statutory Trust.






Authors: John Harvey, Trawnegan Gall and David Kangas

Publisher: Page Publishing, Inc
ISBN: 978-1-64298-342-5



There are tons of books concerning real estate investments. Some are quite good, others are of questionable quality, and some just give the reader abominable advice. One that falls into the category of being more than quite good is Modern Real Estate Investing: The Delaware Statutory Trust that was put together by John Harvey, owner and general securities principal of Cornerstone Real Estate Investment Services, with his colleagues Trawnegan Gall and David Kangas, both of whom are licensed securities representatives of the same company.


Author Debra Finerman,Author

Publisher: Stewart’s Grove Press
ISBN: 978-0-99981-081-1


Author: Ben Feder

Publisher: Radius BookGroup
ISBN: 978-1-63576-367-6



Author: Issac J. Bailey

Publisher: Other Press
ISBN:978-1-59051-860-1


Author:Michael Carlon

Publisher: Michael Carlon
ISBN: 978-0-9979839-1-3


Author:Don Graham

Publishers: St. Martin’s Press

ISBN: 978-1-250-06190-4



Bookpleasures.com welcomes as our guest Daniel A. Miller author of the bestselling Losing Control, Finding Serenity and The Gifts of Acceptance: Embracing People and Things as They Are.

After graduating from UCLA with honors in business administration, Daniel then went on to rank in the top five percent of his class at UCLA School of Law.

While still in his twenties, he became a popular real estate instructor in the UCLA extension program; in his thirties, he wrote a respected professional book, How to Invest in Real Estate Syndicates (Dow Jones-Irwin, 1978).

He later founded the California Institute of Real Estate Education, which offered state-licensed seminars to thousands of real-estate professionals, and achieved financial success as a real estate investment advisor to celebrities and the wealthy.

After suffering a series of traumatic events, he began a new journey, learning to surrender to the ups and downs of life. In the process, he became an artist, a published poet, a champion senior tennis player, a happily married man, and a much wiser parent.

He now writes and speaks about the profound benefits of letting go of control and practising acceptance.




Author: Daniel A. Miller

Publisher: Ebb and Flow Press

ISBN-10: 0982893051 ISBN-13: 978-0982893050



Author: Terrence McCauley

Publisher: Polis Books

ISBN: 978-1-947993-05-1



Author: AntoineKanamugire, M.D

Publisher: Balboa Press

ISBN:  978-1504397131




AUTHOR: Laurie R. King

PUBLISHER: Bantam Books

ISBN: 978-0804177962 Hardcover

ISBN: 978-0804177979 E-book



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