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Four Noble Truths by J.D. Buxton Book Feature


Title: Four Noble Truths

Author: J.D. Buxton

Publisher: iUniverse

Pages: 397

Genre: Action/Adventure

Format: Paperback/Kindle

Dragon is a handsome, passionate and deeply devoted young man with a hidden, horrible past that haunts him into his present life. After suffering unimaginable abuse in a child pornography ring in Taiwan and an addiction to Heroin, Dragon’s only light on a path of darkness is his love, Raven, who more than fulfills his physical and emotional needs.

United by the organization that found and ultimately saved Dragon, he and Raven happily bask in the love of an adopted family of lost souls touched by similar pasts that includes their mentor Sensei, and Wax and Sarge, Dragon’s right-hand men. As they execute their missions to explore the underbelly of the world of human trafficking and the sex trade, and serve the purpose of the organization: to right the wrongs, they have no idea the path they are on will lead them to unlock the door to their freedom.

In this compelling story about redemption, love and fate, a young man, his love and his devoted team embark on a dangerous journey to execute vigilante justice for one purpose; to seek out and eliminate the perpetrators of the very crimes from which they all suffered.

J D Buxton was born and raised in Southern Ontario. After graduating from college, she pursued a career in sales and marketing and lived in Vancouver, British Columbia and Calgary, Alberta where she raised her family. She is married with three children and currently resides in Southern Ontario where she enjoys all things equine, country and western music and home cooking.


William R. Leibowitz, Author of Miracle Man, Winner Best Thriller National Pacific Book Awards


William LeibowitzWilliam R. Leibowitz has been practicing entertainment/media law in New York City for a number of years. He has represented numerous renowned recording artists, songwriters, producers and many of the leading record companies, talent managers, merchandisers and other notable entertainment businesses. At one point, he was the Chief Operating Officer/General Counsel for the Sanctuary Group of Companies, a U.K. public company that was the largest ‘indie’ music company in the world (prior to its acquisition by the Universal Music Group).

William has a Bachelor of Science degree from New York University (magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa) and a law degree from Columbia University. He lives in the village of Quogue, New York with his wife, Alexandria, and dog, George.

William wrote Miracle Man because of its humanistic and spiritual messages and because he feels that in our current times – when meritless celebrity has eclipsed accomplishment and the only heroes are those based on comic books, the world needs a real hero –and that, of course, is Robert James Austin, the protagonist in Miracle Man. Miracle Man won Best Thriller in the National Pacific Book Awards.

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REVERED   REVILED   REMARKABLE

The victim of an unspeakable crime, an infant rises to become a new type of superhero.

Unlike any that have come before him, he is not a fanciful creation of animators, he is real.

So begins the saga of Robert James Austin, the greatest genius in human history. But where did his extraordinary intelligence come from?

As agents of corporate greed vie with rabid anti-Western radicals to destroy him, an obsessive government leader launches a bizarre covert mission to exploit his intellect. Yet Austin’s greatest fear is not of this world.

Aided by two exceptional women, one of whom will become his unlikely lover, Austin struggles against abandonment and betrayal. But the forces that oppose him are more powerful than even he can understand.

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Q: Thank you for this interview! I’d like to know more about you as a person first. What do you do when you’re not writing?

A: I’m a lawyer in the entertainment business. I’m also an avid gardener and I raise koi.

Q: If you could go anywhere in the world to start writing your next book, where would that be and why?

A: I recently travelled to Tibet. I think that would be a fantastic place to work on a book because the whole country and its people are imbued with such a powerful spirituality that it’s palpable. I believe an environment like that would affect my writing.

Q: What do you find fascinating about the thriller genre?

A: The thriller genre allows me to tell a fast paced surprise packed story that offers the reader plenty of twists and turns, but also supports psychological tension and complex character development.

Q: When was the adrenalin rush – writing that first chapter or the last and why?Miracle Man Pacific Book Awards

A: When I finally came up with an ending to Miracle Man that I was satisfied with (after working hard on several alternatives), I was really excited. I knew that while the ending was not predictable, the reader would nevertheless find it plausible and realistic. In fact, in many of the book reviews I received, the ending of the book was praised.

Q: What is the most important thing about your book that we as a reader should know?

A: Miracle Man chronicles the saga of Robert James Austin, the greatest genius in human history, from the time of his birth and tragic childhood through his extraordinary accomplishments in curing diseases. The book is a psychological thriller with a fast paced twisting plot that’s full of surprises and drama, as Austin battles abandonment and betrayal and the myriad powerful forces (external and internal) that seek to destroy him.  In writing Miracle Man, I wanted to create a modern day believable ‘super hero’ who is an ‘anti-celebrity’. I thought that such a person could be inspirational when contrasted with the meritless celebrities that dominate media today (e.g., the reality TV stars who are famous for being famous, but have no real talent). I also wanted Miracle Man to be the vehicle within which I could convey, in an entertainment context, certain spiritual and humanistic messages that are important to me.

Q: Your best friend is an aspiring author and his book really sucks. What would you say to him or her?

A: I’d suggest to him that in the future he should be very demanding on himself and set high standards. I’d suggest that he seek the criticism of close friends every five or six chapters as he’s in the process of writing and re-writing. Finally, I’d suggest that once he has finished his next book, he should get a professional editor.

Q: You’re sitting at a dinner party and seated next to NY bestselling authors. They are intimidating indeed and one of them remarks that your book sucks. What would you say to him or her?

A: I’d tell the rude scribe that he or she was not my intended audience.

Q: You catch someone sitting on a park bench reading your book whether on a e-reader or the real McCoy and you walk over to him or her and what do you say?

A: I’d say to the person, ”Wow! I heard that book is great. I’ve been meaning to read it. What do you think of it so far?” What’s the best thing about it? Is there anything you don’t like?

Q: You’ve just been offered the Pulitzer Prize. Who do you thank?

A: I’d thank my deceased Mom and Dad for encouraging me to write Miracle Man.

Q: Any final words?

A: Yes.   In writing Miracle Man, I wanted to get readers thinking about a real-life problem that affects us all. One of the powerful forces fighting my protagonist, Robert James Austin, is “Big Pharma” which views Austin as their enemy since he cures diseases and thereby makes many of their “cash-cow” drugs obsolete. In short, Austin is bad for their business. Like Austin, I find it incomprehensible that virtually no major disease has been cured in over 50 years. How can that be the case when so much money has been spent over the decades on research? Simply put, there’s a lot more money in treating symptoms than there is in curing diseases. Austin realized that Big Pharma has no interest in curing diseases. It just wants to keep on selling expensive symptom treatments –and as we know, many people are on ‘medication maintenance programs’ for years, sometimes for life. Austin wanted to change that. Worth thinking about I believe.

 


A Fall of Marigolds By Susan Meissner

five-stars

Author:  Susan MeissnerA Fall of Marigolds by Susan Meissner

Publisher:  NAL Trade

Publication Date:  February 4, 2014

Pages:  400

Genre:  Historical Fiction

About the Book:  

A beautiful scarf, passed down through the generations, connects two women who learn that the weight of the world is made bearable by the love we give away….

September 1911. On Ellis Island in New York Harbor, nurse Clara Wood cannot face returning to Manhattan, where the man she loved fell to his death in the Triangle Shirtwaist Fire. Then, while caring for a fevered immigrant whose own loss mirrors hers, she becomes intrigued by a name embroidered onto the scarf he carries …and finds herself caught in a dilemma that compels her to confront the truth about the assumptions she’s made. Will what she learns devastate her or free her?

September 2011. On Manhattan’s Upper West Side, widow Taryn Michaels has convinced herself that she is living fully, working in a charming specialty fabric store and raising her daughter alone. Then a long-lost photograph appears in a national magazine, and she is forced to relive the terrible day her husband died in the collapse of the World Trade Towers …the same day a stranger reached out and saved her. Will a chance reconnection and a century-old scarf open Taryn’s eyes to the larger forces at work in her life?

Wanda’s Thoughts:  

A mix of contemporary and historical fiction, I was profoundly moved by this book. The storyline takes you through tense, emotional, and realistic events. The characters are beautiful and poignant, and deal with lost love, choices, and regrets.

The past and present are beautifully woven together through Taryn and Clara, separated by 100 years, and takes the reader through a tale of many emotions. Taryn and Clara are tied together by different tragedies, both occurring in New York City – a devastating fire in the early 1900’s and the sadness of 9/11. The 100 year old French scarf, made from an Indian design, has a repeating pattern of marigolds, and is the common denominator between them.

The author brought Ellis Island to life when ships arrived in New York Harbor and immigrants, by the hundreds, passed through Ellis. Many of them had failed the health inspection and ended up in the Ellis Island hospital, many with contagious diseases.

The heart-wrenching scenes of 9/11 felt like you were there, caught up in the tragic circumstances. The author shows the grief and turmoil through the dialogue and portrays the deep inner thoughts of the characters.

And the story unfolds as Clara and Taryn experience similar tragedies that claim the lives of the men they loved, and how they deal with their losses.

Quotes from the book –

“Do you believe that an unfulfilled desire is better because it’s something you can still dream about?”

“Everything beautiful has a story it wants to tell.”

A Fall of Marigolds, so skillfully crafted, is certainly a 5 star novel and definitely a favorite for 2014.

About the Author:  

Susan Meissner was born in San Diego, California, the second of three. She spent her childhood in just two houses.
Her first writings are a laughable collection of oddly worded poems and predictable stories she wrote when she was eight.

She attended Point Loma College in San Diego, and married her husband, Bob, who is now an associate pastor and a chaplain in the Air Force Reserves, in 1980. When she is not working on a new novel, she is directing the small groups ministries at The Church at Rancho Bernardo. She also enjoy teaching workshops on writing and dream-following, spending time with my family, music, reading great books, and traveling.

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