Sunday, February 23, 2020

Movie Review: Call of the Wild

I had the utmost pleasure of seeing Call of the Wild with my mother and daughter yesterday afternoon.  Call of the Wild by Jack London was my mother's  favorite childhood book, and she was most excited to go to the theater and see it come to life on the big screen. 
Call of the Wild, starring Harrison Ford, is about a St. Bernard mix dog who is stolen from his rich owner and taken away from his cushy life inside of a Victorian mansion.  The dog travels all the way to Alaska where most of the story takes place.  
Buck embarks upon one adventure after another. At times, the dog is abused, spoiled, and eventually loved.  He leads a sled dog team, saves lives, makes friends, becomes a leader, and gives an old man hope.  The dog puts the saint in St. Bernard.  Spoiler Alert-Buck doesn't die, but his owner does.  The dog finds a home and family of his own with the wolves in the wild.

My Review: The dog and other animals in the movie are animated, but you can't tell. They look realistic.  The computer developers outdid themselves in terms of details, facial expressions, fur, and movements.  The Alaskan scenery was breathtaking.  The story followed the classical book and brought tears to my eyes in several parts, especially the end when Harrison Ford dies.  I became entrenched with the story and fell in loved with the dog. 

Image result for st bernardThis is a 5 star no-brainer.  I recommend this movie to anyone who loves dogs.  You'll leave the theater wanting to bring home a St. Bernard pooch!


Saturday, February 15, 2020

VBT Presents: Counting on Trust


Mystery  / Suspense
Publication date: Print and ebook, May 2017. Audiobook, November 2019

 photo add-to-goodreads-button_zpsc7b3c634.png

In this suspense-charged, touching novel, Counting on Trust, information is stolen from a U.S. genetic engineering company (Omniprotein) by an employee promised payment by a Chinese general who wants to profit from selling the company’s technologies in the military region of China he commands.

To force quick payment the thief attacks fellow employees and threatens to continue until his money arrives. Will his next targets be: young lovers, computer geek Gabriel and gorgeous biologist Selena, who are discovering loving sex while trying to overcome post-traumatic effects of Selena’s girlhood rape.
Company president, Eleanor, who’s determined to keep some privacy and intimacy although her job’s high profile and her husband, Charley, has just had prostate cancer surgery.
Venture capitalist, John, who plans to duplicate Omniprotein’s facility in China and reunite with his ex-wife, fashion designer Ziyi, who returned to Shanghai after their only child died.
The personal stories of these couples explore how privacy, intimacy and trust are changing in our social-media age. They paint a compelling portrait of our time.


About the Author


Themes of novels by M. Ferguson Powers reflect the author’s varied interests, including preservation of the natural world and its creatures;

·         Challenges of building and maintaining loving relationships in a culture with decreasing respect for personal boundaries and privacy

·         Influences of globalization on world events and how the U. S. and other nations relate to one another

·         Public policy issues such as controlling the military-industrial-political complex and requiring the health care industry to be more respectful of its clients

·         The need for cooperation across governments, cultures, and societies to address global challenges such as climate change

·         Developments in business and university administration and management

Powers has taught microbiology, headed a university office of research, served as executive director of two university-business partnership programs, and co-authored two books on university administration. She has a bachelor of science degree in bacteriology from The Pennsylvania State University, a master’s in experimental psychology from George Mason University, and a doctorate in educational leadership from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul.

She lives on an island near Seattle with her husband David R. Powers and their two shelties. Her first novel, Each Unique and Fascinating, about a bullied young girl whose father has gone to war, was published in 2012.  OrcaSpeak, a novel of relationships and suspense, was published in 2013, and its prequel, Counting on Trust, was published in 2017.



Purchase Links

eBook and Print
Audible coming soon



Contact Links





RABT Book Tours & PR

Friday, February 14, 2020

VBT Presents: A Man Devoured by His Body, Food and Work


Non-Fiction / Self-Help / Eating Disorders & Body Image
Date Published: January 15, 2020
Publisher: CS Publishing Ltd.

 photo add-to-goodreads-button_zpsc7b3c634.png

For 40-plus years the author battled with attitudes, beliefs and behaviors that are commonly labeled as symptoms of three psychological disorders: muscle dysmorphia, orthorexia, and obsessive-compulsive personality disorder (OCPD). The consequences were grave. This book explains Stuart’s struggles and self-inquiry, and then describes the five elements of his psychological healing. Each element helped him, but their synergism profoundly improved his mental health, his relationships, his physical health, and his overall life. 

 This book isn't targeted only at male bodybuilders and other exercise enthusiasts. The great difficulties Stuart dealt with are experienced by millions of men and women who struggle with their body-image and/or eating, and/or who are tormented by perfectionism or workaholism. His success story may inspire any of those people to start their own self-inquiries that lead to their own success stories.



About the Author

Stuart has had around 1,000 articles published in print magazines. He wrote a monthly column for the UK’s leading bodybuilding magazine for 22 consecutive years. He also authored several acclaimed books including BEYOND BRAWN and BUILD MUSCLE LOSE FAT LOOK GREAT, and published his own magazine for 15 years. But his success as a writer was born out of his efforts to survive the profound struggles he had because of his psychological challenges, which resulted in suffocating distress.



Purchase Link


RABT Book Tours & PR

VBT Presents: The Wrath of Leviathan



BetterWorld, Book 2
Science Fiction (Cyberpunk) / Thriller
Date Published: September 1, 2018
Publisher: See Sharp Press

 photo add-to-goodreads-button_zpsc7b3c634.png

In Wrath of Leviathan, the second book of the BetterWorld trilogy, Waylee faces life in prison for daring to expose MediaCorp's schemes to control the world. Exiled in São Paulo, her sister Kiyoko and their hacker friends continue the fight, seeking to end the conglomerate's stranglehold on virtual reality, information, and politics. But MediaCorp and their government allies may quash the rebellion before it takes off. And unknown to Kiyoko and her friends, a team of ruthless mercenaries is after them and is closing in fast.

About the Author

T. C. Weber has pursued writing and music since childhood, and learned filmmaking and screenwriting in college, along with a little bit of physics. Trapped at home during the "Snowmageddon" of 2010, he transformed those interests into novel writing. His first published book, Sleep State Interrupt, was a Compton Crook Finalist for best debut speculative fiction novel. By day, Mr. Weber works as an ecologist and has had a number of scientific papers and book chapters published. He lives in Annapolis, Maryland with his wife Karen. He enjoys traveling and has visited all seven continents.


Contact Links



Purchase Links




RABT Book Tours & PR

Saturday, February 1, 2020

VBT Presents: The Unruly Curse


 photo The Unruly Curse_zpsd6ch9nad.jpg
Alyssa McCarthy's Magical Missions, Book 2
Middle-Grade Fantasy
Date Published: July 2019


 photo add-to-goodreads-button_zpsc7b3c634.png

History, like magic, has a habit of repeating itself...

It’s been six months since thirteen-year-old Alyssa McCarthy left magic behind for good. Or so she thought…

Then the enchanted objects that protected her disappear. Now a skeleton named Errol has cursed her with magical powers that keep getting her in trouble. Suddenly strange things are happening with disastrous effects, and if Alyssa can’t remove the magic, she will lose everything she holds dear.

In order to get rid of her unwanted wizardry, Alyssa will have to boost her bravery and confidence and determine who Errol really is. But every time Alyssa uses an enchantment, Errol is one step closer to getting his flesh back and becoming alive, and he will do anything to achieve his goals…even if it means destroying Alyssa’s happiness.

Originally published in 2016 as “Wizardry Goes Wild” and “The Uncontrollable Curse” in April 2019, “The Unruly Curse” is book two in the exciting and suspenseful paranormal Magical Missions series.




About the Author

 photo The Unruly Curse Author Sunayna Prasad_zps9f0j6d9p.jpg
Sunayna Prasad is passionate about fantasy and magic in fiction. She has also written the previous installment, "The Frights of Fiji" and enjoys worldbuilding. She lives in New York.



 Contact Links

Website  


Purchase Links


RABT Book Tours & PR

VBT Presents: Heart to Beat by Brian Lima



Non Fiction / Personal Growth/Career
Date Published:   February 18, 2020
Publisher:  Clovercloft Publishing

 photo add-to-goodreads-button_zpsc7b3c634.png

College, medical school, and then ten years of grueling surgical training, that’s what it took for Brian Lima to become a leading heart transplant surgeon – literally able to breathe new life into critical ill patients.  Not only has Lima never shied away from a challenge, he has spent his life actively seeking them in pursuit of seemingly near-impossible goals.  In his insightful new book, HEART TO BEAT:  A Cardiac Surgeon’s Inspiring Story of Success and Overcoming Adversity—The Heart Way (Clovercroft Publishing/February 18, 2020), Dr. Lima shares his story, giving everyone – not just aspiring physicians – the tools and encouragement needed to be their best selves.

“We all have free will, and we all have a choice,” he writes.  “You can choose to live aimlessly, halfheartedly going with the flow and suppressing that inner voice, the one beckoning you to unleash your full potential and to grab the world by storm.  Or you can achieve success by committing to hard work and unceasing effort.”

The Bifurcation of Dungsten Crease

    Science Fiction Date Published: March 15, 2021 Publisher: Del Sol Press In the course of a morning, Dungsten Crease resurrec...