A Hundred Feet Over Hell: Flying with the Men of the 220th Recon Airplane Company Over I Corps and the DMZ, Vietnam 1968-1969
by Jim Hooper
Published by Zenith Press
272 Pages, Hardcover, $25.00
This book is perfect for you if you are participating in the Vietnam War Reading Challenge being hosted by War Through the Generations!
Of the many army Bird Dog units in Southeast Asia, none operated in as hostile as environment as the "Catkillers" of the 220th Reconnaissance Airplane Company. Their tactical area of operations was up against the Demilitarized Zone in I Corps, the northern-most combat zone in South Vietnam.
Unlike the US Army aerial forward observers farther south --who, according to regulations, were only allowed to direct field artillery against enemy targets--Catkillers were authorized and trained to control air strikes, which they did regularly in support of both marine and army ground units. Elsewhere in Vietnam air strikes were supposed to be controlled by US Air Force FACs (but necessity often overrode regulation).
Flying over Vietnam in two-seater Cessnas, they often made the difference between a soldier returning alive to his family or having the lonely sound of "Taps" played over his grave. Based on extensive interviews, and often in the men's own words, A Hundred Feet Over Hell puts the reader in the plane as this intrepid band of U.S. Army aviators calls in fire support for the soldiers and marines of I Corps.
Jim Hooper is a war correspondent and author with a degree in Slavic studies. Wounded twice while covering Africa as a freelance journalist and photographer, he has reported on wars in Angola, Chad, Namibia, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Sudan, and Uganda. He is equally familiar with the Balkans, filing dispatches from Croatia, Montenegro, and Bosnia (where he was captured by Muslim extremists and escaped execution by sheer luck). He had written for publications ranging from The Economist to Jane's Intelligence Review. This is his fifth book. He lives in London.
To request a review copy for coverage on your online outlet, please email me at onlinepublicist [AT] gmail [DOT] com. Do not forget to include your URL and use '100 FEET' as the subject of the email. Mailing is available to US and Canadian addresses only. Please know that I have a very limited number of review copies available.
Monday, January 18, 2010
The Book Blogger Convention will be happening the day after BEA concludes: Friday, May 28, 2010. We're going to be getting together to meet one another, chat about book blogging and probably take a lot of pictures!
Seats are limited, early registration earns you a discounted rate, and they are even going to feed you! Boo-yah!
I'm already registered and have a seat front and center! (I have no real confirmation of that, but I am that kid that likes to sit in the front row!) And I think I'm tons of fun, so I would love to meet you in person and wow you with my witty 'isms. LOL.
Many thanks to Trish from Hey Lady! Whatcha Readin'?, Michelle from Galleysmith, Nicole from Linus's Blanket, Pam from Mother Reader, Amy from My Friend Amy, Natasha from Maw Books, and Rebecca from The Book Lady's Blog for making this event happen!
Friday, January 15, 2010
You know, it slipped right past me, but I have, in fact, had this blog for a year now. How fun! I thank you all for helping me stay around for the last year and allowing me into your reading life! I hope each and every one of you knows how much it means to me that because of you, I am allowed to continue doing work that I love!
When I sit back and think about it, I realize how amazing this journey has been. Since I first began stumbling my way around this world, some of you have gotten married, had children, adopted children, been diagnosed with terrible diseases, gone into remission, lost pets, invited new pets into your homes, lost loved ones found jobs, lost jobs and through all of this, I have seen you rely on the friendships you've forged online. The friendships that began over books.
You all are more than a name on a contact list, more than just a review to me. Thank you.
"We can only be said to be alive in those moments when our hearts are conscious of our treasures." ~Thornton Wilder
Monday, January 11, 2010
Plus, it did inspire me to be better about keeping up more consistently. So I got up extra early this morning and chipped away at some more of my little list.
What I did accomplish: *listed my most recent review project: DONE!
*write a bio for the blog: DONE!
*update blogroll: DONE!
*visit others who participated in Bloggiesta, and follow some of the mini-challenges: I'm off to do that this afternoon, after I reply to my emails.
Many thanks to Maw Books for hosting this great event!
LIVE A LIFE YOU LOVE: 7 Steps to a Healthier, Happier, More Passionate You
by Susan Biali, M.D.
Beaufort Books/March 2010
If you were in attendance at BEA 2009 and you saw a beautiful flamenco dancer twirling in a dance demonstration, then you were lucky enough to see the author of this book!
Back before she danced at BEA, the author graduated med school and entered a prestigious residency. It should have thrilled her, instead she felt overwhelmed, overworked, depressed, completely lost, empty, and unsure if this life was what she really wanted. It was then a senior resident her, 'You know...you don't have to do this if you don't want to.'
"Never once had I considered that I, the long forgotten real me, the one who was crying her eyes out, might have a say in anything."
I completely relate to that sentiment and eagerly followed as Susan ferried me along on her journey of self-discovery where she forges a beautiful balance between her work (medical doctor) and her passion (flamenco dancer, writer, speaker, and life coach). This book absolutely inspires me.
Even if your dreams have faded, or you worry they are unrealistic, Dr. Biali will teach you how to reach that creative, hopeful place and work towards making those dreams a reality. Along the way, you’ll also learn how to maximize your physical, emotional and spiritual well-being.
•Begin making YOU a priority
•Understand your body’s language
•Choose foods that slow aging, boost health, and improve energy
•Improve your most important relationships
•Balance your life and find time for what counts
•Turn this knowledge into action today
To request a review copy for coverage on your online outlet, please email me at onlinepublicist [AT] gmail [DOT] com. Do not forget to include your URL and use 'LIFE YOU LOVE' as the subject of the email. Mailing is available to US and Canadian addresses only.
After that, I have plans to:
*finish writing a bio for the blog
*update description pages for reviewers/clients
*visit others participating in Bloggiesta, and follow some of the mini-challenges
Wish me luck...
TALK TO ME LIKE I’M SOMEONE YOU LOVE: Relationship Repair in a Flash
by Nancy Dreyfus
Tarcher/Penguin spiral-bound paperback 978-1585427703; $16.95; 2-color
Imagine you're having a heated argument with someone who, on a normal day, you care deeply about, but at this particular moment, are completely satisfied hurling hurtful words at. What if that person, without saying a word, held up a sign with the words TALK TO ME LIKE I'M SOMEONE YOU LOVE written on it. How would your interaction suddenly change?
That's precisely what Nancy Dreyfus, Psy.D., prompted a husband to do as he was being criticized by his wife during a couple's session. He did. And within seconds, the familiar power differential between the two shifted, and a gentler, more genuine connection emerged. Based on that, Dreyfus decided to create a more thorough tool using this system. That tool is a handy, spiral bound book, complete with flash cards: TALK TO ME LIKE I'M SOMEONE YOU LOVE: Relationship Repair in a Flash, which offers quick solutions to temper the heat of any argument and get back to healthy communication.
“Just about any couple using this material could humanize their relationship.”
—Harville Hendrix, author of Getting the Love You Want
"We all have moments when words fail us and emotions take us into hurtful territory. The concept of the flash cards is as brilliant and compassionate as Nancy herself. If you want to be loved, understood, and accepted, and want to love, understand and accept others, you'll want to keep this book with you at all times.”
--Susan Harrow, CEO of prsecrets.com and author of (Harper-Collins) andSell Yourself Without Selling Your Soul The Ultimate Guide to Getting on Oprah
Nearly every relationship guide urges couples to improve their lines of communication, become better listeners and be more open about their fears and feelings. But how do you choose the right words in the heat of the moment? And how do you keep your tone and inflection from mangling the message you want to communicate?
Veteran psychotherapist Nancy Dreyfus provides a groundbreaking solution in TALK TO ME LIKE I’M SOMEONE YOU LOVE: Relationship Repair in a Flash. An insightful guide and a unique tool, TALK TO ME highlights the power of written messages to defuse tension and put an end to conflict, offering both sound advice and more than 100 “flash cards for real life” that can be utilized in the heat of the moment. Organized by theme, the flash cards include such messages as:
• Shifting Gears:
o “I don’t need you to see this exactly as I do. But I do need you to hear where I am coming from.”
• Taking Responsibility:
o “I can see that my anger has been destructive and that I’ve really hurt you.”
• Getting Clarification:
o “I can absolutely see why you’d be annoyed with me, but can you give me some sign that we’re still friends?"
o “I’m sorry I made such a big deal out of something so unimportant.”
Dreyfus has used the cards in her sessions and in her life. Now, in TALK TO ME LIKE I’M SOMEONE YOU LOVE, she brings this one-of-a-kind relationship tool, along with her extensive and insightful “field notes,” to a broader audience.
Nancy Dreyfus , Psy.D., is a psychotherapist and couples therapist with more than two decades of experience. She holds a doctorate degree from Hahnemann University Medical School. Visit her online at www.nancydreyfus.com.
To request a review copy for coverage on your online outlet, please email me at onlinepublicist [AT] gmail [DOT] com. Do not forget to include your URL and use 'TALK TO ME' as the subject of the email. Mailing is available to US and Canadian addresses only.
Tuesday, January 5, 2010
*lisamm of Books on the Brain
*Bianca Schulze of The Children's Book Review
*Michael Kindness of Books on the Nightstand
Congratulations!!! Email me (onlinepublicist [AT] gmail [DOT] com) to claim your prize and I will send you some pics of the fabrics you can choose from for the tote. I broke my camera on New Year's Eve (while that sounds like the consequence of a wild and crazy evening, I assure you it was just the result of my ever present clumsiness), so I need a couple of days to borrow one. Or if you want it to be more of a surprise, just tell me some colors/patterns you like and I'll whip something up! I'm excited to get sewing, and can't wait to make these for you!
I still have donation pictures to share (I didn't post as much as I had intended over the holidays), so more of those are still coming!
ADMIT ONE: My Life in Film By Emmett James
Fizzypop Productions, LLC, February 2010
US $19.95, 216 pages, Hardcover
If this cover looks a little familiar, that's because it is! I represented this title in early 2008, when it was a self-pubbed little number. The author's dry, British wit is my favorite kind of reading and the book stayed with me long after I finished working on it.
While on a conference call with Greenleaf Book Group, I mentioned it as being something worth a shot at traditional publishing. They reviewed a copy of it and agreed! The book will now be released in major bookstores everywhere, February, 2010.
''Hilarious, honest, touching, and poignant. The stories transported me back to my childhood, seemingly the very place from which I escaped years ago!''
--Phillip Rhys, actor, 24, Nip/Tuck
''Funny and moving, capturing vividly the most important moments of youth. A very personal story to which everyone can relate.''
--Bob Read, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Last Comic Standing
First set in Croydon, South London, in the 1980s, ADMIT ONE, details how Emmett James escaped the pains of adolescence by going to the cinema. With wry, self-deprecating humor and observation, the author reflects on, obsesses over, and rages about film and its correlation to our pasts. Life soon imitates art, and the narrator finds that his true calling is in transiting one side of the screen to the other. He decides to leave England for the only place where he can realize his dream of becoming an actor ––America.
We then follow the narrator on his numerous Hollywood adventures as he struggles to survive, crashes an Academy Awards party, and chases his dream. At every turn, the films that inspired James as a child resurface, and they serve to contextualize his humorous collection of stories. He provides unique insights into the fascinating world of film, and eventually stumbles into acting in the highest-grossing movie of all time, Titanic.
If you reviewed this book as part of the first campaign and think you may be interested in checking out the re-release, please contact me. I will address how this edition differs from the original.
If you are interested in receiving a review copy for coverage on your online outlet, please email your request to: onlinepublicist [AT] gmail [DOT] com. I have several copies available for international shipping.
Between Me and the River: Living Beyond Cancer
by Carrie Host
Published by Harlequin (August 2009)
Hardcover, 304 pages
Author Website: http://carriehost.com/
Between Me and the River: Living with Cancer blog tour:
September 21-October 2, 2009
September 21: Beth Fish Reads (review)
September 22: Violet Crush (review)
September 23: Peeking Between the Pages (review)
September 24: Blissfully Domestic (review)
September 25: A Bookworm's World (guest post)
September 28: Joyfully Retired (review)
September 29: Popin's Lair (guest post + giveaway)
September 30: Ramblings of a Texas Housewife (review)
October 1: Hello, My Name is Alice (review)
A Book Blogger's Diary (book excerpt)
October 2: Hello, My Name is Alice (guest post)
My Friend Amy (review)
Adventures in the Writing Life
Blue Archipelago Reviews
Cheryl's Book Nook
O'Joy of my life
Duffbert's Random Musings
Reality Bites...Fiction Does It Better!
The Compulsive Reader
The Bluestocking Guide
As Usual, I Need More Bookshelves
One Day at a Time
Sharon's Garden of Book Reviews
Tara's View on Books
All Things Cherished
Super Mommy to the Rescue
Gather.com (review by Susan B.)
One Librarian's Book Reviews
Old Musty Books
The Bookworm Blog
Carole's Book Corner
Margay Leah Justice
This Book for Free
Keeping You in Stitches
Errant Dreams Reviews
In Spring it is the Dawn