Secrets to Shine through the Noise

     Secrets to Shine through the Noise ISBN: 9781628653182, Motivational Press a self-help e-book by Akasha Garnier.

Note: The book is one of self-help, but seems to be for a dichotomous audience. Thus providing a review is a more difficult task, at least for this particular reviewer. It provides some provisional help for seekers in general, but additionally seems to be slanted toward one wishing a literary career. It has been published by a small independent press that seems to provide subjects in accord with their name. The author is a widely traveled and successful marketer (helping people shine), and an author with a stated desire to find a national publisher from whom she can receive a 3-book deal. Having already written a thousand pages “I am still spinning a travel “thrilogy” inspired by true events.” The bases for this statement are provided briefly by enumeration of such situations as living in a rain forest, weathering a tsunami, swimming with sharks and others. All of this material is quite interesting, but to reiterate, its interjection into the body of the work is distracting to say the least in attempting to provide a meaningful review for a specific group of readers.

Review: Assumedly from the thrust and format of this book the author’s attributes also include successful motivational speaker. It is written with the ‘gung ho’ enthusiasm of such a person and if the prospective reader is one to be motivated by such presentations he/she will discover the material provided to be most helpful. One of the better discussions is that about the tendency for everyone to have their activity, intentions and/or occupation confined within a ‘box’. In the present day of almost unceasing activity, it is the easiest way for associating individuals to be able to eliminate at least one factor it is necessary to think about; e.g., she’s the lawyer, he’s the CPA. Also well-presented is the repeated thought that anyone wishing to become a self-sustaining author should remember an adage that long has been around in the profession: ‘Don’t give up your day job.’ Today with self-publishing, an author must contend with the fact that over one million new titles are published yearly. Her suggestion that Facebook and similar social lines for marketing purposes are routes to success however, may be only slightly useful. Bestselling authors Tess Gerritsen, David Baldacci and John Gilstrap all have expressed reservations with respect to these means of promoting books, and romance/mystery author Michael Davis actually studied his sales figures over a period of time and rated Facebook, Twitter, etc. as effective only at 5 on a scale of 0 – 100. Another problem noted for the person looking for successful writing tips is the matter of repetition. This book is replete with restated ideas – an effective tool to increase understanding and retention of the material being presented by the motivational speaker, BUT such redundancy is to be avoided in writing, even in totally fact based ‘thrillers’. Any material of a diversionary nature must be avoided – specifically, if it does not advance the plot, omit it.

Summary: An interesting presentation for a dichotomy of readers if one does not mind the mixture of themes under the main self-help heading. It can be especially helpful for those who are ‘caught in a box’ and respond to a ‘pep-talk’ approach. Its effectiveness for an aspiring author may be somewhat more questionable.

3* Dichotomous self-help more helpful to ‘boxed-in’ individual than to aspiring writer.

Danny Chaucer’s Flying Saucer

Danny Chaucer’s Flying Saucer, Albury Books, a children’s e-book by Christopher Peter.

Plot: Danny Chaucer is awakened during the night by a noise that he decides to investigate in the morning. He awakens too late and must leave for school. Natalie (Nat) Ford, a new girl in school is assigned to the seat next to him. She is unpopular, as most new children in a new school and bullied by Sandy Wright and Chad Wilson, who also bully Danny. Through unusual circumstances, Danny accepts Nat and they discover an invisible Flying Saucer in a clearing in the forest behind his home. His mother’s brother, Dr. Colin Box is the senior director of a top-secret project at the locally positioned research institute and is extremely worried because he has ‘lost’ the project’s main object which we discover to be the space craft the children have discovered. His worries are exacerbated by the fact that Security Captain Frost recently has been attempting to ‘get inside’ the project and her desires may not be in the best interest of the project or the government. The story revolves around the fact that the craft is controlled by a command station that has ‘a mind of its own’ and continues as the children are introduced to space and as an amusing aside, provide a frightening experience for the bullies.

Discussion: The author has set forth a true learning experience for children in a manner they most readily can understand and should set forth a spark of incentive for further learning.

5* Understandable and enlightening space story for children.