Thursday, March 31, 2016

Bookgrabbr Spotlight

​BookGrabbr: A
 great way for readers to discover new books and an innovative marketing tool for authors. 

​For Readers:

BookGrabbr is a social media-marketing tool that allows authors to share both full books and previews of their books with readers. Readers, you can have access to these books by signing in through Facebook, Twitter, or LinkedIn and using their ability to share as a form of currency. The “Share” is the payment! Share the book, and it will allow you to read it. Just click the “Grabb this book” button next to the book and our system will prompt you to share in exchange for reading!

BookGrabbr contains books of many genres, so visit today, "grabb" a book that catches your eye and start reading!

For Authors and Publishers:

Through their unique marketing tool and platform, BookGrabbr helps authors connect to readers that they wouldn't generally be able to connect to through their friends and their friend’s friends. The noise in the marketplace is deafening, and at times can be a bit overwhelming for authors trying to promote their books.

BookGrabbr created a way to generate some more buzz by harnessing the power of each individual author’s social media platform.  Once you create your profile on BookGrabbr it allows potential readers to read a preview of your book or the full copy and then directs them to your site of choice to purchase your book in the format that you desire. And since BookGrabbr doesn’t make any money on book sales, you can send them to a retailer, or to your own personal page or wherever you choose! BookGrabbr's purpose is to help you sell more books, gain momentum and generate exposure.

See how it works:


​How does iRead Book Tours help?

For Readers: 

We help you discover new authors that have put their profile and books on BookGrabbr through our BookGrabbr Promotion Service.

For Authors and Publishers:

Don't have time to dedicate to yet another marketing campaign? Let us take care of it for you. Through the BookGrabbr Promotion Service we create your profile, help you share your books on your social media and ours too, of course. In addition, we provide you with ideas and the support on how to best use your BookGrabbr profile. This is a cost-effective, efficient way to publicize your books! Contact us to see how we can help you spread the word about your book through BookGrabbr.

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Sunday, March 27, 2016


Dreamers are said to be results-oriented individuals, with author Marcia Wieder designing this self-help book to aid such people and help turn their lives around and better the world, emphasizing that one’s ability to dream is critical for assisting one in creating the life of their dreams. It intends to help anyone create dreams both personal and professional, with many real steps such as understanding who one really is, how one wants their life, how to devise inspirational dreams, how to look at one’s life freshly, how to get various obstacles out of one’s way, and how to create various advantages.

The author dedicates her manual to all who dare to dream, and acknowledges various parties in the creation of her book such as friends, publishing partners, family, and God. Jack Canfield, author of the Chicken Soup for the Soul story anthologies, provides a foreword highlighting his forty-plus years in teaching people how to achieve their dreams. The following author’s introduction notes that she designed her book to help people understand who they are and why they’re in the world in the first place. The three primary steps she emphasizes to making dreams come true include clarifying one’s dreams, believing in one’s dream, and acting upon one’s dreams, with five subdivisions for each chief sequence.

Wider opens the first official chapter with mention that Oprah Winfrey confided in her that she sought a “passion expert,” and that individuals need to know what they wish for in order to dream, with clarification of said reverie being necessary. She further states that the path to one’s dreams starts at their current location, and concludes that regardless of what readers love to do, it’s possible to receive some form of compensation. Overall, this is an excellent self-help guide for all the dreamers in the world that yearn to live ideal lives, with occasional checklists and diagrams abetting her manual, and ultimately being a recommended read.

Dream University’s CEO, Marcia Wieder is a long established thought leader on visionary thinking. As Founder of The Meaning Institute, she teaches people to create and live fulfilling lives. She’s been a columnist for the San Francisco Chronicle, writes for Huffington Post and is the author of 14 books. She appeared often on Oprah and was featured in her own PBS-TV show called Making Your Dreams Come True.

She has taught at Stanford’s Business School and as president of the National Association of Women Business Owners, she assisted 3 U.S. presidents. She is a member of the Transformational Leadership Council and on the advisory board for the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

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Monday, March 21, 2016

The Ethical Coach Leader

Author Dwight Johnson, with his book The Ethical Coach Leader, presents the common point that ethics are an increasing concern in many sectors of America, such as business and education, whose values have been criticized. He questions whether textbooks and classes are necessary to understand ethics, and promises this book to be easy to read, being fiction with hypothetical universal application. The chief storyline centers on a college coach whose star player has flunked a steroid test, which puts him into an ethical dilemma, and has several supernatural encounters during a few restless nights of slumber.

The primary inspiration for Johnson’s novel comes from Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, where the coach receives visits from five specters: the Ghost of Example, who reminds the coach of his many past mentors; the Ghost of Education, who brings the coach back to his university days where he had an opportunity to help a friend in need, but failed; the Ghost of Experience, who brings the coach back to his school days when he had a chance to help a fellow student with alcohol problems; the Ghost of E-information, who provides the coach an opportunity to spiritually Google a solution of what to do with his star athlete; and the Ghost of Environment, who tells of the cultural and social forces in the coach’s life.

A sixth apparition known as the Ghost of Introspection oversees the coach’s ghostly visitations, and provides occasional asides at the beginning of a few of the latter chapters. Throughout the text there are also occasional illustrations and diagrams visualizing ethics. Overall, this is an enjoyable parable that makes good points about ethics, even if it derives its supernatural aspect from the work of Charles Dickens. It is very much recommended to those who face various ethical dilemmas, and is enjoyable by both youths and adults, both who will likely gain something from the literary experience.

Dwight Johnson resides in Colorado Springs where he works at the United States Air Force Academy. He is a retired Air Force Lt. Colonel who was a Squadron Commander three times and a Division Chief twice. He also served as the Department Head of Services at the Air Force Institute of Technology, where he taught Customer Service and Total Quality Service.

​In 2012, Dwight was awarded the General Billy J Boles Mentorship Award for the Air Force Academy for mentoring cadets.

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Tuesday, March 15, 2016

The Urban Boys

In this action/adventure story, five teenage boys receive heightened senses from a foreign source, which tests their friendship. Several themes like loyalty and responsibility play part, alongside many twists and turns, with plenty of action throughout the narrative. Most of the novel’s events take place in the town of Danville Heights, which contrasts with the gloomy Sandry Lake, where evil abounds, and where the boys that receive their heightened sense are drawn to put an end to its sinister forces. Although the young men find themselves overwhelmed by their abilities and consequential responsibility, they realize that they must accept their fate.

As the boys crusade against the forces of darkness, a mysterious individual known as the Dark Stranger takes notice of them, and a gorgeous girl drives a wedge among them. The prologue occurs a score before the primary events, with two friends meeting in a preserve, only for a fight to erupt between them, given their differences of opinion. In an interesting stylistic decision, the author includes a sample of the text that appears within the thirty-plus chapters before each respective section, which is a decent choice that offers readers a preview of what to expect before they dive into each subdivision.

The narrative itself moves at a brisk pace, with several initial events such as a character’s death, and introduction of characters such as Mason Parker, obsessed with words and sometimes in want of solitude, although he is escorted to school daily by Jordan. There is occasional philosophy as well such as sports supposedly bringing people together. The Dark Stranger ultimately receives his revelation as well, and serves as both an overseer and caretaker. Ultimately, this is an enjoyable modern paranormal novel that fans of thrillers and action-packed storylines, young and old, will likely enjoy.

Author's Bio:

K.N. Smith is an American author and passionate advocate of childhood and family literacy programs throughout the world. She continues to inspire students of all ages to reach their highest potential in their literary and educational pursuits. Her creative, lyrical flair sweeps across pages that twist, turn, and grind through elements of paranormal and action-adventure in diverse, exciting, edge-of-your-seat narratives. She lives with her family in California.

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Sunday, March 6, 2016

Hidden Chamber of Death

In the first installment of author Hawk MacKinney’s Moccasin Hollow Mystery Series, former Navy SEAL and part-time investigator Craige Ingram seeks the link between apparent random murders and a financial conspiracy. He works with another Navy retiree to protect a widow and resolve the case before others die, although a crazed killer seeks to stop them. The prologue opens with the philosophy that death is rarely dignified, ever truer if the reason is a felony murder, in which case the victim is a portly man named Royce Sedgewicke, and although the official reason for his demise is allegedly a heart attack, others disagree.

The main chapters introduce Craige Ingram, who wakes to a foggy day with his German shepherd Lucky and is stills suffering jetlag from visiting Siberia. Also introduced early on is Barry Jamison Peters, the novel indicating that he was once handsome in prep school and college, but ultimately regressing to his current bulky demeanor. Other characters include mother and son Terri and Jeff Stanley, with their family having recently lost its patriarch, and which Craige attempts to comfort. Barry patrols the local bar of a hotel for help with the case, which is busier than usual with a convention in town, although his night proves to be slow.

Among the final characters introduced is Garland Holton, with whom Craige has a somewhat strenuous relation. There are occasional twists and turns that keep the story enjoyable throughout, with things becoming somewhat tense towards the end, culminating in a solid conclusion, with room left for follow-ups, which have at the time of this review’s writing have not been yet written. The novel is riveting for the most part, with an agile flow, decent descriptions of various elements that paint a nice picture for the reader, and overall fans of thrillers and mysteries will likely enjoy this work.

Internationally acclaimed author and public speaker, Hawk MacKinney began writing mysteries for his school newspapers. Following graduation, he served in the US Navy for over 20 years. While serving as a Navy Commander, he also had a career as a full-time faculty member at several major state medical facilities. He earned two postgraduate degrees with studies in languages and history. He has taught postgraduate courses in both the United States and Jerusalem, Israel.

In addition to professional articles and texts on fetal and adult anatomy, Hawk has authored several novels that have received national and international recognition.Moccasin Trace, a historical novel, was nominated for the prestigious Michael Shaara Award for Excellence in Civil War Fiction and the Writers Notes Book Award. This was followed by the Craige Ingram Mystery Series. In a change of direction, October of 2012 saw the release of Hawk’s first science fiction novel, The Bleikovat Event, in The Cairns of Sainctuarie series. Volume II, The Missing Planets, was released in 2014 with Volume III in the works.

​Hawk’s latest project focuses on The Moccasin Hollow Mystery Series. Hidden Chamber of Death is Book 1 in the series.

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