Book spotlight: The Sound of Belief by Ebony Archer

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Book Details:

Book Title:  The Sound of Belief by Ebony Archer
Category:  Adult non-fiction,  56 pages
Genre:  Poetry
Publisher:  CreateSpace
Release date:  February 5, 2016
Tour dates:  April 11 – 22, 2016
Content Rating:  G

Book Description:  

The Sound of Belief is an inspirational poetry book written by Ebony Archer in order to empower the reader to activate their belief.

Buy the book:   Amazon   Barnes & Noble

Ebony Archer

Meet the author / singer:

Since the early age of four, she started singing in her church where her gift was discovered. In 2000, Ebony joined Walt Whitman and the Soul Children of Chicago at the age of eight. With this group, Ebony has sung in front of audiences of ranging numbers and has shared the stage with many famous names in the industry such as Yolanda Adams, R. Kelly, Celine Dion, Nick Carter, and the list continues.

In 2001, Ebony Archer was featured in R. Kelly’s video, “The World’s Greatest”.  In 2012, Ebony was the runner up in the national anthem competition for “Black Girls Run” with over 40,000 votes. Through the musical experiences, vocal training, and learning how to have great stage presence; it has molded Ebony into a gifted singer and because of her inspiring voice, she is now known as the “Inspirer”.

Connect with the author:   Website   Twitter   Facebook   Instagram   Soundcloud

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April 11 – Library of Clean Reads – giveaway
April 11 – Verve
April 12 – Book Reviews Nature Photos and Everything in Between
April 12 – Rockin’ Book Reviews – giveaway
April 13 – Corinne Rodrigues – giveaway
April 13 – Savvy Verse & Wit – giveaway
April 14 – The Cheshire Cat’s Looking Glass – giveaway
April 14 – Celticlady’s Reviews – giveaway
April 15 – Haddie’s Haven – giveaway
April 15 – Katie’s Clean Book Collection – giveaway
April 18 – Puddletown Reviews – giveaway
April 18 – Bound 4 Escape – giveaway
April 19 – #redhead.with.book – giveaway
April 20 – 3 Partners in Shopping Nana, Mommy , + Sissy, Too ! – giveaway
April 21 – The Pen and Muse Book Reviews – giveaway
April 21 – Ali – The Dragon Slayer – giveaway
April 22 – Brooke Blogs – giveaway

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Book review: Newspaper Boys Always Deliver by Joseph Gulesserian

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Book Details:

Book Title:  Newspaper Boys Always Deliver by Joseph Gulesserian
Category:  Adult non-fiction, 338 pages
Genre:  Pop Culture, Music and Technology Journey
Publisher:  CreateSpace
Release date:  January 5, 2016
Available for review in:  Print,  PDF
Will send print books:  USA & Canada
Tour dates:  March 7 – 25, 2016
Content Rating:  PG (F word is only used to quote a movie scene once, book refers lightly to some promiscuous activity. Ridicules religious zealots)

Book Description:  

A Personal Journey into Pop and Technological change in the last Fifty Years.

In Newspaper Boys Always Deliver, Gulesserian takes us on a captivating adventure by combining personal essays and historical insights for an enlightening look at how we got here, and the earlier inventions that paved the way for current cutting-edge technologies. While exploring pop-culture trends, unexpected impacts, and memorable moments in time, this collection of thought-provoking and humorous reflections paints a fascinating picture of the changes half a century can bring—and its implications for what could be just around the corner.

In just fifty years, Western culture has gone from culture to techno-culture—from the swinging sixties to rap, encyclopedia to Wikipedia, slide rule to artificial intelligence.

Newspaper Boys Always Deliver, shares a personal journey of how we got here, in a Book that delivers an eclectic plethora of knowledge, controversy and humorous entertainment in a newspaper format.

Buy the book here:   Amazon

Joseph Gulesserian

Meet the author: 

Joseph Gulesserian came of age during the seventies, and was exposed to many changing technologies with a career that has ranged from metallurgic to manufacturing, from business equipment to information technology, and brand creation.

After earning his MBA, he taught Corporate Finance, Marketing and Statistics as an adjunct professor at Toronto colleges, and in 2000 established a Toronto-based company that designs and produces health and beauty brands for both domestic and international markets.

​Currently, Gulesserian lives in Toronto with his wife.

Connect with the author:   Website   Facebook   Instagram

TOUR SCHEDULE:

​March 7 –   Amie’s Book Reviews – review / guest post / giveaway
March 8 –   Book Reviews Nature Photos and Everything in Between – review
March 9 –   A Mama’s Corner of the World – review / giveaway
March 10 – Sahar’s Blog – review
March 11 – The Cheshire Cat’s Looking Glass – book spotlight / giveaway
March 11 – Svetlana’s Reads and Views – review
March 14 – Brian’s Book Blog – review
March 15 – Jaquo Lifestyle Magazine – review
March 16 – #redhead.with.book – review / giveaway
March 17 – Jaquo Lifestyle Magazine – guest post
March 17 – Library of Clean Reads – review / giveaway
March 18 – She Treads Softly – review
March 21 – Readers’ Muse – review / guest post
March 22 – Take It Personel-ly – review / guest post / giveaway
March 23 – Room With Books – review / author interview / giveaway
March 24 – Bound 4 Escape – review / giveaway
March 25 – 3 Partners in Shopping – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway

REVIEW:
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Joseph Gulesserian has a lot to talk about.  About 50 + years worth.  Reading Newspaper Boys Always Delivery is like sitting next to someone who has very strong opinions about well, pretty much everything – from Cat Woman’s costume to platform shoes worn by disco-goers (is that a word?).
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I enjoyed the historical aspects of Joseph’s book – they brought back quite a few memories, especially since I grew up during the same time period.  I would do my own research since as many of the events he described piqued my curiosity.  However, this book was exhausting! It was as if 50 years of history was being crammed into one small volume (along with the author’s personal memories and observations).  Added to the fact that the language used to write the book switched continuously back and forth from informal to formal English with “high-sounding” dictionary word liberally interlaced throughout, it was really hard to read more than a few pages at a time.
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I appreciate all the research and work that went into this book.  A reader who is a history buff with a tolerance for abrasive comments would probably get a kick out of reading this personal journey into pop culture.
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Presentation review: From Tragedy to Transcedence: The Creative World of J.S. Bach by Steven Hancoff

On November 28th, 2016 I had the pleasure of attending a presentation prepared by Steven Hancoff in Victoria, BC.

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The 1 1/2 hour presentation was narrated by Steven himself and was divided into 6 parts, each with a multi-media presentation.  The narration was both informative and interesting with doses of poetic prose and and dry humour throughout.   He took a subject that could have been dry and turned into a fascinating story about the life of J. S. Bach.  Hancoff is a talented public speaker and makes his audience feel at ease.  The background music of the multi-media portion of the presentation was Steven playing the acoustic guitar.  The innumerable pieces of artwork that accompanied the multi-media presentation were both interesting and varied as they dated from the time of Bach himself to the present.

He included a segment about Casals, the Spanish musician and his miraculous discovery of the six ’Cello Suites by Pablo Casals in a Barcelona thrift shop and why he studied them for twelve years before performing them in public.

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Bach, Casals and the Six Suites for ’Cello Solo invites readers and music lovers into a unique experience, contained in an immersive four-volume e-book from Steven Hancoff – a virtuoso musician’s restless, passionate, multimedia exploration of a musical masterpiece that only grows in stature almost three centuries after it was written.

Steven graciously played for us at the end of the presentation.

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The author’s books can be found on iTunes and CD Baby.

You can learn more about the author / muscian here:  

Website   Twitter   Facebook

You can subscribe to Steven’s YouTube channel to learn more about the life of J. Sebastian Bach in a series of 14 videos.

 

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Book and music spotlight: Bach, Casals & The Six Suites for ‘Cello Solo: Volumes 1-4 by Steven Hancoff

Book Details:

Book Title Bach, Casals & The Six Suites for ‘Cello Solo: Volumes 1-4  by Steven Hancoff
Category:  Adult non-fiction, 1189 pages
Genre:  Biography / Music
Publisher:  iTunes
Release date:  June 2015
Tour dates: Nov 30 – Dec 18, 2015
Content Rating: G

Book Description:

FROM TRAGEDY TO TRANSCENDENCE

ENTER THE CREATIVE WORLD OF J.S. BACH IN INTERNATIONALLY RENOWNED GUITARIST STEVEN HANCOFF’S GROUNDBREAKING FOUR-VOLUME E-BOOK: BACH, CASALS AND THE SIX SUITES FOR ’CELLO SOLO

A Totally Immersive Multimedia Experience

Richly Detailed Text Embedded with More Than 1,000 Illustrations Illuminating Bach’s Masterpiece, from Its Creation to Its Legacy

Bach, Casals and the Six Suites for ’Cello Solo and 3-CD set Audio Recording of ’Cello Suites to be Released June 23rd

Exclusively on iTunes and CD Baby

Includes Hancoff’s Complete Recording Of His Acoustic Guitar Transcription of Bach’s ’Cello Suites

From tragedy to transcendence is the theme that embodies the essence of the life and work of Johann Sebastian Bach. “This man, ‘the miracle of Bach,’ as Pablo Casals once put it, led a life of unfathomable creativity and giftedness on the one hand and neglect and immense tragedy on the other,” says Hancoff.

Bach’s life was rife with hardship and tragedy from the start. By the time he was nine years old, he had witnessed the deaths of three siblings and then, within a year, his father and mother also passed away.

For all his education and talent, however, his first job was serving as a lackey for a drunkard duke. Subsequently, he spent the next fifteen years in the employ of Weimar’s harshly ascetic Duke Wilhelm Ernst, who cared little for music. When he was twenty-two, he married the love of his live, his distant cousin, Maria Barbara Bach. During the thirteen years they were married, she bore him seven children, three of whom died at birth.

In 1717, Prince Leopold of Cöthen offered Bach a position as the musical director for Cöthen. Bach jumped at the chance. The officials of Weimar, however, threw him in jail for “the crime” of daring to resign his present position. Still, Bach was on the verge of a career breakthrough.

Three years into his happy and contented tenure in Cothen, Prince Leopold and Bach visited the spa town of Carlsbad for a month of vacationing and music-making. Unfortunately, upon his return Bach learned of the death of his wife and then only when he entered into his home. Imagine the shock, the impact. He never even discovered the cause of death.

Yet this tragic setback in Bach’s life was a major turning point because he came to grips with his personal tragedy by unleashing a flood of masterpieces for which he is and will be forever revered. First came the Six Violin Sonatas and Partitas for Violin Solo and then the Six Suites for ’Cello Solo.

In the ’Cello Suites we hear Bach expressing his own seeking, yearning, love, loss, sorrow, grief and determination and their overtones of surrender, resolution affirmation and transcendence. He aspired to articulate an ultimate personal confession, a revelation, entirely unique, entirely sublime, as an ultimate act of artistic and creative testimony, a heavenly statement about his own life and even of life itself—as a final gift and an enduring, heavenly send-off for his beloved wife.

Bach, Casals and the Six Suites for ’Cello Solo invites readers and music lovers into a unique experience, contained in an immersive four-volume e-book from Steven Hancoff – a virtuoso musician’s restless, passionate, multimedia exploration of a musical masterpiece that only grows in stature almost three centuries after it was written.

The many fascinating and inspiring aspects of the book include:

•  How Bach struggled and overcame adversity and the lessons his example offer us today.

•  The ultimate meaning of the Six Suites for ’Cello.

•  How almost all of Bach’s works would have nearly sunk into oblivion were it not for the extraordinary efforts of Sara Levy, the great aunt of Felix Mendelssohn, to rescue them.

•  How Felix Mendelssohn singlehandedly created with the performance of the St. Matthew Passion a Bach renaissance and a legacy that continues to be enjoyed to the present day.

•  The miraculous discovery of the six ’Cello Suites by Pablo Casals in a Barcelona thrift shop and why he studied them for twelve years before performing them in public.

•  What Pablo Casals meant when he spoke of “the miracle of Bach.” Bach, Casals and the Six Suites for ’Cello Solo promises to be an adventure for anyone fascinated by the enduring power of music, art and why they matter.

Buy the music & ebooks:  iTunes

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Meet the author:  

Steve Hancoff began playing guitar when he was 13 years old, captivated by the folk music craze of the 1960s. Within a year he was performing in coffeehouses around Baltimore and Washington, D.C.

For nearly 15 years, he toured the world—about 50 countries—as an official Artistic Ambassador representing the United States of America. His recordings include Steel String Guitar, New Orleans Guitar Solos, Duke Ellington for Solo Guitar, and The Single Petal of A Rose. He is also the author of Acoustic Masters: Duke Ellington for Fingerstyle Guitar and New Orleans Jazz for Fingerstyle Guitar. He is a graduate of St. John’s College, home of the “100 Great Books of the Western World” program and has a Masters degree in clinical social work. He is a psychotherapist, a Rolfer, and a practitioner of Tai Chi. An avid hiker, he is also a member of the Grand Canyon River Guides Associations.

​Connect with the author:   Website   Twitter   Facebook

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Nov 30 –Library of Clean Reads – spotlight / giveaway
Nov 30 – The Discerning Reader – spotlight / guest post
Nov 30 – A Mama’s Corner of the World –  spotlight / guest post / giveaway
Dec 1 –   Laura’s Interests – spotlight / guest post/ giveaway
Dec 1 –   The All Night Library – spotlight / guest post
Dec 2 –   Jorie Loves A Story – spotlight / author interview
Dec 2 –   #redhead.with.book – spotlight / giveaway
Dec 3 –   Bless Their Hearts Mom – spotlight / guest post / giveaway
Dec 3 –   Bluerose’s Heart – spotlight / author interview / gviveaway
Dec 4 –   Vic’s Media Room – spotlight / guest post
Dec 4 –   Jaquo Lifestyle Magazine – spotlight / author interview
Dec 7 –   Create With Joy – spotlight / giveaway
Dec 7 –   Heidi’s Wanderings – spotlight
Dec 8 –   Svetlana’s Reads and Views – spotlight / guest post
Dec 8 –   Bound 4 Escape – spotlight / guest post
​Dec 9 –  View from the Birdhouse – spotlight / guest post / giveaway
Dec 9 –  My Devotional Thoughts – spotlight / guest post / giveaway
Dec 10 – Blooming with Books – spotlight / author interview / giveaway
Dec 10 – Deal Sharing Aunt – spotlight / giveaway
Dec 11 – Puddletown Reviews – spotlight / author interview
Dec 14 – Worth Getting in Bed For – spotlight / guest post
Dec 15 – alwaysjoart – spotlight / guest post / giveaway
Dec 16 – 3 Partners in Shopping, Nana, Mommy, & Sissy, Too! – spotlight / interview / giveaway
Dec 17 – Jessica Cassidy – spotlight / author interview / giveaway
Dec 18 –  I’d Rather Be At The Beach – spotlight/ guest post / giveaway

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