Monday, September 22, 2014

Erotica Review: Skye Jordan's Reckless-Book 1

Reckless is a romance-erotica novel about a clothes designer who designs wedding dresses and a Hollywood stunt man.  These Californians sort of meet at the airport.  The clothes designer flirts with him through a phone app and then shows up at his hotel room.  In the dark, she has oral sex with him and then eventually regular sex while on her business trip.  She wants to chalk off their liason as a one-night stand, but he (Jax) wants more.  They begin to miss each other.  Both have been burned in relationships and aren't ready to jump into another one.  However, the sex is too good to ignore.  SPOILER ALERT: They hook up for good in the end.

My Review: I downloaded this book for free, not really expecting to finish it, but was pleasantly surprised.  The writer knows her way around bedroom.  Her sex scenes were very steamy, but not too steamy in the sense of being edgy, avante guard, uncomfortable, or just plain weird.  I liked both of the characters.  There seemed to be some research done about the fashion world.  Vera Wang's wedding dresses came to mind.  The stuntman's character was interesting as well.  Reckless is a terrific book to read for entertainment.  Erotica and romance are not favorite genres of mine, but Ms. Jordan still managed to drag me into her imagination.  Well done!  4.5/5 Stars


Thursday, September 18, 2014

War in the Middle East: To Be or Not To Be

Both right and left wingers are constantly slamming Obama for his foreign policy.  They feel he is weak, harsh, complacent, indifferent, apologetic, more interested in golf, and everything in between.  Although I am not an Obama fan, I did admire his style. 

Up until today, I thought his actions resembled Ron and Rand Paul.  Why risk the lives of soldiers and throw tax dollars away?
The left is so concerned with the disenfranchised while the right demands war.  Or are they parroting what the inner circle wants-war?  You have to remember that reporters report first to their boss and second to you and me.
Why is it so important to fight ...let's see...-Russia, pro-Russian separatists, ISIL/ISIS, Hamas, al-Qaeda...?  Wait, I think the U.S. now funds al-Qaeda.  I'm sure I'm leaving some group out.  
The only consistency to this hawkish attitude is New World Order conspiracy theory.  To establish New World Order, we need to establish world dominance.  You can't have world dominance without oil dominance.  You also need drug and food dominance, but that's another story or even book.  Big Pharma, Big Agri, Big Conspiracy explains it all.  


Let's start with the Middle East-not our problem.  What happened to those reporters was horrific, but think about this rationally.  With exception to political assassination (Archduke Ferdinand for example), when does any country go to war because a few citizens were brutally murdered?  These reporters were not murdered by a government, they were murdered by a bunch of yahoos who roam the desert and jump from terrorist group to terrorist group like a high school student trying to find his/her niche.  Who are we going to war against?  Define ISIS or ISIL.  What is their address?  What is their driver's license number or voter's registration card?  Do they pay taxes to any particular government?  How do you fight a terrorist group who might join another terrorist group the next week?  How do you know they aren't posing as your ally?  

Obama finally caved from the constant criticism by funding anti-Syrian rebels to fight Assad.  Many believe these "rebels" are al-Qaeda.  What a slap in the face of the U.S soldiers!  And the tie-in to ISIS/ISIL is too confusing.
Is war really just a disguise for a favor?  Or is it pay back?  To begin with, Saudi Arabia aka oil exporters in terms of debt charts is the U.S.'s third biggest sugar daddy.  China and Japan are the biggest debt-holders and the only one the main stream media ever talks about.  But the fact is this: the U.S. owes the Saudis big.  This might be the reason for our "concern" for the Middle East.  Saudi Arabia wants to clean up the Islamo-mess and we can't afford to say no.  
Unlike ISIS, the Saudis like making money and like the idea of an elite class running the world.  Unlike ISIS, they understand real power and it's not going to be found in the middle of the desert with a few machine guns and knives with serrated edges.  The inner circle globalist sees ISIS's terror as an opportunity to take over the region.  What do you think about U.S.'s constant meddling into Middle Eastern affairs?  Leave a comment.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Elizabeth Eckhart Guest Blogs: 5th Wave Jumps on the Dystopian Bandwagon

If you’ve kept an eye on the box office lately, you’ve probably noticed the slew of YA books being turned into films. More specifically it seems that dystopian themed books are the flavor of the moment: we’ve got The Hunger Games, Divergent, Ender’s Game, and, most recently, The Giver all making the leap from the page to film (for YA dystopian novices they’re all highly recommended and are easily available on demand) . Now, joining those films is The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey.
The book is the first in a planned trilogy which centers on a 16 year old girl named Cassie Sullivan. She’s so far survived the first four waves of alien invasions, but there’s a fifth one rapidly approaching. The aliens look like humans, and will kill anyone they meet while traveling in the countryside and backroads, so Cassie can’t trust a soul while traveling alone in the crumbling ruins of society as she used to know it. However, in her quest to find and save her brother she meets a fellow survivor named Evan Walker - but can she trust him?

The book earned Yancey solid reviews, with the New York Times saying, “it’s a testament to Yancey’s skill that for the duration of this grown-up’s reading, I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough.” Entertainment Weekly agreed, hailing it as “a remarkable, not-to-be-missed-under-any-circumstances book”. Readers loved it as much as critics with over 240,000 hardcover copies and 55,000 e-books sold in its first year.
While the book series differs from many of the other big series popular recently in the YA dystopian genre in that it is much more sci-fi oriented, it doesn’t quite reach that Star Trek/Star Wars area of unbelievability that would likely turn away its core audience. It doesn’t seem as far fetched as, for instance, teenagers fighting to the death for entertainment of others, or a world where all color, emotion, pain, and feeling are held by a lone man.
Catching onto the viability of this series first was Sony Pictures along with producers Graham King and Tobey Maguire, who snatched up the film rights to the series before it even hit store shelves. The film was in pre-production and casting for about a year before they announced they’d casting soon-to-be-”it”-girl Chloe Grace Moretz as Cassie, the lead character. They also announced they’d hired directed J. Blakeson (best known for The Disappearance of Alice Creed) as well as the relatively unknown actors Nick Robinson as Ben Parish, Malaika Monroe as Ringer, and Alex Roe as the mysterious Evan Walker.
Bringing some extra star power to the cast is Liev Schreiber who just signed on to play the villainous Colonel Vosch. Outside of the casting, we do know that the book was adapted by screenwriter Susannah Grant who wrote the screenplays for such hits as Ever After, Erin Brockovich (which earned her an Academy Award nomination), Pocahontas, and the 90’s television series Party of Five. To say the book was in good hands is clearly an understatement.

Aside from that, not much is known about this exciting new film except for its release date, which is slated to be January 29, 2016. If you’re not looking forward to waiting that long for your next fix, you’re in luck! The second book in the series, titled The Infinite Sea is due to be released on September 16th. However, if you’re more impatient than that, there has been a trailer for it released and Britain’s Daily Express newspaper got an exclusive sneak peak at the book and have an extract available on their website for you to whet your appetite with.


Elizabeth, thanks again!  Great post!

Monday, September 8, 2014

Conspiracy Rant: ISIS-The Monster the U.S. Created

My blog fan and fellow conspiracy buff Frank Fontaine is on a roll.  He sent me some links that suggest ISIS is the U.S.'s Frankenstein, created as an excuse to invade Syria.  
Now why does the U.S. want to invade Syria?  Refresher course-A few years back al-Qaeda was fighting Assad and we backed al-Qaeda.  Call me naive, but two bad guys killing each other off is a good thing, right?  Word out on the street says that Syria's Assad was and is trading oil NOT on the U.S. dollar standard.  Not sure how they are trading it and how it is bartered, but U.S. feels deprived.  Russia is also involved.  Bankers who are part of the one world government are upset because the Middle East once again has thrown a wrench in their plans.
ISIS doing what they do best-hate.
Flashback-Our war with Iraq was obviously not about weapons of mass destruction or bin Laden (a Saudi who lived in Afghanistan) or even 911.  What it was about was trading oil NOT on the U.S. dollar standard.  This act alone is worse than all of the heads these monsters have ever lopped off.  The bankers also known as bangsters cannot handle losing power.
So where is Frank getting this information?  It's all over the Internet that U.S. and her allies (Qatar and Saudi Arabia) have funded ISIS with the goal of overthrowing Assad.  
Who are ISIS?  Many believe ISIS is really a shoot-off of al-Qaeda.  Hmm...., so if the U.S. and allies created ISIS, that would mean that they took al-Qaeda and turned them into a fiercer military.  So that would mean that the group of people our soldiers risked their lives over to fight in Afghanistan were now used for the purpose of fighting Assad.  Hmm...So our enemy over the last decade at some point became our army?  So who is our real enemy?  Why are so many news channels criticizing Obama for not going to war?  Why should be go to war?  Trust no one.  Love to hear your theory.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Yezidi or Yazidi Religion: What is it?

We are all aware of the 50,000 or so Yazidis, also spelled Yezidis, trapped on Mount  Sinjar by ISIS.  Some of the women are held captive as sex slaves.  ISIS calls them their wives.  The children are also in danger of unspeakable horrors.  U.S. has sent Marines with a rescue mission supposedly in place.  The story has lost much steam over the last few weeks with Americans preferring to concentrate on Ferguson, Missouri, and ISIS's beheadings of journalists.

So who are the Yazidis and what is their religion about?  Reporters like to gloss over the details, claiming it's some sort of combination of Islam, Christianity, and Judaism.  Although that's not an out-and-out lie, it omits the core of the Yazidi/Yezidi religion.  
The Yazidis are more closely related to Zoroastrianism than Christianity.  Zoroaster, the religion's founder, preached two mentalities under one god, Ahura Mazda.  This religion comes from the Ismaeli branch of Islam.  BTW, Ishmael was the older brother of Isaac who got kicked to the curb with his Egyptian mother after Sara gave birth to Abraham's second son Isaac.
Zoroastrians pray in front of fire.  They believe in reincarnation, but only once the end of the world happens.  The Magi from the Christmas story were believed to be Zoroastrians.

Yazidis' roots are Zoroastrian, but they have added their own spin on the religion.  Shaykh Abi Musafir, born 1070-1162, was the founder.  Mithra the sun god is involved in the religon. Yazidis have two holy books, the Black Book and Revelation.  Some believe Revelation is a forgery, authored by Westerners with the intention of sugar coating the odd religion.  The Black Book might also be a forgery, but there is a debate.  Most believe this group never had an official sacred text, but passed their traditions orally through their holy men or priests.
Yazidis are concentrated in northern Iraq, Armenia, Georgia, Syria, Germany, and small pockets all over Europe and the U.S. Yazidis believe that God (the Christian God) is under the care of seven angels with Malak Tawas (spelled several different ways) as the head of the seven angels.  Westerners and ISIS believe Malak Tawas is really Satan.  Shaytan is Satan in the Koran.  Shaytan, also called Melek Tawas, refused to bow down to Adam and Eve after God commanded him to.  Yazidis believe God and Satan made amends and reconciled.  The peacock is Malak Tawas's symbol.  Satan was not created by God, but born of a white pearl.  

Yazidi name stems from "yazata" or divine being,  or possibly from Umayyad Yazid, the Sultan Ez.  They speak Kurmanji.  Yazidis believe in reincarnation, pray five times a day, fast, celebrate their own New Year's Eve, throw a Festival of the Peacock, refuse to eat lettuce, and make a pilgrimage to Sheikh Musafir's tomb, the religion's founder.  They believe Jesus was an angel in human form and Mohammad was a prophet.  They won't spit or wear the color blue.  Some believe the color blue represents Noah.  This is especially interesting to me because the Flood might have been about getting rid of all of the fallen angels.  

Yazidis are baptized and circumcised (not a requirement).  They are monogamous, but priests/chiefs can be polygamous.  They believe they descended from Adam alone-NOT Eve.  They also practice Honor Killings which are directed towards women who violate their laws, culture, and traditions.  Recently, a case in Germany was reported about a Yazidi girl who fell in love with a German boy.  Her family killed her.  


I became fascinated with this religion while writing Halo of the Damned and Halo of the Nephilim.  Much research went into the books.

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Review of Michael Cremo's Forbidden Archeologist

I bought Forbidden Archaeologist and a condensed version of Forbidden Archaeology together.  I saw Michael Cremo on one of my favorite shows, Ancient Aliens, and then listened to him as a guest on The Conspiracy Show.  He is quite the intellect on ancient history, especially in archaeological findings that question both history and science.

The book is a collection of writings that are separated into chapters and placed chronologically in the book.  Much of the book debunks Darwin's Evolution Theory.  Cremo has studied and somehow been involved in multiple skeletal findings of human beings.  In Evolution, scientists pinpoint the "modern day" human evolving somewhere between 100,000-150,000 years ago.  Because of "survival of the fittest", the modern day human being wiped out other hominids who were intellectually inferior.  Where do they get the time line? Supposedly through carbon dating and other generally accepted methods.  
Using the same dating methods, Cremo talks about several other "modern day" humans found millions of years ago.  The significance of this suggests that human beings did not evolve from ape-men, but were here the whole time along with dinosaurs and other pre-historic creatures.  This little tidbit proves that we didn't mutate or evolve or magically develop from a ape or fish or amoeba, etc.  

Cremo admits to being a very spiritual man of the Hare Krishna faith.  Scientists claim he and others who back these findings are biased.  He shoots back throughout the book that it is the science community who is biased.  They tend to continue their own studies as if these other skeletons did not exist.  These very skeletons are a nuisance to Evolution.
Cremo also implies that ancient alien theory tends to work along side his hominid findings.  For example, Indian temples might be even older than originally believed which means that they were all the more difficult for man to have constructed.
My Review:
I would have liked this book better if Cremo would have taken the time to rewrite all of his articles into one fluid book.  There is a lot of repetition because each article/chapter was written separately.  At times the separated chapters came off more like rants than information.  In Cremo's defense, he is not a novelist but a researcher.  I didn't buy the book to be entertained; I bought it to be informed.  
The research involving human skeletons was fascinating.  I learned much about the scientific community.  They, like most groups, are not based on facts.  Once again politics come into play.  Scientists group off and weed out findings that don't fit their theories because their egos are more important than truth.  I also learned much about Evolution.  Personally, I could never get passed the whole "Big Bang" thing.  In math, if 0 + 0 = 0, how can nothing + nothing= explosion that created the earth and all life?  I plan on reading Cremo's Forbidden Archaeology next.  

I would highly recommend this book for anyone who is suspicious about Evolution.  I really liked how Cremo took that whole carbon-dating thing that scientists love to use as a means of "proving" their theories and then turned the tables. 4.5/5 Stars



Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Jacqueline Druga Stops by with a New Book and New Radio Show

Thank you so much, Jackie, for being my guest!  So excited to have you. 
Thank you, so nice to be here!

Nana Apocalypse: the radio show from Prepper Broadcasting. Where did the show's name come from?
http://prepperbroadcasting.com/show-schedule/thursdays/apocalypse-nana-with-jacqueline-druga/

I have always been infatuated with ‘end times’ scenarios. And the ‘Nana’ part is because I am a young grandmother. Already schooling the little ones.


Do you consider yourself a prepper?  For how long have you been prepared?
Somewhat. I am prepared and always have food and water on hand. I moved out of the city as the biggest means of prepping. I live in an area where farms are plentiful and there is well water. When I lived in the city I had the basement ready. But here, my first floor is semi underground and I am very remote and hidden.

What's in your bug-out-bag?
3 days’ supply of water and food, that I feel I can stretch out.  Simple first aid, light sticks, flashlight, tool kit, blanket. Other little things … and airplane bottles of Jack.

How realistic are shows like Doomsday Prepper?
I think, if the doomsday circumstances are right, then these folks have it together. But the whole factor in surviving is life goes on. We need to rebuild humanity and civilization.  It seems to me to be very realistic but, I feel that most of these folks wouldn’t help out others which would be a disservice to rebuilding humanity.

How long have you been doing radio?
I was a ‘live’ DJ for 12 years and this is my first run at radio. I know, embarrassing.

What kinds of discussions can listeners expect from your radio talk show?
Oh, gosh, all kinds. From doomsday to odd things. Anything that causes or can cause a disruption in civilization. Although, to keep things fresh, I will deviate.

What topics are you most interested in for broadcast?
I’m most natural talking about Nuclear War, germs, and The Book of Revelation. But I have to expand my horizon.

Besides your show (which is excellent!), who do you listen to?
I love listening to old music and I also tune into Prepper Chicks on Tuesdays and one of my guests, G. Michael Hopf, started a new show, I’ll have to check that out as well.

Jackie the Writer

Much of your writing revolves around apocalyptic situations.  Do you feel the end is near?
I did for a while, I really did. Now, not so much. Although, I see a lot of symbolism in the Book of Revelation that can apply to today.

Do you do a lot of research for your books?
Tons. I love to research. But I think I over research and then I am stuck with tons of useless information. Maybe not useless, but I won’t be using it. And I won’t force information to my readers.

What/who got you interested in the End?
My mother. She was scared to death that the world was going to end, so much so she was a prepper before preppers were big. But back in the day that was insane, so my dad took her to the doctor and they said she needed to get pregnant. She had me. The my dad would always talk preparedness to me. That drove my interest.

Your best-selling novels got you a spot on the History Channel.  Please share what that experience was like.
Jackie was their expert for a show!
Awesome. They flew me out to LA, put me up in a really nice hotel, I got a driver and a PA (Production Assistant). Being interviewed was easy. I was in front of the green screen. The only thing I didn't like was the amount of makeup they put on me. BUT i did look young and hot LOL.

It was my fifteen minutes of fame, that came one night in December (When the showed aired) and I didn't tell anyone. It was amazing how many people saw it. I think the coolest thing was my son's facebook post, 'Just saw my mom on the history channel. Pretty sweet, not gonna lie.'

Name a news event that might escalate into the end of civilization.
Sanctions on Russia, mixed with the Israel/Gaza situation. The US is a powerful force that is divided on these. And right now our public stance seems to be a little wobbly. These factors can lead to war. The downed plane? Remember World War I.

Are you religious?  Why or why not?
I am. I used to be church every week, but even though I lack in that,  I am very strong to my faith. Religion is a very strong foundation in my writing. Lots to learn from The Bible whether you are religious or not.

Who most influenced your writing?
As far as writers go, Pat Frank (Alas, Babylon and Hw to Survive the H Bomb), but Charlton Heston mainly because I wanted to create heroes in my books like him.

Of all of your titles, which is the most realistic and why?
I’ll Cry Alone. While not my best seller, and often slammed, it is the best look at Nuclear War and how I think the country would handle and rise from it.

Who is your favorite character in your series?
Frank Slagel. Without a doubt, hands down, Frank. I love him. He is in my Beginnings Series (27 books). He is the ultimate hero. He’s funny, too. To me, he is as real as any huband I have had.

Are you like your protagonist in the The Last Woman?
Ha, ha. No. I am more like the character Dodge. Many people seem to think I am like the females in my book. I am not. I am more like one of the male characters or other females.


Would you please share your links and an excerpt?
Absolutely. My website is your best source.
I am on twitter as @gojake
And facebook under ‘Jackie Druga’



Thanks so much!