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Old Loves Die Hard Book By Lauren Carr

I rated this book 5 *****’s 

Being greedy always put you to danger 
 
This book from Ms. Lauren Carr  is another mind blowing to read. She blew my mind away again. The twist is so crazy. I thought I figured it out who did it but boy! was I wrong.  
 
I am so happy that I read the very first book of this amazing series. It is such an unbelievable book. I am hooked and cannot wait to read the next book. 
 
Gnarly, the one crazy dog but always a hero is one amazing man’s best friend. I wish we have the dogs like him.  
 
Being greedy always put you to danger. People that like power will always  do anything to achieve that goals even hurting person especially a relative.  
 
This book is one mystery to unravel and you will enjoy every chapter until the last page. 

 

Why Fiction Writers Should Avoid Mixing Social Media and Politics

By Lauren Carr

 

Note: Before anyone accuses the writer of this guest post of being a “right or left-wing nut,” please be informed that she is a card-carrying Independent who has a deep distrust and dislike of any and all politicians. It is due to this dislike that she had great fun of satirizing our country’s current political situation in her best-selling mystery Candidate for Murder, in which she equally “trashed” both sides of the aisle.

 

Recently, I blocked a romance author on Twitter and Facebook.

Now this is not the first time that I had blocked someone in social media. Frankly, I have no problem blocking anyone. Usually it is because they have posted pictures of nude body parts in my timeline, but that’s another post. This post is about the seemingly no-brainer mistake that this writer had made. The horrible thing is that she is not the only writer making this error when it comes to using social media to promote fiction books.

I use social media purely for book promotion. Since my reading audience consists of mystery fans, which can be a diverse group stretching across various cultural beliefs (whether it be sex, religion, or politics), I do not originate posts on any of those subjects. It isn’t like I have any burning desire to originate such posts anyway. Anyone who knows me will tell you that my main focus is murder mysteries … and my German shepherds …and chocolate … and coffee (not necessarily in that order).

But, having said that, when it comes to Twitter, occasionally, like once or maybe twice a month, I will share a post regarding current events that strikes me as significant. Never, I repeat, never do I share posts that insults people for their beliefs. When I do these retweets, it is without added comment. I simply share the post with my 31,000-plus followers. Ninety-nine-point-nine percent of the time, my several dozen retweets a day consist of posts regarding fellow writers’ books.

So, you can imagine my reaction a couple weeks ago when a new follower responded, not direct messaged off-line, but replied to a shared post, declaring that I was “ignorant.” In other words, this romance author publicly insulted my intelligence simply because my political beliefs differed from hers.

So, without comment, without response, I immediately blocked her with two clicks of a button. No longer will she be offended by my posts or re-posts. Nor will I ever again see her postings—whether they be about politics or her books—and, as a result, I will not be sharing news about her books with my followers.

After blocking her, curiosity got the best of me and I looked up her profile. She had a whole big forty followers. I also looked her up on Facebook to find the same. Her timeline on both Facebook and Twitter consisted of anger-filled political rants against anyone who disagreed with her beliefs. Her postings were not arguments for why her views were correct, but rather insults of her political opponents’ intelligence, character, and morals—all against a banner displaying her romance novels that, I assume, she had set up these social media accounts to promote.

Book Marketing Rule #1: Don’t Alienate Potential Readers

Fiction writers with strong feelings about current political situations need to stop throwing their hissy fits and take a deep breath before alienating readers and writers on social media simply because of their different political, religious, or sexual beliefs.

To illustrate, let’s take a look at my situation with this romance author. People from all walks of life — from republicans to democrats to independents to conservatives to liberals — read romance novels. This is a huge popular genre.

Because of her lack of tolerance about a retweet in which she disagreed, this writer who only has forty followers on Twitter closed the door on a potentially advantageous avenue of book promotion. Now that I have blocked her because of her personal insult of my intelligence, none of her posts regarding guest blogs or reviews or upcoming events for her books will be shared with my 31,000 plus followers by me.

Maybe this romance writer is so intolerant of people with a differing worldview that she feels they are unworthy of reading her books—thus, she doesn’t want them to buy her books. If this is the case, she’s doing a good job of alienating literally half of her potential reading base.

The thing is, from what I have seen and heard from other writers on social media, this romance author is not an isolated case. Many fiction writers, across many genres that have nothing to do with politics, have been engaging in verbal battles with fellow authors and readers on social media. In their minds, I am sure they feel noble and courageous for standing up for their beliefs. As far as they’re concerned, they are on the side of right and anyone who disagrees with them is too stupid to read their books anyway.

Well, writers who want to sell books need to realize something before completely alienating half of their potential reading base permanently. Yes, I said half! That is fifty percent.

When it comes to using social media to promote your books, writers need to realize a basic fact about society. Generally, people “socialize” with “like-minded” people. This is people who feel, believe, or share a common interest with you. It could be a hobby—like reading—or it could be a common worldview—like religion or politics.

Me—I use social media exclusively to sell my books. My friends and followers are mystery fans and authors who cross various genres. The common thread that connects us all is our love for books—writing and reading.

Since people who think the same way tend to gravitate toward each other and become part of our own community (a world within a world), then it is very easy for us to forget that there are other people out there who think, feel, and believe differently than we do. It doesn’t mean they are “wrong” or “ignorant.” They simply have developed a different lifestyle and worldview based on their own environment.

Here’s a perfect example: Alcoholic and drug addicts, because of their illnesses, develop a lifestyle that revolves around drugs and alcohol. Their friends, and possibly their family, are fellow addicts and suppliers. That social structure is their whole world. They can’t enjoy a football game without beer. Weddings and parties must have an open bar. They can’t go out to a restaurant for dinner unless it has a wine list. Children who grow up in that environment, surrounded by alcoholics, drug users and drug dealers, learn that this is how the world operates. They don’t know any different.

When an alcoholic or drug addict goes into rehab, if they are serious about getting clean, one of the first, and hardest, things they have to do is leave that world and learn a whole new normal—learn how to enjoy a party without getting drunk or high. Oftentimes, that means cutting themselves off from friends they have had their whole lives and even some family members. They have to extract themselves from their whole social circle and create a new one.

My point is this: These fiction writers who feel so righteous attacking the intelligence or morals of readers or writers who may disagree with them—whether it be on the left or the right—are operating under a false sense of righteousness because they are so wrapped up in their social circle, made up of like-minded friends and family, that they have failed to realize how big the world outside their social circle really is.

Fiction writers should take note of the lesson to be learned from the last presidential election: our country is divided—half on the right and half on the left. Those in the mass media, Hollywood, New York, Chicago, and Washington are so wrapped up in their world of the elite that they have lost touch with the average American. Instead of taking note of that fact from the election, they have been throwing a hissy fit ever since. Hollywood celebrities who have joined in on the temper tantrum are succeeding only in alienating half of their fans by declaring them “deplorable” simply because their worldview is different.

Fiction authors who want to promote their books should play it smart and accept the fact that half of their potential readers aren’t going to vote the same as you do. So what? Unless you’re a politician looking for votes, don’t ask! Don’t even bring it up on social media.

The important thing to know about your friends and followers is this:

Do they read?

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 This second edition offers new content added to each and every chapter – personal author reflections from behind the scenes.

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Get inspired to step out of your box and embrace your potential. From the corporate world, to the arts, to working with the disenfranchised, the message is clear: there is no such thing as a normal way to live your life and no one right solution to any problem. Selected from over a hundred interviews, the stories shared here open a window on the journeys of seven women and three men who have charted their own paths, including Ruthie Davis–top US luxury shoe designer and the winner of the 2014 AAFA Footwear Designer of the Year award; and Geir Ness whose perfume is a staple in Nordstrom, Disney World, and on Disney Cruise Lines. Enjoy a glimpse behind the scenes into the unique ways these individuals have chosen to deal with life’s challenges and how they define success in their careers.

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​Whether through a random encounter on the New York subway or via a one-on-one interview with an internationally recognized artist, the goal is the same-to give wings to the unique journeys of inspiring individuals. This goal first led the author to co-launch a successful, innovative magazine focused on professionals working in the fashion industry paired with photography and illustrations by local artists. Then in 2015, Wilson took her passion to a new audience with the release of her first book, the first in a series featuring the lives of real people living real lives.

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Drifter Book By Kathy Coopmans

Blurb

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To the outside world, Kray Brooks had it all growing up.
Wealth. The devoting parents.
The beautiful girlfriend.
Good grades.

All of it a lie, except her. The woman he left behind thirteen years ago to try and achieve his real dream… to become a musician.

Life doesn’t always go according to the plan you set out for yourself.
Sometimes, you drift. Become lost, lose hope and crash.

For thirteen years he’s been drifting wherever his guitar takes him, avoiding his past. Never thinking of his future.
Not once did he think it would all catch up to him. Until it did.

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Excerpt
“You in there or what?” Josh nudges me with his hip. His finger rises up to tap me on my temple, startling me out of my slumber. I stumble forward, damn near tripping over a guitar case that’s sitting on the edge of the sidewalk. I should be paying attention to where I’m going. There are many people here singing and offering up some sort of trick for money up and down this strip. Only the ones who can carry a tune catch my wandering eye for more than a second. Not that they all don’t deserve my attention, but the people who sing have a raw, natural talent. I become lost in their voices. Attuned. Familiar. There’s no sweet, tender, or rough and seductive voice close by. Therefore, whoever owns this particular case isn’t singing, or otherwise I may have pulled Josh to a sudden stop to listen before tumbling over it like an idiot. “Shit. Sorry about that,” I tell the man I notice standing up against the brick wall without looking at him. This is what I get for thinking about things I shouldn’t. “It was my fault,” Josh comments as we both bend down to shove the few dollar bills that fell out back into the case. The man behind us just mumbles something incoherent. I instantly feel worse for some reason. He’s worked hard for this money. In the heat no less. And here I am, scrounging around to make sure I gather it all up while assholes walk around me not giving a shit there are two people squatted down on the sidewalk. They just step around us, not bothering to offer help. Insensitive assholes. I reach into my purse and toss a hundred-dollar bill inside the case. I know most of these people spend their money on booze and drugs. I don’t care. Well, I do, really. They should be using it wisely. But who am I to judge? I only wish I could have heard him sing before we walk away. The talent they have is remarkable. It’s sad, really, how I enjoy listening to them sing on these streets for food, a home, or more than likely a fix of alcohol or drugs. I can’t help it; those voices carry me away. Some of them are truly mesmerizing. Wasted talent on a dirty street. I’m sure some are runaways with dreams shattered and hopes burned. This is the only way they know how to survive. The Hollywood record producers should listen to some of these talented people instead of shoving their lying butts into the faces of the fake boob Barbie to either get in her pants or rake her back over hot coals, sucking as much money out of her as they can. If only the rich would seek out the poor. To lend a hand to those who only think life has fed them nothing but shit. For these people to see that no matter how bad your life has been, if given the chance or a choice, you can become whoever you want to be, even if you’re alone doing it. I turn to the man whose face is darkened by the way he stands. His face is completely out of my sight with his chin tugged down to where it’s almost touching his chest. One black, shiny-booted foot rests up against the wall. His jeans hang low. He’s wearing a faded gray t-shirt that, if I’m correct, was black at one time. It also looks way too small, because my god, is it tight across his massive chest. He has shoulders any woman would love to reach around and grab as he lies on top of her. I’d give anything to see his face. To hear him sing. To observe and dissect his talent.

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I rated this book 5 *****’s 

The most emotional book I ever read from Ms. Coopmans

Prepare your Kleenex. This story is heart wrenching. The most emotional book I ever read from Ms. Coopmans.

I am so grateful that I got the chance to read the ARC of this beautiful story. This book not only is very emotional but hot as well.

Sometimes money is not enough. You have to find your own destiny to know who you really are. Being a drifter is not very easy. You are willing to let go of everything you got to chase your own dreams.

If you love to read family matters, music and hotness in one, Drifter is an amazing book for you to read. This book has so much emotions, beautiful friendship in a very extra ordinary ways. The best book I ever read from the author. I really LOVED Kray And Rori. These two has been separated for so many long years that catching up is not easy but being connected intimately is a must.

Disclosure:

I received the ARC of the book in exchange of my honest review.

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About the Author:

Kathy Coopmans

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USA Today Best-Selling Author Kathy Coopmans, lives in Michigan with her husband Tony where they have two grown sons.
After raising her children she decided to publish her first book and retiring from being a hairstylist.
She now writes full time.
She’s a huge sports fan with her favorite being Football and Tennis.
She’s a giver and will do anything she can to help another person succeed!

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Diskin is the best headphone we ever used

I LOVED this new headphone from Diskin that we used. It is the best headphone we ever used. My Summer Babe LOVED how the noise her MineCraft sounds while she plays her games while using this headphone. She can play and listen to her games without her disturbing us while she is hook with her Kindle.

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I wish we have two of this headphones. I LOVED it as well.  I can listen to my audio of the book Grey by E. L. James and my other audio. The sound is so crispy clear. It feels like the narrator is talking in front of you. I also LOVED that I can watch my favorite TV shows and movies from my Nook with this Diskin headphone without my husband telling me to turn down my Nook.

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Diskin headphone is exclusively you can buy from Amazon. I LOVED how the beautiful the box is. The headphone is packaged carefully. It comes with the manual, cord and the USB for you to use when charging the headphone. We never charge the headphone yet since we first used it for a week. I think that one factor alone is amazing.

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My Summer Babe also found a trick while she is playing with her MineCraft. There is a button that you can click and it will pause if you need to take a break. This is the first time that a headphone has that another amazing factor that am sure you will LOVED this Dsskin headphone. You can also connect the headphone to your Blue Tooth but we have not try it yet.

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My  Summer Babe and I both LOVED and recommend this product. I hope you can try it too. It is perfect for games, audio, and movies as well while enjoying your quite time.

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Ysabelle
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I have always been a man who made decisions based on other
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The Travel Adventures of PJ Mouse series, written by Gwyneth Jane Page, illustrated by Megan Elizabeth

PJ Mouse, an adorable little stuffed animal, was lost and alone until young Emily heard his cries for help.
Now, along with his new family, PJ gets to travel the world – discovering exciting new places, people, and animals along the way!

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Book Description:

PJ Mouse, an adorable little stuffed animal, was lost and alone until young Emily heard his cries for help. Now, along with his new family, PJ gets to travel the world-discovering exciting new places and people along the way!

Come join PJ on his first adventure across Canada as he hikes on a glacier in the Rockies, finds a salt lake in the prairies, and walks on the ocean floor in Nova Scotia.

My summer babe rated this book 4 ****’s

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The setting happens in Canada. I went to Canada when I was two years  old. with my Mom’s friends. Canada is only a border away from New York.

The illustrations are good. The illustrator uses her colored pencil. It turned out so beautiful. I loves to draw pictures with colored pencil.

My favorite character is PJ because he is a mouse. When PJ got bought from the store, he fell out of the bag. He set underneath the bench. PJ’s adventures begin,

Emily and her Mom found PJ and keep him for good. PJ is a lucky mouse. He is an adventurous mouse. He and Emily go on adventures together. They explored the Niagara Falls, They also went to a flower garden  called Butchart Gardens. After they explore the flower garden, they saw fireworks. They visited the Rocky Mountains. PJ fell into a crevasse.  They got him out thankfully.

I do liked the story. I think the other kids will enjoy the book too.

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Book Description:  

PJ Mouse, an adorable little stuffed animal, was lost and alone until young Emily heard his cries for help. Now, along with his new family, PJ gets to travel the world – discovering exciting new places, people, and animals along the way!

​Come join PJ on this, his second adventure, along the coast of Queensland, as he snorkels at the Great Barrier Reef, chats with a Loggerhead turtle in the midst of a great undertaking, and explores the tropical rainforest- until he has to be rescued by one of the local friendly wildlife.

I rated this book 5 *****’s

I hope to visit Australia someday

Australia is one of my bucket list. I wish I could visit this beautiful country someday. This book The Travel Adventures of PJ Mouse in Queensland is such a fun book to read not only for kids but also for adults. I LOVED how the illustrator did with the second book. it turned out so beautiful. 

The book is so full of adventures. It is fun to read PJ’s adventures in Australia. You will also learned animals that you only found in Australia. The best travel experienced without living your house. Kids will learned everything from geography to animals.

This is one of the best kids book to read especially if travelling for the first time. It is perfect to bring a toy with them while traveling. My daughter brought one stuff animals but lost it somewhere in Japan airport. This book especially the first one reminds me of her travel experienced three years ago.  

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Join PJ on his third adventure, in jolly olde England. Discover why PJ finds simple things like bike rides and car rides a little too entertaining all of a sudden, why his stuffing might explode when talking to a local hedgehog, and if the 500 year old buildings do indeed bury him in rubble.  And don’t forget about Star Bear….when the lady asks for his autograph, does it mean he has finally found one of his fans?

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Meet the author and illustrator:  

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Gwyneth Jane Page (Jane), who holds an MBA from Simon Fraser University, has called many countries home. She grew up in such places as England, Peru, the USA, and the Caribbean, and has also lived in Australia and Canada. She now resides in Victoria, BC with her husband and four children. The PJ Mouse books are based on Jane’s family trips with the real stuffed animal, PJ, who was found by Emily, Jane’s youngest daughter.

Megan Elizabeth, Jane’s second oldest daughter, has lived in Canada and Australia and travelled extensively with her family-and PJ. Having been artistic since she was a little girl, illustrating the PJ Mouse books has enabled her to combine her love of travel with her love of art. Megan completed her studies at VanArts and is now building her career as a professional photographer as well as an illustrator. She currently resides in Victoria, BC with her family.

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Do you have another profession besides writing?

Yes and no. Before writing we were flipping houses, buying, fixing and selling. I got allergic to the dust and fumes and so had to re-invent myself. I don’t have much to do with the houses now, but I do still occasionally help out with some aspect of it. I prefer the design stage, planning and purchasing, and putting the whole thing together before to after. I also have 4 kids. Being a mom is not officially recognized as a profession, but it still keeps one plenty busy.

How long have you been writing?

I have only been writing for about 2 years. I started in 2013, took some college courses to get me started and developed my character and stories from the homework assignments and went from there. The classmates I had were very positive about my work so it was an encouraging start. I had never done anything remotely like this before so everything was new to me and it was a huge learning curve. I published 2 books in 2014 and 1 in 2015. It took about a year to get the first book written, artwork done and then have it made into a book. After the learning curve of getting the first one done it has only taken about 8 months to create the other books. I hope to have the next one out in the middle of next year. It is written but the artwork has not yet been started.

Do you ever get writer’s block?

Yes, some days writing is harder than other days. Unfortunately a lot of great thoughts come at about 3 am. I think “I will write that down in the morning” and then of course I can’t remember the details of my thoughts once morning rolls around. Sometimes writing seems easy, other times it seems very slow and painful. But when looking back you can’t really tell which parts were the easy bits and which the more difficult bits, so I kind of don’t worry about writer’s block and just write what I can when I can.

Do you write every day?

No. I tend to write quite a bit all at once when working on a book and then have a couple months or more when I concentrate on other things. My daughter, Megan, tends to do the artwork after I have finished the manuscript, so while this is happening I focus on other things that need doing in life.  

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

ENTER THE CREATIVE WORLD OF J.S. BACH IN INTERNATIONALLY RENOWNED GUITARIST STEVEN HANCOFF’S GROUNDBREAKING FOUR-VOLUME E-BOOK

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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: GBook Description:FROM TRAGEDY TO TRANSCENDENCEA Totally Immersive Multimedia ExperienceRichly Detailed Text Embedded with More Than 1,000 Illustrations Illuminating Bach’s Masterpiece, from Its Creation to Its LegacyBach, Casals and the Six Suites for ’Cello Solo and 3-CD set Audio Recording of ’Cello Suites to be Released June 23rdExclusively on iTunes and CD BabyIncludes Hancoff’s Complete Recording Of His Acoustic Guitar Transcription of Bach’s ’Cello SuitesFrom 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.

I rated the CD’S 5*****’s

It feels like you are serenaded while listening to the music

Listening to music always soothes me. It is one of my greatest hobby. I listened to music when I am happy and most especially when I am sad. Music is always a part of my daily life. I also love to sing too.

I am so thankful that I got the chance to listen and review the 4 CDs. It feels like you are serenaded while listening to the music. The sounds from all the instruments feels so relaxing. I listened to it when I am alone. I LOVE all the music. It sounds so beautiful. I can play it all day and reflect life. The best music to listen.   If you love instrumental, mellow songs, I highly recommend these CD’s to you.  I can listen to it all day long. The sound is so crisply clear. It feels like you are in-front of the musician. It feels so cool. 

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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.

Interview with Steven Hancoff
 
What was the hardest part of writing your book?

The story evolved as I gathered the information. And as it did, it sort of told itself! So, the hardest part was honing my use of language.Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?

I learned everything!!! This is a work of love. It was intense. I worked every single day. There are so many lessons. One important one is: do not let your tragedies define your life or your identity. Do not identify as a victim. Express your deepest self in as creative (as opposed to destructive or unconscious) way that you possibly can. Give back to life instead of demanding that life give to you. Do not betray your own higher self.

Name one entity that you feel supported you outside of family members.

The officials of the United Sates Information Agency (USIA) who chose me to be an Artistic Ambassador, and sent me around the world (45 countries) presenting concerts that told the story of America’s grand music tradition.

Do you see writing as a career?

With music, yes.

If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?

No.

Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?

I hope my work enriches the lives of people who come into contact with it. I know that delving into Bach’s music enriched mine.

If you were not a writer what else would you like to have done?

I am a Rolfer (and mighty proud of it) …an adventurer and explorer of the natural world and the labyrinthine and mysterious inner world — which is hopefully what writers do anyway

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