Review / Warning of ‘promotional service’ by Wid Bastian / Genius Media / Kairos Phoenix Company

A WORD OF WARNING TO ALL AUTHORS FROM CHRISTOPH!

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Here is a little warning about a “service” I subscribed to recently:
Wid Bastian of Genius Media who now has a new business named Kairos Phoenix Company (KPC).

https://www.facebook.com/widb1
https://www.bizapedia.com/wy/kairos-phoenix-company-llc.html

I’m usually sceptical when it comes to professional indie author support but was taken in by his string of box sets. So many authors couldn’t be wrong?

Our book, Do No Harm, A collection of Medical thrillers, did well. Thanks to advertising and our own huge efforts we made USA Today and gathered 1.5 millions page reads during the short time it was in KU.

Two charities were named for this set, both 501c3 charities in the US and were to receive the pre-order proceeds.  The charities advertised and marketed the set along with the authors. I’ve seen predominantly the marketing efforts from charities and the authors involved – actually next to nothing from his company.

Anyway, when…

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Lovely Literary Lines

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The rooms were very still while the pages were softly turned, and the winter sunshine crept in to touch the bright heads and serious faces with a Christmas greeting.

~ Louisa May Alcott, Little Women ~

Jennifer Hudson ~ Memory

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I have to admit I’m not an ardent fan of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Cats, but I do love the songs, particularly Memory. Oscar and Grammy winner Jennifer Hudson is playing Grisabella the Glamor Cat, in the new movie, and during The Voice finale on Tuesday night she gave a performance of Memory that can only be described as breathtaking. Word of warning: get some tissues!

 

 

Wicked As You Wish (A Hundred Names for Magic #1), by Rin Chupeco ~ 4.0 Stars

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Thanks to NetGalley and Sourcebooks Fire for providing an eARC in exchange for an honest review.

Release Date: March 3rd, 2020

432 Pages

Synopsis: Tarla Warnock has little use for magic—as a descendant of Maria Makiling, the legendary Filipina, she negates spells, often by accident. But her family’s old ties to the country of Avalon (frozen, bespelled, and unreachable for almost 12 years) soon finds them guarding its last prince from those who would use his kingdom’s magic for insidious ends.

And with the rise of dangerous spelltech in the Royal States of America; the appearance of the firebird, Avolon’s deadliest weapon, at her doorstep; and the re-emergence of the Snow Queen, powerful but long thought dead, who wants nothing more than to take the firebird’s magic for her own—Tala’s life is about to get even more complicated.

I have to be honest and say that the first 100 pages of Wicked As You Wish, is somewhat of an info dump and at one point I wasn’t sure if I was going to be able to keep reading. There are numerous characters that are introduced and a LOT of world building, which had me confused and frustrated. But I persevered because I’ve enjoyed Rin Chupeco’s previous books and I really loved the premise behind this story, and as it turns out, I’m really happy I did. The cast of characters are lovable and diverse, and they left me hard-pressed to choose a favorite. The world building, while confusing at first, wound up utterly entrancing after that awkward start. The story evolves into an artistic tapestry woven from shimmering threads of diversity, alternate history, fantasy, and fairytale magic, and I dare say only Rin Chupeco could pull this off. I highly recommend this to fans of hers as well as readers who are looking for a thoroughly unique and engrossing read filled with endearing characters. Despite the rocky beginning, I encourage you to push past it, because the rest of the book is sheer perfection!

Trump Impeached

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Tonight, Donald John Trump became the third President of the United States to be impeached. The two other members of this exclusive club are Andrew Johnson (1868), and William Clinton (1998). It’s been a long day filled with plenty of speeches, some inspiring, others less so. Here are the ten I found most memorable. I’ll let you separate the wheat from the chaff.

But, very sadly, now, our Founders vision of our Republic is under threat from actions from the White House. That is why, today, as Speaker of the House, I solemnly and sadly open the debate on the impeachment of the United States. If we do not act now, we would be derelict in our duty. It is tragic that the President’s reckless actions make impeachment necessary. He gave us no choice.

Nancy Pelosi, House Speaker

When Jesus was falsely accused, during that sham trial, Pontius Pilate afforded more rights to Jesus than the Democrats have afforded this president in this process.

Representative Barry Loudermilk, R-Georgia

When the history of this time is written, it will record that when my colleagues found that they lacked the courage to stand up to this unethical president, they consoled themselves by attacking those who did.

Adam Schiff, Intelligence Committee Chairman

On December 7, 1941, a horrific act happened in the United States, and it’s one that President Roosevelt said, this is a day that will live in infamy. Today, December 18, 2019, is another date that will live in infamy.

Representative Mike Kelly, R-Pennsylvania 

Make no mistake, we are not impeaching this president. He is impeaching himself. If you are the president, and you obstruct justice, try to bribe a foreign leader and threaten national security, you’re going to get impeached. End of story.

Representative Susan Davis, D-California 

When you see something that is not right, not just, not fair, you have a moral obligation to say something, to do something. Our children and their children will ask us what did you do? What did you say? For some, this vote may be hard. But we have a mission and a mandate to be on the right side of history.

Representative John Lewis, D-Georgia

In 1998, Senator Schumer said, and I quote, ‘This impeachment will be used as a routine tool to fight political battles.’ We thought it was a prediction. It was a promise, and now it’s playing out. It’s exactly what’s being done here…This is a travesty, and we’re in big trouble, because Schumer was right. Now it’s lowered the bar. It will be used for political battles, and this country’s end is now in sight. I hope I don’t live to see it. This is an outrage.

Representative Louis Gohmert, R- Texas

He solicited foreign interference before, he’s doing it now, and he will do it again. The president is the smoking gun.

Representative Pramila Jayapal, D-Washington 

There has never been a single-party, fraudulent impeachment process like the one being used today. Our Democratic colleagues have weaponized the impeachment provision of the Constitution to nullify the votes of 63 million Americans who elected Donald J. Trump.

Representative Mike Johnson, R-Louisiana 

What we are doing here today is not only patriotic, it is uniquely American. America is a story of of ordinary people confronting abuses of power with a steadfast pursuit of justice. Throughout our history, the oppressed have been relegated to the margins by the powerful, and each time, we have fought back, deliberate in our approach, clear-eyed.

Ayanna Pressley, D-Massachusetts 

Words To Remember

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The truth unquestionably is, that the only path to a subversion of the republican system of the Country is, by flattering the prejudices of the people, and exciting their jealousies and apprehensions, to throw affairs into confusion, and bring on civil commotion. Tired at length of anarchy, or want of government, they make take shelter in the arms of monarchy for repose and security.

Those then, who resist a confirmation of public order are the true Artificers of monarchy—not that this is the intention of the generality of them. Yet it would not be difficult to lay the finger upon some of their party who may justly be suspected. WHEN A MAN UNPRINCIPLED IN PRIVATE LIFE DESPERATE IN HIS FORTUNE, BOLD IN HIS TEMPER,  POSSESSED OF CONSIDERABLE TALENTS, HAVING THE ADVANTAGE OF MILITARY HABITS—DESPOTIC IN HIS ORDINARY DEMEANOR—KNOWN TO HAVE SCOFFED IN PRIVATE AT THE PRINCIPLES OF LIBERTY—WHEN SUCH A MAN IS SEEN TO MOUNT THE HOBBY HORSE OF POPULARITY—TO JOIN IN THE CRY OF DANGER TO LIBERTY—TO TAKE EVERY OPPORTUNITY OF EMBARRASSING THE GENERAL GOVERNMENT AND BRINGING IT UNDER SUSPICION—TO FLATTER AND FALL IN WITH All THE NONSENSE OF THE ZEALOTS OF THE DAY—IT MAY BE JUSTLY SUSPECTED THAT HIS OBJECT IS TO THROW THINGS INTO CONFUSION ‘THAT HE MAY RIDE THE STORM AND DIRECT THE WHIRLWIND.’

~ Alexander Hamilton, Objections and Answers Respecting the Administration – August 18th, 1792 ~

The Real Cost Of Private Medicine

My friend Pete and I have had several discussions regarding the British healthcare system versus the US one (or lack thereof). While my fellow Americans won’t be shocked at this video, I think Britons, Canadians, and people from just about any other country will find this shocking!

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After my post about going to see the doctor yesterday, my dear blogging friend Kim sent me a link to a very interesting video. This may be of great interest to British readers.

Few of us here know much about private health care, although a percentage of people do pay into a scheme to get preferential, or faster treatment. Having a pet might make you realise just how expensive treatment and drugs can be these days, as I have found out with Ollie’s trips to the Vet.

In this short film, random people on a British street are asked to guess the cost of medical treatments and drugs in America, for example an asthma inhaler.

Their answers are very interesting.

Given the recent publicity about government ministers considering significant changes to the NHS and overall healthcare provision in this country, this is something we all need to be aware of.

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