#GuestPost – America’s Reality Today by Jamell Crouthers

The concept behind me writing America Under Mind Control was to enlighten people on how much we are controlled mentally on a daily basis. What we fail to realize is society programs and trains our minds to act and be a certain way. Whether we know it or not, we surely don’t take the time to understand the messages being conveyed to us everyday.

From the moment we are coherent and able to speak as little children, there are messages being told to us. While we don’t realize that as children, as we get older, we should start to grasp the concept that the world does anything and everything to control our minds and keep us separated from each other.

Let’s just take the education system for example, which is something I do delve into toward the end of my book, do you remember anything that you were taught in school? Besides the basics of learning the alphabet, learning to write and simple functions of math, how much of what you were taught actually relates to your life?

You ever take the time to question what you were taught in your history books and science books? Probably not because you took everything those teachers taught you at face value. Meanwhile, a lot of it were all lies but at this point, how much do we care?

We were taught to be obedient in school, respect authority, don’t question what you’re being told. You ever catch yourself sitting with someone or in a meeting with people and you have your hands folded most of the time? Yup, that was indoctrinated into your mind and you subconsciously do it now because you did it so much repetitively that it’s ingrained in your mind.

This all works perfectly into a Corporate America environment where you are to respect authority, don’t challenge the big bosses and do what your told. America teaches you to go to college, bury yourself in debt, get a plethora of degrees only to be paying loans back a large percentage of your life which makes you what?

You ever notice you’re not taught the most important aspects of life? Critical thinking, cognitive thinking, challenging yourself and others. The most important things you learn in life you learn on your own or through others, opening a bank account, money management, stocks and bonds, buying a car, buying a home, building and growing your own business. Imagine if we were taught through hands on experiences (which is what life mostly is when you think about it), but that’s not what the rich and wealthy want from you.

Take the time to just think about that alone and then imagine how many other things the wealthy people are doing to control your mind. I tackle things such as music and radio, television, our shopping habits, print media, gun control, technology, credit cards, gambling, student loans, the food you eat, politics, diseases and medicine and many other things.

Until we start understanding and realizing the world around us, we will continue to be average, we aren’t meant to live a life like that. If you have an open mind about life and the world, my book is definitely worth reading, it’s available on Amazon and other bookstores.

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Indian Goddess. Abused?

Hello everyone!

On the second and the third installment of the TRUST TRILOGY, my characters Sophia Leibowitz and Ethan Ashford discuss children and women abuse, especially in India and China. Why have I spoken of such a touchy subject in a contemporary erotic romance?

Because, in my opinion, books should pass on a message, even when they are fiction and supposedly only meant only for entertainment.

The violence against women¬†are escalating to such a proportion that last year 224,270 crimes against women were reported, but unfortunately these numbers are underreported. It‚Äôs said that 100 million Indians, largely women and girls ‚Äď sometimes, little boys ‚Äď are trafficked.

Ad Agency Taproot¬†created the campaign ‚ÄúAbused Goddesses‚ÄĚ, physically recreating scenes from old hand-painted images of Indian goddesses all hurt, because¬†even the powerful Indian Goddesses, whom are worshipped, must be feeling¬†that¬†they are being abused too.

Here are the beautiful created, but heartbreaking photos of the ads.

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                        Goddess Durga, worshipped for her strength and invincibility

Sixty-eight percent (yes, 68%!) of women in India are victims of domestic violence and the gang-rapes are being reported in international newspapers.

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                                     Goddess Lakshmi, goddess of wealth

We‚Äôre in the 21st century and, it’s incredible, unbelievable, that there are women who still think they‚Äôre men‚Äôs or families‚Äô properties, because they were led to believe such as they grew. As Simone de Beauvoir said in her book “The Second Sex”: One is not born, but rather, becomes a woman.¬†

We should teach our girls to respect themselves as human beings, observing our differences as we are not physically equal to men physiologically speaking, but much the same where rights are concerned.

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        Recreation of Goddess Saraswati, goddess of Knowledge, arts music and science

Each beautifully made ad includes a phone number to report abuse. Their number is 022-2652 0601 (or 0602).

An amazing initiative. Congratulations to those who did those ads and are helping this cause. Let’s stand up and applaud.

May these revered Goddesses give us the courage to stand up and speak out for the abused ones, who need our help!

My best,

Assinatura Cris

 

 

Cristiane Serruya is the author of the TRUST trilogy: A New Beginning; Betrayed; and Pandora’s Box and THE MODERN MAN, already reviewed here by Niyati Mavinkurve. Cris is also a lawyer, and has worked with abused women and children. She lives in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, with her husband and two teenage daughters.

Cris, Raphaela & Giovanna in The Botanic Gardens in Rio de Janeiro

Cris, Raphaela & Giovanna in The Botanic Gardens in Rio de Janeiro, in 2008.

Cris can be found online: via her website http://cristianeserruya.com.br

FaceBook: https://www.facebook.com/cristianeserruyauthor

Twitter: @CrisSerruya and @TrustTrilogy

The TRUST TRILOGY books, Trust: A New Beginning, Trust: Betrayed and Trust: Pandora’s Box¬†are being sold by Amazon India, on the following links:

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TRUST #2 exact incheshttp://www.amazon.in/gp/product/B00CFV78NY?*Version*=1&*entries*=0

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She is also on:

GoodReads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6583811.Cristiane_Serruya

Pinterest http://pinterest.com/crisserruya/

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCzFpFsNvdcH6g-6ce_PobbQ/videos

#Quotables 15 on Power Of Words

I spent my life folded between the pages of books.
In the absence of human relationships I formed bonds with paper characters. I lived love and loss through stories threaded in history; I experienced adolescence by association. My world is one interwoven web of words, stringing limb to limb, bone to sinew, thoughts and images all together. I am a being comprised of letters, a character created by sentences, a figment of imagination formed through fiction.

– Tehereh Maafi, Shatter Me

Source: Goodreds

Quotables#3 on Memories and Books

Isn‚Äôt it odd how much fatter a book gets when you‚Äôve read it several times?‚ÄĚ Mo had said‚Ķ‚ÄĚAs if something were left between the pages every time you read it. Feelings, thoughts, sounds, smells‚Ķand then, when you look at the book again many years later, you find yourself there, too, a slightly younger self, slightly different, as if the book had preserved you like a pressed flower‚Ķboth strange and familiar.

Cornelia Funke, Inkspell

Source: Goodreads

#Quotables 2 on #Books

‚ÄúWhat really knocks me out is a book that, when you’re all done reading it, you wish the author that wrote it was a terrific friend of yours and you could call him up on the phone whenever you felt like it. That doesn’t happen much, though.‚ÄĚ

J.D Salinger, The Catcher in the Eye

Source: Goodreads

Reading Challenges – 2014

2014

So Here I decided to give myself 14 random challenges to read different types of books in the coming year!! These challenges are completely my own and I’d love for you to join in and share experiences!!

Here they are!!

1. Read a Trilogy

2. Complete an ENTIRE SERIES consisting of 5 books or more

3. Read 3 books from the 1001 Books to Read Before I Die (=List on my Blog)

4. Read 20 books by INDIAN AUTHORS

5. Read atleast 5 Cozy Mysteries

6. Read 1 Poetry Book

7. Generate a Random Word for a month and read books starting with that letter

8. Read 10 Dystopian Novels, 10 Paranormal Books, 10 New Adult Books

9. Read 5 Books for Children (=It helps to go back to your childhood sometimes!!!)

10. Read 10 Books and Be the FIRST ONE TO REVIEW THEM ON AMAZON!

11. Read 10 books which Top Lists on Goodreads (= 10 Individual Books Topping 10 Different Lists!)

12. Read 1 Travel Related Book

13. Read 2 books related to Spirituality and Healing

14. Read 8 books under “Horror” genre, 8 books under “Historical Romance”, 8 books under “Urban Fantasy”

 

Phew!!! This seems like a tough task and I hope I get through doing all these!!

In Addition, I am also doing 2 challenges called IndieReads 2014 where I read over 75 books by Indie Authors and one called FirstReads where I read 76 books by New Authors

What books are you reading this year? What challenges are you participating in?  Do share your thoughts in the comments below!!

 

 

 

Story gone Awry- By The Pound: Marcus Bleecker

Whites, colors, darks. It seems like doing laundry would be a fairly simple task, but for many people there just isn’t the time. Enter a place like By the Pound, where you can simply drop off your clothes and pick them up later, clean and folded. Sure, it may be a bit awkward to have someone launder your “private items,” but it’s all about convenience. Well, unless you’re the poor protagonist in this story, who soon finds that his bag of clothes may have to sit unclaimed at the wash and fold laundromat because he’s too embarrassed by the items inadvertently left in the side compartment of his laundry bag.

A hilarious short story from Emmy-nominated cinematographer, author and drummer for The John Popper Project, Marcus Bleecker.

I guess the last line above is the most misplaced line and use of language I have ever read. After reading this book, I was happy that this was a short story and that the author had finished the book in just 7 pages.

The story doesn’t have any logic or sense or flow and while I really struggled to laugh, the end left me really really confused. I didn’t want to outright bash a book into nothingness but when I saw that other people had similar reactions, I steeled myself. A review is an opinion after all.

The only reaction I do have to this book is “WHAT?! I’m confused…. again, What?” This one sentence probably describes whatever I have to say about this book. I really wish the author had thought about this because it feels more like a blog post than a book.

I don’t really want to write for the sake of being mean. I would have been better off reading another book in my time.

My Rating: 1/5

Spaz agrees to not give out stars for this book. I wish the author luck in his future projects and wish that they are a little more thought out.

Witty, Smart and Concise: The Audacity of You by Dominique Wilkins

The minute I read the description of the book, I knew this was going to be one that I would like. The book says,

”¬†Have you ever done something for someone and they had the nerve to not return the favor when you needed it? Did you let a lot of things someone did wrong to you go by, only to have them blow up at you because of the one thing you did to them by mistake? Someone gave them a good start to get where they are, but they turn around and give you a hard start! The nerve of them! You will laugh and cry as you read Glorianna, Ke-Ke, Levi & J.D.’s stories.

And Dominique was kind enough to share the book with me in exchange for an honest review.

This is one of those collections of short stories that you would like to have near your bedside just to give you a good laugh. Mind you, it is difficult to write something witty out of something all of us do inadvertently, which is thinking of our selfish needs before others!!

16161659The book contains Short Stories of normal people like you and me. No fantasy, and possibly, no fiction either. The common thread between each story is that one of the characters does something totally audacious which makes you think how the person can ever imagine doing something like that.

A lot of it goes with how we perceive the world. Most of us people are like atomic reactors, exploding at any moment. Once we think of it afterwards, a common response being, “how dare he/she do that?”

In a way, the book made me think about the sort of individuals we were and how collectively our society thought and categorised people and their behaviour.

I enjoyed a good laugh though out of the book and I recommend it to everyone to give it a try and laugh out at the horrors of the characters when they think about the “Audacity” of other people.

 

My Rating: 4/54star

A well written short story collection which should definitely be on everyone’s shelf!

 

Dominique can be contacted on her Twitter Account (AuthorDWilkins) and on her website,

http://www.authordwilkinsgoodbooks.com/