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Originally posted on Roxi St. Clair:

Here is a beautiful new video by Shreenivasan Manievannan, just released in time for Earth Day. It’s called The Untouched. Shreenivasan told EarthSky his project has been endorsed by both the International Dark Sky Association and the Earth Day Network … and it’s easy to see why.

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CLASSICS: How we can encourage children to read them -Nominee in the Global Ebook Awards 2015

CLASSICS: How we can encourage children to read them -Nominee in the Global Ebook Awards 2015

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This email made my day.

** Congratulations!
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Your Ebook(s) has Been Accepted!

Congratulations your ebook(s) is accepted into nomination for each category entered by The Global ebook Awards!

CLASSICS: How we can encourage children to read them has been accepted into nomination
in the Category of Reference.

Book description:

With the aid of the various techniques mentioned in this book, I hope to propagate the reading of Classics to everyone . . . every student, parent, and educator.

Through the use of these techniques, parents and educators will be able to introduce students to the rich world of classic literature without the negative feelings that often result when students are exposed to new, more difficult material. The book also focuses on the importance of reading good literature, methods for encouraging students to do so, and the lifelong benefits children will reap from exposure to classic literature.  It is my hope that this book will encourage everyone to make reading the classics a habit rather than a chore. We must do so, for the welfare of the modern generation and those to follow.

The book has received the following awards:

Mom’s Choice Awards® Silver Award Recipient, Classics: How we can encourage children to read them- Kindle version, Winner in the Reference Category

You can view this award winning book on Amazon

http://www.amazon.com/CLASSICS-encourage-children-Classics-should-ebook/dp/B00R1SKT9G/

http://globalebookawards.com/nominee-publicity/classics-how-we-can-encourage-children-to-read-them/

CLASSICS: Why we should encourage children to read them -Nominee in the Global Ebook Awards 2015

CLASSICS: Why we should encourage children to read them -Nominee in the Global Ebook Awards 2015

Pageflex Persona [document: PRS0000035_00005]GEbA-Nominee

This email made my day.

** Congratulations!
————————————————————
Your Ebook(s) has Been Accepted!

Congratulations your ebook(s) is accepted into nomination for each category entered by The Global ebook Awards!

CLASSICS: Why we should encourage children to read them has been accepted into nomination
in the Category of Education.

Book description:

With the aid of this book, I want to propagate the importance of classics to everyone . . . every student, parent and teacher.

Through this book I shall introduce to you the various classics that have influenced me, the different skills one can develop by reading good literature and how sometimes good fiction makes reality a lot more tolerable.

The book has received the following awards:

Mom’s Choice Awards® Silver Award Recipient, Classics: Why we should encourage children to read them- Kindle version, Winner in the Education Category

2015 Beverly Hills International Book Awards, Classics: Why we should encourage children to read them–Paperback, Winner in the Education Category

2014 Pinnacle Book Achievement Award, Classics: Why we should encourage children to read them—Paperback, Winner in the Education Category

You can view this award winning book on Amazon

http://www.amazon.com/Classics-should-encourage-children-read-ebook/dp/B00DUVZ3GW/

http://globalebookawards.com/nominee-publicity/classics-why-we-should-encourage-children-to-read-them/

CLASSICS: Why we should encourage children to read them Winner in the 3rd Annual Beverly Hills International Book Awards

Received this email just now from the President and CEO Beverly Hills Books Awards

Dear Fiza,

Congratulations, You’re a Winner in the 3rd Annual Beverly Hills Book Awards!

It is our great pleasure to inform you that you are a Winner in the Education Category of the 3rd Annual Beverly Hills International Book Awards. Your book, CLASSICS: Why we should encourage children to read them, truly embodies the excellence that this award was created to celebrate, and we salute you and your fine work.

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The lists of winners and finalists are also highlighted on our website. Be sure to go to
www.bhbookawards.com  and see your name and book cover among those of the other proud winners and finalists.

The entire team at the Beverly Hills Book Awards sincerely hope your participation in our contest will serve you well in creating the success your book deserves. You have our warmest congratulations.

Warmly,

ELLEN REID
President & CEO
Beverly Hills Book Awards

www.bhbookawards.com

http://www.amazon.com/Classics-should-encourage-children-read-ebook/dp/B00DUVZ3GW/

Launch March 16: Book Marketing on a Shoestring

Originally posted on Savvy Writers & e-Books online:

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Don’t miss this offer:

On Amazon for Pre-Sale – only $2.99

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How Authors Can Promote their Books Without Spending a Lot of Money 
Book Marketing on a Shoestring is  available: 
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00UAVL3LE
on Amazon for Pre-Sale for only $2.99
, until launch day March 16.
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OVERVIEW OF THE CHAPTERS:
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PART ONE
Why Book Marketing is Important – and Rewarding.
How Readers Will Find Your Book.
Author/Entrepreneur – Do You Have What it Takes?
Marketing Possibilities Seem to Be Overwhelming!
The Internet is Full of Bogus Stories.
What’s the Difference Between Marketing and Selling?
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PART TWO
Evaluate Your Current Publishing Situation.
Let’s Start With the Basic Tasks.
Get a Professional Author Portrait.
Create Your Avatar.
Use Your E-mail Signature.
Join the Most Effective Social Media Sites.
Join Reader/Writer Communities — Online and in Person.
Start a Website and/or Blog.
Sell Your Books from Your Website/Blog.
Create a Business Card, or Bookmarks.

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Those Eyes (Short Story) by Elsa Thomas

Those Eyes
by Elsa Thomas

I shot at him twice. After making sure that his fellow gunmen were killed, I walked towards him. His mutilated body told me that he was barely fourteen. The bullet had pierced through his ribs and stomach and both he and I knew that life in him was now a matter of a few minutes. I do not know why, but I stood there watching this boy cry of pain due to the physical ache and the mental agony. For us, he was a terrorist, a jihadist who we had to kill for the safety of the population that were sleeping peacefully with the undying belief that we were awake and alert for their sake, for their safety, for their peaceful existence.

The encounter went on for hours together and frankly I had lost track of time. The forest patch was such that it made the morning look like the evening time. Now back to that teenager who lay three feet away from me. After having shot about three jihads, he was my fourth target. His cries tore my ear shades into pieces. I bent down and I still have no idea why, I put my arms under his neck, supporting his back. My duty told me to do the deed but the human in me asked me to think twice. I should have shot another bullet at him, finishing off the story of another inhuman life who if he would remain alive cause nothing total destruction. I was in a dilemma but I felt my heart go out to this child who seemed to narrate to me an account of his life, a life put to death at an age so tender, a life put to death without having to kill. You may term it cowardice or a gutless act of an officer but I too had a heart which winced every time I heard this child cry out of unbearable pain. His eyes, those soft brown eyes that stared at me with a question for which I do not have and might never have an answer too.

I was sure that he was a child recruit, forced, threatened and trained by the group who decided to make use of him, both as a target and a participant. There might have been a reason for his pathway, a reason that may be laid to rest on his death, a reason that the world will remain unknown to. I wonder if the cause for which he now suffers was understood by him in the real sense or was it just the fear that coaxed him into being one among the many jihadists. He definitely was not doing or thinking and facing what a normal fourteen year old must be doing, thinking or feeling. He was a jihadist! The markings on his person showed that he was previously injured too and that proved that this was not the first time he took to shooting down the soldiers of the state.

I wondered who were that malevolent characters who forced this child into the world of darkness and ignorance; the ones who imparted to him the skill and expertise at warfare; the one who robbed him of the many pleasures of a normal life.  A man of the devil surely, was he to me. The hands that must hold a book and a pen, a mind that had to think of liberation and freedom, a boy who had to express his views to the world, the ideas that brimmed in the mind of a fourteen year old for this world was used at the leisure and convenience of some thoughtless men who never understood that it was time we spoke and practiced peace, understanding and humanity.

The boy kept howling and screaming, his eyes transfixed at mine. He knew that I was his murderer but even then, his brown eyes kept staring at me softly as if telling me that I was not responsible for this anguish. I could feel the turmoil in him. Blood oozed out of his mouth and nose, the holes on his person too let out streams of blood out on the ground. For the first time in my career did I cry at the obvious death of a jihadist! Well, not a jihadist but for a child who was nurtured the wrong way, who was abused to do something which he never comprehended; for a child who had so many more events in life to celebrate, his birthdays, his graduation, his first job, his very own car and so much more of the simple pleasures that he was and will be deprived of.

I could hear some of my fellow soldiers approach and he and I both knew of the torturous death awaiting him had he been caught by them. His eyes pleaded for the mercy that only I could grant; a mercy petition of tears that needed my approval. All of a sudden, he held my hand. I felt some wave of an unknown emotion pass through me. I passed my fingers through his hair.  All I could now do was to make death a little less painful for him for a child who knew not of the charges that he was guilty of. I stood up and walked back a few feet away from him, loaded my gun and granted his wish. This was the least I could do for this fourteen year old jihadist who never comprehended the theory for which he shed his blood, the theory that will remain untold to him.

Copyright © 2015 Elsa Thomas

Young Martyr of the Soil: Stop Turning Children into Terrorists by Fiza Pathan

Young Martyr of the Soil: Stop Turning Children into Terrorists
by Fiza Pathan

child-soldiers

The earth echoes in the years so small like a tiny flame flicker,

Blood so red cut from your tender throat by shrapnel piercing;

Young are you in age but the wrinkles on your brow show the pain,

Aged before time to bleed your loyalty for a cause not your own.

Gun in hand they placed you infront of the line to fire,

Tiny hands smell of gunpowder as the machine guns shoot;

Little one grown you so tall in the eyes of the powerful,

Die you soundless in tears in the soil which turns you into dust.

Tie your matted hair with a green band to justify your cause,

Small & soft are your footfalls upon the sand drenched in blood;

You were taken from your mother’s bosom to tend to the cause,

Young martyr then why is your voice in silence cry out no more?

Ebony is your shiny skin & dark brown are your eyes,

You were meant for the slate to chalk out a future little soul;

Yet here you are gun in hand & cyanide capsule between teeth,

Simple are your coffins that they lay within the dust of loss.

Dirty are your black boots by threading too much in the desert,

Your sister has been violated so she takes up the rifle with you;

They have turned you all into an army of screams & shrieks,

Hear you not the sound of a grenade twisting flesh a burning.

Young martyr don’t rally your forces against your friends,

You are yet a child but fury has turned you into a monster;

Revenge of the avenger carries you along your path of doom,

Then will you return to the earth soulful in your final battle cry.

You use the dagger in your boot to scrap the rotten flesh,

You are burnt but you still want to fire at the unknown enemy;

Young one they have brainwashed you can’t you see with focus?

Red are the wounds of the tiny ones who sleep in the wilderness.

People of Humanity please cease to make martyrs of the young,

Clear out from your terrorist groups the innocent & the delicate;

What shall you gain but the anger of the silent God,

Who cries every time a young martyr is buried in the soil.

Copyright © 2015 by Fiza Pathan

Image courtesy: http://www.ibtimes.com/children-guns-stronger-un-arms-trade-treaty-needed-stop-use-child-soldiers-amnesty-says-1077478

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