Wednesday, August 13, 2014
Relationship and respect are the foundation of effective classroom management for at at-risk teens. Written by a Teacher of the Year Nominee for Court and Community Schools, this book outlines principals and strategies for those who are struggling to maintain control of their classrooms. In Their Corner succinctly dispenses practical advice that can immediately ease classroom tensions and help you begin to move past damage-control and into a rich and rewarding experience.
As anyone who has read my blogs (or my books), then you'll know that I often complained about my teen students. For me, they were the worst, and I wish I had this book with me at the time. This is an invaluable guide to help you get control of your classroom.
You can buy the book now on Amazon by CLICKING ON THIS LINK.
Monday, July 7, 2014
THE MONSTERJUNKIES: SANCTUARY by Erik Daniel Shein and Theresa A. Gates
A year has passed since the Monsterjunkie family has opened up their mysterious, macabre estate to a few trusted souls. But Crow and his sister Indigo face new challenges, including random acts of cruelty and harassment, a secret trauma that haunts Crow, and a shocking crisis with a close friend as they seek sanctuary in the most unexpected and unusual places. The Monsterjunkies continue their ancestral legacy in the world of cryptozoology, and delight in their quirky, mystical, and charming traditions. But can this enchanting family raise their children in a world that is not?
This is the second book in the "Monsterjunkie" series and these are very good books for the teenagers in your house. My daughter is 9 but this is something she would really enjoy as well. It also teaches some good social lessons about bullying and self-esteem, while not pounding you over the head with them.
From now until July 25th, you can pick up the Kindle version for only 99 cents, which is a very good bargain. CLICK HERE TO GO DIRECTLY TO THE AMAZON SITE.
Tuesday, July 1, 2014
Early one morning in 2011, Hilary Neiman was hard at work in the offices of her own successful adoption and surrogacy practice, when three agents of the FBI entered without warning, read her Miranda rights, and informed her, "this is your Come to Jesus day." How does one go from being raised in a loving, ethical family and earning an advanced education, including in the law, to being accused in the headlines of joining a baby-selling, human trafficking ring? Eventually, Hilar would plead guilty, but not to baby-selling. She would forfeit her license to practice law, and spend five months in the Atwood Minimum Security Camp in Lexington, Kentucky. "Things Fall Apart" is the story of a young woman with nothing but the promise of a fulfilled life ahead of her, whose childhood dream turned into a nightmare.
This a book I can definitely relate to, as my sister-in-law was also sent to prison (over 2 years at a women's prison in Thailand) for virtually the same crime. My sister-in-law worked for a company named "Baby 101" (just do a simple Google search on that one and you'll see it was pretty bad.) They were accused of running a "baby breeding farm" and sentenced for human trafficking. It's kind of amazing how these lives are so similar.
I only wish I could have given this book to my sister-in-law during her time in prison (she has currently been released.) This book certainly gives inspiration and hope, while at the same time providing a good dose of humor and human drama.
You can buy the book now on Amazon on either digital or paperback by clicking on this link.
Wednesday, May 21, 2014
World wonders hidden from sight, ancient remedies perhaps unknown indigenous knowledge from lost eras; these are the secrets Ancient Imports unearths!
ULTRA PREMIUM EXTRA VIRGIN OLIVE OIL
Technique Reserved for Kings
"The oil is solely made from an undocumented ancestral Baladi-Ayrouni variety which is the most acclaimed olive tree variety in the world. The Sisters are committed to quality, therefore half a dozen pickers inspect every single olive before the washing stage. This meticulous step which adds about $2/bottle to the olive oil cost, was traditionally reserved for the 'Mir' or the king of Lebanon some 700 years ago. The unfiltered oil is entirely processed and bottled by hand under vacuum, has a very low acidity (0.18-0.24), is very high in polyphenols and is made through the exclusive process of cold crushing within a maximum of 5 hours after picking. (Many evoo producers process their oils up to 12 hours later and some use heat or chemicals to extract the oils.) International Michelin star Chefs such as Yanick Alleno and Chef Dima Sharif as well as local Lebanese star Chefs "Joseph" Akkiki of the acclaimed "Burgundy" restaurant and Joe Barza from the show "Top Chef", have all tasted and used The Sisters' olive oil and all describe it as the best olive oil with which they have ever cooked!"
-The Sisters Olive Trees of Noah
This sounds like really great stuff, and the best part about it is that all the proceeds go to the preservation and upkeep of these ancient olive trees in Mount Lebanon, which are some of the oldest living bio-organisms on the earth! Who but the grumpiest of curmudgeons doesn't want to help ancient trees?
Check out their website, ANCIENT IMPORTS.NET to learn more. They are currently having a "Grand Opening Celebration" and are offering 10% off on all orders greater than $25 (until June 22, 2014.) Just enter code 721NTJS.
Tuesday, May 13, 2014
I just released a new book recently. It's a compilation of all three of my Taiwan/Texas books in one massive omnibus. At nearly 700 pages, the paperback version is heavy and HUGE, but awesome nonetheless! I included some new chapters at the end to kind of bring things up to date for 2014.
Here's what you get:
The #1 Best Seller "AN AMERICAN TEACHER IN TAIWAN"
I'm actually kind of amazed at how well this book has done. Of all my "non fiction" books, this is my biggest seller. It's still at #20 on the Amazon Best Seller List.
The #3 Best Seller "FROM TAIWAN TO TEXAS: LIFE IN MID-AMERICA"
Usually people buy this one together with "An American Teacher" in Taiwan as they are basically companion pieces. This book has also sold fairly well, and is currently at #30 on the Best Seller List.
"THE RELUCTANT AUSTINITE"
This one is basically all my Austin related stories, but written in the same style as the other two books. If you liked the other two, you'll probably like this one too. My weakest seller, but it's actually sold a lot more than I expected.
You can buy the digital version for Kindle by CLICKING ON THIS LINK.
You can buy the paperback version HERE.
Saturday, May 10, 2014
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Sunday, April 20, 2014
It's the day after Christmas. Bill Snyder, a disillusioned high school teacher who's pretty sure he's been receiving signs from a higher power, feels compelled to wander up a mountain trail and into a mysterious valley where he undergoes a bona fide transcendental experience. Snyder's grizzled spirit guide leads him on a strange and powerful journey of self-discovery with Ernest Hemingway, the Scarecrow from The Wizard of Oz, and a mystical procession of curious characters at The Spirit Guide Bar.
READER PRAISE FOR "THE SPIRIT GUIDE BAR":
"A wonderful story full of twists and turns!"
"A truly engaging and thought-provoking read."
- Amazon Customer "Zollie"
You can visit William Snyder's webpage at www.williamsnyder.biz
Buy this fantastic, hilarious book today at Amazon by CLICKING ON THIS LINK!