Monday, January 30, 2017

Review of Trader's Intuition by Roger Doss

Roger Doss is a Computer Geek with a Ph.D. in Computer Science. Still, he understands that many people choose their stocks based on nothing more than gut instincts.
Inside the pages of Trader’s Intuition, Doss explores how choosing the right stocks, for short-term or long-term holdings, can have a profound effect on each investor's long-term wealth.
Instead of devoting long chapters to how the stock market works, how stocks are bought and sold, Doss gets to the nitty-gritty in quick order. He starts with a precursor on stock brokers and stock brokerage firms and then moves on to costs involved for online investors.
Trader's Intuition was published January 11, 2017, and is currently available for $2.99 on Kindle.
For those with limited background in the stock market, Doss makes it easy to understand how stock patterns work, what to look for, and how to select specific industries and individual stocks according to your investment needs: short-term and long-term income.
Chapters include issues like Rebalancing your portfolio through the partial sale of profitable stock holdings and Magic Numbers and Position Size. All in all, this is a quick read; an easy entry to the stock market for beginners and ends with four strategies to implement through your own research to find killer stock bargains.
Thanks for reading - Al W Moe

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Review of "Written in the Stars" by Beverly Herr

First-time author Beverly Herr gets many things right in her debut novel Written in the Stars, a historical fiction about a young woman living 150 years ago in the Midwest. Her life is hard, enduring the abuse of her grandparents after the death of her mother. And, she's never seen her father, and man from Italy, not in the picture. At least that's the story she's been told her whole life.

At sixteen, the truth comes in the introduction of Timber Wolf, a Lakota warrior who aids in her abduction from the home of her uncles, where she has been staying. Scared, but thinking back to her many dreams of an old warrior trying to get her, Emily learns her given name translates to Little Fawn, and her father is the Chief of the Bruele village.

This is a good, long read, 315 pages, published August 18, 2016, on Kindle. Currently, the novel is available for $5.99.

This story reminded me of the female lead in Dances With Wolves, who is abducted at about four-years of age, but by a local Native American Tribe. In this story, the four-year-old is abducted and taken to the white grandparents and then returns to Native American life at 16. Becoming Little Fawn again isn't without wagon-loads of turmoil. There are injustices on either side of the coin flipping through her life, and accepting her will to choose life, lifestyle, and belief system is complicated by her infatuation with Timber Wolf.

The pace of this novel moves from moderate to fast-paced as the dangers of her decisions come to haunt Little Fawn. And, she learns first hand the prejudices and misunderstanding the new white settlers have for the Native Americans. Can there be a true metamorphosis of her soul? It won't be easy.

Fortunately, the characters Emily/Little Fawn interacts with are well flushed-out, not just 30-word paper figures so that the reader can get happily immersed in the story. This is a good book to read on the porch, rain or shine.

Thanks for reading - Al W Moe

Monday, January 23, 2017

Review of "Cloaked" by Laura Greenwood

Once upon a time, an author from far far away wrote a story about Keira, aka Sleeping Beauty, and her Prince Philip. A story where Keira and Philip meet things that go bump in the night in their not-so-friendly dark forest of yesteryear.

Beyond that, author Laura Greenwood has produced a very readable type of fairy tale, a story where there is much more to Hansel and Gretel than a daring escape from the wicked witch. In this story, young women from a nearby village go missing. Fortunately, the siblings (and Keira and Philip) are a lot tougher than ever, ready to do battle with whatever dark forces arrive, although Keira does struggle with throwing knives!

Still, what would you say if your mother said, "My Dear Gretel, “Advisor to a King, confidante of a Queen. Breaker of curses. Your destiny is great, but to attain it you must suffer.” Sounds a little ominous to me, but then again, this is, after all, the dark forest.

The pacing is steady, with enough action and suspense to keep me turning the pages. Unfortunately, it's a quick read at just 74 pages, released by Nevermore Press on July 15, 2016. Fortunately, it's a paltry 99-cents, well worth the price, so spend a buck on Cloaked and get an enjoyable, imaginative story from a lady with a fresh writing style you'll love.

Thanks for reading - Al W Moe