Halls of Ivy: Pathfinder: Roland Nunez
College: Defined as an institution of higher learning where students or those that attend are granted their bachelor’s degree in liberal arts, science or both. Those who attend are taught or educated by professors who are skilled and knowledgeable in a particular field or fields. Those just beginning as the students we meet within the pages of this novel are attending the undergraduate divisions of the university or school in which they have enrolled and hope to be granted a degree in a particular field. Students are the individuals trained and attending classes for the purpose of learning and getting their degree. But, within the Halls of any university there are those who need more than just lectures, labs and assignments. At times there are situations that lend themselves to warranting individuals to come in and mediate, take over and respond to the needs of students, faculties and others in the event of a crisis/event situation. Most colleges or universities as the one described in this novel have many different organizations, faculty members, RA’s, retention task forces and others to help students deal with any academic, social or personal issues that might hamper them from dealing with their course loads. The Dean of Students plays an integral part in every college and has the authority over a specific academic unit or in some cases the entire school. But, what happens when the faculty, teachers, students and staff Cross the Line? What happens when secrets and lies are the basis for the survival of many? What happens when a university is riddled with budget cuts and those making those cuts do not have the best interest of the staff or students at heart? What happens when some staff members have a dual purpose for taking positions? Enter the Halls of Ivy of Sun Valley University and meet the staff and students. Listening to their conversations, hear their secrets, learn about their betrayals and find out why Cheyenne Winters is granted a coveted position as an academic advisor to so many second year students. Find out what she is really trying to do and learn more about the suicides that happened the previous year. Learn about Professor Steven Garcia and his panic attacks, his dissertation that he wants published, his deceit and research projects.
Meet the Student Government Association members who are supposed to assist with any student problems, handle issues that come up, potential situations before they escalate and pray that no more students decide to take their own lives. Meet Mason Cook, Miyu Kaneko and Jessica Evans the members of the Retention Task Force. Each of these three has a specific job and specific goal. But, when taken collectively just how effective will they be? When professors cross the line, students, faculty members and others cross the line what happens will open your eyes as you take the courses, visit the classrooms, listen to the phone calls, hear the interviews that Cheyenne conducts and uncover the secrets that are hidden within the walls and halls of Sun Valley University. Using a unique technique and way of telling his story, author Roland Nunez allows readers to hear the voices of many students who confide in Cheyenne, enlists her trust in order to deal with any problems or situations that arise. Tutors are supposed to be available to all of the students but what happens when they are in short supply? What happens when two young girls taking a journalism class need help? What happens when a young man named Tobias solves their problem? What would you do if you were Alia or Gabriella? Would you take the same chances they did? Find out when you learn more about the underground “tutoring” program.
The corruption goes deeper than must the tutoring program, the research programs and the budget cuts. The football team was the target of a prank in order to make them look bad on the field. An innocent student gets blamed, another gets away scot-free and a football coach encourages more than most would bargain for as his manner of training is unorthodox and the end result could cost more than must points in a game. With one student who seems to have his hands on the drug pulse, Cheyenne taking interviews and having to make moral decisions about whether to withhold the information that she has been told in confidence, Sun Valley University is one school that everyone enters at their own risk.
Throughout the novel you will hear many different voices, interviews, confessions and as you learn about the underhanded dealings within the administrative offices, the Dean of Students and her desired budget cuts, Stacy Richards feeling betrayed as Steven Garcia’s science building becomes the new prime focus for the University. Deceits, lies, betrayals, murder, prejudice, malice and greed are just some of the themes that are brought to light within this plot and on this college campus. But, when Cheyenne is approached by Phillip Never, the University’s lawyer, and makes a deal to share information, why does she agree, what are his motives and can he be trusted? Added in we meet Susan Price a former student from the Halls of Ivy’s first book and we learn the part she will play to uncover what is going on in this college.
A plot that seems to be ripped right out of a college catalogue, the headlines or a blog filled with college gossip and more author Roland Nunez keeps readers in total suspense throughout the novel hoping to find answers to the many questions posed: What is really happening in this college? How and why are they still opened? High rankings, students with high grades, high post graduate employment and yet suicides, murders, budget cuts and research and other monies still coming in?
Phillip Never and President Lambrick have a goal but exactly what it is has yet to be revealed as the suicides were covered up, end result of the Homecoming prank costly and a surprise move by someone that save a child’s life. The link to the pasts of all staff and faculty members is revealed and their reason for being hired quite startling as author Roland Nunez brings readers inside the boardrooms, the meeting rooms and staff lounges to hear conversations that will make you shudder and think twice when choosing a college for yourself or any family member.
Jessica Evans is part of the security team even though she is a student. Finding a room filled with security cameras uncovers information about the person sending her notes and warning her of impending dangers on the campus. With a President and Lawyer so corrupt, cover-ups, murders, suicides, budget funneled to wherever one man wants them to be targeted, Sun Valley University should be under heavy scrutiny but is not.
A plan that would hopefully stop whatever is in the works and one woman out to bring it all out in the open. An explosion, one young man risks it all, truths about the administration come out and the ending will keep you glued to the printed page waiting to see what author Roland Nunez has planned in the third installment of this outstanding series. An ending that will surprise readers and one man whose actions changes it all. What is next for Sun Valley University? Who was behind the downfall of the Board of Regents? Who can you trust when you enter the Halls of Ivy? You decide after you read, asses the information, hear the interviews, read between the lines and finally learn just how far deceit, lies, deceptions and betrayals are hidden behind the many buildings, walls and cameras of Sun Valley University.
Fran Lewis: reviewer
JL: Lolly: From Fishing to Fashion Reeling in an Unlikely Fashion Success
By author: Jeff Stewart
Author Jeff Stewart is given a unique and unusual opportunity to discover the history and rebirth of Lolly Clothing. Imagine being in a pub having a drink and meeting the owners of this company. Coming to an unusual agreement to write a novel focusing on the fashion industry and dedicated Lolly herself. Jeff Stewart the March of Time and Skin Author and enters a world unknown to him along with readers learning about the rebirth of Lolly Clothing. From start to finish from hard times to success, this story is told straight from the hip or the heart. Lolly: From Fishing to Fashion, Reeing in an Unlikely Fashion Success is the story of two brothers who decided to revamp and old business and turned it into a success. But, this fashionista decided to take a look at the fashions, the website and get to know Lolly before completing her initial review of the book. The collections are outstanding very unique and different from many others that I have bought or seen and the color palettes fit my taste to a T. Entering the world of fashion and learning the ropes from the bottom up let’s take the journey with our author and laugh, cry, pray and become more attuned to the fashion industry, the processes involved in creating collections, keeping this business afloat.
Jeff Stewart and his dog Chico who never leaves his side enter help tell the story of Lolly Clothing. He writes about his experiences, the many company people that he met, the two brothers, Todd and Chad running the company and the change from OGear to Obvious Clothing to Lolly. First we meet the man who helped Todd and Chad, S fisherman named Scott whose investment acumen and business sense encouraged many other fisherman to invest in Lolly. Taking a half a million dollars of his life savings, and getting 17 others to invest at least 50 thousand dollars each this company was on its way to success. Lolly sounds like a company that everyone would love to be affiliated with. Getting to know the fisherman and understanding his rationale for becoming involved you learn that not only is this a solid company but one that cares about its clients. Imagine calling your client making sure that they are happy with your services and your products. Allowing someone to handle so much of his money and that of others required an instant bond or trust from the start. Caring about their employees, making sure they get paid understanding the challenges involved and creating a sense of oneness within the company. Imagine wanting to come to work and enjoying what you do. The Kimball brothers treat their employees as family. After we learn about Scott we meet the company’s accountant who takes readers into the financial end of Lolly, explains why she left a well paying job to become their financial accountant and why her decision was right for her.
The relaxed conversations he has with the investors, the employees and both Todd and Chad enlighten readers as to the origins of the company, the struggles they faced when deciding how to begin and the positive light in which they are regarded by everyone working for Lolly. There is Scott Schoenfeld who talks and deals with numerous retailers, boutiques and follows up with clients to make sure they are happy with the collection and their services. How rare is that! Amy Romer is the company’s accountant and as I stated before she left her position at another company to work for Lolly full time. Her reasons and their conversation, how she met both Todd and Chad are the prime focus of pages 38- 46. Next we meet Todd’s wife Lori who is not only beautiful on the outside but on the inside too.
The original name for the company was Obvious Gear which was later shortened to O’Gear. But, this company began and the idea came from a young girl walking on 65th and 17th on Ballard wearing a simple green tee-shirt. Using that premise Todd decided to start his own tee-shirt business with simple sayings and ideas. Learning from the beginning, researching how to start a business and buying several titles in Barnes and Noble he got the ball rolling. Everyone has t-shirts but thinking positively and out of the box he stated: They don’t have his or our t-shirts. So from a small beginning the business bloomed online. Next we learn about the heart of Lolly and listen to an interview Jeff has with a man named Matt starting his own magazine. Since this was an exclusive on the phone in order to find out what they talked about I suggest you read it for yourself. But, within his busy schedule writing this interesting and, entertaining and informative book he managed to finish his other title: Flotsam for Jetsam.
Sergio Jimenez is really quite interesting when he tells readers and Jeff how he wanted to become a marine biologist and instead works for Lolly where he shares with readers the inside scoop on how he learned to issue trims to contractors and explaining that once the garments are created and the samples sent to the sales reps and they sell a certain amount of each style he takes over and predicts how much fabric and more need to be purchased as we learn the inside scoop about what keeps this business thriving.
Named for their grandmother, Eleanor, nicknamed Lolly, Todd, and Chad would make her proud. With his wife Lori at his side and support from his actor brother Chad, the foundation they received from their parents and their support these two are a total success. Imagine having a brother nominated for a Tony Award. The final or second section relates the true history of Lolly told by Todd and Chad. Discussing that they really did not know just how expensive this industry is and the products made have so much that go into them needing the right team to create the line. They tell the author about hiring a designer on a contractor basis and then realizing what they wanted to do and change about Obvious which is what the company was called at first. As you read this chapter you will learn more about how they got started and when and how Lolly took off beyond business. Imagine having a passion for fashion and a wife that supports you in every way. You can hear their words, feel the energy and the passion that is ignited in them. Success comes when you are truly committed as they were and still are. Within this section you learn about the materials, the cashmere line and transition to Lolly. The final story about meeting the first lady and the President and remembering where and when it all started rounds out this very interesting and informative book. But, before I complete my review I have to relate that I checked out the collection which includes: Opposites Attract: the sporty side, The Gypsy Angel Line with soft pastels and earth tones plus Eyes Wide Shut: Hot fashions for a great night out. There are many more collections but I have to say regardless of which one you choose Lolly has something for everyone especially me. A true success story told through the eyes of an observer who takes the journey from past to present, enters the cutting rooms, meets the designers and learns just why Lolly is such a success and even more why Todd and Chad are brothers the same yet so different and how each of their special personalities blend together to create Lolly.
Fran Lewis: Reviewer
The Tearings: A YA BOOK TO WAT
THE TEARINGS by V.C. Repetto
When not planning how to survive the next plague and/or apocalypse, I like to submerge myself in as many Victorian Gothic novels as I can find. It is quite fun in my head, actually, between all the moldy lace and gas masks.
I live in a land far, far away, where people have begun disappearing from their houses and the blackest of vans have been roaming the streets. You are welcome to stay for a bit, if you’re brave, though I should warn you, a cold has been making the rounds…
author reimagines the plague
Could you survive it? Find out in THE TEARINGS, a brand new young adult novel
From the moment the black vans appear to take the sick away, Maya knows there is something wrong. A high school sophomore, she seems to be the only one to question the sudden disappearances at school and the masks everyone is forced to wear. Even when word of the new “healing centers” reaches the public, no one dares to ask what is happening.
But when Maya catches the disease, the one they call The Tearings, and is taken to one of these centers along with her mother, the truth becomes all too clear. She is separated from her family and forced to work, becoming one of the more fortunate ones who is not sent to the testing wings. Bullied by the guards to the point of death, she meets David Summers, the enigmatic young Captain who appears to loathe his position of power in the camp and who seems as drawn to Maya as she is to him.
When Maya suddenly becomes the disease’s only survivor, she must put her trust on David to find a way to escape the camp and get the truth, and the cure coursing through her veins, out to the world.
THE TEARINGS (Evernight Teen, November 2013) is V.C. Repetto’s debut novel. V.C. Repetto has always been fascinated with epidemics and how they change the rules societies live by. She is currently applying to study viruses and infectious diseases at her local university.
Readers of her book have expressed great enthusiasm for the project. Here are what a few early readers have said:
“This book was absolutely amazing. A must read. Repetto weaves a dark tale that drew me in to the point of obsession. It is chilling and emotional. I can only hope there is a sequel in the works, because I want more!”- Melissa Hosack, author of THE DATING TUTOR
“Haunting! A Chilling must-read YA novel!”- Sasha Hibbs, author of BLACK AMARANTH
If you’d like to learn more about V.C. Repetto, you can find her website at http://vcrepetto.wix.com/vcrepetto and her novel’s page at Evernight Teen at http://www.evernightteen.com/the-tearings-by-v-c-repetto/
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The True End of Money And the Path to Free: Derek M. McGowan
What kind of a world do you want to live in? A world where you earn money, are compensated for a days work, where monetary rewards help you to buy the goods and services you need, or a world devoid of money, where everything you supposedly need to sustain your life is provided for you? Rules are made by different governments and agencies which oversee many of the aspects of our lives. Author Derek M. McCowan takes readers on a 150 year journey from the years 2035-2181 provoking our thoughts, inner most wants and needs and guiding readers to decide for themselves: Capitalism or a World Free of Money? After reading this thought provoking and unique novel you will decide that and much more. Can we live in a world where our every need is provided for and where we do not have to pay for goods and services? What are the requirements that are necessary? What are people expected to do? Can you as the author introduces in the final era change the mindset of every person on the world, financial analyst, government leaders and the people of every country to buy into what he introduces as we begin our journey.
Capitalism is defined as: : an economic system characterized by private or corporate ownership of capital goods, by investments that are determined by private decision, and by prices, production, and the distribution of goods that are determined mainly by competition in a free market. A way of organizing an economy so that the things that are sued to make and transport products such as land, oil, factories, ships and more are owned by individual people and companies rather than by the government.
Money is something generally accepted as a medium of exchange, a measure of value, or means of payment used as a way to pay for goods and services or pay someone for their work.
Both control the way we view our lives, think about the material things that matter to us and control our everyday movement. Within this novel titled: The True End of Money the Path to Free the author introduces 9 distinctly different characters yet all linked together by several driving forces: Power, money and competition. Each one striving to have more than they need. Each one focusing on how to gain material wealth at any cost. Idan Wright, a recalcitrant, belligerent and arrogant young man who thinks the world owes him whatever he wants enters the classroom of Mr. Schaefer, refuses to buckle down until something happens and his world and perspective changes. Idan’s focus at first was to disrupt and challenge his science teacher until the link between his world of video games, gaming online became one and the same with the technology needed to end monetary trade and his desire to understand the scientific method and the art of questioning became his world. Even attending a meeting with this man and becoming interested in the game of chess changed his perception of learning and opened up new doors for him giving him limitless power. With a mother who could care less about anything that he does and uses him as her male servant, Idan had to find his own niche in life. Friends, and family do not always direct your actions in the right way as we meet Jane Foster, a state Senator whose goal it is to pas a bill hoping to pass her fusion bill through Congress nationalizing it and making huge money for the United States. Consumed with her goal to the exclusion of her family we see just how far she will go to achieve her goals, the obstacles she encounters and the lengths others will go to in order to stop her. The year 2035 the time period many years from our present the issue not really that different. The book spans over 150 years and it focuses on many different characters, many different nations and finally what would happen if goods and services were free? What would happen if he mode of exchange were no longer paper money? The characters of the book are as follows: Idan Wright, Jane Foster, Raj Nakhasi, Sky Mandrell, Hansel Stoica, Jim Stucky, Dilay Kaya, Eusie Black, and Luke Thomas each one with their own separate story and each story related to money, capitalism, fusion and the dissent between the fusion and non fusion states. Listening to both sides of the argument the author offers research into the field of fusion energy as we learn the amazing advancements that the fusion states have regarding travel, communication, technological advances, as part one comes to a close and Jane Foster decides where her direction, Idan finds his niche and Raj refuses to accept change. Learning more about Sky Mandrell, Stocia, his family, his life and his new job we hear many different sides of the same picture but 45 years later as Part 2 continues in the year 2081. Idan is a full professor with a doctorate and has received many special privileges including a special Hall that was created for his classes in order to house more 600 students at a time to take his classes and lectures. The author shares his notes, his thoughts and the challenging way he involves his students to be free thinkers, find out how things happen on their own and not feed them pat answers. Sonic Traveler is where we find Stoica and his work there centers around fusion energy and learn more about the laws, the sixth sense device that I would love to have and the non-fusion state he came from that hopes for the same technology he has been just afforded. My favorite advancement is the Auto-Vehicle which allows the passenger to program their destination and arriving there without having to touch a steering wheel or gas pedal. But, within this novel we learn that there are class distinctions and many of the lower income areas do not have the same advantages as the upper and are paying more for energy, gas, light and more.
Within the University as in many classrooms today students are programmed for classes according to their abilities and their style of learning as the author created four types of learners for Idan to work with: the converger, diverger, assimilator and finally the accommodator. Want to learn more you need to read Idan Wright Chapter 2 in the section section of the book to learn more about Idan, his style of teaching and hear the lectures and questions yourself.
Sky Mandrell is quite controversial in many ways as she guests on many talk shows and expresses her feelings about non-fusion countries, sharing the technology, her fears about countries using fusion to develop their own next generation of weapons. As you hear both sides and her interviews you have to decide for yourself which argument is the strongest and why. Within the plot the author reminds readers that not everyone wants to be about to tape, tivo, On-demand programs and right out of the 1950’s or before the first VCR he introduces to this cast of characters a half hour program that deals with space travel from the past, Star Trek and their next generation, Siberia and many other historical topics or programs from the past in a show called: A447.
As Part Two ends we find ourselves moving ahead to 2152 or the Age of Invention, the third Era, Meet Dilay Kaya, Jim Stucky, Eusie Black and finally Luke Thomas as the world changes even more, the technology becomes quite advanced, gaming becomes the rage and one man named Eusie Black convinces on businessman named Jim Stucky to risk it all, billions, to invent something that he decided to keep a secret and hoped that his reputation would win him the funds needed to build his invention. A Progress Device that when you find out what it does you definitely will want one but since the plans are confidential I cannot reveal what it does but I can guarantee it will change your world, make your life easier and give you whatever you want. But, the author did relate that the title is The True End of Money and the Road to Free: What would happen if capitalism and money were a thing of the past? The Final Era:2185 asks the following: What would happen if everyone worked for free, had no bills or taxes to pay and everyone was equal? Can a society deal with this and isn’t trade based on currency. When Luke Thomas is approached by the head of a group called the Aquarius, group, their goal is to recruit him helping to create communities throughout the world where “Capitalism is banned.” Do you think the whole world could be converted? Who would perform the thankless jobs? What about vacations? What about rewards for good work? Who would work overtime? Building houses and homes was his job and his employees worked hard. But, explaining the proposition to one of his men Luke relates that he did the research on this group and he had some questions of his own. The questions and doubts are defined on pages 704-705 for readers to ponder and decide what they think. An ideal society where everyone has equal opportunities in a moneyless society in a world that is presently : Money minded! Would you want to live in a world where everything was free? Who would decide where you live and how much food you get? What about traveling, your car or laws? Can people or will people pursue their own interests if the burden of taxes and bills is lifted? Where would the money for food and supplies come from or would that be free? What about trade? Read pages 706-729: you decide as the both sides present their argument: Capitalism or a world without money! Read this insightful novel. Meet the many inventors, innovators and leaders and decide: The True End of Money or : Capitalism! What’s your perfect world! Land ownership, food supplies, ideas that are radical, no army or military, no police department, and they must work three or four days. Sounds like a community with rules, regulations and stipulations when you hear what is proposed. Is there such a thing as free community one where the people living there set their own work schedule? Sounds more like a cult with everyone conforming to what this group feels will help the whole but will it! What does Luke decide? What would you ? This is one book that will make you think and wonder: Can I live in a world where money does not exist? Where I won’t be rewarded with monetary gains for doing a good job? What about all of the efforts made by Idan Wright, Stoica, Sky Mandrell, Eusie Black and Jim Stucky? A Voluntary Choice: 2181: Would you Agree? What’s next? Will the story continue? What would happen if there was one person who had a dissenting vote? Who would run the world if what the author introduces in the Final Era really happened? Can people work without monetary compensation, rewards or accolades? What if someone takes or wants more than their fair share? Read this outstanding novel and your decide for yourself what kind of a world you want to live in!
Fran Lewis: Reviewer