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Book Review of "Hill House Manor – 13 Ghost Stories", by Linda Anthony Hill

Hill House Manor – 13 Ghost Stories by Linda Anthony Hill is a book of ominous tales of the paranormal that'll have you looking over your shoulder to make sure you're actually alone. These are Ghost Stories written by the owner of an actual haunted house in Texas that bears the same name as her book. Her hair-raising ghost stories are meant to thrill and ensnare you. Hill's narratives of hauntings were written for spooky-story connoisseurs who want eloquent, elegantly written tales that ring true.
Step into Hill's world of cursed homes, creepy clowns, friendly spirits, angry ghosts, and other ghoulish things. Just beware, the characters lurking within the book's pages are often nightmarish and might just give you…a fright in the night. Although this is a book of short ghost stories, none of them become gory to the extreme – they instead create a sense of eeriness, existential dread, and surprise as you become aware of the pervasive supernatural entities haunting the…
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Book Review of "Retire not Expire", by J. L. Edwards

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Retire not Expire will give you insights and confidence to start your retirement journey. Don't delay. Spend some time putting your retirement plan in place. Learn…

Book Review of "The Green House", by Dan Lawton

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Penncraft Awards Anounce the 2020 Winners

Congratulations to our 2020 Pencraft Award Winners!
Book of The Year Winner for 2020The Winter Sisters by Tim Westover, Published by QW Publishers

Non-Fiction and Fiction Book of the Year winnersNonFiction - No More Dodging Bullets: A Memoir about Faith, Love, Lessons, and Growth by Amy Herrig, Published by Inspired Forever Books
Fiction - Woman in Red: Magdalene Speaks by Krishna Rose, Published by Black Rose WritingFirst Place WinnersFiction - Young Adult Fantasy Myths & Legends: Inviting the Moon to Supper by CJ Clark
Fiction - Young Adult - Fantasy/Sci-Fi: Some Laneys Died by Brooke Skipstone
Fiction - Romance - Contemporary: The OCD Games: A Christmas Romance Novella by Kayla Krantz
Nonfiction - Travel Adventure: Catamaran Crossing: A Sailing Adventure from La Coruna to Antigua by Douglas Carl Fricke
Nonfiction - Self Help: Anxious for Answers. by Ilene S. Cohen, Ph.D.
Nonfiction - Retirement: Retire Not Expire . . . Plan Your Transition by J. L. Edwards
Nonfiction - Music/Ent.: Count…

New Album of Pictures from the 2019 PenCraft Awards Ceremony Held at the Golden Nugget Casino.

Last year the PenCraft Awards ceremony was held in the beautiful Golden Nugget Hotel & Casino. All of the major winners were able to attend and participate in the event. Our guest of honor was World War II veteran & POW, Gene Metcalfe. He was the subject of author, Marcus A. Nannini's book, Left For Dead at Nijmegen, a fascinating true story about Gene Metcalfe's life and his experience as a prisoner of the Nazis.
The generosity of Mike Fuljenz, The Golden Nugget Casino, Book Nook Inn and the Chamber of Commerce of Lumberton, TX insured that the Metcalfes were taken care of gratuitously in appreciation of Gene's sacrifices as a POW. With the help of these gracious patrons, free transportation, lodging and a royal welcome were provided.  We included a couple pictures of Gene being welcomed at the Book Nook Inn and by Mike Fuljenz and his room at the Golden Nugget Hotel and Casino.

See more pictures from the 2019 Pencraft Awards Ceremony.

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Book Review of "The Secret of Plants in the Environment", by Rishikesh Upadhyay

The Secret of Plants in the Environment, by Rishikesh Upadhyay, is a scientific nonfiction read. The author has compiled a great deal of research concerning various stressors that impact plants in the environment. Upadhyay's work is of particular interest to environmentalists, outdoor and nature enthusiasts, and botanists; the book includes extensive references.
The author's study of plants is a scientific look at the various effects and impact of environmental stressors on crops, individual plant species, and the natural environment. He states that "the quality of our life depends on the quality of the surrounding environment."  Plants develop specific adaptations to deal with stressors that affect the plants' ability to process photosynthesis, grow, and produce fruit. The author explains different studies and gives examples of the effects of pollution from the automobile industry, as well as plant responses to electric stimuli, heavy metals, and other chemical a…