Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Interview with Kent Kaiser for Hard Way Back

Come and join me as I talk with author Kent Kaiser  for his biography Hard Way Back on Stories From Unknown Authors at 1 pm EST on July 28th.

  • Paperback: 270 pages
  • Publisher: n/a; 1ST edition (September 7, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0615662439
  • ISBN-13: 978-0615662435

  • Summary:

    Hard Way Back is one man's true story of political corruption in Alaska and New Zealand, revealing why he was chased across the globe by a U.S. Special Agent and jailed in a foreign country. The author untiringly perseveres through his ordeals and emerges, battle scarred but victorious, at peace with himself, his life, and God. This riveting autobiography chronicles accomplished outdoor enthusiast and successful adventure guide Kent Kaiser's grueling three-year odyssey through a gauntlet of corrupt legal systems, romance and betrayal, spiritual soul-searching and recommitment. Kaiser endures trumped up charges in two nations, carrying potential penalties of 45 years in prison and over $2 million in fines in the U.S., and seven years and $100,000 in New Zealand. Relentlessly pressed from all sides, Kaiser witnesses the strong and steady hand of God light the path to his ultimate freedom. Hard Way Back comprises a small library in one action-packed book.


    Kent Kaiser, avid outdoorsman, internationally successful tour guide, and author of the compelling new autobiography, "Hard Way Back: One Man's True Story of Rejoicing through Adversity," evidenced his true calling at birth -- by sharing a birthdate with Daniel Boone.
    Born in Niles, Michigan, Kent grew up in Fairbanks, Alaska, and displayed from his youth a superlative aptitude and unbridled passion for outdoor life, including fishing, hunting, hiking, and photography.
    Through his businesses, Alaskan Quest and New Zealand Quest, he has fulfilled hundreds of clients' lifelong dreams through his custom-made wilderness excursions, from fishing trips to hunting adventures to sightseeing tours.
    An outgoing and pleasurable person with an endearing sense of humor which is never far from the surface, Kent enjoys life "both on and off the field." He carries his honest and sincere zeal whenever -- and wherever -- he enjoys his favorite pastimes:
    --taking his longtime four-legged best friend, Chena, on walks, swims, and hikes
    --traveling the world and exploring new locations (though his favorite places remain Alaska, New Zealand, Hawaii, and Florida)
    --quietly strolling the beach to commune with his Savior, Jesus Christ
    --working out and lifting weights, as he has done regularly for over 25 years
    --trying new restaurants (his menu favorites: prime rib and Alaskan king crab)
    --hiking, rafting, and deep-sea fishing
    --photographing wildlife, particularly bears
    --and, in one of his few indoor preferences, watching movies

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    Hard Way Back is a true story about how lifes twist and turns can change someone. Author and outdoor enthusiast, Kent Kaiser, has been through a terrible ordeal dealing with Alaska and New Zealand's government. Most people would let the trumped up charges against them go unfought and they would settle for whatever fate had in store for them--but not Kent. He fights a battle of immense proportions. With a U.S. Special Agent determined to put him in jail and follows him around the world to do it, he fights tooth and nail to prove his innocence and to unveil the corruptness that can happen in governments. Most people will find what happened to Kent a travesty.

    One thing on his adventures leads to another and with it a tornado of trouble. He takes the reader on a three year journey of all the events that he had gone through that led up to him being imprisoned and facing tons of money in possible fines. Kent perservered and with the help of God on his side, fought a battle that would change his life forever.

    Readers are going to enjoy this 270 page autobiography. The added photos and letters help the reader understand Kent's frustrations when dealing with the government. Any reader who loves the outdoors and hunts will definetly love this true story.

    In the words of Winston Churchill, in which the author is so very fond.

    "The truth is incontrovertible, malice may attack it, ignorance may deride it, but in the end, there it is." 

    Sunday, July 21, 2013

    Book Signing Event

    Hello Everyone,

    Come join me for my booksigning event this Friday July 26th at 2pm est. I will be discussing my new release, What Would You Do If You Were At The Zoo?

    Do your kids love animals? Do they love going to the zoo? Come join award winning author Renee Hand for some Zoo fun. She will read her new picture book," What Would You Do If You Were Left At The Zoo?" and involve the kids in some zoo activities and discussion that will be sure to please all children ages 6 and up.

    The Michigan Book Boutique is in Pontiac, Michigan and supports Michigan authors. Please visit the following link for the bookstores address.

    See you there!

    Thursday, July 4, 2013

    Review for My Big World by Okido


    My Big World by Okido
    Thames & Hudson
    June 1, 2013
    ISBN-10: 0500650160
    ISBN-13: 978-0500650165
    Ages 4-8 years
    64 Pages
    Education & Reference, Earth Science

    Reviewer: Renee Hand

    “. . . offers a unique way for children to make connections with their world.”
    My Big World is a new approach for young children to learn about geography and the science of our planet.
    Starting with a child named Koko and her friend Alex, the book goes on to explore the horizons of the wider world. The reader follows along with three explorers who love nature: one who grows things, one who loves animals, and one who looks after the planet. This trio will show the reader what they discover throughout the book, including information about plants and animals, rivers and oceans, mountains and forests, weather and seasons, the sun, the moon, and the stars.  

    Featuring imaginative and humorous images, My Big World offers a unique way for children to make connections with their world. This book can be used as a reference book, but is unique because it contains not only facts but has pages filled with fun activities.

    The activities extend the learning even further, helping with comprehension. There are things to do both on and off the page, including games, recipes, and crafts.

    Children ages 4–8 will get the most use out of this 64-page book. The topics on each page are brief, not in-depth only scratching the surface, igniting curiosity in the reader along with a bit of familiarity. Parents will also appreciate the variety of content. 

    Reviewer Renee Hand is the award-winning author of a newly released picture book What Would You Do If You Were Left At The Zoo? 



    Wednesday, July 3, 2013

    Book Review for I Wish I Giovanna Zoboli

    I Wish I Had by Giovanna Zoboli
    Eerdmans Books for Young Readers
    March 1, 2013
    ISBN-10: 080285415X
    ISBN-13: 978-0802854155
    Ages 4-8 years
    26 Pages
    Children’s Picture Book
    Reviewer: Renee Hand

    The author plants the seed for dreams of fantastic possibilities.”

     I Wish I Had . . . is a thoughtfully told story pointing out the unique features of certain animals that separate each from the rest, making them special.

     The author has chosen to emphasize the animal’s strengths: the keenness of a blackbird’s eyes; the feather light steps of a tiger; the nimble tail of a lemur that helps it swing from branch to branch. 
    Each animal mentioned correlates to some part of the body. If the reader took on all the attributes, the result would be amazing indeed. The artwork by Simona Mulazzani is colorful and bright, drawing in the reader to its eclectic beauty. 
    This is a simple, easily read, 26-page illustrated picture book. Children ages 4–8 will wonder what it would be like to have each animal’s unique gift, making their imaginations soar with the many possibilities.