New Release: Underwater Encounters – What You Should Know about Sharks

Originally published as The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Sharks (Alpha/Penguin) in 2003, this new text includes updated information, all presented in non-scientific terminology, including new shark species as well as up close and personal shark encounters experienced by the author as well as her dive buddies and others.

One of the early recreational divers to venture into a shark cage, Mary Peachin has expanded on many personal up-close underwater encounters with dozens of shark species to include all-encompassing, non-scientific information about sharks.


Author: Mary L. Peachin

ISBN: 978-0-9911981-2-2

Category: Nature, Animals, Fish

Price: $7.95

Author Biography: Mary L. Peachin is a freelance adventure travel writer, photographer, author, and lecturer. She has published and edited Peachin & Peachin Leaders in World Adventure ( since October 1996. Alpha/Penguin published her first book, The Complete Idiots Guide to Sharks, in 2003. University Press Florida published Scuba Caribbean in late 2008 and Fishing the Caribbean in collaboration with Doug Olander (Editor-In-Chief of Sport Fishing Magazine) in 2010. Mary is also a contributing author to Barron’s World Travel Atlas and Karen Brown’s Northwest Guide.

Her professional memberships include the Society of American Travel Writers, Travel Media Association of Canada, the American Society of Journalists and Authors, American Society of Media Photographers, and Outdoor Writers of America. Her photography is represented worldwide by Lonely Planet Images.

Some of Mary’s contributions include Sport Fishing Magazine, Fly Fisherman Magazine, Destination Fish, A Guide to Fishing the Globe, Robb Report, Hawk Air Northern Routes, Traveling Sportsman, The Philadelphia Inquirer, Dallas Morning News, Chicago Tribune, Tucson Lifestyle, Arizona Daily Star, Arizona Alumni, San Antonio Magazine, $1,000,000aire Blueprints, and others.

Mary has received multiple awards from The Society of American Travel Writers Western, the Outdoor Writers of America, and Rocky Mountain Association of Photographers and Writers.

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This was a fascinating book to read – I learned so much about sharks! I highly recommend reading this book!

By Kristin B


MONDAY READING RECOMMENDATIONS: ‘Funky Little Monkey’ by Debbie Buttar



Funky Little Monkey
by Debbie Buttar

Published by Blue Star Books

Follow the entertaining journey of a little monkey that expresses himself in a unique way! This funny little monkey is laughed at because he is different from other monkeys. What could he do that’s so different? He loves to disco dance! Enjoy Funky Little Monkey in this fun and rhyming picture book as he finally gets his chance to feel accepted in a very unlikely place.


Debbie Buttar was born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania but relocated to the South after graduating from the University of South Carolina. Debbie and her husband, Dr. Rashid Buttar, live together on their farm with their sons and daughter. The animals on their farm include horses, miniature donkeys, cows, llamas, goats, dogs, cats, and a chinchilla. Her husband’s clinic specializes in effectively treating patients whom the medical community has failed or given up on, with a special emphasis on cancer patients and children diagnosed with autism. A portion of the proceeds of this book go to AMESPA Children’s Research and Treatment Foundation, which her husband started for the medical treatment of children suffering from these and other conditions traditionally considered to be untreatable.

Nook (Barnes & Noble)
The Indie eBook Shop
Blackwell’s Bookshop
Kalahari eBooks
– Coming Soon to iTunes! November 22

The Poetry of the Appalachias: Linda Dickert’s ‘The Mountains Belong to Me’

Cries of coyotes, the croak of frogs and chirping of crickets exemplify the concertos of the Smoky Mountains. I appreciate the age-worn rocks’ accommodating a waterfall’s endless challenge. I hear gospel songs, and I can see myself clogging to great blue grass harmonies.


Publisher: Ammons Communications
Publication Date: 6/3/2013
ISBN-13 (eBook): 9780989216968
Price: $4.00

All proceeds from this book will go to Spark Companions, a non-profit organization
that helps individuals unable to pay for vet bills.

 Linda Dickert’s collection of poetry and prose celebrates life in the Great Smoky Mountains. Her short essays, conversations, and inspirations draw from the happenings in the mountains of North Carolina, sharing with readers the spirit of the Appalachians and instilling an appreciation for the natural world and our responsibility to protect and cherish it. Dickert also gives readers an opportunity to reflect on their own environment and connection with nature.

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Linda Dickert was born in Asheville, North Carolina in a time when people loved the Smoky Mountains more for their healing powers than for their monetary gain through logging and deforestation. It was in the mountains that she fell in love with the magnificence of the Appalachians and its ability to cleanse the spirit. Her book “The Mountains Belong to Me” is a culmination of a lifetime of experiences and adventures in the Great Smoky Mountains. She now lives in Cullowhee, North Carolina with her husband, one dog, and three cats.

Praise for The Mountains Belong to Me

Such a great book…you feel the writer’s passion for her work…I’d like to applaud Linda Dickert because she makes the verses in the book come alive and sing out to the world. She creates pictures of delight, beauty, serenity and hope, as evidenced by the illustrations embedded in the collection…Truly amazing!     – Arianne Claire

Dickert manages to capture the wildlife and sense of freedom in the rugged outdoors…The Mountains contains poems of imagery and feeling…A very nice collection of poetry and memories.     – Joseph Spuckler


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