Archive for November 11th, 2016


More Than the Madness by John Kaniecki

TITLE: More than the Madness: A Memoir
AUTHOR: John Kaniecki
PUBLISHER: Dreaming Big Publications
PUBLISHER WEBSITE: Dreamingbigpublications.com
EBOOK: $2.99

There is MORE than the MADNESS

This book gives readers a glimpse into the life of someone living with bipolar disorder. It’s not a clinical book filled with facts and figures, but a book of humanity.

Spanning childhood to early adult, through stories of abuse, being bullied, experimentation with drugs and alcohol, inpatient stays on psych wards, a night in jail, his college days in the fraternity, hitchhiking across America, and his time in a third world country, John gives the reader a personal and up-close look into his life as a manic depressive. The stories are sad, shocking, and at times funny as he shares his antics while at his most manic and delusional.

Throughout his journey, John also struggles with his faith in God. More than the Madness is a testament of one man’s journey to grow closer to God while gaining a better understanding of himself.

John wrote his story to help educate others on mental illness and remove some of the stigma associated with it. It is his hope that readers will get to know the person behind the diagnosis; take away the labels and meet someone’s son, friend, and husband. See that there is More Than the Madness.

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John Kaniecki

Author’s Bio

John Kaniecki is an author and poet. His works has been published in over eighty outlets. He was born in Brooklyn, New York and grew up in Pompton Plains, New Jersey. He attended Steven’s Institute of Technology for two years before dropping out. At that time John became a Christian and a member of the Church of Christ. Also John began to seriously suffer from bipolar disorder. This mental illness would adversely affect John. As such the topic is dealt with in his writing. In particular in his book of memoirs “More Than The Madness”. Also the experience is poetically explored in the book “Murmurings Of A Mad Man”. John’s shining achievement is his poetry book “Poet To The Poor,Poems Of Hope For The Bottom One Percent.” This book deals with historical figures and events along with people from John’s own life. True to Jo hn’s poetic philosophy the book is written with poems that deliver a clear message. Rhyming and rhythm are prominent. John’s book “Sunset Shadows” is a book of classically written sonnets dealing with dying and death in a spiritual and wholesome way. “A Day’s Weather” completes John’s present poetry collection which is a depiction of his days as a neophyte poet. This early work is a wholesome and quaint collection.

John has a science fiction anthology called Words of the Future. This book is interesting, unique and exciting. John presently has two horror books out, “Scarecrow, Scarecrow” and “Satan’s Siren”. These two books are part of a series following the main character Anne McFry.

John presently lives in Montclair with his wife Sylvia. John is a volunteer minister at the Church of Christ at Chancellor Avenue which is located in the south ward of Newark New Jersey. John is also a full time caregiver for his wife. Expect more exciting stuff from John soon.


When John first came to me with his memoir, I knew immediately this was a story that HAD to be told. Books like this are the reason Dreaming Big Publications exists. We want to help people. It’s that simple. We have been hard at work on this book for over a year now. If it helps just ONE person, it’s worth it. We want to help break the stigma surrounding mental illness. We want others who have the same or similar issues to know they’re not alone. If this is you, I hope this book gives you some hope. I hope it helps the people around you to realize there’s more to you than your illness.

To any mental health professionals reading this, it is our hope that this glimpse inside the life of one patient can help you better understand the patients you work with. You may only see them at their worst, inside sterile hospital walls, and perhaps never get to know the person absent the mental illness. We want you to see the whole person. I hope this book helps you remember to treat your patients with dignity and respect. While nobody’s story is exactly the same, and each person’s experience is unique, I hope that by reading John’s story you will find a greater understanding and respect for the incredible people who battle daily giants of the like you can only imagine. I will be forever grateful to John for trusting me with his story. It has been an honor and a privilege. I admire the strength that it takes to share something so personal with strangers.

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The Devil’s Evidence


The Devil’s Evidence (Thomas Fool – 2) by Simon Kurt Unsworth

A new case of unsolvable murders brings Hell to Heaven in the explosive sequel to The Devil’s Detective.

Hell is burning out of control. Thomas Fool, Hell’s first Information Man tasked with investigating the endless stream of violence in Hell, has been promoted to the head of the newly expanded Information Office. Now in command of a legion of Information Men, his new position finds him hated by demons and almost revered by humans. He alone has survived the wrath of demon and angel alike, but he stands alone and at the center of a brewing crisis. New on the scene is the Evidence, a shadowy department whose officers do not investigate; they punish and spread fear. And its leader, Mr. Tap, is gunning for Fool.

Fool is ordered to accompany a political delegation to Heaven, and his arrival coincides with an impossible—and sinister—discovery. A dead body. Murder in Heaven. Violence, corruption, and fear are the currency of Hell, and how does one investigate a crime where these concepts are paradoxes? As the bodies pile up, Fool sees disturbing connections between Heaven and Hell. He must follow clues in a strange land where nothing is as it seems and danger can present itself in any form.

What follows is a phantasmagoric, mind-bending thriller as exciting and unsettling as anything in recent fiction. The Devil’s Evidence is an electrifying, provocative novel filled with stunning set pieces and characters who will live on in your deepest nightmares.

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My Review

4 stars

Thomas Fool, Hell’s first investigating detective has been given the name Information Man. Recently it seems that there is someone that likes to set fire to buildings and murdering the inhabitants. Too bad The Evidence department now supersedes Thomas. But his skills are needed elsewhere, Heaven. It seems someone is killing “saved” humans and Heaven is not equipped to take care of this.

It is clear that the angels don’t want Thomas there and the demons and Evidence are trying to get him back into Hell. But Thomas is going to find the killer no matter who is trying to stop him or stand in his way. Thomas is very determined to solve this case no matter how messed up Heaven is.

I really enjoyed this book. I love Unsworth’s take on both Heaven and Hell. I mean we all know Hell would be messed up and mysterious fires, that didn’t surprise me. But Heaven, that place is messed up. It is not the wonderful paradise that we have been told.

Unsworth is very descriptive with his writing, I could easily picture the utopia that Heaven appears to be and I could easily see the Hell that he is stuck in. I have not read The Devil’s Detective yet so there were a few things I was a little confused about. But I am not a fan of Unsworth and cannot wait to get to book one and the third book when it is released.

I received The Devil’s Evidence from the publisher for free. This has in no way influenced my opinion of this book.

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Just Life


Just Life by Neil Abramson

Veterinarian Samantha Lewis and her team are dedicated to providing a sanctuary for unwanted, abused, and abandoned dogs in New York City. But every day it gets harder to operate her no-kill shelter. Sam is already at her breaking point when she learns of an unidentified, dangerous virus spreading through their neighborhood. The medical community can only determine that animals are the carriers. Amid growing panic and a demand for immediate answers, suspicion abruptly falls on dogs as the source. Soon the governor is calling in the National Guard to enforce a quarantine — no dog may leave the area.

Samantha knows from her own painful history that, despite the lack of real evidence against the dogs, a quarantine may only be the beginning. As questions about the source of the virus mount and clash with the pressure for a politically expedient resolution, Sam is forced to make life-altering choices. She finds allies in a motley crew of New Yorkers — a local priest, a troubled teen, a smart-mouthed former psychologist, and a cop desperate to do the right thing — all looking for sanctuary from their own personal demons. But the person Sam needs the most to unravel the mystery of the virus and save the dogs is the last one she’d ever want to call on — because contacting him will mean confronting the traumatic past she has fought so hard to escape.

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 Neil Abramson

Author’s Bio

Neil Abramson is a partner in a Manhattan law firm, and his wife is a veterinarian. Abramson is also a past board member of the Animal Legal Defense Fund, an award recipient from the ASPCA for his legal work on behalf of animals, and a founding member of the New York City Bar Association Committee on Legal Issues Relating to Animals.

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My Review

5 stars

A virus has been discovered that is killing children in Riverside. They determine that is some advanced rabies virus that is transferred from dogs to humans. Samantha Lewis is a veterinarian and owner of Finally Home, a no kill shelter. Sam thinks there is something suspicious about this since rabies transfers through a bite. But she has other things on her plate when her little shelter is at capacity and she is being threatened with closure. If she is going to save the dogs, Sam is going to do everything she can to find out what is really happening.

This is an incredible, heartwarming story. It is easy to get caught up in the details. What would you do if children were dying and some researcher says that it’s a virus from dogs? Would you give up your dog knowing that they will probably be put to sleep and maybe tested on before and after? That in itself was hard for me. I am a huge animal lover and I would fight tooth and nail to keep my cats safe.

My heart was breaking reading about the different people affected. But they all had their part to play, even Dr. Morgan, bad as she is she had a role to play and you can’t blame her. She just does the part way to well. Although I’m an animal lover I will admit that I could see her part and place in this whole thing. Granted that doesn’t make me like her or accept what is happening.

This is my first book from Neil Abramson and I was wonderstruck with Just Life. I will definitely be reading Unsaid and watching for other books by him.

I received Just Life from the publisher for free. This has in no way influenced my opinion of this book.

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