My New Book Has Been Published!!


Once again, I am humbled and overwhelmed by the amazing sense of fulfillment that I have been honored to receive this year.  It’s been my most successful year in a very long time.  And it keeps getting better.

To top it all off, I have released my latest book, Portraits from the Pavement: Slices of Life in North America.

It’s available for iTunes and for the iPad HERE.  This version is $3.99.

And it’s cheapest version, $2.99 on PDF, is available HERE.

It’s also available as a hard copy in softcover, hardcover and with ImageWrap HERE.  These prices start at $37.89.

If you visit the BOOKS page on my website, you can preview the first 30 pages or so.  So head over and check that out.

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From the back of the book:

The first of more than a dozen image-driven narratives, Portraits from the Pavement: Slices of Life in North America, showcases my first four years working as a media professional in the U.S. and Canada. Represented in more than 160 inspiring images across 92 fully illustrated pages, this book exhibits a collection of the most breathtaking images taken as a budding photographer and undergraduate journalism student.

Author Spotlight: Lian Hearn


In his Japanese warrior trilogy, The Tales of the Otori, Lian Hearn dives into a gripping account of deep love, gritty warfare, mystical powers and hardened betrayal.  And he does so with the poetic prose of master writers.

The thing that I have come to appreciate the most about his writing is that the depictions of the ancient tales are woven around a latticework of what most readily appears to the western reader as a very identifiable and believable historicity that may very well have existed in the hand-me-down legends that pass through the virtual gateways of Japanese myth.  Seeing how these myths, then, play out in a western authorship, makes his books take on that very mysticism on which he bases his themes.  And that certainly goes for his style as well.

Just as in his characters’ level of patience and poise, he writes in a way that sells his scene with obvious, painstaking precision.

To say that he wrote a “trilogy,” though, isn’t quite true.  The trilogy exists and is certainly worth the read.  But he has also gone in and written a prequel and a sequel that gives a two-fold capstone to the series.

The first in the trilogy is called Across the Nightingale Floor, and talks about the young master who, unbeknownst to him, is the last in a long line of mystical tribesmen.  He’s trained at an art which he will later use to shroud his real powers — all the while honing them to become invisible, move with phantom-like fluidity and scale impossible climbs.

My review will end with this book, but I discuss more in the video.  And I don’t want to give the rest away, but you can feel free to find out more about his other books at these links:

Across the Nightingale Floor

Grass For His Pillow

Brilliance of the Moon

The video review is below:

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Author Spotlight: Aung San Suu Kyi


Along with her book, Letters from Burma, I also recommend her book, Freedom From Fear.  Both were written while she was under house arrest at her Inya Lake residence in Myanmar.  When released in 2009, she instantly became one of the front runners in the political movement in which she was involved before her incarceration 15 years before.

In Letters from Burma, which is a collection of two-page notes, she talks about everything from her visitation rights to and from her loved ones and supporters, to the folly involved in releasing pigeons outside her house.  And in the moments where she’s found writing about the smaller, less static times of her manifold hours alone, her poetic writing never trails too far from the undercurrent of strife that she is faced with in her life.

Truly an inspiring woman through her strength, dedication and passion for non-violent resolutions in a country run by anything but peaceful leaders, her book, Letters From Burma, shouldn’t inspire women.  It should inspire EVERYONE.

Below is my video review on her book and her time as the leading face of the peaceful movement in a land of tyranny.

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Author Spotlight: On Gordon Mathews


Today’s Author Spotlight from the Travel Geek, is Gordon Mathews.  He wrote a book called Ghetto at the Center of the World.  This book really appealed to me since I bought it while I was staying at the Chunking Mansion — the location the book discusses.  It’s an odd place, that’s for sure.  But nowhere near as odd as it becomes in Mathew’s world.

He’s a professor at Hong Kong University and has studied the place by staying at a room there (I think I read) at least once a week for three years preceding the book’s release — and presumably even longer.  And while I don’t want to spoil it for you, I also don’t want you not knowing what an amazingly telling non-fiction this book really is.

From interviews with sex workers to anonymous inspirations from heroine traffickers, Mathews really digs in deep — almost as would an investigative journalist with a penchant for the underworld.  And in that, he brings to the surface all the gritty details of the amazing goings-on with the big, white elephant stationed at the heart of the world’s foremost megatropolis.

Be sure to visit my photography website for HDR photos of Hong Kong.  And support the blog and buy a print!

Here’s my video review of Mathews and his 2011 book, Ghetto at the Center of the World.



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