A New York Times Notable Book and “thoroughly gripping” historical mystery: On a ship packed with Irish immigrants, one passenger is a killer (People). In the bitter winter of 1847, leaving an Ireland torn by famine and injustice, the Star of the Sea sets sail for New York. On board are hundreds of refugees, some of them optimistic, many more of them desperate. Among them are a maid with a devastating secret, the bankrupt Lord Merridith accompanied by his wife and children—and a killer stalking the decks, hungry for the vengeance that will bring absolution. This journey will see many lives end, while others begin anew. Passionate loves are tenderly recalled, shirked responsibilities regretted too late, and profound relationships shockingly revealed. In this spellbinding tale of tragedy and mercy, love and healing, the farther the ship sails toward the Promised Land, the more her passengers seem moored to a past that will never let them go. “O’Connor’s luscious book brews the suspense of a thriller with the scope and passion of a Victorian novel—seasoned in authentic historical detail and served up in language that is equal parts lyrical and gritty.” —Booklist “Engrossing . . . will hold historical fiction fans rapt.” —Publishers Weekly
Published by: Mariner Books | Publication date: 03/08/2004Kindle book details: Kindle Edition, 434 pages
Off Grid Solar is a pocket guide and quick reference for anyone looking to build an electrical energy system with the free sunshine available to us all.“The limitations to widespread solar are not centered on the cost, the efficiency, or the need for advancements in technology. The limitations are solely due to the lack of widespread knowledge on the subject.”With that philosophy at heart, solar and battery expert Joseph P. O’Connor draws from his years of experience to craft a how-to guide needed by everyone around the world. Founder of OCON Energy Consulting, O’Connor has conducted and taught the installation/maintenance of Off Grid solar projects to people and communities as far away as the central African rainforest and right in his own backyard of Oakland, California. For anyone interested in harvesting their own solar energy completely detached from the grid, this is the book for you.Thanks to straightforward explanations for readers of all levels, this book establishes a familiarity with the basic low cost components alongside the most innovative technologies. With this knowledge the reader can make better decisions based on their technology needs, rather than simply trusting the recommendations from others.Need to keep costs down? How many solar panels are needed to refill the batteries? What is the best way to angle your solar panels? On projects both big and small, Joe’s got you covered.
Publication date: 12/06/2016Kindle book details: Kindle Edition, 181 pages
Introducing NLP: Psychological Skills for Understanding and Influencing People (Neuro-Linguistic Programming)
Some people appear more gifted than others. NLP, one of the fastest growing developments in applied psychology, describes in simple terms what they do differently, and enables you to learn these patterns of excellence.Introducing NLP by Joseph O’Connor, a leading international NLP trainer and the author of NLP Workbook, offers the practical skills used by outstanding communicators. Excellent communication is the basis of creating excellent results. NLP skills are proving invaluable for personal development and professional excellence in counseling, education and business.Introducing NLP includes:
- How to create rapport with others
- Influencing skills
- Understanding and using body language
- How to think about and achieve the results you want
- The art of asking key questions
- Effective meetings, negotiations, and selling
- Accelerated learning strategies.
Published by: Conari Press | Publication date: 05/01/2011Kindle book details: Kindle Edition, 272 pages
Systems thinking goes beyond logic & sees beyond isolated events to the deeper patterns and connections. Systems thinking took the business community by storm when Peter Senge published The Fifth Discipline in 1990. Although Senge’s work was pioneering, it remained abstract and of interests only to theorists.Here at last noted NLP (Neuro-linguistic programming) trainers and authors O’Connor and McDermott unlock the mysteries of systems thinking and offer practical suggestions, exercises, and tips to help you:problem-solve• think laterally• get a huge result from a small effort• manage and negotiate with ease• revolutionise your business or your life• essential skills to promote creativityWhat NLP has been to the last two decades, systems thinking will be to the millennium.
Publication date: 08/23/2012Kindle book details: Kindle Edition, 288 pages
Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) studies brilliance and quality–how outstanding individuals and organizations get their outstanding results.Joseph O’Connor, a leading international NLP trainer and co-author of the bestselling Introducing NLP, offers a step-by-step guide to learning the NLP methods and techniques to help you become the person you want to be in the NLP Workbook.The NLP Workbook is a complete guide to NLP that includes:How to create and achieve outcomesHow to choose your emotional state and shift thinkingMeta modeling your own internal dialogueAll of the basic NLP techniques and training exercisesAn Action Plan with exercises and suggestions for skill-buildingO’Connor discusses a range of topics from rapport and trust, and how to visualize, to negotiation skills, mental rehearsal and coaching.NLP Workbook is a book for everyone and anyone interested in NLP. The neophyte will find definitions, examples, and a step-by-step entry into learning how to use NLP, and trainers will discover many new ideas for NLP training.
Published by: Conari Press | Publication date: 12/01/2012Kindle book details: Kindle Edition, 306 pages
1865. The Civil War is ending. Eighteen years after the Irish famine-ship Star of the Sea docked at New York, a daughter of its journey, Eliza Duane Mooney, sets out on foot from Baton Rouge, Louisiana, crossing a ravaged continent on a quest. Eliza is searching for a young boy she has not seen in four years, one of the hundred thousand children drawn into the war. His fate has been mysterious and will prove extraordinary. It is a walk that will have consequences for many seemingly unconnected survivors: the stunning intellectual Lucia-Cruz McLelland, who deserts New York City to cast her fate with mercurial hero James Con O'Keeffe -- convict, revolutionary, governor of the desolate Western township of Redemption Falls; rebel guerilla Cole McLaurenson, who fuels his own gruesome Westward mission with the blind rage of an outlaw; runaway slave Elizabeth Longstreet, who turns resentment into grace in a Western wilderness where nothing is as it seems. O'Keeffe's career has seen astonishing highs and lows. Condemned to death in 1848 for plotting an insurrection against British rule in Ireland, his sentence was commuted to life transportation to Van Diemen's Land, Tasmania. From there he escaped, abandoning a woman he loved, and was shipwrecked in the Pacific before making his way to the teeming city of New York. A spellbinding orator, he has been hailed a hero by Irish New Yorkers, refugees from the famine that has ravaged their homeland. His public appearances are thronged to the rafters and his story has brought him fame. He has married the daughter of a wealthy Manhattan family, but their marriage is haunted by a past full of secrets. The terrors of Civil War have shaken his every belief. Now alone in the west, he yearns for new beginnings. Redemption Falls is a Dickensian tale of war and forgiveness, of strangers in a strange land, of love put to the ultimate test. Packed with music, balladry, poetry, and storytelling, this is "a vivid mosaic of a vast country driven wild by war" (Irish Independent), containing "moments of sustained brilliance which in psychological truth and realism make Daniel Defoe look like a literary amateur" (Sunday Tribune). With this riveting historical novel of urgent contemporary resonance, the author of the bestselling Star of the Sea now brings us a modern masterpiece.
Published by: Free Press | Publication date: 10/09/2007Kindle book details: Kindle Edition, 465 pages
1907 Edwardian Dublin, a city of whispers and rumors. At the Abbey Theatre W. B. Yeats is working with the talented John Synge, his resident playwright. It is here that Synge, the author of The Playboy of the Western World and The Tinker's Wedding, will meet an actress still in her teens named Molly Allgood. Rebellious, irreverent, beautiful, flirtatious, Molly is a girl of the inner-city tenements, dreaming of stardom in America. Witty and watchful, she has dozens of admirers, but it is the damaged older playwright who is her secret passion despite the barriers of age, class, education, and religion.Synge is a troubled, reticent genius, the son of a once prosperous landowning family, a poet of fiery language and tempestuous passions. Yet his life is hampered by conventions and by the austere and God-fearing mother with whom he lives. Scarred by a childhood of immense loneliness and severity, he has long been ill, but he loves to walk the wild places of Ireland. The affair, sternly opposed by friends and family, is turbulent, sometimes cruel, and often tender. 1950s postwar London, an old woman walks across the city in the wake of a hurricane. As she wanders past bomb sites and through the forlorn beauty of wrecked terraces and wintry parks, her mind drifts in and out of the present as she remembers her life's great love, her once dazzling career, and her travels in America. Vivid and beautifully written, Molly's swirling, fractured narrative moves from Dublin to London via New York with luminous language and raw feeling. Ghost Light is a story of great sadness and joy—a tour de force from the widely acclaimed and bestselling author of Star of the Sea.
Published by: Farrar, Straus and Giroux | Publication date: 02/01/2011Kindle book details: Kindle Edition, 257 pages
A sensational short story collection in the expansive universe of HALO, the New York Times bestselling series!Launch once more into galaxy-spanning conflict and legendary heroism…shards of an ever-expanding journey where human and alien alike find their finest hours in facing their greatest challenges. These scattered stories span untold millennia, from the age of the ancient custodial race known as the Forerunners…to the aftermath of the Covenant’s bloody war against humanity…and even the shocking events surrounding the resurrection of the mysterious Guardians. Halo: Fractures explores mythic tales of bravery and sacrifice that blaze brightly at the very heart of the Halo universe. Featuring electrifying works from such acclaimed authors as: Tobias Buckell • Troy Denning • Matt Forbeck • Kelly Gay • Christie Golden • Kevin Grace • Morgan Lockhart • John Jackson Miller • Frank O’Connor • Brian Reed • Joseph Staten • James Swallow
Published by: Gallery Books | Publication date: 09/20/2016Kindle book details: Kindle Edition, 432 pages
Flannery O'Connor has been studied and lauded under many labels: the Southern author whose pen captured the soul of a proud region struggling to emerge out of racism and poverty, the female writer whose independent spirit and tragically short life inspired a generation of women, the Catholic artist whose fiction evokes themes of sin and damnation, mercy and redemption.Now, and for the first time, The Abbess of Andalusia affords us an in-depth look at Flannery O'Connor the believer.In these pages you will come to know Flannery O'Connor not only as a writer and an icon, but as a theologian and apologist; as a spiritual director and a student of prayer; as a suffering soul who learned obedience and merited grace through infirmity; and truly, as the Abbess of her own small, but significant, spiritual house. For decades Flannery O'Connor the author has touched her readers with the brilliance of her books. Now be edified and inspired by the example of her life.
Published by: Saint Benedict Press | Publication date: 09/02/2009Kindle book details: Kindle Edition, 233 pages
Principles of NLP: What it is, how it works, and what it can do for you Revised Edition (Discovering Holistic Health)
Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) teaches how to model excellence to achieve excellence in everything you do. This introductory guide explains the principles of NLP and how to use these principles in your life – personally, spiritually and professionally.By focusing on the fundamental presuppositions of NLP, this clear and concise book gets right to its core. It explains key concepts such as building rapport, modelling, anchoring and uncovering your preferred learning style. It shows how to be in tune with your patterns of behaviour and language and those of the people around you, and how to use this knowledge to reach your goals.From building confidence, to beating depression, to career development, the uses of NLP are innumerable. This book is an ideal starting point for anyone interested in learning the life-changing techniques of NLP.
Published by: Singing Dragon | Publication date: 04/28/2013Kindle book details: Kindle Edition, 178 pages