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ISBN-13: 9780990307808
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Published: Horatio Press, 3/2014

AWARD WINNING AUTHOR... D. J. Adamson in her new mystery series Admit to Murder, Book One of the Lillian Dove Mystery Series, brings us Lillian Dove, five-years sober, caught having spent the night with her boss, Police Chief Charles Kaefring, when she calls in a house fire into dispatch. She is compelled to rescue someone, only to find the person vanished and herself trapped.


ISBN-13: 9780984264506
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Published: Birds Nest Publishing, 7/2014

An ancient inscription reveals a lost African Empire. 5,000 years ago, an Ethiopian emperor conquered NE Africa and the Eastern Mediterranean region. He pushed an Arab expansion back across the Red Sea. The Botorrita III inscription with his proclamation is in a museum at Zaragoza in Spain. A second inscription mentions the ancient Greeks for the first time, fighting as allies of the Egyptians against the Libyans. Both inscriptions are translated here for the first time.


ISBN-13: 9781491822944
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Published: Authorhouse, 11/2013

There's a revolution brewing. One that calls us to slow down, collaborate, and reclaim life balance. The Shared-Meal Revolution: How to Reclaim Balance and Connection in a Fragmented World through Sharing Meals with Family and Friends by popular blogger and writer Carol Archambeault offers the help we need to create a regular shared-meal ritual. The book takes the reader through the steps of understanding, planning, implementing, and sustaining a shared-meal practice. It contains valuable research about the many benefits of sharing meals, helpful resources, and easy-to-use post-chapter exercises, allowing readers to develop a shared-meal plan to fit their lives.


Cue the Camels (Paperback)

ISBN-13: 9780957438385
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Published: The Solepreneur Publishing Company Ltd., 2/2014

In CUE THE CAMELS, three-time Emmy award winning film-maker Dave shares some of the adventures he enjoyed - and sometimes endured - whilst in pursuit of the 'money shot'. His comedic style is sure to entertain and the things he's experienced will leave you in awe.

Find out what actually goes on behind the camera...



Dark Talisman (Hardcover)

ISBN-13: 9780615797250
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Published: Azimuth Books, 10/2013

“DARK TALISMAN is a deep, dark, delicious fantasy with a ferocious story and writing that grabs you and refuses to let go. The writing is incredible. The dialogue is original and constantly makes you want to put on the accent and read it out loud! This is the most original and deep, otherworldly novel I have ever read. With an imaginative plot with deep dark fantasy, gorgeous writing, and lovable characters, DARK TALISMAN is sure to lure anyone with an imagination in and not let them go. A definite must-read for any age! (And that’s high praise.)” - Miss Literati


ISBN-13: 9780692267479
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Published: Silver Birch Press, 9/2014

Vanilla Milk, a memoir told in poems, focuses on a mother’s and family response to the sudden death of the author's six-year-old son. These elegies might be read as written snapshots forming an elegiac album, depicting how a traumatic loss alters relationships, love, and parenting, and perceptions of danger, time, and life. Characterized by unsparing honesty, clarity, and restraint, the poems explore the limits inherent in “recovering” from the grief of losing a child, and the need to continue experiencing joy. Includes a 20-page album of family photographs.


Is There Enough? (Paperback)

ISBN-13: 9781612251271
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Published: Mirror Publishing, 5/2014

"Noah, a young boy, watches everything, and today he is worried. Follow him as something exciting is happening at his house. He has checked the dining room, the living room, and the bedrooms, but he still wonders… Will there be enough love for him when his little brother is born?"

Author Bio: From Pennsylvania, Faye Ellen Hartzell cannot remember a time when she didn't enjoy reading. She began writing short stories and poems as a preteen, and would write in her journal and imagine the day when she would write her own books. Together with her husband Tom, she has four boys, Jacob, Zachary, Noah and Benjamin. Her first book, "Is There Enough?" is the true story of her son Noah asking if she'd have enough love for him when his baby brother was born. She had to find a way to explain a mother's love and be reassuring without sounding fake or cliché. "Is There Enough?" is a mother's love letter to her child, and Faye's love letter to her boys.

Illustrator Bio: Originally a local kid from Covina, CA, Melody Grace Cave is an illustrator, fine artist & designer who graduated from Laguna College of Art + Design with her BFA in Illustration in 2010. She loves splishing & splashing her way through watercolors, children’s book illustrations, and inking in the curly-cues while hand lettering. "Is There Enough?" is her debut into the fantastical world of children's book illustration and publishing. Melody now resides in the SF Bay Area with her husband Stephen, and when she's not making messes with paint, she enjoys skipping along hiking trails, decorating, playing with her puppy Mango, & dreaming of all things pink or gold.


What Came Before (Paperback)

ISBN-13: 9781928193005
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Published: Every Day Novels, 7/2014

When Abbie Palmer's mother committed suicide, her father withdrew, forbidding all questions. With her children grown, Abbie wants to find herself, but when an African-American woman claiming to be her half-sister is murdered, she must search instead for What Came Before.

About the Author: Gay Degani lives in Southern California with her husband in an old Victorian house where parrots congregate at dusk in the oaks and camphors around her neighborhood. Three times nomintaed for Pushcart consideration and winner of the 11th Annual Glass Woman Prize, Gay has won or been a finalist in contests on Women On Writing, Glimmer Train, Writer's Digest, and Bosque (The Magazine). She has been published extensively online and in print including her collection, Pomegranate Stories. Founder and editor-emeritus of Flash Fiction Chronicles, she's a staff editor at Smokelong Quarterly, and blogs at Words in Place.


River Card (Paperback)

ISBN-13: 9780615807027
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Published: On Demand Publishing, LLC-Create Space, 6/2014

Georgia Kassov Cates is a business woman, a wife, a mother…and a gambling addict. Desperate to recoup a devastating string of losses, she risks it all for one last game—a game that’s abruptly halted when the Las Vegas casino succumbs to a freak blackout.


ISBN-13: 9780989453004
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Published: United Support Services, 9/2014

This amazing alphabet book uses proven techniques to help your child read and write easily! Your child will learn with this multi-sensory book to SEE, HEAR, and FEEL how letters are made. You will learn why you should teach letter sounds before letter names. No matter what your child's learning style you CAN teach them with ease to write and read their alphabet!


ABC Trace and Say Alphabet Book is the 2014 Moonbeam Gold medal award winner for the early literacy/reading skills category.
"The Moonbeam Children's Book Awards are intended to bring increased recognition to exemplary children's books and their creators, and to support childhood literacy and life-long reading. The Awards recognize and reward the best of these books and bring them to the attention of parents, booksellers, librarians - and to children themselves."

ISBN-13: 9780692256848
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Published: Robert L. Grant, 8/2014

Audrey is young, talented, beautiful—and mixed-race. Her ambition?—fashion design. But it's 1936; to succeed, she must "pass" for white.

A “gentleman” invites her—as his assistant—on a voyage aboard the Queen Mary. It's her shot at the heart of fashion—London and Paris. But the “gentleman” is not what he seems. And a man she falls for turns out to be a gambler. She's forced to grow up fast.



ISBN-13: 9781491852965
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Published: Authorhouse, 3/2014

Ken Grant's poems, "Songs of my Heart" reflect both his sensitivity to the natural world along with joys and sorrows of a life that has known intense love and poignant loss. Sometimes with pixyish humor buoyed by a warm and open faith, his poems will echo powerfully in many hearts.


ISBN-13: 9780989524193
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Published: Sager Group, 4/2014

"I woke up to my wife, Nicole, screaming my name in anguish. As I opened my eyes, she rushed into the room. Our twenty-three-month-old daughter Vivien was limp in her arms, foaming at the mouth."" With these chilling words, Mike Knox begins "Vivien's Rain," the true story of his own harrowing journey into the dark and confusing world of epilepsy and childhood disease. Along with his wife Nicole, Knox is awoken abruptly from the innocent sleep of new parenthood one ordinary night when his toddler daughter experiences her first major seizure. Little does the couple know, it was not Vivien's first. And it would not be her last.


ISBN-13: 9780975924938
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Published: Movie Tweets, 7/2014

Take Offs 2 keeps you chuckling. Arnie and Bebe take us on a feathery flight highlighted by comic quotes with 60 beautifully colored illustrations Movie buffs have fun figuring out the original movie sayings. Size makes it easy to tuck into a pocket or purse for a quick laugh.


ISBN-13: 9780692210314
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Published: Opsimath Press, 5/2014

Mom’s Choice Award-Winner!

Can a homeless teen, armed mostly with deli meats, save an alien race from extinction? The answer is not what you might think.

“I loved it!” —Amy Gillespie, Librarian, Hill Top Preparatory School, Rosemont PA

“Grabbed me from the moment I started—what’s not to love?” - Jessica Goodman, Librarian, Skokie Public Library


ISBN-13: 9781611686036
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Published: Foreedge, 9/2014

In Dog Whistle, two seasoned political journalists define, in a funny-yet-informative way, what politicians really mean when they use odd-sounding, insider-ish phrases. Jeff Greenfield, the Emmy Award-winning television journalist and acclaimed author, wrote the forward to Dog Whistles. It will make for useful reading during the heat of election season.


Prey (Paperback)

ISBN-13: 9781941646007
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Published: Blue Iris Books, 7/2014

Christa is a shy college student interning at an attorney’s office. When a suspected mob case turns out to be much more sinister, she captures the attention of a powerful vampire, Mack. Christa is torn from her human world, only to be caught in a power struggle between two immortal enemies. Can she survive in this terrifying new world? Author bio: Katy Mann grew up in the Midwest where she attended the University of Chicago. She moved to California with her tabby cat, Gus, in 1995. A life-long reader, she divides her time between the real world, when necessary, and the worlds created in books and her imagination, when possible. Visit her at www.KatyMann.com


Hot Air and Love (Paperback)

ISBN-13: 9780990455905
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Published: Addie Mattox, 8/2014

Hot Air and Love is a novel about an adventurous woman’s decision to become a hot air balloon pilot and follow her lover to Kenya. Her relationships there with two men, one American and one Kenyan, present her with very different and absorbing challenges.


ISBN-13: 9780989375320
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Published: Bristlecone Books, 12/2013

“Back home, I was content to be just an ordinary house cat. I didn’t get out much. But it’s different here in Venice.” How different? Harley quickly finds out after his family arrives in Italy. He takes up with a group of local cats who roam wild in the alleys and neighborhoods of Venice, and meets the mysterious Angela, a beautiful white Angora who steals his heart. Then he becomes embroiled in a fierce and ongoing war between his friends and a rival band of cats, and discovers the magical order that underlies life in the enchanting and historic city that is his new home.


ISBN-13: 9781631920738
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Published: BookBaby, 4/2014

Cassie Hamilton is a rock musician trying to conquer personal demons while fighting to climb the record charts. An impressionable young woman with a knack for becoming involved with rock’s most notorious bad boys, Cassie fights against sexism, drug abuse, and self-doubt to obtain the fame and respect she deserves.

About the Author: Kathey Norton is a novelist, screenwriter, and poet living in Sacramento, California. She wrote her first novel while still in high school, and published her first non-fiction article at age twenty. She went on to complete three other novels and published poetry in various anthologies and poetry magazines before taking a long break at age twenty-three to care for her mother, who was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease. After completing a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies and a Master of Arts in Political Science from CSU, Sacramento, Kathey returned to writing and sold her first one-act screenplay. When she isn't writing, Kathey spends her time studying music, with the goal of starting her own local band, and is very active in animal rights issues. She also enjoys exploring her interests in mixed media collage art, filmmaking, noir and graphic comics, and social media.


ISBN-13: 9781481877138
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Published: Createspace, 9/2013

Describes the trials and triumphs of a Polish Jewish family living in Warsaw under repressive Russian rule. Threatened by pogroms, enforced conscriptions, restrictive educational policies and job discrimination, they manage to survive and even to flourish. Loyalty, enduring friendship and deep faith in God make this possible in this well researched, involving, deeply satisfying novel.


South of Good (Paperback)

ISBN-13: 9781497342477
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Published: Createspace, 9/2014

Former DEA agent Hardin Steel's gorgeous girlfriend has been kidnapped, the Ochoa drug cartel is killing off his friends, and the Cuban Mafia is looking for him. south of good is another fast-paced, hard-hitting, action-packed thriller from award-winning author, Randall Reneau.


Acadian Passage (Paperback)

ISBN-13: 9781483414515
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Published: Lulu Publishing Services, 7/2014

"Acadian Passage, a tale of flight and rendezvous, love and loss, is rich with detail. The story of Acadia and the beauty of the place are vividly drawn as the tale unfolds. Readers will savor this seldom revisited corner of history, now brought to light." -Elizabeth Pomeroy, historian and author of John Muir, A Naturalist in Southern California "An enjoyable blend of history, romance and anthropology. Register brings the idyllic- then brutal- story of the Acadians to life." -Steven A. LeBlanc, author of Constant Battles: The Myth of the Peaceful, Noble Savage About the Author:Jeanne Gleason Register is descended from French Acadians through her mother Marie Daigle. She began writing ACADIAN PASSAGE after she retired from teaching history and eleven years as Head of Mayfield Senior School. She graduated from Wellesley College and lives in Altadena, California.


ISBN-13: 9781938416910
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Published: River Grove Books, 8/2014

Lose Your Inches Without Losing Your Mind! is a practical and down-to-earth guide to shed inches in a healthy, balanced way and to keep them off…without going completely bonkers! After becoming frustrated with every diet she tried in an attempt to lose 45 lbs and 4 dress sizes, Justine SanFilippo finally found a simple solution to shed unwanted inches and keep them off for good. Like her, you may have already tried countless diets, only to find that you can’t keep off the pounds, or even follow the plan. However frustrated you are right now, Justine will save you the heartache, confusion, and mental exhaustion of dieting while helping you shrink your waistline. If you want to lose inches and keep your sanity, then this is the book for you!


Emily D. and Me (Paperback)

ISBN-13: 9780182175499
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Published: Figueroa Press, 7/2014

Ada Oates is fifteen years old. She's stuck in Suburbia with the memory of her deceased mother, a father who's dating, and a grandmother who's obsessed with faux french and facelifts. Ada not only dreams of a better name but also of a loftier life; the life of an idealized writer from the past. Enter Emily Dickinson, a frustrated fashionista and mischievous muse. Bored with her infamous long white dess, Emily D. invades Ada's closet and also her world. When Emily starts texting about everything including Ada's boyfriend Jack, Ada wonders if having her own BFF superstar poet is all it's cracked up to be. Written with humor, a sprinkling of poetry and surprise literary cameo appearances, Emily D. and Me reflects on the challenges, the joys, and the commitment of a writer's life.


ISBN-13: 9780991349449
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Published: Doobie Shemer, 8/2014

Forty-five-year-old Doobie Shemer has it all: a loving family, two cars, a dog and two cats. He lives in his suburb house, holds a corporate executive position and he is financially stable. Life is comfortable and predictable. Yet, something is missing; something he can't describe can't put his finger on. A restless feeling of being incomplete dominates his whole existence. Nevertheless, Doobie soon learns that life for him was not meant to be routine or ordinary.


ISBN-13: 9781940229126
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Published: Wordsbright, 2/2014

"A wonderful educator's tool with a creative, compassionate twist" -- Midwest Book Review, Children's Bookwatch. An ABC book that supports vocabulary, language, and character development. For children, parents and teachers who are bored with (or done with) A for Apple, B for Ball etc. In this beautifully produced hardcover, a father shares sing-along rhymes written lovingly for his child. The focus is on positive words and concepts, explained in a simple, endearing manner. Ages 3 and up -- for preschoolers, kindergartners, and early readers. Supports and goes beyond the common core state standards, by teaching positive concepts and values, along with language arts. Perfect for circle time, class discussions, homeschooling and bedtime reading Includes free audio book (mp3 song) download, along with free teaching guides (details in the book). Printed in USA with environment-friendly inks and child-safe CPSIA-compliant materials. Makes a thoughtful, enduring gift for birthdays etc.


ISBN-13: 9781497596306
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Published: Createspace, 5/2014

They buried her father at noon, at five she found his journals, and in the time it took to read one-and-a-half pages her world turned upside down… he thought she was a failure. Every child, no matter what age, wants to know their father loves them, and Tessa Curzio – thirty-six, emerging writer, ex-rocker, lapsed Catholic, defected Scientologist, and fourth in a family of eight complicated people – is no exception. But just when she thought her twitchy life was finally coming together – solid relationship, creative job; a view of the ocean – the one-two punch of her father’s death and posthumous indictment proves an existential knockout.


The Three Graces (Paperback)

ISBN-13: 9781941668023
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Published: Michele Wolfe, 6/2014

College juniors Jessie, Isabel and Sara are linked in an unlikely friendship by visits to hidden places only they can see. Together on a trip to Hearst Castle in California an earth-shaking encounter with a stunning statue in the gardens binds them to the spirits of the Three Graces; Brilliance, Joy and Bloom. The Three Graces is a deep and beautiful story of discovery, of admitting to truths that have been buried, and of letting go of a past that hinders the present.


ISBN-13: 9781629010571
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Published: Inkwater Press, 1/2014

Zendoscopy is the story of one Sherman Alt, from his somewhat unconventional birth to his settling into marital bliss, albeit with plumbing problems. Along the way, Sherman faces occasionally serious and frequently hilarious adversity as he tries to gain worldly experience, especially with the opposite sex. Told in discrete episodes, the sum total is a story of social awakening, along with a dollop of philosophy, and even a bit of cosmology. Sherman and the people he encounters are a motley group of fascinating folks you'll definitely want to get to know in this sometimes tender, sometimes wrenching, and sometimes outrageously funny collection of stories.


ISBN-13: 9781496939296
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Published: Authorhouse, 10/2014

The life of Victor Johnell Wright changed forever during a high-school football game in 1976, when the star running back of the sophomore team at John Muir High School in Pasadena, California suffered a spinal injury during a botched play. Psychologists often point to several attitudes people go through when faced with a crisis: fear, denial, anger, acceptance, etc. Victor experienced them all, yet his faith in God and the loving care of his family and closest friends have allowed him to live the past four decades in a way that has inspired thousands and has made him a community treasure.