"The collection strongly recalls the conflicted, masculine themes and anxieties of John Updike, Saul Bellow, and Phillip Roth, but mostly Updike."-- KIRKUS REVIEW
Witty and transparent, Ackerman uses a bold prose to weave his short stories together. A recurring theme is the aftermath of divorce, which can do a number on the human mind. But overall, love fills the pages---lost love, love between a parent and child, love at first sight, and even forbidden love. Each story will make you think, feel and question.
"Vibiana Aparicio-Chamberlin stories and poetry feed your heart, mind, and soul with the Indigenous, Mexican, and Chicano realities of life for a young girl growing up in East Los Angeles in the late 40’s. The book spans East LA of the past to today’s Pasadena, California, where the author’s ninety-eight year old mother, Chabela, fantasizes that her deceased husband of 35 years comes to her every night for a homemade dinner. The struggle of this Mexican American family with its births, deaths, hunger, and neighborhood gangs is centered around the author’s parents, Chabela and Caro who perplex her with their passionate love-jealous relationship. I couldn’t put it down."
- Rosalio Urias Muñoz, Historian, UCLA
How to have enough Love to heal America and the world?
How to Love our children to heal America and the world?
What are the warnings and divine messages from Jesus Christ and Mary and St. Peter given to us to heal and save America and the world, before the appointed time?
Why is Jesus Christ calling on all humanity to have Salvation in Him?
Why is it our responsibility to love and heal America and the world?
How to find God's intended purpose for your life and your family's life.
What gifts do you have that God has given you to love and heal America and the world?
“Saturnian Tonsure” is an anthology of prose poems which explore the topics of God, spiritual conflict, personal dilemma, art and beauty, revolt and integration, and civilization. It is written in the tradition of Villon’s work, Baudelaire’s “Flowers of Evil”, Lautréamont’s “Maldoror”, and Rimbaud’s “A Season in Hell”.
Let’s take a trip down memory lane as this book jogs your memory and helps you relive the special things you shared with your grandma. Be inspired by My Caribbean Grandma and follow her on a cultural journey from the rural hills of Jamaica, to the big city market to sell her wares.
The number of female Chinese immigrant entrepreneurs has been growing rapidly in the last twenty years despite a history and culture that does not traditionally encourage female leadership. Chinese women are now encouraged to go abroad for various reasons (especially education and business opportunities) and they are no longer confined by the stereotypes that existed earlier in their own history.
Dr. Shirley Huang Batman has developed years in leadership development. At current, she has served in a leadership position, in one of the Fortunate 500 company, at Chase. Her passion and devotion truly reflect on her book.
“What if you could read a book that had the page-turning pace of a Grisham novel but with the intricacies and international complications of a Le Carre? Well, look no further. Greyson Bryan’s BIG: Beginnings is an international thriller with complex, compelling characters and surprises around every turn.”
-- Richard Kletter, film and tv writer and adjunct professor at USC’s School of Cinematic Arts
Clinical Dharma: A Path for Healers and Helpers is the result of Dr. Steve's over 25 years experience with Buddhist mindfulness practice and as many years as an educator and a therapist. In that time he has seen how so many of his colleagues in the helping professions (and fellow avocational helpers) suffer above and beyond what is tolerable, consequently burning out in one way or another.
Kyle Fasano has it all: a good job, a loving wife, two beautiful children and a house on the hill. Still, for one night at least, it's not enough. Risking it all, he has a fling with a girl from the office. He knows better, but she's a young college graduate, full of life and offering the simple temptation of a momentary escape. Unfortunately, Kyle is about to discover that there are no simple temptations, and his lover is not at all what she seems.
Inspired by the Apollo Moon Flights: "If they can get to the Moon..."
Livin' the dream: Must it include nightmares?
It's easy to go to Hell. Winning one's way back, that is the labor, that the task.
The Gospel According to Ruth: A Season of Harvest is an inspiring devotional that draws out many metaphors found in the story of Ruth, Naomi, and Boaz. Leaving Moab to return to Bethlehem was not a journey made with much hope but God drew them to Bethlehem His house of bread to provide for them and all the world. Filled with Scriptural applications, this harvest-themed devotional will guide your soul on a 121-day passage.
Winter in Chicago is a mystery set in 1975 Chicago which pays tribute to women who broke glass ceilings in that era and celebrates the last great days of rock and roll on AM radio. David M. Hamlin’s first novel is filled with a cast of eccentric characters including deejays, broadcast consultants, Chicago’s rich and famous, a couple of cab drivers, a bit-part actress and Mayor Richard J. Daley. At the center of it all, a determined radio reporter employs her considerable talent and skill to chase down an explosive story in the face of adversity at every turn.
“The good spy dies twice,” the cryptic final words from a condemned death row inmate, draw Jake Boxer, one-time king of cable news, out of retirement, setting him on a collision course with a conspiracy involving his secretive wife, a depraved New World Order, and the “guests” at a posh ski resort.
Jason Connor, curator of a Southern California museum, is driven to discover the origin of an ancient statue of Athena that the museum plans to purchase. Connor's search for answers takes him deep into the world of stolen art and fakery on a path that, as he discovers, may cost him his life.
Collection of poetry that digs deep beneath what is seen every day and explores the inner-workings of the soul…By constantly changing her form verse structure, and voice, we get a full picture…one who is delving into her past, trying to gain an understanding of life’s journey through the use of her lyrics and words.
In this vivid memoir, David as an adult has recreated for you what this simple town was like back then: the people, the customs, bullfights and flamenco, the sudden influx of hard partying expats, the celebrities, the pretty and even the not so pretty parts. He has reached back in his memory to a time and place long gone by, to give you a chance to experience what life was like in coastal Spain back then, through the wide open eyes of a bewildered would be All-American kid.
A cascading adventure of discovery, intrigue, and romance, He Can See Heaven tells the tale of Ellen Shea, an intrepid graduate student on a perilous search through exotic locales for a trove of lost scrolls. Penned by Saint Papias and known to history as the Logia, the scrolls are the first record of Jesus, eyewitness accounts older and truer than the New Testament. They unveil a new perspective of the man-god and predict the coming of a doomsday prophet, the Hierophant, the one who can see heaven.
One day a child turns his clock back and begins to question the concept of “Time.” The child’s search for answers to these questions have been asked for thousands of years. And now this wonderful story answers them. It’s about time!
"I love adventures like this one where the kids figure it out! And I love the world you created. I love your writing style. It is always easy to tell when an author spends time with their writing. It is obvious that you have done a significant amount of planning and preparation in crafting your work. Throughout your story you keep the reader engaged, slowly making your way through your story with details and a voice that allows your reader to interact with the characters (who are nicely developed and easy to identify with). So many authors rush through their stories without really developing them. Without good characterization a story is flat and lifeless. This is not the case with your work - you have crafted an excellent piece here."
- Rae Morgan, Manuscript Review from Outskirts Press, Inc.
America's First Robot Preisdent! President Rob!
Will he be our best President ever?
Our First Robot President,
President Rob works with us Humans - and a bunch of other robotic characters - to steer American through our wile and crazy new automated future!
Toward a Preemptive Social Enterprise is a manifesto and series of essays, scenarios, and tools that aim to challenge a constantly evolving industry to think bigger. The theory of preemptive social enterprise is built upon a critical observation: conventional social entrepreneurs are limited by culture of innovation that is exclusively rewarded for the art of reaction. While many consumers celebrate the modern social entrepreneur’s ability to react and program their business around critical causes, Manos argues that this trait may be among the biggest shortcomings of the field.
In Liberation Is Imperative, Kevin Knight goes beyond the practical guide to achieving success in your life by providing enlightening and innovative principles that challenge and empower you to overcome obstacles, run after your dreams and fulfill your divine destiny. If you are ready to pursue your greatness, Liberation Is Imperative is an essential resource for you to escape the mediocrity within your life and to start living on purpose.
A pandemic begins on Antarctica, rapidly infecting all of Earth’s oceans and threatening the existence of planetary life. The U.S. Military creates a scientific team whose ‘mission impossible’ is to identify the pathogen and end the pandemic. When a violent crime spree starts to spiral out of control, a few courageous individuals decide to take a stand...will they do so in time? Crimes Against Humanity: A1H1W2 is filled with stories of love, romance, betrayal, and deception. It is a cautionary tale, beseeching humanity to stop desecrating our planetary home, so all earthly life will prevail.
This limited edition hardcover book details the history of Don Post Studios from its inception in 1938 through to its closure in 2012. This was the company responsible for the creation of the rubber Halloween mask and it was at the forefront of the “Monster Kid” phenomenon of the 1960s and 70s. Don Post Studios was a leader in the Halloween Industry for over 7 decades and also dabbled in special effects work for the film industry from 1947 through 1988. At almost 600 pages and measuring 9″ x 12″, this is a true anthology and definitive guide to Don Post Studios, the company that transformed an entire genre.
This is a story about love and loss. This full-color book is a collection of poems and landscape photographs--all written, shot, and arranged by the author.
Composed in the style of a memoir, she shares her experiences through words and photos. This window into her emotions reveals the dark side of love as it narrates the journey through relationships, friendships, it's-complicated-ships, and self-identity. But really, it's a story about finding beauty in pain through growth.
Photographs include: Yosemite NP; Antelope Island SP; Anza-Borrego Desert SP; Death Valley NP; Glacier NP; Grand Teton NP; Lake Tahoe, CA; Los Angeles, CA; Olympic NP; Pacific NW beaches; Yellowstone NP; and more.
All proceeds from the first year of publication through Sep 2017 will be donated to:
- National Parks Conservation Association
- National YoungArts Foundation
An inspirational memoir of how a young girl overcame extreme hardships, including attempted suicide.
Together, actress Dee Wallace and Keith Malinsky have created a gorgeous children’s book about heartfelt wishes fulfilled and the true meaning of happiness. Although this delightful tale (complemented by Emily Owen’s whimsical illustrations) is basically about a little girl making a profound wish on a magical dandelion seed, the real story is about sharing your light with the world, and how it all comes back around to bless you.
Aussie’s Adventures comprises the exploits of Sophia and Aussie in ten short stories. Each adventure reveals a little more about the bond of friendship that the two share.
The stories in this book are sure to make you laugh, and you definitely will not be bored.
Sophia is a 9-year old author. She decided to write a book while spending time with her grandpa while he was busy writing his own novel. She aspires to continue her love of writing with a sequel Aussie’s Adventures II coming out in the middle of 2017.
With beautiful uncrowded beaches, citizens who are happy to say hello, Carlsbad California seems like the ideal destination. But the winds of change have picked up a devilish "Santa Ana" that will play havoc with the various townspeople to force them to make choices they would never consider.
Harriet the hamster and her family have been living at the pet store for what seems like forever! Philadelphia is a sweet eight-year-old girl who's been yearning for a hamster companion. Both Harriet and Philadelphia share much in common, including the love of shopping, dancing, and spending time with family. Will the two of them ever meet? Here's their story.
The next chapter is a series of poetry on life, love and childhood memories Patterson has experienced throughout her life. She created a book of poetry to inspire others on their journey through life and love. This book is the second poetry book Patterson has created along with many others to come.
Mason Bittner was arguably the best country singer of his time, respected and loved by music fans across all genres. Then he lost everything. Disgraced and mostly forgotten, Bittner was living in his car and playing music for meager wages--until he was murdered.
What does it take to survive, to create possibilities and a future when it seems like there is none? Those are the lessons Amin shares with us through the pages of his book. He paints a picture of his stark reality as a street boy in India. But there is so much more. Both his determination and his dreams linked with the compassion and generosity of others give birth to new life and hope. “I Am Because of You” is a testimony to this journey? It speaks of the possibilities that can be born out of darkness and the lesson of what a positive spirit can achieve.
Young girls and young boys often dream of owning a pony or learning to ride their very own horse. Midway Dreams is a story about a young pony that dreams big dreams, which will hopefully encourage young girls and boys to chase their dreams.
In 1877, with the Civil War’s depredations still a distinct memory for much of America, the U.S. Senate adjourned for a day so that its members might attend a horse race, one that pitted the best runners in the North against a legendary thoroughbred from Kentucky, a former slave state. The Great Sweepstakes of 1877 tells the story of those difficult days in America, and of an iconic sporting event that made front-page headlines throughout the nation.
“Here’s a book of poetry in the intellectually vigorous spirit of John Donne. E. Russell Smith’s cerebral and paradoxical musings fire shots across the bow of unexamined piety.” - Rev. Peter Lougheed
“E.Russell Smith audaciously domesticates the queries and quandaries of T.S. Eliot’s Four Quartets, relocating its metaphysical and theological concerns for our era — in verse that is quiet-toned, introspective, and confident in Art, even when Doubt is admitted. It is always resolutely Faithful, O Believer!” - George Elliott Clarke, Canada's Parliamentary Poet Laureate
Payback is a powerful thing...
Actor and bartender, Tyler West experiences a sudden streak of luck -- winning poker games. Determined to change his life, he enters the World Series of Poker. His life is suddenly turned upside down when the Russian mafia fronts him 1.5 million dollars to play at the tables. And then...he loses.
Now on the ride of his life, deceit and deception are his key to uncovering the truth. He must recoup the money, but will it come at a price? Can he stay alive long enough or will his time run out?
An entertaining collection of Ghost Stories, each with a different twist. Lilly the Witch, casts a secret spell. You Burnt Me, a Crime, thriller. The Bartender’s Aperitif, It’s Happy Hour with World War II ghost stories. Shadows, in the Dragon’s Triangle,and Sara solves a cold case.
Check It Off! Pave Your Way through College to Career is an excellent resource for high-school students entering college and a great read for parents too. Vera Teller, a college lecturer of first-year seminars, shows readers what they need to do in college to prepare themselves to seek employment and obtain a career once graduated. Check It Off provides a proactive approach to career planning that steers the student to explore activities in preparation of a career and career direction.
Jedidiah Monroe lives in 1800’s Wheeling Virginia, but everyday he dreams of traveling west to experience life’s adventures. Going with the mixed blessings of his parents, Jed settles in Independence, Missouri, a waystation for settlers traveling the American West. Jed falls in love, has a family and finds opportunities to chase his wanderlust into the virgin and unsettled frontier.
The tale takes place from 1830’s to the 1860’s while Jed finds himself involved in two U.S. wars while doing his best to find a peace that seems to elude him.
In this second book of the Langsford series, LORD LANGSFORD visits San Francisco where he encounters SALLY BAXTER, a beautiful ranch girl who packs a pistol in her purse, seeking justice for the murder of her brother. Langsford discovers politics behind the guns, setting the wheels in motion for this fast-paced mystery.
Affirmations of The Soul is filled with beautiful, eye catching, psychedelic artwork and poetry alongside profound affirmations. The illustrations take you on a journey from black and white to color. The book is themed around recovery but any and all can enjoy it for some pick me up insightful inspiration.
A Filipino native, Corinna chose to leave the Philippines and come to the United States as a result of her childhood and young adult years full of pain and heartache. That decision launched her into an encounter with the U.S. government that was life-changing and resulted in a new path covered by the hand of God and leading to amazing graces. At times raw in recounting the years of pain and struggle and other times joyful, You Can't Tell Anyone is an unforgettably gutsy story, packed with honesty, emotion, courage, and hope for us all.