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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: 9780898244823
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Published: Royal Fireworks Press, 8/2014

Things were bad enough when Lennie Miller had to leave her home and her friends and move with her parents to the little town of Bailey, Indiana. But Bailey has a secret - a Mystical Realm few people can see, full of ghosts, wizards and monsters. And worst of all, these creatures have decided that Lennie is their "Pattern Finder," the person they all turn to for help with their math problems!.


Unswept Graves (Paperback)

ISBN-13: 9780880929035
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Published: Royal Fireworks Publishing Company, 7/2012

A story that starts in the present day in a small town about to celebrate Founders' Day. The founders were said to include young Jasmine's Wu's great-great-grandparents, Charlie and Hannah Fong. Jasmine and her friend 'Oz' get to find out the Fongs' story when they are suddenly and magically transported by her ancestors' mysterious pendant back in time to the Chinatown of San Francisco in the late 1890s. They find out that it was a dangerous, brutal time to be Chinese, especially for young girls. Jasmine is kidnapped and sold into slavery. Oz has to dress as a boy to rescue her and get her to the shelter of the Mission House. They meet Charlie Fong and somehow they have to make sure that the future happens. In the end, the founders and ancestors are honored as they should be and Jasmine discovers her heritage. Black's research into the life of Chinese immigrants revealed shocking anti-Chinese prejudice in the US at the time.


ISBN-13: 9780692226100
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Published: Emma Bloomwealth, 7/2014

Moving abroad? Hear candid, heart-to-heart advice from "women who have been there"! Whether you are dreaming about moving abroad or in the middle of building that new life, whether you're American about to move to the "Old World" or coming the other way, this book shares insights in what you truly need to know for such an endeavor, especially as a woman.


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.


The Wash (Paperback)

ISBN-13: 9781938237003
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Published: Sol Books, 6/2014

With bold characters and exquisite prose, The Wash is a compelling addition to California literature. Clyde Derrick masterfully captures a time and place while telling the sprawling multi-generational story of a Western family as seen through the clear and loving eyes of Cluny Taggart, recalling his twelfth year.


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: 9781491730195
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Published: iUniverse.com, 5/2014

Cain, a quixotic anti-hero, navigates the foreign and hostile world of construction as he builds the Twin Towers prison in LA. The novel follows Cain through the seven stories, nine counting the foundation and roof, of this brooding building culminating with the violent LA riots.


ISBN-13: 9780991513703
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Published: Kathy Gorlick, 7/2014

Hi there, I'm the Ni-Night Bear. I'm sweet, cuddly, fun, and full of love. I always snuggle up at nap time or bedtime with my favorite blanket! Come on in and see for yourself.

The Ni-Night Bear is a sweet, cuddly, happy little bear that loves his Ni-Night and wants to tell you what it is and why he loves it so! Little ones love the friendly colors and illustrations.

A Ni-Night is included in the cute packaging; color of your choice! Package includes one copy of The Ni-Night Bear and one 14"x 20" Ni-Night blanket.


The Aesir Kids (Paperback)

ISBN-13: 9780985455323
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Published: Basilisk Books, 8/2013

Meet Thrud, the super-strong daughter of Thor…her mischievous brothers Magni and Modi…Fire, flame-wielding son of the mysterious Norns…Tjalfi, who can run as fast as an arrow…Hela, the lonely daughter of Loki…and their friends and relatives, who face everything from school bullies to frost giants with humor and courage. When Asgard is threatened with destruction, the old gods turn to the younger generation to save the universe. Will they be up to the greatest challenge of all?.


ISBN-13: 9780996034708
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Published: Elizabeth Hinnant, 7/2014

In 1939, Diddy goes to the newly opened Union Station in downtown Los Angeles to meet her father and sees the unique people and places that are Los Angeles. An illustrated story that introduces readers to historical people and places with a special surprise (for older elementary children)!


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: 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


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: 9781939447753
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Published: Dunham Books, 5/2014

If you're an entrepreneur, artist or athlete who wants to extend success beyond Andy Warhol's proverbial 15 minutes of fame, Author Darrell Miller's new book, "The 16th Minute of Fame" serves as an inspirational guide on being prepared for the inevitable fame, fortune and success that affect all professions.


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.


City Of Whores (Paperback)

ISBN-13: 9780991419302
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Published: Starboard Home Press, 8/2014

New Year's Eve, 1951. Hollywood, California. As Tinseltown rings in the twilight of its Golden Age, a young man arrives from Texas hell-bent on exploiting his brooding good-looks in exchange for a shot at stardom--only to become dangerously entangled in the lives of one of the most powerful couples in show business. As his dream devolves into a lurid nightmare, he must choose between fortune and fame or sanity and survival in this City of Whores.


ISBN-13: 9780692238554
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Published: Jon Pirincci, 6/2014

With all life experiences and interesting people he's met over the years, Jon Pirincci delivers incredible inspiration to people all around the world. Jon has now recorded the best of these experiences in his new book What's a Little Wind?. Jon will entertain you with his humor and enlighten you with his robust knowledge of centuries of the most famous philosophers, motivational speakers, celebrities and religious scriptures of the world, including The Bible, Torah and Quran. This little inspirational book contains over 20 incredible and completely true stories about miracles of faith, angels, kismet, health, patriotism, neighbors, greed and spirits.


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!


ISBN-13: 9780980116526
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Published: Forked Road Press, 7/2011

Set in Renaissance France, this novel traces the life of the seer Nostradamus through the eyes of a boyhood friend, Alain St. Germain. While Alain becomes an indispensible figure in the court, Michel de Nostredame overcomes tragedy and masters the uncanny powers that eventually make him advisor to a queen. .


ISBN-13: 9780578072128
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Published: Ribbonhead, 7/2013

Not just a comfort food anymore... MACARONI AND CHEESE, Volume 1, is the first in a multiple book anthology of uplifting and inspirational stories and songs for kids and their parents. These stories are designed to champion a child and cultivate his/her unique view of the world. Illustrative artwork, vibrant color, imaginative ideas, groovy tunes and gentle wisdom are all wrapped in a hard cover book with an accompanying audio CD. There is even an activities page in the back of the book to encourage playful interaction by crafting gratitude journals and word games that reflect the story concepts


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.


Getaway Day (Paperback)

ISBN-13: 9781629949154
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Published: Tate Publishing & Enterprises, 3/2014

When a father gives to his son, they both laugh. When a son gives to his father, they both cry. It’s 1962. Mikey Wright is a normal California 13-year-old. With normal problems. Until the day he finds out his dad has cancer. Getaway Day chronicles Mikey's journey to save his father's life and learn the meaning of his own. Along the way, some ordinary and extraordinary folks help him discover that growing up means letting go.


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.