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Fugitive Assemblage Cover Image
ISBN: 9781734407105
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Published: 3rd Thing - February 25th, 2020

Fiction. Poetry. California Interest. It's California in 1983. A woman pulls an IV out of her arm, walks out of the hospital and starts driving north. She is bleeding and nauseous. There is something in the trunk of her Datsun and it's rotting. FUGITIVE ASSEMBLAGE is lyric noir pieced together from remnant words and the blind turns of Highway 1. This haunted and haunting novel renders sensation through images and evokes grief in a dis/harmony of ghostly voices conjured from geology texts, poetry, family history, personal trauma and from women's diaries of the "westward journey.

Forget Dieting!: It's All about Data-Driven Fueling Cover Image
ISBN: 9781538131497
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Published: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers - June 30th, 2020

You don't need to starve yourself to achieve a healthy weight. Candice Rosen invites you to tap into your own knowledge of how your body works to monitor your sugar levels and discover the sweet spot for your own nutritional needs. Weight comes off and energy spikes to new levels using her method Forget Dieting eliminates the guesswork from weight loss and guides readers to improved health by teaching how to gather intel from your individual body to properly Data Fuel. By either using Rosen's "tune in" technique or a glucometer, one listens to the body's voice about whether what you just ate was healthy or unhealthy for you. Ultimately, pancreatic health is the essence of the program. Keeping your blood sugar level in check by testing or "tuning in" ninety minutes after you eat a meal or a snack is the key to leaving dieting behind for good. The weight drops off, health improves, sleep deepens, and appearance becomes more vibrant. Dieting and the dieting industry took us to a worldwide obesity epidemic. We overeat and then look for the latest quick fix to shed pounds. We want optimal physical aesthetics, when our chief concern should be how foods affect us on the inside. But food is medicine. When you nourish your body with the appropriate nutrient-dense foods, you effortlessly get the sexy, thinner, and fitter physique you've been seeking in vain through diet gimmicks. Forget Dieting because dieting conjures up transition instead of sustainability. Dieting screams deprivation, sacrifice and vigorous exercise. Lose weight gracefully and shed pounds forever when you follow Candice Rosen's plan.

The Infinite Now: Where Freedom, Clarity, and Peace Await You Cover Image
ISBN: 9781644386545
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Published: Booklocker.com - January 25th, 2020

If energy is the core element of all living things, how can we deliberately harness it to enhance our health, wealth, and joy?

The Infinite Now: Where Freedom, Clarity, And Peace Await You is the answer to that question.

This book will help you optimize your most precious asset: your energy field.

Don't Cry Duck Cover Image
ISBN: 9781733090605
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Published: Independently Published - September 1st, 2019

Duck is feeling some things. Who or what will fix him? A love letter to our emotions and the subtle ways that we can be there for one another once we accept that not everything needs fixing.

Perfect for ages 1-4…but really, emotions are for everyone!

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ISBN: 9781913201142
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Published: High Window - December 30th, 2019

"Tom Laichas has gone back to the beginning and given us a real gift. Empire of Eden retells our earliest stories so completely that I felt as if I was encountering them for the first time. An unforgettable book of poetry that risks the most daring creation and succeeds." - Tim Miller, author of Hymns & Lamentations and Bone Antler Stone.

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ISBN: 9781495181047
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Published: Independently Published - September 1st, 2019

Whoever heard of a female, a cow...a heifer leading an army or a herd of Cape Buffalo? Well in the tale of the Three Bullheaded Bulls it happens. A female is running the show, and three young, inexperienced and arrogant bulls don't like it one bit. Before the herd's leader Thunderhoof dies, he leaves his mate Eyes Open in charge until a young bull has enough knowledge and wisdom to take the reigns. But the youngsters object. Their arch-enemy, the lions, are closely watching. The lions use the jabbering monkeys and the chattering birds to stroke the young bulls egos and fan the flames of dissent. The Three Bullheaded Bulls is based on a 2000-year-old Aesop fable. It shows us that just because something has always been-doesn't mean it's how it has to be. It also teaches us that we are always stronger when we work together.

I Am (Awareness #1) Cover Image
ISBN: 9798608749049
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Published: Independently Published - February 4th, 2020

This book is meant for people of all ages to explore the nature of the mind and awareness itself. Today Micah and Anandamayi are explorers of awareness. What about thoughts, emotions and sensations? Are you curious what they find out? Let's have a look into this book.

Noir Librarian Cover Image
ISBN: 9781686617263
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Published: Independently Published - September 12th, 2019

Here are deft, appealing poems with a swath of mischief, a dash of humor and ample humanity, perfect for those who still need to be convinced that 1) poetry does not have to be boring; 2) poetry does not have to be incomprehensible; 3) poetry does not have to resemble raw, unskilled spillage of emotions and happenstance. And, further, here are poems for librarians, any librarians, and for those who've ever even met, even seen a librarian. Meet-Noir Librarian.
-Suzanne Lummis author of Open Twenty-Four Hours


Marilyn N. Robertson has a poem in Speechless The Magazine, The Boston Literary Magazine, Chopin with Cherries, A Tribute in Verse, a Poem of the Month for Writers at Work, and a poem in the on-line journal, Capitol and Main. Selected for Poetry in the Windows, a grant project of the Arroyo Arts Collective, she had a poster of her poem up at a business on Figueroa. UCLA Extension featured her in a success-stories series. A poem and accompanying essay appear in the book, Master Class: The Poetry Mystique. Two of her poems appear in Wide Awake, the Poets of Los Angeles.

TomTom Loves His Hair! Cover Image
ISBN: 9781977217295
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Published: Outskirts Press - October 9th, 2019

Have you ever battled with a kid to cut their hair? Like most kids, TomTom does not want to sit still long enough for a haircut. A delightful and humorous tale as Mom figures out a way to give TomTom that so needed trim. Action and adventure abound as TomTom goes through his daily activities, and then guess what? TomTom Loves His Hair.

The Anthropology of Dragons Cover Image
ISBN: 9781732985865
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Published: Sentia Publishing - September 29th, 2019

In this text, we choose to define dragons as any variation upon the great serpent mythologies. In other words, a supernaturally powerful creature of serpentine form. These great serpents predate our modern definitions of dragon and almost certainly inspired their creation. We posit that it is from these ancient serpents that the more modern, limbed and winged dragons, evolved. They are the definition against which we measure potential dragon myths. In this way, we hope to challenge the reader to redefine the term dragon for themselves, and come to understand more fully the relationship between dragon myths and human culture.There exist countless myths and variations of myths which involve dragons throughout the world. As it would not be feasible to cover all dragon myths, this text aims to focus its descriptive efforts on those myths with pervasive cultural significance like creation stories or tales that explain the world around us within specific cultural systems. We will discuss the myth itself, along with its biological background, cultural context, and historical background. Prepare yourself; here be dragons.

The Siege of Sarajevo: One Family’s Story of Separation, Struggle, and Strength Cover Image
ISBN: 9781733546201
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Published: KiCam Projects, LLC - September 24th, 2019

“In a world facing the worst refugee crisis in history, this is an important and timely book.”— John Zaritsky, Oscar-winning filmmaker

“An epic tale. … Moving beyond words.”— Roy Gutman, Pulitzer Prize winner and Crimes of War Project chairman

“A universal human story … and an invaluable historical source.”— Robert Donia, author of Sarajevo: A Biography

“Sanja Kulenovic’s memoir captures courage and resilience … and shines a light on immigration crises everywhere.”— Foreword Reviews

In 1992, Bosnian honeymooners in Southern California are suddenly stranded and homeless when their native Yugoslavia erupts into civil war. The stunned refugees must scrape together a new life in America with sporadic letters their sole, tenuous link to besieged family and loved ones back in Sarajevo.

Sanja Kulenovic shares those precious letters—often written in darkness as bombs fell and gunfire rang out—to vividly capture the suffering her family and other Sarajevans endured through almost four years of daily bombardments, the perpetual threat of sniper fire, and three frozen, foodless winters.

The Siege of Sarajevo searingly illustrates the human toll of war and the highly personal consequences of what often are dismissed as faraway conflicts. Highlighting the resilience and determination of immigrants, Kulenovic’s powerful story reminds us all that we are stronger than we’ve ever imagined.

Love Letters to Trump Cover Image
ISBN: 9780692199206
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Published: Bay Company Books, Inc. - November 6th, 2018

Gerry Courtney began photographing Resisters twenty months ago in hopes of recording the spirit, the intelligence and the sense of unity that was on display during these marches. However, as Trump and the Republicans turn the screws on our Republic, he wonders if he is documenting rousing demonstrations or the last moments of our civil rights.

How to Stop a Coup...: And Other Tips Cover Image
ISBN: 9780578593234
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Published: Bay Company Books, Inc. - November 5th, 2019

How To Stop a Coup continues the spirit of Gerry Courtney's first book Love Letters To Trump, by illustrating the commitment by the resisters to save our democracy from Trump through Courtney's photography. He traveled to 17 states during the last year talking with activists and documenting rallies, vigils and demonstrations.

R & R: A Sex Comedy Cover Image
ISBN: 9780578474717
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Published: Hill House New York - March 20th, 2019

Serge Bering-Strait, a young poet who lives with his activist mother and four aunties in a Greenwich Village brownstone, has just gone to work as copywriter for "Women's Omnibus" magazine. Serge would much rather have remained up in his garret room writing poetry, but his mother, Dagmar, and his Auntie Janet have insisted that it's high time he got out into the world--it isn't natural to be a recluse at twenty-three--his Auntie Janet, in fact, has secured the job for Serge by calling in a favor from the editor at "Women's Omnibus," Bettina Battle. Ms. Battle, the "Battle of Britain," as she is often referred to by her underlings, hails from "Swinging London"--the magazine as well as the city. In this New York work-a-day situation of the swinging Sixties, Serge finds himself the object of unwanted sexual advances from his lady boss editor. It is all too upsetting to this young, shy, poet. He has spent his whole life under the thumbs of five very tough, aggressive women and now the additional pressure from Editor Battle, out to deflower him, brings him to a crossroads.

He must assert himself In the beginning, he has only one true supporter in this struggle: Juanna Donna Lorca, his childhood transexual nanny-cum general housekeeper for the family, who is partial to flamenco dresses.

Serge, somewhat inspired by his love of the classics, and perhaps somewhat inspired by the idea of poetic justice, and simply pressured to let off steam, begins a novel--Resurgius. Coincidentally, or not, he begins his novel immediately after meeting the girl of his dreams. It is a futuristic tale of a universe governed by women who bear a striking resemblance to his mother and aunties. In the nation called Atalanta, however, trouble is brewing. The enslaved Dongs, as males are called, are in revolt. In fact, there's an underground leader in ascendancy--one Resurgius. This stalwart Resurgius bears an uncanny resemblance to Serge, obviously a wish-fulfillment, for he has everything that Serge has not--especially muscles and courage, though he is several I.Q. points down from Serge himself and wears Serge's actual horn-rimmed spectacles.

Through the process of writing his novel, and with the help of his transgender friends, and his girlfriend, Amanda, Serge, who has been taught by his dominating female family to pee sitting down, stands up for himself, at last.

Favoured by Fortune Cover Image
ISBN: 9781943048861
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Published: Phase Publishing - August 1st, 2019

In a time of war and upheaval in England, their forbidden passion binds them together against all odds. Charlotte Pruitt throws off the norms of Georgian society and discovers her sensual power in the arms of a soldier named James Clarke, whom she has adored from the moment her eyes fell upon him.

He must be, she says, the most favoured by fortune of any gentleman I have yet beheld. This troubled, passionate war hero offers her a world of awakened senses and intimacy beyond anything she's ever imagined in the embrace of her husband, Audley. However, after Audley's murder, James's dreadful madness and a stranger's horrific revenge their fragile world is being threatened. The harrowed couple vow to face these challenges together, but all too soon, Charlotte finds she must summon all her inner strength to fight alone to save her lover and their bastard son.

From the mist-bound northern mountains of England, to sunlit Venice and the flower-scented shores of Lake Como, this epic tale of illicit love and its consequences reaches across gothic Europe, and all the expanse of the human heart.

Shock Wave Cover Image
ISBN: 9781974668991
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Published: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform - August 17th, 2017

After Cuba detonates an atomic bomb in the Caribbean, an ever-worsening series of global disasters have authorities and scientists baffled. The world is coming apart, literally. The catastrophe is unstoppable, and Scott DeSantis will do anything to save his wife Linda and their children. But Linda has a secret she has never revealed to anyone. While the world's population is helpless in the face of this escalating Armageddon, Linda sees history repeating itself. To save everything that they love, Linda and Scott must return to the place of her birth and confront the man who once before destroyed a world in his quest for power. The stakes couldn't be higher and the odds against them are a million to one. Fighting ancient armies, a nuclear holocaust and even time itself, the deciding battle for the future of the world will be fought five thousand years in the past, in a place called... Atlantis.

Shock Wave 2: The Book of Vallora Cover Image
ISBN: 9781727835021
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Published: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform - October 10th, 2018

The truth is a lie. Honesty is rebellion. Privacy is deception. Conformity is salvation. Those are the four pillars which hold up an empire that was founded in blood and death and is maintained by the continuous garroting of the human spirit. Martin Black, formerly Karras of the Atlantian Senate and now calling himself Martin Schwartz, did it. His escape into the future just a hair's breadth ahead of the destruction of Atlantis allowed him to create a new world order where he is the undisputed leader. It is into this alternate 21st century world that Linda and Scott are thrown by the Vortex after they escaped from Atlantis. And while the world looks familiar to them, the future is not what it used to be. They are strangers in a dangerous land, relentlessly pursued by Martin Schwartz and his forces who will stop at nothing to get the Book of Vallora which Linda brought into the future. The Book is essential to fulfill Martin's primary ambition, to keep his stranglehold on the world forever. For Linda and Scott it's their last chance to get back home... if they can stay alive. It's impossible to know who can be trusted or who will betray them and one false move will get them killed. Their perilous journey will take them right back to where it all began. The final battle for the future of mankind will once more be fought in a place called... Atlantis.

Poems & Stories 2016 Cover Image
ISBN: 9780997239201
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Published: Rojo Press - June 15th, 2016

I wrote these poems and stories over thirty years: at Rutgers, where I taught in the New Jersey Writing Project, in the Ontario Writing Project, and in Nevada at two community colleges. Different titles and different lengths of time; some in the summer, some not. I had no thought of publishing them, ever. . After I had two strokes in the space of one week, I decided to look again at the poems and the stories. The logic was gone, but the imagination was running wild. I headed to the garage and looked to see what I could find in a file folder. I brought them inside, took them out to see what I had, organized them in sequence (more than a few times ), looked them over again, put them on the computer, and wrote five more poems. The first one was "Eva" and the rest followed, pre-stroke and post-stroke. I shaped these poems and stories myself. I added a word, or words, on the computer, changed the arrangement of the poems/stories, deleted "stuff," or added some different words so that it would seem to me to be "finished." The book as it is now features 16 poems and three short stories, all of which emerge from the author's life. "The poems are of love, humor, anger, grief, and completeness. The short stories are breath-taking tales of people important to the author, deeply honest stories about heartbreak and love."

Ceremonials Cover Image
ISBN: 9781732325159
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Published: Kernpunkt Press - February 11th, 2020

Fiction. California Interest. Women's Studies. LGBTQIA Studies. CEREMONIALS is a twelve-part lyric novella inspired by Florence + the Machine's 2011 album of the same name. It's the story of two girls, Amelia and Corisande, who fall in love at a boarding school. Corisande dies suddenly on the eve of graduation, but Amelia cannot shake her ghost. A narrative about obsession, the Minotaur, and the veil between life and death, CEREMONIALS is a poem in prose, a keening in words, and a song etched in ink.

Mrs. White's SUB SNIPS: Substitute Teaching Cartoons From Real Life Cover Image
ISBN: 9781696294157
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Published: Independently Published - September 29th, 2019

These humorous substitute teaching real life experiences show fun snapshots or 'snips' into the world in which all who sub, used to sub, or want to sub can relate to. These cartoons illustrate 15 years of subbing grades K-12. All school teachers and administrators will be able to identify with this book. Have any of these situations happened to you? You've got to read it to believe it!

The Art of Spiritual Life Cover Image
ISBN: 9781733491006
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Published: Independently Published - October 1st, 2019

The Art of Spiritual life is a poetic title, not a literal one. It is not a how-to book, as would be "the art of cooking" or "the art of creative knitting." The title is a double entendre. Much of my life's calling has been as a fine artist, and thus the title refers to my personal journey — as a visual artist and someone attempting to learn the "art" of spiritual life.

It is a memoir in which I invite you to come along with me as I share my life-experiences with two world renowned saints. These saints carried me on journeys to other lands, other times, and other worlds by their guidance regarding the eternal wisdom of ancient India. What I received from them became the subject of my art and my life. The goal of this memoir is to share my experiences of their divine presence and their message of devotional consciousness. My sharing is but a drop of the causeless mercy they bestowed upon their thousands of students and the world.

Many Restless Concerns: The Victims of Countess Bathory Speak in Chorus Cover Image
ISBN: 9781625570123
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Published: Black Lawrence Press - February 14th, 2020

Poetry. Women's Studies. "Although MANY RESTLESS CONCERNS illuminates the horror of absolute control over others, it also shines a beacon on the strength of women sharing their truths one by one, of spirits joining together to topple the seemingly untouchable. This work speaks to our own times, to our #metoo reckoning, to our power as survivors to take back our stories and reclaim the darkness. Oppression of any kind never holds, even if it takes the dead to bring it down. This book is a haunting, essential read for all uneasy souls."--Laraine Herring

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ISBN: 9781705988312
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Published: Independently Published - November 18th, 2019

Rosie isn't your normal '90s girl. It's not that she's the new kid in junior high. It's not the creepy apartment building she lives in. It's not even her dead mother (and deadbeat dad). It's the shadow people - strange, ghost-like beings that visit her in the night and tell her things. But what do they want? Are they trying to hurt her, protect her or both? It's up to Rosie to unravel the mystery, all the while navigating cute boys, mean girls and all the rest of the pitfalls of the 7th grade."'Rosie and the Shadow People' is a scary but emotionally gripping adolescent thriller with awesome '90s retro details. Fans of Christopher Pike will enjoy Rosie's interactions with the shadow people...and her harrowing investigation into why they're following her." - Zoe Aarsen, author of "Light as a Feather.

This Old Body: And 99  Other Reasons to Laugh at Life Cover Image
ISBN: 9781645704058
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Published: More Mesa Press - June 8th, 2019

This Old Body: And 99 Other Reasons to Laugh at Life is a book of personal essays on the ridiculousness of aging. It’s clean, it’s clever, it’s anything but cliched. This Old Body speaks to all of us who aren’t what we once were. With such witty titles as, “Where, Oh, Where Has My Little Waist Gone?” and “The World is Round but my Feet are Flat,” Barbara Greenleaf will get you laughing at the everyday humiliations and aggravations that befall people of a certain age. In addition, she treats you to quick takes by other funny people.

The Way in Cover Image
ISBN: 9781733151825
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Published: And/Life, Inc. - July 3rd, 2019

Most "diet books" make it sound so easy: do this, do that, lose weight, keep it off, have a fabulous life. The end. But we all know that fitness isn't some story with a tidy ending. It's a journey where the toughest step is the first and the destination seems to be a club where only the genetically blessed, athletically gifted and ferociously disciplined get to be lifetime members.

If only there was a way for the rest of us to make the journey to health and happiness-- to that elusive place where fitness actually "fits in" to our busy schedules and doesn't require spending 12 weeks pretending to be someone we're not.

There is. It's called The Way In by Andrea Marcellus.

But be warned. This method is only for people who want to:
- Lose weight for good without eliminating any of the foods you truly enjoy. (Yes, you read that right.)
- Develop a strong, lean physique without working out like it's the Olympic trials.
- Learn how to be your own personal coach rather than your most dedicated critic.
- Make friends with food again.And the mirror. (Again, yes, you read that right.)

Marcellus -- a fitness expert and life strategist with more than 20 years' experience --brings a holistic approach to the challenges of losing weight and becoming healthier. The opposite of a one-size-fits-all plan, her 5 Life Strategies guide you to determine a course of action that's right for you. The result: an outside that matches the strong, capable person you know you are on the inside. (And maybe you'll also start your own club )

Eat Happy, Too: 160+ New Gluten Free, Grain Free, Low Carb Recipes Made from Real Foods for a Joyful Life Cover Image
By Anna Vocino, Vinnie Tortorich (Foreword by)
ISBN: 9781945330681
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Published: Telemachus Press, LLC - October 1st, 2019

Anna Vocino is back with Eat Happy Too: 160+ NEW delicious grain-free, gluten-free, low carb recipes that are also free of processed sugars. Get back to cooking and retrain your taste buds to love food again. You'll be shocked at how good food can taste! Eat Happy Too has 150 more starters, mains, sides, soups, casseroles, slow cooker AND Instant Pot recipes, plus breakfast and a chapter called make your own, so you can learn how to make sauces and dressings from scratch and not be stuck buying chemical laden versions from the grocery store. There is even a desserts chapter which has some splurge recipes made from the finest ingredients, so that when you have something to celebrate, you can do it with minimal metabolic effect on your body. Half of the recipes have dairy, half are dairy free, and most of the recipes with dairy can be made dairy free for those who want to limit their dairy intake. Diagnosed with celiac disease in 2002, Anna Vocino struggled to manage the effects of autoimmune disease and middle age weight gain while still being able to eat delicious and satisfying foods. In 2012, she started podcasting with Vinnie Tortorich and changed her way of eating to not only be gluten free, but also grain and sugar free.

Perfectly Fulfilled Prophecies and the Destiny of Mankind Cover Image
ISBN: 9781734132601
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Published: Frontier 7 Publishing - October 5th, 2019

This book makes breakthrough discoveries in:
· basic physics
· cosmology
· synchronizing the ancient Chinese chronological documents with astronomical phenomena and biblical events like Noah’s flood
· correcting Israel’s calendar only to make breakthrough discoveries in two subjects that are still more profound
· already fulfilled biblical prophecies
· impending biblical prophecies

What's Next?: Creativity in the Age of Entertainment Cover Image
ISBN: 9781543907032
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Published: BookBaby - August 19th, 2017

What's Next? Creativity in the Age of Entertainment details the interconnected causes of the creativity crisis that exists today where a focus on entertainment has confused and compromised our society. Ms. Karlin shares her experiences with creative people and artistic projects, demonstrating how inspiration and imagination coexist across various disciplines. She explores our current Age of Entertainment and how our culture discourages creativity in many fields. The roles of imitation, discipline and cleverness in nurturing creativity skills offer an overview of the creative process. Examples of innovative ideas that led to Grammy Awards and international projects provide a background of program and leadership development. She illustrates her views about the future of arts education and the music business through successful programs around the country. Finally, suggestions are offered to assist creativity development in the arts, philanthropy, business, education and our personal lives toward a new Age of Creativity.

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ISBN: 9780980217070
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Published: Kilometer Thirteen - November 5th, 2019

Eliciting the eros of subtle presence, Melissa Fischer wrests poetry from the caustic cauldron of Obuasi, a mining boomtown in the Ashanti Region of Ghana. West Africa Gold dams the Gyimi River, stagnating the water source of Gyimiso Kakraba, a village of subsistence farmers who refuse to accept a modern world that has forsaken the art of human connection. Compelled by the devastation of water-borne diseases, Gyimiso Kakraba enlists Louisa Lehmann, a civil engineer and Peace Corps volunteer, to intercede on their behalf. Lehmann exudes pride in her profession, honors her fluid gender, and yields to the greatest lesson of all taught by the people of Gyimiso Kakraba deep in Ghana's equatorial forest.

Dancer Interrupted: A true expose of a ballerina's fall from grace. Cover Image
ISBN: 9780989919425
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Published: Tampico Press Books - December 13th, 2019

Actress Susan Priver began her love affair with the stage as a young ballerina handpicked to attend George Balanchine's School of American Ballet at age 14. But at 17 she blows her chance to become part of the New York City Ballet when she succumbs to a bout of debilitating depression.She eventually restarts her ballet career, dancing with New York's Eglevsky Ballet and the Hannover State Opera, in Germany. But when she's fired by the Cleveland Ballet at age 24, she finds herself overwhelmed with shame, without the strength or confidence to audition for another company. For a dancer, not being employed and not performing, means you don't exist. Susan travels back to her parent's Los Angeles home hoping to get the love and compassion she never got. Instead, she's reminded that she was never good enough. Life becomes a descent into hell. A series of waitressing jobs and bad relationships (including one with a Russian psychologist who has a penchant for shoplifting), ensue. Searching for a self without ballet, Susan unconsciously seeks to feel the pain that ballet dancers must endure on a daily basis. Only after hitting rock bottom does she find the courage to reconnect to her love for the stage. This is her personal story of discovering meaning without the veil of ballet, a story of overcoming and learning how to live in the real world without a tiara.

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ISBN: 9780999601020
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Published: Scott J-R Publishing - December 13th, 2019

Still grieving after the physical loss of his beloved spiritual Master, Dr. John-Roger, the author finds renewed purpose connecting with fellow disciples in Satsang around the world. This sequel to Garcia’s best-selling The Love of a Master merges the genres of memoir, travel journal, and practical spirituality how-to guide.

77th and Broadway: A decade in the world of crime Cover Image
ISBN: 9780962282294
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Published: Independently Published - December 9th, 2019

What if a small-time hustler with a shady past finds his dream job, getting paid to keep crooks in business? That’s exactly what happens in 77th and Broadway: A Decade in a World of Crime, when Richie Smooth is hired to help a struggling, conniving LA bail bondsman, who breaks all the rules, salvage his failing business.

This crime noir pulp fiction is set in the mid 70’s through the mid 80’s in South Central Los Angeles prior to the advent of a cocaine epidemic. A superbly crafted plot interweaves a series 25 true-event crime stories into one roller coaster ride entailing an army of unscrupulous characters. Thugs, thieves, hustlers, con men and women, whose very lives illuminate issues of social injustice, corruption, betrayal, power and punishment make up the fabric of individuals coming in and out of the bail bond office, making the story funny, entertaining, raw and gritty. You will meet characters who will make you laugh, some may even make you cry, characters you will love and some you may even hate, all who roll the dice and gamble to come-up big, wind-up in prison, or stretched-out on a cold slab in the coroner’s office, DOA.

Angel Eyes: Ethiopia Through the Lens of a Black American Man Cover Image
ISBN: 9780578446578
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Published: Roger Fountain - July 1st, 2019

"Angel Eyes" is a photographic journey starting from Addis Ababa and continuing through southern Ethiopia as seen through the lens of an African American man.

Photographer Roger Fountain starts in Ethiopia's capital city, Addis Ababa, and winds his way through tiny villages, roadside markets, crocodile-infested waters, and colorful bazaars. The images are supported by Fountain's evocative narrative, offering his perspective of the country's magical, seductive, and inspiring people and culture.

Can You Find My Shoe?: A Zoo Adventure for Ages 3-7 Cover Image
By Harry Aveira (Illustrator), Bobbie Himan (Editor), Patty Lennox
ISBN: 9781733399500
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Published: Jumping Juniper Press - August 20th, 2019

When you’ve lost a shoe at the zoo what do you do? First, you enlist some help, and then you go SHOE hunting.

Animals, adventure, and the amusing culprit keep children engaged and entertained all the way to the end of the story, where a charming discovery is made.

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ISBN: 9781632430755
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Published: Omnidawn - October 15th, 2019

Within the visual arts of painting and photography, Martha Ronk finds an undeniable presence lurking: silence. This character slips into pauses, hides between images, and expertly evades the grasp of language. Ronk shows us that what is hidden just off screen in these images might just be the force that gives them power. The poems in Silences seek possibilities of how to form language from a phenomenon that so earnestly resists it. Rather than coax silence out of hiding, Ronk’s poems respond to its mysterious presence through questions and conjecture.

These poems endeavor to give a much-deserved voice to silence, addressing the power of what is not seen. While silence remains perpetually out of reach, Ronk invites us to follow the language that creeps up to its edges. The poems in this collection form an inquiry that moves through the presence of silence and reveals insights into the character of the visual art in which it lives.

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ISBN: 9781535379472
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Published: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform - December 5th, 2016

This is the first book in a five-volume series that contains Messages given by the Ascended Masters through their Messenger Tatyana N. Mickushina from 2005 through 2016.

During this time the people of Earth have been given the Teaching of the True purpose of the evolution - the aspiration of every soul to the Creator, to union with God, and adherence to the Highest Moral Law that exists in the Universe. This harmonious Unified Teaching also contains Teachings about the distinction between Good and Evil, the Path of Initiation, the change of consciousness, about Love, Karma, Freedom, happiness, nonviolence, about the Community, and many other Teachings.

To Be Worthy: The Radical Realization That You Get to Be YOU Cover Image
By Charlotte Eléa, Barsha Dahal (Cover Design by)
ISBN: 9780578578149
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Published: Big Beautiful Breakthrough - November 5th, 2019

RECLAIM THE REAL WORTHY YOU: Worthiness is not something that we can learn from others. Rather, it is an awakening that must come from within. Worthiness is our birthright. Each one of us knows deep inside at our core that we are worthy.

So, how do we come to this radical realization?

In To Be Worthy, Charlotte Eléa shares the inspiration, tools, and practices to reclaim your self-worth:

•Break through wounding beliefs and the root causes of your feelings of unworthiness.
•Reclaim what makes you YOU, and integrate new, powerful truths about who you really are.
•Create a new relationship with yourself based in trust, self-love and self-compassion.
•Discover a whole new way of living by following your own inner guidance.

You are invited to come on a journey of self-discovery and revelation; of deep, soul healing that will crack you wide open! Beneath the wounds of “I don’t matter” and “I am never going to be good enough” is a truth about how uniquely worthy and gifted you are. Are you ready to know it?

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ISBN: 9781717873262
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Published: Independently Published - August 26th, 2018

Patriots is Benjamin Tallmadge's war story, told through his eyes. A determined officer who would not give up on the cause for American independence. A man besieged by betrayal and heart-breaking loss. A spymaster whose ingenuity for doing the impossible earned him Washington's trust. But this is not only Tallmadge's story to tell. His story is shared with his fellow brothers-in-arms, the 2nd Continental Light Dragoons. Conceived to be mounted infantry in lightning quick attacks, they embodied what it meant to be a dragoon in the American Revolution; fearlessly charging the enemy both mounted, dismounted, and even afloat. This is their story.

Spymaster: Book Two of the 2nd Continental Light Dragoons Cover Image
ISBN: 9781693454493
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Published: Independently Published - October 1st, 2019

Treason. Punishable by court martial and death - an action of last resort. That is what the officers of the 2nd Continental Light Dragoons have done. Restless for glory, the gentlemen officers do not see Colonel Elisha Sheldon as their leader and request his resignation. In wake of the officers' actions, Major Benjamin Tallmadge employs a gamble that might cost him his career and the goodwill of his men. Danger looms in the battlefield as the British grow bolder in the year of 1779. Ambushes, near misses and the threat of discovery imperils not only the men of the 2nd Light as they fight in the ravaged countryside of Westchester, New York, but also for Tallmadge's nascent spyring, the Culpers. The hardships and horrors of war threaten to engulf all as they valiantly fight for independence. This is the year of trials.

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ISBN: 9780578402987
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Published: Independently Published - November 10th, 2019

Naishma, the Travel of a Star was born in 2003 as a theater play for kids. Jonay Roda, had the idea to write a play for his kids to learn about the solar system in a very unique and fun way.

Naishma ... hypnotizes by the extension of the story, a personified description of the solar system, which absorbs and envelopes you from the farthest planets to your destination: the blue planet, Earth.

The book also includes aliens and solves the hypothesis that the sun will be extinguished. A unique reading experience you can enjoy with your kids.

The story starts when Liam wakes up and sees that it’s all dark. At first he calls the SUN, but it doesn’t come so he decides to call another STAR. Answering his wish a new star emerges, NAISHMA and she begins her journey to EARTH. During the trip NAISHMA will visit the rest of the planets of our SOLAR SYSTEM.

Black Cherry Cover Image
ISBN: 9781480829398
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Published: Archway Publishing - April 15th, 2016

In the late 1970s, families of color began their transition into neighborhoods distinctly and traditionally new to them. The same was so for Berkeley Hills, a prim community that dwells outside Berkeley, California. It's where three young girls formed a steady friendship that was marked by devotion, trust, promises, secrets, and fire.

Mash Boston, Rhial Curry, and Eila Wynston lived on the same block. In addition to race as their common thread, they shared many qualities that bonded them indefinitely-Mash , the virtuous one; Rhial, characterized as unassuming; and Eila, moderately eccentric. From elementary school to college at the University of Miami, and into adulthood, nothing and no one cleaved their bond. Mash pursued the humanities; Rhial had the aptitude for high-end marketing; and Eila sought an opportunity in city government. With the occasional challenges that come with life, coupled with their similarities and differences, their relationship was virtually invincible until it was time to plan a lavish wedding.

Mash , Rhial, and Eila were tossed into an emotional whirlpool. The events that followed had all the makings for combustion. The biggest challenge was who was to blame. They preferred to empower themselves to resolve this flaring development without the intervention of outsiders.

In Black Cherry, author Henrietta D. Elmore-Smith has created a saga defining the true characteristics of friendship. When those characteristics are tested, who will withstand the trials?

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ISBN: 9781733352406
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Published: Tandem Books - November 4th, 2019

A writer in a purgatory bar, an art collecting housewife who time travels, a movie Production Assistant with stigmata, a codependent AA sponsor, a sex addict, a movie star with issues, a two-time liver transplant recipient and an abusive TV costumer who gets what's coming to her.

All connected to one another but completely and utterly alone.

HIM: He's Incredibly Maddening but He Is Mine Cover Image
ISBN: 9781087024462
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Published: Independently Published - August 23rd, 2019

When does it happen? When do some men shift gears from cool and exciting to . . . well . . . grumpy, crotchety and irksome? Somewhere along the line, these fun-loving, amorous, adventurous men grow increasingly introverted, doggedly set in their ways, staunchly resistant to fashion trends and stubbornly content with how things have always been and therefore, how they should always be.

HIM is a light-hearted dissertation supporting the hypothesis that curmudgeons are extremely complex. They are difficult and challenging but also remarkably generous and selfless. Curmudgeons present a gruff exterior, as evidenced throughout this research project, but the final analyses are surprising. The vast array of traits clearly demonstrate that curmudgeons thoroughly frustrate those around them, but at long last, they ultimately combine to create the wonderful, intricate mosaics that define them as curmudgeons.

Nearly everyone can name at least one curmudgeon whom they know personally. Perhaps he’s a husband, a neighbor, a father, a brother, an uncle, an in-law, a boss, or a co-worker. Curmudgeons are not indigenous to one culture. They are not singular to one race, religion or socio-economic group. They live in every town, city, county, state, country and continent. Indeed, they are everywhere! You may even identify with some of the curmudgeons within these pages! Take a look and . . . enjoy!

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By Molly Brandenburg (Editor), Eric Brandenburg (Editor)
ISBN: 9781644670286
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Published: Happy Publishing - June 6th, 2019

"Letters From Bud" is the remarkable, first-hand account of the harrowing air war in Europe as told by WW2 flight navigator and bombardier John "Bud" Brandenburg, in his letters home during the conflict, from 1944-45. With guts, wit and grace, Brandenburg records his experiences with the daring "Koltun crew," which flew 30 missions over Europe. Through numerous strokes of fate, the crew survived a run of missions with the "bloody" 492nd Bomb Group, a unit that endured an 80 percent casualty rate as the men faced down the seemingly unstoppable German Luftwaffe. Brandenburg's letters create a stirring picture of one young man's experiences during the war, as he served with the US Army Air Corps in Europe and then navigated supply runs with the Air Transport Command in the exotic North African and Middle Eastern theaters. Re-edited for publication by his daughter Molly, Bud's witty and often heartbreaking observations of life during the final, epoch-changing days of the war make for an unforgettable and highly adventurous read.

One Gray Day Cover Image
ISBN: 9781733101806
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Published: Atticus Creative, Inc. - May 15th, 2019

In the final book of The Parker Trilogy, four lives intertwine in a personal yet cosmic battle of good and evil. COMING SOON.

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ISBN: 9781792661624
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Published: Independently Published - March 21st, 2019

As his Seventeenth year nears its end, David eagerly awaits his life in a society that does not grant legal living status until one turns Eighteen. Despite struggling with the Empirical Scholastic Exam, or ESE, David’s worries are still less than other Potentials who do not share his wealthy economic class. Following the aftermath of this year’s February Closing, the event in which impoverished carriers may choose to contrate (euthanize) a Potential whom fails the ESE, David then begins to reexamine his beliefs about life.

During the night of the February Closing, a selected group of Potentials defy all odds and escape their fated contrations, but their trials are far from over as they must now hold fast to survival in their evasion of the Contration Department and its Chief, Salvador Goode. Consequently, this unfolding event soon captures the entire country's attention, challenging David and its citizens to wrestle with the institutions they have known for so long. Ready the mind and the heart as this novel invites the reader along in search of clarity, answers, and closure from this suspicious society.

Maybe You Felt It Too Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780578517155
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Published: Independently Published - January 1st, 2019

“Maybe You Felt It Too” is a collection of journals, prayers, and writings from Justin’s 20’s. He shares about his own journey through a decade of longing for more.

This book is for someone who has ever:
- Felt stuck
- Felt alone
- Felt a deep desire to live a life of meaning and purpose
- Felt confused and frustrated because you don’t know how to make the life you envision a reality
- Felt as though you have God-given potential and greatness that is hidden inside of you

This little book will leave you feeling more hopeful and understood, and compassionate towards yourself and anyone who is still becoming who they were always meant to be.

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ISBN: 9781089581932
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Published: Independently Published - August 12th, 2019

The town was dying, a casualty of the Southern Pacific's decision to relocate its operations to the south closer to the border. It seemed that the tiny habitat of Prickly Pear, Arizona was doomed until, that is, the Gomez family arrived with their four young daughters and two alcoholic uncles who settle into a nearby migrant camp known as Santa Puto from which they make their way into town and ingratiate themselves among the locals.Set against the backdrop of ill-conceived immigration policies, the town must rely on the family of quirky illegals to revive its fortunes before the INS closes the town forever.

SKU: 418947

We've all heard the story before: Boy meets girl, girl meets boy. Girl travels the world in her Puffy Red Jacket and boy writes a quirky children's about her, am I right? 
The Girl and her Puffy Red Jacket is a children's style book for both the young and young adult readers.

It's about a Chilean girl named Karla who was born to travel. Yet, no matter where she goes, whether its cold the cold mountains of the Rockys or the humid city of Bangkok, she wears her Puffy Red Jacket always. On one of her journeys, she was destined to meet a boy named Mike, who coincidentally wears a Puffy Green Jacket when he travels. Funny how the world can bring to wandering-wanderlusts together.

Whether you're feeling down and need a little life boost to show that love prevails no matter the distance or just a nudge to help you embark on a journey outside your domicile, just remember to always bring your puffy jacket.

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ISBN: 9781686617263
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Published: Independently Published - September 12th, 2019

Here are deft, appealing poems with a swath of mischief, a dash of humor and ample humanity, perfect for those who still need to be convinced that 1) poetry does not have to be boring; 2) poetry does not have to be incomprehensible; 3) poetry does not have to resemble raw, unskilled spillage of emotions and happenstance. And, further, here are poems for librarians, any librarians, and for those who've ever even met, even seen a librarian. Meet-Noir Librarian.
-Suzanne Lummis author of Open Twenty-Four Hours


Marilyn N. Robertson has a poem in Speechless The Magazine, The Boston Literary Magazine, Chopin with Cherries, A Tribute in Verse, a Poem of the Month for Writers at Work, and a poem in the on-line journal, Capitol and Main. Selected for Poetry in the Windows, a grant project of the Arroyo Arts Collective, she had a poster of her poem up at a business on Figueroa. UCLA Extension featured her in a success-stories series. A poem and accompanying essay appear in the book, Master Class: The Poetry Mystique. Two of her poems appear in Wide Awake, the Poets of Los Angeles.

I Am on My Way to Healing: Two Strokes and a Recovery Cover Image
ISBN: 9781491775608
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Published: iUniverse - September 23rd, 2015

I Am on My Way to Healing: Two Strokes and a Recovery shares an author's journey along the path from two strokes toward healing and recovery and a renewed sense of hope. With resolve and determination, Robert P. Parker, a retired professor of English Education who had adapted to an array of vocations, tells how he faced a changed life in the wake of those strokes.

After sketching his background, the author tells about his first stroke, what he felt and thought in the midst of the experience, and how his loved ones reacted to the news. Even amidst that life-changing event, he found, especially with the support of Jo, his wife, the courage to live in hope of healing. As he noted, "One day I knew I would be fine again, though it would be a long, long way from the beginning to the 'end.'"

I Am on My Way to Healing: Two Strokes and a Recovery will inspire and encourage anyone who has undergone the life-altering experience of a stroke-or any other extreme change in health. It shares the honest and personal reflections of a man who lived through two strokes and who now makes the title's affirmation: "I am on my way to healing " Whether you have had a stroke, or someone you love and care for did, I Am on My Way to Healing will embolden your hope and your determination to live, looking forward to the day for celebrating a recovery.

A Puzzle Of His Life Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780997239218
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Published: RoJo Press - January 1st, 2018

The book traces the difficult relationship between Parker and his son Chris, and the years of warfare between father and son combatants; the boy determined to do life his – troubled – way, the father determined that tough love would prevail. Parker and his son had a difficult relationship, starting when Parker’s ex-wife, with whom teenaged Chris was then living, demanded that his father take over. He accepted the boy into his home and informed his drug-using son that he would have to clean up his act. The years that followed were often turbulent: a rebellious teen and a rigid father in play. In time, though, Chris became devoted to his music and a new-found love of sketching. He graduated from high school with a B- average and enrolled at the University of Montana.

Through this experience and his writing, Parker resolved not only his grief, but also came to know himself in a way that had been impossible previously. The words that filled his pages he describes as literally erupting from below the “tunnel of his mind … the heart of inner writing emerg[ing] to the surface.” Perhaps his strokes changed some neural patterns in his brain, a source of spoken words separate from that of written ones. Who knows, he says, he simply accepts. The joy he presents in this book is that of a son growing and becoming, and a father on his own path, growing and becoming as well, merging at last into a peaceful, loving bond of understanding achieved over many years and with many, written, words.

Bruce Wayne Is Insane: Meeting Ninja Kitty Cover Image
ISBN: 9781982221218
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Published: Balboa Press - February 20th, 2019

A young pit bull dog new to the neighborhood meets an unlikely friend and learns more than he expected.

The Green Velvet Christmas Dress Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780578544823
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Published: Right Side Up Stories - October 1st, 2019

What if our life’s legacy was narrowed down to a piece of cloth with a few embroidered lines left behind for others to find? What would you read about my story, and what would I read about yours?

The Green Velvet Christmas Dress is the story of a handmade dress that passes through the lives and hands of more than six different women, each living her story generations from one another. Woven into this storytelling is the appealing hope of Christmas that welcomes all of us to anticipate, reflect, and remember.

Step inside and find your place in the story of The Green Velvet Christmas Dress.

Small Voice Says Cover Image
ISBN: 9780692043370
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Published: Gus and Jack Press - January 22nd, 2019

A message to all the big people who influence our little ones

Small Voice Says is intended for our little ones as they enter their pre-school and kindergarten years and continue into their early grade school years. This development period represents a critical span of time when the foundations of conscience begin to develop.

In other words, our kids begin to build their inner small voice that helps them to distinguish between right and wrong - and how they impact others. It starts to feel a little different now when they don't tell the truth or they hurt the feelings of a friend.

While most children will experience the pull and tug of their conscience . . . too few will cultivate the inner reflection skills that are necessary to guide them through all stages of life. It is one of the most important skills that a parent can not only teach but also continue to co-learn with their child.

We catch ourselves from over-correcting our children and instead ask . . . what does your small voice say you should do?

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ISBN: 9780578460963
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Published: J. Ross Victory - June 9th, 2019

Views from the Cockpit: The Journey of a Son is a memoir born from pain. Page by page, year by year, tender father-son memories of airplane watching transform into nightmarish, turbulent family drama.

Upon the discovery that his father had been the victim of severe elder abuse as his health was rapidly deteriorating, the author finds himself reevaluating the decisions his father made throughout his life. With an unshakable ending, the author's probing dissection of a man he thought he knew reckons with disloyalty, depression, religion and death, leaving no stone unturned.

Through sharp, sometimes hilariously brash analysis, decorated in plane metaphors and imagery, the author expresses his commitment to truth with sincerity and transparency. He reaches for forgiveness, understanding and compromise in the face of absurdity and uncompromising rigidity.

Ultimately, he contemplates a different "flight path" drawn from past lessons. He encourages readers to do the same.

A must-read for sons, fathers and families.

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ISBN: 9781950124039
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Published: Nasiona - April 12th, 2019

Vestiges of Courage is a collection of personal essays that explores inequities and injustice. Raised between two cultures and two languages, Mireya S. Vela discusses how the systems in her family and in society worked to create an abusive environment that felt crushing, confusing, and hopeless. In her book, Ms. Vela delineates her experience of living through sexual, physical, and emotional abuse. This book is much more than a collection of experiences, though. Ms. Vela wants to know how and why abuse thrived in her family. She digs deep to understand why these things happened and how she survived.

Can't Forget The Motor City...: New Poems by Joseph Nicks Cover Image
ISBN: 9780997125726
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Published: Blue Jay Ink - March 22nd, 2019

Yet another tattered and timeworn tale of the little guy trying to make his way in the big world, as told through a series of 40 poems that travel the long and yearning distances from 1960s/70s Detroit to 1980s/90s Long Beach, California and passing through the new millennium out into the Mojave Desert.

It is the story of a lifelong battle with doubt, despair, and dissolution in the struggle to sense acutely, think clearly, breathe deeply, and be useful. Along the way the reader will encounter factories, labor, lay-offs, classrooms, late-night readings and writings, cars, motors, wrenches, highways, terrain, binoculars & field notes, words & music, and the biosphere from which it all originally emanated.

A Rat Catcher's Guide to Creative Inspiration: A trip through one man's synapses and neural clusters... and beyond Cover Image
ISBN: 9781732267824
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Published: Impossible Blueprint Press - September 16th, 2019

My name is Mike Nolan and I want to teach you how to capture that elusive critter called "creative inspiration." What are my credentials? Did I graduate from a prestigious university or paint the Mona Lisa? Nope. I learned about creativity by catching rats and writing newspaper ads for my pest control company. Hey, Leonardo da Vinci, I'd like to see you do that.

Living the Peace: Understanding Spiritual Perspective Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780692778524
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Published: Fleur Glyn Publishing - March 28th, 2017

Jóie Winnick, RN, has been a nurse for over 30 years. Her area of specialty is hospice care. Her work has expanded to include energy-healing techniques and the practical wisdom of Spiritual Perspective. Prior to her nursing career, Jóie was a medical artist. In this book, she combines her love of art with her experience to create a colorful journey that will uplift and inspire

Perfectly Normal: An Immigrants Story of Making it In America Cover Image
ISBN: 9780578563800
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Published: Elevate Life Coaching - August 18th, 2019

Michelle Kuei was an 11-year-old student in rural Taiwan when a car running a red light completely altered her life’s trajectory. Through the long and painful process of recovery, Kuei made surprising discoveries about loss, identity, and personal strength--revelations that helped guide her through her journey as an immigrant to the United States. With radical honesty bolstering her storytelling, Kuei shows us how positive transformation can happen when we let go of self-pity, embrace our flaws, and learn to love ourselves.

Lay an Egg and Make Chicken Soup: The Holistic Innovation Process from Concept to Market Expansion Cover Image
ISBN: 9780578498195
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Published: Cxo360 - December 5th, 2018

This book provides you with a glimpse of all the disciplines involved in the new products process. Although I've concentrated on devoting one chapter per topic, these disciplines are interrelated.

Some of the verticals covered in this book are: technology, automotive, cyber security, communication, mobile phones, chemicals, fashion, entertainment, gaming, construction, transportation, food, sex, jewelry, health, energy, sports, alcohol, gangs, banking, insurance, airlines, aircraft, religion, tattoos, and--last but not least--poultry farming. Some more, some less.

The case studies are likewise geographically diverse, and in some examples I underscore the difference between corporate innovation and innovation at a start-up. When the differences between the two are significant, I address both separately.

Never Too Soon (Anaya's World series) Cover Image
ISBN: 9781945448430
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Published: BQB Publishing - September 1st, 2019

Book 2 in the "Anaya's World" series.

Things are looking up for Anaya Goode after the deaths of her brother and mother. She is the youngest (and highest paid) executive in Alameda County. She is in an adoring relationship with the love of her life, her natural twists are on point, and she runs a six-minute mile. What else matters?

When Anaya is tasked with leading negotiations for the most significant development agreement in County history, her world unravels. If the antics of inept officials and her micromanaging boss aren't enough to drive Anaya mad, she discovers that her ex-boyfriend Jeff is commissioned as a consultant on the development agreement. Anaya hasn't had contact with Jeff since their messy break-up six years ago.

As negotiations for the development agreement intensify, an internal scandal threatens Anaya's reputation—and her job. Amid bureaucratic indecision and public outrage, Anaya leans on Jeff for support, and unresolved feelings resurface.

As Anaya questions her steady relationship, her extended family's perception of her as Goode matriarch puts her in the middle of every aunt's and cousin's problem. She is tired of serving as supplemental income to her scripture-quoting, ever-pregnant sister, and would love to burn the imaginary pedestal her family has perched her on. Can she see her work and family commitments through and still maintain her love life---and more importantly, her sense of self?

Ripe with witty dialogue and relatable characters, Never Too Soon offers a look into complicated relationships and haunting pasts, and shows the importance of the familial ties that bind.

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ISBN: 9780578549347
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Published: Small Voice Says Press - September 1st, 2019

Little Hands Help is the second book in our Small Voice series. It is intended for our little ones as they enter their pre-school and kindergarten years and continue into their early grade school years.

We soon learn that our young children want to imitate what we are doing. Initially they just want to be more included in family life - but soon that feeling of truly helping creates a new motivation. It can be as simple as letting them wash the carrots at the sink. But when those carrots show up at the dinner table, a powerful sense of accomplishment ensues.

Over time, these little investments in our kids add up. Even the littlest ones can pitch in - deepening the family bond. But beware, sometimes our time-deficient lives can get in the way of letting our children fully participate alongside us.

Here's the deal. Whether a child learns to be helpful as they grow older is mostly influenced by early family life. In other words, when helpfulness is valued and learned at an early age, it becomes part of the child's self-image (I am a helper, I can do this).

Of all the gifts we can bestow on our kids, few would compare to cultivating a natural tendency for helping others

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ISBN: 9781684333356
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Published: Black Rose Writing - September 12th, 2019

On a colonial village field trip, Mike was attacked by a deranged candle-maker and his "buddy" Trent fled, to his undying shame. As adults, screenwriter Trent runs into professor turned soldier Mike when they stumble upon a preternaturally dead cat in the library. Mike believes there's one sinister force behind this and other strange, inexplicable incidents- and he's taking reluctant Trent along for the investigation. Meanwhile, Trent begins to wonder if Lilith, his alluring and inscrutable new girlfriend, may be demonic herself- or if that's just his paranoid Catholic guilt. Dan Wakefield's Going All The Way meets True Detective, Hellish Beasts is an idiosyncratic, darkly humorous, and introspective Horror Noir. With an insider's appreciation for the Los Angeles landscape, this is a serious examination of the duty of friendship, the burden of guilt, the uncertainty of a devout Catholic in modern dating, and the struggle of leaving your 20s behind.