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San Gabriel Valley Girl: Fighting to Be Me Again Cover Image
ISBN: 9781951490942
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Published: Rosemary Beatriz Montoya - December 14th, 2020

This is a true, inspirational story about a young girl's journey to health and happiness

At the age of eighteen, just before graduating from high school, the unimaginable nightmare began. After a car accident threw her thirty feet into a carpool lane on the Corona Freeway, she slipped into a coma and awoke days later with the mindset of an average five-year-old. Her severe traumatic brain injury forced her to rebuild her mind. With love all around her, resilience in her blood, and a strong will to live, her brain and body would have to learn to adapt to a new way of living. She would go through numerous bizarre mental stages, but endurance, patience and time was on her side for a decade and beyond.

Join Rosemary on this amazing journey as she captures each moment, emotion and experience, and learns just how powerful and incredible the mind really is. Sometimes, it takes living through tortuous times to one day find true enlightenment.

If you've ever loved a dog: Love stories from the front lines Cover Image
ISBN: 9780578793368
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Published: R. R. Bowker - November 17th, 2020

Have you ever experienced the love of man’s best friend? If the pitter patter of four furry feet makes your heart skip a beat, If you’ve ever loved a dog will resonate with you. The four-legged stars may make you laugh or cry, but they will all make you fall in love with them. From hounds to Holsteins, each heart-warming veterinary vignette inspires readers to root for hairy or hoofed heroes no matter how much they misbehave, test our patience, or bend the laws of science. These true stories of a veterinarian’s journey will transport you into a world where hopes and dreams are fulfilled, medical miracles are possible, challenging surgeries are performed, and individuals are willing to go to the ends of the earth in a quest to save these deserving animals. Enjoy a front row seat on a roller coaster ride through the trials and tribulations of life in the trenches, while rekindling that joyous, cozy feeling of loving a dog.

Proverbs of Kenya Cover Image
By Mary McNeill Fry (Editor), Nora Avery Ottaviano (Editor)
ISBN: 9781715632809
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Published: Independently Published - November 1st, 2020

"A wise man who knows proverbs can reconcile all difficulties.”

This gift book is filled with cultural proverbs known in Kenya, of which many reflect the lessons learned from the animals of Africa. Each proverb is printed in the English translation and the native language to which it is attributed. All are illustrated by one of eight talented Kenyan Secondary and College sponsored students. A very special gift, indeed!

Blueboo Cover Image
ISBN: 9780578758947
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Published: Independently Published - December 24th, 2019

A blue monster living in the Brown Woods meets with the last caterpillar left in the forest. Known as “Blueboo “the caterpillar eater, he will discover the true meaning of love when he realizes that she is different from the others.

An Inkling, A Backpack, and All the Time in the World.... Traveling on a Whim Cover Image
By Tamara K. Bryant, Anita Burns (Editor), Ashley Gallagher (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780578728100
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Published: Tamara K. Bryant - November 17th, 2020

After a great stay in Thailand, Tam and her friends, Casey, Valerie, faced with the sad reality that they only had two more days left before the fun ended and they had to board a plane for home. It was too soon. She'd only tasted a teeny bit of Southeast Asia and didn’t want to leave go back to her “real” life. But she knew she had to go home. Her flight was booked. She had a job and family to go back to. She couldn’t just stay. Or, could she? What if Tam didn’t go home yet? What if she explored the vast and exotic land of Southeast Asia...by herself...solo? But was she ready to be on her own? The thought of traveling alone without her friends, terrified her. "On the other hand," she thought, "would I ever get another chance to really experience Southeast Asia?" Terrified and excited at the same time, Tamara K. Bryant followed her heart and bravely stepped onto the road that led her to the most exciting and amazing year of her life!

Lemar and Her Magical Pets: A Children's book about Pets and a Magic Gemstone Cover Image
By Pixel Ink Studio (Illustrator), Nesrine Sleiman
ISBN: 9781735293714
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Published: R. R. Bowker - September 25th, 2020

Pets, magic, and fun facts about pets....Lemar will soon find a gemstone in her backyard. She always wanted to own a pet She really, really wants a pet. With the use of the magical transforming gem, she has a little bit of time left to try over and over again, will magic work for her after all ?This is a children's book about pets with a twist of unexpected magical Outcomes Children will love to read it over and over again.

Moments of Livvy Cover Image
ISBN: 9781098307691
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Published: BookBaby - September 29th, 2020

A father who leaves. A mother who is depressed. A back-alley abortion at fifteen and later, three children with an abusive boyfriend who slides ever deeper into drugs and alcohol and drags her with him. That is what Livvy has to save herself from, and she does.

Livvy gets clean, finds a job, provides for her kids, builds a career, and meets a decent man who loves her with respect. Everything could not be more perfect. Only, with perfection, there is nothing left to fight against, and doubt and fear seep in. Doubt, she deserves this life. Fear, she is becoming everything she wants to escape. Livvy tries to keep the darkness away with wine and more wine until that one Thanksgiving when her children stage an intervention for her. Once again, Livvy has to decide if it is worth the effort to pull herself together.

These are the moments where everything changes. These are the moments where life heads in a new direction. These are the moments that mean something. These are the moments of Livvy.

Our Need to Give to the World: America Love in God, Heal America Cover Image
ISBN: 9781796316032
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Published: Independently Published - February 19th, 2019

All of us have a mission to bring God's love to heal America and the world. Whether we are believers are not, we have a legacy of our forefathers and our children's future. There is an urgency, now Jesus Christ, the Son of God, Alpha and Omega, He is asking us to respect, love, and seek Him and love our neighbor. When we build a prayerful, and humble relationship, and seeking righteousness with God in Christ, we then become that authentic person we were created as. In God's infinite love in us, we will be blessed, to bring that love, to HEAL the atrocities and injustices of America and the world. It is God's intended purpose, that we love in God's love, treating each other as wholesome human beings, and nature itself, in justice and in love. There is enough "food for all" for the entire world.(Daniel 4) There are enough resources for each individual throughout the world. We need to let the resources flow naturally, as God's intended plan. If we do not share the resources, the Lord thy God Most High, will act upon this injustice as He did with Nebuchadnezzar, told in the Daniel 4. America is built on the Judeo-Christian ethics. President-elect Dwight Eisenhower, speaking to the Freedoms Foundation in New York, said, "Our sense of government has no sense unless it is founded in a deeply religious faith, and I don't care what it is. With us of course it is the Judeo-Christian concept, but it must be a religion that all men are created equal." We need to stand on, these ethics in action, yet in a strategic peace, and love for your neighbor, to HEAL our America and the world. We need a President and leaders, that believe and work in action, to live by the Judeo- Christian ethics. This is what America was built on, Judeo-Christian ethics. One example, of injustice, there is a shocking imbalance of distribution funds to upper-class, middle-class, and lower-class. We have to be careful not to become a "One World Government," or a "Roman Empire," because of the ramifications that it causes, loosing freedom, land, humanity, family, and even war. In a divine message, the Lord said, "I love America " Let us work together to bring all those to the heart of God in Christ, to bring safety, freedom, and life, to the fullest, as wholesome human beings, before the appointed time, of the Second Coming.

Cutting Through It: A Surgeon's Guide to Smarter Investing Cover Image
ISBN: 9781098313371
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Published: BookBaby - August 21st, 2020

When it comes to one's financials, investing is an indispensable skill that can set the table for your retirement. But for some reason, the craft of investing hasn't been incorporated into school curriculums, leaving most people fumbling in the dark when it comes to stocks, funds, and other types of securities. This book is designed to provide the knowledge that you need to build a healthy, risk-averse investment portfolio.

While most investing books are authored by wolves of Wall Street who manage massive funds, this book cuts through the sludge and hones in on what you need to succeed as an amateur investor. The author is Dr. Richard L. Treiman, a retired vascular surgeon who built his wealth by managing a homegrown investment portfolio. By confronting technical topics from a layman's perspective, Dr. Treiman teaches the fundamentals in a way that sticks. Rather than being faced with dry information, you'll be encouraged to absorb the material so that you can apply it to your own investing career.

This book consists of nine easy-to-read chapters that cover essential information on common stocks, fixed-income securities, investing strategies, retirement accounts, and more.

Whether you're an aspiring investor or a professional looking to take control of your financial future, this is the book for you!

Hard Work or Harmony?: A Go-To Guide for Women to Nurture Healthy Relationships with Family, Friends and Co-Workers Cover Image
ISBN: 9780999208106
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Published: KW Couples Therapy - November 17th, 2020

Jackson’s energetically informative go-to guide provides powerful chapters full of therapeutic advice, thought-provoking exercises, and the occasional kick in the butt. Readers will understand the power of relationships, why you need them, how to make them harmonious, and when to cut the bad ones off. 

Let Me Be Frank Cover Image
By Courtney a. Van (Illustrator), Linda J. Baum
ISBN: 9798692776228
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Published: Independently Published - October 13th, 2020

Set against the pandemic background, Frank the Friendly Fennel (a hairy vegetable), is heading to the barbershop for a haircut.Meeting his friends along the way, he discovers that there is something more important than his appearance.

Why Teach: Why I Taught and Why It Mattered Cover Image
ISBN: 9781542200097
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Published: Independently Published - June 1st, 2020

Teaching experiences are as varied as the teachers themselves. However, with this book I hope to capture the spirit of teaching, its terrific rewards and its sacrifices. I want to communicate why I left the office to teach, why I taught what I did and why I taught where I did. I wrote this candid ode to teaching in the form of a memoir in order to capture just how personal the teaching commitment is.

Some of Us, All of Us Cover Image
ISBN: 9780578672144
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Published: Lezlie Mitchell - June 20th, 2020

We may all look a little different on the outside. Sometimes it can feel like there's no one else out there like you. Maybe your friends and classmates are taller, smaller, louder, friendlier, or even hairier than you. (Or so you might think ) But when you look past the differences, you'll find many ways that we are alike. On the inside, we all have the same needs and feelings. In this book, you'll see how other kids have more in common with you than you think. Using colorful pictures and familiar words, you'll learn how our differences make us special and wonderful. There are many reasons to celebrate what makes us unique, what we share with so many others, and what really matters. Turn the pages and learn how great it is to be who you are.

Wilmer the Whale to the Beach Cover Image
ISBN: 9781951344047
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Published: Independently Published - August 1st, 2020

Join Wilmer the Whale as he overcomes his fears to discover exciting places and fun new friends.

Wilmer the Whale is the happiest whale you'll ever meet. He's a favorite with all his sea creature friends but he's ready to explore a bit farther from home. His adventures take him all the way to the shore. It's scary at the beach with all the waves and the people but brave Wilmer soon learns that new experiences can mean new friends, lots of fun and that your family is always there when you get home. 
 A charming, reassuring picture book about new experiences and independence. Perfect for kids going on vacation or starting kindergarten and preschool.

Views From The Balcony: Things I've Seen Things I've Learned Cover Image
ISBN: 9798652427894
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Published: Independently Published - June 1st, 2020

What does it look like to joyfully give your life to God only to take it back when life begins to unravel around you? Diane Lowery delves into this question as she takes us through her charmed adolescence where she was grounded in her love for Christ and surrounded by a family living out the daily truth of the Gospel. As she grows in physical maturity and moves into adulthood, desires for a happy, unfettered life start to encroach on her commitment to Christ and soon take precedence over her love for Jesus. Ultimately, finding the subtle steps have led her far from her original path of following God’s will, Diane finds herself broken and at a crossroads where she rediscovers her faith by immersing herself in the biblical truths recorded in Scripture.

Spending time in God’s Word and intentionally applying its principles to her life, Diane is able to return to her original joy of salvation. The beauty in this epiphany is that this was the road to happiness all along! Views From the Balcony; Things I’ve Seen and Things I’ve Learned teaches us that the leaning into God’s will can turn the ashes of our life into the most prolific tapestry that we as humans, with limited understanding, can hardly fathom possible. His Divine purpose for our lives manifests itself in direct proportion to how much of our own will we concede in order to follow His. With pertinent Scripture, inspiring song lyrics and beautiful prose and poetry, Diane challenges the reader to look for ways to be a light in this world while keeping your eyes and heart in the heavenlies.

Minor Indignities Cover Image
ISBN: 9781951319106
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Published: Wiseblood Books - December 28th, 2020

Nothing in his rural New England upbringing could have prepared Colin Phelps for freshman year at an Ivy League college: the House Master crashes hall parties; public nudity is practically an intramural sport; and French intellectuals spouting arcane theories cast a spell over the undergraduates. Colin plunges into the hookup culture, competing with his brash, rule-breaking roommate. But as he soon discovers, the pursuit of transgression is fraught with unexpected pitfalls, and his suave pose must be stripped away if he is to find genuine freedom.

The  Crocodiles Will Arrive Later Cover Image
ISBN: 9781098328153
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Published: BookBaby - November 9th, 2020

Kathy McCoy had three major fears: first, that she would grow up to become a suburban housewife with no power of her own; second, nuclear annihilation; third, that her father would kill her. One wasn't out of the question; her alcoholic, mentally ill father threatened his children's lives on a daily basis. Her dad called his explosive mood swings 'crocodiles,' he feared they would devour him as they had his mother. He wasn't the only one.

A memoir of horror and humor, "The Crocodiles Will Arrive Later" tells the story of growing up in mid-century suburban Los Angeles. It is a story of hope and learning how to let go of a painful past to create a very different future.

Angeleños: L.A.'s Golden Age Cover Image
ISBN: 9781733184120
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Published: Marquez Press LLC - September 8th, 2020

A grandson of Mexican immigrants, Ron Schuler draws deeply upon his family background in his first novel to tell a fictionalized tale of two families who arrive in East Los Angeles in 1919: the Mart n family, fleeing the Revolution in Zacatecas, Mexico through Arizona copper mines and ranchos southeast of L.A.; and the Baumiller family, after a wildcat strike goes awry in Kansas City, Kansas, starting a new life in the American City of Last Resort. A descendant of both families-half-Mexican, half-Anglo, known by his genealogy website handle "bauwau685"-returns to the West Coast and searches for his roots among the traces of these families and amid the Golden Age of L.A. itself ... its old boxing gyms and speakeasies, its after-hours clubs, Bible rallies and quack doctors, California politicians and the fringes of Hollywood, the unraveling of the streetcar system and the sinister launch of the aerospace industry, and against an undercurrent of atmospheric and internalized racism toward Mexican-Americans. In the process, "bauwau685" uncovers tragic secrets that were never meant to be exposed and discovers the extent to which identities can be fabricated and reimagined in a city in which image is everything, and truth is ephemeral.

Information: From Symbols and Messages to Knowledge and Meaning Cover Image
ISBN: 9781734847109
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Published: Independently Published - May 1st, 2020

The idea of information deeply imbues our world, yet it is poorly understood outside of a narrow technical definition used by scientists and engineers. In this book, the roots of modern thinking about information established by Claude Shannon and his contemporaries are explained in an intuitive and accessible way. Those ideas are then connected, more broadly, to how knowledge and meaning arise from information.

Seriously! Are We There Yet?! Cover Image
By Paolina Milana, Whitney Horton (Illustrator), Joseph Edwards (Contribution by)
ISBN: 9781735436401
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Published: Madness to Magic - October 1st, 2020

"Seriously Are We There Yet? is an illustrated inspirational book for we "grownups" living in the real world, faking it, sometimes making it, and more often than not failing and wondering WTF...? How did we end up here? Where do we go now? How much longer 'til we "arrive"?

**For Adults**

City of Angles Cover Image
ISBN: 9781942762706
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Published: Heliotrope Books LLC - September 15th, 2020

City of Angles is a darkly humorous story of hope, loss, family, and most of all, community, set in modern-day Los Angeles. In this re-imagining of the epic poem The Aeneid of Virgil, Homer V. Innes loses everything in a devastating series of calamities and winds up homeless on the streets of Los Angeles. Desperate to put his life back together and find his runaway son, Innes embarks on an epic journey across a Los Angeles that is both familiar and foreign. In the course of his misadventures, he encounters a diverse and eccentric cast of urban characters, from the homeless on Skid Row, to teenage runaways, drag queens, porn stars, and hookers, all of whom contribute to his ultimate epiphany as he seeks his place in the world. 

Guns Under the Bed: Memories of a Young Revolutionary Cover Image
ISBN: 9781922311054
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Published: Odyssey Books - September 1st, 2020

It is 1969 and Jody A. Forrester is in her late teens, transitioning from a Sixties love child to pacifist anti-Vietnam War activist to an ardent revolutionary. Guns Under the Bed: Memories of a Young Revolutionary revolves around her three years in the Revolutionary Union, a Communist organization advocating armed overthrow of the ruling class. In readiness for the uprising, she sleeps with two rifles underneath her bed.One of millions protesting the war, what sets Jody apart her from her peers is her decision to join a group espousing Mao Tse Tung's ideology of class war. But why? How does she come to embrace violence as the only solution to the inequities inherent in a capitalist empire? To answer that question, Jody goes into her past, and in the process comes to realize that what she always thought of as political is also deeply personal.More than a coming-of-age story, this memoir tells universal truths about seeking a sense of belonging not found in her family with themes of shame, pride, secrecy, self-valuation, and self-acceptance explored in context of the culture and politics of that volatile period in American history.

Galilea, Galilea: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9798676903657
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Published: Independently Published - August 19th, 2020

A gutsy young science geek—a physicist, who has a liking for unaffordable haute couture and heavy drinking—gets a job teaching physics at Pasadena City College and finds herself diving head first into a crime-posing-as-an-accident in a Santa Ynez cult. Her physics background proves to be an advantage in solving this crime, and a new career is born: Forensic Investigator (with style and booze).Thirty-something Galilea is not the author’s alter ego; she is based on a physicist, who, at the age of seventy-eight, still works as a forensic investigator. The story offers a thriller with a twist—very real physics. Since the heroine (the fictional one and, yes, the real one too) lives in Pasadena, and the author grew up in the area herself, Richman has embedded some of the best and quirkiest parts of the city—and neighboring Sierra Madre—into her story. In fact, one of the elements that makes her book a standout is a “Visitor’s Guide” to Pasadena cloaked in a series of crime-solving capers. Galilea, Galilea takes the reader into the tony neighborhoods and bars of Pasadena, the hippy era canyons of Sierra Madre, and the rolling wine country of the Central Coast, with a humorous eye and a fashion commentary on vintage haute couture and trendy cocktails.And yes, this story (tongue-and-check humor, and all) is truly based on a real character.

Your Most Obedient Servant Cover Image
ISBN: 9780578549491
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Published: Independently Published - March 31st, 2020

The book is about one particular aspect of the Mexican war; The conquest of California and United States Marine Corps Lieutenant Archibald Henderson Gillespie's important contribution to the war effort. The Mexican war, or as it has also been called, "Mister Polk's war," was a real example of realpolitik, politics of reality. President James K Polk's dealings with Mexico were governed by his desire for results rather than by moral or idealistic concerns. He instigated the war and blamed it on the Mexicans. Even though the United States Navy had the means to conquer California peacefully, its commander in chief, preferred a more direct approach: unconditional surrender. It is a must read for those interested in the early days of California and also those interested in United States military history.

Bunny Love (or Bunny In The Grand Canyon) Cover Image
ISBN: 9781735655116
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Published: Independently Published - September 15th, 2020

This is an autobiography of Helen Bunt Smith, Bunny, written in the second person. A seventy Seven year old grandmother shares her experiences, photographs, paintings and faith on her journey of life.

Steamer the Railroad Dog Cover Image
ISBN: 9780578600475
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Published: Independently Published - August 27th, 2020

A carefree dog with no name or family realizes that he is missing something that other dogs have- a ride. In his perilous quest for a ride, he learns what he's really missing is a family to love him. When he comes across a train crew that stops to pick up a freight car, the courageous pup saves the conductor from danger and finds the family he needs and the best ride ever.

It's One Whale of a Tale Cover Image
ISBN: 9781578337521
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Published: Independently Published - July 1st, 2020

Follow the adventures of Peter and Marion from the inside passage of Alaska-fresh, adventurous, and imaginative.

This is one woman's inspirational journey on the "last frontier" through the eyes of children and a dream.

Let your heart soar, fly by bush plane, and escape the cold water, volcanoes, and tidal waves.

Ride on the tail of a killer whale through a ruby wind. Eat chocolate blueberry creams with grizzlies, and soar high into the sky with a baby eagle and hold an eagle feather close to your heart forever. Maybe even trim your tail in gold! And laugh out loud.

It's one whale of a tale!

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.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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: 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.

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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
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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
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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.

77th and Broadway: A decade in the world of crime Cover Image
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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.

WORDS of WISDOM. Volume 1: Messages of Ascended Masters Cover Image
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.

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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: 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!

Letters from Bud: The WW2 War Diary and Letters of John Bud Brandenburg Cover Image
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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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: 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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By Courtney a. Van (Illustrator), Linda J. Baum
ISBN: 9798692776228
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Published: Independently Published - October 13th, 2020

Set against the pandemic background, Frank the Friendly Fennel (a hairy vegetable), is heading to the barbershop for a haircut.Meeting his friends along the way, he discovers that there is something more important than his appearance.

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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