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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? Cover Image
ISBN: 9781733399500
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Published: Jumping Juniper Press - August 24th, 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.

Silences Cover Image
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.

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.

To Be Worthy: The Radical Realization That You Get to Be YOU Cover Image
By Charlotte Elea, 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?

Covered in Vibrant Color Cover Image
ISBN: 9781692125356
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Published: Independently Published - September 13th, 2019

A book of poetry and prose about the ins and outs of mental health, addiction, self-care, heartache and love. Divided into two phases: the loss, and the re-discovery of oneself.

Patriots: Book One of the 2nd Continental Light Cover Image
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.

Naishma: The Travel of A Star Cover Image
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.

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."

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.

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?

Planting Wolves Cover Image
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!

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.

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.

In March All Grays Open Cover Image
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
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.

The Sombrero and The Cactus Cover Image
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.

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.

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
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
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
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: 9780997895407
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Published: Independently Published - August 30th, 2019

There is a mansion somewhere in the middle of a dark and dense forest...and there is a light on, as if your visit is expected. Inside is the Seed Reader. He can talk to spirits, even spirits of jack-o'-lanterns. He collects their stories of dread and sorrow and stores them in his library of pumpkin seeds. He has carved out another 13 tales of woe...just for you. Inside, you'll hear of a gravedigger out in the middle of the night, but you'll never guess what he is digging for. There is a town with a Halloween curfew where everyone must be home before the bells ring. What happens if you disobey? Have you heard the rumors of a mysterious vampire living up in the hills biting off more than he can chew...two children plan to investigate. You'll learn that there is something on the internet you should never, ever click on. Oh, and be careful of that haunted hayride. You never really know who is under that hood. Plus, you'll get to visit a secret island where dark magic reigns and perhaps learn a simple storybook curse with very real consequences. So, come in, have a seat, and listen...if you dare...

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By George P. Saunders (Editor), George P. Saunders (Foreword by), Ramiro Pantoja (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781083060921
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Published: Independently Published - July 28th, 2019

Another team up with Harianne DeCanter and Detectives Tracey Sanders and Zack Grimes from the first novel Misrepresented. As Detectives Sanders and Grimes investigate the murder of a boy on a boarding school construction site, a series of disappearances occur at the school, leading them down a dark path of psychological games. Harianne DeCanter, the infamous Criminal Defense lawyer, is hired to represent the wealthy Defendant accused of the murder of the boy. As they embark upon their journey to find the killer, Harianne and Detectives Sanders and Grimes are tested psychologically in this modern day thriller. Calvin House Preparatory School has a deep, dark history and is currently under the ownership and administration of the Headmaster Forbes Madden. The school itself has its own ghosts lurking about with a disturbing past dating back to the 1940's.

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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.

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ISBN: 9781733992701
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Published: Independently Published - June 15th, 2019

Matthew Milles-Lade, a rich kid whose trust fund is suddenly in question, and Margo Valentine Melon, a writer whose career fizzled before it sparked, are two twenty-something strangers stuck living at home, trying to figure out their lives. When they each come across a real estate listing for a palatial (and significantly underpriced) guest house in one of LA’s toniest neighborhoods, their lives get turned upside down. What happens next has them racing to catch the truth before it catches them.

Unverified has all the magic and making of the rom coms you love, set in the world of social media stardom and online fame, with just enough real world stakes to make it a page turner you won’t be able to put down.

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ISBN: 9780578214368
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Published: Academia Publications - July 13th, 2019

A family living in Greece at the time of the construction of the Parthenon and another family, thousands of years later, eking out a living at the base of the Acropolis. The repercussions of the meeting of man and dog would unfold in unforeseen ways that would impact the lives around them. The narrative takes the reader to Greece's Golden Age, in which one dog, Daria, would scamper up the hill to keep up with Adelino, a stone cutter working on the new temple, and his son Tiro. The lives of Pheidias, the architect of the Parthenon, Adelino and Diana his wife, as well as Tiro their son, would intersect in unexpected ways. The story brings then brings the reader back into the present where past and present eventually coincide, transforming the lives of both canines and humans.

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ISBN: 9781543232332
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Published: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform - October 24th, 2018

Piece Talks is a compilation of short, inspirational messages written from the perspective of your body and soul (or Self). As you read these little "love notes," you'll begin to relate to yourself and your body in a new way - with more compassion, love, peace, and acceptance.

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ISBN: 9781942267980
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Published: Dagmar Miura - June 29th, 2019

Experience with me what life was like living with thirteen other family members in a two-bedroom, one-bath house in a typical 1950s middle-class, postwar American neighborhood. This story is an unusual combination of revealing autobiography, insightful self-help, and handy classroom teacher's guide.

Survive rides with me and my mother and eight siblings on summer vacations to Southern California beaches and campgrounds in our 1950 two-door, two-tone green Plymouth station wagon. Join the fourteen of us for a typical family dinner in our moderate-size kitchen that was designed for six. Accompany my very pregnant mother on a bus in 1945 to Fresno to stay with the in-laws she had never met before while my dad awaited his Army discharge orders.

Anyone born between 1946 and 1960 will find a delightful nostalgic journey down the baby boomers' memory lane. Others might use the story of my personal failures and subsequent triumphs to create value and positive changes in life. Teachers may find my suggested supplemental teaching techniques valuable to incorporate into the classroom.

Enjoy this book. I wrote it as a clear and compelling testimony describing my childhood recollections that convey to you why I am Glad to Be a Ladd.

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ISBN: 9780578539225
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Published: RHC Books - January 1st, 2019

Ms. Oxford's students are writing sentences about bugs, but she soon discovers that in each sentence something is missing. The class calls on their friend, Officer Wiseman, to help them solve the mystery. In this engaging adventure, children will learn the first three rules of writing a sentence.

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ISBN: 9781579625740
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Published: Permanent Press (NY) - August 31st, 2019

For years, Carson Chow has been able to hide his crystal meth use while meeting the increasing demands from his aging immigrant parents and his grandmother suffering from dementia. One night, as he's passed out from a drug binge, he misses thirty-eight phone calls from his father, detailing the collapse and eventually the death of his mother. As he plans her funeral and manages other people’s grief, will this tragedy plunge him deeper into his abuse or finally rouse him from his addiction stupor?

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ISBN: 9781543933338
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Published: BookBaby - June 4th, 2018

A conversation with the ineffable, Gorb in the Schizocratic Linguiverse is the literary equivalent of a psychotropic drug. Follow Gorb the Floovian down the rabbit hole of various minds in an attempt to understand a race of aliens who are as alienated from themselves as they are from one another, with text by J. Martin Strangeweather and illustrations by Barbie Godoy. This novel may impair your ability to navigate reality. Reader discretion is advised.

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ISBN: 9781090539434
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Published: Bambaz Press - May 12th, 2019

Empress of the Ants is an extraordinary, emotional and magical experience. The author, Margarita, writes about her childhood world in a manner that transports us back in time to a life shpaed by extreme poverty, reframed as a Mexican "follow the yellow brick road" fantastical adventure. 

You'll laugh and you'll cry, but your perception of today's immigrants and asylum seekers will be forever changed. Margarita's stunning memories of the poor and their daily struggle to stay alive spells out why her mother and so many others are forced to leave their country in search of a better life. 

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ISBN: 9781480864610
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Published: Archway Publishing - January 4th, 2019

They were singers and secretaries, classmates and teachers, actresses and attorneys, mothers, daughters, granddaughters, friends, lovers, and mentors. They were strong, intelligent, independent and witty. Together and separately they wove a tapestry of smiles and tears and inspired the warm, funny, tender, and sweet stories that fill the pages of Cooking for a Beautiful Woman - part memoir, part cookbook.

Larry Levine, editor and publisher of the online food magazine TabletalkatLarrys.com, is a home cook who has created more than thirty thousand meals in his lifetime. In Cooking for a Beautiful Woman he tells nostalgic and true tales about the women he has known and offers delectable recipes including traditional Jewish and Romanian dishes, memorable meals culled from the menus of restaurants on the Sunset Strip and Las Vegas Strip, and dishes from a broad variety of cultures. There are recipes for "Jewish penicillin" (also known as chicken soup), Romanian eggplant salad, barbeque ribs, eggs creole, Irish stew, baked spaghetti with garden sauce, biscuit tortoni, and scores of others.

Cooking for a Beautiful Woman shares The Tastes and Tales of a Wonderful Life, fascinating stories and tasty recipes that offer a glimpse into a man's lifetime and the special women who touched his heart.

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ISBN: 9781933455464
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Published: Msi Press - October 1st, 2019

Throughout history we have divided ourselves into groupings of "us" and "them". One Family: Indivisible engagingly invites the reader into the deeply spiritual and lifelong journey of the author to find a way to acknowledge our differences without dividing and subdividing ourselves into competing tribes. It is a journey of mountain tops and deep valleys, but it leads to the inclusivity and mutual respect possible with Interfaith. This is a book for seekers of all races, ethnicities, and spiritual paths who search for that elusive goal of a community of love and inclusion that also respects our diversity.

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ISBN: 9781733723305
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Published: Westbound Publishing - June 25th, 2019

God did not intend for us to live this way.

Life is beyond hectic and the daily grind is exhausting. We're all feeling the pressure to keep up, asking ourselves, "Have I done enough? Do I have enough? Am I good enough? Am I, enough - WHAT, Is Enough"?

The struggle to find the elusive work-life balance that is always just beyond our reach, is intense. And for most of us, true self-care, both physical and spiritual, takes a back seat.

In this process, we get so lost in the things we believe we need to buy, achieve, and produce that we forget WHAT truly matters

What Is Enough guides readers to understand - "The greatest thing you will ever become is accepting of WHAT you already ARE."

You'll learn:

  • How to overcome self-doubt
  • How to get the "weight of the world" off your shoulders
  • How to conquer self-deflating ideas that choke out your confidence
  • How to rid yourself of the burdensome belief that you must do more to be more
  • How to start working from your worth instead of working for it
  • How to deal with the anxiety and stress when people hurt you
  • And most importantly, That WHAT you've have always been is why you'll always matter

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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.

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ISBN: 9781080869459
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Published: Independently Published - August 2nd, 2019

Ever wonder how successful people are able to fix failing projects and situations? The Round Table: How to Leverage the Skills of Multiple Professions to Revitalize a Situation, is the blueprint you need to strategically recover. Author Abraham M. Gutsioglou, Ph.D. takes you on a journey through different ways of seeing the world while giving you the techniques and advice you need to revitalize failing situations, so that you can be the fixer companies are raving about. This book inspires you to forget the notion of solving business problems with a single-minded approach and challenges you to find alternative solutions by...- Using a Transformation Model to create business and personal transformations.- Thinking like a(n): - psychologist to give you a deeper understanding of situations. - investigator to remain clear and objective. - researcher to experiment with possibilities. - diagnostician to see the patterns in the symptoms. - air traffic controller to manage a ridiculous number of priorities. - campaign strategist to create something out of nothing. - lawyer to find creative solutions to your problems. It doesn't matter if you are a long-time corporate executive, founder of a start-up company, a board director at a non-profit organization, a seasoned management consultant, or fresh out of school trying to start your career - this book is for you.

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ISBN: 9781070335643
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Published: Care More Publishing - July 3rd, 2019

Even though anxiety plagues this (almost) thirteen-year-old girl, Grace is eager to conquer her challenges while finding her fun during summer break. Will her determination help her overcome an unexpected dental condition, and will true fun allow Grace to move past life’s interruptions and unavoidable stress of being stared at?

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ISBN: 9781981090747
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Published: Care More Publishing - July 3rd, 2018

On the brink of teendom, a young girl's life can be fun, exciting and nerve-wracking all at the same time! Just ask Grace Archer. When the kindhearted eleven-year-old faces the first day of school after battling an appearance-altering, uncommon form of cancer, her struggle for confidence and happiness is put to the test. 

As Grace stumbles and battles sixth-grade bullies, she is supported by loving parents, a younger brother, Eric, a sweet, new pal, Ginger, imaginary fly-friend, Angie -- and a little bit of faith. 

"Tales of Grace: A Different Me" is Judy Ryan's debut novel for young readers. It is the first in a series.

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ISBN: 9781732138704
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Published: Power Myth Entertainment Inc. - March 17th, 2019

David Alan Arnold is an Emmy Award-winning TV cameraman who flies in a helicopter -- but he started his Hollywood career with a broom in his hand. Somehow, sweeping the floor got him into some of the world's biggest TV shows. David's first book tells the unlikely story of mistakes and miracles that took him to some of the most dangerous places on Earth--soaring through the clouds, straight into a deadly phenomenon known as The Deadman's Curve. Buckle up for adventure in the stormy skies of Deadliest Catch and a helicopter ride through the Amazing Race, World Series and Super Bowl. Readers who enjoy real-life adventures full of suspense and humor will love this book.

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ISBN: 9781494941741
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Published: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform - January 10th, 2014

In this beautifully honest, compassionate and non-judgmental book, Karen Rae points out the differences between a "normie," an alcohol abuser, and an alcoholic. She explains how to help alcoholics and the people who love them come to a greater understanding of each other.

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ISBN: 9780578498812
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Published: W James Ehrlich - April 21st, 2019

A collection of short poems at the intersection of relationships, physical science, and modern life. Simultaneously familiar and unexpected, the poems remain deeply resonant across a huge range. Some of the pieces are squarely and comfortably placed in the anxiety and humor of our generation.More of them are vast.

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ISBN: 9781947521070
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Published: Genius Book Services - June 6th, 2019

Brian Frazer lost touch with his father Sam, who took care of his ill wife for forty years. When she passed, Brian had the chance to reconnect with his father through art. With every new cartoon, Sam came back to life, and so did Brian’s relationship with his dad.

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ISBN: 9780692034699
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Published: Independently Published - June 4th, 2018

"The Butterfly is a beautiful sight in flight. The sunlight shines through its colorful wings. We say Mother Nature has created a beautiful creature...or did she?"

A group of scientists are experimenting with splicing different insects with silkworms in order to create a stronger silk, when they accidentally create a species of mutant, flesh-eating butterflies that get released on the world. Now they must find a way to stop the killer butterflies before it is too late.

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ISBN: 9781090156495
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Published: Independently Published - June 1st, 2019

Adam, an agent for the national reconnaissance office, finds himself a victim of an unprovoked attack that lands him in the hospital and being questioned by police. Before he knows it, he slips into a mystery surrounding a secret satellite recovery operation he and his team supported. 

Together with his colleagues, they’re forced to search for answers by dodging attacks from The Council as they seek The Great Orbs, which are at the center of the conspiracy. As time runs out, Adam races to discover the secrets of The Council and save himself, the operation, and possibly, the world. 

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