It's Christmastime, 1950, in the affluent Manhattan suburb of New Canaan, Connecticut. Bennie Grant leaves her life as a trophy wife of a successful man to follow her dream of being a director on Broadway. The rub is a custody battle over her young daughter. There are hurdles: Will's meddling mother, Bennie's confessed affair with her best friend, Alice, and Will's fight to keep Bennie at any cost. What could make things more complicated? Bennie meets a charismatic woman, Laura, to whom she is irresistibly attracted.
Shattered Peacock is a jewel of an historical novel by Lisa Di Vita, who has produced an exciting, well-crafted book ... Set against the towering backdrop of Iran's 1979 Islamic Revolution, the rise of the Ayatollah and the fall of Shah Pahlavi, a young Persian wife grows up and delivers the goods. A well told story, and a page-turner of a read.
- John King, Founder, The Cultural Hero Project, Co-author of "Tribal Leadership."
Upon hearing that a freak wave has destroyed a nuclear research facility across the ocean, most people would be unconcerned. Well, concern might be the least of one's problems, particularly if the destruction caused by the wave leads to a radioactive debris pile floating all the way across the ocean, only to hit the west coast of our beloved county at the exact time and location a gigantic, devastating storm slams into a modern metropolitan city. As one would expect, cows and seagulls are mutated, and a night of bizarre battling ensues. The new book, Cowphoon, recounts the adventures of that horrific and hilarious event, in an absurd tale of mooing and mayhem. Readers will be captivated by the fast-paced battle between cattle, gulls, humans, and yes, even aliens They'll delight in the comical adventures of the kindly beat-cop and his sunglasses-laden citizen-deputy. They'll marvel at the amazing mutations of both bovine and bird. And, in the end, be enthralled by the thrilling showdown at the Cow Palace, where farmers, bikers, celebrity impersonators and surfers gather in an attempt to save the day. Cowphoon is the latest addition to the burgeoning Comedy, Horror, Adventure, Ridiculous Novella category, and is guaranteed to be a wonderful read for folks of all ages. Plus, see how many of the more than 230 cow references; masterfully woven into and hidden throughout the next, great comedy adventure novel, you can find.
Quite by chance, I uncovered family secrets that had been buried and skillfully guarded for close to a century. Yet hidden beneath the lies and secrets -- and far more startling -- was the truth. Acquiring that truth, was a journey of discovery for me, which led me to write, AMAZING GRACIE. In the telling of my grandmother's story, I reveal a woman far more complex than I ever could have imagined. A woman, much to my surprise, I barely knew, despite what I had believed to be the closest relationship in my life.
Peril awaits siblings Hans and Esther Bernsteen as the threat of a fascist Europe looms over 1939 Amsterdam. Separated by the choices they make, each lives a life of secrets and lies in the search for a path to survival. In a fit of temper, Esther destroys her U.S. Immigration Visa and consigns herself to years in Bergen Belsen where she seduces her SS captor from lust into love. Her brother Hans seeks his fortune in the U.S. and discovers his gift for investigation. Hans becomes a lone wolf, dropped by the U.S. Army into Axis territory with a camera, no ID, and no weapon. Their twisted trails intersect as espionage and treachery follow brother and sister to a new home.
Dan Joyce's "Bus Stop Talk" is a hilarious, unapologetic tour through a modern American city, spoken by a rowdy, cranky, philosophical voice, full of raw emotion and vibrant humor. Joyce's art leads you through stories of addiction and recovery, through galleries and bus stops, the art world and the endless hustle of the streets. Bus Stop Talk is a patchwork of wild conversations, rants and jokes, and a major new collection of Joyce's witty, provocative illustrations. They all collide with reflections on art and life, in this portrait of an artist wrestling with his vision and trying to find his place.
From a two-time nationally award winning sexuality researcher - The Art of Intimate Marriage. God's plan for sexual intimacy in marriage is the work of a Master artist and genuine intimacy is like a beautiful masterpiece. Your marriage is going well but you want to make your sex life better and you're looking for help on how to do that. You want to know what God has to say about how to build a fulfilling sexual intimacy in your marriage. Your sexual relationship has been full of pain, discouragement, and frustration and you need some answers. You have some medical issues that are making sex difficult and you would like to rekindle experiencing mutually pleasurable sex. For these issues and more, The Art of Intimate Marriage provides direction and guidance on how to get there. Creating that masterpiece may mean learning God's view of sex, gaining life-giving intimacy skills, and figuring out how to work through conflict in a way that creates deeper connection. It may also mean overcoming things in your background, healing things in your marriage, or dealing with those medical challenges. We have the opportunity to have a deeper understanding of God's loving heart through being deeply known and erotically bonded with our spouse. The Art of Intimate Marriage gives us a road map to experience growth toward a more rewarding, spiritual sexual relationship.
Imagine living in a land of gardens, in a place called Whispering Gardens. One day you discover that the myths and legends your grandfather told you are true. Fairies are real. Nature is ruled by magic. And we all possess magical powers that we may discover - if we just learn how to listen to “the Whispers.”
After spending a few years in America, Lloyd Fox, a classical pianist, has returned to England in the year 1922 to study music composition at Oxford University. Upon his arrival, he reunites with Charles Atwood, his arrogant and affluent friend who served with him during the war. To Lloyd's dismay, Charles insists that in a post-war society, jazz music is going to revolutionize the future of all entertainment in England. Lloyd, however, is not convinced and takes quietly to transforming his experiences from the war into haunting compositions. Full of remorse from the war, a war in which his younger brother died in the deadliest battle of The Great War, The Battle of Somme, Lloyd tries to find the happiness that the rest of society has seemed to find so easily. It isn't until Charles takes an interest in a spunky and well-educated girl from Ireland, the independent and musical Cherry, that Lloyd begins to face his deepest and darkest secrets from before and during the war. In a series of unforeseeable events, Lloyd and Cherry are forced to face a secret of their past that intertwines together in a way that neither of them could have ever predicted. As Charles takes to touring with an American jazz band all throughout England, Lloyd will have to determine whether he will live in the past or move forward with the times.
"Like distant drums, a musical tune,
the rain, it fell, from dawn 'til noon.
Bigger now, the puddles grew,
like large lagoons, so dark and blue.
But hidden in an acorn shell,
two tiny bees not feeling well.
For bees can't swim, they're not like frogs,
they're not like fish or ducks or dogs."
Despite Mother Bee's constant warnings about leaving the tree without her, Perk and Bing sneak out to play in the rain. As the puddles begin to grow, the frightened bees are carried off in an acorn shell. Luckily, Fish and Frog take notice and take action, as Mother frantically searches for her little bees. Join Perk and Bing on their wet and wild adventure as they try to get back home to Mother Bee and their sticky tree.
Vibrant, engaging illustrations and fun, flowing rhyme will keep the pages turning as children cheer on the two little bees and their friends.
An extensive, illustrated, pre-teaching glossary is included at the end of the book. The colorful three-page teaching tool will help parents and educators introduce and expand upon vocabulary found in the story.
This enjoyable, yet cautionary tale will help children see the importance of following safety rules and remind parents to never look away.
"Deep within a massive oak,
lived a group of honey folk.
Lively bees, who rushed around,
high above the forest ground.
Perk and Bing and Mother Bee
lived inside that giant tree.
Acorn bowls were strewn about,
catching honey dripping out.
And all was well, until the day,
that squirrel took their shells away."
High up in an old oak tree, Perk and Bing live happily in their sticky beehive. The busy bees collect honey in acorn shells but throw away the nuts within. One day, they're dismayed to find their acorns missing. Who would steal them and why? Help Perk and Bing solve the mystery and join them as they learn about caring, sharing and friendship.
Vibrant, charming illustrations and fun, flowing rhyme will delight and entertain children of all ages.
An extensive, illustrated pre-teaching glossary is included at the end of the book. This colorful five-page teaching tool will help parents and educators introduce and expand upon vocabulary found in the story.
Eight enjoyable, illustrated follow-up questions will keep children smiling as they relive the story and test their memory.
This whimsical, yet educational tale will help children see the importance of kindness, generosity and compromise in relationships.
When Chase and Malcolm attend a family party in Los Angeles, they expect to enjoy good food, good company, and a good time. However, an off-color joke rubs Malcolm the wrong way, and the two men get into a brutal fight that lands them both in jail.
Malcom is black. Chase is white. Their conflict becomes a microcosm of a larger racial conflict in the United States. The two men, who were once friendly, return to their respective lifestyles, and their contempt for each other breeds violence along racial lines.
Told from the point of view of a neutral observer, When the Rainbow Sneezed touches on some of the most difficult problems facing the United States and the world—including racism, terrorism, and religious persecution.
When tensions are at their highest, the community comes together for an important meeting in which they can air their grievances. At the gathering, a mysterious force blows through the crowd, and an enormous rainbow appears. The people gathered hold their collective breath as the rainbow appears to inhale—they don’t know it, but in just a moment, their lives are going to change forever.
Through stunning photos and first-hand recollections, this beautifully produced book takes readers inside Germany before and after World War II. It gives a rare, first-hand look at the challenges, strong family bonds and luck that allowed a plucky young German woman to survive – and make a new life in the U.S.
How many sounds rhyme with "oo"?
From the rooster's crow in the morning until Mommy tucks her son in at night, "Ooo" takes the young reader through a day of words ending in "oo."
Ruth-Angela Patten grew up in Northern California as a pastor's kid. Patten's novel Waging War: The Girl and the Great Dragon, is a love story of redemption and strength based on her own life. She attended church quite a lot and became a life-long student of the Bible. She attended a private Christian school across from the church where her parents worked and studied. She went on to earn her bachelors and masters degrees in sacred music and classical music performance. Patten graduated from CSU, East Bay in 2006. She is a professional bassoon player and songwriter, and also enjoys prophetic art. Patten is passionate about worshiping God, healing prayer, and intercession. While studying at Fuller Theological Seminary, she met a very handsome theologian named Matthew and they got married in June 2013. They have one son named Ezekiel. Patten resides with her family in Southern California.
Helder’s Story: A Death with Dignity is the loving account of a man's extraordinary battle against cancer and, more importantly, his joy for life. Helder was one of 111 documented people in California who took aid-in-dying medication the first year the End of Life Option bill passed in 2016. Stricken by both addiction and cancer, Helder used the lessons he learned in fighting the first, to keep the second at bay for an extraordinary number of active, happy and inspirational years. In this direct chronicle of her husband's life, Carol Pereira pulls back the curtain, revealing the effort required to choose happiness and the difficult choice to take the aid-in-dying medication.
An LA Parent Magazine Editor’s Pick
A story about a little girl, who through her love for photography, discovers herself to be a hero.
There's a hero in all of us.
Welcome to the exciting world of Dasha Flash®, where anything can happen! Today Dasha is having fun at the park with her two best friends. She's taking pictures of everyone and everything. Click. Click. Click. Oh no! There's something wrong. Will this adventurous girl save the day? Find out in this compassionate and endearing story about friends, family, community and discovering the hero within us all.
"This book is changing the narrative of the superhero into one that's more accessible for kids and the people in their everyday lives." - LA Parent Magazine
Hanna Krusher, a sixteen year old girl, starts to have tremors throughout her body. The family physician and Optometrist Dr. Myron Quiggley notice abnormalities in Hanna's MRI scan and seek the expert advice of Neurologist and ESP expert Dr. Cloe Steinbek. Upon inspecting Hanna's scans, Dr. Steinbek becomes suspicious of high level telepathy and requests further testing and a meeting with her. A mysterious stranger gives Dr. Steinbek an Egyptian style pendant and odd dreams and occurrences follow. Soon the lives of Dr. Quiggley and Dr. Steinbek spiral into a dangerous new direction. Eventually the truth is revealed; several alien races have been intertwined and living among humans for thousands of years. It is also revealed that many lives on the Planet Earth are in immediate danger and Hanna Krusher is the only person equipped to save the human race.
Jess is the international personal branding expert, who is the creative force behind Media 2x3, a U.S. based media-company that develops and packages personality, entrepreneurial, and media talent. His celebrity insight stems from extensive experience as a producer and interviewer for celebrity-driven television programs. Creator of The A FactorTM, Jess coaches individuals to tap into their own star qualities, including creative and corporate executives, TEDx speakers, celebrities, and on-air presenters from Disney, HGTV, ABC, and other entertainment brands. He lives in Los Angeles and works throughout the U.S. and Asia.
Stage Fright Free talks about how many musicians, athletes, public speakers, and other public performers have dealt with jitters. To understand what to do when you have an adrenaline rush, ways to make it your friend and use it as a positive force. Many people can get the shakes, diarrhea, head rushing and feelings of faintness and overall nervousness. We need to understand many of these feelings are part of performance and can actually press us into doing "supernatural things." This book has tips for performing or just speaking out loud to a room full of people that perhaps no one ever told you.
"This is a Woogilyboo. This is HOT lava. This is the Woogilyboo standing on a rock surrounded by hot lava."
Enter the lava-filled world of the Woogilyboo Follow his crazy journey as he navigates past weird creatures, up through lava caves and into new and unknown lands. This funny tale, co-written by a father and young son, is a highly original story sure to delight little (and big) readers.
A man who robbed banks to eat on the mean streets of San Diego no longer needs banks because of his steady success in Bitcoin trading and other cryptocurrencies. Richard Stanley was known as the "Skinny Bandit"-a bank robber who targeted San Diego area banks. Meticulous and calculating, he continually evaded capture and grew brazen with each additional heist in the early 2000s. Another man who resembled the Bandit was even taken into custody and almost charged.
The robberies continued, and it appeared that the FBI would never catch the elusive yet polite robber who went from teller to teller saying, "Put the money on the counter..." and walked away with thousands in cash in a clear plastic bag. Upon his sudden arrest, the shocking truth was finally revealed when this criminal mastermind who repeatedly outwitted authorities turned out to be eighteen-year-old Richard Stanley, a whiter-than-cocaine kid from the Hispanic gang-filled streets of Otay in San Diego.
Today, the Skinny Bandit is a successful entrepreneur, in legit business in the adult marketing world, and a day trader in bitcoin cryptocurrency.