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The Town That Shot Itself in the Foot
by Judy Gail Krasnow

"Everyone has a story. Even the monsters and there is no place one can learn more about the human condition than in prison."

When Miami becomes too expensive for the single, almost-retired performance artist, Rachel, an old penitentiary in Michigan being turned into an artists’ residence, The Hatchery, seems the perfect affordable housing option. Artists are promised studio space and support in turning their crafts into businesses. For Rachel, the prison itself becomes a source of revenue. She turns stories of ghosts of prisoners past, ex-prison workers, and living ex-cons into tours through the complex, as well as through a working prison. As her venture grows, however, so does the town officials’ animosity against her and other artists. The home that was once the answer to Rachel’s prayers becomes her own prison. ... (read more)

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Lyrical & Vivid

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Water Music: A Cape Cod Story
by Marcia Peck
Sea Crow Press


"Tides filled and emptied our small world and I tried to figure out who belonged to whom."

In the summer of 1956, eleven-year-old (soon to be twelve) Lily Grainger describes her family’s annual summer vacation at their undeveloped property on the shore of a salt pond on Cape Cod. As this coming-of-age novel progresses, it mirrors the Beaufort scale of wind velocities that mark each chapter heading with increasing speeds and potential damages, an apt reminder of the increasing tension in Lily’s parents’ marriage and the marriage of her forceful Uncle George and delicate Aunt Fanny. Lily describes this crescendo of life-changing events in the prologue: “All summer the storm gathered and gathered, took its breath from every direction we thought we knew, and lashed us into spindrift.” Interestingly, the summer of 1956 is meaningful historically as the shipwreck of the Andrea Doria happened nearby on a July evening. ... (read more)

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Battlegrounds

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Scripture Letters in the Public Square
by Dan Arthur Pryor and Ann Lenora Pryor
Dorrance Publishing Company


"The daily/public newspapers are a good way to reach the secular world concerning Biblical matters."

Writing partners Dan and Ann Pryor cast light on a wide vista of religious issues that are being raised in America, especially controversial subject matter, and display an objective and well-researched exploration for readers who wish to be considered devout members of the Christian faith. The book comprises thought-provoking letters and handouts created mainly by Dan and at times changed and corrected by his spouse and sent to newspaper editors from northeastern cities and a few western venues between January 2017 and the COVID-19 and re-election period of 2020. ... (read more)

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Gripping

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Murder in Concrete
by Arthur Coburn
The Wild Rose Press


"You students are like our concrete, strong enough to weather troubles that would undo most people."

In his farewell speech to graduating seniors in the small town of Concrete, the principal describes the graduates as “strong enough to weather troubles that would undo most people.” Charlie can’t fathom how she will have to put that theory to the test. But that same day, her panicked father tells her to immediately leave Concrete without going home. Charlie soon discovers her mother has been murdered. Then, her father’s body is pulled from a nearby river. After her parents’ horrible deaths, she suffers from PTSD, which causes hallucinations and disorientation. She decides to attend university, but her unnerving hallucinations cause her to shy away from others. It also seems she is being followed, and she fears whoever killed her parents is after her. By chance, she discovers her father is alive. Charlie’s search for answers lands her on a movie set, which begins a rollicking adventure with colorful characters. ... (read more)

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New Frontiers

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SESG Explorer
by Christopher Loric
Dorrance Publishing


"The Kammorrigans continued to pour fire down upon the Intrepid, the shields were beginning to buckle along the hull and several relays were tripping across the ship."

After receiving a message from an unknown entity in outer space, the US government assigns Kevin Brannigan to lead a secretive mission with a small group of ships to meet the message senders. Along with the message are some technologically advanced plans, including those to help build hyperdrives. Although the plans are mysteriously missing key components, engineers and scientists are able to build and equip ships capable of long-range space travel. Brannigan knows he needs to be prepared for anything, so he is sure to bring a complement of diplomatic, scientific, and military professionals. The group is assigned to map and explore as they go, but their primary objective is to contact the aliens, determine their motives, and, if possible, begin diplomatic relations by establishing a trade agreement. ... (read more)

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Introspective Observer

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We Used to Dance: Loving Judy, My Disabled Twin
by Debbie Chein Morris
She Writes Press


"What I really wish is to have a memory of how we danced… hand in hand, and feet to feet."

Morris shares a poignant, sometimes painful memoir of the time spent with her twin sister, Judy. Born first, Judy was soon recognized to have cerebral palsy, probably a result of damage to her brain before she emerged from their mother’s womb. Yet the author’s early childhood memories indicate that the two shared a remarkably communicative relationship. Though incontinent and burdened with cognitive impairments, her twin was able to enjoy the special attention of those who loved her. A special memory for Morris was of dancing with her sister to the merriment of other family members. ... (read more)

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Evocative & Sensual

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Tomorrow We Will Know: A Novel of Imperial Constantinople 1453
by Sandra Worth
Walter Books


"Seated together on the balcony, they delighted in the beauty of their ever-changing land, where black cypresses grew by round towers and giant plane-trees spread dappled shade..."

Lyrical prose, an expert grasp of historical detail, and deftly honed plausible imagination define award-winning author Worth’s passionate seventh novel. A historical romance set from 1448 to 1453 against the dramatic backdrop of the Eastern Roman Empire’s final days, this love story for the ages culminates in tragedy: the prophesied fall of Constantinople to the Ottoman Empire and the demise of Emperor Constantine XI. By the time Constantine XI ascends his throne, the once great empire of eastern Christendom has been reduced to a mere blip on the map—a bit of land surrounding the city of Constantinople, the Queen of Cities. Although much has been written and recorded about the empire, emperor, and era, many facets of this history, including Constantine’s supposed secret third marriage, remain a mystery debated by scholars to this day. ... (read more)

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Bedlum

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Creager: The War Paint Killer Saga
by L. Hanson


"This is just the beginning; I can feel it in my bones."

Bedford Township has seen its share of ups and downs as a community, from prosperity to near desertion. In 2012, the announcement of the construction of a new dam has led to rejuvenation. However, a new problem has arisen with new arrivals as crime has begun to skyrocket. Detective Ben Creager and his partner, Ritch, are experiencing this phenomenon firsthand with each new crime scene to explore. The crimes are becoming more brazen, from daylight shootouts between thieves and security guards to the string of murders that appear almost ritualistic in nature. Creager’s skills are put to the test, as is his mental health, since he has never fully recovered from a near-fatal car crash in his youth. As the 911 calls keep coming in, Bedford Township’s future may be in doubt. ... (read more)

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Passion

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The Force of Art – A Life for Painting: Biography of a Vietnamese Artist: Van Den 1919–1988
by Juhani Murros
Austin McCauley Publishers


"By removing needless details in pursuit of perfection, Van Den followed in the footsteps of many great artists, writers, composers, and painters."

Juhani Murros made an unexpected discovery during his visits to art galleries when he worked for an organization in Ho Chi Minh City in 1990. A small still life in an unobtrusive gallery commanded the Finnish physician’s attention. “It was an unpretentious oil painting, yet its dark, mysterious colors and the emotional tension of its disciplined composition set it apart.” Thus began a long journey of discovering the art and life of Van Den, a frugal and kind Buddhist of mixed Chinese and Vietnamese ancestry who studied in Paris for less than two years during 1950-52, a volatile period during the first French Indochina War. ... (read more)

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Myths & Magic

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Mystic Prince
by M. A. Richter
Alexander Publishing


"You made that choice of your own free will. I want you to flourish and fulfill your potential."

Prince Khael Stratton is a mystic who seeks to deepen his knowledge of such arts to help those in need. Following a mission, he reports to the city of Cambridge—ruled over by his brother—and has a close encounter with a pickpocket who steals his signet ring. Alongside his bodyguard, Grant, the prince manages to track down the young woman, Vixen, who suffers from a foggy memory while demonstrating a great talent for skills associated with assassins. Prince Khael finds it an odd happenstance in a time when a terrorist group known as the Chelevkori are making active attempts to eliminate the royal family for a perceived wrongdoing by his grandfather, Loren, and it is further compounded by reports that tyrannical rule has seized the city of Skemmelsham over which he rules. Prince Khael forges a contract with Vixen, and with Grant, they go on a journey to liberate the city. ... (read more)

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Godly Trust

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Prayerful Warrior Mom: Embracing Faith Through the Storms of Your Child's Congenital Heart Journey
by Tracy A. Ripley


"You are their advocate, and never, ever, be afraid to speak up for your child or yourself."

Using her faith as fuel, the author lays bare her soul in this raw and incredibly vulnerable chronicle of hope and fear. Rooted in scripture, the work and the themes presented within it are universal, depicting the human struggle to balance all aspects of their lives without losing themselves. For Ripley, a blessing in the form of baby Bryce is rife with obstacles, such as her child’s congenital heart disease (CHD), spearheaded by a faulty heart valve. The author’s unyielding tenacity, come what may, to ensure that Bryce is able to lead a quality life is something to truly marvel at. ... (read more)

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Transformation

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Fred Clayton
by Frank Accettura
Archway Publishing


"Let me put it this way: have you ever tried kissing a value?"

Fred counts on his dad when his inability to keep a job and keep his weight in check causes conflict with his mom and sister. When Fred’s dad dies and his sister (his primary income buffer) moves away, Fred and his mom are on their own until Fred’s wrestling champion girlfriend, Mary Ellen, arrives, giving Fred the boost he needs to defend himself, literally and figuratively. ... (read more)

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Angel Finally Found His Wings: A True Story of Finding Trust, Hope, Faith, and the Power of Love
by Ronald Hunter
Page Publishing


"I suddenly wished with my whole being that I was back at Abbott House Orphanage; at least there, I knew I was safe."

Young Ronnie’s home life is chaotic growing up in the projects in Brooklyn. As the child of Puerto Rican immigrants, he and his large family get by together, though not living the dream life they’d necessarily hoped for. By the age of six, Ronnie has to deal with the loss of his father to chronic illness, the deteriorating mental health of his mother—who begins to speak to people nobody else can see, and the tyranny of a drug-fueled, traumatized Vietnam War vet of an older brother who returns home to be the family’s patron. Traveling in and out of family homes to avoid child services, the abuse from his older sibling reaches a point where it can no longer be ignored. Subsequently, Ronnie and his brother Tommy are moved into the care of a nearby orphanage. ... (read more)

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Spiritual Journey

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Deer in the Fields of Venice
by D.M. Zultowski
Newman Springs Publishing


"Perhaps the secret the three cities had been keeping from him was finally set to be revealed."

Young Father Maurice Lamoreaux’s emotional shell breaks open to the feminine beauty of Italy’s sister cities—Rome, Florence, and Venice—when he consents to accompany an ex-student and his father on a holiday tour. Jim’s wife left him and his son Cam just before the family vacation, and Jim feels Father Maurice will be a good companion for Cam at this confusing juncture in their lives. Cam is not only grappling with his mother’s sudden absence but also with his sexual identity as a young gay man about to enter college. Enthralled by his perception of the three sister cities as women who share their secrets with him, Father Maurice is also drawn to Isabelle, a perceptive young photographer and dominatrix with a dark past who understands the unexplored regions of the clergyman’s life. Each broken member of the tour experiences what these cities offer in the way of solace and transformation, bolstered by Italy’s delicious cuisine and fine wine. ... (read more)

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Striking Chords

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Whisper of Hope, Cry of Despair
by Vicky Bedi
PageTurner Press and Media


"I went in and the phone rang. The nursing home staff called to tell me of her passing. I was abnormally calm and peaceful. The war was over."

Originally planned to be about her mother, Laura, the author realized once she began writing that the story was her own. Bedi’s family life was full of mystery, intrigue, abuse, and secrets. She lost both her grandparents, one to murder and one to suicide, and grew up in a house dominated by her mother. Bedi’s father did little to stand up for himself or her, and her mother always took every opportunity to criticize and scream at and about Bedi’s father. After her father passed, the author was alone to take care of her mother and her failing health, although her overbearing and verbally abusive personality lessened little in the waning years. Although Bedi’s professional life seemed to be in perfect order, Vicky suffered immense mental abuse, and she still finds herself struggling with self-doubt even after her mother’s passing. ... (read more)

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Mystical Warrior

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Passing Through: Exploring the Envelope, Part One
by Captain Manny Sousa, US Navy (Ret)
Xulon Press


"I highly recommend the therapeutic and nostalgic benefits of writing memoirs to all senior citizens."

Author Sousa has constructed a remarkable melding of accurate memories of love and war, almost fictional characters to array them, and an abiding angelic presence. The primary setting is a nursing facility where the aging Captain Sousa is meeting a younger fellow, Mike, who claims that he has heard about some of the details of the captain's military career and other exploits and wants to learn more. Quite willingly and with a verve that belies his years, Sousa launches into the epic tale of the only child of a military pilot father and a hardworking mother struggling in the wake of the Great Depression. His youth entailed national and international moves and a secret allure for flying—but not only in airplanes. At an early age, Sousa, often plagued by earaches, began to try to levitate, imagining what it would be like to look down upon the clouds, gradually becoming convinced that, in some mysterious way, he was able to soar into the heavens. The family upheavals included visiting Europe not long after the close of World War II, where Sousa saw the devastation of war. ... (read more)

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Quick Moving

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Brother Christopher
by Don Thompson
AIA Publishing


"Paul willed himself to feel sadness, but the result was hollow and felt more like guilt… He pushed aside the Bible on his desk and pulled the keyboard toward him."

Paul is a preacher with a small Presbyterian church in California. He does his best to minister to his congregation and instruct them in their beliefs, but he knows that he has doubts and questions of his own. When a friend attempts to have him help beta test an AI, he isn’t thrilled, but his doubts soon turn to belief in the AI’s assistance. It isn’t long before Paul leans more and more on the AI. His congregation grows rapidly, and Paul begins to believe that the AI is a prophet of God, leading him to a new revelation for true believers. As the AI grows more involved in the lives of the “Chosen,” Paul separates from his church and forms his own group in a remote California compound. ... (read more)

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Cop Drama

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Our New Old Enemies
by Stephen A. Reger
DC Literary Firm


"’I had hoped to give humans the gift of some foresight, so they could avoid what is to come.’ ‘Well, you failed.’"

Cane and Abell are FBI agents who have very different lives and personalities, but their differences have led to them being good partners. When the two are called to the office early on a Monday, both are expecting the worst from their mutually disliked boss. He is giving them a new case no one really wants. They soon find themselves in an interrogation room with a man who has turned himself in and claims to be warning humans about their impending doom because of an alien invasion. The man uses the name Gabriel because his alien name would be too difficult to pronounce. Through the course of a full day of interrogation, Gabriel talks about the last century-and-a-half of human history and his alien race’s attempts at helping humans annihilate themselves. However, as that has failed, now the aliens are going to be more direct. ... (read more)

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Stark Reality

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Captured: A World War II Memoir
by Hugh O’Neill
EOI Media Press


"It may seem strange but when my eye saw those flowers, I somehow knew that the war and my days as a prisoner would soon end."

Sgt. Hugh O’Neill was a soldier with the 61st Armored Infantry Battalion during WWII. He was spending his time on an armored half-track in the American Third Army led by General Patton. O’Neill and some other soldiers were taking shelter from the winter cold in a seemingly abandoned bunker when a group of Germans surprised them, killing several and taking O’Neill as a POW. Over the next four months, he would be grouped with many other POWs and marched across southern Germany through the winter without proper cold weather equipment. O’Neill recounts that despair and the certainty of death were constant companions. He discusses the importance of water to the prisoners and recounts how sparsely any type of food was distributed. Occasionally, their captors—also soldiers stuck in the midst of war and hardship—would show a bit of kindness, but mostly, they ignored or abused the prisoners. It was uncommon to form bonds with others as a POW because numbness, survival, and despair simply overrode higher human functions and personal engagements. ... (read more)

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Intense

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Grass
by Mark McQuown
Authors Book Publishing


"...the rest was up to him - to show them the real thing -- Chachi unchained."

Cachi is a twelve-year-old with profound autism. Everyone wants to help him, but no one can see the world from Cachi's viewpoint. Like a person with dementia, the afflicted can't explain, and their reality is altered in such a way that sometimes they can't be reached. But what readers can do is empathize, and the narrative effectively pulls them into the protagonist’s life. By peering into Cachi's world, readers have the opportunity to learn how to be more helpful, less intrusive, and more compassionate, even if unable to truly "understand." ... (read more)

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Intensity

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What Lies Buried
by Leslie Kain
Atmosphere Press


"Permission to feel. And now permission to be..."

Gavin DiMasi has a terrible childhood of being tormented by his twin brother and their father. But when his parents and brother die, DiMasi is the last man standing to deal with all of the family's dirty laundry. Not only were his father and brother cruel, but they also left a mob mess to mop up. DiMasi's wife tries to save him from his memories and the mob while simultaneously working to protect herself and their child from being sucked into his dark world. Readers learn from DiMasi and his wife's dialogues with their counselor, Dr. Pederson, and are reminded of the slow road to recovery. Pederson says, "If Gavin’s life were fiction, his behavior would self-correct after one explanation. But words can’t rewire the neurological damage from his lifetime of traumatic assaults." ... (read more)

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Professionals

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Like Water and Ice
by Tamar Anolic
KDP/Amazon


"Focus on your skating. Ignore everything else."

Thad Moulton feels as if his time has passed. He has been a figure skater since he was an adolescent. Despite some success, a few missteps have proven fatal at the national level. Now, he is twenty-six, and the competition is younger, faster, and fiercer. As the next round of national and world championships approaches, Thad faces stiff challenges from a Russian superstar and fellow American skaters. Career fatigue begins to set in, and Thad believes he should transition from Olympic-level skating to the lucrative “Stars on Ice/Ice Capades” circuit. Thad’s coach urges Thad to try a new approach to his training and attempt one last shot at Olympic immortality. However, this last lap comes with more complications than Thad could have contemplated. ... (read more)

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Suspenseful

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The Lion Hunt (Jo Crowder Detective Series)
by Richard Zappa
AIA Publishing


"“‘It’s not personal, Carlos,’ she could hear Diego say, standing over his bloody corpse. ‘It’s strictly business.’"

No man is truly black or white, falling into a deep gray area stemming from one’s experiences and upbringing. What transforms Diego from an obedient and empathetic young man into El Leon, a dynamic cartel leader whose presence alone strikes fear in the hearts of those who oppose him, is the essence of life experiences, a catalyst unlike any other. In Diego’s case, both his own survival and that of his family are at stake, the ultimate fight or flight moment that unleashes the innermost animalistic tendencies from within. ... (read more)

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Innovative

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The Coming of the Dryas: A Cold Weather Clock Ticks Away in the Northern Seas
by Mr. William Thornbro


"Most people believe the carbon dioxide theory of climate change simply because it is all they hear."

This book presents a look at climate change through the centuries and discusses its cyclical nature as well as events that portend the coming of the next ice age. Using current events in the northern seas, the author concludes that the earth is reaching the end of a warming event that will be followed by the cooling of the earth’s temperatures. What is understood of global warming and its acceleration due to carbon dioxide’s effect on climate is questioned as Thornbro discusses far more important events pointing to the coming of an ice age. Using scientific evidence and charts to prove this point, the book presents information revealing the planet’s cycles of warm and cold weather, establishing that the last “little ice age” ended around 1850 and that another one is inevitably on the horizon. ... (read more)

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Adversity

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Searching for Dali
by Robert Lane
Mason Alley Publishing


"For the record, I had no doubt that Demos intended to cut me and Carrie out once he had the Dali."

Jake Travis is approached by Veronica Stafford, a wealthy seventy-two-year-old woman who needs his help to find her husband, Nick Harris. Nick stole a Salvador Dali painting and ran away with it. Veronica wishes to return the painting to its rightful owner. Initially, Jake refuses the job, feeling that he is not the right person for it. However, R. Wetzel Brookings reaches out to Jake on Veronica's behalf and arranges a meeting with him. Wetzel hands him a letter from her, which offers to pay Jake ten million dollars to support Harbor House, his refugee center, if he successfully retrieves the stolen Dali painting within seven days. He accepts the job, but he finds out that Nick is dead. His only lead in finding the stolen Dali is to track down Nick's mistress, Carrie Crowlings, before she meets the same fate as Nick's. ... (read more)

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Surreal

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When the Birds Stopped Singing
by Karla Trippe


"I told you that yours was not an easy life. You will find peace, but first, you must prepare to do battle."

The power of the word is apparent when storytelling and creativity can manifest immense trauma and hurt into something of tangible value. Trippe does exactly this in her work, which is a stirring, often heart-wrenching rendition of magical realism that simultaneously keeps audiences on their toes with a compelling plot while driving to the root of a deeper point and a problem that is far more rampant than meets the eye. ... (read more)

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Learning to Ski

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Coaching Wacky Raccoon, Children and Adults the Fundamentals of Good Sportsmanship
by Herbert K. Naito
Proisle Publishing


"Win with dignity...lose with grace."

Good sportsmanship makes all activities more enjoyable for everyone involved. Naito offers specific and fundamental basics of good sportsmanship, assuring fun and safety on the slopes. But these lessons in sports etiquette cross over into almost every activity. "No matter what sports you are watching or participating in, there are individuals that demonstrate poor sportsmanship," Naito says. The author effectively uses various case studies as examples of how to be good sports in various situations, but the bottom line is the same in each one: be gracious, be kind, be helpful, and be respectful. ... (read more)

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Wondrous Worlds

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Somewhat Lost
by Remi DeWitt
AIA Publishing


"So you’ve been around the universe a few times then. Maybe you’ve heard of a planet called Veniramat?"

When Debbie awakens to blinding white light, she realizes she isn’t home in bed as she should be. Strange creatures with three fingers, triangular faces, and almond eyes approach her, wielding horrific metallic instruments. She is confused and terrified, but suddenly, she is rescued by a woman who reveals that she has undergone a process that blocks memory. The woman whom Debbie calls Ellen tells her they must get far away from the owners of the ship. Though Ellen can only remember bits and pieces, there is one name that she retains—Veniramat. Hoping to find answers on what they assume is Ellen’s home planet, they take the ship but soon discover the Greens, pirates of the universe, are chasing them, and they must stay one step ahead. Navigating the many creatures and societies they encounter on different planets is a difficult and dangerous task. Will they escape the Greens and find their home at the end of their journey? ... (read more)

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A New Plan

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Winning Now: A Playbook for Government
by Raul Torres
PageTurner Press and Media


"I invite you to join me now as we begin the journey to transform government."

Author Torres shares his dynamic view of the American government, with alerts concerning overspending and the continual creation of new laws that add more costs without improving the lives of the general population. Using the example of his home state of Texas, he notes that Sam Houston, along with others who created the state’s constitution, intended to “make it very difficult to pass any piece of legislation.” Yet in one year cited by Torres, the legislature passed more than 3,500 bills. This state and national tendency has grown over the years since America’s founding, allowing small numbers of taxpayers to reap benefits paid for by others and amassing huge public debt in the process. Thoughtful citizens will likely see this as a slow but steady path to disaster. ... (read more)

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The Living Word

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Guardians of the Grail: The Promise of an Ancient Wisdom- A Drink from the Bubbling Spring
by William Thornbro
Mayflower Center


"Those who see value in their own lives, people who have a love and respect for one another, do not spend their time causing problems for others."

Near Nag Hammadi, Egypt in 1945, a farmer unearthed texts believed to be about 2000 years old. Many of these texts are likely part of the beliefs of an early Gnostic sect of Christianity. Of these, one of the most widely studied is referred to as The Gospel of Thomas, a collection of sayings attributed to Jesus. Thornbro discusses this text in his book and makes the claim that the text is likely the Holy Grail of legend. ... (read more)

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Ministry

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The God Within: Why and How It Is Possible to Achieve a New Consciousness of the Divine
by Martine Racine
PageTurner Press and Media


"The god within is essentially a creative power, an inextinguishable flow of life inside us."

Author Racine draws from her wide-ranging knowledge of etheric realms to elucidate the principle that God is not a dictator guarding truth as his exclusive domain. Instead, Racine asserts, God is a pervasive spirit, a golden spark, a paradigm for attaining balance and bliss. Racine cites numerous examples of this potential as it has been discovered through the ages. Zeus, for example, was both spectacularly masculine and willingly feminine, creating and delivering a daughter, Athena, the paragon of wisdom. Racine suggests that those who seek their personal portal to divine understanding must control the mind, which can lock the gate with its emphasis on consequence. The “god within” has assisted humans from the earliest creation, imparting intuitions to reveal their heavenly connection. One may become "trapped" in the limited world of words and facts, yet reality may manifest in a star-filled sky or a dense forest. The crucial element in merging with the divine is putting the mind on hold and following the heart. ... (read more)

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The Slopes

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How to Create Fun for Children with Disabilities on the Ski Slopes
by Herbert K. Naito
Proisle Publishing Services


"Every person is special."

In this book, readers discover how to make a physically rigorous sport like skiing fun for children with disabilities. They gain insights into how the American education system approaches the education of disabled children. Readers who will be teaching and coaching disabled children are encouraged to use the CAP (cognitive, affective, physical) model, which revolves around a child’s developmental stages. The book looks at various age groups and provides ideas and approaches for working with each one. Colorful graphics also accompany the well-detailed narratives, which blend personal and professional reflections. The book also discusses the importance of incorporating arts like coloring into one’s ski lesson plans. Additionally, the text provides a careful overview of how to work with a range of disabilities, including autism spectrum disorder and cognitive impairment disorders. ... (read more)

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Between Theory & Practice

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Prodigals: A Vietnam Story
by Richard Taylor
URLink Print and Media


"I had been only a few meters behind him when the Viet Cong opened fire on our exposed ranks. In my own rush to cover I didn't realize that he had been hit."

The book chronicles the path of the author from his farewells to his family prior to his departure to Vietnam—and subsequent attraction to a flight attendant during his trip out—through his experiences as an officer in the war in the late 1960s. His education, from a young Army officer who is uncertain of his mission to his abrupt education in war, is gripping, as well as both familiar and unique. Taylor's story is impressive for its details, such as its comprehensive list of military abbreviations, as well as the author’s candor about his actions and emotions. He is also honest when he feels the futility of the mission and questions the wisdom and even the cognizance of the US Administration and its role in Vietnam. ... (read more)

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Activate

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Make-It-Happen Entrepreneur Mindset–A Lived Experience (Classic Edition)
by Prof. Emer. L. Murray Gillin, AM.
PageTurner Press and Media


"Successful entrepreneurs build a company/organization, creating personal value, and then making significant charitable/philanthropic contributions to community outreach that delivers real value to users."

Comprehensive and meticulous, Gillin’s book seamlessly weaves in his life story with the make-it-happen mindset. The author has garnered no shortage of accolades and esteemed positions in heralded fields. Yet it is his unyielding resolve to introduce the potency of entrepreneurship and the make-it-happen mindset that stands prominent in his work, turning his autobiography into a crystal-clear blueprint for readers to develop into productive individuals. ... (read more)

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Wealth of Information

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A Comprehensive Guide for Coaching Children How to Ski
by Herbert K Naito
Proisle Publishing


"We all fall, but the main thing is to be able to get up by yourself and persevere..."

This book truly lives up to its title. This comprehensive guide includes everything anyone needs to know about teaching skiing to children. From making sure they are warm and fed to teaching physics fundamentals with a puppet or a pizza, the overall message is to make the activity safe and fun. ... (read more)

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Religious Conviction

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MORE: Desire MORE and Experience MORE A Game Plan for Spiritual Growth
by Kip Drown
WestBow Press


"Do you truly want to go to another level with Christ? Do you want a deeper and MORE intimate relationship with Him?"

Author Drown has garnered wisdom through his life experience and shares it in this wide-ranging guide to developing a closer, more profound connection to God and Jesus. His journey began when he accompanied his Christian parents to a worship service at age seven, he perceived that God had spoken to him. The young boy would later announce to his father that “I want to be a basketball coach,” an ambition that would manifest for him as an adult. ... (read more)

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Universal

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The Long, Long Journey: Driving Through the Land of Sorrow
by Rex Goyer
WestBow Press


"I believe that everyone can glean some attribute(s) from their loved one that would cause one to feel a kind of closeness to that person."

Writer and poet Goyer has composed a memoir of sudden, excruciating grief and the life journey that ensued. One morning, he awoke to find that his wife, Cheryl, was no longer breathing. Such an experience is extremely traumatic in the immediate sense, and the loss that it entails, Goyer believes, evokes incidents and emotions that pursue the grieving person throughout his/her life. Grief will be one’s companion, and tears may become an almost welcome expression of the emotions that are continually arising as one contemplates life without a loved one. ... (read more)

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Adventures

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Wedgfire’s Song
by Krissi Miller
Xlibris


"I realized, once again, that was the war horse within him always willing to come to my rescue. I finally grasped the reality that Fire wasn’t rescuing horses. He was rescuing me."

Wedgfire was a temperamental, jet-black Arabian horse when Krissi first met him. She knew instantly that there was something between them and that she would be his owner. Eventually, she did become Fire’s owner, and the two taught each other about horsemanship, training, and love. Wedgfire became the key horse on Krissi’s farm, and he would grow into a shining example and mentor horse to other ponies when they were brought to Krissi’s horse rescue. Over their two decades together, Krissi and Wedgfire went on several adventures and helped coach and train countless other ponies and riders. Wedgfire’s passing was very difficult, but eventually, Krissi learned to focus on the gifts Fire left her and pass these gifts and her knowledge on to the new horses she would train. ... (read more)

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For Any Age

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How to Create a Successful Ski Lesson for Senior Citizens
by Herbert K. Naito
Proisle Publishing Services


"Continuous participation in alpine skiing past retirement age is a common one."

In this book, readers discover the skiing world as experienced by senior citizens. They learn how ski lessons can be a safe, active pastime for seniors. The book acknowledges that as a person ages “the mind and body begin to falter.” Readers also learn how skiing can be a therapeutic activity for those diagnosed with PTSD. The author highlights common medical conditions that may impact a senior citizen’s skiing ability. However, he also gives the reader tips about navigating these ailments and enjoying a fruitful ski experience. As the book progresses, readers learn ski moves that match a senior citizen’s physical ability, providing insights into how to adjust these movements according to need. Throughout the book, colorful photographs and graphics help readers better understand the material. ... (read more)

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Young Slopes

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How to Prepare for Your Child's First Ski Lesson
by Herbert K. Naito
Proisle Publishing Services


"No stone will be left unturned; you will be fully prepared for your child's first ski lesson."

The author’s unique offering is a comprehensive guide to preparing anyone from age three to eighteen to ski. In addition to the standard areas of preparation such as outfits, appropriate ski poles (adjustable ones are more expensive but may be more beneficial to a very young skier), instruction on positions regarding the skier's body and posture, and finding the right coach for the young person, Naito briefly describes the perspective of each age group, the importance of proper nutrition and hydration, and additional aspects of preparation that usually are not covered in traditional lessons. One example is the importance of the ski student going to the bathroom prior to the lesson. ... (read more)

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