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The Awakening: Fate in Motion Cover Image
ISBN: 9781719828932
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Published: Independently Published - September 18th, 2018

Exiled from Earth thousands of years ago, Sar is hiding and waiting in our Galaxy. Manipulating the dark side of humanity and controlling many government leaders, now he has found the way back in. But, what does he really want? When Lanie Montrose ascended to the top of the music charts she felt an even deeper void within. Just when she began to feel free from the shackles of fame, she finds herself locked in a strange hospital with no idea of how she got there. Hidden memories emerge of an age-old foe from a distant world overwhelming her with more questions about her past and fate. Dr. Suki Carter has never been able to settle the desire to protect her lost and lonely patient, Lanie. Then, one touch of her grandfather.


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ISBN: 9780999497821
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Published: Wake Up, Inc. - June 18th, 2018

The Twinkle Box is an engrossing psychological murder-mystery loosely based on a true story. You will be intrigued by the deeply complex characters, each with a tragic backstory. The reader enters a dark world of romance, suspense, and terror. Through all the madness, a hero emerges, and the chilling and graphic contents of the Twinkle Box are revealed.

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ISBN: 9781483492421
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Published: Lulu Publishing Services - November 13th, 2018

Harvey was a musician that left his life of chaos and confusion for the simple ways of a wanderer. On the road he searched for signs that would point him to lost directions but then he falls in love with a stranger from a stranger world, finds an ancient being that shows him paths to power, stumbles into a war between gods and goddesses, becomes a pawn in the struggles between secret societies, and perhaps most surprisingly finds his direction and then, well then, nothing was simple anymore.

That Damn Girl Stuff: A Mother's Truth: Memoir & Conversations with My 9yo Daughter about Sex Cover Image
ISBN: 9781722668877
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Published: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform - July 12th, 2018

Determined to give her daughter tools necessary to reduce the risk of saying #MeToo, Strawder shares her series of "Sex Talks" with her daughter. In That Damn Girl Stuff: A Mother’s Truth, Strawder goes beyond "birds and bees" to surprisingly revealing truths about herself, including one truth she never told.

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ISBN: 9781718157057
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Published: R. J. Castille - September 17th, 2018

Subjected to the indecision of medical professionals, every woman should question them. Doctors are human, but patients never challenge them. The events in this memoir were the result of a doctor’s dismissal of signs of impending difficulties, or their failure to act in a timely fashion using interventions that could have otherwise made a difference.

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ISBN: 9781949709209
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Published: Monteman, Inc. - December 1st, 2018

In the city of Los Angeles, a Russian plot of industrial espionage quickly turns into an international incident involving the entire underworld organization of Vampires.

The Vampiros are the head of six worldwide Vampire covens and are the targets of revenge. Over hundreds of years they’ve gained control of the international blood supply and the viral DNA technology that controls the side effects and enhancements of the Vampirian virus;

Jimmy Vampiro, the eldest son, finds himself suddenly thrown back into his role as the ‘Enforcer’ after years of peace within the covens, brought on by the strategic brilliance of his father Peter.

He and the rest of the family are tasked with preventing the world from falling into chaos from Peter’s long time rival, Igor Leninov, head of the Russian coven.

Vampiro is an adventure that spans centuries and continents as it unfolds into a tale of betrayal, romance and intrigue. The Vampiros emerge from the shadows to reveal themselves as one of the United States’ most important allies.

Journey of a Song 60's & 70's: The Backstory of Some of the Most Loved Songs of the 60's & 70's Cover Image
By Warren Sellers, Cathy Nelson Arkle (Designed by), Sherry Lynn Ward (Editor)
ISBN: 9780990319009
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Published: Square Tree Publishing - May 29th, 2014

Take a trip with me as we journey through some of the most loved songs of the 60's and 70's. This is your backstage pass into the lives of the singer-songwriters and the music they created...the very origins of them. It's a behind-the-scenes look at the stories behind the songs. Who wrote them? When? Where? Why? These songs make up a musical landscape that became the soundtrack of a whole generation.

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ISBN: 9781518467189
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Published: Gotoma - November 1st, 2018

Disneyland, 2016. A self-radicalized American terrorist nearly succeeded in his plan to attack the resort. I would know; as a reporter for the Anaheim Gazette, I protected him as my source. I tried to save him from himself, and almost wound up dead. My story will help you understand what happened, as I'm certain a battle like mine will happen again.

Sara N' Dippity: How Two Friends Met - And It Was No Coincidence. Cover Image
ISBN: 9781549558931
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Published: Independently Published - August 22nd, 2017

Catch the tale that will spark your holidays and light up your imagination! It's "The Original Tale of Sara n' Dippity" - How two friends met... and it was no coincidence. Explore an allegorical tale couched in a simple, yet exquisitely illustrated children’s book that older children and adults alike will appreciate for its higher message.

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ISBN: 9780615450971
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Published: Paul Kleiman - November 1st, 2018

Dreams are: Stories, Symbolism, Fantasy, Romance, Fear, Death. Some dreams feel real. Some feature an appearance by Dick Cheney. Can you meet someone new in a dream? Have an affair? Figure out your life? Work on your relationship with your parents? Your dead parents? Do dreams and reality intersect? Or collide violently? Is death like a dream, only permanent? Wait. Is death permanent?

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ISBN: 9781726302760
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Published: Createspace - September 8th, 2018

On March 20, 2003 missiles detonated Saddam Hussein's Presidential Palace in Baghdad. From the rubble US Marines rescued a little white puppy. Her journey of escaping war torn Iraq to sunny ol' California is told by her best friend Savannah and Liberty Pearl herself.

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ISBN: 9780977339983
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Published: Brunswick Institute - August 1st, 2009

For three days in the summer of 1969, 500,000 people spontaneously gathered like no others had before or since then, bringing together peace, love, aromatic smoke and the sounds of the greatest rock 'n' roll show in history. Sounds and smells wafted through the air, making this legendary event one that has never been duplicated. Barry Z Levine, a member of the Academy Award-winning Woodstock documentary film team, captured this entire event. Levine arrived days before the crowds when Woodstock was still a green, grassy pasture and continued to photograph long after the last person had departed the debris-strewn mud hole. Over the course of that tumultuous week, Levine had taken so many pictures, he had blisters on his index finger and thumb from clicking the shutter and advancing the film. Levine stopped only once, for a 45 minute nap on top of a piano cover that was on stage while Blood, Sweat & Tears performed. Along with 240 full-color photographs, the text by Linanne G. Sacket presents a chronological account of this historical event, capturing the performers, personalities, audience, excitement, mood, and actions. The Woodstock Story Book is a must for anyone who was at Woodstock, wishes they had gone, or just wanted a bird's eye view at the greatest historical event of the 1960s.


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ISBN: 9781732881709
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Published: Piper Cochrane - November 1st, 2018

This coffee table book of 192 pages shares untold stories and unseen photos of Hollywood's start. Most think it was Carl Laemmle that did it all for Universal, but the surprise is that it was 5 Irish Brothers that made it happen, along side Carl and for Carl. This book is co-written by Marc Wanamaker, Universal's 40 year Historian, with a foreword by Sandy Climan, producer of “The Aviator”

Accepting Your Blended Family Cover Image
ISBN: 9780999895306
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Published: Kingsbury Road Creative - December 1st, 2018

This book is intended to be a handbook that offers practical tips and real-world solutions that you can refer to often. It provides guidance, wisdom, and perspective whether you are in the midst of a divorce, or already in a blended family. You will learn to cope with divorce and remarriage in a smarter, more compassionate way. It offers tools to build better relationships at home and in turn, construct healthier families that are more open and resilient.

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ISBN: 9780578407524
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Published: Monica Madrid - November 2nd, 2018

On her journey to near stardom in the music business, Monica Madrid wound up a broke, demoralized alcoholic. Through the twists and turns of a colorful life, she rubbed elbows with Prince, Rick James, and other artists and was in a musical battle with Tupac Shakur. She came close to fulfilling her childhood dream, but once it was stripped from her grasp, her path led to money and prestige—and broken relationships. Her story is one of loss, love, and redemption. Her quest for fame and fortune would turn into a passion for recovery, in which she would discover something she never wanted—spiritual freedom.

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ISBN: 9781976566677
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Published: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform - September 19th, 2017

Steven Curtis served two tours of duty in Vietnam, from January 1968 to June of 1970. As a Marine Corps photographer, his assignments included everything from combat photography to routine public relations photos of hospitals, orphanages, and visits by U.S. political figures. On his own, he photographed the human side of war, as it was seen by the men and women in uniform. This book is a collection of photos and stories recounting his experience. Although it chronicles the events that changed so many youthful idealists into disillusioned outcasts, almost none of the images are the "blood and guts" scenes so typical of other books on Vietnam. Curtis concentrates on the day to day events- the sad, the funny, the tragic and the inspirational-and strives to answer the question most commonly asked of any Vietnam vet: "What was it really like?"

Helder's Story: A Death with Dignity Cover Image
ISBN: 9781732215511
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Published: Brother Mockingbird - July 30th, 2018

Helder Pereira was a community leader, a healer of the broken, and a devoted husband and father; the memoir contains many inspirational messages, including his commitment to sobriety, his compassion for others, and his joy of life.

After being diagnosed with cancer at the age of forty-three, Helder and Carol began to navigate the very difficult healthcare system in search of the best treatment. After a long, hard battle, and realizing his cancer was terminal, Helder decided to plan the end of his life.

This book and his life are poignant reminders that love is the greatest gift of all.

Amelia Earhart Unrescued Cover Image
ISBN: 9780981896045
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Published: Flat Hammock Press - July 12th, 2018

Aviation pioneers Amelia Earhart and Fred Noonan famously disappeared over the Pacific on July 2nd, 1937. Their fate is widely regarded as one of the 20th century's greatest unresolved mysteries. In Amelia Earhart UNRESCUED, author and archaeologist Tom King weaves a story around the history, archaeology, and environment of the remote atoll known as Nikumaroro to visualize what Amelia and Fred may have experienced, offering a solution to the mystery.

Words from the Soul: Soulace Seeker Cover Image
ISBN: 9781725967434
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Published: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform - October 18th, 2018

The book is a compilation of articles on various topics such as relationships, spirituality, travel, and women empowerment. Now more than ever we as women need to rise above our pain and use it to fuel growth and positivity. In my book, Words From The Soul I discuss taking life.

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ISBN: 9780999893166
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Published: Pengate Publishing - August 1st, 2018

Refusing his parents advice to seek God and have forgiveness. A teenager Keagan Philips now faced with the conflict of Good versus Evil, Fighting his way through the constant torture and taunting of high school bullies, after suffering the loss of his best friend he becomes vengeful leading the bullies into their own pathways to destruction showing them no mercy as he carries out his vengeful plan to end their bullying.

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ISBN: 9780989919517
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Published: Juliet Huck - November 28th, 2018

Juliet Huck shares the lessons she learned while growing up on her family’s farm in rural Ohio—values such as being grateful, nurturing relationships, and listening intently, which she used to build a successful career as a persuasion strategist working on high-profile legal cases such as Enron and Exxon. Huck teaches readers how to be persuasive in a manner that is honorable and respectful, while making genuine human connections.

The Cloud That Fell From The Sky Cover Image
ISBN: 9780998899800
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Published: Tigrefou Editions - September 1st, 2018

Inspired by a 15 year old girl who used poetry to cope with her parents' drug addiction, the CLOUD that fell from the sky is a first limited edition, hardbound, Asian-stitched, poetry coffee-table book written by Chinese American writers Judy Choi and Phoenix Brown, and illustrated with photographic interpretations of the text by award winning French photographer Francis George.

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ISBN: 9781543930603
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Published: BookBaby - May 15th, 2018

A Child in Paradise is a captivating and enlightening story that embraces the essence of human emotions: the joy of childhood, sadness and rejection, the celebration of simple things, a sense of religion and history and a love betrayed and conquered. All of this set against a landscape that seemed magical through the eyes of a child. Her adventures and curious nature gave her the knowledge to learn, accept and cherish places outside of her homeland and to hold dear relationships that went beyond friends and family. She was ready to face a world the way life presented itself to her.The years took her farther from her simple beginnings to a discovery of a world of travel, career, independence and many possibilities. With what she has achieved, she remains humbled and filled with a sense of gratitude.LL Starr's personal conflict and emotional discord ultimately led her to a place where she was compelled to search deep within her soul to find the courage to set herself free and to support those that matter most.In her memory, as she continues her life's journey, she will always have her "Paradise" of beauty, simplicity and unadulterated existence. It is something special that she shares and passes on to the generations that come after her.

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ISBN: 9780998108711
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Published: Tunnel's End Press - May 31st, 2018

Think the #MeToo, #HeToo problem new? Think again. Cross “The Help” with “Ordinary People” on steroids and you get this ominous family tale from the ‘60s. Its claws sink in slowly, but they lacerate the wounds America suffers today. Mixing sweat-inducing scenes with laugh-out-loud passages, Brooks Tigner’s Pick-up Sticks compels the reader towards its fatal but poignant conclusions about race, class and abuse. A first retroactive "WeToo" novel:

A widow with a five-year old boy in 1964 had little chance of getting hitched again in small-town Texas, but Cathy got lucky: she married a doctor and thus replaced the father figure her son Carey had lost the year before. Or so she thought.

He had a big house with a full-time maid, Cilla, and handyman Lamar, her son, who kept the yard impeccable between his other odd jobs.

Sev was sophisticated, cultured, disciplined, hard-working. And self-medicating: a darkening habit – feeding other, darker ones – whose tentacles spread out in sinister ways to envelope Lamar, others across the county’s impoverished black community and, ultimately, Carey himself.

Only Cilla is witness to the evolving malaise. But it is Felicia, Lamar’s girlfriend, who pieces it all together. She pays a high price for it, but is by no means the only who gets the short end of the stick...


The Book of Bitches: How to Identify and Defuse the Bitches in Your Life Cover Image
By Erika Lisa Valdez, Sam T'Ang (Photographer), Donna Sozio (Editor)
ISBN: 9780692329016
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Published: Baddestbitchenterprises - June 13th, 2015

Are you setting out a welcome mat for people who thrive on belittling you? It's time to stop letting the bitches win and start taking charge of your own life

In her must-read guide to overcoming bullies, "bitch expert" Erika Lisa Valdez shares her hard-won knowledge about how to identify and defuse the bitches in your life so you can confidently chase after your dreams.

With a liberal helping of humor, The Book of Bitches exposes those who threaten your success and happiness, identifies their tricks and tactics, and emboldens you to show those bitches who's really in charge of your life. It also reveals that everyone has a well-meaning "inner bitch" who, if acknowledged and befriended, can serve you well when facing off with an uber-bitch who won't back down. But don't worry-you're still one of the good gals.

An entertaining look at human nature, this beauty queen's candid, comical book provides young girls and grown women alike with the clarity and confidence needed to conquer the bitches mucking up their lives...all by using the surprisingly powerful weapons of patience, compassion, and empathy.

Are you ready to stand up and be counted?

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ISBN: 9780692153208
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Published: Mercator Rejection - October 1st, 2018

Rip up the palm trees and turn off the sunshine. This anthology of 39 short stories paints a portrait of the City of Angels’ seamy underground where centuries worth of lonely men ooze out like pitch from the main vein of forgotten Los Angeles.