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Boulevard of Broken Dreams Cover Image
ISBN: 9781980450511
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Published: CreateSpace - April 9th, 2017

A young woman is discovered yards from the HOLLYWOOD sign. She cannot be identified. She has no face. It has been removed along with her finger tip pads. She is completely naked.
Lieutenant Harry Lloyd and his new partner Jesse Kimball III have the lead.
A second corpse, a screenwriter is discovered in the trunk of a car in Glendale. Both were victims of the Hollywood Power system.
Officer Delores Rivera, another ex-starlet abused by the system joins the team in an undercover capacity. She wants payback for the abuses she and the girl had both suffered.

Commercial Directing Voodoo: Filmmaking Spells & Production Potions Cover Image
ISBN: 9781986181020
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Published: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform - March 3rd, 2018

Practical filmmaking tips, tricks and philosophies specific to the art and craft of directing commercials for television and the web. Filmmaker Jordan Brady has directed over 1,000 spots and shares his insights from over 20 years filming for advertising.

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ISBN: 9780975985717
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Published: Martin Gantman - January 16th, 2018

In her foreword to the book, Black Box: Decoding the Art Work of Martin Gantman, the noted art historian and artist, Dr. Lise Patt, writes the following:

Martin Gantman grew his artistic bones during the last throes of modernism, when art’s autonomy had already been undermined and all that remained of this enduring style were the simple, clean lines of formalism. He cut his intellectual teeth on conceptualism, a short-lived art movement with long-ranging impact on art’s raison d’être; and developed his
visual muscle in the warren of ‘posts-’ that were coined during the 1980s to lessen history’s stranglehold on art’s discourses, institutions, and practices. Yet, by the time Gantman hit his stride as a visual artist he had already severed many of the ties that tethered him to these varied movements. If, in 1913, Duchamp drew a line in modernism’s sandbox, then by
the 1990s Martin Gantman had crossed that line to become a contemporary artist, a practitioner who disavows history and any long-standing art historical style with work that analyses the status of art and the state of the world as they both exist in the here and now.

This book describes the theoretical bases, process, and development of the artist, Martin Gantman, through an almost 40-year span of art production. It details the evolution of his practice through 10 individual books, each based on a theoretical or practical interest that compelled him during his years of production.

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ISBN: 9780999893128
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Published: Pengate Publishing - May 11th, 2018

Karis now a young woman, becomes fearless whilst learning to cope with the occurrence of phenomenal paranormal activities. Trusting in her spiritual faith and beliefs, she takes a journey beyond reality facing encounters of evil, she adapts to her circumstances. During her voyage, Karis comes to the realization of her mission. Through this, she endures obstacles which result in questioning her faith, soon learning that not remaining faithful would be detrimental. This allows Karis to utilize her powers in indescribable ways that she never imagined.


A Child in Paradise: A Memoir Cover Image
ISBN: 9781543930603
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Published: Bookbaby - June 11th, 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: 9781944682903
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Published: Spuyten Duyvil - November 15th, 2017

From the Jan. 31, 2018 Washington Post:
Jason Morphew presents a supercharged, sometimes unsettling view of domestic life in
dead boy (Spuyten Duyvil), his striking debut. While many of the situations described
here seem familiar—a trip to CVS, a young daughter who explodes when told it’s time
for dinner—they’re presented with an edginess and sharp intelligence that makes the
poems pop.

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ISBN: 9781643162911
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Published: Louis Anthes - May 1st, 2018

This document is my first creation of a complete work of non-fiction since publishing my dissertation in 2003. It contains publicly-available court hearing transcripts, and one mediation agreement summary, arranged in chronological order, all of which took place from October 2015 to June 2016. Together, these records tell the story of my entering into marriage with Jeremiah T. Malumaleumu and of our efforts to obtain an accomodation of our marriage among members of Jeremiah's family, despite neither of us having unclean hands in matters of race, religion, gender and sexuality. The title "Irrevocable Trust" is a legal reference to a scholarship trust we established for Jeremiah's family in 2014 which was finally dissolved by court order in 2016.

The Honorable Culbert Levy Olson: California Governor 1939 to 1943, Humanitarian, Ex-Mormon and Atheist Cover Image
ISBN: 9781546351658
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Published: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform - October 18th, 2017

The "Honorable Culbert Levy Olson" tells the story of California's DemocraticGovernor during America's Great Depressison. His New Deal for California was a true progressive agenda planned to pull California out of the deepest depresssion America had ever seen. His agenda was only sidelined by World War II and the preparations for War. His ideas are pertinent again today as our Great Recession wears on. Income inequality is as high today as it was it the 1930's. Today it takes two to three low wage jobs and both spouses working to even stay afloat despite the supposed low unemployment rate. It would behoove us to understand Governor Olson's philosophy "Social problems are created by economic maladjustments, poverty in the midst of plenty...continued concentration of wealth and control of the national economy in the hands of a small percentage of the population opposing every effort of government to interpose controls for the economic stabilization and for the general welfare."
Culbert Olson was a seeker of truth. He believed there was no value, no God, higher than truth. He left Mormonism at a young age and became a secular person. In 1899, While in law school in Washington D.C., he heard about Robert Ingersoll and after hearing the speeches of the "Great Agnostic" he became a true "free thinker". In his speeches and in his actions he invited people to reflect on the nature of life by using pragmatism, reality, and evidence. He did not believe in a supernatural God. Culbert repeatedly said, "We should be concerned about the brotherhood of man not the fatherhood of God." He was a true humanitarian and believed that you could be more concerned about the welfare and happiness of all people if you drop the bigotry and blind faith associated with all religions.

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ISBN: 9781985733305
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Published: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform - March 6th, 2018

Half way through her twenties and still living in her hometown, Blake Whittemore decides it's time to start living the life she has always imagined. Taking a live-in counselor job at an at-risk youth camp on the beautifully remote island of Samoa, seems to be exactly that. Swept away by the tropical island life, her co-worker Theo, and numerous unexplainable events, Blake winds up finding a secret she never knew she was looking for. Not every island is Paradise...

Dilby R. Dixon's the Dilbonary Cover Image
ISBN: 9781543906103
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Published: Bookbaby - August 31st, 2017

Dilby R. Dixon was no ordinary 10-year-old boy. He was an outcast, the odd kid in school. Growing up as an only child, he had gotten accustomed to a life of solitude. In fact, he had no friends at all, which made him question whether or not he fit in with others in school or in this world. To occupy his time, Dilby turned to his wild imagination as he would dream of the most unbelievable places and have the most amazing adventures. From these dreams, he created a secret journal of weird words that he called, the Dilbonary, which he took it everywhere he went, guarding it with his life. No one knew the Dilbonary existed, that was until the 6th grade when Riley Rogers, the school bully, got a hold of it, setting off a chain of events that would alter Dilby's life forever. Then, just after his 11th Birthday, something extraordinary happened, leading him to embark on the biggest adventure of his life and finding the truth behind who he really is.

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ISBN: 9781948654340
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Published: Stratton Press - March 12th, 2018

Major Stone was a man of few words who made good money, want for nothing, and kept to himself. But life has a way of drawing an introvert out of his shell through his needs, desires, and longings: the need to have friends and be friendly, a desire to socialize and be social, and a longing to love and be loved. Yet, of the entire world's grandeur, and in the entire Heavenly splendor were to him an ambiguous illusion until he fell in love. And now the pursuit of happiness revolves around everything and all things to have and to hold his beloved. For that reason he evolved to be loquacious: when there's illness, a doctor he'd call, when there's a crime, a lawyer he'd implore, when there's guilt, a priest he'd pray. But when his soul mate faced death, the only hope is A Talk with God.

Beverly Hills Concentration Camp: A Healing Journey and Memoir Cover Image
ISBN: 9780996969307
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Published: Flying Squirrel Publishing - February 1st, 2016

Beverly Hills Concentration Camp: A Healing Journey and Memoir is a riveting story in which Alix, a married woman and mom, is suddenly overcome by incorrigible physical pain and tries every alternative method that comes her way to resolve the issue without surgery. Through flashbacks, she unblocks a tortuous past, going from dysfunction to recovery, peeling away layer upon layer of stuck energy in her body with wit and a surprising sense of humor. She discovers her problems stemmed from the Holocaust family dynamics with which she had grown up. Neglected and ignored after her father died, Alix lived with her brothers in a Spanish house in a wealthy neighborhood with a mother who acted as if she were still a Jewish prisoner in a Concentration Camp and re-creating a trans-generational pattern within the household.

Aix diligently and courageously breaks free from the negative traumas and abuse she had experienced by remembering, re-experiencing and releasing that awful energy while, at the same time, tapping further into her own power. As she tries alternative healing methods, we watch her change before our eyes becoming the woman she was meant to be, turning her life around and living pain-free with heightened intuition, a psychic gift, and in a state of freedom and spiritual well-being.

Her goal now is to help others heal themselves and their their lineages as she did, changing those trajectories forever. This story shows us the impossible is possible if we hold on to our goal of listening to that inner voice that tells us the true direction in which to go, no matter what others think. When we achieve that, we are free. Leading others to take risks, focusing on gratitude, taking alternate healing routes, and opening her heart to love, nature and wholeness, Alix transmutes not only herself, but also the lives of future family generations.

Piazza Carousel: A Florence Love Story Cover Image
ISBN: 9780692919255
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Published: Dakota Inc. - August 25th, 2017

Piazza Carousel is a novel by Jule Selbo. The story revolves around Lyn Bennett; she has arrived in historic Florence, Italy to discover details of her mother's past as one of the city's beloved Mud Angels - a group of volunteers who helped save Florence's art during the 1966 flood. When she is shocked by a betrayal of those closest to her, Lyn takes a hard look at her expectations of love and fidelity - and how she has made decisions in her life. New friend Matteo, a curator in the restoration office of the Uffizi Museum, becomes a conduit to uncovering secrets of her mother's past and the city of Florence, with its pride, strength, and beauty, inspire her to open her heart again.

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ISBN: 9783906822198
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Published: Sturm & Drang - April 1st, 2018

Marilyn Monroe is the ultimate symbol of Hollywood, but also a cautionary tale of the cost of fame. But despite the dark side of her story, she represents a place that inspires the imagination and offers a faraway glimmer of hope, generation after generation.

These photographs of women who dress as Marilyn Monroe examine the star’s endurance but more importantly, they are a look into these women who channel the classic yet powerful notion of the Hollywood Dream that still thrives today.

Fever and Guts: A Symphony Cover Image
ISBN: 9781936205851
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Published: Stephen F. Austin University Press - December 26th, 2012

Jerry D. Mathes' Fever and Guts is hard-hitting literary nonfiction. Reminiscent of the exacting sharpness found in Hemingway's bullfighting stories and as deeply reflective as Tim O'Brien's The Things They Carried, Mathes takes his readers to the fringes of American society, a subculture where war stories are handed down from fathers to sons and then are lived by those sons; where fathers brace against the weather of daughters' illnesses; where language and speech is music, poetry, and violence. Mathes journeys us to the mountains of Idaho, the deserts of the Southwest and of Desert Storm, the icy plains of Antarctica, and into the dark, gloomy backrooms of bars and hotels. Amidst storms and forests ablaze, he makes us feel the thunder's rumble, the smoke settled in our lungs. Although Mathes puts us into proximity of things most of us have been lucky to escape, he makes such existences seem amazingly and beautifully normal, makes it seem as if we have missed out. In this manner, Mathes turns his personal histories into works of mad, provocative art, so skillfully and innovatively turned that the reader will not let the stories go and, in the aftermath of reading, not turn them loose from memory. This is nonfiction of the best sort, real and ballsy as a life lived real and with bravado.

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ISBN: 9781634897877
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Published: Wise Ink - April 4th, 2017

Sebastian Hart has dealt with a lifetime of goodbyes. And now, a year after his husband Frank's death, the forty-year-old Broadway chorus boy still blames himself. After all, Sebastian started the argument that night over one of Frank's former date items, someone younger than Sebastian who still wanted Frank.

Challenged by his best friend, the quirky ex-Rockettes dancer Chloe, Sebastian struggles toward his dream of becoming a choreographer and grapples with romantic feelings for Reid, a new student in his tap class.

Ultimately, Sebastian begins to wonder whether it's his imagination, or not, that Frank's ghost is here, warning him that he daren't move on with another love. He questions the truth: Is death really the final goodbye?

Hollywood Cold Case: The Masked Marauder Murder Mystery Cover Image
ISBN: 9781543133721
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Published: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform - April 9th, 2017

Sunday, September 12, 1943. Venice California. World War II is in its second full year. The movie business and the Aircraft manufacturing business dominate the economy of Southern California. It's a delicate time in the lives of the inhabitants of the Los Angeles area. The War in the Pacific is going no better than the war in Europe. But in Southern California, the Japanese are perceived as the more imminent threat. On this Sunday afternoon, a young man stumbles from his wrecked English car and dies in a bean field of a stab wound. But this young man is no ordinary young man. He is the son of a rich New England Aristocratic family, an alumnus of Yale, and, of all things, an actor. The actor who portrayed The Masked Marauder in the Saturday matinee kiddie serial. The investigating officers, Lieutenant Adam Freeman and his young partner, Detective Harry Lloyd, are prodded by LAPD Chief Douglas Gaines for a quick case closure. But that is made impossible due to being blocked in their investigations by every powerful institution in Los Angeles, including the LAPD. Pressured for a speedy end to the case, Freeman enlists, for the first time ever, Female Officers of the department to assist in his investigations. These three ladies prove invaluable to the investigation. Sergeant Sarah Lovejoy, Officer Olive Branch and Officer Laura Murphy have been stuck in the homicide division doing filing and clerical jobs, but always hoping to be asked to perform 'real police work' by someone. Finally, given the opportunity, they tackle the assignment with a drive fueled by past frustrations. The case quickly centers on two locations, RKO Studios and a mysterious, walled and gated, Tudor mansion high in the Hollywood Hills. Inside the mansion resides a European Diva who is married to the victim. Also in the mansion is a "French maid" who becomes a professional distraction for young Harry Lloyd. Very distracting indeed as she proves her "French charms." But Officer Laura Murphy has designs on the young detective also. She's at a disadvantage because of LAPD uniform regulations on clothing, hair and makeup. But that goes away when she's off duty. As Harry eventually learns. Lieutenant Adam Freeman, recent widower, finds distractions of his own when he has to work closely with the Crime Lab supervisor, Jean Darrow. Freeman is emotionally walled off, but Darrow is finding cracks in the fortress. Each new discovery leads them ever deeper into the twisted lives of the rich and powerful of 1943 Los Angeles. Investigating those discoveries, however, take them further and further away from the murder itself. Film stars, studio executives, Los Angeles politics and big money all play a part in the unraveling of the revealed truths. Finally, we understand why this case was never solved ... for reasons that had nothing to do with the crime itself.

Up on Game: From Robbing Banks to Stacking Bitcoin, My Involvement with Gangs, Bank Robbery, Prison--And Success in the Business W Cover Image
ISBN: 9781732141711
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Published: Melrose & Main Publishing, LLC - March 21st, 2018

Cryptocurrency Trader No Longer Needs Banks
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.
Why Did He Rob Banks?
The first time was for cash to buy a Taco Bell grande meal.
Today, the Skinny Bandit is a successful entrepreneur, in legit business in the adult marketing world, and a day trader in bitcoin cryptocurrency.
Richard Stanley did his time-seven-plus years in Donovan, a rough Southern California prison, where he hustled to stay up on game and where he experienced the real Orange Is the New Black-and where he witnessed the worst horrors of the prison system, from guards killing inmates to rampant drug use and the lengths desperate people go to get what they need (such as snacks, drugs, cell phones, and warm clothing).
WARNING to readers: This book contains offensive language and graphic descriptions of criminal activity.
The Story of the Neighborhood Struggle
Richard Stanley recounts his tumultuous childhood of growing up in the dangerous neighborhood of Otay, surrounded by gangs, drugs, violence, and poverty.
His crimes started with petty shoplifting before graduating to bank robbery. After a short time, Stanley had perfected his craft and hit multiple banks. Each time, he and his crew evaded capture, but one critical mistake cost him everything. The FBI finally tracked him down, and Stanley was sentenced to hard time in one of Southern California's worst prisons, but his story was only beginning.
Stanley details his time in prison and how he sold drugs from behind bars. He also illustrates what daily life was like in jail, his interactions with the other inmates, and the dark side of the correctional officers whose jobs are to maintain law and order. He wondered just who the criminals were-the guards or the inmates. Maybe both.
Making the Case for Prison Reform
After his release, Stanley learned the ropes of-and became very successful in-adult online marketing with exotic dancers and professional escorts where he was introduced to bitcoin as a form of payment.
He schooled himself in bitcoin trading and other cryptocurrencies. Although he doesn't say he's an expert, he's moved up in the world to swanky Newport Beach, where his business is based, and where he lives a life far from the hellhole of the two-man prison cell at Donovan.
With his degree in "business" from one of California's finest institutions where he was given a free ride in their eight-year program (with a seven-month sabbatical in solitude), he's graduated from bank robbery to stacking bitcoin as a legit entrepreneur and shares a vital message: People can change.
READ THE FIRST CHAPTER and for more info, visit the book's website: www.UpOnGameBook.com.

Backdrop Switzerland Cover Image
ISBN: 9782825146347
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Published: L'Age d'Homme - November 25th, 2016

For decades, production companies have made films in Switzerland in order to take advantage of its unique landscapes. This backdrop – to use the cinematographic term – has been used by filmmakers for over a century, or recreated in movie studios. Generations of film fans around the world have been fascinated by the hero swinging from a rocky alpine peak, robberies in the coffers of private banks, high-speed chases on skis, or that couple embracing by a château in a romantic lakeside setting.

Switzerland has become a unique brand. The iconic images it offers to the big screen capture the splendour of its landscapes, justifying the efforts of filmmakers to shoot scenes on location or to construct elaborate backdrops encapsulating its essence. Each year new films are shot in Switzerland.

BACKDROP SWITZERLAND invites you to discover – or rediscover – Switzerland through a wealth of images which present the country through the eyes of filmmakers and thus play a part in defining its identity. This 432-page book (over 1'000 images), written in four languages (English/French/German/Italian) and supported by the Cinématèque suisse, was published in 2016 by L’Age d’Homme in Lausanne, Switzerland.

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ISBN: 9780997310702
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Published: Thomas A. Levitt - September 28th, 2017

Sophie Hearn grows up hearing about the House Un-American Activities Committee's 1951 campaign to root out Communists in the film industry. Her father's impassioned testimony in defense of the First Amendment-and his refusal to answer questions about his political associations-leave him blacklisted for years, destroying his promising screenwriting career and putting his family on the edge of financial ruin. Unsurprisingly, his daughter becomes politically aware at an early age. The shadow of the blacklist follows Sophie to college and then into adulthood, affecting her politics, her career ambitions and her relationships. But it's not until she reunites with Steve Elwood, a long-lost childhood friend, that she's forced to face the full impact of her family's past. A powerful story about coming of age in California in the mid-twentieth century, The Wire Recorder explores how political paranoia, when allowed to spiral out of control, can leave a toxic residue that lasts for generations.

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ISBN: 9780999113301
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Published: Jeffrey Park Press - February 8th, 2018

A larger-than-life father with underworld ties. An obedient son. Law school may test the limits of his loyalty...

Delton Lowe never wanted to step foot inside a courtroom, much less try a case. But none of that mattered after his kingpin father decided the family business needed a new attorney. And unlike Delton, Larry Lowe always gets what he wants...

Delton's courses and callous professors are nearly too much for him to bear. But with a scheming, pill-popping fellow student and a gorgeous publicist by his side, Delton wonders if he could find a way to love being a lawyer. When he witnesses a dirty deal and traces the corruption back to his father, his morals once again throw a wrench into his career path...

Son of Influence is a coming-of-age tale with a heartfelt view on finding one's path in life. Can Delton step outside his father's shadow and become his own man?

Start reading this witty legal novel and find out

When Gods War: Roman Candle Cover Image
ISBN: 9781524692056
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Published: Authorhouse - June 14th, 2017

The stone-age, cave-like beings of Zeon have certain death coming straight at them in the form of the neighboring planet Tareon. Zeon and Tareon orbit their sun in opposite directions, and every time they pass each other, Tareon draws Zeon closer and closer to Tareons own orbit path. With no technology and only just beginning to discover electricity, the Zeons have no chance for survival. Follow the family of Kairn; his wife, Rayelle; teenage daughter Evene; and younger son Trillo as they and the other two million Zeons try to survive the convergence of planets. When Gods War (Roman Candle) is a war of worldsnot between the peoples of those worlds but between the planets themselves. And the two million simple beings of Zeon are caught in the middle. With no technology and no hope, all two million Zeons just might die, until one day, a lucky few of them discover something that just might change everything.


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ISBN: 9781634897877
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Published: Wise Ink - April 4th, 2017

Blurb for The Truth About Goodbye

Is death really the final goodbye? Forty-year-old New Yorker Sebastian begins to wonder when he believes his dead husband is warning him not to move on with another love.


The Truth About Goodbye is a coming-of-middle age story about love, loss, self-acceptance, and renewal.

Critical Review for The Truth About Goodbye


“Ricard offers a thoughtful debut novel…cleverly incorporates themes of aging, vanity, loss, self-confidence, and forgiveness, grounding the melodrama in the realities of life in the big city…the narrative is endearing and impressively assured...a warm, fun, character-driven tale about moving on and embracing life.”

                              ~Kirkus Reviews

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ISBN: 9781511928724
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Published: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform - April 28th, 2015

15 year-old Hutch tells us his story about growing up as a kid of free-spirited, drug-addicted parents, to hustling on the streets of New York City, to befriending misfits in a Bowery flophouse where he’s forced to fight predators and face the brutalities that lurk in the darkest corners of a runaway’s world. Through his determination, and by fate, he’s given an opportunity to change his life, and the lives of others. Embracing his future and finding redemption in literature, he must say farewell to his haunting past.