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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.

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.

50 Ways to Get Your Way Cover Image
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.

Death Valley Superstars: Occasionally Fatal Adventures in Filmland Cover Image
ISBN: 9780692172391
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Published: Delancey Street Press - December 24th, 2018

A noirish collection of essays, profiles and memoir about Los Angeles and celebrity by showbiz veteran Duke Haney. Subjects range from the iconic, such as Marilyn Monroe and Jim Morrison, to the widely forgotten, like film-noir heavy Steve Cochran and Christopher Jones, "the next James Dean" who never was.

Crazy about Kurt Cover Image
ISBN: 9781729589472
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Published: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform - December 2nd, 2018

Over one night in the dirtbag suburbs of 1994 Long Island, four friends struggle with sex, identity and the inevitability of adulthood, all against the backdrop of Kurt Cobain’s suicide. In the vein of American Graffiti, Crazy About Kurt is a meditation on a generation at a very specific time and place. But this isn’t just a story for those 90’s kids who grew up on Tori Amos, Jurassic Park and The X-Files– it’s a story for anyone who’s ever been a teenager. 

The Cloud That Fell From The Sky Cover Image
ISBN: 9780998899800
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Published: Tigrefou Editions - September 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.

Everyday Celebrity: A Personal Branding Guide from a Hollywood Media Coach Cover Image
ISBN: 9780998562308
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Published: Media 2x3 - September 2nd, 2017

It's your time to shine!

Unleash your innate star quality and get the meaningful attention you and your personal brand truly deserve.

Hollywood media coach Jess Ponce III reveals how you can master best practices for self-promotion that transcend the entertainment world.

This insightful handbook empowers you with strategies for professional and personal success-no matter your industry. 
-Communicate your irresistible offer with clarity, confidence, and charisma 
-Leverage media opportunities for more productive results 
-Grow your visibility, influence, and professional network 
-Create a compelling call to action for profitable outcomes


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.


The Twinkle Box Cover Image
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.

Himdag Cover Image
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.

In a Flash Cover Image
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.

Vampiro Cover Image
ISBN: 9781949709209
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Published: Monteman, Inc. - December 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.

My Battle with Terrorism Cover Image
ISBN: 9781518467189
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Published: Gotoma - November 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.

Smoking in Bed Cover Image
ISBN: 9780615450971
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Published: Paul Kleiman - November 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?

SKU: 344638

Drop anchor at a swimming pool, place a ruby ring on a finger, float a birthday cake onto a pirate ship. With the Brian Wonders Stickerbook, let your imagination rule the pool. 

The Big Lebowski The Official Storyboards Cover Image
ISBN: 9781732658103
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Published: Clark Kersey Publishing LLC - December 2018

The Big Lebowski -The Official Storyboards By J.Todd Anderson. The complete collection of hand drawn pencil and ink storyboards with their attached shot lists as used to produce the motion picture The Big Lebowski by Joel and Ethan Coen. Afterword by The Coen Brothers and Introduction by the artist J.Todd Anderson. Bonus production notes are included for all of the special moments. This book is guaranteed to tie any room together if left on the correct coffee table.

Potluck: Little Stories from a Big Table Cover Image
By Paula Thomas, Mikel Benton (Editor)
ISBN: 9780999473009
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Published: Bay City Publishing LLC - October 31st, 2017

Collection of hilarious and heart-warming stories offer a first- ever peak at the life of a kid in the 1950’s when her siblings became overnight Hollywood celebrities. Her antics with animals, from pythons, to puppies, to pigs, are punctuated with tender tales sure to put a tear in your eye and warmth in your soul.


Niki's Honor Cover Image
ISBN: 9781634179140
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Published: Page Publishing, Inc. - July 9th, 2015

A beautiful village Afghan girl becomes engaged through a pre-arranged custom to marry the Khan’s son. She becomes innocently entangled in a series of events that brings an end to her fairy tale dreams. She is a casualty of a culture where a family’s honor is more precious than life.

Behind the Eyes of Liberty Pearl: The True Story of a Little White Puppy Found in the Rubble in Saddam Hussein's Detonated Baghdad Presidential Palace Cover Image
ISBN: 9781726302760
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Published: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform - 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.

The Cochrane Brothers and the Making of Universal Pictures Cover Image
ISBN: 9781732881709
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Published: Piper Cochrane - November 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 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.

Love Letters to Trump Cover Image
ISBN: 9780692199206
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Published: Bay Company Books, Inc. - November 6th, 2018

LOVE LETTERS TO trump I began photographing Resisters twenty months ago in hopes of recording the spirit, the intelligence and the sense of unity that was on display during these marches. However, as trump and the republicans turn the screws on our Republic, I wonder if I am documenting rousing demonstrations or the last mo-ments of our civil rights.

The Next Quiet Voice Cover Image
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.

The Vietnam I Remember Cover Image
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?"