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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.

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


Step Away From the Phone Cover Image
ISBN: 9780615646800
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Published: Power for Kids - December 4th, 2018

Step Away from the Phone. The idea for this important, timely, yet bound to become a classic book came when Patricia saw the children in a doctor’s waiting room using their parents’ phone to talk or text. Using colorful visuals and beautiful wordplay, Step Away from the Phone becomes a magical journey for children and adults alike - as they chase rainbows, swim with turtles, and create together. You can have fun reading Step Away from the Phone with your children as the author celebrates the power of unlimited imagination with the charming and whimsical illustrations, which invites children to seek out friendship with other children. Not only will you enjoy reading to your children, but they can also later read to you, and share these value-based thoughts and inspiring fun! There is an added bonus of vocabulary words on each page! Step Away from the Phone and let’s learn and have fun!

Snapshots: Say Cheese! Cover Image
ISBN: 9781790919512
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Published: Cara Cilento - February 2019

Snapshots is about resisting the predetermined life built by culture, society and doctrine. It’s about emerging victorious over the cycle of assumed truths of gender, sexuality and breaking it when faced with the opportunity to perpetuate. Snapshots begs the question..who would you become if the world was watching?

MiDdLe ScHoOl DaNcE 2000 Cover Image
ISBN: 9780578490182
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Published: Dream Boy Book Club - April 11th, 2019

AOL chat rooms. *NSYNC fan club. Dead kid hanging from basketball hoop. Slow dancing with siblings. Satanists having a get together on Tuesday. y2k party. Low key space aliens. Social studies homework. Fingering. Cute cannibals. Strawberry flavored wine coolers. Skatepark dads. AIM boyfriends. N64. Plus pimples and Britney Spears and also friendship.

The Pilgrim's Progress: Graphic Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780692965740
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Published: Whistle Key Books - January 2018

I set John Bunyan’s 1678 Christian allegorical journey from Destruction City to Celestial City in our present day world of the economy, labor, politics, religion and war. My work is an experimental design based in illustration and printmaking, not in a traditional comics. The narrative is a physical part of the landscape in my work to transmit the story with a high level of immediacy. Lynd Ward’s wordless pictorial narrative books, Gustave Dore’s prints, editorial cartoons, underground comics and visionary art have influenced me.

The King’s Highway, traveled by motorcyclist Pilgrim, is lined with doors to Hell in shopping malls, cities, gas stations, churches and farms. These crossroads open his eyes to the possibilities of his fate. He travels from his Temporal home to his Eternal home. I am true to John Bunyan’s biblical and societal references showing the commonality of his story in today’s world.

SKU: 369708

At the end of the world, he's the last person you would want to save you, but here you are, running from them, and reaching out for him. This is not a book about zombies. This is a book about people, terrible people, just like you and just like me. This is a modern zombie tale of love, death and destruction. Set in the black heart of Los Angeles on the eve of the apocalypse.

TV Development Guide: How an Idea Becomes a TV Show Cover Image
ISBN: 9781726245395
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Published: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform - January 14th, 2019

The "TV Development Guide: How an Idea Becomes a TV Show” is perfect for anyone thinking about getting into the TV business, just starting out or already in it and looking for some insight and guidance. It includes how to come up with ideas, script development, pitching, strategies on selling shows and Q & A with TOP professionals. 

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.

Couplets Cover Image
ISBN: 9781733799003
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Published: Andrew Shaw - June 24th, 2019

In couplets Andrew Shaw explores a new poetic device. Reflective, magically-real, and augmenting process, the collection was initially shared as tiny pieces of street art; paper tags shared in public spaces, via photographs on social media. Informed by egalitarian Japanese traditions and the work of surrealist writers, couplets aims to inspire beauty as an act of resistance to the political. 

Sydney Car Seller Cover Image
ISBN: 9781645704621
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Published: Florian Christoph Woerwag - October 2018

The couple of Francis and Dwight wanders along in the coming seasons of Sydney when a bunch of things emerge. Francis gets pregnant, and the surrounding at all of the car-seller Dwight experiences some sensitive crime-incidence. The area of Sydney reveals to be the kind of offering this.

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.

Fearless Living Cover Image
ISBN: 9789089317971
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Published: Jean-Paul Deweuer - April 2018

This is a book about design. Originality is essential for discovery. Creativity is the method and the magic that allows unpredictable ideas to be discovered. To be revealed. To come into life.This is a book about emotion, creativity, and the unpredictability of discovery. This is a book about making curious, unlikely, and surprising connections.

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”.

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. 

Justice for District Nine Cover Image
ISBN: 9781733691505
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Published: Literature Pictures - May 2019

It’s been two weeks since Katherine Brooks’ brother has been shot while patrolling the streets of Chicago. Katherine is done waiting around hoping District Nine will make an arrest in connection with her brother’s death. She decides to risk her own life in order to gain justice for Colin. In a story where love and justice become intertwined, Katherine will stop at nothing to find the one responsible for the murder. But what if the one responsible is someone Katherine trusts?

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.

The Downtown Underground: A memoir of my time with the underground drag queens of Downtown Los Angeles Cover Image
ISBN: 9780578511078
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Published: London Alexander - June 2019

Surviving an encounter with a gun-wielding maniac, a car chase by a jealous stranger, and being drowned by drag queens, The Downtown Underground is the satirical memoir of a queer kid that stumbled into the outrageous world of Downtown Los Angeles’ drag scene. 


Combating Dementia in Thirty Days: Everything You Must Know to Keep Your Brain Sharp and Plan Your Future Right Cover Image
ISBN: 9781480856868
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Published: Heila Productions - August 2019

Combating Dementia in 30 Days is the first and only comprehensive, research-based set of videos and book designed to guide you through aging with cognitive wellbeing. In a positive and uplifting manner, Dr. Dee Gaines, a dementia expert, takes you through crucial information you must know, such as aging-related changes, memorization techniques, memory-boosting foods, medical treatments, lifestyle, and more! Endorsed by experts, it is a must-have for aging individuals and their family members. 

Tales from The Beach House Cover Image
ISBN: 9780578479569
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Published: Beautiful Arch - June 14th, 2019

In this wickedly satiric romp, tabloid journalist James Aylott captures the “Man-Bites-Dog” of world of contemporary South Florida. This interwoven novel is a work of Florida fiction with a postmodern Chaucerian twist.  Like The Canterbury Tales Pilgrims every Beach House resident has come in search of something, – fast money, an easy hustle, fleeting romance, enduring love, fame, power, dignity, happiness… a place they can call home.

Views from the Cockpit: The Journey of a Son Cover Image
ISBN: 9780578460963
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Published: J. Ross Victory - June 9th, 2019

Views From the Cockpit: The Journey of a Son is a memoir born from pain. Intimate journal entries morph into a dialogue of tender father-son memories, loss, strength and turbulence in the life of a young boy on his journey into manhood. 

Prudence in Hollywood: And Other Stories Cover Image
ISBN: 9780999853740
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Published: Morgan Road - May 10th, 2019

A rare glimpse into Hollywood at the end of the twentieth century––before Instagram and the Kardashians––a time of innocence and true love and longing. They made me feel glad to be alive and hopeful for our future.”

 – Jamie Cat Callan, author of Parisian Charm School

Love Learnings Cover Image
ISBN: 9780368286971
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Published: Always Learning - February 2019

Love Learnings, a photobook of Ms.Rafi’s writings, takes the reader on a journey through the emotional rollercoaster of a break up, covering heartache and pain but also the inevitable come back and healing found not only through personal strength and reflection but the overwhelming power of connections and community.

A Baker's Passport Cover Image
ISBN: 9781981225903
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Published: Susie Norris - February 25th, 2019

Travel the world with A Baker's Passport, a tour of regional baking including breads, savory pies, vegetarian dishes, tarts, cakes, and cookies classics. Based on the award-winning culinary travel blog, FOOD MARKET GYPSY, this technique-driven baking book for home cooks offers recipes for classics like Quiche Lorraine, Black Forest Cake, and Creme Brûlée. Pastry Chef and Educator Susie Norris brings stories of the world's great baking traditions home to you.

Tetrastatum Cover Image
ISBN: 9781948796675
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Published: Epigraph Publishing - May 6th, 2019

“People will be immersed in the concepts of translating other parallel universe ideas into visual/image interpretations of external quantum relativity theories.” —Stephen Hawking

The Classics Slacker Reads Moby Dick Cover Image
By Negr
ISBN: 9781720054849
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Published: Independently Published - October 16th, 2018

You probably know the basic plot of "Moby Dick." Deranged captain of a whaling ship seeks revenge on a white whale that ate his leg. Sounds like a great story, right? But you.

The Cinderella of New York Cover Image
ISBN: 9781793886460
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Published: Independently Published - January 31st, 2019

The Cinderella of New York.Pamela Quinzi. Someone once said, "A pair of shoes can change your life..".This is the story of how a pair of shoes changed my life My name is Pamela Quinzi but people call me The Cinderella of New York.It was July 2009 when Pamela arrived in New York City for vacation: a single, young, Italian girl with a luggage full of dreams. She only spoke one language: Fashion. With a heart full of passion, dreams and courage, she started the greatest adventure of her life. Born and raised in Rome, Italy young Pamela dreamt of one day becoming a Fashion Designer. She started designing dresses and shoes enveloped in a princess world from a very young age. At age fourteen Pamela attends a high school in Rome specializing in fashion, she interned for the oldest Italian couture brands. After getting her high school diploma she attended the Institute Marangoni to study fashion design and after graduating in 2005, Pamela starts her career in Milan. Pamela has designed extensively in the upper echelons of the fashion industry working for Made in Italy brands. She was living and working in Milan in 2009 when something unfortunate happened; the big recession arrived. After the economy crashed in America, it was then Europe 's turn, including Italy. After that, there was nothing left in Italy to salvage. People lost a lot of money and so there were no more investments to finance the collections that she worked so hard for. Inspired by a visit from her Canadian cousins Pamela's next big life changing decision was to head to Montreal, Canada to clear her head. It was then that she remembered that New York City wasn't very far away and so she decided to spend a week of her trip there as well, eager for inspiration. She didn't know yet that the greatest adventure of her life was about to start. A random girl, a random question: 'Where did you buy your shoes from?' turns into a fashion explosion that creates The Cinderella of New York.Pamela has made a name for herself in the big city over the years. She created and developed her own brand, Kilame, of One of a Kind Shoes and dresses. The uniqueness of her creations, especially her bespoke shoes embellished one at a time by hand in her Chelsea studio with crystals and embroideries, carried a very particular style of sophistication and a touch of elegant sexiness. This made Pamela internationally famous by capturing the attention of Media, Photographers and industry people. Her passion for her brand Kilame, her determination to follow her dreams and her ability to work hard to make her dreams come true are the keys to Pamela Quinzi's success. Pamela is a resilient spirit who arrived in the United States with no one and nothing, except for a dream. Pamela does not consider her story to be a fairy tale, even though many would say so. No, she believes it is a story about a girl that went through so much in her life and never stopped believing; a girl who worked long and hard and eventually made her vision her reality.Her mission is to inspire others with her story so that they too will follow their dreams and never stop believing in themselves and in their passions.

We Are We Dance We Paint Cover Image
ISBN: 9780578433738
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Published: Dektor Film Group - May 2019

No one can be found on Skid Row if he doesn’t want to be found. You can live for free, eat for free, do drugs every day if you want. A place where hitting rock bottom can lead to finding yourself. “We Are, We Dance, We Paint" shares in and contributes to the process of witnessing the journeys of several artists as they passed through each other’s lives on Skid Row. Most of us don’t find ourselves on Skid Row, but to reject those that have taken that path is to deny a piece of ourselves. It’s a path, and we’re all taking paths to ultimately get to the same conclusion, trying to understand who we are.  

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.


Inside Sam Lerner Cover Image
ISBN: 9781982922542
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Published: Independently Published - May 17th, 2018

"Entertaining crime fiction... The intrigue of New Orleans & deep psychological drama make Inside Sam Lerner a must-read." - Readers' Favorite

After his wife's death, former detective Sam Lerner is running from his life.

He returns to his native New Orleans and ends up at the Gentlemen's Club, an escort establishment owned by his longtime friend. There, he befriends Madsen Cassaise: a young Creole who cares for him as he struggles to overcome his grief and growing dependence on alcohol.

But when Madsen is found drowned, Sam is drawn into the investigation. As more escorts disappear, Sam moves ever deeper into the bayous, cemeteries, levees and bistros of the Vieux Carre... and uncovers a far-reaching, shocking crime operation.

He must question his friendships and risk his life to stop the killers. In the Big Easy, a place as mysterious as the case itself, the former detective discovers what is truly Inside Sam Lerner.

Praise from readers:

★★★★★ - "Dashiell Hammett meets Faulkner."

★★★★★ - "A thoroughly engaging read with lots of surprises."

★★★★★ - "Gwen Banta is an exceptional storyteller and Inside Sam Lerner keeps the reader completely engaged."

★★★★★ - "An unexpected surprise."

★★★★★ - "Gwen Banta.

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.

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.