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June 23, 2017 08:52 AM PDT


The point of my book is to reach those that I know and do not in hoping that there is something I written may get their attention about what is occurring within their life or someone they know, and if I haven’t written about something that may be happening within a person life the messages written will provoke a thought to what it is going on and that person will take actions in correcting it with God at their side. Also, I hope that for those with the mindset that the scriptures written in the bible does not relate to today’s time, and by reading the book a person will realize the only difference is the era and that the God then is still the God now, and what He did for those of biblical time He will do the same for this and coming time.

About the author

Hello my name is Paul Mason and I’m like many of God sheep’s that ran off from the direction God was in, but because of my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ He have brought me back up under the umbrella of God in protecting me from the weight of God enemies within this world through
His forgiveness. For that my relationship with God have been restored and I now wake daily feeling and knowing God present is within me, and because God is back into my life my thinking is thought out thoroughly so it in away reflect that I’m changing for I’m a child of God again.

June 23, 2017 08:47 AM PDT

Courage of the Heart: An American Odyssey 1915 to 1923 by Christine Chatterton

The author, Christine Chatterton, has written a true historical narrative of World War I based on the letters found in the house of her husband’s grandmother after her death. This is an intimate account of two families and three brothers from western Illinois, each facing the Great War in uniquely different ways. It is the extraordinary love story of Haidee Wilson and Maurice Chatterton, written in their own words, spanning the years from 1915 until 1923. This is an odyssey of courage, hardship, war, death, illness, and finally, survival and a love that endured. This is an American Odyssey.

Christine is a retired teacher, artist, writer, poet, jewelry crafter and grandmother. She has a B.S. in Geology from Michigan State University also a Masters of Education. She has taught grades 2 to 12 and was special education department head in Fontana, California and intro to special education instructor at Northern Arizona University.

She is also the author of "Samuel's Alphabet Zoo" and next up is "The Kids on Ford Street".

June 23, 2017 08:41 AM PDT

THRILL KILL new from Don Bruns
Book 2 in the Quentin Archer mystery series

Three murders so far. No apparent motive; no link between the victims; none of them have been robbed. One item ties them together: a can of spray gas known as Chill has been left at the scene of each crime. Is someone killing for kicks? With no leads to pursue and no witnesses coming forward, all the cops can do is wait for murder number four.
As rumours emerge, Archer realizes there's a pattern taking shape. Could there be more to these seemingly random killings than meets the eye? Teaming up with voodoo queen Solange Cordray, Archer begins to uncover evidence of a shocking conspiracy.

USA Today bestselling author Don Bruns is the author of three mystery series. His first novel, Jamaica Blue was championed by author Sue Grafton and became the cornerstone for his Caribbean series. His second series, the Stuff series, involves two twenty-four year old private detectives in Miami. The books have been praised for their humor, their compelling story lines and the characters. A starred review in Booklist compares the novels to Mark Twain's Huck Finn.

Bruns's newest series, the Quentin Archer mysteries, involves a New Orleans homicide detective and a voodoo practitioner who team up to solve crime in the Big Easy. THRILL KIll is a follow to his highly acclaimed CASTING BONES.

Traveling the country as a guitar playing comic, Bruns worked the Playboy Circuit, Las Vegas, and a number of night clubs across the country. As a writer, he has traveled the country for book signings, signing twice at the Playboy Mansion.

Bruns is a musician, song writer, advertising guru, painter, cook, stand-up comic and novelist who has no idea what he wants to be when he grows up.

June 21, 2017 08:39 AM PDT

Some of the Biggest Names in Entertainment, Faith and Business are Coming Together This Summer for…


The culture-shifting four day festival aims to
empower, entertain and embolden it’s
attendees from around the world.
Ric Catches up with two of this year’s attendees,
panelists and hot young actors:
Ashley Blaine Featherson and Brian White.

Bestselling author, entrepreneur, and renowned pastor Bishop T.D. Jakes hosts the biennial MegaFest from June 28 – July 1 in Dallas. As the festival continues to grow in popularity, this year’s family favorite event estimates to draw over 100,000 attendees from all 50 states. They'll attend panels, workshops, special screenings, performances, activations, and competitions among a variety of engaging events. Recognized as the world’s largest multi-day family festival, the event attracts a diverse collection of influencers, professionals and experts in their respective fields ranging from TV/film, Sports, Music, Ministry, Authors and Business.

Ashley Blaine Featherson, can currently be seen starring as one of the leads of the new Netflix comedy series, Dear White People. Based on the successful Sundance film of the same name. At this year’s MegaFest, Ashley will participate in a panel called, Hollywood's Millennials: IFFFF Rising Stars. The discussion will focus on today’s up-n-coming stars and how they thrive in Hollywood while maintaining their spiritual foundation.

In production currently, Brian White has a major recurring role on Ray Donovan. He recently starred opposite Gary Dourdan in the corporate drama MEDIA and he also held down 3 Major recurring roles on some of TV’s hottest shows all at the sametime: NBC’s hit show Chicago Fire as chief/captain Dallas Patterson; on ABC’s hit show, Scandal, as Kerry Washington’s new love interest; and heating up the screen with Rochelle Aytes on ABC’s Mistresses. Brian will be part of a panel at MegaFest called - Leading Men In Hollywood. This session features some of Hollywood’s hottest leading men and their perspectives on the industry.
For more information about MEGAFEST, visit:

June 20, 2017 08:33 AM PDT

Film Expert and Entertainment Journalist Dave Karger Celebrates Gay Hollywood in New Turner Classic Movies Series

In Honor of Pride Month, TCM's Gay Hollywood Spotlights LGBT Actors & Artists in Film History Thursdays in June

Before the sexual revolution, Hollywood's LGBT community was forced to stay in the shadows, both on the screen and off. In Gay Hollywood, a new series airing Thursdays in June (Pride Month), Turner Classic Movies (TCM) honors a number of LGBT actors and artists whose talents helped them overcome the roadblocks they faced because of their orientation or gender identity.

Hosting the series is entertainment journalist and TV personality Dave Karger. An award-winning host, interviewer and film expert, Dave has made nearly 200 live appearances on NBC's Today Show and is a regular contributor to E! and Access Hollywood. He spent 17 years as Senior Writer at Entertainment Weekly, was a red carpet greeter for the Academy Awards®, and serves on the juries of top film festivals nationwide.

Dave joins Ric to discuss the new series, the history of Hollywood's "celluloid closet" and how the film industry has evolved regarding LGBT themes.
To learn more, visit:

June 20, 2017 08:30 AM PDT

See the World’s Greatest Animal
Survival Adventure Stories in
Great Yellowstone Thaw

PBS Viewers will Witness Wolves, Grizzlies, Bison
& More Adjust to One of the Greatest Seasonal
Changes on Earth
In this Stunning New Three-Part Series airing Wednesdays through July 5th at 9pm/ET

Host & Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History Director Dr. Kirk Johnson Takes You Behind the Scenes at the Nation’s First National Park. You’ll be Amazed by the Intimate Footage of Animals Struggling to Adapt to Extreme Weather Conditions in the Park's Brutal Spring Season.

Great Yellowstone Thaw gives viewers an appreciation and insight into the amazing adaptability of animals in an often brutal environment, showcasing the extraordinary survival instincts the park’s natural species possess. From winter to summer, Yellowstone’s temperature typically swings 140 degrees. Filmed over several intense months, from deep winter to early summer, the series intercuts the stories of several different animal families—including wolves, bison, grizzlies, beavers and great gray owls. It follows the animals in the Yellowstone ecosystem as they emerge from winter’s cold and adapt to an early spring thaw, before encountering the soaring summer temperatures.

Johnson and a team of Yellowstone experts explore how these animals fend off floods, starvation, and fires, as well as the area’s extreme evolution from cold to heat during the spring season. Great Yellowstone Thaw is part of “PBS Summer of Adventure” - taking viewers and their families on an adventure around the world this season. The series is a co-production between PBS, BBC and BBC Worldwide North America.

For more information, visit:

June 19, 2017 08:28 AM PDT

A New 15-part Feel Good Home Renovation Series
 from Jonathan and Drew Scott:

The brand-new home renovation series on

Discovery Family rewards individuals facing

tough times with the ultimate gift:

A covert makeover from loved ones in

less than 36 hours.

Ric talks with hosts Cheryl Torrenueva & Roger Morin about how they are giving regular folks the gift of a lifetime! 

Who doesn’t love rewarding a family member or close friend for constantly going the extra mile to brighten up your day? In Discovery Family’s new original series RENO, SET, GO!, premiering Monday, June 19 at 10/9c, everyday people, who’ve been thrown a curveball or two from life, get the ultimate surprise when friends and family work together to pull off a covert room makeover designed just for them. 

In each 30-minute episode of RENO, SET, GO!, a family and a team of expert craftsmen led by designer Cheryl Torrenueva and contractor Roger Morin perform a top-secret renovation for an unsuspecting homeowner while they are purposely kept out of the house. Nominated by their spouse or family member, each unknowing party thinks it’s just another normal day, but little do they know that they are about to receive an incredible makeover in one major area of their house from a special team of designers, contractors and numerous accomplices paving the way. From start to finish it’s a family affair and all hands are on deck as everyone works together to plan the design and execute a custom room renovation in under 36 hours.

New episodes of the series air Mondays at 10/9c on Discovery Family and stream live on Discovery Family GO, the network’s TV Everywhere app offering live and on demand access to your favorite Discovery Family series and specials. Episodes will also be available on demand the following day on Discovery Family GO.

Designer Cheryl Torrenueva is known for her vibrant personality and signature style. She currently holds the throne as a top designer on Restaurant Impossible and is a resident judge on W Network’s Game of Homes Vancouver. She has her own lifestyle YouTube channel called Simply Cher Cher.

Roger Morin, the son of a drywall plasterer, was in business on his own by the age of 18. After a stint traveling the world as a fashion model, Roger got back to working with his hands and had his first taste of television in 2011 when he was hired as the Project Manager on Candice Tells All in Canada.
For more information, visit:

June 19, 2017 08:22 AM PDT

Ric Speaks with the Iconic and Groundbreaking Supermodel Emme

Emme is Featured in Straight/Curve, the EPIX Original Documentary Focusing on Society's Unrealistic Beauty Standards and Their Damaging Effects on Women Premieres Wednesday June 21st at 8pm ET/7CT only on Epix

Ninety percent of young women and girls say they don't feel represented in the fashion industry or media, and the imagery they consume each day makes them feel "disgusting" and "less than.” The new documentary Straight/Curve (June 21 on EPIX) examines the industries responsible for this body image crisis and showcases the dynamic leaders fighting for more diversity of size, race and age. Straight/Curve aims to change the imagery we see and bolster a movement that redefines our culture’s unrealistic and dangerous standards of beauty.

Appearing in the film is the groundbreaking supermodel Emme, a leading voice and face in the fashion industry for more than two decades. As the world's first curvy supermodel, Emme delivers the conviction that beauty comes in all shapes and sizes and women should feel beautiful and empowered. She's the best-selling author of five books including her latest, Chicken Soup For The Soul - Curvy and Confident: 101 Stories of Loving Yourself and Your Body. She is frequently interviewed about eating disorders and body image, fashion trends and model diversity, as well as surviving cancer and women's health on The Today Show, Good Morning America, The CBS Early Show, CNN, FOX News, Access Hollywood, Entertainment Tonight and more. And she was the first model invited to speak before a Congressional subcommittee in Washington, D.C. to increase public awareness of eating and body image disorders.
To learn more about Straight/Curve, visit:

June 15, 2017 11:41 AM PDT

That’s Gotta Hurt: The Injuries That Changed Sports Forever by Dr David Geier

In That’s Gotta Hurt, the orthopaedist David Geier shows how sports medicine has had a greater impact on the sports we watch and play than any technique or concept in coaching or training. Injuries among professional and college athletes have forced orthopaedic surgeons and other healthcare providers to develop new surgeries, treatments, rehabilitation techniques, and prevention strategies. In response to these injuries, sports themselves have radically changed their rules, mandated new equipment, and adopted new procedures to protect their players. Parents now openly question the safety of these sports for their children and look for ways to prevent the injuries they see among the pros. The influence that sports medicine has had in effecting those changes and improving both the performance and the health of the athletes has been remarkable.

Through the stories of a dozen athletes whose injuries and recovery advanced the field (including Joan Benoit, Michael Jordan, Brandi Chastain, and Tommy John), Dr. Geier explains how sports medicine makes sports safer for the pros, amateurs, student-athletes, and weekend warriors alike. That’s Gotta Hurt is a fascinating and important book for all athletes, coaches, and sports fans.

DR. DAVID GEIER holds board certifications in both orthopaedic surgery and orthopaedic sports medicine. He serves as publications chair for the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine as well as the Communications Council chair for its board of directors. Previously, he was the director of sports medicine at an academic medical center in Charleston, South Carolina. He now serves as the medical director of sports medicine at East Cooper Regional Medical Center outside Charleston.

June 15, 2017 07:32 AM PDT

The EQ Leader: Instilling Passion, Creating Shared Goals, and Building Meaningful Organizations through Emotional Intelligence by Steven J. Stein, PhD

A roadmap to success for tomorrow's leaders
The EQ Leader provides an evidence-based model for exceptional leadership, and a four-pillar roadmap for real-world practice. Data collected from thousands of the world's best leaders—and their subordinates—reveals the keys to success: authenticity, coaching, insight, and innovation. By incorporating these methods into their everyday workflow, these leaders have propelled their teams to heights great enough to highlight the divide between successful and not-so-successful leadership. This book shows you how to put these key factors to work in your own practice, with clear examples and concrete steps for improving skills and competencies. New data from the author's own research into executive functioning describes the neurological aspects of leadership, and a deep look at the leaders of tomorrow delves into the fundamental differences that set them apart—and fuel their achievement.
Leadership is changing, both in look and practice; strictly authoritative approaches are quickly losing ground as today's workers discover the power of collaboration and the importance of interpersonal awareness. This book provides step-by-step guidance for leading from within this space, with evidence-based approaches for success.
Lead authentically to inspire and motivate others
Support employee's needs and nurture development
Communicate with purpose, meaning, and vision
Foster ingenuity, imagination, and autonomous thinking
An organization's success rests on the backs of its leadership. At all levels, true leadership is about much more than management and task distribution—it's about commitment, collaboration, nurturing talent, developing skills, fostering relationships, and so much more. The EQ Leader integrates the essential factors of successful leadership into a concrete blueprint for the future's leaders.

Dr. Steven Stein is a clinical psychologist and CEO of MHS, a leading international psychological test publishing company. He has written a number of books on the topic of emotional intelligence and has shared information on the topic with corporate audiences throughout North America, Europe, Australia, Africa, and Asia. His research on the topic has been published in academic journals and his work has been featured in TV, radio, newspapers and magazines. He has consulted to many business, government and military organizations. He also works with different casting teams on a number of reality TV shows. In his spare time you can find him playing saxophone in a local jazz band.

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