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August 17, 2017 11:49 AM PDT

The Football Fanbook: Everything You Need to Become a Gridiron Know-it-All (A Sports Illustrated Kids Book) by Gary Gramling
Everything You Need to Become a Gridiron Know-it-All

So you're a football fan and now you want to take your passion for the game to the next level? The Football Fanbook from Sports Illustrated Kids is just what you need. A key addition to every young sports fanatic's library, The Football Fanbook is filled with fun trivia and unique lingo to impress friends, illustrated behind-the-skills how-to's, important game-winning strategies, and much more. Readers will sound like experts in no time.
Gary Gramling is an award-winning writer and editor for Sports Illustrated, and formerly of Sports Illustrated Kids. He spent his childhood in Connecticut as a sports fanatic, rooting for the Baltimore Orioles and Pittsburgh Steelers. And, well, he never really grew up. He won SI's first-ever Emmy award for his writing on "A Boy Helps a Town Heal," and was the story editor on the acclaimed SI longform piece "Finding Danny Watkins." He currently resides in southwest Connecticut with his wife, Elizabeth, and two children who are surely on their way to being smarter and more talented than he is.

August 17, 2017 08:25 AM PDT

Let Us Give Thanks by Robert Perkins

Let Us Give Thanks is a collection of everyday experiences that we go through without even thinking about them. Like seeing a fire truck speeding passed us on the street, without even giving thanks for these people who protect us in times of dire need. Or family and friends who lift us up when we are feeling glum. Then there are the spiritual times in our life, such as a rainbow, or a caress of a breeze on our sweaty brow. All of these and more are brought to light in this volume of Let Us Give Thanks. You never know what other people or places you may think of as you read this small collection of poems.

Robert Perkins lived the first few years of his life in Kentucky. Moving to Springfield, Ohio when he was four, he suffered with epileptic seizures until just recently when his neurologist found just the right dosages, which have cancelled out his seizures for the majority of the time. Robert never thought of himself as a poet, until he was challenged to write a poem for the writing competition at the community college he was attending at the time. Surprisingly enough, Robert came in third in the poetry division, and that was the beginning of his writing career. Since that time (1993), Robert has penned over 4,000 poems, many of which are inspirational. He has included in those, seasonal verse, such as Christmas, Easter, and a few stories in verse as well.

August 17, 2017 08:21 AM PDT

Get A Job!: 10 Steps to Career Success by Kathleen Brady

Get a Job! is a travel guide for the most important journey of your life. It offers strategic and tactical solutions to design a job search action plan and chart a career development path that leads to career/life success!

Kathleen Brady, CPC is a career/life management coach, author and motivational speaker with 25 years of experience helping people identify and integrate their personal and professional goals. She inspires clients to embrace their dreams and offers practical action steps to bring them to life. Kathleen shows her clients how to develop a comprehensive career/life strategy to achieve career success and live happy and joyful lives.

A sought-after industry author, speaker and facilitator, Brady is known for her directness and humor. A frequent contributor to Your Money in the New York Daily News, she also has shared her expertise on FoxNews, CNN, NPR, This Week in America, First Business Report and radio stations across the country offering advice on how to enjoy success at work and at home.

Kathleen has written four previous books and was a reporter for Time.  She is Executive Director of Career Services and Corporate Engagement at Georgian Court University.

August 17, 2017 08:17 AM PDT

"Why You Were Born: The Only Choice You Don't Get to Make" by Charley Pope

This story is my personal story after reading hundreds of books over a span of nearly 40 years to sort out the questions people create about life. We have no choice in the fact we are born and are alive! What I discover changes my concept of life, death, and the "here after"! You will begin to see this is a life of living, learning, and accumulated experiences by a design including our eventual death!

Whether by accident, war, murder, suicide, disease, or old age, we will die! We are near the end of 6,000 years of mankind's records of living and learning from life's experiences as time marches on. There is a reason why mankind and nations have a history. This book is a straight forward presentation of history and science using the bible as a timeline guide creating the answer; for why you were born?

Charley's favorite pastime is study of History, Science, and the Bible. He is an independent minister of the Gospel of Jesus Christ for thirty-seven years. He enjoys teaching what the bible says about the destiny of mankind. He has taught in many different churches over the past years. He has organized and managed church festivals and has been an active board member in three major denominations.

He formed the Crystal River Trio in 1993 and performed gospel music and ministry in the state of Oklahoma for Ten years. He also creates and sings Southern Gospel Music. He is now retired and is writing books. His first book was published in March 2017; WHY YOU WERE BORN

August 17, 2017 08:13 AM PDT

Melting Point: How to Stay Cool and Sustain World-Class Business Performance by Dr Christian Marcolli

The "Melting Point" of the title refers to a critical psychological threshold that all of us face when under massive stress and pressure—the point at which we cannot control our thinking, emotions, and behaviors in an impactful way anymore. We start to internally derail, show dysfunctional behaviors, and perhaps even walk away. This book discusses how leaders can raise their Melting Point—so they can successfully handle the enormous pressures of today’s demanding commercial environment. This, in turn, enables them to maintain a winning edge in their career, lead their team effectively, and deliver tangible long-term benefits to their organization.

The author was himself an elite athlete (a professional soccer player) before studying performance psychology and successfully coaching several athletes (including Roger Federer), top teams, and senior business leaders. The book contains unique valuable first-hand insights from top performers in the worlds of sports and high performance coaching as well as senior corporate leaders.

Dr. Christian Marcolli is the founder and owner of Marcolli Executive Excellence, a specialized management consulting firm focused on fostering personal leadership excellence, driving team effectiveness and creating organizational health. He is the author of More Life, Please! In 2000, he was awarded the title of “International Certified Mental Training Consultant” by the International Society for Mental Training and Excellence and the International Coaching School of Canada.

August 15, 2017 09:42 AM PDT

National Relaxation Day is August 15th.
Unwind. Take The Day Off. Get Away!

Author and Travel Journalist Julia Dimon Shares Her Best Ideas For a Break from the
Often Hectic Lifestyles We Live.

She is Pairing up with Travelocity to Celebrate the Day and has Customized Tips for Rejuvenating and
Relaxing Activities! 

A recent Travelocity survey found almost half of all Americans polled are feeling more stressed this year than last due to the pace of current events. This makes National Relaxation Day more relevant than ever! It was founded as a reminder to take time to unwind from the daily grind and rejuvenate our bodies and minds and is commemorated annually on August 15.

Julia Dimon is a travel junkie, journalist and author of Travel Junkie: A Badass Guide to Solo Female Travel. She runs the popular blog www.traveljunkiejulia.com. She's also the co-host of Word Travels, a 40-episode TV series about the real lives of travel writers, which is broadcast worldwide in more than 100 countries and 21 languages.

Julia is a regular content creator for Travelocity and has paired up with the travel website to lend her expert suggestions on quick trips, rejuvenating escapes and budget friendly getaways to celebrate National Relaxation Day!

Julia believes the best way to de-stress is to travel and to take part in relaxing activities. She can share survey results for your state, and also share ideas for spas, nature activities, and sites within driving distance of your city – and even package deals from your local airport.

Also, with Labor Day just weeks away, it’s a great time to think about how to use the last long weekend of summer to unwind!
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August 15, 2017 09:38 AM PDT

Ric Speaks with Tichina Arnold ("Martin," "Everybody Hates Chris") from the STARZ Original Hit Comedy
"Survivor's Remorse" 

Survivor's Remorse Returns for its
Fourth Season on August 20 at 10pm ET/PT

In the STARZ original comedy series Survivor’s Remorse, a hard working, young basketball star named Cam Calloway is thrust into the limelight after signing a multi-million dollar contract with a professional basketball team in Atlanta. Cam and his cousin Reggie follow the road to fame and fortune, along with a group of needy family members tagging along for the ride, and wrestle with the rewards and pitfalls of stardom, love and loyalty.

Starring as Cam's mom, Cassie Calloway, is internationally known actress and singer, Tichina Arnold. Tichina's career has been non-stop since her first role in the film Little Shop of Horrors with Rick Moranis and Steve Martin and continuing in hits such as Big Momma’s House, Wild Hogs and The Lena Baker Story. Jumping from film to TV, Tichina's iconic role of Pam in the hit show Martin cemented her status as one of TV's sassiest comedians. She's been creating memorable characters ever since in Everybody Hates Chris, Raising Hope, Happily Divorced and VH1’s Daytime Divas.
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August 11, 2017 09:18 AM PDT

Thomas Miller has been a student of Unarius since he was 14 years old.  At that time meeting Ernest L. Norman the founder and teacher of Unarius.  Tom has given many lectures on the Unarius principles over his 56 years of study.  A frequent media guest.  He has been featured in a documentary film.  He also has written several books about Unarius principles including a book of verse, "The Epic", and a series of lectures which was published in the book "The Keys to the Universe". 

   Tom maintains a website  www.unariusunited.com  that features Dr Norman's teaching as well as student testimonials and discussion.  With a degree in science and accounting Tom is the owner of a Tax Accounting firm in Portland, Oregon.

August 11, 2017 09:09 AM PDT

LEGACY SERIES  by Robert Maxxim

   Worldly and past life visions...Atlantis...Lemuria...Ancient visions...Spiritual sciences.  

   It's the critically acclaimed LEGACY EPISODE series by Robert Maxxim.

   Five episodes called "A must read for every truth seeker".

   The author's real vision of previous lifetimes in Atlantis and Lemuria and other worlds where these lives took place.

   The LEGACY SERIES, thirty years in the making, features advanced scientific and spiritual concepts, backed with evidence.

   For Robert these experiences began as a child with sleep time visits to other worlds.  They continue to this day in both wake and sleep states.

   He's spent forty years studying science, religion and the science of life.  Robert works in the field of information technology.
www.rgaetan.com     www.unarius.com 

August 11, 2017 08:53 AM PDT

MURDER AT MASON'S MESA  by David J. Kucera

 Dr. Charles Quincy Kruse accompanies a small group of students to a minor archaeological site, where his students join students and teachers from a handful of other colleges. In addition to work at the dig students must attend lectures by college professors.

The excavation proves to be anything but routine. The students and teachers must contend with a ferocious storm, flooding, vandalism, arson, drug smuggling, the murder of a student and the discovery of the body of a stranger on Mason’s Mesa. Dr. Kruse renews an old friendship with Dr. Page, which intensifies and transitions into a full blown romance.

Dr. Kruse uses his wits to rescue Dr. Page when she was kidnapped; however, during their escape they fall into a hidden burial chamber. While he is trying to discover the motive behind the vandalism, arson and murders, and narrow escaping being killed a number of times, he struggles to find an explanation for Page’s apparent waning love for him.
David J. Kucera is a graduate of the Wentworth Military Academy
and Wayne State College, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree
in biology. Years of camping as a Boy Scout leader and primitive
camping with his family has given him a firsthand knowledge of a
variety of geological areas and instilled in him a great appreciation of
nature and the environment.

He was raised on a farm and over the
years he has worked in construction, as electrician, welder, and as
a laboratory supervisor overseeing both microbiology and chemistry
departments. He is the father of eight and grandfather of fourteen.

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