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October 20, 2017 07:32 AM PDT

Tom and Lovey by G.R. Jerry

On a ten year mission to avenge the brutal sacrifice of her man by Stargut, the local sheriff, himself on a mission to create the perfect man-beast, Lovey, abandoned by her spellbound friend Patty, is joined by a stranger. Tom is a preacher of sorts, who has followed the scent of evil for a hundred years. He mysteriously appears in the Village of Wrong, the rural Midwestern town and its mutant inhabitants, mere creations of the devil lawman. Together the three converge under the moon into the wood down by the river at the doorsteps of hell.

Born and educated in north shore suburban Ohio, G.R. began to nurture
his lifetime interest in the macabre at an early age. After completing a
military obligation, exploring the U.S. while expanding his mind during
his time spent as a working weekend hippie, and an insurance career
that ended in Chicago, G.R. turned to putting dreams to words, the
mystical, magical, fantastical images of the mind and the horror of it
all. He now resides with his wife, Patricia, corralled in a small village
of central New Mexico, surrounded by stories and stars of the dark
heavens.
www.bookventure.com/bookstore https://www.podomatic.com/podcasts/thisweek1/episodes/2017-10-20T07_32_58-07_00

October 20, 2017 07:26 AM PDT

BIBLE SCIENCE BOOKS FOR CHILDREN by Louise Barrett Derr

Experiencing Bible Science: A Resource for Preschool; Experiencing Bible Science for the Young at Heart; and Experiencing Bible Science for Children

Louise Barrett Derr received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from UNC–Chapel Hill. For twenty-six years she taught in North Carolina public schools. Mrs. Derr developed and presented her curricula for gifted children at numerous state and national teachers conferences. This author is also a motorcyclist, private airplane pilot, and scuba diver, who enjoys gardening and nature study. She has previously been active in Boy Scouts and the Civil Air Patrol. Traveling in eighteen countries around the world has given her a desire to see children everywhere discover science in the Scriptures.

Mrs. Derr became a Christian in 1974 and was discipled in a Bible-centered church. She and her husband, Harry, moved to Waxhaw, North Carolina, in 1999 to volunteer at the JAARS Center, supporting Wycliffe Bible Translators. Here she learned the skill of digital audio recording and is now sharing the vision of providing non-print media for oral cultures.
www.KidsBibleScience.com https://www.podomatic.com/podcasts/thisweek1/episodes/2017-10-20T07_26_44-07_00

October 13, 2017 08:38 AM PDT

Museum Mayhem by Erin Neidigh
Stormy Summers and her two friends Gabriella and Cassie thought it was going to be a field trip like any other. That was until the museum was robbed. Now the girls are on the case to discover who the thief is. Can they find out before the thief finds them?

Erin Neidigh has a degree in Early Education. She attended Arizona State University and has  been teaching for over five years. She currently resides  in Southern Arizona with her fiancé and their five cats.

She has been a fan of mysteries ever since watching Scooby-Doo, Where Are You?. She always enjoyed trying to figure out who did it before Velma could. She continues to read and watch mysteries whenever she can.

Erin has been a passionate Star Wars Fan since 1999, after seeing Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace. She is also an avid collector of anything related to Star Wars. Other than Star Wars, she also enjoys reading, swimming, and running.
https://authorerinm.wixsite.com/mysite-1/bio http://www.bluefunkbroadcasting.com/root/twia/erinn.mp3

October 13, 2017 08:35 AM PDT

From author Lorraine Dopson..."Hard Road Home"; "The Light at the End of the World", recommended by the US Review of Books; and "Visions From Heaven", non-fiction. 

Lorraine Angela Dopson is a writer living in Bismarck, North Dakota. Previously a counselor and grant writer, she raised funds to help renovate the stately Mandan Depot, which is now a Native American arts business.

Her first publication was a journal article based on her doctoral dissertation about Danish philosopher, Soren Kierkegaard. Her next publication, far less philosophical in nature, was written in conjunction with Job Service North Dakota after the state’s 1980s oil bust. Entitle “Dislocated Workers in the Building Trades,” the article was recognized by the Department of Labor as “the best work to come out of a state.”

The Light at the End of the World was Dopson’s first novel, described by one reviewer as “rich in vision, originality and imagery. ..she has an ear for convincing dialog, making deep history come alive.”

The hardest part of writing for her, the author says, is “staying in the chair.” Her advice to writers starting out is just that: “Stay in the chair.” Not one to sit still for long, she walks her Shiba Inus, Taz and Meteor, every day. The orange tabby cat, Clementine, stays behind.

Lorraine is married to neurologist Richard Arazi, M.D. and has one son, Alex (wife Katya) and two step-children, Natalie, and Dana (wife Heather), all living in Los Angeles, her favorite winter destination. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, spending time with family and friends, and reading. In addition to historical romance , she like to read books on earth science, adventure, anthropology and any newspaper she get her hands on
. Please visit her web page at LorraineDopson.com or her professional Facebook Page for more about her work
http://www.bluefunkbroadcasting.com/root/twia/ldopson.mp3

October 13, 2017 08:30 AM PDT

A Path Through by Janna Olsen Spratt

This story is a tribute to the faithfulness of God. The God thread weaves through everything from the car accident that we walked away from which totaled the car to the last chapter of finding purpose in the pain of being alone.

He promised that as we passed through the rivers of uncertainty, the valley of weeping and the fiery trials, He would be with us. He promised that all things would work out for our good.

This is a story of overcoming childhood poverty, early marriage, divorce and finding love a second time around. It’s a story of a parent’s tenacity in prayer for a wayward child and of holding on to faith when a seventeen year old grandson dies suddenly at school.

Filled with hope, this story is one of triumph over every tragedy.

Janna Spratt is the author of a collection of poetry “Quiet Reflections,” and a children’s book, “Billy Goat and the Red Neckerchief.” She is the mother of two grown children and three grown step children plus grandchildren and great grandchildren. She lives in Castlegar, British Columbia, Canada where she teaches Precept Bible Studies and is involved in the music of a local church. Widowed for almost one year, she has found a new passion for life in writing.

This third book is her story of determination and faith in God that doesn’t quit in spite of the challenges that come her way. The author’s goal in life is to realize her God given purpose and to live it to the best of her ability.
www.APathThrough.wordpress.com
www.BookVenture.com/bookstore

October 13, 2017 07:48 AM PDT

LANDMARK SEQUEL TO THE
ACADEMY AWARD®-WINNING FILM

AN INCONVENIENT SEQUEL: TRUTH TO POWER

Blu-ray, DVD and On Demand Debuts October 24th
The film arrives early on Digital HD October 6th

Ten years after the Academy Award®-winning An Inconvenient Truth brought climate change to the forefront of mainstream culture, the 2017 Environmental Media Association (EMA) Award-winning documentary, An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power, follows former Vice President Al Gore as he continues his tireless fight, traveling around the globe to educate and inspire the next generation of climate champions.
 
Ric Catches up with acclaimed filmmaker Jon Shenk

Jon Shenk (Co-Director/Cinematographer) is an Emmy®-winning documentary filmmaker and cinematographer. He most recently co-directed with Bonni Cohen Audrie & Daisy, a story of two life-changing online bullying incidents. Previously, he directed and shot The Island President, the story of President Mohamed Nasheed of the Maldives, and his battle to help his country survive rising sea levels that could submerge the nation of islands forever.

The An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power Blu-ray includes over 40 minutes of in-depth bonus content. Join Al Gore and filmmakers for a behind-the-scenes discussion about why they felt it was time for a follow up to the acclaimed documentary An Inconvenient Truth. Plus, learn more about the urgency of global climate change and the tools we have at our disposal that can help make a difference.
www.InconvenientSequel.com
http://www.bluefunkbroadcastiong.com/root/twia/truth.mp3  

October 12, 2017 09:36 AM PDT

JACK'S BACK!

Samurai Jack -- Adult Swim's Wildly Popular,
Emmy Award®-Winning Animated Series --
Returns on the Big Screen, on Blu-ray and
With an Epic New Soundtrack!

Ric Speaks with Samurai Jack Creator and Celebrated
Animation Director Genndy Tartakovsky
(Dexter's Laboratory, Star Wars: Clone Wars)

Adult Swim’s Samurai Jack — which recently swept the juried Emmy Awards’® Outstanding Individual Achievement in Animation category— follows a young Samurai who is sent to the future by the evil wizard, Aku. Determined to restore his fate, Jack sets off on a daring journey to return to the past and defeat Aku once and for all. Following the epic conclusion of its fifth and final season, Samurai Jackreturns with a number of surprises for fans:

* Samurai Jack: The Complete Series -- Arriving on Blu-ray and Digital HD on Oct. 17, the complete series box-set includes all 62 exciting episodes of the critically acclaimed series, plus exclusive featurettes, behind the scenes looks, special commentary and even a one-of-a-kind metal art print, created especially for the show’s devoted fans.

* Samurai Jack: The Premiere Movie Event – Adult Swim and Fathom Events present the ultimate fan experience with an exclusive one-night cinema event. Arriving in movie theaters on October 16, Samurai Jack: The Premiere Movie Event includes the first season movie remastered in high-definition alongside exclusive content from the complete series box set.

* Samurai Jack: Season Five Soundtrack – Featuring 22 spellbinding tracks produced by celebrated film composer and producer Tyler Bates and composed by Joanne Higginbottom and Dieter Hartmann for the show’s explosive final season, the emotional and action-filled album awakens the spirit of the Samurai with every listen. Hand-selected to provide fans the ultimate Samurai Jack experience, each track takes listeners back to season five. Available for digital download and streaming this fall.

* Samurai Jack: Season Five – Following the conclusion of the series’ epic final season, fans can revisit season five anytime with the release of the complete fifth season on DVD and Blu-Ray. Available on October 17, 2017, Samurai Jack: Season Five will retail for $24.98 SRP and $29.98 SRP respectively.
http://www.adultswim.com/
http://www.bluefunkbroadcasting.com/root/twia/samuraijack.mp3   

October 11, 2017 12:33 PM PDT

Emerging Trends in Healthy Aging & Healthcare by  Dr. Carrie L. Engelbright, RN, CNE, CWP

  Dr. Engelbright’s extensive career began in 1997 when she became a nursing assistant. Moving on to become a registered nurse in long-term care, she then began working in public health, focusing on children with special healthcare needs, childhood lead poisoning prevention, and prenatal health.

 In 2006, Carrie began her teaching career as an adjunct faculty in the Nursing and Nursing Assistant Programs at MSTC.  In 2007, she became the Lead Nursing Assistant Instructor and Program Director and is now the lead faculty in the Gerontology Program and the Health and Wellness Promotion Program at MSTC. In her spare time Carrie enjoys hiking, traveling, cooking spending time with family, and participating in community work.
 
Learn more at http://augustlearningsolutions.com/cna-nursing-assistantcertification
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October 10, 2017 11:46 AM PDT

The Chicago Cubs: Story of a Curse by Rich Cohen

A captivating blend of reportage and memoir exploring the history of the Chicago Cubs
When Rich Cohen was eight years old, his father took him to see a Cubs game. On the way out of the park, his father asked him to make a promise. “Promise me you will never be a Cubs fan. The Cubs do not win,” he explained, “and because of that, a Cubs fan will have a diminished life determined by low expectations. That team will screw up your life.”

As a result, Cohen became not just a Cubs fan but one of the biggest Cubs fans in the world. In this book, he captures the story of the team, its players and crazy days. Billy Sunday and Ernie Banks, Three Finger Brown and Ryne Sandberg, Bill Buckner, the Bartman Ball, Kris Bryant, Anthony Rizzo―the early dominance followed by a 107 year trek across the wilderness. It’s all here―not just what happened, but what it felt like and what it meant.

He searches for the cause of the famous curse. Was it the billy goat, kicked out of Wrigley Field in Game 5 of the 1945 World Series, or does it go back further, to the very origins of the franchise? Driven mad with futility, he went on the road with the team in search of answers, interviewed great players present and past, researched in libraries but also in the bleachers, double-fisted, a frosty malt in each hand, demanding answers. He came to see the curse as a burden but also as a blessing.

Cubs fans are unique, emissaries from a higher realm, warning of hubris and vanity. The blue cap with the red C said, “My Kingdom is not of this world.” He interviewed the architects of the 2016 Cubs, the team that broke the curse. Here’s what he asked: How the hell did you do it? He was at (almost) every game of the 2016 playoff run―a run that culminated in (maybe) the single greatest baseball game ever played. He was excited but also terrified. Losing is easy. What would it mean to win? Wearing a Yankees hat meant corporate excellence. Wearing a Mets hat meant miracles.

But wearing a Cubs hat meant loving the game on its most humdrum afternoon―September 13, 1979, say, 14 games out of first place, Larry Bittner driving in Ivan DeJesus. Would we lose that? Would being a Cubs become ordinary?

A mix of memoir, reporting, history and baseball theology, this book, forty years in the making, has never been written because it never could be―only with the 2016 World Series can the true arc of the story finally be understood.

Rich Cohen is the author of the New York Times bestsellers Tough Jews; The Avengers; Monsters; Sweet and Low; When I Stop Talking, You’ll Know I’m Dead (with Jerry Weintraub); and The Sun & the Moon & the Rolling Stones. He is a cocreator of the HBO series Vinyl and a contributing editor at Vanity Fair and Rolling Stone and has written for The New Yorker, The Atlantic, and Harper’s Magazine, among other publications. Cohen has won the Great Lakes Book Award, the Chicago Public Library’s 21st Century Award, and the ASCAP Deems Taylor Award for outstanding coverage of music. His stories have been included in The Best American Essays and The Best American Travel Writing. He lives in Connecticut.
http://www.bluefunkbroadcasting.com/root/twia/cohencubs.mp3

October 10, 2017 11:40 AM PDT

Betaball
How Silicon Valley and Science Built One of the Greatest Basketball Teams in History
By Erik Malinowski
Moneyball meets The City Game in this compelling look at how the NBA champion Golden State Warriors embraced savvy business practices, next-gen science, and the corporate culture of Silicon Valley to not only produce one of the greatest basketball teams in history but also revolutionize the NBA.

Discover the definitive, inside account of how the Warriors, under the leadership of venture capitalist Joe Lacob and Hollywood producer Peter Guber, quickly became one of the most remarkable success stories ever, both in sports and business. In just five years, they turned a declining franchise with no immediate hope into one of the greatest teams in basketball, a period that included the rise of All-Star point guard Stephen Curry and two NBA championships in the past three years. By operating in "beta"—always innovating, unafraid to embrace change, encouraging risk—the Warriors have become a model organization for American professional sports, instituting the best workplace principles found inside the world's most successful corporations and instilling a top-down organizational ethos that allows their employees to thrive, from the front office to the free-throw line.

With in-depth access and meticulous reporting on and off the court, acclaimed journalist Erik Malinowski recounts a gripping tale of worlds colliding, a team's reinvention, ordinary people being pushed to extraordinary heights, and the Golden State Warriors' unending quest to remain the best.

Erik Malinowski
As a reporter and features writer in the Bay Area, Erik Malinowski has written for many publications (including Wired, Rolling Stone, and Deadspin) and covered the Golden State Warriors for Bleacher Report and Sports on Earth. He's a frequent guest on National Public Radio's "Only a Game" and has been recognized in three editions of the Best American Sports Writing anthology. He lives in San Mateo, California, with his wife and son.
http://www.bluefunkbroadcasting.com/root/twia/betaball.mp3

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