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August 28, 2017 09:35 AM PDT

From the Producers of Laguna Beach

Kick back with MTV’s new series -

Siesta Key airing Mondays 10pm ET/PT

Viewers go on the ultimate vacation with the new summer soap docuseries Siesta Key. The series follows a group of young adults as they confront issues of love, heartbreak, betrayal, race, class, and looming adulthood, all while trying to enjoy the most epic summer of their lives.

Catch up with Madisson and Brandon, two of the stars of the series from the producers of Laguna Beach. Madisson and Alex are high school sweethearts who haven’t totally moved on from each other. Having just graduated with an engineering degree, Madisson is looking to move on and start fresh. Will she let Alex go, or will she succumb to old habits.

Brandon is one of Alex's tightest boys, and most laid back of the bunch.  Like Alex, he's a total heartthrob , and together they drive the girls on Siesta crazy.
http://www.mtv.com/shows/siesta-key

August 25, 2017 10:38 AM PDT

POETIC EROTICA by Tim Cross

I was inspired and influenced by women I had been in contact with. Not necessarily meeting them in person but generally via the internet. If they were on dating websites they generally used pseudonyms in order not to be recognized by anyone who may know them. _ is intrigued me as to why they felt or needed to be on these websites in the first place. I wondered about their motives, did loneliness instigate their actions, did they do it just for fun or were they actually looking for another partner or even a discreet lover.

I was born on the 18th March 1953 at my parents’ home in the village of Spratton near Northampton. My father was a leather tanner and my mother was the daughter of a brewer. I went to the local village school before I was sent to a boarding school called Beachborough in the village of Westbury near Brackley. From this school, I was sent to Oundle which is a private school near Peterborough. After Oundle, I went on a round the world trip with a friend, before spending a year at The Royal Agricultural College in Cirencester.
www.BookVenture.com/bookstore

August 25, 2017 10:33 AM PDT

MAMA'S GONNA KILL ME  author Ayden Lee

The life in a quiet fiord in Iceland is about to change. A stunning newcomer: scientific centre is built opposite a serene fisherman village.

Dan Solberg, a Norwegian historian arrives late in the evening to commence work on the historical analysis of the place. Soon he is driven into a whirlpool of diverse cultural relations, created by the unique amalgam of people involved into the project. Meanwhile the manager of the Centre, Henning Olsen, has problems of his own: he needs to popularise the Centre and join an important scientific organisation in order to avoid marginalisation due to the geographic location but soon he realised somebody is working against him.

The author studied Construction management in Denmark for three and a half years, where she familiarized herself with the Scandinavian outlook and project management practices. Later, she continued her education in England, studying Urban Design which increased her understanding on the placemaking problematics. Currently, she is a PhD student in England, focusing on the architectural problems of high-rise buildings.
www.BookVenture.com/bookstore

August 25, 2017 10:29 AM PDT

CENTRAL PARK: RHAPSODY AND OASIS by Eve J. Blohm

   A collection of poems written by Ms Blohm.  Living in New York City, she takes inspiration from the natural beauty of Central Park and the many art galleries and museums throughout Manhattan.

   
 Eve Jeanette Blohm is a renowned author, artist, collector and poet who has been working steadily on her crafts since 1973.

She has exceptional insight into life and nature, and her words project a beauty that is enlightening, soulful -- and can be described as transcendental.

In her New York City apartment, she is surrounded by her art, and inspired by the magnificence of Central Park, which is nearby.
 
She proudly displays collages, watercolors and photographs, many depicting colorful scenes that represent her vast worldview in one of the most exciting cities in the world. 

Eve is also a very private person, and is humbled by all of the attention she has received through the years. 
www.evejblohmbooks.com    www.BookVenture.com/bookstore

August 25, 2017 10:24 AM PDT

America Invaded: A State by State Guide to Fighting on American Soil by Christopher Kelly and Stuart Laycock

Have you ever wondered why some towns in Texas have French names? Or why there's a statue of a Shawnee chief at the US Naval Academy? Or what coastal wildlife refuges have to do with American fears of invasion? And what the Olive Oil Riot in Montana was really all about? America Invaded has the answers to these intriguing questions, and so many more.

Ever since they first set foot on the North American continent, humans have explored, discovered, established boundaries - and subsequently invaded - all across the territory we now call the United States. In America Invaded, we track some of the many explorations and invasions that founded or destroyed towns, that set and reset state lines, and that shaped the peoples and culture of this nation.

Christopher Kelly is the former chairman of Chyron Corporation and a retired television executive. He has had a lifelong passion for military history, and many of his family have fought in previous American wars including one, Stephen Van Rensselaer of New York, who led an ill-fated invasion of Canada. He is a graduate of the University of California at Berkeley.

Stuart Laycock has a degree from Cambridge University. He has worked in advertising, marketing, and TV. Stuart has authored or co-authored a number of history books in the UK, including All the Countries We’ve Ever Invaded and the Few We Never Got Round To.
www.americainvaded.com   

August 25, 2017 10:12 AM PDT

SLEEPLESS IN AMERICA

Over the past 40 years, Americans have cut their snooze time by one to two hours a night. We now sleep less than people in any other industrialized country. Chronic sleeping problems afflict as many as 70 million Americans, costing the nation billions in medical expenses, accidents and lost productivity, according to studies. Last year, doctors wrote a record 43 million prescriptions for sleeping pills. What’s going on? How does this deprivation affect our bodies?

Our guest today, holistic health expert Susan Smith Jones, PhD, is back with us again for her best tips on how you can sleep like a baby.

 
For a woman with three of America’s most ordinary names, Dr. Susan Smith Jones has made extraordinary contributions in the fields of holistic health, anti-aging, optimum nutrition and balanced living. For starters, she taught students, staff and faculty at UCLA how to be healthy and fit for 30 years! Susan is the founder and president of Health Unlimited, a Los Angeles-based consulting firm dedicated to optimal wellness and human potential. Susan travels the world as a frequent radio and TV talk show guest and motivational speaker; she’s also the author of over 25 books, including The Curative Kitchen & Lifestyle; Living on the Lighter Side; Healthy, Happy & Radiant…at Any Age, and her latest Invest in Yourself with Exercise, which are all available on her website in electronic forms for a Kindle or other E-Readers, and also very ”Special Limited Editions” that she will personally autograph to you with a hand-written note card and a bookmark. What a wonderful gift to give yourself and others!

www.SusanSmithJones.com

August 25, 2017 09:13 AM PDT

Saturday, August 26, is
NATIONAL DOG DAY!

Celebrate Our Furry Friends with the Stars
of Animal Planet's New Series,
Rescue Dog to Super Dog Saturdays 10pm ET/PT

Shelter Dogs Are Given an Opportunity to
Become Heroes by Becoming Service Dogs
in Training for People Living with Disabilities

National Dog Day (August 26) was created to honor and celebrate dogs everywhere, including those that work selflessly to save lives, keep us safe and offer comfort to those that need it. The day also serves as a reminder to recognize the millions of dogs still in shelters looking for their forever homes.

Dog trainers Laura London and Nate Schoemer discuss with Ric Animal Planet's new series Rescue Dog to Super Dog, where each week shelter dogs get a second chance and a purpose as they begin their training to offer assistance to people with physical and emotional disabilities.

Millions of dogs live in shelters in the U.S. waiting for their forever homes. Tens of millions of people in the U.S. live with physical, psychological or neurological disabilities. In Rescue Dog to Super Dog, Nate and Laura meet a person in need and match them with a shelter dog with the right aptitude and attitude to provide the specific service that person needs -- from opening and closing doors to turning on lights to applying the necessary pressure during panic attacks to assisting with walking. Viewers will witness a meaningful transformation that proves that not only do people rescue dogs, but dogs also rescue people.

https://www.animalplanet.com/tv-shows/rescue-dog-to-super-dog

August 24, 2017 06:53 AM PDT

Get Ready to Demystify the
College Admissions Process!  

Dr. Kat Cohen, One of the most Sought-After Independent University Admissions Counselors in the World, is Here to Help. She has Practical Tips for both Parents and Students to Help Make the College of Your Dreams a Reality.

Cohen is the CEO & Founder of IvyWise, an Educational Consulting Company that provides students with admissions counseling, tutoring and research tailored to their needs.

*More than 91% of IvyWise students gained admission to one or more of their top three choice schools in 2017.*   

Dr. Cohen Discusses with Ric: 

*Getting in: tips from an Ivy League admissions counselor on
what students can do now to boost their resumes and
stand out from the crowd

*The best back-to-school apps + tips to help students study, organize and focus

*Social media do's and don'ts for students

*Starting the college admissions process early: why students should start thinking about college as early as 9th grade

*Common mistakes to avoid making on college applications

*Reducing stress/tension between parents and students during the often stressful college admissions process
 

 
Cohen is the best-selling author of The Truth About Getting In and Rock Hard Apps, and is a sought-after counselor and speaker on university admissions. Prior to founding IvyWise, Cohen worked in the Yale University Office of Admissions evaluating applications, and received her certificate in College Admissions Counseling from U.C.L.A. Extension. She is a member and Faculty Resource for YPO, the Higher Education Expert for LinkedIn, and is on the Educational Advisory Board of REACT to FILM. Cohen also speaks frequently to banks, corporations, and schools about the university admissions process, and is often quoted in international media on education and admission topics.
For more information and ideas, visit:
https://www.IvyWise.com

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.
 
Biography
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.
www.BookVenture.com/Bookstore

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