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December 10, 2019 05:59 PM PST

MEMORIES OF YESTERDAY by Kenneth Ray Jackson

This book is something I love to do which is photography. To visit different countries and be amazed with the beauty it offers. Photography freezes time and captures something that you can always look at and go back to those memories you had. My book is about the places I have been to where I had fun while taking pictures. I hope you enjoy every moment of my book. After all it brings back the memories of yesterday.

Photography is one of my hobbies besides cooking and I love being behind the camera, it's exciting seeing how the picture will come out. I travel to learn other cultures and see how people live. I've written a few books and I enjoy exercising to stay fit and healthy.

December 10, 2019 05:55 PM PST

From Stroke To Recovery My Walk With God – A Guide to Recovery by Ms. Kim Blackwell
This is the story of a 51-year-old active, independent, healthy, Christian woman who was doing what she loved running a art business and working for a travel company. But on October 8, 2008, she suffered a massive stroke that would change her life forever. The word recovery represents not just getting back her physical body but obtaining the things she would need to get her life back.
From Stroke To Recovery My Walk With God tells of her miraculous recovery and her faith and trust in God knowing he would bring her through the many challenges she would face to obtain what she had worked many years for. With her determination and perseverance, she endured until she obtained everything she needed to make her whole again such as an income, health insurance and transportation. This book will provide insight into the process of recovery to help others avoid the unnecessary pitfalls that she went through.

Kim Blackwell is from Sharon Hill Pennsylvania she has a BA degree in psychology from Duquesne University and a professional designation in marketing from UCLA. Her parents gave her a firm spiritual foundation and her entrepreneurial spirit and desire to help others came from her grandparents who owned two dry cleaners and a variety store in Philadelphia. Kim was an active, independent, healthy, Christian woman who was doing what she loved running an art business where she marketed and distributed the artwork for African and African-American artist along the West Coast and was working with a travel company.

December 09, 2019 02:43 PM PST

SANTA'S BIG WHITE CHICKEN: A CHRISTMAS STORY By Louis J. Marino and Illustrated by Louis W. Lonsway

One Christmas many years ago, Lou Marino's stepson gave him a Christmas tree ornament, a wood carved Santa, sitting astride a chicken. He couldn't help wondering what the story was behind such a ridiculous ornament. He tried to find some clue as to its origination but found nothing. So, to satisfy his own curiosity, he wrote this poem to give the Santa life. He would read it to his grandchildren every Christmas until they grew up. Now, since his oldest grandson Louis Lonsway, has grown into a talented illustrator, he suggested to him that he illustrate the story, and that together, they would try to produce a new Christmas legend, "Santa's Big White Chicken".

About Louis J. Marino
He is marred to Nancy Marino, and has four grown children, two grown stepchildren, seven grandchildren and seven step grandchildren. He presently resides in Fort Myers, Florida.

Louis was born in Cleveland, Ohio and the youngest of six children of Italian immigrants, raised in a lower middle class neighborhood, he attended the public schools of Cleveland, and graduated from Ohio University in 1956 with a bachelor's degree of Fine Arts, with a Major in Architecture. He pursued the architecture profession for several years. He was the chief architect and partner in the firm that designed the original Anaheim baseball stadium in 1966. Then Louis segued into a real estate development firm around 1975 and then continued in that field until his retirement in 2000.

December 06, 2019 10:11 AM PST

15 Minutes and Before 15 Minutes by Linda P. Young

About the author
Linda P. Young is a children’s picture book author who has written 13 books, 10 of them being a series entitled “The Backyard Adventures of Anna and Andy Hummingbird 1 – 10”. She loves writing children’s books and has another one in the beginning stages now, So look out for that! Writing a book for adult reading was a real challenge for her to do. However, just like always she doesn’t disappoint. Linda still has placed the same dedication, explicitness and tenacity in this book to which you would surely enjoy and be in awe.

Having lived in Las Vegas for 22 years, she has grown to love the wonderful weather and environment. Linda Young is an entrepreneur who owns and runs a sign business. When not busy writing books, she puts in her time doing crafts, making wind chimes, jewelry and many other things.

About the book
So you would like me to tell you what these stories are all about? Well, in keeping with the true nature of these stories, I CANNOT! Some of the comments I receive are: OMG!, You are one sick puppy!, What an ending, it was not what I expected!, I was half way through the first story and I still could not figure out what was going on!, WOW!, Holy smokes Linda you are a children’s picture book writer!, That story and ending crushed it! and so on. So if you like horror, macabre, murder and something a little different than the norm…..you should like it.

December 06, 2019 10:06 AM PST

THE LADYBUG AND THE BULLY FROG by Caroleann Rice with Illustrations by Charles Berton

The community of friends can't play at the pond because of a bully named Milton the Frog. Clover the Rabbitt calls on the help of Mrs. Ladybug, "Dot" as she is known to her friends, and they seek the wisdom of Solomon the Snail to deal with problem of how to help Milton see that he is being mean. Only someone who is both able to fly over the water to him and brave enough to face him can do it. In the whole neighborhood near the pond there is only one who measures up, only one who can bring the news of the Mighty Wondrous Voice of Love to the bully who is terrorizing everyone - the tiny little Ladybug called Dot. But she will be all by herself! Or will she? Don't forget - the Might Wondrous Voice of Love is with her!

About the Author
Mother of two, grandmother of twin girls, certified chaplain with a certificate in Spiritual Direction from the Rich In Mercy Institute in Colorado Springs, Caroleann Rice runs a women’s weekly prayer group on Wednesday nights in her home called The Women of The Well. She is the author of The Song of Solomon The Snail, to which The Ladybug And The Bully Frog is a sequel. She enjoys the process of writing and making characters come alive to share a message of meeting challenges and struggles, and overcoming them with faith and prayer.

December 06, 2019 10:01 AM PST


This is my true story as a survivor of horror in Sarajevo.

The main emphases are focused on political games that destroyed powerful united Yugoslavia. During this game divided Yugoslavia, become a killer for all of us.

This is the story about the biggest genocide in Europe after Hitler time.

The time of Apocalypse called “Ethnic Cleansing “during the war in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
At this horrible time, when Bosnia was wounded and destroyed, the powerful and rich Saudi Arabia used wounded Bosnia and started Islamic invasion on Bosnian territory. Islamic Vahhabies from Saudi Arabia had built the Islamic State on the mountains of Bosnia. This state Islamic terrorists use as their planning and recruiting center for terrorist action in Europe and United States. Bosnian government never cleaned up those territories from Islamic State in Bosnia. Why, nobody knows.

The big problem is new teaching in hundred monumental new mosques in Sarajevo and all over the Bosnia with Vahhabie’s theory of pure Islam. Saudi Arabian Vahhabies believe that only their form of practicing Islam is true and any other form of practicing Islam is wrong what is in contradictory with origin of Koran.

To reach their fundamentalism goals of pure Islam in Bosnia, Vahhabies terrorist are attacking Bosnian preachers from Bosnian mosques with demand that they have to follow the Wahhabis rules in prayers in mosques.

This book is wake up call for all of us in the world to help us to understand how political and religious propaganda are producing the heat and genocide in the front of our eyes.

Dee Plecic was born in Sarajevo, where she graduated with an Economic degree in Foreign Trade at University of Sarajevo. She survived the wartime in Sarajevo, the time of Ethnic Cleansing, running every day between bombs and snipers to be at her workplace, to find some food and water for her family. She escapes Sarajevo to Croatia and from there to America as a refugee with two children. She graduated Computer Science from DePaul University where her teacher discovered her talent for writing. Now, she is retired and lives in Florida.

December 06, 2019 09:54 AM PST

THE TRUTH by Pleze Raybon

The truth expose all of the misleading teachings, and hopefully encourage the people of God to study His word. There are many who say they believe in God, and go to church, but all they know about him is what the Pastor said. Act 17:11 says …"The Berea's received the word of God with all readiness of mind, but they didn't stop there: They searched the scriptures daily to see if those things were TRUE...

My name Is Pleze Raybon, born April 23, 1950: I'm from the small Town of Winnfield La. I graduated from Pinecrest High in 1968. During my school years, I played the trumpet with different local bands. I moved to Detroit Mi. in 1969, and in the mid 70's I played with the late Carolyn Franklin. In 1979 I accepted Jesus Christ as Lord, I don't remember the date but I will never forget the genuine experience that has kept me these 39 years as a Christian. In 1996 I released my first CD The Comforter and in 2001, I released my second CD Amalgamated Love. I have played special music for people like Dr. Myles Munroe, Rev. Kingsley Fletcher Dr. Jeff Edwards. I am now a member of a thriving Church called Triumph, The Pastors name is Rev. Solomon Kinloch JR. A very anointed man of God, He does everything with a spirit of excellence. I hope this book leads the reader to the book of truths which is the word of God. THE BIBLE!

December 06, 2019 09:47 AM PST


"This book is the spiritual journey I have taken from being a Mormon, to being Johannine to coming back to the Morman faith, but in a different capacity. This is all about building belief in Jesus Christ and the twists and turns I've taken to maintain my integrity.

Do you feel the world or your religion just isn't what you expected or believed it to be? Something not adding up? Wondering what is real and what isn't? I'm eighty years old and I may not have many years left on the earth but I have a lifetime of experience seeking for truth and striving to follow our Lord Jesus Christ. Hopefully, some part of my life's spiritual journey will help you in yours".

About the Author
"I was born and raised in a wonderful little town in Southern Utah. My father was a very good man and well informed in the scriptures. I was taught the Gospel of Jesus Christ and it means everything to me and has guided my life until the present. It has not been an easy trip, but I must maintain my integrity despite the difficulties I have encountered. I married and had a large family - they are good people and I love them deeply. My faith and my family are my life.

I had ten children and then because of irreconcilable differences, I was divorced from my first husband and the father of my children. I was very ill at the time and it was most difficult. I have a wonderful family...children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. We have a great deal of love in our family even though I have not been in the Mormon Church for twenty five years. It's something we don't even talk about".

December 06, 2019 09:41 AM PST

The Kid Who Beat Wall Street...and Saved Africa: Complete Edition by Ginger Heller

"The Kid Who Beat Wall Street...and Saved Africa," is a story that takes place on six different continents where our hero, Marco, invests in a gold mine stock, corners the market in corn, and makes over $500,000. That’s right, over half a million dollars. By the way, he’s only 12 years old and his parents have no idea.

However, it is also the story of children in war torn Africa, of marauding gangs of thugs, burning and pillaging. It’s a story of disease, of the lack of food, clean water, and medicine.
Marco, along with his pen-pals from all over the world, learns of the plight of these less fortunate children in Africa. A daring way is devised to come to their rescue.

"The Kid Who Beat Wall Street...and Saved Africa," tells of courage, of adventure, and of how one boy can begin to save the world, one small step at a time.

Ginger Heller has enjoyed a career in several diverse areas: as a middle school teacher, an international sales agent and a commodity trader. She started her own commodity trading firm. She’s also a world traveler having had the good fortune to visit most of the seven continents several times. The confluence of her major interests has led Heller to write, The Kid Who Beat Wall Street and Saved Africa, her first novel. Ginger Heller’s children are now all grown; yet she and her husband, along with a twenty-two-pound Maine Coon cat, still call Connecticut their home.

December 06, 2019 09:24 AM PST

Healing and Transformation: Moving from the Ordinary to the Extraordinary by Eric Alsterberg, Ph.D.

"Healing and Transformation: Moving from the Ordinary to the Extraordinary" by Dr. Eric Alsterberg is a revolutionary how-to manual that will inspire you to recognize and understand the voice of the Higher Being that speaks within each of us. Alsterberg teaches you how to heal old emotional wounds and traumas, move away from dysfunctional patterns, and return to a more spiritual path. His astonishing insights into exploring the various challenges and adversities in life and viewing them as opportunities to evolve physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually will become words to live by as we face an uncertain future in a secular society.

Dr. Eric Alsterberg is a writer, psychologist, and certified hypnotherapist. He is actively involved in spiritual teachings, mentoring others through his expertise in metaphysics. He is a member of the Association for Research and Enlightenment (the Edgar Cayce Foundation), the Astara Mystery School, and the Reconnection, Eric Pearl healing technologies. Dr. Alsterberg lives in Michigan.

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