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August 16, 2018 11:36 AM PDT

AS IT IS by Raymond G. Floodgate

Inside the pages of this book you will find what amounts to the meaning of life. It will give you an idea of the enormity of our universe and how small a part we play in it. The discoveries that unfold as you read the pages of this book will keep you engrossed as you find out why you are sent to the Earth, and the reason why you have not one life but many. It will guide you and give you an understanding that will leave you in no doubt about your place in this universe. This book will teach you how you can change the life you are living now into the life that, at this moment, you are only dreaming about. The book is written in plain English, is easy to understand and gives you an insight into how it is possible, through the means of meditation, relaxation and correct breathing, to alleviate stress thereby enabling you to develop your mind and physical well-being.

About the Author

While still in his early twenties the author realized that there was more to life than society was offering and so took it upon himself to find the truth about why we are here on this world. He was guided towards the martial arts from which he learnt self-discipline, self-control and confidence. After studying various religions he was led towards meditation and then contemplation, through which he gained a better understanding of why we need to be on the Earth. He now teaches students this new-found knowledge and, through his Energy Healing Practice, he teaches the importance of life-force energy.
www.BookVenture.com/Bookstore
www.life2thefull.co.uk
http://www.bluefunkbroadcasting.com/root/twia/asitis.mp3

August 16, 2018 11:32 AM PDT

Love Letters From A Doughboy: A World War I Love Story
Author: Margie Howd

Thomas Fletcher first sees her in 1916, at a drug store in Birmingham, Alabama. He doesn’t know her, but her brown hair and beautiful eyes captivate him. He soon learns her name—Juliette Wilcox—and she would learn his. Their attraction cannot be denied, but something stands in their way. Thomas is a drafted soldier, about to be sent to Europe to fight in the dreaded World War I. Although Juliette begs for them to be married before he goes to boot camp, he doesn’t want to leave her a widow. Their letters will keep them close. Letters are all they will have until he returns from the battlefield—hopefully, alive. For the next four years, letters arrive from far off France and Germany to Juliette’s front porch in Alabama. For the next four years, their love grows, develops, and increases. Even so, war is a dark force, and many men never return. Will Thomas be one of the soldiers lost, or will he come home and make Juliette’s dreams of marriage a happy reality.

MARGIE HOWD HOLDS: A bachelor’s degree in sociology with a minor in drama and speech from the University of Evansville. The daughter of a Methodist minister, Howd grew up singing in church. For years, she was a professional singer with the all-female group “The Choral Connection,” performing in Indiana, southern Illinois, and western Kentucky. She also sang with the Charlotte Chorale in Port Charlotte, Florida, for two years. From 1983 to 1995, she and her first husband were co-owners of ERA Steve Thompson Realty. Mr Thompson passed away in 1995, the company was then closed. Now retired she and her husband Jim Howd just celebrated 21 years of marriage. Between them they have four children, eleven grandchildren and five great grandchildren with a six great grandchild due in July of 2018. They look forward to many more years of love and laughter. Writing a novel has always been a dream for Howd and was on her “bucket list” for years. She found her subject matter in a set of love letters her grandfather wrote to her grandmother while he served in World War I. Love Letters from a Doughboy has truly been a labor of love. This is Howd’s first novel.
www.LoveLettersFromADoughboy.com
www.BookVenture.com/bookstore
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August 16, 2018 11:27 AM PDT

The Amphibiots by Clem Masloff
Ranid came to be torn between two sects of the same Amphibiot religion, the frog faith and the salamander one. He began as a researcher in the archives of the frog-worshipers, but discovered their founder was a fraudulent, ambiguous person. Escaping into the swamps, Ranid joins a salamander community. He saves this cult from a conspiracy of mystics and defeats a mosquito contagion. Rand evolves into a unity-minded combiner dedicated to consolidating the two faiths.

The author has been involved with science fiction and speculative literature since teaching himself to read in 1941-42. He served in the Army as a linguist and translator in four Balkan Slavic languages. For several decades he taught sociology in Ohio after graduate research in Russian social history. In his years of retirement he has been writing Science Fiction, a return to dreams of the early 1940s”
www.BookVenture.com/Bookstore
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August 16, 2018 11:24 AM PDT

Trouble In The Chicken House by Jim Snyder

This story is about a hound and a fox who are the best friends. The hound named Ol’ Blue is in charge of guarding a large chicken farm, but is having trouble with chicken thieves. The mystery continues until Ol’ Blue seeks the help from his crafty little red fox friend named Rusty. Rusty strangely enough is allergic to chickens but gladly helps his large hound friend to solve the mystery and put an end to all of this once and for all. It is truly a very funny read.

About the Author

I myself am from a small town in Arkansas. My family was raised on southern hospitality and helping others as needed. Being from a large family our budget was tight but well-rounded in respecting our elders. Being an avid outdoorsman, I enjoyed long walks searching for arrow heads across wide open fields. Hunting and fishing has always been a large part of my life and always will be. Though times were tough, we always managed to find the good in most any circumstance. Up to now I’ve always wanted to share various things and experiences about my life. So I thought I’d apply all this to my book(s) with more to come soon. Teaching good values and manners I’m confident that once you’ve had a chance to read them you will soon find out why … Hope you enjoy my books one and all.
www.BookVenture.com/bookstore
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August 16, 2018 11:08 AM PDT

Dr. David Geier Youth Sports and Head Injuries Part 3

Orthopedic surgeon, sports medicine specialist and author of That's Gotta Hurt, providing education and commentary on sports and exercise injuries, injury treatments and prevention for athletes and active people so you can stay healthy and perform your best.

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.
www.drdavidgeier.com
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August 16, 2018 11:04 AM PDT

Dr. David Geier Youth Sports and Head Injuries Part 2

Orthopedic surgeon, sports medicine specialist and author of That's Gotta Hurt, providing education and commentary on sports and exercise injuries, injury treatments and prevention for athletes and active people so you can stay healthy and perform your best.

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.
www.drdavidgeier.com
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August 16, 2018 10:59 AM PDT

Dr. David Geier Youth Sports and Concussions

Orthopedic surgeon, sports medicine specialist and author of That's Gotta Hurt, providing education and commentary on sports and exercise injuries, injury treatments and prevention for athletes and active people so you can stay healthy and perform your best.

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.
www.drdavidgeier.com
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August 16, 2018 08:25 AM PDT

One of the Most Scandalous Crimes of the Century.
A Sordid Tale that Inspired a Hollywood Movie.
The First Nationally Televised Courtroom Trial that
Captivated the Nation.

Investigation Discovery Re-Examines One of the
Most Shocking & Controversial Cases of
All Time in the Special Television Event,
Pamela Smart: An American Murder Mystery Premiering Sunday August 19th at 10pm ET/9pm CT

Ric Speaks with Investigative Journalist Diane Dimond about
One of the Most Notorious Murder Mysteries in History

On May 1, 1990, 22-year-old media coordinator Pamela Smart finds her husband Gregg dead on the floor of their southern New Hampshire condo, leaving the town of Derry stunned. Scouring the region for clues, police shift their attention to Gregg’s grieving widow, Pamela Smart, who has been making curious television appearances publicizing her plight. When investigators discover Pamela has been having a sordid affair with high school student, a complicated web of lies and deceit unravel, revealing one of the most scandalous crimes of the century. Now, Investigation Discovery delves into the case in PAMELA SMART: AN AMERICAN MURDER MYSTERY, a three-part special event premiering Sunday, August 19.

A tawdry affair, teenage assassins, and the first nationally televised trial all transfixed the entire country. It even inspired the Hollywood movie To Die For starring Nicole Kidman. PAMELA SMART: AN AMERICAN MURDER MYSTERYexamines the case that fascinated the nation with interviews from the story’s key players, including the defendant herself, Pamela Smart, who maintains her innocence decades after her conviction.

One of the subjects interviewed for the special is Diane Dimond, an investigative journalist who provided extensive coverage of the Pamela Smart case for publications such as Newsweek and The Daily Beast. Diane takes viewers behind the headlines through her nationally syndicated newspaper column, her best-selling books, and her appearances on TV outlets such as CNN, MSNBC, Fox News, "The Today Show" and more.
For more information, visit:
https://www.investigationdiscovery.com/
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August 14, 2018 11:33 AM PDT

In the Name of the Father: Family, Football, and the Manning Dynasty by Mark Ribowsky
The story of America’s most sacred and carefully constructed football dynasty is revealed in this unflinching family portrait.

For generations, American athletes have enjoyed the ever-escalating celebrity lavished upon them when they combine on-the-field talent with off-the field charisma, but never before have we seen as transformative a sports dynasty as the Mannings: a bloodline of strong arms, Southern values, and savvy business instincts―each man compelling in his own right, made whole by family. But how, in just fifty years, did this private trio achieve football immortality? A gripping and definitive account, In the Name of the Father traces Archie, Peyton, and Eli’s roots from red-clay Mississippi to the bright lights of the Super Bowl to reveal the truth of their grit and dedication, their inherent ability, and the drama they endured behind closed doors.

As New York Times Notable biographer Mark Ribowsky meticulously chronicles, the road to football stardom was not paved smoothly for patriarch Archie. The most celebrated and beloved athlete to emerge from tiny Drew, Mississippi, Archie lost his father to suicide during his heyday at Ole Miss. Then, despite his playing through the pain, a string of surgeries prematurely ended a storied NFL career, most memorably spent with the New Orleans Saints. Similar savior-like expectations were passed to Archie’s eldest, Cooper, the most gifted of his brood, but the shocking discovery of a spinal condition prevented Cooper from ever playing a single snap of college ball. Luckily, Archie had been raising all three of his sons to love the gridiron, throwing deep balls to them off the front porch, and there were two more heir apparents in the wings.

Raised watching dusty old game films in the family den, Peyton was swiftly hailed as a generational talent, his record-breaking tenure at Tennessee paving a clear path to the NFL. Winning Super Bowls with both the Indianapolis Colts and the Denver Broncos, he was able to overcome a debilitating neck injury―after barely being able to hold a football―to eclipse Archie in football success. It was Peyton who would first pair his football cachet with capitalism, selecting commercials and appearances to show off his humor and expand the now-ubiquitous Manning brand into mainstream popular culture.

And finally there was quiet Eli, with an arm and a career to match his big brother’s but a reserved and enigmatic affect all his own. The good-boy who followed his father to Ole Miss, Eli entered the NFL even more carefully managed then his brother was, forcing a trade when the lackluster San Diego Chargers selected him with the first pick in the draft. Even with two dramatic Super Bowl wins with the New York Giants, Eli’s lows have been catastrophic, and he has never been quite the media darling his brother is. But even as their football careers wind down, the power of the Manning name only grows.

Drawing on new interviews and research, Ribowsky reveals a family of transcendent talent and intense loyalty dedicated to maintaining an all-American façade that has, on occasion, shown cracks. From the family’s past steeped in problematic parts of Southern identity, to locker-room scandal turned lawsuit, to flashes of fraternal jealousy, Ribowsky leaves no stone unturned. Rich in gridiron dramatics and familial intrigue, In the Name of the Father is a quintessentially American saga of a multifaceted lineage that has forever changed the game.
http://www.bluefunkbroadcasting.com/root/twia/inthenameofthefather.mp3

August 09, 2018 08:44 AM PDT

Introducing Middle School: Transition Guide for Parents of Children with Special Needs by Virginia Stevens, M. Ed. Part Two

Friendly to use and highly informative, Introducing Middle School: A Transition Guide for Parents of Children with Special Needs, is a definitive guide for parents with special needs students, to aid in the transition from elementary to middle school life. With great tips on fitting in socially and gaining better organizational skills to adjust to a demanding new workload, parents and kids alike will be comforted by the accessible text and positive tone if this extraordinary guide.

About the author

Virginia B. Stevens, M.Ed., works with autistic children in the middle school setting in Loudoun County Public Schools in Leesburg, Virginia. Mrs. Stevens has a master's degree in special education (K-12) from West Virginia University. She has taught children in West Virginia and Virginia with special needs in the fields of specific learning disabilities, emotional disabilities, and autism for nearly twenty-five years. Her current special interest is in the field of autism spectrum disorders. The author recently completed an autism certificate from George Mason University. She is also an active member of the Council for Exceptional Children. This is her first book.
www.BookWhirl.com/Bookstore
http://www.bluefunkbroadcasting.com/root/twia/middleschool.mp3

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