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August 28, 2019 08:43 AM PDT

NIGHTMARES by Paul Kasper

Nightmares will keep you wanting to read more. If you never truly understood what a soldier went thru during the Vietnam war, this will give you a good idea. This is about a unit of the 9th Infantry Division. The unit goes on patrol looking for Viet Cong or NVA regulars. They are put under fire and lost members while out. They learned to survive both mentally and physically, as death on both sides of the war could happen at any moment. Yes, it is a fiction! The names were also changed, but it is based on facts. You will go on patrol with these young men, age range of 18-24, as they become exposed to the horrors of war. Their lives were changed forever, then returned home to supposedly forget it. I lost many friends who became Brothers in Vietnam. Some were shot, some were taken by booby traps, now called IED’s. We continue dying now due to age and exposure to Agent Orange since returning home. Agent Orange (is a blanket term for 15 chemicals used as a defoliant) a large variety of illnesses such as various cancers, diabetes and many more deadly diseases are a side effect of our exposure.

August 28, 2019 08:40 AM PDT


Set in eighteenth-century London, England, this fictional novel touches on the life of the upper crust and those who served them. As they both come together, foolish choices and harrowing consequences take two women—one an aristocrat and the other her servant—into a storm of trial, scorn, and tribulation. Stripped of title, recognition, and value, one wonders who the heroine really is, Catherine or Betsy? Catherine repeatedly asks, How will Lord Edward find us?

A twisted and perverse judge condemns these two women to the Australian colonies. What is his motivation? Why would he want to hurt two women he’d never seen before?

When everything about her life and station no longer has meaning, tears flow for Catherine. What has she done? Her foolishness has bought shame both on herself and her dearest friend, Betsy. How can she go on if they are parted?

As Betsy looks back in time, her memories share love, concern, and deep anxiety. As she looks forward, she questions, Am I worthy of kindness above my station?

August 28, 2019 08:35 AM PDT


When the Night Falls-A graphic look into the tortured mind of Jerry as he gives us a play-by-play account of the war waged upon all mankind by Satan and his army. Why is it happening? With guidance from Artimus the Giant, Ezekiel the Wizard and the British army, find out if the world will be subjected to Satan's minions for all eternity. Tonight's the Night for Poor 'ol Fred: A short story about Fred and his quest to find his dream girl. Will Debbie be the one? A Better Breed of People: Billy Van Zant, a cab driver, who was pulled over and then tortured by a few bad cops. When he decides to take matter into his own hands, find out how he plans to execute his revenge. Will he be successful? The Aftermath: A novel about Brook Shore Island, a melting pot and a vacation spot for tourists. A place where race riots and police corruption are allowed to go unchecked. But then a hurricane rips through and unleashes a spell over the island. When the dead rise, will our survivors overcome their prejudices? Or will their hatred for one another stand in the way of their own survival. Leave the Crypt Alone: Darling Joseph is the ultimate prankster and his poor neighbors are at his mercy. But did he finally go too far this time?

About the Author
Tommy Richards, a horror junkie and zombie lover, is finally taking a stab at scaring the world with his creations. Since he grew up reading horror comics and Stephen King books, he now feels it is time to unleash the mayhem. Enter if you dare!

August 28, 2019 08:30 AM PDT

HOPE FROM THE HEART by Ann Howle Davis

About the book

This book is a collection of Christian poems that were written in response to inspiration from the Holy Spirit. It is the third book in a series of books called From the Heart Books. (fromtheheartbooks.com)

The previous works are a little different in that those poems were, for the most part, written over decades. During that period, the writing was sporadic and unpredictable. Sometimes years would pass with no inspiration.

Then last November, things changed. The poems have been coming daily, sometimes as many as six a day. The poems in this book are the first of those to be released.

My prayer is that you will receive the message God has for you in these pages and, in turn, share it with others.

About the author

Mrs. Davis has a master’s degree in counseling and a bachelor’s degree in psychology. She published professional articles and newsletters as a function of her 37 years in the addition field.

August 28, 2019 08:23 AM PDT


The Blessed Ones always feared what would become of the world after their time on it had passed. Their fears intensified as they grew old and weary. They gathered in secret and wrote a series of passages that were compiled into a single novel. This novel detailed an Era of constant war, death, and despair on such a scale that all existence would inevitably perish. Centuries after their time, their fears would be made real when a mysterious malevolent force rises and unleashes it’s destructive wrath on all living things. A tale of dark, clever, and whimsical charm will unfold as many come together to oppose this threat all for the sake of one purpose…survival.

Dom Brandt. From Wahoo Nebraska, currently living in Columbus, Nebraska. Enjoys entertaining people in unique ways, eating good tasting food, favorite looney tune is coyote, and wants to know if anybody actually knows how many licks does it take to get the tootsie roll center of a tootsie pop, because I can’t find the time.

August 28, 2019 08:18 AM PDT


Have you ever wondered or had the following questions for God?

God, am I too young to be guided by the Holy Spirit?

Could I possibly be a candidate for future ministry?

I don’t feel called to preach or teach. Can I still be used in ministry, either in the U.S.A. or a foreign country?

I’m already in my thirties or forties, am I too old to be useful?

I’m involved in ministry, but I find it too difficult. Did I make a mistake?

There is a wonderful parable in Matthew 18 about the one lost sheep. The parable emphasizes God will go to great lengths to find even one that is lost. This signifies that all willing resources will be mobilized to accomplish God’s will of finding the lost. This includes using unsuspecting resources, i.e., those talented in areas outside the norm. God is just looking for willing resources. Could that be you?

Faithful to Complete It was written to testify of God’s awesome power demonstrated in leading an unsuspecting couple on a twenty-nine year journey to help find “lost sheep.” The Apostle Paul told the Philippian church, “he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.” This book illustrates the truth of this scripture in the lives of Larry and Sherry Walker.

It has been said, “ We are not saved because of what we have done. We are saved because of what Jesus did for us.” A similar thing can be said about Faithful to Complete It. It is not a testimony about what Larry and Sherry Walker have done, but rather a testimony of what God did for Larry and Sherry to faithfully complete the work in them.

August 23, 2019 12:03 PM PDT

The Best Foods & Lifestyle Practices for Joint Health

Susan Smith Jones, PhD

Joint problems can really put a crimp in your mobility, making it difficult to carry out even the most basic daily tasks. Often, symptoms of pain and stiffness may be signs of bone deterioration, so taking steps to eliminate discomfort can go a long way toward protecting your joint health.

Our popular guest today, holistic health educator and expert, Susan Smith Jones, PhD, knows a lot about joint health. In fact, she’s written countless articles and an entire booklet on saying active and pain-free well into our senior years.

Today, she will share her secrets on how to heal and maintain healthy joints no matter our age.

August 23, 2019 11:55 AM PDT

True Privilege: Revelation to Faith by Dr. Karyn Darnell

The first series of ‘True Privilege’ comprises three books, ‘The Unholy Realm, Eliza’s Elation and Revelation to Faith.’ The third book in the series, ‘Revelation to Faith’ brings the saga full circle. Detective Faith Wisedor is the great, great granddaughter of Purity, so it’s thought. In a wild twist of events and revelation, Faith stumbles on mysterious family secrets that unlock deep secrets, a dark past and her future as well. Her detective work puts her on the trafficker’s ‘hit list’ due to busting their lucrative enterprises with ‘happy endings.’ In retaliation, Faith’s younger sister Brittany becomes a target for the traffickers to groom and seduce into the ‘Life’ as a sex slave.

It’s a wild adventure that goes around the world in search of sex slaves, body parts, and pregnant teens. Along the way, Faith discovers a manuscript written by none other then Purity, a hundred years before. By some strange power, she is transported back in time, and as fate would have it, falls in love and never wishes to return. Will the great Captain of the Lord’s Army allow her to stay? Or will she remain to fulfill her purpose in the present time? Don’t miss this thriller!

Karyn Darnell, spends her time working as a Registered Nurse. As a 'Doctor of Counseling' she mentors those who have experienced emotional trauma in life. It is one of her greatest pleasures to see the transformation of lives and to set the captives free. She has traveled to some of the most dangerous places, including China's underground church and the streets of Los Angeles, including Skid Row.

It is her greatest desire to bring awareness to those who are chained in the sex and labor trafficking industries around the world. She has also written a non-fiction book called, "Disposable Dolls." This book gives attention and exposure to disposable people globally who are simply tossed away by society. It is her hope to create prevention programs, and to help rehabilitate those being rescued from the deadly trades of illicit trafficking.

August 23, 2019 11:47 AM PDT


One Caregiver’s Journey is a personal memoir that will make you laugh or tug at your heart as the author shares her experiences about providing 24/7 care to her mother for a period of 9 ½ years after her mother broke her hip at age 93.

The book provides details of the changes that occurred over the duration as her mother aged past the century mark and how the author endured the journey.

Caregiving isn’t for everyone. One must possess patience, compassion and the ability to laugh as a prerequisite to becoming a caregiver. This book heartily captures the moments between caregiver and patient, between daughter and mother.

It is not just a heartwarming memoir that describes the author’s experiences and challenges providing full-time care for her mother, it is also an insightful book that digs deeper into caregiving and provides practical suggestions that anyone can use to ensure the safety and wellbeing of their loved one.

The reader will feel as though they are in the author’s living room having a discussion. This is the author’s story.

Eleanor Gaccetta is a Colorado native who grew up in a small farming community outside the City of Denver. During the early years of her career she received both Bachelor and Master’s Degrees from Regis University. She worked for the State of Colorado for 31 years serving her last seven years as a legislative analyst for the Departments of Human Services and Medicaid. After leaving State employment she worked as a policy analyst for the City and County of Broomfield and then returned to the State as a private contractor.

She retired after nearly 40 years in the public sector when her mother fell and broke a hip at age 93. She provided full time 24/7 caregiving until her mother’s death at age 102.

She currently lives in Arvada, a suburb west of Denver and enjoys the outdoors, gardening, cooking and spending time with friends and family.

August 23, 2019 11:42 AM PDT

SOUL FIBER FOR SOUL FITNESS by Pamelajune "Pj" Anderson, DMin.

SOUL FIBER for SOUL FITNESS is a collection of weekly Reflections written in 2017 and prepared for publication in five newspaper and one book bearing the same name. Each Reflection is related to someone, someplace, or something that speaks to humanity’s station, situation, and soul. Just as fiber is used to fortify and strengthen the body by gently cleaning out one's intestines and keeping one regular, Soul Fiber is designed to make one's soul fit – reinforced, refreshed, and resolved – to stay on life’s love journey, inaudibly protected from bitterness, envy, and strife; and keeping one recurrently at peace with joy of heart.

Rev. Dr. Pamelajune “Pj” Anderson, D.Min. is an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ. She holds duel partnership standing with the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). She is a decorated and honorably discharged Lieutenant Commander, US Navy Chaplain Corps. She has provided ministry and pastoral leadership to civilians, service members, and military families throughout the United States and abroad including Sicily, Rome, Greece, Spain, Germany, Ghana and the Ivory Coast, Africa, throughout Italy, and Okinawa, Japan.

She has numerous civilian awards, acknowledgements, and accomplishments including a lifetime member of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) and a lifetime member of the American Legion.

She is a 2010 graduate of the Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) Resident Program, East Jefferson General Hospital in Metairie, LA. Following two years as the succession called pastor to Reverend Dr. Michael C. Murphy, founding pastor of St. Stephen’s Community Church, Lansing, Chaplain (preferred title) answered the call to a new church start opportunity: Space for Grace WithOutWalls United Church of Christ; a radically inclusive, extravagantly welcoming, and graciously hospitable community where “We affirm, Celebrate, and En-Joy Life from Our Soul.”

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