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October 11, 2018 08:27 AM PDT


The Gift of Sobriety: A Spiritual Transformation is a spiritual memoir about one woman’s descent into alcoholism and her eventual recovery by getting involved with Alcoholics Anonymous and integrating spirituality into her journey towards sobriety.

This book chronicles her gradual spiritual transformation from the first day she walked into an AA meeting until nine months later. It includes dreams, personal accounts of spiritual experiences, and reflections on topics discussed in AA as well as in books that the author found helpful in her spiritual quest that began well before AA.

This sensitive account is meaningful to anyone who may have deep spiritual longing. The author gradually moves from feeling totally broken to a life of renewal and hope. It includes practical tools for living such as blessing others and asking God for personal change in the face of troubling personal relationship.

Rose loves to learn. In fact, she has dedicated her life to learning, teaching and analyzing data for many organizations. She earned a BA in psychology, an MA in Counseling, an Ed.D in Quantitative Methods in Educational Psychology from the University at California at Berkely and a Ph.D. in Integral Energy Medicine from Holos Graduate School. She worked for 30 years at a campus in the California State University system. She enjoys playing the piano, meditation, gardening and spending time with family and friends.

October 11, 2018 08:24 AM PDT

The Reason: It's About More Than Just the Money by Quentin Brent
"The Reason" won Finalist in the 2016 Next Generation Indie Book Awards' First Novel Category.

Illicit profits were part of Zane Donovan’s work at a financial firm. Suddenly the stakes change when his family is violently abducted. Following a trail that was never meant to be uncovered, he realizes that the Great Recession of 2008 granted the government control that America’s founding fathers never meant for it to have. By printing money with Quantitative Easing, the Federal Reserve is doing something no criminal has ever accomplished—and the catastrophic economic implications are worth killing over.

Zane’s race to save his family leads him to a corrupt Federal Reserve Chairman with a sinister past, a beautiful computer espionage expert, and even a God-fearing, gun-toting grandma. As Zane confronts his tormentors, his training in mixed martial arts allows him to finally understand that mom was wrong—sometimes violence does have a purpose.

In this first book of a series, Zane must decide between exposing the truth or preserving the financial strength of the world. However, only Zane knows the real truth and why it can’t be revealed. The Federal Reserve isn’t just about money. While it also involves domination and control, it all comes back to one thing. The Reason.

Award winning author Quentin Brent graduated from the University of Minnesota in 1983 with a degree in economics. He has had fifteen years in the banking industry, with the last five as his bank’s president. He is currently part owner and CFO of a $300 million company.

Quentin has trained and fought in various disciplines of martial arts for several years, including bare knuckle fighting, Muay Thai, and non-sanctioned tournaments and fights. The fight scenes in The Reason are based upon fights he experienced. "The Reason" was a finalist in the 2016 Next Generation Indie Book Awards for First Novel.

He can be reached at quentin@quentinbrent.com.

October 11, 2018 08:20 AM PDT

Sin and Redemption: The Pink Elephant Connection by James E. McCarthy
A rare, hopeful crime story that also manages to be deeply honest.” – Kirkus Reviews

“The book reads like a memoir, has action and excitement like a thriller, and educates the reader along the way. If you like books with a criminal nexus or are a fan of memoir/"based on a true story" books, this one would be a slam-dunk for you.” - OnlineBookClub

Pinnacle Book Award - Best Books in the Category of FICTION

eLit - Silver Medal Award Winner – True Crime

"I'm going to kill you! You son-of-a-Bitch!"

Sam Capelli stumbled backwards in an effort to get away from Leo Stegner.
"Remember Joe? You bastard!" Leo threw several blows. Capelli staggered and fell to the ground. "You killed my father. You're a dead man Capelli!” He kicked Capelli while reciting John 3:16, "For God so loved the world he gave his only begotten son," he kicked him again, "that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life," and kicked him again, real hard.
Leo turned quickly, gazing about the prison yard to see if anyone in authority was looking, then when he saw it was clear, struck Capelli a last clubbing blow, then strolled away reciting Psalm 23 to himself. "The lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He maketh me to lie down in green pastures…”

Out of a sense of vengeance for his father, Leo snitched on the killer, Sam Capelli, which got Capelli killed. From thug, to drug dealer, to prison inmate, Leo’s life up to this moment has been out of control. Now, only the President of the United States of America can grant Leo redemption, but only if he chooses a better path. A pardon might save him physically, but what must he do to save his soul?

Deadly sins sent Leo to jail; federal prison scared his black ass straight.

October 11, 2018 08:16 AM PDT

Hope of Glory by Carolyn S McClendon with Dr Douglas Perret Starr

Hope of Glory takes us to the Deep South where social and political mores rule over laws and where descendants of slaves may not be socially equal, but they are not socially inferior. It's about a Southern white newspaper editor who believes in and does, regardless of cost, what he can to ensure equal rights for all. He marries a Southern lady, the younger sister of a U.S. Senator whose social, political, and family position give him power in the choice of governor, a man the editor considers politically dangerous. As expected, the Senator uses his sister to try to control the editor. Add the death threat to the visit of northern racist to the killing of the editor's father and damage to the editor's home, and you have dissention between the editor and his wife. Woven throughout the story is insight into how blacks melded their lives into the Deep South by using what their ancestors brought from Africa. This story was written by a Southern lady who spent 80 years observing it firsthand.

CAROLYN SCANLON NEWTON MCLENDON was a true Mississippian, a Southern lady who worked in varoius jobs throughout her working life. She was born and reared in Columbus and lived and worked in Jackson. After graduating from "The W" (Mississippi College for Women), she taught second grade one year and was hired as a reporter by the Jackson Clarion-Ledger, for two years. She and her husband, Donald W. Newton Sr., established a advertising agency, and she wrote advertising for 14 years. After their divorce, she set up her own travel agency and conducted tours of Mississippi and, later, tours of Europe for 15 years, and wrote two travel books: "Outdoor Mississippi" by Carolyn Newton, 1974 and "Meet Mississippi" by Carolyn Newton and Patricia H. Coggin, 1976.

For eight years, she was the general manager of Mississippi Symphony, arranging for concerts and handling finances and worked eight years for Mississippi Library. In her spare time, she was the editor of the monthly Mississippi Episcopalian newspaper. She had one daughter and two sons, and eight grandchildren. She died in Jackson in 2013.
Amazon Link: https://amzn.to/2DaOGhh

October 11, 2018 08:11 AM PDT

A Child’s Guide To Wisdom by Everton Robinson

A Child’s Guide to Wisdom was designed to serve as a guide for parents in the transferal of wisdom to their children. The book offers a collection of fifty key principles in the form of easy-to-remember, common-sense-based definitions, intended to build character in your child by instilling in him or her important qualities that will result in a life of wisdom and success. Even before the child is able to read on his own, exposure to the principles in A Child’s Guide to Wisdom through oral repetition, can provide tremendous benefit in the early shaping and development of the child’s character.

For the older student, the book offers the parent or guardian a compensation system that may be used to motivate the reader to learn the principles. Mastery of the principles presented in A Child’s Guide to Wisdom can add great value and effectiveness to the way in which the child approaches problems and addresses challenges throughout his or her life. This simple, yet powerful book is a must for every home library and a valuable resource for organized youth training and development programs.

Rev. Everton (Tony) Robinson has worked over 38 years in church leadership as a minister, elder, worship leader and steward, and has shared the principles of wisdom through his work with various church-based organizations. In addition, he has mentored a variety of spiritual leaders and has conducted marriage enrichment programs that have been instrumental in saving many marriages. Rev. Robinson, the son of a minister, spent most of his childhood and formative years attending church. Robinson left the church during his midteens and remained “unchurched” until his mid-twenties. However, after coming to the realization that his own skill, business acumen and intellect were not enough—and that he needed a relationship with God--he began to study the Bible with a true passion, and became fascinated with the concept of wisdom.

He embraced wisdom, and decided to make it a way of life for himself, his wife, and his future children. Sometime later, Robinson attended a business seminar in which he learned principles of success. He was so inspired by the success principles that he began to identify key principles of wisdom to teach to his children. With the encouragement of his wife, Judith, Rev. Robinson compiled the 50 principles presented in this book. Rev. Robinson is currently an Ordained Deacon in the African Methodist Episcopal Church in Los Angeles, California; an Investment Advisor with FIT Planning Group; an entrepreneur in the E-Commerce business space; a songwriter, and a family man, residing in Buena Park, California. He may be reached for personal appearances at trobinson1952@gmail.com.

October 09, 2018 07:19 AM PDT

October is Breast Cancer
Awareness Month

According to the American Cancer Society,
1 in 8 women will likely develop breast cancer.

What if it afflicts you or someone you love - how can you become
your own best advocate during this challenging time?

Ric Talks with Breast Cancer Specialist Dr. John Williams.

He is the founder of the Breast Cancer School for
Patients (BCS); that equips patients and their caregivers with the
tools they need to receive the very best treatment and care.

Breast cancer surgeon Dr. John Williams is a leading expert in breast cancer care and Medical Director at Novant Health-UVA Breast Center. Williams believes patients make better treatment decisions when armed with specific questions to ask their doctors. His website, www.breastcancercourse.org , a FREE educational platform, features over 80 video tutorials ( video ) where patients with breast cancer can become 'experts' on the subject to take proactive steps towards their care.

Remember the little black bags carried by doctors? Dr. Williams is bringing back that personal touch directly into the home of patients. Now, rather than scouring the web for the most updated information on breast cancer, BCS has organized this vast field into one easy to navigate, patient-friendly site. More than a quarter million viewers have watched his YouTube videos.

Dr. Williams tackles the tough questions patients want to learn about.
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October 09, 2018 07:16 AM PDT

ESPN Introduces the 20-Hour Documentary Series
Basketball: A Love Story Premiering Tuesday October 9th at 7pm ET/PT

Ric Speaks with Award-Winning Director Dan Klores About the
Sweeping New Project that Celebrates Our Love for the Game

ESPN’s groundbreaking 20-hour, 10-part documentary series Basketball: A Love Story consists of more than 60 interconnected stories that explore the complex nature of love as it relates to the game of basketball. A labor of love from Peabody Award-winning director Dan Klores, the series features 165 exclusive interviews with basketball’s most prominent figures, from Bob Cousy, LeBron James, Kevin Durant, Dr. J, Yao Ming, Stephen Curry and Diana Taurasi, to Magic Johnson, Oscar Robertson, Bill Russell, Larry Bird, Chris Paul and Kobe Bryant. The episodes will feature different narrators such as Chadwick Boseman, Julianne Moore, Chris Cuomo, Ashley Judd, Robin Quivers and Fisher Stevens.

In 2008, Dan Klores received the Peabody Award for his four-hour film Black Magic, and in 2007 he was awarded The Independent Spirit Award for the documentary classic, Crazy Love. Four of Mr. Klores’ films have premiered at the prestigious Sundance Film Festival, Boys of Second Street Park, Ring of Fire, Crazy Love, and Winning Time: Reggie Miller vs. the New York Knicks. Klores is the author of three Off-Broadway plays, and his essays have appeared in The New York Times, New York, Esquire, Southern Exposure, New York Daily News, The Undefeated and other publications.

Basketball: A Love Story is now available on the ESPN App and will air on ESPN over five consecutive Tuesdays from 7 to 11pm ET/PR beginning October 9.
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October 05, 2018 07:45 AM PDT


30 years in the making, five episodes, million year-old romance, past lives, space battles, intrigue, Lemuria, Atlantis, inter-dimensional scientific and spiritual principles, today's false religious beliefs and other secrets exposed in detail. This series is a must-read by every truth seeker.​

Legacy is a futuristic novel based on the author's visions and previous sojourns in this and other worlds. One man's incredible journey through lifetimes as far as a million years, his blunders and triumphs, worlds and places where these journeys took place.

About the Author
Born in 1957, the author experienced several sleep-time visits to other worlds as a child, and witnessed countless alien craft. These visions continue to date, in both wake and sleep states. He studied concert piano starting at age three, but changed his calling to science following his visionary experiences. This book is the culmination of these experiences, shared with the world for the first time.

The author spent 40 years studying science, religion, and the Science of Life presented by Dr. Ernest L. Norman, validating his visions starting on July 13, 1973. Author proceeded to confirm his sightings and experiences with other established sources such as George Adamski, and personally met Brothers from other worlds that helped instruct him over the years. This book series is the result of such visionary and confirmation efforts, written in novel form.

October 05, 2018 07:40 AM PDT

Life Is A Hair Way by Kerone Maxineau
This book was written with the inspiration to help naturals with wavy, curly, kinky/coiled hair texture point out the causes resulting in hair breakage. Here you will find the most helpful tips, simple products, natural remedies, and solutions to restore healthy growth, shine, moisture, and brilliance back to your natural hair. By the time you are finished reading this book, you will gain a better understanding and knowledge of efforts to achieve beautiful curls so that you can begin an established hair care regimen that works best for you.

About the Author
Growing up with chemically relaxed hair, black women were influenced by having straight, silky hair. Therefore, having a relaxed hair was the go-to answer. I began to realize this was not the natural me. I questioned my identity, my individuality, and what my hair said about me. A natural hair journey reveals your own story. It gives light to those who can relate to similar hair concerns.

My natural hair journey began in 2010, when I decided that I no longer wanted to chemically relax my hair. I was not following a trend, but a personal enlightenment. My decision to go natural came with obstacles, which I overcame. I was not comfortable at first embracing my own hair. I wore braids and weaves constantly. I felt stuck on how to move forward. One day, I told myself, “I am going to learn how to take care of my tress.” I learned and went through my own trials and errors to retain moisture and reduce hair breakage. That was a turning point for me as I embraced my own natural hair. It was the best decision I made. Understanding and implementing simple strategies was the key in my journey. Live, Embrace, and Love your natural hair. Like flowers, you are beautiful and unique. Therefore, “beautify yourself.”

October 05, 2018 07:36 AM PDT

From Despair to Hope and Healing: One Woman’S Journey in Poem by Barbara K. Mezera
From Despair to Hope and Healing presents a collection of poetry written over two decades by author Barbara Mezera. It chronicles the journey of a woman struggling to keep her depression under control and searching for meaning in her job, her career, her family, and her relationships.

Although her verses are dark at times, there is always a glimmer of hope that someday she would fit in somewhere, make a difference in someones life, and find her own fulfillment and enjoyment. The poems are both personal and universal. In works such as Final Solution and Struggling, Mezera captures the loneliness and desolation of depression. She also offers poems like July 25, 1986, celebrating the joyous birth of her nephew, and The Road to Recovery, considering her long climb to hope and healing.

With this collection, Mezera steps outside her comfort zone to share her poetry with the hope that her words may touch and help others who are facing struggles as she has.

About the Author
Barbara K. Mezera was born in southwestern Wisconsin and grew up on a farm. She earned master's degrees in clinical laboratory science and in special education. When not teaching special needs high school students, she enjoys traveling, biking, reading, quilting, and knitting.


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