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July 18, 2019 12:54 PM PDT

LENORE: THE LAST NARRATIVE OF EDGAR ALLAN POE, a novel by Frank Lovelock

Edgar Allan Poe lies dying in a Baltimore hospital. The evil fever possessing his imagination transports him to the darkest regions of his haunted universe, where he commands the inexorable cataclysm of all that he has created. C. Auguste Dupin, Poe’s own detective, races against time to locate and free his creator from the Imp of the Perverse, while the dark and lovely Lenore struggles to withstand the forces drawing her to dissolution. Fleeing the curse of slavery, Lenore and her lover, Danton Reynolds, are guided by Dupin. Their story must win release from a fate otherwise awaiting it in this,the last narrative of Edgar Allan Poe.

Frank A. Lovelock has a Ph.D. in English. He has taught at the University of Richmond, Virginia Commonwealth University, and Piedmont Virginia Community College in Charlottesville. He has served as a staff writer for U.S. Army training manuals and has been the editor of a national health newsletter. His work has appeared in local and national publications, including HealthAction, Prime of Life and Newsweek. A 1996 dramatic adaptation of Ellen Glasgow’s short story, “The Difference,” was produced in Charlottesville. Lovelock lives with his wife Jeanne in Scottsville, Virginia. He is currently revising a second novel for publication.
https://www.lenorebyfranklovelock.com/
http://www.bluefunkbroadcasting.com/root/twia/flovelock.mp3

July 18, 2019 11:04 AM PDT

TO HELL AND BACK AGAIN: A YOUNG WOMAN'S JOURNAL by Chereva S. Marley

Life was a bit different when Chereva came into the world. Simply put, you lived at the pleasure of your parents or guardians. You behaved as your parents told you and unless spoken to, you kept quiet. Perhaps that is why, when Chereva broke the strings that attached her to her strict parents, she had trouble recognizing dangerous and deceitful people and allowed them to take advantage of her naivete.

Her struggles were constant, difficult, and barbarous at times. They came one after another until her spirit had given up. Fighting depression, thoughts of suicide, and drug abuse, discover how she was able to change her way of thinking and find inner strength and courage to eradicate her demons without vindication. Now, she shares her stories to the world, so you can recognize the characteristics and actions of people whose sole purpose in life is to try to take what you have and throw you away.

Chereva Marley lives in Las Vegas, Nevada, working in the online digital marketing business.

Chereva spent the last thirty-five years as a dealer/supervisor in some of Las Vegas's elite casinos.

Outgoing, hardworking, and honest to a fault, Chereva spends a lot of time trying to help others discover their unique passion and find peace with their struggles. Chereva's philosophy in life is that we are where we are supposed to be. Not to fight, kill, and hate. We are all put together to learn from each other, to lend a hand when needed, to love and support each other, and pay it forward.

So pick up the cards your dealer gave you and either double down or take a hit because your life is not a roll of the dice; it's the one thing you control.
https://www.amazon.com/dp/1643451642/ref=sr_1_1?
https://www.stratton-press.com/books/
keywords=9781643451640&qid=1557956504&s=gateway&sr=8-1
http://www.bluefunkbroadcasting.com/root/twia/skauffman.mp3

July 18, 2019 10:59 AM PDT

THE BIBLE BUCKET LIST by Paul D. Kacsur

This Bucket List takes a different approach to these sorts of endeavors. The goals or items on this list often require prayer and serious self-introspection. In return for this serious thinking, a more fruitful life is in store and more assurance for a blessed eternity, all thanks to Jesus Christ.

Rather than concentrate on whatever short time we have left, and to spend that time on endeavors which are often dangerous or possibly sinful, this approach to Bucket Lists considers the hereafter. Even though many are not comfortable discussing such matters, many Christians do want to prepare better. A Bucket List like this offers suggestions for such a lofty goal with eternal rewards.

Paul D. Kacsur taught courses in communication and church history for 15 years at the International Bible College in San Antonio, TX. He has been pastor of Grace Bible Church since March 1982. He is the author of the following books: "Lord, How Can I Serve Yopu Better?", "A Boomer's Guide to Snowboarding", and "Lord, What Do You Want Me to Do?".
https://www.amazon.com/Bible-Bucket-List-Paul-Kacsur-ebook/dp/B07SKC196Q
http://www.bluefunkbroadcasting.com/root/twia/pkacsur.mp3

July 18, 2019 10:55 AM PDT

CHANSON de HAROLD: THE RICHARD POEMS by Elizabeth Clayton

Elizabeth and Richard were fated to live a tragic love story. They met and immediately fell in love, despite emotional disorders that threatened their personal relationships. Elizabeth suffered from bipolar disorder; Richard, from a personality disorder. Yet, somehow, their own mental flaws came together to form a perfect unit that allowed them to love each other wholeheartedly until Richard's death in 1992. With the advent of new medicine, Elizabeth slowly got better, while Richard did not. This separation of effective treatment led to Richard's alienation of his wife, mainly through alcohol, until his demons took him away from his loving wife forever. It was heart-wrenching for Elizabeth, who over the course of twenty-two years had developed a symbiotic relationship with her husband-his inadequacies feeding hers, and vice versa. The only way to exorcise her own mental demons was to write, and write she did. Chanson de Harold is a semi-autobiographical collection of poems, written as an ode to her marriage. It follows an ill-fated knight as he is slowly swallowed by the evils of his own mind. It is an exercise in catharsis, as a wife struggles to survive the loss of true love-one verse at a time-and heal from her own psychological wounds in the process.

About the Author
Elizabeth Clayton began teaching at the age of twenty at the University of Southern Mississippi. She presently serves as adjunct instructor in the English Department at Mississippi College. Clayton has published five works (mainly poetry) since the release of her autobiography in 2007, which chronicles her struggles with bipolar disorder.
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1426969929/ref=dbs_a_def_rwt_bibl_vppi_i8
http://www.bluefunkbroadcasting.com/root/twia/eclayton4.mp3

July 18, 2019 10:51 AM PDT

BREAKING THE CODE: A GUIDE TO OVERCOME THE EFFECT OF NEGATIVE EXPERIENCES AND THE GREATEST BARRIER TO FAITH AND PERFORMANCE by Sekou Obadias

The sad reality is that most people who have a strong desire to do good, or accomplish great endeavors, fall short, not because of a lack of desire or effort, but because of a defect within themselves that is neither recognized nor typically addressed in the context of religion, or society in general. It is this deficiency that affects people’s ability to succeed or allow them to be controlled by others. The more troubling fact is that people not only do not tap into, or rely on the power within to improve their lives, but to the contrary, end up making decisions and taking negative actions that cause harm both to themselves and to others.

A person's internal belief is their reality. The mind is the most potent force we have, and it can realize everything we believe/have faith in. Once the internal belief system is adjusted or reprogrammed, this adjustment can make it easier for you to develop trust in God - self-love, self-worth and in your own ability to accomplish and receive all the desires of your heart, which raises expectation, and optimism in a better tomorrow.

Since most of the self-development materials, including the scriptures, stress “what to do," without addressing the underlying issue of why people take negative and self-destructive actions, this book was written to draw attention to the most significant stumbling block to faith and human performance and to overcome the effects of negative behavior, by providing a step-by-step- guide to solving the problem.

The focus of this book may be the trigger to heal a nation that is rapidly spiraling down the path of moral corruption.

The author’s life is itself a great testimony of the power of self-mastery, and he uses his writings to reach the masses to provide inspiration and tools to help people achieve their dreams. Born in Guyana, a small country in South America, Sekou Obadias arrived in the USA at the age of 26 with no academic qualification and very little reading ability. Using self-mastery tools, he was able to obtain a Computer Engineering Degree, became a Master Teacher in the New York Public school system, a Financial Specialist, and entrepreneur, building several businesses before finally using his vast life experiences, to become a motivational speaker and a Personal Life Development Coach helping others to achieve the same success as he. He has also written, "Christianity in Crisis," and "SOGNUTU"- A book of Life’s Maxims, which is a companion workbook to this book.
www.goldint.org
http://www.bluefunkbroadcasting.com/root/twia/sobadias.mp3

July 18, 2019 10:46 AM PDT

MY LIFE: AN ESCAPE FROM COMMUNISM by Richard O. Rafanovic

Richard O. Rafanovic was born and lived throughout his youth in a country that was occupied by Hitler's military, then the Russians, and finally, the Communist government of his country. His quest for liberty inspired him to find freedom, which led to his crossing the Iron Curtain on foot in the middle of the night. While in Germany, it became possible for him to come to the United States of America to realize his quest for freedom.

Richard O. Rafanovic, an engineering management consultant, registered previously as an engineer in Rhode Island and North Carolina. He has a bachelor's degree in engineering from the University of Berkley, a master's degree in business from the University of Southern California, is a member of the American Water Works Association, and a fellow of the American Society of Engineers. He lived and worked in California, Rhode Island, North Carolina, and overseas as a consultant and as an engineering manager for various municipalities. He was born in Europe, formerly Czechoslovakia, and came to the US as a young man.
https://www.amazon.com/My-Life-Richard-Rafanovic/dp/152455555X
https://www.boxofficecreatives.com/featured-authors#!
http://www.bluefunkbroadcasting.com/root/twia/rrafanovic.mp3

July 18, 2019 10:40 AM PDT

MIRANDA'S APPEASEMENT: IF YOUR HEART IS NOT CONTENT THERE IS NO PEACE by Barbara Allemeersch

A pretty young woman, around eighteen, was abducted, beaten, raped, and left to die by four men. She miraculously survives the terrible ordeal physically. Years later, she becomes a police officer in Atlanta, Georgia, promoted to the criminal investigation division. Miranda was handed a case involving a child that was beaten beyond recognition, raped, and left to die. This case haunted Miranda of her own cruel fate years ago. Something in her mind suddenly snapped.

The past and the present suddenly collide. She appears to develop multiple personalities. Miranda, once a victim, becomes the villain. She abducts and tortures three surrogates, replacing three of the four men that got away with the crime. She finds herself working on both sides of the law with the FBI agent that maybe the answer to solve the past and present crimes. Just by a stroke of luck, the man that raped her comes back in her life. Now everyone plays the game under her terms.

About the Author

Barbara Ann Allemeersch (Duriancik) was born in the town of Rodney Ontario, on December 20, 1952. Worked as a Developmental Service Worker, medical Assistant for over thirty years with the Ministry of Community and Social Services. She enjoyed working with psychiatrists, psychologist to help make the lives of the mentally underdeveloped much easier. Since retired she felt compelled to write a story about an injustice that occurred to a young girl. This novel is a fictional depiction of a true story. It gave her great satisfaction to complete this story and will not finish until it is published.
https://www.amazon.com/MirandaS-Appeasement-Heart-Content-There-ebook/dp/B07BQKK7TC/ref=sr_1_fkmr0_1?keywords=barbara+ann+allemeersch&qid=1562944485&s=gateway&sr=8-1-fkmr0
http://www.bluefunkbroadcasting.com/root/twia/ballemeersch.mp3

July 18, 2019 10:35 AM PDT

THE QUANTUM CARTOGRAPHER: BOOK OF CRUXES by Kristen Keenon Fisher

It is 2033 somewhere in the middle of Nevada as Eliza Carrefour stares at the Proctor, a shrouded man sitting in her living room, surrounded by eight men equally as mysterious and uninvited. Eliza, mother of a two-year-old son and a former scientist, knows this is the night she has long feared. Moments later after she barely escapes the men, she races to a secret location: the home of Nour Delarune, the only one who can help her son safely reach his destiny.

As Eliza's son is forcefully pulled toward his destination, Nour places him inside a time machine that will transport him to the Lost Aeon, a time buried by the memory of history. Within that memory sits the ancient land of Kressya, once the home of a mystical crystal believed to have unlocked the doors of time. Kressya's empire is desperate to gain possession of the sacred relic and its power. Nija, now a young Kressyan boy, finds himself thrown in the middle of it all. Whether he is prepared or not, the fate of the entire continuum depends on whether he can decipher the secrets of the past and secure a future.

In this science fiction adventure, a boy time-travels to an ancient land where he must outrun an enemy as invincible as time to reclaim a powerful crystal and save all that is yet to come.

Kristen Keenon Fisher is from a land far away - the eastern shore of Virginia. Raised by his mother in a castle full of music and love, Kristen embraced daily adventures with his sister. Later, he studied audio engineering and graphic design in Maryland. Kristen now resides in Virginia Beach, Virginia.

Kristen realized he was a science fiction writer while studying audio engineering. During class he would often write short stories to hone his craft. When he left audio engineering school, he was a much better writer than when he first enrolled. His debut novel was an NYC Big Book Award "Distinguished Favorite" in 2018. When he's not astral traveling, he is working on his second novel.
https://www.amazon.com/Quantum-Cartographer-Kristen-Keenon-Fisher/dp/1532015380
http://www.bluefunkbroadcasting.com/root/twia/kkfisher.mp3

July 18, 2019 10:27 AM PDT

THE DAILY DEVOTED WOMAN; A TWO WEEK DEVOTIONAL GUIDE FOR WOMEN TO DRAW CLOSER TO CHRIST by Denise Rothstein

Drawing from the timeless biblical story of two sisters who had a very special guest visit their home, and from her own prayer life, Denise Rothstein shares about the importance and priority of daily devotions in the Christian woman's life. She shares biblically based truths and practical insights on how to have a fulfilling and timely daily devotional time with Christ. Life can get busy, but Denise reminds us, that in all our preparations for the day, not to forget to prepare to listen to Him and talk to Him in daily prayer. Just as He visited Martha and Mary, He visits us daily, and wants us to listen to Him speak to us.

Two weeks of devotions are included in this book to help you to daily draw closer to Christ, and experience the invaluable and eternal treasure of spending time with your Savior.

Denise Rothstein was born in Santa Monica, California. She made the decision to follow Christ as a teenager at the age of 16. Denise developed a love for learning about God and His Word early in her Christian life. That love eventually developed into a desire to teach God’s Word to the women at her church. She was asked to be a Bible study table leader for the women’s Bible study group at her church. She also became a worship leader and has served in these ministries for several years. Denise’s passion to see God’s women grow in the grace and knowledge of Jesus Christ is what lead her to reach out to her readers and share what God has taught her, so they can experience a closer relationship with Christ, and not only know about Him, but to truly know Him in an intimate and personal way.
https://www.dailydevotedwoman.com/
https://www.amazon.com/Daily-Devoted-Woman-Devotional-Closer/dp/154627037X
http://www.bluefunkbroadcasting.com/root/twia/drothstein.mp3

July 17, 2019 08:06 AM PDT

LENORE: THE LAST NARRATIVE OF EDGAR ALLAN POE, a novel by Frank Lovelock

Edgar Allan Poe lies dying in a Baltimore hospital. The evil fever possessing his imagination transports him to the darkest regions of his haunted universe, where he commands the inexorable cataclysm of all that he has created. C. Auguste Dupin, Poe’s own detective, races against time to locate and free his creator from the Imp of the Perverse, while the dark and lovely Lenore struggles to withstand the forces drawing her to dissolution. Fleeing the curse of slavery, Lenore and her lover, Danton Reynolds, are guided by Dupin. Their story must win release from a fate otherwise awaiting it in this,the last narrative of Edgar Allan Poe.

Frank A. Lovelock has a Ph.D. in English. He has taught at the University of Richmond, Virginia Commonwealth University, and Piedmont Virginia Community College in Charlottesville. He has served as a staff writer for U.S. Army training manuals and has been the editor of a national health newsletter. His work has appeared in local and national publications, including HealthAction, Prime of Life and Newsweek. A 1996 dramatic adaptation of Ellen Glasgow’s short story, “The Difference,” was produced in Charlottesville. Lovelock lives with his wife Jeanne in Scottsville, Virginia. He is currently revising a second novel for publication.
https://www.lenorebyfranklovelock.com/
http://www.bluefunkbroadcasting.com/root/twia/flovelock.mp3

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