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October 15, 2019 12:29 PM PDT


A New Docu-Series Follows a
Controversial True Story Playing Out in the
Military Justice System.

Ric Talks with Executive Producer and Director
Paul Pawlowski, Don Brown and
Platoon Soldier Mike McGuiness.

The upcoming STARZ five-part docu-series Leavenworth was an Official Selection of the 2019 Tribeca TV Festival. From executive producers Paul Pawlowski, David Check and Academy Award®-winning filmmaker Steven Soderbergh, comes a controversial true-crime story playing out in the military justice system.

Leavenworth is centered on Clint Lorance, who is serving a 19-year sentence for murder at The United States Penitentiary, in Leavenworth. WA. While deployed in Afghanistan in July 2012, the former lieutenant ordered fire on three local men riding a motorcycle, killing two of them and outraging his platoon. In a first-hand account of a soldier navigating the US Army’s legal system, Lorance seeks to overturn his conviction, provoking emotional debate between supporters and detractors that rises to the national stage. As determinations on Lorance’s fate unfold, questions probe not only the merits of his conviction, but analyze the system at large and ultimately test the balance of guilt and innocence in the inscrutable circumstances of today’s wars.

Leavenworth Executive Producer and director Paul Pawlowski is a multiple Sports Emmy Award®-winning Producer and Director. His body of work includes a 20-year run of producing on primetime Olympics broadcasts for NBC, and producing/directing documentaries, shorts, branded, and promotional for just about every American professional sport.

Don Brown, a former US Navy JAG officer stationed at the Pentagon and a former Special Assistant US Attorney, is a national best-selling author of fourteen books about the US military. Don’s 2017 release, THE LAST FIGHTER PILOT - The True Story of the Final Combat Mission of World War II, hit the Publishers Weekly National Bestseller’s list the first week of its release, and was endorsed by the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation. On March 23, 2018, Don was named as one of NEWSMAX'S 25 BEST NONFICTION MILITARY AUTHORS IN THE UNITED STATES. Don lives and practices law in Charlotte, North Carolina, and serves as one of four former military JAG officers on Clint Lorance’s legal team. His 2019 military expose, TRAVESTY OF JUSTICE: The Shocking Prosecution of Lieutenant Clint Lorance, published by WildBlue Press, sets forth the defense arguments for the exoneration and vindication of Lieutenant Lorance

Platoon soldier Mike McGuinness is a 16-year veteran of the United States Army. He is currently in his senior year at the University of North Carolina-Pembroke working towards bachelor’s degrees in History and Mass Communication with a Journalism focus. His future plans are to attend graduate school and continue writing about sports and current events. He is also co-host of the podcast "The Hometown Crowd with Tim Dippel."

October 10, 2019 06:14 PM PDT

It's Life Jim...by Jim Marjoram

This book is a journey through a life of battling homosexuality, self-hatred, religious obsession, suicidal desperation, guilt, shame, loss, and into a world of unconditional love and acceptance. It’s a spiritual journey that breaks through tradition and dogma to discover the depth of what it means to live loved.

Jim Marjoram was born in Australia in 1956 and moved to New Zealand in 1989, returning for a brief stint in the late 90s.He spent over 40 years too afraid to speak his heart and share who he really is. He turned to Christianity as a teenager to find a “solution” for his homosexuality exploring every avenue available to change and become a straight man, and lived a life of lies and deception, self-hatred, depression and suicidality. He married twice thinking it would cure him somehow. In the 90s Jim became involved with Living Waters reparative therapy organisation for 15 years with his second wife, extolling the virtues of the organisation and the power of God to change your orientation.

But he was living a deceptive and damaging lie. Nothing had changed in the slightest, except the level of religious obsession, depression and self loathing, all behind the façade of a good Christian man.

So after his life completely caved in following the death of his wife in 2011, he began to unravel his faith, sexuality and life in general, resulting in writing this book and establishing the Silent Gays project to provide resources, compassion, unconditional love and safe places for those silently suffering in and from religion.

October 10, 2019 06:11 PM PDT


George Meegan was twenty-four years old and an elementary school dropout, a British merchant seaman when he decided to take the longest walk in human history, without any special equipment, foundation bankroll, or backing of any kind. Leaving his ship in South America, he made his way to Tierra del Fuego with his girlfriend and just began to walk. Seven years later after crossing the Andes, making his way through the trackless Darien Gap, and after taking a long detour on foot to meet the president he finally arrived at the Arctic Ocean with a wife he had married along the way, and their two children. In that instant, part of the high academic story of human migrations received its death blow from a dropout. His book, The Longest Walk, was first published in New York in 1988.

About the Author
In 2000, he brought out “Democracy Reaches the Kids!” This garnered the only “Extraordinary” US Visa ever issued in education. He’d found that western education itself was responsible for the loss of first nation languages & culture, worldwide — one every day. His discovery could instead guarantee them all! To preserve these treasures has become the central mission of George’s outgoing years.

October 10, 2019 06:04 PM PDT

WE LIVE AND LEARN: "AT A LIFE PACE" by Claudia Walthing

God and my 21 year old son Jesus Walthing Curiel Jr. are my motivation. It's my sincere hope that this book of mine brings you enjoyment and possibility sparks in you a light of creativity and passion. Poetry is one of my many passions and my first love and in sharing this love with everyone who reads it. I'm filled with joy sharing my poetries with my future audience. God gave me a second chance in life after experiencing death for two minutes after a Temporal Brain Surgery back in 2001. Since then I have written many poems about my daily life and embracing each emotion with my family, love, inspirational and school. Sharing the meaning of being alive & not taking life for granted. Sharing life experience with other is the best way to reach out to others my life has been an open book of poetry.

About the Author
I arrived in Lemoore, California in the year 1978 I was enrolled in third grade at Island Elementary School after our arrival. It was then I began to have seizures at the young age of 9, & all the signs to Epilepsy. I learned to speak English within the school year. I believe that somewhere in our life we need some level of education: to gain knowledge and education was a must in my family. I joined school sports and activities when I could participate to have fun. I graduated from P.W. Engvall middle school in the year of 1985. I graduated from Lemoore Union High School in 1989. A year later I married Jesus Curiel Palomera we had a son named Jesus Walthing Curiel Jr. he was born in a special day on Christmas Eve in 1991. I graduated from West Hills College in May 2007 and seizure free.

October 10, 2019 06:01 PM PDT

DISCOVERING WHO I AM by Shondolyn Latham

This book is about the journey of a single mom trying to get through life, but every where she turned there was trouble. She seemed to always be trying to achieve something and always ending up at ground zero. In this search for success she finally discovers her purpose. Reality shows her that God gave her a task that she had to complete before she was able to start another one. This discovery was always looking her in her face but it took a certain event to happen before she realized it. Sadly it was the passing of her son. It’s also inspirational. This book is a testament of how each individual should follow your passion and never give up. It doesn’t matter how many times you have to start over. If we all got it right the first time there would be no lessons learned. This book also tells of a Mother’s unconditional love for her children. I thank God that he never let me lose my sanity.

October 10, 2019 05:57 PM PDT


It is important to understand how the body works, what the body needs for optimal functioning, and what each individual suffering from toxic exposures in theaters of war every day during their deployments can do to begin healing from the onset and duration of negative symptoms once they return home. The War Within explains the impact of specific toxic exposures experienced in Iraq and Afghanistan, what they are, and what they cause in the body and brain diminishing overall function. I present a five part plan, easy to follow by soldiers, veterans, and families to begin the healing process.

Krystle Shapiro is the daughter of a veteran US Air Force lieutenant colonel who served in World War II and Korea. While she was earning her master of science in holistic nutrition in 2012, her interest in helping veterans was sparked by an NPR article on the rising incidence of veteran suicide. Recognizing the extreme levels of toxic chemical exposures experienced by combat soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan, Krystle developed a five-part program to help veterans and their families understand how such toxins affect human health-and how to begin remediation through proper detoxification protocols and whole-foods nutrition. Krystle lives in Sandpoint, Idaho, and teaches pathology and kinesiology at the North Idaho Massage Academy; she also provides nutrition education classes through her business, NewTritionally Yours!

October 10, 2019 05:50 PM PDT

DREAM, SWEET DREAMS OF YOU by Rick Vasquez and Leslie Joy Vasquez

Dream, Sweet Dreams of You, is a Latino survival love story set in Sonora Town, Downtown Los Angeles. Rafella, being the daughter of one of the largest cattle rancher in California, gave up all rights of her family name so that she could marry Juan, a true-hearted boy who sold his soul for the pursuit of music and fame. Through the course of their marriage, they experienced social indignities leading them to their final emotion: forgiveness.

Rick "Rick" Steven Vasquez is a published author, artist, musician, and movie producer. Above all he is a devout family man.

Rick used to play with his cousins at his grandmother's porch when he was young and have a fear of jumping overboard. His fondest memory as a child was "Grandma Time". He recalled his grandmother Rafella telling him, "You are going to be a storyteller. And many people will hear your stories and through your tales, you will heal people's hearts." But that foretelling was fulfilled forty years after Rafella requested Ricky to write her story, that is "Dream, Sweet Dreams of You." Only then would Rick realize that his stories would heal his own heart the most.

Rick also authored another book, "A Mountain Within" in January 2019 published by Christian Faith Publishing. He is also the executive producer and writer of the psychological horror/science thriller "Seance" released in 2001.

He also composed music "Calif Moon Chorus", "Dreams 1 Johnny", and "Sad And Blue Intro 2", all of which are available on his website www.RickVasquezTheAuthor.com

October 10, 2019 05:46 PM PDT

COLTEN AND THE BULLFROG ADVENTURE by Julie Houston Rogers with illustrations by Joshua Allen

Colten and the Bullfrog Adventure is the story of a young boy and his grandfather having their first adventure together. Colten and Poppy get up before the sun to go looking for a bullfrog in Mema’s fishpond. The fishpond is just in the backyard, behind the old pecan trees. There they wait for the bullfrog to appear.

This is a froggy adventure with many facts included. Read to find out what Colten learns while on his first adventure with Poppy.

About the Author
Julie Houston Rogers, a retired fifth-grade teacher, has always loved reading and making up stories to share with children. So she decided to write stories for children about history and science. She lives in a small South Georgia town with her husband, Doyle; her Yorkie, Lucy Loo; and two cats, Spanky and Bitsy. Their three children, Buck, Cody, and Beki have always said their home was as wild and funny as a TV comedy. So, they left home when they were ready to start their own sitcom.

October 10, 2019 05:42 PM PDT


The young homesick American soldier, Will, discovers that the orphaned dog he finds, has also been wounded. Instantly Will's love for dogs makes him take unusual steps to care for the dog and train him for military use. His patience and love result in an unexpected ending as Beko, the dog, becomes a hero. For additional interest, the reader will learn some important words in the French language that Will uses with Beko.

Nancy is a retired teacher of more than 30 years teaching adults as well as elementary school age children. After her second husband passed, she assumed the ownership and operations of his fire extinguisher company for 17 years. "Every day was one I looked forward to," she says of this experience. But she relishes her retirement and her greatest pleasure is that she has time to write- books, stories, essays and poetry.

She also volunteered for 8 years at the nearby National World War I Memorial and Museum, and that is the spark that started her writing about the war. She made 3 trips to Serbia to research her fifth book, and has received a "Hierarchical Grammaton" from the Bishop Irenej of the Eastern American Serbian Orthodox Churches in recognition of the book. It will be translated next year by the Serbian government and published in the Serbian language.

Nancy has published the five books listed on Amazon and soon will have her sixth book ready for you to read. It is called, "Love, Mom" and is about how she dealt with the death of her 17 year old son- 45 years ago. It has taken her that long to be able to tell others about her grief and how she survived it, with the aid and love of her newly wed second husband and her three other children.

She based the book on letters she wrote to her son that painful first year. You will be enthralled by her wisdom and the thoughts that emerged from her grief. The book is for anyone who has lost a loved one, especially a child, but also for readers who want to know how another mother came through an event dreaded by all parents.

October 10, 2019 05:33 PM PDT


A detailed mathematical derivation of space curves is presented that links the diverse fields of superfluids, quantum mechanics, Navier-Stokes hydrodynamics and Maxwell electromagnetism by a common foundation. The basic mathematical building block is called the theory of quantum torus knots (QTK).

The author was born in a small farming community in Iowa. Obtained two degrees in aeronautics and aerospace engineering, worked in a wind tunnel, obtained a PhD in forestry tree physiology, and helped start Brazil's first credited PhD program in groundwater pollution. As for his professional career, he is a principal scientist specializing in developing mathematical and statistical models of chemical and fluid transport in groundwater, surface water, soil and atmospheric media. His wife and two children have made the Bay Area of San Francisco their home for the last 35 years.

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