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August 01, 2019 08:11 AM PDT

I Was Scared to Death When I Died: The True Story of Bryan Killebrew by Bryan Killebrew

It is not often that someone dies and then writes a book. It all started with a bowl of goulash for dinner. Bryan Killebrew was a hot-blooded working sixteen-year-old all-American boy who was thinking about two things and two things only before he died: hot girls and hot cars, and yet God talked to him. After a normal day of helping his half-brother in his lawn service, Bryan went home, grabbed some goulash, got himself comfortable on the couch, and took a bite. The next thing that happened was, he slumped to the left and died right there on the couch. And as he was told, the bowl of goulash never dropped to the floor. Hearing about what happened next will change your life. Bryan Killebrew has not talked about what happened until now. This is his story.

Bryan Killewbrew was raised in the Ozarks of Harrison, Arkansas, and east Texas. He loves sports such as football, baseball and fishing. He is a good ol’ country boy and loves to ride horses. He wrote “ I was scared to death when I died” because of bad health issues to make sure that his calling is complete.

August 01, 2019 08:07 AM PDT


This book was developed to present factual information as delineated by the title:
The United States of America
The Most Successful Nation and People of All
The 1620 Mayflower Pilgrims Began it, with Freedom for People and the Free Market;
The Constitution Defined It with Law, Success Reigned.
Government Proliferated, Changes Now Needed.
Too much of the information known about the economy and our marketplace is entirely incorrect. It has been disseminated by individuals with knowledge gained from university studies and books or by individuals in the political field--none from having experience in the business field.
These individuals want to solve the problems which they see prominent in the business field. They think workers are being mistreated, not being paid the way they should for the work they do, while the owners and managers of businesses are prospering. They say the rich are getting richer; the poor are getting poorer. Politicians have noted these problems and they feel an obvious solution would be to increase the minimum wage.
The latter solution does only one thing: it makes it harder for some beginners to get a job. It helps no one. And no one, without experience in a particular technical field, can solve problems that might arise in that field. The United States of America: The Most Successful Nation and People of All explains why that is true.
The book explains how the United States of America has become the most successful nation and people in the world. Those classified as poor in this country are, on average, better off economically than the people, rich and poor, in Europe. The book provides facts and details that explains the reasons why the United States surpassed all other nations in economic success--its free market, how it was born, when it was born, and what government did to sustain it.

August 01, 2019 08:03 AM PDT

GLORIA'S DREAM by Adriana Pernetz

Being selfless is sometimes difficult. Goat has a good life. He has happy days but nights are what he loves best because he dreams wonderful dreams. One night those happy dreams vanish, and he is given horrible visions instead. Will Goat be able to get back his dreams? In this story a little goat learns a big lesson in compassion and giving by valuing others above self.

Adriana Pernetz has a degree in Pedagogical Sciences from La Universidad Católica Andrés Bello in Caracas, Venezuela and a Master’s degree in Bilingual Education from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas. She has taught elementary school for 23 years and lives in Allen, Texas with “the boys” and “the dog”. She presently teaches 2nd grade at Centerville Elementary GISD, Texas.

August 01, 2019 08:00 AM PDT

Snook-A-Pie Gets Adopted by Nancy Ure Douglass, LSW
This is a fun interactive book that explores the concept of open adoption via a Welsh Corgi puppy named Snook-a-Pie.

It is intended to help children and adults alike better under understand and emotionally comprehend the adoption process.

Nancy Ure Douglass is a Licensed Social Worker (LSW) from Pittsburgh,PA who has worked with children for over 40 years.

Her special areas of interest are children who have been placed for adoption, child abuse and neglect, and she has specialized in Open Adoption.

She loves Welsh Corgis!

August 01, 2019 07:55 AM PDT


The year is 1428. The English invasion of France has reached the line of the River Loire at Orleans. Both sides realize that the coming battle will decide the winner of the war between them which has lasted almost a hundred years. An English victory will end the dauphin’s slim chances of retaining his right to the French throne, but if the French are victorious the myth of English invincibility will be broken at last. The English need more men but the French need nothing less than a miracle.

Peter Tallon was a professional geologist who, after a period prospecting in East Africa and Egypt, joined the construction materials industry, rising to managing director of a multimillion pound company. Married with two children and three grandchildren, he has lived in Suffolk, England, for the last forty years where the beautiful coast and countryside form the background to many of his books. Interested in all periods of history, rugby and fine dining, he is now retired and able to devote his time to his true interests, which are writing and helping his wife, Jennifer, to manage the four acre plot of land that surrounds their two hundred year old house. Three dogs and two cats ensure that there is never a moment wasted.

August 01, 2019 07:51 AM PDT

SCOURGED SOULS by Keith N. Corman

Scourged Souls takes place during the American Civil War; however, it is not about the war itself. Instead, it takes the reader into the lives and settings of the characters whose lives cross, for a brief few days during a horrific battle, whether directly or indirectly through relationships. It reflects on the innocence of the characters and daily life. It also enters into personal reflections and the beliefs and plans of those involved.

Author Keith N. Corman’s work will leave readers with a sense that personal lives in previous eras were much like our own now, and that war is harsh and leaves scars on those left behind, whether in the area of conflict or those back out of harm’s way on the home front.

About the Author

Keith N. Corman was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, and raised in Lawrenceburg, Indiana, where he lived until 1975. At that time he married his wife, Martha Gail Muncy. After six years of marriage, they became parents of their daughter, Amanda K. Corman.

Keith, retired from thirty years of public service and forty years as a political activist, has started a consulting company in Cincinnati in regards to economic development and inter-modal logistics. During his lifetime, Keith has had a keen interest in history, philosophy, politics, and faith. He also is an advocate of the railroad industry, public education of America’s transportation industry, focusing on the jobs they do and individual safety awareness. In his spare time, Keith photographs railroads, models railroading based on prototype principles, historical research, and writes fiction and poetry.

His most recent publication is a children’s book: Katie and Kenny Tour the Railroad.

August 01, 2019 07:47 AM PDT

VATICIDE by Coty Clogston

A raging holy war carries on, consuming everything in its path. Kabol is drawn yet again into the crosshairs. Only this time, he’s fighting alongside a new ally—a faction living out of the underground, beasts wielding strange and foreign tech, ready to hold their own against the further encroaching armies of the Avon. Meanwhile, a secret team consisting of old friends and old foes searching for Kabol moves undetected. They need to find him before the enemy does.

July 28, 2019 11:34 AM PDT

PPaP Practicable Professional Architecture Practice by Kalavati Somvanshi, FAIA

This book illustrates and defines appropriate contents that are usually not envisioned or discussed to gain an advantage of advocating successful award-winning projects, achieving proper fee status, and creating exposure toward obtaining further business projects to enhance their professional practice.

Kala believes that the process of establishing and creating the building—from concept through completion—must remain faithful to the design concept, adhere to planned construction technology, and be supported by the surrounding neighborhood community in their cities.

This book presents the particular inceptions during all phases listed below for gaining the success of Practicable Professional Architecture Practice (PPaP) for the qualified junior and practicing architects to lead toward their fruitful and realistic practice.

The following phases are listed and described as the conceptions and applications of the knowledge, skills, and techniques to produce a broad range of activities to control the successful projects:

Feasibility studies: assignments to constitute designing, and building the project on the property;

Clients’ demand as ‘Requests for Proposal’ (RFP): to gain and review architects’ selections;

Schematic design: integrating a preliminary design phase and advanced construction process;

Design development phase: to advance the reality of the planning aspects and confirming construction process;

Interior Design: to process colors and shapes, furniture design and clients’ acceptance, feelings and emotions;

Construction document phase: is a crucial step leading towards building construction, site supervision and the final building approvals;

Bidding process: to discuss, advocate and finalize the contractors’ building process and construction costs.; and,

Site supervision: to release the final successful construction details and the completion process.

As an author, Kalavati Somvanshi, FAIA, AIA, RA, B. Arch. Degree (with first class and design excellence award), G.D.Arch., AAJJA: (Her maiden name was: Kala Parab who graduated in 1963 from Sir JJ College of Architecture in Bombay (Mumbai), India and achieved B. Arch and G. D. Arch degrees). Kala worked with two architectural firms till 1966 in Bombay. In her career spanning 47 years, Kala has mainly worked in various countries, gaining experience in architecture and interior design, with extensive experience in the US. Having worked here in the USA for 43 years, of which 34 years were spent working in New York. Kala is a registered architect, RA-NY, FAIA as has been elected to the College of Fellows, a member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA), and a life member of the Alumni Association of Sir JJ College of Architecture (AAJJA). Her extensive projects with the prestigious firms in the US are; Public Libraries, Museums, Public High Schools, High-rise Condominium Building; all worth $ 90 – $ 214 million each and, she self-practiced six additional private houses and interior designs.minium Building; all worth $ 90 – $ 214 million each and, she self-practiced six additional private houses and interior designs.

July 28, 2019 09:40 AM PDT

The Milky Way: How An Eleven-Year-Old Girl Found Songs In The Chaos Of The Korean War by Insook Kim Won

Insook Won's peaceful childhood years were marred when the Korean War broke out. She began to support her family at the age of fifteen. A high school music teacher gave Won her first voice lessons, which led her to the world of singing. Despite the many obstacles, she persisted in pursuing her academic goals.

Determined to study at a university in the United States, she received a scholarship and managed to secure a visa and travel funds. With the assurance she received from a young professor's family, she came to Miami, Florida, to study voice at the University of Miami.

Upon completing her master's degree, she married Duk Joong Won, a longtime church friend. She moved to Washington, Dc, where he was working on postgraduate studies. She was selected as a Teacher Corps intern and candidate for her second master's degree in teaching. She served public schools in three counties in the Washington metropolitan area for a decade.

She and her husband raised two daughters. As her husband was called to do ministry, she was by his side ministering, serving the needy, directing choirs, refining her voice as a soloist, and deepening her love of God.

About the Author

The Korean War broke out when Insook Won was eleven. Her two older brothers and her father were gone, casualties of the war. Difficulties had bombarded her family. She helped her family to survive and found her future in singing, a passion that eventually led her to become a classical vocalist. Her faith in God helped her to overcome all obstacles. She came to the United States to study voice. She also became a bilingual teacher, helping immigrant children. Her passion in the world of music remained all her life and she continued her love of singing joyfully.
The author sings solo performance for the celebration of International Students Day in May 1967.

July 28, 2019 09:34 AM PDT

by Carole Love-Forbes

Book three continues the lives of Bridget and her daughter and grand daughter. The family in the north become involved in Philips War and the defeat of the Wampanoag people. Amanda's family grows with her daughter, Manda. The history starts in 1670.

About the Author

Forbes has written articles, but a novel was a big challenge to her. She fulfilled a dream when she chose to write about women in American history. She had a big job researching the historical facts, but the characters came easy due to her years in the theatre. She has also written a three act play about the youth of George Sand called 'Aurora', and a three short play evening about self esteem called 'Vs Self Distruct.'

Carole Love Forbes has finally finished her trilogy of historical
novels about one of her favorite subjects. Women. She started these
books when she took a course in the history of women at Antelope
Valley Community College in Lancaster, California
Her career as an actress has given her a feeling for people,
what they experience, and how they react . She did quite a bit of
research while in Lancaster. Her life as a woman gave her an insight into the
problems being female present. In this age of successful women,
the fight for equality is no easier, and our successes cloud the
fact that we are still struggling to climb up the ladder of success.
Now, twenty years later, Carole has completed the many stories
of the trials of women in early America. Carole found the very
special women who, in spite of the challenges, made their mark
on the New World, and woven her fictional characters into their lives.
Carole invites you to share the lives of these brave women.

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