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August 14, 2018 11:33 AM PDT

In the Name of the Father: Family, Football, and the Manning Dynasty by Mark Ribowsky
The story of America’s most sacred and carefully constructed football dynasty is revealed in this unflinching family portrait.

For generations, American athletes have enjoyed the ever-escalating celebrity lavished upon them when they combine on-the-field talent with off-the field charisma, but never before have we seen as transformative a sports dynasty as the Mannings: a bloodline of strong arms, Southern values, and savvy business instincts―each man compelling in his own right, made whole by family. But how, in just fifty years, did this private trio achieve football immortality? A gripping and definitive account, In the Name of the Father traces Archie, Peyton, and Eli’s roots from red-clay Mississippi to the bright lights of the Super Bowl to reveal the truth of their grit and dedication, their inherent ability, and the drama they endured behind closed doors.

As New York Times Notable biographer Mark Ribowsky meticulously chronicles, the road to football stardom was not paved smoothly for patriarch Archie. The most celebrated and beloved athlete to emerge from tiny Drew, Mississippi, Archie lost his father to suicide during his heyday at Ole Miss. Then, despite his playing through the pain, a string of surgeries prematurely ended a storied NFL career, most memorably spent with the New Orleans Saints. Similar savior-like expectations were passed to Archie’s eldest, Cooper, the most gifted of his brood, but the shocking discovery of a spinal condition prevented Cooper from ever playing a single snap of college ball. Luckily, Archie had been raising all three of his sons to love the gridiron, throwing deep balls to them off the front porch, and there were two more heir apparents in the wings.

Raised watching dusty old game films in the family den, Peyton was swiftly hailed as a generational talent, his record-breaking tenure at Tennessee paving a clear path to the NFL. Winning Super Bowls with both the Indianapolis Colts and the Denver Broncos, he was able to overcome a debilitating neck injury―after barely being able to hold a football―to eclipse Archie in football success. It was Peyton who would first pair his football cachet with capitalism, selecting commercials and appearances to show off his humor and expand the now-ubiquitous Manning brand into mainstream popular culture.

And finally there was quiet Eli, with an arm and a career to match his big brother’s but a reserved and enigmatic affect all his own. The good-boy who followed his father to Ole Miss, Eli entered the NFL even more carefully managed then his brother was, forcing a trade when the lackluster San Diego Chargers selected him with the first pick in the draft. Even with two dramatic Super Bowl wins with the New York Giants, Eli’s lows have been catastrophic, and he has never been quite the media darling his brother is. But even as their football careers wind down, the power of the Manning name only grows.

Drawing on new interviews and research, Ribowsky reveals a family of transcendent talent and intense loyalty dedicated to maintaining an all-American façade that has, on occasion, shown cracks. From the family’s past steeped in problematic parts of Southern identity, to locker-room scandal turned lawsuit, to flashes of fraternal jealousy, Ribowsky leaves no stone unturned. Rich in gridiron dramatics and familial intrigue, In the Name of the Father is a quintessentially American saga of a multifaceted lineage that has forever changed the game.

August 09, 2018 08:44 AM PDT

Introducing Middle School: Transition Guide for Parents of Children with Special Needs by Virginia Stevens, M. Ed. Part Two

Friendly to use and highly informative, Introducing Middle School: A Transition Guide for Parents of Children with Special Needs, is a definitive guide for parents with special needs students, to aid in the transition from elementary to middle school life. With great tips on fitting in socially and gaining better organizational skills to adjust to a demanding new workload, parents and kids alike will be comforted by the accessible text and positive tone if this extraordinary guide.

About the author

Virginia B. Stevens, M.Ed., works with autistic children in the middle school setting in Loudoun County Public Schools in Leesburg, Virginia. Mrs. Stevens has a master's degree in special education (K-12) from West Virginia University. She has taught children in West Virginia and Virginia with special needs in the fields of specific learning disabilities, emotional disabilities, and autism for nearly twenty-five years. Her current special interest is in the field of autism spectrum disorders. The author recently completed an autism certificate from George Mason University. She is also an active member of the Council for Exceptional Children. This is her first book.

August 09, 2018 08:40 AM PDT

WHISPER IN MY EAR by John Henry Hardy

Whisper in My Ear is a story of two loving couples--with ordinary desires and passions--who are called on to bear witness to an extraordinary time as they serve in the US Marine Corps and the US Navy, and strive to fulfill their duties and follow their orders, whether they agree with them or not, while a gruesome and bloody war rages all around them.

This novel also emphasizes the courage of the American Marines, soldiers, and airmen, as well as the important role women play in all wars, whether they remain at home or serve abroad, and the debt of gratitude the wounded owe to the critical and angelic care of a combat nurse.

John Henry Hardy was born in Princeton, New Jersey, and served more than thirty three years in the US Marine Corps. At the end of his first stint, he attended Rutgers University and was awarded a bachelor's degree there, and later a master's degree in Business Management at the University of Phoenix. As a Public Affairs Officer for the Marine Corps, he wrote numerous newspaper and magazine articles that were published throughout the United States. One of his published articles earned him the George Washington Honor Medal by Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge, and for another press release he was awarded the Freedoms Foundation Honor Certificate.

John is the author of several novels including; Whisper In My Ear-a romance/historical story of the Vietnam War; The Place Where The Giant Fell-a romance/historical novel about prejudice in pre-statehood Arizona; When Brothers Meet-a romance/historical premonition of what would happen to the United States and the rest of the globe if China continues its quest of controlling the world's oil supply; The Day God Played Baseball-a fictional account of a small town bully who wants to dominate the county's Little League Baseball title, even if he has to cheat to do so. Mr. Hardy also taught college for several years and now lives in Mesa, Arizona, with his wife Lucy, and is continuing to enjoy his writing career.

Author web site: jhhardy.com

August 09, 2018 08:37 AM PDT


"Aviation and my 58 Year Career in Air Traffic Control" is about aviation history, the pilot, and behind the scenes of the air-traffic controller. It starts with the Wright brothers and covers the early days of the airplane manufacturers, airplanes, the beginning of airmail and air traffic control, the pilot heroes during war, test pilots, the jet age, X (experimental) airplanes, the century-series jets, and the first jet airliners, and flight into outer space.

I write about my air force service, 1955-1959, working in the control tower at Edwards AFB in the control tower, then with the FAA, working in the towers at Indianapolis, Lansing, Kansas City International, Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW), the FAA Headquarters in DC, and then returned to DFW.

After retirement, I was a contractor supporting the FAA needs. I spent a year as an instructor at the FAA Academy, OKC, two years at HQ supporting the air traffic control requirements, and nineteen years at the FAA Reginal Headquarters in Fort Worth, supporting the air-traffic control requirements.

I retired in 2013. After a while, I decided to write notes about my experiences to leave to my family. Then I had some questions to come to mind. After I did some research, I decided that I had a story, and I felt like it needed to be shared with others, so I decided to write this book. I wrote about my vision into the future. Originally, each decade was a chapter, so I did some research to do a corresponding fun fact for that decade. I decided to change the books format, but I liked the fun facts, and I did not want to delete them. I dropped them all down to the end of the book. I hope you enjoy.


August 09, 2018 08:33 AM PDT

Sammy And Susie Visit The Seaside by Gloria Eveleigh
Sammy and Susie love to visit Aunty Sarah and Uncle Steven at the seaside. There is always such a lot to do. In the summer they love the beach, and sailing on the sea. In snowy winters they love to build a snowman on the seashore. More than anything Sammy and Susie want to learn to swim in the sea. Will they learn to do this?

Gloria, now retired, was a scientist and then a manager in social care. She has three grown-up children and five grandchildren. She made up stories for her children when they were small and still loves to do the same for her youngest grandchild. She originally wrote her phonics-focused storybooks for her sister to use with small children who attended her phonics classes. Gloria enjoys arts and crafts, reading, and doing voluntary work for her local community. She Chairs the local Parish Council in the village where she now lives on the south coast of England.

August 07, 2018 11:38 AM PDT

12: The Inside Story of Tom Brady's Fight for Redemption by Casey Sherman and Dave Wedge

The incredible story of Tom Brady and the Patriots' tumultuous 2016 season: from national disgrace to the greatest Super Bowl comeback of all time.

In January 2015, rumors circulated that the New England Patriots--a team long suspected of abiding by the "if you ain't cheating you ain't trying" philosophy--had used under-inflated footballs in their playoff victory against the Indianapolis Colts. As evidence began to build, however, a full on NFL investigation was launched, exploding an unsubstantiated rumor into an intense scandal that would lead news coverage for weeks. As shockwaves rippled throughout the NFL system, the very legitimacy of one of the league's most popular teams and their star quarterback began to erode, even as the Patriots and Brady went on to win that year's Super Bowl.

But as the celebrations gave way to the offseason, the investigation only intensified, reopening old wounds between the Patriots' powerful owner, Robert Kraft, and the NFL commissioner, Roger Goodell. Brady was devastated and seemingly more nervous in front of a judge that on a game-winning drive.

When the dust settled, Brady would be able to play again - but only after watching the first four games of the 2016 season from his couch. The pressure couldn't have been more intense: Brady's legacy was at stake. If he failed to return to his usual self, all the critics and even the history books would have to put a giant asterisk next to his name, signifying one thing: he was a cheater.

12 is the propulsive story of this gritty comeback. It's a drama that unfolds in the locker room, the court room, and under the brightest lights in all of sports--the Super Bowl. Now for the first time, readers will have an exclusive look into Tom Brady's experience and the NFL's shocking strangle-hold on their players. With unprecedented access to Brady himself, his teammates, and his lawyers, we will see just how a football legend went up against one of the largest corporations in the world to stage the greatest comeback in NFL history and emerge a god of the gridiron.

About the Author
Casey Sherman is an acclaimed journalist and author of ten books, including The Finest Hours, a New York Times bestseller that became a major motion picture, and CBS Films' Patriots Day. A graduate of Boston University, he is also a contributing writer for Esquireand Boston Magazine, an international correspondent for FOX News, the co-founder of Whydah Productions, and a much sought after national speaker. He lives in Massachusetts.

Dave Wedge is a veteran journalist and the bestselling author of Boston Strong, which was adapted for the 2017 feature film Patriots Day. He writes for VICE and was an award-winning investigative reporter and columnist for the Boston Herald for 14 years. He's also written for Esquire, Newsweek, and DigBoston, among other outlets. A graduate of Boston College, he is a regular commentator on local and national networks, including CNN, FoxNews, CBS, MSNBC, CNBC, Good Morning America, CBC,and E! True Hollywood Stories.

August 03, 2018 05:20 PM PDT

The Truth Won't Help Them Now by Joan Hunter and Steven Cobos

It is 1939 when the bullet-riddled body of an accounting clerk from a gambling ship washes up under the Santa Monica pier. As city homicide detectives tenaciously chase down their only clue-a fast, expensive, and very exclusive Bugatti-their investigation leads them into a tangle of competing gangsters all looking to muscle their way to a bigger share of illegal gambling.

Meanwhile, Los Angeles County deputy district attorney Cliff Thoms is leading a special squad searching for a pair of serial killers who have already killed four young women and are on the hunt for more. Thoms, with the help of a self-proclaimed psychic he doesn't quite trust, risks lives and careers in a desperate gamble to catch his elusive quarry. As the two investigations collide and rush to a deadly conclusion, dirty cops, DAs on the take, mobsters, grieving families, and reformer politicians must attempt to distinguish lies from the truth. Unfortunately, they are all about to discover that even the truth won't help them now.

In this fast-paced tale of murder and gangland intrigue, a gritty district attorney and a band of detectives set out on a quest to solve two separate crimes amid a corrupted 1939 Los Angeles.

Joan Hunter holds a master of arts and a PhD from Claremont and worked in public education for more than forty years. Now retired, she continues her work translating for international doctors, sings in a bluegrass band, and writes evaluations for accrediting high schools. Joan lives with her husband in the Sierras.

Steven Cobos earned a bachelor of arts in social sciences and religious studies from UC Santa Barbara, and a Juris Doctor from the University of La Verne. He practiced law for twelve years and has taught classes for adults since 1998. Steven and his wife have two sons and live in Southern California.

August 03, 2018 05:15 PM PDT

LEGACY by Robert Maxxim. Episode 38

Legacy, a novel 30 years in the making, is a futuristic story of mankind's previous sojourns through this and countless worlds as experienced by the author. It describes one man's incredible journey through several lifetimes as far back as a million years, his blunders and triumphs, and the many worlds and places where these took place. The novel highlights advanced scientific and spiritual concepts, written in lyrical romantic prose. But most of all, it is a powerful love story deeply rooted in his unquenchable desperate search through the vastness of space and time for his one; his soul mate.

Far back in time, the story's main character was a spiritual initiate who was misled by a wayward master and followed a path of aggression. In doing so, he lost his one and from that point forward led countless lives serving his wayward master's evil space alliance, known at the time as the Unholy Six. He became a cosmic military oppressor determined to conquer and terrorize the galaxy. But eventually, he is reborn on Dallian, a planet in Sagittarius home of the resistance against the Alliance. Here, he meets his one and helps Dallians achieve victory over the evil space power, thus undoing what he at one time helped create.

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.
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August 02, 2018 08:39 AM PDT

Spirit Lake by Dwight Dixon

An English professor, Dr. Dan Rice, is attracted to Suzanne Lacey, a fellow teacher at the college. Sexually abused by her stepfather, she is unable to have relationships and she repeatedly rebuffs his overtures. As a result he becomes obsessed, and as his fervor grows, he resorts to increasingly unpredictable, violent behavior.

Trapped in a hopeless marriage, he has a one-night stand with an alcoholic barmaid. They argue, and in self-defense he strangles her and sinks her body in Spirit Lake, where according to an ancient Indian legend, bodies deposited in the Lake haunt their captors in their dreams and afterlife. Nightly, he is visited by the barmaid, who embraces him with her moldering arms while he struggles helplessly in the depths of the Lake.

Following an encounter with the police, he has a skiing accident which lands him in the hospital where he learns he has a rare, fast-moving malignant brain tumor. With only weeks to live, his seizures become more frequent. In surreal dreams he fights to stay afloat, while he is tortured underwater by those he’s killed.

Suzanne, also under police scrutiny, works with Dan to devise a scheme to elude the authorities, which ends in an incomprehensible tragedy.

Unravel the mystery, as this crime drama unfolds the connection between life, and the dark depths of Spirit Lake.

About the author

I began writing fiction while attending the University of Southern California where I majored in music and English. During that time, I wrote an unpublished novel, “Chimera”. After graduating, while waiting to enter Brown Graduate School in Creative Writing, I wrote “Bandwagon”, which was serialized in The San Francisco Organ, and was revised in 2014.

I started “Spirit Lake” in 1992 and completed it a year later. At that time, I was composing music for a game development company that wanted an original, frightening plot. I was asked to write a short story to generate ideas for the game. I started the short story but didn’t stop writing. “Spirit Lake” was revised in 2016 and won the Pinnacle Book Achievement Award in the novel category.

After vacationing in Big Sur, I wrote a short story entitled “An Occurrence in Big Sur” that developed into a novel with the same name.

I’m currently working on a collection of short stories in between writing another novel and working on music commissions.

I live in Simi Valley with my wife Jennifer. I have one son, Clinton, and his wife Sara and two grandchildren.

August 02, 2018 08:35 AM PDT

EMP Causality by Michael Kravitz

Ann, a Massachusetts state trooper, loaded her duffle bag, extra ammunition, and supplies in the back of the Humvee. Camille, a middle-aged full-figured woman of African descent is riding shotgun. She carries a heavy heart. Her purpose on this trip is to inform her sister that her son was killed by a roving gang. William is sitting in the back seat next to Fred. He is a caregiver for his client Fred, a heavyset challenged man in his late seventies. William is desperately, almost neurotically, trying to seek medical help for Fred. Since the EMP strike, Fred has been without the proper medication for diabetes and high blood pressure. The four in the Humvee are on a perilous journey halfway across the country, to a “tent city” near the Mississippi River, a long ways from Boston. Through each bend and turn, they meet some people in need and others who have evil in their souls. Four unlikely heroes in a Humvee, on an unlikely trip—the recipe for a captivating story.

Michael Kravitz is an emerging author who lives in southern New England. He was born in Scranton, Pennsylvania. He moved to a residential farming community in the 1950s. This helped developed a sense of self-sufficiency and a strong work ethic. This gave him the driving force that developed Ben Randal’s character. He had a lifetime of experiences, enduring many ups and downs. He published his first book, Boston Darkens, and this second book is a sequel, a continuing story of the struggles of Ben Randal and his family. After high school, Michael Kravitz went to the University of Massachusetts, where he received his bachelor of science degree. He also has done some postgraduate studies at Suffolk University and Boston University.

Soon after college, he worked as an engineer at Johnson & Johnson. Back in the late 60s, during the Vietnam era, instead of opting for a draft exemption, he did a stint in the US Army. After serving in the US Army, he came home and went for a ride with his grandmother. With his college degree and an honorable discharge, he sought employment. Visiting six different firms that day, he had four offers for employment. He elected to work for Draper Bros., in Canton, Massachusetts. Throughout his life, he attempted many different activities. He played tennis, darts, bowling, skiing, and even the clarinet in symphonic bands. He also worked on the weekends in his father’s business. His father owned a reupholstering and window treatments shop. They did custom work for decorators and special clients.

When his father was diagnosed with cancer, he left his engineering job to keep the business going. Days soon turned to months and years. During those years, he had done extensive traveling not as a tourist but usually alone and on trains. Some of the countries he visited include Holland, Germany, Sweden, Italy, Tanzania, Austria, Mexico, Canada, and England.

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