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September 20, 2019 05:58 PM PDT

STRONG BOY, WEAK MAN by Earl Robert Key

Michael DeAngelo Nicholas decided to spill his insides out onto paper at the age of nineteen when he wrote his initial manuscript for Strong Boy, Weak Man. The story’s enormous sensitivity and clarity have obviously risen up from the depths of Michael DeAngelo Nicholas’ childhood experiences, spilling over into his young adulthood. His story attempts to unravel the poverty-driven culture of the times in rural Mississippi, while rushing to embrace a more promising lifestyle in the glamour-lit, fast-paced Memphis, Tennessee.

He shares certain family hardships and disappointments, making them a vital part of the book, and eventually allowing that part to render a happy ending. Michael DeAngelo reveals the intense motivation, drive, and determination he possessed during the worst times.

In spite of serious learning deficiencies, intensified by unhappy family issues, he pressed forward to accomplish the special goals he held so deep within.

E. R. Key was born in January 1950 in Enid, Mississippi. He attended and graduated from Patton Lane High School 1969 in Batesville, Mississippi. He married in May 1977 and divorced in July of 1988. Earl is the father of one son and two grandchildren. Earl Key currently operates as a master barber in Memphis, Tennessee.

September 20, 2019 01:48 PM PDT

THE TWO RUTHS by Martha Emily Bellinger

In 1950, after her father passes away, Ruthie Stein knows she will continue to take care of their familys dairy farm, as she has always done, while also looking after her mother. But when her mother falls and breaks her hip less than two years later, Ruthie soon finds she cannot get by on her own.

Her neighbors, the Packers, recommend that their cousin Ruth, who is single and unemployed, come and assist Ruthie with her mother in exchange for room, board, and a small amount of money. The two women soon become close friendsand then discover that their relationship goes even deeper than friendship, into an unexpected romantic love. Although they must be very careful while together in public, the two women blend their lives together over the course of the next decade and manage to find true happiness in one another. But when Ruthie suffers a bad fall, they must reevaluate how theyll proceed in their future.

In this novel, set in rural Upstate New York in the 1950s and 1960s, two women meet, fall in love, and build a life together, in spite of the secrecy that society of the time requires.

Martha Emily Bellinger, a retired California Superior Court judge, was raised on an Upstate New York dairy farm during the 1950s and 1960s. She was ordained in the United Methodist Church in 1974. Discovering her true sexual orientation as a lesbian and understanding her church’s prejudice against LGBT people, she remained in the closet but left the ministry after three years to pursue a legal education. She is also the author of From Robe to Robe and She Who Is Without Sin.

September 20, 2019 11:58 AM PDT


"The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by how its animals are treated." -Mahatma Ganhdi Each and every life has value and a purpose. Sapphire, a kitten of less than a day old, was abandoned and thrown into a Dumpster on a cold winter's night. She was rescued and raised by her human parents and has grown into a happy, playful cat that gives her owners much happiness and joy. Little did her new human owners know that Sapphire had a secret that they would soon find out.

Lorrie Blitch has an impressive and diverse career in nursing and as a business owner. She is owner of Magellan Christian Academies for the past 20 years in Phoenix, Arizona and Jacksonville, Florida. Her schools have won numerous awards including Declaration of Magellan Day by the Mayor of Jacksonville, Florida in 2010. Ms. Blitch was featured as “Top Women in Business” in Jacksonville, Florida by Jacksonville Magazine and recognized in Arbus Magazine as a “Female Entrepreneur."

She is a published author of children’s books achieving book of the month on Amazon. Her experience in nursing is impressive that encompasses critical care, trauma, cardiovascular intensive care, toxicology, administration and management, nursing professor, medical-legal nursing and field hospital nursing. She is a nurse educator for the Banner Health System in Phoenix, Arizona responsible for the education of multiple service lines.

Ms. Blitch served her country honorably as a Naval Officer for 20 years. She lectures nationally and internationally on nursing topics. Ms. Blitch holds a bachelor’s degree in nursing and a master’s degree in nursing education and is pursuing a doctorate degree in nurse anesthesia. She sits on the Board of Directors for the Banyon School, New Delhi, India. She lectures on the dangers of academia's "Indoctrination Establishments” and the importance of returning to traditional academic learning.

September 20, 2019 11:50 AM PDT

The Beauty of His Presence is a forty-day devotional geared toward personal reflection, discipleship, and encouragement while celebrating the sovereignty of God and the beauty we experience as His children by being in His presence.

September 20, 2019 11:38 AM PDT

The Beauty of His Presence is a forty-day devotional geared toward personal reflection, discipleship, and encouragement while celebrating the sovereignty of God and the beauty we experience as His children by being in His presence.

September 20, 2019 10:40 AM PDT


In the first century Roman Empire at fourteen, the legal age of manhood, Jacobus’ father contracted him to relatives in Sicily as an apprentice learning his Jewish family’s shipping business. Being what the Greeks called a “natural eunuch”, he found himself living with two “cut eunuch” Carthaginian slaves who eventually became his lowers. As his apprenticeship progressed, the family recognized his natural leadership abilities surpassed his age. By sixteen, he developed a strategy to enter the India trade which succeeded beyond expectations. He also became the second “spouse” of his cousin, the director of Aetna shipping.

Everything, in his life changed when his brother-in-law, Simon from Cyrene, was awoken one night by a frightening vision causing some of the family, with their Judeo-Indian partners to take Simon to Jerusalem for Passover.

About the author
Southern California native now in Carson Valley, Nevada * Attended Vanguard University in Costa Mesa, California * Served US Army in Congressional Liason during Vietnam era * Vice President of three family held corporations, approx. 100 employees * Recruited to join three colleagues in Brussels to found what is now Global University Director textbook publications * First non-Flemish artist to participate in National Flemish Art Exhibition in Belgium * Director of Operations, Life Publishers International in Miami, Member Editorial Board * Primary Partner, YangTri Trading International, Kansas City * Partner, MIR House Publishing, Kansas City * Partner, BT Concepts, Grand Haven, Michigan * President, Baker Trittin Press, Publisher of Adventure Books for boys * Chairman Tweener Ministries, Sponsor of International Competitions for high school students to write children’s books, university scholarships were awarded * Commissioned Artist * Co-founder, Gay Christian Fellowship * International Foreign Missionary for a US-based Protestant Denomination, 16 years * A CLOSETED gay Christian from pre-puberty to 2009 Book 1 / The Apprentice

September 20, 2019 10:32 AM PDT


Forget anything you know about history in the last 400 years. England’s Glorious Revolution failed. A descendant of the Stewarts, King James the Fifth occupies the British throne in 2006 and the British Empire is the dominant world power. The British Empire monopoly on nuclear weapons is challenged by the theft of five atom bombs. Imperial Secret Service Chief, Sir Anthony Raja, summons Mick Doyle to recover the missing weapons, suspected to be hidden in a German run gold mine in British New Guinea. Doyle is warned at the beginning of the mission that ‘everything in New Guinea will be trying to kill him.’ It seems as if New Guinea is trying to make good on that promise. The recovery of the nuclear weapons is the toughest mission Doyle has ever undertaken. From the start, the mission is dogged by bad-luck and an ingenious enemy, always one-step ahead. His team must survive hostile New Guinea warriors, man-eating sharks and crocodiles, venomous snakes and a Chinese military force allied to the Germans.

Paul Dalzell has lived and worked in the Asia-Pacific region for nearly 50 years as a fishery biologist and manager. He comes from West Yorkshire, England, and currently lives in Hawaii. His two previous novels, The Last Dream Before You Die and Everything Hurts weave reality and legend about vampires, and feature a retired detective, Jack Bone, who is befriended and helped by a vampire family. A subsequent novel, recently published, is The Friends of Eddy Relish, a modern day thriller, where a failed British actor finds a path to redemption and fame again, as long as he keeps one step ahead of his enemies. This novel Pax Britannica is a thriller set in a counterfactual history.

September 20, 2019 10:26 AM PDT


If you would have told me twenty years ago that I would marry a famer, I would have said you have got to be crazy. I was a city girl through and through. In this book, I will take a unique comparison of the trials of life with life on a farm. I will share with you a trial God brought me through and the wonderful lesson God taught this city girl with our life on the farm. I truly hope you are blessed and encouraged as you read this book.

September 20, 2019 08:41 AM PDT

EDAFOS: DIVINE WIND by Howard O.A. Jones

Cardia, one of the many continents in the realm of Edafos, has remained relatively peaceful after 300 Years of War, a war to conquer the land started by the god-like beings called Divines. Through unimaginable pain and suffering, peace had been achieved, though for only a little more than a century. Now as corrupt Kings and religious struggles arise, one boy whose path was set to conquer Cardia rebels against the ideals of his people. He forges his way across the land, coming at odds with many trials. Will he and his band of friends change the fate of Edafos, as well as their own, or will they simply follow the path that was laid out for them?

Howard Jones grew up in the U.S. Virgin Islands, a place that highly values its youth and will readily push them forward. He had begun writing and drawing at a young age, though mostly as a hobby. This hobby soon became somewhat of an unattainable goal. There can be no master writer, as it is an ever developing art. Howard aims to improve his skill, experimenting in all forms of fiction, be it sci-fi, Asian fantasy and even steampunk. A writer can only get better as he writes, be it to please themselves, or those around them.

September 20, 2019 08:35 AM PDT

A WEEK ON A WARD BY Vincent Blade Douglas

This memoir describes a week that the author spent on a closed psychiatric ward. In his late 20s, striving to obtain a doctorate in psychology, he suffered a nervous breakdown and woke up in a hospital bed. He did not know who he was, where he was, or how he got there.

This book traces his path as he regains his memory, works his way through multiple delusions, and experiences hallucinations. It is a story of altered states of awareness and human resiliency.

It is told from his point of view as he experiences it. Although some of the things described in the book never happened, everything is true according to his perception. The book describes his reality without exaggeration or fictionalization. It is a story showing the wide range of human experience that is possible.

Howard Blazek (writing as Vincent Blade Douglas) is a former high school teacher (math, Russian, psychology) and systems analyst. After obtaining his doctorate, he worked as a federally funded evaluator of a county-wide demonstration project, as a manager at a large Health & Welfare fund, and as a freelance Instructional Designer providing training materials and business documentation for over 50 companies.
email vbdouglas@sbcglobal.net

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