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May 16, 2019 12:01 PM PDT

Why Did God Make Bubbles? & Excuse Me, Sir, But You Are Sitting on My Mother by Janet Simonsen Brown

Why Did God Make Bubbles? is a delightful exploration into the eternal question—why? The story encourages a child to see and appreciate the world around him and to be thankful for his many blessings.

Excuse Me, Sir, But You’re Sitting on My Mother
Sadie is trying very hard to figure out the world around her. She tries to do as her mother says and “mind her manners.” She finally gets an opportunity to put her mother’s manners to the test.

Why Did God Make Bubbles? & Excuse Me, Sir, But You Are Sitting on My Mother is a fun double story book about children being children. It is the creation of published author Janet Simonsen, a recent retired USPS rural carrier, is a married mother of four living in Cherokee, Iowa.

Published by Christian Faith Publishing, Janet Simonsen Brown's new book is a delightful creation inspired by her own children and the brilliant, innocent questions they ask and the perhaps not-so-funny things they do to get back at each other. Back-to-back the two stories show both sides of childhood, the heartwarming charm of their faith as well as their mischievous side one just can't help but love anyway.


May 16, 2019 11:57 AM PDT

GOD SAYS YES 91 TIMES by Mary Ardissone

She was going through a period of unemployment and financial difficulty. She was wondering if God was even hearing her prayers. Did He have too much wax in His ears or something? She wondered if God really cared about her or did he want her to experience hell on earth or something. She challenged God to remind her of many significant prayer requests that were answered “yes.” She would then write a book about it later and share the requests with others.

As time went on, she simply had to conclude that anything is possible with God. She realized that letting go and letting God is important. Have enough faith that He’ll do it if it’s a good idea. What He does with your request may boggle your mind.

One person can make a world of difference. With God, we are all equal in his eyes. He’ll do amazing things for anybody.

Anything is possible with prayer. Now hold on to your hat as you read about many of her own experiences with prayer requests that were answered yes.

Mary has worked as a graphic artist and in the field of home health care. Despite a number of major downturns throughout her life, she still remains optimistic about her life and that of the people she meets. Optimism brings turnarounds in many situations.

From the time she was a young child, she has been taught that God will do amazing things for anyone who prays for help. She has seen it happen in her own life. God gave her the gift of occasionally seeing future events before they happen. Read about it in "God Says Yes 91 Times".

Ask God for help in becoming more hopeful about the future as she has often done.

May 16, 2019 11:54 AM PDT

Books By Clarence Mike Dunaway

Love Has a Blind Eye
At the age of sixteen, Melissa Montoya struggled through her sophomore year, not academically—she did well in that department. However, she being raised practically alone was forced to work just to make ends meet. At the age of seventeen, she was assaulted and raped. The trauma of the rape lasted for years, but she was resilient and she fought with her demons until she finally overcomes the trauma, as much as it was possible. Some things people never get over being raped.

Two Brothers
The book is about two brothers that move with their parents to a California ranch in an exchange with a neighbor in Oklahoma. The family went to Oklahoma to visit relatives, and the wife refused to return to California, thus the exchange. The brothers witnessed the murder of their parents by three escapees from Yuma Prison.

Two cousins, Carrie and Connor, were born next door to each other and remained that way through high school and beyond.

At the age of nine, a girl named Rebecca (who was the same age as the cousins) was raped and tossed off along the highway. She did well recovering from the trauma; however, she fell far behind in her academics. Carrie found a way to help Rebecca where adults failed.

As more time progressed, Rebecca and Connor fall in love. However, Connor treated her as though she was made of glass, making their relationship difficult at best.

In the book, there are three attempted murdersone by arson, another by poison and blunt-force trauma, and another one as a successful bullet through the brain. There are many twist and turns. When Rebecca finds out who her rapist is and is forced to go before a line up and again faces him in court, to her, it was almost like the rape trauma all over again.

Cousins II: Heading Home
The story is about Connors futile attempt to find Rebecca, who deserted him in their senior year of high school. She literally destroyed his life by sneaking out and hiding in Florida. He meets a woman in her forties that helps him in his search, and after fourteen months, she admits that she had found Rebecca but was hesitant to reveal her secret. She wanted to keep Connor as long as she could. She told him after giving up on the idea of him staying with her that she found out through a beau of vital statistics that Rebecca was married and living in Georgia. Satisfied that he had done all he could, he headed home to reunite with his ex-wife, if she would take him back. With no more Rebecca in his life, he was sure that their marriage would endure.
About the Author

Clarence Dunaway, born on February 12, 1930 author from Califronia, writer of the Cousins Trilogy and other great novels. He has been with the navy back in 1947, spent two and a half years in South Korea. He was discharged in 1953 and was able to travel the country. Started writing a trilogy of mystery books and is enjoying life. You can get to his books by typing the name "Clarence Mike Dunaway" into Google.

May 16, 2019 11:50 AM PDT

THE MUMMY by Samuel Myhre.
Illustrations by Menna Myhre
Cover artwork by Sam Myhre

The Mummy, is a story of good and evil. written by 6 years old Samuel Myhre, illustrated by Menna Myhre
About the Author

Sammy was born on September 16, 2011 in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Sam enjoys reading comic books, and writing books. Sam likes arts and science. He would like to invent a robot that could do homework for him, so Sam could write more books. Sam has 4 books written so far, and The Mummy is his first published book. Sammy enjoys music, Tae Kwon Do, and playing with his siblings. Sam would like to continue writing books and invent robots.

Menna Myhre was born on October 19, 2008 in Fort Wayne, Indiana. She loves mystery books, and comic books. Menna enjoys drawing and painting. She loves animals, gymnastics, running, math and science. She enjoys working with her brother Sam illustrating his books. In the future, Menna would like to pursue a career in arts and theater.

May 16, 2019 11:46 AM PDT


"Prospatheix" is a unique comic book. It sends the message of how far extreme desperation will drive some people and how to never give up hope no matter how dire the situation.

Rashad Hideaki creates a metallic, spandex armored suit which allows him to be the hero Prospathexix for King Galax and Queen Galaxia for the planet of Galaxinus. After a dying request from his late Queen Prospatheia, he takes on protecting the Trimazi Nebula. He faces off against the vengeful Cassadorian Empire who sole purpose is to conquer the Trimazi Nebula and other universes.

Don't be afraid of putting yourself out there. Otherwise, people will forget that you exist. This comic will show readers and those who aspire to be writers and artists to not be afraid of controversy. Do not underestimate or ignore controversy. Create a story with an unpredictable twist.

Antwain Anderson is an aspiring comic book writer and artist. His DeviantArt name is ShadowRinXDT. He has always had a passion for drawing and creative storytelling.

While growing up, Anderson was considered a geek, loving cartoons, superheroes, and video games, and loved drawing his favorite characters such as SpongeBob SquarePants, Spider-Man, Spyro the Dragon, and Crash Bandicoot. His main inspiration, however, came from his love of anime and manga, like Yu Yu Hakusho, Dragonball Z, and, his favorite, Attack on Titan.

As long as you have aspiration, you can lead others to have inspiration.

May 16, 2019 11:42 AM PDT

The Divinity Inquiry by Dennis Gaffin
Found floating in the Straits of Bosporus, Constantinople, is the body of a woman, Euphemia Bray, alleged Theosophist and wealthy friend of Madame Blavatsky, a controversial Victorian mystic. Thus begins a British mystery and an investigation by Church and Queen to discover whether Blavatsky is a true mystic or an imposter, an adventure which moves from England to India.

Helena Petrovna Blavatsky was a real person, known as ‘the most remarkable woman of the century’ and the ‘yogini of the West’.

Cambridge Professor of Divinity Paul Hartley and graduate student Giles Bluecastle face a host of dangers, inquiring into Bray’s death and the authenticity of Blavatsky’s reported occult powers. They visit sacred sites and institutions to interview clergy, savants, monks, yogis, and kabbalists on their sojourn to India via Ireland, Greece, and the Turkish Ottoman Empire.

Interwoven within the adventure are the machinations of British and Church rule, conflicts between authority and religion, and debates over the realities of mystical experience.

About Dennis Gaffin
Dennis Gaffin, PhD is Professor of anthropology at the State University of New York College Buffalo. In addition to the non-fiction books In Place: Spatial and Social Order in a Faeroe Islands Community and Running with the Fairies: Towards a Transpersonal Anthropology of Religion, he has written academic and popular journal articles. Born out of his scholarly work in comparative religion and his interests in Victorian times and the varieties of spiritual experience The Divinity Inquiry is his first novel. He currently lives in rural upstate New York and Toronto.

May 16, 2019 11:38 AM PDT

Trees Unlimited by Clem Masloff
Lea Vexa and her father, a leaf-collector, visit a tropical forest plantation in Tochsylvania. The sister of their host is kidnapped by the bandit leader of aboriginal natives. Lea is drawn into the tribal rebellion along with the tree researcher Resh Zayeth, who applies his advanced light technology to create augmented growth and super-trees in the rainforest. The planter militia attacks the research forest, where Lea falls in love with the tree scientist and the kidnapped sister falls in love with her bandit kidnapper.

The author has been involved with science fiction and speculative literature since teaching himself to read in 1941-42. He served in the Army as a linguist and translator in four Balkan Slavic languages. For several decades he taught sociology in Ohio after graduate research in Russian social history. In his years of retirement he has been writing Science Fiction, a return to dreams of the early 1940s”

See other books from Clem Masloff

May 16, 2019 10:56 AM PDT

Foods & Lifestyle Practices to Help Fight Pain
with Susan Smith Jones, PhD

If you are coping with chronic or frequent pain – from arthritis to an aching back or shoulders, or painful hands or feet — it’s worth making sure you’re eating pain-busting foods to supplement your other therapies and to incorporate some other lifestyle practices.

Our guest today, holistic health expert Susan Smith Jones, PhD, is back with us again for her best tips on how to not only mollify pain anywhere in the body, but also boost your energy, vitality and commitment to creating a healthy, happy and balanced life. I guarantee no one will fall asleep or be in any pain during this program when listening to Susan.

For a woman with three of America’s most ordinary names, Dr. Susan Smith Jones has certainly made extraordinary contributions in the fields of holistic health, anti-aging, optimum nutrition and balanced living. For starters, she taught students, staff and faculty at UCLA how to be healthy and fit for 30 years! Susan travels internationally as a frequent radio and TV talk show guest and motivational speaker; she’s also the author of more than 30 books, including Kitchen Gardening; Be the Change; Wired for High Level Wellness; Invest in Yourself with Exercise; and two more which cover in much more detail the topics we’re discussing today on this show — Choose to THRIVE and The Curative Kitchen & Lifestyle. Refer to her websites to find out how to get personally autographed copies of her books and more about Susan and her healthy, faith-filled lifestyle.

SusanSmithJones.com • BooksToUplift.com

May 16, 2019 09:40 AM PDT


Jane and Sarah team up to help each other through the challenges they face to keep their babies after they have been brutally beaten by their boyfriends.

Being young, homeless, and penniless, Sarah goes into a shelter for abused women. While Jane, a minor, chooses to go back to her mother’s home. Her mother had kicked her out of the house a year before. Strange unexplainable things begin to happen around Jane which makes her question her own sanity. She is scared to tell Sarah because without her support and friendship, she doesn’t think she can stand up to her mother’s demand that she gives her baby up for adoption.

Jane receives a government letter after they had sent for birth certificates saying that there is no record of a Mrs. Helen Evans giving birth to Jane. This starts them searching for the birth certificate she had to go to Disneyland when she was younger.

The search leads them step by step closer to the discovery of a family secret. A secret so big that people have committed murder for it and almost kills Jane and her baby for it. A secret so big that it changes the girl’s lives forever.

Also from Sharron Lee, "The Reluctant Outdoorsman".


May 16, 2019 08:34 AM PDT

Smithsonian Channel Reveals the Hidden Secrets &
Illicit Stories of History’s Royal Figures in
PRIVATE LIVES OF THE MONARCHS , Premiering Monday May 20th at 8pm ET/PT

Host Tracy Borman Shares with Ric the Nitty-Gritty, Down &
Dirty and Outright Bizarre Facts About the Iconic Rulers
from Our History Books

Smithsonian Channel slips into the bedchambers and back rooms of Britain and France's royal palaces to discover the Private Lives of the Monarchs. Hosted by Tracy Borman, joint Chief Curator of the Historic Royal Palaces, this five-part series forgoes dates and diplomacy for foibles and fetishes to reveal the real-life human beings behind the pomp and pageantry. Borman visits the royal palaces and castles of these monarchs to seek out rare documents and artifacts that tell the hidden secrets and illicit stories of their reigns - their affairs, ailments, drug use and more. Among those profiled in the series are Queen Victoria (who was especially fond of chewing gum – laced with cocaine!); King Henry VIII (who favored astrology as a means of controlling his increasing weight); King Louis XIV (who was said to have bathed three times in his entire life); and Charles II (a man who was called “too randy to rule”).

In addition to her role as joint Chief Curator of the Historic Royal Palaces, Tracy Borman is the best-selling author of The Private Lives of the Tudors and Henry the VIII and the Men Who Made Him. A regular TV broadcaster, Tracy has presented three television series inspired by her research into the private lives of historical figures.
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