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August 23, 2019 11:55 AM PDT

True Privilege: Revelation to Faith by Dr. Karyn Darnell

The first series of ‘True Privilege’ comprises three books, ‘The Unholy Realm, Eliza’s Elation and Revelation to Faith.’ The third book in the series, ‘Revelation to Faith’ brings the saga full circle. Detective Faith Wisedor is the great, great granddaughter of Purity, so it’s thought. In a wild twist of events and revelation, Faith stumbles on mysterious family secrets that unlock deep secrets, a dark past and her future as well. Her detective work puts her on the trafficker’s ‘hit list’ due to busting their lucrative enterprises with ‘happy endings.’ In retaliation, Faith’s younger sister Brittany becomes a target for the traffickers to groom and seduce into the ‘Life’ as a sex slave.

It’s a wild adventure that goes around the world in search of sex slaves, body parts, and pregnant teens. Along the way, Faith discovers a manuscript written by none other then Purity, a hundred years before. By some strange power, she is transported back in time, and as fate would have it, falls in love and never wishes to return. Will the great Captain of the Lord’s Army allow her to stay? Or will she remain to fulfill her purpose in the present time? Don’t miss this thriller!

Karyn Darnell, spends her time working as a Registered Nurse. As a 'Doctor of Counseling' she mentors those who have experienced emotional trauma in life. It is one of her greatest pleasures to see the transformation of lives and to set the captives free. She has traveled to some of the most dangerous places, including China's underground church and the streets of Los Angeles, including Skid Row.

It is her greatest desire to bring awareness to those who are chained in the sex and labor trafficking industries around the world. She has also written a non-fiction book called, "Disposable Dolls." This book gives attention and exposure to disposable people globally who are simply tossed away by society. It is her hope to create prevention programs, and to help rehabilitate those being rescued from the deadly trades of illicit trafficking.

August 23, 2019 11:47 AM PDT


One Caregiver’s Journey is a personal memoir that will make you laugh or tug at your heart as the author shares her experiences about providing 24/7 care to her mother for a period of 9 ½ years after her mother broke her hip at age 93.

The book provides details of the changes that occurred over the duration as her mother aged past the century mark and how the author endured the journey.

Caregiving isn’t for everyone. One must possess patience, compassion and the ability to laugh as a prerequisite to becoming a caregiver. This book heartily captures the moments between caregiver and patient, between daughter and mother.

It is not just a heartwarming memoir that describes the author’s experiences and challenges providing full-time care for her mother, it is also an insightful book that digs deeper into caregiving and provides practical suggestions that anyone can use to ensure the safety and wellbeing of their loved one.

The reader will feel as though they are in the author’s living room having a discussion. This is the author’s story.

Eleanor Gaccetta is a Colorado native who grew up in a small farming community outside the City of Denver. During the early years of her career she received both Bachelor and Master’s Degrees from Regis University. She worked for the State of Colorado for 31 years serving her last seven years as a legislative analyst for the Departments of Human Services and Medicaid. After leaving State employment she worked as a policy analyst for the City and County of Broomfield and then returned to the State as a private contractor.

She retired after nearly 40 years in the public sector when her mother fell and broke a hip at age 93. She provided full time 24/7 caregiving until her mother’s death at age 102.

She currently lives in Arvada, a suburb west of Denver and enjoys the outdoors, gardening, cooking and spending time with friends and family.

August 23, 2019 11:42 AM PDT

SOUL FIBER FOR SOUL FITNESS by Pamelajune "Pj" Anderson, DMin.

SOUL FIBER for SOUL FITNESS is a collection of weekly Reflections written in 2017 and prepared for publication in five newspaper and one book bearing the same name. Each Reflection is related to someone, someplace, or something that speaks to humanity’s station, situation, and soul. Just as fiber is used to fortify and strengthen the body by gently cleaning out one's intestines and keeping one regular, Soul Fiber is designed to make one's soul fit – reinforced, refreshed, and resolved – to stay on life’s love journey, inaudibly protected from bitterness, envy, and strife; and keeping one recurrently at peace with joy of heart.

Rev. Dr. Pamelajune “Pj” Anderson, D.Min. is an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ. She holds duel partnership standing with the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). She is a decorated and honorably discharged Lieutenant Commander, US Navy Chaplain Corps. She has provided ministry and pastoral leadership to civilians, service members, and military families throughout the United States and abroad including Sicily, Rome, Greece, Spain, Germany, Ghana and the Ivory Coast, Africa, throughout Italy, and Okinawa, Japan.

She has numerous civilian awards, acknowledgements, and accomplishments including a lifetime member of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) and a lifetime member of the American Legion.

She is a 2010 graduate of the Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) Resident Program, East Jefferson General Hospital in Metairie, LA. Following two years as the succession called pastor to Reverend Dr. Michael C. Murphy, founding pastor of St. Stephen’s Community Church, Lansing, Chaplain (preferred title) answered the call to a new church start opportunity: Space for Grace WithOutWalls United Church of Christ; a radically inclusive, extravagantly welcoming, and graciously hospitable community where “We affirm, Celebrate, and En-Joy Life from Our Soul.”

August 23, 2019 11:36 AM PDT


THE MADHOUSE PROJECTS deals with automotive engineer Flick Thurman and various people who are on a mission to make the world better. Despite extreme opposition from outside forces, Dick and the others triumph. It's a blueprint for a fantastic future.

About the Author
I was born on March 21, 1956 in Warsaw, Indiana where I live today. I began writing science fiction stories around a half a century ago. I was inspired by science fiction TV programs and books that I read. I even wrote plays while in fourth grade.

I began writing science fiction books to practice writing long stories when I was in eighth grade. When I was in college at Southwest Missouri State University, which is now Missouri State University, I wrote a story which was read on the college radio station.

After I moved to New York State in 1977, I began writing letters that were read on the air on the radio station in Peekskill WHUD. The program was "Sound Off". Over 100 parts of my letters were read on the program. I later began doing radio features about science fiction in 1979 and ended the program in 1982. I began doing a cable TV program about future technology and ideas in 1985 and produced my last program in 2012.

I have written letters to the editor since 1974 and have continued to write them in Warsaw, Indiana. Over 300 of them have been published since 2013. I have two other books that have been published. They are "The Belt" which takes place in the Kuyper Belt around 340 years in the future and "Tales From Newgate" which takes place in a city founded by people from another dimension in the Adirondacks. I have two unpublished books on disk entitled "The Adventures of Mr. Amazing" about a superhero from another dimension and "The Mission To Worlds Beyond" about missionaries being sent to other dimensions. I may try to have them published in the future.

August 23, 2019 11:31 AM PDT

ON MY ROD by Francois Lerotique

Francois was a male stripper at a gay bar in downtown Montreal. He planned a hitch hiking trip that would take him from the east coast of North America to the west and as far as Alaska in the north.

He not only explores his sexuality with both gay and straight men, he also encounters dangers that threaten his life and challenge his wit in order to escape. Without a cell phone and in remote areas, no mobile connection, Francois had to be both curious and bold in his quest to explore his sexuality with numerous strangers. Francois delves into his sexuality and discovers that men both gay and straight have desires and fantacies with other men. In this book based on a true story, Francois tells us everything about his erotic sexual experiences.

Perhaps many of you have dreamed of taking a similar journey but for reasons of your own it never happened. Francois invites you to join him for an erotic and sometimes dangerous adventure. There were spectacular panoramas, diverse cultures, hardships and sexual exploits that most of us only dream about. Prepare to see America in a way no other has seen before.

August 23, 2019 11:25 AM PDT


The #MeToo movement has revealed an insidious epidemic that plagues society. Sexual assault is easy to deny that it happened at all-both for the victim and the perpetrator. Often there is no evidence. It can take years for some victims to find their voice around sexual assault, if at all. Meanwhile the perpetrators' misuse of sexual power can deny their culpability forever.

Dr. Lucy Papillon relies on her own #MeToo experiences as well as case studies from eighteen years of clinical practice to explore rape culture and its effects on women, examine the ways in which trauma and mistreatment can change a woman's entire life, and demonstrate the necessity of facing darkness to reach the light of equality. Dr. Papillon blends personal narratives with practical tools to invoke awareness in both genders of how systemic and pervasive the problem has become while gently suggesting helpful methods to break through barriers to effect positive change and inspire those suffering from abuse to reclaim their power.

How Dare You! shares compelling stories and useful tools to paint a poignant portrait of present-day culture and empower women and those suffering from abuse to participate in their own journey toward awareness and recovery.

Lucy Papillon Ph.D., is a clinical psychologist in private practice in Hermosa Beach and Beverly Hills, California. She has served on the faculty at UCI Medical School, authored two books, and appeared as an expert in numerous publications. Dr. Papillon currently lectures throughout the United States and the world.

The book is available for purchase at: https://www.amazon.com/Dare-Insidious-Ways-Women-Treated/dp/1480871818.

August 23, 2019 11:18 AM PDT


Katie and Kenny, along with their father, are taken on a tour of the local railroad yard by an engineer with the railroad. The basis of the book is to introduce children to the role railroads play in our lives, their importance, and to stress safety around railroads and their equipment: “NO PLAYGROUND!”

In today’s world, the role of railroads has hardly been more important. Keith N. Corman feels it is a MUST to introduce to people why they are there, what they do, and, most importantly, how to be safety conscious around them.

Keith N. Corman developed an early love of trains. At his boyhood home in Lawrenceburg, Indiana, the Baltimore and Ohio line ran within view and a New York Central branch bordered his backyard. Daily he’d race to watch the trains pass. The steam locomotives still in use were particularly exciting. All of his family and neighborhood knew the importance of safety around the railroads.

As the years progressed, Keith never lost his interest in railroading, although he followed the course to pursue public service. As well as trains, Keith has a keen interest in history and philosophy. He and his wife, Martha, reside in Cincinnati, Ohio. Together they have one daughter, Amanda, who lives with her husband Caleb in Marietta, Georgia.

Now retired, Keith has initiated a business consulting in regards to industrial development and the use of rail, river, and highway logistics. He is an avid model railroader, “Railfan,” and is active in promoting public education about the importance of railroads and rail safety.

August 23, 2019 11:11 AM PDT


Does it seem to you that everything in the world around you is shaking? Well, it is! Are you asking, "Why am I so unsettled? Why do I sense such foreboding in my circumstances? Why do I seem to be so scared about what I do not even understand?" Then this book is for you. Discover in this book answers for your "whys." There are answers that may surprise you. You can live in peace in the midst of chaos, if you so choose. This book can be used as a Bible Study to find truthful answers to your questions. You can also send people to this book who are asking you questions that you cannot answer about end-time events.

Other books by this author are Shekinah Glory Reveals Wisdom, The Voice of The Lord Speaks and Israel's Glory Unveiled. All her books are available on Amazon and other venues.

Author can be contacted by email at AnointedLife1@Frontier.com Author's website: http: //angelfire.com/bc3/heartofgod

August 23, 2019 11:03 AM PDT


This is an attempt to put together chips and pieces of our nations historical past and experiences, forming a basis. It is also an attempt to draw a coherent view about some aspects of social life under the conditions and breadth of the United States Constitution. The chips and pieces are critical events that have determined the different and strange paths of social life each of us has chosen or must live out willy-nilly, feeling, thinking, doing, or acting. If you are still interested in living well in the United States and elsewhere, these events cannot be overlooked or ignored.

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.

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