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March 05, 2020 06:12 PM PST

700 POETIC POINTS by Dr. Nader F. Nowparast

The 700 Poetic Points that you are to read and enjoy are the English version of their Farsi (Persian) original version entitled 700 Guftar (Points) versed and translated by Dr. Nader Frank Nowparast. The Original Farsi Version was published by Ketab Cor. In Los Angeles, CA is 2007. It contains 700 Quatrains or Rubaiyat. The first Quatrain was versed when Dr. Nader F. Nowparast was 17 years old. In addition to these Quatrains, which have been his favorite poetic style, Dr. Nader F. Nowparast has versed many Lyrics and Elegies which have been published in Farsi Magazines in Tehran and Southern California.

Dr. Nader Frank Nowparast was born in Tehran, Iran in 1931 and came to the United States in 1956 on student Visa and with a four-years scholarship given to him by the United States’ Government due to the exceptionally high score he obtained on the Aptitude Test. After being honored with B.S. and M.A. Degrees in Psychology and completion of 60 credit in Doctoral Program toward the Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology, he returned to Tehran, Iran in 1970. In addition to his academic achievements, he provided Comprehensive Psychological Services at Oklahoma State Penitentiary (1962-1964) and Youth Development Centers in Canonsburg and Cornwells Heights in the State of Pennsylvania (1966-1969). While in Pennsylvania, he began his instruction of courses in Psychology at Pennsylvania State University on the part-time basis (1967-1969).

March 05, 2020 06:05 PM PST


A love story stretching across time, Crystal Traveler takes the reader from the present day to the last days of Atlantis, then forward again through myth and history.

Modern scientist Ta-rel, caught in a mysterious crystal generated time portal, finds himself thrust into the midst of plots and intrigues within a society far removed from the world he knew. Trying to discover how and why he was teleported back through time, Ta-rel must first learn to operate within a society with amazing similarities yet very different gifts and challenges than his time.

Ta-rel finds support and guidance from Lyra, high priestess of the Temple of the Moon, and together they grow and discover their soul’s connection and their destiny, falling in love in the process.

As the world of Atlantis begins to disintegrate around them, they rush to merge Ta-rel’s scientific understanding with Atlantian vibrational technology to arrive at an answer with profound history-changing implications for both Atlantis and today’s world.

But can Ta-rel and Lyra together outwit the political intrigue and celestial interference that plagues Atlantis during its final days? What are the implications to our world if Ta-rel and Lyra succeed?

Crystal Traveler engages the reader in the epic story of the final days of Atlantis, with uncanny parallels and lessons for today’s world. Modern and classical research are combined with the authors’ personal visions and past life memories to create a believable, compelling, and detailed account of this period of global upheaval and change, sweeping the reader into a world of intrigue, mystery, and expanded consciousness.

This first book of the Crystal Message Chronicles series will fill you with the wonders of a forgotten age.

About The Authors
It was more than love at first sight; it was soul recognition that drew Kathleen and Breighton together. From their first encounter and thereafter, past-life visions, memories, and channeled conversations have come forth between them. This growing library of information compelled them to write and share their story.

Kathleen Dawe is an author, teacher, counselor, certified hypnotherapist, and alternative health practitioner for Stone Circle Alternatives. An experienced workshop presenter, her gifts include being a Reiki Master, psychic, and medical intuitive. She has walked a spiritual path for more than 35 years sharing her unique perspective that blends both ancient and modern healing techniques, wisdom, and concepts. A librarian and superb storyteller, her bardic presentations, including story and song, are the delight of many children each week.

Breighton Dawe is a Reiki master, energy worker, tarot reader, writer, teacher, and alternative health practitioner for Stone Circle Alternatives. He is an experienced workshop presenter in both the professional engineering and spiritual/shamanic venues. He uses his engineering and computer background integrated with his spiritual understanding as a foundation to bring the metaphysical into the “real” world. Personal energy management, vibrational medicine, alternative energy, and weatherwork are a part of his repertoire. Breighton is a sensitive and conscientious healer and energy worker.

Together, Kathleen and Breighton bring their special kind of magic to audiences when they jointly present their workshops. Their love of each other, their family, and their teaching shines forth clearly in their writing. The vibration they carry generates inspiration and hope and is a gentle catalyst for positive change in those they touch with their teaching and writing.

March 05, 2020 05:57 PM PST

Dream No More: Rise of a Lion: Book I by Marrio C. Mathews
“Dream No More of a Lion – Book 1” is the beginning of a new Sci-Fi, Fantasy quest. This coming of age hero’s journey follows a young black boy named, Lyone. He is torn away from his family by a civil war that reduces a nation to ash. Then, he is found injured and taken into the care of a host family who learns of his strange misplacement and the captivity of his family by an all-powerful sorceress. It is here where Lyone is joined by Dior and Lisa, beginning their journey back to where he was found, unraveling the mystery of these strange events and their perilous uncharted home world of Ni.

About the Author
Marrio C. Mathews was born and raised in New Orleans, Louisiana. Since middle school, he has completed several writing projects; none of which was published. However, after his family relocated to Texas as Hurricane Katrina Survivors, he vowed to turn his writings into a professional business venture. Once he moved to Seattle, Washington, he spent the first year of his life as a City-Year Seattle/King County AmeriCorps member. He would then hold two different jobs, attend Seattle Central Community College, and work on the Seattle Central Community College Leadership Board as the Executive of Communications while maintaining a scholarship. After gaining employment at a tech company, he developed the current iteration of Dream No More: Rise of a Lion - Book 1 and Book 2.

Dream No More: Rise of a Lion: Book II by Marrio C. Mathews

“Dream No More: Rise of a Lion – Book 2” continues in this second installment of the epic Sci-Fi, High Fantasy novel. Following the hero’s quest of a young black boy named Lyone, his party presses onward towards the truth of his dislocation and the captivity of his family by an all-powerful sorceress. Along their quest, the party finds themselves caught in the middle of a Nation States’ massive invasion campaign, victimized by a shadow organization, and hunted by the deadly sorceress herself. Dior takes the role of instructor, teaching Lyone and Lisa the skills necessary to journey forth upon the planet of Ni.

March 05, 2020 05:53 PM PST

ELLIE'S JOURNAL by M.E. Castanares

This is an adventure story about a mortal teenager named Emily Castle and her immortal vampire-with-a-soul father Daniel Sangelos, who set out on a journey to find Emily’s mother, named Ellie. Ellie was thought to have died years ago; however, that is not true. Ellie is alive, and now Daniel and Emily must race to find her. Along with Daniel’s abilities, they have a creative techno genius named Cy, a stranger named Evans, and the written pages of a journal that was left on Daniel’s doorstep to help them with their journey. The journal, to their surprise, belonged to Ellie. Somehow Emily and Daniel will need to decipher Ellie’s words, thoughts, and memories in order to save her life.

The journal begins the adventure, and as the journey unfolds, we begin to learn about all the unique people from Emily’s and Ellie’s past. But the journey for Daniel, Emily, and Cy becomes dangerous when they soon discover the real reason the journal was left on Daniel’s doorstep in the first place. ­They soon realize the enemy behind everything is someone from Daniel’s past named Gideon. Gideon is also a vampire. Daniel, Emily, and Cy must defeat Gideon, find Ellie, and somehow stay alive.

Although Maria Erma Castanares was born in the Philippines, she has lived her entire life as a Canadian writer from Windsor, Ontario. She is an active board member of the Windsor Pinoy Athletics, a non-profit organization. She uses her infamous organizational skills coordinating fundraisers and sporting events. She is an avid sports fan. She is also a single mother to two young adults and aunt to two nieces.

M.E Castanares has been writing since she was 13. Her writing varied from poetry, stories, speeches, musical lyrics, and music. Her first novel was written during her time off while on maternity leave. It only took 6 months to write the book however, it took 16 years before she decided to publish. She believes that everything needs time to grow and develop. And sometimes you need to trust yourself before you take that leap of faith.

March 05, 2020 05:49 PM PST


Your Child Is Smarter Than You Think! bridges the gap between how children think and learn, and how they feel and behave. Dr. Wanda Draper discusses a whole-child approach to articulate a child's developmental relationship to behavior and learning. Dr. Draper says, "You can't send the head to school and leave the body at home--the whole child goes to school, the whole child lives at home, and the whole child participates in the world."
Based on thirty years of experiences with children, parents and teachers, she suggests effective ways to help children achieve success in school and life. She offers insights about the difference between natural and problem behavior--and what to do about it. Dr. Draper, focusing on each stage and pathway of development, gives suggestions for how to successfully:
live and work with a smart child
help without interfering
activate the learning loop
communicate to get results
Wanda Draper, Ph.D., professor emeritus of human development in the College of Medicine, University of Oklahoma Health Science Center, where she taught behavioral science to physicians in their psychiatry residency programs for twenty years. Dr. Draper has consulted national and internationally on child development and parent education programs. As an expert witness, she has testified in over a hundred capital murder trials and child custody cases about the relationship between childhood development and adulthood consequences. She studied at Texas Woman's University, with additional studies at Harvard University and in Geneva, Switzerland. The author of seventeen books, she has appeared on television, including The Oprah Winfrey Show, and has been quoted in CNN News, USA Today, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Parent magazine, and Reader's Digest.

February 27, 2020 07:02 PM PST

God's Truth About the End of Time by Arnold Johnson
God’s prophetic work is the only prophecy that I know of that comes to pass 100 percent of the time. All prophecy in the Bible has come to pass exactly as it was prophesied, or is waiting until the proper time for it to be fulfilled, no exceptions. Therefore, you can rest assured that the Bible’s version of the end of time is 100 percent accurate. Studying the end-of-time events isn’t as easy as it sounds. The information is scattered throughout the Bible, and some of it is very cryptic. So to share this with you, I gathered this information together and put it in a time line and then made it as easy to read and understand as possible.

Looking inside this book, the first thing you will find is how to easily read the Book of Revelation. To be able to read this book from beginning to end, and understand everything that you read. This will give you a basic idea of what will take place during the end of time.
In the next part, you will find why this book was written and where in the Bible you can find the basic framework of this book, which shows you the proper order of the events.
Next, you will find the other things that you need to have a complete understanding of the Book of Revelation. Basically, it is information about the spiritual temple and the New Testament.

After that, all these are put together into a time line to show you what the Bible says about the end of time. I started with the Book of Revelation as the basic framework and then enhanced it with the other biblical events that also contain the same end time events. This work will give you a clear picture of God’s plans for the end of time.

Then at the end of this book, you will find the prophetic chapters of the Book of Daniel. These chapters were sealed until the time of the end, and now it’s possible to explain these prophetic chapters. So I included them, and I did my best to make them as easy to read and understand as possible.

This book is God’s plan for the end of time and our return to fellowship with him. And you will also learn in this book some things that you won’t find anywhere else. Therefore, I believe you will find this book is well worth the read.

I’m not a minister or a biblical scholar, just an ordinary average person who has a passion for the end-of-time events. I don’t know why I’m drawn to this study, but I’ve been studying these events for over forty years, and I still learn something new from time to time. Over the years, I’ve gathered a lot of insight on this time period that I wish to share with other like-minded people who desire to know the mystery of the end of time and also to know why it is these events that allow us to finally go up to heaven and stand before the Throne of God.

February 27, 2020 06:58 PM PST

VESTIGE by Monique Gliozzi

Dr Maxwell Stein, a seasoned child psychologist practicing in New York, is about to head off on vacation, when the past comes back to haunt him. A visit by a former patient, now a mysterious adult, takes him by surprise to deliver a priceless gift. Her simple message, sets the wheels of his conscious and subconscious mind in motion till he is on the verge of derailing. His family, concerned and frightened by his changing attitudes, feels helpless. Is Max bordering on insanity or is there still hope?

About the Author
Born in Dublin, Dr Monique Gliozzi, a graduate from the University of Western Australia medical school, has a keen interest in forensic sciences and psychiatry. She works as a psychiatrist in Perth, with ties to the UWA School of Psychiatry, where she has had a role as a Senior Clinical lecturer. Her love for teaching has granted her a nomination for an Excellence in Teaching Award in 2016. Monique also holds an interest in aviation. She trained at the Royal Aero Club of Western Australia, where she obtained a commercial pilot licence. Following this, Monique completed her instructor rating and is now working on a casual basis as a senior flight instructor. Monique has rekindled her passion for writing starting with the fictional thriller Foresight, followed by Hunted and now her third book, Vestige.

February 27, 2020 06:55 PM PST


Personal connections that leave people feeling a sense of being cared about and valued, with a true sense of belonging and being wanted, is something most of us include when listing the kinds of things that lead to feeling happy and fulfilled. Yet many of us don't have the kinds of close relationships that leave us feeling deeply cared about and understood.

Dr. Carlo has created this book with the intention of empowering others to understand how to enrich their lives in ways that will result in their feeling more confident in their social experiences, comfortable, safe, and loved.

About Dr. Carlo
PAUL CARLO, PH.D., is a psychotherapist in full time private practice in Santa Monica, Ca. specializing in child, parent, family, and adult relationship issues. His extensive experience as a teacher, speaker, author, university administrator, consultant, and founding director of the USC Center on Child Welfare, have uniquely qualified him as an expert in the area of forming and sustaining meaningful, satisfying and loving relationships with significant others. He lives in Los Angeles, with his wife and son, in a busy household surrounded by loving family, friends, neighbors, and close professional colleagues.

February 27, 2020 06:51 PM PST


A gripping and powerful story about survival on the streets.

This is a true account, in descriptive and sometimes graphic detail, of what it was like to survive homelessness. It is the story of one person’s struggle to come to terms with what can only be described as a real-life disaster.

More than just a good read, A Homeless Panic provides a profound and moving account of what it’s like to be homeless in America.

Our society doesn’t look favorably on homelessness and doesn’t understand the problem. Even though the United States is the wealthiest nation on earth, we have been unable to resolve the growing problem of homelessness. This book can help bring a better understanding between the general public and the homeless.

The author delves into the complex realities of homelessness to paint a compelling picture of individuals living on the street and of their struggles for daily survival. All of them are trying to make the best they can of a desperate situation. This book presents an honest look at their foibles, their values, and their humanity.

Edited by Randall Shaw.

About the author
The author was born into a military family and traveled around the world the first nine years of his life. When his father got out of the service, they settled in Baltimore. James enrolled in trade school and began his career in the heating ventilation and air conditioning field. Throughout his life, he has been passionately involved in writing and in composing and performing music.

February 27, 2020 06:46 PM PST


Here is a poem collection for everybody to lie back comfortably on their couch holding a cup of cocoa and lose themselves into a world of thoughts. These thoughts seem to be so rhythmic that we call them ‘Musical Thoughts’. The poems in this book mainly focus on nature, human behavior and elements which influence the mood of a person. The verses of this book may reflect one or another point of your life. Just reading them may make you think that the author lives in an imaginary world but a deeper look at the words will reveal you something very real, something to which you can relate yourself.

About the author
The author is a teenage girl who is a normal student, doing normal things yet dreams big. This book is probably the first step that she has taken to make her dreams come true. Most of her poems are influenced by elements around us but she likes to describe them as if she is writing fantasy.

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