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Born in NYC and having travelled and lived around the world I have been influenced by the works of James Redfields' Insights about syncronies and how the people we meet and the events in our lives can show us a new way of living. I like others of our time realize that our thoughts are very powerful and fear dominates our reactions in most things on earth. By changing from Fear to Love we can achieve anything. I tried to use local events from newspapers and historical events to illustrate these ideas. The writings of Pople John Paul 11 have not only inspired me but give us great hope in the future of mankind and for me confirm the belief that we are on the brink of a universal spiritual revival.
What are your intentions? Are your thoughts based on Fear and leading you to a destructive life or a life of love and purpose? Take a journey through different ages from the Russian revolution to life with the Carthars,to present day life in the UK. While Marchell and Johnny search for "Their Place" they encounter and try to influence the lives of those on earth and help them to understand our destiny -is to create heaven on earth. Along the way throughout all time they show us where there is love there is always hope and that Fear which destroys lives can be overcome .Or thoughts are very powerful, change is just a thought away.
Colleen Spiro is a Catholic wife, mother, stepmother and grandmother. She and her husband, a permanent deacon, both manage to keep quite busy in their empty nest.
A Benedictine Oblate and a certified spiritual director, Colleen loves to share her faith and encourage others through her writings. She has published her memoir and an ebook journal of a personal retreat she took recently.
My Catholic eBook, Blueberry Muffins, Everyday Stories of God's Love, is a book of true stories about times when I have experienced God's loving presence in my life.
It is a compilation of several articles first published in Christian magazines. They are real life Christian stories about God and hope, faith and love.
I share them with you in the hopes that you can notice and remember those moments when you, too, have experienced His love.
This Catholic eBook will warm your heart! Read these inspirational Christian stories and feel encouraged and uplifted!
I am a retired electrical engineer that became alarmed upon learning my doctor's diagnosis of onset diabetes. This concern lead me to finally do something about losing weight to try to mitigate the oncoming health problems. My doctor recommended losing at least 10 to 20 pounds as a start, which I began immediately. Concurrently, I began research to determine the best healthy diet to lose and then maintain a new permanent, target weight. As I describe in the book, I was able to lose weight remarkably fast and with amazing results. Not only did the weight dissapear but my health situation significantly changed for the better as well.
My wife was impressed with my diet and encouraged me to share my story with others that may be overweight or obese. She knew there were many people that could benefit from this diet plan. As a result of her gentle proding, I am now the proud author of my first book.
If any reader wishes to ask a question or share information, I can be reached by email geewhizztoo@gmail.
This book is autobiographical in the sense that it is about my struggle with obesity most of my adult life and what I have done to conquer it. A fight that has finally ended as I am no longer obese. I am no longer overweight, and best of all, I am successfully maintaining a healthy, active weight. I could say journey to success was difficult and filled with dreadful sacrifice, but it was not. It was, in fact, surprisingly easy. Clearly one cannot lose more than fifty-five pounds and maintain this loss without a little discipline and sacrifice, but the payback far exceeds the small price one pays. What is it worth to gain better health, and physical liberation in the form of new strength, agility, balance, and energy? Good health is of paramount importance, particularly as we advance in age. If one is age 49 or older, chances are, they want to capture at least a portion of their youth. They want to be in good health, move without pain, and look good, lively, and attractive. They want to enjoy life and feel wanted by the people who are special in their life. People under 49 want these things, too, of course, and this diet plan will work just as well for them. Though this book has a primary focus toward the more advanced in age, it is as critical for children and young adults among us. The overweight young people face serious social pressures daily, which affect relationships, confidence and self-esteem; their addiction-like eating habits to the wrong foods and lack of consistent, moderate exercise is putting them at risk to a life-long battle against overweight and unhappiness.
What Makes You Think Your Memoir Is So Special?
From the eyes of a young poet, this autobiographical memoir explores a multi-cultural section of Hollywood, California during the early 1960s. As her family life unravels, a young girl escapes to the streets. She bargains with God to take her childhood in exchange for the knowledge she needs to survive. From each place she explores, she acquires new wisdom, insight and understanding ultimately leading her back to home--to hope, to an understanding about the source and scope of her troubles. Exquisite language, poetry and an operatic musical background are the soft blankets laid upon the harsh realities she often faces.
The author was born a “middle class,” over-privileged WASP in 1943. and “came out” into gay life in 1965. After an internship at a major hospital in Cleveland, she graduated from Kent State University in May of 1970 with a Bachelor of Science in Medical Technology, and also a Bachelor of Arts in Biology with a general minor. She became a Jew-by-Choice in 1973. She is a proud retired member of 1199SEIU, the National Healthcare Workers Union, and participated in the great 1984 Hospital Strike in NYC. She is also a Wobblie.
Barbara G Louise is an Empath, her own feelings always strongly affected by the presence of other beings (usually human, although she can feel other mammals too, like horses, cats dogs, and dolphins). While writing The Rabble and the Rich, she finally had to realize she had to do the creative part physically alone, in order to discover, without the emotional input of anyone else’s worldview, exactly what she personally had to say about capitalism, the necessity for revolution, Marxism, government, and anarkhism. She knows her communist friends will disagree with her, and most other anarkhists also. Which is why she had to find her own ideas and opinions.
Barbara conceives of her potential audience as “middle class” or formerly “middle class” mostly-white people who are disgusted by our current economic system and disenchanted with the failed idea of the “American dream,” whereby we were all supposed to work hard and grow into a comfortable life free of hunger, economic worry, and random violence (regardless of skin colour), where we could raise our children in safety. She cannot pretend to be anything other than what she is: a white, anti-Racist, formerly “middle class” person who can speak most genuinely to other “middle Class” people.
Since she was born in 1943, she is not young. For most of her life, the twenty-first century was the far future. ((She can even remember when 1976 was the ‘far’ future.)) She did not grow up with the InterNet.
So she was at first reluctant to publish electronically. To her, and to most people her age, a book is bound hardcopy she can decoratively store on a bookshelf, hold in her hands, and manually turn the pages with more than a casual flick of her fingers.
But as a long time reader of science fiction, Barbara must admit, and rejoice, that the future is here now. To the people of the twenty-first century, the InterNet is Reality. She even has a connection in her house. Although she has plenty of hardcopies on her bookshelves, her most useful dictionary is online, so she can most quickly consult it while she is writing with her computer on her lap.
Having finished the Work which serves as the culmination of her lifetime of reading, thinking about politics and philosophy — and engaging in whatever progressive activism she was not too cowardly to commit — she began the soul-numbing process of trying to break into print without any interest in, or talent for, writing short stories to introduce herself to readers in her genre. Considering the difficulty an unknown new writer has in finding a publisher these days, especially for a book with a bluntly anti-capitalist theme, Barbara despaired of getting her novel published anytime before she died.
Then one night after Erev Rosh Hashannah services at her synagogue, someone suggested that the visiting Cantor — Bonnie J. Gordon, whose delightful retelling of the Exodus story — Escape from Goshen — for children, can be found on Amazon for Kindle (and in paperback) — could tell her how to publish online, so Barbara asked her how, and she did.
There is a song from the sixties or seventies, from the time when Barbara was “officially” involved with Gay Liberation:
It isn’t nice to block the doorway,
It isn’t nice to go to jail.
There are nicer ways to do it
But the nice ways always fail.
Of course, escape from the life-smothering excesses of capitalism is only necessary in the alternate universe of The Rabble and the Rich. In our universe, our relatively tiny corner of the Multiverse, capitalism is the greatest economic system the human species has ever produced. You better believe it. Anyone can get rich!
Only losers, like Barbara G Louise, who has no interest in, and no talent for, the thieving manipulations of high finance, cannot get rich and join the storied ‘1%’ who own our supposedly democratic government and manipulate it to further their own selfish financial interests, no matter how the losers suffer while their totally-unimportant qualities of life plummet as the rich get richer.
So, since Barbara is too old to survive arrest and torture by armed and armored agents of the federal or state governments, the reader will please remember that no revolution (especially by the Left) is necessary in our universe, absolutely none. Barbara is definitely not advocating a Leftist revolution.
Capitalism is the end of history. Revolution is unneeded, and impossible. You better believe it.
Cleaveland and the universe of The Rabble and the Rich can be found somewhere in the infinite reaches of the Multiverse, along with: Utopia; Erewhon; Oz; Lilliput; Precipice, CA; Shora; Earthsea; Hain; Gethen; Anarres; (The Word for World is) Forest; Aka; Middle Earth; the Shire; Barsoom; Malacandra; Salvay; Anthea; Wonderland; Underland; the Island of Dr. Moreau; Kendra-on-the-Delta; Arun; Barrayar; Quaddiespace; Lucifer (the planet); Zomia; Kkhadee; Chaos; Dyson Prime; Nueva Cuba; Darkover; the Stand on Zanzibar; (the disk of) Gaia (in orbit of Saturn); Beninia; Mouth-of-Mattapoisett, MA; A Paradise Built in Hell; Luna Free State; the Golden Globe; Babylon 5; and the Star Trek Galaxy.
This book is now vailable on Amazon.com for $2.99, the lowest price Kindle will allow.
DOCUMENTS of the PEOPLE’S REPUBLIC OF NORTH AMERICA is a collection of non-narrative writing which supplements the three books of the controversial RABBLE AND THE RICH Trilogy, the tale of an alternative universe — a universe nothing like our own, of course — where the terrible division between the rich capitalists and the Working Class has reached its climax.
Truth in Advertising compels the author to reveal that each section of DOCUMRNTS has been published before, in the Xtra areas at the back of the books of the Trilogy, THE RABBLE AND THE RICH, although there have been extensive additions to A COLLECTION OF REBELS since the Trilogy was first published.
The DOCUMENTS excerpted from the controversial speculative-fiction trilogy-novel, The RABBLE AND THE RICH, are, first of all, THE CONSTITUTION OF THE PEOPLE’S SOLIDARITY OF NORTH AMERICA, wherein the customs and ideology of a future free, anarkhist society are enumerated and established.
Also included is an extensive BIBLIOGRAPHY OF SPECULATIVE FICTION AND LEFT-LEANING BOOKS which inspired and educated the author of The RABBLE AND THE RICH, as well as A COLLECTION OF REBELS, including Val Plumwood, Emma Goldman, Assata Shakur, Frederick Douglass, Big Bill Haywood, Julius and Ethel Rosenberg, J. Robert Oppenheimer, Angela Davis, James Tiptree Jr, Ursula K. LeGuin, Urvashi Vaid, Emiliano Zapata, and Cindy Sheehan, as well as further activists, anarchists, socialists, communists, and others in our universe who have contributed to the evolutionary and cultural trend towards a civilization free from capitalism and its ills.
What kind of mother abandons her children? Donna George couldn't imagine, until heroin and opiates became more important to her than life itself. Even drugs couldn't mask the pain in her heart, but they could get her busted. Her choice became jail or Sunflower House, an extreme, last chance rehab she couldn't possibly face. No other program had worked ... but maybe, just maybe, tough-love counselors and a handful of colorful characters could help her find the way through the madness and back to her daughters and her better self. An intimate, gritty memoir about addiction and recovery.
A bestseller on Amazon in Substance Abuse, Recovery, and Drug Dependency. 5.0 out of 22 Amazon reviews. Described as "Honest and raw." "A story that needed to be told." "Gritty realism." "A story of redemption." "Intense and moving story of recovery."
S.J. Munson has been a pastor, writer and teacher for the past two decades. He received a B.A. in English from Princeton, along with a prize for fiction. The author of numerous Christian dramas, his call to fulltime ministry came while he was working as a screenwriter in Hollywood. He went on to receive an M.Div. from Princeton Theological Seminary, with a concentration in New Testament Greek.
“I love history and this story gave me an opportunity to weave history, faith and mystery into one story,” Munson said. “Anyone who is interested in fiction, art or ancient history will love this book.”
"There’s a lot of fiction or non-fiction out there that deals in some way with the temple treasure, the rebuilding of the temple, end-time prophecy and the State of Israel. I wanted to write a detective novel that challenges the reader both intellectually and emotionally to reexamine some dearly held assumptions in the light of history.
"The Romans looted the Jerusalem temple in AD 70, and I always wondered what became of those treasures. The Romans were such careful historians, whatever happened, there had to be a paper trail. As it turns out, the story is quite an epic. For five hundred years, the treasures survived fire, barbarian invasions and war, traveling from Jerusalem, to Rome, Carthage, Constantinople, and back to Jerusalem. Then, oddly, in the mid-sixth century, the trail goes cold. What happened after that is, of course, a source of much speculation, and that’s where fiction and imagination take over. The protagonist in my book gets caught up in the search but ends up finding something infinitely more valuable."
For more information and resources, go to www.treasureofisrael.com
What ever happened to the treasures of the Jerusalem temple looted by the Romans in AD 70? Their fate is shrouded in mystery ...
Former art historian Michael Grammaticus, Jr. has inherited an ancient and dangerous secret-and it seems he is the last to know! When his parents are killed under suspicious circumstances, he travels to Rome to investigate, and the clues lead him to a fascinating world of ancient art, medieval manuscripts, and a dangerous mix of religion and international politics. Descended from an endless line of Greek scholars, he can't resist being drawn into their cryptic world, and soon the same relentless forces that destroyed his father begin to hound Michael as well. He discovers not only that his father had been an outspoken advocate for Palestinian Christians, but also that one of his ancestors was the bearer of a secret that continues to haunt his family-- a riddle regarding the whereabouts of the coveted treasure of King Herod's temple. This journey of discovery also becomes one of faith, as the cynical and disillusioned Michael undergoes a harrowing tribulation that leads him not only to the reasons for his father's death, but also to something far greater than the temple treasure itself. A delightful romp for lovers of fiction, art and ancient history-- and for anyone who ever wondered what really happened to that treasure!
"For a huge puzzle, I found not a puzzle-piece out of place. As the treasure-search genre of books expands, this quality is important. It also is an obvious treasure piece never before dealt with. This one hangs together. Needless to say, I recommend it without reservation." --Rev. Hank Keating, President, Keating Christian Ministries, Inc.
"Not since the early works of Morris West has a novel more accurately described the interplay of tensions between the religious world and Western society." --Christian Newswire
"What the avid reader of historical novels always needs is a well-researched, well-written novel that gives us a sense of having walked with the author into an enchanted land of his making. This, happily, is what S. J. Munson's novel does. It is not an ordinary historical novel, but one of depth and learning and style." --Ralph Stewart Smith, author
Eric D. Wagoner is from Indiana, attended St. Bonaventure University in Olean New York and graduated in 1984 with a degree in Social Science. Over the following years he has lived and worked in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania and Seattle, Washington. In 1993 he moved to the Piedmont region of North Carolina where over the next twenty years he worked an “ecliptic number of jobs” from carpenter and day laborer, in textile mill, mail clerk, French bread truck driver and as a graphic designer. This is his Second Book.
This a short book of essays of presented in the form of opinion letters to the editor relating to political issues and public policy. Comprised over the course of over twenty years this collection of public opinion is presented from the point view of the common man for without being asked would never have expounded on the subjects contained within its pages.
For those who like political history and for those who just subscribe, daily, to public opinion polls this is a must read for everyone who has ever wanted launch themselves into the arena of public debate.
As a registered psychotherapist/healer I have observed many different types of behavior as well observing my own self. When first introduced to the topic of the Enneagram and later studying it I was completely amazed at how complete this system is, more so than other personality profiling. The Enneagram helped me tremendously and so my desire is to allow everyone the same freedom of belief...belief in yourself and that you are an amazing human being.
Alchemy of the Archetype Self 2 goes deeper into reflection of personality types based on the Enneagram compared to the first of that title. It also includes astrology characteristics to compare within the self and relationships.
THE MAID'S DAUGHTER is a story of hope for all - that through determination, as well as some help and encouragement from others, we might be able to find that magical place within ourselves where we're able to develop our own unique gifts that are meant to be cultivated and expressed.
As an author of children's books, I emphasize the need for understanding and dignity for children of all ages, and my stories focus on the need for strong family communication, as well as fulfilling personal expression.
I have written other Middle Grade Novellas, such as The Noble Peasant, Her Divided Heart, and Bella, which will be released soon.
"Our lives are beautiful and happy when expressed through our talents."
Lois J Bailey, author, member of SCBWI
THE MAID'S DAUGHTER - MIddle Grade Novella for Girls
Sally proves to be a shining light amidst many difficulties in this post Civil-War story of an intelligent African-American girl and her loving mother Bessie, who works as a maid for the Russell family, longtime Plantation owners living in Nottaway County, Virginia.
The heartwarming relationship between Sally and her ma, plus Sally's natural desire for dignity and opportunity highlight her strength of character in this period of lingering intolerance and resentment.
When problems arise, Sally and Bessie must leave the only home they've ever known.
It is through Sally's innocent quest for change, sheer determination, and some help from those whose hearts she touches that Sally is finally able to achieve her lifelong dream.
This Historical Novella ia an encouraging story of change that will inspire young and old alike.
David Wimborne is a specialist legal advisor and Independent Appeal Panel Member responsible for hearing school admission appeals, including entrance to grammar schools in England.
How To Secure A Place At A Grammar School is a plain English guide for parents which includes 191 Hints, Tips, and Cutting Edge Legal Information.
It is a succinct guide which focuses on a wide range of topics that can assist you in preparing the strongest possible application for admission to a grammar school in England, for instance:
1.) Examples of classic mistakes made by families before and after submitting the application, one of which can cost beyond £400,000!
2.) Facts and Information on how to fully understand the complex admissions process
3.) The ‘dos’ and ‘don’ts’ for the application process
4.) How to begin basic preparation for your appeal if your application is unsuccessful
5.) How to prevent common mistakes from damaging your child’s chances of securing a place at a grammar school
6.) A useful and detailed Case Study
7.) An example template application covering letter
8.) PLUS A FREE GIFT in the form of invaluable Hints and Tips for school admission appeals worth over £250.
and much more.
As of August 2012 this is the only publication which focuses solely on how to secure a place at your chosen grammar school without having to go through the hardship of appealing. It cannot be ignored that between 85 and 95% of applications to grammar schools in England are unsuccessful.
This edition has been updated to reflect the Codes of Practice for the admissions process and various other important legal developments such as the Equality Act 2010.
Would you risk your child’s education for the price of a decent lunch?
There is no limit to the research you can carry out to prepare for YOUR child’s education. If you have your heart set on the best education don’t miss out on this valuable information.
After growing up in the unique town of Oak Ridge, Tennessee, Susan Moore Jordan attended the College-Conservatory of Music in Cincinnati as a vocal performance major. While in Cincinnati, she was on the administrative staff of the Edgecliff Academy of Fine Arts and the Cincinnati Shakespeare Festival. In 1971 she moved with her late husband and three children to the Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania. Jordan established a private voice studio a few years later. She began directing musical theater productions for community and high school in 1984, and has directed over eighty shows. She published her first novel, How I Grew Up, in October, 2013. Eli’s Heart is her second novel.
In the nineteen fifties, ELI LEVIN, a brilliant teenage pianist born with a serious heart defect and not expected to live past the age of thirty, meets KRISSY PORTER on a visit to a small town in the Southeast. They play piano duets, talk about baseball, eat banana splits. A budding romance is ended by interference from Eli’s family, but they find their way back to each other three years later.
They marry on Krissy’s twentieth birthday while they are both college students. The music they share is a vital part of their life together. Once he begins his career, Eli’s rise in the music world is meteoric.
Although they are devoted—and intensely passionate—from the beginning, the couple must struggle with never knowing when the various repairs to Eli’s heart might give out.
For women, about women! That is what I try to accomplish.
I am a new young author that goes to school at UT Knoxville where my stepdad and I have a permanent residence in the woods of south central Tennessee. This is where I enjoy the rural woodland setting of the home I share with my dad.
I began delving into reading erotic stories several years ago and quickly became frustrated with the plethora of rude and violent stories with practically no plot and line after line of nothing but 4 letter words. After much encouragement from friends and family I decided to write short stories with what I feel would be more true to life experiences.
If you are tired of non-descript sex and want to read of a loving encounter with writing so good you can visualize the participants and what they are not only doing but what they are feeling then I hope you will find my writings enable you to do so.
Shannon's Exploration, Daddy's Torment is a compilation of emails between a daughter and her stepfather after she leaves home for school. It delves into the relationship between her and him well before her leaving. Both of them tell their story of seduction, pleasure and forbidden acts.
The format is that of the emails sent back and forth and gives the reader a unique view from both sides of this illicit affair.
You will read details about not only the sexual acts themselves and how they evolved but also the feelings of these two lovers as their affair grew and got more forbidden.
While most erotic writings that are short are meant to be read long enough to excite someone you will find this novelette will keep you entertained for much longer. However, you will want to read this several times as each time you read it the Love between the two becomes deeper.
The principle character of this book is an ordinary Russian guy named Vadim whose life is never uneventful, indeed Vadim can always be counted on to share a funny story with his friends; usually stories in which he was at the epicentre. Live through one summer of Russian life with Vadim and his attractive but at times critical wife Julia and come to understand how it is fun to be Russian. Drink vodka during a consultation at the clinic, experience a fishing weekend with friends, spend a relaxing summer week at the country Dacha and see how a seaside vacation to Egypt can be unusually eventful in the right company. Along the way you may find the answers to all those niggling little questions you never knew you wanted to ask. Why do Russians tie fishing boats to their feet while camping? How do you catch a bottle of vodka while fishing off your balcony? Why is it unwise to relieve yourself out the door of a Russian train at night? What German phrase do all Russian men know and when would they use them? Find out which is stronger; an Al Qaeda head or a Japanese television? And, just why is it essential that your wife always wears white knickers while travelling? While finding out, you will agree with the author of this book, that it is fun to be Russian and vodka is naked vitamin and pure energy! Enjoy reading and Na Zdorovie!
Dr. Abernathy has been involved with biological research and
laboratories most of his adult life. He is an avid environmentalist
and is deeply concerned about global warming, pollution, recycling,
and renewable energy sources. He has a number of scholarly
publications as well as patents on environmental friendly processes.
The tower is an incredibly mammoth undertaking involving a remarkable
coalition of private investors and governments. Part space elevator,
part launching pad, the tower is placed on top of Mount Everest for
several reasons: the mountain is one of the tallest peaks in the
world, providing a 29,000 foot platform from which to work. It is the
most famous peak in the world, making it a strategic marketing tool
for attracting both investors and customers. Cities are actually
built within the mountain to help finance the project. As the story
unfolds, the unscrupulous nature of some men is quickly revealed,
coupled with a blatant disregard for a global treasure. Amazing feats
of technology are accomplished which boggle both the mind and
imagination. Loyalties come and go, the end justifies the means, and
the law of unintended consequences always seems to have the final say.
Aubrey Glen Mobley was born in the northeast corner of the state of Arkansas. When he was five years old he moved to the state of Arizona.
There he met an Indian boy named Petie Martinez. Although Glen was only in the first grade, he was fascinated by his Indian friend. One day, Glen, went with his mother and father, to the Indian reservation, to meet the real American Indian. They even went to the mountains, where they explored the village of the cliff dwellers; an awesome sight.
He returned to Arkansas five years later, where he attended Lafe High School. After graduation he went to Flint, Michigan, where he got a job at the Fisher Body plant, later named the Chevrolet Truck and Bus plant. He retired in 1995 and returned to northeast Arkansas, where he purchased the Spirit Lake property.
The original lake, built by beaver, was destroyed in the 1800’s, when loggers cleared the land of all the trees.
In 1980, Spirit Lake Development Corporation rebuilt the lake, renaming it Spirit Lake. Reaganomics halted any further development of the property.
In 1995, Glen learned he had Indian blood. His great grandmother was full-blooded Quapaw Indian. With that knowledge and a story to tell, he began to research his heritage. With the help of Bill Jones, the story has now been told.
This story is about the Quapaw Indians that lived on Spirit
Lake in the 1500s.
This is the story of a young Quapaw Indian boy who lived in northeast Arkansas, just north of the present day city of Pocahontas, in the year 1541, and how his life was drastically changed by events not of his choosing. How he took on the mighty De Soto and his entire army, as he sought revenge for what De Soto had done to his people. He was the last of his tribe, and he would slay the famous conquistador, De Soto. Kyota was transformed from a young boy, who simply wished to be a great hunter, into a great warrior, and the legend of Spirit Lake.
David Joseph is a veteran Air Force Flyer. While in the Air Force, he flew on the HH-53, HH-3, HC-130, C-141, and KC-10 aircraft, and traveled to every continent in the world. His travels and experiences provide unlimited material for writing.
He is the author of Korea x 2, Silent Six, and Putin’s Gold, a military thriller Trilogy, set on the Korean peninsula, The Bully & Other Stories, and the two best-selling novelettes, The Great Hijacking and Putin's Shoot-down! He is currently writing a short story collection called Stories From The Abyss and a novel about expelling the Russians from Crimea. He holds a Master of Arts in Military Studies from American Military University.
"I have twenty short stories and three novels in my head!"
Putin and Kim Jong Un unleash a deadly reign of global terror by hijacking a Malaysian airliner, shooting down a Malaysian airliner, and circulating the “PBF,” the Perfect Ben Franklin. CIA Director Mike Perry followed the evil Office 39 Director for over thirty years and finally has a chance to eliminate him along with the Kim regime. As an added bonus, the Federal Reserve cripples the Putin government through manipulating the oil markets, applying economic sanctions, and acquiring huge gold reserves in North Korea. Putin’s Gold is a shocking Stand-Alone novel paralleling real world events.
David Joseph's electrifying conclusion to the Korea Trilogy--now a media tie-in to two airliner incidents--will have you glued to the page right down to the last word.
Maine Author & WWII Veteran
Dick Goodie is the author of three books: The Maine Quality of Running - a chronology of the early development of distance running in Maine; A Bracelet for Lily - a World War II romance/adventure novel; and his newest work, Raindrops on a Nail Keg.
His award winning essay, Reflections - a treatise on distance running that appeared in the Maine Sunday Telegram - was chosen Best Sports Feature of 1979 by the Maine Press Association. His essays have been published in Runner's World and Wilderness Camping magazines, and often in the Maine Sunday Telegram.
Dick Goodie was born in Bangor, Maine, and educated at Portland Junior College and the University of Denver. During World War II, Mr. Goodie served as a squad leader in the storied Third Armored Division that often spearheaded First Army drives from the hedgerows of Normandy to Central Germany, during which he earned five Campaign Stars. His most recent book, Raindrops on a Nail Keg, includes several essays of the war's major battles presented in a day-in-the-life-of mode of a young combat soldier. He lives in Westbrook, Maine, with his wife Joyce.
A Bracelet for Lily is a classic tale of love and war and the destinies of an enchanting Belgian school teacher and the two men who loved her - a shot down American fighter pilot and a German physician.
An unforgettable novel exploring the will of the human spirit to survive the horror of Nazi oppression in Belgium during WW II.
But above all, this is a story of tender love and high adventure when beautiful Lily guides the American pilot throught the German army toward the advancing American liberating forces.
A love story that will live in your memory.
I have always been intrigued by Charlie Faust who is buried on the grounds of Western State Hospital, a psychiatric facility in Washington. A fortune teller in Kansas told Charlie he would pitch the New York Giants to the pennant. He walked onto the field before a game in St. Louis during the season, introduced himself to Giants manager, John McGraw, and the most amazing things happened. When he was in uniform, sitting on the bench, or warming up, thinking he would pitch, the Giants rarely lost. Not only did he become their good luck charm, he ended up a star on vaudeville within weeks of arriving in New York. The team pulled some outrageous jokes on Charlie, but they loved him. And they won the pennant. To this day, it is unknown if Charlie was insane or slow in the head . His story is told through the eyes of rookie Chet Koski, who has his own crazy story to tell.
Chester Koski is a 22 year old rookie for the 1911 New York Giants, floundering both on the field where he is unable to figure out big league pitching, and in life where he is unable to determine the nature of luck, of God, or his girlfriend, chorus girl, Eveleen Sullivan. Though Chester can’t get a hit on the field and is not making a hit with Eveleen off the field, he is determined to figure out life and win back Eveleen before the season ends. That and making sure Charley Faust, a man either insane, slow-witted, or something else entirely, gets his apple pie. Based on a true story, “Loonies in the Dugout” mixes fictional characters with Bat Masterson, Damon Runyon, George M. Cohan, Charlie Faust, Christy Mathewson, John McGraw, and members of the New York Giants in a satirical look at celebrity and fame.
A.G. Henley is the author of the BRILLIANT DARKNESS series. The first book in the series, THE SCOURGE, was a finalist for the 2013 Next Generation Indie Book Award. A.G. is also a clinical psychologist, which means people either tell her their life stories on airplanes, or avoid her at parties when they've had too much to drink. Neither of which she minds. When she's not writing fiction or shrinking heads, she can be found herding her children and their scruffy dog, Guapo, to various activities while trying to remember whatever she's inevitably forgotten to tell her husband. She lives in Denver, Colorado. Learn more at aghenley.com
Read THE SCOURGE (Brilliant Darkness, #1,) a finalist for the 2013 Next Generation Indie Book Award, THE DEFIANCE (Brilliant Darkness #2 also available now), and THE FIRE SISTERS (Brilliant Darkness #3 coming fall 2015!)
Seventeen-year-old Groundling, Fennel, is Sightless. She's never been able to see her lush forest home, but she knows its secrets. She knows how the shadows shift when she passes under a canopy of trees. She knows how to hide in the cool, damp caves when the Scourge comes. She knows how devious and arrogant the Groundlings' tree-dwelling neighbors, the Lofties, can be.
And she's always known this day would come—the day she faces the Scourge alone.
The Sightless, like Fenn, are mysteriously protected from the Scourge, the gruesome creatures roaming the forests, reeking of festering flesh and consuming anything—and anyone—living. A Sightless Groundling must brave the Scourge and bring fresh water to the people of the forest. Today, that task becomes Fenn's.
Fenn will have a Lofty Keeper, Peree, as her companion. Everyone knows the Lofties wouldn’t hesitate to shoot an arrow through the back of an unsuspecting Groundling like Fenn, but Peree seems different. A boy with warm, rough hands who smells like summer, he is surprisingly kind and thoughtful. Although Fenn knows his people are treacherous, she finds herself wanting to trust him.
As their forest community teeters on the brink of war, Fenn and Peree must learn to work together to survive the Scourge and ensure their people’s survival. But when Fenn uncovers a secret that shatters her truths, she’s forced to decide who and what to protect—her people, her growing love for Peree, or the elusive dream of lasting peace in the forest.
A tale of star-crossed lovers, strange creatures, and secretive, feuding factions, THE SCOURGE introduces readers to a rich and exciting new world where nothing is as it seems.
"One of the Best Books I've Ever Read! . . . Buy it, borrow it . . . whatever, just read this book!"
-BookChick, blog review
The story draws heavily from my various careers in publishing, media, and academia. Several of my screenwriting instructors have reviewed drafts, including Tal McThenia (Gotham Writers, NYC). Tal writes: “What comes roaring through, each and every scene, is not just a sharp wit and an ear/eye for emotional nuance… but a heartfelt connection with the protagonist and her struggle.”
I’ve written professionally for a national audience for many years. Publications include children’s books for HarperCollins, a book about how technology can help struggling readers and writers ("Literacy Online, Heinemann), and an educational book for Harvard Education Publishers that I am co-authoring with an award-winning teacher in the U.K. (see www.juliemwood.com). I’ve also been on the faculty at Harvard University, an experience that offers endless material for fiction writers.
The locations serve as characters in and of themselves. Those who share my affection for Boston will appreciate the scenes that take place at the Copley Plaza Hotel, Fenway Park (with God) and Johanna's climb to the top of the Citco sign. This is the city my ancestors settled in three generations ago, driven out of Ireland by the Potato Famine. It's my tribute to them.
NOTES FROM HELL’S KITCHEN, an update of the classic tale of Faust, is a romantic comedy/satire about an aspiring media diva, Dr. Johanna Lucky, who must find a way out of the pact she’s made with the Devil or else civilization as we know it will descend into a modern-day version of Hell.
Hell, as we come to know it, is a result of Johanna’s invention—“Thrill TV.” This entertainment experience is so seductive that people lose their souls as they succumb to its promise of wish fulfillment––regardless of the cost.
God arranges a meeting with Johanna to tell her she is furious about her pact with the Devil and insists that she destroy it. Johanna does. But the fallout of this take down wreaks havoc with the Devil, her investors, and her “deep throat” at MIT--the mastermind behind “Thrill TV.”
The location for NOTES FROM HELL’S KITCHEN spans New York’s Hell’s Kitchen, the glittery world of the high-tech industry, and Boston’s Beacon Hill and Fenway Park.
By the end of the screenplay we’ve seen Johanna have it all, lose it, and win it back by doing exactly what the Devil has forbidden--falling in love with Barney, the man whose heart she has routinely trampled.
Dressing like B-movie monsters is the latest fad sweeping through Bixby Elementary—but what’s driving the strange compulsion? That’s just what the Zero Avenue kids want to know. Join Drew, Clementine, Grady, Newton, and Spider, as they unravel the threads of a conspiracy that blurs the line between science and magic, between friends and enemies, and draws them into an adventure that tests their character, and their loyalties to each other.
Driven by a unique plot and a compelling new mythology, CRYPTO-PUNK takes readers on a one-of–kind adventure that explores the durability of friendship in the face of the terrifying unknown.
The team of authors:
Joy Aceron (Philippines) is Program Director at the School of Government, Ateneo de Manila University, directing Government Watch (G-Watch) and Political Democracy and Reforms (PODER) programs, both aiming to contribute in democratic deepening in the Philippines. Concurrently, she is a part-time faculty member of the Ateneo Political Science Department. She has published several works on political party and electoral reform, social accountability and leadership and has ten-year experience in citizenship education and civil society-government engagement. She has a bachelor’s degree in Political Science and a Master of Public Administration degree from the University of the Philippines-Diliman.
Rainer Heufers (Indonesia) is a Senior Fellow of the Atlas Economic Research Foundation where he leads the annual “Think Tank MBA” for think tank leaders from around the world. From 1999 to 2011 he represented the German Friedrich Naumann Foundation in several Asian nations, including Malaysia, the Philippines, Vietnam, and Indonesia. Since 1984 he has researched economic and social policies involved in China’s transition to a market economy. Warsito Ellwein, Vera J. Putri and M. Husni Thamrin are co-authors of this chapter.
Kartini Aboo Talib (Malaysia) was a Fulbright Scholar to Northeastern University in Massachusetts, USA, and holds a PhD in Law, Policy and Society. She is trained as a political scientist and presently works as a Senior Fellow at the Institute of Ethnic Studies, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia. She has published several chapters in books and articles on various issues including dispute resolutions and consumer rights, labor law and legal immigrants, gender and policy, managing consensus in a plural society, non-profits and policy implementation, election and good governance, and environmental policy and sustainability. She is a grantee of Sumitomo Foundation Fiscal Year 2012, and currently works on evaluating the Look East Policy. She is also a collaborator with the Applied Sciences University in Frankfurt, Germany under the DAAD project for summer teaching class in Sidbhari, India from year 2012-2015.
Kim Le (Vietnam) is a government relations consultant at Vriens & Partners, a public affairs consultancy. She currently specializes in Vietnam government and public policy. Kim currently divides her time between Singapore and Vietnam, where she helps clients, both international organizations and multinational corporations, to gain a better understanding about the policy-making process in Vietnam, as well as supports them in reaching out and communicating more effectively with the Vietnamese government. Kim obtained the Masters of Social Science from the National University of Singapore. She was trained in political science, with a focus on party politics. She wrote her masters thesis on the historical development of the Thai party system.
Moe Thuzar (Myanmar) is Lead Researcher for socio-cultural affairs at the ASEAN Studies Centre (ASC) at the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies (ISEAS). Starting July 2012, she was appointed Fellow at ISEAS' Regional Social and Cultural Studies Programme. Before Moe joined the ASC in May 2008, she headed the ASEAN Secretariat's Human Development Unit, which coordinated regional cooperation in the areas of youth, labour, education, social welfare, gender, rural poverty reduction, health, and civil service matters. At ISEAS, Moe co-authored with Pavin Chachavalpongpun, Myanmar: Life After Nargis (ISEAS, 2009). She co-edited with Yap Kioe Sheng, "Urbanisation in Southeast Asia: Issues and Impacts" (ISEAS, 2012). She has written on Myanmar for ISEAS' Regional Outlook: Southeast Asia 2012-2013 and Southeast Asian Affairs 2012. Moe recently took on responsiblities as coordinator of the Myanmar Study Group at ISEAS. She is also a resident analyst for Channel News Asia’s Think Tank programme. Moe is working on a review of Myanmar's foreign policy, focusing on lessons from the 1988-2008 period. Her other research interests cover urbanisation, environmental cooperation in ASEAN, and ASEAN's dialogue relations.
Netina Tan (Singapore) is a Social Science Humanities and Research Council Postdoctoral Fellow at the Asian Institute, Munk School of Global Affairs, the University of Toronto. She received her Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of British Columbia (2011). Netina was a Dissertation Fellow at Taiwan Foundation for Democracy and Visiting Research Associate at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies, Nanyang Technological University (2007-8). She holds a M.A. in Political Science from the University of Regina (2004) and a M.A. in Southeast Asian Studies (2000) from the National University of Singapore. Her research interests include democratization, party and electoral politics, gender and non-traditional security in East and Southeast Asia. Netina is currently working on her book manuscript that investigates the institutional sources of hegemonic party resilience in Asia and she will be assuming a tenure-track position in Political Science Department at McMaster University from January 2013.
Pan Sopheap (Cambodia), born in 1973 in Kampong Cham province, earned a master’s degree in political science from Gadjah Mada University, Indonesia. After several positions with IRI, FNF and experience as a social activist and facilitator he is executive director of the Cambodian Farmer and Nature Net since 2010. Yang Saing Koma, Kok Tha, Virak Bunnarath have substantially contributed to this chapter.
Pimrapaat Dusadeeisariyakul (Thailand) is currently a Program Manager in the Thailand Project of the Friedrich Naumann Foundation. She joined the foundation in April 2004 as a Program Manager in Malaysia Project and later moved to Thailand Project in 2011 until at present. Pimrapaat obtained her doctorate degree in International Relations in 1999 from the
University of Aberdeen in the United Kingdom and obtained her master degree in International Politics in 1993 from the University of Aberytwyth in the United Kingdom. Her main study is on Southeast Asian security and non-nuclear proliferation. She is interested in current socio-political and economic development in Thailand in particular and in Asia in general.
Zaw Oo, a former student activist in Myanmar, studied political science in the US and worked as a lecturer in the Community Development and Civic Empowerment Program, Faculty of Social Sciences, at Chiang Mai University in Thailand. The reform process in Myanmar ended his self-exile. He is now head of a think tank in Yangon and adviser to president Thein Sein.
Wolfgang Sachsenröder (the editor) has earned his PhD from Bonn University and worked for 24 years in practical politics for the German Friedrich Naumann Foundation. His longest posting was as regional director for East and Southeast Asia from 1986 to 1997. Since 2008 he is back in the region and joined the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies in Singapore in 2009. He is editor of the Partyforumseasia, a discussion platform and database on political parties in Southeast Asia (www.partyforumseasia.org).
This is the first comparative study on political parties in Southeast Asia covering eight out of the ten ASEAN countries. Feudal Brunei Darussalam has no parties and for Laos we could not find a scholar willing or allowed to join our group.
The book is dedicated to anyone interested or active in party politics in the region.
Southeast Asia is an economic power house of sorts with fledgling and often volatile political systems. Political parties and their leaders make decisions on behalf of more than 600 million people with a far reaching impact also on other parts of the world. This is why understanding the driving forces in and behind Southeast Asia’s political parties is important.
This book provides a fresh look into organization and internal mechanisms of the main political parties, how they function on the ground, how they hold together, and how their leadership systems work. Internal competition and candidate selection, campaign strategies and party finances, money politics and career opportunities are a special focus in the eight country chapters.
While showing the difference between classical party models and the reality on the ground in Southeast Asia, the book provides broad information on party politics in the region, adding a practical view to the vast and often rather theory-loaded scholarly literature. It intends to reach out to party members and activists, journalists and other political observers, and to anybody interested in Southeast Asian politics.