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Shirley Kennett has worn a number of hats, including those of corporate analyst, programmer, independent computer consultant, and pet store employee (the one who cleans the cages), but her writer's hat is by far the most comfortable--and most satisfying--of them all. She has been a fan of suspense and thrillers as long as she can remember, which may have had something to do with growing up in a converted turn-of-the-century funeral home.
Kennett has been involved with computers most of her life. In her consulting career, she focused on improving the quality of patient care through computerized clinical applications.
She discovered motherhood not in the usual fashion, but by bringing home an adopted child from Peru, astounding herself by falling in love with her son at first sight, changing her first diaper, and floating down the Amazon, all on the same trip. Eight years later, an Ethiopian boy joined the family. The two boys, close in age, created "twins" from greatly different cultures. Truly hers is a global family.
Kennett is a graduate of the Washington University School of Engineering in St. Louis, Missouri. She is a St. Louis native, a member of the Mystery Writers of America, the American Crime Writers League, Romance Writers of America, the Horror Writers Association, and International Thriller Writers, where she was a national board member. Her hobbies are reading (not surprising), gardening, and photography. Kennett is a frequent speaker at conferences and has taught writing classes online and in person. She has been a judge for the Edgar Awards several times.She resides in Missouri with her husband Dennis, sons Tom and Tim, and two cats, Marble and Snickers..
In this suspenseful thriller, a celebrated pianist has been found dead, decapitated by a sharp instrument, possibly a meat cleaver. His head is missing. The skin on his back has been carved into the bas-relief of a mongrel dog. It is a savage, seemingly senseless slaying. But it is only the first.
Penelope Jennifer Gray, known as PJ, is a newly divorced psychologist making a fresh start with her twelve-year-old son in St. Louis. A pioneer in the competitive field of computer simulation studies, she has been hired to set up a new division within the St. Louis Police Department. Through cutting-edge techniques of virtual reality, the Computerized Homicide Investigations Project, or CHIP, recreates real-life crimes by placing the user in the mind of the perpetrator.
PJ is teamed up with Leo Schultz, a veteran cop fast approaching burnout, to investigate the case that has St. Louis is a death-grip: the city is being terrorized by what could be the most unstoppable serial killer in history.
He's a face in the crowd. A figure in the shadows. The guy standing behind you at the street corner, waiting for the light to change. With each fresh killing, Pauley Mac adds another victim to his "guest" list. They are the voices in his head. The coveted talents he hopes to one day possess. The furies he can no longer control.
For PJ Gray, it will take all of her instincts as a psychologist and as a woman to beat Pauley Mac at his own game. To survive, she must enter the mind of a killer.
"Kennett is a writer of rare skill, and Gray Matter is a deftly plotted novel bristling with suspense. Its characters are real and contemporary, and its premise is gripping and unique. Not since RED DRAGON has a more menacing serial killer roamed metropolitan St. Louis. A rip-roaring good read. Let's see more of PJ Gray!"
- John Lutz, author of Single White Female and Serial
"Fans of Patricia Cornwell's work will be hooked on his heart-stopping and harrowing thriller. The finely drawn characters in Gray Matter are both complex and terrifyingly convincing."
- Romantic Times
“Kennett’s devious creativity and bloodcurdling, realistic descriptive passages result in a terrifying and explosive thriller.”
“Shirley Kennett is a polished and poised addition to the ranks of contemporary mystery writers. You’re going to enjoy her books.”
- Mystery Scene
“A sleek and cunning read, with enough plot turns to keep the pages flying by.”
- Ed Gorman, author of Bad Moon Rising and Blindside
“May leave some readers sleepless.”
- Kirkus Reviews
“Kennett’s storytelling talents win out. Solid entertainment.”
- Publishers Weekly
E. Van Lowe began as a novelist but also worked for years in television, including writing and producing such shows asThe Cosby Show, Even Stevens, and Homeboys in Outer Space. He has been nominated for an Emmy and an Academy Award. He stepped into the young adult fiction genre with his novel Never Slow Dance with a Zombie. Visit his website, www.evanlowe.com.
Earth Angel, the second book in the Falling Angels Saga, continues where Boyfriend From Hell left off. Fifteen-year-old Megan Barnett of Glendale, Arizona, has more to do to save her family, friends, even the whole planet from the forces of darkness. She also tries to understand her boyfriend, an angel named Guy.
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.
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
Fennel and Peree are finally together and safe from the Scourge in the protected village of Koolkuna. But on the day of their partnering ceremony the children of the village are stolen away—Fenn’s loyal companion, Kora, among them.
Fenn wants to bring the children home, especially as the villagers seem to blame Peree and her for the tragedy. Only since the death of her own family, she’s terrified a wrong move on her part will lead to the loss of others she loves.
Fenn and Peree join a small search party led by rival Kaiya, the one person who stands a chance of finding the children thanks to her mysterious past. As they travel away from the safe waters of Koolkuna and into the Scourge-infested wilds, Fenn endures Kai’s scorn, her subtle designs on Peree, and the squabbling of the group. But nothing in her life so far has prepared her for the fierce warrior women who will steal others’ children to preserve their own existence—the Fire Sisters.
If Fenn is to survive the threat of the Scourge, rescue the children from the Sisters, and have a hope of making a life with Peree in Koolkuna, she must face her fear of failure and loss and become the leader she’s destined to be.
Read The Fire Sisters, the thrilling conclusion to the bestselling young adult fantasy Brilliant Darkness series! There are three novels and two short stories in the series. The first novel, The Scourge, was a finalist for the 2013 Next Generation Indie Book Award.
RECOMMENDED SERIES READING ORDER:
The Keeper: A Brilliant Darkness Story
The Gatherer: A Brilliant Darkness Story
The Fire Sisters
Mike Wendland is known to millions from his NBC-TV PC Mike technology reports. Trained as an investigative reporter, he has won numerous Emmy Awards and his stories and reports have appeared coast-to-coast in the nation's leading newspapers, from USA Today to The New York Times. Wendland's personal battle with obesity is chronicled in his popular SuperHealthyMe.com blog and he has lost 60 pounds as a result of putting into practice the things he shares in this book.
"I'm no expert," Wendland says. "I'm a journalist. I'm sharing what I have leared as I've researched the obesity crisis in America with top medical and nutritional experts and as I've personally experimented with their healthy eating and fitness recommendations."
The book chronicles the author's continung journey from sickness to wellness and how he's cut body fat and lost weight by eating healthy, natural food.
You don't have to starve yourself to lose weight and cut body fat. Instead, eating good, nutritious food and following the powerful tools in this to-the-point, no-nonsense book will help you keep your New Year's Resolution to lose weight in 2012.
Written by well-known technology journalist Mike Wendland from his ongoing personal experience in losing 60 pounds as chronicled in his popular SuperHealthyMe.com blog, this is a guide chock full of valuable nutrition and weight loss tips from a multidisciplinary team of medical, nutritional, physiological and psychology experts, as supplemented by Wendland's journalistic research and experiments.
If you are serious about cutting body fat, losing weight, embracing fitness and wellness in 2012, this is the only book you need. Obesity is a national scandal. The food we are eating is literally making us sick. Overly processed, unnaturally preserved with a witches brew of unpronounceable chemicals, doused with fungicides, insecticides, herbicides and fertilizers, the food we buy is making us fatter and sicker. This book tells you how to fight back.
And the best part is, if you follow Wendland's to-the-point tips, you WILL start losing weight right now. Today.
And you'll do so while eating good, whole, nutritionally balanced, healthy and natural food. If you want 2012 to be different, follow this guide and you, too, can be... SuperHealthyMe.
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.
The second in the series revisiting the Royal Family of Adriel, The Princess of the Wild takes place 25 years later, the adventures of alias Skye Williams, a mysterious beauty caught up in a tempestuous romance with Prince Nicholas, Sarra and Raine's firstborn son.
From their illustrious beginning in a Kalcoonian brothel—Nicholas, a wayward rogue incognito to protect his stellar name, and Skye, the innocent prey of an alien slave trade—are drawn into their undeniable passion, she a natural vagabond of the wilds and he a jaded master of the world. Their reluctant attraction locks them in a fierce battle of wits, both headstrong and free spirited—and fearing the ravages of true love.
Swept off into the lush utopia where they explore their fiery sensuality...into the crusade exposing the slave trade...to the perilous intrigue of her late father's name, their affection deepens...but their unique bond breaks asunder as she uncovers his shocking identity, commoner Skye the fool in his deception. Nicholas' heart is true...and within the splendor of Queen's Palace, it's her exquisite journey to discover that he really is her noble prince charming—is she destined to become his princess?
Crazy Cat People the paperback has been read by thousands of children and adults, and is a huge hit at cat shows across the U.S.
Now available on Kindle, complete with the same full-color illustrations.
Whimsical color illustrations portray each chapter’s cat characters. They include Freddie, a yellow tabby with an unusual friend; Gato Roberto, a Japanese Bobtail who may be bobbed twice; a calico named Precious who refuses to take her medicine; an oversized Maine Coon called Macaroni who can’t get enough to eat; and Catalina, the talkative tortie. There’s Stinky and Dipstick, Amanda and Abner, Gus and Duke, an anonymous blind cat, flea-infested Fritz, Arnie Schwarzenkitty, Queen Neferkitty, and Winner of Best in Show.
Cat lovers (crazy or not) will laugh, learn and be comforted when reading Crazy Cat People: Through Feline Eyes.
Be entertained by humorous short stories based on actual experiences at a cat hospital. Siam, the resident feline in charge, reports on crazy cat people visiting the vet as seen through his eyes. Siam’s real cat name is Thoth, from the Egyptian god of wisdom and writing.
Learn something about cat behavior and care with VIVA! Very Important Vet Advice and useful life–saving tips from a real veterinarian.*
Be comforted knowing you are not the only crazy cat person in the world!
Cat-themed quotes and quips sprinkled throughout
Carlos Sandoval, the illustrator of Crazy Cat People, includes images of his crazy cat people couture; attractive, playful attire as seen on catwalks of San Francisco fashion shows! (Not included in paperback version). Sandoval’s crazy cat illustrations can be found on greeting cards, postcards, calendars, and as quality framed prints.
Comments from readers:
Everything about it is top notch; the fun writing style, the cat advice, the adorable illustrations, the amusingly clever names for each feline.
--Dr. Shirley Lawrence, author of Hollywood Be Thy Name, Exploring the Supernatural, and The Secret Science of Numerology
It's a really cute book.
I gave copies to all my cat-loving friends.
I looooooooooove it!
The book is adorable.
The illustrations complement the stories very well.
A very clever idea, fun to read, and well-written. The VIVA!s fit in well and the art work is an excellent match.
I love your book, it is even better than I thought it would be.
The ending is purrrrfect!
>>All stories in Crazy Cat People are fictionalized, inspired by real events.
>>Any similarity to any human or feline is purely coincidental.
>>Names have been changed to protect the reputations of the cats.
*Dr. K. Kelly Jones, DVM graduated from Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine, and acquired the Cat Hospital of Wichita in 1998. She has worked exclusively with cats ever since. In addition to her busy cat hospital, Dr. Jones lectures at universities, presents research at veterinary conventions, is recipient of numerous honors and awards related to her volunteer efforts, and quoted and interviewed in popular cat magazines.
Although the informative and useful VIVAs come from a licensed cat veterinarian, this book is intended for entertainment purposes only, not to be used as treatment or diagnosis of any condition with any pet or crazy cat person. If you have concerns about the health of your cat, please call a local veterinarian.
If you suspect that you might be a crazy cat person and plan to read Crazy Cat People please don’t assume it’s about you. If you didn’t get the memo: It’s all about the cats!
From a broken-down entrepreneur and management consultant! It's time to pass on all that was taught
me while establishing, running profitably - and then selling three businesses during my business career.
Plus, those all important Life's and Prayer Lessons that bring about a state of happiness, joy and hope!
Through the many business lessons in this eBook, there has to be at least one that will improve your
financial situation – making your investment of $0.99 probably the most rewarding you will ever make!
Find out – in the time it takes you to read this eBook – those ‘magic’ teachings it took the author a
lifetime to learn.
Then too, how do you put a money value to increased joy and happiness? Discover the means to
achieve this state of life. Walk through these pages and discern a Dear Friend who is totally concerned
Florentina Gómez Guasp (Palma de Mallorca, 1954)
Licenciada en Filosofía y Ciencias de la Educación, especializada en Pedagogía Terapéutica. Poeta.
"Pasos de Arco Iris"
"Torres de Esperanzas Amarillas"
"Poemas de Amor"
"Love Poems" (bilingual edition)
Mis versos son verdades incompletas, nacidas en los instantes de una mirada entre párpados intimidados; un acercamiento fugaz a la forma en que unos brazos yacen apoyados, al color brillante de un suspiro, a la exigencia de alegría o tristeza que guardan los pequeños gestos que apenas se perciben, a la lágrimas de la emoción estética...; afloran como un saber dormido en una idea que despierta.
Porque yo, soy poeta, leo las almas
y cuento las lágrimas de la vida.
(Pasos de Arco Iris. Amarillo y violeta)
Me gusta definirme como: "amiga de Las Horas, que custodian las puertas del cielo, de la lluvia, el silencio y sus colores".
Este libro es un canto al mar, al agua y a la vida.
El agua, uno de los elemenbtos que nos constituyen y habitamos, se mueve y se transforma entre azules, pacíficos o plenos de conmoción. Siempre hay que atrapar la mano de su color, guía hacia las verdades iniciales y profundas.
Lois J Bailey
As an author of Children’s books,
I believe in writing wholesome fiction that is
entertaining as well as educational.
I emphasize the need for understanding and dignity
for children of all ages—and my stories focus on
strong family Communication as well as
fulfilling personal expression.
Originally from Akron, Ohio, my husband and I currently reside
in Florida, with our Maltese, and two cats.
A Story of Family
Anxieties from family responsibilities, along with the appearance of a new gang in the neighborhood, only worsen when Bella catches the glimpse of the eerie face of the old woman watching her on her way home from Middle School.
Her imagination is then fueled by rumors—and Bella is haunted by the thought of seeing the creepy face once again.
Finally, through the strength of her family’s love, Bella learns to face her challenges in positive ways—and the mystery of the old woman in the window—is finally revealed.
Bella, is the story of a loving Hispanic family, who live in central Florida.
My husband and I have always been a pair of do-it-yourselfers. When we got married 56 years ago it was with the understanding that he would bring home the bacon and I would fry it. With four kids under foot and only one wage, people figured we were destined for financial ruin, but as practicing Christians, we embarked on a faith journey, the aim being to have "neither poverty nor riches." (Proverbs 30:8) Achieving that goal was not without its humour nor its spiritual lessons, both of which I share in the book.
"Two Old Goats and One Good Shepherd" is a collection of humorous anecdotes with Christian applications. They are the personal experiences of the author and her husband as they were involved in building their house, gardening, cooking, camping and many of the other endeavors required to achieve simple living but abundant life.
Christopher Meeks was born in Minnesota, earned degrees from the University of Denver and USC, and has lived in Los Angeles since 1977. He's taught English at Santa Monica College, and creative writing at CalArts, UCLA Extension, Art Center College of Design, and USC. His fiction has appeared often in Rosebud magazine as well as other literary journals, and his books have won several Noble (not Nobel) Awards. His short works have been collected into two volumes, The Middle-Aged Man and the Sea and Months and Seasons, the latter which appeared on the long list for the Frank O'Connor International Short Story Award. He's had three plays produced, and Who Lives?: A Drama is published. His focus is now on longer fiction. His first novel is The Brightest Moon of the Century, and his second, Love At Absolute Zero.
Love At Absolute Zero is about a physicist who tries to apply the tools of science to finding a soul mate. Specifically, Gunnar Gunderson, a 32-year-old physicist at the University of Wisconsin, gets a promotion, and all he can think of now is finding a wife, causing his research to falter. To meet his soul mate within three days--that's what he wants and all time he can carve out--he and his team are using the scientific method, to riotous results.
"As if Einstein didn't struggle hard enough failing at a unified field theory," says Philip Persinger, author of Do The Math, "Meeks ups the ante by tossing philosophy, anthropology, hashish and love (with a capital L) into the mix. And while we're so sorry, Uncle Albert, in Love At Absolute Zero, Meeks succeeds absolutely."
"I've read both of Meeks's short story collections and The Brightest Moon of the Century," says author Kevin Gerard (Conor and the Crossworlds). "I roared through Love At Absolute Zero in a day and a half. Meeks's prose is carefully crafted, his characters compelling and entertaining. I love everything he writes, and I recommend Love At Absolute Zero without reservation."
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 and Silent Six, 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 the third novel in the Trilogy, Korea Unified, and Inspirational/Thriller short stories. David Joseph holds a Master of Arts in Military Studies from American Military University. "I have twenty short stories and three novels in my head!"
Special Forces sniper, Tom Friddle, returns home to western New York after two years deployed in a combat zone fighting the war on terror. Upon returning home, Tom heals from the horror of war through his family, his farm, and being a role-model. Tom explores the destructive qualities of war which is countered by the healing and regenerative powers of love. David Joseph employs the iceberg theory when writing about 9/11, amputations, death, and the war on terror. The hard facts float above water while the supporting structure, including the symbolism, operates out of sight. “Fathers and Sons” is a definitive piece of literature on “Healing” from catastrophic war.
Lonee Taylor is an Inspirational Speaker, Life Coach and Author unlike any other. She has brilliantly bridged the gap bringing spirituality to the masses through plain language and easy to understand concepts. Sending her love into the world through her teachings, What’s the Best That Can Happen? offers the tools necessary to cause a paradigm shift and the return back to spirit. The first in a two part series, Lonee introduces you to the joy of purpose, first by conquering your internal world and then by addressing your external. Expect lasting change and a true appreciation for all that life has to offer. Besides, What’s the Best That Can Happen?
Toni Annable and Maria Kaspar started writing bilingual children's books for school language programs lots of years ago. They are really pleased to reissue these books in the ebook format as well as the new stories coming up. Currently, the ebooks are in English/French and English/Spanish. We hope to get some of them out in English/Arabic.
When Toni is not writing, she spends her time editing other manuscripts and a plant tissue culture newsletter. She has a Master's Degree in Public Health and started out in nursing and health education. Later she taught in elementary schools and was teaching when she met Maria Kaspar. Maria and her husband had come to the US to further their education. She was a French teacher writing children's short stories and poems - and they were off and running in bilingual children's books, French, English and Spanish. Over the years they have had lots of fun creating these stories and plan on many, many more.
They were most fortunate to get Lawrence Lumetta to illustrate the first 3 books. You can see these in the ebooks. He was a noted artist and had many fine works exhibited world wide. The detail he put into the illustrations makes them works of art on their own. Larry retired and is no longer available for additional illustrations. He will be sorely missed him as they develop new works.
Why do the leaves change their clothes in the fall? Why do the birds hide in the winter? Young Celine, her sister and brothers have many questions about the seasons. And their mother has all the answers.
The beautifully detailed Lawrence Lumetta drawings highlight the different seasons. Color enhanced by Bashar Attar. Bilingual French-English. For ages 7 - 10 and up.
Pourquoi les feuilles changent-elles de robe en automne ? Pourquoi les oiseaux se cachent-ils en hiver ? La jeune Céline, sa sœur et ses frères se posent des questions sur les saisons. Quant à leur maman, celle-ci a réponse à tout.
Les illustrations détaillées de Lumetta mettent en valeur les différentes saisons. Mise en couleurs par Bashar Attar.
Ouvrage bilingue. Anglais-Français pour enfants âgés de 7 à 10 ans et plus.
In the first grade, learning The Pledge of Allegience, I asked: "What's a Republic?" In hindsight my Teacher took me to a map and explained a confederation of states, not a republic.. However, the real answer to my question took twenty six years to answer. Six of those twenty six years were spent going from library to library; huddled over age old books, amidst dusty Winter nights, and humid New England days. As I was able to read at an Adult level in the First Grade; I remember; with such joy;finding "A Biography of Deborah Sampson." The joy was due to that was the first Adult book I ever read. She among many others had impersonated a male so she could fight in the Revoltuion. This was an ancient European tradition, (without the masquerade).
Years passed, as I traversed America, France, and India; and somewhat settled down; got married and had a beautiful Daughter. For my Daughter's sake, I began college a bit late at twenty eight years of age. So with a two month old infant I arrived at Mount Ida College, enrolled, and soon began realizing; I had brought a Classcial education with me. By the time I graduated with honors, (Who's Who and an Award in Scholarship), I was headed to Harvard. I believed this to be my last summer working in mental health. Unfortunately, in protecting a female patient from harm; I was struck down; which resulted in a spinal injury that lasted many years. I then arrived at law school; earning the nickname, "The Prosecutor," (one I was never comfortable with, but Student Loans as they are, were too large an obstacle to overcome and continue.
However I did go on to earn my Ph.D. in Early American and European history. I went on to teach Liberal Studies and was praised for my Socratic Method. Although my favorite course to teach was Western Civilization, I taught many others: Western Civilization, Philosophy, Ethics, Humanities, American History, Political Science, Introduction to Anthropology, Introduction to Sociology, Native American Studies, and Twentieth Century History. I also developed abridged critical thinking and mapping as an introduction to all classes. This provided tangible results for measuring learning. Critical thinking essays were requisites for exams, rather than true or false, questions, and the like.
When I wasn't teaching I remained active working in Human Services, as a Consultant for private families. Presently I reside in New England and am retired.
What is virtue, as opposed to a virtue? Corruption for example, is a word often used, in accusing someone of not being true; but true to what? One needs to grasp principle as a basic truth; on which all other truths rest, before corruption can be applied. Once the truth is identified, it can be understood that the accused, has fallen away from and is not being true to principle Can it be a disagreement? Certainly it can. However, just because one believes something to be true, doesn't necessarily make it knowledge, it makes it true belief. Subsequently, corruption rolls off the tongue, as easy as virtue or corruption.
In western civilization; from Athens to America, even as today worldwide, is another word used; Republic. It has been used so often, to identify so many Countries, that Republic has and is, misconstrued with Democracy. Which is unfortunate.
Polity for example, is how societies organize into governing bodies. America's polity, is a bicameral system, having two legislative houses, voting on the passing of laws. This is neither a Democracy as America's founders understood it; and neither is it a Republic. For Republic is not a polity; but it is and has always been the remedy for political evils, from Athens to America. Thus, a Republic is a why, rather than a what. For example: America's Founder's without question, regarded America; especially after the Constitutional Convention of 1788, that America was to be a Representative Republic. So what happened?
Through the ages of western civilization, from Athens to America, as all republics arose to confront political evils; regardless of their new found polity; there has been a promise. A promise of virtue and the threat of corruption.
America's Founders knew this well. From a Classical Education, of a centuries old tradition, to Religion, and active citizenship, which all held that independent thought and action, was the highest virtue. Where ethics, morality, and a new commercial age; had the potential to unite Humankind; and free their political economy, from the misery of the British political economy.
The transition, of this heritage,—cultural, political, social, religious, and economic— that ultimately brought revolution and self-realization, was sprung from an intellectual and spiritually faithful civilization. Colonial, European, and classical history was America's history, in the sense that, the social evolution, and events from the Renaissance, led the revolutionary generation to make a break from the past. Not a divorce from the past; just a break; and to begin anew.
The History of Virtue and Corruption tells the story of the tens of thousands of Western Europeans who ventured to the North American British colonies during the seventeenth and eighteenth-centuries. What were their customs of Law and education; religious, philosophical, or political thought?
The Founders’ ideas about the duty and obligation of government, came from more than five hundred years of English tradition. For it was their ancestors who brought their king under the law; and the revolutionary generation of the eighteenth-century, was determined to do the same, but this time, they would make a government of laws not of men. Privilege was out and merit was in. However, in the 1790s, a new political base emerged, with quite different ideas in mind. Subsequently, the great republican experiment, not only; DID NOT FAIL, it was never allowed to happen, before a new and different kind of authority and political base had changed the republican regime from within, immediately after the inception of the infant republic.
As the revolutionary generation stood in awe of what was happening, to their Revolution, they could only and quickly, distance themselves, as their republic unraveled about them.
At this juncture in my life I have a very strong desire to write a children’s fantasy story. I suppose the desire to write has been lying dormant. When I was a teen I wrote a poem as a classroom assignment and found that I enjoyed creating with words. Over the years I have written poems for my eyes only. I submitted one of my poems in a contest several years ago and it was selected for publication. “Lonely Heart” published by the International Library of Poetry as a compilation in The Silent Journey.
I wrote a short story for one of my daughters when she was around five years old about her backyard adventures. She loved it! Sometimes when my nieces would visit I made up stories to entertain them. I held them capative for a little while telling a story off the top of my head.
Here I am many years later pursuing my passion to write.
Earth Allies is a very good read. I wrote the story to deliver a message. The message is love, unity, and compassion.
Twelve-year old Ethan decided to take a short-cut home, through the woods, from school after band practice. While making his way home through the woods Ethan has an experience that he never imagined; he encounters two fairies. Frightened and confused he runs home. It wasn’t until his second encounter with the fairies that he learned what they wanted. The fairies explained to him that Gaia/Mother Earth is in danger of being destroyed and they ask Ethan to help them save her. Ethan eventually agrees to help but this is no easy task. He is faced with several challenges trying to save Gaia/Mother Earth and he has a very short time frame to turn everything around.
This story is a fantasy, written for youths ages 10-13. It is warm and heartfelt. Your child will enjoy reading a wonderful story about fairies and children coming together to save Gaia/Mother Earth.
—Through my eyes as a child, I knew that all children have the right to find that "magical place within themselves" - where they're able to develop their own unique gifts and talents. Children also need to be able to express their own voice within the family - and be heard.
—As an author of young people’s books - The stories I write emphasize the need for understanding and dignity for children of all ages and cultures. My books focus on strong family communication, as well as fulfilling expression. I write classic, timeless stories of hope, understanding, and dignity that warm the heart and soul.
I have written four Middle Grade novellas:
THE MAID’S DAUGHTER – A story of hope and inspiration about an African-American girl, Sally, and her loving mother. Despite many odds, Sally is able to maintain her strength of character and attain her hopes and dreams.
— currently on sale as a Kindle 3-book at Amazon link:
THE NOBLE PEASANT – A heartwarming tale of adventure and intrigue, set in medieval Europe, telling the story of a young princess, Rosalinda, who is rescued from certain death by a humble, honorable peasant.
BELLA – A lighthearted mystery of a caring Latino Middle School girl, Bella, who learns to balance her need for dignity and voice with her family relationships and responsibilities.
— Coming Soon
HER DIVIDED HEART – An enlightening story of growth and healing after Kate comes to terms and accepts her parent’s abrupt separation and divorce. The family finally learns to listen, and open their hearts to one another.
— Coming Soon
Lois J Bailey, Author
"Children’s lives are beautiful and happy when expressed through their talents"
Pater’s family tragedies as well as his futile struggle to thrive leave the old peasant embittered and without hope, until he discovers the fragile young girl, clinging to life in the cold water of the Zwin Canal. The trauma of the ordeal leaves her unable to remember who she is.
The story unfolds, as a series of small clues finally reveal the true identity of his beloved little Rosalinda. Intrigue ensues as Pater and his two humble companions devise a plan to return the Princess safely to the Castle in Bruges.
The Noble Peasant is historical fiction based around the early life of Judith of Flanders. Bruges, during the era of the Holy Roman Emperors, sets the scene for this story of tyranny and intrigue.
Dan DeWitt (PhD, Southern Seminary) is the dean of Boyce College, the undergraduate school of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, where he teaches courses on worldview, philosophy, apologetics, and C. S. Lewis. He and his wife, April, reside in Louisville, KY, with their four children, Isaiah, Micah, Josiah, and Addiliynn.
The Owlings is a worldview adventure for readers young and old alike about a young boy named Josiah who discovered an important lesson from some unlikely visitors. Get ready to meet Gilbert, a talking owl, who is joined by three of his friends to explain the greatest truth in all of the world—that the world is not all there is, or ever was, or ever will be.
The author been a long-time resident of Delhi, which as the capital of India was witness to the tumultuous action after the transfer of capital from Calcutta during the British colonial rule. His visits to the Coronation Park in Delhi that commemorates the coronation celebrations of Kind George V in 1911, and is now a heritage site, inspired him to write this story. See http://www.ratankaul.in
UNIQUENESS OF THE NOVEL
There have been several novels by western authors on British Raj, all of which received international acclaim with a large readership. The Far Pavilions, which is a comparatively recent one in the series of these novels having been published in 1978, sold millions of copies and inspired a popular television adaptation as well as a musical play.
However, my novel, Wings of Freedom, has a vital distinction as it’s written from an Indian’s point of view, and reflects the aspirations of the Indian masses during the turbulent colonial period. Moreover, with the Indian authorship, it depicts appropriately the locales, language, dresses, social customs and flavor of the Indian society as it existed a hundred years ago,
It’s the year 1911. Raju, a college student, struggles to establish his identity in the charged atmosphere of India’s freedom struggle. King George the Fifth is due in Delhi for his coronation celebration. A devastating fire in the royal camp gives rise to speculations of sabotage and an assassination attempt by the revolutionaries. Raju is caught up in the vortex of violent passions as two of his innocent friends are made scapegoats for the blaze by the British police and murdered. Thus begins Raju’s relentless journey against colonial rule and the economic exploitation of India.
A passionate romance with Eileen, the daughter of a British officer, keeps Raju inspired in their roller-coaster ride against the backdrop of British imperialism, turbulent political conflicts, the fury of the freedom revolution, the catastrophic first World War and the racial, cultural and social divisions in the post-Edwardian era.