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A provocative and candid memoir spanning the first nineteen years of the author's life, The Bookie's Daughter resonates with elements of Sopranos and Running with Scissors-zany, violent, and oh-so-human. Written by Heather Abraham, The Bookie's Daughter is a wild ride through a childhood dominated by Big Al, the author's larger-than-life bookie father, and Bonnie, her trigger-happy alcoholic mother. Devoted to their family yet in thrall to their prodigious addictions, they recklessly plunged their daughters into a dangerous life of crime. Join The Bookie's Daughter in a perfect storm of adolescent angst, crime, and shocking adventures. Follow along as the author and her sister traverse a childhood where gambling, police raids, trials, public scorn, spitting Studda Bubbas, hitmen, IRA gunrunners, pedophiles, bodyguards, and midnight runs for illegal goods were considered routine. The narrative is twistedly entertaining, with a range of colorful wacky characters, as well as shockingly raw in its recognition of the destructive nature of dysfunctional family dynamics and parental addictions. Throughout a series of outrageous, oftentimes violent, misadventures, Abraham manages to conjure up loony vistas, thick with description and humorous acceptance
Mark Jacobs is a freelance writer, martial arts instructor and semi-professional poker player who regularly plays for more money than he can afford to lose. His written work has appeared in publications such as Sports Illustrated, Men’s Health and TimeOut New York. The author of the acclaimed instructional text, The Principles of Unarmed Combat, he currently serves as a monthly columnist for Black Belt Magazine. Pascal’s Wager is his first novel.
Destined for a brilliant career in academia, Pascal Silver instead decides to be a risk taker. Packing up his unfinished philosophy dissertation he moves to Las Vegas to pursue his dual goals of winning the World Series of Poker and the only slightly less daunting task of finding the meaning to existence.
Low on cash, Pascal is forced to take a part-time job at a private detective agency. Now, with his boss out of town, into his life walks the gorgeous Allegra LaPierre. She asks Pascal to find out who murdered her father, casino owner “Houston Phil” LaPierre.
Using his uncanny poker skills, Pascal can tell everyone involved with Houston Phil has something to hide, including his ex-stripper widow, his knucklehead son, Bruce, and his old business partner, Fat Johnny, who’s in debt to a local gangster. Complicating matters, Bruce LaPierre is suddenly found dead in his office and the number one suspect is Allegra. Though all the evidence points to his client’s guilt, Pascal falls back on the famous wager of faith put forth by his illustrious namesake. He chooses to have faith in Allegra, not just because he’s gone head over heels for her, but because it’s a good bet.
But when representatives of the Chicago mob show up and tell him to drop the case, Pascal has to take his greatest gamble yet. With Allegra’s life hanging in the balance, he’ll need to pull off the biggest bluff he’s ever attempted to get her back alive. Even if he does, he’s still left with the question “Who killed Phil?” a question only he is shrewd enough to answer.
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.
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.
I live with a crazy family and a crazy dog, all of whom I love dearly. My interests are wide-ranging, and I hope my writing can help me pay for my expanding number of hobbies. I write what I like to write, in a number of genres, and with a good dose of humor in each. Eventually, I would like to quit my boring job and write full-time.
Athene Arrington’s new house is perfect, except for one little thing: There’s a vampire living in the basement. His name is Brandon, and he insists he still owns the place. One heated argument and a death threat later, it’s decided that Athene can stay.
In spite of Brandon’s constant teasing, his insistence that Athene is not as nice as she looks, and his peculiar diet, she's still attracted to him. Torn between normal and Brandon, she has to decide what she really wants. Should she settle into a regular life, or follow deeper feelings? Will Brandon let her live, kill her, or turn her into a vampire? Not even he knows.
Florentina Gómez Guasp (Palma de Mallorca, 1954)
Licenciada en Filosofía y Ciencias de la Educación, Pedagogía Terapéutica Especializada en; Poeta.
"Pasos de Arco Iris"
"Torres de Esperanzas Amarillas"
"Poemas de Amor"
"Poemas de Amor" (edición bilingüe)
Mis versos Verdades hijo incompletas, nacidas baño Los Instantes de Una mirada Entre Párpados intimidados; ONU acercamiento fugaz a la forma En que yacen UNOS brazos apoyados, al brillante de color de Un Suspiro; Una Aproximación a la exigencia de alegría o tristeza Que guardan Los Pequeños Gestos Que apenas sí perciben, una las lágrimas de la emoción estética ...; afloran Como dormido sable de la ONU En Una idea despierta Que.
... Porque Yo, poeta de soja, leo las Almas
y cuento las Lágrimas de la vida. (Pasos de Arco Iris.Amarillo y violeta)
Siempre me falta tiempo pora todas las tareas y proyectos que tengo.
Me gusta definirme Como: "Amiga de las Horas, custodio Que Las puertas del cielo, de la lluvia, El Silencio y Sus colores".
Este libro Expresa, un Través de 20 poemas, La Experiencia emotiva del amor, Un Sentimiento Que Nos enaltece el Espíritu y nos Lleva una versión Lo Mejor De Las Personas, Haciendonos Sentir busque con Nosotros y Con El Mundo.
Paul Murphy is a retired educator. The father of three grown children he recently moved to Southport with his wife, Shirley.
He graduated from The Ohio State University in 1966 with a Bachelor of Science Degree. He then obtained his Masters in Education from Bowling Green State University in 1970.
Paul possesses more than thirty years experience in public education as a teacher, assistant principal, and principal, culminating with sixteen years as superintendent of schools in several communities.
After he retired, Paul’s first task was to write the Christian fiction novel, The 13th Apostle, published by Evergreen Press. He is also the author of two murder mysteries, Time in the Mirror and Golden Rule Days.
He is a twenty-five year member of Rotary International. Paul has served in various capacities in two Lutheran churches. His love of Jesus prompted his writing The 13th Apostle and its sequel, Angel Assignment: The White House.
An accidental stumble by a Secret Service agent leaves the country’s leaders exposed for a split second. A shot rings out: an instant later, the Vice President of the United States is dead, and the First Lady is mysteriously wounded. While a shaken President sits beside his injured wife considering resignation, the fiend behind the assassination attempt ramps up a smear campaign calculated to initiate impeachment, and orders his henchmen to scare off—kill, if necessary—a troublesome reporter determined to report only the facts. Still not satisfied, the evil-doer funds Al-Qaeda in a conspiracy to bring both America and its President to their knees. The terrorist attacks are executed with near-perfect precision: as an airplane spews a deadly new strain of anthrax over a crowd of over 100,000 unsuspecting football fans, Al-Qaeda members gun down random individuals at other nationally recognized gridiron venues.
The enemy’s scheme is working: the President trusts no one except family and Secret Service agents. As rumors and death swirl about the nation’s leader, the pressure to apprehend the perpetrators of these heinous crimes and name a new vice-president becomes almost unbearable. Prayer brings the President little comfort, for his faith has waned over the years, and he no longer believes in his religious heritage. As he flies off to a secret retreat, the President recalls his father’s and grandfather’s tales of “the thirteenth apostle” and the letters Gamaliel supposedly wrote, and rejects them once again as make-believe. But God has a revelation in store for him, and what he learns will be instrumental in his fight against his evil adversary.
“Paul Murphy is a wonderful story teller. His work in Angel Assignment: The White House grabs you and keeps you until the very end. This is not just a page turner…it’s a page burner. Start it today and you are likely to be up all night and you will be glad for the experience.” Dr. Mark Cress, Founder, Corporate Chaplains of America, Inc.
Finally, a suspense thriller the whole family can enjoy and talk about. A book for all ages, Angel Assignment: The White House, is a modern day novel featuring the president as the good guy, and a bunch of bad guys to fill out the roster. A good story to talk about with family and students. A great, what if. Susan Warren Books 'n Stuff