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David Zahn has been training business executives, sales leaders, managers and others for over a quarter of a century. Before that, he tried training his siblings, teammates, and friends on what he believed were better techniques for success (he has had more positive outcomes with the business people!). As a lifelong trainer, he has learned many of the lessons contained in this book through experience, study, and application. Having worked, consulted and trained with companies like Kraft Foods, Campbell Soup Company, Dr Pepper Snapple Group, Johnson & Johnson, Merck, Shell Global Lubricants, and many others, he has distilled a lifetime of his and their best practices into this book for you to use and apply.
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This book examines the process, decisions, and criteria used to make informed decisions about training. Covering everything from how to identify if training is the right response to a business issue, through the selection of different delivery methods and approaches to evaluating training efforts; this book is written in a practical, easy to implement, and entirely accessible manner. Included in this book are videos, quizzes, links to other content and examples covering nearly every scenario you are likely to confront in making decisions about training design, development, and delivery. David Zahn has provided you with an opportunity to shorten the time it takes to provide reliably beneficial training that positively impacts your company's efforts.
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Lois Bailey
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     Lois Bailey enjoys writing – Gentle Stories –for the enjoyment of others. She feels that reading should be a positive experience for young persons, one that engenders growth, and a new understanding of others. Wholesome books provide young ones the ability to see distant lands, learn from different cultures, and feel good about life.

     Originally from Ohio, Lois currently lives in Florida with her husband, Maltese, and two crazy cats.

 

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Mattie’s New Day

 

 

Mattie proves to be a shining light amid many difficulties in this post-Civil War story of a bright, twelve-year-old 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 Mattie and her ma, plus Mattie’s natural desire for dignity and opportunity highlight her strength of character in this period of lingering intolerance and resentment.

 

When problems arise, Mattie and Bessie must leave the only home they’ve ever known. It is through Mattie’s innocent quest for change and her sheer determination, as well as those whose heart’s she touches, that Mattie finally is able to achieve her lifelong dream.


 

 

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Heather Abraham
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Heather Abraham holds a BA and MA in Religious Studies from Georgia State University and is the founder and editor of the eMagazine Religion Nerd. Originally from Jeannette, Pennsylvania, she currently resides in Atlanta with her husband Teo and their three beloved dogs. The Bookie's Daughter is her first book.
 
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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

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Florentina Gómez Guasp
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Florentina Gómez Guasp(Palma de Mallorca, 1954)

Licenciada en Filosofía y Ciencias de la Educación, especializada en Pedagogía Terapéutica; Poeta.

Libros:

"Pasos de Arco Iris"

"Torres de Esperanzas Amarillas"

"Transparentes Azules"

"Alargados Grises"

"Poemas de Amor"

"Love Poems"(bilingual edition)

"Algunos Adioses sin Respuesta"

Mis poemas son el resultado de instantes fugaces en los que leo una mirada, una pequeña historia que cabe en la forma en que unos brazos yacen apoyados o en un gesto de profunda tristeza o alegría; o en un momento de temblor estético; instantes que, si bien son fugaces, provocan una intensa emoción en mi; surgen, entonces, los versos como verdades incompletas que buscan explicar esa realidad captada, vienen y van en mi mente hasta que aflora el poema como un saber dormido.

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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".

 

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Este libro se sumerge en la reflexión de las emociones y sentimientos que nos suscitan algunos adioses que afrontamos en la vida, la forma en que los enfocamos e intentamos superarlos.

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Ratan Kaul
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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

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 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,

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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.


 

 

 

 

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Gillian McGuire
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I have been a beach girl since I was little. First visiting Florida, where my grandparents had a home and many, many summers on the South Carolina Coast. When I went to college in Washington, D.C., I fell in love with the Delaware seaside town of Rehoboth beach. It’s old fashioned boardwalk and all American vibe has kept me coming back for decades, now with a husband and a teenager, who has spent almost every summer of his life there. I was married on a beach in the west African country of Benin. During my family’s many years living in Zimbabwe, we escaped to Durban or Cape Town any chance we got. Now we live in Rome and I have fallen in love with the Amalfi Coast. Luckily it is a very easy drive from Rome and we have been able to take many trips during our almost a decade living in Italy. I have spent the most time in Positano and Capri, but explore a little more of this incredible part of Italy with each trip south. When I am not enjoying time on the Amalfi Coast, I am in Rome, writing for my blog, helping others with their blogs and social media, working on my other eBook Rome for Expats and tweeting and Instagraming all the beautiful, delicious things I see.

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First things first. The Amalfi Coast Travel Essentials Guide is not an exhaustive list of every single town and hotel and restaurant along the entire Amalfi Coast. Instead these are my personal insider tips and picks that I have gathered over many my trips to this bewitching part of the world to help you make the most of your trip to the Amalfi Coast.

 

The Amalfi Coast Travel Essentials Guide is not just hotels, restaurants and shopping secrets, I will also tell you the best way to get to the Amalfi Coast and where to park when you get there. This guide will help you find the best pizza in Positano, the best shoe store in Capri and the best pastry in Amalfi. 

 

This guide has more than 100 entries to help you avoid tourist traps and travel delays and guide you to the very best the Amalfi Coast has to offer

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Aaron Mermelstein
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"Paul is dead" was only the beginning.

It's 1970 and Beatle fans around the world comb the album covers and listen to Beatle songs forward and backward, trying to find “clues” that might lead to a logical solution or confirmation to the rumor that “Paul is dead.”

When two college radio DJ's join the search, they learn what the clues REALLY mean and begin an odyssey that takes them far beyond their studio. They discover a conspiracy to create a genuine Utopia, a true "Octopus' Garden." They are launched into a world-wide intrigue and quest that very quickly changes their lives forever.

After forty years, Jeff Scott finally reveals the solution to the mystery and confesses that the “clues” were not clues—no quotes necessary. The were guides that led to a life-changing experience and a life changing place: a genuine “Octopus’ Garden” beneath the waves.

Based on actual events and people, the story is an authentic excursion through the dreams of the Beatle Generation. But where does reality end and imagining begin?

The book recaptures the spirit and excitement of Beatlemania and--perhaps most important--the time when Beatle fans and Baby Boomers felt there was something special going on in their world.

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Rae Thomas
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You can find Rae Thomas at facebook.com/raethomaswrites

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Violet is trying to remember.

The pictures don’t help. She’s analyzed countless photographs of her life before the accident, but nothing in them is familiar. She still doesn’t recognize her parents or even herself. Not even her father, who has dedicated his every waking moment to her recovery, has been able to resurrect her memories.

Together, they intend to start a new life in Eligo, where no one knows who they are, or what they’ve lost. There, Violet meets David. He provides a welcome distraction from the pressure she feels at home. With him, she can be herself instead of struggling to be the girl she once was.

But when Violet suspects that her father is lying about their past, she needs David’s help to uncover the truth. What they find goes beyond her family—a secret worth killing for.

It’s too late now. Violet and David can’t turn back, and there’s only one option left.

Run.

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          People often ask what made me want to write a book at this stage in my life and career?  Well, I'm not sure really. I guess I had a story in my head that I needed to tell. That often leads them to ask if the book is somewhat autobiographical. The story itself is in no way connected to my life but the interplay between the characters in some cases includes elements of relationships I've had in my time. So I guess the answer is maybe a little bit?

          Some ask why paranormal? I can safely say I've been touched by practically every social disease that exists in one way or another - either personally or with family, friends - be it addiction, violence, disease, incest, mental illness, lack of faith, dysfunction, racism, sexism, or  . . . you name it. I guess these pieces since already explored in my real life, lost some of their horror and only seemed interesting enough to write about when rubbed up against the 'other worldly'.

           Who is Lyla? I get that one from time to time. Throughout the two years it took me to write the book, I believed Lyla to be more closely aligned to my daughter - saucy and sassy personality, appearance, multi-culturalism, etc. But later as I talked about the characters in detail, people closest to me pointed out that Lyla can only be 'me'. I guess I've accepted that to some degree at this point.

          What about Brian, and the sick relationship between he and Lyla? Well, I'll keep the answer to that between my therapist and I.

          And, Ollie? I sometimes think that character represents all I once thought I had to be in life:  self-less, dependable, extremely capable, and hopelessly bound by the past. 

          And well, of course, there's The Bishop. Everybody asks about The Bishop. I can only tell you - He Exists. :)

          Why do I think 'Standing in the Gap' is something special? Well, because I wrote it, of course. :)  But beyond that, it falls outside the commonly defined lines of street lit or urban fiction. While it certainly has its share of drugs, violence and sex, it is not really about street life per se- in fact, I believe its gift is the juxtaposition between those raw elements and that of the magnificent and mystical world of the Seioka (the meaning of which you'll only understand if you read my book).

          From the moment I sat down to key the first words of the book, I knew it would include lots of jaw dropping moments, tear jerker moments, and elements people with high sensibilities might find unacceptable or offensive. I wanted the reader to be completely surprised by the twists and shocked as the shameful secrets are at last revealed. I knew I had to deliver fast-paced action and the romance must be highly charged. I wanted the reader to truly feel it as the characters' lives spun out of control - there could be no 'down time' !

         While paranormal is the backdrop, the story is on the whole a hybrid of a crime thriller, erotica, and a tiny bit of existential philosophy.

         It would bring me absolute delight to have you read my novel!

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What’s left when the truth destroys? Lyla Frazier, trying desperately to put the past and the shame behind her, seeks an answer to that question in Standing in the Gap. Ollie loved Lyla. He loved her in spite of the dark secret, in spite of her mental illness, in spite of the fact she would never love him the way he deserved because no matter how much she wanted to, Lyla couldn’t get a dead man out of her heart.

They believed the horror of the previous year was over, that the cost to end it had been paid with the lives of those they loved. But they were wrong. Soon they would each realize the evil taking place in Arcola was but one step in completing a new and even more sickening campaign to bring forth the Shakshi Mati. Could Lyla stop Noire, the flamboyant, sadistic Seioka at the helm of the new campaign? Would she find a way to let the past go finally, to move on, in love? Or would the darkness envelope her mind again, this time forever? Standing In The Gap is a love story, a story of survival, bravery, and self-discovery.

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Annie Mueller
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Annie Mueller is a wife, mom of four young kids, home schooler, musician, and freelance writer. 

She's learned to make the best use of the time she has in order to do the things that matter most. She blogs at www.FreakishlyProductive.com.

 

 

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No more excuses.

No more procrastinating.

Here's everything you need to know to do more, hesitate less, stop planning and start achieving. 

Contents include 12 chapters which cover everything from motivation to time management to focusing, real work, and beating procrastination. Each chapter (except the last) concludes with a challenge you can apply immediately to take action. 

Chapters:
01: Act, act in the living present
02: Time isn't your problem
03: A new kind of perfect
04: The price of action
05: How to love your work
06: Do the real work
07: Freedom to focus is freedom to accomplish
08: The multi-tasking antidote
09: The key to getting things done
10: The right-now fallacy
11: Beat procrastination
12: A final word

If you're a busy person who longs to get past the details and get to the important work, this book is for you. 
If you're a freelancer who wants to succeed without getting lost in logistical details, this book is for you.
If you're a writer, an artist, or a creative professional of any kind, this book will help you focus on the work you love to do and do it. 
If you're a small business owner, this book will help you stay motivated and stay focused. 

You're 12 chapters, 11 challenges, and 1 book away from taking decisive, direct action on what is most important to you.

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Adriana Zoder
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Born in Romania, Adriana Zoder also lived in Sweden before moving to the United States and becoming an American citizen. Since 2011, Adriana Zoder has been writing a local column for The Mountain Press, a daily newspaper in Tennessee, where she resides. Zoder maintains the award-winning blog, HomeschoolWays.com, where she shares her experience with homeschooling her two children.

As a mother of two preschoolers, Adriana Zoder felt called to homeschool her children. Her research spanned many long books and late nights, for several years. Zoder decided to condense her newly acquired knowledge and experience into a series of quick, easy-to-read books, perfect for busy parents.

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101 Tips for Kindergarten at Home, the second volume in Adriana Zoder's How to Homeschool series, welcomes parents into the world of official homeschooling. In eleven chapters, the author offers solutions for homeschooling dilemmas and answers to frequently asked questions, from curriculum choices to ideas for keeping mommy sane. 

As a mother of two preschoolers, Adriana Zoder felt called to homeschool her children. Her research spanned many long books and late nights, for several years. Zoder decided to condense her newly acquired knowledge and experience into a series of quick, easy-to-read books, perfect for busy parents. 

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Lorelei Orion
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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?

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Lois J. Wetzel
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Lois J. Wetzel was born in Dallas, Texas. She attended Dallas Public Schools, graduating from R. L. Turner High School in Carrollton, which is a Dallas suburb. She earned a BA in art education and and MFA in painting and drawing from the University of North Texas in Denton, Texas. About twenty years later she studied Clinical Psychology and Art Therapy at the University of Houston in Clear Lake City, near Houston. She is the mother of two adult sons and has recently become a grandmother.

Her books are about spirituality, metaphysics, and her mystical experiences, including her frequent experiences of contact from extra-dimensional beings of all kinds. Often, she is channeling information from Lightbeingts. Lois is a highly experienced teacher, healer, medical intuitive, shamanic practitioner, mystic and intuitive counselor. The spiritual realm is what Lois' life is about, and what she writes about. It is a major part of her Soul Contract in this lifetime. It also brings her great joy.

At this time, Lois still does readings from the Akashic Records for clients, intuitive counseling, and has a virtual learning center at her website: Hot Pink Lotus. There you can find free meditations, articles, Lois' radio show, and online classes. She is one of the world's experts in past life readings, and works with people all over the globe in this capacity.

At the website http://www.hotpinklotus.com you can sign up for the free newsletter and be kept abreast of Lois' free teachings, interesting spiritual information, notices of new books, appearances, and her free offerings.

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In "Reincarnation: Past Lives and the Akaashic Record" Lois J. Wetzel,MFA, has written the long-awaited sequel to her first book, "Akashic Records: Case Studies of Past Lives." Yet "Reincarnation" takes the reader on a trip to the past like none other. Once again, riveting stories of the past lives of scores of different people are narrated. These lifetimes go back hundreds of thousands of years on Earth, allowing the reader glimpses of long-lost civilizations not contained in our historical record. In this book, unlike the first, the author challenges our ancient history as wrong, giving ample examples of proof we have lived on this swirling ball of minerals for hundreds of thousands of years! She talks about her past life readings for clients, but she also shares some of the spontaneous past life memories which others, including famous people, have had. 


The past lives of Lois' clients are shared so that the reader may learn and grow from the experiences of her clients. Naturally, clients' names and identifying information have been changed to protect their privacy. Surprisingly, some readers have said they actually felt some of their own past life issues were resolved as they read about the prior lifetimes of others. 

Why learn about our past lives? Isn’t this lifetime enough to handle? Because the whole story of who we are has to do with everything we have experienced. We know that who we are has a lot to do with our childhoods. Why would it not have to do with who we were in our prior lifetimes? Knowing about our past lives allows us to know more fully who we actually are at the level of the Immortal Soul. Why are we terrified of, instantly despise, or immediately adore someone we’ve just met? Why would we avoid visiting a certain location, even though there is no reason? Why do cruise ships or horses terrify us? Why are we so powerfully drawn to bow-hunting, cake decorating, scuba diving, fashion design or sailing having never experimented with it before? Why do some things come so easily people swear we have done it before? Why were we born with these predispositions? Are the answers in past lives? 

The author also includes correspondence between the clients and herself before and after the reading was done, so that we can see the client's experience of the reading, and the reaction to the reading and the information which came out of it. 

"Reincarnation" also discusses some truly strange concepts, like parallel and overlapping lifetimes, and why it may be possible to be alive in two bodies in different locations on a timeline that overlaps. Or how can we die and come back into the same body, remembering the out-of-body event with conscious awareness of ourselves while not in our bodies? 

All these topics and more lie between the pages of this fascinating and compelling book. 

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Fernando Sobenes
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MI nombre es Fernando Sobenes, soy peruano – venezolano, oficial retirado de la Policía Nacional del Perú (Ex Policía de Investigaciones) y abogado, me encanta la lectura y escribir. Creo que mi trabajo es especial porque aborda de manera singular la  conducta del ser humano ante las adversidades y su forma de afrontarlas. Lleva al lector a un punto muy alto de suspenso durante el desenlace de la trama como si fuera una montaña rusa, lo hace de manera ágil y entretenida.  También aborda la manera en que vemos a la figura de Dios, es decir: Como nos la muestra la Iglesia Católica y nos hace pensar un poco más allá de lo que nos han enseñado.  Hace reflexionar a la vez que busca entretener  a quienes disfrutamos de este tipo de novelas: El terror y suspenso están presentes de principio a fin, donde un ser tenebroso, terrible destruye la vida de las personas de manera macabra y sobrenatural. Es una novela que no se puede dejar a un lado y estoy convencido de que logra su cometido.

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Norte de Kuwait 1991 Guerra del Golfo Pérsico; Peter Donovan Teniente del Ejército de los Estados Unidos al mando de un grupo de soldados cae en una emboscada en el desierto de Irak y como consecuencia sucede una masacre. En ese lugar halla un amuleto que guarda en su bolsillo sin saber que encierra un poder oculto y a causa de ello; tiene su primer encuentro aterrador en un sepulcro bajo las arenas del desierto con un ser maligno que lo llevará al umbral de la muerte.

Transcurren varios años luego de estos acontecimientos y Peter, después de abandonar las Fuerzas Armadas, se traslada a un lugar en los Estados Unidos llamado “Lago Feliz” donde se establece y contrae matrimonio formando una familia. Este es un lugar muy bello donde las personas viven felizmente alejadas del estrés de las grandes ciudades. Allí conviven otras tantas que disfrutan del clima, tranquilidad y belleza del lugar que cuenta con un lago y un gran bosque.

Peter se desempeña como Sheriff del pueblo y se reúne con algunos de sus vecinos los fines de semana para compartir en familia. Sus vidas transcurren con tranquilidad y felicidad hasta el día en que se les ocurre jugar con la Tabla Ouija y utilizan el amuleto traído desde el desierto, abriendo sin querer, una entrada para que la maldad llegue a sus vidas; destruyéndolas, sembrando espanto y muerte. Fenómenos paranormales, posesiones espeluznantes y muertes trágicas crean un clima de suspenso y terror a esta obra.
Esta novela aborda el aspecto de la lucha entre el bien y el mal. Uno de los protagonistas, el Padre Josh Carter, lucha contra sus principios y todo lo aprendido en el seminario al darse cuenta que la propia Iglesia se contradice y no acata sus preceptos. Comienza a renegar de su fe y a colocar en tela de juicio a las autoridades del clero y comprueba (muy a su pesar) que ha sido engañado lo cual lo desmorona emocionalmente.

También toca el tema del exorcismo y de la visión que tiene la Iglesia al respecto, así como la manipulación que se hace de estas situaciones. Problemas de índole mental que son utilizadas a conveniencia como métodos de propaganda y captación de fieles. Esta novela atrapa de inmediato al lector y está dedicada a un público adulto, personas que gusten de emociones fuertes y las hacen identificarse con los personajes, sus vivencias, temores, amores y sufrimientos. Es una novela ágil, emocionante y llena de suspenso, que no se puede dejar a un lado, entretiene y mantiene al lector en un constante interés por su desenlace.

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Edited by Wolfgang Sachsenröder
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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).

 

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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.

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Author:
Raymond Welch
About the Author:

“Ray intertwines key dynamics of the global environment and American society to explore how individuals and families will be forced to respond to intersecting global crises. This is a heck of a story with a large cast of compelling characters.”

—  Charles Hugh Smith, author/blogger, Of Two Minds

“Earth’s climate is unstable, and we are pushing it hard towards a sudden shift to a new state by pumping huge quantities of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere. A radical shift in the climate between the years 2018-2028 as envisioned by Welch is entirely plausible.”

—  Dr. Jeff Masters, Director of Meteorology, Weather Underground

“We are already seeing (as predicted) outsized warming of the Arctic compared to other parts of the globe. There is growing evidence that we are already seeing weather patterns being influenced by loss of Arctic sea ice.” 

—  Dr. Mark Serreze, Director, National Snow and Ice Data Center, U. of Colorado at Boulder

“Ray has worked in the energy business for years and knows it inside out.” 

—  Chris Rafael, Editor, California Energy Markets

A Change in the Weather is a well-written and disturbing page-turner.  Ray has composed an edgy mix of fact and fiction that kept each of us up late each night until we were done. We looked forward to every chapter as he was writing them.”

—  Arjan Khalsa, CEO, Conceptua Math
—  Dalbir Khalsa, Physician Assistant, Community Medicine

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A Change in the Weather follows the Russell family during the tenth anniversary of the disappearance of the polar ice cap, from March 2028 through May 2029. The Arctic has inverted from heat reflector to heat sink, and the jet stream has broken from its age-old trajectory to whip the globe like an unattended fire hose. Rainfall patterns shift the world over. Agriculture fails. The international economy collapses. Terrorism surges.

In the ensuing panic, the United States embraces President Roland Strauch, a Biblical literalist who heads the American Homeland Party and its armed militia, the Order of the Eagle and Cross.

Each member of the Russell family does what he or she thinks is right in an America where democracy and Christianity struggle to survive.  What each thinks is right couldn't be more in conflict.

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Author:
Paul Murphy
About the Author:

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.

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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

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Dick Goodie
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Dick Goodie
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.

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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.

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Author:
Rafael Sandrea
About the Author:

I hope to inspire others to enhance their total wellbeing, by pointing out some of the facts and benefits of living a healthy lifestyle --at the individual level, national level, and global level.   

Based on solid evidence and scientific research, I am confident that anyone can improve their wellbeing by the lifestyle choices they make on a daily basis; and that those choices will significantly determine how long they get to live.   

I am a healthy and very active 78-year-old chap, who formerly was CEO of a petroleum engineering firm based in Caracas, Venezuela for 30 years.   I have lived in several countries, travelled around world and love to learn from other cultures.  A few years ago, I had a life-changing health problem which nearly took my life.  Fortunately, I recovered quickly and resumed a normal and healthy lifestyle.  Through this episode, I gained a new perspective, which motivated me to look and go further in enhancing my wellbeing.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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In only 9 minutes, you will get a bird’s eye view of eating habits and lifestyles of 99 percent of the world’s population, and discover 99 things about yourself that would allow you to enhance your total wellbeing.  All of this for only 99 cents!  That is the magic of the 9.99 formula.

You will also learn about life expectancy and prosperity around the world; which countries have reached the top and why; what lessons can we learn from them; discover the ultimate dietyour metabollic rate, and more!

 

 

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Author:
Robert Deason
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When the author, Robert Deason was a young child, two older boys tied him up by his feet and left him hanging alone, hidden inside a building. That memorable incident makes its way in an altered form into Super Shy. The author's situation isn't unique. Most kids experience either teasing, bullying, or being left out, especially during the junior high years. The author made it through junior high a long time ago, but watching his own children's struggles as pre-teens/young teenagers, it seems not much has changed.  It's a time of great turmoil. Imagine going through it while carrying the secret of a super power, a power that could be your salvation or your downfall.

You won't feel sorry for Edelweiss and her friends. You'll be rooting for them to find their way, because you'll see yourself and those you love in their struggles. Super Shy is an adventure, it's a coming-of-age story, and a fantasy grounded in the hard realities of being a kid.

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Edelweiss Featherwhite lhides behind her shyness to cope with the bullies who tease and hurt her in junior high school. During Science Club, an accident changes Edelweiss from a wallflower into a girl who can walk through walls What do you do with a weird power like that? Well, when two other eighth grade outsiders get secret super powers, too, Edelweiss teams up with them to get back at the kids making them miserable.

Revenge doesn't taste so sweet, though, once Edelweiss falls for the most popular boy in school, nor when she and her classmates are forced into an unexpected fight for their lives. Unless Edelweiss and her partners overcome their own weaknesses and embrace what truly makes a hero, no kids will survive to see graduation day.

Anyone who has attended school, been bullied, or possesses a secret power will relate to this fanciful tale of overcoming jealousy, betrayal, doubt and the desperate need to fit in.

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Author:
Mike Wendland
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                  Jeff and Aimee Wendland wrote this book after making some lifestyle changes that have helped them pay down tens of thousands of dollars in debt in a manner of a few short years. Both Jeff and Aimee work full time jobs, but they found that they had been on a slippery slope of gaining debt since college. Shortly after they were married, they knew something had to change.
                  After much research, they were able to get the most out of their paychecks. They became more organized with the way they shopped and more hands on when it came to home repair, car maintenance, and they even started making some of their own natural cleaning products.
                  As Jeff and Aimee realized how these simple lifestyle changes were helping them to get out of debt, they knew it was time to share some of the changes that they had made to help others to take control of their finances too. That was when they decided to write this book and to start their Frugal Living Blog. Stop by and follow them to stay up to date with more great frugal living tips at http://frugalliving101.com.

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Does it ever feel like debt or bills are getting the better of you? If it does, then it’s time that for you to join the frugal living revolution.
Take control of your finances and your future. Using just a few of the tips in this book could save you enough money to make ends meet. Follow a few more of the tips and you just might find yourself saving enough money for paying down your debt, saving money for your children’s education, or putting aside enough money so that you will be able to retire comfortably.
In this book, you will learn how to:
•    Save money on personal expenses
•    Spend less on medical bills and prescription drugs
•    Give your pets the best food and care for less
•    Have a night out without spending a fortune
•    Save money on your home
•    Spend less and get more on groceries
•    Have a great wardrobe on a budget
•    How to make natural homemade cleaning products for a fraction of the price

 

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Author:
kump.katie@gmail.com
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Katie Kump is an Army wife, a nanny, and a mentor to college women who has found that writing is the only way to feel rightly. When she's not downing guacamole or turning the living room into a dance floor, you can find her celebrating the Word in her own words at KatieKump.com.

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The chaos of a girl's growing-up years can quickly cloud the truest realities of her life and relationships. As Katie Kump looks back on her high school and college years, she points out how Jesus was there all along, making sense of her life, and encourages younger readers to find Him right where they are. Whether in the need for gossip or the disappointment of the prom, the longing to be married or the pressure to be someone you're not, Jesus is always there. Finding Him changes everything. In a blend of personal narrative and Biblical reference, Katie leads her audience to see that this life really is all about Jesus.

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Author:
Daniel Raynes
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Daniel Raynes was born in Baltimore, Maryland in 1984. With a lifelong passion for reading and writing he won multiple awards in high school and received a scholarship to Washington College in Chestertown, Maryland, which hands out the Sophie Kerr Prize; the largest undergraduate literary award in the country. While a student there, he studied poetry, short stories, plays, screenplays, and novels. Screenplays may have been Daniel’s first love, but novels ended up as his true love.

After taking a long (too long!) absence from his dream of being a writer, Daniel has finally begun to write again. This book was largely written not only to help others, but to help himself remember everything he had learned and to shake off the rust from his finger tips.

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Got a Great Idea for a Novel? That’s fantastic! But if you’re struggling to find the right words to breathe life into your reader’s mind, then don’t worry, you’re not alone. Between e-mails, texting, and tweeting, too many people have forgotten how to write with style. Some were never taught in the first place. By following the writing exercises in this guide, you’ll be crafting lines with all the rhythm and grace of poetic prose in no time.

Even though writing fiction is one of the most difficult forms of art and entertainment, as it is the culmination of story, philosophy, and an artistic grasp of language, you won’t start typing unprepared.

From doing research and forming a prewrite, to pacing your story and writing an ending, Write, Revise, Rejoice! will show you how to write a novel from start to finish with you controlling the shots - plus much more!

Improve Your Writing Skills By Learning:

  • How to Create Vivid Settings: Simple, easy to do exercises that will paint your imagination onto the page and drop you and your readers right into your fully-realized fictional world.
     
  • Old Writing Tips and Tricks: Storytelling is nothing new. Learn timeless techniques to keep a fast paced plot and unpredictable characters – and these methods work regardless of the plot or genre of your novel. They’re story-telling tricks.
     
  • A Writer’s Block Sledgehammer: Unearth an endless well of writing ideas and discover ways to jumpstart your thoughts onto the page. Not to mention, a no-nonsense wake-up call for all you perfectionists out there! (Myself included.)
     
  • Novels and Other Formats: Learn how screenwriting, playwriting, poetry, journalism, and even video games can impact your style, for better or worse, and how they’re all family members of the written word.
     
  • How to Write Dialogue: Write realistic dialogue that plays off of the action and description instead of just repeating them. Reveal your characters and plot without boring exposition, too!
     
  • How to Write Action: See how to write fight scenes by focusing on the emotions of your events, and then stir those same intense feelings within your readers’ minds.
     
  • How to Write Description: Use similes and metaphors that focus on the meaning of your plot and the experience of your characters, and then revise your way to a polished final draft with a steady stream of thoughts.
     
  • The Emotion of Your Words: Revise your “informational” sentences into emotional, stylistic prose that creates the story in your reader’s head instead of just informing them about it.
     
  • Get Off the Nose: Don’t say what you mean! It kills the mood. Suggest what you mean and give your audience space to get their emotions involved. Don’t commit a common rookie mistake and be “on the nose.”
     
  • Research, Research, Research: Find out how to research your novel and discover the most important question you have to ask, which very few people actually do.
     
  • How to Become a Writer: From writing in layers to how to get the most out of a creative writing class, you’ll learn how to approach your craft from start to finish.

Millions of people want to know how to write a book, but writing a novel isn’t paint by numbers. No one can tell you exactly what to do and when. What this guide will do is prepare you with all the tools and writing styles you need to write your story, your way.

In an ever-growing library of fiction, your greatest strength is your voice. Have the courage to raise it with the power of emotional writing to back it up. You have the whole world to gain.

I understand how valuable your time is, so written short and to the point, Write, Revise, Rejoice! is all meat – no filler. You’ve got things to do: Like Writing Your Novel!

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pdr lindsay
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Writing is like breathing, if you're a writer you have to write.

I wrote my first novel when I was seven! All about a pony, a creature I wanted to own. I continued with my first publication the next year in the school magazine. After that I published poems and stories regularly in the school magazine, and went onto publish poetry mainly in my univesity journals.

Then life got in the way. Travelling to be more precise. I think I have visited, worked, or travelled around everywhere except South America and India. They are next on my list.

Now I am getting older there is more time for writing. I have lots to say, but perhaps not so many years to say them in.

 

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'Blokes Muddling Through' is a collection of six short stories about men coping or not coping with their worlds.

BLURB
Suddenly you’re a fifty year old male, hitting middle age. Time to ease up, spend more time with friends and family. Retirement - dread thought - looms. The hard work’s done, the future’s secure. Or is it? And where’s the family anyway? The wife has spread her wings, works, has hobbies. The children have grown up on you, turned into strangers. Your friends have moved on. How do you make contact again? How do you sort out the changes in your life. Here are six men who tried to make sense of their middle aged lives in their own peculiar ways.
 

The stories have all been published in magazines and journals in Australia, Canada, the USA and the UK. One editor, who published most of them in the UK, called them my grumpy old men stories but it's not that the blokes are grumpy, they're just trying to cope with what the world flings at them in their own unique ways. Their ways might not be yours or mine but they are interesting to read about. Would you do as they do?

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Author:
Julie M. Wood
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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.

 

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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.

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