Big Creek

Paperback – May 1st, 2017

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Experience the “Other Side” of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park
We think of our national parks as wild, peaceful places, where you can “get away” from the hustle of civilization.

But if you’ve ever experienced a traffic jam as you try to drive to your favorite trail head or campsite, you know the “idea” of the parks doesn’t always mesh with reality.

What really happens in the day-to-day upkeep of a national park?
Retired couple Andy and Dinata Misovec are part of the backbone of National Parks—the volunteer corp.

The Misovecs help practically every year at the Great Smokey Mountains National Park. As campground hosts, what they find is sometimes shocking, oftentimes hilarious, yet they always manage to come away still feeling the wonder of nature that any American National Park will instill in any visitor who cares to look.

Part journal, part thoughtful essays, Big Creek: a Closer Look at a National Park will show you why those traffic jams sometimes happen. But through broken bones, bee stings, snakes, and loose dogs, you will come away with a greater appreciation of what the National Parks mean to us as a nation.

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Chasing Ruin / Finding Redemption

Paperback – March 31, 2020

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What do you do when you lose everything—family, a multi-million dollar company, your mother to a murder in a gang-hit gone bad.

Michael DeLeon found redemption in the most unlikely of places—and in the most humble of ways.

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Compassion Magic

Paperback – March 28th, 2016

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Discover the Magic of Compassion in Your Life.

Turn heartache and tragedy into triumph and love.

Virginia Hunter Sampson arrived at a place in her life where she was burdened with heartache, guilt, and regret. Having just divorced her third husband, she was at a crossroads—she could become a victim to it all or find a more positive road out.

The victim route would be easy after a life of domestic violence, divorce, and the unimaginable grief of losing one husband to “Lou Gehrig’s disease.” As she navigated a long three-year journey into the depths of grief, she found herself once again in an untenable position. Two of her four children turned to drugs and alcohol to handle the emotional devastation.

What do you do when it looks like life has beaten you down? Journey with Virginia as she discovers one of life’s greatest healing balms: the magic of compassion, both for herself and for others.

Compassion transformed her life. It can transform yours. Find out how Virginia discovered how to tap into its power. Together we can build families, communities, and businesses with a foundation of compassion.

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Held Back by Nothing – 2nd Edition

Paperback – May 14th, 2010 – 2nd Edition Jan 2019

This is the new 2nd Edition – with updated images and story.

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“Different” Should Never be Limiting!

 A child is a world of potential, and it doesn’t matter if that child has something that limits them physically or mentally. They should be encouraged to succeed in life, just like any other “normal” person.

But how do you do that? John Hendry, in Held Back by Nothing, tells us how through the story of his youngest son, Steven. Born with cerebral palsy, Steven could have been a victim, but with his natural verve for life coupled with parents who never said “never,” Steven beat all the odds. He lives an amazing life by any standards.

If you’re the parent of a child with special needs, Hendry will help you discover his or her uniquely normal potential. While the book relates Steven’s exploits growing up, it is also chock full of helpful hints for parents in need of guidance and inspiration for their own “uniquely normal” child:

  • how to negotiate the school system
  • what to expect from various organizations
  • how to handle the inevitable discrimination.

 

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Hunger Speaks

Paperback – December 11th, 2009

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An eating disorder can be a dead end or a door opening to a life better than can imagine. Hunger Speaks is a memoir told in poetry.

  • Breaks the silence of food addiction
  • Reveals the turbulence of early recovery
  • Unveils the spiral process of healing
  • Sings the self-renewal and celebration of recovery

Carolyn Jennings’ clear, strong poems offer possibility, understanding, and companionship, “a kind of promise,” as one reader wrote, to “…those of us who choose to follow where she leads.”

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Loving Dangerously: Journey to Nepal

Paperback – October 10th, 2014

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How do you discover yourself after heartbreak? Travel with a young artist on her true adventures in the 70s-a time of free love, drugs, the peace movement, and an explosive art scene as she searches for meaning in her own life. After heartbreak at home, she wins a scholarship to England and journeys across Europe to Nepal, with her sense of humor and sketchbook at her side. At first she follows her English boyfriend, then treks alone through the Himalaya foothills. She meets a Patron of the Arts, the head Lama, a Gurkha warrior, and faces risky situations in search of what she ultimately learns means most to her. Journey with her as she discovers real life is rich with characters doing extraordinary things every day.

“Lynda Cain Hubbard tells a fascinating true story of self-discovery and maturation on her travels through Nepal. Accompanied by an ever-present sketchpad and enthusiasm born of youth, the reader fears for her safety as she encounters frightening people and situations, and smiles as she grows in understanding. It is an exciting read!” Lee A. Jackman, author Becoming Lee-a memoir, 2014

Loving Dangerously: Journey to Nepal.A Story of Adventure and Risk, is Lynda Cain Hubbard’s memoir of her journey-turned-spiritual awakening. If you are searching for something, for answers, for peace, for a way to move on with life while never leaving behind lessons hard learned, then Loving Dangerously can become a guide book on how to do it with grace, a love for humanity, and a grand sense of adventure that will never leave you.-an inspiring story for readers of all ages.

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Memories in Motion by Hannah Hilbert

Memories in Motion

Paperback – January 1st, 2012

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Arriving home from a trip, do you have souvenirs, papers, and memories you want to preserve? I discovered a fun way to organize all the souvenirs and memories into one book — and all while I was on my trip.

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SGT. RODNEY M. DAVIS “The Making of a Hero”

Paperback – March 15, 2018

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How Far Would You Go to Honor a Code?

Honor. Courage. Commitment. These are the pillars of United States Marine Corps values.

So why Sgt. Rodney M. Davis lunged atop that enemy grenade at the expense of his own life on Sept. 6, 1967 is the quintessential question that has haunted not only those who stood closest to him at that critical moment, but his own family and friends for over fifty years now.

Why would a young African-American with a beautiful wife and two infant children eagerly awaiting his return home from Vietnam commit such a noble and courageous, yet sacrificial act? And for Marines he barely knew if at all? And for a country that often treated him like a second-class citizen at the time?

“He was a brave man and a good Marine. My grandfather always told me that if [Davis] had not jumped on that grenade, every Marine in that trench would have been seriously injured or killed. My grandfather believed that he would have died that day. My mother would have been an orphan at the age of one, and I would have never known my grandfather.

In a time when the United States was ravaged by racial tension, I wonder what kind of bond men form while fighting a war, for him to have saved the lives of a bunch of white men – including a Texan officer – that he knew for a short period of time?

[Davis] was a modern-day hero, and the kind of Marine I strive to live up to.”

Steven Brackeen Turunc, the eldest grandson of Davis’ late platoon commander, John Brackeen. Turunc graduated from Officer Candidates School in November 2014 and is currently serving on active duty in the U.S. Marine Corps.

That Davis was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor at the White House on March, 26, 1969 did little to assuage the heartbreak felt by his grieving family and the many friends he left behind.

But looking after his own had always been Davis’ calling.

This is his story.

STATEMENTS FROM THE OFFICIAL MEDAL OF HONOR INVESTIGATION INTO SGT. RODNEY M. DAVIS

“On 6 September 1967, we were engaged with the enemy when they outflanked us on all the sides. We pulled back and regrouped in a trench surrounding a bomb crater. There were about seven people in a 20-foot in this trench when the enemy started their advance. We were putting out a base of fire when we started to receive incoming grenades when one grenade landed about eight feet to my right on the other side of Lance Corporal

[Lonnie] Hinshaw. Lance Corporal Hinshaw jumped from the trench to safety, but failed to mention the presence of the grenade to anyone. At this time, Sgt. Davis saw the danger to himself and the rest of the Marines in the area. He threw himself intentionally on this grenade and sacrificed his life to save the men in the trench. I believe he should receive this award for service above and beyond the call of duty. Myself, my platoon commander and Lance Corporal Hinshaw are alive today because of Sgt. Davis’ act of heroism.” Lance Corporal Gregory G. Crandall (USMC)

“On 6 September 1967, I witnessed the actions of Sergeant Davis while on Operation Swift. My platoon was pinned down around a bomb crater when the NVA started attacking our position with heavy automatic fire. Sgt. Davis effectively directed his men’s fire to stave off the attacking enemy. The enemy again assaulted our position, this time getting within hand grenade range. I believe there were about four [grenades] thrown at us, three of them landed outside the trench, the other one hit me in the leg and fell into the trench as I rolled out of the trench. At this time, Sergeant Davis saw the hand grenade and the danger to the men left in the trench. Sergeant Davis, seeing the grenade, dropped down on it, using his body to protect the other men in the trench from the explosion. I feel that he knew what he was doing and gave his life to save the five lives of his fellow Marines. I am alive today due to his actions.” Lance Corporal Lonnie R. Hinshaw (USMC)

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Shadows Over Baku

 

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“My husband, Anatoliy, and I are in bed, but we dare not sleep…These dangerous days, sleep comes only in short intervals and only when I’m so tired that I lose focus temporarily. The respite never lasts long. The threat of violence keeps us on a razor’s edge so thin we can feel it cutting our skin.”

So begins the harrowing experience of Karina Yesayeva Khachatorian and her family as they endured seven days of hell, as Azerbaijanis (or Azeris as they’re called locally) targeted Armenians living in the cosmopolitan city of Baku.

Baku had been a peaceful blending of many nationalities. But on the eve of the collapse of the mighty Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (better known as the USSR), the unrest between the Azeris and Armenians planted by Stalin seventy-years prior erupted into a violent pogrom, killing at least ninety Armenians, injuring countless others.

Genocidal violence, however, never occurs in a vacuum. Shadows Over Baku pulls apart the history, the mindset, and the deep roots of distrust that catapulted Khachatorian’s beloved city into violence.

Caught in the crossfire, this is one of—if the only—eye-witness account of the events of that harrowing time.

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Song of the Mountains

Paperback – April, 2015

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What Happens When Those Things that are Supposed to Comfort You—Don’t?

When Shakuntala Rajagopal lost her husband of forty-seven years in 2010, she was devastated. A devout Hindu, she followed what she had learned since birth. Her family celebrated their beloved father, uncle, and mentor through the many rituals sending him off to his new life. Shakuntala even travelled to India to lovingly give her husband’s ashes to the oceans off the southern coast of India.

As her husband’s last ashes floated away, Shaku felt her will to go on float away with him. At the age of seventy, she decided that she needed to revisit her own devout spirituality and take one of the more grueling but one of the most spiritual of all pilgrimages in India—the Char Dham—where she could bathe in the sacred waters of the River Ganges, Maa Ganga. She knew it would be her chance for a rebirth, a new beginning. But she almost doesn’t make it.

Song of the Mountains: My Pilgrimage to Maa Ganga is a story of survival, changing and challenging any reader in the way he or she approaches major changes in life. Rajagopal’s story is one that will empower the reader to take action and go forward in their own life, whatever the circumstance they are facing.

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The Heart of Football: Why the Small College Game Matters

Paperback – Aug 18th, 2020

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The Heart of Football: Why the Small College Game Matters

Small College Football captures The Heart of Football, the joy, the passion, the heartache … It is life.

Small college football is everyone from anywhere working to become a team. How this mission impacts the players and coaches striving to achieve it is more important today than ever before.

In The Heart of Football-players tell you why they play, coaches tell you why they coach, and everyone involved in the game tells you why they love football so much.

 

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The Heart of Football: Why the Small College Game Matters

UPDF Ebook – Aug 18th, 2020

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Small College Football captures The Heart of Football, the joy, the passion, the heartache … It is life.

Small college football is everyone from anywhere working to become a team. How this mission impacts the players and coaches striving to achieve it is more important today than ever before.

In The Heart of Football-players tell you why they play, coaches tell you why they coach, and everyone involved in the game tells you why they love football so much.

 

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What Once Seemed Strange

Paperback – September 26th, 2013 (Ebook Jan 15, 2015)

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From Cairo to Austin: exiled at 12, Michele Kay takes her readers on a gut-wrenching, painfully lonely, but often exhilarating journey to “home.”

Through this memoir she tells the intensively personal stories of her family’s expulsion from Egypt during the 1956 Suez Canal crisis and devastating effects of this displacement on their lives.

No matter where her nomadic life took her—London, Hong Kong, Saigon, San Francisco, Paris, Tel Aviv, Washington, Texas—Michele proved, as she once wrote: “life is a series of opportunities…to grab.” Mother of two, grandmother of five, she was often described as a “fireball who thought fast, wrote fast and spoke very fast.”

Inspiring, fascinating: a reassuring story for anyone faced with unwanted, unexpected twists and turns in life. And that would be, of course, all of us.

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