103 Pilgrims


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What secrets do 400-year-old bones hold?…

 In Plymouth, Massachusetts, Home of the Rock, someone is digging up the Pilgrims.

There’s a rumor that there’s more than 41 signers of the Mayflower Compact-but no one knows because the original Compact doesn’t exist. Or does it?

If someone discovers the secret, they could become rich beyond their dreams and enjoy world-wide fame.

* Secret societies that wield far too much power and who will do anything to keep the truth about the Pilgrims buried …

* Murders of innocent people wanting to protect the intentions of the intrepid seekers of religious freedom …

Join unlicensed, unbonded, un-insured private “advisor;’ Tony Tempesta, his on­again, off-again permanent lady friend, Susan Phoenix, and his bulwark protector, Mike Kennedy who carries his own secrets as they reach back through history to the year 1620 for clues that go far beyond bringing the murders to justice.



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103 Pilgrims


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What secrets do 400-year-old bones hold?…

 In Plymouth, Massachusetts, Home of the Rock, someone is digging up the Pilgrims.

There’s a rumor that there’s more than 41 signers of the Mayflower Compact-but no one knows because the original Compact doesn’t exist. Or does it?

If someone discovers the secret, they could become rich beyond their dreams and enjoy world-wide fame.

* Secret societies that wield far too much power and who will do anything to keep the truth about the Pilgrims buried …

* Murders of innocent people wanting to protect the intentions of the intrepid seekers of religious freedom …

Join unlicensed, unbonded, un-insured private “advisor;’ Tony Tempesta, his on­again, off-again permanent lady friend, Susan Phoenix, and his bulwark protector, Mike Kennedy who carries his own secrets as they reach back through history to the year 1620 for clues that go far beyond bringing the murders to justice.



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365 Guide New York City: Drink. Eat. $ave. Every Day of the Year.

Paperback – December 9th 2015

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2016 Edition

You’re in New York City. You’re hungry. You’re thirsty. You don’t want to spend a fortune. Now what? 365 Guide New York City is only guide book full of the best restaurant deals and bar specials in New York City. Compiled by New York Food Host and Deals Expert, Monica DiNatale, you get the inside scoop on where to go at a fraction of the price. This is the only New York City guide that tells you where you can find: free, yes, FREE food specials throughout the city, $2-$3 drinks any day of the week, the best happy hours where you can nosh to your stomach’s content and more deals than any other guide on the planet. From five-star restaurants to the best dive bars, savings guru Monica DiNatale has been featured on Good Day New York, PIX 11, WABC, WCBS, Crain’s 5Boros and Metro NY. Whether you live here, hope to live here, or are visiting, if you want to know all about New York City’s restaurants and bars-at a discount-then 365 Guide is the book for you! www.365guidenyc.com

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A Bed for Fred

Hardcover – November 2013

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Ready for a nap, young Fred the Basset Hound goes to his room after an energetic morning of play and the unthinkable happens: his favorite comfy, red bed has disappeared! After a search of his house that involved an exchange with a less than helpful mouse, Fred sets out on a journey outside to find his bed. Along the way he meets a sedentary frog, an enthusiastic cricket, and a sympathetic owl. The dilemma of his lost bed intensifies as Fred realizes he has strayed too far from home without telling his father that he left. A Bed for Fred is a delightful journey relatable to young children, figuring out the world they live in as well as their first experiences with complication and change.

“Enjoy the characters in A Bed for Fred with crayons!
Fred and Friends Coloring Fun is now available.  Easily download from your computer to your printer on demand!
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A Race of Devils

Paperback – July 12th, 2010

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America’s greatest city lies in ruins after a nuclear bomb is detonated in New York Harbor during a Fourth-of-July celebration. Chaos and anarchy reign while the American government is morally adrift. The concept of liberalism has become so perverted that even chimpanzees are granted civil rights! Atheistic humanism has become the de facto religion of the state…A “Race of Devils” is not just a gripping “whodunnit.” You won’t be able to put it down. It will force you ponder the unthinkable: Can America redeem itself before it’s too late?

A Race of Devils tells the story of a former President of the United States, General James Freeman, whose term of office was tainted by a sex scandal. In 2061, after New York City is devastated in a nuclear attack, he returns to public service as the military governor of a multi-state area under martial law called the Atlantic Cordon. His appointment is controversial: most people think that, at seventy-two, General Freeman is too old to handle the Herculean task of controlling the flight of the refugees, delivering aid to the areas hardest hit, and restoring law and order. From the start, he is haunted by past vanities and misjudgments and, before long, his hopes for personal renewal and glory are laid waste by the emergence of a new threat, this one of his own making.

Here is your portal to a godless America where the secular humanists ride herd over its culture and politics. But the attack on New York opens the door to a new menace, and one bold man steps through it on his way to building a new world order. In him, the Nietzschean vision of the Superman is realized.

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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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Bitchen Chase

Paperback – November, 2021

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Bitchen Chase, a sequel to Dirt Nap Chase, is a thought-provoking book that takes the reader on a personal journey to the inevitable – growing old.  Baby boomer Chase Murdock goes through a life-changing time.  A big part of his woes is a haunting inner battle for a dirt nap, but a second wind, good whiskey and luck is a satisfactory substitute for a nap.

Author Bob Moody has captured the trials and tribulations that many baby boomers are facing today.  He takes us on an emotional rollercoaster through a likeable character who will make you laugh and cry.  The book is well-written and is worthy of 5-stars.

Carina Monica Montoya, Award winning author and founder of Writers Showcase

Chase Murdock (Bitchen Chase) is a guy you can’t help but like, and Moody’s skillful prose twists in and out of him, his desires and flaws and strengths, until he becomes one of your best friends. You want him to succeed, you want him to be happy, you want him to find love. Bitchen Chase is a story, and a damn good one, about one of the coolest characters you’ll ever meet, and about the inextinguishable power of family, friendship and loyalty.

Foster Kinn, author, Freedom’s Rush, Freedom’s Rush 2, The Poet, the Professor, and the Redneck and The Truth

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Bully, Victim, or Hero

Paperback – August 8th, 2011


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Have you ever watched someone being bullied or have you ever been the target of bullying yourself? Our usual response to bullying is to fight back, run away, or ignore it and try to be the better person while the bully has their way.

But what if you knew of another alternative? One that didn’t invite more aggression…one that puts you in control of the situation so that you do not lose face in front of peers…one that helps you diffuse or even handle the bully outright while you stand your ground?

In this book you are going to learn:

  • How not to think or react like a victim
  • How to stand up for yourself if you are an intended target of bullying or violence
  • How to stand up for others as the bystander
  • How to break the cycle of self-sabotage that causes aggressive behavior or bullying

If you have children in school—
If you are a teacher, school administrator, or someone that plays a role in the life of a child—
If you have ever felt hopeless and out of options—
If you want to know how to be assertive without being violent, this book is definitely for you.
Put control back into your life. Learn to be an assertive, effective Hero!

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Business Travel Can Be Fun!

Paperback – May 23rd, 2017

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Having a tough time traveling?

“Business travel has been my main activity for the past 45 years. I really never thought about it as “fun,” but I must admit that, in his superb writing style, Robert Naggar has the talent to make it a riot! Please don’t tell your boss about the book because if you do, you might find it hard thereafter to get paid for your trips! Good job Naggar! Airport security searches and other travel pains will never be the same again: I’ll laugh about them all the way home!”
Joseph Ninio, Businessman, Monte-Carlo

Here are twenty-three of the many hilarious and sometimes hair-raising incidents author Robert Naggar experienced in the course of a long business life. They are all true, even the most improbable ones such as “Rough trip for Herbert.”

Intensive business travel is often tiring, boring, nerve-wrecking. But the seasoned traveler knows that nearly every journey offers that fleeting moment of drama or mirth which, when taken with the legendary sense of humor of the frequent traveler, can make each trip a memorable and often thrilling experience.

“I hence affirm with no hesitation, sustained by lots of tales to prove it: Business travel is fun!”
Robert Naggar

“I’ve been traveling on business for over forty years and, in the process, have often got upset over all kinds of problems.When I saw this title, I thought Robert Naggar didn’t know what business travel was about. This riotus book somewhat changed my outlook. Since reading it, rather than get upset, I try to identify with Naggar’s remarkable humor and relaxed style and laugh or smile at most problems. Travel is now, indeed, much more fun!”
Alex Adjemian, Businessman and World Traveler, Hollywood.

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Cancer’s Cause, Cancer’s Cure

Paperback – February 29th, 2012

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Cancer is an illness we all dread simply because it is very difficult to cure. Massive amounts of money have been spent not only trying to find a cure but to help potential victims prevent the disease from occurring in the first place. Following on the heels of the discovery of DNA’s double helix, Dr. Mirko Beljanski, a microbiologist at the Pasteur Institute, discovered some fundamental truths about cancerous DNA and how carcinogens act on DNA. In the course of his discoveries, he also discovered highly powerful and scientifically proven botanical agents that kill cancer cells. Beljanski found that his botanicals were selective—they only harmed the cancerous cells but didn’t harm healthy cells. In the process, Dr. Beljanski was vilified by the French government, but he continued on with his research and found that when his botanical agents are coupled with traditional chemo and radiation cancer therapies, each becomes more effective, thus finding a highly viable integrative cancer solution. Current studies on Dr. Beljanski’s products have been conducted through the Cancer Treatment Centers of America and the Center for Holistic Urology at Columbia University. There is more research that needs to be done to confirm Dr. Mirko Beljanski’s major breakthroughs in cancer treatments. There is a way to make this most feared of diseases manageable. The war on cancer is winnable, but only if we all band together and demand that the research be done so that anyone who ever hears the dreaded words, “you have cancer” doesn’t feel like they’ve been handed a death sentence.

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Chasing Ruin / Finding Redemption

Paperback – March 31, 2023

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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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Common Sense is NOT Common Practice

Paperback – August 21st, 2009

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Why do you do what you do? Have you ever stopped to question yourself? Successful people are the ones who are willing to do what the unsuccessful can’t-or won’t. So don’t do what everyone else is doing. Read about what you should be doing in “Common Sense is NOT Common Practice: How to Ensure You’re ON THE RIGHT TRACK to Better Business Sense and Success.” In articles like, “What NOT to Wear to Work,” “Working in a Cube Farm,” and “The Sense of a Goose,” you’ll find this a delightful read, enjoyable and entertaining. You’ll laugh when you recognize yourself, and you will learn how to stand out from the crowd by following common sense instead of common practice!

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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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Constructed of Magic

Paperback – January 11th, 2015

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What Would Life be Like if You Knew You Were an Immortal Spiritual Being?

“It is my viewpoint that each man has his own unique magnificence regardless of race, religion, nation, tribe, station in life, customs and beliefs…,” so writes poet, Louis Alan Swartz.

Constructed of Magic and Other Poems on the Immortality of the Human Spirit is a refreshing collection of poems that explore the beauty of who we are as spiritual beings. Our ability to love, dream, create futures, even die with dignity are all part of who we are and why we are here. These poems don’t pretend to give final answers to any of the big questions about life, but they do help us to look and come to our own understanding.

“This book is a testament to the poet’s vision-an understanding and appreciation for the spiritual and aesthetic nature of mankind….There is a peaceful calmness that cascades over me when I read the joy that Louis Swartz communicates in these poems. I invite you to share that experience with me.” Bernard Percy Educator, Speaker, Author.

We invite you to discover the magic in these poems that are infused throughout with a terrific appreciation of humankind. As Swartz concludes in his introduction, “If by reading them, one individual is able to get an inkling of the actual length and breadth of his ability to do good, my purpose in writing them will be achieved.”

Louis Alan Swartz has dedicated his life to helping others find their ability as immortal spiritual beings. He has traveled extensively in Africa, India, Europe, and the Middle East. He lives in Los Angeles with Connie, his wife of twenty-eight years.

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Crisis by Design

Paperback – August 1st, 2012

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There’s been a coup d’état.

It was not a mob of AK-47 wielding militia overthrowing a dictator in a third-world country. This one was different. On April 2, 2009 at a meeting of the G-20 in London, the fiscal autonomy of the United States (and other nations) was quietly turned over to a little known bank with a troubling Nazi past. The story of this coup sounds like something out a Ludlum novel, but this is real and John Truman Wolfe has documented one of the most enormous power grabs in history, the establishment of what international bankers call a GMA, a Global Monetary Authority. How it was done, who did it, and why, is the subject of Crisis by Design, a no-holds-barred expose of a takeover of the planet’s central banks.

Wolfe not only exposes the dark side of this operation, he tells you how you can protect yourself as well as what public policy actions need to occur to take back control of our national economic life. Wolfe does not spew economic psychobabble. Instead, he writes in a smooth and easy-to-understand style. And the message in clear-an international financial coup has occurred. We must protect ourselves as well as our national sovereignty.


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Paperback – August 30th, 2012

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Forget Apple and IBM. For that matter forget Silicon Valley. The first personal computer, a self-contained unit with its own programmable processor, display, keyboard, internal memory, telephone interface, and mass storage of data was born in San Antonio TX. US Patent number 224,415 was filed November 27, 1970 for a machine that is the direct lineal ancestor to the PC as we know it today. The story begins in 1968, when two Texans, Phil Ray and Gus Roche, founded a firm called Computer Terminal Corporation. As the name implies their first product was a Datapoint 3300 computer terminal replacement for a mechanical Teletype. However, they knew all the while that the 3300 was only a way to get started, and it was cover for what their real intentions were – to create a programmable mass-produced desktop computer. They brought in Jack Frassanito, Vic Poor, Jonathan Schmidt, Harry Pyle and a team of designers, engineers and programmers to create the Datapoint 2200. In an attempt to reduce the size and power requirement of the computer it became apparent that the 2200 processor could be printed on a silicon chip. Datapoint approached Intel who rejected the concept as a “dumb idea” but were willing to try for a development contract. Intel belatedly came back with their chip but by then the Datapoint 2200 was already in production. Intel added the chip to its catalog designating it the 8008. A later upgrade, the 8080 formed the heart of the Altair and IMSI in the mid-seventies. With further development it was used in the first IBM PC-the PC revolution’s chip dynasty. If you’re using a PC, you’re using a modernized Datapoint 2000.

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Dragons, Inc.

Paperback – May 3rd, 2022

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It all begins with the innocent question,

“What if dragons were real?

Author DD McDee then opens the door to a unique world of “what if.”  Start with a young, twenty-something named Deanne and her best friend, Larry (who happens to be a dragon). Have them play through space in a car, help a small village in Nepal, meet other dragons (of course), save some whales, put out a forest fire, and save a town.

Add icebergs, a movie set, a poodle (because why not?), magicians, a whole lot of magic, the worst year in history, the moon….and you have the makings of a laugh-out loud romp.

If this book doesn’t bring you more than a few smiles, some chuckles, and several outright guffaws, then our reader polls are just plain wrong. All the readers who have ventured into Dragons, Inc, say that’s what they do when they read about what happens in a world where dragons have rights too, and humans get some truly awesome new friends.


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Emerging from the Trenches

September 3, 2019

Paperback – September 3rd, 2019

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There is no “one correct way” to get through to an autistic child or to get through the day.

The parents of an autistic child constantly battle for the right to raise their child in the way they know is beneficial for their child. Families have experienced all the emotions: guilt, anxiety, depression, anger, confusion, chaos…but there’s also joy, laughter, and a whole bunch of love in the homes with these remarkable children.

There is no right or wrong answer on how you “should” raise your autistic child. There are a ton of outsiders who claim to be experts who bombard parents them with an opinionated agenda when they are really only strangers to the autistic child’s world.

Emerging from the Trenches is one mother’s experience with her autistic son. Raw, unfiltered, laugh-out-loud funny and always poignant, this is a book that will help any family with an autistic child feel empowered.

Parents of autistic children will realize they are not alone, and everyone who reads this will get a rare and delightful glimpse into the camaraderie within the autistic community rarely seen by outsiders.

With Emerging from the Trenches, you will

  • Get educated
  • Open your mind
  • Stop judging autism so quickly
  • Accept and embrace the beauty of autism and what it brings to the grey areas of communities around the world.
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FACES OF THE MIDDLE EAST is a collection of photographic images that aims to introduce the various ethnic and social groups who reside throughout the region––proof that this part of the world is not, as many in the West mistakenly believe, a monolithic culture.

From the mountains of Petra and Iraq, to the quiet inner quarters of Jerusalem, TV Anchor, Hermoine Macura, unravels another side to one of the world’s most controversial areas through her intimate portrayal of the people who call the region home.

Neither a definitive story nor a political statement, Hermoine’s work is a documentation of the rich diversity found in the Arab world.



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Paperback – August 28th, 2012

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Aging is not for the faint of heart-nor for the quitters. When you get “up there,” some mornings you look at the obituaries, see a friend or loved one has passed and think “Well, I lasted longer than another one.” Or, you may find a certain sadness creep in that makes you wonder why them and not you. FarmGirl ruminates on what it means to age, but more important it looks at the world through the lens of experience-that nice way of saying many-perhaps too many-years of watching and wondering at the world. Sometimes witty, sometimes poignant, FarmGirl, like its predecessor, Rack and Wruin, will make you laugh but it will also make you think about the decisions we make in our lives and the consequences inherent in the outcomes. A mix of prose, poetry, and sundry musings, hopefully there is enough variety herein to make reading this book worthwhile. Thank you for giving it a go.

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Freedom’s Rush

Paperback – September 26th, 2013

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When you’re out riding, things happen. If you keep at it, everything happens…. Thus goes the simple wisdom of Foster Kinn in Freedom’s Rush: Tales from a Biker and His Beast. Join Foster Kinn as he travels through the continental United States with an occasional detour into Canada, experience with him all that can happen in the “day in a life” of a biker: “Sometimes you’re hungry, sometimes you eat too much. Sometimes you’re unbearably hot, sometimes painfully cold. You lose things and get lost; you find things and find your way. You fall in love, you find things to despise. You bleed and you heal; you get sick, then you’re invincible. The rains pelt, the snows blind, the winds make you helpless. You ride through gorgeous scenery and through desolate wastelands; all places are the way they’re supposed to be and they’re all perfect. It’s life in microcosm.” In part a celebration of the grandness of this wide, wonderful world, in part a meditation on the meaning of freedom and our sacred right to create, you will laugh with Kinn at all the wonderfully wacky characters he meets on the road, and you will be dazzled by the utter joy he finds as he rides. When you read the last line, you will know what he means when he writes: As long as freedoms exist, we will ride; As long as we ride, freedoms will exist.

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Freedom’s Rush II

Paperback – May 20th, 2017

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­The best bike is the one you’re on,
­The best road is the one you’re traveling,
­ The best destination is wherever you’re headed,
­ The best time to get there is whenever you arrive.
—db Mikkelsen

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From the Alps to the Cascades:

The Stefani and Tinetti Families

from Italy to America 1540-1953

Paperback – November 1st, 2023

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The story of a family living for hundreds of years in a small village in the Italian Alps then journeying to the New World To live in a small town in the Washington Cascades. The use of Family memoirs and interviews brings the people to life. This is as American a story as the Mayflower.


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Gods, Gloves, Popups, & Ponies

Paperback – August 15th, 2012

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One mother with a teenage boy said “Gods, Gloves, Popups, and Ponies” was like a manual for her son! Baseball dazzles us with its complexity and beauty but also for its ability to mirror so much of the human spirit. The ups and downs of the game along with its style and grace have forever been a source of inspiration to baseball fans and especially to the young people of this country. Gods, Gloves, Popups, and Ponies explores the effect baseball can have on the development of a young man’s path to manhood. It is first about how a young man discovers what it means to be awakened from the fog of his adolescent life in his life-changing summer chasing the Pony League title in 1975. It then brings the story to the present moment as we learn how baseball can help shape a young man’s character as the young boy is now a coach and we are taken through a season with the high school-baseball players he helps guide and direct. Through his many years allowing the game of baseball to mold and define his character the author brings to us a rare look at just how powerful the lessons found on the field can be to the creation of outstanding young men.

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Heard on the Playground: Funny Things Kids Say LOL Second Edition

Paperback – March 14h, 2013

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Heard on the Playground is an illustrated collection of the funniest kids’ sayings from across the nation. Whether it’s Doctors Dumb Question, Superhero Wedgies, Grown-Up Hamburgers, Apology Goes Wrong, or Drawing God; the way kids express themselves is pure, priceless, and powerfully funny.  Parents, Teachers, Grandparents, and kids can’t get enough of the humor, and they love the illustrations. Share the laughs and get your copy of Heard on the Playground now, or give it as a gift that is sure to please.

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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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High Summits

Hardcover – October 4th, 2013

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A Rich and Compelling History of Mountaineering ….At Your Fingertips. High Summits is the result of over 30 years of research into the fascinating world of international mountaineering. An essential guide to mountaineering history, this year-by-year account spans all seven continents and dates from 450 B.C. through 2011. In it you’ll find everything from the monumental to the hard-to-find-trivia including:

  • The most significant 370 Peak First Ascents as well as over 600 other types of first ascents on mountain faces and ridges.
  • 345 detailed listings of major advancements in mountaineering gear, clothing, and climbing equipment.
  • 171 references to the development of various climbing techniques on snow, rock, and ice.
  • 58 hand-drawn maps and 57 carefully chosen photographs to accompany over 2,800 climbing events around the world.
  • Appendices that include 17 unique mountain summit collections and the author’s ten most significant events in mountaineering history. Taken from expedition accounts, biographies and autobiographies, climbing journals and diaries, mountaineering museums, magazines and newspapers, films, documentaries, newsletters, and interviews,

High Summits is one of the most comprehensive studies of its kind. A must-have reference book for anyone interested in mountaineering, from the aficionado and weekend climber to anyone who just likes to read about the majesty and allure of climbing the most significant peaks in the world.

“Wolfe’s meticulous compilation of this much mountaineering history and lore into one volume is simply a stunning achievement that makes for an invaluable reference as well as an entertaining read.” Walter R. Borneman Historian and co-author of 100 Years Up High: Colorado Mountains and Mountaineers “Fred Wolfe’s exhaustive research teases out the details of mountaineering’s entire, worldwide history. High Summits is a reference I will always keep handy.” Phil Powers Executive Director American Alpine Club

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Hill Country Ecology

Paperback – July 14th, 2017

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“There are some who can live without wild things, and some who cannot. These essays are the delights and dilemmas of one who cannot.”
-Aldo Leopold, A Sand County Almanac

The Texas Hill Country is a special place. It is its ecology-the combination of the climate, the topography, the creeks and rivers, the plants and animals-that make it so.

This book describes the Hill Country ecology for current, as well as for new and prospective, residents. It seeks to teach readers about the Hill Country, including the native habitat, the land, the water, the plants, the animals, the people, and the myriad interactions among them. It is a series of brief, easy-to-read essays that have originally appeared in the Kerrville Daily Times under his weekly column, “Hill Country Naturalist;’ for the past seven years.

From discovering the lyricism in the grasslands and picturesque creeks to discussions of the issues and concerns of managing rural lands so as to preserve and improve the native habitat, Hill Country Ecology: Essays on Plants, Animals, Water, and Land Management instills a greater love and respect for nature for anyone who cares to read even one essay.

Readers will experience the joy only one can find in observing and interacting with nature-and they’ll find they’re delightfully entertained along the way.

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Hitting Our Stride

Paperback – August 24th, 2009

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Are you ready to have it all? The truth is women can do it and have it all – it’s not a myth. Women have more opportunities than ever before in the workplace, at home and beyond. By learning to harness your innate strengths, as well as learn from other women’s experiences, you can find the success and life balance that you’re striving for. And you can help other women along the way! Karel Murray’s new book, Hitting Our Stride: Women, Work and What Matters, uses humorous stories, surprising insights and thought-provoking topics to help you uncover the life lessons that lead to success.

Hitting Our Stride is based on the survey results of 168 successful women, and covers more than just the typical women’s issues of parenting and life balance. Combined with Karel’s humorous outlook and “nothing but the truth” approach to life, you’ll laugh, cry and nod in agreement over topics like:

  • How to tackle fear and the unknown
  • What to learn from the reflections of our past without living in it
  • Re-discovering the importance of family connections
  • How to make life-altering decisions and learn from others
  • Overcome career challenges to find success
  • How to deal with the next generation and help them along the way


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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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I Have Been to Minneota

Paperback – November 5th, 2014

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“I suppose I will eventually heal
Of writing
In this life or the next.
I hope to get the blessing
Of Writers’ Block
Instead of mismatched text.”

I Have Been to Minneota is Rudyard Thurber’s third book of musings, odds and ends, and witty (and sometimes very dry), observations about our current world.

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In A Heart’s Breath

Paperback – June 2023


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More Love, Death and Other Stuff!

“A wonderful work of poetry, full of poems that bring excitement, nostalgia, recollections, and fond memories. When these poems span the gamut of emotions, from hope and love, to despair and anger, charm and annoyance, bounty, life, death, yearning and remorse, and so many more sensations in between the emotional cracks.”


Daniel Quillen, author of Quillen’s Essentials of Genealogy vol 1 – 6


“it is a beautiful book of poems! Absolutely beautiful! I am now a fan of Wendy’s poems.”


Peggy R., Educator




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IT’S NOT ABOUT THE DIET: Feel Strong and Alive Right Now!

What happens when a tiny, butterfly-shaped gland in your neck starts to malfunction?

            Taking a pill won’t fix the problem…nor will surgery. 

What’s left?

It’s called the thyroid, the “master gland of the metabolism.” When it starts to wear down, or gets overworked, or stops altogether, you feel awful. Your doctors prescribes pills—then advises you to remove the gland. It’s small. It can’t be that bad…

Desiree Goode-Green is a miracle worker! She never makes you feel bad about what you eat. She simply helps you figure out how to handle your physical ailment, mostly with food, but with some emotional and even spiritual guidance along the way. Patricia Springsteel, small business owner and single mother.

A doctor told Desiree Goode-Green she needed to have her thyroid removed. After surgery, instead of instant healing, Goode-Green watched her health deteriorate even more rapidly. She slipped into depression, experienced debilitating chronic fatigue and anxiety, and had terrible  concentration and awful mood swings.

It’s Not About the Diet  is Goode-Green’s journey of healing and outline for her health-coaching strategy. In it, she also reveals a secret she learned along the way about why dieting doesn’t work.

If you’re tired

–of taking pills

–of listening to doctors who don’t help

–of not getting better…

There is hope! You can get at the root cause and find alternative ways of healing.

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Just Keep Breathing

Large Print Paperback – January 16th, 2013 (LPEd Aug 15th 2013)

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My husband has AIDS. I miraculously don’t. How am I going to survive? …I try to keep from screaming, “Dennis, you can’t do this to me now. I left my family, my friends, my job, pulled the kids away from their school and friends—you can’t quit on us. You can’t.”

Through clenched teeth, he controls his response, “Scott, I’m tired. I’m dying.” Dennis is walking away and does not sound tired; he sounds angry.

“Have you not heard anything I’ve told you for the last twenty-three years? I love you; you are my life. Don’t you dare think I’m not dying here, too. You may be the one who gets buried, but I’m the one who has to figure out how to keep living. I’m dying, Dennis; I’m dying with you.”

We stand there, energy spent, emotionally depleted, tears falling. I take him in my arms, and we hold on to each other as if we draw life’s breath from the other—because we do.

He sits on the sofa, and I go find the Dallas phone book so I can call Restland, the place where we will bury his body.
When Joan Scott Curtis was 43 years old, she found out her husband was dying of AIDS. He had been infected for thirteen years. She tested negative. None of this was possible.

It was the mid 1990s. All the prejudices about AIDS are not supposed to exist anymore, but they do. Just Keep Breathing is the remarkable story about finding courage in small victories, on taking solace in helping others, and knowing that even though the major battle will be lost, the ability to live on with grace and dignity is what defines the war.

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Just Keep Breathing

Paperback – January 16th, 2013 (LPEd Aug 15th 2013)

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My husband has AIDS. I miraculously don’t. How am I going to survive? …I try to keep from screaming, “Dennis, you can’t do this to me now. I left my family, my friends, my job, pulled the kids away from their school and friends—you can’t quit on us. You can’t.”

Through clenched teeth, he controls his response, “Scott, I’m tired. I’m dying.” Dennis is walking away and does not sound tired; he sounds angry.

“Have you not heard anything I’ve told you for the last twenty-three years? I love you; you are my life. Don’t you dare think I’m not dying here, too. You may be the one who gets buried, but I’m the one who has to figure out how to keep living. I’m dying, Dennis; I’m dying with you.”

We stand there, energy spent, emotionally depleted, tears falling. I take him in my arms, and we hold on to each other as if we draw life’s breath from the other—because we do.

He sits on the sofa, and I go find the Dallas phone book so I can call Restland, the place where we will bury his body.
When Joan Scott Curtis was 43 years old, she found out her husband was dying of AIDS. He had been infected for thirteen years. She tested negative. None of this was possible.

It was the mid 1990s. All the prejudices about AIDS are not supposed to exist anymore, but they do. Just Keep Breathing is the remarkable story about finding courage in small victories, on taking solace in helping others, and knowing that even though the major battle will be lost, the ability to live on with grace and dignity is what defines the war.

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Little Worlds: Constructed of Magic, Vol. 3

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 Perhaps you have powers way beyond imagination.

Not the ability to fly, or X-ray vision, but nevertheless terrific powers, powers of empathy and kindness, the ability to make another whole, to pick up the pieces and put a man together again.

Just perhaps, just imagine.

This book of poetry, Little Worlds, is about worlds of your own creation where you personally create wonder.  Using the medium of poetry – a concentrated language – Little Worlds endeavors to give us a glimpse into the magnitude of our own ability.  And if it were so, what if…

What if…

What if?

Much love,

Louis Swartz


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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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Paperback – November, 2021

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Veteran Soldiers of Light Angelica and Stephen must face one last mission.

Their assignment? Go to Earth and save the Luminaries from the Soulests.

Who are the Luminaries? They are the artists, the creatives, the visionaries and makers of worlds. They bring light to life.

The Soulests have a different purpose–an evil one–and Luminaries stand in their way.

Prepare to join the fight against the darkest evil as a Soldier of Light.

Be the Light!

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Magic Realized

Paperback – April 21st, 2017

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You are much more beautiful than you ever imagined.

You are wiser, more compassionate and of greater use than, in many cases, you have been taught to
believe. Your dreams matter. Your personal pursuit of happiness matters. You matter.

You are an immortal spiritual being. You have a unique, personal magnificence. It is my viewpoint that
poetry is a concentrated and direct language with which that special wonder that is you can be addressed
and drawn out.

This book is about your capacity to love; to be amazed and
astonished. It’s about the unacknowledged grace that you
possess. It concerns your native potential to create.

This book was written with the purpose of communicating to
the untapped magic inside of you; the special personal artistry
that belongs to you.

My intention in writing this book was to speak to the miracle
that is you.

Much Love,

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Messages in a Bottle

Paperback – August 2nd, 2017

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What messages would you send to yourself ?

This is a book of poetry for people who believe that there is more to life than meets the eye; that wonder lives around every corner, and that the human spirit contains far more resiliency than it’s ever been given credit for.

“Messages in a Bottle: Communications to My Future Self,” is a gripping, life-changing collection of messages from acclaimed poet, Michael Graves. It spans the gamut of love, death, politics, social upheaval, art, hope, humor, brass-tacks metaphysics and more. There is power in these words, and there are valuable lessons in this book.

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Mission ONE Million

Paperback – April 28, 2018

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Cash flow is your largest asset. Are you just letting it waste away?

People don’t think about their cash flow as being the most important asset they own.

We have our homes, our savings, and our retirement accounts. But our cash flow over the course of a working life can equate to millions—even if we think we don’t earn much per year.

Too much of our cash flow goes towards paying debt or is wasted on splurge spending that doesn’t give us any long-term financial stability.

Mission ONE Million is all about getting American families back in control of their cash flow.

It’s using twenty-first century strategies to get out of debt and build wealth.

Mission ONE Million: One Million People Out of Debt Creating Wealth One Family at a Time—the book for anyone who wants to get control of their money and create financial independence for themselves and their family.

In it you’ll learn how to:

  1. Get out of debt faster than any other debt-elimination program available today
  2. Manage that extra cash so you can start building wealth
  3. Leverage the cash you have to build financial independence
  4. Make your mortgage an asset, not a liability.
  5. Avoid paying unnecessary taxes, even in your golden years.
  6. You don’t have to compromise your lifestyle. You can create financial independence in the future using the money you’re earning now.

No matter how early or late you are to the game of managing your money effectively, you need the Mission ONE Million program.  Anyone can do it. You just have to make up your mind to get started!

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Mr. Sal’s Excellent Guide: to Better Grooming, Etiquette, and the Man Rules

Paperback – May 29th, 2020

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Mr. Sal’s Excellent Guide is exactly what the title states; a concise and somewhat anecdotal guide to a myriad of topics concerning grooming, proper dress and behavior in polite society.

Along the way it is filled with number of funny stories and helpful hints that the author attributes to women who have help him achieve his desire to be the well dressed, well-groomed man about town.

The perfect gift for a young lad still finding his way in the world, it covers everything from bathing properly, skin care, proper attire for any occasion, how to buy a hat and the in and outs of dealing with the social mores of modern life. But this extended essay of good taste can offer even gentlemen of all ages some valuable tips that might have been overlooked as we journey through life.

Highly recommended for any women who would like tell her boyfriend, husband or significant other that going to a wedding or funeral in jeans and a sports jacket is highly inappropriate and better suited for a barbecue.


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My Family Financial Miracle

Paperback – January 15, 2017

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Why Everyone Needs… My Family Financial Miracle

Imagine that you just been handed a half million dollars – cash.
You earned it over many years of hard work. For all you know,
you’re never going to make any more. What do you do?

You wouldn’t gamble in the way…
You’d be afraid to risk it on Wall Street…
You wouldn’t just park it in the bank…
And you’d be foolish to speculate with it.

In this crazy world of financial change,
you need three essential components
for your money:
Growth, Income, and Protection

Merle Gilley found himself in that exact situation. Knowing he needed to grow and protect his hard-earned money, Gilley set off on what became an arduous, 2-year journey. After many frustrating advisor meetings, countless hours of research and anguish, this determined family man discovered something miraculous – an innovative way to build a financial shield for his money. Now he wants to share his secret with you!

In My Family Financial Miracle you’ll find out how to…

• Protect Your Savings – from the devastating impact of the eight major financial risks every family faces today.
• Optimize the Returns on Your Money – with upside market potential without exposing it to the inevitable roller coaster of market volatility.
• Outsmart the Banks – and finance purchases with your OWN money while still potentially earning interest on the entire amount of the loan.
• Build a Nest Egg Tax-Deferred, Access It Tax-Free – and never worry about outliving your money.

You Can Take Control of Your Financial Future – No Luck or Guesswork Required!

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My Grandmother’s Dragon

Paperback – June 21st, 2021

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 Recipe for Adventure:

Take one small Texas town add one grandmother, three neighborhood children, one teenage granddaughter, a freshly baked batch of cookies, and one large dragon. Stir lightly and let the adventure begin.

“An engaging story about a dragon, a grandma, new friends, and cookies. A great way to improve student vocabulary and reading skills in the classroom.”

—S.C., Teacher and Tech Guru

D.D. McDee has captured the heart of the windy Texas plains that birthed the wit and wisdom of this wonderful new book for young readers (and young-at-heart readers as well!).

“I loved this story. I think I simply devoured it. It’s for all ages, really. More! More! More!” —N.E., Retired Teacher

Learn interesting new words. Explore rural Texas attitudes— and may you never look at a large sculpture the same again.


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Not to be Forgiven

Paperback – September, 2013

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Immersed in World War II propaganda, a 10-year-old Nebraskan child, Sis, is convinced all Germans are monsters. Her brother, Danny, is fighting Germans in North Africa. Then she meets Horst, an inmate in a near-by Prisoner of War Camp. He’s friendly, funny, and helps her save an injured magpie. She trusts him with her fears, but, shaken by ambivalence, tells no one about the relationship.

As events transpire, Sis ponders: Is Horst friend or foe? She can’t be sure. Then Danny comes home a shattered stranger, his diary filled with Nazi atrocities. Forcibly reminded all Germans are foes, she betrays Horst’s friendship to intransigent Nazis in the POW camp because she hears they punish American sympathizers. What she doesn’t know is that the evil of Hitler’s gestapo reaches all the way into these camps.

Sis learns what they did to Horst from a nurse who works in the POW infirmary; the result of torture, it leaves the kind German maimed for life. She is devastated. Decades later, Sis still grieves the unthinkable damage they did him and, as she sees Swastika earrings on a child, she remembers how their friendship was twisted by the malignant power of hatred. She prays for forgiveness for herself and asks mercy for a world again awash in hate.

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Own It! : Building An Accountability-Rich Culture Together

Paperback – May 1st, 2017

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“Leta Beam teaches us valuable lessons how to effectively co-create a bright future together at work by fostering and sustaining a culture full of individuals who understand the ‘owner’ mentality in the workplace. I call her leadership approach, ‘Leta-ship,’ and it reminds me and those I lead every day of the impact we can have on each other.” Kurtis McGonnell

Own It!: Building an Accountability-Rich Culture Together has author and leadership coach, Leta Beam, tackling one of the tougher yet potentially most influential issues in our workplace—accountability.

“We adults must choose to be accountable. That means it’s intrinsic, it comes from within, not without. You can hold yourself accountable but you can’t make someone else ‘accountable.’ They will choose to be accountable or not.” Leta Beam

Read and apply the knowledge and tactics imparted here in Own It! Find out how to create a culture of true, workable accountability in your office, business, even in your every-day interactions with people with tools such as

  • The Accountability Credo—where we can ultimately choose how to be at work
  • The Accountability Compass—a vital tool to help you negotiate both known and unknown territory in your every-day life at work
  • The Accountability Pre-requisites—something that must be securely in place in all our organizations.

If you are you eager to roll up your sleeves and deepen your understanding of what’s at the core of accountability…

If you are ready to replace stale habits of thought, beliefs and behaviors with a fresh set…

If you want to craft new accountability conversations and co-create accountability partnerships that will change the way you think and act in your everyday work life…

Then you are ready for the “Leta-ship” wisdom in this, the second volume of the Everyday Leadership Series—Own It!

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Racing Altitude

Paperback – September 1st, 2014

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The Red Zinger Bicycle Classic, the Coors International Bicycle Classic, and now the USA Pro Cycling Challenge have defined Colorado as one of the most majestic venues for bicycle racing. From Western Colorado to the Front Range in Denver, Boulder, Golden, and Fort Collins, with all the awe-inspiring Rocky Mountains in between, nowhere else in the United States will cyclists find such intense beauty and challenge.

Racing Altitude: The Birth of a Epic Bike Race is about the intensity and drama of racing in the Rockies. Born out of one photographer’s love of bike racing, it would take you to places on the race routes you may not have seen on TV or in other publications. You will also get up-close and personal to the riders and what they think about racing altitude in the Rockies. The USA Pro Challenge has become one of the most exciting races in the world to racers and spectators alike!

Racing Altitude is 90 pages of full color photos and quotes from mostly personal interviews the photographer had with the riders about the USA Pro Challenge bike race in the Colorado Rockies. It’s printed on high quality 80# Gloss Paper so each photo pops off the page. As one previewer said “It’s like you’re there, at the race”.

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Rack and Wruin

Paperback – July 25th, 2011 (Ebook Jan 15, 2015)

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A delightful collection of stories, thoughts, and poems on just about any topic you can think of. The person embodying Rudyard Thurber is a senior who has been trucking these stories and poems around for a long time. He hopes you find something interesting in here and will come back to the book often. Think of it as a sort of erudite bathroom reader. Something quick to read that leaves you pondering on the absurdities and the joys life can bring.

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Reflections on a Crystal Wind

Paperback – June 15th, 2016

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Take a wild poetic ride through a landscape of unexpected emotions.

“Reflections on a Crystal Wind” is Michael Graves’ much anticipated foray into the realm of “off line” literature. His unusual approach to poetic subjects spans the spectrum from the cerebral to the deeply erotic and has won the hearts of thousands of online readers.

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Rome Never Fell

Paperback – May 29th, 2020

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Time travel is seductive. What would happen if …

but will the answer open a Pandora’s box?


“Sherrie said, ‘Let me get this straight. We are going to let a girl from

Ancient Rome that just saw a car for the first time today, drive us?’ ”

—Excerpt from Rome Never Fell


In his raucous new novel, C. R. Fabis weaves a fantastic tale of real history interwoven with some wild what ifs.

Astrophysicists major and full-time nerd Henry Gafield is busily studying the earth’s electromagnetic field in an attempt to save money on his electric bill. One of his experiments goes south, but he soon discovers that he actually shot himself two minutes back in time.

– A science experiment gone wrong.

-A gorgeous, fledging historian needs some help.

-Will the nerdy scientist finally get his wish?

While he is perfecting his discovery, he meets classical studies major and inspiring historian, Sherrie Melbourne. Henry lets the gorgeous Sherrie in on his secret. She quickly figures out that Henry can help her with a major problem. She convinces Henry to go back in time to one of the most amazing periods in human history—the birth of the Roman Empire. Henry has reservations, but he has his own designs on history.

Rome Never Fell takes the reader on a fantastical journey through ancient Rome, meeting some of the most infamous characters in all of history. While it seems as though Henry and his beautiful companions have single-handedly averted cataclysmic catastrophes, the reader may be surprised at what the present actually holds.


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Seeing Excellence

Paperback – August 7th, 2013

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“. . . a terrific tribute to those in public procurement who have been role models for excellence! This is an incredible piece of work.” Rick Grimm, Chief Executive Officer, NIGP – The Institute for Public Procurement There Can be Quality in Government – The Key is Effective Teams The essence of teams is working together toward a common goal. But what makes a great team? Seeing Excellence: Learning from Great Procurement Teams offers insightful answers to that question. From brainstorming to the development of project charters through analysis, decision making, and risk and change management, you’ll find practical tools that pave the way to individual effectiveness, creativity, and leadership in group settings. Along the way, you’ll encounter exceptional people and teams who are modeling leadership, learning, and quality in government. “This is a great contribution to the body of knowledge for the profession. I wish I had this book years ago.” Ron Bell, Captain (U.S. Navy, retired), Director, Virginia Division of Purchases and Supply, Immediate Past President, National Association of State Procurement Officials Using lessons derived from effective government teams, Seeing Excellence identifies the skills and behaviors that are necessary for teams to succeed. Integrating current thinking and research in ten team disciplines, you and your team will learn the necessary skills for effective project management and continuous improvement. You can help your team succeed! Join us in finding out how! “What a wealth of information and great ideas!” Carol Wills, Contract Specialist and Procurement Card Administrator, Academy School District 20, Colorado

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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.


“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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Shadow of Descent


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The Tobin children grew up alone, with no memory of each other or their parent’s untimely deaths.

Their guardian separated the children to maintain control of their vast fortune, hiring former SEAL team agents to ensure they never meet.

With deadly intentions against people close to the Tobin children and eye-for-an-eye revenge plans from psychopathic gangsters—reunion seems impossible.

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Shadow of Vendetta

Paperback – December 2021

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The second international thriller in the SHADOW series.

Featuring Navy Seal turned PI – Reed Jackson

Reed Jackson is back, but the lines of good and evil are not clear. This time, he’s partnered with a hired assassin to eliminate the threat of the Italian mafia against an innocent family.

This time, there will be no attorneys, no judges, and no juries. Their crimes are certain. Their verdict is guilty. Their sentence is justified.

This time, Jackson has been given the green light …. but will he make it through to the other side?


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Shadow of Vendetta

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The second international thriller in the SHADOW series.

Featuring Navy Seal turned PI – Reed Jackson

Reed Jackson is back, but the lines of good and evil are not clear. This time, he’s partnered with a hired assassin to eliminate the threat of the Italian mafia against an innocent family.

This time, there will be no attorneys, no judges, and no juries. Their crimes are certain. Their verdict is guilty. Their sentence is justified.

This time, Jackson has been given the green light …. but will he make it through to the other side?

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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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Simply Wrapped

Paperback – February 19th, 2013 (March 18th, 2008)

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Simply Wrapped: The Gift on the Outside, is the story of how Laurel Boone Helm developed a way to wrap gifts with fabric. She began the project because was concerned with the amount of paper waste that happens whenever gifts are exchanged, but it quickly developed into a way to develop gift-giving traditions. The first half of the book is the story of how Simply Wrapped was developed. The second half gives the reader a clear, step-by-step how-to guide to wrap gifts in twelve different ways using Simply Wrapped techniques.

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Sing Active for Seniors

Paperback – April 12th, 2013

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Let music enhance the care you provide to those you help on a daily basis! With Sing Active For Seniors: The Resource Guide, Kathleen du Toit has developed a hands-on guide for all caregivers, practitioners, care and nursing teams alike. It is a “ready to use” tool that will help you enhance music programs for seniors aging in place and residents in facilities. This guide will make your music programming easier and save you time. And here’s the best part: you don’t even have to be musical to use these programs! The activities and programs have been thoroughly tested and researched and the programs adapted to maximize the resident’s participation, enjoyment and fulfillment. “I highly recommend this resource and think it should be an essential starting place for many homes, assisted living, supportive housing and residential care settings, who care for older adults and want to ensure they implement quality, purposeful, music sessions.” Michelle Wingfield, TRP Therapy Team Manager inSite Housing, Hospitality and Health Services Inc.

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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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Stefan’s Promise

Paperback – Sept 24th, 2019

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It’s 1968. America is rocked by assassinations, war protests and political upheaval. Alan Young, 21, is brooding over having been dumped by his girlfriend. This won’t last long. His draft notice is in the mail.

Stefan Kopinski isn’t about to let the war get in his way. He spends his days at the mercy of his reckless ambition. When fate steps in, will he finally understand what has been right in front of him for 30 years?

Stefan’s Promise is the story of Alan and Stefan. Circumstances part them, and sharply diverging temperaments further erode their bond. Yet, Alan and Stefan are wrong in supposing their friendship has ended. It’s just getting started.



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Struggle for the Union

Connecting the Causes and Conflicts of the American Civil War

Paperback – September, 2023

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How “United” was the United States of America before and after the Civil War?

The Civil War was a defining moment in our history.  It’s not just because the North won and slavery was abolished in the South.

The struggle for the Union is as alive today as it was in Lincoln’s time. The intense differences of opinion between North and South about the role of slavery in the nation eventually brought the South to secede from the Union to protect its economic interests. But those in the North, loyal to the Constitution and a united America, resisted the demands of the South, which led to the Civil War. It was a conflict of irreconcilable differences that nearly cost us our democracy.

Struggle for the Union: Connecting the Causes and Conflicts of the American Civil War takes a deep dive into social history, looking at what people thought about the war at the time.

Some questions the book makes you consider:

Why did the Civil War happen? Was it about slavery? Or states’ rights?

Was Grant a drunkard? Why did the Union lose so many battles until Grant took command?

Why did the Battle of Gettysburg cause the most casualties of any single battle in U.S. history?

How important was Grant’s defeat of the fortress at Vicksburg, Mississippi?

How did Grant win the battles against Robert E. Lee in 1864 and gain his surrender at Appomattox, ending the war?

How did Sherman’s March through Georgia break the will of the Confederates?

There are still pockets of resistance to embrace fully-integrated African Americans into our social order, but in order to heal, it is vital we understand the political differences that led a nation to fight against its own countrymen.

Sandra Zink has written an account of the American Civil War that is organized by year and the battles that occurred. The book is easily understood but can also be used as a scholarly reference to understand the complexities of the events and the generals of the war.

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Struggle on the High Plains

Hardcover – August 16th, 2022

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Colorado History has a Forgotten Corner

Ever wonder what happened to the Colorado Sugar Beet Industry—or remember when tractors drove down main streets in small towns across Eastern Colorado in the 1970s?


The story of Colorado’s eastern plains is one of ongoing efforts on the part of farmers, families, business and community leaders to achieve security and prosperity in the face of harsh economic and climatological conditions. The enduring struggle has been playing out over the nearly two centuries since the first settlement by Europeans.

Struggle on the High Plains chronicles this region’s overlooked economic saga, a rich if neglected part of Colorado’s history, that extends from founding of Bent’s Fort in the 1830s through siting of the massive Rush Creek wind farm in the 2010s. Highlights include:

  • The surge of homesteaders in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.
  • The large irrigation projects in the Arkansas and South Platte River Valleys
  • The Dust Bowl in southeast Colorado and its influence on the lives of plains citizens.
  • The entrepreneurs, adventurers and rogues who left their mark on the regions’ economy.

The book combines analysis of the episodes of prosperity and decline in the plains economy with stories of their impacts on its communities and their people. It is an invaluable study of the Colorado plains region’s history and will serve as an indispensable resource for students and researchers.

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Struggle on the High Plains

Paperback – August 16th, 2022

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Colorado History has a Forgotten Corner

Ever wonder what happened to the Colorado Sugar Beet Industry—or remember when tractors drove down main streets in small towns across Eastern Colorado in the 1970s?


The story of Colorado’s eastern plains is one of ongoing efforts on the part of farmers, families, business and community leaders to achieve security and prosperity in the face of harsh economic and climatological conditions. The enduring struggle has been playing out over the nearly two centuries since the first settlement by Europeans.

Struggle on the High Plains chronicles this region’s overlooked economic saga, a rich if neglected part of Colorado’s history, that extends from founding of Bent’s Fort in the 1830s through siting of the massive Rush Creek wind farm in the 2010s. Highlights include:

  • The surge of homesteaders in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.
  • The large irrigation projects in the Arkansas and South Platte River Valleys
  • The Dust Bowl in southeast Colorado and its influence on the lives of plains citizens.
  • The entrepreneurs, adventurers and rogues who left their mark on the regions’ economy.

The book combines analysis of the episodes of prosperity and decline in the plains economy with stories of their impacts on its communities and their people. It is an invaluable study of the Colorado plains region’s history and will serve as an indispensable resource for students and researchers.

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Superhero Sam Saves His Family

Paperback – September 2015

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What Should Sam Do?

Sam has a problem. His parents won’t play with him. They’re always too busy or too tired. At first he gets mad, but then he listens to them and gets an idea about how he can help them.

Does Sam learn the value of compassion?

In this delightful story told from a child’s perspective, kids of all ages can learn the true value of helping someone.

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Surviving the Second Tier

Paperback RELEASE date – January 18th, 2022

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“Sicily “Sis” Jones is the only undefeated college athlete in the Amateur Fighting Association (AFA),

but her spotless record is running her life. She’s living on pennies and nursing a debilitating injury. Her teammates have their share of struggles, too. Striker fights to support his struggling family. Rip has a secret. Cal harbors a grudge. 

Topping it off is their cut-throat coach who pushes them beyond their limits for the sake of his own career. 

It’s a new order in the world of college athletics. After a financial crisis, the AFA had to salvage its profits. Fighting became the only sport, a brilliant and violent solution to the economic collapse. But at what cost to the athletes?

Sis and her teammates have made it through nearly four years together at their little second-tier university. But all bets are off when the AFA puts Sis against one of her own. Will the Association survive the aftermath?”

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Take the Lead

Paperback – March 30th, 2012

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Do you ever find yourself wondering, is this really the best that we can do together at work?

Too many of us are tired of feeling frustrated: no matter what position you hold, from the top of the organizational chart down we’re either a child or a parent at work, we’re never doing enough, we’re always finding ourselves disappointed in each other. There is help for these “same-old, same-old” blues — Take the Lead! Full-Throttle Engagement Powered by Coaching

What is full-throttle engagement?
It’s recognizing the fundamental and very important role you play in your organization — no matter what your position is, It’s caring about other people’s success as much as we do about our own—

It’s accepting responsibility for building and growing ourselves and each other

Regardless of your title, your position, your salary, or your grade level, you are not just a ___! Find out what it means to “lead from your seat”—and find out how fulfilling a work-day can be when you Take the Lead!

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The Absurdity of Compromise

Paperback – January 2, 2019

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People think compromise is a good thing.

Can anything be “good” that pushes everyone involved to sacrifice something they value?

Compromise has long been accepted as the preferred way to resolve our differences. We do it at work, as entrepreneurs, to settle squabbles between spouses, or when a mother battles a teen. No matter the problem, we go for the compromise. You ever wonder why?

In The Absurdity of Compromise, Donald Grady examines the drawbacks and challenges of conflict and explodes the myth that compromise is the win/win it’s proclaimed to be.

  • Avoid the pitfalls of talking past other people
  • Learn to listen intelligently and empathetically understand the perspective of others.
  • Stop fighting and compromising to everyone’s mutual dissatisfaction.

Want better results but haven’t quite figured out how to get there? This is the book for you.

“Today’s practices often present antagonists with one-sided solutions, leaving each feeling like losers. In Don Grady’s peace-building schemata, everyone comes away a winner. I recommend this lively book to anyone enmeshed in the field of conflict resolution, foreign or domestic.”

Robert W. Farrand
U.S. Ambassador and Deputy High Representative,
Bosnia-Heregovina, 1997-2000

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The Adventures of Ricky Raton: The Baja Solar Eclipse

Paperback – January 2018

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A little mouse has stowed away on a 1600-mile road trip—will he survive?

Oma (Grandma), Opa (Grandpa), and their friend, Sheri, are going to see the solar eclipse in the Baja Peninsula in Mexico. They are traveling in their RV camper from California down to Mexico. In Don Diego’s RV park, they pick up a fellow traveler. A mouse!

“Raton” is mouse in Spanish. They name him Ricky Raton. Ricky discovers he loves munching on their granola bars, but Opa doesn’t want him aboard.

Will Ricky Raton make it back home to Don Diego’s? Or will Opa get his wish and squash the little mouse? Discover how a smart little mouse learns how to make himself at home in an RV—and nibbles his way into the hearts of everyone who meets him!

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The Compatibility Code

Paperback – August 13th, 2011

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With divorce rates for first and second marriages well over 50%, it’s time to take the guesswork out of compatibility. Millions of otherwise intelligent, well-adjusted women fall in love and marry men with whom they are truly incompatible. The Compatibility Code changes all that. Authors Elizabeth and Darren George, having each been part of the grim divorce statistics, set out to research the problem and find a way to reduce the risk and improve the chances of success in marriage. What they learned will surprise, if not shock, you into a new understanding of the role of love, romance, sex, communication, and more. You’ll discover how to de-bunk the myth of Prince Charming, take 3 critical steps to prequalify your guy and Pre-Fix a lasting marriage, negotiate your differences while savoring your similarities–and live your own “forever” ending! This easy-to-follow partner selection code gives you the freedom and confidence to fall in love.

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The Constructed of Magic Trilogy

Paperback – December 1, 2019

The Constructed of Magic Trilogy

Volume I, Constructed of Magic helps you recover from loss and disappointment and enables you to love and to live again.

Volume II, Magic Realized concerns the restoration of the power and vast ability of you as a spiritual being – the full magnitude of your individual greatness.

Volume III, Little Worlds is about your ability to create universes.

If in reading this trilogy you get some inkling of your personal magnificence, my purpose for writing it will be achieved.


Reviews of Louis Swartz’ Poetry

 What a writer! What a tender, sophisticated universe. I felt transported in a world of beauty and kindness. Mr. Swartz, you are a soothing angel. FF

 Louis Alan Swartz writes beautiful and meaningful poems about life, death, immortality, spirituality and living. His words are well chosen and he often touched me deeply with his sentences. I had tears in my eyes while I was reading about death, I admired the poems about the elderly, I adored the lines about children and I devoured the verses about spirituality.  SL

 It was really a spiritual experience, reading this book.  I couldn’t put it down! AA

 I have read all of Louis’ poetry, and re-read it often.  It transports me to the universe I want to live in, reminds me of who I am, gives me strength and joy. JG

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The Fox Forest Band

Hardcover – November 2013

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How do you fight an evil wizard when your only weapon is your smarts?

A happy group of forest animals are stopped cold by a wizard’s enchanted fog that
whispers their greatest fears. The animals think they have to run away but a brave
fox gives them a better idea. He shows them how to stand up for themselves and
how to handle the problem at its source.
Join the fox and his friends as they figure out how to defeat a bully wizard—and
have fun in the process!

The Fox Forest Band is wonderfully illustrated with strong characters handling a real-life
situation—bullying—in an imaginative and fun way. My daughter loves me reading
this to her. —Samantha Pasco, Teacher

A good story with quality illustrations, The Fox Forest Band is sure to delight kids of all
ages—for who hasn’t had to deal with someone pushing them around? —A.W.









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The Heart Has No Rules

Paperback – January 2022


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How do you set your heart free?

Love and truth.


Magic and power.

Poems that touch your soul.

Easy to read poetry that anyone can relate to.


Quite intriguing to see how she combines love with rage, season, senses, time, nature and other elements to execute fine poetry…

Ruchi Acharya, editor Wingless Dreamer

 …a powerfully tender adventure—poignant and honest, at times ethereal, and often, quite often, profound.

D.J. Houston, Author of Havenwood Tales

Every poem in “The Heart Has No Rules” touched an emotional chord in me.

Daniel Quillen, author

Deeply personal while at the same time universally relevant.

Daniel Jacobs, Amazon #1 author




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The Heart of a Hummingbird

Hardcover – September, 30 2017

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A great fire rages on the African grasslands, driving all the animals into the open for safety.  Enemies must come together and figure out what to do. King Elephant has an idea , but will it put out the fire?  A little hummingbird dares to offer another solution—but no one wants to listen to him.  Will King Elephant finally pay attention to the little bird, or will the animal’s homeland be destroyed?

In a beautifully illustrated book, an ancient African folk tale from Ghana comes alive through the grandfather storyteller (modeled after the author’s own grandfather who related this story to him many years ago), teaching children and adults alike what it means to have courage in the face of overwhelming adversity, of standing up for what you believe even when no one listens.  The Heart of a Hummingbird will capture your imagination and empower you to always find a solution—no matter what!

All author proceeds are donated to The Human Factor Leadership Academy in Ghana, Africa.

$17 is tax deductible through Institute for Human Factor Development (IIHFD). You will receive notification from IIHFD.

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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 LANGUAGE OF INTENT: How Self Talk Transforms Outcome

Paperback – November 1st, 2023

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Are you one of those people who feels their life has been shaped by unforeseen events or subjected to the actions of people who surround you? Do you constantly replay a helpless litany of negative thoughts hoping that somehow your life will improve? Join Karel Murray as she explores how, as human beings, we want something deeper and that now is the time to discover that you do have the ability to shape your life and control your outcomes by embracing the Language of Intent.

“Clear, straight and to the point; Karel’s a delight and inspiration!” —Sharon Ehlert



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The Long Road Home

Paperback – December, 2021

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“Ride to live, live to ride.”


The saying is a mantra for those who live, breathe and obsess over their motorcycles. Bryan

Hall got his first motorcycle license at age 18 on a friend’s Vespa motor scooter, and has never

looked back. Over the past 46 years, he has owned seven motorcycles, including five Harleys,

and has ridden over 350,000 miles on two wheels.


“The Long Road Home” tells of a near-fatal crash in 2016, followed by years of legal wrangling

and his stubborn refusal to give up riding. A fitting follow-up to his 2013 “Life Behind Bars.”

Bryan weaves an enthralling and emotional tale of his return to the road he loves.

“The Long Road Home” is a refreshing, intimate and inspirational memoir. It’s

engaging travel literature. (He covers so much of the United States.) It’s jam packed

with historical information along with broad statements on the intrinsic values of the

United States and Freedom and the Liberty to choose our own paths. Yes. It’s all


Foster Kinn, author of the best-selling Freedoms’s Rush Books



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The Money Funnel System

Paperback – July 26, 2019

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Why Go Through the Hassle and Headache of Missing a Payment?

Do you constantly ask where your money went at the end of the month?

Do you ever forget to pay a bill because it was overlooked?

Do you live paycheck-to-paycheck and struggle to get ahead?

In today’s current fast-paced world, it’s hard to keep a handle on most things.  Money should not be one of them.

The Money Funnel System is a simple and effective system to gain control of your money.   Designed by a young couple who wanted to gain control of their money, they learned from their financial mistakes and hardships, and want you to benefit!

  • Gain vision for where your money needs to go.
  • Create accountability for each payment—and pay it on time!
  • Store up the excess in savings or for other needs—not because you “should” but because you can!

This is a level-headed, common sense approach to organizing money. Implement the step-by-step Money Funnel System, and freedom from financial disorganization can be yours.

If you have questions about the system and want to get in touch with us, please contact us at themoneyfunnelsystem@gmail.com or visit our website at www.themoneyfunnelsystem.com.

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The Poet, The Professor, and The Redneck: How Men Die, How They Live

Paperback – May 29th, 2020

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The Road – death and life, right there beneath you.

Two bikers living on the road occasionally cross paths and become unlikely friends.

One is a retired English professor haunted by an inexplicable “thing” that causes him to

feel no emotions about the violence he sometimes must commit.

The other is a happy-go-lucky, freewheeling redneck to whom there are no mysteries

in life, but who, nevertheless, carries with him a tragic memory.

Then there’s the Poet …

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The Remarkable Animal Band

Paperback – November 30th, 2013

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All the animals gathered together in a magical, mythical land, and they said, “it’s such fun making music, we should start up an animal band!”

So begins The Remarkable Animal Band, a delightful romp through a forest of animals of all kinds as they all find a way to make music together. Join in the fun as the elephant toots, a snake plays the bassoon and a bobcat plinks on his banjo “a toe-tapping tune.”

Written by a grandmother in 1965 for her grandsons, generations of family members, neighbors, and friends have enjoyed the animals as they put together their band. We invite you to join in the fun!

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The Right Start: Build Your Brand to Survive and Thrive in Corporate America

Paperback – June 12th, 2020   

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Finally!  A book for the corporate newbie that sheds light on the strange and mysterious world of Corporate America…

Often the difference between the hot-shot “brand builders” who rise to corporate success and the “brand burners” who crash and burn early in their careers is seldom about intelligence or even hard work.  That would be too straightforward.

Corporate survival and ultimate success are more often about who understands the Unwritten Rules of Corporate America.  Who knows—

  • How to play the game properly?
  • What stupid mistakes to avoid?
  • When to raise their hand at the right time and in the right way to claim that shining, brand-building opportunity?

With 70+ years of combined corporate experience, Harrison and Heart share their stories of success and failure in order for the rest of us—corporate newbies and anyone who could use a primer on corporate culture—to best navigate around the common pitfalls and stumbling blocks of the early corporate years.



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The Tale of Tiny Little and Stone Fish

Paperback – December 10th, 2023

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Both children and grownups go through problems in life. There are different ways of solving those problems. Some of those solutions work well. The Tale of Tiny Little and Stone Fish deals with a traumatic encounter Tiny Little went through and the way it was solved, so that our hero could live again a happy life.


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The Tale of Tiny Little and Stone Fish

UPDF eBook – December 10th, 2023

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Both children and grownups go through problems in life. There are different ways of solving those problems. Some of those solutions work well. The Tale of Tiny Little and Stone Fish deals with a traumatic encounter Tiny Little went through and the way it was solved, so that our hero could live again a happy life.


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The Tale of Tiny Little and Stone Fish

Hardback – March 31st, 2024

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Both children and grownups go through problems in life. There are different ways of solving those problems. Some of those solutions work well. The Tale of Tiny Little and Stone Fish deals with a traumatic encounter Tiny Little went through and the way it was solved, so that our hero could live again a happy life.


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The Truth, a Gathering of Short Stories

Paperback – November, 2021

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Thirteen original stories from America’s premier author of biker literature.


“Name’s Foster.

Biker, loner, occasional philosopher.

Lover, reluctant fighter, invisible man.

I play the wind, laugh at death.

Behind me, I leave mile after mile.

The road is my mistress – someday, perhaps, my demise.”

Tales of despair, solace,

And hope: Of love, grit, violence,

And the nerve to be.

It’s all here.

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The Whimsical World of Marion Wright

Paperback – August 2011

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Ever wonder what a play on words looks like in picture form? That’s what you get over and over in The Whimsical World of Marion Wright. Sometimes quirky, sometimes downright funny, author and artist Marion Wright gives you the best of her well-nourished imagination.

Wright has exhibited her work around the world, but her favorite part of any exhibit is watching people’s expressions as they go by her paintings. Some people don’t understand the work and walk right by, but others giggle and bring their friends to look. The main goal, Wright says, is to get people to smile. There is too much sadness in the world, and this is one artist’s way to help people to be happier.

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The Whimsical World of Marion Wright – Revisited: More Art and Stories by Marion Wright

Paperback – Revised August 2nd, 2018

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More plays on words in picture form…

More quirky, more downright funny…

If you enjoyed Marion Wright’s first book, you’ll love The Whimsical World of Marion Wright —Revisited!

From Neptuian Potentates to Wright’s rendition of fashions on Denver’s 16th Street Mall, you will smile,

even giggle, and walk away enjoying life’s lighter moments.

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TRENCH WARFARE: How to Win the War to Educate Our Children

Paperback – October 11th, 2016

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Teachers–Ever Feel Like You’re Losing the War to Educate Your Students?

In our current educational climate of Common Core, test scores, and teacher evaluations, have you ever wondered–what about the students?

Even though graduation rates have increased in recent years, are the young men and women in our classrooms truly engaged in the learning process?

Trench Warfare: How to Win the War to Educate Our Children is an exploration of the “why” no one wants to talk about for our continued failures in education. It doesn’t have to do with class or race. It actually has to do with simple economic theory of supply and demand.

Why are students not demanding a better education?

                       “In this remarkable and important book, Denny Geraghty not only identifies
                       the real problem in education, but also offers a solution by developing a thesis
                       supported by irrefutable economic laws. Current teachers and aspiring teachers would be well advised to read this ground breaking book.”

–  Linda Gordon, PHD,
Principal, Denver Public School and Adams 12 Five Star School Districts
Education Professor, Regis University, Denver, Colorado

How do you get the students themselves interested in what they’re learning?

An engaged, interested student is going to learn, is going to do better on tests, is going to graduate and do his or her alma mater proud. But how do you really do that?

Discover ways to keep your students interested.

Read Trench Warfare and apply the simple wisdom imparted by a teacher who still cares.

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Triple Your Profit

Paperback – Revised July 18th, 2019 

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Only 10% of All Companies Produce a Great Profit – What’s the Problem?
– Companies don’t know what really drives profit (Hint: It isn’t sales.)
– They think they can cut price and make it up with volume (They can’t.)
– They think that improved productivity will lead to higher profit (It never has in the past, it won’t now.)

How do you Triple your Profit?
– Focus on profit not sales.
– Don’t cut prices-ever.
– Have a plan, not a meaningless budget.

“Triple Your Profit!” contains a 4-part Profit-Improvement System:
1. A step-by-step plan to drive higher profits.
2. Twenty-One profit improvement exhibits that show how every concept works in your firm.
3. A planning template to quickly and easily develop a high-profit plan.
4. Quarterly Profit Improvement Reports to help you stay focused on profit.

“Triple Your Profit! is for those who are serious about making more money. There is no fluff, only hard, proven techniques that work. Buy it, use it, and be prepared to watch your profits skyrocket!

Bonus!!! The profit improvement exhibits are live Microsoft® Excel spreadsheets that you can download for free with purchase. Learn more at www.tripleyourprofitbook.com.

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Triumph Over Failure and Fear: Finding Your Resilience in the Face of Adversity

Paperback – May 14th, 2021

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When you feel overwhelmed, overworked, and not sure what to do … It’s time to dig deep and find your resiliency. But how?

Sally Allen was a statistic waiting to happen. Born into a toxic environment, forced into an arranged marriage, and being sexually abused left her in a chronic state of fear and insecurity. The worst part, however, was the bondage that she created for herself-in her mind. Allen had no idea the life she led wasn’t normal. She allowed her circumstances to define who she was. She was powerless.

Through a series of events, she found her power. She discovered how to be resilient. Through the power of resilience, she made the paradigm shift: from victim to survivor, from lack of self-esteem to boldness and bravery, from people-fearing to God-fearing. From her journey of finding resilience, Allen discovered a process, and that’s the backbone of what you will read. With it, you can find your own resilience and rewrite your story the way you want!


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Under the Sphinx

Paperback – June 1st , 2021


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From the Foreword by Graham Hancock:

“There have always been misgivings about the view of prehistory promoted by mainstream archaeologists; there has always been dissent and a feeling that something important is absent from the picture. However, it was not until the early 1990’s that strong and compelling evidence began to be put forward that gave real substance to the doubts. This evidence focused initially on ancient Egypt and drew on the hard sciences of astronomy and geology to raise uncomfortable questions about the age of the Great Sphinx of Giza, the ultimate emblem and symbol of the high civilization of the Nile Valley….

Imagine my surprise, therefore, when Manu’s book…turned out to be the first substantial and significant addition to human knowledge concerning the Sphinx since the breakthroughs of 1990’s.

I’m not going to foreshadow at any great length the labyrinths of evidence, argument and erudition in this book… I’ll not say more here except to add that Manu is a gifted and determined researcher, who left no stone unturned in the investigation that led to Under the Sphinx. You will find yourself in the safe hands of a brilliant historical detective as he builds his very intriguing case.”


From Robert Bauval, co-author of The Message of the Sphinx (1996):

 “Meticulously researched, scholarly, and very convincing, UNDER THE SPHINX is an exciting investigation into the possible existence of the legendary Hall of Records at Giza. Seyfzadeh may indeed have found the key to unravel this great mystery of antiquity by using a new approach that will rouse much attention and the interest his work deserves.”



For Gaia TV’s Energy Secrets of the Great Pyramid episode from the 2021 season of Deep Space featuring Manu Seyfzadeh see URL: https://www.gaia.com/video/preview-season-3-deep-space

LISTEN to Coast to Coast AM interview here: https://tinyurl.com/yzsatzlw


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Viable Energy Now

Paperback – July 10th, 2009

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Alternative energy is the current favorite buzzword among politicians and others, but we don’t have a supportable and sustainable infrastructure to support it. Our political and economic systems are also too much in turmoil to be able to handle the changes needed. Yes, we need to wean ourselves off of our dependency on oil, but it will take time. We need a viable interim solution, and that is what “Viable Energy Now: When Energy, Economics, and Politics Converge” is all about. It looks at the intersection of politics and economics as it pertains to energy. It offers that all important viable alternative-clean burning synthetic fuels made from coal. It helps us understand the political and economic changes needed to make this transition to alternative fuels possible. In short, Viable Energy Now offers a set of realistic policies for us to meet the energy challenge of today and in the future. Carefully written and impeccably argued, it may just renew your outlook on politics and our ability to do something about it!

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Waiting for Zoe

Paperback – August 5th, 2011

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“A sweeping novel of love and loss, city and country, growing old and staying young. Waiting for Zoë is a thoughtful look at the ability of grown men and young women to confront change and absorb life’s most challenging moments,” writes Mark Stevens, author of Antler Dust: An Allison Coil Mystery. Waiting for Zoë is a genre-bending character driven, mainstream novel that explores a person’s ability to endure in the face of tragedy—and love. James R. Ament says, “It’s a love story, but it’s not a romance. There are underlying religious themes, but it’s not a philosophical book. There’s a little political commentary here and there, but it’s not about politics. It explores some very serious themes, but there are light moments and humor, too.” Set in Wyoming, Colorado, New York City, and Southern California, it makes the reader ask the hard question: who is in charge of creating ourselves? Ament says, “I had this story in mind about a young person who apparently has everything going for her, but then her life falls apart. The question is: Does she get it back? And if so, how?” And from writer Stephen Knapp, Evergreen Newspapers. “The characters are sharply defined and appealing, and the dialogue flows smoothly and moves the narrative along at a comfortable pace. The settings and situations are neither contrived nor trite, and the conflicts are at once challenging and accessible. In short, there’s nothing within Waiting for Zoë that marks its author as a newcomer to the literary stage,”(Reprinted with permission of Evergreen Newspapers).

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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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Paperback – July 6th, 2023

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Loss can create overpowering emotions.


Emotions happen, but they don’t have to rule our lives.

When Emotions Run Rampant helps you figure out what you need to release from your life. Join authors Karel Murray and Cammie Reed as they take you on a life-changing journey towards resilience, healing, and the creation of a new normal. This book is a groundbreaking exploration of grief, its impact, and the journey to renewal. It’s a compassionate guide, drawing from a wealth of research and real-life stories.

The only person who can decode and realign your life is You.


When Emotions Run Rampant is a vital companion for those navigating the stormy seas of grief. Blending psychological insights with powerful narratives and practical solutions, this book is not only a beacon of hope, but your guide to overcoming your grief and constructing a happier and more meaningful life.”

Bernice L. Ross, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus of Psychology,

Author, Trainer, and International Speaker


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When Family Calls

Paperback – September 22nd, 2017

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Long Distance Caregiving can be challenging—
and one of the most rewarding experiences of your life.

No one is ever fully prepared to help a family member through a difficult illness, and aging issues, let alone prepare their loved ones for death. In today’s world many are called upon to help from afar—children, nieces or nephews, siblings and even friends. There are many “how to” books out there on caregiving but few share their story—the raw emotions, the exhaustion—but that show how, in the end, the caregiver gains wonderful gifts and a deepened love and understanding for those they help.

In her first book for adults, Caroline H. Sheppard shares her story of how she was called to oversee the care for five family members over a fifteen year period (from 1999 to 2014). Due to the physical distance between those in need and herself, she learned the ups and downs and ins and outs of long distance care and how challenging and rewarding it can be.

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Paperback – July 12th, 2022

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Don’t Get This Screwed up in Your Retirement

There’s a potential defect in every person’s retirement portfolio.

It can lay waste to your family and all the years of hard work you and your advisors spent building your nest egg.

Pretty much everyone gets old (unless you die young), and it ain’t cheap.

The expense of aging can wipe out everything you’ve ever worked for. Unfortunately, most advisors have a blind spot when it comes to seeing this defect.

The risk of ignoring this is not worth taking the chance.

It’s far worse than market risk, inflation risk, and taxes.

Your retirement dream can quickly morph into retirement nightmares if you don’t face this head on…before it’s too late…


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Why You Don’t Mess With Texas

Paperback – July 18th, 2019

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Why Is there Such Contention Over the Texas-Mexican Border?

The border between Mexico and the United States has long been a sore spot with repercussions up to the present day.

It all started with the Texas Revolution. The end-result: Texas became the 28th state to enter the Union. But it also foreshadowed one of the darkest periods in American history.

At the end of the Mexican-American War, Mexico ceded more land to the United States than was acquired in the Louisiana Purchase, which produced other profound effects on the history of both the US and Mexico.

There are many important milestones from this war:

  • Why the slogan, “Remember the Alamo” was so powerful and rallied troops from all over the country to help Texans gain their independence.
  • How the issue of slavery in the new territories launched the American Civil War thirteen years in the future.
  • Soldiers fighting as comrades in the Mexican-American War became prominent generals, both North and South, and faced each other as enemies in the Civil war.
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Why You No Scream Viva?!

Paperback – June 26th, 2013

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There is life after a broken heart-but you have to go out and find it! When you’re in the middle of a break-up, the last thing you probably feel is strong, capable, and able to move on with your life. Why You No Scream Viva?! chronicles the sometimes hilarious adventures Brooke Martellaro experiences. Rocked by the unexpected departure of her life partner, Martellaro found herself on the eve of her 40th birthday newly single and confused about her place in this world. Facing cultural barriers, strange characters, and moral dilemmas, Martellaro redefines herself as an individual for the first time in twenty years and reassesses what she wants for herself. Your BFF as you navigate through the ruins of a relationship… Travel with Brooke to the enchanting Playa del Carmen in Mexico where she learns that to “scream viva” means to find the courage to look for love again, make big decisions even though you may not know the outcome, and rely on good friends to help you through the inevitable transitions life throws at you. Why You No Scream Viva?! helps us all discover that life works far better when you’re having fun and that suffering is indeed optional.

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Willie and the Tomato Garden

Paperback – August 8th, 2011


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How Can You Teach a Child to Willingly Share What They Love?

. . . She gave the worm a push with her round black nose. . . “You happen to be eating one of my tomatoes!” exclaimed Willie, poking her nose even closer . . .

Willie loves tomatoes, but she is not willing to share them.

Does Willie need to keep all the tomatoes to herself?

Discover how three little garden friends help Willie understand that sharing comes from the heart, and when there is a willingness to share, good things happen!

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Willie and the Tomato Garden

Hardcover – July 12th 2017

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How Can You Teach a Child to Willingly Share What They Love?

. . . She gave the worm a push with her round black nose. . . “You happen to be eating one of my tomatoes!” exclaimed Willie, poking her nose even closer . . .

Willie loves tomatoes, but she is not willing to share them.

Does Willie need to keep all the tomatoes to herself?

Discover how three little garden friends help Willie understand that sharing comes from the heart, and when there is a willingness to share, good things happen!

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Working in Indian Country

Paperback – October 29th, 2010

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What is the First Step in Developing a Successful Business Relationship with any American Indian Tribe? Understanding that relationships come first and business comes second! That pearl of wisdom and others is what you will take away from Working in Indian Country. It is the definitive work on how to successfully build trust and long-term working relationships with tribal leaders. Born out of nearly twenty years of working with American Indian tribes both as a federal official and as a seminar facilitator, Larry Keown’s Working in Indian Country lays a foundation for relationship building based on redefining your leadership role through understanding history, trust, respect, honor, and tribal sovereignty. There is little doubt you will experience a paradigm shift in how you currently think about working with American Indian Tribes. Whether you are a government or corporate official, work for a non-profit organization, or merely have a personal interest about Working in Indian Country, this book will serve as your bible and should always be at “arms length” in your personal library. “Every organization dealing with American Indian tribes should have a line of top- management people who are familiar with the contents of this book.” Jeff Sanders Chair, Dept. of Sociology et al. Montana State University – Billings

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