By Dale Theriault

An eclectic collection of poems from an irreverent Yankee Peddler who has spent over seventy-five years trying to determine what life is all about. Categories stem from politics to religion, sex, the young, the aged, and most everything in between.

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By Patrick F Rooney

A CIA agent recruits a Wall Street securities trader to help her track down a surreptitious nest of terrorists manipulating the stock market in this decade-spanning espionage thriller.

It begins in 1987, when the prevailing winds of Glasnost have caught the Russian leadership by surprise… catapulting the confusion caused by the impending breakup of the Soviet Union to new levels. For KGB agent Mikhail Volkov, the chaos provides something else altogether-An opportunity to steal four nuclear weapons from a Russian test facility.

Sean McGowan, a software engineer in the securities industry, has come a long way from the trailer park where he grew up in New Mexico. He leads an exciting life now, with wealth, influence, and the company of beautiful women, until Volkov comes after him to expropriate his ultra-fast derivatives trading program.

CIA Agent Beate Nicholson recruits Sean to help her track down financiers manipulating the stock markets. But first they must use their computer skills to thwart a massive cyber-attack against the world’s banking system perpetrated using a multi-player gaming platform.

Sean and Beate’s collaboration leads them to the doorstep of a rogue’s gallery of sinister figures, including white-collar jihadist Rahim Delacroix–who wreaks revenge against the infidels that killed his family; and the mysterious John Napoleon, leader of the Protectorate–an environmental syndicate committed to saving the planet by seizing control of the world’s resources.

You can purchase the book online from Smashwords and/or Amazon at https://www.amazon.com/Acheron-Deception-Patrick-F-Rooney/dp/0990743608.

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Sep 20

Shining Light

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by Alice Michael Evans

What is the most extraordinary summer a child could ever imagine? Would it include going with ten year-old Kai and his eight year-old cousin Izzy on a midnight grunion run, discovering the mystery of a pool carved into a 48 million year-old rock, standing inches from a mighty mountain lion, assisting with the rescue of a pygmy pilot whale, camping with tales of the Kumeyaay Native Americans, learning how to surf, and much more?
Torrey Pines Summer, set at the beautiful Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve in La Jolla, California enables the reader to experience an awe-inspiring, adventure-filled summer of marine biology, botany, geography, archaeology, zoology, history and geology! Although rooted in non-fiction, this is a cleverly woven tale of two young children discovering of all that nature has to offer. Torrey Pines Summer is a jewel for readers of all ages, but particularly second through fourth grade audiences. The summer adventure story is told from the perspective of Kai, who is an Illinois farm boy with a mop of blonde hair. At his birthday party he opens a mysterious box with some very strange objects inside. All are clues that he will be spending the upcoming summer with his Uncle Dylan and Aunt Lin. Uncle Dylan is the supervising park ranger at a majestic natural reserve adjacent to the Pacific Ocean in southern California. Kai’s younger cousin, Izzy will join him on this summer of a lifetime! Izzy and Kai awaken each morning with an exciting itinerary. Their adventures include hiking breathtaking trails overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Along the trails they will learn about plants with unusual-sounding names, such as the Prickly Skunk Flower and a Bladderpod! The cousins will also learn about geological formations, such as the 48 million year-old Del Mar Formation. The mystery of “Witch’s Broom”, spotted in some Torrey Pine trees, intrigue Izzy and Kai and they are anxious to learn more about the rarest pine tree in the United States. Kai contemplates a career as a taxidermist when he observes dozens of preserved animals in the Torrey Pines Lodge. The adobe museum includes many other fascinating displays, such as Kumeyaay Native American artifacts. While camping out one evening, Uncle Dylan tells the cousins tales of the brave and industrious Kumeyaay people. Uncle Dylan reveals his abiding love for the Kumeyaay and his deep sense of responsibility to protect and preserve their ancestral home, the Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve. This lesson of devotion and preservation is not lost on his impressionable niece and nephew! The study of marine biology is enhanced with trips to La Jolla Cove for snorkeling and to the La Jolla Children’s Pool for observation of seals and sea lions found in their natural habitat. Surf lessons and hikes on the beach are other opportunities for ocean life exploration, along with a trip to the Birch Aquarium. Kai and Izzy also get up close and personal with a Pygmy Pilot Whale that has washed ashore and is being rescued by Sea World employees. Torrey Pines Summer features colorful collages of photos for each chapter, along with Kai’s summer journal of notes. At the end of the adventure story are probing questions that serve as a tool for the Common Core Standards. All profits from the sale of Torrey Pines Summer will be donated to the Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve, which is observing its 150th

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By Linda Kay

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By Pam Free

CONNECT TO YOUR BODY AND SPIRIT WITH MOVEMENT

 

The changes in the world are speeding up.

Are you feeling as if your life is out of control?

Have you lost the connection between your body, mind, and Spirit along life’s busy path?

If we attempt to go through the huge planetary transformation that is happening right now from the space of the mind, we may lose our precarious balance, and drop some of the balls we are keeping in the air. Connecting to our body and Spirit is the only way we can navigate the changes ahead with peace and joy.

As you moved into your middle years, you may have begun searching for a way to heal the imbalance you feel in your life. But perhaps you don’t know what that process involves—or even how to get started.

Come Home to Your Body – Revised for Women Over 50 is a workbook that will guide you through the process of raising your body awareness and reconnecting with your Spirit—through simple movements that you can do anywhere without any equipment.

You will learn easy, yet profound, exercises that will help you:

Feel the vibrant dance of energy running through you at every moment.
Stay centered in inner peace and power, even during stressful, hectic times.
Release blocks to your energy flow and prevent chronic pain by becoming aware of your body’s changing comfort levels.
Move freely your entire life, whatever your age.
Regain your birthright of an organic connection with your Spirit and inner wisdom.
Make good choices from an integration of body, mind and Spirit.
Move into healing and self-love and create your life from this space.

This will work better than any anti-aging pill or elixir on the market. You can move into the new future we have ahead in a body/mind/Spirit that are all working together. You can discover potentials that we have never yet explored in a human body. It is a time of transformation.

Women over 50 are moving into the space of wisdom and it will take the unique skills and talents of every one of us to turn this world in a more positive direction. The collective inspiration of the feminine is necessary now and it is time to step forward to share our knowledge on how to connect and how to heal. For that we must first heal ourselves by restoring our connection to our own body, Inner Wisdom and Spirit.

You can purchase the book online from Smashwords and/or Amazon at https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/464271.

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By Delaney Kraemer

ADAM AND CAITHLIN’S GERMAN SHEPHERD, BAILEY, SUDDENLY GOES MISSING.
BEFORE THEY KNOW IT, THE KIDS ARE THROWN INTO A MYSTERY THEY DON’T KNOW HOW TO SOLVE!

Brother and sister, Adam and Caithlin, have never gotten along. Adam, age twelve, enjoys being on his computer and using his sense of humor. Caithlin, age ten, is a science nerd who loves shows about animals. About the only thing they can agree on is that their new German shepherd, Bailey, is the best. But everything changes for the brother and sister when they find a wolf tooth while on a family camping trip. Can Adam and Caithlin work together to find out if the wolf tooth has magical power?

You can purchase the book online from Smashwords and/or Amazon at https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/672425.

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By Linda Kay

Wilma Weiland Diekhoff grew up on an 80 acre farm near Hartsburg, Illinois, which is the setting for most of this story. After many years of talking about publishing a book on her life, this story began, interspersed with recipes from families and friends. Her husband, Delmar also grew up on a farm, but near Delavan, Illinois. All farm ground in this area is rich and fertile, and families could make a decent life on the farm. With the German heritage, people were hard working, conservative, and maybe just slightly stubborn. To put this book together, Wilma and her daughter Linda worked their way through stacks and stacks of recipes, and some of these, unfortunately, have no name to give credit where it is due. If names have been omitted from an original recipe, please accept apologies. Some of the recipes were so vague, they had to be cooked or baked to see if everything was included. Ancestors obviously took some things for granted in writing the recipes down! You might also note that the recipes contained in this book have no pretense of controlling calories. Foods were prepared with rich butter and cream, sparing no flavor for the price of a few calories.

You can purchase the book online from Smashwords and/or Amazon at https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/452227.

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By Claire Youmans

In a fantasy version of Meiji-era Japan, the country is in a constant state of change and chaos with the coming of the Black Ships and the opening of Japan to the rest of the world. It was a time when anything could happen, and probably did.

On the southern island of Kyushu, two children who can turn into birds live with their adopted human parents. An evil feudal overlord kidnaps Azuki for the valuable white and orange feathers she sheds when she is a Toki-bird. Her courageous father dies trying to prevent her capture. With the help of the local birds and animals, her mother sets her free, but is also killed by the overlord’s men. With her parents dead at the evil overlord’s hands, a heartbroken Azuki flees. It’s all her fault! It’s her ridiculous ability to turn into a Toki-bird that caused everything horrible to happen! She destroyed her human family. Maybe she’ll do better as a bird. She’ll join her Toki-kin and give up being human at all. That will make things better. Won’t it?

Shota, her brother, can turn into a sparrow, but nobody’s interested in his plain brown feathers. The best he can do is follow his mother’s directions and rouse his own bird-kin to help his sister fly free. But his mother is hurt! She is dying, and Shota can’t think about anything else. But before she dies, their mother tells him all is not lost at home or in the human world for either of her children. She will do whatever she can to help them, living or dead, and she makes of Shota a final request. Shota speeds after Azuki to tell her that they will lose their human inheritance and won’t be able to live in human society at all, ever, unless they return in time to claim it, and return they must, honoring their mother’s wishes. Shota plans to bring Azuki home whether she likes it or not. She is his sister! They must stay together! There must be a way for them to embrace their heritage, all of it — didn’t their mother tell him so?

In her desperate search for her Toki-kin, Azuki visits egrets who send her off to the major Toki nesting grounds on Sado-ga-shima, far from their Kyushu home. On the way to a place she doesn’t know, unsure of her welcome, and with no clear directions other than “north and east”, Azuki weathers storms, encounters a fierce mountain ogre, and befriends a dragon who also has a secret. Will she ever reach her goal? What will she find when she gets there?

Shota, smaller and slower, doggedly follows the directions from the egrets. In a dream, his late father comes to give him help in his quest to track his sister and bring her home. Shota thinks he knows where Azuki is going, but it’s far from a sure thing. She could join other Toki, she could make a wrong turn, she could give up the idea and do something else! Can he find her? Will he reach her in time? Even if he does, can they possibly get back before the deadline? He is helped on the way by sailors, finding in himself a love of the sea, makes a friend of a war-horse, earns some gold, and just maybe discovers a way to get them back in time to claim their human heritage, so they can live as themselves, even if that isn’t like anybody else.

You can purchase the book online from Smashwords and/or Amazon at https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/448938.

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By Jean M. Kraemer, MA, LPC

“Delaney Wears Braces” is a story to help children understand that individuals with disabilities have more in common with all children than differences. Children without disabilities will see how a young girl with cerebral palsy is able to enjoy the things that all little girls enjoy: princesses, fairies, bike riding and playing with friends. Children with disabilities will see how they are not limited in their ability to enjoy being kids. It is a story of diversity and inclusion.
Lynn C. Smitherman, MD
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
Wayne State University
Director, Pediatric Residency Program
Children’s Hospital of Michigan

“Delany Wears Braces” is an awesome true life story about celebrating our uniqueness. In my field of work I see children with all sorts of abilities. This story is a fun and loving way to show other children (and adults) that children in braces are just like you and me.
Christina Paniccia , PT, DPT
Doctor of Physical Therapy
Pediatric Supervisor – Neighborhood Club
Grosse Pointe, Michigan

As parents of a son who has worn braces since he was 18 months old, this book is perfect! Ben’s braces have enabled him to grow stronger and participate in all kinds of activities…just like any other child. If this book helps one child or adult to better understand what braces can do for a child, then it is truly a success!
Nancy and Dan VanLoon

Delaney’s acceptance of her braces should be an inspiration to all children, and adults, that are in a position where they have to wear braces. She shows us that a child can look beyond her braces and live joyfully as any other kid.
Eric Rzeppa, CPO
Certified Prosthetist/Orthotist
Pros Tech, Inc.
Troy, Michigan

“Delaney Wears Braces” is a wonderfully written book by Jean Kraemer. It demonstrates with simplicity and honesty how a child with a physical challenge can do many of the same things that other children do. The colorful photographs beautifully illustrate the enjoyment Delaney experiences while engaged in her daily activities. It’s a personal and touching story and one that I would have loved in my “classroom library” as so many of my students struggled with being “different”. The book validates children with challenges that they are not alone and it teaches others a greater tolerance and empathy towards children who are different from them.
Nancy M. Kevelin, MA
Retired Special Education Teacher

This is a wonderful story. I loved the live pictures. I loved how the author normalized the braces and made it such a small part of who Delaney is. I was crying as the author shared all the things Delaney loves to do—just like her friends who don’t wear braces. As a shoe-lover myself and as a doctor who has to negotiate brace wear with the teens I treat, I loved the sparkly shoes page! I’m grateful she made me part of this journey! This book will help lots of kids.
Susan Youngs, MD
Director, Oakwood Center for Exceptional Families
Dearborn, Michigan

Smiles erupt reading Delaney Wears Braces. It answers questions and celebrates differences by doing something ALL kids love: telling the truth!
Grace Serra Boldman
Mom of two special children, including one with special needs

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