By Meredith T Taylor
Marguerite must struggle to understand how she, a half-breed, fits into this new and mysterious world. Along the way, Marguerite is inevitably drawn to William Avery, a powerful young Sironian sworn to watch over her and keep her safe from those Sironians who would destroy her for what she represents. As their reluctant attraction turns to romance, Marguerite must prepare herself for a climactic collision between the human world of her past and the Sironian world she has now embraced.
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By Alice Michael Evans
Finally a book that offers an honest, insider’s look into public education! Written by a National Board Certified forty-year veteran classroom teacher, this book covers an array of controversial and essential topics, such as: The Code of Silence; Teaching to the Test; It’s Not about the Battle or the War; What Are Octopus Teachers?; Parents: I Feel Your Pain; Common Core Standards: The Pendulum Swings Again; Will Cheating Stop With the Common Core Standards?; Programs for Students with Individualized Education Programs; The Best Things Parents Can Do; Too Much Homework?; Can Award Ceremonies Be Harmful?; Pull-Out Programs; So-Called Behavior Problems;
Test Scores and the Pressures to Cheat; Rehearsed “Tricks”; Speak in Plain English!; High Stakes vs. No Stakes; Test Scores on the Rise?; Too Much Testing?; Absurdities; Gifted Students: An Elite Society?; All Hands On Deck; Dog and Pony Shows; Classroom Teacher Responsibilities: You Won’t Believe the List!; How Many Plates Can You Balance?; Principals… Just Be Honest; and much more! EVERY parent and teacher needs to seriously contemplate these topics. Getting it all out on the table is the key to working collaboratively to make necessary changes for a better educational system!
The author confirms that parents have an “inalienable” right and obligation to have tunnel vision when it comes to their child and his/her needs, but hopes the book will convey to them the importance of looking to the left and right to better understand the whole complex picture. With her writing, she intends to enlighten parents, humor them at times, and provide a more informed perspective. Knowing that parents often feel as if they are standing on the other side of a very tall fence separating them from their child’s teacher, the author’s commentary serves as a means to lower the fence, empower both teachers and parents, and be an advocate for our precious children. As the parent of a severely disabled child and a “gifted one”, she has felt the same insecurities and fears, and can certainly relate to the challenges parents face!
Although Alice Evans is a staunch supporter of her fellow classroom teachers and feels their joys and sorrows, she makes it clear that she is not necessarily voicing the opinions of all professionals! She is, however, optimistic that teachers will relate to some of her commentary and then feel empowered to speak out more!
Mrs. Evans bravely “breaks the code of silence” by putting a spotlight on some “taboo” topics. It is a difficult and heart-wrenching endeavor, but one she feels is necessary if parents and teachers truly care about improving education. As Dr. Seuss wrote in The Lorax…”Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.”
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By Gregory L Pitt
Thousands of jobs available! If you or someone you know is looking for employment then you need this publication. Defense and military contracting is a multi-billion dollar industry that continues to grow at a rapid pace. Defense contracting and military contracting companies provide human resources, goods, products, and services in support of the U.S. government and the U.S. military both at home and abroad. This industry is job plentiful and the need for qualified employees continues to increase. There are many different employment opportunities in the defense industry that require varying degrees of education, background, skills, abilities, knowledge, and experience. Many seeking employment in the defense industry are often under the misconception that you must have a college degree, military or government experience, or special skills and experience to be considered for employment by a military or defense contractor. The reality is that there are a number of opportunities available in this industry that are general in nature and require varying levels of education and experience. Opportunities are available for those with high school diploma and GED level educations to those with associates, bachelors, masters, and doctorate degrees. Employment opportunities scan the spectrum from clerical and custodial to management, manufacturing, legal, sales, construction, healthcare, engineering, security, technology, marketing, training, human resources, operations, logistics, legal, general labor, administrative, and scientific to name just a few. Full time, part time, contract, and telecommute (home office) opportunities are available. There are over three hundred companies with available jobs listed in this current edition of Defense Industry Careers. We have made every attempt to list companies that advertise multiple employment opportunities on a continuous basis. Many of the companies listed post new jobs daily so be sure to check often.
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By Brad King and Brad Boreland
In 1974, Gary Gygax and Dave Arneson published the tabletop game Dungeons & Dragons, a fantasy role-playing game. Through the next 40 years, computer game developers used these fantasy worlds as archetypes for the budding virtual game worlds These games would become as varied as books in a library, but the essence of each was built upon community. People gathered and played…together. Dungeons & Dreamers: A story of how computer games created a global community follows the designers, developers, and players who built the virtual games and communities that define today’s digital entertainment landscape and explores the nature of what it means to live and thrive in virtual communities.
You can purchase the book online from Amazon or Smashwords in multiple eBook formats at http://www.amazon.com/Dungeons-Dreamers-computer-created-community-ebook/dp/B00IP16DK2.
By Jay Zendrowski
A story of friendships forged in a time of crisis; of honour, and integrity.
Set against the backdrop of the D-Day invasion of France, an old man’s dying confession reveals an intriguing tale of theft, unflagging loyalty, murder and soul-searching redemption.
The unveiling of this family secret sparks a compelling quest as a dutiful son endeavors to complete his father’s final wish. The touching journeys of both father and son initiate a captivating series of unexpected life-changing events for everyone concerned; far greater than they ever imagined.
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The dark and seductive Maximilian Blackstone’s love for Alexander Bishop takes second place to his insatiable appetite for control and sex.
The dark and seductive Maximilian Blackstone’s love for Alexander Bishop takes second place to his insatiable appetite for control and sex. Alex loves Max but his arrogance, coldness, and sexual manipulations are pushing her into the arms of billionaire Charles St. John.
Charles St. John appears to be a more desirable companion for Alex than Maximilian. Charles is everything Max is not. However, Charles has his own motives for asking Alex to marry him and he will stop at nothing to convince Alex that she should become his wife.
Detective Blake Scotto with his boyish charm and steely determination feels he is out-classed with two billionaires competing for the love of Alex, nevertheless, he is willing to remain in the picture vying for her affection and possible hand in marriage.
The answers to who killed Blackstone’s fiancé, the revelation of who is Alex’s mother, and to whom Alex will marry will be disclosed in this final chapter of this Blackstone series.
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By Kevin Brennan
In this “coming-of-old-age” tale, Jack Peckham finds himself on a journey into his distant past, helped along the way by Joe Easterday, a young man with Down syndrome, and Ida Pevely, a middle-aged waitress with her own mountain of regrets. Jack has a hundred grand in cash that he can’t explain, since he can’t remember yesterday much less forty years ago. Setting out from Northern California for “points east,” he gets lost, carjacked, abandoned, and arrested, but he’s always homing in on the one object of his inner drive — home. With humor and plenty of unexpected turns, Kevin Brennan’s second novel is a lyrical and poignant story of memory and identity, of how it is the whole of experience — pain and regret along with love and pleasure — that gives life its fullness. We all tow our histories behind us as we make our way down Yesterday Road.
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By Dan Lier
Present BETTER than Steve Jobs is a straight-forward guide to increasing your public speaking and presentation skills. Dan Lier, one of the most sought after speakers in the genre of success and achievement, shares his secrets to a perfect presentation. Complete with specific examples, scripts and BONUS links to instructional videos, this book will increase your speaking skills and your self-confidence.
Lack of public speaking or presentation skills can hold back career advancement and achievement in any field, and this book will give you the foundation to build your skill-set and build your confidence.
Dan’s “secrets to a perfect presentation” was built on his experience as a paid corporate speaker performing over 3,500 customized corporate talks in over 30 countries. He will share with you:
• What you must know before giving your talk
• The psychology of a top speaker
• How to connect with your audience
• How to structure your talk
• 3 keys to an effective message
• How to close your talk and inspire your audience
• The five steps to a perfect presentation
Present BETTER than Steve Jobs is based on the premise of those of us who are not celebrities or public figures must know how to structure and deliver a message that is both interesting and impactful. Celebrities, athletes and TV personalities don’t have to be good speakers and often times are not, but no one cares. People just want to hear them speak. If you are not a celebrity, athlete or TV personality, you must know how to connect with your audience and deliver a solid message EVERYTIME!
Dan shares his experience as a field sales rep with Tony Robbins and how he learned the skills that elevated him to one of the top speakers today. You will also receive tips on how to create opportunities to speak in public and build your skills.
Dan Lier is an expert in human behavior and his proven skills will assist you deliver a quality message that your audience will connect with and retain. Being a solid public speaker or presenter is a learned skill, and this book will teach you how to improve your skills and be a great public speaker and communicator. Whether you are an executive or a parent, the skills in this book can be used for presentations, selling and communicating with a large or small audience.
You can purchase the book online from Amazon or Smashwords in multiple eBook formats at https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/366200.
By Barbara Maida
Learn how to create a healthy lifestyle by following this 5 Day Program. You will learn how to create your own diet program for both health and weight loss.
There are over 50 recipes to choose from with nutritional facts to help you follow a program suited for your individual needs. Easy to follow program and recipes.
You can purchase the book online from Amazon at http://www.amazon.com/Five-Days-Healthy-Barbara-Maida-ebook/dp/B00GHYJT9G.
By Cynthia Townley
The Protector is the third installment in the much anticipated exciting new series featuring Detective Oliver Rousseau and his wife, Marin. As in all of the Rousseau novels, Oliver will have to peel back the layers to get to the truth. The story is crisp, fast-paced, and the plot convoluted and innovative. Don’t miss book one in the series Trained To Kill, and book two, Unsuspecting. Although recommended you read them in order each book is independent of the other.
In 1989, two women from Panama’s high-corruption era under the reign of General Manuel Noriega are offered immunity for testifying in Washington D.C. against the infamous Dictator and his right-hand man, Colonel Soto, for their multitude of senseless crimes against Americans. Whisked away to the U.S., the women are put under the protection of the U.S. Marshals Witness Security Program where they have been for the past twenty-four years. Then Colonel Soto is released from a Panamanian prison for time served, and within days the deputy assigned to protect the women is murdered and it quickly becomes apparent the colonel is bent on revenge. In a private meeting with Quest, Oliver is tasked with finding the women and keeping them safe but what he uncovers in his search is far more sinister than revenge.