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Author, Linda Ballou - Wai-nani: A Voice from Old Hawai'it

Wai-nani transports you into the wild heart old Hawai'i when Captain Cook stepped upon the shores of Kealakekua Bay in 1779. Linda Ballou skillfully weaves legends and myths, fabled history, and an evocative love story into a poetic rendering of the "People of Old." Lavish images of the Islands splash the page as you tread inside the mysterious Polynesian culture. Hawai'i's story is told through the eyes of Wai-nani, a fiercely passionate, free-spirited woman. She takes you on a seductive journey that spans the most dynamic period in Hawaiian history.

Star Publish LLC Published in 2008 , Sec Ed. in 2014, $14.95

Adventure-travel writer Linda Ballou's ultimate destination piece, Wai-nani, a New Voice from old Hawai'i, takes you to the wild heart of Old Hawai'i. Her travel memoir Lost Angel Walkabout-One Traveler's Tales filled with thrills, chills and giggles allows you experience the great outdoors without getting altitude sickness or tipping your canoe.
Her latest release The Cowgirl Jumped Over the Moon shares the thrill of the show jumping arena and the tender beauty of the John Muir Wilderness. All of her books are available at and Amazon in print and kindle format.




Author, Constance Caruso - Foothold in the Mountain - Reads like a dime novel, but with a million dollar message

Compelling story of determination, proof that most things are possible with courage and faith. At twenty-four Connie was secretary in a Beverly Hills talent agency. In 1950s Hollywood, when studios controlled their stars, glamour ruled: Connie rubbed shoulders with Cary Grant, Marlon Brando, Judy Garland. She lived in a fantasy world. A clandestine affair with a celebrity went south when she became pregnant. He offered marriage, then suggested abortion. Fueled by fury, she had the abortion and left him. As often happens in life, things get worse before they get better. After a second pregnancy, she decided to keep her baby without benefit of marriage, fifty-six years before it was hip to do so. Through determination, faith, wit and luck Connie became a TV talk show host and held that position for fifteen years. FOOTHOLD IN THE MOUNTAIN is a sterling example succeeding against all odds. To quote author George Eliot, "It is never too late to become who you might have been."

Author House, January 2014, hardcover $28.99; softcover 19.95
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Author, Bernadene High Coleman - Beyond Color

Beyond Color is a stunning story of twin sisters, Tina and Dina, and their single teen-age Creole mother, Gabriela. Eventually, she is pressured to leave her New Orleans home town by the socially prominent, white family of the girls' father. She wrestles with problems of rejection by their father; and she does not divulge their true ethnicity. Their story unfolds at a time when the country obsesses over racial and cultural identity and when some people easily cross the color line. Because of unexpected turns of events in the lives of her blue-eyed, blonde twins and the confrontations they face, Gabriela must learn to navigate around their background and family betrayal. When the twins ask their mother what color they are, “You are Beyond Color,” she replies.

Kensley Publishing Co. - $14.95
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Author, Carrie Cross - Skylar Robbins: The Mystery of Shadow Hills

Thirteen-year-old sleuth Skylar Robbins plans to become a private detective like her grandfather. Stuck at her bullying cousin Gwendolyn's Malibu estate for the summer, Skylar brings her detective kit, portable spy tools, and her journal for taking notes in secret code. She had no idea how dangerous the summer would prove to be.

On the first day of summer school an odd classmate named Kat passes a note in backward writing, introducing Skylar to the secret world of witchcraft. Practical Skylar didn't believe in magic—until the spells they perform in an abandoned garden actually begin to work.

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Published by Teen Mystery Press, June, 2013.
List price is $9.99 paperback, $3.99 Kindle, Nook, and iTunes!
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Author, Cali Gilbert - It's Simply Publishing: Step By Step Guide to Writing, Marketing & Publishing Your First Book

The publishing industry has vastly changed, especially in the last few years. Today, indie publishing is the direction many new authors are taking as it has become easier for writers to do much of the work themselves. This book serves as a guide for the writer, taking them on the journey from original thought to a completed book they can hold in their hands. This book is divided into three parts — Writing, Marketing and Publishing. Each part walks the reader through the steps it takes to develop their book into a completed manuscript, market the book long before its release, and then publish the book while retaining their rights and creative control. If you've ever had a dream of writing a book, the book you hold in your hands will support you on your journey of becoming a published author.

Publisher: Serendipity Publishing House
Publication Date: April 28, 2014
List Price: $9.95 U.S.

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Author, Alma Hudson - The Trouble with Change

Author’s New Book Provides Social Awareness of Domestic Violence and What One Woman Does to End It

There are many misconceptions about domestic violence. Many people don’t know that domestic violence crosses all walks of life and affects the rich and poor alike, young and old, all languages and cultures, and both women and men. Author Alma Hudson’s book The Trouble with Change shows that there is hope in hopelessness for those suffering from domestic violence.

Sondra’s only dream in life is to complete college and make her family proud. But when she moves into an apartment she can barely afford near the University of Southern California, her dreams start changing.

After paying for school with an academic scholarship and barely surviving with very little money, her suspicious and somewhat creepy neighbor Vick shows an interest in her. But Sondra still has her mind set on the goal of completing college. After Vick’s many attempts to force his attentions on her, she gives in and starts a relationship with him, a relationship filled with domestic and sexual violence. Sondra thinks that if only she could change Vick, their relationship would work and she could finish her education.

Will Sondra be able to change Vick’s violent behaviors and settle back down into the life she’s always wanted for herself, or will Vick end up changing her forever?

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Author, Alma Hudson - Checkered Fences

The book to change your life, Checkered Fences is not only a novel of remarkable insight, but a tribute to our world’s changing social and political climate. Author Alma Hudson writes with extraordinary vision and clarity, bringing racial issues to the forefront with delicate balance and thoughtful compassion. It’s the late 1970s in California; a time of racial turbulence, but change is in the air and Diane Jones, an African-American 18-year old honors student will come face to face with those changes.

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Author, Joan Jackson - Voluntary Chaos

A stay-at-home mom becomes entangled in a passionate love affair. Unable to reconcile her duty-bound commitment to the husband she’s outgrown and her devotion to her two young children, Sylvia wrestles for years with the moral dilemma to stay married or divorce. Under the shadow of Mt. St. Helens, everything blows apart. We see her best friend advise her to stay married but ‘live separate lives,’ her return to work teaching French, her parents’ despair coping with her younger brother’s schizophrenia, and her endearing children struggle with their parents’ inability to avoid chaos. From Oregon to Europe, she gradually learns to face the inevitable to find contentment within herself.

Paperback; Publisher: - $21.99
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Author, P. Allen Jones - I Only Cry at Night: Living with Sickle Cell Disease

Martin Luther King said, “Our lives begin to end the moment we become silent about things that matter.”

No longer silent or ashamed about Sickle Cell Disease, the ticking bomb within my body.

I Only Cry at Night: Living with Sickle Cell Disease, exposes this painful distraction and follows my quest to live beyond the diagnosis of death.

I Only Cry at Night: Living with Sickle Cell Disease is a riveting story about overcoming poverty, racism, and pain all while embracing the lessons they teach.

Publish Date: October 15, 2011 - $14.95
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Author, Doris Kay - The Spider and The Fly*

"The Spider and the Fly" is a book written for children ages 1 to 100. Told in lyrical rhyme with beautiful illustrations, it reminds readers what to do in a sticky situation.

Clear-Media, LLC, 2007, 15.00
*Also available through iBooks(Apple store) for 3.99

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Author, Ruth Klein - The De-Stress Diva's Guide to Life

When you feel stressed out, you don't have the time or energy to completely overhaul every aspect of your life. You need help for what's bothering you right now—and you need it right away! You need the De-Stress Diva.

In this book, America's De-Stress Diva Ruth Klein gives you proven strategies for overcoming seventy-seven common stressors, with practical tips and techniques that you can put to work immediately to rebalance and re-energize your life. The De-Stress Diva understands the many stress points women encounter in juggling work, family, and friends. She has helped countless women overcome the stressful situations that affect them most to bring more joy into their lives, and now she can do the same for you.

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Author, Susan Madden Lankford: Downtown U.S.A.: A Personal Journey with the Homeless

Susan Lankford had rented an old San Diego jail for commercial photography. The homeless in the area, curious about the woman and her work, frequently watched from the sidelines. Before long they began to befriend her, to trust her intentions, and to tell her about their world. The result is Downtown U.S.A., the second in a trilogy of books on crucial social issues. Lankford's penetrating photographs, rich personal narrative, and candid interviews are supplemented by contributions from the street people themselves, creating a compelling portrait of a population at risk. Insightful and empathetic, Lankford never passes judgment on her subjects. Instead, she urges her reader to take a closer look at the causes as well as the consequences of homelessness and to seek solutions that will create a better future for all of us.

Paper: 203 pages
Publisher: Humane Exposures Publishing, LLC or

Author, Bluette Matthey: Engadine Aerie...A Hardy Durkin Travel Mystery

Engadine Aerie, Bluette Matthey’s fifth Hardy Durkin Travel Mystery,takes place at the annual Skimarathon in fashionable St. Moritz, Switzerland, where protagonist Hardy Durkin is embroiled in a tangle of murder, falconry, weaponized drones, and arms-smuggling.  On his off day, he manages to derail a terrorist attack on the finish line of the Skimarathon.  Hardy's past relationship with the French Foreign Legion gives him an entrée to working with TIGRIS, Switzerland's elite tactical police unit, to thwart an illegal arms deals, and his meddling puts him in the cross-hairs of a sadistic anarchist who excels at poisoning her victims. Download Press Kit.

1) Corsican Justice, 2014
2) Abruzzo Intrigue, 2014
3) Black Forest Reckoning, 2017 (2nd edition)
4) Dalmatian Traffick, 2017
5) Engadine Aerie, 2017

Published by Blue Shutter Publishing, and list on Amazon for $12.95 and $6.95 (Kindle).

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Author, Renee Piane: Love Mechanics, "The Power Tools to Build Successful Relationships with Women"

Love Mechanics is the only book of its kind, written specifically for men by relationship and dating Consultant, Renee Piane. This is the ultimate "tune-up guide book for men" who are confused about what women really want. Written in an easy to understand style, using the car as a metaphor, this book offers men the power tools, strategies and insights to create successful relationships with women. Piane shares tools and skills that give men the knowledge and direction to win in the game of love. In short, the book offers straight talk, operating tips, checklists, secrets and strategies to cultivate incredible relationships. Two hundred and ten pages of life changing information. Order it for your son, a single friend or even your ex to give them a tune up!

Paperback; Publisher: Love Works Publishing 2002 - $19.95
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Author, Joanna Poppink: Healing Your Hungry Heart: Recovering From Your Eating Disorder

Ten million people in the U.S., including 1 in 5 women, suffer from eating disorders. For women 30 – 70 and beyond, issues from divorce, death, life changes, marriage and career pressures can trigger an eating disorder.

Psychotherapist Joanna Poppink offers a comprehensive and effective recovery program for women based on her thirty-year professional practice treating adults with anorexia, bulimia, and binge eating. She shares her personal struggles with bulimia, along with individual stories from a wide-range of women’s experiences. Poppink primarily addresses women who have been suffering with eating disorders for years. She offers hope and a way to recover.

Conari Press, August, 2011. List price $16.95 (Kindle: $9.99)
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Author, Tiffany N. Romine, Esq. - Preserved for a Purpose: For my daughters are a lily among thorns. Song of Solomon 2:2

Growing up without a father can produce devastating life-long effects. Many of the consequences of facing rejection at an early age result in insecurities, bitterness, and self-destructive behaviors. Preserved for a Purpose offers a faith-based explanation for many of the questions children ask when their fathers abandon them, such as, “Why me?” and “Am I to blame?” Tiffany N. Romine provides a practical approach to identifying behaviors born out of unforgiveness and a hands-on guide on how to let go of the past.

Originally from Columbus, Ohio, Tiffany N. Romine, Esq., wrote this book to inspire young people to find their purpose even in the midst of pain. She studied law at The Ohio State University and became a deputy attorney general for the State of Indiana. She currently resides in Los Angeles.

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Author, Katharine Russell: Buddy's Tail

Buddy Boutonniere, a big-hearted Standard Poodle, is a rescued dog who finds love and purpose in this work and the next. His pal MacKenzie, a take-charge Border Collie who narrates Buddy's story, learns the power of friendship and acceptance through Buddy's travails and triumphs. Learn more

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Author, Katharine Russell: Deed So

Deed So is a tumultuous coming-of-age story set against the turbulent times of the 1960s, just before the Vietnam War, feminism, and the civil rights movement would change America forever. All Haddie Bashford wants to do is escape the rigid confines of her tiny town, but when a racially charged court case ensues, she and her family find themselves thrust into a world of bigotry and tension. As neighbor is pitted against neighbor, an arsonist begins to terrify the town. Will the town—and Haddie—survive? A beautifully written testament to the power of the human spirit, Deed So brilliantly encapsulates the tragedy of racism and the enduring strength of the American family.

Publisher: CreateSpace - Publication Date: November 18, 2010
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Author, Katharine Russell - A Pointed Death

Set against a wild and wacky backdrop of San Francisco, A Pointed Death by Kath Russell tells a smart, funny, and chilling story of espionage and modern love. Techno whiz Nola Billingsley finds her former employee, an amoral creep who stole secrets from startup companies, murdered. She begins a flirtation with the inspector assigned to the case, and counts on her shorthaired pointer Skootch to watch her back as she’s hurled into a world of danger and deceit. Savvy, witty, and playful, A Pointed Death looks at the landmines in today’s technology as well as the perils of romance, and introduces a feisty heroine you won’t forget.

Published by CreateSpace, August 24, 2010, $14.24
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Author, Jaki Scarcello - Fifty & Fabulous! The Best Years of a Woman’s Life

In a world where thirty-year-olds line up for Botox shots, a woman of a certain age may start to suspect that her best days are behind her. But Jaki Scarcello proves otherwise with a fresh and spirited take on the years after fifty – and shows that this time of a woman’s life holds new opportunities at every stage, right up to the surprising lightness of very old age. Written in an engaging, honest and humorous style, but with real spiritual depth, Fifty & Fabulous! shares real women’s inspiring insights for living joyfully through midlife and beyond.

Watkins, 2010, $19.95 US
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Author, Kathrin King Segal

Wild Again - A dark, suspenseful love story set in the gritty underside and upscale dives of Manhattan. Dutton, 1991 - Onyx, 1992 - Kindle, 2012

We Were Stardust - Opening in the Greenwich Village folk scene in 1964, this novel follows four young, ambitious characters struggling to make it in the cutthroat music business. Bucket List Books, 2011 - Kindle, 2012

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Author, Julie Spira - The Perils of Cyber-Dating: Confessions of a Hopeful Romantic Looking for Love Online

This romantic tell-all memoir spanning over 250 online dates is filled with heartfelt, witty, and hilarious stories. Julie Spira, a pioneer in the Internet industry, became the first on her block to post an online dating profile. You'll follow her journey as she skillfully navigates the web, hoping to replace what she once thought was the love of her life with a new Internet mate.

Morgan James Publishing (Morgan James)
(February 13, 2009) $16.95

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image9Author, Julia TewelesThe Stalker and The Wilds

The Stalker, 1985 Kensington Books – A scary psychological thriller about a haunted building. The reader is never quite sure whether there really is a haunting, whether the haunting is just in the mind of the protagonist, or whether the protagonist invoked the haunting. There is a payoff, though.

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The Wilds 1989 Dell Books - psychological survival thriller. "Deliverance" meets "Lord of the Flies" meets "Stand by Me."

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Author, Kelly Sullivan Walden - It's All in Your Dreams: How to Interpret Your Sleeping Dreams to Make Your Waking Dreams Come True.In the magical realm of dreams you can learn a topic of fascination, study at the feet of a master, converse with a departed loved one, find an answer to a perplexing question, or explore the larger story of your life. Popular dream analyst and media personality Kelly Sullivan Walden shows how to use your dreams to create the life you want in It's All in Your Dreams.

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Kelly is the author of four books including the #1 bestselling dream interpretation book, I Had the Strangest Dream: The Dreamer’s Dictionary for the 21st Century, Discover Your Inner Goddess Queen: An Inspirational Journey from Drama Queen to Goddess Queen, Zone Golf, and Pluck the Weeds & Plant the Seeds. Kelly's books are varied, that's for sure, but the one thing they all have in common is the rocket fuel jet pack of self-empowerment that you gain with every turn of the page.

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Author, Rossandra White - Loveyoubye: Holding Fast, Letting Go, and Then There's the Dog, published by She Writes Press-Ingram Publishing Services / $16.95 / April 2014.

Loveyoubye begins as White's world falls apart during a collision of crises on two continents. Just as her American husband disappears to Mexico, her brother's health crisis calls her back to Africa, and her beloved dog receives a fatal diagnosis. Standing on the edge of the past and future as she travels between her birth country and the shifting foundations at home, she finds courage to face a painful decision — stay in a crumbling marriage, or leave her husband of twenty-five years and forge a new life alone.

Loveyoubye can be purchased at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and independent bookstores anywhere.

Author, Nancy Young - Strum, the sweeping multicultural novel by Nancy Young, crosses two centuries and four continents in search of truth, love and a family legacy…
There are many ties that bind, and as many walls that divide. Music and deafness. Race and war. Love and unending time. Strum weaves together each element into a larger human tapestry of light and shadow, where a combination of fate and decision can define a family's legacy.

Bernard, a deaf young woodworker, is drawn into an old growth forest in rural Québec. Summoned there by the spirits of his Iroquois and European great-grandparents, he witnesses a colossal 800-year-old cedar fall literally at his feet, and nearly loses his life salvaging a portion of the great tree to craft two guitars worthy of the music he hears.

Across two centuries and four continents, from North America to Europe, Asia and Australia, this tale of family, spirits, and music, paints upon the world's large canvas an intimate story of enduring love and how the mysterious forces that divide us can also bring us together.

"A beautifully written, engrossing family epic…" Kirkus Reviews.
"Young's intense focus on the natural world provides imagery of glistening beauty…" Publishers Weekly Review
"… a mesmerizing story you can't stop reading." New York Review of Books
"Definitely a page turner!" American Library Association

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