Monday, May 30, 2011

Heartless by Anne Elisabeth Stengl

Princess Una, 18, is strong-willed, immature, and courted by princes who have many reasons to desire her. One sees her as a way to escape the consequences of his poor choices. Another thinks he is in love but, when pressured into making a difficult decision, easily disavows his pledge. Aethelbald of Farthestshore is a mysterious faerie prince whose steadfast love and selfless service annoy Una and provoke her to set her will against him. When the princess makes some foolish choices, she finds that she has taken a path that will lead to her destruction, but the prince who truly loves her is willing to pay the ultimate price to set her free.

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Friday, May 27, 2011

Happy Burf Day Baby~!!

Today is my sweet baby's 44th burf day~!!

I love and adore you and thank you for bringing your light to my life~!!

May ALL your burf day wishes be true for you Kevin~!!

Today, forever and ALWAYS~!!

Thank you for being a great dad, wonderful partner and a groovy friend~!!  I am blessed to have met you and to spend our time on Earth together~!!

If I could give you the moon, I would~!!
If I could get your music published, I would~!!

I would do ANYTHING for you...

Blow out the candles and make a wish my sweet prince~!!

And may we be BLESSED with many, MANY MORE of your burfdays~!!
My LOVE to you the moon and back and back again...xoxo

Sanctuary Of The Mind by Rhiannon Paille, MSC. D

Sanctuary of the Mind explores the integrated approach to psychic reading. First the student is taught how to awake their five main psychic abilities. Next they are taught how to use those abilities to interpret energies from a variety of sources. Third, they are taught how to put it altogether in order to perform an integrated psychic reading for family, friends or clients.

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52 Family Time Ideas by Timothy Smith

Launch a Tradition of Love, Laughter, and Learning--Together

Is your family going five different directions at once? Do you long for quality family time--where everyone's together, away from the TV and computer, doing something fun yet meaningful?

With 52 Family Time Ideas and about 20 minutes a week, even the busiest of families can establish and enjoy regular times together that will have a lasting impact.

For each week of the year, including holidays, you'll find an easy-to-follow activity plan to help you and your kids discover and experience timeless principles for strong families. Through games and other activities, as well as short Bible readings and guided discussions, your family will be drawn together and closer to God.

Ideal for families with kids from ages 4 to 14.

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Unconventional by J.J. Hebert

Unconventional is an inspirational fiction by debut author J.J. Hebert.

James Frost has a dream, he wants to write, ever since he was a young boy it has driven his soul to produce his muse.  Upon finishing his book 'The Forsaken World', young James sends his queries out to the editors and publishers in hopes of becoming published.  After each rejection, James' determination and stamina falters and weakens until he is questioning his own skills and desires.  Everyone, including his father, snickers at his dreams, and tell him all he is ever going to be good enough for is janitorial work.

James meets Leigh on the internet, they meet and they fall in love.  However, Leigh's controlling parents loathe James and all that he is and work to keep the two apart.  James becomes confused and disillusioned about all things in his life and he begins to question his existence.  Leigh and her parents are "Christian", and when they learn that James doesn't even believe, they are mortified, even though Leigh's parents are the farthest thing from being a Christian, her parents when they are not ignoring her, they are making snide remarks about her personally. 

Along the way, James has many people keeping him on track and encouraging him at every turn.  Author, Robert Frost, is his inspiration to greatness, Mitch, his surrogate father finds James the leads that he needs to continue upon his quest, Arthur, James' editor whose words of encouragement and praise continue to keep him on the path to success and Meranda Erickson, the Pulitzer Prize author who disappears from the limelight and becomes the inspiration that James needs.  All these people help to make James the person he needs to be and put him on the journey to his road in life.

Upon reading this book, I was really bothered by all the I' one paragraph alone there were twelve of them, and it was truly frustrating as well as the flowery prose.  However, I trudged on and am really glad I did, if you can get past Book One of the novel, then you are sure to be pleased with the rest of the book.  After this time, the characters come into their own and the stories pace begins to pick up and flow.

I truly enjoyed James, he is the type of man that any woman would cherish having and his qualities are certainly lacking in most men, lessons could be learned from such a character.  I wasn't over impressed with Leigh's character however, she seemed a bit wooden and I struggled to feel for her and James' relationship.  Arthur and Meranda are just great characters, especially Meranda, I just loved her spunk and grit.  I felt they were needed to give the story balance, however, I believe Arthur should have been used more in the story.  After a luncheon that he attends with James, the reader doesn't hear about him again personally, only in passing, and I don't believe he was given enough justification in the story.

I also had problems with the mentioning of the mother and sister on numerous occasions but yet we don't hear from them once in the whole story.  I'm thinking  a small back story between the three would have helped strengthen the books overall integrity.  I find it annoying to read about people in passing and they have no play in the book, but that is just me, I'm sure many won't find this aspect a hindrance.

I really enjoyed the message of God and by his grace, if you place your faith in his hands, all things will work out.  James comes to believe this message and we watch as he continues to place more and more faith in the hands of God, and as he does, things begin to work out for him.  However, he has to fall in order to climb and the message is quite clear as you continue to read.  It was well done, and highly inspirational for those who are following their dreams.  Step outside the box and be who you were meant to be, a perfectly groovy message.  J.J. Hebert's first book has enough polish to keep you interested until the very end and I look forward to reading more from him.  Good luck to you in all that you and always remember to REACH FOR THEM STARS~!!

YOUNG JAMES FROST just knows, deep in his bones, that he's a writer. He writes far into early mornings, after his wearying hours of scrubbing toilets and sweeping floors. He loves writing that much. But it's not only the joy of words that keeps him grinding; it's his desire to retire the janitor's mop. He sees being published as the key to living an improved life. James has another deep-seated conviction: that he's not good enough. He secretly longs to be accepted. However, the conventional others in his life seem all too willing to remind him that he's wasting his time. Then he meets and falls in love with Leigh, the one bright spot in his endless misery of self-doubt. A quiet but resolutely religious girl, she has to fight off disapproval of her own from overly critical parents, whose insults are countered by James's often-voiced admiration of her. Likewise, Leigh's faith in his talents begins to build his confidence, eventually allowing her to introduce him to a different way to help himself: relying on God. Ultimately, James's newfound faith is sorely tested to the point of doubt when his dream to be published seems to melt into a mirage, smothered by countless rejection slips from agents and publishers. His faith is also battered by having to fight highly emotional battles and suffer fear and loss. Just when James appears hopelessly sapped by devastating events, one last door opens, and he's rocked by an epiphany. UNCONVENTIONAL is designed to inspire readers to reach for their dreams. Buy this book. Read it. Share it with everyone you know. You - and they - will be glad you did!
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Thursday, May 26, 2011

Space Race Review and Giveaway~!! (CLOSED)

Space Race was created out of a desire to develop an exciting and entertaining concept for our children, and also make it educational. The idea came to them on a family trip they took to the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum in Washington, DC. Their kids headed straight for the gift shop on arrival, and couldn’t stop playing with a toy Space Shuttle and rocket ship as they explored the museum. They thought, wouldn’t it be cool to create an animated series about spaceships flying to different planets in our Solar System? They spent a year working on the story, and then another six months on the designs and visual imagery of the Space Race world. They hope you enjoy it, and that it also can be a vehicle for kids to learn more about Space, math and science.

CREDITS: Space Race is an independent company of entrepreneurs and artists. 

About Space Race:
Space Race ( launched as an animated web series focusing on space education, space travel and racing, with the goal of teaching children about space and the solar system.  Space Race features 8 characters, each in spaceship form, as they race through space, merging unique comic relief with breathtaking excitement and adventure.  

A parents and teachers section includes educational guides, supplements and flash cards.  The printable items incorporate Space
Race characters, themes and activities.  Some curriculum sections include:  Arts + Crafts:  Build Your Own Spaceship; Recipes:  Moon Balls; and Picture Puzzle:  Space Race.  Parents and teachers will be able to promote a love of space, exploration and adventure using Space Race themed flash cards.  An electronic colouring page allows kids to colour in their own Space Race characters and pictures before printing them out and sharing with friends and family.

Each webisode features an interview with one of our star characters and an education module which will provide more detail about a certain part of our solar system; Eagle Wingstrong teaches about Earth, Vulture Albatross:  space stations, Colonel Coot:  Mars and so on.

Directed by Emmy award-winning director Mark Risley, the family friendly fact-based shows hosted by “Gary Galaxy” (played by Meyer deLeeuw) combine high-quality animation reminiscent of Disney Pixar’s CARS with humor and education to teach children about science, adventure and what’s important about each of the Space Race characters.

My Thoughts~!!

Space Race is an absolutely adorable and educational site for wee folks~!!  The graphics are quite delightful and very entertaining for wee ones imaginations...they are almost like a Pixar cartoon in their design and flow.

I had my children play around the site for a while and my young lad didn't want to leave...LOL  He was impressed with the characters and his favourite was Pigeon Pirelli, the confidant and vain raceship who is takes Eagle Wingstrong under his wing.  Eagle is the young, hotshot with dreams of being the fatest in the solar system, Vulture Albatross is the bad, corporate raceship, who, along with his evil minions, will stop at nothing to obtain all the fuel sources within the solar system.  We also find other delightful characters such as, Colonol Coot:  lead scientist and Vulture's loyal henchman, Sabia and Condor Wingstrong, Eagle's parents, Robin Egger, Eagle's best friend, and Master Crane, the wise and intelligent spaceracer who knows more about the solar system than anyone.  Each of this characters were a delight to interact with, their personalities were enjoyable and believable as well.

I received this really neat poster which is going on my son's bedroom wall...they have a space themed bedroom, so it fits right in...LOL

I can see Space Race growing in many wonderful, educational and entertaining directions and I look forward to watching their growth.  Right now they have a very groovy contest going on...Space Race needs new space ship names~!!  They are in the process of creating new and exciting designs to their fray and need YOU to help name them~!!  You can e-mail them at: or you can post your ideas on their FaceBook page or you can find Space Race on Twitter~!!
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Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Murder Is A Family Business by Heather Haven

Just because a man cheats on his wife and makes Danny DeVito look tall, dark and handsome, is that any reason to kill him? The reluctant and quirky PI, Lee Alvarez doesn't think so. But the 34-year old ½ Latina, ½ WASP and 100% detective has her work cut out for her when the man is murdered on her watch. Of all the nerve. Set in the present, Murder is a Family Business is the first in a series of humorous mysteries revolving around Lee Alvarez, a combination of Sue Grafton’s Kinsey Millhone and Janet Evanovitch’ Stephanie Plum, and rest of the Alvarez Family, detectives all. Seemingly light and frothy on the surface, the novel nevertheless explores familial love, the good, the bad and the annoying.

Completing the family is Lee’s Never-Had-A-Bad-Hair-Day aristocratic mother, Lila; computer genius brother, Richard; beloved uncle “Tio;” and her energetic orange and white cat, Tugger. When this group is not solving murders, they run Discretionary Inquiries, a successful Silicon Valley agency that normally deals with the theft of computer software. The love, humor and camaraderie shared within this family are what set this series apart from others.

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AfterImage by Carla Malden

AfterImage is a brokenhearted memoir of a charmed life.

Carla Malden believes she has the perfect world, a husband who adores her, a daughter who is a blessing, a career that shines and great friends and family.  Carla and her husband, Laurence Starkman, are a husband-wife combo team who writes screenplays together.  They are not only lovers but they are each others best friend.  Their only hope in life is to grow old together and watch their children and grandchildren grow.

Only, things don't always go the way we wish for them to.  On the day that they learn of Laurence's cancer, Carla feels her world has come crashing down around her and she wraps herself in a coat of denial.  Following doctors advice, new agers, guru's and any source they can find to make Laurence well and whole, they follow.  Every lead, every mention, they make themselves appointments, eat weird things, try different therapies in the hopes that they will cure the cancer so that they can continue along with their idyllic life.

After the first surgery and the ensuing chemotherapy that follows, Carla, Laurence and their only daughter, Cami, continue to hope and pray that all will be well.  They never stray from any suggestion and they feel they are doing everything right.  We watch as Carla goes through the stages of grief, first and foremost, she is in denial, through the better part of the book, Carla has serious difficulties coming to terms with her husband's illness, almost believing that if she just wished hard enough, all will be well.  She deals with her anger, at herself, the doctors and Laurence, especially Laurence, who she feels has betrayed her by not living, not trying harder.  She bargains with God, even though she is not a firm believer, she bargains with fate, karma, anyone who will listen, begging them to make her husband better.  She becomes depressed to the point where putting on her own makeup makes her feel guilty for being healthy, and finally, the acceptance of the situation, of being left to grow old alone, sets in and she begins to prepare her mindset for Laurence's inevitable passing.

I found the book heartbreaking, as we walk into the soul of Carla, seeing the situation from her eyes, and hearing the desperation of the hopelessness of her situation.  Even though I already know the outcome, I can't help but feel rallied by Carla's conviction of her husband's recovery, if this were a Hollywood movie, Laurence WOULD have been cured.

Their intense love of one another and their commitment to survive was written in a very compelling and heart wrenching manner and I wished that ending could have been happier for all involved.  The book doesn't rely on the grace of God, as most books of this genre often do, she remains true to herself and doesn't incorporate a false belief system in hopes of bargaining for more time.  The writing is from the heart, and the final stages of their story will leave you crying for what could have been, and in the same aspect, you are shown that their life had been good and they can be thankful to have the memories that they do to survive with.

The only downfall to the book that I could see, is that, I had wished to see some photos of the family.  Photos of happier times as well as, photos of his strength and determination to fight the cancer that had invaded his body.  Carla Malden has written the story in such a way that I came to be a part of the family with her words and yet, I know not what the family looks like, other than the cover shot of Carla on the sleeve jacket of the book AfterImage.  I feel that with the pictures included, the story would be complete, instead of leaving the reader just a little bit lacking.  All in all however, it is a well written read that I am sure you will enjoy, especially if you are a cancer survivor family member, it gives you courage to understand that you are not alone, and allows you to stand up and face whatever comes your way head on.  Bad things do happen to good people and reading this story will allow you to see this, no one knows when our end will come, we can only build our memories for the future generations to share and sometimes, we leave behind a piece of us that will live on forever.

In this fiercely personal account of her battling the before, and surviving the after, of losing her husband to cancer, Carla Malden takes us on a journey through grief to gratitude that alerts the entire forever-young generation: this is not your mother’s widowhood. AfterImage is a story of love more than loss, memory more than sorrow, life more than death.
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Tuesday, May 24, 2011

The Memoir of Marilyn Monroe by Sandi Geles-Cole

Sandi Gelles-Cole imagines the life the screen legend and enduring cultural icon might have led -- from the opening scene (below) to her 85th birthday on June 1, 2011. DRAMA QUEEN June 1, 2011

They say only the good die young and I guess its true because I'm still here. Today is my eighty fifth birthday. During these years I have lived three lives: Before Marilyn, Being Marilyn and After. I created Marilyn Monroe and then men molded her: studios, agents, and husbands. Ever since the night I did not die, I have tried to leave her behind, but wherever I went, the creature followed. I tried to run. I tried changing my name, my country of residence, my hair color, body type, career and sexual preference. I went to college for coursework in Humanities and studied Russian Literature. But there was no escaping her.

The character I created became my own personal monster and devoured me in the 50s, and even after she died I could no more be someone else than I could grow a penis, change my skin color, or stop being a movie star. My so-called death scene is always described the same: My housekeeper, Eunice Murray, finds my wasted, naked body tangled in a sheet, wet from secretions better left unexplained. I am face down with one hand hanging over the telephone. This detail is discussed often; am I answering a call or making one and if I am calling, then whom? But it did not happen that way. I cheated death. . .

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The House That Ruth Built by Robert Weintraub

The untold story of Babe Ruth's Yankees, John McGraw's Giants, and the extraordinary baseball season of 1923

Before the 27 World Series titles--before Joe DiMaggio, Mickey Mantle, and Derek Jeter-the Yankees were New York's shadow franchise. They hadn't won a championship, and they didn't even have their own field, renting the Polo Grounds from their cross-town rivals the New York Giants. In 1921 and 1922, they lost to the Giants when it mattered most: in October.

But in 1923, the Yankees played their first season on their own field, the newly-built, state of the art baseball palace in the Bronx called "the Yankee Stadium." The stadium was a gamble, erected in relative outerborough obscurity, and Babe Ruth was coming off the most disappointing season of his career, a season that saw his struggles on and off the field threaten his standing as a bona fide superstar.

It only took Ruth two at-bats to signal a new era. He stepped up to the plate in the 1923 season opener and cracked a home run to deep right field, the first homer in his park, and a sign of what lay ahead. It was the initial blow in a season that saw the new stadium christened "The House That Ruth Built," signaled the triumph of the power game, and established the Yankees as New York's-and the sport's-team to beat.

From that first home run of 1923 to the storybook World Series matchup that pitted the Yankees against their nemesis from across the Harlem River-one so acrimonious that John McGraw forced his Giants to get to the Bronx in uniform rather than suit up at the Stadium-Robert Weintraub vividly illuminates the singular year that built a classic stadium, catalyzed a franchise, cemented Ruth's legend, and forever changed the sport of baseball.

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Monday, May 23, 2011

Contingency by Paula Wiseman

Where was God? Bobbi Molinsky's comfortable life is shattered when a forwarded email from her husband's account lands in her inbox. The email teases, "My whole evening is free again." After an angry confrontation with Chuck, she is left with the broken remains of an eighteen year marriage. Where is God? Bobbi agrees forgiving Chuck is the right thing, the God-honoring thing to do, but it leaves her empty and isolated. Teaching her second-graders is a burden. Taking care of her boys saps all her energy. It seems God Himself has walked away, leaving her to struggle alone. Is God faithful? Bobbi can't deny the transformation in Chuck, but genuine forgiveness requires trust, and trust is a risk she's not willing to take. Can she let go of her deepest, most primal fears and save her marriage?

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One Day At A Time

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I Am Going Where I Belong by Hans Lindor

In turmoil, lives are lost, yet some live on in shambles. "I Am Going Where I Belong" is author Hans Lindor telling the story of Chriscile Leger, a mother of two who is forced out of Haiti after political unrest leads to a coup d'etat. Above all else, Lindor tells a mother's story of living for her children and going through anything and everything to do so. With a unique flare in the writing style, "I Am Going Where I Belong" is a strongly recommended addition to any international memoir collection.

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Friday, May 20, 2011

The Hypnotist by M.J. Rose

An FBI agent, tormented by a death he wasn't able to prevent, a crime he's never been able to solve and a love he's never forgotten, discovers that his true conflict resides not in his past, but in a…Past Life.

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Thursday, May 19, 2011

My Grocery Master ~ Win A Trip To NY or San Fran~!!


Enter Your Gluten-Free, Lactose-Free or Kosher Recipe For A Chance To Win A Trip to San Francisco or New York City!
DEADLINE: August 31, 2011

KENSINGTON, MD (May 2011) — My Grocery Master, the application has been helping people find specialty food products on their iPhone, iPod Touch and iPads wants to know what YOU create with the products you find from the application. Whether you look to the My Grocery Master to assist you in following a gluten-free, lactose-free of kosher diet, we want you to tell us your favorite recipe.

The application, My Grocery Master, allows users to browse and search a database of over 100,000 specialty food products, 360 name brands and over 100 supermarkets. “We’re delighted to save people time and energy looking for the products they need by making them available at the convenient touch of a button,” says Steven Friedman, President of Nosh Maven LLC. “We are thrilled to invite our users to engage in this first-ever “My Grocery Master Recipe Challenge”.

From April through July 31, 2011, people across the United States are invited to share their best recipes; gluten-free, lactose-free or kosher, for a chance to win a trip to San Francisco or New York City! Nine finalists, three from each category will receive a $100.00. Three first place winners, one from each category will receive $250.00. One overall grand prize winner will win an all expenses paid weekend getaway for two in San Francisco or New York City. Judging will be based on taste, creativity, ease of preparation and adherence to theme. So whether you have the best gluten-free appetizer, best kosher entrée or lactose free dessert we want to hear from you!

Entering is easy! 
Go to My Grocery Master’s Facebook page and click on the contest tab or go to and click on the contest banner. Be sure to read the Official Rules, then fill out the submission form and, enter your recipe and recipe photo. All entries must be received by 11:59 p.m. EST on July 31,, 2011. No purchase of the application is required to win.

“My Grocery Master” App Features:
· Database of over 100,000 products for Kosher, gluten-free and lactose-free diets
· Over 360 name brands
· Future updates to include searches for Vegan, Organic and diabetic suitable diets
· Search by store location, category, classification and brand of product name
· Frequent, FREE updates with new products and brands that are consumer driven.
· Includes most Top 100 grocery store chains in the country that provide online data and the leading online grocery stores. Not all of the Top 100 grocery stores in our supplier group provide online data.
· One-touch link to the “My Grocery Master” website providing recipes and more information
· No connectivity required unless you utilize the one-touch website links
· Save searches for easy future access (such as “Beach House”, “Grandma’s Condo”, etc.
· Driving directions to store included
· “Tell Us” feature which enables consumers to provide direct feedback and store suggestions

“My Grocery Master” is available at the Apple’s App Store in the iPhone and iPod Touch.
*My Grocery Master is based on online data provided by supermarkets. Information may vary depending on your location.

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Snowflake Obsidian: Memoir of a Cutter by The Hippie with Anger Issues

Willow is nineteen, naive, and Mormon. She genuinely sucks at having relationships with the opposite sex, thanks to her daddy issues-as in she has a dad and wishes she didn't. Her only perfect relationship is with her best friend, Jo. But when Willow and Jo fall for the same guy, Willow finds herself friendless and falling in love with a drug addict. Feeling confused, guilty, and alone, she turns to cutting herself as a way to cope. Snowflake Obsidian presents the memoir of one girl's transformation and gradual shift from the cocoon of a protected religious culture to the wider world and a deeper understanding the many faces of love. As Willow steps into the world outside her religious ideals, she finds herself in situations she'd never imagined: getting a body piercing at a parlor full of sex toys; purchasing the morning-after pill for a friend who had been raped; and attending a support group for co-dependents. She puts all her faith in a snowflake obsidian stone when she can't cope with her depression. She lives with her boyfriend while trying to remain abstinent. Willow's journey into the world illuminates her dark side-which in turn fully allows her to know the light. Her intelligent and humorous voice shares her story with a straightforward blend of nostalgic observance and cynical optimism in this witty memoir of life, love, and learning.

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One Day At A Time

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The Lens and the Looker by Lory S. Kaufman

It's the 24th century and humans, with the help of artificial intelligences, (A.I.s) have finally created the perfect society. To make equally perfect citizens for this world, the elders have created History Camps, full-sized recreations of cities from Earth’s distant pasts. Here teens live the way their ancestors did, doing the same dirty jobs and experiences the same degradations. History Camps teach youths not to repeat the mistakes that almost caused the planet to die. But not everything goes to plan.Like in all groups of youth, there are those who rebel, “hard cases” who just don’t get it. In this first installment of a trilogy, three spoiled teens from the year 2347 are kidnapped back in time to 1347 Verona, Italy. There they are abandoned and left with only two choices: adapt to the harsh medieval ways, or die.

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Wednesday, May 18, 2011

The Fear Principle by B.A. Chepaitis

Dr. Jaguar Addams knows about fear. On a satellite prison called Planetoid Three, she establishes a telepathic link to her subjects. She confronts their demons. And makes them her own . . . They were known as the Killing Times, when serial murder reached epidemic proportions. Victims of hard-edged crime demanded hard-wired punishment, and the new prisons were born. Now one determined woman, a survivor of that dark age, tries to rehabilitate killers by tapping into the source of their obsessions: their worst fears. Her name is Jaguar Addams, and she is about to face the most challenging subject of her career. The ultimate assassin. A dangerously disturbed woman who will teach Jaguar the true meaning of fear.

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The Virgin Mary In The Light Of The Word Of God by Dr. Labib Mikhail

Blessed Mary, the mother of Jesus! We Protestants often feel talk about Mary s special role in redemptive history is taboo! Here Christ Jesus is exalted as the only Way, Truth, and Life as the reader is drawn into the majestic mystery in which God humbled Himself, choosing a young peasant girl who would be the only person in the history of the universe to become the mother of the Incarnate Son of God, Jesus Christ our Lord! You will enjoy entering the wonderful life and character of this imminently unique lady, and feel inspired as you gaze on Mary's role in the salvation of the world as the Christ-Bearer. A relevant study clarifying Mary s role and significance, I highly recommend it. Dr. James Massey.

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One Day At A Time

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Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Wallie Exercises by Steve Ettinger, C.S.C.S.

In the midst of a society dominated by technological advances (TV, video games, computers, cell phones,) the idea of a “couch potato,” has become alarmingly synonymous with the average American youth.

Founded in Los Angeles in the fall of 2008, Active Spud Press grew from an idea that it is possible to buck the trend and create a healthier, happier, more ACTIVE generation of children.

Now operating out of New York City, Active Spud Press is much more than just an idea. It is a publishing company specializing in picture books for children with an emphasis on health and fitness. By creating books and materials that promote exercise and nutrition in a fun yet informative manner, Active Spud Press is helping children become active and healthy.

With its first title “Wallie Exercises” due out in January 2011, Active Spud Press is excited at the opportunity to produce children’s literature that educates parents, teachers, and students alike.

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The Way To Happiness DVD Review

The Way To Happiness is a film about hope and redemption in a chaotic world.

In a chaotic world of plummeting moral standards, The Way to Happiness: A Common Sense Guide to Better Living reaches out to millions of people across 130 nations with a message of integrity, morality and trust.

Now The Way to Happiness has been produced as a feature-length film. And with that adaptation comes a cinematic experience unlike any you have ever seen. For here, running parallel with the full text narration of the book, you will find a series of interwoven stories, each featuring different individuals caught up in the drive and drama of living.

You’ll follow their losses, wrong turns, dilemmas, trauma and triumphs–until each person finally arrives onto the way to happiness.

Here is a film about life, finding one’s way and the persistence of the human spirit.

And in the end, you experience a riveting visual presentation of The Way to Happiness’ universal and timeless message – at once compelling and inspiring, a message you can now pass on to others and so enhance their survival and future as well

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Monday, May 16, 2011

I Was, I Am by Allison 'Tammy' Moore

Ex-Inmate's Story of Triumph in 'I Was I Am...How to Move beyond Your Past to Create an Extraordinary Life' Throws Lifeline to Others Struggling with Obstacles to Success. One of the most difficult things for ex-offenders to accomplish when they are released from prison is finding employment and becoming a productive member of society. For many, the stigma of a criminal record is just too much to overcome. For others, like Allison, it is a matter of viewing obstacles as an opportunity. "I Was I Am...How to Move beyond Your Past to Create an Extraordinary Life", a book by motivational speaker, author and ex-inmate Allison Moore, provides an account of her prison experience as the catalyst for change and guidelines for those who struggle with being hindered by their past.

Moore wrote, "I Was I Am...How to Move beyond Your Past to Create an Extraordinary Life",not just for individuals with a criminal record or who have been incarcerated, but for those who have past experiences that prevent them from living a full life. The book draws from her experiences in order to educate readers on the reality of the prison sentence, the lack of support systems and the perils of living a life unmanageable. Whether it is a physical prison experience or a prison in mental capacity, she shares her beliefs on how to become free.

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Godchild by Vincent Zandri

He wanted justice, truth, revenge...whichever came first.

Prison-warden-turned-P.I. Jack "Keeper" Marconi understands the criminal mind. And he knows what it takes to break a man. His own life came apart the day a black Buick broadsided his car--and his wife died horrifically in the seat beside him.

Years later, on the eve of his second marriage, Marconi catches a split-second glimpse of the driver who killed his wife. Suddenly hurtled back into the past, he is determined to take one last shot at hunting him down. That is, until he is offered a job he can't refuse: to bust a beautiful woman out of a hellish Mexican prison. Now Keeper's chase through Mexico follows a trail of bodies and lies back home: to the truth about a woman on the run, to a man sitting behind the wheel of a black Buick, and to a story that someone will kill to bury....

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