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  • Outhouse to Whitehouse

    Outhouse to Whitehouse

    In his autobiography, Jimmy Mosley portrays what life was like for a young black man living on a plantation in southern Mississippi. During his lifetime, he was also exposed to the racist practices within the infamous ceremonial unit serving at the White House. Even in extremely different circumstances. Jimmy found that life is not about what you are given, but about self-motivation, determination to win and succeed, and willingness to make a change. It is still possible for people to overcome barriers, even in a country where fathers often abandon their children, where people ignore the wisdom of the past, and where people have turned away from the teaching of God.

    In his life, Jimmy Mosley has seen numerous examples of God freely giving grace to the needy. As a teacher, Jimmy Mosley has found that his students have always enjoyed listening to his stories about his past. By remembering the past and being committed to being the best we can be, we will realize how blessed we truly are.

    About the author:

    Jimmy Mosley is a father, educator, veteran, husband, and a Christian believer. He is fifty-three years old and has a message for humankind. His book is a generational message about responsibility, hope, commitment, encouragement, and change.

    His thirty-five years of military service and thirty-three years of committed married life have taught him many
    informative and inspirational lessons. Jimmy Mosley is a Sunday School teacher and a mentor for youth challenge programs, and he enjoys fishing.

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  • Phyle of a Scorpion

    Phyle of a Scorpion

    Every individual is distinctly unique—–almost

    You live a perfectly normal life, going shopping, work, working out all the rest. You know yourself and you have never remotely suspected that anything is even faintly amiss. Imagine the shock coming face to face with you—–and it’s not a mirror. No apparition or trickery, it’s just you staring back…

    Now you are close to understanding Shawnyboy’s confusion. Coming face to face with an ultra real mirror with no glasses. Having being unaware of his clone’s existence and suddenly discovering that there is not just one, but 8 can be too much for anyone to handle.

    Phyle of a Scorpion returns with an all new fresh comedy adventure, and this is the prequel to how it all began— it’s very genesis. The main character “Shawnyboy” has been cloned, but he lives his normal life oblivious of this. As nothing can remain a secret forever, he eventually finds out. Not just one as he hoped. Not even two or three but full 8 of his look alikes are out there, and he’s trying to find them all as he figures out why he was cloned to begin with.

    Author Bio:

    Born in Roswell, NM, Shawn is very certain he had nothing to do with the aliens! Known to be mysterious, he is usually the quiet one and giving off the personality of being shy. Little did everyone know, all it took was a moment in the spotlight to get him going. Shawn became known for being very creative when it came to writing and acting. After seeing how friends and family responded to his random skits, he knew he had found his one true gift. Things began to take off in the right direction bringing in more and more positive results on a consistent basis. The guy that was supposed to be quiet and shy soon became daring and bold. Shawn’s accomplishments have given him the reputation as “The Chosen One” of his family.

  • Prescriptions for Boredom: Take Two a Day

    Prescriptions for Boredom: Take Two a Day

    In the wildly colorful custom of storytelling from the Midwest, Prescriptions for Boredom brings to life many fanciful, eccentric, and earthy characters, from great-grandma Celie LeFlambeau wearing army fatigues when she died and being buried as an “Unknown Soldier” by those who knew her best in her small town, to Uncle Pud whose wartime wounds took away his face but left him with uncanny ability to inspire those around him.

    Clark conveys a feeling of the oral storytelling tradition, as if the words have been handed down over generations family history right alongside Indian tales that waver at the edge of the unreal at once entertaining and culturally significant.

    Of the thirty-six superbly descriptive stories herein, twenty are historically accurate while only sixteen are fiction. But as Clark says, “Truth is stranger than fiction, and it’s hard to differentiate between the two!”

    Author Bio

    Ruth Ada Clark was educated at the University of Dubuque, Loras College and the University of Iowa. Mrs. Clark has written numerous short stories, an operetta, songs for motion pictures, as well as a memoir published in 2011 entitled Beauty in Bent Grass. She has retired from her teaching position, still lives in Iowa, and is still writing. Prescriptions for Boredom is Clark’s second published book.

  • Austine Royer Smith - Present Bouquets

    Present Bouquets

    Austine Royer Smith is a mother, grandmother, great grandmother, homemaker and member of the First Baptist Church of Garden City, Georgia and serves her Lord by fulfilling speaking
    engagements in churches, civic organizations and broadcast programs. She has a three-year Diploma from Rhema Bible Training Correspondence Center of Tulsa, Oklahoma.

    The author is Founder of Ruth 2:7/Founding House Ministries established upon a vision given to her by God during her mission trips to Haiti. The purpose of these ministries is to spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ and to provide a shelter as well as secular and religious instruction for many of the homeless Haitian children found abandoned in the streets and jungles of that impoverished, voodoo-infested nation. Statistics have shown that only about half of such children will survive.

    All proceeds from this book will go to the
    Ruth 2:7/Founding House Ministry
    P.O. Box 18114, Garden City, GA 31418.

    For further information on these Ministries, for speaking engagements or for ordering additional copies of this book and of Mrs. Smith’s other titles. Haiti is Waiting, If that isn’t Love, The Edge of the Field, Present Bouquets, Boci’s New Shoes, Grandma Waves with her Heart. Please write to the author at the above address.

  • Proud American: The Migrant, Soldier, and Agent: Revised Edition

    Proud American: The Migrant, Soldier, and Agent: Revised Edition

    The writing was thought-provoking, and I enjoyed the little instances of humor that were thrown in.

    The Hungry Monster Book Review

    During an era of contentious debate about immigration, especially regarding immigrants from Mexico, Tinoco provides a fascinatingly complex perspective as a first-generation American citizen.

    Kirkus Review

    This is a touching, heartfelt story of survival and overcoming struggle.

    Michelle Dwyer, You First Review

    This book is riveting and engaging from the first page to the last. I enjoyed every moment and honestly was sad when it was over.

    Kathryn Bennet, Reader’s Favorite

    A well-told tale, Proud American is one of those stories that succinctly captures what it takes to succeed as a migrant in the United States.

    Arya Fomonyuy, Reader’s Favorite

     

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    Being the only child of a single mother, Sergio was raised by his maternal grandparents in a South Texas region better known as the Rio Grande Valley. This memoir details the upbringing of a poor Migrant worker of Mexican descent having to pick crops for a living since the age of seven. As a way to break from the family cycle of picking crops and depending on government welfare programs, he joined the United States Army and served ten years active duty. He deployed to Bosnia-Herzegovina shortly after the Bosnian War only to find and deal with the aftermath of the genocide that took place there and be caught in the middle of several attacks. His experiences in Bosnia ultimately led to experiencing signs and symptoms related to PTSD. After completing ten years of military service, Sergio joined the U.S. Border Patrol. Being of Mexican descent, having family in south Texas, and in Mexico gave way to new issues of having to counter threats against his family and ill-willed opinions of him for arresting and deporting “his own kind”.

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    Bravery, hard work, and perseverance – Sergio Tinoco lived by these qualities to escape the life of a humble migrant laborer in the United States. Follow his journey from a bullied child who struggled with learning English to a man who has lived through war, tragedy, and poverty and came out on top.
    Between the Army and the DHS, he has worked in government service for over twenty years. He earned a master’s degree in organizational management. His wife, also a military veteran, works for the Department of Veterans’ Affairs. Together, they strive to provide greater opportunities and aspirations to their kids.

    Connect with Sergio Tinoco through his website, www.proudamericanjourney.com

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  • Marianna Peters Quiring -  Prune City

    Prune City: GROWING UP IN PRUNE CITY, DALLAS, OREGON (1917 – 1936)

    Marianna Peters, the daughter of German-speaking parents, takes us back to quieter times when a family’s life and industry was centered in the family farm. As you read Growing Up in Prune City, you will walk through that delightful time at the turn of the century when the “stuff” of life for many families consisted of hard work, making clothes, cooking, baking, and canning, along with social breaks for church and school. In 1917, the Peters and other farmers planted many acres of prune trees around Dallas, Oregon. The town became known as “Prune City.” Prunes were shipped from Dallas throughout the United States, to other countries, and to troops deployed in Europe.

    You will enjoy getting to know Marianna, the youngest of four siblings, as she goes to the small country church where she learned, and then embraced, her family’s religious values and practices. You will sit beside her in a country school as she learns. You’ll smile with her at cherry and prune-picking antics and activities. You will watch her play with other young friends as they wait for the daily mail delivery. You’ll hear her gasp, a few years later, when her name is called as valedictorian for Dallas High School’s graduating class of 1934. Then after a few years in college, your heart will be warmed as you see her falling in love and becoming Mrs. Elvin Quiring.

    About the author:

    JULIA D. QUIRING-EMBLEN is Marianna Peter’s daughter and Jason M. Quiring is her first grandson. Both spent countless hours listening to the stories Marianna told about her life on the farm. For years, Grammie, as Marianna is called, entertained neighbor kids, her own children and grand children, and the children in her classrooms as she told these delightful stories. With her permission, we have captured a few of these stories of her life in Prune City, Julia Quiring-Emblen lives in Dallas, Oregon

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  • Pursuit of a Passion

    Pursuit of a Passion

    “After being pronounced dead in the hospital, I came back to life…”

    In this manuscript, the author writes about his drama-filled existence that has taught him many important life lessons. The book begins with Mr. Finkley sharing memories of growing up under the roof of a strict father in Virginia. Enlisting in the United States Army pushed Mr. Finkley’s personality and beliefs to the brink of falling apart. After barely escaping service with his personality intact, the author began to embrace his true self. Writing helped guide Mr. Finkley into following his dreams. The manuscript concludes with “Abraham Jr.’s Corner,” a story about following “one of the few free black families in the south” following World War II. This work may appeal to readers who enjoy inspirational books.

  • Quoting Matilda

    Quoting Matilda

    Though Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton are well-known historical names, that of Matilda Joslyn Gage usually evokes the response, “Who?” Yet, this amazing woman contributed equally for many years as part of a triumvirate with Anthony and Stanton. Matilda was involved in the women’s movement from 1852 until her death in 1898. She became a noted speaker and writer on woman’s suffrage. She was born in upstate New York to an abolitionist family. Indeed, her childhood home and her later long-time Greek Revival home (now a museum dedicated to her) in Fayetteville, New York, were both stops on the Underground Railroad. She was best known for her feminist and suffragist activities, but she was “written out of history” for many years, because she was considered by her peers to be too radical in all she proposed to accomplish. Inspired by the Haudenosaunee women who were her neighbors and who adopted her into their Mohawk wolf clan, she was determined to gain the rights of property ownership, governance and equality of power for her 19th century sisterhood. She fought for the rights of Native Americans and enslaved persons and anyone else impacted by government control. She had a life-long desire for justice and equality for all and was connected to the ideas of Theosophy and Unitarianism. This moved her to take on the inequality of women in religious institutions, which deemed her in the eyes of her contemporaries as too radical. Along with Stanton, Gage published The Woman’s Bible. Her book, Women, Church and State was deemed as “going too far” by many. She championed women inventors and was the inspiration behind her son-in-law L. Frank Baum’s 14 Oz books. You will find her immensely quotable!

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  • Red Mesa Café: the blog collection

    Red Mesa Café: the blog collection

    A collection of essays and blogs centered around a baby boomer’s perspective on aging and the environment.

    Author Bio

    A native of the San Francisco Bay area, Greg Gnesios has been exploring the American Southwest for nearly fifty years. For 30 years he was a ranger/naturalist with the National Park Service in places such as Pinnacles National Park and Pt. Reyes National Seashore, California; Petroglyph National Monument in New Mexico, and Canyonlands National Park in Utah. In 1999, he joined the Bureau of Land Management where he managed Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area near Las Vegas before moving to Grand Junction, Colorado in 2001 as the first manager of the Colorado Canyons National Conservation Area.

    He has since served as Chairman of the Board for the Colorado National Monument Association and as Byway Coordinator for the Dinosaur Diamond National Scenic Byway. During the summer season, he leads tours throughout the west for various travel organizations. His award-winning photography and writing has appeared in numerous journals, magazines, museum exhibits, calendars and books. When he isn’t hiking or conducting trips, he sells rare books online, watches movies, and writes a blog about his adventures.

    He resides in Grand Junction, Colorado.

  • Rise up: Growth of Women’s Sports, Officiating Basketball, Living with a Chronic Illness

    Rise up: Growth of Women’s Sports, Officiating Basketball, Living with a Chronic Illness

    Rising up is not as easy to do as we think it is. This entitles us to do the things that we are meant to do. It's about overcoming the weakness in woman's basketball officiating. This also help us to figure out what to do when you have a chronic illness and how to succeed. As I rose up to do all the things that I could do I had obstacles to face. From the beginning of the challenges in officiating, to the things that I rose up to do through my Years of Living. To working as staff at Major League Sports too fighting Multiple Sclerosis. I live the life of coming in and out of health obstacles and how to deal with what I was handed. I enjoyed every step of the way even though it was a fight to succeed. This book is about everything that came along the way that I had to rise up to do.

    About the author:

    Dana Senders is a 60 year-old woman, currently struggling with the debilitating effects of multiple sclerosis (MS). Dana, with the urging of those dear to her, shares how she lived an active life before MS, during early onset of the disease and now, as MS effects every moment of her life.

    Dana was a business woman, an NCAA Women’s Basketball regular season/tournament referee, owner/ Director of a successful Officiating Camp and Coordinator of Women’s Basketball Officiating in the West Coast Conference. Dana impacted the lives of hundreds of individuals pre-MS and during the last 10 years as this disease changed the course of her life as she knew it.

    Reading this book will effect how you view yourself. Whether you are healthy or yet unaware of your physical well-being.

    Dana made a difference in everything she was associated with… pre and post MS.

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