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  • He Couldn’t Say No: The life & death of my son

    I picked up the phone… and called his cell phone. Much to my disappointment, his voice mail came on. … After a few more calls, the fear overcame me, and i started to think the worst, for I knew my son and this was out of character for him. I called his daughter. “Where is your father?” I asked. “Upstairs,” she answered. “Have you checked on him? Please go upstairs to see how he is now while I hold on. For all we know, he may be dead. “ My heart was pounding while I held the phone, waiting to hear After a moment I heard his daughter screaming my worst nightmare: “My dad is dead!” He Couldn’t Say No is the life story of Michael Louros, a man who had much potential but made all the wrong choices with regards to drugs. Michael was blessed with many gifts from God and many chances to take the right road, but unfortunately he wasn’t able to refuse drugs when they were offered to him, which ultimately cost him his life. In this emotionally powerful story, Stella Louros, Michael’s mother, starts with discussing Michael’s adoption from Greece and leads into the struggles she and her family faced while dealing with Michael’s roller coaster of a life. She even provides ways for readers to cope if they are ever faced with the same situation she and her family once were. Pick up He Couldn’t Say No today and learn more of this mother’s love for the son who grew in her heart, not under it. Stella Louros sides in New York.

    Author Bio

    Stella Louros was born in Mistra Greece and the first ten years of her life was a season spend with her parents and siblings, growing up in a loving family unit in Greece. They had faced two wars, it was their parents’ decision to send them to America for a better and safer future, even though they could not accompany them until a later date. Their parents send them off in God’s care and the pain they were feeling, no words can describe. Coming to America with her three siblings in 1948 was an indefinite period of tribulation and enthusiasm, as four young children prepared to face the unknown in their new country.

  • I Am Still Walking

    I AM STILL WALKING “ is a testimony of my faith in God, and how he has brought me through many hardships. illness, and near-death experiences, rheumatic fever at age sixteen. death of the first husband, and five major surgeries. He has given me the strength and courage to overcome. My faith in God has brought me through them all. [ I pray many will be blessed by my story]

    About the Author:

    Olivette was born in Mobile Alabama, December 5, 1931, eighty-six years young. Has raised four children, two sons, and two daughters in South Louisiana. Has eleven grandchildren, three great-grandchildren. She and her husband presently live in Lakewood Washington. In her youth, she enjoyed writing and crocheting.

  • I Called Myself Cassandra

         With his confession, I realized Robin was torn and left ripped apart by two lovers who demanded from him two completely different things. One wanted to start a new family, while the other wanted him to stick around for her aging, maturing, and now trifling self. Verna gave him a fresh opportunity, while the only thing I had to offer was to grow old together in our not-so-golden years, which could very well become eclipsed by our darkest times apart. The promise I was willing to see through with him, no matter the bumps and bruises it has caused us, was companionship, continuing what we started ages ago. As young lovers, we once vowed to each other that our love would survive the test of time. However, Verna’s newer promise of a more youthful life seemed to be more riveting to him.

  • Let Freedom Ring

    My dream of freedom and better opportunity for my family came true. America is still the land of opportunity and freedom. I remember when the Philippines was still a commonwealth of the United States, and I was in grade school, we sang “the Star Spangled Banner” and “My Country ‘Tis of Thee.”

    We did not come here on the Mayflower, but America has become our adopted country. Let freedom ring!
    “My country, ‘tis of thee.
    Sweet land of liberty,
    Of thee I sing;
    Land where my fathers died,
    Land of the pilgrims’ pride,
    From ev’ry mountainside
    Let freedom ring!”

    Virgilio I. Gonzales was born in 1932 in the Philippines and grew up during the Japanese occupation in World War II. He has written and published how his family survived the war in his autobiography Waiting for General MacArthur. He studied and graduated with a chemistry degree from the University of the Philippines. He married a fellow chemist, Maria Corazon Jimenea, and they have three children — Arsenio, Leilani and Leo. In 1978 he emigrated to the United Sates and was employed by Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc., who relocated his family from Manila to Danbury, Connecticut. Let Freedom Ring, his second book, is an affirmation of America as the land of the free and the home of the brave.

  • Lifeline: A Memoir

    Dr. Nicholas V. Steiner’s career as a practicing internist ends abruptly when he develops metastatic melanoma. A series of local recurrences—including one in the brain—are surgically removed until one day the cancer returns with a predicted survival of three months. Resigned to his fate and with nothing to lose, he turns to an expert in Traditional Chinese Medicine. Within weeks of starting Dr. George Wong’s medicinal herbs—ordered from a small shop in Chinatown—the cancer disappears. Steiner has written about this in a previous memoir: Unforeseen Consequences, a Physician’s Personal Triumph over Advanced Melanoma (Xlibris).

    About the Author:

    In 2001 he develops prostate cancer and again consults Dr. Wong. Chinese herbs slow the disease’s progression for years, until 2011 when faced with a gradually worsening situation, Wong suggests they fly to Beijing. Once there, the author will undergo a novel form of treatment in a military hospital; his doctor will be a colonel in the Chinese Air Force. Lifeline, a Memoir depicts the unusual situations that the two men often encounter with poignancy, pathos and humor. Written in concise language, the book also contains numerous photographs taken by the author.

  • Love is Forever

    In a world in which 49-51% of all marriages end in divorce; less people choose to be married; and others live a life of drudgery in their marriage, it is refreshing to learn from someone who is 100 years, how she and her deceased husband fell in love in the midst of very challenging circumstances; stayed in love; raised a family in two geographic locations and maintained their love. It is even more exemplary that this love did not die after 54 years of marriage and her husband’s untimely death. Even at the age of 100, Mrs. Carmen Carrington is still in love with her husband Ralph Carrington.

    May her story inspire you to find lasting love; and may your love last forever.

    About the Author:

    #1 Bestselling co-author of Success from the Heart, Dr. Nicole Erna Mae Francis Cotton is a transformational leader, certified success coach, and a marriage and family therapist. Through her authentic and passionate love for life and people, she has helped persons of all ages, races and cultures; couples, families and organizations to make positive and lasting change.

    She holds a BA in Psychology from the University of Tampa, a Master’s in Marriage and Family Therapy from The Oral Roberts University, and an honorary Doctorate of Divinity from Grace Hill Bible University.

    She is the author of It’s Time for Change, and How to Thrive in Trying Times, which presents a profound message of hope. She is also the producer/singer/poet of Poetic Vibes to Help You Thrive, a CD of her poems sung and recited to powerful and inspiring music.

    Dr. Francis Cotton is happily married to her husband and business partner Roy Cotton Jr. To experience one of Victorious Living’s transformational retreats, register at: www.victoriouslivingretreats.com

  • Miz Bambo

    Carol Craig Cowan-Lanyon had an idyllic childhood. Her mother, “Miz Bambo,” embodied comfort, filling her world with art and magic. Her father kept her safe and told her she could be anything she wanted to be. But when Carol’s father died just before her fifteenth birthday, the foundations began to crack. Without warning, Bambo became volatile and impossible to please. And at the end of Carol’s sophomore year in college, Bambo disrupted all of her plans for the future with a declaration: they would be spending the next year abroad. What followed was the adventure of a lifetime. Though rooming with her mother didn’t exactly represent the bohemian freedom Carol had yearned for, their experiences together would teach her how much she still had to learn about the world-and force her to grow up in ways she couldn’t have anticipated. Miz Bambo tells the story of a unique mother-daughter bond, and of mysteries that will forever remain unsolved.

  • Mother, If in Heaven There Are No Apples, I Don’t Want to Go There

    Growing up in her native Germany, Ms. Bresko relates hair-raising tales of the war as she and her family struggled to stay neutral during the conflict and her father was sent off to fight the war on the Russian front. Often going without many necessities and suffering through the usual childhood illnesses, she nevertheless retained. Her optimistic outlook for the future through and dreamed of the day she would again be able to taste freedom.

    After hostilities subsided, she chose nursing as a career and details her education experiences while living in several other European countries and working in a variety of location, eventually settling in America with her husband. Through her fascination and historical look into the past, readers learn that children are the same the world over-dreaming of the future, and acting on those dreams as soon as they are given the chance.

    Now retired, Christel Decker Bresko enjoys travel, walking, swimming, reading, and writing in her spare time.

    “Writing this book added great joy and spice to my Golden Years, not just remembering but to keep my past alive. Mother and Father, who both have passed on, left me with a great legacy. They wanted me to see the world, find happiness, and pursue life to the fullest. My sister and brother added gold, frankincense, and myrrh, which in my belief, are riches, sweet odor, and integrity. It was a great experience to finish this soon to be a book.”

  • Nostalgia: The Way It Really Was

    A resident of Bradenton, Florida. Andrew studied under Eastman Kodak Company for lighting, film manufacture and development. He started a career in photography during the late 1950’s doing commercial and advertising photography for Cleveland and New York ad agencies. He was one of the first photographers in the Cleveland area to present full-color commercial work. Taking a long break from photography he worked as an engineer before returning to photojournalistic work for several magazines. Andrew has authored 15 books during his career, several on digital photography.

    This book “Nostalgia _ The Way it Really Was” captures not only the essence of how America was during the golden period of discovery and development in the country but the ability of photography to record these exciting events and keep them sacred for future generations.

  • Of Raincrows and Ivy Leaves


    This is a remarkable book. It tells the story of an apparently ordinary American who happens to be born in extraordinary times and who is, therefore, forced to live an exceptional life. Edgar Brown is a member of that generation which fought both the Great Depression and World War II, and prevailed! Thus, this story of one man’s life becomes the story of the history of our country through some of its most dramatic and significant times in microcosm. But beyond that, “Of Raincrows and Ivy Leaves” reveals a very human life. In detail that is startling, unsparing and remarkably straightforward, we get to know a person, better perhaps than we know even some of those closest to us.

    About the author:

    Dr. Judith A. Brown first met Edgar Brown, World War II veteran, music teacher and counselor, in
    1974 when they were employees at the same school facility. They married soon after. She, like him, is an educator with an advanced degree in the subject. Together, they built a number of houses and lived with their family of children and pets, amidst their circle of students, advisees, colleagues, and friends in Missouri.