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WRITTEN BY VETERANS ANTHOLOGIES
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ANTHOLOGY 1.0

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Members of the
Writers Group
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ANTHOLOGY 2.0

by
Members of the
Writers Group
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ANTHOLOGY 3.0

by
Members of the
Writers Group
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ANTHOLOGY 4.0

by Members of the
Writers Group

FICTION

DUTY IN THE CAUSE
OF LIBERTY I
THE WAR HAS BEGUN

Charles E. Frye

DUTY IN THE CAUSE
OF LIBERTY II

HONOR AND VALOR

Charles E. Frye

MITCHELL PORTER
ANSWERING GEORGE WASHINGTON'S CALL TO ARMS

Al Rattan


A HOLE THROUGH
THE WIND

Alan Patterson

THE HEARTY BROS

Jeff McCarley

PEOPLE SUCK

Jeff McCarley

Surrender

Brian O'Hare

A TELLER'S TALES
MEMORIES OF
JAMES AND WILLIE

John R. Cole

A TELLER'S TALES
THE ROCKING
CHAIR STORIES

John R. Cole

A TELLER'S TALES

TRIPPIN' DOWN
MEMORY LANE

John R. Cole

A TELLER'S TALES
MESSAGES IN
BOTTLES

John R. Cole

A TELLER'S TALES
JAWIN' WITH THE
PREACHERMAN

John R. Cole

A TELLER'S TALES
PIES FOR GRANDPA

John R. Cole

TOXIC

Suzy Pearce

AIR
Suzy Pearce

THIS IS NOT THE END
Suzy Pearce

RIDGEWALKERS
Greg Walter

RIDGEWALKERS
IN TWO WORLDS

Greg Walter

OBJECTS OF AFFECTION

M. Bernard
Edmonds

dADDY'S BOY

John Huff

MESSAGES FROM
THE BACKROOM

Thursday Veterans
Writing Group

THE CENTER

Zoe Phiko

VIOLET WINTER

Zoe Phiko

ABIGAIL WINTER

Zoe Phiko

     

SCREENPLAYS

MY NIGHT WITH MUKAT
Will Torres

FREELANCE:
A POG STORY

Will Torres

MY WORST ENEMY
Jorge Aguayo

DESCENDANTS

Bory Thach

ROSE
Suzy Pearce
story by
Jeff McCarley

POETRY

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GIANTS AND
FRIENDS

John R. Cole
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POEMS FOR
MENYIL

Will Torres
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THE BEOFRE
AND AFTER

Sean R. Forster


WELCOME TO
MY WORLD

Sean R. Forster

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PARDON MY
SILENCE

Greg Buffington

SILENCE
BETWEEN
DRUMBEATS

Cindy Rinne

TODAY ON
TWO PLANETS

Cindy Rinne

LETTERS UNDER

ROCK

Cindy Rinne
& Bory Thach

I AM DISGUSTING
Jeff McCarley

STILL
J.L. Erwin

UNCLE WISDOM'S
INK

Ted Peterson

RECKONING

Jorge Aguayo

VITA
Jorge Aguayo

INNERMOST
Zoe Phiko

FEMININE

Zoe Phiko

NON-FICTION

COMBAT JOURNAL
PART 1 OF 4
OPERATION IRAQI
FREEDOM

John J. McBrearty

COMBAT JOURNAL
PART 2 OF 4
THE BATTLE FOR IRAQ

John J. McBrearty

COMBAT JOURNAL
PART 3 OF 4
A SOLDIER'S
JOURNEY
TO HELL

John J. McBrearty

COMBAT JOURNAL
PART 4 OF 4
RETURNING HOME

John J. McBrearty

AMERICAN HISTORY
A VETERAN'S
ERSPECTIVE
Essays, Reflections,
and Reviews

John J. McBrearty

AMERICAN HISTORY
A VETERAN'S
PERSPECTIVE II
COMBAT ESSAYS

John J. McBrearty


CHILDREN'S GOLF
T
each the Golf Swing
in 4 Easy Steps

John J. McBrearty

THINK LIKE
A LEADER

Derrick Darden, PhD

COOPERATING
IN THE WORKPLACE
3rd EDITION

Derrick Darden, PhD

101 CHUCK
YEAGER-ISMS
With & Wisdom from
America's Hero

Gen. Chuck Yeager
Victoria Yeager

UNREASONABLE

Robb Braun
 

MENTAL HEALTH / PTSD / SELF-HELP / RELIGION

MY WAY OR THE
HIGHWAY

Fred "Bo" Dunning
&
Kathleen "Dr. Kat" Dunning

51 STUPID
QUESTIONS
PEOPLE ASK
VETERANS
Fred "Bo" Dunning

MARRIED TO
PTSD--
STORIES FROM
THE
TRENCHES
Fred "Bo" Dunning

MARRIED TO
PTSD--
MORE STORIES
FROM THE
TRENCHES

Fred "Bo" Dunning

LIVING THE DREAM
NIGHTMARES OF
MILITARY
REINTEGRATION

Fred "Bo" Dunning

LIVING THE
DREAM
NIGHTMARES OF
NAVIGATING
THE VA SYSTEM

Fred "Bo" Dunning

51 ISSUES
VETERANS
FACE
AS
CIVILIANS
Fred "Bo" Dunning

IDENTITY, INTIMACY,
AND
DEMONSTRATION
-- THE CALLING

Michael Padgett

THE PRISON
WITHIN

Michael Padgett

P's & Q's
AND WORDS OF
INSPIRATION

Ignatius J

LAYERS & WAVES
Healing
Transmissions

Sheri Kelsey
     

BIOGRAPHIES

MY NAME IS
JACKSON
Prison Without
Walls

J. L Erwin

THE ENEMY
IN THE BUSH

Derrick Darden, PhD

FROM THE PROJECTS
TO THE PULPIT

Michael Padgett

TWO BABY MAMAS, AN EX-WIFE AND
AN EX-BOYFRIEND, NOW WHAT’S NEXT??

Ignatius J.

JOHN HUFF'S TRUTH
AND POVERTY

John Huff

ART
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DECADES OF
DOODLES

Lyndle Garrett

NEO ORIGAMI
Lawrence Beall




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ANTHOLOGY 1.0
Written by Members of the Written by Veterans Writers Group

Anthology 1.0 is a publication by Written by Veterans. Members contribute samples of their work to benefit the CSUSB Veterans Success Center. This anthology shows the range of our writing: poetry, short stories, novels, screenplays, memoirs, interviews, and non-fiction.

Contributors include:

Greg Buffington Matthew T. Miller
Jorge Aguayo Ruben Lee Sims
Corie McCarley Andreas Kossak
Bory Thach R. H. Borges
Charles E. Frye Suzy Pearce
John R. Cole Will Torres
Jeff McCarley Amanda Frye
Zoe Phiko  



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ANTHOLOGY 2.0
Written by Members of the Written by Veterans Writers Group

Anthology 2.0 is a publication by Written by Veterans. Members contribute samples of their work to benefit the CSUSB Veterans Success Center. This anthology shows the range of our writing: poetry, short stories, novels, screenplays, memoirs, interviews, and non-fiction.

Contributors include:

John R. Cole Naomi Hunt
Will Torres Bory Thach
Sean R. Forster Zoe Phiko
Ted Peterson Corie McCarley
Derrick Darden, PhD Matthew T. Miller
Charles E. Frye Alfonso Medrano
Jeff McCarley Suzy Pearce
Lyndle Garrett  

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ANTHOLOGY 3.0
Written by Members of the Written by Veterans Writers Group

Anthology 3.0 is a publication by Written by Veterans. Members contribute samples of their work to benefit the CSUSB Veterans Success Center. This anthology shows the range of our writing: poetry, short stories, novels, screenplays, memoirs, interviews, and non-fiction.

Contributors include:

John R. Cole Alfonso Medrano
Derrick Darden, PhD Matthew T. Miller
Barry Dixon Michael Padgett
Fred “Bo” Dunning Suzy Pearce
M. Bernard Edmonds, I Zoe Phiko
Charles E. Frye James Simonton
Lyndle Garrett Bory Thach
Andreas Kossak Greg A. Walter
Jeff McCarley  

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ANTHOLOGY 4.0
Written by Members of the Written by Veterans Writers Group

Anthology 4.0 is a publication by Written by Veterans. Members contribute samples of their work to benefit the CSUSB Veterans Success Center. This anthology shows the range of our writing: poetry, short stories, novels, screenplays, memoirs, interviews, and non-fiction.

Contributors include:

Alan Patterson Jeff McCarley
Alfonso Medrano Joe Erwin
Andreas Kossak John R. Cole
Bory Thach John Huff
Charles E. Frye Lyndle Garrett
Cindy Rinne Matthew T. Miller
Derrick Darden, PhD Michael Padgett
Fred “Bo” Dunning Sgt. Chavez
Greg A. Walter Suzy Pearce
James Simonton  

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GIANTS AND FRIENDS
Poetry by John R. Cole

Dream of far away lands and possessions of great value. Detest the many kinds of slavery and hatred. When you go to war you must think of People and speak of Freedom. But, when you fight, you must fight for the Brother standing beside you. Always.


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POEMS FOR MENYIL
Poetry by Will Torres

(AMAZON BESTSELLER IN "
NATIVE AMERICAN POETRY")

"Cahuilla folklore tells us the story of Menyil as the moon maiden and daughter of Mukat, a Cahuilla deity. Menyil was a matriarch amongst the Cahuilla people and a symbol for maternity. Menyil taught Cahuilla women which songs to sing, games to play, and other cultural practices still used to this day. 

I pay homage to Menyil by writing these poems since my best poetry comes from gazing at Menyil's beautiful face during the twilight hours."

Will Torres is a member of the Torres Martinez Desert Cahuilla Indian tribe. He grew up on the reservation located in Thermal, California.
Will is also a combat-decorated Marine who served as a radio operator with Third Battalion Third Marines from 2003 to 2007.

Will's other two books, the screenplays Freelance: A POG Story and My Night With Mukat, have also become Amazon bestsellers.




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MY NIGHT WITH MUKAT
Screenplay by Will Torres

(AN AMAZON BESTSELLER IN "SCREENPLAYS")

Former Marine Will Torro lives the life of a drug addict in an abandoned home on the remote Torres Martinez Desert Cahuilla reservation. Inebriated, Will sets off into the mountains where the Cahuilla deity, Mukat, gives Will one last choice: change your life for the better or face death at the hands of the tribe's evil spirit, Tahquitz. Shaken, Will enters the fight for his life and tries to overcome addiction through therapy and rediscovery of his tribal roots. But first, Will has to survive the deadly powers of Tahquitz, who has chosen Will as his next victim.

Author Will Torres is a member of the Torres Martinez Desert Cahuilla Indian tribe. He grew up on the reservation located in Thermal, California. Will is also a combat decorated Marine who served with Third Battalion Third Marines as a radio operator from 2003 to 2007.



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FREELANCE: A POG STORY
Screenplay by Will Torres

(AN AMAZON BESTSELLER IN "SCREENPLAYS")

Will Torro has been out of the Marine Corps ten years, when he learns that his former platoon Sergeant committed suicide as a result of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. Will was recently diagnosed with PTSD himself and begins to wonder about his own mortality as well as the fate of his young sons. When doctors cannot provide answers, Will turns to his father, a Vietnam veteran, who encourages him to reach out to his former comrades. Will not only reconnects with his fellow Marine veterans, Ward and Lyons, but together they set out on a mission to find solace through shared grief, humor, and camaraderie.



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A HOLE THROUGH THE WIND
Novel by Alan Patterson

2020 SEMI-FINALIST OF THE RENOWNED 15TH ANNUAL DR. TONY RYAN BOOK AWARD, RECOGNIZING THE BEST LONG-FORM WRITING ABOUT THE WORLD OF HORSE RACING

(AMAZON BESTSELLER IN "HORSE STORIES")

Semi-finalist of the renowned 15th annual Dr. Tony Ryan Book Award, recognizing the best long-form writing about the world of horse racing.


Two horses, twin brothers at birth, couldn’t be more different. Big Brother, the larger, stronger horse has the physique of a champion. He is the sensation of the horse-racing world. But Little Brother - smaller, pigeon-toed, and hidden away - has the heart of a winner. The racehorse breeder and his family who nurture him with love believe he deserves his chance. But, can Little Brother beat his much-favored sibling when their paths cross at the most famous of all horse races, the Kentucky Derby?

In this semi-autobiographical story, veteran jockey Alan Patterson takes you into the world of professional horse racing, where the will to win is a must, but the love for horses makes the difference.



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THE HEARTY BROS
A Novel by Jeff McCarley

Although inspired by the popular children's book series, The Hearty Bros is not for kids. Join Frank Hearty and company as he searches for his brother, Joe, in this humorous misadventure story filled with over-the-top absurdity and crude characters. From one page to the next, there is no predicting what will happen.

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PEOPLE SUCK
A Novel by Jeff McCarley

Cynical and obtuse, People Suck is at times irreverent and at times innocent,but the stories within are always the sarcastic account of McCarley's real-life experiences. From Marine aircraft mechanic to customer service, and from childhood to now, People Suck delivers the laughs without harming any People in the process.


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I AM DISGUSTING
Poetry by Jeff McCarley

(AN AMAZON BESTSELLER IN "JAPANESE POETRY AND HAIKU")

I am Disgusting is not poetry for the squeamish, the prudish, or the easily offended. Jeff hilariously sets jokes about bodily functions, carnal activates, and other struggles of daily life to meter, rhyme, Shakespearian sonnet, and haiku form. If it is secreted from the body, or illegal to show in public, it’s is the stuff that good poetry is made of.

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A TELLER'S TALES
PIES FOR GRANDPA
A novel by John R. Cole

It was a town where its sons had gone away to fight in their country's newest wars. Their fathers before them had temporarily stepped away from farm and family to fight Freedom's fight. Grandfathers, and even great grandfathers, had answered the patriot's call to arms. Each time, after the fighting was done, those who lived through it returned "home" to once again pick up a plow for sowing the seeds of peace. And the community had sewn their names into the fabric that was becoming America the Beautiful.

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A TELLER'S TALES
JAWIN' WITH THE PREACHERMAN
A novel by John R. Cole

The Town People live and grow everywhere. Farmtown U S A is only one such place. Children do all kinds of things, and they do them for all kinds of reasons. And most of the time they are influenced by a special person. Sometimes it is Mom or Dad. Sometimes it is a schoolteacher. And then, sometimes, it just might be a Preacher, drunk or not. "Big city" stuff did not matter to the people in Farmtown U S A. Very little of it concerned us. When politics came into town riding its big white horse rural America still had to sweat for the groceries to feed it. Life was thorough. Some good and some bad. All of it required its own personal sweat. And through it all one attitude prevailed. "A good day is found wherever you "make" it. Seldom, if ever, will you find one pre-made that someone else doesn't already own. Make up your own mind. You will have a good day, or you will not. But it will happen because you ordered it that way! Make the best you can out of what you have, and be honest about it. And never be afraid to be thankful for it."   That was us. Farmtown U S A.

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A TELLER'S TALES
MEMORIES OF JAMES AND WILLIE
A novel by John R. Cole

The beauty of the Appalachian region of Kentucky is a beauty like no other any place on planet Earth. The mountains. The valleys. The Bluegrass!  Ah, just call it home and the beauty becomes instantly breathtaking. Usual rules of living followed by folks in other places seem to have whole new meanings to the folks in the rural places of Kentucky. Growing up on farms was a tough chore and the lessons taught were lessons learned for a lifetime. In such areas money was scarce and never spent frivolously. Nickels and dimes became quarters, and pennies were saved until they became dollars. The young worked hard right along the side of grownups, and little time was allotted to play. Because of that, rural kids fast figured out how to turn just about anything into fun. Their antics many times did not meet with grownup approval even though care was taken to prevent destruction of property. They seemed to understand very early in life that fun is not something you have but rather something you make. Simple things that are so many times overlooked by older folks become memories worth their weight in gold to rural children.

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A Teller's Tales - Memories of James and Willie

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A TELLER'S TALES
THE ROCKING CHAIR STORIES
A novel by John R. Cole

… The old porch swing squeaks in the wind, But my old ears don’t really seem to mind.
The rickety old rocking chair beckons to me, Begging to share times of times more kind.
And, as the waning years go flitting by, Leaving their memoirs on heart and face,

I find that nothing is as important to me, As loving memories, created in this place.
Home is the place to retreat and reflect, And enjoy the endless musings of the old.

And only because of old loves, long-past, New loves become old musings yet untold.
The reflections I see in the mirror of my mind, Are the memories of my life locked inside.
And the great key to the lock on my heart, Is sitting in that old rocking chair with pride!

“The shadow of Yesterday is so close to the edge of Tomorrow that you can see both of them through the window of Today.”

 


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A TELLER'S TALES
TRIPPIN' DOWN MEMORY LANE
A novel by John R. Cole

Sometimes I remember, and, sometimes I don’t. The years have been many, and my memory, without pencil and paper, doesn’t always keep all of the facts in a straight line. But, even with inconsistencies, I plod ever onward. The stories must be told!

 


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A TELLER'S TALES
MESSAGES IN BOTTLES
A novel by John R. Cole

Stories really should be written down. While the stories are forever, the memories responsible for maintaining them are not infallible.

Stories are the cherished bonds that tie humanity’s future to its past. Most times the appreciation for memory is not immediate. Sometimes it shows up much later in life as, with age, we discover that the present is only one more step on a multi-faceted journey from yesterday to tomorrow.

 


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DECADES OF DOODLES  
An Art Book by Lyndle Garrett

This is a long-awaited collection of drawings by Oklahoma native, Lyndle Garrett. It is the first of a planned many.

Mr. Garrett is the third of five sons of a WW II Army Veteran. Born in Oklahoma, the family moved to Arkansas soon after where Lyndle grew up on a farm. While he did not get “the feel” for farming, Lyndle did find a love for archeology and drawing. Farm living afforded many opportunities to collect fossils and other interesting rocks, as well as indulge his interest in drawing pictures in his spare time. Everything and everyone seemed to be fair game for his imagination-fueled pencils.

 

 


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101 CHUCK YEAGER-ISMS
WIT & WISDOM FROM AMERICA'S HERO
(The Right Stuff Publishing)
by Gen. Chuck Yeager and Victoria Yeager

Wit & wisdom from New York Times #1 best-selling author (sold over 1.2 million books), the original badass & Right Stuff, fighter ace, test pilot, greatest pilot, a pilot’s pilot, a man’s man, a woman’s man: Chuck Yeager, & his favorite wingman, Victoria. Find out why Maverick, the new Top Gun movie, pays homage to Chuck Yeager!

Chuck Yeager risked his life to break the sound barrier opening up space. Many are inspired by his wit & wisdom that got him through poverty in the hollers of West Virginia, helped him escape the Gestapo & become a fighter ace & hero in World War II, & made him the greatest pilot who ever lived.

Philip Kaufman, director The Right Stuff: Chuck Yeager was the Ace of Aces. He challenged the demons that lived in the air & was the first to poke a hole in the sky. The heavens were his battleground, but he was also the most down-to-earth guy you could ever meet. He was a steely-eyed straight shooter who didn't mince words or suffer fools when it came to getting the job done right. He was also a twinkly-eyed, fun-loving guy who truly understood what the Pursuit of Happiness was all about. Thanks to Victoria Yeager, we now have this book of his wit and wisdom to remind us that he is still up there somewhere, doing what he always did.

Gerald McRaney, actor, outdoorsman, NCIS-Los Angeles: When I met General Yeager & Victoria. I will admit to having been more than a little awestruck at meeting a genuine childhood hero. Truth be told, I still am. Since then, I have been honoured to call them friends. Almost everyone knows something about the exploits of the greatest aviator of them all. A few of us got to know the humour of this great man. This book will let those not lucky enough to have known him to get a glimpse at the wit and wisdom of the man from West Virginia who changed the world through his work and made it a better place just by being in it. Meet my friend Chuck Yeager.

Rabbi David Wolpe (Newsweek's top rabbi in America): Here it is: the wit, wisdom & astonishing courage of a great American hero. As he said: Everyone’s got a job to do, son. He did his, superlatively well, & Victoria Yeager tells us about it in the pilot’s own words. Read it, learn & be inspired.

Gen. Charlie Duke, USAF (ret.), Lunar Module Pilot, Apollo 16, astronaut: I served under Colonel Yeager’s command as a student & staff member at the USAF test pilot school. He was a demanding but fair boss whom I deeply respected & admired. General Yeager, my mentor, comes alive in these pages of great wisdom & humor from vast experience,

Joe Bonsall/Oak Ridge Boys (17 #1 hits on Billboard country charts): This book brought tears and joy as it elicited so many great memories. We so loved this man. Thank you, Chuck Yeager, for enriching our lives. You, Sir, represent the BEST of ALL of us!

Barbara Eden, singer, actress: I first met Colonel Yeager when we filmed ‘I Dream of Jeanie’ at Edwards AFB. His charm, wit, & sense of fun come through beautifully in this book.

Col. Pat Duffy USAF (ret.), Test Pilot & IP with General Yeager in F-15, F-16, F-18: I was blessed as an Air Force Fighter Pilot & Test Pilot to have known & flown with General Yeager in a variety of aircraft over many years. His witty & insightful comments conveyed a mix of humor, candor/directness & experience that this book captures incredibly well & brings to life. I see my role model, mentor & friend in these pages & know you'll enjoy getting to know him a little better as you read these great stories, too!

Capt. Julie E. Clark NWA (ret), Aerobatic pilot, T-34/T-28: Such a great tribute to ‘General Chuck’, a man I admired & knew very well for over 35 years! I grew to realize his true insight & very quick wit. He may have taken great risks, but these 'Yeager-isms’ really tell the story of what a brilliant mind he had to stay alive & ‘fly the airplane!!’


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TOXIC
A novel by Suzy Pearce

Ophelia has amazing abilities, unlike anyone else in the world. But she must choose you to learn what these abilities are. Ophelia chooses very few. Laura, the lonely new girl in town, is one of them.

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AIR
A novel by Suzy Pearce

Stalingrad, 1943. Hope is a soldier's worst enemy.

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THE WAR HAS BEGUN
DUTY IN THE CAUSE OF LIBERTY Vol. 1
A novel by Charles E. Frye

If you've ever wondered what it would have been like to stand beside the men and women who fought for American independence, here's your chance. The War has Begun is the first book in the Duty in the Cause of Liberty series. The books follow Isaac Frye, a farmer from Wilton, New Hampshire, who responds to the early morning alarm of April 19, 1775, carried by Paul Revere and William Dawes. This story is true, and only the actual people who participated in the events with Isaac Frye are included as characters—no fictional characters were created to enhance or embellish the narrative. The books portray the American Revolutionary War from the perspective of the middle class, as they follow Isaac Frye, who served from the first day of the Continental Army's existence through being in the last unit disbanded. No other man, including George Washington, served longer as an officer. The War Has Begun introduces Isaac and tells the story of how his commitment to liberty and eventually American independence shape unimagined sacrifices for himself, his family, and his town.

Please read the following article about THE WAR HAS BEGUN:
"This Redlands man's relative fought in the Revolutionary War. Now he's telling his story." -- Redlands Daily Facts (May 27, 2017)


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HONOR AND VALOR
DUTY IN THE CAUSE OF LIBERTY Vol. 2
A novel by Charles E. Frye

Join Captain Isaac Frye and Will Burton, his company’s fourteen-year-old fifer, as they journey with the Continental Army to Fort Ticonderoga in the spring of 1777. Follow them through the harrowing days of the Burgoyne Campaign and sufferings at Valley Forge. The spirit of ’76 is gone, replaced by the times that tried men’s souls. Honor and Valor is the second book in the Duty in the Cause of Liberty series. Read the first book, The War has Begun, where Isaac, responds to the alarm carried by Revere, Dawes, and Prescott. The War has Begun recounts Isaac’s story from farmer to minuteman to lieutenant in the Continental Army at Boston, then onto New York and Canada.

Please read the following article about THE WAR HAS BEGUN:
"This Redlands man's relative fought in the Revolutionary War. Now he's telling his story." -- Redlands Daily Facts (May 27, 2017)

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SURRENDER
(WINNER OF THE 2021 VETERANS WRITERS AWARD)
(SYRACUSE UNIVERSITY PRESS)
A Collection of Short Stories by Brian O'Hare

In the tradition of Tim O'Brien's The Things They Carried, Brian O'Hare's Surrender is a rich collection of coming-of-age stories, a journey into the heart of the American hero myth, from the Friday night football fields of Western Pennsylvania to a battalion of Marines in the Persian Gulf and beyond. But what happens when the crowds stop cheering and the welcome home parades are over? Guilt, fear, and brutality collide with love and acceptance as a diverse cast of characters struggle to reconcile mythology with reality, and to find meaning in a uniquely American chaos. 

In bittersweet stories with surprising humor, the characters grapple with the choices they've made and a country they no longer understand. Written in spare and unsentimental prose, yet with a startling emotional punch, these stories, and the unforgettable characters who tell them, will live long in the reader's imagination.

"Surrender is written in delightful, incisive prose bursting with humanity. It is deeply observed and emotionally powerful, sharp on both the cultural mores of young men and on the deeper consequences of what happens when that mixes with American military power. And each story boasts richly imagined characters that live on in the mind long after you’ve finished reading" — Phil Klay, author of Redeployment, winner of the National Book Award

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THE ENEMY IN THE BUSH
FIVE LIFE PRINCIPLES FOR NAVIGATING THE LANDMINES OF FEAR, PERSONAL ROADBLOCKS, AND PERCEIVED MENTAL LIMITATIONS
An Autobiography by Derrick Darden, PhD

The Enemy in the Bush is a book that takes you through an adventure and journey of one's man's life from growing up in the ghetto of Newark, New Jersey to becoming a decorated military veteran of more than 22 years. In it, he shares how he navigated a multitude of life challenges and consciously determined what direction his life would take and how he was going to be purposeful on this earth: how he would discover and fulfill his destiny.  Derrick, has always believed that you determine your destiny on this earth. And that, it is our determination to overcome life's challenges that dictates how we live our lives-how we conduct ourselves in every situation. Unfortunately, many of us have not developed the discipline and life skills that are required to overcome adversity thereby limiting our ability to accomplish our major life goals. He, however, has learned that when we are willing to look within ourselves for answers rather than becoming fixated on our current circumstances and areas in which there appears to be a lack, we automatically empower ourselves to find greater inner strength and hope. Most importantly, we get to a place where it is impossible for us to find excuses for not achieving our goals due to external factors. Instead, we begin to see that the true "Enemy in the Bush" is our internal demons, negative thinking, and other limitations that we place on our ourselves.  By sharing his life story and Five Key Principles that have helped him successfully navigate life's challenges and accomplish many of his major life goals, his hope is that this book will equip you with the ability to identify and conquer the "Enemy in the Bush" at every stage of your life.

(PUBLISHED BY WESTBOW PRESS)

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THINK LIKE A LEADER
Sharpen Your Skills And Unlock Your Leadership Potential
A Book on Leadership
by Derrick Darden, PhD

"Think Like a Leader" by Dr. Derrick C. Darden is a book that can help you unlock your leadership potential. This guide provides practical principles to help you:

• Overcome challenges
• Develop self-awareness
• Foster a growth-driven environment
• Cultivate strong leadership skills through effective communication and accountability
• Conquer impostor syndrome
• Embrace challenging assignments
• Foster personal and professional development

By transforming your mindset, aligning your decisions with your strengths, and following the principles highlighted in the book, you can unleash your true potential as a leader.

Don't miss out on this empowering journey to become the influential and impactful leader you were destined to be. Grab "Think Like a Leader" now and seize your leadership destiny!


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COOPERATING IN THE WORKPLACE
REVISED AND EXPANDED 3RD EDITION
A Textbook by Derrick Darden, PhD

Change in our everyday lives brings new opportunities to dismantle archaic systems, to reinvent and recharge ourselves. The 2020 COVID-19 crisis triggered an urgent need to examine yet again, how people can interact successfully in organizations.

For this reason, the expanded third edition focuses on how leaders and employees in a diverse and global working environment can cooperate harmoniously; especially, during crisis situations.Knowledge, organizational skills, and behavior need to be developed. Communication and teamwork skills, necessary to reach a common goal, must be improved. To this end, cooperation between co-workers, supervisors, and management within organizations is the method for success – the very method to survive, thrive, and stay competitive during times of crisis.

As a Gulf War Veteran and Senior Army Warrant Officer who worked in the fields of logistics and Federal Acquisition for the federal government and later as an entrepreneur, I've seen how well-managed organizational form and structure provide principles that support success in both the public and private sectors.

I intend this book to be a catalyst to understand situational challenges, to successfully navigate teams, and to communicate within organizational structures, not only under normal circumstances but also under the pressures and uncertainties of a crisis like the COVID-19 pandemic.


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PARDON MY SILENCE
Poems by Greg Buffington

"May these poems give hope to those who have been silenced by tragedies in their lives."


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MITCHELL PORTER
Answering George Washington’s Call To Arms
A Historical Novel by Al Rattan

May In 1776, George Washington called all Patriots to arms. Seventeen-year-old Mitchell Porter answered. His future was at stake – building a free nation, working his land, and founding a family with Penelope, the young woman he loved. First, Mitchell would have to prove himself in the Southern battles of Cowans Ford, Trading Ford, and many others. The Revolution had to be won. He would have to survive the dangers and hardships in order to begin the challenge of turning a war-torn land into a new country of liberty and opportunity.

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P's & Q's and Words of Inspiration
by Ignatius J.

Indulge yourself in the marvels of this remarkable book filled with inspiring words, poetic verses, and breathtaking pictures curated by the genius that is Ignatius J. Dive into the world of acclaimed poets like Maya Angelou, renowned actor, Morgan Freeman, and celebrated author, Anthony Bourdain, who have all contributed to the beauty of this literary creation. This book deals with essential life lessons such as overcoming loss, fostering self-love, building meaningful friendships, and practicing mindfulness to help you live a fulfilled life. It is undoubtedly a must-read for anyone seeking a delightful journey through the world of poetry, motivational quotes, and mesmerizing imagery.

(Published by An Aquarius' Dream Publishings, LLC)


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Two Baby Mama’s, an Ex-Wife, and an Ex-Boyfriend, Now What’s Next??
A Survival Biography by Ignatius J.

From his early memories of family dysfunction and raging hormones, this memoir allows readers to experience Ignatius J through the lens of the four key relationships that shaped his outlook on life and how he shows up in spaces. He recounts his family history, sexual encounters, substance abuse, understanding his masculinity through romantic love connections, and serving our country. He vulnerably reflects on his battles with depression, losing family and friends, coupled with two attempts to take his own life. It’s raw, honest, and relevant to readers who do not identify with the cookie-cutter lifestyle in search of identifying with someone who does not have the answers, just authentic experiences.

(Published by An Aquarius' Dream Publishings, LLC)


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VITA
Poetry by Jorge Aguayo

"These poems were written out of necessity.
I have questioned my courage, integrity, self-worth, and especially the direction my life seemed to be heading. The hardest thing to do is to express the truth, especially if it is not pleasant."



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MY WORST ENEMY
A screenplay by Jorge Aguayo

This is a true story about a young man who finds peace within himself. He navigates through fear, anger, hardship, and failure by trying to fight against the world. In the end, he learns how to deal with the symptoms that affect his life. He is able to overcome his worst enemy: himself. "I have learned that everyone struggles and we all have something we fear, but most important is that we don't have to overcome it all alone."


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RECKONING
Poems by Jorge Aguayo
Illustrated by Corie McCarley

"This could be the last day of your life It might be everything you think it is We can never tell what side you'll take It's all coming down to this What you did and everything you took Taken for granted without a second look There will be a Reckoning Where everything will be paid There will come a time …. Where there will be nowhere to hide!"


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UNCLE WISDOM'S INK - VOL. 1
Poems by Ted Peterson

Ted Peterson is a sailor. He is a father and a friend, a husband and a romantic, a guitar player and a songwriter, and so much more. Among those close to him, he even bears the affectionate nickname "Uncle Wisdom."

There is plenty of wisdom in these pages. There is just as much not knowing too, and that’s the part that moves me most. Through his eyes we glimpse the incomprehensible toll of war, from the various calls of duty to the late-night calls from Veterans in trouble. He takes us from wry barstool laughter to fighting back tears, from the immeasurable tragedy of a military family’s loss to the startling beauty of human kindness or God’s creation. He does it all with an unassuming, world-worn voice and the straight-backed discipline of someone who has served—and continues to serve—others.

In this collection of poems, he meets indignities with dignity and discouragement with gentle courage. He reminds us that no person is their label, and no label defines a person.

— Rob Seals — songwriter, producer — Co-Founder & Director, The Songwriting School of Los Angeles

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MESSAGES FROM THE BACKROOM
An Anthology by the Thursday Veterans Writing Group

In the back dining room of a small restaurant in Grand Terrace, California, a group of veterans meets every Thursday and shares what they have written. Sure, there’s a big social element, - and, sure, there’s lunch involved - but there is also a camaraderie that runs deeper than a normal friendship, forged by sharing their thoughts and feelings on life, the military, and everything in between. In this book are some of those writings.
Editor: Jeff McCarley

Authors:
Jesse Alcanta Bruce Mattei
Terry Atkinson John J. McBrearty
Patrick Colpitts Jeff McCarley
J.L. Erwin Ted Peterson
Ernesto Gonzales J.W. Plumle
Ray Gonzales Aaron Smith
Norm Lillibridge Davis Z.




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CHILDREN'S GOLF Vol. 1
Teach the Golf Swing in 4 Easy Steps
(AMAZON BESTSELLER IN "GOLF COACHING")
by John J. McBrearty

How would you like to teach your child to swing a golf club in one hour? Impossible? Not if you follow John J. McBrearty’s 4-step approach to the golf swing.

John has developed the golf swing into the simplest of terms. By way of numerous well photographed pictures, John's techniques can be easily followed in this “how to” guide to CHILDREN’S GOLF. This is an Amazon best-selling book.

Golfweek
“Miraculously, McBrearty built a golf course, range, and practice putting green in Iraq. Call him the Donald Ross of what had been a golfless country.” 
“Soon McBrearty was playing Butch Harmon to these curious junior golfers.”


Golf Digest
“John J. McBrearty was introduced to golf at the Navy GC in Seal Beach, Ca. (the course Tiger Woods and his father Earl Woods often played during Tiger’s formative years) and became immediately hooked.” 

Callaway Magazine
“For a guy who has only been in the sport for a few short years, who would have figured he would have had an impact on the game that spanned tens of thousands of miles, transcended multiple cultures, and even, in some small way, had a positive influence on a war?” 

Stars and Stripes
“Major’s dream: A golf driving range in Iraq.” “It’s called Operation Iraqi Putting Green.”
“Maj. John J. McBrearty, executive officer of an Armor Battalion, Army National Guard, is trying to bring a piece of American life to the wilds of Iraq: a driving range.”


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“I also saw the course as a fulfillment of another, somewhat loftier goal.” “Part of our mission over there was to introduce the Iraqis to a free society, a democratic society, and expose them to our culture,” said McBrearty.

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AMERICAN HISTORY A VETERAN'S PERSPECTIVE
(AMAZON BESTSELLER IN "U.S. HISTORY 19TH CENTURY, TURN OF THE CENTURY")
Essays, Reflections, and Reviews
by John J. McBrearty


Having risen from the rank of Private to Lieutenant Colonel, combat veteran John J. McBrearty shares his unique insight of American History through essays, reflections, and reviews. “Colonel Mack” takes the reader through the significant milestones of American History, starting with a discussion of the initial human migration of the North American continent right up to and through the Global War on Terror. He concludes his personal journey through American History with a speech given in honor of a fallen comrade.

"Lt. Col. John McBrearty, a natural leader, combat Veteran, and family man, shares his unique perspective on history through his essays, reflections, and reviews. His personalized style provides the reader with a kaleidoscope of American history, in which he cleverly weaves his own military story within. This is a must-read for all Veterans and American history buffs alike." - General Gustave Perna

General Gustave "Gus" Perna (U. S. Army, Retired) served on active duty for 39 years; he was the 19th Commanding General of the United States Army Material Command and Co-Leader of Operation Warp Speed.

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AMERICAN HISTORY A VETERAN'S PERSPECTIVE
(AMAZON BESTSELLER IN "IRAQ WAR HISTORY")
COMBAT ESSAYS
by John J. McBrearty


In Volume II, Lt. Colonel John J. McBrearty chronicles his unit's triumphs and failures in the combat zone of Iraq through a selection of essays and letters written home. With his insight, candor, and love for history, "Colonel Mack" provides the reader with a rare inside view of this microcosm of American military history. 

"I want to shed light on military operations in Iraq that are far less known to the general public. These operations include a multitude of civil-military efforts designed to make a difference for that country. While facing hostile enemy engagements, we built schools, hospitals, roadways, water canals, bridges, and even a golf course. These infrastructure improvements elevated the Iraqi citizens' quality of life. This book is a testament to how citizen-soldiers made a difference."
John J. McBrearty

Please watch Lt. Colonel John J. McBrearty's interview by CBS News

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COMBAT JOURNAL
OPERATION IRAQI FREEDOM
PART 1 of 4
(AMAZON BESTSELLER IN "IRAQ WAR HISTORY")
by John J. McBrearty


Written by a retired Lt. Colonel with over 32 years of military experience and recognized for excellence by President Barack Obama.

From the author of COMBAT ESSAYSAMERICAN HISTORY, a Veterans Perspective, and CHILDREN'S GOLF

Have you ever wondered what it is like to fight in a war? This is the book that will put you there. Lt.. Colonel McBrearty explicitly chronicles the day-to-day stress and pressures of a National Guard battalion mobilizing for Operation Iraqi Freedom. “Colonel Mack” will have you laughing on one page and crying three pages later in this uniquely honest representation of what combat is really like. This book will forever change the way you look at our nation’s military.

Folks, this is not your typical blood-and-guts war story. COMBAT JOURNAL is a real story containing real emotions, tragedy, love, despair, hope, faith, and even death. You are about to go on a journey like you have never been before. You will observe Major Darby Hillcrest mobilize, train, and certify his Armor Battalion of citizen soldiers for combat duty in Operation Iraqi Freedom. Never has there been such a detailed account of the day-to-day experiences of a National Guard combat deployment.


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COMBAT JOURNAL
THE BATTLE FOR IRAQ
PART 2 of 4
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by John J. McBrearty


After many months of pre-combat training and certification, we will finally see if the citizen soldiers of California’s Army National Guard are ready for the task at hand: combat operations. This time, it is no drill; it is not training, and the bullets are real. The responsibility of commanding troops in combat weighs heavily upon the shoulders of our main character, the Battalion Executive Officer, Major Darby Hillcrest. See how he holds up in this Part 2 of COMBAT JOURNAL.

From the author of COMBAT ESSAYS and CHILDREN’S GOLF.

LT. Colonel McBrearty is a veteran with over 32 years of military service, a combat tour of duty, and numerous awards.

Here is a taste of COMBAT JOURNAL.

25 May 04
NOTE FROM AUTHOR: Sixty days ago, MAJ Hillcrest lost his mother. Today, he lost his father. This is how our story starts, and it doesn’t get any better for our main character, MAJ Darby Hillcrest.

16 Mar 04
NOTE FROM AUTHOR: I cannot stress enough how vital faith comes into play for Soldiers going off to war, at least for me anyway.

Walking out of the Church, I looked up into a beautifully clear sky through a beautifully blooming tree. I looked up and asked my parents to look down on my soldiers and protect them however they could. It is quite a great way to leave the Church. I believe my parents are looking over my shoulder; I miss them terribly.

This, my friends, is the “calm before the storm”!


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COMBAT JOURNAL
A SOLDIER'S JOURNEY TO HELL
PART 3 of 4
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by John J. McBrearty


The death of the battalion’s first soldier weighs heavily on the unit, and particularly on our main character, Battalion Executive Officer Major Darby Hillcrest. Darby is faced with overwhelming odds stacked against him, not to mention his impossible Commanding Officer. How will this young officer handle this insurmountable pressure while under enemy fire? Find out on the following pages of Major Hillcrest’s intuitive and emotional COMBAT JOURNAL. This book will show you just how truly difficult life can be for our soldiers in combat.
From the author of COMBAT ESSAYS, AMERICAN HISTORY, A Veteran’s Perspective, and CHILDREN’S GOLF.

Colonel McBrearty brilliantly captures the reality of combat in his book, COMBAT JOURNAL. Some college professors didn’t write this held up in the haven of a university campus but rather by a man in a foxhole with a pen and paper in one hand and a gun in the other. Well done, sir!
John R. Cole --- United States Marine Viet Nam Veteran
Author of Giants and Friends—Poetry dedicated to America’s Warriors.


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COMBAT JOURNAL
COMING HOME
PART 4 of 4
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by John J. McBrearty


Major Hillcrest faces the challenges of command as he loses not one but two soldiers Killed in Action (KIA) while commanding the battalion. Tensions are at an all-time high. How will the young Major hold up? Will there be more deaths? What about his “Commander from Hell,” LTC Slacker? Will Slacker finally get relieved of his command? Or will he fall victim to fratricide from his untrusting subordinates? Read on, my friends, and see how this 2-year emotional rollercoaster finally comes to a climactic end.

From the author of COMBAT ESSAYSAMERICAN HISTORY, A Veteran’s Perspective, and CHILDREN’S GOLF.

"Lt. Colonel McBrearty bears his heart and soul on these pages that only a combat veteran can do. This is quite a uniquely honest representation of what combat is really like."
John Cole USMC Vietnam Veteran and author of “Giants and Friends”

"Lt. Col. John J. McBrearty, a natural leader, combat Veteran, and family man, shares his unique perspective on combat."
General Gustave "Gus" Perna (U. S. Army, Retired) Operation Warp Speed.

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“The death of our soldier hit us really hard. It caused all of us to do some reflection and has heightened our sense of awareness of our surroundings.” Major John J. McBrearty, acting commander of the Armor Battalion.


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THIS IS NOT THE END
Short Stories by Suzy Pearce

"The Edge….. The Verge….. The Brink… We cling to the side, desperate not to fall. We are on the verge of a breakdown…. Or a breakthrough…. We are on the brink of madness, walking the tightrope that is our only sanity. There, in the mist before us, is the girl with white eyes, the snake with frog's breath, the magical curse we can only taste but cannot see. And we take in that breath of air that perhaps may be the last our bones ever feel. These are those stories; The ones that ache but make our hearts pound; The ones that remind us that even though it hurts to move, at least we can still move; the ones that remind us that This Is Not the End."


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ROSE
Screenplay by Suzy Pearce
Story by Jeff McCarley

Kate has escaped an abusive marriage and has returned to Redondo Beach where her long time best friends, Lindsay and Frank, welcome her back with open arms. Almost immediately, though, Kate regresses to her old habit by falling fast and hard for Mat, an arcade repairman who works at the pier nearby. But Mat's intense good-looks and timidity are a mask for the dark secret he is hiding at home.


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DESCENDANTS
Screenplay by Bory Thach

The story of Descendants revolves around a group of childhood friends.  Eddie is experiencing strange dreams that are more like nightmares about the war in Southeast Asia where he lived as a refugee.  However, it is unclear whether these dreams are imaginary or memories coming back to haunt him.  When the fighting erupts between Eddie and Simon, alliances are form and Eddie with the help of his roommate, Jason escape back to Cambodia in order to avoid capture by the FBI for a murder.  The clock is ticking and soon Eddie realizes that he has to accept his past in order to defeat Simon and avenge the death of those he loved.  However, will he be ready to face off with his old friend who he respected as a brother?  Love, betrayal, death and a reawakening of one's true self occur over the course of this dark story with familiar and foreign landscapes, an adventure about survival.

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TODAY ON TWO PLANETS
Poetry by Cindy Rinne
ART by Toti O'Brien

Like a scroll unfurling, Today on Two Planets discloses the next chapter of Rinne’s creation myth begun in Today in the Forest—of a new society, where the most diverse individuals find ways to harmonize and join forces, hence accomplishing magic—of a new self, capable of reconciling past damage with hope, fear with daring, helplessness with openness in the only place that allows for those opposites to coexist: the present tense. The divide between past and future, the portal that leads from the realm of necessity to that of possibility, is a soft membrane painted in rich, vibrant tones. 

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LETTERS UNDER ROCK
Poetry by Cindy Rinne & Bory Thach

(published by Elyssar Press)

“Letters Under Rock” Poetry Performance collects from many landscapes and faith traditions: Morocco, Ireland, the Sahara, India, Japan, Cambodia, etc. Animism, Angels, Tibetan Buddhism, Hinduism, Desert Mothers, Saints, etc. There are rituals, ghosts, forest spirits, rebirth, mollusk that tells a story, dragon, heron, swan. This story reaches across time and space told in love letters left under a rock of an orphan Wanderer and a Nomad.

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SILENCE BETWEEN DRUMBEATS
Poetry by Cindy Rinne

Cindy Rinne’s imagistic poems lure you to a liminal space where spirit and flesh are inextricably bound. An infinite blues from song to sky, silence between drumbeats evokes the vision and lyricism of Joy Harjo. Rinne’s work is an ancestral balm, a meditation in loss and reunion, violation and healing, hope and reclamation. In this silence there is wonder, the creation of world, what is and what will be.
— Romaine Washington, author of Sirens in Her Belly

In Cindy Rinne’s silence between drumbeats, figures yearn to follow the swirling music of landscape and myth. As readers we follow farther into experiences that intertwine the sacred and natural. The stretch of time unfurls revealing worlds inside worlds, life inside life. This past and present universe that is at times wild, at times terrible, always compels us, like the mother in “The Blue Deer,” to see it again with new eyes.
— Natalie J. Graham, author of Begin with a Failed Body 

Cindy Rinne’s silence between drumbeats is a meditation on how we enter a landscape. Our seeing is enlarged with the presence of things in their silence—elk, canyons, the valley floor. Here, listening is the odyssey, silence is the resonance, and we exist within the geological moment, "intercepting sound."   
— Cynthia Alessandra Briano 


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MY NAME IS JACKSON
PRISON WITHOUT WALLS
Autobiography by J.L. Erwin

“If you have lived through an abusive childhood or know someone who has, this book is for you.

As a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, I have learned and seen firsthand what an abusive childhood and generational trauma can do to people.


J. L. Ewin’s willingness to be open about the horrors of his childhood is something very few are willing to do. His ability to grow, become successful, and make positive choices makes him the perfect person to look up to.”

-- Fred “Bo” Dunning, M.A, LMFT, USAF Ret., is the author of multiple books on mental health issues.


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STILL
Poetry and Prose by J.L. Erwin

J. L. Erwin is from the Midwest and is the fourth of five children. He witnessed the turbulent times of the sixties and early seventies, both in society and in the family he was born into. This group of poems and prose concern the death of the person who taught him how to love and welcomed him to be himself.


J. L. Erwin writes tender prose and poems about his first love whose life was cut short before the full bloom of their relationship. He relishes her as she brought beauty into his world without judgement. They met several years ago, but Joe still lights up when sharing about her. In this book, his sensitive and beautiful words give breath to death. “The grave will never understand / love doesn’t yield to its defeating.”


-- CINDY RINNE, Author of The Feather Ladder


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THE RIDGEWALKERS
WHEN LEGEND BECOMES AN ENCOUNTER

A Novel by Greg Walter

(published by Open Book Press)

Life-saving Coast Guard missions. Hunting for a century-old treasure. Exploring the Pacific Coastal mountains. The legend of Bigfoot—and an astonishing showdown involving hired hunters, a sinister collector, the U.S. government . . . and a magical, otherworldly twist. High adventure, legend and magical realism sweep together in The Ridgewalkers, the riveting novel of Alex Boldway, and his actions that lead to a climactic showdown rife with danger, rescue, heroism . . . and an enduring environmental message from the beings he protects.


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RIDGEWALKERS IN TWO WORLDS
A Novel by Greg Walter

Life-saving Coast Guard missions. Hunting for a century-old treasure. Exploring the Pacific Coastal mountains. The legend of Bigfoot—and an astonishing showdown involving hired hunters, a sinister collector, the U.S. government... and a magical, otherworldly twist. High adventure, legend and magical realism sweep together in The Ridgewalkers, the riveting novel of Alex Boldway, and his actions that lead to a climactic showdown rife with danger, rescue, heroism... and an enduring environmental message from the beings he protects.


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OBJECTS OF AFFECTION
Short Stories by M. Bernard Edmonds

Four short stories that will touch your emotions, intrigue your imagination and inspire you to embrace your loved ones.



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VIOLET WINTER
The Winter Series Vol. 1
Novella by Zoe Phiko

New Orleans private investigator Armand Malbeau uncovers the secret life of straight-A high school student Violet Winter, who drowned herself in the Mississippi River. Her grieving parents want answers, but Malbeau's only clues come from anonymous letters containing excerpts of Violet's diary. Violet's voice makes her come alive – and the more Malbeau gets to know her and her teenage friends, the more he unearths the abyss of fragile friendships, abuse, and betrayal. He becomes a life-affirming crusader who tries to teach the values of trust, forgiveness, and family to the friends Violet left behind. VIOLET WINTER is teenage author Zoe Phiko's first installment to her "WINTER SERIES."


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ABIGAIL WINTER
The Winter Series Vol. 2
Novella by Zoe Phiko

Nineteen-year-old Abigail Winter, has been labeled "disturbed" since childhood. Finally, she decides that she has the right to lead a normal life, and will stop at nothing to achieve this dream. But when Abigail kidnaps the young nephew of New Orleans Private investigator Armand Malbeau, she has gone too far. In this continuation of the "Violet Winter" series, we not only discover who among Violet's friends betrayed her, but dip deep into the dark mind of the person who Violet trusted most during her last days: Abigail Winter. With Armand closing in, will Abigail abandon her dream, or make a last stand?  ABIGAIL WINTER is teenage author Zoe Phiko's second installment to her "WINTER SERIES."

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feminine
Poetry by Zoe Phiko

"feminine" is a collection of poetry that tells the story of a young woman who leaves her childhood home for college. She enjoys the newfound freedom of living on her own. However, after a romantic relationship turned abusive, she must find a way to regain her strength and learn to love herself for who she is.


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INNERMOST
Poetry by Zoe Phiko

INNERMOST is a young woman's poetic journey of self-discovery. She navigates the challenges of love, heartbreak, and loss, to find her identity and become a stronger person every step of the way.


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THE CENTER
A Novel by Zoe Phiko

A young woman fights to escape the violent vortex of a futuristic war. As the Center cannot hold, and hope sets on the horizon, she must chart her own path out of darkness. She must find her Center.


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THE BEFORE AND AFTER
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Poetry
by Sean R. Forster

Fellow Marine, Sean R. Forster, put his thoughts down on paper and adjusted them to create poetry. I can identify a great deal with Sean's poems. I can imagine any veteran could, from the times spent reminiscing about life in the Marine Corps, to the cold truth of how strenuous life after the Marines can be. Sean paints portraits with his words, and to some they might seem frightening; however, even though times can get tough, Sean is going to come out on top no matter what is thrown his way. I am proud my fellow Marine produced this book of poetry because God knows it isn't easy to look back at the horror and beauty of life in the Marines, especially during times of war.

Will Torres, author of the Amazon Screenplay Bestseller "Freelance - A POG Story"


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WELCOME TO MY WORLD - A MARINE'S POEMS
(AMAZON BESTSELLER IN "POETRY OF GRIEF AND LOSS")
Poetry
by Sean R. Forster

Though the war in our minds will never end, we as brothers and sisters need to help one another to keep fighting that war.

 


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MY WAY OR THE HIGHWAY
7 KEYS TO A SUCCESSFUL PTSD RELATIONSHIP
A Self-Help Book for Veterans
by Fred "Bo" Dunning
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Kathleen "Dr. Kat" Dinning, PSY.D

This book answers PTSD sufferers who yearn to be understood by their partners and for the partners who don’t know what they don’t know. The work we’ve engaged in with individuals with PTSD, couples, and spouses has allowed us the opportunity to witness the 7 keys that are essential to a successful PTSD Relationship. PTSD relationships are complex. This book is a tool to start on the path to a successful PTSD relationship. The Keys may appear simple though putting them into practice can be a challenge without guidance. If you feel you’ve needed support to navigate your PTSD relationship, this book is for you. This book is not intended to be therapy but a roadmap to a successful PTSD relationship.

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LIVING THE DREAM
NIGHTMARES OF MILITARY REINTEGRATION
A Self-Help Book for Veterans
by Fred "Bo" Dunning

When military veterans separate from the military, they face struggles that are hard to understand. Finding their place and a purpose is not as easy as it sounds. The military tells us when we separate there will be people waiting in line to hire us because of our dedication, punctuality, loyalty, work ethic, and the desire to get the job done. That is true for some, but others struggle to find a job or just fit in. Living the Dream is a collection of real stories I have heard in the therapy room, from friends, and acquaintances, trying to become a civilian again. Living the Dream is intended to let military veterans know they are not alone and help civilians understand the culture shock our veterans face once they leave Active Duty. It is my hope this book will encourage society to help veterans find their place and a purpose. 

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LIVING THE DREAM II
NIGHTMARES OF NAVIGATING THE VA SYSTEM
A Self-Help Book for Veteransby Fred "Bo" Dunning

One of the biggest frustrations veterans face is working through the Veterans Administration (VA) bureaucracy. Some veterans love the VA while others hate it. A veteran's love or hate of the VA depends on their past experiences and the experiences expressed by others. Veterans struggle with health issues caused by the beatings their bodies and minds take while in the military. Struggling with the VA bureaucracy can be daunting because of the system Congress has set up. Some veterans give up on the VA because it is hard to navigate and frustrating. This book was written to help veterans and their families understand the VA system. Managing expectations is key to surviving the VA bureaucracy. The stories in the book are some of the problems I have heard and seen from my experiences, clients, and friends. The VA is constantly changing the rules, staying updated with the rules is a challenge and necessary for getting what you need and have earned. It is my hope these stories will shed light on the VA bureaucracy to assist veterans in receiving the services they have earned.


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51 STUPID QUESTIONS PEOPLE ASK VETERANS
A Book for Civilians by Fred "Bo" Dunning

51 Stupid questions is a look at how naïve and curious civilians can be about veterans. Most of the time, civilians’ questions or comments are not meant to do harm. They are just curious about veterans and their time in the military. That curiosity can be harmful to the veteran, depending on their situation and mental state. As a therapist, I deal with those veterans who get triggered by being questioned. Veterans are a closed group in most cases and trust very few. They are more open with other veterans because they do not feel judged. Veterans believe, right or wrong, that civilians judge them and their actions. They often feel that way because civilians have been known to ask stupid questions without understanding the ramifications of those questions. I wrote this book to help civilians know that they can help veterans by embracing their sacrifices by not questioning them for their curiosity. Civilians can earn the trust of a veteran by respecting their service and not asking stupid questions. If you get to know a veteran and earn their trust, you will hear some stories about their military service. But remember, some questions are never OK to ask. Most of them are in this book.


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MARRIED TO PTSD
STORIES FROM THE TRENCHES
A Book for Spouses of Veteransby Fred "Bo" Dunning

Have you ever wondered why your spouse is acting the way they are? Why do they refuse to get help for their PTSD? Why is it taking so long to get past their PTSD? And why will they not just get over it and move on?

All these questions are standard and discussed in this book. Married to PTSD, stories from the trenches is a book where accounts have been put together to help family members answer some of these questions.

Bo has researched and worked with hundreds of veterans and their family members over the years surrounding PTSD and TBI. He understands that the spouses and family members need to know what they are seeing in their loved one with PTSD and TBI, and how to react. The short stories in this book will help you know that you are not alone and give you some answers to your questions surrounding your loved one's PTSD and TBI.


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MARRIED TO PTSD
MORE STORIES FROM THE TRENCHES
A Book for Spouses of Veterans by Fred "Bo" Dunning

People believe that PTSD is a military thing; it's not; it is a normal human reaction to a horrific event that includes civilians. The stories in this book are from military families. Still, they cross the line into the civilian community because PTSD does not discriminate.

Most PTSD in the world comes from the civilian sector of society. Since so much PTSD research is done by the Veterans Administration, so many believe that most PTSD comes from combat. As a therapist specializing in PTSD, I am here to tell you it is not. So many folks think of military members as heroes. They are not heroes. The heroes are the spouses, children, and family members who keep things together while their loved one is gone or struggling with PTSD symptoms. Those who live with PTSD symptoms cannot make it without their loved ones being there for them.

These stories were written to help everyone understand that they are not alone. If you are Married to PTSD, I hope you can recognize yourself in these stories. I hope they will help you understand that being married to PTSD is not easy but possible.


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51 ISSUES VETERANS FACE AS CIVILIANS

A Book for Veterans and Their Families by Fred "Bo" Dunning

Getting out of the military can be one of the most challenging and stressful things a veteran does. Society is different from what veterans imagine when they separate. Most veterans I see as a therapist struggle because of unrealistic expectations of civilian society. Veterans feel they deserve respect and to be treated in high regard because they were told they would when preparing to get out. Veterans are indeed treated differently, contrary to how they expect. 51 Issues Veterans Face gives examples of how our expectations of society differ from what we truly face when we get out.

 


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LAYERS & WAVES
HEALING TRANSMISSIONS
by Sheri Kelsey

True to the expression, healing comes in waves, Layers and Waves, is a collection of prose, poems and artistic writing along a healing journey. This compact, but powerful collection takes you on a journey through ten waves (chapters) focused on layers of emotions and experiences surrounding disappointment, heartbreak, resilience, awareness, self-love, self-abandonment, shame, co-dependency, surrender, and freedom. Layers and Waves evokes raw emotions, awakens inner-truths, and inspires you to spend time with your own heart.

This book is for anyone interested in therapy, doing ‘the work’ and seeking personal or spiritual growth. Those who have recovered from toxic relationships, core family wounds and attachment issues, looking to increase self-love, self-care, and self-compassion, will especially relate to the transformative path the author takes us on.

Dive into the healing waters of Layers and Waves and discover the incredible power of self-discovery, personal growth, and emotional healing that awaits you within its pages.

 


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IDENTITY, INTIMACY, AND DEMONSTATION
THE CALLING

A SELF-HELP BOOK FOR CHRISTIANS by Michael Padgett

For the Christian, trying to find one's way can be a daunting task at times. Trying to figure out what the Lord would have you to do. Figuring out how one figures into God's plan personally and corporately. And finally, trying to learn to hear the voice of God. I too have struggled with the same questions as a new believer, and still do on occasion. Contained within these pages are what I think are some helpful tips, insights, and anecdotes to help you move into that calling on your life, and to honor God and His people in the process while progressing toward your destiny.

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FROM THE PROJECTS TO THE PULPIT
An Autobiography by Michael Padgett

My upbringing helped forged the man that I am today, but there are many with the same story that did not make it through the struggle. Growing up poor is not something that I or most people would have chosen, but the fact is, one can no more choose their starting position in life than they can the parents to which they would be born to. That is where this book begins, but its ending is still being written, and it speaks of the grace and mercy of God even when it looks like the outlook seems grim at best.

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THE PRISON WITHIN
A Mental Health Guide for Christians by Michael Padgett

We all struggle with getting in our own way mentally. We doubt our self-worth by telling ourselves that we are flawed, not important, don’t have anything to offer, and are unloved. It is these issues that are at the forefront of those seeking to self-harm or worse. Additionally, we struggle with guilt, shame, resentment, and unforgiveness, all of which are major roadblocks to discovering and living out who you were created to be.

These are issues that I too struggle with, pose in this book with the hope of offering alternatives and tools to combat those thoughts that so often ensnare us. We were designed for so much more than we all ever realize, me included, and more times than not it is by simply not getting out of our own way, intellectually speaking.

 


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NEO ORIGAMI
An Art Book by Lawrence Beall

For over 1000 years people have practiced origami—the Japanese art of paper folding—and relatively little has changed. In Lawrence Beall's thought provoking visual and verbal sketchbook, he shares an unfiltered perspective on his journey as an origami artist. Shortly after becoming a master of origami, he worked to understand why museums refused to include origami in their collections. Ultimately, he deemed origami's countless rules and strict standards of homogeneity as barriers to innovative artistic expression. "The systematic taboos present in the art form's heritage have prevented the origami from reaching 'museum-quality' work." In December 2016, Beall broke away from the international origami community to create his own new style of folded art: Neo Origami. His new style has only one common theme: "There are no rules." Beall pushes the boundaries of what is imaginable from the ancient art form. "Origami ought to be stripped to only its purest essence—the fundamental beauty inherent to the folded form."


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UNREASONABLE
A Self-Help Book by Robb Braun

We're dying. And it's not the risky stuff that's killing us. Fear, complacency, comfort, mediocrity, compulsions, predictability, numbing ourselves, worrying about what others will think and playing it safe is killing our human spirit. UNREASONABLE was written to shake you up and bring you alive to the possibility of your life. In order for you to be fully alive, you're going to need to risk and launch yourself into the unknown – not to your death, but rather to your life. The beauty is you won't have to travel this one alone. Author, Robb Braun, is committed to bringing you to the edge of your life, to be there by your side as long as it takes, to hold your hand until you know it's time to let go and lean into the unknown. And then he'll be there to celebrate you when you take flight. Robb knows too well the emptiness of a life unlived. He experienced his own spiritual death when the death of those around him helped bring him back to life. He's lived an extraordinary life and traveled his own daring path that he'll reveal to you in UNREASONABLE.

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JOHN HUFF'S TRUTH AND POVERTY
A Lifetime of Temporary Disillusionment
Autobiography
by John Huff

John Huff's autobiography is a behind-the-scenes look into the soul of a Hollywood trench worker. An assembly-line writer who has been an active member of the Writers Guild of America, West for almost forty-five years. His is a story of absurdity, sex and theology as well as pathos, bathos and barroom humour.

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dADDY'S BOY
A Crime Novel by John Huff

Walter Hudley, an LAPD homicide detective prematurely retired, is called on to catch a serial killer who has swept through his community like a grisly death angel in the night. The killer is nicknamed "Goody Boy" by the media. He leaves no traces and no clues as to how his victims are selected.

For Walter Hudley the case starts as a mere abstraction. No more than a point of pride, an excuse to slip back into the harness over a violation of "turf." But the ghoulish puzzle takes the anti-social reclusive detective on a journey he never expected. It shatters his life, forcing him to face the hole in his soul.

"dADDY'S BOY" is a commentary on the reality and mythos of the criminal justice system. Its hero is not a super-sleuth but an ordinary "grunt" working without the backup of a deep pockets bureaucracy. He lives - or dies - by his wits.




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