Luz and the Alchemist’s Folly

 

Children’s Adventure
Date Published: 1/3/2020


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 Luz, a Peruvian girl, is enjoying her life in Lima with her father. But what she does not know is that something is about to go very, very wrong, because she lives in a future that has been strangely altered by the magic of an overzealous alchemist from the past. Soon her world will collide with other times and places, putting Luz in terrible danger and linking her fate to a motley assortment of characters.
Will they find their way through unimaginable danger, together? Or will the challenges of this strange new world prevail and take them out, one by one?
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Even as she cowered, she felt the apartment building give a great shudder as the water, now carrying the detritus of all that it had already broken, struck it broadside. There was a screeching sound, as though the building was tearing in two. Then her apartment simply disintegrated around her and she was swept up in the great current, adding her screams to the cacophony of everything else.


About the Author

Columbkill Noonan is the author of the best-selling Barnabas Tew series of mythological mysteries, as well as a number of fantastical short stories. When she’s not writing, she’s busy teaching aerial yoga or having adventures with her elderly rescue horse, Mittens.

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Why Your Marketing Is Killing Your Business

 

Business / Marketing
Date Published: January 3, 2020
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Do you funnel time, resources, and a significant portion of your budget into every marketing platform you can think of, only to see few results? If so, you’re not alone. This common problem is not only frustrating but the complete opposite of business growth. Marketing that doesn’t convert eats away at revenue, leaving your business stagnant. Let it go on for too long, and you’ll quickly find that marketing has killed your business.
Fortunately, there is a way to turn this problem around and get production back on a growth track. Customers who want what your business offers are out there. To find them, you need the right tools and an understanding of how to leverage them. In Why Your Marketing is Killing Your Business and What to Do About It, expert marketing strategist Minal Sampat shares exactly that, illustrating with real-life examples from over ten years of experience working with businesses in multiple industries.
In this easy-to-read, conversational guide, Minal untangles some of the mysteries of the market, including social media platforms, and shares how a few of her clients have achieved real results such as:
  • reducing their marketing budget by $20,000
  • nearly doubling their customer base
  • gaining thousands of online followers and reviews
  • increasing production by 20% even while experiencing a drop in new customers
  • making social media presence the top source of business referrals
  • Why Your Marketing is Killing Your Business and What to Do About It also includes strategies based on nationwide workshops Minal leads with businesses of all sizes and locations. Just like workshop attendees, business owners can complete these activities and walk away with detailed, custom marketing plans ready for execution.
Your business is more than just your livelihood: it is your passion, your inspiration, and your contribution to the community around you. Your customers recognize this, but only if you are visible and authentic. If you’re ready to start connecting with your ideal customers to launch your business growth pattern, Why Your Marketing is Killing Your Business and What to Do About It has everything you need to begin the journey.
About the Author

Minal Sampat is a speaker, marketing strategist, and health care professional who launched her first marketing company by breaking a Guinness World Record. She has over a decade of experience helping business owners find success through connection and engagement strategies. A proud member of the National Speaker Association and a world traveler, she lives in Washington State with her husband and an extensive shoe collection. Why Your Marketing is Killing Your Business is her first book. To learn more or get in touch, visit minalsampat.com.
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Cubbyhole Kid

 

Teen / YA Biography, Memoirs
Date Published: November 2019
Publisher: Page Publishing
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Cubbyhole Kid is a heartrending true story of dysfunction and abuse in a California family in mid-1960s.
It tells the harrowing survival story of a young four-year-old boy as he recounts his days being raised in a strict Irish Catholic family while expressing his gratitude and love for two incredible women that saved his life—his protective fourteen-year-old sister, his godmother, and his beautiful, religious mother. Together, along with his other siblings, his brothers, they painfully navigated their abusive, alcoholic, ex-military father through the mid-1960s, Los Angeles. While dealing with a severe childhood anxiety, suicidal depression, physical and learning disabilities at such a young age, the boy traveled inside the cubbyhole, a small, two-by-four middle section of the family station wagon, unexpectedly experiencing his World War II veteran father’s life-threatening road rage.
With the fear of death always looming, the boy witnessed his father’s all too familiar, unpredictable violence, explosive temperament, and heavy drinking during our country’s escalating involvement in the Vietnam War, the hippie cultural movement, riots in the streets, and arguably the heyday of rock-and-roll music.
The story describes the boy’s fond memories and relationship with his older sister, who bravely kept him shielded from their father’s harsh punishments and became like a second mother to him. While he experienced the beauty of life outside the home during his sister’s “coming-of-age” teenage years, along with her friends who were part of the youth cultural shift that seemingly took place overnight. The nightly demonstration of violence and abuse, coupled with his father’s unwillingness to accept the generational changes taking place with society’s youth, and his mother’s unexpected illness, would seem too much and test the young boy’s faith.

 

About the Author

C. E. Joseph is a first-time author who grew up in Los Angeles and is currently married and resides in Louisiana.

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A Drummer in Red

 

YA Historical Fiction
Published Date: 1-8-20
Publisher: INtense Publications LLC
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Lewis Elliot and his mother, Stella, are forced to flee their Baltimore home for the modest farm of their cousins in Gloucester County, Virginia. They arrive just as the feared Lord Cornwallis and the hated Colonel Banastre Carleton take up residence in Gloucester Point and across the York River in Yorktown. The war heats up as Cornwallis fortifies Yorktown and Carleton begins foraging raids in Gloucester County.
Then, while Lewis and his cousins, Lloyd and Tetty, are off to Gloucester Courthouse to try to sell enough tobacco to provide for the family, Carleton raids the farm and Stella receives a life-threatening injury.
Through battle, betrayal, unexpected alliances, and, apparently, the Hand ofGod, Lewis and his cousins and friends take a role in the events leading to Cornwallis’s surrender on October 19, 1781, after the last major battle of the Revolutionary War.
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Growing up in Boston, and living in four countries in Europe over 25 years, gave Dr. Saunders a desire to know and share the history that’s shaped the world we live in today.

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Outrunning the Devil

 

Thriller/Romantic Suspense
Date Published:  August 27, 2019
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 Laura’s life is shattered overnight when her family is targeted by a new right wing hate group being investigated by her brother, Shane. Shane is a young, hard driven FBI agent who sees everything in black and white. Caught up in an unimaginable nightmare, Laura has to run for her life and find the inner drive and strength to endure it.
Shane helps her change her identity and hides her in a place totally foreign to her, under the protection of a quiet fisherman named Nick Kasonovic. But he’s a complete stranger to her—with demons of his own. There’s a powerful magnetism drawing Laura and Nick together from their first meeting, but will she be safe with him? Shane and his team of agents are in a race against time to stop the violent hate group before they find his sister.
About the Author

 

S. K. Brown was born in Provo, Utah in 1963 while her parents were attending college at Brigham Young University. Her family lived in several places when she was a child: Washington State, Nebraska, and Los Angeles, California. Her father was the Chairman of the Art Department at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles. They moved to Tacoma, Washington when she was fourteen after her father decided to give up teaching to pursue his art full time. She is the eldest of five children.
She also attended Brigham Young University and earned a bachelor of science degree. She met her husband, Marc Brown, of over thirty years there. They live in Washington State near the base of beautiful Mount Rainier, near the Puget Sound. They have four grown children and a growing number of sweet grandchildren whom they adore.
S. K. Brown has wanted to be a writer since she was nine years old, but she also enjoys a number of other interests. She loves everything to do with the outdoors, especially in the stunning Pacific Northwest. She loves camping (yes, tent camping), hiking, kayaking, and occasional bike rides. She loves gardening, sewing, knitting, and, of course, reading. She also has a passion for genealogy because she grew up in a family of storytellers, stretching back for several generations.
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Humor that Works

 

 
The Missing Skill for Success and Happiness at Work
Self-Help, Personal Development
Published: April 2019
Publisher: Page Two
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If you want to increase team productivity, relieve stress, and be happier at work, you could hire a bunch of workplace consultants, invest in scream therapy, and put Pharrell Williams on repeat—or you could just read Humor That Works.
Written by Andrew Tarvin, the world’s first Humor Engineer, this a business book on humor. No, that’s not an oxymoron. It really is a business book and it really is about getting better results by having more fun. Because people who use humor in the workplace are more productive, less stressed, and happier. No joke; sources included.
The goal is not to make you funnier—though that may be a side effect—but to make you effective-er. You’ll learn to develop a personal humor habit that’s not about spitting wisecracks or telling the funniest stories, but a way of seeing work in an energizing new way. You’ll build on some of the most important business skills for today’s work environment, develop techniques for leveraging humor, and take action to improve your work immediately. And you’ll have fun doing it.
There will be stories about grandmas who text, multiple mentions of milkshakes, and exactly seven references to zombies. Oh, and there will be puns. (You’ve been warned.) Looking for success and happiness at work? Discover the missing skill of Humor That Works.
About the Author

Andrew Tarvin is the world’s first humor engineer, teaching people how to get better results while having more fun. Combining his background as a project manager at Procter & Gamble with his experience as a stand-up comedian, he reverse-engineers the skill of humor in a way that is practical, actionable, and gets results in the workplace. Through his company, Humor That Works, Andrew has worked with more than 35,000 people at over 250 organizations, including Microsoft, the FBI, and the International Association of Canine Professionals. He is a bestselling author; has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, and FastCompany; and his TEDx talk has been viewed more than three million times. He loves the color orange and is obsessed with chocolate.

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Wild Hare

 

Dystopia
Published: June 2019
Publisher: Who Chains You Books
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Listed by Kirkus Review as one of the one hundred best indy books of 2019. A magical realism/dystopian story set in the near future against a background of climate change. Bobby Fallon is half human, half forest spirit of the wild hare clan—a trickster—and he’s pissed off. His best friend Arne is in jail, and he has to somehow find the money for bail. Bobby doesn’t realize that his efforts at fundraising, legal and illegal, would set off a cascade of events that would put his life at risk.
“A wrenching, complex novel that any fantasy fan would do well to pick up.” – Kirkus Review
 
 
“When you fight a violent and mean enemy, it’s difficult not to become violent and mean yourself,” an old friend advised Bobby Fallon.
Bobby is a trickster—half human, half nature spirit of the wild hare clan. He is also the guardian of a remnant of old growth forest near a small town in northern Wisconsin. He lives a marginal existence as a card shark, shoplifter, and small time criminal while participating in the secret culture of the forest spirits. His small town life is thrown into danger when his efforts to get his friend Arne out of jail spiral out of control. Set in the near future against a background of climate change, Wild Hare is a dystopian/magical realism novel with undertones of political commentary.
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Laura Koerber is an author and artist. She lives on an island in Puget Sound with her husband, cat, and dogs. When not writing or drawing, she volunteers at a cat rescue, goes sailing, and enjoys her flower garden. She received her MA from the University of Washington and her BA from the University of Iowa. She her first book, The Dog Thief was listed by Kirkus Review their 100 Best Indy Books list. Her magical realism novel, The Eclipse Dancer, won an Honorable Mention from Readers’ Views.
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