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All the Light Inside of You | Written by Keryl J. Oliver
The true story of one woman's quest to understand the unseen presence felt since childhood. Have you ever wondered, what is this extra energy that surrounds us? From where does that wise inner voice come and why is there such love when it presses on a heart? With extraordinary circumstances that read more like a fiction novel, the author takes readers on a journey filled with curiosity, challenges, deception, and unimaginable beauty—all leading to one powerful truth. AUTHOR: Keryl J. Oliver
In Memory of Self and Comrades | Edited by Michael K. Shaffer
Thomas W. Colley served in one of the most active and famous units in the Civil War, the 1st Virginia Cavalry, which fought in battles in the Eastern Theater, from First Manassas/Bull Run to the defense of Petersburg.
Colley was born November 11,1837, outside Abingdon, Virginia, and grew up knowing the daily demands of life on a farm. In May 1861, along with the other members of the Washington Mounted Rifles, he left his home in Washington County and reported to camp in Richmond. During the war, Colley received wounds on three different occasions: first at Waterloo Bridge in 1862, again at Kelly’s Ford in 1863, and finally at Haw’s Shop in 1864. The engagement at Haw’s Shop resulted in the amputation of his left foot, thereby ending his wartime service.
The first modern scholarly edition of Colley’s writings, “In Memory of Self and Comrades” dramatizes Colley’s fate as a wounded soldier mustered out before the war’s conclusion. Colley’s postwar reflections on the war reveal his struggle to earn a living and maintain his integrity while remaining somewhat unreconciled to his condition. He found much of his solace through writing and sought to advance his education after the war. As one of an estimated 20,000 soldiers who underwent amputation during the Civil War, his memoirs reveal the challenges of living with what many might recognize today as post-traumatic stress disorder.
Annotations from editor Michael K. Shaffer provide further context to Colley’s colorful and insightful writings on both his own condition and the condition of other veterans also dealing with amputations.
Into the Pond | Written by Marsha Cornelius
Our Curious World of Mirror Images | Written by Titus Joseph
First, the author reflects on the abundance of symmetry everywhere and its importance to the laws of science. We are then briefly reminded of some of the earliest thoughts on the nature of reality by ancient philosophers before even Socrates. We then look at space & time, & relativity, and gain a quick overview of the Cosmos as a whole. We briefly discuss the strange features of quantum theory, then use these very important understandings of the true workings of reality to construct a new model that incorporates all of these amazing features and serves as a new lens on reality. A lens that obliterates polarity, separation, the dualism that plagues us with so many social ills and skews our perceptions.
With this model you will be able to conceive of how planet bodies form, how 'trees', 'fruits', vegetables, and living beings exists. Added benefits include a sense of well-being as your understanding is affirmed because you will see it everywhere. Another beautiful thing about this paradigm is that despite the strong scientific foundation and naturalisitic argument, it invokes deity implicitly. Introducing a new universal theory confirmed by the laws of science and ancient philosophical paradigms that invokes a spiritual impulse naturally.
Switch and Bait | Written by Ricki Schultz
We switch. I bait. Let me help you snag a date.
All through college, Blanche Carter was known as the love doctor in her sorority. Now she's parlayed her talent into a unique consulting business: she runs the online dating profiles of Washington D.C.'s most eligible women.
Armed with a battalion of rules, Blanche expertly helps her clients optimize their profiles and ace that first date. Although she'll happily message handsome strangers (and fend off dick pics) for other ladies, Blanche's most important rule is the one she has for herself: no relationships. She's seen too much heartbreak to believe in real love anymore.
When a former fling pops up among the matches for one of her favorite clients, Blanche gamely messages him on her behalf. Blanche is definitely over him, and this is how she'll prove it. But if she doesn't watch out, she might end up not only screwing over a client – and possibly tanking her entire business – but breaking her rule about love as well...
Do It NOW! A 7-Step Plan to Fix Bad Habits | Written by Dr. T.M. Wallace
What have you been putting off that your heart knows you MUST do? Success is your birthright. However, it starts in your mind. In Do It NOW! Dr. Wallace teaches evidence-based psychological strategies and spiritual principles to go from start to finish to accomplish any goal. Overcome mental blocks like procrastination, rumination, perfectionism, and negative thought patterns and finally learn how to DO IT NOW! If you are ready to shift to the next level of success, Dr. Wallace shares these simple, yet effective brain-retraining techniques that work for those who are willing to start, commit, practice, and wait with hope for their dreams to manifest into reality.
Read Do It NOW! if you're ready to:
* Create success in life, work, and business using powerful mind restructuring techniques
* Clarify your intentions to maximize your chances of attaining your goals
* Release limiting and negative beliefs that keep you from success
* Get a grip on challenging thoughts and emotions that block your progress
* Manifest your secret dreams into reality using the power of the superconscious mind
Running with Lions | Written by Julian Winters
Bloomington High School Lions' star goalie, Sebastian Hughes, should be excited about his senior year: His teammates are amazing and he's got a coach who doesn't ask anyone to hide their sexuality. But when his estranged childhood best friend Emir Shah shows up to summer training camp, Sebastian realizes the team's success may end up in the hands of the one guy who hates him. Determined to reconnect with Emir for the sake of the Lions, he sets out to regain Emir's trust. But to Sebastian's surprise, sweaty days on the pitch, wandering the town's streets, and bonding on the weekends sparks more than just friendship between them.
Shadow of the Lions | Written by Christopher Swann
(Price reflects paperback, available for sale July 31, 2018.)
How long must we pay for the crimes of our youth? That is just one question Christopher Swann explores in this compulsively readable debut, a literary thriller set in the elite—and sometimes dark—environs of Blackburne, a prep school in Virginia. When Matthias Glass’s best friend, Fritz, vanishes without a trace in the middle of an argument during their senior year, Matthias tries to move on with his life, only to realize that until he discovers what happened to his missing friend, he will be stuck in the past: guilty, responsible, alone.
Almost ten years after Fritz’s disappearance, Matthias gets his chance. Offered a job teaching English at Blackburne, he gets swiftly drawn into the mystery. In the shadowy woods of his alma mater, he stumbles into a web of surveillance, dangerous lies, and buried secrets—and discovers the troubled underbelly of a school where the future had once always seemed bright.
A sharp tale full of false leads and surprise turns, Shadow of the Lions is also wise and moving. Christopher Swann has given us a gripping debut about friendship, redemption, and what it means to lay the past to rest.
The Trigger Effect | Written by Jeremy Logan with Brenda Sevcik
Two seventeen year-olds, honor students found murdered behind the supermarket, execution style - drugs were no involved. Their parents were affluent. Sarah and Blair were in love, headed for college. Lieutenant Reed Pascoe and Detective Denise Smith are tasked with finding the killer.
Their investigation leads them to many dead ends, they both become targets of the killer. He kills other random victims with the same pistol intent to throw them off.
The detectives arrest him, but that when it gets weird. Although they find evidence that proves he's the perpetrator, the court intervenes. It's discovered that their suspect is not who or what they think. They truth solves little, leaving all the affected parties, the victims families, the detectives and the city with more questions than answers.
Where's Wilson? | Written by Kelly Young-Silverman
It’s time to go to sleep. But one of the counting sheep from the Sweet Dream Team has gone missing. With bedtime soon approaching, and the town in a fuss, they need to find Wilson. They have to! They must!
Where’s Wilson? is a whimsical, illustrated story about Wilson, an important member of the Sweet Dream Team, who wanders away from the team. With bedtime rapidly approaching, the whole community bands together to find Wilson. After all, how can anyone manage to fall asleep if there aren’t enough sheep to count?
Children will love the sing-song verses and discovering new objects and characters in the multi-layered pictures.
Where’s Wilson is the second in a series of Evie & Knox night time story books.
Lady Be Good | Written by Amber Brock
Set in the 1950s, Lady Be Good marks Amber Brock’s mesmerizing return, sweeping readers into the world of the mischievous, status-obsessed daughter of a hotel magnate and the electric nightlife of three iconic cities: New York, Miami, and Havana. Kitty Tessler is the winsome and clever only child of self-made hotel and nightclub tycoon Nicolas Tessler. Kitty may not have the same pedigree as the tennis club set she admires, but she still sees herself as every inch the socialite–spending her days perfecting her “look” and her nights charming all the blue-blooded boys who frequent her father’s clubs. It seems like the fun will never end until Kitty’s father issues a terrible ultimatum: she may no longer date the idle rich. Instead, Kitty must marry Andre, her father’s second-in-command, and take her place as the First Lady of his hotel empire. Kitty is forced to come up with a wily and elaborate plan to protect her own lofty ideas for the future, as well as to save her best friend, Henrietta Bancroft, from a doomed engagement; Kitty will steal Henrietta’s fiancé, a fabulously wealthy but terribly unkind man from a powerful family–thereby delivering the one-two punch of securing her now-fragile place on the social ladder and keeping her friend from a miserable marriage. Then Kitty meets Max, a member of a band visiting New York from her father’s Miami club, and her plans take a turn. Smitten, but still eager to convince her father of her commitment to Andre, Kitty and Hen follow Max, Andre, and the rest of the band back down to Miami–and later to Cuba. As Kitty spends more time with Max, she begins waking up to the beauty–and the injustice–of the world beyond her small, privileged corner of Manhattan. And when her well-intended yet manipulative efforts backfire, Kitty is forced to reconsider her choices and her future before she loses everyone she loves.
The Hidden Light of Northern Fires | Written by Daren Wang
Rooted in the history of the only secessionist town north of the Mason Dixon Line, Daren Wang's The Hidden Light of Northern Fires tells a story of redemption amidst a war that tore families and the country apart.
Mary Willis has always been an outcast, an abolitionist in a town of bounty hunters and anti-Union farmers. After college, she dreams of exploring the country, but is obligated to take over the household duties and management of her family’s farm, while her brother Leander avoids his own responsibilities. Helping runaways is the only thing that makes her life in Town Line bearable.
When escaped slave Joe Bell collapses in her father’s barn, Mary is determined to help him cross to freedom in nearby Canada. But the wounded fugitive is haunted by his vengeful owner, who relentlessly hunts him up and down the country, and his sister, still trapped as a slave in the South.
As the countryside is riled by the drumbeat of civil war, rebels and soldiers from both sides bring intrigue and violence of the brutal war to the town and the farm, and threaten to destroy all that Mary loves.
The Battles and Campaigns of Confederate General Nathan Bedford Forrest | Written by John Scales
The Tennessean was one of the most intriguing and controversial characters to emerge during the Civil War. Books and articles on the man span the gamut from hero worship because of his remarkable battlefield victories, to condemnation for his involvement with the slaughter at Fort Pillow and later, his association with the Ku Klux Klan. Retired Special Forces brigadier general John R. Scales plows entirely new ground with The Battles and Campaigns of General Nathan Bedford Forrest, 1861–1865, a careful and unique examination of Forrest’s wartime activities and how his actions affected the war in the Western Theater.
Each chapter covers specific raids or campaigns, all arranged chronologically. After describing the environment within which Forrest operated, which helps readers understand the larger situation within which his movements were made and his battles were fought, Gen. Scales narrates the decisions Forrest and his opponents made and the actions they took. Firsthand sources, including heavy use of documents and reports from the Official Records, coupled with 109 original maps, make it easy to understand the often complex background, movements, and engagements involving Forrest and his command.
Scales’ study is also a meticulous guide to Forrest’s campaigns. For example, each action is augmented with detailed driving directions to allow readers to examine his battlefields and the routes his cavalry took during its famous raids. For the first time, students of Forrest’s campaigns can follow in his footsteps, experiencing the terrain much the same way he did. A detailed review and assessment of each raid or campaign follows the description of the actions and the associated driving instructions. Throughout, General Scales relies upon his own extensive military background to help evaluate and explain how and why Forrest grew in command ability and potential as a result of his experiences—or didn’t.
The late award-winning author Albert Castel asked two major questions about Nathan Bedford Forrest: “Exactly what impact did Forrest’s dazzling raids and victories have upon the overall course of the war?” and “Had Forrest been given a higher command and/or greater opportunities, what would have been the potential outcome as regards the fate of the Confederacy?” The Battles and Campaigns of General Nathan Bedford Forrest makes it much easier to answer both.