Long Road to California

Caleb and Nina Byrnes, long married and struggling financially, travel from Texas to California, following the route Caleb's grandmother took when her family migrated from the Dust Bowl. As Nina chronicles the journey, they discover a secret in Grandma's past. Learning about Vera's hardships offers perspective into their own lives. And tracking down old friends may help Vera in her waning years.Caleb and Nina Byrnes, long married and struggling financially, travel from Texas to California, following the route Caleb's grandmother took when her family migrated from the Dust Bowl in the 1930s. As Nina, an amateur photographer, chronicles the journey, they discover a secret in Grandma Vera's past. Learning about Vera's hardships and perseverance offers perspective into their own lives. And tracking down old friends may just help Vera in her waning years.
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On the Rio Mayo

Conflicts between a father and son come to a head when an air conditioning repairman named Harry and his son Frank meet a Mayo Indian early one morning at a fishing camp on the Rio Mayo in Sonora, Mexico. This short story takes place shortly after World War Two.Harry, an air conditioning repairman, and his son Frank have journeyed to a fishing bungalow on the Rio Mayo, fulfilling a prior promise Harry made to his son. Frank has returned to Arizona from Chicago where he worked at a Naval hospital during World War Two. Their early-morning encounter with a Mayo Indian brings the father and son into conflict when Frank refuses to believe the man's story. Will they resolve their differences or remain at odds?
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My Great Inspirational Poetry Picture Book

This book is a collection of highly inspirational poems. It stylishly unveils success principles of life and living even as it entertains the reader. The highly illuminating lines stir up the reader’s imagination so as to transport them into a realm of poetic inspiration. The equally wonderful illustration further interprets the words and phrases in diverse perspectives making it a great companionThis book is a collection of highly inspirational poems. It stylishly unveils success principles of life and living even as it entertains the reader. The highly illuminating lines of each topic stir up the reader’s imagination so as to transport them into a realm of poetic inspiration. The equally wonderful illustration further interprets the words and phrases in diverse perspectives, entertaining the reader thereby. Every lover of poetry will benefit tremendously from the book. It is a book that always attracts the reader back to it over and over again because of the author’s unique style of writing poetry. Let every reader who desires to benefit from the book take time to go over the lines of each poem for therein may lie the word that will ignite in them the inspiration they need to go ahead at every point in their life’s journey.
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The Inheritance

Sam Harman has just inherited three billion dollars, thrusting him into a dangerous world of money, power, intrigue and murder. How will Sam and his family survive?Sam Harman is a decent guy, working hard and raising a family. One day he learns that his recently-deceased biological father was one of the richest men in America. Now Sam is a billionaire and part owner of a huge corporation. The quick trip to Easy Street becomes a deadly journey into a world of money, power, intrigue and murder. Who are his enemies? Who are his friends? Will he survive? What will happen to him becuase of 'The Inheritance?'
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Finding Arun

Nineteen-year-old Aaron Rutherford is already reeling from the loss of his mother, when the unexpected revelation of a dark secret from her past changes his world forever. As the tangled web of lies unfolds and uncertainty takes over, a startling chain of events are set in motion that will see Aaron make the journey of a lifetime to discover not only who he really is, but who he wants to be.If you live your whole life being who everyone else wants you to be, how do you know who you really are? Nineteen-year-old Aaron Rutherford is already reeling from the loss of his mother, when the unexpected revelation of a dark secret from her past changes his world forever. Forced to question everything that he has ever believed, should he simply follow the path that has been laid out for him, or will pursuing the truth help him to find what has always been missing? As the tangled web of lies unfolds and uncertainty takes over, a startling chain of events are set in motion that will see Aaron make the journey of a lifetime to discover not only who he really is, but ultimately who he wants to be.If you love engrossing books that will take you on a journey, download Finding Arun now.
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The Secret's Keeper and the Heir

Having earned a tenuous place on the sailing ship Turnagain, Rose maintains her disguise as a boy while continuing on her quest to find Benson, her abducted twin brother. As if preserving her cover isn't difficult enough, she must face bullies, forbidden attractions, and her first fumbling attempts at espionage.Having earned a tenuous place on the sailing ship Turnagain, Rose maintains her disguise as a boy while continuing on her quest to find Benson, her abducted twin brother. As if preserving her cover isn't difficult enough, she must face bullies, forbidden attractions, and her first fumbling attempts at espionage. Though she has her doubts as to whether the mysterious scribe Fenric—an accused murderer—can be trusted, she follows him into a plot that could either begin the restoration of the monarchy or end in the assassination of the heir to the throne. The Secret's Keeper and the Heir is the second book in the Rose's Garden and the Sea series.
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Yuletide Spakle

A Yuletide gift from a friend opens Morgan's heart to feelings she thought she had forgotten.After losing her husband and children, Morgan is convinced she’ll be alone forever. In fact, she wants to be. It’s easier.With a heart as cold as the Shizzuria Wasteland, Morgan keeps her distance from all around her. She has no cause or desire to celebrate Yuletide. But a friend sees the pain she tries to hide and gives her a gift she never imagined, something that just might help thaw her frozen soul.
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Claudius Barnum Grabit

The story of the legendary Claudius Barnum, an icon of his time.The ride down the elevator to Agni Mining Station was like a ride into Hell itself. On a planet where you could never quite get warm enough, it quickly became uncomfortably warm, then uncomfortably hot. G. Drew Akers had been in deep mines before, he'd worked in one for two years in Hussy Crater in his early twenties. He'd decided then that he never wanted to return to one, fortunately he wouldn't be in this one long. But that mine in Hussy had only been two kilometres below the surface of Mars, this mine was almost twelve.At the mine in Hussy he rode an elevator like this one twice each day, but here the miners lived below. Agni Mining Station was a small self-contained town at the bottom of the elevator shaft. He reached up and wiped the sweat from his brow. He'd only been in the elevator a few minutes, and already his clothes were soaked with sweat, and he was developing a headache. He opened his jacket hoping the sweat would evaporate, and in the process exposed the butt of the pistol in his shoulder holster.
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Her Gift of Light

In this short story, Janna has moved to her third new school of the year. And this time, she finds herself wanting to do the unthinkable - Move! The entire town seems lost in a time warp. But she has no idea just how strange things will become once she finds out that she is destined to receive a gift that will make her very powerful. And what is with the mysterious - but cute - guy named Josh?The following is taken from intro story.Imagine that you loved Mike and Ike’s (the candy). You loved them so much that you would do anything to get them. In fact, you loved them so much that you would dream about them when you were at school. You couldn't wait until payday. That’s when your mom would give you your monthly allowance. Each month, when she would give you your $12.29 allowance, you’d race to the closest grocery store, head directly towards the candy aisle and grab yourself a handful of Mike and Ike boxes. You’d head to the checkout counter with your handful of Mike and Ikes. The checkout line seemed soooo slow every time you’d try to buy your M & I’s, but they were worth the wait. You finally made it to the front of the line and the clerk started ringing up your stash of candy. The clerk finally finished ringing them up and you whipped out your money and paid for them.They were yours now and no one could take them away from you. You ran home as fast as you could to add them to your already huge stash of M&I’s. You made it home and headed for your bedroom where your treasure was hidden where no one could find it. You head towards your top secret, highly confidential, enter at your own risk, camouflaged, hidden in a really, really, really tough and inaccessible compartment, for your eyes only place. You were so proud to have concealed the M&I’s in a place that only you and God could find. If you had the money, you would have put guard dogs, barbed wire and electric fences around it. But for now, you had to settle for a home-made booby trap system. This story is kinda what temptation is like. If you give in to temptation, eventually you will get burned. You will get trapped in a lifestyle of sin. If you play with temptation, eventually Satan will have you trapped. Satan makes you think that there are no consequences to playing with temptation. He will make you think that you can get away with it. But he will trap you if you give in. Eventually you will become a slave to that particular sin. This week we are going to study about temptation and what it is. Temptation itself is not a sin. It’s when you give in to the temptation that it is sin. If temptation was a sin, then Jesus would have sinned because He was tempted in every way just as we are. The difference is that He never gave in. But often we do. Especially when we play around with temptation.
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Reality Check

Olivia is the youngest member of a severely dysfunctional family. This is an abbreviated family history of how badly a family can operate at the mercy of an unstable eldest sibling, from the perspective of the youngest member.A dark tale set in the world of Eridia. Jesus Christ XIV has spent his life in thrall to the vampires of Merrimont Castle, hidden deep in the remote monster-haunted land called the Wilds. Unlike the other human servants/livestock, who wistfully dream of a life beyond the castle walls, Jesus Christ XIV secretly wishes to become a vampire himself, a being of grace and culture and eternal beauty. And though Ascensions—the raising of a lowly servant to the ranks of the vampires—are exceedingly rare, it soon becomes clear that Jesus Christ XIV has indeed been chosen for this signal honor. But on the eve of his Ascension, everything is thrown into chaos by the unexpected appearance of the legendary vampire hunter named Hull, the very man the vampires fled to the Wilds to escape…12,100 words.
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A Seasonal Moment

Twelve year old Nina changes her perspective of Christmas when she meets her next door neighbor.Stories about Ignatius Loyola, John Bunyan, Telemachus, the twelve Martyrs of Scilla, and some frustrated fisherman. They do such things as start the Jesuit order, put an end to the gladiatorial games in Rome, and die for their faith. These are mostly biographies and are all written in creative nonfiction style, which is where you take real events and add details so that they read like a novel. The stories pop to life and will challenge you. Would you do what they did?
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Trying Not To Blink: A Poetry Collection

Trying Not To Blink is the follow-up to Eric Nixon’s previous poetry collections, Anything but Dreams and Lost In Thought. After hearing Garrison Keillor read one of his poems on the public radio program, The Writer’s Almanac, Nixon was deeply inspired to write poetry again after a seven-year absence. Trying Not To Blink contains all 160 poems written in 2012, in his unique accessible style.Alaric and Everet have begun their journey across the desolate Oresian plains back to the border, where they'll continue on to the Vasque Capitole to meet with Veld Martiale Hadryan. But issues more personal and pressing than a stalled treaty and the Holds' futures must first be addressed, and as the fury of a coming storm begins to mount, so too do the tension and uncertainty between the pair.
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Howling For You - 13 Blues Songs

Alone and on the trail,what can you do but howl for those you miss ?To visit humans, there are rules. Many rules. But Rex and Auden have learned them all. There is nothing they like better than going to town. As soon as the sun sets, they leave to play hide-and-go seek, pull pranks, and sing their favorite songs. Find out what else they do during their Monster Nights.(For ages 3-6)
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Gothic Warrior and the Dark Man

Lighthearted (but violent) fantasy action featuring one butt-kicking heroine.After meeting goth metal singer and ultimate bar brawler Freya in the drunken battle of a lifetime, retired boxer Lincoln gets a surprise invitation to join her crew. But when evil seeks to claim a band member's soul along with her gift of foresight, the modern warriors must confront the devil's scholar... the Dark Man.THIS SERIES IS MEANT TO BE UNREALISTIC FUN. If complete believability is a must, it might not be for you... but if you like the sound of an awesome female brawler standing toe to toe with huge men and monsters in brutal fistfights on sheer toughness and badassery, maybe it is.Retired boxer Lincoln never imagined he would fight a girl, let alone be pushed to his limits by one. After meeting goth metal singer and ultimate bar brawler Freya in the drunken battle of a lifetime, he gets a surprise invitation to join her crew. He and the band develop a strong friendship as he shares his sports and life knowledge with them and they help him recapture his youth. But when evil seeks to claim a band member's soul along with her gift of foresight, the modern day warriors must confront the devil's own scholar... the Dark Man.A novelette. First chronologically in the Gothic Warrior series.
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Apollyon's Saint Descendants of Salem

The tenth part in the Apollyon's Saint series. The suicidal writers society continues to torment Gabriel as he tries to return to humanity. Upon his return, Gabriel finds himself imprisoned by Templars, and sent on a ship to the Vatican where he meets the descendants of Salem.Whether they are spirits of the departed or figments of an overactive imagination, ghosts are a staple in fiction. Storytellers have portrayed ghosts as scary, friendly, or annoying across many genres. Now, eight authors offer their own interpretations of ghosts through a collection of short stories that will appeal to fans of horror, fantasy, or young adult fiction.“Deathwatch” by Katie French - Teenage sisters Charlotte and Georgie stumble into a robbery, and their normal life gets flipped upside down. Worse, when the clerk kills one of the robbers, his face is covered in a supernatural swarm of bugs. Charlotte must be hallucinating. It's the only explanation for the terrible things she's seen. Everyone calls the clerk a hometown hero, but Charlotte's not so sure. Then a dead girl appears in her mirror with clues to the truth, and Charlotte learns there's more horror to this world than she ever expected.“Tides” by Sarah Dalton - Andrea wakes with sand on her feet. She is sleepwalking down to the sea every night, but remembers little more than a vague recollection of a boy who lives on the beach. With an absent father and a mother who would rather walk along the coast than look after her daughter, Andrea struggles to get by. She’s haunted, but from a memory, or a spirit?“Shadowspirit” by M.A. George - On a good day, Henta Mourngard is stalked by dreadspirits and netherphantoms, a living magnet for creatures of the afterlife. On a bad day, she finds herself communing with a demon of the underworld—worse yet, interrogating one—in a desperate attempt to track down the shadowspirit who has been her guide since infancy. Demons don’t take kindly to interrogation. And the search for a missing shadowspirit leads to places the living daren’t tread (lest they no longer qualify as living). ‘Tis unfortunate for Henta that today is not a “good day”. “The Little Girl” by Jamie Campbell - Sixteen-year-old Penny is moving house… again. Starting out in a small town, she is hopeful this time will be the last. As long as the little girl doesn’t follow her, she will be rid of her past hauntings. The only problem is, the little girl won’t let her go and now she is about to grow stronger than ever before.“The Ghost Below” by Ariele Sieling - White Rabbit gets sent to run cables in the bowels of the spaceship as a punishment. While working, she discovers that the ship's ghost might be more than he seems.“Slave Runner” by H.S. Stone - Malika and her sister are captured by slave traders but receive an unexpected gift of freedom when their captors encounter a deadly gathering of ghosts. The sisters escape to a nearby village, where they learn that the new sanctuary isn’t as safe as they thought it would be, and ghosts aren’t what they most need to fear.“Farewell Ohana (A Ghostly Mini-Wave)” by Sutton Shields - Maile Lahela is under attack by someone in the Kauai Camp for the Curiously Creepy. When she awakens one morning unable to see, her peculiar, yet loyal friends decide it’s time to escape the institution—something that’s never been done. But before they can leave, Maile has a mission of her own…one that could cost them their lives. Farewell Ohana is a short, fun-filled, emotional prequel to the events occurring in Overfalls, Wave Two of The Merworld Water Wars series by Sutton Shields.“Ghost Girl” by Susan Fodor - Zoey Saunders has her future mapped out, but an accident brings her life to an untimely end. In her new state of being, Zoey feels compelled to seek justice for her death and bring healing to her family who have become a shadow of their former selves. But what constitutes justice and will getting even ever be enough to replace the life she lost?
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