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“Secrets of Peace: A Dystopian Thriller Novel: Secrets of Peace, Book 1” by T. A. Hernandez

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Open your eyes. See the truth. Make a choice.

Nearly 30 years ago, the PEACE Project rose from the ruins of a global war to take power over a new America. Providing stability in exchange for absolute authority, the project controls every aspect of citizens’ lives through each of its five units:

Protect
Enforce
Advance
Control
Eliminate

Raised in the Project since infancy, 18-year-old Zira has been trained as an assassin under the stern guidance of unit E-2’s Chairman Ryku. After she makes a careless mistake on an assignment, the chairman partners her with Jared, the best operative in her unit. Their partnership transforms into friendship as they work together and learn to rely on each other.

But when misinformation causes a solo mission to backfire, Zira’s deepest loyalties and strongest relationships are tested in a place where even a hint of doubt can be perceived as treason. The life she knows is falling apart, and nothing will ever look the same again.

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“Dismas – The Penitent Thief: An Introduction” by Mark Thomas Jones

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The events of the Crucifixion continue to fascinate biblical scholars and artists alike. Amongst the drama of that momentous day was a humble request and the reply that it received, an incident that manages to crystalize something of the essence of Christianity.

Dismas – The Penitent Thief: An Introduction seeks to explore what is known of the individual who made that request and discover his story, his significance, and how he continues to inspire others, especially those involved in prison ministry and outreach programs. If you have ever been curious and had questions about those who were crucified along with Jesus Christ, some of the answers are to be found here. So often we set great store by the ephemeral yet neglect the eternal. Here is an opportunity to find out how one whose life had fallen well short of the ideal became the focus of supreme love.

The story of the penitent thief (known to many as Saint Dismas) and the Crucifixion poses questions that deserve to be asked, and should set us thinking about our own journey of faith. Maybe this book will encourage us to look, as well as see, and cause us to question differently, and hopefully allow us to start to see majesty in the margins. The subject of this book is an individual who is so much more than a bit player in the Crucifixion of Jesus; he is someone who can serve as a reminder that no one is beyond God’s grace.

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“There Are No Innocents” by B.R. Stateham

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Detectives Turner Hahn and Frank Morales are at it again. Two cases, unrelated, which are not the typical run-of-the-mill homicides. One case involves a very rich lawyer found dead in his car. The car is sitting in its assigned parking slot in a parking garage. And from the looks of it, the shooter had to be floating above the car somehow when he pulled the trigger.

The second case is out of the dead files. An unsolved disappearance of a 15-year-old girl. Abducted from out of her home. Never found. Never seen again. Until her 30-year-old body is pulled out of a river with no apparent signs of foul play visible. Is it murder? Or suicide? That’s what Turner and Frank have to decide.

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Candii Kayn” by Jolene Dubois

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Before coming to Greece, Candy knew that she wanted to get thicker and curvier for sure. She was tired of being the little petite girl she had always been and she loved the idea of having a huge round a–, and seeing her boobs get bigger, and maybe exploring her fantasies with her soon to be husband more frequently, but now she was feeling something entirely different. The feeling of being stuffed to the brim and eating without a care in the world made her feel so good she was almost aroused.

If she had any doubts about wanting to gain weight before, now they were gone. Now she was sure, and it was more than just eating whatever she wanted, whenever she wanted. It was eating for a purpose, eating to gain weight, eating to get fat, eating to feel as excited and sexy as she felt right now at that very moment. It was the stuffing of pillows in her clothes as a little girl, it was Dominic feeding her donuts and then f–king her brains out, it was posing for pictures with balloons in her chest pretending her boobs were the size of melons, it was all those things.

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“Poetry in Equilibrium: The Equilibrist Series, Vol. 4” by Erasmus Cromwell-Smith

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This fourth and final volume of The Equilibrist series is a compilation of all poems, essays, and fables of the first three books. A precious craft of artful verses that are straightforward easy to understand. Through art that speaks to all, the author seeks to elicit emotions while provoking reflection.

With verses that jump with ease out of the book, enrapturing anyone’s heart, Cromwell-Smith tackles a full circle of life with subjects like hope, inspiration, self-reliance, true love, the happiness formula, optimism, faith, gratitude, the importance of the small details in life, doubt, duality, virtue, forgiveness, adversity, curiosity, resilience, coherence, decisions, convergence, geniality, and joy, among others.

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“Ins & Outs: A Life in Television” by Jeff Dugan

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Jeff Dugan began his career as a videographer, with clients like PBS, ABC, HBO Sports, and the CBS Evening News.

Jeff soon made his mark as a documentary writer and producer, writing the script for “Best Place To Brave The Wild Sea,” – setting an early Nielsen ratings record for the Travel Channel that stood for over two years. He then supervised TLC’s breakthrough series “Survival In The Sky,” helping that network garner it’s highest rated prime-time series to date. Jeff then moved on to creating his own original programs, like “Best Place To Watch A Volcano,” the exciting, critically acclaimed two-hour special for The Travel Channel. People Magazine made that show a “Pick of the Week” while Entertainment Weekly selected it in its “What to Watch” section.

Jeff then wrote and produced the original six-part series “Narrow Escapes” for The Discovery Channel. Oprah Winfrey, one of the nation’s foremost opinion leaders, praised the series as quality television, dedicating an entire episode of her program to “Narrow Escapes.”

Returning to his roots, he now writes in his hometown of Baltimore.

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“Second Star: A Neverland Novella” by Bree Moore

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All children, except one, grow up…

Two years after her flight to Neverland, Wendy Darling pretends that Neverland doesn’t exist. She claims that she never knew a boy named Peter Pan. And most devastating of all, she starts to grow up. That is, until Tinkerbell shows up in Wendy’s bedroom, asking her to return to Neverland.

Wendy leaps from her window and follows the stars a second time, only to discover the lost boys are drunken teenagers, the Jolly Roger has a new captain, and Peter Pan wants her to give him the one thing that has the power to destroy Neverland for good: a kiss.

Wendy must decide whether she would rather die with Neverland or come to terms with growing up before the last fairy falls.

Embark on the great adventure again with Peter Pan and Wendy in this epic retold sequel to the classic by James Barrie. For those who enjoyed Tiger Lily by Jodi Lynn Anderson.

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“Gruesome Iowa” by Nick Vulich

Murder, Madness, and the Macabre in the Hawkeye State

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Murder, madness, and the macabre in Iowa? You’ve got to be kidding!

When most people think of Iowa, their minds conjure up pigs, cornfields, and crotchety old farmers. But ax murders, mass killings, and ghostly sightings – those atrocities are reserved for big cities like Chicago or LA, not a little burg like Villisca, Iowa – population 2,000.

People refuse to believe that a hundred years ago, every eye in the nation turned to Villisca, Iowa where eight people were butchered in their sleep by a madman using only an ax. Attention quickly turned to the Reverend Lyn Kelley, “a queer, strange, little preacher man”, often accused of window peeping.

The police forced a confession from him.

Kelley said he was walking by the Moore house when a voice commanded him to, “Go in. Slay utterly”. What could he do? He climbed the stairs and slaughtered the children. “Slay utterly. Suffer the little children”.

Back downstairs, he went into the parent’s bedroom. “More work yet. There must be sacrifices of blood”. Again, the ax did its work.

In another downstairs bedroom, he discovered the Stillinger girls, asleep in their beds. “More work still”. The ax resumed its work.

Eight people were dead. The ax was satisfied.

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