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    KINGDOMS WITHIN by Elena A. Gomez

    KINGDOMS WITHIN by Elena A. Gomez

    KINGDOMS WITHIN by Elena A. Gomez

    What began as a simple quest to find her great-grandmother's birth certificate led author Elena A. Gomez to discover information beyond her dreams. In Kingdoms Within, she shares the story of growing up as a twin in Chicago, her experiences visiting relatives in northern Mexico and Texas as a child, and the search for her great-grandmother's birth certificate.
    This memoir chronicles the events of Elena's life as a child to adulthood, with special attention given to her family history and background. The tale begins with her search for her great-grandmother's birth certificate, carrying on a mission begun by her grandfather. That quest, requiring both persistence and faith, takes Elena to extraordinary places during her life.
    Filled with detailed recollections and vivid depictions of her memories, Kingdoms Within delves into Elena's heritage as a Mexican-American and tells about what she learns about her roots.

    About The Author
    I am Mexican American. My parents were from two northern states in Mexico. I only have one sister who happens to be my twin. I taught for thirty-six years with the Chicago Board of Education. Although I was a Spanish bilingual teacher, I concentrated on helping students learn to read since I am a reading specialist. I retired five years ago from teaching.
    https://www.amazon.com/Kingdoms-Within-Elena-Gomez/dp/1480872687
    http://www.bluefunkbroadcasting.com/root/twia/egomez.mp3

    • 23 min
    HARRIET'S JOURNAL by Michael Springthorpe

    HARRIET'S JOURNAL by Michael Springthorpe

    HARRIET'S JOURNAL by Michael Springthorpe

    On a dark night on a dark road in Northern Los Angeles oncoming white lights suddenly slanted and went askance from the roadway. But the vehicle didn't stop - instead it immediately regained it's straight-on trajectory and came again towards them and thundered by. They continued on a hundred yards and there they beheld the reason for the vehicle's plunge from the road - a sight that would lead them, after many days and pathways inexorable, to the magic discovery of Harriet's Journal.

    Michael Springthorpe is Australian. A Writer, Musician and Tutor he presently lives in Los Angeles with his wife Kate and many babies.
    https://www.amazon.com/dp/1463444389/ref=cm_sw_r_tw_dp_vWxfub12TXWTHhttps://www.authorhouse.com/.../288274-harriets-journal
    http://www.bluefunkbroadcasting.com/root/twia/mspringthorpe.mp3

    • 20 min
    INTIMATE DISCLOSURES by Lawrence Manglitz

    INTIMATE DISCLOSURES by Lawrence Manglitz

    INTIMATE DISCLOSURES by Lawrence Manglitz

    This book contains selections of poetry and prose from the work of an aging Midwestern man–looking back at people, events, sexual experiences, cultures, and the church that has formed him.

    The content draws on his childhood, family, World War I and II, and summers in Spain. The Villa in the Algarve, Portugal, teaching in Turkey, two gay poets, and his revisioning of the myths, history, rituals, and the incarnation of his Catholic faith as he lives and approaches his death. He embraces the gift of life and the wonder of consciousness.

    Written with vivid imagery and unusual events in free verse, this will give you a fresh vision, sometimes startling, always disclosing the intimacy and consciousness of personal life.

    Lawrence W. Manglitz was born in Grand Rapids, Michigan, November 24, 1938. When he was a small boy, his parents moved to Bridgeman, then to Holland, Michigan. Despite the conservative nature of that community and his family church, his childhood was a time of great imagination and wanderings on his bike and adventures in Dunn’s woods. In his youth, his life became more complex as he became aware of his homosexuality. He didn’t publically come out until he was twenty-eight.

    In 1961, he graduated from Godben College. Later, he earned an MA from the University of Michigan and a PhD from Michigan State University. In 1961, he began teaching at Talas American School, near Kayseri and later at Tarsus College in Southern Turkey. Between 1961 and 1965, he traveled in the Middle East and in Southern Europe, spending his summers in Ibiza, Spain. Later, after returning to America, he visited Turkey, Spain, England, and the Czech Republic many times.

    After returning to America in 1965, he taught at South High School; in 1968, he taught at the community college until his retirement in 2002. During much of the time after his return, he was active in the Episcopal church. Presently, he lived in Michigan with his three cats: James, Cecilia, and Zachariah.

    He has published poetry in Matrix and The James White Review.
    https://www.stratton-press.com/books/intimate-disclosures/
    http://www.bluefunkbroadcasting.com/root/twia/lmanglitz.mp3

    • 19 min
    I AM AMIDST YOU NOW: GOD THE FATHER - HEALING MY TRUTH by Penny McCoy

    I AM AMIDST YOU NOW: GOD THE FATHER - HEALING MY TRUTH by Penny McCoy

    I AM AMIDST YOU NOW: GOD THE FATHER - HEALING MY TRUTH
    by Penny McCoy

    This book is a compilation of prophetic words, illustrations, and script from the heart of God as our Father to our hearts as His children. This is the day God's voice is going to be heard above the voice of evil. This book salutes the truth that God is not dead but alive with ears that hear, eyes that see, and power and authority to heal, deliver, and make nations tremble. The intent of I Am Amidst You Now is to be a launching pad to destiny and freedom.

    Penny McCoy went from being a world champion and "Pretty Penny" in alpine skiing at the age of sixteen to experiencing heartbreak and worldwide humiliation in the following Olympics. This sent Penny into a tailspin of brokenness, affecting every area of her life. She took on an identity of "Ugly Duckling," making wrong choice after choice, leading to a life of failure, heartbreak, and loss. Penny is now a vibrant vessel fulfilling her God-breathed destiny by sharing God the Father's heart of life, freedom, healing, faithfulness, and unfailing love through her gifts and talents. It is her hope the captive is set free and the broken become whole so they can be who God created them to be and do what God created them to do.
    https://www.stratton-press.com/books/i-am-amidst-you-now-god-the-father-healing-my-truth/
    https://www.amazon.com/Am-Amidst-You-Now-Healing/dp/1643450158/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1554338377&sr=1-1
    http://www.bluefunkbroadcasting.com/root/twia/pmccoy2.mp3

    • 27 min
    LITTLE ELLIE ISABELLIE ELEPHANT: DAY AT THE POOL by Tracy Hartley

    LITTLE ELLIE ISABELLIE ELEPHANT: DAY AT THE POOL by Tracy Hartley

    LITTLE ELLIE ISABELLIE ELEPHANT: DAY AT THE POOL by Tracy Hartley

    Little Ellie Isabellie is too small to go swimming with her friends. She’s sad but decides to ask her momma for help. She learns it’s okay to be small and ask for help. Her momma has a solution to help her on her adventure to the pool. She is ready to learn what new adventures the future may bring.

    ABOUT THE AUTHOR
    I wrote this book for my granddaughter. She started life as a 2lb 12 oz premature beautiful little brave fighter. She has come so far and is growing and doing well. I always want her to know how strong she is inspite of being so small. I hope she lives her life with that same brave spirit as she continues through life.

    I am the youngest of seven children. My father was a career military man with just a few months shy of 27 years of service. I have been married to my husband Bill for 31 years. We have 2 grown sons. One is married to a wonderful woman and they are the parents of our precious granddaughter. He is a pilot and a flight instructor. My youngest son is currently serving in the Army overseas and we are proud and thankful for his service.

    I have been a caregiver between both my parents for the past 10 years. My dad had Alzheimers Disease and when my mom had a triple bypass they moved here beside me so I could take care of them both. My dad passed in 2013 and I am still currently caring for my elderly mother who lives with me. She will be 84 in November and has dementia.

    I am a woman of faith who loves the Lord and I have served as a worship leader and lead singer in the past. I have been on several mission trips with my church to Cuba. I love interior designing and decorating, crafts, cake and cookie decorating , singing, and of course writing.
    My husband and I own an Electrical Contracting business in Pennsylvania.
    https://www.writersrepublic.com/bookshop/little-ellie-isabellie-elephant-day-pool
    www.AuthorTracyHartley.com
    http://www.bluefunkbroadcasting.com/root/twia/thartley.mp3

    • 19 min
    LIFE LESSONS - VOLUME 1: AIDEN GETS BRACES by Stacy M. Fletcher

    LIFE LESSONS - VOLUME 1: AIDEN GETS BRACES by Stacy M. Fletcher

    LIFE LESSONS - VOLUME 1: AIDEN GETS BRACES by Stacy M. Fletcher

    This book is the true story of my son, Aiden, who really wanted to get braces for his spacy teeth. I, as a mom, did not think he needed braces and thought that his teeth were fine; but he found a way, when he had his dentist appointment, to get the dentist to convince me to get him braces, which he felt-and the dentist knew-he needed. At the end, I really saw a difference in Aiden and how his confidence really shone through after receiving his braces. So this book is really about a young boy who could not convince his mom about something he really knew he needed but found a way for a professional adult to do it for him.

    Stacy M. Fletcher, originally from Trinidad, West Indies. I am the wife of a very supportive husband named Fletcher and the mother of one child named Aiden whom this book is actually written after. This is my first children's book, and this is to show my son that you can achieve anything in life you put your mind to. Not only am I an author, but I am also a certified life coach of She Can Soar. And I empower women to look deep within and find what they want to do in life and go after it so they can soar. My dream is to continue writing children's books to bring a little humor called life lessons from Aiden's point of view.
    https://www.westwoodbookspublishing.com/books/life-lessons-volume-1-aiden-gets-braces/
    http://www.bluefunkbroadcasting.com/root/twia/sfletcher.mp3

    • 20 min

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