One Upon a Star – Celebrity Kiss and Tell Stories by Peggy Trentini

Peggy was born a native Californian and grew up in Newport Beach. She started modeling right out of high school when scouted by a modeling agent. She soon landed full time accounts with such companies as JC Penney, Macy’s, Frederick’s of Hollywood, Clairol , Nordstrom’s , Olga lingerie, Ujena swimwear, Redken, Catalina swimwear and many others. The acting bug bit at an early age. She was featured in Garry Marshall’s first film “Young Doctors In Love” followed by twenty something other films including National Lampoon’s “Up the Creek”, “Ghoulies V” , Tales of the Crypt’s “Demon Knight”, “Poison”, “Human Desires” and “Vampirella”, just to name a few. She also did many commercials. One of the more famous as a member of the “Swedish Bikini Team” in a series of spots put out by Old Milwaukee Beer. The popularity of the commercials led to a celebrity cover and pictorial in Playboy’s January 1992 issue. She became a “Carson Art Player” on the Tonight show in the late 80’s where she acted alongside of Johnny Carson for 3 years. She has made appearances in such shows as “Happy Days”, “CSI”, “Miami Heat”, “Three’s Company” “Baywatch” several episodes of “Married with Children” and many others. Peggy moved to Hollywood in 1989 and quickly became engulfed in the shrouded, celebrity inner circle. Peggy has spent over fifteen years in Hollywood before earning her bachelor’s degree and obtaining her real estate license. She now owns her own real estate company in Orange County Ca. where she currently resides with her family. Continue reading

Gladiator: A Shocking, True Crime Story into the Most Notorious Super Max Prison by Glenn Langohr

Another one of Glenn Langohr’s stunning memoirs–a brave, unflinching account of life in prison
The California Prison System houses a mixture of Mexican cartel members, Mexican mafia, Bloods, Crips, and thousands of other street gangs fighting for control. B.J, a drug dealer serving time, struggles to survive and find redemption, without becoming a gang member. THIS BOOK IS FREE FOR PRIME MEMBERS.
Glenn Langohr’s other books include: Roll Call, Upon Release, Race Riot, Lock Up Diaries, Underdog and Prison Riot. Continue reading

Two Shadows – the inspirational story of one man’s triumph over adversity by Charlie Winger

From the darkness of a six foot by eight foot cell in solitary confinement to the top of the highest peak in the Western Hemisphere, this is the captivating story of one man’s struggle to recover from a troubled past.

Charlie is known to his friends as an accomplished mountain climber and entertaining storyteller, retired from a successful career as a software consultant. Few know the story of his childhood, filled with neglect and abuse. Fewer still realize that he spent seven years of his youth in the shadow of juvenile detention and prison.

After relegating those painful memories to a place far from his current life, Charlie is confronted with his past as he tries to enter Canada for an ice climbing vacation with friends.

“Have you ever been convicted of a felony?” the Canadian Border Services Officer inquired. “No,” I responded with a straight face and sweaty palms. “Are you sure you’ve never been convicted of a felony?” he repeated. “Not since 1955,” I admitted, guiltily. So began my journey back in time to a place I thought I had forever left behind.

Charlie faces his past once again, finding strength in his unconquerable spirit, unique sense of humor, and the focus he’s found through his passion for mountaineering. He takes you from the tenements and alleys of pre-World War II Chicago through jails, reformatories, and the hell that was prison. From solitary confinement to the jungles of the Amazon, the heights of the Himalayas, the isolation of the desert Southwest, and many points in between. His story will move you, entertain you, frustrate you, and ultimately inspire you to turn the dark shadows of life into the triumphant shadows cast by the mountains you climb — whatever form they may take. Continue reading

The Kindness of Strangers: Penniless Across America by Mike McIntyre

#1 Amazon Travel Bestseller.
As featured on Oprah, The Kindness of Strangers is the story of one man’s continental leap of faith—and the country that caught him.
Stuck in a job he no longer found fulfilling, journalist Mike McIntyre felt his life was quickly passing him by. So one day he hit the road to trek from one end of the country to the other with little more than the clothes on his back and without a single penny in his pocket. Through his travels, he found varying degrees of kindness in strangers from all walks of life—and discovered more about people and values and life on the road in America than he’d ever thought possible. The gifts of food and shelter he received along the way were outweighed only by the touching gifts of the heart—the willingness of many he met to welcome a lonely stranger into their homes…and the discovery that sometimes those who give the most are the ones with the least to spare.
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OLD GENT by Marie J. S. Phillips

Sprouting in an old abandoned field around 1895, Old Gent, a Norway Spruce, grew into a majestic towering specimen of his species, protective of the old home he saw built on his lands as a stout sapling. Human activity amused, startled, frightened and sometimes hurt him, thus he never found trust in the beaverlike species, until the fifth owner in nine decades moved into the old house he sheltered. The woman and her spouse proved reverent, changing his attitudes towards humans. The old tree experienced a new emotions, and gained the name of Old Gent. When terror from the skies threatened the lands, he stood strong, determined to shield the home and owners he now loved, and paid a price. As decades weakened his ancient body with internal decay from injuries, he fought to regrow lost limbs, racing to once again tower into the skies. He spiraled a few seeds against the foundation of the old house, where his offspring sprouted. On his fateful felling day,one stood poised to continue his sire’s legacy. Continue reading

Whisper My Secret by JB Rowley

How does a mother cope when she is forced to walk away from her three children and never see them again? That is what happened to JB’s mother, Myrtle. Eventually, rescued from her despair by tall, dark and handsome George Rowley who fell in love her, Myrtle started a new life and had seven more children. She buried the grief of losing her first children deep within and kept her pain secret. JB and her siblings were unaware of the existence of Myrtle’s first three children until after she died. Desperate to know how such a thing could happen to a devoted and caring mother, JB went on a journey to find out. What she discovered was a heartbreaking story of loss. It was a long time before JB was able to work out that her mother kept her early life and her first family secret out of misplaced guilt and shame. To redress that, JB decided to tell the whole world her mother’s secret. Whisper My Secret is a proud declaration that Myrtle did nothing deserving of guilt or shame.
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Avalon: a Heartwarming True Cat Story by Vanessa Morgan

Some cats need nine lives to make a difference. Avalon only needed one.

From Amazon bestselling author Vanessa Morgan, Avalon is the heartwarming and once-in-a-lifetime love story of a girl and her neurotic Turkish Van cat.

With humor, the author details how Avalon made other creatures cringe in distress whenever he was around, how he threw her dates out by means of special techniques, and how he rendered it almost impossible for her to leave the house. Avalon was so incorrigible that even her landlord ordered her to get rid of him. But beneath Avalon’s demonic boisterousness, Vanessa recognized her own flaws and insecurities, and she understood that abandoning Avalon would be the worst she could do to him. Thanks to her unswerving loyalty, Avalon transformed into a tender feline, and even landed a major role in a horror movie. In turn, Avalon made it his mission to be there for his human companion.

Avalon is a memoir for anyone who has ever been obsessively in love with a pet. Continue reading

The Way of the River: My Journey of Fishing, Forgiveness and Spiritual Recovery by Randy Kadish

The Way of the River is a collection of memoirs and autobiographical stories that reflect Randy Kadish’s long journey of fishing and spiritual recovery. The journey, often difficult, often gratifying, began when he finally admitted to himself that he couldn’t communicate, and that his life had become unmanageable. Then, after he asked for help, he looked back into his life and relived the deep pain and loss that began during his very troubling and violent childhood. To soothe himself, he turned to fishing and the beauty of the outdoors. As he struggled to come to terms with his past, and then with the loss of his parents, he wrote about his journey of recovery, especially of how he was changed by many of the people he met along the way. (Soon his memoirs appeared in many publications including, The FlyFisher, FlyFishing & Tying Journal, and Yale Anglers’ Journal.)

Finally, after an unexpected crisis, he found a surprising way to forgive and to connect to the good in the world.

The fishing in this collection takes place in and near New York City, including the East and Hudson Rivers, the streams of Westchester, and the lakes of Central and Prospect Parks. Continue reading

Roll Call, A True Crime Prison Story of Corruption and Redemption ( Roll Call Volume 1 ) by Glenn Langohr

Another one of Glenn Langohr’s stunning memoirs–a brave, unflinching account of life in prison
Roll Call is a story with a cast of characters that include Mexican drug cartels, southern California street gangs and Hell’s Angels all fighting for their piece of the drug culture. In the middle of it all, B.J. is hell bent for destruction until he realizes his destiny in the nick of time.
Add a good detective squeezed out of the loop by an overzealous narcotic detective; a robust prison union trying to call the shots; a handful of drug criminals trying to find their conscience and you have the perfect recipe for a revolutionary uprising, bound by blood, all leaving the reader wondering, who are the real criminals?
Glenn Langohr’s other books include: Upon Release, Race Riot, Lock Up Diaries, Gladiator, Underdog and Prison Riot. FREE FOR PRIME MEMBERS. Continue reading

Underdog, A True Crime Thriller of Prison Life (Prison Killers- Book 4) by Glenn Langohr

It’s B.J. fighting for his life again in the wretched California prison system.
In his latest novel, “Underdog,” Glenn Langohr takes B.J. back into the dreaded Supermax at Pelican Bay, California’s toughest prison. At first he’s just fighting to survive, hopelessly outnumbered by Mexican and black gang members, but then he goes back to try and help his friend, still inside, ferociously battling to change the penal system. Continue reading