Maria’s Duck Tales: Wildlife Stories From My Garden by Maria Daddino

Multiple Award-Winning Nature Stories from a National Wildlife Federation certified wildlife garden!

Happy, sad, and at times a little whimsical, Maria’s Duck Tales is a collection of short stories of the sometimes complicated, sometimes heart-breaking but always enriching relationship between a woman and the wildlife who call her garden home.

Sharing her observations and interactions with the wild ducks, swans, opossums, ospreys and squirrels of Penataquit Creek, the stories are interwoven with fascinating facts about wildlife and insights into communicating with and understanding our wild friends. Maria’s poignant and heartwarming memoirs, as well as the unique bond that she shares with her garden visitors, are, at times, touching, delightful, comical and heartrending.
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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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Left Out by Homer Clark

A trying story of self-esteem, battling inner demons, and fighting back from the brink of disaster. This memoir details an experience that has often become commonplace in today’s organized sports and it is for this reason the story needs to be told, to let others out there who feel alone know that they are not. No amount of bullying can do you in unless you allow it to. This is one example of how it almost went too far. Continue reading

Lock Up Diaries (Prison Killers- Book 2) by Glenn Langohr

Another one of Glenn Langohr’s stunning memoirs–a brave, unflinching account of life in prison
B.J, a White inmate serving time on drug charges, is faced with a looming war with the Mexican Mafia over another inmate’s drug debts in a California maximum security prison. THIS BOOK IS FREE FOR PRIME MEMBERS.

Glenn Langohr’s other books include: Roll Call, Upon Release, Race Riot, Gladiator, Underdog and Prison Riot.
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Surviving an American Gulag by Edward C. Patterson

Welcome to Ft. Gordon, Ga – the Special Training Unit. It’s 1967, the height of the Vietnam War and Private Winslow Gibbs has been drafted. He’s two-hundred and seventy pounds and a bundle of nerves. He also has issues of a different nature, but in these days before the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy, these are dealt with in the American Gulag, the Army’s answer to the problem. What they don’t count on are the ones like Private Gibbs, who want to survive it and serve. Based on the author’s own experiences, Surviving an American Gulag is a story that the military would prefer remain a footnote. However, it is a defining moment and should not be lost to posterity. Also included with this work is “A Dime a Dip,” a tale of the author’s grandmother and her considerable efforts on behalf of thousands of migrant worker children.

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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?
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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

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