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Tapestry of My Mother's Life is a biographical account of a woman coming of age in Germany during the 1930s. Malve von Hassell explores her mother's life through the fragmented lens of transmitted memory, and its impact on the second generation.

 Born at her grandfather's house in Farther Pomerania, 1923, Christa von Hassell had to contend with the increasing and pervasive impact of the Nazi regime. As the child of a German army officer, she moved with her parents often. Through boarding school, university, marriage, the Second World War, life under Soviet occupation, and a new beginning in the West that eventually took her to America, the biography is an emotional journey of childhood, survival, and relationships.

The portrayal of Christa's life also focuses on the role of memory: shaped, distorted, and realigned in the continual process of telling stories of the past in conjunction with silence about many aspects. Children of women who shared similar experiences and life trajectories struggled with the challenge of learning about their parents' lives during extraordinary times, confounded by a wealth of stories on the one hand and a seemingly impenetrable veil of silence on the other.

Working through such memorabilia, as well as the tales of the past, can offer ways in which one can come to terms with the inherited detritus of thoughts and memories. As such, this account of the life of a unique and complex individual has also wider relevance in that it addresses age-old questions of the relationship between one generation and the next.

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21/11/2021

Queen Elizabeth II describes her faith in her own words, compiled in themes including: service & support, peace & goodwill, faith & hope, light & life, truth & courage, love & kindness, compassion & care, forgiveness & reconciliation, respect & tolerance. ...

19/11/2021

2021 Readers' Favorite Bronze Medal Winner in the Christian - Romance - Historical genre!
5STAR review. By Trudi LoPreto: Discovering Treasure is a romantic story, a Godly story, a family saga story, and so very much more. If you have any doubts of what God can do in your life or if you know the Lord, Discovering Treasure will quickly find its way to the top of your favorite book list. I cannot stress enough just how wonderful this story was and the joy it brought me.


PARIS 1920's. To all outward appearances, Treasure Gilroy experienced the perfect life. It was full of glitz and glamour, living in a luxurious Paris apartment, traveling back and forth to London, New York, and Milan.
She experienced a life envied by many.
Her aunt always showered Treasure with the parentage affection she craved. If only her own parents had loved her in that same way? The emptiness of their abandonment continued as an unspoken painful emotion over the years.

In 1915 Treasure meets young Ella Dittmar on a freezing night in London. A strange and mysterious Déjà vu connection ignites these two young women, keeping them closely knitted together.

Now with Ella, Treasure leaves Paris behind and travels back to the beautiful Australian Outback town of Glen Arbor in Vision Valley, New South Wales to claim an inheritance.
What will she learn in regard to the hidden mystery relating to her childhood that has been kept carefully hidden from her over the years?
Never could she imagine the depth of this discovery.
Neither would she anticipate finding romance with a wounded return World War One fighter pilot.

John 8:32 says, And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.
After discovering all of the family hidden secrets, will Treasure find comfort and finally be at rest?

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Who is the MYSTERY Healer concealed in the Great Smokey Mountains of East Tennessee? Why does he need to keep his identity a secret?

Marni Granger is a young woman who lives at the base of the mountain. As a child, falling against a hot cooking pot, she burns the side of her face.
Being teased at school and later stared at as an adult, Marni remains isolated away from society with her grandfather. Her one friend is a half wolf dog, rescued by her as a pup. Marni would like a life similar to other young women, yet she can never see this happening.
Heading off to the base of the mountains to pick berries, she wanders up and becomes lost in the dark. Her pet disappears after she falls asleep. Marni is terrified and cries out to the Lord for help.
A mysterious woman in white calls her name then leads her to a large cabin on the plateau. Here she will meet a handsome man and the hidden surgeon who performs reconstruction operations, disallowed in 1885.

Will there be life changes for this young woman?...
What surprises will this young DOCTOR experience in her FRESH new BEGINNINGS?
AWARD WINNING NOVEL

The Australian Outback with its unique panorama is the destination for Doctor Ariana Ross. Little does she know that by leaving her past, she will discover more than she realizes. Dr. Ross's journey takes her to a medical practice in an Outback country town, where her impact on many - brings surprises. Yet, passions explode when she meets Zane Lombardi, one hunk of gorgeous SELF-RIGHTEOUS Italian male.

Zane is a Christian and Apple Orchard owner. He is also strongly adverse to the wiles of designing women. Being hurt in the past, he is certain never to be ensnarled to a woman again. OR WILL HE BE??

On meeting Ariana, his animosity and rudeness cause angry sparks to fly. BUT, he soon realizes his misjudgment of this lovely young woman.

The unusual phenomenon surrounding the spirited young doctor is that two Angels, named Goodness, and Mercy, tag along with her wherever she goes. They act as protectors and guides. They also occasionally allow her to know of their presence.

Taught to have faith in God from an early age, has strengthened this brave young woman to become who she is. She finds pleasure in healing and helping all who come within contact. Will Ariana one day uncover her long-buried family secrets??

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“THIS IS GOING ON YOUR PERMANENT RECORD!” We've all heard that bone-shattering threat while growing up. Did you ever wonder if it is all real, and if so, what the heck is in your Permanent Record? What secrets – what transgression does it chronicle? You just have simple stories created from a life that you lived equally as simple. How horrible can they be? Nothing is THAT bad— is it?

Do you have a legacy? What is it? What do you leave behind and pass on? Life's simplest moments seem to have a way of making outcomes more nutsy and weird than they should be, you know, more ridiculous than expected. Something is always out of sight, something just out of reach. Things out of our control.

“I'm a victim of circumstance… Wait, wait. There's more to the story… No, Really!”

Yep, there's no doubt about it.

John E. Budzinski takes you on a journey, wondering all the while what is in his permanent record as Saint Peter escorts him to see “The Boss.” The two engage in conversations about his stories, simple moments that anyone doing any serious review and analysis of his life would pass right by. They offer no real significance. Yet, they are the simple transgressions chronicled in his Permanent Record that he wants to review and edit before showing it to The Boss.

What are they?

Spelling Bees. Blind Dates. Job Evaluations. Defacing Trees. Flower Shows. Dinner with strangers. Church Youth Groups. They are the simple stories that inundate his Permanent Record. But, there is always more to the story in each case, and poignant afterthoughts to the moments that need to be told and understood.

Excuses? Well, maybe, and as Saint Peter reminds him, “you have excuses for the excuses.”

Besides wondering what is in it, what “JB” wants most is editorial prerogative to cleanse his Permanent Record, just a bit, for clarification and to keep things in perspective. All of his stories remind readers that things need to be held in perspective. In thinking about his Permanent Record, Budzinski realizes that all his actions have a way of affecting others, even those he may not know personally.

All his stories build and add to his legacy, a legacy that Budzinski wonders about and what he will leave behind and pass on to those that come after him – those that will pick up where he leaves off. Yes, there really is more to the story.

He makes his case with light-hearted explanations and well-timed humor. Yes, you see a lot (though not all) of it coming, but you laugh anyway. Lines are well-timed and weirdly make sense. Budinski's narrative style keeps readers engaged, almost as if they are co-conspirators in his adventures.

John Budzinski writes in a charming conversational tone, sometimes over-telling things and other times not telling enough, and leaving you hanging to fill in the blanks yourself. He has you wondering about your Permanent Record and what part of it you may want to edit before seeing, The Boss.

Sarcastic? Yes. Cynical and jaded? To the hilt. Yet, he fills the pages with fair assessment and with blind faith in fairness, and with his undying humor and optimism about what comes next.

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10/10/2021

The subway ad is enticing. One might even consider it elegant as well. A beautiful woman, sitting atop a desk in a sparsely decorated office, staring directly at Bobby Fastow, a blue collar worker, on his way to his monotonous yet physically exhausting job. The photograph has an unusual charisma, a spectacular presence. It seemingly leaps off and out of the poster. 
Bobby Fastow intensely absorbs the information directed at him. BurgerBlast, his favorite fast food restaurant, famous for quick service and reliable, if not artery-choking fare, is announcing a new name and a new direction.
But, in the world of advertising, nothing is as it seems. What if the line that separates an advertisement from the real world were erased? What if an image stepped from an ad and beckoned you to follow it back, inviting you to melt into its world. Could you resist? Bobby Fastow couldn't, and his decision would turn his world upside down....

22/09/2021

Two strangers meet while seated together on a long distance air flight. The more seasoned of the two creates a game to pass the time. They choose seven passengers and proceed to guess their names, age, occupation, marital status, and personality. Later, they are informed of severe mechanical problems disabling the plane, leading to a crash into the sea. They survive along with only seven other passengers, incredibly, the seven people from their game. The subsequent prolonged and horrifying adventure in a raft presents many obstacles to their survival including sharks, severe weather, death, hunger, thirst, declining physical and mental health, paranoia, and pirates of the high seas. Their long awaited rescue from the ravages of the sea is just the beginning of their trip to Hell and back....

22/09/2021

A book of positive stories for children 3 to 7 years

Discover how Sammy the Seagull lost his fear of heights.

Will The Wave learn to Wave?

Enter the magical land of Olly The Octopus and See how he solves those bedtime worries.

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18/09/2021

The Pentacle Virus drove Man to the brink of extinction.  Humanity is determined to complete the job. 

 

The Pentacle Virus had the ability to infect almost every living warm-blooded animal. It spread across the planet in the early summer of 2016.  I am not sure how long the disease spread and wreaked havoc but communication lines went down by mid-summer, the world wide web would no longer connect around the same time.  The news networks and radio stations were off the air shortly thereafter with their final broadcasts being confirmation of the death of POTUS and the complete breakdown of the federal government. All social services, including the armed forces were shut down.

The world was thrown into the dark ages and the poor souls who contracted the new Pentacle strain had little to no hope of survival. The vast majority who caught it, died within a twelve to thirty-six-hour period; regardless of health, age, gender, or race.  Those that survived the thirty-six-hour period, in general, were stricken with continuous pneumonia type symptoms that eventually caused the individual's death.  Most within two weeks.

In the early days of Pentacle awareness, conspiracy theorist blamed the government, accusing them of building biological weapons. If they did, they forgot to develop the antidote first.

The Muslims blamed the infidels, the Vatican declared it was “Wrath of God”, and atheist supremist blamed all society for global warming. 

Personally, I think the Good Lord and Mother Nature had had enough of the parasitic homo sapien ruining the planet.

It's now 2020 A.D. or 0004 A.P. (After Pentacle), depending on how you relate to things since the world flipped.  The existence that Dinky knew prior to the pandemic, died four years ago.  The microscopic warrior devastated ninety percent of the global human and animal population. The remaining individuals have no laws, no government, no social services or communication. Survival of the Fittest is the current standard.  

Travelling on foot to a town 35 miles away, Dinky must expand his scavenging area to find the needed medication for his wife Sarah. 

Will he survive the perils of the trip or will he be just another victim of, The Flip?

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14/09/2021

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