Flavour with Benefits: France

Would you love to escape on a romantic journey? Your ticket is between the covers of the stunning Flavour with Benefits: France.Discover the world’s most popular travel destination:• Experience breathtaking France with over 100 original photographs.• Sail by limestone cliffs on a warm Mediterranean current.• Descend a glowing staircase to a wine cave filled with millions of bottles of champagne.Learn about women who changed the world• The Grande Dame of Champagne who couldn’t vote yet built an empire.• La mère (the mother) Brazier whose restaurants set new culinary standards.Food that doesn’t compromise flavour or health• Enjoy 50+ inspired recipes accompanied by stunning photographs.• Learn about food as medicine and a five-year-old girl.• Crave a dessert that reimagines: I’ll have what she’s having!Flavour with Benefits: France will inspire you to plan the trip of your dreams and indulge inflavours that deliver a pleasant surprise.Co-authors, Cathy Connally and Charley Best, are obsessed with developing new approaches toiconic flavours served with a side-dish of travel. Flavour with Benefits: France is the first bookin the series.


Meet Cathy Connally & Charley Best

Cathy Connally and Charley Best are world travelers who are obsessed with beautiful photography and are experts in maximizing flavour and health in their unique recipes. Take this journey with them to France and see some amazing sights, experience some beautiful food and meet some amazing women.

I Need Ammunition, Not a Ride

Do you want to learn about President Zelensky of Ukraine? This is a biography written through the lens of leadership. Zelensky captured the world’s imagination when he defied Russia and stood his ground on February 22, 2022 and you will learn how, and more importantly, why he did it.

Meet Darin Gerdes

Dr. Gerdes is a leadersmith (a craftsman who builds leaders). His ambition is to “help you become the kind of leader that you would want to follow.” He is a Professor of Management in the Hans A. Nielson College of Business, and the Coordinator of Strack Center Leadership Program at Charleston Southern University. He has developed a masters degree in Organizational Leadership and two minors in Leadership Studies. He is the recipient of the 2018 CBFA Teaching Award and two-time Winner of SECRA’s Best Case Award. He has an interdisciplinary background that includes undergraduate degrees in Government and Psychology from Liberty University, and a MBA, a MA in Public Policy, and a Ph.D. in Organizational Leadership from Regent University. He has taught at a half dozen Christian colleges and universities including Columbia International University, Colorado Christian University, Oklahoma Baptist University, Geneva college, LCC International University (in Lithuania), Liberty University, and Regent University. He has given lectures internationally in four Eastern European countries. Dr. Gerdes served as a member of his local public school board for three years and he served as a past president of the South Carolina Home Educators Association (SCHEA). He presently serves on the board of the Southeast Case Research Association (SECRA). He is a member of Christian Business Faculty Association (CBFA). Dr. Gerdes is a member of Psi Chi (ΨΧ), the National Honor Society for Psychology and Sigma Beta Delta (ΣΒΔ), the International Honor Society for Business. Dr. Gerdes is also the host of the Leadersmith Podcast: https://leadersmith.podbean.com/

Strange History, Life’s Mysteries, and Other Bloviation

A slip and fall changed the course of 20th century history and broadcasting.

One man’s dislike of cats contributed to the deaths of millions of people.

A World War II pilot survives 3 plane crashes before switching gears and changing the world of science fiction forever.

A bullet fired in the Civil War nearly wiped yours truly from existence.

Told in the spirit of Paul Harvey’s The Rest of the Story, this series of short and fantastic historical stories will intrigue and delight readers who enjoy a fresh take on history. All of these stories come with a fun twist at the end, and some readers will enjoy guessing who or what each story is about as they follow along with each new tale. This is a short, but engaging read!


Meet J. Dallas Brooks

J. Dallas Brooks is an Air Force veteran, engineer, adjunct professor, and writer who lives with his family on their farm in southern Colorado.

Rhythms of the Eternal Uprising

Author of “The Slums of Nightfall,” William Wright, Jr. has penned another accomplished book of prose. ‘Rhythms of the Eternal Uprising,’ is a deeply reflective collection; the subject matter very relevant and timely. The reader will be carried away by the artful way in which the pieces flow from one to the next; however, it is the content which is compelling and reminiscent of what it is to live in precarious times.The poet speaks of lessons unlearned and revisiting the same subject matter as a society, referencing the darkest of times, when his people were, “swinging from a noose.” Making the analogy of black banners and the call to action re-awakened. “A true peddler of panic, with an arsenal of lies, home crumbles before your eyes,” draws our attention to an apathetic society, with deep seated fears, prepared to do battle and are beating their drums to this rhetoric.Throughout this book are threads of hope, springing eternal. William Wright, Jr. spars within himself to believe in the overall goodness of humanity, trying to maintain a balance between idealism and the reality of the present day. It is a call to all of us to reflect, become our better selves and harken to positive change, finding the eternal hope within us. I am moved by the moments of clarity and beauty in his method of juxtaposition between dark times and confidence that we shall at long last, learn our lesson. This is not a book to be taken lightly, for it is too precious a message to disregard.Brenda-Lee Ranta, author of Myriad of Perceptions

Meet William Wright Jr

William Wright, Jr. is an author who hails from Southeast San Diego and currently resides in Riverside, California. He is the son of two Navy veterans, Margo Wright and William Wright, Sr. He is also the youngest and the only boy among his two siblings, China Wright and Casaundra Camille Robinson, nee Wright. William has had the honor of being featured in various poetry anthologies and e-magazines. Many of his poems were published under the indie publishing houses: ‘Poets with Voices Strong’ and ‘Creative Talents Unleashed.’ Under the latter publication, he released two books of poetry. ‘The Slums of Nightfall’ in 2016 and ‘Rhythms of the Eternal Uprising’ in 2017. Today, William Wright is already hard at work on yet another collection, as well as a work of historical fiction.

Curious Matrix

Curiosity is all around us. You just need to explore it. This book is doing exactly that – exploring various questions and hypotheseses about past, present and future world and society we’re living in. What you are going to read is by no means scientifically accurate in every way or a complete truth, but it is one man’s reflections on different topics with a pinch of creativity. A good part of the book is supported by various research, but a good portion is open to the imagination. That’s why I wrote this book, to share my view, which can be correct, it can be fictional and imaginable, but it is curious and explorational in many ways. That is the essence of writing – to explore your mind while bringing fiction closer to nonfiction. The book consists of 18 chapters that are not connected subjectwise but are somehow connected in curiosity. Those chapters are structured to make you question your foundations of thinking and consider difficult subjects. Whether those are; a future world with sex robots, a world without weapons, or perhaps a world without electricity, I think they are very interesting questions that are open to interpretation.

Meet Domagoj Pernar

Born and raised in Croatia, Domagoj Pernar was always a curious fellow. From his young days, he was interested in many different topics ranging from Russian authors such as Dostoevsky to interests in computers, informatics science, and mechanics. Later in life, he started researching philosophical theories and the potential for a dystopian end of society (perhaps that’s why he was born in 1984.) These interests in the philosophy and meaning of life, potential future developments of the world, and overall curiosity about today’s (and past) world led to journaling of his thoughts. For more info about potential future projects or if you wish to contact the author, please reach out directly on CuriousMatrix.com

Whispers Among The Prairie

***Winner of the 2019 Book Excellence Award in the Western category***

Journey back in time to the American West, where the ancient prairie lands are stained with blood from the battles being waged between the Indians and White Man.

The Indians wish to continue living in freedom as they always have, but the White Man see them as savages who need to be eradicated.

Chief Black Kettle, of the Southern Cheyenne Indians, and his adopted daughter, Morning Dove, try and keep the peace with the Whites, wishing to protect their people from the needless bloodshed sweeping across the land.

Enter Clinton McKay, a veteran of the Civil War, who re-enlists in the cavalry and crosses paths with Morning Dove. The pair soon develop feelings for one another but fight against them, knowing society wouldn’t allow them to be together, as they are on opposite sides of a war.

What will happen? Will they bow to an unjust society? Will their love flourish? Will Black Kettle keep his tribe safe? Join the adventure on the Great Plains in Whispers Among the Prairie.

Pianist in a Bordello (Bargain Book)

Pianist in a Bordello

What would happen if a politician decided to tell the truth—the whole truth? 
Richard Youngblood, aspiring Congressman, is about to find out. He’s running on a platform of honesty and transparency—and against the advice of his friends and advisers he’s decided to start with himself. His autobiography will lay his entire life bare before voters just days before the election.
And what a life he’s had. Born in a commune and named Richard Milhous Nixon Youngblood as an angry shot at his absent father, Richard grows up in the spotlight, the son of an enigmatic fugitive and the grandson of a Republican senator. He’s kidnapped and rescued, kicked out of college for a prank involving turkeys, arrested in Hawaii while trying to deliver secrets to the CIA…Dick Nixon Youngblood’s ready to tell all. 
He’ll even tell his readers about the Amandas—three women who share a name but not much else, and who each have helped shape and define the man he’s become. 
Are voters really ready for the whole truth?
Are you?
Pianist in a Bordello is a hilarious political romp through the last four decades of American history, from a narrator who is full of surprises.


Meet Mike C. Erickson

Mike C. Erickson grew up in the idyllic college town of Logan, Utah, but because of a twist of fate he graduated from high school in Honolulu. He left Hawaii brimming with aloha and enrolled at Utah State, where he was awarded two degrees and self-proclaimed minor intellectual status, which was of dubious value when the US Army invited him to vacation in South-East Asia. Ten days after leaving Vietnam, he began decades of dispensing pearls of wisdom as a high school history teacher, academic decathlon coach, and on occasion, as a community college instructor in the Sacramento area. Mike and his wife Trudy, have two grown sons and a grandson born soon after this novel is published. When not in Hawaii or another exotic locale, they live in Gold River, California. This is his first novel.

Thorfinn and the Witch’s Curse

THE 2020 WISHING SHELF BRONZE MEDAL WINNER! Viking legends, unforgettable characters and authentic history combine in an exciting series starter! Vikings and Saxons, ghostly curses, witches and soothsayers, dangerous were-creatures and a young boy who must find his courage! 

Danelaw life is good! Practicing martial skills, grumbling over chores, listening to scary stories and shadowing his brothers everywhere, Finn is a normal boy of ten in the Viking Kingdoms of ninth century England. A bit timid, his father plots his apprenticeship while the family prepares a grand wedding. Off to the North, his uncle sails home after years of exile. And unbeknownst to all, the ghost of an ancient mage sits sentinel over his clan freehold. But when a witch’s curse comes alive, a mishap turns young Finn into a vardoger, haunted by his own forerunner ghost. 

Suddenly thrust into a new realm beyond Midgard, Finn struggles to be a boy by day and a ghost at night. His own clan fears him, he overhears murder plots, he learns the truth of giants and the hidden folk, and the witch still hunts revenge… 

Will Finn find the courage to defeat his enemies, save his uncle, and accept his new half-ghostly existence?

Don’t miss Thorfinn and the Witch’s Curse, first book of The Forerunner Series by Jay Veloso Batista.


Meet Jay Veloso Batista

Author of the Forerunner Series, an Epic Viking Age Historical Fantasy, Jay has also penned RPG games and non-fiction. Jay lives on the shore in Delaware where he can kayak and eat bluefin crabs.

Britfield and the Lost Crown

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BRITFIELD & THE LOST CROWN is a fast-paced adventure novel that transports the reader from the smoldering crags of Yorkshire, through the heart of England, and finally to the magnificent shores of Dover. Creating an interactive world of mystery and adventure, Britfield is about friendship, family, loyalty, and courage.

ESCAPING FROM WEATHERLY ORPHANAGE, a place where learning is suppressed, and children are treated as labor, best friends Tom and Sarah outsmart the nasty owners Mr. and Mrs. Grievous, the seedy caretaker Mr. Speckle, and even the legendary watchdog Wind. Yet shortly before leaving, Tom discovers a clue that will change his life forever.

Relentlessly chased by the illustrious Detective Gowerstone, the two narrowly escape by commandeering a hot air balloon and flying over central England. Crashing at Oxford University, they receive the sympathy of Dr. Hainsworth, an esteemed professor who decides to help them safely get to London.

Forced to land the balloon at Windsor Castle, Hainsworth asks for help from former student and head butler Philip. After a white-knuckled chase through St. Paul’s Cathedral and the London underground, with Detective Gowerstone still in hot pursuit, Tom and Sarah are nearly out of time.

I Only Wanted to Live: The Struggle of a Boy to Survive the Holocaust

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A broad picture of the Holocaust from the point of view of a child

This book is a memoir of a child who is swept into the whirlwind of the Holocaust. The epic history is narrowed down to the struggle of a single boy nicknamed Leosz to survive the war. From age 7 to age 13, he endures all the horrors that the Holocaust brings upon the Jewish people. Life hangs on split-second timing, decision-making in impossibly cruel circumstances, incredible resourcefulness, luck and the help of others, even Germans.

In the Krakow Ghetto, Leosz is saved from three mass deportations to the death camps. He escapes the ghetto, survives for several weeks pretending to be a

Polish street child, and then goes into hiding. Although sentenced to die after being caught, he is instead miraculously reunited with his family in the Plaszow labor camp. A year later, father and son become slave laborers in the Gozen 2 camp in Austria, where his father perishes. Close to death himself, Leosz is finally liberated by the American army on May 5th, 1945.

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