My Love Affair with Manhattan (Vignettes of a Life in the City)

The very concept of New York City conjures up a wealth of emotions in many people. For writer Joanie Strulowitz, it has always been a place of magic: an enticing playground, a cascade of art, a wonderland of fascinating characters, a youth serum to keep her feeling forever young.

Believing herself to be a New Yorker who just happened to be born in Iowa, Strulowitz felt the tantalizing call of Manhattan from the time she was four, and eventually made her home there. In this love song to the City, she pays adoring tribute to the essence of Manhattan from its intense pace and the pounding excitement in the air to the funky charm and even the glittering pavement that provides a stage on which it all unfolds.

The City is her laboratory, her art studio, and the extraordinary inspiration for this collection of captivating vignettes. In each short but sublime piece, Strulowitz evokes the luminous ambiance that has lured artists and adventure seekers to the island metropolis for generations: enthralling chance encounters, the slightly terrifying exhilaration of first subway rides, the soothing clink of silverware in a favorite sidewalk cafe, the urge to break into song when discovering a perfect little boutique.

Anyone who has lived in New York City, played tourist there, or just dreamed of paying a visit will find something to love in this transcendent appreciation of the jewel-encrusted celebration of life and art that is Manhattan.


Meet Joanie Strulowitz

ALTHOUGH JOANIE STRULOWITZ is seasoned in numerous aspects of the arts and business, writing has always been her baby. While raising her two daughters in Iowa, she joined the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. Years later, after finding her first apartment in Los Angeles, she discovered that–magnetically–the SCBWI offices were two blocks from her front door.
Originally from Iowa and later Chicago, Strulowitz moved to New York because, as she explains in My Love Affair with Manhattan (Vignettes of a Life in the City), “My soul has always lived there, and my body needs to catch up.”
With a memory that is largely emotive, she recalls almost every square inch of how she felt growing up. As an observer who always thought something was wrong with her because she didn’t fit in, she discovered that writing books, and being involved with all of the arts, help to make sense of life.
Now she seeks to be the voice she searched for, so the lessons she learned can help others to find the gifts in their differences–and to believe in themselves and their dreams.
Today you can find her (and her black turtleneck) in Los Angeles, writing a chapter on her grocery bag while walking home, or completing her YA fantasy novel during Pilates sessions.

A Twist of Magic

This uplifting picture book is a young reader’s passport to an eye-opening adventure. Explore the World With a Twist of Magic, Anna’s world transforms. An unknown place. A mysterious food. An unfamiliar language. Will Anna and her sidekick, Bear, accept the kindness of a new friend and have the courage to discover where this adventure may lead? Perfect for read-aloud by loving parents, grandparents, and educators, this beautifully illustrated story has the transformative power to take us outside of our comfort zone. With a magical journey to a South American city, this book gives the gift of travel inviting readers to bravely discover the beauty of the world.

Meet Allison Ward

Allison Ward is a children’s author of the World Explorers series including recent release, A Twist of Magic, as well as other adventure stories for young kids. From her time spent flying helicopters to international diplomacy, Allison brings a wealth of rich experiences and perspectives to her readers. Through books, she shares inspiring stories of exploration that teach children to be brave, try new things, and treat everyone with respect. While she loved to explore all stretches of her imagination through writing, playing, and acting as a child, Allison still finds ways to keep her curiosity and the joy of discovery alive as an adult. She is a life-long learner and an advocate for well-rounded education through everything from books to travel. Allison incorporates world knowledge, adventure, and a touch of magic into each story to inspire readers to keep exploring. When she’s not trying street foods in Southeast Asia or hunting for treasures in the markets of the Middle East, she lives in South Carolina and is usually working on a new project or planning her next family adventure.

Lightward

Lightward is the dragon quest of our built for hero, Startus Maximus. Over land and sea, he must overcome trial, tribulation, and loss. If he is lucky and true, he will succeed. If not, he will be a quick snack. Armed with the magical Spear of Reivl and a Dragon scale shield, can he triumph and carry on the legacy of Defender?


Meet David Cleofas Avila

David Cleofas Avila is a writer, musician, artist, former mental health worker, journeyman drywall finisher, and Paul Harris Fellow.

Third Eye Lucidity

You enter the universe through thought, a manifested portal, and each time you enter, it’s the same place but a new journey.


The answers you seek you will not find, yet a new power will arise that you never could fathom, one that can’t be found but unlocked. Open your gift and show the present the true essence of who you are. Third Eye Lucidity is a collection of poetry and prose that promotes living positively and imparts balance and perspective for a tranquil and virtuous spirit. Volumes are created to take the reader on a spiritual journey, a voyage that they sail through life using the currents of the words on each page. Enter the void and untether yourself from worldly desires and unnatural aspects of the physical realm. Awaken the third eye that has been hibernating this entire time.

Atlantic Rock

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Life’s about being comfortable, isn’t it? You find what makes you happy and you stick with it for the rest of your days.

That’s what Jimmy Stephens thought. Routine was Jimmy’s best mate, until routine found another group of friends. Somehow stranded on the remotest island in the world, Jimmy was forced to make peace with a whole new way of living, and a whole new way of seeing things.

Jimmy’s tale is one of isolation, adaptation and inspiration, challenging the fundamentals of twenty first century life.

Hell to Reality: One prisoner’s journey

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1939 Torun, Poland; the journey was perilous. The Mayer family; Peter, Mary his wife and their two sons John and Vladek, were under deep peril and had a decision to make. Early in the morning Peter was conscripted to a mandatory sentence by regulation under the threat of death at gunpoint by the Gestapo to be the “Volksdeutsche,” informer. Peter had no choice but to immediately leave Torun to flee to his cousin Klaus Kramke. He settled near the borders of Germany and Lithuania. Peter became one of many hundreds of migratory people without a name, identity, or a place to call home. Peter was victimized, attacked and left for dead on one of his trips to Lithuania. Unable to care for his own needs and bad bodily injuries, Peter was taken in as a refugee. Peter’s memory was obscured. In 1940 Peter was forced to join the Russian army. In 1941 the German army invaded Russia and Lithuanian provinces. Capture and transfer was inevitable to the infamous “Stalag 18” camp for migratory prisoners. Providence was with Peter and even as an unknown without a past he was recognized by family, his cousin Klaus. In 1943 Klaus and Peter escaped from Stalag 18 and fled to Olsztyn and later to his native home town Torun. In 1945 the Russian invaders liberated Torun. After the war Peter had his mind set on true freedom. The Baltic Sea was the only way to freedom; this idea never left his mind. Accounts from “Hell to Reality” is loosely based on the harrowing accounts of war, persecution and an identity that never left or abandoned Peter. Names and locations were changed.