Four Eyes Were Never Better Than Two by Kelly Coleman Potter

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Four Eyes Were Never Better Than Two by Kelly Coleman Potter

The Indie Book of the Day for 7th of December, 2014!

Genre: Humor, Memoir

Kelly Coleman Potter, once known in inner circles as Smelly Kelly, doesn’t see things like most of us do. This could be due to the nearsightedness that presented itself in third grade when she became known as four-eyed Smelly Kelly, but it’s not. According to her high school Journalism teacher, Potter has a unique perspective and outlook on life. She still doesn’t know if that was a compliment or an insult – or perhaps, just a nice way to say she’s weird.

In this collection of essays, Four Eyes Were Never Better Than Two…and other observations, Potter offers a candid look at the human condition with tales recounting the past and present. From her younger days of dreaming about being a Dallas Cowboy cheerleader so she could own pom-poms to sex education taught by a Joyce Dewitt look-alike, Potter confesses all – including the ironic account of throwing up on a dog named Ralph.

No stranger to embarrassment, she writes of cold sores that require an exorcism and the torture that was seventh grade gym class, capturing the angst, humiliation, and absurdity in those moments that often define us as individuals. Observations include: desperation can make a person do some pretty stupid things like answering a personal ad, hot wax is best left in the hands of a professional if you value your lips, and nothing is so surprising as the man who claims to hate dancing busting a move in a hospital recovery room.

Even if you’ve never had to admit in a public setting that you’re having your period, passed out at the eye doctor’s office, or had an illogical fear of a lawn mower, Potter’s self-deprecating wit and sometimes bizarre sense of humor will make you glad these things only happen on sit-coms… or to her.

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  • File Size: 937 KB
  • Print Length: 195 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 061595877X
  • Publisher: Kelly Coleman Potter (January 22, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00HZWLO88
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Kelly Coleman Potter is the author of “Off-Kelter,” a weekly humor column that ran in print for ten years, and two books – A Little Off-Kelter…the parenting years, Four Eyes Were Never Better Than Two…and other observations. Potter began writing at a very young age – about as soon as she could hold a pencil and form words. She’s a professional kid wrangler, having successfully raised two sons into adulthood who are both members of the world’s greatest Navy. Her hobbies used to include ranting, “You kids are going to drive me to drinking,” and collecting loose change in parking lots and couch cushions for her lobotomy fund. Now, they include writing, bragging about her handsome sailor sons, and hanging out with her four dogs. Potter is married to her husband of twenty-three years and resides somewhere in the cornfields of Indiana. She still never passes up a nickel laying on the ground because the lobotomy is never totally out of the question.

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Door in Dark Water by P. D. Callahan

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Door in Dark Water by P. D. Callahan

The Indie Book of the Day for 31st of October, 2014!

Genre: Non Fiction, Memoir

P.D. Callahan, a college boy from the suburbs of Boston jumps straight into the hardscrabble world of Maine herring fishing in 1972. As he dives deep into the darkness and cruelty of fishing to make money, he realizes that he has walked through a secret doorway, a portal to another reality, a place where knowledge stems from the physical world, the corrosive and creative force of the sea, the emotional act of catching something alive and selling it for food and money, and living to the next day and the next day.

But tension strains his recent marriage as his girlfriend-turned-wife struggles with the harshness of their everyday existence. The shared burden of building a house with their own hands, and her job teaching art to 550 students from their dilapidated car, combine to sap her spirit and leave her with little or no energy to create her own art—the paintings that sustain her. Frustrated with harshness of survival and the strictures of small town life, she begins to look elsewhere.

At the core of this riveting narrative are the hilarious, and often terrifying, real events which teach this boy-becoming-man about the limits of endurance, love, and the difference between real and imagined fears.

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  • File Size: 15192 KB
  • Print Length: 262 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0966560922
  • Publisher: Nightwood Press (May 27, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00KMDQ8MY
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In 1972, P. D. Callahan graduated from Hampshire College and drove directly to Maine to visit a friend. Ten years later he was still there working on the water, winter and summer, as a commercial herring fisherman. Callahan’s crazy unplanned career is the subject of DOOR IN DARK WATER, a memoir of the people he loved, their collective moments of terror and temporary stardom, and a culture long since lost.

P. D. Callahan now lives outside of Boston, Massachusetts and has published several short works in literary magazines.

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Shot In The Head by Katherine Flannery Dering

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Shot In The Head by Katherine Flannery Dering

The Indie Book of the Day for 27th of September, 2014!

Genre: Memoir, Health

One wall divides life from darkness. After the worldwide Blackout, America built a concrete wall—the Frontier—across the middle of the nation to isolate its precious electricity in the top half. Everyone below the Frontier was forsaken, and now only a few survive in the grim region known as the Dark Zone. 

Sixteen year old Phoenix Troublefield endures the dark with his girlfriend, Star Windsong. When America announces that it will trade electricity for immigrants, Phoenix and Star sacrifice themselves for the power that might sa

A bittersweet memoir about life and loss.  This true story brings to life the experiences of one large family before and after the onset of mental illness. Using a mix of narrative, photographs, emails and pictures of various cherished objects, the book takes the reader into author Katherine Flannery Dering’s world of caring for her younger brother Paul, who suffered from schizophrenia.

When her brother developed lung cancer, the author had to step up to help in his care. Maneuvering through the maze of our mental health system, she (and her eight siblings) got to know social workers and the employees of nursing homes on a first name basis, saw friends and family less often, missed work, and ate fewer meals at home and more fast food.  Along the way, she changed in unforeseen ways, and her perception of her ill brother, Paul, changed as well.ve her younger brother. On the other side of the Frontier, they find America is not what they expected, and instead they are thrown into a shocking and deeply personal contest that threatens to destroy their love. When the chance comes to escape back into the Dark Zone, it may already be too late.

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  • File Size: 1475 KB
  • Print Length: 227 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 192763721X
  • Publisher: bridgeross Communications (March 31, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00JEM0ZKU
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Author Katherine Flannery Dering was the second of ten children, her brother Paul eighth. He was 16 when he suffered his first psychotic episode. When Paul also developed lung cancer the author had to overcome her reluctance to deal with the troubled man and step up to help in his care. While maneuvering through the maze of our mental health system, she and her eight siblings got to know social workers and the employees of adult and nursing homes on a first name basis, saw friends and family less often, missed work, and ate fewer meals at home and more fast food. Along the way, she changed in unforeseen ways, and her perception of her ill brother, Paul, changed at well. Katherine has an MFA from Manhattanville College. Previously a chief financial officer at a community bank in New York, she holds a BA from Le Moyne College, an MBA from the University of Minnesota at Duluth, and an MA in Spanish Lit. from the University of Buffalo.

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The Ugly Daughter by Julia Legian & Dawn Burke

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The Ugly Daughter by Julia Legian & Dawn Burke

The Indie Book of the Day for 18th of June, 2014!

Genre: Memoir, Women

The Ugly Daughter is a thrilling memoir, the gripping true story of a young girl who witnessed horrific murders and who overcame cruel abuse and unimaginable tragedies to find love and happiness. 

Julia Legian’s emotionally, harrowing and fascinating memoir reveals how she endured a series of unbelievable tragedies and heartbreaking abuse from the hands of her parents and great aunty, and how she rose above her horrendous past to have a successful and happy life. It’s beautifully written with simplicity and shocking honesty. The Ugly Daughter is a wonderful reminder that regardless of your social background or environment you came from, you can rise above the tragedy and survive. This book also clearly demonstrates that anything is possible if only you have firm faith in God or your creator. It’s an amazing story of miracles, shocking reality of domestic violence, survival and extraordinary luck. This really is a powerful and touching story that must be read. 

This volume covers Julia’s life from growing up in Vietnam to the journey to Sungei Besi refugee camp when her family escaped the horrors and the aftermath of the Vietnam War. The second volume of the story, not yet released, is in production and has legal implications that have to be carefully managed. It covers their arrival in Australia and the challenges and nightmares that they faced there. 

 

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  • File Size: 976 KB
  • Print Length: 203 pages
  • Publisher: Julia Legian & Dawn Burke (February 2, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00I7S5PK2
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Julia Legian (aka Loan Thi Nguyen) was born in 1972, South Vietnam. Or was it 1971? Nobody really knows so she prefers to err on the young side. In the 80s her parents fled Vietnam as “boat people” and immigrated to Australia. For most of her adult life she has worked in real estate. She quit her job in 2002 and became a successful property investor. In 2004 she set up her own business as a buyer agent to help others follow her footsteps. She is now officially retired to concentrate full time on writing. She is happily married to Simion and has a wonderful, kind and loving son, Jeremy. 

Dawn Burke is a creative writing teacher and editor. She has published books on writing and has written and published works of fiction. She has two beautiful daughters and nine grandchildren. In her view, working with Julia Legian has been an honour and a privilege. Helping Julia to recount the story of her struggle for survival against painful obstacles, has been a rewarding experience.

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The Child of Dawn by Belangela G. Tarazona

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The Child of Dawn by Belangela G. Tarazona

The Indie Book of the Day for 21st of May, 2014!

Genre: Memoir, Disabilities

Every parent has the right to expect a normal, healthy child. When your precious baby is diagnosed with autism, though, how do you deal?  The Child of Dawn chronicles one mother’s journey of acceptance and remarkable bravery in the face of bureaucratic hassle as she tenderly cares and advocates for her son.  These memoirs also tell on how necessary it is to put the parents’ own pain aside, to give their son the best opportunities for development and independence. They expect nothing but the child’s wellbeing.  It is a personal and informative account of the challenges of raising a child with autism from a mother’s perspective. Although it tells a poignant story, it overflows with courage and unconditional love. Its candor eloquently captures the grace of the human spirit through pains and triumphs.  It is a trip to acceptance, without abdicating.

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  • File Size: 1846 KB
  • Print Length: 82 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: NPB Publishers (October 30, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00GB2S0WQ
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
  • X-Ray: Not Enabled
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Belangela G. Tarazona was born in Caracas, Venezuela, the fourth of five children.

Born into a family of readers, Belangela discovered her love of books, devouring the works of Gabriel García Marquez, George Eliot, Geoffrey Chaucer, Homer, Virgil, Rómulo Gallegos, Leo Tolstoi, Miguel de Cervantes, Sir Walter Scott, Agatha Christie, Anton Chekhov, Mark Twain and Charles Dickens, among many others. She has never known a time when she wasn’t reading or dreaming about writing stories.

She is the multi-genre author of The Child of Dawn (nonfiction) and Truths of Illusion Series (fiction).

Having tried her hand as Systems Analyst and Programmer, Freelance Spanish Instructor, QA Assistant and Patent Coordinator, she has come to realize her true passion in writing.

Belangela was awarded a grant from “Rieck-Andersens Familiefond” to translate “The Child of Dawn” into Danish. She lives and writes in Frederiksberg, Denmark, with her husband and their son.

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Queen Máxima of the Netherlands by Liesbeth Heenk

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Queen Máxima of the Netherlands by Liesbeth Heenk

The Indie Book of the Day for 21st of February, 2014!

Genre: Memoir, Royalty

Great introduction to Maxima Zorreguieta’s career and life as Queen of The Netherlands!

This  is a publication on Máxima Zorreguieta (1971) and her husband King Willem-Alexander (1967). It focuses on Máxima’s education, interests and her current public posts.  You will read about her impressive career, her meeting in 1999 and subsequent secret affair with the blond man who appeared to be the Dutch Crown Prince, and -of course- her love of glamour. 

Along the way, you will get to know King Willem-Alexander and his illustrious Royal predecessors. It gives a good overview of Maxima’s personality and the Dutch Royal family she has married into.

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  • File Size: 4107 KB
  • Print Length: 42 pages
  • Publisher: Amsterdam Publishers; 2 edition (November 25, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00BS9LJN4
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I am an art historian and Van Gogh specialist. After completing my PhD at the Courtauld I worked at Christie’s in London and at Sotheby’s in Amsterdam. I decided to set up my own business a few years ago, and I must say I love being independent! I write, publish and organize exhibitions.

I started writing the series Secrets of Van Gogh, and -much to my delight- the first book ‘The 1-Hour Van Gogh Book’ was immediately a best seller. It has now been translated into Spanish: Una Hora con van Gogh!

The second book, ‘Van Gogh’s Inner Struggle’, took me eight month to write because I wanted to re-read all his letters. But it was a fascinating and fulfilling experience. The book contains a lot of new material on his life, work and illness, revealing how the artist battled with his mental illness, the dilemma between selling and not selling. In my art history books I try to avoid jargon. Anybody with an interest in art should be able to enjoy and fully comprehend my books…! I really hope to open your eyes to the extraordinary qualities of Van Gogh’s paintings and learn about Van Gogh’s tragic life. If you understand his life you will also have a better viewing experience.

‘Van Gogh Today’ is not an art history book, but consists of short stories of contemporary people whose lives are touched some way or another by Van Gogh’s tragic life or his work. A great read!

Especially for people who want to prepare their trip to Amsterdam, I published the Amsterdam Museum E-Books, all of them lavishly illustrated with high-quality texts describing the masterpieces and highlights: The New Rijksmuseum, the Anne Frank House, The Hermitage Museum, The Van Gogh Museum and Things to do in Amsterdam: Museums. Since I firmly believe in the ‘Read Before You Look Concept, they can be best read before visiting the many great museums of Amsterdam. Hope you will enjoy!

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Trail of 32 by Paul Rega

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Trail of 32 by Paul Rega

The Indie Book of the Day for 6th of February, 2014!

Genre: Travel, Memoir

THE ASTONISHING, TRUE STORY of a group of thirty-two boys and leaders who accomplished an amazing feat in 1972, when they rode their bicycles from Wood Dale, Illinois to Jacksonville, Florida.

Baby boomers of all ages as well as Scouts, past and present will marvel over this amazing true story of courage, conquest, and adventure. Fans of Stand By Me will applaud this tale of heroism and childhood in a simpler time.

The 1960’s and early 70’s were a simpler time–a common sense two-pedal world with realistic adventures, and everyday heroes. In the summer of 1972, an innocence was lost when twenty-six young boys in a small rural town set out to accomplish something bigger than themselves. Their journey of nearly 1,400 miles would take them through eight states, crossing over the Great Smoky Mountains. It was a tremendous achievement–one that would be hailed as the longest organized bike hike in the history of Scouting. 

 

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  • File Size: 1781 KB
  • Print Length: 390 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0615875653
  • Publisher: Deep Blue Publishing (January 22, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00EXC1BWW
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Paul Rega began his writing career in 1980 while attending Western Illinois University as a staff reporter for the Western Courier. Upon graduating with a degree in biology and journalism, he spent the next thirty years in business having started an executive search firm in 1984. His passion for writing stayed with him throughout his business life, and he started writing his first book in 1993.

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Once Upon A Road Trip by Angela N. Blount

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Once Upon A Road Trip by Angela N. Blount

The Indie Book of the Day for 25th of December, 2013!

Genre: Memoir, Travel

Eighteen-year-old Angeli doesn’t “fit in.” She’s never been on a single date, and she lives vicariously through an online world of storytelling. With the pressures of choosing a practical future path bearing down, she needs a drastic change. Too old to run away from home, she opts instead to embark on a solo 2-month road trip. But her freedom is tempered by loneliness — and anxiety tests her resolve as she comes face-to-face with her quirky internet friends.

Aside from contracting mono and repeatedly getting herself lost, Angeli’s adventure is mired by more unforeseen glitches — like being detained by Canadian authorities, and a near-death experience at the hands of an overzealous amateur wrestler. Her odyssey is complicated further when she unwittingly earns the affections of two young men. One a privileged martial artist; the other a talented techie with a colorful past.

Bewildered by the emotions they stir, Angeli spurns the idea of a doomed long-distance relationship. But she is unprepared for the determination of her hopeful suitors. In the wake of her refusal, one man will betray her, and the other will prove himself worthy of a place in her future.

Angeli sets off in search of a better understanding of herself, the world, and her place in it. What she finds is an impractical love, with the potential to restore her faith in happy endings.

A true story with an unapologetically honest outlook on life, love, faith, and adventure — Once Upon A Road Trip is a coming-of-age memoir.

 

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  • File Size: 4629 KB
  • Print Length: 407 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 098958092X
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Artifice Press (October 30, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00E91R8NS
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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Angela N. Blount is a Minnesota native, transplanted to the deep South-where she currently resides with her understanding husband, their two children, and a set of identity-confused cats. She is a former book reviewer for RT Book Reviews, a memoirist, freelance editor, sporadic poet, and webcomic artist.

Angela is an active PRO member of the RWA (Romance Writers of America), and was named a finalist in the 2012 Sheila, Laurie, and Orange Rose contests. She also took first place in the 2012 OKRWA Finally A Bride contest.

In her spare time, Angela enjoys reading, coffee shop loitering, questionable attempts at horticulture, and all things geeky.

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Let Me Get This Off My Chest by Margaret Lesh

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Let Me Get This Off My Chest by Margaret Lesh

The Indie Book of the Day for 24th of September, 2013!

Genre: Memoir, Cancer

Tamoxifen hot flashes, mastectomy, reconstruction, breast cancer etiquette, Frankenboobs, bras with special attachments—Margaret Lesh shares all in her funny, heartfelt collection of essays, anecdotes, and life lessons from the perspective of a two-time breast cancer survivor. She’ll tell you when it’s okay to play the cancer card, what you should take to the hospital, and gives suggestions on how to cope in those dark moments of the soul. With practical tips sprinkled throughout, LET ME GET THIS OFF MY CHEST explores how breast cancer changed her outlook on life, offering honest insights, humor, and sensitivity as she looks for the silver lining in a not-so-great situation.

Whether you are a woman diagnosed with breast cancer or whether you know someone with breast cancer, this book was written for you.

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  • File Size: 454 KB
  • Print Length: 203 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0615812511
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: StoryRhyme.com Publishing; 1 edition (July 1, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00DQSVL4W
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California girl Margaret Lesh lives with her husband and son in a quiet suburb near Los Angeles. She writes middle grade, young adult, and women’s fiction. When she’s not writing, she’s thinking about baked goods, especially donuts, far too often. She believes tacos are magic.

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Through Gilly’s Eyes by Matthew VanFossan

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Through Gilly's Eyes by Matthew VanFossan

The Indie Book of the Day for 20th of September, 2013!

Genre: Memoir, Pets

Through Gilly’s Eyes is a moving coming-of-age story about a young man and the guide dog who loved him.

What would you do if you were sitting in school one morning and suddenly found you couldn’t see? When it happens to Matt VanFossan during his third year of college, it’s the start of a life he hasn’t planned on and definitely doesn’t want. When he’s paired with a new guide dog a few months later, he’s still in a state of denial.

But Matt’s new companion, named Gilly, isn’t one for self-pity – or modesty, as he describes himself as “one of the handsomest dogs at guide dog school.” A keen observer of the human condition, especially his human’s condition, Gilly provides a running commentary on Matt’s progress. And as Gilly and Matt learn to work together, the two gradually forge a relationship that transcends the ordinary bonds between dog and man.

From dog training school then back to college, from home and on to Brazil, Gilly relates their story with humor and insight. Through Matt’s challenging adventures, new friendships, and ultimately, lasting love, Gilly provides him with guidance and companionship for six years – a lifetime that will last forever.

Not a dog lover? You will be once you’ve finished this tale and looked at the world through Gilly’s eyes.

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  • File Size: 503 KB
  • Print Length: 330 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Volant Press Ltd.; 1 edition (January 14, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00B1H8SO6
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I’m interested in writing, music, and the human psyche. I’ve learned a lot about patience from my dogs and a lot about expressing emotion from my wife.

Santa Monica, California, USA

 

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