Letters To Young Chong by Melanie Moore

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Letters To Young Chong by Melanie Moore

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

Genre: Humor, Memoir

Booze, sex, and good times. What more could you ask for from a memoir? Letters To Young Chong is much like the pickled ginger on a sushi plate. As a reader, sometimes you need something spicy to cleanse your palate between complex books. That is what you will find here.

Letters To Young Chong is based on the friendship that developed between Melissa Moore and myself. No relation at all. We were often confused as the same person or considered twins. It was a rough start having to share my name. I was sure I would hate that name stealing girl for all of time. Thank goodness I finally got over that. I could not imagine life without her.

Through the beginning chapters, you will read how our friendship was built. In our rural area, we weren’t provided with the luxuries of entertainment big city kids have. We learned how to keep ourselves occupied with fast cars, booze and each other.

The friendship survives years of separation and abusive relationships. When we finally meet up again, we fall right back into step. It is obvious though that time has taken its toll and the situations we have lived through change our outlook on the world forever.

So grab a stiff drink and join the Young Chong experience! Jump on the crazy train that readers are describing as an addicting, rowdy story that will make you bust out laughing and cry your eyes out. If you survive this ride, you’ll definitely want to stay tuned for the sequel!

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  • File Size: 581 KB
  • Print Length: 426 pages
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00AVQ3HBW
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Melanie Moore still resides on the Eastern Shore of Virginia. She has recently immersed herself back into writing. She still loves a good drink, a good man, a good dog and good friends. She finds any combination of those things leads to a good time. She is currently working on the sequel to Letters To Young Chong. Keep your eyes out for Tomato Stakes: A Memoir Of An Unhealthy Obsession.

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Overlay by Marlayna Glynn Brown

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Overlay by Marlayna Glynn Brown

The Indie Book of the Day for 2nd of February, 2013!

Genre: Memoir, Women’s

Overlay is Volume 1 in the Memoirs of Marlayna Glynn Brown trilogy.

Fans of The Glass Castle, The Liar’s Club and Angela’s Ashes will appreciate this extraordinary tale of survival and resilience recorded in spare and convincing prose. Written from a child’s point of view from ages 4 to 17, this tale describes the turbulent childhood of the author in 1970s Las Vegas.

The desert perimeter serves as a hot, dry and dangerous barrier that shuts out the rest of the vibrant world and bleaches away any sense of the joy that colors childhoods. Born into an ongoing cycle of alcoholism and abandonment amidst fallen adults, Marlayna develops a powerful sense of self-preservation in contrast to the people entrusted with her care. Her story explores the personalities of the bizarre characters who populate her life as she moves from home to home, parent to parent, family to family and ultimately to homelessness at the age of fourteen.

Out of the resources of her remarkable childhood emerges an inner strength that will charm and captivate readers and remain in their consciousness long after the last page of her story has been turned.

City of Angeles, Volume 2 in the trilogy, continues the author’s remarkable journey toward self-reinvention.

Big As All Hell And Half Of Texas is the final volume in Marlayna’s trilogy.

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  • File Size: 494 KB
  • Print Length: 341 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1475200358
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  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007IKDI0Y
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Marlayna Glynn Brown is a mother of four, author, screenwriter, actress, producer, poet, yogi and photographer. Marlayna was born and raised in Las Vegas, Nevada but now lives wherever she lays her head.

Marlayna’s latest release, Forty-Something Phoenix: A Travel Memoir, takes readers from Texas to Italy, Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia/Herzegovina, Montenegro, Ukraine, Germany, Austria, Slovakia, Hungary, Czech Republic, Belgium and finally The Netherlands in a search for self among others.

Her other works include the wildly beloved memoir trilogy: Overlay – A Tale of One Girl’s Life in 1970s Las Vegas, City of Angeles and Big as All Hell and Half of Texas.

Her 2009 short film, People That do Something, is based upon a chapter from Overlay and can be viewed on Youtube.

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You are loved… by Mark Fiore and Lisa Lucca

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You are loved... by Mark Fiore and Lisa Lucca

The Indie Book of the Day for 18th of January, 2013!

Genre: Memoir, Parenting

YOU ARE LOVED is the deeply personal true story of the intersecting lives of a man and a woman finding love, grace and meaning in a cynical world. Their chance meeting in 1982 sets in motion a lifetime connection amidst dysfunctional relationships, child raising and their quest for life purpose. As the years pass, their support and understanding of one another becomes the compass that navigates them through the changes and choices their souls yearn to make.

More than just a love story . . . this is a story of true love. Told in nearly a decade of actual emails exchanged between them, their ongoing conversation delves into life’s biggest questions with wry humor, heartfelt poignancy and brutal honesty. On their journey, Mark and Lisa struggle to follow the call of destiny that leads them to risk change and create rich, authentic lives.

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  • File Size: 498 KB
  • Print Length: 387 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0615686613
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: JuJu House Publishing (October 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009K1ESX0
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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In an effort to support themselves and fund their upcoming book tour, Lisa coaches others who are launching their own creative endeavors while Mark plays drums with various bands and remodels kitchens. They can be found frequenting cool neighborhood establishments in the San Francisco Bay Area in search of good Pinot Noir and great calamari.

They still exchange an occasional email.

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Ramblings in Ireland by Kerry Dwyer

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Ramblings in Ireland by Kerry Dwyer

The Indie Book of the Day for 4th of December, 2012!

Genre: Memoir, Travel

This is not a book about rambling in Ireland.

It tells the tale of one particular walking trip and the memories and musings it inspired.

Exploring the West of Ireland is a time for meditation, spiritual reflection and strengthening the bonds of life. More practically the ability to read a map might have proved helpful. The tourist office in Ireland has all their paths clearly marked. You can’t go wrong if you follow that little yellow man. Or can you?

As British ex-patriate Kerry Dwyer leads Bertrand, her trusting French husband, astray once more, they reminisce and reflect upon accents and accidents, family and friends, love and what it means to be alive. Bertrand doesn’t mind getting lost – he loves Kerry all the more for going off the beaten track.

This is a book about ramblings in Ireland. Walk with Kerry and Bertrand and follow where your thoughts lead you.

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  • File Size: 285 KB
  • Print Length: 179 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1478392762
  • Publisher: Someday Box (August 13, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008XJU98I
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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Kerry Dwyer was born in Yorkshire, England. She was educated in the Home Counties. She spent nearly twenty five years working in finance in Europe and America before moving to South West France where she still lives. She works as an English Teacher to adults and writes in her spare time. Her first book, “Ramblings in Ireland,” was inspired by a holiday walking in Cork and Kerry with her French husband. She explores the cross channel cultural differences and rambles in the true Freudian sense.

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Maria’s Duck Tales by Maria Daddino

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Maria's Duck Tales by Maria Daddino

The Indie Book of the Day for 7th of November, 2012!

Genre: Memoir, Animals

This collection of short tales reveals the patience and love the author has for the wild creatures that have made her homes sanctuaries for both human and non-human friends alike. Some readers might fear that she anthropomorphizes the ducks and other wildlife that, through her repeated encounters over the years, have come to be familiar personalities and a great source of entertainment for her, given her penchant for naming them and identifying their personal quirks or speculating on their desires. However, the author reveals in glimpses how much she has researched the nature and needs of these creatures, in her very brief forays into , for example, relatively unknown facts about opossums (they eat snail and slugs and are “nature’s sanitation engineers”!) or the reluctant but firm decision to intervene only when in the best interests of the animal, ever mindful these are not pets, but wild creatures. In the end, the collection turns out to be a sweet and lively introduction to a small community of wildlife that shared her home, and an excellent reminder that the world is full of more than men. That her wild home lay so close to a major metropolis is surprising, and hopeful.

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  • File Size: 305 KB
  • Print Length: 110 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 160594341X
  • Publisher: Llumina Press (May 10, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0050D2N3Y
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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Mother, grandmother … passionate about native gardens, birds, wildlife and collies … writer, author, believer in fairies …

Maria lives in a charming little hamlet on the magnificent East End of Long Island. Deer, turkeys, pheasants, egrets, herons, squirrels, opossums and, of course, glorious wild birds, brilliant in their feathered plumage, call her native wildlife garden home. Her extensive natural garden, certified as a wildlife habitat by the National Wildlife Federation, has been on display in several East End garden tours.

Although Maria delights in her garden, her greatest joy comes from her children and, most especially, from her adorable grandchildren.

Maria writes a weekly community column, “From Fourth Neck,” for the Western Edition of The Southampton Press. Her essays have appeared in The Press Box in both the Eastern and Western editions of The Southampton Press, as well as in The Press of Manorville and Moriches. Her wildlife stories have also appeared in the South Shore Monthly, the Great South Bay Magazine and In the Eyes of the Wild: An Anthology of Wildlife Poetry and Short Stories.

Maria lives in East Quogue with her collie Christie, her parrot Pablo and all of her “wild-friends.

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A Child Lost in Flight by Mohan K

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A Child Lost in Flight by Mohan K

The Indie Book of the Day for 3rd of November, 2012!

Genre: Memoir, Travel

A Child Lost in Flight is a first person account of a father coming to grips with the sudden death of his child on an international flight. The story is about his tragedy and the author’s experiences in recovering and moving on.

Air travel continues to be the safest mode of transport though fatal accidents do occur. When the author and his wife lost their baby on an international Jet Airways flight 229, they were heartbroken. The author recollects the birth of Aditya, the reason for international travel with the baby, details of the incident and aftermath. He attempts to make sense of the sudden death and about his drastically changed priorities. In this book, the author combines his analysis of grief, search for answers and explores the time spent in “recovering” and what really helped him move on.

A reviewer Luanne Stevenson blogs “It is unimaginable to comprehend a parent’s pain after losing a child. The struggle to move on may feel impossible, like mountain climbing in flip-flops. But Mohan K’s story reminds the reader that it is possible to move through unimaginable grief and when you reach the summit, you may be scraped and bruised from the climb, but the view from the top will take your breath away. Mohan K’s story is inspiring.”

The story weaves together inspiration and a practical approach to managing crisis and life changing events. It is ultimately about human triumph over tragedy.

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  • File Size: 150 KB
  • Print Length: 57 pages
  • Publisher: Amazon (June 17, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008E9KKCW
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Beyond Birkie Fever by Walter Rhein

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Beyond Birkie Fever by Walter Rhein

The Indie Book of the Day for 11th of October, 2012!

Genre: Memoir, Sports

Cross-country skiers are hearty folk. The compulsion to race marathon length distances in sub-freezing conditions requires an eternally optimistic and fiercely independent spirit. The fear of blinding snow or paralyzing cold does not deter them, and it has been said that skiers do not merely laugh at adversity; they are completely oblivious to its existence!

America’s greatest cross-country ski race is the American Birkebeiner, or “Birkie” for short. Every year, thousands of people journey from all over the globe to Hayward, Wisconsin, for a world-class celebration of life, winter and the competitive spirit.

Prior to the race, local participants find themselves in the throes of a unique and natural euphoria. They thrill at the prospect of participating shoulder to shoulder with elite international competitors in a wild race through the great Northwoods wilderness. It is the common person’s Olympic ideal! It is Birkie Fever!

Far more than just a severe case of pre-race jitters, Birkie Fever is an adventurous compulsion that fuses with your very essence and forms an integral part of your innermost being. It is the catalyst for a fundamental joy of life that gives you the courage to expand your dreams and the strength to achieve them!

“Beyond Birkie Fever” is the story of how America’s magnificent cross-country ski marathon can expand your horizons and be the gateway to experiences beyond anything you’d ever hoped to imagine!

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  • File Size: 524 KB
  • Print Length: 225 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Rhemalda Publishing (August 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005NWHE0O
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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Walter Rhein was born in Wisconsin, but moved to Lima, Peru in his twenties. There, he supported himself by writing, teaching, translating and editing. He currently splits his time between Wisconsin and Peru.

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Sister of Silence by Daleen Berry

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Sister of Silence by Daleen Berry

The Indie Book of the Day for 2nd of September 2012!

Genre: Memoir, True Crime

An amazing true-crime story that unfolds faster than you can keep up, and leaves you longing for more, when you turn the final page. Raped at thirteen, she was forced into a shotgun wedding after her high school was featured on national television for having the highest number of pregnant teens in the U.S. But then Daleen Berry found herself married to a coal miner who kept her barefoot and pregnant. By age twenty-one she had four children. Sister of Silence is the amazing story of her personal journey: how she went from being a teen mom to an award-winning journalist determined to break the silence that shatters women and children’s lives.

Kenneth V. Lanning, a retired FBI special supervisory agent who spent more than twenty years teaching about family violence at Quantico, Va., wrote the foreword for Sister of Silence. He says it’s “ultimately a story of survival and hope.” Dr. Jacquelyn Campbell, a Johns Hopkins University nursing professor and one of the country’s leading family violence researchers, calls Sister of Silence “wonderful!”

Campbell was the first professor to place the book on her syllabus. SOS is being taught at the University of Louisville; Dr. Jean Shimosaki, LCSW, MSW, a Bay Area therapist, is using it with her patients, as it provides “a step-by-step guide for healing.”

In 2006, an excerpt of SOS took first-place in the Appalachian Theme category at the West Virginia Writers’ Competition, and was banned at Livermore High School in California and removed from library shelves as “Banned Book Week 2011” began. It has been featured at “Hope For the Future: Ending Domestic Violence In Families,” hosted by the AIA (UC Berkeley), on The Bob Edwards Show (Sirius XM Radio), and on In A Word, a literary show produced by TV30.

The author is a California native who grew up in Preston and Berkeley counties in West Virginia, and went to work at The Preston County Journal. Among her many awards was one in 1990, when she won a first-place award for investigative journalism. In 1997, she worked for The Dominion Post, covering welfare reform. Among her awards are two second-place honors for her 2007 weekly columns in the Cumberland Times-News, one of which was born from SOS. Berry’s articles about Lashanda Armstrong, the mother who drove her van into the Hudson River in 2011, killing herself and three of her four children, appeared online at The Daily Beast.

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  • File Size: 553 KB
  • Print Length: 315 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0615388604
  • Publisher: Nellie Bly Books (November 10, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0066DKMDA
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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Daleen Berry (1963- ) was born in San Jose, California, but her parents kidnapped her and forced her to grow up instead in rural Preston County and in the suburbs of Washington, D.C. Since 1988 she has been an award-winning print journalist, columnist and editor who recently crossed over to write for online publications such as The Daily Beast. Sister of Silence, a memoir, is her first book. Berry now blogs for The Huffington Post and is working on her second and third books, simultaneously.

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Vestal Virgin by Suzanne Tyrpak

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Vestal Virgin by Suzanne Tyrpak

The Indie Book of the Day for 12th of August 2012!

Genre: Suspense, Historical

Vestal Virgin–suspense in ancient Rome

Elissa Rubria Honoria is a Vestal Virgin–priestess of the sacred flame, a visionary, and one of the most powerful women in Rome. Vestals are sacrosanct, sworn to chastity on penalty of death, but the emperor, Nero, holds himself above the law. He pursues Elissa, engaging her in a deadly game of wits and sexuality. Or is Elissa really the pursuer? She stumbles on dark secrets. No longer trusting Roman gods, she follows a new god, Jesus of Nazareth, jeopardizing her life and the future of The Roman Empire. (From the “Tales from the Adytum” collection.) 336 pages.

*New York Times bestselling author Terry Brooks says, “A writer of real talent, a promising new voice.”

* New York Times bestselling author Tess Gerritsen says, “Suzanne Tyrpak weaves a spell that utterly enchants and delights. Her writing is pure magic.”

Please note: Due to the setting and the times, the book includes several scenes involving deviant sex–suggestive rather than graphic–and not more than a few paragraphs.

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  • File Size: 882 KB
  • Print Length: 338 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1460943147
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Adytum; second edition (December 11, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004G093HQ
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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Suzanne Tyrpak ran away from New York a long time ago to live in Colorado. When she’s not working at Frontier Airlines or writing, she enjoys bike-riding, swimming, skiing, hiking, and dancing.

Working for an airline allows her to travel extensively and do research for her stories. She’s been to Egypt, Greece, and Italy doing research for her novels. Suzanne says, “I like to smell the air, taste the food, see the light on the buildings, experience the people, and explore the setting I plan to write about.”

Suzanne is interested in the daily lives of ancient people, especially the roles of women. Much has not been documented. In order to create that world, she steeps herself in fragments of writings, jewelry, and household goods–visiting museums and consulting her extensive collection of books. At Marlboro College she majored in Classic Theater (with a focus on ancient Greek plays) and ancient religions. Research for Hetaera included traveling to Athens and Delphi.

Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers awarded her first prize in the Colorado Gold Writing Contest for her novel, Sisters of the Nile. Maui Writers awarded her third prize in the Rupert Hughes writing competition for Agathon’s Daughter. Hetaera is Book One in the Agathon’s Daughter trilogy. Her debut novel, Vestal Virgin–Suspense in Ancient Rome, has garnered numerous glowing reviews. Suzanne has also epublished two short collections of (mostly contemporary) short stories: Dating My Vibrator (and other true fiction) and Ghost Plane and Other Disturbing Tales. Her short story Downhill was first published in Arts Perspective Magazine. Rock Bottom is published in the Mota 9: Addiction anthology, available on Kindle. Her short story Ghost Plane was published by CrimeSpree Magazine. Venus Faded appears in the anthology Pronto! Writings from Rome (Triple Tree Publishing, 2002) along with notable authors including: Dorothy Allison, Elizabeth Engstrom, Terry Brooks, and John Saul.

*New York Times bestselling author, Terry Brooks says about her writing: “…a writer of real talent…a promising new voice.”

*New York Times bestselling author Tess Gerritsen says, “Suzanne Tyrpak weaves a spell that utterly enchants and delights. Her writing is pure magic.”

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Roll Call by Glenn Langohr

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Roll Call by Glenn Langohr

The Indie Book of the Day for 29th of July 2012!

Genre: Memoir, Crime

“Whacks you aside the head with the force of a baseball bat. Langohr’s incredible description of his fight for survival in prison has ‘screenplay’ written all over it.” John South, American Media

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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  • File Size: 689 KB
  • Print Length: 736 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1439246084
  • Publisher: LOCKDOWNPUBLISHING; 1 edition (July 26, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0056C0LW4
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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Glenn Langohr resides in southern California where he spends his time doing what he loves best, reading and writing. He started writing from prison on drug charges and hasn’t stopped since. He is an usher at his church and loves to reach out to other prisoners to help them turn their lives around. Glenn is married to his dream girl, Sanette, who plays Annette in one of his novels.

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