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In Mt. Diablo's Shadow--A Collection of Prose and Poetry, Volume 6--Compiled and edited by Kati Short, Poet Laureate, City of Brentwood.

Welcome to our sixth collection of local writers’ work. This may be the best assortment of poetry, short story and prose we’ve offered so far.

There are many wonderful poems such as Before the Fall, Cowboy Copeless, Gone too Long, Wild Horses.

Among the prose pieces are Donkey Baseball, Tommy and Flicker, In Training to Become Queen, Fist Fighting Mariachis.

We hope you enjoy our literary arts fest.

144 pages, Quality paperback, ISBN 978-0-692-82038-4. $17.00
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The Red Kitchen by Kathleen R. Harris

We all had or have that one special friend in our lives, and this book shares the story of one such person, who owned a Red Kitchen, with the purpose of bringing laughter into your hearts, just as you would have experienced had you been sitting right there at the table in the Red Kitchen on into the pet store and other adventures. This is the legacy Sharon had to give and this is what she left behind.

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64 pages, 5-1/2 x 8-1/2, Quality Paperback

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The Israeli Invasion of Beirut by Samar Geankoplis--The death toll of the 1982 Israeli invasion of Lebanon was 11,500. In West Beirut alone, it was 4,000. That is a huge figure for a nation whose total population is three million, many of whom had already emigrated due to the civil war, which started in 1975.

I saw my nation falling and rising, I saw pain and heroism, I saw cowardice and courage, I saw humiliation and happiness—these are all etched in my mind. For me, those left much more gruesome wounds than those which scar the body. Fortunately, I was spared the latter, together with any of my loved ones.

While many might suppress their memories, as the soldier in ‘Waltzing with Bashir,’ or choose only the easier, lighter moments to recall, other survivors of 1982, like me, feel compelled to tell what they saw and felt—to describe those moments of intensity so starkly different from the ordinary course of events, for the sake of the truth.

76 pages, 5-1/2 x 8-1/2, Quality Paperback, ISBN 978-615-33250-5, $9.95 For information or purchase:

When Somebody Loves You Back

He Looked Like a Man Until He Barked by Patriece. Troy’s charm and money combined, afforded him time in the heart of his choice. He chose Asia, who laid aside four years of celibacy and broke every rule to have his love. Deanna’s heart belonged to Troy after a shopping spree, a night of passion and the ultimate promise. Kelly chose Troy. After all the hell she’d gone through with men before him, Troy would either marry her or pay child support—the choice was his.

A read so captivating I felt handcuffed to the pages.

—Yolanda Williams,
Oakland, California

A novel full of lies, secrets and forgiveness. An unforgettable read from beginning to end.

—Women of Excellence Book Club,
Oakland, California

310 pages, 5-1/2 x 8-1/2, Quality Paperback, ISBN 978-0-9778096-1-5, $14.95

When Somebody Loves You Back by Patriece--A Novel--Nikki, had no idea that accepting an invitation would impact her life so thoroughly. Dinner and a movie thrust her into womanhood. There was no time for immaturity and nostalgia. She had to grow up, get it together and keep it together. She knew about abandonment from her mother. She knew about strength and coldness from her grandmother. She learned that love is best when somebody loves you back.

When Somebody Loves You Back is the kind of book that you keep in your shoulder bag, purse, desk or at your bedside, so that it is readily available at your fingertips when you are able to grab a few minutes to devour some more of its pages. Patriece has the rare ability to create characters and situations that are believable and life-like, characters that have texture and depth. Not only are you engaged and drawn in to the book, but it also causes you to reflect upon your own life experiences.

— Debrena Jackson Gandy
Author of All the Joy You Can Stand

320 pages, 5-1/2 x 8-1/2, Quality Paperback,ISBN 0-9778096-0-9, $14.95

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Walk With Me by Chris Jorgenson is more than a book--it is a journey. You won't be able to read through this collection of stories, songs & poetry without realizing the familiarity in your own life's journey. We all walk a similar road...we all face loss, friendship, joy, love, or need to belong. In Walk With Me you will see the author's desire to help other's remember, even find the goodness and love of God. Here is what one Christian author had to say of Walk With Me:

"Chris Jorgenson's Walk With Me is filled with inspiring reflections helpful in dealing with real-world realities and struggles. Read it and your gaze will be lifted toward greater meaning, higher purpose, and more compelling vision for your everyday life."

—Mark Mittelberg, international speaker, co-author of Becoming a Contagious Christian and author of
Building a Contagious Church

Walk With Me is also about promoting organ donation. A portion of the proceeds from Walk With Me will go to the Teegan Fike Trust Fund. Teegan received a wonderful gift at the age of 10 months--organs she needed to have a chance at life. Be a and ORGAN DONOR!

Publisher: Petra-Philos Publishing, PO Box 356 Leeds, ND
192 pages, 5-1/2 x 8-1/2, Quality Hard bound,
ISBN 0-9755563-0-4

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Malta's Towns and Villages Malta's Towns and Villages by Alfie Guillaumier, translated from Maltese to English by Terry Asphar—A detailed account of the rich history and treasured artifacts of the towns and villages of Malta. This book also celebrates the efforts of the Maltese to preserve the rich heritage of their beautiful island.

715 pages, plus 32 color pages, 8 x 9-1/2, Quality Paperback,

ISBN 0-9743821-0-8, $30.00 USA // $39.00 CAN

American Cattleyas--Species and Outstanding Clones That Define American Hybridizing by Courtney T. Hackney This new publication chronicles the development of all the major lines of cattleya hybrids in the USA, and explores the contributions of important species to those hybrids. Based on extensive interviews of prominent hybridizers and commercial growers, scientific articles, orchid trade magazines, and by the author's 30+ years of experience growing orchids, this book explains the approach used by American hybridizers during the 20th Century. American Cattleyas is oriented toward all those with an interest in the “Queen of Orchids.”

76 pages full color, Photo Gallery, 362 Images of species and hybrids spanning the 20th Century, Hardcover, Price: $56.95

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Book I of A Life in the Lowcountry Series. LILLA, A SURVIVOR, is the life story of a South Carolina lowcountry small town woman whose spirit was never broken. A child of a family challenged by hardship and the killer flu of 1919, Lilla found true love, then suffered widowhood twice and the death of a son. Living a day at a time with her faith in God, the help of her sons and caring people of small town South Carolina, Lilla is truly a survivor.

220 pages, 6 x 9, Quality Paperback,

ISBN 0-9755376-0-1, $14.95

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Apple Pie and Bubble Gum Sky by Gailor L. Schmidt is an enchanting collection of poems written from a grandmother's perspective to amuse young readers. The poems are based on the unexpected and delightful things children say and do. Grandparents and parents reading the book with children may find that it inspires a few memories of their own.

Illustrated by Miki Sakamoto

48 pages, 5-1/2 x 8-1/2, Quality Paperback, ISBN 0-9752576-0-9,
$8.95 USA // $11.95 CAN

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J.B.'s Christmas Presents by Evelyn Turman tells about the way a little boy named J.B. feels when he is taunted and embarrassed by his classmates at school. However, an unusual turn of events occurs and he enjoys a very merry Christmas.

28 pages, 7 x 9, Hardbound, ISBN 0-9753042-0-8,
$15.95 USA // $20.95 CAN

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Top 25 Secrets of Golf by Mike McColgan—This little brilliant black book of golf wisdom reveals simple secrets that will help you shoot lower scores. It is a great gift for young, old, good, bad or great golfers. Lower your score by being aware of the Top 25 Secrets of Golf.

56 pages, 6 x 8, Quality Hardbound, ISBN 0-9666893-2-1, $15.95

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DoubleFace by D.L. Penney—On the surface, WorldCo seems to be an upstanding corporation, headed by the Patriarch, John Charles Whiteworth, the latest in six generations of executives from one family. In reality, the Light Side of WorldCo, headed by the Patriarch's daughter Martha Whiteworth, a brilliant and beautiful young attorney, is only half of the picture. The Dark Side, guided by the mysterious Binder, conducts a vast criminal enterprise. When Binder is murdered, the Patriarch orders his Dark Side team to find the killers.

But the Patriarch has his own secret sins, and when a blackmailer threatens to expose them, Whiteworth has him executed. Lt. Joe Birdsong, a Native American police lieutenant and head of the Major Crimes division, pursues the killer, and in so doing, unknowingly crosses swords with the Patriarch, a man who is as ruthless as he is powerful. As the secrets that lie behind two murders unfold, lives will be risked, and for some of those who are part of the WorldCo investigation, a terrible but exciting choice will emerge between the Light Side and the Dark.

313 pages, 5-3/4 x 8-7/8, Quality Paperback, ISBN 0-9747731-0-7, $14.95

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SMILING 'TIL I BREAK by Mo Abersheid is a collection of poems that deal with the desperate and darkest hours that we endure. By exploring these dark times, the poems offer the hope of finding the light and they illustrate how this personal exploration can get you through these trials of life and help you move forward.

"This book is autobiographical. Writing these poems has helped me get through some of my darkest hours. It is my desire that these poems will help others cope with similar experiences and offer hope and assurance that the light will come in."
...... .... . ............ ........ ...... ................. — Mo Abersheid

Mo Abersheid is an award-winning writer living in Southern California. His poetry has been published in several books over the years. He finds his greatest enjoyment through book tours around the world, meeting others and sharing stories.

72 pages, 5 1/2 x 8 1/2, Quality Paperback, ISBN 0-9746979-0-7, $10.95

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Touchstones—A Guide to Records, Rights and Resources for Families of American World War II Casualties–Second Edition–by Ann Bennett Mix—First published in 1996 and representing five years of researching information sources and privileges, Touchstones is a guide to locating records of World War II casualties. Now completely revised and updated it remains an indispensable guide for families or friends who lost a loved one in World War II. Originally written specifically for the sons and daughters of Americans killed or missing, then expanded to include information for all next of kin of American WWII servicemen, the Second Edition not only updates the original material but provides even more resources.

Survivors of persons killed in World War II have certain rights and privileges granted by the U.S. Government, including burial markers, flags, medals and awards, and other provisions. Whether you have a relative who was killed in World War II or not, this book will provide an outstanding array of resources available to help understand the circumstances surrounding a person who died serving our country. The author has spent countless hours doing research about her own father, who was killed in Italy in 1945. Touchstones offers these sources to others who are interested in what records are available today.

172 pages, 8.5 x 11, Quality Paperback, ISBN: 0-9747524-0-1 $21.95

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The Face of Pain by Vivian Wilson reveals the heartache and physical pain that she endured from an on-the-job injury, and how this chain of events had a great impact on her life. She also reveals how she was able to find comfort, despite her pain and her daily struggles to survive. In the author's words, “I believe this book has a powerful message for all those who at some time in their lives have been victimized by their employers, and that message is to never ever give up.”

51 pages, 5-1/2 x 8-1/2, Quality Paperback, ISBN 0-9743266-0-7 $12.95

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Lewis and Clark in Lemhi County, Idaho by Richard R. Smith--

See what Lewis and Clark saw in the pages of "Lewis and Clark in Lemhi County, Idaho," by Richard R. Smith. Every page contains full color photos of scenery, campsites and trails used by the Expedition while spending twenty-four days in Lemhi County. All photos are pristine, showing the land as it was in 1805.

See the land, the birds and the animals that were encountered here. Read the story of Sacajawea`s homeland and the famous "River of No Return."

Anyone who has attempted to read the numerous books of the Lewis and Clark journals (among others) especially appreciates Richard Smith's efforts. The English language usage and spelling of that period in history are difficult enough. Moreover, Lewis and Clark each kept journals, sometimes with one discussing events reported to him by the other. It is very difficult, at times, to discern who is describing what!

Finally, trekking this sometimes rugged, mountainous countryside to locate specific geographical sites is a major contribution of this author. His efforts should be of great assistance to casual tourists as well as historical scholars.

Born and raised in Salmon, Idaho, Richard R. Smith then served three years with the US Army, including activation during the Berlin crisis. He returned to Idaho where he received his Bachelor of Science (BS) and Master of Science (MS) degrees from the University of Idaho. It was during a freshman US history course that he developed a keen interest in Lewis and Clark; he began collecting books and studying about the Expedition in 1964.

After teaching for twelve years at the University of Idaho in Moscow, Idaho, and then at Washington State University in Pullman, Washington, Dick returned to Salmon. In 1977 he began going out and identifying geographical points mentioned in the Lewis and Clark journals. This continued until he had identified and traveled the entire trail in Lemhi County.

As Dick began writing his book in 1999, he re-traveled the Expedition's trail and collected pictures of each campsite and point of interest. All are accurate as to location, season, and weather conditions experienced by the explorers. The notable exception is Camp Fortunate in Montana, which now lies submerged under the Clark Canyon Reservoir. He recently included existing informational signs in the county. A map is provided to aid the reader in locating all sites. There is also an appendix, which provides additional information, including more about the Lemhi Shoshoni people.

—Donna Willoughby

72 pages, 8 1/2 x 11, Quality Paperback, Full Color Photos, ISBN 0-9740781-0-7, $19.95

The Healing Room The Healing Room by Dori Bohntinsky--With each day that passes, every hour, every moment, loss threatens our sense of security and immortality. Dori Bohntinsky, a Speech/Language Pathologist seasoned with health care experience, shares her recovery from the tragedy of loss when her fourteen-year old daughter, Cj, suddenly developed a rare form of leukemia. The Healing Room is an odyssey in discovering joy and inspiration during an eighteen-month journey through loss-the four-month illness and death of Cj, the death of Dori's mother, and the death of Dori's father.

"I admire your compassion, wisdom and humor, especially your ability to express your feelings and thoughts in such a clear and insightful way.... I wish you the strength, wisdom and love to be able to get through this part of your life. I hope that you can share your wisdom with others since you are such great teachers."

--Children's Hospital Physician

It is my hope that by writing The Healing Room and sharing our losses and the way I discovered to journal, that others will discover their own ability to journal. I hope others will no longer fear touching their pain, sorrow and grief caused by any loss. I encourage all, regardless of the loss, to discover their own profound and compelling insights and experience the joy that follows when they enter the Healing Room

224 pages, 5 1/2 x 8, Quality Paperback, ISBN 0-9719457-0-5, $14.95

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