Sketches of a Black Cat by Ron Miner

Sketches of a Black Cat – Full Color Collector’s Edition: Story of a night flying WWII pilot and artist


(Available in Color or B&W – click both format arrows – or Color Kindle) This beautiful, new FULL COLOR second edition is now one hundred pages longer, filled with additional fresh stories, artwork, photos, and adventures.

Howard Miner never expected to contract the first documented case of the mumps in Guadalcanal history.

As a Navy Black Cat, he took his share of chances during the ten-hour, night long flights in darkened PBYs painted entirely black, searching the seas for enemy ships and downed fliers ~ the original stealth aircrafts.  But wartime was unpredictable, and whether landing on an exotic tropical isle where the women he saw from the air turned out to be topless, or dropping wing tanks containing a strange new substance called “Napalm,” this was clearly a very different world than he had known as a college student in Indiana.

His is a tale of seven buddies, all pilots who flew at night, slept and got into mischief by day, then repeated. Their PBY Catalina odyssey stretched from the Solomon Islands to the northern tip of the Philippines and included a full range of missions, from search, attack, and bombing runs, to daring sea rescues. Howard’s journey through training and tours of duty is skillfully captured in his art and narratives, framing a wartime drama with a personal coming of age story. The descriptive verse from the artist’s viewpoint gives us a creatively told and intriguing portrayal of WWII’s Pacific Theater.

* * * * Miner combines his father’s writings and interviews with WWII veterans to craft a loving tribute to the young men who fought in WWII…He does his father and other WWII veterans proud. ~Publisher’s Weekly/Booklife

* * * * “Sketches of a Black Cat” is a unique and fascinating memoir of a World War II combat aviator ~ with original and previously unpublished sketches and photographs. This artfully crafted book is a must read for anyone in search of a new and completely different view into the world of war in the Pacific and on the home front during America’s greatest conflict.” ~ Larkin Spivey, military historian and author.

* * * * “From boxes of notes and drawings comes a book illuminating a WWII pilot’s experiences as part of the Black Cat Squadron…accounts of support missions, rescues of airmen and interactions with indigenous island peoples told in vivid but unembellished detail…a handsome volume that reads breezily and is punctuated with photos and drawings from Howard’s war years. ~ Mike Francis
the Oregonian

* * * * “Wonderful and beautifully real stories such as this are dying every day as we lose our WWII veterans. Kudos to Ron Miner for preserving and sharing with the rest of us the gold of his father’s journals, photos, and drawings to bring us such a compelling look at life during the war. This is not only a valuable and insightful historical document but a dramatic and warm personal story.” ~ Don Keith, WWII author

* * * * “… Howard Miner’s memoirs are a wonderful view into the world of a patrol squadron at war. Miner sees the war through the eyes of an artist, revealing details of day-to-day life that are often overlooked in war time narratives. A wholly enjoyable story!” ~ Stewart Bailey, Curator, Evergreen Aviation and Space Museum

* * * * ” “As a former flight engineer aboard a PBY in WWII… I can truly say I felt as though I was on Howard’s Catalina…so many similarities to my own experiences. I can almost hear the drone of the engines in synchronization. Many episodes were warm and compelling. I highly recommend this book to vets, historians, and students. You won’t put down Sketches of a Black Cat till you’ve read it cover-to-cover!” ~ Win Stites, VP-91, VP2-1 served in both Atlantic and Pacific regions during WWII, Former President PBY Memorial Foundation and Museum

2017 Gold medals: National Indie Excellence Awards, Reader’s Favorite Awards, IAN Book Awards. Double medalist: 2017 Next Generation Book Awards, B.R.A.G. Medallion

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Tears of the Silenced by Misty Griffin

Tears of the Silenced: A True Crime and an American Tragedy; Severe Child Abuse and Leaving the Amish


“The severity of sexual abuse in ultra-strict Christian churches has been an open secret for too long. When will our nation address this problem? Will it ever?”-Misty Griffin 

In 2005, the Amish bishop who had assaulted Misty Griffin avoided arrest by crossing the border into Canada. 

When I was six years old my family started dressing like the Amish, it was the beginning of a nightmare. A few years later we moved to a mountain ranch where my sister and I were subjected to almost complete isolation, sexual abuse, and extreme physical violence.

In my late teens, my parents feared we would escape and took us to an Amish community where we were adopted and became baptized members. I was devastated to once again find myself in a world of fear, sexual abuse, animal cruelty and other crimes. Going to the police was forbidden.

A few years later I was sexually assaulted by the bishop of my church. I knew I had to get help and one morning in early March I made a dash for a tiny police station in rural Minnesota. As a result, I found myself plummeted into the strange modern world with only a 2nd-grade education and no form of identification.

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The Things Our Fathers Saw by Matthew Rozell

The Things Our Fathers Saw—The Untold Stories of the World War II Generation-Volume II: War in the Air—From the Great Depression to Combat


Dying for freedom isn’t the worst that could happen. Being forgotten is.

 


— “You flew with what I would call ‘controlled fear’. You were scared stiff, but it was controlled. My ball turret gunner—he couldn’t take it anymore… I guess he was right. He’s dead now. But he had lost control of the fear. He never got out of that ball turret; he died in that ball turret.” —B-24 bombardier


 

~THE LONG-AWAITED SEQUEL IN THE BEST SELLING ‘The Things Our Fathers Saw’ SERIES~

How soon we forget. Or perhaps, we were never told. That is understandable, given what they saw.


— “I spent a lot of time in hospitals. I had a lot of trouble reconciling how my mother died [of a cerebral hemorrhage] from the telegram she opened, saying I was [shot down and] “missing in action”. I didn’t explain to her the fact that ‘missing in action’ is not necessarily ‘killed in action’. You know? I didn’t even think about that. How do you think you feel when you find out you killed your mother?” —B-24 bombardier


At the height of World War II, LOOK Magazine profiled a small upstate New York community for a series of articles portraying it as the wholesome, patriotic model of life on the home front. Seventy years later, a history teacher tracks down the veterans with a connection to “Hometown, USA” who fought the war in the air over Europe, men who were tempered in the tough times of the Great Depression and forged in battle. He rescues and resurrects firsthand accounts of combat and brotherhood, of captivity and redemption, and the aftermath of a war that left no American community unscathed.
Here are the stories that the magazine could not tell, from a vanishing generation speaking to America today.


— “I was in the hospital with a flak wound. The next mission, the entire crew was killed. The thing that haunts me is that I can’t put a face to the guy who was a replacement. He was an 18-year old Jewish kid named Henry Vogelstein from Brooklyn. It was his first and last mission. He made his only mission with a crew of strangers.” —B-24 navigator


By the end of 2018, fewer than 400,000 WW II veterans will still be with us, out of the over 16 million who put on a uniform. But why is it that today, nobody seems to know these stories?
Maybe our veterans did not volunteer to tell us; maybe we were too busy with our own lives to ask. But they opened up to the younger generation, when a history teacher told their grandchildren to ask.


— “The German fighters picked us. I told the guys, ‘Keep your eyes open, we are about to be hit!’ I saw about six or eight feet go off my left wing. I rang the ‘bail-out’ signal, and I reached out and grabbed the co-pilot out of his seat. I felt the airplane climbing, and I thought to myself, ‘If this thing stalls out, and starts falling down backwards, no one is going to get out…’” —B-17 pilot


This book brings you the previously untold firsthand accounts of combat and brotherhood, of captivity and redemption, and the aftermath of a war that left no American community unscathed.
As we forge ahead as a nation, we owe it to ourselves to become reacquainted with a generation that is fast leaving us, who asked for nothing but gave everything, to attune ourselves as Americans to a broader appreciation of what we stand for.

— “A must-read in every high school in America. It is a very poignant look back at our greatest generation; maybe it will inspire the next one.”

Reviewer, Vol. I

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Kick Your Fat in the Nuts by T.C. Hale

Kick Your Fat in the Nuts


Not only will Tony have you laughing out loud while he reveals the secrets behind weight loss and how the human body functions, you will also learn how to look at your own body chemistry to understand the underlying cause of YOUR weight issues. Since the reasons for weight gain vary from person to person, once you understand what is going on with your chemistry, this book will help you understand what foods, supplements, or lifestyle changes could eliminate your need to continue buying bigger pants.

Here’s the scoop:

If you’ve ever gained twenty pounds using the same diet that helped your friend lose weight, this book will not only help you understand why, you’ll also learn what steps could work best for you.

•You don’t need to count your calories with the accuracy of a NASA mission.
•You don’t need to starve, feel light-headed, or become a version of yourself that your spouse can’t live with.
•You don’t need to eat food that resembles Styrofoam.
•You don’t need to lift weights nonstop, like you might see on reality shows.
•You don’t need to do cardio until the cows come home. They’re not coming home.

What the Celebrities say…

“Working with Tony is like jumping into the arms of your favorite aunt. Except it’s not. At all. I mean, his methods work. But it’s not like that at all.” – Jane Lynch (Glee)

“I confess to being a full-blown ‘gymophobe.’ (I still have flashbacks of my mean fourth-grade gym teacher!) Tony actually makes the gym panic-attack free.” – Tom Kenny (Voice of Spongebob)

“You can argue with Tony, or you can do what he says and buy smaller jeans.” – Kari Wahlgren (Voice of Tigress, Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness)

“So you know that moment when you are just finishing a hard workout with Tony and he says, ‘Alright, you warmed up? We can start now?’ and then he laughs… I hate that moment.” – Kayla Radomski (So You Think You Can Dance)

This book will help you understand…

•There is no diet that is right for every person. It’s never going to happen!
•Your unique “Bio-Individuality” can provide insights into the nutritional changes that could allow you to work WITH your body instead of against it.
•How to run simple tests on your physiology at home, using inexpensive tools you can pick up at just about any pharmacy or health food store.
•Once you discover the variety of reasons the body stores fat, you’ll begin to understand why so many people find it almost impossible to lose weight.
•How digestive symptoms can indicate an improperly functioning digestive system, and how digestive problems can restrict any type of weight loss effort.
•How to maximize digestion so you can actually pull the nutrients out of the food you’re eating.

Imagine gaining control over cravings, eating foods that you enjoy, and actually feeling great after each meal. You can do all of these things once you maximize digestion and adjust your diet in a manner that works with your specific body chemistry.

Once you read this book, the light will go on and all of your previous diet failures will make total sense. Don’t be surprised if you improve a whole lot more than just your waistline.

SPECIAL BONUS FOR READERS!

In this book, you’ll find the link to a free and private support group where you can ask questions if you get stuck. The body can be complicated, but help is only a click away.

Note: This is the more comical version of Tony’s book, Done With Being Fat.

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Artificial Intelligence by Lasse Rouhiainen

Artificial Intelligence: 101 Things You Must Know Today About Our Future


Did you know that artificial intelligence is changing our world faster than we can imagine It will impact every area of our lives?
And this is happening whether we like it or not.

Artificial intelligence will help us do almost everything better, faster and cheaper, and it will profoundly change industries such as driving, travel, healthcare, education, shopping, agriculture, finance, sales and marketing. In fact, AI will dramatically change our entire society.

You might have heard that many jobs will be replaced by automation and robots, but did you also know that at the same time a huge number of new jobs will be created by AI?

This book is divided into ten chapters:
1.Chapter I: Introduction to Artificial Intelligence
2.Chapter II: How Artificial Intelligence Is Changing Many Industries
3.Chapter III: How Artificial Intelligence Is Changing Business Processes
4.Chapter IV: Chatbots and How They Will Change Communication
5.Chapter V: How Artificial Intelligence Is Changing the Job Market
6.Chapter VI: Self-Driving Cars and How They Will Change Traffic as We Know It
7.Chapter VII: Robots and How They Will Change Our Lives
8.Chapter VIII: Artificial Intelligence Activities of Big Technology Companies
9.Chapter IX: Frequently Asked Questions About Artificial Intelligence – Part I
10.Chapter X: Frequently Asked Questions About Artificial Intelligence – Part II

To enhance your learning experience and help make the concepts easier to understand, this book includes more than 86 visual presentations throughout the book.

You will find out answers to 101 questions about artificial intelligence, and also a large number of resources, ideas and tips that will help you to understand how artificial intelligence will change our lives.

This guidebook offers a large number of tools, techniques and strategies every business and individual can quickly apply and benefit from.

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Release date February 1, 2018.

Job Search by Steven Mostyn

Job Search: Fundamentals of Effective Job Hunting, Resumes, and Interviews


Looking for a job does not have to be frustrating. All you need are the right job hunting techniques. Job Search: Fundamentals of Effective Job Hunting, Resumes, and Interviews will help you develop those skills.
In Job Search, you will be given step-by-step instructions on writing a resume that stands out and building a search-optimized profile that shows up on the top of potential employers’ lists. You’ll learn how to interview more effectively and get the job. You’ll get search tips on navigating top job boards and social media sites, such as LinkedIn, Facebook, Indeed, and CareerBuilder. As a bonus, a directory is included: a list of over 500 websites that you can use to find your next job.
Job Search has 18 years of firsthand experience behind it. As a recruiter interacting with many Fortune 500 hiring managers, I’ve learned what employers are looking for. This book shares those insider insights with you.
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Release date January 20, 2018.

Digital Detox by Damon Zahariades

Digital Detox: The Ultimate Guide To Beating Technology Addiction, Cultivating Mindfulness, and Enjoying More Creativity, Inspiration, And Balance In Your Life!


Are you addicted to your phone? Are you spending too much time on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram? Is the internet causing you to feel depressed, lethargic, and unmotivated?

If so, you’re not alone.

More people than ever are realizing their phones, laptops, and other devices are negatively impacting their quality of life. Their relationships are suffering. Their stress levels are increasing. Their sleep quality is in a tailspin. Many are even suffering chronic aches and pains.

Being constantly plugged in comes at a severe price.

Here’s the good news: there’s a simple way to enjoy a quieter, more relaxed daily experience. Take a vacation from technology.

In DIGITAL DETOX, Amazon bestselling author Damon Zahariades provides an effective, step-by-step plan.

Nothing is left to your imagination. Nothing is left unexplained. Every aspect, from the factors that led to your technology addiction to the life-changing benefits you’ll enjoy after taking a technology vacation, is detailed in this fast-moving action guide.

Creating a more rewarding lifestyle begins with giving yourself permission to disconnect.

Buy DIGITAL DETOX today to experience more creativity, less anxiety, and a boost of inspiration!

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Release date January 14, 2018.

30 Interactive Brainteasers to Warm up your Brain by Puzzleland

30 Interactive Brainteasers to Warm up your Brain (Riddles & Brain teasers, puzzles, puzzles & games)


A Fun Mini Edition by Puzzleland!!!

“30 Interactive Brain teasers to Warm Up your Brain” is a mini edition by Puzzleland, containing 30 easy and short brain teasers to get your mind warmed up for the day!

This little fun book is ideal for teens and adults who look for some creative ways to spend their free time, entertain their mind or simply keep themselves busy while waiting in public locations!

The difficulty level of the brainteasers in this mini collection is appropriate for beginner teens or adults, and even for smart kids.

This book is specially formatted to provide clues, simply with a click, before providing the answer! You can ask for a clue before seeing the answer which is really great and makes the game a lot more fun!

Download your Copy and start having fun right away!

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A Spy’s Guide to Thinking by John Braddock

A Spy’s Guide to Thinking (Kindle Single)


Sharpen your thinking with a spy’s simple tools.

What if you could see what a spy sees? What if you were inside a spy’s head when an enemy attacks?

In the #1 Kindle Single A Spy’s Guide To Thinking, a former spy puts you in his head during a dangerous encounter. How would you respond when an enemy attacks? How do you think through the options? How do you choose?

In a 45 minute read, John Braddock tells you what he did. He tells you how he thought. He tells you how he ended up bloody, but it could have been worse.
Along the way, he gives you two tools to sharpen your thinking.
The first tool breaks down the thinking process and ensures it leads to action.
The second tool helps you think ahead.
Together, they’re a spy’s tools to sharpen your thinking.
Bestselling author John Braddock was a case officer at the CIA. He developed, recruited and handled sources on weapons proliferation, counter-terrorism and political-military issues. A former university fellow, he now helps people and organizations sharpen their thinking about their strategy, their customers and their competition.
Buy this book now to sharpen your thinking.
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Two Shades of Vice by Dewey Reynolds

Two Shades of Vice: Based on the true story of an interracial couple’s life together in crime


The action is hot in Kansas City during the 1960s. Gordon Reynolds happens to be a vicious criminal who has served prison time in five different states over a period of twenty-five years. Gordon is determined to muscle his way into major rackets such as prostitution, bootlegging whiskey, robbery, hijacking and contraband cigarettes. He eventually meets up with Alla Mae Briggs. She knows the prostitution racket very well, since she worked the Kansas City streets for several years. She too has a lengthy rap sheet of twenty-five criminal convictions for the solicitation of prostitution. Gordon needs someone to help him operate his main bawdy house.

Alla Mae is the perfect recruit to help him forge stronger relations between his hookers and their customers. The collaboration of their experiences on the streets proves highly profitable. But unforeseen danger causes things to come crashing down all around them. Racist cops, ruthless gangsters, a white supremacist group, jealous pimps and rival hookers are the opposing forces that this interracial couple are destined to face. Crossing the racial line puts them at incredible odds with the law and fellow criminals alike. Based on the true story of how a white man and a black woman fell in love and broke all the rules in order to make their living together illegally.

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