Cruising the Mediterranean by Al Lockwood & Sunny Lockwood

Cruising the Mediterranean: From the luminous canals of Amsterdam and Venice to the stunning mosaics of Istanbul’s Blue Mosque, this travel memoir takes readers on the trip of a lifetime.


This feel-good travel memoir by a couple well-beyond youth proves that age is no barrier to delicious fun, unexpected adventure, gentle wanderings and the dazzling beauty of lovely planet Earth.

Entertaining, informative, filled with wit and wonder, this day-by-day sightseeing memoir is an easy and enjoyable read.

When Al and Sunny Lockwood registered for a 12-day Mediterranean cruise, they envisioned wandering narrow stone streets in Venice, standing on the Acropolis watching morning sun paint its marble columns gold, listening to the Muslim call to prayer chanted from Turkish minarets.

Their travel experience surpassed by far their expectations.

Climb aboard Amsterdam canal boats to explore the city from its historic waterways.

Gaze across the red roofs of Venice from the city’s tallest structure: St. Mark’s Bell Tower.

Check out the the oldest neighborhood in Athens, and the Grand Bazaar of Istanbul, and stunning Greek islands.

Sink your teeth into mouthwatering meals, and hold your breath while riding the rickety cliffside Acropolis lift.

Immerse yourself in the book’s beautiful photographs.

Although not a guide book, readers will find a banquet of digestible details on history and culture within this warm and personal travel tale.

Grab your reading glasses and come along for a trip you won’t forget.

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The Enemy of Ignorance by Elsmere Gracey

The Enemy of Ignorance: facts, trivia, & general knowledge (The Smarty Pants Series)


“The Enemy of Ignorance” is the third book in “The Smarty Pants Series” – a collection of facts, trivia, and general knowledge.

This volume includes the life events of Keiko before and after starring in the Free Willy movies. It also delves into the racist and unethical medical experiments that were carried out for forty years on men who suffered from syphilis.

•Why do fish float on their sides when they die?

•Have you experienced highway hypnosis?

•What happens when a crew member or passenger dies on a plane?

•The author of Sherlock Holmes was a qualified ophthalmologist.

•A British MP questioned whether the U.K.’s consumption of baked beans had an effect on global warming!

•Why do we sometimes jump just before falling asleep?

•Popcorn kernels that don’t pop are called spinsters!

This book is fun, educational, and enlightening. As knowledge grows it can lead to a deepening sense of wonder and amazement!

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A Beginner’s Guide to Living in an RV by Alyssa Padgett

A Beginner’s Guide to Living in an RV: Everything I Wish I Knew Before Full-Time RVing Across America


When my husband and I started full-time RVing, we knew nothing about RV living. We made it up as we traveled to all fifty states, constantly googling things like “how to RV” and “what is boondocking?” Meanwhile, we flooded the bathroom, took ice cold showers, and got stuck in the mud.

Now, we’ve been full-timing for over three years and we’ve learned the ins and outs of RVing America.

In this guide, I answer all of the most common questions we receive about RV living, from how to choose the right RV to how we get mail on the road, to how to find free camping.

This guide is for anyone exploring the RV lifestyle and looking for RVing books to help make the transition easier. Also, because I want to make sure this book is valuable for you, below you can see a few specific areas of RVing I cover.

A few topics I cover in the guide:
– How to find great internet on the road
– The costs of full-time RVing
– Whether or not to tow a car behind your RV
– What we do for health insurance while traveling
– The best RVing clubs and memberships
– Our favorite apps for RVers

A few topics I DON’T cover, since I have zero experience in these areas, are:
– Traveling with kids
– How to downsize to an RV from a house
– How to travel with pets

Transitioning to living on the road was the best decision my husband and I could have ever made. RVing has improved our marriage and our life together, and we’ve seen more of America than we could have ever imagined.

While this book isn’t about our story or why you should travel, it will be a useful tool as you find yourself asking a million different questions about what it’s like living in an RV.

Oh, and don’t forget to use the #RVlife on Instagram once you start traveling. That’s what all the cool kids do.

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On the Sauce by Liz Van Pay

On the Sauce: A Cautionary Tale of Being Burned by the Pizza Industry


When I walked into that office, I was the underdog. When I walked out for the last time, I had overcome adversity and was glad to go. On The Sauce: A Cautionary Tale of Being Burned by the Pizza Industry is a fearless, sassy memoir of just how far I went to keep my job as an office manager for a popular pizza franchise. Most people complain about long hours and overbearing management, but my story goes farther. I worked for a man who covered up a manager’s embezzlement and manslaughter all while falling in love with him. Constantly breaking both company rules and Federal laws to suit his agenda and being a member of a management love triangle served as the icing on the cake. On The Sauce is my personal narrative from the outside looking in, and my story of survival through an eighteen-month long work-life soap opera.

As the economy improves, businesses of all sizes will once again begin to flourish and the job market will grow. In the meantime, I would like On The Sauce to appeal to employers and employees alike, and prove that no matter what the work situation, anyone can overcome, specifically young women like myself. Beyond that, it can serve as a ‘what not to do’ for employers of all sizes.

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500 Instant Pot Recipes by Melissa Reeve

500 Instant Pot Recipes: Easy and Delicious Recipes For Your Whole Family (Electric Pressure Cooker Cookbook)


In today’s fast-paced world, many people opt to eat out because they don’t have time to prepare their own food. While this is convenient, the caveat to eating out constantly is the lack of variety and nutrition. This is the reason why metabolic syndromes and diseases are rampant because people are no longer spending time in the kitchen making conscious efforts while preparing their food. While it is ideal to go back to the old days when you have to prepare your own, you just can’t find enough time to slave in the kitchen. Well, worry no more!

This book will teach you how to cook delicious meals every single day with a single device!

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Mother, I Don’t Forgive You by Nancy Richards

Mother, I Don’t Forgive You: A Necessary Alternative For Healing


After the death of her father, and her mother’s immediate remarriage to a sadistic abuser, Nancy Richards lived a life plagued with physical and emotional violence.

The powerlessness, pain, and torment she endured ate her up. But, the ultimate gut-punch came when she finally mustered the courage to break her silence, and her words were met with excuses for her abusers, and the admonition that she must forgive.

“Mother, I Don’t Forgive You” is a true story of terrifying abuse, and the triumph of healing.

Written with raw emotion and inspirational clarity, this page-turner offers help and hope for anyone who has suffered from abuse, or loves someone who has suffered from abuse.

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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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