Jefferson — 365 Bright Ideas

365 Bright Ideas to Market Your Indie Book: An Author’s Practical Guide to Daily Marketing

by Patti Jefferson

You may think you’re marketing your book effectively, but you’d be surprised at some of the research, targeting, and promotion you might be missing. Learn how you can do so much more — even with limited time or finances! Introducing a simple guide for independent authors to do at least one task every day that promotes themselves as authors and their books to readers.

Four ways to choose your daily task:
1. randomly
2. based on time availability
3. based on financial availability
4. start at the beginning and work to the end

Each Task Features:
– time and cost estimates per task
– step-by-step instructions including checklists and Q&A
– results tracking (do more of what brings results; less of what doesn’t)
– calendars to schedule reoccurring tasks
– tips to customize your marketing

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Valera — A Military Mustang

A Military Mustang: The Extraordinary Life of Captain John W. Arens
by Charley Valera

Captain John W. Arens has teamed up with Charley Valera, the best-selling author of My Father’s War. Together they have created A Military Mustang, an autobiography about the life of Captain Arens. Follow the journey from a young boy during The Depression to Captain of a U.S. Navy ship. Too young to join the Marines at 15, John persisted and began his career serving our country at 17 in the Merchant Marines until he was drafted into the U.S. Army. Read about John’s extraordinary 37 years of military service. Follow him from a paratrooper, to Arctic diver trained by Navy Seals, to Army Ranger, to Captain of U.S. Naval Vessels. Truly a military mustang worth reading about.

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The 15 Minute Guide to Parenting
by Carol S. Kennedy

 

This is a self-help, hands-on Christian Workbook. It may be used as a companion to THE ENCYCLOPEDIA OF PARENTING FROM A TO Z SO HELP ME GOD, also by Dr. Carol Kennedy. Or, it can easily be used as a resource for individuals or families as a stand alone tool. This workbook is a catalyst for discussion and application for families. Choose one topic at a time and apply it to your own situation. Have fun with this guide!

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A Second Taste of Chocolate for the Soul

by Dr. Carol Kennedy

Second Taste of Chocolate

Do you like chocolate? Do you find it sweet, satisfying and delicious? God’s Word can be the same. Once it becomes part of your daily diet, you will hunger for it. This book is the second in a series of AWARD WINNING TASTE OF CHOCOLATE FOR THE SOUL books.

Dr. Carol shows the reader how God’s Word can sweeten relationships and solve problems through stories and psalms. The first section showcases psalms written by her and grandson Tyler. What a delightful journey!

A favorite grandson psalm:
“God, You Are Like Ice Cream to Me”.

Popular stories/testimonies:
“God Will Knock Your Socks Off!” and “Kaleidoscopes Need Light.”

Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we could get people as excited about God’s Word as they are about chocolate?

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RJNelson — Dirty Waters

Dirty Waters: Confessions of Chicago’s Last Harbor Boss

by R.J. Nelson

Dirty WatersIn 1987, the city of Chicago hired a former radical college chaplain to clean up rampant corruption on the waterfront. R. J. Nelson thought he was used to the darker side of the law—he had been followed by federal agents and wiretapped due to his antiwar stances in the sixties—but nothing could prepare him for the wretched bog that constituted the world of a Harbor Boss.

Director of Harbors and Marine Services was a position so mired in corruption that its previous four directors ended up in federal prison. Nelson inherited angry constituents, prying journalists, shell-shocked employees, and a tobacco-stained office still bearing a busted door that had been smashed in by the FBI. Undeterred, Nelson made it his personal mission to become a “pneumacrat,” a public servant who, for the common good, always follows the spirit—if not always the letter—of the law.

Dirty Waters is a wry, no-holds-barred memoir of Nelson’s time controlling some of the city’s most beautiful spots while facing some of its ugliest traditions. A guide like no other, Nelson takes us through Chicago’s beloved “blue spaces” and deep into the city’s political morass. He reveals the different moralities underlining three mayoral administrations, from Harold Washington to Richard M. Daley, and navigates us through the gritty mechanisms of the Chicago machine. He also deciphers the sometimes insular world of boaters and their fraught relationship with their land-based neighbors.

Ultimately, Dirty Waters is a tale of morality, of what it takes to be a force for good in the world and what struggles come from trying to stay ethically afloat in a sea of corruption.

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Valera — My Father’s War

My Father’s War
by Charley Valera

My Father's War

Author Charley Valera’s own father had spent almost four years fighting during WWII and lived out the rest of his life “without a story to tell” to his four sons. To learn more about what it was like for his father and those that served, Valera conducted heartfelt interviews with WWII veterans from both theaters of war and all branches of service. He brings the reader into the battlefield, aircraft, destroyer and marching through the countrysides. These are the stories that hadn’t been discussed in decades. Within these pages are their personal photos and memories of which many of us can call My Father’s War.

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Appleby — Raising David Again

Raising David Again by M.A. Appleby

Raising David AgainM.A. Appleby narrates her perspective as a caregiver to her son when he suffered a Traumatic Brain injury; their frustrations, disappointments, as well as their triumphs. What the family did to regain their ‘sense of self’ will surprise and inspire you as she recounts their 10 Keys to Recovery and the many tips, and suggestions they learned along the way. It is both poignant and funny as she shares some of her coping mechanisms. This book is intended as a guide to understanding the uniqueness of brain injury. There is no ‘one size fits all’ nor is there a magic pill. As you read Raising David, Again, you will travel with the family as their faith was tested, their journey from a horrific accident, through discovery, recovery, and finally rehabilitation and a ‘new life’. If you or someone you know has suffered a TBI, ABI, or Stroke, you will find the Brain Injury Tool Kit, our Simplified Guide for Survivors, Caregivers, & Family of Brain Injury, several lists, and helpful hints that can assist in identifying what you need to do.

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Nieman — Going to the Dogs

Going to the Dogs: Confessions of a Mobile Pet Groomer
by Jan Nieman

Going to the DogsWhen Jan Nieman decided to become a mobile pet groomer, little did she know what a wild ride she was in for. Over the next 21 years, she tussled with feisty pets, wrestled with stubborn vans, chased down AWOL dogs, and learned to cope with wayward employees. Grooming more than her share of dogs and cats, not to mention the occasional wolf, she encountered a host of memorable animals and owners, that often matched their pets in style, temperament and unconventionality. In her no-holds-barred, hilarious account, Nieman not only shares the high points of her adventures, as well as the occasional horror tails that are an inevitable part of a groomer’s career. Through it all, her love and passion for animals shines forth from every page.By the end, after plenty of laughs, you’ll know a good deal more about orphan pets, what goes on in the inner sanctum of mobile and brick-and-mortar grooming salons, and the joys and tribulations of owning a business that keeps you going to the dogs.

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Campbell — My Korean War Story

Korean War StoryMy Korean War Story: A Rage Within
By James Campbell

In December 1948, James Campbell, 15, joined the U.S. Army. On June 25, 1950, North Korea invaded South Korea. Campbell, stationed in Japan, was among the first U.S. soldiers to join the conflict. This book is a collection of stories about a young soldier’s experience in the war. His accounts run the gamut of emotions—anger, heartbreak, apprehension, comradery, even humor. Campbell lets you see and feel the horrors of war through the eyes of a boy becoming a man.

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