Introducing Ingrid Charlery, author of The Strength of a Woman: Through the Darkness Came Light and Strength

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Ingrid Charlery was born on the West Indian island of St. Lucia in the village of La-point Mon-Repos. She studied child care and nursing in New Jersey USA where she has lived since arriving in the US at the age of 18 She has a fascination for people from all walks of life and volunteers at shelters for the homeless and counsels depression sufferers. She enjoys traveling and sightseeing. As a single parent she dedicates most of her spare time to her daughter.

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A tale of Love, Depression, Despair and Conquest. This is the inspirational story of Ingrid Charlery, an immigrant from St Lucia Island in the West Indies. The book provides a vivid insight to the life of this young woman and how she survived through the power of prayer against seemingly insurmountable emotional pain. Two catastrophic relationships both characterized by blind love and heartbreaking betrayal drag her from the crest of the happiness wave to the treacherous rocks of broken promises and shattered dreams. The events and experiences of abuse, lies and underhandedness provide the foundation of this heartrending story. Ingrid describes in graphic detail how circumstances forced her and her young daughter from a comfortable home onto the dirty and uncomfortable floors in shelters for the homeless. When the true colors of the man she loves emerge, and she discovers she has been living with a psychopathic drug addict she knows she has to escape. But it is not that easy. On the verge of following in her own parents’ footsteps by leaving her daughter in the care of a foster home, Ingrid had planned to go one further and take her own life. Her awakening and new found emotional strength through the power of prayer and the hand of God make this true life drama a spellbinding read. Today, Ingrid is a public speaker and a counselor for the depressed, desperate and suicidal.

Introducing Chris Alan Foreman, author of Coast-to-Coast-to-Coast: My Journey into the Land of Fahrvergnügen

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Dr. Chris Alan Foreman writes of his variegated life from the comforts of San Mateo, California. Now retired, he has served as a Peace Corps volunteer, an army officer, a college professor, an African missionary, and a Baptist pastor. An avid traveler, Chris has lived on four continents and toured all fifty states. In his foundational memoir, Forgive Like a Rwandan, Chris writes of love, loss and letting go. He traces his life through 888 tumultuous days, from the tragic death of his first wife in Africa to his joyful second marriage in California.

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Coast-to-Coast-to-Coast is an introspective travelogue of my twenty-nine-day road trip across the breadth of America accompanied by a rescue dog named Jody and propelled by a pop-up Volkswagen camper. Together we journey into the Land of Fahrvergnügen, that wondrous place of travel joy and driving pleasure. Sightseeing, camping, and contemplation fill the days. Family and friends sweeten the stops. Unfettered, unhurried, and off the leash, dog and man encounter an unscripted adventure around every bend. With the boundless horizon of twenty-five states, the soul is free to wander the outer world and the mind open to explore the inner. What can compare to the bliss of a camper, a dog, and an endless ribbon of American highway?

Introducing Inez A. Lasso, author of A Singing Journey

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Inez A. Lasso wanted to make a difference in the world so she went to college and became a lawyer. Approx. 1971 – 1977 -worked as Legal Assistant -U.S. Attorney’s Office, Albuquerque, N.M.; September 1984- U.S. Dept. of Labor, Office of the Solicitor, 200 Constitution Ave. NW, Washington, D.C. -Position: Staff Attorney -Served as appellate attorney representing the Director, Office of Workers’ Compensation. November 1990 – October 1992 U.S. Dept. of Justice -Special Assistant (Legal Counsel) to Assistant Attorney General, Jimmy Gurule. Office of Justice Programs (OJP). Primary responsibility for authorship of Victims’ Rights and Restitution Act of 1990 and the Victims of Child Abuse Act of 1990. October 1992 -Director, Office for Civil Rights Enforcement, OCR. I Developed proactive approach to enforcement of Title VI of Civil Rights Act, after twenty years of inaction -ensuring compliance with civil rights law by recipients of federal funding,

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A Woman at 40 years decides that she will become a lawyer and fight for women’s rights, but first, she had to go to college…My name is Inez A. Lasso. I was born in 1937 in the South Bronx of NYC, the youngest of four children. My mother, a Singing Contest Winner in her youth, filled our lives with music, singing with the radio as she cared for us. She turned the poverty of the Bronx into a happy home for us and singing and songwriting into a lifelong passion for me. I had the opportunity to join a religious organization, the “Young Christian Workers” as a Lay Missionary in Bogota, Colombia. I tell of the work I did to form new groups and of the young people I met who were enthusiastic about the movement and hoped to have a better life. I met my future husband in Colombia, and he came to New York where we got married on June 16, 1961. We lived in Jackson Heights, N.Y. and had 2 children, Elena and Diana. We then moved to Albuquerque, New Mexico as a better place to raise them. Our third daughter, Julie was born in Albuquerque. I always worked as a legal secretary while the girls were growing up but decided when I turned Forty that I wanted to have a job that made a difference in the world – I wanted to be a Lawyer who fought for the rights of women who felt powerless…but I had never been to college… So I enrolled in the University of Albuquerque and received my Bachelor of Business Administration; May 16, 1981, my Masters Certificate; from The Antioch School of Law for Equal Opportunity Law on February 15, 1983…and my Juris Doctor from the University of New Mexico on May 16, 1984. I divorced my first husband in 1985 after 22 years of marriage. I tell of my life as a Student and my life as an Attorney at Law and, in retirement, as an Administrative Hearing Officer, A/KA The Judge. I tell of my Second Life with New Husband after I moved to D.C. to work as a lawyer with the Dept. of Labor. He is a blind bluegrass musician and I was able to join him as a harmony singer in his band in weekend gigs. We were married for 12 years and remain friends. I wrote many songs during our marriage which we recorded together. Although I have travelled many roads from New York City to Colombia, S.A. to Albuquerque, N.M. to Nashville, TN to Napa, CA, my companion has always been a lifetime of songwriting. My life story has taken many unexpected turns and exciting challenges as well as marvelous blessings. The treasure I hold closest is the love of my three daughters who stand behind me through all my life choices.

Introducing Murdis Young-Hamlett, author of Running Blindly Through Life

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Murdis Young Hamlett was born in Shaw, Mississippi in 1952. She is the youngest of five children. She was educated in Montgomery County Public Schools in Mississippi. Later, she moved to Detroit Michigan where she attended Wayne State University, earning a Bachelor’s and a Master’s degree in English Education. She taught in Detroit Community Schools for twenty-nine and one half years, where she instructed students in English/reading at the middle school level. In 1996, she was inducted into the Fourth Edition of The Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers, which was recommended by her many students. Murdis also received The distinguished Service Award from the AFT Local 231 AFL-CIO organization. There have been many other honors and certificates awarded to her for distinguished service. Her favorite hobbies are reading and writing poetry.

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“Wealth maketh many friends, but the poor is separated from his neighbor”. (Proverbs 19:4-K J V) Trauma has a way of crippling some people, whereas others grow stronger because of it. The drama we must face in life is never the real issue, but the way we internalize and respond to it is what matters. You either get up and greet success or lie there and cope with failure!

Introducing Johnny Wills, author of From Peanuts to Plasma: The Life Story of Johnny D. Wills

“While writing my first book, I began searching for a publisher. When I found Outskirts Press, my search was over. I knew they would be my publisher. They were so up front and transparent in every respect. After talking with my Publishing Consultant, I knew exactly what I was getting and exactly how much my cost would be. I have never dealt with a company that was so well organized. My Author Representative was fantastic and I was so pleased that I had ample time to review and approve every part of my book before it was published. I couldn’t be happier with my book. It’s a beautiful thing!”

Johnny D. Wills is a veteran, retired medical technologist, and numismatist. He is originally from Parrott, Georgia and spent 10 years in the U.S. Army, where he received his training in the medical field. Upon leaving the army, he settled in Fayetteville, NC, taking on the job of blood bank supervisor at Cape Fear Valley Hospital and later opened his own plasma center. After closing the center, he concentrated on his rare coin business, as one of the most respected numismatists in North Carolina! Today, Johnny lives in Cameron, NC with his wife, Juanita, and their two cats. He enjoys singing, playing his guitar, fishing, watching college football, and spending time with his family.

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Miraculous, Unbelievable, True Story! Johnny D. Wills was born the son of a dirt-poor peanut farmer in rural South Georgia, right before World War II. After high school, he enlisted in the U.S. Army where he ended up as an instructor with the Green Berets. Leaving the service after 10 years, he used his military training to land a job as the supervisor of a local hospital blood bank. During this time, he miraculously discovered a unique way to make some real money! Going into business for himself, he and his family realized and lived the American Dream, but it only lasted for a few years. Suddenly, he lost it all. How, and more importantly, why did this happen? This exciting book describes in detail how his good fortune came to be, the reasons for his downfall, and the ultimate realization that one’s success in life is not measured by his bank account!

Introducing Jimmy Chew, author of Walking Around Lucky: Navigate America’s New Lust for Gambling

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Jimmy Chew, an expert at the art of winning gambling games, recalls his life and times in an anecdotal journey through six decades of his career. Walking Around Lucky is full of personal tales and gambling stories with legends the likes of Mantle, Snead, Trevino, Floyd, Eastwood, Wadkins, Jacoby, Holland, Walters, Baldwin, Ungar, Brunson and others. Look inside the mind of an old school gambler to see how his experiences from childhood onward molded him into a world-class competitor at a number of games. Learn how sports betting rears it’s ugly head and what you can do about it. Hear stories about big wins and excruciating losses at golf courses, sporting events, casinos and courtrooms. Best of all, you’ll get a front-row seat to “Jimmy Chew” Blackjack, a self developed system of betting that utilizes the ebb and flow of luck to ride a hot streak all the way to the bank. The author’s methods caused him to be banned from a major Las Vegas casino for winning without ever counting cards. Conversational, delightful, and accessible, Walking Around Lucky is the inspirational true story of a man whose life has been an adventure like no other.

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Is It Luck – or Opportunity?
FEATURING:

  • Celebrities and Sports Legends
  • Business Ups and Downs
  • Four Game – $200,000 Challenge
  • World Championship Bridge Hands
  • High Stakes Backgammon
  • Unusual Wagers
  • Life Lessons and Keys to Success
  • Perils and Virtues of Sports Betting
  • Big Wins
  • Bad Beats
  • Ponies
  • Gin Rummy Secrets
  • “Jimmy Chew” Blackjack
  • Banned for Winning
  • Betting Systems
  • Lucky Streaks
  • Casino Carnival Zones
  • Results from 10,000 Blackjack Hands

Introducing Dorothy Eiko Omura Memoirs, author of Dorothy Omura

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Dorothy Eiko Omura (1925-2016) was born and raised in Osaka, Japan. She married a Japanese-American serviceman, moved to Hawaii and raised 2 children. She had an industrious and persevering nature. After moving to the United States, she became a naturalized citizen, got her GED and at age 68, attained an Associate of Arts Degree at Honolulu Community College. English was her second language. She also worked at various jobs, including teaching Japanese at Moilili Community Center. Throughout her life, she continued to study English to better herself. She believed that education was key to a successful life! She lived out the rest of her life in Hawaii with her husband, Herbert, son Joseph and daughter Carole. (written posthumously by daughter, Carole)

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This is the unique life story of Dorothy Eiko Omura from childhood to marriage and the incredulous life and death challenges she faced. It starts with observations and stories of her family life to revelations of secret incidents that target her because of her family’s Christian belief amidst the government’s powerful religion, Buddhism. There are references to how Christianity lost its foothold in Japan through recollections of stories passed on. There are details on the several attempts on her life and how she miraculously survives them. Eventually, all of these incidents are forgotten and lost in her memory until they resurface in her later years. This autobiography is a way for her to gather those memories and put them into written form as a way to preserve and understand what happened and why they happened to her. The events take place in pre-World War II, Japan.