Introducing Charles Ray Brady, author of JOURNEY INTO DARKNESS: The Gathering Storm – BOOK ONE

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Charles Ray Brady was born and raised in Utah. He, along with his father and mother, called the town of Santaquin their home. The small-town atmosphere always allowed him the opportunity to explore and use his imagination, often to the dismay of his parents. Ray graduated in Elementary Education from Brigham Young University because he enjoys working with children which led him to become a professional teacher for thirty years. He is a self-taught oil painter and has taught landscape painting both during and after his teaching career. He finds it fun to share this talent with local children. In addition to this series of books, he wrote a book for each of his children when they were in elementary school. He now reads those stories to his grandchildren. He is a veteran of the United States Air Force where he served as an accountant and administrative assistant. He and his wife, Carolyn Seals Brady, met while attending Brigham Young University and were married in the Salt Lake Temple. They have five children and eighteen grandchildren. Ray believes life is a grand tour of opportunities when you use your imagination to explore them.

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As Ben lay there in his semi-conscious state, his body racked with pain from head to toe, the intensely bright light that hung above him seemed to bore itself into his very soul. It happened so quickly and without warning causing him to catapult over the handlebars of his bicycle coming to a bone-crushing heap at the side of the road. He’d only caught a glimpse out of the corner of his eye of an object being thrown before it clocked him to the side of his head leaving him with clouded thoughts of WHY ME?! An angry familiar voice by the gurney where he lay in the emergency room muttered a vivid threat through gritted teeth, “When I get ahold of that kid, I’ll beat the living tar out of him!” “No you won’t son, you’re not that kind of boy.” For Ben Okura, being Japanese American took on a whole new meaning as he was to become one of the homeland’s first civilian casualties of World War II. Ben didn’t know it yet; but, at that moment, he’d already started down an unimaginable darkened road filled with intrigue, danger, and adventure to places he’d never been. He would have to settle up with fate and meet his destiny.

Introducing Diane Dettmann, author of Madison: Cricket of the Valley

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Diane Dettmann is the author of the award-winning WWII trilogy Courageous Footsteps. She is also the author of Twenty-Eight Snow Angels: A Widow’s Story of Love, Loss and Renewal and coauthor of Miriam Daughter of Finnish Immigrants. She has also written articles for the national Women’s Voices for Change organization in New York City. Learn more at

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A FASCINATING AND ENTERTAINING STORY OF NATURE VERSUS HUMANS. Madison loves spending his evenings roaming the bluff with his camel cricket friends. However, everything changes when Stanley and Edith Grubner move into the house above the crickets’ cave. Madison Cricket of the Valley engages and entertains readers with its themes of acceptance, tolerance and nature versus humans. “A delightful story that will take you back in time and may just have you cheering for the cricket family!” —Colleen Baldrica, author of TREE SPIRITED WOMAN. “I remember first hearing the story of Madison when Diane read parts in my second-grade classroom where I was a student. Stories like this, along with Diane’s wellspring of imagination, have inspired me and countless other former students in our own creative pursuits. I feel deeply satisfied and proud to see Madison’s story join the excellent repertoire of Diane’s creative work.” —John Fournelle, former second grader, class of 1994-1995. “This charming tale takes place in the laid-back time frame of the nineteen sixties and shows how happy little brown crickets learn to live successful lives in the home of two unknowing but accommodating humans. Told in a delightful way, readers cheer for the crickets amid many attempts to destroy them. Good lesson in live and let live.” —Gloria VanDemmeltraadt, author of the Deep Lake Mysteries

Introducing Suzanne Liff, author of Smarter Than You Think: Accessing Your Personal Powers to Triumph in College

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Suzanne Liff is Emeritus Professor of reading at Nassau Community College, and a former teacher and district chairperson of secondary special education in NY. A leader in professional development, she presents extensively on best pedagogical practices and the significance of SEI on teaching and learning. She is published in professional juried journals and author of three groundbreaking developmental reading textbooks for college students. Professor Liff is the recipient of an honorary life membership to the Special Education PTA, the Faculty Distinguished Achievement Award for Outstanding Scholarly and Professional Accomplishment, and the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching. Learn more at

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It’s not about IQ! Pump up your personal intelligence to score in college. Millions of students start college each year. Yet only about half persist to earn their degree. Even among the “best and brightest” many struggle, drop out, fail, or step away. What’s going on? How can this be different for you? Smarter Than You Think: Accessing Your Personal Powers to Triumph in College reframes our concept of what it means to be smart in higher education. Take a groundbreaking and transformative journey with Professor Liff through the hidden foundation of college success; not IQ or achievement scores, high school grades or SAT’s…but personal intelligence. See its pervasive power to lift students up and escort them right on to the graduation stage. You’ll enjoy your travels! Crafted for new and returning college students, college-bound high schoolers, non-traditional students coming back to college after a break, and parents, professors, and counselors, this book is both a prerequisite and companion for a positive pathway to college success. Discover the many ways to be intelligent. Then delve into the six major competencies that make up our personal, social and emotional intelligence: self-awareness, the capacity to regulate emotions and deal with disappointment and stress, the ability to set meaningful goals, knowing how to monitor your own progress and actions, having empathy for others, and social skills that help establish relationships, work well on a team, and even step up to leadership. Experience how these personal powers support, guide, and even rescue students during the myriad of changes and challenges of college life. Grow them. Strengthen them. You will be amazed at how they champion academic performance, well-being, and happiness throughout the college years and beyond. An engaging, independent read, Smarter Than You Think: Accessing Your Personal Powers to Triumph in College also works beautifully as an ancillary text for freshman college experience courses or university orientation programs. In an encouraging and supportive voice, it weaves scholarly theory and research with compelling college issues and scenarios, true campus stories, insights and concrete action steps to guide students through their college journey. Along the way, readers explore related and valuable personal qualities for thriving in college: Know the importance of optimism. Understand why delaying gratification is so vital for any student who wants to graduate. Learn about grit and how to keep going when you feel like quitting. Explore productive ways to communicate your needs and advocate for yourself. Take valuable risks, like joining in, speaking out, finding your voice, and taking charge! Develop tools to resolve conflicts with others and inside yourself. Discover a remarkable potion for ditching procrastination. Adopt strategies to manage time and the academic workload; the number one challenge for every undergraduate. Always take time to think about yourself. Reflect on your learning, experiences, and your own behavior. There are many opportunities throughout the chapters of this book to do that. Collegiate success transcends academics. Read “Smarter Than You Think” to understand, unlock, and apply your personal powers. They will transform your life and times in school to persevere, achieve, flourish, enjoy … and triumph!