Introducing Louis A. Dorio, author of Murder Finds the Suburbs

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Louis A. Dorio retired after a 20-year decorated career with a suburban NY Police Department. Retiring as Chief of Police. Former Chief Dorio, a Vietnam Veteran, served in the U.S. Navy. Louis is an adjunct professor of Criminal Justice. He lives in Westchester County and is married with two grown daughters and five grandchildren.

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Small Town Police Department Meets Big City Crime. Rocco DeMarco, a young police officer on a suburban “Bedroom Community” police department, north of New York City, is placed in a position of Baptism by Fire. Just days after being assigned as a patrolman to the detective division, DeMarco, along with his lieutenant, are summoned to two bodies, found in trash bags and dumped across the street from the local high school. The subsequent investigation presents many new and sometimes dangerous undertakings. During the course of the investigation, Rocco sometimes lets his enthusiasm cloud his awareness of the dangers he will be facing. DeMarco and the other Investigators have to deal with witnesses, who are of the impression that a small ‘upstate’ police agency can’t handle an investigation of this magnitude. Dogged investigating leads to the identification of three primary suspects. The case takes on a whole new level of risk when DeMarco realizes he would be dealing with a very dangerous, former enforcer from Castro’s Cuba who came to the U.S. on the Muriel Boat Lift in the 1980’s. An undercover arrest of an additional suspect, with the prospect of him facing serious jail time, results in the young man and his father, agreeing to be witnesses against the three key participants, one of whom is the homicidal Cuban. The nature of policing that Rocco DeMarco was looking for came to fruition when his lieutenant turns to him at the site of the two dumped bodies and says, “It’s Your Case Kid.”

An Uncommon Journey: Leadership Lessons From A Preschool Teacher Who Became A University President

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Dr. Shirley Raines, now a much sought after speaker, consultant, and author, earned her way from a humble farm in Tennessee to the office of the President of the University of Memphis as the first woman president of that institution. In this frank and heartfelt volume, Dr. Raines shares how this unlikely journey transpired. She describes challenges she faced and lessons she learned along the way that may encourage other young women to pursue careers as leaders, whatever the leadership title. She tells us about how special, loving people in her life guided and supported her along the way, including the touching story of how a professor saved her from giving up on her college education before she even got started. The narrative shows how Dr. Raines starting as a young woman prepared for every opportunity by doing her homework. Those around her who came to respect her described her as “spunky” and labeled her a “steel magnolia.” Read how Dr. Raines developed successful relationships with famous and powerful people in every walk of life including other university presidents, high profile celebrities, state governors, and wealthy philanthropists. At the same time, discover how she never forgot the working men and women who served in support roles and kept the gears turning. This is a must-read for people, especially women, considering or pursuing a leadership role in education or related fields. And an enjoyable read for the rest.

Introducing Susan Stanford, author of Memoir of a Chihuahua Bat

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Susan Stanford is a retired educator with 29 years in the public classroom. She attributes her teaching success to her passion for the Spanish Language and to her off the wall educational colleague, Cherryl. In 1999 they formed the Chihuahua Bat and as language consultants they presented workshops and published materials for language teachers throughout the state of Texas. Their most popular publication is Pigs Can Fly When You Create Language with a Chihuahua Bat. Living in country inspired Susan to develop authentic language activities and nurtured her childish enthusiasm for the Mexican culture. In 2005 Susan received the honor of Teacher of the Year for her campus, Reagan High School, The North East Independent School District, and Region 20. In 2006 she was the recipient of the Alamo Heights Rotary VIP in Education, the KENS ExCEL Award for Excellence in Teaching, and the Walmart Teacher of the Year. Susan grew up in Dallas, Texas where she met her husband, Mike. They have three children and three grandchildren. She loves spending time with her family and traveling. No longer in the classroom, her passion now is writing about her teaching career and her journey as a Chihuahua Bat. She hopes to inspire educators, still standing in the classroom, to think outside of the box, rock the boat every now and then, and ask themselves: “What would a Chihuahua Bat do?”

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Elizabeth Jones, a newly hired Spanish teacher at North Gate High School, finds herself standing in the middle of a cinder block warehouse at her new campus. Formerly an Industrial Arts room with old equipment stored against the walls and rusty nuts and bolts scattered across the floor, Elizabeth is horrified to find out that this is her new classroom. She is even more stunned to find out that she will be sharing this space with Theater Arts classes and a clinic without a ceiling. Encountering falling flats, puking students, noisy theater rehearsals, and without the basic classroom set up like a board and desks, Elizabeth finds herself ready to quit! Jean Smith, her comical and uncensored department chair, reassures Elizabeth that together, with the help of their rowdy colleagues, they can tackle this looming obstacle. Faced with the decision to quit or step up, she decides to embrace this challenge and throw away traditional teaching methods and create a new interactive approach to teaching a language. Join Elizabeth and Jean as they rock the boat, challenge their administrators, and become the Chihuahua Bats.

Introducing Morris Gliklich, author of The Memoirs of Morris Gliklich: Holocaust Years and Beyond

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Morris Gliklich was born in Nisko, Poland. When the Germans invaded Poland in 1939, he and his family made a daring escape from their town and the advancing Nazis, only to be captured by the Russians and sent to Siberian labor camps. Following the war, they found their way to Germany, spending time in a series of DP camps. He immigrated to the United States in 1951, where he went on to join the US Army, attend college, marry, start a family, and launch a successful business career.

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Holocaust Years-From Poland to Siberia. The German invasion of Poland in 1939 put an end to the tranquil childhood of Morris Gliklich. Fleeing the Nazis, only to be captured by the Russians, Morris and his family spent much of the war years in Siberian labor camps. Narrowly escaping death on numerous occasions, first from the Nazis and the Russians, then from Siberian winters, bears, and malaria, Morris survived the war with his immediate family, making his way to German DP camps, and later on to America. This memoir is a tribute to their strength, courage, perseverance and faith.

Introducing Carolyn Hayes, author of Perhaps You Were Born for Just Such a Time as This

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This is Carolyn Hayes’ fourth book with an important and timely message from the Holy Spirit. Carolyn Hayes retired as an elementary school teacher from the New York City Public School System in 2015. She also had the opportunity to teach in New Jersey, Washington State, and overseas at the American International School of Lagos in Nigeria, the American International School of Cairo in Egypt, and Naseem International School in Bahrain. Please visit Carolyn Hayes’ website at carolynhayes.net to view the other books the Holy Spirit has prompted her to write. About the Illustrator: Vic Guiza has extensive illustration experience and has received many awards during his 35 years as an artist. He lives happily in Mexico with his wife and two daughters.

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If I were born for just such a time as this, then what you’re saying is that there’s a plan for my life, right? Absolutely! Jesus said, “My plans for your life are good plans; they are not plans for disaster. My plans will give you a future and a hope.” Jeremiah 29:11 Jesus said, “You are wonderfully made. I knitted all the delicate, inner parts of your body together in your mother’s womb. I watched over you as you were carefully woven in dark seclusion, and every day of your life was recorded in My book. Every moment was laid out before a single day had passed. You are wonderfully complex and extraordinarily precious to Me!” Psalm 139:13-17

Introducing Richard Bartholomew, author of The Toadvine Papers: A Memory

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Richard Bartholomew was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, and attended Ohio University. He taught high school Industrial Arts, then worked for decades as a technical instructor for a major international automobile manufacturer. He lives with his wife and cats in Northern California near San Francisco. This is his first novel.

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The popular and academic interest in sculptor Ernest Toadvine has never been greater. The latest Library of Congress listing of books on the man and his body of work, at this writing, numbers forty-three – Candace Boyer’s recent coffee table edition, “Man of Stone,” is undoubtedly the best – and the list is still growing. News articles, TV specials, analyses, dissertations and the like number in the hundreds. Collectors clamor for his works, and one show allowed a well-known museum to enter the new decade with overflowing coffers. Of course, his miniature busts of the famous are ubiquitous. Here is one more book for the pile. To tell this story, I have ransacked my memories, and all my old journals – kept faithfully from grade school till I finally left for college – and tried to chat with most of those who are still around and on speaking terms with me. There will be a few surprises. It will contain little of what is in the other books, and it may not all be entirely on the mark – as they say, there is no absolute history – but the one thing you can be sure is not a lapse of memory is the part about friendship.

Introducing Brenda McComb, author of Schillingsburg the Final Chapter: Revelations

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This is the fifth and final book in The Schillingsburg Saga. Brenda McComb, at the age of 64, with the encouragement of her husband Steve, decided to bring to life in writing, many characters she had encountered in her lifetime. The Schillingsburg Saga is a result of that endeavor. Brenda lost her husband, Steve, of 43 years to lung cancer in June 2016. Today, she and her two fur babies, Rufus and Spike, split their time between her home in Waveland on the Mississippi Gulf Coast and her Ozark Mountain home in Mountain Home, Arkansas, where she is busy finishing her next novel, “The Seventh Descendants.”

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Standing before me was Felix Petijean’, the head of the Louisiana Syndicate. J’nell Montalvo and Major Lampton defend Qujette Barbarette against the charge of murder. In the process, they uncover a murder for hire plot that pits sons against their mother. J’nell again has to deal with the loss of a loved one. She is haunted by the granddaughter of Wilton Benoit, the Texas wildcatter who she brought to his knees in her first major case just months out of law school. She sees all of her children married and giving her grandchildren at a time when she realizes she has come full circle in her life. The biggest challenge is when she is confronted by a dark force who reveals to her that there have been others working behind the scenes to assure many of her legal victories. It is then, that she questions the loyalties of everyone in her life, including her loving parents. After her retirement, J’nell decides to document her life. A decision that will cause an even bigger uproar than when her, and Gavin Davenport, III’s, parents joined the sexual revolution of the 1970’s. J’nell continues to fight for all who cannot fight for themselves. Through it all, J’nell never loses her faith in God and the knowledge, HE has always been the one in control of her life. In her golden years J’nell reflects on her many accomplishments, the people who floated in and out of her life, her losses and gains. At the very end, she realizes she had few regrets in the way she lived her life.