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Secrets of an Island Girl: How I Lost and Found my Mind In Paradise

by Jean Roberts

Secrets Of An Island Girl is a captivating true story about a girl who grew up on The Spice Island in Grenada. Jean Roberts survived a harsh young life that tortured her mind and body. As a young woman, Jean developed a poor voice of self-image which led her into a life of reckless abandonment, abuse and prostitution.

In Secrets Of An Island Girl Jean generously tells us about her life as an Island girl.

Begging for food, becoming a servant, Being uneducated, being paid for sex and spending a year in and out of a cement room (The Mental Institution) are just a few of the touching and heartbreaking truths about the reality of An Island Girl’s life.

And how she turned it all around.

Jean always knew there was “A better life” waiting for her. She played the game, found herself, began loving herself and changed her life. Jean’s transformation began when she immigrated to Canada with the dream of FREEDOM, EDUCATION, AND HEALTH. Jean shares herself, her life and her story with you in a way that makes you question how the impact of your own childhood imprinting may be effecting your life and how you can turn it all around no matter the challenge.

Jean is now a successful Entrepreneur living in the beautifully rich Canadian Rockies. Jean has invested in real estate, teaches yoga, is an Integrative Nutrition Health Coach, Facilitates Retreats for women and wishes to inspire other women around the world to activate their highest potential with her online business as a Clarity Coach.

You can change your life. Anytime.

Enjoy this deeply moving memoire about the life of Jean V Roberts (An Island Girl)

We all have a story.


To be told.

Warren Buffett: Warren Buffett: Investing and Leadership Lessons from Warren Buffett: Quotes from: Warren Buffett Investing, Warren Buffett Biography, … Buffett Letters, , Warren Buffett Way)

by Carl Preston

Warren Buffett: Investing and Leadership Lessons

All across the world, successful people come and go – people who are worth listening to.

In this guide, you will find a unique insight into the thoughts and the mentality of massive US investor and expert in general, Warren Buffett. Buffet has been involved in more deals and ideas than you could possibly think, and in this guide we’ll explore these in close detail.

In here, you’ll find seven Warren Buffett popular quotes broken down to help you to:

  • Understand Warren Buffett’s intentions.
  • Get to grip with the quote.
  • See if you are involved in following this Warren Buffett quote in your own life.
  • Resources for further learning and information to become like Warren Buffett.

The Warren Buffett Way: Learn your key to success through Warren Buffett’s Advice

In short, you’ll have access to all the details that you could need to start building up a real rapport and knowledge of Warren Buffett’s successes.

This look into his mentality and his life should make it much easier for you to see where you are in your own development, and how we can take this further and ensure that you’ll have the chance to commit, change and improve for many years to come with this.

Tags: Warren Buffett Investing, Warren Buffett Biography, Warren Buffett Essays, Warren Buffett Letters, , Warren Buffett Way, Warren Buffett Annual Letters

A Royal Patient: Young Doctor Axel Munthe and Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden-Norway

by Ingar Palmlund

A story about a young man who goes out into the world, meets trials, and finds a princess â?? so what’s new?

The young man in this book is Axel Munthe from Stockholm, Sweden, who learnt to become a doctor in France and became a popular physician in high society in Rome, Italy. Later in life he would write The Story of San Michele, an international bestseller.

One day in 1891, Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden-Norway entered his office for a consultation. She was born Victoria of Baden, beloved granddaughter of Kaiser Wilhelm I, and was married to Crown Prince Gustaf of The United Kingdoms of Sweden and Norway.

Their meeting was the beginning of a life-long relationship. The story in this book is about their lives until the very moment their paths crossed for the first time. When they met, they were locked into the roles of a doctor and a patient. But they were also a man and a woman, young, charming when they wanted to, and used to playing power games.

A Royal Patient is a work of fiction, albeit based on extensive biographical research in private and public archives. The tale is told by episodes, alternating between the two protagonists and contrasting their development and experiences. Both were intelligent, colourful personalities. They moved back and forth across Europe. Stockholm, London, Montpellier, Paris, Karlsruhe, Berlin, Cairo, Capri and Rome are settings for scenes in the story.

How did a healthy, active upper-class young woman become a patient in medical treatment? How did a young Swede, son of an apothecary in Stockholm, become a sought-after doctor in Rome? And why? These are key questions in the personal histories of young Axel Munthe striving to become a successful doctor and young Victoria of Baden trying to meet expectations on how to be a perfect Crown Princess. The story is grounded in the late 19th century practice of medicine and the particular context of the cosmopolitan upper classes in Europe, but the two young protagonists’ aspirations and dilemmas are timeless as are their struggles over dependency and autonomy. Episodes deal with romance, sex, childbirths, potentially fatal accidents, deaths, and not least with medical ideas about women’s bodies and minds.


by D. Woods

What was I thinking when I decided to become a LPN? Especially since I am impractical, idealistic, irrational, chronically ill, and depressed all with a warped sense of humor. I feel like I am the Lemony Snickets of nurse’s. My life has been a series of unfortunate and crazy events!


by Jacob Abbott

Jacob Abbott was one of the famous authors in the Abbott family during the 19th century, which also included his historian brother John. Unlike his brother, Jacob wrote kids books.

Xerxes I ( 519 – 465 B.C.), also known as Xerxes the Great, ruled Persia from 486 to 465 B.C.  Xerxes is arguably most famous for his attempt to invade Greece.  At the Battle of Thermopylae, Leonidas of Sparta fought Xerxes’ much larger army but were eventually defeated.  Although Xerxes marched further into Greece, he was forced to return to Persia due to an uprising.  The Persian forces in Greece would then be driven out the next year.   

Troy’s Story: Memoirs of a Border Collie: The life and times of a rescue dog.

by Steven Jenkins

Troy’s story is a tale told by two authors. One is the human part of the partnership, and the other part is told as if by Troy himself, giving a canine perspective of dog guardianship. Told in honest and open language, it is the true (from the human perspective anyway) story of a rescued Border Collie after the foot and mouth epidemic in England. The trials, tribulations and triumphs take the reader on a roller coaster ride of emotions. An inspiration for anyone who is contemplating taking in a rescue dog, of any breed; or simply a heart warming story of trust, companionship and respect between a dog and their guardian.

The Life and Times of Pericles and the Golden Age of Athens

by Evelyn Abbott

Pericles was a statesman and general of Athens during the city’s Golden Age between the Persian and Peloponnesian wars, and he had such a profound influence on Athenian society that Thucydides, his contemporary historian, acclaimed him as “the first citizen of Athens”. Pericles turned the Delian League into an Athenian empire and led his countrymen during the first two years of the Peloponnesian War. The period during which he led Athens, roughly from 461 to 429 BC, is sometimes known as the “Age of Pericles”. 
The fifteen chapters of The Life and Times of Pericles covers the Alcmeonid family, Pericles’ accomplishments, and his later years and death.

Tom and Heather, Book One Chapter 9: A True-Life Modern Love Story Reborne of Lust, Passion and…Mischievous Adventure (Tom and Heather, A Trilogy 2)

by Morgan Snow

Is sex essential? Is it truly, deeply important in a loving relationship? Of course it is!

The real-life “Tom and Heather Wellesley” were a once-highly-attractive couple who five years ago found themselves in a slightly boring, out of shape “family rut.” Now in their thirties, their intimacy and excitement had gradually waned, opening the door for, among other pitfalls and sadnesses, the possibility of divorce.

However in divorce’s face they fashioned, by mounting degrees, a culture of their own, not knowing in the beginning that hotwifing was already an established worldwide phenomenon.

This phenomenon included couples not only in “the Wellesley’s” position and context, but also people who lived countless other lives, wildly varied (in philosophies and motives) – culturally as well as intellectually – from Tom and Heather’s forward – across the incredibly widespread canvas of the hotwifing landscape.

At the outset of their ventures, Heather faced a serious learning curve as her seduction techniques met, ironically, with alternating degrees of bemused – and bemusing – success. And ironic non-success.

Meanwhile on the plus side, Tom’s love life with Heather began to percolate and escalate dramatically, as it did for the real-life couple upon whose story this rowdy, raunchy, sensuous-and-sensual tale is fondly and warmly based – and with whose input and approval it was written. With grander, more intimate and more intriguing successes for Heather – with and, occasionally, without Tom – to follow – and follow…in Book Two, Chapter Ten!

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NOTES: 12/17/15

Dear Friends and Fans of the real “Tom,” and the real “Heather:”

Until Chapter Two of Book Two, the price for every new chapter had been $.99, which we felt fair. But KDP began displaying alerts that (for whatever reason) selections in our genre will reach a far broader audience if the price is $2.99; if you log onto the KDP/Amazon Advertising and Promotions site, you will find similar advisements. Therefore, we are honoring this guidance from them, and we hope that the results will be positive for everyone. However we do this with some reservations, and we apologize sincerely to those for whom, like us, the added $2 cost might be not insignificant, although hopefully not burdensome. To ease the pain, we are still…as before…offering each chapter as an Amazon Free Promotion for the Friday through Wednesday during which each new chapter appears.

For you new readers, regarding “the chapters:” every Thursday a new chapter of “Tom and Heather, Book Two” will appear for $2.99…a bit the way Charles Dickens placed a new chapter of his novels in magazines on a weekly basis.

If you missed Book One and would like to read more of the backstory (and some choice bits from Book Three), the complete Book One is available here on Amazon for $9.99. Simply do whatever works for you – hopefully with an open mind, and an appreciation for the real Tom and Heather’s remarkable – sometime amusing, sometimes touching, sometimes frustrating, sometimes sizzling – journey.

Best, and enjoy!

With sincere appreciation,

Morgan Snow

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BTW Book TWO in its entirety for $9.99 is still NOT available as, although it is complete now in first draft form, it needs additional editing by yours truly, which I attempt to perform each week. Truly wish I didn’t have a day job so I could spend full-time writing and editing, but, alas…guessing you might relate. And even in its second-draft form, Book ONE could use some work – not a surprise if you’ve been following the literary adventure as well as “Tom and Heather”‘s literal one. Perhaps one day we’ll have a professional publisher who can contribute needed finessing, as occurred with 50 SHADES when it went to hardbound-then-paperback!

* SIGH * with a smile!


Elon Musk and His Vision of Tomorrow: The Man Who Will Lead Us to Mars

by Jordan Peiffer

Ever since the dawn of mankind,

man has been fascinated with the stars.

From the patterns we saw in the form of constellations, to the telescopes with which we discovered their true beauty, stars and later the planets have often been a source of inspiration to us.

But nothing is going to say, “I’m a part of this vast universe” like the day we set foot on the Red Planet.

Another core part of our being is our desire and ability to create things from the material around us. Over the ages our engineering prowess has become more and more sophisticated. The world has become more and more advanced. Today we could be standing on the cusp of something very big indeed.

Enter Elon Musk, the media darling who has become known as the real-life “Iron Man”. From his childhood in South Africa, to his college days in Canada, to his early business successes, to his critical acclaim as a rising industrialist, the life of Elon Musk might be stranger than fiction.

Tesla Motors builds electric cars such as the world has never seen. SpaceX sends rockets to the ISS and has plans to send them much farther. SolarCity helps to bring the power of the sun into the palms of our hands. Time will tell for sure, but Elon has the history to prove he is capable of great things, perhaps even reaching the Red Planet and establishing the presence of man there.

“The man who will lead us to Mars.” Hyperbole? Wishful thinking?

Find out for yourself as we enter into the world of Elon Musk.

I’m No Artist, You Fool! (In Spite Of Book 1)

by Connie Hammis

This book could have been “Homeless to Harvard” a story of triumph and success, but it was destined to be exactly the opposite. Despite near Herculean efforts it is the story of something resembling survival, even on a path that doesn’t stay on some glorious upward trajectory. This series will follow the ups and downs of a statistically typical start to middle class American life, and uncover the not so typically exposed realities facing late 20th century young people.

I said, I sent you a PDF file!: Essays, blogs and nonsense from an Idiot.

by R S Cartwright

A collection of blogs and essays telling the true life tales and internal monologues of what can only be regarded as an idiot! follow Rob through love, life, police cells, hospitals and job interviews and see just how troubled life can be when you are a little on the socially awkward side, have no brain to mouth filter and fail to be appropriate at any turn.

Whether you love him or hate him, Rob will certainly have you questioning whether or not all of this could actually happen to one person, the answer to that question is unfortunately yes.

Immerse yourself in the troubled mind of a young mans stream of consciousness and become endeared or angry the outcome should always be the same. A little bit of laughter induced urine, trickling just past the knee.

Life on the Mississippi

by Mark Twain

Samuel Langhorne Clemens, better known as Mark Twain, is perhaps America’s favorite author. A quick-witted humorist who wrote travelogues, letters, speeches, and most famously the novels The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (1876), and its sequel, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1885), Twain was so successful that he became America’s biggest celebrity by the end of the 19th century. Despite writing biting satires, he managed to befriend everyone from presidents to European royalty.   

There Goes the Neighborhood: On Albany’s poorest streets, nothing is ever black & white

by Brian Anglin

I went to bed with a head full of tequila, and I woke up to a neighborhood on fire.

The Rise and Fall of the Confederate Government: All Volumes

by Jefferson Davis

Many Southerners and Northerners wrote about the Civil War after it was over, but none of them held as senior a position as Jefferson Davis, the Confederate president. While other generals wrote memoirs that historians still continue to debate about, Davis wrote the most comprehensive tome about the political aspects of the Civil War, particularly his fullthroated defense of the Confederacy’s right to secede.

His memoir, The Rise and Fall of the Confederate Government, is one of the most controversial works to come out of the Civil War.  Volume I explains the political background of the country before the war, as well as his analysis of the Constitution and the right to secede. Volume II picks up where Volume I left off, with the seminal events of 1862 following the secession and the first battles of 1861. Volume II covers everything from 1862 to the end of the war.

Battles & Leaders of the Civil War: General James Longstreet at Fredericksburg

by James Longstreet

One of the most important Confederate generals of the Civil War was Lieutenant General James Longstreet, the man Robert E. Lee called his “old war horse.” Longstreet was arguably the best corps commander the Confederates have, and he played crucial roles at Antietam, Second Bull Run, Chickamauga, the Wilderness, and Fredericksburg. However, Longstreet had a controversial role at Gettysburg, when he was unable to roll up the Union Army of the Potomac’s flank on Day 2 and Pickett’s Charge failed on Day 3. Though Longstreet tried to talk Lee out of the attacks, they went forward, and Longstreet criticized Lee about them afterward, making him reviled among other Confederates. In turn, they tried to blame him for the loss at Gettysburg.  

Although Longstreet would dive headfirst into the controversies in his memoirs, his account of the Battle of Fredericksburg is less controversial in both his memoirs and other writings about the battle. This account, part of the well known Battles & Leaders of the Civil War Series, discusses the strategy and tactics of the battle of Fredericksburg, and what Longstreet would have done differently than Burnside. 

General Edward Porter Alexander and the Appomattox Campaign: Account of the Surrender from His Memoirs

by Edward Porter Alexander

In the narrative of the Civil War, Edward Porter Alexander has loomed larger in death than in life. Just 25 years old when the war broke out, Porter Alexander had already served as an engineer and officer in the U.S. Army, but the native Georgian resigned his commission in May 1861 and joined the Confederacy after his home state seceded. 

Porter Alexander would continue to serve under Longstreet’s corps for most of the rest of the war, and he famously suggested to Lee at Appomattox that the Confederate army should disband and melt away instead of surrender. Porter Alexander would later regret the suggestion, and Lee scolded him for it anyway. 

Though he had served with distinction during the Civil War, it was Porter Alexander’s memoirs that have kept his name alive today. While many prominent officers on both sides wrote memoirs, Porter Alexander’s were among the most insightful and often considered by historians as the most evenhanded. With a sense of humor and a good narrative, Porter Alexander skillfully narrated the war, his service, and what he considered the successes and faults of others, including Lee, when he thought they had made good decisions or mistakes. As a result, historians continue to rely heavily on his memoirs as a source for Civil War history. 

Battles & Leaders of the Civil War: General McDowell’s Advance to Bull Run

by James B. Fry

James Barnet Fry ( February 22, 1827 – July 11, 1894 ) was an American soldier and prolific author of historical books. He graduated from West Point in 1847 and served for a time as assistant instructor of artillery there. He was stationed successively in Oregon, Louisiana, and Texas, and at West point in 1853-54. He was adjutant of the Academy from 1854 to 1859. In 1861 he acted as chief of staff to General Irvin McDowell in the American Civil War, and in 1862 held a similar position under Don Carlos Buell.

After the war, Fry wrote an account of the Battle of First Manassas which became part of the well known Battles & Leaders of the Civil War Series, discussing the preparations for and fighting during the first major battle of the war, which would eventually result in an important Confederate victory. As chief of staff to McDowell, who commanded Union forces at the battle, Fry was an important and knowledgeable primary source of the battle.

This edition is specially formatted with images of McDowell and the battle. 

Battles & Leaders of the Civil War: Hooker’s Appointment and Removal

by Charles F. Benjamin

Joseph Hooker (November 13, 1814 – October 31, 1879) was a career United States Army officer, fought in the Mexican-American War, and was a major general in the Union Army during the Civil War. Although he served throughout the war, usually with distinction at places like Antietam and Atlanta, Hooker is best remembered for his loss to General Robert E. Lee at the Battle of Chancellorsville in 1863. After a clerical error in an early battle in the war, he was known as “Fighting” Joe Hooker.

It was after firing Burnside in early 1863 that Lincoln put Fighting Joe Hooker in command of the Army of the Potomac, writing him a famous letter informing him of his promotion. But after Hooker lost at Chancellorsville, correspondence between the government and Hooker led to Hooker offering his resignation, which Lincoln accepted just days before the Battle of Gettysburg. The correspondence that led to Lincoln relieving Hooker of command was preserved in The War of the Rebellion: Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies.

In one of the Battles & Leaders essays, an official in the Army of Potomac’s camp, Charles Benjamin, explained the appointment and removal of Hooker. This edition of Hooker’s Appointment and Removal is specially formatted with pictures of important commanders, and it also includes the correspondence that led to Lincoln relieving Hooker in the Official Records.

Lost Samba: Memoirs of Brazil

by Richard Klein

Richard Klein was born in Rio de Janeiro in 1962 – the same year that the Rolling Stones and the Beatles recorded their first singles and the same year that Brazil would win its second FIFA world cup. Richard’s British-Jewish parents, had moved to a booming Rio de Janeiro in the wake of World War II, and would soon prosper. They would never, however, fully adapt to their new land, – and certainly not to either football or rock n’ roll. Richard, nonetheless, would grow up to love both. In fact, this is the heart of the story: the author’s journey of discovery of the land of his birth, as well as adventuring into the brave new world of rock culture in the 1960s, 70s and 80s, all under the sinister shadow of the military dictatorship that ruled Brazil at this time.

Lost Samba is part memoir, part document of the birth of the new Brazil – a fascinating first-person account of a dark, but exciting, period for the country. Richard shows, first hand, the enjoyment and excesses of his generation’s urban élite of the lifestyle secured for them by the military rule. Ha also shows the country crawling from under the claws of that regime and, ultimately, the unfolding of one of the worst economic disasters in Brazilian history.

This book peers through the many clichés about Brazil, and surprises the reader with anecdotes, adventures, reflections and facts, while managing to be a useful resource for those wishing to understand this huge country.

Although the Lost Samba takes the form of a memoir it offers powerful historical and political insights into the recent history of the â??sleeping giant’. The author was born into a rare position of being the son of British-Jewish immigrants to Brazil who was fully educated there. With this outsider-insider background, and with an adventurous and politicized spirit, Richard experienced the intense moments that gave birth to the country’s democracy. As an author who is able to understand the Brazilian mentality and history as clearly as the â??first world’ mindset, his writing is ideal for those seeking to understand how Brazil functions.

This is the fully revised, second edition, of Lost Samba. The book has also been re-designed and now has illustrations while the e-book now contains a plethora of links to help give the reader a comprehensive experience.

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