Monday, August 6, 2012

Non Fiction
Tucked away on the outskirts of Benton Harbor, Michigan are the remnants of a forgotten kingdom. The Diamond House, a stone fortress named for the sparkling crystals imbedded in its walls, still stands as a monument to the king entombed inside of it. 
Benjamin Franklin Purnell along with his wife, Mary, founded the House of David in 1903. Benjamin claimed to be the Seventh Messenger prophesied by the Book of Revelations Under his guidance the colony built a world-famous amusement
park that continued to operate and prosper until the mid-seventies. The colony also established a minor league baseball team that broke down the racial barriers of the game.
The history of the House of David and its members is a fascinating, often sensational tale, filled with torrid relationships, emotion, and drama. It is the story of people who persevered in the face of hardships and scandal clinging to their faith and living together in peace and harmony

Here is the world's most famous master plan for seizing and holding power. Astonishing in its candor, The Prince even today remains a disturbingly realistic and prophetic work on what it takes to be a prince . . . a king . . . a president.When, in 1512, Machiavelli was removed from his post in his beloved Florence, he resolved to set down a treatise on leadership that was practical, not idealistic. In The Prince he envisioned a ruler unencumbered by ordinary ethical and moral values; his prince would be man and beast, fox and lion. Today, this small sixteenth-century masterpiece has become essential reading for every student of government, and is the ultimate book on power politics.

Marshall Field's motto was "Give the Lady what she wants!" and God knows, Rudy tried. When the Columbia Exposition brought famous Lillian Russell home to Chicago to sing, Rudy Schillmann and thousands of other small boys fell madly in love. The rest of them grew up to find more suitable loves. Rudy grew up but he missed the next step.

The novella Rudy is now bundled with the next two novellas in a volume titled Looking for Love, Chicago 1890s. This trilogy edition is available In ebook from Kindle or as a trade paperback from Amazon.

Author Phoebe Matthews writes the EPIC Award-winning Mudflat series, and has been published by Holt, Avon, Putnam, Silhouette and others. Check her website for titles.

This is a fun ebook about the Roman Empire. It is not intended to be exhaustive (That's for the thousand page textbooks!), but by the time you finish you will know a lot about this ancient empire.

The Roman Empire was perhaps the greatest empire in the history of the world. Beginning with the Emperor Augustus and ending with the coming of Islam, this is the remarkable story of how this ancient empire brought about the longest sustained peace in European history, launched the largest religion in the world and ultimately fell to the peoples that make up Europe and the Middle East today. It's a story about remarkable creation and terrible destruction. It's a story about brilliant leaders and insane emperors. It's a story about passionate love, unmitigated greed and grand ambition. In the Roman Empire, we see the best and worst that human beings are capable of. In learning about the Romans, we can learn a few things about ourselves.

Simply put, if you are interested in the Roman Empire, then you will enjoy this ebook!

Attractive biographical sketches of thirty-five of the most prominent characters in the history of ancient Greece, from legendary times to its fall in 146 B.C. Each story is told in a clear, simple manner, and is well calculated to awaken and stimulate the youthful imagination.
The study of history, like the study of a landscape, should begin with the most conspicuous features. Not until these have been fixed in memory will the lesser features fall into their appropriate places and assume their right proportions. 
The famous men of ancient and modern times are the mountain peaks of history. It is logical then that the study of history should begin with the biographies of these men. 
Not only is it logical ; it is also pedagogical. Experience has proven that in order to attract and hold the child's attention each conspicuous feature of history presented to him should have an individual for its center. The child identifies himself with the personage presented. It is not Bomulus or Hercules or Caesar or Alexander that the child has in mind when he reads, but himself, acting under similar conditions. 
Prominent educators, appreciating these truths, have long recognized the value of biography as a preparation for the study of history and have given it an important place in their scheme of studies. 
The former practice in many elementary schools of beginning the detailed study of American history without any previous knowledge of general history limited the pupil’s range of vision, restricted his sympathies, and left him without material for comparisons. Moreover, it denied to him a knowledge of his inheritance from the Greek philosopher, the Roman lawgiver, the Teutonic lover of freedom. Hence the recommendation so strongly urged in the report of the Committee of Ten — and emphasized^ also, in the report of the Committee of Fifteen — that the study of Greek, Roman and modern European history in the form of biography should precede the study of detailed American history in our elementary schools. The Committee of Ten recommends an eight years' course in history, beginning with the fifth year in school and continuing to the end of the high school course The first two years of this course are given wholly to the study of biography and mythology. The Committee of Fifteen recommends that history be taught in all the grades of the elementary school and emphasizes the value of biography and of general history.

The collection of three stories under a joint name “The Black Pearl” is based on my notes from travelling around Italy. Each of the characters met by me tells me a moving history of his or hers life. When talking to me they experience a particular catharsis: spiritual and emotional cleanse, they release emotions, they seem to want to tame the sometimes pointless chaos of their lives... The need to confide stems from the internal need of sorting one’s thoughts. Every one of us needs understanding and affection. All of the stories are naturally brought to order by life, it puts them into a coherent wholeness. I invite You to read the stories; I hope that you will find a part of yourselves in them.
A Nightmare vision of the end of the world and for a limited time a bonus short story Gas For Grass and a sneak peak at my two novels "I Thought You Tasted Like Rain" and "The Other Side"

These two short stories will twist and torment your mind as you unravel the paradox within them. A desperate dash to save a life, realizing one’s own fate, and a man mentally snapping at life’s issues: these stories dive into the dark side and may keep you up at night. 

A race for life, a beautiful butterfly, and inevitable suffering accepted as beauty, Closing My Eyes is written from 3 angles, all from descriptive visions lurking inside Speicher. Gas for Grass will make you question sanity, as you find odd enjoyment in the insanity behind one man’s plight for quiet.

Broadmoor Revealed gives the reader a glimpse behind the walls of England’s first Criminal Lunatic Asylum.

Focused on the Victorian period, the book tells the stories of some of the hospital’s best-known patients. There is Edward Oxford, who shot at Queen Victoria, and Richard Dadd, the brilliant artist and murderer of his father. There is also William Chester Minor, the surgeon from America who killed a stranger in London, and then played a key part in creating the world's finest dictionary. Finally, there is Christiana Edmunds, ‘The Chocolate Cream Poisoner’ and frustrated lover.

To these four tales are added new ones, previously unknown. There were five women who went on to become mothers in Broadmoor, giving birth to life when three of them had previously taken it. Then there were the numerous escapes, actual and attempted, as the first doctors tried to assert control over their residents.

These are stories from the edge of where true crime meets mental illness. Broadmoor Revealed recounts what life was like for the criminally insane, over one hundred years ago.

Cameron Todd Willingham refused to walk to his execution. To his last moment he proclaimed his innocence of the arson that claimed the lives of his children. While much has been written of the trial, conviction and execution of Willingham, Inferno is the first exploration of the possible causes of the fire that cost three children, and eventually, Willingham himself, their lives. 

Instead of him saving her, Amber would save her daddy. She would save him by awakening him with her screams and pleas, by telling him of the fire, by taking his place in bed, by breathing in the smoke that would have filled his lungs instead of hers.

The fire, however, would not be denied. Disguised first as justice and then as a needle, it would consume her father just as surely as it had Amber and her infant sisters.

While much has been written of the trial, conviction and execution of Cameron Todd Willingham, the discussion has been limited to whether or not the fire that killed his children was caused by arson. This is the first book to investigate other possible causes of the fire that claimed initially three, and eventually four lives.

Growing up without a father from the age of 3 years old, Talandas (Killer Kane) Heirloom tried his best to stay away from bad influences. The city of Inkster and Golden City, Michigan had exploded in crime. Dahlia, a mother of four, moved to Inkster realizing it was a tough place to live. Inkster was no different than the inner city of Detroit. She moved from to Golden City, where she resides to this day. Talandas (Killer Kane) Heirloom earned the street name Killer Kane and began to run with the worst of them. 

Killer Kane turned into something he never was. Dahlia, confused, prayed for her son. Killer Kane joined a gang called U.B.N. in Inkster, Michigan. Doing anything to survive, he faced life and death consistently.

One incident tested the faith of his gang members. Killer Kane swore his life to the gang. Would he live or die for the U.B.N gang? No one but God Knew what Talandas fate was. In and out of jail multiple times, people would often feel his wrath. Dahlia knew where he was headed. She just prayed for the best. Only sixteen, he thought he was living the exciting life of a thug. What was in store for Talanadas and his gang? Did Talandas get life or death?

Emily Payne's life has just been completely uprooted and everything has violently changed. I Had Dreams is an account of her amazing journey from the death of her children, through a frustrating investigation, to the shocking secrets revealed in the courtroom. Underlying throughout the story is Emily's
search for answers. Why? Why did they die when she survived? Why would a loving God allow this to happen? Emily seeks answers to the difficult questions many ask in similar situations. I Had Dreams is based on a true story--Tracey's story.

Shocking real life stories about older women who got in troubles with the law after having sexual relationships with much younger males. Some of them were teacher, some were family friends, some were next door neighbors or married women with kinds who sexually abused their children's friends. Shocking but true events include cases like Maureen Mary Lirette, 47-year-old woman who had sex with 7 neighborhood kids, or Jennifer Hastings, who was working as a psychologist in the New York area and had been having sexual relationship with a teen boy she was counceling. Also meet Linda Nef and Valynne Bowers, 2 female teachers from the same school who had sexual relationship with the same 13-year-old boy. Among the others in the book Sheila Granger is also included - she was 33-year-old when she performed sex acts with two children, 11- and 12-year-old boys.

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