A Pebble for Your Thoughts

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Now more than ever, people are longing for kindness and connection. During these uncertain times, daily news reports focus on disturbing events such as drug addiction, acts of terrorism, gun violence, airplane rage, senseless murders and political bickering. We are being bombarded daily with images that evoke a sense of fear and hostility. The Kindness Rocks Project provides a positive counteraction to all this negativity. The tagline for The Kindness Rocks Project is “one message at just the right time can change your entire day, outlook, life”. Sometimes, all it takes is just one simple positive message to change your perspective and that is what my book aims to do. Through visual photos of inspirational Kindness rocks as chapter prompts, the reader will engage with the rocks inspirational message illustrating a virtue. The chapter will then expand on that message through a lesson, reflection, story or teaching. Since virtues are traits of character that lead to good behavior, each chapter will highlight and focus on one virtue at a time. This will encourage and ignite a collective consciousness around good behavior leading to random acts of kindness. Each chapter will be concise thus making the book a great inspirational gift.
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The Cocktail Companion

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Become a Cocktail Connoisseur

If you liked The Drunken BotanistThe 12 Bottle Bar or The Savoy Cocktail Book, you’ll love The Cocktail Companion

Drink your way through history: The Cocktail Companion spans the cocktail's curious history—from its roots in beer-swilling 18th-century England through the illicit speakeasy culture of United States Prohibition to the explosive, dynamic industry it is today. Learn about famous and classic cocktails from around the globe, how ice became one of the most important ingredients in mixed drink making, and how craft beers got so big, all with your own amazing drink—that you made yourself!—in hand.

Get advice from your favorite bartender: In The Cocktail Companion, well-known bartenders from around the country offer up advice on everything, including using fresh-squeezed juices, finding artisanal bitters, and creating perfect cubes of ice that will help create intriguing, balanced cocktails. You'll want to take your newfound knowledge from this cocktail book everywhere!

The Cocktail Companion is a compendium of all things cocktail. This bar book features:

  • 25 must-know recipes for iconic drinks such as the Manhattan and the Martini
  • Cultural anecdotes and often-told myths about drinks' origins
  • Bar etiquette, terms, and tools to make even the newest drinker an expert in no time!
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You Can Do All Things

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#1 Amazon New Release! ─ Mindfulness, drawings and meditations

Fans of Furiously Happy by Jenny Lawson, Hyperbole and a Half  by Allie Brosh, Introvert Doodles by Maureen Marzi Wilson, and the works of Liz Climo will love You Can Do All Things.

Daily meditations to help with depression and anxiety: Mental health is a topic that affects everyone, though so few are eager to discuss it. You Can Do All Things is a compendium of knowing-yet-supportive illustrations from The Latest Kate, whose thoughtful quotations encourage the reader to be mindful of their own mentality and to take care of themselves, regardless of image or lifestyle. Calming and supportive, the illustrations are also candid about the internal problems many people face in this hectic modern world.

Inspirational, gentle drawings of animals: The Latest Kate's inventive pairing of whimsical colors and friendly, smiling animals is the spoonful of sugar that makes the heavy subject matter approachable and non-threatening. You Can Do All Things is a welcome addition to any bookshelf or art wall, and its messages are equally applicable to adults and children.

In this book you’ll find:

  • Beautiful, whimsical, and colorful art
  • Expressions of encouragement for any hardship you face
  • A how-to guide for dealing with anxiety and depression
  • Understanding and validation for your struggles
  • Cute animals that believe in you!
  • Tips for every time you feel inadequate, overwhelmed, or down on yourself

Anxiety sucks, but you don’t. This book will show you how to get through the worst of it.

Art for mental health, relaxation and stress reduction.

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Reef Smart Guides Florida: Fort Lauderdale, Pompano Beach and Deerfield Beach

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#1 Amazon New Release ─ The Definitive Guide to Scuba Diving and Snorkeling in Fort Lauderdale, Pompano Beach and Deerfield Beach

For  Lonely Planet fans comes a unique and essential scuba, snorkel, and surf travel guide.

A great travel gift: The ultimate guide for beach and marine activities in Fort Lauderdale, Pompano Beach and Deerfield Beach. The detailed descriptions and illustrations of beaches, coral reefs, shipwrecks, and other dive spots are ideal for divers, snorkelers and surfers. This guidebook will help anyone wanting to make the most of their time in the city and in the water.

Detailed descriptions and map art: Reef Smart catalogues the beaches, surf spots, and dive and snorkel sites in Fort Lauderdale and Broward County. With the help of Reef Smart’s unique 3D-mapping technology, learn all you need to know about the regions' top dive and snorkel sites. These maps provide useful information such as depths, currents, waves, suggested routes, potential hazards, unique structures and species information.

Don’t go diving without it: This indispensable resource will help you plan and execute dives without a hitch. Make sure to pack this unique guidebook with the rest of your scuba gear.

This guidebook provides:

  • The best locations for diving, snorkeling and surfing, and how to access them
  • Detailed 3D maps, graphics and information to help you plan your time in and out of the water
  • Species guide to help you identify and understand the marine creatures you’ll encounter in Fort Lauderdale and its surrounding areas
  • And much more!


A unique and comprehensive SCUBA diving book. Also look for Reef Smart Guides Florida: Palm BeachReef Smart Guides Barbados; and the best selling Reef Smart Guides Bonaire.

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Cortadito

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AN EXILE AND THE FLAVORS OF HIS NATIVE LAND

In the sprawling Cortadito, Enrique Fernández explores Cuban cuisine through memories of growing up on the pre-revolutionary island.  In his sensual journey through the origin and evolution of staples of Cuban food, Fernández wonders what shapes flavor: is it the soil or the community—whether at home or abroad? As an exile, he affirms, “I will continue to sample the crumbs that fall from [Cuba’s] table and be thankful and resentful at the same time.”

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Films from the Future

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This book aims to provide readers with an essential guide to successfully navigating a future that’s increasingly dominated by complex and powerful new technologies. The primary audience for this book will be 18 – 35 year olds with at least a high school education, who are curious or concerned about emerging trends in science and technology and how they may affect their future, and who also enjoy science fiction movies, read science fiction, or watch TV series like Black Mirror, Altered Carbon, Humans, and West World. An overlapping secondary audience is professionals of all ages working within the technology sector who are actively seeking accessible, novel and useful information on how to develop new technologies responsibly and profitably. The book is primarily aimed at a North American/European audience.
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Habits for Success

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One of Brian Benson's specialties is helping people bring balance and centeredness to their lives. He believes that having a balanced life is the first step in creating your dream life and living out your true purpose. The things that keep us in balance​ are the things that help us feel alive, help us feel love, help us feel good about ourselves, and excited about. One has to have a solid foundation or anchor to build upon; to listen to your intuition, create, and manifest. Otherwise, your daily life be off balance and you will be inconsistent and scattered. In Habits for Success, Brian offers a meaningful yet light-hearted approach to finding the balance that we all strive to find in our busy lives. He believes that living a balanced and centered lifestyle combined with a loving acceptance and belief in yourself is key to speeding up the process of attaining and accomplishing all of your goals and dreams. Things ome much easier and flow much more readily when we are in balance. Using his own story, the author shares his journey on how finding more balance in his life has lead to unforeseen abundance in the form of creativity, fulfillment and intuitive guidance. Using tools that helped him personally as well as expanding on his original list, Brian has created a blueprint to help readers everywhere lead a happier, consistent and authentic life. Readers will learn: Why it’s important for you to have balance in your life. Why it’s hard to stay in life balance. 35 different fun, informative and life changing ways to establish balance in your life on an ongoing basis. Techniques on how to identify when you are out of balance and how to counter it.​ How to start living a life of authenticity and true-fulfillment. How you can strengthen your intuitive skills by implementing more life balance into your life. How establishing balance in your life will increase creativity and productivity. That living a more balanced life will lead to healthier relationships with loved ones and friends. That living a more balanced life will lead to increased personal awareness.
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Pretty to Think So

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SEXUALITY AFTER A CANCER DIAGNOSIS “Two days ago, the effects of the androgen-deprivation shot a doctor’s assistant had injected under my skin a month earlier kicked in. And now I don’t want.” When a cancer diagnosis, and then various treatments, eliminate libido, the echoes of love and desire in the form of memories remain.  What happens to a life when sexual expression is lost? Enrique Fernández’s Pretty to Think So weaves questions of sex, mortality, and identity with a lyricism that readers will not soon forget.
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The Academic Hustle

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#1 Amazon New Release! ─ Thrive with this ultimate college book

Readers of Confessions of a Scholarship Winner and the Fiske Guide to Colleges 2019 will love The Academic Hustle!

An inspirational graduation gift: The Academic Hustle tells the story of Matthew Pigatt and his transformation from a juvenile delinquent with a 2.1 GPA in high school to a national award-winning researcher, graduating magna cum laude from Morehouse College.

A college planner to help you get it together: Matthew uses his journey of entering college on academic probation and covering all tuition with loans—to securing over $100,000 in scholarships, fellowships, and awards—as a springboard for a detailed, step-by-step guide to academic and career achievement.

Scholarships, Grants, Internships, and Jobs: The Academic Hustle gives a personal accounting of strategies uncovered while conducting research on high-achievers. Through experience and research, Pigatt has refined a system that has been replicated by hundreds of other students to secure millions in funding for their career development.

In this book you’ll learn how to:

  • Develop a plan for your career
  • Find and apply for scholarships
  • Win awards and be recognized
  • Cultivate a network for success
  • Master time and manage money
  • Develop an impressive résumé

This college survival guide is a perfect gift for college students.

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The Female Gaze

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#1 Amazon New Release ─ Inspiring biographies of women who make movies

With the success of Patty Jenkins’s Wonder Woman and the rise of the MeToo movement, women creators in film are more important than ever.

Movies with a female perspective: You may have heard the term “male gaze,” coined in the 1970s to talk about what happens to viewers when the majority of art and entertainment has been made by the one gender perspective. So, what about the opposite? Women have been making movies since the very beginning of cinema. What does the world look like through the “female gaze”?

Movies made by women: The Female Gaze comprises of a list detailing the essential movies from the past and present made by women. It delves into what the female perspective gives to each of the films.

A collection of fascinating biographies: Discover brilliantly talented and accomplished women filmmakers, both world renowned and obscure, who have shaped the film industry in ways rarely fully acknowledged. Learn about the hidden figures of filmmaking and about the acclaimed luminaries of the past and present.

Readers will learn:

  • The accomplishments of numerous women in film such as Dorothy Arzner, Ida Lupino, Kathryn Bigelow, Lady Bird’s Greta Gerwig and more
  • The lives of these women and the struggles they faced carving a place for themselves in the film industry
  • How these women’s unique voices shaped the films they made and influenced all the film world

An essential movie list by women: The Female Gaze contains multiple mini-essays written by a variety of diverse female film critics, about a woman or a movie made by women that they love.

A guidebook for movie lovers who want to support women in film!

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Great Second Acts

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Antony said of Cleopatra, “Age cannot wither her, nor custom stale/Her infinite variety.” Shakespeare’s sentiment can be applied to the women profiled in Great Second Acts who refused to be defined by the dates on their birth certificates. Their lives are testimony that one can be feisty after fifty and to those who think otherwise, in the words of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, “I dissent.” Marlene Wagman-Geller, author of ONCE AGAIN TO ZELDA, and BEHIND EVERY GREAT MAN presents a fascinating collection of biographical vignettes of dozens of women of a certain age who have excelled, inspired and achieved. Written in an accessible narrative style, readers of all ages will enjoy Wagman-Geller’s entertaining storytelling prose of these remarkable women. An excellent gift for students, mothers, sisters or friends, GREAT SECOND ACTS will endure and delight. • Fabulous Females featured: • Anna Marie Robertson: (Grandma Moses) American painter Golda Meyer (American president of Israel) Margret Kuhn american founder of the Gray Panthers) Rita Moreno (Puerto Rican/American actress) Ruth Bader Ginsburg (SCOTUS with the mostest) Judy Schlein (American television judge) Iris Apfel (American fashionista) Mother Teresa (Albanian nun) Ruth Handler (American entrepreneur) Erica Jong (American author) Sue Ellen Cooper (American founder of the Red Hat Society) Dr. Ruth Westheimer (German sexologist) Laura Ingalls Wilder (American author) Julia child (American chef) Jane Fonda (American actress)
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The Day of Atonement

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#1 Amazon New Release! ─ A heart-pounding international thriller with a shocking mystery

For fans of Dan Brown’s Inferno and the works of David Baldacci and Daniel Silva, comes a political thriller which will have you guessing until the end.

A race against time: Like an arch with an uncertain keystone, the world trembles around the holiest spot on Earth—the Temple Mount in Jerusalem. It’s a crisis of the near future, and the slightest vibration can bring down devastating world war.

A dangerous adventure in conspiracy and suspense: The tremors start with the Pope’s apparent suicide and the disappearance of the most sacred of artifacts. Thrown unwillingly together, Ari, an Israeli intelligence agent, and Maryse, an Interpol art expert plagued by a violent past, trace the dim outlines of a conspiracy that threatens to bring about the end of everything.

A secret society threatens to ignite war as an age-old mystery unravels: In the days to come, they chase across Europe an unknown enemy who can manipulate genetics, transform lead into gold, and ignite a nuclear explosion with a whisper. And what is the aim of the four enigmatic men who make up the oldest, most secret society in the world—to save it or destroy it? Follow Ari and Maryse as they race toward the golden Dome of the Rock in Jerusalem, where they must find the answers by a certain day—The Day of Atonement.

The Day of Atonement is an epic and electrifying thriller that will have readers shocked with its twists and entertained with each adrenaline-packed page.

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The Gift of Crisis

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Approach Crisis with Self-Love, Assertiveness and Courage

You are not alone: Since the start of the recession, 8.8 million jobs have been lost, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Bridgitte Jackson-Buckley was one of those 8.8 million people who lost their jobs. Between 2007 and 2014, she was also one of 7.3 million homeowners who lost their homes to foreclosure. Some affected by job loss and foreclosure, due to the economic downturn, were able to bounce back relatively emotionally unscathed. Many, however, internalized the outer events as a negative reflection of their personal capacities without taking a deeper look at the crisis as a potential underlying catalyst. In The Gift of Crisis, Bridgitte shows you how to explore crisis as a tool for courageous change, regaining your self-esteem with self-love and self-compassion.

Regain control with assertiveness: Although a personal economic crisis can be viewed as an externally-influenced event that is somehow both beyond your control and within your control, it can also be an opportunity to examine the conscious and sub-conscious conditions that brought the experience into your life. It was through experiences of prolonged financial crisis that Bridgitte realized she subconsciously co-created experiences that felt so bad until the only place she could go was within—exactly where she needed to go. In The Gift of Crisis, you will discover how helpful going within and retaking control can be for you, too.

Find space for spiritual growth: The Gift of Crisis will show how repeated crises can serve as a catalyst to reveal the underlying purpose, and how questions posed during a meditative state can reveal answers in the direction of a higher purpose. For women and men who are sincerely interested in spiritual growth, yet find it difficult to make “mental room” to dedicate to such growth due to personal distractions, this inspirational book will demonstrate the practical manner in which meditation and prayer can assist during any type of crisis as a means of reaching for a calmer, clearer, more courageous and purposeful life.

The Gift of Crisis interposes personal stories and prescriptive ideas amidst ongoing financial destitution to raise your self-esteem, self-compassion and self-love. In reading this book, you will learn how to:

  • Deepen your trust in a Higher Intelligence and in your higher purpose
  • Welcome change and embrace change with courage
  • Focus your attention on the emergence of new possibilities as a result of the crisis

If you liked Brené Brown’s inspirational book The Gifts of Imperfection, you’ll love The Gift of Crisis.

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The Mad Monk Manifesto

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Today’s readers are outraged by world events, often frustrated by their own personal battles, and disenfranchised from government and leadership. Born of moral indignation, informed by decades of study, and seasoned by a life of devoted self-cultivation, Mad Monk Manifesto is exactly what they are looking for, organically cohering personal prescriptions and calls to social and political action in one powerful document. Based on ancient Chinese wisdom, the manifesto is part tour guide to consciousness, part recipe for personal development, part prescription for environmental salvation, and part handbook for social change. In clear and concise language, Monk Yun Roul reveals traditional Daoist prescription for changing the larger world by changing ourselves first. In the same way ripples move away from a stone dropped into a pond, the prescription begins with exercise and diet and moves to techniques for awakening consciousness with meditation and mind/body practice. Advice for a healthy, conscious lifestyle come next, followed by choices the reader can make to enhance the effects of personal changes on the lives of friends, family, and coworkers. Following this comes consideration of how we can enlarge and change our community through cultural shifts. After that comes an examination of what we can do to help commerce and government evolve through civil disobedience and legislative means. If we don’t have a habitable planet, nothing else matters, so the manifesto treats environmental issues next, linking them to the Daoist veneration of nature and conservation of natural resources. Finally, the narrative returns to spirituality and service as the highest goals of an awakened life. Each chapter is creative and fresh, offering proactive solutions in single-paragraph exhortations and prescriptions against a backdrop of lessons from Chinese history, the wisdom of ancient sages, and stories born of the author’s journey from privileged Manhattanite to practicing Daoist monk. Inspirational and informative, exhortative and prescriptive, the book creates a complete and immersive experience for the reader—a portrayal of everything from the mundane to the sublime through the lens of the philosophy best known from George Lucas’ Star Wars saga, the Green Movement, and surf and hippie cultures. The reader emerges with a new way of seeing life, a series of concrete steps to take for personal transformation, and an action plan for working in the community to change in the world. At a time of unprecedented environmental disasters, international instability, and divisive and unreliable leadership, this is precisely the manifesto the world needs.
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Heart Healing

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#1 Amazon New Release ─ A practical self-help guide to letting go and healing with forgiveness


Letting go of the past: Is it really possible to free your heart and mind of the emotional wounds of the past? Are anger, pain, and suffering blocking you from the love and happiness your desire?

Healing painful relationships, memories, and experiences: Whatever the cause of your heartbreak - the end of a relationship, the death of a loved one, a divorce, shattered dreams, a family feud, a life-threatening diagnosis, career turmoil, or past abuse that repeats over and over again - it is never too early or too late to courageously forgive and let go.

Long-term happiness through love and compassion: In Heart Healing you are expertly guided to put compassion and unconditional love into action in practical, easy, and lasting ways. With the insight of someone who has walked the road from heartbreak to forgiveness to living a life she loves, Susyn Reeve invites you to heal the emotional wounds in your life.

Emotional intelligence through spirituality and meditations: This book is filled with potent opportunities for lasting life-changing heart-healing. Filled with stories, proven exercises, and powerful affirmations to free you from any resentment and anger you are holding towards yourself or others. The “emotional clutter” of old resentments, grudges, guilt, and shame are blocks to love and a direct call for heart-healing. Readers will learn:

  • The distinction between a closed and broken heart
  • To identify the specific beliefs that continue to activate your emotional wounds and unresolved anger
  • How to forgive yourself and others using the Deal - Heal - Forgive Process
  • How healing your heart contributes to healing the broken-heartedness in the world today.

Motivational wisdom from experience: In Heart Healing Susyn Reeve shares her own heartbreak story and how that galvanized her to help others practice forgiveness. With wisdom gained from decades of study with Joseph Campbell, Jean Houston, Robert Fritz, don Miguel Ruiz and her thousands of clients and students Susyn has written in her wise, warm trademark style. This book is a refreshingly honest and practical guide to living a life of contentment, connection, and long-overdue love. Susyn does not gloss over life’s pain and struggles. Rather, she shows how to use them as springboards to new open-hearted perspectives and possibilities, so you can readily feast on the magnificent gift of life.

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Keep Pain in the Past

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Heal Psychological Wounds on Your Own

Move on from the emotional trauma of your past: Contrary to what many people believe, we can recover from emotional trauma relatively quickly and completely on our own, without thousands of dollars spent on therapists. Whether it’s extreme trauma such as sexual abuse or the horrors of war or less dramatic shame and guilt, we don’t need to spend years in intensive therapy to recover. Keep Pain in the Past provides a process that enables you to do most, if not all, of the recovery on your own.

Train yourself in psychological self-healing: While most people know what can be done to treat physical ills—like using ice on a muscle sprain—they don’t realize they can apply certain psychological principles to treat anxiety, depression and other conditions. Keep Pain in the Past teaches you the critical 21st century skill of treating psychological wounds on your own.

Treat yourself and heal old wounds: People may suspect that trauma from their past is affecting them negatively, but they take refuge in denial because honestly, surfacing that pain hurts. Keep Pain in the Past helps you identify and face pain, and find closure on your own.

Learn from the success of others: Discover how Sheri, a 37-year-old attorney, recovered from panic attacks that seemed to come out of nowhere. Follow the journey of Mark, a 29-year-old Army veteran who experienced the horror of war in Afghanistan, as he healed from the downward spiral that had caused him to lose his job and become increasingly uncommunicative with his family. Explore how Melinda, a 42-year-old professor who struggled to sustain a romantic relationship, confronted her torturous childhood and has now found love that is still going strong after three years.

Keep Pain in the Past achieves what conventional therapy does not. After reading this book, you will be able to:

  • Confront your emotional baggage
  • Reach closure
  • Discover a life unhaunted by the trauma of your past
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So This Is the End

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#1 Amazon New Release! — What happens when you find your soulmate, but you only have one day to live?

Perfect for fans of Jojo Moyes’ Me Before You and Jill Santopolo’s The Light We Lost, comes a powerful romance

What if doctors could revive you from death—and give you an extra 24 hours of life?

One more day. One more chance to tell your family how much you love them. One more chance to say goodbye to friends, listen to your favorite song, throw an epic party, feel the grass beneath your feet, or watch the sunset. How would you spend your time?

So This Is The End follows Nora Hamilton as she navigates her final 24 hours. She’s determined to do something meaningful and make every moment count.

Enter: Renzo. Ren, for short. Strong, compassionate, unfairly attractive, with a face that makes Nora’s stomach explode into stars. Their connection is immediate, with white-hot intensity. Nora is wracked with bittersweet joy and confusion as she realizes, “I’ve finally met the love of my life… on the last day of my life.”

Should she tell Ren the truth about her condition—tell him she doesn’t have much time left? How will he react? Is it unethical to allow yourself to fall in love with someone when there’s no possibility of a future together? Or is love a precious gift, no matter how long it lasts, even if it’s just for one day?

What happens next is a story about taking chances, making your own rules, and the power of living like there’s no tomorrow.

A moving romantic drama: Early readers call So This Is The End "a breath of fresh air," "moving and beautiful," "an amazing wake-up call," a book you'll be "unable to put down," with a story that makes you "fall in love the instant you start reading."

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The Atlantropa Articles

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#1 Amazon Best Seller! ─ Dystopian Alternate History: An ambitious feat of engineering and a continent in crisis

For fans of Philip K. Dick’s The Man in the High Castle and Stephen King’s 11/22/63, comes an epic saga by YouTuber Cody Franklin (Alternate History Hub), with contributions from YouTuber Joseph Pisenti (Real Life Lore).

In an alternate timeline, World War II never takes place. Instead, a plan is put into effect by Hitler and the Nazi party to drain the Mediterranean Sea. They promise fertile land, millions of jobs and endless energy. New land to be settled. Living space for a crowded continent. All of Europe came together and signed a treaty to realize this new world, it was called ‘The Atlantropa Articles’

Nazism Survives in A New Europe: by promising to bring endless energy through hydro-electricity and employing millions to build the dams, fascism only cements itself as a mainstream ideology. Hitler is seen as a modern Napoleon, one of the greats for his time. Nazism never disappears.

The Reich Remains Eternal: Two millennia later, the Reich run the world. Aryans have become a race of their own, out numbering their neighbors and ruling with a messianic passion towards Hitler. Europe has been united under the banner of the swastika.

The Sea Is Gone, the Promise Failed: But the plan of a fertile lush land was never realized. The project took decades longer than anticipated. By the time it is completed, what they find is a salty barren world. Now the Mediterranean Sea is a desert basin known only as the Kiln. Southern Europe has been abandoned. This is where Ansel’s story begins. A story of discovery, lies and false prophets. The Atlantropa Articles is an astounding science fiction, alternate history tale that will thrill and transport readers with its detailed world and startling intimacy.

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