J.P. Wagner won the silver Nonfiction Book Award for Trouble Mission 2016.
After a life-changing study-tour of Peru, a successful US attorney abandons his law practice to volunteer with a religious organization and travel to Peru to fight for human rights in the midst of a culture of violence and terror. In his sometimes romantic, sometimes terrifying, always inspiring memoir, John Wagner searches for love, spirituality, and the chance to fight against injustice and oppression in a country not his own, while working for a religious organization he could not trust. Wagner lives under a death threat from the fanatical Sendero Luminoso terrorist organization that he must keep secret from his religious community. He has an affair with a beautiful but mysterious Peruvian teacher, and accidentally travels into the heart of the drug capital of the world.
Wagner skillfully interweaves his inner struggles, including coming to grips with a new language, a new culture, a lower station in life, and a new perspective on his native Catholicism. Finally, he stumbles into what would become a landmark human rights case, stopping the Peruvian government from persecuting human rights lawyers. Ultimately, Troubled Mission is the story of human redemption. Many people seek personal change only to find unexpected obstacles. Troubled Mission shows how we can find redemption—or redemption finds us.
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Joseph W. Naus was living the American Dream. He'd survived a brutal childhood, graduated from Pepperdine Law School, and become a successful attorney. Then one night, his life became a nightmare when his sex and alcohol addictions collided and exploded.
"On Tuesday, I was a respected civil trial lawyer making six-figures. On Wednesday, I woke up handcuffed to a hospital bed charged with attempted murder . . . and then it got worse."
Straight Pepper Diet (a memoir) is a book about surviving one's own wreckage. It's harrowing, sometimes hilarious, and surprisingly hope-filled.
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This literary journey investigates how the age-old wisdom of the Vedas and Upanishads intersects with modern science. In this 3,500-year look back to the Vedic period, new viewpoints are provided on ancient scriptures to overhear conversations between enlightened sages and their curious students.
You are That! presents a fascinating study of the convergence points between the Upanishads of ancient India and with contemporary science, particle physics, astronomy, chemistry, and biology.
Aneesh Bhamidipati wrote this book when a senior in high school after working with Teach for India. He recognized that the opportunity to make a dramatic impact on today's youth begins with today's youth.
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Are you looking for a job? Bulletproof Job Hunt is your complete step-by-step guide on how to beat the competition, land a great job, and boost your compensation level. Thever's unique guide contains job search advice from recruiters and hiring managers at several Fortune 500 companies. This proven job-search advice works.
Mark Thever was in business school at the University of California, San Diego from 2011-2013, when he realized the only way to stand out from other applicants was to find out exactly what recruiters looked for in an ideal job candidate. He sought advice from recruiters and hiring managers at Fortune 500 companies and notable others including Johnson & Johnson, Hewlett-Packard, MillerCoors, Genentech, PepsiCo, Thermo Fisher Scientific, Toyota, Novartis, Bayer, The Home Depot, Amgen, and AstraZeneca. He received guidance from career advisors and graduates from some of the top educational institutions in the world including Harvard University, The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, and Georgetown University. Applying this advice, Thever received job offers from several of his target employers.
These valuable job search tips, templates, and instructions are available in this quick, easy-to-read reference guide. Armed with the very same tools, you too can succeed in your job hunt.
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Award-winning Lela Alize's romance, Left with Shoes. Emma Awards Romance Slam Jam 2017 Debut Author of the Year.
Mallory Hooker's life as a school principal's wife seems idyllic to outsiders. When her husband walks out, she teeters on the brink of desperation until she lands a job as a travel agent and scores an elite client. Her steamy encounters with the company's owner--young, handsome, entrepreneur Heath Morgan--soon follow.
Left with Shoes is the first installment of Mallory's second coming-of-age journey. It is recommended for those 18 years and older due to the sexual content.
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Things are heating up in A.J. Pryor's seductive novel, The Perfect Wave. Twenty-six-year old Jessica Baker lives the easy life. The daughter of a Texas oil tycoon, she's never had to work hard for anything. Until the day she meets Roan Anders. There's an instant attraction, and she's sure it's love at first sight. Unfortunately, Roan's not interested in anything having to do with love. The sexy sports agent who spends half his time on the road and the other half on his surfboard has lived his life avoiding that four-letter word. Aware that Roan is the one man who has the power to anchor her heart or break it wide open, Jessica is devastated when salacious allegations from Roan's past surface and tear apart her love and faith in their relationship.
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The Perfect Wave, developmental editing by Christine Van Zandt
A SAMPLING OF BOOKS WE HAVE EDITED
Three hundred years into the apocalypse, centuries-old zombie queen, Creature Comfort, and the love of her afterlife, Dara Licked, leave their salt factory in Utah and find themselves beneath a gussied-up Lady Liberty, surrounded by a race of fabulous drag queens. Humanity (what’s left of it) is in dire trouble, attacked by unseen menacing forces, and only Creature can possibly save the day! Thus starts this hilarious tale of mystery and heart-pounding adventure, of friends old and new, of what it means to be alive and, most importantly, in love.
Rob Rosen is the author of the critically acclaimed novels, Sparkle: The Queerest Book You'll Ever Love, the Lambda Literary Award Nominated Divas Las Vegas, which was the winner of the 2010 TLA Gaybies for Best Gay Fiction, Hot Lava, Southern Fried, the Lambda Literary Award Nominated Queerwolf, Vamp, and Queens of the Apocalypse. His short stories have appeared in more than 200 anthologies. You can find 20 of them in his erotic romance anthology, Good & Hot. He is also the editor of Lust in Time: Erotic Romance Through the Ages, Men of the Manor: Erotic Encounters between Upstairs Lords and Downstairs Lads, Best Gay Erotica 2015, and Warlords and Warriors: Gay Erotic Romance and Adventure.
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Pistils & Poetry: Elizabethan Poetry and Images of Flowers arranges Elizabethan poetry (Shakespeare, Donne, Herrick, Marlowe, Queen Elizabeth I, Herbert, and Sydney) alongside photographs of flowers to echo the thoughts and sentiments of the poems. In this harmonious juxtaposition of words and pictures, the photographs enhance the poem's meaning. Photography was invented 250 years after the Elizabethans; this book seeks to correct that imbalance.
Best-selling author Rolf Margenau has had a varied career. He was a soldier in the Korean War, a correspondent for the Pacific Stars and Stripes, a professional photographer, an attorney specializing in international corporate law, a volunteer executive running a not-for-profit housing the homeless, a business manage, and, lately, an author, and Master Gardener.
As an English Major in college, he published short stories. Later in life, he returned to writing when he discovered that his wife had kept the 300 plus letters he wrote her from Korea. These became the basis for a novel about the Korean War published in 2011.
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