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First book in Debbie Henderson Maestas’ ‘Kay and Ray’ series published

‘Kay and Ray Help a Neighbor’ presents the story of the Good Samaritan in a contemporary setting

HOUSTON – The first book in Debbie Henderson Maestas’ planned series, “Kay and Ray Help a Neighbor: The Good Samaritan” (published by WestBow Press) re-envisions the story of the Good Samaritan in a contemporary setting.

A young girl named Kay narrates the story of a day her older brother Ray taught her the importance of helping a neighbor in need, exemplifying the Good Samaritan. After seeing a couple of people walk away from the park nervously, Kay and Ray encounter a man in the park who had been beaten up and is in need of help. Ray calls 911, Kay offers a blanket, they wait until the police and ambulance come and they explain what happened to the cops. Later that night when Ray reads the story of the Good Samaritan, Kay is amazed by the similarities and is proud of how they acted.

“I want readers to take away from reading my book the realization that even though Bible stories were written many, many years ago the lessons and principles are relevant in today’s society and we need to practice them,” Maestas says.

“Kay and Ray Help a Neighbor”  By Debbie Henderson Maestas

Softcover | 8.5 x 8.5 in | 28 pages | ISBN 9781512782011

E-Book | 30 pages | ISBN 9781512782028

Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble

About the Author

Debbie Henderson Maestas was born in New Jersey lived in Edison until she was 9, went to high school in Tempe, Arizona, and went to college at California Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks, California. Maestas has a Master of Arts in teaching and has worked with children for over 25 years in various capacities; she has taught kindergarten for 9 years and currently teaches pre-kindergarten in a Christian preschool.

WestBow Press is a strategic supported self-publishing alliance between HarperCollins Christian Publishing and Author Solutions, LLC — the world leader in supported self-publishing. Titles published through WestBow Press are evaluated for sales potential and considered for publication through Thomas Nelson and Zondervan.  For more information, visit www.westbowpress.com or call (866)-928-1240. For WestBow Press news, click “Like” at www.facebook.com/WestBowPress and follow @westbowpress on Twitter.

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Santos Vallejo tells inspiring success story in biography

New marketing campaign set for ‘Little Santos “Against All Odds”’

SAN BENITO, Texas – Published author Santos Vallejo tells a story of hope, determination and success in his biography, “Little Santos “Against All Odds”” (published by Xlibris). First released in September of 2015, this book is set for a new marketing campaign.

Through a charming story, Vallejo echoes the lessons and reminders of his experiences, fighting against all odds to achieve his dream of being a firefighter. “This is motivational book at a child’s level. I have not read many books like this one,” he says.

The main character Little Santos is labeled with a learning disability; he seeks help and is rejected several times. However, there is something unique in him and that is his persistence and determination. Throughout his journey, he meets a God-sent teacher that believes in him and propels him to become what he always dreamt of.

“In today’s society everyone is being labeled for something whether it’s learning disability or dyslexia; we want to give a name, when I believe we are all different and learn at different paces. This book speaks to the children that this is happening too and gives inspiration and encouragement,” Vallejo adds. “I want them to be encouraged and know that life is not always going to be easy, but if you stay on the course you can achieve everything.”

“Little Santos “Against All Odds””

By Santos Vallejo

Hardcover | 8.5 x 11in | 24 pages | ISBN 9781503594647

Softcover | 8.5 x 11in | 24 pages | ISBN 9781503594654

E-Book | 24 pages | ISBN 9781503594630

Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble

About the Author

Santos Vallejo is a part-time writer, a firefighter and a nursery director of a megachurch in Texas. His passion is writing and encouraging others to become what they desire.

Xlibris Publishing, an Author Solutions, LLC imprint, is a self-publishing services provider created in 1997 by authors, for authors. By focusing on the needs of creative writers and artists and adopting the latest print-on-demand publishing technology and strategies, we provide expert publishing services with direct and personal access to quality publication in hardcover, trade paperback, custom leather-bound and full-color formats. To date, Xlibris has helped to publish more than 60,000 titles. For more information, visit xlibris.com or call 1-888-795-4274 to receive a free publishing guide. Follow us @XlibrisPub on Twitter for the latest news.

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‘Taboo Tabernacle’ shares A.W. Archer’s conversion experience

Author announces publication and release of debut novel

SIMI VALLEY, Calif. – In A.W. Archer’s new book, “Taboo Tabernacle: God’s Design & The Cultures Demise, One Man’s Journey From The Secular To The Sacred” (published by iUniverse), he shares events that changed his presuppositions about life, death and how everything and everyone is connected.

Archer’s book is a memoir dedicated to assuring others they can have hope in Jesus Christ through sharing his experience coming to faith after being a warlock. It’s about gaining a balanced worldview in light of the consensus opinion on taboo topics like: religion, witchcraft, sex, drugs, politics, history and the systematic secularization of our planet.

“We all have worldviews,” Archer says “and we also have the right to believe whatever we want, but not everything we believe is right.”

An excerpt from “Taboo Tabernacle”:

Spiritual paradigms are hard to change; not just for the secular world, but also for those of us in the Church that haven’t quite straightened out some of our false presuppositions of the spiritual and cultural paradigms we grew up in … New spiritual paradigms can be very scary; just ask the first century Christ followers or the reformation Christ followers. Cannabis could potentially help people who really need it and it’s not being offered to them because of political, economic, religious taboo’s, secular taboos and manmade paradigms.

“Taboo Tabernacle”

By A.W. Archer

Softcover | 5.5 x 8.5in | 620 pages | ISBN 9781532008986

E-Book | 620 pages | ISBN 9781532008993

Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble

About the Author

A.W. Archer is a professional guitarist, music teacher, worship leader, author and Christian cannabis advocate. Archer wasn’t always a man of God, he was actually a pagan warlock, reality T.V. personality and debaucherous secularist until he met the God of the universe, which he now believes to be the God of the Bible. Archer went from secular to sacred in 2012 and has been a warrior on the spiritual battlefield ever since. More information is available at: Tabootabernacle.wixsite.com/book.

iUniverse, an Author Solutions, LLC, self-publishing imprint, is the leading book marketing, editorial services, and supported self-publishing provider. iUniverse has a strategic alliance with Indigo Books & Music, Inc. in Canada, and titles accepted into the iUniverse Rising Star program are featured in a special collection on BarnesandNoble.com. iUniverse recognizes excellence in book publishing through the Star, Reader’s Choice, Rising Star and Editor’s Choice designations—self-publishing’s only such awards program. Headquartered in Bloomington, Indiana, iUniverse also operates offices in Indianapolis. For more information or to publish a book, please visit iuniverse.com or call 1-800-AUTHORS. For the latest, follow @iuniversebooks on Twitter.

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Inspired while experiencing her own personal issues, Dr. Herldleen Russell’s wrote her new book, “Help I’m Sinking!: Navigating through the Storms of Life to the Shores of Success Ships Storms Shatterings and Success” (published by WestBow Press), to help others learn to be successful when life is rough.

In the book, Russell uses her story, the Bible and the Apostle Paul’s story to show how one can “go through a storm, shatter their ship and still succeed in life in the end.” Rather than just discussing the problems both she and Paul overcame, Russell offers solutions to assist others dealing with those problems so they won’t feel without help.

Russell wants readers to know they do not journey alone. “The struggle is real,” Russell says, “but God holds your destiny, he’s a very present help in the times of trouble.”

“Help I’m Sinking!” By Dr. Herldleen Russell

Hardcover | 5.5 x 8.5in | 116 pages | ISBN 9781512756272

Softcover | 5.5 x 8.5in | 116 pages | ISBN 9781512756258

E-Book | 116 pages | ISBN 9781512756265 Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble

About the Author

Dr. Herldleen Russell, co-pastor of Ridgley Ministries Church of God in Christ, is a speaker and teacher around the world. She hosts conferences for men, women and young adults, taking mission teams annually. She has established schools of ministry for pastors and leaders and built schools and Hope Centers, orphanages, for children in Uganda, East Africa, where she is the supervisor of the department of women. She is also the founder and CEO of Dr. Herldleen Russell Ministries. Russell has also published “Between a Rock and a Hard Place: God’s Holding Pattern.” More information is available at: www.dhrministries.org.

WestBow Press is a strategic supported self-publishing alliance between HarperCollins Christian Publishing and Author Solutions, LLC — the world leader in supported self-publishing. Titles published through WestBow Press are evaluated for sales potential and considered for publication through Thomas Nelson and Zondervan.  For more information, visit www.westbowpress.com or call (866)-928-1240. For WestBow Press news, click “Like” at www.facebook.com/WestBowPress and follow @westbowpress on Twitter.

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‘Going with God’ shares the author’s experience having God work in her life

Priscilla Flory announces publication of her autobiography

MADISON, Va. – Priscilla Flory’s book “Going with God: Letters from our Travels” (published by Lulu) is the story of the “extraordinary God of the Bible at work in an ordinary housewife.”

The book shares a collection of letters Flory wrote to her prayer partners during her life experiences traveling with her husband around the world to Belarus, Peru, Rwanda, South Africa and Swaziland. Flory’s stories and illustrations show how God has worked in her life. Spanning nearly three decades, the letters cover a variety of topics: some are whimsical, while others are sobering.

Flory says, “(The book) is about real people. It is inspirational, encouraging and hope filled. It runs the gamut of human emotions. If you are down in the valley it will lift you up and set you on the heights. It builds you up so you can soar. It takes you to places you never knew you needed to go. You can travel to faraway places reading it.”

“Going with God”

By Priscilla Flory

Hardcover | 6 x 9 in | 236 pages | ISBN 9781483463506

Softcover | 6 x 9 in | 236 pages | ISBN 9781483463513

E-Book | 236 pages | ISBN 9781483463520

Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble

About the Author

Priscilla Flory is a wife, mother, grandmother, world traveler and a child of God. She is the founder of The Family Extended, serving widows, orphans and groups caring for them. Through Good Mourning seminars, Flory teaches on the goodness of grieving. She has travelled extensively throughout North and South America, Africa and Europe. Flory and her husband Tom have celebrated more than half a century of marriage. They make their home in Virginia and California.

Lulu empowers people of all ages to explore and express their interests, passions and expertise through books, photography and art. Since introducing self-publishing in 2002, Lulu has empowered creators in more than 225 countries and territories to produce nearly two million publications. Lulu Jr. allows children to become published authors, encouraging creativity, strengthening literacy and building self-esteem. Picture.com offers professional photography of collegiate and professional sports, memorable and historic events, fine art and home décor. For more information, please visit www.lulu.com.

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Lilly O. Iwuchukwu’s scientific research to find fire retardant fabric

‘Evaluation of Commercially Available Flame Retardants for Production of Carbon Fabric’ released

ARLINGTON, Texas – A home structured fire is reported every 86 seconds in the United States according to the National Fire Protection Association. In addition, NFPA reports that heating equipments are one of the common causes of house fires. Furniture, curtains, laundry and clothes can easily catch fire. Furthermore, NFPA states in their website that one quarter of home fire deaths were caused by fires that started in the bedroom.

To prevent unnecessary death from fire, author Lilly O. Iwuchukwu B.S., M.Sc. wrote “Evaluation of Commercially Available Flame Retardants for Production of Carbon Fabric” (published by Xlibris). The book stemmed from a research that was conducted by her at the Texas Woman’s University, in the department of Textile Science and clothing and Technology.

Iwuchukwu describes her book as a scientific, life-saving research, to finding flame retardant chemical for the treatment of fine fabrics such as cotton, flax, linen, and much more, such as silk fabrics, into flame retardant fabric for making safe children’s and geriatric night wears and much more.

One of the purposes of the book is to call attention for more research, research funding in the textile industry; in education and knowledge of flame retardant chemicals, hiring of educators. Restoration of departments of textile technology and research in most schools which is almost nonexistent in universities today. Professors have been marginalized by such cuts, and are forced to early retirements. Humanity is still struggling for the need of safe discovery of flame retardants; flame retardant material to be used in active wears, in home furnishings, and an established standard of assessments and measurements that will be the research for the future, and evolving.

The book offers hope, opportunity, multitude of job opportunities, perpetual studies and research,  offers great outlook to lifestyles and surely paves an ideal way to a democratic freedom of safety  living.

“Evaluation of Commercially Available Flame Retardants for Production of Carbon Fabric”

By Lilly O. Iwuchukwu B.S., M.Sc. Hardcover | 6x9in | 68 pages | ISBN 9781524578077

Softcover | 6x9in | 68 pages | ISBN 9781524578060 E-Book | 68 pages | ISBN 9781524578053

Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble

About the Author

Lilly O. Iwuchukwu B.S., M.Sc. lives in Arlington. She is a wife and mother of five grown children and has been married for 36 years. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in business management from Boston State College; Master of Science degree in textile technology, Texas Woman’s University, Denton.

Xlibris Publishing, an Author Solutions, LLC imprint, is a self-publishing services provider created in 1997 by authors, for authors. By focusing on the needs of creative writers and artists and adopting the latest print-on-demand publishing technology and strategies, we provide expert publishing services with direct and personal access to quality publication in hardcover, trade paperback, custom leather-bound and full-color formats. To date, Xlibris has helped to publish more than 60,000 titles. For more information, visit xlibris.com or call 1-888-795-4274 to receive a free publishing guide. Follow us @XlibrisPub on Twitter for the latest news.

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New Spanish language science fiction novel explores superstring theory and the Bible

Miguel Angel de la Cruz announces publication of ‘El Libro Infinito’

LYNN, Mass. – Wanting to engage readers with a concept that unites science and the Bible, Miguel Angel de la Cruz wrote the Spanish language science fiction novel “El Libro Infinito: Onum y la creacion de los mundos” (published by WestBow Press), which combines superstring theory with “the cosmological description of the Bible.”

Taking place in heaven, “El Libro Infinito” tells the story of a time before creation. The book tells about the rebellion of the angels and the purpose of making humans. Onum, whose name is related to the future creation of man, is directed to an encounter with Eternidad. Meanwhile, Lustán seeks to destroy the plans of the new creation.

“Even in modern times in which society lives, we live in an incredulous world to the truth of our existence and our purpose on earth,” says de la Cruz. He wants readers to take away “a solid faith in God.”

An excerpt from “El Libro Infinito”:

Las trompetas sonaron en el gran trono, dando inicio a la ceremonia. Eternidad brillaba con gran esplendor, por la pureza de su avatar materializado con el fin de darse a conocer a su creación. En el lugar estaban reunidas grandes cantidades de ángeles y sacerdotes del trono, entre los que se encontraban querubines, arcángeles, serafines, sacerdotes y escribas del trono real. La fuerza de un poder indescriptible llenaba todo el lugar. Todos de pie y en orden esperaban.

“El Libro Infinito”

By Miguel Angel de la Cruz

Softcover | 5.5 x 8.5in | 260 pages | ISBN 9781449785758

E-Book | 260 pages | ISBN 9781449787301

Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble

About the Author

Miguel Angel de la Cruz was born in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, in March 1976. He arrived in the United States in 2004, where he began his Christian life, and studied theology at the ministerial level. Since he was 17, he has worked on the manufacture and repair of upholstered furniture. His dream is write scripts of movies and TV shows, and continue to bring to light everything that God has given him.

WestBow Press is a strategic supported self-publishing alliance between HarperCollins Christian Publishing and Author Solutions, LLC — the world leader in supported self-publishing. Titles published through WestBow Press are evaluated for sales potential and considered for publication through Thomas Nelson and Zondervan.  For more information, visit www.westbowpress.com or call (866)-928-1240. For WestBow Press news, click “Like” at www.facebook.com/WestBowPress and follow @westbowpress on Twitter.

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Verse by Verse’ combines historical fiction, poetry to introduce the Torah

Pete Zenz announces publication of new book

MIDDLETON, Wis. – Intended to be entertaining and enlightening, “Verse by Verse: Vol. 1: The Torah” (published by WestBow Press) by Pete Zenz is an introduction to the Torah for those who have never read it, or a different perspective for those who have read it before.

A combination of historical fiction and poetry, the book presents the first five books of the Bible in a nontraditional way. “Verse By Verse” highlights the popular stories and touches on some more obscure parts. The two characters featured frequently are Abraham and Moses, as their activities and their family members are prominent in the stories of the Torah.

Zenz hopes that his book will help readers gain “a new appreciation for poetry and perhaps a more enlightened view of the Bible.”

“Verse by Verse”

By Pete Zenz

Hardcover | 6 x 9 in | 168 pages | ISBN 9781512773149

Softcover | 6 x 9 in | 168 pages | ISBN 9781512773132

E-Book | 168 pages | ISBN 9781512773125

Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble

About the Author

After working in food service for 35 years, Pete Zenz is working on his goal of writing for a living. He has studied the Bible over the past 23 years and obtained a bachelor’s degree from a four-year Bible college program, whose focus was primarily on doctrine and leadership. Zenz is currently doing freelance writing for a local newspaper and self-published his first book “Poetry You Can Understand” in 2015. Read a synopsis and excerpt of “Verse by Verse” at: www.poetryyoucanunderstand.com.

WestBow Press is a strategic supported self-publishing alliance between HarperCollins Christian Publishing and Author Solutions, LLC — the world leader in supported self-publishing. Titles published through WestBow Press are evaluated for sales potential and considered for publication through Thomas Nelson and Zondervan.  For more information, visit www.westbowpress.com or call (866)-928-1240. For WestBow Press news, click “Like” at www.facebook.com/WestBowPress and follow @westbowpress on Twitter.

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New book share ‘wisdom nuggets’ to enrich reader’s lives

ANTIOCH, Tenn. – Pastor Terrance Levise Turner’s new book “Distinguished Wisdom Presents… “Living Proverbs”—Vol. 2: Over 500 Wisdom Nuggets To Enrich Your Life” (published by WestBow Press) shares original wisdom sayings, supported by Scriptures, to enhance readers’ lives.

Originally intended for social media, the sayings in the book convey the “timeless truths” of God’s word, according to Turner. In addition, he says that the sayings come from the knowledge, experience and understanding he gained from being a Christian for over 40 years.

“I want readers to understand God and His principles, and His desire for us to prosper and succeed on earth through our relationship with Him, while being ever focused on the reality of eternity,” Turner says.

An excerpt from “Distinguished Wisdom Presents… “Living Proverbs”—Vol. 2”:

God always plays fair. He always abides by His rules. He has certain rules for success in life. We have to play by those rules. If we stay in faith by playing by God’s rules, we will get God’s rewards. God is no respecter of persons. He is a respecter of faith. If it worked for someone else, it will work for you!

By Pastor Terrance Levise Turner

Hardcover | 5.5 x 8.5 in | 308 pages | ISBN 9781512773996

Softcover | 5.5 x 8.5 in | 308 pages | ISBN 9781512773989

E-Book | 308 pages | ISBN 9781512773972  Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble

About the Author

Pastor Terrance Levise Turner is the senior pastor of Faith Country Holiness Church in Gallatin, Tennessee. He has a Bachelor of Arts in speech communications and theater and a Master of Business Administration in finance and supply chain management from Tennessee State University. He owns Well Spoken Inc. and lives in Tennessee with his wife, Avis. Turner has also published “Distinguished Wisdom Presents… ‘Living Proverbs’-Vol.1” and “Distinguished Wisdom Presents… The Dynamic Victory Confession!” More information is available at: www.TeranceTurnerBooks.com.

WestBow Press is a strategic supported self-publishing alliance between HarperCollins Christian Publishing and Author Solutions, LLC — the world leader in supported self-publishing. Titles published through WestBow Press are evaluated for sales potential and considered for publication through Thomas Nelson and Zondervan.  For more information, visit www.westbowpress.com or call (866)-928-1240. For WestBow Press news, click “Like” at www.facebook.com/WestBowPress and follow @westbowpress on Twitter.

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New book presents light-hearted spoof of greed, selfishness 

AUSTIN, Texas – Adrienne Harrell began writing before she learned to read. She wanted to stimulate the imagination of young readers, which prompted her to write “AN ALLIGATOR’S HIDE: or Just Come Clean” (published by Xlibris), a light-hearted spoof of greed and selfishness.

The second in a series, the book follows the continuing story of Lily, a vegetarian alligator that was adopted by a family. One day, a policeman comes over and accompanies two selfish ladies in suits who want to use Lily’s hide to make purses and shoes. Lily is crying great big alligator tears. One of the ladies notices that there are tattoos all over Lily’s hide and does not want her anymore. The family keeps Lily and never lets greedy people use her for their own gains.

“Racial hatred and violence stemming from discrimination are an unfortunate part of our everyday lives,” Harrell says. “The underlying theme behind this book is acceptance of diversity through the family’s voluntary adoption of Lily.”

The publication of “AN ALLIGATOR’S HIDE: or Just Come Clean” hopes to make readers reassess their attitudes and responses to everyday situations. This book comes with a little bit of warning from the author though. Harrell says, “If you see an alligator who doesn’t wear flowers, it is not friendly. Do not go near the alligator!”

“AN ALLIGATOR’S HIDE: or Just Come Clean” By Adrienne Harrell

Hardcover | 8.5 x 11in | 32 pages | ISBN 9781524588496

Softcover | 8.5 x 11in | 32 pages | ISBN 9781524588489

E-Book | 30 pages | ISBN 9781524588472    Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble

About the Author

Adrienne Harrell began writing before she learned to read. In between writing, she married a marine, and together, they raised three children. She went to college with the kids, sold real estate and retail, and appeared in theatre, film, as well as stand-up comedy. Harrell is also the author of titles, “Korea, Her Story”, “Pathways and Beyond” and “An Alligator’s Tale.”

Xlibris Publishing, an Author Solutions, LLC imprint, is a self-publishing services provider created in 1997 by authors, for authors. By focusing on the needs of creative writers and artists and adopting the latest print-on-demand publishing technology and strategies, we provide expert publishing services with direct and personal access to quality publication in hardcover, trade paperback, custom leather-bound and full-color formats. To date, Xlibris has helped to publish more than 60,000 titles. For more information, visit xlibris.com or call 1-888-795-4274 to receive a free publishing guide. Follow us @XlibrisPub on Twitter for the latest news.