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Jeffrey L. Gross unravels one of humanity’s greatest migrations

Book teaches Polynesian culture, beliefs, influences while chronicling journey of Polynesians from Eden to Eden

KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii – Author Jeffrey L. Gross’ “Waipi’o Valley: A Polynesian Journey from Eden to Eden” (published by Xlibris) is a groundbreaking book that is packed with information and knowledge. It describes the amazing journey of the Polynesians, the “nomads of the sea”, across a third of the circumference of the earth. Many voyages covering thousands of miles across the world’s largest ocean in double-hull canoes constructed from hollowed-out logs and built with Stone Age technology—tools of stone, bone and shell and navigating by the stars of the night sky.

“Waipi’o Valley” will embark readers on an amazing journey from Kalana i Hau’ola, the biblical “Garden of Eden” located in Sumer, Mesopotamia, along the shore of the Persian Gulf, to the Indus River Valley of ancient Vedic India, to Egypt where some of the ancestors of the Polynesians were on the Israelite Exodus, through Island Southeast Asia and across the vast Pacific Ocean where the Polynesians resided on numerous tropical island paradises such as Ra’iatea Island, Tahiti, home of the Taputapuatea Marae, the most holy temple in Polynesia before reaching Hawai’i Island and Waipi’o Valley; the last Polynesian “Garden of Eden”.

Due to their isolation on the islands of the Pacific Ocean, Polynesian religious and cultural beliefs preserved elements from mankind’s past nearer the beginning of human history. Polynesian mythology includes genealogical records of their divine ancestors extending back to Kahiki, the land of their origin; epic tales of gods and heroes preserving records of their ancient voyages, oral chants such as the Kumulipo containing evolutionary creation theories reflecting modern scientific thought, and the belief in a Supreme Creator God.

“Waipi’o Valley” is a clear historical account that follows the story of the Polynesians on their amazing journey through time and space from their ancient origins to their “discovery” by western civilization. Those interested in mankind’s ancient past and in Polynesian history will find this book a source of valuable information as it provides enlightenment about these significant voyages, where they can learn more about the Polynesian way of life, beliefs and influence to the modern world.

“Waipi’o Valley: A Polynesian Journey from Eden to Eden”

By Jeffrey L. Gross

Hardcover | 6 x 9in | 626 pages | ISBN 9781479798452

Softcover | 6 x 9in | 626 pages | ISBN 9781479798445

E-Book | 626 pages | ISBN 9781479798469

Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble

About the Author

Jeffrey L. Gross is an architect living in the State of Hawaii. Born in Washington, D.C., he graduated from Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri and first lived in the Hawaiian Islands during the late 1970s and early 1980s, when he became interested in Polynesian history and traditional culture that led to the research for this book.

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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‘The Spoken Word’ guides readers toward walking ‘closer to Christ’

Cynthia E. Davis announces release of new devotional

ROUND ROCK, Texas – “The Spoken Word: Changing Your Life Through the Word” (published by WestBow Press) is a compilation of personal devotions designed to elevate the readers’ thinking and life. Author Cynthia E. Davis hopes the book will uplift spirits and bring readers closer to God.

“Everyone has a ‘God-void’ in their soul,” Davis says. “Jesus will fill that void and through Him each of us have access to God. The Holy Spirit is our comforter and guide to help us as we journey through life.”

The book speaks to common people, facing everyday life issues, and offers topical devotionals to help readers set their path toward an enriching personal relationship with Christ. Davis encourages readers, saying that they will find peace through cultivating an understanding of God’s love.

An excerpt from “The Spoken Word”:

Seek out God’s goodness every day. Seek and you will find. God is right where you are. He looks for hearts that long for Him. His goodness is waiting on you. Thank God for His goodness and mercy.

Say what the Word of God says about you, and it will happen. Believe only the best. Be confident that you are living in your purpose. Experience the Lord in a new way each day—let Him “wow” you with His goodness. Be blessed!

“The Spoken Word”

By Cynthia E. Davis

Hardcover | 5.5 x 8.5 in | 116 pages | ISBN 9781512768077

Softcover | 5.5 x 8.5 in | 116 pages | ISBN 9781512768060

E-Book | 116 pages | ISBN 9781512768053

Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble

About the Author

Author Cynthia E. Davis is a wife, mom, military veteran, entrepreneur and a Christian. She is passionate about people and helping them achieve their dreams. Her mission is to eradicate poverty of the mind and illuminate the path to eternal life. More information is available at: www.authorcedavis.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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‘The Final Word’ challenges Christians to think about God and their relationship to him

Jim Edwards announces the publication of his new book

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Jim Edwards examines questions of God, the purpose of humans and the afterlife in his new book, “The Final Word” (published by iUniverse).

The book invites readers to think about who God is, who people are, why people are on Earth and where people go when they leave Earth. Edwards shares simulated dialogues between himself and God to both challenge Christians to reflect on their relationship with God and provide a clearer understanding of God’s word.

Edwards hopes that his book will encourage everyone to take it upon themselves to seek the truth within the Word of God.

An excerpt from “The Final Word”:

Jim: I just want to see You in person.

God: You know I won’t allow that right now.

Jim: Why?

God: My first response is similar to what your mother used to say, “Just because I said so, I am your mother. That’s why.” Of course, I am not your fleshly mother, but I always have the FINAL WORD.

“The Final Word”

By Jim Edwards

Softcover | 6 x 9in | 240 pages | ISBN 9781532010965

E-Book | 240 pages | ISBN 9781532010958

Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble

About the Author

Jim Edwards has served in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Program, as a deacon and an elder in local congregations, and as a volunteer minister to university students and soldiers in basic training. Currently, Edwards is focused on writing about the issues most important to his life. He is a distinguished professor emeritus of accounting in the Moore School of Business at the University of South Carolina. He holds a bachelor’s, master’s and doctorate from the University of Georgia. Edwards has published more than 100 articles in professional publications, receiving eight national awards for his writings. He is the author or co-author of three books and served as assistant editor of Managerial Planning magazine for five years.

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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New book delights young children, cultivates creativity

Author Christine Curry Taylor releases ‘Taylor’s No-Sew Doll Clothes Patterns Volume II’

PRATTVILLE, Ala. – For author Christine Curry Taylor, making doll clothes and playing with dolls never loses its appeal regardless of one’s age or gender. She continues guiding young readers in cultivating their creativity and craft with the release of her new book, “Taylor’s No-Sew Doll Clothes Patterns Volume II” (published by Trafford Publishing), a sequel to the her award-winning craft book “Taylor’s No-Sew Doll Clothes Patterns Volume I” which won the 2013 Living Now Book Award and Bronze Medal in the category of crafts.

This volume is a fashion book of patterns with colored photos and full size, simple-to-make patterns for children’s favorite dolls size 10 to 12 inches in height including princesses, fairies and many others. The patterns were designed to be made using felt glue instead of sewing. Included in the collection are wedding dress, veil, tiara, bride’s maid dress, faux fur coat, stole, neck scarf, cape, bed jacket, pajamas, bath robe, night gown, lounging pajamas with cape, surfing suit, tote bag for carrying doll clothes, backpack, beach bag, purses and knit wear made from gloves.

“My granddaughter, Taylor, when she was four and half years old wanted to make doll clothes for her favorite dolls but was too  young to use a sewing machine, needles or pins,”  Taylor  says. “I decided to make patterns so that she could make doll clothes for her princess and fairy dolls without sewing.” Now it is not only her granddaughter who enjoys her innovation. It is also a welcome treat for other young children all over the world.

“Taylor’s No-Sew Doll Clothes Patterns Volume II”

By Christine Curry Taylor

Softcover | 8.5×11 in | 72 pages | ISBN 9781490775555

E-Book | 72 pages | ISBN 9781490775548

Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble

About the Author

Christine Curry Taylor is the author and creator of the award-winning craft book entitled “Taylor’s No-Sew Doll Clothes Patterns Volume I.” She is a retired social worker and lives in Prattville.

Trafford Publishing, an Author Solutions, LLC, author services imprint, was the first publisher in the world to offer an “on-demand publishing service,” and has led the independent publishing revolution since its establishment in 1995. Trafford was also one of the earliest publishers to utilize the Internet for selling books. More than 10,000 authors from over 120 countries have utilized Trafford’s experience for self publishing their books. For more information about Trafford Publishing, or to publish your book today, call 1-888-232-4444 or visit trafford.com.

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New memoir details life experiences of man with bipolar disorder

Finn Dualmann announces the publication of debut title

LONG PRAIRIE, Minn. – “Secrets in the Open: The Undisclosed Life of a Bipolar Man” (published by Archway Publishing) is about the life of author Finn Dualmann and his “bipolar persona” Bart. The book is a collection of hypomanic episodes that make up the story of Dualmann’s life.

“I want readers to come away with an empathetic view of bipolar people and the struggles they endure or the harm they cause without meaning to,” Dualmann says.

Ever since childhood, Dualmann realized he was different from others, but wasn’t aware of the reason why. His moods would rapidly change from happy to sad as well as from compassionate to aggressive. In Dualmann’s mid-50s, he was diagnosed with Bipolar II Disorder with rapid cycling, but he says, by that time he was alone. “Secrets in the Open” illustrates what life has been like for him as a bipolar man and how Bart, his bipolar persona, has affected his relationships. It also contains poetry he wrote while “in the throes of bipolar hypomania.”

An excerpt from “Secrets in the Open”:

Between Bart’s aggressive and risk taking side, my loving, tender and compassionate side, and the paralyzing effects of the depressing side, I often feel like a marionette being pulled without warning from one mood to the other.

“Secrets in the Open”

By Finn Dualmann

Hardcover | 5.5 x 8.5 in | 238 pages | ISBN 9781480826199

Softcover | 5.5 x 8.5 in | 238 pages | ISBN 9781480826205

E-Book | 238 pages | ISBN 9781480826212

Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble

About the Author

Finn Dualmann was born in Germany in December of 1955 and raised in a military environment throughout Germany and parts of the United States. Finn currently lives in Minnesota.

Simon & Schuster, a company with nearly ninety years of publishing experience, has teamed up with Author Solutions, LLC, the leading self-publishing company worldwide, to create Archway Publishing. With unique resources to support books of all kind, Archway Publishing offers a specialized approach to help every author reach his or her desired audience. For more information, visit www.archwaypublishing.com or call 888-242-5904.

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‘My Dad and the Foul Beast Within’ tells true tale of abuse, incest

Cassandra Smith tackles ‘taboo’ issues in new memoir

ROANOKE, Va. – Cassandra Smith chronicles a heartrending true tale of overcoming abuse and shame from the hands of her own kin in “My Dad and the Foul Beast Within” (published by iUniverse). This new memoir rallies for the awareness of the grave reality of domestic violence and incest to ultimately put an end to these issues.

Smith’s father was a man who had an angry, sinister soul inside of him, which she called “the foul beast within him.” How the author and her eight siblings survived all the tragedies bestowed upon them is unimaginable. Even though police and social services agencies in two states were called hundreds of times, they were unable to catch the perpetrator. To these nine children, it seemed like the burden of saving their own lives had fallen to themselves. That was exactly what they did in the fall of 1994, when they pressed charges against their father.

To this day, the siblings are haunted by all the horror and abuse they went through. Yet the love these children had for one another was incredible. Even today, they share a special closeness to one another and the desire to protect each other. Out of darkness and tragedy Smith created light, love and success.

“There should be more help for family of incest and abuse. If they see or know of a family going thru this, make that call for help for the children and stay on the local welfare, sheriff dep. and the courts until the children and parents are getting the help they need,” the author points out. “For any victim of any sexual crime: know that they are survivors and their life matters more to themselves than anyone else. Get help, find a good counseling service, get yourself healed, take back your self-worth and strength and make all your dreams come true.”

Smith will donate a portion of the book proceeds to two domestic abuse organizations and aims to collaborate with a large cosmetics company that also organizes a foundation that addresses sexual abuse.

“My Dad and the Foul Beast Within”

By Cassandra Smith

Softcover | 6 x 9in | 334 pages | ISBN 9781532013850

E-Book | 334 pages | ISBN 9781532013867

Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble

About the Author

Cassandra Smith wrote this story 40 years after her tragic childhood, as a way of healing her pain. She obtained a degree in business management from the National Business College in Martinsville then returned for a degree in medical science, the first in her family to graduate from college. She and her husband are raising two of their grandchildren in the mountains of Virginia.

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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Author Judith Russell-Tooth releases ‘Magical Boat Ride’

New book chronicles unforgettable journey of two protagonists as they learn kindness, acceptance

SPRING, Texas – Author Judith Russell-Tooth weaves a captivating tale that encourages readers to respect and accept each other and the world they live in with her new book, “Magical Boat Ride” (published by LifeRich Publishing).

This book follows the journey of Fritz the Dachshund and Miss Honey the Beagle on their magical boat ride. Arriving in a clearing deep in the jungle, a mystical being appeared in a circle surrounded by golden hue. She stressed in her teachings the importance to be kind to each other, and to protect and appreciate nature and all the animals in it.

An excerpt from the book:

The boat moved slowly through thick vegetation. From a nearby tree a wise owl, the gatekeeper, smiled down at them as he opened the gate. Happy white faced monkeys bowed and welcomed them with bouquets of flowers. As the boat took them deeper into the jungle, everything became greener, lush, and more mysterious on the Magical Boat Ride.

Written for children ages 4 to 8, “Magical Boat Ride” is a gentle way to teach children the values of life.  It imparts to them life lessons that can lead to their self-growth, especially acceptance and love for each other and for the earth.

“Magical Boat Ride”

By Judith Russell-Tooth

Softcover | 8.5x11in | 24 pages | ISBN 9781489711144

E-Book | 24 pages | ISBN 9781489711137

Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble

About the Author

Judith Russell-Tooth was born in Hungary and raised in Germany as a child.  She traveled extensively and lived in various countries for periods of time. She graduated from Rutgers University, Newark, New Jersey with a major in finance and a minor in accounting. But she never gave up her love for writing and nature and wildlife photography. She is married and lives in Spring, Texas.

LifeRich Publishing, the strategic publishing partnership of Reader’s Digest and Author Solutions, LLC, was created to provide all writers a platform for sharing their stories, recipes, advice and more. LifeRich authors will benefit from a wealth of editorial design, marketing and education resources, specially created by Reader’s Digest editors for the enrichment of these LifeSmart individuals. Books can be published in print, ebook or audio formats, with additional distribution to up to 25 million Reader’s Digest customers through its online properties. Follow @LifeRichPub on Twitter or “Like” us at facebook.com/LifeRichPublishing for the latest updates.

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New self-help book teaches readers how to journal their way toward success

Author Julie Copeland Turner announces release of ‘Journal Your Dreams Until They Take Wings’

KEARNEY, Mo. – “Journal Your Dreams Until They Take Wings: Journal Your Journey” (published by WestBow Press) is a new self-help book that gives readers a strategy plan to move forward to achieve their goals by completing the weekly, monthly and yearly targets that the reader sets. The motivational tools provided are designed to help readers stay encouraged to pursue their dreams.

“How do you get to where you picture yourself? How do you achieve your goals? You need support and help to get you there,” says author Julie Copeland Turner. “By using the formula in this book you can finally focus on achieving your plans and your desire for success.”

Turner emphasizes that most people do not “stumble” into success; they plan and work hard to achieve their goals. Through the tools and insights provided in her book, Turner hopes readers will be encouraged to work toward their aspirations in full stride.

An excerpt from “Journal Your Dreams Until They Take Wings”:

Give your dreams a chance! Move your life forward. Don’t be afraid to set out on a journey of faith in God and faith in yourself. You can go farther and we are encouraging you to try.

“Journal Your Dreams Until They Take Wings”

By Julie Copeland Turner

Softcover | 7.5 x 9.25 in | 74 pages | ISBN 9781512762297

Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble

About the Author

Julie Copeland Turner, reared and educated in Kansas, holds a bachelor’s degree in human resource management from Friends University and a master’s from Central Baptist Theological Seminary. She has an internet broadcast ministry, “Discovering True Riches in God’s Word.” Turner is the educational director at her church, Resurrection Life Family Worship Center with Pastor D. Douglas. She was employed over 25 years with AT&T and retired as an account executive in sales. She is married to Dr. Hylton M. Turner, who supports her in her ministries. Together they have three children.

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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Memoir shares inspiring tale of ‘Faith, Grace, and Cancer’

Stephanie Hoff Rodrigue’s story embodies God’s love, power

OCALA, Fla. – An intimate, candid and inspiring story fills Stephanie Hoff Rodrigue’s debut publication featuring “Faith, Grace, and Cancer” (published by WestBow Press). An actual diary of writings through her 11-year journey with primary peritoneal cancer, readers will witness a full life lived with and for God.

Rodrigue’s story is one of tremendous faith in a God full of grace as she pours out her heart and soul in her battle with cancer through her emails to family, friends and her prayer warriors. God chose her and her husband, Kenny, to walk through this trial of cancer for 11 years, showing his grace to answer prayers of his people and extend Rodrigue’s life. Her faith in Jesus Christ and her boldness to witness grew and grew as each year passed for his glory.

“There is an estimated 14 million people in the U.S. with cancer, with about 1.5 million people diagnosed with cancer each year who need hope. The tremendous faith and courage displayed by Stephanie is extremely encouraging,” Kenny Rodrigue, the author’s husband shares. “Our only hope of eternal life is Jesus Christ, and whether we are living, or suffering, or dying we are to Glorify God by trusting Him!”

A snippet from the book reads:

So don’t shrink from the hard trials that God allows in your life. Encrust those tribulations by spending time in prayer with our precious Savior, wrapping each trial with the truth of His Word and memorizing His special promises for you. Turn your trials into beautiful pearls for His glory!

“Faith, Grace, and Cancer”

By Stephanie Hoff Rodrigue

Hardcover | 6 x 9in | 378 pages | ISBN 9781512765168

Softcover | 6 x 9in | 378 pages | ISBN 9781512765144

E-Book | 378 pages | ISBN 9781512765151

Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble

About the Author

Stephanie Hoff Rodrigue, RN, CCRN, was diagnosed with primary peritoneal cancer (similar to ovarian cancer) in 2004 and was married to Kenny Rodrigue, and mother of three children, Nicole, Marc and Garrett. She was known as a woman of excellence, a godly wife, a godly mother, excellent sister in Christ, a prayer warrior and a faith warrior.

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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Georgeanna Scardino’s ‘Calico’ gets new marketing boost

Picture book follows story of homeless cat struggling to survive

CALERA, Ala. – Georgeanna Scardino’s love of cats and her concern for the homeless inspired her in writing “Calico” (published by Xlibris). Published in October of 2014, this book follows the inspiring story of a calico cat that was abandoned by her owner due to moving back to Mexico.

Readers follow Calico, a cat that was recently abandoned. In hopes of improving her life, she moves from city to city. In the process, she finds love, gets married and has three kittens. They take a cargo trip to Mexico and are met by her previous owner, the Gomez family.

“I see Calico, the homeless cat as a symbol of homeless people I have seen living under bridges,” Scardino points out. “The cats in this story represent moral values, fidelity and the desire to improve themselves. It reveals the importance of staying determined to make one’s dreams come true, just like Calico’s.”

Filled with colorful illustrations and a sincere, delightful narrative, “Calico” is a captivating story for both children and parents. It magnifies the importance of caring for the homeless as well as being nice to cats.

“Calico”

By Georgeanna Scardino

Hardcover | 8.5 x 8.5in | 224 pages | ISBN 9781524588151

Softcover | 8.5 x 8.5in | 24 pages | ISBN 9781499081985

E-Book | 24 pages | ISBN 9781499081992

Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble

About the Author

Georgeanna Scardino has a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing. She is retired and is a member of Concerned Women for America and the Cancer Control Society of LA. She has five grandchildren, all with a love for cats.

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.