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James James "Jimmy Legs" Episcopia Bonanno Family Soldier by Feb. 17, 2019 $2.99 2,430 words Sample 5%
James "Jimmy Legs" Episcopia was a regular body guard for Searingtown mobster Frank Mari. Much of my e-book discusses an era that followed the Bonanno family wars that occurred after Joseph Bonanno's 1964 abduction by his relatives. A central portion of my text looks at the entrance of Joseph Pistone/Donnie Brasco into the Bonanno family. The FBI agent was brought in by Dominick Napolitano.
The Transcendent Taxi Cab by Bob Gersztyn The Transcendent Taxi Cab by Feb. 16, 2019 $5.99 98,180 words Sample 15%
The Transcendent Taxi Cab is one cab drivers journey into the underbelly of Salem, the capitol city of the state of Oregon. It’s the home of the State mental hospital for the criminally insane that the book and film, “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” was filmed in. It is comprised of 97 chapters of the bizarre experiences of a former inner city pastor who became a taxi cab driver.
Kissing an Old Dream Goodbye: A Memoir 1950 – 1959 by Gloria Levi Kissing an Old Dream Goodbye: A Memoir 1950 – 1959 by Feb. 14, 2019 $8.99 32,170 words Sample 20%
When Gloria Levi is 19, she travels to the new State of Israel—and her life changes forever. Told through the eyes of a young woman and mother, this remarkable memoir recounts the painful and poignant journey of a young family trying to integrate into Israeli society in the 1950s and her realization that her path to Israeli identity is both complex and multilayered.
Accidentally Gay  The True Love Story When a Wife Becomes a Husband by Lucky and Wolsey Bradley Accidentally Gay The True Love Story When a Wife Becomes a Husband by Feb. 14, 2019 $9.99 56,170 words Sample 5%
When Lucky Bradley married his wife 25 years ago, he had the happily ever after he’d always wanted. Then, 20 years into their marriage, he found himself in a same sex marriage, as his wife transitioned from wife to husband.
The Mob On Long Island Bonanno Family Circa 1969 by Robert Grey Reynolds, Jr The Mob On Long Island Bonanno Family Circa 1969 by Feb. 14, 2019 $2.99 2,380 words Sample 5%
The Bonannos had proven sources to acquire narcotics. Family members were heavily immersed in gambling and loansharking rackets. The syndicate was notorious for infiltrating businesses in New York, New Jersey, Colorado, Arizona and California. My research is drawn from newspaper accounts that present a detailed portrait of Bonanno family members in 1969. Home addresses of the principals are given.
165 Days Short by Bob Gersztyn 165 Days Short by Feb. 14, 2019 $4.99 40,950 words Sample 20%
165 Days Short is the diary of SP4 Bob Gersztyn, who was drafted into the army for two years in 1966. It was written during the last six months of his conscription in 1968 and is a personal coming of age story about a twenty year old young man trying to figure out what to do with his life after he is discharged from the army on August 14, 1968.
Agonies Of Love by Samuel Oparinde Agonies Of Love by Feb. 14, 2019 Free! 2,970 words
This book of poems is for every broken heart searching for healing. Agonies of Love is a must read for every youth because of the writer’s interest to address the day to day behavior of individuals when in love.
Roses Are Forever: A Book of Poems by Nadine Dunseith Roses Are Forever: A Book of Poems by Feb. 13, 2019 $2.99 4,720 words Sample 10%
In the first book poetry from Nadine Dunseith, she draws upon her experiences with grief, loss, and anxiety to bring a greater awareness and understanding to those who have experienced similar circumstances.
Я — ясновидящая by Наталья Смирнова Я — ясновидящая by Feb. 13, 2019 $2.90 18,980 words Sample 20%
Все мы все время учимся. Ходить, говорить, писать, думать. Рядом с нами, как правило, всегда есть тот, кто учит. Родители, учителя, жизнь. Мне очень повезло, в моей жизни есть человек, которого я называю УЧИТЕЛЕМ. Это ясновидящая, целительница Галия Елиманова. В книге собраны рассказы о ней, случаи из ее практики. Рассказ о том, как она стала моим Учителем…
A Very Public Offering: The Story of theglobe.com and the First Internet Revolution by Stephan Paternot A Very Public Offering: The Story of theglobe.com and the First Internet Revolution by Feb. 13, 2019 $9.99 69,880 words
In the volatile world of internet start-ups, it can take just a nanosecond to lose it all.
Six Wheels and a Full Tank by Edward Fletcher Six Wheels and a Full Tank by Feb. 12, 2019 $2.99 79,410 words Sample 20%
Joining Australia Post at thirty years of age and sorting countless tourist postcards each day eventually inspired Mail Officer Fletcher to travel around Australia and see what was beyond that Black Stump! He retired at 60 with a heart condition, and with his aged Toyota truck and much-travelled Viscount caravan, he set off with his wife and their tiny Chihuahua ...
Colombo and Gambino Mafiosi New York Cigarette Smuggling, Car Theft and Heroin Trafficking by Robert Grey Reynolds, Jr Colombo and Gambino Mafiosi New York Cigarette Smuggling, Car Theft and Heroin Trafficking by Feb. 12, 2019 $2.99 2,470 words Sample 5%
Newsday and the Yonkers Herald-Statesman were among the first newspapers to report the demise of a huge cigarette smuggling ring in 1969. Police, tax agents and Brooklyn District Attorney's office personnel also divulged details of the crime. In one instance a truck carrying smuggled cigarettes was pulled over in Maryland. Some of the same figures involved in this scheme were heroin traffickers.
Financially Fit and Wealthy by Ronel Jooste Financially Fit and Wealthy by Feb. 11, 2019 $7.99 23,810 words Sample 10%
Financial fitness is a critical building block to achieve overall wellbeing. If you perceive finances to be tedious or complicated, this book will change your perception. Financially Fit and Wealthy will take you on a step-by-step journey towards improving your financial fitness.
ज्ञानी पुरुष 'दादा भगवान' (भाग-१) by दादा भगवान & Deepakbhai Desai ज्ञानी पुरुष 'दादा भगवान' (भाग-१) by
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प्रत्येक कालचक्र में बहुत से ज्ञानी तथा महान पुरुष जन्म लेते हैं, परन्तु उनकी आतंरिक ज्ञान दशा का रहस्य अभी भी गुप्त (अप्रगट) ही रह जाता हैं | प्रस्तुतग्रंथ“ज्ञानी पुरुष” में परम पूज्य दादा भगवान की ज्ञानदशा के पहले के विविध प्रसंग और उनकी विचक्षण जीवनशैली सहित अद्भुत द्रश्यो का तादृष्य, यहाँ विस्तार पूर्वक जानने को मिलता हैं |इस पवित्र ग्रंथ का अध्ययन करके‘ज्ञानी पुरुष’ के जीवन-दर्शन का अद्भुत सफ़
Louis Louis "Louie Domes" Pacella Genovese Soldier Frank Sinatra Pal by Feb. 09, 2019 $2.99 2,440 words Sample 5%
In the late 1970s Louis Pacella secured three performances by famed singer Frank Sinatra at the Westchester Premier Theater in Greenburgh, New York. The ensuing Westchester Theater scandal involved Genovese and Gambino family crime figures. My e-book looks at court proceedings and incidents involved in a large conspiracy that bankrupted a theater corporation. Jimmy Fratianno testified in court.
The Awakening of John David - Higher Functioning & Schizophrenic Equals: Mystical. The Best Ever First-Person Account! by Donald Carroll The Awakening of John David - Higher Functioning & Schizophrenic Equals: Mystical. The Best Ever First-Person Account! by Feb. 07, 2019 $9.99 234,050 words Sample 20%
Perhaps the BEST schizophrenic first-person account (FPA) ever written! The autobiography the Oxford Journals: Schizophrenia Bulletin couldn’t wait to read! This utterly gripping and real account of the life of Donald Carroll has it all – drugs, alcohol, rock n’ roll, the occult, mysticism, and schizophrenic madness!
Buried in the Walls — A petty criminal/drug addict’s travels through the Washington State penal system by GJ Face White Buried in the Walls — A petty criminal/drug addict’s travels through the Washington State penal system by Feb. 07, 2019 $3.99 145,280 words Sample 20%
Author G.J. "Face" White takes readers on a roller coaster ride through his life of drugs, women, crime, jail time and the epiphany he reached that's kept him on the straight and narrow path since his final release from prison. The multitude of colorful characters that populate Face's life make this a fast-paced and entertaining read.
At Least Once a Year by Pat O'Looney At Least Once a Year by Feb. 07, 2019 $5.99 95,290 words Sample 20%
A Memoir and Social History of Ireland in the second half of the twentieth century
Blueprint for an Artist by Heather Gail Harman Blueprint for an Artist by Feb. 07, 2019 $2.99 25,180 words Sample 20%
A personal account—a memoir of sorts. How one artist can reach out and point the way for another: by generosity of spirit and deed and by example. The singer Scott Walker (Engel) lead singer with the Walker Brothers; an American threesome who have travelled to the UK in February 1965 in the hope of becoming successful in the exciting UK music scene. Well they did; and how.
What wonderful women! by Elena Rai What wonderful women! by Feb. 07, 2019 $4.99 13,090 words Sample 20%
All stories have real events, and each of them is unique. When I heard about them firstly, they shook me to the marrow of my bones, and I decided to combine them into one book. The events described in the narratives are taken from official sources and personal experience.
Giovanni Schillaci Alias Giovanni Schillaci Alias "Big Dick Amato" Genovese Soldier by Feb. 06, 2019 $2.99 2,450 words Sample 5%
Giovanni Schilacci had several aliases, i.e. "Al Brown" and "Big Dick Amato". Part of the Genovese family, he was a native Sicilian, of southern Italian descent. With a criminal record dating to 1921, Schillaci was a noted narcotics trafficker. He was deported from the U.S. in 1947 following a narcotics conviction. In Italy he worked directly for Charles "Lucky" Luciano, who ran drugs from Naples.
White Zulu by Fiona Ross White Zulu by Feb. 05, 2019 $4.99 248,080 words
Born in Durban in 1950, Fiona Ross grew up in the Drakensberg Mountains of KwaZulu-Natal, one of four girls of a dysfunctional family in paradise.
Blackbird Flying by Sheila Nickerson Blackbird Flying by Feb. 05, 2019 $9.99 38,150 words Sample 20%
Sheila Nickerson's latest work, Blackbird Flying, defies categories. Grounded in the surprising details of family memoir, it expands to an exploration of mystery, "where solid is not solid and the shore is never certain," and lament unfurls to celebration.
Ramblings of a Sandlapper  -  The Early Years by Daniel de Vale Ramblings of a Sandlapper - The Early Years by Feb. 04, 2019 $3.99 87,560 words
This is the story of a sharecropper’s son who was born during the depression years of the 1930s in the South Carolina low country. He describes the events and travails of his early life on the farms, the struggles of having to survive following the death of his father and the break-up of the family.
Shifra Zaydel - Forgotten Heroine of Holocaust by Michael Rosen Shifra Zaydel - Forgotten Heroine of Holocaust by Feb. 04, 2019 $6.00 6,990 words Sample 20%
Destiny of common Jewish girl in which we can see reflection of all tragical and heroical destiny of all the Jewish people.
GAD mis doce piedras by Dr Carol Lobelo GAD mis doce piedras by Feb. 04, 2019 $3.99 11,680 words
Porque ésta es la voluntad de Dios que des gracias en todo, GAD es mas que un libro (cristiano), es mi experiencia personal y un regalo que propone maneras de ejercitarse en el agradecimiento, que muestra promesas, que propone maneras de cambiar la direccion y perspectiva de tu vida a traves del unico que puede ayudarte. GAD? Piedras?, descubrelo tu tambien.
चाणक्य का अखंड भारत - Chankya ka Akhand Bharat : राजा होते नहीं, बनाने पड़ते हे - Chandragupt Morya se Samrat Ashoka tak ki Kahani by Abhishek Patel चाणक्य का अखंड भारत - Chankya ka Akhand Bharat : राजा होते नहीं, बनाने पड़ते हे - Chandragupt Morya se Samrat Ashoka tak ki Kahani by Feb. 04, 2019 $2.00 20,000 words
ये एक ऐतिहासिक किताब हे, क्योकि इस एक ही किताब में आप को चाणक्य ,चन्द्रगुप्त मौर्य , बिन्दुसार ,सम्राट अशोका , राजा पोरस और सिकंदर महान की कहानी मिल जाएगी। कैसे आचार्य चाणक्य एक गरीब मोर पालक के बेटे को एक महान राजा बनते हे और सिकंदर जैसे सम्राट को भारत से भगाते हे.
A Hole in My Genes: A Memoir by Jodie Fleming A Hole in My Genes: A Memoir by Feb. 04, 2019 $9.99 80,030 words
In 2010, exactly one month after the end of her marriage, a thirty-seven-year-old psychologist is diagnosed with two primary breast cancers. Determined to help herself, she develops her own toolkit to conquer cancer's psychological minefield of grief & loss, infertility, surgeries & survival.
Tobias DeMicco Jr. Genovese Family Soldier by Robert Grey Reynolds, Jr Tobias DeMicco Jr. Genovese Family Soldier by Feb. 03, 2019 $2.99 2,320 words Sample 5%
In the late 1970s Tobias DeMicco Jr. was a partner in an illegal Rockland County, New York landfill conspiracy. Among his associates in this criminal venture was Carmine Franco. Franco had forcibly gained control of the business in 1976 after the arson of a previous owner's home. In 1979 DeMicco and his co-conspirators were tried in the landfill case. He moved to Florida where he died in Sarasota
Earl Fee is Running by Earl Fee Earl Fee is Running by Feb. 01, 2019 $9.99 102,940 words Sample 20%
Be inspired by the life of a late blooming world champion. with some of Earl's pertinent poetry, in 20 entertaining chapters describing his life from 1929 to 2018. This book will increase your motivation and rejuvinate your dreams.
Getting Away With It by Stephen Harris Getting Away With It by Feb. 01, 2019 $4.99 14,190 words Sample 20%
Step into the world of the Costa del Crime in the ’90s and meet the characters who were involved in the drug trade. Delve into the story to discover the truth behind the corruption with the local mayor and the guard civil. You have seen the film ‘The Business’. Well, I lived it true to life. I guess you can say I was Danny Dyer in flesh. From paying the police to sit in the BP garage and drink cof
The Journey — Hunting the World A Life of Dreams by John McAteer The Journey — Hunting the World A Life of Dreams by Feb. 01, 2019 $3.99 27,590 words Sample 20%
In this book, John shares his experiences of hunting all over the world, the interesting people he met while doing this and some tasty recipes for the amazing animals he harvested. Recipes are also included for each animal.
You Can Take It with You by Lucia Peel Powe You Can Take It with You by Feb. 01, 2019 $5.99 29,040 words Sample 20%
Travel with Lucia Peel Powe in her long and busy life as she travels from Macon, Georgia, to the Miss America Pageant to TV’s Romper Room — and beyond — in this collection of reminiscences, wry observations, and essays both humorous and serious that span nearly seven decades. In these pages, you will meet: A famous actor A stuttering wedding singer A wisecracking priest Ezra Pound’s former nurse
Tino Tino "the Greek" Fiumara Genovese Mafioso by Jan. 31, 2019 $2.99 2,530 words Sample 5%
Originally from New Jersey, Tino Fiumara was closely linked to illegal activities carried out by the International Longshoremen's Association (ILA). One of these illicit schemes involved illegal loans made in 1979 by Sealand Terminal Corporation president Irving Held. Imprisoned for racketeering, Fiumara was previously tried on extortion charges. He died in Suffolk County, New York in 2010.
The Bigger Picture: One Man's Journey from Religious Fundamentalism to Reality by Colin Setterfield The Bigger Picture: One Man's Journey from Religious Fundamentalism to Reality by Jan. 31, 2019 $5.99 Sample 20%
An Informative memoir, filled with anecdotes and experiences from the author's almost four-decade-long involvement with a Fundamentalist belief system. Interspersed with these memoirs are scientific and philosophical theories that point to a much bigger picture of life on Earth than alluded to in many general belief systems.
"The Adventures of Sassy the Red Hat Mascot" by Jan. 31, 2019 $3.99 44,070 words Sample 20%
The Red Hat Society is a world wide organization of women over 50 years old who wear red hats and purple outfits and just want to have fun. Most of these groups also have a mascot. Sassy is an adorable purple and silver toy dog that was found at a yard sale and becomes a mascot of "Sassy REDs (Real Elegant Dames), a registered Red Hat Society group in Peace River, Alberta.
Nexistant Inc. Equals Child Murder and a Hit Team: Behind the Life of Martin Yudowitz by Lawrence Nexistant Inc. Equals Child Murder and a Hit Team: Behind the Life of Martin Yudowitz by Jan. 30, 2019 Free! 3,490 words Read a sample
2019, a million dollars and ten years later, a child murdered, one witness who came to warn, also killed. Upon one escape from a team of killers, Martin Yudowitz was discovered to have participated in that crime.  if there are any heros in the world left, I would be honored to see proof of that, because I can not find any.
Leave the Lights On When You Go by Janis Ahlenberg Leave the Lights On When You Go by Jan. 29, 2019 $8.95 106,070 words Sample 20%
In this vivid portrait of tragedy, adaptation, and survival, surprising moments of amusement and sometimes hilarity surface, it’s one question in particular—Where did it all start?—that grabs hold of Ahlenberg and leads her to explore the what, the where, and the persistence of love.
My African Dream: One Man's Journey Back Home by Henri Nyakarundi My African Dream: One Man's Journey Back Home by Jan. 29, 2019 $5.00 36,200 words Sample 15%
This book is Henri Nyakarundi's personal experience of the life he lived in the United States and about his journey back home to Rwanda. It is a personal journey of self-discovery and of the realization that we, as Africans, can build our own dreams at home. If you want to come home to Africa and need some inspiration, this book is for you.
The Girl in The Treehouse by Jennifer Asbenson The Girl in The Treehouse by Jan. 29, 2019 $7.95 65,970 words Sample 20%
The Girl in the Treehouse, is a autobiographical account of Jennifer Asbenson's abusive and dysfunctional childhood and escape from a serial killer. Through creativity and imagination, the book also focuses on how Jennifer faced the ensuing mental illness with forgiveness and self-love."
The Movies of Amy Yip by Chaz Gower The Movies of Amy Yip by Jan. 28, 2019 $1.99 21,940 words Sample 20%
Amy Yip shot to stardom in the early 90's Hong Kong Movie scene becoming one of the biggest stars in Southeast Asia, but just as quickly would disappear from the public eye. Read about her movies, her life, her TV career, her music and more in this first of its kind book about a Hong Kong Celebrity Legend!
Alfred Alfred "Sharkey" Cupola Jamaica, Queens Genovese Soldier by Jan. 28, 2019 $2.99 2,360 words Sample 5%
A 1972 issue of New York Magazine lists Alfred Cupola as Genovese family soldier. A former painter and mortician, Cupola's first recorded criminal offense was for forgery in 1941. Later Cupola worked as a salesman at the mob dominated Fulton Street Fish Market. His most newsworthy offense occurred in 1970. He had refused to testify before a New York grand jury investigating organized crime.
Broken Wings & M.E. by Triona Broken Wings & M.E. by Jan. 28, 2019 Free! 30,500 words
M.E. is a disease which is both cruel and very unforgiving to those who sadly have to endure it. Triona is a woman who has finally found her own wings to tell her story of a disease that is so complex, in these days of amazing research all around the world there is sadly still no cure for it and still not a lot of understanding towards the disease itself. In this book Triona tries to open the eyes
Kwegyir Aggrey of Africa His Life and Achievements by Woeli Dekutsey Kwegyir Aggrey of Africa His Life and Achievements by Jan. 27, 2019 $20.00 13,340 words Sample 20%
Not much is known about this remarkable African, who blazed the trail for such human rights advocates as Dr Martin Luther King (USA) and Nelson Mandela (South Africa). One of his biographers, Edwin Smith once wrote of Dr Kwegyir Aggrey, “The man is a saint, but damn his color.” In this book, specially targeted at the youth, the story of this great Areican is told candidly and objectively.
1969. A Year in a Life by Simon Andrew 1969. A Year in a Life by Jan. 27, 2019 $2.99 60,860 words Sample 20%
The story of one unremarkable life in one remarkable year.
Las Cosas Que Escribí Al Costado De La Ruta by delfiyoung Las Cosas Que Escribí Al Costado De La Ruta by Jan. 26, 2019 Free! 11,640 words Read a sample
Todo empezó una mañana rosarina de junio del 1993. Aunque en realidad todo había empezado antes, pero eso es otra historia. Los escritos condensados de mis primeros 25 años de vida.
Innocenzio Innocenzio "Johnny the Bug" Stoppelli Genovese Soldier by Jan. 25, 2019 $2.99 2,640 words Sample 5%
Johnny "the Bug" Stoppelli was a Genovese family soldier who worked for Greenwich Village crew caporegime Pasquale "Patsy" Eboli. In 1945 Stoppelli was indicted as part of a multinational narcotics ring. It ran primarily in the United States and Mexico. Johnny the Bug served terms in Clinton Prison in New York and the Atlanta Federal Penitentiary. Stoppelli and Vincent "Bruno" Mauro were cronies.
Twirl: My Life With Stories, Writing & Clothes by Callie Feyen Twirl: My Life With Stories, Writing & Clothes by Jan. 24, 2019 $9.99 42,250 words Sample 15%
Whatever your personal style, Feyen’s multi-layered coming-of-age tale—which masterfully weaves timeless stories, writing, and clothes—will make you laugh, catch your breath, even cry. Then she’ll inspire you to decide who you want to be… and go for it. Simply. Boldly. Beautifully. Try. You can always pick a new outfit—and find a new way, over time.
Send Me: General Jim Vaught and the Genesis of Joint Special Operations by Bryan Vaught Send Me: General Jim Vaught and the Genesis of Joint Special Operations by Jan. 24, 2019 $10.00 62,470 words Sample 10%
This biography recounts the rich story of Lieutenant General (LTG) Jim Vaught. He served in the U.S. Army for thirty-eight distinguished years with deployments to World War II, Korea, and Vietnam. More than just a military man, he was also a devoted husband, great-grandfather, and public servant. His life was often filled with difficult missions, challenges, and unfavorable odds.
19S17 Mexico. It is more the hope. Real life stories of the 2017 earthquake by DEMAC A.C. 19S17 Mexico. It is more the hope. Real life stories of the 2017 earthquake by Jan. 23, 2019 Free! 69,480 words
Testimonies of the 2017 earthquake in Mexico. Written by women.