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Every Second Counts by Michael Buckle Every Second Counts by Aug. 31, 2018 $4.99 34,020 words
We are all familiar with names such as Roger Federer, Victoria Pendleton, Mo Farah, Donald Bradman, Lionel Messi, Mohammed Ali and Venus Williams, to name just a few, who have reached the pinnacle of success.
Unschooled by Lisa Smith Unschooled by Aug. 31, 2018 $4.99 55,300 words
Drunken school teacher + An elite NYC private school = A disaster. On 9.11.01, Lisa faced her first day in the classroom.
The Story of Our Lord and Savior by Jerry Campbell The Story of Our Lord and Savior by Aug. 31, 2018 $4.99 46,370 words
The author of this book is the only living witness to the Lake of Fire that will come upon this Earth at the end of time. Jehovah God heard his crying prayers at age seven and He sent His Guardian Angel from Heaven to heal Jerry.
All A Bout Mary: A Wretch Like Me by Mary Stevens All A Bout Mary: A Wretch Like Me by Aug. 30, 2018 $8.99 73,990 words Sample 15%
All A Bout Mary: A Wretch Like Me will take you through indescribable details of a child's journey from her memory starting at the young age of three. The "hush, don't tell" secrets that give birth and design to her character and develop who she becomes; from an innocent child to a hard living wretch, to a messenger of God. From deep inside her spiritual experience comes 'The Bout'.
In Spite Of It All There Is Laughter by Francine Séguin In Spite Of It All There Is Laughter by Aug. 29, 2018 $7.00 94,850 words Sample 20%
In Spite of It All There is Laughter is about a man living through life with Spastic Paraplegia (Cerebral Palsy), and finding God as a teenager. His mom and dad could have given him up, but his mom prevented it from happening. He lived, dreamed, lived through heartaches and pain, had fun, and make sure God was the center of his life.
Taking The Risk by Kenna Henderson Taking The Risk by Aug. 29, 2018 $3.99 67,370 words Sample 10%
Informative, brutally honest, thought-provoking and funny, this is the true life story of a transgender person who, after five decades of secrecy, accepts the spirit trapped inside and sets it free.
At Least He Wasn't Hitting You... by Greg McVicker At Least He Wasn't Hitting You... by Aug. 28, 2018 $3.99 40,290 words Sample 20%
After meeting the man of her dreams and saying, “I do,” one woman realizes her lover’s modus operandi is to gain ultimate power and control over her life by utilizing malicious patterns of verbal, emotional, financial and psychological abuse. In this gripping, unsettling personal memoir, the fight for survival while enduring unfathomable trauma becomes a do-or-die situation.
7 Checklist Items for Success: A Guide to a Richer and More Successful Life by Jean G Mathurin 7 Checklist Items for Success: A Guide to a Richer and More Successful Life by Aug. 28, 2018 $9.99 46,420 words Sample 20%
"This is the perfect self-help book for anyone looking to expand their horizons, and finally enact life-long plans for a better existence" - GoodbooksToday.com Reviews KIRKUS REVIEW A U.S. Navy physician shares his secrets for a more successful life in this self-help work. A book of noble, sincere, and expressive advice for living.
Genovese Family Operations 1969-1972 by Robert Grey Reynolds, Jr Genovese Family Operations 1969-1972 by Aug. 28, 2018 $2.99 2,650 words Sample 5%
Philip Lombardo emerged as the beneficiary of a power struggle in the Genovese crime family. When family boss Thomas Eboli was murdered in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, in 1972, Vincent "the Chin" Gigante was the primary inheritor. My ebook discusses the Genovese family hierarchy in the aftermath of Vito Genovese's death in February 1969. A month later Albert Tarantino was arrested in New Rochelle.
Singing in the Lifeboat by Ian Bain Singing in the Lifeboat by Aug. 28, 2018 $5.99 79,250 words Sample 15%
Former national newspaper journalist Ian Bain tells an exceptionally readable and often very funny tale of a life full of adventure and memorable characters. A traumatic childhood led to alcoholism. It nearly killed him, but after drying out he founded one of the most successful PR companies in the Middle East, with many household name companies as clients. A story of a man searching for himself.
1st and Forever: Making the Case for the Future of Football by Bob Casciola, Jon Land, Archie Manning, & Bobby Bowden 1st and Forever: Making the Case for the Future of Football by ,
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Part memoir and part homage to the game he loves, former National Football Foundation president Bob Casciola mounts a persuasive case in support of football’s relevance to life.
My Awakening Through Loves, Losses and Laughter - Hugs and Mush, Gommy by Shirley Brady My Awakening Through Loves, Losses and Laughter - Hugs and Mush, Gommy by Aug. 27, 2018 $9.99 73,020 words Sample 10%
This book is about life, losses, healing and understanding the meaning of life. It's a memoir of my life, wrapped in a guide to learning how to listen to the whispers of The All That Is.
Des pavés à la plage Mai 68 vu par une jeune fille de la Sorbonne archives souvenirs bilan édition du cinquantenaire by Gaelle Kermen Des pavés à la plage Mai 68 vu par une jeune fille de la Sorbonne archives souvenirs bilan édition du cinquantenaire by Aug. 26, 2018 $4.99 58,080 words Sample 20%
J'ai vécu Mai 68 au comité d'occupation de la Sorbonne à Paris au milieu des militants politiques. De nouveaux concepts se mettaient en place. L'esprit de Mai a inspiré ma vie. Au fil de mes cahiers, j'avais noté divers éléments. J'ai fait des bilans après 10, 20, 30, 40 ans. En 5 décennies, j'étudie l'évolution de notre société jusqu'aux luttes du printemps 2018.
The Fasting Diaries:  A Weight Loss Journey by Callie M. Stephens The Fasting Diaries: A Weight Loss Journey by Aug. 25, 2018 $6.99 90,460 words
The Fasting Diaries is the true record of a young woman’s dark and gripping journey, revealing the day to day and sometimes hour to hour challenges of weight loss, fasting and being a college student with two jobs. Follow Callie’s story as she struggles with insecurities, family dysfunction, and transferring from a community college to USC, all told in the form of raw, honest diary entries.
Paul Briandi Buffalo White Slave Trafficker by Robert Grey Reynolds, Jr Paul Briandi Buffalo White Slave Trafficker by Aug. 25, 2018 $2.99 2,340 words Sample 5%
Paul Briandi was a soldier in the Magaddino crime family syndicate. The Magaddinos were heavily involved in gambling and narcotics trafficking. Before reaching age 30 Briandi was a trafficker of young women in a white slavery ring that operated in the Buffalo-Niagara Falls-Lackawanna area in 1935. That year he was also a material witness in the fatal shooting of an African-American dock worker.
The Miracle of Molokai: She Prayed for a Miracle. Then She Became One. by Mel White The Miracle of Molokai: She Prayed for a Miracle. Then She Became One. by Aug. 24, 2018 $6.99 48,850 words Sample 20%
This is the inspiring true story of Margaret the Miracle of Molokai who faced suffering most of us can’t even imagine however instead of giving way to grief and anger Margaret spent the rest of her life relieving the suffering of others. Let Margaret’s story give you strength to face your own suffering and at the same time plant a new dream in your heart.
Guatimozin ultimo emperador de Méjico by Gertrudis Gómez de Avellaneda Guatimozin ultimo emperador de Méjico by Aug. 23, 2018 $5.99 131,520 words Sample 10%
Biografia novelada del cacique Guatimozín el último gran lider de las tribus mexicanas cuya cultura fue arrrasada por la violencia y la avaricia de los conqusitadores españoles durante el siglo XVI
Clara's Rib by Anne Raina Clara's Rib by Aug. 23, 2018 $9.99 70,570 words Sample 20%
Clara's Rib is the true story of a young girl coming of age in a tuberculosis hospital in the 1940s and '50s. Clara's story focuses mainly on her years growing up in 'the San' in Ottawa, Canada. Readers of all ages will be drawn into the evolving seasons of Clara's life of courage, faith, pranks...
Nimo by Naeema Sky, J.D. Nimo by Aug. 22, 2018 $2.99 4,030 words Sample 30%
In this true story, a girl starts life in the city and later grows up as a nomad in the wilderness of Somalia. After an illness puts her near death and she escapes the Somali Civil War, she moves in search of a better life to live as a refugee in Kenya and then as an immigrant in the United States.
Salvatore Bonito Buffalo La Cosa Nostra Figure by Robert Grey Reynolds, Jr Salvatore Bonito Buffalo La Cosa Nostra Figure by Aug. 22, 2018 $2.99 2,140 words Sample 5%
On December 9, 1967 Salvatore Bonito was one of forty-six men arrested in a police raid on Buffalo's Chicago Street Club. Police also seized Magaddino capos Sansanese and Cammillieri, as well as Bonito's fellow soldier Vaccaro. Many of the persons taken into custody in the sting were a mix of burglers, armed robbers and bookmakers. Originally from rural Depew, New York Bonito was a section leader.
Far & Away: True Tales from an International Life by Russell Sunshine Far & Away: True Tales from an International Life by Aug. 21, 2018 $3.12 89,860 words
This rewarding memoir collects true tales from an exceptional international life. Russell Sunshine worked for 40 years in 40 countries. His long-term residencies included India, Tanzania, China, Laos, Kazakhstan, Italy and Sri Lanka. Far & Away interweaves stories of traveling, working and living within layered cultures. The emerging profiles are nuanced, respectful, entertaining and accessible.
Stand by Keisha Richards Stand by Aug. 21, 2018 $9.99 37,700 words Sample 20%
In this moving story, you'll learn how the Richards managed to STAND while watching two of their three children fight for their lives. Your faith will be stirred up as you witness the strength of a family held together by faith. Even when everything else around them was falling apart, the Richards decided to STAND!
Wanderlost 5: More Shots of Literary Tequila for the Restless Soul by Simon Williams Wanderlost 5: More Shots of Literary Tequila for the Restless Soul by Aug. 19, 2018 $2.99 63,860 words Sample 20%
From being stalked by muggers on the streets of Rio de Janeiro, to insulting a FIFA World Footballer of the Year while at lunch, to almost getting a divorce over ordering an UBER to the airport, what else can go wrong on a trip? These are one man's riveting stories of wandering our planet that the staff at Lonely Planet doesn't want you to know.
Wanderlost 4: More Shots of Literary Tequila for the Restless Soul by Simon Williams Wanderlost 4: More Shots of Literary Tequila for the Restless Soul by Aug. 19, 2018 $2.99 55,250 words Sample 10%
From being mistakenly besieged by an adoring crowd in a Gothenburg bar, to being pulled over by Arizona highway patrol with an arsenal in the boot of the car, to having a wild elephant stop him from getting a cold beer in Zimbabwe, what else can go wrong on a trip? These are one man's gripping stories of wandering our planet that Conde Nast doesn't want you to know.
Wanderlost 2: More Shots of Literary Tequila for the Restless Soul by Simon Williams Wanderlost 2: More Shots of Literary Tequila for the Restless Soul by Aug. 19, 2018 $2.99 53,720 words Sample 10%
From being abducted off the streets of Los Angeles in the middle of the night, to facing off with the German mafia in a Bavarian nightclub, to wandering lost in a forest at the foothills of Mt. Fuji with ten people he just met, what else can go wrong on a trip? These are one man's fascinating stories of wandering our planet that Travel and Leisure magazine doesn't want you to know.
Sweeping Out the Attic: Tales, Topics, and Small Talk from the Nooks and Crannies of a Well-Worn Mind by Jerry Harris Sweeping Out the Attic: Tales, Topics, and Small Talk from the Nooks and Crannies of a Well-Worn Mind by Aug. 19, 2018 $2.99 48,210 words
Need a break? Want to laugh? You don’t need a magic wand or a fat bank account. Just take a look inside your own head. You might stir up some magic while SWEEPING OUT THE ATTIC.
Just One Chance by Myron Portley Just One Chance by Aug. 19, 2018 $2.00 9,000 words Sample 15%
Raised in a community of poverty and violence Myron is searching for a way out. This is my journey of how I broke the cycle and found success in life. A journey that will inspire you and make you believe that the American dream is possible.
Samuel Samuel "Sam" Lagattuta Magaddino Crime Family Associate by Aug. 19, 2018 $2.99 2,370 words Sample 5%
Captured in a car near Buffalo City Hall, Sam Lagattuta was jailed beginning in January 1959. This ended thirteen months of life as a fugitive from justice. Lagattuta had been excluded from a subpoena that netted many other Apalachin attendees. These men had appeared in court on February 7, 1958. Lagattuta was also being pursued for missing tax records that weren't on file from 1946-1957.
The Sue Kim Story: The Authorized Biography by Sarah Gerdes The Sue Kim Story: The Authorized Biography by Aug. 18, 2018 Free! 120,250 words Read a sample
The story of Sue Kim, lead singer of The Kim Sisters, has captivated music lovers, history buffs, and fellow entertainment legends alike. From singing on the streets to reigning the stages of Las Vegas, hers is truly the greatest American story never told.
Wanderlost: Shots of Literary Tequila for the Restless Soul by Simon Williams Wanderlost: Shots of Literary Tequila for the Restless Soul by Aug. 17, 2018 Free! 37,540 words Read a sample
Simon Williams doesn't go looking for trouble in life, but when he finds it he never keeps his mouth shut. Travelling - it leaves you speechless then turns you into story tellers. Ibn Battuta
What I Learned From 50 Celebrities  (By Screwing Up In Front of Them) by Farrell Hirsch What I Learned From 50 Celebrities (By Screwing Up In Front of Them) by Aug. 16, 2018 $9.99 48,620 words Sample 5%
Hirsch was one of the people who founded The Ovation Awards, LA's answer to The Tonys. Writing, producing, and lining up talent for those shows for seven years brought him into contact with stars like Charlton Heston, Annette Bening, Carol Burnett, Neal Patrick Harris, Stephen Sondheim, Nathan Lane, Danny Glover, Gwyneth Paltrow, Ben Stiller, and hundreds more. These are his stories…
Buffalo Gambling/Lottery Raid October 23, 1959 by Robert Grey Reynolds, Jr Buffalo Gambling/Lottery Raid October 23, 1959 by Aug. 16, 2018 $2.99 2,620 words Sample 5%
A massive roundup of lottery operators occurred in upstate New York and several northeastern states in the late afternoon of October 23, 1959. The New York sweep was coordinated by State Investigative Chairman John W. Ryan. The 1959 New York Crime Commission handled the arrests of the state's central area, i.e. its key professional gamblers. Agents also struck across the border from Buffalo.
Жанчыны ў жыцці Уладзіміра Караткевіча by Дзяніс Марціновіч Жанчыны ў жыцці Уладзіміра Караткевіча by Aug. 16, 2018 $5.00 44,200 words Sample 20%
Каму быў прысвечаны першы зборнік Уладзіміра Караткевіча «Матчына душа»? Хто і чаму называў паэтэсу Раісу Ахматаву жонкай пісьменніка? Ці існаваў працяг культавага рамана «Каласы пад сярпом тваім»? У 2012 годзе крытык і літаратуразнаўца Дзяніс Марціновіч паспрабаваў адказаць на гэтыя пытанні ў кнізе «“Донжуанскі спіс” Караткевіча».
Arabia Unified A Portrait of Ibn Saud by Mohammed Al-Mana, Sr Arabia Unified A Portrait of Ibn Saud by Aug. 15, 2018 Free! 94,200 words Read a sample
Amid the plethora of works about Arabia and the Arabs written by European ‘experts’, here at last is a book which gives a Saudi Arabian’s view of his country’s’ recent past. A unique ‘insider’s’ view of Arabia, it is full of humour, anecdote and reminiscence.
Arabia Unified A Portrait of Ibn Saud by Mohammed Al-Mana, Sr Arabia Unified A Portrait of Ibn Saud by Aug. 15, 2018 Free! 94,200 words Read a sample
Amid the plethora of works about Arabia and the Arabs written by European ‘experts’, here at last is a book which gives a Saudi Arabian’s view of his country’s’ recent past. A unique ‘insider’s’ view of Arabia, it is full of humour, anecdote and reminiscence.
Forgive Us, Wolves by Klaus Kronenberg Forgive Us, Wolves by Aug. 14, 2018 $6.00 155,520 words Sample 20%
As a German soldier during World War II, I marched to the Russian Front, a confident patriotic youth who believed in my country, family and faith. I was convinced that Communism posed a threat to the free Western World, which Germany needed to confront. My convictions did not survive the war, but they were adopted by my new country, the United States, and the Western World.
Woman With a Thousand Hats by Denise Kawaii Woman With a Thousand Hats by Aug. 13, 2018 $4.99 54,450 words Sample 20%
A memoir that gives a behind the scenes glimpse in the life of author Denise Kawaii. From body image issues to chronic illness, Kawaii connects with readers through tales of overcoming tragedy and following dreams.
Pasquale Pasquale "Pat Titters" Natarelli Buffalo Mafioso by Aug. 13, 2018 $2.99 2,780 words Sample 5%
In November 1967 a U.S. District Court in Buffalo, New York named Pasquale Natarelli as one of five men who planned 2 major jewelry robberies in Los Angeles. Although the robberies never occurred the conspiracy involved $500,000. Former North Tonawanda resident Pasquale Calabrese gave damaging testimony in the trial involving the conspirators. One defendant, Louis Sorgi, formerly lived in Buffalo.
Uncovered: The Naked Road From Timid Girl To Confident Woman by Alex Okoroji Uncovered: The Naked Road From Timid Girl To Confident Woman by Aug. 12, 2018 $9.99 42,650 words
In this raw & riveting memoir, Nigerian Actress, Alex Okoroji takes off the covers and gets downright NAKED & gritty, unashamed to tell it like it is- stripping down the lies & insecurities on her powerful journey to womanhood, to reveal her innermost secrets and limited beliefs about love, sex, money, career, habits and friendship as she uncovers the connection between Truth, Freedom & Greatness.
Soldier’s Wife - Cotton Fields to Berlin and Tripoli by Rickey Butch Walker Soldier’s Wife - Cotton Fields to Berlin and Tripoli by Aug. 11, 2018 Free! 58,810 words Read a sample
Soldier’s Wife provides insight into the often-overlooked life of the women standing behind service men. Historically, military wives have made contributions and sacrifices that were critical to their husband’s success, and Lucy was no exception. As a patriotic American woman, her pivotal role was just as important as the soldiers who were actively serving in the United States armed forces.
Escape from Dubai by Herve Jaubert Escape from Dubai by Aug. 11, 2018 $9.99 119,520 words Sample 15%
Escape from Dubai is the true story of Herve Jaubert who was offered a lifetime opportunity in the Emirate of Dubai, unbeknownst it was under false pretense, he then found himself the scapegoat for the incompetent and corrupt government officials, trapped with no passport, victim of betrayal, threatened to be tortured and blackmailed by the highest executives of Dubai Government.
Through the Eyes of a Belfast Child: Life. Personal Reflections. Poems. by Greg McVicker Through the Eyes of a Belfast Child: Life. Personal Reflections. Poems. by Aug. 11, 2018 $3.99 74,590 words Sample 20%
A heartfelt memoir. Leaving behind family in war torn Belfast, this story is oft described as a direct reflection of immigrants who have experienced political and religious persecution and upheaval, only to be met with harrowing challenges and unexpected trauma while trying to resettle in a county that was full of promise, hope, and new beginnings. Telling his story tells the story of many others.
The Clarks of Willsborough Point: The Long Trek North by Darcey Hale The Clarks of Willsborough Point: The Long Trek North by Aug. 10, 2018 $9.99 38,290 words Sample 20%
The Long Trek North introduces us to the Clarks as, in 1801, Lydia and George leave behind all that they had known in the Berkshires and head north to begin a new life on the New York shores of Lake Champlain. The author invites her reader to accompany the young family on their journey, to join George as he builds anchors for the U.S. Navy, and to become part of their lives in their new home and c
Anthony Perna The Criminal Career of a Buffalo, New York Hoodlum by Robert Grey Reynolds, Jr Anthony Perna The Criminal Career of a Buffalo, New York Hoodlum by Aug. 10, 2018 $2.99 2,600 words Sample 5%
Anthony Perna's career as a gangster/ mobster began in the late 1920s. In 1927 he was indicted and convicted for raping a 14-year-old girl. Before his assault conviction was overturned in 1932, Perna and an accomplice had kidnapped a Buffalo contractor. Listed as Buffalo Public Enemy #9 Perna was questioned in the 1933 murders of the Calleo brothers, alcohol distributors. Perna died in March 1968.
No Common Task: The Autobiography of a Ghost-hunter by Peter Underwood No Common Task: The Autobiography of a Ghost-hunter by Aug. 10, 2018 $4.99 111,990 words Sample 20%
This is the autobiography of a man who has spent thirty-five years of his life covering scientific psychical research, with detailed investigations into all kinds of manifestation that might be supernatural or paranormal in origin, including spiritualism, ESP, telepathy, hauntings and other occult phenomena.
The Crystal Road by Jan-Andrea Day The Crystal Road by Aug. 09, 2018 $7.60 73,880 words Sample 20%
AN INSPIRATIONAL STORY about the unravelling of relationships and the tightening grip of alcoholism, in lieu of a Stage IV, Metastatic Breast Cancer Diagnosis. There is a rawness, which makes this novel both authentic and relatable. This will be an enlightening read for many people who are not ready to admit when life is going off the rails. The writing is calm, which gives reassurance that...
A Survey of Gay Literature by Keith Hale A Survey of Gay Literature by Aug. 09, 2018 $19.99 252,020 words Sample 10%
A Survey of Gay Literature is a single-volume collection of literature devoted to same-sex attraction from antiquity through the First World War. This book is also available as a two-volume set for readers who prefer more slender volumes or who are primarily interested in one half of the survey.
Jealous Rage: Stunning True Tales of Intimates, Passion, and Murder (Volume 1) by R. Barri Flowers Jealous Rage: Stunning True Tales of Intimates, Passion, and Murder (Volume 1) by Aug. 09, 2018 $9.99 72,280 words Sample 20%
From R. Barri Flowers, award-winning criminologist and the bestselling author of Murder at the Pencil Factory, Murder Chronicles, Serial Killer Couples, and The Sex Slave Murders, comes the gripping historical true crime anthology, Jealous Rage: Stunning True Tales of Intimates, Passion, and Murder (Volume 1).
Lonely Girl (A True Story) by J. Lin Lonely Girl (A True Story) by Aug. 08, 2018 $9.99 73,080 words
Lonely Girl is a true, modern replay of a classic Biblical story found in the New Testament, in the Book of John, called “The Story of a Samaritan Woman.”
Blind: A Memoir by Belo Miguel Cipriani Blind: A Memoir by Aug. 08, 2018 $1.99 47,910 words Sample 20%
Blind: A Memoir chronicles the two years immediately following the 2007 assault, which robbed Belo Cipriani of his sight. At the age of 26, Belo found himself learning to walk, cook, and date in the dark. Armed with visual memory and his newly developed senses, Belo shows readers what the blind see.