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Shout-out for our latest book!

Dewdrops Ride on the Wind—an Anthology is an eclectic collection of poetry and short stories depicting historical, fictional, and current related topics. Each piece offers insight into the experiences or creative imaginings of the author.

The prose may ignite laughter and spark conversation, while other thought-provoking stories will evoke strong emotions or surprise. The authors take the reader on a journey of struggle, liberty, hope, life and its dilemmas, triumphs, near death, the power of faith, science fantasy, and much more. The short stories are for those who enjoy brief reads at a given time, and easy to pick up from your coffee table or on the night stand.

In poetry, the readers will find themselves embedded in the spaces of social injustice, of failed remembrance of things past, nature as a reflection, racism, rewriting history, love, hate, survival, and empowerment. Some poetry may rocket the reader out of their comfort zone.

The book is filled with poignant photos and images, fun facts, and the melody of words.

FBI – FROM AL CAPONE TO AL-QAEDA

Entertaining and educational one-of-a-kind exhibition for the entire family –experience history through the eyes of an FBI agent!

July 2, 2021 – January 9, 2022
Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum
40 Presidential Drive
Simi Valley, CA 93065

In 1906, President Teddy Roosevelt and his Attorney General Charles Bonaparte agreed that the federal government needed to prevent corruption in American society. It was widespread and out of hand. General Bonaparte put together a small investigative group. In 1909, under President Taft, the group was named the Bureau of Investigation, a name that remained until officially being renamed the Federal Bureau of Investigation in 1935.

Now, in a worldwide premiere, come see FBI: From Al Capone to Al Qaeda at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum – a brand-new 11,000 square foot exhibition which covers the history of the storied agency from inception to its modern day efforts to fight domestic terrorism in the United States. This is the first time that many of these remarkable, historic artifacts and criminal evidence have been on public display together.

The exhibition will include:

  • The FBI’s beginnings
  • The Making of an Agent
  • The FBI’s top 10 Most Wanted Lists
  • Major Cases
  • The Changing Face of the FBI

Read more here for details and to purchase tickets
https://www.reaganfoundation.org/library-museum/special-exhibits/fbi/

Book Awards

Reference “Judge, 28th Annual Writer’s Digest Self-Published Book Awards”

Judge’s Commentary*:

The story opens with a detailed and relatable buffet of bullying, with name-calling and the “game” of not letting him back in the car, always moving up just a little bit. Author breathes life into this scene and creates a gripping theme. This book is going to infuriate us, as well it should. Author has chosen to describe scenes, such as Harlen being left in the street initially, with an effective conciseness that carries more depth than if he had over-described it. Very good instinct. Author masters writing push-and-pull dynamics that are so essential to this story. Much of it is internal dialogue and internal processing that is very well delivered in a movement and – so brilliantly! – author saying what he *wished* he could do. Author writes settings well, imbuing them with sensory details. Again, subtle but wonderful. As an example, we get “geometric rows of citrus trees,” which we can see, and which have movement. Author could have said “rows of citrus trees,” but he elevated the scene with “geometric.” It’s these kinds of well-crafted descriptions that add magic and movement to settings. Very well done. Dialogue impresses as well, with so much emotion in spoken scenes. We get author’s restraint, and we get other officers’ voices soaked with hate. Again, author makes character voices rich and differentiated with a minimum of explanation. He’s inviting reader into the process, allowing us to process some of the scenes ourselves, and we trust this author enough to paint within the lines. Very well done. Author excels at crafting an experiential story, one that grips our emotions and jabs us with reality. Mama stands out in fine detail: her work, her protection of her family, her lessons in decency. Every time we get to read about her, we’re happy to find out more about her. She’s a name we look forward to. I loved the author’s change in format to switching point of view with the fire scene on page 207. This format allows us to get more detail, to see more, to alternate the intense energy of the fire. Author’s talent for description paired with these alternating views and voices enlivens the scene and captures the surreal quality of a fire emergency. I’ll probably never be able to unsee “the baby looked like he was melting,” but I hold that moment up as a triumph of the author’s voice and grasp on the reader’s soul. I feel so many things from this book, and I’m going to think about it for a long time. I hope this talented author who took on such an enormous topic now will continue to write. I admire his instinct for knowing just how much detail, and which words, are needed. Great work.

Chicken Soup for the Soul Christmas edition

Christmas Is In the Air If We Look For It – New Chicken Soup for the Soul collection will jumpstart your holiday spirit.

The joy of giving and sharing runs throughout the 101 true, personal stories..you’ll read about communities coming together to make Christmas special for families going through hard times, the joy of giving, and some very creative ways to make your own holidays even more fun. You’ll undoubtedly come away from these pages with new ideas for gifts and family activities.

This book is one of five that Chicken Soup for the Soul earmarked in 2020 as fundraisers for specific nonprofit organizations. Royalties from this book will go to the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots program, which creates miracles for millions of families every year by providing holiday gifts to children in the U.S. who might not otherwise receive any.

“We always use royalties from our books to support nonprofit organizations,” said Amy Newmark, editor-in-chief and publisher of Chicken Soup for the Soul.”

This year, the need is even greater, and we’re honored to share royalties from these books to make the holidays and the rest of the year a little more magical for American families that are struggling as a result of the pandemic.”

Please join us in sharing happiness, inspiration and hope through the Chicken Soup for the Soul books.