Captain Bancroft couldn’t believe this resort. The beaches were pristine. The rooms were comfortable. Everything was so relaxing. The only area off limits was the northern beaches and an area they called the trench. He asked a Mr. Jones why. Mr. Jones told him that since he was head of security. He would take him out to the cliffs and show him the reason. While out there they saw a large sea bird flying over the water. That was when a large shark leaped from the water and snatched it from the air. Mr. Jones pointed out that is why the northern beaches and the trench were off limits. Bancroft decided that was a good reason. The rest of the crew was just having a good time. Mrs. Svedberg ran the resort like a general. The service staff seemed happy, despite the fact that she seemed demanding to work for. He also was confused by the large canus that seemed to have free run of the island. Till he was told they were part of the security detail. Yet, he liked what he saw. These Maxumus were good at what they did. Bancroft decided he was a lucky bear. At the very least his life would probably never be boring. He was going to be right.
Meet the Author:
Charles Lansford Nickerson has a Masters of Arts in History from the University of Northern Colorado and a BS in History from Iowa State University. He is also a Veteran of the United States Air Force, where he served as a Missile Combat Crew Member. He also taught History in Christian Schools for 10 years. He has previously published two acclaimed Poems. Irene Jean Nickerson is a graduate of Ankeny Christian Academy in Ankeny, Iowa. She is currently a student at Central College in Pella Iowa.
When it comes to religion, people often have more questions than answers. In A Beginner’s Guide to God, author Eric Neal hopes to eliminate some confusion surrounding religion and provide a clear and universal pathway to the creator.
In this guide, Neal addresses some of life’s biggest questions: Does God exist? What happens when we die? Is this our only life? Who created the universe? How was the universe created? Why was it created? What is the spiritual realm? Why do people believe in a higher power? In addition to addressing the large questions, A Beginner’s Guide to God explores the origins, history, and leadership of some of the world’s major religions and provides a synopsis of their teachings.
A Beginner’s Guide to God offers a general guide to spark interest and clarify aspects of mankind’s most important questions. Its goal is to help us make sense of religion, its progression, and the existence of a higher power.
This is Eric Neal’s first book, produced after many years of contemplation on the plight of religion in the modern age.
Meet the Author:
This is Eric Neal’s first book, produced after many years of contemplation on the plight of religion in the modern age. Visit him online at www.beginnersguidetogod.com
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Praise for The Bomb That Never Was
“Hitler has the bomb, and it's headed for the USA. This meticulously researched historical novel will have you asking, ‘What if?' This is an intelligent, fast-paced page-turner that will make you forget that you already know how it all turns out. Provocative, informative, and entertaining—I couldn't put it down.”
—Joseph P. DeSario, author of Limbo and Sanctuary and coauthor of Crusade: Undercover Against the Mafia & KGB
“Authoritative and credible in its attention to detail, The Bomb That Never Was captures the spirit and temper of the WWII years and raises some deep philosophical questions about loyalty, treason, and commitment to country. A page-turner … tough to put down … a story well told.”
—Robert L. Aaron, journalist and public relations executive
Meet the Author:
J. R. Shaw is a pseudonym for a person who likes privacy, preferring to remain in the shadows.
If you're interested in reading the next book, please turn to the back of this book and enjoy reading an excerpt from The Pieces. The Pieces will be out in 2016.
An aspiring painter, Peter scratches out a pauper’s living in San Francisco, wanting nothing more than to be left alone. Instead, he finds himself getting involved with not one but two very different men.
Like Peter, getting involved with another man is the last thing on Nick Katsaris’s mind. Smart, handsome, and good-humored, Nick’s done more than just survive—he’s positively thriving in San Francisco. But when he meets Peter, what begins as fun and games quickly turns into a game he can’t control.
Miles Bettencourt’s days are filled with longing. For him, San Francisco is haunted by Stuart, his missing ex-lover. Desperate to win him back, Miles wanders the streets in the hope of running into Stuart again. Instead, he runs into Peter—the one man who might hold the key to what Miles is looking for.
These three gay men soon form one very unlikely love triangle. Sometimes, when people break apart and then come together, they learn that discovering that where you are is the key to knowing who you are.
Two Phases of Writing
With the writing of my novel You Are Here, I learned firsthand how
procrastination is one of the first enemies of all writers. Publishing You Are Here took me way longer than it
should have on account of this. But the finished product now has two separate
layers—one old, one new—that I won’t be able to repeat in any future novel. Let
I had begun You Are Here in the mid-1990s. At the time it was called Peter’s Room. I drew mainly on the
thoughts and feelings that arose upon moving to San Francisco from Boston in my
mid-20s. The novel was finished by late 2000. An agent was nice enough to take it
on in 2001, but her efforts to sell it to a publisher were unsuccessful. Peter’s Room went into a drawer.
In the middle of all this I began a
new novel, a story that would eventually become The Love Thing, my first published novel. Once again, I took way
more time than I should have, finishing a first draft of the novel by 2007.
After another yearlong fruitless search for a publisher, I started sharing
chapters on a fiction-sharing website over the course of 2008 and eventually
self-published the novel in 2009. A modest success, enough to make me glad I
went ahead and showed it to the world.
In the middle of this I took up Peter’s Room again. And this time I had
more confidence—and more experience—to finish the job right. Gay marriage was
very much in the news in 2008, as was (and still is) global warming, both of
which added fresh dimensions to the story. Most of all, I also had the
perspective of being in my early forties, giving me a fresh insight into the
perspectives of my older characters: Miles (age 30), Nick (33), and Ben and
Jeff (both in their forties).
Peter himself remained 25, but what
I’d call an ‘old’ 25—a young man with the sense that youth won’t last forever.
I didn’t have that perspective back in the 90s. Back then, it seemed I had
plenty of time to finish my novel. If I had known then what I know now, I would
certainly have worked faster. Time does not stand still.
Meet the Author:
In 1993, Chris Delyani moved to San Francisco from his native Boston to devote his life to writing fiction—and he’s been at it ever since. His first novel, The Love Thing, was published in 2009. He lives in Oakland, California.