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Sweet Pea Gift Set:  To one man she gave her virginity; to another, she gave her heart. One, she would mourn. With the other, she would share life's triumph and turmoil. With both, she would endure times of love, and passion and complete happiness as well as times of despair, confusion, and sorrow. One day at a time—each day, building unforgettable memories.

Sweet Pea I: The Demise of Innocence (1968-70): At seventeen Johnie is no longer a child but still full of virgin innocence—and defiance.  She quickly learns growing up involves a lot more than physical loss of her virginity.

Sweet Pea II: Time to Deceive (1973-74)   Johnie's dream of happiness becomes a nightmare where Brenda cackles while Johnie boils naked in a cauldron of pea green soup. 

Sweet Pea III: The Price of Passion (1984-1990) A secret part of Johnie's soul survives nurturing the memory of Jake. Fate strikes several more dramatic blows and once again, everything changes.

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Cassie's life goes from bad to worse. Her mother is a self-absorbed sociopath that cares for none. Cassie grins and bears, that is until her father is diagnosed with Cancer. 
That's when things get real. Cassie stands up for herself, she walks out on those who mistreat her, those who use her, but she also must leave those she loves behind to accompany her father on the last journey of his life.
While caring for him, Cassie meet's Tristan. Tristan is a wild one, at least he was until he met her. He stands by her side through her heartache, he is her rock, her safe place to fall. 
But after her father, Patrick passes away, she begins harbouring a secret, a secret she keeps to herself. ...

11/08/2018

Hayley and Logan have been blissfully happy since the moment he saw her seated on the bleachers reading a book six months ago.
Never had Logan been in a relationship, never had he told a girl he loved her, but the day he met his soul mate, his world was turned upside down.
But things become next to impossible for them when everyone around the couple tries to pry them apart.
Will they be able to push through? Or are they another couple doomed because of outside pressure....

11/08/2018

This is a fictional story about life aboard a navy combat cargo ship, where the murder of a navy skipper occurs. The main character is Lieutenant Bob Cantley, who is a maverick supply corps officer. The story takes place in the early 1980s and takes the listener from Bob's entry into the navy through his first ship and onward to his final ship, where he meets up with a ruthless navy skipper, Captain Manzack, known as the Spine Ripper. The Spine Ripper is an abusive skipper, much like Captain Qweeg in Herman Wouk's The Caine Mutiny.

Because action takes places in the '70-'80s, there is a lot of profanity and navy lingo. It is the way the navy was then and still is to some degree. Action takes place on board the USS San Clemente during its voyage to the Indian Ocean, where the skipper ends up missing. This novel tries to shed light on the way sailors behave on deployment. Shipboard life is not easy, and thus, rough language is used throughout. The story line tries to reflect on the many moral dilemmas that face sailors in the navy. When Lieutenant Bob Cantley meets Captain Manzack for the first time, he realizes his career is doomed.

The novel contains intrigue, sex, mayhem, and lots and lots of mischief. Bob and his navy buddies get into trouble for games they play. A court martial ensues at the end, and you will never be able to guess the outcome. Initial responses about Murder on Steel Beach by a retired rear admiral is it is interesting and has a great ending; another naval officer said it is a laugh a minute. You decide.

©2016, 2018 Robert K. Knauer (P)2018 Robert K. Knauer

 Must read for all who served on ships! 

This piece of fiction is an absolute fun read. As one, who spent decades at Sea, I found 'Murder on Steel Beach' spell binding from start to finish. This "Sea Story" is full of intregue, twists and turns, that captures the reader's attention. The author portrayed shipboard life, deployments,port visits and liberty call (with a few embellishments), with a semblance of realism. 
To sum up in nautical venacular:, 'Murder on Steel Beach' is "Sierra Hotel and Well-Done"!

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07/08/2018

This is a story of a Marine Corps hero gone wrong after being booted from the Marine Corps after using illicit drugs to soothe his PTSD mental stress issues. The ex-Marine Corps hero, Jay Guest, ends up with a Bad Conduct Discharge and everyone who once held him in high regard turn their backs on him. He turns to the only refuge possible, his father, who has Dementia and lives in "The Community" which is an Over 55 Plus community in Central Florida primarily of elderly like his father. After many attempts to try and turn his life around with gainful employment he instead turns to KILLING as his new hobby and a way to relieve stress and in turn help out "The Community" that contains so many elderly with Dementia. The Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE), FBI and local authorities are besides themselves in trying to figure out exactly who is doing all the killings. As an ex-Marine sniper, Jay proves very hard to catch. He lays his heart and emotions open when famous interviewer of serial killers, Bob Jones, comes to interview him in the Federal Correctional Custody unit at Coleman Federal Prison. Learn what can happen to YOU by living on a golf course.

also buy: https://www.audible.com/pd/Mysteries-Thrillers/Murder-on-Steel-Beach-Audiobook/B079TDY54X?asin=B079TDY54X
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07/08/2018

Have you ever wanted to improve your writing skills? Why is it important to write well? It seems like a silly question, but our writings precede us. When applying for a job we must submit a resume' and sometimes a cover letter. Or how about when sending e-mails to people we don't know well or haven't met, such as work partners, customers, or when responding on behalf of your company or institute? Your writing often forms the first impression, and you only get one chance to make it. When writing, we send a message about ourselves. Michael Stover has distilled over 10 years of writing and editing experience into one easy-to-read work that you will refer to again and again. Learn from his simple lessons and realize a marked improvement in your writing after just the first 30 minutes!...

27/07/2018

Cocaine and the problems it brings are coming to rural Florida. It falls to Sheriff Gabe McAllister to find a way to stop the drugs from entering his county.
A brave young woman, Nora Hollister, stands by his side in this fight to stop the Medline Cartel led by Pablo Escobar. Together they try to protect their way of life and of those who work the groves. The DEA sends in their agents to help with a war on drugs and the dangerous Cartel that is moving in.
In 1986 the Florida Orange groves are the drop zones for tons of illegal drugs. Anyone that stands in their way is killed. Nora's neighbor becomes a causality and she is determined to make them pay.

Along the way, flirtation turns to love and the sheriff has more on his mind than catching the drug dealers.
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12/07/2018

For some people, retirement dreams consist of comfy slippers and gardening. Not so David and Helene, whose dream was of adventure. 

They presented Audley Travel, specialists in creating tailor-made journeys to all corners of the globe, with the challenge of exploring the history, landscape, wildlife, people and food in fifteen countries over ten months.

Fortunately, they were up to the task so David and Helene traded their slippers and gardening gloves for 53 flights, 30 trains, 8 boats, 3 cruise ships, 1 light aircraft, 1 hot air balloon, a motorbike and sidecar, countless speedboats, taxis, tuk-tuks, cyclos, and bicycles. And a disobedient horse.

Turning Left Around the World is an entertaining account of their adventure, often intriguing, frequently funny and occasionally tragic. Share their adventure, enjoy the surprises and meet some fascinating people with some unusual customs.

An entertaining must-read for any discerning traveller - Audley Traveller magazine

A great journey, full of laughter, a few tears and lots of heart. It's romantic and adventurous, amusing and understanding, a story to enjoy – Claire Ashton, Book Blogger.com
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23/06/2018

Detective Kieran Temple is woken by a 4am phone call. Not unusual, except that this call is from his ex-partner, Mia Burrows. And she's just killed her boyfriend.

As Temple is compelled to investigate the death, he must do so behind the backs of his superiors and his wife. All evidence supports Mia's claims, that she was defending herself against a maniac. But as he delves deeper, Temple learns of a complex and dysfunctional relationship, one that's been manipulated from the start....

16/06/2018

The House on Zoan Street is about a young boy by the name of Bobby Zoan.  The mansion he lives in has housed many generations of his wealthy family.  One day, Bobby loses the most beloved person in his life.  From that day forward his life starts to change.  Bobby will be led to a secret portal in the mansion that leads to a mystical and magical place!  There, Bobby will have to fight his way through the Forest of Eyes to find out the reason he was brought there.  But he won't have to do it all by himself.  He will be accompanied by true friends that will help him along the way.  One in particular will be a talking bear named Ruben!  ...

31/05/2018

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My great grandfather was a Slave

My grandfather was a Native

My grandmother was a Bantu

My mother was a kaffir, Nigga, Negro

Names imposed by shackles

But an Afrakan I am

An identity my forefathers were deprived of

 

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In dope I am giving it another face

In ecstasy I am giving it a comical image

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My borrowed accent contradicts what it represents

My imitated dress code conceals its beauty

My adopted religion undermines my intellectual prowess

My language deafens my ancestors

My values are valueless

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None can identify with me

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