In 1967, Iowa farmhouse owner Edward Briney, was concerned about the recent burglaries in his rural community. He boarded up his house, placed no trespassing signs around the property’s perimeter, and rigged a 20-gauge shotgun to go off at the knees of any unwanted intruder opening a closed interior bedroom door.A month later, the farmhouse was broken into by Marvin Katko, who was shot in his legs. Katko, the burglar, sued Briney and won the case for his injuries and was awarded the entire Briney farm. The case was appealed all the way to the Iowa Supreme Court, where the decision was affirmed.Did good prevail over bad? Was this the correct decision?Tyler Short is unhappy with the pay and prospects of his current career. He is afraid of taking on new risks, yet considers a new opportunity to making a living, one that his father has moral issues with.Tyler is referred to 92-year-old Thornton Howard III, considered a trusted community member, man of great wisdom, and professional ethicist.Rather than simply telling Tyler, ‘yes it is, or not it isn’t ethical’, Thornton uses a method of telling stories of others, also confronted with ethical dilemmas, and allows Tyler to make the decision on his own.The stories in this book are snapshots of fictional people making choices-some justified, some evil, and some where the actor, just doesn’t know. Can we be good people that have done bad things? Can bad people do good things? Our challenge is to distinguish good from bad in a life of gray.
“Oh no, love, you’re not alone!”Arthur Dottweiler is quite literally at the end of his rope, until his life is turned upside-down by a mysterious figure who may very well be the late David Bowie.This female incarnation of the legendary artist thrusts Arthur into a kaleidoscope world where nothing is impossible. Arthur goes from being a lonely, middle-aged orphan with nothing to live for to an outgoing motivational speaker who longs to share the meaning of friendship with the world. Along the way, Arthur and David help multitudes of friends and strangers: a down-on-his-luck rock star, a Bowie-inspired artist, an elderly woman who claims to have had a tryst with Bowie herself, and isn’t fooled by David’s now female appearance.But is David who she claims to be? As Arthur’s suspicions arise, he will have to choose between his newfound life with David, or abandoning her. Join Arthur on a colorful journey of self-discovery, friendship, love and the importance of embracing life and those who travel with you. At its core, this is an uplifting story of accepting oneself, of emerging from the darkness and embracing life.A little bit of fantasy, a little bit of magic, and a whole lot of Ziggy Stardust, The Woman Who Fell To Earth is a fun adventure, full of colorful, unforgettable characters, mystery and suspense. It’s a joyride down the rabbit hole for new or longtime David Bowie fans or for anyone who has ever felt alone.
A Light in the Tunnel is about realistic heroism. It tells the story of those trying to find purpose and peace in their lives by shedding layers of self-consciousness and social pressure.
…In the year 1999
…Before the world began its apocalyptic transformation
…There was still one year of high school left
In the misty and rainy mountains of West Vancouver it is the beginning of the end for her high school life. The world has changed in radical and magical ways, but the full revelation is still at hand for the world of Normals with the awakening of the Others.
And for a girl who always felt a little bit strange, surely some revelation is at hand, even on the first day of senior year.
‘You miss it, don’t you?’ he said. ‘The excitement – the stuff that gets your blood jumping.’
‘The stuff that gets you dead,’ I said.
Pearl and Spicer have one thing in common. Both have lost loved ones to violent religious sect, Mesmeris. While Pearl moves away to escape her past, Spicer decides to do the opposite. He infiltrates the cult, going deep undercover into their shadowy world of violence, coercion and sacrilegious ceremonies. When the cult relocates to London, Pearl discovers that leaving your past behind is not as easy as she thought.
“…had me turning the pages obsessively from the very beginning.” Readers Favorite.Enter the legacy of the legend… Brigitte has been chosen to renew the treaty between Atlantis and the ancient bloodline of Lemuria. As an emissary of nature, her betrothal would ensure the continued function of the Crystal Grid, the life source of the ten kingdoms of Atlantis. But as Brigitte prepares to leave from her home in the magical Dreamvale, her people are attacked by a storm of shadows. Now she is running for her life. Upon her arrival in the ruling city of Atlantis, she meets D’Vinid, a dejected musician who lives the quintessential Atlantean lifestyle of revelry, escapism and apathy. Under the eclipse of a sacred festival, they are swept into an attraction they cannot resist. Their union may protect humanity from its worst enemy – the shadows of Atlantis. But there is one problem, this man is not her betrothed. Brigitte soon discovers that the corruption of the Grid could very well be the Grid itself. Citizens have neglected to attend the rituals required to charge the crystals with their psychic emanations. Some have fallen prey to an epidemic called “the madness”, caused by shadowy parasites that feed off human suffering. But as nature always strives toward balance, the crystals have activated a genetic upgrade among the people. The youth have begun to express supernatural powers. Could it be that D’Vinid and Brigitte are meant to be leaders among the awakened? And if so, why does it seem impossible for them to be together? A mysterious tale of romance, seduction and betrayal that reaches just enough into the modern mind to ask – will we learn the lessons of Atlantis?
Have you ever been scammed? I am not an internet scammer. I only play one in this book. To research my character, Larry Daniels, I infiltrated the seedy underworld of the scammer and allowed myself to be scammed over and over again. This book is a result of my social media experiment. It is also a romance… if one can believe a book about scammers can cut through the internet fakeness and involve true love. My hope is that this book helps people to avoid losing their hearts and their money.
Are you successful? More important, are you happy with your success?Few people ever achieve anything close to real success—and its resultant joy. You wouldn’t guess that from the shelves of books on the subject that you find in practically every bookstore and library. Why, in spite of so much valuable information, do so few individuals find their way to lasting success?The real problem is that most people never take into account the single most important factor, the one that affects every other factor critical to lasting success. In fact, most people would consider this unrecognized factor an obstacle to their dreams rather than the missing key!Written in allegorical form, Sidetracked by Mediocrates takes you on a journey of discovery with a young man determined to find success, though he has little idea what it is and how to get there at the outset of his quest. If you aren’t sure how to pursue your dreams, join in the adventure. You’ll be glad you did!