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House of Fat Man: Rules in the Golden Triangle

by M. Gerard-Alesco

House of Fat Man: Rules in the Golden Triangle

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An eccentric British scientist’s quixotic attempt to curtail teak deforestation in the infamous Golden Triangle turns deadly when his agricultural research project near the remote village of Ban Su disrupts the decades-long practice of opium growing.

As the conflict ensues, Greg Robber, a young American “researcher,” finds himself entangled in the secretive affairs of his new British friend and an escalating battle to save both of their lives from the clutches of the nefarious, Chinese drug lord known as the Fat Man.

When Lord Saint Clair suddenly disappears in the dangerous hill tribe world of heroin production and drug smuggling, Greg descends into the sordid and sketchy shadows of Chiang Mai, Bangkok, and Pattaya, searching for allies among morally deficient and damaged expats, beautiful (if sullied) women, crooked gamblers, and terrible men—a brood of vipers—all of whom live by lies and lust while hiding their dark pasts.

Violence, romance, mutual betrayal, exile, and finally revenge will come to define Greg’s fate on his ultimate trip into the Golden Triangle.

About the Author

Every spy has an origin story, and the literary thriller House of Fat Man, written with a nod to John LeCarré and Olen Steinhauer, while filled with questions about codes of decency, our choices in moments of crisis, and the cost of irreversible acts, is above all about secrets, the secrets we never forget, the secrets which are like ceaseless drops of water drilling through rock—incessant and unremitting—until there is space for dynamite.

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Time Travel for Fun and Prophet

A science fiction/humor novel with a dose of romance and intrigue

By Terry Willey and Carol Baker

The Abundant Life: Practical Theology for Abundant Living

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"If you know the future, it's easy to be a prophet."

A plumber from Pacoima (Los Angeles). A flapper trapped in Elizabethan England. They're about to meet and embark on a roller coaster journey through history. This humorous sci-fi tale follows Dan and Freddie from frozen wastelands to outer space and back to earth as they ride the surf of time, share sandwiches, fall in love, and try to avoid saving the universe.

Time Travel for Fun and Prophet is a blend of sci-fi and offbeat absurdity that should appeal widely to fans of Douglas Adams, Terry Pratchett, Monty Python’s Flying Circus, and Doctor Who.

The ideal reader is between the ages of 20 and 70, who enjoys science fiction and humor. They are someone who likes movies such as Monty Python and the Holy Grail and Galaxy Quest. Laugh as you follow the protagonist as he unravels the mystery of his sudden time travel dilemma and finds a soul mate along the way.

They enjoy TV shows like Resident Alien and The Adventures of Brisco County Jr. Their book preferences run toward novels such as Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy, the Lemony Snicket series, and Terry Pratchett’s Discworld series.

About the Authors

Terry Willey and Carol Baker's micro-mini-movie Mintos: Code Blue! (1997) world premiered at the Johns Hopkins Film Festival (April 1998), screened at the Brainwash Fourth Annual Movie Festival (July 1998), and toured with Brainwash Movies.

They have worked with various theaters in Bakersfield as writers, actors, stage crew, and directors. They co-wrote and co-directed several one-act plays. Terry spent five years making people laugh performing improv with ComedySportz.

Their original full-length comedy/drama screenplay The Boys was a semi-finalist in the 9th Annual Writer’s Network Screenplay & Fiction Competition. Terry co-starred in the play version produced at Phoenix Theatre in Bakersfield in June 2001.

Terry and Carol co-wrote both the stage and film versions of “Bubba and Sissy Git Hitched?” acting as producers, assistant directors, and catering on the film.

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The Abundant Life: Practical Theology for Abundant Living

by Darrell Ahrens

The Abundant Life: Practical Theology for Abundant Living

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How would you describe the Abundant Life?

Some would describe it from a financial perspective. Some would describe it from the perspective of power and influence. Some would describe it from the perspective of health and well-being.

The Abundant Life: Practical Theology for Abundant Living is a carefully curated collection of sermons delivered during the author's time as a pastor, it is intended to contribute to the readers' understanding of the Abundant Life Jesus offers and will assist them in their journey toward a blessed life.

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Jesus said that He came so that we might have life and have it abundantly. He made it clear that the only sure foundation for the Abundant Life is the good, sound theology of the Word of God, Holy Scripture, and a living faith relationship with Him. And the more we know and live that Word, the deeper that relationship with Him, the more abundant life becomes. As the saying goes, "A Bible that is falling apart from use, usually belongs to a person who is not falling apart."

When such a life on this earth is ended, and the person goes to heaven into everlasting glory, God and people will say of it: “This was a life well-lived; this was a life with a lasting legacy; this was the well-governed life; this was the abundant life.” It is my hope and prayer that the messages in this book might have some small part, or perhaps a greater than small part, in contributing to the readers’ understanding of the abundant life. As Jesus said, He came and went to the cross, and rose again, so that we might have the new life, the blessed life, the well-governed life, the abundant life.

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Clear the Space... Feel the Rush

Declutter and Organize Body, Mind, and Stuff So the Real You Shines Through

Clear the Space... Feel the Rush

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by Connie Lockhart Ellefson

The Hidden Cost of Clutter in Our Lives

Whether physical, emotional, or possessional, clutter takes up space in our psyches and calendars we can reapply to living a more creative, energetic, and fulfilling life.

While the idea of decluttering and downsizing appeals to many of us, it remains an elusive goal. Marie Kondo is credited with creating a movement around the ‘Life-Changing Magic’ of decluttering.

Clear the Space, Feel the Rush expands far beyond Kondo’s work. Author Connie Lockhart Ellefson shows how decluttering can be accomplished not only with our belongings (our “stuff”), but with our thoughts and emotions, and our bodies, as well.

Connie shares how her ‘decluttering’ journey ultimately led to a life of enthusiasm, enjoyment, and lightness. She discovered you can approach decluttering from any of several directions, not just your possessions. Progress in one area positively impacts the others, and the resulting rush of energy not only allows the real you to emerge, but has exhilarating effects on your mental and physical health.

This book is about a paradigm shift and reveals how we can solve so many of our problems by letting go of what weighs heavily on us.

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