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Ukraine in Histories and Stories

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Essays by UKRAINIAN Intellectuals  This collection of texts by writers, historians, philosophers, political analysts, and opinion leaders, combines reflections on Ukrainian history and analyses of the present with outlines of conceptual ideas and life stories.

The authors present a multi-faceted image of Ukraines memory and reality touching upon topics from the Holodomor to Maidan, from the Russian aggression to cultural diversity, from the depth of the past to the complexity of the present. The contributors include Ola Hnatiuk, Irena Karpa, Haska Shyyan, Larysa Denysenko, Hanna Shelest, Andriy Kulakov, Yaroslav Hrytsak, Serhii Plokhy, Yuri Andrukhovych, Andriy Kurkov, Andrij Bondar, Vakhtang Kebuladze, Volodymyr Rafeenko, Alim Aliev, Leonid Finberg, and Andriy Portnov. 

Timely and insightful, this book was initially published by Internews Ukraine and UkraineWorld with the support of the Ukrainian Cultural Foundation. 

The audio version is now in pre-production in collaboration with Lantern Audio and SCRIBD.

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Free Market: The History of an Idea

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From a MacArthur “Genius,” an intellectual history of the free market, from ancient Rome to the twenty-first century .

After two government bailouts of the US economy in less than twenty years, free market ideology is due for serious reappraisal. In Free Market, Jacob Soll details how we got to this current crisis, and how we can find our way out by looking to earlier iterations of free market thought.

Contrary to popular narratives, early market theorists believed that states had an important role in building and maintaining free markets. But in the eighteenth century, thinkers insisted on free markets without state intervention, leading to a tradition of ideological brittleness. That tradition only calcified in the centuries that followed.

Tracing the intellectual evolution of the free market from Cicero to Milton Friedman, Soll argues that we need to go back to the origins of free market ideology in order to truly understand it—and to develop new economic concepts to face today’s challenges.

Now available to Pre-Order!

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The Flying Sabuki – A Father-Son Nature Adventure

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Do You Know What a Flying Sabuki is?

During a week’s vacation together in the Adirondack Mountains, writer E.S. Curry discovers, through nature and his son Åsmund’s imagination, what this phenomenon is and so much more. This uplifting testament to the joys of fatherhood is a must-read for anyone who wants to learn about the connection and bonding rituals that cement the father-son relationship—electronics and distraction free.

E.S. Curry and his son Åsmund teach us about working together for mutual success, the Danish concept of Hygge, driving character and values through storytelling, and how being amongst nature creates an environment for connectedness. While there are scores of books for expecting fathers, The Flying Sabuki opens an intimate window into the formative Kindergarten years of a father and son relationship with a positive foundation.

The Flying Sabuki is a heartwarming tale that’s the perfect holiday or Father’s Day gift and a great book for parents looking for real-world insights on bonding with their child.

Currently Recording via @FindawayVoices – Coming to Audio Soon!

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A Bird in the Hand …

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… is Coming in January 2022!

June, 1776  – On the eve of the American Revolution, Jocelyn Wright faces a dilemma – accept the unwelcome advances of a British Officer, Captain Nibley – the son of an English Earl favoured by her Loyalist parents – or pursue her budding romance with Bennet Hart, the son of a local Baker who may be her one true love. 

When revolutionary tensions rise and the Captain is billeted at her Parent’s home, Jocelyn is forced to choose sides: join the Patriot cause favoured by her twin brother, Jonas, or submit to her Parents wishes and be wed to the haughty, arrogant Captain Nibley.

Janice Cole Hopkins grew up in rural Wilkes County, North Carolina, with an Appalachian heritage. She graduated from Appalachian State University with degrees in history and reading. After completing her degrees, Janice pursued a career in Education and has since published over 30 novels. 

All the profits from her books go to a scholarship fund for missionary children. A Bird in the Hand is the first book in her forthcoming ‘Idioms and Cliches’ series.

A Bird in the Hand – Idioms and Cliches Book One, is Coming to Audible in February, 2022

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Put Me In, Coach!

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Coaching for Voice Actors

Sean Pratt @SPPresents, Tamsin Collison @lovearhyme, Nancy Wolfson @NancyWolfson, J. Michael Collins @JMCdemos – just a few of the outstanding voice acting coaches it’s been my pleasure to study with and be inspired by.

Unless you’re in ‘the voice acting business’ you probably don’t know who these folks are, but, they’re all the very best at what they do – and mere mortals like me wouldn’t be able to do what we do without them.

So, as we near the end of another year, I’d like to shout-out my eternal thanks to these folks and the many, many others who’ve helped to train and inspire me.

Many Thanks – and Happy Holidays to You All !

 

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The Speed of Light, by Elizabeth Rosner

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Every family has a story. Every story, eventually, must be told.

For most of their lives, Julian Perel and his sister, Paula, lived in a house cast in silence, witnesses to a father struggling with a devastating secret too painful to share. Though their father took his demons to the grave, his past refuses to rest.

Yet both their lives begin to change on a Wednesday, miercoles, the day that sounds like miracles. Before embarking on a European opera tour, Paula asks her housekeeper, Sola, to stay at her place–and to look after Julian in the apartment above. Yet Sola, too, has a story. 

The Speed of Light is a powerful story of three unforgettable souls who overcome the tragedies of the past to reconnect with one another and the world around them. In an extraordinary accomplishment, Elizabeth Rosner has created a novel of love and redemption that proves the pain of the untold story is far greater than even the most difficult truth.

Featuring the voices of Elizabeth Rosner as Paula, Ana Clements as Sola and myself, Craig Van Ness, as Julian, this highly-acclaimed, multiple award-winning novel is now coming to audio for the first time.

CURRENTLY IN PRODUCTION – COMING SOON ON AUDIBLE

©2021 Elizabeth Rosner 
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The Perfect Couple. The Perfect Secret.

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My latest audiobook title tells the story of a seemingly perfect couple on their seemingly perfect Honeymoon – until their dark past comes back to haunt them…

When my husband found this perfect little cabin in the woods for our honeymoon, I couldn’t wait to get away. Just us in the middle of the forest, waking up every day in the trees, ending each night in the hot tub under the stars. But now I’m not sure that I know my husband at all….

I just wish we’d gone to the police when someone left a note on the doormat saying: She’s dead; you’re next. Ryan said I was overreacting, but I don’t understand why he won’t go to the cops now things are getting worse. Can I trust my husband? 

I’ve known about the terrible thing that Ryan did for years, and it’s been tearing me apart. Last night, I told him I would always keep his secret. But is the man I married hiding something else from me? 

Now someone has cut the phone lines, and we’re trapped here. Ryan swears he has no idea what’s going on and just wants to keep us safe. I’m here alone in the middle of the dark forest with the man I thought I could trust. My heart is racing, and there’s no one I can call….

My husband promised till death do us part. Am I about to find out what that means? 

A heart-pounding, unbelievably twisty psychological thriller that will have you sleeping with the light on! Fans of Gone GirlBehind Closed Doors, and Date Night will be utterly gripped.

Now Available on AUDIBLE

©2021 Kiersten Modglin (P)2021 Bookouture, an imprint of Storyfire Ltd.
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One Step Beyond …

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“Another traumatic blow to your head may cause hallucinations ranging from brilliancy to absurdity” …

said the brain surgeon at the Landstuhl Medical Center in Germany, where Staff Sergeant Travis Morgan first received medical evaluation following a mortar blast in Afghanistan. That explosion wounded Travis and killed Mojo, his German shepherd patrol dog.

Three years later, Travis received such a severe whack when Bruno Tron, a strong, young Al Capone imitator, hoped to become rich by shooting two security officers and robbing their armored truck at a Walmart Super Center near Neosho, Missouri.

The robber, a self-proclaimed squatter, intended to use the Morgan family wilderness on the Ozark Plateau to receive aerial drug drops flown from Mexico. Thus Travis, his family and Honcho, their family dog, must be eliminated.

After whacking Travis over his skull with a sack of stolen quarters at Walmart, Bruno tossed him into a sinkhole on the Morgan family wilderness and used the $400,000 for his start into crime.

Travis, hallucinating back and forth through time and space, helped the founding fathers within the colonial era; George Washington winning the American Revolutionary War, Daniel Boone cutting through Cumberland Gap into Kentucky, Lewis and Clark finding the Pacific Ocean, and Wells-Fargo starting stagecoach routes to California.

His Grandma’s skeleton, sitting with her back to the wall of the sinkhole, enabled Travis’s two-way communications by way of his hallucinations. Ironically Bruno Tron met a similar, unusual, fate.

However, after his rescue, Travis finally realized his dreams – lecturing about colonial history at the University of Virginia, his alma mater, buying a house, and marrying the beautiful brunette, Abby Principe, his childhood sweetheart.

BEYOND CUMBERLAND GAP is a trippy, time-traveling tale of American History, Drug Smuggling, Deer Hunting and True Love.

COMING SOON TO AUDIBLE !  

©2018 Page Publishing
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Incredible Us – Bliss Series Book 3

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A homeless young woman. A respected, mature dominant. And too many years between them.

Dave Adams has been alone ever since his wife left him for her girlfriend years before. Of course, he’s not alone.

Managing Bliss, an elegant members-only BDSM club, is his life, and with submissives galore, master Dave has whatever he wants, whenever he wants it.

He’s seen his son and his son’s best friend both find the loves of their lives, but Dave knows his time’s up.

 

But that was before he opened the back door to take out the night’s garbage and found a young homeless woman trapped between him and the dumpster. Compassionate to a fault, Dave invites here in and tries to reach out to her, only to discover that a hideousness has transpired and left her more than just damaged. As he, Clint, and Steffen, with the help of Trish and Sheila, manage to draw out Olivia’s demons and help her begin to confront them, something unexpected happens – Dave finds himself responding to Olivia’s softness and vulnerability, and her to his dominance and loving guidance. 

And just when it seems their May-December romance might stand a chance, a plan gone wrong convinces Dave that the last place Olivia needs to be is in his arms. He finds a way to send her on to bigger and better things, but when her whereabouts become unknown, Dave discovers that maybe dates on a calendar don’t mean that much at all. Problem is, unless he can find her, it won’t matter. 

Return to Bliss and the characters you’ve grown to love in this final instalment in the Me, You, and Us series, and find out what it takes to break into that scared, worn out heart in Dave Adams’ chest. 

WARNING: Adult situations and graphic sex. Not intended for audiences under 18 years of age.

NOW AVAILABLE ON AUDIBLE !  

©2015 Celtic Muse Publishing (P)2020 Spectrum Audiobooks
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Jake and the Hot Air Balloon

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Jake and the Hot Air Balloon, by Maurice Huffman is the story of an orphan named Jake and his magical journey in a run-away hot-air balloon.

The wind carries him through many adventures, some very amusing and others quite dangerous.

Along the way, Jake encounters a strange cast of characters, including a battalion of hole-in-the-Swiss Cheese Shooters, a family of Environmentalists, a Band of Pirates, a talking Toucan and one very plucky Mouse, named Milton.

The adventures of Jake and Milton originated as bedtime stories, which the author told his son.

This book combines the adventures and were finally written down as advised by the author’s son Miles, who also provides the illustrations.

The adventures of Jake and the Hot Air Balloon is a delightful journey through the imagination, destined to become a Children’s Classic.

NOW AVAILABLE ON AUDIBLE !