Channel 8 — September 21, 2023

A first-person account of a bright, timid boy born into the rural Midwest mid-20th Century, enthralled with the grandeur of his local woodlands, public library and Catholic Church. One of five children in an upwardly mobile family, he struggles with being gay. He looks for his proper place in an enticing but unwelcoming world, a search that leaves behind failed attempts at a normal life and takes him overseas and back again, chasing lost happiness and struggling to fit in. His search ultimately reveals that he has been looking for himself all along. It is a cautionary tale, drawn against the era’s major cultural upheavals, told late in life out of the comfort of self-acceptance and a regret over opportunities gone by without addressing things that should have been said earlier.

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Sherrida Woodley speaking about “Quick Fall of Light”

Can A Shocking Resurrection From Extinction Save Mankind?

While the world succumbs to the horrors of a great flu epidemic, a woman vows to protect the perilous fate of a bird whose existence manipulates the destiny of man.

In this suspenseful tale, part Michael Crichton, part Rachel Carson, a global virus sets the tone, but it’s a one-pound bird that determines who lives. . . and who doesn’t. Science collides head-on with the untamed in this powerful novel of redemption.

“A wonderful reading experience... I think anyone who picks up this book will be changed by it.” Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson, Ph.D., Author of When Elephants Weep and Dogs Never Lie About Love

“Quick Fall of Light shares Rachel Carson’s fears for our planet and exhibits Woodley’s own “sense of wonder,” as well as her sure instincts for mystery and suspense.” Linda Lear, Author of Rachel Carson: Witness for Nature

“A prophetic mystery and an environmental thriller, Quick Fall of Light will keep you reading and wondering.” Brenda Peterson, Author of Animal Heart

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Armenia Jess speaking about “Along Came a Soulmate”

Along Came a Soulmate, the true memoir by Armenia Jess, tells the story of poverty, survival, faith, hope, grit and pure love. Armenia was born in an impoverished village in Southern Mindanao in the Philippines. Her father passed away when she was only twelve years old, her youngest brother who was only nine years old, became the bread winner and supported her education through college. Later on, she met her husband who significantly changed her (and her family’s) life. The book follows Armenia and her family’s bittersweet life experiences in the Philippines before she made it to the USA. Her family struggled to survive their impoverished living conditions and the cruel circumstances they encountered in a village near her hometown; when they left to live in the town to chase her dream only to be evicted from multiple rental houses they couldn’t afford to pay; and when she unexpectedly met the man who loves her unconditionally and showed her the world.

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Tom Madden speaking about “WORDSHINE MAN”

I'm an author (5 books) and writer of countless articles and a weekly blog at Partly writing is a therapy to get things off my chest that disturb me or impress me that I have to write about. In the PR firm I started when I left NBC, I'm forever "polishing" press releases, media pitches, PR proposals. "Dad, can you polish this, meaning can I make it more effective, engaging, inspiring. So I polish . . . and polish words, sentences, paragraphs, hence came my latest book WORDSHINE MAN about how to make writing inviting.

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David Tory speaking about “Retribution: The Stanfield Chronicles”

Retribution begins in 1620. A grieving Isaac Stanfield heads out across the Atlantic Ocean. After the Mayflower sails for the new world, Isaac has been sent to explore the potential for trade and further settlements in New England. His efforts are frustrated by the incompetence and duplicity of the people with whom he has to deal. This second book in the Stanfield Chronicles series continues with Isaac’s love of adventure, his courage, and ingenuity being fully tested, his fascination with and respect for the native peoples he meets. Isaac’s life consists of blue water sailing adventures, kidnapping, smuggling, pirates, torture and romance, on two continents, from the Atlantic Ocean to the Mediterranean Sea. A life lived on the edge while he attempts to protect those he loves. The story is captivating, the research meticulous. A book to be bought and enjoyed. It is an excellent read.

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Joann Keder speaking about “The Story of Keilah”

Keilah moved to Sandy Salts, Iowa in search of a fresh start. Little did she know, acclimating to the quirky town in the middle of nowhere would be more complicated than she anticipated. Her elderly landlord, Dee, has a dark secret that has followed her since childhood. Dee’s younger brother was kidnapped decades ago and never found. While the spunky woman tries not to talk about the painful ordeal, the mystery of his disappearance constantly haunts her. Digging into the cold case residents have all but forgotten, Keilah unwittingly discovers shocking secrets from her own past. Dee's brother was "taken" by a man ostensibly to be given a better life. This man used to own her family farm before he left to travel the country. Keilah's own hidden memories come to light when she remembers the cause of her best friend's death was a hit-and-run accident involving her father. This book was originally released in 2018 but will be re-released with a new cover and additional material on March 1st.

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Tina Koopersmith MD speaking about “What Am I?”

I wish I had learned about our 4 bodies before I embarked on motherhood. Motherhood, to me, means total acceptance and unconditional love. Understanding our four bodies and how they vary in different individuals can help us notice and celebrate our uniqueness.

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Colonel U. S. Army Ret. George A. Milton speaking about “Failure Is Not The Problem, It's Your Leadership ”

FAILURE IS NOT THE PROBLEM®, IT’S YOUR LEADERSHIP In this win only, winner takes all society, what is the role of failure in leadership? Why are there so many books on leadership? Simply put, because people want, desire, and need leadership! Most people in positions of leadership and authority will talk about how to become successful only, when discussing leadership. In my book, I focused primarily on how to become successful by using your failed experiences. Failure said to success, without me, there is no you! When I examine wildly successful people in all industries, such as business, sports, CEO’s, academia, medical, civil service, the military, you name it and what I find as a common denominator is they all learned how to understand, accept, embrace, and learn from their failures. Do you want to succeed as a leader? If you do, you must learn how to do three things. Fail graciously, get comfortable with your failed experiences and learn from those experiences. Everyone wants to succeed but no one wants to fail. When utilized correctly, failure is the greatest resource on the planet to help you be all that you can be. I have created a formula for this. Get the book and learn what the formula F+RR=S, means. In this, easy to read book you will learn: • Why you are not afraid to fail • That failing can actually be fun • When an organization makes it ok to fail, their people, are more creative, survive, and thrive • How to take action and become successful using your failed experiences

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Jeffrey Marshall speaking about “Squeeze Plays”

Squeeze Plays combines finance, intrigue and a closely detailed look and the rich and privileged in New York and London. Two powerful men, a bank chief executive and a tabloid publisher, are at odds over a loan that would keep the publisher afloat. A cunning Russian oligarch appears with an offer of a financial life raft to the publisher - a gambit uncovered by an intrepid financial reporter who senses a big story.

The novel is a character-driven tale that one professional reviewer called the best character-driven book he'd read in a year. The actions and foibles of the main characters - and strong female characters - are played out at length, and the squeeze plays include financial and sexual blackmail, sabotage and more. The settings are rendered in vivid detail, and the tone is often brisk and satirical, showing how vanity and hubris can humble the powerful.