Locally & Independently Published General Nonfiction

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M. Allen Cunningham is the author of two acclaimed novels, The Green Age of Asher Witherow (a #1 Indie Next Pick) and Lost Son (about Rilke), as well as the illustrated limited-edition story collection Date of Disappearance. He is the co-founder of the cultural commentary blog Soul Shelter and the recipient of fellowships from the Oregon Arts Commission, Literary Arts, and Yaddo. Cunningham lives in Portland, Oregon.

ISBN: 9780989302302
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Published: Atelier26 - November 24th, 2014

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William J. Pardue. Born 1949 has always been fascinated with the deepest and most important mysteries about man’s mind, body and spirit. He is both an author and a practicing attorney in Santa Clara County, California. He has tenaciously pursued the answer to the fundamental questions of God, Consciousness, Eternity, Good and Evil, Enlightenment and Justice through his books. He lives in Santa Cruz, California and is an Attorney and Author. He has previously published Visionary Perspectives on the Good Life, Why God, Visionary Perspectives Reincarnated and his most recent book, Wolf Creek.
ISBN: 9781452520193
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Published: Balboa Press - October 2014

ISBN: 9781909421240
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Published: Arena Books (NY) - November 25th, 2013

ISBN: 9781449747879
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Published: WestBow Press - May 8th, 2012

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Marilyn Peterson - Author, Consultant, Teacher and Chef - works with every aspect of the transition to becoming vegan. The motivation for this work stems out of compassion for the suffering of animals and the needless suffering of humans that choose to eat the Standard American Diet. She has authored the book Vegan Bite By Bite. www.veganbitebybite.com

ISBN: 9780982413005
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Published: 3 Ton Tomato Press - November 2010

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Caryl discovered her love for nature at a young age, thanks to her Dad and a certain pond on the outskirts of Wichita, Kansas.

ISBN: 9781478739227
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Published: Outskirts Press - October 30th, 2014

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Melissa Fritchle is a holistic sex therapist and sex educator with a private practice in Santa Cruz, California. Her focus is holistic, always honoring the integration of the mind, body, spirit, and diversity. She is adjunct faculty for two Bay Area graduate programs in counseling psychology and travels in the United States and internationally to provide workshops and trainings. In 2011, she was awarded the Sexual Intelligence award for her groundbreaking work providing sex-positive training for counselors and caregivers in Uganda.

ISBN: 9781500810863
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Published: Createspace - November 7th, 2014

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Elizabeth Ivanovich is a native of California’s Central Coast. She attended Watsonville schools before earning a bachelor’s degree in art history and a master’s degree in drama, both from Stanford University. Her work has appeared in The Christian Science Monitor, The Santa Cruz Sentinel, Student Traveler, and the anthologies Bubblegum Music Is The Naked Truth (Feral House, 2001) and Lost In The Grooves (Routledge, 2005). She is the arts and entertainment columnist for the Santa Cruz, California publication Student Guide. Going Coastal is her first book.

ISBN: 9781632634665
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Published: Booklocker.Com, Inc. - October 2014

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James Beebe has been designing and building houses since 1977. He was voted the Best Contractor in Santa Cruz County by the readers of the Santa Cruz Good Times in 1998. After three years traveling and teaching English in Europe he has returned to Aptos and shifted his focus to full time design and consultation as well as writing and producing instructional material. Visit his website at www.jamesbeebedesign.com for more information.

ISBN: 9780984863112
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Published: James Beebe - March 10th, 2014

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Elizabeth Borelli is known as “The Smart Solutions for Healthy Eating Expert”. As such, she’s an award-winning book author, popular speaker, and Certified Nutrition Coach.

On strategies for improving kid’s eating habits:  “Time spent observing children in a garden learning environment made me aware of one thing: if they grow it, they're infinitely more likely to eat and even to enjoy it.  I spent too many years in my daughter's Life Lab class watching swarms of 5-9 year olds chowing down on raw cauliflower to ignore the connection.

ISBN: 9781939288196
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Published: Self Health Cafe, a Wyatt-MacKenzie Imprint - September 2013

ISBN: 9780692229712
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Published: Self Health Cafe, a Wyatt-MacKenzie Imprint - July 13th, 2014


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Jennifer N. Martin is a former university instructor, educational administrator, talk show host and producer in northern California. She is the co-author, along with Rosemary Dean, of The Angels Speak: Secrets from the Other Side which was published in 1994, as well as a contributing author to the New York Times best-selling series, Chicken Soup for the Soul.

ISBN: 9780964697539
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Published: Prairie Angel Press - June 4th, 2014

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"Inside A Hippie Commune" Book and DVD were written and directed by Holly Harman. I grew up in San Mateo until I was 14 years old and then everything changed. I am a graduate of San Francisco Art Institute. I majored in painting and received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in 1974. I have worked as a fine arts painter, art director, and graphic designer in advertising. I was an account executive art director  for Round Table Pizza Corporation for 9 years. After that I worked with my families' business

ISBN: 9780977655113
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Published: Harman Publishing - November 30th, 2013



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