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Author Bio: 

Jessica Smith was raised on the Westside of Santa Cruz, California in the surfing community. She graduated from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo with a Bachelors in English in 2005. She experienced a series of traumatic events that inspired her to write Right On Laurel Street: Another Westside Story and record an album of her songs called “Sorrow Songs.”

Right On Laurel Street:  Another Westside Story  Cover Image
ISBN: 9780996862608
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Published: Self-Published - January 26th, 2016

Sorrow Songs Cover Image
ISBN: 9888295340809
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Published: Self-Published - January 26th, 2016

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Carole Jean Connolly graduated college with a teaching degree in physical education. While searching the want ads for a teaching job, she stumbled upon a job working in a Disco in the Virgin Islands and decided to sow her wild oats before settling down to a stable life of teaching and raising a family in the suburbs. She was hired by Trans International Airlines in 1973 and flew until 1980.


Flying High with Carole Jean Cover Image
ISBN: 9789968557672
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Published: EDiNexo - June 1st, 2015

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John Wills is a professional economist who has written extensively in the area of taxation. This, his first historical biography, was triggered by his discovering a copy of the rare, and never-yet translated, diary of Fernando de Rivera on the general circulation shelves at California State University at San Jose. Mr. Wills and his wife live in the San Francisco Bay area. They have two children. www.fernando-de-rivera.com

The Forgotten Governor: Fernando de Rivera and the Opening of Alta California Cover Image
ISBN: 9781634137270
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Published: Langdon Street Press - December 8th, 2015

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My husband and I decided to leave home to live a traveling life; three months later I had a seizure and was diagnosed with a brain tumor. My memoir--"CALL IT WONDER: an odyssey of love, sex, spirit, and travel"--tells this story.  I am the author of two novels, a poetry collection, and a book about teaching.

Call It Wonder: An Odyssey of Love, Sex, Spirit, and Travel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780996182423
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Published: Coyote Creek Books - June 22nd, 2015

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Janine Faye Johnson Bates, born in 1939 in the small town of Yuba City, California, spent her early years on her family’s cattle ranch in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains. A graduate of the College of Notre Dame in Belmont, she taught elementary school for over 30 years. Faye and her husband live in Santa Clara, California.

A Favorite Time of Light: Memories of the Diamond J Ranch Cover Image
ISBN: 9780692435816
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Published: Self-Published - July 1st, 2015

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When asked "what do you do", Leslie answers "travel". These travels however, are funded by work as a psychiatric nurse. She has lived and worked all over the U.S. but the longest, and the best, is in Santa Cruz, CA. She has been able to do all of this, including writing this book, thanks to her husband and two cats.



Drink Drug Divorce: One Woman's Misadventures in Faraway Places Cover Image
By Leslie R. Adams, Suzanne Hogsett (Editor), Cameron Reid (Co-Producer)
ISBN: 9780692391785
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Published: Leslie Travels Publishing - April 2015

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Jeanie Gould, the Author, has written her memoir with thirty years of life experience in her most important job of “being a mom,” and secondarily with thirty years of marketing experience. She has volunteered many years for the Special Olympics, for our local residence for handicapped adults, and has helped build new programs and classrooms for special needs children. She has established the support of the National Tuberous Sclerosis Alliance with her book’s goal to increase the awareness of this disease. However, the reach of this book is not limited to this disease.

Mommy...Move the Sun: Beyond Dire Prognosis, Joy Shines Through! Cover Image
ISBN: 9780692316115
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Published: Angel Girl Publishing - October 17th, 2014

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From serious works of non-fiction to inspirational books for adults and young readers, the award-winning works of Lisa Begin-Kruysman continue to attract appreciative fans of all ages. A graduate of the University of Connecticut, she was formerly employed at Home Box Office in New York City and has won acclaim as a fine-artist. These days she derives inspiration while creating near "the 'cric" in Ocean County, NJ where she resides with her husband, Rich, and Foster-to-Forever dog, Teddy. www.lisabegin-kruysmanauthor.com

Around the World in 1909 - Harriet White Fisher and Her Locomobile Cover Image
ISBN: 9781939995070
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Published: American History Press - December 2014

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John Thayer has been a teacher in California, New York, and New Mexico. He has taught in public schools, community colleges and a creative charter school for struggling students. In New Mexico he taught as a bilingual math teacher and learned how to teach math through project-based and experiential models of teaching. He is now living in California with his wife and two sons, and getting ready to teach a new school year.

Confessions of an Anarchist Math Teacher Cover Image
ISBN: 9781483430454
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Published: Lulu Publishing Services - April 28th, 2015

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Pat DuVal was born and raised in the Colored Town section of Fort Pierce, Florida at a time when segregation was harsh, and it looked like blacks and whites would never live in harmony. Pat escaped the ugliness of the Deep South when he went into the Army. When he finished his service at Ft. Ord in California, he became the first black deputy in Monterey County. There he found a much more diverse culture. It was quite startling at first but he was a true pioneer.

From Colored Town to Pebble Beach: The Story of the Singing Sheriff Cover Image
By Pat Duval, Tony Seton (Prepared by)
ISBN: 9781499757507
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Published: Createspace - June 28th, 2014



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