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A native Californian, Russell has spent most of his adult life abroad. His career as an independent policy advisor to international organizations and foreign governments spanned 40 years and 40 countries. He performed long-term residential assignments in Central Asia, China, East Africa, India, Laos and Sri Lanka. His specialized expertise included managing international public procurement, private investment and technology transfer, and facilitating democratic transition and post-conflict peace-building. Russell is now happily retired on the Monterey peninsula.

Far& Away: True Tales from an International Life Cover Image
ISBN: 9781943887194
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Published: Park Place Publications - March 1st, 2016

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This is Mr. McCandless's first book. He lives in Santa Cruz, California.

The Marl Hole Kid Cover Image
ISBN: 9781523401253
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Published: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform - February 3rd, 2016

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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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Lois Lawson is a great-grandmother who captures her eighty years of living with a rare frankness mixed with humor. Born in 1934, Lois grew up at a time of innocence, moving about freely in the small central coastal town of Santa Cruz, California. Experience what it was like to be a child during World War II, and later, how it felt to "shoot the pants off" men in pistol matches as a teenager. Move with her from state to state with her first husband, an undercover agent, and their four children, and go from there to a marriage that combined seven children.

Growing Up in Santa Cruz Cover Image
ISBN: 9781364947019
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Published: Blurb - October 27th, 2015

Husbands, Lovers, Etc. Cover Image
ISBN: 9781364929411
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Published: Blurb - October 27th, 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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