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Imagine you are a middle class single parent, raising an 8-year old daughter after tragically losing your wife to cancer, working a 9 – 5 job for the past 23 years as an accountant.  Suddenly you are confronted by domestic terrorists who want you to steal secrets from your company which will help them extort millions from your company’s clients to fund their criminal ways. 

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Halito, Gianna is a modern-day fairy tale about a young girl with an uncertain past who is searching for answers. Her search explores U.S. and Mexican history, as well as important aspects of Native American and a long-forgotten connection to Ireland.  This book is for children 8 to 12 years old with a message about the importance of family, heritage, and friendship.  

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The Magic Sea Turtle by Kathleen Welton and illustrated by Chau Pham is a picture book for young children ages 3 – 5 years old.  Through engaging rhymes and colorful illustrations, Ms. Welton tells the story of a young girl named Myrtle who has a dream of becoming a princess with a glowing crown.  Myrtle accidentally finds herself falling into the sea where she meets a magical sea turtle named Max.  Max introduces Myrtle to many other delightful and friendly sea creatures who help Myrtle realize her dream and find happiness within their sea world.

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     Blindsighted by J.L. Hillam introduces us to 38-year-old Joe Wills, a Houston detective who works in the “Cold Case Squad.”  Cold cases are cases which have never been solved, and his daughter’s brutal murder over a decade before is among them.  Originally a Houston homicide detective, the loss of his daughter greatly affected him and led to a “major meltdown,” which included a transfer to the cold case squad with a slower pace and more regular hours.  

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The Ascenditure by Robyn Dabney is a story which takes place in Kietsch, the capital of Ectair, in the land of Galvaith.  Ectair is separated by a man-made waste land called Miter’s Waste, from a country to the north called Ainar.  Legends abound about Ainar’s people and their hostility toward Ectair. Ectair society respects nature and the environment, worshipping gods of the sea and mountains, sharing stories of their powers, and retelling tales of their conflicts.

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Consider what it would be like to be the son or daughter of an important and influential leader.  Think of the personal pressure someone like JFK Jr and Caroline Kennedy Schlossberg lived with under the shadow of their famous parents.  Amy Carter.  The Nixon or Bush ‘43 daughters.  Trump siblings.  Or even Hunter Biden.  Add to these expectations, the high-standards which they live with day-to-day as they are constantly  scrutinized under the microscope of public opinion.  And then also add to this scrutin