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Author Bio: 

R J Blum shares, in her first book, a tragic story her family experienced. After completing her Bachelor’s degree in Behavioral Science, RJ volunteered as a peer grief counselor for self-referred grieving clients. R J lives with her husband in Silicon Valley, California.

Blessings and Betrayals: A True Story of One Woman's Fight for Freedom and Love Cover Image
ISBN: 9781634986342
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Published: Bookstand Publishing - April 11th, 2018

Letters from Yemen: No Matter Our Age, We Are All Heroes of Our Own Lives. Travel Along with Jean Mondon, a 62-Year-Young English Midwife Cover Image
ISBN: 9781983579554
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Published: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform - February 27th, 2018

Private Eye for the Bad Guy: My Short, Brutal Career as a Criminal Defense Investigator Cover Image
By Kelly Luker, Jean Boles (Designed by)
ISBN: 9781544230986
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Published: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform - November 10th, 2017

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Chandi is a world traveler, photographer, writer and historian. Born and raised in Santa Cruz, Chandi has lived in Qatar, India, Italy, Switzerland and England, and has been returning to Italy with unremitting passion since she first lived there at age 20. She has a master's degree in Florentine Renaissance history and has taught at colleges in the US and overseas. She currently lives in Tuscany where she's working on her next book, and blogging about how to move to Italy. Her memoir, Return to Glow, is her first book.

Return to Glow: A Pilgrimage of Transformation in Italy Cover Image
ISBN: 9780998463001
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Published: Chandi Wyant - April 2nd, 2017

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Thomas Wamsley was privileged to serve as a law enforcement officer with the San Francisco Police Department and the Santa Cruz County Sheriff's Department throughout the 1970s as well as the Marine Corps Reserve. He is a graduate of San Francisco State University with a degree in Sociology/ Criminology. After leaving law enforcement, he had a successful career in sales and management. Although retired from the corporate world, he enjoys reading, writing, hiking, and spending time with his large family.

Code 33: True California Cop Stories from the 1970s Cover Image
By Thomas C. Wamsley, Melanie Mulhall (Editor), Robert Schram (Designed by)
ISBN: 9780998591001
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Published: Semper Vigilo Publications - April 15th, 2017

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Hoang Chi Truong is the author of TigerFish, a memoir of coming of age in America as a Vietnamese refugee. Before writing full-time, she served as the GIS Division Chief to the California Office of Emergency Services from 2013 to 2016. Her current mission is to advocate and bring awareness to the issues of refugees in America. Learn more about her writing at www.chibeingchi.com

Tigerfish: A Memoir of a South Vietnamese Colonel's Daughter and Her Coming of Age in America Cover Image
ISBN: 9781544054315
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Published: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform - March 2nd, 2017

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Ralph Alpert was a Sacramento lawyer in beige offices for some years; came to Santa Cruz in 1976; enjoyed reading literature and language at the University; traveled much in France and Spain.

The Long Letters Home: The Color of Morning 1990 Cover Image
ISBN: 9780692865262
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Published: Rach Mi El Press - December 31st, 2016

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Before turning to memoir, Anne co-wrote the film "Phantom Halo" with her writing partner, Antonia Bogdanovich. "Phantom Halo" was first shown at the 2015 Austin Film Festival and won Best Picture at the 2015 New York International Film Festival. She and Antonia currently have a screenplay, "The Rabbit Will Die" in development.

You Don't Look Adopted Cover Image
ISBN: 9780692755648
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Published: Running Water Press - July 26th, 2016

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Born in the Bronx on September 27th, 1947, I spent the first 20 years of my life growing up there. In 1967 I was fortunate enough to journey to San Francisco to experience the “Summer of Love”. When that summer was over I returned to New York to pursue my film career. After only two years in the big city, I decided to return to California with the band we had formed. In 1971 the band broke up and I wound up spending the next four years in Santa Cruz, California. There I met my first wife Jane. Soon we traveled to Hollywood where I spent 40 years in the film business.

Joe and Marian Cover Image
ISBN: 9780876234334
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Published: New River Publishing - January 1st, 2016



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