Author Guest Post by Andrew Joyce

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32285027My name is Andrew Joyce and I write books for a living. I would like to thank Johanna for allowing me to be here today to promote my latest, Yellow Hair, which documents the injustices done to the Sioux Nation from their first treaty with the United States in 1805 through Wounded Knee in 1890. Every death, murder, battle, and outrage I write about actually took place. The historical figures that play a role in my fact-based tale of fiction were real people and I use their real names. Yellow Hair is an epic tale of adventure, family, love, and hate that spans most of the 19th century.

Now that the commercial is out of the way, we can get down to what I really came here to talk about: the Sioux people. The people we know as the Sioux were originally known as the Dakota, which means ally. The name Sioux came from the Chippewa and the French. The Chippewa called them Nadonessiou, which means adder, or enemy, and then the French shortened the name to Sioux.

Every culture has an origin story. We in the West have Adam and Eve. The Ancient Greeks had Gaia. According to the Norse people, Odin and Ymir founded the earth. If you will allow me, I’d like to tell you the creation story of the Dakota.
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Don’t by Bob Selden

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ebq4stDon’t offers readers a fascinating look at the way words impact our behavior, as well as the behavior of those around us.

Utilizing numerous studies and research findings, Bob Selden delves deeply into the reasons why the words we choose matter, and how simply re-shaping statements from negatives to positives can make a world of difference in communication and leadership abilities.

Full of real-life examples and practical exercises to help hone your skills, Don’t explains which words to use, which to avoid, and the correct way to use words to diffuse conflict in difficult situations -all the while helping readers develop a more positive outlook through using more positive language.

Don’t is a fascinating book that will inspire you to take a deeper look at how you communicate -revealing just how impactful words can be, and how changing our words can actually change how we think and interact with others.
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Featured Book: Promises by Ardyce Durham

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Promises chronicles the lives of two boys who are the same age and grow up together. They are more than friends. They are buddies, constant companions, confidants, and accessories in everything they do.

They join the Confederate Army together in March of 1862 and engage in and survive some of the most catastrophic battles of the War Between the States.  On the first day of the Battle of Gettysburg their lives are forever changed.  One of them dies and the other one zigzags his way through another three-quarters of a century’s worth of joyous moments, heartbreaking tragedies, surprises, secrets, and the fulfillment of promises.
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One Of the Few by Jason B. Ladd Plus A GIVEAWAY!

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A Marine fighter pilot shares the story of his search for truth while serving his country.

Growing up in a secular family, Jason Ladd was apathetic when it came to the subject of God or religion. With his eye on a career as a Marine fighter pilot, he was able to (somewhat) comfortably avoid the subject altogether -until a simple question sent him on a journey to discover the real truth about life, God, and faith.
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Destiny Be Damned! by Hal Wilson

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Private Investigator Todd Docker heads to Kansas City on a personal mission to find the killer of his ex-partner’s daughter…

But Docker’s not exactly welcome in the city. After years of service on the police force, an unfortunate incident placed him in the middle of a PR smear that left him with enemies both inside the KCPD and on the street. If he’s going to get anywhere with the case, Docker knows he’s going to need to keep a low profile- something easier said than done.

After just moments of being in the city, he’s involved in an accident that lands his face in the news, and in front of the very person who swore to take Docker’s life in revenge.

With the help of a freelance reporter and a few loyal friends in the PD, Docker works his way through the mysterious circumstances surrounding the death of the young girl, but with danger lurking around every corner, can he outwit his enemies and find her killer before it’s too late?
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¡Hola! Let’s Learn Spanish by Judy Martialay

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In this fun and imaginative book by foreign language teacher Judy Martialay, Pete the Pilot takes readers to Mexico, where they meet Panchito the Mexican jumping bean. Adventures abound as Panchito explores the Mexican culture, learning lots of Spanish words and phrases along the way.

Panchito’s adventure begins in a bean field, when he hops into a basket of beans and is whisked away to the market- el mercado. After exploring the many sights and sounds of the village, he finds himself at a birthday party –fiesta de cumpleañoswhere he makes lots of new friends and learns even more words to say in Spanish.
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Code Name: Papa – Book Excerpt Plus a GIVEAWAY!

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Excerpted from Code Name: Papa by John Murray

Chapter 2

After a nice little walk, talking all the way, we came to the study. The butler opened the doors for us, and then quietly closed them behind us.

Panicking a bit, I blurted out, “Jake, just who in the hell are you?” He calmly replied, “It’s not who I am; it’s who my father is.”

I took a deep breath and asked Jake for a drink; he asked what I wanted and I said a Jack and coke with one cube of ice. Bill wanted a beer. As Jake fixed the drinks, it dawned on me that in every room in the house, there was someone available to wait on us, but not in the study.

We made small talk while sipping our drinks. At precisely three p.m. by the clock on the wall (and not by my watch because I had a weary old Timex), the big doors opened and Jake’s father walked in. Smiling, he asked how our stay had been. Jake asked his father if he could fix him a brandy. He replied, “Yes, I’ll have a brandy, very small.”

I noticed all the bottles at the bar were top of the line brands. Other than the Jack Daniels, I’d never heard of them. But the brandy Jake’s father asked for was Christian Brothers that struck me as odd given how inexpensive it was compared to the rest.

Jake’s father began talking about the day he’d received word from me about my injuries, where I was, and how I needed help to get home from Japan. Other than this brief review, he spoke about nothing out of the ordinary.

Finally, he said, “Gentlemen, what I’m about to discuss with you must remain within these four walls. If you disagree or do not want to be any part of it, or have no desire, I demand our conversation be left here. Do you agree to that?” Of course, we agreed. I briefly glanced over at Jake, trying to pick up if there was something I could get from his expression, but there was nothing. He did the same thing as we did: He just looked directly at his father. Read the rest of this entry »