Custodian Author

Custodian Author – Orchard Hill Elementary School Head custodian Paul Harvey published a book, thanks to the help and support of teacher Kathy Grover. While Paul has the creativity and imagination to write a book, he has dyslexia and he became Kathy’s oldest student. She mentored, illustrated and edited “The Adventures of Shamus the Leprechaun: Shamus Goes to School.”

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SBPRA’s Author of the Month for September 2015: Michael McLean , Author of “The Irish King of Winter Hill”

978-1-62516-669-2-MMcLeanCover[1]Johnny Depp plays Whitey Bulger in Black Mass this month. Before Whitey Bulger was the head of The Winter Hill Gang, it was run by the founder, Buddy McLean. Michael McLean is the son of Buddy McLean and wrote The Irish King of Winter Hill. This book sheds light on this explosive period of history that happened on the streets and docks of Boston fifty years ago.

Says author Michael McLean, “I have read all the books and the information on the Internet about my father, and most of it is wrong. After Michael-McLean[1]talking to his closest friends, I decided I would set the record straight.” The book outlines the rise of Buddy McLean from his humble beginnings as a hardworking truck driver, to leading the now infamous Winter Hill Gang, to his murder in 1965.

For more information about Michael and his book, visit his author website.

SBPRA’s Author of the Month for August 2015: Charles Lee Robinson Jr., Author of “Love Circles”

Love-Circles-PosterAbout the Book

Love Circles is a riveting account of sexual revenge and betrayal played out over twenty-five years in the lives of three men, friends who have managed to stay friends, and are now happily married.

They meet at a newly built jazz club to reminisce on all the bad relationships they have had over the years, times when they were living in a vicious love circle of life.

Yet they still remained loyal to each other, despite all the other friends who betrayed them over the decades.

The three have triumphed over all obstacles by learning that God is the only one who really gets revenge. The story follows Lenny, Richard, and Nathan as they learn things the hard way when their lives were put in danger. Will they prevail?

About the Author

Charles Lee Robinson Jr. grew up in Rochester, New York, and currently lives in Clearwater, Florida. This is his first published book. His next is titled Dezirable.

Find out more about Charles by visiting his Author Website.

Love Circles is available for purchase on Amazon: Click HERE.

June 2015 Top Twenty Sellers!

Congratulations to our Top Twenty Sellers for the month of June! Visit their author sites and Amazon pages and find out why they are our star authors:

Dealing with Difficult Situations, by Wayne Brown
Pipeline to Plenty, by Paul Clifton
Lightning Man #5, by Noah Bunyan
B.E.T. Big in God , by Monica Aidoo
Love Circles, by Charles Lee Robinson
Birth of a White Nation, by Jacqueline Battalora
The Road Ahead . . ., by Philip Tarnoff
A Muted Imam, by Khalid A. Wasi
Guinea Pigs, by Dr. John Hall
Brain Attack, by Carol E. Yorke
Believe: Beyond the Veil , by Allyson Giles
A Haunting at Land’s End, by Barbara E. Pleasant
Bunker Laboratory, by Samson Onoja Itodo
Stormy Hill, by Nancy Clarke
Behind NPFL and RUF Rebel Lines, by Terrence Sesay
Fast Food Kills, by Kate McLaughlin
Halfway Around the World, by Jo Murphy
A Better You Today for Tomorrow, by Maizie Vassell
Apres les Vendanges, by Colin Story
The Terminal, by Jeremy Gosnell

Racial Justice Book Group: Birth of a White Nation by Jacqueline Battalora – Author Speaks!

Racial Justice Book Group: Birth of a White Nation by Jacqueline Battalora

On Tuesday, July 28, 7-9 p.m., join a discussion of chapters 3 and 4 of Birth of a White Nation: The Invention of White People and Its Relevance Today, a fascinating new book on race in America that begins with an exploration of the moment in time when “white people,” as a separate and distinct group of humanity, were invented through legislation and the enactment of laws. The book provides a thorough examination of the underlying reasons as well as the ways in which “white people” were created. It also explains how the creation of this distinction divided laborers and ultimately served the interests of the elite. The book goes on to examine how foundational law and policy in the U.S. were used to institutionalize the practice of “white people” holding positions of power. Finally, the book demonstrates how the

Jacqueline Battalora

social construction and legal enactment of “white people” has ultimately compromised the humanity of those so labeled. The evening will also include activities from the book White Awareness: Handbook for Anti-Racism Training. Free and open to the public.

Location: Northside Presbyterian/St. Aidan’s Episcopal Lounge, 1679 Broadway, Ann Arbor, 48105.

SBPRA’s Author of the Month for July 2015: Wende Gripentrog, Author of “Animal Bridge”

AOM_wendeAbout the Book
One day three children playing outside decide to take a rest under a big oak tree. As they drift off to sleep, little did they know that they are lying upon a path or “bridge” that the animals cross one by one, starting with the smallest. As parents read this book to their children at bedtime, they should mimic the animals walking across the bridge on the children’s bellies. Small ants tickle, frogs hop, porcupines poke, and the snake slithers; don’t move or he may bite!

This is a wonderful way to bond with your children and send them off to sleepy land with giggles and tickles. It is also a unique way to teach children about different animals, their sizes and the sounds they make. Many times while playing Animal Bridge with my own children, I would let them pick the animals that came next over the bridge, even choosing the final ENORMOUS animal for the climatic ending. This could be a dinosaur eating them up, an elephant squishing them with kisses, or a beached whale flopping around and rolling all over the bed! Hooray for Animal Bridge!
About the Author
First-time author Wende Gripentrog is a graduate of Western Michigan University with a bachelor of science in organizational communications and psychology/behavior modification. Formerly she worked in public relations, special event planning, marketing, and fundraising. She now resides in Puerto Rico as an ex-pat with her husband of 23 years, and assists other families with relocation. She is a homemaker to three beautiful children, who are the inspirations for the children in the book.

Find out more about Wende by visiting her Author Website.

Animal Bridge is available for purchase on Amazon: Click HERE.

Author of the month June 2015: John Hall

Guinea Pigs: Technologies of Control by John Hall

About the Book

For years the federal government has sought to remotely control human behavior. Starting with the CIA projects MKULTRA and MKSEARCH in the 1950s, the American public has been unwitting guinea pigs in a multitude of non-consensually performed experiments that have continued into the 21st century.

Guinea Pigs takes readers on a journey into the darkest corners of U.S. non-consensual experimentation and the various technologies of control that have led to our current surveillance state. The recent revelations regarding the extent of NSA eavesdropping is only the tip of the iceberg. We are currently in an information war and a mind war, where our privacy and autonomy as human beings are at stake.

Guinea Pigs is John Hall’s 2nd book.  He is also the author of A New Breed-Satellite Terrorism, a true story about satellite surveillance.

About the Author

Born in San Antonio, Texas, home of the Alamo, John Hall is a physician who
considers writing his second profession. “Knowing the United States government’s dismal track record with regard to experimenting on the public without informed consent, the sheer number of people voicing identical complaints of electronic harassment, and surveillance had to be explored logically.”

You can learn more about John and his book, Guinea Pigs, by visiting his author website.


May Top Sellers

Congratulations to our best-sellers during the month of May!

“Dealing with Difficult Situations” Wayne Brown
“A Bug and a Wish” Karen Scheuer
“Pipeline to Plenty” Paul Clifton
“Animal Bridge” Wende Gripentrog
“The Road Ahead” Phillip J. Tarnoff
“Guinea Pigs” Dr. John Hall
“Lightning Man #5″ Noah F. Bunyan
“Birth of a White Nation” Jacqueline Battalora
“Believe: Beyond the Veil” Allyson Giles
“B.E.T: Big In God” Monica Aidoo
“Tree Wise” Antoinette Abbamonte
“Fountain Valley 1972″ Michael Antonio Joseph
“Mr. Circle Man” Cynthia Grenyion
“Wine’s Nutritional Power” AJ Morris
“Practical Perspectives on Youth” Odianose Dominic Matthew
“Halfway Around the World” Jo T N Murphy
“A Web Story” James Clark
“Cats I Have Loved” Sara Munson Deats
“Adam, The American” Thomas E. Berry
“Maya” Taran Hans

May Author News

  • Patricia Kristensen’s novel, “Jennifer Shot – Shot Through The Heart,” has been awarded a bronze medal in the category of Outstanding Book for the Region of Australia and New Zealand at the IPPYS.
  • Pat Kozyra was featured in the prestigious STEM magazine (pages 42-50). Her article is about the formal method of Creative Problem Solving, which she learned at Buffalo State University. Read it here. She was also one of six invited panelists for the radio show called Backchat on RTHK 3, Tuesday, May 19, 2015 discussing the controversial topic of Tutoring and Summer School Classes for Children in Hong Kong. Click here to listen to this program.
  • Kenneth Rogers Jr. participated in the Gaithersburg Book Festival on May 16th.
  • Nancy Shiffrin, RD Armstrong and Don Campbell read their poetry and discussed literary community at The Los Angeles Public Library Palms Rancho Park Branch–Palms location on Saturday May 23.
  • Gary Caplan’s, “Clues of Chaos,” was announced as an award-winning finalist in the Fiction: Cross Genre category in the 2015 International Book Awards.
  • Noah F. Bunyan was awarded a Pinnacle Achievement Award in the Juvenile Fiction category.
  • Edward Michael Tomasofsky won a Pinnacle Achievement Award for best poetry book for Fall 2014 for his book, “A Soul Whispers: Pictures and Poems From a Traveler.”
  • CEO Robert Fletcher accepted two Indie awards for Sherrill S. Cannon. These were awards for the Next Generation Indie Book Awards. “My Fingerpaint Masterpiece” was a Finalist in 2 categories!


April Top Sellers

Congratulations to our best-sellers during the month of April!

“A Bug and a Wish” Karen Scheuer
“O Mommy O Daddy” Claudia Grispin
“Guinea Pigs” Dr. John Hall
“Fountain Valley 1972″ Michael Antonio Joseph
“Birth of a White Nation” Jacqueline Battalora
“Eritrea at a Crossroads” Andebrhan Welde Giorgis
“Running the Salt” Cecilia M. Sierke
“New Beginnings: The Reviving of a Kingdom” Shantelle Ruppel
“Bees and Spiders” Brian L. Steed
“My Dear Wife and Children” Nick K. Adams
“Coop’s Corner Collection” William Cooper
“Through Eyes That See” Nadyne Hicks
“Savage Sympathy” Graham Taylor
“The Wisdom of Doctor James” Michael Joseph Scanlon
“Mice & Spiders & Webs . . . Oh My!” Sherrill Cannon
“Wine’s Nutritional Power” AJ Morris
“Practical Perspectives on Youth” Odianose Dominic Matthew
“A Web Story” James Clark
“The Simplification of Being A Millionaire” Gary L. Clark