Anwar Ahmad Abdullah
Anwar Ahmad Abdullah is the author of EAST WEST SWORD & WORD; albeit an outcome of his long and painful search for truth; East and West.
After 12 years of high education along with 40 years experiences, he is now a senior adviser on sustainable development. Spending half of his life in the East so pregnant with so many taboos and the rest in the West of too much freedom, his 20 years of drafting a single book has ended up with many discoveries. Among them, perhaps nothing necessitates the coming back sagacity save this sorrowful modernity. In that, an oft longing for the sense of belonging has dramatized his search for truth, East and West. While knowledge of man has paved his way for the search of subjective truth all in its fragmentary parts, only the spiritual learning could gain him a bird’s eye view, and almost the Sufi’s swan-wings so as to wander with all the birds of love towards the wisdom of understanding the whole. And henceforth, the author has taken the task hereby of seeking an answer to the outcry of M. Gellman on “who dears to take a crude look at the whole”.
The author has come into conclusion that the Western mood of “living well” and the Eastern longing for “dying well” can be brought together under the ideal of Monotheism, at large. And yet as the man of science has indeed taken a far great risk in codifying and re-mystifying truth… than in clarifying and de-mystifying it, the purity of truth remains to be tested only by the arts of the heart, and in the nerves and veins of humanity. Ultimately, amid the rising six challenges facing mankind right at the dawn of this brave century… a dreadful drought looms over modern hearts. The author firmly believes that we moderns have to build on our strength based on “Unity of Knowledge” all towards loyalty for humankind and to mother earth.
Kim Huffstetler is the author of Sisters by Fate.
As a mother of three, she takes the transition from childhood into adulthood seriously yet compassionately.
As a middle school teacher, she is more than familiar with the many challenges facing our youth, especially girls. Hormones, family issues, love, and more seem to be at the heart of most young ladies’ lives.
As a daughter, she is keenly aware of how sins of the family have the tendency to play out in the most unexpected of ways. Having grown up in a family of two girls raised by a single mother, she is also very dearly acquainted with the myriad issues facing older girls as they move into womanhood. A personal journey to freedom, the author credits some of her own life situations and choices as the basis for this work of fiction. It is her hope that some mistakes are not worth repeating – not when there is joy as a choice instead.
Sisters by Fate, a touching and poignant look into the lives of three young women with very different (yet relevant) circumstances, is a journey through the trials and joys of coming-of-age. It moves through all the stages of emotions, decisions, and consequences that accompany this passage of both time and maturity.
Sisters by Fate is a beautifully woven story with an edge-of-your-seat ending. This book will forever leave a mark on the hearts and lives of all readers.
ABOUT THE BOOK
This book is about a young girl with big dreams of one day being an astronaut and going to outer space. She wants to see the planets and galaxies while looking through a window of a space ship, and to be aboard the International Space Station (ISS) performing experiments in the quest to make life better for everyone, and to maybe land on a distant planet and explore God's beautiful creations.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Dave Norman, born and raised in Southeast Texas, was inspired by Astrology and the aerospace industry. He studied at University of Houston and at Prairie View A&M University. He worked for NASA in association with LBJ Space Center in Clear Lake, TX and the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. He loves to write stories for children and poems for both kids and adults. He continues to encourage young adults to study enthusiastically in education to be successful, dream big and learn all they can about one of the greatest adventures of the world (Space Exploration).
The Cellist’s Friend is the first of a trilogy. Robert will publish the prequel later in 2019, which covers the Cello player’s story and his actual court martial, originally written as the second play, though it was not published as such. Subsequently there will be a third novel which will complete the story at the end of the war and the aftermath of the events surrounding the Cello player’s story with a dramatic climax.
Robert is loving writing the WW1 novels that he originally wanted to write nearly fifty years ago.
Robert spent thirty – two years serving as a British Royal Marines officer, following many family members who served their country, including an uncle killed in 1917 at the WW1 Battle of Ypres. Stories told by his father of relatives, sparked his interest in the war.
Early in his military career, Robert was greatly interested in WW1 novels and poetry as well as its military history. This brought into being his passion for writing. It wasn’t until after he had left the Marines and the centenary of the war approached that he saw an opportunity to write something unique within the genre. The WW1 poet Wilfred Owen, is
extensively studied and read about, but the battle in which he fell in the last week of the war, was not well documented. Most writing focused on the poetry. Robert decided to combine the two and he wrote a play; All About the Boys, the last days of Wilfred Owen.
Following local South East London success of the play on stage, Robert decided to write another. Wanting to continue the theme of art in the war, as with the poetry; Robert had the idea of a cello playing soldier who defies the inherent injustice of war. In the play he wrote, the soldier plays his cello at his execution after a questionable charge of desertion was brought against him. This led Robert to consider the story of the cello player’s friend, Ben Routledge, invited to attend the Court Martial instead of an official defending officer.
So he wrote The cellist’s Friend, as a novel.
After the Court Martial Ben returns to the trenches full of guilt at not disclosing the real story that led to the charge of desertion and the subsequent court martial. In a wider sense Ben carries the guilt that most soldiers feel in war for some omission of perceived duty, for instance an inability to save a friend. Ben is seriously wounded and returns to England for treatment. He was pulled to safety by a Jamaican soldier, a reinforcement to the unit and the two had struck up a friendship. While convalescing in England Ben writes to the Jamaican soldier’s wife and the parents of his cellist friend. He is still haunted by the words of the song Invictus which was sung at the execution and played by the cellist. Ben discovers that the Jamaican soldier’s wife is now a widow. Love develops between them as Ben becomes fit enough to return to home duty. But how will this survive the extreme prejudice against the idea of a mixed race relationship and carrying life-changing effects of his injury, how will Ben begin to find his own redemption from guilt and face the utter shame and grief of the Cellist’s parents.
In 2014, Paul Markland resigned from being a pastor as he was plagued with pain due to four back surgeries. He knew then that the ordeal to come would tax all his strength—both his physical and emotional well-being. Propitiously during such time, friends encouraged him to start writing. He entertained the thought but never anticipated nor even expected to write one, let alone ten.
Though Paul's stimulus may have come from some great friends, it was his mother, Lucy Markland, who planted the seeds of the ultimate ideal and his greatest inspiration. She loved to read and wanted to write a novel herself but didn’t. She believed she lacked the education and experience to do so.
Nonetheless, Paul was blessed with friends who've stepped in and wheeled him into pursuing the dreams of his beloved mother. Support of this endeavor came from all around—from proofing of his work to financial backing. Everyone diligently gave each of their time and resources. His wife, Judy, proved to be his greatest advocate. Throughout the years, she always proved to be the foundation for Paul’s success. She unselfishly sacrificed her educational pursuit to see Paul pursue his calling in the ministry. Faithfully, she stood by Paul’s side regardless of the obstacles before them. She proved to be a devoted wife and mother. Her strength is found more so in her faith in God and family.
Paul's unique and personal creations feature covers that illustrate his work and, more importantly, every form and content of dialogue is in harmony which increases his visibility as an exquisite writer of fiction from real-life experiences. His published books include: All Things Work Together For Good (Romans 8:28), Killing Me Softly, Whispers in the Willows, The Whispering Woods, The Widow's Web, No Holds Barred: No Holding Back, Winds of Change, Hard to Say I'm Sorry. Two more are to be made live very, very soon—The Mitchells' Mystery and I Existed.
With keen observations and reflections, all of Paul's writings stamp a trademark of carefully-observed details and well-chosen verbs. He is definitely one who turns a reader’s curiosity into action and makes stronger impressions than adjectives.
Since 2014, I have written ten novels. I have worked with several publishing companies. Yet, in the end, when all is said and done, URLink Print & Media, by far, has caught my attention and trust. Their team is compassionate, caring, and committed. They take time to listen to the author’s reasoning behind each story, each book, and each novel along with the author’s life history. The staff does everything to fulfill the promises promised, and to promote each publication of each book. If URLink Print & Media is willing to represent me with such commitment, then I am more than happy to represent them.
Jean Murray Munden
The author of the highly praised novel – Come Fill My Cup – Jean Murray Munden has been engaged in storytelling since she was a child. Trained as a nurse in a large city hospital, she stopped because of family circumstances, and then started writing thereafter.
Writing for more than 30 years now, Jean has always been inspired by real things happening in the world, and with music. Her favorite books include Harper Lee’s How to Kill a Mockingbird, and Daphne Du Maurier’s Rebecca.
In an interview, Jean said that in writing Come Fill My Cup, the story seem to just come to her mind. She wrote this story quite quickly. In the story, Robin Lindsay, on her trip to Scotland, and a 45-year-old Canadian widow meets James Maclachlan, a Scottish widower. James was haunted by the poor relationship he had with his wife, who died under mysterious circumstances nearly 10 years ago, leaving a daughter and infant son. ¬The new couple fell in love, but events emerging from the past, and violent murder in the present, complicate matters.
Jean Murray Munden is also an author of another well written book – I’ll Remember April. In the story, twenty year old Lulu Ferris visits, her grandmother, Louise, to discuss her love life—Lulu, already engaged to be married, has suddenly fallen in love with a man some years older than she. Louise contemplates the problem by reflecting on her own past and the two loves she experienced. She also ponders her relationship with her two sisters and the effect of war on families. Set in Ottawa, Ontario, Prince Edward Island, and Vancouver, B.C., the story covers 70 years beginning from the outset of the First World War to the present (the 80s) where Lulu’s dilemma may or may not be resolved.
Robert Maddock was born in Honolulu, TH into a family that loved learning, especially history. His father was a physician in the US Public Health Service. They lived in Boston, Maryland, Cleveland, Norfolk, Chicago, Brooklyn NY,
San Francisco and Carville, LA and for most summers he lived in Twin Falls, Idaho where he worked for his Maternal Grandfather on his survey crew. His grandfather was famous in his own right for being the first to plan and execute a major irrigation project in the U.S. and also as a patriot, engineering the Wendover, Utah airfield for the U.S. Army Airforce during WWII. Love of Country was uppermost in the family. Robert graduated from St Georges’ School, Stanford University with a BA. He served two years of active duty as a junior officer in the US Marine Corps graduating from Basic School in Class 4-56. His military occupational specialty was artillery. Operation Wappen: A War that Never Was is about his Marine Corps experience. After 9 years of total service he was honorably discharged as a Captain. He graduated from University of Virginia Medical School with an MD and did most of his post graduate medical training at the University of Utah Medical Center in the field of Internal Medicine, metabolism and nephrology. Like his father before him he passed his Internal Medicine Board examinations and was elected a Fellow in the American College of Physicians. He remained associated with the University of Utah Medical School finally as an Adjunct Professor of Medicine.
He was married twice. His two children have been successful in their endeavors. His second marriage led to help in rearing 7 children of his wife’s sister and now more than 20 grandchildren. His religious preferences began in the Episcopal Church and after 40 years he joined the LDS Church where he has served for another 40 years. He traces his namesake family history back to late 15 th Century Wales where the family name was Madoc. With migration to Gloucester, England it became Madock and then following further migration to Dublin, Ireland in the 17 th Century it became Maddock. For 200 years the family were felt-makers and “Freemen.” His paternal great-grandfather came to the U.S. in 1880 where two of his four children distinguished themselves by earning a law degree and singing grand opera at an early age with the New York Metropolitan Opera Company. His heritage is a mix of Irish, English, Danish and Prussian. He traces his maternal side back to 15 th Century Denmark and Prussia. His DNA is Irish, Scandinavian, Prussian and English. Both he and his wife served an LDS Mission as Area Medical Advisors for Europe and lived in Frankfurt Germany for two years from 2008 to 2010. Following September 11, 2001, he became interested in Islam and its background of warfare, along with its advancement into 4th generation war. This eventually led him to publish The 1300 Years’ War first in 2013. It is now in its 3rd edition. Operation Wappen was first published in 2015. It is in its 3rd edition.
Raija Pönkänen, his wife and illustrator of his books has more combat time than he does having been born in Finland just before the onset of the Continuation War with the Soviets. She was subjected to bombing and strafing for 3 years. She graduated from the North Karelian Hospital Nursing School and worked as a nurse anesthetist and eventually surgical nurse in both Finland and the U.S. She was a scrub nurse for Dr. Tom Starzl at the University of Colorado Medical Center for a year. She worked for a number of years with the Division of Artificial Organs at the University of Utah under Dr. Willem Kolff, the inventor of dialysis and the artificial kidney. She was one of the first to obtain an advanced nursing degree as a Family Nurse Practitioner from the University of Utah. She worked in our office for about10 years, and ended her nursing career as the chief practicing nurse for the Salt Lake County Medical Assessment Clinic. Part of her accomplishments was to become the first Transplant Coordinator for the University of Utah. She has always had an interest in art that comes through her Finnish-Karelian family heritage. She traces her family back as far as the early 18th century. By DNA she is a pure Finn. All 130+ sketch illustrations in The 1300 Years’ War and Operation Wappen are hers. The photographs of both were taken when we were young adults. Robert, when he was a 2 nd Lt. in the USMCR and Raija when she was a nurse in the newborn intensive care unit at the University of Utah Medical Center.
"The prize is the good feeling of solving the puzzle without looking in the solutions at the end of the puzzle book."
-US Review of Books-
The author of this great vocabulary puzzle book was born on a farm in North Dakota close to the small town of McHenry in 1936. He attended and graduated from McHenry Public School in 1954. He worked for the Northern Pacific Railroad and then for the United States Postal Service as a City letter carrier retiring in 1998. He served in the United States Air Force from 1958 to 1962. He began logging vanity license plates after retirement, finally logging over 3,000 plates. Sometime in 2015, he decided to try to publish a vanity license plate word search puzzle book. While in the Air, he became a cryptographer and earned a top-secret security clearance and spent a year and a half in Okinawa sending and receiving top secret messages. After the time in Okinawa, he went to Washington D C where I continued in that field until honorable discharge in 1962. While married, his wife and he were blessed with three children, a boy named Wade and two girls named, Greta and Leah. His oldest daughter spent ten years in Hollywood trying to become an actress but it didn't work.
Fadness understands puzzles. After all, when much of one's career is spent working as a letter carrier for the United States Postal Service, a necessary job skill is being able to figure out the daily mysteries associated with how some people creatively address their correspondence. Perhaps this proclivity is what partially drove him to begin logging vanity license plates in his retirement, eventually accumulating a whopping 3,000 of them in his personal collection. He has now decided to share some of these with others but in a format as unique and challenging as the plates themselves.
Each entry in his 100-puzzle collection includes twenty license plate clues below a 14 x 22 grid of 308 letters or numbers. Rather than simply seeing a word and then searching for it in the grid above, the reader must first figure out the phrase the vanity plate clue is referring to before hunting it down. And like the best word searches, the phrases are not always placed straight across or up and down. Words can take off at odd angles, intersect with other answers, and even be written backwards or upside down.
He wishes many puzzle book enthusiasts will enjoy the book very much.
Author of this well-known memoir was born in Sydney, Australia in 1932. Leaving high school at a pre-matriculation level, he joined the Royal Australian Air Force in 1951. His flying career spanned an unbroken period to his retirement in 2003. It comprised three approximately equal phases, as an Air Force pilot, Commercial Pilot and Examiner of Airmen/Flying Operations Inspector with CASA (Australian equivalent to FAA).
His first marriage of 13 years ended when he returned from Vietnam. He had two sons, losing one at age 23. His eldest son lives in Sydney. His second marriage lasted for 45 years before his wife died in 2015. He has three step-sons and four grandsons. He is an active member of Rotary International, volunteers in Stroke Support and lives in a friendly retirement village in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. Previous publications are; a home study course in Instrument Flying, (1980, now out-dated), and a novel, 'Rainbow, no end' (2005).
Like many veterans of many wars, the author has seldom told of his combat/overseas experiences and encounters. He flew in combat as a 20-year-old fighter pilot during the Korean War in 1953 and as a helicopter pilot in the Vietnam War in 1969. During his nineteen years in the Royal Australian Air Force, he also flew C130 Hercules transport operations during the Malayan Emergency, the Indonesian confrontation and the Vietnam War.
The following 33 short stories relate some of the more memorable occurrences that he experienced during his 52 years as an aviator. He started with the first dozen from Vietnam, because one night in early 2006, he woke from a vivid dream of an incident that occurred when he was flying helicopters during the war. He had an inexplicable urge to write something about that disturbed time. So, he got out of bed, sat at the keyboard and jotted down Story #1, ‘The MP and the VC’. On each of the following dozen nights, a new story poured out. So that was the beginning of this return to the memories, some bad but mostly good, of authors flying life.
As a successful lawyer, Jule Gaige continues to follow her insight to greater life purpose. Her writings are filled with the divine message amid her outpouring of understanding. She lives the discoveries of her journey and enjoys each moment, lovingly. She shares that the spark of freedom is not something we yearn or search for. Rather, it is inborn to us. It is the spark of our innate capacity to grow and expand in consciousness to the Truth of our being that is Love and Wisdom. (Author is sweet and friendly. easy to talk to. please do not disappoint).
Beyond the Spark of Freedom
About the book: In her other books, I Gave Up My Life to Find IT and ¬ The Infallible Way, Jule Gaige shares the way to overcome fears to realize unconditional love. With great insight, this book, Beyond the Spark of Freedom, she conveys how we walk-through life experiences to transform mind’s resistance to realize Love. What begins as the spark of freedom that is inherent to each of us as part of our Truth, consciousness now shines radiantly in all things, as all things, and beyond all things. It permeates not only your personal world but the world, at large.
The Infallible Way
Complete with stories that extend from contemporary life experiences The Infallible way supports common sense understanding of your role in the grand scheme of things. It answers your questions regarding the nature and source of your personal empowerment. It explains the people and situations in your life and tells you why they are present. In addition, The Infallible Way provides the solution to unrest, conflict and chaos that appears along the path of life.