The Ottoman Empire was a strong world power for over six hundred years beginning in the late 13th century. How did it rise from one man who was given charge of a small parcel of land to an empire that spanned three continents? Why did it begin to lose battle after battle, eventually reaching a point where it was beaten back by its enemies? Which sultans presented the empire with the tools for success and which destroyed the unity? What contributed to its demise?
These questions and more will be answered through this book as the secrets of the Ottoman Empire are revealed. This book contains a description of the origins and basics about the population of citizens within the empire along with descriptions about each of the thirty-six emperors’ personal rises and falls in their quest to better the empire. Additionally, the contributions the Ottomans made to their empire and beyond to other countries will be described along with the daily life of those within the palace and those without. Is there anything left today that came from the Ottoman Empire? Or did the Ottoman Empire simply disappear without a trace left to indicate it existed?
Memories & Secrets (SAVE 93%)
Revealing a secret may be liberating, yet some secrets can never be disclosed.
A year after her husband died, Deborah is still deeply torn over her role in his death, but she can’t confide in anyone without breaking a solemn promise. Her granddaughter, Ashley, is no longer the cheerful, confident tomboy Deborah remembers. Ashley has secrets of her own. The death of a student at her high school has cut her to the core for reasons she has kept hidden.
Neither of these two family members expected their summer visit to be transformative, but life is sometimes full of surprises. In this novel filled with sadness and laughter, with fear and courage, two people turn to love to lift them beyond their painful memories and secrets.
Memories & Secrets links generations, with an appeal to young adult as well as older readers. It touches on themes of self-esteem, bullying, sexual orientation, and family relationships as well as coming of age contrasted with end of life decisions. The story is set in a fictional town in western Colorado.
Where’s the Next Shelter? (0.0 Star Reviews!)
Where’s the Next Shelter? is the true story of three travelers on the Appalachian Trail, a two thousand mile hike that stretches from Georgia to Maine, told from the perspective of Gary Sizer, a seasoned backpacker and former Marine who quickly finds himself humbled by the endeavor. He teams up with Megan, a sassy college grad whose indomitable spirit eclipses her lack of experience, and Lemmy, a cartoonist from overseas whose off-kilter commentary on the wonders and frustrations of the trail keeps everyone laughing.
Sprawling through the woods and towns of the Appalachian mountains, the trail carries the trio through real and fanciful ups and downs ranging from hilarious to perilous. Much more than an orderly account of mountain tops and meals, it is an adventure about friends figuring things out as they go. It’s about screw-ups and solutions, awe and inspiration.
If you long for the horizon, or to sleep under the stars, then come along for the hike of a lifetime. All you have to do is take the first step.