In 1915, when a kitchen stove fire singed his sister Mabel's lashes and brows, Tom Lyle Williams watched in fascination as she performed what she called "a secret of the harem" - mixing petroleum jelly with coal dust and ash from a burnt cork and applying it to her lashes and brows. Mabel's simple beauty trick ignited Tom Lyle's imagination, and he started what would become a billion-dollar business, one that remains a viable American icon after nearly a century. He named it Maybelline in her honor.
"The Williams Family Saga and the Rise of Mabelline"
For Lauren, there's nothing particularly scary about seeing ghosts or experiencing psychic flashes. After all, this is the world she knows. Still, none of that prepares her for suddenly connecting with the mind of Vicky Stearns, a girl she's never seen before. Lauren has no idea what caused the connection to happen or why, of all the people in the world, she received this psychic distress call. Her confusion soon turns to fear when she learns that the girl went missing earlier that same day.
"A quirky YA Psychic Mystery"
Ghosts, Lauren can handle. People, on the other hand, can be scary as hell. So when she finds herself visited by a young girl who's clearly no longer of this world, Lauren is more intrigued than anything else. It's only when this ongoing visitation coincides with receiving a psychic distress call from a girl who desperately wants to stay missing that Lauren becomes both curious and frightened
"Great story, great narrator!"
Everyone has heard of Habitat for Humanity, the faith-based housing initiative that has built homes for more than a million of the world's poor. Many are familiar with its founders, Millard and Linda Fuller. But few know the amazing love story behind the movement a story that began accidentally and will conclude in a world forever changed by its impact. By age 29, Millard Fuller was a self-made millionaire. But that success came at a cost.
Was a rare amethyst mine illegally seized from the Japanese ancestors of a well-known Atlanta family, just after World War II? Four months ago, anthropologist professor Travis Monahan got shot while on an investigation of the mysterious floating city at Baikal. Suffering from PTSD, he's been holed up in their Atlanta office with his Jack Russell terrier and his brooding thoughts.
"Fast-Paced and Action-Packed Adventure"
When the ship disappears in the Sea of Okhotsk, Fiona's parole officer illegally releases her from prison so she and the Alpha Adventures team can locate and recover the missing gold. His stake in this case is personal. The catch is, the Alpha Adventurers have to act fast before anyone discovers that Fiona's on the lam. If they don't quickly succeed, she'll have to return to prison.