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We are delighted to report that the long-awaited e-Publication edition of Truckbusters from Dogpatch 1950 is now available for convenient, immediate download to your favorite portable media device.

The huge, 700+ page, 1,000 image original print edition is being updated and organized into four e-Publications, each covering a year of combat. With the advantages of e-Publication, color images will add more depth and immediacy.  Hyperlinks will connect readers with additional information and resources.  The e-Publication format will allow convenient, portable reading from iPads and similar devices.

The first e-Publication edition covers 1950.

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Just published as e-Publication…

Calling All Volunteers

Dr. Jesse O. Bolinger, Ph.D., CNP

Calling All Volunteers offers value to the reader on many levels, from a better understanding of behavioral theory, including a suggested new hierarchy of needs and motivation, to explanations of generational cohorts focused on volunteer contributions and availability, and concluding with a suggested application process designed to enable a better fit between the volunteer and the position of service they might best fulfill in your organization.

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Most nonprofit organizations rely on volunteers to help them fulfill their vital philanthropic purposes and missions. Recruiting and retaining quality volunteers has always been a challenge for charitable organizations, particularly for nonprofits in more rural areas. Today, with an aging population and a large number of baby boomers entering retirement years, new approaches to recruiting volunteers are needed. Dr. Jesse Bolinger is a strong believer in rural communities and in Volunteerism. Based on his extensive, real-world research, he suggests new and innovative ideas focused on recruiting and retaining volunteers. In this first e-PUB edition he presents a compelling case for an individual’s past work experience, educational background, and mental health to be included in the strategies and initiatives focused on volunteer recruiting and retention.

Here are some of the interesting new reading experiences now ready to add to your enjoyment, and that of other special folks in your life. 

So much of our national dialogue today focuses on generational issues. It may have a lot to do with the objectives by both political and commercial marketeers to carve our society into ever smaller, and more manageable, demographic segments.

The Generation born between 1925 to 1945, has been named by some “authority” or other as the “Silent Generation.” Another Bureau suggests that those born between 1929 to 1945 are the “Lucky Few.”

To attribute their success and generational happiness to “luck,” is to disregard their individual and collective contributions to our nation’s prosperity and history. They remember a lot of hard work, family separations, and disappointments.  They don’t report remembering a lot of “luck” contributing to what they achieved.

To disregard what they learned as the fundamental truths of gaining and sustaining personal and national success, would indeed make them the “Silent Generation.” To the extent that they remain silent is the extent to which the views of former bartenders and other “experts” can become bitter cocktails within the national dialogue.

BelleAire Press Welcomes these voices, Silent no longer.

“Falling for Autumn”, a nostalgic welcome to Fall by CAPT Greg Streeter as it arrives in a beautiful, much beloved former home neighborhood and Wisconsin county.

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Alpha Juliet by CAPT Greg Streeter.  “Alpha Juliet” was an RT signal used years ago by NATO units meaning “reporting for duty.”  We Welcome CAPT Streeter’s reporting for duty as he pointedly reminds us of the importance of core values.  Because core values are the basis and motivation for behavior, we are well advised to consider not only our own Core Values, but especially those who claim national leadership roles.

“Consequences of The Pill  Did The Pill have the single biggest impact on the world in nearly a century?

If you no longer want to remain “silent,” then speak up.  Become a BelleAire Press Voice…

Just Published…

Spirit Knits© by BelleAirePress are original knitting designs created to capture the essential character, quality, energy, and temperament of subjects and activities we care deeply about. In short, to capture and reflect in its original designs, the character and essence of these topics, often reflecting gentle humor and fun.

Spirit Knits© by BelleAire Press includes an expanding number of original designs in a growing number of categories.

Introducing…

Beach Spirit Knits ©

Beach Spirit Knits© by BelleAire Press include original knit designs that help you go to the beach without actually leaving your home.

Caribbean color palettes that glow with the vibrant blues, oranges, and greens of southern seas. Original designs that reflect the laidback atmosphere, fiesty spirit — and witty humor — of life and relaxation near a shore.

Create your own waves lapping or crashing. Seagulls scolding. Wind blowing the warm, damp musk of salt water and sand dunes into your innermost reaches. Relaxing, peaceful, calming.

Choose from one or more of the growing selection of beach life designs from Beach Spirit Knits© by BelleAire Press.

 


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If your interests include circus life as it was in the 19th century, the Civil War, and a true-to-life love story, you are invited under the tent flap to share The Great Southern Circus, a new digital e-Book by Nick West.

[Reviewer], “an adventure-filled love story rich with historical details and family history that explains circus life before and during the Civil War.  A lovingly and authoritatively written history for current and future generations to enjoy and appreciate.”

You can follow James Johnston and Miranda Madeira from the time they met as teenagers near Albertville, Alabama, and then on to “the big top.” The James and Miranda love story is further enlivened with the once-in-a-lifetime adventure of traveling with the circus, essentially joining their close-knit family until it was torn apart by the Civil War.

West brings these rich characters back to life so that we are able to use their stories to reach a better understanding of who we all are as a nation – as Americans.

The Great Southern Circus explores the manner, social conditions, major events, and other history of the period depicted. The author highlights notable historical figures to allow readers to better understand how these individuals responded to the events and changes taking place in their environments.

The Great Southern Circus is based on true historical events, set in historical context and time. Although this story deals with real people and actual events, this is a work of historical fiction. The events chronicled here did happen, and the characters are all based on real people, but the author extrapolates from factual information derived from multiple sources to bring his characters to life.


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PeeWee, Clark's Hill Cat narrates his story as the feisty owner of the Raymond Family of Stamford, Connecticut during World War II.
PeeWee, the Clark’s Hill Cat narrates his story as the feisty owner of the Raymond Family of Stamford, Connecticut during World War II.

The BelleAire Press “Cat-itorial Review Board” recently granted its CRB Seal of Excellence to a new work of feline historic fiction by Faith R. Connors, author of Flavors of the Fjords and Love, Midgie.

Pee Wee, The Clark’s Hill Cat is a cat’s tale, as told by himself to Connors. Actually, the story was the outcome of Connors’ discovery as a young girl that she knew what her cat was thinking. The result is a gripping tale of cat life in the Raymond household in Stamford, Connecticut during World War II. From blackouts and Victory Gardens, to a Sailor “borrowing” the family car, Pee Wee shares his unique experiences and outlook.

“Why do you want to read a book by me?” Pee Wee asks. “Is it because I am a cat?”

We believe you will agree with the BP CRB that Pee Wee’s tale is not too long, not too short, but just right.


Flavors of the Fjords 2018 ePublication Edition

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Flavors of the Fjords

by Faith Connors & Tracy Connors, Bjørn & Tove Fladvad

Flavors of the Fjords “is the complete story of a family, their destinies, and the conditions under which they lived…[we wrote it] for people who want to have a better knowledge of Norway as it was in the past and what it is like today.”   -Bjørn Fladvad-

Flavors of the Fjords has the largest number of traditional Norwegian holiday recipes–cakes, cookies, breads–ever put together in one book! Interwoven with fascinating bits of Norwegian social history, including explanations of Norwegian Holiday traditions and customs, many of them kept alive by millions of Norwegian-American families.

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The new, digital, updated and expanded edition of Flavors of the Fjords is now available. The remaining hard cover stock of “first edition” Flavors is not likely to be replaced.
Why not order your hard copy now to have at hand in your cooking library for convenient access?


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Baited Trap, The Ambush of Mission 1890

…the incredible, true and heavily illustrated story of the heroic Airmen of Mission 1890, the Korean War’s most heroic, and tragic, combat helicopter rescue mission.

by Tracy D. Connors, Ph.D., CAPT USN (Ret)

Now Available As Hyperlinked E-Pub

The 2018 E-Publication edition of Baited Trap, the Ambush of Mission 1890 is updated with additional photographs, many in color.  It also includes hyperlinks to external web sites that provide additional information or resources to readers.

Baited Trap, The Ambush of Mission 1890 tells the story for the first time of perhaps the most dangerous Korean War rescue mission in compelling detail gleaned from formerly classified official records, first person accounts, and family documents long unknown.  “This story is a tragic, but wonderful, example of how war may affect the loved ones of those who are lost. It includes a ‘gold mine’ of documentary and photographic evidence at the family level.” (Dr. Forest Marion)

“Captain Tracy Connors has presented a remarkably accurate picture of the courage and dedication of those pilots and airmen who risked and sometimes gave their lives that others may live during the Korean War.” (LTC John Caldwell)

“I just had to let you that I am enthralled by the book…it is in indeed a part of history that should be told!” (Actual reader feedback)

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Truckbusters From Dogpatch

The Combat Diary of the 18th Fighter-Bomber Wing in the Korean War, 1950-1953

by Tracy D. Connors, Ph.D., CAPT USN (Ret)

The most comprehensive combat diary of any Korean War Air Force unit will soon be Available As an updated, expanded and Hyperlinked E-Pub.

The 2019 E-Publication edition of The Combat Diary of the 18th Fighter-Bomber Wing in the Korean War, 1950-1953 is updated with additional photographs, many in color.  It also includes hyperlinks to external web sites that provide additional information or resources to readers.

A 60th Anniversary Tribute to the Wing that flew more combat missions during the Korean War than any other.

The Combat Diary of the 18th Fighter-Bomber Wing in the Korean War, 1950-1953. “What a tremendous, true combat history of a fighting outfit. I have never read the equal of this book…When looking for a thorough, education history of the air war in Korea, readers cannot do any better.”

On its way…

We are delighted to report that the long-awaited e-Publication edition of Truckbusters from Dogpatch is nearing completion. The huge, 700+ page, 1,000 image original print edition is being updated and organized into four e-Publications, each covering a year of combat. With the advantages of e-Publication, color images will add more depth and immediacy.  Hyperlinks will connect readers with additional information and resources.  The e-Publication format will allow convenient, portable reading from iPads and similar devices.

The first e-Publication edition will be 1950. We will bring you regular updates on this page.

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Softbound and ePUB with Teacher/Tutor Guide (free download)

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Love Midgie

“…a refreshing, true story of a young Florida girl with indomitable spirit!”
by Faith Raymond Connors

A recent reader wrote the author:  “I read and loved Love, Midgie within days after I received it. What a wonderful story and book. I was completely engaged in the “can’t put it down” way. I also was delighted to read the family stories in the Epilogue… I love reading family stories and Midgie’s was wonderful. So thank you again.”  -Susan M.

Adventures based on a true story of an indomitable Florida girl

Love, Midgie’s incredible adventures are based on a true story and are illustrated with historic photographs and postcards, including photographs from Midgie’s actual family album.  Readers are able to see views of the actual locations, neighborhoods, and houses Midgie saw in 1915-1920.

Over 100 antique postcards, family photographs, and the author’s illustrations provide story continuity, identification by the reader with the location and story, and interest for the reader.

Written to help readers understand and experience life for a young, spirited girl in Florida a century ago.  Incredibly, much of the neighborhood and many of the same houses mentioned in the book have been preserved.  Readers can much of Jacksonville’s historic Springfield Neighborhood much as it was when Midgie and her brother, Henry, grew up there.

Just Added: Reader’s Guide

Home schooling parents and adults reading to young people will find the new Love, Midgie Reader’s Guide an important and useful resource.  The new, free download was prepared by author and reading educator Faith Connors to make the LM reading experience more fun and meaningful.

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Books and Digital Publications

Arriving soon as a convenient e-PUB…

EARTHQUEST
An intergalactic love story…now available through BelleAire Press

We are pleased to announce that the highly-acclaimed sci-fi best seller Earth Quest is now available right here through BelleAire Press!

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Earth Quest by Ginny Brinkley and Kathleen Perry

Imagine what life would be like if our beloved planet were to become uninhabitable, either because of our own failings or from forces beyond our control. Would we have sufficient technology to be able to travel the unfathomable distances in space for years, perhaps thousands of years, in search of a new homeland?

The Enlilliians, remnants of an ancient civilization, experienced such a fate. A select few had escaped from their planet before it was incinerated by their ever-expanding sun. These survivors, confined to their giant spaceship, hoped that their search for a new home – and a new food source – would end within a few generations. Their Quest seemed hopeless. That is, until they came across a little planet called Earth – and a biologist named Dr. William Lance.

This could have already happened…
Is the ultimate fate of all intelligent life to roam endlessly in space?

Earth Quest is a compelling story by gifted writers (Ginny Brinkley & Kathleen Perry) that chronicles the epic voyage to Earth made by the survivors of an advanced civilization from their doomed planet. Ahead of us in their technological progress by hundreds of thousands of years, they, too, found violation of the light barrier to be out of the question. However, they found a means of travel compatible with their technology, thus enabling the adventure awaiting you in Earth Quest.