John Smid was a well known national leader and spokesperson with the message of "Freedom from homosexuality through Jesus Christ." Within these pages he describes the journey that he embarked upon after he said "God, Surprise Me!" A provocative and personal journal of how John "exited" the ex-gay world and began the process of integration into an authentic life.
Smile This is a very sunny, happy collection of poems from an expert anthologist, guaranteed to bring laughter into your day. The Laughter Forecast Today will be humorous With some giggly patches. Scattered outbreaks of chuckling in the south And smiles spreading from the east later. Widespread chortling Increasing to gale force guffaws towards evening. The outlook for tomorrow Is hysterical. Sue Cowling
Sounding Like a No-No traces a rebellious spirit in post–civil rights black music by focusing on a range of offbeat, eccentric, queer, or slippery performances by leading musicians influenced by the cultural changes brought about by the civil rights, black nationalist, feminist, and LGBTQ movements, who through reinvention created a repertoire of performances that have left a lasting mark on popular music. The book's innovative readings of performers including Michael Jackson, Grace Jones, Stevie Wonder, Eartha Kitt, and Meshell Ndegeocello demonstrate how embodied sound and performance became a means for creativity, transgression, and social critique, a way to reclaim imaginative and corporeal freedom from the social death of slavery and its legacy of racism, to engender new sexualities and desires, to escape the sometimes constrictive codes of respectability and uplift from within the black community, and to make space for new futures for their listeners. The book's perspective on music as a form of black corporeality and identity, creativity, and political engagement will appeal to those in African American studies, popular music studies, queer theory, and black performance studies; general readers will welcome its engaging, accessible, and sometimes playful writing style, including elements of memoir.
"★★★★★ - Sizzling" Miranda has been lonely for a long while now. She doesn't have much friends and she hits the gym on a regular not only to work on her thick bod, but her sexy gym instructor, Lucas, is more than enough motivation for her to be there. This Independence day holiday, Miranda finds herself alone with no companion and decides to hit the gym where she was sure it would be just her since everyone else would be out celebrating July 4th. Wrong!. She was surprised! Not only was the juice dripping Lucas there, but two more of his sexily buffed friends too. Find out how all three is helping Miranda to a work out of her lifetime, that she will never forget and you wont either! CLICK the Look-inside to read a juicy excerpt of this story This book contains adult themes, harsh language, and sexual content not intended for under eighteen. ***FREE FOR DOWNLOAD WITH KINDLE UNLIMITED OR PRIME MEMBERS***
A young woman finds her loyalties tested beyond limit and her desires torn beyond measure in 1846 California.
After sailing around Cape Horn, and barely surviving the perilous journey, devout Protestant Rachel Tyler, arrives in California just in time for her father’s wedding and the unfolding of the Bear Flag Revolt. Though already engaged to marry a minister in Massachusetts, Rachel’s ambitious father arranges her betrothal to Roman Vasquez, a blue-blooded Catholic son of the gente de razón, the ruling class of California. Roman, a proud, Spanish soldier is ready to fight and die for his homeland. As the Yankee rebels raise their bear flag in Sonoma square, the last thing Roman wants is an arranged marriage to the American daughter of his enemy Joshua Tyler. But his Uncle Pedro, the Patrón of the family, has other plans. Neither Rachel nor Roman desire this unlikely engagement that assaults their religious beliefs, but they cannot escape the passion flaming between them as war looms on the horizon and bitter rivals rise up to destroy them amid the breathtaking backdrop of the last days of the Californios. Until the Day Breaks is the first book in the sweeping saga of California Rising, a tale of love, intrigue, and destiny, where passionate men and women lay the foundation of the Golden State with their very lives.
Debbie Travis’ Facelift offers fantastically innovative solutions for the decorating doldrums—and a fresh, simple approach to revitalizing any room of your home. Transforming a dark basement into a lively entertainment center or a restful retreat is a snap when you have the reigning queen of renovations guiding you. All you need to know is which mood—calm, cheerful, nostalgic, or dramatic—you want to convey. Then, with her intrepid philosophy of choosing colors to echo that mood, Debbie shows you how to create rooms that are brimming with as much personality as the people living in them. Each mood-inspired section will help you select the right color scheme for your home by highlighting some of the most inspirational remodeling projects from her acclaimed television show Facelift. Packed with beautiful color photographs illustrating before-and-after renovations, step-by-step projects for you to do yourself, and practical advice on giving your own home a facelift, Debbie Travis’ Facelift proves that having a home you adore can be a dream come true.