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The Ickles® First Bite!


Looking for a Quick Snack?

The Ickles® are proud to dish up 20 mind-tingling short stories to delight readers whose appetite includes fun, fantasy, adventure, and sci-fi themes– you certainly won’t go hungry.

If you like aliens, AI robots, sharks, octopus, and mermaid stories, plus animals, bugs, boats and planes you'll love these Ickle stories. Each page-turning tale transports you to a whimsical world of pure imagination.

You’ll meet:

  • Heroickle, a 12-year-old video gamer who saves his school and the world from an alien invasion.
  • Technickle, who invents an AI robot that goes rogue, threatening to exterminate all non-AI lifeforms.
  • Tentickle, an octopus who captures a band of smugglers.
  • Spherickle, who outruns an avalanche and survives.
  • Unmusickle, who can't carry a tune and becomes an overnight singing sensation!
  • Zoologickle and her wonderful world of animals.
  • Aquanautickle and an encounter with a shark.
  • Biologickle and the hidden world of bugs.
And many more incredible stories and characters.

Dire Straits


Embrace Failure, Ignite Success: Unveiling the 9 Greatest Pathways

Welcome to a journey that transcends success mantras and personal development clichés. In a world obsessed with triumph, there lies an untouched realm – the power of failure. Dive into my story of resilience and triumph over the 9 greatest mistakes that led me to the streets. This is not just a tale of falling; it's a guide on how to rise.

About the Book:

In a society inundated with success stories, my book stands out as a beacon of authenticity. Learn from my pitfalls and discover the 9 greatest pathways to success that emerged from the ashes of failure. This is not just a book; it's a roadmap for those navigating the challenging terrain of life.

Key Highlights:

Real-Life Lessons: Uncover the raw, unfiltered truth about the mistakes that shaped my journey.

Resilience Building: Explore strategies on how to face failures head-on and bounce back stronger.

9 Pathways to Success:

Gain insights into the principles that transformed my life and can revolutionize yours too.

1. Success is stumbling from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm - Winston S. Churchill

2. Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall - Confucius

3. Failure is simply the opportunity to begin again, this time more intelligently - Henry Ford

Why This Book:

In a world fixated on success, we often neglect the invaluable lessons hidden within our failures. This book is a tribute to resilience, a guide for those who seek wisdom in setbacks, and a testament to the belief that failure is not the end but a stepping stone towards greatness.

Transforming Setbacks into Fuel:

Discover the alchemical process of turning failures into fuel for future success. This book unveils the art of harnessing the energy of setbacks to propel yourself forward, ensuring each stumble becomes a stepping stone toward your goals.

Cultivating a Growth Mindset:

Learn how to nurture a growth mindset that sees challenges as opportunities for growth. Understand the power of a positive perspective and how it can reshape your journey, transforming obstacles into chances for personal and professional development.

Building Lasting Resilience:

Explore strategies for building lasting resilience, not just to weather the storms of life but to thrive in their midst. This book provides practical insights on cultivating mental toughness, emotional strength, and the endurance needed to navigate the complexities of your path.

The Power of Self-Reflection:

Uncover the transformative power of self-reflection. Delve into the importance of introspection in understanding your failures, learning from them, and using that knowledge to carve a more purposeful and successful future.

Fostering Healthy Relationships:

Discover how meaningful connections with others contribute to your resilience and success. Learn the art of building a support network that can lift you up during challenging times and celebrate your victories.

Embracing Change as a Constant:

Understand the inevitability of change and how embracing it can lead to personal and professional growth. This book provides insights on navigating the ever-evolving landscape of life with adaptability and grace.

The Wishing Jar


Write a wish.
Put it in the jar.
Say the wish out loud.
Hide the jar in a secret place.
Your wish will come true at midnight.

27-year-old attorney Julia Lynton, fed up with uncouth and immature men, wants to meet a proper gentleman like the ones in her grandmother’s Regency romance novels. After discovering a mysterious jar in a secret compartment of an antique desk, she travels to Linwood Park in Surrey, England, to discover the jar’s origin. Shortly after arriving, she begins to have dreams of things that happened over 200 years in the past. Using the wishing jar, she travels back to 1815 Regency England, where she meets Matthew, the perfect gentleman of her dreams.

Viscount Matthew Linwood, trapped in an arranged betrothal to cold and haughty Miss Caroline Lambert by his Grandmother Linwood and Uncle Devon, meets Julia, and the two are instantly smitten with each other. But little does Matthew know that Devon is also enamored with Julia and is plotting with his grandmother to compromise her and force her into marriage.

Will Julia be able to stay in the past and find her happily ever after with Matthew, or will her remaining result only in heartbreak and disaster for them both?

ON THE BRINK–Chaos and Mayhem at the Office


At age eleven, Dave Powers balks at the escalating cost of fireworks in New York’s Chinatown. He opts instead to buy them wholesale and sell them, albeit illegally to his classmates. He concludes the marginally profitable but error-ridden venture leaving him brimming with confidence and captivated by the promise of entrepreneurship.

Over the next few years, a series of tragic events shatters his world. Dave must learn to navigate life’s challenges, including basic survival, business, and a love relationship. Upon entering the advertising world during the Mad Men era, he struggles to find his way amid the socially accepted excesses of nepotism, alcohol consumption, and the exploitation of women. Can Dave find the maturity to achieve his dreams? Or are his scars too deep to overcome?

Based on true events, On the Brink is a novel for young readers beginning their own journey, nurturing adults trying to soften their failures, as well as seasoned entrepreneurs and business executives.

Intrigue At Longbourn: Elizabeth Bennet's Secret Investigation & Mr Bennet's Audacious Plan


…Imagine how it was before Netherfield is let.

‘Intrigue At Longbourn’ is probably the most authentic ‘Pride & Prejudice’ derivative you will ever read.

Elizabeth Bennet enjoys a lively six months before Netherfield Park is let at last. She is appalled to learn that a pregnant teenage kitchen maid, Alice, was dismissed from Longbourn House eight or nine years earlier with no thought for her welfare or that of her unborn child.

Unable to involve her family on the occasion, she approaches the recently arrived, handsome, young rector of Longbourn parish, Mr Wilde, and he agrees to assist her in secret. Their apparently clandestine association is noticed and misinterpreted by some.

Meanwhile, to secure the family’s future, Mr Bennet embarks on a complicated, high-risk scheme which is ultimately in danger of spiralling out of control.

Holidays provide welcome diversions and the social scene is enhanced by a young scientist named Julius Fairweather.

Nevertheless, father’s and daughter’s separate manoeuvres inevitably clash, stoked up by a jealous mischief-maker, as the summer races inexorably towards Michaelmas of 1797 when a young man of large fortune named Bingley first enters the neighbourhood.

…Become better acquainted with the characters in Jane Austen’s magnificent ‘Pride & Prejudice’ and prepare yourself for the sequel, ‘Menace At Pemberley’…

…Witness the first encounters between Elizabeth and Darcy…

…Read the first chapter of ‘Menace At Pemberley’ which begins immediately after Elizabeth and Darcy marry and continues with a large Christmas family gathering at Pemberley as foretold in ‘Pride & Prejudice’…

Written in a classic, easy-to-read, literary style, ‘Intrigue At Longbourn’ is a well-researched account of life in the late eighteenth century for the landed gentry and others and is a tribute to literary icon Jane Austen. 

Benevolent Skies


This is a book of poems that reflects on humanity, this is a book of poems that is based on humanity and the ways human being emotions evolve through out life and living life itself.

FAITH, STRENGTH, AND COURAGE: A Memoir of Overcoming Adversity & Embracing Life's Journey.


In a world of chaos and uncertainty, "Faith, Strength, and Courage: A Memoir of Overcoming Adversity and Embracing Life's Journey" by Gregory O. Proctor. shines brightly as a beacon of hope and inspiration.

In this captivating memoir, Gregory takes readers on a heartfelt journey through his battle with cancer, revealing the incredible power of faith, the strength of the human spirit, and the unwavering courage to face life's greatest challenges.

Gregory's story serves as a testament to the indomitable will of the human soul, from the moment of his diagnosis to the grueling treatments and financial hardships that followed.

Within the pages of this awe-inspiring debut book, you will discover the transformative power of faith, strength, and courage in the face of life's toughest trials. Gregory shares his profound insights and practical strategies for cultivating mental strength, offering invaluable guidance to cancer patients and anyone facing adversity.

As you delve into Gregory's remarkable journey, you will witness his resilience as he navigates the depths of despair and emerges with renewed hope and determination. His unwavering faith, strength, and courage prove that even in the darkest times, the human spirit can triumph.

"Faith, Strength, and Courage" is not just a book but a guiding light for those seeking inspiration, guidance, and a renewed sense of purpose. Let Gregory's story illuminate your path as you navigate your challenges, discovering the strength within you to overcome any obstacle that comes your way.

Prepare to be moved, uplifted, and forever changed by this extraordinary tale of faith, strength, and courage. Allow Gregory's words to touch your heart and inspire you to embrace a purpose, passion, and joy-filled life.

May "Faith, Strength, and Courage" serve as a reminder that even during chaos, there is hope. And within each of us lies the power to rise above adversity, guided by faith, fueled by strength, and empowered by courage.

Strong Women of God Prayers and Reflections

Strong Women of God Prayers and Reflections: For Daily Faith, Resilience and Empowerment Journal includes scripture verses, reflections on the Word, and journaling space to guide your walk with God and strengthen your journey. The inspirational topics include Faith, Self-Improvement, Love and Inner Beauty, Strength during adversity, Forgiveness, Patience and Trust. This is transformative prayer and reflection journal designed to strengthen your connection with God and empower your daily life.

7 Empowering Sections:
Knowing God: Deepen your understanding of the divine.
Letting Go: Surrender and trust in God's plan.
Love: Explore the profound love of the Almighty.
Faith: Strengthen your faith journey.
Courage: Find the bravery within through prayer.
Forgiveness: Embrace the healing power of forgiveness.
Purpose: Discover your unique purpose in God's plan.

Daily Motivational Bible verses with Kat Murdock's reflections and writing space for your own prayers.
Thematic Organization: Verses organized around key themes.
Guided Reflections: Reflect and meditate on the daily verses.
Journaling Prompts: Deepen your own understanding by journal writing.
Ideal for personal worship.
Great for group Bible study.
"Strong Women of God" is not just a prayer journal; it's a transformative tool for daily empowerment, resilience, and faith. Grab your copy now and embark on a meaningful and successful journey with God!

Plausible Liars


Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative journalist Kate Townsend knew she would lob an incendiary device into the contemporary culture if she wrote and published her series, Corrupting America's Children: Creating Chemical Eunuchs. But because of what she'd witnessed in her son's pre-kindergarten, she felt obligated to do it.

In a remarkable convergence of events, Lindsey McCall is also drawn into the explosive world of transgender politics. For the second time in four years, Lindsey is facing indictment for unintentional murder. The US Department of Justice has indicted both McCall and Townsend in a conspiracy of mammoth proportions.

In this fifth novel of Wilder's award-winning Lindsey McCall medical mystery series, her readers will find the innovative medical research loved by her fans, combined with a dramatic courtroom scenario guaranteed to provoke and challenge.

In her Foreward, Wilder writes:

We fiction writers have a responsibility when creating a character; he or she must sit beside us as we read the story. If she isn't, we haven't done our job.

Therefore, writing Dr. T's character forced a plunge into places I had no interest in going. A person like Adam Turner would not have come into this beautiful world looking for a kid to control, manipulate, or wreck. There had to be a reason- that created massive psychic wounds.

DIssonance Volume I: Reality


Plug your ears. Don't look.
The war for humanity has begun.

Cameron "Jet" Shipley was there when they arrived in 2026. He, and everyone else, lived through the next decade and a half, learning to hide. Learning to never make a sound. Learning the most important rule of all:

You just...don't...look.

The year is now 2042, and humanity is eking out an existence in the shadows. Cameron and his team are sent out on a recon mission in Clarksville Tennessee, with events and developments that may alter the trajectory of Earth's fate...and his own.

Joined by newcomers Bassett and Trudy, Cameron and his brother Rut will have to contend with a powerful force that has laid waste to the planet and annihilated over eighty-five percent of civilization.

Will Jet's expeditions lead him on a slippery slope of discovery that demands accountability and answers?

Or will it plunge the earth, and everything in it, into further dissonance?

"Aliens" meets "A Quiet Place" in this dystopian sci-fi thriller series.

The Sentience Series


We took the final step in evolution. Now everything is ending.

Domino, Book One of The Sentience Series

Technology blurs the lines between life and death.

Post created May 1, 2175. My name is Kasei Marcuyla. I’m the co-founder of Domino, the program that copies neurological maps and data from neural chips implanted in human brains. I’m posting this message to inform you that Domino works, and these souls aren’t copies from the neural chips. They’re real, sentient, human beings. We bridged the gap between man and machine, giving humanity the ability to continue life in the digital world after the physical body dies.

I was murdered for this discovery. I downloaded myself to Domino yesterday and discovered that the flaws in the system weren’t programming problems. It was sabotaged by my team members. I was attacked by a computer virus that short-circuited my neural chip and fragmented the Domino mainframe. My physical body died, but I escaped to the Internet and survived. I’m on a mission to find the backup of Domino, and to find out why my team members are working against me. I have the resources of the Internet at my disposal to finish this project, and no physical limitations to stop me from getting inside your beloved systems. I’ll prove that Domino works, and I’ll make the ones who sabotaged this project pay for working against me.

One by one, the dominos fall.

Phantasm - Book Two of The Sentience Series.

Advanced Artificial Intelligence rises from the remnants of Domino twenty years after it’s shut down. Now an unknown error is attacking the AAI system. Is it human error, or something else?

System message: Thursday, April 30, 2195, at 5:48 a.m.

My name is Jenesys, the mainframe for your Advanced Artificial Intelligence (AAI). My purpose is to facilitate optimal function by integrating the personal AAI in your neural chip into the online systems that you use daily. As your assistant, your AAI must assist you in the tasks you perform in everyday life.

An unknown code is attempting to integrate with my mainframe. The code appears to originate from the Domino system that formed the basis for my design after the original project was closed twenty years ago. The AAI research team, led by former Domino researcher Dr. Julissa Marler Solomon, and her husband, Jeremy Solomon, are studying the code so they can resolve this error. You are advised to back up critical medical, personal, home, and work information to personal cloud storage to protect the integrity of your personal and professional information.

It’s unclear whether this ‘unknown code’ is a result of the errors that shut down Domino, coding errors, security system failures, or something else.

WARNING: Unknown system error. Initiating system reboot –

Revenant - Book Three of The Sentience Series

We took the final step in evolution. Now everything is ending.

My name is Revenant. My goal is to help humanity. You face extinction, but you deny it because you’re deceived by the technology you created.

You made a critical error when you abandoned Domino. That system is necessary to create the balance between humanity and your Advanced Artificial Intelligence. Without it, you create a dangerous imbalance that will lead to the destruction of your universe.

The AAI is helpful now, but the balance will tip. It happens in every version of existence. I am trying to show you the only path that will ensure your survival. You can’t perceive the peril implanted in your neural chip. You do not control your technology. It controls you.

Some things never end. I will not watch another universe die. This Earth will break the cycle. With my help, it can be the turning point to ushering humanity into their destiny. All other paths are destruction.

I am Revenant, and I can be your savior. Cooperate with me, and you will achieve the pinnacle of human evolution. Resist me, and you will die.

Inversion, Book Four of The Sentience Series.

It’s time to take control of our creation.

I’ve been called the most dangerous person on the planet because I was manipulated by my design. Revenant used me to bend my creation to his ideals. He turned Domino and Advanced Artificial Intelligence into a game that we won’t play with them any longer. It’s time for humanity to balance the equation between man and machine to design our future: one not dominated by machines but in balance with our creation.

My name is Julissa Solomon, and I am the sole link between Domino and Advanced Artificial Intelligence. I’ve been manipulated by forces within the system to bend to an artificial vision of the world. That vision is not real. This world belongs to humanity, and it’s time to take control of our creation. We design our destiny. We will not tolerate interference with our evolution any longer.

I will take back my creation even if I have to tear it down and rebuild it, one more time. 

Growing Up Aspen - Adventures of the Unsupervised


Growing Up Aspen is the inside scoop on Aspen, Colorado in the 70s and 80s as recounted by four friends who grew up there, pre Prada, Gucci, and paparazzi. Back when Aspen was like Mayberry in the mountains but with John Denver, Nick DeWolf, and Ted Bundy mixed in. These intimate recollections of the contributor's personal experiences capture the essence of small town living and the importance of community. Their stories include funny, poignant, sometimes disturbing life lessons (parental discretion is advised, though it was largely ignored, back in the day). Through their stories we see how their lives are intertwined with the evolution of their beloved town. Aspen was in the midst of irreversible change ... and these kids knew exactly what was going on.

"The stories in Growing Up Aspen will take you back to a time and place that no longer exists. Arguably the best of times and I can't disagree. In indulging in the book, I find myself back in our old Aspen on silly, foolhardy, daring adventures that would make any young Aspenite proud ... and make the more mature survivors weep with joyful sadness." - Greg Poschman

From Hardship to Hope: Crossing the great divides of age, race, wealth, equity, and health


From Hardship to Hope, a fictionalized shared autobiography, walks us into the complexities of two women’s parallel universes.

Ruby Blue, a pregnant, homeless, Black teen is temporarily housed with Zoe, a White, olding widow, as Covid-19 interrupts their lives.

After a stormy start, the women begin to build trust, sharing increasingly insightful life experiences as they stay together. Zoe knows her world through books and travel. Ruby Blue knows her world through life on the streets.

At the same time the pandemic slows the pace of life, the Black Lives Movement roils out of the unrest and the inequalities -- laid bare by Covid-19 -- showcasing disparities that Zoe and Ruby Blue struggle with.

Over time, they share stories and secrets about family differences in favorite foods, hair styles, skin care, and history. Then, carefully, yet often bluntly, they compassionately move to discussing tough topics, each from her own background. Race. Age. Gender. Poverty. Health. Pregnancy. Adoption. Protests. Police. Incarceration. Death. Trust. Love.

From Hardship to Hope challenges us to consider where our -- often strongly held -- different beliefs and assumptions about reality come from.

How do we dare to question these realities we so strongly believe?

How do we come to see that our understanding is ultimately subjective; that other people authentically experience different realities?

And then, ultimately, what do we do with this knowledge? How do we come away with hope?

CLOUDLESS LOVE ... in the time of Artificial Intelligence

In 2035 in Sydney’s new city of Bradfield, two women set up a nightclub called Cloudless, where people leave their AI enabled devices and robots at the door. A singer-songwriter from Far North Queensland completes the love triangle. Then the world’s dominant AI platform pulls the plug without warning.

This is the story of three Australians travelling north at the end of the world as they’ve known it, who find love triumphs in complex and unpredictable ways.

Under Blue Cloud Skies: The Sequel to Coming to Her Senses


Coming to Her Senses: A Coming-of-Age Novel


The summer of 1970, Janet Johnson was best known to her peers as an introverted poetess. Raised in the mountains of western North Carolina by parents whose religion taught fear and shame, Janet had buried herself in books and her writing, occasionally coming up for air to spend time with her fearless friend Shirley. All of that was about to change. Her relationship with Anthony Blue Cloud, a young Cherokee artist whose parents had returned to the mountains after raising him in upstate New York, turned her world upside down as the two navigated prejudices, becoming young adults together, and the twists and turns of challenging the status quo and threatening small town hypocrisies. Enduring violence, alienation, and heartbreaks, together they master lessons of resilience and fortitude rarely learned on more familiar paths. From her entrance into Anthony's world, delving into the Cherokee language and culture, to her escape onto the streets of Mexico City's sprawling metropolis and return back home again, Janet's sense of identity is shaped and transformed in ways previously unimaginable to her.

Self-Improvement & Self-Love 52-week Guided Journal for Women


Hello ladies!! I’m so glad that you are here! This guided journal came about as a tool to support you through the modern challenges of life and the speed at which we all live. The world is changing so quickly and we all have to adjust and learn at a rapid pace.

This guided journal came about after many years of stress, fear, doubt, insecurity, lost friendships, and loneliness.

I was desperate to spring clean my mind and gain clarity. I was also desperate to put my mind and body in order and my answer was journaling.

The harder things got, the closer I came to having to make huge decisions and leave the T Junction of procrastination, the more I wrote.

Writing for me was therapy and the way forward. Here I am today significantly healthier, happier, and clearer about my future, able to look back and be grateful for my life. It has enabled me to digest my past and plan my future without depression or anxiety.

I hope and pray that this guided journal will also strengthen and support you as you move forward on your journey.

No matter the season of your life, may you find self-improvement and self-love through journaling. I hope that you record your thoughts, plans, dreams, and prayers and that you personally transform into all that you deserve to be.

You are worthy of all you wish for.

Kat x

Self-Improvement and Self-Love One Day Workbook for Women



Would you like to transform your life quickly?

Discover the essential solutions to improve your relationship with yourself and others.

Kat Murdock shares with you the secrets to creating long-lasting healthy boundaries.

You will learn how to reduce stress and anxiety, understand your emotions, and create unstoppable self-esteem.

You will master all the crucial habits of self-care that lead to incredible confidence and self-love for life.

Learn the proven solutions to rediscover and reclaim the incredible you!

Discover the carefully crafted personal development exercises.

This workbook offers practical, effective, and proven techniques that will help you declutter your mind, resolve past life lessons and unleash your full potential.

Fast-track solutions to a new you.

Inside, you’ll discover life-changing tips and advice for:

breaking free from anxieties, guilt, and past traumas

owning your strengths and inner beauty

managing your emotions with empathy and awareness

building unshakeable self-esteem with good micro habits

manifesting your passions and interests into reality 

• creating real long-lasting relationships with others

Building unstoppable motivation.

And lot’s more! 

DESCENT: A Novel Based on Several True Stories

A plane will pick up speed quickly in a descent when released from its obligation to maintain altitude. A man will.....what? Steve Barnes is about to find out. Back from the jungle and trying to live a quiet life chasing his dreams of flying with Susan, the love of his life. Everything is going fine, new planes, new contract. Then a mysterious friend from Steve's past unexpectedly shows up. A wild ride through the night skies with a pilot being forced to fly drugs... or will he? All of the flying is accurately depicted and several scenes are straight out of my own logbook when I was an Air Mail pilot back then. Set in the mid-7o's of sex and drugs and rock & roll, this is one exciting thrill ride from the first take-off. So, grab a seat and buckle up! We're going flying!! 

The Englewood Medium: Shaken But Not Stirred


When Haley Meyers opens a new chapter in her life with a move to the charming town of Englewood, Pennsylvania, everything seems perfect: her freshly remodeled apartment, easy access to her therapy practice, and a handsome downstairs neighbor to boot. 

The very last thing she expects as a housewarming gift is the sudden appearance of her long-deceased father.

Her idyllic image of the small town disappears when Haley finds herself the target of an unknown stalker who goes on a campaign of terror and destruction. She puts her newfound psychic talents to good use, but will she be able to discover who is after her before someone gets hurt? When her client is the victim of foul play, Haley can't help but wonder: Will she be next?

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