Clean Water for Developing Countries


Environmental Studies
Date Published: January 8, 2020
Publisher: Clean Water Press
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The main purpose of this book is to assist the reader in choosing the best method for providing clean and safe water in a developing country. Most of the book’s content comes from the knowledge gained from:
-Fifty-plus years of research and teaching in water resource engineering, hydrology and clean water for developing countries at both the University of California, Los Angeles, and the University of California, Berkeley.
-Thirty-five years as an expert witness on numerous hydrologic and water resource engineering legal cases.
-Clean water projects that I was involved with in Kenya, Peru, Honduras and Guatemala between 2011 and 2017.
-Attendance at various courses including ones at the Centre for Affordable Water & Sanitation Technologies (CAWST) in Calgary, Alberta, Canada and at “Potters for Peace” in Dodgeville, Wisconsin.
-My many colleagues and students.
The sites needing clean water can be diverse, e.g. an individual household, an entire village, a group of villages, a school, a clinic, an orphanage, etc. The focus of this book is to provide the reader with a basic understanding of how to bring clean water supplies to these entities. The optimal approaches will depend on both the Point of Use (POU), which may be large or small, and the state of the water (quantity, turbidity, type and concentration of pathogens/bacteria/viruses present) at the water source. Point of Use (POU) is the location where the water is to be consumed.
The majority of those impacted by unsafe water live in isolated rural areas of the developing world. Cost, sustainability, cultural differences and acceptance by those who will use the water are all important factors in providing clean drinking water to these people.
These factors include:
-Community Involvement. By far, the most successful water enhancements in developing countries are tied to community organizations, particularly among the female population.
-The Source of Water. It could be from groundwater, rainwater harvesting or surface water, such as springs, creeks, rivers, lakes and reservoirs.
-The Quality of the Source Water. The water may have physical, biological and/or chemical pollution.
The Size of the Demand Population. Is it an individual household, a school, an orphanage, a small or large village, or a group of villages? Obviously, this affects the amount/volume of clean water needed, and this affects the methodology to be used.
-The location of the population to be served. Are they close together or widely dispersed?


These kinds of reads are very important and so wonderfully informative. I loved the way John Dracup laid it out in an easy to understand format. It was very well put together and full of great information. Definitely have a new outlook on less fortunate countries knowing that things we take for granted are so important and often missing there.
About the Author
John Dracup was born and raised in Seattle, Washington, where his parents settled because the climate reminded them of their native Glasgow, Scotland. He is a civil engineer and hydrologist. He holds degrees in Civil Engineering from the University of Washington, Seattle, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge and the University of California, Berkeley.
He has taught water resource engineering and hydrology at both the University of California, Los Angeles and the University of California, Berkeley for over 50 years. In his research, he has focused on the optimization of large-scale water resource systems and the impact of climate change on hydrologic variables. He has conducted clean water projects in Africa as well as in Central and South America.
Professor Dracup is a Fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers and the American Geophysical Union among others. In 2001, he was a Fulbright Scholar to Australia. In 2015, the Rotary Foundation cited him for his efforts in supplying clean, safe water in developing countries. He lives in Santa Monica, California with his wife and family.
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Sweet Possession



Title: Sweet Possession
Authors: Lucy Smoke & A.J. Macey
Genre: Dark Contemporary Romance
Release Date: April 30, 2020


I had a chance, once, to play the good girl. I could’ve kept
my mouth shut and stayed out of the line of fire. Had I done that, more people
might’ve been hurt. So, I came forward and subsequently, I lost everything I’d
ever loved.
I lost my family.

I lost my home.

I lost my identity.

I lost … them.

But now they’re back. At least, I think they are. I can feel their eyes
watching my every movement, stalking me. They aren’t here to threaten me or to
hurt me. They’re here to protect me. To watch over me. Because to them, I’m
everything they desire.

I am their love.

I am their hate.

I am their infatuation.

Their sweet possession.

How long can they stand to stay in the shadows when a new danger threatens to
tear us apart again?


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“You belong
to us,” he stated simply. “You’re ours, and until such a time as that
changes—which will be fucking never if I have anything to say about it—your
whereabouts are my business.”
Cue fucking
eyeroll. “Wow, caveman much?” I asked.
His eyes
slid to me and before I knew it, he was cutting the SUV down a short back road
and pulling up short, slapping the vehicle into park. “You want me to prove it
to you?” he demanded.
Staring at
him, wide-eyed, I gaped. “W-what?”
“I can
prove that I own your luscious ass, Mare, right now.” He held out his hand.
“Hand over your panties.”
rolled through me. “What? No, I’m not going to do that.” I glanced around the
street, but thankfully it seemed deserted. Still, this wasn’t exactly private.
“Not here.”
“Oh yes,
you are,” he replied, keeping that hand up, palm out. “Give me your underwear
and if I find them as dry as the Sahara, then I’ll retract my claim of
I frowned.
There was no fucking way they’d be dry. My panties were soaked. Had been since
the moment he’d shown up at the library, hovering over Ben like an angry
warrior protecting its territory. Maybe it was weird that I found his
possessiveness such a turn on, but who the fuck cared? I looked away from his
expectant gaze.
“I can’t
give you my panties here,” I said, my voice lowering. “Someone could walk by.”
He shook
his head. “You don’t need to concern yourself with that,” he said. “You let me
worry about whether or not we’ll get caught. You think I don’t know where to
get you alone?” He dropped his hand and unclipped his seatbelt to lean across
the console. “I know every nook and fucking cranny of this city, Mare. I know
where I need to get you alone,” he said, his breath hot on my cheek. My thighs
clenched automatically while his lips turned up at the corners. He fucking knew
what he was doing to me. “We’ve been watching you for a long time, my little
brat.” He reached down and unclipped my seatbelt. “Now, hand over your fucking
panties and let me see if my little girl’s pussy is as wet as I think it is.”
I fucking pulsed. Staring into his commanding
gaze, my heart thundered in my chest. My fingers shook as I dipped them to the
top of my pants. Closing my eyes for a brief respite from his eyes, I inhaled a
breath. Shoving my pants down, I struggled to get out of my shoes and slipped
them over my hips until I was clad in nothing more than my t-shirt, jacket, and
the panties Ian was so interested in.
waiting, Mare.” There it was. That reminder of what he expected.
Biting my
lip, I shoved the thin pair of satiny briefs down my legs, ripping them off and
balling them up in my fist as I pressed my thighs closer together. I debated
throwing them at him, and as if he could sense my intention, the bastard shook
his head and grinned. “In my hand, sweetheart,” he directed. “Place them in the
center of my palm.”
I reached
forward, my whole body shivering in anticipation. I held my hand with the
crumpled panties in my fist over his and with each finger that released the
fabric, my heart rate kicked up another notch. Finally, they were dropped in
his hand and I sat back, watching with wide eyes as he lifted them to his nose
and inhaled deeply, his eyes closing as if he were taking in the most exquisite
aroma. When they reopened and centered on me, he smiled. “Oh, baby,” he said,
“you really are mine, aren’t you?” Leaning forward he tucked the panties into
his back pocket. “You can put your pants and shoes back on, Mare. We’ve got to
get you home.”
“W-what?” I
stared at him. He couldn’t be fucking serious.
He chuckled
low. “You’ve got work early in the morning, sweetheart. Consider this your
punishment for not giving them to me when I asked. Maybe next time you’ll be
the good girl I know you can be and do what I say the first time I say it.”


Lucy Smoke

USA Today Bestselling Author, Lucy Smoke, also known as Lucinda Dark for
her fantasy novels, has a master’s degree in English and is a self-proclaimed
creative chihuahua. She enjoys feeding her wanderlust, cover addiction, as well
as her face. When she’s not on a never-ending quest to find the perfect
milkshake, she lives and works in the southern United States with her beloved
fur-baby, Hiro, and her family and friends.
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A.J. Macey
A.J. Macey
has a B.S. in Criminology and Criminal Justice, and coursework in Forensic
Science, Behavioral Psychology, and Cybersecurity. Before becoming an author,
A.J. worked as a Correctional Officer in a jail and is now married with a daughter
and two cats named Thor and Loki. A.J. has three pen names in the works:
A.J. Macey
– reverse harem romance stories
Aria Rose –
epic/high fantasy that are non-RH
Macey Rose
– romance stories that are non-RH


Old Enough to Love



Title: Old Enough to Love

Series: Just One of the Guys #1

Author: Kristi Pelton
Genre: Young Adult
Release Date: April 29, 2020




Emma Hendricks… Zach Owens
She’s 15… He’s 18
She’s experienced nothing… He’s experienced the world.
What happens when their worlds collide?
Never allowed to date, will the relationship survive Emma’s
overly protective, older brother and his friends? And what happens when his
past is revealed, and she discovers he’s on probation. Even if she accepts it,
she must lie to her parents and those around her. She’s always been, Just one
of the guys…and now a man sees her as so much more. Can she convince him that
she is old enough to love?
*Please note, this book was released in 2013 and has been
edited and formatted with additional material


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Just the
fact that someone may be reading my ‘bio’ thrills me. What does one say in an
author bio? Well, I LOVE to write! Sometimes characters talk to me in my head
(in a non-psychotic way) and I have to get what they are saying out on paper!
So, here we are! 
I am a
part-time juvenile probation officer and full-time wife, but I spend the
majority of the time helping my two favorite, college-aged sons navigate
through life and hopefully become the best humans they can be.
I am a huge
fan of the Kansas Jayhawks, the Oregon Ducks, the Chicago Cubs (I have a dog
named Wrigley) and the Kansas City Chiefs.
terribly addicted to music—ALLLLL kinds and driving in the car with the sunroof
open and radio turned up helps the creative juices flow.
I am deliciously
addicted to queso and cupcakes; but even with that…I like to slowly kill my
body with Crossfit. I’m annoyingly sarcastic.
People ask
me ‘what has been your favorite book to write’—I would have to say my original
series. (I think it sold 100 copies) 
FINALLY, I’m tweaking them! My heart was poured into these books—but
they needed tweaking.  Slick was my
Amazon best seller, but every one of them mean something to me.
In the end,
I truly believe life is taken way too seriously by most. I say enjoy every
moment, have an adult beverage and READ!! Cheers….


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View Finder


Date Published: 11/7/2019
Publisher: BHC Press
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BB Danser, the patriarch of the eccentric and zealous Danser family, narrates his life story in View Finder. Set during Hollywood’s Golden Age of greed, corruption, and scandal, his memoir is one of madness, passion, murder, and his desperate, lifelong effort to escape the confines of real and modern life.
The son of the famous actress Elizabeth Stark, BB is caught in the middle of his parent’s tumultuous relationship and his father’s crushing megalomania and jealousies. Desperate to escape, he becomes obsessed with movie cameras and cinematic storytelling, becoming transfixed with the question: Is it better to view or be viewed?
A roller coaster story of hope and vision, BB searches for about himself and his family in a world of industrialized fantasy making.


Truly a great book by Greg Jolley! I was captivated by the words the entire way through. I was cheering for Danser along the way as well.

I enjoyed the route Danser took in solving the mystery. I enjoyed the cat and mouse along the way.

Very well written, an engaging and fun Suspense.
About the Author

Greg Jolley earned a Master of Arts in Writing from the University of San Francisco and lives in the very small town of Ormond Beach, Florida. When not writing, he researches historical crime, primarily those of the 1800s.
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Spooning Leads to Forking


Title: Spooning Leads to Forking

Series: Hot in the Kitchen #2
Author: Kilby Blades
Genre: Contemporary Romance/Romantic Comedy

Release Date: April 28, 2020


Leaving her
name—and her job as a top food critic—behind in New York, Shea Summers seeks
respite in Sapling. Her borrowed mountain getaway seems perfect for writing her
opus. It’s also perfect for riding out a messy divorce and hiding the roomful
of cash she kind-of-sort-of stole from her ex.
Too bad Sapling is a remote, three-restaurant town with food that leaves much
to be desired. Sexy grocer, Dev Kingston, may be Shea’s saving grace. The way
he looks at her with his aspen-green eyes shows her everything her marriage was
missing, and he can special-order every delicacy she craves.

But Shea’s not the only one who isn’t what she seems. Dev moonlights as a
sheriff’s deputy, a fact she finds out too late; a string of suspicious crimes
finds newcomers under scrutiny; and her ex is going to extremes to find out
where she is.

Taking the
money and living under an assumed name might be on the right side of wrong, but
dating Dev is a dangerous game. She’s still running and he’s still the law.


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Dev Kingston has some nerve, Shea
said to herself rather unreasonably. She’d been mentally cursing the man all
morning. He was utterly responsible for her lack of concentration. Maybe some
of the blame ought to be put on Delilah, whose abrupt disappearance the night
before had perpetrated events that left Shea and Dev alone in his car.
Even before last night, Shea had struggled to remain impervious to his
charm. Seeing him with Evie had done nothing to diminish his appeal. There were
few things more attractive than a man who doted on his momma. Then, to be in
his car, surrounded by a cocoon of his citrusy, spicy aroma had made Shea ache
to do spicy things.
Don’t forget the arm squeeze,
sex-starved Shea reminded reasonable Shea, as if any version of Shea could
forget. It was the least-perfunctory cheek kiss she’d ever received. His big
hand had cuffed her upper arm firmly. His green eyes had narrowed slightly,
telegraphing something complex before warm lips delivered a too-brief kiss to
her cheek.
A wave of his delectable scent had filled her senses as soon as he’d
pulled back and she might have leant forward just a bit—her nose’s attempt to
follow. She might’ve taken it farther, trailing said nose up the column of his
beautiful neck, if his voice hadn’t broken the spell, speaking a deep, “Good
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Author Bio
Blades is a 45-time-award-winning author of Romance and Women’s Fiction. Her
debut novel,
Snapdragon, was a HOLT Medallion finalist, a
Publisher’s Weekly Book Life Prize Semi-Finalist, and an IPPY Award medalist.
Kilby was honored with an RSJ Emma Award for Best Debut Author in 2018 and has been
lauded by critics for “easing feminism and equality into her novels”
(IndieReader) and “writing characters who complement each other like
a fine wine does a good meal” (Publisher’s Weekly).
When she’s
not writing, Kilby goes to movie matinees alone, where she eats Chocolate Pocky
and buttered popcorn and usually smuggles in not-a-little-bit of red wine. She
procrastinates from the difficult process of writing by oversharing on
Facebook and Instagram
and giving away cool stuff related to her fiction novels to her
newsletter subscribers.
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The Noisy Classroom

Picture Book
Date Published: 5/5/2020
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The first day of school is coming… and I’m going to be in the noisy class. Any class but the noisy class will do!
A young girl is about to enter the third grade, but this year she’s put into Ms. Johnson’s noisy class. Everything about the noisy class is odd. While all the other classes are quiet, Ms. Johnson sings and the kids chatter all day. The door is always closed, yet sounds from it can be heard in the hallway. With summer coming to an end and school starting, the girl realizes that soon she’ll be going to the noisy class. What will school be like now?
Featuring the honest and delightful humor of debut author Angela Shanté and the bold, graphic imagery of debut illustrator Alison Hawkins, The Noisy Classroom encourages those with first-day jitters to reevaluate a scary situation by looking at it from a different angle and to embrace how fun school can be, even in nontraditional ways.


About the Author
Angela Shanté is writer, poet, editor, and educator, with a Masters in Elementary Education and an MFA in Creative Writing. She has taught elementary school for ten years. In her own classroom, she believes in having fun, playing games, moving around, dancing, and enjoying the education experience, even if it occasionally gets loud. Angela lives Los Angeles, California.
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Suppose the Relevance of Daniel


Published: November 2019
Publisher: Christian Faith Publishing
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Too much to be coincidental.
Were Daniel’s dreams and visions almost 3000 years ago talking about today?
Not many pages but crammed full of hair raising comparisons to what the world looks like today.
About the Author

Bobby James is a first time author and devoted follower of God, who lives in the Pacific Northwest.
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Title: Luca
Series: Project Arma #1
Author: Nyssa Kathryn
Genre: Romantic Suspense

Cover Design: Dar Albert, Wicked Smart Designs

Release Date: May 26, 2020




Former Navy
SEAL, Luca Kirwin, is both well trained and deadly. Recruited into a
non-government sanctioned project, he was turned into a weapon. Now, with the
help of his team, Luca must find every last soul who was responsible for the
project and make them pay. When a new neighbor with alluring green eyes moves
in next door, his instincts tell him to trust her – but could she be one of the
enemies they’re searching for?
Evie Scott can’t afford a relationship. She was in a one once and it almost
killed her. Running and hiding has become her normal. But when her new neighbor
gives her a job in the small town of Marble Falls, avoiding him becomes almost
impossible. While protecting her secrets, Evie begins to suspect Luca has his
own. Can he protect her from her past or will it destroy them both?


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me something about you, Evie.” Evie’s gaze darted to Luca, then away. She
chewed her bottom lip, seemingly contemplating whether to tell him something or
like computers.” Luca’s brows shot up. It wasn’t a surprise, he’d
suspected as much, but he thought she’d share something trivial, like a
favorite color.
sense. You learned how to use the online system at work pretty quickly.”
Evie’s eyes dropped to her feet at the compliment, but Luca saw a hint of a
smile on her lips. “What do you spend most of your time doing on
shrugged, looking uncomfortable for a moment. “Not much. Just some gaming
and things.”
Lie. Evie
had just told Luca a lie. He could tell by her pupils dilating, her gaze
darting away. There had also been a slight hitch in her heart rate. Why would
she lie about that?
thought about studying IT?” Luca pushed.
There was
another pause before Evie’s gaze dropped, and she continued, “No. I,
uh . . . it hadn’t really crossed my mind.”
lie. Interesting.
As Evie
took another step, her foot caught on something, and Luca could see she was
going to tumble down. Catching her arm with his lightning reflexes, Luca held
her body against his. Her skin was warm to touch where her shirt had risen
When Evie
glanced up. Luca could smell vanilla and strawberries on her. She was all soft
and delicate, where he was hard and not delicate. He had to fight the urge to
pull her head up and press his lips to hers.
“Go on
a date with me.”
It was a
statement, but Luca still needed a yes. Evie looked taken aback. Luca was a bit
too. He hadn’t anticipated those words to leave his mouth, but now that they
had, they felt right. Knowing what kind of response he was going to receive
before she spoke the words, Luca patiently waited to rebut.
Wishing she
would expand, he was disappointed when only silence followed.
Not willing
to give up so easily, Luca lowered his head and placed his lips next to her
“Go on
a date with me.”
He felt the
shiver run up her spine. Evie’s head turned, and her lips were a mere few
centimeters from his. Her warm breath touched his lips. If he just lowered his
head a fraction, they would be touching.
indecision was clear to see in her eyes, but beneath that, he could see the
desire. It was almost a desperate yearning to say yes. Deciding he didn’t want
to play fair, Luca pulled Evie closer. She wanted him as much as he wanted her.
yes,” Luca started a gentle stroke on the inside of the wrist as he
whispered the words into her ear. “Please.”
his mouth down her neck, his lips never touched her, but the promise was there.


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Author Bio
Nyssa Kathryn is a romantic suspense author. She lives in
South Australia with her daughter and hubby and takes every chance she can to
be plotting and writing. With a background in teaching, Nyssa finds that she
can let her mind wonder in the writing world. Always being one to read and
write when she should have been working, Nyssa decided to take the leap and
make writing her career.
Nyssa has always been an avid reader of romance novels. As a
teenager she would lose herself in Young Adult and Contemporary Romances. As
she got older her interest moved onto the romantic suspense genre. It was from
here that she started dabbling in writing. Nyssa wrote her first novel in 2017
but didn’t start publishing her work until three years later. Working in the
industry has solidified Nyssa’s love for all things romance.
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Casey Grimes: The Mostly Invisible Boy

Middle-Grade Fantasy
Published Date: 4-25-20
Publisher: INtense Publications LLC
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Eleven-year-old Casey Grimes is invisible. Really. When he leaves suburbia and infiltrates a secret forest society, he can finally be seen—but Sylvan Woods hates outsiders as much as it loves killing monsters. As Butcher Beasts invade, his flimsy cover story falls apart, and courage is his only chance to belong.
About the Author
AJ Vanderhorst has had many jobs, including journalist, paramedic, escape artist, and baby whisperer. One time in fifth grade, he built a traffic-stopping fort in a huge oak tree, using only branches and imagination, and slept there for a week.
Now he and his wife live in a woodsy house with their six proteges and a ridiculous number of pets, including a turtle with a taste for human toes. This makes AJ an expert on wild, dangerous things—invisibility spells, butcher beasts, hungry kids, you get the idea.
He is the only author in the world who enjoys pickup basketball and enormous bonfires, preferably not at the same time. He and his family have drawn up several blueprints for their future tree castle. Visit AJ online at
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Sedona: City of Refugees


Contemporary Fiction
Published: August 2019
Publisher: Birch Treehouse Publishing
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Set amid the red rock beauty of Sedona, Arizona, this is the story of a widowed middle-aged newspaper reporter searching for God and herself amid the rubble of her life.
Kathleen Sullivan Buckley writes profiles for a small newspaper about various characters that inhabit the tourist community. Running parallel to her articles is Kathleen’s own story: She is a fallen-away Roman Catholic attempting to deal with her loss of faith; she feels spiritually buffeted by her married lover’s powerful born-again Christian beliefs and the persistent philosophies of the New Age that constantly swirl about Sedona. Meanwhile, her brother-in-law is working his political machinations to get her thrown off her late husband’s will so he can conclude a devious land trade with the U.S. Forest Service.
Sedona: City of Refugees is a biting look at a modern-day American tourist community caught in the throes of change. Sedona—considered by many to be more stunning than some of America’s national parks—draws more than four million tourists a year. But beneath the surface splendor of the scenery, Sedona is torn by deep conflict, with each political and spiritual faction hustling their individual philosophy.
As the novel moves toward its climax, Kathleen uncovers a scheme by her brother-in-law that will adversely affect land near Sedona. In a race against time and the elements to get the story into print, Kathleen comes face to face with a decision she must make about the value of her own life.

About the Author

Geraldine Birch has been a newspaper reporter most of her life, having worked for various community newspapers in Southern California and Arizona. Her work included a ten-year stint as a free-lance writer for the Los Angeles Times.
In 1991, she moved to Sedona, Arizona, where she worked as a reporter, editor, and political columnist for the Sedona Red Rock News. Birch’s political column “Gerrymandering,” was awarded a first place national award by the National Newspaper Association.
Her writing has also appeared in the Arizona Republic, the Christian Science Monitor, Opium, Six Hens, and Fiction Attic Press. She is the author of three books, The Swastika Tattoo, a historical fiction; Vision of a Happy Life: A Memoir; and Sedona: City of Refugees, a fictional romance set in Sedona, Arizona
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