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What Killed Downtown? Norristown, Pennsylvania, From Main Street to the Malls
In 1950, the classic American downtown of Norristown, Pennsylvania, built around the six core blocks of Main Street, was the bustling commercial heart of central Montgomery County — and had been for over a century. Downtown merchants looked forward to an extended period of prosperity. It was not to be. By 1975, Main Street's core stood largely shuttered and deteriorating, with 99 storefronts vacant, and countless others lost to the wrecking ball, as first shoppers and then the merchants fled the inner city. What Killed Downtown? Historian Michael E. Tolle's extensive research into the collapse of downtown Norristown reveals not only the many answers to this question, but also recreates the classic American downtown shopping experience, long an American characteristic, but now largely foreign to anyone below middle age. In so doing, Tolle lays bare the fundamental incompatibility between the urban grid and the automobile, as he recounts how a middle-sized American city struggled — and failed — to solve the issues of traffic flow and parking, issues that are no closer to solution today, regardless of the size of the city
The Hilariously Funny 'The Next Door Raghu'
A sample Excerpt from the hilariously funny and rollicking children's adventure novel based in my home town, Rourkela, 'THE NEXT DOOR RAGHU'. PL READ N DECIDE 4 URSELF IF U WUD LIKE TO BUY THIS BOOK? E book is Rs 63 in India @ $0.99 in US and other parts of the world, available on Amazon Raghu’s parents obviously had some very grand and long term plans and ambitions for little Raghu’s school uniforms, if not for little Raghu himself. His shorts had a waist size that was double his waist. His school uniform half sleeves shirt was long enough to cover him up to his knees, and after donning the shirt, he felt that he did not need to wear any shorts as he was now almost fully covered from head to toe. Raghu was physically plucked out from the ground by Shanti and lowered into his shorts that were four sizes on the higher side. The shorts flopped down on to the ground immediately. Two and a half Raghus would be required, at the very least, in order to just hold up the shorts onto the waist, let alone prop them up like a proper and normal shorts as would be worn by a normal wearer. Then suddenly, Gopal materialized out of nowhere, brandishing an enormously long leather belt that dwarfed Raghu’s slender and petite waist’s circumference by several times, in comparison. Gopal painstakingly wound the belt again and again and again around Raghu’s slender waist, taking care to finely needle it through the slots in the shorts on its every turn around Raghu’s waist. Finally, after three full revolutions and a half, the buckle fell in place and the belt finally managed to secure and keep the shorts on Raghu’s waist. Raghu now resembled a Disco Dancer, complete with oversized and loose sleeved shirt and flared up bell bottom pants, albeit with bell bottoms that were slightly on the shorter side. In the meanwhile, Raghu discovered that he could fully retract his arms completely into the half sleeves of his shirt. He thought out a new game where he would scare the shit out of his friends by pretending to be devoid of hands. Shanti had meanwhile doled out copious amounts of talcum powder into her hands and then proceeded to smother Raghu’s face with it, in a vain effort to make the dark and swarthy Raghu appear to be fair skinned on his first day at school. She labored on, and plastered layer after layer of the talcum powder onto Raghu’s face, to the extent that he now feared asphyxiation. The net result of her efforts was that Raghu’s face had now assumed a shade that was a deathly pale hue and an unearthly grey color. Raghu checked himself out in the mirror and almost jumped out of his skin in sheer terror of the grotesque and hideously disproportionate apparition that glared back at him. He closed his eyes in dismay and dejection. Maybe, his crime of being born into a poor family meant that dejection, dismay, and utter despondency were going to be Raghu’s perpetual destiny and the story of his entire life.
Desert: Inside the Wall
YA Fiction flavored with action, humor, dystopia, and romance Questions can be dangerous. . . Seventeen-year-old Alysse's senior year was stressful enough with exams, a harpy teacher, and a long time crush falling for her best friend Tori. Then she starts questioning what she's taught about the enemy living right outside the city walls. Alysse soon finds herself dealing with guerillas, a seismic bomb, and a genocidal plot that could spark a war. Alysse must decide who to trust as she and her friend Pete ask questions everyone else avoids. Probably because everyone else is afraid of the answers. And they should be... "Inside the Wall by A. Tebbs is a fun and action-filled dystopian YA novel that really packs a punch! If you enjoyed The Hunger Games or The Divergent Series, you will love this one!" --Erica, Robyn Reads "(Desert) is a futuristic picture of a society segregated by stations of wealth and privilege will make you think. ​In many ways (Alysse's) world is chillingly familiar."   --Peter H., N.Y. "Made the mistake of starting this book in the middle of the day and was unable to accomplish anything because I couldn't put it down! CAN'T WAIT FOR THE NEXT ONE!!" --Kristi, Goodreads "Fabulous! Now I'm just bummed to not have the next book" –Lisa, WA
The Darkness Fell and The Light Saw
Please enjoy reading a copy my new poetic and philosophical Science fiction fantasy Novel! The story is futuristic and often psychedelic. The odd ball characters are intriguingly relative and fun.The book is for sale on Reviews and more information are provided on my author profile on
Genation 2: Verticus
EDDY AND GRIZZ successfully travel through Genation which propels them, 26 million years into the future. Adjusting to Verticus, a world of volks, proves to be extremely challenging than they expected. Insects are the dominant species of the planet. Eddy finds immigrating into the volk culture tolerable, but Grizz runs into more complications. Because of the complexity of Grizz’s genes, he is put through numerous rigorous tests. This was the very thing Grizz hoped to escape from earth. When he has enough of the volk’s meticulous probing and questioning, Grizz escapes. As a dangerous wanted volk, Grizz is at large in the volk city and hunted by vastly advanced robotic authority officers known as ‘the thrustle-T.’ After capture, Grizz returns to Verticus from the distant prison planet. Armed with volk weaponized technology and an army of prisoners, they infest Verticus to invade, conquer and wreak their vengeance upon all volks. Worlds collide, the sun explodes and Verticus will never be the same again. Take the ultimate ride that will blow your mind in Genation Verticus.
Genation: Grizz: Rise of the Blackguard
Grizz and his four brothers are the government’s ultimate secret weapon. From the time they were born, each of them are enhanced with the body parts of an alien volk. Every next move is a battle of wits and fists to complete their mission and stay alive. Grizz’s first enemies are the nations of the world.
Genation 1: Earth Volk
AN ALIEN PRESENCE, the government’s greatest secret, directs the nations of the world into a brutal confidential war. After taking the volks, an alien mother and off-spring into captivity, it is soon uncovered that they are also from the future… as in 26 million years into the future. Follow Eddy, the child-volk, as he is raised in undisclosed confinements. From his own words, discover how they travelled across space and time. Other beings descend upon the earth in search of the volks. They understand just how important volks really are. Eddy and his mother plot a daring attempt to return to the world where they came from, but their plan goes disastrously wrong. Well into his teens, Eddy finds out his twin brother, Grizz, has survived through an independent organization. Their plans were to train him to be their ultimate weapon. There are shocking consequences to the actions wreaking havoc by these volk’s. Before they can escape earth or die trying, they must endure, what they call, our nightmare world. The advanced volk technologies and lifestyles captivate and challenge the human way of life, but the implications unsurfaced the rampant wrath of the volks.
The Cross-Breed Legend
When Aleena’s human mother comes looking for her a whole world of events begin to unfold. Aleena is a cross-breed; she is half human and half gray alien who has been raised by three powerful witches. Aleena also has someone she would like to find; her soul mate who perfectly matches her unusual nature. He too is a cross-breed; half human and half Sasquatch. After they meet and perform a strange wedding, their children, the Chupacabras, wreak havoc in the state of Brazil. Aleena is repeatedly captured to an alternate dimension by creatures who intend to take over our world. This sets the stage for planet earth’s invasion. Who will become the dominant species of our world? With so many fighting for world conquest it is not clear who will win.
Jasper and the Shroud of Death
When Jasper is told to prepare for the coming war in Heaven, he and the Angels must take up a perilous quest to unravel the Mystery of Death. Along their expedition, Reapers seek to deter their progress and attack them. The Angel Elana captures one of these vile creatures within her Holy lasso and after questioning it, it becomes their guide. The path to Death and beyond is vast, with a complexity that has never been realized before. If you have a fascination with the subject of Death, you won’t want to miss the content herein. But what is most shocking becomes the question of who is Death and why he is cursed to this existence. The answers will surprise you and shake the foundations of Heaven and Hell.
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Arach - Within Lie Dragons Book 1
Almost everyone has at some time or another in their lives wished they were a rock star. Raphael has the same dream burning red hot in his heart. This is the epic road trip of an up and coming rock band, wishing to be bigger than the Guns. As they take their music on the road, they discover so much more than they would ever have dreamt. Their trip becomes a fight for survival, not only for them but also for the human race. Vampires, werewolves, faeries, dwarfs, and humans rise up to fight against the evil races of darkness, who are working together to push earth to its final stand. To the “Ragnarok” of all living things. Raphael has to discover the powerful being within, which will be the connection between all races in the end. Arach-Within Lie Dragons is the first of a young adult fantasy series, following Raph and his band of misfits on their journey of discovering their inner beings and the other worlds around them, whispering through the veils. It’s an adventure, with slaps of humor and romance, exploring the end of the world prophesies, in a new magical, mythical light.
The Foragers
"A re-imagining of the Hunger Games, where descendants of a royal samurai clan, the Ainu commune, a South Korean soldier, an American agent, and Japanese assassins work together to win The Foragers Contest." -GW A group of contestants are multi-tasked to compete for the honor of becoming the Ultimate Forager. In order to pass the initial round, they must secure one of three registration badges, their own, their predator’s or their prey’s. While two assassin clans seek recruits to win their battle for power over an organization called S.S.O, a former government agent, a boy looking for his father, an assassin, and an orphan are enemies on the path to becoming an unlikely family.
My Life as a Banker: A Life worth Living
Winner of Best Bio/Memoir 2nd place in Metamorph Publishing Summer Indie Book Awards 2016, My Life as a Banker: A Life Worth Living by Brenda Mohammed is more than just a fascinating Memoir. Because it is about A Life Worth Living. Brenda proved that hard work and determination pay, as she moved up the ranks, and received several promotions, leading up to senior managerial status. Read about Brenda's first mega trip abroad to New York, Canada, London, Germany, and Holland, as well as other fabulous vacations she enjoyed. How and where she met her husband and other wonderful family memories will interest readers. Brenda describes changes in the banking system and changes in the bank's attitude to its employees throughout her working years in a Trinidad bank with ties to the United Kingdom. Life is not always perfect and there were sad moments that will tug at your heart. Read how the power of prayer worked in Brenda's life. A reviewer wrote: Must Read! Don't let the title with the word 'banker' in it fool you into believing this book is for finance professionals only. It is actually the true and inspiring story of one woman's immense faith and family that help shape her into the powerful, yet humble woman she would become.
Revenge of Zeeka: Horror Trilogy
Revenge of Zeeka: Horror Trilogy is a collection of three spine-chilling tales of Blood, Mayhem, and Horror in the Revenge of Zeeka Series. Zeeka and the Zombies: Revenge of Zeeka Book 1 Zeeka's Child: Revenge of Zeeka Book 2 Zeeka Returns: Revenge of Zeeka Book 3 In an era of advanced technology and medical advancement, why does Zeeka want revenge? Who is this vengeful man called Zeeka? Why does he want to unleash terror on the Islanders? Can the authorities stop him and his zombies, or is Zeeka unstoppable? The plot thickens. This man has a son, but who is he? Secrets, betrayal, lies, skeletons in closets, kidnapping, murder, arson, corruption in the police force, and suicide all form part of the plot. Who will save the islanders from Zeeka and his Zombies, or will it be too late? Will good triumph over evil? Read an extract of a five-star review from Readers Favorite International. Revenge of Zeeka, by Brenda Mohammed, is a one of a kind novella trilogy that delivers an incredible story guaranteed to give readers an absolute sci-fi treat. I especially liked how Brenda used current events as the pivotal point from which to build this amazing sci-fi horror."
She Cried for Me: Autobiography of a Dog
She Cried for Me is a story for pet and dog lovers. It is about a young dog who became tired of being underfed and abused. Scared of her owner's threat to kill her, she ran away. The owner of a dog sanctuary rescued her from dog catchers. She finally found a loving home with a loving family that adopted her. Proceeds from sales of the Book will go to the Animals Alive Dog Rescue Shelter, the Sanctuary referred to in the Book. Review: From a dog's POV comes a touching tale of overcoming trauma and finding peace with a family she loved. For dog lovers and for everyone else who can appreciate a thoughtful short story. Amazon Reviewer
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