Secrets of the Sands (Children of the Desert)

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Cafad Scratha, a powerful desert lord with a persecution complex, believes everyone is lying to him. When his obsession collides with the king's efforts to rebuild the shattered realm, the orphaned street-thief Idisio and the king's emissary Alyea become pawns in their multilayered game. The secret world into which Idisio and Alyea are drawn will not only change their lives: it will change them.

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A thief chooses the wrong victim.
A desert lord abandons his lands.
A young woman accepts a stewardship.

They all find their destiny on the sands.

Idisio cut the wrong purse and found himself bound to serve a desert lord who just gave up his wealth, his lands, and his name to wander. His new master is the lone survivor of a massacred family and might be insane, but serving him is better than life on the streets.

Lady Alyea accepts the king's mission to assume stewardship of the desert lord's abandoned fortress in the hope of gaining power. But the southern desert is a harsh world of violence, suspicion, and politically tangled family clans who worship the old gods. By the time she realizes she's in over her head, it's far too late to back out.

Out on the sands, the harsh glare of the sun reveals more about the world--and themselves--than they ever wanted to know.0970510012\\Loukoumi is a children's book about a Little lamb named Loukoumi who was supposed to go to America with her family, but she got on the wrong plane and then the wrong train and then the wrong boat. In this international journey through Greece, France, Italy and Morocco, Loukoumi meets Fistiki the cat, Dean the dog and Marika the monkey, each helping Loukoumi find her way home. Come meet Loukoumi and friends as they embark on their very special adventure. For a celebrity narration of the book including the voices of Oscar winner Olympia Dukakis, Grammy winner Gloria Gaynor, American Idol's Constantine Maroulis, Guiding Light star Frank Dicopoulos and CBS News Anchor Alexis Christoforous check out the new book "Growing Up With Loukoumi," which includes narrations of both books.0970510039\\In Growing Up With Loukoumi by Nick Katsoris, a lamb named Loukoumi (Greek for sweet ) struggles with what she wants to be when she grows up. She considers becoming a firefighter, a judge or a doctor. As she walks along, she encounters her friends including Gus the bear, Fistiki the cat, Dean the dog and Marika the monkey. Each friend explains to Loukoumi that she can be whatever her heart desires. If she wants to be a singing star, a policeman or even an Oscar winning actress, then she can do it! The key is that she must always believe in herself, stay positive and work hard, because if you believe in yourself your dreams will come true! The CD version of the book (included) features the voices of singing legend Gloria Gaynor, (Grammy Award winner for I Will Survive) Oscar-winning actress Olympia Dukakis, national CBS correspondent and MarketWatch anchor Alexis Christoforous, American Idol Heartthrob Constantine Maroulis of American Idol fame, and Guiding Light actor Frank Dicopoulos. Each voices a character that encourages Loukoumi to reach for her dreams, which is especially meaningful when being heard from such inspirational and successful adults. The package also includes an original song from Gloria Gaynor called, Believe.0970510098\\iParenting Media Award Winner! Named Outstanding Book of 2009. Loukoumi, the fluffy, cuddly lamb, returns with Loukoumi s Good Deeds, the third title in the award winning series of illustrated books by Nick Katsoris for children preschool and ages 4-8. Featuring a bonus CD narrated by Jennifer Aniston and her father Days of Our Lives star John Aniston, the new book follows Loukoumi through her day as she discovers how easy it is to make other people happy by doing something nice. Loukoumi s Good Deeds, by Nick Katsoris, continues the adventures of Loukoumi and her friends Gus the Bear, Fistiki the Cat, Dean the Dog and Marika the Monkey. Whether it s cleaning the house, lending a helping hand or showing your grandparents how much you love them, kids will find that each good deed is unique in its own special way and can make a huge difference in the lives of those around them. In addition to the Anistons, the CD also features the character voices of Oscar winner Olympia Dukakis, Gloria Gaynor (GRAMMY winner for I Will Survive, who also has recorded an original song for this CD titled Make Someone Smile), American Idol's Constantine Maroulis, Guiding Light star Frank Dicopoulos and CBS News anchor Alexis Christoforous as the voice of Loukoumi. The CD features a bonus story, Loukoumi s Gift, narrated by John Aniston, in which Jennifer voices the part of Daisy the Giraffe, who teaches Loukoumi that a gift needs not cost a lot of money, but instead can come straight from the heart. Track 3 on the CD is a new version of the previous Loukoumi title, Growing up with Loukoumi, also narrated by Jennifer Aniston. The track includes the voices of the three winners of the national Growing up with Loukoumi Dream Day contest (Sophie, Lionel and Nika). Each winning kid received the chance to spend a day in their dream career, which included witnessing a Mars landing from NASA, playing soccer with the New York Red Bulls, cooking on CBS News with chef Tony Tantillo and meeting with TV chef Rachael Ray. Every time a child reads Loukoumi s Good Deeds they too will be performing a good deed. $2.00 from the sale of each book will be donated to St. Jude Children s Research Hospital, internationally recognized for its pioneering work in finding cures and saving children with cancer and other catastrophic diseases. St. Jude is the first and only pediatric cancer center to be designated as a Comprehensive Cancer Center by the National Cancer Institute. Founded by late entertainer Danny Thomas and based in Memphis, Tenn., St. Jude freely shares its discoveries with scientific and medical communities around the world. St. Jude is the only pediatric cancer research center where families never pay for treatment not covered by insurance. No child is ever denied treatment because of the family s inability to pay. St. Jude is financially supported by ALSAC, its fundraising organization. For more information, please visit stjude.org.

About the Author:

Leona Wisoker got her start as a writer when she was eight, with a story about all the vacuum cleaners in the world breaking down at the same time. Ever since then she has successfully used the excuse of writing to avoid housework, even going so far as writing poetry (which is then safely locked away in a lead-lined box) when nothing else will save her from chores. Her short stories have appeared in Futures: Fire to Fly and Anotherrealm; she is a regular reviewer for Green Man Review and Fantasy Magazine. She has lived in Florida, Connecticut, Oregon, New Hampshire, Las Vegas, Alaska, California, and Vi9rginia; has experienced the alternate realities of Georgia, North Carolina, Arizona, New York, and Italy; and believes that "home is wherever my coffee cup is filled." Secrets of Blood and Sand is her first novel.She currently lives in Virginia with an extraordinarily patient husband and two large dogs.She almost never vacuums.

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