|BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR|
Irene Dalis: Diva, Impresaria, Legend
How a Metropolitan Opera star created America's unique San Jose opera company, with 56 full-color photographs. All proceeds from the sale of this book go to Opera San José.
"She had a major, major international career, and she became a trailblazer. If you look at others who founded companies, they don't have the depth that Irene brought to San José. She has apartments for her singers, a scenic shop, a costume shop. It is unique, and she looks after the singers almost like her children. I admire her no end. She is unique."
"Jill Ronsley did a superb job of laying out my book The Green Foodprint. A non-fiction work about food and the environment, it includes sections, sub-sections, vignettes, checklists, and pull quotes-formatting to the nth degree! The final product looks exactly the way I hoped it would. Jill was also responsive to questions, attentive to a myriad of details, and a pleasure to work with." —Linda Riebel, Ph.D., author and publisher
Available from Amazon.
Click here to view Linda Riebel's award-winning book, The Green Foodprint: Food Choices for Healthy People and a Healthy Planet
"Having personally witnessed the tragic consequences of World War I, Emperor Showa vowed to devote himself to the cause of everlasting world peace. His opposition notwithstanding, Japan went to war, was defeated and experienced the horrific effects of two atomic bombings. Emperor Showa was directly responsible for Japan’s miraculous postwar revival. He caused a nation that had been reduced to ashes to rise again, like the proverbial phoenix. The miracle can be attributed to the example set by the Emperor’s selflessness and infinite compassion for his people." (note from the author)
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Published by SANKEI Shinbun Shuppan Co. Ltd., Tokyo, Japan
Breaking the Hold and Raking the Gold
From a small poverty-ridden town in southern Italy, Joe Beato leaves for Switzerland at age 14 to break the hold and learn to be a chef. After four years of dedication and long hours, his apprenticeship is complete. At 18, his journey takes him to Canada, where he learns a new language and invigorates his passion for food, propelling his culinary career upward until he becomes one of Detroit's most prestigious gold-medal chefs.
Included in this book is a selection of the chef's personal recipes, as well as family and traditional recipes from southern Italy.
Available on Amazon.
“I have no words to describe the professionalism, passion, attitude and talent that Jill Ronsley applied in editing my book. Written by a person who didn't go to school in this country, it needed considerable editing of the grammar, punctuation and structure, and Jill helped me all the way to the end. When I was searching for an editor and ran across her website, I read that she had won an award for best book design. I was skeptical, but she made a believer out of me! My book has great eye appeal—it's stunning! Thank you so much, Jill, for job well done. I have no hesitation recommending you.” —Joseph A. Beato
Breaking Free (Book 1 of the Breaking Free Series)
Denis Hickey, a successful Silicon Valley businessman at the peak of his career, trades his Mercedes for a backpack and travels the world for a year. A year that would change his life forever. He leaves his high-powered job and hectic lifestyle, says goodbye to family and friends, and sets out on a care-free exploration of the world, people, and love. The story pulls the reader into the intimacy and mystery of long term travel through the wilderness of Africa, explosiveness and charm of the Middle East, and the vastness and romance of Siberia. Denis challenges people he meets to answer tough questions, and faces hard ones of his own.
"Breaking Free is a story of courage and love, of happiness and failure, of confusion and clarity, and of regret and completion.... This is a story of us! A wonderful life adventure!"
The Traveler (Book 2 of the Breaking Free Series)
Halfway through his year traveling the world, former Silicon Valley highflier Denis Hickey is forced to face his past and his potential futures. As a backpacker in his late forties, and unafraid to try anything, Denis has unforgettable encounters with everyone he meets. Crossing Turkey, India, Thailand, Vietnam, Bali, and Australia, he comes face to face with spirituality and religion, sex and love, poverty and death-from helping shoot a documentary on Bangkok prostitutes to chatting alone with Mother Theresa in Calcutta. In The Traveler, the second book of the Breaking Free series, Denis confronts his life and choices with honesty, humor and insight.
"Thanks to Jill Ronsley for providing the final edit of Breaking Free and The Traveler, which improved the pace significantly, and for her internal book design and back cover. Jill also gave me invaluable advice during the publishing process, and is the sweetest person." —Denis Hickey
Let's Forefoot da Sonovabitch: True Stories from Southern Saskatchewan
In Crane Valley, Saskatchewan, when you consume several beers and snare a four-year-old wild horse, you've just "forefooted da-sonovabitch." Catching wild horses, adventures with eccentric neighbours, great-grandmother's homebrew, pioneer diaries-life on the Nagel farm in the 1950s and 60s was never dull. Readers will see that Saskatchewan was not only about sweeping skies, huge horizons and heartbreak on stricken farms, but it was also a wonderful place for children to grow up.
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"I want to personally thank Sun Editing & Book Design for their commitment to detail as my manuscript evolved into a book. Their guidance and thoughtful advice has produced for me more than I could possibly have imagined. Thank you, Jill Ronsley, for working so hard on my behalf." —Brian Nagel
First and Second Kings, Maurice and Harold: The True Story of Eccentric Millionaires Who Lived like Paupers
This is the remarkable tale of a ranch wife’s fifty-year friendship with eccentric millionaire bachelor brothers who lived like paupers in the Porcupine Hills of southwestern Alberta. Mary-Jo Burles takes you into the lives of the King Brothers. With her trademark rustic eloquence she vividly describes what made the pioneer cattle-ranchers legends and how they amassed the fortune they left behind.
“Jill Ronsley used her expert wisdom to provide valuable advice and recommendations, making the book, bookmarks and business cards she designed for HBLS better than I would have asked for.” —Heather Burles, publisher
|The Judge. To the Beat of a Different Drummer: A Search for Significance
by Judge Geo W. Trammell
ISBN: 978-0-9858820-0-6: (hard cover)
ISBN: 978-0-9858820-1-3: (soft cover)
published by Lamplighter Publishing
Judge Geo W. Trammell, a tough, no-nonsense judge, presided over criminal cases in Los Angeles for over a quarter of a century. His independence and determination to stick by his beliefs were noted by lawyers who appeared before him. With a series of events that could have happened in a Grisham mystery novel, this true story includes felony offenses involving murder, kidnapping, witness intimidation and bribery, jury tampering, sex, judicial improprieties, seductions, extortion. the list goes on. In a truly Hollywood ending, the judge found himself vindicated by a unanimous decision of the US Supreme Court-with the Lord guiding his life through a jury trial he was never present at right up to the surprise ending.
Available from Amazon and other booksellers.
Growing Up: Retro
Nostalgia & Humor of the
1940's & 1950's
Growing Up is a hilarious novel that chronicles the universal journey of growing up during the Golden Age of Innocence in a series of short, easy-reading chapters based on the embellished life of the author's alter ego, "Chip." Whether you grew up during the 1940's, 1950's, early '60's or later and are from the Silent Generation, a Baby Boomer, Gen X'er, Gen Y'er or a young adult or teenager who wants to experience a wonderful, simpler time, this is an every person book. A snapshot of life from childhood and grammar school during World War II and the '40's, high school and college in the '50's, and a peacetime army in the early '60's.
“It’s hard to read when your eyes are shut from laughing so hard.” —Shirley C, retired, grandmother
"Universal growing up … it’s like a ride in my ’46 baby-blue Ford.”
Notes from the Firehouse: Seventeen Firefighting
Stories from a Retired Firefighter
Coming from a family of firefighters I should have known what to expect on the job. I didn’t. It’s not all about fire—that was lesson number one. No, it’s a collection of things: assisting an elderly person at three o’clock in the morning, calming a terrified child in a traumatic situation, saving the belongings of a family from the ravages of a fire, seeing people in every crazy heartbreaking situation imaginable and trying to help them, while not losing yourself in the process. It’s about the insanity found in the firehouse—we called it the Cracker Factory—and the politics and pettiness that try unsuccessfully to steal the joy from the job. I never felt the urge to write about the nuts and bolts of the job; it’s the humanity that needs documenting.
“Thank you for helping me publish my book during
this past year. It was my good fortune to find your website and employ
your service. You are not only extremely competent; you are patient and
thoughtful as well. So once again, Jill, let me say, ‘Thank You,
for giving my book the extra input that it needed.’”
|The Journey: How I Cheated Death and Cured My Diabetes
in 21 Days
by Ernest Quansah
Ernest Quansah is a professional chef who was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes at the age of 46. Two years later, acknowledging the visible physical damage that awaited him, as well as the invisible internal organ damage, such as heart disease, liver failure and blindness, Quansah took it upon himself to reverse his diabetes. With the assistance of western and eastern doctors, he was successful-in 21 days! Ernest Quansah is a type 2 diabetes survivor, self-cure expert, educator and consultant who believes that if other diabetics do as he did, they, too, can return to health.
To purchase, visit Amazon or DiabetesSelfCure.com.
Memoirs of a 90-Year-Old Hippie
At 90, Lillian Darr still believes in making love, not war, justice for all, and in giving peace a chance. She's the last of a rare breed-a lifelong hippie-who embraced flower child values decades before they were popular and way after most flower children took off their love beads and moved to the 'burbs. She's as outspoken today as she was as a young woman in the 1930s. For all these years she has kept the faith and still walks the talk as a believer in the fundamental goodness of the human race. God bless this wonderfully sharp and idealistic soul, who continues to celebrate every moment of life to the max!
"Jill Ronsley has been our angel! My 90-year old mother wrote a book ( Memoirs of a 90-Year Old Hippie ) and needless to say we needed a lot of hand holding. Jill was always professional, yet extremely patient and kind. Working with Jill we felt complete confidence in her abilities, and trusted her implicitly to guide us on the path to self-publishing. There is no question that we will use her services again." —Lillian Darr
Available on Amazon.
Virgins! A Memoir of the Sexual
This memoir is a series of love stories—relationships during the Sexual Revolution—when all the cultural rules were broken in the Sixites and Seventies. “Don't trust anyone over 30!” Those people had made the Civil Rights, Anti-War and Women's Movements necessary because of their lies and greed. How to fight the war and military-industrial-complex with all its horrors? Take drugs. Find God. Make love, not war.
“It isn't often that an entire time period can be captured in one book, yet that is what Zola has accomplished with Virgins.… the emotional angst in Virgins will leave you pausing to think about your own relationships. … Zola's writing style is highly intellectual and thoroughly enjoyable. Her profound insights will take you places you have never looked at regarding sex,love, and life choices.” —Deborah Sloan “Baba”