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FREE Today! Surviving The College Admissions Madness by Kevin Robert Martin

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by Kevin Robert Martin
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Unconventional. Irreverent. Brutal. Entertaining. Unlike any book written about higher education, Surviving the College Admissions Madness is a complete takedown of a deeply flawed and thoroughly broken system. Kevin Robert Martin argues that elite universities do not care about their applicants.

He observes that college admissions is highly undemocratic and dehumanizing. University bureaucracies alienate applicants from their humanity and sense of self.

Reading essay advice books might help you get in, but they won’t help you stay sane. Surviving and even thriving depend on digging deep into your beliefs and understanding your behaviors within the broader context of society. This isn’t another Admissions 101 “how-to to write a killer essay” book or a promise of “six easy steps” for Ivy League acceptance.

Martin provides helpful advice for avoiding application mistakes, building a reasonable college list, minimizing debt, identifying cognitive errors and distortions, and helping applicants reframe their college applications. This book equips readers with the vocabulary, frameworks, and tools to make sense of America’s broken higher education system, starting with the admissions gatekeepers.

Admissions Madness is the first of its kind to integrate applicant psychology with the sociology and economics of higher education. Martin observes that a system of bad incentives in education and society wastes hundreds of millions of hours each admissions cycle. It produces profound suffering for tens of thousands of students each year. He writes for families and high school educators who want a deeper understanding of the truth.

Elite college admissions undermines students whether they’re privileged or marginalized, rich or poor, black or white, rural or urban, first-time freshman or transfer, and domestic or international.

Almost everyone loses, even those who get into their dream schools. Elite universities are neither accountable to nor transparent with the public. Early Decision policies and aggressive recruitment and questionable enrollment management practices monopolize universities’ leverage over families’ well-being. Power disparities between universities and families explain why the admissions process is so stressful and exasperating.

Waitlists, appeals, and deferrals keep students in limbo. Endless essay requirements, recommendations, and interviews benefit the university while wasting applicants’ time and making them lose sleep and their sanity. Holistic review corrupts students’ interests and high school learning environments. Students and families rarely realize that the system doesn’t have to be this way.

Application numbers skyrocket while first-year student class sizes remain the same despite COVID-19 virtual learning disruptions. Elite universities claim to care about diversity and college access, yet they are hypocrites. Admission by holistic review has noble origins in the civil rights movement, but nowadays, it serves as a tool for oppression. Holistic review is arbitrary, capricious, and prone to error and bias. Martin proposes admission by partial lottery as one reform among many.

American meritocracy is a myth. Rather than vehicles for upward mobility, elite universities squeeze out the middle class and contribute to wealth inequality. Universities prioritize generating revenue over a genuine commitment to diversity and access. Understanding these and other inconvenient truths will help students and families survive the college admissions madness.

Fans of James Patterson, Dean Koontz, and John Grisham are in for a treat! The Advocate: A Women of Redemption Suspense Thriller by Lori Lacefield

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by Lori Lacefield
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A secret society of women hell bent on justice. One who discovers how far they’re willing to go. Will they let her live to tell the truth?

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Palmer Reed is still haunted by her tragic past. Frustrated her childhood kidnappers escaped justice, she accepts a position at an advocacy foundation, hoping to support other victims of crime. But she’s stunned to discover that behind the scenes of the glamorous fundraising galas, a sinister conspiracy lurks. Strong-armed by the determined founder into squeezing money from lawbreaking “donors,” she’s troubled by the shady practices used to raise big dollars. With her conscience eating at her, Palmer sets out to uncover the true depths of the shadowy scheme, and unearths a shocking connection between the organization and her own kidnapping. Can Palmer expose the deadly truth before she falls prey—again?

The Advocate is the first standalone book in the riveting Women of Redemption suspense thriller series, featuring women who aren’t perfect, but perfectly kick-ass when given a second chance. If you like strong female heroines, titanic twists, and danger around every corner, you’ll love this edge-of-your-seat read! For fans of James Patterson’s Murder Club, L.T. Ryan’s Rachel Hatch, and John Grisham’s The Brethren.

Dip your toes in and stay awhile. Heartfelt women’s fiction: faith, family, love. . . What New Beginnings Are Made Of (Star Gazer Inn of Corpus Christi Bay Book 1) by Debra Clopton

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by Debra Clopton
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New beginnings take courage… She’s a fifty-five-year-old widow feeling like she’s lost herself. On a whim of her aching heart, Alice McIntyre buys the Star Gazer Inn and is looking for a fresh start…something to put a spark back into her life. But first she has to tell her four sons, who have problems of their own but have smothered her with their protective instincts. She’s lived on the huge South Texas ranch just outside of Corpus Christi since their father carried her over the threshold. She’s raised them on the massive McIntyre Ranch—one of the largest, wealthiest in Texas. It’s been her home and theirs. Will they understand that it’s time for her to leave? Time for her to move on? Jackson McIntyre is shocked by his mother’s announcement. Guilt-ridden in the aftermath of his father’s accident, Jackson is determined to do whatever it takes to help his mother find her way to move forward. But this new idea of hers has him reeling. Nina lives next door to the inn and is living a quiet life, keeping a low profile. She has her reasons. Will the opening of the inn and her new neighbors, especially the oldest son of the new innkeeper, tempt her to step back into the light and out of the shadows of her past? Lisa, Alice’s best friend and recent divorcee, has been traveling the world since the breakup that left her shaken and feeling just as lost as Alice. A brilliant cook with a flair for entertaining, she loves Alice’s idea and joins her to open the inn. But Lisa has her own secrets. Can these two friends, and their new neighbor Nina, find fresh starts as they ready the Star Gazer Inn for its new beginning? Will Nina find the courage to take one more chance on love with her new friend’s son? Three women find friendship and courage on the shores of Corpus Christi Bay. Come visit the Star Gazer Inn, with a side trip to the McIntyre Ranch, as Alice finds her way between two worlds. This new series follows Alice, her sons, and her friends—and new loves—on the South Texas coast with its sparkling topaz water. You’ll want to dip your toes in and stay awhile. Heartfelt women’s fiction: faith, family, love.

Never chase a woman, never invest in a kiss he wasn’t sure would lead to more and never let his nose dictate where the rest of him went. He had done all three. For her. . . San Diego Grind: The billionaire and the adult video star (City Lights Series) by Nalini Warriar

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San Diego Grind: The billionaire and the adult video star, a hilarious, strangers-to-lovers standalone romantic comedy (City Lights Series)

by Nalini Warriar
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Never chase a woman, never invest in a kiss he wasn’t sure would lead to more and never let his nose dictate where the rest of him went.

He had done all three.

For her.

She’s the exception in her family. With a big rack and a non-wheatish complexion, her mother has to get on a ladder to look into her eyes. Now that she’s done with Knotty Gurl, she’s proud to have found her niche in the flesh trade and her successful five-year plan. But what if her mother finds out how she made her millions? Plastic surgery comes to mind. Leaving the country is another option. Then grey eyes lock with hers across the crowded bar and she’s in a whole lot of other trouble. Regardless of how hot he is, she’s not going to fall for her mother’s plans for her.

A successful tech billionaire, he’s an upstanding member of his community and a loving yet dutiful son to his parents, loyal to family and all he loves. One woman has dominated his life. He adores her and has always taken her words to heart.

Until he sees the woman with the gorgeous hair and sparkly ankles. What he wants, he gets. He breaks all his rules with her and can’t stop himself from getting closer, her sexy tats beckoning him, her enticing scent unforgettable. He doesn’t approach her: a first for him. Then he smells her again at the Bridgerton-themed gala, chases after her and kisses her without knowing if there will be more which is yet another first for him. She keeps slipping away. Now he knows why: she has a secret. He intends to find out what it is and then he’ll make her his.

Sit in prison or join the military. The choice is yours… Sentenced to War by J.N. Chaney and Jonathan Brazee

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by J.N. Chaney and Jonathan Brazee
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2021 Dragon Award Nominee for Best Military Science Fiction

Sit in prison or join the military. The choice is yours.

Convicted of a minor traffic violation, Rev Pelletier is conscripted into the Perseus Union Marine Corps… for up to a thirty-year term of service. Anxious to get back to his civilian life and job, he opts for a shorter term as a Marine Raider, taking the fight to the enemy.

But with extremely high mortality rates, can he and his friends survive until their term of service is over?

Download Sentenced to War now to follow Rev through perilous battles as he fights to hold back the alien invasion. If you’re a fan of Old Man’s War, Starship Troopers, or Armor, you’ll love this military scifi thrill ride.

How one family’s tireless search for answers saved their son and countless others… First Survivor: The Impossible Childhood Cancer Breakthrough by Mark Unger

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by Mark Unger
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An inspirational real life cancer memoir of a family’s journey and the impossible miracle that led to their son’s becoming a childhood cancer survivor. This is a thriller about a family’s battle to save their toddler son from a “zero chance of survival” diagnosis. With the world’s best doctors and the advocacy of his parents, Louis Unger would fight a 5-year battle for his young life. His grit and incredible attitude led to a breakthrough that would change how cancer is treated today. This is not a medical journal or a how-to guide. It is a true page-turner that gives you a front row seat to a miraculous story of courage, inspiration and determination. All proceeds from this book will go to the Carrot Seed Foundation where they will be used to fund Neuroblastoma clinical trials and support the children and families who are stricken by this disease.

Lt. Jade Mahelona of Solar Defense Force doesn’t want to get involved in interstellar politics. Too bad… Enemy Immortal by Jim Meeks-Johnson

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Enemy Immortal (Entangled Galaxy Book 1)

by Jim Meeks-Johnson
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An alien colony vanishes without a trace.

And Lt. Jade Mahelona must find it.

She is the first soldier to leave Earth through the alien network of quantum-entangled tunnels leading across the galaxy to the lost colony on Belle Verte. Exotic cultures and inhuman values challenge her every step of the way, and Jade remains mystified about why the owners of the Belle Verte colony chose her for this vital mission.

As Jade searches for the lost colony, she uncovers terrifying secrets on Belle Verte. Secrets an empire of Immortal blobs will kill for.

So, despite Jade’s excellence in electronics and brilliance in hand-to-hand combat, she must reach deeper to survive on Belle Verte. Yet survival isn’t enough—Jade must escape Belle Verte to save Earth from invasion by the Immortals, for whom humans are one of two things—slave labor or a tasty snack.

Jade’s only hope is to forge a group of misfit aliens into a galaxy-class fighting force. Her only alternative is to die.

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“Riveting space opera that’s hard to put down.” —IndieReader
“Packed with engaging characters and a pace that never lets up.” —Self-Publishing Review
“A classic space adventure.” —Walter Jon Williams, author of The Praxis.