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Hack Your Flights is currently most popular and available as an ebook and paperback on various platforms as well as Amazon: Save money, avoid hassles, learn about new air travel innovations and see which airlines to avoid.

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Complete Guide to Everything  Air Travel 

Paperback & ebook  Dec 2023   Paperback 228 pages  For details on Amazon click :  Hack Your Flights 

5 Star Review by Kayleigh Perumal for Readers' Favorite:     "Brown condenses the most useful advice about airline travel into one simple and comprehensive guide."

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The Notebooks are 5x8 inches. 100 pages, Glossy cover — can be wiped clean.

Left-side pages have 6 different sized boxes for quick notes like numbers, addresses, reminders etc to avoid cluttering up your  mobile. Right-side pages are lined with a title line and date space in top, right corner.
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Paperback &  eBook

5x8 inches,  192 pages.                 

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 A hard-to-put-down read —makes you think  twice! 

An excellent travel book

42 illustrations.

 ★★★★★ STAR Review READERS' FAVORITE  by Philip Van Heusen       

* Not only are the stories incredible, but Brown's style of writing draws you into each story and makes you  feel as if you are there."                       

* ”…produced  one of the  most interesting books I  have read in a very long   time.”      
* “I highly recommend this  book to all, from teenagers through octogenarians.”

Teaser: Which of the Ten Indelibles gave away 90% of his income to charity every year?

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Oh Yeah! Sure!  5 Slightly Scary Stories   

5x8 inches,   106 pages 

26  Illustrations  

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★★★★★ 5 STAR Review  by Marc Henderson USA July 6 2023:   True or Not True...Hmm. I enjoyed reading this book! You'll learn what a souterrain is as well as some far-fetched tales from UK that have an X-Files feel to them.    If you like being creeped out by something that might actually  have happened (possibly, maybe), then buy this book.

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Oh Yeah! Sure! is now available in eBook format with a new title and extra illustrations.


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Paperback May 2023            8.5 x 11 inches. 126 pages

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★★★★★ 5 STAR Review  by  Karen DeYoung , USA June 2023 This is one of the most interesting puzzle books I've ever seen. Lots of different kinds of puzzles. Graphics are awesome and I love the information tidbits. Worth buying if you love to solve puzzles.          

Teaser: Which puzzle in the book, being played during a 'public procedure' cost the Australian taxpayers over $1million ?

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 How to Make Trinket Boxes From Scrap, with Personalized Meaning, at almost zero cost  

Paperback & ebook 2024

Print book: 5x8", 24 pages,

8 Illustrations

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5X8 inches   105 pages.

Details on Amazon : Bugger

"Bugger, where's that password?"

Who's never said that?                                     

An increasing number of  passwords is one big negative of  this digital world. If you save  your passes online, you're vulnerable  to hackers. Use the  same password for everything — you'll be fastest  except you'll be hacked.

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Who is Selkirk?

     ALEXANDER SELKIRK (1676-1721)

He was a sailor from Lower Largo, Fifeshire, Scotland. He was the 7th son of a 7th son, something long regarded as significant in empowering such a person with second sight and other supernatural abilities. His mother treated him as her favourite because of this special status. Interestingly, the Biblical David was the 7th son of a 7th son (though there is conflicting evidence for this).
Selkirk became a buccaneer and sailed with many of the most influential sea captains of that period. One was William Dampier who, in my opinion, was and still is the greatest explorer and scientist in his own right. His collected knowledge of sea currents and weather patterns was remarkably accurate and extensive, some of which is still used today.
Selkirk’s ship was anchored in Cumberland Bay of Isla Mas-a-Tierra, a small island about 700km from the Chilean coast, In the south Pacific Ocean. After Rapa Nui (Easter Island), an island further west which is regarded as the most lonely place in the world, Isla Mas-a-Tierra would come a close second.
Uninhabited, it was a stop-off place for buccaneers and Spanish ships. A good harbour provided an ideal place to careen hulls and carry out repairs while having abundant fresh water and food in the shape of goats and vegetables. These had been deliberately left there by sailors, over time, to thrive and multiply, providing abundant supplies at any time.
Selkirk’s supernatural abilities, if they existed, would have contributed wholly to his fear that the ship was so rotten it would sink within a few weeks of setting sail. He told the captain, Stradling, that he would rather stay on the island, alone, than risk sailing in a ship with a rotting hull. The captain didn’t like Selkirk, it is believed, and he immediately had Selkirk rowed to the shore with all his possessions. The ship sailed away without Selkirk … and did sink, some of the crew being captured by Spanish seamen.
Selkirk spent the next 4 years and 4 months alone on the island. When he was rescued, William Dampier was the pilot of one of the two ships that had stopped at the island.
It took more than a year before Selkirk was back in Britain. He became the toast of the town as news of his story spread. Daniel Defoe picked up on this amazing story of survival. He may even have met Selkirk. The most popular book of that era was published by Defoe shortly afterwards and except for a few details, the story mirrors Alexander Selkirk’s time on the island. The island in fact, was renamed Isla Robinson Crusoe by the Chilean Government years later, no doubt to capitalise on the popularity of a story that caught the world’s interest for hundreds of years. Not so well known is that of the 3 islands that make up the tiny archipelago of the Juan Fernández Islands, one is named Isla Alejandro Selkirk.
Perhaps of interest to health-conscious people is how Selkirk’s appearance was remarked upon by his rescuers. He was super fit and healthy (not a shred of processed or manufactured foodstuffs had passed his lips for over 4 years!) Before leaving the island he had taken some sailors and a couple of dogs to hunt a few goats for the two ships’ food supplies. The island is very steep almost everywhere, and goats, of course, prefer the rocky terrain and heights for protection. Well, in bare feet, Selkirk outran the dogs and later carried two adult goats on his shoulders, all the way back to the shore. Captain Stradling it is recorded, remarked on how calm a person Selkirk was.
I have a few personal heroes in my head, so to speak. Alexander Selkirk is certainly one of them. In the book (above)  “10 Indelibles. Formidable Distinctive Individuals” there is a chapter on Selkirk.  
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