Salute to Service: 4 Veteran’s Stories

Yesterday, November 11, marks Veteran’s Day here in the USA and Armistice Day and Remembrance Day in Europe. This solemn holiday commemorates the end of the first World War in 1918, and this year marks the first centennial of this monumental event. Each year, this day marks a moment for everyone to step back and honor the soldiers who fight for all of us.

Today, we’d like to take a moment to say thank you to all of our veterans and to all the active duty soldiers around the world.

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Lulu’s Holiday Gift Guide: Graphic Novels

The holiday shopping intensifies!

Graphic Novels have long been an under-represented form of publishing and creativity. Partly due to niche markets and partly to the cost of creating high-quality, color books, Graphic Novel creators have long struggled to make their work readily available.

Self-publishing changes all that. We’re here today with a selection of some awesome graphic novels self-published and available on the Lulu bookstore.

And as an added bonus, we’ll feature a few of our favorite Zines as well: short, independently created and published magazines.

First, we have some of our favorite Graphic Novels:

Seen and Unseen

By Sarah Dahlinger

It’s a historical fiction set deep in the Panamanian rain forest. Follow Sam Hildebrand, an ichthyologist, during his harrowing adventure through mud and magic, as he tries to complete the 1911 Smithsonian Biological survey.

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rated PG-13

-animals kill people
– indigenous nudity on female monkey-like forest creatures in one drawing
– there is nothing sexual in this book at all. It’s like Treasure Island.

MISFILE – Book 1

By Chris Hazelton

In one little corner of the universe, there’s nothing more irritating than a misfile…

The Do-Jahng #1

By Jon D. Sloan

“The Do-Jahng” is a comic about the trials and tribulations of Tae Kwon Do Master Jim Parker and his students as they live and work in the town of Dukesville. This series focuses on their lives both in and out of the do-jahng (training hall), dealing with every day life as well as ever-present threats from various ninja clans!

This first issue finds our friends pondering a new assignment that Master Parker has given them. They must work on a very introspective paper while dealing with a new arrival to Dukesville, AND their do-jahng!

Pep Squad

By Iran Johnson

The villainous ‘Evil Mind’ desires to conquer Chill Town (the coolest place on the planet) after being deemed “uncool” and “whack”. Exiled for his “ill” behavior, Evil Mind struggles to think of a plan to achieve his goal. However, a freakish accident has left him–incurably stupid. Eventually, he sends his ‘hooligans’ out to do his ‘dirty’ work–but there are four little heroes that are determined to protect their beloved city from Evil Mind’s whack-ness!

Beard for Dummies

By Janne Karlsson

Everything you´ll ever need to know about BEARD as seen through the bizarre eyes of Swedish artist/cartoonist Janne Karlsson.

Vegan Sidekick Volume 4

By Richard Watts

Are your friends and family conflicted about whether they should stab animals in the neck constantly every day all the time constantly? Do they react to your non-violence as though you are some spilt hummus on the carpet and they don’t know what kind of stain you will leave? Have you had the same conversation 18 quintillion times this morning about how killing innocent victims is really a personal preference? Then maybe you could do with this book in your life. Alternatively, just go to one of Vegan Sidekick’s social media pages and read the comics for free lol no need to buy anything, what kind of advertising even is this?

Bagel Soup – Stirring the Pot

By David Koesters

Bagel Soup comics (originally published at bagelsoup.com) are an eclectic mix of social commentary, sight gags, horrible puns, and the occasional peek at genuine cleverness. With chapters ranging from Depressants, Religion, Relationshipping, Sex, and, aptly, Animals, Food, Fists, Balls, and Butts, this collection has something for everyone to laugh and be mildly offended over. It’s cute, cutting, groaning, clever, and consistently inconsistently. Author David Koesters is a resident of Lincoln, Nebraska where he lives in a decrepit house, is an officer of the United States Army, has a law degree for some reason, and bleeds ketchup. After surviving a long battle with sense of humor cancer, Koesters’ Bagel Soup sprung out of the ashes of bad cooking to become something whereby he figured he could do the least damage to society. (I mean, who doesn’t enjoy a laughing?) Though he’ll be the first to say he can’t draw, you may agree, Bagel Soup is good for wasting your time and provides healthy eye laughter. Enjoy.


If you’re more of a Magazine person, check these Zines. They’re all loaded with great content sure to please anyone on your holiday shopping list:


 

Self Care Zine: Food

By Rachelle Abellar

This issue of the Self Care Zine is 56 pages of comics, illustrations, recipes, personal stories, tips, and resources all related to how we use food as self care.

The Sublime Zine issue three

By The Sublime Zine

Sublime aesthetic magazine has one simple purpose, to inform freely and honestly the world of the wondrous culture and art born every minute.

 

Unusual Bath zine

By Stefan Alexander

Unusual Bath is a self-published comic zine.

The story based on a bather enjoying his relaxing bath until he experiences a unusual adventure while in his bathtub which takes him to different fantasy worlds.

 

 

And of course you can find plenty of other Graphic Novels and Zines on our bookstore:

Graphic Novels & Zines on the Lulu Bookstore

Lulu’s Holiday Gift Guide: Travel & Adventure

The holiday season usually means a bit of traveling. Visiting friends and family, using those last few vacation days before they expire, or just going somewhere warm when the weather starts to turn.

Lulu authors know a thing or two about travel.

These books make great gifts – loaded with surprising and astounding stories. Just have a look!

98 Days Of Wind

By Ras & Kathy Vaughan

On March 4th, 2017, Team UltraPedestrian set out to do that which had never before been done: a double thru-hike of the Grand Enchantment Trail. Through this collection of trail dispatches, video transcripts, journal excerpts, and short narratives their journey unfolds in a rapid-fire staccato stream-of-consciousness. Join Ras and Kathy while they push their minds, bodies, and relationship to the limits and beyond as they struggle to endure 98 Days of Wind.

In the Driver’s Seat: An American Road Trip

By Dan Murphy

Dan Murphy set about to reach all fifty states. On his journey, he drove across the USA and navigated mountains, desert, rivers, valleys and lived to tell about it, barely. This epic adventure is series of road trips that will make you laugh, cry, and ponder the meaning of life. You’ll want to get on the road as soon as you finish reading about his adventures.

This is the only available edition with full-color photos.

My United States Travel Journal

By Carolyne Cole

The ultimate travel companion for kids traveling within the United States.

A travel journal for roadschoolers, world schoolers and kids taking extended holidays.

Packed with an exciting variety of pages to record your adventures and stimulate travel inspired learning.

Lake Huron to Lake George

By Albert Freihofer

Travel diary with many photographs of a row of 697 miles in an Adirondack Guideboat.

 

Backpack Cooking

By Chris Miller

This guide will help you prepare simple, cheap and delicious meals, each loaded with the calories your body needs to make it to your next resupply, and specifically designed for easy preparation with readily accessible ingredients.

These aren’t complicated recipes requiring a multitude of ingredients or excessive pots and pans — things no thru hiker would have room for in their pack. In fact, most recipes and meal ideas can be prepared in a single cup or pot, even a freezer bag or thermos if you choose!

MARATHON TOURISM DOWN UNDER

By Jim Manford

As part of a long-standing ambition to complete the Australian 100 Marathon Club’s ‘Anzac Sweep'(a marathon in all States and Territories in Australia plus the North and South Islands of New Zealand)Jim has taken a close look at the marathons available in each location. As always, his meticulously researched accounts, written from the perspective of a dedicated Marathon Tourist, are sure to appeal to all those who enjoy combining their love of running with a love of travel. This is the 9th book in Jim’s ‘Marathon Tourism’ series.

The Ride of Your Life

By Michael Fridgen

From the magical colossus of Disney to the charming quaintness of Tivoli Gardens, theme parks are as established as schools and hospitals.

Theme parks have become dynamic destinations where people test their courage and learn to have fun in safe environments. Theme parks are also economic catalysts that offer employment, as they require a supporting structure of roads, hotels, restaurants, and shops. Most importantly, they give us a place to celebrate life’s milestones.

America, Can I Have Your Autograph?

By Aida Frey & Dana Dorfman

You might think Junior Ranger Aida Frey is an ordinary girl from Chicago, but you’d be wrong.

Aida takes you into caves, to old battlefields, and to the stuff of legends. She sweeps through the passages of time, throwing baseballs on a famous cornfield, climbing mountains, and exploring nature’s nooks and crannies.

So release the balloons, throw the confetti, and set out on a series of never-ending adventures with America, Can I Have Your Autograph?

The Festivalist Guide to the Oktoberfest in Germany

By The Festivalist

The Festivalist Guide to the Oktoberfest in Germany is EVERYTHING you need to know about THE Oktoberfest in München, the BIGGEST festival in the world. Something you MUST visit once, read this guide to know what to dress, where to go and how to behave to have an AMAZING experience.

Triumph Across The USA

By Andrew Hayward Smith

“Triumph Across The USA” documents a 14,000-mile solo motorcycle tour in 61 days. This book captures the people and the natural majesty of the United States through an introspective soul and camera lens. “Triumph Across the USA” takes the reader to well-known and lesser-known highlights across 27 States. Travel guide, journal extracts and useful information on all of the places visited, full color photography throughout, and Facebook commentary included. 325 pages, full color.


Of course you know there are more books to fuel your wanderlust. Just have a look at our collection on the Lulu Bookstore:

Travel & Adventure Books on the Lulu Bookstore.


Check out our full Holiday Gift Guide for even more inspiration.

Lulu’s Holiday Gift Guide: Health & Wellness

The holidays are time to indulge in delicious food, to kick back and enjoy friends and family. A time to give and receive joy.

And in everyone’s family or friend circle, there’s always someone who reminds you not to have that extra cookie or slice of pie or serving of turkey. Right? There’s always one health-conscious person trying to keep you on track.

Well this year you can get them the perfect gift with a custom made guide to healthier living or a mental and spiritual wellness book.

First up we have our favorite books for the gym-go, yoga-bending, health nut on your shopping list:

Michael Kory’s Ultimate Fitness Cookbook

By Michael Kory

Recipes range from chocolate banana pancakes to honey mustard pretzel chicken to chocolate protein peanut butter cheesecake to crispy avocado slices. Included with each recipe is nutritional information valuable to anyone wishing to gain muscle and lose fat while pursuing a healthy lifestyle. Recipes have both imperial and metric systems so anyone can utilize them.

Michael Kory’s Ultimate Fitness Cookbook makes a great gift for anyone new to macros and healthy eating or those who have been doing it for years.

Peace, Love, and Low Carb

By Kyndra Holley

Peace, Love, and Low Carb – The Cookbook – 3 Ingredients to a healthier you!

This cookbook is is a mixture of low-carb, high fat, paleo, primal, dairy-free, sugar-free, and even vegetarian recipes. This cookbook is filled with mouth watering dishes, restaurant quality dishes that will help keep you on track without feeling deprived.

I took all the heavy, carb-laden comfort foods and re-created them into low carb versions. Enjoy!

FOOD YOGA – Nourishing Body, Mind & Soul

By Paul Turner

Food yoga springs from the belief that the kind of food we eat affects our consciousness and subsequent behaviours.

All the world’s great spiritual traditions have elaborate food offering rituals carefully designed to expand consciousness and all use food as a means to represent or please the Divine and to expand the consciousness of their followers.

cooking with ramona: dog-friendly dining

By Ginamarie Lobianco

Come along with chef ramona, a spunky shih-tzu/terror-mix as she navigates her way around the kitchen using her nose (since she wears her hair over her eyes and can’t see), and dine at chez henri (her annoying furry brother/ restaurateur). fun-loving and plant-based recipes that the whole family will enjoy!

FROM A GREAT ESCAPE TO A NEW AWAKENING

By Eddy Li

This is an autobiography of a cancer survivor, a veteran network news journalist. For 38 years since 1971, the author, as Asia video editor for ABC News, chased news stories round the clock, often without sleep. With early retirement in sight, the sudden diagnosis of cancer one day radically changed his lifestyle overnight.

Alkaline Vegan Mommy’s Nutritional Guide to Health and Healing

By Deondre Greene

Alkaline Vegan Mommy’s Nutritional Guide to Health and Healing is a cookbook designed for those who would like to transition into a healthy lifestyle.


Healthy living isn’t limited to just a healthy body. Get in a healthy state of mind with these Wellness books from our bookstore:


Many Moons 2018 Vol 2

By Sarah Gottesdiener

If you are a reader of this book, then you know the jist: tons of information, research on the major Moon phases of the second half of the year. (New, Waxing, Full, Waning, & Dark)

This book contains recipes, spell working suggestions and advice, manifestation musings, Tarot Talk, and self-help and development prompts to aid you in your evolution, healing, and to get your momentum and desires moving and flowing. In this workbook, information is given, questions are asked and exercises are suggested to help you with your own self-empowerment. These workbooks imagine a world where witches, women, femmes, and weirdos make their dreams come true, help others and the greater collective in service of their higher self and of spirit.

How I Look Journal

By Nan Dellheim & Molly Dellheim

Newly revised fifth edition adds new material that resonated in the classroom! This research-based journal provides age-appropriate information on topics relevant to healthy development and self-acceptance including identity, stress, growth and development, media awareness, healthy lifestyle, self-talk, role models and clothing tips to improve body acceptance. Interspersed with thought-provoking journal prompts, inspirational quotes, and journal entries from a caring mentor, this heartfelt but lighthearted journal will empower girls during the vulnerable adolescent years.

Can be used in the classroom with companion lessons or by individual girls. Girl tested; teacher, school counselor, and mom approved! “This is a valuable tool for girls of all ages that provides techniques to build lasting self-esteem. This journal encourages healthy creativity and self-reflection and is a great gift for aspiring writers and teens alike!” Jess Weiner, Author and Self-Esteem Expert.

The Secret Life of Speaking Up Prequel

By Angela Lussier

The Secret Life of Speaking Up Prequel: 30 Tiny Speaking Adventures — by Angela Lussier, award-winning speaker, five-time author, TEDx presenter, and Speaker Sisterhood founder — will help women see that they do have a voice, that their voice matters and using it is empowering.

In this tiny pocket book, you’ll learn how to build courage, gain confidence in yourself, and even look forward to speaking up through these 30 tiny speaking adventures. Practice the steps to express yourself with authenticity and discover how much power you really possess. Who knows, you might just surprise yourself.

If you like to have experiences that make you more aware, more confident, and more powerful, this book is for you. Learn how to speak up more often through 30 adventures specifically designed to help you build this skill set.
More information and sample adventures can be found at
https://speakersisterhood.com/tiny/.

365 Connecting Questions for Couples

By Casey & Meygan Caston

Marriage365 is a 501c3 non-profit reaching millions of couples each month around the world. Our mission is that one day, the world will be transformed through communities made healthy because connected married couples are the norm.

You can follow them on social media @marriage365 or visit them on the web at marriage365.org.


If this impressive list of Health & Wellness books doesn’t have the perfect book for your holiday recipients, fear not! We’ve got an entire bookstore full of options:

Lulu Diet & Health books

Lulu Wellness books


Check out our full Holiday Gift Guide for even more inspiration.

Lulu’s Holiday Gift Guide: Calendars

The holidays are fast approaching and with them comes a lot of holiday gift buying. If you’re anything like me, you like to give everyone on your list a book. Right?

Seriously, I’ve been giving books as gifts for years now and everyone in my family loves it. Or at least they say they love it.

The trick is finding the right book for each person on your shopping list. Luck for you, Lulu is back with our Holiday Gift Guide for 2018!

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Lulu’s 4 Step Holiday Book Selling Guide

Lulu’s 4 Step Holiday Book Selling Guide

It’s October already. The holidays are literally right around the corner.

Are you ready?

If you are an indie author, now is the time to start ramping up your marketing efforts and making the extra push to get as many sales as you can this holiday season. Today, I’ve got some tips and advice to help you meet your marketing goals without absorbing all of your free time over the next couple of months.

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