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   Amazon Review: 5 STARS  -- a "must-read for adulting":

"I've read numerous books by Alexandra Allred and loved them all. From mystery to muscles, fiction to nonfiction, Alex plays with words in a way that draws you in without realizing you've turned yet another page. Operation Caregivers is no different except, this time, Ms. Allred goes beyond an entertaining story to provide some harsh realities and how-to guidelines for getting older because navigating life's sometimes cruel sense of humor can be trying during the best of times, but when you throw Alzheimer's and dementia into the mix, things start feeling like a Twilight Zone episode pretty fast. In Operation Caregivers, Alex shows us how growing up and growing old is done with grace, love, and massive amounts of laughter."   

Operation Caregivers: #LifewithDementia

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When military intelligence officer, Col. Powe, is stricken with dementia, it quickly becomes a family affair. For more than a decade, it would turn out, Powe had been keeping a very non-classified secret from his family -- his wife had Alzheimer's. Daughters Michelle Powe and Alexandra Allred are forced to step in to do a job no child (grown or otherwise) ever wants to do. True to thier upbringing, however, Michelle and Alexandra approach each new task as a military strike or information-gathering mission.
Operation Caregivers: #LifewithDementia is a laugh-out-loud, heartbreaking story about two exceptional people who never had a chance against dementia and Alzheimer's. Told by youngest daughter, Alexandra, stories of Col. Powe's extraordinary exploits in the military and adventures from around the world, the reader is reminded again and again of the toll dementia can take on us all.
While the book reads more like a novel than a self-help book, the second half of the book is a compilation of what-to-do and what-not-to-do lists Allred discovered as she blundered through her role as Power of Attorney. Prepare to laugh, prepare to fall in love with the Powes, grab a box of tissues, and get your Living Will ready. #LifewithDementia is so much more than you thought it would be!

When Allred began posting #LifewithDementia on social media, the repsonse was almost instantaneous. "Hilarious," "Loyalty all the way!" "Dementia doesn't know what it is up against with this family," and "thank you for sharing this. You are helping us heal," became more common than not. In anticipation of the Operation Caregiver: #LifewithDementia, still more have weighed in.

She Cries

 5 starsIt's all about the details in the characters--sucks you in!
ByAnna Terry

Alexandra Allred has done it again--Creating an intense page turner that keeps you guessing and asking "where is this going" and then tying it all together throughout the book. The first scene was very violent and disturbing but which had to be established to create the high stakes of the antagonist. She layers so much detail to the characters which causes you to either hate the sadistic and self-absorbed Connors, an NFL giant of a celebrity who gets away with murder by abusing woman after woman with a legal dream team that makes OJ Simpson's legal team look inept. You'll cheer the beloved and respected single mom of three, Kali, on to victory getting lost in the story. This isn't really a love story but it gives a wink to what is to come between Kali and a prospective love interest. Just an absolute wonderful, rich, entertaining read!

With a plot that could have easily been pulled from newspaper headlines, She Cries is both a thriller and a surprising love story that will have readers on the edge of their seats. When Kali Jorgensen is left to raise her three daughters alone after her husband is killed in the war in Afghanistan, she takes up residence in Horse Canyon, Utah, heading up a working ranch with her in-laws for cattle drives for celebrities and CEOs. Surrounded by breathtaking sunsets and rich family history, Rainwash Ranch is the only place Kali wants to live. Along with her family, her horse, Star, is her greatest companion. Kali could easily live in the saddle and never miss a day of city lights blaring and breaking news from a television. Her solitude is quickly broken as unwanted worldwide attention is thrust upon the ranch when professional athlete, Jeremy Connors, shows up for the cattle drive at Rainwash Ranch with his legal dream team and swirling accusations of rape and murder. While Connors' presence is a concern for Kali and her daughters, she soon realizes that it is Connors' fans and his team of lawyers who may prove to be the most dangerous to the Jorgensens. The personalities of horses and lawyers may be well matched but, the cowboys are pitted against the city slickers for the ride of a lifetime. And for Kali, it is her greatest test, not only as an instructor but also a mother. She Cries is a nail-biting, suspense novel that will leave you signing up for a cattle drive and falling in love with the most unlikely of heroes. Even if you've never ridden a horse, you'll come to understand the power of these magnificent animals and how hope can keep you alive.

Reviews:
5 STARS - 
"Alexandra Allred has become one of my favorite authors! Her books have so many different stories going, then brings them all together beautifully in the end. "She Cries" is a wonderful blend of suspense and a bit of romance; a novel that I found hard to put down. Allred's intense portrayal of Jeremy and his team of attorneys is so true to life in that being famous can get you out of anything. My heart went out to Kali Jorgensen; being a horse lover too made me cheer for her even more. This story is a roller coaster ride of emotions that take you from one extreme to another; a real page turner from beginning to end!"
 
5 STARS
*A copy of this book was provided in exchange for an honest review*
It was a heart pounding race to the finish and the ending…pure bliss, because She Cries made me cry in a very good way! Definitely recommend this book to readers who like a gripping, edge of your seat read with some sweet mixed in that comes to a very satisfying ending.


“This is a hard-hitting story, extremely well written. ”

“Ms. Allred has the ability to throw light on dark issues without making stories preachy. ”

"What a fun story!" "If you liked The Help, you'll like this one!"

White Trash

"never has a book been more relevent" 

​“White trash” can be found in any small, rural town in the U.S. But when Thia Franks returns to her home of Granby, Texas, the very place to which she had vowed she’d never return, Granby’s worst and best elements force the new single mother to face both her past and her destiny. At first, it seems that nothing has changed: Chester Kennedy’s goats continue to run rampant through the town, Officer Tina Wolfe stands accused of racial profiling the growing Hispanic community, Thia’s gun-wielding neighbor believes a squirrel has it in for her, and the town’s local newspaper owner prints only what she believes the citizens should know. But when a young black man – an upstanding and popular citizen of the small, east-central Texas town – is brutally murdered, everything changes. Everyone is being watched. Everyone is being judged. White Trash is a fast-paced, laugh-out-loud book that also serves as a bitter social commentary on American hypocrisies and prejudices. As Thia comes to terms with the murder and the small police department works the biggest who-dun-it in Granby history, a startling underworld of domestic abuse, gunrunning, drug use, illicit sex, and child molestation is revealed. While the murder is horrendous and some of the citizens of Granby are appalling, many stand up for what is right, and the total package is endearing. You’ll want to read White Trash more than once to capture all of the tale’s insights – as it neatly summarizes the reality of every American small town, peopled with neighbors you can’t get away from, you can’t stop talking about, and you may not want to leave.

Swingman

YIt was a bike ride that forever changed Captain Marshall Allen's life. Seven years later, a very similar bike ride would do the same for magazine editor Alexandra Allred. While many believed it was destiny that Alex would take a bike route that would lead her to tell Marshall's extraordinary story, it soon became clear that Marshall was also meant to help Alex. Marshall was a pioneer in the fire department, becoming the first black fire fighter in Salt Lake County. Alex was a pioneer in the sports world, becoming the first U.S. women's bobsled champion. But where Marshall was from very humble beginnings, once abused in the foster care system, Alex was the daughter of a U.S. Diplomat. They were worlds apart. Neither had any idea how much trouble was brewing ... 
This is the story of an unlikely friendship between a quadriplegic fire fighter and a former national athlete turned writer and how they changed local and national policies, took on the good 'ol boy network and the "Big Boys" at the US Capitol. Swingman: What a Difference A Decade Makes is a fast-paced, laugh-out-loud book that chronicles the last ten years of their lives, their faith (or once lack thereof) and their own personal fires. If you believe in miracles, if you believe you can fight city hall, if you believe in overcoming insurmountable obstacles, this is the book for you! Prepare to be inspired by the indomitable spirit of both Captain Marshall Allen and his friend Alexandra Allred.
Swingman the DVD is the winner of two national and two international humanitarian awards, including Film of the Year at the Multicultural Film Festival, Los Angeles.

My Gaza

"A lesson in history and humanity. This gripping story is based on true events and a perfect read for middle- and high school readers, even better for the rest of us!"

Ahmy and Binny are neighbors, yet a world of differences separates them. They are caught in the middle of a deep-rooted war in the Middle East. Yet when Ahmy crosses the wall that divides their villages, he and Binny come to realize that they may not be so different after all. But in the midst of suicide bombings and funerals of children, will they be seen as peaceful heroes by their people -- or traitors? Many of us have watched scenes on the nightly news showing fighting among people from a faraway place. We soon understand that this is what seems to be an endless conflict between two groups of people trying to share the same small country. We see youths throwing rocks, soldiers shooting back, and a constant refrain that each side is retaliating for what the other did yesterday or last month or 60 years ago. The place is Israel, and the issue is how people called the Palestinians will share the land of Israel with, of course, the Israelis. But why is that so hard to solve? What are Occupied Territories? The West Bank of what? And what in the world is the Gaza Strip? Why are they fighting, and how will the conflict ever be resolved? My Gaza, though fiction, is based on real events and real dialogue. This fast-paced, action-packed book is for hi/lo readers from Middle School to adults designed to educate and entertain and answer many of the seemingly impossible questions that have plagued politicians for decades. Maybe you can come up with the solution...

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Slate magazine:
    "Don't Support Your Local Bookstore: Buying Books on Amazong is Beter for Authors, Better for Economy, Better for You"
         Really?
          http://www.slate.com/articles/technology/technology/2011/12/independent_bookstores_vs_amazon_buying_books_online_is_better_for_authors_better_for_the_economy_and_better_for_you_.html
Huffington Post :
     "10 Reasons to Shop at Your Local Indie Bookstores This Holiday Season"
        Really?

https://www.huffingtonpost.com/wendy-webb/10-reasons-to-shop-at-you_b_6265420.html
  Why books are so important for society:

     "The Importance of Books!"

http://www.thebookoflife.org/the-importance-of-books/