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  • In this new collection of more than 50 poems and essays, Robert Yehling (Shades of Green, The River-Fed Stone, The Champion’s Way) returns to a prime source of inspiration and fulfillment – the back roads. Blending challenge with adventure, and natural observation with awakening, he uncovers the textures, rhythms, loves, tears, laughs, and ever-renewing cycle of life off the beaten path – visiting a few cultural icons along the way. Backroad Melodies reminds us of those treasure-laden roads deep inside ourselves that we all too rarely explore. “With clarity of thought and mastery of word order, Robert Yehling alarms the conscience, stimulates the brain, tugs at the heart, and tickles the funny bone—all to excess.” —Charles Redner, poet, author, publisher of The Hummingbird Review “You're talkin' my language. And drivin' my landscape. The colors. The sky…” —Luis Alberto Urrea, American Book Award-winning author of The Hummingbird’s Daughter and The Devil’s Highway, finalist for the Pulitzer Prize.
  • Coyotes in Broad Daylight brings together the timeless themes of community, nature, love, humor and observation, plus current social issues, in a collection of new poems and essays. Author Robert Yehling explores a world without the many masks of fear and self-trickery that we wear for acceptance and survival, a world in which we reveal our deepest selves and separate from the tricks the world and others can play on us. This collection also features a few selections written in previously forgotten Ancient Greek poetry forms, as well as a series of new essays that will challenge and entertain you.
  • “Clay Marzo is an amazing, nearly amphibious surfer with a one-of-a-kind life story. What an inspiring book!” —Matt Warshaw, author of The Encyclopedia of Surfing From childhood, it was obvious that Clay Marzo’s single-minded focus on surfing was unique, his skills otherworldly. But the deeper reasons for this obsession didn’t become clear until his late teens, when Marzo was diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome. Marzo was already a surfing phenom, winning the National Scholastic Surfing Association championship at fifteen, but it was tough for him to relate to his peers and fit in. Only while surfing did he truly feel at peace. Just Add Water is the remarkable story of Marzo’s rise to the top of the pro surfing world—and the personal trials he overcame in making it there. Unflinching and inspiring, it is a brave memoir from a one-of-a-kind surfing savant who has electrified fans around the world and whose story speaks to the hope and ultimate triumph of the human spirit. “Marzo is one of the most amazing surfers to come along in years. He’s fantastic—and so is this book. Great stuff.” —Peter Townend, 1976 world surfing champion “An intriguing read for any surfer, and details the life of Clay Marzo with tact and illumination. Writing the biography of one of Hawaii's most exceptional surfers is a great responsibility, and Yehling did so in a real, raw way that captures the reader's attention.” —Freesurf
  • The layers of life and heart intermingle with observations of nature's rhythms and tides on four continents in Shades of Green, Robert Yehling's first printed collection of poetry and essays in 15 years. Spanning nearly a quarter century, Shades of Green presents more than 60 poems and essays that capture moments experienced in castles, the Italian Alps, Machu Picchu, the Himalaya mountains, a homeless man's cardboard hovel, an Apollo astronaut's house, Hopi mesas, a dying youth's ping-pong table, the eyes of two lovers, and more.  
  • It's the first thing they think about every morning and the last thing before bed. Their days, weeks, months and years revolve around it. They are champions on their most difficult, rewarding path that separates them from all competition. Self-perfection burns in their hearts. They aim to be the very best, and to win. Always. In this practical and captivating guide to athletic excellence, former US Ski Team conditioning coach Dr. Steve Victorson and sports journalist/coach Robert Yehling show how the best competitors on the planet get there. Through over 60 interviews, anecdotes and stories, and drawing from Victorson’s doctoral dissertation, the authors demystify the champion's way through 11 specific qualities that all champions master.  The Champion's Way offers a path for anyone in pursuit of excellence. Only the greatest get there - but the possibility lies within each of us. For athletes, sports fans and those inspired to achieve their very best in any pursuit, this book will show a path that many have discussed, but few have revealed.
  • THE RIVER-FED STONE follows the current of a season that flowed through love, settlement, inner journeying, great celebration, new and renewed friends, adventures in diverse landscapes, soul reclamation, deep loss, and contemplation of new roads. In this collection of more than 70 poems and 10 essays, author Robert Yehling utilizes poetic forms old and new to convey the polishing process that life provides souls committed to growth, when they will allow themselves to absorb and feel each experience. He also celebrates poetry itself, the oldest form of literature-and, along with music, the language that connects the seen and unseen worlds.
  • Take the year-long journey plotted in these pages, give yourself over to its process, and behold the inevitable transformation. Robert Yehling's collection of 366 writing exercises for people of all ages and skill levels guides you to explore aspects of yourself through daily experiences,nature, your personality, your character, and your soul. Each time you sit down to write you will be encouraged to expand your awareness of your environment and your place in it.
  • Words & Lyrics by Robert Yehling Rock music and cultural legend Tom Timoreaux and his band, which formed during San Francisco’s Summer of Love, reunite by popular demand after 20 years. Tom recruits his 25-year-old daughter, Christine, to sing backing vocals — triggering major changes to their relationship and her career. Meantime, during the sold-out tour, his long-lost love child, Annalisa, re-appears through stunning circumstances in this poignant father-daughter-daughter story set against the 60-year backbeat of American rock and pop music.
  • This book is a backstage pass to the ups, downs, and all-out craziness of arena rock—deep discussions with Rod Stewart, jamming with legends like Mick Jagger and Justin Timberlake, gaining groupies, and striking out solo. Stevie Salas was one of many boys coming of age in the 1980s—when the American dream was rock superstardom. As lead guitarist for a San Diego band, Salas played backyard parties and school dances and even scored the music for the cult classic Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure. When he auditioned for Rod Stewart—where he was the youngest band member by a decade—Salas’s life truly hit a turning point. Salas pulls no punches to describe the initial skepticism and hazing he faced as the youngest member of Stewart’s band, the night he stood up for himself on the tour plane, and the emotional late-night talk with Rod Stewart that restored the frontman’s faith in his young, untested guitar player and his new group that was struggling to find its groove. Yet they became a band of brothers and formed a camaraderie they share to this day. When We Were the Boys revolves around the year Salas began as an inexperienced musical prodigy and finished as a seasoned rock ’n’ roll veteran—more mature as a man and musician.
  • Twelve Senses. Dreams. Travels. Relationships. Actions. Spirit. Achievements. Your Life. The IPPY Award–winning Writes of Life begins where your personal experiences and pen intersect—the starting point for great stories that touch others. In this compact book, journey to learn and practice the many ways to turn your experiences into compelling memoirs, short stories, essays, lyrics, poems, fiction, journaling, and articles of all types. Substantially revised from its original printing, and drawn from 20 years of workshops, Writes of Life features more than 50 exercises, input from noted authors, question-and-answer sessions . . . and many ways to turn life’s moments into written nuggets.