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    Stock the Library & Support the Classrooms We (Art and I) partnered with Int'l Book Project to bring over a shipment of books for the near empty school libraries here in Bajzë, Albania. We toured the school libraries with the local school administration. It was very sad some scholastic books were decades old, tattered, covers and pages missing and the shelves were barely stocked. The nearest community library is in the capital, Tirana, 2 hours by car and most would have to take a bus to travel that far so closer to 4 hours. Reading is the weakest subject in Albania, the EU Ministry of Education and Sports in cooperation with UNICEF, is promoting the ‘Albania Reads’ initiative to improve the country’s performance in reading. As many people have transitioned to e-readers or the Kindle app on a phone, access for the 450 school aged children is very limited. Most households don't have a working computer, internet or cell phones for the children. So books in hand are crucial to swing the learning curve in a positive direction and inspire the next generation. While Albania’s economy continues to grow, its total government expenditure is the lowest in Southeastern Europe with only 3% of its budget allocated to education and 3.7% to health. Our local teachers furnish everything for their classrooms including desks, chairs, computers, projectors and scholastic materials. The teacher's dedication to the youth is astounding, they provide so much for their classrooms and students. Our fundraising goal is $6,000 this breaks down to: Approximately 5,941 Books donated by the Int'l Book Project Donated Book Shipment from US to Albania = $4627 Port fees, taxes and shipping in Albania = $100 New shelving, two rolling book carts and paint for the libraries = $1,273 We are actively looking for local businesses and community leaders to assist with fundraising but I hope my friends, family and neighbors back home can help support literacy and our rural community teachers. How can you help? Donate today: PayPal VenMo @HomesteadAlbania ​ Our goal is to have the project fully funded by May 30th. Thanks in advance for your support!

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    About Kim Malaj Author/Wine Taster/Blogger When I moved to my husband's tenth generation land and homestead in Albania, I had a vague idea of what I was getting into but the journey has been more enlightening and life changing in the most unexpected ways. From a corporate jet set life to working and running a small vineyard and homestead outside of the US in the mountain valley town Bajze, Albania. I have found peace, home and life outside of a 9-5. We enjoy every aspect of living outside of the US and want to share our a simple life of culture and wine. I first started writing our journey in a notebook stored in the bedside table to capture the activities of our homestead because each day is an adventure. After a short trip back to the US to visit family and friends, I found that trying to catch them up on the day to day life living abroad in beautiful Albania was nearly impossible. Homestead Albania has become an outlet for us to document our epic journey and allows others to tag along. ​ Author of Twisting Hercules, Who Is Maggie, the Ember in Time Series, and The Old Untold. ​ Kim Malaj Amazon Store ​

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    Arti Malaj Author/12th generation Albanian Head of all things vineyard, orchard and garden. Master of the art of raki and wine. Amazing craftsman and engineer. Kim Malaj Author/American Head of all things tech, blog, photography, and drone. Retired at 36 to enjoy hiking, gardening, making wine and raki in beautiful Albania.

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    About Arti Malaj Author/Brewmaster/Engineer ​ I was raised in northern Albania during the height of Communism. It was challenging. Religion was abolished, food rationed, and essential items limited. We lived in a multi-generation home; dinner was always a significant event with immediate and extended family, often followed by music, translated stories read by my uncle or legends told by my Grandfather Gjeto, never a dull moment. ​ My journey post Communism included university studies, obligatory military service, immigration to the US, business owner, husband, author, and currently living on my tenth-generation vineyard, orchard, and home in northern Albania. Kindle Version & Paperback Version

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    SHOP Rate Us Don’t love it Not great Good Great Love it Castle of Teskom Shiny ember rocks are fuel for time; the dull rocks are a fool’s dime. An old nursery rhyme, or so they think. Itra and Danae stumble across an ancient secret kept hidden behind a reflection in time near their Albanian home. A faded memory and cryptic messages have propelled them to risk an encounter with foes from Greek mythology, altering their perception of Albanian folklore and reality. Itra and Danae grapple with events set in motion centuries ago and must choose to protect and serve or risk having the secret exposed. Will love, loyalty, and lineage be enough to hold them together, or will they lose their way in a universe they are only beginning to understand? SHOP Rate Us Don’t love it Not great Good Great Love it Recover or Yield Danae and her brother Leon, descendants of Zeus, are thrust into a world they barely understand. A new responsibility to protect and serve the goddess Ember and the Castle of Teskom after Danae’s husband, Itra, a descendant of Mui, family failed to protect the castle from an attack lead by Poseidon and Medusa. Their first assignment, finding and retrieving a stolen artifact to restore the barrier that hides the castle from each dimension. An adventure that leads them deep underground and high above the mountains alongside a few familiar and new faces. The clock is ticking. Will they restore order or create more chaos? SHOP Rate Us Don’t love it Not great Good Great Love it Protectors of Time Six months after Itra and Danae were ejected from the Castle of Teskom, an alarming phone call sends them back and not by choice. They’re not alone aided by the support of the new alliance of descendants from the bloodlines of Zeus and Mui and the Protectors of Time. They arrive just-in-time to defend the castle from Ember’s scorned ex-lover Chronos. But the list of opponents evolve as they uncover an ancient prophecy of a new beginning of time between the four dimensions. To begin again or tip the end. They must decide. SHOP Rate Us Don’t love it Not great Good Great Love it Guide Time Inside A day will come when this world is one. A divine bride will lead the guide inside to begin again. He must tip the end. Four worlds will bend and fold to derive a world untold. Elis learns the dreams he’s been sketching for months are visions of a near future. He’s confronted with his greatest challenge since losing his mother, Iana. His task is simple, retrieve the urtar stone. His obstacles, monumental. The list of adversaries standing in his way begins with Perseus and his wife Andromeda and the god of time himself, Chronos. All while keeping three seven-year-olds with curious minds out of harm’s way. His burden lightened with the support of the Protectors of Time, the descendants of Zeus and Mui but still a task he has to complete. Before the day is one, Ember’s compass will guide time inside to dial the light and retrieve the stone before night.

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    Files & Folders + File Item name Last updated Views Favorites Contributors File About the Author Kim Malaj.pdf 32.19 KB Oct 8, 2020 0 Kim Malaj Item File Castle of Teskom Cover.jpg 1.96 MB Jun 1, 2022 0 Kim Malaj Item File Castle_Of_Teskom_RETAIL_SAMPLE.mp3 11.28 MB Mar 25, 2022 0 Kim Malaj Item File Recover of Yield Cover.jpg 1.1 MB Jun 1, 2022 0 Kim Malaj Item

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    Current Events Audiobook Kickstarter March 1, 2022 On March 1st , Who Is Maggie, a small Missouri town mystery novel will be released. It will be available in all book formats: ebook, paperback and hardcover. ​ https://books2read.com/u/b5XBB7 ​ Who Is Maggie A series of bizarre events lands Rozanne Rayvern in the emergency room. Gage Auburn, her lifelong best friend, steps up and pays a debt to help Rozanne. A headline in the local paper the following day unravels one of the bizarre events connecting Rozanne to a century old cold case. And by nightfall they find themselves at the center of small town gossip and immersed in a search for a missing girl. But to everyone’s surprise it all circles back to another closed case. Can they find the root of all the chaos before it ends an already broken Rozanne? ​ ​ November 15, 2021 On November 15th , book three in the Ember in Time Series, Protectors of Time. It will be available in all book formats: ebook, paperback and hardcover. ​ Protectors of Time Ember in Time Series Book Three Six months after Itra and Danae were ejected from the Castle of Teskom, an alarming phone call sends them back and not by choice. They’re not alone aided by the support of the new alliance of descendants from the bloodlines of Zeus and Mui and the Protectors of Time. They arrive just-in-time time to defend the castle from Ember’s scorned lover Chronos. But the list of opponents seems to evolve as they uncover an ancient prophecy of a new beginning of time between the four dimensions. To begin again or tip the end. They must decide. ​ June 1, 2021 On June 1st , we are releasing book two in the Ember in Time Series Recover or Yield. It will be available in all book formats: ebook, paperback and hardcover. ​ Recover or Yield Ember in Time Series Book Two Danae and her brother Leon, descendants of Zeus, are thrust into a world they barely understand. A new responsibility to protect and serve the goddess Ember and the Castle of Teskom after Danae’s husband, Itra, a descendant of Mui, family failed to protect the castle from an attack lead by Poseidon and Medusa. Their first assignment, finding and retrieving a stolen artifact to restore the barrier that hides the castle from each dimension. An adventure that leads them deep underground and high above the mountains alongside a few familiar and new faces. The clock is ticking. Will they restore order or create more chaos? ​ December 9, 2020 Released November 30th , Kim's book Castle of Teskom, the first book in the Ember in Time Series, a fantasy fiction novel set in northern Albania. It is available now in eBook, Paperback and Hardcover. https://books2read.com/u/bpw12J ​ Castle of Teskom Ember in Time Series Book One Shiny ember rocks are fuel for time; the dull rocks are a fool’s dime. An old nursery rhyme, or so they think. Itra and Danae stumble across an ancient secret kept hidden behind a reflection in time near their Albanian home. A faded memory and cryptic messages have propelled them to risk an encounter with foes from Greek mythology, altering their perception of Albanian folklore and reality. Itra and Danae grapple with events set in motion centuries ago and must choose to protect and serve or risk having the secret exposed. Will love, loyalty, and lineage be enough to hold them together, or will they lose their way in a universe they are only beginning to understand? ​ ​ ​ ​

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