Friday Book Round-Up Celebrates #Canada and #Canada150! #books #history #FridayReads


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Welcome to this week’s edition of Friday Book Round-Up. Tomorrow is Canada Day and up here in the North, we’re throwing a huge party. Why? It’s the 150th anniversary of Confederation and all of Canada is celebrating. I thought it would be fun to highlight some fun, educational books on Canadian history and Canada 150. So here they are:

 

Now You Know Canada: 150 Years of Fascinating Facts by Doug Lennox  (Author), Jean-Marie Heimrath (Contributor)

Just in time for Canada’s 150th birthday is this collection of the best in Canadian questions and answers, covering history, famous Canadians, sports, word origins, geography, and everything in between.

 

 

Canada by Mike Myers (Author)

In this instant national bestseller, comedy superstar Mike Myers writes from the (true patriot) heart about his 53-year relationship with his beloved Canada.

 

Mike Myers is a world-renowned actor, director and writer, and the man behind some of the most memorable comic characters of our time. But as he says: “no description of me is truly complete without saying I’m a Canadian.” He has often winked and nodded to Canada in his outrageously accomplished body of work, but now he turns the spotlight full-beam on his homeland.

 

His hilarious and heartfelt new book is part memoir, part history and pure entertainment. It is Mike Myers’ funny and thoughtful analysis of what makes Canada Canada, Canadians Canadians and what being Canadian has always meant to him. His relationship with his home and native land continues to deepen and grow, he says. In fact, American friends have actually accused him of enjoying being Canadian—and he’s happy to plead guilty as charged.

 

A true patriot who happens to be an expatriate, Myers is in a unique position to explore Canada from within and without. With this, his first book, Mike brings his love for Canada to the fore at a time when the country is once again looking ahead with hope and national pride. Canada is a wholly subjective account of Mike’s Canadian experience. Mike writes, “Some might say, ‘Why didn’t you include this or that?’ I say there are 35 million stories waiting to be told in this country, and my book is only one of them.”

 

This beautifully designed book is illustrated in colour (and not color) throughout, and its visual treasures include personal photographs and Canadiana from the author’s own collection. Published in the lead-up to the 2017 sesquicentennial, this is Mike Myers’ birthday gift to his fellow Canadians. Or as he puts it: “In 1967, Canada turned one hundred. Canadians all across the country made Centennial projects. This book is my Centennial Project. I’m handing it in a little late. . . . Sorry.”

 

 

Canada 150 Colouring Book by Paul Covello (Author), Leor Boshi (Author)

Celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday with 150 scenes that celebrate the beauty of our home and native land.

 

 

The Promise of Canada: 150 Years–People and Ideas That Have Shaped Our Country by Charlotte Gray  (Author)

What does it mean to be a Canadian? What great ideas have changed our country? An award-winning writer casts her eye over 150 years of Canadian history.

 

“Our country owes its success not to some imagined tribal singularity but to the fact that, although its thirty-five million citizens do not look, speak or pray alike, we have learned to share this land and for the most part live in neighbourly sympathy.” —Charlotte Gray, from the Preface of The Promise of Canada

 

On the eve of Canada’s sesquicentennial celebrations comes a richly rewarding new book from acclaimed historian Charlotte Gray about what it means to be Canadian. Readers already know Gray as an award-winning biographer, a writer who has brilliantly captured significant individuals and dramatic moments in our history. Now, in The Promise of Canada, she weaves together masterful portraits of nine influential Canadians, creating a unique history of the country over the past 150 years.

 

What do these people—from George-Étienne Cartier and Emily Carr to Tommy Douglas, Margaret Atwood, and Elijah Harper—have in common? Each, according to Charlotte Gray, has left an indelible mark on our country. Deliberately avoiding a “top down” approach to our history, Gray has chosen people whose ideas have caught her imagination, ideas that over time have become part of our collective conversation. She also highlights many other Canadians, past and present, who have added to the ongoing debate over how we see ourselves, arguing that Canada has constantly reimagined itself in every generation since 1867.

 

Beautifully illustrated with evocative black and white images and colourful artistic visions of our country, The Promise of Canada is a fresh take on our history that offers fascinating insights into how we have matured and yet how—150 years after Confederation and beyond—we are still a people in progress. Charlotte Gray makes history come alive as she opens doors into our past, our present and our future, inspiring and challenging readers to envision the Canada they want to live in.

 

 

Dreams and Promises: Love, Loss and Redemption in a Land of Infinite Promise by Anna Markland  (Author), Jacquie Biggar  (Author), Sylvie Grayson  (Author), Reggi Allder  (Author), LizAnn Carson  (Author), Alice Valdal  (Author)

Rendezvous: Ian Donaldson is a gentleman clerk with the NW fur trading company in 1815. Newly arrived in Fort William from Scotland, he is immediately drawn to Nindaanis, a metis woman with an illegitimate child. When the baby’s voyageur father returns for the annual Great Rendezvous, Ian defies convention and fights for the woman he loves.
Prairie Storm: It’s 1918, and prairie farmer Shane Narraway is doing his best to help feed the Allied troops overseas. But his real goal is to marry Emily Waddell. With the war news worsening daily, his brother fighting in Europe, and the outbreak of the Spanish flu, Shane’s life is about to unfold in ways he never imagined.

 

When The Boys Came Home: When Dot McGuire’s fiancé is reported missing during the Great War, she accepts the inevitable and builds a new life for herself. Then he comes home, suffering from amnesia. Does her future lie in the old dream, or in the changing world of the roaring twenties?

 
Glowing Hearts: A Royal Canadian Air Force pilot and a British nurse meet in London during the Blitz. Can the love that blossoms between them survive the ravages of war?

 

Once Upon an Attic: Kate is Jamie’s ideal woman. His meddlesome grandfather agrees. Only two problems stand in the way: Kate has uncovered Gramps’ long-hidden love story, and Gramps is… a ghost.

 

My Baby Wrote Me A Letter: A family’s brush with the past will threaten the fabric of their lives. Grace Freeman is eight months pregnant, and with her navy husband away on a mission, she craves the security of her childhood home in Canada. When she finds a letter written by her long-lost mother, it creates a tear in the foundation of those she loves. Can Grace find a way to bring her family peace, or will a message from the past destroy their future?

 

 

Skyscrapers Hide the Heavens: A History of Indian-White Relations in Canada (The Canada 150 Collection) by J.R. Miller  (Author)

Highly acclaimed when the first edition appeared in 1989, “Skyscrapers Hide the Heavens” is the first comprehensive account of Indian-white relations throughout Canada’s history. J.R. Miller charts the deterioration of the relationship from the initial, mutually beneficial contact in the fur trade to the current impasse in which Indians are resisting displacement and marginalization.

 

This new edition is the result of substantial revision to incorporate current scholarship and bring the text up to date. It includes new material on the North, and reflects changes brought about by the Oka crisis, the sovereignty issue, and the various court decisions of the 1990s. It also includes new material on residential schools, treaty making, and land claims.

 

 

150 Things To Do In Canada: Celebrate Canada’s 150th Anniversary By Discovering Things To Do Across Canada (#Canada150) by I Backpack Canada (Author)

Celebrate #Canada150 with 150 Things To Do in Canada!
2017 marks Canada’s 150th Anniversary. In celebration of this monumental year, award winning travel blog “I Backpack Canada” has released a detailed summary of 150 Things To Do In Canada! Plan your upcoming travels to Canada and do your best to include a handful of these insightful tips on Canadian destinations, Canadian food, outdoors, adventure, and attractions.

What’s in this eBook?
I Backpack Canada has explored Canada from coast to coast and written about some the most unique and engaging destinations across this nation. With so many amazing things to do when you visit Canada, this travel guide filled with summaries will help point you in the right direction. This eBook includes things to do in every province and territory in Canada. Meaning no matter where you’re planning on traveling this summer, you can celebrate Canada’s 150th Anniversary with an itinerary filled with jaw dropping adventure.

A simple guide to things to see and do in Canada
Wow your friends with local travel tips to destinations across Canada. Find the perfect beach in Vancouver for a warm summer’s day, discover the best places to escape Calgary’s urban sprawl, or escape the concrete jungle of Toronto to some of the most pristine trails, beaches, and activities to keep you entertained all year long.

Who is this book for?
With a population of just over 35 million people, Canada may be small in numbers, but you will be astounded with the incredible distances and land mass of this stunning part of North America. Whether you’re backpacking, RVing, Camping, or driving across Canada, this eBook will help provide some superb options in every province and territory. Perfect for reading on the long drive to your next Canadian destination.

Read this small novella on things to do if you’re a:

 

  • Backpacker

 

  • Weekend Travel Enthusiast

 

  • RV / Campervan cruiser

 

  • Outdoorsy person

 

  • Exploring your own backyard

 

  • Discovering cities across Canada

 

  • Lover of food, drink, and fun

 

  • Want to know more about different provinces and territories

 

 

A Chapter for Each Province & Territory
150 Things To Do In Canada is sure to provide you with hours of reading. Each thing to do is formatted into a chapter dedicated to it’s parent province or territory. Making it the perfect travel guide to flip through and see what interests you.

Learn more about I Backpack Canada
Don’t forget to visit the award-winning travel blog “I Backpack Canada” for more travel tips and an even larger amount of things to see and do in Canada.

 

 

Happy 150th Birthday Canada!: The Birthday Party by Graham Harrop (Author)

A whimsical and affectionate look at Canada’s

150th Birthday, by cartoonist Graham Harrop.

Find out what the animals REALLY think about

the ongoing anniversary celebrations!

 

 

Rise to Greatness: The History of Canada From the Vikings to the Present by Conrad Black  (Author)

Masterful, ambitious, and ground-breaking, this is a major new history of our country by one of our most respected thinkers and historians — a book every Canadian should own.
From the acclaimed biographer and historian Conrad Black comes the definitive history of Canada — a revealing, ground-breaking account of the people and events that shaped a nation.
Spanning 874 to 2014, and beginning from Canada’s first inhabitants and the early explorers, this masterful history challenges our perception of our history and Canada’s role in the world. From Champlain to Carleton, Baldwin and Lafontaine, to MacDonald, Laurier, and King, Canada’s role in peace and war, to Quebec’s quest for autonomy, Black takes on sweeping themes and vividly recounts the story of Canada’s development from colony to dominion to country. Black persuasively reveals that while many would argue that Canada was perhaps never predestined for greatness, the opposite is in fact true: the emergence of a magnificent country, against all odds, was a remarkable achievement. Brilliantly conceived, this major new re-examination of our country’s history is a riveting tour de force by one of the best writers writing today.

 

 

Celebrating Canada: Decorating with History in a Contemporary Home by Peter E. Baker (Author), John A. Fleming (Foreword, Contributor)

Inspired by the 150th anniversary of Canadian confederation, Quebec author and antiques professional Peter E. Baker brings life to Canadian history and demonstrates how antiques and folk art can successfully be incorporated into a contemporary lifestyle, providing a home with a unique identity.

 

 

Canada 1867 – 2017 by Paul Taillefer (Author)

Bilingual Edition: English-French

In compiling, writing, and illustrating the most important event that marked the History of Canada each year since Confederation, the author restricted his choices to history, political, economic, and cultural phenomena.

 

In the 1960s, the author acquired hundreds of clippings, magazines, encyclopaedias, and history books pertaining to Canada’s history. He had contemplated preparing a special project for Canada’s Centennial with them, but was forced to drop the idea for lack of time.

 

In retirement, he was urged by his wife Pierrette, who saw his archives lingering in filing cabinets and his personal library, to get to work on his project. He did so at the end of 2012. This is the result.

 

Dans ce livre, pour chaque année depuis la Confédération en 1867, l’auteur présente et illustre le moment qui a marqué l’histoire sociale, politique ou économique de notre pays.

 

Depuis les années 1960, l’auteur a constitué ses archives personnelles à même les journaux, les magazines, les encyclopédies et les livres d’histoire. Il avait envisagé de publier son livre pour le centenaire de la Confédération, mais le temps lui a manqué. C’est son épouse qui l’incita à reprendre la plume pour le cent cinquantenaire ou à abandonner l’idée!

 

C’est ainsi qu’à la fin de 2012, maintenant à la retraite, l’auteur se mit au travail et en voici le résultat.

 

 

Have a Canada, Canadian History or Canada 150 book to recommend? Share in the comments below. Happy Reading!

 

MRS N, Book Addict

 

Secrets Best Kept by Tisha @athrhopedestiny #FridayReads #AmazonGiveaway


Secrets Best Kept

 

Title Secrets Best Kept

Author Tisha

Genre Contemporary Christian Non-Fiction

Publisher PenPoint Publications

 

Book Blurb

From prison to pristine, from jail to justice, from hell to heaven describes all the things the woman of God in this story went thru and got thru.

 

The bible says in 1 Corinthians 10:13 that “No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.”

 

God never puts more on us than we can bear.

 

God always step in on time.

 

He doesn’t come when you want Him but He right there in the nick of time.

This story is a riveting tale of triumph over trial and tribulations when you have God on your side and it confirms the fact that there is nothing too hard for God and He is bigger than any trial. He is bigger than any test.

 

Take a journey with this woman of God as she overcome her circumstances thru God who strengthens.

 

Excerpt

I was born July 17, 1957.  My mother already had four kids by the time I was born.  I can’t remember much when I was born; only from when I was 6 years old.  By then there were seven of us. I can remember that we were not wealthy but we were not poor.  My mother always had a meal on the table and we always had clean clothes.  It was three boys and four girls. We were the average family. My father, as I knew then he worked at soda factory.  I remember we always had toys on Christmas and new clothes and shoes for Easter. We were not a church going family but we were close. My younger sisters and brothers and I always found something to do in the summertime when my mother would leave for work.  We would leave the house to and go around the neighborhood and pick our cousins. We would go and pick blueberries, pears, cherries and plums.

We had to get home before mom because she told us not to leave the house but the blue berries on our hand told on us because it had to wear off. We would get a whipping but the next day we would do it all over again. When the summer was over then there was school to be starting I did not like school.

 

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Hope Destiny

 

Author Biography

Born and raised in Orlando, Florida where I currently reside with my husband and adult kids,  I, Tisha aka Hope Destiny, am an author turned publisher with over 12 published books including a children’s book, Christian fiction novels, collaborations, short stories and more. I wear many hats and trust in God in everything I do.

 

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#CoverReveal: It’s Not Your Journey (Second Edition) by @BekaLombardo #Memoir #KeepTalkingMH


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Title  It’s Not Your Journey (Second Edition)

Author  Rebecca Lombardo

Genre  Memoir

Book Blurb 

Follow Rebecca Lombardo as she details two years of her twenty-five year battle with mental illness and what brought her to attempt to take her life in 2013. As she recovered from that attempt, she continued to write in the hopes that she would help purge some of the pain in her life. What she never expected was that she could help others as well. This book quite simply began as a blog and became a book; where she opens up about her real and raw emotions during those two years.

Set aside any preconceived notions you may have about what a book should be and put yourself in the shoes of someone struggling daily with a disease she could not control, despite the support of her loving husband. Even with the struggles, Rebecca attempts to offer the reader support and guidance as she begs them not to follow her path.

This book is the true story of one woman that fights a battle inside her mind every single day and attempts to document what she is feeling to help others while she helps herself. This is the second edition of It’s Not Your Journey.

At 44 years of age and happily married for 15 years, Rebecca can finally say that she is on her way to reaching her dream. Not only does she hope to help people that are struggling with depression, she hopes to help everyone realize that you are never too old to find your voice.

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Amazon CA https://www.amazon.ca/Its-Your-Journey-Rebecca-Lombardo-ebook/dp/B014CEH4T4/

Amazon UK https://www.amazon.co.uk/Its-Your-Journey-Rebecca-Lombardo-ebook/dp/B014CEH4T4/

 

Click here for more information www.rebeccalombardo.com

 

Podcast: https://www.pscp.tv/BekaLombardo1/1vOxwgRMPDoxB

Rebecca Lombardo

Author Biography 

Rebecca Lombardo is 44 years old and has been happily married for 15 years. She lives in Michigan with her husband and cats. She is a published author, a Huffington Post blogger, and a podcast host. She was diagnosed with bipolar disorder at the age of 19. She has battled that as well as several other conditions for over 20 years. In 2013, she attempted suicide. Grateful that she survived, she decided to tell her story in the hopes that she could help others choose a different path.

Social Media Links

Website www.rebeccalombardo.com

Facebook www.facebook.com/notyourjourney

Twitter www.twitter.com/bekalombardo

Instagram www.instagram.com/bekalombardo

Back to the Basics: My Inward Upward Outward Journey by @TallySonrisa Hits Home #bookreview


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Title: Back to the Basics: My Inward Upward Outward Journey

Author: Tally Sonrisa

Genre: Non-Fiction/Informational and Autobiography

 

Book Blurb:

In an effort to help change our current trajectory, the author presents a collection of personal stories and informal essays that synchronize with many of the issues facing us today. Healthcare, women’s rights, education, marriage, parenting, spirituality, politics, the environment, and more.

By combining her almost 20-year career in scientific research with playful banter and a love of storytelling, Ms. Sonrisa methodically explores many of the failing systems confronting us today, but rather than presenting a world of despair and hopelessness, she offers a number of creative and practical solutions for individuals and the community at large – a community that she hopes will one day be based on a foundation of science, wellness, togetherness, and love.

 

My Review:

Back to the Basics is an all-encompassing treatise on life. Starting with her own personal experience, Sonrisa gives the reader a glimpse into how she came to be the woman she is today. Topics include:

 

  • Growing up
  • Relationships
  • Sex/Intimacy
  • Mother/Stepmother
  • Drug Use
  • Faith/Spirituality/Religion
  • Food/Healthy Living
  • Environment/Housing Issues
  • Inward/Upward/Outward Mantra
  • Spiritual Movement

 

It’s a lot to take in (over 200,000 words) but this book should be read in small bites, like a magazine/e-zine. Life is a journey and Sonrisa is here to share her experiences and insight. Her mantra is simple: love one another and ourselves and everything else will fall into place.

 

I found myself nodding in agreement as I read her experiences growing up and falling in love. I laughed at her humorous view on various subjects and cried at her heartbreak. I felt an instant connection with her and the more I read, the more I understood where she was coming from. While I found it a little wordy, at times, the messages came through loud and clear.

 

We all crave happiness, love and spiritual oneness. Let’s all get back to the basics.

 

A must read and I highly recommend!

 

Favorite Quote:

“I believe that if we can simply learn to love ourselves and others, while pursuing a life filled with kindness, righteousness, forgiveness, and generosity, we will find ourselves blessed with the spiritual bounties of inner peace, happiness, oneness, and personal fulfillment.”

 

My Rating: 4 stars

 

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Author Photo_Tally Sonrisa

 

Author Biography:

Ms. Sonrisa received her undergraduate degree in Biology in 1996 from Marymount University in Arlington, Virginia, and obtained her Master’s Degree in Biotechnology from Johns Hopkins University in 2000.

 

As her career in scientific research evolved, Ms. Sonrisa became deeply interested in the basic underpinnings of our existence, leading her to carefully examine the world around us and question the direction of our future as a society. Invigorated with the desire to help heal our planet and its inhabitants, Ms. Sonrisa has spent the past several years reading, learning, growing, and cobbling a path towards a more enlightened future.

 

Ms. Sonrisa was born in Virginia, raised in Maryland, and has also lived in Rhode Island and Mississippi, although she feels most at home in the Pacific Northwest, where she currently lives with her husband, daughter, two stepsons, and four, rescued furries (two cats and two dogs).

 

When she’s not working or writing, Ms. Sonrisa loves spending time with her family and friends; exploring the outdoors; traveling; taking pictures; hiking or going for long walks; yoga; all things music; skating; scuba diving; swimming; reading; writing; drawing/coloring; gardening; cooking/baking; watching movies/documentaries; and learning how to live a sustainable, renewable, health-full, and balanced lifestyle.

 

Social Media Links:

Website www.tallysonrisa.com

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/tallysonrisa/

Twitter @tallysonrisa

 

Reviewed by: Mrs. N

Friday Book Round-Up Lists 10 Upcoming #Memoir #Books to Read #FridayReads


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Welcome to this week’s edition of Friday Book Round-Up. It’s finally Spring and my preferred genre switches to memoirs. I love reading about people’s lives, especially celebrities. I love hearing about their journey and the lessons they’ve learned along the way. Here are some upcoming biographies/memoirs I’m looking forward to reading:

 

 

I Can’t Make This Up: Life Lessons by Kevin Hart (Author), Neil Strauss (Contributor)

Superstar comedian and Hollywood box office star Kevin Hart turns his immense talent to the written word by writing some words. Some of those words include: the, a, for, above, and even even. Put them together and you have the funniest, most heartfelt, and most inspirational memoir on survival, success, and the importance of believing in yourself since Old Yeller.

 

The question you’re probably asking yourself right now is: What does Kevin Hart have that a book also has?

 

According to the three people who have seen Kevin Hart and a book in the same room, the answer is clear:

 

A book is compact. Kevin Hart is compact.

 

A book has a spine that holds it together. Kevin Hart has a spine that holds him together.

 

A book has a beginning. Kevin Hart’s life uniquely qualifies him to write this book by also having a beginning.

 

It begins in North Philadelphia. He was born an accident, unwanted by his parents. His father was a drug addict who was in and out of jail. His brother was a crack dealer and petty thief. And his mother was overwhelmingly strict, beating him with belts, frying pans, and his own toys.

 

The odds, in short, were stacked against our young hero, just like the odds that are stacked against the release of a new book in this era of social media (where Hart has a following of over 100 million, by the way).

 

But Kevin Hart, like Ernest Hemingway, JK Rowling, and Chocolate Droppa before him, was able to defy the odds and turn it around. In his literary debut, he takes the reader on a journey through what his life was, what it is today, and how he’s overcome each challenge to become the man he is today.

 

And that man happens to be the biggest comedian in the world, with tours that sell out football stadiums and films that have collectively grossed over $3.5 billion.

 

He achieved this not just through hard work, determination, and talent: It was through his unique way of looking at the world. Because just like a book has chapters, Hart sees life as a collection of chapters that each person gets to write for himself or herself.

 

“Not only do you get to choose how you interpret each chapter, but your interpretation writes the next chapter,” he says. “So why not choose the interpretation that serves your life the best?”

 

 

How to Be a Bawse: A Guide to Conquering Life by Lilly Singh (Author)

From the 2017 People’s Choice Award winner for Favorite YouTube Star comes the definitive guide to being a bawse: a person who exudes confidence, hustles relentlessly and smiles genuinely because he or she has fought through it all and made it out the other side.

Lilly Singh isn’t just a superstar. She’s Superwoman—which is also the name of her wildly popular YouTube channel. Funny, smart and insightful, the actress and comedian covers topics ranging from relationships to career choices to everyday annoyances. It’s no wonder she’s garnered more than a billion views. But Lilly didn’t get to the top by being lucky—she had to work for it. Hard.

Now Lilly wants to share the lessons she learned while taking the world by storm, and the tools she used to do it. How to Be a Bawse is the definitive guide to conquering life. Make no mistake, there are no shortcuts to success, personal or professional. World domination requires real effort, dedication and determination. Just consider Lilly a personal trainer for your life—with fifty rules to get you in the game, including:

• Let Go of FOMO (Fear of Missing Out): Temptation will try to steer you away from your goals. FOMO is just a test of your priorities, a test that a bawse is ready to pass.
• Be Nice to People: Treat niceness like an item on your daily to-do list. People will go out of their way to help and support you because you make them feel good.
• Schedule Inspiration: Lack of motivation isn’t permanent or a sign of weakness. Expect it and proactively schedule time to be creative.
• Be the Dumbest: Challenge yourself by surrounding yourself with people who know more than you do. It’s a vital way to learn and improve.

Told in Lilly’s hilarious, bold voice and packed with photos and candid stories from her journey to the top, How to Be a Bawse will make you love your life and yourself—even more than you love Beyoncé. (Yes, we said it!)

WARNING: This book does not include hopeful thoughts, lucky charms or cute quotes. That’s because success, happiness and everything else you want in life need to be worked for, not wished for. In Lilly’s world, there are no escalators, only stairs. Get ready to climb.

Advance praise for How to Be a Bawse:
 
“Lilly is a bona fide #girlboss, boss and bawse. Her meteoric rise has come with so many incredible lessons that we are all lucky to have access to. This book is a must-have for the hustler in all of us.” —Sophia Amoruso, founder and CEO, Girlboss

 

 

 

Theft by Finding: Diaries (1977-2002) by David Sedaris (Author)

One of the most anticipated books of 2017: Boston Globe, New York Times Book Review, New York‘s “Vulture”, The Week, Bustle, BookRiot

David Sedaris tells all in a book that is, literally, a lifetime in the making

It’s no coincidence that the world’s best writers tend to keep diaries. If you faithfully record your life in a journal, you’re writing every day–and if you write every day, you become a better writer. David Sedaris has kept a diary for forty years. This means that if you’ve kept a diary for a year of your life or less, Sedaris is at least forty times better at writing than you are.

In his diaries, he’s recorded everything that has captured his attention–overheard comments, salacious gossip, soap opera plot twists, secrets confided by total strangers. These observations are the source code for his finest work, and with them he has honed his self-deprecation and learned to craft his cunning, surprising sentences.

Now, for the first time, Sedaris shares his private writings with the world in Theft By Finding: Diaries 1977-2002. This is the first-person account of how a drug-abusing dropout with a weakness for the International House of Pancakes and a chronic inability to hold down a real job became one of the funniest people on the planet.

Most diaries — even the diaries of great writers — are impossibly dull, because they generally write about their emotions, or their dreams, or their interior life. Sedaris’s diaries are unique because they face outward. He doesn’t tell us his feelings about the world, he shows us the world instead, and in so doing he shows us something deeper about himself.

Written with a sharp eye and ear for the bizarre, the beautiful, and the uncomfortable, and with a generosity of spirit that even a misanthropic sense of humor can’t fully disguise, Theft By Finding proves that Sedaris is one of our great modern observers. It’s a potent reminder that there’s no such thing as a boring day–when you’re as perceptive and curious as Sedaris, adventure waits around every corner.

 

 

 

Ballplayer by Chipper Jones (Author), Carroll Rogers Walton (Author), Bobby Cox (Foreword)

Atlanta Braves third baseman Chipper Jones—one of the greatest switch-hitters in baseball history—shares his remarkable story, while capturing the magic nostalgia that sets baseball apart from every other sport.

Before Chipper Jones became an eight-time All-Star who amassed Hall of Fame–worthy statistics during a nineteen-year career with the Atlanta Braves, he was just a country kid from small town Pierson, Florida. A kid who grew up playing baseball in the backyard with his dad dreaming that one day he’d be a major league ballplayer.

With his trademark candor and astonishing recall, Chipper Jones tells the story of his rise to the MLB ranks and what it took to stay with one organization his entire career in an era of booming free agency. His journey begins with learning the art of switch-hitting and takes off after the Braves made him the number one overall pick in the 1990 draft, setting him on course to become the linchpin of their lineup at the height of their fourteen-straight division-title run.

Ballplayer takes readers into the clubhouse of the Braves’ extraordinary dynasty, from the climax of the World Series championship in 1995 to the last-gasp division win by the 2005 “Baby Braves”; all the while sharing pitch-by-pitch dissections of clashes at the plate with some of the all-time great starters, such as Clemens and Johnson, as well as closers such as Wagner and Papelbon. He delves into his relationships with Bobby Cox and his famous Braves brothersMaddux, Glavine, Smoltz, among them—and opponents from Cal Ripken Jr. to Barry Bonds. The National League MVP also opens up about his overnight rise to superstardom and the personal pitfalls that came with fame; his spirited rivalry with the New York Mets; his reflections on baseball in the modern era—outrageous money, steroids, and alland his special last season in 2012.

Ballplayer immerses us in the best of baseball, as if we’re sitting next to Chipper in the dugout on an endless spring day.

 

 

 

Cork Dork: A Wine-Fueled Adventure Among the Obsessive Sommeliers, Big Bottle Hunters, and Rogue Scientists Who Taught Me to Live for Taste by Bianca Bosker (Author)

“A marvelous journey through the mad, manic, seductive subculture of wine and wine lovers.” –Susan Orlean

“The Kitchen Confidential of wine.” –Madeline Puckette, WineFolly.com

“I loved this book.” -Mary Roach

Professional journalist and amateur drinker Bianca Bosker didn’t know much about wine—until she discovered an alternate universe where taste reigns supreme, a world of elite sommeliers who dedicate their lives to the pursuit of flavor. Astounded by their fervor and seemingly superhuman sensory powers, she set out to uncover what drove their obsession, and whether she, too, could become a “cork dork.”

With boundless curiousity, humor, and a healthy dose of skepticism, Bosker takes the reader inside underground tasting groups, exclusive New York City restaurants, California mass-market wine factories, and even a neuroscientist’s fMRI machine as she attempts to answer the most nagging question of all: What’s the big deal about wine? What she learns will change the way you drink wine–and, perhaps, the way you live–forever.

Named one of the Best Books of Early 2017 by Brightly
Named one of the 20 Best Nonfiction Books Coming in March 2017 by Bustle
Named one of The Best Drink Books of Spring and Summer 2017 by Punch

 

 

 

Option B: Facing Adversity, Building Resilience, and Finding Joy by Sheryl Sandberg (Author), Adam Grant (Author)

From Facebook’s COO and Wharton’s top-rated professor, the #1 New York Times best-selling authors of Lean In and Originals: a powerful, inspiring, and practical book about building resilience and moving forward after life’s inevitable setbacks.

After the sudden death of her husband, Sheryl Sandberg felt certain that she and her children would never feel pure joy again. “I was in ‘the void,’” she writes, “a vast emptiness that fills your heart and lungs and restricts your ability to think or even breathe.” Her friend Adam Grant, a psychologist at Wharton, told her there are concrete steps people can take to recover and rebound from life-shattering experiences. We are not born with a fixed amount of resilience. It is a muscle that everyone can build.

 
Option B combines Sheryl’s personal insights with Adam’s eye-opening research on finding strength in the face of adversity. Beginning with the gut-wrenching moment when she finds her husband, Dave Goldberg, collapsed on a gym floor, Sheryl opens up her heart—and her journal—to describe the acute grief and isolation she felt in the wake of his death. But Option B goes beyond Sheryl’s loss to explore how a broad range of people have overcome hardships including illness, job loss, sexual assault, natural disasters, and the violence of war. Their stories reveal the capacity of the human spirit to persevere . . . and to rediscover joy.

 
Resilience comes from deep within us and from support outside us. Even after the most devastating events, it is possible to grow by finding deeper meaning and gaining greater appreciation in our lives. Option B illuminates how to help others in crisis, develop compassion for ourselves, raise strong children, and create resilient families, communities, and workplaces. Many of these lessons can be applied to everyday struggles, allowing us to brave whatever lies ahead. Two weeks after losing her husband, Sheryl was preparing for a father-child activity. “I want Dave,” she cried. Her friend replied, “Option A is not available,” and then promised to help her make the most of Option B.
We all live some form of Option B. This book will help us all make the most of it.

 

 

Teammate: My Journey in Baseball and a World Series for the Ages by David Ross (Author), Theo Epstein (Foreword)

Foreword by Theo Epstein

An inspiring memoir from David Ross, the veteran catcher dubbed “Grandpa Rossy,” who became the heart and soul of the Chicago Cubs 2016 World Series championship team.

In 2016 the Cubs snapped a 108-year curse, winning the World Series in a history-making, seven-game series against the Cleveland Indians. Of the many storylines to Chicago’s fairytale season, one stood out: the late-career renaissance of David Ross, the 39-year-old catcher who had played back-up for 13 of his 15 pro seasons.

Beyond Ross’s remarkably strong play, he became the ultimate positive force in the Cubs locker room, mentoring and motivating his fellow players, some of them nearly twenty years his junior. Thanks to Cubs Kris Bryant and Anthony Rizzo, “Grandpa Rossy” became a social media sensation. No one, however, could have predicted that Ross’s home run in his final career at bat would help seal the Cubs championship.

Now, in Teammate, Ross shares the inspiring story of his life in baseball, framed by the events of that unforgettable November night.

 

 

 

Change of Seasons: A Memoir by John Oates (Author), Chris Epting (Author)

Includes an exclusive EP as a companion to the book!

John Oates was born at the perfect time, paralleling the birth of rock ‘n roll. Raised in a small Pennsylvania town, he was exposed to folk, blues, soul, and R&B. Meeting and teaming up with Daryl Hall in the late 1960s, they developed a style of music that was uniquely their own but never abandoned their roots. John uncovers the grit and struggle it took to secure a recording contract with the legendary Atlantic Records and chronicles the artistic twists and turns that resulted in a DJ discovering an obscure album track that would become their first hit record. This is not your typical rock and roll story. John was focused creating great music. Along the way he achieved incredible success, battling the ever-changing pop music landscape and coming to terms with complex managerial, business, and personal challenges.

Daryl Hall and John Oates have over 20 albums together, more than 60 million records sold, and 29 Top 40 hits. They are the most successful pop duo in the world and members of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. And yet John’s story has never been told. Relying on his many hand-written journals, he brings to light many fascinating stories spanning his entire life with a journalist’s eye and a poet’s heart.

In Change of Seasons, John shares his highs, lows, triumphs, and failures. He takes the reader on a wild ride through all the eras, personalities and music that has shaped him into what he is.

 

 

 

An Outlaw and a Lady: A Memoir of Music, Life with Waylon, and the Faith that Brought Me Home by Jessi Colter (Author)

Renowned songwriter, singer, and wife of Waylon Jennings writes an intimate, enormously entertaining memoir of American music, of life with Waylon and the Outlaws, and of faith lost and found.

 

The daughter of a Pentecostal evangelist and a race-car driver, Jessi Colter played piano and sang in church before leaving Arizona to tour with rock-n-roll pioneer Duane Eddy, whom she married. Colter became a successful recording artist, appearing on American Bandstand and befriending stars such as the Everly Brothers and Chet Atkins, while her songs were recorded by Nancy Sinatra, Dottie West, and others. Her marriage to Eddy didn’t last, however, and in 1969 she married the electrifying Waylon Jennings. Together, they made their home in Nashville which, in the 1970s, was ground zero for roots music, drawing Bob Dylan, Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson, Shel Silverstein, and others to the Nashville Sound. And Jessi was at the center of it all, the only woman on the landmark Wanted: The Outlaws album, therecord that launched the Outlaw Country genre and was the first country album to go platinum. She also tasted personal commercial success with the #1-single “I’m Not Lisa.”

 

But offstage, life was a challenge, as Waylon pursued his addictions and battled his demons. Having drifted from the church as a young woman, Jessi returned to her faith and found in it a source of strength in the turmoil of living with Waylon. In the 1980s, Waylon helped launch the super group The Highwaymen with Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash, and Kris Kristofferson, and the hits kept rolling, as did Waylon’s reckless living. Amid it all, Jessi faithfully prayed for her husband until finally, at Thanksgiving 2001, Waylon found Jesus, just months before he died.

 

An Outlaw and a Lady is a powerful story of American music, of love in the midst of heartache, and of faith that sustains.

 

 

 

Papi: My Story by David Ortiz (Author), Michael Holley (Author)

An entertaining, unfiltered memoir by one of the game’s greatest, most clutch sluggers and beloved personalities

David “Big Papi” Ortiz is a baseball icon and one of the most popular figures ever to play the game.  As a key part of the Boston Red Sox for 14 years, David has helped the team win 3 World Series, bringing back a storied franchise from “never wins” to “always wins.” He helped them upend the doubts, the naysayers, the nonbelievers and captured the imagination of millions of fans along the way, as he launched balls into the stands again, and again, and again.  He made Boston and the Red Sox his home, his place of work, and his legacy. As he put it: This is our f*&#ing city.

Now, looking back at the end of his legendary career, Ortiz opens up fully for the first time about his last two decades in the game. Unhindered by political correctness, Ortiz talks colorfully about his journey, from his poor upbringing in the Dominican Republic to when the expansion Florida Marlins passed up a chance to sign him due to what was essentially tennis elbow. He recalls his days in Peoria, Arizona, his first time in the United States; tense exchanges with Twins manager Tom Kelly in Minnesota; and his arrival in Boston. Readers go behind the scenes for the many milestones of his Red Sox career— from the huge disappointment of the Red Sox losing to the Yankees in 2003, ending the curse in 2004 with the infamous “band of idiots,” including his extraordinary clutch hitting to overcome a 3-0 series deficit against the Yankees, to earning a second title in 2007 and a third in 2013.  Along the way, he was tainted by the infamous banned substances list in 2009; he used his passion and place to fortify a city devastated by the Boston Marathon bombings; and he dominated pitchers right up through his retirement season at age 40.  Papi, as he became so affectionately called, gave his fans big hits when they needed them most. He was an even bigger presence:  He was a champion who rallied a team, a city, and a sport in a way that no one will ever forget.

In Papi, his ultimate memoir, Ortiz opens up as never before about his life in baseball and about the problems he sees in Major League Baseball, about former teammates, opponents, coaches, and executives, and about the weight of expectation whenever he stepped up to the plate. The result is a revelatory, fly-on-the wall story of a career by a player with a lot to say at the end of his time in the game, a game to which he gave so much and which gave so much to him.

 

 

Have an upcoming biography/memoir to recommend? Share in the comments below. Happy Reading!

 

MRS N, Book Addict

 

The Road to Transition by Bree Record @pagepublishing #bookreview #trans #LGBTQ


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Title: The Road to Transition

Author: Bree Record

Genre: Memoir, Gender Transition Surgery, LGBTQ

 

Book Blurb:

The Road to Transition is my story, which was forty days in the telling and fifty-five years in the living; that is, if you can call existing living. It still amazes me how much you can lose without actually realizing it. Each lost piece takes on the worth exceeding that of the finest of golden treasures. I know because in the telling of this story, I discovered that.

 

The forty days are those that led up to my gender confirmation surgery. It was a time with as many ups and downs and gut-wrenching twists as the wildest of roller coasters. I tried to remain true to my journal, though at times I was sick and dizzy. I endeavored to bring to you the accurate portrait of what lay down The Road to Transition.

 

My Review:

The Road to Transition is the story of Bree and her compelling journey leading up to her gender confirmation surgery. Imagine the heartache, confusion, grief, anger, frustration, identity crisis, knowing you are female living in a male body. Then, and only then, are you able to understand what Bree went through in one day.

 

I am not transgendered nor have I ever been mistaken for a man, but from the moment I started reading Bree’s memoir, my mind fused with hers and felt all the turmoil and anxiety she went through. My heart broke for her so many times, I wanted to reach through my Kindle and give her a hug, tell her it was all going to be okay.

 

Bree takes us from the time she was born (Sarah) through her identity crisis (Steve) through the incredible process leading up to her surgery. Told in journal format, she holds nothing back. With clarity of mind, she describes in vivid detail the agony of her journey. Yet, she does it without blame. She doesn’t rail against her parents, family members, society or human prejudice. She’s the narrator in this memoir, sharing her experiences truthfully and the result is inspiring. To go through such darkness and grief only has result: reborn into the light.

 

This moving memoir will touch you in an emotional way and I highly recommend it! This is not just a memoir for the LGBTQ community but for all of humanity. Thank you, Bree, for being so brave in baring all so that we may understand what you went through and to show compassion to others who are going through it.

 

Disclaimer: I received a copy from the author in the hopes I’d review it.

 

My Rating:  5+ stars

 

Buy it now:

Amazon https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01M3MP78P

 

Barnes and Noble https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/?ean=9781684092390

 

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Kobo https://store.kobobooks.com/search?Query=9781684092406

 

Google Play https://play.google.com/store/search?q=9781684092406&c=books

 

Indigo (Canada) https://www.chapters.indigo.ca/en-ca/books/the-road-to-transition/9781684092390-item.html

 

Publisher http://www.pagepublishing.com/books/?book=the-road-to-transition

 

Social Media Links:

Press Release http://www.prweb.com/releases/2016/10/prweb13783449.htm

 

Contact the Publisher for all correspondence: https://www.pagepublishing.com

 

Reviewed by: Mrs. N

Joe Morgan: A Life in #Baseball by Joe Morgan @Reds #bookreview #memoir #books


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Title: Joe Morgan: A Life in Baseball

Author: Joe Morgan, David Falkner

Genre: Memoir, Baseball

 

Book Blurb:

A leader of Cincinnati’s Big Red Machine of the 1970s, twice named the National League’s Most Valuable Player and recently elected to the Hall of Fame, second baseman Morgan is one of the outstanding players of the last half-century. Raised in a middle-class family in Texas and California, he began his career with the Houston Astros in 1965, played for the Reds from 1972 to 1979 and ended his playing days with stints in other cities. Although Morgan was admired as a team player and enjoyed the respect and affection of his colleagues, his memoirs, written with Falkner ( LT ), are not pollyanna-ish. Morgan is very specific about the people he didn’t like and is outspoken about racism, which he believes pervades the sport. The resulting book is among the most candid and interesting of its genre. Photos not seen by Publishers Weekly. Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc.

 

My Review:

Joe Morgan – A Life in Baseball – an apter title never given.  This is the story of Joe Morgan’s life in baseball.

 

From the early days, thru the Astros, then the Big Red Machine and on through his ‘parade’ through other teams before he retired.  He finishes with a discussion about being a broadcaster and offers his thoughts on how to fix baseball circa 1992.

 

A fabulous read.  It really takes the reader into the clubhouse both in Houston and Cincinnati.  Some may regret that more of it isn’t centered on the Glory Days of Cincinnati but this is Joe Morgan’s story not the Big Red Machine * you can get books on that already *.  What resonates from the pages to today is the stark clarity that Morgan uses in discussing racial intolerance both in baseball and in society in general.  What is extremely sad is the instances of racist police and baseball people isn’t something we can look back on from 25 years in the future and shake our head as these issues exist today.  A solid baseball book and one that has a proud place in my baseball library.

 

My Rating:  5 stars

 

Buy it now:

Amazon https://www.amazon.com/Joe-Morgan-Life-Baseball/dp/0393034690

 

Goodreads https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/2222391.Joe_Morgan?ac=1&from_search=true

 

Author Biography:

Joe Leonard Morgan (born September 19, 1943) is a former Major League Baseball second baseman who played for the Houston Astros, Cincinnati Reds, San Francisco Giants, Philadelphia Phillies, and Oakland Athletics from 1963 to 1984. He won two World Series championships with the Reds in 1975 and 1976 and was also named the National League Most Valuable Player in those years. Considered one of the greatest second basemen of all-time, Morgan was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1990. He became a baseball broadcaster for ESPN after his retirement, and now hosts a weekly nationally syndicated radio show for Sports USA. He is currently a special adviser to the Reds.

 

Reviewed by: Mr. N

The Emotional Terrorist: Growing up with a Borderline Parent @ArabellaBarbour #memoir #books


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Title: The Emotional Terrorist: Growing up with a Borderline Parent

 

Author: Arabella Barbour

 

Genre: Memoir, Mental Illness

 

Publisher: Sandpeddler Press

 

Book Blurb:

The Emotional Terrorist is an extraordinary memoir of resilience and revelation. Traveling the world as corporate gypsies’, Arabella’s parents are a charismatic pair while in private her sadomasochistic mother tortures her with calculated cruelty, yet idolizes her brother. The worst part is no one else sees what is really going on; even her father is spellbound. In fact, the façade her mother has erected for others is so dazzlingly charming and flamboyant a charade, that no one would ever believe she is capable of the unspeakable abuses she commits. In the wake of a near death experience, a revelation rips away the veil and Arabella sees clearly for the first time. Her mother’s intense inexplicable behavior distinctly fits the description of a certain type of personality, or rather personality disorder, known as borderline.

 

What Readers are Saying:

The Emotional Terrorist is important, beautiful, deep, poetic, gripping, and informative. — Sylvia Cary, LMFT, licensed psychotherapist and author, Los Angeles.

 

This just goes to show that a memoir doesn’t have to be written by someone “famous” to be a page-turner. The writing is punchy and vivid; you will not be bored. Actually, it’s like staring in horrified fascination at the proverbial slow-motion car wreck, complete with skids, slides, multiple collisions, and several end-over-end flips — except that by the time you’re halfway through, you know the driver and all the passengers (especially the poor little girl in the back seat). There’s heartbreaking betrayal along the way but, ultimately, the story is one of triumph, because some people never understand what has happened to them and why. Congratulations to the author not just for figuring it out and surviving (and managing to raise a great kid), but for dwelling on the positive present instead of the tragic past. — Doowop Dan on Amazon

 

NN Light Review:

This book is a very difficult read but it is extremely well written.  You are taken deeply into the traumatic life of the author and if you have any empathy what so ever, you feel every physical and emotional pain she suffered as a little girl – on throughout adulthood.  Writing this had to be cathartic for Barbour, I am certain, and putting out a meaningful story for others to hopefully learn from is a brave endeavour.

 

 

 

That a person’s behaviour can be diagnosed later has little comfort for the little children who suffer the harm from being raised by a parent who appears to be simply evil.  A child is innocent and just a victim in this type of relationship.  A child has no power, no understanding and only acute suffering.  It is why every child must be taught to speak out if someone is abusing them in any way and must be heard.  No one can dismiss claims of abuse simply with ‘But your Mother wouldn’t.’

 

 

 

This was a very grim read but if this book can help just one child and save someone from this horrible situation, then this book has done an incredible job.  A very well written work that is worthy of a read by every parent or would be parent.

 

 

 NN Light Rating: 4 stars

 

 

 

Excerpt:                                                                                             

Johannesburg, South Africa 1953

One of the things Mom found attractive about Dad when she was his secretary in Johannesburg was how handsome he looked in his white lab coat. Dad was in the veterinary supply sales business and he felt the white coat reassured his clientele that he knew what he was talking about. Mom was beautiful and talented. She had dreamed of being a star on the stage and screen and often lamented the tragedy of not realizing this dream, and the great loss to her would-be public. After they fell in love and got married they moved to neighboring Salisbury, Southern Rhodesia where the economy was booming. Dad got his inheritance early from Granny and started up his own veterinary supply business. At that time Rhodesia was one of Britain’s few remaining colonies in Africa, and is where my brother and I were born at The Lady Chancellor Home. Although it used to be said the sun never set on the British Empire, our empire had been crumbling for quite a while. South Africa was a jewel about to slip off the royal crown and later our birthplace would become known as Harare, Zimbabwe.

 

Before we were born Dad read to Mom after dinner in the evenings until one day he caught on that she was reading ahead during the day while he was at work.

 

            “He never read to me again, Ha!” Mom chuckled with amusement.

 

Dad periodically drove Mom back to Johannesburg to see her family. These trips involved long hours of driving through vast expanses of nothing, albeit the odd sighting of a lion, and lasted well into the hours of darkness. On one of these trips, they reached the border to find the Limpopo River had overcome its banks. The bridge had flooded, washing a car making its crossing into the river. The driver was struggling to swim against the current. A handful of stranded bystanders stood powerless outside their cars watching her flailing efforts. Mom became incensed recalling this incident, because Dad dove into the river and saved the woman.

 

“What if he’d drowned?  Then where would I be?”  Mom added, “Hero my arse!  He did it for the attention, to feed his massive ego. You should have seen the smug smile on his face when everybody clapped; it was an unforgivable risk to take!”

 

This was one of those things that festered in Mom’s brain until it reared up to the surface, as unexpectedly as the Limpopo swamped its banks. Dad always said Mom was like a dog with a bone. Eventually I think she was like a dog with a whole back yard full of buried bones. She could sniff around at will and take her pick of one to dig up, and then have a good ol’ chew, sometimes for days at a time.

 

 

 

Awards/Achievements:

 

The FIFTH ANNUAL INTERNATIONAL Beverly Hills Book Awards® recognized The Emotional Terrorist by Arabella Barbour in the category of MEMOIR as a finalist.

 

The competition is judged by experts from all aspects of the book industry, including publishers, writers, editors, book cover designers and professional copywriters. They select award winners and finalists based on overall excellence.

 

For more information please visit:bhbookawards.com

 

 

 

 

Buy Links:  

Amazon https://www.amazon.com/Emotional-Terrorist-Growing-Borderline-Parent-ebook/dp/B01E46YSLC

 

Publisher http://sandpeddlerpress.tumblr.com/post/143908917309/the-emotional-terrorist-growing-up-with-a?is_related_post=1

 

Goodreads https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/30077781-the-emotional-terrorist

 

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Author Biography:

Born in a British colony in Africa, ARABELLA BARBOUR has lived on five continents and traveled the world. She lives in North Carolina with her neurotic, yet adorable adopted dog husband, Oliver, who loves the ladies, hogs the bed, and snores enthusiastically.

 

 

Social Media Links:

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/arabellabarbour

 

Pinterest https://www.pinterest.com/arabellabarbour/

 

Twitter https://twitter.com/ArabellaBarbour

 

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/55549982-arabella-barbour

 

 

 

Meet Hope Destiny and Her Book, I Love the Way You Lie #FridayReads @athrhopedestiny


October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month and it’s our great pleasure to introduce you to Hope Destiny, author of I Love the Way You Lie. She’s a survivor and bravely writes about domestic violence. She sat down for a candid interview and we were so moved, we wanted to share it with you today. Take it away, Hope:

 

Just as your books inspire authors, what authors have inspired you?

Lovey, Sherene Cain, Elle Welch, Lela Jefferson, Tamika Newhouse, Kellz Kimberly, Tiece Mickens, Cole Hart, David Weaver, Denora Boone, Jasmine Devonish, Nisha L and so many more

 

If you could cast your characters in the Hollywood adaptation of your book, who would play your characters?

Michael Ealy, Angela Bassett, Gabrielle Union, Morris Chestnut,  William Levy, Tasha Smith, Sharon Leal, Taraji P Henson and the list goes on.

 

How important are names to you in your books? Do you choose the names based on liking the way it sounds or the meaning?

I choose the name based on the character in the book. I research names and as I scan the list if the name captures my attention then that is the name and I love unique names for my characters and their name represent them  as it should be in a story or movie.

 

What do you consider to be your best accomplishment?

Finishing college with my MBA in Accounting.

 

Have you always liked to write?

Yes. I used to write poetry as a child in middle school so writing has always been me.

 

What writing advice do you have for other aspiring authors?

If you love to write just write. No matter what anyone says. Believe in you because if you don’t no one else will.

 

If you didn’t like writing books, what would you do for a living?

What I am doing now. Being an Accountant.

 

Do you read your reviews? Do you respond to them, good or bad? Do you have any advice on how to deal with the bad?

I do read reviews and I do not respond to them. I have done it a few times when it was just a total bash and not constructive criticism. We are humans too but now I read it and learn from them or don’t. Not everyone will like your work and I have no clue why people get angry at my imagination. I made it up. It is fiction.  It is crazy but it is what it is. I write it and if you like it or don’t. I am ok with it either way.

 

Do you have a favorite spot to write? What is it?

I like to write in my bed with the tv off and no music. Just quiet.

 

Is this your first book? How many books have you written prior (if any?)  

I have a lot of books. I think about 10 or 11 but I have lost count. I have taken one down off Amazon then I have a children’s book and then I am dropping books now as I type this.

 

What are you working on now? What is your next project?

Just dropped I Love The Way You Lie today for Domestic Violence Awareness Month and next week will be Pieces of Me…another DV story and will actually be continued.

 

Do you write naked?

Not always but sometimes

 

What is your biggest failure?

Racking up all this student loan debt

 

What is the biggest fib you’ve ever told? Have you ever been in trouble with the law?

Yes. My own domestic violence actually sent me to jail for the first time in my life because he was hurt instead of me.

 

Have you ever gotten into a fight?

Yes. Siblings and others

 

What is your biggest fear?

Failure

 

What literary character is most like you?

Eve in Sins of A Good Girl

 

Where is one place you want to visit that you haven’t been before?

Paris

 

Do you have any scars? What are they from?

I have a lot of emotional scars

 

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Title I LOVE THE WAY YOU LIE

Author Tisha (aka Hope Destiny)

Genre URBAN DOMESTIC VIOLENCE

Publisher PENPOINT PUBLICATIONS

 

Book Blurb

Anya has been running from man to man and has been very indecisive her entire life. Trying to find out where she belongs the only thing she continues to find out is that the grass is not always greener on the other side.

 

Trey is sexy and breathtaking and takes Anya by surprise but she will find out that looks can really be deceiving. Trey takes her up and down and thru so much in their short time together that Anya believes that it is just her fate to be with a man like Trey.

But does Anya really believe that Trey is where she belongs?

Will Anya be a victor or a victim of her circumstance?

Find out in this epic tale of lies that is dressed up as love.

#domesticviolenceawarenessmonth

#howdoyouseedv

 

Excerpt

Chapter 1

He puts me thru hell and I call it love.

            Let’s do this dirty laundry, this dirty laundry.

Let’s do this dirty laundry, this dirty laundry.

When you’re soaked in tears for years, it never airs out.

When you make pain look this good it never wears out.

This dirty laundry, this dirty laundry.

 

Can you hear the lyrics to Dirty Laundry by Kelly Rowland?

You might not hear them like I hear them.

Those words speak to me now as I battle the demons that Trey David Bellamy brought with him.

“GET YO ASS UP AND GET YO SELF TOGETHER!” Trey yelled.

I am a mess.

I have lost everything because of him but all he care about is himself.

Everything that he did to get me away from my husband was just a scheme to get what he wanted out of me.

He used me up and now I have nothing left…physically or emotionally.

And here I am now on the floor of my house crying my eyes out.

My husband loved me but I guess love wasn’t enough for me.

I left my great husband for a no good ass man who would oversee my downfall.

What had I done to him for him to take a married woman from her husband to mistreat her?

I wanted to end it all.

I have nothing.

My kids don’t want anything to do with me.

I have mistreated them for Trey.

I make them stay locked up in the room and not come out while Trey was home.

He doesn’t like kids so he didn’t want mine or anything to do with mine.

Everything I have lived and worked for is falling apart because of Trey.

As he yells and yells, I just pray and pray that he didn’t put his hands on me today.

God knows I have nothing and no one to turn to.

Well I did.

I have my parents but I didn’t want to alert them to the things that was going on in my life.

Trey lured me into his arms and into his world with his charm and good looks.

When I think about it, he reminded me of a dark skin Jeremy Meeks.

If you don’t remember Jeremy Meeks, he was the hot felon whose mugshot went viral because of all us hot, horny ass women who saw his high yella skin and light gray eyes and ignored the fact that he was another black convicted felon and was currently being held on eleven felony charges.

Because of all the attention on Facebook that all of us hot horny ass women gave him, he is now a model for Gucci, Givenchy and etc. with gold teeth in his mouth and tattoos all over his body and face.

I even hear he is getting a reality tv show.

Trey reminded me of Jeremy Meeks with his good looks and grey eyes, but he didn’t have a damn thing.

He don’t have a pot to piss in or a window to throw it out of but in steps my naïve ass to buy the pot for him to piss in and provide the window for him to throw it out of.

He is going on and on about how he could have any woman and he chose me.

He chose a woman with three kids from three different baby daddies but he forgot to mention a successful black woman journalist.

I wasn’t a Robin Roberts of Good Morning America or a Deborah Roberts from ABC News, but I would like to believe I was getting there.

I am at least on the air and reporting about things that mattered.

Of course I was too fast for my own good growing up and had three different kids from three different dudes and I fell off for a short time, but I got back on the bandwagon and feel I am in a good place.

I thought I was until Trey no good ass came into my life.

Lord knows I am always reporting about a battered woman and violence against women and here I am in the middle of my own damn news story.

Trey snaps me out of my thoughts when he said, “DO YOU HEAR ME?!!”

I say, “Yes. Why are you yelling Trey?”

He sucks his teeth and says out the blue, “I think we need to see other people.”

I say, “What the hell is that supposed to mean?”

He says, “We should swing or maybe you can give me a pass to cheat like Toya used to give her husband Memphitz.”

I look at him like he had lost his damn mind.

He ain’t my husband and if he was, I would damn sure not be giving him a cheat pass.

 

Buy Links  https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01M5E8J66/?ref_=aga_h_cl_dashboard_pl

 

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Author Biography

Latisha (Tisha) is my name. I write under the pseudonym Hope Destiny. I was born and still reside in Orlando, Florida .

 

Social Media Links

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/AuthorHopeDestiny

Facebook reading group for giveaways Tisha (Hope Destiny) Hang Out Spot https://www.facebook.com/groups/1449283102045841/

Twitter athrhopedestiny

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A Dark Journey Into the Light by Josef Smith @lifeofjosef #BDSM #bookreview #POTLReads


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Title: A Dark Journey Into The Light

Author: Josef Smith

Genre: Memoir, BDSM, Personal Growth

 

Book Blurb:

Josef is lost in a secret world of sexual gratification, a true-life Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, unable to halt the “roller coaster of conflicting emotional extremes that never stopped long enough for me to get off.”

 

“I gave myself to that sexual playground completely, and loved every minute of it when it was happening. It was only afterwards that spikes of shame, guilt, and self-loathing would be driven deep into my heart.”

 

He traces the beginnings of his obsession to his childhood, where his natural innocent curiosity and need for exploration were at odds with his Catholic upbringing and the view of his extremely repressed mother, both of whom regarded the human body as ‘dirty’ and ‘shameful’.

 

For sixty years, Josef lived a secret double life. The only people who knew about this other life were the professional mistresses, trannies, and prostitutes with whom he indulged every conceivable sexual fantasy. No one in his ‘other’ life had any idea of who he really was or the things he did.

 

Yet his secret life claimed a terrible toll. The failure of his first marriage. The loss of his son. The loss of his beloved second wife.

 

Only after extensive therapy was he finally able to see and feel the light of compassion, and allow the healing energy of forgiveness to begin taking away the pain.

 

In his journey, Josef explores an astonishing variety of topics. In addition to sexual addiction and the hidden world of BDSM, he delves into the burden of guilt of the Catholic Church, fear, political correctness, nonjudgment, love and loss, philosophy, the soul, spiritual awakening, and healing.

 

This is the journey of an ordinary man lost in an extraordinary secret, dark world, who ultimately finds his way out of the tangled mess through the power of love and forgiveness.

 

My Review:

This book must have a strong 18+ warning and is not suitable for any minor to read.  Further this book is not for those with a weak stomach as parts of it may deeply offend.

 

Once more I have been graced with reading a tell all of a person’s life and once again, I cannot express my amazement at the bravery it takes to expose one’s life to the world’s eyes.  This book was extremely well written, professionally edited and flows well for the reader.  I am at a bit of a loss as to how to describe this book.  It was certainly cathartic for the writer and there are plenty of good things that come from reading this book.  I hope that anyone who reads this story of one man’s life comes to the understanding that whatever your healthy, consensual approach to sex is, enjoy it and be proud.  The writer isn’t providing another version of 50 shades.  This is a true tale of BDSM in its rawest form.

 

I recommend this book to all in the BDSM community.  There is a lot here for them and for anyone who may have had issues coming to terms with their sexual choices and identity.

 

I took issue with some of the author’s statements in regards to what might happen in the world if there were no consequences for sexual assault and I categorically state he is wrong.  There is a moral code that runs through the vast majority of people and it is only the few that would be intrigued by that sort of sordid opportunity.

 

A tough read but one that really opens one up to feelings of empathy and understanding.  ‘Josef’ finally overcame a lifetime of problems that stemmed from early childhood and his journey is one that will touch a lot of people.

 

My Rating:  4.5 stars

 

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Amazon https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01LWWLGPH

Goodreads https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/32571078-a-dark-journey-into-the-light?ac=1&from_search=true

 

Social Media Links:

Twitter https://twitter.com/lifeofjosef

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100009374350287

 

Reviewed by: Mr. N

 

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The Book of Barkley by @LBJohnson8 Trailer Reveal #books #POTLReads #dogs


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Title:  The Book of Barkley – Love and Life Through the Eyes of a Labrador Retriever

Author:  L.B Johnson

Genre:  Memoir

Publisher:  Outskirts Press

 

Book Trailer Reveal:

 

Book Blurb:

How Much Dog Hair Does It Take to Heal a Broken Heart? 

Jet pilot turned federal agent L.B. Johnson thought she had the world by the tail, until a bundle of mayhem disguised as a lab puppy came into her life.  After heartbreak as a young teen Mom and seeing too much violence in the course of a day, she wasn’t going to get too attached to another living creature, but Barkley had other plans for her.

The Amazon #1 Best Seller The Book of Barkley: Love and Life Through the Eyes of a Labrador Retriever takes readers from the author’s depths of grief and personal despair to an empowering new life chock-full of love. But Johnson’s radical life change didn’t come from just her renewed faith in God or from friends, but instead from a black Labrador called Barkley who taught her the real, innate meaning of love.

In a wholly-unique and uplifting new memoir, Johnson tells the deeply-personal story of her life and experiences with a rambunctious Labrador Retriever named Barkley. It’s not just a story of one woman and her dog; but a bold journey to discover what love really is, and why learning to live like a dog gives humanity a powerful new meaning.

 

Buy Links: 

Amazon https://www.amazon.com/Book-Barkley-Through-Labrador-Retriever/dp/1478734345/

 

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Author Biography: 

LB Johnson grew up on the West Coast in a home that always had a dog.  After a few years seeing the world as a Commercial pilot she returned to school for a doctorate in a Criminal Justice Field.  She works as an investigator for a federal agency, a job she states is much like those law enforcement shows on TV, except she doesn’t get to wear the clothes she likes and nothing is solved in an hour.  The details of that work will remain personal until retirement but for now she is enjoying “solving the puzzle” while not at her Chicago home with her engineer husband and senior rescue dog Abby (named after the character on NCIS).

Social Media Links: 

Twitter  @LBJohnson8

Pet Blog:  www.thebookofbarkley.blogspot.com

Author blog:  www.lbjohnsonauthor.blogspot.com

 

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Never Say No To A Rock Star by @GlennBerger #bookreview #music #rock


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Title: Never Say No To A Rock Star: In the Studio with Dylan, Sinatra, Jagger and More…

Author: Glenn Berger

Genre: Biographies & Memoirs, Entertainment

 

Book Blurb:

In 1974, at the age of seventeen, author Glenn Berger served as “Schlepper” and apprentice to the legendary recording engineer Phil Ramone at New York City’s A&R Studios, and was witness to music history on an almost daily and nightly basis as pop and rock icons such as Paul Simon, Bob Dylan, Mick Jagger, Frank Sinatra, Burt Bacharach, Bette Midler, and James Brown performed their hit-making magic, honed their sound, strutted their stuff, bared their souls, and threw epic tantrums. In this memoir, full of revelatory and previously unknown anecdotal observations of these musical giants, Glenn recounts how he quickly learned the ropes to move up from schlepperhood to assistant to the tyrannical Ramone, and eventually, to become a recording engineer superstar himself. Not only is Never Say No to A Rock Star a fascinating, hilarious and poignant behind-the-scenes look of this musical Mecca, but Berger, now a prominent psychologist, looking back through the prism of his youthful experience and his years working as a counselor and therapist, provides a telling and honest examination of the nature of fame and success and the corollaries between creativity, madness and self-destruction.

 

My Review:

Music is life’s soundtrack and this brilliant book is a must-own for all music fans! Taking no prisoners, Glenn Berger takes us behind-the-scenes of the music industry and the reader gets to witness the highs and lows of rock greats such as Mick Jaggar, Frank Sinatra, Bob Dylan, Bette Midler and more. But at the heart of this book is a music lover and his remembering how music cures the soul.

 

If you love music (like me), this is a must-own! You’ll nod your head in understanding as Berger recalls the sheer magnetism of a familiar chord or lyric. Music is universal, doesn’t judge and can change lives.

 

My heartfelt thanks to Netgalley and Schaffner Press for giving me a complimentary copy in exchange for my honest review.

 

My Rating:  5 stars

 

Buy it now:

Amazon https://www.amazon.com/Never-Say-No-Rock-Star-ebook/dp/B01H7K9MI6

Barnes and Noble http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/never-say-no-to-a-rock-star-glenn-berger/1123685908?ean=9781943156108

Goodreads https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/27219980-never-say-no-to-a-rock-star

 

Author Biography:

Glenn Berger, PhD was for many years in the 1970s and 80s a recording assistant and later engineer/producer for the recording studio A&R Studios. After 20 years in the music business, Glenn became a psychotherapist. Excerpts from his memoir have been published in Esquire, Rolling Stone, and SOS Magazine. He lives in New York City.

 

Social Media Links:

Website GlennBerger.net

Twitter @GlennBerger

 

Reviewed by: Mrs. N

An Imperfect Journey to The Promised Land by @GingerCastro14 #bookreview #memoir #women


Title: An Imperfect Journey to The Promised Land (Ginger Esperanza Castro’s Journey Book 1)

Author: Ginger Castro

Genre: Memoir, Self-Improvement, Women

 

Book Blurb:

In “An Imperfect Journey to The Promised Land” I share my private journal entries dating from December 25, 2010 until June 2014. This is the first book of my “Ginger Esperanza Castro’s Journey” series I’m working on.

 

My Review:

A book that can be uplifting at one moment and sombre in others and even laugh out loud funny in some places.  The amazing part is that this isn’t fiction; this is one person’s life!  It takes courage to open up one’s soul for the world to see and I commend the author for her bravery.  I hope the book helped the author heal and I hope its message of never giving up reaches other people too.

 

The issues I had with the book were purely technical.  It could use a little tighter editing and the ending was very abrupt.  It really leaves the reader wanting to know what happens next…

 

A tough read but one that is very worthwhile.  This book makes the reader reflect on their own life with a bit more understanding about what life is.

 

 

My Rating:  3.75 stars

 

Buy it now:

Amazon https://www.amazon.com/Imperfect-Journey-Promised-Esperanza-Castros-ebook/dp/B01IPJZOK8

 

Goodreads https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/31254574-an-imperfect-journey-to-the-promised-land

 

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Author Biography:

Ginger Esperanza Castro is fun-loving, eccentric, a loyal friend, responsible when she feels like it, and dependable. She loves cooking, baking, swimming, and music. She lives in Edinburg, Texas.

 

Social Media Links:

Blog https://alifetimeofobstacles.wordpress.com/

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/ladygingerecastro

Instagram https://www.instagram.com/gingeresperanza/

LibraryThing https://www.librarything.com/profile/GingerECastro1980

Twitter @GingerCastro14

 

Reviewed by: Mr. N

The Emotional Terrorist by @ArabellaBarbour #bookreview #mentalillness #memoir


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Title: The Emotional Terrorist: Growing up with a Borderline Parent

Author: Arabella Barbour

Genre: Memoir, Mental Illness, Non-Fiction

 

Book Blurb:

The Emotional Terrorist is an extraordinary memoir of resilience and revelation. Traveling the world as corporate gypsies’, Arabella’s parents are a charismatic pair while in private her sadomasochistic mother tortures her with calculated cruelty, yet idolizes her brother. The worst part is no one else sees what is really going on; even her father is spellbound. In fact, the façade her mother has erected for others is so dazzlingly charming and flamboyant a charade, that no one would ever believe she is capable of the unspeakable abuses she commits. In the wake of a near death experience, a revelation rips away the veil and Arabella sees clearly for the first time. Her mother’s intense inexplicable behavior distinctly fits the description of a certain type of personality, or rather personality disorder, known as borderline. “The Emotional Terrorist is important, beautiful, deep, poetic, gripping, and informative.” Sylvia Cary, LMFT, licensed psychotherapist and author, Los Angeles.

 

My Review:

This book is a very difficult read but it is extremely well written.  You are taken deeply into the traumatic life of the author and if you have any empathy what so ever, you feel every physical and emotional pain she suffered as a little girl – on throughout adulthood.  Writing this had to be cathartic for Barbour, I am certain, and putting out a meaningful story for others to hopefully learn from is a brave endeavour.

 

That a person’s behaviour can be diagnosed later has little comfort for the little children who suffer the harm from being raised by a parent who appears to be simply evil.  A child is innocent and just a victim in this type of relationship.  A child has no power, no understanding and only acute suffering.  It is why every child must be taught to speak out if someone is abusing them in any way and must be heard.  No one can dismiss claims of abuse simply with ‘But your Mother wouldn’t‘.

 

This was a very grim read but if this book can help just one child and save someone from this horrible situation, then this book has done an incredible job.  A very well written work that is worthy of a read by every parent or would be parent.

 

My Rating:  4 stars

 

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Amazon https://www.amazon.com/Emotional-Terrorist-Growing-Borderline-Parent-ebook/dp/B01E46YSLC

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Goodreads https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/30077781-the-emotional-terrorist

 

Author Biography:

ARABELLA BARBOUR lives in North Carolina with her neurotic, yet adorable adopted dog husband, Oliver, who loves the ladies, hogs the bed, and snores enthusiastically.

 

Social Media Links:

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/arabellabarbour

Pinterest https://www.pinterest.com/arabellabarbour/

Twitter https://twitter.com/ArabellaBarbour

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/55549982-arabella-barbour

 

Reviewed by: Mr. N

A Long Walk with Sally by David Clark Jr. #bookreview #memoir #golf @MaryWalewski


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Title: A Long Walk with Sally: A Grieving Father’s Golf Journey Back to Life

Author: David Clark Jr.

Genre: Memoir, Golf, Grief

 

Book Blurb:

“This is much more than a golf book or travelogue; it’s a moving saga of a father’s search for solace and a testament to the healing powers of man’s best game.”

~ George Peper, Editor of Links Magazine

 

David Clark’s walk began as he sat on a curb at 4:30 a.m. looking at the car his daughter and niece had been riding in…

 

A parent’s worst fear and most unimaginable horror began on April 4, 2004. As his world was torn further apart, David’s only wish was to escape–to walk away–but how could he? How would he ever find the peace he so desperately needed? On a golf course in Ireland, the answer came. Thus began a ten-year quest, taking David to 290 courses throughout the British Isles. As he was about to leave on his final trip, he looked out the windshield of his car and realized where he would find his peace.

 

A Long Walk with Sally will touch golfers, parents, and anyone who has faced the loss of a child. David’s story is a testament that from the most unimaginable pain and darkness it is possible for the sun to shine again.

 

My Review:

Let me first offer my heartfelt condolences for the tragic loss of both Sally and Grace on that day in 2004.  This was a tough book for me to read.  I have suffered more losses than most and more than most would care to.  The loss of my father when I was 19 knocked my life off its girders and it took years for me to get my way back to where I wanted to be.  In a lot of ways, it took meeting my soulmate 16 years later to finally find some peace.  I chose alcohol as my way to deal with my own loss.  I cannot recommend that as a choice.

 

Because of that, I cannot condemn David’s choice of golf as a way of dealing with a horrible loss.  It wasn’t a simple solution * there are no simple ways of getting past grief * and this book conveys every single moment of the long journey back to light.  I was in tears more than once and felt the pain over and over again.  This book is brilliantly written and conveys the deep pain that only a loss of a daughter to a parent can state.  David’s wife Jo deserves a medal for all she took on after the tragedy.  I found the golf journey incredibly well written and the travelling tales of the times through the UK to be a great read.  The opening of Sally’s Y with Grace’s Chapel made me cry anew.

 

A very readable book.  Brilliant and emotional.  Mr. Clark, you chose your way to deal with your loss and I think it worked for you.  May you enjoy a long enjoyable time with your beautiful granddaughter.  A fantastic book.  Worth 1,000 stars…

 

My Rating:  5+ stars

 

Buy it now:

Amazon https://www.amazon.com/Long-Walk-Sally-Grieving-Fathers/dp/0692521208

 

Goodreads https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/28093841-a-long-walk-with-sally

 

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Author Biography:

David Clark, Jr. is a successfully retired real estate developer, recognized community leader, and avid golf enthusiast. After losing his 19-year old daughter and niece, he chronicled his 10-year grief journey among the untamed links of Great Britain in search of peace. A devoted husband and father of two sons, he currently resides in North Carolina.

 

Social Media Links:

Website http://alongwalkwithsally.com/

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/alongwalkwithsally/

Twitter https://twitter.com/MaryWalewski

 

Reviewed by: Mr. N

Running the Coast for a Cure by @AlDeCesaris #BookPromo #Memoir #SturgeWeber


 

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Title: Running The Coast For A Cure

Author: Al DeCesaris

Genre: Nonfiction Memoir

 

The book is available on Amazon at http://www.amazon.com/dp/0692687599/

 

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In 2014, Al DeCesaris set out on a 1,935-mile solo run from Lubec, Maine to Key Largo, Florida. He ran to bring hope to his 10-year-old niece Jenna who suffers with Sturge-Weber Syndrome, a rare and life-threatening neurological disorder. He ran to create awareness and raise funds for medical research so a cure can be found.

 

For three consecutive months, he battled the rigors of the road, endured numerous injuries, encountered wild animals, and narrowly escaped getting hit by more than a few reckless drivers. Yet, he also experienced the generosity of strangers, had heart-warming interactions with families affected by this devastating disorder, and came to realize – with purpose, determination, and belief – even the seemingly impossible can be achieved.

 

Running The Coast For A Cure is one man’s journey to make a difference for his niece. Told with humor and warmth, Al candidly captures the adversity he faced and the joy he experienced as he ran close to a marathon a day through 14 states down the East Coast. His journey of love and hope will have you running with him, and leave you inspired.

 

 

Book Excerpt

In each of us is the power to make a difference! This isn’t just rhetoric. This is something I wholeheartedly believe, something I’ve observed time and again. So when the cause of Sturge-Weber Syndrome – the rare neurological disorder that afflicts my 10-year-old niece Jenna – was discovered, I knew it was time, my time, to help further the efforts to find a cure.

 

I was determined to make a difference in Jenna’s life and in the lives of all those suffering with this devastating disorder. Thus, on the heels of my 2013 cross-country bike ride, which I chronicled in my book, Crossing America For A Cure: A Bicycle Journey Of Inspiration And Hope, I began training for a new charity event – a solo athletic endeavor that would have me running close to a marathon a day through 14 states down the entire East Coast.

 

I suppose I could have come up with something a little less arduous (no doubt, my legs would have appreciated it), but I wanted to do something unique and eye-opening to create as much awareness and raise as much money for Sturge-Weber research as possible. My plan was to run (walk … and even crawl, if necessary) on average 22 miles a day for three consecutive months from Lubec, Maine to Key Largo, Florida. Picking up each day exactly where I left off the day before, I would cover every mile (every foot actually) down the coast.

 

Now, it’s no secret I’ve never been much of an athlete. And I didn’t have the running experience that would lead one to believe I could accomplish something this ambitious. In fact, even though I planned to run close to a marathon a day, I’d never actually run a marathon. Still, I have something within me that I knew would make this seemingly impossible task achievable – purpose. My purpose is my desire to help my beautiful young niece Jenna live a better life. For her and because of her, I am inspired to fight Sturge-Weber Syndrome on her behalf.

 

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Author Bio

For the past 10 years Al DeCesaris has volunteered his time and dedicated his efforts to fighting Sturge-Weber Syndrome, a rare and life-threatening neurological disorder that afflicts his young niece Jenna. Through charitable events, athletic endeavors, and his “For A Cure” books, he has created considerable awareness about the disorder and helped raise significant funds to further the efforts to find a cure.

 

CHARITABLE EVENTS:

Al’s crusade began not long after the birth of his niece. Recognizing the need and importance of raising funds for the research and treatment of Sturge-Weber Syndrome, he and his family organized a concert and auction fundraiser called Bands on the Bay. The fundraiser proved to be a huge success and motivated them to turn it into an annual event. Since its inception, Bands on the Bay has raised over $1,000,000. This money has directly supported the work of the Sturge-Weber Center at Kennedy Krieger Institute and helped fund research that led to the discovery of the cause of Sturge-Weber Syndrome.

 

ATHLETIC ENDEAVORS:

Even with the success of Bands on the Bay and the DeCesaris family’s contributions to this ground-breaking discovery, Al couldn’t help but think that there was more they could do to further the efforts to find a cure. More he could do.

 

In 2013, he set out on a solo cross-country bicycle journey in honor of Jenna. Despite great adversity, he biked over 3,000miles from Santa Monica, California to Ocean City, Maryland. Through his Crossing America For A Cure bike ride, he created awareness about Sturge-Weber Syndrome across the country, raised critical funds for medical research, and brought hope to his niece and countless others suffering with this devastating disorder.

 

In 2014, he took on another incredibly challenging endeavor, this time on foot. Running close to a marathon a day for three consecutive months, he logged 1,935 miles as he made his way from Lubec, Maine to Key Largo, Florida. Through his Running The Coast For A Cure charity run, he created awareness about Sturge-Weber Syndrome down the East Coast, raised additional funds for ongoing research, and inspired numerous individuals to join the fight against the disorder.

 

BOOKS:

After both his ride and his run, Al wrote books about his experiences on the road: the things he saw, the emotions he felt, the challenges he faced and of the extraordinary people he met along the way. His books about these athletic endeavors, Crossing America For A Cure and Running The Coast For A Cure, are honest, entertaining and, above all, inspirational.

 

Al’s “For A Cure” books are available for purchase on Amazon. To further the efforts to find a cure, Al is dedicating all profits from the sale of his books to Sturge-Weber research.

 

Everything and a Happy Ending by Tia Shurina is a Must-Read! @everythingAAHE #BookPromo


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Title:  Everything and a Happy Ending

Author: Tia Shurina

Genre:  Memoir

 

Book Blurb:

EAAHE is a memoir that recounts 3 interconnected relationships & love stories, her dad, her ex-husband & an old special friend.  The book details and shares Tia’s full circle journey to learn how to really trust, how to “thine own self be true” and then the real & true love it circled her ‘round back to.  It’s a story about how the power of love & a journey to intimacy helped flip learned pessimism, reacting in reflex and running from fear into choosing optimism, trusting intuition and rising above the fear.

 

Excerpt: 

Chapter 8

EMILIO

Grow with the Flow

(of the Current of Your Life)

Come together… at just the right and perfect time

Such wonderful advice, to go (and grow) with the flow. I heard it from my dad, as he encouraged me to swim more with the current of my life, rather than against it, as I’d done for a long, unsatisfying time. It is a great title for a book chapter or TV episode, yet it can be difficult to true-ly live in real life, I think.

There’s an Oscar winning movie, Marty, from 1955. It’s a fictional story of two average people who meet a bit later in life, fall in love, and get a happy ending. Marty, a plain man, meets Clara, an ordinary woman. Both are lonely, and both feel even less than plain and ordinary. It is a beautiful love story about meeting, connecting, trusting, redemption, and second chances arriving later in life. It is extraordinary and ordinary, both at the same time. It is almost unbelievable, yet totally attainable. It is a once in a lifetime story and an everyday possibility—the perfect balance.

Now, imagine the story is not fiction, but real. Imagine there real-ly exists a Marty and Clara, who meet when fate crosses their paths, but not as middle-aged, world weary, lonely adults, but as much younger, scared, lonely adults. Imagine also that this particular Marty and Clara are not plain or ordinary at all on the outside, yet on the inside feel the very same way Marty and Clara felt. It is a difficult challenge for even the older, wiser adult to go with the flow, but for the younger, intimidated, un-wise young adult to ponder the paths that could be taken, instead of the choice to trust, to let it all go, to jump in and let the current flow you to where you are meant to be is much harder. Imagine that this very real and very scared Marty and Clara pair go their separate ways, rather than go all in and take the risk first time around.

But if life is a journey of human choices and divine plans and assistance in mind and soul from the start, consider the possibility that, if their destiny is to come together, they will make their way back around the circle to reunite. Given another chance to simply be together, when the time was right and perfect for them, they’d reconnect like yin connects with yang.

What if the universe has always been watching their backs, moving them along divinely, in just the right and perfect way, to help them get a second chance someday? As Sophie says in Letters to Juliet, “‘What’ and ‘if ’ are two words as non-threatening as words can be. But put them together side-by-side and they have the power to haunt you for the rest of your life: What if? What if? What if?” What if, like in reel life, the real life Marty makes a promise to the real life Clara, to come back to her so that they can have that love affair, finally, to go with the flow, and meet up with her soon? What if the real life Clara devotedly waits as the reel life Clara does—sitting, motionless, on the sofa, just waiting for her Marty to reach out, not moving or budging until he did, because she grew scared that if she did, it meant she didn’t trust him, petrified it meant she didn’t have faith in him? What if?

What if, in a very real life, a very real Marty and Clara can face their fears this time around their circle, and find the courage to actually go with that flow? Maybe, just maybe, they can have that love affair that often exists true-ly in fairytales, but once in a while moves into reality as well, jumping off the pages of a book, leaping out of the TV or off the reel life movie screen—a real and a very true love.

Buy Links: 

Amazon http://www.amazon.com/Everything-Happy-Ending-Tia-Shurina/dp/0578166038/ref=tmm_hrd_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1457713470&sr=8-1

 

Publisher https://mascotbooks.com/mascot-marketplace/buy-books/nonfiction/bios-and-memoirs/everything-and-a-happy-ending/

 

Press Release

 PR Newswire

 

 

Will Tia Shurina give Ray Romano a “Happy Ending”? New Memoir Reveals Relationship and Unveils Transformation

Tia and Ray

Feb 01, 2016, 12:11 ET from Everything and a Happy Ending

NEW YORK, Feb. 1, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — Sometimes a person’s outside public persona isn’t reflective of their inside private life. Everything and a Happy Ending shares her struggle with authenticity between her outer and inner worlds; her real and true lives. It also details how an old friendship turned to secreted emotional love affair and how she helped him flip a not so funny reality into a fantastical new reel life self.

As Tia transitioned through her own real life roles she became the muse for one of Hollywood’s most beloved stars.

Her book illuminates her awakening and metamorphosis, committed to embracing the high road of nourishment, while exuding courage and kindness. Her memoir shares her journey to give and receive love without domination, submission, or sublimation. She takes the reader through sorrow and tribulation leading to growth, clarity, peace, release and joy recounting three interwoven circles & love stories. EAAHE chronicles how her childhood relationship with her father set the foundation for her long marriage to her ex-husband; then shares how their adult relationship “set the stage” for a unique love story with the comedian. She details how her faith is strengthened as her own re-birth inspired her old friend to grow and evolve himself. She’s been his shadow muse since a poignant, powerful reconnection became the catalyst for her privately shared personal evolution which became the root and core of Romano’s own journey of “soulwork”. That inspiration allowed him to achieve some of the greatest successes of his career.

Shurina states, “My dad’s advice to his children was, ‘hold your form’. Those bestowed bellwether words were integral to embracing my faith, finding joy within (and without!), allowing ‘true’ love, giving in peace and empowering others to rise to their own best form.”

Her story is a tour de force of emergence into empowerment & the recognition of the interconnected heart, balancing the spiritual and the material, and her selfless, unconditional giving to help liberate another from a life born of a need for adulation and acceptance.

“It’s my prayer another woman of a certain age feeling dissatisfied in her life might take a babystep forward.”

EAAHE combines real and true aspects of Eat Pray Love crossing paths with 50 Shades, Marty, Parenthood and Someday Someday Maybe meeting When the Balls Drop.

 

http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/will-tia-shurina-give-ray-romano-a-happy-ending-new-memoir-reveals-relationship-and-unveils-transformation-300212049.html

 

Author Bio:

Tia Shurina lives in Queens, NYC but still spends time on the Jersey Shore, where she feels safest in the bungalows she spent her childhood summers.  She is, most days, really filled with joy.  She is, every day, truly filled with peace.   She looks forward to a happy ending each new day, however it unfolds, whomever it holds, & however the Universe molds, as she continues to create a new “happily ever after”, staying committed to rising above her fears, moving out of her comfort zones and going with the flow of her life.

 

Website:

http://everythingandahappyending.com/

It’s Not Your Journey by @BekaLombardo is a Must-Read! #Memoir #bookreview #MentalIllness


It's Not Your Journey

 

Title: It’s Not Your Journey

Author: Rebecca Lombardo

Genre: Memoir

 

Book Blurb:

In her first published work, Rebecca Lombardo collects her internationally followed blog into the pages of It’s Not Your Journey. Rebecca shares her struggles with bipolar disorder, depression, anxiety, self-injury, and recovery from a suicide attempt.

 

 

Rebecca candidly reveals her real and raw feelings on these subjects, as well as addressing other issues that have contributed to her downward spiral and eventual climb out of her own pit of despair. Issues such as the loss of her mother to lung cancer, the death of her brother, abandonment from friends and family members due to her hospitalization, and more.

 

 

At 42 years of age and happily married for nearly 14 years, Rebecca can finally say that she is on her way to reaching her dream. Not only does she hope to help people that are struggling with depression, she hopes to help everyone realize that you are never too old to find your voice.

 

My Review:

Rebecca Lombardo is one of the bravest people I have had the pleasure to meet. Not does she battle her mental illness daily but she’s put into words her struggle with depression. I must warn you, this is not a happily ever after story of a woman who battled mental illness and is now peacefully happy like Laura Ingalls Wilder running in a field (Little House on a Prairie); it’s a constant struggle. She doesn’t pull any punches and each chapter is filled with stark truth and pain.

 

Rebecca talks about her family, unconditional love from her husband (who saved her life in my opinion), doctors, how the darkness sucks out the light, cutting, depression and coping mechanisms. Her heart and soul are splashed across the pages, which only makes this book a captivating read. Not since reading Girl Interrupted by Susanna Kaysen, have I read a memoir so gut-wrenchingly candid.

 

Mental illness is a very real medical condition and we, as a society, need to treat it with the same respect as we do cancer. Advocates like Rebecca, bring the realities to light and I, for one, am grateful. This is a must-read and beautifully written!

 

Favorite Quote from the Author:

This book is about MY JOURNEY with Bipolar Disorder, Depression, Anxiety, Self-Injury, and more. This is not a text book, nor is it your journey. I am not a professional, rather an advocate that hopes her story can help those going through similar struggles

 

Your experiences may be entirely different.  I just ask that you respect that I was in a very difficult situation, and in a lot of pain when these pages were written.  I may not have always made the right decisions, or the decisions you would have made.  But, I did was I had to for me at that time.  All I ask is that you please have some respect for my journey.

 

My Rating:  5+ stars

 

Buy it now:

Amazon http://www.amazon.com/Its-Your-Journey-Rebecca-Lombardo/dp/0692509739

iTunes https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/its-not-your-journey/id1065377217?mt=11

Indigo https://www.chapters.indigo.ca/en-ca/books/its-not-your-journey/9780692509739-item.html

Barnes and Noble http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/its-not-your-journey-rebecca-lombardo/1122852005

Goodreads https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/26176772-it-s-not-your-journey

 

Rebecca Lombardo

 

Author Biography:

I’m 43 years old and have been very happily married for 15 years. I live in Michigan with my fantastic husband, Joe. We don’t have children, but we have 5 cats that we rescued. I was diagnosed with bipolar disorder when I was 19, and I’ve been battling it every day since. I write to give my feelings a voice and to help others that are struggling. That is why I started a blog in 2013 after I survived a suicide attempt. I’m extremely grateful to everyone that helped me realize my dream of becoming a published author.

 

Social Media Links:

Website www.rebeccalombardo.com

Amazon Author Page www.amzn.com/0692509739

Facebook www.facebook.com/notyourjourney

Twitter www.twitter.com/bekalombardo

Blog www.judgmentfreezone2013.blogspot.com

Google+ https://plus.google.com/u/0/+RebeccaLombardoAuthor

 

Reviewed by: Mrs. N

Get to know Author Tia Shurina and her #Memoir, @everythingAAHE #RRBC #AuthorInterview


We all want a happy ending in life, like Cinderella and Prince Charming, but sometimes Cinderella has to go through pain/suffering and discover her own path to a happy ending. Tia Shurina, author of Everything and a Happy Ending, agreed to sit down with me for an interview. Her book talks about the three men in her life, her journey to self-discovery and working on her own happy ending. She’s an amazing woman and it’s my pleasure to introduce her. Take it away, Tia:

 

If you could cast your characters in the Hollywood adaptation of your book, who would play your characters?

 

I am a very sentimental woman, & because of that:

 

I’d cast Brooke Shields as me since she holds very significant meaning to my story.

 

I would cast Ray Romano as my dad.  The physical resemblance is stunning, &, as the 3rd man in the trio, I feel would add an incredible full circle beauty & intimacy to it.

 

I would cast Tony Danza as Larry, my ex-husband.

 

And as Ray I would cast George Clooney, again, because, like Brooke Shields, he has a  special significance in the book.

 

 

What do you consider to be your best accomplishment?

 

My best accomplishment is my 3rd baby, Everything and a Happy Ending.  It accomplished the 2 most important things in my life…

 

feeling I came full circle as a mom to my 2 boys as I gave birth to my memoir.  As my boys grew, & my dissatisfaction in my life grew, I hid a sad sorrowful feeling of disappointment that I was short-changing my children by letting my fears push me to settle in my life.  My dad’s death was the catalyst & catapult to a transformation & metamorphosis long in the making.  As they watched their mom face her fears & follow her heart for the 1st time in her life, I became the example I wanted to be for them.  In that experience & thru that process, I am now ecstatic & feeling so proud they are well on their way to happy “everythings” in their lives…relationships, careers, experiences, at least with the things that are within the realm of their own control, of course.

 

 

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

 

In 5 years, I see myself having climbed completely out of the financial hole that I dug myself into as part of the extraordinary gift of “everything” that I freely, & faithfully gave to another.  I see myself blessedly, blissfully happy in a loving, intimate, exciting & beautifully balanced romantic relationship with a man I am madly, crazily, fantastically in love with.  I was blessed with an answered prayer when I was given the opportunity to make some new choices for myself at this later age in my life.  I will not let that gift be in vain or go unwrapped or unlived.

 

Do you read your reviews? Do you respond to them, good or bad? Do you have any advice on how to deal with the bad?

 

I have read each & every review that I’m aware of, so far.  Who I am, tho, struggles to NOT let the 1 negative comment out of 100 positive ones eat me alive so, can be draining.  In my life, I’m getting better at not engaging, or co-creating with other’s harsh criticisms, so, I keep the faith I will move to that place with the book as well.

 

In my heart, Ricky Nelson’s song, Garden Party, is my theme song (you can’t please everyone so you gotta please yourself)…but my head sings a different song many days!  I won’t plan on responding to the negative.  Constructive criticism is one thing…an important valid tool and as an inexperienced nonprofessional writer I accept they will be a part of the process, but I will do my best to let negative mean-ness “walk on by” (that’s Dionne Warwick…& yes, I love music & find it to be a very powerful inspirational tool!).

 

 

What is your least favorite part of the publishing / writing process?

 

My least favorite part of the process has been the marketing & publicity aspect.  The book was a Plan C for sure (maybe even Plan D).  I had no desire or plan to share my own personal story so publicly.  I went kicking & screaming a bit to go with that flow I was so desperate to swim with finally in my life, instead of bucking that flow.  But, I’m so outside my comfort zone in soooo many areas of my life right now as a result.  It has brought a happiness & peace of heart I have never felt, yet, I am also exhausted from the journey I chose to take to 7 years ago at this point and because am so beyond my limits, “running  on empty” at this point, & beyond in some important places, this particular part has hit me very hard. It is very draining but I’ve accepted the possibility that maybe was something important I do & face & embrace in my life.

 

Characters often find themselves in situations they aren’t sure they can get themselves out of. When was the last time you found yourself in a situation that was hard to get out of and what did you do?

 

The situation I find myself in right now.  My ex & I have a very Modern Family kind of living arrangement.  He moved out for quite awhile after we split & then became my roommate after his dad passed away…a gift to my ex, wanting to be kind & help him out, even as I was trying to honor myself 1st & foremost, finally, in my life.  That choice was also a gift to Ray, which is all detailed in the book as to the why’s.   At the time, I trusted was going to be for a short amount of time & felt certain was a positive healing choice & opportunity for my ex & I & our 2 boys actually, after they witnessed a bit of tumult between us in the time before we finally split.  But, it passed its circle of healing at a certain point & became quite unhealthy, & I’ve been struggling mightily as a result as my circumstances have changed through the years.

 

I’m currently in full swing of trying to get myself out at this point, on my own…the book is part of my attempt to gain back some of the financial security I gifted to another, part of my offering of trust.

 

 

What is your biggest fear?

 

Well, to piggyback off the last question, I will share that on a difficult, dark day, I will allow the fears to have their moment & take me to my knees in fear & worry that even a tiny remote chance exists that I will be unable to get myself onto a firm steady financial foothold to be able to take care of myself & start the new life I so desperately wanted for myself when I made the decision to end my marriage is definitely topping the list these days.  After I allow myself to be human, however, I am well aware of the importance to get up from my knees & walk away from those fears so that energy does not get to stick around me.  It is so unhealthy to wallow in it but I am also aware of the importance of allowing feelings & acknowledging emotions as well, after a long time in my life of kinda stuffing them away.  It’s a balance, for sure.

 

 

If you had a superpower, what would it be?

 

I’d like to be able to become invisible.  A lot of mystery & some angst too, would no longer exist in my life if I were able to do that.

 

 

Where is one place you want to visit that you haven’t been before?

 

Giraffe Hotel in Nairobi Kenya

 

 

What’s on your bucket list (things to do before you die)?

 

Besides above, which gets me to Africa, I’d like to visit Alaska & Hawaii, which were places my dad wanted to get to, drive cross country & see the Grand Canyon, a visit to a few other of the Wonders of the World (either classic, new or natural), a Mediterranean cruise, learn to speak a little French (which I find to be a very sexy language), learn to play the drums & piano, mentor…& since I have 2 sons, I’d like to mentor a girl, & lastly, have a book I wrote made into a screenplay!

 

EAAHE Cover (2)

 

Title:  Everything and a Happy Ending

 

Author: Tia Shurina

 

Genre:  Memoir

 

 

Book Blurb:

EAAHE is a memoir that recounts 3 interconnected relationships & love stories, her dad, her ex-husband & an old special friend.  The book details and shares Tia’s full circle journey to learn how to really trust, how to “thine own self be true” and then the real & true love it circled her ‘round back to.  It’s a story about how the power of love & a journey to intimacy helped flip learned pessimism, reacting in reflex and running from fear into choosing optimism, trusting intuition and rising above the fear.

 

Excerpt: 

Chapter 8

EMILIO

Grow with the Flow

(of the Current of Your Life)

Come together… at just the right and perfect time

Such wonderful advice, to go (and grow) with the flow. I heard it from my dad, as he encouraged me to swim more with the current of my life, rather than against it, as I’d done for a long, unsatisfying time. It is a great title for a book chapter or TV episode, yet it can be difficult to true-ly live in real life, I think.

There’s an Oscar winning movie, Marty, from 1955. It’s a fictional story of two average people who meet a bit later in life, fall in love, and get a happy ending. Marty, a plain man, meets Clara, an ordinary woman. Both are lonely, and both feel even less than plain and ordinary. It is a beautiful love story about meeting, connecting, trusting, redemption, and second chances arriving later in life. It is extraordinary and ordinary, both at the same time. It is almost unbelievable, yet totally attainable. It is a once in a lifetime story and an everyday possibility—the perfect balance.

Now, imagine the story is not fiction, but real. Imagine there real-ly exists a Marty and Clara, who meet when fate crosses their paths, but not as middle-aged, world weary, lonely adults, but as much younger, scared, lonely adults. Imagine also that this particular Marty and Clara are not plain or ordinary at all on the outside, yet on the inside feel the very same way Marty and Clara felt. It is a difficult challenge for even the older, wiser adult to go with the flow, but for the younger, intimidated, un-wise young adult to ponder the paths that could be taken, instead of the choice to trust, to let it all go, to jump in and let the current flow you to where you are meant to be is much harder. Imagine that this very real and very scared Marty and Clara pair go their separate ways, rather than go all in and take the risk first time around.

But if life is a journey of human choices and divine plans and assistance in mind and soul from the start, consider the possibility that, if their destiny is to come together, they will make their way back around the circle to reunite. Given another chance to simply be together, when the time was right and perfect for them, they’d reconnect like yin connects with yang.

What if the universe has always been watching their backs, moving them along divinely, in just the right and perfect way, to help them get a second chance someday? As Sophie says in Letters to Juliet, “‘What’ and ‘if ’ are two words as non-threatening as words can be. But put them together side-by-side and they have the power to haunt you for the rest of your life: What if? What if? What if?” What if, like in reel life, the real life Marty makes a promise to the real life Clara, to come back to her so that they can have that love affair, finally, to go with the flow, and meet up with her soon? What if the real life Clara devotedly waits as the reel life Clara does—sitting, motionless, on the sofa, just waiting for her Marty to reach out, not moving or budging until he did, because she grew scared that if she did, it meant she didn’t trust him, petrified it meant she didn’t have faith in him? What if?

What if, in a very real life, a very real Marty and Clara can face their fears this time around their circle, and find the courage to actually go with that flow? Maybe, just maybe, they can have that love affair that often exists true-ly in fairytales, but once in a while moves into reality as well, jumping off the pages of a book, leaping out of the TV or off the reel life movie screen—a real and a very true love.

 

Buy Links: 

Amazon http://www.amazon.com/Everything-Happy-Ending-Tia-Shurina/dp/0578166038/ref=tmm_hrd_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1457713470&sr=8-1

 

Publisher https://mascotbooks.com/mascot-marketplace/buy-books/nonfiction/bios-and-memoirs/everything-and-a-happy-ending/

 

 

Press Release

 PR Newswire

 

 

Will Tia Shurina give Ray Romano a “Happy Ending”? New Memoir Reveals Relationship and Unveils Transformation

Tia and Ray

 

Feb 01, 2016, 12:11 ET from Everything and a Happy Ending

NEW YORK, Feb. 1, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — Sometimes a person’s outside public persona isn’t reflective of their inside private life. Everything and a Happy Ending shares her struggle with authenticity between her outer and inner worlds; her real and true lives. It also details how an old friendship turned to secreted emotional love affair and how she helped him flip a not so funny reality into a fantastical new reel life self.

As Tia transitioned through her own real life roles she became the muse for one of Hollywood’s most beloved stars.

Her book illuminates her awakening and metamorphosis, committed to embracing the high road of nourishment, while exuding courage and kindness. Her memoir shares her journey to give and receive love without domination, submission, or sublimation. She takes the reader through sorrow and tribulation leading to growth, clarity, peace, release and joy recounting three interwoven circles & love stories. EAAHE chronicles how her childhood relationship with her father set the foundation for her long marriage to her ex-husband; then shares how their adult relationship “set the stage” for a unique love story with the comedian. She details how her faith is strengthened as her own re-birth inspired her old friend to grow and evolve himself. She’s been his shadow muse since a poignant, powerful reconnection became the catalyst for her privately shared personal evolution which became the root and core of Romano’s own journey of “soulwork”. That inspiration allowed him to achieve some of the greatest successes of his career.

Shurina states, “My dad’s advice to his children was, ‘hold your form’. Those bestowed bellwether words were integral to embracing my faith, finding joy within (and without!), allowing ‘true’ love, giving in peace and empowering others to rise to their own best form.”

Her story is a tour de force of emergence into empowerment & the recognition of the interconnected heart, balancing the spiritual and the material, and her selfless, unconditional giving to help liberate another from a life born of a need for adulation and acceptance.

“It’s my prayer another woman of a certain age feeling dissatisfied in her life might take a babystep forward.”

EAAHE combines real and true aspects of Eat Pray Love crossing paths with 50 Shades, Marty, Parenthood and Someday Someday Maybe meeting When the Balls Drop.

 

http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/will-tia-shurina-give-ray-romano-a-happy-ending-new-memoir-reveals-relationship-and-unveils-transformation-300212049.html

 

Author Bio:

Tia Shurina lives in Queens, NYC but still spends time on the Jersey Shore, where she feels safest in the bungalows she spent her childhood summers.  She is, most days, really filled with joy.  She is, every day, truly filled with peace.   She looks forward to a happy ending each new day, however it unfolds, whomever it holds, & however the Universe molds, as she continues to create a new “happily ever after”, staying committed to rising above her fears, moving out of her comfort zones and going with the flow of her life.

 

Website:

http://everythingandahappyending.com/

 

Everything and a Happy Ending by Tia Shurina @EverythingAAHE #bookpromo #bookreview #memoir


EAAHE Cover (2)

 

Title: Everything and a Happy Ending

Author: Tia Shurina

Genre: Memoir, Inspiration, Self Improvement

 

Book Blurb:

A memoir about 3 interconnected relationships & 3 special men in my life. The fact that you’re reading this makes me happy. Maybe you’ve mistaken this for a how to give a good happy ending sexual self-help book. Maybe you’re reading because you have a genuine interest in another’s journey. Either way, I’m good.

 

My journey almost destroyed me. Almost. Boy, have I come to like that word. What a pleasurable word almost can be. You may almost be ready to buy my book. You may almost be ready to begin an amazing new journey of your own. You may almost be over that rainbow Judy Garland sings about. What great potential almost can hold, if you can flip your way of thinking. Just imagine controlled pessimism, doubt, and fear flipped into blind optimism, faith, and love.

 

My Review:

I fell into this book, was caught up in it immediately and couldn’t stop until the end.  Tia’s style may strike some as odd but the main feature of her bravely sharing a very difficult period of her life with the world is how cathartic the writing must have been for her.  She had to get all of that out and it just pours across the pages.  The section dealing with her relationship with her Dad and his final passing brought tears to my eyes.

 

That is one reason I really enjoyed this read – in a lot of ways I have shared many experiences that Tia has and could totally experience her feeling her way through them.  I have to say Tia has a wacky sense of humor and really gives you a full look into her soul with this work.  Her courageously ending an unhappy marriage was telling and her emergence into the relationship with ‘Emilio’ was really a Ray of light in the book.  By the end of the Emilio section one feels that everybody must love…Emilio.

 

The learning to love oneself is a powerful message.  I would add that loving oneself must be tempered with following the Golden Rule.  I think this book is a great read for anyone who has dealt with a family loss, a relationship issue, a job issue, the loss of a friend, a troublesome search for a soul mate, etc.  This book is just a great read and you will learn a bit about your self by learning all about Tia.  Just having read this book, I feel a connection to her and would be proud to call her my friend.

 

A Ray of sunshine from every page!

 

My Rating:  5+ stars

 

Buy it now:

Amazon http://www.amazon.com/Everything-Happy-Ending-Tia-Shurina/dp/0578166038

Goodreads https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/26264353-everything-and-a-happy-ending

Publisher https://mascotbooks.com/mascot-marketplace/buy-books/nonfiction/bios-and-memoirs/everything-and-a-happy-ending/

Press Release http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/will-tia-shurina-give-ray-romano-a-happy-ending-new-memoir-reveals-relationship-and-unveils-transformation-300212049.html

 

Author Biography:

I live in Queens, NYC, and I still talk to my dad each and every day. I still spend time on the Jersey Shore, where I feel safest in the bungalows I spent my childhood summers. I am, on most days, real-ly filled with joy. I am, every day, true-ly filled with peace. I look forward to a “happy ending” each and every day now, as I enjoy my own happily ever after however it unfolds, whomever it holds, and in whatever way the universe molds.

 

Sam and Mac continue to take baby steps and leaps, when the time is right and perfect for each, towards their dreams and desired futures with faith, confidence, and joy, as I move forward with my own.  I move in gratitude as I keep the faith every single step I’ve taken these last six years has been just as important, positive, and life changing for Sam and Mac as for me.  Thank you, Daddy. I love you, too!

 

I remain grateful for and connected to the trifecta of important men I co-created with who have helped move me through the pages of my life.

 

Social Media Links:

Website https://everythingandahappyending.com/

Twitter https://twitter.com/everythingaahe

 

Reviewed by: Mr. N

Meet @GingerCastro14 in her Debut #AuthorInterview and Get to Know Her Better #books #memoir


I have had the pleasure to meet authors from all over the world and from all walks of life. I met Ginger several months ago and I must tell you, she’s such a bright, bubbly person. She sees life through positive lenses and even though she’s been through so much negativity, she spreads the Light each and every day. I asked her if she would  like to sit down with me for an author interview and she said yes. So, please take a moment and get to know Ginger. Take it away, Ginger: 

 

  1. Is this your first book? How many books have you written prior (if any?)

Yes, “Wounded Hearts Heal” is the first book I’ve ever written.

 

  1. What are you working on now? What is your next project?

I’ve been slowly working on another memoir in which I simply have been typing up my journal entries from the last six years.  It’s my imperfect journey over these years.  I’ve seen fictional books written in this style.  I’m not sure if there are other memoirs written like this but I thought it would be a pretty cool way to share these past six years.

 

  1. What is your writing process?

With “Wounded Hearts Heal” I didn’t really do a lot of brainstorming or rough draft on paper.  I just started recalling my earliest memories and typing them up.  Then I’d read through I typed up and fix what I felt needed fixing.  I prefer typing of writing and my handwriting is so sloppy sometimes I can’t even read it.

 

  1. Just as your books inspire authors, what authors have inspired you?

I thought the memoir “I Am Malala:  The Girl Who Stood Up For Education And Was Shot By The Taliban” written by Malala Yousafzai was a very inspirational story and I admire her courage.  I also love JK Rowling, author of Harry Potter.  It’s inspirational the way she went from being a poor single mom to a multimillion dollar best-selling author of one of the best fantasy series in my humble opinion that has such a huge fan base worldwide.  I hope I can come up with a brilliant fantasy series of books someday too.  She inspired me to write, and even though I haven’t come up with that brilliant fantasy series, I self-published my memoir which is an accomplishment I’m especially proud of.

 

  1. Have you always liked to write?

Not really.  I began writing in a journal regularly five years ago and now I love it.  It’s so interesting to look back on everything you did over these years or what was on your mind.  I wasn’t too fond of writing essays and other writing assignments growing up though.  I’ve written a very very short erotic story I’ve shared on my Facebook and Deviant Art pages and a very short horror play I plan to build on.  I usually think of scary scenarios.  I just need to take time away from Facebook (such a daily distraction) and finally do this.

 

  1. What do you dream? Do you have any recurring dreams/nightmares?

I usually have really bizarre or creepy dreams.  I try to remember them and occasionally share them on my dream blog on WordPress.  It’s http://idreamforthemeaning.wordpress.com .  Two similar dreams I recall having include me with a boy, a girl, and a husband.  I hope that comes true.  It would be nice to be blessed with a happy family of my own.

 

  1. Characters often find themselves in situations they aren’t sure they can get themselves out of. When was the last time you found yourself in a situation that was hard to get out of and what did you do?

There have been so many times I’ve been in dangerous situations due to my irresponsibility and trusting nature.  The last time I was in a difficult situation was this time when I was abusing crack and hanging out with this other guy that smoked a lot of crack.  One night I was at his house in his room and he was acting really odd, yelling, and saying all these hateful things to me.  It really freaked me out.  When he went into his bathroom I got up and ran out of his room and out of his house and called my mom to pick me up.

 

  1. Do you have any scars? What are they from?

 

I have a scar above the right side of my upper lip from the time my younger brother was goofing around and shot me with a bow and arrow.  I have a scar on my right hand from the time I was goofing around in an abandoned building with some friends and we were punching the glass windows.  I have another scar above my butt crack (not sure how else to word it) that blends into the butt crack and it’s from the time I was raped by a group of guys at the age of fourteen and I was cut with a knife.  I talk about this experience in “Wounded Hearts Heal”.

 

 

  1. What is your biggest fear?

Failure.

 

  1. If you had a superpower, what would it be?

I’d love to fly!

 

Wounded Hearts Heal

 

Title:  Wounded Hearts Heal

Author:  Ginger Esperanza Castro

Genre:  Memoir, Inspirational

 

Book Blurb: 

In my memoir I hope to inspire hope in others that no matter how bad life can get at times, there is hope. I’m a survivor and share some very personal experiences such as sexual abuse I experienced in my youth, severe depression in my adolescence and in adulthood, and surviving two suicide attempts in my twenties.

 

Excerpt: 

Ultimately, all of life is a learning experience. I’ve learned valuable things about the world and me through some of my roughest experiences. Of course, there’s no way in hell I’d want to go through some of those experiences again…

 

Buy Links: 

Paperback:  http://www.amazon.com/Wounded-Hearts-Heal-Ginger-Castro/dp/1530294029/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1459898702&sr=8-1

Kindle:  http://www.amazon.com/Wounded-Hearts-Ginger-Esperanza-Castro-ebook/dp/B00WRI22HC/ref=tmm_kin_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1459898702&sr=8-1

 

Ginger Castro

 

Author Biography: 

I’ve spent most of my life in Texas along with quite a few years in Alabama. In “Wounded Hearts Heal” I hope to inspire hope in others that no matter how bleak the present, past, or future may seem life really does get better. Just don’t lose hope.

Traveling is my biggest passion. I also love languages, history, geography, science, and literature. Some of my hobbies include swimming, cooking, baking, watching movies, and of course reading.

 

Social Media Links:

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/GingerECastro

Twitter:  https://twitter.com/GingerCastro14

 

 

 

 

 

Meet Author @bekalombardo and Her #Memoir, It’s Not Your Journey #BookPromo #Books


It’s my great pleasure to introduce you to Rebecca Lombardo. I met her a few weeks ago and she is one of the strongest women I have had the pleasure to meet. She’s struggled with mental illness for over two decades and her debut release, It’s Not Your Journey, is her story. She doesn’t consider herself a survivor but a warrior and I agree with her 100%. So, grab your favorite beverage and get to know the Rebecca Lombardo. Take it away, Beka:

 

  • What do you consider your best accomplishment?

Honestly, at this point I am extremely proud that I am still here.  After more than 23 years struggling with mental illness, and surviving a suicide attempt in 2013, I’ve had to fight every day just to be here.

 

  • Have you always liked to write?

Yes, as long as I can remember.  I can recall writing my first story in third grade, and announcing at that point that I was going to be a writer one day.

 

  • Do you read your reviews? Do you respond to them, good or bad? Do you have any advice on how to deal with the bad?

Yes, I read all of my reviews. At first, the bad reviews felt like a personal attack, because the book is about my life.  I responded to 1 or 2 bad reviews, and quite honestly was personally attacked by those people.  I learned quickly not to respond to the bad ones anymore.  My advice would be just to keep in mind that if you don’t have at least a couple of bad reviews, the reader may assume that you’re having your friends and family write a bunch of fake reviews.  Bad reviews can help you look more legitimate.

 

  • Is this your first book?

Yes, this is my first book.  I have not determined whether I will continue to write books.  My first hasn’t been out a year yet, so that is my priority at this time.

 

  • What is your best marketing tip for authors?

My best marketing tip is to be as active as you can on social media.  Always make sure your website is up to date, and keep your followers engaged on social media.  You never know who will discover your profile next.

 

 

  • What is your biggest fear?

One of my biggest fears in life is claustrophobia.  It’s miserable to have to get things like MRI’s done.  It’s so bad that I have trouble breathing in elevators.  Even if I’m watching a movie or TV show where there is a tight space, I need to turn it off because I have trouble breathing.

 

  • Where is one place you want to visit that you haven’t before?

I have a few, but I would love to visit Ireland or Australia the most, I think.  From what I’ve seen, they are both beautiful places to visit.

 

  • Do you have any scars? What are they from?

Unfortunately, yes I have many, many scars.  I am recovering from self-injury (self-harm) so I have a lot of scars.  There are days when I am embarrassed by them, but mostly I look at them as proof that I made it through the war.

 

  • Do you write naked?

Absolutely, 100% NO.  I can’t imagine that this would be beneficial in any way, but to each his own! I would never begrudge someone and their writing process.

 

  • Do you drink? Smoke? What’s your vice?

I drink maybe once or twice a year at gatherings, but I don’t remember the last time I was actually drunk.  I do not smoke.  My mother died of lung cancer, so that is out of the question.  My vice would probably be orange or red pop.  I love them both.  Thankfully, I’ve made a lot of changes to my lifestyle, so I don’t have them much anymore, but I do love them both.

 

It's Not Your Journey

 

Title: It’s Not Your Journey

Author: Rebecca Lombardo

Genre: Memoir

 

Book Blurb:

In her first published work, Rebecca Lombardo collects her internationally followed blog into the pages of It’s Not Your Journey. This memoir candidly details Rebecca’s two-year long chronicle of her struggles with bipolar disorder, depression, anxiety, self-injury and recovery from a suicide attempt. Rebecca shares her real and raw feelings on these subjects, as well as addressing other issues that have contributed to her downward spiral and eventual climb out of her own pit of despair. Issues such as the loss of her mother to lung cancer, the death of her brother, abandonment from friends and family members due to her hospitalization, and more. This book is about a personal journey with mental illness. Rebecca is not a professional, rather an advocate that hopes her story can help those going through similar struggles.

 

EXCERPT:

 THERAPY?

JANUARY 1, 2014

Over the course of the many years that I have suffered

from depression, I have met many doctors. For several

years, I could only see a doctor in the county where I

lived. I didn’t have mental health coverage, and they

would provide samples of the medications. It was a

tremendous benefit in one respect because I could be

on as many as seven prescriptions at a time. On the

other hand, the level of care was substandard.

Primarily, I was treated like a number on a file.

However, without fail, whichever doctor’s office I

visited, my session ended with, what about therapy?

 

 

Have you had therapy? Would you like a referral? My

answer: yes, I have had therapy and no I do not want a

recommendation.

 

I have documented my feelings on the medical

profession as a whole, focusing on the treatment of

people with mental health issues. These feelings also

extend to therapists. If you’ve never been to one but

have seen one in a movie or on a TV show, don’t even

start believing that they are anything like that. I

understand 100% that I have to do the work to get

myself feeling better but damn! Shouldn’t they have to

do some work too?

 

Aside from that, regardless of how silly this may

sound from a treatment aspect, I have not once ever

felt better after a therapy session. I have always been

the type of person who can work these things out on

my own. I don’t need to be paying someone who just

stares at me with a blank expression on their face,

barely listening. Perhaps, I have been to all of the

wrong therapists. I’ll go along with that. For over

twenty years, every therapist I have gone to was

completely useless but it was purely coincidental. Let’s

not forget the one I saw a few months back that fell

asleep while I was talking.

 

I take my husband to all of my appointments due to

the way Doctors and therapists treat me. That way,

when I walk out thinking to myself OK, did that lady

just fall asleep while I was talking to her? At least I

have someone that was there who is not considered

“mentally ill” that can back me up.

 

I know that I am only detailing negative experiences

here, but they are my only frame of reference. I

cannot, with a clear conscience say that all doctors

and therapists are incompetent, and you will never

find one that will help you. I know that is simply not

true. Who knows, there is a common denominator

here, and that would be me. Perhaps, without

knowing, I go into these appointments immediately

assuming they will fail. Therefore, it doesn’t matter

what is said or done, failure is the only outcome.

Now you can understand why this book is so

important to me.

 

Writing is my therapy. I may never

receive an ounce of feedback on anything that I write,

and that is OK because I have been allowed to tell my

story. Without sitting in an office with someone

staring back at me that so obviously couldn’t give a

damn about me.

 

Even if I do receive negative feedback from someone

regarding my book, I can handle that because just as I

am allowed to express my opinions here, others are

allowed that same luxury.

 

If I do receive feedback that is especially hurtful or

bothersome, I will cross that path when I come to it. I

am not sure how I will handle it. One thing is for

certain; I am a stronger person for being able to

document my experiences. In some cases, I receive

praise for my writing ability or my courage in the face

of all the pain I have and will endure. I will take it. I

don’t feel like there is a therapist out there that can

offer that to me with any level of sincerity.

 

My suggestion is, don’t take my words here and refuse

treatment. That is the last thing I want for anyone. I

want everyone to be aware of what can happen and

what is out there. Do your research. Ask for a

consultation to get to know the person first before you

go about telling them your life story. It is true, you

may have to pay for that appointment. Consider it

paying for the peace of mind in knowing that this

person is either a perfect fit or so far out of left field

you will never be heard. Take someone with you.

 

Someone you trust that knows at least part of the

details of your situation, so that should you begin to

forget details that person can help you fill in the

blanks. Most of all, ask questions. Find out what a

session will consist of, and how long they will last.

You can do this.

 

Maybe someday I can do it too. I will

know when I am ready, as will you. You will know

when you have found the right professional to guide

you as well. Remember, even if you feel like this

person is a good fit, should their methods or the way

they behave start to make you uncomfortable, do not

go back. You are there to get better, and above all else,

you should feel safe in that environment.

 

Buy Links:

Amazon http://www.amazon.com/Its-Your-Journey-Rebecca-Lombardo/dp/0692509739

iTunes https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/its-not-your-journey/id1065377217?mt=11

Indigo https://www.chapters.indigo.ca/en-ca/books/its-not-your-journey/9780692509739-item.html

Barnes and Noble http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/its-not-your-journey-rebecca-lombardo/1122852005

Goodreads https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/26176772-it-s-not-your-journey

 

Rebecca Lombardo

 

Author Biography:

I’m 43 years old and I’ve been happily married to my best friend for 15 years. I’ve known that I wanted to be an author since I was very young. I grew up in Michigan with my amazing parents, and 5 older siblings. My husband and I don’t have children, but we do have 5 cats that we adore. They are all rescues. I feel very strongly about being an advocate for animals. I enjoy watching movies, sports, and all sorts of television shows. I love to read when I can find the time, and I fancy myself an amateur photographer. I write a blog detailing the struggles I’ve endured in my life due to a diagnosis of bipolar disorder. I have finally achieved my dream of writing a book. It’s Not Your Journey is based on my blog of the same title.

 

 Social Media Links:

www.rebeccalombardo.com

www.amzn.com/0692509739

www.facebook.com/notyourjourney

www.twitter.com/bekalombardo

www.judgmentfreezone2013.blogspot.com

https://plus.google.com/u/0/+RebeccaLombardoAuthor

The Power of Faith – When Tragedy Strikes by @ChrisNorton16 #TuesdayBookBlog #BookReview


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Title: The Power of Faith When Tragedy Strikes: A Father-Son Memoir

Author: Chris A Norton, Terry D Norton, Christy Hayes (Contributor)

Genre: Non-Fiction, Inspirational, Memoir

 

Book Blurb:

On a beautiful October day in 2010, eighteen-year-old Chris Norton jogged onto the football field on a kickoff for Luther College and was wheeled off on a stretcher after a routine tackle fractured his spine causing significant damage to his spinal cord. Given a 3 percent chance of ever moving anything below the neck, Chris awoke from surgery sixteen hours later defying the odds by shrugging his shoulder, beginning his long-fought journey to recovery with his family and biggest fan—father Terry—by his side.

 

Told through alternating chapters, this inspiring father-son memoir recounts a young man’s seemingly insurmountable quest to regain movement in every part of his body, and a father’s struggle to be the rock his son and family lean on in the face of their worst nightmare. Chris and Terry depict with brutal honesty the harrowing months they spent in rehabilitation and the years that followed where family, friends, and faith became the nucleus that saw them through. Chris’s graduation walk, marriage proposal and courageous story have already inspired millions worldwide.

 

My Review:

I think the word inspiration now has a new definition.  This book is one of the most powerful I have ever had the pleasure to read. The story of how A singular moment in time changed the lives of not just the football player who was struck down but his family, friends, acquaintances, doctors, nurses, the physical therapy assistants, other victims of this injury and all their circles…it is beyond awe inspiring.  I think the thing that struck me the most is how Chris states if he could go back in time he wouldn’t change a thing.  Being almost paralyzed actually changed his life for the better.

 

The book is written brilliantly, telling the tale of the Norton family with the crux being that fateful day when Chris had his neck broken on the football field.  The journey from the injury, to the initial care, to the mass rehab is told from both Chris’s perspective and that of his Dad, Terry.

 

You can clearly see that God had a plan for the Norton family and it only just started with his being injured.  Only with God’s hand can a person overcome a 3% chance of ever moving again.  I laughed, I cried, I smiled, I grew frustrated and I cheered both when Chris asked Emily to marry him and when he triumphantly walked across stage to get his diploma.

 

I don’t think 5+ stars is enough.  Everyone should read this book.  It will reach you in so many ways.  This book had such an impact on me that I was personally excited to find out that Chris himself had emailed my wife.  I would be so excited to receive an email from a man I consider a true hero.  A fantastic book that has changed my life.

 

My Rating:  5+ stars

 

Buy it now:

Amazon http://www.amazon.com/Power-Faith-When-Tragedy-Strikes/dp/1625720122

Smashwords https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/581366

Barnes and Noble http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-power-of-faith-when-tragedy-strikes-chris-norton/1122739344?ean=2940152384826

Kobo https://store.kobobooks.com/search?Query=the+power+of+faith+when+tragedy+strikes&fcmedia=Book

iTunes https://itun.es/us/IiYv-.l

 

Chris Norton

 

Author Biography:

CHRIS NORTON is a motivational speaker and founder of the SCI CAN Foundation. Chris suffered a severe spinal cord injury playing college football in 2010, losing movement and feeling below his neck. Through faith, family, and unwavering perseverance, Chris came back from his injury stronger than ever, receiving his business management degree from Luther College. Chris has appeared on ABC’s Good Morning America, Fox News’ Fox & Friends, NBC Nightly News, CBS’s The Early Show, and his story has been featured in TIME, USA Today, E!, People, and Cosmopolitan. Chris speaks regularly to students and organizations about overcoming adversity and achieving goals. Currently residing in Michigan with his loving fiancé Emily, Chris wouldn’t take back the play that left him paralyzed due to the positive influence his story has had on millions of people worldwide.

 

TERRY NORTON is the Director of Des Moines Area Community College Jasper County Career Academy. Terry has over 20 years of experience in education and training, both in the corporate sector as well as K-12 and post-secondary education. Terry earned a Bachelor’s of Business Administration from the University of Iowa and a Masters of Art in Teaching from Drake University. Terry is the proud father of three children and has been married to his beautiful wife, Deb, for over 30 years. Terry has served as board president for the SCI CAN Foundation since it’s inception in 2012.

 

Social Media Links:

Website http://www.nortonmotivation.com/

Sci Can Foundation http://scicanfoundation.com/

Twitter https://twitter.com/chrisnorton16

Facebook http://www.facebook.com/TheSciCanProject

Youtube http://youtube.com/user/Norsenorton165

 

Reviewed by: Mr. N

 

Wounded Hearts Heal by @GingerCastro14 #bookreview #memoir #TuesdayBookBlog


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Title: Wounded Hearts Heal

Author: Ginger Esperanza Castro

Genre: Memoir, Inspirational

 

Book Blurb:

In my memoir I hope to inspire hope in others that no matter how bad life can get at times, there is hope. I’m a survivor and share some very personal experiences such as sexual abuse I experienced in my youth, severe depression in my adolescence and in adulthood, and surviving two suicide attempts in my twenties.

 

My Review:

When Ginger reached out to me to read her book, I was touched by her story and immediately said yes. Ginger’s been through the wars, as my grandfather would say. She’s experienced things I wouldn’t wish on my mortal enemies and yet, she has such a positive outlook. She’s an inspiration to everyone and this is her story.

 

Starting with her early childhood, Ginger takes us on a journey through her life. She shares intimate memories and horrific nightmares. From sexual abuse, alcohol and drug abuse, rape, depression and two suicide attempts, Ginger doesn’t hold anything back but gives a raw, emotional account. It’s like reading a diary of one of your friends and in the same vein as the Ya-Ya books.

 

Due to the raw nature of this story, I did notice it could use some tweaking and editing. But it didn’t detract from the story and I was able to immerse myself in Ginger’s memoir.

 

Ginger’s message is clear: no matter how dark your life becomes, there is always hope and light. My sentiments exactly.

 

Favorite Quote:

“Ultimately, all of life is a learning experience.” ~ Ginger

 

My Rating:  3.5 stars

 

Buy it now:

Amazon http://www.amazon.com/Wounded-Hearts-Heal-Ginger-Castro/dp/1530294029

Goodreads https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/28155031-wounded-hearts-heal

 

Ginger Castro

 

Author Biography:

I’ve spent most of my life in Texas along with quite a few years in Alabama. In “Wounded Hearts Heal” I hope to inspire hope in others that no matter how bleak the present, past, or future may seem life really does get better. Just don’t lose hope.

Traveling is my biggest passion. I also love languages, history, geography, science, and literature. Some of my hobbies include swimming, cooking, baking, watching movies, and of course reading.

 

Social Media Links:

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/GingerECastro

Twitter http://www.twitter.com/GingerCastro14

 

Reviewed by: Mrs. N

Unearthing Venus by @CateMontana #bookreview #TuesdayBookBlog #NewAge


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Title: Unearthing Venus: My Search For the Woman Within

Author: Cate Montana

Genre: Memoir, Spirituality, New Age

 

Book Blurb:

The true story of a newspaper reporter whose life is turned upside down by an interview with a Brazilian shaman who awakens her to the realization she’s been liberated by Western culture to think, act, and even make love like a guy, Unearthing Venus chronicles the author’s ten-year quest to understand the dispossessed feminine nature within her and her world.

From the contented suburbs of post-World War II America to a primitive cabin in the North Georgia mountains, from the equestrian estates of the wealthy elite of Virginia to the smoky man’s world of contact sports and TV news, from New Age cult to the camps of ayahuasqueros in the Amazon, Unearthing Venus straddles cultures, ideologies, two centuries and several generations of change, jousting with the deepest gender and soul questions with humor, frankness and compelling humanity.

 

My Review:

Am I in touch with the Goddess? This simple question kept echoing in my head while I was reading, Unearthing Venus. My answer is yes and my spiritual journey continues.

Unearthing Venus is the story of Cate, a newspaper reporter, searching for answers about who she is, where she belongs, what is her purpose in life and what it means to be woman. It starts with a question asked by a Brazilian shaman she’s interviewing and her soul begs for answers.

Let’s start at the beginning, I always say, and so Cate starts her memoir at her childhood. She doesn’t hold anything back and her insight is refreshing to read. She tells it like it is and as a reader, I was immersed in her life experiences. From losing her virginity to working on Monday Night Football, I couldn’t read fast enough. Her point of view is from a woman abused in every way from a male-dominant society; it’s something every woman can relate to.

What really drew me in was her spiritual journey. Fed up with life, she starts meditating. One night she opens herself up to the spiritual world and what happens over the next ten years will shock and surprise you.

Cate does a masterful job describing her spiritual journey without appearing less than authentic. This is her story about her spiritual journey. I laughed, cried, gasped and smiled. She’s filled with the Light and this book will enlighten you.

While I feel this book will appeal mostly to women, men who are searching for enlightenment and spiritual peace will be inspired by Unearthing Venus.  After all, we’re all just souls searching for a place to call home.

 

My Rating: 5 stars

 

Buy it now:

Amazon http://www.amazon.com/Unearthing-Venus-Search-Woman-Within/dp/1780285973

 

Cate Montana

 

Author Biography:

Author of The E Word: Ego, Enlightenment & Other Essentials for the Simon & Schuster imprint Enliven Books (August 2016) and author of Unearthing Venus: My Search for the Woman Within, (Watkins 2013), co-author of The Heart of the Matter with Dr. Darren Weissman, Cate Montana, MA is a writer, freelance journalist and former editor with the hit indie film What the Bleep Do We Know!? She speaks regularly on a wide range of topics from transpersonal consciousness to the Divine Feminine. Once upon a time she also worked an an editor in network television production for ABC, NBC, CBS, ESPN, CNN and the BBC.

Her life’s mission is to wake people up to the nature of the ego mind and the tremendous shift in human consciousness currently taking place from limited personal ego concerns to high-potential transpersonal awareness. She also writes about the re-emergence of the divine feminine, the relationship between consciousness and quantum physics, mysticism, ancient mythologies and alternative health. She writes for the UK health magazine “What Doctors Don’t Tell You” and blogs for The Huffington Post. She has a master’s degree in humanistic psychology and lives in the Pacific Northwest. For now!

 

Social Media Links:

Website: http://www.catemontana.com/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/catemontana

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/Montanacate

 

Reviewed by: Mrs. N