Rebecca has simple dreams. A promotion. Children. A happy marriage. But can she have it with Mitch?
Though she carefully keeps secrets to guard her safety, her marriage to Mitch, a successful doctor, is brutal, and his abuse is escalating. A promotion at the bank could be the answer to her prayers, but Mitch has different plans for her life.
Ultimately, Rebecca must face her own inner demons before she can act. Will she be able to find her former, stronger self before Mitch destroys her completely?
Praise for Drowning:
“I love this book. I think the way Katelin Maloney has written it speaks to many, many women.” Denise Brown, Domestic Violence Advocate
“Drowning is a page turner! It powerfully reveals the brainwashing effects of verbal abuse, the destruction of consciousness, and the confusion an abusive relationship generates. It is a groundbreaking novel.” Patricia Evans, author, The Verbally Abusive Relationship, Controlling People and more.
“Maloney has crafted a powerfully honest novel. Drowning should be required reading!” Nancy Haddock, National Bestselling Author
Vanished! How to Protect Yourself and Your Children
“Vanished!” is not just a book, it is a step-by-step guide that will teach you how to protect both yourself and those you love or care about. It can even assist businesses and institutions. The topics addressed in this life-saving book are missing person incidents along with violent and sexual assaults, which are often interrelated. All three issues account for several million victims every year. Who are the most vulnerable? Our children and women, but we are all at risk. Related statistics are broken down for better understanding and so are common myths and distortions regarding these topics and statistics. The primary objective of this book is to prevent a disappearance or assault from ever happening. The second objective is to find a missing loved one as quickly as possible should they suddenly disappear–for whatever reason. Third, learn how to deal with an incident and cope with the aftermath of a tragedy–both the victim and family. Lastly, discover how you can become a victim advocate and together we can easily save hundreds of thousands of precious, irreplaceable lives every year. Along with a free security plan, that can be easily personalized, this unique and powerful book addresses a wide variety of serious crimes and issues while providing detailed explanations. You will be given professional advice for countering various threats and most importantly avoiding human predators. The simple and inexpensive security measures suggested in this book can easily be incorporated into your everyday life and will help protect infants, younger children, teenagers, adults, the elderly, and those with special needs. This critical information applies to home, work, school, dating, social activities, and while traveling about here at home or in a foreign country–anywhere you go and anything you do. Learn how easy it is to become a hard target versus a soft target. This is a truly comprehensive book when it comes to awareness and prevention; and not just about safety and security, but about the realities of life. Learn what you need to know about all disappearances and assaults including: miscommunication, various mishaps, runaways, kidnappings, robberies, physical assaults, rape, bullying, stalking, violent and sexual predators, human trafficking, forced prostitution and pornography, internet cyber-crimes and cyber-predators, social media threats, identity theft, computer security, and much more. It is all here in one book and it can help safeguard anyone worldwide. Learn what law enforcement and the courts can and cannot do; and where to find many other crucial resources for help. More importantly know what you can do to survive in a rather dangerous and violent world. It is not up to the police or others to protect our loved ones. It is our responsibility. Do not allow someone you love or care about to become a victim. Learn exactly how to keep yourself and those you love or care about safe and secure. Leon Ives, the author, has over forty years of professional training and experience in law enforcement, criminal investigations, counterintelligence, national security, and private security. Visit Amazon.com to read the Book Summary, Testimonials, and much more. The 2014, large print “Second Revision” has been updated with twice the information and reorganized for a better read. Please contact the author at firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss a replacement copy if you have one of the earlier versions. This extraordinary life-saving guide will make a truly remarkable gift for family and friends, even employees and customers. Stay safe!
Bec Robertson is starting over. She’s broke, recovering from breast cancer, and lives in a rundown cabin in northern New Mexico. Her husband is deployed in Afghanistan as a chaplain, and can’t stand to touch her. The people she meets, her villagers, are batty if not wacko, and her hawk Amelia can’t keep up with the mice. She lives next door to a dubious veterans’ center. As if she hasn’t invented enough problems for herself, she has a love/hate connection with an unstable Marine. Being Bec is tough, but survival is in her bones – and she lives under the numinous skies of New Mexico.
“From her journey as a fresh-off-the-boat immigrant speaking only
Mandarin Chinese, to her voyages back and forth through different spiritual and social frames of mind, Merrill creates a powerful
saga of a personal journey replete with emotionally-charged wellsprings of inheritance, discovery, and change.”
—D. Donovan, Senior Reviewer,
Midwest Book Review
“Ninety-Nine Fire Hoops is a fascinating, important, and well-developed narrative, told by a sympathetic narrator with much urgency
—Sue William Silverman, author of
How to Survive Death and Other Inconveniences
Clarence has written six books–“Tools for Effective Prayer: The Mechanics, Dynamics, and Contents of Prayer”; “Victory Every Day in Every Way: Kingdom Living According to Nehemiah the Governor”; and a four-volume collection titled Hijacked!: How Dr. King’s Dream Became a Nightmare”: volume 1, The Dream; volume 2, The Hijack; volume 3, The Nightmare; and volume 4, The Recovery.
If the world today—or just negative experiences in your own life—causes you
anxiety, stress and depression, you might not feel much better knowing that
historically, the world’s women and girls have suffered disproportionately from
violence, illness, inequality and loss. How did so many successfully overcome
these challenges? They had HOPE.
Is that something you can attain? Yes, of course! The Book of Hope offers you
tools, strategies, and inspiration to help you harness the power of hope,
conquer helplessness and despair, and live the life of your dreams—then pass
this empowering message on to others.
One woman’s dark night leads her on a journey to find her light.
Butterfly Awakens depicts the story of the extraordinary transformation of a forty-something Italian American attorney as she moves through unimaginable grief and sadness watching her beloved mother lose her battle to breast cancer. This tumultuous life experience shifts her world, causing her to question her life choices and opening her up to her soul’s calling. Nocero brings readers along on her journey through a dark night of the soul as she deals with the grieving process, a toxic work environment, and intense stress that results in depression, anxiety, and an acquired somatic nervous disorder called tinnitus. Through it all, she never gives up, instead looking for the help she needs to start to heal and find her light. In the end, like the metamorphosis from caterpillar to butterfly, this story is a beautiful love letter that honors Nocero’s mother’s legacy while detailing the awakening of her own.
There are many stories about breast cancer and grief, but none are quite like this one. Throughout her tale, Nocero pulls the reader deep into her story through the intensity of her emotions; and in the end, after resigning from her career as a federal prosecutor due to a toxic administration, she searches for the lighthouse she saw in a vision when her mother died. Embarking on a spiritual pilgrimage on El Camino de Santiago in Northern Spain to get to the lighthouse at Cap Finisterre, she sets out to wake up and live again; the butterfly connection and stark honesty of her writing offers readers important lessons learned from moving through grief so that each person can shine their light again.
God never promises us a sweeping floodlight that will show us the whole picture, but He does promise us a lamp to our feet so we can see the next step. We have to learn to trust Him to do that, and take the next step on faith.
Through My Daughter’s Eyes is a one-of-a-kind, much-needed look at what it means to come of age in a military family today.
Our middle school heroine Abbie is wiser than her years—and most of the adults in her life, for that matter. Equal parts Flavia de Luce and Harriet the Spy, Abbie describes her life this way: “My best friend and fellow Army-brat Megan and I had a plan to get through Dessau Middle School (Go Diamondbacks!) by being just good enough to not get noticed and not so good we’d be picked out for any attention. And it worked—for a while.
“Then my dad got deployed—again—and mom fell apart, leaving me in charge of my own life and, it seemed, everyone else’s. When Dad came home after about a hundred-million years, he wasn’t much help, either. I know war is terrible, but it’s not like he talks to me about it, so how was I supposed to know what to do? He’s not even the same dad that left.
“I turned to my grandpa for help, but in the end, I had to let go of being the glue that kept everything together. I had to learn to give my parents room to save themselves—and our family.”
“Through My Daughter’s Eyes,” based on a story by Dallas Burgess, draws from many personal, first-hand accounts and real-world experiences of soldiers and their children, providing a voice for the children of war. This novel, and the upcoming film production, helps to fund charitable works benefiting these children.
The friendly fish from Some Parts are Not for Sharing are back in Anger is OKAY Violence is NOT. This book describes domestic violence to young children and offers hope. Children are taught healthy ways to get anger out of their bodies and what to do when they witness adults getting anger out of their body in an unhealthy way. Julie has again taken a complex social problem and broken it down into the language of children.
Julie Federico is a former middle school counselor. She holds a bachelor’s degree in social work and a master’s degree in counseling and educational psychology from Indiana University. Her first book Some Parts Are Not for Sharing is a child’s first book on body safety.
Far too many children are living in homes where there is domestic violence. Julie Federico’s book “Anger Is Okay, Violence Is NOT” contains a lesson that all children should learn. We all feel anger, but that there are healthy ways to let the anger out. Hurting people when you are angry and domestic violence is not okay. I highly recommend this book to parents, teachers, and mental health workers and agencies.
Jill Kraft Thompson had a life filled with love: an adoring husband, two young precious sons, a devoted mother, and a close extended family. Jill’s story begins as everyone’s worst nightmare. In 2002 she lost five close family members in a car crash that she survived. Her beloved young sons, husband, mother and niece were gone. In telling her tale, Jill pulls no punches. She describes how she endured raw grief, rage, despondency, and eventually, attempted suicide. The reader travels with her as she slowly and painfully learns to move forward while still honoring the family she lost, as she finds the strength to continue living, and finally as she musters the courage to risk romance, marriage and motherhood again. Quite simply this is a true tale of the triumph of love and hope over unspeakable tragedy.
“This is your only option….It’s not a good option, but you will die if we don’t transplant right now.” All I could do was cry and pray “Dear God! What has happened? Save this man! He is my soul, my life!”
David was a successful, 6ft, 230 pound, 46 year old engineer that was never sick a day in his life. His career was soaring and he was on top of the world! Within one month, he was reduced to a 150-pound shell of a man being kept alive by a respirator. His mind was as sharp as ever…..his lungs were giving out. David was a strong Christian man who was going to be tested time and time again during his two-year battle with IPF-Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis.
This is his struggle with his faith, his health, his shattered dreams and his end of life choices. He was an inspiration to every nurse, doctor, surgeon, and lung transplant patient at the University of California San Francisco pulmonary family. His courage, determination, and selflessness will touch the very depths of your soul.
What happens when an elite African safari is transformed into a psychotic journey of survival for a society wife traveling with her narcissistic husband? In Mad Mischief, the shimmering beauty and primal power of Sub-Saharan Africa is the setting for this story of love, deceit, obsession and ultimately, escape and redemption.
Inspired by true events, Mad Mischief is the haunting tale of Sarah – a woman struggling with the unforgiving callousness of her selfish husband, the sadistic machinations of their safari guide, the unscrupulous actions of a Nairobi shopkeeper, and the enigmatic behavior of a world-renowned photographer who inexplicably appears whenever she is in desperate need of a guardian angel. Her very consciousness altered by an adverse reaction to anti-malarial medication, Sarah barely maintains a vestige of her sanity and personal fortune as she travels through the game parks of Kenya and Tanzania, finally winding up in the city of Nairobi, where she confronts roguish men aiming to take advantage of her drug-induced state of mind.
The word safari means ‘long journey.’ The events of Sarah’s safari take her on a life-altering rite of passage that begins with an epiphany as she glimpses a matriarchal herd of elephants on her first day in the wild. From that moment on, her life and sanity slip away until she is rescued, and ultimately emerges with a transformed state of mind and a once unimaginable core of strength.
Susan spent nearly 20 years as Vice President of Sales for a major division of MCA/ Universal Studios, implementing sales programs to increase the attendance for The Universal Studios Tour, The Amphitheatre, the Tourmobile in Washington, D.C., and the hotel concessions at Yosemite National Park. She then went on to create two very successful entrepreneurial ventures, one delivering unique financial services to high-level executives, and the other providing innovative networking and marketing opportunities for a broad cross-section of businesses. She now resides in Montecito, California amidst an eclectic art collection gathered from her travels around the world, with a kitchen full of pots and pans for cooking gourmet dishes. Her passion for culinary masterpieces and wondrous art are very much a reflection of what she has poured into this work of fiction.
How much would you sacrifice to hide a secret? The answer reveals itself as Andee Camp, after inheriting a box of old photographs and journals, accepts a challenge from her mother to write a novel based on their family. What evolves is not only the fulfillment of a dream, but the reality of her relationship with her parents and theirs with each other. As Andee writes the stories of two sets of twins born on the same day seventeen hundred miles apart, the mysteries defining the Smith and Brown families become more poignant as the pieces in the complicated puzzle begin to fit together.The very fabric of long-held truths unravel in a tapestry woven with love and betrayal, joy and tragedy, humor and melancholy. As a reader, if given the opportunity, would you like to examine your own life in a box?Life in a Box is a roller coaster ride until the very end providing a blend of mystery and history as the colorful and memorable characters come alive on the pages. It is like leaping off the diving board and seeing the sky from the bottom of the pool. When the author breaks through the ripples, readers understand the depth of the layered story…a literary gem.
We speak to ourselves at a rate of 1,300 words per minute, making constant assessments and judgments often filtered through sinful and selfish agendas. Women acknowledge that they are particularly vulnerable to this temptation and dangers of self-talk as they compare and judge themselves against others.
The Silent Seduction of Self-Talk provides a readable narrative and practical tools that help readers surface the inner conflicts that churn below the waterline of their awareness. These dialogues can make them blind to the Scriptural truth that the vision they hold of themselves and the reality of their walk in Christ are often polar opposites. Shelley explores real-life examples and includes tools to assist in the spiritual disciplines of self-assessment, repentance, commitment, and transformation.
“Don’t be stupid all your life. At some point, get a clue!” was a statement repeatedly given to Latresa Rice by her maternal grandmother as she accessed several “gates” throughout her childhood. Gates are points of access to lifestyles that one chooses to ascertain. Once the choice has been made, the person who selected the gate partakes of the life giving or self-destructive elements awaiting his or her arrival behind that gate. Some of the gates that Latresa chose to ascertain led to an increased possibility of her being murdered, committing murder or being incarcerated. Other gates led to educational success, restoration and prosperity. The statement, “Don’t be stupid all your life. At some point, get a clue,” became an internal self-check for Ms. Rice. To be stupid at any given point in time is to do the same things and expect or desire a different result. In this book, Ms. Rice discusses her moments of operating in stupidity by accessing self-destructive gates that led to a plethora of fights with relatives and peers within her community. She also discusses her moments of operating in wisdom by accessing life-giving gates as she used her writing, graphic design, problem solving and other skills as a launching pad to annihilate the barriers presented before her and was catapulted into a lifetime of victory.
Considered an AIDS orphan by the world, Ms. Rice walks you through her life in an entertaining and invigorating manner. From learning how to effectively cope with emotional trauma as a result of unprotected sex, anger and other traumatic experiences, to being an entrepreneur and excelling academically, Ms. Rice provides her readers with a visual example of a barrier annihilator. She stands as a shining example of victory over emotional, socioeconomic, physical and familial barriers to success. Just as she chose the life that she desires to experience, so can you! Anyone who desires to push past the negative comments he/she has received from haters, emotional and financial barriers to success and much more must read this book! This book provides an example of how you can possess your dreams despite the obstacles that may be placed before you. Remember, there is a gate to life. By accessing it, you choose the life that you shall experience.
Dr. Alexandra Rose has everything a woman could want. She’s the wife of a renowned cardiologist, the mother of three adorable sons, and a successful chiropractor. But on their twentieth anniversary, her husband shocks her with his affair. Her life spins out of control, and she faces the other side of marriage where dreams implode and people are not who they seem.
Alexandra wants custody of her children, but so does her husband, and he’ll stop at nothing. Thrust into a nightmare spawned by chilling deception, a custody battle erupts that’s so poisonous it threatens to become murderous.
In this stay-up-all-night portrait of a contemporary family, Alexandra’s bittersweet journey of love, loss, and sexuality leads her to a miraculous discovery of self and power. Sex Happens explores the very essence of all we value as women—marriage, motherhood, sex—and what we’ll do for each.
In Greek mythology, Lachesis (lack-eh-sis) allots each of us a length of thread to weave with as we will. This hybrid collection of short essays and screenplay explores the nature of friendship and our relationships with the people in our lives over time. From the friendships we form in childhood to the adult friendships we form with our parents—even after they’re gone—this work weaves together memory, meditations on making our dreams a reality, and the evolving nature of our connections as we knot our strands together or unravel the knitting we’ve achieved.
“The arduous journey of this teenage girl to womanhood is a profound story containing lessons for all of us.”– Walter D. Serwatka, retired chairman of the board, MacMillan-McGraw-Hil
A Change of Habit recounts a spiritual journey that started when a religious eddy hurls seventeen-year-old Patty into a convent in the 1960s. Her deeply embedded guilt drives her to obey the Catholic Church, please her earthly father, and say yes to her heavenly Father. But in the convent, she fails to find happiness in religious rites and rules. Her time there parallels changes wrought in religious life by Vatican II, including changes of names and attire. After leaving the convent following seven years of service, she assumes she can pick up her life and move on. She was wrong.
Once the religious habit comes off , long-practiced habits of poverty, chastity, and obedience dog Patty into married life. Finally facing the reality mirror, she breaks out the debilitating patterns learned in the convent.
In finding true spirituality and finally listening to the God within, she shakes the destructive habit of guilt. Her story speaks to like-minded “guilt sponges,” offering hope on their personal spiritual quests. As Patty shares this journey with readers, she also shares the seven secrets to guilt-free living learned along the way.
A Change of Habit is not the story of a girl breaking free from the convent to live happily ever after; rather, this is a story of personal reinvention and empowerment that shows it’s never too late to change one’s future.
overty has reached epidemic proportions, and the current U.S. system for addressing it is disjointed, unscientific, and unsustainable. By approaching poverty as a “condition” that can be best treated by proper assessment, standards of care, and quality-control measures, Marcella Wilson, PhD, is overturning decades of well-intentioned but ineffective remedies.
In her new book, Diagnosis: Poverty, she calls for nothing less than a scalable, sustainable, national standard of care to treat the condition of poverty that requires verifiable and accountable coordination among human services, healthcare, education, and government programs. Of note to decision makers is the fact that this new paradigm is achievable based on current resources and expenditures.
Life is tough. Negativity is all around us. Many of us have experienced failure first hand. Despite the difficult circumstances, every individual has the desire to succeed. If you are in need of an extra push, guidance, or are seeking an encouraging word, this is the book for you.
Born With It: Unleashing Your Greatness is groundbreaking in its approach to personal empowerment. It boldly states looking outside oneself for the solutions to personal struggle is not the answer. The answer lies within. This book will fuel your efforts to accomplish any goal you have set. So are you ready to achieve your goals? I hope so! As you dive into this book, let this serve as a personal reminder: You are BORN WITH IT, and it is time to Unleash Your Greatness!
Powell opens her novel with a bang, depicting the abduction almost as soon as the narrative begins. The story is impressive in the way it shifts readers sympathiesa gem of a legal thriller, full of plot twists and juicy secrets.
The Judge by Farin Powell expertly weaves a thrilling kidnapping plot, a love story, and courtroom drama into a page turning tale. Powell keeps the excitement in tune with a pitch-perfect delivery of realistically motivated characters and a nonstop series of powerfully tense situations.
Powells legal thriller reveals the complexities and tragedies of our criminal justice system. The story in this fast-paced novel will stay with the reader forever.
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Powell puts her legal knowledge as a practicing D.C. lawyer to good use
As Judge Walter McNeil heads home from Washington, DCs Superior Court, he is preoccupied with the triple-murder case assigned to him. But everything changes when a car pulls up next to him and a man asks for directions. Seconds later, McNeil is pushed into the backseat of the car, knocked unconscious, and whisked away into uncertainty.
McNeils kidnappers are three ex-convicts whose lives have been ruined by the judges harsh sentences. Out for revenge, they feed the judge drugs, repeatedly threaten his life, and then imply they have his teenage daughter, Daphne, who disappeared four years earlier. After they tell him at gunpoint that he must rule favorably on a defense attorneys motions in the triple-murder case, McNeil has no idea his ordeal is just beginning. Before it is over, the judges life will be turned upside down.
In this legal thriller, a judge is kidnapped and thrust into the midst of a twisted web that intertwines him with the lives of three ex-convicts and the mystery surrounding his missing daughter.
Choose Bliss: The Power and Practice of Joy and Contentment is a motivational self-help book written by Moneeka Sawyer. The author has transformed her life into one filled with bliss, but she had many of the same challenges and hardships that others experience in their lives. How was she able to get past them? Sawyer discusses her definition of what bliss is for her, and how it makes for a life filled with joy and contentment. She relates the difficulties she had as an Indian child growing up in a predominately white neighborhood, and the other traumatic experiences she had to come to terms with in her search for bliss. She shares her life-journey with her readers, and shows how to make your ego into a friend, how to practice self-love, how to forgive, and how to take responsibility for yourself and your actions. Along the way, Sawyer’s prescription for bliss coalesces into a formula that can be infinitely adapted to the reader’s personal needs.
Moneeka Sawyer’s motivational self-help book, Choose Bliss: The Power and Practice of Joy and Contentment, is an inspiring and accessible read. Sawyer’s voice is confident and clear as she relates her past issues and the journey she undertook to find her bliss. She writes in an easy and conversational manner, and I soon realized there was neither pretense nor artifice in what she was sharing. Sawyer is frank and fearless as she speaks of past trauma, and her strength and resilience are testimony to the effectiveness of her philosophy. I especially like the assignments she gives her readers as they hone in on the essentials of each chapter, and helps her readers to make those concepts their own. Still angry over something someone said or did all those years ago? Sawyer makes it impossibly easy to get over it and get happy instead. Choose Bliss: The Power and Practice of Joy and Contentment is highly recommended.
Life as Ruthie Cox once knew it in Williamsville Missouri changes completely when she decides to leave the comfort of her mama’s care. She starts life afresh with the man of her dreams, and oh how he showers her with love. She delights in experiencing life as a city girl. Yes, her lovebird introduces her to an element of thrill that she longed for while growing up in a very strict Christian home, yet her relationship with God grows to an extent she had never experienced. Buddy’s world is turned upside down, right side up and completely shaken when he falls in love with Ruthie Cox. Their love was as close to perfect as perfect could be. Ruthie not only fulfills his manly emotions, but she also introduces him to a relationship with God. However, darkness from Buddy’s past lurks in their almost perfect world, threatening to destroy their future. Will love overcome his dark mistakes? All the while God is reuniting old flames and bringing restoration to even the bleakest relationships. Meanwhile, back in the cozy town of Williamsville, love is in the air and promises are being kept. All seems to be going wonderfully well until tragedy hits the life of a young woman recently graduated from high school. Will the townsfolk overcome the heartache that comes with the misfortune?
Tangina Ann found herself having trouble. She did not like the General who was writing to her. The words he used and the way he said them were speaking to her heart. Even though they hadn’t yet met, she was falling love. Tangina Ann desperately tried not to – but in the end it is our hearts that choose who we love. She never thought anyone could make her feel this way.
About the Author
Tangina Ann is a CNA turned farmer. She is a proud grandma. She enjoys writing, woodburning art, sharing friends and family on Facebook and Google +, fairs in the summertime, sitting on the porch in the evening while watching the sun go down and good old country living.
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