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Armed with my trusty lists I have made it through to the other side where I am now basking in the glow of hair regrowth, new eyebrows, new eyelashes, and a renewed energy

Monday, November 11th, 2019

 

Ticking off Breast Cancer
by Sara Liyanage
Genre: Autobiography
Sara is a married, forty-something, mother of two and part-time lawyer in London. When breast cancer appears on her never-ending to-do list, Sara’s life is thrown upside down…
Ticking Off Breast Cancer is a chronological narrative of Sara’s life from the day of her primary breast cancer diagnosis and throughout treatment. Sara opens up with heart-wrenching honesty, as she deals with the physical, emotional and mental challenges thrown at her by cancer. Accompanying her on the rollercoaster of cancer struggles, are plenty of light-hearted and positive moments. This is a no-holds-barred insight into the day-to-day realities of breast cancer treatment aimed at supporting the patient as well as their family and friends. Packed with helpful to-do lists, Ticking Off Breast Cancer provides thoughtful and helpful advice for every step of the way.
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I was diagnosed with HER2 positive and oestrogen positive primary breast cancer on 19 October 2016, aged 42. It wasn’t part of my life plan (which at that point involved being a very busy wife, mother of two children, working part time in the corporate London rat race, general multi-tasker, juggler and spinner of many plates). But I decided to get through this detour with a positive attitude and as much dignity, grace and composure as possible.
Well, with the combination of medical appointments, scans, surgery, chemotherapy and radiotherapy my dignity, grace and composure all flew out the window at some point. But I did retain the ability to get myself organised and make a few lists. And I love a list. I found myself spending a lot of time researching the practical stuff like what to take to hospital for surgery and chemo, how to alleviate the side effects of chemo, what to eat, how to relax, what to expect from radiotherapy and so on. Researching and making lists.
I found a wealth of excellent online information about going through breast cancer treatment. However, I found the websites completely overwhelming. I wanted to talk to someone who had been through it and who would hold my hand and tell me what to do. I wanted a website which gave me practical advice in one easily accessible place where I didn’t have to go through link after link trying to work out if the information was relevant or not, whilst trying to avoid the untrue/out-of-date/unreliable information. But I didn’t have someone to talk to and I didn’t find that website. Instead I researched around and I separated the wheat from the chaff, noted down a few to-do lists, shopping lists and action plans and put one foot in front of the other along the well-trodden cancer path.
Armed with my trusty lists I have made it through to the other side where I am now basking in the glow of hair regrowth, new eyebrows, new eyelashes, and a renewed energy.
After my treatment came to an end, it seemed a shame for my dog-eared lists to get thrown out but I certainly don’t plan on using them again. Never. I thought they might help other people like me. So here they are: I have created a website, which is what I needed when I was first diagnosed and going through my treatment.
I can’t hold your hand and tell you what to do, but I hope that my website can help make this turbulent journey a little less bumpy for you. I wish you all the best.
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It’s 3am and I have so many thoughts to share with you

Friday, July 19th, 2019
Anomaly
by
Derra Nicole Sabo
Genre:
Biography
 
It’s
3am…While most minds are in a blissful state of slumber, mine is
wide awake conjuring and pondering endless thoughts. Eyes are fixated
on the dark popcorn ceiling above and ears are soaking in blue tunes
as my autopilot mind becomes overwhelmed with the past, future and
every cherry topped dream in between.
These
thoughts range from warm and fuzzy to dark and slightly crippling.
Sometimes I wish that my mind had an off switch so that I could power
down at night. No such luck. So, wakie wakie! Grab yourself a coffee
and a snack because it’s 3am and I have so many thoughts to share
with you.
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As
someone with anxiety, writing is my way of speaking. When my verbal
skills fail, my pen excels. I have always had something to say to the
world and to the humans residing in it, I just could never get my
mind and mouth to be on the same level. So, I picked up a pen and
haven’t looked back. I have a message for you. A message for my
family, my friends and to all the beating hearts. Dear You is a
letter personally written, from me to you.
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Those destined to be together prove love is stronger than any obstacles life throws their way

Monday, April 29th, 2019
Luke
Hamill: Before Faithful Falls
Faithful
Falls Prequel
by
Elle Linder
Genre:
Contemporary Romance 
 
Semper
Fi and honor above all else

 

 

Luke
Hamill, staunch in his convictions, is a family man who will go to
any length to preserve his marriage, even leave his beloved Marines.
After his final tour of duty, his life is upended by the two people
he trusted most. Now, a new course is set, one that takes him to
Faithful Falls, Idaho.

 

 

In
this prequel to
Stay
With Me, Julia,

discover
what drove Luke to leave all that he knows, and discover Faithful
Falls. Even though the road ahead is bumpy, it leads Luke to abundant
love and a strong community beyond the horizon. Meet some friendly,
unique locals and get comfy in the little tourist town, where those
destined to together prove love is stronger than any obstacles life
throws their way.

 

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Stay With Me, Julia
Faithful Falls Book 1
 
She
is only to be in Idaho for three months.

 

 

Her
task is simple: run the lakeside resort in her aunt’s absence and
return to her life in Los Angeles.

 

 

Easy.
Or maybe not.

 

 

Ruggedly
handsome Luke Hamill—Brook Trout Resort’s grounds
manager—instantly piques her interest. A former Marine and divorced
father of two, Luke introduces Julia to small town living and a
passionate love like she’s never known. The mountain man is the
total package: tender, strong, sexy, and honorable. He could be
everything Julia wants… except for his problematic and meddling
ex-wife.

 

 

Julia
is smart, sensible, and irresistible, and she immediately captures
Luke’s heart with her playful tenderness and saucy independence.
Now he can’t imagine his life without her.

 

 

As
Julia’s departure nears, Luke’s mission is clear: show her their
love can conquer anything life throws their way.

 

 

Can
Julia embrace her feelings for Luke, and will they be enough to keep
her in Faithful Falls? Or will the challenges of a blended family
make her abandon it all and head back to Southern California?

 

 

Stay
With Me, Julia, is the first book in the Faithful Falls series, where
those destined to be together prove love is stronger than the
obstacles threatening to tear them apart.

 

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Love
Me, Lauren
Faithful Falls Book 2
 
She
wants more than a one-night stand.

 

 

Lauren,
a fiercely independent woman, is afraid to commit. Still, she
secretly desires to fall in love.

 

 

Could
it be that simple?

 

 

Enter
Rick, ex-Marine and single dad, who is looking for a fresh start in
Faithful Falls. He has big plans to open a brewery, and no time for
love. When he crosses paths with Lauren, her formidable lure is
irritating yet irresistible, and sparks fly.

 

 

Unexpectedly,
Lauren is rattled when her past collides with her present, exposing
her fears and insecurities. Once the truth is revealed, it may
destroy Rick’s plans, her dreams, and their future.

 

 

Can
they find the courage to face down Lauren’s demons together and
ignite the fire and passion that leads them to their
HEA?

 

 

Love
Me, Lauren

is
the second book in the Faithful Falls series. Reconnect with Luke and
Julia and the quirky characters of this little Idaho tourist
town.

 

 

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NOW.

 

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Elle
lives in NW Minnesota (or the Frozen Tundra, as she likes to call it)
with her family. She has lived in all four corners of the U.S., and
as a native California country girl, her heart yearns for the Pacific
Coast. The One That Matters is Elle’s first novel.

 

 

Elle
is currently wrapping up several novels in the Faithful Falls series,
which include:

 

 

Love
Me, Lauren

 

Trust
Me, Tiffani

 

Choose
Me, Erika

 

Forgive
Me, Kandace

 

 

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She must be a spy. Or a traitor. Either is punishable by death

Sunday, February 10th, 2019
An avid gardener, artist, musician and writer, Emily-Jane Hills Orford has fond memories and lots of stories that evolved from a childhood growing up in a haunted Victorian mansion. Told she had a ‘vivid imagination’, the author used this talent to create stories in her head to pass tedious hours while sick, waiting in a doctor’s office, listening to a teacher drone on about something she already knew, or enduring the long, stuffy family car rides. The author lived her stories in her head, allowing her imagination to lead her into a different world, one of her own making. 

As the author grew up, these stories, imaginings and fantasies took to the written form and, over the years, she developed a reputation for telling a good story. Emily-Jane can now boast that she is an award-winning author of several books, including Mrs. Murray’s Ghost (Telltale Publishing 2018), Queen Mary’s Daughter (Clean Reads 2018), Gerlinda (CFA 2016) which received an Honorable Mention in the 2016 Readers’ Favorite Book Awards, To Be a Duke (CFA 2014) which was named Finalist and Silver Medalist in the 2015 Next Generation Indie Book Awards and received an Honorable Mention in the 2015 Readers’ Favorite Book Awards and several other books. A retired teacher of music and creative writing, she writes about the extra-ordinary in life and the fantasies of dreams combined with memories. 

 

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There are so many possibilities that affect the course of history. One change, one small item overlooked, can make a world of difference, not only in a person’s life, but in the history and well-being of an entire nation. And then there are those multiple scenarios of what if? What if King James VI of Scotland didn’t succeed in amalgamating Scotland with England? Would Scotland have remained free and independent and a nation of its own well into the twenty-first century? And would Scotland, this independent version, make its own decision to join the European Union when its southern neighbor was choosing to pull away? And, what if there was another heir to the Scottish throne?
In Queen Mary’s Daughter (Clean Reads Publisher), author Emily-Jane Hills Orford presents another plausible timeline, one that incorporates both historical fact and fiction with the endless possibilities of time travel. 

 

Snippet:
“What?” the regent bellowed. “Not another Mary, and a Stuart at that. We cannot be related.
Are we?” He winced in the dim light and bent forward to take a closer look.
“You have her look about you. It is uncanny. You could almost pass for her. And
that brooch. Where did you get that brooch?”
“I do not know, sir.” Mary Elizabeth took her time to choose her words carefully. She wasn’t sure how to answer about the brooch, so she steered clear of that comment, saying instead, “Are not all Stuarts somehow related?”
It was not the right thing to say. James Stuart, Regent of Scotland, was not amused. “Grab her. She must be a spy. Or a traitor. Either is punishable by death.” He
pointed accusing fingers at the others. “The rest of you stay here. I will deal
with this troublemaker.”

 

 

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A heart-warming collection of letters that explores the wonder, frailty and extraordinary qualities of friendship, family, love and life

Thursday, July 26th, 2018
Dear
You
by
Derra Nicole Sabo
Genre:
Biography
 
Dear
You is a lovely invitation into Derra Nicole Sabo’s world.

 

A
wonderful opportunity borne out of a complex and challenging
experience, to recall the good times with loved ones, the chance to
express the rarely spoken profound specifics of what binds friends
and family together.

 

This
is a heart-warming collection of letters to loved ones that explores
the wonder, frailty and extraordinary qualities of friendship,
family, love and life.

 

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As
someone with anxiety, writing is my way of speaking. When my verbal
skills fail, my pen excels. I have always had something to say to the
world and to the humans residing in it, I just could never get my
mind and mouth to be on the same level. So, I picked up a pen and
haven’t looked back. I have a message for you. A message for my
family, my friends and to all the beating hearts. Dear You is a
letter personally written, from me to you.
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This is a thought-provoking, profoundly moving call-to-arms fantasy story

Sunday, December 3rd, 2017
Racine
The
Sisterhood Book 2
by
Alison Clarke
Genre:
YA Fantasy
 
 
In
a world divided by fear, hate, and prejudice, Racine embarks on a
journey to discover who she really is. After a life time of
alienation and rejection because of the colour of her skin and her
Black heritage, she discovers the ultimate truth of good

 

is
wrapped up in the magic of the Story. Stories have the power to
change the world, but first, the stories need unlocking.

 

In
this thought-provoking, profoundly moving call-to-arms fantasy story,
Alison Clarke tells the story of Racine’s self-discovery and coming
of age through her exploration of the ‘Story’ throughout time and
ages. As Racine travels from the Library of Congress through time and
space to lands both magical and real, she unlocks the mysteries of
her own heritage and comes to understand that there are more things
that join us than divide us. 

 

 

Winner
of Canada’s Diversity Magazine Award ‘Writer Of The Year Award 2017’
Alison Clarke writes inspirational, magical stories with a powerful
message about being the change in the world we would like to see. For
readers of all ages.

 

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The
Sisterhood
The
Sisterhood Book 1
 
Authored
by Award Winning Author Alison Clarke ‘Writer of The Year 2017’
(Diversity Magazine. Canada.)

 

A
story full of magic, positivity, and a call to arms for women of all
ages and from all backgrounds, to be the change we want to see in the
world. 

 

When
Oppie and Aurie are faced with a terrible battle between good and
evil, they discover that friendship and sisterhood are the most
precious things in the world. 

 

 

In
a realm where magic and legend still exist, it’s easy to think that
when you’re just an ordinary girl, you’ll never get the chance to be
written into the history books. But when Oppie, and her dragon friend
Aurie, find themselves on a mission to defeat the evil, oppressive
forces of darkness, in the form of the dragon, Royzendeus, they
discover that history is never made alone. As they travel, their army
of light grows, and Aurie discovers that as a girl, she is blessed
with an entire sisterhood she never realised existed.

 

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Alison
Clarke is a writer who delves into different fields. She is a
children’s author, but is now joining the world of young adult
literature. Her latest book, The Sisterhood, chronicles her latest
journey in this odyssey. A tale filled with Celtic, Greek, and
Ghanaian mythology, The Sisterhood will delight all audiences. Kids,
ten and up, as well as adults will be entranced with the story of
Oppie and Aurie. Oppie is the daughter of a sorceress, and Aurie, her
best friend, is a dragon. In the first book of this trilogy, they go
on a journey to save the universe. Alison Clarke’s passion for the
Arthurian tales, as well as medieval literature like Chaucer, also
fuels her writing. Her first degree is in Sociology with a double
minor in French and English. She is now working on a Master’s degree
in Children’s literature. Storytelling is her calling, and whether
she is writing, painting, or drawing, story is key. Reading is
another passion, and many different genres interest her, including
biography, fantasy, poetry, art books, and so on. Alison believes
that the word is a powerful thing, and this is evident in many
different literary forms. She also believes that art, whether it’s
literary or visual can change the world, can make the world a better
place.
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