Posts Tagged ‘friendship’
They must forge a marriage while battling betrayal, accusations of treason, and villains from the past. Survival depends on their precarious trust in each otherThursday, March 5th, 2020
ABOUT THE BOOK:
- Finding Your Voice is a personal and comprehensive guide for survivors of abuse making the journey toward healing. Led by an author who has walked the path for more than three decades, readers will find encouragement and hope as they move step-by-step to a place of recovery.
- Part memoir, part blueprint for recovery, Finding Your Voice uses a mix of personal anecdotes, accumulated knowledge, expert techniques and good, common sense to help readers navigate a new path in the aftermath of abuse.
- With clear instructions and insightful examples, the author leads the readers through the five stages of healing—built upon the foundation of years of self-help work, therapy and reflection, and the author’s own transformative approach to healing.
WHY IT’S A MUST-READ:
- Finding Your Voice is an amazing resource not only for abuse survivors but for all women who wish to develop a stronger sense of self-worth. Regardless of your life experiences, this book is a wonderful guide to becoming who you want to be.
- Mannette’s empowering and uplifting personal stories combine empathy, practicality, and encouragement. The book is a powerful reminder that no one has to remain a victim of their past.
- With a companion workbook and audiobook available, Finding Your Voice puts the power to heal in your own hands. It’s a comprehensive blueprint guide that offers step-by-step strategies, encouraging personal anecdotes, and easy-to-understand, manageable steps to follow. It includes exercises and questions for self-reflection that prompt readers to think about their own experiences in a way they may not have done in the past.
- This book is unlike other self-help books for survivors. Praised for its unique perspective on healing and breaking the cycle of abuse, the book speaks to not only survivors but to society-at-large.
- ABOUT THE AUTHOR, MANNETTE MORGAN
- Mannette Morgan is a speaker, author, coach, and survivor. She teaches critical skills and techniques to other survivors with her books, workbook, workshops, retreats, and coaching. Her mission is to stop the cycle of abuse and provide survivors with accessibility to healing. She is sharing her inspiring story, research-based strategies, and free resources survivors can use to heal and thrive. . From the emotional and physical abuse as a child to an abusive marriage, Mannette comes from a place of great understanding. She empowers other abuse survivors to find their voice and thrive as they learn to heal their past.
- Instagram: @mannettemorganauthor
- Twitter: @mannettemorgan
- Facebook: @mannettemorganauthor
- “An excellent book which can help not only survivors of abuse, but all women who are feeling like victims. This book has a powerful story with real-time exercises and a workbook that will help walk victims through their healing process and help them become survivors. The journey just begins with the event, the healing is a lifetime.”
- -Library Journal
For more than a half-century, a group of Dallas friends assembled to play touch football each Thanksgiving Day morning. As the men aged, their determination and love of the game stayed strong…Wednesday, December 25th, 2019
For more than a half-century, a group of Dallas friends assembled to play touch football each Thanksgiving Day morning on the front lawn of their old elementary school in White Rock. As the men aged, their determination and love of the game stayed strong. After the final game in 2009, Dallas reporter John Anders noted:
“They arrived on walkers and in iron lungs…Grandchildren would drop them off andperhaps stay behind to serve as stretcher-bearers following the conflict.”
Now, six decades later, team captains Brent Parrott and Bryan Renfro are sharing this beautiful story of friendship and Texas football in the new book,The Reilly Thanksgiving Invitational Story, which releases this month.
ABOUT THE BOOK:
In 1960, on the front lawn of Martha Turner Reilly Elementary, a tradition was born. A group of seventh-grade boys captured the free time before Thanksgiving dinner to engage in a game of touch football. It was a good day to play. So good, in fact, that the game would resume each year at the same time in the same place. Through the ebb and flow of lives, loves, and responsibilities, the Reilly Thanksgiving Invitational continued for five decades. The Reilly Thanksgiving Invitational Story offers a first-hand glimpse into an era long past and captures the essence of tradition, friendship, life lessons, history, culture, the ups and downs, happiness, and sadness for those lost,over decades.
Today, Alzheimer’s has touched most of the 22 members and a portion of the book proceeds will be donated to Alzheimer’s research. The book releases November 2019
This coming-of-age book is a must-read for anyone with nostalgic heartstrings. One of the most beautiful things about this book is that it is interactive. Though it is available in hard copy, the book is best consumed digitally because the story is supplemented with artifacts and details (videos, links, newspaper clippings, and photos) that preserve an era in American history long past. The Reilly Thanksgiving Invitational Story is a readable account of the personal and cultural experiences of a group of friends that tells a story about all of us.
“(This Book) captures the era of growing up in the 50s and 60s with sensitivity and
humor.”- Neilia West (Reviewer)
ABOUT THE AUTHORS:
Dallas natives, Brent Parrott and Bryan Renfro are life-long friends and the co-authors of The Reilly Thanksgiving Invitational Story. Brent Parrott is a writer, former technology executive, and teacher, who currently serves as Board Chairman for the charter schools of Pioneer Technology & Arts Academy.Bryan Renfro graduated in 1970 from the University of Texas at Arlington and was drafted into the Army the following year during the Viet Nam war. He was the editor and sports writer for Sound Off, the base’s newspaper in Fort Meade, Maryland. For five decades, he served as the organizer and “Commissioner” of theannual Thanksgiving touch football game known locally as the Turkey Bowl that is chronicled in the book.
and can be purchased on the book’s website and on Amazon.
As his world implodes Hovis Monk, spins into a realm of inner and outer realities, chance occurrences, memories, music, luck and laughterWednesday, November 27th, 2019
needed air and because I was sick to death of people being lauded for writing
trivial rubbish. It’s easy to write nice, acceptable TV bookclub bodice
rippers, a lot harder to tell the truth.
at despair. There is no room in my books for any Goo Goo Muck, just
straight up Rock n Roll.
Rick dropped onto his bed, staring at the ceiling and wishing he was anywhere but here. He looked at his hands, hands now those of a twenty-five-year-old man. They were stained in a few places with car grease, thick from working out, and scarred across both palms from the accident. The accident. His badge of shame.
He wondered how differently life would have gone five long years ago if he’d taken Sean’s dare to kiss Grace. Would she have hated him more for doing it than not doing it? Would she have accused him of using her for a thrill instead of showing her how he truly felt? He feared both as much as he feared showing his feelings to Sean. Still, was there something—anything—he could have done that would have changed that awful night?
Grace’s clumsiness annoyed Scott and gave Sean another reason to tease her, which upset Rick. Everybody had clumsy moments. Even clumsy days. After all, he smacked himself in the face with a wrench this afternoon and had to chase it across the garage floor before he snagged it. He was the klutz, not Grace.
He sighed, wondering if what Hannah often told him was right. Sometimes angels came along and, in the strangest ways, guided God’s children in the right direction. Coming here had been a last-minute decision, the thought jumping into his head out of the middle of nowhere. But maybe this week might turn out to be a gift from Heaven. If he could get past Grace Evans’ defenses, he might be able to earn her forgiveness, even if he wasn’t able to find a way into her heart.
Alicia captured the essence of what it is to be a female Soldier and the everlasting bond we develop with our sisters-in-armsTuesday, July 16th, 2019
two years after she left the army and her best friend, Concepcion
Chapa, Joells McCoy receives a cryptic voicemail from an Iraqi
contact looking for Concepcion. When Joelle can’t reach her “battle
buddy”, she’s told Concepcion died in a car accident, while working
for the FBI.
Joelle has questions and those questions launch her into the arms of
an FBI agent – one of Concepcion’s former colleagues – and a
search for her friend that will bring her from small town Missouri,
to Miami, and then on to Kosovo.
the course of a year, Joelle will search for her friend, with the
help of Concepcion’s former FBI colleagues, and try to come to terms
with what their battle-tested friendship really means in her life.
And why Concepcion would disappear without so much as a goodbye.
amazing! It felt like I was back in country! Alicia captured the
essence of what it is to be a female Soldier and the everlasting bond
we develop with our sisters-in-arms! “
Sgt. Sara Maniscalco, Army Veteran, National Guard
out Alicia Dill’s podcast interview with NPR!
this hour of Talk of Iowa, Host Charity Nebbe and Dill discuss
“Squared Away,” Dill’s first novel, which is inspired by
her time in the military.
author will also send a hand written post card to the first 10 people
to show proof of purchase of Squared Away! Please email
DILL spent six years as an Army soldier and globally published print
journalist. She remains involved with many service members who
continue to put their lives in harm’s way throughout the world. It’s
because of that bond, the Missouri native wrote her debut novel in a
series of untold stories of sisters in uniform. She joined the Army
National Guard at the age of seventeen and received her degree in
journalism and international studies at the University of Iowa. After
her service, she was published by several weekly newspapers in Iowa,
Missouri, and Illinois with over 75,000 readers. She continues
writing in Iowa City, Iowa and enjoys traveling the world with her
next book in mind.
Sisterhood Series Book 1
women dared to defy the rules…
Greer Connally believes life is about choices and consequences. When
she is drafted with the first group of women in U.S. history, she is
constantly challenged by those that neither want nor respect the
quickly learns teamwork is the only way to endure the mental and
physical abuse of training. She and her teammates must find a way to
overcome their differences and learn how to work with one another in
order to survive BUD/S.
the country divided, tensions mount as protests and terrorist attacks
break-out across the world. Willing to sacrifice anything for their
country, Greer and her teammates embark on a top-secret mission. But
when the mission becomes compromised, Greer’s loyalties are quickly
to choose between the lives of her teammates or defying a direct
order, Greer must decide which consequence she is willing to live
with before time runs out for everyone.
today to read this story about sisterhood, bravery, and sacrifice.
Sisterhood Series Book 2
matter the odds, and no matter the risk, they will defend their
and her Navy SEAL sisters are willing to do whatever it takes to save
what’s left of their country. After losing one of their team
members during a mission, the pain and anger they feel fuels their
need to avenge their best friend’s death.
an unwelcome and untimely suspension has put their plan for
retribution on hold, forcing them to stand back and watch the country
they love fall apart.
not for long.
today to read this story about sisterhood, bravery, and sacrifice.
Arnold was born and raised in Texas, (And yes, like most Texans
she tends to be a little biased to the fact that everything is
bigger and better in Texas) – but hey, it ain’t bragging if
it’s true 😉 Chelsi grew up in a single-stop-light town where
she spent most of her time playing sports and going to rodeos.
Throughout Chelsi’s life, her goals and dreams have changed,
but having a close relationship with her friends and family,
and her love for creativity has always remained. Chelsi is a
firm believer that anything is possible, as long as you work hard
and have determination; there is nothing you cannot accomplish.
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Edlyn and Maddock discover that their meeting may have been more than chance, for their lives prove bound by a fateWednesday, June 26th, 2019
Northwest. With a love of writing in several genres, TJ strives to provide
well-written, age-appropriate, & original novels for tweens, teens, and new
Nereth. Centuries have passed since the rightful heir to the throne was
banished. The people are losing hope in ancient legend, which foretells of one
who will rise up, overthrow the evil king and queen, and restore peace. Like
all others in Nereth, Edlyn has suffered greatly. Orphaned as a child, Edlyn
grew up as the serf of a drunken lord. Now a spirited seventeen-year-old, Edlyn
works to buy her freedom while fighting off the unwanted advances of Sheriff
Hurst. One morning, Edlyn discovers a young man hiding in the stable. He is
fleeing from Sheriff Hurst and inflicted with a sword wound that will surely be
fatal without her help. In a split-second decision, Edlyn conceals the young
man from Sheriff Hurst and begins nursing him back to health. As the young
man’s strength returns, Edlyn learns that his name is Maddock, and she is
stunned to find that he has come from the mysterious land to the north. Maddock
soon comes to Edlyn’s aid, rescuing her from Sheriff Hurst. Suddenly declared
outlaws, both Edlyn and Maddock must escape for their lives to enchanted
Ravenshire Forest and then the desolate mountains beyond. As their adventure
unfolds, Edlyn and Maddock discover that their meeting may have been more than
chance, for their lives prove bound by a fate that neither of them could
possibly have imagined.
presume this is about you.”
did not respond. Wincing, he reached out with one arm to brace himself against
the wall while keeping his other hand pressed on his abdomen.
could be imprisoned for helping a fugitive, or killed,” Edlyn went on
frankly, shutting the stable door. “It depends on what you have
found his voice, “I will not put you in danger.”
made another move to leave but swayed and began to fall. Edlyn lunged forward,
catching Maddock in her arms. Staggering under the weight of his limp body, she
lowered him to the dirt.
me leave. I must get away from here,” Maddock begged, attempting to get
the sounds outside, Edlyn knew that the riders were nearly upon them. She also
saw that Maddock’s breathing was growing shallow and the life in his dark eyes
fading. He would not escape those who hunted him. For one moment, Edlyn
hesitated, looking between Maddock and the stable door. Then she spoke upward,
as if to the sky:
young man might be an outlaw, but may the spirits of Ravenshire Forest curse me
for eternity if I ever help Sheriff Hurst.”
Forage for food, build shelter, make fireâ€”Jasmine sets out to learn what she needs to do to ace the program so she can go home and salvage her summer vacation. But the more she tries to prove she doesnâ€™t need wilderness therapy, the more desperate her situation becomes. Confronted with life and death, she comes face to face with her past and her imperfections. Will Jasmine ask for help before itâ€™s too late?Â
the author of Eruption as well as several children’s books. When she isn’t
writing, Adrienne enjoys running, hiking, and matchmaking (Are you single? She
probably knows someone perfect for you.)Â
and four children, who give her love, support, and plenty of good material for
Instagram.Â Â Â
- Adrienne,Â if you had 3 wishes, what would they be?
I’d wish that chocolate gave you abs, clothes folded themselves, and that people had furry ears and tails so you could read their emotions.
- Given unlimited resources, what would be your ideal writing environment?
A terrace on the Amalfi Coast with a hot Italian guy fanning me and feeding me grapes.
- Where do you actually write?
Usually the kitchen. Often in yoga pants. Always with a dog on my lap.
- How long does it normally take you to write a novel?
It’s getting progressively longer.Â I wrote my first novel in two months, my second in about a year, and this one has been three years in the making.Â With my family and other exciting publishing projects, I have limited time.Â But writing is a passion, and I do it whenever I have a spare second.
- What are your inspirations?
Easy. My family always lifts and inspires me.
- How did you come to write this particular book or series?
The idea for this book has been in the back of my mind for years. I actually tried to convince my sister to write it.Â She worked for Anasazi, a wilderness therapy program in Arizona, as a young adult and had some incredible experiences there.Â Yvette has six children and is getting ready to publish her third children’s picture book. I think it was the fourth time I mentioned that she should write this book when she told me I should write it myself.Â That was all the permission I needed.
High Sierra is a fictional wilderness therapy program loosely based on the Anasazi program, but the hiking takes place in Yosemite.Â The characters hike the exact trails that my family traveled on our adventure in 2015 when my husband tore two tendons in his ankle and then insisted on hiking another 20 miles. I’ve poured a lot of myself and my personal struggles and experiences into this book.
- What was the hardest part of writing your book, and how did you overcome it?
Finding time is a huge obstacle for me to overcome as a writer.Â Writing a novel over a long period of time presents challenges.Â When you write every day, it’s easy to pick up where you left off.Â When you’re working on a project for months and years, it’s easy to forget details. I had to do a lot of re-reading to refresh my memory before moving forward.
Amid old enemies, abandoned shoes, hardened servant girls, and infamous parties; will Michael solve this homicidal puzzle in timeSunday, May 5th, 2019
Upon a Murder
Fairy Tale Mystery Book 1
Michael and Monica Grimm own Grimm’s investigation. The first murder case comes when Preston Charming is killed in the most interesting way. It takes all they have, but the siblings soon find the culprit. What they didn’t expect was the trail of deceit, lies and sadness left by Preston Charming.
The story is interesting, charming and cozy. It has some small, interesting, mentions of fairytale personages but it isn’t a fairytale. It is quite unique and appealing to teens and adults alike. It discusses some adult topics though in a tactful way which attracted me a lot. The book could use a bit of editing to make it shine as much as it deserves. Still, here we find a great read for the entire family. Love the cover by the way, it depicted the story quite well.
I received a copy in exchange for my honest opinion.
Dennis grew up in the United States but has spent most of her life
within the pages of a book. A great novel has the ability to
transport you to another time or place and she loves all the worlds
she has had the opportunity to visit.
traveling the world and visiting new (and real) places and cultures
as her love of being transported to another place only grew as she
eating cheesecake, and changing countries.
Please tell us your name?
My name is Kelvyn Fernandes, author of The Many Adventures of Peter and Fi
Kelvyn, where were you born?
I was born in Toronto, Ontario, but my parents immigrated to Canada from Mombasa, Kenya.
Cool…how long have you been writing?
Ever since I was a child, I’ve been passionate about writing. I’ve always had running storylines and new ideas constantly popping into my head. I’ve written a few short stories, but this is my first full-length novel and I’m excited to share it with the world.
Interesting, Who are your favorite authors?
My favourite authors are George R. R. Martin, Brandon Sanderson, and Haruki Murakami. Growing up, I enjoyed reading the works of JK Rowling, Emily Rodda, Kathryn Lasky, and Christopher Paolini.
Loved the Aragon Series too. Tell us why you wrote your new book?
I’ve always had ideas for fantastical tales and far-off adventures running through my mind. They would blast their way into my imagination, linger awhile, and then move on so the next idea could take its place. The Many Adventures of Peter and Fi is the first story that I will never forget. It’s the story that popped into my mind and refused to leave. The characters took hold and dragged me through a tale of incredible monsters, interesting characters, and jaw-dropping settings I had buried away in my imagination. It got to the point where the adventures started writing themselves. I had formed these characters so clearly in my mind that I no longer had to think about what they’d say or how they’d react. It was like watching a movie; I was just bearing witness to what they would do next.
I love it when characters do that. The Many Adventures of Peter and Fi, what is it about?
The Many Adventures of Peter and FiÂ follows the titular characters as they work together, each searching for something uniquely special to them through the four kingdoms of their known world. It’s a tale of fantastical beasts, peculiar characters, remarkable settings, and a unique brand of biochemistry-based magic. A story that focuses on meaningful character interaction, delicate world building, and intense action battles.
What age is The many adventure of Peter and Fi intended for?
I’d say the main demographic is 13-25, but the story is meant for anyone who enjoys getting lost in a fantasy world.
Sounds interesting. Is there a book trailer for your book?
You can find out more about the first volume and the plans for the Peter and Fi series as a whole here: https://youtu.be/SjR8NQWJoP0
Love the cover by the way. 🙂 Where can we find your books?
You can find Volume I of my book on
The audiobook retails for $19.95 on Audible if you plan to buy it outright. But is available for subscribers to my patreon or as a podcast via all major platforms
Redemption Duet Book 1
Sweet Paranormal Romance
lives her life from day to day, nearly crippled by her social
anxiety. But if you ask anyone in Levi about it, they’d say she’s a
sweet, quiet girl who works hard to keep up her family’s small ranch
while holding down a job at the bookstore. No one knows that beneath
her smiles lay a shy introvert who wants nothing more than to stay at
home. It was easier to stay alone, stay isolated. That’s when she was
the happiest. But during one thunderstorm, all of that changed and
she met the first man she ever actually wanted to spend time
made a habit of avoiding people when at all possible. Getting tied
down, making friends, having a life only meant suffering. The
darkness that followed him since his adolescent years never left, not
really. It’d show up and ruin any hint of happiness that came his
way. Running from his past and the brother that cursed him with this
demon, Leo never expected to find something like home in the little
country town of Levi. And he didn’t expect one storm to bring him to
the barn of a girl with fire in her eyes and a face as beautiful as a
sunrise. A sunrise that could chase away all the shadows.
Redemption Duet Book 2
Clearwaterâ€™s prayers had been answered, but there was still so much
left to discover. Now determined to reject her mental illness, sheâ€™s
decided to be brave and not let her anxiety disorder take her away
from what matters. With the help of her friends and her faith, sheâ€™s
sure that she can finally have her life back. Something greater is
stirring in her heart and the man that had served as her solid ground
might just send her world off kilter again. All it takes is one
moment of honesty.
every bit of common sense, Leo Thompsons has chosen to stay in Levi.
The Darkness and his murderous brother are closing in, but he
believed that as long as he has Belle, he can find a way to break the
curse upon his soul. With the power of love and prayer, heâ€™s
finally fighting for his life and the chance to share that life with
the beautiful farm girl. Fate brought them together, but is he strong
enough to rebel against the forces of evil that have hounded him for
so long? Can he, once and for all, defeat his demons?
author of paranormal and urban fantasy fiction, Sheritta Bitikofer
lives for the deep, engaging stories that enthrall readers from cover
to cover. As a wife and fur-mama of eclectic tastes, she can be found
roaming Civil War battlefields, perusing the romance section of the
bookstore, or relaxing with a plate of chili cheese fries.
a look at the books she has available and stay tuned for new
He walked among grizzlies, ridden his bike under the midnight sun, climbed Mt St Helens, and evenÂ jumped out of a perfectly good airplaneSaturday, February 16th, 2019
As if in confirmation of her premonition, Alex is called on a dangerous mission to enlist Americaâ€™s aid in WWII. Trying to distract herself, Florence investigates what really happened when her son died. As she searches, she becomes convinced her son is alive, although witnesses say otherwise. And with each clue she discovers, she unwittingly draws closer to her old enemyâ€”the deranged woman who will stop at nothing to destroy her.
When Alex goes missing in action, Florence must reach deeply into her faith as she faces her greatest fears. If Alex is lost to the war, will she allow herself to love another man and fulfill her desire to have a family? Or will she remain alone the rest of her life?
Alexander Sterling:Richard ArmitageÂ /Â Florence Contini:Emma Watson
He needs this job to honor his late wife. Â She needs to complete her late fiancÃ©â€™s bucket list to be freeFriday, December 21st, 2018