The Game That Almost Broke Me is the inspirational story of Tavarski Wallace, an ambitious player in the game of achieving a spot in the NFL, and a resilient player in the turbulent, challenging, and sometimes unfair game of life. The intriguing evolution of “Taz” Wallace is remarkable in this book-long journey, which is marked by milestones of overcoming adversity – from resolving struggles academically, supporting his hard-working single mother, to ultimately managing the unforgiving politics of professional football. From modest beginnings in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, Taz documents a series of key relationships which shaped him as an individual and helped fuel his dreams of becoming a linebacker in the NFL. With unrelenting persistence every step of the way, the experiences, failures, and surprising successes of Taz in The Game That Almost Broke Me prove how the American Dream can dramatically transform with time, and may even become something entirely different in the end.
How does a little girl survive an abusive mother, Catholic school, rape, and a near-death experience? Raised by an abusive, narcissistic mother (who once tried to trick her into having an abortion), Julie Coons was also raped in college by a stranger and later married an abusive man who threatened to kill her if she ever tried to leave. Suffering from physical and mental torment resulting in very low self-esteem, Julie often felt so completely alone during the many struggles of her life that she tried to take her own life. This book is her true story—telling all the secrets she was never allowed to tell to encourage and motivate others to heal their own lives and break the cycle of abuse. Her story shows that there is hope and life after abuse. Now that the secrets are finally out, Julie has found freedom. So can you. This Does Not Leave This House is a raw, poignant, and secret-revealing memoir written to lead a movement to break the silence of abuse and finally end its vicious cycle. With strength and resiliency, Coons provides a voice for the silent abused, letting them know they’re not alone. Justice and hope can prevail. The abused can become victorious. Read the heartbreaking true story of her journey to triumph above overwhelming obstacles.
After a childhood plagued with physical and emotional violence and a fourteen-year estrangement from her entire family, Nancy Richards discovers herself at a crossroads. The mother she had both loved and feared as a child reached her by telephone to offer an apology for her abuse and to express a desire for reconciliation.
As she looks into the rearview mirror of her life and at the horrors inflicted by her mother, Nancy must decide whether to risk the safety of her present life or remain an orphan of circumstances. Is there really any reason to go back for more?
Richards takes the reader on an emotional and inspirational journey offering hope that healing from violence in families may be possible.
This is Book 2 of a two-book series and also works well as a stand-alone book
This Memoir book is available in these Formats: eBook, Print
“This is like drinking tea and honey on a cold day.”
FINALIST for the 2014 RONE AWARD
A True Romance Memoir
Love was then.
Love is now.
Love is forever.
When tragedy struck, I thought for sure that my own life was at an end. I was wrong. This is the true story of how love once again brought romance and laughter back into my life.
If you love reading feel-good memoirs, then don’t miss THE THREE KITTIES THAT SAVED MY LIFE, where “Mike Meyer pens a tender tale of love, loss, and renewal. The depth of emotion is palpable…The Three Kitties will tug at readers’ heartstrings, as they ride through the emotional highs and lows of Mike Meyer’s remarkable story.” – InD’tale Magazine
Semicolon takes a frank but humorous, and often witty, look at the procedures and events surrounding one man’s journey through colorectal cancer. Mark takes on the serious, at times frightening, and potentially deadly issues. It will enlighten and entertain you at the same time.
In this memoir, every mother will find heartfelt messages that resonate. “Before I Let You Go” takes you on the emotional journey of striving to raise a perfect child knowing how deeply imperfect we all are. Kirsten’s beautiful words will draw empathy from deep within each reader. She bravely puts into words the lessons that mothers know will help their growing boy become a good man.
This book will be FREE on Kindle from March 14-18, 2018.
“I was petrified we would have a girl. Everything about having a girl was horrible to me – the princess parties, the fear of her safety, and the emotional roller coaster ride. But mostly I was afraid she would be like me – suicidal, unable to make brave choices, and trapped inside a body she didn’t love. I was terrified I would have to face that mirror in two places everyday.”
“Before I Let You Go” is a journey of Kirsten Wreggitt’s life through motherhood and marriage, and her self-discovery along the way. It is a collection of stories she wanted to share with her grown son about her life’s greatest lessons. These were stories she could not talk about with him because they were too uncomfortable or raw. As she says “In here I can say the things that catch in my throat. I can say the things that make your eyes roll. In here I can safely share what I have always wanted to tell you but there just was never the right time.”
Among the many stories in this book, Kirsten shares the difficulty of marriage, the struggle to love herself and her body, the triumph of facing her fears, the pain of loving a child, the regret of decisions, and the freedom of knowing yourself. She discusses these with a rare honesty and sometimes offers up surprising advice as a result.
It is a woman’s reflection on the halfway point of her life and the journey to get there. She shares the joy of being in the moment: “I am not anticipating the next stop, I am here paying attention and loving what I see.” She shares the struggle with finding her purpose: “And still what if I never really know why I am here? I still must eat. I still must drink. I still must sleep. And I must love. And love? Even if that is all there is, that changes everything.” And she shares her most difficult question of all: “I am face to face with my mortality and though I have loved others and was loved by others, the only question that remains was “did I love me?””
Author Lisa Orban is ready once more to share her triumphs, tragedies and hysterical misadventures in her eagerly anticipated second book, Wine Comes in Six-Packs. Although her life is an emotional roller coaster of ups, downs, twists and turns, she manages to keep the reigns steady on chaos and retains balance between tragedy and hilarity throughout her tales. Through her reminiscences of circumstance and consequence, she shares with us her inner strength in her continuing quest to find love, and happiness, on her own terms.
Craig Briggs’s bestselling Journey to a Dream told the true-life story of his dream move to Spain with wife Melanie and their dog Jazz. Not for them the tourist-packed Costas of the Mediterranean or the hills of Andalucia; they chose Galicia, an unspoilt paradise in the northwest corner of Spain.
In Beyond Imagination Craig and Melanie begin to realise their dream as they finally move in to their new home – El Sueño. Transforming their barren plot into a garden oasis tests both his resolve and physique, and an eye for a bargain sends them on a quest to secure a national treasure. As the adventures unfold new challenges appear.
Village neighbours are quick to introduce themselves and eager to assist when a communications oversight jeopardises their future, but even they are powerless to help when planning officialdom threatens to shatter their dream.
Stroll hand in hand with Craig and Melanie as they settle in to their new surroundings, and journey with them as they embark on a life Beyond Imagination.
Enormously smart, brave-hearted, extremely personal. Filled with practical advice you can use right away. This book will help thousands of people. –Myles Knapp, Contra Costa Times
An extraordinary book about mastering the art of living a happy, fulfilled and meaningful life. Dan Clark shouldn’t be here today. In 2013 he had a heart attack and barely survived. He wasn’t living right. Stress nearly killed him.In talking with people, he realized that what he was feeling was universal. We all get so hung up in competing in every aspect of our lives…
We forget to live.
You might remember Dan as Nitro, that buffed-up guy on American Gladiators. Whenever he felt any sort of emotion, he felt like he needed to build his shell even harder.
And it all led him to having a heart attack.
When he laid there in the hospital, all he could think about was… did he make a difference? Did he live the life he wanted to?
The experience of facing his mortality shined a light on what he loved in life, his reasons for living and how he wanted to live.
It gave him a clarity that he wanted to share in his new book F Dying. F Dying is a culmination of everything he learned about changing his live and helping others change theirs.
If you’re looking for ways to practice courage and fully show up at work, at home, and with the people you love…
If you’re trying to figure out how to move forward after a setback or trial and still hope, still dream, still see the possibilities in front of you…
If you want to transform your life, find balance, deep satisfaction, inner peace and connectedness…
This book is for you.
Author Lisa Orban is upfront that the reader shouldn’t dive into her world expecting resolution and recovery by the end of the book, and it’s a refreshing way to discover beauty and inspiration from the unconventional. Orban consistently illustrates this possibility through her reminiscences of both circumstance and consequence. Although her life is an emotional rollercoaster of ups, downs and twists, she manages to keep the reigns steady on chaos and retains balance between tragedy and hilarity through her tales. While some may argue that there may be peace in finding normality, Orban demonstrates how deviating from social obedience encourages us to define the world we live in by giving it meaning, and she does just that.
The inspiring true story of an eleven year old boy and his battle against bone cancer. This Autobiography is a very personal look at what it means to be a survivor. Get a free eBook copy of it from March 5 to March 9. Access to a free copy of Landon’s Award winning essay Facing Monsters and the short story My Ugly Cat included inside!
Chosen best nonfiction book by the 2016 Seven Sisters Book Awards and gold medal winner of the 2016 Wishing Shelf Book Awards, “Cruising the Mediterranean” is a feel-good day-by-day exploration of some of Europe’s greatest cities.
From Amsterdam’s Red Light District and Athens’ rickety Acropolis lift to Istanbul’s bustling Grand Bazaar, readers enjoy delicious fun, playful adventure and dazzling beauty.
Even before taking off on their bucket list cruise, the Lockwoods devise a way to defeat jet lag so that from the moment they arrive in Amsterdam, they’ll be alert, awake and ready to discover all that the city has to offer.
Join this spirited couple as they explore historic canals, scout picturesque neighborhoods, and wander cobble-stone streets.
In Venice, get a bird’s eye view from the tallest structure in the city. Walk with wonder through St. Mark’s Basilica, glimmering in gold and candlelight.
Climb the Bridge of Straw to photograph the famous Bridge of Sighs.
Wander colorful neighborhoods with jigsaw puzzle streets and magical waterways.
Visit the oldest neighborhood in Athens, the Grand Bazaar of Istanbul, and the stunning Greek island of Santorini.
And connecting all the historic sites in this dream-come-true trip, is the cruise ship Nieuw Amsterdam. At 86,700 tons, it is a floating resort boasting restaurants, lounges, shops, swimming pools, decks, artwork, a library, a live theater and the surrounding scenic beauty of the sea.
If you like being swept away to beautiful places and entertaining adventures, you’ll love Cruising the Mediterranean.
“We write for readers who love to travel or who dream of traveling,” says Sunny Lockwood, a former newspaper reporter and columnist. “When they read our books they discover how great travel is. No matter what your age, travel renews you. It energizes you. And it gives you lots of good stories to share with friends.”
Thinking back to January 2015; I was on the couch with tears in my eyes. I sat and wondered how easy it was for my husband to just walk away from our children and me. I started dwelling on the pains of unfulfilled promises.
I began thinking to myself how everything just seemed to be so easy for him while I was all choked up with pain. I just couldn’t explain the situation.
‘Was he that heartless?’
At some point when no one else but me was home, I contemplated committing suicide. However, I knew that’s not what God would want me to do, so I restrained from it. I knew down deep in my mind that God had so much better in store for me even though my heart wanted everything else in me to give up.
I could not help but think about all the other women who knew that he was married, but just wanted to break our home.
‘What were they thinking of when they all had his children?’
I wondered why any of them didn’t care to think, “Would breaking up a family just be okay.” Now, that my pity-party is all over and I’ve dried up all my tears, I can think clearly. The realization of breaking up our family wasn’t on them, it was on him.
Even though I could see God’s blessings upon me and I shouldn’t have complained, the pain had taken over me. Forgiveness was very hard. I spoke often on forgiving the unforgivable, so I had to forgive him.
‘But how would I not have forgiven him?’ I had to. Mother’s Day was just around the corner, and my thoughts were running crazy. Thinking, I’d wish he would just call me, so I can ignore his phone call. I would say to myself, ‘I’ll ignore his calls’, but when he’d finally call, I would answer.
Now, he looks so happy and honestly, I always wanted him to be. I just didn’t understand because I would not have left my husband and our kids for another man. That day, that’s what my thoughts were. The next day, I may be great. No one knows what the following day would be like. I would try to take everything one day at a time. For me, it was just a cycle of confused, then happy. Then depressed.
I would try to stay positive and keep smiling. The thing is, whenever I smiled, my chest would hurt so bad so much it seemed like I was going to have a heart attack. I kept thinking ‘how could this be?’ How could this happen to me! I took Pride in my moral beliefs. ‘No way! No how! This is just all a dream.’ I thought to myself; ‘an illusion’.
Yes, a dream and I really wanted to wake up from it now. Wait! I can’t sleep. I haven’t been sleeping. This is not a nightmare.
Reality check; ‘my mother is dead, and I’m divorced. Well, life has to go on.’
So, I asked the Lord, ‘Father God, what am I called to be?’ What exactly is wrong with me? I know I need to let go. I’m outside of your Will, and I don’t like it this way. I can’t help what happened. God show me some truth to set me free from what I don’t want to believe even when I know it’s the truth’.
My thoughts on this situation— ‘many people are sick with the secrets they keep. Sometimes, you have to let it out—to God.’
I asked, ’God, why am I angry? What is the root of my problem?’ I said, ’God please, change me!! Show me what you need me to do and build me up for you.’
In my battles of forgiving, letting go and healing for the mind, heart, and soul. Here are prayers I gathered along the way. I hope this helps someone going through a situation that they wish had never come up.
The Beatles, Hippies And A Spiritual Revolution
When A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupad came to America from India in 1965, few Westerners knew the deep spiritual truths behind ancient Vedic culture and civilization. Sam Speerstra, Shyamasundar Das, became one of the first disciples of the Krishna movement. His astonishing coming of age story is a wild ride through the Summer of Love in San Francisco, connecting with the Beatles in London and traveling with the Swami to India and beyond.
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Anyone who grew up reading fairy tales and watching Disney films knows the handsome prince always sweeps in and saves the damsel in distress. Dennis F. Hightower created his own version of those tales, starring himself as the prince. But he forgot one thing — the prince is supposed to follow through with a happily-ever-after. He’s not supposed to decide one day to walk away, leaving the devastation of broken promises and lies behind.
Divorce attorney Dori Bye was definitely not looking to be swept off her feet, but that’s exactly what happened when she met Dennis F. Hightower. He appeared to be charming, gentlemanly, powerful and extremely generous. Their courtship included lavish gifts, travel to Europe and the promise of a lifetime of respect, happiness and true love. The romance was like a fairy tale, and the sky seemed to be the limit for the perfect power couple.
During the four-month relationship prior to marriage, Dennis became the Deputy Secretary of Commerce in the Obama Administration. The couple purchased a dream mansion in Connecticut. Then everything began to fall apart. Smiling blindly, Dori realized she was being groomed to be nothing more than a “Washington wife,” continuously pushed into the background as Dennis used his Black Elite status to gain yet more power.
Then, almost as quickly as the power couple became entwined in their relationship, it started to unravel. Dennis resigned his position to return to private industry and board positions, or so Dori thought. Suddenly the big money started disappearing, or appeared never to have been there in the first place. Their dream home was lost to foreclosure. Exposed with the layers of lies, Dennis lost his charm and charisma, along with his power.
This is a true story of romance, white-collar crime and a short-lived marriage, followed by a pattern of deception culminating in lawsuit upon lawsuit, including bankruptcy, foreclosure and one of the longest divorces on record in Connecticut.
Here you’ll discover yourself as you discover a woman who allows the Thai people to open her up. And as she begins to relax and unwind, you’ll read about how downright cynical and fearful she’d become — down into her cells, as influenced by her native Western culture.
Not only does this book introduce you to the joys of Thailand, but it also explores, in a personal way, how culture strongly shapes who we think we are, what values we think we believe in, our tensions and behavior, how we meet life.
In the process of telling its tale, you will read about Thailand’s rice culture, Buddhism, the Thai language, bits about her history and food, and you’ll visit Bangkok, as well as small town village life.
In this new book of hers, the author once again softly and gently and deftly leads us to places we’ve never been, asking questions we’ve rarely if ever asked.