Free Book 12/15/2014: Lost in Transplantation: Memoir of an Unconventional Organ Donor by Eldonna Edwards

Lost-in-Transplantation-AmazonThis book is free on these days only – 12/15/2014 at midnight PST until 11:59 pm on 12/17/2014. If the dates are the same that means the book is free one day only.

Amazon Top-Rated book! Who knew it would be so hard to give away a kidney? When 48 year-old single mother, massage therapist and returning student Ellie meets a young woman with kidney disease, she decides to make it her mission to save the girl. Over the course of four years Ellie discovers that donating an organ to a stranger turns out to be way more than she bargained for. Ultimately, she discovers that giving someone a second chance at life has given HER a renewed sense of purpose. An engaging story that is at times irreverent, inspirational and heartbreaking. Ellie’s life-changing mission to help another human being will keep you turning the pages well into the night. It might even change YOUR life.

“Beautifully written…hugely compelling page-turner.” Tom Franciskovich, editor, SLO Life Magazine.
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Free Book 12/12/2014: HOW TO WRITE YOUR MEMOIRS by Johnny Ray

e-book-HOW-TO-WRITE-YOUR-MEMOIRS1This book is free on these days only – 12/12/2014 at midnight PST until 11:59 pm on 12/16/2014. If the dates are the same that means the book is free one day only.



Award Winning Novelist

And Professional Memoir Ghostwriter

Do you have a legacy that needs to be preserved?

Would you like to see your life told in the form of a novel?

Or made into a movie?

Making you both rich and Famous

What words of wisdom do you want to leave for your family?

Would you like to have your life’s work validated?

Or the record set straight?

In Reality

when will you write your memoirs?
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Seriously Mum, What’s an Alpaca? by Alan Parks @AlpacaBook

‘Seriously Mum, What’s an Alpaca?’ is the frank and charming story of a brave couple who risk everything to move to Spain to breed alpacas. Their intention is to make a living, but first they must negotiate their way through the Spanish property market, local characters, rogue builders and the worst weather Andalucía has seen for 100 years.

Alan and Lorna experience the joy, but also the heartbreak of alpaca breeding, picking up an assortment of stray animals on the way.

‘Seriously Mum, What’s an Alpaca?’ may be full of glorious highs and monumental lows, but it is essentially a story of endeavour and spirit, living each day as though it may be the last.

Targeted Age Group:
All ages

How is Writing In Your Genre Different from Others?
My writing is quite ‘blog’ styled. I have been writing blogs since we moved here, and also had some articles published in newspapers. Hopefully thi makes my book lighthearted and easy to read.

What Advice Would You Give Aspiring Writers?
Just do it, dedicate as much time as possible to it, and push it as much as possible, you don’t need a deal from a publisher to make it.

Author Bio:
My name is Alan Parks, and I have been living in the Olive Groves of Andalucia for five years. My partner, Lorna and I moved here to pursue a dream of breeding alpacas. Life here is very different, and we live off grid, with no real electricity.

What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
Having been living in rural Spain for five years, we had many stories, and many friends who said we should write a book, so last year, I decided to sit down and put pen to paper, Seriously Mum, What’s an Alpaca? is the result.

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Back from the Abyss: The Autobiography of a Low-Bottom Alky by Kieran Doherty

In Back From the Abyss, Kieran Doherty takes the reader along on the wild ride that was his life. With a voice reminiscent of Pete Hamill’s in A Drinking Life and a childhood as tough as Frank McCourt’s in Angela’s Ashes, he tells his story, full of wit, bravado, and Irish charm. We watch him change from altar boy to rebel … then throw away a promising career in the theater. We follow him through his almost unbelievable adventures in the military … through four marriages and countless lovers … through the alcohol-fueled crimes that ultimately landed him in prison … and, finally, through the ugly reality of the cancer that killed him. Along the way, we get a feel for the internal pain, the constant struggle of the “low-bottom” alky to make it from one day to the next.

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Author Bio:
Kieran Doherty started his writing career as a journalist. For more than 40 years, he wrote newspaper and magazine articles about business, travel, health, and investing. During that time, he also published several short stories and 14 nonfiction young adult books. One of those books, Sea Venture, a history of the settlement of Bermuda and Jamestown, was nominated as Nonfiction Book of the Year by the Library of Virginia. His memoir, Back From the Abyss: The Autobiography of a Low-Bottom Alky, was completed shortly before he died in 2010 at the age of 64.

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Gift Guide: True Story Of Kill Or Be Killed In The Real Old West by Frank “Pistol Pete” Eaton

Cover-usedTargeted Age Group:: 35-75
Category: Biographies & Memoirs

About True Story Of Kill Or Be Killed In The Real Old West:


Long forgotten memoir by one of the most feared (yet virtually unknown today) 1870’s Old West gunfighter, hired gun regulator and lawman was recently discovered hidden away in a stage coach trunk in abandoned barn near of all places – -Disney World in modern day Florida.

This one-of-a-kind book is a time machine that takes you back and reveals the eye opening true story of what really went on in the Wild West’s: kill or be killed fast draw shootouts, hell-bent-for-leather outlaw chases, and lead dodgin’ narrow escapes.

So who was he?

His name was Frank Eaton and he was known simply as: “Pistol Pete”

Don’t be surprised if you’ve never heard of ‘em because you won’t find his name in any of today’s western history encyclopedias or glorified in movies or on TV.

But make no mistake about it – -he was one of the most feared men of his time to ever buckle on a gun rig. And he

holds nothing back – -using at times what would be considered today to be “politically incorrect” language – -to tell the eye opening true story of real Old West gunfighters, dedicated lawmen and astonishingly dangerous outlaws.

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Gift Guide: He Just Needs To Be Loved by Patricia Zimmerman

He_Just_Needs_To_Be__Cover_for_KindleTargeted Age Group:: 18+
Category: Memoir

About He Just Needs To Be Loved:
When my husband, Roger, and I adopted three-year old Tyler from Ukraine in 1992, the orphanage director told us, “He just needs to be loved,” but Tyler needed much more than love. The product of a neglectful and abusive environment, he was a wounded little soul who fought every attempt that was made to integrate him into our family, afraid to trust in human relationships. During his frist years in America, he was diagnosed with RAD (Reactive Attachment Disorder) PDD (Pervasive Developmental Disorder-an autism spectrum disorder) and Tourette Syndrome, leaving my family overwhelmed and ill-prepared to handle such an emotionally fragile little boy. HE JUST NEEDS TO BE LOVED chronicles Tyler’s journey from a troubled child to a confident, happy, young man with endless possibilities.

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Gift Guide: Both Sides Now by Shawn Inmon

BSN-Bridge-FINAL-WEBTargeted Age Group:: 45+
Category: Memoir

About Both Sides Now:
Do you remember your first love?

When Dawn moved from Southern California to rainy, rural, Washington state in 1976, love took a backseat to worries about fitting in at her new school. Over time, her friendship with the boy next door grew until she realized she had found her first love without ever looking for it. Their sweet romance turned sour in 1979, and she said good-bye to that first love, apparently forever.

Twenty seven years later, a chance run-in led Dawn to question whether or not first love can really last and if she can find her own happily ever after. If you remember your first love, what it was like growing up in a small town where everyone knew your secrets, or the simpler times growing up in the seventies, you will find much to relate to in Both Sides Now.

Both Sides Now is a standalone true story that is a companion piece to the best-selling memoir Feels Like the First Time. They can be read separately or in any order.

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Gift Guide: Feels Like the First Time by Shawn Inmon

FLTFT-NEW-WEBTargeted Age Group:: 40+
Category: Memoir

About Feels Like the First Time:
“The Wonder Years” meets “The Notebook” in this true-life coming-of-age love story.

If you remember your first love, your first date and your first kiss, then Feels Like the First Time will take you back to those moments. Shawn met Dawn when she moved in next door in 1976. Soon, they were best friends, then became each other’s first loves. Shawn was outgoing but bookish, Dawn, beautiful and reserved. Their storybook romance came to an end when Dawn’s parents forbid them to see each other.

They obeyed – for 27 years, until a chance meeting swept them up in a storm of emotions and memories. Can the sweet bond of first love not only survive into middle age, but flourish?

Feels Like the First Time lets you share in the magic of young love in small town America in the 1970s. No matter how much the world changes, some things – timeless music, high school dances, making out in the backseat of a Chevy Vega, and of course true love – will always remain the same.

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Gift Guide: Any Road Will Take You There: A Journey of Fathers and Sons by David W. Berner

AnyRoadWillTakeYouThereTargeted Age Group:: PG
Category: Biographies & Memoirs

About Any Road Will Take You There: A Journey of Fathers and Sons:
Recipient of a Book of the Year Award from the Chicago Writers Association, Any Road Will Take You There is honest, unflinching, and tender.

In the tradition of the Great American Memoir, a middle-age father takes the reader on a five-thousand-mile road trip — the one he always wished he’d taken as a young man. Recently divorced and uncertain of the future, he rereads the iconic road story — Jack Kerouac’s On the Road — and along with his two sons and his best friend, heads for the highway to rekindle his spirit.

However, a family secret turns the cross-country journey into an unexpected examination of his role as a father, and compels him to look to the past and the fathers who came before him to find contentment and clarity, and celebrate the struggles and triumphs of being a dad.

Any Road Will Take You There: A Journey of Fathers and Sons is a heartwarming and heartbreaking story told with humor and grace, revealing the generational struggles and triumphs of being a dad, and the beautiful but imperfect ties that connect all of us.

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Gift Guide: She’s Not Herself by Linda Appleman Shapiro

ShesNotHerselfTargeted Age Group:: PG
Category: Biographies & Memoirs

About She’s Not Herself:
“An honest and compelling story by a brave and gifted writer.” Wally Lamb, author of “She’s Come Undone” and “I Know This Much Is True”

On the surface, her childhood seemed normal–even idyllic. Linda grew up in the iconic immigrant community of Brighton Beach, Brooklyn, with her parents and a gifted older brother. But she spent her days at home alone with a mother who suffered major bouts of depression. At such times, young Linda was told, “Your mother…she’s not herself today.” Those words did little to help Linda understand what she was witnessing. Instead, she experienced the anxiety and hyper-vigilance that often take root when secrecy and shame surround a family member who is ill.

She’s Not Herself: A Psychotherapist’s Journey Into and Beyond Her Mother’s Mentall Illness is a journey to make sense of the effects of multi-generational traumas. Shapiro is ultimately able to forgive (without forgetting) those who left her to fend for herself–and to provide readers with the wisdom of a seasoned psychotherapist who has examined human vulnerability in its many disguises and has moved through it all with dignity and hope. The result is a memoir of love, loss, loyalty, and healing.

“A revealing account of someone who grew up with a mentally ill parent and survived to become an effective, loving mother and a successful professional healer.” The U.S. Review of Books

“A Story that applies to us all–truthful, carefully crafted, and created with a clear-eyed affection.” David Watts, MD, poet, writer, musician, NPR commentator

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Gift Guide: Reflections of a Successful Wallflower – Lessons in Business; Lessons in Life by Andrea Michaels

WallflowerFrontCoverEditedTargeted Age Group:: 18-79
Category: Biographies & Memoirs

About Reflections of a Successful Wallflower – Lessons in Business; Lessons in Life:
Andrea Michaels is literally the backbone of the special events industry. In fact, Special Events magazine awarded her the one-time Pillar of the Industry Award in January, 2014. Michaels launched her business when there was no formalized or defined marketplace. She was, and still is, a trailblazer, pioneering the way for others to follow. Always on the cutting edge of the business, she has stacked up a pile of firsts (and more than 50 prestigious awards) in her legendary career – initiating corporate mystery events and interactive themes, charging into the international market ahead of her colleagues, incorporating never-before-used technology into her events, just to name a few. That alone should make her extraordinary, but she runs much deeper. Noted as one of the most caring and giving educators of our time, she has traveled the world to teach others not just her art and craft but to help them learn from her own mistakes. How did this genius evolve? Why is she so revered by all her peers? What does she know that we don’t?

This book can only be compared to reading Andrea’s diaries. This first inductee into the industry Hall of Fame shares, openly and candidly, not only the public wunderkind but the inner woman. Discover the workings of one of the foremost event producers in the world. You’ll laugh; you’ll cry; you’ll be in disbelief and fascinated at the same time. She is a storyteller, and her stories and her life are great lessons for everyone.

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Gift Guide: Wedding Photographer by Bill Collins

WeddingPhotographerTargeted Age Group:: 16-99
Category: Biographies & Memoirs

About Wedding Photographer:
Story of one pro wedding photographer’s 45 year career:
∙ humorous stories does he tell about what all he saw?
∙ sticky situations did he encounter?
∙ did he do to quickly double his annual income?

“Wow!! This fast, funny and informative read really delivers!”

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