A Minger`s Tale -Beginnings by RBN Bookmark

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What inspired you to write your memoir?
“Do greener pastures exist for the colour blind – & how would they ever know?”

About your Book:
Ribban Bookmark is one of life`s misfits. Born in Manchester, UK in the late 1950`s to Irish immigrants. He realised early on in life that his ladder to success was missing some rungs – in fact most of them. His search for life`s greener pastures, hampered by his colour-blindness. After 56 years circling the literary world’s perimeter fence, like a dog looking for somewhere to urinate, he stopped one night in August 2014. “A Minger`s Tale-Beginnings” were the result of that nights urination.
The book traces his humble beginnings from the back streets of Manchester.
He stands out in school with his bright red mullet and wearing one of the flowery Hawaiian shirts donated to the family by his aunt in Honolulu.
It follows him from aged five, through to his mid twenties where we leave him standing on a northward bound train platform in Peterborough having spent a weeks holiday in a POW camp in East Anglia.
This is his story part one.

How did you decide how to publish your book and where is it published through:
Createspace were a big help. Self publishing is the only economically viable option for new authors.
Publishing it through Amazon was a no brainer as they are without question the biggest player on the Ebook scene.
It is all about exposure these days.
The hard work of writing a book pales in comparison to the harder work that lies ahead afterwards.

How do you see writing a Memoir as different from writing other genres of books?
So many emotions came into play as I wrote this first book.
The book is me and I the book.
The personal side of a memoir touches everyone -not least the author.

Author Bio:
The Author
……..In brief

Originally from Manchester, I left the damp north of England behind me and exiled myself to the frozen north of Scandinavia where I have remained these last 25 years.
My writing started 3 years ago after a long hiatus. Urged on by family and friends
A Minger`s Tale-Beginnings eventually saw the light of day in March 2016.
The books quirky humor while portraying the flipside of life from the 1970`s to the mid 1980`s has endeared itself to readers on Goodreads, Amazon aswell the bloggers of Tometender and Tickmick. Both of whom have featured and reviewed it.
In 2015 I entered a rough outline of the second books first chapter as a short story to The Shelagh Delaney Writing Competition. The story was longlisted and will appear in a forthcoming anthology to be published later this year.

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Both Sides Now: A True Story of Love, Loss, and Bold Living by Nancy Sharp

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What inspired you to write your memoir?
I felt a responsibility and a calling to using my experience in a way that would benefit others. Loss is among the most human and universal of experiences, but so, too, is hope. I wanted to write about having to hold both loss and gain at the same time and what it means to reframe one’s story within this context. One bold step leads to others, and that is precisely how I came to remake my life in the wake of my first husband’s death. In so doing, possibilities I couldn’t have imagined opened to me and my small children. I consider Both Sides Now the giveback of loss, but the ending, well, it’s very hopeful and real.

About your Book:
Both Sides Now: A True Story of Love, Loss and Bold Living by Nancy Sharp is a memoir that hinges on the day the author delivered premature twins and her husband’s brain cancer returned after eighteen months in remission. In plainspoken language the story moves back through Nancy and her husband’s courtship and marriage—and forward through his death when the twins were two and a half, he was not-quite forty and Nancy was thirty-seven. Both Sides Now examines what it is like to hold life and death in the same moment and the necessity of learning to see beyond the frame’s edge.

The final section follows the family’s hopeful move to Denver in 2006. Through a magazine feature on eligible bachelors, Nancy met, fell in love with, and married Steve, a popular television anchor turned politician as well as a widower who’d lost his wife to cancer, and was raising two sons a decade older than Nancy’s twins. Nancy gives us this hopeful ending, while also letting us into the challenges of blending the past and present at once.

How did you decide how to publish your book and where is it published through:
My book is published by Books & Books Press.

How do you see writing a Memoir as different from writing other genres of books?
Write a memoir if you have a true story to tell that needs a more creative approach than an autobiography. You should never exaggerate or distort the facts or the truth, but memoir writing does allow for more creative interpretation. For instance, I knew that I wanted to write Both Sides Now using short chapters with ample white space. There is nothing linear about the process of healing so why not write the book as I lived it — in fragments? A good memoir should invite readers to reflect upon their own lives.

Author Bio:
Nancy Sharp is an author and keynote speaker who frequently talks to large groups about loss, renewal, and how to move from stuck toward positive change. She holds a MFA in Creative Nonfiction from Goucher College and writes regularly for The Huffington Post, and for numerous online media, national magazines, and regional newspapers. Both Sides Now: A True Story of Love, Loss, and Bold Living is her first book and the recipient of eight book awards including Books For A Better Life, a National Indie Excellence Award, and the Colorado Book Award. Forthcoming is a children’s picture book called Because The Sky Is Everywhere and a nonfiction work titled A Little Book For A Bold Life. Nancy lives in Denver with her husband, Steve Saunders, and their four children, ages fifteen through twenty-five.

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Crazy Free: An epic spiritual journey on the Pacific Crest Trail and beyond by Melissa Wyld

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What inspired you to write your memoir?
My Dad kept hounding about “what happened to you in Death Valley?”, but the answer was not so simple, so I decided to write about it, from what happened to me in Death Valley to quitting my Phd, traveling to India, walking the Pacific Crest Trail … the book just naturally flowed out once I sat down to answer the question.

About your Book:
“The true story of one woman’s solo journey: 2,660 miles on foot (thru-hiking the Pacific Crest trail), 444 miles by kayak (from Whitehorse to Dawson on the Yukon River), over 15,000 miles by road, with a side trip to the Indian Himalayas. A story of exploration, transformation, and awakening.”

Crazy free immerses the reader in the author’s leap of faith to unplug and awaken. We follow her roaming tracks as she abandons the trappings of the American Dream and journeys deep into unfamiliar worlds. Down the Rabbit Hole, she will face herself alone in the desert, stretch her belief system on the path of yoga in the Indian Himalayas, build calluses on the Yukon River, emancipate her mind on the PCT and survive post-trail reintegration. And, at each step, she will have to choose: surrender to the path of magic and unconventionality or shrink back to a world of debts, jobs and social expectations.

How did you decide how to publish your book and where is it published through:
I wanted to self-publish my book. It seemed like a fun challenging exercise, an adventure of its own right. It was in fact a much bigger adventure than I could have imagine. My biggest yet. I published the paperback version first, on CreateSpace, and toured the West coast selling my books one at a time. I then discovered Kindle Direct Publishing, and have been doing all my own promotion online since.

How do you see writing a Memoir as different from writing other genres of books?
Writing a memoir requires the ability to be brutally honest about events, people and facts stored – most likely incorrectly – in one’s memory. It requires the willingness to be naked, vulnerable, and sometimes even ugly, to own up to one’s own mistakes and toot one’s horn with humility. But, even before that, writing a memoir requires having had enough of an interesting life to write about. Fiction requires only a vivid imagination, though I suppose having had an interesting life probably helps.

Author Bio:
Melissa Wyld (a.k.a The Bobcat) is a feral writer. She lives off-grid in her trusty Toyota Truck. She wakes up every day to the first rays of sun illuminating the pristine wilderness she has chosen to call home for the night, cooks on a 3-oz stove made from a cat food can, nurtures a special friendship with one particular desert bee (with a severe addiction to Vermont maple syrup), grows organic sprouts on the front passenger seat, pursues adventures of the epic kind, and writes stories about them on her tailgate.

Her first book, Crazy Free, was written on the road, among the red rocks of Sedona, Arizona, in the vibrant green forests of New Hampshire, at the foot of majestic Mt. Baker in Washington, and everywhere in between. She does not currently have any plan to move back indoors.

Her next upcoming adventures are southbound thru-hikes of the Appalachian Trail (2016) and Continental Divide Trail (2017).

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Back to Joy: An Intimate Journey with Jesus into Emotional Health and Maturity by Toni Daniels

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What inspired you to write your memoir?
I was collecting all of my “back to joy” stories for myself actually. I needed some encouragement and wanted to remember the amazing ways God has lead me, healed me, spoken to me over the last 18 year journey. As I was collecting all of these memories and typing them for myself, I sensed the words “what I have told you in secret, shout from the roof tops” (Matthew 10:27). I believe that was God encouraging me to publish these memories for all to see.

I long to inspire others towards an integrated, Chirst-centered, joy-filled life by offering a new reality of what it looks like to live out of a relational mindset that can sense the Divine’s leading. I want others to know they are not alone, and that there is hope.

About your Book:
Have you ever found yourself without the resilience you need in order to thrive? Do you sometimes find it hard to manage your emotions well even though you pray, read your Bible, and serve others? Does God seem to be some illusive presence that you just can’t seem to sense or hear?

This practical and yet intensely personal book will give readers a different model for dealing with their problems. Learning to sense God enjoying her, no matter what, turns out to be the beginning of an intimacy with the Creator that the author never dreamed possible.

Joy, that feeling you get when someone is glad to be with you, has the power to manage all that goes on inside of us—when there is enough of it. Unfortunately, however, for many of us there is very little joy inside compared to the shame, fear, sadness, anger, and hopeless despair that swirl about. The result of this imbalance is emotional shutdown or meltdown, which leave us unable to fully connect with those around us. Depression and addiction run rampant when joy is lacking. And yet most of us are never shown healthy ways to deal with our emotions, to express them well, and to build the joy we need in order to endure the hardships of life. This is precisely what Back to Joy intends to do.

More than a simple “how-to” that simply gives you steps to follow, Back to Joy: An Intimate Journey with Jesus into Emotional Health and Maturity actually shows you:

• What it looks like to sense God’s enjoyment of you no matter what
• How going back to your past can free you to fully live in the present
• That your needs are valid and that God wants you to learn to receive
• What suffering well looks like when you have been attacked
• The radical mission God is on to seek and save all that was lost in your life and in the lives around you.

By reading intimate journal entries spanning 18 years of her life as a Missionary, Relational Coach, Pastoral Counselor, daughter, wife, friend and mother, you will see how Jesus has gently cared for the author, revealed His truth to her, healed traumatic memories, convicted her when she was stuck in harmful paradigms, and ultimately led her into health and maturity.

Toni’s book is an inspiring statement that you do not have to settle for a mediocre relationship with the Creator of the Universe. What are you waiting for? His delight in you can and will radically change your life as you let Him lead you back to joy.

How did you decide how to publish your book and where is it published through:
Honestly, I was praying about whether I should use a publisher or self publish, when I got an email about Chandler Bolt’s Self Publishing School. After watching the intro videos I was convinced that I needed to go for it. The Self-publishing school gave me everything I needed from structuring my time to coaching me through difficult moments. I could not have done it without them. Six weeks later I became a Kindle Best Selling Author!! Now I have all the tools and skills I need for many books to come! Check them out here: https://xe172.isrefer.com/go/curcust/Tonimdaniels

How do you see writing a Memoir as different from writing other genres of books?
A memoir is intensely personal and intimate. I have a gift for going inside of myself and expressing what is going on there. I could NEVER write fiction nor am I drawn to do that, although I admire people how do! I just know I do not have that skill set.

Author Bio:
Nicknamed “Sunshine” for the joy that she exudes, Toni Daniels has always loved being with people and creating spaces of belonging and meaning. At the early age of 16 after a short-term missions trip to Jamaica, Toni dedicated her life to going overseas and sharing the hope of Jesus with those who would never otherwise hear about His great love. From leading Worship and facilitating small groups through-out High School and College, she and her husband, Matt, moved to Uruguay, South America to start a church among the “most unreached group of people in all of the Americas” as Operation Mobilization stated.

After embedding in Uruguayan society, Toni and Matt quickly discerned that traditional church, as most know it, would never take root in Uruguay. People would only come to faith in God as they could sense Him enjoying them. Driven by their desire to see Jesus lived out in real life, Toni and Matt began focusing on creating “healthy, vibrant families of Jesus” that could follow God in transforming the world.

Also drawn to provide emotionally safe places for children to explore their Christian spirituality, Toni introduced Godly Play to Uruguay in 2006. To date, she has trained over 200 teachers and catechists, and more than 2,000 children have had the privilege of being a part of the community of Godly Play.

As an Interpersonal Relationship Specialist and Pastoral Counselor with more than 15 years of international experience offering training workshops and skills-based coaching, Toni’s passion is to help establish joy-filled, Christ-Centered environments that produce healthy relationships and increase resilience.

Toni is currently the Director of The Geronimo Center for Innovation and Leadership, which she co-founded in 2008 with her husband, Matthew. This Uruguay-based non-profit organization seeks to initiate a revolution of joy in the most secular and suicidal nation in the Americas by forming emotionally healthy leaders from all sectors of society who follow Jesus in transforming their world.

Toni’s undergraduate work focused on Spanish and Sociology. She also has a Master’s in Leadership and Church Planting from Columbia International University. While in Uruguay, she completed her diploma in Psycho-Spiritual Counseling from the Universidad Catolica de Uruguay in 2009. Other specialized training includes a certificate in Healthy Interpersonal Relationships from the International Trainer’s Association and PREP, inc., a relationship enhancement training based in Denver, Colorado. She is currently working to finish the three-year Thrive Leadership Training with Life Model Works.

Toni’s hobbies include karaoke, quilting, and sports. She loves being outdoors and spending time building joy with family and friends, especially her husband, their three children, and her poodle, Champagne.

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Croak Addict by LaTonya “Tee” Johnson

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What inspired you to write your memoir?
I was inspired to share my story about looking for love–in all the wrong places. I wanted to teach others how to have a healthy self-esteem and self-worth while dating (and in general).

About your Book:
Croak Addict is a quirky, coming of age story that asks and answers the question: How many frogs do you have to kiss before you find your prince? LaTonya “Tee” Johnson, a naïve hermit, crawls from under a rock and experiences culture shock as she encounters one fake, raunchy, opportunistic guy after the other. The unforgettable journey is jam-packed with seduction, deception, humor, betrayal, sexual abuse, witchcraft, corny pick up lines, heartache, two celebrities, an overdose, and a billion and one blind dates from hell! Painfully honest and peculiarly sensational, Croak Addict will grip you—and never let you go!

Croak Addict: Hooked on Losers is the first volume in the Croak Addict Series. It touches on a myriad of topics:

Self-image, self-esteem and worth issues
Sexuality and spirituality
Dating and courtship
Beauty and Body Dysmorphic Disorder
Abuse (mental, verbal, sexual, emotional and physical)
Addiction
Suicide
Law of Attraction
Singleness and celibacy
Mind control, mind games, psychology and witchcraft
Emotionally unavailable men
Love, romance and relationship addiction recovery

How did you decide how to publish your book and where is it published through:
My publishing company is 4 Lepers at the Gate Publishing. I decided to create my own publishing company because it would give me all the rights to my book and more leeway, creatively speaking.

How do you see writing a Memoir as different from writing other genres of books?
Memoirs are personal. It leaves the author vulnerable in a way. It is daring. You leave yourself bare before the world, yet sharing on that level is rewarding. Many lives can be changed through your one life.

Author Bio:
LaTonya “Tee” Johnson is a recovered “croak addict.” She’s also a singer, artist, t-shirt designer and ghostwriter.
She globetrots all across the United States on book tours, promoting her Stop Kissing Frogs campaign. She currently lives in Virginia—with her Prince.

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Breaking Through the Glass Ceiling, Traveling the World, and Other Adventures by Bonny Robinson Cook

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What inspired you to write your memoir?
I wanted to tell the story of how I went from being a school teacher to a vice president of Xerox, because it contains tips about how other ambitious people, female and male, can achieve their goals.

About your Book:
When Bonny Cook was growing up in Connecticut she wanted to be a school teacher, and she didn’t want to hear about any other possibilities. Actually, in 1960, the career possibilities for women were pretty much confined to teacher, nurse or secretary—or getting married and becoming a housewife.

When Bonny graduated from college in 1962 she went to California and taught for four years. She became disillusioned with teaching because of bad principals, quit, and shoehorned her way into becoming a business computer programmer, a job that had only recently been created. After gaining several years of experience she joined Xerox Corporation, and eventually worked her way up to vice president.

Bonny did this against the background of the women’s movement, which started about 1960. She was one of the pioneers as she broke through the so-called glass ceiling that prevented women from rising to high positions in the business world. She and others like her paved the way for young women of today, and made their climb easier.

The story of how she did it is interesting and exciting, and contains not only history, but also tips for today’s people in the workforce, whether female or male.

How did you decide how to publish your book and where is it published through:
E-book versions are published through Amazon Kindle and Smashwords, the best distributors for e-books.

The print version is published through CreateSpace, which offers excellent author tools to assist in publication, and distributes to the major markets, including libraries and bookstores.

How do you see writing a Memoir as different from writing other genres of books?
Writing a memoir is very personal. Your whole heart and soul goes into it. I hesitated before publishing this book because I wasn’t sure I wanted to bare myself to the world in this way.

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FEATURED BOOK: Running from the Mirror: A Memoir by Howard Shulman

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Just three days after he was born, Howard Shulman contracted an infection that devoured his nose, lips, lower eyelids, and tear ducts, leaving behind a gaping hole. Abandoned at the hospital by his parents, he became a ward of New Jersey under the care of a state-employed surgeon who experimentally rebuilt his face.

Running from the Mirror is the poignant true story of one man’s struggle to survive against staggering odds and find his place in the world. Howard gives an unflinching account of growing up a bullied outcast, with no family to officially call his own. Living on the edge, he relies on little more than street smarts and grit to rise from dishwasher to successful entrepreneur. Along the way, a European actress, a schoolteacher, and a fiery Latina help transform his life.

Filled with heart-wrenching suffering as well as soul-lifting joy, Running from the Mirror is an unforgettable testament to the strength of the human spirit.

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My Pal Shep by Vince Iuliano

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What inspired you to write your memoir?
My book follows the path of our first family pet – from the day we brought him home to the night we said our final goodbye. It’s real, it’s raw, it’s a simple true slice of life about how it was in the late 1960′ s. As the world erupted in protests, free love and Beatles music everywhere, we went about our normal lives. It’s suburbia in the days of Erma Bombeck and the 1968 elections.
As we age, things change and people pass. Memoir is a way of holding onto the past and giving it a sort of timeless permanence. Books last.

About your Book:
In 1968, the world was watching Captain Kangaroo and Dark Shadows. In Ronkonkoma, Long Island life was simple and carefree. Shep – our German Shepherd-Collie – came along at just the right time.
For pet owners and pet lovers worldwide, no explanation is necessary. A good family pet becomes part of the family, part of the fabric of our lives. Its loss can be devastating – so we celebrate our lives together, and the important role these special dogs play in them. Relive the late 1960’s – their turbulent times, life in the suburbs, and an appreciation of a special time and a very special family pet.
Shep was the name of our family pet. What was yours?

How did you decide how to publish your book and where is it published through:
My Pal Shep is on many venues but it started (and lives chiefly) on Amazon. I’ve got several memoirs and essays up there, including The World’s Worst Paperboy and Searching for Elvis as well as the new memory going up later this month, called The Book Store on the Lake. I find that i enjoy dipping into our rich past and audiences seem to enjoy the quiet break from my usual political or spiritual fare.

How do you see writing a Memoir as different from writing other genres of books?
Its hard to please family and friends as memories tend to be subjective, but i strove for accuracy. With fiction its a world that i create and so there are less objections from my (more personal) readers!

Author Bio:
I’ve been writing for about 50 years now. Children’s books, poetry, novels, plays, essays,you name it.
When people are talking to me at a party and i’m nodding to show my listening skills? Yeah, sorry, merely writing in my head.

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Waiter to the Rich and Shameless: Confessions of a Five-Star Beverly Hills Server by Paul Hartford

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What inspired you to write your memoir?
I wanted to share my experience with those who are unaware of the fact that these elite positions do exist and give hope to those aspiring to reach the the top of their game in food service. Of the many millions of food service workers around the globe, only a tiny number ever ascend to a top-level position at a world-renowned restaurant. On the other hand I hope that the story I tell of my personal evolution will also serve as inspiration to those who are chained to a corporate or 9-5 job and dream about taking a chance on themselves to finally break out and follow their heart’s true passion.

About your Book:
A down-and-out musician chops off his hair to become a server at the top of the Hollywood food chain, discovering a cloistered world of money, fame, bad behavior and intrigue.

Waiter to the Rich and Shameless is not just a peek into the secretive inner workings of a legendary 5-star restaurant; it is not just a celebrity tell-all or a scathing corporate analysis. It is a top-tier waiter’s personal coming-of-age story, an intimate look into the complicated challenges of serving in the country’s most elite, Hollywood-centric dining room while fighting to maintain a sense of self and purpose.

How did you decide how to publish your book and where is it published through:
After trying to get an agent for almost a year by sending out tailored query letters and book proposals, etc., I decided to self publish through my own publishing company. Since then I have spent over 7 months as a #1 Bestseller on Amazon in the Pop-Culture category, and now have an agent who is working hard to help me secure audio, foreign and even major publishing deals.

How do you see writing a Memoir as different from writing other genres of books?
Since I had the truth to draw on it wasn’t as challenging as it can be to write fiction but the truth can be painfully hard to write about as you have to relive it every time you edit or rewrite certain parts. But in another way it can also be very challenging to draw patterns out of real-life events, and to find a “theme” within one’s life to power the story. There’s a saying that fiction is harder than writing about real life because fiction has to make sense (whereas life doesn’t always make sense). However, there does have to be some kind of narrative flow to a memoir, and it does have to make sense!

Author Bio:
In order to become Hollywood’s top Waiter to the Rich and Shameless, Paul “Pauli” Hartford had to abandon his long-haired rocker dude persona and double down on his dedication to five-star servitude. After several turbulent years at the top of his waiting game, Hartford comes clean in this daring confessional, dishing about everything from debauchery to deification at the Beverly Hills hot spot he’s cleverly calling the “Cricket Room” to avoid being sued to hell and back.

As a noted musician and vocalist who has performed in Europe, Asia and America, Hartford has written over 100 songs and has landed musical licensing deals with several feature films and TV shows. Conversely, as a top-tier waiter, Hartford earned a six-figure salary and frequent trips to a therapist.

The “Waiter to the Rich and Shameless” ebook has spent over six months in 2015 on Amazon’s #1 Best Seller list. Hartford is developing a TV pilot based on the book as well as a sequel, “Waiter to the Rich and Shameless 2.” He is also hard at work on his second screenplay. He is also a noted musician and vocalist who has performed in Europe, Asia and America. He has written over 100 songs and has licensing deals with several TV shows. Paul Hartford lives in Los Angeles with his wife in a quaint apartment overlooking the ocean….. of cars on the 405 freeway.

Bon appetit!

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It Takes A Fool: A Tough Lesson Learned On Bullying by Sasha Dreams

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What inspired you to write your memoir?
I chose to write to book to heal from my past. After I finished it, I realized others could learn from my mistakes and choose to make better choices.

About your Book:
Life couldn’t be sweeter for ten year old Sasha… Sasha lives the good life and is the darling of her fifth grade class. Suddenly, her father loses his job, sending Sasha and the rest of her family into a downward spiral filled with drugs, disappointment, and disaster. To cope, Sasha empowers herself by bullying her best friend whose kindness and empathy only enrage her more. Sasha’s struggle with life, school, and failed dreams takes its toll in bouts of rage enacted on anyone who gets in her way–even her sister. It isn’t until she commits the ultimate act of unmerited vengeance against her best friend that she learns the truth. Will it be too late for Sasha to make things right?

How did you decide how to publish your book and where is it published through:
I decided to self publish through Createspace. I invested a lot of time and money to create a book that was worthy of my pain and struggles.

How do you see writing a Memoir as different from writing other genres of books?
Memoirs come from your heart. You have to unlock your past and relive some very rough times. It was painful and liberating at the same time.

Author Bio:
Sasha Dreams is a no one from nowhere pregnant with dreams. She dreams of hope, ambition, fulfillment and success. Sasha has learned from the mistakes of her childhood and transformed her weaknesses into strengths.

Sasha believes wholeheartedly that writing is healing. At times throughout her writing process it was painful, but now that the tears have dried and the past forgiven a horribly beautiful story has emerged. Follow Sasha on her journey as a writer, business woman, wife, daughter, sister, mother, and friend. Watch as her dreams come true.

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FEATURED BOOK: Voices Over Troubled Water by Joe Rosato

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On a rainy night in March 1958 Joe as a young boy of ten years old along with his younger brother are abandoned by their mother over Troubled Water. Joe desperately cries out loud with no one around to overhear him praying for help. That tragic night brings about hearing poignant voices that start to play an integral part in his life. This event haunts Joe while growing up from a boy into manhood causing him to always search for answers to why.
Relatives, teachers and mentors in Joe’s life begin to replace the lost love and guidance needed by a young boy to become someone worthwhile. These special individuals in Joe’s circle of life are quickly recognized and admired and give him the strong footing he needs to survive. Demands are placed on his teenage life that would destroy most young adults, but Joe finds the strength to overcome the bad pathways by those same voices over Troubled Water.
Along Joe’s journey in life Troubled Water shows its massive mind power at far reaching locations as he travels around the world while serving in the US Navy and the Vietnam War. He finds that there are some Troubled Waters that are finally at peace and those that are not and never will be.
A long time family secret is exposed accidentally which intertwines most of his elder family members and their silence for many years. This family secret enabled Joe to discover most of his long lost answers to questions that were thought to never be solved. Each and every one of these amazing stories in this memoir are true and have been experienced by the author.

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With Vigilance-A Woman in Long Term Recovery by Christine Campbell

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What inspired you to write your memoir?
I celebrated 24 years of sobriety last January. I had many college professors, mentors and friends encourage me-the comment was ‘this story needs to be shred !’ I obtained my masters last spring!I am grateful for the support and encouragement.Given the continued epidemic of drugs and alcohol use, we must talk about solution-real solution. I lived to tell! I am responsible for carrying a message-life is good!!

About your Book:
I had a chaotic upbringing and met and married a musician. You might say we had a lot in common back in the day. What seemed an innocent time back in the 70’s & 80″s became one hell of a ride. he got very lucky-gold records, limo’s Lear jets, life in the fast lane and all the heartache, insanity and users came with it. It is lonely at the top! Nothing is as it seems..we had one of the long (and rare) lasting marriages, had a child, lost the child, our minds and sanity in a split second. The revolving door of rehabs for me, he continues the insanity with other young naive girls. I lived to tell again!! My story may be the catalyst that opens the door for another-

How did you decide how to publish your book and where is it published through:
I self published and after being given a scholarship from smashwords-formating,vetting ect. I did my own book cover., I have been learning, tweeting, and standing on desks for a year!!

How do you see writing a Memoir as different from writing other genres of books?
Women still have stigma when especially when it comes to sharing the truth, the horror and the disillusion with life and their choices.It was a long road, secrets and drama comes back to haunt often, but we prevail. Many books form musicians are out (male) and we don’t hear from those of us that tolerate, support and ‘mother’ them! The long road to recovery is just a beginning to find peace, purpose and freedom.

Author Bio:
I was married to the bass player for Bob Seger when I was just a young girl. He was the lesser of two evils as he took me out of the insane house I was being raised in (hardly). The loss of our child was devastating of course, and the climb back out of the darkness took years, balls, and courage. I had many helpers and good support. I drank and used until I stroked out-but graduated college with a 3.9!! All things are possible! I live quietly in Northern Michigan-retired from the counseling field, and write

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