Raising the Roses by Ernestine Rose

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What inspired you to write your memoir?
I raised four sons, and I’m proud of every one of them. But it wasn’t always easy. I included them as much as possible in the extra-curricular activities I sponsored as a high school English teacher. My evenings were often spent juggling dinner and grading papers. And though we were struggling to get by from paycheck to paycheck, we did our best to make them feel that they had everything they needed and most of what they wanted. I entertained my classes with funny stories about my boys, and in brainstorming for my next topic, i just started writing stories about them. I laughed and cried through much of this process, and when I finished this book, my boys, now in their 20’s and 30;’s, were my first customers. I realized that working moms everywhere have to juggle nurturing with their careers, and I thought I had some good stuff to share. That’s how I came up with Raising the Roses, titled, of course, after our family name.

About your Book:
Raising a family is often challenging and exasperating, especially if you’re raising four boys. The ups and downs of marriage and family life are explored on the crazy roller coaster of parenthood, riding on a constant balance between getting everybody where they need to be and managing a budget and career. From “Superwoman Is a Myth” to “The Shelf Life of Girlfriends,” you will laugh out loud at the Rose family’s challenges of raising kids in a modern world as you empathize with your own family relationships and the sound parenting advice the book offers. It’s a “must-read” for mothers who are overwhelmed with micro-managing children, households, money, and too little time. Raising the Roses is a delightful memoir of the trials and tribulations of raising four boys with sanity and a sense of humor.

How did you decide how to publish your book and where is it published through:
I struggled with various publishing platforms like Smashwords and Mobi,and when I discovered KDP Select and Createspace, that was my answer to publishing. I’d just retired, and paying a vanity publisher was out of the question. I purchased and studied several Kindle programs, and as I struggled with formatting and publishing, I got frustrated and just went on to the next book. I figured it all out after I finished the third book, and put them all on Kindle within a week. Of course I’d like to land a publisher someday, but the competition is stiff and it’s hard to sell books unless you’re already famous.

How do you see writing a Memoir as different from writing other genres of books?
I love telling a good story. My first book, 7 Tips for a Successful Marriage even when Opposites Attract, was my first venture into becoming an author. I didn’t enjoy it as much as I thought I would because it was too much like doing a research paper. When I got into Raising the Roses, then writing became the joyous work that I’d anticipated. I love a good story, and this book allowed me to tell my own in the way I best remembered it. I loved reaching into the past and recalling so many memories that I’d forgotten, or hadn’t even thought about in years. My last book, Tales from the Family Tree, is a short story collection, some based on my family and others just made up. I love making choices about characters and plot,and deciding how the story should go, even if it’s based on real-life events. There’s a lot more freedom, of course, in writing fiction.

Author Bio:
Ernestine Rose grew up on the west side of Chicago during the turbulent 50’s and 60’s. Adopted by an older couple,she spent a great deal of time as a child reading and participating in dance and drama club activities in school. Bradley University and the University of Dallas prepared her for a successful career as a teacher of English, speech and theater in Peoria and Fort Worth, where she earned numerous educator awards. As a retired public school teacher and mother of four sons,she is making her debut as a writer with the publication of three books: 7 Tips for A Successful Marriage, Raising the Roses, and Tales from the Family Tree. She currently works with DVA Productions, a local theater company in Fort Worth, teaching acting classes and directing plays. Inspired by Toni Morrison and Alice Walker, her focus in both writing and theater is on the power of language,love, and family.

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Free Book: I Can Find My Might by Gabriella Van Rij

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I Can Find My Might has been specifically written for students, parents, and educators. Gabriella’s personal experience creates a boots-on-the-ground approach that is nothing short of magical. Does it ever go away? No, it doesn’t… I’ll never get used to the bad words. I’ll never get used to the extreme meanness. What are they whispering? I’ll continue to pretend not to care.

But, boy, do I care… Meet three-year-old Gabriella, adopted from Pakistan into a Dutch family when cross-cultural adoptions were unheard of. Short, brown-skinned, and with a lazy eye problem, Gabriella must learn how to survive in a strange new world where she is picked on for being different from her family and her school peers. In this gripping part memoir and part self-help book for students, readers are invited to closely experience Gabriella’s stormy childhood, which will encourage empathy while also helping students see the uniqueness they are each blessed with.

About the Author
Gabriella van Rij is the author of With All My Might, a memoir of her experiences, and I Can Find My Might, an empowering children’s book that teaches self-acceptance.A kindness activist and speaker, with guest appearances on shows like Dr. Phil and other news channels, Gabriella works to spread the message that we are all unique and each of us has something to offer others. She is the leading voice of the Kindness movement.
Gabriella has a grown daughter. When Gabriella has time off she meditates, reads, and plays with her tiny Maltese dog, Bella..

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Free Book: The Life Changing Lessons of Nelson Mandela by Steven Nash

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Discover The Inspirational Story And Life Changing Lessons Of Nelson Mandela!

There’s no doubt that Nelson Mandela is one of the greatest leaders and most inspirational human beings of our life time. This book goes into details about the life of Nelson Mandela, his incredible story, and how he was able to rise above the obstacles he faced to become an incredible leader of a nation.

There’s much to learn from Nelson Mandela that we can apply to our own lives. This book will provide a lot of inspiration and some of the most powerful lessons and teachings from Nelson Mandela.

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Free Book 09/19/2014: SPIKED by SHARRON GOLD

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Christian Bale: The Inside Story of the Darkest Batman by Harrison Cheung

ChristianBale_FrontCoverWhat inspired you to write your memoir?
I spent almost 10 years living and working with actor Christian Bale (DARK KNIGHT RISES) as his publicist, personal assistant and real life “Alfred.” As an Internet marketing professional, I also marketed Bale as the biggest star of the Internet throughout the 1990s. This book is a memoir of my years with Bale as well as a biography of his private actor.

About your Book:
Before Christopher Nolan and Warner Bros picked Christian Bale to be Batman on September 11, 2003, Christian had a unique advantage over the other actors vying for the role. He had been the Internet’s Biggest star for the past 10 years. This book is not only Christian’s biography – his struggles as a child actor from Steven Spielberg’s bomb, Empire of the Sun, to his relocation to America and his challenge to establish a career after the box office disaster of Newsies – but it’s also a memoir of his real life Alfred – Harrison Cheung – and how Bale’s fan would relocate from Canada to California to market Bale on the the Internet and how the World Wide Web empowered a new generation of fans, the Baleheads, to help the notoriously publicity-shy actor.

Author Bio:
Meet the real-life Alfred! Harrison Cheung worked for Christian Bale as publicist, marketer and personal assistant for almost a decade. As a family friend and confidant, Harrison was involved with practically every aspect of Christian’s life, including his publicity, finances, immigration, fan mail, and, of course, web marketing. Using web marketing, Harrison created the Balehead fan community and made Christian Bale the biggest star on the Internet. Entertainment Weekly touted Bale as one of the ‘Top Cult Figures of the Past Decade’ because of his Internet presence. Past clients include: Jake Gyllenhaal, Charlton Heston and Gloria Steinem.

How did you decide how to publish your book and where is it published through:
I signed with a literary agent and she sold the book to BenBella Books.

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Free Book: Detour From Normal by Ken Dickson

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When a respected engineer and devoted family man learns that he must undergo emergency surgery, he has no idea that it will land him in a high security psychiatric ward where he will be branded “a danger to self and others,” and “persistently and acutely disabled”. Detour from Normal is the shocking true story of author Ken Dickson’s unexpected journey into medically induced madness.

Detour from Normal is more than a sharing of the pitfalls of our medical and mental health systems. It is a story of two people deeply in love, but torn apart by fate, an eye opening introduction to the stigma of mental illness, and a personal run-in with the poor, broken souls trapped in our mental health system. It is a rich and varied exploration of our humanity.

About the Author
Ken Dickson is the author of Detour from Normal, the true story of a respected engineer and devoted family man who was committed to a high security psychiatric ward as a result of surgery. Ken lives in Phoenix, Arizona with his wife and assorted pets. Ken strives to share stories of conquered adversity and personal growth to inspire readers to live more passionate and fulfilling lives.

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Free Book: Depression: My Battle – A Young Man’s Staggering Journey From Hopeless To Hopeful by Jacob Reimer

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UNDERSTANDING DEPRESSION

Depression has definitely become more recognized in recent years in general society. But that doesn’t mean it’s widely accepted, understood, or properly dealt with. I believe that one of the best ways to improve this is through education, especially through hearing from people who are brave enough to share their stories. That is my intention with this book: to use my story to help you understand depression and learn how you can help yourself if you’re struggling.

In this book, I share my secrets and show you some of the darkest times of my life. It’s been hard to write about these times, but above all, I want you to know that you’re not alone. I got through my dark times, and with the right information and help, so can you.

It is not my objective to sugarcoat anything, nor to give you some “quick fix” solution. There is no quick fix for depression, and those who say there is obviously have never truly experienced it for themselves.

WHO AM I?

You could say I’m nobody. I have no degree. I’m not a licensed professional. I’m not a doctor—I don’t even play one on TV.

What I do have is my experience. I’ve been through anxiety and depression. I’ve hit rock bottom, shattering so hard that I thought I could never be put back together. I lay there, wounded, for years, only to find a sense of motivation from within that I didn’t know existed—a resilience in my very being that wouldn’t allow me to give up without a fight. I patched my wounds, staggered to my feet, and stood tall for the world—and myself—to see. Then I took my first step towards freedom.

Overcoming depression isn’t something that happens overnight. It’s a journey. By showing you my journey, I want to provide you with a sense of hope. I want to equip you with the tools necessary to make your own journey, and guide you towards the first step.

INSIDE DEPRESSION: My Battle…

Inside You’ll Discover…
-My story and personal battle with depression
-My struggle with suicide and how I OVERCAME it!
-The series of events that lead me to reach such a low point
-My personal struggle with debilitating anxiety and how I worked to overcome it!
-My advice for others, including how to find strength in the struggle and come out the other side STRONGER!
-How to find the joy in life again!
-Plus much, much more!

About the Author
I live a pretty extraordinarily normal life.

I currently reside in beautiful British Columbia, Canada, with my amazing family, whom I love. I am currently a full-time author at the age of 20, and I am LOVING every minute of it.

While I may be young in age, I believe my experiences and incredible adventures give me a unique perspective–a point of view you couldn’t get from anyone else.

I try to live every day as if it were my last, allowing myself to fully experience the highs and lows of each and every day. I refuse to let myself get hung up on insignificant events, and instead choose to respond with positivity, optimism, and love.

I truly hope you enjoy my books.

Thank you and have a great day!

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Free Book: Depression: My Battle – A Young Man’s Staggering Journey From Hopeless To Hopeful by Jacob Reimer

This book is free on these days only – 09/14/2014 at midnight PST until 11:59 pm on 09/18/2014. If the dates are the same that means the book is free one day only.

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UNDERSTANDING DEPRESSION

Depression has definitely become more recognized in recent years in general society. But that doesn’t mean it’s widely accepted, understood, or properly dealt with. I believe that one of the best ways to improve this is through education, especially through hearing from people who are brave enough to share their stories. That is my intention with this book: to use my story to help you understand depression and learn how you can help yourself if you’re struggling.

In this book, I share my secrets and show you some of the darkest times of my life. It’s been hard to write about these times, but above all, I want you to know that you’re not alone. I got through my dark times, and with the right information and help, so can you.

It is not my objective to sugarcoat anything, nor to give you some “quick fix” solution. There is no quick fix for depression, and those who say there is obviously have never truly experienced it for themselves.

WHO AM I?

You could say I’m nobody. I have no degree. I’m not a licensed professional. I’m not a doctor—I don’t even play one on TV.

What I do have is my experience. I’ve been through anxiety and depression. I’ve hit rock bottom, shattering so hard that I thought I could never be put back together. I lay there, wounded, for years, only to find a sense of motivation from within that I didn’t know existed—a resilience in my very being that wouldn’t allow me to give up without a fight. I patched my wounds, staggered to my feet, and stood tall for the world—and myself—to see. Then I took my first step towards freedom.

Overcoming depression isn’t something that happens overnight. It’s a journey. By showing you my journey, I want to provide you with a sense of hope. I want to equip you with the tools necessary to make your own journey, and guide you towards the first step.

INSIDE DEPRESSION: My Battle…

Inside You’ll Discover…
-My story and personal battle with depression
-My struggle with suicide and how I OVERCAME it!
-The series of events that lead me to reach such a low point
-My personal struggle with debilitating anxiety and how I worked to overcome it!
-My advice for others, including how to find strength in the struggle and come out the other side STRONGER!
-How to find the joy in life again!
-Plus much, much more!

About the Author
I live a pretty extraordinarily normal life.

I currently reside in beautiful British Columbia, Canada, with my amazing family, whom I love. I am currently a full-time author at the age of 20, and I am LOVING every minute of it.

While I may be young in age, I believe my experiences and incredible adventures give me a unique perspective–a point of view you couldn’t get from anyone else.

I try to live every day as if it were my last, allowing myself to fully experience the highs and lows of each and every day. I refuse to let myself get hung up on insignificant events, and instead choose to respond with positivity, optimism, and love.

I truly hope you enjoy my books.

Thank you and have a great day!

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Free Book: Charles Manson Exposed: The Surprising and Disturbing Story of Charles Manson, Helter Skelter, and the Manson Murders by Anthony Taylor

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Free Book: Muhammad Ali – The Inspiring Story and Lessons of Muhammad Ali by Anthony Taylor

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Discover The Inspiring Story and Lessons of Muhammad Ali!

Muhammad Ali is considered as not just arguably the best boxer of all time, but he is actually considered as one of the greatest athletes who ever lived. As someone who made his name beyond the squared circle of the boxing ring, Ali’s impact goes beyond the confines of sports. It would be great to take a closer look on how he’s able to become a transcendent figure in society and what makes him an ideal role model for anyone.

This book chronicles the life and times of Muhammad Ali like you have never seen before. From his numerous clashes with equally great boxers such as Joe Frazier, Sonny Liston, and George Foreman, to his equally numerous clashes with political and social crises such as racism and the Vietnam War, all these stories would be told in great detail here. All these stories will give you a perspective on why he is called “The Greatest”.

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Free Book: Mother Teresa – The Inspiring Story and Lessons of Mother Teresa by Anthony Taylor

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Discover The Inspiring Story and Lessons of Mother Teresa!

Mother Teresa of Calcutta has been known to be a Catholic nun and God’s faithful servant who has been called to help those who are in need and dedicated her whole life caring for the neglected while spreading His message. Although many people believed that her image was of perfect faith, there was this unforeseen other side of her that has been revealed after her death. Her story filled with life lessons will definitely serve as a guide to people who would like to follow her path of making the world a better place for all mankind.

This book contains proven steps and strategies on how to be an inspiration to others, even in your own little ways, just like the “mother of the poor.”

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Free Book: SuperGal vs. GOD by Lori Hynson

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2 parts memoir
1 part fiction
1 jigger of love story
+1 dollop of humor

PRIDEFUL – SUCCESSFUL – STRESSED OUT
She could do ANYTHING, but felt the pressure to do EVERYTHING.
Finding new love begins to change her heart, but what happens when that joy is quickly followed by tragedy and her SuperPowers fail?
THE BATTLE BEGINS
Yes, SuperGal could handle anything life threw her way.
Until she couldn’t.
Until she utterly failed.
Until finally, God had her right where He wanted her.
Join SuperGal as she wages her epic battle through rage and despair, messengers and miracles, to surrender and redemption.

About the Author
Lori Hynson, SuperGal in Recovery – From Stressed to Blessed” is an author, blogger and inspirational speaker. Her first book, “SuperGal vs. GOD,” is the story of her epic battle through tragedy and miracles from supremely self-sufficient SuperGal to surrender to redemption. It is 2 parts memoir, 1 part fiction, 1 jigger of love story and 1 dollop of humor.

She was awarded the 2014 “Book of the Year/Biography” by the Christian Small Publishers’ Association and the Writer of the Year by the Greater Philadelphia Christian Writers’ Association.

Through her own profound experience as a Recovering SuperGalaholic, Hynson speaks into the heart of the woman who knows she can do anything, but feels the pressure to do everything! With humor, song, and bare-it-all honesty she wants women to know it’s not their job to run this planet! They can surrender to God instead.

Hynson is a wife, mother, Nana, singer and retired business owner. Not to mention former local politician, ballet teacher and university cheerleading coach. Oh, and (deep breath) major event planner, community leader and inexhaustible go-getter. Lori and her husband have five grown children and twelve grandchildren, and share their home with Morticia the cat.

Hynson’s blog, Secrets of a Recovering SuperGal, can be found at www.lorihynson.com.

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