Lonely Heart Meets Charming Sociopath by Wanda S. Maxey

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What inspired you to write your memoir?
Going through the heartbreak after meeting a sociopath, I wanted to warn others about the dangers of the charming and dangerous impostor.

About your Book:
Lonely, vulnerable, and looking for love, Wanda waded through the seemingly safe waters of Internet dating. An easy target, especially for a sociopath. He knew the bait to set, tailored just for her.

His goal was to control a life. Her life. She became his victim.

Lonely Heart Meets Charming Sociopath takes you on a riveting, true journey through the author’s relationship with a verbal and emotional abuser. Nothing prepared her for the twisted turn of terror she’d endure after this “southern gentleman” clicked on her profile and entered her life. She discovered, all too late, that he was not the God-fearing man he claimed to be.

Predators prowl the Internet to gain easy access to victims. Up to 4% of the population are sociopaths, a person with no conscience or empathy for others. Appearing normal, but in reality they are ravaging wolves. Living and walking among us. Blending in so well.

This powerful, expose-all book offers freedom and peace of mind as you unlock the secret schemes of a dangerous impostor. Peek behind the mask. Learn through vivid details, the true-to-life signs of a trolling predator. Protect yourself and your loved ones. If you think it can’t happen to you—you could be dead wrong.

How did you decide how to publish your book and where is it published through:
Having published 2 already, I decided to publish again through Lulu.

How do you see writing a Memoir as different from writing other genres of books?
I had to open myself up by being honest and then inviting others to share my struggles and hopefully learn from my mistakes.

Author Bio:
Wanda S. Maxey was born in Chicago. At the age of three, her family moved to Michigan, where she now lives. Along with her three grown children and six grandchildren.

When she’s not writing, She enjoys traveling, visiting with her family, and trying to capture that amazing photograph.

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Finding Ecstasy by Rebecca Pillsbury

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What inspired you to write your memoir?
I’ve been a writer of stories my whole life…but I never planned to write my story. It just happened to me. Or rather, it happened through me, after a good friend suggested that I tell the story of my sexual transformation. My initial reaction was that I couldn’t possibly share details of my sex life with the world—I mean, my parents would read it!

But the seed had been planted and was further nurtured the following day when I received an e-mail that began, “Dear Rebecca: Have you ever thought about writing a book?” and continued on to announce Christine Kloser’s Transformational Author Experience program and writing contest. I took it as a sign from the Universe. I entered the contest…and won! Almost instantly I knew my world was about to change. I realized I could use my story to help others who are struggling with sexual repression and shame to live fuller lives.

Once the decision was made to share my story, the words poured out of me. I suddenly discovered that I had a lot to say—and the fact that the subject matter was so personal and often taboo to talk about was exactly the reason I needed to say it (my parents’ reaction notwithstanding).

What I was humbled to discover, however, was that not only did my parents offer their unwavering support but so did everyone else who played a part in my journey and would appear in the book. The transformation that takes place in this story has only been the beginning—writing the story, sharing it with friends, family, and former lovers, and then sharing it with the world have each been powerfully transformative experiences of their own.

In fact, it really isn’t “my” story anymore. I offer it to the world, with the hope that it will inspire readers to reflect on their own story…to write it, or maybe re-write it, in order to experience more joy, more love, more life.

About your Book:
Given the choice between chocolate or sex, Rebecca always chose chocolate.

That is, until a series of transformational experiences caused her to let go of three decades of sexual repression and shame. A serendipitous encounter with a Brazilian man sets the stage for a six-year journey toward the discovery of a new sexual and spiritual truth and a love that comes full circle.

Set against the backdrop of Buenos Aires and London, with the soulful music of the blues intricately woven throughout the journey, this book is more than just a captivating love story. Healing sources of spiritual guidance accompany the joyful and romantic ride.

Deeply intimate, insightful, and enriched with playful humor, this story invites readers to not only engage in the beauty of one woman’s journey of self-discovery, but to embark on their own journey toward living life to the fullest and highest degree possible.

How did you decide how to publish your book and where is it published through:
I decided to self-publish my book. The project is so personal, I wanted to be involved in whole production, and also also retain rights and control.

How do you see writing a Memoir as different from writing other genres of books?
In writing memoir, I feel that the goal is to capture the human experience—the fears, vulnerabilities, and deeply personal parts of ourselves that, when kept to ourselves, can be isolating. I write about these aspects in order to help others (and myself) feel less alone. I have also learned that the fears I initially had about sharing these intimate parts of myself were proven to be unfounded. Rather than being infused with judgment, my relationships have deepened, expanded, and grown more authentic. As I say in my memoir, “If I’m already naked, what then do I have to lose?”

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Though one of her childhood fantasies was to have superhuman powers that allowed her to travel instantaneously around the globe—or at the very least, fly—it is Rebecca’s distinctly human persona that causes strangers and dogs alike to want to be her new best friend.

With a commitment to spreading joy and inspiring others to let go of shame and let shine their light, Rebecca unabashedly reveals her own vulnerability so that others may feel safe exploring their own.

Even as a young child growing up in Wisconsin, Rebecca found solace in writing stories, drawing inspiration from faraway places. Her wanderlust was fed as a young adult via worldwide pen-pal relationships, which gave way to her own international travels in her adult life. It was during her travels that she was exposed to new spiritual guides, paving the path for her journey-inspired transformational writing. Rather than simply leading readers to travel vicariously through her stories, however, she inspires readers to write their own stories.

Rebecca currently resides in Portland, Oregon, though you may not find her there year-round—a vagabond spirit cannot be tamed. You could look for her frolicking in forests or careening on rocks by the sea, but you’ll have better luck following her via her blog

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A Zany Slice of Italy by Ivanka Di Felice

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What inspired you to write your memoir?
I believe this reviewer summed it up best:

Italy hands Mrs Di Felice some lemons so she makes lemonade and had enough left over for a big slice of lemon pie! So much better than what she was expecting, and good thing, for if she got what she expected, there would be no book to write or at least not such a jolly one! A different, funny story; not predictable. Characters suddenly appear from behind fig and olive trees and old walls; each one unique and unintentionally funny. Am surprised movie makers haven’t spotted them yet!

Although the author was initially drawn to Italy for its art, architecture, and Vogue, often described in other books, it is evident that still lifes and stilettos do not hold this author’s attention as much as living people do.

The author’s open, sympathetic viewpoint captures the characters’ quirky charm and the local color. Although you certainly wouldn’t call this a philosophical book, how the author observes and deals with individuals and situations in her life shows that she follows her own philosophy, one that is worth looking into. If we could regard the most sinister carabinieri and the most self-important consulate employee with sympathetic amusement and not anger, that would be an accomplishment worth imitating. The author can laugh at her own expense, a rare quality. Her attitude and wit can turn even adversity into an almost tolerable and redeeming experience. Although the author is not so naïve as to think that all Italians’ lives flow as smoothly as their olive oil, she has not met anyone in Italy who is bitterly disappointed with life.

About your Book:
This light, lively book takes place in Italy, with hilarious anecdotes about the author and her husband’s trip to visit his family in Abruzzo and finally their escape to Tuscany. It’s a rural relocation similar to Peter Mayle’s A Year in Provence, but with zany family members adding a “My Big Fat Greek Wedding” touch.

Ivanka Di Felice’s own expectations were shattered when she embarked on la dolce vita. She envisioned drinking unforgettable Brunello by candlelight and discussing art and history with elegant dinner guests. Instead, dinner discussions revolved around how to avoid a “bad wind,” whether the Mafia runs IKEA, and bizarre theories on why the Chinese in Italy never have funerals. Now she drinks Zio’s own “unforgettable,” almost undrinkable, wine, as he pays long-winded tributes to the vile liquid as if it were an elixir of the gods. Celebrate with our author—for mere mortals, or their livers, could not have lived to tell the tale.

Ivanka thought her hair would suddenly become long and thick and her bust size would miraculously increase. She would be dressed by Dolce and Gabanna. Yet instead of wearing four-inch spike heels with a flowing linen skirt and a “minimum-coverage, maximum-support bra,” she actually became less fashionable in Italy and could model “forty is the new sixty” with her newly adopted casalinga look.

Follow her unlikely adventures as she’s reduced to tears by crazy-making Italian bureaucrats and tries to find work as a truffle telemarketer. You will encounter elderly aunts climbing trees, pyromaniac septuagenarians, and all sorts of “fowl” play.

So pour yourself a glass of bad Italian wine, add a dose of accordion music, and spend some time in Ivanka Di Felice’s Italy.

How did you decide how to publish your book and where is it published through:
I originally had a wonderful agent in London, who greatly assisted me and offered me advice on how to make the book the best it could be. However, after reading several interviews and books by self published authors I asked my agent if she would not mind if I tried that route. She was very understanding and wished me all the best. I liked that idea as I got to choose the cover, the exact title I wanted etc. I felt I had a lot more control over my book by going this route. If it does not do well – I only have myself to blame!

How do you see writing a Memoir as different from writing other genres of books?
I personally think it is easier to write a memoir since you have the story line and have all the characters handed to you! And if you are honest and only write about what is true then there are no details to try to keep track of etc. It is my favorite type of writing and if you are going through a difficult time, writing about it with a sense of humor is a great aid in helping one cope and stay sane (with a smile!)

Author Bio:
Ivanka Di Felice is a writer living in Tuscany. She will assure you that it’s far less pretentious than it sounds. She was born in Toronto, Canada. She is 39 years and 94 months old. In her quest for happiness, she followed Nora Ephron’s advice: “Secret to life, marry an Italian.” She loves writing humorous stories and enjoys reading.

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Leola’s Legacy by Judith Kolva, Ph.D.

What inspired you to write your memoir?
I am a personal historian who writes books for others. Who is more deserving–inspiring–than one’s own mother. My mother deserved to have her story told.

About your Book:
Leola’s Legacy is a memoir of an ordinary woman with an extraordinary story. Her story is a gift that will appreciate over time. Like the sea, it ebbs and flows with primal rhythms. It is lessons learned, tears dried, joys savored, and laughter that rings across generations. Some flash lightning for a brief moment and are soon forgotten. Others leave a lasting, endearing glow. Through her story Leola’s legacy–a legacy of unconditional love–will live forever

Author Bio:
Judith Kolva, Ph.D. is a personal historian who founded Memoir Shoppe. She is a gifted writer, trusted interviewer, expert researcher and compelling speaker who travels worldwide transforming precious memories into priceless memoirs.

How did you decide how to publish your book and where is it published through:
My family wanted to purchase copies of my mother’s memoir. Thus because traditional publishers take up to two years to offer a contract I elected to self publish through iUniverse.

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My Butterfly Cancer by Marguerite Madden

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What inspired you to write your memoir?
While battling leukemia, the butterfly effect sprang forth in my life (in the form of an old friend sending me a Facebook friend request), and I wanted to write something hopeful and inspiring to other cancer patients, maybe even others suffering from any long-term illness. I wanted to show others that it IS possible to overcome great odds and that cancer doesn’t have to be a death sentence.

About your Book:
Cancer. It’s one of the things we most dread to hear about ourselves or a family member. Many people will think it’s the end of the line for them.
Mrs. Madden tells the story of her battle with leukemia (AML specifically), and the struggles she and her family experienced during this tragic time.
Find out how her battle with cancer led her to become an independently-published author, bringing her a sense of fulfillment she thought had been lost forever.

How did you decide how to publish your book and where is it published through:
A friend encouraged me to publish. Even though I had published two years prior to this, my only book at the time was only available in digital formats. I’ve now published through CreateSpace and my books are in print as well as e-format. I love to write, but my stories do no good sitting in my computer where people can’t enjoy them! And I’d lost my job to cancer, and needed something to do!

How do you see writing a Memoir as different from writing other genres of books?
A memoir, especially if dealing with illness or tragedy, is very soul-baring. You have to speak of yourself as the main character, even including all your flaws and embarrassments.

Author Bio:
I was born in Midland, TX, but grew up in Flushing, MI. I’m married with two teenage daughters, three dogs, and a horse. I currently live in the small farm town of Fisk, MO, where I’m working on my next two books: Triple Heist and Fang and Claw: Book One of the Undead Unit series.

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Damaged Right Out Of The Box by Alan Felyk

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What inspired you to write your memoir?
When I discovered that a former girlfriend had passed away, I felt guilt for never apologizing to her about how I had broken off the relationship. Years ago she had me made promise that I would write a book because she felt I had the talent to do that. So, when I started writing about my personal experiences, I started with that chapter so that I could in some way say I was sorry for what I had done.

About your Book:
It started at birth when a doctor left an indentation on Alan Felyk’s forehead with his forceps. Yes, Damaged Right Out Of The Box . . .

It was the beginning of an ordinary life that was often blended with the improbable. The result is a sometimes hilarious, sometimes wistful personal experiences book that discusses survival despite asbestos, radioactive particles, talcum powder bombs, a butt-crack abscess, quadruple coronary bypass surgery, and women . . . not necessarily in that order of importance.

Jobs such as a groundskeeper, ditch digger, road crew member, waiter, surveyor, houseboy, and taxi driver provided a perfect background for his career in journalism. As a writer/editor, he left Walter Cronkite on hold, covered a vice presidential speech while stoned, and helped get Clive Cussler fired. He has found “love” on the floor of a grade-school coat closet, in the bushes of a college dormitory, and draped over a toilet seat. And somewhere among the distant stars his name could still be aboard an ill-fated spacecraft that may have sailed past Mars.

How did you decide how to publish your book and where is it published through:
It took me 44 years to get around to finishing a book, but it became a project of frenzy when I got around to finally writing it. So, my patience level wasn’t high when it came to querying literary agents. After about half a dozen rejections, I thought I might not live long enough to see it in print. I decided to publish it myself on Amazon Kindle and Amazon CreateSpace.

How do you see writing a Memoir as different from writing other genres of books?
One advantage is that you know what happened and who was involved. There is no plot or character development involved. It’s a matter of selection and presentation. One disadvantage is that you know readers may dislike at least some of the things that you did. I actually cringed while writing some passages, wondering what readers would think of me.

Author Bio:
The son of Ukrainian immigrants, I was born in St. Paul, Minnesota, in 1950. My family moved to Cañon City, Colorado in 1957, and I graduated from Cañon City High School in 1968.

A University of Colorado graduate in news-editorial journalism, I worked as a public information aide for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) while earning my degree.

I started my newspaper career as a sports editor for Sentinel Newspapers in Denver and moved to general assignment reporting. I became senior editor of the four newspapers in Adams County. I also wrote freelance music articles for several national publications.

In 1984, I joined Lockheed Martin (then Martin Marietta) as a technical editor. I worked on numerous new-business proposals for the Department of Defense (DOD) and National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). I retired in 2011 from my post as manager of the Lockheed Martin’s Space Systems Company Editorial and Graphics department in Denver.

During my life, I also worked as a groundskeeper, janitor, road crew worker, survey crew assistant, busboy, waiter, houseboy, and taxi driver.

I’m a serious music fan (my iPod contains more than 26,000 songs), and I enjoy comedy and science fiction. And, of course, there’s the writing.

I live in Denver, Colorado.

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Doctor, Doctor: A True Story of Obsession, Addiction and Psychological Manipulation by Merry Freer

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What inspired you to write your memoir?
I have led a fairly uneventful life, except for the four years I write about in my memoir. I have a degree in journalism so I am accustomed to writing, but I never thought I would write a book, though friends and family urged me to write about my experience for many years. When my granddaughter was old enough I began to tell her appropriate bits and pieces of it as a cautionary tale. It was then I decided to put the events into a journal for her. The journal turned into a book, I changed the names, and before I knew it, I was published!

About your Book:
All Susan wanted was a divorce. Instead, she moved from a cushy seat pulled out for her in a civilized domestic attorney’s office to an uncomfortable chair pushed under her in an interrogation room. All she wanted was a taste of passion. Instead, drawn in by two doctors, she exchanged the life of an ordinary suburban housewife for a world of obsession, addiction and psychological manipulation.

Doctor, Doctor is the true story of a recently divorced woman who longs for more passion in her life. When Susan meets Mark, a charismatic and charming doctor, she thinks she has found the kind of love she has longed for. But things are not as they appear with Mark, and slowly she becomes aware of the deceptive life he is leading. Seeking counsel and solace in her long time therapist, Dr. J., she encourages Mark to accompany her to her sessions.

The three year odyssey begins with intense therapy – appointments orchestrated by Dr. J., a psychiatrist with a personal stake in the couple’s progress. Secrets, lies, and silent pacts draw Susan deeply into Mark’s treatment plan. The shrewd therapist’s unorthodox and manipulative schemes break all the rules, taking Susan into a world of drama, deceit, betrayal, and an excruciatingly close encounter with the law – an encounter that forces her to choose between saving Mark or saving herself.

How did you decide how to publish your book and where is it published through:
I guess the answer is just as simple as I found myself with a book and thought, “why not….give it a try,” though that was not my original intention. It is published through Amazon Kindle Direct Publishing – Select. I sent it to some agents, but the changes they wanted me to make were not acceptable to me and the time frame for publishing was very long, so I impatiently charged ahead on my own.

How do you see writing a Memoir as different from writing other genres of books?
Oh, so very different for me, and I know this because after the success of “Doctor, Doctor” I have been trying to write a second book. The biggest difference is that my memoir is true – every bit of it – and in a way, it almost wrote itself. I didn’t have to craft a plot or build characters. They already existed. The legwork was already done – I just had to dress it up and make it pretty.

Author Bio:
Merry Freer is an author of memoir and fact-based fiction. She is a native of San Diego, where she lives surrounded by a large, eclectic family and a treasured handful of truly close friends.

While “Doctor, Doctor” is her debut novel, she has been a writer and editor for many years, including work with the San Diego Chargers and the San Diego Hall of Champions.

She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism from San Diego State University and has been a featured speaker for classes dealing with medical ethics.

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A Drop in the Night, The Life and Secret Mission of a WW II Airman by Thea Rademacher and Royce Fulmer

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What inspired you to write your memoir?
I am the co-author of “A Drop in the Night.” My partner, 91 year-old Royce Fulmer, is a dear friend of mine. I have known Royce for nearly 20 years but I never took the time to talk with him in-depth about his experiences in World War II. After a heart attack forced him to reluctantly retire at the age of 87, he began to do something he had never before done; he looked back. Early this year I decided to interview Royce to see if I could capture his fascinating life. Over the past two years, Royce has seemingly been very close to death but his mind remains clear as a bell and his wit and wisdom remain strong. Sharing time with him, researching historical events influencing his lifetime and getting approval over every word in the book has been one of the most rewarding projects of my life.

About your Book:
“A Drop in the Night, the Life and Secret Mission of a WW II Airman” tells the story of a young Liberator Flight Engineer who was sworn to secrecy by the Office of Strategic Services, the precursor to the C.I.A. One de-classified in the late 1980s, the work of this soldier and his fellow airmen can finally be revealed. Code named “Operation Carpetbagger,” their missions dropped supplies and spies, both men and women, deep into Nazi-occupied territories. This book brings to life the true story of Royce Fulmer, a poor boy from the backwoods of South Carolina who made his way to Flight Engineer on the B-24 Liberator. Based on interviews with Royce and extensive research from previously unavailable sources, “A Drop in the Night” chronicles how he survived childhood poverty growing up in the rural South during the Depression. You will learn the early origins of NASCAR when Royce describes his dangerous time as a teenage bootlegger. With rich details provided in his own words, read about this man’s fascinating life as a fatherless son, World War II Airman and a successful real estate developer that lost as many fortunes as he made. Now in his ninth decade, Royce’s storytelling makes this a unique book that captures what it meant to be a 20th century hero.

How did you decide how to publish your book and where is it published through:
Before I began this project with Royce, I knew I needed certainty that I could put a finished projects in Royce’s 91-year-old hands. I began researching self-publishing and it became clear that the way to accomplish this was through Amazon’s CreateSpace program. I have been very impressed with this service. The website was easy to use and the final product is very professional looking. With on-demand printing, I only pay for the copies I want when I want them. As an author, I can order the book at a discounted price. Errors and additions can be easily made by up-loading a new file.

How do you see writing a Memoir as different from writing other genres of books?
For my project, it was critical to me that I capture Royce’s voice. I respected the complexity of his life and at times had to navigate difficult emotional areas. This was made more complex by his physical health. I know many of my questions about the more personal aspects of his life were seen by him as invasive, but as we continued to work together, he gave me more and more details of a rich life spanning nine decades. Every word in the book was approved by Royce. As the project grew and he saw the progress we were making, he became more confident in me. There were times when the project was a great exercise in patience. But in the end, having Royce tell me that he is satisfied with the book about his life is the greatest review I could ever have.

Author Bio:
I have spent many hours of my life trying to figure out exactly what my “bio” should be. I’ve walked down many paths in my life. I was a fiercely competitive high school and college debater which led to a Master’s Degree in Communication Studies. My education continued with a law degree followed by years spent as a Legal Aid attorney advocating for the protection of abused mothers and their children. The birth of my third son and a smart and hard-working husband made it possible for me to make raising our children my priority. The first three were so fascinating we decided to add a fourth, another boy of course. I have been an Executive Director of a non-profit agency dedicated to helping mothers in poverty. I’ve owned my own business designing and selling hand made bead jewelry that grew to the point where I had to sell it because it was consuming my life. I’ve learned how to feed a tribe of boys and their friends healthy food that often receives rave reviews. I’ve grown to love the beat of a double-bass drum pedal and electric guitars cranked on full volume when the source of the sound is from my sons. And if those same sons are playing, I’m always up for a late-night gig, even on a weeknight. Now as my sons rightly demand less and less day to day time from their mother, I have the luxury of deciding what I will do. “A Drop in the Night” is my first experiment in creating a new path for myself.

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Story about Rene by Brian Wicklin

What inspired you to write your memoir?
I thought my mother was worth it.

About your Book:
This book is about Rene who lived in Kalapaluwawa a village in Sri Lanka, the island country off the southern coast of India that was once known as Ceylon. Brian Wicklin is the author and the next youngest of Rene’s 6 children. He lives in Sweden.
The book spells out the emotionally compelling story about his mother and the troublesome life she endured living with her husband, how it all ended in the most unusual of ways, her departure for London not being able to say goodbye to her children and not knowing anyone who was out there to meet her.
Against all odds in its favour she met her children one by one as grown-ups 15 to 20 years after her departure.
The story that is told starts around the early years of the previous century and ends in the Isle of Wight in 1973.

How did you decide how to publish your book and where is it published through:
I was searching for a publisher and came across www.dedicaces.us through an associate of mine. The publisher does a very good job of work and is professional. Self publishing is troublesome and requires a great deal of contacts, learning and that takes time.

How do you see writing a Memoir as different from writing other genres of books?
More like research work and detective work.

Author Bio:
Brian Wicklin was born in Kalapaluwawa, a township close to Colombo the capitol city of Sri Lanka on 18th April 1939. He was the next youngest of a family of 6 children. His father was a building engineer in the government services and his mother was housewife. They were upper-middle class and held upper middle class values and had links to some of the most powerful families of the time.
His parents had a stormy relationship. When Brian was 6 years old, the family broke up and a sense of unease entered the family held social position. After the separation RENE disappeared from the country of her birth. Brian grew up in Colombo with his father until 19 and then came to Sweden on a scholarship award to pursue studies at the University of Uppsala. After graduation in 1966 he was employed most of the time at Statistics Sweden (Office of National Statistics). On leaving this office in 1997 he continued to work as a consultant for providing technical assistance to developing economies funded by international organisations such as the EU, UNDP, ADB and USAID.
He became a Swedish citizen 29th October 1969 and changed his surname WICKREMESINGHE to WICKLIN 30th July 1974. This is his first book. He had been contemplating in writing the story about his mother RENE and her disappearance from their family life. It remained a distant dream in those early years to think about meeting her once again. Despite the odds he met her again in 1960 in England.
The idea in writing this book has been to find a part of his life that was missing and that was a problem he had to manage by himself throughout his adult life. Hopefully, this story will convey to others the need for sharing experiences about challenges and struggles as well as failures in overcoming adversity in family life.

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The Traveler by Denis C. Hickey

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Taking the road less traveled makes all the difference.

“When you go home, Denis, stay with who you are now. If people like it, they will be with you. If they don’t, and you try to please them, you will be miserable.”

Halfway through his year traveling the world, former Silicon Valley highflier Denis Hickey is forced to face his past and his potential futures. As a backpacker in his late forties, and unafraid to try anything, Denis has unforgettable encounters with everyone he meets. Crossing Turkey, India, Thailand, Vietnam, Bali, and Australia, he comes face to face with spirituality and religion, sex and love, poverty and death—from helping shoot a ­documentary on Bangkok prostitutes to chatting alone with Mother Theresa in Calcutta.
Yet even as he unfolds a more open and less controlling personality, his family and friends from his old life join him on his adventures and challenge his newfound freedom and worldview. In The Traveler, the second book of the Breaking Free series, Denis confronts his life and choices with honesty, humor and insight. His personal journey to break free from the rigid roles imposed on us—to find love and new ways of living—will find an echo in everyone’s life.

“Breaking Free is a story of courage and love, of happiness and failure, of confusion and clarity, and of regret and completion…. This is a story of us! A wonderful life adventure!” —Frank Zolfo, fellow traveler

Targeted Age Group:
40 – 65

Author Bio:
DENIS C. HICKEY ran his first business at 26 and retired at 48. He raised his family in Silicon Valley where he was a successful manager and entrepreneur with companies on the leading-edge of 4 technologies. Later he co-founded the crisis management firm, Hickey & Hill.

A man happy in his own skin, Denis traveled the world for 10 years after retirement, and employed his talent for drawing people out to uncover amazing personal stories and insights.

He writes and lives in Warsaw, Poland with his wife, Malgorzata, and son, Sean.

Learn more about Denis and his books by visiting www.breakingfree-thebooks.com

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Free Book 12/25/2014: Alexia’s Legacy: Lessons for Leadership and Life by Ray White

Alexias-Legacy-Cover-snapshot-smaler-sizeThis book is free on these days only – 12/25/2014 at midnight PST until 11:59 pm on 12/29/2014. If the dates are the same that means the book is free one day only.

Learn lessons about leadership and life through the real-life examples and experiences of Alexia Ardeleanu. She was tragically taken from us by a drunk driver, but her legacy lives on. She had a 4.0 GPA in a double major of Accounting and Finance, was preparing for a double Masters of Law with an MBA, worked as a Resident Assistant in the Honors Hall, had an internship with a Fortune 500 company, and was President of the Professional Leadership Program at the University of North Texas. Through Alexia’s personal emails and stories from people whose lives she touched, you will see the challenges, obstacles, and opportunities leaders face in real life. Each leadership lesson includes a real life example, a summary of what can be learned, and an opportunity for you to integrate it into your own life.

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FEATURED BOOK: An Aviator At Heart by Ilyan Lavanway

9780976800491Genre: Adventure,Coming of age

All he wanted was to fly. A teenage pilot with an itchy throttle hand, a DaVinci-esque knack for sketching, and four generations of aeronautical heritage can’t wait to manifest his passionate aversion to the ground. He sees every hard earned dollar as a tick on the Hobbs meter. Every unencumbered swath of dirt is a potential landing strip, legal or not. His head literally in the clouds over airplanes and girls, the young Aviator can’t take a hint. Oblivious to the opportunities and history right under his nose, his jaunts over the Cascade Mountains of Washington State to fly 1940s era taildraggers at Evergreen Field land him in the company of local aviation legend, Wally Olson. Three decades later, the reminiscent Aviator gets 20/20 vision from Dr. Hindsight. This book is packed with adventures and illustrations that provide a uniquely personal account.

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