Bargain Book for 06/05/2016: Carry On and Ditch the Excess Baggage! A Journey through Depression, Divorce & Cancer by Tiff All

Carry-On-and-Ditch-the-Excess-BaggageAfter two broken engagements, Tiffany Allen thought her fairy tale had finally come true when her childhood crush re-entered her life in her 30s. But after a few years, the marriage fell apart and she was left trying to make sense of why the “all-American” couple had imploded and what part she played in its demise. Shortly after, a cancer diagnosis. Witty, charming, and bittersweet. For anyone who has experienced the debilitating effects of depression, the devastation of divorce or the crucible of cancer, Carry On and Ditch the Excess Baggage! will prove that there really can be silver linings in the darkest of clouds and that it is possible to rid yourself of past hurts that are genuine and excess baggage that plays no role except to weigh you down.

Benefit from the author’s “Lessons Learning” and discover for yourself that with effort, you can find humor in painful circumstances and healing from despair.  A must-read for those who have had to take a detour

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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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A picture of a dead horse by Trevor Herdman

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What inspired you to write your memoir?
It started with my wife always asking me to write down how we met and got together – I ‘hid’ from her for 10 weeks believing her to be married, which she wasn’t. It always amused her and told friends for years about it to embarrass me. During a long stay in hospital I wrote about but thought it didn’t mean anything out of context. I broke my neck when I was 19 and thought it would be interesting to write about that part of my life too. I found the process so enjoyable I carried on until I’d had enough and wanted to publish it.

About your Book:
In 1972 Trevor was an average teenager growing up in the North of England when he had an accident celebrating his 19th birthday. He broke his neck leaving him paralysed from the chest down. After discharge from Pinderfields Spinal Unit, all Trevor wanted to do was get back to his life of fun, friends, sport and girls. He had aspirations and ambitions too, but could he achieve them now his life was so very different? This is not a, ‘triumph over tragedy,’ or ‘woe me’ story though. It’s funny and frank with enough twists and turns to keep the reader wanting more as Trevor’s life unfolds.

How did you decide how to publish your book and where is it published through:
I didn’t think any publisher would be interested in it and decided to self publish as an eBook. I used Guido Henkle’s excellent guide which uses HTML. I’m comfortable with HTM and it was perfect for me as the book contains photographs.

How do you see writing a Memoir as different from writing other genres of books?
It’s easier than fiction because you’re writing about the one thing you know better than anything else, yourself. However, no one wants to read a boring catalog of events. The challenge is make your life interesting and keep the reader wanting to know more.

Author Bio:
Trevor Herdman was born in Doncaster, South Yorkshire in 1953, the son of a Train Driver And a ‘Housewife.’ He sustained a Spinal Injury at the age of 19 following a diving accident he freely admits was the result of him, “showing off.” He has a degree in Economics and worked in Local Government for 25 years, 18 as Leeds City Council’s Principal Disability Equality Adviser – yes, that really was his job title. Trevor competed in the Paralympics in 1984, is an avid sports fan, particularly his beloved Doncaster Rovers, loves books, music, comedy and art, especially sculpture. He’s been married for over 30 years, and has 2 children and 9 grandchildren.

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Marked for Life by Joie Davidow

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What inspired you to write your memoir?
I was born with a purple birthmark covering almost half my face. Over time, I came to realize that although I thought I was a freak and suffered from it, most people harbor the fear that they are somehow less than normal and that they are hiding a secret. I used the birthmark as a metaphor to show that we can overcome these things that stop us from fully realizing our life potential.

About your Book:
Attractive and successful, Joie Davidow presents a confident face to the world. But her carefully applied makeup conceals a secret she has kept for decades. Marked for Life chronicles Joie’s struggle to overcome feeling that she was grotesquely flawed, while hiding behind a cosmetic mask that granted her entry into a profession that puts a premium on appearance, culminating in the life-changing realization that in deceiving others, she was also betraying herself. Written with humor and refreshingly devoid of self-pity, it will touch anyone who has ever felt “different” from the rest of the world.
has ever felt “different” from the rest of the world.

How did you decide how to publish your book and where is it published through:
I was lucky enough to be picked up by one of the top New York agents. She placed the book with Crown Publishing. It is currently out of print but available as a paperback or ebook.

How do you see writing a Memoir as different from writing other genres of books?
Memoir writing requires a painful honesty, stripping off all the hard-won armor you’ve used to protect yourself and revealing your inner self as nakedly as you can. It requires a belief that you have something to share with others that is worthwhile, hopefully inspiring.

Author Bio:
Joie Davidow’s latest book is a short novel, I Wouldn’t Leave Rome to Go to Heaven, published in Spring 2008. She is the author of Marked for Life, a memoir published by Harmony in June 2003, and Infusions of Healing, A Treasury of Mexican-American Herbal Remedies, published by Fireside/​Simon & Schuster in October 1999. With Esmeralda Santiago, she is the editor of two anthologies, Las Christmas: Favorite Latino Authors Remember the Holidays, published by Alfred A. Knopf in November 1998, and Las Mamis: Favorite Latino Authors Remember Their Mothers, published by Knopf in April 2000.

She is currently the editor of InRomeNow.com, an online magazine she founded in 2005 with Vikki Ericks. The site, which is updated weekly, gives readers more than 100 pages of information on her adopted city, Rome, Italy.
She was the founder of L.A. Style, the ground-breaking publication that chronicled the Los Angeles lifestyle, becoming the fastest growing regional magazine in the United States and winning numerous awards. She served as the magazine’s Executive Publisher and Editor-in-Chief . She was a co-founder of the L.A. Weekly, a newspaper which has been an integral part of life in Los Angeles.

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I Lost Two Boobs and Gained Two Balls by Gail Rognan

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What inspired you to write your memoir?
I was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2012 and it woke me up and gave me a voice. It lead me to my purpose- which is sharing my story with other so they won’t feel alone and can learn from my experience. I also learned to speak up about my belief in alternative health and how if we listen to ourselves and our bodies, we can heal ourselves.

About your Book:
As a healthy 58-year-old woman, a cancer diagnosis rocked author Gail Rognan’s world. She shares her story of her unconventional path to healing in her new book “I Lost Two Boobs and Gained Two Balls,” both a memoir and a practical, supportive resource for anyone whose life has been touched by cancer and is now available online at iuniverse.com.
Rognan will offer a book signing at the Oak Harbor Senior Center at 51 SE Jerome St in Oak Harbor on Thursday, February 11 from 2-3 PM. She will share her raw, candid account of how she “grew a pair” and found her voice, realizing that in order to live she had to speak up and risk being judged and criticized. Each chapter of “I Lost Two Boobs and Gained Two Balls” offers tips and resources for current cancer patients and chronicles Rognan’s journey. There will be copies of her book available to purchase.
By facing her illness and possible death head-on, hopes her book offers knowledge that may make it easier for those who also have a difficult path to travel.
“When I was diagnosed with cancer, I searched and searched for a book like this to help guide me through everything I was feeling,” said Rognan. “I couldn’t find it. So, I wrote this book in hopes of helping others who are experiencing similar trials.”
Through her story, Rognan shares how our mind, body and spirit intersect to help us heal ourselves; how alternative treatments can be combined with traditional health treatments; how to listen to ourselves and avoid illness; and how illness can teach us about who we really are.
Realistic and inspiring, “I Lost Two Boobs and Gained Two Balls” offers a poignant story for those touched by cancer and any other life-changing challenge.

How did you decide how to publish your book and where is it published through:
I decided to self-publish it though iUniverse

How do you see writing a Memoir as different from writing other genres of books?
I see memoirs as different because they allow the author to be vulnerable and writing about one’s life is very healing. I think reader’s can learn about themselves more from reading a memoir.

Author Bio:
Gail Rognan is an author, teacher, public speaker, workshop facilitator, hospice volunteer and reiki practitioner in the Pacific Northwest. She is passionate about alternative health and how one can heal oneself,

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Voices Over Troubled Water by Joe Rosato

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What inspired you to write your memoir?
At first I wanted something for my children and grand children to read which covered my younger life. As I started to recall my past the words kept flowing and I soon ended up with a long document. close friends were asked to read my story and they all suggested it should be turned into a book.

About your Book:
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.

How did you decide how to publish your book and where is it published through:
Some very close friends suggested that my story be converted into a book. I turned to Page Publishing in New York when I heard a radio commercial for their services.

How do you see writing a Memoir as different from writing other genres of books?
Since this is my first attempt to write I don’t have the ability to compare it to genres books.

Author Bio:
Joe Rosato is a tour guide at the New Jersey Vietnam Veteran’s Memorial Foundation. He has volunteered at the memorial since 2007. Joe enlisted in the U.S Navy from his hometown of Brooklyn, NY on Dec. 7, 1966. His basic training was at The U.S. Submarine Training Center in New London, CT. Joe Rosato served in Vietnam at Yankee Station in 1968 as a Helmsman and Lee Helmsman aboard the aircraft carrier USS America CVA-66.

Joe Rosato is retired as an owner of a freight Logistics Company based in Wall, NJ and worked in the freight transportation industry for over 43 years. He lives in Farmingdale, NJ and has two children and two grand children.
Joe is an active volunteer in The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary at the Manasquan Inlet, NJ. He also is a lifetime member of Vietnam Veterans of America, and holds memberships in The American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars. He considers volunteering at the NJVVMF a passion for giving back some history to the youth of New Jersey.

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Leaving America by Rick D. Jolly

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What inspired you to write your memoir?
This is my first attempt making my writings available to the public. I felt the story of a married couple leaving family and friends behind to chase a better way of life in the Middle East would be interesting. Writing about personal events in our lives was a new direction from the horror and political stories I’ve worked on privately. The idea of using pictures and commentary on social media helped family and friends experience our adventure in very realistic way. The Alexander Co. Abroad series was created with the feedback I received from our family and friends.

About your Book:
This is a condensed version of two other Alexander Co. Abroad books; “Living in the UAE” and “Italy, Egypt, Turkey, Oh My!” The images have being omitted leaving only text for a smaller file size and lowered cost.

ACA: Living in the U.A.E.

This is the first book in the Alexander Co. Abroad series. It is a story about an American married couple leaving the United States to live and work in the United Arab Emirates, a small oil rich Muslim country located in the Persian Gulf. With a brief background on the two North Carolinian’s and why they chose to leave everything behind for a chance to travel the world while based in a Muslim country. The story is told from the husbands point-of-view as they experience cultural differences and language barriers while adjusting to their new environment. Examine the transition from living in a western society to living in a modern Muslim society and compare the differences and similarities to measure the quality of life each has to offer.

ACA: Italy, Egypt, Turkey, Oh My!

This is the fourth book in the Alexander Co. Abroad series. It continues the story of Samantha and Rick Jolly as they travel to nearby countries while living in the United Arab Emirates. The couple first explores Venice and Rome as they experience childhood fantasies come to life. Flying into Venice and taking a train to Rome during a winter holiday opens the world to the inexperienced travelers. Bitten by the travel bug the duo are joined by a close friend, “Ms. Rosemary”, on a trip of a lifetime to Cairo and Luxor in Egypt before flying to Istanbul and the ancient city of Ephesus in Turkey. The trio explores the awe-inspiring ancient Egyptian Pyramids and Temples while witnessing the daily hardships and struggles of modern day Egyptians. The last leg of the journey follows the travelers to the forgotten ancient city of Ephesus, the well-preserved Roman city ruins near the town of Selcuk, Turkey. The final stop is the famous Roman capital city of Constantinople known today as Istanbul, the only city with coordinates in both Europe and Asia continents. The western travelers struggle with the language and cold weather in-order to explore the world-renowned city filled with Christian and Muslim histories creating a one of a kind culture highlighted by its colorful people.

How did you decide how to publish your book and where is it published through:
Not having much faith in my writing skills I had doubts about traditional publishers. I tend to have many good ideas, but lack the patience to fill in the fluff, the character building and plot twists. After weeks of online research Kindle seemed like the site with the most users and best name recognition. With a limited budget self-publishing was very attractive.The upload process was easy with a short turnaround time to be available for readers.

How do you see writing a Memoir as different from writing other genres of books?
Writing a Memoir seemed easier for me since I didn’t need to make-up character hardships or unforeseen life obstacles as they all really happened to us. All I needed to do was write them down and fact check my memory on the dates and spelling of places. We took photos everywhere and had those to help explain the situations in the stories. When writing a fiction story there are no pictures to draw from, just notes and memory.

Author Bio:
Rick D.Jolly is from Taylorsville, North Carolina, the eldest of three sons raised in a blue collar family. Married to Samantha White-Jolly, they lived in Hickory, North Carolina before moving to the United Arab Emirates in the Middle East. He opened several social media accounts as a way to relate his experiences to family and friends, posting videos and pictures with firsthand accounts of trips in the UAE and Europe. After several years of living abroad he used previous online posts to help write a series of books called “Alexander County Abroad” with various subtitles to describe each location. The title comes from the county he was born in, Alexander, a small rural county in western N.C. primarily a farming region. A place where most residents rarely venture pass state lines and never travel out of the country or “lord have mercy” a Muslim Country.

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Miracle on 91st Street: Surviving the Impossible by Joseph Parenti

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What inspired you to write your memoir?
I wanted to share my story hoping to inspire others. It proves the power of determination and perseverance in overcoming obstacles in a devastating situation. In addition to my fighting to survive the injuries of the accident that almost ended my life, I had to battle the incompetence of the western medical health care system. Readers of this memoir will be encouraged to forge ahead and trust their own instincts when faced with any challenges in their life, especially physical

About your Book:
Imagine waking up from a coma in a hospital bed and realizing that you’re connected to three life support machines, unable to eat or speak and the entire left side of your body is paralyzed. Imagine seven months stuck in three hospitals and unable to go home. Five months not being able to walk. Four months without a shower. Three months without being able to eat real food.

This memoir gives a historical account of my journey through three hospitals over seven long months after my car was broadsided by a stolen vehicle traveling at over 80 mph. I suffered a traumatic brain injury and my heart stopped three times on the way to the first hospital. The book details my living in constant pain, in fear of never recovering, and how I found the strength needed to survive. The descriptions of my long road to recovery are filled with wonderful and horrendous medical staff; small, glorious victories; major setbacks; and gut-wrenching experiences described in such a way that the reader can’t help but be empathetic. My family figures prominently in the story, which includes many reflections on how their love and support were vital to my recovery.

How did you decide how to publish your book and where is it published through:
After learning about the difficulties of getting an agent and major publisher to publish a book and the horror stories of writes using the vanity publishers, I decided to self publish through Amazon’s Createspace and Kindle. It gave me creative license and I also loved how that gave me the option to design my own cover and use an actual picture of the accident.

How do you see writing a Memoir as different from writing other genres of books?
I think writing a memoir comes more from the heart where other types of writing comes more from the imagination. While detailing the events of my accident and recovery I had to bare my soul. It was a cathartic and emotional experience.

Author Bio:
Joseph Parenti is a CPA, health coach and the author of Miracle on 91st Street: Surviving the Impossible. His story of survival proves the power of determination and perseverance. Joseph is committed to living a healthy lifestyle and passionate about motivating others to do the same. You can follow Joe on Twitter, Facebook, or his blog.

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