Jane Bernard lost her 12-year-old daughters to a religious hijacking perpetrated by their father, Rev. Logan Churlick. Heartbroken and embittered by the loss, Jane jeopardizes her happy marriage to Bolivar Bernard. When the twins are 18, Bekah reaches out to her mother, but her twin sister Darcy spurns Jane and wants nothing to do with Bekah. Will Churlick be successful in keeping Jane and Bekah from reconnecting with Darcy? Will Jane regain her daughters only to lose Bolivar? Will the strategy Jane sees as her only chance to save the marriage she has all but destroyed work? Free on Kindle.
From the author of the award winning historical novel, “Storykeeper”, comes a soulful mix of writing, geology, ancient tales, and rock and roll. The thought-provoking account of a ten-year search for mystical orbs, mysterious earthworks, and forgotten lives will inspire the storyteller in all of us to begin their own journey. $1.99 on Kindle.
Ground zero for a nuclear war was just over an hour northeast of Frankfurt, Germany. The small town of Fulda is nestled at the base of a natural gap in the hilly wooded terrain of West Germany and was a corridor between East and West Germany. Referred to as the Fulda Gap, this corridor was very likely the path the Warsaw forces and the Soviet Union would have taken to invade Europe. The following is a historical look at the Cold War in Germany through the careers of seventeen veterans who served there.
These are their stories as they prepared to defend the Fulda Gap and ground zero. $0.99 on Kindle.
Down and Out on The Hill: Homeless in the Nation’s Capital (Book One) recounts the story of a Capitol Hill intern who suddenly becomes homeless and then desperately accepts a job waiting tables at a seedy diner in a forgotten D.C. neighborhood. This true story takes an almost deadly turn when the author is held at gunpoint, then shot in the chest by a 15-year-old. $0.99 on Kindle.
Allen Long’s writing style is unique in that in draws the reader in, tells of sadness experienced by the author, but has an undertone of triumph and joy. Even as you read the chapters outlining Long’s abuse at the hands of his parents, you still know there will be a triumphant ending. I enjoyed this memoir much more than most memoirs telling of abuse. This was a quick read and the pace of the book is excellent. I had no idea what to expect next. Each individual story is told with such imagery it’s as if the author himself is having a glass of scotch and reminiscing with a kindred soul or old friend. I feel as if Allen and Elizabeth are friends I would enjoy having over for a dinner party. I also am reconsidering how I ask for “mom time” as I hope there’s no “Linda” creeping into our lives. (you’ll have to read Less Than Human for yourself if you want more details about that…). Thank you Allen Long for sharing your life with readers. This book is well written, well edited, and I certainly enjoyed the short glimpses into your interesting life. The triumphant tone of the book really speaks volume about your resilient character. Free on Kindle.
This candid memoir shines an urgently-needed spotlight on the narcissist’s con-game habit of using human emotions as collateral. The book starts by sharing details of author Trish Thorpe’s indulgent Hollywood childhood. Her parents, and everyone else in the moneyed world they live in, are thoroughly absorbed with their own narcissistic fantasies, oblivious to Trish and her siblings lurching their way through adolescence and early adulthood on their own. As Trish’s life stumbles into adulthood, she unwittingly duplicates an eerily familiar adult family life, a same-sex family this time, and finds herself incarcerated by money once again. Forced to make a ‘Sophie’s Choice’ decision, she emancipates herself from her adult family. It’s not until she loses everything in the Great Recession and experiences the solitude of homelessness that she’s able to put together the narcissism puzzle pieces that have handcuffed her life. Now more than ever, recognizing and prevailing over toxic narcissism is essential. ‘Fisheye’ deftly illuminates the subject with heartfelt storytelling, humor, and a happy ending. $0.99 on Kindle.
This story, which is based on real events, will take you on a journey through the paths of life of two identical twins, Ben and Adam, who are soon headed to the very imaginary top of wealth and success. Where do the boundaries of moral purity begin and where do they end? What can still be said aloud and about what should we rather keep quiet, so that our society isn’t offended? $4.83 on Kindle.
“A gripping and moving story, with excellent illustrations.” A true story of love and reconciliation in the aftermath of the Second World War. Minny leaves Germany on a bitterly cold morning in December 1946 and travels to England to marry Jim, a British Intelligence Corps soldier in the Allied armies that defeated the Nazi regime in 1945 and occupied the devastated nation. She has survived British and American bombs and witnessed the destruction of Aachen, her ancient and beautiful city. How will a German woman cope in austere post-war Britain, where she is still regarded as the enemy? Illustrated with almost 100 images and original documents, The Bride’s Trunk describes the adventures of an unremarkable piece of luggage and three generations of its owners, whose journeys across Europe are determined by the turbulent events of twentieth century history. $2.99 on Kindle.
This is the story of Sister Judy Bisignano, a Dominican nun, who after spending 68 years looking for God ,finally found divine connection in the Amazon rainforest. Guided by the indigenous wisdom of the Achuar people, she confronts and lets go of her turbulent past, ultimately discovering that her life’s purpose was not to be a nun but rather a compassionate human being. Free on Kindle.
This is a powerful true story of one young girl’s struggle to survive the state-care-system in the 70’s and 80’s. Amelia has just one wish, to make it through to adulthood and hold her destiny in her own hands. This is a harrowing true story, one of survival and human strength. Amelia has been tragically separated from all her siblings, never to see them again for many years.She is moved from one children’s home to another until finally, it’s just too much for her to bear. Amelia starts to wonder about the peace and finality of her own death. Free on Kindle.
Sixteen year old, Rick Watkinson murdered his father and his step-mother. That is truth. And for that crime, he currently sits in an Alaskan prison. But what brought him to that point? What makes a child pick up a semi-automatic shot gun and shot two people he is supposed to love? ‘Ghost – Honor Thy Parents’ offers a preview into that fateful night and the state of mind of this young boy at the time of the tragedy, all of which is fully revealed in the full-length novel, ‘Ghost – The Rick Watkinson Story’. “Ghost” is the true story of Rick Watkinson, his journey from a tumultuous childhood, to his current stay and personal growth behind the thick steel bars in an Alaskan State Penitentiary. Who is this man and what causes a person to cross the boundaries of humanity? Can these events be strictly traced to upbringing and environment, or do some people have an inherent propensity for evil? Is redemption or rehabilitation even possible? Stripped down to its core, this is a story of a boy who just wanted to be loved. A boy who just wanted to belong, and be a part of a family, whatever that incarnation of a family might have been. He is not asking for forgiveness nor is he expecting us to give it. His life is his life, and his mistakes are his mistakes. He cannot change the past or give life to his father and step-mother. He can only move forward, continuing to find the light in a life of darkness. Free on Kindle.
David Sandum had it all—a beautiful young family and a promising new career—when he fell into an inexplicable, deep depression. This richly illustrated, award-winning memoir tells the story of David’s battle with crippling mental illness and the art that saves him. The paintbrush becomes his lifeline, enabling him to express his emotions and relieve his suffering. I’ll Run Till the Sun Goes Down presents a rare, intimate glimpse into a world often misunderstood, striking a chord with anyone who experiences anxiety or depression and with friends, family members, and therapists eager to help. $0.99 on Kindle.
Climb into the backseat and join Pam on a wild ride full of twists and turns, as she re-enters the world of dating. You’ll experience what it’s like to search for a decent man among the menagerie of available single men. Whether it’s stories of single dates or relationships, you’ll find yourself laughing and crying along with her, as she discovers what post divorce dating is really like. Written in an hysterically funny and candid style, Pam let’s you in on all her private thoughts and feelings. $2.99 on Kindle.
“Letters to Mitch – The Healing Power of Grief, Love & Truth” is the true story of how a young man uses his greatest wound as a gift to heal his life. When Marshall Dunn learns the devastating news that his elder brother, Mitch, has taken his own life, little does he know that his loss will become the catalyst to awaken to his soul’s purpose. The book is narrated through a series of raw, heartfelt letters accompanied with instructive and intuitive reflections. Letters to Mitch encourages readers to embrace change, seek their own hidden truth in vulnerability and honor the life with which they have been gifted. Let Marshall take you deep inside the engine room of suicide loss as he travels along an inspiring journey towards growth, healing, and envisioning the future. Just as Mitch’s death has become Marshall’s greatest gift, he has written this book as a gift to anyone searching for the way back home after suicide, loss, and personal crisis. $0.99 on Kindle.