How I Learned to Like My Mom

How I Learned to Like My Mom
This is the story of a woman who drank too much, parented too little, and MARRIED SEVEN MEN! She was beautiful, talented, wrote country songs, and she just happened to be my mother.
Can you love someone but not Like them?
Can you forgive what you can’t forget?
Is it ever too late?
Set in the Midwest UA, this Tears to Cheers memoir details the journey of a traumatic childhood of alcohol, abuse, divorce, neglect and poverty. But don’t despair … healing is possible when forgiveness is present. $1.99 on Kindle.
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No Word Of a Lie

No Word Of a Lie
No Word Of a Lie: A completely accurate account of the last 185 years, told through the eyes of Jonathan, the world’s oldest Galapagos tortoise. $2.99 on Kindle.
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Twice a Daughter

Twice a Daughter
Julie is adopted and a twin. Because their adoption was closed, she and her sister lack both a health history and their adoption papers—which becomes an issue for Julie when, at 48, she finds herself facing several serious health issues. Following an 8-year journey, what began as a simple desire for a family medical history has evolved into a complicated quest that unearths secrets, lies, and family members that are literally right next door. $0.99 on Kindle.
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Kyrie Eleison

Kyrie Eleison

An artist from the 60s navigates through painful situations throughout her life while protecting her creative soul amid overwhelming turmoil she must face. In this short memoir you will hang onto your seat in this page turner and marvel at the authors tenacity.to break away from bad people and unbelievable situations. $9.99 on Kindle.
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Wheels of Injustice: Saving My Child from the Child Savers

Wheels of Injustice: Saving My Child from the Child Savers
Six weeks into a blissful honeymoon, life turns into a nightmare when Susan’s 9-year-old daughter is taken away and her husband is falsely accused of child sexual abuse. Dragged under the churning wheels of the child protection system, Susan is given a choice: cooperate in prosecuting her innocent husband or lose her daughter. When the couple doesn’t give in to pressure, Susan loses custody of her daughter, and her husband is charged with a felony that carries a 16-year prison sentence.No one wants to hear the facts.No one wants to know the truth. It’s the 1980s—a decade of unfounded abuse accusations, hysterical claims of orgies at daycare centers, families controlled by courts, and a child protection system that has become the very thing it was created to eradicate.

Wheels of Injustice is a curtains-pulled-back true account of the out-of-control child protection system of the 1980s and the victims who risked everything to expose its egregiously unjust acts and reform it. The book is a tribute to God’s faithfulness and a message of hope to others who have struggled to overcome adversity, fight injustice, or turn an upended life the right way around again.“We are not to simply bandage the wounds of victims beneath the wheels of injustice, we are to drive a spoke into the wheel itself.”?

Dietrich BonhoefferPraise for Wheels of Injustice—”The author was acutely aware of her spiritual journey throughout the ordeal. She includes summaries, prayers, and even poems to highlight her emotional turmoil in a real, honest way. I really appreciated the “where are they now” epilogue at the end so as a reader you know how it ended for all involved. THAT is the best proof of all there is calm after every storm!” $0.99 on Kindle.
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Twice a Daughter: A Search for Identity, Family, and Belonging

Twice a Daughter: A Search for Identity, Family, and Belonging
Julie is adopted. She is also a twin. Because their adoption was closed, she and her sister lack both a health history and their adoption papers—which becomes an issue for Julie when, at forty-eight years old, she finds herself facing several serious health issues. To launch the probe into her closed adoption, Julie first needs the support of her sister. The twins talk things over, and make a pact: Julie will approach their adoptive parents for the adoption paperwork and investigate search options, and the sisters will split the costs involved in locating their birth relatives. But their adoptive parents aren’t happy that their daughters want to locate their birth parents—and that is only the first of many obstacles Julie will come up against as she digs into her background. Julie’s search for her birth relatives spans eight years and involves a search agency, a PI, a confidential intermediary, a judge, an adoption agency, a social worker, and a genealogist. By journey’s end, what began as a simple desire for a family medical history has evolved into a complicated quest—one that unearths secrets, lies, and family members that are literally right next door. $0.99 on Kindle.
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TEN DAYS WITH DAD

Have you ever learned more from someone in ten days than you did during their entire lifetime? What if that person was your father as he battled Alzheimer’s during a global pandemic?

Within four years of his Alzheimer’s diagnosis, my dad could no longer drive, cook, or take his medications. When the dementia demons took over, he couldn’t stay in his home, either.

He spent ten unforgettable days with my family prior to moving into assisted living, and eventually a nursing home. Over the course of eighteen months, we shared more than 200 meals and 600 cups of coffee, during which time I got to know him—and myself—better than at any point in our lives.

During the darkest days of COVID-19 and my dad’s Alzheimer’s, his memory, dignity, and, ultimately, his life were stolen from him. So how did I find purpose, passion, and peace in my life?

Ten Days with Dad is a story about family, progress, personal growth, and healing, born out of a terrible disease and a once-in-a-century global pandemic.

• Is dealing with a personal tragedy or caring for a loved one crushing your physical, emotional, and mental mindset?

• Do you let past regrets, grudges, excuses, and self-imposed limitations prevent you from achieving your goals, forging meaningful relationships, or finding inner peace?

• What obstacles, perceived or otherwise, are preventing you from becoming the best version of yourself?

• Are you looking for practical and effective routines to build better habits, improve your mindset, and transform your priorities?

• How can you find purpose, passion, and personal fulfillment in your life right now?

Get motivated to wake up each day a little happier and more grateful than the day before, and a lot more fulfilled in the buckets of your life that matter most.
Allow my story to be your inspiration to pursue your passion and find purpose and fulfillment in your life.
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Summary Judgement

Summary Judgement

During the summer of 1984, Tommy Hamilton, the product of a deprived childhood in rural Alabama, shoots and kills his boss. Before facing the electric chair, one final appeal offers the chance to save Tommy’s life, if only his two Chicago-based lawyers and a nun from Alabama can prove he is not legally guilty…even if he is not truly innocent.
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Free: Letters From Captivity – The Israeli Pilot and his Wife

Letters From Captivity : The Israeli Pilot and his Wife

On June 30, 1970, seconds after a missile hit his plane, Israeli pilot Rami Harpaz found himself hovering between heaven and earth. The earth below, however, happened to be Egypt.

In the twinkling of an eye, Harpaz went from being the highly-skilled pilot of a Phantom Jet – then the spearhead of the Israeli air force – to a prisoner in an Egyptian prison where he was to be held captive for the next three and a half years.

A few hours after his plane had gone down, Harpaz’ wife, Nurit, and his children received the bitter news. Nurit had just entered the final months of her latest pregnancy, a pregnancy that unexpectedly culminated in the birth of twin girls.

Throughout the years of his captivity – on both sides of the Sinai Desert – Rami and Nurit went through many upheavals, happy moments vying with dispiriting disasters, hope mingling with despair. The story of their lives during that time – together and separately – could easily form the basis of a nail-biting television drama.

‘Letters from Captivity’ has been written in the form of an epistolary novel, blending together the moving, authentic correspondence that passed between Nurit and Rami. These are the very real letters that reveal the physical and mental struggles this rare couple had to overcome. They provide deep and meaningful insights into the crises and obstacles life puts in our way, and how we might face and overcome them.

‘Letters from Captivity’ is a real story, told by those who lived it, but which has been written in the most captivating prose. It is a fascinating, breathtaking, epistolary novel which does not allow the reader a single moment’s respite. Free on Kindle.
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ADA IN LONDON – SURVIVING THE TRAUMAS

Ada in London, Surviving the Traumas is the story of a Nigerian Headteacher who is persuaded against her will by her husband, to relocate to the United Kingdom, in order to work and save her family from financial ruin. This is after he, Fred, had gone abroad and lost a huge sum of borrowed money, under suspicious circumstances. Fred, instead of taking the plunge himself, of relocating to a foreign country, to put right the mess he has made, he insists that Ada should abandon her family and go abroad.

Ada refuses over and over again, but her husband uses all bullying tactics to make her believe that, if her family got into financial ruin, it would be Ada’s fault and it would be simply because she is very selfish and doesn’t care enough about her family’s welfare…

Ada succumbs to all the pressure from her husband and her children and travels to London with very little money in her pocket ..

All through her first few years in London, Ada suffers from all sorts of problems:
– acute cold
– racism
– degradation
– acute loneliness
– lack of money
– total lack of love and support from her husband
– several heart-rending bereavements
and so on and so forth.

If you are wondering how Ada manages to survive the traumas, just get a copy of the novel and read her story for yourself.

Here’s one review from Outskirts’ Press who first published the book in 2005.

“A lot of burning and topical issues are covered by Gracy Ukala in Ada in London. Such issues include a woman’s ability to survive nobly without succumbing to “selling her body”, or compromising her
human dignity. She touches on other issues such as “faith in God” and “faith in oneself”. Ms Ukala’s most poignant and passionate theme remains the need for equality of the sexes to some extent, especially, in relationships or marriages. She believes fiercely that every woman has a right to choose what makes her happy, instead of being forced to remain in a relationship because that is what society expects of her, or because that would make her man happy!”

There are many more issues that Ada has to tackle in order to be true to herself and to her God. Ada’s survival is mainly due to her own determination to succeed. Ada’s hard work, her leadership skills and her absolute faith in God, all combine to see her through her dark moments of suffering.

Here’s another review:
“Ada in London is full of suspense. It is fast-moving, simple, and very easy to read. Any one from the age of 18 onward, would enjoy the story thoroughly, as the issues tackled in this book are about mature life situations. This is a very well-written book by an award-winning novelist. I promise you, once you pick it up, you won’t want to put it down until you finish reading it!

I heartily recommend Ada in London-Surviving the Traumas, to you. Happy reading!”
Jonathan Edwards.
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Pick up Ada in London now and enjoy!! $9.99 on Kindle.
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Free: The Savage Path: A Memoir of Modern Masculinity

The Savage Path: A Memoir of Modern Masculinity

Do you believe society needs genuine, healthy masculinity? Masculinity, in any form, has been viciously attacked for decades with serious unintended consequences. We need boys to grow into responsible, productive men and fathers. We need their strength to face down evil, and they need a guide to help them navigate this new wilderness, to find and define their masculinity in the gender-confused world of today. This memoir is filled with modern male friendships, advice, career tips for Christian men, and stories about Savage’s own experiences on a quest for answers. Savage hopes this will not only be able to help inform individuals, but that this work of God’s will writing for men will be a group ministry discussion- starter for adult Christian men.

In The Savage Path, David Savage uses humility and humor to highlight the hard-won wisdom gleaned along his path— – successes, failures, friendships, and family. Much of what he shares comes from real wilderness adventures. This is a quest memoir about Christian men and how they can live a physically, mentally, and morally healthy life in modern society.

Come sit by the campfire, feel its warmth, and let it draw you into the intimate storytelling environment that only its flickering flame and the expansive night sky can provide. You are entering a sacred place to engage in the genuine pursuit of authentic manhood. Free on Kindle.
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HEROTATIONS: AN AUTOBIOGRAPHICAL COLLECTION OF MOTIVATIONAL QUOTES

"HEROTATIONS: AN AUTOBIOGRAPHICAL COLLECTION OF MOTIVATIONAL QUOTES

A non-fiction puzzle of interweaving stories of life growing up on an American owned island. Herotations is also a collection of powerful sagacity that I created as daily motivational quotations that have the power to transform lives. This book can be read as a day to day uplifting piece as you take your time to apply a herotation, or you can dive right in and enjoy the enticing escapades of an autobiographical account of my life. (Names have been changed to protect the innocent and show forgiveness to the guilty) The best part of this book is that it is not a one time read, but you can read it repeatedly and obtain new ways to assimilate its content directly into your life. Accept the challenge today and begin your journey into a better life for yourself and unlock the intricate mind of “The Hero” $9.99 on Kindle.
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Stupidity in Action

Stupidity in Action

Those who knew Clark Huff as a child believed he would either be in jail or dead before he graduated high school. They had good reason to think that. He paid little attention to authority and never considered the risk of his actions. Enjoy these fascinating stories of how this disobedient, adventurous boy learned from his mistakes and survived to became a successful adult. The saga begins with an eight-year-old child who hopes to get a deer rifle for Christmas. As the journey continues throughout his childhood, he pursues the making and building of explosives, rockets, and electronics. Much to his mother’s dismay, he also figures out how to gas his siblings.

Surprisingly, Clark not only lives to graduate high school, but goes on to earn a degree in metallurgical engineering. During his professional career, he becomes a world traveler and immerses himself in other cultures with much hilarity and humility. He also continues to reflect on his mistakes, such as going underground in a flooding mine and being the boss during the construction of a silo that collapsed. By the end of his career he had advanced to become the company’s Vice President of Capital and Technology. These stories are not only entertaining, but will provide you examples of how not to handle a situation. It is always better to learn from someone else’s stupidity. $7.99 on Kindle.
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Twice a Daughter

Twice a Daughter
Julie is adopted and a twin. Because their adoption was closed, she and her sister lack both a health history and their adoption papers—which becomes an issue for Julie when, at 48, she finds herself facing several serious health issues. Julie’s search for her birth relatives spans eight years and involves a search agency, a PI, a confidential intermediary, a judge, an adoption agency, a social worker, and a genealogist. By journey’s end, what began as a simple desire for a family medical history has evolved into a complicated quest—one that unearths secrets, lies, and family members that are literally right next door. $0.99 on Kindle.
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Free: Drifter

Drifter

Drifter is an autobiographical novel, a mix of fiction and real events that takes place between 2008 and 2019, told by a young physics graduate, Dashiell Aston.

At the height of the financial crisis, disillusioned, morally corrupt and dedicated to the pursuit of money, he goes from aspiring hedge fund City trader, job hopping across Europe to establishing a network of offshore companies, laundering millions of dollars through the global art world and cryptocurrencies, living a life split across three continents balancing business with surfing the world’s best waves.

His contacts range from Venezuelan drug lords to billionaire art buyers to con artist businessmen and even an African arms dealer.

Faced with betrayal and tragedy, he then dedicates two years of his life and all his resources, solely focused on an insatiable desire for revenge.

In spite of his morally corrupt ways and pursuit of wealth at any costs, he desperately seeks to rekindle with the love of his life throughout his story.

A tale of money, revenge, and love.
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Raising Jess

Raising Jess

Raising Jess is the powerful story of one family’s survival when faced with adversity. Written with compassion, honesty, and humor, it tells of a family changed forever by the birth of a child with special needs, and their courageous decision to choose hope.

“I was twenty-four years old and about to deliver my first child. Oh, and I also had the chickenpox.” So begins the story of a first-time mom who learns her infant daughter has severe, multiple disabilities. Facing the challenges of caring for her daughter, marriage struggles, and the question of having more children, Vickie Rubin gives a glimpse into the world of her family and transformation while Raising Jess. This beautiful, gripping memoir will delight and leave you wanting more. $8.99 on Kindle.
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Setting Sail for Golden Harbor

Setting Sail for Golden Harbor
This book is about the author’s mother Nan and the moments that made her simply unforgettable to those who knew and loved her. In this memoir, laughter serves not only as an antidote to depressing reality but also reminds us that the deceased has lived, has amused, and has warmed our hearts. $0.99 on Kindle.
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Free: Building in Bronze: Creating the Future through Healing the Past

Building in Bronze: Creating the Future through Healing the Past
Building in Bronze is an inspirational manifesto written by a woman who has never stopped dreaming and working to create space in the world where she could live her most authentic life. Cayla Pothan created just such a space, and in the process, discovered how to share her insights with other people who long to live with joy and purpose. After a difficult journey from a childhood of feeling trapped in a victim mindset, she emerged into a life filled with creativity and growth, eventually founding the Tootsie Gallery. Tootsie is a symbol of the dreams and creativity in the life of the child. As an artist, mentor, coach, gallery owner, and community builder, she reaches out to help others find purpose by getting in touch with the child within. Readers who may have lost sight of their own dreams, lacking purpose or creative outlets, will find inspiration to re-engage with their creative energies and the courage to chase those lovely dreams.
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