Tackle Life Head On: A Playbook on Defeating Life’s Obstacles

Tackle Life Head On: A Playbook on Defeating Life’s Obstacles

“I’m one of the ninety-percent who, for a brief time, got to live like the one percent.”

Ask a group of little kids what their dream job is and most will tell you they want to be a professional athlete. Their chances of actually becoming one, however, are less than one percent. Of those who do make it, the vast majority won’t last for more than three years.

Jeff Ogden was one of those rare few, overcoming a series of obstacles to have a five-year career with the Dallas Cowboys, Miami Dolphins, and Baltimore Ravens. Growing up in the small town of Snohomish, in Washington State, Jeff appeared to be the last person who would play in the NFL, due in large part to the physical challenges he faced from birth. It was through a lot of hard work, inner reflection, faith, and the love of family that he entered the exclusive world of professional sports and played alongside some of the best athletes in the world.

This book is a mix of anecdotes from his life—many uplifting and funny, others heartbreaking—and exercises designed to help the reader to identify and overcome their own challenges. Told with humor, humility, and gratitude, Jeff’s story is a testament to what the ordinary person can do when they are willing to do the work. More importantly, it is a playbook for anyone who thinks their goals are unattainable or their challenges insurmountable. $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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Truth’s Daugher

Truth's Daugher

On her sixtieth birthday, Barbara hopes a genetic search engine might lead to finding her fathers’ other children. Perhaps they could shed light on her fathers’ identity. She was determined to make truth the legacy of their lives. In the absence of facts, she discovers the importance of forgiveness and understanding as a vehicle for healing.
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Lamlash Street: A Portrait of 1960’s Post-War London Through One Family’s Story

Lamlash Street: A Portrait of 1960's Post-War London Through One Family's Story

Explore South East London in 1963; a world of nostalgia that sadly cannot be visited anymore. On Lamlash Street, Cockney families have more character than money, living among the bombed out and condemned buildings. Post WWII London will change swiftly into the era of The Beatles, Twiggy, and modern space-age, swinging London.

Experience the lively true story of a girl on her way to womanhood, coming of age at a moment in London’s untold history unlike any other. Jill Phillips tries to secure her first kiss while navigating a world turned upside down and the trauma that her father, mother, and uncle experienced during the war.

If you like non-stereotypical women characters, working-class endurance, and a biography about rallying from abundant loss, then you’ll adore this heartfelt and funny historical memoir. $0.99 on Kindle.

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Thriving in Quarantine

Thriving in Quarantine
The uplifting story of the first Americans to be quarantined for COVID! Thriving in Quarantine chronicles this family’s remarkable adventures on the Grand Princess, when COVID first made the headlines. This is an amazing piece of history you’ll love to read. You’ll laugh and cry to discover what it’s like to travel with three small children at the outset of the worst pandemic of our times. It will fill your heart with victory and hope during these difficult days. $0.99 on Kindle.

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Why Are There Monkeys? (and other questions for God)

WHY ARE THERE MONKEYS? (and other questions for God)

The true, inspirational, laugh-out-loud funny story of former LA and SF Radio Personality, Brooke Jones’ Near-Death Question and Answer Session with God (and she was given UNDENIABLE PROOF that her “Divine Experience” really DID HAPPEN!). If you think a conversation with God could not possibly be FUNNY, you’re in for a big surprise! $0.99 on Kindle.

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Out of Hiding: Finding the Courage to Be Me

Out of Hiding: Finding the Courage to Be Me

Have you ever felt like you were going through life knowing there was something more? You knew there was something missing and had no idea what that something might be. That’s where I was until I discovered that what was missing was ME. The pages within are filled with short stories about wisdom I have gained in the experiences of my expedition to find out (remember) who I am. After having looked outside of myself for the answers to life’s questions, I started an internal quest for a more meaningful existence. Since then, I have been in the process of unbecoming everything that isn’t really me so I could be who I came here to be. Out of Hiding invites you to become inspired and explore who you are deep inside and share the magic you came here to share! $0.99 on Kindle.

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Free: Summary Judgement

Summary Judgement
Everyone leaves death row. Few leave it alive.

Summary Judgment is the fascinating true crime story told by one of Tommy’s lawyers that reveals how this life-and-death case unfolded in real-time. Free on Kindle.

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Free: Pardon My Quirk: Anecdotes to make you Laugh, Learn and Think

Pardon My Quirk: Anecdotes to make you Laugh, Learn and Think
In this heartfelt and witty collection of autobiographical anecdotes, Mo Barrett invites readers to keep laughing, learning, and thinking through all of life’s ups and downs. As a retired Air Force Colonel, Mo reflects on defining moments, both poignant and comical, throughout her personal and professional life, from navigating the military as a gay female pilot to caring for her aging parents. Such moments include: Surviving a purple child-eating dragon at the community pool at the fragile age of fire inappropriately groping instructors’ legs (yes, that’s plural) when learning how to stall an airplane performing in a female barbershop singing group inadvertently dressed as a Japanese drag queenShocking residents of small Central American villages by being a female pilotScoring for the wrong team (and playing for the other) and learning to not throw like a girlProving her high school guidance counselor right by failing to get into the Air Force Academy (spoiler alert: eventually she gets in)In Pardon My Quirk, Mo gracefully models how to find humor (and puns) in the face of adversity, uncovering deeper meaning that inspires growth, connection, and optimism. Her grounded stories remind readers that we are more than our labels and that we all have something important to contribute in this world—we just have to pull our heads out and keep on smiling.

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Free: The Snyderverse Saga: The Culture-Shattering Phenomena Behind Zack Snyder’s DC Film Universe

The Snyderverse Saga: The Culture-Shattering Phenomena Behind Zack Snyder’s DC Film Universe
In the midst of a superhero takeover with groundbreaking films bringing comic books to the big screen on an unprecedented scale, one cinematic saga would forever alter the landscape of superhero movies and Hollywood…Batman. Superman. Wonder Woman. As three of the most iconic heroes of all time, the task of translating these beloved DC Comics characters and their stories to film would be the ultimate challenge for any director. By embracing this challenge, Zack Snyder—who gained popularity following successes with 300 and Watchmen—would find himself at the epicenter of controversy. Shaped by studio conflicts, creative differences, increasingly divisive public opinion, social media, the COVID-19 pandemic, and personal tragedy, the making of Snyder’s films (Man of Steel, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Justice League) would come together to form a remarkable tale. In The Snyderverse Saga, entertainment journalist Daryn Kirscht chronicles the epic behind-the-scenes true story of Snyder’s DC Comics films, their revolutionary impact on superhero movies and Hollywood, and the power of the fandom in fighting for creative freedom. After achieving victory following the #ReleaseTheSnyderCut movement, a new wave is on the rise with #RestoreTheSnyderVerse to adapt the cinematic landscape to the modern world… a “Knightmare” world. Will the “Snyderverse” continue? Only time will tell…  Free on Kindle.
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Roller Rink Starlight

Roller Rink Starlight
This true coming of age memoir about love on a coed roller racing team loaded with champions recounts poignantly the ecstasies and perils of sixties high school sexual romance against a backdrop of flat-out athletic competition.
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Free: Praying for Restraint

Praying for Restraint

Praying for Restraint tells the story of Allen Long, an assistant nurse recovering from PTSD who successfully struggles to survive an inner-city hospital work environment that is so toxic that it threatens his body, soul, and marriage. The book is both a triumphant memoir and an expose of a hospital so horrific that it nearly defies belief. Free on Kindle.

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All of Us Warriors: Cancer Stories of Survival and Loss

All of Us Warriors: Cancer Stories of Survival and Loss

In All of Us Warriors, Rebecca Whitehead Munn paints a realistic picture of the impact cancer has on an individual’s life, and she attempts to demystify the experience by sharing heartfelt stories from twenty survivors and the loved ones of those that passed. $0.99 on Kindle.

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A Mostly Magnificent Memoir

A Mostly Magnificent Memoir

A child of the 1980s relives a dysfunctional and hilarious childhood in the most difficult speech of his life.

It’s FORREST GUMP meets THE WONDER YEARS – but mostly true. Hysterically funny at times, heart-wrenching and heart-warming at other times, highly entertaining all the time.

The story follows James Murphy, who lives an extraordinarily unique life learning ordinary life lessons to which everyone can relate through his many misadventures. James’ misadventures feature everything from swindling friends out of valuable baseball cards to run-ins with bullies and kids in Connecticut “gangs”, from awkward romantic heartbreak to family party fiascos, from sophisticated pranks that build up to a court appearance and community service to a death-defying “rafting” incident.

This is a fictionalized and dramatized adaptation of the author’s autobiography turned into a full-motion picture screenplay turned into a novella. It’s the unbelievable stories that are actually true. James isn’t lying about the magic beanstalk growing on his back porch. Or the monkey in their tree—in New England. He did chase a UFO with his mother and stopped her from killing his dad. Let’s just say this book is a collection of true stories made more entertaining and wrapped in a white lie.

A Mostly Magnificent Memoir reminds us all that we are social creatures—how our seemingly insignificant interactions with others can significantly impact their lives. It reminds us how precious life is and how grateful we should be for the people in our lives. It reminds us that it is okay to laugh at our own misadventures because life is too short not to. $2.99 on Kindle.

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Safe, Wanted, and Loved

Safe, Wanted, and Loved

“Pat, we need to kill the dog.”

When a sudden mental illness struck his wife, Patrick Dylan found himself living with an eerie stranger. Scared and unprepared, he began a desperate battle to protect her from a mysterious disease, shelter their children from her bizarre behavior, and recover the woman he loved. $0.99 on Kindle.

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Behind Closed Doors

Behind Closed Doors

Experience first-hand how a family with three beautiful children was overtaken by a world of biases, harassment and abuse from within the family courts. Explore the highs and lows of parenthood, mental health, solicitor involvement, judges’ court orders and more, as well as the challenges and discrimination facing single fathers.

With a little bit of humour, an overzealous solicitor and the shameful performance of family law, take a walk in a father’s shoes and try not to drift into deep waters…$9.99 on Kindle.

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The King of Violins

The King of Violins

HOW CHINA’S MOST CELEBRATED VIOLIN PRODIGY BECAME AN ENEMY OF STATE.

The King of Violins is the heartbreaking story of China’s most celebrated violin prodigy, Ma Sicong, who composed his first concerto at the age of 12.

During his career, this gentle, dignified man composed 57 of the world’s best-known symphonies and concertos and performed in front of hundreds of sold-out audiences across the globe.

Chairman Mao Zedong declared Ma Sicong “a national treasure” and nicknamed him The King of Violins. Soon, Chairman Mao’s brutal Cultural Revolution distorted the truth of Ma’s life and work. He is forced to wear a dunce cap, and is publicly humiliated and physically abused by cadres of Red Guards as “a vile product of bourgeois thinking.”

Ma and his family make a breath-taking escape in the darkness to America. After Chairman Mao died in 1976, the real circumstances of Ma’s poignant, bittersweet life were buried in the pages of history by an embarrassed Chinese government. Eleven years later, Ma died at the age of 76 in Philadelphia.

The King of Violins, written in cooperation with all of Ma’s remaining family members, and is the first politically balanced life story about this generous, conflicted musical genius. $5.99 on Kindle.

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Free: A Runaway Teenager Who Found Freedom

A Runaway Teenager: Who Found Freedom
At 14 years old, Quyen (Quin) Ha risked everything for a chance for a better life. Living under the communist regime in Viet Nam, Quyen saw his freedoms being taken away. He dreamed of living in America, where he would be free to pursue the American dream. With nothing but the clothes on his back, Quyen got on a boat to escape to America. The escape was perilous, with the risk of being caught and imprisoned. Those who made it past the Viet Nam border often didn’t survive the stormy seas ahead, and many were never heard from again. Yet Quyen knew that this was the only chance he had for freedom.

A Runaway Teenager is an inspirational, heartfelt story of one man’s journey to freedom and the trials and tribulations he faced along the way. It’s an amazing story of faith, love, sacrifice, and courage. It’s a story that we all can relate to in different aspects of our lives—from a struggle to pay bills to the pain of losing a loved one. Quyen’s story inspires us to look at life as possible instead of impossible. Through it all, Quyen never gave up. He never lost sight of what freedom meant. The love Quyen has for his family exemplifies what a son, a brother, a husband, and a father could be. He created a wonderful life for himself, his family, and those around him. A Runaway Teenager will show you the true meaning of “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.” You will laugh, you will cry, and most of all, you will see that anything is possible when you live in the greatest country in the world. Free on Kindle.

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