The Broken Traveler

The Broken Traveler
“Laughter in the Shadows: A Memoir of Pain and Pretence”

“A Gripping Journey of Love, Loss, and Self-Discovery”

In “The Broken Traveler”, Hugo Smienk takes you on a deeply personal and relatable journey of love, loss, and self-discovery. Through the eyes of his protagonist Henri, Smienk shares a candid and unflinching account of his struggles to heal from a painful and complicated divorce.

From the sun-drenched landscapes of Southern France to the vibrant streets of Barcelona, and on to the bustling pulse of Mumbai, Henri’s travels become a metaphor for the inner turmoil he faces. Smienk’s writing style is captivating, with vivid details that create a true sensory experience. You’ll feel as though you’re right there with Henri, navigating the twists and turns of his emotional landscape.

With unflinching honesty, Henri confronts the darkest corners of his own heart, grappling with the pain of lost love, betrayal, and disappointment. His story is a powerful reminder that our experiences, though unique to us, are universally relatable, and that the journey to healing is often the most difficult and rewarding one we’ll ever take.

Join Henri on his hauntingly honest journey and discover the power of self-discovery and the human spirit. “The Broken Traveler” is a true and deeply personal account of one man’s struggle to heal and find himself, a memoir that will resonate with anyone who has ever loved, lost, and struggled to find their way. $0.99 on Kindle.
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The Hollywood Assistant: Life Below The Line

The Hollywood Assistant: Life Below The Line

Micheal HaDeras The Hollywood Assistant: Life Below The Line is a shocking insiders tale about the inner workings of one mans life inside a major Hollywood production. He details the everyday trials and tribulations of a Hollywood producer assistant in full color, leaving no surprising detail, ridiculous request or scandalous event out, giving the reader insight into the multi-billion-dollar Hollywood machine that they would never find anywhere else. Including an Oscar winning actress, a Golden Globe winning actress and a pedophilic director, it is a truly unique tale that only someone in the business could provide. It will leave you shaking your head and looking at the next blockbuster movie you watch through a completely different set of eyes. $4.99 on Kindle.
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Enduring

Enduring
One wife’s story of caring for her husband with dementia and the lessons for caregivers she learned along the way.

“Enduring is both heart-warming and heart-breaking . . . Larkin has written an inviting resource that highlights-and will help readers face-the ups and downs of being a caregiver.” BookLife Reviews $0.99 on Kindle.
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Can’t Tame a Mongoose

Can't Tame a Mongoose
In Cant Tame a Mongoose, Stan Rose, PhD shares stories from his own life as an MIT biologist turned successful entrepreneur, illustrating the inevitable, unexpected events that may impact a business or life and strategies to increase the likelihood of overcoming unanticipated challenges or seizing emergent opportunities. $0.99 on Kindle.
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College Life of a Retired Senior

A true story of a former bank managers experience as she returns to college in the third act of life to earn a degree in English. Seven years after she retires from the Royal Bank of Canada, ending a thirty-seven-year career, Yvonne Blackwood surprises her friends and family by returning to school at sixty-four. She craves knowledge and is motivated by four powerful reasons. Blueink Review writes: Blackwoods appealing attitude and resilience keep readers turning pages, rooting for her success. Ultimately, this is an inspiring story of an older woman’s quest for knowledge. $2.99 on Kindle.
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Free: Circles in the Wind: A Memoir: Tales from the Rainbow Road

Circles in the Wind: A Memoir: Tales from the Rainbow Road

Circles in the Wind is a poetic chronicle of the “back to the land” movement of the 1970s and the counterculture of the late 1960s. The novel documents the wanderings of Blackjack, Red Dawge, and Memphis Dennis across the country, from commune to commune, through hobo camps, and into remote mountain hideaways. From the story of the Rainbow hippies to the loner Houndog Tom and the gardens of Gentle Rain, the novel weaves an intricate tapestry of the life and times of those who sought an existence outside the mainstream. The stories move through time and space, circling back to their own beginnings, and becoming the Deja Vu. Free on Kindle.
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Odar: Jido, A Journey Through Community

Odar: Jido, A Journey Through Community
Hovsep Karamardian is on the precipice of adulthood. Finishing his education, he awaits a life in the family business that seems to him like a prison. On an errand to market, an unexpected confrontation forever changes him. After living a life surrounded by family and friends in Kessab, he is abruptly forced to travel with his brother to start again in the Americas.

Hovsep is odar or other in this new world. Relying on nothing but his own intrepid nature and ability to adapt, he finds work, love, and friendships that will last a lifetime.

Thus begins a story that will span generations and trace the unfolding of improbably linked fates. Denice Peter Karamardians Jido explores the honoring of family, memory, and legacy even in the midst of new beginnings and evolving identities. $9.99 on Kindle.
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A Life Stolen: My Father’s Journey Through Alzheimer’s

A Life Stolen: My Father's Journey Through Alzheimer's
A Life Stolen is the gripping account of a father and daughters devastating, but inspiring journey through Alzheimers. Its purpose is to give guidance to others caring for loved ones with this terrible affliction. The hope is that it will make the road for others an easier one to travel. $0.99 on Kindle.
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The Miller’s Angel Baby

The Miller's Angel Baby
In “The Miller’s Angel Baby,” delve into the intertwined lives of three women connected by love to the same man, each grappling with buried truths. Alexis, maintaining a facade of perfection, faces a cascade of losses leading her to her father’s enigmatic history. This memoir unveils her journey of uncovering family secrets, navigating through grief and betrayal, and finding resilience and faith. Discover a story of confronting past deceptions, forgiveness, and the strength to rewrite one’s destiny. $0.99 on Kindle.
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Free: Janey and the Miniatures

Janey and the Miniatures
Matthew and Heath live at Hwits End, an 18 acre homestead beside a river. Over the years they have lived there, a number of cats have arrived and determinedly made their homes there too. One freezing August evening a tiny tortoiseshell with startlingly asymmetrical markings on her face appears through the cat flap, and she is clearly desperately hungry. Matthew does not like cats much but he cant bear to see any creature go hungry so he feeds her and, of course, she moves in. The adventure of the next six months upends Matthew’s life in unexpected and permanent ways. This is a heart-warming true story with a gut-wrenching twist.
The 132-page story of Janey and her kittens is illustrated with over 400 photographs. Free on Kindle.
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Observations of America and My Ancestral Past: An Epistolary Autobiography

In 2014, I traveled around the country to inform my first cousins about the new information I had researched about our grandfather on ancestry.com. A secondary purpose of the trip was to cross off many items on my bucket list. What happened on the trip is the subject of this book. The trip covered twenty-five thousand miles around the country from Indio, California, circumventing the country in a counterclockwise fashion.

What I discovered about our country is its magnificent beauty. From the Pacific to the Atlantic Ocean resides more geographic beauty than anyone can comprehend. The stunning farmland that we possess is just unmatched in the world. The majestic mountains in Colorado and Wyoming are so impressive that one cannot get enough of their magnificence. The great national parks, the Grand Canyon, and Mount Rushmore are sites that are too incredible to capture in words. At the same time, Americans have blighted the landscape with heaps of used cars and abandoned houses. It is unsettling to learn that some people just have no respect for the land they possess.

Aside from the geography of our country, we have some of the most gorgeous cities in the world. From Chicago to New York to New Orleans to Charleston and Savannah, the tremendous architectural differences of our country are something to behold. Getting around these cities was challenging, but a sound guidance system helped me enjoy our great cities.

My trip took me to the site of many of our great American authors whose books I taught for years as an English teacher in a California high school. I wanted to see the boyhood home of Mark Twain and the home he had built in Hartford, Connecticut. His life and wisdom were things I admired as a teacher. I also wanted to see Walden Pond, the cabin Henry David Thoreau lived in, and the homes of Emerson, Alcott, Longfellow, Hawthorne, and Melville, among others. I was satisfied that I could validate what I taught about these authors. I learned that Thoreau was quite a gardener, making gardens for the authors Emerson and Hawthorne.

My great adventure also took me to the doorsteps of many of my first cousins on my father’s and mother’s side of the family. I shared with them the knowledge I had gained from research about our ancestral past. The cousins’ reactions to what they learned about their grandfathers were something none of them knew during their parent’s lifetimes. The ancestral past was essential to me because I was unsure of the origin of both sets of grandparents, and learning what it was allowed me to share this with my family. How people reacted to this information was significant.

I also ventured into our country’s historical past and visited those places where the foundation of our country was laid. It was essential to know about the founding fathers of our country, what they believed, and how they lived. I share with the reader my observations of America in the year 2014. $12.99 on Kindle.
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There Were No Flowers

There Were No Flowers
William Meffert, his father, and his son are all surgeons. From World War II and Vietnam to today, they have all fought the battle for human life. In There Were No Flowers, Meffert links together the individual lives of grandfather, father, and son to tell a story of war, surgery, trauma, and the joys of family and love in the face of it all. $0.99 on Kindle.
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Free: Becoming Fearless

Becoming Fearless

Coerced by her boss and fellow rivers guides, Brenda Smith reluctantly embarks on a rafting trip through a vast Tanzanian game reserve. If she can survive twelve days on the remote jungle rivers, then she must scale Africa’s tallest mountain. After twenty-eight years of a safe and predictable life, Brenda is terrified of what awaits her in these dangerous wildernesses.

She comes face to face with angry hippos, roaring lions and stealthy crocodiles, and struggles with the extremes of unbearable heat and hypothermia.

Despite the harsh external threats she conquers, her greatest challenge is a profound inner journey-a courageous transformation as she uncovers the internal source of her fears and discovers the personal strength to do anything.

Becoming Fearless is an inspirational true story that showcases what is possible when you step out of your comfort zone into the wild. Free on Kindle.
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Free: A Perfectly Good Fantasy: A Memoir

A Perfectly Good Fantasy: A Memoir
Brace yourself for this darkly funny sequel to Lynn Walkers award-winning book, Midnight Calling: A Memoir of a Drug Smugglers Daughter. Fiercely determined to live without drugs and alcohol, Lynn has rebuilt her life survived, somehow, her dad and his cocaine but she cant seem to find all the pages to life’s instruction manual.

With wit and insight, she takes us on a journey, and what a trip it is! Knocking over chairs and trying not to drink vodka in a Russian castle. Peeing next to a wild grizzly bear. Cocaine-addicted lab rats. Trudging through the wilderness of relationships in search of this thing called love.

Even if you’ve never struggled with addiction (or love), you’ll find humor and wisdom in this very human, true story of how we can use just about anything booze, relationships, potato chips to try to change the way we feel.

This is a candid and stubbornly hopeful memoir but be prepared you just might catch a glimpse of yourself on this wild ride. Free on Kindle.
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Traveler Between Worlds

Traveler Between Worlds

This awe-inspiring odyssey transcends the boundaries of time, culture, and the human spirit. Jo describes her participation in VETS (Veterans Exploring Treatment Solutions) programs as she experiences the healing power of plant and animal medicines in Mexico. She writes about being a Sundancer on the Lakota and Menominee reservations. Her clear narrative delves deep into the portals of consciousness and realms of the sacred.

Amidst the chaos of war and the aftermath of conflict, Jo shares stories of her work and life in Kurdistan after the invasion of Daesh/ISIS, and her deployment on HKIA Military base in Afghanistan.These chapters provide a stark contrast to her work and travel in the peaceful countries of Malta, Nepal, New Zealand and Thailand.

In this riveting memoir, Jo’s life path unfolds as a kaleidoscope of profound encounters as she seeks answers to her life’s purpose while navigating the grief of losing her son, and others close to her.

From remote Alaska to remote Australia, to the mountains of China with the Shaolin, “Traveler Between Worlds” offers a unique glimpse into the character of courageous individuals and mysterious landscapes.

Join Jo in “Traveler Between Worlds” which serves as a companion to her first book, “Traveling Off the X” and her poetry book, “CLASH-Poems From Conflict Zones” by Jo Patti. Artwork by Denali Schmidt. $9.50 on Kindle.
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Professional Courage

Professional Courage
Are you curious about the real-life experiences of a soldier who stood on the frontlines of history?

Professional Courage by Major General Jack Leide is a captivating journey through the life and career of an exceptional soldier and intelligence officer. With a profound blend of history, personal experiences, and invaluable insights, this book is a must-read for historians, students of warfare, and anyone seeking a deeper understanding of the military and intelligence realms.

Leide’s narrative takes you through his remarkable career, spanning airborne infantry, intelligence organizations, and special operations. His dedication to serving his nation and supporting fellow soldiers shines through the pages, offering a firsthand account of the challenges and sacrifices made in the line of duty.

The book offers a unique window into the latter half of the 20th century, with vivid accounts of combat in Santo Domingo, the jungles of Vietnam, and the intense war room during Desert Storm. Leide’s role as a defense and army attach to China during the Tiananmen Square massacre and the evacuation of American citizens adds another layer of depth to his experiences.

This book also sheds light on the challenges of working within international coalitions during combat, the value of human intelligence and special operations forces, and the moral dimensions of war.

In this book, you will learn:

Hardships of the infantry in combat.
Importance of Language and Area Study.
Necessity to tell it like it is no matter the consequences.
Importance of intelligence in peace, crisis and war.
Parochialism is counterproductive during military operations.

From global crises to personal sacrifices, this book offers a comprehensive view of a distinguished military career that has left an indelible mark on US national security and policy. It’s a vital contribution to history and an essential resource for those seeking to learn from the past to navigate the challenges of the present and future. $0.99 on Kindle.
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My American Dream

My American Dream
My American Dream is an inspiring tale of love, dedication, and how uncovering the past and preserving history can inform your identity. $1.99 on Kindle.
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The Hinaki

 

If you enjoyed the movie Whale Rider you’ll enjoy this book. Set in a small Mãori community this story follows twelve-year-old Manaia as she navigates the trials and tribulations of life. The myriad of unique characters will touch your heart as each has an impact on this wonderfully magical wahine. Her journey is brought to life as her rich naivety will have you both laughing and crying. Explore the spirituality that is uniquely New Zealand and that quintessential Aroha that only Mãori culture brings. $2.99 on Kindle.
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Anthrax to Zodiac: A Snarky PI Delves into the Most Notorious Unsolved Mysteries of the Past 150 Years

Anthrax to Zodiac: A Snarky PI Delves into the Most Notorious Unsolved Mysteries of the Past 150 Years
BIOLOGICAL ATTACKS, KIDNAPPINGS, HIJACKINGS, HORRIFIC MURDERS THAT ROCKED THE NATION AND WERE NEVER SOLVED

From A to Z, Huddle lays out the events and evidence and tests theories. As details of the crimes that have haunted America for over 100 years are revealed, the cases you thought you knew may not be so clear-cut after all.

You be the judge. Who did it?
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Free: Always Ahead: 12 Striking Stories of Determination, Commitment, and Inspiration in Pursuit of Success and Freedom

Always Ahead: 12 Striking Stories of Determination, Commitment, and Inspiration in Pursuit of Success and Freedom
Discover heartfelt, honest, and relatable tales that will help you turn your past into a future of happiness, success, and wealth.
Are you tired of hearing about billionaires who work hard using generational wealth that was handed to them on a silver platter?

Do you want to connect with genuine people from humble beginnings who prove that your start in life doesn’t determine your success?

Are you looking for your sign to help you figure out what your next steps are, and how you can ensure that you succeed?

Then keep reading

Imagine you’ve won the Golden Ticket. You’ve spent weeks lining up outside the store to be the first customer in. You’ve invested each day in a new bar, hoping that this one will be your lucky break.

And there it is, finally in your hands. You’ve unwrapped that chocolate bar and the glistening color of reward is shining back at you. Its a pretty good feeling. As though your troubles have melted away and you can relax knowing that you have made it.

Now imagine that you’ve won 12 tickets. 12 invaluable tickets that will help you carve out your path and make your mark upon this world in any way of your choosing.

This book can give you just that. Discover 12 real-life stories from inspirational people who made their way in the world to achieve that sense of peace through success.

Use their Golden-ticket advice to mentor and guide you as you navigate a difficult global climate that seems almost impossible to leave a lasting impression on.

Understand just what it takes to really be the best, and unwrap tips to help you outshine the competition and finally achieve that all-illusive American Dream.
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Free: Broken Pieces: (and the fun things you can do with them)

Broken Pieces: (and the fun things you can do with them)

Torn between family, a demanding husband, and emotional upheaval, can an aspiring young actress find the courage to embrace her passion and independence in the face of overwhelming obstacles?

Born in Louisville, Kentucky, the youngest in a family of six children, Reedy Gibbs was tormented by her mentally disturbed eldest brother and learned to survive by staying out of the way and doing as she was told. After graduating high school, she moved to Chicago to pursue her dream of becoming an actress. Caught up in the big city excitement and her new life, she meets a handsome but troubled musician and gets lured into his stoner lifestyle.

Receiving tragic news from home, her life spirals out of control. Grief and fear cloud her judgment, and she allows herself to be seduced into marriage.

Always the pleaser, she goes along with her husbands dream of living on a Northern California commune, even though her heart longs to be in the city pursuing her dream of acting professionally. After years of living as hippies, they buy land of their own and build a rock house with their bare hands, and Reedy gives birth to two children. She endures years of living without electricity, plumbing, or a telephone; however, these hardships do not deter her from her dream. Finally, she endeavors to stand up for herself and begin life anew as a working actress and single mother.

A memorable adventure filled with vibrant characters, hardships endured, and inner strength revealed, Reedy’s memoir will take you on a journey that will inspire and amuse, but, most of all, will fill your heart with hope that all difficulties can be overcome. Free on Kindle.
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Life After the Red Flag

Life After the Red Flag
Imagine you lead the perfect life. You’re young, you’re healthy, with a high-tech career that has you traveling to and enjoying new cities, with a wonderful family, and an intense hobby of motorcycle racing at which you excel, and enjoy. $1.99 on Kindle.
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Free: Stories for My Children: The Pursuit of Justice, Adventure, and a Family’s Search for Place

Stories for My Children: The Pursuit of Justice, , Adventure, and a Family's Search for Place
Comical short stories of sometimes near death outdoor adventures, army basic training, defense of the constitutional right to nude dancing, a cursed string of World Series calamities and more. Stuart and Lisa are married criminal defense attorneys struggling to balance family life with three kids with the rights of their clients. After a stressful death penalty murder trial, the family moves to Alaska in search of a better life. Free on Kindle.
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Camp Fire Girl

Camp Fire Girl
Camp Fire Girl is a gripping and poignant account of one woman’s harrowing journey through the deadliest wildfire in California’s history. Written by a courageous nurse who faced the inferno head-on, this book offers a personal perspective on the heart-wrenching experience of surviving a wildfire disaster. $0.99 on Kindle.
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Choosing My Tomorrow

Choosing My Tomorrow
When Jodie Baulkham’s world shatters at 29 with the loss of her husband in the line of duty, she finds herself the sole parent of their 8-month-old daughter. In the aftermath of this tragedy, she undergoes a crash course in grief and despair. $1.99 on Kindle.
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