Maverick Heart

FROM HORSE SHOWING IN GEORGIA TO RIDING THE RANGE IN TEXAS – A TALE OF COURAGE AND FINDING FAITH.
Carli Jameson is used to being on her own – abandoned by her mother as an infant – all she’s ever wanted is to feel like she belongs. She has had no choice except to be strong and independent, but now, can she learn to trust God to be her partner?

Georgia girl, Carli Jameson, inherits a Texas cattle ranch from grandparents she never knew. After much thought, she makes the courageous decision to pack up her life and move to Texas to run the ranch. She forges ahead into a new life filled with uncertainty and along the way discovers a ranching community that becomes the family she never had.

Can a fresh start erase the troubles of her past?

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Free: Finding a Light in a Room with No Walls

Finding a Light in a Room with no Walls
Marc Diodato is living in New Jersey as a wealthy real estate developer when a devastating health diagnosis alters the course of his life. In an effort to escape his new reality, he leaves everything behind and flees to Rome, which unwittingly sets him on a collision course with the very demons he is so desperately trying to outrun. After surviving a near-death experience, Marc, a staunch atheist, is forced to grapple with the fundamental mysteries of the human condition, the nature of suffering and redemption, and the struggle between faith and nihilism. Marc Diodato is living in New Jersey as a wealthy real estate developer when a devastating health diagnosis alters the course of his life. In an effort to escape his new reality, he leaves everything behind and flees to Rome, which unwittingly sets him on a collision course with the very demons he is so desperately trying to outrun. After surviving a near-death experience, Marc, a staunch atheist, is forced to grapple with the fundamental mysteries of the human condition, the nature of suffering and redemption, and the struggle between faith and nihilism.

Finding a Light in a Room with No Walls takes readers on an evocative and colorful journey through modern-day Italy and tells the tale of one man’s tragic and comedic search for the meaning of life, filled with profound experiences of pain, regret, forgiveness, love, loss, family, and hope. Free on Kindle.

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Resignation

Resignation
A sympathetic recent college graduate naively pursues what he believes will be a meaningful vocation in the field of human service provision. Almost immediately, he faces a challenging descent of hardship and struggle as the multiple political and societal protests that surround him destroy his resolve. The protagonist’s only salvation is found in an enigmatic confidant, who lives in solitude with inner trauma, yet still selflessly provides his companion with the only sources of compassion and reason that the pensive idealist will ever be allowed to recognize as a result of the ill-fated pursuit that he was hardly prepared for. $4.95 on Kindle.

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Free: Char-lama’s Journey to the Other Side of the Hood

Char-lama's Journey to the Other Side of the Hood

Fifteen-year-old Char-lama is a young black girl who lives in the hood. Her father is incarcerated, and her mother is a single black woman who is the head of her household raising three children. She is not lazy, irresponsible or on welfare. She works two jobs, but still struggles to survive, Char-lama has a praying grandmother, who along with her mother, are determined that she will not become a product of her environment but become a leader for her environment.

Besides her mother, there are multiple people who will play a role in the center of Char-lama’s universe. Her grandmother, Mrs. Pearl, her Uncle Earl, her cousin Prosper, his mother, Aunt Peaches, her best friends, Aaliyah, Maya and Tavon, and boyfriend Kvon.

As a young teenager, Char-lama will face struggles, obstacles, and challenges as she journeys inside the hood to reach the outside of the hood. She will experience the shattering and healing of her destiny. Free on Kindle.

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Free: Lost Child

Lost Child: A spellbinding tale of abandonment, rejection, and survival. A baby girl abandoned at birth was raised in an orphanage and sent to the mid-west on an orphan train where she was placed out as a farm laborer. Unwanted and unloved, she fought for survival in a lonely, abusive environment. A story of female triumph and perseverance. How did she survive? Free on Kindle.
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Free: Resilient Heart: Unstable Home, An Unstable Marriage, And a Self Made Life Beyond Pain

RESILIENT HEART: UNSTABLE HOME, AN UNSTABLE MARRIAGE, AND A SELF-MADE LIFE BEYOND PAIN
This is a tale of a life full of challenges. As an innocent child, Ruby endured physical abuse from the hands of her own mother and found solace in an invisible friend—God, you might say. She was molested by a priest at barely 16 and subjected to a humiliating public scandal. Yet, nothing could deter her from her ambition to become a lawyer until she met the man who promised her the lifestyle and freedom she deserved.

Ruby left her native land to venture into marriage at age 21. She sacrificed her ambition for a man who turned out to be her nightmare over the course of four miscarriages and raising three children. Freedom was nowhere to be found. She never felt so poor in her life until she married a millionaire. Though her children were incredibly young, she knew her own freedom was for the best, and divorce was the price to pay.

More than ever, she needed the anchor of her invisible friend. Meditation was her gateway to access the Alchemist within. She transformed herself from being dependent to self-reliant.

This book is intended to inspire, to empower, and to teach that we do not have to conform to conventions. Life comes with challenges for us to rise to our potential. Ruby’s journey led to transcending life’s challenges, finding courage in the face of adversity, facing uncertainty with fearlessness, and marching toward self-realization to unleash the undreamed-of possibilities. Free on Kindle.
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Free: Escape to Osprey Cove

Escape to Osprey Cove
What Doug finds in the secret compartment of his new red Corvette will forever change both his and Catherine’s life. Doug and Catherine come from two different worlds. Catherine’s world is one of privilege and wealth. Doug grew up dirt poor and full of envy of others who had the things that he wanted but could not have. His goal was to one day have all the things he coveted. Their worlds collide when Catherine, VP of a large New York City marketing firm, hires Doug. As soon as Doug learns of Catherine’s wealth, he sees Catherine as his ticket to all the things he covets. After a whirlwind courtship, they are married.

Poor boy meets rich girl should have resulted in happily ever after — not exactly. Doug quickly learns he also covets independence. Events begin to unfold in each of their lives. For Doug, it is his mysterious discovery in the secret compartment of the Corvette. For Catherine, it is a business meeting with Alex Droxell at the Osprey Cove Lodge. When Catherine enters the beautiful and serene lodge, it’s as though she is entering another place and time. The lodge is an escape from the nightmare she is living back home.

Authors Note: The Osprey Cove Lodge series is uniquely written, spanning seven geographic locations from the scenic Canadian region of the Rideau lakes to the beautiful shores of the Caribbean. An interesting web of mystery develops as the characters’ lives intertwine. The Osprey Cove Lodge series setting was born from my love of the beauty of this region in Canada. The description of the lodge is so beautiful and inviting that you will want to pack your bags and head there. The series is written in a continuing fashion; please be sure to read the books in the order written. Free on Kindle.

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Free: Escape to Osprey Cove

Escape to Osprey Cove
What Doug finds in the secret compartment of his new red Corvette will forever change both his and Catherine’s life. Doug and Catherine come from two different worlds. Catherine’s world is one of privilege and wealth. Doug grew up dirt poor and full of envy of others who had the things that he wanted but could not have. His goal was to one day have all the things he coveted. Their worlds collide when Catherine, VP of a large New York City marketing firm, hires Doug. As soon as Doug learns of Catherine’s wealth, he sees Catherine as his ticket to all the things he covets. After a whirlwind courtship, they are married.

Poor boy meets rich girl should have resulted in happily ever after — not exactly. Doug quickly learns he also covets independence. Events begin to unfold in each of their lives. For Doug, it is his mysterious discovery in the secret compartment of the Corvette. For Catherine, it is a business meeting with Alex Droxell at the Osprey Cove Lodge. When Catherine enters the beautiful and serene lodge, it’s as though she is entering another place and time. The lodge is an escape from the nightmare she is living back home.

Authors Note: The Osprey Cove Lodge series is uniquely written, spanning seven geographic locations from the scenic Canadian region of the Rideau lakes to the beautiful shores of the Caribbean. An interesting web of mystery develops as the characters’ lives intertwine. The Osprey Cove Lodge series setting was born from my love of the beauty of this region in Canada. The description of the lodge is so beautiful and inviting that you will want to pack your bags and head there. The series is written in a continuing fashion; please be sure to read the books in the order written. Free on Kindle.

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Free: Roads to Meaning and Resilience with Cancer: Forty Stories of Coping, Finding Meaning, and Building Resilience While Living with Incurable Lung Cancer

Roads to Meaning and Resilience with CancerL Forty Stories of Coping, Finding Meaning, and Building Resilience While Living with Incurable Lung Cancer
Pursuing a more Purposeful Life? Assimilate stories from 39 patients with incurable Lung Cancer as they share their experiences, hopes, and strengths to find meaning in your life.

Life is an unfinished project, and similarly, finding meaning is an uncompleted task. But how exactly do we find meaning? How do people find strength? The diagnosis of cancer or other terminal cases create significant adversity. So how do people develop resilience? How do they keep going? These questions had been tackled for centuries by philosophy and religion. So what is there to add?

While there is no such thing as a School of Life Professor, you now have a viable alternative. Morhaf Al Achkar obtained his Ph.D in education and is currently a practicing family physician at the University of Washington. He was diagnosed with stage IV lung cancer. Since then, his research has focused on the experiences of patients living with cancer. This book is based on interviews he did with 39 patients who live, like him, with advanced illness. He explored how these patients find meaning, cope, and build resilience. Using his own experiences and deep knowledge of philosophical concepts, Morhaf shares his understanding of a meaningful life from the perspective of someone aware of his own finitude.

Inside Roads to Meaning and Resilience with Cancer™, you will:

Confront questions about life, meaning, and your legacy before it is too late
Gain a new perspective on the meaning of living that transcends culture and social status
Learn countless coping strategies across various disciplines to build your individual Resilience
Acquire a positive and realistic perspective on your life that promotes hope and healing for your body, mind and spirit.
And much, much more!

This is a compelling book by an author who is wearing multiple hats — as a doctor, an academic, a lung cancer advocate, and ultimately, a patient himself. Free on Kindle.

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Free: Being Authentic: A Memoir

Being Authentic: A Memoir
Desire to find your Authentic Voice? Learn the process to participate more authentically in the project we call humanity•••

Rare are the spaces in which we can look inwardly at who we are. There is no horizon to do so more intimately than reading one’s biography. Reflect on what and who you are. What constitutes your core self? What should that be?

While there is no such thing as an “Authenticity Expert,” you now have a viable alternative. Morhaf Al Achkar obtained his Ph.D in education and is currently a practicing family physician at the University of Washington. He was diagnosed with stage IV lung cancer. Since then, his research has focused on the experiences of patients living with cancer. His first book is based on interviews he did with 39 patients who live, like him, with advanced illness. He explored how these patients find meaning, cope, and build resilience. Using his own experiences and deep knowledge of philosophical concepts, Morhaf shares his understanding of authenticity from the perspective of someone aware of his own finitude.

By following along with his fascinating life story, Morhaf invites you on a journey of dialogue and reflection to live a more authentic and purposeful life with integrity.

By engaging with the author’s story in Being Authentic™, you will:

Garner the bravery to look at your own and be more authentic
Strive to connect with the poet, artist, writer, dancer, and actor in You
Learn how to heal, forgive, and let go of resentment to live a more positive life
Develop better-coping skills and become more resilient in the face of pandemic-like events
And much, much more!

Being Authentic: A Memoir™ is the second book in Dr. Alachkar’s self-help series. The first was on resilience and meaning. Free on Kindle.
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Free: Escape to Osprey Cove

Escape to Osprey Cove
The mystery begins with an unusual find in the secret compartment of Doug’s new Corvette, changing his and Catherine’s life forever. Doug’s mysterious behavior afterward forces Catherine to escape to The Osprey Cove Lodge, where she finds something even more valuable. The series is uniquely written, spanning seven geographic locations, from the scenic Canadian region of the Rideau Lakes to the beautiful shores of the Caribbean. An exciting web of mystery develops as the characters’ lives intertwine. The description of the lodge is so inviting that you will want to pack your bags and head there. Free on Kindle.

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Portia

Portia

Portia is the rich, classic story of a remarkable woman who is forced to choose life after she discovers that she has breast cancer. Her career as a Chicago defense trial lawyer has long been rewarding. Career success, strong, loving family ties and enlightened friends power in the background. Yet, life isn’t a straight line for Portia. Despite her mother’s award winning contributions to Chicago’s public school system, her father’s leadership role in the community and despite her own drive and determination, Portia faces hard challenges. Find out if a supportive, loving family and a caring, courageous man’s love will be enough to save Portia. $1.99 on Kindle.

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Sisters of the Vine

Sisters of the Vine
Eight Hundred Grapes meets A League of Their Own. The story of one woman’s determination to keep the land she loves, and the sisterhood formed around her. Yes, there’s wine! Faced with impossible decisions, Liz is desperate. She has a vineyard ready to harvest and no idea how to accomplish the task. Does she have the moxie to flourish or fallow? $0.99 on Kindle.

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Sydney’s Promise

Sydney's Promise

As a child, Sydney Regan promised her elderly neighbour that, one day, she would find her destiny. However, one question always remained. How will she know when she has found it?

Growing up impoverished with an alcoholic mother burdened by declining mental health made Sydney believe her upbringing defined her. Other adversities caused her to assume that she was irrelevant to the world around her. However, the gift of a small, ornamental dog always gave her hope while an imaginary box, buried deep in her mind, ensured her survival.

Years later, Sydney wonders if she has fulfilled her promise and questions the reason why the pathways of her life have made it so difficult. Fortunately, life can often provide an unexpected juncture. For Sydney, this occurs while on the highway to be with her critically-ill mother. A song with significant meaning plays on the radio and opens the door to a life that she never imagined.

For some, destiny may have a reason of its own. $0.99 on Kindle.

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Charlie’s Kid

Charlie’s Kid is riveting, horrifying, mesmerizing, and unforgettable. It haunts, and it inspires. It is a story you cannot escape whose imagery stays with you. This is is a story of monstrous child abuse, years spent alone on the mean streets of Chicago, a hardscrabble adult life—and, ultimately, redemption. Charlie’s Kid is a tale of survival at a deepest level against excruciatingly insurmountable odds. From sea to sea and even to fighting war in Iraq; this book will keep your attention to the end. And for all its horror and despair, Charlies’ Kid is an inspiring tale about redemption, kindness and nobility.

This biography of a life lived under the radar is addictive and difficult to set aside. Honest and unvarnished, Charlie’s Kid is a story in the best sense of the word, pulsing with lessons born from difficult experiences, written for his son, and told out of love, not for glory. From soul crushing to smile-inducing, Sean X. Oljer’s fictionalized memoir Charlie’s Kid is extreme and unforgettable. If you are looking for a gritty read with meat, this is an understated gem by an unknown author. $2.99 on Kindle.

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Free: Escape to Osprey Cove

Escape to Osprey Cove
What Doug finds in the secret compartment of his new red Corvette will forever change both his and Catherine’s life. Doug and Catherine come from two different worlds. Catherine’s world is one of privilege and wealth. Doug grew up dirt poor and full of envy of others who had the things that he wanted but could not have. His goal was to one day have all the things he coveted. Their worlds collide when Catherine, VP of a large New York City marketing firm, hires Doug. As soon as Doug learns of Catherine’s wealth, he sees Catherine as his ticket to all the things he covets. After a whirlwind courtship, they are married.

Poor boy meets rich girl should have resulted in happily ever after — not exactly. Doug quickly learns he also covets independence. Events begin to unfold in each of their lives. For Doug, it is his mysterious discovery in the secret compartment of the Corvette. For Catherine, it is a business meeting with Alex Droxell at the Osprey Cove Lodge. When Catherine enters the beautiful and serene lodge, it’s as though she is entering another place and time. The lodge is an escape from the nightmare she is living back home.

Authors Note: The Osprey Cove Lodge series is uniquely written, spanning seven geographic locations from the scenic Canadian region of the Rideau lakes to the beautiful shores of the Caribbean. An interesting web of mystery develops as the characters’ lives intertwine. The setting for The Osprey Cove Lodge series was born from my love of the beauty of this region in Canada. The description of the lodge is so beautiful and inviting that you will want to pack your bags and head there. The series is written in a continuing fashion; please be sure to read the books in the order written. Free on Kindle.

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Sink or Walk on Water: Dealing With Adversity While Walking In Your Purpose

Life has taught me lessons and through these lessons, I have gained many life experiences. This inspired me to write a book about adversities I have faced and how my faith has helped me get through some very tough times. I often keep my feelings and thoughts to myself. However, I found writing this book as a way to give voice to my inner most thoughts. It is my hope that this book, my experiences, and my voice motivates someone to see past their adversities and focus on Jesus Christ. $4.95 on Kindle.

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Free: Have You Ever Held a Mountain?

 

Have You Ever Held a Mountain?

Inspiration – Ideal Gift Book – Award Winning

In author John Maling’s mountaineering days, he would fantasize holding a mountain in his hand, one far off or one that he was about to climb. Reaching out in his mind was an exercise in fantasy but altered his perspective and consciousness profoundly
for the austere but strangely beautiful places he found himself, always with
companions of the same dedicated mindset.

With exhausting, sometimes tedious effort, hoping to find themselves eventually on a summit, with a sense of man-overcoming-nature accomplishment and with a spectacular view of the range.

Words alone cannot convey fully the experience of the mountain vista,
complex as it is with its many moods, brought on by kindred moods of weather
and light. My visual images are intended to enhance and complete the word
images of the poem.

Mountains have been symbols for us since our beginnings. Our
imagination has always given life to their presence among us. We name
them; feature them in our history and our lives; give them life as giant companions
here on earth.

Have You Ever Held a Mountain? has wond multiple book awards including the International Book Award and Best Book Award. Free on Kindle.

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