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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The Grateful Journey Everyday: What Are You Doing for the next 30 days to transform your life?

The Grateful Journey Everyday: What Are You Doing for the next 30 days to transform your life?

Have you ever had the wind knocked out of your stomach? Ever have life happen in a way that you felt you would never recover or be whole again?

This book emerges from the author’s personal story of loss and how gratefulness, in three simple steps, has transformed anger into peace; sadness into joy; and pain into promise.

You can experience it too–in as little as 30 days! $6.99 on Kindle.

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The Talented

The Talented
In a world where seventh born sons are valued for their strength and power, she is born a daughter. Zezilia Ilar is the disappointment. Born after six brothers, she was supposed to be the son to restore her family’s prestige. She intends to remedy her shortcomings by being a dutiful daughter, marrying well and producing children, preferably a set of seven sons. But when someone offers her an alternative, she begins to dream of more.

In a society that worships a goddess, he follows the Almighty. Hadrian Aleron, as a seventh son of a seventh son, stands to take up the second-highest position in government, Sept Son. His main qualification for office is his birth. Despite preparing for this role from childhood, he does not desire what is to come. As a follower of the Almighty, he knows he will be the target of many, and his faith might eventually lead to death.

The Talented is a series of three books.

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Free: Colliding with the Call: When Following God Takes You to the Wilderness

Colliding with the Call: When Following God Takes You to the Wilderness
While looking back on her literal and spiritual wilderness after answering the call to become a missionary teacher in remote Alaska, Corella dares to ask God to reveal His purpose for those seven dark years. With tenderness and conviction, she examines the reality of the wilderness in the life of the believer and the scriptural truths that offer hope in the midst of despair. Free on Kindle.

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Without: Body, Name, Country

Without: Body, Name, Country

“Pick up this book and eat it, I mean love it, I mean eat it.” —Daniel Handler (a.k.a. Lemony Snicket)

“…we see that perfect world crumble with her diagnosis of Guillam-Barre syndrome in which a person’s immune system attacks the nerves.” —Martha Engber

In Meg Johnson’s third full length collection, Without: Body, Name, Country, strange experiences become familiar and familiar experiences become strange, as a human body, a sense of self, and an entire nation all teeter toward the verge of destruction.

In daring poems and intimate flash nonfiction pieces, Johnson portrays a world that is corrupt yet full of possibilities. Sometimes frightening, sometimes funny, one woman’s struggles with health, identity, and politics reveal universal adversity, longing, and wildness.

Reading this book is to climb “a spiral staircase in a tower full of fun house mirrors.” Without: Body, Name, Country is the book you didn’t know you needed.

“A ferocity that has to be read to be believed.” —Shaindel Beers

“Read this collection and marvel.” —Anne Champion

“A fierce, playful, unapologetic, and morally complex examination of life. Those who enjoy memoir and poetry will find both forms seamlessly and searingly interwoven here.” —Mark Leidner

“A spot-on sense of humor evident from page one onward. She circles her own themes returning again and then one more time to investigate what it is to grow up pretty, to remain single after thirty, to face life-altering illness.” —Joanne Nelson $2.99 on Kindle.

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Free: Divine Reversal

Divine Reversal
With vulnerability and transparency, Susan Joy Simkins shares her island girl’s journey through domestic violence, sexual and pastoral abuse and single parenthood. As a single parent, she pursued a Ph.D. and became a full professor. If you want to find hope, Divine Reversal provides a powerful story of healing from abuse and the restoration available through God’s offer of transformation. Susan Joy Simkins courageously shares her own journey so that others surviving abuse, lost in the deception of shame, and in need of hope may know that pain doesn’t have the final word. 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 and raised in a Catholic orphanage in New York City was never adopted. At the age of 13, she was sent to the Midwest on an orphan train and placed out as a housekeeper and farm laborer. Unwanted and unloved, she fought to survive in a lonely, abusive environment and an uncertain future. A story of female triumph and perseverance. How did she survive? Free on Kindle.

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14 days in May: A Farewell to My Father, a Man who Should Have Died Sixty Years Ago. A True Story.

14 days in May: A farewell to my father, a man who should have died sixty years ago. A true story.

On May 1st 2011, I traveled from Ecuador to my native country to say goodbye to my dying father. Two intensive weeks followed, where death was constantly looking around the corner, while life was still the focus – his life.

About sixty years earlier, my father survived a serious accident. He was hit by a bullet in his face, a bullet that exploded in his head. Doctors only just managed to save his life. With a new, but maimed face he had to return to his hometown, the small village of his ancestors in the South of the Netherlands.

Back home, he found everything to be exactly the way he left it, but no one seemed to remember him anymore. However, he was determined to pick up his life right where he had left off months before. His former family life, his friendships, his hobbies, his job, and … above all, his relationship with the girl who lived around the corner.

During the two weeks I stayed in the Netherlands, we spoke often about this dramatic period and eventually he asked me to write down his story. With the help of his memories and those of family and friends, but also old letters, diaries, military and medical reports, I reconstructed his personal family history. Embedded though in the inevitable farewell. An inspiring true story. $2.99 on Kindle.

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Free: I Ran the World

I Ran the World
IF YOU COULD CHANGE THE WORLD, WOULD YOU?

In this rollercoaster true story, Chris Long describes how he staged the biggest mass participation demonstration in history, in an effort to help change the world. How he worked with rock stars, politicians, royalty, celebrities and 20 million people in 89 countries – and all before the internet and social media. He raised $35m and caused governments to change but did he really succeed?

An extraordinary story of an ordinary man. Free on Kindle.

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Burn Zones: Playing Life’s Bad Hands

Burn Zones: Playing Life's Bad Hands
“A riches-to-rags memoir that offers unique perspectives on business, punk rock, inequality, cycling, and family” – Kirkus

Life was good for Jorge Newbery. A high school dropout and serial entrepreneur, he had built a real estate empire of over 4,000 apartments across the USA. Taking risks and working tirelessly were the ingredients to his rise. But, he took one risk too many – and ended up $26 million in debt.

As he struggled to regain his footing, he spent what he could to get others to lift him up. But no one did. He discovered that there was only one person who could build him back up. To move forward, he crafted a new life’s purpose: to help others crushed by unaffordable debts rebuild themselves.

Burn Zones is a story of playing life’s bad hands and overcoming adversity against the greatest of challenges. It’s an inspirational story of a man who was pushed to his mental and physical limits, and came out the other side even stronger.

And, most of all, it’s a lesson that you can do the same. $0.99 on Kindle.

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Women Behaving Courageously

Women Behaving Courageously
Since time began women have stepped forward to say ‘no’ or enough or ‘there has to be a better way’. This is the story of 25 female warriors and dozens of female heroes. It’s the story of ordinary women who have changed the face of families and communities. It’s the story of a small group of courageous women who changed an entire country. $0.99 on Kindle.

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Is He My Son

Is He My Son

The novel is inspired by true events.

Because of the accident, Lucy find out that their beloved twenty-year-old son, An’an, is not their biological child. And what happened to their “real” son who Lucy delivered at a Canadian hospital? $2.99 on Kindle.

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Work and Rest God’s Way: A Biblical Recipe for Finding Joy and Purpose in All You Do

Work and Rest God's Way: A Biblical Recipe for Finding Joy and Purpose in All You Do
Do you want to find joy and purpose in all you do?

We spend an average of 90,000 hours, or about ten years, working. Hopefully, we find such a large investment of time and energy enjoyable and fulfilling, but for many people, work is the worst part of their day and of their life $0.99 on Kindle.

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False Heroes: Held Hostage by Heritage

False Heroes: Held Hostage by Heritage

‘False Heroes: Held Hostage by Heritage’ is the true story of Diana, a survivor. It tells of her struggle to free herself from the bondage of her authoritative European heritage and her account of a war-ridden childhood.

Her story compels the reader to examine issues from their own past. It asks the question, “Can we be held prisoners within our own souls?” This book is about reconciling the past with the present in one’s life. A liberating experience, it spans continents and conflicts. It resonates with the strength one can find in the midst of adversity, challenges and despair. It’s about forging forward despite all odds, fighting for identity and freedom from a heritage that holds one hostage, as well as the chains within ones soul. $7.25 on Kindle.

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