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From Hardship to Hope: Crossing the great divides of age, race, wealth, equity, and health


From Hardship to Hope, a fictionalized shared autobiography, walks us into the complexities of two women’s parallel universes.

Ruby Blue, a pregnant, homeless, Black teen is temporarily housed with Zoe, a White, olding widow, as Covid-19 interrupts their lives.

After a stormy start, the women begin to build trust, sharing increasingly insightful life experiences as they stay together. Zoe knows her world through books and travel. Ruby Blue knows her world through life on the streets.

At the same time the pandemic slows the pace of life, the Black Lives Movement roils out of the unrest and the inequalities -- laid bare by Covid-19 -- showcasing disparities that Zoe and Ruby Blue struggle with.

Over time, they share stories and secrets about family differences in favorite foods, hair styles, skin care, and history. Then, carefully, yet often bluntly, they compassionately move to discussing tough topics, each from her own background. Race. Age. Gender. Poverty. Health. Pregnancy. Adoption. Protests. Police. Incarceration. Death. Trust. Love.

From Hardship to Hope challenges us to consider where our -- often strongly held -- different beliefs and assumptions about reality come from.

How do we dare to question these realities we so strongly believe?

How do we come to see that our understanding is ultimately subjective; that other people authentically experience different realities?

And then, ultimately, what do we do with this knowledge? How do we come away with hope?

Under Blue Cloud Skies: The Sequel to Coming to Her Senses


Coming to Her Senses: A Coming-of-Age Novel


The summer of 1970, Janet Johnson was best known to her peers as an introverted poetess. Raised in the mountains of western North Carolina by parents whose religion taught fear and shame, Janet had buried herself in books and her writing, occasionally coming up for air to spend time with her fearless friend Shirley. All of that was about to change. Her relationship with Anthony Blue Cloud, a young Cherokee artist whose parents had returned to the mountains after raising him in upstate New York, turned her world upside down as the two navigated prejudices, becoming young adults together, and the twists and turns of challenging the status quo and threatening small town hypocrisies. Enduring violence, alienation, and heartbreaks, together they master lessons of resilience and fortitude rarely learned on more familiar paths. From her entrance into Anthony's world, delving into the Cherokee language and culture, to her escape onto the streets of Mexico City's sprawling metropolis and return back home again, Janet's sense of identity is shaped and transformed in ways previously unimaginable to her.

Self-Improvement & Self-Love 52-week Guided Journal for Women


Hello ladies!! I’m so glad that you are here! This guided journal came about as a tool to support you through the modern challenges of life and the speed at which we all live. The world is changing so quickly and we all have to adjust and learn at a rapid pace.

This guided journal came about after many years of stress, fear, doubt, insecurity, lost friendships, and loneliness.

I was desperate to spring clean my mind and gain clarity. I was also desperate to put my mind and body in order and my answer was journaling.

The harder things got, the closer I came to having to make huge decisions and leave the T Junction of procrastination, the more I wrote.

Writing for me was therapy and the way forward. Here I am today significantly healthier, happier, and clearer about my future, able to look back and be grateful for my life. It has enabled me to digest my past and plan my future without depression or anxiety.

I hope and pray that this guided journal will also strengthen and support you as you move forward on your journey.

No matter the season of your life, may you find self-improvement and self-love through journaling. I hope that you record your thoughts, plans, dreams, and prayers and that you personally transform into all that you deserve to be.

You are worthy of all you wish for.

Kat x

Self-Improvement and Self-Love One Day Workbook for Women



Would you like to transform your life quickly?

Discover the essential solutions to improve your relationship with yourself and others.

Kat Murdock shares with you the secrets to creating long-lasting healthy boundaries.

You will learn how to reduce stress and anxiety, understand your emotions, and create unstoppable self-esteem.

You will master all the crucial habits of self-care that lead to incredible confidence and self-love for life.

Learn the proven solutions to rediscover and reclaim the incredible you!

Discover the carefully crafted personal development exercises.

This workbook offers practical, effective, and proven techniques that will help you declutter your mind, resolve past life lessons and unleash your full potential.

Fast-track solutions to a new you.

Inside, you’ll discover life-changing tips and advice for:

breaking free from anxieties, guilt, and past traumas

owning your strengths and inner beauty

managing your emotions with empathy and awareness

building unshakeable self-esteem with good micro habits

manifesting your passions and interests into reality 

• creating real long-lasting relationships with others

Building unstoppable motivation.

And lot’s more! 

DESCENT: A Novel Based on Several True Stories

A plane will pick up speed quickly in a descent when released from its obligation to maintain altitude. A man will.....what? Steve Barnes is about to find out. Back from the jungle and trying to live a quiet life chasing his dreams of flying with Susan, the love of his life. Everything is going fine, new planes, new contract. Then a mysterious friend from Steve's past unexpectedly shows up. A wild ride through the night skies with a pilot being forced to fly drugs... or will he? All of the flying is accurately depicted and several scenes are straight out of my own logbook when I was an Air Mail pilot back then. Set in the mid-7o's of sex and drugs and rock & roll, this is one exciting thrill ride from the first take-off. So, grab a seat and buckle up! We're going flying!! 

The Englewood Medium: Shaken But Not Stirred


When Haley Meyers opens a new chapter in her life with a move to the charming town of Englewood, Pennsylvania, everything seems perfect: her freshly remodeled apartment, easy access to her therapy practice, and a handsome downstairs neighbor to boot. 

The very last thing she expects as a housewarming gift is the sudden appearance of her long-deceased father.

Her idyllic image of the small town disappears when Haley finds herself the target of an unknown stalker who goes on a campaign of terror and destruction. She puts her newfound psychic talents to good use, but will she be able to discover who is after her before someone gets hurt? When her client is the victim of foul play, Haley can't help but wonder: Will she be next?

No Good Deed


Elodie Harptree comes to war-torn Central African Republic on a mission: she will do good, help former child soldiers and prove that she is not afraid to live and love. Doctor PJ Wilcox dismisses her as a naïve tourist but he can’t help feeling protective towards the new arrival. One day, Elodie meets 14-year-old Aristide Yambissi, who was forced to fight with a militia after his village was attacked, and she resolves to save him from the streets and from his demons. But her blind inexperience and her relationship with a French mercenary with dubious connections will endanger them all, raising the question of whether anyone can ever save anyone else.

The 8 Languages of Love and the Gems of Personality Ignite That Relationship and Get It Back The Confidence You Need Secrets that Last


Navigating the intricacies of love can be daunting in a world where emotions and personalities are diverse. But what if you had a compass to guide you through this maze? This book introduces the fascinating idea of personality gems that help unravel the mystery of love. These gems form a powerful lens, allowing you to view from a unique perspective, appreciate the complexities, and embrace their beauty.
Discover practical strategies for enhancing communication, resolving conflicts, and understanding the unspoken needs beneath the surface. Unearth the secrets to building confidence, enabling lasting relationships, and uncovering the hidden gems within each personality. Embrace the chance to ignite or rekindle the connections you've always desired.
Gary S. Park's principles are essential for anyone seeking a positive transformation. This guide is valuable for single adults and married couples who want to deepen their connection and strengthen their bond. These practical strategies and insights enhance communication, resolve conflicts, and uncover the hidden gems within each personality. Whether you are single, searching for love, or in a committed relationship, this book is the key!
This guide goes beyond the conventional, exploring:
· The intricate nature of the eight languages of love, helping you identify your own language and understand those of others.
· The concept of personality gems and how they influence our relationships and communication styles.
· Practical tips and techniques for improving communication, resolving conflicts, and understanding unmet needs and desires.
· Strategies to build and maintain lasting relationships, ensuring they remain strong, healthy, and satisfying over time.
· Empowering advice to bolster your self-esteem and confidence, enabling you to assert your needs effectively in your relationships.

Embark on this transformative journey today and discover the secret to achieving the deep, satisfying connections you've always craved.
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Resurrection of Adventure (Book 1): Dirty Rotten Magic: The Return of the Master's Quests: Resurrection of the Masters a LitRPG Series


Dive into a thrilling portal fantasy book - "Conman: The Fire Magician," an epic LitRPG tale of cunning, survival, and magic. Unjustly killed on the grimy streets of earth, Chrix is granted a fantastical resurrection in a realm teeming with magic, mythical creatures, and electrifying adventures. This LitRPG reincarnation catapults him from a conman navigating the perils of street life to a newcomer in a deadly world of dragons and mythical creatures.
With no combat or magical prowess, Chrix is the ultimate underdog in this LitRPG portal fantasy. His survival hinges on his quick wit and innate cunning. He enters a dangerous situation that defies the laws of life and death. In a world where survival of the fittest isn't just an aphorism, but a way of life, can he adapt and thrive, or is he destined to meet his doom?
Experience a snapshot of this thrilling action & adventure, an episode where an accusation cuts as sharply as a dagger, "You're a dirty rotten cheat!" But as a deadly blade flies towards him, Chrix's litrpg epic fantasy truly begins. A shield of blue energy materializes to halt the dagger's path. The calm reveal of his magical prowess leaves his accusers in stunned silence. His utterance, "Fire magician, actually," ricochets through the room, intensifying the tension.
His real gamble? Surviving a second attack with just a hastily cast shield. It's a high-stakes bluff in a world where errors are lethal. But what fate awaits him if his luck runs out?
Embark on this exhilarating journey of sword & sorcery and witness Chrix's transformation in this thrilling reincarnation fantasy LitRPG. Find your place in a world where nothing is as it seems. Will he become a master of magic, or will his cons lead to his downfall? As the tale unravels, so does Chrix's fate in this spellbinding portal fantasy book.
"Conman: The Fire Magician" is a must-read for fans of Books › Science Fiction & Fantasy › Fantasy › Dragons & Mythical Creatures, Books › Science Fiction & Fantasy › Fantasy › Action & Adventure, and Books › Science Fiction & Fantasy › Fantasy › Sword & Sorcery. It's time to turn the page and leap into adventure.

"My Stroke in the Fast Lane: A Journey to Recovery"


My Stroke in the Fast Lane: A Journey to Recovery begins on Easter Sunday morning. While driving home on an interstate highway at 65 mph, Bonni had a stroke. Her 86-year-old mother, sitting in the passenger seat, grabbed the wheel and crashed them into a guardrail. Bonni's stroke left her unable to walk, talk, or swallow. The timing couldn't have been worse. Her son was getting married in only eight weeks on Martha's Vineyard.

This profoundly moving memoir is about Bonni's recovery and resuming what she calls her "magnificent life." Told with authenticity and honesty, her tenacity, perseverance, and humor see her through the darkness of Stroke Land. Bonni's courage and resilience take the reader on a compelling and inspirational journey.



The first full chapter (The Conqueror Worm) gives the reader little idea about the rest of the book's dive into darkness and a stunning revisionist history. Author and reviewer Michael Brookes said of Death of heaven: "The book starts well and has a 'Books of Blood' vibe which really works well. It's in these tales that the author's writing ability shines. He demonstrates a lovely turn of phrase and some of the writing is almost poetic in its beauty." A horrific childhood event. Two broken boys struggle to grow up. One to achieves great and covert things for our country, things that nearly destroy him. The other continues his struggle through adulthood. Finally they come back together to help one another, one more than the other. And then things take a staggering turn into the dark and unbelievable.. Into a massive and macabre reality that questions literally everyone's reality. A reality that will soon enshroud the entire world. British book Reviewer Lynn Worton said: "JZ Murdock has written a horror story that had me completely transfixed! I'm intrigued as to what he is working on next! Although horror is not one my favorite genres, I recommend this book to those who do love it." WILDSound Writing Festival First Chapter review said: "The story itself is very strong, lulling the reader into a false sense of security as two young boys hunt for treasure, before ultimately morphing into a violent and sometimes disturbing tale of horror. This is done with such swiftness that it takes the reader completely by surprise, which only enhances the effect." Enjoy reading, Death of heaven. But perhaps, just perhaps, leave the light on when you go to bed....

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