Women’s Issues/Self-Help – The Badass Girl’s Guide: Uncommon Strategies to Outwit Predators

The Badass Girl's GuideThe Badass Girl’s Guide: Uncommon Strategies to Outwit Predators
By CJ Scarlet
Published: December 2017
ISBN: 978-1977667717
ASIN: B078855MHJ
Genre: Non-fiction, Women’s Issues, Women’s Non-fiction, Self-help, Women’s Health
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The Badass Girl’s Guide: Uncommon Strategies to Outwit Predators is the one book criminal predators don’t want you to read! Filled with critical information about how to empower yourself to keep from becoming a crime statistic, this definitive, comprehensive guide contains facts and strategies not found in other personal security books.

This remarkable, edgy book reveals how predators select and groom their victims, and teaches women and girls how to “fail” the predator interview to avoid being targeted in the first place. It also provides clear instructions about how to use your personal bodily “weapons” to defend yourself in a confrontation, offering everything you need to know to stay safe, fight if you must, and navigate the criminal justice system if the worst happens.

This book leaves women and girls feeling more inspired, motivated, powerful, and confident about their ability to take care of themselves. If you read just one book on personal safety and self-defense in your lifetime, The Badass Girl’s Guide: Uncommon Strategies to Outwit Predators is the one for you!

The News is Alarming, But You Have More Power Than You Think!

If you watch the evening news, it can seem as if the world is being overrun by violence. And if you’re a woman or girl, you likely have already been victimized in some way or are vulnerable to criminal predators—at home, in the workplace and even in public areas.

Women and girls are generally raised to be nice to everyone. They’re taught to avoid being rude at all cost. To smile through awkward situations. To giggle when they feel uncomfortable rather than risk embarrassing someone who is just “playing” with them. To expect men to be their rescuers if they’re in danger.

How many times in your life have you ignored the blaring sirens from your intuition when someone was violating your boundaries? Or worried as the creepy guy from your dorm followed you to class? Or suffered through regular sexual harassment at work?

It’s a strange paradox—we spend so much of our lives being hyper-vigilant about potential danger, but become utterly helpless when we’re confronted with uncomfortable and even dangerous situations. We smile when someone pays us an inappropriate compliment at work. We roll our eyes when a man makes a crude joke or gesture. We stiffen but don’t necessarily move when someone brushes up against us.

Making “Nice” is Hurting You

Why? Why do we “make nice” when we’re treated with disrespect? Our instincts are correct, but we override them because our early training was so strong. Part of the reason is fear—that the situation will escalate if we object, that we’ll embarrass the other person or ourselves, or that the person we confront won’t like/love/employ us anymore. We’re also often clueless about how to respond. Then there’s the pervasive, personally-held belief that we can’t take care of ourselves, so we demure rather than react.

We feel helpless, which leads to a sense of hopelessness and powerlessness. Denial is also a huge factor; we deny what’s happening to us in favor of making excuses for the perpetrator: “He was just kidding.” “I’m just being overly sensitive.” “He didn’t mean it.” Or the ever popular, “Boys will be boys.” This unfortunate perspective lets predators off the hook when they behave badly.

It’s Time to Take Your Power Back!

If you’re tired of feeling afraid, of loathing and blaming yourself, of feeling too vulnerable, then take YOUR power back right now. Yes, right this very second! Recognize that you’re a powerful being and claim it!

It’s time for you to get indignant! It’s time to be as aggressive or rude as necessary to keep yourself safe and secure. It’s time to stop waiting for someone else to rescue you. Summon your inner badass and rescue yourself!

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Suspense – Twisted Secrets

Twisted SecretsTwisted Secrets
Secrets and Second Chances, Book 3
By Donna M. Zadunajsky
ISBN: 978-1541108097
ASIN: B074FB2Y85
Genre: Contemporary Suspense
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Craven Falls, Ohio, is a small town with twenty-eight hundred residents—a town where everyone knows almost everyone else and where nothing ever happens, until one day two children disappear.

Ashley Teodora spends her days juggling work, school, and her five-year-old daughter, Lily. She receives a phone call from her best friend, Carla Michaels, needing her to go to Illinois to help Carla who is going through a tough time in her life. When Ashley returns home, she receives horrifying news that turns her world upside down; her precious Lily has been abducted!

Reece Garran is released from prison after a five-year sentence. His primary goal is to find the woman whose memory kept him alive all those years while behind bars. This woman had captured his heart and wouldn’t let go. When the transport bus pulls into the town of Craven Falls, Reece thinks it’s just another small ordinary town until he finds a reason to stay.

Catherine Teodora, Ashley’s mother, loves crocheting, baking, gardening, and spending time with her granddaughter, Lily. On a beautiful sunny Sunday afternoon, Catherine’s world is torn to pieces. All she did was look away for a split-second, and Lily was gone!

A family pulls together in a time of need, but what happens when those that are close to you are hiding behind twisted secrets? Will they stand by one another and find their missing Lily? Or will the secrets tear this family apart?

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Suspense – Hidden Secrets

Hidden SecretsHidden Secrets
Secrets and Second Chances, Book 2
By Donna M. Zadunajsky
ISBN: 978-1523225088
ASIN: B01BO0NTPC
Genre: Contemporary Suspense
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… Hidden Secrets will leave you questioning everything you thought you knew…

Carla Michaels’s life isn’t what she thought it was. She met her loving husband in college. She had a career as a teacher. All she ever wanted to complete her life was a baby. After five miscarriages, Carla had almost given up hope of ever becoming a mother.

Then a devastating tragedy strikes and everything she had ever loved is gone—now she’s left torn and shattered, wondering if she can go on with life.

Unexpectedly, she receives an envelope full of books. Journals that were kept hidden from her. A mystery starts to play out as secrets are revealed.

Will she get a second chance at life? Will the hidden secrets destroy her? Or will she find the strength to survive once she knows the truth?

“Hidden Secrets” will pull at your heartstrings until the very last page. Some secrets are not meant to be hidden…

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Middle Grade / Coming of Age – Jake, Lucid Dreamer

Jake, Lucid DreamerJake, Lucid Dreamer
By David J. Naiman
Publisher: Kwill Books
Published: May 2018
ISBN: 978-8494878701
ASIN: B07BF6WVGQ
Genre: Middle Grade, Coming of Age, Magical Realism
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12-year-old Jake has been suppressing his heartbreak over the loss of his mother for the past four years. But his emotions have a way of haunting his dreams and bubbling to the surface when he least expects it. When Jake learns how to take control in his dreams, he becomes a lucid dreamer, and that’s when the battle really heats up.

Using his wits to dodge bullies by day and a nefarious kangaroo hopping ever closer by night, Jake learns about loss, bravery, the power of love, and how you cannot fully heal until you face your greatest fear. This uncompromising novel is a magical yet honest exploration of emotional healing after a devastating loss.

2018 Purple Dragonfly Book Award First Place winner for Middle Grade fiction
2018 Moonbeam Children’s Book Awards Gold Medal Winner for Pre-teen fiction – Mature Issues
2018 International Book Award Silver Medal Winner Readers’ Favorite for Coming of Age

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Children’s Book – The Princess and the Pickup Truck

The Princess and the Pickup TruckThe Princess and the Pickup Truck
By Bil Lepp
Publisher: Quarrier Press
Published: October 2018
ISBN: 978-1942294115
Genre: Children’s Picture Book
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Isn’t it time there was a fairy tale aimed at girls and women who wear hiking boots, don’t comb their hair, and love pickup trucks? The prince in this story wants to marry a real mountain princess, so he searches all the mountain ranges in the world… looking in the Sierras for women in tiaras, and at Glass Mountain for ladies wearing just one shoe. He ends up going home alone, only to be found by a princess who knows what she wants and isn’t afraid to set out into the world on her own to find it. The Princess and the Pickup Truck is a modern retelling of The Princess and the Pea, but with a humorous, Appalachian, or at least rural, slant.

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Historical Alternate History Adventure – Impossible Target

Impossible TargetImpossible Target
By Mark Wade
Publisher: Time Machine Press
Published: August 2018
ISBN: 978-1732275607
ASIN: B07F1TLLZG
Genre: Aviation, Military Fiction, Alternate History, Science Fiction & Fantasy
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AIR RAID ON NEW YORK CITY X THIS IS NOT A DRILL. December 1943. The momentum of the Second World War has shifted in favor of the Allies, and American confidence in the security situation has soared in the past few months. City lights and radio stations are back on across the East Coast as normalcy has returned to America.

While Germany may be down, though, it isn’t out, and the Luftwaffe has developed the technology to get Nazi Germany back in the war. Operating from secret bases in occupied Norway, Hitler’s Luftwaffe is about to launch their new heavy bombers against the mainland United States.

Unprepared for an attack on its homeland, only a limited number of air and naval units are available to react to the surprise attack on America’s most valuable asset — its will to fight.

It’s a race against time, with the fate of New York City hanging in the balance. You’ll experience breathtaking action and historical drama as the American homeland is attacked for the first time since 1812 by a foreign power. Can the Americans stop the German bombers before they release their weapons, or will the German forces fight their way through and destroy their impossible target?’

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