Inspirational Memoir – Lost In Oblivion

Lost In OblivionLost in Oblivion
By Jessica Lynn
Publisher: Outskirts Press
ISBN: 978-1478706618
Published: April 2013
Pages: 136
Genre: Biography/ Memoir/ Inspirational
Format available for review: ebook, Print

Lynn is a young girl who grows up being battered mentally and physically by her family. This is the true story of a vicious cycle of tragic events that never seemed to end. Lynn endures the pains and devastations at a very young age. Her brother Tony and her mother Jean are both mentally ill with bipolar disorder and suicidal rampages. She is a sweet and shy child that was brain washed by her mother to hate her father and her siblings. Her mother sends her on this horrible journey back and forth from town to town while her mother is homeless and suicidal. All Lynn ever wanted was to be a normal child and teenage with a happy home and family. What she got was the most horrifying torment instead. She was eight years old when her brother Tony attempted to strangle her and drown her in the family’s pool. She never understood why things of that nature would happen to her or why her mother would always take Tony’s side and they would both gang up on her and bully her. Lynn and her brother Tony are only thirteen months apart exactly. They grew up together as best friends and did everything together just like a normal little brother and sister would be together. As they got older is when Tony would change into this monster that was literally trying to kill her. Our mother would incite Tony into hurting Lynn more or jump in herself and help him torture her. She has endured pain after pain; stomped on in the head repeatedly, stabbed in the ankle with a kitchen knife, beaten with a hammer, had glass objects smashed into her face, strangled, near drowned etc. you name it and Lynn’s probably been through it. Lynn’s mother was the one mostly home, as their father worked many long hours, so he wasn’t around much to help her nor would her mother tell him what Lynn’s brother Tony or herself had done to her while he was away. Lynn’s mother Jean is a manipulative, cold hearted person whom grew up in a very dysfunctional family. Apparently, she was always this way since she was a child. Lynn’! s life as an adolescent seemed to be like living in a mental ward with two sociopaths and nothing anyone could do to help; not even the police. She has tried many times in her childhood to call the police on them and they would cut the phone lines on her so she couldn’t. If she ran away they would find her and call the police on her as if she were some rebellious teen that disobeyed her parents. Lynn was running away from the mental and physical abuse. She was left to fend on her own several times in her childhood years and learn the hard way of surviving. Lynn’s life’s goals while going through this intense nightmare would be only to get through school and get the heck away from that messed up family. In the end, she did and she did it thriving. Lynn was finally free of the corrupted life and learning to cope with the tragedy she had been through. No family in her eyes was better for her than a broken home with two lunatics. Now that Lynn is all grown up pushing thirty years old, she still and forever will be haunted by the nightmare tortures they put her through and will battle with long term post-traumatic stress disorder till the day she dies, but will do it in a positive way to where only happiness and success comes out of this journey through life and will prosper on with the courage she always had and inspiration to have to share with others who may be struggling with neglect and abuse. Lynn’s goal is to help those overcome these challenges and see that not all hope is lost and you don’t have to let these road blocks in your life over power you. You will too see that something does get better and with the entire heart ache endured; Lynn transformed it into better things that will benefit her life so that you can say “I’m not like those people and family is only blood and doesn’t mean you have to have them in your life.” It’s your life and you make your own decisions to be happy or not. I hope this book truly encourages and inspires those who need to find answers and relief to ! their horrific circumstances and free themselves of those burdens once and for all.

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Animal Biography – Pie: An Old Brown Horse

Pie: An Old Brown HorsePie
by Kandy Kay Scaramuzzo
Publisher: Outskirts Press
ISBN: 978-1478720478
Published: November 2012
Pages: 158
Genre: Animals, Biography

This is the story of a twenty five year old ranch horse that was injured and pretty much left to die. He was brought to a stable and sold, even though no one really expected him to survive. He was reborn into a merchant of hope. His amazing spirit and calmness have helped many people over the next 13 years as he became the most amazing mentor and therapy horse. This is Pie’s story as he tells it about the most amazing second chance at life and his travels through it. You will meet his person, a shy young girl who he helps grow into adulthood. He will introduce you to the other horses and people that helped shape his journey. His influence has known no bounds throughout this last 13 years and he continues to shine his light even at the ripe old age of 38. This is a feel good story about life, love, second chances and giving back.

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Inspirational – A Gift from My Father

A Gift from My FatherA Gift From My Father
by Michael L. Banner
Publisher: Tate Publishing
ISBN: 978-1621472551
Published: January 2013
Pages: 76
Genre: Inspirational
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A Gift From My Father is the perspective of a son who whose greatest generation father played a huge role in his life.

It looks at the values and rules the greatest generation lived and in fact built this Country by…

And then it compares those “old fashion” values to today’s generation’s beliefs, while at the same time commenting, in a light-hearted but serious way, on the huge differences between the generations.

This book will make you smile and will also bring a tear to your eye. It will remind you of your dad or your grandfather or possibly both.

It will remind you that those “old fashion values” of the greatest generation are still needed today, maybe now more than ever.

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Humorous Memoir – Hairspray, High Heels, and Second Hand Smoke

Hairspray, High Heels, and Second Hand SmokeHairspray High Heels and Second Hand Smoke
by Frank Meyner
Publisher: CreateSpace
ISBN: 978-1478195634
Published: November 2012
Pages: 382
Genre: Humor, Memoir

In “Hairspray, High Heels, and Second Hand Smoke” experienced cosmetologist Frank Meyner shares his stories from behind the chair. Meyner’s memoir offers readers an interesting look at the career of a hairdresser and the start of one of America’s biggest high-end retailers, Neiman Marcus.

With his cutting shears in his hand, Meyner moved from his tiny West Texas town to Fort Worth, completely unaware of what lay ahead for him in the big city. At 20-years-old, he started at Neiman Marcus, working as the assistant to well-known stylist Phillip Trotter. From there, he entered the high-society world of Fort Worth.

In “Hairspray, High Heels, and Second Hand Smoke,” Meyner details how he opened his own salon, which is still open nearly three decades later. He shares the stories of his customers and colleagues in a tribute to thank them for the love and generosity they have shown him over the years.

“Sometimes we need an escape from our everyday lives to a world that is filled with good-hearted, genuine and generous people that have made a difference,” says Meyner. “This world still exists in Fort Worth.”

Meyner hopes “Hairspray, High Heels, and Second Hand Smoke” reminds readers about the goodness of mankind that seems to be forgotten in the hustle and bustle of daily life.

“Hairspray, High Heels, and Second Hand Smoke” is available for sale online at Amazon.com and other channels.

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Biography – MANY BLESSINGS: A Tapestry of Accomplished African American Women

MANY BLESSINGS: A Tapestry of Accomplished African American Women
By Sonnee Weedn, PhDMany Blessings
Publisher: Chispa Publishing
ISBN: 978-0983277606
Pages: 332
Genre: Biography, Women, African American

n 2002, Marin County psychologist, Dr. Sonnee Weedn, was asked to treat a young, urban, African American woman. Believing that as a white woman living in the reality of de facto segregation, she was not knowledgeable enough to treat this woman in psychotherapy, she set about to learn more about African American culture. This stimulated her thinking about African American women. What was it that allowed them to survive and thrive despite the double prejudice of racism and sexism. She wondered about the historical implications of the confluence of the Civil Rights Movement and the Women’s Movement on this particular cohort of women, most who had come of age during law-enforced segregation. She traveled the country for three years, interviewing many African American women, some famous and others unknown except in their own particular circles of influence. She studied these women to determine what encouraged them to transcend discrimination and other obstacles they faced in order to rise up and claim their destinies as powerful and altruistic women. Ultimately, she chose thirty of the women she interviewed to represent the seven strengths she identified as having sustained them and allowed them to flourish. She believes that these seven strengths are the historical legacy of all African American women today, and encourages all women, regardless of ethnicity to learn from their example to increase their own resilience and determination.

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Autobiography – I, Win

I, WinI Win
By Win Charles
Publisher: CreateSpace
ISBN: 978-1478209997
Published: October 2012
Pages: 80
Genre: Autobiography

At age 24 I decided to tell my story. Writing this autobiography gave me the opportunity to pay tribute to my family members who are passionate about life and have instilled this passion in me. My parents’ extraordinary support, encouragment, and pure love were my foundation as I navigated life, overcame obstacles, and achieved successes as a young woman with cerebral palsy. I have to pay full tribute to my mother, who died in August 2010. From her I learned to listen to my own voice as a guide to making life choices. She taught me to always expect the best from myself.

My hope is that this book will provide insight into the extraordinary possibilities that those who live with disabilities have. I also hope that those without disabilities– rather than putting a focus on our differences – will come to understand what we all have in common. This book is for my mom, with love.

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