Memoir – Cutting the Strings

Cutting the Strings
By Carole Little
Publisher: Elkins Lake Publishing
ISBN: 978-0985700409
Published: July 2012
Genre: Memoir

This is a compelling memoir that takes the reader on a journey around the globe as Little strikes out at an early age to fulfill her destiny. Little’s story is one of perseverance and overcoming the odds.

Readers will be fascinated with how Little “cut the strings” at a young age from the adults who were holding her back to go on and achieve the life of her dreams. Early into the book the reader is rooting for Little to break away from these people who showed little concern for her welfare and failed to recognize her gifts and strengths. Readers will laugh, cry and be inspired by the turn of events in this compelling example of perseverance and personal triumph. This is a riveting personal tale of courage, determination, and survival against the odds that will empower and motivate the reader to reach for the stars.

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Memoir – Following Daisies

Following Daisies: A True Story about One Woman’s Adventures Finding Happiness, Fulfilling Dreams and Becoming Herself
By Heather Pardon
Publisher: CreateSpace
ISBN: 978-1470034788
Published: April 2012
Genre: Memoir

Imagine letting go of everything and finally finding it all……. Author Heather Pardon spent many years chasing a life that was supposed to bring her happiness. By the time she’d reached her mid-forties, she had a charming house, two businesses, many friends and a good lifestyle, yet happiness and fulfillment still eluded her. In this delightful and clever book, Ms. Pardon shares the story of how she left it all behind to follow her heart on a cross-Canada, soul-searching adventure in her RV, Miss Daisy, only to finally discover everything she’d ever been looking for. If you’re interested in pursuing some of your own life dreams, longing to follow the call of your heart or wanting a fun, inspirational, adventure-filled read, then this book is for you. You’ll be entertained and inspired in this engaging and spirited book that is peppered with Ms. Pardon’s trademark humor and simple wisdom. The author invites you to ride in the passenger seat of her candid soul-searching journey. At the end of several thousand adventure and misadventure-filled kilometers you’ll be left wanting to follow your heart wherever it takes you too. Following Daisies is a beautifully written and enchanting memoir that will capture your heart and send your imagination on a journey of it’s own. It’s a must read for anyone who also longs to follow the call of their soul.

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Memoir/Family Relationships – When Love is Not Enough

When Love is Not Enough: Chronicles of LauraJo
By Pat Engebrecht
Publisher: CreateSpace
ISBN: 978-1461185789
Published: August 2012
Genre: Memoir, Family Relationships

When Love Is Not Enough Chronicles of LauraJo is a first-person account of a young woman suffering from the emotional disorder Borderline Personality (BPD.) The story is told by LuaraJo (LJ) from meticulous journals she kept during the ten years of her ordeal (1976/86) and her mother’s commentary. It has taken her mother, a partner in her daughter’s journey, over twenty years to get the courage to read her daughter’s journals, all numbered in preparation for this book, the one LJ intended to write. The journal entries included in this book have been selected to illustrate the different aspects of LauraJo’s personality, and experiences: emotional, humor, sexual, medical and religious. Her personal artwork, sculptures, poems, songs as well as pictures of family and friends are included. This is a family journey…a family who loved when love was not enough.

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Poetry & Stories – Stray Thoughts/Winged Words

Stray Thoughts/Winged Words
By Zakiah Sayeed
Publisher: CreateSpace
ISBN: 978-1468090109
Published: July 2012
Genre: Poetry, Stories

An autobiographical collection of poems and flash fiction exploring the author’s distinctly Indian perspective, welcoming readers to a world of raw beauty, true emotion, and sometimes painful reality.

For author Zakiah Sayeed, baring her soul to the world, releasing these intensely personal thoughts and feelings, is a freeing experience. Within these pages is solace and inspiration, happiness and sorrow, and a warm feeling of connection and shared understanding. Free verse poetry and flash fiction, it relies on stream of consciousness and ethereal connection cascading into awareness rather than preconceived rhythm and rhyme, her words true to the cadences of being, each a pulse—a reflection—that when viewed in their whole portrays a stunning breadth of emotion with resonance and beauty. Combined with prose and artfully crafted letters that provide insight into her life, her children, and her grandchildren, her fearless honesty displays for all to see the truth of her being.

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YA Fantasy – Catalina

Catalina
By Danny Fahey
Publisher: Dragonfall Press
Published: September 2012
ISBN: 978-0985251727
Genre: YA Fantasy

One day the orphan Catalina is taken home by her lone surviving relative, Aunt Griselda. Unfortunately for Catalina, all does not quite go as expected. Her aunt hates her and makes her life miserable. She learns she is to be sold to Stefano the Knife-thrower and used as a human target. To escape a certain death, Catalina leaps through a mysterious crossover point and ends up in a new land called Arboroth. There, she is encounters a wolf-boy and a talking rat. She is beset by a cruel and inhospitable landscape, and all the while hunted by a pack of relentless hounds. Then Catalina discovers her aunt is also in Arboroth. And Griselda isn’t happy.

This is a fantasy tale of magic, of an evil witch and a little girl who just wants to know who she is.

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Fantasy – The Tree Singer

The Tree Singer
Danny Fahey
Publisher: Dragonfall Press
Published: April 2012
ISBN: 978-0985251703
Genre: Fantasy

Jacob is trapped in a dying village. No hope, no friends, no future. But when Simon the Healer appears everything begins to miraculously transform. The lake, the land and even the villagers themselves blossom into what they should have been all along: beautiful, strong, vital. All Jacob’s dreams seem to be within his reach. Dreams, however, are powerful things and often deliver a future in ways unexpected. For every rise there is a fall, and for every fall the path rises to meet us once again.

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