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Writing for Bliss: A Seven-Step Plan for Telling Your Story and Transforming Your Life (2 Copies)
Loving Healing Press
Writing for Bliss is most fundamentally about reflection, truth, and freedom. With techniques and prompts for both the seasoned and novice writer, it will lead you to tap into your creativity through storytelling and poetry, examine how life-changing experiences can inspire writing, pursue self-examination and self-discovery through the written word, and, understand how published writers have been transformed by writing.
"Writing for Bliss is about the profound ways in which we may be transformed in and through the act of writing. I am grateful to Diana Raab for sharing it, and I trust that you will feel the same as you read on. May you savor the journey."
--from the foreword by MARK FREEMAN, PhD
DIANA RAAB, MFA, PhD, is an award-winning poet, memoirist, speaker, educator, and survivor. She's the author of nine books and more than one thousand articles and poems. She lives in Southern California. Learn more at DianaRaab.com.
Winners: Alyssa Christian, Christina Sparks
The Word Search Oracle: Yoga for the Brain (3 Copies)
Cristina Smith, Rick Smith, Darity Wesley
Filled with goodies galore to enjoy! Excellent puzzles. Secret messages. Brain boosting fun. Interesting information. Meaningful mindfulness mini meditations. The award-winning Word Search Oracle invites you to play!
Featuring Darity Wesley's inspirational Oracle messages, these 60 easy to advanced puzzles make every page both a challenge to be solved and a meditation for self-realization.
It gets even better. Once all words are found, a hidden message is revealed; a powerful mantra to affirm the Oracle reading. Plus, find fascinating facts and enlightening insights inside, providing tasty food for thought. Who would have thought that practicing mental yoga, boosting creativity and empowering personal mastery could be so much fun?
This book can help you:
- Stay sharp with a more flexible brain
- Make your life better now through the power of positive affirmation
- Reduce the risk of early onset dementia and Alzheimer's disease
- Have fun with a purpose!
Both a profound philosophy and fun puzzle book, The Word Search Oracle is yoga for the brain™ that stretches your mind, nourishes your soul and touches your heart.
Complete the 60 puzzles inside! In the process, discover that you have also solved more of the puzzle that is YOU.
Winners: Karen Winslow, Rebecca Shields, Minta Boggs
Breaking Away: Book One of the Rabylon Series (3 Copies)
Life is hard in the poverty-stricken village of Rabylon, where rabbits work every day from sun up to sun down, earning just enough carrots to survive—except for Mayor Monty Cottonsworth III, who lives in the lap of luxury as his villagers starve. Twin bunnies Remy and Rhea, fed up with working so long and so hard with nothing to show for it, desperately desire a better life, but don’t know how to achieve it. Just when they are about to give up hope, they are inspired by the story of a mythical carrot paradise that may exist on the other side of a big, green hill outside of their village. Now they face the most difficult decision they’ve ever had to make: Do they “play it safe” by staying in Rabylon and settle for a life of lack, loss, and limitation? Or do they risk it all—up to and including their lives—on the chance that out there somewhere is a life worth dying for?
'Breaking Away: Book One of the Rabylon Series' is the first book by ManifestationMachine.com founder and acclaimed anti-hero Cory Groshek. Following in the footsteps of classics like "The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe" and drawing comparisons to acclaimed novels 'Animal Farm' and 'Watership Down', this timeless children's tale is not only highly entertaining, but highly educational as well, with the stated aim of teaching children and parents alike the value of dreaming big, taking risks, trusting their gut, and choosing faith over fear in everything they do. If you or your child is a fan of action-adventure fantasy series like The Chronicles of Narnia, The Lord of the Rings, or Harry Potter, then you and they will absolutely love the Rabylon series. And it is Cory Groshek's sincerest hope that, by the time you are finished reading it, you will come to know what he learned through the writing of this enchanting little book, which is that “if you truly believe in something—that is, if you care enough about it to not just dream about it, but to do something about it—your belief will bring it to you”.
Winners: Rachael Kuhaneck, Fredrick Pauly, Chrissy Busick
Hug Everyone You Know: A Year of Community, Courage, and Cancer ( 1 Copy)
She Writes Press
Antoinette Martin believed herself to be a healthy and sturdy woman―that is, until she received a Stage 1 breast cancer diagnosis. Cancer is scary enough for the brave, but for a wimp like Martin, it was downright terrifying. Martin had to swallow waves of nausea at the thought of her body being poisoned, and frequently fainted during blood draws and infusions. To add to her terror, cancer suddenly seemed to be all around her. In the months following her diagnosis, a colleague succumbed to cancer, and five of her friends were also diagnosed.
Though tempted, Martin knew she could not hide in bed for ten months. She had a devoted husband, daughters, and a tribe of friends and relations. Along with work responsibilities, there were graduations, anniversaries, and roller derby bouts to attend, not to mention a house to sell and a summer of beach-bumming to enjoy. In order to harness support without scaring herself or anyone else, she journaled her experiences and began to e-mail the people who loved her―the people she called My Everyone. She kept them informed and reminded all to 'hug everyone you know' at every opportunity. Reading the responses became her calming strategy. Ultimately, with the help of her community, Martin found the courage within herself to face cancer with perseverance and humor.
Winner: Margaret Herrin
My Little Angel (1 Copy)
Sherrill S. Cannon
Strategic Book Publishing & Rights Agency, LLC
Does your child have a Guardian Angel?
Share a day in the life of a little girl whose tiny guardian angel named Angela sits on her shoulder to keep the child safe and guide her through the day.
Her activities include getting ready for school, crossing the street, being polite and kind to friends, learning her lessons, fastening her seatbelt while traveling, being aware of stranger-danger, praying for her pets, and reminding her constantly that she is loved.
Once again social values are emphasized in this latest illustrated children's story by award-winning author Sherrill S. Cannon. Meet many classroom friends from the author's previous books, as My Little Angel Angela guides this child throughout her day.
This is the author's ninth rhyming children's book, whose other bestsellers include The Golden Rule, Mice & Spiders & Webs ... Oh My!, My Fingerpaint Masterpiece, Manner-Man, Gimme-Jimmy, The Magic Word, Peter and the Whimper-Whineys, and Santa's Birthday Gift.
Former teacher Sherrill S. Cannon has won forty-five awards for her previous rhyming books and is also the author of seven published and internationally performed plays for elementary school children. She has been called "an absolute master of rhyming" by Mother Daughter Book Reviews and "a modern-day Dr. Seuss" by GMTA Review. She lives in New Hope, Pennsylvania. Now retired, she travels the country with her husband in an RV, going from coast to coast to visit their children and grandchildren, and sharing her books along the way.
Winner: Joy Adair
Only in Key West: The Nick & Norm Gay Detective Series (2 Copies)
Kenneth D. Michaels
La Mancha Press
When vacationing Chicago detectives Nick and Norm witness a tragic accident involving a famous entertainer, the local police chief asks for their help. The duo's investigation uncovers crime and corruption in paradise as they come face-to-face with a ruthless killer...As homegrown eccentrics, drag queens, and dwarves rush to their aid in this heart- pounding thriller!
Winners: Jana Shaw, Paul Greenberg
You Can't Buy Love Like That: Growing Up Gay in the Sixties (3 Copies)
She Writes Press
Carol Anderson grows up in a fundamentalist Christian home in the 60s, a time when being gay was in opposition to all social and religious mores and against the law in most states. Fearing the rejection of her parents, she hides the truth about her love orientation, creating emotional distance from them for years, as she desperately struggles to harness her powerful attractions to women while pursuing false efforts to be with men.
The watershed point in Carol's journey comes when she returns to graduate school and discovers the feminist movement, which emboldens her sense of personal power and the freedom to love whom she chooses. But this sense of self-possession comes too late for honesty with her father. His unexpected death before she can tell him the truth brings the full cost of Carol's secret crashing in compelling her to come out to her mother before it is too late. Candid and poignant, You Can't Buy Love Like That reveals the complex invisible dynamics that arise for gay people who are forced to hide their true selves in order to survive?and celebrates the hard-won rewards of finding one?s courageous heart and achieving self-acceptance and self-love.
Winners: Lynne Cahill, Lauren Mickey, Michael Capp
Monsters in the Hallway (3 Copies)
Capt. Jim Kosmo
Beaver's Pond Press
In December 1949, life was nearly perfect for Jason Korsen--until voices told his father to kill the family. They escaped death but Jason's father, Peder, was sent to the insane asylum.
Jason struggles with bullies while his family struggles with poverty. Life couldn't get any worse. Or so they thought.
Ten years later, Jason's friend Roy Pettit is found molested and murdered after a Boy Scout meeting. A choir girl disappears that same night. The obvious suspect is Peder Korsen, who escaped from the asylum.
Everyone in town is ready to hang Peder--everyone except Jason and Detective Joe Stroud. One month away from retirement, Stroud is haunted by the case and challenged by extreme political pressure to charge Peder.
Jason knows he must prove his father's innocence, but how? Who would listen to a high school senior, the son of the main suspect?
And who would ever believe him if he named the real killer--a monster who has done more than just kill a Boy Scout?
Winners: Marie Rauch, Debbie Icebergsewell, Hunter Guarnera
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