June Book Giveaway winners

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Cross-Cultural Dialogues on Homelessness  (2 Copies)
Jay S. Levy
Loving Healing Press
ISBN: 9781615993666    

Edited by Jay S. Levy and Robin Johnson with Contributions from John Conolly, Ray Middleton, Suzanne Quinney, and Joe Finn

This groundbreaking book presents compelling narratives and innovative approaches for addressing the psychological traumas that can underlie homelessness and is the first to explore in-depth what the US and UK can learn from one another.

Authors focus on understanding and applying the precepts of Pretreatment and "Psychologically Informed Environments," as well as effective ways to promote productive dialogue on all levels with clients, clinicians, advocates, policy makers, researchers, and others. Detailed case studies review and integrate "hands on" practice with Appreciative Inquiry, Open Dialogue, and Common Language Construction methods.

Winners:  Sandra Burns, John Hubbard

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The Word Search Sage: Yoga for the Brain (3 Copies)
Cristina Smith, Rick Smith & Ingrid Coffin
Sudoku Wisdom (2017)
ISBN: 9781973722502

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:  Susan Gannon, Alyssa Forler, Lisa Fialko

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Only in Key West (1 Copy)
Kenneth D. Michaels
La Mancha Press
ISBN: 9780998324203

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!

Winner: Shaymaa Elmiligi

Twisted Threads (10 Copies)
Kaylin McFarren
Creative Edge Publishing LLC
ISBN: 9781975921354

Akira Hamada is driven by past failure. Two years earlier, she had a chance to kill her greatest enemy--Kaito Mitsui. Instead, the Yakuza boss forced her to become an assassin in his employ. Now Akira carries out the bloody business of the notorious crime syndicate and hates herself more each day. 

When Mitsui hears that his sister's murderer will be on the cruise ship Starfish, he immediately tasks Akira with eliminating the man once and for all. This is what Akira has trained for, but a series of strange events on the ship tests her resolve and shows her a way to redemption. 

Devon Lyons, on the other hand, has nothing to do with assassins. He's merely accompanying his aunt and uncle, Sara and Paul Lyons, on a free cruise. Little does he know that the two are the true targets of the charming Japanese tourist he has just met!

Akira knows that either Sara or Paul is the killer but doesn't know which one. She hopes seducing the handsome Devon will lead to better intel, but she is surprised to find herself trusting him. And soon, the pair finds themselves fighting for their lives on the high seas.

Winners: Bridget Pendergraft, Brett Evans, Sharon Kratz, Charissa Rate, Johannah Brookwell, Jennifer Saas, Shoreh Shahabi, Catherine Gosart, Linda Harrison, Hylla Jackson

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Once Upon a Time a Sparrow  (10 Copies)
Mary Avery Kabrich
Open Wings Press
ISBN: 9780997233209

School psychologist Dr. Mary Meyers evaluates students who fail to fit in. While skillfully responding to these children’s emotional needs, she is entirely sealed off from her own. When her mother dies, Mary discovers an artifact from her past, the tattered black hooded coat she had worn throughout third grade. Reuniting with the coat sets in motion a stream of long-forgotten memories of her childhood and her nine-year-old self, a girl with a love of stories who struggled to read even the simplest words. Overwhelmed with intrusions from a past filled with failure, Mary finds her professional practice beginning to crumble as she struggles to separate herself from who she once was. Once Upon a Time a Sparrow artfully weaves past and present into a fabric that reveals the dangers of denying the past, how our imperfections can make us whole, and the abundant possibility of transformation at any stage in life.

Winners:  Cameron Rooth, Anna Kuchma, Valerie Jamback, Rhana Williams, Michael Torguson, Kara Lauren, Irene Menge, Hilesha O'Nan, Sara Perrera, Rosetta Robinson

You Can Transform Your Life (3 Copies)
Darity Wesley
Lotus Wisdom Publishing
ISBN: 9780999542507


This book provides processes, tools and practices to take you on a journey of transformation. If you have ever dreamed of making changes in your life and wondered "How do I even begin?" You Can Transform Your Life will show you how. It provides a simple step-by-step plan for transformation to support you every step of the way!

Allow these 52 Oracle messages of inspiration, affirmation mantras and symbols, to be your guide. Discover practical tips and tools for deep inner transformation, leading you along a fascinating path of self-discovery and to new levels of awareness.

Whether you desire a complete life makeover, or simply want to learn new ways to enhance your life experience, You Can Transform Your Life provides a plan that can support and guide you on a journey of personal growth and spiritual transformation.

The book You Can Transform Your Life ...

  • offers tips and tools for deep inner transformation
  • provides a step-by-step plan to guide the way
  • promotes communication with your inner guidance
  • encourages self-discovery and expanded awareness
  • empowers and inspires us to be to who we really are

Winners:  Debra Oehlberg, Linda Bass, Agnes Diana

Dreaming Sophia (1 Copy)
Melissa Muldoon
Matta Press
ISBN: 9780997634808

Dreaming Sophia is a magical look into Italy, language, art, and culture. It is a story about turning dreams into reality and learning to walk the fine line between fact and fantasy.

When tragedy strikes, Sophia finds herself alone in the world, without direction and fearful of loving again. With only her vivid imagination to guide her, she begins a journey that will take her from the vineyards in Sonoma, California to a grad school in Philadelphia and, eventually, to Italy: Florence, Lucca, Rome, Verona, Venice, and Val d’Orcia. Through dreamlike encounters, Sophia meets Italian personalities—princes, poets, duchesses, artists, and film stars— who give her advice to help put her life back together. Following a path that takes her from grief to joy, she discovers the source of her creativity and learns to love again, turning her dreams into reality.

Winner: Lori McNaught

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Waking Isabella (1 Copy)
Melissa Muldoon
Matta Press
ISBN:  9780997634822

Waking Isabella is a story about uncovering hidden beauty that, over time, has been lost, erased, or suppressed. It also weaves together several love stories as well as a few mysteries.

Nora, an assistant researcher, is a catalyst for resolving the puzzle of a painting that has been missing for decades. Set in Arezzo, a small Tuscan town, the plot unfolds against the backdrop of the city’s antique trade and the fanfare and pageantry of its medieval jousting festival. While filming a documentary about Isabella de’ Medici—the Renaissance princess who was murdered by her husband—Nora begins to connect with the lives of two remarkable women from the past. Unraveling the stories of Isabella, the daughter of a fifteenth-century Tuscan duke, and Margherita, a young girl trying to survive the war in Nazi-occupied Italy, Nora begins to question the choices that have shaped her own life up to this point. As she does, hidden beauty is awakened deep inside of her, and she discovers the keys to her creativity and happiness. It is a story of love and deceit, forgeries and masterpieces—all held together by the allure and intrigue of a beautiful Tuscan ghost.

Winner: Pearl Elliot

A Short Joy for Alma Hedman (5 Copies)
Frances Webb
Strategic Book Publishing & Rights Agency, LLC
ISBN: 9781946539991

Two cultures, embodied in Alma, an ex-nun, and Carmelo, a newly arrived young man from Puerto Rico, hit head-on in this '80s-era story about language and obsession.

A Short Joy for Alma Hedman begins as Alma, a troubled postulant nun, leaves her convent for an uncertain outside world. She brings with her strong religious beliefs, embodied in a handmade cross she wears around her neck. Her life collides in the big city with Carmelo, a young Puerto Rican who can barely speak English.

Unable to get a job in America without learning better English, Carmelo enrolls in Alma's ESL class at a community college. Both are outsiders, and as it turns out, both have much to learn from the other.

Alma, an ex-Episcopalian postulant, is leaving the convent for good. On the drive home, her mother tells her, "We'll stop at Bloomies - you have no clothes I'm sure; no home, no man." Alma responds with religious platitudes, including, "Virginity is the highest calling." Their annoyance with each other builds until Alma tells her mother to stop the car. As her mother drives off, Alma hears her yell, "Go find a church."

 Both Alma and Carmelo have been dropped in a strange environment and have much to learn. What can these two learn from each other?

Winners: Polly Johnson, Allison Riehle, Jackie Wisherd, Joy Adair, Athena Da Rosa

The House Always Wins (2 Copies)
Brian Rouff
Huntington Press
ISBN: 9781944877064

Anna Christiansen's small-town life is about to go haywire. A young reporter stuck in a dead-end job, Anna falls head over heels for an interview subject, the bass player in an up-and-coming alt band. In short order, she pulls up stakes, moves to Las Vegas, gets married and pregnant, and moves into a big fixer-upper haunted by the ghost of a Sin City racketeer. That's when she gets notice from a corrupt casino owner that he's buying up all the properties on her street to make way for a parking lot. But Anna has poured her heart and soul into the house, and digs in hard to fight the system, not the easiest of tasks in a city where bribery, mayhem, and murder are standard operating procedures.

Can Anna's tough-guy ghost provide the help she needs to prevail in this dangerous cat-and-mouse game? Will Anna's life be left in ruins? Or worse? 

Part road trip, part coming-of-age saga, part mystery, part ghost story, The House Always Wins is all Vegas.

Winners: Susan Benedict, Bonnie Murray

Pigeon (1 Copy)
Daniel Zadow
ISBN: 9781543402551

For Simon, the plaintive cries of desperation emanate out from him to find a semblance of who he was. In doing so, he calls to the depths within his mind and awakens psychological manifestations that help remind him of his past. The pigeon visits him and begins to wake up the old Simon by removing the masks, which cover a past made up of something from another world. On this journey, Simon uncovers all the secrets trailing back to where it all started in Germany.

Winner: Suzanne Swift

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Punk Love Foucault (3 Copies)
Gabe Riggs
ISBN: 9780692918326

Punk Love Foucault gives voice to the borderland existence that is transgender life in a society driven by sex and self-doubt no matter who you are. It is a coming-of-age story of a transgender youth who rebels against even the meaning of transgender. Within this atypical circumstance, it critically engages in the existential underpinnings that propel all of our relationships, from the familial to the strange. Instead of just confessing how hard it is to be "abnormal," this memoir is about how hard it is, period, to be alive in a world that isn't ready to accept anyone.

Winners:  Misty Handa, Daniel Morrell, Danny Goode

Roll the Dice (1 Copy)
Wayne Avrashow
Fiery Seas Publishing
ISBN: 9781946143327

What happens when one of America's biggest rock stars leaves the Las Vegas stage to run for the United State Senate?

The ultimate celebrity candidate, Tyler Sloan is no stranger to politics - his estranged father was a California governor who narrowly lost a Presidential campaign. He runs as a political independent, refuses campaign contributions, and dismisses special interests and lobbyists.

Sloan is caught in a political campaign fraught with; sexual scandal, corruption and conflicting loyalties. Will he be able to navigate through political turbulence and his own past to win the race?

Winner: Jerry Marquardt

Mermaids on a Mission to Save the Oceans (1 Copy)
Janet Balletta
Wrb Publishing
ISBN: 9781631521881

Marlene and her six mermaid sisters are on a mission to save the oceans from mankind's pollution. One mermaid is assigned to each of the Seven Continents to protect the surrounding oceans. Together the seven mermaid sisters take care of the sea animals and raise awareness on water pollution, conservation, and recycling around the world. The story is fiction but builds an important bridge for young children to connect with real environmental issues occurring in Florida and around the world. Join the movement of these mermaids on a mission to preserve the lakes, rivers, and oceans of the blue planet for future generations.

Winner: Betsy Pauzauskie

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