An Eclectic Collection of Psychedelic Poetry to Stimulate the Senses and Open the Mind
Date Published: 03-21-2022
Publisher: Trippy-Ass Books
Open your heart to a compilation of musical poetry and surreal expression drawn from madness and mania.
Artfully weaving a rhythmic tapestry of touching poetry that flows like music, this deeply personal memoir invites readers on a fascinating deep dive into the author’s raw and heartfelt world of living rhythms and authentic feelings. As a deft amalgamation of spoken word, truth to power, clever wordplay, and thoughtful reflections, Euphoric Wonderland illuminates a mad spark of creativity as it draws uplifting inspiration from even the darkest of times.
Stimulate your imagination and open your mind to a psychedelic and enigmatic assemblage that ranges from tributes to The Beatles, Pink Floyd, head-banging heavy metal, to vinyl records, slam-poetry, superheroes, mind-altering possibilities, and the Jekyll and Hyde living inside each of us. Euphoric Wonderland blossoms out of madness, grappling with psychological issues through humorous and uplifting vibes.
Shining like a beacon for curious minds, this eclectic collection offers a moment of reprieve for those who want to forget about their mental health-related challenges, gifting you with light, laughter, and inspiring you with a message of hope. Euphoric Wonderland carries you down a rabbit hole of unusual and trippy experiences that gives you a newfound perspective on love, pain, life, and the joys – and struggles – of existence.
*Now in Full-Color with art by Matthew Revert*
About the Author
Euphoric Wonderland is Ryan Becker’s seminal literary work which was largely inspired by the relationship he has with his parents, both of whom are poets in their own rights and words. His father is a self-taught classical pianist, as well as an avid Shakespeare fan and aficionado. Those two elements of the fine arts were instilled in Ryan at an early age and were quickly absorbed through his father’s reading to him about famous musicians and writers.
As an avid collector of vinyl records, upon hearing the music of The Beatles for the first time, specifically their Abbey Road album, Ryan knew his destiny was to write. “Every step of this life’s journey is a learning experience,” proclaims Mr. Becker. He further adds, “The Beatles taught me how not to have hate in my heart, why we must help people in need, and to never hesitate to openly express my feelings in any situation.”
Ryan credits his even-tempered, soft-spoken mother for his development as a human being. He tries to emulate her cool-under-pressure manner as well as her kind and empathetic heart, which she shares with anyone in need. It is those characteristics he’s inherited that allow him to express himself through his writing.
Ryan’s childhood carried with it some undeniably emotional bumps and bruises, explaining “Everyone has struggles, and many have their inner demons. The only way for me to exorcize them is by taking them out of my brain and putting them down on paper.”
Writing can be a wonderful escape from reality as well as a fantastic way of feeling comfort within one’s true reality.
Watching reruns of Smallville on repeat, Ryan asserts that the character of Clark Kent, portrayed by Tom Welling, has taught him a few things about growing up. For example, it helped him learn how to speak and interact better with others—trust in people who treat him right and never disregard someone who has his best interests at heart.
It is why he proclaims, “Don’t ever let anyone take a torch to your dreams. Use that fire to motivate you to achieve your greatness, no matter in which arena you might be endeavoring!”
Take the Stress Out of Meal Planning with the Gourmet Done Skinny Method
Nonfiction / Weight-Loss / Meal Prep / Cooking
Date Published: Aug 9, 2022
Publisher: Elite Online Publishing
Who has time to cook everyday? And who wants to?
If you’re like most busy people who often resort to ordering out or paying too much at restaurants when you’re too exhausted to cook, there’s a better way. With meal planning and prep, you can have healthy, gourmet, home-cooked meals everyday by cooking only a few days a week. You don’t have to be a “Type A” person and have every meal planned out on the calendar for this to work for you. You don’t have to spend a fortune on kitchen gadgets or spend hours on the weekend cooking for the week.
The Gourmet Done Skinny Meal Method is the best solution for busy foodies to save time, save money, and cut calories. So, roll up your sleeves, put on your apron, grab a notebook, and get ready to learn the power of food prep with the Gourmet Done Skinny Meal Method.
You will learn:
● an easy way to prep healthy meals that doesn’t require you to spend the entire day in the kitchen
● a simple method to cook only a few hours a week and pull out quick meals on other days
● a solution that doesn’t require you to eat the same thing five days in a row
● the basic tools you need to meal prep without collecting a bunch of gadgets you’ll never use again
● time-saving tips and tricks to set you up for success
About the Author
Amy Lawrence is the CEO of Gourmet Done Skinny. She has combined her talents and love of cooking to produce healthy gourmet recipes for her company and food blog gourmetdoneskinny.com. A former restaurant owner and tea blender, she has been in the food and tea industry officially since 2003 but jokes it has been her “calling” since the day she was born. She has taught numerous cooking classes, written more than 14 books, has produced numerous instructional cooking videos and continues to keep up with her weekly recipe blog. Her former tearoom won best small tearoom in the US in 2004. Amy is dedicated to showing others you don’t have to suffer eating boring, bland meals in order to lose weight and be your best self. She developed her Gourmet Done Skinny Meal Method to show busy foodies how with minimal planning and prep they can enjoy these healthy, gourmet, home-cooked meals all week long. A military brat, born in Germany, Amy has lived all over the US and Germany. She earned a MS in Special Education, as well as a BS in Education and German, all from Kansas State University. While in Germany, she earned an AA degree from the University of Maryland’s Munich, Germany campus. Amy currently resides in the Pacific Northwest and is building a home in Idaho. She loves to travel with her family and has been all over the world, including visits to China, Russia, Ukraine, Czechoslovakia, Poland, India, and Nepal.
Young Adult Fiction
Date Published: January 31st, 2023
Publisher: Acorn Publishing
North Carolina Simon hates her name. As a fourteen-year-old girl growing up in the 1970s, she has a lot of challenges. People not only make fun of her name, but also scoff at her eccentric family. Dad’s a hoarder, Mom’s an unpredictable artist, and her older sister lives with an autism diagnosis. After a humiliating middle school event shatters her confidence as a singer, North determines to break free from the stigma surrounding her family.
As she starts high school, North tells people to call her Carol. Armed with a new name, she updates her appearance, befriends a popular boy in hopes of joining his band, distances herself from her two longtime friends, and avoids being seen with her adoring and dependent sister. Everything seems to be going according to plan until her sister suddenly disappears. Carol is forced to face reality. Should she continue to focus all her time and energy on fitting in or should she surrender to God’s calling on her life?
Finding True North is a prequel to Sticks and Stones, but each can be read as stand-alone novels.
About the Author
Dianne Beck has spent most of her career teaching students ranging from kindergarten through adult and currently works as a high school youth director at her church. In each of these roles, she hopes to encourage students to be their own unique selves, to have confidence in who they are, and to follow their passions. Dianne’s debut young adult novel Sticks and Stones, winner of multiple awards, was inspired by her years of teaching, where she saw how an understanding ear and relevant literature could make a significant impact on students’ lives. She hopes young people and adults can find faith and strength in her stories.
Date Published: August 16, 2022
Publisher: River Grove Books
Marisa’s comfort zone is deep inside the restaurant kitchen alongside its dysfunctional characters and the abundance of booze and drugs.
But in the nineteen-seventies, girls baked or made salads. The heat and machismo of the hot line was not a place for a girl with a passion for food and the drive to be the best.
From Hawaii, to Portland and New Orleans, she struggles with her own shyness and the limited expectations for the only female in the kitchen. She finally becomes Chef, successfully managing high-volume restaurants at three World’s Fairs, but something is missing.
Still searching, as a burnt-out chef, she embarks on another male-dominated career.
Mise en Place —Memoir of a Girl Chef is a story about the determination to succeed in the face of personal handicaps and cultural norms.
“Mangani charts a deep dive through the roots of our modern American food obsession with a highly personal tale of memory, character, flavor, and place.” —Ian McNulty, Food Writer, The Times-Picayune/The New Orleans Advocate
I don’t know if, all these years later, anyone remembers me at Arnaud’s, but I do have some fame to claim, and I’m going to claim this historical tidbit right here in this book: I was the first female line cook at the restaurant, ever—since its beginning in 1918 when there was a fully operating bordello upstairs. Sixty-three years of an all-male crew preceded me, and there I was, one Sunday morning brunch, called upon by Chef Claude after he fired culinary school grad Chris for “finishing” an omelet in the salamander broiler. “Motherfucker-la!” Chef yelled. “Get offa da line! Out of my kitchen-la! Out-la!” Anger and hate sharpened his voice to violence. Waitresses scattered like mice. Chef may as well have been chasing Chris out of the kitchen while wielding a butcher knife.
I heard the commotion over at my station—I was deboning roasted ducks for the dinner shift—when Chris, head down, scurried past me and out the back door.
“Madeesa! Madeesa! I need you on de line! Egg station-la!”
Adrenaline rocketed me over to the line, where I cranked down flames under empty sauté pans, made a quick mental picture of the mise en place in the salad-top refrigerator, and looked for orders on the ticket rail. Only there were no orders; Chef had them all on the front of the counter, where he was expediting, yelling, “Order this” and “Pick up that” with his heavy French accent, and I couldn’t recognize a thing that might have eggs in it.
Robert, the Chalmette cook, flipping steaks next to me at the grill, translated for me: “Omelet ‘fines herbs,’ pick up. The herbs are there, yes. Ordering: smoked salmon on toast—salmon’s under da line; ordering: wild mushroom omelet; pickup: smoked salmon on toast.”
With jerky moves, I said, “Okay, got it, got it,” each time Robert told me how much egg, how many mushrooms, and when to put the food up. Of course, I knew how to make the omelets and that, obviously, was the most important thing.
It was drinks at the Chartroom over on Iberville and Chartres afterward with Robert and Steve and Sous Chef Gary because we were all wound up, especially me. Brunch had topped 350 guests, a very busy day. I basked in my fame. The boys were noticeably impressed, with Gary telling me there’d never been a girl line cook at Arnaud’s. But then, on our second round of drinks at our communal chef’s table facing the sidewalk, Robert said, “That was great how you pulled that off, but you know, Marisa, a guy will always be a better line cook than a girl.”
“N-no way! Why? T-timing and skill is t-timing and skill; how can sex matter? W-what does a dick have to do with cooking? Sh-shorter pee breaks?” I was so outraged that my stutter returned in full force. I looked at Steve and he laughed at my joke. But admittedly, I was insulted. I had a long way to go in this town.
About the Author
MARISA MANGANI was born and raised in Hawaii and cooked her way to Portland, New Orleans Vancouver and Australia. She now resides in Florida where she runs her own commercial kitchen design company, Mise en Place Design. She is one of the eight featured chefs in Thrillist’s “Why 8 Top Chefs Quit the Kitchen.”
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Christian living, Personal Memoirs, Inspirational
Date Published: June 14, 2022
Publisher: Clay Bridges Press
How does a divorced, young mother go from broken, penniless, and desperate to Fortune and Paradise? You won’t want to miss a minute of this story of the challenging situations she faced throughout her life and how God continued to lead her to victory!
Shirley Morgan gives you a bird’s eye view of what it was like growing up on a farm in the country, moving to France as a young military spouse, trusting God for provision as a single mother, persevering through difficult life lessons, developing as an artist, miraculously healed from stage 4 breast cancer, and becoming a Missionary at age 80! You will love these real, true-life experiences and be inspired to overcome your own trials with faith and trust in your loving Father God.
Don’t miss this delightful memoir of the dynamic power of simple faith!
I PRAYED FOR A JOB. Father God provided one through a woman whose last name is FORTUNE! I PRAYED FOR A HOUSE. Father God provided one through a woman whose last name is PARADIS! I PRAYED FOR MONEY. Father God sent checks in the mail! I PRAYED WHEN I WAS DIAGNOSED. Father God healed me from stage 4 breast cancer!
God Listens! God Loves Us! God Answers!
He did it for me and He can do it for you!
About the Author
Shirley Morgan is a farm girl from Roanoke County, Virginia. She married a soldier, and while he was stationed in France, they traveled through Europe. In addition, she traveled on two mission trips to India. In the U.S., she has traveled all over the East Coast, from the Mississippi to the Atlantic and Maine to Florida. Now she is a Missionary at the Mill Mountain Star!
What began as a desperate plea to God about how to generate finances after a divorce, became an open door into God’s heart—from which has poured out too-numerous-to-count answered prayers! Shirley was diagnosed with stage four breast cancer; hospice was called in—but God healed her! She needed a job, and God sent a woman by the last name of FORTUNE to help her. She needed a home, and God sent a woman by the last name of PARADIS to help her. She began visiting the Mill Mountain Star (which her uncle and cousins, the Kinseys, designed), and telling how God healed her to people from all over the world—one hundred and nineteen countries so far! She did many paintings in the 90s. God told her to put Scripture on some of her paintings and call them her Memorial Paintings. Shirley began giving them away, if interested, to visitors at the Star who had listened to her healing story. Her paintings with God’s Word went back with those visitors all over the world.
Shirley is now eighty-five: a mother of three, a grandmother of ten and a great-grandmother of seven. At one time she was a foster mom. Her volunteer work has included: a jail ministry, Certified J&D Court Family Counselor, Certified for General District Court Mediation to receive referrals, a Notary Public, and nursing care for others. Shirley was employed thirty plus years in the workforce, which included: working as a Certified Dental Assistant & Prevention Therapist, retiring after ten years from General Electric, Receptionist for the Southwest Virginia U.S. Attorney’s Office, Intake Assistant at a Christian counseling center, and various other office positions. For fun Shirley has enjoyed: writing, cooking, sewing, gardening, painting, homemaking, being a beautician for family and friends, doing “handyman” repairs, playing the piano (once, she learned how to play the banjo!), and of course reading her Bible—all the while talking to Father God. She wants to encourage you:
“If Father God can talk to a farm girl like me—every day—and answer my prayers about my life, my health and everything else, He can do the same for YOU!
As grateful as I am to be healed and walking in divine health, even more precious is knowing Jesus as my Savior, that He died for my sins, and I am able to tell others about Him, and have my paintings with His Word go all over the world.”
“The Star Lady”
Self-Help, Inspirational, Spiritual
Date Published: June 2022
Publisher: International Book Media
A Wonderful Companion for Your Hectic Life and a Modern Safety Shield in a Dangerous World.
Like our daily coffee and tea, I try to keep the two daily sayings and their reflections short and sweet. This book is designed simply to give us a quick spiritual boost as we try to run from one task to another on our “hectic day”. Although the short-term goal of this book is to help us get through “a hectic day” with joy and purpose, its long-term focus is to fine tune our characters and make us better people at home, at work, at worshipping place, in the neighborhood, and in other places. This world would be like Heaven if there is less fighting, arguing, and killing. We cannot get our cup of coffee, latte, or tea these days without worrying that a crazy lunatic would come in with a deadly weapon to gun us down like an animal or a bomb to blow us up. We certainly cannot enjoy anything in a world like that. This situation needs to be stopped and it begins with us. We need to talk and act differently than what we see on the news or witness in our world every day. When we can do that, we help change the world one person at the time and others hopefully will follow our example. This transformation will not only make our world a better place but also make us feel much better about ourselves.
The Covid-19 pandemic also has affected us all in every way – young and old, weak and strong, women and men. Many of us have lost a family member or friend to this virus, or known someone who has experienced this loss. A self-help book like this will give you the tools and daily exercises that can create the right condition for your body and spirit to restore itself with the divine help.
Kites rise highest against the wind, not with it. (Winston Churchill) (1001 Quotes, pg 13)
Inspiring Morning Mojo: We love to fly high like a kite and enjoy much success in our lives. But, great success comes when we dare to buck the trend and go against the current. Today I am willing to go against the typical ways and do something different to achieve great result.
The more they were oppressed, the more they multiplied and spread. (Exodus 1:12) (Bible Quotations, pg 7)
Words of Encouragement: The enemies tried to oppress God’s people and hoped to exterminate them. But, they multiplied and grew stronger. Likewise, a long, hectic day might try to scare and discourage me. But, I will work harder and dream bigger with a new day.
About the Author
Rev. Peter G. Vu has served as a Catholic priest of the Diocese of Grand Rapids, Michigan for over 25 years and also a chaplain at Grand Rapids Home for Veterans. He was born in Saigon City (currently Ho Chi Minh City), Viet Nam. He was a young boy when the Viet Nam War ended. He witnessed the war and the end of it with great horror and deep appreciation for peace. He grew up with the Communist government system and endured significant hardships for more than a decade. After high school, he escaped by boat and came to the United States of America to begin his seminary training. He attended one year of high school here in the USA (Union High School in Grand Rapids, Michigan) to learn the language and new culture. He attended Aquinas College in Grand Rapids, Michigan for two years while staying at Christopher House Seminary. Then, the Seminary sent him to attend his last two years of college at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota. He graduated with a double major: Mathematics and Philosophy. He then attended graduate school at the University of St. Mary of the Lake and Mundelein Seminary in Chicago, Illinois for five years. He graduated and was ordained with the Master’s Degree of Divinity (MDiv) and the Sacred Theology Baccalaureate (STB).
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Prospecting for the Tenillo Guardians MC has been one of the best decisions Tyler has made. Tyler is working hard to get custody of his sisters three children, but with his past he knew it would be an uphill battle. Having a lawyer in the MC has definitely helped and Tyler is saving and doing everything to ensure he gets them. When Tyler is sent with August, Captain’s daughter and paralegal at the firm to talk to the case worker a lie slips out. A lie that manifests into something Tyler never imagined. Maybe it is fate or hope, but Tyler and August find that it maybe the best thing that could ever happen to them.
This was great, I was always curious about Tyler and his story did not disappoint. August is wonderful, they do find themselves in a bit of a pickle though with hiding what is happening from their family. Another great read.
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A Guide to Balancing Your Chakras and Discovering Your Full Potential
Day of the Week Astrology Series
Non-Fiction / Self-Help
Date Published: April 9, 2021
THE SEVEN CHAKRAS AND THEIR RULING PLANETS is a guide that shows you how to balance and activate each Chakra in order to find and live the best version of yourself.
THIS BOOK IS A REMINDER OF THE WEALTH OF GIFTS, KNOWLEDGE, WISDOM AND POTENTIAL THAT EXIST WITHIN EACH OF US.
The Seven Chakras and Their Ruling Planets features:
The characteristics of healthy chakras
Manifestations of imbalances in each chakra
The planetary archetype within each chakra and how they influence and manifest in your life
PRACTICAL TOOLS for balancing, healing and activating your chakras
Chakra ‘at a glance’ Reference Charts that summarize 22 qualities of each chakra
Ways to balance each chakra with specific sacred gemstones, essential oils to harmonize chakra frequencies, colors that resonate with each chakra, sacred sounds that activate, and chakra meditations for calming the mind, sharpening intuition, accessing your peaceful warrior, finding inner confidence, and enhancing your sacred practice.
Each chapter culminates with a ‘planetary reading’ that offers very unique insights into one’s self.
WITHIN YOU RESIDES THE ABILITY TO TRANSFORM YOUR LIFE AND MANIFEST HAPPINESS, FULFILLMENT AND WELLBEING.
Enjoy the journey!
About the Author
Howla Jardali is a planetary astrologer with a passion of helping clients see life as a creative adventure of self-discovery. She combines knowledge of ancient astrology, alchemy, archetypal psychology, yoga and ancient healing traditions into a magical contemporary blend that applies perfectly to today’s busy, often disconnected lifestyles.
Howla hopes her books will help readers discover their innate gifts and come to realize that they are already a masterpiece of wisdom – here for a purpose.
Date Published: July 2022
Dummy to Diva is part memoir, part guide, and entirely helpful for everyone dreaming of establishing a successful career for themselves. There’s no time like now to begin! After moving with her family from Ilorin Kwara State, Nigeria, to the U.S. in her late teens. Faithy as a young student who had excelled for many of her primary and secondary school years, had her confidence and drive crushed by a Senior teacher who’d made it his job to put her in a sunken place. It took many years of struggle in her young adulthood, for Faith to learn from her experiences and once more apply her passionate spirit to the things she wished to achieve in her youth. She shares her own journey as a young, professional African woman who took her education and growth into her own hands, bagging a role as a Web Developer at NASA, later becoming a successful, Radio/TV host in Africa.
Dummy to Diva is a handbook for claiming your life, strengthening your much-needed confidence, and taking those first courageous steps onto your chosen career path. Author Faith History mingles her personal experiences with facts and a big boost of you-can-do-it energy that will fire up your drive to crush your dreams.
Discover tips for:
• Finding a Mentor
• Developing and using your core skills
• Connecting with your higher self
• Gaining new skills by going digital and much more
An avid lover of self-help and spirituality books by authors like Neville Goddard, Ernest Holmes, and Don Miguel Ruiz, Jr, Faithy also has a message to share in Dummy to Diva. She intends to encourage in the reader a renewed sense of knowing and confidence, using her own struggles and triumphs in learning new skills to push you forward into living your dreams.
About the Author
Faith Temitope Adepoju (Faith History) is a Nigerian-American podcaster, producer, and TV & Radio host. Faithy has had a colorful and diverse career that’s cut across various industries including Technology, Fashion, Entertainment & Advertising.
She started her professional IT career as a Web Content Developer at NASA, she later expressed her creative side through styling and Asst. Creative Director for
the New York based magazine –The African. She went on to become a Digital Producer at Wunderman, NY and Ogilvy, South Africa before moving back to Lagos, Nigeria to pursue her dream in broadcasting. Faithy has since produced and hosted her own syndicated shows on TV, Radio and other multimedia platforms across Africa.
Faith loves to play sports, especially badminton and basketball, when she isn’t working or writing. She listens to podcasts, salsa dances, balance herself with meditation, and watches Sci-Fi shows like Star Trek or The Orville. She never misses a chance to eat Jollof rice and Dodo, fried plantain, which she loves so much that Dodo was her nickname in secondary school.
Today Faith resides between Lagos Nigeria and Greenbelt, Maryland, with her two kids and their pooch Jojo. You can find out more about Faith at about.me/faithhistory
Date Published: 07-26-2022
Snowball the Sherlock Rabbit is on the hunt again. This time, Snowball is asked by his birdie friends for help to find their missing humans. Snowball’s fellow rabbits join into search.
I am called Snowball The Sherlock Rabbit, after Sherlock Holmes the famous detective. In my rabbit community you could say I am, in a small way, as famous as he was. I solve crimes and mysteries. One day I was outside my rabbit house, which is cozy and just planned for me and perhaps a female rabbit. I had just decided to plant a few carrots to see if I could grow them.
About the Author
Constance Meccarello-Gerson was born in Poughkeepsie N.Y. She is a graduate of Florida Southern College with a BA in Acting. She also attended the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. HB Studio, Actors Studio, in NYC. She is a member of SAG, Alpha Gamma Delta, Alpha Si Omega. Her MFA in Acting is from Brooklyn College. She has appeared on TV, film, and on stage in NYC. For 20 years she taught as a mentor and teacher of English and Theatre arts for the New York City Department of Education and for the University at Santa Cruz. She also taught for ten years as a Speech Coordinator at Touro College. She was an executive at Bloomingdales. Her writing as appeared in Reflections, also in the Best American Poets series. Her Hassle High cozy mystery series is on Kindle and Amazon. Currently she lives in NYC with her husband Alain, a parrot named Benji, and lots of fish.
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