Authors to Read: Inspiration/Self-Help, Non-Fiction, Based on True Stories, & Westerns
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READERS: Please check out the amazing and talented authors listed below. I have categorized by GENRE & alphabetically by first name. Once a month I offer the opportunity for writers to share their work (see work/comments) on my blog, and this list is a collection of the work authors have submitted.
AUTHORS: If I made an error, or you would like to add something else, please let me know via email: firstname.lastname@example.org (or in the comments) & I will correct it.
Inspiration/Religion/Spiritual (Sub-genre: Ph-philosophy; P: Poetry SH-self-help; M-motivation)
Annette Rochelle Aben (Ph): Perspective: it’s all about replacing one thought with another
Everything in this book is designed to lighten the load, uplift the spirit or otherwise aid in shifting one’s perspective on life. Because the only thing we have going for us sometimes is our outlook. May you always believe that something wonderful is about to happen and that something good will come out of every situation you are experiencing. It really IS all about replacing one thought with another! Link to buy
Annette Rochelle Aben (SH): Choose: the 2-step plan
Choice is something we all face at one time or another. When we ACT on our choices we set our choices in motion. Choices in motion are synergistic and the energy created delivers remarkable results. In this book there are 7 choices one can make and for each choice there is a corresponding action. Embracing these choices will lay the foundation for all other choices we will face throughout our lives. “When you choose what honors you, your choices will honor you!” Link to buy
Annette Rochelle Aben (P): A Haiku Perspective
Welcome to my haiku perspective on life. It is easy to enjoy this book because haiku flows, which means it can be experienced effortlessly. Perhaps reading this book will open up some creative energy within you and if so, you will share your haiku as well. Those who live to express themselves with words, craft a world using the alphabet, are giving life to imagination and thought. Amazon link to buy
Christine Campbell: Making it Home
Kate had a home, but her heart wasn’t in it… or in her marriage.
So she left them both.
Phyllis had a home… and her heart was in it… but she wanted something more.
So she shopped.
Naomi had no home and her heart was in cold storage, frozen by grief and fear.
So she shopped.
They found one another in a department store, shopping.
The problem with ‘retail therapy’; you can overdose. AMAZON
Christopher L. Hedges: Average Joe’s Story: Quest for Confidence
Take a journey with Average Joe from as bad as it gets to where you want to be. If you are looking for directions to something better than this is a Quest you need to experience. Amazon Link to buy
Deborah Carroll: Real Grands From A-Z, Everything A Grandparent Can Be
This adorable rhyming children’s book about real-life grandparents redefines the images of grandparents found in most children’s books. Today’s diverse “grands” live vibrantly with vivacious attitudes about life. They work a myriad of jobs with passion. They’re teachers and doctors, welders and bankers, artists and lawyers, and many other things. Some are retired and engage in fun hobbies from gaming to gardening. They may be writers who weave with words, artists who create beauty, or volunteers making a difference in the world. Today’s grandparents are leading the way for the next generation to learn how to age with grace, integrity and fun! This is a wonderful, heartwarming book for parents, grandparents, and children to enjoy together. The beautiful illustrations will change the way you see grandparents. So, if you are a grandparent or know one or love one who is anything from artist to Zamboni driver or anything in between you’ll want to share this book. If you are or know a “grand” who rocks and rolls and breaks the mold of grandparents, this book is for you! Amazon
Deborah Carroll (SH): Tales From The Family Crypt: When Aging Parents Die, Sibling Rivalry Lives
What if your true story is more bizarre than fiction? This intriguing narrative nonfiction memoir reads like a compelling novel. Deborah Carroll and her husband Ned want to do what it takes to care for their aging parents and help them face death peacefully. Their difficult, dysfunctional, and despicable siblings want something else. They want to grab money and power. They are controlling people in situations beyond their control. These siblings will stop at nothing to accomplish their missions. They will lie and cheat, they will take advantage of the dying; they will even break the law. Ultimately it’s a love story that twists and turns with humor and insight about what makes or breaks the bonds of family. Deborah and her husband are compassionate people. They thought they had happy childhoods in normal families. They could not have predicted how low their adult siblings would go to get what they wanted. The death of aging parents can challenge even good families. In troubled families with any type of family rift, disputes over eldercare and inheritances can be astronomically distressing. Thanks to a deep and abiding love and a resolute determination to do the right thing, Ned and Deborah are able to transcend the challenges and go on to live a wonderful life. A great read for anyone with a family. Amazon
Lisa C. Miller: Godly Inspirations for the Troubled Soul
This book is a compilation of inspirational prose and poems that I have written over the last twenty years. These are all stories that are relevant to my life and hopefully will bring you as much peace and contentment as they brought me. Amazon link
Marlene Hershey – God Steps
God Steps contains inspirational proverbs designed to be uplifting to the reader. Writing these proverbs was borne out of life experiences, psychological insights, strong faith in God and educational training. Some of the proverbs reflect on day-to-day wisdom gleaned from life itself, with a goal of enhancing one’s daily journey. Each day is a gift. Link to buy
Mary Smith (P): Thousands Pass Here Every Day
The poems in this collection explore wide ranging themes of homeland, identity, family. A strong sense of place is evoked whether that place is Afghanistan where people live with war as a constant backdrop to their lives, or Scotland. Characters such as the forestry worker in Galloway, boys with their flocks of sheep on Afghanistan s high pastures, freedom fighters, mothers and sons, demonstrate common concerns which connect us all. There is, too, a sense of how landscape shapes identities and creates connections. Amazon UK
Suzanne Newnham: Ethics of a Psychic Reading: A Guide for Professional and Amateur
Based on her personal experiences and observations of energy and psychic phenomena and the manner in which they are delivered, psychic Suzanne Newnham offers this guide designed to help people expand their understanding of the world related to psychic. Link to buy
Non-Fiction (Sub-genre: T-travel; M-memoir; H-history; P: parenting; A-Autobio)
Balroop Singh: Emotional Truths Of Relationships
Can we stop the flow and speed of emotions? Can we learn from their radiance, their cheerful bounce, their twists and twirls? This book unravels their depth and resilience in handling the stormy weather, which is knitted into the fabric of all our relationships. We look around and feel – ‘Nothing is perfect’… dreams get shattered, hopes are belied, aspirations delude and the opportunities elude us. The clouds have the power to conceal the sunshine and our radiance fails to ignite positive thoughts. This book will guide you how you can keep pace with embellishing your thoughts and channelize your emotions, which can be trained to veer into a positive direction. Link to buy
Karen Ingalls (M): Outshine: An Ovarian Cancer Memoir
When Karen Ingalls was diagnosed with Stage II Ovarian Cancer, she realized how little she knew about what was once called ”the silent killer.” As Ingalls began to educate herself she felt overwhelmed by the prevalent negativity of cancer. Lost in the information about drugs, side effects, and statistics, Ingalls redirected her energy to focus on the equally overwhelming blessings of life, learning to rejoice in each day and find peace in spirituality. In this memoir, Karen is a calming presence and positive companion, offering a refreshing perspective of hope with the knowledge that ”the beauty of the soul, the real me and the real you, outshines the effects of cancer, chemotherapy, and radiation.” ALL proceeds go to gynecologic cancer research. Link to buy
Mary Smith: Drunk Chickens and Burnt Macaroni- Real Stories of Afghan Women
Drunk Chickens and Burnt Macaroni provides a remarkable insight into the lives of women in Afghanistan. Despite the hardships in their lives – and there are many – they are not all helpless downtrodden victims but women of courage, determined to make the best of life for themselves and their families. Mary Smith, who worked in Afghanistan for several years, takes readers on a journey from the northern city of Mazar-i-Sharif to the remote mountainous region of Hazara Jat, allowing them to get to know these women and their families. Amazon UK
PollyEsther (A): Looking @ Life: A Woman’s Journey of Re-Learning to See the Magic in Everyday Events
PollyEsther has a way of describing the events in her life, her travels, her work and the seemingly ordinary and finding the magic in them! With her imaginative storytelling and superb photography, PollyEsther looks inward to discover the magic in the journey of her life and encourages all of us to look for the magic and listen to the whispers.
Written with clarity, honesty, and insight, “Looking @ Life” is about taking risks to grow and to “stretch” beyond our self-imposed limitations.
PollyEsther embraces the good and the bad, the pleasant and painful; and accepts the world just as it is, and uses her experiences as a means by which to awaken further.
PollyEsther has an intimate way of writing and makes you feel like you’re hearing from a good friend that you’ve known forever. She takes you through her thought process as she’s sharing her stories with you so you feel like you are going along for the ride.
Looking @ Life contains beautiful and inspirational stories that any reader will be able to find themselves somewhere among the pages. Amazon link
Praveen Venkiteswara Annu (T): Himalayas: Through Heaven and Hell in the Hills: A journey along the treacherous Manali – Leh highway
This is an illustrated travelogue of a trip along one of the most dangerous, but, also one of the most scenic highways in India, from Manali to Leh. It recounts the various events that unfold during the 5 day trip from the author’s perspective; the sights, sounds and challenges he encounters as he and his friends embark on an epic road trip in the Himalayas. Read on to find out more about the preparation, the itinerary, the route, the food, the terrain, the people, the risks and finally to understand how a 16 day trip was reduced to a 5 day trip for the author. Link to buy
Raphaela Angelou – Lived to Tell
Shira Destinie Jones Landrac (H): Stayed on Freedom’s Call
Stayed on Freedom’s Call gathers new and old memories of Black-Jewish cooperation in Washington, DC, adding 2 sets of walking tours mean to put readers and walkers back into the setting of the times. https://shiradest.files.wordpress.com/2015/07/stayed-on-freedoms-call.pdf
- Tina Frisco (P): Gabby and the Quads: illustrated by Amy Tokarczyk
Gabby is an only child who is about to become big sister to quadruplets! How will she handle this? Her parents decide on a unique approach to introduce her to and help her accept this awesome experience. Follow Gabby as she learns all about babies and the joy of loving. Amazon link to buy
Based on True Stories
Jan Sikes: Home at Last
With empty pockets and a heart full of dreams Luke Stone leaves behind the nightmare of fifteen long years in Leavenworth prison, not giving it a backward glance. Eyes firmly on the future, he boards a Greyhound bus bound for Texas…for freedom…for the one who holds his heart. The unjust conviction no longer matters and revenge haunts him no more. Darlina Flowers, the woman who takes his breath away, waits ahead and with her by his side, nothing can stop him. He is headed HOME AT LAST –Link to buy
Jan Sikes: Flowers and Stone
A hot Texas summer, dim-lit honky-tonk bar rooms, a young naïve fledgling go-go dancer and a wild rebel Texas musician sets the stage for this story. Can Darlina Flowers ever hope to fit in to this strange new world and even more important, can she trust Luke Stone with her heart? Luke Stone, a good man who has made a career of bad decisions, falls as completely in love with Darlina as she does with him. But is it too late? Will their eternal unyielding love survive the test of time, distance and iron bars? Link to buy
Martha Jette: Playing with the Devil
Playing With The Devil is a novel based on a true story of child abuse – dirty deeds in a secluded Newfoundland town by many of its most prominent citizens. The oldest of 12 children shares how his own mother sold him and his siblings into sexual liaisons for as little as a loaf of bread. It is a wrenching account of what these kids suffered but now, over 50 years later, no one has ever been brought to justice. The courts have refused to act and the children, now adults, continue to suffer from horrible memories they will never forget. Link to buy. Check out other works here.
Terry Nelson: Cemetery Tales and other Phantasms – Eight ghostly tales of death
Eight ghostly tales of death and afterlife in which some dead seek revenge, one in gruesome fashion, while other dead have trouble adjusting in the next life. The opening story, “An Evening with Constance Bennett” is a “Twilight Zone” type of tale, quirky and odd, a phantasm of the imagination. There is also a bonus story, a noir mystery set in 1948. The stories have different tones, different moods, so creep in and imagine the unreal. Link to buy
Terry Nelson: More Cemetery Takes and other Phantasms
Stories in the spectral shadows where transition from life to death becomes blurred; where shadows haunt both the living and the dead; where shadows disorient and confuse. Story one is about a different kind of a theatre, one you may or may not want to visit. Story two is about a house in the woods that may or may not be haunted; it is for you to decide. Story three is about a man walking in a cemetery and has trouble communicating with those he meets. The fourth story is my humble attempt to reimagine the ending of Mary Shelley’s “Frankenstein.”
The fifth story is about a crazed killer who -no, I can’t tell you. Story six is about a boy going to his first parade. Ah, how sweet. So you might think before reading this story. The seventh story is about a man who wakes up and finds a dead woman in his bed and has no idea who she is. And the final story is about what happens to a writer creating stories like the previous seven, a story where some characters will be familiar. Amazon link to buy
Terry Nelson: Loonies in the Dugout
Just off a Minnesota farm, Chet is a rookie on the 1911 New York Giants. He will have a memorable summer as he tries to woo chorus girl Eveleen Sullivan while trying to figure out National League pitching, both of which will be difficult. But he also must look after a strange man named Charley Faust who was told by a Topeka, Kansas, fortune teller, he would pitch the Giants to the pennant. Charley proves to be a good luck charm that he attributes to the power of apple pie. Based on a true story, the novel is a satire on fame and celebrity. Link to buy
Terry Nelson: Loonies in Hollywood
Who killed silent film director William Desmond Taylor? Was it the teenage actress Mary Miles Minter, who threw herself at the middle aged Taylor? Or was it Mary’s overprotective stage mother Charlotte Shelby, who threatened men, including Taylor, to stay away from her daughter. Or was it the last person to see Taylor alive, actress Mabel Normand? Was it the blackmailer who knew of Taylor’ secret past or Taylor’s former valet, a Navy deserter and thief who disappeared? Chet Koski, a scenario writer at Famous Players-Lasky, is told by a studio executive to solve the murder. While trying to discover the killer Chet is targeted by a blackmailer, accused of murdering his wife’s former boyfriend, discovered his wife was kidnapped, gives a 22-year old flapper a gin bath, and has his new radio stolen. And when he discovers the killer the truth will be hard to swallow. Based on a true story. Link to buy
Andrew Joyce: Molly Lee
Molly is about to set off on the adventure of a lifetime . . . of two lifetimes. It’s 1861 and the Civil War has just started. Molly is an eighteen-year-old girl living on her family’s farm in Virginia when two deserters from the Southern Cause enter her life. One of them—a twenty-four-year-old Huck Finn—ends up saving her virtue, if not her life. Molly is so enamored with Huck, she wants to run away with him. But Huck has other plans and is gone the next morning before she awakens. Thus starts a sequence of events that leads Molly into adventure after adventure; most of them not so nice. We follow the travails of Molly Lee, starting when she is eighteen and ending when she is fifty-six. Even then Life has one more surprise in store for her. Link to buy