#BookSale “Dear Black Girl: Letters From Your Sisters on Stepping Into Your Power” by Tamara Winfrey Harris

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Dear Black Girl is the empowering, affirming love letter our girls need in order to thrive in a world that does not always protect, nurture, or celebrate us. This collection of Black women’s voices… is a must-read, not only for Black girls, but for everyone who cares about Black girls, and for Black women whose inner-Black girl could use some healing.” –Tarana Burke, Founder of the ‘Me Too’ Movement

“Dear Dope Black Girl, You don’t know me, but I know you. I know you because I am you! We are magic, light, and stars in the universe.” So begins a letter that Tamara Winfrey Harris received as part of her Letters to Black Girls project, where she asked black women to write honest, open, and inspiring letters of support to young black girls aged thirteen to twenty-one. Her call went viral, resulting in a hundred personal letters from black women around the globe that cover topics such as identity, self-love, parents, violence, grief, mental health, sex, and sexuality.

In Dear Black Girl, Winfrey Harris organizes a selection of these letters, providing “a balm for the wounds of anti-black-girlness” and modeling how black women can nurture future generations. Each chapter ends with a prompt encouraging girls to write a letter to themselves, teaching the art of self-love and self-nurturing. Winfrey Harris’s The Sisters Are Alright explores how black women must often fight and stumble their way into alrightness after adulthood. Dear Black Girl continues this work by delivering pro-black, feminist, LGBTQ+ positive, and body positive messages for black women-to-be—and for the girl who still lives inside every black woman who still needs reminding sometimes that she is alright.

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#BookBlitz “Cannabis for Seniors” by Beverly A. Potter, Ph.D.


 
 

Self-Help

Publisher: Ronin Publishing

Cannabis is much more than a plant. Its chemical composition and the way those chemical interact with special receptors throughout the body enables cannabis to be used therapeutically in many beneficial ways. Cannabinoids– chemical in cannabis — interact with the endocannabinoid (EC) system in the body, working synergistically to regulate pain, reduce inflammation, decrease stress, and speed recovery time, as well as elevating mood and optimism. From pain management to improved demeanor, form individual well-being to interpersonal relationships, cannabis’s therapeutic value can be a great tool to help Seniors maintain positive healthy quality of life.

CANNABIS FOR SENIORS is an essential reference for Seniors, both those new to cannabis as well as those who are experienced users. Caretakers and family will find the information invaluable in evaluating the potential benefits of cannabis for Seniors.


About the Author


Beverly A. Potter, PhD (Docpotter) earned her doctorate in counseling psychology from Stanford University and her masters in vocational rehabilitation counseling from San Francisco State University. She is a corporate trainer, public speaker and has authored a number of books on health and workplace issues like overcoming job burnout, managing yourself for excellence, high performance goal setting, mediating conflict, drug testing, self healing, cannabis for seniors, and more. Her website—docpotter.com—is pack with useful information.

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#BookSale “Living With Loss: Facing Grief and Adversity In a Society That Doesn’t Understand (Grief and Loss Book 2)” by Cortez Ranieri

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It’s OK Not To Be OK: How To Cope With Grief and Anger After The Loss of A Loved One

We live in a fast-paced, almost frantic world.

Every day, we rush to work, we rush home, and we create timetables by which we live because there are simply not enough hours in a day.

When you get sick, you get a few days off from work (if that), and you’re expected to bounce back in a flash.

When you break up with someone and feel like your world is crashing around you, the bosses don’t care, and your friends tell you to forget about it and move on.

So what happens when you have to go through the hardest experience in life – the loss of a loved one?

Is there a timetable for mourning?

Everyone who has ever lost someone will tell you that, sadly, there is. You are expected to bounce back after a certain time as if your emotions work like a button.

This is simply the society we created, and sometimes, it backfires on us.

But here’s a piece of news to ease your mind and soul: no matter what society tells you, you have the right to mourn as long as you want, in any way you want.

Grief isn’t tangible, nor can it be measured or standardized.

The best thing you can do is give yourself time.

The second best thing you should do for yourself is to get to know your grief.

Once you delve deep into it, once you get a grasp on all those emotions you’re feeling, you’ll be able to live with them, overcome some of them, and ultimately, move on.

In Living With Loss, you’ll discover:

  • 8+ most common misconceptions about grief debunked and rationalized, to take away your guilt from not playing by society’s rules
  • The physical, emotional, and behavioral symptoms of grief that will make you understand what both your body and mind are going through
  • A guide through the 5 stages of grief to help you discover why you’re feeling a certain way, as well as figure out how to get through it
  • How and why the ancient wisdom of stoicism can ease your grieving process and change your outlook on life and death
  • Why avoidance can be your biggest enemy, and how to stop avoiding your emotions while in mourning
  • Solutions for dealing with anger, to help you understand the emotion and stop it from making you bitter and resentful
  • How to use the Wim-Hof Method to work through your grief and bring balance back into your life

And much more.

Dealing with the loss of a loved one is usually what people think about when grief is mentioned.

But grief has many faces. It can consume you when you lose your job, your faith, or when you go through a change in lifestyle.

Whatever the reason, the heavy emotional state of grief needs to be worked on.

So give yourself permission to mourn and take your time.

If you’re determined not to let your grief consume you and take control over your life, then scroll up and click the “Add to Cart” button right now.

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#BookBlitz “Unbridled Dreams” by Rhonda G. Mincey

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Self-Help/Non Fiction

 

Date Published: 2/7/21

Publisher: Great Success Books

Do you feel a nudge from within to realize and live your full potential but do not know where to start? In the most amazing way, you have already begun your adventure. You are capable of a great deal more than you give yourself credit for.

What you need now is a little hand-holding and then you can enable yourself in reaching for the stars. This wonderful book was written specifically for you in mind. What you foremost need is the belief that you were meant for greatness and that you can achieve anything that you desire.

This indispensable guide will take you on a journey of self-discovery, changing your mindset, figuring out your dreams, and giving a voice to your passions. Once there, you’ll begin to set goals and start to attain them one-by-one. The author will stay with you at each step of the way and show you how it’s done.

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Do you feel a burning desire to be the very best you can but don’t know exactly how or where to begin the process? Do you know for certain that God created you for greatness and yet are afraid to walk out your true destiny? Do you have goals and dreams but lack the motivation, resources, training, or coaching to move forward? Have you accomplished a measure of success but still want more from your life? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, you are certainly not the only one.

There are indeed a countless number of women who share these same sentiments and are reduced to living lives considerably below their full potential. They often feel stuck in an inescapable cycle of mediocrity, having a desire to be their very best but subconsciously settling for substantially less. They live an “average” life, finding solace while existing at the top of the bottom or the bottom of the top, not excellent, “just enough.” Either way, they gravitate to a place of comfort, following the path of least resistance.

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About The Author

Rhonda Mincey is a world traveler. She is an international speaker, dream weaver, award-winning mentor, transformation coach, poet, and author. Rhonda has made her mark by inspiring women from all walks of life to confront their fears and accomplish their goals. Rhonda has authored several books, including the highly acclaimed A Girl’s Guide to Being Great that she wrote to help girls realize their value and maximize their opportunities for a successful life.

Rhonda is also an award-winning mentor for women and girls and received Georgia’s Southern University’s Service Award and the prestigious Turner Broadcasting Station (TBS) Pathfinders Award for her work. Rhonda is named a Top 25 Woman in Business 2021 from Courageous Magazine. Rhonda possesses a master’s degree in education with a focus on community leadership.

When Rhonda isn’t writing, she enjoys reading inspirational books, walking on the beach, traveling, and spending time with family and friends

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#Excerpt “I Am Home” by Kimberly Herndon

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Self-Help, Spirituality

Date Published: July 10, 2020

 

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My life has been a roller coaster filled with loss, pain, illness, failure,
heartache and suffering. (Life can be so much fun, right?) It has also been
filled with PURE JOY – the joy of spiritual awakening, wonderful people,
world travel, long bike rides, hiking up mountains and the heart-warming
adventures that come from taking the road less traveled. When I was 23 I had
a profound spiritual enlightenment experience and since then my life has
been about exploring how I can wake up to that state more fully and help
others to as well. This book shares my adventurous and ultimately triumphant
story of finding happiness through inner transformation. It explains how
going “crazy” can actually be a good thing and how when things
fall apart, that’s the doorway to something more.I believe that
we’re all in this together. It is my hope that by sharing what I know
others can find joy in the middle of their own difficulties and ultimately
find their way home.

 

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Note:  I don’t use the word God in Chapter 7 to mean an old man in the sky.  I use the term God because I grew up with a Jewish mother, but I mean God in a broader sense, like you might use the word Spirit or the Divine.  Hope that helps!

Chapter 7

Creating Heaven on Earth

“Be the change you wish to see in the world.”  – Mahatma Gandhi 

Is heaven on earth even possible?  I mean just look at all of the violence, anger, illness and atrocities committed against individuals and whole groups of people.  Listen to what’s on the news every day and it can seem like we’re already in hell.  The concept of heaven – of light and bliss, peace and joy – just seems too farfetched sometimes.  While that is unfortunately true I’m going to use this chapter to start from a dark place and show you that it is possible for each of us to choose heaven and to create it ourselves – even in the midst of darkness.

In 2018 two police officers were shot and killed during an inmate transfer near the Wyandotte County Courthouse in Kansas City, Kansas.  My stepmom works at the courthouse and told me that these were two kind, good people and that the shooter could have fled after he shot and wounded the female officer.  Instead he walked up and shot her again to make sure that she was dead.

My stepmom is one of the most loving people that I’ve ever met, but she’s struggling right now – and I think rightly so – to not hate this person and to not want capital punishment for him.  We all know that feeling.  We want retribution.  We want bad things to happen to “bad” people.  The same sentiment is felt outside of the law enforcement community when someone is wrongfully killed by a police officer.  It’s also felt when we feel threatened or we feel that our values are threatened.  So often we want to prove that we’re right and others are wrong – to make them feel as bad as they made us feel.  It feels good to know that I’m right and I feel right about my being right.  I’m right!  (Or so I tell myself.)  BUT, if we’re serious about wanting to alleviate suffering, then it’s essential that we respond to these everyday, real, crappy situations by opening our hearts and minds as much as we can (as my stepmom is doing) to see the situation from different angles and to work toward justice instead of retribution.

Heaven on earth – that personal and later communal experience of peace, joy, safety and security – doesn’t come from homogeny, from everyone being the same.  It comes when we can recognize, accept and appreciate our differences, both the “good” and the “bad.”  It doesn’t mean that we forget the wrong that has been done to us or to others.  It doesn’t mean that we overlook injustice.  It means that somehow we have to find the courage to work toward justice and trust that it will be done in time.  It means that we accept the fact that as smart as we are, we can’t see all of the details, all of the ramifications of a decision.  What we can do is our best to participate in ways that feel right to us, and then, allow room for that something more to create a better outcome than we could imagine.

When hate seems like the best response, we can pause and remember that “hurt people hurt people.”  Most people don’t do horrible things unless horrible things have been done to them.  That man that killed those officers deserves justice and he will get it.  But perhaps rather than turning hatred on him we can surrender that response and remember that we all have lessons to learn here.  Perhaps being sentenced to death is how he learns his, or perhaps not being sentenced to death and being given time to understand the effects of his actions is how he learns them.

How could I know what’s best for him?  What I do know is that hate breeds hate and it can spread like wildfire.  Nelson Mandela.  Eleanor Roosevelt.  Ghandi.  Martin Luther King, Jr.  Mother Teresa.  All of these people knew that you can’t make a better world out of revenge and hate.  A better world can only be created with forgiveness, justice, love and imagination.  It’s not about coming up with a perfect solution.  No solution can be perfect in the worldly sense.  To the limited view of the mind, compromise doesn’t make sense and it often doesn’t feel like enough.  Perfection isn’t possible in the relative world, but by trusting the love that lives inside of us, we can get close.

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About the Author

Kimberly Herndon has traveled the world and studied various spiritual paths to enlightenment to determine what makes us truly happy. Kimberly has a bachelor’s degree in International Studies from the University of Washington in Seattle. She also has a master’s degree in Theological Studies from the
Iliff School of Theology in Denver, Colorado. She is from Overland Park, Kansas, and lives in Denver with her boyfriend, their human baby and two fur babies.

 

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#BookTour “A Fat Girl’s Confidence” by Patrice Shavone Brown

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Nonfiction Self development

Date Published: 10/30/2018

Publisher: My Story Publishing

Most people think big girls have low self esteem and do not feel as sexy as the models with the perfect bodies that we constantly see on TV. I never knew there was anything wrong with me until I kept seeing people on TV telling me I was too fat, too sloppy and definitely ugly. Every commercial emphasizes the need to have that perfect plastic-factory body. While everyone thinks that fat is sloppy or unattractive, I have learned to embrace it. I choose to live my life fat, free and fabulous! And I am here to motivate you. Patrice Shavone Brown reveals her truth and secrets to being and becoming a proud fat girl. As you read this book, you will discover the confidence that you never thought you could have. Join the Confident Fat Girls Movement with Patrice. “Let’s be the beauty they all said we could never be,” she concludes.

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Introduction

I am Patrice Shavone Brown, a Mental Health Counselor, and Director. I am an author, motivational speaker, life coach, actress, and a single mother. I own a mental health facility, which I have run for five years at the time of this writing. I am the oldest of three siblings and have a disability, which motivated me into a helpers‘ profession.

I have struggled with my weight for years to the point that the ups and downs of gaining weight are no longer something I would be ashamed of. I have learned that I have to love myself regardless of my size. This was never easy for me because I had certain family members who would say, ―You are getting bigger; you need to stop eating.‖ ―Now stop eating!‖ Yes, people said mean things to me and, trust me, they stung me like bees. You see, in my journey of being a fat girl, I found peace and acceptance of myself first. Before my confidence began, I had to develop strength.

Although what I am about to share may seem crazy, it is not. When building on anything in life, you have to practice and strengthen yourself. You have to admit that you are fat and prepare your mind for people‘s reactions. This preparation gets you ready to respond to the judgments of others. Confidence begins when you have prepared yourself and accepted your flaws. Self-esteem building is all about knowing that you are important, needed, loved, and different, and that we all have flaws but are beautiful still.

I have written this book, A Fat Girl‘s Confidence, so that you can become aware of my journey into the recognition of myself as beautiful; fat or big notwithstanding. As a woman shaped differently (by society‘s standard for beauty), I have been challenged to write about my feelings and experiences as I was labeled obese at the age of 30.

The word obese seems harsh but funny to me. I had always heard fat and was okay with being just fat.

Obese sounds like I am a big, fat case of death monster! Say it, O-BEE-S. So now, society has labeled me a beast because I am fat. If the word obesity is not enough to kill one‘s self-esteem or confidence, I do not know what will. I am motivated to share my tips of confidence because, even with the label obese, I still love what I see in the mirror.

As a teenager, boys loved me and, yes, in school boys crushed on fat girls too. As an adult, men like me for what they see in me. I don‘t want any female that is a size 8 or below to make you feel like you are a nobody just because you are fat. If you are a teenager or a grown woman battling with weight and negative comments from others, hold on beautiful, your motivational fat girl is here to help you feel better about being you!

I have come to inspire you into a one-week commitment to change your mindset about being fat. My mindset is that I am always going to be fat or big, but I have to atone. I have to be happy with myself when I look in the mirror with clothes on or clothes off. I will lose weight when I need to or want to, but it will happen only when I choose. I refuse to listen to society tell me that I am not good enough.

This book is a seven-day self-esteem workbook and inspiration book for fat girls. It has day one through day seven listed along with seven inspirational boosts and actions that will help you begin to boost who you truly are in God‘s eye. This book has secrets on learning to manage your weight as well as learning to shape your body. It focuses on finding the beauty within us as well as helping us decide to get up and live in our heavy shoes because no one can do that the way we can as fat girls.

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About the Author

Author of A Fat Girl’s Confidence Guide, published by My Story Publishing Company, also the founder of the “Confident Fat Girls Movement”

Patrice Shavone Brown is a mother of two beautiful children. She is also the big sister of two siblings. Most of all she is “me.”

She is a person that has had storms and mountains to climb. She is still climbing. Patrice lost her mom to cancer June 2017. She does not paint pretty pictures about her life or surroundings.

Helping people is at the heart of everything that Patrice does. She has spent the last two decades serving her community as a Mental Health Counselor. Her greatest satisfaction comes from empowering others and assisting in people’s healing through the power of words.

“It’s hard, yet life is what you make it. And it is full of twists and turns,” says Patrice.

Patrice has owned and operated Restoring Bodies and Minds, restoringbodiesminds.org, for the past seven years. She’s an over achiever. She likes to excel, and she has tremendous drive and determination. If at first you don’t succeed, try again, is at her core.

Brown has also authored four books. Her books are based on her everyday life experiences. The titles are Secrets Of A Crazy Mental Health Counselor, The Day Momma Made Me Dance, We Blend Well Together, A Fat Girl’s Confidence Guide, A Fat Girl’s Confidence: Beating Depression and Building Self Esteem, The Finesser and The Finesser 2.

Patrice holds an MA, BA, and AAS. She is also an Anger Management Specialist

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#1DayBlogBlitz “Editing Your Novel’s Structure: Tips, Tricks, and Checklists to Get You From Start to Finish” by Bethany A. Tucker

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Editing Your Novel’s Structure: Tips, Tricks, and Checklists to Get You From Start to Finish

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Editing is the process of making new choices. I’m not afraid of editing and I would argue no one should be. It’s this space, potentially sacred space, where you stand and survey the work of your hands and your mind and you practice discernment. “Does this produce the impact I intend?”

Don’t judge. Not yet. You’re still on the journey. It’s your work, but it’s not finished work. So it can be however it is and there’s no need to feel bad about it. Tell the little judgy voice in your brain to take a vacation. You have editing to do.

There’s something terribly exciting within this freedom of the editing process. It’s the chance to choose and choose again. Some of us get stuck in endless choosing or rather, not choosing, but that’s not true editing. That’s procrastination and fear. If you’re truly editing and not hiding, then it’s this place of creation, of refining what is being born, finalizing the brushstrokes on our painting of words.

When you find yourself meeting your soul on the page of edits, make friends with it. Listen to the nasty things it whispers. Listen and set them aside. There are nuggets to learn beneath those whispers. What you fear points to your hope. What makes you cringe can show you what you would love. Listen deeper. Listen to the passion and desire, the secrets of yourself that show up in the creative journey. Take the time to watch yourself. “Oh, I wrote that? Why did I put that in? What does that say about me?” Editing may require exploration of self, perhaps with a side of dancing with your shadow. Especially if we’re writing about ourselves, veiled or unveiled.

Give yourself the freedom to work through those emotions and deal with what arrises. Our books, especially our first book or two, say a lot about who we are. It’s like therapy, to be honest. And if you need therapy, or a good listening ear during the process, please, seek it out. Choose someone who can hold space and listen to you without telling you what your experience means. The meaning has to come from you. In this space we needs guides and words shamans, not dictators and gatekeepers. A friend will keep us honest, not tell us the right choice.

Those choices, those edits, they have to be ours. The work is ours. Guard it but don’t be precious. Because even after we turn our work loose on the world, it is still evolving. We are like Pinochio’s maker, Geppetto. We create, and then when our work comes to life, what it does after we can only guide. We do not know where it will go, or how it will be seen. It is beyond us, even if it comes from us. How anyone will respond says as much, if not more, about them than it does us.

Art is a mirror. It shows us ourselves as we create and edit it, and it shows us others as they meet it and either embrace or hate it. All we can do is create the most beautiful, the most flawless mirror we can, and then release it, taking all those skills we learned creating it with us to our next project and then, slowly, by creating and editing, and creating again, we become masters of our craft.

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Before it’s time to check for commas and iron out passive voice, fiction writers need to know that their story is strong. Are your beta readers not finishing? Do they have multiple, conflicting complaints? When you ask them questions about how they experience your story, do they give lukewarm responses? Or have you not even asked anyone to read your story, wondering if it’s ready?

If any of the above is true, you may need to refine the structure of your story. What is structure you ask?  Structure is what holds a story together. Does the character arc entrance the reader? Is the world building comprehensive and believable? These questions and more have to be answered by all of us as we turn our drafts into books.

In this concise handbook, complete with checklists for each section, let a veteran writer walk you through the process of self-assessing your novel, from characters to pacing with lots of compassion and a dash of humor. In easy to follow directions and using adaptable strategies, she shows you how to check yourself for plot holes, settle timeline confusion, and snap character arcs into place.

Use this handbook for quick help and quick self-editing checklists on:

– Characters and Character Arcs.
– Plot.
– Backstory
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– Point of View.
– A detailed explanation of nearly free self-editing tools and how to apply them to your book to find your own structural problems.
– Beginnings and Ends.
– Editing for sensitive and specialized subject matter.
– Helpful tips on choosing beta readers, when to seek an editor, and a sample questionnaire to give to your first readers.

Grab your copy of Edit Your Novel’s Structure today! Now is the time to finish that draft and get your story out into the world.

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Author BioBethany Tucker

Bethany Tucker is an author and editor located near Seattle, U.S.A. Story has always been a part of her life. With over twenty years of writing and teaching experience, she’s more than ready to take your hand and pull back the curtain on writing craft and mindset. Last year she edited over a million words for aspiring authors. Her YA fantasy series Adelaide is published wide under the pen name Mustang Rabbit and her dark epic fantasy is releasing in 2021 under Ciara Darren. You can find more about her services for authors at TheArtandScienceofWords.com.

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#BookTour “Swipe to the Altar” by Mrs. Q. Warnock


Swipe to The Altar: Your 10-Step Roadmap to Finding True Love Online

Non-fiction/self help

Date Published: 8/3/2020

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It’s so easy to fall in love, but hard to find someone who will catch you. Let me guess – you’re a beautiful and intelligent girl, but so far, you haven’t got much luck finding true love. This book will show you how to find your true love from online dating. You will no longer be the Instant Noodle and your love life will be transformed forever.

 


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 Mrs. Q. Warnock, the former Miss Qianlei Li, started her online dating journey in 2014 and found the love of her life at the end of 2016. She has gone on 42 first dates and has got her heart broken multiple times before realizing the right way to go about online dating. She now lives happily with her husband in Northern Virginia.

 

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#ReleaseBlitz “The Chaos Coordinator’s Wedding Planner” by M. Hurn

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How-To, Wedding, NonFiction, Self-Help

Date Published: October 6th, 2020

Publisher Hurn Publications

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The Chaos Coordinator’s Wedding Planner is the top of the line, extensive and comprehensive wedding planning guide. You’ll find worksheets, how-to’s and detailed guidance throughout the whole process.

With over 18 years of experience, mess-ups, failures, and successes, you can imagine we have plenty of experience to share.

  • This book is for all the DIY, Type-A personalities that like to have control but still need some guidance. 

  • This book is for the couple that is busy, needs help and has a budget.

  • This book is for everyone, with my experience mixed in and tons of lists, check lists and templates.

  • Includes beautiful photography from real weddings shot by Arizona’s top wedding photographer: Maite Photography

The best part for you—you’ll have the guidance, experience, and knowledge of my 19 years behind you as you work through the Wedding Planner. Best part for your budget—it won’t cost you $4,000 for full wedding planning!

Everyone wins and your wedding is coordinated with the help of an experienced professional.

 


About the Author

I’ve spent roughly 19 years in the Hospitality Industry and my favorite part about it is the challenges and the ability to constantly learn. I started out in the culinary world, and I’ve created everything from intricate wedding cakes to catering for 10,000; as well as that one time the Royals won the World Series and the parade brought in about 800,000 people to my hotel area.

That was a crazy day!

I’m an artist on all levels; I love to paint, weld, design, decorate, build websites, blog and even write books. I approach life as a learning experience and I never pass up the opportunity to learn something new or try new cuisine.

For the last 7 years, I’ve exclusively been working on the wedding planning book and have seen a lot happening throughout the industry. I’ve had a lot of couples want to be able to book a wedding planner to help coordinate and guide them, but with rising costs in all areas of life it seems the wedding budgets get smaller while all the other wedding vendors raise their prices.

After spending years collecting experience, data, and memories I’ve been able to compile a comprehensive and extensive wedding planner to help all budgets.

The best part for you—you’ll have the guidance, experience, and knowledge of my 19 years behind you as you work through the Wedding Planner. Best part for your budget—it won’t cost you $4,000 for full wedding planning!

Everyone wins and your wedding is coordinated with the help of an experienced professional.

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#Excerpt “Conversations with the Past” by Aura Imbarus, Ph.D


  How to Let Go of the Past, Redefine Your Present, and Create a Positive Future

Non Fiction / Self-help

Date Published: Sept 17

Publisher: Rainbow Ridge

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There are no accidents in this life—and the more aware we become, the more we’re able discover the patterns that challenge, elevate, and enlighten us. In “Conversations with the Past,” Dr. Aura Imbarus delves into many of the profound experiences she’s had over the years—from emotional breakdowns to spiritually elevated states—in order to help people discover and understand their own purpose in life. Through this exploration, we will all be inspired to examine our own lives and take the necessary steps to enhance our happiness and well-being.

Emotional, physical, and spiritual experiences are all part of the intricate, interwoven tapestry of existence. And though it may sometimes feel like finding our life’s purpose is difficult and elusive, Dr. Imbarus demonstrates how it can, and will, be revealed to the curious mind and willing hear.


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A Letter to My Past

Dear Past,

It has been awhile since you have been following me, shadowing me, and, sometimes even overlapping your wings with my present moment. For so many years, I have dragged you wherever I went; I have fed you precious moments of my life; I have quarreled with you to no avail, and I have been upset when you misjudged my actions. In all fairness, I tried to support you, to be on good terms with you, to cater to you and please you, but we have never really been on the same page. We both made face; we acted civil and courteous, but, come on, is that where we stand after all? Do we really love each other? Do we really care for each other?

I don’t think so.

I came here in the present moment, and I foolishly thought that we had solved our problems; we sorted out our misunderstandings, and we made peace with each other.

It just doesn’t look like that.

I wanted to close the door on you, for I realized that I was not able to pay attention to my actual partner: the present. But you insisted on leaving the door ajar, so I did! What a mistake that was. Any moment I was trying to leave you behind, you were sneaking behind my back, sometimes pinching me to distract me from “now,” other times ambushing me or confusing me. I didn’t know what to believe anymore; I didn’t know who I was, for you, my dear friend, were playing with my mind, and you were dragging me in your time.

My dear past, what did I do to you that you couldn’t let me go? How did I wrong you? And, if we are here, so angry with one another, how can we mend our bridges? Or can we even do that?

Let’s look for a minute at your agenda: You wanted me in Romania; you wanted me afraid, for I grew up in a communist regime; you wanted me to become a follower, for leaders were not welcomed; you wanted me poor, for scarcity was all I was exposed to; you wanted me sick, for medications or even human conditions with hot water and heat were monitored and controlled; you wanted me to starve, for food was rationed; you wanted me to blend in, for standing out was a crime; you wanted me in dim colors, for bright ones were nowhere to be found and not allowed; you wanted me in a uniform, for conformity our common ground; you wanted me limited in my beliefs so you could control my mind better; you wanted me to not believe in God, for the Communist Party was our father in heaven and on earth. You wanted me to be weak, so you could make me strong; you wanted me to spy and turn in my friends, for you said you were my only real adviser.

You think I still need you, but I do not.

My dear past, we had a run; good or bad, it is just a matter of interpretation!

But we are done. You have served me well; you have given me life and raised me, and for that I am thankful. But now, the time has come to say good-bye. The time has come to look each other in the eyes, really look and feel and, with no regrets, with no remorse, just say good-bye.

I truly thank you for all my mistakes; I thank you for all the cloudy days, for they made me appreciate the sunny ones when they came. I thank you for all my downs, for they made me stronger and more resilient. I thank you for all the crazy nights slept in fear, for now I know what it means to live in love. I thank you for all the pitch-black nights, for now I am thrilled with the bright days. I thank you for all my scarcity, for I would not know how to detect and be grateful for the present abundance.

I thank you for raising me with a kind soul, for that soul now gives you blessings and forgiveness while setting you free!

Good-bye, my dear past! I love you!  


 About the Author

Dr. Aura Imbarus is an awarded educator, freelance journalist, motivational speaker, and author of the critically acclaimed Amazon best-seller and Pulitzer Prize entry, Out of the Transylvania Night: A Story of Tyranny, Freedom, Love and Identity (Bettie Youngs Books, 2010), a memoir detailing her life in Romania during the Communist regime and an upcoming self-help book, Conversations with the Past: A Journey Home (Rainbow Ridge Books, August 2020).

She is also the President and Founder of See Beyond Media, a company focusing on adolescents’ challenges in the 21st century, having as its launching platform See Beyond Magazine (www.seebeyondmag.com).  See Beyond Media also offers life coaching and author coaching (www.seebeyondmedia.com).

Dr. Imbarus has a BA in Foreign Languages; MA in American and British Studies and a PhD in World Humanities. Since 1998, she has been teaching high school and college level classes in So. Cal. Dr. Imbarus is a licensed hypnotherapist, having trained with Dr. Brian Weiss and Dr. Wanita Holmes.

She was featured on NBC, ABC, CNBC, Good Morning San Diego, Forbes Romania, etc.

In 2019, she received President’s Volunteer Service Award signed by President Donald Trump.

Aura Imbarus is the President and Co-Founder of RAPN – Romanian American Professional Network and one of the founding members of RACC – Romanian-American Chamber of Commerce, Los Angeles Chapter. She sits on the Advisory Council of CA Ballet, is a member of Royal Society of St. George, SACC – Swiss-American Chamber of Commerce. She was a mentor for Scott L. Schwartz Children’s Foundation, a non-profit and professional organization whose mission is to help children with disabilities, and she sat on the Board of Wesley Foundation UCLA and Blue Heron Foundation.

She writes for Palos Verdes Pulse, The Global Woman Magazine (London); Elephant Journal, Beverly Hills Times Magazine, The Immigrant, Hermannstader Zeitung in Transylvania and also works as a freelance journalist for Entertainment and Sports Today.

In her free time she likes to go dancing, hiking, skiing, yoga, gym, sailing; she loves traveling.

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