CRADLED DREAMS By Beverly Hoffman

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Cradled DreamsCRADLED DREAMS
By Beverly Hoffman
As her family gathers for Thanksgiving, Georgie’s heartbreak is hard to conceal. After years of pursuing her dreams of motherhood, she has recently learned that her last option to conceive has failed. Grim amid the festive holiday celebrations, Georgie feels that she has little reason to give thanks.
Her sister-in-law, Robin, desperate to ease Georgie’s suffering, struggles for a way to help. On loving impulse, she offers a solution-surrogacy.
Flush with excitement, neither woman can predict how her life will change. But each is comforted by the knowledge that her love for the other will guide the way. Soon, after in vitro using a relative’s sperm and her own egg, Robin shares the joyous news that she is pregnant. Every conversation sparkles with her private joy at the gift she could give her sister-in-law. But she encounters unexpected criticism when discussing the plan with others. She must now deal with judgment and questions about ethics. Relationships are strained. Both must pay emotional costs they never anticipated. Soon, questions they never asked begin to haunt them both.
Where do boundaries of possibility meet long-term responsibility? Under what circumstances does science need to pause to consider moral outcomes? When organs and tiny bones grow in spite of circumstances never seen in nature, where does motherhood begin and end?
And most haunting of all is the question Robin couldn’t ask herself on that first day: Will she really be able to give up the child for the sake of Georgie’s dream?

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Beverly's Book PhotoBeverly Hoffman spent her childhood in Texas eating barbeque and drinking Big Reds. After college, she and her husband, Marty, moved to Panama, where she taught English for twenty-six years. Beverly loved to push her students to realize their full potential. She was able to help her students by taking huge assignments apart and helping them accomplish discrete pieces and then put all of them together into a finished project.
While in Panama, Beverly explored the country. She rode her bike 57 miles in one day from the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific Ocean, paddled the Panama Canal twice, and participated in Green Hell, an obstacle course, which included rappelling out of a 30 foot building.

Beverly and her husband later retired to Sequim, Washington, where they enjoy the bounty of fresh Dungeness crab, Washington wines, and family.

Beverly has a Masters degree in English and has been in a writing group for over six years. Beverly loves writing and hopes that through her books, she can get people to explore new concepts. Join Beverly on Facebook for giveaways, scenic photos, and more information about her books at https://www.facebook.com/AuthorBeverlyHoffman.

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This Stuff is Hard by Nancy Jane Smith

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Making Peace With Your Anxiety

Anxiety is a vicious cycle, right?! It has a way of making a sane person crazy. Jump off the anxiety treadmill and let’s try to make peace with your anxiety. There is no quick fix to anxiety. There is no easy way to make peace. This stuff is hard. But I am living proof that you can make peace with your anxiety.

One of my favorite quotes that I try to live my life by is; Peace. It does not mean to be in a place where there is no noise, trouble or hard work, it means to be in a the midst of those things and still be calm in your heart.”–Anonymous. Making Peace with your anxiety does not mean always feeling happy, never dealing with problems, never experiencing pain or sorrow, never moving through hard work. Making peace means recognizing that no matter what changes, transitions or decisions need to be made you can remain grounded, solid and calm in their hearts Anxiety does not have to be a way of life.

I guarantee if you implement the principles in this book on a daily basis…you will build anxiety resilience. When we can experience the snags of life through a place of peace rather than a place of anxiety…life is better. It just takes a daily practice of awareness, curiosity and compassion. Anxiety doesn’t have to have a choke hold on your life. You can make peace with it.

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non-fiction
self-help
psychology

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nancy-jane-smithBio//
Speaker and Stress Management Coach who teaches techniques to manage anxiety and stress, improve communication and mindfulness, and improve productivity by analyzing values and priorities.

Licensed professional counselor, Nancy Jane Smith, is an author and speaker on the topic of inner wellness and anxiety management. For eight years, she’s worked with individual clients and small groups, helping them get clear on their values and priorities through practical step-by-step processing.

With laid-back storytelling and quick humor, Nancy Jane demonstrates simple principles that help us uncover our needs, decrease negative self-talk, and improve our self-awareness of values and boundaries.

“There’s no secret way to do things right – but there are simple principles that can help us feel better, communicate better, and live happier. I provide ways to implement those principles, and ways to use them to meet challenges with more energy, more confidence, and clearer communication.”

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It all Starts with Awareness

Before you can make peace with your anxiety you need to start building awareness of your anxiety. Anxiety is a pesky little devil because it serves us well. Anxiety keeps us productive, ‘on-top of things’ and successful. At least that is what we tell ourselves. What if I told you that you could have all of those things with less anxiety? What if I told you that in reality your anxiety isn’t helping you at all? Anxiety is just keeping your brain busy…making your body unhealthy and leaving you feeling overwhelmed and overworked.

In this chapter, we will explore the main components of anxiety and the different identities it takes.

The first step in making peace with your anxiety is building awareness of it. Awareness means you start notice you anxiety triggers and responses.
what are your anxiety triggers. What causes your anxiety to flair up?
Feeling unworthy?
Feeling irresponsible?
Feeling lazy? A

What are your responses to anxiety?
Insomnia, physical pain, numbing out with food or alcohol …

Although many people have anxiety, how it manifests varies wildly. The following essays serve as a way for you to think about your anxiety in a different way and help you to start identifying your anxiety triggers and responses. As you start to notice how your anxiety manifests you can start defining anxiety for you and building in healthier responses to it.

That Nasty Voice In your Head

An anxiety sufferers constant companion are the negative thoughts, , that voice in the back of your head that says, “you are a terrible mom”, “you can’t do that”, “who do you think you are”, and on and on and on. It chimes at us throughout the day creating doubt, anxiety, depression, insecurity and overall stuckness.
Experts disagree on where this voice comes from theories range from it is your ego, your lizard brain, your limiting beliefs, even your parents limiting beliefs. You can call it your evil twin, gremlins, vampire, demons or as I like to say your monger. Regardless of how you refer to it–it is THERE and bottom line it is NOT HELPFUL. In fact, it is causing out and out damage.
A monger according to Merriam-Webster is:
“something who attempts to stir up or spread something that is usually petty or discreditable”.
And pretty much that is what our mongers are doing trying to get us to believe something that isn’t 100% true. It isn’t EVIL it isn’t out to get us it is just trying to make us believe something that isn’t 100% true. We can give 1,000 reasons as to why it is doing this: to keep us safe, to protect us from danger, because our parents, teachers, relatives or friends told it to. The WHY doesn’t really matter the point is that the monger acts out.

This series of essays introduces the concept of the monger and tips and tricks for taking the power away from your mean, anxiety provoking inner voice.

The Impossible Quest: Perfectionism

For many anxiety sufferers the quest for perfection is two fold. The quest itself causes us to feel more anxiety and the more anxious we feel the more we convince ourselves that doing it perfectly will ease the anxiety.

Perfection doesn’t exist. We KNOW this rationally and yet, we convince ourselves otherwise. We embrace the imperfections in nature and in our loved ones and yet in our own life…those same imperfections are something we know we can overcome with only a little more time, energy and effort.

We lose perspective that perfection isn’t actually possible that the striving for perfection becomes unhealthy and downright debilitating. The danger of perfectionism is that it serves as a barrier not only from those around us but also from our intuitive selves. By holding on to the belief that we CAN do it perfectly we continually strive for something that doesn’t exist. In an attempt to drive towards an impossible goal we can alienate ourselves and our loved ones.

Maintaining the illusion of perfection is the roller coaster ride from hell. There is never an end, never a victory, and there is always more to do. It is the ultimate chase of the ever moving carrot – because we are questing for something that doesn’t exist. It leaves us feeling anxious, exhausted, and unfulfilled.

Only when we can start to recognize our quest for perfection and the beauty in our imperfection can we start to jump off this never ending treadmill.

This collection of essays discusses the various forms the quest for perfect shows up in our lives and tips for building awareness and resilience for your perfection quest.

Foundational Principles for Peace

When it comes to making peace with your anxiety there are a few foundational principles, this collection of essays discusses these principles in detail. In order to make peace with your anxiety you have to learn how to Trust Yourself and trusting yourself starts with Knowing Your Values, Speaking your Needs and Setting Healthy Boundaries.

When we know our values we know what is most important to us so we can make decisions about relationships, careers, as well as every day interactions. When we can name the top five things we value we will know what ‘fits’ and what doesn’t ‘fit’ into our lives. The analogy I love for values is to think about a young baby tree. Young trees when they are first planted have a tendency to get blown down by the first strong wind. To keep them strong and healthy sometimes they need to be helped up with wires and posts. Eventually after they had developed a root system the trees were able to sway in the wind and not get blown down. Similar to the baby trees, if you aren’t living your life with a strong root system (value system) you have nothing guiding you, nothing holding you up and you are more likely to collapse under pressure. You have to rely on outside support, (e.g. alcohol, food, coffee) to build you up and keep you going. When you have a strong value system, you can sway with the pressures of life and not get beaten down. Because you are able to continually come back to your center – your values, you are better able to make choices that help you live happier and with less anxiety

One of the most common traits of someone with anxiety is they put there needs last. I want to remind you that your needs matter. Your thoughts, hope, dreams, desires are important. It is ok to ask. It is ok to be uncomfortable with asking. It is ok to let someone else struggle so they can meet your needs (they may even enjoy being able to help out). You don’t have to bend like Gumby to make sure everyone around you is happy.

Setting boundaries is absolutely necessary to making peace with anxiety. Until we can say no, tell someone to stop treating us poorly or admit we are overwhelmed anxiety will always be telling us to do more. The concept of setting boundaries can be a confusing one. We are taught to have curiosity about other people, to be compassionate about what they are dealing with so how can we then set a boundary which feels so cold and mean. Boundaries are a healthy part of life and are a definite challenge to set. As you practice setting them they can get easier, I promise.

The essays in this chapter will answer some of your questions about these foundational principles and provide some helpful hints for implementing them into your life

It doesn’t have to be painful: Meditation & Mindfulness

Meditation and mindfulness are an anxiety sufferer’s worst nightmare. Ask anyone who deals with anxiety what they hate the most and most likely the answer will be sitting still. The idea of a quiet room and the request to lie still for hours on end would make them run screaming for the hills.

And yet, stilling still is the BEST thing for anxiety. Sitting still is hands down the most powerful way to make peace with your anxiety.

The essays in this chapter discuss creative ways to start implementing meditation and mindfulness into your day.

Mindfulness does not have to mean sitting on the floor repeating OM an hour a day. Mindfulness means paying attention to your mind, body and spirit. Taking time each day to shut down the never ending conveyor belt of thoughts and just be present to what your body feels like.

Mindfulness gives you a break from the anxious mind and allows you to experience life without the never-ending to-do list. This space is necessary to start making peace with your anxiety.

Grievous Bodily Harm by Jane Bennett Munro

ImageA new administrator is hired to ease the transition when overcrowded and landlocked Perrine Memorial Hospital is bought out by a behemoth hospital system that covers much of the Pacific Northwest and promises to build a new hospital in Twin Falls. But Marcus Manning, a good ole boy with roots in Twin Falls, far from making anything easier, manages to earn the enmity of medical staff and employees alike as he ruthlessly goes about eliminating anyone who might oppose him in his quest to become not only CEO of Perrine Memorial, but CEO of the entire system.

Unwisely, he starts his campaign with pathologist Toni Day, who blows the whistle on Marcus’s twisted campaign of lies, blackmail and sexual abuse until the medical staff finally considers firing him, but is saved the trouble by someone with a more permanent solution … of cyanide.

Toni, as one of the prime suspects, is forced to solve the mystery of Marcus’s murder to keep herself out of jail, and as she delves further into the private lives of those involved in Marcus’s life, finds herself forced to kill in order to save her life and finally learn the truth.

About the author

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Jane Bennett Munro, M.D., is a hospital based pathologist who has been involved in forensic cases during the course of her thirty-five year career. She also spent 8 years on the Idaho State Board of Medicine and was chairman 1997-1999. Now semi-retired, she lives in Twin Falls, Idaho, where she enjoys music, gardening, scuba diving, and skiing. She is the author of Murder Under the Microscope, winner of an IPPY Award, and Too Much Blood..

The Other Side of the Meadow by Mira Stanislawska

image001Four Generation Saga Asks: What’s on ‘The Other Side’?

Spanning four generations of women, two world wars and the communist takeover of Poland, this epic novel begins in the early 1900s and proves an undeniable fact of life: True love never dies. The Other Side of the Meadow is a sweeping story of betrayal and fate, overlaid with undertones of paranormal intervention.

Emilia, Daisy, Bella and Fleur are four distinctive women living in different eras. Their lives cross a period of unsurpassed change in the world. As social customs, the political landscape, and technological changes forever rewrite history, these earth-shaking events are overshadowed by the freedoms evolving for the fairer sex.

The story begins when Emilia defies her father’s wishes to marry a wealthy man and ends with her great-granddaughter, Fleur. Each woman wears the same family cross that binds their fates together. Each woman exudes a passion for life and is a risk taker, determined to live life on her own terms. The Other Side of the Meadow is simply unforgettable.

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THE OTHER SIDE OF THE MEADOW (ISBN: 978-1-62516-124-6) is now available for $15.50 and can be ordered through the publisher’s website:

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About the Author: Born in Poland, Mira Stanislawska now lives in Melbourne, Australia. She founded Our Earth Foundation in Poland to run the ecological Clean up the World Campaign that originated in Australia. This book was inspired by stories told by elderly relatives.

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Cyberspace by Jeff w Horton

Cyberspace-Final-9-14-2012-SmallerAfter years of state-sponsored cyber attacks originating from outside the United States, cyber warfare analyst Nick Reynolds is appointed to lead a new U.S. Cyber Command task force. His team is charged with protecting the country’s military and civilian infrastructure, and restoring the United States to a position of technological leadership in cyber warfare.

When a cyber attack results in the deaths of over 100,000 Americans, Nick has to find who is responsible, protect the United States from an even more destructive cyber warfare attack.

Cybersp@ce is an intense, techno-thriller with Sci-Fi action, and a lesson about the relationship between trust, and fear.

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Good picture2Jeff Horton was born in North Dakota, the youngest son of a career Air Force master sergeant. A voracious reader growing up, he read the Bible, and stories by many popular authors including Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, H.G. Wells, Jules Verne, Edgar Rice Burroughs, Michael Crichton, Tom Clancy, C.S. Lewis, and J.R.R. Tolkien.

Jeff Horton’s novel, THE GREAT COLLAPSE-SURVIVORS OF THE PULSE, a story about the coming of the pulse and the end of civilization, was published in 2010. THE DARK AGE-SURVIVORS OF THE PULSE, the sequel to The Great Collapse, was published in 2011, as was THE LAST PROPHET, a fictitious story about the life of John March, one of the witnesses sent by God to warn humanity about the antichrist, and the end of days. Released on September 1, 2012, THE WAY OF NACOR:TALES OF EDEN is a tale about four children, who find themselves lost and stranded on a strange alien planet and struggle to find a way home. Jeff Horton’s fifth novel, entitled CYBERSP@CE, is a techno-thriller, in which the world is brought to the brink of nuclear war after a string of deadly cyber warfare attacks against the United States.

When he’s not penning his next novel, he enjoys reading, going to church, and spending time with his family. Jeff Horton is a member of the North Carolina Writers Network.

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Easy-Happy-Sexy by Linden Thorp

Aboriginal Tribal Leader mourning her Son is Plagued and Pursued by a Wicked White Ghost

image001Ninija is an Aboriginal tribal leader in mourning for her son, Ginger, who fell prey to alcohol and drug addiction, like so many of their people. Preparations are currently underway for his Burial ceremony, but as Ninija prepares for this most sacred of ceremonies, the white ghost Lumaluma, whom only she can see and hear, plagues her. Lumaluma desires Ninija to be his concubine, and relentlessly and lustily pursues her to that end.

As the twelve days of preparations continue for Ginger’s Burial ceremony, Ninija is continuously distracted from her duties by Lumaluma, who tries to tear her away from the pristine morals and natural goodness of traditional life. Seduced by his lavish gifts and lascivious attentions, she is intermittently torn out of her desert existence. In time, Ninija finds herself between two worlds; her Lands in the desert, known as the ‘Here-and-Now;’ and the so-called ‘civilized’ lands, which Ninija calls his ‘Easy-Happy-Sexy.’ For her, ‘Easy-Happy-Sexy’ is a spiritual wilderness where people live exclusively in their minds, consumed by a great fear of death and disease. This is Lumaluma’s world,.

Will Ninija finally find the strength to resist Lumaluma’s advances and bring him to justice? Will the wicked white-fella ghost pay the price for his bullying and lack of respect?

EASY-HAPPY-SEXY (ISBN: 978-1-62212-977-5) is now available for $17.95 and can be ordered through the publisher’s website: http://sbpra.com/LindenThorp or at http://www.amazon.com or http://www.barnesandnoble.com.

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Linden Thorp was born in Manchester, England in 1952 and is currently a university teacher in Japan specializing in Academic English. However, she has lived many other lives, which she now feels sufficiently wise to engage fully in the process of writing about. Easy-Happy-Sexy is her second novel and was inspired by the time she spent living with indigenous Australians in the South Australian desert.

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Honorable Intentions by Russell Jones

 

shadowHonorable Intentions is the odyssey of an American warrior who kept his eyes wide open and is willing to stand up and pull the veil away on what is really happening today in the War on Drugs.

Published by Hill Country Ink
ISBN: 978-0-578-09213-3
Available at Amazon, Barnes & Noble,
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About the Author: As an ocean sailor, combat helicopter pilot, police officer, narcotics detective, DEA task force officer, and intelligence operative, Russell Jones has experienced a life of adventure, risks, and struggles against man, machine, and nature. He served in Vietnam, Iran-Contra, and the War on Drugs, yet constantly questioned the policies that were taking the lives of those who were serving honorably.

 

 

 

Back cover 5Russell Jones holds Bachelor and Master degrees from the University of San Francisco. State and Federal courts have recognized him as an expert in the psychological and physiological effects of drugs and narcotics. He is frequently on TV and talk radio, and is often a quest lecturer at colleges, universities, and community service organizations across the nation.

Reviews:
“…mesmerizing…gripping…fast moving…” Joseph D. McNamara, Police Chief, San Jose, CA, Ret.
“Premier army aviator with whom I entrusted my life without question.” Gen. Frederick Kroesen, US Army, Ret.
“…journey of enlightenment…” Steven Downing, Deputy Chief Police, LAPD, Ret.
“…vast and hard hitting…” James Grey, Superior Court, Orange County, CA, Ret.

Honorable Intentions is the odyssey of an American warrior who kept his eyes wide open and is willing to stand up and pull the veil away on what is really happening today in the War on Drugs.

Published by Hill Country Ink
ISBN: 978-0-578-09213-3
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