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Finding Happiness In The Dark

Finding Happiness In The Dark is an insightful self-help book with actionable tools and pragmatic tips that will help readers find their genuine self and discover authentic happiness. The book covers issues such as depression and other mental illnesses in a raw and real way. What I found compelling was the way in which the author does not shy away from these difficult topics, but instead faces them down with information, experience, and sober guidance. Author Kenneth Liddane shares his own experiences while putting the focus on the overall human experience. The book doesn’t just focus on mental health struggles but rather on the journey we call life and the fact that we are faced with constant ups and downs.

Liddane’s knowledge and experience as a holistic counselor and mind coach shows in his writing and in his thoughtful approach to helping others. The author dives into the conscious and subconscious mind, perception, and concepts that are crucial in psychology but also crucial in understanding ourselves and the people around us. Liddane helps readers to identify obstacles, both internal and external, that effect us negatively and provides ways to overcome them.

This is an inspiring book and the author’s writing makes the text feel like you are speaking to a sympathetic life coach. I appreciated how concise this book is, wasting no time to dive deep into topics, but what I really appreciated about this book was how easy it is to understand.

The author states that the ultimate goal of this book is to provide knowledge and support so that anyone can learn to accept all aspects of themselves. Once you can accept all aspects of yourself you can gain a greater understanding of your own subconscious mind, and learn to work with it instead of against it.

Finding Happiness In The Dark is an enlightening guide that will help readers reach their full potential. This book can be a powerful tool for readers who struggle with with negative thoughts, and struggle with finding happiness.

Pages: 112 | ASIN: B09BW1LX16

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A Book That Anyone Could Use

D. Terrence Foster Author Interview

The Stress Book teaches people how to mitigate stress levels before they become overwhelming, and when it does how to recover. Why was this an important book for you to write?

At about the start of 2020, the coronavirus pandemic was gradually taking over our lives. At that time, I was doing videos for my YouTube channel about how best to deal with the virus. One of those videos was about stress. It generated a lot of interest and comments and what I called or considered a desire of many people wanting more information about stress. So I decided to write a book that helps people deal with stress in difficult times. As I got further into writing this book, I decided as an author to follow the leads presented to me during the writing process. My focus then became not so much to write a book for the pandemic but rather a book that anyone could use regardless of the time of their life or whatever they are going through.

It was vital for me to write a book that was comprehensive, practical, easy to read and understand where the readers would be able to benefit from whatever information I provided to them. So, although the topic of stress can be very complex and very detailed, I try to present the information in a conversational form that makes it relevant and straightforward for the average person to understand.

Part of my life’s journey is to do whatever I can, however small, to help other people’s lives better. That’s what I want to do, and I hope that this book will help.

What is a common misconception you feel people have about stress?

Most people, when they consider stress see it as something or a condition that you get out of when things start going wrong or when you are unable to cope effectively with life challenges. Now, that may be true in part. In fact, forming the basis of most stress management plans and protocols, where ideas or concepts are often centered around how we manage the stress we are experiencing in our lives.

The greatest challenge for most people is understanding that the vast majority of stress we face has to deal with life issues. Therefore, the prevention and anticipation of what are some of the likely causes or the triggers or factors that lead to stressful situations are often more important than how we manage stress. The critical point here is that the emphasis should be on how do we prevent stress, how do we create a life where we can anticipate, and make life decisions that allow us to live in an environment where there is less stress because we are taking the right and appropriate step to prevent things from getting out of hand or becoming stressful. If you can prevent or reduce stressful situations before they are manifested, we are much farther along having a less stressful life than trying to find solutions to manage those conditions before they develop.

What do you hope is one thing readers take away from your book?

The main thing is that we have control over the vast majority of things that happen in our lives. Unfortunately, a significant number of people believe that they are powerless and have no control or very limited control over the things that happen to them. We have the power to impact our lives more than anyone else can. If we understand and accept that, we can prevent or reduce many stressful events that may happen to us without that acceptance. If we all understand how much power we have individually and collectively, we can accomplish so much, not only with respect to stress in our lives but often some of the other challenges that we face as an individual, family, or a country.

What is the next book that you are working on and when will it be available?

The Stress Book 40+ Ways to Manage Stress & Enjoy Your Life is a book filled with practical and useful actions. It is not a book you just read and put away and never get to again. Many books are like that; when you read them, you enjoy them, you say it’s really a good read, but then you never, in most instances, go back to them.

This book is filled with ideas. One of the things that I will do is to create a workbook that people will be able to utilize along with this book and be able to apply some of the practical things that it contains, a guidebook if you will, that is more practically driven.

The second thing I will do is write a book about a new relationship-mental-disorder that I introduced in The Stress Book. This disorder is called Abstract Kidnapping Disorder – AKD. I believe this will be helpful to many in creating better relationships and hopefully reducing toxic ones. As an author, there are always so many amazing and unique thoughts that go through the mind as we try to bring the creative energy that we all experience to reality.

I hope to release the guidebook later this year and the book about ADK in the fall of 2023.

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Are you or someone you know and honestly care about experiencing so much stress in life that it is so overwhelming? And maybe, the feeling that life is over seems inevitable? Or are you or that person trying desperately to avoid that condition? Well, look no further!
This best-selling multiple award-winning book takes a comprehensive approach to stress management & prevention and how modifying our lifestyles and taking practical steps can significantly reduce the stress level we are experiencing.
More than forty approaches to stress reduction, management, and prevention are covered in this book, giving you practical guidance applicable to most lives’ issues and circumstances. This book will help people struggling with challenging situations. For example, those who work in stressful jobs are involved in difficult personal or toxic relationships and many others. More importantly, it helps people from getting involved in these and other difficult situations and therefore prevents or reduces stress before it is manifested.

New Concepts: This book also provides you with many opportunities to simplify the management and prevention of stress by using a new acronym: S.T.R.E.S.S, which allows incorporating any of the forty-plus actions. You are also provided with practical ideas, solutions, and options that, when used, are likely to result in the reduction or prevention of stress.

You will also be introduced to a “new relationships (particularly toxic ones) mental disorder called Abstract Kidnapping Disorder – A.K.D.” This is associated with the termination of relationships.
This book is intended to significantly improve people’s lives at any level of society who may be experiencing stress in their personal, business, or professional lives. I trust that it will make a difference in yours. Thank you for taking the journey to improve stress in your life and reading this book

Fiction Rooted In Reality

Jacob Paul Patchen Author Interview

No Pistol Tastes the Same follows a military veteran who is struggling with PTSD as he tries to repair his relationship his son, his wife amid earths impending doom. What was the inspiration for the setup to your story?

As a veteran who has battled the effects of PTSD and had friends who lost that battle, it was important for me to write a story that confronted the topic. I think PTSD is something worthy of a tale like this, fiction rooted in reality, to bring awareness, change, understanding, and maybe even hope to those affected by its symptoms.

Sergeant JP Grimm is an intriguing and well developed character. What were some driving ideals behind his character’s development?

I think JP has a lot of myself in him. While a lot of my characters do, I think for JP, I really wanted the reader to see the mental struggle that plagues someone with PTSD. At the surface, he is a self-destructing character who is also destroying the one thing he cares so much about: his family. But on a deeper level, we can see the inner-workings of a tormented man, husband, and father that wants to fight his fight alone and his way, not passing his burden on to the ones he loves. But in his stubbornness to stand in the fire alone, ultimately, it’s his family that gets burned.

What were some themes that were important for you to explore in this book?

The mental struggle that comes with PTSD. The destructive phases that were prevalent in my own struggles with PTSD and alcoholism. The metaphor of PTSD being this slow-burn, apocalyptic disaster that if left unchecked can truly destroy the world you’re living in. Humanity. The bond and strength of family. The stigma that tough men often face when it comes to mental health and the barriers that get in the way of them seeking help.

What can readers expect in book two of your PTSD Disaster series?

Book 2 will see the characters trying to survive in their new apocalyptic world. We’ll see healing and hurting. PTSD still ravaging the Grimm family, but in ways the reader may not have expected. The reader will also see the darker side of PTSD (formed from my own thoughts and experiences) where JP and Sgt. Grimm will teeter on the edge of becoming this viscous beast bent on protecting his family at all costs and the loving, caring, funny, personable human being he once was before the war.

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JP’s pistol tastes like bourbon.

Sergeant JP Grimm didn’t pull the trigger. Now his Marine brothers are dead. All victims of a child in a suicide vest…a child that resembled Sgt. Grimm’s very own. But how are you supposed to take a child’s life? How can you kill someone that looks just like your own son?

Those same hazel eyes he saw in his scope continue to haunt him long after he left the desert death lands as he tries to reconnect with his son, Adin. JP battles another war at home against PTSD and the worthless, dejected thoughts that he is the reason his friends are dead. His wife, Lisa, struggles to let her stubborn husband work it out on his own terms. She does all she can to give him space, support, and strength—but her love can only go so far.

As the world shows signs of impending doom from a weakening magnetic field and flaring sun, JP, too, shows signs of his own impending doom. After pushing everyone away, JP must face his nightmares to restore his relationship with his son, save his marriage, and save himself before the modern world burns out in a fiery, electromagnetic disaster.

Andrew’s Awesome Adventures with His ADHD Brain 

Children with ADHD fight battles most of us will never understand. Each day finds them experiencing a constant barrage of thoughts, all competing to find their way to the forefront. Parents and teachers alike can benefit from truly listening to a child’s account of an average day living with ADHD, especially Inattentive Subtype. The Inattentive Subtype of ADHD is a prevalent but often not recognized. Andrew is a child living with ADHD, and his journal-style account of his life is the focus of his mother’s book. Kristin M. Wilcox’s book describes both the child’s and the parent’s experience with this incredibly challenging disorder.

Andrew’s Awesome Adventures with His ADHD Brain is a unique account of a family’s understanding of the disorder that is a part of their day-to-day lives. Wilcox artfully divides the book into two main parts–one from her son’s perspective and one from her own. She has handed parents and teachers a thorough look at what a child hears each day as he tries to focus and time and time again loses sight of the last thought he had as easily as he breathes.

I more than appreciated Andrew’s perspective. As a teacher, I have seen many students over the years fighting their own inner battles. Only those who live with ADHD know the inner banter, and Andrew’s very thorough commentary allows readers to gain a true understanding of the chaos that can ensue and the emotional toll ADHD can take on the entire family. This is a must-read for any parent of a child with ADHD.

Wilcox manages to give readers a guide that is not only informative but simple to read. There is nothing worse than actively seeking information on a topic only to find the resources dry, boring, and incredibly difficult to understand. Wilcox bypasses all of those issues and hands readers valuable information on one of the least understood types of ADHD. I found the Wilcox family’s story to be immensely helpful in the elementary classroom. Wilcox’s appendices are a wonderful resource for families and educators. This easy-to-follow list of questions and answers regarding symptoms and signs is especially beneficial to families and educators.

I highly recommend Andrew’s Awesome Adventures with His ADHD Brain to any parent who has a child dealing with the symptoms of ADHD. Schools would benefit greatly by adding this to their teachers’ resource rooms or to their recommended reading lists. This is the book families and teachers have needed for decades.

Pages: 114 | ISBN: 195735402X

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Serenity (the Blood Moon Prince) by Kya Wolf follows Kain Raingel who is a battle-tested prisoner of war and has survived what seemed to be a lifetime of torture. However, he is haunted not only by his mysterious magical past but also the memories of the previous years of his existence. Just when Kain begins to heal and learns how to love again, his new companions are taken hostage. Now he must find the strength to confront the villain who tormented him while also risking his memories, otherwise, the people he holds dear will perish.

Author Kya Wolf’s writing will transport readers to a new realm that is filled with fascinating characters and intriguing magic. The author’s writing style will captivate readers and immerse them in this enchanting story with her vivid descriptions.

The characters are well developed and I began to relate to Kain’s character the most. The author flawlessly integrates mental health issues in the novel. They feel authentic and seems like it’s coming from a place of understanding. All of this is delivered within a riveting fantasy novel that never forgets to entertain the reader.

The story moves at a steady pace, allowing the reader to fully grasp the plot. The magic portrayed in the story steadily builds along with the level of intrigue. The magical fights in this book were some of my favorite scenes in the story and I wanted more of them. They were kinetic and simply fun to read.

The grounded but engaging dialogue between characters helps the story move along and provides just enough information to the reader. The author does an excellent job of showing the reader rather then telling and her descriptive prowess delivers some breathtaking scenes that readers will enjoy.

Serenity is an action filled young adult fantasy story with a unique voice and a heartfelt approach to mental health. I look forward to reading the next book in this series as this truly does feel like just the beginning to something that is sure to be an epic fantasy adventure.

Pages: 263 | ASIN: B095JDWZTT

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Healing Yesterday’s Tears

Author Kyli Santiago’s life is one from which we can all learn. Fortunately, she has shared much of her experience with readers in the form of poetry. Santiago’s poems cover every topic, from depression to single motherhood. Within Santiago’s work, there is a prominent theme of overcoming adversity and bouncing back time and time again from situations that would break the strongest among us.

Healing Yesterday’s Tears, by Kyli Santiago, is eye-opening on many levels. First, I appreciated the real and raw emotions conveyed through her verse. Reading Santiago’s poetry is like looking through the window to her soul. Second, I found her words to be powerful and moving. The poems addressing depression explore truly dark and hurtful places, but Santiago always manages to show readers her own path toward hope. Many readers who are seeking words of encouragement will find her work difficult to read but inspiring all the same.

There is no better place to find a shining example of self-discovery than Santiago’s work. She leaves nothing to the imagination and provides highly relatable situations, including deception in relationships and sexually violent experiences. Her work gives hope to readers and shows them that the most adverse conditions can be overcome.

Santiago always leaves readers feeling strengthened and emboldened to meet obstacles head-on. I highly recommend Santiago’s work to anyone looking for the inspiration to love themselves again. Readers will appreciate the openness displayed in Santiago’s work. Learning through adversity is one of the most challenging processes, but Santiago has mastered it–we are fortunate she has been led to share her experiences with the world.

Healing Yesterday’s Tears: An Inspiring Poetry Book about Overcoming Emotion and Discovering Love of Self is a beautifully written book of poetry that contains some triggering situations related to suicide and intimate relationships, but each poem paves a path filled with strength and hope for readers.

Pages: 77 | ASIN : B09GNTJGKX

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No Pistol Tastes the Same

Sgt. Grimm (J.P) opts to serve his country. Away from his family, he takes solace in the camaraderie of his fellow Marines, including Joey, his best friend. But it all goes wrong when Grimm loses his friend and other men he could have saved if he had acted faster. The patriotic soldier later returns from the war into the arms of his wife, son, and grandparents. But burdened by guilt and haunted by the bombs, blood, and deaths from the war, Grimm is not the same man he was when he left home. And his new demons threaten to tear apart everything and everyone he calls home. The question is, will he let them?

Although its curious title doesn’t give this away, No Pistol Tastes The Same is a gripping novel on post-traumatic stress disorder among veterans. It peels away the layers of unfamiliarity and reveals the deeply disturbing and lingering effects war has on the minds and lives of those who fight in it.

This story reminds me of why storytelling is a powerful tool to evoke empathy. Author Jacob Paul Patchen’s writing successfully transports readers into his main character’s reality, making an unfamiliar situation seem like a shared reality. Patchen is also great with imagery as he improves the reading experience with evocative descriptions of settings.

The story is delivered with the elegance and precision of a true wordsmith. Make no mistake, there aren’t flowery words or unclear metaphors. Instead, readers feel the total weight of a narrative cobbled with tools whose sophistication is in their cultured simplicity. The writing is so good that it strikes the heart where it matters in many places, ensuring that you feel the raw emotions being communicated. Altogether, the story is free-flowing, mainly punctuated by the moments of reflection and concern it triggers.

No Pistol Tastes the Same is a captivating war novel dealing with life after returning from war. The plot is pretty straightforward but excellently executed. The characters are relatable and make readers care about this remarkable story.

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Posttraumatic Stress Is Very Common

Dr. Peter Salerno Author Interview

Fit for Off-Duty is a self-help book targeted at firefighters but is a useful resource for anyone dealing with PTSD and their families. Why was this an important book for you to write?

Having been raised by a firefighter, and having a brother who is a firefighter, I experienced the impact that work-related trauma exposure had on my family members and how even subtle changes in thought, feeling, and behavior impact the family system. This book was inspired by that as well as the thousands of first responders I treat in my practice, and I wanted to offer a resource that could help first responders and their families make sense of some of the conflicts that arise as a result of traumatic stress.

What is a common misconception you feel people have about PTSD?

That it is not common. Posttraumatic stress is very common, not just in first responders, but within the general population. People refer to it as many other things, but we certainly underestimate how many people are living in survival mode as a result of unresolved traumatic stress.

What do you hope is one thing readers take away from your book?

I hope the book will help people give themselves permission to heal from the unnecessary suffering that posttraumatic stress causes.

What is the next book that you are working on and when will it be available?

I published a Law Enforcement version of the Fit For Off-Duty book which is currently available on Amazon, and I will be publishing another self-help/self-improvement book that is aimed more toward the general population that will be available sometime in May or June of this year.

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Every firefighter is a trauma survivor. Even veteran firefighters may not realize this. But constant exposure to traumatic events takes a serious toll. The body is affected, so is the nervous system, and so are the firefighter’s personal relationships. Off-duty days can become something to dread rather than look forward to. It doesn’t need to be this way. This book— written by a trauma therapist from a firefighter family—is a definitive manual for healing from trauma exposure for those who serve in the fire service and for those who love them. Feeling fit, healthy and unburdened by the effects of trauma can be a short-term therapeutic process. And there are steps firefighters can take on their own, immediately. This book is a good place to start.
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