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Darcy Daniels works hard for her perfect portrayal of success. She sells designer eye wear, her fashion is flawless, as well as her high-class social connections. Her apartment is shabby, however the zip code signifies status: Houston’s Uptown Galleria. On the outside, her lifestyle supports chic and exciting, but things are not always as they seem.
Underneath, Darcy shares a connection with those suffocating from insecurities and low self-esteem. Her world appears to be shrinking and is taking its toll. And Prince Charming? Where is he? The natural ending to all she has worked toward. How long can she maintain her fabricated charade?
Darcy’s insecurities hit an all-time low when dynamics heighten between her and the crusty, old apartment manager, whose is the master of intimidation. Pushing through her relentless self-doubt, Darcy stumbles upon a crack in the bitter old woman’s facade, which leaves both of them at a crossroads in their lives…and hearts.
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Chord Hamilton was six years old when he first laid eyes on her. She was frail and broken, fast becoming his best friend. Sarah Sutton was from the wrong side of the tracks, which Chord never seemed to care about. By high school, their love grew into something greater. Everyone knew their love was one of a lifetime. Until she disappeared. His heart never recovered. Six long years, he searched for her. Losing all hope of ever finding her, he made the decision to move on.
Sarah Sutton was unwanted, never loved and forgotten. She moves from town to town with her mother, as her father’s memory fades with each passing day. Her first day in a new school would change her life forever. She found love and acceptance in the most unusual of places, her best friends family. Falling in love with Chord was the easiest decision she ever made, one she would always stand by. She was devastated when her mother made her leave, with no warning and no goodbye’s.
Six years later, her eyes connect with the love she left behind. Now, will he understand why I must choose to stay? Will he destroy the life I’ve built from nothing? This is a love to last time, we just need to decide if our love is worth it all.
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Bikini Baristas is a tale of two scofflaws.
Dick Randall is the owner of a chain of bikini barista stands in the Seattle area. Clayton Johnson-White is a teenage kid who thinks he’s smarter than the rest of the world.
The story begins when Dick’s pickup truck is discovered burned-out in the California desert. What happened to him? Did he fake his death to escape his sleazy past or did the past catch up with him?
To get away from his trailer-trash life, Clayton drops out of school and runs away into the woods of Camano Island. He breaks into vacation homes and steals what he needs.
Private detective Catrina Flaherty is hired by Dick’s wife to find out how he disappeared. When she and her partner, Ted Higuera, start turning over stones, some shocking things come crawling out.
Ted’s best friend, Chris Hardwick, has his first case as a grownup lawyer. He is assigned the Clayton Johnson-White file. He expects to do a quick plea-bargain and get on with his life. Instead, he finds Clayton has evolved into a professional criminal who teaches himself to fly, steals airplanes and goes on a nationwide crime spree. Chris, Ted and Cat are intertwined on a case that takes on international proportions.
What do these two cases have in common? In the end, they come together with the force of two colliding freight trains.
“Everyone will benefit from reading Lorna’s book.”
—Connie Barrick, Local Sales Manager KSVI/KHM
“It is a treasured gift of wisdom.”
—Nancy Mills, Founder/Creator The Spirited Woman
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“Lose the Baggage, Lose the Weight: a woman-to-woman recipe for life is not only a tool to help you look and become healthier and happier; it is one courageous woman’s journey from the ‘outside in!’ Poignant and powerful!”
—Joan Bryden, host of the syndicated show “Turn of the Page.”
Baggage: We all have it. From the time we take our first steps, our experiences, our families, our friends, and acquaintances all help to determine the paths we take and the person we become. As we pack our virtual suitcase, we sometimes fold in some heavy burdens. If the load is getting heavy, it is time to open up the bag and see what’s in there. Lose the Baggage, Lose the Weight, is a book about using your life and your experiences to create positive change.
Whether you are struggling with a difficult time in your life, a weight problem or an addiction, this is the book for you. The exercises and information provided will help you make positive changes in your life. Changes that will last a lifetime.
“This is a great story with breathtaking action, captivating and well-developed characters and a huge conflict. The protagonist is a young woman who is entrusted with a powerful gift and it is interesting how she grows to accept and to take responsibility of her gifts. Readers will love the way she is created as a character — not as all-powerful, but a flawed character. She suffers because of the power of what she carries and readers easily learn to feel for and care about her. I love stories with well-developed conflict, where lives are at stake, but balancing conflict with realism is a rare gift and Mike Shelton has it. TruthStone has great pacing, and is shrewdly plotted and well balanced.” – Romuald Dzemo at Readers’ Favorite
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One little lie won’t hurt, will it?
When fifteen year old Shaeleen unexpectedly is given a TruthStone, every lie she hears or tells causes her immense physical pain. As she struggles to control her new power and curb the pain, she learns a powerful truth that could thrust an entire continent into civil war. She must choose: reveal the truth and stop the pain – or sacrifice her own well-being to protect her kingdom.
For two hundred years the five kingdoms of Wayland have been protected by the stones of power. Now those stones are failing and a darker power is trying to take control. With the help of her brother, Cole and a newfound friend, Orin, Shaeleen sets out to gather and restore the power of all the stones.
But will she succeed before the endless lies destroy her?
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Quest to the Unknown revolves around up-and-coming Dutch reporter Jessie Golden, ready for her first holiday with business mogul and playboy Carlos Gomez, with whom she is engaged in a budding romance. Her journey begins when she finds a folder full of information on a mysterious woman named Nancy and her son Paul, leading her to an unexpected quest. Soon thereafter Jessie is confronted with a series of unexplainable supernatural occurrences. She realizes there is no such thing as coincidence, although she can’t unravel the true meaning of her quest nor her link to Nancy and her son.
At the same time Jessie believes Carlos’ father has ties with some questionable characters. Startled by a series of unexpected events she reaches out to Ed Turner, Carlos’ right-hand man. In order to protect the one she truly loves, Jessie starts an investigation that points to the murky world of the mob. When a stranger is constantly following her, Jessie’s life is in serious danger. Can the ones she implicitly confides in, still be trusted?
The first part of the Jessie Golden 21st Century Earth Series, introduces the main characters of the saga in an intriguing story of exceptional mother love, the far reaching consequences of choices in life, genuine feelings, blind faith and brutal deception, set in a multitude of countries in today’s fast moving business world.
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I nestled in a tomb for a womb. I was trapped, held captive, listless, apathetic, even before I was born. That’s how it felt to be conceived out of deceit, lust, and sexual abuse. I walked around for quite awhile as a child and as an adult, feeling repulsive, loathsome, like a disease. I was spawned in darkness my mother’s secret, vile sin. I was my mother’s entrapment. She was obliviously unaware that she could get pregnant, that she could get caught. My mother was numb, robotic, trying to figure out how to get out of an impossible situation. Slivers of ice pierced my little soul. It was impossible to feel safe knowing she wanted to get rid of me, a parasite, feeding off her body. How could she convince her husband that he was the father of her baby?
Her sexual addiction and perversion created this horrible predicament. She was pregnant by her fifteen year old lover, who was fatherless, with a mother that was incapable of taking care of her children, living in poverty and despair. She had to convince her husband that this child from the border of Mexico needed a chance to have a good life without letting him know that he would be taking this teenage boy to Indiana who was the father to his wife’s baby. My mother was bipolar, mentally ill, a sociopath that not only got pregnant by my fifteen year old father but went on to abuse me in every way imaginable.
This is my story. People have a hard time believing that women, especially mothers who are supposed to protect their children can be molesters, and pedophiles but my mother was one. I am not only telling my story for my own recovery, exposing the sins of the mothers in our family, but to help others to see that if this happened to them, they are not alone and they can recover and have healthy, reasonably happy lives and help others in their journeys to wholeness.