Book Review Mothering Through Bipolar

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CoverTitle: Mothering Through Bipolar

Author: Rebecca Moore

Genre: Memoir

Rating: A+

Mothering Through Bipolar is Rebecca’s journey of living with Bipolar Disorder while raising a family of seven children. She takes her readers on an adventure through depression, mania, legal issues, relationship problems and other difficulties. Rebecca offers her readers encouragement, comfort and support; always with a message of hope.

It’s hard to put into words how much I enjoyed this book. Every mother, suffering from bipolar disorder or not, should read it. In the first place it’s a book about being a woman, being a mother, about getting through depression, mania, broken relationships, about picking up one’s life when one has been kicked down over and over again. The book is very personal, and I almost felt an intruder for reading. It obviously took a lot of courage for the author to write this down, which I deeply appreciate. If you know a friend or family member who suffers from bipolar disorder, or you suffer from it yourself, I highly recommend this book.

Promo Post Trespass

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About the Book

166_0.218591001427739589_tp_cv_hr Title: Trespass

Author: Mikey Campling

Genre: Science Fiction / Fantasy

Three stories, separated by five thousand years, united by one deadly secret:

Somewhere, sometime, the stone is waiting.

Trespass combines gritty, edgy modern-day action with a thrilling adventure across time. Discovered over 5,000 years ago, the Darkeningstone affects everyone who finds it.

Jake was too smart to believe the rumours about Scaderstone Pit, but now he’s in more danger than he could ever have imagined.

In 1939, as World War II looms, the lives of two men will be changed forever.

Over 5,000 years ago, a hermit will keep the stone a secret. But someone is watching him – someone with murder in his heart.

When it finds you, what will you see when you look into The Darkeningstone?

 

Author Bio

Mikey grew up in North Yorkshire, but he refuses to be classified according to Northern stereotypes, which is just the sort of bloody-minded attitude you’d expect from a Yorkshireman.  During his first day at school, he discovered the wondrous world that is The Book Corner, and he has never really left it.

He now lives in Devon, on the edge of the wilds of Dartmoor, with his wife, two children, and a black Labrador called Lottie who will only bark when she’s asleep. And lots and lots of books.

You can find out more on Mikey’s website: mikeycampling.com

You can also get two free books, free audio stories and free artwork by joining his mailing list at: mikeycampling.com/giveaway

Links

http://mikeycampling.com/

Amazon: http://amzn.to/1HasOec

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Author Interview for Mothering Through Bipolar

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Today’s post is an interview with Rebecca Moore, author of non-fiction / memoir “Mothering Through Bipolar”.

Q:How long have you been writing?
I started my blog about four years now and then went on to publishing Mothering Through Bipolar.

Q: What was the most challenging part about writing “Mothering Through Bipolar“? 
Digging deep and admitting a lot of the feelings I had at the time. I had to pick apart my strengths and weaknesses and that was hard as a mother.

Q:What is your favorite part of being an author?
Being able to help others who are living with a mental illness.

Q:Is this book part of a series? Or is it a stand-alone? 
I would say it’s a series of memoirs. My story never ends as someone living with a mental illness. 

Q: Do you have any works in progress you’re working on?
“Embracing Madness”, my memoir of being a child with a mental illness, growing up in a family who didn’t believe in mental illness is due out in late summer. 

About the Book

CoverTitle: Mothering Through Bipolar

Author: Rebecca Moore

Genre: Memoir

Mothering Through Bipolar is Rebecca’s journey of living with Bipolar Disorder while raising a family of seven children. She takes her readers on an adventure through depression, mania, legal issues, relationship problems and other difficulties. Rebecca offers her readers encouragement, comfort and support; always with a message of hope.

Author Bio

Author PhotoRebecca Moore has been diagnosed with everything from Postpartum Depression to Bipolar Disorder. Rebecca enjoys writing about surviving her journey through mental health and likes to help others who have been there as well. She is a strong Mental Health Advocate for parents living with mental illness. Rebecca is also the CEO of her nonprofit organization, Bipolar Parenting Foundation. She also runs a column on PsychCentral called Bipolar Parenting. Rebecca lives in Northeastern Pennsylvania with her husband and seven children.

“We must break down the wall of shame society has built for us” – Rebecca Moore in Mothering Through Bipolar

 

Links

http://embracingmadness.com/

https://www.facebook.com/rebeccamooreauthor

https://twitter.com/authorRmoore

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Author Interview Mothering Through Bipolar Tour

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Today I’m interviewing Rebecca Moore, author of non-fiction / memoir “Mothering Through Bipolar”. I hope you enjoy the interview!

Q:How long have you been writing?
I started my blog about four years now and then went on to publishing Mothering Through Bipolar.

Q: What was the most challenging part about writing “Mothering Through Bipolar”? 
Digging deep and admitting a lot of the feelings I had at the time. I had to pick apart my strengths and weaknesses and that was hard as a mother.

Q:What is your favorite part of being an author?
Being able to help others who are living with a mental illness.

Q:Is this book part of a series? Or is it a stand-alone? 
I would say it’s a series of memoirs. My story never ends as someone living with a mental illness.

Q: Do you have any works in progress you’re working on?
“Embracing Madness”, my memoir of being a child with a mental illness, growing up in a family who didn’t believe in mental illness is due out in late summer.

About the Book

CoverTitle: Mothering Through Bipolar

Author: Rebecca Moore

Genre: Memoir

Mothering Through Bipolar is Rebecca’s journey of living with Bipolar Disorder while raising a family of seven children. She takes her readers on an adventure through depression, mania, legal issues, relationship problems and other difficulties. Rebecca offers her readers encouragement, comfort and support; always with a message of hope.

Author Bio

Author PhotoRebecca Moore has been diagnosed with everything from Postpartum Depression to Bipolar Disorder. Rebecca enjoys writing about surviving her journey through mental health and likes to help others who have been there as well. She is a strong Mental Health Advocate for parents living with mental illness. Rebecca is also the CEO of her nonprofit organization, Bipolar Parenting Foundation. She also runs a column on PsychCentral called Bipolar Parenting. Rebecca lives in Northeastern Pennsylvania with her husband and seven children.

“We must break down the wall of shame society has built for us” – Rebecca Moore in Mothering Through Bipolar

 

Links

http://embracingmadness.com/

https://www.facebook.com/rebeccamooreauthor

https://twitter.com/authorRmoore

Buy Mothering Through Bipolar:

Amazon:     Amazon

Barnes and Noble:    B&N

Book Review Stowaway: Curse of the Red Pearl

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Title: Stowaway: Curse of the Red Pearl

Author: Tracy Fobes

Genre: Horror/Thriller

Rating: A

Set on stormy seas during the early nineteenth century, Stowaway: Curse of the Red Pearl features a unique plot revolving around a classic adventure that quickly becomes supernatural horror.

In Stowaway: Curse of the Red Pearl, Kit Cabot is being groomed to take over his family’s shipping fortune in 1808 Boston, Massachusetts.  While Kit yearns for the approval of his father, he finds the day-to-day operations of the family business incredibly boring.

Determined to do something more with his life, and attracted to the seafaring life of his uncle, Kit decides to stowaway on his uncle’s ship.  But instead of being swept up in the life of adventure and romance he always imagined, Kit finds himself subjected to harsh 1800’s maritime conditions and another stowaway with a sinister mission of its own.

Stowaway: Curse of the Red Pearl combines high sea adventure with dark horror, and paints a world filled with both mundane and otherworldly dangers.  It builds a claustrophobic sense of supernatural terror as Kit and his friends are forced to deal with the dangers of nature and an unknown horror possessing the ship.

An adventure on the high seas with one supernatural event after the other. Kit is an interesting character. He’s determined to make more of his life, and to be more than ordinary, so he signs up as a stowaway on his uncle’s ship. Unfortunately it’s far from the dream life he imagined, but when his uncle starts acting strange thanks to a mysterious orb, it’s up to Kit and the other crew members to save him from the orb’s mystical influence. But the thing hiding in the orb seems to have its own agenda…

The story is imaginative, the writing is great, and the pacing is fast. It’s a delightful horror story that fans of historical fiction will definitely enjoy, since it combines history and horror. While I wouldn’t say I was terrified, it does have its moments.

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Release Reflected (Mirrorland #2) by Majanka Verstraete

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About the Book

ReflectedTitle: Reflected (Mirrorland #2)

Author: Majanka Verstraete

Genre: Young Adult, Paranormal Mystery, Romance, Dark Fantasy

When Alison was stuck in Mirrorland, all she wanted was to be alive again. Now she’s gotten her revenge by inhabiting Piper’s body and trapping her behind the mirror. But pretending to be Piper is more difficult than she imagined it would be.

On top of that, the borders between Mirrorland and the real world are crumbling. Danger abounds, demons appear in high school, and if wasn’t for the help of a new mysterious guy, Alison might not have escaped. But there’s more to this guy than meets the eye, and she’s determined to find out what, especially since it might be related to her own supernatural problems.

Meanwhile, Piper tries to convince the Horseman of Death to help her return to her own world, but he’s got his own hidden agenda, which may cause more serious risks. Can Piper find a way to restore the balance before both worlds collide?

Author Bio

Majanka VerstraeteMajanka Verstraete begged her Mom to teach her how to read while she was still in kindergarten. By the time she finished fifth grade, she had read through the entire children’s section of her hometown library.

She wrote her first story when she was seven years old, and hasn’t stopped writing since. With an imagination that never sleeps, and hundreds of possible book characters screaming for her attention, writing is more than a passion for her.

She writes about all things supernatural for children of all ages. She’s tried to write contemporary novels before, but something paranormal always manages to crawl in.

Majanka is currently studying for her Master of Laws degree, and hopes one day to be able to combine her passions for law and writing. When she’s not writing, reading or studying, she likes watching “The Vampire Diaries” and “Game of Thrones,” spending time with her friends, or playing “World of Warcraft.”

Links

Twitter- https://twitter.com/iheartreads

Facebook- https://www.facebook.com/pages/Majanka-Verstraete/398570476832115

Website- http://majankaverstraete.com/

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25162121-reflected

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Giveaway

Win a $15 Amazon gift card during the release!

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Book Review Bai Tide

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Title: Bai Tide

Author: Erika Mitchell

Genre: Espionage Thriller

Rating: A

After the events of Blood Money, CIA case officer Bai Hsu is assigned to a high-security private school for what he’s told is an easy assignment. Just a few months after he arrives, a hostile operative with ties to North Korea tries to break in to a school event, with motives unknown.

As his investigation progresses, he unravels a plot that, if not stopped, will result in the untimely and murderous deaths of tens of millions of people.

Bai Tide is Bai’s greatest challenge yet. A mission that will take him from the windswept beaches of San Diego to a whiteout blizzard in the foothills of Pyongyang, and make him question everything he thought he knew about working in the field…and about himself.

Bai Hsu is a relative newbie when it comes to espionage. He’s not as well-trained as James Bond, nor a lady killer, but he does know his way around. And even though he might still be a little green, he knows how to kick ass. The book is filled with action sequences, from chasing scenes to fight to undercover works to just about everything you can think of in a spy thriller! The book has a rather large cast of characters, larger than I’m used to from thrillers, but they all add something to the plot.

The plot itself isn’t straightforward either, in fact it manages to mislead the reader quite a few times. The writing impressed me too – writing action scenes isn’t always easy, and Erika Mitchell does an amazing job.

Cover Reveal Breaking Silence

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Title: Breaking the Silence

Author: Diamante Lavendar

Genre: Women’s Fiction

Based on a true story, a new novel from Diamante Lavendar. Joan Eastman was born like any other girl. However her life would prove to be a life of great pain… Growing up, she was treated differently by family members, powerless to defend herself against their sexual and psychological abuse. Feeling she had been dealt a wicked hand by the “powers that be”, she spiraled into substance abuse and troubled relationships. She became a victim of addiction and self-hatred. Not giving up, she becomes aware of a greater spiritual being that protects her and she begins to heal. Then she finds herself pregnant. She learns to understand nothing is hopeless; that with a changed view and self discovery, there is real hope in every situation, no matter how difficult. As she and her husband look forward to the birth of their child, she writes in her diary as a way of expelling all of the evil memories. On bed rest for the duration of her pregnancy, she endures tests and tribulations that at first she couldn’t begin to understand. But no matter how high the hurdles in Joan’s life are, she doesn’t look back, and pulls the pieces of her life together…for herself and her unborn child. This inspirational story speaks of Joan’s gradual self acceptance and healing of her body, mind and spirit. It speaks of the possibilities of the future and the fulfillment of the dream of love and family. And it speaks of jumping the hurdles in life without looking back, no matter how high those hurdles may be

Author Bio

Diamante Lavendar has been in love with reading since she was a child. She spent many hours listening to her mother read to her when she was young. As she grew older, she enjoyed reading novels of all genres: horror, fantasy and some romance to name a few.

She began writing in college and published some poetry in anthologies over the years. After her kids were older, she wrote as a form of self expression and decided she wanted to share her stories with others.

Most of her writing is very personal and stems from her own experiences and those of her family and friends. She writes to encourage hope and possibility to those who read her stories.

Diamante believes that everyone should try to leave their own positive mark in the world, to make it a better place for all. Writing is the way that she is attempting to leave her mark—one story at a time.

Links

http://diamantelavendar.com/

Google+: https://plus.google.com/107370618346077894159/posts

https://www.facebook.com/diamante.lavendar

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Promo Post Code Human

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CODE COV.40Title: Code Human

Author: N.J. Paige

Genre: YA Science-Fiction

A few days ago, I was living the life of the privileged elite—now I may not live through the night…

In a dystopian world, far in the future, seventeen-year-old, Fenesia Thornbark, loses her home, her way of life, and most of her friends and family, all at the hands of people she once trusted. With her parents dead, Fenesia is now responsible for her younger sister’s life, as well as that of several other orphaned children they meet along the way, while trying to find the resistance group who is fighting the corrupt government. As she struggles to survive in a hostile environment that is unfamiliar to her, Fenesia is transformed into an unapologetic killer—something she had never imagined possible in her former privileged life.

Author Bio

N. J. Paige lives in Pennsylvania with her husband and two children. One of her favorite motto is “Life is a journey and must be taken one step at a time.” And she enjoys hiking through her local forest, where she gets inspiration from forest Sprites and other woodland creatures.

Links

@nj_paige

www.njpaige.weebly.com

Buy the Book: Amazon.com: Code Human eBook: NJ Paige: Kindle Store

Author Interview Bowery Girl Tour

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How long have you been writing?

I have been writing since I was little. My mother still has a short story I wrote (with a very professional cover using as many Crayola colors as possible) about a haunted house and the ship captain who walked the roof deck.

What was the most challenging part about writing Bowery Girl?

Getting the details right. I used only primary sources to cull the specifics – diaries, maps, books, newspapers, photographs. In fact, I ran across a map of the Lower Eastside in 1878 that was a wealth of information: atop each tenement was listed the number of residents plus how many died of cholera, small pox, tuberculosis. The saloons were clearly marked, and you could find a drop of drink at every other street level door. Sewer lines, allies, stables. All there. I spent a lot of time locating and retrieving primary sources from the Museum of the City of New York, and was rewarded at the end of the journey by a chance to see the original glass plates of Jacob Riis’ photographs that he published in “How the Other Half Lives”.

What is your favorite part of being an author?

Making up stories. Research (my favorite thing, and my downfall – it can be a rabbit hole).

Is this book part of a series? If so, will there be more books in the series?

This was conceived as a stand alone book, but I’ve had readers ask if there would be a book about Emmeline DuPre, the Do Gooder with the mysterious past. Possibly in the future?

Do you have any works in progress you’re working on?

I finishing up another women’s historical, “Under the Pale Moon”. It’s set in Monterey, California in 1946 and explores the relationship between Irene Dodd, a woman frustrated by the constraints of her life after her responsibilities during World War II, and her ex-lover Kath Walker, an Army combat nurse haunted by the ghosts of war. The post-war era was one where society tried to return to some “norm”, and the beginning of the idealization of the white picket fence and 2.5 children. I wanted to explore these women who live outside that norm (or struggle to maintain that norm) and how the echoes of war and a fragile peace impact them.

About The Book

Bowery Girl CoverTitle: Bowery Girl

Author: Kim Taylor Blakemore

Genre: Women’s Historical Fiction

From WILLA Award winning author Kim Taylor Blakemore…

“…inspiring and poignant historical fiction novel that will engage readers that are looking for an insightful, yet entertaining read. ” 5/5 stars, Luxury Reader

“lends credence to the millions of historical and contemporary girls who dare to dream in the face of extraordinary challenges.” – Starred Review, Kirkus

“Gang violence, raucous carousing, sex, accidental pregnancy, and crime–not what most will expect from Victorian-era historical fiction. But that’s exactly what they’ll find in this tightly plotted novel…” – Booklist 

NEW YORK, 1883: Gamblers and thieves, immigrants and street urchins, Do-Gooders and charity houses, impossible goals and impossible odds. The Bowery is a place where you own nothing but your dreams. And dreams are the only things that come cheap for pickpocket Mollie Flynn and prostitute Annabelle Lee.

Pleasure is fleeting – and often stolen. Nights at Lefty Malone’s saloon, sneaking into the Thalia Theatre. Then it’s back to their airless, windowless tenement room and the ongoing struggle to keep a roof over their heads and bread in their stomachs.

The Brooklyn Bridge is nearing completion, and things are changing in New York City. The two women fantasize of starting a new life across the East River. Nothing but a flight of fancy, perhaps, until wealthy Do-Gooder Emmeline DuPre, who has opened the Cherry Street Settlement House, steps into their lives with her books, typewriters, and promises of a way to earn a respectable living. Despite Mollie and Annabelle’s fascination with the woman and what she offers, is Emmeline helping or meddling?

Is it really possible to be anything other than a Bowery Girl? Mollie and Annabelle will have to decide exactly who they are, and what sort of women they want to be.

Author Bio

kimtaylorblakemore_web photoKim Taylor Blakemore writes women’s historical fiction and romance that explore women’s lives and brings their struggles and triumphs out of the shadows of history and onto the canvas of our American past.

She is the author of the novels Bowery Girl, and Cissy Funk, winner of the WILLA Literary Award for Best Young Adult Fiction. Her interactive historical romances The Very Thought of You and It Don’t Mean a Thingare out now on Kindle and SilkWords.com.

Her current novel, Under the Pale Moon, is due for release in Fall 2015. Set in post-World War II Monterey, California, it explores the relationship of a married woman breaking the bonds of conformity, and a combat nurse haunted by the ghosts of war. 

She is a member of the Historical Novel SocietyWomen Writing the West and Romance Writers of America.

Links

Bowery Girl (Amazon): http://amzn.to/1EVyoxs

Website: www.kimtaylorblakemore.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/kimtaylorblakemore

Twitter: @kimrtaylor