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My story is one of survival, and a true depiction of how from the age of 18 months was physically emotionally and mentally abused. From early childhood right up until my early 40s my siblings, the courts in Tralee, County Kerry, Ireland sentenced my sisters (Joan and Grace) and myself, to spend 14 years in Pembroke Alms Industrial School where we were placed in the care of the Sisters of Mercy. Little did the courts know that they were sentencing us to 14 years of sheer and utter hell. The abuse in Pembroke Alms began, when a nun named Sister Enda arrived and became the principal. Lacking any sort of sympathy towards children, she meted out severe and cruel punishments to children of all ages. During our incarceration in Pembroke Alms, the only mother figure I had was my sister Joan, and it was from there that our close bond grew and we became very attached to each other. In 1959, my mother suffered from TB and I was left in the care of my father and grandmother. Due to the ISPCC deeming my father an unfit parent to look after me and my siblings he gave us away -- From an interview with the author.
Two years ago, Ava Garrison's cherished two-year-old son Noah disappeared. There was no ransom demand; his body was never found. Ava, wracked with grief, has been in and out of mental institutions since that night. Back on the family estate now, though, Ava is having strangely lifelike visions - visions of Noah on the dock of her island estate, or in his nursery. Visions that seem to be urging her to risk her own life . . . Ava doesn't trust anyone now. Not her husband. Not her cousins. Not the servants her wealth is paying for. They know more than they are saying. They appear to be anxious about her well-being. But the truth is more dangerous than Ava can imagine; and the price is higher than she ever thought to pay.
All She Wanted was Family. Now She Wants the Truth. Stephanie Cortez finds her life turned upside down after the sudden death of her mother. Thrust into the ultra-wealthy world of her South American father, she discovers he has a family who does not want her there any more than her father does. Daniel Hernan is struggling to save the newspaper that his stepfather has built from an enemy just as determined to crush it. Daniel will do whatever it takes to protect both the man who has been a father to him and the empire he's built. Two adversaries unite to uncover the secrets that threaten what they both care the most about—family. Jealousy, greed, lies, and emeralds ignite into a firestorm as family feuds and old rivalries rise up to tear their world apart. Can they discover the truth in time to save what they hold dear? Or will the truth be just as destructive? More books from USA Today bestselling author Chris Keniston: Aloha Series Aloha Texas Almost Paradise Mai Tai Marriage Dive Into You Shell Game Look of Love Love by Design Love Walks In Waikiki Wedding Surf's Up Flirts (Aloha Series Companions) Shall We Dance Love on Tap Head Over Heels Perfect Match Just One Kiss It Had to Be You Honeymoon Series Honeymoon for One Honeymoon for Three Family Secrets Novels Champagne Sisterhood Hope's Corner Farraday Country Series Adam - Book 1 - FREE Brooks - Book 2 Connor - Book 3 Declan - Book 4 - Coming November 2016 Ethan - Book 5 - Coming December 2016 Finn - Book 6 - Coming January 2017 Grace - Book 7 - Coming February 2017 For more information about Chris Keniston, check out www.chriskeniston.com/books.html
You are searching for answers. I know that it is a painful way to live, and that it is seems like there is no light at the end of the tunnel. I am here to share with you that there is a light at the end of the tunnel, and his name is Jesus. After learning her husband has cheated on her, Angela must face her demons and put them behind her or let them rule the life she has worked so hard to build. By seeking help from her heavenly Father, she learns the roles of forgiveness and acceptance within relationships; thus, slowly pulling herself from a two-year depression that has threatened to destroy her entire family. With the knowledge she has gained, author Angela K. Serocki hopes to share the truth behind the battles we face. By understanding the lies the King of Cons tells you, you will be better able to grasp the hope of the Savior and fight your way from the lies with which You've Been Conned.
An inspiring and compelling memoir from a young woman who lost her childhood to slavery—and built a new life grounded in determination and justice. When Shyima Hall was eight years old, her impoverished parents sold her to pay a debt. Two years later, the wealthy family she was sold to moved to Orange County, California, and smuggled her with them. Shyima served the family eighteen hours a day, seven days a week until she was twelve. That’s when an anonymous call from a neighbor brought about the end of Shyima’s servitude—but her journey to true freedom was far from over. A volunteer at her local police department since she was a teenager, Shyima is passionate about helping to rescue others who are in bondage. Now a US citizen, she regularly speaks out about human trafficking and intends to one day become an immigration officer. In Hidden Girl, Shyima “commands unfailing interest, sympathy, and respect” (Publishers Weekly), candidly reveals how she overcame her harrowing circumstances, and brings vital awareness to a timely and relevant topic.
Riverbend, the young Iraqi woman whose “articulate, even poetic prose packs an emotional punch,” continues her blog from her hometown of Baghdad (The New York Times). Riverbend, the pseudonymous recipient of a Lettre Ulysses Award for the Art of Literary Reportage, continues her chronicle of daily life in occupied Baghdad. Drawn from her popular blog, this volume spans from October 2004 through March 2006. In her distinctively wry yet urgent prose Riverbend, now 27, tells of life in a middle-class, secular, mixed Shia-Sunni family. She describes the attacks she sees on TV, raids in her neighborhood, fuel shortages, rolling blackouts, and water shortages, all while offering insightful critiques of the Iraqi draft constitution and American Media. Riverbend reveals how, for the first time in her life, she feels lesser due to her gender. Dispelling reductive, media-driven stereotypes, she explains that most Iraqis are tolerant people, prefer secular to religious government, oppose a civil war, and desperately want the occupation to end.
An empowering memoir that can inspire others to break the cycle of abuse and forge happiness out of extreme adversity. The ninth child of bounty hunter Duane Chapman, made famous on the A&E show Dog the Bounty Hunter, Lyssa Chapman has overcome an upbringing that can only be called tragic. In her piercing memoir, she shares the details of her harrowing childhood and her journey to faith, and offers compassionate guidance, advice, and hope to those who might feel overwhelmed in their own circumstances. As a child, Baby Lyssa’s parents divorced and left her neglected. Things only got worse from there. Walking on Eggshells reveals Lyssa’s nightmare passage from mental and physical abuse to removal from school and confinement at home, flight from protective services, and teen pregnancy. Despite it all, and against incredible odds, Lyssa found her faith. She also found her way out of the spiral of bad decisions to build a healthy relationship with her parents and forge a rewarding, positive life with God. An astonishing true story of one young woman’s trek from poverty and abuse to fulfillment and stardom, Walking on Eggshells is heartrending, powerful, and inspiring.
At 46 with a wife and two children and a successful business, the unthinkable happened – Brain Cancer. As a multiple sport athlete and an avid golfer, having the core of his being stripped away and knowing it would never come back was devastating. This book is a “no holds barred” full-fledged cancer experience for the reader. It is a journey through the unknown which includes everything from fear, sadness, panic, loneliness and anger to flat out gut-wrenching laughter. The intent is to give a cancer patient, a patient-to-be and their loved ones the strength to fight the battle they must fight and the courage to adjust to whatever kind of future lies ahead.
Post Secret meets World War Z in this chilling vision of the fallout following a global zombie pandemic. A gradual mutation of a virulent strain of super flu gives rise to millions of the undead, who quickly overwhelm treatment facilities and swarm cities around the world, leaving survivors on their own against a legion of the infected. This chilling story is told through the scraps of paper, scrawled signs, and cryptic markers left by survivors as they struggle to stay alive and find those they ve lost in a world overrun by zombies. Through these found notes and messages letters to loved ones, journal fragments, confessions, and warnings readers can uncover the story of what went wrong, and come to know the individual voices of those affected by the zombie crisis.
Zee is a little boy that has a lot of determination to become the President of the United States at the ripe old age of six. He thinks by becoming the President. He could change the world for the better; especially for kids, such as: "No Homework for Kids Forever!" Zee learns you don't have to be a President to change the World. Just be your kind self! Zee's childlike innocence brings his solutions to real everyday challenges such as: Bullying, Food, Shelter and Kindness for the whole world. Enjoy!
Sara McCann returns home to New York to be with her mother during her final days of her losing battle with cancer. She never anticipated how much this trip would change her life and the secrets her mother would share with her.
Fanboy has never had it good, but lately his sophomore year is turning out to be its own special hell. The bullies have made him their favorite target, his best (and only) friend seems headed for the dark side (sports and popularity), and his pregnant mother and the step-fascist are eagerly awaiting the birth of the alien life form known as Fanboy's new little brother or sister. Fanboy, though, has a secret: a graphic novel he's been working on without telling anyone, a graphic novel that he is convinced will lead to publication, fame, and--most important of all--a way out of the crappy little town he lives in and all the people that make it hell for him. When Fanboy meets Kyra, a.k.a. Goth Girl, he finds an outrageous, cynical girl who shares his love of comics as well as his hatred for jocks and bullies. Fanboy can't resist someone who actually seems to understand him, and soon he finds himself willing to heed her advice--to ignore or crush anyone who stands in his way.
A sailing trip to the Caribbean might sound great, but sixteen-year-old Rachel can't stand being trapped on a small boat with her family. She misses her best friend and feels guilty about leaving her older sister Emma, who lives in a group home. Her father is driving her crazy with his schedules and rules, her brother is miserable, and there is never anyone her own age around. Worst of all, there is nowhere to go when her parents fight. While their boat is being repaired, the family spends a few weeks in a small Bahamian community, where Rachel and Tim discover a secret which turns their world upside down and threatens to destroy the fragile ties that hold their family together.
Charged with the mystery of childhood, with curiosity and daring, confusion and fear, the eleven interrelated stories in Useful Gifts explore what Ruthie knows. The youngest child of profoundly deaf parents living in Manhattan in the 1940s and 1950s, Ruthie Zimmer speaks and signs. Interpreting for her parents, she tries to make sense of worlds as close as her family's fourth-floor apartment, as expansive as her rooftop playground and as diverse as the neighborhood below. The ways of language, its ways, its habits, its humor—as well as the demons that rise within us when we fail to communicate—form an undercurrent in many of Carole Glickfeld's stories. In "What My Mother Knows" Hannah Zimmer gleans the neighborhood gossip from her apartment window, telling Ruthie in a gesture that Mrs. Frangione is pregnant again, and announcing in clipped, terse signs that the O'Briens have divorced. "Know drunk?…Unhappy, fight, wife, divorce." There is, in "My Father's Darling" the hoarse, choked screaming of Albert Zimmer, "Honorfatherhonorfatherhonorfather" striking his daughter Melva has she sinks to the floor muttering "Misermisermisermiser" in the distant, disembodied voice of a ventriloquist. And, in "Talking Mama-Losh'n" there is Sidney, Ruthie's older brother, "getting down to business," sprinkling his speech with Yiddish, French and German—words that project a wisdom and cosmopolitanism he clearly craves. Three floors below the Zimmer apartment, Ruthie enters the altogether different realm of Dot, a thrice-married hatcheck girl, and her daughter and son, Glory and Roy Rogers. These are characters who, as their names seem to promise, bring adventure and excitement—from acted-out fantasies of Hollywood to gunfights amid the rooftop battlements of "Fort Arden," from impulsive, stylish haircuts to Chinese food with pork. And, across the stoop, Ruthie visits with the Opals family—Iris, Ivy, and Ione—three daughters whose endless lessons in charm, elocution and posture prime them for future "fame and glory." In Useful Gifts, Carole Glickfeld creates, through the optimistic voice of a young girl, intimacy with the complexity and heartbreak of a world we hope she can survive. In the closing story of the collection, Ruth Zimmer, twenty years older, retraces her neighborhood—not only to preserve her memories but to understand, finally, their effect on her now, a grown woman living three thousand miles away.
Snuggle, snuggle. Time to rest. Nana joins us in her nest. There is no one like Nana in the whole wide world. She is the best. Nana knows how to take an ordinary afternoon and make it extra special! Nap time, story time, and playtime are transformed by fairies, dragons, dancing, and pretending -- and then mixing and fixing yummy, yummy fudge just like Nana and Mommy did not so many years ago.... Pulitzer Prize-winning author Toni Morrison and her son Slade tell a story of what really goes on when Nana is left in charge!
#1 national bestselling author ReShonda Tate Billingsley takes off on an adventure of romance, passion, and just a touch of suspense . . . set in one of the world’s most exotic locales. After her company is bought out by a tabloid magazine, career-driven journalist Ava Cole is less than thrilled to be covering celebrity fluff stories—even if her first assignment sends her to Aruba for the high-profile wedding of pop star India Wright. Maybe a solo excursion far from home will help her forget about her crazy family and her suddenly ex-boyfriend, who seems to have trouble with two simple words: “I do.” It doesn’t take long for the steamy island atmosphere to work its magic, and Ava finds herself enjoying a sexy flirtation with Cliff, the photographer shooting the singer’s nuptials. Just as their attraction heats up, Ava uncovers a bombshell of blackmail, deadly deceptions, and international intrigue that will all but destroy India Wright. With ominous threats closing in after the story leaks, whom can Ava trust with her explosive information, her heart—and her life?
Daaimah S. Poole follows up her hot, hilarious hit novels Yo Yo Love and Got a Man with the adventures of three sistahs from Philly who are about to take Miami by storm . . . Philadelphia twentysomethings Janelle, Natalie, and Tanya are gonna lose it if they don't get a break from their dull daily routines. Janelle has had it with her boring job as assistant manager at a clothing store. As for Natalie, with a baby to take care of and a husband who won't even change a diaper, she needs a time-out. Tanya is just looking for a good time and a man with a big, thick . . . wallet. Given the chance, these girls like to play, and their playground of choice is Miami. Almost as soon as they hit the beach they find themselves drawn into a fast-moving, flashy world of rappers, ballers, celebrities, and VIPs with cash to burn. But before this wild ride is over, they just may find that all that glitters ain't gold, and a good reality is worth way more than a fleeting fantasy . . . .
Audrey Stevenson is a ten-year-old girl just trying to get through school. The Spring Fling is coming up, but who will ask this spunky fourth grader? In the process of preparing for the Spring Fling, will Audrey's friendship with bff Kate Pater last or be destroyed? As the suspense builds, will friends Andre and Nate help Audrey clear the air or just make things worse? Find out with Audrey in The Girl with the Blue Hair "The Spring in' Fling."
Strong and willful, born into the peak of the social ladder in Birmingham, Alabama, Zoe Von Buexhoveden has always had everything she thought she wanted. Until she was involved in a drunken driving accident, and does not realize that more was involved than alcohol, and more people were to blame than herself. She still thought she had the perfect life, when a small slip of the tongue turns everything upside down and sends her on a wild chase for the truth. Winding her way through lies all around her, and interwoven with the stories of six Alabama teenagers through her tinted lens, Zoe steadily grows to know the true meaning of life and honesty.
Tilly Fig is about the life of a teenage girl and her best friend. It is a story of love, friendship…and murder. Dr. Tilly Figlit comes back to her small hometown and the little house where she grew up to visit her ailing mother. While on her visit, Tilly flashes back to her childhood and the vivid memories she has of love and friendship, the funny and poignant events of her school days, and a murder mystery that has gone unsolved all these years. Through her flashback and present-day visit with her mother and younger brother William, the truth eventually reveals itself to Tilly, enabling her in the end to solve the mystery that no one else could. Astounded, only she will ever know the truth about what happened all those years ago. Keywords: Mysterious, Intriguing, Humorous, Poignant, Tender, Perceptive, Empathetic, Love, Friendship, Relationships

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