Thank You to ‘Keys To Recovery News’ for Printing My Holiday Article! I am Honored.

Many of my friends and readers may not know I live life in recovery and I freelance write for other publications and magazines. Here is a new holiday article just published by “Keys To Recovery Newspaper”… So Honored “-) Catherine

Recovery Starts Here! A Gambling Free and Sober Blog~Sharing Hope In Recovery One Day At A Time.

Hello and Happy Holidays Recovery Friends,

I am very Happy and Honored that the recovery publication “Keys To Recovery Newspaper”  a FREE recovery newspaper  by  way, has printed a Holiday Article I wrote about “Gambling Addiction and my Addiction Christmas’s Past” in their new Column titled; “QUIT To WIN” and I wanted to share it here with all of you.  We all know the holiday season can be tough many in recovery. So I want to remind them they are not alone. XO Cat

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“QUIT TO WIN”

LET’S QUIT TO WIN FOR THE HOLIDAYS!
By Author, Catherine Lyon


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New Book Release: Author, Rico Austin of “Baja Loco: 4 Racing Days & Tequila Nights on the Norra Mexican”

“Well, it seems Amigo Rico Austin has a new book release for those who enjoy Baja Racing and a splash of TEQUILA on the side! Rico is a  fantastic writer and the BEST storyteller around. I have read both his books titled;  My Bad Tequila  and  Mexico Got Lucky .  Now his new release is now available on  Amazon & Amazon Kindle  .  .  .  .  Here’s more.”

About The Book:

4 Racing Days & Tequila Nights on the NORRA Mexican 1000.

“The journey is the destination.” – Dan Eldon

“In order to write about life, first you must live it.” – Ernest Hemingway

“A Rough Day can be fixed with One Thing – TEQUILA!” – Rico Austin

“Live as if you were to die tomorrow.” – Mahatma Gandhi

“If you have everything under control, you’re not moving fast enough.” – Mario Andretti

“You’ll see the true reflection of me when the tequila bottle is empty.” – Rico Austin


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About Amigo Author, Rico Austin and Interview on TV  News.

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“Award-Winning Author Of ‘My Bad Tequila’, Named As Finalist In ’50 Great Writers You Should Be Reading’ Book Awards”

Rico Austin was picked from a field of hundreds of authors who appeared on The Authors Show. Rico Austin’s book, entitled ‘My Bad Tequila’ details one man’s epic journey across two continents and four countries with 50 years of adventure.

WILMINGTON, NC, December 01, 2016 /24-7PressRelease/ — Rico Austin, author of ‘My Bad Tequila’, has been named as a finalist in the ’50 Great Writers You Should Be Reading’ Book Awards Contest. His honors came as a result of his appearance on The Authors Show. Rico Austin was chosen from a field of hundreds of authors through a public voting process. ‘My Bad Tequila’ details one man’s epic journey across two continents and four countries with 50 years of adventure. But 1986 changed everything forever when one event devastated the lives of 19 students, three chaperones, and one bus driver. Was it the tequila?

“I wrote this book,” Austin stated, “because I had to purge myself of this fateful Spring Break trip of 1986. I felt the need to share the perils of binge drinking, engaging in irresponsible sex and what happens when college and high school students don’t think twice about what happens when bad decisions are made and acted upon.”

“Thinking about sending your ‘Kids’ to paradise unsupervised? THINK AGAIN.”

“You’ll see the true reflection of me when the tequila bottle is empty.” – Rico Austin

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Austin has won numerous writing awards throughout his writing career:

Hollywood Book Festival – Honorable Mention (Wild Card genre 2011)
Readers Favorite Book Awards – Silver (Fiction – Mystery – General genre 2011)
Amazon eKindle – #1 Top Rated Kindle eBooks (Mexico Travel genre 2011)
“Five Parrots in a Palm Tree” – Superb Island Reading award 2011
#1 Book to Read, June 2011 – NY Professional Reviewer, Fran Lewis
Readers Favorite Book Awards – Finalist (Fiction – General genre 2011)
Arizona Authors Association – 3rd Place (Fiction Book of the Year 2011 – 2012)
London Book Festival – Honorable Mention (Wild Card genre 2012)
Los Angeles Book Festival – Honorable Mention (Wild Card genre 2011-2012)
New York Beach Book Festival – Honorable Mention (General Non-Fiction genre 2012)
New Mexico – Arizona Book Awards – Finalist (Fiction – Mystery genre 2012)
Bibliocracy.com – Author of the Month (June 2012)
Suspense Magazine – Review & Article (July 2012 issue)t
Book Town – February’s Book of the Month (March 2013)

Austin is also the author of a number of other books:

‘In the Shadow of ELVIS, Perils of a Ghostwriter’ – Autobiography, Memoir; This is the true story of how and when Rico met the legitimate, illegitimate son of the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll, Mr. Elvis Presley. These are the trials and tribulations of ghostwriting John Dennis Smith’s epic and incredible mystery of being adopted and discovering his birthright.

‘ARIZONA Is Where I Live’ – Children’s book; ARIZONA Is Where I Live is a masterful and learning display of the Sonoran Desert, the mountains, the lakes, the Grand Canyon and of the animals that make Arizona one of the most unique and interesting states in the Union.

‘Son of the KING, an ELVIS Paradox Unveiled’ – Biography; This biography is the true story of Elvis the King of Rock n’ Roll and his legitimate, illegitimate son. This book explores the relationships of those closest to Elvis Presley and the influences each of them had that kept Elvis from claiming his first born John Smith Presley.

‘MEXICO Got LUCKY’ – Non-Fiction; Lucky, the most famous dog in all of Sonora, Mexico was dognapped on March 1st, 2014. Was it a prank gone bad by teenagers? Did it involve the ruthless, Sinaloa Drug Cartel, deadliest in the world? Or was it just a lowlife dog thief?

‘Author, Artist & Anyone’s Personal Marketing Guide: Financial Success with 11 Proven Promotions Including Blogs & Social Media’ is Rico’s sixth book.

‘Entrepreneur, Realtor & Anyone’s Personal Marketing Guide: Financial Success with 10 Proven Promotions Including Blogs & Social Media’ was Rico’s seventh book published.

New – Baja LOCO, 4 Racing Days & Tequila Nights on the NORRA Mexican 1000′ – Memoir: This is the true adventure of the Azunia Tequila / General Tire race team and author Rico Austin’s journey of the 2014 Mexican BAJA 1000 which was published this last November 2016.

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Members of the public who want to vote for Rico Austin in the ’50 Great Writers You Should Be Reading’ Book Awards can access his entry and vote at The Authors Show site at http://www.TheAuthorsShow.com. Rico Austin is available for media interviews and can be reached using the information below, or by email at rico_thunderbird@yahoo.com. All of Austin’s books are available at online retail book outlets. More information is available at Rico Austin’s website at http://blog.mybadtequila.com.

Rico Austin earned an Associate Degree in Marketing and Sales from BSU. Rico moved to the Phoenix/Scottsdale area and continued his education receiving a Bachelors of Business Administration in International Business at Grand Canyon University, named the “Outstanding International Business Graduate of 1995.” That same year he was also selected as “Mr. Future Business Executive” at the State Leadership Conference which included all universities in the State of Arizona.

The summer before graduating, Rico went to Vilnius, Lithuania, and taught English (ESL). During his fall semester of his senior year at GCU, Rico attended Staffordshire University in England where he also started on the American Football Team for the Staffordshire Stallions. Rico finished his Masters, an MBA in International Management from the Thunderbird School of Global Management with a focus on the Latin America Region and the Spanish language. He appeared in a cameo appearance on Baywatch where he played the role of a drug lord.

Rico was selected for the May 19th, 2013 issue to represent Arizona in the fellow author, Annette Synder’s popular blog, Fifty Authors from Fifty-States, which spotlights writing professionals across the Fifty United States. He was again chosen to represent his home state of Idaho on March 23rd, 2014, and was named for writing about Arizona on January 17th, 2016. Rico was also chosen from among several hundred writers and bloggers to help compile a booklet with 13 other prominent authors. ‘How to Create Credibility as a Freelancer – 70 Tips from a Collection of Experts’ was published in December 2009.

So there you go readers. All you wanted to know about this fantastic author. Now do yourself a favor and grab a copy of his New Release Today .  .  .  All of Rico’s books will make a great “Holiday Gift” for the Avid Readers on your gift list!  So visit his  Amazon Author Page to see all his books.

** Happy Holiday Reading Friends! **

Catherine Lyon, Author/Columnist  :-)

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Happy Thanksgiving Weekend! Let’s Share What We Are “Grateful For.”

I thought it would be a fun idea if all of my visitors, friends, and readers would share in my comment area what we happen to be “Giving Thanks” for this long Thanksgiving weekend. The holidays are a time we can reflect on how our year has been going and about holidays past with family and friends sharing good food and more. . . .

It can a great time to share with others what we enjoy about life and how others have a positive impact on our lives because being a writer and author can many times be a life of solitude. So if you happen to come for a visit here? Please leave your Blog or Site Link as well when you write what you are “Grateful For” this holiday and maybe we can meet new bloggers and friends in the process.

I Wish All My Friends and Vistors a very Blessed and Happy Thanksgiving!! XO

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Sharing Thanksgiving Gratitude With All .  .  .  I am also sharing Gratitude over on my other WP Recovery Starts Here blog , so stop by!

 * Columnist/Author, Catherine Townsend-Lyon ~ Cat Lyon’s Reading Den *

Have Fears About Trump Being Our New President? Then Listen & Take This Advice Americans!

Had to Share This Here Too as our past Elect Season was Brutal ~ Now it is time to come together and become #UNITED XOXO

Author, CaT Lyon

Recovery Starts Here! A Gambling Free and Sober Blog~Sharing Hope In Recovery One Day At A Time.

*** Ernie Johnson’s Incredible Perspective on the 2016 Election ***

VERY GOOD ADVICE ~ We Can’t Change It, So Open Your HEARTS

Author, Catherine Townsend-Lyon

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Book Review: Whit’s End, The Biography of a Breakdown. By Author, Whitney McKendree Moore.

Welcome Readers and Friends,

I just finished an amazing new book I feel all will enjoy. It is by my sweet new friend and fellow Author, Whitney McKendree Moore. So let’s get right to it!

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About The Book:

Whit’s End is the biography of a breakdown. It will bring hope to any Christian who is wringing their hands over a loved one’s addiction. In author Whitney Moore’s family, the problem was related to alcohol, but addiction is addiction, is addiction. This story proves that nothing is too hard for God—that when we can’t, God can.

The victory that is unfolded in these pages starts with the shock of realizing there is even such as thing as “functional alcoholism.” When the problem is finally revealed, Moore finds help in a twelve-step recovery, where people learn to discern (and do!) God’s will. In meetings, people share the miracles that, for them, have started to unfold:

• Fear turning into faith
• Bondage turning into freedom
• Mourning turning into joy

Moore’s story is full of evidence that what is impossible for man is possible with God, and that with God’s help, there is hope for the hopeless and help for the helpless. In short, God can, if only we will get out of His way.

This book is for any Christian who loves an alcoholic.

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MY BOOK REVIEW:

Bravo Whitney for shedding light on how alcoholism can take a toll on a family that by all accounts from the outside looks happy and normal, but Whitney shares in writing, behind closed doors can be a very different picture and slowly becomes real life dealing with addiction and mental illness.

Don’t let the beautiful beginning of her tribute to the fond memories of her family and childhood fool you as you delve deeper into reading her memoir. As many topics and issues start to unravel themselves that begins the part of the book’s title; “Biography of a Breakdown.” It will tug your heart strings as you learn what was actually taking place between her mother and father, and the father-daughter dynamic. I don’t like reviews that “spoil” a good book, what I can tell you, this is an exceptionally well-written read.

It will enlighten you to many serious issues that can destroy an “angelic family life.”
You also begin to see just how “faith and miracles” can intervene when all hope is lost. It sheds light on the topics of what a “functioning alcoholic and alcoholism” looks like and how a 12-Step program can make all the difference in learning how to protect yourself when thinking we can change or control what is happening around us and by whom. Nope, only God has that ability as the author shares very well of her personal experiences.

Through this book, that is exactly what Whitney testifies about and clearly shares. Many times addiction is just too big to handle on our own. As Whitney learns. She shares that even from death, grief and difficult life events, we can find blessings and lessons learned from tragic negatives and trauma. I loved when she shared; “when we can’t God CAN.” Which is very profound if you are a Christian and woman of God as the author is by reading her book. ‘Hope and Faith’ will never fail you.

This book will help you heal old wounds, makes you feel sadness, happiness, shed a few tears, laugh, cringe at times and have joy as Whitney finds triumph along with peace and serenity in her life. Addiction and mental illness are hard topics to write about. Whitney has done a service to all who are facing these same challenges. You learn how to “just give it to God and forgive.”

I highly recommend this book to everyone!


Purchase “Whit’s End” on Amazon here in paperback and E-book.

Let’s Have Some Fun Readers with Maria and Her ETERNAMENTA Blog Awards for “Most Talented Reader.”

Hello, Welcome Readers, Bloggers, and Friends!


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Now all my friends know I enjoy a good book and I consider myself an avid reader. So when I was alerted to a fabulous blogger named Maria KethuProfumo and  learned about this fun event and awards she is holding on her blog, I just had to accept! And I hope many of my blog friends will too. I know there are many book bloggers and blog reviewers out here in WordPressville. So come join the fun. Here are the “Rules to Participate” and I feel I am qualified to be entered and participate……

WHY do I want to Participate ? I feel I am a “helper” to other authors by taking the time to read the hard word they put into their craft as a writer. Authors are very talented people who come in many forms. Some are good with writing thrilling Mysteries or Suspense reads, many are fabulous as writers of Murder, Sci-Fi, Romance and so many genres. As a qualified avid reader, I always make sure I go back and “Leave A Book Review” for the author to share thoughts and comments on why I enjoyed reading their books. That IS the best gift you can give an author. I had been book promoting many fine authors for more than 3 years right here on my blog, so I have read a lot of books! That is why I want to be a part of this awesome Award Event.

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“The Rules”

Dear Bloggers,

“Blogging doesn’t mean only writing, it is reading as well. And good reading certainly changes our life for the better. Milorad Pavic used to say: “there are more talented Readers than Authors.”  So, tell us what kind of Reader you are and be awarded as an “Honored Reader.”

Terms of Participation:

  1. Let us know that you wish to participate in our award: leave us a comment to this post or confirm a personal invitation you’ve got. ( Done! )

  2. Write a post explaining why you’re a talented Reader and what good experience you’ve got through blog reading. Name the post ‘On Eternamenta Awards’. Send us a link.  ( Done! )
  3. Inform any 5 bloggers (certainly good Readers too) about our award for them to participate too. (You might simply mention them in your post.) ( And Done! )

    1.)  HarsH ReaLiTy | A Good Blog is Hard to Find

    https://aopinionatedman.com/

    2.)  Bette A. Stevens, Maine Author | A writer inspired by nature and …

    https://4writersandreaders.com/

    3.)  The Public Blogger

    https://thepublicblogger.com/

    4.)  Fiction Favorites | with John W. Howell

    https://johnwhowell.com/

    5.)  SOBER COURAGE

    https://sobercourage.com/



    *These Are My Five Chosen Bloggers for this Award!*

    The voting period starts the 1st of December of 2016 and ends the 28th of January of 2017.

           Winners will be announced during the first week of March via a post in our blog        and a personal message to them.

Our award is non-commercial; however, we guarantee some nice special Readers’ prizes.

Good luck to all!

Best Regards,  Maria KethuProfumo of  Eternamenta Blog

Happy Reading Friends! ~  Author & Columnist for In Recovery Magazine,
Catherine Townsend-Lyon XOXO  :-)

 

Book Review Spotlight: Author David McCauley of Oak Valley Foundation and His Book: Addiction to Recovery: Unlocking Your Potential.

“Every so often an outstanding book about and for recovery that is amazing to guide and teach others how to have a well-balanced recovery.  Author, David McCauley’s new book is that kind of read. He has written this book with the knowing that in recovery we need to do all the inner work inside ourselves, process old hurt, pain, and nasty habits and behaviors we learn within addiction. We need to clean the inside “SOUL & SPIRIT” besides the mind and body. This book helps you do that and so more!”

 

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About The Book:

This book, Addiction to Recovery: Unlocking Your Potential, is an accumulation of existential realization, many resources, years of recovery, education, insights, and years working in the field of addiction, with all adepts in the goal of personal transformation from addiction to recovery. This is an integrative approach to living in wellness in recovery. I vacated my own mind through a very deep personal process, my own form of meditation and this book came about. My hope is this book unlocks the potential that advances new insight into the recovery process for each individual by reframing the process in such a way that the right interpretation by the reader will help recovery click in place.

What we need to celebrate in recovery is the self-discovery of the individual. I offer my carefully considered overviews and assessments on the best-known treatments (theories) connected to recovery. I have provided a new outlook as a guide for the unwary who had failed at recovery in the past and those just coming into recovery for the first time. I count myself among the autodidacts, the self-taught perpetual student fueled by a passion for new answers and a sense of mission.

 

About The Author:
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Over 27 years of working with Addiction and Recovery. Author and Educator of dealing with addiction in today’s world. This book and others to follow were written also for the purpose and goal as a portion of books sales go back to Oak Tree Foundation to soon help those who suffer from the effects of addiction in our communities, where I live in New Jersey, and our nation to provide help in finding treatment and resources for those unable to financially afford the necessary help needed to live a life free from addiction.

Our vision at Oak Valley is to be a place where we cultivate people’s lives through awareness, education, prevention and the necessary support needed to help individuals renew their life. Our goal at Oak Valley is to improve and renew the quality of life in each individual by renewed mind, body, soul and self. In a new positive way of thinking and living that is surrounded by a renewed self.

MY REVIEW of  Addiction To Recovery: Unlocking Your Potential                                        AN Amazing Book, Guide, and Resource for All In Recovery & Their Families!
I was given a signed copy by the Author, David McCauley.

Addiction To Recovery: Unlocking Your Potential should be a required book to read for all who come into recovery by any means. The book, part guide, part resource, and part personal experiences, strength, and shares hope of the Author, David McCauley. It explains in words and teaches others the skills to apply in their recovery on how to interrupt the cycle of addiction, and the tools needed every day to attain long-term recovery.
Even though it is a book and guide, it reads like a memoir; the chapters and titles are laid out and easy to read. David’s writing style is unique. The goal I was looking for in this book was to learn more wellness and live a more authentic recovery life of the mind, body, and spirit. There are many paths to tapping into your spirituality, and I am not talking a 12-step higher power spiritual journey. It is not the choice as David feels and I do as well. This book is a testament to this fact. But? Whatever works for you. And it truly is a new age form of recovery by learning David’s inner self-work method that works!

I am talking the inner sense of self-spiritual power. As David shares in his book, that seed and spiritual power we all have in each of us with the ability to turn our lives around and from the depths of despair and destruction to happy, productive being. No Spoilers, but my favorite chapters I got so much out of where; “Self and Soul Chapter 6, The Resilient Self and Spiritual Path Chapter 9, and Chapter 12.” You can learn from a major relapse with more awareness before and after a binge as David did and is part of his experience.

The Prolog/Dedication is”touching,” and it is important to mention this book is also a great read for family, loved ones and friends to get an understanding of addiction and the process of recovery that their loved one needs to go through to gain longevity in recovery. “Hate the addiction, not The Addict.” Family needs insights of what an addict goes through starting the recovery process. This book covers those goals and a great family reference.

The book for me was a soul-searching journey to see the inner work that needs to be done in processing any old haunting pain and hurt in life as I feel is missing in many 12-step programs and forms of recovery.

A must read and highly suggest this book! Go Get this book people🙂

 

*Presented By Cat Lyon’s Reading den and Recovery Starts Here *