New Mystery E-Book Release By Kim Carter…”It’s Raining MURDER In Seattle” The Wait Is Over Avid Readers!

“Profiling a serial killer is proving to be difficult”


Award-Winning Author, Kim Carter is a prolific writer of contemporary mystery, suspense, and page-turning thriller reads. Her new novel series “A Clara & Iris Mystery” has won a “2017 TCK Publishing Readers’ Choice Award,” and is a fan favorite among avid mystery readers. She has just released second editions of  “When Dawn Never Comes,” No Second Chances”, and Deadly Odds” just this month, Jan 2018.

Kim’s new novel series titled; “The Clara and Iris Mystery” comes “Sweet Dreams, Baby Belle” as book one of the series released June 2017, and book two is titled; “Murder Among The Tombstones” releasing August 2017, and IS an award winner! Now comes Kim’s brand new mystery titled; “And The Forecast Calls For Rain.”  All her books are available on Amazon online, Amazon Kindle, Barnes & Noble, Books-A-Million and are published by Raven South Publishing of Atlanta, Georgia.

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About The New Mystery:

Detective Jose Ramirez and the Sierra Hills Police Department are scrambling for leads on a killer who has already struck five times, each time leaving his signature trademark: large butcher knives piercing the abdomens of his young female victims.

Profiling the killer is proving to be difficult, and Detective Ramirez knows that it’s only a matter of time before their perpetrator strikes again.

As if Ramirez isn’t frustrated enough, to his dismay, he is assigned a partner. Officer Daniel Chatham, a handsome, young man, fresh out of grad school, has pulled some strings to join the division and becomes Ramirez’s, right-hand man. The lead detective’s anger slowly begins to dissipate as he discovers the book smart kid can be quite the asset.

With Ramirez’s experience, Chatham’s sharp mind and quick thinking, and the insight of Erin Sommers, a beautiful, young journalist, the three make a powerful team gaining on their criminal.

It’s raining… it’s pouring, and a killer is on the loose in the rainy Sierra Hills of Washington State. No one is who they seem, and the plot thickens with every turn. You’ll never guess the ending of this enigmatic tale…

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About The Authoress of Mystery:

“I’m the mother of three grown children and live in Atlanta, Ga. I’ve written eight novels, four of which have been published, and recently released my first novel series this past summer called “A Clara and Iris Mystery.” Book one of the series is “Sweet Dreams, Baby Belle” was chosen by Killer Nashville as a ‘book of the day’ and gave a rave review as well as Book two “Murder Among The Tombstones” and has just won a TCK publishers “2017 Mystery Readers’ Choice Award. Everyone has fallen in love with the characters, Iris and Clara!”

Kim enjoys interacting and engaging with them all. One of her favorite things about writing is the traveling and research required to bring her novels to life. Her research has taken her to places such as morgues, death row, and midnight cemetery visits.

Kim and her husband have raised three successful grown children and have vested in and love retired greyhounds. They enjoy attending the many events held annually for them, as well as educating others about their need for great homes and what great pets greyhounds make after they retire from racing.

She is a college graduate of Saint Leo University, has a Bachelor Degree of Arts in Sociology, and now has become a career writer and author. She lives in Atlanta, Georgia.

You can find and connect with Kim Carter for updates and events through social media!

Buy Her Books on Amazon Kindle.
And on i Like E-Books.

Presented By “Cat Lyon’s Reading and Writing Den” ~ Author, Catherine Lyon

 

 

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New Release: “The Metanoia Phases” by Author, Maria E. L. Thomassen.

The Metanoia Phases: The Change of Heart by Maria E. L. Thomassen.

About The Book

Maria lived her life in harmony and peace, as Serendia’s princess. She had always known about her abilities and how to control them, but all that changed in the blink of an eye. The tingling sensation appeared, spreading like wildfire within me. I was on fire, every inch of me was instantly burning.

I wanted to crawl out of my body, just ripping off my skin to relieve the burning…. That’s how it all began, my former life was completely changed, I was slipping away from the person I used to be. The people I was supposed to trust and love the most, betrayed me. Who can you trust, when all they told you was a lie. The darkness was crawling inside my body because of what they did…

Betrayal and confusion was now a part of her life, everything slowly began to tremble underneath her as she discovered the truth. Her mind was a wreck, so was her heart. Ancient abilities….
Love triangles….
Terrifying darkness….
Who can help her now?

The Metanoia Phases: The Change of Heart
Read A Chapter Here
https://writerslifes.work/chapter-one/

 

 
Maria E. L. Thomassen.

About The Author:

My name is Maria Emilia Lianna Thomassen, this is my little happy place, where I will share joy and trouble of life as an evolving writer and my progress to becoming published. 

I began my journey, as a writer (basically a writer) thirteen years ago, I started my first story, my first draft, that involved into a novel I have finally finished, but my work is not done. To become published I have to work hard to achieve my goal and continue the journey with the second edition of the book/novel. Her new book is available here now on  Amazon & Amazon Kindle!

I share some of my life on my blog – Writers Lifes Work and on Instagram…

Merry Christmas Eve New Mystery Book Releases by Kim Carter…

Two New E-Book Release Blitz!

Kim Carter Mysteries

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About The New E-book Release:

Jordan Maxwell, a twenty-seven-year-old freelance journalist, ventures to New York City to make a name for herself. With both of her parents dead, she struggles to get by living in one of the worst neighborhoods in the city. In a twist of fate, Jordan finds herself the sole heir to her great-uncle’s estate in Solomon Cove, Maine.

Packing her bags, she heads to Maine where she soon realizes that her rags to riches journey entails much more than she bargained for.

Crime was unheard of in the small fishing village of Solomon Cove, a town where everyone knows everyone. It was the last place anyone expected crime, especially murder. However, the tides turn for this quaint town when the body of a young girl comes crashing in with the waves.

As the victims continue to mount, Jordan starts to believe the murders are connected to her and the family she never knew. Digging deeper into the past, Jordan must protect herself before she becomes the serial killer’s next target.

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About The New E-Book:

Falling from a life of wealth and substance, to inside one of America’s most notorious prisons, prominent orthopedic surgeon Phil Sawyer is incarcerated for the voluntary manslaughter of his wife. While confined, he finds himself on the trail of a serial killer that infiltrates the walls of San Quentin.

After finding himself in the infirmary for getting involved in an incident that didn’t concern him, Phil struggles with the decision to stick his neck out. But he can’t ignore the rise in suspicious deaths among the African American inmates.

With the aid of an empathetic nurse and help from the outside, he tries to identify the unexplained cause of their cardiac arrests. He finds himself out on early release and heads to Solomon Cove, a peaceful town in Maine.

But, could the tranquil town all be a façade, or has the serial killer made their way across the country to seek revenge?

From wealthy Los Angeles, to the justice in San Quentin, and the serene landscapes of Maine, you will applaud the friendships and hear the cry as you ride the roller coaster of emotions this story will bring.

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About The Authoress:

Kim has been writing mysteries for some time and has a large reader fan base who enjoy all her books, as shown in the many Amazon 5-Star book reviews given by her reader’s and reviewers. Kim enjoys interacting and engaging with them all. One of her favorite things about writing is the traveling and research required to bring her novels to life. Her research has taken her to places such as morgues, death row, and midnight cemetery visits.

Kim and her husband have raised three successful grown children and have vested in and love retired greyhounds. They enjoy attending the many events held annually for them, as well as educating others about their need for great homes and what great pets greyhounds make after they retire from racing.

She is a college graduate of Saint Leo University, has a Bachelor Degree of Arts in Sociology, and now has become a career writer and author. She lives in Atlanta, Georgia. Between reading and traveling with her beautiful family, she will continue to write mysteries for some time to come for her avid readers.

You can learn more about Kim Carter’s books and connect with her now on Goodreads:
https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4075351.Kim_Carter_Mystery_Author/

And On Social Media Here:

https://www.facebook.com/AuthoressKimCarter/

MERRY CHRISTMAS READERS!!

CAT

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Meet My Dear Friend and Author, Whitney McKendree Moore and Her New Book Cover Reveal and Interview.

A fantastic rerelease and book I read that is an AMAZING read and Whitney is an amazing woman you need to meet…She is an “Angel” sent from Heaven! We have been friends a few years and I so enjoy helping authors and my friends alike when they books released that can help many others. And man does she have many books to choose from here: Whitney McKendree Moore! Purchase her current book on Amazon Books!

I know you will love her as much as I DO!  Catherine XoXo

 

A few of My FAV’S!

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God Can!: Parables and Proofs   Downloads from God  Praise in the Storm

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More About My Friend Whitney:

 

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Whitney McKendree Moore says she writes “campfire stories.” Her books are for any Christian discouraged by a loved one’s alcoholism, especially for those who may not realize that help is available. Twelve-Step recovery led Whitney to discover that a relationship with God can be interactive, up close, and personal. She writes to tell of God’s incredible help in her life three ways:

Divine Intervention: “Whit’s End” is her personal testimony of how God revealed denial and delivered her from it into a whole new life.

Direct Connect: “Downloads from God” and “Contemporary Psalms” are companion volumes — excerpts of what it sounds like to be in Quiet Time with the Maker of the Universe.

Divine Connections: “BS-Busters” and “Praise in the Storm” are books of encouragement, urging gatherings where it is safe to “get real” with God, with ourselves, and with each other. Two other titles (“God Can!” and “What the Conductor Said”) offer additional “campfire stories” of God speaking, even through each of us, to one another.

Whitney writes to come alongside other Christians who, like her, have reached the point of saying, “I can’t; God can; I need to let Him.” She has a website called RecoveryintheBible.com and a blog there called The Question Corner.

 

 

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“Cozy Author Interview With ~ Author, Whitney McKendree Moore”

 

1. When did realize that you wanted to be a writer and author?
Ever since ever! I remember seeing a TV ad for coffee when I was a girl (in the late 50s) where a woman was typing in front of a roaring fire with a dog at her side. I always thought that was a picture of me.

2. How long does it take for you to write one of your books? It took me a decade to write “Whit’s End.” At one point, the manuscript was 420 pages. Now it’s 112. For me, it was tricky trying to tell my story without doing so at someone else’s expense.

3. How do you balance your work schedule when you’re busy writing?  I am retired now, but when I worked, I spent many nights and weekends and even vacation days writing. I guess it’s true that if you’re a writer you write!

4. What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?  I am very colloquial, and I actually seek to sound as though I am talking. Also, I make up words. A lot.

5. How do you come up with ideas for your books?  I just decided to package up all those pages I’d been writing on nights and weekends!

6. When did you write your first book? 1986. It was called “Where To Next?” and is out of print now.

7. What are your hobbies when you’re not writing? Walking, singing with guitar and others, playing the piano.

8. How do your family and close friends think of your writing? One relative said, “We loved the cover.” And not a peep else!

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9. What was one of the most interesting things that you learned about yourself when you published your first book?  How reluctant I was to market it myself. I no longer consider “marketing” a swear word. Now I think of it as reaching out to encourage someone with what I have been given to share.

10. How many books have you written? Which one is your favorite?  Twelve books of my own, plus another five helping other people tell their stories.

11. What do you think makes a good story?  The truth, which is so often stranger than fiction. When I wrote for magazines, I would describe my subjects as “extraordinary & ordinary people.”

 

12. Now lastly, where do you like to kick back and write your books?  My favorite is to take a thick stack of blank white paper to my great big bed with a bunch of sharp pencils and start there. It never goes well for me if I get onto the computer too soon…

I’d like to close by saying “You are amazing, woman. Amazing. Thank you so much for your incredible generosity, interview and ‘CAN DO attitude.” You give me GRATITUDE! Friends and Readers can come connect with me on social media below!  Visit my  Website    GoodReads   Twitter
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I want to “Thank” my dear friend Whitney for allowing me to share her books and more about her with all my readers and recovery friends too! Please do yourself a great favor and pick up a few of her books and give them a read. You will enjoy them all!

CAT

 

 

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Cat Welcomes Author, Dr. Mette Mouritsen to The Reading Den and Her New Book ~ “MindFul Medicine.”

Hello, and Welcome Readers, Friends, and all New Visitors…

 

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It seems as of late, I have been hired by many authors abroad in different countries to help them with sharing and promoting their books here in the USA. And my dear friend Mette Mouritsen is no different. She lives and works in Denmark. And yes, she is my first client from Denmark. I have had the pleasure to help promote books live in the UK, The Seychelles, Brazil, Scottland, and Thailand, other than here in the US.

It has been a blessing and honor to do so as they all are fantastic writers and authors! Mette has written and published several more books, but her new book is being sold on both Amazon and Balboa Press Books titled; Mindful Medicine: An Inspirational Book on Awakening and Conscious Health. 

 

ABOUT HER NEW BOOK:

In Mindful Medicine, author, physician, and psychotherapist Mette Mouritsen shares her own story of spiritual awakening in order to provide a holistic understanding of the body together with a practical approach. It is primarily based on her own experiences and stories, and it represents a paradigm shift in thinking about the human as a coherent energetic body in a coherent energetic system; it shows instead how symptoms are messages to be understood and not necessarily enemies that must be removed, and it is Mouritsen’s hope that we can transform difficult and common human emotions when we are sick into life-affirming messages that promote our health and well-being.

Editorial Reviews:

  “Raw honesty and empathy are consistently on display in the case stories … a very professionally presented, mindful approach to healing that will give guidance and hope to readers.”
~Helle Brisson, MA

“Rather than looking at another person through a learned medical, psychological, and mostly fixed lens, she invites us to stand right at the edge—to explore the other person’s psychological and physiological landscape as totally unknown ground, as deeply unique, in attempt to find meaning and to support what might be called for in the symptom of pain and suffering. Touching and being touched by many hearts, Mette guides us in consciousness. What a gift!”
~Ameyo Katharina Barfred-Dixon, Integrative Transpersonal Psychotherapist, Trainer and Supervisor in Denmark, Sweden, and England.

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So I asked Mette to answer a few questions for us so we can learn more about WHO she is and about being an author and writer in helping many find answers within a more healthy and holistic approach and away from conventional medicine. Our bodies are amazing healing benefactors and Mette has learned by herself just how amazing our bodies heal as she shares this with us in her new book! I am half done reading it myself and can tell you it has been eye-opening and informative thus far.

What I know about Mette Mouritsen is she a physician, psychotherapist, and mindfulness instructor, and she uses her comprehensive skills in an integrative way to heal her patients. Since her spiritual awakening in 2010, she started to write and is now the author of six books and now her new release. She also lectures and features workshops for others so you can book her for workshops as well by Email her below Contact mindful.medicin@gmail.com  for booking.

Here is more about her and my interview with her which will also be featured on ilikeebooks.com! 

 

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Interview With Dr. Mette Mouritsen, Author

1. When did realize that you wanted to be an author?
I did not see myself as an author until recently. I just had a great urge to write after my sudden shift in consciousness, and it seemed very natural to write and share my knowledge. My first book was meant as an urgent support for the psychiatric patients  I had met on the psychiatric ward in order to make the professional caretakers aware of how it was to be a patient. The following books came one after the other inspired by my  continuously work as a doctor and my new perspective on diseases.

2. How long does it take for you to write one of your books?
One of the books was written in two weeks, I was very inspired.  After writing it I spend months on 
modifying the sentences in order to make the messages as clear as possible.  I have written and publishing  one book every  year. One year I did two books.
3. How do you balance your work schedule when you’re busy writing?  
Since I started writing more  regularly I have  changed job position, from having daily work on my own clinic to a work as a doctor on duty where it is more easy to schedule my time and to work less, just what is needed for daily living. 
When I am busy writing I forget time.  My stomach calls for brakes and of course my family and other important things. I can wake up very early in the morning and start writing.
 
4. What would you say is your interesting writing quirk? 
I play with the original meaning of the words, which may changes the perspective of the topic to the reader. Also I often understand a topic from different perspectives and I am able to present these different perspective  to the reader to open their eyes for other ways of 
thinking.
 
5. How do you come up with ideas for your books?  
 
I get inspired by listening to patients and people I meet. Also I get inspired when sitting in silence every morning and when walking in silence in nature. Sometimes I get an idea and then it just flows from my hands very easy. Other times I get an idea and  write someting and  walk away and return and continue or changes some of it.

 
6. When did you write your first book? In 2012 
7. What are your hobbies when you’re not writing?  
Walking and running and staying in nature. Travelling, Meeting  friends, dancing, photographing. 
 
8. What do your family and close friends think of your writing?
My children don’t see me as an author, they still see me as a mom and doctor.  My old mom at 86 
years is the only one that comments on my books, she likes them and says I am good at writing. She asks why I don’t write romans and Novels, since this is what she usually reads, and she reads a lot.

9. What was one of the most interesting things that you learned about yourself when you published your first book?
The way I had lost my self  through my way of living and working.  How much I loved my family and how difficult it was for me to express it by words.

 

10. How many books have you written? Which one is your favorite?
I have written six books in Danish, three of them I have translated into English so in fact it is 9 books.  My latest book “ Mindful Medicine” is my 
favourite.

11. What do you think makes a good story?
Well it depends on the type of book. I like fantasy books like Harry Potter but I also like  poetry and authenticity. I like when I sense the passion behind the words.

12. Where do you like to kick back and write your books?  
In silence in nature or  sitting by a window being able to look out into the sky, the see or  trees in nature.  Also I get inspired by sitting quietly listening to other people, but I can’t write  when staying together with other people, I may make some notes though.


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Please visit Mette on her blog here: https://www.mettemouritsen.com/blog-1
As she many helpful blog posts and connect with her on Social media below.
I thank her for allowing me to share her and her new book with all of you!
Follow Mette Goodreads  –  Google+  –  LinkedIn  –   Twitter  
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I Welcome Writer and Author, Dr. Rev. Kevin Coughlin, Ph.D. to Cat’s Writing Den…

 

 

“My name is Reverend Dr., Provincial Superintendent Kevin T. Coughlin Ph.D., most call me Rev. Kev. All that I have been, all that I am, and all that I ever will be is because of God’s grace.”

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Hello Everyone, and Welcome to Cat Lyon’s Reading & Writing Den, Writer Interviews.

My name Catherine Lyon, Author…Let’s get Kevin introduced to everyone and have some fun of the writer side of YOU! Now, of course, I need to begin that Kev helps others reaching out and those maintaining Recovery from Addictions. He is a Best-Selling writer and author over a bazillion books I cannot keep count! But each one is amazing…

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Image may contain: 2 people“Find All My Helpful Books Here on Amazon & Amazon Kindle!

 


Tell who you are? Rev. Dr. Kevin T. Coughlin Ph.D. Provincial Superintendent, CIP, IMAC, DCC, DD.

 

Now I know loads about you, but tell readers a little of what you do?
Pastoral Counselor, Christian Therapist, Interventionist, Best-Selling Author, Award-Winning Poet, Writer, Blog Writer and Guest Blog Writer, Speaker, Trainer, Master Coach, Consultant, Addiction Expert.

 

Where are you from? – CT, FLA, now The Poconos, PA.

 

Tell us more about you? Like your education, family life. Etc.

I have a very extensive education.  I continue to do research for my books and articles.  I have numerous certifications and degrees.

Family life, my mother passed six years ago, my father is in a nursing home in CT with Parkinson’s, my sister is an RN in CT, my brother is a Contractor in FLA, I live with my two girls in the Poconos, Bella and Stella, my pups! I am currently disabled with joint disease, in a wheelchair for now.  I am a former State Champion Powerlifter, a Nine-Time National Champion and Two-Time World Champion, and I still hold several bench-press records.  My long-time buddy died last month at 12 years of age, Mr. Rabbit, he was a Bichon Frise that my mother had given me as a gift 12 years ago. I don’t care for cats very much, well maybe one! LOL. I love dogs especially Pitbulls!

Don’t LIKE CATS? WELL!….. LOL!

 

Do you have any latest news or projects? 

I’m closing in on 40 published books this year mostly non-fiction.  I am designing and selling products on Amazon besides books, such as coffee mugs, there is even one for writers! I’m doing a series on addictions called;  Ten The Hard Way; True Stories of Addiction and Recovery and the book one is already on Amazon’s Top 100 Best-Seller list, there were eight authors involved. We are getting ready to start Book 2 and are looking for people to submit stories on addiction from any point of view.

 

Are you a writer? YES!

 

When and why did you begin writing?
About 22 years ago as I wrote a poem when a young friend overdosed.

 

What inspired you to write your first book?
About 22 years ago.  I wrote a poem when a young friend overdosed and continued writing award-winning poetry.



How did you come up with the title?
I picked a title that people would relate to and use the keywords when looking for the type of book.

 

Do you have a specific writing style?
I write just like I talk and from feelings.

 


How much of your books are realistic and are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
Just about all of it.

To craft your works, do you have to travel? Before or during the process?
No.

Who designed the covers? I Do…

 

Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
Usually.

Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?  Who is your favorite writer? Alana Haase, Emma Ashley, and her Amish books.


Outside of family members, name one person that supported your commitment to becoming a published author?
Melissa Manes and you.

 

If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
Nope, I wouldn’t change a thing.

Did you learn anything during the writing of your recent book?
Yes, doing our new book; Ten The Hard Way, The Amazing stories and strength of the authors in recovery.


If your book was made into a film, who would you like to play the lead?
Well, there are ten different people’s stories so the lead would have to be a real talent or storyteller, Nick Carroway who narrated The Great Gatsby, or Jim Carroll, American poet and author of The Basketball Diaries.

Any advice for other writers?
Keep writing you will get better and better, read, read, read, you will get better and better.  Use editors after you edit 15 times. Share one thing about you that will surprise readers…I’ve written almost 40 books in 18 months


Will you write another book?
No, I will write many more books! LOL.

What are you reading now?
I just finished Webs by Alana Haase, it was excellent!

 

Do you remember the first book you read?
Probably Curious George when very Young.

 

Is there one person, past or present, you would love to meet? Why?
Jesus, so I can get all the answers for everything!

 

Do you have any hobbies?
I used to be a power weightlifting champ, now I am writing to help others recover or train others to help those looking for treatment and recovery.

 

 

Favorite Music?
Rock n Roll!

Imagine a future where you no longer write. What would you do?
Use a typewriter!

 

What do you want to be written on your headstone as part of your Legacy?
“We Can’t Find Him; He’s Still Alive!”

 

Do you have a blog or website where readers can visit for updates, events or updates?   Rev Kev’s Recovery World.

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Well, Kevin, I thank you for sharing with me and my readers the writer side of all the work you DO helping others and families from addiction. It was interesting to learn more “the writer side” of you, a MAN of very few WORDS! LOL. Where can my friends find and connect with you on Social Media?

I am all over!  On Facebook –  Tumblr – LinkedIn
Most Importantly my Video Series on YouTube

If you need an Intervention or Recovery Coaching visit my Recovery Coaching & Intervention too!


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And Don’t Let Kev Fool You, HE LOVES CAT!

My Daily Pet Journal Book;: I Love Cats by [Coughlin Ph.D., Rev. Dr. Kevin T. ]

 

“Humbled For A New Book Review By OnLine Book Club – My Book “Addicted To Dimes” – 3 Out of 4 Stars!

I was a little nervous when my book got chosen to be reviewed by a large online book club. Why? Because most times the reviewer may not be an addiction/recovery genre typical reader of these types of books, let alone a memoir. I can honestly say the reader chosen was both honest and got most of the points I made sharing my life story that included gambling addiction and my road into recovery journey. She also gave some points to help my writing in future books. But I will let you be the judge of the Book Review I was given…

Official Review: Addicted To Dimes

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GA Porter – [Following is the official OnlineBookClub.org review of “Addicted To Dimes” by Catherine Townsend-Lyon.]

Addicted to Dimes by Catherine Townsend-Lyon is a memoir about the author’s personal battle with gambling addiction. The book explores the author’s past experiences and decisions which eventually culminated in a financially and emotionally devastating addiction and the difficult ordeal of the recovery process. The author is open and honest about her mistakes, her family dysfunction raised in, and past abuse, and the long-term consequences gambling has had on her marriage and friendships.

The first section of the book is an introduction to the author’s early life. She grew up in a dysfunctional family and suffered abuse at the hands of her parents, as well as sexual trauma by outsiders. As a teenager and young woman, the author felt stifled by her mother’s overbearing control, particularly in controlling her own hard-earned money. She outlines decisions she made and relationships she began while searching for a replacement “unconditional love” that she did not receive from her parents. The hardships of her early life may have made the author vulnerable to the lure of addiction, and the continuing dysfunction may have added fuel to the fire later in her life and as roots to her addiction.

The author gives the description of her family dysfunction and past to illustrate the person she used to be before the addiction took over her life. The addiction began slowly, but over time grew and drove her to drastic actions. As stress piled on her, gambling became an outlet for her emotions. She also adopted the gambler’s mentality of placing bets to win money she desperately needed to pay bills, but in the end, would lose more money than she came in with and an action of the cycle keeps you chasing your loss. Over the years, the author would borrow money, steal from friends and workplaces, and jeopardize everything she and her husband worked for to maintain her gambling habit before fully committing to the recovery process.

Catherine was inspired to write this book after reading the newspaper of a local woman’s suicide due to gambling addiction and on the news. She wrote this book to give hope to those caught in the addiction that recovery is possible as well as to inspire empathy and bring awareness to others. The recovery process took a long time for the author and she described the “rock bottom” situation that appears to have been necessary for her to fully commit to the recovery process. She describes her own missteps, triggers from family fights, work stress, and some aspects of therapy which were most and least helpful for her. In the end, she appears to have been successful, even if still in financial hardship, and you feel her drive to fight for her life back.

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I rate Addicted to Dimes 3 out of 4 stars. It is heartbreaking to see a woman’s life in ruins and the impact on her husband and friendships. However, a sizeable portion of the book is dedicated more to her family drama which leads to the actual gambling addiction. While I enjoy the author’s honesty and self-awareness, sometimes it feels voyeuristic to see so much into her family life and affairs. The author explains, though, that her “war stories” from gambling were not shared because oftentimes they can be triggering to other people currently fighting the addiction.

The book is instead focusing on the repercussions on her life and how she takes control and accountability. It is also worth bearing in mind that the author is not a professional writer and so sometimes the book reads as a private journal entry which is how her book came to be, from her early year journals in recovery. The author includes phrases such as “OMG!” which can be somewhat distracting. It is also important to remember that this is not a self-help guidebook, but a personal memoir. This book may appeal to readers who are themselves battling a gambling addiction, or any addiction for that matter, or to those who have loved ones affected by gambling addiction.

It may also be noteworthy for people who do not have any gamblers in their lives, but still wish to see how this addiction can be devastating and to see the victims as real people, rather than as statistics, so I highly recommend it.

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“Addicted To Dimes, Confessions of a Liar and a Cheat”
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