Quiet Quit & Fully Live: Take Back Your Time, Energy, and Life Through Ethical Disengagement

“…invaluable advice that will benefit your life in more ways than you can imagine. […] If I could give this book six out of five stars, I would.”
—Readers’ Favorite

If you have ever felt the weight of overstretched commitments, sacrificing precious time with loved ones or neglecting your own well-being in the relentless pursuit of success, you are not alone.

Picture this: an office that never sleeps, where the glow of computer screens outlasts the setting sun, and where family dinners become distant memories. This was my battleground. As I trudged through my sixth year of static titles and stagnant growth, the birth of my son refracted my life’s priorities through a kaleidoscopic lens of urgency.

The impact? A realization that the extra mile I’d been running was a loop leading nowhere, and it was time to step off the track. What followed was a reclaiming of time and dignity, sparking a transformation that would ripple through both my personal and professional worlds.

As we embark on this journey together, we will explore:

The devastating effects of long-term stress on the brain
The power of setting internal boundaries
The art of saying “no” without guilt
The transformative impact of prioritizing your personal life over work

I invite you to challenge the status quo, embrace ethical disengagement as a means of self-preservation and empowerment, and ultimately, quiet quit in order to fully live.

Shot on the Downs

‘All Whitechurch’s stories have distinct merit’ Barzun & Taylor, A Catalogue of Crime
‘Whitechurch’s writing was of a higher quality than that of many other detective novelists of his time Martin Edwards, The Story of Classic Crime in 100 Books
This 2024 Spitfire Publishers ebook and paperback edition is the first republication of this classic of the ‘Golden Age of Crime’ in almost a century
Victor L. Whitechurch was one of the founding members of the Detection Club

The stranger arrived at the remote branch-line station of Ramsden at 5 o’clock that February afternoon. His destination, the tiny village of Little Mitford in Downshire. His motive? Unknown. Directions solicited, the stranger – handsome, moustached and with steely grey eyes – set off across the desolate Downs. Before he has traversed the first mile he suddenly stops, half startled. In the stillness a sharp report has rung out. Minutes later he stumbles across the body of a middle-aged man by a copse of fir trees. He has a blue circle on his right temple – a circle darker in the centre – a stream of blood issues from it across his face. What is the stranger’s next move? Is the murderer still nearby? How will the arbiters of this crime in Downshire, Superintendent Chuff and Colonel Chadlington, investigate this apparent murder?

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Victor Lorenzo Whitechurch was a Church of England clergyman and noted English crime novelist. He was born in Norham, Northumberland in 1868 and trained to be a vicar at Chichester Theological College and Durham University. Relatively late in life Victor became rather infatuated with the detective novel and between 1912 and 1932 wrote eight, many centred around the fictional South Downs cathedral and university city of Frattenbury, and often featuring members of the clergy. He was one of the founding members of the Detection Club and contributed to the Club’s collaborative novel The Floating Admiral, published in 1931, which also featured Agatha Christie Dorothy L. Sayers, and G.K. Chesterton. His most famous literary creation however, is amateur railway detective Thorpe Hazelle, a wealthy, vegetarian fitness fanatic who starred in Thrilling Stories of the Railway (recently dramatized for BBC Radio 4 and featuring Benedict Cumberbatch). Ellery Queen described Hazelle as ‘the first of the speciality detectives’. Another was the young detective clergyman, Reverend Harry Westerham, who appeared in The Crime at Diana’s Pool, described by Martin Edwards in The Story of Classic Crime in 100 Books as ‘A quintessentially English country-house mystery with a touch of the exotic.’ Victor Whitechurch died in 1933, aged 65.

PRAISE FOR VICTOR L. WHITECHURCH

The Crime at Diana’s Pool
‘Quite charming… devotees of mystery yarns will enjoy this story’ New York Times
‘A quintessentially English country-house mystery with a touch of the exotic’ Martin Edwards
‘A model of the detective story… the solution has the neatness of a bold mate at chess’ Glasgow Herald
‘Excellent’ Dorothy L. Sayers

The Robbery at Rudwick House
‘A very entertaining yarn’ New York Times

Murder at Exbridge
‘Should delight those who take pleasure in pitting their analytical abilities against those of the sleuth created by the author’ New York Times

Murder at the Pageant
‘Enthralling… keeps the reader keenly interested’ Boston Transcript

The Dean and Jecinora
‘A novel of exceptional charm’ The Scotsman

Murder by the Sea (Skye Williams Kenyan Cozy Mystery Book 1)

Returning home after several years is stressful enough. The last thing you need is a dead body and a murder accusation.

A new cozy mystery series from International Bestselling Author Danielle Collins.

Skye Williams left Kenya to go to school and start a new life in America. When she decides to return to her childhood home, she dreams of finding the peaceful, relaxing life that alluded her in the New York. Unfortunately, when her neighbor is killed and she becomes the prime suspect, Skye must use all of the street smarts and problem solving skills she learned in America to keep herself out of jail. Can she catch a killer and save herself and her dreams of a peaceful life in her old childhood home?

Murder by the Sea is the first story in the Skye Williams Kenyan Cozy Mystery series. If you like fast-paced mysteries with interesting characters, exotic settings, and unexpected twists, you’re going to love Skye Williams.

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HER FATHER’S DAUGHTER a gripping thriller (Gripping Legal Thrillers Collection)

A GRIPPING THRILLER SET IN THE CRIMINAL UNDERWORLD OF NEW YORK CITY.

‘Satisfying and right on target . . . Among Coughlin’s best.’ Detroit News

Van Horn Enterprises is the most powerful business in New York.

Everyone believes it’s Hunter Van Horn’s success, but behind the scenes it’s propped up by The Vault — a secret group of ruthless men who silently run the city.

When Van Horn is killed in a plane crash everyone expects his feckless son to inherit the business. The Vault insists on it.

But it’s his estranged daughter Victoria who is named as Van Horn’s successor.

Victoria has no illusions as to the ruthless world of business, and she knows her slighted brother is not going to accept defeat.

But she soon discovers that she has inherited far more than a business empire.

And it’s not just her father’s enemies who are set on destroying her . . .

Perfect for fans of John Grisham, Michael Connelly and Jeffery Deaver.

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Ghosts & Witches Paranormal Cozy Mystery Box Set (Angela Pepper Box Sets and Bundles)

For a limited time, grab this exclusive bundle of 10 full-length novels and 2 short stories from bestselling paranormal cozy author Angela Pepper.

This collection is a must-have, including some of Angela’s earliest works, such as Zan (a 2-part young adult series), Broken Shell Island (a stand-alone book exploring a magical island), and Love Singer (a short story about a young witch named Zeb). If you’re a fan of Angela’s work, these stories will illuminate the seeds of recurring themes present in her newest releases. And if you’ve never heard of her, welcome to a whole new world!

You’ll also get the full trilogy of Angela’s ghost cozies, Date with a Ghost, Interview with a Ghost, and Dancing with a Ghost. These are in the same world as Wisteria, but without witches or spells. These stand-alone paranormal cozies range in tone from dark and thrilling to light and funny.

How would you like a bit of science fiction mixed in with your ghosts? There’s a trilogy about a ghost-hunting crew, starting with The Cat Who Went Bump in the Night. These books are like Ghostbusters mixed with a zombie comedy.

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Included are two titles from Angela’s bestselling Wisteria Witches world. If you’re a fan of the series, you may already have them, but if you’re new to Angela’s books, these stand-alone reads will introduce you to the series. Note: They are from later in the series, so they do contain some spoilers related to earlier books.

This very big bundle contains over 3000 pages of intriguing mysteries, laugh-out-loud humor, and characters you’ll love spending time with. (Even the weird ones. Okay, especially the weird ones.)

College Life of a Retired Senior (Bargain Book)

Seven years after she retired from a lengthy career in banking, Yvonne Blackwood surprised her friends and family by returning to school at age sixty-four to pursue an English degree. Her purpose was fueled by four powerful reasons—to add texture to her writing; to ward off dementia; to enhance structure in her life; and to inspire her two young grandsons to continue their education after high school. But as she stepped onto the campus of Canada’s third-largest university, Blackwood had no idea of the hurdles she was about to face.

In a retelling of her journey into a new beginning, Blackwood details how, after enrolling in York University, she struggled to maintain her established lifestyle, attend class with hard-to-connect-with millennials, and face a series of challenges that included two strikes at the university, a campus lockdown during the COVID-19 pandemic, and a shocking health diagnosis in her final year of studies. While leaning on the university’s motto—the way must be tried—Blackwood tells an inspiring story of how she persevered and learned to rely on her faith as she bravely conquered her fears and vulnerabilities to eventually achieve her goal.

College Life of a Retired Senior is the true story of a former bank manager’s experiences as she returned to college in the third act of life to earn a degree in English.


Meet Yvonne Blackwood

Yvonne Blackwood is the author of four adult non-fiction books, Into Africa: A Personal Journey, Will That Be Cash or Cuffs? Into Africa: the Return, and College Life of a Retired Senior: A Memoir of Perseverance, Faith, and Finding the Way. She has also published three children’s picture books: Nosey Charlie Comes to Town, Nosey Charlie Goes to Court, and Nosey Charlie Chokes on a Wiener. An award-winning short-story writer, Blackwood has contributed stories to several anthologies, including Human Kindness, Canadian Voices, and Wordscape. She has published articles in magazines including More of Our Canada, Adelaide, InTouch, and Green Prints and has written columns for the Toronto Star, Pride Newspaper, and The African Connection. Blackwood retired after a thirty-seven-year banking career.