James & Elle: Part Memoir, Part Fiction

Part-memoir, part-fiction, James & Elle is a delicate mosaic of vignettes reflecting a deeply personal perspective and the complications of having—and supporting—a loved one with PTSD.

Two siblings are unravelling their past and uncovering hidden memories. But what happens if the past hides a demon in the cupboard?

Follow James and Elle as they remember dark pieces of their childhood, and fumble their way through adulthood, searching for a place to belong. As a lost and disillusioned young adult, James joins the Australian Army. A tragic accident occurs while he is serving in Afghanistan and he returns to the mainland as a mere shadow of himself. James’ sister, Elle, tries to support him through the crippling PTSD and spiralling addictions.

Prepare yourself to experience a powerful insight into the impact PTSD has on the characters and their relationships. James and Elle is a deep dive into the dynamics of familial love, responsibility, and the challenges of supporting a family member in crisis. This compelling narrative will evoke empathy and understanding.


Meet Casey Rae

Casey has spent three decades travelling, studying, working in education, and loving and raising a family. She lives on the Mid-North Coast of New South Wales, Australia.

She is a mother of two wildflower children who remind her every day to jump in the ocean even when it is cold. Casey’s life partner teaches her about plants, gardening and the complexity of soil (who would have known!).

Casey is passionate about good food, wellbeing and creating a better future for our young people. With fifteen years of experience working in education, she knows how important it is for people to have access to engaging literature that promotes deep thinking around mental health and relationships.

Casey is excited to share her provocative and emotional storytelling with the world.

A Heart Without A Home

9-year-old Nichole and her parents are evicted from their home because of her parents’ heroin addiction. With nowhere left to turn, they are now homeless. In order to survive they must dig through dumpsters, beg, and steal. While living on the streets, Nicole struggles to understand why people treat them differently.

Meet Nichole Carpenter

NICHOLE CARPENTER is a wife and mother living in Orange County, CA. She is passionate about sharing her testimony of overcoming homelessness with others.

Lemon-aid: Our love-and-not-love story with fruit and vegetable water—and how we’re better at managing sugar addiction because of it

Lemon-aid is the self-help book for people who are curious about and courageous enough for a real life change when it comes to drinking sugar-loaded beverages and discovering solutions that are within reach.

This refreshingly odd (mostly) and tell-all true story is an account of how a frantically busy and (admittedly) overwhelmed couple learned to become better versions of themselves by changing their family’s relationship with recreational sugar.

It’s also a how-to guide for others who are looking to break up with sweetened beverages, beat a soda addiction, or otherwise turbo-boost a journey toward building better habits without turning their lives upside down—complete with stories, swear words, and side quests to help you get over your challenges of healthier hydration.

Ever feel like you drink way too much soda? We sure did, and we’ll help you…

• Confront your compromised routines and “sugar demons” that are bringing you down.

• Develop a more desirable mindset that’s required for genuine lasting change.

• Learn how to get real with yourself and build new systems of behavior that you won’t hate.

• Create and live a healthier lifestyle as you explore the waterful world of infusion.

When you’re through with Lemon-aid, you’ll have a clearer understanding of where you want to be and how to get there, along with some insights and practical recipes that we’ve tried and tested at home with our two “beverage buddies”.

Infusion we trust.


Meet JW GU and Simona Mok

“Joey ‘JW’ Gu has been leisurely writing and shooting photography since middle school and has published works with SPIN, The New York Times, as well as Switzerland’s largest English business magazine and a fashion publication based in Amsterdam. Simona Mok has a background in banking and finance and has built a career in private equity and investment, along with an analytical portfolio of consumer trend insights and brand performances.

“Currently, they are both business proprietors and consultan…”—you know what, trying to define yourself IS like trying to bite your own teeth, perhaps with braces and a salty fist in your mouth.

What we are is simply THIS: flawed, struggling, and sometimes barely holding on. We have our rough days just like everyone else. But we’re learning and working hard and have our shiny ones too! And it’s these bright days that continue to get us here, and the not-so-bright ones that help us treasure it.

One could also say we’re an unfinished manuscript, still drafting AS we’re telling our story.

“When they’re not creating memories with their two cosmic sons and a female mustached dog named Chopper, Joey and Simona are co-founding partners running The Pacer Company, a consulting and training company based outside of the US. Eventually, they will once again call Southern California their home, where they plan to continue exploring and developing further opportunities for business, writing, and their family.” There, how’s that? Not too bad, we’d say—simple and straight, and the truth.