Growing Pains

With his family a mess, Will has to find love and affection wherever he can. Pining after his best friend might be a good place to start – but Will needs all the help he can get. Finding that help at school may be more complicated than his impulses would have him believe. Will knows a bad idea when he sees it, but he’s at the end of his rope, and if pursuing his math tutor outside of the classroom distracts him from obsessive calorie counting, excessive exercise, and throwing up, then it’s worth the risk. At least, it was at the start. As Will falls deeper and deeper he can’t help but think of the danger. Is feeling good in his own skin worth endangering the man he’s falling for? Growing Pains is the first book in the L. Sherleen lgbt coming of age series. Will’s story is a story of love, but also of friendship, family, the struggle for self-acceptance, and bravery.

Meet L. Sherleen

Lily Sherleen writes what she loves to read: sweet coming-of-age stories with a hint of romance–where the heroes find themselves during their journey. She currently lives on the coast of Ireland with her beloved cats who keep her company while she writes.

Hungry for Life: A Memoir Unlocking the Truth Inside an Anorexic Mind

In this painfully moving memoir, take a firsthand look at anorexia through the eyes of a young girl. Even in kindergarten, Rachel Richards knows something isn’t right. By leading us through her distorted thoughts, she shines a light on the experience and mystery of mental illness.

As she grows up, unable to comprehend or communicate her inner trauma, Rachel lashes out, hurting herself, running away from home, and fighting her family. Restricting food gives her the control she craves. But after being hospitalized and force-fed, Rachel only retreats further into herself.

With a driving perfectionism, she graduates college with honors. But at sixty-nine pounds, Rachel is a shell of nervous and obsessive behaviors that have controlled her life. Years of self-harm and self-loathing have fueled the inner battles between good and evil, health and sickness, and life and death.

Acting on stage offers her moments of freedom from the skewed perceptions she’s constructed over the years. But her dream of a career in theater is not enough to save her. What is the secret that will finally unleash her will to recover?

If you or someone you know suffers from an eating disorder or is a concerned parent, is anxious about weight and dieting, has an addiction, or wants to learn more about the mystery of how an eating disorder develops and the multifaceted and complex road to recovery, this book is a must-read!

Meet Rachel Richards

After years of struggling with an eating disorder, author Rachel Richards turned her life around and now helps others in pain.

Returning to school after earning her BFA in theater from Hofstra University, she graduated from the Swedish Institute College of Health Sciences and started her own private practice in Manhattan as a licensed and board-certified massage therapist. She hosts a popular YouTube channel, has spoken at the National Alliance on Mental Illness, has written several articles for Recovery Warriors, an online magazine dedicated to helping eating disorder sufferers get the treatment they need, and she has written numerous articles on health and self-care, which can be found at

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