My Life’s a Joke

What does it take to become a professional stand-up comedian? You need a good sense of humour and loads of determination, of course, but mostly you just need material. Lots of lots of material. Ryan Murphy took care of that requirement early on in his life through a series of awkward encounters and spectacular failures. Now, for the first time ever, he shares the hilarious true stories that helped thicken his skin and pave the way for a successful 15-year career as a comic. You’ll learn about his disastrous first kiss, his ill-fated foray into football, and how he spent his high school prom locked in the trunk of a car. Told with wit and warmth, My Life’s a Joke is proof that comedy truly is tragedy plus time.

Meet Ryan Murphy

Ryan Murphy is an award-winning writer and editor who has created engaging digital content for some of the largest and most trusted brands in the world including Walt Disney Studios, HBO, and many more. His critically acclaimed short stories and columns have been published in 22 books and have been featured on more than 170 radio stations and 60 newspapers and magazines across North America.

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.

Escape to California: Misadventures in America’s Golden State

He wasn’t trying to break America. But would America break him? Rocked by political turmoil, climate change and a global pandemic, the US was calling out for a hero. Unfortunately, it was travel writer Chris Atkin who turned up. Over the course of nearly two years living in the Golden State, Chris explores the history and incredible landscapes of western America. He learns about the unsolved murder of the co-founder of Stanford University and the pioneer family reduced to cannibalism. He also finds the entrepreneurial spirit at the heart of California, which, for all of Silicon Valley’s success stories, is equally central to the tale of how hippies came to benefit when nearly three tonnes of marijuana fell from the skies above Yosemite. When not living next door to Donkey from Shrek, Chris dodges bears, mountain lions, rattlesnakes and Covid-deniers, and discovers there’s more than one way to live the American Dream.

Meet Chris Atkin

Since spending five years working in the television studios at Sky News and BT Sport in London, Chris has worked as an author and freelance writer. He has written for numerous publications, including The Times, The Huffington Post and Time Out. When he’s not writing books and articles, Chris works as a copywriter and digital marketer. In his free time, you’ll likely find him discovering somewhere new, or in his garden in Cambridge, tending his vegetable patch while listening out for noise emanating from the crowd at his beloved Cambridge United.

Becoming a Healer – For Yourself & Others:Transforming Wounds to Gifts, Nightmares to Dreams & Curses to Blessings

This is an essential handbook for seekers of personal growth and a practical guide for budding healers. Learn a chakra alchemy process as a fast track to clarity, synchronicity and grace. Gain shamanic practices, energy healing and holistic therapy techniques that create radical change, to empower yourself to take a quantum leap in your awakening. Work through trauma and loss to discover your authentic beauty, freedom and joy. Transform agony to ecstasy, finding the gifts within the wounds to awaken your creativity and align with your destiny. Be guided by archetypes and spirit allies to manifest magic and miracles.

Meet Sue Holmes

Sue Holmes is originally from England and now lives in Sintra, Portugal.She is a medicine-woman, mystic and mentor, a writer, songwriter and singer, Sue’s debut album is ‘Heaven on Earth’. Her writing weaves between inspirational memoir, self-help, healer’s manual and magical realism. Sue’s first published writing was her chapter ‘Discovering Treasure in the Wreckage’, containing a self-help section: ‘Wisdom of the Wounded Healer’, published in the co-authored book ‘Transforming Trauma’. She is recognised as a Master Healer/Teacher, who runs her own centre for wellness and transformation,offering deep healing sessions, feng shui and space clearing in person and online. She is founder of the ‘Academy of Modern Shamanism’ with courses for personal development: Chakra Alchemy and Shamanic Journeying, as well as accredited professional training:

Marshalling Beats of Your Heart

How can you experience your life to its fullest? Be inspired to use your heart sensations more than your head in this self-help memoir. We are all given a body that goes through trials and triumphs, pains and pleasures. When you feel that life is just too heavy, Marshalling Beats of Your Heart is the guide that teaches you to remember to enjoy the weight. Marshall will teach you how to know happiness, rest, and peace in a troublesome body and time. This book and these actions remind you to allow your body to be alive and rejoice in aliveness. Inside, you will learn: How to clear the fog and live the best life possible How to radiate joy in a dark time How to experience the full ride of your life And more… If you are struggling to find the meaning behind your daily grind, Marshalling Beats of Your Heart will help you find purpose. You will be transformed to let go of fear and choose joy, and to be a leader using your heart and more love, less fear. Get Marshalling Beats of Your Heart today!

Meet Amanda Joyce

Amanda Joyce is a teacher, health coach, and author raised on a ranch instilling in her the importance of nature and the outdoors. She raises funds for cancer research and patients as a Light the Night award recipient. She was interviewed around the globe about revolutionary immunotherapy. AJ is a certified ACE health and wellness educator at Profile where she helps transform lives through smart science and helps caregivers find time for well-being. She encourages resets for hearty and healthy wellness habits in her books.

Radical Reinvention: Reimagine, Reset, Reinvent in a Disruptive World

“A Radical Reinvention is how I kept myself and my company of more than 200 people not only alive but thriving. It was hard and it was painful, but I know my story can resonate and help many others reimagine and transform their lives and careers.” –Maureen Lippe Maureen Lippe, media powerhouse/entrepreneur, and former Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar editor debuts her new book, Radical Reinvention, the personal and professional journey of self-discovery after being forced to reimagine, reset, and reinvent after losing her beloved husband and partner to COVID-19 and having to transform and grow her company, Lippe Taylor. It was a time of terror, uncertainty, and painful grief. Read how she managed to reclaim her identity and more than double her business following an 8-Step Reinvention Toolkit that she tested and verified with therapists, business leaders and other brave fire starters who helped her realign and discover new facets of herself and her leadership acumen. These individuals represent their personal brands as fiercely as the companies discussed. It’s all within your grasp-and you’re not alone. Savor the possibilities of Radical Reinvention in this transformative hour! Proceeds from the book will be donated to the Step Up Network, a mentorship nonprofit providing the structure for girls (and those who identify with girlhood) to define their ideal destination and get there successfully.

Meet Maureen Lippe

Maureen Lippe is founder and chairwoman of Lippe Taylor. Over the course of 30 years since its inception, Maureen has provided brand-building counsel to leading companies including Procter & Gamble, RB, Walmart, Clairol, IKEA, Johnson & Johnson, Allergan, Nestle, Revlon, Elizabeth Arden, Intel, Kmart, Lenovo, and Nordstrom. Maureen began her career as a fashion editor at Vogue magazine and then served as beauty and health editor at Harper’s Bazaar where she was the first editor to incorporate health content into beauty pages. Maureen has worked with organizations such as Save The Children, UNICEF, Look Good / Feel Better, Women in Need and the Step Up Network for Girls. She has been honored by the United Cerebral Palsy Foundation as a “Woman Who Cares” and was the only non-physician member of the Skin Cancer Foundation board. She also spearheaded IKEA’s “Soft Toys for Education” partnership with UNICEF and Save the Children, which reached a million disadvantaged children in 17 different countries. Radical Reinvention is her debut book.

The Girl in the Red Boots: Making Peace with My Mother

Can a mother be both loving and selfish? Caring and thoughtless? Deceitful and devoted? These are the questions that fuel psychologist Dr. Judy Rabinor’s quest to understand her ambivalence toward her mother.

While leading a seminar exploring the importance of the mother-daughter relationship, Dr. Judy Rabinor, an eating disorder expert, is blindsided by a memory of a childhood trauma. Realizing how this buried trauma has resonated through her life, she sets off to heal herself. The Girl in the Red Boots weaves together tales from Rabinor’s psychotherapy practice and her life, helping readers understand how painful childhood experiences can linger and leave emotional scars. In the process, Rabinor traces her own journey becoming a wounded healer and ultimately making peace with her mother, and herself.

Not a traditional self-help book outlining “steps” to reconcile or forgive one’s mother, The Girl in the Red Boots is a poignant memoir filled with hard-won life lessons, including the fact that it’s never too late to let go of hurts and disappointments and develop compassion for yourself—and even for your mother.


Meet Judith Ruskay Rabinor, PhD

Judith Ruskay Rabinor, PhD, is a clinician, author, writing coach, speaker, and workshop leader. In addition to her New York City private psychotherapy practice, she offers remote consultations for writers, clinicians and families. She has published dozens of articles for both the public and professionals and has authored two books, A Starving Madness: Tales of Hunger, Hope and Healing (Gurze Books, 2002) and Befriending Your Ex After Divorce: Making Life Better for You, Your Ex and Yes, Your Ex! (New Harbinger Publications, 2012). A sought-after speaker and workshop leader, Judy speaks at national and international mental health conferences and runs workshops at spas (including Canyon Ranch), colleges and universities (including Harvard University Continuing Education), and retreat centers such as the Esalon Institute, California. She resides in New York City. –This text refers to the paperback edition.

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.

Preventing Her Shutdown, Losing My Wife To Alzheimer´s

Preventing Her Shutdown is an inside look of what an ongoing caregiver spouse goes through in my desperate effort to keep my wife with Alzheimer’s “connected”. Very personal unloaded emotions are expressed and actions taken, never confided to anyone while slowly losing my wife. She doesn’t speak at all. She expresses only some sounds and shows a lot of anxiety. This becomes a real challenge trying to figure out what she wants and how she feels. How do we communicate? How do I talk to her? How does she tell me what she wants or needs? We both had to learn how to interact and communicate with each other. My desperation as a spouse caregiver is that we are constantly “connecting” as this alleviates my greatest fear of a “shutdown”. Detailed is how everyday, every moment I can, I try to create an opportunity to “connect”

Meet Sammie

I am a typical John Doe husband “amateur caregiver” for my wife with Alzheimer´s on my own inventing and creating ways to keep my wife interactive and connected. This book started out as a daily diary noting my wife’s behavior and my reactions which not only helped me ventilate my sorrow but also how to react to her changes and her needs as her caregiver. I wanted to share these efforts with other “amateur caregivers” like me living this same journey alone with their loved ones.

The House On Dogbone St.: The Story Of A Resilient Woman Who Overcomes Limitations, Breaks Generational Abuses And Ultimately Triumphs

In The House on Dogbone St., Julia Duthie takes us on a walk through the tumultuous life she was destined to endure.The feeling of treading on eggshells for the little girl who had no choice but to navigate one of the most dreadful paths that life could offer, displaying her resilience and go-getter attitude no matter what obstacle was thrown her way, is fascinating. We cannot blame her for being naive in some circumstances as the two people meant to protect her were in a world of their own. One, in a depressive trance, while the other was never fully present.

However, from start to end, her story is a lesson for every one of us. Ignorance takes no blame in this journey as Julia made the best of what she had and what she thought to be right. It is the advantage taken by elders and those who camouflaged their real personas that are the actual culprits of a life filled with scars at every turn. How she turned those dents into beautiful blooms is the intrigue of it all. Walk her path through this great rendition to encounter neighbours and teachers who stood in the shadows and shed a slight reflexion of hope toward her direction, never knowing how much it would finally mean to her and what she would eventually become.

Although it is a triumph to be celebrated, the unwelcome demons she collected along the way sometimes threaten to manifest themselves and take her back to a state of defeat. But will she follow suit? Find out in her extraordinary memoir.


Meet Julia Duthie

Julia lives in Surrey with her two children, her partner Kathryn and her Beagle, Brodie. Over the years, she has both built and led numerous businesses, has been an artist and nurtured other artists in the competitive world of the music industry. She has also had the privilege of living and working in the US and India. Given she started her career at a local leisure centre; a job she took in order to use its laundry facilities to wash her own clothes, her origin story is something of an enigma.