The Dawn of Speech

A beautiful poetry collection about love, loss, spirituality, and healing. Through the finely weaved verses, “The Dawn of Speech” tells the story of a young man on his search for purpose.

Meet Joseph Wood

Hello! My name is Joseph Wood. I grew up in Massachusetts before moving to Arizona where I currently live. I love writing, reading, and watching shows. My favorite shows have to be Friends, HIMYM, and Psych. I love sharing my thoughts and feelings through poetry. I hope that you can connect with and enjoy it!

Building your Dreams: A Journey of Riches

Do you have a dream that seems as distant today as it ever has? Can you never imagine a time when that dream will become reality? There is hope and it starts here, with this book! A Journey of Riches: Building your Dreams is a compilation of stories and strategies from 11 successful authors from around the world. With rich stories from spiritual life coaches, entrepreneurs, network marketing professionals, and many more. This short anthology of life experiences can help you clear your hurdles, provide an answer to you building a life beyond your imagination, achieve a deeper connection with yourself, and transform your life. We all face certain challenges in life as we negotiate our way towards our dreams and goals. Some may seem trivial, while others may look to be insurmountable at first glance. However, whatever you face on your personal journey, it is more than likely that someone else will have been there first. And, more than likely, they may have found the answer. In this book, A Journey of Riches: Building your Dreams this collaboration of fine authors impart their wisdom into the questions they were faced with and how they overcame them, in a way that will undoubtedly spark creativeness within your mind and perhaps reveal the answers you’ve been seeking for yourself. From the incredibly perceptive Dr. Colleen Sabol-Olitsky to Tony Gunn’s astonishing honesty and acceptance, every story is peppered with encouraging quotations from some of the most prominent thinkers and successful people in the world has produced. Almost every person on the planet has a dream. You may be aiming for the stars and want to be the first person to set foot on Mars, or you may have a less ambitious one like owning a new car. Whatever your dream is, wherever you want it to lead to, it takes time and perseverance to attain it. In the latest addition to his groundbreaking series, the authors invite you to experience A Journey of Riches – Building Your Dreams: 11 Stories to Inspire you Into Action, a book that explores how others attained their dreams and provide inspiration through chapters that include: Your money mindset The foundations of pursuing your dream From waiting tables to international keynote speaker Building dreams within dreams The art of dreaming From riches to rags And others… High Praise for A Journey of Riches series: “If you’re looking for an inspiring read to get you through any change, this is it!! This book is filled with many gripping perspectives, from a collection of successful international authors with a tonne of wisdom to share.” ñ Theera Phetmalaigul, Entrepreneur/Investor. “A must-read for anyone facing significant changes or challenges in life right now. This book will give you the courage to move through any challenge with confidence, grace and ease.” ñ Jo-Anne Irwin, Transformational Coach & Bestselling Author. “A timely read as I’m facing a few changes right now. I liked the various insights from the different authors. This book will inspire you to move through any challenge that you are experiencing.” ñ David Ostrand, Business Owner. Contributing Authors in this volume: John Spender, Dr. Colleen Sabol-Olitsky, Tony Gunn, Lyn Croker, Beth Lydia Ranchez, Dario Cucci, Leon Beaton, Lynette Gehrmann, Cindy Vazquez, Narelle Burgess, Jennifer Kumer A Journey of Riches: Building your Dreams is the nineteenth book in the Journey of Riches series, a collection of poignant thoughts by successful authors. We all need a little motivation to help us continue in the face of adversity, and live life on your terms.

Meet John Spender

John Spender is a 25-time International Best Selling co-author, who didn’t learn how to read and write at a basic level until he was ten years old. He has since traveled the world, started many businesses leading him to create the best-selling book series A Journey Of Riches. He is an Award-Winning International Speaker and Movie Maker.

John worked as an international NLP trainer and has coached thousands of people from various backgrounds through all sorts of challenges. From the borderline homeless to very wealthy individuals, he has helped many people to get in touch with their truth to create a life on their terms.

John’s search for answers to living a fulfilling life has taken him to work with Native American Indians in the Hills of San Diego, the forests of Madagascar, swimming with humpback whales in Tonga, exploring the Okavango Delta of Botswana and the Great Wall of China. He’s traveled from Chile to Slovakia, Hungary to the Solomon Islands, the mountains of Italy and the streets of Mexico.

Everywhere his journey has taken him, John has discovered a hunger among people to find a new way to live, with a yearning for freedom of expression. His belief that everyone has a book in them was born.

 He is now a writing coach, having worked with more than 200 authors from 40 different countries for the A Journey of Riches series http://ajourneyofriches.com/ and his publishing house, Motion Media International, has published 28 non-fiction titles to date.

 John also co-wrote and produced the movie documentary Adversity starring Jack Canfield, Rev. Micheal Bernard Beckwith, Dr. John Demartini, and many more, coming soon in 2022. Moreover, you can bet there will be a best-selling book to follow!

Athena in the Rathole

Athena is born at the wrong time, to the wrong parents, . Her parents are Greek immigrants trying to find their way in America. Athena bounces between two countries, two cultures, eating Greek eyeball stew and lamb’s brain on the one hand, and ice cream cones with sprinkles on the other. 

Humorously told, Athena must survive her vicious mother, a shaming nun, bullying classmates, and an abusive babysitter. Her mother blames Athena for the family’s troubles and Athena comforts herself by sneaking Greek delicacies. In Greek culture you’re supposed to be pretty and skinny, basically perfect. She is neither of these things. Things go from bad to worse and Athena is sent away to a school for disturbed kids. 

Athena’s only hope is to break free from her mother’s explosive volatility and smothering vice grip. She finds support along the way from an unlikely lot of total strangers, including a Portuguese family, an art teacher, a psychic granny, gang members, and a hooker. Without them Athena doesn’t stand a chance. But will she take the final leap and flee up north before her mother destroys her?


Meet Demi K

Demi K lives in Alaska and owns a restaurant in a small tourist town.

When A Man Loves: A Lifestyle & Leadership Most Men Will Never Experience

Pete Kennedy knew as a child that he was not being served. Growing up in Kingston, Jamaica, he was looking for a leader but couldn’t find one. A distant father, being low-income, surrounded by crime, all of these factors pushed Pete down a path he might not have traveled if he had better direction. Pete Kennedy chronicles his life choices based on what he never had: real leadership. When a Man Loves is a captivating story about a young Jamaican man navigating the world without much-needed guidance. This story is one man’s journey navigating masculinity and all the traps it sets. Pete Kennedy witnessed how men have failed in their culture, their families, and themselves without it. He saw it with his own eyes. Selling drugs, joining gangs, and endless affairs, Pete walks on the wild side. Until one day, he knew he had to stop. Part memoir, part self-development, When a Man Loves illustrates how men can learn how to be leaders and untangle themselves from society’s toxic expectations. Through travel and therapy, Pete discovers how to live an honest, connected life. Within these pages, Pete shows us how to become the leaders we all have inside of us and how to set ourselves up for success. We learn what the MUST, SHOULD, COULDs are of our lives, and how to live a life of love through leadership. Pete teaches us to apply leadership in every facet of our lives: our families, friendships, and careers.

Feelings and Reason: Activating Your Heart as Compass Despite the Ego’s Interference

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Learn from a trauma psychologist the wisdom of real people challenged with the task of overcoming severe adversity. Integrating their insights into a complete picture of the human experience Ernie L. Vecchio reveals a developmental understanding of how adversity becomes an opportunity for self-correction, growth, and healing. By acknowledging that the human ego is only one-third of a larger system, people learn not only what is observing their life, but why and where it is intending for them to go. The problem is we’re stuck in between life as it is and life as intended with whatever the ego considers interference. But there is good news, a unifying intelligence within everyone that wants nothing more than to liberate our fullest expression. Bringing continuity to how this unfolds, we learn there are ten absolute truths of being human. 

The process begins with a logical and sensible path to emotional maturity – we are what happens first. All humans are spiritual beings born into a psychological world (first premise). You are human (second premise). Therefore, you are psychospiritual. In this context, giving station to what we are in the beginning means we no longer have to be at the mercy of a misguided ego. What follows is a reciprocal relationship with the self and all of life. More than reducing people to their strengths and weaknesses, Vecchio proposes that every human being is a hopeful expectation for the future. He reminds that the path forward has always been inward. Often called the road less traveled, he provides people with a pragmatic and reliable Map to Becoming.  

He states, “Some have said that when the ego’s interference is removed, it is analogous to being able to see in the dark.” Offering people a clear understanding of ‘human angst’ he clarifies that we can learn to convert obstacles into motivational fuel. By giving station to our full navigational abilities, we become invigorated to live in the present moment. We become an inspiration for each other simply by the way we carry ourselves in the world. The meaningfulness of life returns when feelings and reason (a faculty of consciousness) are aligned. Often ignored, he proposes there is an evolving wisdom in our subjective experiences but we must have some form of an inner life to interpret them. Becoming a study of one, we develop a growing and dynamic perspective for the love of wisdom (i.e. philosophy), which brings this intelligence to the surface. What follows is a natural inclination to pay it forward. Having a clear understanding of the past and a deep appreciation for the present, we develop an optimistic view of the future. True authenticity is the simultaneous realization of hindsight, insight, and foresight, a form of vision that is proof-positive of a life lived awake.

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Seeds of Change

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Introverted, intuitive healer, Jada “Jey” Grey has nothing left to lose. After all, her skills and knowledge couldn’t save her mother from a manmade virus. Set in 2071, with the heat index reaching crippling levels on Earth, Jey is barely coping. But when she stumbles upon an opportunity to launch from Earth, she feels compelled to go.

The mission—to create a new colony on an unexplored exoplanet—fits right in with Jey’s dreams. Her friendship with a clairvoyant child onboard the ship, her growing empathic abilities, and her attempts at love spark an unfamiliar hope.

But when a rival corporation sabotages their ship, and their target planet is a wasteland, Jey must set aside her old self-destructive patterns and take a leap into a new way of being—and seeing. Her connection to the seeds and plants changes everything. Can she convince the other colonists that her clairvoyant vision is exactly what they need?

 “Engaging, positive, uplifting with a good story. The kind of book I like to read but is so difficult to find.” —Andrew, Goodreads

“I loved this story of Jey and her journey out to the stars and in to her self at the same time… I particularly like the writing style, the language, and how the dialogue felt true to the characters who were speaking. As a first novel it was outstanding.” — Elissa Matthews, author of Where the River Bends

“I loved this book from the instant I began reading it… Seeds of Change features a solid narrative arc, tiptoes between genres of fantasy, dystopian fiction, and sci-fi, clean smooth-flowing language that drew me in from start to finish, and, ultimately, some really nice feel-good vibes. A very enjoyable read!” — Angela Panayotopulos, author of The Wake Up