Author Heidi Radkiewicz is Today’s Honoree

About The Book:

Debut author, Army veteran, wife and mother Heidi Radkiewicz was never meant to be your average blushing bride. While she did spend her honeymoon amidst palm trees, they were not set in the backdrop of any tropical paradise, as within weeks of saying, “I do,” Radkiewicz was deployed to Iraq alongside her loving husband Jake.

Written with grace and humor, Honeymoon in Baghdad  shares Radkiewicz’s inspirational and charming coming of age story, from growing up in rural Iowa to being deployed to Iraq in the same platoon as her new husband. During the early days of the Iraq war, this couple faced combat together head-on, tackling the unique challenges and joys of a new marriage beset by the horrors of war. In the months that followed, intense heat, mind-numbing boredom, and the ever-present danger of roadside bombs and murderous insurgents forged this pair into a team that can take on the world.

Radkiewicz’s account of this formative period in her young marriage is a lesson in the unwavering power of faith, hope, and finding joy in unexpected places. From bucket showers to palm-sized water beetles, Heidi’s message is clear: hold tight to the people you love, take comfort in the man by your side, and keep a look out for anything that can make you smile. And through the grace of God, adversity can pull you closer together.

About the Author

Army Veteran Heidi Radkiewicz was born and raised in rural Iowa and now resides in the Chicago area where she is a stay at home mother and wife. She enjoys taking care of her family, working out, health and nutrition, having fun with her Belgian Malinois, reading up on politics, and traveling around the country with her family in their RV.

Learn more or connect with Radkiewicz on Facebook or Linkedin, or visit her website at honeymooninbaghdadbook.com/

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Money Expert LaTisha “Tish” Styles is Today’s Honoree

LaTisha “Tish” Styles is a sought-after millennial lifestyle and money expert helping clients take an existing skill and turn it into an online business.

She is the founder of Creating Coins and President of Financial Success Media, LLC.
After years of struggling to figure out the secret to making money, she started Creating Coins to bring to light what she finally discovered, that money is an idea and that action turns ideas into income.

Through her signature training programs, LaTisha helps coaches build an online presence that serves one clear purpose, helping them gain more clients. Her work has been featured in notable publications including Forbes, Fast Company, and Business Insider.

With a heart for children and a passion for the Spanish language, LaTisha has served in Costa Rica and Mexico volunteering her Spanish fluency with children in both countries, and while building homes in Mexico. She also serves on the board of the Living the Mosaic Foundation which serves children on the Autism Spectrum.

Visit https://latishastyles.com/about/ for more information.

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Author Eudene Harry MD is Today’s Honoree

About the Book:

Today there are too many reasons that we find to diminish ourselves, to not shine, and to not be the healthiest, happiest version of ourselves. We let others determine our worth and how we feel about ourselves. We then act according to their idea of us and not who we truly are. These others can be voices that you have carried from your childhood telling you that you are not enough—not thin enough, smart enough, and so on—or they may be voices or circumstances today constantly pointing out areas that they feel are lacking. So you withdraw, bury your music, hide your light, and give away your power. You forfeit your right to be your best self, and it shows up in the extra weight you carry, the sleepless nights, the chronic illness, and your lack of joy and health. I write this book because I want to give you the power to take your life back and say, “I am more than you can ever imagine because what you call flaws are well-placed facets that when polished will blind you with their brilliance. I am #PerfectlyFlawed.”

About the Author:

Eudene Harry MD is the medical director for Oasis Wellness and Rejuvenation Center, a wellness practice devoted to integrative holistic care. She is a veteran physician with over 20 years of experience. Dr. Harry earned her medical degree and performed her residency at Thomas Jefferson University.

Dr. Harry is the author of three books designed to empower the individual to get started on their path to optimal health. She has published extensively on the topics of reducing stress, healthy lifestyle choices, and regaining youthfulness. She regularly contributes to television and radio shows nationwide.

Connect with Dr. Harry on TwitterFacebook and YouTube. To learn more about Dr. Harry please visit, www.drharrymd.com.

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Convoy Of Hope President and Co-Founder Hal Donaldson is Today’s Honoree

About Hal:

Hal is the president and co-founder of Convoy of Hope.  He is a graduate of San Jose State University and Bethany University with degrees in Journalism and Biblical Studies.  The best thing about Hal is the priority he gives to his wife and kids

About Convoy of Hope:

Convoy of Hope is a faith-­based organization with a driving passion to feed the world. With a long history as an early responder in times of natural disasters, Convoy of Hope has been a Four Star Charity as recognized by Charity Navigator for 15 consecutive years. Convoy of Hope has served more than 100 million people since it was founded in 1994.

For more information please visit convoyofhope.org.

 

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Author Rick Lenz is Today’s Honoree

About The Book:

How many lives does Jack have to blow before getting it right? And is sleeping with Marilyn Monroe worth getting murdered again?

“Compelling… Fascinating…Shades of Groundhog Day and It’s a Wonderful Life.”
— Forward Reviews.

“Rich, thought-provoking…A terrific page-turner…” — US Review of Books

“It’s just about impossible to put down.” — Bret Easton Ellis, New York Times best selling author

“I was particularly struck by how masterfully the author captured Marilyn Monroe. It’s no easy task to capture such an iconic figure who is now so heavily and elusively cloaked in myth, but I thought Rick Lenz portrayed her so well that I wondered if he’d actually met her. I don’t know if he has or not, but I almost felt I had by reading this book. I also enjoyed the way he placed the reader in LA of the 1950’s—a time still close enough to Hollywood’s golden era that it’s still visible to the naked eye. I felt like I’d traveled back with Jack to a time I’d love to have experienced myself.”
— Martin Turnbull, author of The Garden of Allah novels.

About The Author:

Rick Lenz is a graduate of the University of Michigan, past member of the Actor’s Studio, and active member in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. He is a veteran Broadway, television, and film actor who first came to national attention when he repeated his Broadway role in Cactus Flower, the film version. He went on to appear in a long list of movies and TV shows. As a writer, his plays have been produced Off-Broadway, on PBS television and in regional theatres across the country. His memoir North of Hollywood was called “masterful” by Writer’s Digest, while his first novel, The Alexandrite was named “one of the best books of the year” by Kirkus Reviews. His most recent novel is Impersonators Anonymous.

When Lenz is not riding away on his next kaleidoscopic quest, he can be found painting, playing the piano, or reading at home with his beloved wife, Linda.

Come to www.ricklenz.com to discover Rick’s blog, books, art, and interviews.

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Author and Poet Nancy Shiffrin is Today’s Honoree

Nancy Shiffrin has 3 collections of poetry in print. She is a PEN Artist in the Community, a College Professor, and an Academy of American Poets award winner. She has received honorable mentions from The Poetry Society of America, The Dora Teitelboim Foundation, and The Alice Jackson Foundation. Her writings about writing have appeared in the Los Angeles Times, Shofar, poetix.net, and The Lummox Journal, A Cafe in Space: The Journal of Anais Nin Studies. She earned her MA studying with Anais Nin, her PhD studying women authors. She has taught poetry and creative writing at all levels and would love to come to your community to help you tell your story. She will travel to wherever travel, meals and lodging are paid. (I have to clear $600 per workshop or reading.)

About Nancy Shiffrin’s Poetry:

THE VAST UNKNOWING collects a wide spectrum of poetry from Nancy Shiffrin.… One of her main questions is Who are we? What made us that person? She explores a number of sources of our identity.… The poem, ‘My Shoah’ brings together many of her disparate threads—family, religion, evil, details from her personal history—and makes them work together. When she is at her best, as in this poem, Shiffrin produces deep, powerful poetry.”
—G. Murray Thomas, poetix.net

“Buckle up. Hold tight! THE VAST UNKNOWING is like riding the roller coaster. It will plunge you into despair, exhilarate you, shake you to the depths of your being, terrify you, elate, disturb. And leave you weak-kneed, dizzy and delighted that you saw it through to a safe landing. A ride not to be missed.… words as weapons, words as balm, sometimes words that puzzle, words that arouse.… In her poem, ‘At the Writers’ Retreat’, Shiffrin quotes Anais Nin, ‘There are no writer’s blocks, only secrets we are afraid of telling.’ Nancy Shiffrin isn’t afraid. And no one will remain indifferent to the virtuoso power with which she reveals her secrets.”
—Ricky Rapoport Friesem, Poetica Magazine

“Nancy Shiffrin’s new book of poetry, THE VAST UNKNOWING, rekindled my fascination with Anais Nin.… Both writers explore personal relationships, the chaos of inner struggle, the beauty of nature, and sense awareness. The section on Fairy Tales calls to mind Nin’s fascination with dreams and her continuous probing of the creative spirit.… There is a frankness in Shiffrin’s work that matches Nin’s journals, and a similar autobiographical tone.”
—Karen Kane, Paris by Design

“‘September, 2001’ (published here as ‘Lamentation’) touches us by conveying vividly not only the horror of the victims’ ordeal but also the humanity of the perpetrators.”
—Liz Zelvin, AOL Social Work Forum Newsletter

Visit http://home.earthlink.net/~nshiffrin/ for more information.

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Author Donna Jean Gerrier is Today’s Honoree

Author Donna Jean Gerrier’s mother was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis and osteoporosis. Her father, a Parkinsonian, cared for her mother until he suffered a stroke. The best medicine? Embracing humor and a love for life.

Gerrier wants to inspire others to hold onto their beliefs and dreams no matter how difficult their circumstances may be. The love of her family prevailed her fulfilling career in Toronto as a speech language pathologist as well as her study and performance of classical opera. Gerrier returned to her parents home in a small prairie town of four thousand residents.

“My goal remains steadfast, to help others who are facing challenges to be brave in adapting the identical insane courage that we as a family embraced to live full out creating a vibrant life in spite of horrific circumstances and huge obstacles, even from their wheelchairs,” Gerrier said.

“Picture yourself leaving a professional career as a speech (language) pathologist and returning home for the love of family. See Donna Jean’s patience being tested and seeing what eggs on the wall look like in this Dad’s den (aka ‘man cave’ in the U.S.)!,” an Amazon reviewer wrote about the book.

Follow the Gerrier family in “Eggs on the Wall . . . For the Love of Family” on their journey as they live life being grateful for every day–many of which are filled with fun, laughter and outrageous experiences such as getting arrested in Sweden for allegedly being Russian spies.

About the author

Donna Jean Gerrier shares her family’s story to help others facing the responsibility of caring for a loved one. Gerrier facilitates a pet-loss support group and is passionate to end violence towards animals and women. A retired speech language pathologist, she pursues an interest in the performing arts.

To learn more about the author and her book, please visit http://www.donnajeangerrier.com/.

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