A beautiful family hiding dysfunction.
A house full of secrets.
An intelligent, creative, and schizophrenic girl.
An awkward, awesome, zealous boy.
Noxious peers. Worse high school. Embarrassing moments.
Danger lurks. Young love. Reality?
What befalls one on an unraveling journey? And what is it like to question one’s own sanity? Adria is a high school junior with a penchant for painting and a clear goal: to hide the changes from anyone and everyone. In reality, she’s just developing schizophrenia. Genes are not in Adria’s corner. With an uncle as well as an older brother with paranoid schizophrenia, she’s got the family ties that make her life a challenge. Not that she needs any more stress. As the primary caregiver to her younger siblings, Adria’s life couldn’t be anything less than jam-packed and ready to implode. Adria must choose whether to risk everything, including her sanity and a first love, in a desperate attempt to save her family from the evil that stalks them.
Then there’s Ben, an awkward average teen but totally in awe at what he sees in Adria: a curious, quirky, and calm-natured dream that just applied for a job at the same store. He can’t help but be magnetically drawn to everything that is Adria, whom he meets when the odds are against her: in school, at their part-time job, and at home, especially. Little does he know her outward deficiencies are only the tip of the iceberg. Will he save the girl of his dreams, or is she destined to falter and pull him under with her when her mental health condition triggers.
Angela Grey, a writer with paranoid schizophrenia,, OCD, PTSD, and social anxiety, whom herself spent time in a psychiatric hospital, has created a memorable moving tale about the sometimes unexpected and challenging road to first love.
The subject of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women & Girls fails to get the attention it deserves. Facts show that Native American women and girls are twice as likely to be assaulted than any other race and their third leading cause of death is injury. And out of nearly 6000 missing and murdered cases just shy of two hundred are in the national law enforcement databases. We need to do something about this epidemic. The nation’s highways, inner-city Native American communities, and Indian reservations have become our killing fields. This fictionalized account shows the obstacles tribal police face when dealing with such atrocities. Our mothers, sisters, daughters, and granddaughters are being murdered or go missing and the only people looking for them are their survivors by way of social media accounts and ground searches. This is the tale of tribal Detective Sargeant Jessica Stone and her oftentimes partner FBI Special Agent Casey Borgreve.
If you’re a self-improvement junkie like I am, you’re always looking for something inspiring and motivational to read. I firmly believe you should never stop learning and growing as a person. With that in mind, I’m sharing some of the best self-improvement books in a variety of self-development categories that are important to our overall happiness, peace of mind, and balance.
Here are 44 of what I think are the best self-improvement books on these subjects:
Self-Improvement Books on Confidence
2. Confidence Hacks: 99 Small Actions to Massively Boost Your Confidence, by Barrie Davenport
3. Confident You: An Introvert’s Guide to Success in Life and Business, by Steve Scott and Rebecca Livermore
Self-Improvement Books on Happiness
4. Habits Of A Happy Brain: Retrain Your Brain to Boost Your Serotonin, Dopamine, Oxytocin, & Endorphin Levels, by Loretta Graziano Breuning
5. The Art of Happiness in a Troubled World, by Howard Cutler M.D. and Dalai Lama
6. The Antidote: Happiness for People Who Can’t Stand Positive Thinking, by Oliver Burkeman
Self-Improvement Books on Life Purpose
8. The 52-Week Life Passion Project: Uncover Your Life Passion, by Barrie Davenport
9. Do What You Are: Discover the Perfect Career for You Through the Secrets of Personality Type, by Paul D. Tieger and Barbara Barron
10. The Passion Test: The Effortless Path to Discovering Your Life Purpose, by Janet Attwood
Simplifying and Simplicity Self-Help Books
11. 10-Minute Declutter: The Stress-Free Habit for Simplifying Your Home, by Barrie Davenport and Steve Scott
12. 10-Minute Digital Declutter: The Simple Habit to Eliminate Technology Overload, by Barrie Davenport and Steve Scott
Self-Improvement Books on Mindfulness
14. Peace of Mindfulness: Everyday Rituals to Conquer Anxiety and Claim Unlimited Inner Peace, by Barrie Davenport
15. Wherever You Go, There You Are: Mindfulness Meditation In Everyday Life, by Jon Kabat-Zinn
Self-Improvement Books on Overcoming Stress and Anxiety
16. Emotional Freedom: Liberate Yourself from Negative Emotions and Transform Your Life, by Judith Orloff
17. When Panic Attacks: The New, Drug-Free Anxiety Therapy That Can Change Your Life, by David D. Burns MD
18. Healing Anxiety and Depression, by Daniel G. Amen and Lisa C. Routh
20. Full Catastrophe Living: Using the Wisdom of Your Body and Mind to Face Stress, Pain, and Illness, by Jon Kabat-Zinn and Thich Nhat Hanh
Self-Improvement Books on Relationships
21. Hold Me Tight: Seven Conversations for a Lifetime of Love, by Dr. Sue Johnson
22. 201 Relationship Questions: The Couple’s Guide to Building Trust and Emotional Intimacy, by Barrie Davenport
23. The 5 Love Languages: The Secret to Love that Lasts, by Gary Chapman
24. How to Be an Adult in Relationships: The Five Keys to Mindful Loving, by David Richo and Kathlyn Hendricks
Self-Improvement Books on Good Habits
26. Sticky Habits: 6 Simple Steps to Create Good Habits Stick, by Barrie Davenport
27. Habit Stacking: 97 Small Life Changes That Take Five Minutes or Less, by Steve Scott
28. Mini Habits: Smaller Habits, Bigger Results, by Stephen Guise
Self-Improvement Books on Motivation and Productivity
31. Self-Discovery Questions:: 155 Breakthrough Questions to Accelerate Massive Action, By Barrie Davenport
32. Zen To Done: The Ultimate Simple Productivity System, by Leo Babauta
33. Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience, by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi
Self-Improvement Books on Overcoming Challenges
34. Getting Past Your Past: Take Control of Your Life with Self-Help Techniques from EMDR Therapy, by Francine Shapiro
35. Healing After Loss: Daily Meditations For Working Through Grief, by Martha W. Hickman
38. When Things Fall Apart: Heart Advice for Difficult Times, by Pema Chodron
39. Man’s Search for Meaning, by Viktor E. Frankl
Self-Improvement Health and Wellness Books
42. Emotional Intelligence 2.0 by Travis Bradberry, Jean Greaves and Patrick Lencioni
43. The Yoga Bible, by Christina Brown
44. Boundaries: When to Say Yes, How to Say No to Take Control of Your Life, by Henry Cloud and John Townsend
“Just because a woman dresses provocatively doesn’t mean she should be assaulted, raped, or murdered. Talk about judging a book by its frickin’ cover.” Native American Tribal Detective Seargent Jessica Stone counters FBI Special Agent Casey Borgreve while they sit in his FBI SUV on a stakeout of The Copper Mule bar and grill.
“I’m just saying the missing person photos we show would be more effective if she’s dressed a bit more modestly.” Casey chokes on his words, realizing how old-fashioned he sounds as he hears himself speak. “You know what, you’re right. I’m sorry. It must just be my small town, WASP upbringing.”
“And while we’re at it, just because a woman accepts a few drinks doesn’t make her available to assault, rape, or murder, either.” Stone admonishes Borgreve. “And white anglo-Saxon protestant isn’t an excuse either. I know WASP’s without such restrictive beliefs, you ass.”
It took me a while to follow the ebook trend. Now, I’m being nudged into audiobooks, much to my dismay. I already have a monumental task of retyping my four previously published books that I wrote under the pseudonym, Peyton Mathie.
Somewhere along the line, maybe during the move fifteen years ago, I lost my backup CD’s where all my manuscripts were stored. Since I’m not happy with the printing done by my former publishing company, as they printed a B&W book in blue tones, I need to retitle and resubmit to my current publisher, which is KDP.
For that reason, I purchased the Dragon software, which I read the manuscript or book, and the software types it up for me. Doing so has made me realize that I’m not as articulate as I thought I was. And that my voice seems to come across nasal and tinny. However, I don’t have the money to pay for a voiceover, so here I go on a new journey.