WOOOOO HOOOOO! It Has Taken Time But Cat Has Finally Reached 500 Book Blog Posts on WordPress About All My Fine Authors and Their Books …Thank You, Readers, and Friends.

OH, HAPPY CAT DAY!! 

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Congratulations on writing 500 posts on¬†“Cat Lyon’s Reading & Writing Den”!

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Couldn’t Have Done It Without All My Readers, Friends, and New Visitors Asking For More Authors and All Their #BOOKS! THANK YOU!

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WARNING: Writers, Do Not Act Out Your Characters In REAL LIFE…You May End Up Like This Author.

You all know Cat pretty well. If I come across something literary I feel is worthy of sharing? Then I will!

Please, authors, if you are going to be a writer and publish your books of romance suspense novels? Don’t act out your storyline and characters in REAL LIFE!

Actually though, not funny but ironic as someone in real life died… The Author’s Husband by her hands. I feel a new book in the making…CAT

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Nancy Brophy’s¬†Amazon Author Profile and Published Books.¬†Now Charged With Murder.


About The Author:  Nancy Brophy grew up reading and writing. Her imaginary friends have rich lives and less self-doubts with stories that have beginning, middles and happy ending all within four hundred pages. She lives in the beautiful, green and very wet Northwest with her husband, two naughty dogs, PB and J, and forty rowdy chickens.

Novelist Who Penned ‘How To Murder Your Husband’ Essay Charged With Husband’s Murder.


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(Nancy Crampton-Brophy has been charged with the murder of her husband, Daniel Brophy. She is the author of romantic suspense novels and, in a 2011 blog post, outlined various motives and methods of killing a husband. Credit: Portland, OR Police Bureau and NPR and The Oregonian)
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“How do you get away with murder? Maybe don’t write a blog post about getting away with murder.”

Last week, police in Portland arrested 68-year-old Nancy Crampton-Brophy. She is charged with the murder in the death of her 63-year-old husband, chef Daniel Brophy.

At 8:30 a.m. on June 2, police and medics arrived at The Oregon Culinary Institute after students and instructors arriving for class found Brophy suffering from a gunshot wound. The first responders attempted to revive him but weren’t successful. In a press conference that day,¬†police said¬†that they were investigating the death as a homicide and that they had no immediate suspects.

Crampton-Brophy is a self-published author of¬†romantic suspense novels, many featuring chiseled ex-Navy SEALs ‚ÄĒ books with “rugged men, strong women, and a good story,” she touted on her website.¬†There¬†she described¬†her home life ‚ÄĒ part of which read like the satisfying last pages of a romance novel:

“I live in the beautiful, green, and very wet, Northwest,¬†married to a Chef whose mantra is: life is a science project. As a result there are chickens and turkeys in my backyard, a fabulous vegetable garden which also grows tobacco for an insecticide and a hot meal on the table every night.¬†For those of you who have longed for this, let me caution you. The old adage is true. Be careful what you wish for, when the gods are truly angry, they grant us our wishes.

“… I can’t tell you when I fell in love with my husband, but I relate the moment I decided to marry him. I was in the bath. It was a big tub. I expected him to join me and when he was delayed, I called out, ‘Are you coming?’

“His answer convinced me he was Mr. Right. ‘Yes, but I’m making hors d’oeuvres.’¬†Can you imagine spending the rest of your life without a man like that?”

But¬†in 2011, for a blog called¬†See Jane Publish, Crampton-Brophy wrote an essay titled¬†“How to Murder Your Husband.”¬†(The post is no longer public.)

“As a romantic suspense writer, I spend a lot of time thinking about murder and, consequently, about police procedure,” the post read. “After all, if the murder is supposed to set me free, I certainly don’t want to spend any time in jail. And let me say clearly for the record, I don’t like jumpsuits and orange isn’t my color.”

The essay described a range of possible motives for murdering a husband, ranging from avoiding the financial hit of a divorce to infidelity by a “lying, cheating bastard,” and even the possibility that the wife is a professional contract killer. It also weighed the pros and cons of different methods: “Guns ‚ÄĒ loud, messy, require some skill. … Knives ‚ÄĒ really personal and close up. Blood everywhere. Eww.”

She warned against committing a crime of passion: “Most of the time there is a trail that leads directly to you. Each type of murder leaves clues. A crime of passion does not look like a stranger was involved.”

The couple had been married for 27 years,¬†according¬†to¬†The Oregonian, and were reportedly inseparable. Brophy was a lead instructor at the culinary institute, where he was¬†remembered¬†as “the resident encyclopedia of knowledge” with “offbeat sense of humor and creative approach to teaching.”

The day after her husband’s death, Crampton-Brophy posted¬†an update¬†to Facebook.

“I have sad news to relate. My husband and best friend, Chef Dan Brophy was killed yesterday morning. For those of you who are close to me and feel this deserved a phone call, you are right, but I’m struggling to make sense of everything right now,” she wrote. “While I appreciate all of your loving responses, I am overwhelmed. Please save phone calls for a few days until I can function.”

But a neighbor, Don McConnell, told the¬†Oregonian¬†of an odd interaction with the widow. “She never showed any signs of being upset or sad,” McConnell said. “I would say she had an air of relief like it was almost a godsend.” He asked whether the police had been keeping her updated. “She said, ‘No, I’m a suspect,’ ” without emotion, McConnell said.

The news was a jolt to others. “It’s a big shock. It’s a big shock,” Brophy’s mother, Karen Brophy,¬†told¬†The Washington Post. “But we’re not making any statements.”

“Everyone that knows her, especially those close to her than myself are sick at heart,” Anna Brentwood, a writer who says she has known the couple for two decades told the¬†Oregonian. “We are hoping the police are wrong and just going after the easiest target.”

At a candlelight vigil a week after his death, Daniel Brophy was remembered as being gruff on the outside, compassionate underneath. Attendees recalled a cow costume the instructor used with Velcro labels to illustrate cuts of beef.

The costume was hand-sewn by Crampton-Brophy, who spoke of her late husband. “He loved teaching, he loved mushrooms, and he loved family,” she said,¬†according¬†to the¬†Portland Tribune. “Not only was life a science experiment, but sometimes it was an adventure.”¬†Near the end of the blog post imagining how and why to kill one’s husband, Crampton-Brophy wrote that she finds “it is easier to wish people dead than to actually kill them.”

“I don’t want to worry about blood and brains splattered on my walls. And really, I’m not good at remembering lies. But the thing I know about murder is that every one of us has it in him/her when pushed far enough.”


Crampton-Brophy was arraigned in Multnomah County Circuit Court on Thursday. The judge approved a request by prosecutors to seal the court document outlining the case against her. She wore a blue jumpsuit.

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BUT WAIT, READERS!!… Here is the CRAZY PART of this…I went to her Facebook page here¬†Author, Nancy Brophy¬†and her Readers are leaving her Supportive Posts for her there??? WHAT? This lady shots here husband and readers are supporting her? WOW! Now I have seen and READ it all! Now I am not a heartless person, but you are supporting a murderer, people.

There is also another Facebook page;¬†Remembering Daniel Brophy¬†by her husbands’ co-workers of “The Culinary Institue” in Portland, Oregon. Let’s remember a man died in this tragic event. I guess will see if Nancy is or is not his killer as she moves through the court proceedings. Yes, I know, Innocent until proven Guilty…

‎Daniel Darrah‎ to Remembering Daniel Brophy
“I just heard on the radio here in Arkansas that Chef Brophy was shot and killed at the culinary school I attended. He was an amazing man, teacher, and friend. He and his class are the best memories I have when I think back on my time there. Flavors of the World taught me so much about spices, herbs, and of course, mushrooms. You will always have a special place in my heart and you will be missed by so many culinarians that you influenced in your life and theirs.”

 

From Cat’s Neighborhood 2 Your’s Readers, Authors, and Writers, Happy Memorial Weekend! We Honor Our Men and Women In Uniform!

Light The BBQ’S and Grab A Great Book and Enjoy¬†This Memorial Day Weekend Everyone!!

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Sand, Sun, Surf, and Good Books!! Happy Memorial Weekend Reading!  CAT

Cat’s Avid Reader Pick of The Week and His Fabulous Website. Let’s Meet Himanish Prabhakar of ‘The Literal Arts’

“I met Himanish through Facebook as he “Stalks” one of my Fabulous Award-winning Authors I book promote¬†for named Adriana Gavazzoni. I think he is in love with her,¬†or many he is Cray-Cray about her “Hidden Motives” Trilogy just as I am.”

He is a NetGalley reader, is on Goodreads, and on Amazon Reviews Ranking!

About –¬†New Delhi

I’m an avid reader, a writer, full-time senior IT professional, photographer and a cheerful person.

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My Amazon Ranking? I have him beat!¬†Reviewer ranking –¬†#141,133¬† LOL!!

Cat Lyon reviewed a product.

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The Brilliant Game (Hidden Motives Book 3)
Never Seen This Ending Coming!
Never Saw The Ending Coming and Wow, What A Fabulous Finale of This Trilogy!

From the first awarding-winning “Behind the Door” begins a thrilling and steamy into of a sex game or…

ABOUT HIMANISH:

I’m a complete Delhitte, born and brought up in Delhi, India. I’m a creator, an innovator, an artist, an avid reader, an engineer, believer and most of all curious about almost everything happening around. I am a completely logical person wanting to find and understand the logic behind everything. If I didn’t get the logic I definitely will not believe. I am a fighter, no matter how complex the situation is, I know I can deal with it because I trust three people in my life My Family, My friends…, and most of all in me.

Great passion for food, photography, and music.

I love to shoot in still or motion¬†photography whenever I get chance to create it. Distilled, Night, Amber, Nature, Abstract, City, People,¬† any kind of photography. Love to visit different exhibitions of photographs and paintings. I just love the work in category People by ‚ÄúSean Archer, Dmitry, Fedor‚ÄĚ, Landscapes by Marvin Sobas, Photo Shoot expert Jo√ęl Bear and Night Photography expert Tanner Wendell Stewart‚Ķ, and many more‚Ķ So come visit my website:¬†“Himanish Prabhakar.”

I read a lot then review books and post about them on my FB Book & Author Review Page, GoodReads, and Amazon. I write about food and restaurants on Zomato and my Food FB Page.

So come meet Himanish the Avid Reader and visit his website Today!

CAT!

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Spring Is Here and So Are The E-Book Sales At Cat Lyon’s Reading Den!

READERS LOVE E-BOOK SALES, so what a way to celebrate Springtime and Summer just around the corner than with a book sale. Reading great books in nice weather is an “old-fashioned¬†pastime,” so many authors lower the cost of all their e-books to begin a new way to boost sales, book reviews, reach new readers and push those kindle reads up on the Amazon Ranking Chart!

Well, that is my book promotion tip for my authors and help them gain more exposure for their books. Here are a few books and authors I promote who have lowered the price of their e-books for Spring as some have won medals, some are new releases and check out¬†all Cat’s books on my “Hot Book Picks” page while you are visiting.

First up is a $.99 cent E-book Sale by Author, Diane Olsen, and her Bronze Medal Winner “Ancient Ways: The Roots of Religion” and don’t let the title fool you!

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Ancient Ways by Diane Mulberger Olsen FACEBOOK and TWITTER TEASER SALE (1)

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About¬†“Ancient Ways”

“What if monotheism always existed, and revelations were given to all human forms. There are hints to that effect. We should not assume primitive peoples weren’t smart enough to grasp the concept of a single Creator” …

Too often we tweak religion to reflect our personal thoughts rather than dealing directly with the Word of God.  Monotheism, today is represented by at least nine living faiths, yet praying to God alone is not enough, for many. Instead, we pray to prophets, angels, saints, ancestors, deities, even the universe.

This creates a chain of “Paths” and “Ways” which become stained, over time,¬†by human desires for control and material benefits. And as darkness and materialism overtake one Faith, another is born, through the intervention of the Holy Spirit, which is clothed in a different form, with a new name, and very familiar teachings.

Like the Tree of Life, monotheism can be visualized as a chain linking prehistory and history, entwined with human additions, wisps, and twists that produce an undulating, ultimate Yin and Yang. This constant interaction of complementary, as well as conflicting, forces and energies, exhibits both organic unity and dynamism-even war. Those who suspect there is a unified core of basic beliefs should enjoy Ancient Ways.
Hopefully, you will find precious gems to take with you!

Editorial Review:  5-Stars and Very Enjoyable Read!
“An interesting and fluently written book about monotheistic faith and the links between its many forms throughout history. It raises some real¬†thought-provoking theories, backed up with strong examples but written very easy and reader-friendly.¬† A great read!”

Cat’s next E-book Sale is “Find The Seeker!: The pathless path to fulfillment and happiness,” a new release and stacking up many fine editorial reviews! It is written by one of the few living Zen Masters of our time. Author, Genro Xuan Lou, Laoshi and Author, Clifford Stevens both from Austria! Was $9.99 and now on Sale ***$2.99****

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ABOUT:¬†¬†“Find The Seeker!”

Find the Seeker! with the subtitle “The pathless path to fulfillment and happiness”, based on the tried and tested wisdom of a living Master and enlightened ones throughout the ages, accompanies us on a life-changing inner pilgrimage.

Find the Seeker! is a powerful, straight-talking wake-up call to people of all faiths and confessions, holding up a mirror to our worldly existence, suffering and the intricate workings of the ego. Immensely uplifting and rewarding, the book serves as a travelling companion and guide, enticing readers with a vision of what we really are -which can only be directly experienced – by helping us unfold our true nature and reboot our spiritual search so that we can abide in the one Self. In this way, seekers become finders, and we can enjoy the bliss and lightness of Being that is inherently ours.

Find the Seeker! has garnered extensive praise from spiritual teachers: 

“A unique, extraordinary and extremely valuable work.” – Ihaleakala Lew Pen
“Disarming and worth experiencing.” -John Tarrant
“Refreshing as a clear stream.” -Robert Meikyo Rosenbaum
“The book…touches your heart.” -Hue Feng

Editorial Review:  

“Find the Seeker! is fresh as spring grass and refreshing as a clear stream. The teachings in this book refuse to be confined to a spiritual checklist or manual of meditative techniques.

Instead, the authors, again and again, challenge readers to return to the vibrant truth of original nature. Going beyond optimistic self-help and nihilistic despair, Genro Xuan Lou, Laoshi and CliffordStevens remind us of how wonderful it is to let go of grasping and taste the vividness of direct experience.”¬†¬†–Robert Meikyo Rosenbaum, neuropsychologist and psychotherapist, Zen and Qi Gong teacher, author of Walking the Way: 81 Zen Encounters with the Tao Te Ching, and Zen and the Heart of Psychotherapy.

Our Next Author, Ellie Pulikonda has both her current e-books on sale! “Split Second” and “Finding Faith” … One is a fast-paced psychological thriller read and the other a tender story and triumphs of three remarkable women.
Take your pick at just ***$2.99****

Split Second              Finding Faith

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ABOUT:¬†“SPLIT SECOND”¬†and¬†¬†“FINDING FAITH”

“When do a family‚Äôs secrets become too dangerous to keep? Find out in Ellie Pulikonda‚Äôs shocking debut novel,¬†Split Second.”

“Three women, each caught in circumstances which limit her freedom to be, to act, to live as she chooses. Each reaches out tentatively, only to fall back in anger and fear. Despair is their constant companion.¬†Join Mae, Mira, and Carla as they navigate the tricky path of “Finding Faith.”

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“Presented by “Cat Lyon’s Reading Den ~ Author/Advocate, Catherine Lyon”

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“Set Race Aside Forever” ~ Celebrating The Loss and Life of a Man Who Meant So Much To Civil Rights and Equality For All People. Dick Gregory…

“Dick Gregory¬†believed that within a well-delivered joke lies power.”

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“Dick Gregory, the pioneering black satirist who transformed cool humor into a barbed force for civil rights in the 1960s, then veered from his craft for a life devoted to protesting and fasting in the name of assorted social causes, health regimens and conspiracy theories, died Saturday in Washington. He was 84.”
~Couresty of The New York Times

“It is with enormous sadness that the Gregory family confirms that their father, comedic legend and civil rights activist Mr. Dick Gregory departed this earth tonight in Washington, DC. The family appreciates the outpouring of support and love and respectfully asks for their privacy as they grieve during this very difficult time. More details will be released over the next few days”
~ Courtesy of Christian Gregory, Son

Born Richard Claxton Gregory in St. Louis, the Midwest native married his wife, Lillian Smith, in 1959. The couple had 11 children (one of whom died in infancy). His comedy career began in the mid-1950s when he was drafted into the U.S. Army. But after being discharged two years later, Gregory would move to Chicago where he became known among a collective of the up-and-coming black comedians including Nipsey Russell and Bill Cosby.

By 1961, Gregory’s comedy caught the attention of Hugh Hefner who hired him to perform at the Chicago Playboy Club. Often using comedy as a form of social activism, Gregory was a notable voice in the civil rights and black power movements. He also ran for mayor of Chicago in 1967 and launched a presidential bid in 1968 (he ran as a write-in candidate from the Freedom and Peace Party). In 1978, Gregory joined Gloria Steinem and other feminists to lead the National ERA March for Ratification and Extension in Washington D.C.

His¬†extensive resume includes more than a dozen books, hundreds of television appearances, and countless accolades including a¬†star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, which he received in 2015. ¬†He is also noted among Comedy Central‚Äôs list of ‚ÄúThe 100 Greatest Stand-Ups of All Time.‚ÄĚ

~Courtesy of VIBE Magazine

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I never believed in Santa Claus because I knew no white dude would come into my neighborhood after dark.” ¬†~Dick Gregory

In 1998 Gregory spoke at the celebration of the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and President Clinton were in attendance. Not long after that, the President told Gregory’s long-time friend and PR. Consultant, Steve Jaffe, “I love Dick Gregory, he is one of the funniest people on the planet.” They spoke of how Gregory had made a comment on Dr. King’s birthday that broke everyone into laughter when he noted that the President made Speaker Newt Gingrich ride “in the back of the plane,” on an Air Force One trip overseas. In 2001, Gregory announced to the world that he had been diagnosed with a rare form of Cancer.

He refused traditional medical treatment ‚Äď chemotherapy ‚Äďand with the assistance of some of the finest minds in alternative medicine, put together a regimen of a variety of diet, vitamins, exercise, and modern devices not even known to the public, which ultimately resulted in his reversing the trend of the Cancer to the point where today he was 100% Cancer free.¬†Gregory’s going public with his diagnosis has helped millions of his fans around the world to understand what Cancer specialists have been trying to explain for decades, which is that “Cancer is curable.” Gregory was honored recently at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., by a sold out house and a tribute hosted by Bill Cosby, with special tributes by Mrs. Martin Luther King Jr., Stevie Wonder, Isaac Hayes, Cicely Tyson, Mark Lane, Marion Barry and many more.

His most recent book, Callus On My Soul, (Longstreet Press, Atlanta, Ga.) which became a best-seller within weeks of publication, is an autobiography that updates his earlier autobiography (Nigger), because as Dick says, “I’ve lived long enough to need two auto biographies which is fine with me. I’m looking forward to writing the third and fourth volumes as well.”

In 2001, Gregory escaped death once again when a massive tree fell on his car in a storm in Washington D.C. crushing it completely, causing him to have to be extricated from the car by emergency crews. One witness said, “I knew the driver and his passengers had died when I saw the tree fall.” Gregory said, “I knew that God had more work for me to do when I saw the tree falling. ” He saved his own life by driving into the oncoming lanes of traffic. The word of the accident circulated the globe immediately in the media, underscoring the power, influence, and support that Gregory has earned from people of all nations.

Gregory gave the Keynote Address for Black History Month at Bryn Mawr College on February 28, 2013. His takeaway message to the students was to never accept injustice.

 

Once I accept injustice, I become injustice. For example, paper mills give off a terrible stench. But the people who work there don’t smell it. Remember, Dr. King was assassinated when he went to work for¬†garbage collectors. To help them as workers to enforce their rights. They couldn’t smell the stench of the garbage all around them anymore. They were used to it. They would eat their lunch out of a brown bag sitting on the garbage truck. One day, a worker was sitting inside the back of the truck on top of the garbage, and got crushed to death because no one knew he was there


Doctor’s at George Washington Hospital refused to release Gregory for a few days causing his first-ever “State of the Union Address” to African Americans to be delayed by a month. Gregory gave the first “State Of The Union” address live on the Internet from Los Angeles on April 21st. Now the Internet address is the latest offering on a 3 CD set. Dick Gregory 21st Century “State Of The Union”
~Legacy Courtesy of  Dick Gregory Official Website.

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¬† ¬† ¬†“May You Rest In Peace and The In The Arms of Our Lord Above”

 

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Update on our Co-writing Journey. What Personal Info is Too Much Sharing When Writing Your Life Story in a Memoir and Legacy?

Hello and Welcome Readers, Friends, and Bronco Fans!

“Writing a Memoir is different than an autobiography”

A Memoir is a collection of memories that an individual writes about moments or events, both public or private, that took place in the subject’s life. The assertions made in the work are understood to be factual.

But it is also a personal¬†essay¬†about a significant memory in the author’s life that uses narrative devices like setting, character, and dialogue. Molding your “chosen memory” and in our case, ‘ How Addictions, Money, and a Shift from God and The Loss of a Son,’ ¬†that I am writing for Vance and bringing his story to an appropriate structure, using vivid detail and examining the memory’s significance will help us¬†write¬†a strong¬†memoir


So our writing journey has begun and is¬†moving along. Now I want to be transparent as possible as Vance and I continue to¬†write together. I spoke with Vance yesterday and he is moving forward with working with a marketer and making choices on what type of book cover to go with. Do we do that now? Or do we wait to read the full manuscript first? Your¬†thoughts readers? I also want to share a little about the process of writing and how at times one can be unsure of themselves of what to share about one’s life. We would love feedback from all who visits this post as a ‘Wee Bit of Encouragement’ to my writing partner. We’re exploring the topic and feelings of writing about others in the memoir, but is there a line we just don’t cross?

THE DILEMMA:

When I wrote my book/memoir, and it turned into a book manuscript (all by GOD Intervention), I too was riddled with reservations about some of the personal family drama and dysfunctional episodes that went on in my home I grew up in. I was raised at a time when you never bring “shame” to the family and never talk about what goes on in our homes out in public. Well, needless to say, I felt I needed to share of the topics as those events were a direct link to some of the roots of why I had turned to addiction later in life. NO, I didn’t share to hurt my family or those I spoke of, I did it to give an in-depth look inside one’s life and share how all of the events, abuse, chaos, and trauma in my home had an effect¬†on me. Especially into adulthood. Not all children are raised in a perfect home environment¬†the “Brady Bunch or The Cleavers.”

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Now? Vance is struggling a little with some of these decisions as we write. What does he expose or not about his family, events or old memories about growing up as to NOT hurt or offend his parents, sister, or others?

I explained to Vance that his book and the journey are not about them or others, it is about him and looking at the past¬†pain and events that had an effect on his life and had carried that into his adult life and how he made it through to the man “Standing In Grace and Saving Lives from Addiction today. ¬†Am I Wrong? ¬†How¬†do you feel about that? GOD never promised us a Perfect Life without trials and lessons to overcome. ¬†Vance has come through many storms and trauma from addictions. ¬†My own side of the¬†family and I had been estranged for about six years before my book was released. But Vance’s family are in his life, but just not aboard with this book project.

So, do we share the good, the bad and the UGLY? Or do we change direction or not write his memoir chronological and start in a different place? Isn’t this part of Vance’s healing process of taking stock, process and then turn it over to GOD? Or is there a fine thin blue line between the paper your not to cross?

Any feedback, advice, and comments would be helpful and appreciated. It is why we chose to invite everyone to follow our journey. Your voice and advice is important for our project.