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Building Self-Esteem

How Learning from Shame Helps Us to Grow
Date Published: May 2020
Publisher: New Rise Press

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Despite what most people believe, shame and self-esteem are not opposites.

“With the skill of a master storyteller, Burgo vividly brings to life, through his clients’ struggles and his own, our shared journey to accept a startling truth: shame can either hobble us or help us thrive; it all depends on what we do with it. Savor this book’s lessons and exercises. You’ll come away with the kind of self-compassion that makes us all better people. “– Dr. Craig Malkin, Lecturer, Harvard Medical School and author of the internationally acclaimed book, Rethinking Narcissism.

Challenging widely-accepted views within the self-esteem movement, author Joseph Burgo argues that self-esteem does NOT thrive in the soil of non-stop praise and encouragement, but rather depends upon setting and meeting goals, living up to the expectations we hold for ourselves, and finally sharing our joy in achievement with the people who matter most to us. Along the way, listening to and learning from our encounters with shame will go further than affirmations and positive self-talk in helping us to build authentic self-esteem.

Richly illustrated with clinical stories from Burgo’s 35 years in private practice, Building Self-Esteem also describes the myriad ways that unacknowledged shame often hides behind a broad spectrum of mental disorders including social anxiety, narcissism, addiction, and masochism

For fans of Brené Brown and John Bradshaw

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About the Author

Joseph Burgo began writing short stories when he was 12 years old, wrote and published his first fantasy novel with Pocket Books (Simon & Schuster) at the age of 23, and then went on to become a clinical psychologist and author of self-help books. His articles and commentary have appeared in major publications such as The New York Times, The Atlantic, the Washington Post, and USA Today, as well as on sites such as CNN, CNBC, Forbes, Vox, and Glamour. He also contributes regularly to Psychology Today and writes the popular blog After Psychotherapy where he discusses personal growth issues from a psychodynamic perspective.

As a clinician, he has practiced psychotherapy for more than 30 years, holding licenses as a marriage and family therapist and clinical psychologist. He earned his undergraduate degree at UCLA and his masters and doctorate at California Graduate Institute in Los Angeles. He is also a graduate psychoanalyst and has served as a board member, officer and instructor at a component society of the International Psychoanalytic Association. He continues to practice psychotherapy by Skype with clients around the world.

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#BRVL REVIEW — Influence of a God by Nina Schluntz


Title: Influence of a God

Author: Nina Schluntz

GENRE:  MM Paranormal

Print Length: 141

Publication Date: 1/1/2019


      🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟 BLURB: Jesse has a type-the heartbroken. He doesn’t hide this fact, he’s even tattooed a damaged heart on his chest. His partners love the people who left them, which means there’s no fear of them getting attached to him. He showers them with the affection they have been deprived of and in return, he gets no string attached hook-ups.
Except for Ben.

No matter what Jesse does, when he gets drunk, its always Ben’s porch he ends up on. Which is fine, because Ben is still deeply in love with his ex-wife, even though she’s already remarried.

It might have all stayed fine, if Ben hadn’t met Cooper, the twelve-year-old stepson of Ben’s ex. He knows things he shouldn’t. He has a weird quirk of disappearing for hours. He even predicts future events with uncanny luck. And Cooper has a plan for Jesse. He wants himself and Ben’s daughter to live with Jesse and Ben. Which is a problem, because Jesse doesn’t do relationships.

To Cooper that just means Jesse needs to learn things the hard way.

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This book was not totally what I was expecting. Things are not always what they seem, little secrets are floating around. Jesse has had his heart broken for the last time, so he only goes to the ones that are not looking for that forever ring. Things start to happen when little one is looking to be match makers. Ben only looking for a fun time because it seems he cannot make his heart forget the one that has totally move on without him. They do say that love can conquer all and will Jesse be able to that this time or fall into the pit. Cannot wait to see what happens in the next book for another crazy ride Review By Virginia Lee #BRVL –Book Review Virginia Lee ~~&~~~~&~~~~&~~~~&~~ If you are interested in sign up for our promo Review Request Author Showcase –
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King of Light by Tasha Black

She treasures her freedom, but when a fae king desires her, will she see the light?

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Tristan has been frozen in time for hundreds of years when he awakens to find that the brother he betrayed has fallen in love with a mortal woman. Tristan is determined not to make the same mistake – even though Tabitha is brave and interesting, and her every smile convinces him she is meant to be his. The King of Light could never take a mortal queen. Especially not one so fiercely independent.

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Unbeatable Spirit

Title: Unbeatable Spirit
Author: Jenny Bullington, MA
Genre: Inspirational/Spiritual Growth Self-help
Cover Designer: Whit and Whimsy/Dark Unicorn design
Publisher: The Pathos Pen Publishing/Unbeatable Spirit
Publication Date: June 20th, 2020 Hosted by: Lady Amber’s PR
There is something powerful about those who face trauma and emerge stronger.
They are survivors. Jenny Bullington is one of them.
As a survivor of domestic violence and interpersonal trauma, she has had to rely on her inner spirit time and time again. In this book, she shares her incredible tale of perseverance and the stories of other strong, irrepressible women who have conquered seemingly insurmountable obstacles.
Each chapter (complete with workbook pages) provides guidance through the process of developing that same resilience in you. These pages – these stories – can help you discover who you are at your best, despite whatever trauma you have lived, and emerge stronger.
May you find your own Unbeatable Spirit!
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Jenny Bullington is a writer, inspirational speaker, educator, and advocate for survivors of violence and trauma. With her bachelor’s degree from Iowa State University and master’s degree from Pacific Oaks College, she serves survivors as an ordained minister and a certified Transformation Life Coach who has developed the trauma-informed Survivor Coach (TM) life coaching method. When not working, you can find her on adventures with her beloved husband, Branden, their six kids, and one crazy dog, or on the mats at the local martial arts school. For more information, go to!
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“How often do we mishandle the affects of our trauma and give up on ourselves? How often do we let the voices of our survival mode tell us who we are? Sure, our survival mode helps us get through trauma, but it has served its purpose, and that is not helpful in the ‘moving on’ stage of processing the trauma post-crisis.
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Kate by Charyse Allan

Title: Kate
Author: Charyse Allan
Genre: New Adult/Contemporary Romance
Release Date: June 20, 2020
After escaping her past, Kate builds her life around a single purpose: staying hidden. But when the unexpected threatens to unravel her tightly kept secrets, her will to remain alone falters.

Kate ran, planning to leave behind a shell of a life, giving herself strict rules to live by in order to keep the past hidden. But these rules have her trading one prison for another.
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When her past catches up with her, she battles to keep those she has come to love protected, refusing to relent the strength she found within. But when stuck in a place she never wants to return to and with no chance of escape, she fears losing everything she’s allowed herself to cherish.
Charyse published her first novel in 2014 and has published four others since. She is working toward her BA in Professional Writing through GCU. Now married to her best friend/high school sweetheart, they live in the sweltering heat of Arizona raising their four kiddos and three Goldens. She’s a bookaholic and chocoholic; her vices keep her sane, but Father keeps her patient.
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Specter’s Wake

Author: Quinn Ryder 
Series: The Devil’s Armada MC, Book 1 
Release Date: June 15, 2020 
And in his wake, he left behind a trail of endless, shimmering tears . . .


The man they once knew is dead, buried in a shallow grave outside of town with a bullet hole through his back. Their assassination failed, underestimating me, my thirst for life, and my love for Faith.

I never meant for my absence to destroy her, yet staying gone was the only way I could keep her protected. For the last seven years, I’ve laid low, traveling through life and riding the streets like a ghost, never being more than a shadow of what I used to be. I’ve kept my distance, but now that I know her life’s in danger, I think it’s time for Specter to claw his way out of the grave they buried him in and seek out his revenge.

I know infiltrating the Devil’s Armada again won’t be easy, especially since everyone thinks I’m dead, but I’ll do anything I can to protect Faith—even if it means putting myself in danger and confronting my murderer once and for all.


I never saw it coming.

As the club’s tail gunner, it was my job to watch everyone’s back. You could call me the club safety man, the one that made sure the roads were clear, steady, and free to ride. As the rear lead, I was the road captain’s right-hand guy. A shadow sweeper that kept everyone in their lane and out of harm’s way. My loyalty bled brighter than the cut on my back. I never questioned what I was told. I kept my eyes on the road and believed in the family I helped to protect. I always had everyone’s back until someone shot me in mine.

The bastard couldn’t even look me in the eye. He waited until I wasn’t looking to take me out of the equation, and when he thought he got the best of me, he buried me in a shallow grave on the outskirts of town.

I’ve tried to figure out what I did wrong. What I could’ve said to make one of my own brothers turn on me, but none of it makes any sense. I did everything right. I was dedicated to the family. I never asked questions, even when they did shit that I didn’t agree with.

If I hadn’t caught a glimpse of the familiar Devil’s Armada logo right before he started shoveling dirt over my nearly dead body; I would’ve never believed that someone from the family had a hand in my murder attempt. I wish I could’ve seen his face, but all I could see was the cut on his back and a flash of dark hair.

He may have buried Midas in that shallow grave, but it was a different man that clawed his way out of the muddied earth thirsting for revenge. Now that I’ve lost the only family I’ve ever had; all I have left to live for is her. The hardest part about that night wasn’t digging myself out of my grave or recovering from my bullet wound; it was turning my back on Faith and allowing her to think I was dead.

Returning to the family without knowing who tried to kill me would only put her in danger. I couldn’t risk her life, not when I knew somebody wanted me dead. They’d kill her to get to me, and her life meant more to me than my own life ever would. So, I left her—I left them all. I had to turn my back on the only woman who has ever truly loved me for me. She didn’t care that I was bruised and broken. She didn’t see my size and run away like I was some side show freak. Faith loved me unconditionally. It didn’t matter that I was three-hundred fifty pounds of leather and abandonment issues; she loved every pound on my body and all the scars hidden underneath.

It was that unconditional acceptance that drew me to her in the first place. Faith is the type of woman who loved everyone, and everyone loved her in return. It was easy to fall in love with someone who’s only flaw was being too kind. That’s what I loved most about her. Faith didn’t have a mean bone in her body, and I did everything in my power to protect her from the club’s extracurricular activities.

I was ready to make her my Old Lady and circle that beautiful finger with my ring. That ring now sits heavy in my pocket, waiting for the day I can drop to one knee and pledge my life to her. She had no idea I was going to propose, and it kills me that they took that moment away from us. That’s why leaving her hurt me more than the betrayal of my brothers. Faith was my world, and someone worked incredibly hard to shatter that world into itty-bitty pieces. I have no idea what her life’s been like since I’ve been away, or if she’ll even forgive me for leaving her like this. But I have to try. My life just isn’t the same without her in it.

It’s been seven long years since I last saw her, and I didn’t plan on coming out of hiding this soon, but when I got a mysterious email from an unknown email address, telling me that Faith’s life was in danger, I knew it was time to come out of hiding and reclaim what’s mine.

My only questions now are, who was the mysterious mailer? How did they find me? And can I trust what they’re telling me is true?

Midas may be dead, but the man who crawled out of his grave is ready to return home and find his Faith again.
Quinn Ryder lives in a fantasy world full of badass bikers, feisty heroines, and chrome that’s twitching to rumble between your legs.

She’s been in the business for five years, so this author is no stranger to written words, but she must admit that the MC world is a bit new to her. Tempted by the corruption and chaos that follows the open road, Quinn created the Armada after one burly biker refused to leave her head until she finished telling his story. Now, Specter and all of his brothers are ready to suck you in with their rough exteriors, foul mouths, and hearts full of steel and chrome.

Are you ready to dive into the world of the Devil’s Armada? Come join Quinn Ryder and her men of steel and be prepared to hang on for one hell of a ride!

Quinn Ryder, creating worlds full of danger and intrigue while riding the road one word at a time.