The Resistance

    May the Leprechauns smile upon you


Leprechauns, castles, good luck and laughter. Lullabies, dreams, and love ever after. Poems and songs with pipes drums. A thousand welcomes when anyone comes... That's the Irish for you!

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No Quarter: Wenches

Posted on December 25, 2017 at 8:10 PM Comments comments (4)

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About the Book

Title: No Quarter: Wenches – The Complete Series

Author: MJL Evans and GM O’Connor

Genre: Historical Romance

Behind every successful pirate is a cunning wench! In 1689, Atia Crisp finds herself imprisoned in the wickedest city on earth, Port Royal, Jamaica, while the refugees from Strangewayes’s plantation in the Blue Mountains are on the run and seeking a new home, deep in the Caribbean. Captain Jean-Paul la Roche must get them to safety and find a way to liberate the woman he loves while waging a war against the English with the pirate Laurens de Graaf.

While besieged people suffer and starve, a group of women form a secret and illegal society deep from within the bowels of the city called: WENCH. A network that deals with smugglers, merchants, cutthroats and thieves. Dragged into the struggle for supremacy of the Caribbean, the women are divided and find themselves engulfed in bloodshed. The pirates of Port Royal and former enemies may be their only hope of escape.

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Author Bios

MJL EVANS wanted to be a writer since she was ten years old and in 2014 she finally got her act together and pursued her dream. Author of No Quarter: Dominium and No Quarter: Wenches, she is a huge fan of Monty Python, Red Dwarf, and other BBC shows, her time is devoted to acrylic, oil and watercolor painting, catering to her two senior cats and of course, writing.

You can connect with MJL Evans on Twitter at @artistmjlevans or [email protected]

GM O’CONNOR is a huge movie fan, writer and visual artist. A lover of sci-fi and history, half his brain lives in the 17th century while the other half sails perpetually through space. Author of No Quarter: Dominium and No Quarter: Wenches, he hopes to one day bring the No Quarter Series to film and/or graphic novel format.

You can connect with GM O’Connor on Twitter at @gm_oconnor or [email protected]


A-C-T Like a Kid and T-H-I-N-K Like a Parent

Posted on December 23, 2017 at 8:40 AM Comments comments (0)

About the Book

Title: A-C-T Like a Kid and T-H-I-N-K Like a Parent

Author: Katherine Shears and C.S. Whitehurst

Genre: Nonfiction self-help

Just for kicks, have you ever wondered what your parents really want from you in life? Is it you, or do your parents want you to have no real fun? On any given day, do you want to make your parents proud of you and still do what makes you feel really happy within yourself? Of course you do! But the real question has always been, and still is…how? How can we actually get this done?

Well, with A-C-T like a Kid and T-H-I-N-K like a Parent, a.k.a "the child-part consoler", you will get past common misunderstandings by learning how to truly talk, hear, and listen to your parents, guardians or caregivers instead of feeling like you have to run to friends to find some sense of acceptance, understanding, and real connection.

In this book, chock-full of questions and answers gotten directly from the source, you’ll learn what your parents, guardians or caregivers really expect of you—and maybe you’ll even find out how to explain to them what you really expect from them! Not that this book could ever replace a parent, because it can not. But when it comes to openly communicating certain key ideas, this book comes really close.

This tell-all guide contains lots of enlightening explanations and helpful answers to many common kid questions like:

What do my parents really want from me?

Why do my parents do what they do and say what they say?

What do I really need to know about my parents' parenting skills?

How can I keep my parents happy with me?

How can I help my parents to help me?

How can I get what I want from my parents every time?

A-C-T like a Kid and T-H-I-N-K like a Parent is an intro to the secret knowledge of adults which is a set of informations that is mainly covered in the book entitled Surrogate Re-Parenting: A.K.A. Get Your Mind Right, and even more thoroughly covered in the book The Secret Knowledge Of Adults. While this book, A-C-T like a Kid and T-H-I-N-K like a Parent is intended for kids 10 and up, the info in this book is beneficial and useful to the intelligent kid parts in all of us. Yes, this means you too.

The information in this book will help you and yours to start to see your parents, not as the enemy, but as the caring human beings they really are, and take the first step toward family unity, understanding, growth, success, and happiness! Both you and your parents really deserve this, and with this book, A-C-T like a Kid and T-H-I-N-K like a Parent, you and your parents can actually achieve this.

Book Excerpt

Part Six:Helping Your ParentsTo Help You1

Think Smart!No matter what peopletell you or say to you, accept that you are wonderful.

25) Your Parents Won't Give Up And You Won't GiveIn.As a kid, when your parents won't give up, and you won't give in, what happens is that the situation becomes sort of a stand-off or a genuineconflict. A point of major resistance, where all forward motion comes to a halt for you as the kid.A point where all of your parent's assisted progress is stopped, where all real growth freezesfor you as a kid.This type of situation is a problem caused by things functioning clearly the wrong “way”. Somebody is not doing what they are supposed to be doing. Or they are doing what they are supposed to be doing, in and of a bad “way”. Either in the “way” that they are communicating, or in the “way” that they are notcommunicating. This kind of problem could only be caused by the kids' end of the relationship. A problem that would not be if you, as a kid, did what you were supposed to do, which is to follow as you are learning to lead. This situation is occurring as sort of a tug of war. A situation where either both people are pulling against each other, or each one is pushing up against one another, at the same time. Both situations will cause progress for you as a kid, to come to a stop.In this type of situation, if you want things to get better everyone, that is part of the stand-off of conflict and resistance, has to go back to their properroles and positions. This is in order to get things going again. And in parent-to-kid relationships, it is the parent who must do the guiding and the leading 3

to the best of their ability. It is the role of the kid or child to listen, learn, practice and follow, to the best of their ability, not the other way around. Someone has to do the leading and someone has to do the following. It is the only way to get the progress, motion, and healthy growth for you, as a kid, back on track.This is because two leaders will lead away from eachother and two followers will follow into each other. The parent is trying to cause healthy growth, change, and progress in their child or kid who, clearly to the parent, doesn't yet know the secret knowledge of adults. Not the other way around. If the kid is trying to change or fix the parent, they aregoing about it the wrong “way”, which is more proof that the kid doesn't know the secret knowledge of adults. The child is not supposed to step out of their place, put their foot down and try to grow, correct orchange their parents into the people that they want them to be. It just won't work that way. You as a kidwill suffer great losses just for trying it. It is the wrong “way” to try to get what you, as a kid want. Ifyou are fighting and resisting your parents guidance by listening to yourself for guidance or worse, listening to the voice of one or more of your friends, then at home where your naturally placed guide is, your parents, there will be big problems and conflict waiting there for you, or any kid in that type of situation. By resisting your parents or better said “trying to lead the leaders”, you are wasting what little time you have to grow to be able to master the secret knowledge of adults. This time should be usedby you and your parents to show and tell you how and what to do to help and assist you to becoming a fully grown big person. A person who can get whatever they want and need of their own good 4

work and efforts with full awareness of the secret knowledge of adults. While you as a child are resisting being guided and lead, you are wasting valuable training time that you can't get back. This isbecause time, once it has passed, it's gone. It's history.With respects to time, the parents came first and then the kids followed, never the other way around. Stand-offs don't make any sense and, as a fact, it does take a certain degree of high intelligence to be able to see the value of staying in your place and doing your part as your parent's kid, or child, big or small. And sadly, some people just aren't smart enough to actually know better, which does explain why we see, meet and hear about so many messed-up, screwed-up and poorly functioning people in theworld. The fact is that your intelligence has to be able to outrun and overpower your immense ego. Either way it is important to avoid conflict as they, your parents, guide and lead you through life. With what little time you have as a kid, to be a youngster, especially if you don't want to become one of those lost adults in your own future, you should choose for yourself to listen.You see, you will basically be a child, or kid, in society for eighteen years or so and then, if you're fortunate, you'll be a grown-up for the next seventy years or so, give or take a few years. But to your parents you'll be their grown-up kids or children for life. By listening and following the guidance and leadership of your parents, you are learning from their examples how to someday take the lead in your own life and family through that secret knowledge of adults. Because later on in life, when you are all grown up and successful, you may, at 5

some point, find yourself being followed by young people that will be called your"kids". They, as kids, will need you to guide and protect them using the secret knowledge of adults that you, as a grown-up, will have already mastered. Knowledge that is invisible to them. They as kids will challenge you to give up as if they have that secret knowledge of adults already, when they clearly don't.Would you, as a parent, give up on your kids because they decided to act and pretend to be the parent all up in your face?. . . and neither will your parents.So, if you have lost your place or your way, just stopand get back on track and play your position, as a kid, in the family. Even though your parents are not perfect, they are there to lead and guide you with the secret knowledge of adults that they possess and their life experience as a bonus. So get good grades, eat smart, do your chores and look and smell good. Do this regularly, so that when you are all grown up you can actually have the full and wonderful life that you may dream of. A life that your parents are secretly wishing for you to have.6

26) If You Are Asking On The Day Of The Event, It's Too Late.As an example, when I was growing up with my parents, I noticed how I was being parented. I also had friends who of course had parents. I had neighbors who also had parents and I had schoolmates who also had parents. My parents' parenting style was different than my friends' parents' parenting style. My friends' parents' parenting styles were different then my neighbors' parentingstyle. My neighbors' parents' parenting style was also different than, again, my parents' parenting style. But with all these different parents and their many parenting styles, they all had at leastthis one thing in common. They all hate being asked about stuff at the last minute or put on the spot, so tospeak.It doesn't matter which parents we approached that way, we always got the same answer. And that answer was a big, fat “No”.When an event came up like a birthday party, a school dance, friends going out to the movies, goingout to a friends' house, going to an after school sports event or hanging at the mall, it just didn't matter. Whatever we as kids would want to do, no matter how good and wholesome it was, if we waited until the last minute to get permission to go out to the event, we would each of us be told “no”. It didn't matter which parent was asked, mother or father, the answer would still be “no”. 



Author Bios

Katherine Shears is a mom, graduate of Strayer University, and an executive consultant, who is dedicated to bettering the social function and overall visibility of all she encounters. She is a deep thinker with an open mind who stays on the cutting edge of learning, having read over one hundred self-help titles and counting.





C. S. Whitehurst is a psychology-based UX/UI designer/tester, computer programmer, IT Project Manager, and self-help enthusiast, who is a student of science, philosophy, life, and NYU. As a native of New York, having been exposed to social diversity, he has been coached by life to respond to the issues plaguing inner-city youth.



Mama Graciela's Secret

Posted on December 17, 2017 at 9:45 PM Comments comments (18)


About the Book


Mamá Graciela’s Secret


Publication date: October 10, 2017




Written by Mayra Calvani


Illustrated by Sheila Fein


MacLaren-Cochrane Publishing


36 pages, 3-7 year olds


Reading guide at:




Mamá Graciela’s TENDER, CRUNCHY, SPICY bacalaítos fritos are the best in town…


Local customers (including stray cats!) come from all over the island to enjoy her secret recipe. But when the Inspector discovers that Mamá secretly caters to so many cats and he threatens to close her tiny restaurant, Mamá must come up with a plan to save it—and all of the animals she loves.


Author Bio




Mayra Calvani writes fiction and nonfiction for children and adults and has authored over a dozen books, some of which have won awards. Her children’s picture book, Frederico the Mouse Violinist was a finalist in the 2011 International Book Awards; her anthology Latina Authors and Their Muses was a First Place winner at the 2016 International Latino Book Awards; her nonfiction book, The Slippery Art of Book Reviewing, was a Foreword Best Book of the Year winner. Her stories, reviews, interviews and articles have appeared on numerous publications like The Writer, Writer’s Journal, Multicultural Review, Bloomsbury Review, and others.


She lives in Belgium with her husband of 30+ years, two wonderful kids, and her three beloved pets. When she’s not writing, editing, reading or reviewing, she enjoys walking with her dog, traveling, and spending time with her family.


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I teach two year olds, and picture books are a stable in our classroom! So when given a chance to read a new picture book to my littles I jumped at the chance. Now the story is really cute and the meaning in the book is priceless, I love how lives are more important than money. We need to be teaching our children this every day! For my children who speak two languages this is a wonderful book that mixes cultures, and for my one langugae kids this helps give insight to another culture/language. I enjoyed this book, I do think that this was higher than picture level but it does help with raising the bar for understanding. I give this a four pots of gold out of five.

It feels good to feel good

Posted on December 9, 2017 at 7:05 PM Comments comments (21)


About the Book


Title: It Feels Good to Feel Good


Author: Cheryl Meyer


Genre: Non-Fiction / Health




Got Pain?


This book is for anyone with chronic pain looking for answers. It will give you a place to start. You don't have to resign yourself to a life of pain and pills.


In this book you will learn:


* What is causing your pain and how to eliminate it.


* How to find a practitioner that will help you gain back your health.


* What's in your food? Organic, conventional, GMOs processed, fast, canned, dairy, factory farmed meat, soy, water. Identify your sensitivities and heal your leaky gut.


* Identify the toxins in your life. in your cosmetics, over the counter drugs,in you kitchen, in your body. Learn how to purge them.


* 34 stress busting ideas, and four simple exercises to reduce your stress.


* 32 suggestions from leading functional experts on how to get a good night's sleep..


* How to recognize a toxic relationship and make it work or walk away.


* How to tame Anxious Negative Thoughts "ANTs".


* The importance of movement, even for people who don't like to move


* How to take control of your health, reduce your inflammation and feel great again!


Author Bio




About Cheryl Meyer aka Cheryl M Health Muse and her book, “It Feels Good to Feel Good, learn about toxins, reducing inflammation and feel great again.”


Five years ago, Cheryl got sick, really sick. It was a perfect storm: she was working 24/7; her long-term relationship imploded; economic changes slowed her business; she got Type II diabetes; she was taking care of everyone else; her stress was out of control.


Then one morning … viola, Cheryl woke up in incredible pain that didn’t go away. Her doctor didn’t recognize what it was and thought it was in her head.


Cheryl didn’t want more pills, so she embarked on her own journey to find wellness. When she started, she didn’t even know what she was looking for. She was stunned to find toxins in every aspect of her life that were poisoning her. She discovered the Functional Medicine community. She was tested for food sensitivities.


This book shares everything that Cheryl learned to reverse her inflammation and put her autoimmune diseases at bay. This is the get well manual that she wishes had been available when she got sick. The book is about first identifying that toxins that were a significant cause of her leaky gut, then she identified what the toxins were and finally she shares what she replaced them with. She addresses the toxins in our food, in our cosmetics, our cleaning supplies, our kitchen utensils, our water, our over the counter drugs, and even in our heads, stress, anxiety, lack of sleep, lack of movement and finally toxic relationships. She wants to help others find a path to wellness.


Cheryl is now relatively pain-free, but still considers herself a work in progress. She avoids the foods and spices on her specific, long list of problem foods. She has purged toxins. She has released stress and nagging worry. She has learned to find joy in movement. She has found love. She is grateful.


Cheryl believes that following her journey will help you live a long, happy and pain-free life.


In order to help others, Cheryl has become a Holistic Health Coach, certified from the Institute of Integrative Nutrition©.


My book has won the following awards to date:


3rd place CIPA EVVY Health/Wellness,


2nd Place CIPA EVVY Illustrator in a non-children's book


New Apple Summer Digital sole winner in Health/medical


The Living Evergreen Award Gold winner for books that exemplify better living.


It is in the top 10 from Write your Own Dream Book, November 17, Institute for Integrative Nutrition.


TOP 12 Books on the Spirited Woman Fall Equinox 2017 book list.


Book Reviews


“It Feels Good to Feel Good, learn to eliminate toxins, reduce inflammation and feel great again” is written by Cheryl Meyer, a graduate of the Institute for Integrative Nutrition®, where she completed a cutting edge curriculum in nutrition and health coaching taught by the world’s leading experts in health and wellness. I recommend you read this book and be in touch with Cheryl (Cheryl M Health Muse ) to see how she can help you successfully achieve your goals.


– Joshua Rosenthal, MScEd, Founder/Director, Institute for Integrative Nutrition


If you want to truly feel better…clean up! Just one tip from Cheryl’s book will change your life. She has written the ultimate source for getting well through detoxification.”Suzy Cohen, RPh Author of “Drug Muggers: Which Medications Are Robbing Your Body of Essential Nutrients and How to Restore Them.”


“You have taken putting soap in the mouth for naughty words …” to a New Level! LOL Who knew we were surrounded by so many toxins.


I’ve pretty much finished your book now working on giving sections to my family and friend that I think will especially appreciate certain chapters! YOU, my Dear, have found your calling, YOU make this rather “dull” subject a Very Good, interesting read, with fun personal touches along the way.


I LOVE your book; I hope people will embrace it. Why worry so much about health care if we keep killing ourselves with poison. We can all start with eliminating the toxins out of our lives. Val Peterson


“As a Functional Medicine Doctor who partners with patients to deal with the root causes of their symptoms, it was a pleasure to read a book that offers such a comprehensive yet simple approach to improve health, reduce inflammation and pain, lose weight and increase energy. This is a great reference to keep in reach on your own journey to optimal wellness. If you are struggling with chronic symptoms like digestive problems, hormonal imbalances, and autoimmune disorders, this book may really help you. It lays out practical tools that you can use right away and at your own pace, everything from how to change your shopping choices to getting more comprehensive medical testing to reduce your toxic burden. Her simple to understand, well researched and easy-to-adopt tools can be helpful to even the busiest among us.” Dr. Shilpa Sayana, Founder and Medical Director, Sayana Wellness Centers


“Cheryl has been not only been an exemplary patient, she has made it her mission to inspire and help others with her experience and knowledge!” Susan Spizer, MTCM, L.Ac.


“She writes like she talks, straight and with passion. What you will read here will surprise you. A helpful read that you will refer back time and time again for reference.” Scott Lee, Master, Body and Brain Yoga, Monrovia


“My friend, Cheryl Meyer has written a book that I recently finished called “It feels good to feel good”. It has a lot of common sense solutions (many that you would never think of) to healthy, toxin free living designed around the reduction of inflammation through what you put in and on your body. Most of this is from her personal experience. I know Cheryl to be one of the finest people you’ll ever know. Cheryl’s also a big proponent of “functional medicine”. If you are unfamiliar with this form of medical practice, you need to read her book. It will change the way you think”. Frank Jones


Cheryl’s book is as timely as it is informative. This is an excellent read for those seasoned in the holistic lifestyle as well as those just beginning. There is something for everyone. Her material covers everything from probiotics, house cleaning materials, and abdominal massages, to which teas to drink for better sleep. She has the latest information on metal detoxing and extensive research on the air we breathe, the water we drink, and the food we eat.


Cheryl provides real solutions that can be implemented far beyond the basics with a bend toward functional medicine. I personally ordered three products within hours of reading her book. I’m especially thrilled with the depth of her research around relationships and those that can be toxic. Make sure to read this book and hold onto the “not to miss points” at the beginning of each section.


Shannon Eavenson, Author, & Physical Therapist/Health Coach




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Section 5 Toxic Minds


Chapter 2 Toxic Relationships


Dousing the flame of inflammation:




Staying in a toxic relationship makes the stress continual, whether it’s a toxic love relationship, a toxic friendship or a toxic parent.


Try to talk to this loved one to improve the relationship and put a plan together. If it can't happen, either walk away (friendship or love relationship) or set boundaries (parent.). It's literally killing you.


When you are suffering from inflammation, you need to turn your loving attention to yourself, to get well.


Reach out to close friends for loving support if you have ended a toxic love relationship. You need unconditional love right now to improve your health.


Walk away with no regrets.


Make a list of all of the amazing qualities you have and read them every day. Have close friends help you.


“You don’t ever have to feel guilty about removing toxic people from your life. It doesn’t matter whether someone is a relative, romantic interest, employer, childhood friend, or a new acquaintance- you don’t have to make room for people who cause you pain or make you feel small. Its one thing is a person owns up to their behavior and makes an effort to change, But is a person disregards your feelings, ignores your boundaries, and ‘continues’ to treat you in a harmful way, they need to go.” Daniell Koepke


Toxic relationships can make you ill, whether it’s a toxic love relationship, a toxic friendship, a toxic employer, or a toxic relative.


Significant Other Relationships


I was in a relationship for nine years that started out healthy. He helped me start my jewelry business; he wrote my operating system, and he paid for all of my food and all of my entertainment for years while I was getting started. I am very grateful to him, and I loved him very much. In the beginning, and then in many of the years that followed, he was extraordinarily good to me.


He loved to go out to expensive restaurants. But after being together for eight years, when I got diabetes and wanted to stop eating out every night for heavy calorie laden food, my significant other announced that he didn't like it that I was diabetic.


What was I supposed to do with that?


He didn’t want me to cook home cooked meals. He didn’t want me to dictate what he was going to eat each night.


He was upset that I had gained weight, a lot of weight, and he blamed me for the weight he had gained. (we had eaten our way through Pasadena, and he had gained weight too.)


Furthermore, after time, this guy didn’t appreciate me for who I was, he only saw me for who I was not.


He had recently lost a lot of money in the stock market and had become sullen and difficult to be around. He started dating other women, unbeknownst to me.


These were all just symptoms of the underlying toxicity that was growing.


I would have never left him when he was down, but he did me a big favor when he left me.


There is no doubt that he broke my heart, but as I came out the other side of my pain, I realized I could start to deal with the pain my body was experiencing; that the inflammation in my body had begun. I could start to eat the way I was supposed to for my diabetes and sugar control; I could start to take care of me. In the end, I understand that he did me a big favor, and the break-up set me on the road to health.


In the first eight months, I lost 40 pounds.


I took a class on how to date from Allison Armstrong (an amazing guru with very sensible advice on dating) and nine months later I met an amazing guy by doing a profile on the dating service Our Using what I learned from Allison's seminars, I wrote that I was looking for a guy that would intellectually stimulate me, (John is a statistician), that was kind and had high ethics, and he needed to be open to eating home cooked food that was organic and healthy. He needed to want to live an entirely healthy lifestyle.


The guy that answered lived 10 minutes away from me and two years ago, I married him.


John just wants me to be happy. He was married for 42 years to a therapist, and she died from cancer after being ill for five years. He loved her very much. He was ready for a new life experience, and lucky me, he chose to find that experience with me.


He is a true partner and supports me in all that I do. He is easy going, and he sees me for who I am, and doesn't criticize me for who I am not.


He completely supports me in my quest for health, and he has lost 60 pounds in the time we have been together. He considers himself my first Health Coaching success.


Read more in “It Feels Good to Feel Good, learn to eliminate toxins, reverse inflammation and feel great again.