Conversations You Hear
Book 1 in Series: Deception Follows Deception
Book 2 in Series: Journal of an Opioid Addict: A letter to Mom and Dad
Adventures with Ray
Follow Ray’s interactions with friends and people he meets.
What will happen next in the small town of Timley?
Who will stop by?
How long will we see them?
You will come to love Ray and the people who come into his life in this series!
Book 1 in Series: A Fourth Quarter Worth Mentioning
Deception Follow Deception
Book one in the Conversations You Hear Series
Clopay Richardsen is a southern soul. A grandmother affectionately known by family and friends as Clo or Clope. She always knows the right thing to say to the weak, the ailing, the sick and the saint.
As you might guess, family ties are tight in small towns and everybody seems to know everybody else’s business. But that doesn’t seem to bother the townsfolk. Many of them have known each other and family members that have gone on before them. They say it gives them a sense of peace and tranquility. That is, until, the first murder…the first shooting…
Next, Clo is threatened by a note attached to a rock that is thrown into the window of her daughter-in-law. The note is signed by “R”. Just who is “R” and how does he or she fit into the murder, shooting, robbery or any of the other strange incidents that are taking place in this sleepy little town?
Detective O’Connor gets involved and quickly sees that as more seniors are dying, it’s not just because of old age. There is something more to the mystery murders than meets the eye. The detective promises to get to the bottom of these terrible crimes. What’s more, the detective says that most all of his crimes are solved by having and listening to conversations. Furthermore, via a headline in the Sarasota Herald Tribune, Mr. O’Connor says that he’ll have the crimes solved within 7 days. How is that possible?
What is it about conversations that tell us so much about other people? Can conversations truly be used to solve murder mysteries?
Journal of an Opioid Addict: A Letter to Mom and Dad
Book two in the Conversations You Hear Series
Many people have addictions. Some addictions are easily seen and noticed by others. Other addictions are hidden for years, if not decades, and are not seen or noticed by others until the person with the addiction admits two things.
First that an addiction exists. And second, that it is nearly impossible to kill an addiction without the loving help of other people who are willing to do whatever it takes to help the addict bury the addiction and live without it.
This is the story of a young woman who prefers to remain anonymous. She does this for personal reasons. She speaks from her heart and does not wish to be judged by you, the reader.
The young woman has made a commitment to herself and also toward others who find themselves in this humbling place of hurting oneself and not really understanding why until you come out the other side of your addiction and take a long, hard look back. Looking back is not a way to blame others for what happened to you as much as it is recognition of why you made the choices that you did.
Many times a young person makes choices based on fear. Fear of the unknown. Fear of the known. Fear of what you think you know. Medical professionals trained in this area of study understand that fear is irrational. A perceived danger or threat. Frightening facts or evidence that appear real.
A person’s response to fear varies. One of these response variations is an addiction. An addiction as described by a young person, untrained in the fields of medicine, psychology or psychiatry could be described as “something I do to keep my fear at bay”.
A young person living in fear often will not be able to clearly state his or her feelings. He or she simply knows that there is something that is bothering them on a regular basis that needs to be taken care of. So they experiment. They try things to make themselves feel better. More secure. Protected from danger.
Once he or she finds what “works” for them, they use this behavior as a way to get free of their problem. Notice the words “free” and “their problem”. Yes, this is a very personal event for many young people. It is their way of dealing with a problem that they have. They know no other way of curtailing the situation. So as long as the addiction works for them, they will continue the course of action.
Fear comes in many shapes and forms. This young woman’s fear came from growing up in what many would call a “normal family atmosphere”. Only to some children, what is called normal by others is far from normal for her.
As listeners, conversations have a way of awakening our senses. When we listen to the conversations of others, we have been granted access into another person’s very personal view of a topic. Be that view right or wrong, it is important to hear what the person has to say. If we desire to lovingly help people, especially young people, then it is important that we listen to the “cry” of their heart. Without judgment. Without interruption. Just listen. Listening is the first step.
A Fourth Quarter Worth Mentioning
Book one in the Adventures with Ray series follows Meghan.
How bad can life really get? In the first quarter of the year, Meghan loses her boyfriend, her beloved aunt and her job. Money is so tight she has to eat with the only parent she knows, the one she doesn’t get along with.
Things did not get better as the year progressed. Her new job paid her only half her previous salary. A dental bill left a huge cavity in her savings. Her clothes were stolen from the laundromat – including underwear.
Now Meghan is about to have an accidental encounter. Or is it? In this first title in the Adventures with Ray series, join Meghan as she meets some interesting people. There is Jenny, who has a brain injury, but still teaches people to chair dance. Co-worker Dave seems like a playboy - but is he? Bartender Ray wears hula girl shirts and cherry red tennis shoes.
What other characters will Meghan run into? Can Ray and Jenny’s stories help Meghan see life differently?
Find out in A 4th Quarter Worth Mentioning!
Practical help with everyday issues
Say What You Mean: Because You'll Have What You Say
The first book in the series deals with how our words and beliefs affect our lives.
Words are your life’s story and it matters greatly what you say. What you say is Vital to your well being. Not only do the people around you hear what you say, but YOU HEAR what you say as well. Your words are the direction for all aspects of your life, be it physical, mental, emotional, spiritual, social or financial.
Your ears take in every word you speak. And every word you speak goes out to accomplish its intended purpose. YOU were made that way.
Your words, thoughts, beliefs, behavior, and visualizations are interconnected. You can’t put your FOCUS in one direction and live your life in a completely different direction.
Achieving your dreams and goals can be entirely possible for YOU if you will align your words, thoughts, and beliefs in the same direction. Your behavior is a direct result of what you believe and perceive. Your mind will visualize the image you give it. You have control over what you say, what you believe and what you expect in life. If you expect success, your mind can picture it. Ask any Gold Medal athlete.
You can change the way you’ve been talking, but first you have to know what you have been saying. If you’ve been speaking defeat and failure over your life for the past twenty years, it will take some time and practice before that will turn itself around, but the good news is that wrong words and thoughts can be turned into right words and thoughts.
Love Never Fails if We Never Give Up
Love Never Fails If We Never Give Up is based on a true story on how persistent love can melt the coldest, most bitter and hateful heart into one that is warm, caring, and willing to love again. Every gardener knows the secret to a good crop. A little weeding, some new seed planting, and fresh water at every opportunity will turn a dry rut into a colorful harvest. When the sun starts to shine, new growth appears. Any gardener can tell you that this process will work every time! It also works on the most stubborn of human hearts. You see, my customer thought the purpose of the weekly trip to the store was to pick up a few necessary items. What my customer didn't know, was that while taking her weekly trip to the store, her heart was being tended by love. Life would soon be perceived as wonderful again!
You too, can be the gardener of the heart of someone you know whose heart has become a dry rut. Take the time to pull the weeds, sow in some good seeds, and water every chance you get. When you take the time to pull the weeds (hurt) from the heart of another, plant good seeds (new thoughts and ideas), and apply water liberally (love), all it takes is a little sunshine for new growth and vitality to appear. Even the grumpiest souls cannot escape what happens naturally in a well-tended heart.
There is a reason you are wondering if you should read this book. Perhaps you are struggling with a certain relationship in your life. You want to do something about it. What should you say? What if they ignore you? Perhaps you feel as if you have tried everything, but nothing seems to break down the barrier you are trying to overcome. There is a way to create harmony again. If you do not quit, there is a way to bridge the schism that separates you. See how this Recipe For Life can work in your own life!
5 Things Women do in Relationships that Drive Men Crazy
The third book in the series deals with male/female relationships.
The relationship between a man and a woman ignites almost every human emotion known to man. At times our association with the opposite sex can be discouraging, disheartening and frustrating. At other times the female to male bond is cooperative, supportive, and satisfying. The issues that burn in a woman’s soul may not resonate with a man at all. What is of major concern to her may be of little or no concern to him. When she is angry, he gets confused. When he is silent, she doesn’t understand.
As we consider the differences between females and males we also view how “she” responds to what “he” says and does. A wife has one driving need that is different from the one driving need of her husband. In this book we discover how to get those needs met. We find out that how a woman responds to her man will directly affect how he treats her.
In this book we will discuss in detail five things that women do that drive men crazy. We’ll start by looking at the facts in each situation. Then we’ll look at the positive and negative responses in each case. We’ll role play both the reasonable and impractical responses in each circumstance. We’ll deal with taking responsibility for past and present feelings. Finally we will look at how to put our best foot forward by appreciating who we are and what makes us unique and special in our own way. Each chapter provides excerpts from real life stories of women like you and me, showing us how to become more confident and successful in our relationships with men.
Defeat Divorce in Your Marriage
The fourth book in the series deals with saving your marriage.
This is the true story of what happens all too often to millions of people like you and me in marriages around the world. This is the story about what a person does at the depths of despair that brings a relationship to a screeching and bitter end – or a glorious continuity. What are you willing to do for your marriage? How far are you willing to go to save your marriage?
This book is for every man or woman involved in a marriage and those who are considering marriage. Whether your marriage seems perfect, painful or somewhere in between, divorce is not the only recourse for you and your spouse. When divorce threatens your marriage, even if the legal papers have been filed and served upon you, there is still hope!
You don't have to sit back feeling helpless or ashamed while your marriage goes up in flames. You do not have to let divorce get the upper hand in your marriage. You have weapons at your disposal to defeat divorce in your marriage.
Discover what those weapons are. Find out how to use them to achieve victory in your relationship now!
Menopause: What Your Mama Didn't Tell You
The fifth book in the series deals with Menopause.
Menopause: What Your Mama Didn't Tell You is a walk through the menopause journey that women take. In this book we go beyond the classic symptoms of hot flashes and mood swings that get so much hype in the media. We'll talk about those very real symptoms that are seldom mentioned. Did you know that the first stage of menopause, perimenopause, can begin as early as 10 -15 years before menopause actually occurs in a woman's life? This means that perimenopause can begin in a woman's life as early as her thirties, sooner if other conditions exist. Ten to fifteen years is a substantial amount of time to experience symptoms of any kind. When a couple decides together to increase their knowledge base in the subject areas that affect the very core of their lives together, there is usually less confusion and strife in the relationship. Less confusion and strife leads to more happiness. Happy couples are more willing to stick together when things get tough. Remember, tough times are temporary. In this book, we'll discuss how perimenopausal symptoms can make a woman feel. We'll also discuss how a woman's menopausal symptoms can make a man feel. A man does have feelings about what a woman is going through. Each chapter has a section that is geared specifically toward men.
Did you know that a husband (or brother) can play an integral role in how his wife (or sister) gets through this time of her life?
Gentlemen: You have my respect and my gratitude for considering reading this book. What you are considering reading today will pay off handsomely in the weeks, months, and years to come. Not only will you become an encouragement to the woman in your life by reading this book, but you will also be a lifesaver to the next man you meet that is completely clueless as to what-in-the-world is going on with his wife, sister, or daughter during this trying time in a woman's life.
Kat's Recipes for Life Book 6:
Senior Discount Value
The sixth book in the series deals with self esteem.
Too often seniors feel disregarded and insignificant. No one feels good about having their comments and ideas disregarded as not mattering much when significant decisions are being made around them. It is even worse when your own family doesn’t ask you for your input when a party is being planned. Have you ever found yourself in a room full of people but no one seems to consider you or pay any attention to you? Do you know what it is like to be ignored?
This is just the starting point of the way many Senior Citizens feel.
People like to be noticed, included and sought after. No human being wants to feel “put out to pasture.” People want to be needed, not ignored. Most people aspire to be a part of something bigger than self. It’s disrespectful to treat another human being as if he or she is of slight worth, no matter what their age or intelligence level.
Senior Discount Value reminds Senior Citizens of their value, prompting each person to remember what he or she has learned in life and attained over the years, and the value of that experience. This book helps the reader to not only experience the joy of feeling valued and needed, but also to look at how they can share what they know and experience aging in a new and different way.