Success as F*ck

Successful as F*ck

A No BS Tale of Screwing Up and Succeeding Anyway

by Riah Gonzalez

Genre: Memoir

Psst! Does anyone know what the hell they are supposed to be doing with their life? Are you letting other people’s opinions determine your trajectory while you figure it out? As Dr. Phil would say, “How’s that working for ya?”

Successful as F*ck: A No BS Tale of Screwing Up and Succeeding Anyway frees you to embrace the bullshit of life and find joy on your own terms. Author Riah Gonzalez dives deep into her traumatic past and turbulent healing process to prove that it is possible to hit rock bottom and still come out stronger on the other side… with your wit intact! Her stories and introspections cut straight through the platitudes and redefine success with unapologetic authenticity.

More than a memoir, Successful as F*ck is an anthem for anyone who’s faced adversity, and a guide for younger generations to avoid the possible pitfalls – and should they find themselves in times of woe anyway, a friend to help them survive, overcome, and thrive.

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Riah Gonzalez is an accidental entrepreneur, taco enthusiast, and lover of 90’s pop. As a young mom with minimal support, she quickly learned that her success would look different than that of her peers. The life lessons she learned through trial and error led her to encourage others through her debut book, Successful as F*ck: A No BS Tale of Screwing Up and Succeeding Anyway.

When she’s not writing, Riah empowers female entrepreneurs with her Virtual Assistant Matchmaking company, Linq Consulting Solutions. She lives happily in the soggy Pacific Northwest with her high school sweetheart husband and three beautiful daughters.

For more of Riah’s hilarity and badassery, visit riahgonzalez.com.

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Girls, Assassins & Other Bad Ideas

Girls, Assassins & Other Bad Ideas

by Mae Wagner

Genre: Memoir

The only daughter of a bipolar woman, Mae’s childhood innocence was bartered for the ease of a “secure” life. At twelve years old and after years of abuse, Mae realizes she must fight for herself. When she is sent away from her family, she’s forced to navigate years of abandonment in a children’s home.
Throughout her turbulent adolescence and well into adulthood, the need to be seen as enough and the ache to become a mother shaped her life. It is this heartbreaking journey that leads to her deepest loss.
Girls, Assassins & Other Bad Ideas is a collection of personal essays shining light where abuse and trauma-induced shame brought darkness. As life often led toward grief, Mae reflects back on her most shattering moments—nearly always tied to the women she loved the deepest. The poignant reflections through Mae’s heartbreak, grief and eventual self-acceptance will serve as an inspiration to those navigating hardship and trauma, reminding us we are not alone.

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Mae Wagner is a writer, speaker, mentor, and host of the Rainy Day Collective Podcast.

Mae is a Trauma Mentor with a heart for connecting with women who have been through hard things, and helping them reconnect with themselves. Her passion is advocating for, and supporting women. Women’s issues are closest to her heart and daily Mae is working to prove that women’s stories matter. Women’s voices deserve to be heard.

When she isn’t working with clients, or focusing on the podcast, Mae is penning her memoir, which she hopes to publish when the time is right. More of a gypsy soul, currently residing in Pennsylvania with her husband, their golden retriever Elenor and the sassy kitten they rescued in the middle of the pandemic- Mae is grateful for the opportunity to journey alongside women, as an advocate, ally, cheerleader, sometimes counselor and genuine friend.

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Calm & Sense

Calm & Sense:

A Woman’s Guide To Living Anxiety-Free

by Wendy Leeds

Genre: Nonfiction, Self-Help, Health & Wellness

Written by a licensed psychotherapist who knows what it’s like to be anxious, Calm & Sense brings you a broad range of tools for dealing with your anxiety, including: Sound psychological approaches that offer you guidance you can trust; Physical techniques so you can address your anxiety anytime, anywhere; Feasible lifestyle changes to help you avoid many of your anxiety triggers. It also gives voice to stories drawn from the experiences of women who have faced anxiety and learned to manage it successfully. Distinctive in its approach, Calm & Sense is a practical, well-researched resource designed to help women of all ages deal with their anxiety. It is a rare book in that it specifically targets women’s unique needs, offering up-to-date research on all aspects of women’s anxiety, from its causes to its impact, and the women-specific techniques that work best to ease it.

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Wendy Leeds is a licensed psychotherapist with a deep interest in giving voice to anxious women everywhere. She is focused on providing a safe place where women can share their fears, and she is working to support those women with up-to-date research and resources for women of all ages.

As a cancer survivor, she knows what it’s like to face both anxiety and trauma and come out the other side. She’s presently working on a book to share her experience and expertise.

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Conversations with Ayahuasca

Conversations With Ayahuasca

The Last Resort

by Ol Serbon

Genre: Nonfiction Memoir, Spiritual Realism

When all known roads lead to a dead end, it is time to explore the unknowable.

In Conversations with Ayahuasca, author Ol Serbon describes how a series of four annual journeys to the Amazon jungle to partake in Indigenous shamanic ceremonies involving the entheogenic beverage ayahuasca were a catalyst for healing issues in her life and body that were troubling her and entirely altering her perception of reality.

A powerful spiritual guide, Aya, introduced herself to Serbon and invited her to tour what appeared to be alternate dimensions and strange landscapes, like a vast underground city of plants. She also time traveled to an ancient civilization on Earth, perhaps Lemuria, and found evidence of an even more ancient civilization than that, indicating history repeats itself in broad cycles as do our souls. These dreamlike adventures revealed how our consciousness, focus, and resonant frequency shape the form that the world around us takes.

Back at home, Serbon developed a daily meditative practice for putting herself into the right state to receive visions and messages from Aya. Sitting on the deck at her house in a light trance, she would type lessons into her laptop about the arts of dream riding and manifestation, and warnings about impending dangers related to advances in technology, such as integrating AI into human physiology.

Feeling intuitively drawn to India, at last she searched for an enlightened sage who could help her make sense of her experiences.

Her story belongs to everyone in our generation.

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Ol Serbon is a pen name. The names I have used in the past, the places where I’ve lived, the things I have done, the little achievements I can claim, the degrees I have earned, and the titles I have held don’t define me. The truth is that none of it defines me. I am an ever-changing, consciously evolving consciousness. This is how I perceive myself.

Originally from Russia, I grew up behind the “Iron Curtain” dreaming about one day living life to its fullest. At the age of nineteen, I came to America, thrilled about finally reaching the “Land of the Free.” I embraced the idea of the American Dream with my whole heart, and for some time I thought that I was living that dream, until my reality began showing cracks.

On the outside, my life seemed perfect. I graduated from Tufts University magna cum laude with the intention to go to medical school, I got married, and I did what I most loved to do: I danced. But after volunteering at a cancer research center, my vision about western medicine began to fall apart. Things didn’t add up. Confused, I decided to take a year off and ponder my decision about going into medicine. I continued dancing and I never looked back.

As a dancer, I traveled the world, competed, performed, and taught dancing. I built a successful business out of my passion. A rare blessing in a world where most people do what they dislike just to make ends meet. Soon, however, my personal relationships and my health spun out of control. Devastated, I started searching for new ways to heal my body and mind. Among other things, books by Carlos Castaneda appeared. Then, after trying all conventional methods, I decided to give la madre ayahuasca a chance. It was my last resort.

Finally, in 2016, I found my way to the Amazon jungle. The rest of my story is in my book.

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Looking for Caylie – Tour

Looking For Caylie

An Unabashed Memoir of the Battle, Breakthrough and Future with a Genetic Variant

by Misty Wolf

Genre: Non-Fiction Medical Mystery, Parenting Memoir

This book is a must-read for parents, teachers, industry professionals alike. It is a testament to a mother’s love for her daughter with an in-depth look into obstacles facing those struggling to get adequate care and support for someone with a disability.”

Cassie Preston
Program Coordinator, Crisis Foster Care

In Looking for Caylie, author Misty Wolf takes you inside her journey as she fights to discover the cause of Caylie’s rapid cognitive regression and mental health deterioration. Wolf bravely challenges traditional IEP narratives in education by dismantling the school vs. parents mentality, and establishing that each team member was on Caylie’s side. This authentic and raw account of Caylie and Misty‘s struggle in navigating the US medical system, and disability support, reminds us that we are not alone in our journey.

A gripping story of the love of a mother who will stop at nothing to get answers the health of her daughter, in the face of professionals who keep turning them away.”

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Misty Wolf resides in Santa Clarita, California, alongside her beloved Caylie, her parents, and their Shih Tzu named Gilly Goose. Misty focuses her writing and speaking on her experience of being the mother of a child with a rare mutation disability. Misty completed her education with a Bachelor of Arts in Project Management (with a minor in Criminal and Civil Law), and a Masters in Criminal Justice, with a specialization in forensics.

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The Rising Sisterhood – Tour

The Rising Sisterhood: Rise With Us

A Journey to Radical Acceptance and Unwavering Solidarity

The Rising Sisterhood Series Book 3

Compiled by Founder Amy Edge

Genre: Nonfiction, Women’s Inspirational

To all of the women who’ve decided to light a fire in their lives and step out into the spotlight.

Many of us live our whole lives with this nagging feeling like there is something wrong with us. Somehow, others are more worthy, have it more together, or understand something about life that we don’t.

This is something that plagues so many of us, and it breaks my heart. We secretly feel unworthy, and we are afraid to take the risk to let others see us as we are.

This book collaboration is written by women for women like you. Those that are ready to break free of the status quo and the mindless hamster wheel of life. It is for our sisterhood. Our authors are standing in the uncomfortableness of telling their raw and proactive stories so they can show other women, you, if you speak up and say what you believe, want, or need, and are ready to feel your power and make yourself heard — there is so much enlightenment on the other side.

The Rising Sisterhood’s pages reflect the intimate choices that were made to rise above challenging situations and as a result, live extraordinary lives.

Join these BOLD Leaders & Womxn as they transparently share their courage and transformations of rising above our shared challenges.

Thanks to our co-authors: Marjanna Barber-Dubois, Jesi Carroll, Sonya Davis, Bianca Demsa, Kat Frey, Jacqueline Fusco, Chimere Goldsboro, Marci Hedderson-Carroll, Lesha Malone, Angela Milano-Hnas, Laura Parsons, Kristi Peek, Laney Ray, Jessica Rodriguez, Elsbeth Thurston, Kristen Westcott, Sandra Vaughan.

Our note:It’s important for our readers to know that these stories are based on real-life examples from our co-authors. These stories may include references to the following; attempted suicide, cutting, sexual harassment, sexual assault, sexual preferences and orientation, physical abuse, mental abuse, and emotional abuse.

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The Rising Sisterhood: Rise With Us

How to Step Into Your Own Power & Change Your Narrative

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The Rising Sisterhood: Rise With Us

Silence the Limiting Beliefs & Create Unshakable Confidence

The Rising Sisterhood Series Book 2

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Amy Edge founded The Rising Sisterhood based on an idea that kept ‘nagging’ her, the idea began as a quiet whisper that eventually grew and grew, until action and momentum took hold. She began this journey with just that, “grit.” Unaware if she was capable of creating the platform she felt was needed, she began to lock arms with the incredible authors that would shape the first book of The Rising Sisterhood. From there, Amy has built a small army of dedicated women who are ready to disrupt the current status quo of authenticity.

She truly believes that each person is granted a unique story and that every single story deserves to be told. And, that every sister deserves a safe place to feel welcomed, celebrated, encouraged, and lifted up as we all rise and change our own narratives.

When Amy is not running alongside her sisters in The Rising Sisterhood movement she is building her Operations & Team Consultancy business of over eight years. She is the quintessential best friend of change-makers. She complements the blue-sky audacious goals of her visionary counterparts. She blends her skills of project management, team leadership, and GSD attitude into the equation to help achieve (and exceed) their business goals. With her strategic partnership, she helps businesses increase profit, empower their teams, and scale their businesses.

Through these efforts, her support enables her clients and their businesses the ‘space’ needed to create generational wealth that empowers our future entrepreneurs while building their own legacy.

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Dirty Money – Tour

Dirty Money: Memoirs of a Stripper

by Erin Louis

Genre: Nonfiction, Memoir

Having spent over 20 years in the exotic dancing industry, I have grown tired of the typical ill adjusted, drug addicted stripper story. Contrary to the reigning stereotype, I offer a candid look at my own adventures in the industry and how it has affected my life. I present my memoirs as a rebuttal to the talk show depiction of exotic dancers as chemically challenged, poorly disguised prostitutes with severe daddy and body image issues. Starting with my childhood, I recount the experiences I had and what led to my choice to become a stripper. I recall the funny, sad, and sometimes gross moments in my career. I try to answer all the questions most people ask me once they’ve had a few too many drinks and finally give in to their curiosity about my naughty job.

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Erin Louis is a former adult entertainer with three non-fiction books about her life as a stripper, and is a columnist for Only Sky Media. She’s written and published several short fiction stories. Erin has had a lifelong love of horror and dark humor.

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Unconventional – Tour

Unconventional

A Memoir of Entrepreneurism, Politics, and Pot

by Jamie Andrea Garzot

Genre: Memoir

Jamie Andrea Garzot was one of the least likely people to become a cannabis entrepreneur, advocate, and industry pioneer. She had no business background. She was not involved in politics. She had only a four-figure capital investment to start with. And, surprisingly, she had very limited experience with cannabis products. So how did Garzot find herself at the forefront of California’s cannabis movement?

In this inspirational memoir, Garzot describes her trajectory from a cannabis retail rookie navigating an unregulated market to a cannabis authority. During her time in the industry, she developed a wildly successful line of artisanal edibles, managed $12 million a year in all-cash sales, and became an advocate for cannabis legislation at the state capitol—all of which led to an eventual acquisition by High Times, one of the most recognized names in the industry. From office intrigues, personal crises, and shifting regulations to teamwork, innovation, and community leadership, Garzot, with good-natured humor, shares how thinking creatively, planning ahead, and forming connections in the most unlikely places contributed to her success in a continually shifting business landscape.

Unconventional is the story of an industry in its wild heyday, the inner workings of local and state government and cannabis’s dicey road to regulation, and the seismic changes in the way cannabis was distributed and sold. But it is also the story of one woman’s tenacious spirit and all the lessons she learned the hard way—by refusing to give power to fear, taking risks, building community in a volatile environment, and listening to what people wanted—and how staying true to her vision paid off every step of the way.

Anyone who has ever dreamed of following their gut and reinventing their life will be inspired by Garzot’s unusual and unconventional journey.

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With eleven years of lawful cannabis industry experience, Jamie Andrea Garzot is one of California’s pioneers. She has boots-on-the ground experience as a state-licensed cannabis retailer, an appointed city official, and an industry advocate.

Since the beginning of her industry tenure in 2009, Garzot has logged thousands of hours advocating for responsible cannabis regulation before the California State Legislature and provided cannabis policy guidance to local governments throughout the Northern California region.

In August 2020, both of her groundbreaking businesses—530 Cannabis and Synergy—were acquired by the most globally recognized name in cannabis, High Times.

Garzot holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from San Diego State University, with an emphasis in British literature. She remains a high-profile industry advocate, educator, and public speaker.

Garzot shares her life with her partner, Jim Wood, and their growing menagerie. Unconventional is her first book.

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Spotlight on Amanda Blackwood!

The Miller Miles

Micro-Biographies Book 1

by Amanda Blackwood

Genre: Nonfiction, Biography, Human Trafficking, Abuse Survival

A saint was once asked “What is anger?” He replied that anger is a punishment that we give ourselves for someone else’s mistake. Believe me, revenge is far worse.

We all do things we aren’t proud of. Some of us have done far worse than others. I was a rather troubled teen and grew into a troubled young adult. One of the chapters from my life that I didn’t know I’d ever have the courage to tell is the one about the Miller Miles.

From sex to drugs to love and lies, this adventure holds all that touches the lives of our nation’s youth no matter what decade it might be. I was a teenage runaway, and as bad as that might be, I dragged others down that road with me. Eventually my friends betrayed me and I was left stranded in a strange city. It wouldn’t be the last time that would happen in my life, but it was the last time in my life I actively sought (and achieved) revenge.

Miller was completely caught off guard. To some extent, so was I. It was an adventure to a degree, a nightmare to live and a story that I’ll never forget as long as I breathe.

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The Shack In the Woods

Micro-Biographies Book 2

How much trouble can two young kids get into when nobody is looking? A lot.

Don and I were unlikely friends, both damaged souls from secrets nobody knew. One of our many adventures took us to a shack in the woods where nobody had ventured in too many years to count. We knew we needed to explore the place and were driven by an unexplained force, but we never imagined what we might find.

While we both found lost history, and Don found adventure, what I found was much more precious. I found a piece of me, a passion for history, and a rediscovery of my soul. I learned through one adventure as a kid that no matter how bad things were, I still didn’t want to die. Discovery of self can be one of life’s greatest adventures.

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Detailed Pieces of A Shattered Dream

Micro-Biographies Book 3

“My name is Amanda Blackwood and I’m a survivor of human trafficking.”

Even now the words sound like fiction, especially as the horrors fade from recent memory. It’s been 20 years since I escaped that fate, beating the odds. Most don’t survive. I know that now, I didn’t know that then. I didn’t see any other option.

At the age of 19, my life took a drastic turn down a very dark path. I married a much older man in an attempt to escape my already dramatic life and was looking for a way out of trouble when the word “trouble” was completely redefined for me. Taken in you a young couple who then sold me like property to the highest bidder, my life changed completely. Suddenly I found myself locked away in a small room with no food, no water, no bathroom, and no company other that the screams of other trapped girls down the dark, deadly hallway. I had ample time to rethink my life. When I escaped, I didn’t go back for the other girls whose screams haunt my dreams even now.

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Custom Justice

by Amanda Blackwood

Genre: Nonfiction, Biography

It’s hard enough to escape human trafficking, but how does someone survive the aftermath of continually being hunted for years to come? I was young when the abuse started. It came from every angle. Struggling for many years, I wasn’t sure I’d ever have a chance at a normal life with real love and true happiness. At the age of 31 I figured I was too old for that sort of thing. I’d been abused in the past, but this time I was finally going to have a happy ending.

I was moving to a foreign country to get married to a police officer I’d known for seven years. I would finally be happy. I had no idea that my entire life would change once more, and I’d be forced to either subject myself to abuse beyond anything I could ever imagine, or end my life unceremoniously, death by train. The man I thought I loved exploited me beyond comprehension. The damage he left behind will haunt me for the rest of my life. There is no way to seek court justice across international borders against a police officer in a corrupt system. Instead, I seek my custom justice simply by sharing the truth with the world. It’s been 10 years since I escaped, beating all odds. Most don’t survive. I know that now, I didn’t know that then.

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Lost April

by Amanda Blackwood

Genre: Nonfiction, Biography

When the media first started talking about the pandemic of 2020 it seemed as though most of the world was operating out of fear. Having already survived so much in my life, I was hesitant to buy into it all. Instead, I found myself facing new challenges with friends who were dying around me of cancer, and losing those who had taught me that I still had a heart worth loving. Challenges mounted as I found myself the soul supporter for the household after my roommate lost his job, and then totalled my car. The pandemic was ‘raging on’ according to the news, but the real fight was within.

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Amanda grew up moving all over the country and befriending people from all different cultural backgrounds. She came from a middle class family, and from the outside everything appeared to be quite normal. Nobody knew about the struggles behind closed doors – from an abusive family to school bullying, one struggle after another gave her a fighting spirit to never give up and to root for the underdog. While Amanda has mainly published memoirs and autobiographies, she has a heart for romance and an imagination for sci-fi. She has recently branched out into several different genre.

Amanda Blackwood is a survivor of human trafficking. A portion of every book sale goes to help fight human trafficking and to help other victims still trapped. Amanda lives in Denver, CO with her supportive husband and rescue cats who keep her sane.

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Soul of the Citizen – Tour

Soul of the Citizen: Prayers For A Divided Nation

by Mischa Field

Genre: Christian Nonfiction

Crisis times call for leadership.
Corrupt times call for integrity.
These times call for a move of God, and a move of God calls for you.

Soul of the Citizen: Prayers for a Divided Nation, by Mischa Field, is the cry of a burdened heart refusing to give up on neighbor or neighborhood or nation. It is a collection of prayers for leaders and followers, for parents and children, for shepherds and flocks, and for you and your enemy.

A biblical scribe for modern times, Field offers the reader a word of hope and a call to action. This book is for anyone looking to do justice, love mercy, and walk humbly with God in a time drowning in accusation and ambiguity.

If you long to protect your peace in times of conflict, this book is for you.
If you long to live ethically and authentically in times of struggle, this book is for you.
If you are moved to pray that God would do a new thing in the life of this nation, this book is for you.

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Mischa Field is an ordained reverend who has practiced ministry in Brooklyn for 21 years. His writing explores the intersection of Divinity and Humanity: Faith, Identity, Culture, and the Soul. His heart for hurting people and broken institutions fuel his determination to rebuild both.

A graduate of Amherst College and Alliance Theological Seminary, with degrees in film, writing, and urban ministry, and a background in journalism, he finds consistent joy in the mysteries of faith, consistent humility in attempting to practice them, and constant wonder in God’s ability to accomplish perfect things with perfect combinations of imperfect people.

A native of Brattleboro, Vermont, he lives in Queens with Lori, his wife of 15 years. Soul of the Citizen is his first book.

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