Book Promo ~ ABOUT NATALIE

September is National Recovery Month:
Mother Shares Her Journey
with Heroin-Addicted Daughter

About Natalie: A Daughter's Addiction. A Mother's Love. Finding Their Way Back to Each Other. by [Christine Pisera Naman]

Millions of American lives have been forever transformed by the effective treatment options available for addiction recovery, and they deserve to be noticed. National Recovery Month serves to draw attention to the remarkable strides made by those in recovery and to foster a greater understanding among all of us about mental health and substance use disorders.

Christine Naman celebrates her daughter’s recovery every day. In a story that plays out in far too many households, Christine’s daughter, Natalie, became addicted to heroin in spite of a loving family and a comfortable life.

Christine traces her daughter’s years-long battle with addiction — and her own struggles with denial — in About Natalie, a gripping, cautionary tale of how a child can suddenly end up on the wrong path, meet the wrong people and get lost in the unthinkable.

About Natalie takes readers deep inside Christine’s emotional and mental turmoil as she grows into her new, unfortunate role as the parent of an addict. She steps on syringes left on the floor and wrestles one from the family dog’s mouth. She lives the nightmare of finding an unresponsive child on the floor and uses Narcan to revive her. She chases away a drug dealer and stays up all night waiting for her missing child to come home. She rejoices during periods of recovery and hope and is devastated during relapses. When her daughter suffers, Christine suffers right along with her.

Interwoven with Christine’s reflections are Natalie’s compelling poems that share her personal pain and the unvarnished truth of her struggle.

Full of compassion, understanding and hope for addicts, About Natalie is a story of fighting for — and right alongside — the ones we love, no matter how difficult the circumstances. It is a story of keeping the faith, battling hard and never giving up.

She hopes that by sharing her family’s difficult story she can bring understanding and knowledge to those who do not know the problem firsthand as well as provide comfort to those who know the nightmare of addiction all too well.

Editorial Review:

About Natalie is groundbreaking. It doesn’t preach or pretend to offer a panacea. Instead, it offers a refreshing, authentic look at one family’s struggle with addiction, easily the most powerful book published on the subject in the 21st century.” — Dr. Maryel McKinley PhD , CADCII

About the Author:

Bestselling author Christine Pisera Naman is a wife to a beautiful man named Peter and a mother to three fantastic kids named Jason, Natalie and Trevor. In her free time, she enjoys crocheting, which she does poorly; painting, again poorly; and volunteering at her local hospital, which she hopes she does well. She is the author of the Faces of Hope series of books that are now housed in the 9/11 Memorial Museum in New York City. Her other works include Caterpillar Kisses, Christmas Lights, The Novena and The Believers.About Natalie is her heart poured onto paper.

For the About Natalie Addiction Comfort Community, please visit www.aboutnatalieaddictioncomfort.com.

About Natalie

Publisher: HCI Books
ISBN-13: 978-0-7573-2385-0 (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 978-0-7573-2386-7 (ePub) 

Available wherever books are sold (including)
Amazon
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Simon & Schuster

Book Promo ~ Committed

Psychologist’s New Book Can Have You
Looking for Love in All the Right Places

Carmen Harra, PhD. and Alexandra Harra

“Committed is a practical manual for anyone seeking to build and maintain a stable relationship. It offers grounded, realistic advice for readers to strengthen their bond with their significant other and get loyalty from the one they love.” ~ Dr. John Gray, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus

Who hasn’t played the game of love and lost at least once? In her new book, Committed: Finding Love and Loyalty Through the Seven Archetypesrenowned psychologist Carmen Harra and her daughter Alexandra, a certified relationship coach, explain what we might be doing wrong and how to fix it. The solution will be a combination of inner work and learning how to recognize the types of partners we meet along the road.

“What is commitment, and why is it so hard to achieve?” Harra asks. “We’ve all struggled in love, but if you picked up this book, it means you’re ready to end cycles of pain and disappointment and foster a truly fulfilling relationship.”

Committed was written to help readers reevaluate the way they think about love. It’s a relationship manual that unfolds in two parts: first, the work one needs to perform on the inside, and then the seven distinct archetypes one could encounter on the outside.

  • Committed can show you how to:
  • • reexamine core beliefs you hold about commitment and let go of harmful assumptions,
  • • clear karmic patterns that were passed down to you and heal emotional trauma from your youth,
  • • liberate yourself from people, places, and habits that no longer serve you,
  • • develop an unshakable sense of self-worth so that you give love not just to another partner but to the right partner,
  • • identify your partner’s archetype as well as his strengths, weaknesses, mindset, and commitment capacity,
  • • determine your own love archetype,
  • • make your partner commit based on the needs, fears, and desires of his archetype,
  • • navigate successfully through the world of online and in-person dating,
  • • build emotional intimacy with your partner,
  • • mediate external influences that come between you, and
  • • apply real-world solutions to resolve any relationship problem!

In the first part of Committed, readers learn how to reexamine core beliefs they hold, clear karmic patterns, heal any emotional trauma, liberate themselves from people who no longer serve them and develop an unshakable sense of self-worth.

Carmen Harra is an intuitive psychologist, best-selling author, radio show host and relationship expert. In the past 25 years, she has helped over 40,000 people rediscover peace of mind, reclaim personal power and regain joy. Her clients come from all walks of life, from the lady next door to Hollywood celebrities and eminent politicians. She’s the author of international best-sellers like Everyday KarmaDecoding Your DestinyThe Eleven Eternal Principles; and Wholeliness, among others. Carmen has hosted call-in shows on Hay House Radio, WOR Radio and WABC Radio. She currently hosts Miracle Guidance for Everyday Life every Tuesday on OMTimes Radio.

Alexandra Harra is a certified life and relationship coach and author, while also boasting commendable career accomplishments as a writer. She writes regularly for renowned publications such as the Huffington Post and proactively aids her mother’s mission to bring joy and love into people’s relationships.

Follow the author on her website, www.CarmenHarra.com.

Committed: Finding Love and Loyalty
Through the Seven Archetypes

Publisher: Newman Springs Publishing Inc.
ISBN-10: ‎ 1638812586
ISBN-13: ‎ 978-1638812586

Available on Amazon.com and BN.com

Book Promo ~ Money Does Grow on Trees

Shoe Salesgirl Turned Millionaire
Shares Her Secrets on
How to Find Money Growing on ‘Trees’

Money Does Grow on Trees:
The Myths We Create and Live By

Once there was a hard-working shoe salesgirl who, in her own words, “despised money” and all that it represented. Not exactly the backstory you might expect from someone who became a millionaire and now wants to help you do the same. But Esra Banguoglu Ogut is now convinced that the only things standing in our way are our own self-created limitations. She spells it all out in her new book, Money Does Grow on Trees: The Myths We Create and Live By.

ABUNDANCE AWAITS TO BECOME YOU…

We have been told over and over again:

We have less because others have more…Really?
If we are materialistic, we can’t be spiritual…Really?
The rich are the root of all evil…Really?
If we are not successful, we are not worthy…Really?
Only this way works…Really?
Money doesn’t grow on trees…Really?

“It is kind of ironic that what limited me and what I despised the most, money, ended up being my access point to realizing how powerful each of us are in creating our own realities,” Ogut writes. “We are like mini-gods in action all the time, whether we realize it or not.”

She awakened to her own power to create prosperity when she finally realized that she was unconsciously going out of her way to limit it. At that moment, it dawned on her that abundance is a matter of choice for each of us. People choose it or reject it based on what they have come to believe about money.

Ogut is part of a new generation of prosperity leaders. Her unique approach to manifesting abundance and dismantling self-imposed limitations travels to the core of who we are and why we make the choices we do.

In this book you will find stories — both successes and failures — from her life and many other examples from clients she worked with over a decade.

She encourages us to take responsibility for having created our own limitations, which is the first bridge to finding the true inner power needed to transform them … ultimately giving birth to our sovereignty.

About the Author

As a transformational coach and yoga teacher, Esra B. Ogut has helped people worldwide discover their power to live the life they choose. She shows them how to experience their own abundance through one-on-one coaching and workshops. Along with her husband and business partner, author and transformational coach Aykut “Ike” Ogut, Esra pioneered transformational coaching in Turkey.

She holds a bachelor’s degree in English literature from Turkey’s Bosphorus University and a film and television certificate from UCLA, and she is also a certified instructor of kundalini yoga. Esra resides with her husband in Los Angeles and Kauai, where they work online to train coaches around the world while continuing to write.

For additional information, please visit www.ikeandesranow.com.

Money Does Grow on Trees: The Myths We Create and Live By

Publisher: Ayra
Release Date: September 6, 2021
ISBN-10: ‎1735593419
ISBN-13: 978-1735593418

Available for pre-order on Amazon.com

Book Promo ~ Codependent Discovery and Recovery 2.0

Overcome Codependency with a Holistic Approach;
Reinvent Yourself in Positive, Powerful Ways

“Mary approaches codependency from a holistic, well-rounded perspective that enables people to choose a path of empowerment and enlightenment. Through this book, she will continue to inspire and guide colleagues in the mental health field, as well as individuals struggling with codependency.”
Jesse Williams, LPC/MHSP, licensed therapist at Trauma and Anxiety Center, LLC

Mary Joye LMHC 

 Codependency can run deep within us and take control of our relationships until the patterns become so entrenched that we feel helpless and unable to overcome them no matter how hard we try. It can be exhausting and leave you feeling impaired, but the good news is, you can be repaired and find freedom from codependency.

As a healed codependent and licensed therapist, Mary Joye, LMHC, has helped people get in touch with their emotions. Through her unique approach, she provides a holistic alternative to typical 12-step addiction models and covers the full spectrum of codependency.

In her new book, Codependent Discovery and Recovery 2.0, Joye shows you what motivates your codependency and teaches you how to overcome the toxic thinking and behaviors associated with it by using evidence-based techniques of healing. Rather than merely learning how to say no to others, you will learn how to say yes to yourself and form healthy, reciprocal relationships.  

What makes this book unique is that the reader will explore the psychological roots of codependency along with the neuroscience, spiritual and financial facets of their codependency. More importantly, the book shows readers how to apply this knowledge to recover. Complete with meditations, affirmations, a quick-fix chapter and easy two-column Life Lists that allow the opportunity for self-reflection, the book offers readers an invaluable self-help experience.

By using these transformative cognitive behavioral tools, you can change no matter where you fall on the continuum. It is possible to reinvent yourself in a positive way while learning how to give and live well.

About the Author


Mary Joye, LMHC, is a licensed mental health counselor and regular contributor to DailyOM.com. She was interviewed in O, The Oprah Magazine in an article titled “The Greatest Love” about her prior codependency and rise from it. Formerly, she was a professional singer/songwriter in Nashville at Warner Brothers. She reinvented herself as a licensed mental health counselor at 45. As a writer and therapist, she helps people get in touch with their emotions.

Joye lives in Winter Haven, Florida. Visit her website at: winterhavencounseling.com.

Codependent Discovery and Recovery 2.0
Publisher: HCI Books
Release Date: August 31, 2021
ISBN-10:  0757324096
ISBN-13: 978-0757324093
Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Available for pre-order on Amazon.com

Book Promo ~ Love at the Center of Grief

Love at the Center of Grief is a contemporary The Notebook for grieving
teens who want to believe in the power of love even when faced with
The Fault in Our Stars. 

Love at the Center of Grief by [Cindy McIntyre]

 At the tender age of 6, Gretchen Gardener and Hayden Tucker endured the losses of their mothers. For them, Summerfort Grief Center, near Branson, Missouri, offers a place of hope. But as puberty hits, the childhood friends begin to grapple with very different feelings toward each other. Both wonder, can the heart accept love after loss?

Love at the Center of Grief, from Cindy McIntyre, is a compelling coming-of-age story that poignantly captures the realities of teen angst and the magnifying effects of the extraordinary emotional burdens that the two friends carry.

Gretchen, dubbed “Grief Girl” by her classmates, is a mixture of childish maturity, spouting off unique words and Constitutional factoids. Neither of these talents, however, solves her obsessive behavior: she hoards odd memories.

“Hardly Speaks” Hayden proudly sports a Summerfort Eagles high school football jersey, but not everyone on the team accepts this robust loner with a sensitive nature.

Forever bonded by their shared loss, Gretchen and Hayden must navigate adolescence while processing the shifting nature of their hormones and grief — with widowed dads in tow. Both Gretchen and Hayden write stories to their mothers in their grief journals, and it’s through their candid entries that secret thoughts and raw emotions are revealed.

McIntyre used her own experiences as a grief counselor to inform an honest narrative that delivers a balance of heartache and laughter, plus believable characters worth cheering for in the quirky little town of Summerfort, Missouri.

Love at the Center of Grief is a great read for those who are fans of Julie Buxbaum’s Tell Me Three Things and Kathleen Glasgow’s How to Make Friends with the Dark.

Cindy McIntyre, author of Eulogies Unspoken: Stories of Worth and Caring for Dad: With Love and Tomatoes, has served as a secondary at-risk teacher in Missouri for 20 years. She holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a master’s degree in human services, with an emphasis in education. After the loss of her parents, McIntyre set out to help others as a volunteer facilitator at the Lost & Found Grief Center in Springfield. Originally from Earlville, Illinois, she now calls Missouri her home.

For more information, please visit www.missouriauthorcindymcintyre.com, or follow the author on Instagram at @missouriauthorcindymcintyre.

Love at the Center of Grief

Publisher: Angel Pin Publishing
ISBN-10: ‎1734922818
ISBN-13: ‎978-1734922813

Available from Amazon.com

Cindy McIntyre lost her mother at the age of twenty-nine. Grief overwhelmed her, and she discovered writing, “Dear Mom” letters had a profound healing effect. That pain turned into her first book, Eulogies Unspoken: Stories of Worth. Her book takes readers on a journey through grief, faith, and the celebration of overcoming adversity. Along the way, she learned so much about her parents. In the end, she learned even more about herself–perhaps angels appear to grant miracles of faith!

Cindy continues to use her background in psychology, education, caregiving, and grief in her writing, and as a way to help others. She currently volunteers as a group facilitator at a grief center. She’s been an at-risk secondary teacher for over twenty years.

Book Promo ~ Rosa

A Gritty Twist on Classic Cinderella Fairytale

Rosa by [Lyndon Haynes]
by Lyndon Haynes

An unrelenting heatwave has hit the streets of London; the city is a furnace, a sweatbox of people melting on their daily grind. Within the confines of one council estate lies a coldness, a sharp icy blast of harsh unforgiving and betrayal. For one young family in particular, a wind of change is on the horizon, in fact, a storm is brewing so fierce that the wreckage it leaves behind is injurious.

Rosa is a young woman struggling to find her own identity after coming to terms with the death of her parents. Her life has been turned upside down, leaving Mexico under a dark cloud in a crime protection programme with her two brothers Jesus and Dani.

Forced to move to a new city, learning a new language, culture and experiencing some harsh realities during her formative teenage years, life has been bleak and lonely. Under the rule of her brothers, she feels worthless, treated like a slave and stifled from normality. Rosa’s world is harsh, but when by chance she meets a smart businessman called Daniel Rosewood her life changes for the better, she finally sees a chink of light offering the chance of hope and freedom.

Rosa’s story is a compelling rollercoaster of emotional highs and lows as she enters a quest for love while questioning her loyalty to the same brothers who isolate her. Daniel offers her everything she’s been craving but she knows that every choice she makes will impact the world around her.

About the Author:

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Author Lyndon Haynes hails from Tottenham, North London, worked as a child actor and spent nearly 25 years in the music industry as a songwriter, rapper and music video director. He has also been a playwright, film and TV director, and rapper for the hip-hop band The Sindecut, which was signed by Virgin Records. This fresh voice from Great Britain comes from a young, talented, Black writer who embraces classic literature, yet brings a modern twist with his own works.

His previously published books include This Functional Family, released by Book Guild Publishing in 2011, and The Life and Times of Stanley Spank, his first novel, which he published through Authorhouse.

For more information, please visit https://authorlyndonhaynes.com/
or connect with the author on Instagram (Mr_lyndonh),
Twitter (LyndonHaynes) or Facebook (Lyndon Haynes).

Rosa

Publisher: Publishing Push
Release Date: August 11, 2021
ISBN-10: ‎ 1802270574
ISBN-13: ‎ 978-1802270570

Available from Amazon.com

Book Promo ~ Equillian’s Key

Lose yourself in a nautical world where pirates plague the seas and pickpockets practice the art of the con in the fast-paced, rollicking adventure, Equillian’s Key. Author K.L. Harris’s fresh, dynamic narrative and unique, vibrant characters earned Equillian’s Key a 2021 Silver Medal from the Independent Publisher Book Awards and a B.R.A.G Medallion.

Adventure-Packed Equillian’s Key
Plunges Readers into Vivid, Nautical World

Equillian’s Key, from K.L. Harris, plunges readers into the vivid, nautical world of Equillian, where pirates plague the seas, enchanted objects are outlawed, and a mysterious element whispers of unparalleled power.

The adventure-filled story begins in a time when Equillian’s precincts stand united, but the people are divided between the wealthy and the impoverished. With the alchemists’ creations banned, steam technology is on the rise, and flying ships are replacing the need for dragons.

Here, Bastian and Felix live a simple life, picking pockets and pulling cons on aristocrats, dreaming of the chance to change their stars. But that’s all turned upside down on Bastian’s 16th birthday, when crashing the duchess’s engagement party doesn’t quite go as planned. Who would’ve guessed that conning the guests, stealing the castle’s prized artifacts and wooing the betrothed duchess would cause so much trouble? The event casts them both into an unexpected adventure that will challenge everything they know and change their world forever.

The perfect escape, Equillian’s Key is a fast-paced fantasy woven with mystery, magic and romance that takes readers to a rich and interesting world full of vibrant characters. Harris’s immersive narrative draws readers in and takes them along on an epic ride — and the adventure has just begun. 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

K.L. Harris is a writer, author and all-around make-believer with an insatiable habit of turning words into worlds.

After years of adventuring around the globe, training for combat, pouring beers in dodgy taverns, working various odd jobs as a filmmaking thespian and entertaining children as a pirate, she finally realized that who she truly is, and always has been, is a writer.

Born and raised in the United States, Harris now lives in Western Australia with her husband and two children, dedicating her life to wrangling her young wild things and bringing readers the best stories she can imagine.

Equillian’s Key is the first book in Harris’s Archives of the Night-Watcher’s Series. Book two, Star-Locked, is scheduled for 2022.

For more information, visit www.masterofmakebelieve.com, or follow the author on Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest at masterofmakebelieve.

Equillian’s Key

Publisher: Make-Believe Press

ISBN-10: ‎1732368600

ISBN-13: ‎978-1732368606

Available from
Amazon.com,
BN.com,
Indiebound.org

and many other online retailers

Book Promo: Crisis Deluxe

Romance Complicates
High-Stakes Business Deal

Crisis Deluxe: Billions at stake, one impossible choice by [Chris Coffman]

Billions at stake, one impossible choice

With global financial markets on the verge of collapse, Alexander “Dusty” Street, a mergers specialist, hops a plane to Hong Kong to shore up a failing acquisition worth billions. He’ll miss Christmas with a wife and kids he rarely sees; a sacrifice he makes to provide his children with more than he ever had. But when Jacqueline, a woman he once loved 20 years ago, unexpectedly appears in Hong Kong, Dusty finds himself struggling to navigate much more than a complex business deal.  

Crisis Deluxe, from author and former investment banker Chris Coffman, blends the tension-filled excitement of a financial thriller with the unpredictability of a sometimes gentle, sometimes turbulent, romance.

As Dusty’s merger deal with TransPac begins to spiral out of control, his world wavers right along with it. The pressure on Dusty to close the deal comes from all sides, including from Jacqueline, whose alluring and available presence complicates both the acquisition and his distant, troubled marriage.  

Dusty has reason to reconsider his life choices, both professionally and personally. He’s fed up with the exhausting, globe-trotting life he’s chosen, torn between wife and family in New York and the suddenly revived romance with Jacqueline.

As the walls close in and plummeting world financial markets hang in the balance, Dusty grapples with the knowledge a defeat would crush his career, destroying everything he’s worked for. To find a way out against all odds, he must calculate the true cost of career, love and family — and only comes to a fuller understanding of himself as the fate of TransPac unfolds. 

A fascinating exploration into the arcane, murky and ruthless world of precarious financial transactions at a time of market meltdown, Crisis Deluxe contrasts the ugliness of corporate greed, bullying and backstabbing with a tender love story, spanning decades, which is delicately interwoven into the very heart of events in the TransPac merger. A tautly written, intelligent thriller, Crisis Deluxe keeps readers guessing until the very end.  

Author Chris Coffman worked for decades in Europe, the UK, the United States, Latin America, Asia and Australia as an expatriate American investment banker and investor before founding a highly-awarded wine company in Australia, where he lived for 25 years.

A Phi Beta Kappa, Magna cum Laude graduate of the University of Southern California, Coffman also attended Columbia University before beginning his career at Manufacturers Hanover Trust, now J.P. Morgan in New York.

He and Eric Knight produce the podcast The Recovering Investment Banker at https://the-recovering-investment-banker.simplecast.com/episodes/what-is-a-market-1y0M4RTe.

For more information, please visit www.crisisdeluxe.com, or connect with the author on Facebook (Chris Coffman) or on Twitter (@ChristoCoffman).

Crisis Deluxe

Publisher: Odysseus Press
ISBN-10: ‎1736739123
ISBN-13: ‎978-1736739129

Available from Amazon.com

EDITORIAL REVIEW

“Chris Coffman’s Crisis Deluxe is terrific.   In a relaxed and sure-footed style, with Hong Kong as the backdrop, he leads in and out of the labyrinthine world of high finance where everything— money, love, memories, relationships—is sizzling and the stakes are make or break. The consummate summer read!”  Aris Janigian, LA Times best-selling author of BloodvineWaiting for Lipchitz at the Chateau MarmontWaiting for Sophia at Shutters on the Beach, and other works.

Post-Pandemic Wedding Planning

How Luxury Event Planner Fallon Anawalt
Is Keeping Guests Safe

I was lucky enough to get married in Joplin, Missouri, years before the novel virus spread across the globe and devastated the wedding and event planning industry. When I planned my wedding, COVID-19 buzzwords like social distancing, sanitizing stations, and N95 masks weren’t part of the dialogue. But now that these words are the “new normal” in our post-pandemic world, positioning my wedding and luxury event planning business to make other people’s experiences as magical and unforgettable as my own has been a priority.

My company, Athena Event Consulting and Decor, has been preparing and tailoring our plans and processes to accommodate health and safety guidelines throughout the pandemic. As states recover and re-open public spaces to full capacity, those who wanted big weddings but were forced to postpone until normalcy returned are now ready to jump back into the planning process. The demand is high, but because COVID-19 is still fresh, many couples have questions about health and safety.

On a special day like a wedding, emotions run high, and hugging, kissing, and handshakes are second nature. For those looking for COVID-safe options, here are some ideas that Athena Event Consulting and Decor has to help minimize risk and keep guests and family safe.  

Social Distancing

From the onset of the pandemic, social distancing was one of the recommendations from the CDC that stayed consistent. Seating can be arranged six feet apart and in unique patterns for visual appeal and dining tables limited to single households. 

Dance floors can get crowded, and that’s part of the wedding experience. But one fun alternative is to hire a “silent disco” DJ. Each guest is given a pair of wireless headphones, each tuned to the same channel. This allows them to hear the music clearly and dance anywhere in the venue (or at least within range of the transmitter)!

Color-Coded Comfort Bands

Comfort bands are wildly popular at COVID-safe weddings. When guests arrive, you can display different colored comfort bands that guests can choose and wear on their wrists, with each color representing a comfort level. Just by looking at the color of the band, you can automatically know how to interact with the person wearing the comfort band. 

For example, you can have assigned “I’m vaccinated! Let’s party!” to the green bands, “Let’s hang, but no hugs!” to yellow bands, and “I’m having a wonderful time, but please maintain social distance!” to pink bands for those at higher risk.

Masks

Some guests might choose to bring their own masks, but it’s always a great idea to provide them in case someone loses theirs or forgets to pack one. Providing wedding-themed masks is always a fun way to add some extra charm to these accessories.   

Sanitization Practices

Place hand sanitizer in multiple, easy-to-access areas throughout the venue. Even providing small, travel-sized bottles of sanitizer for each guest is a great idea. We also recommend using single-use hand towels and moist towelettes in restrooms or kitchen areas. Having a cleaning crew on hand to quickly sanitize areas throughout the night is a great way to prevent lingering germs and keep surfaces sterile. 

Serve Plated Meals and Have Servers Bring Drinks

Instead of a buffet-style dinner, serving meals on individual plates to guests at their table can maximize social distancing. It can also create a more elegant dining experience with beautiful food plating. You can also have masked servers bringing out fresh drinks to limit trips to the bar. 

With most states currently open to full capacity, you can choose to have your wedding in any way you’ve envisioned it. But for some, there is still a certain level of anxiety or discomfort if you’re high risk or after a year of distancing from crowds. You can always speak with your event or wedding planner to have them tailor your experience to your comfort level. We’re always glad to help and look forward to keeping you safe on your fairytale wedding day!  



ABOUT FALLON ANAWALT

Fallon Anawalt is an entrepreneur with a strong background in marketing. She grew up helping her dad on their family farm before graduating college and starting her career in marketing. She wrote articles and press releases for industry publications for an industrial tank company and then went on to provide marketing work for aviation companies in the Joplin, Missouri area.

After getting married in Joplin, Anawalt identified the need for quality event vendors in the area and created her first event planning business. In 2018, Anawalt partnered with the aviation company owner with whom she previously worked, and together they launched their own marketing company.  Her event planning business merged with the marketing company to form Athena Companies.

Athena Companies provides marketing, advertising, event rentals, and full-service planning for events. The company is comprised of three divisions, each specializing in a focused industry. Anawalt currently resides as President of Athena Companies.

In 2021, Anawalt built Homestretch with the help of her team at Athena Marketing, a one-of-a-kind real-estate project management software that focuses on improving the real estate buying experience. When she isn’t working on her business, she is an avid equestrian. 

Follow Athena Companies on Instagram @athenamktg @athenaeventsllc @homestretchrealty @fallonnoel

Connect with Athena Companies on LinkedIn at linkedin.com/company/athena-marketing-advertising

“Like” Athena Companies on Facebook at facebook.com/amajoplin https://www.facebook.com/AthenaEventsllc https://www.facebook.com/homestretchrealty

Athena Companies Bio

Athena Companies provides marketing, advertising, event rentals, and full-service planning for events. Founded in 2018 by entrepreneur Fallon Anawalt, the Joplin, Missouri-based company is comprised of three divisions, each specializing in a focused industry.

Athena Marketing and Advertising is a marketing firm focused on developing and implementing custom marketing strategies to increase revenue for its clients.

Athena Event Consulting and Décor offers top-tier event planning services and rentals for weddings, corporate events, in-person and online parties, and more.

Athena Consulting Services provides business consulting services such as business planning, recruitment, and hiring.

Homestretch is an innovative project management software that focuses on improving the real estate buying experience and streamlining the home buying and selling process.

For more information, please visit Athena Companies at athena-companies.com and homestretchrealty.com

Follow Athena Companies on Instagram @athenamktg @athenaeventsllc @homestretchrealty 

Connect with Athena Companies on LinkedIn at linkedin.com/company/athena-marketing-advertising

“Like” Athena Companies on Facebook at facebook.com/amajoplin https://www.facebook.com/AthenaEventsllc https://www.facebook.com/homestretchrealty

Book Promo: The Followers

Former Buddhafield Follower Shares
Unvarnished Truth About Cult Life

The Followers Book by Radhia Gleis
by Radhia Gleis

Radhia Gleis spent 25 years of her adult life in the Buddhafield cult, under the influence of a narcissistic sociopath known by many names: Michel, Andreas, The Teacher or Reyji. She escaped the psychological prison of cult life over 12 years ago, but the emotional scars remain. The post-traumatic stress, forever entombed in her psyche, is repeatedly triggered by the characteristics of political and cultural leaders of today, prompting her to explore her past decisions through a much broader lens that sheds light on the blind spots — and dangers — of groupthink.

“What makes people give up their will, their sense of right and wrong — give up their moral compass and family ties for a person or an ideal?” Gleis asks in her captivating new book, The Followers: “Holy Hell” and the Disciples of Narcissistic Leaders: How My Years in a Notorious Cult Parallel Today’s Cultural Mania, giving a nod to the 2016 Buddhafield cult documentary Holy Hell, in which she appears.

The Followers lays the groundwork by skimming Gleis’ upbringing in Hollywood and tracing the steps of her adult life, when, at the age of 30, she fell under the influence of the charismatic leader of Buddhafield.  

She draws striking parallels between her devotion to a cult leader — an authority — whose damaging behavior and influence she willfully ignored, and the followers of other authoritarian leaders, both past and present.

Gleis weaves her personal experiences with reflections on a number of thought-provoking topics, including:

• The search for a higher truth

• Cults, groupthink and mind control

• Authoritarian leaders

• Malignant narcissistic personality disorder and sociopathy

• The American schism

• How an intelligent, well educated person may find themselves under the control of a narcissistic sociopath

• Cognitive dissonance

• The three basic types of people who join cults

• The power of words/influence of media

Informative, raw and irreverent, Gleis’ book shares the unvarnished truth about cult followers from the viewpoint of a former follower still grappling with the consequences of her choices.

Radhia Gleis

Author Radhia Gleis is a Certified Clinical Nutritionist, CCN, MEd. biochemical analyst and educator for over 33 years. She has appeared as a featured guest on numerous radio and television shows including Fox News, Austin. She hosted The Health Revolution and Let’s Get Healthy on Talk 1370 AM, KLBJ, and The Wellness Connection podcast on Voice America. She was the host and executive producer of three YouTube series: Wake up America; How the Body Works; and The Natural Way. She was featured in the internationally viewed movie, Holy Hell, which was broadcast on CNN and named one of Sundance Film Festival’s and Netflix’s top 10 documentaries. It can now be viewed on Amazon Prime.

For more information, please visit www.radhiagleis.com,  or follow the author on Twitter (@radhia_gleis).

The Followers: “Holy Hell” and the Disciples of Narcissistic Leaders:
How My Years in a Notorious Cult Parallel Today’s Cultural Mania

Publisher: Sage Card Publishing
ISBN-10: 1737125803
ISBN-13: ‎978-1737125808

Available from
Amazon.com, BN.com and Audible.com