Book Promo ~ VIBRANT

Stop thinking of your own well-being as something that’s beyond your control.

Dr. Stacie J. Stephenson, aka “The VibrantDoc”, is a survivor and an advocate for safety who would love to share her personal story to help others.

Dr. Stacie married the wrong person and found herself in a dangerous, severe abusive situation. She spent seven years basically locked away with no voice, no freedom, and no hope. She narrowly escaped with her life and knows firsthand the devastation and destruction that comes from abuse.
When she was finally able to escape, she became an advocate for others being abused and works tirelessly to share the importance of ensuring you are surrounded by healthy, supportive, and nonabusive friendships and relationships. Safety and connection are critical aspects of our overall health – without it, things like exercise and diet won’t move the needle. 

Ultimately, Dr. Stacie was able to reclaim her voice and live a healthy, constructive, and vibrant life. She is now a recognized leader in functional medicine focused on integrative, regenerative, anti-aging, and natural medicine modalities. She’s the author of the new self-care book Vibrant: A Groundbreaking Program to Get Energized, Reverse Aging, and Glow.

About The VibrantDoc 

Dr. Stephenson has dedicated her life’s work to helping people create vibrant health from within to prevent chronic disease and recover from illness naturally. In addition to her functional medicine and anti-aging board certifications, she is a Certified Nutrition Specialist® and Doctor of Chiropractic. Dr. Stephenson is the Founder and CEO of health and wellness media venture, VibrantDoc, and serves as the Chair of Functional Medicine at Cancer Treatment Centers of America®. She is also a board member for the American Nutritional Association, has partnered in a joint “Healthy Communities” venture with the American Heart Association, and is the Vice Chair of Gateway for Cancer Research, a non-profit organization dedicated to funding breakthrough cancer research and early-stage clinical trials.

Vibrant: A Groundbreaking Program
to Get Energized, Own Your Health, and Glow

Publisher ‏ : ‎ BenBella Books
ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1950665828
ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1950665822

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Book Promo: So-Called Normal

True Story of Survival Opens Minds
and Dialogues about Mental Health

Mark Henick

Mark Henick stood precariously on the wrong side of the railing on a crumbling, concrete overpass. The bridge spanned two realities and, for Henick, had become a symbol of escape — in one form or another. A voice behind him tried to help. A crowd gathered. Siren lights flashed in his peripheral vision. Surrounded but still alone, Henick let go.

So-Called Normal: A Memoir of Family, Depression and Resilience from Mark Henick is a vital and triumphant story of perseverance and recovery by one of North America’s foremost advocates for mental health.

Henick’s near-death experience on the overpass that night would alter his emotional orbit just enough that his exit from a psychiatric ward following that suicide attempt in 2003 would be his last. His transformation didn’t happen overnight — it was a gradual process punctuated with new challenges and setbacks — but slowly, his patterns reversed and he began a profound, “upward” spiral toward recovery.

So-Called Normal chronicles Henick’s youth and the events that led to that fateful night on the bridge and the experiences and transformation that followed. It is a vivid and personal account of a boy who had to deal with the breakdown of his parents’ marriage, an abusive stepfather, bullying and trauma — all while trying to navigate his progressively worsening mental health. In the backdrop is a community that didn’t talk about mental illness, one where silence and maintaining the comforts of “normal” was paramount.

So-Called Normal is not a “misery memoir” about suicide — it’s a gripping, inspirational story of survival that has already touched the hearts of many, including television personality Rosie O’Donnell.

“Mark Henick is a powerful storyteller. His vivid account of his early years as a depressed, suicidal teenager is a page-turner. So-Called Normal is beautifully written, heart-wrenching, and hopeful. Necessary reading for anyone who wants a peek inside the mind of someone who journeyed through mental illness and found hope on the other side,” O’Donnell said.

Author Mark Henick’s TEDx talk about being saved from death by a stranger is one of the most watched in the world and has been viewed millions of times. His search for “the man in the brown jacket” whose bravery and strong arms kept him from falling to his death went viral around the world (and was successful!). Henick has been on television and radio and has written many articles on mental health. He has hosted more than 60 intimate conversations about mental health with notable public figures and celebrities on his podcast, So-Called Normal, and has executive produced and hosted the Living Well podcast for Morneau Shepell. Henick has served on the board of directors for the Mental Health Commission of Canada, and was the president of a provincial division of the Canadian Mental Health Association — the youngest person in either role. He has worked as a frontline clinician, a program manager and the national director of strategic initiatives for CMHA. Currently the CEO and principal strategist for Strategic Mental Health Consulting, Mark Henick is in high demand as an international keynote speaker on mental health recovery.

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So-Called Normal: A Memoir of Family, Depression and Resilience
Publisher: HarperCollins
Release Date: January 12, 2021
ISBN-10: 1443455032
ISBN-13: 978-1443455039

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Book Promo: The Devil To Pay by Ted Dunphy

When Secrets And Shame Come Home To Roost,
There’s The Devil To Pay

As in the Oscar-nominated film “Spotlight,” Ted Dunphy’s newest book portrays the havoc caused by abuse hidden for decades. Then The Devil to Pay (Canaan-Star Publishing) goes further, exploring the question of how a community of good people, attempting to do the right thing, fail to see the evil growing among them, while some of them deliberately cover it up.

In Waterford, Ireland, in the 1930s, civil authority is bolstered by the moral authority and dominance of the Catholic Church. Dunphy presents six Irish boys growing up, each struggling in his own way to break free. With a strong sense of fun and friendship shielding them, their penchant for pranks exposes the hypocrisy and evil they meet. Their innocence leaks away as they learn to deal with brutal teachers, greedy priests and rapacious adults determined to bring them to heel.

When one of the boys is cruelly murdered, it takes nearly fifty years for his friends to bring someone to answer for the crimes in their childhood. They have the evidence to prove the wrongdoings of the past, but reprisals are threatened. Will they have the courage to do what’s right, no matter what the cost? Will they survive long enough to tell the truth?

If you’ve ever wondered about your own moral strength in the face of evil, The Devil to Pay will give you pause for thought. The story will make you laugh out loud, cry and clench your fists in frustration. As the narrator Tomas says, “God had nothing to do with abuse. People did it. People we knew. Which is why we realized only later the seriousness of what had snaked into our lives.” Dunphy’s talent for portraying human foibles, motivations and denial ultimately reveals that love, hope and humor are our best hope for the future.

After a lifetime involved in teaching, training and consulting, Ted Dunphy now turns those wickedly sharp observational skills to work explaining human behavior in his fiction. He holds an MA in Creative Writing from Warwick University. An experienced life and business coach, he is co-creator of the unique Coaching Plus program and an accredited trainer in Emotional Intelligence (EI). He is also an NLP Master Practitioner, a qualified clinical hypnotherapist and a psychometrics and leadership profiler

A popular leader at educational conferences, after-dinner speaker and presenter at awards evenings and other events, Dunphy has contributed to an anthology of short stories and published two other novels, Rowing Down the World to Auckland (Canaan-Star Publishing) and Don’t Poke the Fire (Canaan-Star Publishing).

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The Devil to Pay
Canaan-Star Publishing
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ISBN: 978-1-909484-23-8

Book Promo: A Voice in the Night by Erin Ireland

The assaulting truth about abuse!
Author Erin Ireland lays it out for you…
In a book titled:
A Voice in the Night: Silent Abuse,
The Early Warning Signs That Could Save Your Life.


From a woman who endured what most don’t dream in a nightmare. This is the loneliness of abuse. Let there be awareness that spouses do poison their mates, and authorities do not put enough stock in the fact that it does happen every day to people who are being silently abused. Many die without anyone knowing what killed them. Poisonings and gassings are silent abuse that need to be expressed, and exposed. So many never realize how much abuse they do submit to, thinking they are merely sucking it up for the betterment of the relationship. An abusive life can be replaced, and fulfilled with happiness. Abuse is a conditioning that can be unlearned. If one can find the strength to believe in them self, they can find their way out!

This is a book to serve many. A book that will enlighten you on how the treatment you accept from others is a huge factor to whether or not you will be happy in your life. There are those mates who view their partner as a possession. Possessions are discarded when no longer needed. A Voice in the Night will provide hope for young people to find a safe ground to stand on; to give them the warning signs early on when beginning to date. It is a book for all ages to take notice of the treatment they allow from others. Erin Ireland has hopes for you to find your peace and to know your rights as a human being. The message truly is “A Voice in the Night” for all who wish to be happier in their relationships or simply happier without their abusive relationship.

Are you not sure whether your mate is actually abusive? Erin Ireland has laid it out for you. When you finish reading these pages you will know the ingredients for a solid relationship and the specifics of when your mate has crossed the abusive line. “A Voice in the Night, Silent Abuse, The Early Warning Signs That Could Save Your Life” Now available at

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About Erin Ireland

Erin Ireland writes for those who feel they have no voice.  She is a woman who has spent many years observing the abuse of others.  Her experiences have been many in the direction of others who suffer in silence with isolation, controlled obsessions, verbal abuse, Superior attitudes, deceit, jealousy, physical, and sexual assaults, and many more indignities suffered everyday by beautiful people.

She is writing for others to see the light.  Erin hopes for them be a lamp unto themselves.  She wishes for them to find there safe ground to stand on, before they have spent their entire lives wondering: what it is that they have done to deserve such demeaning treatment? Abuse is a conditioning that can be unlearned. Every human being is entitled to an abuse free life.

 This is a Self Help Book to bring awareness to those who may not recognize abuse; for those who do, and need help; and for those who are afraid to admit they have a right to something better for themselves. Erin Ireland is a woman who has spent many years observing the abuse of others as well as herself. Her experiences have been many in the direction of others who suffer in silence with isolation, controlled obsessions, verbal abuse, Superior attitudes, deceit, jealousy, physical, and sexual assaults, and many more indignities suffered everyday by beautiful people.

Erin Ireland is a nom de plume, in order to protect the innocent. She will always speak her mind and the truth for the betterment of all those who seek answers and comfort. She has written a book Titled, “A Voice in the Night, Silent Abuse, The Early Warning Signs That Could Save Your Life”. This is a book to help others bypass the long suffering that can be eliminated when learning to view the traits of an abuser early on. Erin Ireland wishes to touch the lives of all who wish to live and enjoy an abuse free life.



Book Review: Bartlett’s Rule by Chelle Cordero

Bartlett’s Rule

Real people, Real Problems and Real Solutions 5 stars(an Amazon review)

At first glance, Paige Andrews’ approach to celebrity writer and celebrated womanizer Lon Bartlett is reminiscent of a child’s first day at the beach, a child who runs down to the incoming waves only to run back to the safety of the dunes beyond the water’s reach, and then again, and then again. Indeed, she desperately wants her evolving relationship to be as spontaneous and carefree as first love.

But in looking closer, as both lovers and mad men are apt to do, Lon sees that behind Paige’s engaging smile lie painful memories of man named Hal who raped her and all but took away her ability to get close to anyone again. Lon’s best intentions trigger Paige’s worst fears.

“Bartlett’s Rule” is an easy-to-read novel about difficult-to-resolve issues for rape survivors and the prospective significant others in their lives. For Paige and Lon, sorting out the boundaries of trust and the limits of patience is a treacherous undertaking because they are very much in the public eye and because Hal’s arrogant needs are not yet satisfied.

Unfortunately, Paige’s dysfunctional family is also not out of sight and out of mind, providing additional twists and turns in the plot to keep readers guessing about choices and outcomes until the last page.

October is domestic violence awareness month

For Victims of Abuse, Forgiveness is the
Foundation of Healing
Nurse Shares Steps for Releasing Pain, Forgiving Yourself and Others

From child abuse and domestic violence to human sex trafficking and atrocities against civilians in war-torn countries, our world creates new victims daily.

Broken bones and bruises heal, but for many victims, the emotional damage is lifelong and life altering, says Amrita Maat, a nurse, child abuse survivor, and author of the inspirational new book, “Wearing a Mask Called Normal,”

“Experiencing abuse can affect how you feel about yourself and how you respond to other people,” Maat says. “These effects might be easy to see if you’re observing them in someone else, but they can be nearly impossible to recognize in yourself without help.”

The emotional and physical abuse that Maat grew up with set the stage for her to become a perpetual victim as an adult, she says. The choices she made and her interactions with others were often unwittingly self-destructive.

“Lifestyle changes that involve healthy choices include eliminating dysfunctional patterns, such as manipulation and abusive behavior – the things children of abusive parents learn from their role models,” she says. “A healthy lifestyle comes first through recognizing unhealthy behaviors and then laying the groundwork for positive change.”

For Maat, that groundwork begins with forgiveness.

“You have to forgive,” she says. “You have to forgive yourself and you have to forgive those who’ve hurt you. When you’re a victim, you’re often angry – because you have every right to be angry, right? But anger, focusing on blame and thinking of yourself as a victim only perpetuates the dysfunction and the pain it brings.”

So, how does one begin to forgive oneself and others? Maat shares the steps she put together, which helped her learn how to identify what would move her forward on her healing path. She started by creating a list of the people and circumstances she needed to forgive and systematically working through the process:

1. Identify the people who have caused you pain and why you feel that pain. This validates your pain; it was real and deserves to be acknowledged.

2. Identify the pain you feel from others and consciously release it to the universe in a personal ritual that has meaning for you. You might write it down on a piece of paper and burn it. Or speak the words out loud and blow them away.

3. Allow yourself to forgive those who have caused you pain as a means to your physical, emotional and spiritual healing.

4. Identify the people you have caused pain and recognize why you caused them pain. It’s important to acknowledge that you, too, are capable of causing pain in order to forgive yourself and those you’ve hurt.

5. Identify the pain you have caused others with your actions.

6. Allow yourself forgiveness for the pain you have caused others as a means to your physical, emotional and spiritual healing.

While forgiving others for hurt caused intentionally is difficult, Maat says the hardest is forgiving yourself for pain you caused. But this is vital; in order to forgive others and to open yourself to positive energy, you must forgive yourself.

“From every hurtful moment, I learned something, and part of my process is to acknowledge each lesson and to be grateful for it,” Maat says. “Forgiveness was possible when I released the hurt because it no longer served a purpose.”

About Amrita Maat

Amrita Maat is a nurse who reached a turning point in her life when she was injured while trying to avoid the advances of a physician who had sexually harassed her for years. For the first time, she stood up to an abuser by taking the man to court. But she had waited too long under the statutes, so she did not get her day of justice. Because of the nature of her memoir, Amrita Maat is a pseudonym.