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

About Natalie

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

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Book Promo: Bathing Kitty and Other Mischievous Poems

Whimsical Verses Give Rhythm and Rhyme to Childhood Hijinks


From feeding dog food to a little brother, to destroying each other’s toys, to observing nose-pickers in church, nothing is off-limits in L. W. Lewis’s collection of amusing poetry, Bathing Kitty. Told from the unfiltered perspective of a child, the short, whimsical observations are meant to draw young readers in with entertaining, humorous verses that can help young minds think beyond the nuts and bolts of standard prose. Bathing Kitty blends clever wordplay with easy-to-remember rhymes to help build reading confidence and create verses that are fun to say aloud — again and again!


Bathing Kitty covers the spectrum of childhood’s mischievous mayhem, with poems about applying lipstick to the cat, getting bubbles in your butt and eating insects. Intended for audiences from grades 4 through 6, the verses take a serious turn at the end, with The Not-Too-Funny Section, which features three touching tributes to the author’s military legacy and the contributions of our armed forces.


Along the way, Lewis manages to sneak in subtle lessons about the importance of having high ideals and good morals — undercurrents that should have an impact yet go unnoticed by all but the most perceptive of children.


An ideal gift for holidays and birthdays, Bathing Kitty can help children cultivate a penchant for poetry and build confidence in their reading skills, and can teach all of us the value of viewing the lighter side of life with an ounce of whimsy and a pound of humor.


Winner of the Bronze Award for Poetry from the Moonbeam Children’s Book Awards, Bathing Kitty is the fifth collection of poems from L. W. Lewis. His other books include The Tickle Tree and Why Do Flies Eat Doggie Poop? Lewis was born in Cleveland, Ohio. He is a retired U.S. Air Force pilot and navigator. He was assigned to B-52’s during the Vietnam War and later flew fighters with the Flying Tigers. He was an Air Force instructor pilot. While assigned as an adviser to the U.S. Army, he attended Army jump school and has made 268 military parachute jumps. He earned a B.S. degree from the University of Miami in Florida and a master’s degree from Oklahoma City University. His introduction to poetry began in the sixth grade and has been a part of his life ever since.


Lewis provides fun-filled, interactive poetry readings in schools (at no charge), where he uses his contagious enthusiasm to ignite the interests of children in this type of literature.


Bathing Kitty
Publisher: Mascot Books
ISBN-13: 978-1643072326

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Book Promo ~ Learning to Breathe Underwater

Learning to Breathe Underwater

by Jason Elliot

Learning to Breathe Underwater is a collection of poetry that tackles anxiety, depression, heartbreak, loss and growth. In this book, you will find deep and personal thoughts and fears that is intended to resonate with you if you feel alone while experiencing different things in life.

We all share the same heart, with different stories to tell. If i can learn to breathe underwater, so can you.

An interview with Jason Elliot:

Q) Has someone been instrumental in inspiring you as a writer?
A) Certain lyricists from bands that I’ve looked up to definitely have played a part in inspiring my writing. The Color Morale & Hotel Books are two main ones that I really admire as far as writing goes.

Q) Do you have plans for “the next book”?
A) I do actually, as soon as I pieced together this first book I already went ahead and starting writing material for the next one. Same concept, some different topics this time around though.

Q) When did you realize you wanted to write?
A) I can remember as far back as being in middle school and jotting down lyric or poem ideas in my notebooks. I don’t know exactly what onset my sudden desire to write, but the spark has definitely been there since I was young.

Q) Tell me about your interests and passions.
A) Aside from writing, I play guitar in a band called Call It Home. That’s my biggest passion and priority in life on top of everything. I also love unwinding with a cold beer and a good horror movie in my spare time. I’m fascinated with aliens and conspiracy theories… I’ll talk your ear off for hours talking about it, and I have an undying love for reptiles and tarantulas.

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Book Promo: On the Night Before Christmas

On the Night Before Christmas

by Sheilagh Watkins

On the Night Before Christmas is a modern version of the classic poem, “‘Twas the Night Before Christmas”. The original poem first appeared in print in 1823 in the New York “Sentinel”. Clement Clarke Moore composed the poem after a shopping trip on a sleigh. This version follows the theme of a father who awakens to the sound of reindeer. He runs to the window and sees Santa slip down the chimney, carrying a sack of toys with him. He watches as Santa fills the stockings hanging by the fireplace. Santa then disappears up the chimney, climbs onto his sleigh and flies away into the snowy, night sky.

About the Author:

Shelagh Watkins is writer, editor and publisher at Mandinam Press. Her first novel, Mr. Planemaker’s Flying Machine, was serialised on Preston FM community radio in 2009. The sequel, Mr. Planemaker’s Diving Machine, was published in 2011. Shelagh’s second novel, The Power of Persuasion, was published in 2008. The same year, she edited and published Forever Friends, an anthology of short stories and poems written by members of A follow-up anthology, Forever Travels, was published in 2010. A third anthology, Forever Families, was published in 2012.

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Book Promo: It’s Snowing in Hawaii by Mike Guardia & Melanie Stephens

New Children’s Book Says “Aloha” To A Blizzard … In Hawaii!  


That’s right kids, it’s snowing in Honolulu. Get ready to say “Aloha” to the first snowstorm Hawaii’s ever had. Written in verse and beautifully illustrated, It’s Snowing in Hawaii takes the reader on a magical journey through the snow-filled beaches of Honolulu.  With Hawaiian flannel shirts, bearskin hula skirts, and figure skating on Pearl Harbor, young readers will enjoy the silly rhymes of a Hawaiian snow day.

Mike Guardia is the renowned author of several history books, including Hal Moore and Shadow Commander.  However, being the father of two young girls has inspired him to write It’s Snowing in Hawaii – his first children’s book.  He currently lives in Texas.  Follow him online at

Melanie Stephens is a distinguished artist and children’s book illustrator.  A proud mother of three, she currently resides in Virginia.

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It’s Snowing in Hawaii
Willow Clubhouse Books
ISBN-13:  978-1-939688-15-6