Nationally famous comic book artist and writer Diane Nine has been a paraplegic since the age of five. Now twenty-nine, the only thing she needs in her life besides a fine chardonnay and massage is true love—if she could just keep her celebrity and handicap out of the equation. She figures she might meet an eligible boyfriend at the local library park. Her prayers are answered when the gangly freelance engineer Chet Strauss jogs into her life. Chet’s developed a revolutionary combat exoskeleton that can change the face of global military warfare. He’s obsessed—she’s impressed. Chet and Diane don’t waste any time firing up a blisteringly hot romance, during which time Chet makes an extraordinary promise. He believes he can modify his combat suit to allow Diane to walk again. Thrilled with the idea of mobility, Diane agrees to test the prototype suit so Chet has a “bullet-proof” demonstration to offer the U.S. Department of Defense.
Her world disintegrates when her boyfriend suddenly disappears. She finds evidence that he’s been kidnapped, and the clues lead to the Cuban-controlled island of Juventud. To complicate matters, he’s left the suit in her care with strict orders to never let it out of her sight. She takes that promise to extremes.
With the aid of her nurse Bibi, a Nell Carter look-alike with a Whoopie Goldberg mouth, and her Streisand-addicted gay physical therapist, Ollie, Diane embarks on a journey to rescue her missing boyfriend. But she finds more intrigue and espionage than she bargained for. She and her companions land smack into the hands of the Global Socialist Alliance, a triad of third-world country terrorists. Another shock comes when Diane finds that Chet Strauss is a traitor to the United States and part of the GSA organization. He’s betrayed her, using her as a mule to smuggle the suit into the country.
Diane and her assistants must evade capture, endure a strong-arm robbery, survive the ravages of a category 5 hurricane, find a way off the island and get the combat suit into the hands of the United States Government. But this mild-mannered,…
After a lot of digging around I found this series and immediately fell in love with every book. The books are a story about the conflicts between good and evil- showing how sometimes the barriers between right and wrong are not always as clearly defined as some people would have you believe and that even if there is a war going on, true love always prevails in the end. It also tells the story about how one mistake, one wrong choice, can cost a life.
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The memoir of Ashley Richardson, Smile, Like You Mean it, is the story of a twenty three year old whose life takes an awful turn down the road of self-destruction and severe depression when her family is shattered by a divorce at eighteen years old. Every time she said to herself “things can't possibly get any worse” another family secret and another layer of hurt surfaced, leaving her feeling even more alone. The constant rejection and lack of a support system was eating her heart away as her severe depression continued to spiral. She began to wonder if there was a way out. Forced to move out and transition into the “real world” without any support left her feeling trapped with only self-medication and alcohol as a means coping. Despite having traditional medicine to ever relieve her depression, her life was saved taking a miraculous turn for the better by a combination of one inspiring therapist and revolutionary therapy option: Neurofeedback/Biofeedback. Neurofeedback therapy is part of a new frontier in our brain wave modification. It uses complex computer software and electrical stimulation to modify brainwave activity.
This is a story of rediscovering the ability to forgive, recover, and heal.The loss of her primary role model, a mentally unstable mother with a troubled childhood of sexual abuse, created new obstacles in Ashley's path to self-actualization. With no guidance, our main character finds herself feeling confused and abandoned, caught in a vicious cycle of self-hurt. Ashley attempts to self-medicate with alcohol and cover it up with her smile and bubbly personality, but this unfortunately only numbs but does not put an end to her struggles. At age twenty one she hits rock bottom and is overwhelmed with hiding the pain any longer, and is ready to face the hurt and start to mend the damage on the road to recovery and forgiveness.
After seeking out a number of therapists and alternative medications she decides to give it one last try, with a promising therapist, to finally re-build the close relationship she once enjoyed with her mother, as well as start to bond…