The Adversity Formula: Inspirational Lessons from History by Steven Mason

The Adversity Formula: Inspirational Lessons from History by Steven Mason

Non-Fiction

Price: Paperback £14.95, Kindle £9.99

ISBN: 978-1-8382223-5-2

Early in the 2020 pandemic, author Steven Mason, seeking inspiration to help cope during the Covid-19 crisis, began to examine the lives of some of the great personalities from history. After considerable research, he discovered that many of these individuals had overcome significant adversity on their path to success. After sharing these stories with others, he was inspired to write this book.

The Adversity Formula: Inspirational Lessons from History reviews the lives of thirty remarkable characters from history to see how they dealt with adversity. The book goes onto provide a formula that readers can themselves apply to their own lives. Selected mainly from the 20th Century, the fifteen men and fifteen women, include scientists, entrepreneurs, humanitarians, politicians, entertainers, sports stars and war heroes.

The list contains well-known names like Stephen Hawking, Steve Jobs and Walt Disney but also features lesser-known profiles of Virginia Hall, Irena Sendler and Victor Frankl, a holocaust survivor who, after his experiences in the concentration camps, developed a therapy to find meaning and purpose in adversity.

The book looks at the adversity these greats faced, what they achieved despite it, but also, how they dealt with adversity, often using it to their advantage. Their coping mechanisms are summarised in five characteristics for each individual and packaged into a general formula for tackling life’s problems. The conclusion found within these pages is that it is often how people respond to adversity, that can determine successful outcomes.

The Adversity Formula: Inspirational Lessons from History will be particularly relevant to those interested in self-development, especially during difficult times, as well as those with a love of history. The book offers hope in the face of life’s major challenges.

Author Steven Mason is a licensed insolvency practitioner by profession, one in which he has seen his fair share of distress during the pandemic. Living in Manchester, England, he is a married father of five. Outside work, he enjoys and values time with his family, his love of sport and especially, his love of history. He has a BA (Hons) degree in International History and Politics from The University of Leeds and a Graduate Diploma in Law from Manchester Metropolitan University.

This book is his first and as well as using the subject to help people cope with challenging situations, he hopes to make history relevant to a broad audience, including those not usually interested in the past and the lessons that can be learned from it.

Waghiaghaz’Edo by Osazuwa Omede

Waghiaghaz’Edo by Osazuwa Omede

Non-Fiction

Price: Paperback £8.95

ISBN: 978-1-8380929-8-6

In this age of cultural awareness, it has become imperative to identify oneself with his culture as well as his spoken dialect.

This is necessary especially in a volatile country like Nigeria where the majority ethnic groups are preponderant over their minority counterparts and in so doing, reducing these groups to mere irrelevance. The persuasive inference one can draw from this, therefore, is that if these ethnic languages are left unused or sparsely used, they will fizzle out in the near future – and we will be worse for it.

Waghiaghaz’Edo in this respect, is a useful guide to learning the Edo, one of the minority tribal languages in Nigeria. It introduces readers to its alphabets, consonants as well as its pronunciation. In fact, call it a succinct appraisal of the cultural as well as ancestral heritage of the Edo people and you are not far from it. This book is a captivating work for his ethnic Edo tribe so much so that when you flip its first pages, you are spellbound to read it through to the end.

Author Osazuwa mede, a reserved and knowledgeable gentleman, is an historian, writer, photography enthusiast and a film producer based in the United Kingdom. He has deep interest in the preservation of the rich cultural heritage of his ancestral Ẹdo tribe and her people.

He holds a B.Sc. (Hons) in Oil and Gas Management from Plymouth University.

Some of his creations include: Wrong Desire (a movie), Odumamwẹn (a movie) as well as a Book entitled ‘Business and Privileges in Nigeria.’ Mr Ọmede is the Founder/President of Osazuwa Ọmede Multimedia based in the United Kingdom.

He is also a co-creator of Africa Couples Connect and the Osazuwa Ọmede Smile Project (an NGO). He is a reserved gentleman of ample knowledge.

Mirror Images in Palmistry and Tarot by Gary Marckwick

Mirror Images in Palmistry and Tarot by Gary Marckwick

Non-Fiction

Price: Paperback £9.95, Kindle £3.99

ISBN: 978-1-9161066-5-9 

The latest literary offering by celebrated and well-known Palmist, Gary Markwick.

The book is a collaborative effort, co-written with long-time friend and associate of Gary s – Isabella du Lac, an experienced and well-respected Tarot reader. The authors uniquely blend Palmistry with Tarot, in an innovative way, never before attempted. Each Tarot card is described, and then its meaning is revealed and interpreted by Isabella. At the same time, Gary gives his explanation of this particular card and interprets it in an esoteric and practical way.

Author Gary Markwick is an international professional Palmist and Psychic who has been using his talent for the last twenty years. In addition, Gary is a Usui & Karuna Reiki Master, Teacher and spiritual healer. He is also a qualified clinical Hypnotherapist, NLP, Past life Regressionist and a trainer in the law of attraction.

Gary has also written Now it Begins and Adventures of the Great Marlo and the Blue Pearl. In his capacity as a talented singer-songwriter, Gary has performed at venues including, the Glastonbury festival, live on radio and had singles released in the past.

Lockdown Family Cooking: Simple Recipes for the Whole Family to Create in Homage to the NHS by Martin Harrington

Lockdown Family Cooking: Simple Recipes for the Whole Family to Create in Homage to the NHS by Martin Harrington

Non-Fiction

Price – Paperback £6.99, Kindle £3.99

ISBN – 978-1-8380464-9-1

I am a chef at a large primary school in Manchester where the children all call me Chef Martin.

I have created this book so that families can cook together during lockdown to enjoy some tasty recipes and to bring some classic school meals home and some additional treats.

With all the hard work being carried out by health professionals to keep us as healthy as possible during this difficult time, I thought it would be worthwhile trying to raise a little money for our wonderful NHS.

I hope you enjoy the recipes. They are designed to be really simple to make, use things we often have in our cupboards, to avoid additional shop visits, and are relatively cheap.

The composting and growing section has some fun ideas for using your garden to aid your cooking and growing your own veg.

Stay safe and look after each other.

Chef Martin

How to Move Forward When the Unthinkable Happens: Love, Light and Liora by Lauren Rosenburg

How to Move Forward When the Unthinkable Happens: Love, Light and Liora by Lauren Rosenburg

Non-Fiction

Price – Paperback £9.99, Kindle £3.99

ISBN – 978-1-9163789-8-8

Whether you are trying to cope with the unthinkable or simply want more from life, this inspiring book will show you how to move forward and achieve more.

When Lauren’s daughter, Liora died unexpectedly at just twenty-years-of age, she was devastated. Inspired by Liora’s legacy of having achieved so much and encouraged by the 15,000-strong Facebook group that has supported her and her family, Lauren felt compelled to share their story and the tools and techniques that have helped them move forward following Liora’s passing.

Her wish is that this book will also help you to lead a more fulfilling and purposeful life.

Inside you will discover Liora’s inspiring story and find out how to use positive mindset techniques and energy tools to enhance your life. Through exercises and activities, you will understand more about yourself, what you want from life and how you can achieve it through consistent action. Lauren Rosenberg is an Energist, International Fear and Phobia Relief Expert, Holistic Therapist, Speaker and Trainer. She uses her skills to help her clients overcome fear and lead more joyful lives.

Holistic Wellbeing by Purvi Laxman

Holistic Wellbeing by Purvi Laxman

Non-Fiction

Price: Paperback £5.99

ISBN: 978-1-9163097-3-9

Concern for the wellbeing of children is receiving considerable emphasis today. Parents are constantly searching for what is best for their children’s future. Holistic wellbeing is a mirror to show simple techniques that can help them to develop concentration and self-confidence in their offspring from a very young age. It is a philosophy for living a life with wisdom.

Awake your inner consciousness through meditation: the energy that makes you alive, the true nature of yourself, that is nothing more than the pure consciousness residing inside you which is beyond the normal senses and intellect.

Creative Starts, Creative Sparks by Marvin Shaw

Creative Starts, Creative Sparks by Marvin Shaw

Non-Fiction

Price: Paperback £12.98

ISBN: 978-1-9162285-4-2

We are all born with a creative soul.

Yet often in our lives we experience blocks that prevent our creativity from flourishing.

In this ground-breaking and enlightening book, we learn to recognize our ‘creative blocks’ and discover how to transform them into tools that facilitate us producing our creative masterpiece!

PATHH – Positive Attitude to Holistic Health by Barbara Chrisp

PATHH – Positive Attitude to Holistic Health by Barbara Chrisp

Non-Fiction

Price: Paperback £8.95

ISBN: 978-1-9161066-7-3

This book uses yogic philosophy and practice to first understand, then to heal the heart, mind and the body.

This ancient guidance is as relevant today as it was 4,000 years ago as it provides guidance on how to thrive in life. This philosophy supports a more relaxed, purposeful and grounded life. You will feel naturally well.

When you have ease in the body, you have less dis-ease – ill health physically, mentally or emotionally.

PATHH gives you understanding of the natural rhythm within your body and mind and the reactions to the strains of modern living. It offers support on positive, conscious decision making to gently find your way back to feeling like you again. The real you. The best you.

This book is based on a program of the same name, run by the author, which has helped many people back to natural health and the confidence to take control and responsibility for their life journey and happiness. You too can take back your power to move forward and experience life as you were meant to do.

Enjoy your PATHH, embrace your purpose, love yourself and your life. This purchase is the first step and I wish you well on your journey forward.

Author Barbara Chrisp began practicing yoga over twenty years ago during a very difficult time in her life. Work was very stressful in the banking sector with business targets of over £10million per month.

She was a single parent of a two-year old, working long hours when her mum was diagnosed with a brain tumour. Life became a blur. She took up a yoga class to give her a little me time, to feel normal and calm again for just an hour or two per week.However, over the next ten years, it became her lifeline and gave her strength to continue each day. She learnt how to control her emotional swings and used yogic philosophy to ground and then strengthen her resolve and focus.

After a ten-year battle, her mum passed away and she decided to change that painful life lesson into a positive and began training as a yoga teacher to help others who were struggling with life, as she had. Barbara Chrisp has been teaching since 2011 and offers support and guidance through yoga classes, workshops and retreats within her local community in East Durham. You can find her on Facebook at Sensesyoga.

The Paradise Scheme by Anne Attias

The Paradise Scheme by Anne Attias

Price: Paperback £8.95, Kindle £3.99

ISBN: 978-1-9996623-0-1

In Margaret Thatcher’s Britain, life was revolving at a fast pace. Socialist policies were being replaced by an attitude which said, ‘as long as I am okay; to be upwardly mobile was the aim.

Modern technologies were constantly being updated. Food scares prevailed constantly from eggs to coffee. It was difficult to know what was good or unacceptable. Men were competitive especially in trading markets. Women were supposed to work out to look like Jane Fonda and climb the glass ceiling career ladder whilst running and maintaining homes and families. Stress levels were rising as more was expected from people than in any previous generation. Labour saving devices and gadgets did not seem to save time, just create more clutter. Time was tight in all spheres and life hurtled from one deadline to the next target.

As green environmental issues were gaining in popularity, a wealthy benefactor bought a remote uninhabited island and raised funds to see if there was a better, alternative lifestyle. Candidates would be chosen according to their skills and life experience instead of qualifications. Money would not be used, there would be ample provisions, shelter and privacy for all.

This story traces the path of three successful candidates all seeking something different, each hoping that life can be more meaningful. Can it? Will it? Will their dreams come true? Will they get what they want? Will they still want it? Will they lose what they had? Can anybody have it all? Follow their trails and see if they can manage to live happily ever after or if there is a sting in the tail.

Hi everybody, my name is Anne Attias, thanks for tuning in. I have always written mainly media reports as I began my career as a trainee reporter for the local paper. In 1986 I wrote my first script for The Paradise Scheme, about a group of people seeking an alternative lifestyle to escape the Rat Race. Once typed out this was put in a brown folder at the back of my wardrobe where it remained until 2018, when it was published by i2i Publishing and was well received.

This encouraged me to write some more so I wrote a short story called Lifetimes following the dramatic changes that took place from the 1950s to date including: decimalisation, first man on the moon, supermarkets, colour tv, the swinging sixties, regeneration of inner cities, all seen through the life of a modern emancipated woman.

My latest published book is called Allbrite which is the name of a small town in Montana, USA. It follows three generations of the O’Brien family, dealing with the triumphs and traumas of a contemporary family. I try to keep fit, go to art classes, enjoy my lovely grandchildren and make the most of life. Thank you for dropping in, all the best.

From the Pulpit: Home & Abroad by Peter Morrell

From the Pulpit: Home & Abroad by Peter Morrell

Non-Fiction

Price: Paperback £9.95

ISBN:978-1-9999129-0-1

From the Pulpit is a selection of sermons preached by Peter in England and Spain between The Second Sunday before Lent in 2012 and the Seventh Sunday of Easter in 2017.

Peter Morrell was born just before D-Day. After school and university, where he read French, he qualified, first as a solicitor, and then as a barrister. He practised at the Bar until 1992, when he was appointed a circuit judge, trying criminal and civil cases in London and the East Midlands. Peter retired from the Circuit Bench in 2009 but continued to preside over Mental Health Tribunals until 2014.

Peter has been an observant Christian since childhood and, in 2008 in the Diocese of Peterborough, he was ordained deacon of the Church of England and priest a year later. He currently ministers in the Watersmete Benefice, a collection of country parishes near his home in East Northamptonshire, where he has lived for the past forty-five years; and to the Anglican English-speaking community in the Costa Blanca Chaplaincy, Spain, where he and his wife, Mary, own a house.

Peter is the author of a trilogy of novels. The first two were published in 2015; The Rector of Pepynbridge and The Islamist of Pepynbridge; and the third, The Honourable Member for Pepynbridge, in 2016. Set in Pepynbridge, a fictional village in Northamptonshire, the trilogy deals with challenging and contemporary social issues and draws upon Peter’s professional experiences as barrister, judge and clergyman and his knowledge and love of rural life.

Peter and Mary married in 1970. They have two grown-up daughters and a granddaughter.

I’m Not a Celebrity, I am a Muslim: One Woman’s Journey to a World of Faith by Saheera Patel

I’m Not a Celebrity, I am a Muslim: One Woman’s Journey to a World of Faith by Saheera Patel

Price: Paperback £9.95

ISBN: 978-0-9929955-7-7

There are many stories waiting to be told, but it seems that in our financially motivated environment, the only way your story can reach a wider audience is if you are a celebrity! At least, this was one of the responses the author received when she sent her autobiography off to yet another publisher. And it was this response that inspired the title of her book.

She has a real story to tell, a story that she hopes will contribute to breaking preconceptions of a faith that to her, exudes peace and love.  The spirit of the book is to shed some positive light on Islam, but despite this, there is no political agenda.  Sahera Patel has simply written about the reality of being a Female British Muslim in a modern society.

Her work is a voyeuristic journey. It takes the reader through the stages of the life of a Muslim that many will have only heard about in passing. It reveals real life tales; her parent’s arranged marriage, agreed through a window, and her own which was only agreed after she met with countless potential candidates.

Her story has been told with positivity, emphasizing the true nature of faith.

This book gives its reader an opportunity to take a journey that will educate, inspire and perhaps, change the heart forever.

Over the last sixty years immigration has changed the UK significantly. This book allows you to see life through the eyes of one relatively ordinary British Muslim of Indian origin. Reading how she went about husband hunting through the arranged marriage system should dispel many myths and I particularly recommend her experiences of Hajj. I found the book very easy to read and always wanted to know what happened on the next page.

Mohammed Amin, Chairman of the Conservative Muslim Forum and Co-Chair of the Muslim Jewish Forum of Greater Manchester.

Now It Begins by Gary Markwick

Now It Begins by Gary Markwick

Non-Fiction

Price: Paperback £9.95, Kindle £3.99

ISBN: 978-0-9567668-8-5

Gary Markwick has used his incredible insight and experience of the human psyche to provide us with an antidote to the stresses and tensions that beset our lives today.

Now it Begins at its heart, has the simple assertion that once you can let go of illusion and draw upon a deeper, universal source of motivation, then you will reconnect with your true purpose on earth.

The book is illustrated throughout with ancient learning and stories that gently bring home the important points being made.

Now it Begins will consistently inspire and encourage people on their exciting journey to freedom and fulfilment.

There has probably never been a time when a book like this has been so necessary and the reader will find both comfort and inspiration among its pages. It is now time to stop serving the illusion and see the reality. It is your awakening, So … NOW IT BEGINS.

Author Gary Markwick is an international professional Palmist and Psychic who has been using his talent for the last twenty years. In addition, Gary is a Usui & Karuna Reiki Master, Teacher and spiritual healer. He is also a qualified clinical Hypnotherapist, NLP, Past life Regressionist and a trainer in the law of attraction.

Gary has also written Mirror Images in Palmistry and Tarot and Adventures of the Great Marlo and the Blue Pearl. In his capacity as a talented singer-songwriter, Gary has performed at venues including, the Glastonbury festival, live on radio and had singles released in the past.