"When writing a novel a writer should create living people; people not characters. A character is a caricature."
                                 Ernest Hemingway

 

Reading a good book is like taking a journey.

 

Emma Gulliford

"To produce a mighty book, you must choose a mighty theme. No great and enduring volume can ever be written on the flea, though many there be who have tried it."

                Herman Melville, author of Moby Dick


IMMUNITY - Entitlement of Wealthy Political Notables

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In this candid memoir, a Forbes 400 personal assistant delivers a peek inside the realm of wealthy political notables whose privileges include protection or exemption from obligations and penalties. A path no man dare wander, let alone write about until she exposes the consequences one’s life have on another. As lives, morals, and beliefs intertwine and collide, the gospels immortalized in tabloids and idolized by herds testify further from the experiences she witnessed.

 

A motor racing enthusiast, David has little or no tolerance for traffic, so he drives the emergency lane 120 miles-per-hour up Interstate 405 until a police officer pulls him over near South Coast Plaza. When he approaches the car, asking for drivers' license and proof of insurance, David calmly says, “I do not mean to alarm you, but my badge, papers, and gun are in the trunk of my car.” ... “Oh shit!” I hear the police officer roar. Oh, shit, what the fuck does that mean? David and the cop chit chat for a spell before shaking hands and waving goodbye. “Have a good day Mr. Gram. I am sorry I interrupted your day. Just be careful,” the police officer says before motioning us back into traffic. ... “David is immune from the law,” his wife responds. ... “I am not a city official, but I own some. Because of them and our relationship, I have … well, let me say, ‘special privileges’ the average person does not.” David arrogantly brags. ..

 

Today, she calls an ache of a memoir–REALITY. The lessons reminisced–AWAKENING. 

 

I have never had any doubt that in the world of American politics and money the rich live in a very different world than the rest of us. This book only proved my thoughts. This is a dirty, no holds barred look behind that curtain of wealth and power, where people seem to get away with anything and everything. I wish I could say I was shocked by the events of this book, but I was not. What I can say is I am happy that a code of silence was broken and this book came to light. Author Donna S LeClair made sure to tell these true events in an engaging way that wasn't overly embellished. The graphic parts of this book were not overdone and came through on the pages. This was a good and interesting read and I think it is something that everyone needs to read. Kathryn Bennett for Readers' Favorite

 


WAKING REALITY - Overcoming the Heartache of Abuse

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In a world where the WHO recently reported that 1 in 3 Women worldwide are victims of violence, I hope this book is a crucial opening for other women to tell their personal stories on the devastating emotional, physical, financial, and spiritual impact of Interpersonal Violence on their and their children's lives. This visceral, harrowing, and haunting tale, bears witness to the often inescapable 'violence trap' set by families, religion, the justice system, and social constructs that women fall (or are pushed) into. And which is often followed by the devastating emotional trap of internalizing that violence. The author, with raw, emotional honesty holds little back and allows us to live through the terror, horror and devastation of her personal experience. Throughout, and against all odds, it is that same honesty of self and spirit that burns beneath the surface, is unbelievably never extinguished, and carries her to salvation. The voice is unique, personal, and empowering. You will not be the same. Read to understand what the women in your life (your sisters, friends, mothers) experience, and for inspiration to survive your own trials. Then speak your own story. This voice should be joined in chorus. This voice will ring in your ears for years to come.

This book honors the persevering aspiration reverential to oneself and others. It favors the supporting backbone of a dying race called human and its challenge to survive and flourish as a conscientious paradigm for forthcoming generations. Our reign in this physical world is short compared to the age of the universe; therefore, mankind cannot afford finite hopelessness or futility. In the space outside of time and thought where the very fabrication of reality flows, mankind can easily slip into nonbeing or choose to flourish beyond the scope of our current awareness. We, as a species, must rise to that which is invisible to the naked eyes and silent to muffled ears. We must appreciate the flight of our own wings can only evolve to the height of which we lift our hearts, sight, thoughts, and consciousness.  


Words are singularly the most powerful force available to humanity. We can choose to use this force constructively with words of encouragement, or destructively using words of despair. Words have energy and power with the ability to help, to heal, to hinder, to hurt, to harm, to humiliate and to humble.

Yehuda Berg