I love my authors. A lot. A whole lot. They’ve done and experienced things I can only dream about – or be grateful that I didn’t experience. As a sociology graduate from the early Jurassic Era, I get caught up in people’s stories and how they’re influenced by their experiences. I’m also a huge believer in karma – that what you put out sets a cosmic response into motion.
As such, our authors have some amazing stories to tell. Our three new releases make my heart skip a beat.
Throwaway Players: The Concussion Crisis From Pee Wee Football to the NFL
Gay Culverhouse is the former president of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. She also has her doctorate from Columbia in special education, which means she has all the background for her new career of talking about the dangers of concussions.
Since Gay spent many years in football, she draws upon her experiences with football players – many who were good friends – and tells of how their many concussions deteriorated their brains to the point wherel a number of them died.
It’s a heartbreaking story, but Gay took her experiences and is now providing help to retired players, where none existed before. She’s also helping educate parents of kids playing sports because too many kids lives have been ruined from concussions as well. Gay is my hero. Read her book – you won’t be disappointed.
Off the Street
I just read a wonderful article in Las Vegas Weekly about our author, Chris Baughman, that pretty much sums up how his experiences altered his life and those who fall within his circle of light. I know, that sounds cheesy, but Chris is a ray of light for those women he saves from being beaten, or worse, taken out to the desert and killed.
Human trafficking doesn’t happen to “bad girls,” and this was something I didn’t realize. During editing, Chris told me about a veterinarian who got caught up in this ugly world. Imagine! A highly educated woman falling prey to a pimp’s lies. Of course, she had no idea he was a pimp until it was too late. That’s how slick these pimps are. And this happens just as easily to the “girl next door.”
This is a powerful book that details Chris’ hunt and destruction of a pimp making a million dollars a year…off of his women. It’s a story that had me punching the air and whooping like a moron.
The thing I love about Chris is his passion. He details in his book about being a kid at his best friend’s house and seeing the friend’s mother beaten severely by her ex-pimp. See, you can’t leave this life until your pimp says you can. Chris talks of his frustration about not being able to protect his friend’s mother. It’s a blinding image that stayed with me – and what fuels Chris to protect all women.
Chris is my hero. Read his book – you won’t be disappointed.
The Next 15 Minutes: Strength From the Top of the Mountain
I love to tell the story that there were three of us fighting over Kim Kircher at the Pacific Northwest Writer’s Conference, and I won. I get all goofy silly when I think of the editor at St. Martin’s looking over my schedule and pointing at Kim’s name, saying, “You’ll love her. I’d love this in my lineup.” I didn’t think anything about it until Kim walked in with five other writers. It was one of those deals where six authors sit at an editor’s table and pitch their book.
From the minute she opened her mouth, I was hooked. Not only is she gorgeous, all ten feet of her, but she’s a fantastic writer who tells a compelling story about having this amazing life with her husband running Crystal Mountain in Washington. He ran the joint while she tossed bombs out of helicopters, screaming, “Bombs away!” When she wasn’t saving injured skiers, she and her adorable husband, John, were off having adventures that exhaust me just reading about them.
Then tragedy struck when John was diagnosed with bile duct cancer. He was given a year to live if he didn’t receive a liver transplant. For Kim, whose world is about saving lives and dealing with emergencies fifteen minutes at a time, this ordeal seemed overwhelming…until she grabbed the lessons she’d learned on the mountain. The mountain had taught her that if she broke up her fears in fifteen-minute intervals, that nothing couldn’t be overcome.
It’s a fantastic theme that resonates throughout her book. Kim’s story had me reliving my own youth of shooting through narrow ski runs with my hair on fire…ahhh, good times. But what stuck with me is Kim’s theme of grabbing for strength wherever you can. There is a very cool article about Kim in Mountain Magazine, and this one thing Kim said really stuck with me. She said, “Our adventures are like dress rehearsals for real life challenges.”
We’re all faced with fear and uncertainty, but what a marvelous gift we have at being able to draw upon aspects of our lives to get us over the hump. Fifteen minutes at a time. Because Kim could draw upon her experiences, she was elevated to a position of strength and hope for John. What a beautiful love story as well as an affirmation of digging deep in our soul to find out exactly what we’re made of. Kim is my hero. Read her book – you won’t be disappointed.
So there you have it. This is just part of the reason why I have the coolest job in the world. I have the honor of dipping my brain into the lives of people who have done and seen amazing things, and share those incredible journeys with readers who will never feel the same after reading one of our books.