When you closely analyze all the problems you’ve had in life, what patterns
emerge? If you’re like Beatrice Adenodi, you see that most of life’s
problems can be boiled down to the same handful of issues. Mindless
Behaviors sheds light on seven examples of reactive, negative cycles of
human behavior and how effective communication is the answer to breaking
As these seven stories examine life through the lens of mindless behaviors,
you’ll learn that if you change the way you perceive your
circumstances and actions, you have the power to change your life forever.
Let this book motivate you to gain a new perspective, acknowledge your
unconscious biases, and activate your untapped potential.
This book brings to life thought-provoking viewpoints that are different takes on our usual way of living and approaching problems. It will help you unblock areas of your life that feel cluttered and enhance your ability to awaken the God within you.
Through my personal, professional, and social experiences, I’ve learned that most of life’s problems are really just different versions of the same handful of problems.
Undeniably, there are patterns that regularly wreak havoc on our lives. This book sheds light on the negative cycles that impact the human condition and the importance of effective communication in breaking them.
Through seven different stories that examine life through the lens of Mindless Behaviors, you’ll learn that if you change the way you perceive your circumstances and actions, you have the power to change your life forever. It’s my hope that you’ll read this book and gain a new perspective, acknowledge your shortcomings and unconscious biases, and shed light on activating your untapped potential.
A betrayal…a secret baby….an unknown imposter…will Tess survive the wagon train journey to Sunset Hills, Oregon after her life is threatened? And if so, what will she do once she gets there?
1855. Tess Findlay can’t wait to be reunited with her beau who went out west three months ago to mine for gold, saying he’d send for her soon. Even though she hasn’t heard from him, she’s discovered she’s with child and decides to join a wagon train to travel to Oregon to surprise him with the news.
When a band of robbers holds up the caravan, Tess is shocked to recognize her beau as one of the outlaws. He warns her that someone on the wagon train isn’t who they seem but before he can reveal the person’s identity he is killed in a gunfight. Who can Tess trust? She is drawn to widowed physician Garrett Kincaid but fears for her life and that of her unborn child. Besides, what man would ever want a woman who is carrying another man’s baby?
Garrett Kincaid is looking forward to bringing his youngest nephew, Jacob, to join his sister and brother-in-law out west. His sister begged him to care for her young son until the rest of the family got settled in Sunset Hills. The time is right for them to make the journey. There is nothing left in Kansas now for Garrett, anyway, not since his wife died of typhoid. He’s always wanted to start his own medical clinic, and Sunset Hills seems like the perfect place.
However, after the wagon train is robbed, Garrett realizes he will have to do everything in his power to help the group arrive safely. When his nephew befriends a beautiful young woman, Garrett can’t help but wonder why she is traveling alone. Can he discover her secrets without scaring her away? And he is ready to love again?
Tess knew she had no choice but to admit the truth–to herself as well as her aunt. She followed Augusta’s brisk walk down the hallway leading to the front room. Augusta drew back the curtains from the wide window, allowing the morning sun to throw a dim light of hope into the small expanse. Augusta took a seat in one of the wingback chairs and crossed her arms. Tess made herself as comfortable as she could on the sofa beneath her aunt’s all-too-knowing gaze.
“Do you have anything you would like to tell me?” Augusta asked sternly.
Tess gulped and hung her head. “I believe I’m with child,” she said quietly.
Tess thought she detected a hint of sadness in her aunt’s voice if she wasn’t mistaken. She nodded. “Yes.” Unable to help herself, she burst into tears.
“Oh, Auntie! He’s on his way out west to join the mining expedition in Oregon. He said he was going to send for me once he got settled in Sunset Hills. But now… I can’t wait until then, can I? I’m sure he would marry me right away if he knew about the baby!”
“Are you planning to go to him as soon as possible, then?” asked Augusta, her own blue eyes unreadable.
“I don’t think I have any choice, do I?” Tess said.
About the Author
Annee Jones is a heartwarming romance and soon-to-be cozy mystery author who enjoys sharing her heart and imagination with others. She is passionate about writing stories that offer readers a place where dreams come true!
Professionally, Annee works as a disability counselor where she helps her clients navigate through complex medical and legal systems while rediscovering their wholeness in Spirit.
Annee also enjoys freelance writing for Publishers Weekly and multiple publishing companies.
There are three absolutes in Mairi Wallace’s world:
1. The Mages rule every city in Scotland with terrible, violent
2. It is not physically possible for any woman to wield magic.
3. Mairi does not have a voice.
She is about to learn that none of these things have to be true.
From twisted wynds and tartan shops to a dangerous daemon and malevolent
ravens, the future of a tattered nation might lie with one solitary
About the Author
After teaching English literature in the UK, Japan and Malaysia, Helen
Harper left behind the world of education following the worldwide success of
her Blood Destiny series of books. She has always been a book lover,
devouring science fiction and fantasy tales when she was a child growing up
in Scotland. She currently lives in Edinburgh with far too many dogs and
cats – not to mention the dragons, fairies, demons, wizards and
vampires that seem to keep appearing from nowhere.
Things don’t usually come to a screeching halt at the RAT, also known as
Ridgewood Arts & Technical School, Ridgewood City’s most prestigious
progressive institution. But that’s what happens when Headmistress Hardaway
interrupts class and announces, “A scandal has rocked the fundraising
committee!” Everyone is a suspect and Hunter Jackson, student council
special investigator, vows to root out the student who’s heartless enough to
steal donation money. He’s not alone. Ridgewood Roar news editor, Anthony
Ravello, and the rogue, indie-press pioneer, Liberty Lennon, plan to do some
journalistic digging of their own in a race against each other to scoop the
truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth to their faithful
readers…or at least their versions of it. With the truth getting murkier by
the day, students at the RAT gobble up news bytes and wash them down with
locker-side gossip as they try to unmask the classmate responsible for the
About the Author
Frank Morelli is the author of the young adult novels On the Way to
Birdland (2021) and No Sad Songs (2018), a YALSA Quick Picks for Reluctant
Readers nominee and winner of an American Fiction Award for best coming of
age story. His fiction and essays have been featured in various publications
including The Saturday Evening Post, Cobalt Review, Philadelphia Stories,
and Highlights Magazine. A Philadelphia native, Morelli now resides in High
Point, NC with a brilliant illustrator and his fur babies.
In 1970, at the age of 17 and with only twenty-eight dollars in his
pocket, Tony Assali flew to America to escape war in his homeland, Beirut,
Lebanon. With the intention of establishing a foothold so that he can
bring the rest of his family to safety, Tony must find work quickly.
Luckily, Tony possesses a special skill: the ability to perceive white tigers, rare and valuable opportunities other people either
do not see or are too afraid to pursue. From humble beginnings working in
a doughnut factory, to parlaying his charm into a position selling men’s
suits by the thousands, Tony fulfills his promise to his family. Then Tony
dares to dream bigger, creating a thriving business that makes him a
millionaire. But even with these victories, Tony still hasn’t found the
white tiger he’s really looking for—the right partner to make his life
complete…until a woman he can’t stop thinking about walks into his life.
Complications arise, but she might just be the one, and Tony is never the
type of person to let an obstacle stop him.
I am dreaming of a white tiger when a car backfires. More explosions rock my neighborhood and I realize it’s not a car. I know these noises. Everyone in Beirut does. It’s gunfire. And it’s getting closer. I turn to my bedside clock. It’s only just after 6:00 a.m.
“What’s going on?” my little brother, Joe, groans from his side of the room.
I throw back my covers, find my slippers, and dash downstairs. I run out into the street without my coat. The morning sun hovers above the eastern hills and the air is damp and cool. I hear shouts from the direction of St. Joseph Church, whose ancient spire rises over the rooftops. Emergency sirens echo off brick houses. A police car blasts by, nearly knocking me off my feet. I follow it.
St. Joseph is only two blocks away. It’s where my family celebrates Mass every Sunday morning, where we had planned to spend the previous night, Holy Thursday. When I arrive, the place is pandemonium. People shout and scream. Several women cry hysterically. Blood stains the men’s fine suits and the women’s fancy dresses. I halt when I see several people splayed out on the church steps. More blood. The acrid smell of cordite assaults my nose.
“What happened?” I ask no one in particular.
“Up there,” an older, gray-haired man points to the three-story building across the street. “A man with a gun started shooting. Militants.”
I look up, then down the church steps, in what would have been the gunman’s line of fire. Suddenly, everything spins. I feel like I’m in an elevator whose cable has just snapped, sending me plunging into a dark abyss. This is now the second time in the past two days I have experienced this sensation. The first was just twelve hours ago, when my family was preparing to leave for services. At the last second, I insisted we stay home. I had no specific reason for this demand, only the strange feeling that if we went, something awful would happen. At first, my family protested, but my pleading made them change their minds.
Now, here I am, staring at the carnage. I freeze as I recognize a victim: my best friend, Nabil Kessrousani. Sixteen years old, he was accompanying me to church when I suddenly demanded we stay home.
“You’re crazy,” he had told me, going off on his own.
I move to help Nabil but am pushed back by uniformed personnel carrying stretchers and medical bags. Now, police are on the scene. They herd us all to the sidelines so the first responders can do their work. I want to help, but I know there is nothing I can do.
How did I know we should’ve stayed away from the church? Was it gut instinct? True, I knew Beirut was becoming more dangerous, but perhaps it was divine intervention. I cannot dismiss the fact that God was looking out for me. But why? What had I done to deserve such attention? In the years to come, I will experience many eerily similar incidents. And these same profound questions will continue to vex me. Can the practical and the mysterious coexist? My incredible life story will suggest an answer to this question.
About the Author
Tony Assali is the president of a well-established escrow company in
California and new author of his autobiography, Catch the White Tiger, where
he tells his story about growing up in Beirut, establishing life in America,
and discovering the keys to success. The debut author has been married for
25 years. He has 4 children, 11 grandchildren, and one great-grandchild. On
his time off, he enjoys drinking wine, dirt bike riding, board games, and he
is a coffee connoisseur. He is blessed to have the Lord in his life, and he
thanks Him daily and pays it forward as a born again Christian.