Signs in the Rearview Window by Kelly Smith

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Book Details:

Book Title: Signs in the Rearview Mirror: Leaving a Toxic Relationship Behind by Kelly Smith

Category:  Adult Non-Fiction, 214 pages

Genre:  Self-Help, Memoir

Publisher:  Sunny Day Publishing

Release date:  April 2018

Content Rating:

PG + M. This non-fiction self-help book has very mild if any swearing.

However, it does deal with the topic of abusive relationships, which

some may consider inappropriate for younger reading audiences.

Book Description:

What kind of person ends up in a toxic relationship? And why stay? This

searingly honest memoir answers both of those questions head-on.

Coming-out of failing marriage, Kelly turns to Gabe out of fear of being

alone. Her gradual slide into danger is at once terrifying and

inevitable.

Kelly tells her story now to inspire others who find themselves in

similar turmoil. In this book, Kelly outlines the steps to escape

abusive relationship and offers hope for future relationships.

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MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK 

Kelly Smith does amazing work in writing this book. I admire her for her honesty and vulnerability as she tells her story. She digs very deep into her life and the toxic relationship she was in. Starting with the steps of how she became involved in this relationship, not even realizing what she is doing.

I have never been in an abusive relationship so I can not relate to Kelly and what she went through. Sometimes I don’t understand why women don’t just leave, and I understand this better after reading Signs in the Rearview Mirror. Though I understood some of why a person put themselves in this situation, I really didn’t understand until I read this book. So for me, this book is full of new information for me. And even if I don’t use it, I hope I can help someone else, turn them in the right direction. Give them a copy of Kelly’s book. Point them to Celebrate Recovery for help. I am familiar with this program and it is a great one!!

I feel this is a must read for anyone who is in an abusive relationship. And even for people who want to be more knowledgeable about the situations involved. You won’t go wrong buying this book! A big Thank you to author Kelly Smith for writing the awesome book.

A special thanks to the author/publisher for a copy of this book. I am not required to write a positive review, the opinions here are mine alone. I am disclosing this with my review in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

Meet the Author:

Boston born and raised, Kelly now makes her home in Austin,TX with her three sons and one amazing Giant Schnauzer, Bullseye. Kelly has written for Huffington Post, Elephant Journal, and hosts a podcast, Let’s Get Wicked Deep.

Author Interview with Kelly Smith, author of Signs in the Rearview Mirror

Writing a book about toxic relationships isn’t easy, when was the moment you decided to write this book?

I made the decision to write this book on a late Sunday afternoon. I had just gotten out of the shower and my body was frozen on the floor of my closet. My toxic relationship was ending, he was with someone else and I was in so much pain. I decided on that floor on that day that if I recovered from this pain, I would never let anyone go through this alone.

How did your friends and family handle reading this book with so much personal information in it?

They didn’t know everything about my toxic relationship. I think when we are in such a rough situation we dont tell anyone what is really going on out of fear of judgement or the ones closest to us trying to get us to leave. We have to make that decision on our own. After the book came out, a lot of people in my life were surprised at how much they didn’t actually know. Some were upset with me for not sharing and others were just happy I got out.

At any point did you consider using a pen name to hide your identity?

I didn’t actually. I wanted my name to be on the book from the beginning. Now, after releasing the book, not so much. At times I can’t believe I exposed so much of myself to the world. It’s surreal to walk into a store or a restaurant and people I have never met before know so much about me.

How has your life changed since releasing this book with so much of your private life exposed?

It has not changed a whole lot, but it is interesting to know people all over the world know so much about me and the mistakes I have made in my life. At the time I was writing this book, I wasn’t thinking about how much I was exposing myself until the book was actually out.

Do you have any regrets about writing this book?

I am not sure if I have regrets, I am grateful it has helped the people it has helped.

Thank you Kelly! I can not identify with what you went through, but I pray that those in the same situations as you went through will find help. You are a very brave woman to expose so much of yourself to the world.

Connect with the author:   Website  Twitter   Facebook 

Tour Schedule:

June 8 – Stephanie Jane – book spotlight / giveaway

June 8 – Over Coffee Conversations – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway

June 9 – Jazzy Book Reviews – book review / giveaway

June 10 – A Mama’s Corner of the World – book review / giveaway

June 11 – T’s Stuff – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway

June 12 – Rockin’ Book Reviews – book review / guest post / giveaway

June 15 – Books for Books – audiobook review

June 16 – Splashes of Joy – book review / guest post / author interview / giveaway

June 17 – Tabi Thoughts – book review / author interview / giveaway

June 18 – Locks, Hooks and Books – audiobook review / guest post / giveaway

June 22 – Svetlanas reads and views – book review

June 24 – Sefina Hawke’s Books – book spotlight

June 26 – My Fictional Oasis – book review / author interview

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A Secret Life: by James S. Juliana

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Join us for this tour from June 15 to June 26, 2020!

Book Details:

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Book Title:  A Secret Life: Enduring and Triumphing Over OCD: Obsessive Compulsive Disorder by James S. Juliana
Category:  Adult Non-Fiction (18+), 176 pages
Genre:  Self-Help, Mental Health
Publisher:  Self-Published
Release dates:   October 2019
Tour datesJune 15 to June 26, 2020
Content Rating:  PG. This self-help book deals with adult subject matter of mental illness.

Book Description:
Are you one of the millions who reside within a secret life, a life which constantly feels out of your own control: Are you plagued by repetitive thoughts and/or actions which interfere with your daily activities? The author lived for more than 40 years with an undiagnosed form of mental illness, a phobia now known as OCD: obsessive-compulsive disorder. His emotional pain and suffering were at times almost unmanageable. In his mid-sixties, the author, a loving husband, father and accomplished high school teacher and athletic coach, discovered a unique psychologist within the Denver therapeutic community who utilizes a radical but highly successful treatment that’s allowed the author to control his OCD symptoms almost 100%. “A Secret Life” is one of the few books written by an OCD sufferer and descries in detail the pain and chaos living with this illness can cause not just the victim, but those closest to him. This story doesn’t stop there, but provides readers with options and advice dealing with OCD from someone who broke the curse of living a secret life. Now he’s ready to share his story in order to help others.
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A Secret Life by James S. Juliana

Meet the Author:

Jim Juliana was a hard-working family man with a devoted wife and adoring children. As a teacher, he taught numerous subjects over a 28-year career, was an assistant principal/athletic director for three years and mentored generations of youngsters in the classroom and in athletics. Juliana was a coach for forty years at the high school level. Coach Juliana has been a part of two state championship teams, a city championship team and several league title teams. He spent two years as a college instructor and football coach. But Jim Juliana had a secret life, one over which he had no control. For most of his life, he also fought – and eventually defeated – an embarrassing and almost debilitating OCD. OCD, or obsessive-compulsive disorder is an anxiety disorder that effects three to five million adults in the US each year. OCD involves irrational fears or repeated thoughts or obsessions that drive an individual to engage in repetitive behaviors or compulsions. Jim Juliana’s life was finally changed when he found a therapist whose treatment all but eliminated his OCD incidents. A Secret Life chronicles Juliana’s battle against his OCD and gives readers options and information for treatment based on his experiences.

Connect with the author:  Website ~ Facebook

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June 15 –Book Corner News and Reviews – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
June 15 –Working Mommy Journal – book spotlight / giveaway
June 16 –Splashes of Joy – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway
June 16 – Sefina Hawke’s Books – book spotlight
June 17 –novelsnerd – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway
June 17 –T’s Stuff – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway
June 18 – Library of Clean Reads – book spotlight / giveaway
June 18 – Laura’s Interests – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway
June 19 –Hall Ways Blog – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
June 19 – Rockin’ Book Reviews – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
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June 23 – Olio by Marilyn – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway
June 24 – Locks, Hooks and Books – book spotlight / giveaway
June 24 – Rainy Day Reviews – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
June 25 – Pick a Good Book – book spotlight / author interview /giveaway
June 26 – Literary Flits – book spotlight / giveaway

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