New Release: The Beast of Steaming Forest by S.D. Birkbeck

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This is the second book in the Goneunderland adventure series

 

 

About the Book

Something is on the loose in Steaming Forest. It screeches, it scares and it kills. Where the mud boils, where the steam rises, where the giant Manglewarp Tree grows, no one is brave enough to enter the forest. In the nearby village of Pebbleknock, Sergeant Trod Elsewhere is also faced with an outbreak of thievery, mysterious magical gatherings and bothersome anarchists. Only one person realises these events might be linked, and unless he can work the connection out, things are about to take a turn for the worse.

  

About the Author

 

  1. D. Birkbeck grew up in rural New Zealand, worked for several newspapers before settling in London in 1996. He has published three books in the Tales of Field Mouse series whilst “The Beast of Steaming Forest” is the second book in the Goneunderland series, the first book being “The Knappler’s Burden”. He has also had success in writing short plays.

 

 

Excerpt 

 “They had just stepped over a small stream no bigger than a healthy trickle when Moiles grabbed Moorlick’s shirt. Moorlick followed Moile’s pointing finger. Hanging from a tree he saw the shape of a tilly. Blood dripped from its throat.

“In the name of Tulloc…”

The oath was barely out of Moorlick’s mouth when a piercing scream filled the vaporous air. Something flashed through the forest. Both men could have sworn it swung by on a vine.

“Did you see that?” said Moiles.

“I saw something. But I don’t know what I saw,” came the answer.

They heard a rustle in the trees. Then a crash. After a few seconds something in front of them moved. They looked closely into the scrub. Suddenly, a branch moved and a red, screeching face appeared. Moorlick stepped back treading on Moiles’ foot. Both men fell to the ground. Above them, the face appeared. A mouth opened showing a line of yellow teeth. The man, if it were a man for he looked no bigger than a small child, let forth a long, harsh gasp as if he was trying to breathe fire. Naked from the waist up, his torso was smeared in blood. A thick mob of blonde hair was matted through with mud. Thin, sinewy arms grasped a vine and it clambered quickly up into the steam. In vain the farmers looked up. A rustle here and a rustle there tightened their nerves. Moorlick jumped as something tugged his shirt. It was Moiles.

“I’m getting out of here,” said Moiles.

Moorlick turned to see Moiles stumbling over the ground. “Wait for me! Wait for me.”

 

“The Beast of Steaming Forest” by S. D. Birkbeck is available from Amazon UK in paperback and e-book.

It is also available from Amazon US.

 

 

New Release: End-Line by Anthony Ford

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About the Book

Eight passengers are on the last train to Margate. It’s Christmas Eve and the Southeast of England is caught in a blizzard. The train suddenly stops alongside an abandoned station. One passenger disappears, later found murdered and they discover that every one of them answered an invitation for different reasons. Joanna, a soldier, is an unexpected guest and the one factor the killer hadn’t figured on.

With her help, can they end this nightmare or will they become victims of their past in this frozen tomb in the dead of night?

 

About the Author

Tony is a writer/actor and has worked on stage in the U.K’s Royal National Theatre alongside Sir Ian McKellen. This was a Trevor Nunn production of Ibsen’s ‘An enemy of the People’. He has written a second screenplay and novel entitled ‘Buccaneers of Brig O’Doon’, an action/ adventure tale.

  

Excerpt

 “What do you think you’re doing?” cried Chris.

“I’m getting out of here that’s what I’m doing. Right now!” he replied as he fumbled with the controls.

“No way!” shouted Chris and jumped forward and grabbed the lever with one hand and Larry by the throat with the other.

Larry pulled himself up and punches flew as they grappled in a tangle of limbs and curses. Larry pulled free of Chris and fell onto the driver’s seat and again thumped the ‘go’ button.

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Father Stephen turned to Joanna, “We better get out of here, this is out of control,” he said, catching his breath.

Joanna continued to study the placard then looked to the bodies of Eric and Anne. “Yeah Father, but how?”

“I don’t know, back along the track, back to the nearest town, just out of here! It’s the only way and if we stick as a group, he can’t possibly kill us all,” Father Stephen suddenly looked around, “Where are the others?” he asked.

Joanna turned around as the train engine suddenly rumbled into the night and the steel wheels could now be heard grinding over the rails.

The train!” she yelled then both turned and dashed back towards the platform.

“End-Line” by Anthony Ford is available from Amazon UK in paperback and e-book.

It is also available from Amazon US.

 

 

 

Blog Tour & Giveaway: Finding Mom by Amanda Mawhinney

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Non-fiction, parenting, self-help, personal growth, mom self-care.
Date Published: October 6, 2016
Publisher: My Koala Pouch publishing
 
 
Vitality. Passion. Tranquility. Do any of these words currently describe you?
Finding Mom will reawaken your dreams and help you to find and reinvent yourself.
Sometimes we love being a mom, but get frustrated when motherhood takes over our life. You are a mom and so much more. That’s why it’s important to start your journey to find your purpose beyond just being a mom. Learn the secrets to finding “me time” in even your busiest days. Uncover and recover your unique mom personality with a personality quiz. Create a sustainable and effective plan for your future that your family will support. No matter how busy you are, how many kids you have, or how young your children are, this book makes finding fulfillment possible for you.What are you waiting for? Make a difference in your life and start finding yourself today!
Available on Amazon.
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You may think that it’s impossible to get to know yourself while your children are young and that it will be easier when your children get older. The truth is, you don’t have to wait. I took my journal to the hospital with me when I had my second child and started implementing some of my goals right after I recovered from childbirth.

Refinding myself has really changed the entirety of my life. In the year following my own personal analysis, I managed to meet my goals of becoming an author, losing all my baby weight from both kids, and strengthening my spirituality. I discovered that I do not have the patience or the real skill for crocheting; I enjoy horseback riding and quiet time in the woods. Currently, I’m working through a couch to 5K program in order to run a race in a few months. I have future aspirations of having my own successful business, learning karate, and traveling the globe.

You may be thinking, “Well, good for you, Amanda, but I’m too busy to find myself.” Maybe you work full time, homeschool, have seven kids, and make all of your food from scratch. Maybe you volunteer at church or take care of an elderly parent or a special needs child. As mothers, our list of responsibilities is endless and our unique challenges may feel insurmountable. The thing is, if you really want to make a difference in your life, you will find a way. I purposely directed this book at moms because we face unique trials, and I wanted to really zero in on how you can make a difference in your life.

The “year of Amanda,” during which I took the time to find myself, was also one of the most hectic periods of my life to date. We had a new baby, my husband got a new job, and we moved from one house to another. All of this was going on while I was still actively raising and nurturing two children. The “year of you” may be even more hectic, but we are going to work together to make it a reality.

 

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Blog Tour: A Vampire’s Hunger by Carla Susan Smith

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Title: A Vampire’s Hunger

Author: Carla Susan Smith

Release Date: October 25, 2016

Publisher: Lyrical Press

Genre: Paranormal Romance

Format: Ebook/Paperback

A PROMISE BROKEN
 
Rowan Harper sacrificed her blood and her soul to keep her friend, Aleksei, alive—and in the process, broke a bond of sacred trust with her lover, Gabriel.But her act of heroism wasn’t enough to stop the evil bent on tearing the world asunder.

Newly turned vampires are slaughtering innocents, and those lurking in the darkness are threatening the people Rowan loves.She may be Gabriel’s Promise, but it’s looking more and more like Rowan will belong to the demon of the Dark Realm instead. Time is of the essence and with her soul already tainted, will Rowan be forced to break the ties she’s forged with Gabriel? Which of the two rivals will stand beside her as she faces the end of the world?…

Available on Amazon.

Meet the Author

2016-10-27_9-32-00Born and raised in England, I now call South Carolina home where I  live with my wonderfully supportive husband, awesome son, and the most discerning canine critique group ever – if tails aren’t wagging then the story isn’t working!

I owe my love of literature to my mother, who, after catching me  reading by flashlight beneath the bed covers, calmly replaced the romance book I’d ‘borrowed’ with one that was far less risqué, and much more appropriate for a pre-teen! She encouraged me to include a wide variety of genres in my reading tastes, but romance, and  paranormal romance in particular, has remained my first love.

I never really thought about writing a romance novel until I read one that was so bad I can only assume it got published by mistake! Making such a comment to my BFF, Sharon, she challenged me to do better. The result was a 250-thousand word epic that I affectionately refer to as my ‘bodice-ripper’ romance – and yes, I still have it!

When I’m not writing I can be found in my kitchen. I love baking, and my husband will actually admit his love of Christmas fruitcake. (Personally I think all that brandy in the fruit has something to do with it!) If not baking then I’m working on my latest tapestry project or  playing catch-up with my reading list where I always seem to be at least three books behind!

It’s a crazy-good life, and I wouldn’t change it for anything, although I wouldn‘t object if I came up with the winning lottery numbers!

Visit her at http://www.carlasmithauthor.com/index.html

 

Tour Schedule

 Tuesday, October 25 – Book reviewed at Books, Dreams, Life

Wednesday, October 26 – Book featured at Mello and June

Thursday, October 27 – Book featured at Just Us Book Blog

Friday, October 28 – Book featured at Bound 2 Escape

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Monday, October 31 – Book featured at Celticlady’s Reviews

Tuesday, November 1 – Book featured at Voodoo Princess

Wednesday, November 2 – Book featured at The Literary Nook

Thursday, November 3 – Book featured at A Title Wave

Friday, November 4 – Book featured at E-Romance News

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Monday, November 7 – Book featured at The Bookworm Lodge

Tuesday, November 8 – Book featured at The Dark Phantom

Wednesday, November 9 – Book featured at The Review From Here

Thursday, November 10 – Book featured at Booklover Sue

Friday, November 11 – Book featured at Lover of Literature

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Monday, November 14 – Book featured at PUYB Virtual Book Club

Tuesday, November 15 – Interviewed at Deal Sharing Aunt

Wednesday, November 16 – Book featured at Authors and Readers Book Corner

Thursday, November 17 – Book featured at I’m Shelf-ish

Friday, November 18 – Book featured at Harmonious Publicity

Book Blitz & Giveaway: Camping in High Heels by Miki Bennett

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With a passion for wholesome adventure, Miki Bennett is the
author of two contemporary women’s fiction series – A Florida Keys Romance and
Camping In High Heels. A deep love of the beach and life-long experience in the
RV and camping world led her to write romance novels that bring humor and
paradise to readers’ finger tips.
Beyond her beautiful writing skills, she is an artist and
craftswoman, and has earned numerous awards for such. Her stories touch the
hearts of not only beach lovers and RVers, but those in the arts community and
the crafts community.
Her talents and experiences truly run wide and deep. From being
the self-called, resident family tech geek to her painting, crocheting and
photogrpahy abilities to living with a chronic illness to having grown up and
worked in a family business to becoming an author, Miki Bennett never has a
dull moment.
She lives in Charleston, South Carolina with her husband, Jeff
and their little dog Emma. They are a blended family with three grown children
thus consider themselves empty nesters.
Miki also lives with a rare, incurable, invisible illness called
Mastocytosis in which patients can have life threatening allergic type
reactions to the simplest of things. She is also a cancer survivor after
undergoing treatment for Uterine Cancer in 2002. She is now on a mission to
help others who deal with “invisible diseases”: the patient looks fine to the
outside world but can be dealing with debilitating symptoms – something that
can be very stress producing for the patient both mentally and physically. Miki
believes it is her creativity through writing and art that helps her deal with
a chronic illness in a positive, uplifting way.
Please visit www.mikibennett.com for more information!

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How does
a first-class, five-star, travel blogger widen her horizons? With a few words
from one of her loyal readers.
 
Kate has
always loved writing about the best in food, nightlife, and accommodations
around the world. In fact, she’s never had to “rough it” in her vast array of
travels. But that changes when she’s publicly challenged into hitting the road
just like an average person.
 
Though
terrified of everything she doesn’t know about camping, things become brighter
when she bumps into fellow camper, Brandon. Seeming to run into one another at
each campground, it gets harder for Kate to ignore the sparks between them.
 
As Kate
travels west in her motor home, she experiences a brand new kind of adventure:
tackling bathhouses, tarantulas, and even bats! But as she learns to appreciate
the great outdoors, Kate starts to wonder if this might also be an adventure of
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Blog Tour: Hand in Glove by Michael Ross

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Eighteen months have passed since the concluding scene of Hand Over Fist, and disgraced ex detective Bobby Tanner is enjoying his life in business partnership with entrepreneur John Staples, better known as Pin-up. Bobby lives in an exclusive riverside apartment with the lovely Zoe Jackson and his life has never been better.

Everything is plain sailing until Pin-up calls him into his office with details of an investigation for Bobby to carry out. A few months earlier, famous show business agent Mo Parker was murdered in his country mansion and the police investigation team led by Bobby’s ex colleague, DS Jess Mulligan has got nowhere with its enquiries.

Pin-up is a personal friend of Parker’s most famous client, superstar actress/model Paige Freeman, who feels that large amounts of money, handled for her by Parker, have gone missing. With inside information from Mulligan, Bobby is less constrained by protocol than the detective and, with the help of the former criminal enforcer, Xenon, Bobby is able to pick up a clear thread which leads him to Mo Parker’s killer.

However, as a clearer picture of events emerges, it is obvious that dark forces and motivations lie behind Parker’s death. The identity of the murderer becomes almost incidental as Bobby searches for the truth, and he needs to move quickly if matters are not to spiral completely out of control.

 

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About the Author

It was a strange and twisting road that led to the publishing of my second novel.

Born and raised in Bristol, England. I spent my adult life in business, the majority of that time marketing cars. I eventually owned the largest Saab specialist in the world, before a divorce put an end to that part of my life.

This led me to leave Bristol to live halfway up a mountain in the Welsh valleys, start a part time six year English Literature course at Bristol University, and attend creative writing classes in Cardiff.

My interest in English literature flourished and I have won several prizes for my short stories. My first book, ‘Twenty Short Stories – Settling a score,” reached No 6 in the Short Stories Best Sellers and is still available. My second novel, a romantic thriller entitled Hand Over Fist was released earlier this year

Chasing What’s Already Gone evolved from a short story Carpe Diem in my second anthology Twenty One Short Stories. I could not get the two main characters out of my head and I had to find out what happened to them after the end of the short story.

I now live very happily halfway up that mountain in the Welsh Valleys with my wonderful partner, Mari, and our rescue dog, Wolfie.

 

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Spotlight: To Find a Crooked Sixpence by Terry White

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“To Find A Crooked Sixpence” by Terry White is published

 This is the eighth book in the highly entertaining Marcus Moon series

 

 

About the Book

Marcus Moon and his company, CONDES, are back to take on another job – a lucrative port design project in the remote Indian Ocean. Typically, things don’t go according to plan and they unwittingly become embroiled in a dodgy enterprise involving crooked MPs and greedy government officials.

As ever, the Moon nose sniffs out the rotten apple in the form of Nobby Garside – MP for Mexborough East and deputy chairman of the Department for International Development’s Aid Committee – who, along with his equally shifty cohorts in the Comorantes Islands’ government, attempts a fraud scam worth millions.

But Nobby hasn’t reckoned on Moon’s ingenuity and cunning when it comes to protecting CONDES’ reputation and business interests.

Another riotously funny episode of greed, sex, corruption and comeuppance in the world of the irrepressible Marcus Moon.

 

Other books in the “Marcus Moon” series include:

With Gently Smiling Jaws (Sept. 2007)

Till the Fat Lady’s Sung (June 2008)

Trespassers Will Be Mutilated (Feb. 2009)

The Horns of The Moon (March 2010)

 There Came A Big Spider (June 2011)

A Donkey Up A Minaret (May 2012)

 

 

Amazon review for this book

5.0 out of 5 stars  Yes please!

By spikeofax on 7 Mar. 2015

Verified Purchase

A ripping yarn and one of the best of the series (of 7 now) imho.

 

 

“To Find A Crooked Sixpence” by Terry White is available from Amazon and from Amazon.co.uk.

 

 

Book Blast: Spaces Between Notes by Kristina M. Sanchez

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Title: Spaces Between Notes
Author: Kristina M. Sanchez
Publisher: Amazon
Genre: Contemporary Romance

 
Nikolai Amorosa is one of those men’s men. You know the type—allergic to feelings, couldn’t have a heartfelt discussion if he tried, which he never did. Then, he lost his voice, and any chance of communication went out the window.

Unable to speak or otherwise interact with anyone, Niko’s anger was off the charts. It could’ve been worse; he could’ve been in jail. Instead, he found himself doing construction on Carys Harper’s house. Carys talked—a lot—both with her voice and her hands. She was also at the beck and call of her deaf little brother, Benny, which drove Niko nine kinds of crazy. Not that he would’ve said anything, even if he could.

Something else that drove him crazy? Carys was stubborn. She wouldn’t let him wallow. More than that, she seemed to hear all the things he couldn’t say. She understood him like she understood music. She heard what existed in the spaces between notes. She knew that sometimes silence screams the loudest.

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Meet the Author

kristina-sanchezKristina Sanchez is a lifelong insomniac whose creative career began when she used to make up stories about Bugs Bunny in her head while the rest of the house slept. She’s a Southern California native who can frequently be found at Disneyland because it’s easier to park there than go to the beach, sadly. Although writing is her first passion and only love, she finds fulfillment working in social services with the county of Orange. Currently, Kristina is the mother of a grumpy old man-cat named Mutt and a strange flight risk named Sirus Blackcat, who is, indeed, a black cat.

You can find Kristina easily enough on most social media platforms, where she will share her viewpoint on all the taboo subjects: religion, politics, and Supernatural, with the odd cat video thrown in for flavor. Prolific. Opinionated. Nerdy as all get out. Have fun, because you can bet she will.

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The Writer’s Life

As the Pages Turn

Lisa’s Home For Books

Literal Exposure

A Title Wave

I’m Shelf-ish

The Dark Phantom

Margay Leah Justice

All Inclusive Retort

Bent Over Bookwords

Love of Literature

Laura’s Interests

Voodoo Princess

The Literary Nook

From Paperback to Leatherbound

Harmonious Publicity

100 Pages a Day

My Bookish Pleasures

Write and Take Flight

Confessions of an Eccentric Bookaholic

Blog Tour & Giveaway: A Light Beyond the Darkness by Mikel and Sherry Gist

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Fantasy 
Date Published: August 16th, 2016
 
 
 
In a land not far from your imagination is a clan of Hybrids. This clan will show you great wonders, love beyond time and great adventure. To read about this clan will make you believe in the unknown and open your mind to wonders of your imagination.
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Days have passed since the burial of the proud amazon, Maggie. She was buried in the amazon way, dressed in a beautiful arraignment with her sword in her hands.

“Hybrid!” Sherry calls, ” Come look.”

Mikel walks towards her, his wounds are healing, but he is still sore. As he walks into the room,  he starts to smile. Maggie is playing with her dragon. The child or savior is growing at an accelerated rate. In normal times, she is only 2 months, but now she is the size and has the brain

function of a 3 year old.

“Dragon.” She says as the dragon flies high over her then around and lands beside her. She rubs his back and he lets out a cute growl. He is

getting bigger,  but the control over the dragon is what is a little scary; with the wave of her hand, he follows and he stands guard over her.

‘Is this the power of the savior or the chosen one?’ Sherry thinks to herself.

 

Hybrid is now sitting down on the bed in which he and twilight share,” Come here young one.” He calls to her and happily she comes.

‘ How did we get to be so lucky?’  He thinks to himself. They sit upon

the bed and reminisce on the past they share and dream of the future that is ahead.

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Blog Tour & Giveaway: Open-Up! by T.G. Harris, MFT

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This book is written for anyone who has a genuine desire to move forward in their lives but, despite numerous attempts, nothing seems to be working and you keep ending up with the same outcomes year after year. You will learn how to recognize habitual patterns of thought that are sabotaging your life on an unconscious level. Everyone has good intentions for their lives and ultimately wants the best outcomes, but oftentimes we get in our own way by allowing self-destructive thought patterns to impede our good intentions—without actually knowing we are doing so. I know this all too well because this was my life for several years.

This book was written because of my own personal experiences in life, and the experiences of my clients that I serve in my practice. This book gets right down to your core by unveiling the good, the bad, and the ugly about the way you think about yourself and everything that is happening in your life. In essence, this book is entirely about YOU! Most of us try to change ourselves at the level of our thoughts, but true transformation happens at the level at which you vibrate. You will learn how to completely shift your vibrational way of thinking and allow better circumstances to come into your life, whatever they may be. Whether you want to get unstuck in a relationship pattern or a financial pattern that keeps coming up, this book serves as a guide that will explore the moments when you get into trouble, and offers tools for learning to stay with your uneasiness, and offers concrete steps to get unstuck so you can finally move forward in life.

You will learn the O.P.E.N.U.P. steps: Observation, Permission, Experience, Not Identifying, Understanding, and Practice. These steps will serve as your doorway into revealing the very thing that is keeping you stuck. Once you discover those “hidden” truths about yourself, your entire state of being will be altered, and you will no longer resist all the good that life has in store for you.
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Tanishia is a renowned Life Coach, counselor, author, speaker, and radio personality, host, and brand ambassador. She is a conscious transformational expert who thrives on enlightening her clients to step boldly outside their comfort zone and into their greatness. She assists her clients in reaching their highest potential and attaining their lifelong dreams and goals through a powerful series of steps she developed called the Open-up Coaching Method. She embarked on a similar journey as the one you are undertaking, assisted by many of today’s well-known self-help gurus. That is what led to her desire to become a Counseling Psychologist and an Open-up Life Coach.

After the birth of her first daughter (who is now a teenager), she immersed herself in yoga and meditation and has dedicated her time and energy to becoming profoundly aware of her own inner growth and awareness while assisting her clients to do the same. She is a powerful & intuitive high performance coach for those who are ready to hold themselves to a more fulfilled purpose in their life & business.

Tanishia studied earth sciences as an undergraduate at UCLA, and while there, she decided to intern with the Semel Neuropsychiatric Institute. Serving as a resource counselor for HIV+ at-risk youth and women, Tanishia knew she found her calling in the field of Psychology. She went on to obtain her Masters of Science degree in Counseling Psychology with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy. She didn’t want to wait until after she graduated to start working with clients, and she also realized that she enjoys coaching clients outside of the normal therapy that she provides in the clinical setting. She launched the Open-up Coaching programs and began speaking and lecturing about her own personal experiences of opening up and healing. She had A LOT of healing within herself that needed to be done.  Her deep desire for self-realization, healing, peace, and balance within herself drew her to the field of coaching and psychology.

Tanishia is very intentional in her practice when working with her clients and she believes that a lot of the challenges her clients are faced with stem from old childhood beliefs systems and paradigms that are operating in the subconscious mind. She believes that we are no longer victims of the past. Today we can move beyond mere survival, and embrace our ability to thrive!

Tanishia also provides mental health services for clients wanting more of a therapeutic counseling session. She provides counseling services to those in need and works under the supervision of a licensed psychologist while she is attaining her hours for licensure. 

Tanishia is a true environmentalist and she believes that being green is a consciousness, not a trend. She has a deep connection to the earth and all things natural. She sits on the Board of Friends of Geography at UCLA and is also a volunteer with the American Red Cross. 

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