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Teresa Werner, author of “CellToons: The story of cancer at a cellular level”

It has been a joyful experience working with Carla Perry at Dancing Moon Press.
Her gentle Teresa Werner, author of "CellToons: The story of cancer at a cellular level." Published by Dancing Moon Press.presence is so supportive and reassuring. Always helpful, never condescending, and very professional. Everyone who has seen the book gives me wonderful positive feedback. Carla is a pleasure to work with and I highly recommend her.  I hope we work together again soon. —Teresa Werner

CELLTOONS: The story of cancer at a cellular level

CellToons: The story of cancer at a cellular levelCellToons: The story of cancer at a cellular level by Teresa Werner. Published by Dancing Moon Press.
by Teresa Werner
96 pages; 8.5 x 5.5 inches (oblong; horizontal orientation)
45 full-color illustrations
Paperback ISBN: 978-1-945587-08-5
Price: $21.99 + shipping

 


CellToons visually depicts the journey of cancer from diagnosis to survival and is absolutely brilliant. It takes a special person to encourage and bless others with one of life’s greatest struggles. Teresa’s love and creativity are vividly displayed in this encouraging illustrated collection of cartoons. She is trailblazing a path of hope for others to follow. A gift of hope is precious indeed! What a brilliant way to defeat the shadows of despair! Simple, to the point, direct, honest and most importantly—encouraging. Truly, a blessing for so many others.” —Nathan Angelo, founder of TruEssential skin care products & Master Distiller 


I have heard, statistically, that soon one in every two people will be diagnosed with cancer. I was the one. I got a cancer diagnosis, and even though I could clearly see why my cancer developed, I was still as shocked to hear, “You have cancer,” as anyone else who has ever heard those words.

After six months of searching, flailing really, knowing that conventional treatments yielded the same five-year survival rate as doing nothing, I found Portland Clinic of Holistic Health in Portland, Oregon. That was in August 2016. I had Stage IV breast cancer.

I had retired in June, a somewhat forced action. I enrolled in an art class at the local Senior Center. It was fun and I liked learning how to draw. On August 5, 2016, I drew a little picture of my scared and weakened cells. I titled the picture, “Weary Cells Expected to Fight.” I showed it to the staff at the clinic and they all liked my drawing. The concept of “CellToons” was born! I started drawing my personal health interactions through the perspective of my own cells.

My journey through cancer is illustrated in a child-like, simple fashion. The small skits of the CellToons served as a happiness lever for me, and those around me. Seven months later, my cancer was declared, “In remission.” This is my book about cancer at a cellular level.

I hope that you, too, will be able to find some joy, hope, and happy moments when you are with the CellToons. After all, it is our own beliefs that hold the potential for illness and for health. It is my honor to say, “To Your Health”!


BIO:
After TERESA WERNER received a diagnosis of breast cancer, she began to illustrate her feelings and doctor visits. She chronicled her experience through colored pencil drawings. She viewed, in her mind’s eye, her own healthy cells (the big white ones) working hard to get rid of the dead cancer cells (the small green ones). The creative force behind “CellToons” (as they came to be called) was so great, that Teresa reproduced her 44 comic art strips from a colored pencil pad to an iPad Pro in less than three months. She is dedicated to disseminating information about cancer to others through her website: www.seeyourselfhealed.com and through this book.

Teresa is past sixty, widowed, and resides in a small town on the Oregon Coast. She retired as Postmaster in 2016, from the United States Postal Service.


CellToons is available direct from the author through her website: www.seeyourselfhealed.com

Javelin Hardy, author of “The Girl Inside Me”

First of all, I’m still dreaming because the little girl’s voice will be heard. It’s her time to be free from all the pain and bondage. I’m so grateful for Carla Perry at Dancing Moon Press for walking me through this journey to release my poetry collection, “The Girl Inside Me: For all who suffered abuse or trauma as children.” And I’m looking forward to producing book #2 with her, too! —Javelin Hardy.

The Girl Inside Me

The Girl Inside Me: For all who suffered sexual abuse or trauma as children
by Javelin Hardy
100 pages; 6 x 9 inches
Includes 9 historical and current photos
Paperback ISBN: 978-1-945587-05-4
Price: $19.99 + shipping

The Girl Inside Me is a heartfelt book and very moving. As a writer, I understand how complex it can be putting oneself out there to the public, but people are looking for real people, with real situations that can heal others and restore hope. Javelin Hardy’s collection of poems does exactly that. Even the book’s title immediately speaks to the reader, opening curiosity about the direction the book will take.

“As I read Hardy’s poems, numerous emotions surfaced and her words allowed me to transform into her and feel her experiences. The titles of her poems anchored me in place and time. For instance, “He Touched Me,” immediately brought to mind a scared little girl with pigtails, ankle socks, and a teddy bear held by one ear. A tall man standing with pointy shoes and smelling of cigar smoke. I felt her anger, hurt, resentment, pain, and redemption. Her poems allowed me to walk in the shoes of that small, frightened girl as she experienced things no little girl should ever go through.

“The little girl inside of Javelin Hardy has matured into a beautiful, powerful woman capable of healing others using her personal experience and training in her therapeutic profession. And what more of a blessing it will be as this collection of poems, The Girl Inside Me, goes further out into the world and touches the lives of so many more.”

—Kimberly Robinson Green, Author of Her Cry—Her Prayer—Her Praise
and Encouraged To Finish


My name is JAVELIN HARDY. I was born and raised in a small town called Minden, Louisiana. My family moved to Portland, Oregon, during my sophomore year of high school, but I returned to Louisiana to graduate with the friends I’d grown up with. I moved back to Oregon when I was 23 and raised my two sons, who are now 27 and 24 years old. I’m the grandmother of a five-year-old kid I call “King Josiah” because he has an old soul and reminds me of his grandparents.

I began the journey of writing when I was seven years old as I searched for answers about things beyond my imagination. Writing became my sanctuary. I ventured out as I got older and pursued a degree in social work. I took sociology and psychology classes and read a lot of self-care books. I saw counselors who couldn’t relate to the things I was trying to express—trapped as a women by what the little girl inside me had seen and suffered from. It wasn’t until I started studying how drugs and alcohol cause turmoil in families that I understood why I had not been protected and why I did not feel safe as a child. I also studied my family history of various addictions and dysfunctions.

Through my relationship with God, a healing transformation began. I gave God every memory of my pain. I prayed, Please take this journey with me and get ready, for there is more to come. We all have secrets. We’re set free only when we reveal them. Writing them down, or speaking the words out loud, gives us peace of mind.


JAVELIN HARDY, CSWA, is a Master Level Social Worker, Qualified Mental Health Professional, and Clinical Social Worker Associate. She received her Master’s Degree in Social Work from Portland State University in 2012. She’s has twenty-three year’s experience working with adults with mental health and substance abuse issues, and with their families. She has extensive experience working with the adult justice systems, courts, and the State Health and Human Service system.

Her private practice, Healing from the Heart, is a multicultural, adult counseling service that provides individual therapy, group therapy, family therapy, and couples therapy.

Her family served in the US Military for five generations, and Javelin herself served in the Oregon National Guard. As a result, she is familiar with military culture and lifestyles, and provides counseling services to military veterans and their families.

Her areas of specialty include anxiety, depression, women’s emotional health, trauma related to PTSD, and healing from substance abuse and dependence. She is certified in various trauma-informed methods. She ties Yoga and various relaxation methods into her treatment practice. She believes in a holistic approach to health.

The Girl Inside Me is available direct from the author, Javelin Hardy:
hajavelin@gmail.com

Bernard Levy, author of “Conversations With Cheddar”

I am very pleased that my book, “Conversations with Cheddar, And Adventures, Too,” was Bernard Levy, author of "Conversations With Cheddar," published by Dancing Moon Presspublished by Dancing Moon Press and its editor/publisher, Carla Perry. I regret I can rate the final product only as EXCELLENT. Dancing Moon was highly competent, creative, communicative at all stages, resourceful, and honest. Both the estimated date of completion and the cost were accurate. I highly recommend Dancing Moon Press.
—Bernard “Moonshine” M. Levy

Conversations with Cheddar – And Adventures, Too

Conversations With Cheddar – And Adventures, Too
by Bernard M. Levy
154 pages; 5.5 x 8.5 inches
Includes 12 original line drawings by Sarah Gayle, who also created the cover

Paperback ISBN: 978-1-945587-01-6
Price: $16.95 + shipping

Excerpt from the book’s introduction:
I wrote this book because Cheddar is family, and family is important to me… and to millions of others. My family in Oregon is Cheddar, my golden retriever. I hurt when he hurts, I laugh when he laughs, and I play when he plays. Yes, I do have a conventional family: a son and two grandsons who live in Seattle, and a son and his wife who live on the Yucatan Peninsula with, as I understand, a multitude of rescued cats and dogs.
       Cheddar is my constant companion and a meaningful contributor to my wellbeing. We have grown to understand each other. He’s taken me on some wonderful real and sometimes magical adventures and has, while fixating on moving cats and squirrels, caused me to lose my balance and hit the ground a half-dozen times, not always without injury. But he is my family, and we love, protect, and respect each other.
        Living without another human biped in the household is, to me, a peaceful sanctuary in which I think and talk about some of the great issues and ideas confronting humankind. Cheddar listens to and absorbs these messages. He does it in a convivial way without registering any disapproval or offering any additional comment save, once in a while, expressing his desire for food or treats or a trip outside for fun, adventure, or normal functional relief. We who live alone at whatever age are a hardy breed, but we need these conversations. I usually come into daily contact with humans, but there are days in which I don’t speak with anyone except Cheddar.
        Conversations with Cheddar are not confined to the house or backyard. They occur during our walks in the forest, in the park, and in the running of our many errands. On these outdoor adventures, our talks cover many non-walk subjects, but every park and forest conversation includes the weather, squirrels, cats and dogs and their owners, trees, and other vegetation. Cheddar has contributed greatly to my knowledge of the outdoors and canines.
         Although I dedicate this book to those who experience life with animal companions, I do not exclude others, including the millions of multi-biped families who love and care for pets. I hope this book will trigger greater understanding of the conversations with your live-in friends and, in turn, will broaden horizons and enrich relationships, both human and animal.


BERNARD M. LEVY currently hosts a weekly half-hour commentary radio program on KYAQ (91.7 FM) called “Everything in the World.” He is working on his next two books: A Hindu and a Jew Walk Into a Forest, and Confessions of a Lawyer . . . and CPA.


Conversations With Cheddar—And Adventures, Too is available direct from the author: berlevy@charter.net

Fish: A Tale of a Novel

Fish: A Tale of a Novel
by Barry Lawler
Cover design by Jesse Lawler

154 pages; 6 x 9 inches

Excerpt from Fish’s Now & Then: Official Preface:
Once upon a time—closing in now on 47 years—an idealistic and ambitious young writer began four-fingerdly pecking the keys of a 1961 Remington portable typewriter in search of a novel he was sure he had in him.

I am that writer, and Fish is that novel. I just didn’t expect it to be half a lifetime (if I’m very lucky) in the making. The time then was 1969, and by the end of my first few hours of typing, both the title and the town had become my first two fictional facts. Everything following, though, was uncharted territory, a journey not only to discover a story worth telling, but also for me to double-duty both as its central character and author committed to pulling back the curtain to reveal the writing choices I would make, or discard, along the way.

Simply, Fish” is no Wizard of Oz. Both in real life and in fiction, I am Barry, and there is no curtain between us separating what’s real and what’s not. What you read is straight from both of us. Of course, most of the story facts are fictional, but every choice I made in creating the characters, plot, places, and themes you will know the whys & wherefores of—in other words, the stuff customarily concealed behind the curtain.

Admittedly, the method to my Fish” construction madness figures to be a radical departure from the novel norm. That is, writers typically rough out the preliminary work quietly by themselves, writing drafts on the back of old envelopes, cocktail napkins, and vellum, while secluding themselves in a cramped apartment, sunny villa, or lonely garret (though garrets, like vellum, have become increasingly scarce in recent times). Privately, they’ll dispose of the bad stuff (as if it never existed), keeping only the choice cuts for public consumption. In short, you are spared the eyestrain of having to wallow through false starts, dead-ends, misspelled words, and non-sequiturs. This also spares you the embarrassment of watching a full-grown artisan squirm and puzzle—just like regular guys & girls—over the problem of how to make things sound interesting (or even how to think of things that are interesting). You read only the best.

But why should you expect anything less? After all, you have better things to do than scuttle through the palaver of early drafts—even (or especially), if they are mine. However, with this novel I began thinking—about a thousand works back—that I would like to experiment beyond the rigid formalities of the Grand Old Art, not as an excuse to utilize a lot of otherwise-wasted palaver, but to establish a more intimate writer-reader relationship.

So here we are: already intimate.


Bio:

Having grown up in a Southern California middle-class neighborhood as opposed to an Appalachian shack lacking electricity and running water, the obstacles I’ve had to overcome to gain fame as a writer are nothing to brag about. On the other hand, though, neither is my fame. I’m a household name only to my immediate family and the mail carrier.

In addition to Fish, over the past 50-something years I have knocked off a novella, a couple dozen short stories, perhaps 200 poems, and a non-fiction book on independent investment strategies. A handful of these have found their way into print, but I’ll be even Google couldn’t find them now.

The rest of my time I seem to have spent raising a pair of great kids and teaching 39 years in university English departments, the majority of them devoted to fiction writing at Oregon State University. And now, retired, I find myself doing pretty mucht he same things: reading and writing.

It could be worse.


Fish: A Tale of a Novel is available direct from the author: BarryLawler@icloud.com

Camping at Lone Gulch

Camping at Lone Gulch: a Danny Lawson adventure
With the companion story: Soaring Eagle
by Gary Covey
170
pages: 5.5 x 8.5 inches
Paperback ISBN: 978-1-945587-03-0
Retail price: $11 + $4 shipping


An excerpt from Chapter 1––The Gold Nugget:
“What’s a gulch anyway?” Danny Lawson asked on Friday afternoon as he tossed his sleeping bag in the back of his dad’s pickup. He glanced up at Buck with a puzzled look.
      “It’s like steep cliffs facing off against each other,” Buck said. “Kinda like me and that big ox from Wasilla squaring off when we won the County Hoops Tournament.”
       Buck Bishop piled his sleeping bag on top of Danny’s. “And down at the bottom of the gulch is this river, roaring and charging down the canyon and slamming into both sides of the cliffs. It’s wild.”
       “How’d you get so smart?” Danny asked. “Have you been to a gulch before?”
        “That’s me . . . old smarty,” Buck said with a laugh.
        He reached down and ruffled Danny’s short curly hair. “Back when my mom and Hank first married, we went up to Lone Gulch. Hank wanted to show us where his ancestors used to live. You know, that Billy Johnson guy, the one Hank said found a gold nugget bigger than a baseball.”
        “Yeah,” Danny said. “The nugget Hank thought we stole from the black box.”
         “That’s the one.”
          “Maybe Billy Johnson lost his gold nugget up at Lone Gulch,” Danny said. “What if we found it this week while we’re camping up there? Wouldn’t that be something?”
          “Danny . . . .” Buck said. “Do you still believe in the tooth fairy?”
           “I’m just dreaming. But if there is really a gold nugget, that’s where it could be. Lost!”


Excerpt from Acknowledgements:
Thanks to all those family members––past and present––who came along for the adventure. A special thanks to all the teachers who have invited me into classrooms . . . .


Earlier books by Gary Covey:
“Coming To Ash Hollow” – the first Danny Lawson adventure
“Going To Ocean Shores” – the second Danny Lawson adventure

Paperback copies of all three books are available direct from the author: garycovey.com

Chase’s Creatures Coloring Pages

Chase’s Creatures Coloring PagesChase's Creatures Coloring Pages by Rhonda Chase. Published by Dancing Moon Press.
by Rhonda Chase
64 pages; 8.5 x 11 inches
Paperback ISBN: 978-1-945587-04-7
Price: $11.99 + shipping

CHASE’S CREATURES COLORING PAGES is a 64-page book with 30 full-page of creatures. Each page is perforated, allowing easy removal of each creature from the book so you can color in comfort and even frame and gift your finished masterpieces. On the back of each page is an area for you to write your name, the date, and medium used. The back cover features colored creature examples from winners of The Chase’s Creatures Coloring Contest.

Creature Coloring
You’ll find hours of relaxing artistic expression in Chase’s Creatures Coloring Pages book. De-stress, self-express, and stimulate your creative right brain as you immerse yourself in the wonderful, whimsical world of Chase’s Creatures. Useful for:

Plein Mind drawing
Coloring Therapy
PTSD-Alternative therapy
Meditation


RHONDA CHASE was raised in the small, isolated, California mountain town of Susanville, Rhonda Chase ached to spread her wings. At the tender age of three, she told her parents she was moving out! It took her fourteen more years and lots of summer school, but she finally earned her freedom, graduating high school a semester early.

She enrolled at Hollins University in Roanoke, Virginia, but only was able to afford one semester of study. Returning home to California with little besides debt, Rhonda worked odd jobs trying to find her way. She tried moving to Sacramento, but with only a high school diploma, minimum wage, part-time positions were all she could find. Between the severe lack of resources, and domestic abuse perpetrated by her then boyfriend, Rhonda found herself homeless and in need of a new start. She ended up joining the Army in 2002 and trained as a cook. She served primarily at Fort Lewis, Washington, until she was deployed to Iraq in 2003. She spent five months overseas, returning with severe mental and physical disabilities due to the living and working conditions.

After an honorable discharge in 2004, Rhonda struggled to manage her disabilities by herself, attempting to get work as a cook back in Susanville. Unable to work in a traditional environment, she turned to the VA for help. Looking for something she could turn into a functional career, Rhonda explored the idea of teaching art at the college level. She had loved drawing her whole life and, remembering her success in an art class during her one semester at Hollins, she convinced her reluctant VA counselor to enroll her in an art program. She obtained her bachelor of arts at Northwest Nazarene University of Nampa, Idaho; however, the VA deemed her disabilities too severe to be able to teach, so she was denied funds for the MA it would have taken to obtain a teaching position. Thankfully, Rhonda found her true path while attending art school, and while unable to hold down traditional work, she is able to do what she loves and share it with the world.


Paperback copies of this book are available direct from the author:
rhonda.renee.chase@gmail.com
and through her website: http://www.rhondachase.com/
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