Spotlight & Excerpt: Choosing Survival + Giveaway


I am thrilled to be hosting a spot on the CHOOSING SURVIVAL by Lynn F Forney Blog Tour hosted by Rockstar Book Tours. Check out my post and make sure to enter the giveaway!


About The Book:


Author: Lynn F Forney

Pub. Date: May 12, 2022

Publisher: Flying Feet Publishing

Formats: Hardcover, eBook, Audiobook

Pages: 130

Find it: Goodreads 

This story, my story, was not an easy
one to tell. It has not been an easy one to live.

By 21, I had already had my fair share of struggles. Clinical depression often hid behind my smile, but, deep down, I never lost hope. Not really. As I began to heal and find my place in the world, something unthinkable happened.

I awoke with a man, a stranger, in my bed. Then he stabbed me. Seven times. I lost 21 pints of blood. Statistically, I should not have survived.

Yet here I am. Telling my story. Candidly, honestly, courageously. Hoping that I may help others do the same.

To heal. To hope. And above all else, to love.

If you enjoy TRUE stories about regular people who survive extraordinary circumstances, this is a must-read!


Poetry excerpt from Choosing Survival: How I Endured a Brutal Attack and a Lifetime of Trauma Through the Power of Action, Choice and Self-Expression by Lynn Forney. Reprinted with permission from Flying Feet Publishing


Lynn Forney

A tiny spark lay in the distance,
One so fragile and new,
Lay dormant like a seedling,
Just bursting to break through.

It sends out a signal,
Searching the globe,
Wondering which special person,
Can decipher its code.

Wondering, waiting,
“I can’t wait to be found”
But as the time ticks away,
The spark sinks deeper in the ground.

The joy drains away,
“I’ll never find my mate,
The one I am meant for,
The one to change my fate”.

Its hope fades away,
Its light grows dim,
“I may as well succumb,
I have no choice but to give in.”

As the spark descends,
With sorrow and grief,
Its course rapidly changes,
And is left in disbelief.

“Who just rescued me?
I thought for sure I was dead!”
And the spark gazes upwards,
To find you instead.

“It is you, my mate,
We were meant to be,
I am an idea,
And it is you who’ll set me free.”

Joy floods your body,
As you embrace your new friend,
For you, too, had felt empty,
Your heart needing to mend.

“This is it”, you exclaim,
“This will make me whole,
I will proceed forth, with glee,
It will be something to behold.”

As you and your spark
Form this new partnership,
Your mind races with wonder,
It even does a backflip.

You smile and you skip
Your heart dances with delight,
You can’t wait to bring this idea
Out into the light.

As your mind opens up
To what’s possible and new
You notice another voice,
That’s now here with you.

It is quiet at first,
But quickly explains
“I will be heard,
I will stake my claim.”

Your chest grows heavy,
You let out a sigh,
For this is no stranger,
Whose come in the night.

This voice has been with you,
For many years it seems,
It always shows up,
And ruins your dreams.

It makes you feel small,
Worthless, and dumb,
This voice, you know,
Is difficult to overcome.

It tells you “you’ll fail,
Why bother, just quit,
You know you’ll lose,
You are an idiot.”

“Not again, not again
Why do you do this to me?
Why are you so hellbent
On making me unhappy”?

“Every time I try
To achieve something new,
You come smash my dreams,
Make me feel so blue”.

You turn to your spark,
“I’m sorry my friend,
I’m no good, I’m defeated,
I won’t win in the end.”

The spark looks at you,
And sees your pain,
But it vibrates and states,
“A new perspective you’ll gain”.

“Give this voice a name,
And a personality, too,
Ask it some questions,
Why is it part of your crew”?

You ponder this request,
Wondering what this will do,
But you shrug, “why not,
I’ll try something new”.

This, my friends,
May seem weird, untrue,
But if I can do it,
Well, so can you.

I’ll explain to you now,
How it happened for me,
So that perhaps one day,
You can try it and see.

Eyes closed, I breathed,
Asked this voice it’s name,
“Betty” she replied,
With a hint of disdain.

I allowed this voice, Betty,
to come into view,
Leather catsuit, red lips,
And a whip to boot.

She stared me down,
Harsh look on her face,
Ready to berate me again,
And do so with haste.

I mustered the courage,
Looked her straight in the eye,
“Dominatrix Betty,
You’re so terrible. Why”?

“It’s so blatantly obvious,”
She strongly replied,
“You’re safe with me,
I keep you alive.”

“Remember the first time,
You felt embarrassed and shamed?
Well I showed up after,
Swore we’d never feel that again.”

I was shocked at first,
I couldn’t believe my ears,
But I softened as I realized,
She tried to keep me safe all these years.

I looked at her,
My view fresh and new,
And said, “I thank you, Betty,
I really do.”

“But from now on,
I’ve got it from here,
I can keep us all safe,
Please trust me dear.”

I sensed her reluctance,
To completely let go,
But she had to take a back seat,
Though we needn’t be foes.

I told my new spark,
“Come here, sit by me,
The road may be bumpy,
But I’ll finally be free.”

“Free to explore,
seek, and discover,
New roads ahead,
All full with wonder”.

I turn to you now,
Inviting you, too,
Discover the voice,
Deep inside of you.

The one that’s mean,
Degrading, and cruel,
Ask them their name,
Why they do what they do.

You all have your own Betty,
I know that you do,
Face them now,
And speak to them true.

Politely, with love,
tell them to step back,
Explain “I’ve got this,
And that’s a fact”.

“I need you to trust me,
I really do,
Cause plain and simple,
we’ve got some shit to do”.

About Lynn F Forney:

Lynn Forney loves bold bright colors, being silly, hugs, and honey mustard. She feels most at home performing on stage and loves delving into anything that allows her to express her creativity.

She currently lives in Austin, TX with her husband and their two rescue dogs.

You can reach Lynn at

Website |  Instagram | Goodreads | Amazon

Giveaway Details:

1 winner will receive a finished copy of CHOOSING SURVIVAL, US Only.

Ends January 28th, midnight EST.

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Book Blitz & Excerpt: Once Upon a Tinder + Giveaway

once upon a tinder


Once Upon a Tinder
by Dr. Ann Donnelly
Nonfiction / Self Help

Date Published: 27th April 2021


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If you suddenly find yourself in the dating world after a long absence, things have changed. Please don’t despair. ‘Once Upon a Tinder’ is here to gently introduce you to the world of dating Apps with some hard earned do’s & don’ts.

Dr. Ann Donnelly recounts stories of electronic communication, first dates & romantic encounters interspersed with learning tips and suggestions for your personal adventures!

As the stories unfold we explore the importance of boundaries, self love and self care while we live, love and learn. We also experience tonnes of self discovery and laughter along the way!

Relationships teach us about ourselves! Every encounter reveals more and more about where we are in our healing and growth as a person.

The overall lessons learned stimulate a sense of hope, and a call to adventure with better relationships between men and women as we grow in our knowledge of each other and ourselves.

There is no doubt about the fact that men and women are opposites, completely opposing forces. This explains why, when we do come together in love and in acceptance of each other, the potential is infinite and it is one of the greatest Magicks in life!

It is time to stop fighting and rediscover the love that is possible between a man and a woman. Your dating App is a doorway. What you do with it is up to you. I look forward to hearing from you.

Your Love Doctor Ann <3

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Take your time to get to know someone. You can gauge their politeness and authenticity by the flow of the conversation. Do not feel you have to give any personal information until you are ready to meet them. 

About The Author

Dr. Ann Donnelly MB MRCGP DRCOG DFP DYT Dippallmed LFhom

Dr. Ann, ‘the love doctor”, author of Once Upon a Tinder, is a Family Doctor with over 25 years experience working in the NHS. She also has a broad portfolio of work in Palliative and Holistic Medicine. She is often consulted as a medical expert in the media, including Yahoo, Cosmopolitan and Glamour.

Her passion for helping people understand their full potential in life shines through, in this, her first book. It was written from her home in Ireland during lock down while unable to travel internationally. It was born out of a desire to create better understanding and more love between men and women. After her marriage ended, the valuable insights she gained through her personal dating life, gave her the courage to inspire others to ‘Dare to Love Again.’ In this little book about first dates and romance, she takes the lessons learned and gives a fresh perspective on what each of us bring to a potential relationship. Of course, the most important relationship of all reveals itself over and over, the one we have with ourselves. This dictates the ways in which we nurture and sustain ourselves.

Self knowledge is a key theme in healing and Metaphysical studies. Since Dr. Ann began her studies in Metaphysics with the Modern Mystery School in 2006, she has graduated as a Life Activation Practitioner, a Healer and Guide. She is also an Ensofic Reiki Practitioner and a Fundamental Ensofic Reiki Teacher. She is an International teacher with the Modern Mystery School while joyfully continuing her studies as a Universal Hermetic Ray Kabbalah Teacher.

Divina Ann serves as a Member of the Counsel of twelve women.

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Cover Reveal: Things My Mama Never Told Me, by Nancy Johnson

Things Mama Never Told Me

Things My Mama Never Told Me

A Funny and Sometimes Serious Guide for Teen Girls and the People Who Love Them
by Nancy Mae Johnson

Nonfiction; Self-Help for Teens; Parents of Teens; Teen & YA Social Issues.

Date Published: May 13, 2021

Publisher: Acorn Publishing

An insightful glimpse into what it is to be a teenager today . . . making mistakes, surviving them, and rocking your beautiful, powerful self.

In Things My Mama Never Told Me, Nancy “Pants” Johnson, mentor, leader, educator, and teen advocate shares the stories of brave, resilient, powerful young women who, despite their sometimes overwhelming and scary circumstances, overcome their fears and hold onto their dreams with unwavering strength.

Here are some of the questions she asked herself and her teen authors:

· Do you have questions, concerns, fears about being a teenager?

· Do you sometimes feel like your stress is going to burst out of your eyeballs?

· Do you sometimes get fed up with friends, family, or social media?

· Have you ever ignored your intuition and ended up in an unsafe situation?

Learn how to embrace your beautiful body, your abilities, and your worth; to monitor your own use of social media, cell phones, and computers, becoming aware of how they make you feel; to recognize your power as a woman in all aspects of your life, no matter your sexual orientation; to own your choices about what you want to do with your life and with whom you want to spend it; to deal with your stress in more positive and creative ways; to listen to your intuition and form personal safety boundaries; to love yourself first when making decisions about relationships, intimacy, your body, sex, and birth control; to be alert to red flag warnings and signs of abuse; to recognize the signs of alcoholism and addiction in yourself and others; to bring your secrets into the light; to forgive yourself; to prioritize your own health and well-being.

Being a teenager is hard and sometimes totally frustrating. You will survive. I’ve got you. You are just the person for the job.

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About the Author

Nancy Pants Johnson is an author, mentor, educator, and advocate with more than 20 years experience listening, learning, and guiding teens through their life stories. After surviving her own tumultuous high school life and teen marriage, Johnson entered college at age 32 and dedicated the rest of her adult life to being a teen advocate.

Johnson graduated summa cum laude from SDSU with a B.S. in English Literature and an MA in Secondary Education. She taught English within a Visual & Performing Arts Academy until her retirement in 2014. Today, she advocates for teens in her role as Director of Teen Programming for the San Diego Writers Festival. She mentors teens in local high schools as they write their stories for KidsWrite San Diego, and shares weekly with Al-Ateens in recovery.

Pants lives in La Mesa, California, and finds joy in her husband, children, grandchildren, her garden, and her dog, Phoebe. Visit Nancy at to read her blog, follow her school visits with teens, and be an advocate yourself by donating one book to one teen in the inner city. You can also find her on Facebook @ nancyjohnson3766 or Instagram @ #nancypantsjohnson.

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