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Howard Hendrickson is a talented poet with a unique gift of words. This poetry collection will have you smiling, wondering, and laughing about life, nature, animals, family, and more. And, the Art & Poetry section, which features Brenda Hendrickson’s color abstract paintings that inspired each poem, is a treat for the eyes as well as the heart.

You can follow Howard on Facebook @ Fans of Howard’s Poetry or email him to purchase a book at


DREAMS, THOUGHTS AND MEMORIES is semi-autobiographical.

The inspiration for these poems comes from actual events in my life either physically or through dreams. Hopefully, the reader will get a sense of who I am.

This book is about Sarah, a spunky seven-year-old, who thinks she and her family are on their way to visit her grandfather for their typical summer getaway. Sarah soon learns that this year will be different. Sarah’s grandfather, Poppy Tom, will be implementing a plan using the elements of a beautifully penned poem lovingly devised by him and Sarah’s late grandmother, Jennie, that embarks Sarah on an enchanting journey of adventure and discovery—including of her inner-self—that spans decades.

As the plan is put into action and Sarah’s journey unfolds, we learn why her dedicated grandparents felt it necessary to provide their granddaughter with the tools and defense mechanisms she needs to succeed in an often challenging and unforgiving world.

Deep Within a Blueberry Sky emotionally immerses the reader into the inner workings of this ambitious plan that, if successful, confirms there are no limits or barriers to what a person can accomplish, no matter what their condition or circumstances. It simultaneously guides the reader, every step of the way, with Sarah on her daring and undaunted effort to overcome her “burdens” and achieve what just might be the richest reward.

Will Poppy Tom’s and Grandma Jennie’s plan work? Will Sarah be up to the task?

The ultimate of discoveries and triumphs await Sarah—and the reader, too—if she rises to the challenge and succeeds.

The challenges we face over the course of a lifetime, especially those that involve major personal loss, can seem devastating, as radio personality and self-help specialist Dr. Raeleen D’Agostino Mautner discovered when her husband suddenly and unexpectedly died of a heart attack. The Italian rituals and lifestyle habits she grew up with—and later began researching—were instrumental in helping her stay grounded, feel comforted, and be gently redirected to a new path of joy and the next level of her own personal transformation.

Lemons Into Limoncello shows readers how to find self-acceptance, comfort, courage, and personal renewal on the heels of adversity—Italian style.

At some point in our lives, most of us will experience the kind of personal devastation that accompanies death of a loved one; or the loss of a job, a home, a pet, finances, health, a friendship; or even the loss of one’s self-esteem. When in the throes of such challenges it is hard to believe that we will ever enjoy life again, let alone possibly come away with the courage to live the next phase of our lives with deeper appreciation and clarity. Lemons into Limoncello offers a front-row seat to the Italian ability toarrangiarsi (get by) through elevating ordinary events to the extraordinary, and is the first self-help book to prescribe a traditional Italian cultural approach as a pathway to one’s own personal renaissance at a time when it is most needed. BUY THE BOOK HERE

Rejuvenate your life with these zesty Italian principles.
America’s yearning for living life with passion and serenity is answered in simple, concrete steps and examples of how to adopt the Mediterranean dolce vita, or “sweet life.”
Living La Dolce Vita will help you channel “the sweet life” through:

–The power of family
–The art of friendship
–The unabashed joy of romance
–Meals that nourish both body and soul


An Italian American Story: A Memoir

Author: Susan D’Angelo Mannino

An Italian American Story is a powerfully poignant memoir of her family and the slow decline of its beloved patriarch. It is a celebration of the Italian American experience from the daughter of immigrants, the youngest of five siblings and her parents’ only Americana. Starting before her own lifetime in war torn Sicily, the author has us meet two young soldiers and two strong Sicilian women who will later become her grandparents. Then moving through decades, she weaves together her youth in Queens where the author grew up in an intensely close knit network of relatives and friends.

An Italian American Story is for every generation of Italian Americans. Truly a work of the heart, the author entertains us with cherished stories of her big and beautiful Italian family. Ms. Mannino reflects on the love and affection of her hard working mother. She makes us laugh with the heart warming anecdotes of her strict Sicilian father, and the challenge of being his teenage daughter! She writes about the beloved Sunday dinners that we all remember and cherish. The memoir has a voice of its own, that echoes the heart of its author.

Published by: Marble House Editions

Copyright: 2009; ISBN: 978-0981534534; Size: 6 x 9, softcover; Pages: 188; $18.95

Jersey Women Mean Business! Big Bold Business™ Advice from New Jersey Women Business Owners: Practical Pointers, Solutions, and Strategies for Business Success

Editor: Joyce Restaino

Written by entrepreneurs for entrepreneurs, this award-winning, must-have business book captures the talent and knowledge of 72 women business owners from across the state and presents their insight in easy-to-read chapters. Dozens of business topics are organized into several functional sections, such as marketing, administration, HR, sales, finance, business law, professional development, leadership, and work-life balance.

This Big Bold BusinessTM book is an ideal resource for entrepreneurs, owners of a small business, and professionals in private practice.

Published by: Woodpecker Press, LLC

Copyright: 2012; ISBN: 978-1-937397-07-4;  Size: 6 × 9, softcover; Page Count: 330; Price: $28.00


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Life, Love, and Laughter

Author: Howard Hendrickson

As a teenager while learning to play the guitar, I would often add my own words to the songs. After taking a creative writing, I saw the similarity between poetry and song lyrics. Some of the poems in this book were written as song lyrics. Others were written from personal experiences. All are to be enjoyed by the reader.

Published by: Woodpecker Press

Copyright: 2011; ISBN: 978-1-937397-00-5; Size: 5 × 8, softcover; Pages: 94; $16.95

How To Be A Frugal Millionaire: Eight Simple Steps to Creating Personal Wealth

Author: Brenda Hendrickson, CSA

For years, Brenda Hendrickson, an accountant and tax specialist, studied how her clients handled their money. She often wondered why one was a millionaire and the other was looking at financial ruin. What she discovered was that most of her millionaire clients accumulated money by living a frugal lifestyle. In this book, you will learn How to Be a Frugal Millionaire through the eight essential steps of:

  • Turning a negative money attitude into a positive, money-making attitude

  • Making the highly effective habits of a frugal millionaire your own

  • Accumulating wealth in 23 simple ways

  • Using the frugal millionaire tips to finding your dream house

  • Implementing simple, yet powerful, retirement strategies anyone can practice

  • Conserving wealth and growing rich in 101 easy ways

  • Following the principles of wealth

  • Creating the next generation of frugal millionaires

With checklists and assessments, you can create your very own frugal millionaire action plan that will put you on the road to financial freedom today.

Published by: iUniverse

Copyright: 2008; ISBN: 978-0-595-45603-1; Size: 6 × 9, softcover; Pages: 143; Price: $19.99

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