Celebrating Solitude: How to Discover and Honor Your Highest Self

available in paperback & ebook

Solitude is not a retreat from the world, but rather a way to recharge our energies—our Holy Selves—for the world. Many of us have so many obligations that we spread ourselves too thin, inviting a tremendous amount of stress into our lives. Although we may fantasize about a few moments of peace for ourselves, the reality seems impractical, pointless, or even selfish. According to transformational coach and educator Rachel Astarte, nothing can be further from the truth.

When we take even a few minutes a day to discover and honor our true selves, we develop an endless resource for giving to all around us. It’s when we don’t take time to regroup that we end up burned out and still trying to give when there’s nothing left.

Part how-to, part memoir, Astarte’s guide to developing a regular Solitude Practice helps readers understand why alone time is essential. It leads the way toward carving out time for ourselves and offers suggestions for what to do during our practice that will help us develop the highest self we can be.

The Exchange

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The only thing Norah Pasquale wants is the kind of love she sees in her favorite Bollywood films: All-consuming, passionate devotion. Her dating reality, however, includes only cheaters and losers. As if her disastrous love life weren’t enough drama, Norah’s job as personal assistant to the impish TV star, Baz Vancouver, keeps her running all over Manhattan. When Norah’s best friend turns her onto an underground online dating site called The Exchange, Norah thinks her problems are solved. In fact, they’ve only just begun! Norah’s romantic encounters with charismatic hotel magnate Nikos Santos, pique the interest of The Exchange’s creator, Isobel—who just happens to share Nikos’s last name.

In her hilarious, adrenaline-drenched quest for True Love, Norah trips headlong into one adventure after another, blurring the line between Bollywood and singlehood, juggling a crazy work life, snooping out the scandalous story behind the Santos clan, and preparing for the inevitable face-off with the possessive Isobel Santos—all while battling a nasty little anger management problem that only seems to be getting worse…

The Bride of Manhattan

Book one of The Garden Tate Series

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“I owe it to myself to not get lazy, to remain open to the world, to welcome all the women I am and could be.”

Twenty-seven-year-old Garden Crawford thinks she has it all. Two years ago she relocated from her hometown of New York City to Santa Fe to marry a handsome Scotsman who runs a holistic spa-to-the-stars. But on the morning of her 28th birthday, Garden wakes up and hates her wardrobe. The cotton prairie skirts and poet blouses seem to belong to some New Mexican housewife. How did this happen? She’s a New Yorker! For her husband Miles, Garden’s New York obsession has made her impossible to live with. By the end of her birthday, they’ve decided to divorce.

That night, Garden’s best friend Babette tells her about Saturn Return—the age between 28 and 30, when Saturn returns to its original position in the sky as it was the year we were born. “Your whole life gets flipped upside-down,” but Babette reassures her, “Turning 30 was the best thing that ever happened to me.”

Upon returning home to Manhattan and moving into her mother’s West Village loft, Garden feels like a child. Maybe she should go back to Miles. But Garden remembers her loyalty to New York. She must continue the journey to find her true self in the city she loves more than anything—or anyone.

A Book of Miracles

Featuring Rachel Astarte
available in paperback, hardcover & ebook

Bernie Siegel first wrote about miracles when he was a practicing surgeon and founded Exceptional Cancer Patients, a groundbreaking synthesis of group, individual, dream, and art therapy that provided patients with a “carefrontation.”

Compiled during his more than thirty years of practice, speaking, and teaching, the stories in these pages are riveting, warm, and belief expanding. Their subjects include a girl whose baby brother helped her overcome anorexia, a woman whose cancer helped her heal by teaching her to stand up for herself, and a family that was saved from a burning house by bats.

Without diminishing the reality of pain and hardship, the stories show real people turning crisis into blessing by responding to adversity in ways that empower and heal. They demonstrate what we are capable of and show us that we can achieve miracles as we confront life’s difficulties.

101 Better Sex Tips

Part of Lifetips Book Series
available in paperback

LifeTips 101 (Realistic) Tips for Better Sex is a guide to becoming a better lover in a realistic way. You will get tips and techniques about the physical act of making love, but more importantly you’ll find advice on how to give and receive love. Whether you read this book as a couple or as an individual, there’s plenty to inspire you toward a gratifying sex life.

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