A wounded musician shipped home from WWII finds his mother has died and his old Brooklyn neighborhood obliterated by a housing project. Always poor, he now wants to succeed as a jazz musician but he also wants money. He thinks the only path open to him is to rejoin his prewar friends and become a thief. One of those buddies, now a cop, makes the decision easy.
I BARGAINED WITH THE BRATVA--
MY BROTHER'S LIFE FOR MY OWN.
They offered me a deal: thirty nights for my brother's life.
Thirty nights...with him. Nikolai Novikov.
The charming but dangerous loanshark.
He's deceptively smooth. Sinfully handsome.
But it's only an illusion.
I vow to give him nothing more than I promised,
Yet he sees right through me.
When it comes to my heart, all bets are off...
And winner takes all.
In a quiet Sydney suburb, soon-to-be-married Sonny Day sets off on his bike to catch the train to work. He never makes it to the station. After his fiancée Chrys reports him missing, DI India Hargreaves launches a low-key investigation.
Weeks later, a man’s body is found, mutilated and buried, on a nearby building site, but it’s not Sonny, and with no solid leads, both investigations stall…until a letter arrives from Sonny, claiming he’s met someone else.
Chrys insists Sonny wrote it under duress. She convinces India to investigate further, beginning with the photograph that came with the letter and ending in Scotland and the discovery of more mysterious deaths. But two questions remain unanswered.
Whose body was buried on the building site? And where is Sonny Day?
Resilience, Grace and the Art of Showing Up is an adventurous and uplifting book, sharing an astounding story of empowerment, driven by one woman’s determination to rise above the abuse and traumas that had impacted her.
Through opening her mind to life and new possibilities of perceiving, rather than staying stuck in the pain, she discovered many insights on how to rebuild her self-esteem and live her deepest dreams.
This is an inspiring story of courage and determination about overcoming so many obstacles and traumas to finally creating a life full of love and fulfillment, where the seemingly impossible became possible.
Through gleaning life wisdoms from the cultures she encountered in her travels around the world and her observations of Nature Luannah made the shift from victim to victor.
She enlightens the reader to explore the Power of Nature as a resource of wisdom and truth, as ally and healer, awakening us to our own innate resilience and capacity to re-create ourselves.
This book has the power & potential to change lives in beautiful and enriching ways.
Luannah Victoria Arana has penned a Heroine's Journey of adventures, trauma and profound healing. May all find this book deeply inspiring in their personal journey to wholeness." -Mare Cromwell, Author The Great Mother Bible & Messages From Mother Earth
"Resilience Grace and the Art of Showing Up is a courageous memoir and a source of hope that a wonderous life is possible on the other side of trauma and pain. It is a beautiful tale of overcoming trauma and stepping into an empowered version of yourself."-Maryse Cardin, Author Speaking to Yourself with Love: Transform Your Self Talk
"Luannah is an inspiring person, as is her story of the many layers of learning, healing and transformation she has experienced that she shares here. Resilience, Grace and the Art of Showing Upis a powerful message of encouragement to those who are on a path of personal growth." -Mahmud Nestman, Counsellor M.Ed, RCC, HT
"Resilience Grace and the Art of Showing Up is an expression of faith, fortitude and forgiveness. Luannah shares her experiences and adventures in life overcoming trauma. An honest and at times heart wrenching depiction of her tenacity and courage to reach the life lessons to become her true self. A truly gifted human has evolved who now enriches and empowers others through her energy and resurgence." -Andrea Davis, Author Survival Was Only The Beginning
" A Compelling Manuscript, full of emotional and physical abuse that has been overcome by a young woman's fortitude and willingness to learn from her experience. The author's adventures were amazing and powerful; readers will deeply admire her spirited attempts to come to an understanding about what-and why -things were happening to her. And they will root for her to overcome (which she did)."- Bill Worth, Editor