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Breaking the Silence

Winner of Mom's Choice Gold Medal in the category of Inspirational Fiction!

Winner of the Pinnacle Book Achievement Award in Inspirational Fiction and winner of Readers' Favorite 5 Star Review Medal!

Also a recipient of 2016 Director's Choice Winner Outstanding Human Relations Courage Indie Book and 2016 Silver Winner Realistic Human Relations Fiction Book!

Winner of the 2017 Gold Medal for Inspirational Fiction from Reader's Favorite!

Joan Eastman was born like any other. However, her life would prove to be a life of great pain. She endured tests, trials and tribulations that at first she couldn’t begin to understand. Feeling she had been dealt a wicked hand by the “powers that be”, she spiraled into despair and recklessness as she grew up. She became a victim of agonizing circumstances and self-hatred.

However, as the years progressed, she became aware of a greater perspective and began to awaken to it. She began to understand that nothing is hopeless; that with a changed perspective and increased understanding, there is definitely hope in every situation, no matter how difficult. And there is power for every person to achieve their dreams, if they only believe that it exists and persist in finding it.

This story speaks of Joan’s gradual awakening. It speaks of the possibilities of the future and the fulfillment of dreams. And it speaks of jumping the hurdles in life without looking back, no matter how high those hurdles may be. Join Joan as she tells her story. Maybe you will even find pieces of your life in between the pages…


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Finding Hope in the Darkness of grief

Winner of a Pinnacle Achievement Award for Spirituality! Recipient of a Silver Medal from Mom's Choice Awards! A Gold Medal Winner for Gift Book/Coffee Table Book from Royal Dragonfly Book Awards plus a recipient of Honorable Mention for Poetry and a recipient of Honorable Mention for Religion/Spirituality also from Royal Dragonfly Book Awards!

Also a Gold Medal winner for Religious/Spiritual Book and a Silver Medal winner for Inspirational Book from Feathered Quill Book Awards! And a recipient of a Bronze Medal for Inspirational/Spiritual Book from ELit Book Awards! More recently a recipient of five Gold Medals, 1 Silver Medal and Director's Choice Grief Awareness Book Of The Year Award from Human Relations Indie Book Awards! Also placed as Finalist in the Book Excellence Awards!

This earthly plane offers much for us to learn: happiness, wisdom, loss, heartbreak, and enlightenment. It is a Pandoras box of emotions, situations, opportunities, and failures, all wrapped into a package we call life. Nobody is immune, but everyone has the opportunity to grow tall or wither like a flowerin harsh light. Its completely up to us how we choose to respond. Finding Hope in the Darkness of Grief is a gleaning of insights from artist Diamante Lavender. For her, life has been a long, difficult road, but it has taught many poignant lessons.

Her poetry collection is an exploration of the human soul, a traversing of situations that life throws at us. Diamante has always been intrigued by the ability to overcome and move on to bigger and better things. She writes to encourage hope and possibility in those who read her stories. If she can help others heal, as she has, then Diamante’s work as an author and artist will have been well spent. She believes that everyone should try to leave a positive mark on the world, to make it a better place for all. Writing is the way that she is attempting to leave her mark one story at a time.


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Poetry and Ponderings

Winner of a Gold Medal from the Nonfiction Author's Association! Gold Medal winner from Mom's Choice Awards! Also a Pinnacle Achievement Award winner for Poetry!

Recipient of two Gold Medals from Royal Dragonfly Book Awards for Poetry and Religion/Spiritual and a Finalist in the Book Excellence Awards!

Recent winner of a Gold Medal from the Human Relations Indie Book Awards for Motivational Indie Poetry Book and a Silver Medal for Personal Challenge Indie Poetry Book!

5 Star Review Medal winner from Reader's Favorite and a Gold Medal winner for Poetry from Reader’s Favorite!

A raw collection of religious poetry and prose based on one Christian woman’s experiences of being abused, and how she healed herself with God’s love in order to move past the assaults.

In this rare collection of nonfiction Christian poetry and prose based on real life experiences, Diamante Lavendar, a victim of abuse, shows the reader the raw emotions of pain, hate, and denial that occur before a victim of abuse can find a way to heal from the pains of assault. Knowing herself the very difficult journey of being a victim, Diamante was abused as a child, and turned to alcohol and drugs to numb the pain. Many years later, she started to heal under God’s watchful eyes and was able to find love in her life again. She shares these truly inspiring, religious poems in the hopes that it may help other victims heal their hurts, as she did while writing the poetry collection.