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Jacqui, You really send a strong message with humor and caring from your heart! 
Your words have lead me to an understanding that it's not my fault. Reading your books has given me so many strong points to get started. 
Again thank you so much for giving me somewhere to go where I feel understood and that gives me strength to change!!! Cherie 

Get your day off to a laugh, a most keen sense of humor and craziness. I love this girl, this author, she's, THE REAL DEAL. You can bet on that.. take it to the bank. And buy it!

From the Author

Millions of parents around the globe are struggling with addiction, whether it is themselves, their children, or their relatives or friends. It's a dastardly, vicious, terrifying experience. For most, it's a big secret. We tend to keep it hidden because people love to judge others when they themselves have never been affected. 

But guess what? When we start talking about it loud and clear, we start to thread our way towards finding a place to heal our own spirit, our heart, and our soul. We must talk about it in order to survive, otherwise, like me, you might just think about an alternative fix that will only do more harm than good.
I never thought I'd see that light at the end of the tunnel but I did and I'm here to tell, help you, allow you to see through my experience that there is one and it's not a train coming to shred you to pieces. 

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 234 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (May 25, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1453781706
  • ISBN-13: 978-1453781708
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.5 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,123,443 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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LIVING FORWARD: New Rules is what some are calling 'a vitamin for the soul'! This gem of a book is being hailed as a valuable TOOLKIT for a better life! If you're stuck in a rut, out of answers, prayers or hope, or you have stopped looking for the answers that will bring you a better life, then stop what you're doing and buy this book. It is filled with wise words that can help you find a new way to look at things. Sometimes all you need to do is change your perspective in order to change your outlook on life! You have nothing to lose and everything to gain by reading this. Isn't it time you started LIVING FORWARD?

'The Art Of Giving A F@#k' is a must read. Although the title may be a bit much for some, the point is, so many people have stopped giving a f@#k about what's going on in their life leaving them to wonder why their lives are falling apart! In the forward of this book, there are 5 questions you must try to answer! If you can't answer them all with your best interest at heart, then you need to read this beautiful little book!

"Notes To Myself" books 1-6 so far, are little 'gems' that are meant to inspire you into a new way of thinking about your life! The inspiration behind them is that everyone should try to heal from wounds that linger in your life. Many think that life is too short, but I for one know, life is wonderously long so why walk around bearing scars, shame or fear when if fact, you have the ability to let some of it go! This is a series of monthly books that will prompt you to rethink how you see things in your life. They are a precursor to the BIG BOOK "LIVING FORWARD:New Rules, which contains a new rule or inspiration for every day of the year.

'TRYING TO AVOID CARS' is now AVAILABLE! This new version includes the sequel 'The Long Road To Heaven'!
If you're a dog lover like Brown is, you don't want to miss the book that 'CANNOT BE PUT DOWN' according to all who have read it so far! TRYING TO AVOID CARS (Winner: Fiction Debut NaNoWriMo 2012) is a memoir like no other memoir you've ever read. Beau will capture your heart 100% in this amazing tale that takes you on the journey of his life, and what a life it's been! You don't miss this one!

"BITCH PLEASE!" is a romp through the chaos that is my life. It has been called one of the funniest books on Menopause EVER! Some say Brown is the 21st Century Erma Bombeck! Written in true form to Brown's comedic style, you'll find yourself laughing out loud and empathizing with many of the hilarious details of mid-life as she details her journey through life, love and menopause. Nothing is sacred in Ms. Brown's world! "When Menopause moves in, sanity moves out, or so it seems in my house. If you haven't reached it yet, you'll be better prepared for its arrival. If you're in it, you'll appreciate the warped humor. If you're done with it, you'll appreciate the fact that you survived it." ~Jacqui Brown~

"The Art Of Self-Empowerment (Limited Edition) contains all three books in my 'Fix Your Damned Broken Self' series, Drop Your Parachute, Not Your Party Pants, If It's Broke...Change It, Fix It, Or Let It Go, The Art Of Self Empowerment. If you've got an hour, you can change your life with these morsels of wisdom from Jacqui Brown.

"The Art Of Self Empowerment" is the third book in my Fix Your Damned Broken Self series. Sometimes you just need to see things on paper to make them clear in your mind. Though it is short and sweet, the message is clear. Time to spring clean your mind and get on with your happy self!

"If It's Broke...Change It, Fix It, Or Let It Go!" is the second book in a series of self-help books. The title pretty much explains what you're going to find inside. If you want your life to change, to be different, to be better, to feel more like the you you want to be...then you need to look at how the decisions you make today will affect your life in the future.
You need to change things, fix things or simply let them go! You need to get unstuck! You need to read this book.

"Drop Your Parachute, Not Your Party Pants" is one of those books you'll pick up again and again, just to remind yourself to stay focused on you! If you aren't happy with who you are right now, everything else in your life will be coated with a shade of gray. This sweet little book will help you refocus on the things that will change your life for the better...and it won't cost you anything more than a little time, patience and self-focus!

'the MAZE' is a book/workbook, which will guide you through the process of healing. Step by step, you will move through the MAZE towards a better quality of life by losing many of your bad habits. It's simple, sensible, and when you do the work and see the words you've written, you will see the future in a much brighter light.

"Laughing My Ass Off" Volume 1-4 are classic joke books. I compiled and edited more than 10 years of jokes that had been emailed to me. I put this collection together so you can share a laugh with your friends and family. They sell like hotcakes because, in this day and age, who of us couldn't stand a laugh a day!

"Dancing With The Devil", was named Best Book award finalist by USA Book News. I wrote it over a period of ten years as my daughter's addiction took on a life of its own. The gloves came off when it seemed like there was no hope, but in this situation, hope was all I had. You can send them to rehab, but there are no promises there. As a parent you hold on for dear life and hope that their journey ends with life not death. 'Dancing' is about faith, hope, and salvation in an impossible situation. It's about tying a knot at the end of your rope and holding on.

"Recovery's A if menopause alone wasn't bad enough!" the sequel to Dancing With The Devil, is a look at recovering from recovery. At times you will laugh out loud as you travel along with me in my pursuit of happiness, of getting my life back in order.

PRESS: Forget the Shock Jock. Meet Shock Mom.

Embracing "Shock" Therapy to Bring Healing to Families of Addicts
By Chris Bertrand

Jacqui Brown wants to break down barriers, bulldoze the walls of silence, relegating that game face of "I'm OK; You're OK" back to the closet. To that end, Brown, author of Recovery's a Bitch. as if Menopause Alone Wasn't Bad Enough! brings her raw, in your face and purposely unnerving style to your nearby Kindle, paperback and blog. By page three, she she has you asking yourself, "What the..?"

Then, you find you're committed. Envision picking glass shards from your body after an explosion. You're horrified. You can't stop, but neither can you look away. It's also unclear if leaving the shards in or taking them out will cause more pain, or even death. So you keep reading.

Yet, when all the bloody pieces are laid on the table, and the catharsis is done, you're the better for it. Her nonstop rant has accomplished its goal. Brown has shouted and sworn all those words and the previously whispered behind the door concepts of teenage addiction, rehab and relapse out loud for long enough, that the inability to speak of it disappears.

A few years back, Brown, a stay at home mom with two children and a music producer husband, Paul Brown, were living a privileged So Cal life. Then the "devil" took up residence. Their teenage daughter became addicted to drugs.

Gallows humor and a game face sufficed for a while, as she made offhanded remarks to friends in carpool and at Starbucks about the latest extrication of their daughter from a nearby drug house and near death experiences.

When full blown menopause met the tornado of her daughter's addiction, the Jacqui Brown perfect storm hit. The gloves came off. The game face was shoved in the closet, but thankfully the humor stayed.

Her critical message is that in order to recover, one must be willing to change. The Encarta Dictionary defines "recover" as "to regain something, to get back something previously lost" but also to "control or correct yourself, to return to a composed state."

Brown decided she could change her life, and recover in both definitions of the word, from menopause, and from her daughter's addiction. From the wild highs, lows and hormonal fluctuations of menopause, and from being completely and utterly responsible for her daughter's every move, error, her ultimate happiness or unhappiness, even of her existence.

Jacqui Brown's path to her own recovery involves an unfiltered, gut wrenching, guffaw-filled intimate look inside. The pain, the laughs, the sagging neckline and drooping breasts can be felt right through the pages written as though the reader were on the other end of a longwinded telephone conversation.

The result is feeling like you've lived it, and can perhaps learn from her journey. Brown's passionate stream of consciousness book performs "shock" therapy without a medical license, but in full control of the ultimate trump
card, motherhood. The taboo topic of surviving a family member's addiction has just been thrust into everyday conversation, brought into the bright light. by a mom. Thanks, mom!

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Vickie vanDyke on February 20, 2012
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How would you react if your daughter was recovering from drug addiction while you were sweating with the oldies every night - and during the day too? Only the oft-hilarious Ms. Brown can find humour in life's darkest moments. This true story will bring you to tears - both kinds - joy and pain. Which is truly the story of life, isn't it? In Recovery's A Bitch this madcap author captures it all with honesty, poignancy and that twisted wit exclusive to stand-up comics. What a ride!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By tammyabbott on June 4, 2011
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Get your day off to a laugh, a most keen sense of humor and craziness. I love this girl, this author, she's, THE REAL DEAL. You can bet on that.. take it to the bank. And buy it!
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Jacqui Brown shares a very personal journey as she combats a painful subject - drug dependency. She sets out to conquer her demons, plays the leading role as "Super Mom" and holds everything together in this poignant, cathartic tale. Those seeking guidance and solace will immediately connect with the author's wit and ten year roller coaster ride towards inner peace. "Recovery's A Bitch" is a moving, highly charged book, rapt with gut-splitting humor. You cannot put this priceless book down. Bravo Jacqui Brown!!
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