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ALTOONA, Pa. tjcl_fc— Sunbury Press has released The Journey Called Life, Christina Burns memoir of her turbulent youth and faith journey.

About the Book:
Survival is already a way of life, but what will become of a shattered mind?

Christina is, at least on the surface, the all-American girl next door. However, growing up in the small town of Bellwood, Pennsylvania, would prove to be anything but “normal”. A rough childhood, traumas, mental illnesses, addiction, murder, and kidnapping are just a few of the battles she faces, and she isn’t even twenty-one yet!

Little does she know, her next battle will be a literal fight for her life. Embarking on a journey to find herself, she ends up lost on a downward spiral headed straight for the deepest darkest pits of hell.

This debut book is an inspiring true story of life experience, inner strength and keeping hope alive, by a talented new author. It defies all the rules and will keep you reading from dusk till dawn. You won’t want to miss this one!

April 27, 2006
My teeth gripped the steering wheel tight in a state of shock. The indents from each tooth forever etched into the steering wheel. I stared straight ahead, out the windshield. I was frozen in fear, physically unable to move. I just watched the horror unfolding in the headlights directly in front of me. I looked on in stupefaction. “Is this really happening?” I wondered. “Am I dreaming?” It was almost like a movie, except it was much more vivid and way more terrifying than any movie could ever be. This was very real, no pause button, no rewind. Frightened, I just kept watching. I felt my body go numb, I couldn’t think, couldn’t speak, couldn’t move.

There was blood everywhere. I could see that his chest was still moving up and down trying to breathe. I could hear his lungs still gasping for air. Then they made an eerily gurgling sound as they filled with blood. It poured out of the bullet holes and his orifices like a faucet.

How did I get here? I should be at home watching TV with Memom. How had my entire “normal” life led to this point? Had it all been dark and I just hadn’t realized? A dark road, down a dark path, leading to this dark end.

That happy-go-lucky, short, petite-build, bleach-blonde, curly headed, smiling, singing, praying, innocent child that I had once been so long ago. At that moment, though, I wasn’t thinking of that. I couldn’t think, couldn’t speak, couldn’t move.

About the Author:
Christina Burns was born August 22, 1985 in Altoona, Pennsylvania.

Upon graduating from PSU, Christina was awarded a Bachelor of Science degree, in addition to, a Certificate of Chemical Dependency and Preventions Counseling. She went on to attain many personal and professional achievements. Surrounded by “surreal blessings” every step of the way. At one point, she even sat in the same chair as her counselor had years prior, this time counseling someone else sitting in the place she once was.

Following graduation, Christina worked as a Case Manager/Counselor at a residential facility for homeless veterans. She was then hired privately to design, develop, and facilitate as the CEO of a non profit faith-based organization. Creating a 19 bed residential facility offering a wide variety of services to include a holistic approach to life recovery, was an exciting experience in her career. Going on to work as a counselor at a residential rehabilitation facility and specializing in mental health, behavioral health, and drug and alcohol, is perhaps her most favorite of all professional accomplishments.

Christina loves being a mommy, helping others, and all things outdoors. From working on mechanics to wearing high heels, she is magnificently well rounded and down to earth! As a true free spirit, Christina enjoys kayaking, mudding in her lifted ’77 Chevy truck, riding dirt bikes and four-wheelers, fishing, sleeping under the stars, museums, amusement parks, dancing, traveling, furthering her education, reading, motivational speaking, thinking, and more- as long as it involves spending time with her son!

Discovering true love and happiness in her child, the answers to life’s questions in her education, and fulfillment in her career, Christina finally found her serenity.

In following her heart and desiring to help as many lives as possible, Christina wrote her first book. A memoir of life experience, finding inner strength, and keeping hope alive.

As an author and a member of the International Women’s Writing Guild, she now shares her story with the world.

The Journey Called Life
Authored by Christina Burns
List Price: $19.95
6″ x 9″ (15.24 x 22.86 cm)
Black & White on Cream paper
236 pages
Sunbury Press, Inc.
ISBN-13: 978-1620068519
ISBN-10: 1620068516
BISAC: Self-Help / Personal Growth / Happiness

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MECHANICSBURG, Pa. — Sunbury Press has released Redemption, Courtney Frey’s follow-up to her memoir Restitution.

About the Book:
red_fcAfter surviving a childhood and adolescence rife with sexual and emotional abuse, enduring conflicting feelings about the adoption of her firstborn son, and becoming a young bride—and a young mother, again—Courtney Frey navigated the precarious territory of early adulthood on what she felt was the other side of the bridge she and Rebecca had built as girls. But with memories of her past always just below the surface and her mental illness threatening to bubble over and destroy her present, Courtney’s life whirled out of control, careening on the edge of blissful highs and dangerous lows. In her real-life tale of being a birth mother, an army wife, and a mom of three earning her college degree, Courtney also shares her struggles with mania, married life, family relationships, parenting, career choices, substance abuse, and discovering her own strength and true priorities from the depths of her darkest hours.Redemption is a love story about an unlovable woman and the man whose refusal to give up on her aides her in saving her own life.

Read Courtney’s story from the beginning in Restitution (Sunbury Press, 2015). In a story about searching for self-love, overcoming family dysfunction, surviving abuse, and fighting back, Courtney reveals to the reader the secrets of her emotional journey and tells the tale of her quest for purpose and healing, as well as the desire to be needed, wanted, loved, and validated. The story of Courtney’s early life includes heart-wrenching and haunting child abuse, a murder, an adoption, new friendships, a paralyzing accident, teenage pregnancies, and homelessness, as well as budding mental illness. Based on the truth of her own childhood and young adult life, Courtney demonstrates the resilience of the human spirit, that finding love starts with purpose, and that, even against the odds, nothing is ever in vain.

None of what I am about to do makes sense. Looking into the mirror I can hear my mother’s words, two margaritas in, just ten hours before: “Do you know what you’re getting yourself into?” She had been talking to James. Not to me.

The attendant from the front desk pokes her head into the tiny dressing room, her white hair colliding into the pink paisley wallpaper.

“Would you like some help, dear?” She feels sorry for me, but I’m not sure why. I’m sure she does this all the time.

Turning her away with a half smile I look around the small room, wondering if James’ dressing room looks like this. I can’t help but laugh a little because a Marine in a pink flowered wallpaper room is almost as ridiculous as a first date wedding in Las Vegas.

I wonder out loud, “Am I really doing this? I mean, am I really?” I can almost feel my Nonnie’s loving arms around me, her soft words of warning, “Now, Courtney Ann, you better pray about this first.”

I want to pray, but the words won’t come. I hear myself thinking about James, on the first night we met, that he was the man I was going to marry someday. I listen as the empty space around me spills sweet hopes straight into my spirit, and I wonder if the greatest choices I have ever made were all born from a whim. Does my heart know better than I do? Or am I just a single teenage mom with no way out, looking to James to save me and Amanda?

He was so handsome on that first night almost two years ago. The time we spent talking together in the garage on those cold cement steps worked some sort of magic that allowed me to release my demons and in some way find the strength to hope again. If a nineteen-year-old virgin Marine who had his entire life pulled together in a perfect bow of faith-tied ribbons could even wrap his heart around the idea that I could be worth something . . . just the thought of the possibility was transforming.

We’d spoken on the phone in the following year, discovering more about one another and secretly engaging the idea that maybe love at first sight wasn’t as silly as people made it sound. He went on to do a tour overseas, and I gave birth to Amanda, afterward, slowly trying to pick up the pieces of my lost years.

I hear murmurs of people outside the dressing room, but I need more time. I need to go back and recall all the reasons that getting married at nineteen, on what is really our first date, doesn’t seem so ludicrous. I have to justify it somehow to myself. They can wait.

Authored by Courtney Frey
List Price: $19.95
6″ x 9″ (15.24 x 22.86 cm)
Black & White on White paper
276 pages
Sunbury Press, Inc.
ISBN-13: 978-1620066584
ISBN-10: 1620066580
BISAC: Biography & Autobiography / Women

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