Category Archives: Woman’s Life

New book explores the question of whether or not broken hearts can be mended

New book explores the question of whether or not broken hearts can be mended

Life’s Detours: Alexandra’s Choices” (published by Archway Publishing) by Badiaa Hiresh follows the life and journey of a young woman facing an unexpected pregnancy without support from anyone and choosing to chase her dreams anyway.

Alexandra is a dreamer, the youngest child of a large, reserved family. She longs to escape her small-town life and begins a secret life when she is nearly 16, singing at a small pub in the next town over. Her parents find out and give her a choice: stop singing or leave home. She leaves and soon finds herself involved with a much older man. When she discovers she is pregnant, however, her entire life changes once more. She sets out on a journey to a big city, determined to make her own choices and find her dreams, regardless of the challenges she faces.

“Each of us is a unique individual with great potential. At times we make mistakes that will be radical to change in our life, we need to face mistakes with strength, embrace the unknown with courage, and learn that those mistakes were simply stepping stones to a better tomorrow,” Hiresh says of what she wants readers to take from her book.

“Life’s Detours” is available for purchase online at the Archway link above, from Barnes & Noble and on Amazon at:

“Life’s Detours”
By Badiaa Hiresh
Hardcover | 5.5 x 8.5 in | 216 pages | ISBN 9781665708197
Softcover | 5.5 x 8.5 in | 216 pages | ISBN 9781665708180
E-Book | 216 pages | ISBN 9781665708203
Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble

About the Author

Badiaa Hiresh was born in Lebanon in 1964 where she lived and worked, raising two daughters Vanessa and Tiffany. Hiresh also lived in the USA which gave her an international perspective on her home country. Her career was between the family jewelry business and the educational sector, but her passion was for writing. She spent years as a peace education coordinator, the phase that inspired her to write the book, “Mommy I Am a Pacer!” helping children deal with everyday know-how in life. Additionally, she wanted to be the voice of emotional relief for every woman and relationship through “Where is My Angel?” the biography book where she shared her life experience. Hiresh’s goal is to be the voice of the voiceless and encourage women to speak through her blog “Your Everyday Coffee” and I Channel on YouTube.

Simon & Schuster, a company with nearly ninety years of publishing experience, has teamed up with Author Solutions, LLC, the worldwide leader in self-publishing, to create Archway Publishing. With unique resources to support books of all kind, Archway Publishing offers a specialized approach to help every author reach his or her desired audience. For more information, visit or call 844-669-3957.

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New Book Delivers a Compelling and Inspiring Look Inside the Season’s of a Woman’s Life; Encouraging All Women to Let Go of Things That Tend to Hold Them Back

New Book HOLDING ON LOOSELY: Opening My Hands, Lightening My Load, and Seeing Something Else (Carpenter’s Son Publishing, an imprint of Clovercroft Publishing) by Dana Knox Wright of Llano, Texas, teaches women how to let go of things that tend to hold them back in life in order to live life to the fullest while there is still plenty of time. “A gentle reminder to all women who feel the same when reading these stories,” says Tara Royer Steele, author, Eat, Pie, Love.

Life––from its very first breath––looks like this. Hold. Unhand. Repeat. “I can’t remember a time when I didn’t cling,” says Wright. “It seems I’m hardwired for it. It’s made change––most any kind of change––all the more difficult. It’s made me hard headed when I needed to learn a lesson, and trust me, I’ve needed to learn many.”

Today we are overly busy helicopter parents, control freaks, perfectionists, intolerants, over-consumers and social media junkies––who worry, fear, laugh less and always want more. In the midst of it, we wonder what it would feel like to open our hands and turn loose of it.

Have you ever found yourself harboring things that have bothered you for years? Things that tend to hold you back and shut you down? Grab a cup of tea, settle into your favorite chair, and discover the secret to letting go.

Through a series of warm and engaging stories, Wright in a particular season of her life, invites readers inside her personal journey of discovery and the lessons learned. Stories filled with insightful wisdom she hopes will inspire all women to give themselves permission let go of things that tend to hold them back in order to see something else, regardless of age.

“In the pages of Holding on Loosely, Dana’s comforting voice speaks truth that may not always be comfortable––but is greatly needed,” said Ronne Rock, author of One Woman Can Change the World. Further adding, “You’ll come away inspired to live with greater understanding and ultimate peace.”

This is one woman’s history of holding on and her stories of turning loose. A book that could not have been written in her twenties or her thirties. Nor could it have been written in her forties. These individual stories were actually meant to be a whole. Together they weave a bigger picture.

Wright has learned to expand on life and not diminish activity because of age. She has learned how to walk through a season, turning loose of things, and creating new adventures. She has embraced age and waging war against her comfort zone.

Furthermore, she learned how to turn loose of her children when they asked for a blessing to go; to turn loose of someone else’s ideas, when she didn’t trust her own; to stop shutting down for days while clinging to fear; to holding on to prejudice when she would tell you she didn’t; to clinging to youthfulness as if what would come next couldn’t be her life’s cherry on top.

Holding on Loosely was written to inspire, teach, and encourage all women to rethink life. To learn how to turn loose of things we tend to harbor over the different seasons of being a women; to turn loose of pretension; to turn loose of one’s comfort zone; to turn loose of differences; and to turn loose of what’s now for what’s next.

Books are available online and bookstores.
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About Dana Knox Wright

Dana Knox Wright began letting go of fear at fifty. It’s the decade where, in an odd twist, Sandra Bullock asked for her autograph—the decade she began hiking to places with seriously wild animals, rafting in crazy rivers and eating wild blackberries with only mild concern rabid foxes eat from the plants, too. After a long career in radio voiceover, she found a passion for spreading goodness and living to the full. She has offered readers encouragement, hope and sisterhood for almost ten years through her essays published on her blog. Dana holds a degree in Journalism from The University of Texas at Austin, and is the author of Saving Stories: Afternoons with Darrell (2017). She is the mother of three adult children and three grandchildren, and currently lives in a small river town in the Texas Hill Country with her husband and an English Mastiff named Pearl.

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