Welcome to the new home of Author & Professional Speaker, L. Diane Wolfe (AKA "Spunk on a Stick") and The Circle of Friends!

The Circle of Friends series follows a group of young adults as they face different challenges and learn to overcome. The emotionally gripping stories focus on love, friendships and the pursuit of dreams. Aimed at adults/young adults, these books defy the growing trend of salacious titles, especially for teenagers. Positive and uplifting, this series will leave readers determined to overcome their obstacles and achieve their goals.

This blog is now the home of the original The Circle of Friends website.


Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Is Someone in Your Family Struggling With Addiction?

Every family deals with baggage, dysfunction and conflict to some degree, and it’s further compounded when addiction enters the picture. Unbroken by Annie Highwater tackles this difficult subject in a very real and personal manner. Available today.


Unbroken
Navigating the Madness of Family Dysfunction, Addiction, Alcoholism, and Heartache

By Annie Highwater

I feel like I’m drowning!

Does that describe you at times? Addiction, conflict, and dysfunction can destroy a family. But even in the depths of adversity and despair, there is hope. You can learn to cope and overcome the pitfalls:
• Drama, drama, drama
• The silent treatment
• Enabling
 • How do I detach?
• Arguments and denial
• Relapses
• Division and grief
• We won’t be victims
You can find the means to not only persevere and find peace but create a life that is manageable and even amazing!

$13.95 Print ISBN 9781939844521
$4.99 eBook ISBN 9781939844538
Self-Help - Substance Abuse & Addictions/Personal Growth/PTSD
Freedom Fox Press

“Unbroken promotes boundaries and provides examples of self-care; something that can easily be overlooked when we love and care for an addict.” - Elsie Amata, author of Steps Along My Shore

“With input from experts in the field of addiction, alcoholism and family therapy...this book is a guidebook for anyone needing direction, hope and healing.” - Sherry Gaba, LCSW, Certified Recovery Coach and author

“Unbroken’s most important lesson is that we are all vulnerable. And only after we acknowledge this vulnerability can we truly start living.” - Daniel Skinner, Ph.D, Ohio University

Annie Highwater - writer, speaker, podcast host and family advocate. She is a life-long researcher of Behavioral Science with particular interests in family pathology and concepts of dysfunction, addiction, alcoholism and conflict. Annie resides in Columbus, Ohio and enjoys writing, long distance running, hiking, the great outdoors and visiting her son in Southern California as often as possible.

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Write With Fey - A Great Resource for Writers

Today, Dancing Lemur Press, L.L.C./Freedom Fox Press is delighted to announce the release of an amazing book that’s perfect for writers!

Write with Fey: 10 Sparks to Guide You From Idea to Publication 

Catch the sparks you need to write, edit, publish, and market your book!

Write with Fey: 10 Sparks to Guide You from Idea to Publication offers an abundance of data in one handy book. From writing your novel to prepping for publication and beyond, you’ll find sparks on every page, including 100 bonus marketing tips. You’ll also discover how to write specific scenes and characters, adding depth to your work.
• Spark One: Being a Writer
• Spark Two: Story Essentials
• Spark Three: A Book’s Stepping Stones
• Spark Four: How To
• Spark Five: Character ER
• Spark Six: Editing
• Spark Seven: Publishing
• Spark Eight: Marketing
• Spark Nine: Writing About
• Spark Ten: Final Inspiration
With so much information, you’ll take notes, highlight, and flag pages to come back to again and again on your writing journey.

Available June 5, 2018
6x9 trade paperback, 370 pages, Freedom Fox Press
Creative Writing / Publishing / Marketing
$19.95 Print ISBN 9781939844484
$5.99 eBook ISBN 9781939844491

“Publishing a book can seem overwhelming, but Chrys Fey breaks it down in this indispensable guide for writers. Fey's step-by-step instructions and encouraging style help with everything from pre-writing to marketing a published book.” - Elizabeth S. Craig, author

“Solid, sound basic writing book for the writing daring to be an author. The "10 Sparks" cover a wealth of topics with abbreviated, concise guidance, giving authors a fantastic place to check off all the necessities.” ~C. Hope Clark, The Carolina Slade Mysteries and The Edisto Island Mysteries, Founder of FundsforWriters.com

“A must-read book for those who are serious about writing, but are clueless or doubtful of their writing capabilities. I would suggest this book to all who write as a desk reference book - it will be worth it!” 5 stars - Readers Favorites

Chrys Fey is the author of the Disaster Crimes Series and an editor for Dancing Lemur Press. She started her blog, Write with Fey, to offer aspiring writers inspiration, advice, and hope. At the age of twelve, she started writing her first novel, and since then she has been a dedicated citizen in the writing world.

Now, are you ready to Write With Fey?

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Middle Grade Mayhem

A lot of great books for boys.

Brand new release:

SOME VERY MESSY MEDIEVAL MAGIC
By C. Lee McKenzie

Pete’s stuck in medieval England!

Pete and his friend Weasel thought they’d closed the Time Lock. But a young page from medieval times, Peter of Bramwell, goes missing. His absence during a critical moment will forever alter history unless he’s found.

There’s only one solution - fledgling wizard Pete must take the page’s place. Accompanied by Weasel and Fanon, Pete’s alligator familiar, they travel to 1173 England.

But what if the page remains lost - will Pete know what to do when the critical moment arrives? Toss in a grumpy Fanon, the duke’s curious niece, a talking horse, and the Circle of Stones and Pete realizes he’s in over his young wizard head yet again...

$13.95 Print ISBN 9781939844460
$3.99 EBook ISBN 9781939844477
Juvenile Fiction - Fantasy & Magic (JUV037000) / Boys & Men (JUV005000)

“A gripping adventure back in time, with action around every corner.” - Stephanie Robinson, author of The Secret Files of Fairday Morrow

“A great addition to middle school classrooms and libraries, as well as your own private library.” - Beverly Stowe McClure, award-winning author of stories for children and teens.

“This third book in the Adventures of Pete and Weasel series was as much fun as the first.” - Kai Strand, author

“A rich cast of characters who bring the story to life – both in modern and historical times. I highly recommend librarians and teachers get this series on their shelves.” - Hall Ways Reviews

C. Lee McKenzie has a background in Linguistics and Inter-Cultural Communication, but these days her greatest passion is writing for young readers. When she’s not writing she’s hiking or traveling or practicing yoga or asking a lot questions about things she still doesn’t understand.
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Purchase/find Some Very Messy Medieval Magic at Barnes & Noble / Kobo / iTunes / Amazon / Foyles / Goodreads

Plus check out the book trailer for the series:


Released in March:

CORNERS
By Corrina Austin

Everyone needs their own special corner...

“Austin’s message of true friendship and selflessness will resonate...strong addition to the realistic fiction genre.” - Library Journal

$10.95 Print ISBN 9781939844392
$3.990 EBook ISBN 9781939844408

Purchase/find at Barnes & Noble / Kobo / iTunes / Amazon / Amazon CA / Goodreads




And coming September 4th:


BUBBA AND SQUIRT'S BIG DIG TO CHINA
By Sherry Ellis

You can’t dig a hole to China!

$7.95 Print ISBN 9781939844507
$3.99 EBook ISBN 9781939844514

Pre-order at Amazon / Barnes & Noble / Kobo / Books-A-Million