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Words and Wine Author Talk Story

Each month Kona Stories hosts an event with local and traveling authors. This event happens the First Tuesday evening of the month starting at 6 PM. Authors are available to talk story while you are getting your plate of appetizers and glass of complimentary wine. Authors then give a 15 minute talk about their book and themselves, the writing and publishing process or a short reading from the book. After all the authors presentations there is a time for individual questions and book signings with the authors. Expect 2 - 3 authors to attend each month and the evening to wrap up around 8 PM. Dress is Aloha casual wear.

February Authors are:

Leah Goodman

Leah was born in California and grew up Dayton, Ohio with her younger brother, mother, and military father. Her first life challenge was enduring basic training, after which she went on to serve several more years in the United States Army. She has run over twenty half marathons, even coming in first in her age group. Leah received her Bachelor of Science degree from the State University of New York at Cortland, and worked in Healthcare Administration for many years before moving into Human Resources. Then one day, an overwhelming tragedy that impacted her life dramatically, turning her world upside down, and ultimately leaving her a kinder, more empathetic, more fully engaged person, grateful for every moment of living ahead.

Living Beyond the Sunset was pinned after Leah lay in bed next to her terminally ill husband as a nurse practitioner felt for a pulse. He is pronounced dead. With a wounded heart Leah starts a painful new journey. She finds herself drowning in hurt and sorrow, but then happiness begins to emerge. Leah starts to grow in a new direction attempting to rebuild her shattered life, but not without feelings of guilt and disloyalty. Writing new chapters of her life, one at a time, Leah heals the damage and moves on.






Kristin Morrison started her pet sitting and dog walking company in 1995 and it grew to be one of the largest pet care companies in California before she sold it eighteen years later. Since 2000, Kristin has provided pet business coaching for thousands of pet sitters, dog walkers, and other service-based pet business owners from around the world. She is the founder of Six-Figure Pet Business Academy™ and hosts the annual Prosperous Pet Business Online Conference and the Prosperous Pet Business podcast. Other books by Kristin include Six-Figure Pet Sitting, Six-Figure Pet Business and the Prosperous Pet Business: Interviews with the Experts series.

Kristin and her husband, Spencer, enjoy visiting the Big Island many times and are in the process of building a home above Waipio Valley.





30 Days to Start and Grow Your Pet Sitting and Dog Walking Business Synopsis

Have you ever wondered what it takes to start and run a pet sitting and dog walking business or how to make your current business more profitable? Whether you are considering starting a new pet care business or already have a pet business you'd like to take to the next level, 30 Days To Start and Grow Your Pet Sitting and Dog Walking Business will empower you to confidently start or expand your pet sitting and dog walking business in just 30 days.


Filled with insights gained over a successful career as a pet sitting and dog walking business owner and pet business coach, Kristin Morrison's newest book follows an easy-to-use sequence of actions you need to take to launch or improve your existing business. Each chapter includes solutions to common start-up or business expansion challenges and compelling examples from Kristin's own business and real-life pet sitting and dog walking professionals, including many of the pet business owners she has helped in her nearly two decades of business coaching.


After reading this book, you will know what it takes to get started or expand your pet sitting and dog walking business, how to set competitive prices, and what services customers really need. You'll also discover the best way to identify your ideal customer, how to find and keep clients through empowered marketing strategies, and action steps to increase your profits year after year. 30 Days to Start and Grow Your Pet Sitting and Dog Walking Business is the practical and inspiring guide you need to join one of the fastest-growing industries.


Heather S. Friedman Rivera, RN, JD, PhD obtained her Ph.D. in Parapsychic Science in 2011, her Doctorate in Law in 2002 and is a Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist specializing in Past-life Regression. She trained with Dr. Brian Weiss at The Weiss Institute. Heather is also a retired Registered Nurse. She is the author of eight books, contributing author in seven books, and author of numerous articles. Heather writes non-fiction, fiction, and books for young readers. She serves as an editor for the International Journal of Regression Therapy. She holds a creative writing specialization certificate from Wesleyan University. Heather has been featured in print, radio, and web television. Heather holds workshops and retreats on writing and past life regression. She lives in Hawaii with her husband, a puggle, and a bratty cat. Her superpower is bionic hearing.

In her book, Twice Again we meet a twenty-eight-year-old Laura is married to the famous composer, Jake Talbot. She has the oceanfront estate and the fancy clothes. She has the perfect life. So it seems.

Jake is handsome and charming, but also manipulative. He engages in emotional and physical abuse of Laura, who has become adept at hiding the truth to keep the peace. Jake forces Laura to keep their home spotless, yet he's never satisfied with her tireless efforts, seizing every opportunity to find fault. One fatal slip by Laura pushes Jake over the edge and, in his fury, he murders her.
Instead of finding peace in death, Laura jolts awake in another woman's body. She struggles to understand what has happened while she adapts to her new environment. With help from her new friends, she endeavors to discover who she really is without Jake to bully and control her.
In her new body as Bridget, she meets Sam, who seems like the man of her dreams. Could he be another version of Jake, condemning Laura to live the same life of domestic abuse again? Or will living as Bridget finally give her the chance to grow into the kind of woman she was meant to be?




Event date: 
Tuesday, February 5, 2019 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Event address: 
78-6831 Alii Drive
Suite 142
Kailua Kona, HI 96740
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Living Beyond the Sunset: A Story of Love, Loss, and Resilience Cover Image
ISBN: 9781983545436
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Published: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform - April 4th, 2018

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30 Days To Start and Grow Your Pet Sitting and Dog Walking Business: A Step-By-Step Guide to Launch, Attract Clients, and Make a Profit Cover Image
ISBN: 9780997872842
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Published: Six-Figure Pet Sitting Academy - July 22nd, 2018

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Twice Again Cover Image
ISBN: 9781632638946
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Published: Abuzz Press - May 25th, 2018

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