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Ashley Bugge- Gold Star Spouse Debuts Memoir and Children’s Book

Listen to my conversation with Ashley Bugge on Hodge Podge Podcast HERE! Mother. Military Widow. Explorer. Speaker. Award-Winning Author. Ashley Bugge is an amazing human. In the past two years, she has risen from unimaginable challenges after losing her Naval Officer husband, the late Captain Brian J. Bugge, in a tragic deep diving accident while she was pregnant with the couple’s third child. Ashley said during our conversation on Hodge Podge Podcast that she is still healing. This resonated with me. And this is why: Ashley has refused to lie in grief. She poignantly put her grief into rich experiences and growth. All the while, acknowledging she is not okay. She is a real person. A lover of life. A fighter. A survivor. With such beautiful grace, she has utilized personal stories of turning tragedy into triumph to offer a unique perspective into what it means to overcome adversity and flourish from it.

book reviews, Books, Podcast, reading, The Arts

Landis Wade- Retired Trial Attorney Turned Novelist and Charlotte Readers Podcast Host

Landis Wade is a self-described recovering trial lawyer who followed in his late journalist grandfather's footsteps byway of writing to become an award-winning author as well as the creator and host of Charlotte Reader's Podcast. Charlotte Reader's Podcast encourages authors to read and talk about their award-winning, published and emerging works-- and was voted Charlotte's best podcast in 2019. His goal is to use the medium of podcasting to build a community of readers and writers where authors give voice to their written words.

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Children’s Book Review- Something Lost Something Found by Natalia Paruzel-Gibson

Something Lost Something Found by Natalia Paruzel-Gibson is a beautiful story of a little girl, Ella Samantha Bean, who has lost her happiness.

Lifestyle, Writing, Podcasting, Military Life, Inspirtation, North Carolina

Mommy’s Big, Red Monster Truck Celebrates First Birthday 🎂

One year ago today, Mommy's Big, Red Monster Truck hit the presses!
What was a little dream, became a huge accomplishment.
Over the past year, there have been many firsts... holding my published children's book in my hands for the first time, attending my first bookstore author events, first library events, visiting elementary schools as an official author for the first time, reading my book to children across North Carolina, and the list goes on.
The opportunity to share my children's travel and adventure picture book has been a priceless gift to me.