But You LOOK Just Fine
But You LOOK Just Fine: Unmasking Depression, Anxiety, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, Panic Disorder and Seasonal Affective Disorder, the authors reveal through words and pictures, how people living with mood disorders can easily appear one way on the outside while feeling quite differently on the inside.
But You LOOK Just Fine offers candid counsel and acts as a user-friendly guide of innovative information and genuine compassion to men and women living with depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, panic disorder, social anxiety, seasonal affective disorder, eating disorder, and many other mood disorders. The book provides an in-depth discussion of each and explores vital topics including mood disorders and: disclosure; dating; looking one way while feeling another; impact on family; intimacy; employment and career; treatment options; spirituality; children and seniors; the connection between chronic pain and depression; thriving; despite a mood disorder the “worry window”; how to help someone with a mood disorder; the military; and mind-body medicine. But You LOOK Just Fine is also a unique tool for mental healthcare providers.
As One Door Closes
ISBN -13: 978-1620159392
Closure should have come swiftly with the funeral and nailing of the casket. But instead of finding peace, the old man’s death reopened old wounds that had been left to fester for decades.
In Sahar Abdulaziz’s haunting new book, As One Door Closes, one man’s death unleashes horrific family secrets and traces the triumphs and tragedies of a family torn apart by betrayal. This novel is a stark and dramatic testament to the devastation that comes with hiding sexual abuse and reveals how the repercussions of rape in multiple generations has no statute of limitations where the heart and mind are concerned.
This poignant novel focuses on five very different women and explores their tales of lost opportunities, new beginnings, and survival. But most of all, it is about the trials and tribulations of survivorship and the heavy price such expectations exact.
The Dino Flu
UGH! Poor Dino is stuck in bed with the flu. Dino doesn't like being sick at all. But instead of feeling sorry for himself, Dino uses the wonderful gift of imagination. Follow Dino through his many adventures of imaginary proportion!
Suitable for ages 2-6
THE BROKEN HALF
Sahar Abdulaziz’s new Women’s Contemporary Fiction novel, The Broken Half is the harrowing story of a young American Muslim woman, Zahra, whose marriage has been anything but peaceful. Faced with the difficult and dangerous choice to either stay in her abusive marriage or leave, Zahra soon realizes each step she takes towards freedom is riddled with risky and uncertain repercussions. Feeling trapped, alone, and without the support she so desperately needs, Zahra is almost out of options. While the threat of danger continues to escalate around her, will Zahra ultimately choose to fix her broken marriage or will escaping become a life or death decision?
Challenging topics of family and marital discord, and the need for emotional survival, Abdulaziz uses her writing platform and voice to advocate for the underrepresented, the disenfranchised and/or maligned. Skillfully luring the reader into her stories without being extensively graphic or sensationalistic with hard-hitting, uncomfortable subject matter, she traces the triumphs and tragedies of families torn apart by familial domestic violence and sexual abuse. She also explores the human desire and need for renewal, closure and finally healing. Her multidimensional characters have been described as having “substance and soul”.
SECRETS THAT FIND US
Buried Secrets, protected lies, and cunning deception all play a pivotal role in Sahar Abdulaziz’s new Contemporary Fiction, Secrets That Find Us.
Seventeen years ago Terri Ann Stone began serving a life sentence, charged with the double homicide of her mother and stepfather. Up to now, Terri’s anger, hate, and relentless commitment to hiding the truth kept her alive behind bars. However, the bitterness that once fueled Terri's center begins to wane. Her pledge to secrecy dissolves. With no prospect of ever being set free, she reveals the entire ugly truth to the single person left in the world who still matters to her.
Riddled with intrigue and the ability to destroy, can the power of Terri’s secrets live on, or will disclosure at long last uncover the answers so desperately desired?
–The only good Muslim is a dead Muslim …
In a socially and politically divided country after the presidential election, activist and American Muslim Nour Ibrahim prepares to deliver a speech at an anti-hate rally condemning the surge of attacks against people of color, immigrants, Muslims, and anyone else deemed different or disposable. As her inbox overflows with racist, xenophobic threats, she struggles to remain focused, refusing to give in to the fear. Concerns for her safety during the speech mount as one ruthless stalker escalates his terror campaign. Bitter and blinded by hate, he’s not satisfied with merely keeping Nour from speaking out: he threatens to silence her for good.
Stressed by the impending rally, a stabbing pain in her gut, and an Internet psycho who has her in his crosshairs, Nour begins to wonder—which one will kill her first?
Tethered to a man perfectly willing to destroy her sanity, Bella Boutin must somehow find the strength deep within herself to leave and never look back.
Logan appears to all who know him as a charming and adoring husband, yet behind closed doors, a dangerous, darker side emerges. To his circle of unsuspecting friends, he is the master of his destiny. To the trail of broken women left behind, a cruel and callous monster. But to his family and most of all to Bella, he remains an inescapable and recurring nightmare.
Trapped, isolated, and unable to seek help, Bella plots her escape, but time, as well as opportunity, are quickly running out.
Blaming, shaming, power and control converge in Sahar Abdulaziz’s new contemporary fiction novel, EXPENDABLE–the intimate story behind the “normal” veneer of one couple’s unraveling marriage.
Irwin is not only the local Librarian; he’s also a book snob and an all-around grouch. There’s nothing he values more than his privacy. As a loner, he’s happy to be surrounded by books instead of subjected to the incessant blatherings of dysfunctional people.
The one thing Irwin despises more than people is change. He’s content in his predictable, routine existence…until a young girl barrels her way into his dreary life and turns it upside down.
Harper is witty, smart, free-spirited—but most of all, stubborn. Baffled by her need to gain his friendship, Irwin does his best to brush her off, but Harper refuses to budge. In fact, it only makes her latch onto him even more. Friendship, after all, can be found in the most unusual places.
THE GATEKEEPER'S NOTEBOOK
Life looked promising for Kalila Rahim when she and her husband decided to move from New York City to the Pocono Mountains. Despite a fabulous home, a lucrative career, and the birth of a healthy baby boy, the couple’s marriage remained fraught with problems: the most notable, Bashir’s complicated love affair. Angry and hurt, Kalila kicks him out, only to become distraught when she receives a call notifying her of Bashir’s untimely death. Widowed, facing mounting debt, and left to raise their son alone, Kalila decides to move far away and start a new life. However, she soon discovers that burying a husband is a lot simpler than concealing his secrets, especially after her own dark dalliances resurface, threatening to destroy her life.
Sahar Abdulaziz’s new psychological thriller/suspense, The Gatekeeper’s Notebook is a bold and poignant story about love and loss, the past colliding with the present, and the unimaginable devastation caused by spitefulness, arrogance, deceptions, and lies.
The Abernathy & Crane Series Book 2
Grouchy former librarian Irwin Abernathy, presently the co-owner of Abernathy & Crane, is busy preparing the bookshop for the holidays. Meanwhile, his neighbor and nemesis, Alastair Brooke, lies dying next door. It’s no secret that Irwin and most of the town dislike the irritating antique dealer, but Irwin can’t imagine what nasty deed the vile little man did to deserve being murdered! Then again––
Within moments of their arrival, the police suspect Irwin’s friend, ex-convict Darren Crane. His arrest launches everyone and everything at Abernathy & Crane into utter chaos. While poor, innocent Darren wallows away inside a jail cell, Irwin and his incorrigible friends are busy doing whatever it takes to prove his innocence––which frankly terrifies Darren almost as much as being hauled back to prison!
Devoted Friends is a heartwarming story about the compassion and humor required when one is confronted by life’s many unpredictable obstacles. It is also about friendships driven by courage, dignity, and the unrelenting fortitude necessary when facing grief and heartbreak in a sometimes unfair, perfectly imperfect world.
Saying goodbye is never easy.
During their long friendship, Cornelia Parish had been the bane of Irwin Abernathy’s existence. Forever minding his business and trying to run his life. But even in death, Cornelia seems determined to make sure her best friend––former librarian, current bookshop owner, and interminable grumpy curmudgeon––doesn’t spend the rest of his insufferable days alone.
Irwin is heartbroken. He loved Cornelia, and her death has left him shattered. But nothing––nothing–– could have ever prepared him for the estate attorney’s phone call on the day of her passing.
––A road trip?
––To deliver letters to four strangers?
––Across the entire country!
What’s Cornelia up to now?
Despite the heartache, Irwin and the rest of Cornelia’s friends at the Abernathy & Crane Bookshop must pull it together –– if they expect to fulfill this last, unforeseen dying wish.
Unexpected Friends is a touching story that speaks to the power of friendship, the agony of loss, and the potential for healing when one, overcome with grief, bravely face their fears to embrace and welcome into their life true love again.