Cheap Movie Tricks

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How to Make a Movie on a Tight Budget

Today’s indie film market is growing by leaps and bounds and filmmaker Rickey Bird and screenwriter and novelist Al Guevara are on a mission to help indie moviemakers everywhere.

Bird and Guevara want to show aspiring filmmakers how to overcome common movie and video production problems:

  • Not enough money for crews
  • Over budget and likely making the wrong movie
  • Can’t get the attention of an indie studio
  • Should have started with a short film to gain attention

Amateur Movie & Video Production. Thousands of aspiring filmmakers are learning how to use cheaper, widely available filmmaking technology, and the craft of making movies from books pulled from bookstore and library shelves. Their work is totally DIY and they are the most creative people you will ever meet. Rickey Bird’s Hectic Films is a Southern California enterprise building a filmmaking empire on a budget. His short films, feature films, micro docs and tutorials have landed in some of the biggest American film festivals and been seen online worldwide. The result? Millions of views worth of exposure from films online, in festivals and creative marketing literally on the street. His many projects have seen leading B actors like Hulk Hogan and Vernon Wells (Mad Max Road Warrior), make-up artists from the TV show Grimm, and stuntmen from the Call of Duty games.

What you’ll learn in this book:

  • How planning and shooting a short film today can lead to a feature-length project tomorrow
  • Everything you need to know about writing a movie project on a burger budget
  • Tips on how to find locations and not get arrested
  • Shooting tips galore for building exciting scenes
  • Sound and film editing tips and all kinds of special effects wizardry, including puppetry
  • Screenings, promotions, and juicy tips on film festival strategy

If you liked books such as How to Shoot Video That Doesn't SuckThe Filmmaker's Handbook, or Rebel Without a Crew, you’ll love Cheap Movie Tricks.

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I'm So Full of Happy Today

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Finalist Pacific Book Awards 2018! ─ The funny things kids say or the hygge wisdom of children

Is there anything more likely to make you laugh and put a smile on your face than the innocent and funny remark of a child? Ever since Art Linkletter first published Kids Say the IDarndest Things in 1957, people have laughed and been delighted with the innocent, funny things kids say. The Danes have a word for the feeling of happy delight that you get from simple things in life, such as the funny things kids say, it's called "hygge". In I'm So Full of Happy Today: The Hygge Wisdom of Children you will explore many of the funny things kids say in our world today.

The hygge wisdom of kids: It's not only endless, but often an endless source of joy, like these hilarious quotes:

  • Dylan, age 5, "Mom, did it hurt much when you gave birth to Daddy?"
  • Keira, age 8, "Being in love is like having a birthday in your stomach"
  • Miley, age 3, "When I grow up, I want to be pregnant. Or a princess"
  • Jayden, age 5, "Mom, how old were you when you were my age?"

The latest in funny kids books: I'm So Full of Happy Today is a heartwarming collection of the remarkably observant, funny and wise things said by children, aged two to ten years. All of the stories have a very real and personal feel, and include the name and age of each child. These playful, sometimes “tongue-in-cheek” tales straight from the minds and mouths of kids will have you learning and laughing long after you’ve turned the last page. You will be hygge happy!

More from this hygge funny things kids say book:

  • Round and Round it Goes - Samuel, age 4: “Mom, does the Earth ever get dizzy?”
  • Insightful - Abigail, age 4: “Mommy, do you know why it snows?” Mother: “Hmm no, why?” Abigail: “It’s because the clouds wants to give the kids something funny to play with.”
  • Astrology for Beginners - 3 girls, age 4, during nursery school lunch-break discuss zodiac signs: Jessica: “I’m a Capricorn.” Taylor: “I’m a Virgo.” Ashley: “I’m a Princess.”
  • Jurassic Dad - Sydney, age 7: “Dad, you’re so old you must remember what the dinosaurs looked like?”
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Rewrite Your Life

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Write Your Story, Heal Your Life

From the author of the popular TEDx Talk, “Use Fiction to Rewrite Your Life,” comes a new life writing approach unlike any other how-to book on writing fiction.

How to turn life writing into fiction. According to common wisdom, we all have a book inside of us. But how do you select your most significant experiences to write your story―the one that helps you evolve and invites pure creativity into your life, the one that people line up to read? Creative writing professor and popular fiction author Jessica Lourey guides you through the redemptive process of writing a novel that recycles and transforms your most precious resources―your real life stories and emotions.

Writing fiction from real life stories. There’s a creative way to heal your life―writing and rewriting. Based on a method developed in the wake of a tragedy, this fact-to-fiction process doesn’t just provide the essential building blocks of best-selling books, it also transforms your life. Tender, raw, and laugh-out-loud funny, Rewrite Your Life offers both a map and a compass for those seeking to harvest their real life stories to craft a rich, powerful work of fiction. Inside, you’ll learn about the science of writing to heal and the magic of revision, with bonus material like:

  • A scene by scene study
  • A character building table
  • A novel outline template

If you enjoyed books like On Writing WellYour Story MattersWriting Down the Bones, or The Emotional Craft of Fiction, then you’ll love Rewrite Your Life.

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Stop Anxiety from Stopping You

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What's Stopping You?

Get Back to the Person You Were Before Anxiety Took Over

“This book offers practical, evidence-based exercises to assist anxiety sufferers in freeing themselves from the devastating symptoms of untreated anxiety." ―Debra Kissen, Ph.D., M.H.S.A., Clinical Director, Light on Anxiety Treatment Center; Author of The Panic Workbook for Teens

#1 Best Seller in Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), Mood Disorders, and Self-Esteem & Self-Reliance

Dr. Helen Odessky, Psy. D. is an anxiety expert, author, and speaker who also runs a private practice in Chicago focused on anxiety, OCD, and panic treatment.

A breakthrough program for depression and anxiety relief. Our pace of life has increased exponentially in the last few decades. We are often too busy or preoccupied to tend to our emotions until they hit with the strength of a tornado. When signs of anxiety and panic appear, they ravage our lives, our dreams, and our spirit. In Stop Anxiety from Stopping You, Dr. Odessky offers proven tools to increase mental health awareness, overcome anxiety, and stop panic attacks.

Overcome everything from OCD to social anxiety. In When Panic Attacks, David Burns walks readers through every kind of anxiety. In a similar step-by-step approach, Dr. Odessky’s refreshing anxiety book draws on years of clinical experience to guide readers through the anxiety process and toward total relief.

Learn how to apply a six-step process to:

  • Panic or anxiety attacks that come "out of the blue"
  • Worry, stress, and muscular tension and/or irritability
  • Anxious social situations and difficulty with small talk and/or meeting new people
  • Specific fears such as driving, flying on an airplane, or public speaking
  • Unwanted thoughts (obsessions) or repetitive behaviors (compulsions)

If you have benefitted from psychology books, anxiety books, or mental health books―or read DareUnf**k Your Brain, or The Anxiety and Worry Workbook, you will want to read Stop Anxiety from Stopping You.

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The Magic of Crystals and Gems

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Unlock Supernatural Power

“This is definitely a fun read and shows small ways you can try and change your life for the better." ―Nerdy Girl Express

#1 Best Seller in Crystals

Practice Practical Magic. Did you know that wearing an amulet of green jade during an interview will help you get the job? Have you heard that an amethyst ring can help break bad habits and even encourage sobriety? Anyone looking for love can place two pink quartz crystals in the bedroom; you’ll not be alone for long! These are just a few of the hundreds of secrets shared in The Magic of Crystals and Gems. Semi-precious stones and gems have long been known for their magic as well as their beauty. In this book of charms, readers learn everything there is to know about the powers of crystals from birthstone magic to gem divination to jewelry spells. This is a fun, entertaining, and enlightening book that will appeal to everyone who's ever worn a birthstone, kissed the ring of a lover for luck, or bought a crystal for good energy.

Learn Amazing Things About Crystals. The Magic of Crystals and Gems is a treasure chest filled with the ancient wisdom of crystals. It is also a handy how-to filled with little-known lore along with the myth, meanings and specific magical qualities of hundreds of crystals, both common and very rare, including many meteorites. Author Cerridwen Greenleaf shares secrets to how and why crystal balls work, scrying with obsidian, crystal astrology, divination, healing, psychism and connections between the stars in the sky and gems of the earth. This one-of-a-kind work on the power of crystals belongs on the bookshelf of everyone interested in the magical gifts of Mother Nature.

Learn:

  • Which crystals are right for you
  • How to unlock the mystery of sacred stones
  • Ways to improve your life with changes as simple as putting new crystals in your room

If you like The Crystal Bible or Crystals for Healing, you'll love The Magic of Crystals and Gems

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Beer School

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An Insider's Guide to Craft Beer─the World's Greatest Drink

"Brad and Jonny make understanding beer easy and nearly as fun as drinking it." ―James Watt, founder of Brewdog.

#1 Best Seller in Beer

Beer has come a long way in the 6,000 years since the first taste. The legends of the craft beer industry have made sure everyone’s within reach of the perfect pint. But how do you get the right brew for you? And can you learn to make a beer that adds to the lager legacy?

Beers of the world. Welcome to Beer School, brought to you by the heroes of YouTube sensation the Craft Beer Channel, a guide to everything you need to know about the wide and wonderful beers of the world. In Beer School, Jonny and Brad explain the intricacies of the finest artisan craft brews including: ales, lagers, porters, stouts, IPSs, and bitters.

How to make beer. The lads have the inside scoop on everything from hop varieties and barrel aging, to serving temperatures and glassware. Beer School helps you learn how to make beer and how to get the most out of every sip. Learn about grain, mash, water, hops, boil, yeast, fermentation, serving, storing, pouring, and tasting.

If you have read books such as The Complete Beer Course by Joshua M. Bernstein or The Beer Bible by Jeff Alworth, you’ll love Beer School by Jonny Garrett and Brad Evans.

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Tea-spiration

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Looking for unique gifts for women? Tea-spiration, may be just what you're looking for! The tea lovers book: Tea-spiration aims to create a quiet movement where one can experience devotions, comfort, inspiration and the simple joys of life. Tea drinkers know that tea, the wonderful drink, can help them slow down and savor life's moments. Unique gifts for women: In her debut book, Lu Ann Pannunzio (http://theteacupoflife.com/), uplifts and inspires readers in a way that does more than just telling them a story about tea and its history. As in life, tea is about the little things we need to experience (devotions, inspiration, reflection, comfort). Each page of Tea-spiration is filled with feelings and moments (big or small) that tea enhances; simple joys that not everyone may notice or take the time to savor. Sometimes all you really need is a cup, water and some leaves to create your own wonderful cup of tea experience. So, take pleasure in this tea lovers book, along with that special cup of tea, and stop and appreciate the simple joys of life!

 

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The Hero Is You

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Meet Your Writing Life Coach and Mentor

"If you want to take your writing to the next level, buy this book…now!" ―Arielle Eckstut and David Henry Sperry, The Book Doctors and authors of The Essential Guide to Getting Your Book Published 

#1 Bestseller in Writing, Research & Publishing Guides

Imagine having your own personal writing life coach and mentor―someone encouraging yet honest, supportive yet empowering, who can help you set and achieve your goals, turn your moments of doubt and fear into sources of strength, and discover what you’re truly capable of when you’re at your best.

A motivational book for anyone dealing with writer's block or other writing obstacles. Whether you’re a first-time writer with a brand-new project or a seasoned pro, Kendra Levin’s book will help you do the best writing of your life―and live your best life while doing it.

A motivational self-care book for writing aficionados. Using a fresh new approach to Joseph Campbell’s archetypal The Hero’s Journey, Levin reveals how to be a hero in the narrative of your own process. She weaves together wisdom drawn from her years as a life coach for writers and an editor at the world’s biggest publishing house with behind-the-scenes stories from a panoply of best-selling authors and career entertainers.

With over thirty exercises designed to help you reinvent your creative process from the inside out, learn how to:

  • Identify your biggest challenges and render them powerless
  • Start a project that you love―and stick with it
  • Design a structure for writing regularly

Readers of self-help books and personal development books for writers and creatives like Story Genius, The Emotional Craft of Fiction, The Artist's WayBird by Bird, or Big Magic will be inspired and encouraged by The Hero is You.

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Ask a Question, Find Your Fate

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#1 New Release in Divination ─ Find Your Fate

Oracular answers: Think of a question you wish to divine the answer to and focus intently on that question, flip the pages of the book, stop the page with the tip of a finger and read the corresponding words, the results will surprise and amaze! The collected oracular answers span the ages with the words of some of the great thinkers, philosophers, poets and writers of all time.

Find inspiration and meditate: A must-have for fans of great poetry, fortune telling, magic eight balls and those with a sense of adventure! Readers are asked to contemplate a question and then randomly select an excerpt, which will offer revelations and inspiration for further contemplation. Excerpts are drawn from poets throughout the ages, including Shakespeare, Sappho, Li Po, Rumi, Emily Dickinson, Walt Whitman, Dylan Thomas, William Blake, and J.R.R. Tolkien. Though designed as a prophetic tool, it can also be used for daily inspiration and meditation.

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Zen Dogs

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Mindfulness Mutts and Dharma Dogs

Readers of Start With WhyYou Are Here and Whatever You Are, Be A Good One will love the quotes and teachings of Zen Dogs.

Advice from Zen Leaders. Join some cuddly puppies for the timeless teachings of Buddhism along with key lessons our canine companions are here to remind us of—such as how to live in the now—in Zen Dogs. Don’t let the adorable dogs fool you—they have plenty of mindfulness wisdom to share in the form of quotes and verses. These timeless verses will continue to be helpful and relevant to your life for years to come.

Daily Mindfulness. Meditate along with these verses daily. Every dog is a living example of loving kindness, a central tenet of the Buddha, which they reteach us with every affectionate lick and joy-filled wag of the tail. Learn from the dutiful dog to be true in body and mind. If you appreciated the mindfulness encouragement from Peace Is Every StepThe Heart of the Buddha’s Teaching and Together Is Better, get yourself a copy of Zen Dogs.

Let your inner Zen Dog guide you to enlightenment.

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The Rise of Comic Book Movies

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Why We Can’t Get Enough of Superhero Movies Recent years show a sea change in Hollywood- the biggest movies come from the pages of comic books. These box office successes are driven by fans who love seeing their favorite heroes and villains from comics brought to life on the big screen, from Thor to Superman to Batman and Captain America, Wonder Woman and more. Baddies like Loki, The Joker and Lex Luthor only add to the fun. Welcome to the Golden Age of comic book movies and Comicstorians Benny Potter, Dan Rumbles and Jason Keen are here to help you understand why we these larger-than-life characters have captured the imagination of the world. When it comes to superheroes of the Silver Screen, nobody knows more than the masterminds behind the wildly popular Comicstorian YouTube channel. This definitive guide to comic book films divulges behind-the-scenes secrets and the hidden history behind these must-see movies including how, after very rocky beginnings, they shot to the top with DC and Marvel as two of the most important franchises in the industry. If you love The Hulk, The Avengers, Guardians of the Galaxy, Iron Man and are still laughing about Deadpool, look no further. With The Rise of Comic Book Movies, you’ll feel like you are on the film set, walking the halls of Valhalla and in your very own Fortress of Solitude with your favorite reads.
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The Gamer's Bucket List

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#1 Amazon Best Seller! ─ Which games are worth playing?

The 50 best games: From pixelated pioneer adventures to stunning space odysseys, the boundaries of the video game world are expanding every day. Grand epics and gritty mysteries. Fierce competition and friendly cooperation. Powerful emotions and uproarious laughter. Video games are fantastically diverse and wonderfully creative, but not all games are created equal. With so many games out there on so many different consoles, computers, and devices, how do you decide which games are worth playing? Backed by years of writing about games professionally and decades spent playing them, Chris Watters lays out a list of 50 games to entertain and enlighten you. Whether you’re trying to learn more about the world of gaming or strengthening your claim to true gaming fluency, these are the games you’ll want to play, and why you’ll want to play them.

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Being Present

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A Year of Daily Meditations

Learn how to start meditating. Learning how to meditate and how to be mindful is simpler than it looks. The whole purpose of your meditation is to show up as awake and aware as possible to your everyday life. Longtime therapist and meditator David Kundtz gives you permission not to fret about whether you're getting your meditation practice right or not. It's right.

Ponder daily quotes to help you live in this moment. Being Present has one purpose: to give you an opportunity to live in the moment once a day, every day. As you start to accumulate these mindful moments, your life will become more peaceful, more rewarding, and more awakened.

Discover the benefits of meditation for yourself. In Being Present, Kundtz guides us through the seasons of a year—and the seasons of a life—drawing inspiration and mindfulness quotes from poets and scientists, spiritual teachers and children, butterflies and big cities. With the help of this book, you will discover how to:

  • Be present and become a more mindful person
  • Maintain the focus, awareness, and equanimity that you need for getting through stressful situations
  • Experience the peaceful moments of mindful living

If you found the daily reflections in inspirational books like A Year of Positive ThinkingThe Daily Book of Positive Quotations, and Greatest Inspirational Quotes, then you'll love meditating on the mindfulness quotes and thoughts in Being Present.

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The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People Interactive Edition

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Stephen R. Covey's 7 Habits of Highly Effective People - Interactive Edition explains through infographics, videos and excerpts of teachings the philosophy that has revolutionized life management. For 25 years, Stephen R. Covey’s step-by-step lessons have helped millions from all walks of life lead successful and satisfying lives. A new interactive edition of Stephen R. Covey’s most famous work, supported with videos, explanatory infographics, self-tests and more, is here to continue those valuable lessons.

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Zen Cats

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Zen Cat Mindfulness

Readers of Start With WhyYou Are Here and Whatever You Are, Be A Good One will love the quotes and teachings of Zen Cats

Advice from Zen Leaders: Join some cuddly kittens for a collection of sayings from the Buddha in Zen Cats. Don’t let the adorable cats fool you—they have plenty of mindfulness wisdom to share in the form of quotes and verses. These timeless verses, taken from the Dhammapada, will continue to be helpful and relevant to your life for years to come.

Daily Mindfulness: Meditate along with these verses daily to gain a greater understanding of you, your life and your purpose. Learn from the clever cat to be true in body and mind. If you appreciated the mindfulness encouragement from Peace Is Every StepThe Heart of the Buddha’s Teaching and Together Is Better, you will love the quotes in Zen Cats.

Let your inner Zen Cat guide you to enlightenment.

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Wild Words from Wild Women

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Words of Wisdom from Wild Women

In Wild Words from Wild Women, author and feminist August Stephens compiles words of wisdom from much loved famous feminists. Hilarious, inspiring, and empowering, this pocket book of quotes is the perfect gift for all the nasty women with something to say.

Some tongues just can’t be tamed. This ribald compilation of powerful women quotes everything from bras to babies, menopause to men, and politics to parties. Featuring historically nasty women like Jane Austen and Billie Jean King, these famous feminists knew how to read between the lines─and now you can too.

Strong women have something to say. These words of wisdom─from strippers, CEOs, poets, senators, and every woman in between─make delectable reading for sassy, untamable, and fabulous ladies everywhere.

Inside, find powerful women quotes from famous feminists like:

  • Billie Holiday
  • Virginia Wolfe
  • Coco Chanel
  • And more!

If you enjoyed books like Badass AffirmationsThat's What She Said, or Great Quotes from Great Women, then you’ll love Wild Words from Wild Women.

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Voices of the Food Revolution

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The Saving Power of the Plant-Based Diet

"If optimal health ranks high on your life's priority list, then Voices of the Food Revolution may be one of the most important books you will ever read." ―Rev. Michael Bernard Beckwith, author of Life Visioning

#1 Bestseller in Sustainable Agriculture

From the over-one-million-copies-sold author who made popular the connections between diet, physical health, animal cruelty, and environmentalism.

A revolution in food-politics. When John Robbins released an early version of this book in 1987, he took the first steps in launching the food revolution. His viewpoint and insight on the harms of America’s eating habits was a wake-up call for many.

Making conscious food choices. It is obvious to us that what we eat affects our own bodies, but what we may not realize is that what we eat also affects our world. In fact, most of the foods that are bad for us (think: genetically modified products) also negatively impact our environment. By approaching our eating habits with intentionality, we benefit our own health and that of the world we live in.

The value of a plant-based diet. Robbins’ arguments for a plant-based diet are compelling and backed by over 20 years of work focused on the subject of conscious eating. Through exposing the dangers in our factory farming system, Robbins makes a definitive case for solely plant-based eating. This timely read on healthy eating will enlighten those curious about plant-based diets and fortify the mindsets of the already converted.

Inside find:

  • The negative effects your current eating habits could be having on you
  • A powerful case for plant-based eating
  • Wisdom from one of the most frequently cited books of the food-politics revolution

If books such as We are the WeatherHow Not to Die31-Day Food Revolution, or Fast Food Genocide have interested you, then The Food Revolution is the next book for you!

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End Your Menopause Misery

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A Complete Self-Care Plan Designed with You in Mind

“A fabulously elegant and timely guide to transforming menopause into a woman's ‘second spring.’” ―Ann Louise Gittleman, Ph.D., C.N.S., author of the New York Times bestseller Before the Change

Learn to find relief from the symptoms of menopause and perimenopause within this personal guidebook that addresses the most intimate aspects of a women’s health.

Millions of women struggle with symptoms of menopause. It’s a stage in life that isn’t always easy. End Your Menopause Misery offers a personal menopause plan that addresses questions you have. An information-packed guidebook offering both the latest medical statistics and self-care advice. Choose what works for you and incorporate these routines into your daily life for a better you.

A quick and practical approach to menopause. End Your Menopause Misery is a quick and practical approach that can give you relief from menopause symptoms in just 10 days. Inside, psychologist and nurse, Stephanie Bender, and medical journalist Treacy Colbert offer women simple, straight-forward advice about their health.

With this plan discover how to:

  • Reduce and eliminate hot flashes
  • Rekindle your sex drive
  • Increase your energy with exercise

If you benefited from women’s health guides such as Women's Bodies, Women's Wisdom, The Hormone Cure, or The Vagina Bible, then you’ll love End Your Menopause Misery.

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