Beguiled by Karma Kataj
Beguiled is about every person who ever had dreams that were interrupted by cultural mores, by discrimination, or by their own shortcomings.
Miriam Levine, born in 1900, dreamed of going on stage, until an almost fatal mis-step forced her to postpone her “real life.” A serendipitous offer compelled her to confront her inner demons and society’s expectations. As Glinda, the Good Witch of the South in the Wizard of Oz, she recites at age 16: “You’ve always had the power, my dear, you just had to learn it for yourself.”
The story is inspirational for young people and their parents who dearly wish to access the American dream. The historical context of the decades before the Great Depression, the role of immigrants and women’s suffrage parallels tough political dilemmas that the US faces today.
Will Miriam have the gumption to follow her dreams? Will those dreams yield her the happiness she seeks? Or will she find that her childhood fantasies “beguile” her to seek fool’s gold?
Young Keshawn’s parents were absent and almost non-existent, but he never let that diminish his dreams, or his tenacity to succeed. Bound by My Choices is an illustrated revelation of his personal stories of trials and tribulations, failed parenting, and ultimate success and redemption. It is filled with experiences and lessons that molded a young adolescent boy to become a Senior Chief in the United States Navy, and graduate college with two degrees. This book will prove that no matter what situation you are born into, you can change the course of your life. It will motivate you to seize the opportunity and not make excuses for the position you were born into. This book will appeal to anyone who aspires to overcome adversity.
Musetta is only twelve years old, but understands the devastating effects of incest. Every Friday night, she’s visited and abused by her father. Then to her shock and dismay, one night he’s murdered. After the funeral, Musetta believes she can finally live a happy life as a teenager. But, to her horror, the attacks continue, and what is even more terrifying is that the walls are whispering. Now she must ask the question, why is her father’s ghost haunting her? With the help of her three closest friends, they uncover a hidden family secret that exposes not only Musetta, but threatens their very lives. Whispers delves into the unground world of incest and the terrifying consequences it places on the victim and their family.
William is born into a life of crime, forced to assist his parents and their cronies in violent, lawless acts. Discarded by his family to the state, he soon develops a keen sense of survival, convinced he is unfit for American family life. He becomes a loner. Rejected by the juvenile care system, he is released to the streets, where he leads a life of delinquency, depravity and—ultimately—evil. He is in and out of juvenile detention and labeled a criminal by the time he is sixteen, when he is sent to adult prison as a lifelong criminal with little chance of release. Yet despite it all, there remains a spark of compassion, and a hope for redemption and a better life to come.