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What Kind of Loser Indie Publishes, and How Can I Be One, Too?

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Who knew indie publishing could be this much fun? Pamela Fagan Hutchins makes an overwhelming field manageable by presenting tried and true how-tos and a myriad of resources, including the marketing plan that got her debut novel national distribution – all with her tongue firmly planted in her cheek.

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How to Screw Up Your Kids: Blended Families, Blendered Style

Winner, 2012 Houston Writers Guild Narrative Nonfiction Manuscript Contest

Married couples with children divorce 40% of the time. In less than three years after that divorce, chances are both mom and dad are remarried, and probably each to someone who has kids of their own. The single most explosive and divisive issue in those marriages? Stepparenting.

Wouldn’t it be nice if we all lived in a bubble gum and sugar plum world where, without a ripple on Lake Placid, kids embraced stepparents and appreciated their contributions? Where stepsiblings didn’t compete for attention and argue over favorites and fairness? Well, we don’t.

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How to Screw Up Your Marriage: Do-Over Tips for First-Time Failures

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Let’s face it. People keep getting married. Yet over 40% of first marriages end in divorce and up to 67% of second do, too, with statistics becoming predictably more dismal as the number of trips to the altar rack up. It seems like, for many of us, the longing to be half of a couple so in love they make other people want to puke is too strong to ignore.

The problem is, we’ve all grown up to expect that fairytale endings happen by accident, that if we wish upon a star, or let down our golden hair, then, blammo, we’ll get our happily ever after. In other words, we’re lazy and feel entitled to have the one thing we want most in the world—the one thing we should work hardest to create and nurture—without doing squat to make our dreams reality. We fall in love, we marry, we pout, we nag, we sulk, and we sabotage.

How to Screw Up Your Marriage interrupts the pity party with a no-nonsense formula for couplehood success, written by a human relations expert who is herself in a wonderfully nauseating marriage with a passel of his and hers kids.

| Reviews | Chapter One | Audio Excerpt |

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Hot Flashes and Half Ironmans: Middle-Aged Endurance Athletics Meets the Hormonally Challenged

Women get older, dammit, and sometimes it sucks, especially for women who pride themselves on athleticism and an adventurous spirit. Hot flashes. Weight gain. Sleepless nights. Yes, it can be hard, but middle age doesn’t have to be a flashing red stop light. It’s perfectly acceptable for women of a certain age, a certain level of hormonal imbalance, and a certain amount of cellulite to don spandex and even enter the rarefied sport of endurance triathlon.

In fact, there’s a huge advantage to aging: much of the potential competition drops out in favor of the couch and a remote control. And the endurance high? The elation of dietary purity and discovering you can have arms like Madonna? The Zen of goal attainment? Better than a good Shiraz buzz. Once you get past the ugly mood swings, chafing on your girly parts, and a “kill your own mother” craving for sleep and a hot Cinnabon, that is.

Pamela Fagan Hutchins has been there and done that, with lessons learned and sense of humor (usually) intact. She completed her first triathlon at 39 and her first Half Ironman at 40. She has her eye on an M-dot tattoo in 2016.

| Reviews | Chapter One | Audio Excerpt |

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The Clark Kent Chronicles: A Mother’s Tale of Raising — and Loving – Her ADHD/Asperger’s Son

You know who they are — they’re the parents who other people secretly believe must be doing a crappy job, the ones whose children don lacrosse gloves to weed the flowerbed, won’t turn in their homework, and throw age-inappropriate tantrums in public.

They’re the parents one frayed nerve short of a breakdown as they scrub off the giant perceived “L” for Loser on their foreheads, turning for help to every source they can think of, because their kids just don’t respond like other kids, because their kids aren’t like other kids.

Their kids’ very brains are wired differently, and the disciplines, motivators, and strategies that are supposed to work on them, according to conventional wisdom, don’t. These are the parents of children on the ADHD Spectrum, and most of them have used up their Phone a Friend Lifeline and just want a little understanding and the hope of shared knowledge from someone else who has survived a life like theirs.

They are parents like Pamela Fagan Hutchins, whose son, dubbed “Clark Kent the WonderKid,” has ADHD and Asperger’s Syndrome.

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Puppalicious and Beyond:  Life Outside the Center of the Universe

Do you rank Where The Red Fern Grows along with Wuthering Heights amongst your favorite books of all time? All Creatures Great and Small with Pet Sematary? If so, chances are you get it: there’s something magical about giving literary immortality and voice to the nonhumans that capture our collective imagination.

If these are the stories that glue you to the page, then Puppalicious and Beyond: Life Outside The Center Of The Universe is the book for you. Set in the Caribbean and Texas, it tells both the true and fictionalized versions of the magnificent and interrelated creatures – natural and supernatural — that passed through the authors’ life, bringing her delight, fright, and every emotion in between.

Adapted excerpt won 1st place in a 2012 Ghost Story Competition for the Houston Writers Guild

| Reviews | Chapter One | Audio Excerpt |



Don’t forget to check out the page for Pamela’s FICTION, too, where you can get her Saving Grace romantic mystery e-book free.

5 Responses to Nonfiction

  1. Shari says:

    I got Heaven to Betsey for free and loved it! I just finished Earth to Emily and just bought Hell to pay and can’t wait to get started to read.

  2. Bryan Biery says:

    Dear Pamela,
    Thank you!
    I haven’t read anything I’ve enjoyed or looked forward so much in reading for a long time!/ I have only read the first four of your marvelous ” what doesn’t Kill you series,” & now have to stretch out buying the next stories to reward myself for getting some work done first!
    Patience is NOT my long suit but your fiction and non-fiction will be a light at the end of the tunnel for me as my reading becomes more & more a feat rather than the joy & comfort it has been to me for most of over six decades.
    Perhaps you would like to know that an old reading teacher and lifelong prolific reader chooses your books for what may be among the last I will read. The m.s. which has taken my hearing among other things has moved in rather harshly on my remaining eye. Even the largest print on my Kindle fire is a struggle now. My hands shake too much to hold the poor ebook steady too.
    But I did & will continue to return to your doughty heroines who resound with my laughter even in the most painful times; & we will keep on going & laughing til the end (& beyond;-)

  3. Bryan Biery says:

    Blessings & conundrums be yours, & a long life of laughter, magic. & serendipitous….
    Which, come to think of it,
    Are All MAGIC,

    AREN’T THEY? 🙂

  4. Joyce says:

    Received “Puppalicous and Beyond” today. Resented having to put it down to keep Doctor appointment. I laughed and cried reading this hysterical book. You amaze me more with ever book I read. Love your books!

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