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June Converse

Thriving After Trauma - Author and Writing Coach

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An unimaginable trauma. A future that seems impossible. When your world shatters, how do you put it back together?
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When you lose everyone and everything you love, can you ever live again? Or love again?
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About June...

Choosing to rebuild a life after a breakdown has been a challenge. I became an author and a blogger who openly shares my struggle with bipolar, suicide ideation and disordered eating. I made a decision to stop suffering with bipolar and to start living with bipolar. A simple shift in my thinking and now, here I am. I have published two novels and received reviews I could have only dreamed of.

Who knew being willing to put my vulnerabilities front and center would heal me and others too?

Who knew I could lose it all – career, friends, faith – and recreate, rebuild, and renew?

I’m still creating me, and I hope to never stop building. It’s a journey and I welcome fellow journeymen. We live in this world together. Wouldn’t it be great to actually do the journey together?
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My Blog

August 9, 2021
New Old Discoveries

Before our current home, my husband and I lived in the same house for twenty years. We went from 4000 square feet to 2000. When we decided to move, we still had our daughter’s stroller. It was a mammoth job to give away, throw away, store away. I believed I was done until retirement. Apparently […]

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July 26, 2021
The Embarrassing Bookshelf: Can We Still Be Friends?

Over thirty years ago, I was still married to my first husband and Brian, our son, was teeny tiny. One Saturday night, we decided to invite his parents over for dinner. We went all out considering our miniscule income: steaks and potatoes with all the trimmings, cheesecake. Thirty minutes before the scheduled arrival, we were […]

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July 5, 2021
175 - YIKES

Today you are reading my 175th post. Eight years! Who knew I had so much to say? Whether it was interesting or valuable is questionable, but 175! Yikes! Each post is approximately 900 words. I’ve posted 157,500 words. Double Yikes! As I try to decide what next to do with this blog – I mean, […]

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Reviews and Testimonials

"I can really appreciate a storyline in which I am unable, as a reader, to predict exactly what is going to happen next. This is far from a typical romance novel, with twists and turns that will have your jaw-dropping and your empathy muscles working as you connect with the characters and want to see them succeed. Can't wait for the next book, this one left me decidedly hoping (pun intended) for more!"

E. Maillet

"A heart wrenching love story that will keep you turning the pages to see if Matt and Kathleen can find their happily every after. This book is not for the faint of heart, but worth every minute. Can't wait for book two and also book 3 to see if I, I mean Matt, can forgive Patti."

KT

"I don't normally read a lot of romance, but from the first paragraph to the last, I was hooked and didn't want to put the book down. The characters are real and likable, and their struggles are relevant and engaging. This book talks about important themes not often dealt with directly, and it does so with great sensitivity and skill. I didn't want this book to end."

Meredith A.

"Well written with fabulous description. It keeps your interest. This is not your Hallmark cozi mystery. Love her style. I love to support new authors who write well. I look​ forward to her next offering"

Amazon Reader

"A great read that has it all. A beautiful beach, a mysterious women, a horrific crime, and the capacity of the human heart to love despite tragedy."

PMtheNurse

"This is a powerful love story and I was rooting for Kathleen and Matt. I also loved the theme of the letters from Betty."

Misty H.

Emotional Connection

Cannot recommend this book highly enough!
For me, the criteria of a great book is an emotional connection of depth. While I thoroughly enjoy a book that makes me laugh out out, or chew my nails with anxiety, my all time favorites are ones where I, when the title is mentioned, exclaim, “I loved that book! I cried for the last X many minutes of it!”*
With Journey to Hope, I happened to be getting my nails done when I reached the climax of the book. As I sat behind a plexiglass shield and face mask, the tears came with a vengeance. I was sniffling into my mask and trying to hide my tears from technicians and other patrons, but I could not stop reading. I loved Matt and Kathleen from the first book, Decide to Hope, and now they are cemented into my memory with public tears.
*Time Travelers Wife, All the Light we cannot See, Shadow of the Moon, Mouse and Tim, just so you know the caliber of book we are talking about

Dorothy C.

Heart Wrenching Love Story

A heart wrenching love story that will keep you turning the pages to see if Matt and Kathleen can find their happily every after. This book is not for the faint of heart, but worth every minute. Can't wait for book two and also book 3 to see if I, I mean Matt, can forgive Patti.

KT

How does one survive a tragedy beyond imagination?

How does one survive a tragedy beyond imagination? How do we recover from guilt? How do we rebuilt our life after trauma? How can we best help our loved ones heal? What binds two people together no matter what? June Converse deals expertly with each of these questions in her second novel Journey to Hope.
Her characters work their way through an emotional terrain that most of us never enter. Yet as a trauma survivor myself, I found comfort in the gentle way Converse deals with them and us, her readers. I felt myself in Kathleen and my partner in Matt.
Journey to Hope is raw and real and helps us to see that regardless of our past, there is always hope for our future. Thank you for the reminder.

Nancy J.
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