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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.

Six Stars

The questions that this book poses, through the lens of the characters, translates into deep questions for the reader to evaluate as well.
I found myself very emotionally connected to each and every character. The author does such a good job with describing them, so much so that you truly begin to understand them, down to knowing what they will choose to wear that day. I was rooting for Kathleen and Matt the whole way and I found myself liking Ian and Lisa a whole lot as well and can't wait to learn more about them (hopefully they will make an appearance in Book #3!)
The book got difficult as it touched on darker themes, but I knew as I turned the pages (as fast as I could because I HAD to know what happened next) that there was HOPE on the other side.
I loved it and I cannot wait for June's next book!
Amazon won't let me give this six stars, so five will have to do for today. 🙂

E. Maillet

A compelling work of women's fiction

Decide to Hope by June A. Converse is a compelling work of women's fiction that you will savor and remember for a long time to come. It's also the first in a trilogy called The Hope Trilogy. We begin with a traumatized woman, Kathleen Conners, who is trying to hold herself together in the only way she knows how--behind sunglasses and scarf--because of The Event, which consumes her. She would be content to let the world pass by her and forget life with anyone else, but destiny may have other plans. His name is Matt Nelson. He finds himself on a hideaway beach in North Carolina, thanks to a box of letters from his mother, who has passed away. As he tries to sort out issues concerning his mother, his path crosses with Kathleen. Matt is enchanted by her, but is he someone she can lean on and begin a future with, or will she give up, reject him, and let him slip through her fingers?

Converse gives us an emotionally involving drama that you may want to read more than once. She carefully and skillfully constructs her characters in ways that show them as real people with real problems. They seem realistic and relatable. I also like the suspense she builds by ending a lot of the chapters on mini cliffhangers that are emotional and keep the pages turning. Even the letters play into the suspense. This is a longer work compared to some, but worth every hour of reading. You'll get caught up in the drama quickly, and will get to know and like these characters and this story. It turns out that Matt is my favorite. You may not, however, be able to predict what will happen, and that's what I like the most. The situations will have you yearning for a good resolution, but you will have to read till the end to find out how it's all resolved. This writer handles trauma with sensitivity and grace, but with surprising blunt force as well. For a character-driven, plot-driven drama about relationships and recovery that's hard to put down, indulge in Decide to Hope by June A. Converse.

Tammy Ruggles

Powerful Love Story

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.
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