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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.

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.

Journey to Hope

I was honored to be able to read a pre-release copy of Journey to Hope.
WOW.
Ever since finishing Decision to Hope, I've been WAITING for the next installment. What would happen with Kathleen? How will her relationship with Matt unfold? How CAN it unfold with the weight of her past? And what about that piece of work, Matt's sister?
Journey to Hope is so much MORE than I expected or anticipated. To be honest, it took me a while to think of what to write. I've written more book reviews in various places than I can count... but this one stopped me in my tracks.
If you are looking for fluff, you may want to skip this particular novel. But if you're looking for a story to get wrapped up in that's just so... grimly real, but gritty with messy people and hope and love - romantic love, familial love, friendship love - this is the next book to pick up.
Kathleen faces down her demons. No spoilers from me, but frankly, there were times when it was too much. Too HARD. One of my favorite things about this book is that Kathleen is real - in her rage, in her fear, in her confusion at herself, and in her compassion for others. That's what made me love the story, but also what made me wince as the plot unfolds.
Matt has to do some housecleaning of his own. His romantic abandonment of his less-than-loved-but-highly-lucrative career seemed passionate when he met Kathleen. Now, however, he's dealing not only with visioning the life he wants to build, but how to meet his obligations to his former firm and his own family.
Speaking of family... some of my questions got answered about Matt's sister. I was looking for more... more details, more salacious information about this nasty wicked sister. Instead, I read a story that unfolded that made her a lot more sympathetic, gave an understanding of how she and Matt spent years building the firm... and how, after all, she was simply the best kind of ally. Now, you might think that would be disappointing. I wanted some JUSTICE for her nastiness in Decide to Hope. What I got instead was... satisfying. Kind of like how we all want to enjoy a big ol' slice of chocolate-by-death cake, even though it's SO unhealthy, but in the end, a well-prepared meal with balanced flavors leaves us feeling satisfied both in fullness and in flavor. THAT kind of satisfying.
In case you haven't figured it out: I loved this book, but not the way I love some of my other favorite books. It's not a fantasy world that gives fodder for my imagination to run in a new world. Instead, it's a story about people who grow to be increasingly real and gives me hope about this broken and disjointed world we're all living in right now.

Sandra G.

Powerful characters

The female lead in this romance is a woman of extraordinary strength and courage. She's deeply wounded in a way that most would never recover from. Enter our hero: a man smart enough to recognize her strength and value her for who she is. But loving her will never be easy. I cried more while reading this book than I usually do. The emotion and power of this story is beautiful, encouraging, hopeful! I could not put it down until I'd finished.

Lisa N.
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