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June Converse

Thriving After Trauma - Author and Writing Coach

Decide to Hope Cover: Woman walking along the beach at sunset - Decide to Hope cover by June A. Converse
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

May 17, 2021
Bipolar Is Not One Size Fits All

In my third novel, which I’m struggling to write, one of my characters said the following: “Lollipops and rainbows? You know what, Abby, I think every family has a life outside the walls and a life inside the walls. Not to be trite or bitchy but no one on the outside knows what happens on […]

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May 10, 2021
How To Streak This?

In Streaking: The Simple Practice of Conscious, Consistent Actions That Create Life-Changing Results, the reader is encouraged to create “I Am” statements and then construct Streaks to work toward that goal/desire. The idea (as I understand it) is to start small, get streaking under the belt and then begin to stack streaks toward my ultimate […]

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May 3, 2021
The Big Why: The True Point of Streaking

“Most of my life has been a quest to improve and equally believing I cannot.” ~ Your Body is Your Superpower by Joy Janet Farnsworth, MSW (available for free at janetfarnsworth.com) The past two blogs have been about Streaking – a method to establish simple tasks to reach exciting goals. This week, I’m supposed to […]

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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.

When we all need reasons to hope, this is the book to read

“When you lose everyone and everything you love, can you ever live again? Or love again?
An unimaginable trauma. A future that seems impossible. When your world shatters, how do you put it back together? When Matt Nelson found Kathleen on the beach, she’d been hiding behind a scarf and sunglasses for three years. She couldn’t hide her loneliness, and he couldn’t turn away. But when her flashbacks start, they’re both unprepared for the repercussions and the depth of her emotional suffering.
Kathleen agrees to return to intensive trauma recovery at The Charlotte Center, where the sounds and the smells and the images from that terrible night await her, demanding she confront her demons.”
Searing and at times brutal, this beautiful love story is not your mother’s romance novel. In “Journey to Hope,” we continue the story we began with author June Converse’s first installment, “Decide to Hope.” However, this book stands on its own.
Katherine, always supported by Matt, makes the courageous decision to take back her life after it was tragically destroyed. The details are not for the faint of heart but are necessary to understand why Katherine is so damaged.
I cheered Matt and Katherine on as they fought to get the lives they wanted and deserved. During these times, when we all need reasons to hope, this is the book to read.
I very rarely choose this genre, but I loved every moment of “Journey to Hope.” Be forewarned, this book will keep you up way past your bedtime until you finish every last page.

Annie A.

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.

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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