Angel Wings: A Story of Love, Faith, Infertility, Surrogacy, and Not Giving Up Hope by Stephanie O’Hara

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Will you marry me and have my five children? asked Stephanie O’Hara’s now- husband Dirk the night of their engagement.

Becoming a mother of three did not come easily for Stephanie O’Hara. After having her first son, Aidan, she experienced secondary infertility and seven miscarriages before having her miracle twins. During her six-year infertility journey, Stephanie recognized that her body needed the assistance of a gestational carrier.  Her incredible story is chronicled in a new memoir, ANGEL WINGS: A Story of Love, Faith, Infertility, Surrogacy, and Not Giving Up Hope (Plum Bay Publishing, August 2020, ISBN: 978-1-7348848-1-4, Hardcover, $24.99).

Inspired by the absence of books on miscarriage and infertility at her local Barnes and Noble, Stephanie recognized her calling – writing and publishing ANGEL WINGS – to create support for the millions of women suffering from infertility.

One in eight women are affected by infertility. For Stephanie, infertility cultivated more blessings than she could have imagined; ones the power of faith can provide.  ANGEL WINGS will offer comfort for women who need it and inspiration and hope to keep them company on their own journeys.  O’Hara says, “I learned to be specific in my prayer requests and to be unafraid in asking for things that defied science.”

Stephanie experienced recurrent miscarriages including a heart-wrenching miscarriage in the middle of church. Through her journey, she had many angels that guided her on her path – including a meeting with red-carpet celebrity Giuliana Rancic. Through her memoir, Stephanie O’Hara beautifully highlights the pressures of being a woman, wife, mother, and friend in the face of such hardship. She isn’t afraid to talk about the difficult topics – from the effect it had on her marriage and her faith, to her depression, jealousy of pregnant friends, and of course, the physical pain of miscarriages. Stephanie maintained her faith and hope – she was not going to give up on her dream for more children. Above all, ANGEL WINGS is a product of strength and resilience.

Stephanie O’Hara is a mother of three, sixth-generation southerner, wife, lead singer of a rock band, community leader and entrepreneur. She advocates for women struggling with infertility. Stephanie has the unique position of having given birth to her biological child and watching someone else give birth to her biological twins. She lives in Oklahoma with her husband, children, and her “pony-sized” puppy and enjoys a good glass of champagne.

For more information, please visit www.yourangelwings.net

ANGEL WINGS
By Stephanie O’Hara
Plum Bay Publishing
Publication Date: August 2020
ISBN: 978-1-7348848-1-4
Hardcover
Price: $24.99
Pages: 216

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Offerings by Michael B. Kim

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Offerings is a beautifully wrought coming-of-age story of a young man torn between art and commerce, conscience and obligation, Korea and the United States. I loved it.“—Malcolm Gladwell, New York Times bestselling author of Talking to Strangers

“A potent combination of a financial thriller and a coming-of-age immigrant tale, Offerings is a great book. A thoughtful and engrossing read.”—Gary Shteyngart, award-winning and New York Times bestselling author of Lake Success

“Michael Kim writes with the authority of an insider on the intricate workings of Wall Street and the high stakes for Korea during the Asia Financial Crisis, but at its core Offerings is a moving love story—about a young man’s love for his home country, his father and his newfound soul mate. Offerings is an elegant poem on the redemptive power of love.”—Sandy Weill, former chairman of Citigroup and bestselling author of The Real Deal

OFFERINGS
A Novel by Michael ByungJu Kim
Debut Novel Explores Conflicts for a Man Bridging East and West

Korea could be key to saving the world economy. With the rapidly cascading Asian Financial Crisis threatening to go global and Korea in imminent meltdown, investment banker Dae Joon finds himself back in his native Seoul as part of an international team brought in to rescue the country from sovereign default. Born in Korea and educated in the United States, Dae Joon, Shane to his American friends, is establishing himself on Wall Street. For his Korean family, however, Dae Joon – also known as jangnam, or first-born son – has much more to prove. In his debut novel Offerings (Arcade Publishing, April, 2020, 978-1-950691-62-3, $24.99), Korean financier and philanthropist Michael ByungJu Kim explores the depth of cultural and moral conflicts of a person raised with Western sensibilities but bound by Eastern family traditions.

As he and his fellow bankers work feverishly with Korean officials to execute a sovereign bond offering to raise critically needed capital, Dae Joon struggles with the knowledge that his own father is living on borrowed time, in the last stages of a degenerative disease known as the “family curse.” While trying to reconcile his career and moral traditions, Dae Joon meets a young woman from a prominent family who quietly shows him the way to a different future. And when his old friend Wayne, a scion of one of Korea’s largest chaebol, hires him for a mergers and acquisitions project that may save the conglomerate but also salvage a legacy of corruption, Dae Joon finds himself in personal crisis. He’s torn by conflicting loyalties, his identity tested. Whichever path he takes, Dae Joon knows that this choice will determine once and for all what kind of man he is destined to be.

About the Author
Michael ByungJu Kim is a financier, philanthropist, and author. He has more than thirty years of experience on Wall Street, in investment banking and private equity. Offerings is his first novel. He grew up in Seoul, Korea, was educated in the United States, and currently works in Seoul and Hong Kong. He has two sons working and studying in the US. He lives with his wife of twenty-eight years in Seoul.

OFFERINGS
A Novel
by Michael ByungJu Kim
Arcade Publishing
Publication Date: April, 2020
ISBN: 978-1-950691-62-3
Hardcover
Price:$24.99
Pages: 288

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Great Dates With Some Late Greats by David Finkle

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“In presenting the following, I’m asking you the reader to recognize as true a series of (almost entirely) serendipitous incidents that will strain credulity to the breaking point and possibly far beyond it, as far beyond as the other side of the grave…I ask you to take my word that what are included here are no more and no less than events experienced by myself and others.”

A series of adventures now begin for several unsuspecting people, who, while enduring the mundane tasks of daily life, are greeted by incarnations of celebrities, athletes, poets, politicians, and an evil dictator, to list a few. Author David Finkle is a critic who has written about theater, music, and books throughout his career.  He is also a constant observer of human behavior, and his stories reflect that by placing ordinary people in extraordinary situations.  His new collection, GREAT DATES WITH SOME LATE GREATS (Plum Bay Publishing; Original Trade Paperback; June 30, 2019; $16.99) brings to life amazing figures, expired for decades, centuries, millennia even, to embolden modern-day folk with their dreams and wisdom from the past.

How does Marilyn Monroe, returning to play Hamlet on the New York stage, benefit a fellow living down the eastside Manhattan block where she used to live? Could Marcel Proust inspire a couple of jaded 21st century teenagers in a trendy New York café?  Would the classicist Jane Austen attend a speed dating session? Why would Hitler be stalking a seemingly random man in the West Village? With witty dialogue and a satirical glint, GREAT DATES WITH SOME LATE GREATS will provide answers to these questions and more with additional visits from Jesus, Elvis Presley, Babe Ruth, Machiavelli, Mona Lisa, William Shakespeare, Homer, Toulouse- Lau Trec, Harry Truman,  and Oscar Wilde.

Four of the stories originally appeared on Manhattan Book Review and were viewed over 2500 times. While artificial intelligence dominates the news feeds, and rehabs for people with cellphone addictions may soon emerge, it’s clear that readers have a deep appreciation for historical figures, the classics, and writers like David Finkle who bring them to life.

About the Author:
David Finkle is a writer and journalist focusing on the arts and politics. Based in Manhattan, he is the author of People Tell Me Things, a story collection; The Man With the Overcoat, a novel; and Humpty Trumpty Hit a Brick Wall, rhyming verses and illustrations about the Trump White House.  Finkle is currently a theater critic for  New York Stage Review and The Clyde Fitch Report and has contributed to many publications, including The New York Times, The New York Post, The Village Voice, The Nation, The New Yorker, New York, Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, and American Theatre.

 

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