| Turn the Payge
by Payge McMahon with Lisa Wysocky
a bucket list is one thing. Living it is another story. Payge McMahon's
mother, Carol Morrison, had just retired at the age of fifty-eight.
Carol was excited that she was finally going to have time to do the
things she had always wanted, as she had put off her own dreams for
years so she could raise her family. But tragically, even though she
had never smoked, Carol was diagnosed with stage four-lung cancer and
was out of time. Nine months later, she died.
The discovery of the list changed Payge's life. Payge and her husband finally confronted what they had known for years--that they had grown far apart and decided to divorce. Payge then began researching, planning and training for the adventures on her mother's bucket list. She got back into shape, working through the painful, near paralyzing back injury she suffered in a car accident as a teenager. It had left her in a body cast and needed to learn to walk again. Stronger and now ready, Payge left a successful job on Wall Street and sold everything she owned to finance her quest. Finally, she took off on an incredible, action packed, journey around the world.
Turn the Payge details Payge's action packed journey to complete her mother's bucket list and inspires readers to take their own leap of faith. This first person narrative follows Payge from her early years in a small, conservative, country town in Pennsylvania, through her amazing journey to spread her mother's ashes at:
As with Payge's mother, many people imagine when they get to the next chapter in life that they will have more time. But their story often ends before they can turn the next page. Turn the Payge encourages readers to turn that page now and seek their own adventures.
About the authors:
Payge McMahon is an adventure athlete and journalist who travels
the world inspiring others to get outdoors, try new things, and start
checking off their own bucket lists. She has climbed in the Himalayas;
summited the highest mountains in Africa, Japan, and the continental
United States; cycled across Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam; and backpacked
Northern Spain, the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, and California's 221-mile
John Muir Trail.
of award-winning co-author Lisa Wysocky's books include Walking
on Eggshells (with Lyssa Chapman, daughter of Dog the Bounty Hunter)
May 2012, Simon & Schuster/Howard Books; From Slave to Citizen:
The Shyima Hall Story (with Shyima Hall) May 2014, Simon & Schuster
Young Readers; Two Foot Fred (with Fred Gill) June 2012, Simon
& Schuster/Howard Books; and Front of the Class (with Brad
Cohen), November 2008, St. Martin's Griffin. Front of the Class
has also been seen as a Hallmark Hall of Fame Movie on CBS.
| Holy Love, Love
... Murder: The Death and Desecration of a Polygamist's Youngest Wife
by Leif M. Wright
When San Diego police hear the confession, it seems like any other homicide: Sean Goff has killed his wife, Joy Risker, he tells them. Did he say "wife?" He meant "one of his wives," because Sean was married to two women when he brutally stabbed the youngest one to death in the bathroom of the home the entire family shared.
In Holy Love, Love ... Murder, the confession isn't the strangest thing about Sean's case, police discover, as he clams up when they ask him where Joy's body is. Turns out, Sean has not only killed his youngest wife, the Christian polygamist has sawed the teeth out of her head, sliced off the tips of her fingers and bashed her face in with a hammer before burying her remains under a pile of volcanic stones tucked away beneath a lone palo verde tree poking up out of the Arizona desert just a short walk from the Mexico border.
Stranger still, the room in the house where the young, handsome former worldwide evangelist, pastor and consultant to televangelists admitted he had killed his wife shows very little trace of the crime - only a few tiny droplets of blood are ever found in a crime scene that should look more like a slaughterhouse. After nearly decapitating his junior wife while stabbing her more than a dozen times and then disposing of her desecrated remains, Sean had engaged on a carefully orchestrated campaign of lies, fake emails and misdirection to keep Joy's friends - and his first wife and their sons - from discovering the horrifying truth until Sean turned himself in, claiming God had told him to.
Holy Love, Love ... Murder follows Sean's transformation from wunderkind preacher to cold-blooded killer from the perspective of the man who saw it all, his best friend.
Holy Love, Love ... Murder is visceral, visually oriented and captivating for both readers and would be for viewers on film - from the cinematic opening page to the gripping courtroom drama that closes it. Its themes of fringe religion, polygamy and the transformation of a man and his wives demand to be displayed on-screen as both a spectacle and a cautionary tale.
About the author:
Leif M. Wright has been a journalist since 1990, beginning as a crime reporter and working his way up to a national award-winning managing editor at a daily newspaper before leaving in 2009 to start a successful online-only newspaper at the height of the worst economy in a lifetime.
During that same time, he was a successful ghostwriter for televangelists, writing more than 100 books in a five-year period, including a 1,200-page commentary on every prophecy of the Bible and one major televangelist's autobiography, which has sold more than 450,000 copies.
With extensive experience researching and writing about subjects as wide-ranging as crime, music theory and deep theological issues, Wright draws on both his vast life experiences and newspaper-honed investigative skills to share information no other sources can obtain. In addition, his qualification to write this specific story is unparalleled: he was Sean Goff's best friend for 16 years, until the day Goff turned himself in at the San Diego Police Department.