“I’m not just an addict. I’m so much more.”

My name is Reginald “RaRah” Bratchett, and I am a drug addict.  I have had a long struggle with the truth of this affliction. Until recently, I have depended on stimulants and hallucinogens to compromise the deficits of my two life-long illnesses: Mental Health and Neurological Disorders.

As a teenager I didn’t experiment with much more than the superficial party drugs like marijuana, alcohol, and pills. Later on, in my early adulthood, I was soon abusing over the counter pharmaceuticals as well as prescription medication. I also acquainted myself with LSD, ecstasy, cocaine and mushrooms. I used recreationally, and was a well functioning independent workaholic. At this time I was a father of four.

In my line of work I put in many strenuous hours. It was hard labor with very little rest or sleep. Sleep was just something I didn’t do much of, whether I had a long day or not. I could go work an 8 hour shift, go home, sleep two hours, wake up and bang out another shift. I lived like this for the greater part of my twenties. All the while -unaware of the underlying problem: narcolepsy.


I was diagnosed with schizophrenia at the age of 12. The lack of sleep coupled with my psychological issues was quietly tearing me down. I always pushed myself beyond my limitations. I took pride in my extraordinary stamina, and would brag about it at times.I was now battling short term memory loss, hallucinations, blackouts and self-medicating seemed like my only option if I still wanted to continue supporting my family.

The earliest and most memorable incident I remember was in fall of 2012. I lived in a rural township about 75 miles outside of the city. Work was plenty back then, and my body was quite fit and fairly stocked. I pulled as many clients as I could. I would work 7 days a week and come home once a week to be with my family. Many weeks when money was good I would commute daily and I was always driving long distances. I was driving my brand new Hyaundai Sante Fe early morning after just finishing a 14 hour moving job in Janesville, Wisconsin. I was traveling at first light north on Highway 26. For those who don’t know, it can be a pretty busy highway. I was not tired and didnt want to spend half of what I earned for the day on a hotel. I wanted to just make the drive home.

As I’m driving down the highway, I begin to dream about fishing and starting a campfire. The air smelled like home and the fire was really warm then …bang! I woke up doing 70 mph off the shoulder of the road and feeling mailboxes bust open underneath the bottom anatomy of my Santa Fe. My dog, Magik, who I almost always had with me, flies forward from the passenger seat and cracks my windshield as I slammed on the brakes. His yelp was what jarred my consciousness to realize that I had been dreaming. The dream was now over, and I was awake, flying to my Death! END OF TEASER Read the rest of Reginald’s story in Peers Pages and Pencils. 

Peers Pencils & Pages Cover 300dpiAvailable November 25, 2019

Peers Pencils & Pages is the first installment in a series of short stories and memoirs written by men and women working to successfully complete probation and/or parole.  Peer support programs throughout the US have shown to increase the successful completion of probation or parole supervision from 30% to 50%, through the use of a “credible messenger”, an individual that has been part of these systems.

Peers Pencils & Pages was first developed and successfully piloted as the Writing for the Soul Workshop™ Peer Support Program through a partnership with Texas ReEntry Services. Together, we offered the program as a realistic criminal justice strategy aimed at safely reducing the State’s costly reliance on incarceration– creating stronger families, less taxpayer waste, and safer communities.

Peers Pencils & Pages empowers those willing to share their story to become a “credible messenger” helping to connect with a peer, connect the peer to recovery and so much more. The numbers show us that we have to do more to reduce the impact of incarceration on our society and economy.  That’s why for every paperback I sell, I’m going to give one away to men and women on probation and parole throughout Arkansas and Texas.

Eric Jones, Editor-in-Chief, TGIM Digital Publishing

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The Journey Begins

“Life for me before writing my first book Issues, and the life I have now are two totally different ball games. My life before, was a life filled with resentment, anger and pain. Issues released me from those chains of self-oppression. Before, all I could do is hurt …now all I want to do is help.

Issues is an outline of all the times I was tarnished. My own self-will was to blame many times. There was a breaking point somewhere, when I was young. I quit caring about doing what was right because I felt I was done so wrong in life.

I knew at an early age that if I didn’t care about the consequence, I’d push it till all those that stood against me gave in first. They used alternative punishment, when all I needed was the truth and perhaps a heck of a butt whooping. This all gave birth to Issues!” -Paul Kurko

Issues by Paul Kurko

In his autobiography entitled Issues, Paul Kurko talks about the resentments he had when his mom died. Resentments that eventually led him on path straight to prison.

When Paul submitted his story to our Writing for the Soul Workshop™ Peer Support program, I asked him “Why do you want to share your story?” He said, “Dude, I’m worried about the younger generation coming up out there. I’m a father now, and I don’t want them to experience everything like I did. They need to know that their past does not define their future. Maybe my story will show them.

“This page turner will grab you. In it, Paul doesn’t hold back. He says what he means and means what he says. That’s why we know you’re going to love his story. It’s real.” -Eric L. Jones, Sr., Publisher

TGIM New Release: Dreams Are Forever

When a freak accident robs him of his wife and children, a quirky but seemingly normal man is driven to a dangerously obsessive need to restore his family.  The aftermath brings terror into the lives of innocent children and their families.

In this second book of the Dreams Never Lie series, Josh Howard is summoned back to the FBI as a consultant, child kidnapping cases being his passion.  With no ransom demands, no witnesses left alive, and the lives of the children hanging in the balance, Josh resorts to the sordid world of the dark web where every form of evil lurks to solve this case. He has no choice. Time is running out.

Color: Black & White on White paper
Size: 6″ x 9″ (15.24 x 22.86 cm)
Page Count: 446 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1726024013
ISBN-10: 1726024016
BISAC: Fiction / Thriller / General

Have you read the first book in the Dreams Never Lie series?

Dreams Never Lie by Elsie Varn HarrellJosh Howard is only eight years old when the little girl next door, Doni, is kidnapped and killed.  Josh vows to catch her killers when he grows up.  As a FBI agent, he knows the chance of solving the case after so many years is slim to none, but he still dreams about Doni.

Josh is assigned a serial murder case in which the victims are tortured and raped before being killed. After a long string of murders with no leads, Josh starts receiving coded messages from the killer, warning when another attack will take place.  Then, there are hints that connect the killer to Josh’s new wife.

As Josh faces one of the most perplexing cases of his career, his personal life is now in shambles.  Will he be able to stop this maniac before he strikes again?  Will he be able to save his marriage?  Is his wife the next intended victim?

Size: 6″ x 9″ (15.24 x 22.86 cm) 
Color: Black & White on White paper
Page Count: 526 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1976016257
ISBN-10: 1976016258
BISAC: Fiction / Mystery & Detective / General

About Elsie Varn Harrell

Elsie was born and raised in Brooksville, Florida a small town about 15 miles inland from the Gulf of Mexico. She moved to Texas with her three children in the 1980’s where she met her husband on a blind date. The lovely couple recently celebrated their 30th anniversary.

Elsie lives in a small town in Texas where she is an active member of a Baptist church. Elsie is an insurance agent, and is also hard at work on her next novel. She loves the north-central Texas area as is evident in her books.

Removing Chains of Child Abuse Book Review

Top customer reviews

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The collective voices of this anthology rise up as a rightful specter over the insidious realities of child abuse in all its forms. Thank you to its authors for finding the courage to speak to child abuse’s immediate and long-lasting effects. Whether you are a similar victim – or not – the take-away from this worthy effort is one of great emotion and necessary education. Only through the later, can we cause change. A must read…

Removing Chains of Child Abuse

The short stories, art and poetry collected in Removing Chains Child of Abuse are from survivors of human trafficking, child abuse and bullying.

This project was made possible through our Community Partnership with Ark of Hope for Children. Ark of Hope is a human rights umbrella organization using a trauma informed approach to serve survivors through various programs. This includes our Writing for the Soul Workshop™ program.

These powerful stories allowed those who submitted them to experience writing and art as therapy. They give hope to the survivors reading them that they are not alone and they too can recover. This book is packed with resources  for those still suffering, as well as signs to look for if someone suspects that a child is being abused. Book includes a journal at the back. Proceeds from book sales benefit Ark of Hope for Children.

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Shine by Lisa Griffiths

Don’t let the voices of the past rob you of your future.

What “they” said against you was from their own insecurity.

They don’t know you and what you’re capable of.

You might not even realize what you’re capable of, but trust me …

You’ve been refined in the fire.

You’re going to shine and do incredible things!


Lisa wrote this poem for the kids accessing our Writing For the Soul Workshop™ program to encourage them. Not only is she an avid supporter of our writing program, Lisa is one of 17 survivors of child abuse and child trafficking published in Removing Chains of Child Abuse. The book was made possible through a global community partnership with Ark of Hope for Children. Take a look at what one customer said after reading the book:

Top customer reviews

Format: Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
“The collective voices of this anthology rise up as a rightful specter over the insidious realities of child abuse in all its forms. Thank you to its authors for finding the courage to speak to child abuse’s immediate and long-lasting effects. Whether you are a similar victim – or not – the take-away from this worthy effort is one of great emotion and necessary education. Only through the later, can we cause change. A must read…”

Removing Chains of Child Abuse

The short stories, art and poetry collected in Removing Chains Child of Abuse are from survivors of human trafficking, child abuse and bullying.

This project was made possible through our Community Partnership with Ark of Hope for Children. Ark of Hope is a human rights umbrella organization using a trauma informed approach to serve survivors through various programs. This includes our Writing for the Soul Workshop™ program.

These powerful stories allowed those who submitted them to experience writing and art as therapy. They give hope to the survivors reading them that they are not alone and they too can recover. This book is packed with resources  for those still suffering, as well as signs to look for if someone suspects that a child is being abused. Book includes a journal at the back. Proceeds from book sales benefit Ark of Hope for Children.

Step beyond the pages of Elsie’s latest release, and into her new apparel.

Stay warm in this Elsie Varn Harrell Book Club hoodie throughout the cold months. It’s breathable and extra thick for added warmth. It’ll remind you that Elsie’s thrillers are different, and that the good guys in her novels still wear the White Hat.

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Step beyond motivation into impact with Kurko Inspires.

Paul’s books are displayed beautifully on the back of this Kurko Inspires hoodie. Show your support of Paul’s message to those hurting, while wearing your warm hoodie well into the cold months.

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