Interview with Cindy Collins, Author of Born Under The Gaslight

What can you tell us about your new release Born Under The Gaslight?

Born Under the Gaslight is a memoir about my struggle with Borderline Personality Disorder. The book is about surviving a legacy of abuse and trauma. It covers a time period when I was homeless, dealing drugs, and making money by street racing. The reader goes on this dark journey, watching me graduate from one unhealthy situation to the next before finding help and recovery through Dialectic Behavioral Therapy. It gives insight to the mental health community and gives hope to those diagnosed with this condition. Overall, it is an entertaining story showcasing dark characters straight out of a madhouse, wonderland situation. It combines science, humor, and raw visceral emotion to give the reader one wild ride.

What or who inspired you to become an author?

Born Under the Gaslight is my first book. I was approached by multiple therapists to write a book. They were utterly fascinated with my life story and shared it like wildfire. People love a train wreck, underdog story that leaves them with hope and inspiration. They also felt that it could give others in their profession valuable insight into the mind of someone with Borderline Personality Disorder. There’s over four million people in the US alone that have been diagnosed with this Borderline Personality Disorder. Sadly, there’s only a handful of books on this condition. Even fewer books written by those diagnosed with BPD.

What’s on your top 5 list for the best books you’ve ever read?

Books of hope and inspiration that feed your body, mind, and soul are my jam!

#1 Of Human Bondage by W. Somerset Maugham
I have read this book more times than I can count. I do love a story about a social outcast that finds their way in the world.

#2 Loving Someone with Borderline Personality Disorder by Shari Y Manning, PhD
This book I will always love because it helped make such a difference in my marriage. Very insightful and beneficial to those that are trying to have a healthy relationship with someone diagnosed with BPD.

#3 The Heart of Buddha’s Teaching by Thich Nhat Hanh
It’s very hard to pick just one of Thich Nhat Hanh’s books. I am in love with all works created by him. He has the reader see things through a different view while helping you find inner peace.

#4 Fine Things by Danielle Steel
It makes me cry every single time. I adore any book that provokes such an emotional response.

#5 Four Seconds by Laura Andrade
Her writing is just beautiful. She has a way with words and is so accurate on her description of what it’s like to live surrounded by people on drugs.

Say you’re the host of a literary talk show. Who would be your first guest? What would you want to ask?

Thich Nhat Hanh! I would love his help on obtaining his level of inner peace and grace. It is portrayed through his words perfectly. I aspire to find that level of calm.

What’s your favorite thing about writing?

My words will live on forever. It moves me to tears thinking I was able to create something that will entertain and help others long after I am gone. It is such an honor to be able to take the reader on a journey.

What is a typical day like for you?

I live a quiet life and I love it! Considering the adrenaline fueled, chaotic background that I came from, it is a relief. My daily alarm clock is whenever my emotional support dog Bozworth wakes me up for his breakfast. I start my pot of coffee to help me stay focused on my daily writing. I have begun kicking around ideas for my next book. Then my husband comes home from his job and we watch our favorite tv shows or play video games together. I am grateful to be alive and love my life.

What scene in Born Under The Gaslight was your favorite to write?

I really enjoyed writing scenes involving the Munchausen by Proxy abuse. Munchausen syndrome by proxy is when a caregiver makes up or causes an illness or injury in a person under his or her care, such as a child, an elderly adult, or a person who has a disability. It can also be withholding medical care for those in need. It is a dark topic, but I felt it was important to expand others knowledge. TV shows such as The Act and The Politician have recently brought this level of abuse into the light. I believe it is important to educate others on things like this to help prevent abuse of children. Although it was terrible for me to live through, I felt empowered and rewarded by being able to write about these instances. I knew that it might help someone in the future recognize this behavior and be able to stop the abuse that’s occurring.

Do you have a motto, quote or philosophy you live by?

Be kind!

You never know what hidden demons people are struggling with. Mental illness isn’t something that others can visibly see. Therefore, practice patience and kindness towards others. It makes more of a difference than you can imagine.

Cindy Collins is the author of the new book Born Under The Gaslight.

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New Biography and Memoir Books to Read | April 28

Looking for some new biography and memoir books for your library? There are so many new releases this week that you’re bound to find a new favorite. You can pick up new books from Cindy Collins, Paula May, Curtis ’50 Cent’ Jackson, Blake Gopnik, and more. Enjoy your new biography and memoir books. Happy reading!



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The Buzziest Books of April | 2020

The Buzziest Books of April | 2020

The month of April was a great time for readers with a host of exciting releases from bestselling authors. There were so many page-turning novels that captivated us from cover to cover this month. If you want to catch up on the books everyone was talking about, here are our choices for the buzziest books of April. Happy reading!


Walk the Wire

by David Baldacci

Release Date: April 21, 2020

The sixth book in the Memory Man series by New York Times Bestselling Author David Baldacci… Amos Decker and his FBI colleague Alex Jamieson have been called to London, North Dakota. They instantly sense that the thriving fracking town is ripe for trouble. The promise of a second gold rush has attracted many newcomers hoping for a windfall, and the community is growing faster than houses can be built. The sudden boom has brought a slew of problems with it… including murder.

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Hidden Valley Road

by Robert Kolker

Release Date: April 7, 2020

A recent Oprah’s Book Club Pick… Don and Mimi Galvin were seemingly living the American dream. After World War II, Don’s work with the AirForce brought them to Colorado, where they had twelve children that perfectly spanned the baby boom. Their oldest was born in 1945 and the youngest in 1965. On the surface, they followed the script for a perfect family but behind the scenes was a different story: psychological breakdown, sudden violence, and hidden abuse. Then in the mid-1970s, six of the ten Galvin boys, one after another, were diagnosed as schizophrenic.

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The Book of Longings

by Sue Monk Kidd

Release Date: April 21, 2020

The new novel from the bestselling author of The Secret Life of Bees and The Invention of Wings… Ana was raised in a wealthy family with ties to the ruler of Galilee. She is rebellious and ambitious, with a brilliant mind and daring spirit. Ana is expected to marry an older widower, a prospect that horrifies her. Everything changes when she has an encounter with eighteen-year-old Jesus.

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The Last Emperox

by John Scalzi

Release Date: April 14, 2020

The third and final book in The Interdependency series by New York Times Bestselling Author John Scalzi… The collapse of the interstellar pathway known as The Flow has accelerated. Entire star systems and billions of people are being cut off from the rest of human civilization. This was all foretold through scientific prediction but many still try to rationalize these final days of one of the greatest empires humanity has ever known.

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Trouble on Main Street

by Kirsten Fullmer

Release Date: March 24, 2020

The first book in the new Sugar Mountain Series by bestselling author Kirsten Fullmer… The cozy mountain town of Sugar Mountain harbors a secret society of women. The society itself is no secret but the true nature of the group is hush-hush. When a blood-smeared package shows up at the post office and a scheme threatens postmaster, Heidi Collinsworth’s historic home, the Sugar Mountain Ladies Historical Society takes matters into their own hands. Heidi is sure that Mayor Winslow is somehow involved but proof is scarce.

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Forbidden Inheritance

by L. Paul Dorsey

Release Date: April 1, 2020

After he witnesses a tragedy that evokes childhood nightmares, Larry Cooper begins to question his heritage. Maybe he is not who he thinks he is? All families have scars and some are less visible than others… Larry’s father has been haunted by an unspoken past. As his health begins to deteriorate, his mother’s only instinct is to protect her husband and their family’s reputation. What she knows would devastate the people she loves.

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The Best Man

by Winter Renshaw

Release Date: March 10, 2020

I did not know her name, but I heard her laugh, tasted her lips, and felt her skin as I held her. She was my soulmate. Together we watched our children playing in the sand, the warm ocean lapping as the shore behind them. This was our beautiful forever… But then I woke up alone in a hospital room. There was no wife, no kids, and not a single soul waiting for me. That life never existed.

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Arnold Falls

by Charlie Suisman

Release Date: April 1, 2020

If given a choice of go big or go home, nine times out of ten the townspeople of Arnold Falls will go home and forget about the whole thing. Tempests great and small (mostly small) are always brewing in this tiny town where half the residents are fighting to preserve its red-light district heyday, half are up to no good, and another half are sleeping it off… Yes, that math is correct. Spend some time in this oddball village, where larger than life characters deal with the smallest of problems. Somehow it all comes right in the end.

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Bestsellers Now in Paperback | April 2020

Take a look at this month’s selection of bestsellers now in paperback! April had a great selection of bestselling books to check out from thrilling mysteries to enthralling literary reads, and insightful biographies. Pick up these latest paperback books by bestselling authors Le Child, Michael Connelly, Lisa Scottoline, Elizabeth Gilbert, Jennifer Weiner, Pierce Brown, and many more!


Mystery, Thriller & Suspense


Literary Fiction


Fantasy & Science Fiction


Young Adult


Biography & Memoir

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Our Audiobook Playlist For April | 2020

Our Audiobook Playlist For April | 2020

We wanted to share with you some of our favorite audiobooks we’ve been listening to in April. Our playlist includes a little something for everyone from mystery, literary fiction, memoir, fantasy, and romance. Grab your headphones and happy listening!


The Boy from the Woods

by Harlan Coben

Thirty years ago a feral boy named Wilde was found in the woods with no memory of his past. To this day he still doesn’t know where he comes from… and another child has gone missing. No one is taking the disappearance of Naomi Pine seriously, except for television criminal attorney, Hester Crimstein. When Hester asks Wilde to use his unique skills to help find her, he can’t ignore an outcast in trouble.

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The Decadent Gift

by Lauren Blakely

The third book in The Gift Series by New York Times Bestselling Author Lauren Blakely… The rules were pretty simple. It was just one weekend. We would play our roles and I would get the info I needed for a secret work project. Then everything would go back to normal. That is what I proposed to handsome, clever, commanding Jake. That is what he said yes to. But that’s not what happened.

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Fae Captive

by Sarah K. L. Wilson

The second book in the Tangled Fae series by USA Today Bestselling Author Sarah K. Wilson… All Allie Hunter thought she had to do was make an exchange to buy back her father’s life. She was very wrong. Usually when a mortal is wrong about something in the Faeworld is kills them, or mires them in bargains that will suck their life out. Allie is now caught in a cage and the Fae she once tormented is her captor. Can she strike the right bargain to save everything she loves?

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Hell and Other Destinations

by Madeleine Albright

When Madeleine Albright left office as America’s first secretary of state in 2001, reporters asked her how she wished to be remembered. She said she did not want to be remembered. “I am here and have much more I intend to do. As difficult as it might seem, I want every stage of my life to be more exciting than the last.” This memoir reveals this remarkable figure at her bluntest, funniest, most intimate, and most serious.

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The Love Story of Missy Carmichael

by Beth Morrey

The world has changed around seventy-nine-year-old Millicent Carmichael. The librarian is quick to admit she found her role as housewife and mother less than satisfying but Missy led a good life driven by two children, an accomplished husband, and a Classics degree from Cambridge. But now they are all gone and she spends her days sipping sherry, avoiding people, and rattling in her oversized, under-decorated house.

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Big Ben

by Nana Malone

She wasn’t meant to cross my path. She was never meant to know about the Currency of Secrets or the Oaths of Blood. Then like a thief in the night, she stole my soul. I am a member of the Elite and I live by simple tenets. I must be a gentleman above all. Private matters stay private and secrets are never revealed. Enemies and friends are of the same coin.

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New Biography & Memoir Books For Your Reading List | Spring 2020

New Biography & Memoir Books For Your Reading List | Spring 2020

Does your reading list need some new biography and memoir books? Stop your search because we’ve made a list of some of our favorite new reads. You’ll love the latest books by Cindy Collins, Paula May, Joanna Walden, Robert Kolker, Val Kilmer, and James Patterson. Enjoy your new books!


Born Under The Gaslight

by Cindy Collins

Release Date: April 11, 2020

Born Under The Gaslight is the new memoir from Cindy Collins that provides an honest, poignant, and heartbreaking firsthand account of what it is like to live with Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) and the trauma she endured as a child that led to her descent into the dark world of BPD. This book chronicles her childhood of abuse, her diagnosis in her twenties, and her ultimate road to recovery.

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First Degree Rage

by Paula May

Release Date: April 14, 2020

First Degree Rage is the true story of “The Assassin,” an obsession, and murder… This new book follows local Sheriff’s Detective Paula May and her investigation of the murder of Viktor Gunnarsson. What follows is an intense, hair raising investigation that will shock you from the bitterly cold beginning to the unthinkable end. “There was no brown in his eyes at all. They were just two black buttons. I looked in his eyes. All I saw was solid black against the whites. It wasn’t natural. It was… creepy, unnerving, demonic.” – Detective Paula May

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The Inside Hustle

by Joanna Walden

Release Date: April 2, 2020

Living through 9/11 in New York, Joanna Walden experienced a moment of clarity, one that pushed her to search for something greater than her 9-5 existence. After leaving her high-flying career on Madison Avenue, she hiked the Camino de Santiago through Spain, which was the beginning of her search for both purpose and a greater truth. “I couldn’t put it down! Walden’s story is a no holds barred honest, and often hilarious exploration of one woman’s search for her true self. She’s a kiwi Cheryl Strayed.” Ann Glamuzina, Author of Rich Man Road.

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Hidden Valley Road

by Robert Kolker

Release Date: April 7, 2020

A recent Oprah’s Book Club Pick… Don and Mimi Galvin were seemingly living the American dream. After World War II, Don’s work with the AirForce brought them to Colorado, where they had twelve children that perfectly spanned the baby boom. Their oldest was born in 1945 and the youngest in 1965. On the surface, they followed the script for a perfect family but behind the scenes was a different story: psychological breakdown, sudden violence, and hidden abuse. Then in the mid-1970s, six of the ten Galvin boys, one after another, were diagnosed as schizophrenic.

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I’m Your Huckleberry

by Val Kilmer

Release Date: April 21, 2020

In his new autobiography, Val Kilmer shares the stories behind his most beloved roles, reminisces about his career and love life, and reveals the truth behind his recent health struggles. Taken from the famous line Kilmer delivers as Holliday in Tombstone, I’m Your Huckleberry is a deeply moving reflection on mortality and the mysteries of life.

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The House of Kennedy

by James Patterson

Release Date: April 13, 2020

The House of Kennedy is a revealing and fascinating look at America’s most storied family told by one of America’s most trusted storytellers, New York Times Bestselling Author James Patterson. Explore the story of a family that has occupied a place in the American imagination for decades.

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Interview with Joanna Walden, Author of The Inside Hustle

What can you tell us about your new release, The Inside Hustle?

In the Inside Hustle, I take readers to places most would never go to and into experiences some would only dream of. In doing so, I am brutally honest about my own inner workings, and this serves two purposes. It helps readers better understand my goals and motivations, and I hope also helps them shortcut their own long journey to inner truth. This is a travel adventure like no other which takes you out of the bounds of normalcy, into the madness of reality, and then smack bang into a new perspective. Truth is absolutely stranger than fiction.

What or who inspired you to become an author?

It was perhaps always a background dream which I never thought could be a reality, until I did The Camino and shared my stories via email to friends and family. They were relishing my emails so much, I started getting comments like, “This is hilarious, I’ve been reading them out to all my work colleagues at lunchtime, you need to write a book,” so eventually, I did.

What’s on your top 5 list for the best books you’ve ever read?

I haven’t read much in recent years as I find it really hard to read others’ work while writing, and only 5 best books ever is a tough call! The books that have left a lasting impression however are The Magic Faraway Tree by Enid Blyton which fuelled my imagination; To Kill A Mockingbird which gave me my first proper ‘literary’ experience; The Celestine Prophecy by James Redfield helped me escape my teenage years; Memoirs Of A Geisha by Arthur Golden captivated me while traveling in my twenties; and The Life and Teachings of the Master Of The Far East series by Baird T Spalding totally expanded my mind to what might be possible and gave more purpose to my adventures.

Say you’re the host of a literary talk show. Who would be your first guest? What would you want to ask?

It would have to be Shirley MacLaine given she inspired me to do the Camino in the first place, and that first adventure set me on this path which ultimately resulted in The Inside Hustle.

What’s your favorite thing about writing?

I love being able to take people on a journey and really bring them an inside view of an experience they might never have otherwise. I go to places some would only dream of, and do things others might never dare, so if I can not only immerse people in those experiences but share what I learned doing it, I feel fulfilled. Truth is stranger than fiction, as they say. I am never short of inspiration from the madness that is real life.

What is a typical day like for you?

I start my working day rather early, with a cup of tea as I work with people from all around the world, I have to cater to a range of different time zones. My business is holistic brand strategy and personal transformation and right now, as you can imagine, it’s keeping me very busy as people have more time on their hands and are starting to question what is really important in life. I bring all the lessons and experiences I learned as documented in my book and use it as a foundation to work with each client to bring them back to their true self, and focus on their own personal vision. I have a really fluid approach with no two days being the same. Right now, with my book launch and the media and promotional interviews happening, I have to find time to center, connect and nourish myself throughout the day with meditation, visualisation, a green juice, a nature walk or an interesting podcast. I love to cook, so creating something delicious is permanently on the agenda.

What scene in The Inside Hustle was your favorite to write?

I write in the moment and then go back to my notes to rewrite it all together so reliving some adventures are easier than others. The Camino will always hold a special place in my heart as it was my first proper adventure and so rich in characters, landscapes and experiences that it almost leapt off the page when I wrote it. It seems such a crazy idea to follow little yellow arrows and scallop shells over 900 kilometres (550 miles) across Spain with no map and I find my blind naivety at the time somewhat charming.

Do you have a motto, quote or philosophy you live by?

Where your attention goes your energy flows. Make it count.

Joanna Walden is the author of the new book The Inside Hustle.

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New Biography and Memoir Books to Read | April 21

Looking for some new biography and memoir books for your library? There are so many new releases this week that you’re bound to find a new favorite. You can pick up new books from Joanna Walden, Val Kilmer, Paula Faris, and more. Enjoy your new biography and memoir books. Happy reading!



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New Biography and Memoir Books to Read | April 14

Looking for some new biography and memoir books for your library? There are so many new releases this week that you’re bound to find a new favorite. You can pick up new books from James Patterson, Madeleine Albright, Peggy Rowe, Marisa Meltzer, and more. Enjoy your new biography and memoir books. Happy reading!



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Must-Read Memoir Books | April 2020

Must-Read Memoir Books | April 2020

Do you need some intriguing new memoir novels? You are in luck because we’ve made a list of some of our favorite must-read memoir books from Indigo, Alicia Keys, Bess Kalb, Peter Gatien, Madeleine Albright, and Marisa Meltzer. Happy reading!


Dancing with Chaos

by Indigo

Dancing with Chaos is an eclectic tale about mental illness and medicine, travel and the struggle of a single mother. The main character is raised in poverty and uncertainty by a single mother suffering from schizophrenia. As a teenager, she searches for love and acceptance but finds nothing but heartache. Then as a young adult, she discovers the world is a wonderful place. But heartaches resurface as the genetics of mental illness unfold.

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More Myself

by Alicia Keys

Alicia Keys is one of the most celebrated musicians in the world, yet away from the spotlight, she has grappled with private heartache over the challenging and complex relationship with her father. Not to mention the people-pleasing nature that characterized her early career, the loss of privacy, and the oppressive expectations of female perfection.

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Nobody Will Tell You This But Me

by Bess Kalb

Bess Kalb saved every voicemail her grandmother Bobby Bell ever left her. Bobby was irrepressible, glamorous, and unapologetically opinionated. Bobby doted on Bess and Bess adored Bobby. Then at the age of ninety, Bobby died. In this debut memoir, Bobby is speaking to Bess once more, in a voice as passionate as it ever was in life.

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The Club King

by Peter Gatien

Limelight, Tunnel, Club USA, and Palladium… these are the notoriously decadent clubs that dominated New York City’s entertainment scene. Over four decades, one mysterious figure stood behind all of them: Peter Gatien. He was the leading Presario of global nightlife and his clubs didn’t follow trends-they created movements. As his team ramped up the hedonistic highs, Rudolph Giuliani was leading a major shift in the city. The club scene was targeted and Peter Gatien’s empire became a major focus of the administration.

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Hell and Other Destinations

by Madeleine Albright

When Madeleine Albright left office as America’s first secretary of state in 2001, reporters asked her how she wished to be remembered. She said she did not want to be remembered. “I am here and have much more I intend to do. As difficult as it might seem, I want every stage of my life to be more exciting than the last.” This memoir reveals this remarkable figure at her bluntest, funniest, most intimate, and most serious.

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This Is Big

by Marisa Meltzer

At the age of five, Marisa Meltzer began her first diet. She learned from an early age that weight was the one part of her life she could neither change nor even really understand. Nearly four decades later, as a contributor to the New Yorker and the New York Times, Marisa comes across the obituary for Jean Nidetch, the housewife who founded Weight Watchers. This is Big tells the story of both their journeys through Weight Watchers and their efforts to lose weight.

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