See It First: Melinda R. Cordell, Alexia Leachman, and Victoria Dougherty

We love introducing Instafreebie readers to great stories and big ideas. Take a chance on new authors and try great stories from old favorites. See it first every day with Instafreebie and be free to discover authors you’ll love. We’re thrilled to share the latest and greatest from our nonfiction genres!

Garden

Rose To The Occasion by Melinda R. Cordell

Roses are the Queen of Flowers. They’re beautiful, fragrant, and elegant – and roses require all the pampering of a real Queen, don’t they? Actually, they don’t!

Rose gardening can be easy and pleasant. I’ve worked 25 years in horticulture and cared for over 300 roses in a public rose garden when I was municipal horticulturist. I found ways to keep rose gardening fussbudgetry to a minimum while growing vigorous roses that bloomed their heads off. Rose to the Occasion: An Easy-Growing Guide to Rose Gardening shares tricks and shortcuts that rosarians use, plus simple ways you can
keep up with your to-do list in the rose garden.

Gardeners of all skill levels will find this book helpful, whether they be beginning gardeners or old rosarians, whether they have a green thumb or a brown thumb.

Health

Fear Free Childbirth byAlexia Leachman

When Alexia was pregnant she was terrified of giving birth, so much so that she was sure she’d opt for a c-section; just to avoid the pain of giving birth. Fortunately her pregnancy coincided with her training in a new therapeutic technique that could clear fears quickly and effectively. It was also where someone told her about hypnobirthing and the possibility of a pain-free birth. Once she learned that fears are directly responsible for the pain we experience in childbirth she knew what she had to do; clear her fears! Alexia spent her second trimester clearing her fears and had experienced such a transformation that by her third trimester she opted for a natural birth at home. When she was pregnant for the second time, she had lots of new fears and she dealt with those in the same way and went on to have her second beautiful home birth.

But one thing stood out for her; the lack of readily available information for pregnant women to help them navigate their pregnancy journey so that they can approach birth without fear. For women to feel confident and calm about their births, two things are required. Firstly, they need to feel empowered and this means being well-informed about childbirth. The second aspect is that they need to be able to move past their fears, and this isn’t always easy, especially if you don’t know how.

Memoir

Cold by Victoria Dougherty

Daring escapes, backyard firing squads, communist snitches, bowlfuls of goulash, gargoyles, gray skies and bone-chilling winters.These are the chronicles of the ultimate Cold War family. In Cold, Victoria Dougherty writes with humor and raw soul. About the heart-stopping stories she grew up hearing at her dinner table and the two-hanky drama that played on in her home. She ponders how her family’s bad luck – so bad her parents dubbed it a curse – against all reason became a force for good in her life.