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Campfire Confessions

The International Bestseller

When three best friends' lives spin out of control, can an adventure lead them to what they were searching for?

Annie, Sondra, and Jo were the best of childhood friends—but they haven’t seen each other in far too long. Annie’s married to the local pastor and never left her hometown. She's perfect as can be – except for one secret she's been hiding from everyone, including her husband. When Annie’s secret explodes, Jo and Sondra rush back to the town they fled years ago.

Determined to find answers, they pry Annie away from her daily grind, escaping on a hilarious canoeing trip that turns into a soul-searching, death-defying adventure. Lost in the woods as one thing goes wrong after another, the three women find themselves sharing their deepest secrets around the campfire. But as each new revelation unfolds, one thing becomes clear: it will take more than a night of true confessions for the three of them to find their way back home.

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Join the journey of Campfire Confessions with 3 best friends with 3 big secrets and a life-changing adventure!


On March 6, 2023 Cison Newswire released!

Executive Business Coach Kristine Ochu Helps Women Become Unstoppable and Thrive in Their Second Acts with New Virtual Workshops and Toolkit

JACKSONVILLE, Fla., March 6, 2023 /PRNewswire/ -- Women stuck in life transitions can become unstoppable when they attend a new virtual workshop hosted by Professional Business Coach Kristine Ochu, who was recently named one of the Top 100 Global Women Entrepreneurs by Global Woman Magazine.

"As a world champion log-roller, I can tell you that everyone falls off the log eventually. You have to get up, dry yourself off, and get back on the log," said Ochu, whose background includes working as an HR executive for Cargill and has a master's degree in industrial relations. She has taught thousands of people a winning mindset. She has over 35 years of research in transformational, sports, positive psychology, neuroscience, energy medicine, tapping, meditation, and creative visualization. She helps women who are at a transitioning point in their lives.

"Women who have become an empty nester, divorced, lost a spouse, received a scary health diagnosis, taken early or forced retirement, need to reinvent themselves as they enter their second acts. They need tools to help them overcome anxiety, self-doubt, and confusion over what's next," she said. "Women need to empower themselves to make changes, move forward, and deal with events in their lives."

Ochu's new "Be Unstoppable! Your Amazing Life Toolkit" consists of simple tactics that women can "take out of their backpacks or handbags" to become more resilient, confident, positive, energized-- whatever they are seeking to feel unstoppable to overcome life's challenges.

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2024 Top 100 Global Woman Entrepreneurs #34.

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"Life is messy but the best parts are in the mess.
They become our cherished stories."
~ From Campfire Confessions

My Life Adventure

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My Life Adventure

From the moment that I stepped on the log and it started spinning–I fell in love with the sport of log-rolling and eventually won the World’s Senior Amateur Championship and other titles. I’ve always been drawn to new challenges, experiences and expanding my knowledge. Over time this led me to take a “leap of faith” and create “The Night of a Woman’s Soul—Creating Your Amazing and Adventurous Life” workshops designed to empower women to create their most amazing lives.

I truly enjoyed my career path in corporate America as an International Human Resource Executive in start-ups to multi-million dollar companies. My education includes a Masters degree in Industrial Relations and B.A. in Psychology from the University of Minnesota. This combination fueled my passion for assimilating knowledge from the vast field of human potentiality, including meditation, energy medicine, creative visualization, transformational, motivational and sports psychology, mindfulness, Universal Laws, neuroscience, quantum physics, and overall spirituality. My goal was to share these teachings and my adventurous spirit into the workshops and now, my novel, Campfire Confessions...

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What others are saying about

Campfire Confessions

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Kristine writes with striking imagery and a keen attention to detail. The symbolism with a somewhat painful look to the past is touching and meaningful. Highly recommend reading Campfire Confessions in a book club with dear friends.

- Melissa Frisvold
PhD, APRN and Certified Nurse Midwife

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Ochu captivates from the first page of this sharply written, highly engaging tale of three childhood friends and their troubled—and ultimately triumphant—adult lives.

- BookLife Reviews
from Publishers Weekly

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Campfire Confessions is a book that you’ll want to read twice! The characters and story are so riveting that I missed some of the empowering tools that are cleverly interwoven throughout the adventure. The second time--have a highlighter ready to mark the breathing and energy techniques that helped her characters, so you can use them as needed in your life’s journey!

- Andrea Trank Ed.S. M.Ed. U.Va.
Founder of Heaven Lane Healing & Creative Arts, Certified Health Coach, HeartMath Trainer and Yoga Teacher

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Ochu’s deft storytelling skills and expert characterization combine to create a resonant tale that would prove a surefire hit with any women’s fiction book club.

- BookLife Reviews
from Publishers Weekly

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I couldn't put this book down! The characters are real, their emotions raw! I loved their friendship and longed to be on the river with them.

- Lorene Lacey
Screenwriter, Christmas Mail, Marvista Entertainment and Maple Island Films Producton

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An immensely relatable, expertly written tale of female friendship and coping.

- BookLife Reviews
from Publishers Weekly

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This book by Kristine Ochu is a powerful story that brings all sorts of emotions to the surface. Her characters are perfectly imperfect and a reminder that true friendship navigates the many obstacles and trials of life. Must read!

- Kisma Orbovich, CEO of Illumination Academy, Creator of The Prosperity Code and Co-host of Illumination Podcast

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Imagine sitting around a campfire with your best friends. The fire is magical with flames dancing around sparking your imagination. You relax and share your stories…your dreams. On your personal life journey, you can turn to Campfire Chats, to find motivational tips and tools!

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What’s powerful is knowing that our thoughts and feelings are also made up of energy. So, if we are thinking negative thoughts our vibration is at a low frequency. If we are thinking positive thoughts our frequency is vibrating at a higher level.

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But what the heck is self-love? It sounds selfish! Does it mean that’s it’s all about me? I don’t think that I can put myself first—it isn’t right!

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