Letter From Linda

Just finished The Chronicles Of Paul! What can I say? Well, really a lot. I’ll try not to go on and on too much.

First though, I’ve got to tell you how intrigued I was with Paul’s story, beginning with the first chapter of “Issues”. You learn real fast that he had a very difficult childhood. Therefore, his life as an adolescent, teenager, and young adult was riddled with crime, addiction, and run-ins with the law. Makes perfect sense to me. Then …somewhere down the line he meets Kiesha! The love story begins. I was hooked. I had to know what happened next.


Here comes Loopholes, more graphic and detailed than the first. I could hardly stand it! I started one evening after work reading it and fell asleep with it in my hands, (NO, not because it was boring) and had to finish it the next morning before going to work. I thought I just would not be able to function that day if I didn’t.

Sidenote: I’m a 65-year-old Christian woman that starts each day with her bible and prayer. However, that particular morning I chose Paul’s book over my bible because of the time crunch. God understood, because He knew I was still learning of His love and grace. Paul, however, did not. He informed me to reach for my bible first, then his book later! I finished Loopholes, cheering Paul and Kiesha on, and gave them a little corner of my heart that is just theirs.


Well, I just had to have “The Chronicles of Paul” in my hot little hands ASAP. This book is amazing! Hang on when you read it. If you are like me, you’ll be exhausted, yet exhilarated, when you get to the back cover. Paul’s style of writing is sooo raw and real that you feel like you were right there alongside him. I know Paul went through a lot writing his books, but I am so grateful he did. This man is on a mission to get his story out so that it could save someone some heartache and give them hope. Like he says, if he could turn his life around, you can too….with God’s help.

“Chronicles” is sooo intimate. Life lessons are taught here if y’all accept them. You can also learn what impact just one situation can have on your life. How you handle it affects you and those around you. Paul has such a deep love for family, and the HUGE extended family. He’s loyal, humble, and appreciative of those that helped him. God puts angels here on earth to help us, and he sure surrounded Paul with them when he needed them most! Sometimes, you get to be the angel!

If you met Paul today for the first time you would think “what a happy, nice, polite, young man.” Then if you read his books, you’ll never believe what he went through to get where he is today. Again, if he can you can too.


Paul takes nothing for granted. He is very successful today. He has a beautiful family, home, job and is an author! He’ll never understand the influence he’s had on me by sharing his story with me. I have a choice every day how it’s going to go, and I choose joy!

Thank you for being you, Paul Kurko Jr., and being my friend!! 

Linda Richards

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When I sit down to write, I take what has affected me and put it all into words in an effort to inspire men and women from all walks of life. I had no clue that sharing my story would have the impact that it has. It’s a fact that writing can and will set you free from issues that have kept you held captive as a prisoner of self-doubt and mental torment.

I have a God found love for humanity. I want those suffering from one issue or another to know that they can break the chains that hold them down. If you need someone to talk to, I’m here for you.

Stepped On

Throughout life there are people who like to step on others to get up the ladder. Stuff happens to the best of us. The way in which you respond to these folks says alot about you.  You can’t let them steal your thunder.

I was not raised in the home I wanted to be. Not many of us are. I formed resentments at a young age. That created a life for me that was stepped on. When you go to prison, you end up stepping on your self. You are looked down on by others that have done no wrong, when you thought you were a first pick.

Felonies hinder the interviews. People that cannot find employment turn to their old ways. In the end, if nothing changes -the game is still the same. Chewing us up, spitting us out like a bad taste. When the fact is that you work hard, know what you’re doing and have good work ethics. In the end you are still a silent liability.

If you keep stepping on yourself, you don’t have to worry about those stepping on you. Find your worth and break the chains. You are worth your best shot. There is hope for us all. Giving up is not an option. Let me just say that if I can pull it together anyone can!

Paul Kurko Boooks

When I sit down to write, I take what has affected me and put it all into words in an effort to inspire men and women from all walks of life. I had no clue that sharing my story would have the impact that it has. It’s a fact that writing can and will set you free from issues that have kept you held captive as a prisoner of self-doubt and mental torment.

I have a God found love for humanity. I want those suffering from one issue or another to know that they can break the chains that hold them down. If you need someone to talk to, I’m here for you.

Questions In My Head

“Why? Why not?” I lived with so many questions while growing up, that trying to answer them all put me through the ringer. I was motivated by revenge because of the fact that I had been taken as a child. Or so I felt, and it was never corrected. “How was I supposed to deal with being taken from my mother?”

My feelings toward that are very strong. Still to this day. There was no psychologist or counselor going to get me to talk of my issues. I knew they would tell whatever I told, so I would not tell. I kept it all inside. Like a bottle rocket, with no hole to escape. But sure enough lit.

All I needed was contact with my mother. We snuck phone calls. She never once told me to act out for her. I did it all in spite. Look at how my life has been through the pages of my book Issues’ , and you will see where spite gets you. In it, you’ll read what my life was like being in the tornado of the justice system.

Are you facing problems in your life? Then connect with me. I want you to know that you are not alone. Who knows. Perhaps, we can be there for each other.

When The Odds Are Stacked Against You

Sometimes in life, you may feel as if the odds are stacked against you. This is the point where you buckle down and push hard to get through the day. For tomorrow will become yesterday with a little faith. Push forward, it won’t last forever …unless you let it.

We as humans are flawed, each and every one of us. We all have issues. What we do with our feelings defines us to a point. Feelings are hard to deal with for most of us.

With that said, think of something in your life that hurt you. Afterwards, you probably felt changed. Maybe you lost some joy, trust or that deep down goodness. Then multiply that over and over. That’s what some of us go through.

Never being able to deal with that first issue that hurt you -when multiplied by more hurtful events, can take a toll. Makes your light go from dim -to darkness. Well, I want you to know that you are not alone. Don’t believe me? Then read my book entitled ‘Issues’. When you’re done, connect with me. Who knows. Perhaps, we can be there for each other.

What’s Within!

I have written pages from my life to give hope to those who feel that there is no way out.

I didn’t plan to live the way I did. To me, it was all just reaction. There is not anything special with me. Just had made some poor choices. When you forgive yourself and start believing that you can -you can let go of the issues that chain you.

See the loopholes form and be thankful for the fact that you’re here to live another day. The Chronicles Of Paul is my thanks to my support team. Each and everyone that believed in me even when I couldn’t look myself in the mirror.

Guilt can and will open the gates of Hell.

Paul Kurko Boooks

When I sit down to write, I take what has affected me and put it all into words in an effort to inspire men and women from all walks of life. I had no clue that sharing my story would have the impact that it has. It’s a fact that writing can and will set you free from issues that have kept you held captive as a prisoner of self-doubt and mental torment.

I have a God found love for humanity. I want those suffering from one issue or another to know that they can break the chains that hold them down. If you need someone to talk to, I’m here for you.

Parenting Isn’t Easy

Let me just tell you. Not everything we pick up as children is right. Some things we go through as children, scars the soul. Many children do as they were taught. Parenting is a double edge blade.

When you don’t have what all the other kids have. There is a void and a silent resentment that grows like cancer. Alienated, do we become as young children? A whole lot of false teachings come in to play. When you’re left to deal with what all went wrong.

If a kid at school has a bad day, he leaves school with what went on to tell his support system. Namely, a mother or father. Kids that don’t have anyone to process their problems with tend to just stack it deep down inside the bottle. The cap to the bottle is easy to fill.

Depending on how long they’ve had those unwanted feelings and thoughts bottled up -is a gauge that will kinda tell you how long it will take to get right. Then, times that by five.

It’s easy holding all those unwanted thoughts and feelings in, but getting rid of them doesn’t have to take an explosion. When a child has no way to deal with what they’re going through or have gone through, their family’s pay the consequences and often times society pays as well. I was once one of those children.

Parenting isn’t easy. Sometimes, we don’t get it right. But we learn and become better. It’s also important that you don’t hold unwanted thoughts and feelings inside. If ever you need someone to talk to, I’m here.


Paul Kurko Boooks

When I sit down to write, I take what has affected me and put it all into words in an effort to inspire men and women from all walks of life. I had no clue that sharing my story would have the impact that it has. It’s a fact that writing can and will set you free from issues that have kept you held captive as a prisoner of self-doubt and mental torment.

I have a God found love for humanity. I want those suffering from one issue or another to know that they can break the chains that hold them down. If you need someone to talk to, I’m here for you.

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