Shithole Paradise: One year in Bocas del Toro, Panama


Beaches, babes, booze, blow, Bocas. The harrowing true story of a young woman struggling to keep her head above water in her very own Shithole Paradise. On a beautiful Caribbean island off the coast of Panama, in one of the world's biggest party towns, Leona is drowning. In the throes of the trauma bond, she is enshrouded by drugs, alcohol, betrayal and abuse as she tries to navigate choppy and uncharted seas, accompanied by a sociopathic boyfriend. Derelict and alone, she has to find a way to escape if she ever wants to make it out alive.
Thus, Leona leaves to go on an intrapersonal journey in the Pacific northwest which allows her to shift gears and perspectives. Yet one last tragedy befalls her before she is totally free and clear of her hardships. Only after fully committing to her healing and true potential is she able to change the course of her life and forge a healthier path.

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Author Name : Leona Stoker

     I've been writing for several years and always hoped to publish one day. I made that first huge leap with my memoir (of one year) - SHITHOLE PARADISE. Next was my first published collection of poetry/rhymes - All Rhymes; No Reason. Both self-published with Kindle Direct. Currently, I'm a support worker for survivors of gender-based violence and an advocate for all vulnerable/marginalized populations. I'm also pursuing my Masters of counseling in psychology.


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