by Cynthia Carlisi

5.5 x 8.5, 260 pages, soft cover

ISBN 978-0-9814946-0-9

Price $16.95

THRASHED–A Surfing Term: caught inside of a set of waves; pounded; beaten by water forcing you back, again and again; held forcibly under moving water; twisted, turned, shoved to the bottom, slammed down on it; drowned or nearly drowned in a no-man’s land between the shore and the breaking waves.

Surfing waves on the coast of southern Mexico, rowing rafts through white water in the Grand Canyon, dangling from a rope to climb thousand foot cliffs, and working cattle with wild cowboys are all parts of Cherri’s adventures. Vividly described scenes of extreme challenge in the wild outdoors, and in the wilderness of relationships, give the reader an appreciation of nature’s serene beauty, and a glimpse of Cherri’s terror. Amazing men come and go in her life, leaving memories of passionate sex, abortions, a deeply broken heart, and sometimes bruises and broken bones.

Cherri goes on adventure trips while raising two children and running her own business. She faces emotional and physical trials with courage as she finds out about her abusive past. Cherri gains a sense of peace from spiritual inspiration of the great outdoors, a self-disciplined yoga practice, and an undying will to live, fueled by a promise to her mother.

Based on Cynthia Carlisi’s experiences as a “wild woman” of the west, this is her first book. She has a lot more tales to tell, so keep in touch.


The book is available at Bookstores throughout Southern Arizona and directly from the author.

For more information, or to order copies of the book, please contact the author at or

Creative Source Press, P.O. Box 602, Sonoita, Arizona 85637-0602


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