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Always Coming Back Home
The Ocean is Calling

Available October 4,


An Emotional Tale of Love, Adventure, Tragedy and Hope.

A True Story of Love and Loss by the Sea

Always Coming Back Home uses heartfelt stories and real-time emails sent from a deployed sailor to his bride, so readers quickly become invested in this young family. The couple takes readers on adventures of sailing and scuba diving throughout the world. They also keep readers laughing as the couple becomes first time parents, anxious with them during military deployments, upset with them through miscarriages and family loss, and finally, heartbroken as it all comes to an end with a single phone call. 


Always Coming Back Home is a candid and raw account of two ordinary people coming together to accomplish extraordinary things.

The Ocean is Calling exposes the realities of a life’s greatest love and loss: the unexpected death of a spouse, followed by giving birth to a child, alone. Facing insurmountable grief, Ashley Bugge takes readers through a journey like no other—from a bitter dark night with a bottle of sleeping pills in her hand to giving birth alone, to a no-holds-barred expedition through eight countries with her three young children in tow.

The Ocean is Calling shares a journey of heartache, discovery, travel, family and exploration. Ashley hopes that her story will encourage readers to be confident and trust that whatever happens in life, there is hope and joy ahead.


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"I wanted to message you back when this all happened to thank you for having the courage to open up."

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"Thank you, again, for sharing, leading, being vulnerable, honest and working to make good come out of tragedy!"

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"This thoughtful, heart-warming book is a welcome and much needed peer companion for young grieving children."

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A Hui Hou: Until We Meet Again

Hardcover – October 20, 2020

One day in Hawaii, while doing what he loved most, Dadda is lost in a terrible diving accident. At first, Izzy, Hudson, and Addy don't understand what's happened. Why is Momma so sad? Why hasn't Dadda come home for dinner yet? Why are so many people visiting and giving them new toys? But as time passes, the three siblings start to realize where their Dadda has gone. It takes them a lot of bravery to understand why it's OK to be happy that he gets to dive forever while also being sad because they miss him so much.

A Hui Hou: Until We Meet Again is the heart-wrenching true story of a family's devastating loss. But it is also a story about understanding, accepting, and processing death and grief, uniquely narrated by children, for children. Izzy, Hudson, and Addy share their experience in the pure, emotional, and unfiltered way needed to help young minds grasp the impossible: the loss of a loved one.

Award Winning Book

The author has captured a riveting story of true love and true grief in a compelling narrative of loving, adventurous life with her military family until the unimaginable sudden tragic loss of her husband forces her to embrace a wealth of emotional pain and sorrow. Told in a life journal-style biography, the author presents her shared achievements, and accomplishments with a written testimonial of her lost love, and happier life, as she navigates, and reflects on her past, as it supports her and her children moving forward. I highly recommend this book for those who want to know about true love and true loss.


- Nonfiction Authors Association Book Awards Program