Lessons From a Difficult Person; How to Deal With People Like Us Spotlight Tour @MaineSam @iReadBookTours

Lessons From a Difficult Person;

How to Deal With People Like Us

By Sarah Elliston

 

 

Elliston is a highly successful workshop leader and trainer, who offers wisdom learned the hard way—by experience – as well as through rigorous study and certification in many areas of professional training that aid her in her work — Values Realization, Parent Effectiveness Training and Reality Therapy. She is a faculty member of the William Glasser Institute. Glasser is an internationally recognized psychiatrist and developer of Reality Therapy, a method of psychotherapy that teaches people they have a choice in how they choose to behave.

The methods Elliston offers in her book end the trauma and the drama, and minimize the possibility of confrontation. She gives YOU, the reader, the ability to take a strong, positive, confident—yet compassionate–stance with the “difficult person”—whether that is a relative, coworker, friend, one of your children or anyone else for that matter.

Elliston demonstrates how to:

  • Identify the ways to talk to a “difficult” person
  • Incorporate true incentives to help people change
  • Make real the consequences of the “difficult” person’s action
  • Increase success through acceptance and belonging
  • Avoid being triggered by the “difficult” person allowing you to neutralize those hot buttons and communicate without judgment

Elliston lays out a proven script for peacefully transforming the difficult person’s behavior and the environment. She gives you the tools for successfully initiating and engaging in a conversation with a difficult person that would lead to change.

 

Where did you get your information or ideas for your book?

The content of the book came from my life and my perspective of my life as well as the theories and concepts of Values Realization, Parent Effectiveness Training and Choice Theory and Reality Therapy.  I became familiar with the bodies of knowledge in my life, liked them and realized to really understand them I needed to teach them.

Parent Effectiveness Training taught me about boundaries with others, my child and other family members.  It taught me how to listen without judging and how to tell someone when I had a problem with their behavior. Values Realization is an enormous body of information based on the concept that there are seven criteria for a value and it is challenging to live in integrity with our deeds matching our creeds. We often allow old experiences and opinions to cloud our ability to live by our values.

Choice Theory and Reality Therapy teach that almost all behavior is chosen and we are driven by our genes to satisfy five basic needs: survival, love and belonging, power and achievement, freedom and fun. Reality Therapy teaches us that the only person we can control is ourselves and that we have to give up trying to control others.  External control doesn’t not work; it destroys relationships.  Most problems have relationship issues at their core and it is a current relationship, not the past.

These ideas and my experience with creating activities to help explore them are what I used to develop my book.  I believe that difficult people have relationship issues and they are difficult because that is all they know how to do.  I didn’t know what I was doing until someone told me in a clear, nonjudgmental manner.  It led to enhanced relationships and my being less difficult.

Is this a Self Help book or a memoir of your life?

It’s a little bit of both.  I explore my childhood and growing up as an attempt to show how one difficult person evolved.  I describe how others managed to work with me, be married to me and not be able to tell me, in language I could understand, that I was difficult.  There is no blame here, just a collection of my experiences.

My purpose is to invite the reader to face the issue of the difficult person in their life and discover what could be done to have a conversation with that person.  Most of the book is a series of concepts and exercises in self-exploration for the reader.  In order to have a successful conversation with the difficult person the reader needs to reflect on his own judgments and attitudes and decide if it really is his business.  There are strategies for practicing the conversation as well as examples of some and reports of some of my coaching clients.

Finally, there is an outline of how a conversation might flow, with potential choice s of what the reader might say.

Doesn’t our world create difficult people?

Our culture encourages people to speak their minds and show initiative and in some cases, we grow up without learning appropriate boundaries or behavior.  In an effort to be inclusive and participatory some organizations and families become permissive and discontent is usually the result.  So here, perhaps, our world creates difficult people.

I think it is as much the above as it is a lack of willingness of individuals to take a step to talk to another person about what they are doing.  To make the connection and experience a negative reaction can be enough to have people turn away, at which point they may become angry or sarcastic and evolve into being difficult themselves.

A mental health professional once told me that the most important word for good mental health is RISK.  Brené Brown, research professor of sociology and author of three #1 New York Times bestsellers: The Gifts of ImperfectionDaring Greatly, and Rising Strong, has spent the last fourteen years studying vulnerability, shame, and empathy.  Dr. Brown points out that one is not truly alive and engaged unless one is vulnerable.  Taking a risk to have a conversation with a difficult person is being vulnerable and will bring real results.

Reading this book and participating in the suggested exercises will be risky.  Closer relationships and clearer boundaries might result.

What is one take-away from your book that you hope your readers remember?

I hope readers will remember that the difficult person is not intentionally being difficult.  My experience shows that even people who have done some introspection and self-help activities don’t realize how others perceive the nor how they are impacting others.

I had been seeing therapists of one sort or another most of my life and attended various workshops to determine ways to find happiness in my life and still had behaviors that others found difficult.  It was as natural to me as breathing and I didn’t understand that others avoided me.  I wished for more friends but something was always wrong with them once I got them.

A difficult person does not know what they are doing that aggravates the reader and if the only idea the reader takes is to ask the person, “Do you know you do this and it annoys the heck out of me?” it will be a first step in healing the relationship.

What do you mean by “being in someone’s business?”

This is a concept I learned from Byron Katie, creator of a self-inquiry process called The Work and author of bestselling books: Loving What Is, and A Thousand Names for Joy.  Katie states that there are three kinds of business: my business which is everything about me, your business which is everything about you and God’s business which is everything else.

Being in someone’s business is what brings us pain.  Trying to be in God’s business also brings us pain.  How do we know we are out of our own business?  Probably because we are in pain.  I teach the concept in the book Lessons from a Difficult Person for the reader to self-evaluate his desire for someone to be different.  If he wants the other to be different because he thinks the other would be better or happier if he changed, the reader is in the other person’s business.

If the reader wants the other to consider changing because the behavior of the other has concrete impact on productivity in the workplace or comfort and happiness in a family situation, and it directly impacts the reader, then it is more possible that he is in his own business.  Clarity around this boundary is essential for developing a conversation with the difficult person that will invite a better relationship.

There is nothing more annoying than someone who says, “You know what your problem is?  You should just do this and you’d be so much happier.”  It’s possibly true but we don’t like being told what to do.  When someone asks, “Are you aware that you’re doing this and it is negatively impacting others?  Is that what you want?” we are more open to considering a change.  We are given information and asked if it’s what we want.  We can choose to change or not.  It is our business.

 

Sarah (Sam) Elliston is an expert in the art of Dealing with Difficult People. She is a top workshop leader and a member of the faculty of the William Glasser Institute, which espouses “Reality Therapy” to foster behavioral change.

But her instructional career began long before she even became aware that she was herself a “difficult person,” traits that began in Lincoln MA, where she grew up. For more than 30 years she has been teaching and training, first as a high school teacher in Ohio and Cincinnati—and then as an administrator in the not-for-profit sector.

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Jan 30 – Library of Clean Reads – book spotlight / giveaway

Jan 30 – Books, Dreams, Life – book spotlight

Jan 31 – 100 Pages A Day – book spotlight / giveaway

Jan 31 – Reviews by Room With Books – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway

Jan 31 – Writers and Authors – book spotlight / author interview

Feb 1 –   Fantastic Feathers – book spotlight / guest post

Feb 1 –   Man of la Book – A Bookish Blog – book spotlight / guest post

Feb 2 –   #redhead.with.book – book spotlight / giveaway

Feb 3 –   Laura’s Interests – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway

Feb 3 –   A Mama’s Corner of the World – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway

Feb 6 –   Outset – Rakhi Jayashankar’s Blog – book spotlight

Feb 6 –   Books for Books – book spotlight

Feb 7 –   Sylv all about books – book spotlight / giveaway

Feb 8 –   Bound 2 Escape – book spotlight / giveaway

Feb 9 –  JBronder Book Reviews – book spotlight / author interview

Feb 9 –   Deal Sharing Aunt – book spotlight / giveaway

Feb 10 – Cheryl’s Book Nook – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway

Feb 10 – Rainy Day Reviews – book spotlight / author interview

Feb 13 – Reading Authors – book spotlight / giveaway

Feb 14 – Everyday Gyaan – book spotlight / giveaway

Feb 15 – Perfect Chaos – book spotlight / giveaway

Feb 16 – Rockin’ Book Reviews – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway

Feb 16 – T’s Stuff – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway

Feb 17 – Health Is Our Key – book spotlight

Feb 17 – Seaside Book Nook – book spotlight / giveaway

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Silence Interrupted Spotlight @authorsania @iReadBookTours

Silence Interrupted

by Sania Shaikh

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Category:  YA Fiction,  205 pages
Genre:  Contemporary Fiction
Publisher: Lanier Press
Release date:  November 14, 2016
Tour dates:  Dec 5 to 23, 2016
Content Rating:   PG + M
About the Book
Two months before Troye Saavedra’s senior year of high school, his father’s drinking problem skyrockets. When Troye’s parents make an impulsive move to Georgia in order to “help” him finish high school on a positive note, he is forced to leave behind everything he knows. Things couldn’t get worse for Troye. That is, until he meets three enigmatic teenagers: Adelaide, an independent violinist with radical ideas; Zaidan, fiercely loyal and always funny; and Arabella, a girl who harbors secret struggles. Together, the four friends try to pick up the jagged pieces of their lives without getting hurt themselves. An insightful tale of perseverance, Silence Interrupted is a young adult novel about the beauty and peril of traversing the world as a teenager.

Buy the Book:  Amazon

About the Author
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Sania Shaikh is a junior at Cambridge High School. Inspired to write from a young age, she worked on Silence Interrupted, her debut novel, starting in eighth grade.
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Tour Schedule:

Dec 5 –   Working Mommy Journal – book spotlight

Dec 5 –    FLY HIGH! – book spotlight

Dec 5 –    Room With Books – book spotlight

Dec 6 –   Turning the Pages – book spotlight

Dec 6 –   Books, Dreams, Life – book spotlight

Dec 7 –   Rockin’ Book Reviews – book spotlight

Dec 7 –   100 Pages A Day – book spotlight

Dec 8 –   A Mama’s Corner of the World – book spotlight

Dec 8 –   Lukten av Trykksverte – book spotlight

Dec 9 –   Zerina Blossom’s Books – book spotlight

Dec 12Shoshi Reads – book spotlight

Dec 12Christy’s Cozy Corners – book spotlight

Dec 13Bound 2 Escape – book spotlight

Dec 13Reading Authors – book spotlight

Dec 14The Autistic Gamer – book spotlight

Dec 14The All Night Library – book spotlight

Dec 15Books for Books – book spotlight

Dec 15Library of Clean Reads – book spotlight

Dec 16Celticlady’s Reviews – book spotlight

Dec 16Mystery Suspense Reviews – book spotlight

Dec 19Book Lover in Florida – book spotlight

Dec 19Heidi’s Wanderings – book spotlight

Dec 20E-News With Jessy  – book spotlight

Dec 20Outset – Rakhi Jayashankar’s Blog – book spotlight

Dec 21The Journey Back – book spotlight

Dec 21Bookworm for Kids – book spotlight

Dec 22StoreyBook Reviews – book spotlight

Dec 23Svetlana’s Reads and Views – book spotlight

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Mummy’s Little Angel Review Tour @JWLawson_Books @iReadBookTours @WorldsBestStory

 

Mummy’s Little Angel is the first place winner of World’s Best Story!

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About the Book

mummys-little-angelJoanne didn’t believe that her life could become worse than it already was. She had lost everybody and everything she had loved. She was alone. Surely she had suffered enough? The press had called her identical twins psychopaths. Her Maggie. Her Annie. But she still loved them, even though one of them had killed her husband, Jeff. Joanne believed that his murder had been an accident. How could one of her girls be a murderer? She knew them better than anybody else. They were good girls really.

She just had to prove it.

The brutal murder of her god-daughter Laura had never been solved. Items were missing when Laura’s remains had been discovered: clues that could lead to the capture of her killer. One of them was Laura’s doll … the doll that Joanne later discovered in her home. Joanne is facing the most horrific dilemma of her life. Has the wrong woman been imprisoned? Could her child have used such brutality against her best friend? Or could both women be innocent after all?

She needs to find somebody for her daughter to confide in; somebody she will trust. She needs a miracle. There is only one person who can help. He is compassionate and caring, with an amazing ability to gain the trust of the most difficult patients. He is Joanne’s only hope. He is Jonathan Davies.

Purchase Links

Amazon ~ Barnes & Noble ~ Friesen Press

 

Book Trailer

Guest Post

by JW Lawson

Once upon a time …

I had a dream. That dream was to publish my book. The book I’d been working on for many years. The book I’d created in my mind when I was just nineteen. The book I was too frightened to complete – for fear that I would be judged, criticised, even laughed at. I stopped writing and concentrated on my career and, along the way, I met many amazing people …

“Before my accident, I was a professional diver,” he said. “ I broke my neck in a diving accident which resulted in me becoming a paraplegic. But, that hasn’t stopped me at all! In fact, I’ve just sailed the world, despite my disability. And, I’m helping many others to achieve their dreams in the same way that I have.”

A beautiful, young woman directs her wheelchair towards me and smiles. “Yes, I’m going to learn how to sail,” she whispers. I bend down so that I can hear her soft voice. She moves her long, blonde hair away from her face and her eyes widen. “I’m so excited. I really didn’t believe that I’d have the confidence to do this, but I have … thanks to this hospital and the friends I’ve made here. I will sail. I will have a future and I will qualify as a doctor … someday. Her eyes fill with tears. I pass her a tissue but instead of feeling self-pity, she tells me her story. “I am the lucky one. My three friends were killed instantly in the crash and me? I am blessed. I didn’t even suffer from a scratch. It’s Ironic that the ambulance didn’t see me and ran over me isn’t it?” I don’t know what to say, where to look even. Her pretty blue eyes meet mine. “I had to stop studying for a while, but thanks to this wonderful rehab unit, I’m ready now to move on and make my dreams come true.”

The television cameras focus on the patients as they are assisted into the wheelchair accessible vehicle our Company built. I’m bursting with pride. Not for me but for them. Each and every person sitting in this vehicle has an amazing story to tell. Each and every one of them inspires me.

The following week, I meet another customer. The journalists are there, along with fifty trustees from a Charity and many dignitaries. He struggles out of his wheelchair, stands up, and taps on the microphone. Despite a speech impediment, he delivers a moving speech. Despite his profound disabilities, he smiles for the camera and thanks me for helping his dream come true. As humbled as I am with his kind compliments, I feel a fraud.

I finished my book and wrote another. And someday, the author who was scared of being laughed at … or judged, will write another book. A factual book based on the lives of the amazing people she has met who are simply grateful to be here and still have dreams. I genuinely hope that they all come true.

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About the Author

jw-lawsonAward Winning Author, JW Lawson is already gaining recognition for her writing talents in the US and world-wide. The second of a trilogy of sensational thrillers, Mummy’s Little Angel is the winner of the highly acclaimed Worlds Best Story competition and has also received some outstanding reviews from the professional team of judges in the competition. She is currently writing her third thriller, Crossroads which will be available in 2017 and the final book of the current series, Hush Little Baby will be available in 2018.

Connect With the Author

Website ~ Twitter ~ Facebook

 

Giveaway

Prizes

Win a copy of Mummy’s Little Angel (print or ebook)

One winner will also get a $20 Amazon gift card

(open to USA & Can – 7 winners total)

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Tour Schedule:

Sept 5 – Mystery Suspense Reviews – book spotlight / guest post

Sept 6 – Ali – The Dragon Slayer – review / guest post / giveaway

Sept 7 – Cheryl’s Book Nook – review / author interview / giveaway

Sept 7 – Fantastic Feathers – review

Sept 8 – Book Crazy Scrapbook Mama – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway

Sept 8 – Keenly Kristin – review

Sept 9 – The Autistic Gamer – review

Sept 12 – Cover2Cover – book spotlight / giveaway

Sept 12 – The World As I See It – review / giveaway

Sept 13 – Books, Movies, Reviews. Oh my! – review / giveaway

Sept 13 – Celticlady’s Reviews – book spotlight / giveaway

Sept 14 – Musings Over Nothing – review / author interview

Sept 15 – T’s Stuff – review / author interview / giveaway

Sept 16 – The travelogue of a book addict – The Book Drealms – review / giveaway

Sept 19 – Readers Muse – review

Sept 19 – A Mama’s Corner of the World – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway

Sept 20 – The Silver Dagger Scriptorium – review / guest post / giveaway

Sept 21 – Lisa Loves Literature – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway

Sept 21 – Life as Leels – review

Sept 22 – fuonlyknew – review / giveaway

Sept 23 – Bound 4 Escape – review / giveaway

Sept 26 – Sylv all about books and films – review / guest post

Sept 27 – The Best Books Ever – review

Sept 28 – Book and Ink – review

Sept 29 – The Cubicle Escapee – review

Sept 30 – Bookmyopia – review

Sept 30 – Room With Books – review(delayed) / guest post / giveaway

 

 

Fresh Brewed Blog Tour @pamelaford @iReadBookTours

Fresh Brewed

by Pamela Ford

The Continental Breakfast Club, Book Two

 

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Category: Adult fiction, 260 pages

Genre: Romantic comedy

Publisher: Aine Press

Release date: May 10, 2016

Content Rating: PG 13 (For some profanity)

 

About the Book

02_PF_Fresh Brewed_R17Allie Parker’s had enough. Just because she’s a dog groomer, her overachieving family of doctors and lawyers treats her like a child. She’s convinced that a successful husband is all she needs to change their attitudes. So when she and her friends come up with a brilliant new way to meet eligible men, Allie squeezes into her sister’s stylish clothes and sneaks into continental breakfast at an upscale hotel to find herself the perfect guy.

Before Allie has taken her last bite of syrup-laden waffle, she’s met the man of her dreams. But what she doesn’t know is that he’s a jewel thief who mistakenly thinks she’s his contact—and so does everyone else who’s after his stash of diamonds.

Suddenly Allie’s world is crazily upended. And as she scrambles to prove her innocence and get back to her old life, she discovers happily ever after sneaks up when you least expect it.

Purchase Links

Amazon ~ Barnes & Noble

 

Book Review

Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of Fresh Brewed by Pamela Ford for the purpose of an honest review.

It was an absolute pleasure to read Fresh Brewed by Pamela Ford. It isn’t often that I get to read two books in the same series for review in such close proximity to each other. This novel in The Continental Breakfast Club series follows my review of Over Easy on August 2nd, and I’m hoping the third installment won’t take too long to find it’s way onto my reader!

The same characters inhabit Fresh Brewed that we first met in Over Easy. These ladies are up to their unusual antics and this time things are even more serious. An inheritance is at stake and the ladies of The Continental Breakfast Club are ready to make sure that doesn’t happen, regardless of the heartbreak that might ensue.

I loved them in Over Easy and I love them even more after reading Fresh Brewed. The question is, how long will I last? I’m ready for Honey Glazed to harken me back to my reader for even more fun! If you haven’t picked up these two books yet, what are you waiting for?

I definitely recommend Fresh Brewed by Pamela Ford and give it five steaming hot cups of Room With Books coffee.

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Patricia, Room With Books

 

 

Meet the Author

Pamela FordPamela Ford is the award-winning author of contemporary and historical romance. She grew up watching old movies, blissfully sighing over the romance; and reading sci-fi and adventure novels, vicariously living the action. The combination probably explains why the books she writes are romantic, happily-ever-afters with plenty of plot – and often lots of laughter.

After graduating from college with a degree in Advertising, Pam merrily set off to earn a living, searching for that perfect career as she became a graphic designer, print buyer, pantyhose sales rep, public relations specialist, copywriter, freelance writer – and finally author. Pam has won numerous awards including the Booksellers Best, the Laurel Wreath, and a gold medal IPPY in the Independent Book Publisher Awards. She is a Kindle Book Awards finalist and a two-time Golden Heart Finalist. She lives in Wisconsin where she is working on her next novel.

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Giveaway

Five winners total:

Two winners will get a print copy of Over Easy + a $10 Starbucks gift card;

Two winners will get a print copy of Fresh Brewed + a $10 Starbucks gift card;

One winner will get a print copy of both books + a $25 Starbucks gift card!

Ends September 17, 2016

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Over Easy Blog Tour @pamelafordbooks @iReadBookTours

Over Easy

by Pamela Ford

The Continental Breakfast Club, Book One

 

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Category: Adult fiction, 260 pages

Genre: Romantic comedy

Publisher: Aine Press

Release date: May 10, 2016

Content Rating: PG 13 (For some profanity)

 

About the Book

01_PF_OverEasy_R19Allie Parker’s had enough. Just because she’s a dog groomer, her overachieving family of doctors and lawyers treats her like a child. She’s convinced that a successful husband is all she needs to change their attitudes. So when she and her friends come up with a brilliant new way to meet eligible men, Allie squeezes into her sister’s stylish clothes and sneaks into continental breakfast at an upscale hotel to find herself the perfect guy.

Before Allie has taken her last bite of syrup-laden waffle, she’s met the man of her dreams. But what she doesn’t know is that he’s a jewel thief who mistakenly thinks she’s his contact—and so does everyone else who’s after his stash of diamonds.

Suddenly Allie’s world is crazily upended. And as she scrambles to prove her innocence and get back to her old life, she discovers happily ever after sneaks up when you least expect it.

Purchase Links

Amazon  ~  Barnes & Noble

 

Book Review

Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of Over Easy by Pamela Ford for the purpose of an honest review.

It was an absolute pleasure to read Over Easy by Pamela Ford. This is a book that captured my attention and held it from cover to cover. It had plenty of action including manhunting, sleuthing, and lots of laughter!

Ms. Ford has created a cast of characters that is easy to relate to, then you mix in a trio of furry friends and the story is bound to get a little wild!

I love that Over Easy is the first book in a series so I can get my fix for The Continental Breakfast Club in pretty short order! You should pick up a copy. I think you’ll be very pleased with your purchase!

I definitely recommend Over Easy by Pamela Ford and give it five steaming hot cups of Room With Books coffee.

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Author Q&A

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What made you write a book about women sneaking into hotel continental breakfasts to try to meet eligible men?

I was at a continental breakfast several years ago, minding my own business of course, when I spotted a good looking guy in a suit eating breakfast alone. Suddenly the question, “What if. . .” popped into my head and the story idea was born. I started writing the series in third person, but quickly switched to first person because it seemed a more natural way to show the central character’s personality—and quirks.

If you are a mom writer, how do you balance your time?

My youngest child is now in college, so I have much more time to devote to writing. But balancing that time is still difficult because my daughters call 75 times a day. Okay, I’m exaggerating, but they call a lot—when they’re walking home from class or going to work or bored or making cookies or. . .

What is your favorite travel spot?

I don’t have a specific favorite spot, but I really like water—lakes, oceans, ponds, rivers. . .even puddles! If there’s a body of water nearby, I’ll like the vacation.

What childhood books inspired you to want to write books?

I was a voracious reader as a kid, so I think that libraries in general are what inspired me to write. For a while we lived in an area serviced by a Bookmobile, and I can still remember what it felt like to go to the Bookmobile every Saturday morning. I discovered The Black Stallion series on the bookmobile, which was like getting a gift since I was a city girl who was always begging my parents for a horse.

If you could go back in time, where would you go?

I don’t know if I would go back, but I’d really like to go forward. I would love to see what the future holds—whether space and interplanetary travel is commonplace and if we will have colonies on other planets.

Where do you write?

I like to shake up where I write because it helps keep my writing from stalling. I’ll write at my desk, or on our three-season porch, or at coffee shops. I really love working in coffee shops that open their exterior windows/walls in nice weather.

 

Meet the Author

Pamela FordPamela Ford is the award-winning author of contemporary and historical romance. She grew up watching old movies, blissfully sighing over the romance; and reading sci-fi and adventure novels, vicariously living the action. The combination probably explains why the books she writes are romantic, happily-ever-afters with plenty of plot – and often lots of laughter.

After graduating from college with a degree in Advertising, Pam merrily set off to earn a living, searching for that perfect career as she became a graphic designer, print buyer, pantyhose sales rep, public relations specialist, copywriter, freelance writer – and finally author. Pam has won numerous awards including the Booksellers Best, the Laurel Wreath, and a gold medal IPPY in the Independent Book Publisher Awards. She is a Kindle Book Awards finalist and a two-time Golden Heart Finalist. She lives in Wisconsin where she is working on her next novel.

Connect With the Author

Website  Twitter  Facebook  Goodreads

 

Giveaway

Five winners total:

Two winners will get a print copy of Over Easy + a $10 Starbucks gift card;

Two winners will get a print copy of Fresh Brewed + a $10 Starbucks gift card;

One winner will get a print copy of both books + a $25 Starbucks gift card!

Ends September 17, 2016

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Sunborn Rising: Beneath the Fall Blog Tour @SunbornRising @Aaron_Safronoff @iReadBookTours

Sunborn Rising:

Beneath the Fall

by Aaron Safronoff

 

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Sunborn Rising: Beneath the Fall is the best vivid fantasy YA book of the year.”Entrada Publishing

 

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On a distant world of forests floating on an ocean around a star,

a blight threatens to plunge all life into darkness.

But three friends seek the light.

Together, they will Fall and be lost.

And at the very Root of darkness, they will find themselves.

But will it be enough to help them find their way home?

Characters of Sunborn Rising

 

The world of Cerulean

Light and water flow from the ocean into the roots of the Great Trees, up through the boughs, and out over the lush canopy. But the once vibrant treescape has grown dim over generations of arboreal life, and the creatures of the forest have forgotten the light.

Barra, a young, willful Listlespur, finds her late father’s hidden journal, and reads about the old world and the mysterious plague her father believed destroyed it. He wrote that he warned the Elders. He urged them to take action. Those were his last words.

Together with her two best friends, Barra will explore every bark, wood, and leaf of the Great Forest to relight her world and complete her father’s story, even if she has to travel beneath the Fall.

Purchase Links

Amazon ~ Author Website

 

ROOM WITH BOOKS encourages our readers to follow the tour and please, leave comments!

 

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Guest Post

Congratulations, Patricia, on the changes coming to your Room with Books website! I sincerely appreciate your invitation to guest post before you transition to more reviews than tours. Good luck! Okay, let’s get started.

Inspiration is an odd concept. I never seek it out. I don’t know what it would look like if I ever found it. And no one thing has ever been entirely responsible for anything I’ve created. Inspiration is less about “that thing” that inspires, and more about your receptivity to being inspired. While it’s true that an inciting event or sight might affect you tremendously, your insides have to be unlocked and unguarded to experience it. People frequently ask me about my inspirations, and I do my best to answer in a straightforward manner, but having this guest post opportunity, I thought it’d be fun to give a more complete, albeit less straightforward answer: Everything and nothing. From a dust mote hanging just so in a ray of light to firemen rushing headlong into a burning building, on a given day, either could make me weepy — though I’ll never admit to it: *sniff* “Allergies.” On another day, with a syringe full of liquefied emotion plunged straight into my heart, the most effusive response leaving my lips might be, “Ouch.” Hyperbolic maybe, but I think the point is clear. Inspiration depends on me.

External factors definitely matter too, but as collections of moments strung together over time instead of a single instantiating event. Space exploration, rather than walking on the moon. Travelling, instead of that one trip to Germany. So, while stories almost always occur to me as flashes of inspiration, the experiences responsible are varied and numerous, and in that precious flash, they’ve come together in a new way, that I was lucky enough to observe. After all this time of writing, I can unreservedly say that music and stand-up comedy are always close to my heart, and that I’m more open to those forms than any others. I’m listening to Hum, The Very Old Man, right now, and I’m absolutely positive that demarks the end of this post.

Thank you so much for reading, and for indulging in this roundabout explanation. I guess I was inspired. Did anyone see what did it? 😛

 

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Meet the Author

Aaron Safronoff 2Aaron Safronoff is author of the Discovery Award winning science fiction novel, Spire. Since his debut, he’s published a sequel, Fallen Spire, and a novella of literary fiction, Evening Breezes.

Safronoff’s diverse background includes the formal study of computer science, bio-chemistry, and culinary arts. However, most of his career has been in the videogame industry in quality, production, and design.

Today, Safronoff is the co-founder and Chief Storyteller of Neoglyphic Entertainment, and is busy writing his fifth novel, the second installment of the Sunborn Rising series.

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  2. One winner will also win a 16’ x 20’ high quality (giclée) printed piece of the original art on canvas, signed by author Aaron Safronoff as well as Christopher Chamberlain the Art Director (valued at $100) – open to USA only
  3. Ten winners will each get a gifted Kindle copy of Sunborn Rising with a $10 Amazon gift card AND a free digital download of the original musical soundtrack (open international)

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The Five Truths About Work-Life Balance Book Tour @Simple_WLB @iReadBookTours

The Five Truths About Work-Life Balance

By Jae Ellard

 

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About the Book

Work-life balance has nothing to do with work. Really. It also doesn’t matter what words you use to describe it. The fact is, most people share a similar desire to create easy joy and meaningful engagement across the roles, relationships and responsibilities that make up life.

Our current habits and perceptions often get us stuck and prevent us from creating the life we desire. Get unstuck, learn the truths about work-life balance.

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Book Review

Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of The Five Truths About Work-Life Balance by Jae Ellard for the purpose of an honest review.

I must admit my surprise when I first opened The Five Truths About Work-Life Balance by Jae Ellard.  My experience with most books of this type is that they will be filled with chapters of long prose that are most excruciating to read and remain awake.  The Five Truths About Work-Life Balance is anything but what I expected.

Ms. Ellard has taken a very simple look at her five truths and presented them is an easy to understand and an easy to implement style.

From the introduction “There is no need for a long, wordy introduction . . .” to the closing statement, “The choice is yours.” the reality of Ms. Ellard’s truths is indeed simplicity and I truly enjoyed that. I was able to read, then re-read to make sure I grasped the tenants as she intended.

I come away from The Five Truths About Work-Life Balance with a very profound truth about myself, “Many people don’t spend much time where they are. They are either still thinking about where they have been or thinking about where they will be – which robs them of being where they are when they are there.”

I definitely recommend The Five Truths About Work-Life Balance by Jae Ellard for anyone, like me, that suffers from an imbalance of life. I believe we could all learn a great deal from Ms. Ellard by embracing her simple ideas of life!

I give The Five Truths About Work-Life Balance by Jae Ellard four steaming hot cups of Room With Books coffee.

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Guest Post

DON’T QUIT YOUR JOB TO FIND BALANCE

By Jae Ellard, Author of The Five Truths About Work-Life Balance, Simple Intentions Founder

Some people leave their jobs to find better balance and end up right where they started, only sitting at a different desk. You don’t have to quit your job to find better balance. In fact, please don’t do that. Rather, find balance in the job you currently have. Quit only if you realize your career is not supporting you in living or expressing your values.

Finding balance has very little to do with your career. Balance also has very little to do with the company where you work, or the people with or for whom you work. Balance has everything to do with getting clear on what you need and effectively expressing those needs.

Creating balance starts with a choice, an intention to create balance however you define it. Balance is different for each of us. It is not something that any CEO, manager or executive coach can give you or define for you.

Define balance for yourself, then make the choice to create it through daily actions. Actions that may be small, simple and so subtle that others around you barely notice. Actions like eating lunch away from your desk, drinking more water, getting enough sleep, setting down your mobile device when someone is talking to you.

Or bigger actions like mapping out your career path, learning new skills, putting energy into a hobby, or volunteering. Importantly, creating balance requires actions like saying what you mean, communicating your boundaries and requesting what you need to create a life of balance.

If you feel so out of balance that you’re thinking about leaving your job, stay until you are clear what it is you really need. Ask yourself if what you need is something your company or manager can reasonably provide. It might be that you already have everything you need, and the path to balance is small simple actions each day. No company, manager or person can create balance for you. The choice is yours.

 

About the Author

Jae EllardAfter years in senior communication roles crafting content for executives, Jae collapsed from stress-related adrenal fatigue. This life-altering experience propelled her to research human behavior, neuroscience, mindfulness, and organizational relationship systems.

In 2008, Jae founded Simple Intentions and developed the Mindful Life™ Program, which includes four group coaching workshops to generate reflection, awareness and action at the organizational and individual levels. Jae has taught the skill of awareness to thousands of employees at multinational corporations in more than 50 countries including China, Russia, India, Japan, Brazil, United Arab Emirates, Germany, United Kingdom, Norway, and the United States.

Jae contributes to the Awareness at Work column for Mindful Magazine, the Healthy Living section on Huffington Post as well as the Simple Intentions blog. Jae has a master’s degree in Communication Management from Colorado State University and a bachelor’s degree in Broadcast Communication from Metropolitan State College of Denver. She holds certificates in co-active coaching and organizational relationship systems coaching and is the author of seven books.

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The Urban Boys Blog Tour @knsmith_author @iReadBookTours

The Urban Boys:

Discovery of the Five Senses

By K.N. Smith

 

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About the Book

The Urban Boys: Discovery of the Five Senses is an action-adventure story about five teen boys who are mysteriously exposed to a foreign energy source that gives them extremely heightened senses. Sight, sound, touch, taste, and smell become hypersensitive gifts that forever change the world!

The story chronicles their effortless interrelations and later exposes the testing of their deep bonds, and introduces the reader to an array of supporting characters who alter the boys’ lives forever. The Urban Boys offers young and mature readers central themes of loyalty, responsibility, honesty, fear, and triumph, which become artfully integrated with cinematic-level action and high drama.

We wonder, will they pass the test of fate, and will each of us pass the test of our very own lives? Intriguing, intelligent, and full of action, The Urban Boys offers a memorable, emotion-packed, thrilling ride for traditional and digital readers of all ages! (first in a series)

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What Others Are Saying About This Book

“An energetic YA adventure debut with stellar action sequences. Smith’s writing is intelligent and often lyrical. Her exuberant prose never fails to dazzle.”- Kirkus Media

“Author K.N. Smith uses her mastery of the written word to weave an entrancing, yet powerful tale of adventure that keeps you turning pages in an unquenchable desire to find out what happens next. The author’s matchless prose details cinematic fight sequences and fully developed characterizations especially in a final, stupendous scene that will take your breath away and leave you limp with spent emotions. Five stars for this imaginative and inspiring story, sure to be as appealing to general audiences as it will be to the YA crowd!” 5-stars – Publishers Daily Reviews

“I LOVE to read, but live a hugely busy life. It gets more complicated upon that rare occasion when a book is so captivating, so enthralling, that it is impossible to walk away. With only definitive hours in a day, something has to give. For me, that was sleep! And it was worth every sacrificed minute. “The Urban Boys” was the grand slam home run and exceeded my wildest expectations and I would bet, maybe yours, as well. Totally new concepts and a rich crew of characters – good, bad and ugly… and suspenseful twists that keep you guessing, and such beautiful, strong writing! A must read for fans of YA action/adventure/fantasy!!” 5-stars – Indie Book Reviewers

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One of my Favorite Hobbies: Gardening by K.N. Smith

Being a naturally creative person, I’ve had numerous hobbies over the years. Gardening is one of my main hobbies, and also a deeply relaxing activity. Because of the way our home is set up, I have limited gardening going on at the house, so I do my main gardening at the community garden. I have six raised beds and I grew all kinds of things: tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers, edamame, squash, all kinds of herbs, parsley, cilantro, purple and yellow wax beans, cantaloupe, Swiss chard, and potatoes, and I’m sure there’s more. At home, I grow strawberries, fresh mint, oregano, rosemary, and I have a grafted 5-in-1 fruit tree with two kinds of peaches, nectarines, apricots, and plums. My sister has a small farm, and she is such an inspiration in this area. She also raises grass and vegetable fed animals. Her eggs are delicious! As you can imagine, our summers are pretty full.

I’m also certified in proper canning techniques, so I do a lot of canning during the season. I make homemade ketchup, marinara sauce, canned tomatoes, all kinds of jams and jellies, pickles, fresh tomato soup with garlic and basil, and all kinds of pickled vegetables, among other things. It’s an organic blast! My homemade ice cream and ice cream sandwiches are a favorite around the house as well. With my debut novel out in the marketplace, I’ll have to pace myself this summer with all the organic goodness. Don’t be surprised if you see some of these things showing up in the next book!

 

About the Author

K.N. SmithK.N. Smith is an American author and passionate advocate of childhood and family literacy programs throughout the world. She continues to inspire students of all ages to reach their highest potential in their literary and educational pursuits. Her creative, lyrical flair sweeps across pages that twist, turn, and grind through elements of paranormal and action-adventure in diverse, exciting, edge-of-your-seat narratives. She lives with her family in California.

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Newspaper Boys Always Deliver Book Tour @iReadBookTours

Newspaper Boys Always Deliver

By Joseph Gulesserian

 

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About the Book

A Personal Journey into Pop and Technological change in the last Fifty Years.

In Newspaper Boys Always Deliver, Gulesserian takes us on a captivating adventure by combining personal essays and historical insights for an enlightening look at how we got here, and the earlier inventions that paved the way for current cutting-edge technologies. While exploring pop-culture trends, unexpected impacts, and memorable moments in time, this collection of thought-provoking and humorous reflections paints a fascinating picture of the changes half a century can bring—and its implications for what could be just around the corner.

In just fifty years, Western culture has gone from culture to techno-culture—from the swinging sixties to rap, encyclopedia to Wikipedia, slide rule to artificial intelligence.

Newspaper Boys Always Deliver, shares a personal journey of how we got here, in a Book that delivers an eclectic plethora of knowledge, controversy and humorous entertainment in a newspaper format.

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Author Q&A

Q. Why did you create the table of contents in a newspaper format?

This makes for perhaps the most interesting question, since, quite frankly, when I started the book, I was not clear where I was heading. Admittedly, the book covers a wide plethora of topics that transcends over time with a multitude of subjects.

Perhaps I can better explain this in a way that people can related to. When I usually go for a coffee and sandwich with a friend, we might go through a host of subjects, which could range from our personal lives, careers, politics, technology, sports, humour, business, history and so on.  In fact, many of my friends have eclectic interests and are conversational on multiple fronts. Since, after all, how long can one speak about sports, or let’s say, what you can do with smart phone apps, before the topic starts to sound static?

I then considered that with the plethora of information out there, and diminishing attention spans due to competing priorities, I thought then I would assemble a library of information that I experienced firsthand which I felt on my skin, not through folklore or someone on the outside looking in.

I delivered newspapers through my childhood and I really enjoyed the vast amounts of different topics that a newspaper offered and how much it enriched my life, as well as that of many others’. After all, reading the newspaper was a rite of passage, and having one under one’s arm denoted that one was learned, or at least on the way.

While writing the book, I realized that I had to somehow assemble all this heterogeneous information into something that flowed into an assemblage of order, as a way to record the times from a pop and technological point of view, first going back and then forward, delivering us to the present and beyond.

It is at this point that, with the help of a friend’s suggestion, I split up the table of contents of the book like the sections of a newspaper, such as Front Page, Sports, Entertainment and Business and Technology.

And just like our own experiences, when we document and assemble the Journal of our lives and times, it becomes the Newspaper of our collective experiences.

Q. Why did you revisit the original 1960’s Batman Series?

There was a host of reasons I did this; part was that I wanted to bring the so called villains, namely the Joker, Riddler, Penguin, and of course, the lovely Catwoman, into the modern fold of values, morality, and of course, political correctness.

Specifically, I made a tongue-and-cheek case that all these sinister types ended up the way they did, because they perhaps, had unfortunate shortcomings such as in the case of the Joker, where his mother would not rent him a clown for his 6th birthday party, or in the case of the Penguin, he had a disability. Thus, as a result, they had the moral fibre, or cart blanche, if you will, to turn to a life of crime. Since, as we all know, that in the current climate of societal morality, accountability is a phobic word, and victimization is in intellectual vogue, while we are being conditioned to ignore the elephant in the room.

I then wanted to delve deeper into the psyche of Batman and see if he had to deal with the savage within himself to better understand the villains, while, perhaps thinking at a deeper level, as to why the villain turned to crime, and how both these diametrically opposing forces secretly admire each other in some unexplainable way.

Finally, when we re-examine the original 1960’s series, there are things that really don’t make sense. For example, where did Batman purchase all these chemicals he possessed in his Bat belt? And why did Chief O’Hara and Commissioner Gordon completely rely on the cape crusader, and not have the competence to do their jobs themselves? Thus, some things never change, as these ordained incompetent bureaucrats fail and yet collect their entitlements.

Sound familiar?

Q. Why is the villain discussed throughout most of the book?

I could not help but do the analysis of the villain, since it is victors who write history and ensure that the villain is removed from collective righteousness of prevalent thinking. The villain, in some ways, longs for acceptance that changing their way might bring, but it is the villain that writes the reason for the play. It is the villain that everyone comes to see, may it be in film, professional wrestling, sports, theatre and international politics.

The villain gives rise to the hero, as each examines the other, so they do not have to consider the possibilities of their own respectively flawed ways. Each has a secret admiration of the other, as they super impose their respective roles to better understand each other, and perhaps themselves!

Revisionism within the history is a form of self-flagellation to revisit our victories that masked perhaps our barbarity, so we can atone and realign with our current socially engineered flawed value systems.

As the audience anticipates with great expectations as to the outcome of the dual, they are unknowingly crafting a self-righteous, yet tenuous blueprint for their lives, as they come to point their finger at the barbarity of the event, so they can mask the savage within themselves.

Today, we see the public through Twitter and the rest of the social media conjure a digital recipe of finger wagging, in the hopes that their morality is aligned with current thought. Because, by pointing at the villain, we both deny and hide the savage in us all, as we play out the tragedy.

It is the villain that we come to see, not the virtuous, because the villain is who teaches us how to mask our barbarity and ease ourselves into accepted civility.

The reason we come to see the hero, is to experience the fear of the possibility of the hero’s demise, and it is this adrenaline that we are prepared to pay for, but when all is said and done, without the villain, we are all actors without a script!

Q. Why do you think the moon landing is relevant to the millennials?

The moon landing shifted the parameters of current thinking of the day, in terms of what was available, with relatively older technology compared to today’s super computers. But people forget that there were computers in the 1960’s, and way before, which is discussed in my book. For example, we had technological knowledge of advanced material, pneumatics, physics, precise engineering of metal parts, radar, wireless, solid state circuitry, rocket technology, dating back to the end of the Second World War, and so on.

Social thinking of the day, in the late 1960’s, was that we should resolve our problems on Earth before we spend money in outer space. Very noble idea indeed, but it seems that we have not done so well in solving our problems in the place we call Earth. In fact, we cannot even agree if global warming is cyclical, or is being greatly exasperated by fossil fuels and other forms of man-made pollution.

But here is the relevancy, the moon landing was done with a computer power that could not rival your smart phone, but with a vision, an amalgamation of technology, incredible work ethics and burning desire, we expanded the parameters of human thinking that perhaps has not been equalled in relative terms.

What makes it even more relevant is that much of the amazing technology we have is because we stood on the shoulders of giants that have since passed, and much is owed to them. Further, it could be argued that much of this technology gave birth to the Third Industrial Revolution.

Q. Why did you feel the need to discuss the First and Second Industrial Revolutions in the book, and not just go right into the social media?

Without a doubt, we are on the cusp of the Third Industrial Revolution with the advent of artificial intelligence, the digital revolution, renewable energy, smart cities that will make timed traffic lights look like the horse and cart. Further, all this and more has created a very tech savvy new generation that has embraced all this and created the phenomena of the techno-culture. On one end, we are being freed from the mundane tasks of repetitive labour, while being emotionally addicted to all this technology. Hence, it is a double-edged sword with both joys and societal peril.

But, to really appreciate all this convenient technology, it might be intellectually prudent to consider the people who created the road we currently travel on and pay homage to the shoulders of giants we stand on, such as Edison, Ford, Gates, Armstrong and Jobs, to name a few.

To think all this was delivered without a chain of history to harness the present, disrespects our heritage, and makes the present seem precarious.

 

About the Author

Joseph Gulesserian

Joseph Gulesserian came of age during the seventies, and was exposed to many changing technologies with a career that has ranged from metallurgic to manufacturing, from business equipment to information technology, and brand creation.

After earning his MBA, he taught Corporate Finance, Marketing and Statistics as an adjunct professor at Toronto colleges, and in 2000 established a Toronto-based company that designs and produces health and beauty brands for both domestic and international markets.

Currently, Gulesserian lives in Toronto with his wife.

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To Be a Child

by Debra Schoenberger

 

To Be A Child by Debra Schoenberger

 

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About the Book

Give a child a cardboard box and his imagination will turn it into anything but!

Today, it is less common to see children playing in the streets, especially in urban areas. The plethora of ready-made toys should make any child happy. What usually happens is that the box the toy came in becomes the toy!

This book documents children at play (and at times at work) from 10 different countries. A child’s ingenuity never ceases to amaze me and I hope you will share these images with your children as well.

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Author Interview

What is the best camera?

Pretty much the camera you have on you at the time.  I take a lot of pictures with my cell phone just because it’s always with me.  Two of the more popular camera brands are Canon and Nikon.  I prefer Canon myself (I’m not saying that it’s better than Nikon) because of selection of different lenses that come with the Canon system.  I’ve used several Canons over the past 35 years and presently use a Canon 5D Mark II professional camera.  I love the results I get with this camera.  I also use a Leica M240 which is a rangefinder and very different from the Canon.  The Leica produces images with a faint 3D effect and a softer image, more reminiscent of what film photography looks like.

What do you look for when buying a camera?

When looking for a camera online, I choose a few that have features that I like within my price range.  Then I go to a camera store and hold the camera in my hand for fit and try out the different features.  I’ve discovered that what looks good in theory, doesn’t always feel good in person.  I have a small hand so the camera has to be small enough to be comfortable.

What do you look for when buying a camera strap?

After a fair bit of research, I found a camera strap from Black Rapid that is designed especially for women.  It fits wonderfully across the body and hangs your camera down by your hip using a screw that connects to the tripod socket of your camera.  This is great for a heavier camera and leaves your hands free (especially when you’re waving at the bus to not leave you behind!)  You can buy this strap here:

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The strap is an excellent investment (I paid double what the price is now).

Book Review

Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of To Be A Child by Debra Schoenberger in exchange for an honest review.

It is my pleasure to offer my review of To Be A Child. Much like looking back through photos of my children and grandchildren, the photographs by Debra Schoenberger brought a deluge of smiles and contemplative moments along with them.

I’ve always been an admirer of photographic art and love Ms. Schoenberger’s composition as well as light throughout the album. Singular photographs of children at play, work, rest and other childhood pursuits along with the images of friends, two- and four-legged as well as pretend, blend together to contribute to the enjoyment of this volume.

I highly recommend you pick up a copy of To Be A Child by Debra Schoenberger to keep next to your favorite coffee table books, though this one is likely be a book looked through most often.

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About the Author

Debra Schoenberger aka #girl with camera

Debra SchoenbergerMy dad always carried a camera under the seat of his car and was constantly taking pictures. I think that his example, together with pouring over National Geographic magazines as a child fuelled my curiosity for the world around me.

I am a documentary photographer and street photography is my passion. Some of my images have been chosen by National Geographic as editor’s favourites and are on display in the National Geographic museum in Washington, DC.  I also have an off-kilter sense of humour so I’m always looking for the unusual.  Plus I usually have a lot of scars on my knees.

(le sigh…)

I live with my creative director, Miss Pickles (my budgie) in Victoria, BC, Canada.

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