The Greatest Prospector in the World Blog Tour @Ken_dunn @iReadBookTours

The Greatest Prospector in the World

by Ken Dunn

 

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About the Book

The Greatest Prospector in the World

Laura Dunagan, was born in the gold prospecting days of rustic Alaska in the early 1900’s. When Laura was 14 years old, her father was trapped under a mudslide while prospecting in a nearby river and died. Laura was forced to move to Chicago in the care of her rich Uncle Joe. Laura hated Uncle Joe because he forced her to leave the river, but also because he had left the family prospecting business to move to Chicago years before she was born.

Laura discovers that Uncle Joe made his fortune selling insurance and was the owner of the largest insurance company in Illinois. While wandering through the mansion one day, she found Uncle’s Joe personal den. In it, she discovered an entire new life that would lead her to heights that she would never had realized panning for gold in Alaska. Uncle Joe used the 6 gold prospecting rules for safety to prospect new clients for his insurance company and in doing so, discovered the secrets to wealth in selling.

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Book Review

Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of The Greatest Prospector in the World by Ken Dunn in exchange for an honest review.

It is my pleasure to have the opportunity to read The Greatest Prospector in the World by Ken Dunn. I was stunned to find that The Greatest Prospector in the World is not only a parable on creating success in business, but a masterfully written historical novel. It was enjoyable to read and filled with six nuggets that will lead you to higher success in sales, in business, and in life.

Laura is a very strong character with a deep will to succeed and an even deeper connection to the story of her family. She uses these traits as a blueprint that will ultimately lead to her own story of success in a time when women rarely succeeded in business.

Mr. Dunn is a master of words as well as a master of the skills of success. This is a book that should be shared and read in businesses of all types, secular and non-secular, and also by people looking for a way to make their lives more meaningful and better balanced. I’m adding his six tips for success to my life to help round out my 2016 plan to health, balance and success in my family and with my blog.

I highly recommend The Greatest Prospector in the World by Ken Dunn give it five steaming cups of Room With Books coffee.

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About the Author

Ken DunnKen Dunn is one of the leadership training world’s up and coming great speakers and trainers. An incredible hunger to learn and teach others has led Ken successfully through five different professional careers in the past 25 years.

Ken began a policing career at the age of 18. He was involved in the policing world’s most exhilarating and challenging disciplines, including undercover drug and surveillance work, S.W.A.T. teamwork, aggravated child abuse, frauds, aggravated assaults, illegal weapons smuggling and homicides.

Today, Ken regularly speaks to groups in the direct sales, mortgage, insurance and banking industries. He uses humor and his own experiences to inspire audiences around the world. Ken lives in Toronto, Canada, with his wife, Julie, and children Matthew and Laura.

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Really Good F Words: Your Interactive Guide to Self-Care Book Tour @lorrief @iReadBookTours

Really Good F Words

Your Interactive Guide to Self-Care

by Lorrie Forde

 

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About the Book

Where are you on your priority list? A key question in measuring self-care. Uncover your own customized strategies for moving further up that list as you bring this thought provoking and interactive book to life around your own kitchen table. Connect with friends and get your sense of self back with doable self-care strategies.

Author Lorrie Forde invites you to break all the old rules about not writing in books—this one is yours to write in, reflect back on, and share as you choose. Make it work for you! This is not another thing to add to your ‘to-do’ list. Let the pages do the work and before you know it, you’ll be laughing with friends, reconnecting with your passion, and the envy of your peers as you figure out what ‘feeds you’ and where your ‘weak spots’ are. How long will it take till you’re using “F” words all the time and your cookie jar is overflowing? Analogies like this cookie jar and using really good “F” words help us to laugh at reality and a little laughter really can make all the difference.

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Book Review

Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of Really Good F Words: Your Interactive Guide to Self-Care by Lorrie Forde in exchange for an honest review.

It is my pleasure to have an opportunity to read and review Really Good F Words by Lorrie Forde.

Ms. Forde presented a challenge to my regimented world right away by asking that I allow myself to write in a book. I am most happy to keep a notebook separate from my “study guides” but in my more than half century of living, I haven’t been able to bring myself to write in them. I realize this may be a block that I need further work on.

Reading Really Good F Words has given me another tool to work from a place of darkness and fear to a place of fearlessness and fulfillment along with a close group of friends that I’ve learned to trust.

I don’t think I’ve been taking the time to realize how much I give away without filling up. I’m looking forward to introducing Really Good F Words to my friends and encouraging a group study!

I recommend Really Good F Words by Lorrie Forde to anyone looking to turn further in to a positive, fulfilled lifestyle!

I give Really Good F Words four cups of froth-filled Room With Books coffee.

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About the Author

Lorrie FordeLorrie Forde is a daughter, a mother, a sister, a grandma, and a friend. She learned the hard way that balance is her secret ingredient in the analogy of a full and healthy ‘cookie jar’.

During a twenty-five year career in post-secondary education and through her work as a professional Executive and Life Coach, Lorrie has gathered the research and the tools she needed to bring this book to life. “I believe everyone deserves to have a coach and this book was a way for me to make that possible. I invite my readers to have fun with the process and to trust that their answers will come—they always do.” Lorrie loves to fill her days with adventure and laughter. She enjoys her work and says, “I work hard but I work to live—I don’t live to work.”

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1969 and Then Some Blog Tour @iReadBookTours

1969 and Then Some

By Robert Wintner

 

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 1969 and Then Some

About the Book

1969 and Then Some is a memoir of the 60s and the influence of those years over the decades that followed. Romance, psychedelic insight and motorcycling evolve with the narrator maturity, such as it is, and non-compromise on morality and the undying spirit of adventure in nature.

While the 60s is often discounted or as ephemeral—as a social aberration—1969 & Then Some offers keen insight to lingering values that cannot be separated from significant segments of the most significant population group alive today, the baby boomers, many of whom still hold sway in key areas of social and cultural evolution.

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About the Author

Robert Wintner

Robert Wintner lives and works on Maui with his wife Anita, seven cats and Cookie the dog, who came in emaciated at 14 pounds, unable to stand. Cookie at 60 pounds raises a ruckus on the beach or in the living room in her continuing drive to make the world a happier place. The entire family eats well, stays fit and enjoys good health under blue skies.

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REEF LIBRE Book Tour @snorkelbob @iReadBookTours

REEF LIBRE

CUBA 

The Last, Best Reefs in the World

by Robert Wintner

 

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About the Book

Cuba reefs host apex predators and coral cover at optimal levels. While Cuban reef vitality may be linked to economic default and no shoreline development, no agricultural pesticides or fertilizers and limited human population growth, the Castro regime is aggressively developing its reef potential.

Seas to the south are now 100% shark protected.

Most Cuba travelogues advise “getting off the beaten path,” but Reef Libre examines that path, to see where it might lead as things change. Will Cuba reefs remain protected? Or is this perilous age of natural decline a last chance to see a healthy reef system?

Robert Wintner and the Snorkel Bob Jardines de la Reina Expedition herein provide narrative insight with photos and video. First stop is the baseline: Havana urban density. Down south at Cayo Largo, reef collapse seems imminent with 600 guests changing daily, and the phosphate-laden laundry water flowing directly to the deep blue sea. Will Cuba’s Ministry of Tourism step up with the Jardines de la Reina paradigm? Rising from the Golfo de Ana María, Jardines is a thousand square miles of mangrove estuary, for ages compromised by constant extraction of its biggest predators, taken as food. Protected, it now rises on the world reef stage.

A DVD comes with the book in a paper sleeve glued to the inside cover. Reef Libre, the movie, runs about an hour.

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Book Review

Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of REEF LIBRE from Robert Wintner in exchange for an honest review.

It was my pleasure to be able to read REEF LIBRE and view the DVD included with this book.

The photography in the book was of such an incredible quality and so realistic that at times I felt like I was swimming the reefs myself. I was able to lose myself in the book’s images and found myself leafing back through it over and over.

Reading REEF LIBRE and watching the DVD was very educational and I enjoyed sharing the photos with my family as I was reading through this book.

REEF LIBRE is a book that I will treasure for years to come and it will hold an exclusive position among my collection to be passed along to future generations.

It is with a great deal of satisfaction that I give REEF LIBRE five steaming hot cups of Room With Books coffee.

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About the Author

Robert Wintner

Best known as Snorkel Bob in Hawaii and around the world, Robert Wintner captures Cuba above and below the surface with urgency and hope. As a pioneer in fish portraiture, Wintner demonstrated social structure and etiquette in reef society. Reef Libre goes to political context, in which human folly will squander Cuba’s reefs as well—unless natural values can at last transcend political greed. As pundits joust over who did what to whom and why, Wintner ponders reef prospects in view of political changes.

Robert Wintner has authored many novels and story collections. Reef Libre is his fourth reef commentary with photos and his first overview of survival potential in a political maelstrom. He lives and works in Hawaii, still on the front lines of the campaign to stop the aquarium trade around the world.

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Oct 23 – A Mama’s Corner of the World – review / giveaway

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Kill and Run Blog Tour @TheMysteryLadie @iReadBookTours

Kill and Run

by Lauren Carr

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Kill and RunFive women with seemingly nothing in common are found brutally murdered in a town home outside Washington, DC. Among the many questions surrounding the massacre is what had brought these apparent strangers together only to be killed.

Taking on his first official murder case, Lieutenant Murphy Thornton, USN, believes that if he can uncover the thread connecting the victims, then he can find their murderer.

The case takes an unexpected turn when Murphy discovers that one of the victims has a connection to his stepmother, Homicide Detective Cameron Gates. One wintry night, over a dozen years before, her first husband, a Pennsylvania State trooper, had been run down while working a night shift on the turnpike.

In this first installment of the Thorny Rose Mysteries, the Lovers in Crime join newlyweds Lieutenant Murphy Thornton and Jessica Faraday to sift through a web of lies and cover-ups. Together, can the detectives of the Thorny Rose uncover the truth without falling victim to a cunning killer?

 

Three Days Forever (A Mac Faraday Mystery)

Three Days to ForeverIn this latest Mac Faraday Mystery from best-selling mystery author Lauren Carr, readers will embark on a roller coaster adventure with old friends (including the Lovers in Crime team of Prosecutor Joshua Thornton and Homicide Detective Cameron Gates), but also meet new ones as Mac Faraday’s daughter Jessica Faraday and Joshua Thornton’s son Murphy Thornton join the team in the race to get the love birds to the altar!

With three days left to the year, Deep Creek Lake is hopping with holiday vacationers and wedding guests pouring into the Spencer Inn for Mac Faraday and Archie Monday’s huge wedding ceremony which is being touted as the social event of the year.

But droopy flowers and guests who failed to RSVP are the least of Mac’s and Archie’s problems when a professional hit squad hits Spencer Manor to send the groom, Joshua Thornton, Archie’s mother, and Gnarly running for their lives.

With time running out to the big day, Mac Faraday and Spencer’s small police force have to sort through the clues to figure out not only who has been targeted for assassination, but also who is determined to stop everything … FOREVER!

 

From Writers Block to Best Seller

By Lauren Carr

Recently, a book blogger sent an email which read, “Lauren, you have been averaging two to three murder mysteries a year—all of them best-sellers! This year, you have released three books. Do you ever get writer’s book?

Actually, I have had writer’s block. Between drafts of It’s Murder, My Son, the first Mac Faraday Mystery, I spent a year staring at my laptop. I was completely frozen.

At that time, I had left my publisher because they did not have a paperback division. It is very hard to sell a $26 hardback when you’re an unknown. Ebooks were still being discovered back in 2010. Getting rejection after rejection, my search for a publisher specializing in mass paperbacks was going nowhere.

After a full year of staring at my laptop, I threw up my hands and walked away. I actually announced to my family that I was giving up writing for good. I spent the next month doing volunteer work, going to lunch, and working out at the gym.

Suddenly, I was back at the laptop rewriting It’s Murder, My Son. Notably, this draft included the beloved canine character of Gnarly (my most popular character), who had not been included in the previous drafts.

Of course, my family reminded me that I had said I was giving up writing for good, to which I responded that I was going to return to writing, but this time, I was going to self-publish. If my books sold—fine. If not, that was okay because I was going to write what I wanted to write and for no one else.

Ironically, a month later I received an offer from a traditional publisher. I turned them down. It’s Murder, My Son has been one of my most popular books, making it to #1 in mysteries on Amazon.

Since that time, I have never had any trouble writing—except for that time Gnarly drooled all over my laptop and it shorted out. As a matter of fact, I literally finish one book and go right into the next one. The day after I sent Kill and Run, the first Thorny Rose Mystery, off to the editor, I went to work on Cancelled Vows, the next Mac Faraday Mystery.

What was the secret to getting over writers block?

American poet William Stafford offers this advice to poets who suffer from Writer’s Block: “There is no such thing as writer’s block for writers whose standards are low enough.”

This sounds terrible at first. “What? I’m supposed to write junk? I need to write the great American Novel! I’m better than that!” No, Stafford is not encouraging writers to produce garbage. He is suggesting, however, that it’s easy to take yourself too seriously.

When I walked away, when I stopped trying to impress literary agents and publishers and decided to write what I want for myself, my writers block went away and I am now the happiest writer in the world.

Now, fourteen, going on fifteen, books later, I am still writing for myself. Yes, I do check out reviews and I love to read emails from readers about how they love Gnarly and how much they are looking for to the new series, or asking what is next for Mac Faraday and Archie.

When that rare reader takes offense by a certain turn I have taken in a plot or how they perceived a certain character, or an unintended message written between the lines, I may listen to their opinion, but in the end I make the final decision based on what I want to write, because—

I write for myself.

When teaching a class about writing, I open and close with a warning to the writers not to give into the temptation to rewrite the latest best seller in hopes of cashing in on the latest trend—like all those 50 Shades of Grey or Hunger Games books that have hit the market in the last few years.

As tempting as it may be, even if you self-publish, then once again, you find yourself writing for someone other than yourself—stretching and straining to meet someone else’s standards.

The truth is … gradually readers have been discovering the previously undiscovered treasures produced by independent authors. It’s a huge library in cyberspace. So, even when an author’s writings don’t meet the desires of the most popular marketing demographic, he or she can still find a niche audience who will appreciate his or her story on his or her own terms.

Believe me, it is much more fun writing what you want and love to write.

 

About the Author

Lauren Carr

Lauren Carr is the international best-selling author of the Mac Faraday Mysteries, which takes place in Deep Creek Lake, Maryland. Open Season for Murder is the tenth installment in the Mac Faraday Mystery series.

In addition to her series set on Deep Creek Lake, Lauren Carr has also written the Lovers in Crime Mysteries, which features prosecutor Joshua Thornton with homicide detective Cameron Gates, who were introduced in Shades of Murder, the third book in the Mac Faraday Mysteries. They also make an appearance in The Lady Who Cried Murder.

Three Days to Forever introduced Lauren Carr’s latest series detectives, Murphy Thornton and Jessica Faraday in the Thorny Rose Mysteries. Look for Kill and Run, the first installment in this series, to be released September 1, 2015.

The owner of Acorn Book Services, Lauren is also a publishing manager, consultant, editor, cover and layout designer, and marketing agent for independent authors. Visit Acorn Book Services’ website for more information.

Lauren is a popular speaker who has made appearances at schools, youth groups, and on author panels at conventions. She also passes on what she has learned in her years of writing and publishing by conducting workshops and teaching in community education classes.

She lives with her husband, son, and three dogs on a mountain in Harpers Ferry, WV.

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  3. Win a print copy of both Three Days to Forever and Kill and Run with a $25 Amazon gift card (USA only)

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Tour Schedule:

Aug 31 – Book Stop Corner – review of Three Days to Forever/author interview /giveaway

Aug 31 – Cheryl’s Book Nook – review of Three Days to Forever / giveaway

Aug 31 – The Travelogue of a Book Addict – review of Three Days to Forever / giveaway

Aug 31 – The Booksnake Etc. – review of Three Days to Forever

Aug 31 – Coffee, Books & Art – book spotlight / giveaway

Aug 31 – Manic Mommy of Two – review of Kill and Run / giveaway

Aug 31 – readalot – review of Kill and Run

Sept 1 –  Book Stop Corner – review of Kill and Run / giveaway

Sept 1 – Bound 4 Escape – review of Three Days to Forever / giveaway

Sept 1 – My Love for Reading Keeps Growing – review of Three Days to Forever

Sept 2 – Bound 4 Escape – review of Kill and Run / giveaway

Sept 2 – Mystery Suspense Reviews – review of Three Days to Forever

Sept 3 – Bound 2 Escape – books spotlighted / giveaway

Sept 3 – Rockin’ Book Reviews – review of Three Days to Forever / giveaway

Sept 3 – Library of Clean Reads – review of Three Days to Forever / giveaway

Sept 4 – Griperang’s Bookmarks – review of Three Days to Forever/ guest post / giveaway

Sept 4 – Manic Mommy of Two – review of Three Days to Forever / giveaway

Sept 7 – Jaquo Lifestyle Magazine – guest post

Sept 7 – 3 Partners in Shopping – review of Kill and Run / giveaway

Sept 8 – My Love for Reading Keeps Growing – review of Kill and Run

Sept 8 – Nighttime Reading Center – review of Three Days to Forever/interview/ giveaway

Sept 9 – T’s Stuff – review of Three Days to Forever / guest post / giveaway

Sept 9 – Vic’s Media Room – review of Three Days to Forever

Sept 10 – Rockin’ Book Reviews – review of Kill and Run / giveaway

Sept 10 – fundinmental – review of Three Days to Forever / author interview / giveaway

Sept 11 –Vic’s Media Room – review of Kill and Run / author interview / giveaway

Sept 11 – Cassidy Salem Reads and Writes – review of Kill and Run / giveaway

Sept 13 – Writers and Authors – book spotlight / giveaway

Sept 14 – The Autistic Gamer – review of Three Days to Forever

Sept 14 – Mystery Suspense Reviews – review of Kill and Run

Sept 15 – The Booksnake Etc. – review of Kill and Run

Sept 15 – Life as Leels – review of Three Days to Forever

Sept 16 – Readers’ Muse – review of Three Days to Forever

Sept 16 – T’s Stuff – review of Kill and Run / giveaway

Sept 17 – fundinmental – review of Kill and Run / giveaway

Sept 17 – Library of Clean Reads – review of Kill and Run / giveaway

Sept 18 – Cheryl’s Book Nook – review of Kill and Run / giveaway

Sept 21 – The Autistic Gamer – review of Kill and Run

Sept 21 – Nighttime Reading Center – review of Kill and Run / giveaway

Sept 22 – Celestial Reviews – review of Three Days to Forever / giveaway

Sept 22 – Griperang’s Bookmarks – review of Kill and Run / giveaway

Sept 23 – fuonlyknew – review of Three Days to Forever / giveaway

Sept 23 – Deal Sharing Aunt – review of Kill and Run

Sept 24 – fuonlyknew – review of Kill and Run / giveaway

Sept 24 – Readers’ Muse – review of Kill and Run

Sept 25 – Mystery Suspense Reviews – guest post

Sept 28 – Celestial Reviews – review of Kill and Run / giveaway

Sept 28 – Christa Reads and Writes – review of Kill and Run / giveaway

Sept 29 – A Blue Million Books – book spotlight / author interview

Sept 29 – Life as Leels – review of Kill and Run

Sept 30 – Olio by Marilyn – review of Three Days to Forever / giveaway

Oct 1 – The Travelogue of a Book Addict – review of Kill and Run / giveaway

Oct 1 – Writers and Authors – guest post

Oct 2 – Book and Ink – review of Kill and Run / guest post / giveaway

Oct 5 – A Mama’s Corner of the World – review of Kill and Run

Oct 6 – Jessica Cassidy – review of Three Days to Forever / giveaway

Oct 7 – Room with Books – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway

Oct 7 – Pause for Tales – review of Kill and Run

Oct 8 – Olio by Marilyn – review of Kill and Run / author interview / giveaway

Oct 9 – Jessica Cassidy – review of Kill and Run / author interview / giveaway

Oct 9 – Book and Ink – book spotlight for Three Days to Forever / giveaway

 

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Hunter, Book 2

Guy Erma and the Son of Empire

by Sally Ann Melia

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Guy Erma and the Son of Empire is a new three-part action adventure, set a long time ago on a planet far far away.

How dare you? How dare you hold me captive?

13-year-old Teodor was taken by the vicious Battle Borgs of Dome and now he must fight to survive within the Dome.

13-year-old Guy Era is offered a chance to fight. Only who will be his opponent? Will he face a Battle Borg of Dome? he knows his entire future depends on this one-on-one fight in the light and shadows of the Dome.

Two boys as different as any two boys might be. They face the same enemy, the same danger, the same fear – dare they trust each other?

Introducing the Battle Borgs of Dome

Once they were heroes. These men died as heroes in battle. Now they are reincarnated as the fearsome vanguard of the Dome Elite. They are the Battle Borgs of Dome. When you fight fearsome aliens who have more advanced technology and are innately cruel to lessor species, how many men must die? What kind of warriors do you need? Men who are not afraid to die. Men who have been tried in battle before. Men who are superhuman with cybernetic limbs and implanted weapons. These are the Battle Borgs of Dome Elite. These dead heroes reincarnated as cyborgs and the front line crack troops of the Dome Elite.

The Dome Elite Authorities accept no responsibility for injury or death of civilians entering into inappropriate contact with the Battle Borgs of Dome.

Lock up your women and children! These Borgs retain human instincts but know not their own fierceness and strength.

Who holds the safe words? Part men part machine, the Battle Borgs are programmed with safe words, words that control them for use by their leaders and lords. Who controls those words, controls the borgs!

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BOOK REVIEW

Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of Hunter from Sally Ann Melia in exchange for an honest review.

I previously read and reviewed Kidnap, Book 1 of the Guy Ermand and the Son of Empire and this is where it ended . . .

Two boys as different as any two boys might be. One act of cruelty will throw their lives together, but who dare they trust?

Now Hunter picks up where Kidnap left off.

Ms. Melia has written another astounding novel  in Hunter and I found myself recaptured in the YA Sci-Fi Thriller series in the Guy Erma and the Son of Empire. I held back a tear as a mother while thinking of the feelings Sayginn must be feeling while Teodor remains missing. I gritted  my teeth as she raced in the Magnolia Stakes. I wanted to scream my frustration as the Dome Elite commanders responded to Sayginn with sarcasm and derision. I held my breath as Karl listened telepathically and tracked Teodor fro place to place.

Hunter is an excellent sequel with a great deal of imagination for the YA reader as well as more mature audiences and I am very excited about reading the next book, Exile, and reviewing it!

I highly recommend Hunter, Book 2 of Guy Erma and the Son of Empire by Sally Ann Melia. I give Hunter five interstellar cups of Room With Books coffee!

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AUTHOR’S BIO

Sally Ann MeliaThe author was born in Wallasey, England, in 1964, and moved to the South of France when she was eleven. She spent her teenage years living in the cosmopolitan city state of Monaco and became immersed in its many languages and cultures. An English girl in a French school, for three hours each week she would sit at the back of the class as her colleagues learnt English. To pass the time, she wrote stories. This led to a lifetime of writing novels, scripts, stories and articles.

In her working life, Sally writes marketing communications and manages large international websites.

In 2010, Sally joined the Hogs Back Writers, a club located on the outskirts of Guildford, and she set about turning an old manuscript into this novel: Guy Erma and the Son of Empire. Sally currently lives in Farnham, and she is married with two children.

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Two Hearts Blog Tour @jerbooks, @ireadbooktours

TWO HEARTS

When I Said I Do, I Meant Forever

by James Eric Richey

 

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Jaxon Tagget is a cattle-rancher’s son, born and raised on the Double T, just outside of Dillon, Montana. In love with his high-school sweetheart, Annie, Jaxon proposes on graduation night, presenting her with a wedding ring made from gold he mined himself. Annie accepts immediately, to the horror of her bitter, man-hating mother.

Jaxon’s a wonderful husband, but the warnings of Annie’s mother linger in the young bride’s ears. And it doesn’t help that women continue to fall all over the markedly handsome Jaxon.

Unaware of his wife’s persistent doubts, Jaxon is struggling with his own troubles when he finds out his dad is sorely in need of money to save the ranch. But hope glimmers gold when he rediscovers the old mine on the Double T.

While Jaxon travels to verify the mine’s productivity, Annie grows increasingly suspicious. Is Jaxon’s absence what it seems, or does he have another, less faithful reason for his travels? When Annie sees a picture of the beautiful laboratory owner whom Jaxon is visiting, she’s sure the only gold he’s interested in is long, blond hair. Is Annie right, or will it be her doubts that forever sever their Two Hearts?

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Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of Two Hearts, When I Said I Do, I Meant Forever by James Eric Richey in exchange for an honest review. The opinions I express are my own.

Two Hearts is a love story about high school sweethearts, Jax and Annie, and the challenges they face as they marry and face the realities that life throws their way. The trick is in how they handle it along the way.

Jax and Annie were raised differently in the small town of Dillon, Montana…one in a family filled with hard work, high expectations, loyalty and love; the other in a broken home scarred by the circumstances leading to the divorce, bitterness and the lack of parental involvement. From different backgrounds, Jax and Annie each carry their own baggage.

They leave for college, marry and travel some believable and some less believable roads as they grow together, apart then together again, to live happily. I won’t say it’s a happily-ever-after novel, but I believe that Mr. Richey leaves his novel at a place of hope for their future.

There were parts of the novel that felt under-developed or unnecessary and could use some delicate fine-tuning, but all in all Mr. Richey has written a beautiful story that resonates with the fairytale ending  that I’ve looked for so much of my life.

I definitely recommend Two Hearts by james Eric Richey and give it four steaming hot cups of Room With Books coffee.
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About the Author

James Richey

James Eric Richey was born and raised in California. He attended Brigham Young University, studying English with an emphasis in Literature. After graduating from BYU he returned home to California to further his education by attending law school. After passing the bar, James practiced in California for several years, but he quickly learned that he did not have a passion for the law.

In 1998 James obtained his real estate appraiser license, which has given him a flexible work schedule and allowed him to pursue his true passion, writing books. Besides his writing, he also enjoys reading, running, and sailing. James currently lives in Cheyenne, Wyoming, with his wife, Heather, and their two daughters.

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Upper West Side Story Blog Tour

Upper West Story

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Meet Bettina Grosjean, a professor of Women’s History, and her husband, a high-ranking environmental policymaker in the New York City mayor’s office. Once a pair of student radicals, they are now raising their two brainy children on New York’s Upper West Side.

Here is the tale of their fierce parental love as it is tested in a startling eruption of racial hostility and political chicanery within the very community they have long loved and helped to build. Despite the deep love and affection they have for each other, their domestic life is suddenly thrown into crisis by a shocking and tragic event: During a school field trip, their son Max and his best friend, Cyrus, are horsing around when, in a freak accident, Cyrus falls down a flight of stairs, and dies a few days later.

The fact that Cyrus is black, that his mother is Bettina’s closest friend–that jealousy, suspicion and resentment have long been simmering in the community, and that there are powerful political forces at work as well–all conspire to reveal an ugly underbelly of the community the Grosjeans have worked so hard to fashion into a model of an enlightened, multiracial world.

Upper West Side Story is also the story of a remarkable multi-racial friendship, of two women united by their ideals and their devotion to their children, then divided by events that spiral out of control.

With cries for racial justice rising up all around our country, we must stop and consider how recent headlines are impacting our children, kids raised to believe in an America that is different from the one now showing its face.

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Author Interview

It is my pleasure to welcome Susan Pashman, Author of Upper West Side Story, to Room With Books.

When did you first start writing, Susan?

I began this book in 1999, before nine-eleven and, significantly, before Obama became the first black president. I was out of the country on election night and, having cast my vote for him before I left, I was watching tensely as the results came in. In that glorious moment when he and his family stepped out on the platform in Chicago to accept the victory, I was deliriously happy as so many others were. But lurking in the back of my mind was a terrible worry that the book I had almost finished—in its first draft—would become irrelevant because I thought this would be the beginning of a new post-racial society. Of course, it’s terribly sad that that did not happen. But it places my book at the center of the national conversation right now.

Did your background in law help with the research for your story?

There’s a lot of legal knowledge that went into the twists and turns of this book, but most of that are common enough knowledge. What really surprised me was how much I learned from an internship I did while I was in law school. I interned at the New York City Council President’s office. There, I picked up—by osmosis, I think—so much about the tone of New York’s City Hall, the mayor, the city politics. And, as you know, that figured quite a lot in the plot of this story.

To what extent does this book reflect your years as a philosophy professor?

I have taught philosophy for so long and in so many contexts that a philosophical viewpoint has got to be part of my DNA by now. The fact that unanswerable questions intrigue me and never let go of me is probably evident in this book. But on a more concrete level, it was not so much the subject I taught but the academic atmosphere that I have come to know so well that worked its way into the book. The main character, the other, is a professor of women’s studies and women’s history and the academic politics of the school she teaches at figure in the story and in her marriage.

This book took fourteen years from start to finish. What happened along the way?

In chronological order? I designed and built a house. I planted the landscape for the house. I decided to study landscape design and enrolled in a five-year program at Harvard so I spent a lot of time learning to draw designs and name trees and shrubs in Latin. Then I decided to write a Master’s thesis at a design school in London because I had contracted Lyme disease trying to do landscaping on Long Island and opted for writing about landscape instead. Once that essay was finished, I realized that I was really doing philosophy, which is not surprising, so I applied to SUNY Stony Brook to be admitted as an advanced doctoral student based on work I had done forty years earlier at Columbia and, to my amazement, they took me in. So I spent another year writing a doctoral dissertation. Now during this same period of time, I met and married a second husband after thirty years of being a single mother. That took a lot of adjustment. In between times I was writing and re-writing, sending the book out and getting criticism that I put to use in the next re-write. So, I hope that explains the fourteen years it took to put this book before the public.

 

About the Author

Susan PashmanSusan Pashman is a philosophy professor and former attorney. While in law school, she served a year in the New York City Council President’s office; some of what she learned there has found its way into this story. But most of this book derives from her experience of raising two boys on her own in Brooklyn. Many of her sons’ childhood exploits, and the hopes and fears she had for them, became the heart of this novel.

She now resides in Sag Harbor, New York, with her husband, Jack Weinstein.

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Win one of 15 copies of Upper West Side Story (Print for USA & Canada – ebook for international) One winner will also get a $25 Amazon Gift Card.

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What They See Book Review

What They See

By Jennifer Swanson

What They See

 

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First impressions DO count, and so does what comes afterward! Learn how to stand out, shine and make a stellar lasting impression as you enter the workforce. We send messages constantly—through our body language, actions, what we carry with us and what we wear…and most of this has nothing to do with what we actually say. Being aware of the messages you send is the first step in learning how to build an overall (and sustainable) image of professionalism that will assure others that you are capable, competent, and right for the job. In an easy-to-read format, and with simple and actionable steps, this book will help you discover how others perceive you when you make a first impression, and will show you how to ensure that the world sees you the way you want it to. An expert in the field of communications and human relations, Jennifer Swanson has written a must-read book for students, new graduates, job seekers or anyone looking to fulfill their professional goals.
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It is my pleasure to read and review What They See by Jennifer Swanson. I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

What They See is a great resource that should be offered by, no required, by every employment agency that handles hiring for federal, state or local governments, private industry and corporate industry, and for every high school or college senior or any person looking to enter the work force or change jobs.

Even if you never read past the “Eleven Attributes of a True Professional” and took an honest look at yourself, I’m sure like most of us (myself included) you would find that most of us are lacking in more than one of these attributes!

Another favorite of mine is the chapter on work ethic. I think of work ethic as simply showing up on time and putting 100% in to work while I’m there. Ms. Swanson looks at it in terms of time management, punctuality, how to prioritize, as well as the importance of taking breaks, and avoiding gossip and cliques at work. There is so much more to work ethic than I had considered.

And the best part, the entire book is presented without being a dull, preachy style of book! I recommend this for any person looking to make a good impression whether at work or school. I give What They See four steaming hot cups of Room With Books coffee!

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It is my pleasure to welcome Jennifer Swanson, author of What They See (How to STAND OUT and shine in your new job), to Room With Books.

Thank you for having me, Patricia.

Do you have another profession besides writing, Jennifer?

I actually have two. I teach college part time, in a program that trains students to work in the medical field. And I’m a clergy person the other half of the time, serving a little congregation in a heritage church complete with bell and steeple. It’s an odd combination, but it’s all about helping people to grow, so it works.

What made you write this book about succeeding at work?

Well it’s one thing to land a job, and another to keep it. I noticed in my classrooms that students were coming to the table with fewer and fewer skills in the areas of communication and professional behaviour, and I thought, “wow…they could feel so much more confident out in the real world if they had some of these skills before they got there.” So I got busy and put all the things I wanted them to know or at least consider before joining the workforce down in one spot. It’s being received very well.

There are many books out there about professional communication…what makes yours different?

The last thing I wanted to do was to write a textbook. Ugh! I wanted something short, practical, useful and that people would actually read. It’s written in a casual, playful tone and has lots of stories and humour in it. I want people to use it, to share it, and to go back to it as a reference. I had a woman tell me she was using it as a guide to run a workshop for teens…exactly what I hoped for!

In today’s tech-savvy world, most writers use a computer or laptop. Did you write parts of your book on paper?

I’m a list-maker, so technically I guess I have. I have half a dozen to-do lists on the go at any given time, and some of them included scribbled bits and ideas for the book. Mostly, I sat in the sunny kitchen or on my couch with an iPad, a blanket, and my Labrador puppy who sat on my feet and drooled on my slippers.

Do you snack while writing?

Absolutely. Not so good for the keyboard or the waistline, but yes…there is something about creative energy (even in non-fiction writing) that makes a person hungry. For some reason though, I only craved salty, greasy things and never vegetables, which was unfortunate.

What is your favourite travel spot?

Paris. Always Paris. My dream would be to actually go there specifically to write…but then I’d have to take up another genre, because it doesn’t sound very glamorous or romantic to be sitting in a cafe with a croissant writing about being punctual at work. I’ll have to save that fantasy experience for my first novel!

Thank you, Jennifer, for taking time to answer several questions so we could get to know you a little bit better. Best of luck with What They See and your future writing ventures. You are welcome back any time!

 

About the Author

Jennifer SwansonJennifer Swanson has been teaching Communication and Human Relation skills since 1993 to college students entering the medical field. She is also the creator/host of the Communication Diva Podcast, which has an international audience and helps people in deepening workplace and personal relationships through more effective communication. In addition to teaching young adults, Swanson is an ordained minister in the United Church of Canada, has worked in the Youth and Family Ministry for 3 years, has a Master’s Degree in Public and Pastoral Leadership, and is a certified conflict coach and Master NLP Practitioner. She is also a mother and step-mother to two young adults and two teens. Swanson draws upon years of expertise as she shares her passion for inspiring others to reach their full potential with readers and audiences worldwide.

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Out from the Underworld Blog Tour

Out from the Underworld

By Heather Siegel

 Out from the Underworld

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Heather Siegel was six years old when her mother disappeared, sending her father into a tailspin that took Heather and her siblings down with him— from a comfortable suburban home to a barely habitable basement apartment, a dark world they soon found themselves fighting to return to from the exile of foster care, then fighting even harder to escape.

Forty years later, Heather Siegel tells the remarkable story of how she and her siblings, Jaz and Greg, banded together to find out what happened to their mother and fight their way Out from the Underworld with nothing but their wits, determination, unbreakable bonds and gifts for humor and compassion to sustain them. A wrenching, inspiring story filled with heartbreak, hope and love, Out from The Underworld will move you to laughter and tears.

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Author Interview

It is my pleasure to welcome Heather Siegel, author of Out from the Underworld, to Room With Books.

Heather, how long have you been writing?

I caught the writing bug in high school when we were asked to keep a journal. We were to tackle a topic, write in our journal, and the next day read the entry aloud. Knowing that I would have to read in front of the class—to perform– I gave those entries everything I had… and in some ways, I am still doing that; this is why I like to stay connected to other writers and writing communities. If I don’t have an audience, I can get pretty lazy about “entries.”

How did you come to write in the non-fiction genre?

A long time ago I decided I had a story to tell. I also decided that in order to tell it, I wanted to learn how to write better. These two concepts eventually came together for me as I studied the craft of creative non-fiction. I have come to love the genre, and I have come to love creating myself as a character on the page. That said, I would eventually like to try my hand at fiction and to feel what it’s like to embody someone else’s character.

There are a lot of memoirs out there about dysfunctional upbringing. What makes yours different?

I don’t know that mine is different. I’ve heard somewhere that there are only nine plots in literature—maybe that’s true in non-fiction, too—and in life. On the other hand, I guess that’s sort of like saying, there are a lot of people in the world, what makes you different? The answer is everything, down to my unique DNA. I have heard a lot of feedback about some ideas in my book– breaking the generational cycle of victim mentality, learning to accept people for who they are and not who you want them to be—so maybe some of these ideas set the book apart from other stories of survival and struggle.

In the book, your father withholds “information” from you and your siblings. Do you think that sometimes adults should shield children from the harsh realities of a tragedy?

I think it is a case by case scenario. I could understand my father’s decision to initially withhold information from us, but there came a point in time when he needed to sit us down and give it to us straight. I personally don’t sugarcoat things for my daughter. When she was five her babysitter died tragically; I looked my daughter in the eye and told her matter-of-factly what had happened. Hopefully she will be better off and not worse as a result of hearing that information. I can tell you that she never asked me about the babysitter again and has seemed to accept the facts.

How do you balance your time as a mother and writer?

I sneak and beg and steal and borrow time when I can. I write in the morning for a bit—after the school bus has come, and before I need to head off to work. I only work part time, so that helps. Sometimes I write at work. Sometimes I abandon my house and my family and spend all Saturday in my pajamas with the bedroom door closed and my laptop clacking away. Sometimes I give up and just live life, knowing that writing will be there for me when I come back to it.

What is your other job besides writing?

I’ve been a small business entrepreneur for the last twenty years. I’ve opened a few coffeehouses, a spa/beauty bar and a juice bar. They have been modestly successful, some less than others, but, like writing, they have given me a chance to create and to express myself in different forms. The place where I currently work part time is the spa/beauty bar. Though I would like it to be more successful than it is, when there are no customers, it makes for a great writing studio.

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It is my pleasure to read and review Out from the Underworld by Heather Siegel. I received an ARC from the author in return for an honest review.

I always feel awkward when looking at a memoir and offering my review, after all this is about people, about family . . . about children and the effects of certain events on their lives.

This is a dark memoir yet Ms. Siegel manages to fill it with light. It is a pleasure to say that Heather Siegel took a deep look into the abyss of a dysfunctional family, foster care and the years that came after. It takes a great measure of personal insight to write this honestly. It is a very touching tale that contains silliness, seriousness and a woman’s determination to make her own future.

I highly recommend Out from the Underworld by Heather Siegel and give this memoir five steaming hot cups of Room With Books coffee!

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About the Author

Heather SiegelHeather Siegel holds an MFA in nonfiction writing from The New School. Her work has appeared on Salon.com and in The Mother Magazine and Author Magazine, as well as in various trade publications. She was a finalist for the 2010 Pacific Northwest Writers Association Literary Award in Nonfiction Writing, the 2011 San Francisco Writers Conference Nonfiction Writing Award, the Carolina Wren Press 2012 Doris Bakwin Award and the 2012 Kore Press First Book Award. A multi-creative person with interests in the arts, nutrition, health and beauty, she has founded several independent businesses, including a coffeehouse, a café, an organic juice bar and a natural beauty bar. She currently lives with her husband, Jon, and daughter, Julia, in the woods of Long Island in a house filled with light.

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