Friday, December 26, 2014

How Do YOU Know People? By Keith Craft, author of Your Divine Fingerprint

Title: Your Divine Fingerprint: The Force That Makes You Unstoppable Author: Keith Craft Publisher: Harper Collins Pages: 277 Genre: Christian Life/Motivational Format: Paperback/Kindle Discover the key to all your future success and achievement, and learn that what makes you different, makes you great. According to science, 99 percent of our DNA sequence is the same as other humans. Pastor Keith Craft believes that the 1 percent difference in each of us is a type of glory that God has given us. Within the pages of his motivational and inspirational self-help book, Your Divine Fingerprint: The Force That Makes You Unstoppable, are the tools to help you discover a unique fingerprint that you have been given. These tools will help you deploy your unique difference that your family needs, your marriage needs, your job needs, your faith needs—that the world needs. And when you embrace and live in that uniqueness, you celebrate the glory of God.

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How do YOU Know People?

I really believe that the quality of your life, is not just related to, but contingent upon the quality of your relationships. If that is true, how YOU know people will determine the quality of your life. How do YOU know people? Let’s take a look at marriage for example. How do you know the person you are married to? We marry the person we marry for many reasons, but whether we realize it or not, we marry a person because we “feel” like we know them and they know us. Could it be that we actually “fall in love” with the person we do because we “feel” this person gets me and I get them (understands and connects with me and me with them) in a way that I have never felt with anyone else? Do I “fall in love” with this person because they get me like no one else or… Do I “fall in love” with this person because I KNOW them? Do you “fall in love” with someone because you really KNOW them or maybe do we “fall in love” with this person and decide to marry them because… Of how they make us “feel” about ourselves? Why do some people who “fall in love” and get married have struggles to the point that they divorce? Just as we marry the person we marry for many reasons, there could be many reasons for divorce. But…I think one common denominator would be that we don’t “feel” anymore what we felt when we married the person that we thought we “KNEW” when we decided to marry that person. We have “fallen out of love” with that person because we don’t “feel” they get us and we don’t get them (I don’t “feel” understood or connected to them nor they to me)…anymore! Thus, the question: How do YOU know people? Let’s look at friendship. How do you decide who your friends are going to be? Could it be that ALL of our significant relationships happen the same way? Could it be that we actually “fall into friendship”with the people we do because we “feel” that this person gets me and I get them (understands and connects with me and me with them) in a way that I don’t with others? Again, I ask the question, How do YOU know people? Let’s look at what Jesus says… “Even so, every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit. A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a bad tree bear good fruit. Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. Therefore by their fruits you will know them.”(Matthew 7:17-20 NKJV) Jesus said, “Know people by the fruit that is in their life.” I am afraid to oftentimes in marriage and friendship we are KNOWING people by OUR “feelings” and not by THEIR FRUIT. I think some of our struggles in our relationships are based more on how people make us “feel” both good and bad, happy or sad, comfortable or uncomfortable, than KNOWING people by the fruit of their lives rather than the “feelings” of our souls, which relate to our personal EQ…Emotional Quotient. So marriages struggle and friendships are affected, for better or worse based on one thing… How YOU Know People! I want to encourage you today to KNOW people beyond your “feelings.” If you base your relationships on whether somebody “roles” like you emotionally, you will eventually struggle in your marriage and not benefit from friends who have strengths you don’t have. If everyone in your life has to make WHO they are and WHAT they do make you “feel” better about YOU so you can “feel” good about them… You will never KNOW people the way God wants you to…being the beneficiary of “their fruits.” You will only KNOW people by how they make YOU feel and your life will be “feel-driven” and not FAITH-driven! Eventually in all of your relationships you will “feel” your way into an action or inaction and your quality of life will be lowered to the level of your comfort-ability. I believe God has called us to believe the best in people even and especially when the worst has been displayed. I believe God wants us to act our way into a feeling not feel our way into an action. I believe God wants us to have GREAT, healthy, quality-filled relationships and for us to Know people by their fruits not our feelings. One last time: How do YOU know people? Jesus said, by their fruit. When you look at a person’s life, look at “their fruits” and if your feelings are different than their fruit for better or worse… Choose to KNOW people the way Jesus said we will know them. Don’t allow your feelings to override their fruit!
Keith Craft is the founder and lead pastor of Elevate Life Church in Frisco, Texas. He speaks in the world’s largest business/success seminars and has shared the stage with former world leaders such as Bill Clinton, George Bush, Mikhail Gorbachev, and Margaret Thatcher. For the past twenty years he has spoken alongside Super Bowl–winning coaches such as Mike Ditka, Don Shula, Mike Shanahan, and Tony Dungy; MVP quarterbacks such as Terry Bradshaw, Joe Montana, and Peyton Manning; and entertainers such as Jerry Lewis, Bill Cosby, and Goldie Hawn. As a leadership coach and strategist, Craft is also the founder of Leadershipology.com, an online quote service. You can visit Keith Craft’s website at www.keithcraft.org. For More Information

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Thursday, December 18, 2014

A Dangerous Marriage by William W. Blunt Book Feature


Title: A Dangerous Marriage
Author: William Blunt
Publisher: iUniverse
Pages: 332
Genre: Fiction
Format: Ebook/Paperback
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 In A Dangerous Marriage, Julia Davenport’s social life has drifted into a backwater. Then she meets Peter Medea at a business reception in New York City. She is drawn by his aura of power and erotic magnetism and is lured into a hasty marriage. By indulging her compelling emotional and physical needs she finds immediate gratification, but at a devastating cost. Her romantic adventure turns out to be fraught with conflict and betrayal. And she becomes unwittingly involved in her husband’s shady business transactions, forcing her into unwanted intimacy with the sinister man who masterminds these schemes. She finds support in friendships with a victim of his fraudulent machinations, and others. She is nurtured and encouraged by a man who emerges from her past. But Julia alone must overcome the threats to her self-esteem, happiness, and well-being, which are the destructive consequences of her earlier surrender to passion.

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Wow, what a page turner! Compelling and sexy, with the added intrigue of the nasty part of the financial world. Great story. —Constance Fulenwider A Dangerous Marriage is extremely well written. The characterization is great – the reader comes to know the characters really well. I didn’t want it to end. —Natalie Lee I loved A Dangerous Marriage. I really was glued to the plot and felt totally involved with the characters. It is written with great sensitivity and the story line moves along compellingly. This is a terrific novel! —Judy Bross In A Dangerous Marriage, twenty-six-year-old Julia Davenport’s social life has drifted into a backwater. Then she meets Peter Medea at a business reception in New York City that she’s attending as a favor for a friend. She is drawn by Peter Medea’s aura of power, apparent financial success, and erotic magnetism and is lured into a hasty marriage. By indulging her compelling emotional and physical needs she finds immediate gratification, but at a devastating cost. Her romantic adventure turns out to be fraught with conflict and betrayal. And she becomes unwittingly involved in her husband’s shady business transactions, forcing her into unwanted intimacy with Marco “Denny” DiNiro, the sinister man who masterminds these schemes. She finds support in friendships with a victim of DiNiro’s fraudulent machinations, and others. She is nurtured and encouraged by Danny Johnson, who has emerged from her past. But it is Julia alone who must overcome the threats to her self-esteem, happiness, and well-being, which are the destructive consequences of her earlier surrender to passion.

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  William W. Blunt graduated from Yale University and Harvard Law School. He interrupted his corporate legal practice in New York City to serve in Washington, D.C., as Assistant Secretary of Commerce. Today he lives with his wife, Balirm in Irving, Texas. This is his first novel.

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Crystal Lotus by Jinna Van Vliet Book Feature

Title: Crystal Lotus
Author: Jinna Van Vliet
Publisher: Xlibris
Pages: 129
Genre: Biography/Autobiography
Format: Ebook
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 The Harmonic convergence in 1987 launched the awakening of the Mass Consciousness into the realization that human consciousness is rising into a higher frequency. Coined as the Big Shift it created many guidelines to help with this transition process. Crystal Lotus is just one such guide gifted to us by the Divine Feminine Creator Energy through one of her Aspects, the Goddess Quan Yin.

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Wednesday, December 17, 2014

When Santa Goes to Church by Sonja Grimsley Fambro Book Feature


Title: When Santa Goes to Church
Author: Sonja Grimsley Fambro
Publisher: AuthorHouse
Pages: 82
Genre: Fiction
Format: Ebook/Paperback
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 Storytellers have long filled our imaginations with stories about Santa, Santa’s elves, Mrs. Claus, and Santa’s Christmas Eve trip. In fairy-tale land, it is no mystery that he, along with Rudolph and the rest of the reindeer, must have the busiest Christmas Eve night ever. After all, they are famous for going from town to town leaving gifts for good little girls and good little boys. Santa is a right jolly old fellow! Sometimes we’re told that he gets a plate of cookies for sliding down chimneys, or going through the back door, or whatever his entrance may be. Yes, fairy tales do what fairy tales are supposed to do; they take us on imaginary journeys. However, in this fairy tale about Santa, he remembers that Christmas IS NOT really about him. Do you know the real Christmas story? Well, in case you don’t, and even if you do, come and follow Santa as he hears the real Christmas story, which is NOT a fairy tale. It is the story about the greatest gift in the whole wide world! Do you know who He is?

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 Sonja earned her B.A. degree with honors from Albany State University in Albany, Georgia. Later, after attending the University of North Florida in Jacksonville, she received her teaching certificate from the State of Florida. As an educator, she taught English in the Continuing Education Program for Norfolk Public Schools in Norfolk, Virginia. After returning to Florida, Sonja taught Business English at CareerCom School of Business in Jacksonville. Sonja is a multitalented writer whose literary works have intrigued audiences for the past several years. She writes plays, songs, essays, speeches, short stories, and poetry. Her poems entitled “Foolish, Bold, Prejudice” and “Operator, Get Me Jesus” have been published in anthologies. For two consecutive years, 1994 and 1995, Sonja received the Editor’s Choice Award for Outstanding Achievement in Poetry which was presented by the National Library of Poetry. Her poem, “The Church in the ‘Hood,” is a favorite among her friends. She has often been applauded for her inspirational speaking and her gospel plays, including Nobody, but Jesus. Sonja is also the author of another children’s book entitled Santa Spent the Night with Me! Additionally, she has plans for another project which will be on the market in the near future. In addition to writing, Sonja enjoys teaching, reading, spending time with her family, and traveling with her husband, Lewis. They have traveled extensively throughout the United States and to Canada, Mexico, Israel, and Europe. Sonja and her husband currently live in Dallas, Georgia.

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Sunday, December 14, 2014

Angels in Disguise: Stories From America's School Nurses by Dolores McNany Book Feature


Title: Angels in Disguise: Stories from America's School Nurses Author: Dolores McNany
Publisher: iUniverse
Pages: 166
Genre: Medical/Nursing
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 School nurses serve on the front lines of the everyday struggle for our children’s health, yet they are often perceived as little more than glorified dispensers of bandages. This false perception, held by many parents, officials, and administrators, does a serious disservice to this dedicated group of health professionals. Angels in Disguise tells the oral history of school nursing through the eyes, ears, and hearts of school nurses serving throughout the United States. By sharing their personal experiences, these nurses illustrate their love and compassion and throw the doors wide open on this often-undervalued profession, enabling readers to see into their world and understand how much they truly care for the children they treat. This collection of heartwarming stories offers unique insight into the daily responsibilities and duties of school nurses and serves to raise public awareness of the dedication, leadership, and exemplary pediatric health care provided by the devoted women and men who care for America’s schoolchildren. The sophisticated medical health care required in schools today can only be delivered by qualified professional school personnel, and that challenge is met by having a school nurse in every school facility.

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Dolores H. McNany, EdD, RN, NJSCSN holds a doctorate in education from California Coast University and worked as a school nurse and health teacher in public and private urban school systems for more than twenty years. She resides in Maplewood, New Jersey with her husband Gene, and enjoys spending time at their summer home with their five children and seven grandchildren.

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Thursday, December 11, 2014

Sagacious Teens by J. Thompson Book Feature

Sagacious Teens Title: Sagacious Teens
Author: J. Thompson
Publisher: iUniverse
Pages: 208
Genre: Fiction
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 Adolescents are wiser than we believe. Today’s youth face multiple challenges—many of which are portrayed in the adolescent drama, Sagacious Teens, that shares a multicultural glimpse into the lives of more than a dozen teenagers from diverse backgrounds. From Carlos who shares a far-fetched story of a weekend gone awry with his friend Ernesto to Richard who is having trouble balancing his girlfriend’s demands with his own needs. Seasoned teacher J. Thompson provides eye-opening insight into how teenagers face problems and learn to deal with them, either on their own or with the help of friends. Carmelita loves two boys – one who is a compulsive liar and another who connects with her soul. Aretha is frustrated with the police and her community’s lack of involvement. Artie and Rich are concerned about a school administrator who claims the students are his responsibility. Rob is upset when a well-liked teacher picks on him for wearing a hoody. Sagacious Teens offers a look into the compelling experiences of a group of teenagers that helps bring awareness to parents, other adolescents, and teachers about the lives, interests, and challenges of today’s youth.

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Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Sahara by Angella Ricot Book Feature - Win a $25 Amazon Gift Card!


Title: Sahara
Author: Angella Ricot
Publisher: AuthorHouse
Pages: 240
Genre: Fiction/Suspense
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 When three sisters overhear their father’s overwhelming deal to sell them into prostitution, they immediately take fate into their own hands in search of their own destiny. They embark on a powerful and compelling journey that takes root in the exotic realm of the Caribbean island of Labadee, later to spring fully fledged in the glamorous cosmopolitan city of New York. Out of the struggle emerges the valiant and beautiful heroine, Sahara, a sensational gold thief who gets herself entangled in sensuous political games and dangerous liaisons. Sahara is a story of love, lust, money, and betrayal that is ingrained with power, politics, and prejudice. The plot spins to a volatile climax that sets the stage for the ultimate scandal in the White House.

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Make a Stand by Agnew Smith Book Feature - Win a $25 Amazon Gift Card!

Make a Stand Title: Make a Stand
Author: Agnew Smith
Publisher: iUniverse
Pages: 260
Genre: Fiction
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 Terry Freeman is a disgruntled computer salesman and talented musician and songwriter who, along with his best friend, Damon King, is attempting to fulfill his musical dreams through their popular band, Infinite Noise.  It appears the sky is the limit for Infinite Noise until tragedy strikes, derailing Terry’s and his band members’ dreams of fame and success. Nearly two years later, Terry tries to put the tragedy behind him and rekindle the magic that propelled the band into one of the most well-known and hottest bands in Atlanta and the surrounding area. When Infinite Noise receives an offer to sign with a major record label, Terry thinks things are finally going his way until he discovers that success in the music industry sometimes comes with a very high price.  He is confronted with an agonizing decision that will affect not only his music career, but also his life.

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Friday, December 5, 2014

Love is Poetry: My Dreams and A Tribute to My Dad by Charles and Boyd Hooks Book Feature - Win a $25 Amazon Gift Card!

Title: Love is Poetry: My Dreams and A Tribute to My Dad Author: Charles and Boyd Hooks
Publisher: Xlibris
Pages: 188
Genre: Poetry
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 I DO SOLEMNLY SWEAR…..That was my oath to my god and country in August 1963. I was an infantryman and a paratrooper for the U.S. Army. I fought for my country in Vietnam. After my discharge I was a self contractor and had a son and daughter. To this day that has been my life. Literally no legacy to be remembered by maybe my great or great great grandchildren. Now I need something so if someone asked them who I was, they could prove I was a real person and maybe I’d be noted for something special. I dream constantly and write poetry and would like to publish a memoir. It has to start now at the age of sixty nine as my life has consisted of nothing special to this point. I would like to continue writing and publishing more poetry and a novel. My heart has stopped five times and now I am obsessed in having a legacy to put me in a category where I may be extra special for something. Maybe in thirty or forty years someone may say “OH Yes, I Do Remember Him” He…..??  

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Wednesday, December 3, 2014

A Guide to the Study of Basic Medical Mycology by Kee Peng Ng Book Feature - Win a $25 Amazon Gift Card!



Title: A Guide to the Study of Basic Medical Mycology Author: Kee Peng Ng
Publisher: Partridge Singapore
Pages: 92
Genre: Medical
Format: Paperback/Kindle

 Mycotic diseases are gaining importance because of the increase in opportunistic fungal infections in patients whose immune systems are compromised. The identification of fungi isolated from clinical material has posed a variety of problems to many laboratories because of lack of expertise and experience, especially in the identification of recently emerged rare fungi that had not been previously reported. A Guide to the Study of Basic Medical Mycology offers an overview of the basic characteristics of fungi frequently isolated from clinical specimens. This comprehensive guide, developed by authors Kee Peng Ng, Tuck Soon Soo-Hoo, and Shiang Ling Na from the Department of Medical Microbiology, University Malaya Medical Centre, Malaysia, details the macro- and microscopic features of each fungus through graphics and illustrations. Including specimens not often found in all teaching modules, A Guide to the Study of Basic Medical Mycology serves to help medical students identify and learn to deal with clinically important fungi and fungal pathogens.

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The Last Casualty of the Great War by Gregory M. Galvin Book Feature

The Last Casualty of the Great WarTitle: The Last Casualty of the Great War 
Author: Gregory M. Galvin 
Publisher: iUniverse 
Pages: 250 
Genre: Historical Fiction 
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John Alston quietly wonders what it is about his face that makes other people think he is someone else. Even though he looks nothing like his three siblings or anyone else in his family, in his eyes, he is just a normal middle-aged man trying to make his way in the world. But one day during a chance encounter with a German visitor at the World War I museum, everything changes. John is taken aback as he is introduced to a German man who shares the same features as him. It is as if he is peering into a mirror. Even more odd is that he shares the same first name with the man. After he eventually parts ways with the stranger and his family, John cannot shake his feelings of uneasiness—especially when he learns that his father has just received a letter in the mail, all penned in German. Inspired by the strange chain of events, John embarks on a quest to find answers that lead him to research his own family history, question everything he has ever known, and uncover a shocking truth. The Last Casualty of the Great War is the poignant tale of one man’s journey through history as he attempts to discover his identity and the reality of his roots.

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Gregory Galvin earned a degree in French language from the University of Missouri at Columbia and a degree in accounting from the University of Missouri at Kansas City. He and his wife are parents of five adult children and live in the Kansas City, Missouri, area.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Four Noble Truths by J.D. Buxton Book Feature


Title: Four Noble Truths
Author: J.D. Buxton
Publisher: iUniverse
Pages: 397
Genre: Action/Adventure
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 Dragon is a handsome, passionate and deeply devoted young man with a hidden, horrible past that haunts him into his present life. After suffering unimaginable abuse in a child pornography ring in Taiwan and an addiction to Heroin, Dragon’s only light on a path of darkness is his love, Raven, who more than fulfills his physical and emotional needs. United by the organization that found and ultimately saved Dragon, he and Raven happily bask in the love of an adopted family of lost souls touched by similar pasts that includes their mentor Sensei, and Wax and Sarge, Dragon’s right-hand men. As they execute their missions to explore the underbelly of the world of human trafficking and the sex trade, and serve the purpose of the organization: to right the wrongs, they have no idea the path they are on will lead them to unlock the door to their freedom. In this compelling story about redemption, love and fate, a young man, his love and his devoted team embark on a dangerous journey to execute vigilante justice for one purpose; to seek out and eliminate the perpetrators of the very crimes from which they all suffered.

 J D Buxton was born and raised in Southern Ontario. After graduating from college, she pursued a career in sales and marketing and lived in Vancouver, British Columbia and Calgary, Alberta where she raised her family. She is married with three children and currently resides in Southern Ontario where she enjoys all things equine, country and western music and home cooking.

Friday, November 21, 2014

Interview with David Bernstein, author of I've Got Some Good News and Some Bad News: You're Old


Title: I've Got Some Good News and Some Bad News: You're Old Author: David Bernstein
Publisher: Dynamic Learning
Pages: 202
Genre: Health/Fitness
Format: Paperback/Ebook

 Life is an aging process. Each of us will go through it in our own way. How we lead our lives when we are old, particularly as we near the end, is, I believe, worth pondering. In this way, "I've Got Some Good News and Some Bad News: You're Old" serves as a guide for all of us as we age, providing topics for contemplation and discussion with friends, family and colleagues. "You're Old" uses real patient experiences to explore what happens as we age-physically, mentally, and socially. The book also examines the tremendous abilities of medicine today as well as its limits, and the social issues that adults in America face as they age. Each chapter concludes with Notes on Living Longer, and a resource section, providing topic-specific information on organizations, websites, and other expert sources that can help the reader better understand and prepare for the prize of surviving youth and middle-age: becoming old. "You're Old" is written for the aging and the aged, their children, and younger people who aspire to grow old. It is written for the physicians, nurses and other providers who care for the elderly. The experiences explored in this book include the "good news and the bad" as the inevitable ravages of age intrude into the lives of Dr Bernstein's patients. From the most mundane situations to the truly sublime, the tales illuminate the emotional, psychological, and spiritual aspects of aging along with the diverse strategies people use to adapt to its realities.

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How have you been able to use social media (Twitter, Facebook, Goodreads, etc.) to help market your book? 

I'm keenly aware of the importance of social media(SM) to market my book and have attempted to become more immersed in all the SM channels on a daily basis. My Press/Media Agent coordinates with her social media assistant to actively support my efforts, so we strategically plan our approach to SM with a focus, for example, we utilize current articles and events related to aging that we include in our SM messaging to our followers. 

It turns out that my book is mainly directed at baby boomers and senior adults who do not participate as much in the social media phenomenon of today. I have worked on putting out blogs and a newsletter to attract fans in order to build my mailing list as another strategy that might be better directed at my demographic.

Do you have any advice for new authors looking to promote themselves on these sites? 

I post aging focused information multiple times a week on Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, and Google+. My blogs come out every two or three weeks, making them interesting, provocative and engaging as possible to stimulate the conversation. As you know, the entire SM ongoing process is very time-consuming and does, an often time take away from my writing time. 

New authors must find a schedule and balance that works for them to engage in SM activities to maximize the effectiveness of their writing efforts as well as self-promotion.                                                                                                                                                                         

What type of writing routine do you have? Any tips you can share about it?

My typical day begins with a short flexibility workout, a light breakfast, followed by hospital rounds and treating patients in my medical office. Because of my involvement in community activities some nights I get home at 7:30.  One or two nights a week ago I attend a spinning class after work. I enjoy my workouts and as a doctor I have to keep up my healthy image.

With all that said, I devote two (2) nights a week in three (3) hours blocks and five (5) hours on weekends to writing related projects. These projects might include; working on chapter(s) for my new book, writing blogs, summarizing stories about interesting events that happened during the week that I can turn into blogs/tweets or posts, or time spent working on marketing and social media schedules.


How has it been trying to balance your writing with your day job and/or family life?  Is there anything you would change?  

Balancing my life is the hardest thing I do. Since I am a full-time working physician, and have some additional weekend responsibilities, I really have to set concentrated time to focus and do my writing. As a result, sometimes projects take longer time than I would like. 

With the support of family, fitness and health are essential and I strive to always “Walk the Walk”, and practice what I preach!  There's nothing I would really change in my life, except stretching the workday to have 30 hour to get it all done!

Setting is an extremely important aspect in grabbing your reader’s attention.  What made you choose to set your book in your office in Clearwater Florida?

Choosing my office as setting of the book was obvious. With so many movies and television shows made about medical doctors and the patients served, (and with my eye on either a television sitcom or the big screen) it was a no-brainer. My wife figured Brad Pitt would be an excellent choice for my character!  All kidding aside, I wanted my voice to be heard throughout the entire book  for the readers to sense many of the prevalent conversations I had with my patients, that they could realistically have with their physician in order to address some of the real challenging subjects about aging.

What types of books do you read?  How do you think they have influenced your writing? 

I read all sorts of books.  I have enjoyed mysteries and humorous books including one of my favorites, Carl Hiaasen.  More recently, I have been reading medical books that led to the reading Jerome Groopman, MD, Atul Gawande, MD, Rachael Remen, MD,  and Malcolm Gladwell.  I enjoy the way each of them told stories that leave strong messages, and at times, answer questions.

Each author has influenced me through their words resonated for me and facilitated me to look deeply recesses of my memory to find just the right stories about my patients over the years that taught me lessons about life. 

David Bernstein, MD is a highly respected physician who is board certified in both Internal Medicine and Geriatrics practicing in Clearwater, Florida. His 30+ years of experience have provided him with opportunities to observe and empathize with thousands of adults as they age. His compassion and ability to see the souls of his patients has compelled him to share his stories in his book “I’ve Got Some Good News and Some Bad News You’re OLD: Tales of a Geriatrician What to expect in Your 60s, 70s, 80s and Beyond” Dr. Bernstein has served as chairman of his hospital’s Pharmacy and Therapeutic committee for 20 years helping to improve patient safety and outcomes. During this period of time, he also served on the board of the local Jewish Family service and as chairman. As an associate clinical professor in the department of medicine at the University of South Florida College of Medicine, he has taught the skills he has acquired over the years to first and second year students. Dr. Bernstein has been a nursing home medical director for 20 years. He was responsible for addressing administrative and quality assurance issues. “When you give, you get back” he says about what his patients have told him and taught him about life and aging. His writing style of telling stories about his patients allows the reader to understand the complex emotions and struggles of growing older and losing independence. He lovingly tells these stories adding his own insights about this complex process. Dr Bernstein is an avid public speaker, addressing various medical topics with his colleagues and with the community at large with a focus on families facing the complex problems as they near the end of life. For More Information

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Would a Maharajah Sleep Here? by Stephen and Leanne Troy Book Feature


Title: Would a Maharajah Sleep Here?
Author: Stephen and Leanne Troy
Publisher: iUniverse
Pages: 324
Genre: Memoir
Format: Paperback/Kindle

 Inspired by a movie, television show, book, or stories from friends, we may find ourselves daydreaming about trips to exotic locations with exciting adventures. For some lucky ones, these dreams become reality. Would a Maharajah Sleep Here? presents firsthand stories of luxury travel and discovery by two fun and experienced travelers. Authors and travelers Stephen and Leanne Troy provide accounts of historic exploration, luxury hotel stays, and encounters with interesting people around the world. Each trip is private and planned in great detail to make sure each and every adventure is unique and experienced in five-star luxury. Chronicling their exploits at the end of each day, the Troys describe checking into the finest hotels in the world and getting whisked away for incredible tours of some of the world’s greatest treasures. In addition to personal anecdotes, this travelogue shares information about sites, history, culture, and food in countries around the world. The Troys reveal the good, the bad, and, of course, the fun and funny events that they encountered on their trips around the globe.

Stephen Troy earned a BBA from the University of Miami in Florida. He is the founder, owner, and CEO of AeroFund Financial. He is also the author of Business Biographies: Shaken, Not Stirred … With a Twist. He and his wife, Leanne, have visited six continents and more than forty countries. They have three children, two grandchildren, and live in Carmel, California.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Behind the Taffetta Curtain by Verne Castress Book Feature


Title: Behind the Taffeta Curtain
Author: Verne Castress
Publisher: iUniverse
Pages: 102
Genre: Women's Fiction
Format: Paperback/Kindle

 Clair, a small-town girl attending Iowa State University in 1940, has her palm read for a laugh—and gets a surprisingly specific prediction about her career, marriage, and children. She laughs it off, with no idea of how accurate it will turn out to be. After a failed romance, she hastily marries a man named John, has two children, and very soon finds herself miserable. John is not only abusive and controlling, but also a compulsive gambler. In an effort to support their family, Clair finds work in a nearby department store, and her career in fashion begins. In the sixties and seventies, Clair works her way up through the industry, chipping away at the glass ceiling of a field with far fewer women executives than the ad firms of Madison Avenue at the time. As an executive buyer for numerous retail conglomerates, she travels the globe searching for innovative fashions and meets regularly with iconic designers such as Coco Chanel, Yves Saint Laurent, and Oscar de la Renta. Among the fashion elite living the high life, there are steamy affairs, drugs, and suicides, as tragic elements mark the lives of these women in fashion whose insecurity remains hidden beneath their stoicism. This novel tells the story of Clair’s journey through the fashion world, a single mother contending with the conniving wiles of men and women and facing obstacles in the devious, behind-the-scenes political struggle of those climbing to the top.

Verne Castress retired following a forty-five-year career as a fashion executive, for which she traveled the world in search of innovative fashions for the American market. The mother of two adult children, she currently lives in Scottsdale, Arizona.

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Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Warrior of the Way by Nathan Chandler Book Feature

Warrior of the Way Title: Warrior of the Way
Author: Nathan Chandler
Publisher: iUniverse
Pages: 376
Genre: Fantasy
Format: Ebook
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Civil war is a curse that touches everyone, including King Tashdar of the Mulamar. When he is ordered by a powerful and mysterious stranger to send warriors toward Kanai and Kadisha to slaughter everyone, Tashdar has no choice but to obey. As the Hebari emperor’s palace is invaded, only one man escapes—a captain of the guard to whom the emperor has entrusted the safety of his remaining two children. Moments later, the emperor’s legacy is erased from the face of the earth. More than forty years later, Pasha Nuvahli of the Sashramans tribe, greatest of the king’s warriors, is devastated when his wife is murdered and his son is kidnapped. Overcome with despair as war and a dangerous sorcerer threaten the southern tribes, Pasha soon finds himself in a crisis of faith as he ponders why Daiyu has allowed such sorrow to befall him. But after he learns of an ancient prophecy and his hidden connection to the last emperor of the south, Pasha is sent by King Juktan to seek an alliance with the five other Hebari tribes and lead them against an ancient enemy from the north. Suddenly, his life takes on a new meaning. In this compelling story, a worried king looks to his greatest warrior to unify the south with the hope the young soldier can save his people before all is lost forever.

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 Nathan Chandler received an associate’s degree in technical Spanish translation from Oklahoma State University–Oklahoma City and currently attends the University of Oklahoma, where he is majoring in international business with an emphasis in Chinese language. Nathan resides in Norman, Oklahoma, where he continues to write.

Interview with Glenn Bassett, author of Wordplay


WordplayTitle: Wordplay
Author: Glenn Bassett
Publisher: Organization Diagnostics
Pages: 270
Genre: Business
Format: Paperback/Kindle

 WordPlay lays out the functions of language as the foundation of what is loosely called mind. Studies of language in primitive cultures by anthropological linguists demonstrate the existence of a basic set of words called semantic primes in every cultural setting. Language is extended and elaborated on the foundation of semantic primes to construct a mental map of the perceived phenomenal world. Once in place, a rich culture of language is passed on from each generation to the next by example. Words ultimately become so ubiquitous and necessary that they take on a reality all their own. Mental maps become more real than the reality of direct experience. Establishment of a critical capacity for knowing truth demands a study of psycholinguistics. The fund of social psychological research made available through research over the past century offers a window on the way words are used to captivate, illuminate, intimidate, inform and imbue us with intelligence. WordPlay is a compilation of the most salient research that pertains to language use. It is a layman’s introduction to psycholinguistics. The emphasis is on how words shape behavior and become the substance of the mind. This is knowledge of those habits of mind that can interfere with straight, clear thinking. It is antidote to functional social ignorance of our rich language culture.

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How have you been able to use social media (Twitter, Facebook, Goodreads, etc.) to help market your book?  

This is new to me and I am working my way through it.  I periodically post to my blog site, Management Insights, and notify everyone of the posting who is on my Facebook and Linked-In followers.

Do you have any advice for new authors looking to promote themselves on these sites?  

Don’t expect miracles.  I committed several months to involvement with Linked In discussion group sites taking advantage of every possible opportunity to steer members to my Management Insights web site.  Initially, there was interest, but it did not last.  The internet is a mass gathering of people clamoring for attention.  They respond to your cues if it fits their agenda.  

What type of writing routine do you have? Any tips you can share about it?  

It is important to vary activities to avoid going stale.  I write for a few days, then switch to outdoor physical work for a few more in order to stay mentally fresh.  When I’m not writing I think about the next writing project.  I get some of my best insights with a shovel or axe in my hands.  

How has it been trying to balance your writing with your day job and/or family life?  Is there anything you would change?  

I have near full freedom to set my own schedule.  There are no significant conflicts between writing and domestic activities.  My wife is fully supportive of my work and edits all my work.

Setting is an extremely important aspect in grabbing your readers’ attention.  What made you choose to set your book as popular psycholinguistics.  

That’s exactly what it is, an exposition of how language works for or against people.  It is a treatise on how to defend your personal integrity and avoid drowning in a sea of words.

What types of books do you read?  How do you think they have influenced your writing?  

I read mostly non-fiction, like biography, history, science, psychology and current events.  I am a pragmatics/realist.  I want to engage with real issues.


Dr. Glenn Bassett is Professor Emeritus of Management and former Dean of Business at the University of Bridgeport.  A graduate of Berkeley and Yale, as well as a former corporate staffer at General Electric, Dr. Bassett’s career has focused on applied Social Psychology.  WordPlay is the result of exended research into the science of psycholinguistics. He is the author of numerous articles and published books, including The Managers Craft.

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Thursday, November 13, 2014

Interview with Timothy Spillane, author of Four Before Their Time

November is "National Prematurity Awareness Month" (Nov. 17 is "World Prematurity Day").There are nearly a half million babies born prematurely in this country every year. 


Title: Four Before Their Time
Author: Timothy Spillane
Publisher: Skitterbird, LLC
Pages: 342
Genre: Memoir
Format: Paperback/Kindle

Anne had it all. She was a physician, an Army officer, and a great wife. She'd be a great mom, too. But the joy of pregnancy is short-lived after an ultrasound reveals that Anne isn't just pregnant, she's really pregnant - with quadruplets! Now her dad, Tim Spillane, is a grandfather four times over, and much too soon. Just 24 weeks into her pregnancy, Anne delivered, and not one of Tim's grandkids weighs more than half a mug of coffee. So underdeveloped that even calling them babies feels wrong, the odds of just one of them surviving - let alone all four - are heartbreakingly low. And even if the children pull through, they face the likelihood of disabilities so severe that they'd have no real quality of life. It all seems hopeless until Tim's wife observes that just seeing the quads is like "being allowed a glimpse into the miracle that grows in a mother's womb." Four Before Their Time is the true story of four babies surviving on a razor's edge, one mom's overwhelming and guilt-ridden entrance into parenthood, and an entire family's experiences with extreme premature birth. It will take all the faith, hope, and resilience the Spillane family can muster - along with more than a few miracles - just to get the quadruplets home.

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  • Four Before Their Time is available at Amazon.

How have you been able to use social media (Twitter, Facebook, Goodreads, etc.) to help market your book?

Somehow, I managed to survive more than a half century without Facebook, Twitter or any of the other web-based conventions that promise to stretch our social networks around the globe. I’d like to think that a good book can still make it on its own merit. I have, however, started using Facebook – maybe you can teach an old dog a new trick! I post regularly on my book page (https://www.facebook.com/fourbeforetheirtime ) 
and my author page (https://www.facebook.com/pages/Timothy-Spillane-Author/285793034939199). 

Do you have any advice for new authors looking to promote themselves on these sites?

I’ve found that book “giveaways” attract a lot of attention on Facebook. But it hasn’t translated into sales for me yet. I think it’s a slow-build process. Don’t expect anything about you or your book to go viral – ever.

What type of writing routine do you have? Any tips you can share about it?

I’m not passionate about writing. I look at it as a job. I sit down and do it when it needs to get done. But I do enjoy it. I’m a carpenter by trade and in the same way I build things with wood I try to craft my thoughts with words. You build out an idea or scene one piece at a time. It’s fun to see what you can accomplish.

How has it been trying to balance your writing with your day job and/or family life?  Is there anything you would change?

I’ve had my own business for the last 25 years. That gives me the flexibility to write when I want. The focus of Four Before Their Time is family, so writing the book has been a mostly positive experience from a family perspective. But I do get crabby sometimes (especially when working through the edits!). My wife puts up with me as best she can through those times.

Setting is an extremely important aspect in grabbing your readers attention.  What made you choose to set your book like you did?

Four Before Their Time is a family memoir, so the setting is really an emotional place rather than a physical setting. The heart is where this story unfolds. Everything else is window-dressing.

What types of books do you read?  How do you think they have influenced your writing?

I read non-fiction mostly, auto-biography, biography and history. I read poetry from time to time. I try to make room for Shakespeare. I love the Book of Psalms. The Psalms’ passionate discourse about finding our way in this world colors the way I view life and, hence, how I write about it.

Tim and his wife live in Chester County, PA and are the parents of three daughters. They became grandparents when their daughter, Anne delivered quadruplets in April, 2010. A graduate of Colorado College (1979) with a degree in English Literature, Tim returned to school to earn his Masters of Public Health from Drexel University in 2005. He has worked in residential construction for more than three decades but is now focusing full-time on his writing. He currently serves on the executive board of Graham's Foundation, an organization for parents and families going through the journey of prematurity. 

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Wednesday, November 12, 2014

One Month Week Day Hour Minute Second by Rebecca Marie Book Feature


Title: One Month Week Day Hour Minute Second
Author: Rebecca Marie
Publisher: iUniverse
Pages: 113
Genre: Self Help/Personal Growth
Format: Ebook
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Abuse knows no boundaries. It doesn’t care if you are rich or poor, old or young. It can enter your life at any time and stay as long as you let it. In One Month Week Day Hour Minute Second, author Rebecca Marie discusses that the key is to release the secrets, talk about the abuse, and take the power away from the abusers. In this memoir, she shares her personal journey surviving sexual and physical abuse, describing how abusive patterns started at a young age, how negative self-esteem continued to grow, and how it ended in her falling in love with a psychopath. One Month Week Day Hour Minute Second narrates how Marie was victimized and lived in daily fear and despair, but discusses how she chose not to remain a victim and took power over her own life. Hoping to break the cycle of domestic abuse one victim at a time, Marie tells her emotional story to call attention to the problem of domestic violence. Her story shows there is hope for others.

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Rebecca Marie enjoys being a mentor and her goal in sharing her story is to help others see there is hope.

The Manager's Craft by Glenn Bassett Book Feature


Title: The Manager's Craft
Author: Glenn Bassett
Publisher: Organization Diagnostics
Pages: 216
Genre: Business
Format: Paperback/Kindle

 Almost any job or profession you can think of has a set of specific requirements for knowledge and skill that must be mastered. Managing and supervising the work of others is an exception. In part that is because the job of managing requires a range of social and technical skills that can vary widely depending on business circumstance. An infinite diversity of technologies, materials, markets and work skills can figure into the mix of the manager’s job. The manager may be asked to coordinate technically skilled team players, or, alternatively, may need to discipline the application of basic skills to achievement of production goals. Materials may be common or exotic. Customers may have influence over or little concern for product quality and design. Work skills may be common or rare. Technology may be critical or peripheral.

Some central managerial skills like accounting and finance can be trained. Mostly, they are dealt with as competences that are best left to specialists. Highly technical problems that demand specific training are, in general, treated as staff support jobs. The part of the job that always stays with the manager is that of working with and through other people to achieve cost-effective productivity using formal authority, personal influence, economic incentives and an understanding of organizing processes. As skill sets, these are very difficult to define. They blend and merge to become a personal suite of action strategies that are put to use as needed. Formal education and training can provide a summary focus, but only practice and experience can make them effective working tools. Much of managing and supervising is thus learned from experience on the job. The manager’s challenge is to find a mentor who can guide him/her past the most critical traps and blunders.

Much that passes for management training is, unfortunately, superficial or just wrong. Economic incentives are clearly basic but always insufficient. Application of authority is indispensable but can backfire or fail. Motivational programs can turn out to be all PR and noise. Workers may be satisfied and unproductive. Cost control measures can gut the core of product quality. Balancing it all can be a juggling act that daunts average intellectual and social skill. Managing and supervising skills can be learned on the job if failure is tolerated. Only limited trial and error can be accepted. The best available advice and mentoring is required for survival over the long course. The chapters of this book will provide the working manager with the knowledge necessary to accelerate learning and skill mastery. When put together in a coherent, working package through experience, that mastery rises to the professional level.

The author, Dr. Glenn Bassett, applies his unusual range of practical and professional experience to defining and clarifying the requisite skill and knowledge. From his background as a working personnel executive, professor of management, GE corporate staffer, social science researcher, consultant and business school dean he critically and synergistically sorts out the realities of sound management practice. He deals with issues of authority and discipline rationally and realistically, disposing summarily of nearly all standard motivational theory. He challenges commonly offered “principles” of management showing that many are misleading or illusory. He lays out the principles of worker productivity that a manager must grasp to control cost and quality. What emerges is a description of the Manager’s Craft that summarizes the knowledge and skill required of the working manager who must exercise control in the workplace, build commitment among colleagues, and sustain high quality, cost-effective productivity. This is an intellectually rigorous analysis applied to achievement of practical managerial results. This is The Manager’s Craft.

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Dr. Glenn Bassett is Professor Emeritus of Management and former Dean of Business at the University of Bridgeport.  A graduate of Berkeley and Yale, as well as a former corporate staffer at General Electric, Dr. Bassett’s career has focused on applied Social Psychology.  WordPlay is the result of exended research into the science of psycholinguistics. He is the author of numerous articles and published books, including The Managers Craft.

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Friday, November 7, 2014

Interview with Ed Grizzle, author of It's Your Decision


Title: It's Your Decision
Author: Ed Grizzle
Publisher: iUniverse
Pages: 128
Genre: Family Relationships/Parenting
Format: Ebook
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 Children are gifts from God, but parenting those children can often be a difficult task. In It’s Your Decision, author Ed Grizzle shows how parenting can be successful when it’s carried out according to God’s plan. Using his life’s experiences as a guide, Grizzle explores the importance of making the right decisions in life—from choosing the right lifestyle and the right mate and to raising children according to what God has planned for you.

It’s Your Decision discusses
 • planning for children;
 • knowing what children need;
 • being aware of the important years in a child’s life;
 • understanding that children will test parents;
 • valuing the role of grandparents;
 • dealing with abused children;
 • communicating openly and honestly;
 • clarifying family roles.

 Grizzle presents a guide to strengthening lives and making your family life more enjoyable. He shows how this is possible when you accept Jesus Christ into your life; he will show you the way in the difficult times.

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How has your upbringing influenced your writing?

My upbringing was the main reason for the book.  It gave me the opportunity to share how Jesus Christ can make a persons life more worth living if they follow him.

When and why did you begin writing?

I believed that my wife Mary encouraged me to write the book.  I started it four weeks prior to her passing.

What do you consider the hardest thing about writing?

Since this was my first book, I can’t really answer this question.  I felt that there was nothing hard about writing it.

Do you intend to make writing a career?

I don’t consider it a career but instead a nice thing to keep me going since I am retired.

Do you have a specific writing style?

I don’t know other than it is they way I write and I have nothing to compare it to.

Ed Grizzle started a ministry called It’s Your Decision that helps addicts, prostitutes, and others who face difficult circumstances. He and his late wife, Mary, raised two children. Grizzle currently lives in Illinois

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Impure by J.R. Bailey Book Feature - Win a $25 Amazon Gift Card!


Title: Impure
Author: J.R. Bailey
Publisher: iUniverse
Pages: 272
Genre: Fantasy
Format: Ebook
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 "As darkness spills down from the north and stains all it touches with sin, a den of vampires known as the Great Citadel reaches out with its snaking hands. A change in the winds is signified by the death of an emperor—and the time for retribution has come. No one desires vengeance more than Koristad Altessor, a young necromancer and son of the legendary Black Guardian. Although it has been nearly twenty years since the Vampire King murdered his father, stole his throne, and then unleashed barbarians upon the defenseless villages of the foothills, Koristad’s thirst to kill the evil king remains unquenched. As he relentlessly searches for the monster and attempts to protect those he loves, Koristad’s own legend begins to take shape. With the powerful Executor Blade in hand, he sets his sights upon the Great Citadel and the Vampire King. But now only time will tell if he is prepared for the terrible secrets he may find there. In this continuing tale, a child of darkness instigates a mission of revenge against the lord of all vampires—a conflict destined to shake the very pillars of hell and test him in ways he never imagined." amazon 
J. R. Bailey began writing as a child after his first encounter with a typewriter and has never stopped. He is an eccentric dreamer who spends more time exploring the worlds of his imagination than the one at his fingertips. J. R. currently resides in southern Nebraska.

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Thursday, October 30, 2014

The Last Places on Earth by Gary Mancuso Book Feature

TLPoE CoverTitle: The Last Places on Earth
Author: Gary Mancuso
Publisher: Great Lands Publishing
Pages: 375
Genre: Travelogue/Essays
Format: Hardcopy/Ebook

 Gary Mancuso has seen how fast the world’s biological and cultural diversity is being obliterated by rapid globalization. In 2005, He saw the earth reaching a major turning point, when the last remnants of primal humanity and nature would soon be gone. So, in a life-changing gamble, he set off on a six-year journey to see the earth’s remaining wildernesses. This intensely personal account of Gary’s journey includes feasting with New Guinea’s former cannibals, hunting with Pygmies in the Congo Basin, and attending a Madagascan highland death ritual with an exhumed corpse as the guest of honor. Gary paid a price for his journey: lost his wife to divorce, half his net worth to financial malfeasance, and a dear friend to suicide. He fell sick several times, got electrocuted, and struggled with the inevitable disorientation borne of long rootlessness. But he overcame each hurdle and even found romance in some unlikely places. By dumb luck, some smart luck, and an instinct for improvisation, he pressed on and somehow staggered home. The Last Places on Earth: Journeys in Our Disappearing World is a timely and powerful reminder that the wonderment and mystery that we humans naively assumed would always be there is dying fast.

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  Gary Mancuso yearned to travel ever since he was a boy. Then, the summer before his senior year in high school, he left his family home in Ohio and drove to California. Arriving in Los Angeles with four dollars in his pocket, he slept on the beach for a spell until he got his footing. When he wasn’t off wandering somewhere, he studied economics, communications, and political science and got a master’s degree in International Relations from the University of Southern California. Before setting off on the journey that became the subject of this book, Gary headed business development in the trading room of a large regional bank. Along with his passion for travel, he is an avid trekker, swimmer, scuba diver, environmentalist, and private pilot. For More Information
 

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Interview with Randall Boleyn, author of Wave Links




Randall Boleyn When those first few novels transported Randall into the intrigue of other cultures and the complexity of foreign lands, his life changed forever. He wanted to experience those kinds of adventures and ended up traveling the world doing international business while living his own bizarre experiences. Realizing he wanted to create the same kind of stories he loved to read, Randall coaxed the Muse by writing, studying and learning the craft. After years of toiling with the words, the stories suddenly just seemed to happen. It was startling! It was the same joy and surprise he had relished as a reader in guessing how a plot might unfold affecting the characters’ lives. He now writes with the eye and passion of creating that next great story like he would want to read. Randall now lives in the hills of the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia and is focused on completing the Powers Meant for Gods trilogy to publish by December 2014. Read excerpts and more at RandallBoleyn.com and sign-up for Randall’s mailing list for publishing details.  His latest book is the Young Adult Fantasy, Wave Links.

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Could you please tell us a little about your book?
Llad Fleck fights for his life against an unknown enemy as he searches for clues about his cryptic lineage of berserkers while being haunted by a mysterious girl trying to help him master the bizarre psychic talents he will need to survive. Trying to sum up the 100,000 word story you wrote in one sentence is really difficult. But that is the essentials of the story. I have always loved reading the fantasy genre, but wanted to create a story where these talents could be real— within the realm of the practical. Wave Links is an action adventure tale set in an urban fantasy background within a coming of age theme. It is book number one of the Powers Meant for Gods series and starts the story of Lladnar Fleck learning to come-to-grips with his extraordinary talents and stay alive long enough to defend himself from malevolent force intent of his death. Book number two, Soul Links will be released late December 2014 and book three Rune Links should be out March 2015
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Who or what is the inspiration behind this book?
Every day, all around the world, ordinary folks accomplish feats, mental and physical which are astounding to those of us lacking those unique gifts and traits. Many of the top Universities in the USA and Europe now have paranormal studies departments trying to somehow quantify the mysteries of the humankind that science has yet to breakdown and expose with scientific reason.

For most of the time on this earth since humans have been able to record their thoughts and deeds, anything people couldn't understand was attributed to the gods, or to the occult. Regardless of each of our individual belief systems, we love to read and contemplate the 'what ifs' of our universe. And that is why I needed to create the Powers Meant for Gods series with the premise that some people actually do have talents that are god-like― some used for good, some used for evil. That age old battle still continues even today.

Having known people gifted with such marvelous talents that they almost seem mystical, I needed to further explore the paranormal aspect of our human condition. I have been involved in playing sports my entire life. Experiencing players with remarkable talents in any sport that places them beyond the norm is to feel a sense of awe as you witness their greatness. And where does that talent, those gifts come from?
My character Llad Fleck has these extraordinary gifts in rugby and basketball. At fifteen, he embarrassed the men he played against in these very demanding, physical sports. From there, his gifts kept expanding to include a genetic traits of his ancestors from who legends were created. As I am not a plotter in my stories, all the characters surrounding Llad’s life just showed up ready for their roles. Thank the Muse!

Who is your biggest supporter?
My wife Kay. But her support isn’t  necessarily about the writing specifically, but to use my talents best where I feel fulfilled and satisfied with my efforts.

Your biggest critic?
Myself! It takes a good amount of time and word count before most writers lose the pretention and the need to be perfect. My favorite authors write so simply. The words just flow into paragraphs and you never pay any attention to the author. That is the quality of prose I am striving towards and the more I write, the closer I think I am getting to succeed.

Do you have any advice for writers or readers?
Reading has been such a big part of my life ever since I wasn't required to read, that it was the seed for my writing. Read everything in the genres that inspire you, and sooner or later, you will find yourself lacking for a story that stills fills that need. Then you’ll say, "I can write it myself." And you'll be right, and your stories will start to unfold.


What is your favorite past-time?  
My wife Kay and I hike many of the wonderful trails throughout the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia.  I still read a lot, although when I am deep into writing a story, I can’t find the proper concentration to read other authors. And I design and build funky contemporary furniture.

Is there anything else you would like to share with us?
Only that I hope some readers will give Wave Links a try and that they enjoy reading this story as much as I did writing it. Thank you!


Wave Link cover 9-16 copy  They feared how the truth might alter Llad Fleck. No one ever told him about his talented ancestors, their extraordinary heritage, or how they died. He never learned that a powerful research institute in England considered him a lethal threat. Other than the need to move on to the safety of a different city every few months, the only thing Llad knew for sure was that the men he played ball against said he had “mad skills not suitable for a fifteen-year-old.” When Llad meets an eccentric parapsychologist, Dr. Jemma Rask, she explains that she has waited decades just to teach him how to expand his mind and utilize the unique traits which she believes he has inherited. Even though Dr. Rask and her stories come across as way too weird for Llad, he begins studying her techniques. He quickly realizes that just because the link might be there, it doesn’t mean he actually has the talent or the patience to develop his abilities. After multiple killings shatter Llad’s life, he still doesn’t know who is behind the brutal murders or why he’s involved. But he knows now that he’s fighting for his life against a unknown enemy. He must discover more about his family tree and learn how to control his psychic gifts―if he has any. Alone with his grief, Llad searches for clues about his cryptic lineage while being haunted by reoccurring dreams of a mysterious girl trying to help him master the bizarre talents he will need to survive.

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