Wednesday, July 3, 2019

The Story Behind Where To? How I Shed My Baggage and Learned To Live Free by Jennifer B. Monahan


Being an author was never on my bucket list.  But a bad accident and three months of disability leave where I was stuck on my couch gave me the time to write my first book, This Trip Will Change Your Life. The accident also gave me a lot of time to really assess how I had been living my life, which became the starting point for my second book, Where To?.

I realized that I had been “playing it safe” with my life and my career and that I had been holding myself back from truly living the life that I wanted to live.  I vowed that I would honor my life and start living courageously and authentically…as soon as I could walk again!

It ended up taking over 14 months before I could walk without a cast, crutch or brace, but that time allowed me to really think about what it was that I wanted to create with my life. At face value, if you had looked at my life prior to the accident, you would have said that I was living a rich, interesting life and to some extent I was.  But what I wasn’t doing was following my heart, taking some risks and just enjoying being alive.

I took my first big risk when I published my first book.  In it I opened up and shared aspects of myself that I hadn’t really shared before.  But I knew that I needed to do more – I needed to shed the limiting beliefs and personas that I had been carrying with me for most of my life that were preventing me from being “me.” And so I decided to jump right into the deep end and walk away from all of the things that had been giving me a false sense of security about my life – my job and my home – and try living the way I wanted to live.

I had a number of people tell me that I was crazy, but even more people cheered me on and begged me to tell them what – and how – I was doing.  I had people call and email me, asking me how I was able to do what I was doing and looking for advice on how to start living their own authentic lives. It became a no-brainer to write down my experiences. Where To? tells the story of what happened to me, the lessons I learned, and the amazing adventures I had as I learned to live in a way that felt authentic and true to me.

Where To? takes place primarily in the Guatemalan jungle, but also in Japan, Cambodia and Thailand.  It tells how I lived in a thatched-roof hut in a tiny village, connected with local shamans and participated in their ancient rituals, became fully integrated into the daily life of local families, and ultimately faced down some of the greatest losses and long-buried pain I had experienced.  In the book I share the six steps I took to heal and create the life of my dreams and include a workbook for readers to do the same.
About the Author

Jennifer B. Monahan is a business strategy consultant, shaman and coach who helps people all over the world live courageous lives. Her first book, This Trip Will Change Your Life: A Shaman’s Story of Spirit Evolution (She Writes Press, 2016), has won six literary awards, including two first-place Body, Mind, Spirit Book Awards and a 2017 National Indie Excellence Award. Her second book, Where To? How I Shed My Baggage and Learned to Live Free, was published in April 2019, and describes her personal journey through Guatemala, Japan, Cambodia and Thailand as she faces down some of the greatest losses in her life.

She is a regular contributor to Medium.com, Sivana East, and has had articles published on MindBodyGreen.com and Inc.com. Her podcast, Living A Courageously Authentic Life, can be found on BlogTalkRadio.com, and focuses on a variety of topics to help others be true to themselves.

She holds a BA in Mass Communications from the University of Bridgeport (CT), an MBA in Marketing from the University of Connecticut, a Masters in Natural Health from Clayton College, and completed an accredited coaching program through Coach U. Her shamanic training began with a Mayan shaman in Mexico and then expanded to include shamans in Guatemala and her own personal guides.

She currently splits her time between the United States and Guatemala when not traveling and is in the process of writing her third book, a handbook for people looking to define, create and live their courageously authentic life. You can find her online at www.SpiritEvolution.co.

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Tuesday, June 18, 2019

The Story Behind Tough Karma: A Race Against Time by Laura Simmons


I’ve always been fascinated with psychic phenomena and the occult, and wished I could astral travel.  I was inspired to write Tough Karma as I was finalizing my first novel, Little Bits of Karma, which is on the sweet and spiritual side of romance.  Two of the troublemaking, minor characters in Little Bits of Karma (Amber and Bryce) had a story to tell and came through loud and clear.  I found myself Little Bits to make Bryce less mean and more physically attractive, since I originally wrote his character as cruel and brutish looking.  He wanted me to know that he was redeemable and open to change, and hopelessly in love with Amber.  I wasn’t sure what to do with that information because I had written their characters as first cousins.  In order to write the story racing through my mind, I had to make them unrelated. To fix that situation I created an adoption story for one of them.
doing last minute edits on

Little Bits to make Bryce less mean..."


I wanted Tough Karma to be a dark and suspenseful novel that focused on latent psychic abilities coming to the forefront, specifically astral travel. The idea of someone in astral form spying on a friend or foe and learning a deadly secret was too good not to write.

Another inspiration for Tough Karma was the aspect of sleepwalking. Amber is an artist who sometimes draws pictures while in a sleepwalking state. The content of her drawings is disturbing, and she has no memory of drawing them. Her pictures foretell past and future events.  My father was a sleepwalker and I remember my mother telling me funny stories about his nightly adventures.

I was shocked and amazed at how fast Tough Karma flowed out of my mind and onto the computer. I felt like I was channeling the characters of Amber and Bryce, so I let them guide me. They became my best imaginary friends.

The same thing happened for the sequel to Tough Karma, called Dark Karma: Sword of Vengeance.  The characters guided me and changed my original storyline for the better.  If you like to read romantic, supernatural thrillers with a touch of fantasy, I think you will love Tough Karma and its darker sequel, Dark Karma.
About the Author

Laura Simmons grew up in northern Virginia and spent most of her career working for various Department of Defense contractors in the Washington, DC area. She has a fascination with all things metaphysical. She enjoys writing, jigsaw puzzles, adult coloring books, vacationing at the beach with her husband, and studying tarot cards and other types of divination systems.





BOOK BLURB:

Astral travel and a deadly secret make for a gripping paranormal romance from start to finish.

Amber Macklin's world is cruelly shattered when she loses her baby girl three months after her husband's sudden death. Her cousin, Bryce, comes to her rescue, moving her into his home for fear she will kill herself from the grief. He provides solace and a shoulder to cry on, and he has loved her as more than a cousin for a long time. Amber and Bryce soon discover they are not blood relatives, which opens the door for romance as he pulls her through her darkest hours. When Mike, a college friend of Bryce's, stops by to visit, Amber senses a deadly secret behind his nice guy persona. She has a frightening dream that Mike is trying to kill her and recurring sleepwalking episodes where she draws detailed pictures of him torturing her. Deeply troubled, Bryce uses his ability to astral travel to investigate Mike and uncover his terrifying past. Mike has had his eye on Amber for some time, and when he learns that Bryce and Amber have become lovers, he is furious. Mike abducts Amber and takes her to his rural Georgia hideaway, and Bryce must rely on his astral abilities to track her down. But will he be too late? 

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Monday, May 27, 2019

The Story Behind Guns, Drugs, or Wealth by Jerry Ford


I wrote this book because I know what it’s like to be broke. I know what it’s like to feel helpless because you lack the specialized knowledge that might help you reach your goals. They say ignorance is bliss, but really, it just hurts. I wrote this book because I believe that everyone should
have an equal opportunity to gain the knowledge he or she needs to build wealth. The problem is, everyone learns differently. This doesn’t make one person smarter than the next, but it does require a teacher who takes the time to figure out how best to teach each person. Sadly, a very small percentage of Americans attend the kinds of schools— mainly private schools—with these teachers. Only ten percent of Americans can afford private education.

One book can’t make up for the deficits in our educational system—I wish it could—but this book is meant to be like having Jay-Z or Warren Buffet coach you personally on how to build wealth by understanding the three forms of income. I want you to have a cool and fun experience reading it, while gaining valuable, specialized knowledge. I want you not just to gain knowledge, but to become knowledge. 

Most of my teachers laughed and told me that I would never amount to anything because my reading wasn’t the best. My mother lost her home because of a lack of understanding of real estate. No one taught her how to reap the benefits of owning a home. No one told her how much money she could have saved in taxes by writing off the costs associated with fixing up our home.

If I had understood the word responsibility—which literally means the ability to choose your responses—when my brother Sam was killed, I would have made better choices. When my Auntie Sandra was killed, I would have made better choices. When my best friend Steven was killed, I would have made better choices. When I lost others to violent crime and found myself starving from a lack of money, I would have made better choices.

Eighty percent of Americans are middle class, working class, or poor class. About ten percent are upper class, leaving less than ten percent as financially free. The average income on the planet is about $1,480 per month and roughly three billion people live on $2.50 per day. What do we make of these statistics? I believe that the information in your head determines what’s in your hand—but it’s also true that what’s in your hand determines what’s in your head. I read or listen to one book a week. The information I’ve gleaned from them has literally saved my life.

As I stated before, Ignorance is not bliss; that shit just hurts. It hurts because it makes you suffer. I have studied many books, learned from them, and personally picked the brains of high-net-worth individuals. I have done this so that I can share the key points with you and take out all the air, all the fluff that doesn’t matter. I have tapped into the minds of some of the wealthiest and happiest people in the world and I am going to give you their timeless principles straight up and in layman’s terms. My wisdom comes from the people from the suburbs and the people from the ghettos—the Warren Buffets as well as the Jay-Zs.

Growing up in Detroit, we were broke. Like, broke-broke. Like, moms-freeze-that-chicken-for-six-months broke. Like no heat, no lights, no water in the wintertime broke. And for those of you who don’t know, Detroit can go below zero degrees. It was so cold that me and my brothers, cousins, aunties, and everyone else that lived in my home would sleep in one room with an electric heater. During these times, we did everything in our coats. I mean everything. We slept, cooked, played charades, and got beat by moms, all in our coats. When we had no heat or hot water, we would put a pot of cold water on the electric hot plate until it got really hot, then pour it in the tub so we could bathe. It took maybe four or five pots to fill up that bathtub, which sucked because by the time you heated up the next pot, the water in the tub was freezing again!

About the Author

Jerry Ford is a Detroit native who grew up in the ghetto. He has been involved in and witnessed everything from gun violence to drug trafficking and addiction, jail, gang life, and murder. At age fourteen, Jerry’s brother, Sam, was murdered on their mother’s birthday. At age seventeen, Jerry’s best friend, Steven, was also murdered. The list goes on. One of the ways Jerry channeled his anger was through martial arts; he became a black belt in multiple styles and received gold medals in the Junior Olympics and other world-respected tournaments.
Jerry received his Bachelor’s degree from Rutgers University. Immediately after college, he started his career as a personal-fitness trainer at New York Health & Racquet Clubs, and soon became one of the company’s top trainers. Having established himself as a fitness professional in New York City, Jerry moved Los Angeles, where he became a top trainer at Equinox. After mastering the science of human engineering, Jerry parted ways with Equinox to launch his own private training business. His clients currently include high-net-worth individuals, celebrities, royal family members, fighters, and a variety of other tastemakers. While still based in Los Angeles, he travels nationally and internationally to train clients.
Jerry is also an investor in stocks, real estate, television and film properties, and anything else he believes to be worth the risk. This is his first book, and he wrote it to help others walk their own paths to success.
Visit him at Twitter at www.twitter.com/realjerryford.

About the Book:


Author and Celebrity Personal Trainer Jerry Ford has authored a powerful, painfully honest book entitled GUNS, DRUGS, OR WEALTH as a help and inspiration to others who also seek personal wealth and independence.
Said Jerry Ford: “ ‘Guns, Drugs, or Wealth’ is about how I went from the hard streets of Detroit to building wealth through stocks, real estate and smart spending. I share with my readers how I began to build my wealth as a personal trainer. As I wrote this book, I imagined myself having a front porch casual conversation with my readers. This how-to guide on building wealth will not only teach people how to build wealth, but it’s written in layman’s terms. The genres of this book are business, inspiration, and self-help.”
Mr. Ford’s book tells all that he has learned, offering readers specific, tried-and-true tools for building wealth by creating three streams of income: (1) passive income (through real-estate investing), (2) portfolio income (through stock market investing), and (3) earned income (through hard work and smart spending).
As a personal trainer, Jerry Ford has worked with many, many “big name” clients, including rapper Big Sean to musical artist MoBeatz. One special trip led to Ford becoming an author. “I was traveling with Big Sean and MoBeatz and decided to journal a few hours a day on the trip. A few hours turned into many…and two months later I had created the manuscript for my book.”
A tragedy earlier in his life also drove Jerry to pull himself up from a hard life in his native Detroit and build a life for himself as a personal wealth coach and trainer. “My brother Sam was murdered…I miss him every day. He inspires me to get out of bed and go as hard as possible in life every day…I feel like I am living for two people instead of just one, myself.”
“Being an author was never a plan,” asserted Jerry. “I knew I needed to figure out a way to help the eighty percent of America who are poor or middle class. I knew that I needed to help the three billion people on the planet who are really poor. Of course this book doesn’t make up for the world’s educational flaws, but it’s a start. Schools don’t teach people how to build wealth.”
Praise for Jerry Ford and His Method

"Jerry traveled across the globe to train me. He goes hard in fitness and in life!"  
--Alisha Boe, actress best known for 13 Reasons Why on Netflix

"I am inspired by Jerry's principles of building wealth through real estate and stock market investments as well as entrepreneurship. With multiple streams of income, the sky is the limit when it comes to potential earning power. This book is here to help!"  
--Adrienne C. Moore, actress best known for Orange Is the New Black on Netflix

"Jerry is a beast, and I can totally understand why. Coming from our city, it's life or death." 
--Dj Mo Beatz, best known as Big Sean's official DJ

"Jerry is not only a trainer; he's an entrepreneur. He has come up with incredibly creative ways to service his high-end clientele. Not only do I enjoy working with Jerry--he's great to hang out with." 
--Marc Webb, film and television producer

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Tuesday, May 14, 2019

The Story Behind Moments That Made America by Geoff Armstrong


Many years ago, while attending teachers college in Canada, I was forced to take a class in North American history. Early in the class, the instructor began talking about the initial stages of the
French and Indian Wars. So far, the course had been rather uninteresting. When he introduced the massacre of British forces near the Monongahela River, I naturally assumed it would be more interesting than the painful process we had endured up to that point. This was, after all, a class for people destined to become teachers and we assumed the instructor was a “master” teacher. It definitely ended up being interesting, but not in the way the instructor intended.
Since the earliest European settlements in North America, the English and the French had banged into each other as they battled for control of the continent. In 1755, British General, Edward Braddock mounted a major offensive against the French at Fort Duquesne in the Ohio River valley. At Braddock's request, a young American officer named George Washington joined Braddock’s offensive. That offensive was the beginning of a conflict that would forever determine the future of the group of colonies that would in a few years become the United States.
In the middle of June, with twelve hundred men, and officers, the British army began its march into the contested region. In European-style formation, their scarlet uniforms glowing in the summer sunshine, Braddock and his men moved against the French Fort. Washington tried to persuade Braddock to set up security, but Braddock, suffering from what turned out to be terminal arrogance, ignored Washington’s advice.
Their route led along two concealed ravines covered with trees. What Braddock didn’t know was that the ravines concealed 600 Native American warriors and 250 French soldiers. As soon as the British reached the ravines, the woods erupted with musket fire. Stunned by the attack, the British struggled to fight back as their legendary discipline disintegrated.
The first discharge of musket fire targeted the officers. Panic-stricken, the British regulars huddled together in small groups, firing ineffectively into the surrounding trees and bushes. Protected by the trees, the French and Indians continued to target the officers. At six-foot-four and on horseback, Washington was the most conspicuous target in the entire expedition. Witnesses describe him as riding from group to group, attempting to rally the men. Four musket balls tore through his coat and two horses were shot out from under him. Inexplicably, nothing touched him.
Finally, Braddock was shot through the lung and carried from the field. He later died of his wound.
Washington was able to enforce enough discipline to form a rear guard and allow what was left of the British expedition to retreat. According to most records, only one mounted officer survived the engagement that would become known as the “Monongahela Massacre”. That officer was George Washington.
He should have died, one more unknown, low ranking colonial officer. Had he died that day the America we know would not exist and the entire history of North America, perhaps the world, would have been different. And that college instructor completely missed the point. What surprised me was how much time he spent discussing the poor British planning. I tuned out of his lesson because I was fascinated by the incredible realization that an event 200 years ago had changed my life and the lives of everyone on the planet. What if George Washington had never been there to lead America to victory in the Revolution? What if he wasn’t there to become America’s first president? American history aside, without realizing what he had done, that instructor had given me the key to teaching history. Make it relevant. Make it obvious that even an event a thousand years earlier could have a profound impact on everyone living today. Many years later I also realized that he had given me an idea for a book that I would call “Moments That Made America”.

About the Author

Geoff Armstrong began his teaching career in 1965 after receiving a teaching diploma from McGill University’s Macdonald College. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Montreal’s Concordia University in 1967 where his major field of study was history. Armstrong credits writers such as Bruce Catton, and Thomas B. Costain, as well as the encouragement of his father who had little formal education, but a deep love of reading and of history, as the inspiration for his own life-long interest.

Throughout a 25-year teaching career he taught history at several grade levels and learned quickly that to reach the hearts of his students, history had to be made immediately and deeply relevant and accessible: that some event that took place centuries before those students were born had a direct and profound influence on every aspect their lives. He also learned that talking down or writing down to his students was a recipe for defeat. It is this awareness, shaped by a quarter century of teaching and countless questions by thousands of intelligent young people that has informed and shaped his writing.


You can visit his website at www.MomentsThatMadeAmerica.com.


About the Book:


From its geological birth during the breakup of the Pangaea supercontinent millions of years ago, through the nation-shaping key events that led to its political independence from the British superpower, and other crucial, sometimes miraculous events that worked to create the nation, Moments That Made America: From the Ice Age to the Alamo explores those defining moments, both tragic and inspirational that profoundly shaped the nation and its people - crucial turning points that worked inexorably to mold and make America. These pivotal "tipping" events formed America's geographical, sociological, political and historical landscape. Part 1 culminates with the discovery of gold in California and the role it played in fulfilling America’s dream of Manifest Destiny.

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Tuesday, May 7, 2019

The Story Behind Dark Spiral Down by Michael Houtz


The inspiration comes from a real-life issue not often seen by the public. I’ve been involved in children’s concerns—professionally and personally—for most of my adult life. My series shines a
light on a little-known issue with the kidnapping of America children by one parent and taken to a foreign country against the will of the other parent. In 1983, a small consortium of countries adopted the Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child abduction. Only about half of countries worldwide recognize the status quo child custody arrangement existing before an unlawful removal of a child from their home country.
            
 I made a conscious decision that the main protagonist, Cole Haufner, was not a special forces operator, CIA agent, etc.  I took my knowledge of martial arts and went the other direction. He’s an expert in Shaolin Kung Fu, a monk, who disdains fighting and shuns the limelight. I thought the story arc would add a lot more nuance and layers portraying a lead character that didn’t follow the typical path we see in this genre. I wanted to observe his reaction to situations where he processed a conflict from a different mindset. When he does employ his skill set, the results are more shocking.

             
My road to publication isn’t overly dramatic--maybe to me it is! I’d finished the rough draft and needed some experienced eyes on the writing. I had no formal training and no friends on the Bestseller list. I was fresh from a career in medicine—not a bastion of fiction production. I entered a contest for the promised written reviews by the judges. I’d forgotten all about it and received a call one evening months later informing me I’d won the Zebulon award for the suspense/thriller/mystery category. I fell numb, unsure what to even say to the person on the other end. A few months later, I went to a conference where I pitched my newly-awarded story to a publisher out of New York. I received a request to rewrite a rather gruesome scene and a full manuscript submission. Within a few days, I shot it out expecting the usual 3 month or more standard reply. Within 24-hours, an email reported the file forwarded to a senior editor and she’d get back to me within a few weeks. 48-hours later, the editor notified me she loved the story and would present to the Board for a contract option. “These things can take a little time,” she reported. “Probably a month or so.” 36-hours later, I had a prepared contract in my hand. That wasn’t the typical timeline I’d been led to believe from others in the industry. Needless to say, I was shocked at the rapid pace from the contest submission to contract signing. I’m currently working on the next in the series, and I’m back to work on my original manuscript, a medical thriller with ties to the state of affairs overseas we’ve all seen since 9/11.

Happy Reading!
Mike
About the Author

After a career in medicine, Mike Houtz succumbed to the call to hang up his stethoscope and pursue his other passion as a writer of fast-paced thrillers. A rabid fan of authors such as Clancy, Mark Greaney, Vince Flynn, and Brad Thor, Mike loves series writing with strong characters, fast pacing and international locations, all of which explode into action in his debut novel, a 2017 Zebulon Award winner. When not at the keyboard, he can be found on the firing range, traveling for research across the globe, or trying out the latest dry-fly pattern on a Gold Medal trout stream.

He lives at the foothills of the Rocky Mountains in Colorado.

His latest book is the thriller/international/action novel, Dark Spiral Down.



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BOOK BLURB:

COLE HAUFNER is a reluctant superstar in the professional mixed martial arts world. After his latest fight, his wife and child perish in a car crash. His grief deepens when his brother, BUTCH, a Delta Force operator, is absent from the funeral and reported missing by two furtive strangers who show up unannounced at the burial. Despairing, and acting on a tip, Cole travels to his childhood home in southeast China, looking for his brother.

Butch and his teammate, HAMMER, are the sole American survivors of a gun battle between their unit and North Korean commandos, both sides fighting over possession of a stolen suitcase containing a miniaturized fusion device that could either provide unlimited clean energy or be converted to an undetectable bomb seven times more powerful than a nuclear explosion. Leading the North Koreans is the sociopath, Commander PARK. Pressed into helping the Koreans is a disgraced former CIA operative, BARRETT JENNINGS.

Cole meets with the uncle who raised him, MASTER LI, and is warned to stop his search for Butch. Barrett discovers Cole’s identity (with the help of a genius computer hacker, LILLY), which opens a twenty-year-old wound when Barrett was blamed for the disappearance of Cole’s father, along with the man’s invention. Barrett enlists the 14K organized crime syndicate to help capture Cole. Hammer, separated from Butch during the fight for the device, thwarts the gang’s attempt to kidnap Cole, and the two then set off to find Butch and the device. All parties converge on the city library where Butch, now disguised as a monk, is attempting to communicate with the Pentagon. Barrett and Park capture Butch, while the 14K gang nabs Cole.

Danger mounts as Chinese authorities begin investigating foul play within their borders. Cole fights his way free of the gang and reunites with Hammer.  Both men find Barrett’s apartment and discover Lilly (the man’s stepdaughter), who divulges Barrett’s identity and plan. Cole clashes with Hammer, who is willing to sacrifice Butch in order to recover the fusion device. Lilly offers her help in exchange for her and Barrett’s rescue from Park’s grip. Meanwhile, Barrett discovers the true nature of the case the North Koreans are pursuing and, sensing he and Lilly are to be assassinated by Park once he has the device, frees Butch. Butch, trusting Barrett was sent to rescue him, leads the turncoat to the site where he hid the device. Barrett, hoping to make a quick fortune selling it, shoots Butch before escaping with the case.

Cole, along with Hammer and Lilly, arrives at the location of Butch and finds him gravely wounded. Butch fingers Barrett for shooting him and for stealing the case. Cole wants only to save his brother but Butch makes him promise to kill Barrett and recover their dad’s invention. The revelation that the device is his father’s scientific discovery propels Cole forward to fulfill his brother’s mission. Cole is forced to abandon Butch at a hospital. Cole pursues Barrett to a remote dock where the ex-CIA man is planning to escape China by boat. With the Chinese military now actively looking for Cole, Cole confronts Barrett and Park sparking a gunfight. Barrett kills Park. As Barrett turns the gun on Cole, Hammer kills Barrett. Cole, Hammer and Lilly escape via the boat, and the fusion device is safely returned.


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Friday, April 26, 2019

The Story Behind The 'Real' American Diet by Kevin C. Alston


Cancer killed my dad. Cancer killed my mom. Cancer killed several coworkers & close friends. Cancer killed my 'other' daughter. I'd had enough!  It was high time to fight back, really fight. So
after a lot of research, & a lot of analysis, this is how The 'Real' American Diet was born. It didn't take a rocket scientist to figure out that something was causing this 'spike' in disease-related deaths. I looked at what we were eating. GMO's, pesticides that are outlawed in other countries, etc. I'd been thinking about this for at least a couple years, but it wasn't until the suffering that I saw my 'other' daughter endure, is when I knew I had to do something. Putting to paper what I had already analyzed in my head, just so others could see the 'solution' that I had come up with to not only combat cancer, but to put all the other diseases on the 'Real' radar of destruction. God gave me all of the information, or access to it. I was already given the gift of being very analytical, at just about all aspects of my life, from God. Where Xlibris came from, again, it had to be God's doing, because I knew absolutely nothing about writing or publishing a book. Xlibris has been trying to get me to market the book, their way, but I just wasn't feeling it. I had already spent a lot of money to get the book published, & I decided that I wasn't going to spend another king's ransom to market it. I knew that God would show me a way, a better way, His way, & I sincerely believe that he has done that with Pump Up Your Book. It seems as if it has been a long time, but God does things at his pace. I just feel blessed that the vessel I've been looking for has finally arrived. It's going to be quite a voyage, I do believe.

About the Author

Born & raised in the small town of Mullins, SC, by God-fearing parents who instilled religion into his life at an early age, he's had an insatiable appetite for knowledge since birth. God blessed him with a keen, analytical mind, & an almost feverish desire to help others. He is a U.S. Air Force veteran, married to the love of his life, with five wonderful kids, & a deep passion that still burns within him to help the less fortunate, through whatever means necessary.  The correlation between what we eat & the epidemic-like rise in diseases of today has the author on an impassioned mission to get to the bottom of what he thinks is a big conspiracy by our government & Big Business.

His latest book is The ‘Real’ American Diet.



BOOK BLURB:
This book is a culmination of the author's life, but mainly the past 10 years, where personal tragedies have led him to discover more about the correlation with food, nutrition & the diseases of today, & how it affects us all. 

This program is an experiment of sorts, with the author using himself as the guinea pig, with positive results having been discovered, & hopefully, in time, even bigger positive results yet to come. 

Between our government & Big Business, we, the people, are already involved in an experiment.  It's like a big laboratory.  With all of the harmful toxins that are allowed in our air, food, &  water, diseases are at epidemic-like levels, & the author, for one, would like to know if there is more to this than is being told to us. It speaks volumes when other nations refuse to accept grains & meats from us, or at least it does to the author. 

Most of the ailments we suffer from today emanate from our guts, & our poor diets keep the sickness-wheels turning, costing each of us millions of dollars, a whole lot of heartache, pain, & suffering.  It's time to make a change, & that change started with the author's experiment on himself.

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Monday, April 22, 2019

The Story Behind The Brave Art of Motherhood by Rachel Marie Martin

I’ve been writing my website Finding Joy for over ten years
and one of the most common questions I would receive was
regarding if I had a book. My readers had seen me go through tremendous life challenges – divorce, dealing with finances, starting a successful business – and wanted to learn the steps to finding joy, happiness and purpose again. At a certain point you either look at opportunity and run after it or you ignore it.

Clearly, I chose to follow opportunity and from that The Brave Art of Motherhood was born.  

My book is published by Waterbrook, an imprint of Penguin Random House. I self-published the Dear Mom Letters books previous to this, but I didn’t want to pass up on this opportunity to work with them.

How I got published is a different story. Publishers do want
Michelle Obama homerun books for sure. They want the
Oprah’s and Tim Tebows. But they also want books that will have low consistent sales (as weird as that sounds). So they
look, or perhaps book agents look, for people who’ve
amassed an audience. In my case most people that I’d
already had a deal with someone so few approached . . until
finally one did.  

I didn’t get a book deal because I wrote a perfect book pitch,
it’s because I wrote consistently for 10 years. And more than
it’s because I’ve been thankful to anyone who has read and
enjoyed what I’ve put out. I’ve really paid attention and loved
the audience and more often than not have used their
comments, insights and suggestions to write again the next
day. I am them.

About the Author

Rachel Marie Martin believes in the power of the human spirit to overcome, to thrive and to find deep joy and because of that she pours out her heart via these platforms: she is the writer behind the site FindingJoy.net, partner of BloggingConcentrated.com, co-host of the Amplify Podcast, and a featured writer for The Huffington Post. Her top blog post, "Why Being a Mom is Enough" has surpassed 1.9 million Facebook likes and she has had her articles translated into over 25 languages. Her site reaches millions of visitors and has a robust, engaged Facebook community. Her articles have been featured in The Huffington Post, iVillage, The Today Show, Star Tribune, iVillage, Stuff New Zealand, PopSugar, Parents, What to Expect, Mamalode, NBC Parents, Dr. Greene, and many more. Her first book, "The Brave Art of Motherhood", published by Penguin Random House, was released on October 9, 2018.

She speaks worldwide about a variety of empowering topics ranging from motherhood to social media marketing to website strategy to writing to creating an authentic community. She believes in living each day intentionally and loves working with others to cultivate a vision, realize their potential and see their dreams become a reality.

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