Friday, November 16, 2012

Book Tour Guest-Daniels Nathan





About the Author

Nathan Daniels lives with psychological disorders including Agoraphobia, Borderline Personality Disorder, Insomnia, and OCD. Abused in his youth, orphaned and homeless as a teenager, he became self-abusive and suicidal as an adult. Against all odds he has survived, and now advocates for suicide prevention and
awareness through his writing.


Author Interview



• How did your book come to life?

I started writing as a self-prescribed form of therapy, and honestly had no idea that what I was writing
would become “Surviving the Fourth Cycle” someday. I was suicidal, had already been hospitalized, and
was running out of options for therapy. I would spend, sometimes 10 hours a day scribbling away in
notebooks… in my basement, trying to unlock the secrets of my mind and save my life. A year, and
thousands of hand-written pages later, I realized I had something that resembled a book.
http://ezinearticles.com/?Writing-Helped-Save-My-Life&id=7243149


•What other books are most similar to yours?


I’m an avid reader, and I don’t think I’ve ever read anything similar to Surviving the Fourth Cycle, which
truly is a unique book. With that being said, I can name some of my favorite non-fiction that deals with
similar subject matter. For a heart-wrenching story about severe abuse, I would recommend “A Child
Called It” by Dave Pelzer… definitely one of the most horrific cases of child abuse I’ve ever read. I’m
also a big fan of Andy Behrman’s “Electroboy", which is a great book if you want an unapologetic and
real insight into what it’s like to live with mental illness. Finally, a great book about self-discovery and
gaining control of your life is, “The Third Sunrise,” by Natalie Champagne, a talented new author from
Canada.


•Why do you think your readers are going to enjoy your book?


This is a very real and honest, first-person account, of what it’s like to lose your mind along with your
will to live. This book captures my journey, as I overcome the suicidal tendencies I’ve battled for twenty
years and learn to live with my mental illness.I think people who suffer from similar afflictions will feel less alone in the world when they read mybook, and be reminded that the human soul can survive great adversity. For those who don’t suffer with these ailments, I offer a genuine insight into what it’s like to live with widely misunderstood disorders like Agoraphobia and Social Anxiety Disorder.Also, Surviving the Fourth Cycle isn’t a negative experience at all. I do go into great detail about being avictim of sexual abuse, social isolation, losing my mom to cancer… and my dad two months later tobronchial pneumonia –being orphaned and homeless as a teenager, mental illness, self-abuse, and suicide.In the end, however, my story is about surviving these things, embracing the love of my family, and finally living my life.There are also some things you might not expect in a book like this. For example; my experience staying in a well-known haunted house, how close I came to being a professional wrestler and an American Gladiator, my views on parenthood, and an incredible love story… that proves true love can weather any storm.


•How long did it take you to write your book?


I spent approximately a year writing in depth journal entries about my daily struggles, and extremely
personal essays about the experiences and relationships in my life. It took another three months to weave
these ingredients together into something that would be reader-friendly and (hopefully) entertaining. I
then spent a couple more months re-writing the final draft until it was as good as I felt I could get it.•        Who designed the cover? I came up with the idea for the image of a chain breaking against a simple white background. The chain breaking can represent completely opposite concepts, strength or weakness, depending on how you look at it. Ultimately, it’s a symbol of breaking the chains that bound me, letting go of my past, and finally being free from the beckoning of the graveyard.
A cover designer named Todd Engel, who works with my publisher, Booklocker.com, brought my idea to
life


•What are you doing to market the book?  Are you using social media?


The most important thing, is having a website to showcase what the book’s all about, and that’s
http://www.survivingthefourthcycle.com/index.html
I definitely use social media to share my story, and get the word out about my book. I’m active on all the
major networks; Facebook, Twitter, Google+, LinkedIn, MySpace, Pinterest, Youtube, and even sites for
book lovers like GoodReads.com. I also write articles on a wide range of content, relevant to my book,
and share them on a regular basis through sites like SelfGrowth.com. I’m active on a couple poetry sites
too, like AllPoetry.com, where I enter my poems in contests and am able to promote my book through my
profile pages. My favorite thing to do is write blogs for a great site called therealsupermumblog.com. I
also have three video trailers for Surviving the Fourth Cycle that can be seen on my Youtube channel.





• In two sentences or less can you tell readers something unique about your book?


The journal entries that appear in Surviving the Fourth Cycle are completely authentic, copied directly out
of my notebooks, and most of them were written at times when I would have been considered clinically
insane (I was often ignoring visual and audio hallucinations when I would write). I never try to paint a
certain picture of myself, or make myself out to be “good” or “bad” I just tell my story, as is, completely
uncensored and without the woe-is-me attitude that you might expect in a book like this.


• List three adjectives that describe your book as a whole:


Honest. Emotional. Insightful.


• Where can a reader purchase your book?


You can purchase Surviving the Fourth Cycle directly through my publisher, (you can read the first two
chapters here as well), at…
http://booklocker.com/books/6455.html

The book is also available at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and most online bookstores.








Description


After a turbulent childhood filled with traumatic events, including the death of his parents, Nathan
Daniels downward spiraled into hopeless despair and thoughts of suicide. Orphaned and homeless, he
miraculously clawed his way out of the bottom of the barrel and lived a relatively normal life for nearly
five years before he felt himself starting to slip into a familiar darkness. A cycle had begun that would
continue to repeat itself throughout his life with ever-growing intensity and threats.
Surviving the Fourth Cycle swings pendulously back and forth between two stories that ultimately bleed
into one...
You will experience the author's most recent battle with mental illness through raw and honest journal
entries that give you a rare "fly on the wall" perspective from a truly haunted mind. At the same time,
Nathan rips his closet door off its hinges and lets all the skeletons come rattling out through a series of
writings that are, in essence, the chapters of his life. You are in for a bumpy ride as he picks through the
bones in these extremely personal essays that examine the intense relationships and experiences that have
led to both his struggle to function in society, and his ability to persevere.


Tuesday, November 13, 2012

For Stores- Infinity Publishing Fire and Ice by Dianna Bellerose

http://www.buybooksontheweb.com/resource.aspx?id=4953   


  Important book , 11/27/2012
Reviewer: Anthea Carson
This book is very important. It deals with the very real situation of domestic violence. I believe that this book will help women stay out of bad relationships, and help women who are in this very painful situation to know that they are not alone. This can be very important because usually one feels incredibly alone when they are a victim of domestic violence. I related to a lot of the struggles the main character went through, they are very typical and difficult. People say it is so easy to leave. This book shows some of the dangers of leaving, as well as the dangers of staying. For example, sometimes the batterer will hold the children hostage. NO mother ever wants to see anything bad happen to their children, so they stay out of fear. Sometimes the way a batterer manipulates is to take the children from the mother in a rage, leaving her to suffer with terrible anxiety and fear. Sometimes the batterer also abuses her with his family, by showing more loyalty to them than to her, and by allowing them to verbally abuse her and gossip about her. I highly recommend this book

Fire and Ice by Diana Bellerose (Author)

Fire and Ice by Diana Bellerose (Author)

Friday, October 26, 2012

Book Tour Guest- Marie Fostino




Biography:


So let me introduce myself. I was born on the out skirts of Chicago, Ill and the oldest of six children. I spent a lot of time in Wisconsin with my grandparents during the summers growing up. They had a milk farm and so I learned to milk the cows and clean out the smelly barn. I graduated high school in 1972. I met my husband in October of 1973 and I was only nineteen years old. We got married that following April in 1974. We have five children, four daughters and one son. My husband moved us around a lot and we lived in Illinois, Texas, Oklahoma, Indiana, Maryland, and Arizona. Arizona is where we have laid our hats. Can't move if I wanted to because three of my children and four of my grandchildren.



http://www.mariefostino.com;http://mariefostino.weebly.com; http:// www.mariefostino.blogspot.com ;http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1-dWlsgM9LA&layer_token=3c1917039222373



Author Interview:


1. How did you come up with the idea about your book? 
 I love to read and one of my all-time favorite is Romeo & Juliet.  The original was written by William Shakespeare about two young stars – crossed lovers whose deaths ultimately unite their feuding families. In time there was West Side Story written by Arthur Laurent’s, about rivalry between street gangs and ethnic groups. A member of the Sharks, from Puerto Rico, falls in love with a member of the Jets, Polish American which only leads to fighting and ultimately death. Next came out the Modern Day Romeo & Juliet in a movie starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Clair Danes.  So I came up with the idea, What about using that thought involving the two gangs that tried to take over Chicago in the 1092’s.

2. • What was the hardest part of writing your book? 

I think the hardest part for me was the baseball scene. My husband helped me with that part since I am not really into sports.  

3. • Did you do research for your book? 

Oh yes, I read books and looked articles up on the internet and watched movies to help me create my characters. Since this is about a part of history that really happened I wanted to make sure I had the facts straight. But since it is also fiction, I made up a couple of characters that really didn’t exists and put them in my world.  My grandfather worked for Al Capone and he owned a little corner store which the mop kept safe for him. So I used that idea in my book and decided to make the man who owned the store a relative of Al Capone. This is how Rosemary came about, the girl who fell in love with a man from the wrong side of the tracks.  George Moran was also a gang leader who fought with Al Capone for Chicago. Jon May was a hired mechanic for George Moran and even though he had small kids, I made this part fiction and gave him a son old enough to fall in love. This began my story of a new kind of Romeo & Juliet.Both with attachments to the opposite gangs of Chicago which could only lead to trouble.

4. • How long did it take to write it? 

 It took me maybe six months to write and re-write to make sure I had the facts correct. Then I sent it to an editor. 

5. What you want your readers to know about your work? 

I enjoy writing. My books will never be best sellers, but they are enjoyable and will take you away from life for a little while. This book is not very long, but you will get a whirlwind tour of Chicago and learn a little history of Chicago in the 1920’s along with the enjoyment of a little romance thrown in.  I have written three other books and finishing another one.

I wrote my first book, Alzheimer’s A Caretakers Journal, from journals I kept while taking care of my father in law with his Alzheimer’s.  

My book The Silver Locket came to me after my first grandchild turned fifteen years old. The memories came flooding back to that time her mom (my daughter) was pregnant while in high school which was the idea behind this book. 

My third book A Struggle of the Heart came next as I looked back into my life when I changed careers from being a beautician to a paramedic due to the Oklahoma City Bombing. But I decided to make a romance triangle to make this book a lot more interesting. 

6. Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it? 

 I actually learned a lot more about the city of Chicago, which is a city I am in love with. I mean sure I have done some traveling and there is New York with the Statue of Liberty and there I France with the Eiffel Tower and the Louvre. I loved Rome and the Colosseum and Trevi Fountain. But there is a kind of magic to me about the City of Chicago. The night life, the noise, the real tall buildings are just a little about this city that makes it so appealing. Let’s not forget you can go to the zoo, or the beach or the top of the John Hancock building to see and feel the magic of this city. In fact I went back to Chicago looking for the garage where the Valentines Massacre happened but I was disappointed to see it was gone. 






About the Book:

My story takes place in the turbulent era of the 1920’s, prohibition and gangs running rampant in the streets of Chicago. You will enjoy this new version of the events leading up to one of the bloodiest days in Chicago’s history with Tommy-guns, gangsters and a love story throw in.







Wednesday, October 24, 2012

BARNES & NOBLE | Fire and Ice by Diana Bellerose, Infinity Publishing PA | NOOK Book (eBook), Paperback

BARNES & NOBLE | Fire and Ice by Diana Bellerose, Infinity Publishing PA | NOOK Book (eBook), Paperback
Available at the stores, just ask for it. If you buy two copies, I will send you a Gift. All you have to do is, to e-mail me a copy of your receipt. Let's make a change in someone's life and empower women Globally. We can DO IT.

Friday, October 19, 2012

Book Tour Guest- Anthea Carson Author, The Dark Lake (The Oshkosh Trilogy)



Authot Bio:


Anthea Carson was born in 1964 and grew up in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Philosophy from the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs. She has been a tournament chess player, winning such National awards as Female Game 60 champion of 2003, and is frequently listed in the top 100 chess-playing women in the U.S. list. She has worked as a chess coach in the schools since 1999. She is the co-author of "How to Play Chess Like an Animal," a children's chess book. Anthea has been playing chess and writing fiction since childhood. She has two published novels, one young adult fiction called "Ainsworth," and "The Dark Lake," a story about a ghostly woman who haunts Lake Winnebago in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.





Author Interview:



1.What genre do you write?

 I have written three young adult novels, one adult psychodrama, one children's illustrated chess book, two short stories, and one literary fiction. My favorite to write is literary fiction.

2.Do you have specific writing style?

 I used to write stream of consciousness, but I'm trying to move away from that, and just write straight fiction.
3.How did you came up with the idea about your first book?

 Most of the books I write are from my life. I take real events and then change them around, play with them, and make things up around them.

4.What was the biggest challenge in your writing?

 The biggest challenge is writing when I don't feel inspired. That is still a challenge I haven't overcome.

5. Is there an Author who you can consider mentor in your writing?

 I'm trying to learn from Hemingway, but I would say up till now the influence has been Proust or Nabokov.

6. What you want to share with your readers?

 I really enjoy reading other indie writers, and I'm really excited about publishing on Amazon kindle. I like the free promotions and I love to exchange reviews with other indie authors. I don't mind receiving negative reviews, but I try not to give them, at least not without sharing them with the author first.

7.Did you learn anything from your book and what was it? 

 I am very excited because I feel that I finally learned how to write a scene with this last book I wrote, called "Call me Jane."

Here it is a sneak pick from my new book:

Janey Lou wants to fit in with the cool crowd. No scratch that. Janey Lou wants to be herself, and stop pretending to be someone she’s not.

Janey Lou switches her name to Jane, switches schools, and decides not to try to fit in with any “crowd.”

This new, independent attitude causes her to fit in with the coolest crowd of all. Before she knew what happened she found herself caught up in a lifestyle she wasn’t emotionally prepared for.

About the Dark Lake:



    Jane wanders the lake in search of the voices that call her from the depths. She just can’t seem to get her life together. She tries to move on from the past. She goes to therapy. She goes to AA. She tries to find a job, and eventually, to avoid jail time, she goes to Anger Management. But she just can’t seem to get past her past.
Her therapist tells her she needs to remember what happened at the party. Whatever happened at the party holds the key. She tries to remember, but it’s hard if not impossible to remember what happened in a blackout. But whatever it is, that’s what haunts her, and if she can just deal with it, she can move on.
But then they start dragging her car from the lake. “Why,” she wonders, “after all this time, why are they pulling her car from the lake?”



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