#BlogTour #TheCoffeePotBookClub @maryanneyarde / #GuestPost : The Year We Lived #TheYearWeLived – Virginia Crow @DaysDyingGlory @StomperMcEwan @CrowvusLit #HistoricalFiction

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Today I’m on the ‘The Year We Lived’ blogtour, organized by The Coffee Pot Book Club.
To promote this book I have a guest post, but before I let you read it first some ‘basic’ information.

About the Author :

Virginia grew up in Orkney, using the breath-taking scenery to fuel her imagination and the writing fire within her. Her favourite genres to write are fantasy and historical fiction, sometimes mixing the two together such as her newly-published book “Caledon”. She enjoys swashbuckling stories such as the Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas and is still waiting for a screen adaption that lives up to the book!
When she’s not writing, Virginia is usually to be found teaching music, and obtained her MLitt in “History of the Highlands and Islands” last year. She believes wholeheartedly in the power of music, especially as a tool of inspiration. She also helps out with the John O’Groats Book Festival which is celebrating its 3rd year this April.
She now lives in the far flung corner of Scotland, soaking in inspiration from the rugged cliffs and miles of sandy beaches. She loves cheese, music and films, but hates mushrooms.

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Synopsis :

Book Title: The Year We Lived
Author: Virginia Crow
Publication Date: 10th April 2021
Publisher: Crowvus
Page Length: approx. 118,000 words – approx. 350 pages
Genre: Historical Fiction

It is 1074, 8 years after the fateful Battle of Hastings. Lord Henry De Bois is determined to find the secret community of Robert, an Anglo-Saxon thane. Despite his fervour, all his attempts are met with failure.
When he captures Robert’s young sister, Edith, events are set in motion, affecting everyone involved. Edith is forced into a terrible world of cruelty and deceit, but finds friendship there too.
Will Robert ever learn why Henry hates him so much? Will Edith’s new-found friendships be enough to save her from De Bois? And who is the mysterious stranger in the reedbed who can disappear at will?
A gripping historical fiction with an astonishing twist!

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Guest Post :

Effect of the Battle of Hastings – England as a Frontier

The word ‘frontier’ conjurers up various images. To me it speaks of the Midwest, or maybe Star Trek with its “final frontier”. But the final frontier in England, the last time England was a frontier landscape, was really in the post-Hastings period. When I was writing The Year We Lived, I wanted to really get to grips with the idea of England as frontier-land. In school we’re taught about the strategy of the Battle of Hastings, and the politics which led up to it, but we were never taught about the aftereffects on the landscape. Delving back into my own family tree research provided a pretty good example of this. William Peverel (my 30th Great-Grandfather) was awarded vast areas of land in the centre of England, far into the Norman frontier, and he is accredited with building castles throughout this area as a way to state and maintain his power – in true frontier fashion! A lot of the invaders in The Year We Lived owe much to what I know of Peverel and his legacy.
Of course, on every frontier there are the people who were there first. While Æthelstan is generally regarded as being the first King of England, it has to be acknowledged that the Anglo-Saxons had been working steadily towards this for several years, with varying degrees of engagement and success! But while these kingdoms had been drawn together, there had remained a certain amount of identity within this landscape. It was a logical decision to set the story in the Fens, as it is a place I am familiar with, and also a place which has undergone an enormous geographical change. Hiding an entire community within this landscape was not only easy but quite believable as Lincolnshire and Norfolk have been entirely changed by the draining of the Fens. This landscape is now barely recognisable and dozens of references to settlements from the Doomsday Book have been entirely lost, some only preserved by their name on that page.
The Doomsday Book in itself demonstrates how the Normans sought to temper and tame their new lands. By the time it was collated the fingers of the frontier men had become like claws which gripped their new titles and lands. I always feel the Doomsday Book was a little bit like the Norman equivalent to a flag in Eddie Izzard’s sketch (’Do You Have a Flag?’ from “Dress to Kill”), something along the lines of: “We’ve got our names in this book, so it’s definitely ours”.
All in all, history remembers the Normans very favourably. We’re almost encouraged to celebrate the end of those savage Saxons. And yet, most of us still engage as much with the Saxon legacy as we do the Norman one, just in our usual everyday life.

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#BlogTour #RachelsRandomResources @rararesources / #GuestPost : Girl With Secrets – Carol Rivers @carol_rivers

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Today I’m on the ‘Girl With Secrets’ blogtour, organized by Rachel’s Random Resources.
To promote this book I have a guest post, but before I let you read it first some ‘basic’ information.

About the Author :

4Fe0FdhAMum and Dad were both East Enders who were born on the famous or should I say the then infamous Isle of Dogs. Their family were immigrants who travelled to the UK from Ireland and France, while others emigrated to America.
As a child I would listen to the adults spinning their colourful stories, as my cousins and I drank pop under the table.
I know the seeds of all my stories come from those far off times that feel like only yesterday. So I would like to say a big heartfelt thank you to all my family and ancestors wherever you are now … UK, Ireland, France or America, as you’ve handed down to me the magic and love of story telling.

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Synopsis :

3S2HYzVQIN THE TURMOIL OF WAR, CAN SHE KEEP HER FAMILY TOGETHER?
1938, East London. Nine year old Daisy Purbright is a country girl at heart and together with beloved brother Bobby, they’ve enjoyed the endless freedoms of rural England.
But when her father gambles the family’s fortunes on a speculative investment in London’s docklands, Daisy and her family are swept up into the intrigue, danger and excitement. Desperately the Purbrights attempt to settle to a new life in the East End, but the whisperings of war grow louder.
Then, one late afternoon in September 1940, Adolf Hitler conducts a paralysing bombardment on London and war tightens its grip. Life changes dramatically and closely guarded secrets threaten the Purbrights’ happiness.
Can Daisy and her family survive one of the most fateful events of the 20th century?

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Secrets are kept and stored away by the ever-watchful Daisy

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Girl with Secrets, my 2021 book, has been thrilling to write and quite emotional. It’s 1938 and nine-year-old Daisy relocates with her family from the peaceful village of Wattcombe (above) to the tumult, noise and excitement of London’s Isle of Dogs, (under) the heart of the East End.
Her father’s rash decision to uproot his family just as war breaks out, is one that the Purbrights come to regret! The powerful Luftwaffe air raids are timed to coincide with the tidal low point of the River Thames. Water mains are severed by the unloading of 10,000 fire bombs on the city. Daisy and her family – so unused to city life let alone the devastating aerial bombardments of the blitz – each meet this challenge in their own way.
Secrets are kept and stored away. The ever-watchful Daisy wants only to keep her family together. But families around her are torn apart and the Purbrights are no exception!
I do hope you enjoy Daisy’s intimate and heartbreakingly honest account of her life during one of the most momentous events of the twentieth century!
Much love as always, Carol x

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#BlogTour #RachelsRandomResources @rararesources / #GuestPost : Pluto’s In Uranus – Patrick Haylock @Patthequipper

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Today I’m on the ‘Pluto’s In Uranus’ blogtour, organized by Rachel’s Random Resources.
To promote this book I have a guest post, but before I let you read it first some ‘basic’ information.

About the Author :

sDGCILIAPatrick Haylock is a globally unrecognised writer who if you discount a school sweet pea growing competition, has won no awards whatsoever!
He was born in Enfield at a very dark time in the world. It was 1:45 am, to be precise, and it wasn’t too long before it dawned on him.
To make something of himself he was going to need two things the ability to tell the difference between a green onion and a scallion, and a good education.
Wormley Primary and Baas Hill Comprehensive schools did their best to fulfil both requirements, and after giving them 12 years of his life, they gave him seven printed sheets of paper, and the knowledge that there was no difference between a green onion and a scallion.
He also learned that the difference between onions and bagpipes was that no one ever
cries when you chop up bagpipes.
The certificated wisdom secured a national newspaper messenger’s job, which led to an editorial trainee position, followed by a production editor’s post, and progression
into freelance journalism.
‘Knowing his onions’ helped him to successfully establish his own publishing company, design studio, online retro webstore and high street art gallery.
Patrick lives with his wife in a converted Old Essex Brewery, where he claims the 6% ABV air quality inspires him to craft his nutty tales.
Although a ‘new voice’, in the literary world, those ‘in the know’ will willingly testify that his gift for imaginative storytelling is engaging, and, amusingly unique!

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Ba9WZPKQThis Christmas Jupiter and Saturn will become closer to each other than they have been for almost 800 years. It is an event that has set the world astrological community abuzz with the possible consequences of such an alignment and its potential impact on global leaders and world events.
But what happens when an even rarer conjunction between Pluto and Uranus occurs and what affect does it hold in store for the lives of everyday ‘ordinary folk’?
Well, it’s something that Dave from the post room is about to find out. Pluto is in Uranus and for him this indicates that everything is about to come up smelling of roses or so he thinks!
Dave suffers from OCF, Obsessive Compulsive Fatalism, and his Achilles heel is his daily horoscope, which is about to become dramatically affected by the historic planetary alignment.
The lucky omens predicted will compel him to take uncharacteristic chances, cross paths with a hotchpotch of larger than life characters who get him embroiled in situations with hilarious outcomes that are way beyond his control and out of his comfort zone
Pluto’s In Uranus is written by globally unrecognised no award-winning Essex author Patrick Haylock.
Discounting his definitive guide to publishing invisible books Pluto’s in Uranus is Patrick’s debut novel, and it is now available in Bookstores on Amazon and other online outlets.

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Pluto’s in Uranus bears absolutely no similarities whatsoever to Hergé’s Adventures of Tintin!
The only tenuous link I can offer is that it could have been called Haylock’s Adventures of Davedave, so good they named him twice, or at least that’s what River suggests during a late-night telephone taunt.
River is the blue haired garage owning ‘underworld’ mechanic who is Diamond Geezer Georges crime transport facilitator. She is also responsible for supervising Dave’s undertaking of a WIIFU that has been organised by Greg, Georges bank manager and self-proclaimed sausage roll addict.
I could tell you more about Greg but that would spoil the pleasure of finding out for yourself.
What I can reveal is that WIIFU is a ‘What’s In It For Us’ contract that Dave has inadvertently signed with George. All that Dave is required to do to fulfil the terms of the WIIFU contract is to complete a task for George.
Once successfully completed the WIIFU will be exchanged for the urgent funds Dave needs to recoup his job and reimburse his boss and post room colleagues their unwon winnings due to his disastrous horse racing wager.
In Fairness the undertaking of the calamitous gamble was not entirely Dave’s fault it was due to an OCF (Obsessive-Compulsive Fatalism) syndrome which he attributed to being born on December25th.
This syndrome makes it imperative for Dave to read his online horoscope prior to leaving home every day, and after many years of failed predictions due to the mystical planetary alignment of Pluto and Uranus this one was going to prove to be spectacularly accurate.
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‘Pluto has moved into Uranus, indicating revolution, a time of rebirth, new thinking, and the sweeping out of old ways.
The risk-averse should abandon their fears and take a leap of faith, as an uncharacteristic decision will turn out well!
Those with names that contain an E D A or V should be extra vigilant, as many surprising, and unexpected, opportunities are about to come your way.
Acting upon these fortuitous omens will secure outcomes and rewards beyond your wildest dreams.
New friendships are on the horizon, and a black cat crossing your path will signify an imminent boost to your finances.
The time to be bold is Now, let impulse take the lead, because, today, EVERYTHING is coming up roses!’
Or is it?
Entirely due to this fated prediction Dave’s day of destiny will lead him to take a giant leap of faith resulting in catastrophically hilarious consequences.
Anyhow that’s enough about Dave what about me, well I’m a globally unrecognised writer who, after discounting a school sweet pea growing competition, (for which I won a box of Roses sweets, not flowers) has won absolutely won nothing else!
I live with my wife in a converted Old Essex Brewery, where the 6% ABV air quality has inspired me to write this entertaining tale.
You can discover more about Pluto’s in Uranus and see what makes me laugh, by following me on twitter.
I hope that this appetizer will have intrigued you enough to seek out the main course.
Kushti Bok! Patrick

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Wild Shadow #WildShadow – Martha Dunlop @MarthaDunlop , A #GuestPost

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Today I’m not on a blogtour, but I’m sharing a guest post written by Martha Dunlop, author of ‘Wild Shadow’ to promote this book.
Before I let you read it, I’ll first post some ‘basic’ information.

About the Author :

Martha Dunlop Author picMartha is a dreamer and lover of stories who likes nothing better than spending her days getting to know the characters in her head.
She is a tarot card reader and reiki master, and loves to chat reading, writing and all things mystical on social media, as well as posting pictures of her fellow pack-member, Bertie the Cavalier.
Martha is a fiddle player who fell in love with traditional music, particularly Irish, and is also teaching herself to play the Irish Bouzouki. She played her way through her English degree at York and remembers that time as much for the music as the books.
You can keep up with Martha’s news, book releases and extra content at her

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tiger_promo2Only Dylan can see the tiger. Is it real? His muse? Or something else entirely?
Dylan wants to launch a solo music career and move out of the flat he shares with his old school friends, but he feels trapped by his life in Wildley Forest Village. When a mysterious artist catches his eye and a white tiger starts appearing only to him, Dylan finally feels things changing. But is this apparition all in his imagination, or is something more magical happening?
Tabitha moved to Wildley Forest to paint the tigers at the zoo. A reclusive young artist with a big reputation, she protects her privacy fiercely. Nobody knows her biggest secret: When she paints, she astral projects and her awareness walks as a white tiger. People don’t usually see her tiger form, but then she encounters Dylan and her defences begin to crumble.
Dylan’s friends aren’t keen on the new girl and the tiger keeper at the zoo wants Tabitha’s attention for himself. But as the tiger walks, change becomes inevitable for everyone. Can Dylan and Tabitha find their way to love? And will the truth unite them or will it tear them apart?

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The Tigers are Coming! Writing Wild Shadow

Wild Shadow started with a woman. Tabitha. She was connected to tigers, somehow, I just had to figure out what the link was. As I explored, I began to see her more clearly: an artist, a loner, someone confident in who she was, but wary of other people, someone different, but exciting and inspiring. But what about the tigers? How do they fit into the picture? Well she moves to Wildley Forest Village to paint the tigers at the nearby zoo, but is that it? No, it’s more than that. When she paints, she astral projects, and her energy looks like a white tiger.
In tiger form, Tabitha is in the ultimate creative space and she has control over whether she is ghost-like, invisible, or solid enough to play with the tigers at the nearby zoo. She could interact easily as a person or a tiger, or she could travel unseen on silent feline paws.
But what was her story? It was definitely a romance, so I started watching out for the love of her life and he began to shift into focus.
A musician, yes, definitely. A drummer. As Tabitha becomes her full self when she paints, Dylan self-actualises through music. But he is held back. He’s confident that his friends are the problem and at first I belived him. But as I watched them, I started to doubt. Was it really all their fault? Or is there something he is not ready to admit to himself? And what does Tabitha mean to him?
Dylan isn’t sure. When Tabitha arrives, she blows his world apart. But it’s not just Tabitha. He is terrified the first time he sees the shadowy tiger. The second time he thinks he is going to die. But nobody else can see it, so surely it can’t be real? As Dylan starts to relax around the cat and think of it as his muse, things begin to change.
Tabitha is falling for Dylan, but she has secrets. How will he react when he finds out she is a famous artist? Or even worse, that she is his tiger? Can she be with Dylan but still be free to be herself?
She wants to follow her dream and use her celebrity influence to release the tigers she has grown to love into their natural home. But will the zoo agree to give up their prize animals? Even if they do, does Max, the tiger keeper at the zoo, have the power to ruin everything? And what do the visions mean that plague Tabitha day and night? Are they warnings, or just nightmares?
As the tiger walks, the truth becomes unavoidable and we see the characters as they really are. But can Dylan take Tabitha’s reality? And what will happen as Max’s true self becomes more exposed? Maybe only the tigers have the answer.

Other books by Martha: The Starfolk Arcana, Book 1 of the Starfolk Trilogy, available on Amazon and in Kindle Unlimited:
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#BlogTour #RachelsRandomResources @rararesources / #GuestPost : The Visitor – Louvie G. Tucker

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Today I’m on the ‘The Visitor’ blogtour, organized by Rachel’s Random Resources.
To promote this book I have a guest post, but before I let you read it first some ‘basic’ information.

About the Author :

FC9GUddALouvie G. Tucker lives and works in the Pacific Northwest with his wife. Born in Buffalo, New York, he’s called various U.S. states, Japan, and China home at points in his life. When he’s not working in cyber security, he enjoys rock climbing, staying up to date on current events, keeping up with his Japanese language skills, and riding his bicycle. He is currently working on the second book in the Corrupted Genes series.

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DhQs-coQNusans don’t cause trouble. Peter is a good Nusan. Single, annoyed with his best friend’s constant blind dates, and comfortably provided for with his job as a genmod technician, he spends his days telling expectant parents what their unborn children will look like. For a fee, he can modify physical and mental traits.
To ensure Nusa’s perfect society, however, it is law that all babies must be born with white skin, an IQ 120 or above, and without any illnesses or disabilities. These modifications are free of charge. It’s the law. And good Nusans obey the law. The people of Susa, however, are known to be troublemakers.
Thank goodness the dark-skinned Susans all live south of the border, in Susa. The closest Peter ever has to come to a dangerous Susan is either on the silver screen being vanquished by a heroic Nusan hero or on the news as deporters — the force charged to keep Nusa safe — prepare to send them south to Susa.
That is, until a dark-skinned visitor is suddenly inside the four walls of Peter’s quiet existence. Snarky. Irreverent and without any regard for the rules, the stranger should be a Susan but is he? Why is he claiming to have fallen from the stars?
Everything Peter knows is suddenly in question and even his status as a good Nusan is under threat as deporters seek him out on suspicion of a capital crime. Has Peter caused trouble?
Life as Peter has known it is fragile. Can he survive long enough to learn the truth? And will he even want to believe it once he finds it?

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Writing Journey

Do you have great story ideas that are just waiting to burst out onto the scene? Thought about writing them out, but don’t know where to start?
I promise this is not a self-help guide and by no means am I a professional author. I work in cyber security crafting tools on text line editors for a living. Definitely no Stephen King. But we all need a creative outlet, right? Writing is one of mine.
If you’re in the “where do I begin to write” boat, fear not! You’re not alone. I definitely was in that boat years ago and now I am a published author. Again, no Stephen King but an author nevertheless.
How can anyone complete a book while juggling work, errands, and relationships and maintaining your sanity? There isn’t a sure fire way that works for everyone but I will share the things I did to write my book in hopes that it can be useful in your journey to completing a book.
First, before writing anything, I decided that I would write and finish a book. Seems like a simple first step. However, I suggest taking time to really think about how you could make that happen.
Some questions I asked myself included:
– Can I cut out watching streaming services?
– Will I be able to keep my environment reasonably clean?
– Will I have time to take care of myself?
– Can I sit down long enough to hammer out details of a story?
After that, I came up with my premise. Who does my story follow? What’s the conflict? Where and when does it take place? In my case, I chose to follow a typical man in a dystopian future whose life gets turned upside-down. Does that seem generic? Absolutely! But as one episode of South Park puts it “Simpsons did it!”
Alright. Got a premise. I decided who my other characters were and where they fit in the story. I want to stress that I still haven’t written a word of the novel. I did most of the plotting and development in several files. I made files for characters, backstory, and descriptions of the story location.
All of that was easy compared to the next part. Outlining.
Outlining…was a pain. Trying to tell the whole story without having the whole story really drains you and makes you wonder why you’re writing in the first place. I would say stick with it. I have tried writing books without outlining first and those books will never see the light of day. Outlining forced me to consider what my characters would do in different scenarios, how their world works, establish a timeline, and keep track of events. It’s much easier going back and fixing a sequence of events in an outline than doing it in the middle of writing the book. My opinion, since I know there are people who can just pick up a pen and draft up masterpieces without a sweat. But, this blog post isn’t for them.
From there, I wrote. I only wrote when I knew I had at least two continuous hours to not be distracted. Typically, I tried to write in the morning before work or on weekends when my mind was at its best. There were times when I couldn’t write at all for days. Fortunately, the outline retained the basis of my story so even when I forgot something, it put me back on track. Perhaps one of the most important things I did was to pace myself. You don’t have to write a chapter or x amount of pages a day. Some days were better than others. The important thing is finishing, even if that means you only got one sentence down one day. There are other days on which you can write more.
Through diligence and focus, I completed my book. It was a super rough copy and there were still things to iron out but the story was complete. If you want to publish your book, I highly recommend having other people, family or friends, read it and provide brutally honest feedback. I also recommend professional editors if the money is available for one. If not, find people who are good with language and working with details. Polish your work as much as possible but don’t overdo it. At some point the book has to come out.
Who knows? Maybe you are the next Stephen King or Stephanie Meyer.

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#BlogTour #RachelsRandomResources @rararesources / #GuestPost : A Remedy in Time – Jennifer Macaire @jennifermacaire @headlinepg

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Today I’m on the ‘A Remedy in Time’ blogtour, organized by Rachel’s Random Resources.
To promote this book I have a guest post, but before I let you read it first some ‘basic’ information.

About the Author :

6K7O4tAQJennifer Macaire lives in France with her husband, three children, & various dogs & horses. She loves chocolate, biking, & reading. She grew up in upstate New York, Samoa, and the Virgin Islands. She graduated from St. Peter and Paul high school in St. Thomas and moved to NYC where she modeled for five years for Elite. She went to France and met her husband at the polo club. All that is true. But she mostly likes to make up stories.

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oP6VjPuQTo save the future, she must turn to the past . . .
San Francisco, Year 3377. A deadly virus has taken the world by storm. Scientists are desperately working to develop a vaccine. And Robin Johnson – genius, high-functioning, and perhaps a little bit single-minded – is delighted. Because, to cure the disease, she’s given the chance to travel back in time.
But when Robin arrives at the last Ice Age hoping to stop the virus at its source, she finds more there than she bargained for. And just as her own chilly exterior is beginning to thaw, she realises it’s not only sabre-toothed tigers that are in danger of extinction . . .

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I write time travel novels, so I’m keen on history. I also write erotica. The two subjects are related – honest, and you’ll see how. I started writing when I was in Argentina. My twins were just two, we were in the middle of nowhere, and there was nothing to do, really. My husband was off buying horses, and could be gone days at a time. (Argentina is huge – he’d go off in a small plane, land on a grass strip on someone’s backyard, and come back with tales of flamingos flying under the plane, and cattle blocking the runway.)
We stayed in a wonderful old house that had no electricity. It had a fireplace in each bedroom, and I fell asleep watching the red flames and listening to the soft crackle of a burning eucalyptus branches. The house was surrounded by a lazy river and a miles and miles of forest and plains. One day, I left the twins in my husband’s care and took a ride through the forest with one of the farmers. We saw a herd of red deer and flocks of emerald parakeets. And in the evenings, when the twins were sleeping and my husband was away buying horses, I would write longhand on a yellow notepad by the light of a kerosene lamp.
I started to write short stories, and sold a few to magazines. Then I started a story about a time-traveler who goes back to ancient Greece. Perhaps staying on a farm with no electric lights or heat made it easier to imagine. At night, the stars blazed, the Milky Way was a glittering swath, and thinking about the cold light from the stars finally reaching us after millions of years of travel through space made time travel seem plausible. I started a short story about Alexander the Great, and after ten pages, I realized this was going to be a novel. After several chapters, I knew I had to stop, draw and outline, and start researching not only Alexander the Great, but ancient Greece, Persia, and Bactria as well. For the rest of our stay in Argentina, I made notes of small things like lighting fires, how to slaughter and cook a chicken, a sheep, even a bull. I watched the “domadores” training horses. I walked outside at night and looked at the stars, so unbelievably bright, and I taught the twins to swim and took them on horseback for rides around the farm.
When I went back to France, I haunted libraries, the internet, wrote letters to professors, doctors, historians – and wrote the ‘Time for Alexander’ series. After two years, it was finished and I started to shop the first book (The Road to Alexander) around. Anyone who has every tried to sell a novel knows it’s hard – but try to sell a cross-genre novel about a time-traveling Ice Queen and a politically incorrect conqueror (although his bisexuality made him a hit with a certain crowd) -well, it was nearly impossible. I racked up more rejections than a sex toy vendor at a Sunday-school picnic. Actually, I think the vendor would have done better than me.
I didn’t give up. In the meantime, I kept publishing short stories and a YA novel (The Secret of Shabaz), so I knew it was just a matter of finding the right publisher. I got to work on my first erotic romance, and I published 20 erotic romance books under a pen name – and here I was, with Alexander the Great and his time traveling wife looking for a home. Thankfully, I’d read a very fun series of time travel books (Jodi Taylor’s Saint Mary’s terrific series) , and I contacted their publisher (Accent Press, now Headline Accent) and they accepted Alexander – and so it goes. And that’s how a love of history, time travel, and erotica got roped together. Headline Accent published ‘A Crown in Time’ last year, about a woman who goes back to the time of the Crusades to save the kingdom of France. And now another book in the time travel series, ‘A Remedy in Time’ is out – about a feisty heroine sent back to the Paleolithic to save the world from a deadly virus! I hope you enjoy it!

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#BlogTour #TheCoffeePotBookClub @maryanneyarde / #GuestPost : The Woodsman’s Rose (Donovan Family Saga, Book 2) – Gifford MacShane @AuthorGMacShane #HistoricalFiction #Western

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Today I’m on the ‘The Woodsman’s Rose’ blogtour, organized by The Coffee Pot Book Club.
To promote this book I have a guest post, but before I let you read it first some ‘basic’ information.

About the Author :

Gifford MacShane is the author of historical fiction that celebrates the resilience of the human spirit.
Her novels feature a family of Irish immigrants who settle in the Arizona Territory in the late 1800s. With an accessible literary style, MacShane draws out her characters’ hidden flaws and strengths as they grapple with both physical and emotional conflicts.
Singing almost before she could talk, MacShane has always loved folk music, whether it be Irish, Appalachian, spirituals, or the songs of the cowboys. Her love of the Old West goes back to childhood, when her father introduced her to the works of Zane Grey. Later she became interested in the Irish diaspora, having realized her ancestors must have lived through An Gorta Mor, the Great Irish Potato Famine of the mid-1800s. Writing allows her to combine her three great interests into a series of family stories, each including romance, traditional song lyrics, and a dash of Celtic mysticism. Having grown up in a large & often boisterous Irish-American family, she is intimately acquainted with the workings of such a clan and uses those experiences to good purpose (though no names will be named!)
MacShane is a member of the Historical Novel Society, and is an #OwnVoices writer. A self-professed grammar nerd who still loves diagramming sentences, Giff currently lives in Pennsylvania with her husband Richard, the Pied Piper of stray cats.

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Synopsis :

Book Title: The Woodsman’s Rose
Series: (Donovan Family Saga, Book 2)
Author: Gifford MacShane
Publication Date: January 25th 2021
Publisher: Independently Published
Page Length: 329 pages
Genre: Historical Fiction / Western Romance

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Daniel Donovan wants nothing more than to get married, unless it’s to restore his friendship with his closest friend, Alec Twelve Trees.
Alec is raging about his mother’s murderer, whose identity Daniel knows but will not reveal, as the killer is dead and the family he left behind would be compromised if the knowledge became public. But Alec cannot recognize any needs but his own, and the rift between the friends grows wider every day.
Daniel’s fiancée, Annie, is a delicate girl, her health frail and her future uncertain. Prone to vicious headaches that at times rock her to her knees, she’s accepted Daniel’s ring but is hesitant to name their wedding date, worried that marriage and possible pregnancy will exacerbate her physical problems.
Annie inherited the gift of insight from her Welsh mother and digs into the past, searching for a way to help Alec and Daniel mend their relationship. But when she discovers the secret behind the murder, it’s more horrifying than she could have imagined.
It may take more than Annie’s small strength and inherited skills to bring the friends together again. And that’s before a new enemy shows his face.

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CHILDHOOD AND HISTORY CONSPIRED TO CREATE THE WOODSMAN’S ROSE

Quite a few factors came together to inspire me to write The Woodsman’s Rose (Book 2 of the Donovan Family Saga). You might call it serendipity. To talk about the inspiration for this book, I first have to talk about what inspired the series as a whole.
There are three things that compelled me to tell the stories of this Irish immigrant family in the Old West:
• When I was a kid, cowboys rode the airwaves, and I really, really wanted to grow up to be a cowboy. Not a cowgirl—they wore silly skirts and sat sideways on horses. I even had a cowboy name—it included “Junior”, as that was the only way I knew to designate myself as a boy. When was asked in school (I think I was 8) who the greatest hero in history was, I answered “Roy Rogers”. I burst into tears when the teacher told me he wasn’t a “real hero”.
Later, my father introduced me to his extensive collection of Zane Grey novels, one I’ve kept & reread to this day. The cowboy story really came alive for me. Knowing that Grey lived among these men and wrote from his experiences, made me all that much more enamored of them. They were real people in real times—not just myths or actors telling stories from a time past. Most of the heroes of his books lived by a code of honor that never bent. I think that appealed to me so much because I knew the men I looked up to (my father, grandfather and uncle) lived by the same code. And they subsequently became the heroes in my books.

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• At about the same time, station wagons ruled the roads. There were no DVDs playing on the two-hour trips to see my grandparents, so we had to make our own fun. My father encouraged singing as it was the least physical activity—with 7 siblings crammed together, “Punch Bug” could soon become a free-for-all!
He taught us songs that were easy to remember and as a result, I’m addicted to traditional folk music: Irish, American, Appalachian, cowboy songs, and African-American spirituals. I’m often singing or humming… anywhere, really, or any time… but if you were to ask me what the song is, I might not know. I might not even have realized I was singing. Life without music would be just too hard to bear; consequently there are many snippets of traditional music contained in my works.
• And now my family history steps in to create the juncture of these two childhood traditions. My father’s family, as well as my mother’s (much longer ago), were Irish immigrants. Family legend has it that his Uncle Sean was chased out of Ireland by the Black & Tans, escaping by the skin of his teeth. I think the injustice of that hit me first: a man fighting for freedom from the overlords who invaded his country hundreds of years ago just shouldn’t have been hounded out of the only home he’d known.
Then I saw an article about a memorial sculpture being installed in County Cork that celebrated the aid the Choctaw Tribe in America gave to the Irish during the Great Irish Famine of 1845-1851, called in Ireland An Gorta Mor (The Great Hunger). My mother has a smidgen of native blood, so the article caught my eye.

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This beautiful sculpture was created by Alex Pentek at the Sculpture Factory in Cork, and represents the Choctaw Indians with nine unique feathers, shaped in a bowl that represents a bowl full of food.
As I continued to read, I realized that my father’s family—coming from County Clare as they did in the early 1900s—had to have lived through that famine. I did some research and learned it was a totally avoidable disaster that cut Ireland’s population by more than a quarter, while food was being exported to England at astronomical rates.
I felt compelled to tell the stories of the survivors—the ones who somehow held body and soul together and found a way to prosper.
Writing this series has allowed me to create family stories with romance, traditional song lyrics, and a dash of Celtic mysticism. I’ve also been greatly influenced by my maternal grandfather. He was stricken with emphysema in his 40s, spent the last 20 years of his life confined to bed, but seldom complained and never stopped reading.
For this particular book, The Woodsman’s Rose, I have to admit I initially had no plans to go beyond the original manuscript and create a family saga. But the further I wrote into Whispers In The Canyon, the more I realized that the fourth Donovan son, Daniel (known as The Woodsman), was developing into someone quite special—another one of those heroes Zane Grey would have written about: a man with a special place in the family dynamic; with a code of honor that withstood almost every adversity; and with a deep and abiding love for a woman he never thought could be his. Because of all that, I believed Daniel deserved his own book, if only to see if he could find happiness with Annie. And since I’m not a plotter by nature, I had to write the book to find out.

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Of the myriad characters in my works, Annie Griffiths is the one closest to myself. She suffers a debilitating illness and needs to learn to modify her activities and make the most of every day; she’s optimistic and has empathy for everyone, sometimes at a cost to herself. Unlike me, she also has the gift of insight, inherited from her Welsh mother.
As for the more esoteric elements like style, I’ve been influenced by such diverse works as Thomas Wolfe’s Look Homeward Angel and J. D. Robb’s “In Death” series; for setting & atmosphere, my greatest influences are William Faulkner and Donna Tartt; for characterization, Zane Grey and the late Dick Francis.
Like the last two authors named, I endeavor to write characters that are so well-drawn that I feel I could meet them on the street in town. I’ve been told by a couple of readers that they want to live next door to my Donovan family. To me, that’s the highest praise ever.

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#BlogTour #RachelsRandomResources @rararesources / #GuestPost : Circles of Deceit – Paul CW Beatty @cw_beatty

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Today I’m on the ‘Circles of Deceit’ blogtour, organized by Rachel’s Random Resources.
To promote this book I have a guest post, but before I let you read it first some ‘basic’ information.

About the Author :

iq2SUzCQPaul CW Beatty is an unusual combination of a novelist and a research scientist. Having worked for many years in medical research in the UK NHS and Universities, a few years ago he took an MA in Creative Writing at Manchester Metropolitan University emerging with a distinction.
His latest novel, Children of Fire, is a Victorian murder mystery set in 1841 at the height of the industrial revolution. It won the Writing Magazine’s Best Novel Award in November 2017 and is published by The Book Guild Ltd.
Paul lives near Manchester in the northwest of England. Children of Fire is set against the hills of the Peak District as well as the canals and other industrial infrastructure of the Cottonopolis know as the City of Manchester.

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QGRfYE7AMurder, conspiracy, radicalism, poverty, riot, violence, capitalism, technology: everything is up for grabs in the early part of Victoria’s reign.
Radical politicians, constitutional activists and trade unionists are being professionally assassinated. When Josiah Ainscough of the Stockport Police thwarts an attempt on the life of the Chartist leader, Feargus O’Connor, he receives public praise, but earns the enmity of the assassin, who vows to kill him.
‘Circles of Deceit’, the second of Paul CW Beatty’s Constable Josiah Ainscough’s historical murder mysteries, gives a superb and electric picture of what it was to live in 1840s England. The novel is set in one of the most turbulent political periods in British history, 1842-1843, when liberties and constitutional change were at the top of the political agenda, pursued using methods fair or foul.

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Where do the Words Stop and the Worlds Begin?

The issue of a sense of place is one that is often forgotten by writers. The problem seems to me to occur when writers set their mind on describing the scene at the start of a chapter or page, but having done that well enough, they then forget about the setting, as they plough into plot building, dialogue or characterisation.
It’s rather as if you were watching a play where an actor had made a great speech such as To be or not to be, in front of a beautiful or graphically suggestive backdrop, which is immediately withdrawn when the speech is finished and another character arrives and dialogue proceeds.
As W H Auden says in his poem Musee de Beaux Arts, which is about a painting by Bruegel of Icarus falling to his death after flying too close to the sun:

About suffering they were never wrong,
The old Masters: how well they understood
Its human position: how it takes place
While someone else is eating or opening a window
or just walking dully along;

Of course, there is a real need to focus on the detail of the scene, but bees don’t stop their buzzing, or flowers stop perfuming the air or birds cease to sing when we are not noticing. Description has to be grounded and remind us as we read of the visual, auditory and olfactory backdrop of the story being told. After all these are the context of what is happening and the emotions being expressed. Most of the time this only gets done when weather reflects emotion of a scene: gathering clouds for tension, rain for sadness, sun for relief and joy.
In Children of Fire, the predecessor to Circles of Deceit I played this game as Josiah looks at the westward view from Kinder Scout:

-Josiah looked back along their path. The stream snaked away, the colours of the vegetation changed as it went westwards down into the valley: short orange grass among the rocks at the top, green bracken dominating lower down and heather purpling raised areas away from any water course.-

I hope it’s a beautiful scene well described, but the effect on Josiah’s companion contrasts in the very next paragraph.

-The day was still clear, though white tousled clouds were beginning to form as the temperature rose. These were moving in on the breeze. ‘A clear day on which to see far but it is a day whose clarity may end in rain.’
So the contrast is more about the mood of the character than about a weather forecast.-

Sound is also important. At one point in Children of Fire the characteristic swish of a silk dress and Josiah’s reaction before he has seen the wearer, is enough to indicate his attraction to the person he thinks has arrived.
In Circles of Deceit, the lead female character, Dianne Burrell, encounters Josiah at Leavington’s Mill. She has come off shift and questions the wages issued to one of her colleagues.

’She is marked out of work Tuesday, but there is a small question mark next to the entry.’ [Josiah said]. Dianne Burrell came over to where he was pointing. He was standing close to her and could smell the cotton dust on her plain dress and the sweat of her day’s labour, but under the smell were notes of fresh soap and a scent of violets.

But of all the senses, and their associated effects, touch is probably the most basic. It is important to the new-born baby from the moment of birth generating bonding by close skin on skin contact. It is important at the very end of life, as in the death of Jo the crossing sweeper in Dickens’ Bleak House.

“Jo, my poor fellow!”
“I hear you, sir, in the dark, but I’m a-gropin—a-gropin—let me catch hold of your hand.”
“Jo, can you say what I say?”
“I’ll say anythink as you say, sir, for I knows it’s good.”
“Our Father.”
“Our Father! Yes, that’s wery good, sir.”
“Which art in heaven.”
“Art in heaven—is the light a-comin, sir?”
“It is close at hand.

So if you’re a reader, note when the next thing you read uses words to imply mood and memory. And if you’re a writer, make sure you don’t short-change your readers on such important details.

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#BlogTour #PumpUpYourBook @pumpupyourbook / #GuestPost : Banewind – M.B. Chapman @mbchapman90

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Today I’m on the ‘Banewind’ blogtour, organized by Pump Up Your Book.
To promote this book I have a guest post, but before I let you read it first some ‘basic’ information.

About the Author :

MB Chapman author photoMatt Chapman grew up outside of Cleveland and now lives in St. Louis, Missouri where he is completing his residency in Psychiatric medicine at Washington University in St. Louis. He is a graduate of Creighton University School of Medicine where he obtained his MD and a graduate of Saint Louis University where he majored in Biology.
Matt has had a passion for writing and reading since childhood and continues to find time for these interests among his other pursuits, including medical education and leadership studies. He is currently working on his next novel in The Banewind Series.

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Synopsis :

Title: BANEWIND
Author: M.B. Chapman
Publisher: Light Messages / Torchflame Books
Pages: 268
Genre: Young Adult / Fantasy / Fiction

51Nnnc9VbtL._SX322_BO1,204,203,200_Almost two weeks ago I was just a normal girl getting ready to start my senior year of high school, deciding where I wanted my life to go. And now?
I’ve kissed a boy. I’ve been to another world. I’ve seen death.
And I don’t know what my life’s become.

Banewind tells the spellbinding story of 18-year-old Genevieve DeWinter, a typical high school girl who finds herself entangled in the throes of adventure, romance, and survival after discovering the existence of a group of magical beings known as Formulists and their co-existing world, Banewind.
With the arrival of several mages in her hometown of Parma, Ohio, Genevieve soon learns that these extraordinary secrets are rooted deep within her family’s history when it is revealed her deceased mother was a heroic warrior in a long lineage of female protectors called the Holy Guardian. Now, a vengeful group of Formulists known as the Voidweavers have returned and set their sights on Genevieve, believing she might be the next Holy Guardian and the key to awakening their fallen leader, the Void King, who had been destroyed by Genevieve’s mother when she sacrificed herself a decade earlier to save Banewind and all of humanity from an unthinkable evil.
With the help of new allies, Genevieve must fight to stay alive as she unravels the mystery and danger that have shattered the stability of the life she once knew before the Voidweavers succeed in shadowing the world in chaos and darkness once again.

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The Inspiration Behind Banewind
By M.B. Chapman

I have always been a fantasy nerd at heart! Growing up, I found myself engrossed in anything that had to do with magic, wizards, dragons, or complex story lore. From novels to video games, my childhood—like so many others—was dedicated to the enthralling stories of Harry Potter, Twilight, The Chronicles of Narnia, and The Hunger Games. If my nose wasn’t buried deep into the pages of a good book, you’d probably find me playing The Legend of Zelda, World of Warcraft, Pokémon, or a myriad of other adventures that proved to be a dazzling and addictive escape from reality. It was happiness. It was rewarding. And it was an integral part of what made me who I am today.
Early on in my life, I also discovered my love and admiration for writing. Even before I was properly educated in language arts, I would spend countless hours drawing whimsical tales, spinning the stories in my mind and rehashing them to anyone who would listen. Imagination is a parallel of reality, the bridge between the fantastic and the objective world, a way to express yourself and deepen the bond of existence. To me, creating stories was one of the most remarkable things someone could accomplish, and I strived to achieve that for myself. But not only for me. I did it because I had a voice, and I wanted to share it with the world. So, several years ago, I set out on writing a novel that encompassed everything I loved about fantasy. I wanted to write a story that was gripping—filled with adventure, romance, and magic. I wanted to create a landscape of characters that were relatable, with emotional depth and complexity to them. I wanted to create a world with its own lore, its own identity, and its own story to tell. I wanted to bring imagination to life. And thus, Banewind was born.
It was crucial to create a story that fell into the young adult fantasy genre, as this is what I believe to be one of the most important parts of literature out there. Young adults, teens, and children are the future of writing—they are the dream makers and pivotal to our societal world. Providing material to fuel the imaginative mind is a powerful tool, and I knew this is where my talents best fell. I created Genevieve DeWinter, the story’s main protagonist and first-person narrator, to give an anchor people can relate to. She is smart, strong, and kind. She is independent, yet she appreciates the values of love and friendship. Banewind is a series that will delve into many different issues people face in life, all while providing intricate, deep tales that are woven in the realms of magic and the extraordinary. There are moments of triumph, and there are moments of loss. There are times of new life and hope, and there are times of death and grief. But most importantly, there is the always evolving pure imagination that will keep the readers immersed and feel as though they are right there in the story themselves. Whether it’s walking with Genevieve as she learns about the history of her family or helping her get to safety as she navigates the perils of the Dark Lady and the Voidweaver army, the story will be embedded into the readers’ hearts and minds, and the fantasy will live on eternally in the pages.
And so, to all the readers out there, I wish you nothing but the best. Take care, enjoy, and remember to dream forever.

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#BlogTour #WNLVirtualBookTours @pauletteharper / #GuestPost : Failure is Not The Problem… It’s the Beginning of Your Success – George Milton

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Today I’m on the ‘Failure is Not The Problem… It’s the Beginning of Your Success’ blogtour, organised by Write Now Literary Virtual Book Tours. This tour will run November 2 – December 31, 2020 and can be followed here.
To promote this book I have some ‘basic’ information and a guest post for you.

About the Author :

Geroge M photoGeorge Milton is the CEO of Failure Is Not The Problem, LLC, a consulting company that specializes in leadership development and training, life coaching, and motivational speaking. He is a United States Army Retired, Colonel who has over 30 years of experience as an internationally known Communicator, Coach, Mentor, Trainer Intuitive Counselor, Teacher, Inspirational Speaker, TV Co-Host and Author. George connects with people of all ages on all levels. He is a former University Assistant Professor who has extensive experience working with the federal government but also has a tremendous background in working within city government and community organizations. In his role as a Senior Staff Officer at European Command in Stuttgart, Germany he routinely briefed and spoke with Ambassadors. He has experience speaking to and training foreign government officials and delivering oration to foreign public entities. As the Division Chief of the Civil Partnership Division, at European Command, he led on an annual basis, a group of staff members to Oxford University, in Oxford, England on a two week trip to study and learn how to properly” Partner” with civilian agencies in support of military organizations.
George Milton’s straight-from-the-heart, passion and high-energy, motivates audiences to step beyond their limitations and into their greatness in many ways. Over the past decade, George has used his role from keynote speaker to Master Trainer, creating the kind of workshop learning experience that got him committed to personal-and-professional development. His charisma, warmth and humor have transformed ordinary people into extraordinary achievers by using his own life, and his in-depth study of others’ challenges, to build an understanding of what works, what doesn’t work, and why.
He is a Certified Trainer in Success Principles, successfully completing the competency examination, and adoption of the Canfield Code of Ethics.

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41oe8BrIDoL._SX331_BO1,204,203,200_What would you do if you had a revolutionary resource to help you become a successful leader, reach your goals, make your life better and propel you to become all that you are meant to be? Sounds impossible? Well, its not! In the “impossible” is the “possible.” And if you want the possibility of becoming successful, U. S. Army Retired Colonel, George Milton’s book, Failure Is Not The Problem, It’s The Beginning Of Your Success is a must read. Most leadership books discuss how to achieve success only, but in life we all fail sometimes. If you want to succeed you must walk through the doorway of this life changing resource; failure. In his amazing book he addresses the challenge of adversity and how failure can motivate you, focus you, and change your life for the better. His inspiring story of growth from a difficult youth to a distinguished career Army combat officer, he shares that it was only possible because he changed his attitude. Not only does he reveal personal triumphs and defeats, he demonstrates in12 easy to follow steps, how you can transform your mindset from negative to positive regarding failure and in the process become successful.

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Throughout my life I have faced multiple failures over many years, yet I went on to achieve most of the goals I set for myself. It wasn’t always that way. In the beginning of my life failure hung over my head like an albatross around my neck. It wasn’t until I learned how to accept my failures and use those experiences to make myself better that I began to understand the value that my failure offered.
Too often we have been taught that failure has little or no value. We learn how to minimally tolerate our failure most times but not how to fully embrace our failures because of the negativity associated with that one powerful word.
I wrote my book, workbook and journal in order to help those who are struggling with failure learn a better way of becoming successful. The topic is failure, but the goal for my readers is to learn how to become successful by utilizing their failures as their strength and not experience failure as a weakness as most have been taught.
If you want to succeed you must walk through the doorway of this life changing resource, failure. In my book I address the challenges of adversity and how failure can motivate you, focus you, and change your life for the better.
In my book I share my story of growth from a difficult youth to a distinguished career Army combat officer. I share that it was only possible because I changed and adjusted my attitude to understand that my failures were actually my greatest resource. Not only do I reveal personal triumphs and defeats,
I demonstrate how in 12 easy to follow steps, you can transform your mindset from negative to positive regarding failure and in the process become successful.
Failure is a very difficult topic for most people to talk about and share. Therefore, not only did I write a book, but I also wrote a workbook and a journal to accompany my book so as to ease the challenge of approaching this sometimes-complex topic.
When I speak to people about their failures, I will sometimes present to the audience this one question, “when you fail, in one word, describe how that failure makes you feel.” Overwhelmingly there are two words that are at the forefront: disappointed and depressed.
The time has come for us to turn the page and reengage that one word, failure, and understand that once we learn how to accept our failures as a natural part of our lives, we will be able to not only achieve our life’s goals, but will be better equipped to live a more productive and happier life.
It is my hope that anyone who reads my book or finds the courage to go through the workbook and journal will understand that if they genuinely want to become successful and obtain their long sought-after goals and ambitions, they will learn how to embrace their failures as well as learn the important lessons and nuggets that failure has instore for them.
Here is a formula I came up with to remind myself of how to respond to my failures.
F+RR=S
Failure + Right Response = Success
In other words, when I fail, if I respond to my failure with the right response, to learn, to get better, to change my direction in life, to change my goals, then my chances of obtaining my objectives and successes will increase. Versus, blaming or making excuses and worst case, quitting.
Join me on this quest to change the world and impact the lives of people everywhere by helping them change their mindset to accept, understand, and learn that failure, when responded to properly is their greatest resource to help them become all that they are meant to be.

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