#BlogTour #WNLVirtualBookTours @WNLBookTours / #GuestPost : The 10 Win Commandments – Derrick Gray

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Today I’m on the ‘The 10 Win Commandments’ blogtour, organized by Write Now Literary Virtual Book Tours. This tour will run July 1 – August 31, 2021 and can be followed here.
To promote this book I have some ‘basic’ information and a guest post for you.

About the Author :

Derrick Gray pic (1)Derrick Gray is a Christian Minister, business owner, filmmaker and author of The 10 Win Commandments. A Long Island native and purveyor of all things hip-hop, he knows God’s not through with him yet. Derrick lives in York, Pa with his wife and family.

Synopsis :

JustOneWord_FrontCover_V1In the realm of bestselling books like A Purpose Driven Life, The Motivation Manifesto, Author Derrick Gray has written this debut masterwork that touches the soul with relatable guidance and motivating prose. The author guides us through worldly experiences as a quintessential mentor of life. Students, administrators, CEOs, business visionaries, and others will find his advice for success nothing less than masterful.
This book profoundly dives into guidance that enables you to go through life at the level in which God intended. The execution of these words of wisdom lays out how victory is achievable for anyone. It’s all about self-appraisal, self-reflection, God’s direction, and personal growth. Everyone has a designed path and achievement is within anyone’s grasp. All it takes is the correct compass and no book maps it out better than Derrick Gray’s 10 Win Commandments.

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Get to know Derrick Gray A-Z

A first time author
Beds to Go store owner
Cookie is my dog
Everyday I’m grateful for life
Freddy Gray is my Dad and Grandfathers names
God is all that
Home is my favorite spot to write
I am the oldest of two siblings
Jasmine is my middle daughter
King codes are what I live by
Lauren is my youngest
My mom is one of 14 siblings
New york is my birth state
Only Jesus
People call me Tank
Quest, A Tribe Called is my favorite group 🙂
Racism is stupid
Sydney is my oldest
Tonya is my bride
Under God’s wing is where I’ll be camping out
Victory is mine
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Your life will be completely transformed when you become
Zealous for the things of God

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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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Synopsis :

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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#BlogTour #WNLVirtualBookTours @pauletteharper / #QandAs : Eve 2.0: The Ultimate Gaming Experience – Winter Lawrence @WinterBLawrence

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Today I’m on the ‘Eve 2.0: The Ultimate Gaming Experience’ blogtour, organised by Write Now Literary Virtual Book Tours. This tour will run September 16-27, 2019.
To promote this book I have some ‘basic’ information and a Q&A post for you.

About the Author :

winter_lawrence_official_pictureWinter lives in the moment and loves nothing more than being surrounded by her family, her fur-babies, and a ton of great reads! When she doesn’t have her nose stuck in a book, she’s usually thinking up far away, fantastical worlds or she’s cooking up a storm in the kitchen! Because of her love for all things literary, Winter pursued a Master of Arts degree in English Literature and Creative Writing. Professionally, she is a manuscript editor, and in her spare time, she enjoys hosting author spotlights, posting book reviews, and teaching workshops. In her private time, she is an avid reader of science fiction, fantasy, and paranormal romances, and one day she hopes to inspire young readers in the same way her favorite authors continue to inspire her today.

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Synopsis :

book_cover_eve_2.0_the_ultimate_gaming_experienceWelcome to the D.O.D.A.I.S…
Just when Gwen thought she could beat any video game hands down, her boyfriend goes and gets her stuck in a top-secret government simulator named Eve 2.0. Being trapped within a couple of her favorite video games doesn’t seem so bad at first, but as time becomes a factor and the A.I. program begins to get smarter, Gwen soon realizes that winning or losing isn’t just about pride anymore; it’s about making it out alive.

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First of all thank you very much for taking the time to answer my questions, I really appreciate it. Here we go! 🙂

Can you, for those who don’t know you already, tell us something about yourself and how you became an author?
Thanks for having me! I’m so excited to participate in your interview, which is something I would have never—in a million years—imagined I’d be doing today. See, a long time ago, I was in an entirely different career field, but as a military wife and a mom, I found it best to work from home, so I pursued a career after my second passion in life—reading! For as long as I can remember, I’ve always had my nose in a book and I’ve always had a knack for having great attention to detail, so I started freelance editing. It turned out to be a fun and fulfilling job and it inspired me to try my hand at writing. It was definitely a lot tougher than I thought it would be, but with a lot of patience, persistence, and encouragement from my family, I continued to write and here I am, very excited and very humbled by the upcoming release of my debut novel “Eve 2.0: The Ultimate Gaming Experience.”

Which books did/do you love to read as a child/now as a grown-up?
Oh, there are too many to name, and oddly enough, the books I loved to read as a child are still some of my all-time favorites! I’m a sucker for all things R. L. Stine, and as an adult, I still watch and adore the movie adaptions of his books! I’ve always been a huge Stephen King and Dean Koontz fan too. I still pick up my copy of “The Tommyknockers” and flip to random pages just for fun, and “The Door to December” was sort of life-changing for me. It was the first time I read a book that just absolutely blew my mind. Even now when I think about it, I smile. I’m also a huge romance fanatic. I read Jackie Collins and Johanna Lindsey way too young, and I’m still madly in love with all things Nora Roberts. I adore her paranormal romances.

Is there a writer whose brain you would love to pick for advice? Who would that be and why?
Stephanie Meyers. The Twilight series is one of my all-time favorites for a multitude of reasons. The most profound is as a mom, because it was one of those book/movie series that my daughter first got excited about, so that mother-daughter bonding experience definitely helped shaped my passion for her books, but what I loved about them as a reader was that there was so much drama and conflict but it was all happily resolved, and I’m a huge fan of happy endings. Stephanie also seems amazingly down to earth and humble despite her huge success, which I admire as a person. If I’m ever half as fortunate, I hope to emulate that and continue to pay it forward for the next generation of writers.

If you could, which fictional character (from your own book(s) or someone else’s) would you like to invite for tea and why?
I’m not sure if I’d invite him for tea at my house (just to be safe!), but I would love to sit and chat with Lestat de Lioncourt, from “Queen of the Damned” and “Interview with the Vampire.” I think it would be phenomenal to have an opportunity to talk to someone who’s fully experienced so much “life” on this planet. It would be like having a tour guide through time! I’m also slightly obsessed with all things vampire, so I’d love to hear all about that too. Of course, like I said, I wouldn’t necessarily want him over at my place for the interview! I’d definitely pick a Starbucks somewhere with lots of people in a nice busy location!

Do you have some rituals or habits whilst writing?
I walk and run. A lot! There’s just something about being outside with only my thoughts. Most times, while I’m trotting along, I try to envision generalized scenes that will take place throughout the story, and a lot of times, I go back and forth with the dialogue between characters. I also listen to music that my characters would listen to or songs that feel right or appropriate for the situation taking place in the storyline. For “Eve 2.0: The Ultimate Gaming Experience,” I actually created two playlist for both books in the series. The songs are listed in the table of contents and readers can find them on my YouTube channel!

Where do you come up with your idea(s)? Do people in your life need to be worried? 😉
LOL, yes! Family and friends beware! For Christmas a couple of years ago, my sister-in-law gave me a pendant that reads, “Keep talking. I am taking notes for my next book.” It’s so true! I draw from all kinds of experiences when I come up with stories, and while most times my books are based on fantastical elements that I’ve read about online, I do draw a lot from real life, especially when it comes to creating personality traits.

Are you a plotter or do you go with the flow, as a pantser?
I’m a bit of an OCD queen, so I’m definitely a plotter! When I first started writing, I had a very thick, hardy binder that I kept with lots of research material and elaborate Excel documents. There were page numbers and bookmarks and lots of color-coded tabs. After almost a decade, I’ve toned that down a bit, but not much!

Can you give novice writers some tips (do’s/don’ts)?
Oh, gosh! I have tons, but I think the most important tip is that writers should write for the love of writing! I know; that sounds a little cliché, but listen, as a writer I know that most writers (there are, of course, exceptions), but for the average person, we just want to make a decent living writing books that people love. The problem is that it’s immensely difficult to make a living as a writer and there’s no way everyone will love your work (again, I know, it’s a tough reality to face), so writers need to write what they love. They need to write what calls to their hearts, because at the end of the day, when all is said and done, and the chips have fallen where they may, you’ll be proud of yourself for all that hard work!

What are your future plans as an author?
I think that, as with most writers, I don’t write for the sake of being published; I write because I end up with a story stuck in my head that needs to be shared. I also feel that as a human, we all have unique viewpoints and experiences that we need to share with others. There’s so much value in giving someone an opportunity to see the other side of an issue, and it’s equally important—especially to me—to reach out to the children who may be living through something I’ve lived through. I want them to know that they aren’t alone; that someone else has gone through what they’re going through and that all obstacles are surmountable. And while I’m immensely proud and humbled that I’ve found a home for “Eve 2.0: The Ultimate Gaming Experience,” I’ll continue to write because it’s part of who I am. I’m a storyteller, and as long as I can put pen to paper (or fingertips to keyboard!), I’ll continue to write!

Last, but not least : Can you give my readers one teaser from your book, which is featured here on my blog, please?
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Isn’t that a great reason to pick up this book and to find out more?!
Thanks once again for this lovely interview, Winter Lawrence.

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#BlogTour #WNLVirtualBookTours @pauletteharper / #GuestPost : Of Bubbles, Buddah and Butterflies – Tanya Beaubrun @TanyaBeaubrun

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Today I’m on the ‘Of Bubbles, Buddah and Butterflies’ blogtour, organised by Write Now Literary Virtual Book Tours. This tour will run July 8-19, 2019 and can be followed here.
To promote this book I have some ‘basic’ information and a guest post for you.

About the Author :

Tanya photpAs the creator of the Body Joy Process, Dr. Tanya Beaubrun empowers people with her simple, yet powerful message: Take exquisite care of yourself, respect the choices you make, and tune into healing from the inside out. Tanya’s passionate about bringing the heart and soul back into the practice of Medicine.
A Family Physician specializing in Functional and Integrative Medicine, as well as a certified Wellness & Lifestyle Empowerment Coach, Motivational Speaker and Author, she has dedicated her career to helping people feel their best in their bodies so they can live happy and healthy lives and rediscover their Body Joy.
A graduate of the University of the West Indies, she has spent most of her career in Private Practice, and advocates a holistic approach to well-being, incorporating mind, body, spirit practices so people can connect more deeply to themselves and their truth.
She holds a Degree in Alternative Medicine and is Board Certified in Functional, Anti-Aging, and Regenerative Medicine. She is a certified Reiki Master and has obtained an Integrative Health Coaching Certification from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition (IIN), as well as a certification under Gabrielle Bernstein’s Levels 1 and 2 Spirit Junkie Master Class.
Tanya has been featured in The Huffington Post, Thrive Global, Lissa Rankin’s Owning Pink website, as well as several popular podcasts, including EOFire with John Lee Dumas. As an author, she’s contributed to the Amazon bestselling books, 365 Moments of Grace and 365 Life Shifts. With her unique blend of Western medicine, Lifestyle coaching, and Integrative health, she’s distinguished herself as a Women’s Wellness Warrior; with a dream of starting a movement geared towards empowering women to lead full, vibrant and authentic lives.
Despite all this, she feels her most important role has been as a wife and mother of 3.

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Genre: Non-Fiction
ISBN-10: 1483497313
ISBN-13: 978-1483497310

Tanya B. coverAuthor Tanya Destang-Beaubrun has always known that her calling was to heal, nurture, and care for her fellow human beings; it has always been a deep, unwavering conviction at her core. And so, she became a family physician who put patients first, treating their bodies, minds, and spirits. In Of Bubbles, Buddha, and Butterflies, Dr. Destang-Beaubrun chronicles the changes that have occurred in her life since she decided to follow her heart and pursue her dreams. She presents a series of essays and narratives written during the four-year period after she left her thriving Western medical practice and immersed herself in the study of integrative and functional medicine. Destang-Beaubrun recalls her breakdowns, breakthroughs, fears, and faith as she navigated her way to a new way of living, learning, and loving. This collection of personal essays on bravery, trust, and faith shares one woman’s insights and life lessons as she shifted from traditional medical practice to something more.

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As I sat and took in the breathtaking scenery of the October Fall foliage, my heart was filled with gratitude. Attending this retreat was the fulfillment of a long-held dream.
I knew that at some point we would all have to tell our life story. And I was ready to tell mine. The story that, after twenty years of practicing Family Medicine, I’d realized that I was not happy with how healthcare was being delivered and felt the burning desire to offer my patients something more ­ to optimize their wellness by integrating health of body, mind and spirit.
As a Family Physician, I already took care of their bodies.
As a newly certified Health Coach I thought I would take care of their minds.
At this retreat, I would be taught how care for the Spirit.
Over the years, I’d listened to many a life story, held many hands and wiped away so many tears.
That night, as I sat in the midst of our group healing circle, and the meditative music began, my tears flowed freely. I cried for all the patients I’d been unable to save. Had I failed as a doctor?
I cried for all the times I had missed being present for my family. Had I failed as a wife and mother?

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Why I wrote this book

This book seemed to have a life of its own.
The title, Of Bubbles, Buddha and Butterflies, had been floating around my head for many years, although I didn’t know what format the book would take. Despite this, I kept it close to my heart and knew that somehow, at the right time, this book would be born.
I’d left the comfort of my home and medical practice a few years before to go back to school; something I felt strongly called to do because I wanted to find a better way of delivering care to my patients. The existing system of healthcare was not offering what I wanted, and I’d become increasingly disillusioned.
What I didn’t know was that the journey would carry me towards a professional and personal transformation I never thought possible. I thought I was going off to learn new healing modalities for my patients. Instead, the first person that would be healed by this work was me.
I knew without a shadow of a doubt that I had no choice but to walk this path and writing gave me an outlet for those times when it all became too much.
The ideas for these pieces would come through at odd times, and once I got the ideas, I would have to sit down and write them out. The words would often fly out of my head and my heart, begging to be let out and shared with the World.
A few of these essays had appeared in a Caribbean magazine, and one on Huff Post but many of them remained in my notepad, or on my laptop. I had no idea where they’d end up but I knew that at the right time, they’d be shared with the World.
The idea to compile them into this book came just as I was ending my time in Florida.
The days leading up to my flight home were filled with a mix of teary goodbyes, anxiety about what I was heading back to, as well as excitement about my future plans to change the World.
Working on this book gave me something to focus on, at a time of transition back to my home. Re-writing and re-reading those pieces gave me a fresh perspective on the journey I had embarked upon and new insight into the person I had grown into.

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