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Nowhere Else I’d Want to Be: A Memoir – Entered in 2017 ATAI Book Award Contest

5 Stars

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Carol D. Marsh

Nowhere Else I Want to Be is Carol Marsh’s heart-wrenching memoir of her time living and working at Miriam’s House in Washington, D.C. She founded Miriam’s House in 1996, as a place for homeless women suffering with AIDS and addiction to receive the care, shelter, and safety that they so desperately needed. In providing for these women, who came from backgrounds incredibly different than her own, Carol had to learn to face her own shortcomings: privilege, discrimination, poor leadership skills, and an overwhelming, yet often denied, desire to be liked. In doing so, she, along with the staff and residents of Miriam’s House, transformed it into a safe haven for victims of AIDS and their families, saving dozens of lives in more ways than one. 

In terms of content, Nowhere Else I Want to Be is certainly not the easiest book to read. It is rife with tragedy, from abandonment to parental neglect, devastating illness to inevitable death. It weighs on the heartstrings in a manner that most books cannot achieve, largely because the stories Carol Marsh shares are all real. These “characters,” who often seem larger than life in some respects, existed once, and now, do not. It’s an awful feeling, to fall in love with each quirky, lovable woman as Carol did, only to be forced to face their eventual demise. However, the tender tone in which each woman is described is admirable and honorable, shining a spotlight of love and acceptance on an otherwise horrific life. It’s devastating, but profound, in all the best ways.  

Nowhere Else I Want to Be is not a book easily defined, as it balances perfectly the qualities of humor, love, sadness, disdain, and acceptance, combined into one spectacular memoir. Carol Marsh takes her readers on the same journey she once walked, alongside society’s forgotten as they struggle to better themselves, contribute to communities who continuously reject them, and just survive, at any cost. It wasn’t, and still isn’t, easy, but it is forever worth it. Nowhere Else I Want to Be is a treasure as much as it is a tragedy, if for nothing else, for Carol’s bold, dignified, and honest approach to a truth best not left forgotten.

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Unchanging Points of Light – Entered in 2017 ATAI Book Award Contest

4 Stars

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Edwin A. McDonald

Edwin A. McDonald, III’s Unchanging Points of Light: Finding Your Way in the Dark is a philosophical, self-help style book with a fascinating theme. Using real-life examples from current and historical events, McDonald details how to recognize certain “threats” in one’s life, look at them objectively, and discover a way to shine a light in dark times. Unchanging Points of Light is, as he says, his “personal effort to push back the darkness and shine a very bright light on some of the biggest issues of our day.”

Edwin A. McDonald, III expresses his reviews eloquently and thoughtfully, but he does seem to divert from his own subject matter, at times. These diversions usually took the form of his expression of his own political views. While he did eventually tie these diversions back into the main theme of Unchanging Points of Light, his blatantly expressed opinions may alienate certain demographics of readers. Granted, these opinions are still interesting to read, but risking allowing readers to disagree with him could damage the overall effectiveness of this book. 

Despite this, Unchanging Points of Light proves itself to be a most worthwhile read. The sheer amount of research, thought, and introspection that went into this work is admirable. Edwin A. McDonald’s narrative style is gentle and honest, presenting each point not as a lecture or rant, but as valuable guidance that will surely benefit all readers in some way. Unchanging Points of Light: Finding Your Way in the Dark is a treasure trove of precious wisdom, tailor-made to help the “seekers, skeptics, and believers” of the world find the light in their lives.

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Cyber Crisis: It’s Personal Now – Entered in 2017 ATAI Book Award Contest

4 Stars

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William Keiper

Cyber Crisis: It’s Personal Now is author William Keiper’s comprehensive guide to the dangers of the internet. In this quick read, Keiper explores the threats lurking behind each click, including identity theft, hacking, catfishing, money scams, credit card fraud, theft of private information, and cyberbullying. He also shares helpful tips and pointers detailing how to avoid these devastating tragedies. Keiper’s decades worth of experience in software and computer technology are spilled onto the page, giving readers a short and snappy reality check about how they can protect themselves online.

While there are countless useful facts and statistics throughout Cyber Crisis, hardly any of them are cited. Although William Keiper claims in his introduction that all the information he’s sharing can be readily found in an internet search, he shares little to help readers find the sources of this information (through using citations, perhaps). This raises an alarming possibility of plagiarism or untrustworthy source material; Keiper could have easily avoided this skepticism by being forthright and clear about where he got all his material from. Also, the organization of this book seems disjointed. Many of the passages seem hastily thrown together or underdeveloped, while others read far too much like a textbook. Cyber Crisis is not as balanced as it could be.

However, Cyber Crisis is still a most worthwhile read. Statistics aside, its underlying message is imminent: “Readers, protect yourselves.” William Keiper’s tips for prevention and internet safety are invaluable, as are his real-life examples of the consequences of reckless oversharing. His narrative is short and to the point, keeping readers engaged and offering quick solutions to the risks he exposes. Cyber Crisis: It’s Personal Now is perhaps one of the most important books for any and all readers to experience since, as William Keiper aptly put it, “it’s personal.”

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The Grand Gypsy – Entered in 2017 ATAI Book Award Contest

5 Stars

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Ottavio Gesmundo with Ottavio Canestrelli

The Grand Gypsy: A Memoir is the enchanting story of Ottavio Canestrelli, an Italian circus performer. Born into a circus family several generations long, Canestrelli was raised under a makeshift big-top, performing alongside his family members and a colorful menagerie. As an adult, he traveled the world, both as a performer and while in the army. He shares his stories of growing up in a circus, living and fighting through both World Wars, crossing paths with grand historical figures like Gandhi, and carrying on the legacy of the Canestrelli Circus. After Canestrelli passed away, his grandson, Ottavio Gesmundo, polished and published his grandfather’s memoir, honoring the man he knew as The Grand Gypsy.

This book opens with a quote by author, historian, and editor, Dominique Jando: “Artists from old Italian circus families are the keepers of a precious wealth of historical knowledge.” That alone sums up Ottavio Canestrelli’s memoir perfectly. His words are, quite simply, precious. His life experiences and unique voice in sharing them help shed a new light on one of the most fascinating and tumultuous eras in history. Peppered with additional text from his grandson, Gesmundo, and a plethora of captivating historical photographs, The Grand Gypsy is an outstanding literary experience from beginning to end.

The Grand Gypsy is equal parts an entertaining portrait of circus life, a war drama, a heartwarming snapshot of family life, and a thrilling memoir. By the end of the book, Ottavio and the Canestrelli family feel welcome and familiar, as if all who read The Grand Gypsy: A Memoir are now truly a part of the Canestrelli legacy, too.

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Shemaron – Entered in 2017 Book Award Contest

5 Stars

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Fiona Malkin

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Shemaron: A Beautiful Endeavor is the true and inspirational story of Fiona Malkin’s adventures at sea. When her husband obtained an old Scottish ring net boat, formerly known as the Wistaria BA64, with intentions to restore it, Fiona expected to have little to do with any of it. She was, as she says, content with her “comfortable urban lifestyle,” and never expected to leave it all behind for life on a boat. However, she was more than pleasantly surprised by her experiences and discoveries along the way. She boldly shares all of her wonder, newfound knowledge, and amazement at the ring net fishing culture in this unique autobiographical novella.

Shemaron’s only conceivable downfall, so to speak, is that it is written in a rather complex style. Its narrative is non-conversational, often featuring long-winded and rambling sentences that can be difficult to navigate. In short, despite not being a long novel, it’s just a bit wordy. Beyond that, it’s near flawless.

The intricacies in Shemaron’s storytelling are fascinating. Fiona Malkin writes in such an honest, detailed manner; she is not shy about sharing her own misgivings and personal growth throughout her tale, yet her narrative never feels like relentless self-congratulation. It is an educational journey, mixed with humor, love, and a most intriguing lost art. Mingled with insightful historical facts about ring net boats and the culture surrounding them, this winning combination makes for a highly interesting reading experience. Together, these factors blend beautifully into the enlightening, introspective masterpiece that is Shemaron: A Beautiful Endeavor.

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Brave New Mind

Today’s Featured Author and Book

Brave New Mind

Living in a Future-Science World

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Book Description:

Dr. Elliott Maynard’s master paradigm, Future-Science Technology, sets forth the quantum-field science for the future: a new conscious operating system for humans and the environment. His 25 keys to personal and planetary evolution form a living tapestry which reveals how anyone can access the quantum field to enrich their lives and expand their consciousness. His comprehensive model is flexible, evolvable and timeless. Elliott calls his living templates “enlightened pathways into the future.” Future-Science Technology is a distinctive system which inspires the development of a “Brave New Mind of Future Man, living in a future-science world.”


Elliot Maynard, Ph.D.

Dr. Elliott Maynard is a neo-renaissance, leading-edge consciousness  scientist and conceptual designer who walks his talk, lives his dream  and is driven to share this information with the world.  His background  spans the fields of Global Ecology, Coral Reef Ecology, Oceanography  and Tropical Rainforest Biology.  He earned a Ph.D. in Consciousness  Research, and has served on the faculties of Adelphi University and  Dowling College in New York.  He is a Certified Professional Consultant  to Management (CPCM) and has been active in the corporate world as  Founder, President and Technology Director for several corporations. He has been active in the Aerospace Technology Working Group  (ATWG), the Humanitad International Leadership Foundation, the U.S.  Psychotronics Association and the World Future Society.  Elliott also  serves on the editorial board for the Kepler Institute for Space  Philosophy.  In addition to his work as a world futurist, lecturer, author,  educator and global ecologist, Elliott is an accomplished artist, sculptor, musician, underwater photographer and documentary filmmaker.   Because of his unique abilities to bring future concepts into the present  and integrate them into the existing social structure, he is often referred  to by some of his colleagues as “The Human From the Future.”


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Peace and Love,

Rob and Janelle

 


Doors are open for the 2017 ATAI Book Award Contest! Deadline is 9/30/17

Book awards give you clout and credibility!

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You get more than just an entry into a contest!  All entries that earn at least 3 Stars get promotion, too!

Are you ready for the chance to be an award-winning author?  

Yes!  Excellent!

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Cherokee Wisdom

Today’s Featured Author and Book

Cherokee Wisdom:

12 Lessons for Becoming a Powerful Leader

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Book Description:

In this book, Leadership Expert Cynthia M. Ruiz taps into her Cherokee roots to share profound advise on developing your unique Leadership Style. Everyone is different yet has the ability to be a powerful leader in many aspects of their life. These twelve lessons are powerful reminders of what attributes are needed to become a leader, which benefits yourself and others.

Cynthia is proud to come from blended cultures and feels she takes the best from both worlds, Latina & Native American. She has been know to say “ I get my passion for life from my Mexican side and my spiritualty and respect for the environment from my Cherokee roots”

She has received over 50 awards and accolades for her Leadership and philanthropy. Hollywood Chamber has named her a “Women of Distinction” and she appeared in the Discover the Gift with the Dala Lama, Michael Bernard Beckwith and Jack Canfield.

Cynthia has a Masters Degree in Counseling and has worked with people her entire life. She lives in Los Angeles where she enjoys the diversity of a metropolitan city. 

“Sometimes we complicate our own lives, ancient wisdom can remind us to keep it simple. One simple lesson many leaders miss the mark is humility.”


Cynthia M. Ruiz

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Cynthia M. Ruiz is an Author, Professor, Inspirational Speaker and Leadership expert. Receiving over 50 accolades and awards for her leadership and service to Los Angeles.  She currently serves as a Los Angeles City Commissioner overseeing a multibillion-dollar pension portfolio for City employees.

 She has received the prestigious Hollywood Chamber “Women of Distinction Award, the HOPE “Ray of Hope” award and the Weingart, “Women Building LA Award.  Twice the California Apparel News has listed her on their renowned List of Influential People and LA Weekly showcased her in their people addition.

Cynthia has over twenty years of experience teaching and public speaking. She is the author of two books , “Cherokee Wisdom- 12 Lessons for Becoming a Powerful Leader” and “Finding Sane Relationships in a Crazy World”. She appeared in Discover the Gift (movie/book) with such notables, as is Holiness the Dala Lama, Michael Bernard Beckwith, Jack Canfield and many more. 

Her career has placed her in many leadership roles including President of the Board of Public Works for the City of Los Angeles where she had oversight of 5,000 employees and a billion dollar per year budget. She has worked as an Executive at the number one container Port in the US and has successfully run her own business.

Coming from blended cultures (Latina and Native American), she enjoys a passion for life and an appreciation of the gifts of Mother Nature.

Cynthia knows the importance of giving back and always strives to stay humble. As a Latina she has a passion for women empowerment and started the Wise Latina Network.  Her Cherokee values have inspired her to teach others with her lessons.  She has does this through her books and workshops.

She lives in Los Angeles where she enjoys the diversity of a metropolitan city. 

http://cynthiamruiz.com

 


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Peace and Love,

Rob and Janelle

 


Doors are open for the 2017 ATAI Book Award Contest! Deadline is 9/30/17

Book awards give you clout and credibility!

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You get more than just an entry into a contest!  All entries that earn at least 3 Stars get promotion, too!

Are you ready for the chance to be an award-winning author?  

Yes!  Excellent!

Click here to learn more and enter!


Authors join our Creative Author Marketing Facebook group

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A place to share tips, advice and wisdom about marketing your book. Ask for advice. We’re here for you!

Traveling entrepreneurs, Drs. Rob + Janelle Alex, Ph.D. share a wealth of knowledge and info with authors all over the world.  

We help you develop 3 key things you MUST have to gain success with your book.

Your Mindset
Your Tool Set
Your Skill Set

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Just 2 Choices

Today’s Featured Author and Book

Just 2 Choices: It’s That Simple

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Book Description:

Open the door to one of life’s greatest little secrets—that your point of power is in EVERY choice. Just 2 Choices shows how to transform your everyday, ORDINARY choices into EXTRAORDINARY choices every day—so you can live that EXTRAORDINARY life that you desire… choice by choice by choice. Contains the original, breakthrough, full-color graphics about choice to rapidly accelerate personal growth with instant “I get it!” insights into the quality of your everyday choices. Full-color charts, diagrams and scales—such as the Emotional-Vibrational Color Scale® and Vibrational Tune-up System™—provide immediate, clear, uplifting feedback that shows step-by-step how to make each choice to create the great life that you want in health, wealth, relationships, career and more! Just 2 Choices is a guidebook for everyone—a blueprint for understanding the power of every choice and a roadmap to manifesting the great life that you desire!


Rico Racosky

Whether at the controls of a F16 jet fighter–or now at the controls of a sophisticated jet airliner, Rico Racosky knows that every flight choice he makes is based on one of two choices. He may make multiple split-second decisions as he evaluates the instruments in front of him that show the aircraft’s immediate performance of speed, altitude, and navigation, yet each choice he makes ultimately comes down to a “yes” or “no” input decision based on just two choices. From Rico‘s point of view, all  of life is choice and happens at the speed of choice–a perspective he recently shared at Harvard University as a “choice expert” thought leader guest speaker to Harvard Business School’s Entrepreneurship Clubs.
 
Choice is the heart of his unique and vital new book, Just 2 Choices…It Is Your Life, which is the forefront of what promises to be a global movement, the “Choice Revolution™.” The book uses a simple, step-by-step system of thought that shows people how to instantly transform their daily, ordinary choices into those powerful extra-ordinary choices that create an extraordinary life! Just 2 Choices un-complicates and demystifies “choice” and shines the bright light of crystal clear thinking to illuminate a path to success for the reader. After all, what keeps most people stuck in life is failing to make Conscious YES Choices, thus allowing their default choice–the NO choice, the one representing the “same old choice” –to continue to run their lives over and over every day.

 


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Authors join our Creative Author Marketing Facebook group

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A place to share tips, advice and wisdom about marketing your book. Ask for advice. We’re here for you!

Traveling entrepreneurs, Drs. Rob + Janelle Alex, Ph.D. share a wealth of knowledge and info with authors all over the world.  

We help you develop 3 key things you MUST have to gain success with your book.

Your Mindset
Your Tool Set
Your Skill Set


Have you checked out the 2017 Romance Novel Contest yet? Deadline is 1/15/17

Book awards give you clout and credibility!

2017 Romance Novel Contest

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Off Grid and Free

Today’s Featured Author and Book

Off Grid and Free: My Path to the Wilderness

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Book Description:

Off Grid and Free: My Path to the Wilderness is the story of the journey Ron Melchiore undertook as a young man from the city, first to homesteading in northern Maine and then to living in the bush of northern Saskatchewan. He has lived off grid since approximately 1980 and speaks candidly about the joys and the tribulations of his chosen lifestyle. In this adventure, Ron shares the diversity of his experiences in an easy-to-read, humorous, and sometimes harrowing narrative. The book includes his hiking of the 2,100 mile Appalachian Trail in winter, bicycling across the United States, homesteading off grid, the terror of being surrounded by a wildfire, surprise encounters with bears, and more. For readers with an outdoors spirit, people with an off grid and self-sufficiency bent, and dreamers who like to read about adventure, Ron hopes to inspire others to “take the road less traveled.”


Ron Melchiore

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Ron Melchiore is an Outdoorsman/Pioneer, Homesteader, Remote Exploration Camp Manager and Author. Living off grid since the early 1980’s, Ron and his wife Johanna have spent the better part of their lives “unplugged.” As part of the back to the land movement that originated in the 70’s, they have spent their adult years living the homestead dream.

 


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Authors join our Creative Author Marketing Facebook group

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A place to share tips, advice and wisdom about marketing your book. Ask for advice. We’re here for you!

Traveling entrepreneurs, Drs. Rob + Janelle Alex, Ph.D. are mentoring entrepreneurs and authors around the world. As best selling authors, speakers, marketing and branding experts their podcast Authors Talk About It has become quite popular.

We help you develop 3 key things you MUST have to gain success with your book.

Your Mindset
Your Tool Set
Your Skill Set


Have you checked out the 2017 Romance Book Contest yet? Deadline is 1/15/17

Book awards give you clout and credibility!

2017 Romance Novel Contest

Whether you’re a first time author or a New York Times Best Seller this book award contest is for you.

Are you ready for the chance to be an award-winning author?  

Yes!  Excellent!

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Seven Keys to Create a Personal Victory

Today’s Featured Author and Book

Prevail: Seven Keys to Create a Personal Victory

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Book Description:

Drawing from the tremendous depth of her own experience of rising from sever abuse and creating a victorious and genuinely rich life, Betty Withrow shares the seven key steps that will propel you out of your habitual rut. Quotes for great thinkers of all times weave through the book to deepen the perspective. Cheerleaders and Companions on your journey, these wise ones show the way. Drop your victim’ view that life is riding you, and live the life you deserve. Know that you can do the things about which you have always dreamed, and that you can Prevail. Dare to Cheer up. Grab this book. Take a leap, and get on board!


Notes: 

Prevail: Seven Keys to Create a Personal Victory is an emotional self-help book penned by life coach Betty Withrow. In it, the “seven keys” are: cheerfulness, patience, friendliness, creativity, fortitude, perseverance, and completion. For each, Withrow utilizes her own enlightening, and sometimes horrific, personal experiences as educational tools with which to inspire her readers. She shares them, along with her methods of coping, in an effort to help others achieve the level of blissful victory that she has in her own life. 

Despite Withrow’s insistence that “this isn’t an autobiography,” it certainly reads like one for a good portion of the book. However, this is not necessarily a bad thing. Her stories are poignant and insightful, without being plagued by trivial or irrelevant details. They are connected well into the main points that she makes, too, so that it is not a constant flip-flop between advice and story time. Rather, it is a very well-thought-out collection of anecdotes, reflections, and guidance that is sure to resonate with any reader. 

Betty Withrow’s writing is warm and inviting, with the kindly presence of a sweet conversation with a grandparent. It is also clear and blunt, with straightforward lessons and brilliantly proposed ideals. This combination makes Prevail: Seven Keys to Create a Personal Victory unique in its genre; it was as entertaining as it was inspirational. It is evident that there was a great deal of Withrow’s heart and soul put into this book, and for that reason, it is a most worthwhile read.

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Betty Withrow

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Betty Withrow is a life coach, specializing in helping women feel a need to reconnect with what matters to them, defining their own success.  Having lived and worked in Big Sur, California since 1973, her book Prevail: Seven Keys to Create a Personal Victory tells her sotry of rising from extreme abuse as a child to living a life that is full, happy and rewarding.

Learn more at www.PrevailSevenKeys.com and/or www.BettyOfBigSur.com.

 


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Peace and Love,

Rob and Janelle

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Authors join our Creative Author Marketing Facebook group

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A place to share tips, advice and wisdom about marketing your book. Ask for advice. We’re here for you!

Traveling entrepreneurs, Drs. Rob + Janelle Alex, Ph.D. are mentoring entrepreneurs and authors around the world. As best selling authors, speakers, marketing and branding experts their podcast Authors Talk About It has become quite popular.

We help you develop 3 key things you MUST have to gain success with your book.

Your Mindset
Your Tool Set
Your Skill Set


Have you checked out the 2017 Romance Book Contest yet? Deadline is 1/15/17

Book awards give you clout and credibility!

2017 Romance Novel Contest

Whether you’re a first time author or a New York Times Best Seller this book award contest is for you.

Are you ready for the chance to be an award-winning author?  

Yes!  Excellent!

Click here to learn more and enter!

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