I Hear You – Entered in 2018 ATAI Book Award Contest

5 Stars

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Michael S. Sorensen

I Hear You: The Surprisingly Simple Skill Behind Extraordinary Relationships by Michael S. Sorensen provides readers with a simple and actionable look at the skills necessary to build and sustain meaningful interpersonal relationships. Sorensen uses the book to explain the concept of validation, and he provides readers with numerous examples of how to employ this skill in their everyday lives.


I Hear You: The Surprisingly Simple Skill Behind Extraordinary Relationships is well structured and formatted the whole way through. The book has an overabundance of examples which provide ways for people to practice validation in their everyday lives, but clustering many of the examples together in “Part III: Putting it All Together” slows the pacing of the final third of the book in a way that is jarring. The commitment to providing a vast selection of examples for the reader to study and learn from is admirable. However, given the number of examples that are worked into the book’s first two sections, eliminating some of the final examples may aid in diminishing the pacing issue.


Sorensen has done a wonderful job of presenting the topic in a way that is approachable. The reader never once feels like they are being talked down to. The choice to make it clear in the introduction that Sorensen himself is not an academic expert on the topic, but rather a person with a personal interest in the subject, assists with the overall approachable tone of the piece. He includes enough citations from reputable, respected minds in the field to show that he has really done his research. The book is also not overly long, something Sorensen himself insisted on, which helps to keep the pace moving. I Hear You: The Surprisingly Simple Skill Behind Extraordinary Relationships by Michael S. Sorensen is an excellent choice for readers looking for a friendly and approachable look at interpersonal communications.

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Recognizing the Real Me – Entered in 2017 ATAI Book Award Contest

4 Stars

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T. Lynn Tate

An African American novel with romance at the core, Recognizing the Real Me, focuses on two main characters throughout. Confidence (or Fi) Fuller and Nina, her sister, go through a number of ups and downs with their romantic relationships. In the midst of the love stories, author T. Lynn Tate, weaves in a touch of mystery as Fi’s boss seems to have a deep, dark secret. The two sisters always have each other’s backs whether dealing with their mother, their romantic relationships or difficult curve balls that life has a habit of throwing at them. In the end, they come out on top and stand strong in making decisions that are best for them. They ultimately do come to recognize their real selves.

T. Lynn Tate offers a refreshing perspective on the edge of being a romance. Recognizing the Real Me’s characters come across as real and relatable, which will likely help readers feel a bond with Fi and Nina. Unfortunately, there are numerous plot holes and large jumps in the timeline. This is a big drawback for the story. If Tate would tighten the story up and share less unimportant details, she would have room to paint a more colorful picture, so that readers become absorbed into the story. Tate has excellent potential with the core storyline, but it could use some work. Better pacing and more depth within the scenes as well as within the characters would add a lot to the story. T. Lynn Tate’s Recognizing the Real Me has a strong realism to it that, if tweaked a bit and fleshed out more, could cause readers to sing its praises to all of their girlfriends while anxiously awaiting the another book of Tate’s to be released.

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Last Dance at the Savoy

Today’s Featured Author and Book

Last Dance at the Savoy

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Book Description:

When Kathryn Leigh Scott’s husband was diagnosed with progressive supranuclear palsy (PSP), a neurological disease for which there is (so far) no cure, it was a devastating time for both of them, not least because so little is known about the cause or treatment of a disease that affects some 20,000 Americans, a number similar to that of Lou Gehrig’s disease (ALS).

Last Dance at the Savoy is both a personal story about Scott’s husband, Geoff Miller, the founding editor of Los Angeles magazine, who lived life fully despite having a terminal illness, and a sharing of her insights on dealing with the day-to-day issues of caring for someone with a progressive neurological condition. Scott “often yearned for someone to figuratively take my hand and walk with me through the difficult times; I hope through this book I can reach out to you with encouragement and practical advice.”

Last Dance at the Savoy includes a resource guide that provides facts about prime-of-life diseases; contact information for support organizations, research studies and clinical trials; where to find handicap products and equipment; and recommended caregiving publications and family conferences.

Contains a foreword by Yvette Bordelon, MD, PhD, a neurologist at UCLA whose clinical work involves the diagnosis and treatment of movement disorders.

A percentage of royalties from Last Dance at the Savoy are donated to CurePSP.


Kathryn Leigh Scott

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Author/Actress Kathryn Leigh Scott has written several books of fiction and nonfiction. She starred in the cult favorite “Dark Shadows” and has recently appeared in a recurring role on “The Goldbergs.” She grew up on a farm in Robbinsdale, Minnesota and currently resides in New York City and Los Angeles

www.kathrynleighscott.com


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A Book of Revelations and a Whole Lot More

Today’s Featured Author and Book

A Book of Revelations,

The Homeport Journals cont’d,

And a whole lot more

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Fleeing New York City and an abusive partner, would-be writer Marc Nugent finds work at HomePort, the Provincetown mansion of Lola Staunton, a fabulously wealthy recluse. Aided by an attractive-but-unattainable artist and an all-too-available cross-dresser, Marc investigates accusations of rape and murder that have estranged Lola from a childhood friend for more than sixty years. Past and present converge when a long-lost journal reveals tales of infidelity, adultery, and passion that mirror the life Marc has recently abandoned. When his ex-lover arrives in search of revenge, Marc must confront his past, his notions of family, and his capacity for love. Evocative, funny and heartfelt, The HomePort Journals will be to Provincetown what Tales of the City is to San Francisco. – William J. Mann Author, The Men from the Boys series. A cockeyed, full-hearted Provincetown fantasia, The Homeport Journals combines history and romance with a dash of wit and a firm belief that in some magical places there is always a second chance- for love and for art. -Heidi Jon Schmidt Author, The House on Oyster Creek


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Previous interview with AC – click here.

Upcoming book: A Book of Revelations

Cover Final - A Book of Revelations - A.C. Burch

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We also discussed Elizabeth Gilbert’s Big Magic ?

Elizabeth Gilbert believes “Our planet is inhabited not only by animals and plants and bacteria and viruses, but also by ideas. Ideas are a disembodied, energetic life-form. They are completely separate for us, but capable of interacting with us—albeit strangely. Ideas have no material body, but they do have consciousness and they most certainly have will. Ideas are driven by a single impulse: to be made manifest.”

 


AC Burch

Art Mahoney

A.C. Burch is a long-time Provincetown resident who spent his early summers on Cape Cod and since then, the sand has never left his shoes. His first visit to Provincetown sparked a romance with the town and forged a love of the sea that continues to this day—most summer days will find him sailing on Cape Cod Bay. A.C. trained as a classical musician, but his passion for the arts extends to photography, the art scene in Provincetown and Miami, as well as the written word. His literary icons run the gamut from Jane Austen to Agatha Christie by way of Walter Mosely and Patrick Dennis. www.ACBurch.com


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Perfect Moments in Relationships

Today’s Featured Author and Book

Perfect Moments in Relationships

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Book Description:

Brian King’s insightful guides What to Do When You’re Totally Screwed: Simple Strategies for Bringing Your Life into Balance and Strategies for Building Successful Relationships with People on the Autism Spectrum: Let’s Relate! prepared us to shift our perspective on the way we communicate with the world. Now, Brian delivers a fully accessible and authoritative anthology, bursting with interpersonal communication advice that can be easily applied to every facet of our lives – at work, in love and with family. Perfect Moments in Relationships provides us with practical solutions to all the situations we encounter as we work in teams from the boardroom to the dinner table.

Solid, straightforward, fiercely honest and easy-to-understand, Brian’s advice gives us the knowledge and power to:

• Communicate seamlessly across different levels of an organization

• Simplify your relationships with the 4Rs of Life

• Leverage a quick solution to stop repeating yourself forever

• Be in control of how your first thought of the day shapes your progress

No matter how frequently you find yourself needing to communicate with new groups, this book will provide expert knowledge to make every interaction a great one.


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Our interview on Brian’s podcast, Turning Failure into Fuel – Embracing the Spirit of the Entrepreneur


Brian King

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I have been inspiring audiences for over 20 years with my story of resilience in the face of growing up with ADHD and Dyslexia, surviving cancer at age 18, and now suffering from Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome. I am the father of three sons with ADHD and Asperger’s as well as one of the most positive people you’ll ever meet.

I teach entrepreneurs how to turn their failures into fuel by building their capacity for resilience.

Learn more at http://BrianRaymondKing.com.


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The Homeport Journals

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The Homeport Journals

Homeport Journals

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Book Description:

Fleeing New York City and an abusive partner, would-be writer Marc Nugent finds work at HomePort, the Provincetown mansion of Lola Staunton, a fabulously wealthy recluse. Aided by an attractive-but-unattainable artist and an all-too-available cross-dresser, Marc investigates accusations of rape and murder that have estranged Lola from a childhood friend for more than sixty years. Past and present converge when a long-lost journal reveals tales of infidelity, adultery, and passion that mirror the life Marc has recently abandoned. When his ex-lover arrives in search of revenge, Marc must confront his past, his notions of family, and his capacity for love. Evocative, funny and heartfelt, The HomePort Journals will be to Provincetown what Tales of the City is to San Francisco. – William J. Mann Author, The Men from the Boys series. A cockeyed, full-hearted Provincetown fantasia, The Homeport Journals combines history and romance with a dash of wit and a firm belief that in some magical places there is always a second chance- for love and for art. -Heidi Jon Schmidt Author, The House on Oyster Creek.

AC's little "cottage" to write in.

AC’s little “cottage” to write in.

Check out the old woodstove in AC's writing cottage.

Check out the old woodstove in AC’s writing cottage.


Notes:

The Homeport Journals, written by AC Burch, is an absolutely lovely story.  There’s romantic love, familial love, and a clear love of the quaint town of Provincetown.  Marc Nugent escaped from a traumatic experience involving his now ex-boyfriend, but he felt a bit lost and alone.  With time and with the hilarious and charismatic Helena, the snarky, yet adorable older ladies, Lola and Dorrie and the efferevescent and artistic aura of Provincetown, Marc overcame his fears and saw his life blossom.  Helena played such a fascinating role in the story.  Not only was she a highly lively character, but one might say she was a master of disguise.  The familial love that Lola and Dorrie developed for the young men in this story was quite heartwarming. When Marc faced the challenges of new suitors, as well as his former boyfriend showing up, the support he discovered in his new “family” was beautiful.

Wow, The Homeport Journals runs deep and wide.  In fact, my brief review just can’t do it justice.  From the very beginning, AC Burch offers readers a clear, flowing description that makes one see the houses, the views and the overall picturesque setting of Provincetown.  This elegant writing style continues through the entire story.  In fact, I fell in love with this little piece of paradise just by reading The Homeport Journals.  On top of that, AC has such skill in the way he writes that the characters are very easy to visualize and remember.  I just didn’t want to put The Homeport Journals down.  I continue to laugh, smile, and chuckle and feel my heart warm as I reflect back on the story as I write this review.  I truly hope that AC Burch releases a sequel to The Homeport Journals because I would love to read the next one.  Highly recommended!

Originally reviewed by Liz Cooper of AuthorsTalkAboutIt.com


The Mastermind behind The Homeport Journals:

AC Burch

A.C. Burch is a long-time Provincetown resident who spent his early summers on Cape Cod and since then, the sand has never left his shoes. His first visit to Provincetown sparked a romance with the town and forged a love of the sea that continues to this day—most summer days will find him sailing on Cape Cod Bay. A.C. trained as a classical musician, but his passion for the arts extends to photography, the art scene in Provincetown and Miami, as well as the written word. His literary icons run the gamut from Jane Austen to Agatha Christie by way of Walter Mosely and Patrick Dennis. www.ACBurch.com


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Frankly My Dear, I’m Gay

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Frankly My Dear, I’m Gay

Rick Clemons

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Book Description:

Part memoir, part self-help, Frankly My Dear, I’m Gay takes readers on a light-hearted, poignant, humorous, and multi-faceted, and experiential journey out of the closet, with nationally known Coming Out Coach, Rick Clemons. 

Let’s be honest…we all know someone, maybe even you, who’s struggled, or is struggling with coming out of the closet. It’s no easy task, especially when you feel like you’re late to the party. So it’s time to put the brakes on LATE and come out with it already!

  • Navigate the art of releasing guilt, shame, and not good enough thoughts in order to become comfortable in your own gay skin
  • Unravel the dogma of ingrained religious beliefs so that real, raw, and loving conversations can be had with God/The Universe/Higher Power to bring balance between faith and sexuality.
  • Tools for managing and overcoming internal and external conflicts that cannot be avoided as you step through the closet doors.
  • Exploratory exercises for creating and maintaining courageous confidence, before, during and after coming out of the closet.
  • Means for coming to terms with being a gay adolescent inhabiting a grown up body.
  • Discover powerful ways to lovingly, with compassion and understanding tune out naysayers who intent on ridiculing you and your sexuality
  • Learn how to integrate in to the LGBT world staying true to your self without ending up in another jail cell of pretending to be someone you’re not.

The Mastermind behind Frankly My Dear, I’m Gay:

Rick Clemons

Rick Clemons, author of Frankly My Dear I’m Gay (February 2016), and the founder of the .1 Project, is a make you think motivational speaker and host of The Coming Out Lounge podcast, Rick creates ways for people to dig their diff (differentNESS) in the world so they can stop apologizing for who they are and start living as who they are meant to be! Rick’s a Guiness Book world record holder, father of two young adult daughters, is happily married to the man who rocks his world, and is an avid cyclist and wine drinker. www.rickclemons.com

 


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Cake in Bed

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Cake in Bed

Cake in Bed

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Book Description:

Thirty-something divorcee Julie has everything going for her. An exciting career. Friends who adore her. Everything but the thing she desires most: everlasting, romantic love. After eating cake in bed–alone–on what would have been her one-year wedding anniversary, Julie embarks on a delightfully humorous, sometimes heartbreaking, and often unpredictable journey on her quest to find true love in the modern world.


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The Mastermind behind Cake in Bed:

Sheri Fink

Sheri Fink is a #1 best-selling author, award-winning entrepreneur, and hopeful romantic who lives in Southern California. She was inspired to write Cake in Bed, her debut novel, to empower women to be their authentic selves and to not settle for less than they deserve in life or in love, because everyone deserves to have their cake and eat it too … preferably in bed!

Learn more at www.SheriFink.com.


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Sexual Confessional

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Sexual Confessional

Nicole Delacroix

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Book Description:

Discovering secrets is titillating. 

Everyone wants to peek under the covers, be a fly on the bedroom wall, or read someone’s diary. The juicier the secret, the more people want to know it, and sex is the most taboo of all subjects. 

It’s human nature to be curious about what everyone else is doing. What do people like about sex? What are their fantasies? How far are they willing to go to please the one they love? These questions and more are explored, where everyday people offer up their most intimate secrets about sex. 

One part social experiment – one part personal journey mixed with a little shock value, a whole lot of confession, laugh-out-loud comedy, deceptively thought-provoking questions and answers, all in the name of self-awareness.


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Click here to listen to our interview with Nicole on Mission Date Night.


The Mastermind behind Sexual Confessional:

Nicole Delacroix

Blogger; author; IT professional; avid Tweeter; closet Anglophile; and member of the Atlanta Writer’s Club with addictions to British tea, Doctor Who and soccer. With a strong will and precocious nature, she is the atypical Southern belle, preferring science and reason. Diversity extends to her writing as well as she writes about anything that strikes her interest. Fiercely loyal to friends and family, she maintains sarcasm is a legitimate art form and challenges conventional thinking.

Learn more at http://nicole-delacroix.com/.


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The Keys to Love

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The Keys to Love

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Book Description:

Her only child has recently married and left the nest. While coping with chronic health issues, divorcee Maddy Sumner has never needed a vacation so badly in her life. So when her best friend Riley offers to secure a rental house in the Florida Keys, she’s more than ready to jump at the opportunity. 

But when a dangerous situation strikes in the midst of the relaxing month-long retreat, it’s the mysterious man across the street who comes to Maddy’s rescue—and it’s not long before the two forge a meaningful connection. Hardworking, handsome, and divorced, Jason Burnett is an award-winning architect and avid traveler, but deeply damaged by the actions of his ex-wife from a decade ago.

When the pair head on a romantic trip to Key West, their feelings for each other become undeniable, despite the short time they’ve spent together. But when an unexpected visitor sheds light on a complicated past, old heartbreaks and new obstacles emerge—which could put this budding romance on hold for good.


The Mastermind behind The Keys to Love:

Miki Bennett

Miki Bennett is the author “The Keys to Love”, her debut novel and the new “Forever in the Keys” coming January 29th.  She is a stay at home wife who has an intense love for the beach, trying to fit all family vacations as close to the ocean as possible. Her passions include art and various crafts where she has won numerous awards over the years. She also calls herself the resident family tech geek, always checking out the latest gadget that comes out on the market. Miki is a cancer survivor and currently lives with a rare chronic illness, Mastocytosis but doesn’t let that keep her from pursuing her passions. She credits her creativity to helping her deal with every day stresses.

Learn more at http://www.mikibennett.com.


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