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[Author Interview] Bree Stedman | Own Your BS

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Bree Stedman

ATAI: Tell us a little about you.

Bree:
For the past 4 years I’ve dedicated my working life to helping professional mums find Emotional Confidence – to better understand and address their Head Talk by learning and working with their very unique Female Brain…. But the lead up to me being able to do this was an aggressive, less than ideal rollercoaster for my family and myself.

For more than 6 years I had been building a successful business in the Direct Sales Industry – known as a positive and influential leader, it appeared that I had ‘it all’ together.

Behind closed doors though I hid a dark secret that sabotaged the success and satisfaction I was experiencing in my life.

With 2 young children at home, I found myself frequently feeling angry, ashamed and guilty. The build up of emotions hid a truth I wouldn’t allow anyone to see, and that was the resentment I felt for my mother role. It felt as though I spent my entire day wrestling with negative and destructive self-talk that zapped my energy, diminished my confidence and dragged me away from appreciating the here and now. I got trapped in an Emotional Fog fueled by negative Head Talk.

In 2012 I hit an all-time low – living on the verge of ‘losing it’ all of the time, with bouts of out of control behavior I was only just hanging on when I realized that I hated being a mum! I hated what my life had become – who I had become.

After one particular violent episode, I knew that I had a choice – let the self-talk dominate and control my life, or address my inner voice and commit to becoming the best me I could be.

This decision became a pivotal moment in my life that quickly changed everything. With family relationships improving and my self-belief back in tact, I turned my professional attention to helping other mums and women to gain what I now felt – confidence to create a life of control, self-belief and clarity.

ATAI: How long have you been writing?

Bree:
Own Your BS is the first book I’ve had the pleasure of writing.

ATAI: What was your most recent release?

Bree:
Own Your BS: The No-Nonsense guide to addressing your Female Head Talk

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ATAI: What do you love most about writing?

Bree:
Although new to the writing world, I most enjoyed the ‘rawness’ and authenticity the experience provided me, to dig deep and share my truth. I’m a big believer in ‘no-fluff’ – getting down to business quickly. And so to be able to shift through the years of experience and knowledge I’ve accumulated and condense it into a book that has the potential to really help a woman with her self-talk was a real privilege.

ATAI: What do you find most challenging?

Bree:
Embracing vulnerability in print – sharing some of the details of my story, particularly the relationship I shared with my son when I was in the ‘crazy-pyscho mumma’ mode. Being honest with my experiences felt necessary, as I know that many mums have the same struggles, however putting it in print knowing that my family, my friends and colleagues would now have insight into how much I struggled was challenging.

ATAI: Where do your ideas come from?

Bree:
A combination of my own life experiences and learnings, and the extensive training and studying I’ve participated in at the Institute of Women International over the last 5 years.

ATAI: What is your writing process?

Bree:
Thanks to my coaches at the Wellness Leadership Academy, the writing process was simplified into a journey for the reader. I spent a weekend Immersion in Hawaii in December 2016 where I hashed out the plan and feel for the book, and then gave myself a timeframe of one chapter every 4-5 days. I found that having a short term specific focus kept me on track and kept the writing purposeful.

ATAI: Do your characters (or message) ever seem to have a life of their own or an agenda of their own?

Bree:
The message of my book – to own the role you play with your negative self-talk definitely took on an agenda. It’s something I’m very passionate about in my daily life – whenever I thought of a struggling mum reading the book, the words would just flow with a life of their own.

ATAI: What’s your favorite part of your book (or one of your books)?

Bree:
When I decided to write Own Your BS, I wanted it to be a hands-on practical tool that women could not only embrace but physically do something with to bring themselves a sense of peace and control over their head talk. So I think my favorite part of the book is the awareness activities of common limiting language in chapter 3 – the activities I encourage readers (and clients) to do neutralize negative emotions very effectively while highlighting possible choices for readers to take. I also really loved sharing my philosophy on goal setting – bringing the masculine (logical) brain together with the feminine (emotional) brain that really inspires action, no matter what a woman dreams or desires for herself.

ATAI: What are you working on next?

Bree:
I’m currently working on a follow-on program to the book – it’s a 9 week Online Course (called Own Your BS: The Program) that extends the awareness gained in the book with a tool-box of in-the moment life strategies and for women to master, that helps them not only cope with life, but deal with all the challenges that show up. My true passion & vision for my life is to help women to be role models not only for themselves, but also for the people they influence most in their worlds, particularly children. Own Your BS: The Program has been designed so women can start to empower themselves and others simply and effectively.

ATAI: Where can people find you online?

Bree:
www.breestedman.com
I’m also all over Facebook and have a really active online community called Emotional Confidence for Women – join now.

ATAI: Thank you for sharing with us and our audience.

Bree:
Thank you so much for this opportunity! I hope that I’ve been able to inspire any woman who is struggling with sabotaging and destructive self-talk to know that you’re not alone, and secondly there are really simple things you can do to take back control. Head Talk does not need to consume your day, your relationships or your dreams.


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#FMJ – Trust Transition Trade – Entered in 2017 ATAI Book Award Contest

5 Stars

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Airplane Jane | Jane Gallina

Jane Gallina’s #FMJ Trust Transition Trade is a collection of interviews with eight female stock traders, the author included. In each interview, the various women discuss what attracted them to trading, how they learned to be successful at it, and what their journeys in the ever-changing world of trading were like.


In some ways, the interview format of #FMJ Trust Transition Trade seems a bit odd and unusual. Each chapter solely consists of a brief introduction to a trader, then a Q&A-style interview, with absolutely no follow-up or discussion about the interview afterwards. While it certainly is a straightforward approach, perhaps reworking each interview into a biography format or the addition of a closing paragraph by the author would have been more beneficial. Also, it is a bit unfortunate that neither the title nor the cover image adequately depicts that #FMJ Trust Transition Trade is about female traders, as it is a fantastic idea that deserves more attention.


So much of this book’s power and memorability comes from its interviewees, who each brought a unique and detailed journey to the table here. Whether they were seasoned experts or still-learning beginners, each woman’s tale is fascinating and full of depth. Jane Gallina’s thorough and intriguing questions, along with her own remarkable growth as a trader, peppers each interview, adding to the captivating answers that each lady gives. #FMJ Trust Transition Trade is very much an inspiring, educational book, equally informative and empowering to its diverse readers. As Jane Gallina herself said at the end of the book, “It makes no difference what your background is…with dedication, hard work, and perseverance, you can succeed.” The powerful women who narrate #FMJ Trust Transition Trade certainly illustrate that perfectly, yet also provide a trailblazing path for future fellow female traders to follow as well.

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Motherhood Martyrdom and Costco Runs – Entered in 2017 ATAI Book Award Contest

5 Stars

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Whitney Dineen

Motherhood Martyrdom and Costco Runs, written by 40-something mother of two young girls, Whitney Dineen, is a collection of humorous, sometimes hilarious, adventures of motherhood. This in-your-face book lays out the ups and downs, the good, the bad and the crazy times most every mother should be able to relate to on one level or another.

Seemingly more like a compilation of stories one might keep in a journal to reflect back upon years down the road than a comprehensive story from start to finish, Motherhood Martyrdom and Costco Runs is not a guide to help other mothers, but rather an enjoyable read. The tales are short and concise, which means sometimes Dineen could have, perhaps, shared a few more details to more fully flesh out the description of the event. This could give readers a chance to enjoy even deeper belly laughs. Dineen’s high level of energy shines through the pages quite brightly, but that can be tiring after awhile -much like being a mom can be exhausting. Therefore, reading Motherhood Martyrdom and Costco Runs in the bite-sized chunks it’s written in is advisable.

Whitney Dineen has skillfully captured her wild, crazy and sometimes embarrassing experiences within the pages of Motherhood Martyrdom and Costco Runs. Readers will not only find surprises and mom moments they’ll surely identify with within every vignette, but they’ll find surprises on nearly every single page. Those few minutes moms get to just sit back and relax would well be spent devouring Dineen’s stories one at a time – whether hiding out in the bathroom or sitting in the car while rivulets of sweat slide down her back waiting on soccer practice to finish up. Laugh-out-loud and relatable, Motherhood Martyrdom and Costco Runs by Whitney Dineen, would make a great gift for your mom, sister, daughter or wife. Well done!

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Barnstorming America – Entered in 2017 ATAI Book Award Contest

5 Stars

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John A. Molina

Barnstorming America by John A. Molina is a non-fiction book that retells the history of women’s basketball in America and provides profiles on some of the women who pushed the sport into the public eye. Not only does this book act as a quintessential reference book but history and sports fans alike will enjoy reading this well researched and visually engaging book.

Barnstorming America is a passion project for Molina, and his genuine interest and love for his subject matter is felt on every page. The inclusion of photographs and well-documented evidence make this book a great coffee table book that is still well-researched and easy to read. Barnstorming is well written, and readers will enjoy looking at all the photos and visual evidence that Molina integrates into the text. What makes Barnstorming America such a success, is its ability to weave the sport’s history with that of female empowerment. Above all, this book highlights the achievements of great women that many of us will know little about.

However, the one stylistic problem with the book is the in-depth focus on individual players. While this may be great as a reference for readers who are highly invested in the topic, it does not read as cleanly as the preceding chapters that are divided into themes. These profiles are interesting but easily glossed over, which is a pity as they have something to offer the narrative.

Overall, Barnstorming America is an interesting book that showcases a history that seems to be forgotten. Molina’s genuine passion and historical tie with females’ basketball makes this read interesting for both avid sports fans, history buffs and should be a staple in every library around the country.

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An Enlightening Quiche – Entered in 2017 Book Award Contest

5 Stars

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Eva Pasco

Eva Pasco’s An Enlightening Quiche centers around the rivalry of two very different women as they compete against one another to make the perfect quiche. Augusta is promiscuous and emotionally damaged, turning heads and raising eyebrows wherever she goes. Lindsay, on the other hand, is a prim and proper historian tasked with rescuing a local mill from certain demise. Despite the premise of a simple bake-off, both women get far more than they bargained for. A delicious quiche becomes the catalyst for profound epiphanies, insightful prose, and a most welcome enlightenment.

An Enlightening Quiche is far more intricate than it may seem to be; while a book based around baking a quiche may not sound like a page-turner, this book is so much more than that. Both main characters were complex and engaging, with detailed backstories and overwhelmingly believable narratives. To put it simply, they felt almost real. The plot itself was incredibly intriguing, littered with witty quips and fascinating social commentary. Although a bit too wordy at times, it was enjoyable from the first page to the last.

Eva Pasco crafted a real gem in An Enlightening Quiche. Her style of writing is uniquely fresh, while still maintaining a level of intelligence that is beyond impressive. Pasco hit the nail on the head with a winning combination of love, loss, friendship, humor, and a profoundly deep introspection that will surprise any reader. Just as Augusta and Lindsay did, An Enlightening Quiche’s readers will get far more than they bargained for in this novel.

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Where We Fall

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Book Description:

By all accounts, Abby Holden has it all. She’s the mother of a beautiful teenager and the wife of a beloved high school football coach. And all it took to achieve her charmed life was her greatest act of betrayal.

Coach Ryan can coax his team to victory, but he can’t seem to make his wife, Abby, happy. Her struggles with depression have marred their marriage and taken a toll on their daughter, Juliana. Although this isn’t the life he’s dreamed of, he’s determined to heal the rifts in his family.

Chasing waterfalls and documenting their beauty has led photographer Lauren Sheppard all around the world. Now it has brought her back home to the mountains of North Carolina—back to the scene of her devastating heartbreak.

For the first time in seventeen years, a trio of once-inseparable friends find themselves confronting past loves, hurts, and the rapid rush of a current that still pulls them together…


Rochelle Weinstein

Rochelle B. Weinstein is an author, speaker, and former entertainment industry executive. Her highly acclaimed novels, What We Leave Behind, The Mourning After, and Where We Fall, uncover the heartfelt, emotional themes of family, friendship, and love. Weinstein lives in Miami, Florida with her husband and twin boys.  Her fourth novel, Somebody’s Daughter, follows a prominent Miami Beach family through a painful, public scandal. Visit her website at www.rochelleweinstein.com or follow her on social media.

 


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

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Angel Falls – Entered in Romance Contest

5 Stars

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Babette De Jongh

Angel Falls by Babette De Jongh is a contemporary romance based in southern Alabama.  The main character, Casey Alexander, suffered a devastating ankle injury, which prevented her from becoming a prima ballerina in NYC, as she had dreamed. Yet, she didn’t completely give up her dream.  She moved back to her hometown of Angel Falls and opened a dance studio above the newspaper.  Dance may have been one love in her life, but she also deeply wanted a romantic partner.

Living in such a small town made finding someone to love a bit challenging.  That held true until sexy, Ian Buchanan came on the scene and bought the town’s flailing paper.  On top of that, Casey’s ex-boyfriend, Ben, ended up being available again.  A lot of people were pushing Ben and Casey to pick up where they left off before he married  Casey’s best friend and had children.  Casey had to make a decision between the two men.  She’d gotten a second chance in her dance career.  Would she embrace a second chance at love with her old flame or leap into the arms of a new and less certain love?    

Beyond the fascinating story of a unique love triangle, de Jongh brings Lizzie, an Australian Shepherd into the story.  I was glad to see Lizze brought into the story as she drew my eyes to her on the cover of the book.  

With well-defined characters, a progressive, unique story line, I found Babette De Jongh’s Angel Falls Book One hard to put down.  The author did an excellent job of holding my interest throughout the entire book.  There was never a dull moment as Casey fought a romantic battle that is one-of-a-kind. 

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Mistletoe and Horsehoes – Entered in Holiday Contest

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Juliette Douglas

Mistletoe and Horseshoes by Juliette Douglas is an imaginative Western story that takes place on the snowy border of Canada. The headstrong and stoic Jolene takes us into a little town where she finds love, herself, and what the spirit of Christmas truly means.

Jolene is a compelling character and her history as an abused prostitute as well as her jail-time make her a stand-out character in a genre that can be very masculine. She is dismissive, drinks whiskey, and is not afraid to trek through the snow with her faithful horse. However, this all unravels when she agrees to marry Emmett Foster, a man she has known less than two days. There is no real development into the relationship and while both bond over their shared jail-time, the relationship is not convincing which was a pity as Jolene is so unique.

The lack of development could be because the story is only thirty pages. One stylistic problem is that Douglas uses the adjective “hazel” more than twelve times to describe Jolene’s eyes but very little else about her. And so the reader is left with a romance between two characters that is built on . . . criminal conviction?

That being said, the theme of “Christmas miracles” influences the story and in turn the accelerated romance. The birth of a baby in the stable and Emmett’s festive spirit give the story a Christmas feel and a happy ending that is perfect for this season.

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After the Rain – Entered in Romance Novel Contest

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Mary J. Williams

In Mary J. Williams’ After the Rain, Logan Price is a promising young football star who is on the fast track to ultimate success. However, all that changes after a sudden injury leaves him incapable of playing. He enlists the help of Claire Thornton, a recent graduate in her field who is determined to train him for re-entry into the NFL. It’s all business as planned at first -Claire is struggling to make her way in a male-dominated field and Logan desperately wants to play football again- but that will all go out the window once they acknowledge the undeniable spark of chemistry between them.  

After the Rain is tough to read, in part because there is so much unnecessary exposition every single time a new character is introduced. We don’t need a five-page back story for everyone. There were just far too many irrelevant sub-plots, making the actual story seem drawn out. Also, the attraction between the two main characters was so sudden that it was almost nonexistent; their chemistry and romantic tension was bland and unsuccessful. 

With that being said, After the Rain did have some valuable strengths. Mary J. Williams is a very descriptive writer, and her characters were complex and intriguing. The bare plot itself was interesting and unique, with a seamless blend of sports and romance that didn’t weigh too heavily on just one of those things. If a good amount of its development and flow were to be repaired, After the Rain certainly has the potential to be a five-star novel. As is, however, it doesn’t quite make the cut. 

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Leadership Girl

Today’s Featured Author and Book

Leadership Girl

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Book Description:

Leadership Girl – Empowering Women Entrepreneurs to Achieve Extraordinary Results by Capturing Massive Sales was written to help give small business owners the information that they need to grow their businesses. Techniques include marketing and sales both online and offline.  This book focuses on teaching the specific skills that you need to grow your business.


Haley Lynn Gray

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Haley Lynn Gray is founder and owner of Leadership Girl, a graduate of Duke’s Fuqua School of Business, and a serial entrepreneur. In addition to her many business ventures, she is also a wife, mom of four and Girl Scout Leader.

Haley is passionate about helping women achieve their potential and empowers them to overcome obstacles in leadership positions and entrepreneurial ventures.

After starting and growing several businesses of her own to success, Haley wanted to provide the benefit of her experiences and expertise to others. She began coaching small business owners so they could achieve their own success.

At Leadership Girl, Haley supports entrepreneurs and contributes to their success by offering business building services for small businesses such as: Business Coaching and Strategy Sessions.

Whether you want to get a new business off the ground or expand an existing business, Haley is here to help you.

 


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