Not Where I Wanna Be – Musician Writes His Songs Into a Book

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Not Where I Wanna Be

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Book Description:

Sarantos has been writing lyrics since he was in the 4th grade and was always mesmerized by words. So Sarantos decided to do something no other musician has ever done before! He wrote his 1st fiction/fantasy book in 2014 but decided to raise the bar. The book is titled “Not Where I Wanna Be” which is the exact same title as his 1st CD. Additionally, Sarantos thought it’d be fun to mirror each chapter after the specific song released that month.

This is the story of his fantastic journey. Come along for this unusual adventure and prepare to be surprised at every turn.

Learn more at https://www.melogia.com.


The Mastermind behind Not Where I Wanna Be:

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Sarantos is a solo music artist who started a unique journey in 2014 releasing a song, music video & book chapter every month. He plans on doing this every month until the day he dies. Although he is a singer-songwriter, his true passion is lyrics so Sarantos decided to do something no other musician has ever done before! He wrote this 1st fiction/fantasy book mirroring each chapter after the specific song released that month. In this fiction/fantasy book, Sarantos is a young human male born on Earth, but currently residing in the home of Wallis on the world of Yarrowtopia. He is 30 years old with dark curly hair and a sensitive nature. He writes lyrics and plays guitar…


Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to subscribe to Authors Talk About It via iTunes and get your copy of Not Where I Wanna Be.


The question remains – Will you accept your mission?

Rob and Janelle

 

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Author Business Plans Made Easy

There is a lot that goes into writing and releasing a book. Whether self-publish or sign with a traditional publishing house you are always going to be responsible for the business plan of your book. What?! Your book needs a business plan?  Yep.

Ryan Petty talks about this today.  Plus he shared a really cool exercise he calls Red Light, Green Light, Yellow Light.  He explains this exercise in depth in his book, Author Business Plans Made Easy. (*Please note that he is relaunching his book and this is the brand new title…as of today 4/24/15 it is actually listed as Write-Livelihood.)

What are the first two steps that Ryan says you need to put into place when thinking about your business plan?

  1. Set aside time for the business aspect of your book. How much time will you write? How much time will you spend on marketing? And, much more.
  2. Inventory all of YOUR assets. These go far beyond financial assets. List all of your books, your ideas, your skills and abilities and more.

Check out Ryan’s book and find out how to create your author business plan easily.

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As soon as we have a copy of the new cover and new link, we will update and share them with you 🙂


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Ryan Petty is a former small press publisher (Cold Mountain Press, Austin, Texas, 1973-1981) who stepped away from his literary passions to raise a family and pursue a career in economic development. Recently retired, he has returned to the Brave New World of independent writing, publishing and entrepreneurship.

His first new title, Author Business Plans Made Easy, grew from his personal quest to map the road to financial independence and artistic control in a way that uniquely fit him – just as yours should fit you.

Learn more at www.AuthorBusinessCEO.com.  *This website will be live around mid-May.


Always looking forward to opening another book,

Drs. Rob + Janelle Alex, Ph.D.

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The Author Hub Helps You Get Noticed

Getting published by a publishing house isn’t the easiest thing to do. It can be time consuming and even expensive. But, there is good news! Obi Ochu talked today with us about his new venture, The Author Hub.

So many authors want to be published, but they struggle whether it is they don’t know where to start or that they get rejection after rejection.  Obi says that The Author Hub is for authors like LinkedIn is for professionals.

It only takes three steps:

  • Create – write your book.
  • Upload – Share it via The Author Hub with the industry.
  • Reward – Finally get noticed.

One of the greatest parts about this wonderful new resource is that they don’t just accept anyone. Books must be high quality and vetted.

TAHLearn more by going to http://www.theauthorhub.com.


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Obi Ochu is the co-founder of the Author Hub, a global online platform created to connect aspiring authors to agents and publishers around the world. Obi has been a freelance writer since 1999.

Publishing credits include dozens of white papers, children’s short stories and creative writing for a number of corporate and private websites. His most recent publication is “Unleash the Juggernaut Within!”. Obi started writing in high-school where he won the FGCM literary award for best work of fiction. He attended the Enugu State University where he studied Finance and Banking. He spent several years working as Financial Planner. In 2009, he shifted his career path from Investments to information Technology. He wrote his first novel at the tender age of 13, a well intentioned stab at the world of international espionage best described as a homage to Robert Ludlum with a West African twist. As the son of diplomat, Obi travelled all over the world in his youth, during which time he developed a passion for sci-fi. His affinity for astronomy was all consuming. He is also putting finishing touches on his fiction offering, a trilogy titled the ‘Prince of Gamma’. The first installment in the series is titled ‘The Garden of Eve’. The story chronicles the adventures of Xavier, the prince of a race of feline humanoids. He is sent to Earth to protect the future saviour of his race.

Obi has been involved in literary industry for most of life and is sinfully passionate about helping talented writers achieve their dreams.


Sharing help for other authors,

Drs. Rob + Janelle Alex, Ph.D.

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The Hooker’s Daughter

At the tender age of six, Dale Stanten, was opening the front door for her mother’s johns. She and her sister were often used by “props” by her mother such as times her mother would take them to the movies, but instead of actually going to the movies with them Dale’s mother would leave the girls at the movie and go somewhere else with her boyfriend. Then the girls would be expected to lie to their father about where their mom really was.

Have you already judged Dale’s mom? Well, guess what. Dale says that her mom taught her to be kind to others and not shame them! She must have understood what it felt like to be shamed by others. Not only was Dale’s mom a prostitute, a thief, a wife, a mother, a girlfriend (as she had a boyfriend on the side for years), but she saved her family from poverty in perhaps the only way she knew how to.

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From early on Dale knew she had to be strong, and she struggled to be “normal” – “whatever normal is/was”.  The key is to turn your flaws into flowers.

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While raising her young family, Dale Stanten obtained her RN degree and practiced psychiatric nursing. She parlayed her medical and extensive sales experience to become CEO of her Destination Management Company which for twenty years organized conventions, corporate events, and meetings for local, national, and international guests. Dale conducted numerous educational seminars and assisted in developing a tourism college degree program.

She serves on the North Shore Board of Juvenile Scholarship Aid, volunteered as a Big Sister, and is an active member of Power of Women, National Association of Women on the Rise, and The Arizona Humanities Consortium for the Arts. A life-long learner, she studies Kabbalah and Torah and shares her personal journey to encourage others to rise above their circumstances, no matter how difficult, using their inner strength to determine the course of their own lives. She resides in Boston and Phoenix with her husband.  

Learn more at TheHookersDaughter.com.


Fascinated by why each of thinks is normal life,

Drs. Rob + Janelle Alex, Ph.D.

 

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Changing the Face of Education

If you are a parent, then you know just how hard school can be on our kids.  Wait!  What am I saying?  If you go up almost every day for years and went to school, then you should know what I am talking about.  Isn’t it time we began changing the face of education and made it a deeply positive experience for all students!

School and education brings a lot of good things, but the culture (and environment) of most schools will subject you to potential bullying, pressure from teachers, loneliness, depression, etc.  I reiterate that school can be a blast and lots of great things can happen. However, if the bad outweigh the good, it becomes exceptionally difficult for some to handle it.  Many kids turn to ways to cope that are not beneficial, and for some they eventually walk away from education – drop out and never further their learning.  Of course, some who drop out of public (or even private) school may very well continue in a different way.  But, what about those who don’t?

Dr. Clete Bulach interviewed teachers and students from every school district in West Virginia.  His book, Creating a Culture for High Performing Schools: A Comprehensive Approach to School Reform and Dropout Prevention, focuses on a number of things including the 5 basic needs: 1) Survival 2) Desiring happiness 3) Having control 4) Purpose 5) Caring.

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Dr. Clete Bulach has 40 years of experience in public education and a doctoral degree in social psychology and leadership as well as forty years of experience in the classroom, principalship, superintendency, and as a professor in educational leadership

Researching how leaders interact with groups has been Dr. Bulach’s research emphasis producing many publications on these topics. Learn more at www.westga.edu/~cbulach


 

 

Happy to be homeschooling our youngest, but hoping to see the culture of schools transform with change agents such as Dr. Bulach,

Drs. Rob + Janelle Alex, Ph.D.

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5 Star Points for Success with Oya

You can become a ray of light in the world just as Oya Thomas has.  In fact, you truly already are.  Are you a parent (or pet parent)? Are you a sibling, friend, lover?  Yes? Then, for someone somewhere you are a ray of light.  If you truly believe that you are NOT, then it is time for you to go deep and do some powerful inner work.

Oya Thomas wants you to know that you do not need to be in the spotlight to be profusely important and capable of doing amazing things in life.  You may be meant to impact tons and tons of people or you may be meant to impact a small number.  No matter – because you need to remember the ripple effect.  When you help at least one that beautiful energy will ripple out and shine brightly upon others and so on.

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In her book, The 5 Star Points for Success: Manifest Your Dreams, Live Your Life’s Purpose, Oya outlines her system to create “a rock solid foundation for living an exceptional life.”  But, we wanted to know how she accomplishes so much with her crazy busy life?  Her answer – “No excuses.”  You can make all the excuses in the world, but “if you want it, you can find the time.”

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Harmony, energy and the divine beauty of the world are all channeled through the artistry of soulful Los Angeles-based singer/songwriter, actress and musical mentor Oya Thomas.

In one-on-one coaching sessions, she shares the deep knowledge of human spirituality and the Arts that she has gained from years of immersion and study to energize and inspire her clients to dive head-first into their power as human beings, alive in the world.

www.SpiritofOya.com


Singing her praises,

Drs. Rob + Janelle Alex, Ph.D.

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Twisted – View Horror Stories in a Whole New Light

Do you like horror stories?  I, Janelle, admit I like suspense, but I have never been a big fan of horror or scary stories.  However, when we sat down with Michaelbrent Collings he certainly twisted my view 😉  In fact, he helped me view horror stories in a whole new light.  I am not saying I am going to run out (or jump on my Kindle) and start filling my library with horror, but I will no longer simply turn away from it just because of the genre.

I guess I feel a bit embarrassed that I had shunned horror for the most part until this conversation.  Now the psychologist in me is fired up and I want to not only talk to more horror writers, but I want to read more of their work.  Of course, this doesn’t outweigh my favorite genres, but I can’t express enough how this one author shifted my perspective.

If you like horror, you will LOVE Michaelbrent.  If you don’t like horror, then I still tell you that you will LOVE Michaelbrent and this interview.

This is a MUST listen to show today!

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What is this particular book about?

The Douglas family just wants to live their lives, and maybe find a bit of happiness. But when the ghost in their home breaks out of a centuries-long sleep, all hope for happiness will die. Because the thing that haunts them is not just evil… It is something much, much worse. Watching them from the shadows. Hungry to start killing once more. And thirsty for the blood of the children, the blood he has so long been denied. The thing that haunts them is not just evil. It is twisted.


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Michaelbrent Collings is an internationally bestselling novelist, a #1 bestseller in the U.S., and has been one of Amazon’s top selling horror writers for years. He is one of the most successful indie horror writers in the United States, as well as a produced screenwriter and member of the Writer’s Guild of America, Horror Writers of America, and several other writing groups.  Discover more at www.MichaelbrentCollings.com.


 

Pondering…and shaking in our boots,

Drs. Rob + Janelle Alex, Ph.D.

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God Asked Her, “Do you like me?”

Tabitha Vinson wants to remind women of their purpose.  She comes from a strong Christian perspective in her book, Check Your Keys.  However, she stated that you can tweak the messages within the book to fit with your own spiritual views.

She shared with us that at one point when she was conversing with God he asked her, “Do you like me?”  She was stunned by such a question.  Of course, during our interview she shared her response with us.  After all, there is a difference between loving and liking.

The concept for this book came from a sermon she gave in Indiana a few years back.  Tabitha is passionate about helping women have different strategies to guard their hearts and live joyful lives.

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A trusted voice on authentic worship, Tabitha Vinson, dubbed the Motivational Worshiper™, has penned the Check Your Keys series. A book designed for women who wish to reclaim their most valuable asset – their Internal Wealth. Her workshops, dance presentations, writings and plays offer an incomparable panoramic view into the spirit of authentic worship and spiritual surges. Learn more at TabithaVinson.net.

 


Honoring our spiritual keys,

Drs. Rob + Janelle Alex, Ph.D.

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Life is Too Short – How Can You Stay in the Priority Zone?

Life can rush by and we often get so wrapped up in our busy lives that we lose site of our priorities. But, just how can you stay in what author and coach, Lisa Landtroop, calls the Priority Zone?  Should it really take a swift kick in the pants to get your priorities straight or should make a conscious choice before it is too late?

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Take a walk with me into the priority zone and let’s explore the why’s and how’s of staying focused on what really matters the most to you in this life – whatever that may be. By understanding first how we got into this rat race, we can then begin to move towards a better understanding of how to preserve the precious time we need each week for more of life’s enjoyment. Life is too short not to be savored, not to be fully enjoyed. How to Stay in the Priority Zone walks you through the necessary steps of understanding, recognition, searching, and finally discovering how to lead a more fulfilling and intentional life. Together we’ll also explore the two most fundamental aspects of any lasting change so that you can actually infuse your life with those most precious of priorities on an ongoing, and consistent basis. How to Stay in the Priority Zone isn’t just another pretty book that teaches you a concept that sounds great while you’re reading it, but is forgotten once you “put the book down.” Armed with a worksheet to help you identify your priority{s} (just in case you’ve forgotten what they are), you’ll be able to finally find time for fun each week. Because life really is too short to save all your precious moments for SOMEDAY.  – Directly from Amazon 🙂


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Lisa Landtroop works tirelessly to spread the message that Life’s Too Short! Having known the tragedy of losing a step-son, she knows first-hand that there are no second chances and that now is the time to take life by the reins, while time is still on your side. Lisa implores you to stop saving all of your special moments for someday, because someday doesn’t exist on the calendar. Make the most of today, by living more intentionally, slaying the time thieves in your life, and focusing more on what really matters most to you. Because Life’s Too Short not to!  Learn more at www.DoStuffYouLove.com.


Taking a look at our priorities,

 Drs. Janelle + Rob
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The Gods are At War in Wolf Warriors

We are excited to share a new author with you – Kayla Larson.  Today’s episode focused on her novel Wolf Warriors.  The storyline is quite intriguing.  Let us share a quick description:

The gods are at war, The land of Argethlam is beset by hard times, and Atreyavahl is near collapse because of the assassination of their Queen Viesha a century before. A prophecy tells that the god of darkness, Ardeth Anubace’s Black Wolf will bring the fall of the Inner Kingdom and then Argethlam, leading the world into Ardeth’s rule. But Ramos Ra, the Sire-God, created his own champion, the White Wolf to defeat the Black Wolf and purge the land of Ardeth’s curse. Mercenary daemon Debello has wandered Argethlam for 100 years with amnesia. He searches for the only clue to his past, a daemon named Vaulx. Once pieces start to come together, Debello soon realizes his forgotten memories were to a life hidden in the Inner Kingdom of Atreyavahl. And that he may indeed be one of the Wolves of the prophecy. But which one? Ardeth’s Black Wolf, a paragon of death and destruction? Or Ra’s White Wolf, the only hope Debello’s world has? Is Debello Life…or Death? Author Kayla Larson brings a new world to stark life surrounded by ever present death in her debut novel and the first in a series. THE WOLF WARRIORS from Pro Se Productions. – From Amazon 🙂

 

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We asked Kayla what tips she might share with other newer authors.  She laughed at one point asked if she could share that caffeine keeps her going…coffee..tea…  Zing!  A piece of advice that she shared that we found to be huge is to commit to writing every evening even if what you write doesn’t end up in your book.  The point is to keep the creative juices flowing.  Therefore, even if you write a daily blog post, you are writing are you not? Yep – writing and keeping the channel open.

Often you hear people tell you to never give up, but Kayla is a wonderful example of that.  She shared with us that it actually took her around 10 years to get this first story in writing and released.  Does it have to take 10 years?  No.  But, if it does, so what?  Never give up your dream!

On a last note, she shared that some of her favorite resources are Google and Facebook. Nowadays, some might think those are obvious resources, but many people would not think of them.  So, we really loved that Kayla shared the importance of these excellent tools and resources.  Her other favorite tool is Open Office. 🙂

So, grab a cup of joe, get a pen and paper, jump online and get busy!  There is no better time to start than right now.  Well….after you listen to our interview with Kayla!


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Kayla Larson has been writing most of her life. A bookworm at a young age, she grew into the art and passion of storytelling, starting with short stories and later creating novels and writing fanfiction. All of these old tales of which can be found in hundreds of notebooks stashed away in many boxes. She has written poetry, skits, and newspaper articles. She takes inspiration for a number of authors and holds dear her autographed photo of her favorite – Dean Koontz. She enjoys fantasy, science fiction, westerns, mysteries…anything that can whisk her away to another world.


Making some more coffee,

Janelle + Rob

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