Book Review: Ancient Ways: The Roots of Religion, by Diane Olsen

Congrats to Author, Diane Olsen with this Fabulous New Book Review from The Page Turner and Big Thank You to Vicki for a wonderful in-depth book review. A Book Worth Reading!

“Cat ~ Lyon Book & Social Media Promotions”

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Ancient Ways: The Roots of ReligionAncient Ways: The Roots of Religion by Diane Olsen

  • Paperback: 312 pages
  • Publisher: Diane Olsen (April 5, 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0996756558
  • ISBN-13: 978-0996756556
  • My Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

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    Guest Review: Author, Steve Hauptman Book Series-Book One of “Monkey Traps”



    Hello and Welcome Readers,

    Lyon Book Promotions Presents Reviews, Guest Interview Article, and Book Promotion for Author and Writer Steve Hauptman. Steve has been everywhere these days with Book One of his series out, he has been interviewed at “Keys To Recovery News” and his book was reviewed by Founder and Editor at Keys too! His book is also listed and featured in “In Recovery Magazine’s The Bookstand and in my Column called; “The Author’s Cafe.” So when my fine authors get such “KUDOS,” I just have to share and congratulate them.
    Great Job Steve.  Here we go!

    My Author Article ~ The Author’s Cafe ~ In Recovery Magazine

    Steve Hauptman, a Gestalt-trained, Buddhist-flavored therapist with a 20-year practice on Long Island, New York, is an author and cartoonist with a great sense of humor. He is currently working on the second volume of The Monkeytraps book series. Book One, “Monkeytraps: Why Everybody Tries to Control Everything and How We Can Stop” is now available on Amazon in both paperback and e-book format.

    Hauptman grew up in an alcoholic family, which pretty much guaranteed his career as a control addict. He spent is younger years struggling with anxiety and depression, then tried everything most recovering codependents do – therapy, medication, reading, self-help – all of which helped to some extent. “It wasn’t until I began studying the idea of control that I understood what was making me miserable and what to do about it.”

    Hauptman has always written and always wanted to write books. He taught college writing, then began using it as personal therapy, then taught others to do the same. When he became a therapist writing seemed to be a natural way to explore what he wanted to teach about control. “I once heard about how hunters in Africa catch monkeys by tempting them to trap themselves.  It seemed a perfect metaphor for human control addiction.”

    People familiar with the idea of codependency will probably find it easiest to relate to Monkeytraps. Hauptman wrote it for anyone who are unhappy – anxious, depressed, addicted, struggling with relationships or parenting – and don’t understand why. The concept of control addiction offers both a new to explain all those problems and a new way to heal them.

    “Bert, my inner monkey is my favorite character in my book.” Kevin shared. “He’s the part of me that tries to control stuff he can’t or shouldn’t control. We’ve been together a long time. I don’t always like him, but he did make the book possible.”

    When I asked him if he has any unique talents or hobbies, Hauptman replied, “I make a pretty good hummus.”




    “Monkey Traps, Why Everyone Tries To Control Everything
    and How We Can Stop” ~ Written by Steve Hauptman.
    Published by Lioncrest Publishing.  Review by: Beth Dewey

    Product Details

    I loved this book before I even opened it. The Title said
    it all, and it tells me that Steve has not just written about the
    “problem” he is offering a “solution”.

    Written on that back cover “This book is about a problem
    disguised as a solution, an idea that shapes and drives us all:

    Again the problem is clearly identified.


    The book begins with explaining “The Monkey Trap”,
    then each chapter clearly explains the different types of Control
    we think we have. Steve gives us solutions, plans, and
    steps to overcome the traps we live in. I like that towards the
    end of the book the chapters are titled, Acceptance, Trust,
    Faith, Practicing Surrender and so. Words I relate to. Each chapter is simple and easy to read and understand, and yet so deep it could change your life from the first moment you open the book and open your heart to a solution. Easy to follow and easy to practice instructions.

    I give a heartfelt “5 Stars” for this book and I will be passing it on.

    Steve Hauptman is a Gestalt-trained, Buddhist-flavored therapist who has practiced
    on Long Island for twenty years. A leader of Interactive Therapy groups, he is
    also a cartoonist and creator of the blogs Monkeytraps: A blog about control, Monkey
    House (a forum for discussing control issues).

    FEATURED GUEST ARTICLE ~ Written by Author, Steve Hauptman





    WANT TO TRAP A MONKEY? Try this:
    1} Find a heavy bottle with a narrow neck.
    2} Drop a banana into it.
    3} Leave the bottle where a monkey can find it.
    4} Wait.

    The monkey will do the rest. He’ll come along, smell the banana, reach in to grab it. Then find he can’t pull it out because the bottleneck is too small. He can free himself easily. He just has to let go. But he really, really wants that banana. So he hangs on. He’s still hanging on when you come to collect him. And that’s how you trap a monkey.

    Try this:
    1} Place the human in an uncomfortable situation.
    2} Wait.

    The human will do the rest. He or she will try to reduce their discomfort by controlling the situation. The harder they work to reduce their discomfort, the more uncomfortable they’ll get. The harder they try to escape their discomfort, the more trapped they’ll feel. And that’s how you trap a human.


    This article is about control in general, and psychological monkey-traps in particular. A psychological monkey-trap is any situation that tempts us to hold on when we should let go — to control what either can’t or shouldn’t be controlled. The world is filled with monkey-traps. As is the emotional life of every human being. I learned this from practicing psychotherapy.

    Theraphy also taught me four: truths:
    1. We are all addicted to control.
    2. This addiction causes most (maybe all) of our emotional problems.
    3. Behind this addiction lies our wish to control feelings.
    4. There are better ways to manage feelings than control. I call these the Four Laws of control.

    CONTROL: The ability to dictate reality. That’s how I define control. It’s not a definition you’ll find in any dictionary and probably not how you define it. But it’s essential to understanding everything that follows. Dictate means rearrange or change according to our preferences. Reality means, well, everything – everything outside us (people, places, and things) and inside us (thoughts, feelings, behavior) too.

    Defined this broadly, the wish for control stands behind just about everything we do consciously. Plus most of what we do unconsciously (feel, fantasize, worry, dream) as well. We seek control in order to get reality to behave as we want it to. We seek control because we want to make the world adjust itself to us, instead of vice versa. We all want control in this sense. Not just want, either. We crave it. Control is the mother of all motivations. Every human ever born has craved it and chased it. Because it’s a craving that is literally built into us.

    CONTROLLING: The urge to control is part of our hard wiring. Why?

    Because it is wired into us to ~ seek pleasure and avoid pain, ~ imagine a perfect life (one that meets all our needs and makes us perfectly happy), and then ~ try to make those imaginings come true. The word controlling covers all forms of this imagining and trying. Our trying may be large (building a skyscraper) or small (killing crabgrass), complex (winning a war) or simple (salting my soup). It may be important (curing cancer) or petty (trimming toenails), public (getting elected) or private (losing weight), essential (avoiding a car crash) or incidental (matching socks). I may inflict my own trying on other people (get you to stop drinking, kiss me, wash the dishes, give me a raise) or on myself (raise my self-esteem, lose weight, hide my anger, learn French). All this involves seeking some form of control.

    We’re controlling nearly all of the time. We control automatically and unconsciously, waking and sleeping, out in the world and in the privacy of our thoughts. From birth until death. The only time we’re not controlling is when we can relax, and do nothing, and trust that things will work out just fine anyway. How often can you do that?


    Addicts are people who can’t handle feelings. Usually, because they never learned to as kids. Usually, because their parents never taught them. Usually, because they couldn’t, because their parents never taught them. (Usually. There are other paths to addiction, but this is the most common.) Being unable to handle feelings is a problem since feelings tend to keep coming up. So the kid of such parents naturally starts looking around for something to make the damn things go away.

    Drugs, alcohol, and food are obvious solutions. Though anything that alters your mood (work, shopping, sex, porn, TV, video games, housecleaning, alphabetizing your spice rack) can be turned into an addiction. And even when they work, these solutions are temporary. Feelings always come back. So a person without some healthier way to handle them is forced to drink, drug, eat, work, or whatever they do to make the feelings go away again. And that’s how addiction is born. Some are more destructive than others. But in the end, each addiction is the same. Because each has the same goal: To give the addict control over emotional life. And that’s why when I’m asked, “What does control have to do with addiction?” I reply, “Everything.” Because finally, every addiction is an addiction to control.

    As a practical matter, every recovery from control addiction
    starts with three questions:

    1. What am I trying to control here?
    2. Have I been able to control this before?
    And if the answer to question 2 is No:
    3. What can I do instead?

    These are essential questions to ask ourselves when stressed because they remind us that (a) stress is what usually triggers our controlling, and (b) our controlling usually produces more stress. Not always easy to answer, though.
    Because each is a trick question.

    (1) What am I trying to control?
    Control addicts answer this by looking outside themselves, at externals.

    Please Connect with The Author Below:

    Author Websites and Profiles
    Steve Hauptman Website
    Steve Hauptman Amazon Profile
    Steve Hauptman Author Profile on Smashwords

    Steve Hauptman’s Social Media Links
    Goodreads Profile
    Facebook Profile
    Twitter Account

    ” Author Spotlight Presented By ~ Lyon Book & Social Media Promotions “

    Friday John Ku – AKA- TGIF

    Happy TGIF Readers,

    If you have not had the Good Fortune to visit one of The Best Fiction Thriller writer’s blog, come on over and visit my good friend John W. Howell’s wonderful site! A little bit of something for all Readers …..

    Author, Catherine Lyon🙂

    Fiction Favorites


    For those of you who have been keeping track, this is Friday. it should be the beginning of the last work day of the week for those in the Americas. The rest of the world has already completed the day and may even be looking at the close of Saturday (Aw).

    I hope your week was good. I know mine was busy, and I think it will be good to relax and enjoy the weekend. We are expecting a little rain so it might be a good time to grab a book and rest the brain.

    Today’s JohnKu talks about the need for rest.

    Timeout by John W. Howell ©2016

    Racing all the time,

    Can jeopardize your good heath. . .

    Take a hint and rest.

    Happy weekend all. Cheers *clinking of the margarita glass* (Only metaphorically speaking, of course.)

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    Lyon Book Promotion News, Updates and Events of Our Fine Authors.

    New Apple Award

    Welcome Readers and Friends! I have so much to share about some of our fantastic authors and their books. I enjoy keeping readers updated with the many events, news, and promo happenings with the authors I have the HONOR of Promoting.

    Let’s start with my good buddy Author, Ronald E. Yates and the fabulous news of his 2016 “New Apple Summer E-Book Awards MEDALIST WINNER for Book Two of his amazing action packed adventures of his  “Billy Battles Trilogy!” . .  .  .


    The Improbable Journeys of Billy Battles



    The Improbable Journeys of Billy Battles

    by Ronald E. Yates

    The Finding Billy Battles trilogy tells the amazing story of a man who is born in 1860 and who dies in 1960. In between Billy lives an improbable and staggering life of adventure, peril, transgression, and redemption. Then Billy mysteriously disappears. For several decades his family has no idea where he is or what he is doing.

    Finally, with his life coming to an end, Billy resurfaces in an old soldiers’ home in Leavenworth, Kansas. It is there when he is 98 that he meets his 12-year-old great-grandson and bequeaths his journals and his other property to him — though he is not to receive them until he is much older.

    Available Formats: eBook, Softcover, Hardcover
    Publishing House: Xlibris
    Author’s Website:
    Available for purchase:

    What wonderful news and “Congratulate” Ron for this accomplishment. I just finished Book Two myself and will be placing my reviews very soon! Ron did an exceptional job with his trilogy and I can not wait for the Book Three. Here is a wee bit more about Ron. You can see all the Winners, including Ron here 2016 Summer New Apple E-Book Award.



    About Author, Ronald E. Yates:

    Ronald E. Yates is an author of historical fiction and action/adventure novels, including the popular and highly-acclaimed Finding Billy Battles trilogy. His extraordinarily accurate books have captivated fans from around the world who applaud his ability to blend fact and fiction.

    Ron is a former foreign correspondent for the Chicago Tribune and Professor Emeritus of Journalism at the University of Illinois where he was also the Dean of the College of Media.

    His book, “The Improbable Journeys of Billy Battles,” is the second in his Finding Billy Battles trilogy of novels and was published in June 2016. The first book in the trilogy,“Finding Billy Battles,” was published in 2014. He is currently working on Book #3 of the trilogy with an intended publication date in spring or early summer 2017.

    Ron has been a presenting author at the Kansas Book Festival and the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books, among other venues. He is also the author of The Kikkoman Chronicles: A Global Company with A Japanese Soul, published by McGraw-Hill. Other books includeAboard the Tokyo Express: A Foreign Correspondent’s Journey through Japan, a collection of columns translated into Japanese, as well as three journalism textbooks: The Journalist’s Handbook, International Reporting and Foreign Correspondents, andBusiness and Financial Reporting in a Global Economy.


    Before leaving the world of professional journalism where he toiled 25 years, Ron lived and worked in Japan, Southeast Asia, and both Central and South America where he covered several history-making events including the fall of South Vietnam and Cambodia; the Tiananmen Square massacre in Beijing; and wars and revolutions in Afghanistan, the Philippines, Nicaragua, El Salvador and Guatemala, among other places

    His work as a war correspondent resulted in several awards, including the Inter-American Press Association’s Tom Wallace Award for coverage of Central and South America; the Peter Lisagor Award from the Society of Professional Journalists; three Edward Scott Beck Awards for International Reporting, and three Pulitzer nominations.

    Ron is a proud graduate of the William Allen White School of Journalism at the University of Kansas and a veteran of the U.S. Army where he served in the Army Security Agency.

    Come connect with Ron on Social Media and you can visit his website for more about his trilogy and purchase his books!

    Ronald Yates Amazon Profile
    Ronald Yates Author Profile on Smashwords

    Ronald Yates Books & Blog
    Awesomegang In-Depth Interview
    Goodreads Profile
    Facebook Profile
    Twitter Account
    Pinterest Account


    Now next author has been getting herself ALL OVER THE PLACE lately! She is in PW Weekly Magazine, Booklife, and received a 4+ Star Book Review from Online Book! And if you have NOT read her fabulous “Hot Steamy Romance Thriller” yet? OH MY are you missing out on this new novel release titled; “BEHIND The DOOR” and the book reviews are pouring in.

    PR.Com has just published her ‘Press Release’ all about this prolific romance thriller Author, A. (Adriana) Gavazonni as she  works on the follow-up. Here is more about Adriana and her new novel!


    ( Available Now On AMAZON )

    (Courtesy of

    “Behind the Door” – the New Book from Writer A. Gavazzoni is More Than a Psychological Erotic Thriller, It’s the Perfect Blend of Mystery, Sensuality, and Intelligence.

    New York, NY, July 06, 2016 –(– “Behind The Door” brings to the table – or the chaise longue – mystery, romance, and humor, packed with high doses of eroticism.

    A.Gavazzoni debuts with the page-turner, heart-racer book “Behind The Door.” This thriller novel is full of mystery with the death of Lara, a beautiful architect, at lawyer Mark’s hands during a sex game. For Mark’s defense – Carl – his defense attorney – hires Simone, a renowned psychiatrist specialist in sexual behavior, to help him buttress his argument that Lara’s death was accidental. Taboos are exposed, and the readers learn about Mark’s steamy yearlong affair with Lara, through his memoirs.

    While studying Mark’s memoirs, Simone continues to treat her psychiatric patients and researching for her next book, while her attraction to the enigmatic lawyer increases. As the readers move from chapter to chapter, the normalcy in Simone’s life ends when a serial killer starts torturing and killing women in her town, and new details from Lara’s and Mark’s life unveil to show the readers this underground, not-so-talked-about lifestyle of the rich and influential people.

    Many mind-twisting chapters and surprising detours lay ahead of the reader who chooses to adventure themselves into the world of “Behind The Door.”

    Come Connect With The Author Here:

    Learn more about the writer. Visit the Author’s Website.
    Buy the Book On Amazon.
    Visit the Facebook Fan Page.
    Visit the Twitter page.

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    NEW BOOK Release by Author, Diane Olsen and we welcome her to Lyon Book & Social Media Promotions! Her amazing book will have you looking at Religion and Human Creation in a much different and unique way her book:


    ‘Ancient Ways: The Roots of Religion’



    About The Book:

    “In order to enjoy this book, you may have to suspend current beliefs since some of the concepts may seem quite foreign at first. Hopefully, you will find precious gems to take with you.”

    What if monotheism always existed, and revelations were given to all human forms. There are hints to that effect. We should not assume primitive peoples were not smart enough to grasp the concept of a single Creator!

    Too often we tweak religion to reflect our personal thoughts, rather than dealing directly with the Word of God. Today monotheism is represented by at least nine living faiths, yet praying to God alone is not enough, for many. Instead, we pray to Prophets, angels, saints, ancestors, deities, and the universe.

    This creates a chain of “Paths” and “Ways” which become stained by human desires for control and material benefits. And as darkness and materialism overtake one Faith, another is born, through the intervention of the Holy Spirit, clothed in a different form, with a new name, and very familiar teachings.

    Monotheism can be visualized as a chain linking prehistory and history, entwined with human additions, wisps and twists that produce an undulating, ultimate Yin and Yang. This constant interaction of complementary, as well as conflicting, forces and energies, exhibits both organic unity and dynamism even war. Those who suspect there is a unified core of basic beliefs should enjoy “Ancient Way’s”  .  .   .   .



    About The Author:

    Diane Olsen, prolific writer and first-time indie author of her debut book release titled; “Ancient Ways:The Roots of Religion.” Her book is thought provoking and an informative look at the development and evolution of religion throughout time and a well-considered concept – the idea of a connective thread of monotheistic faith throughout the history from the birth of human creation.

    Born in Colorado Springs, Colorado she now lives in the beautiful Pacific Northwest. Diane was an Undergrad at Colorado State University Ft. Collins: Pre-vet med, Anthropology, then attended and received her BA and MA at the University of Montana, Missoula: Anthropology, Archaeology, and Paleontology. She was a Graduate Teaching Assistant for two years.

    Diane has proudly raised two sons Andrew and Gavin, has four grandsons Dylan, Brayden, AJ, and Asher. She is an animal lover and enjoys living in Washington State with her two girls, (doggies) “Ladybug and Charlie” along with two ancient “retired” Zebra, finches, one African Blackfooted Cat. She has raised sheep and goats and about 40 other species of critter over the decades.

    Diane enjoys writing, reading good books and cooking. A few of her favorite books are ‘The Book of Certitude (Kitab-i-Iqan), The Upanishads, and The Great Initiates.’

    Connect with Diane on Twitter @Author_Dolsen
    And on Facebook
    Buy here new book on Amazon


    And lastly? A reminder that we have several Book Promos going on as well. One for Author, Steve Hauptman and his Book One of “The Monkey Trap” Series right here on  Amazon & Kindle Store



    AND? Right Now our Author, Nancy LaPointe’s E-Book titled; “Living in God’s Rest: At Peace in a Chaotic World” is now only  $3.99 with all 5-Star Reviews on  Amazon Kindle!



    Amazing, true to the Word of God book!

    “Thank you, Nancy LaPointe, for sharing your life and Christ’s wisdom. This book is a blessing! I’m hoping your write more! Highly Recommend.”

    Very insightful read

    “This book makes you rethink your position on why you feel the way you feel. It provides wonderful methodology for finding peace in your life amidst the turmoil. Love this author and hope she has more books forthcoming.”




    Lyon Book Book & Social Media Promotions by Author, Catherine Lyon”



    New Featured Article & Guest on ‘Book Marketing Tools’… Best Place for Authors.

    Book Marketing Tools

    I am always honored to be asked by my good friends over at Book Marketing Tools.  It is the best place to be if you are an author. They have many tools to help self-published authors learn to book promote and advertise with them as well. So I was invited to write and share MY opinion on the best places for a “New Indie Author” to learn How and Where to promote their books throughout social media.  Here we go!! *Author, Catherine Townsend-Lyon*  :-)

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    How and Where to Promote Your New Book

    Authors, you just published your first book. Congratulations!

    Now your publisher tells you they only will send out a press release announcing your new book and that’s it for book promoting.

    So, now what? How and Where do you promote your book?

    You could hire a book promoter like me but you have no money left after paying for publishing costs.

    I am here to help you learn.

    Where and How to Promote

    Many authors can’t afford to pay big bucks for mainstream media advertising. And quite frankly, my book promotions business is booming all through social media! Promoting throughout social media sells books, and you receive book reviews in return. Social media has changed the landscape of promoting one’s book through places like Facebook and Twitter as they have enhanced their services for authors to promote books with cost effective ad’s. Here are my social media picks I use to promote my author client’s books with impressive results.


    Goodreads is known for bringing authors and readers together to benefit them both! Readers can find good books, follow their favorite artists, even ask authors questions in real time! The Goodreads Author Program is a completely free feature designed to help authors reach their target audience — passionate readers. This is the perfect place for new and established authors to promote their books. Authors get a host of tools to use for promoting your books, do giveaways or promos, and you get a free blog too on Goodreads Author Program.

    Here are some of the benefits that come with being in ‘The Goodreads Author Program’:

    • Add a picture and bio. Share your list of favorite books and recent reads with your fans! Write a blog and generate a band of followers.
    • Publicize upcoming events, such as book signings and speaking engagements. Share book excerpts and other writing.
    • Write a quiz about your book or a related topic. Post videos.
    • Add the Goodreads Author widget to your personal website or blog to show off reviews of your books.

    Here are some of the promotional tools available on Goodreads for Authors:

    • Sign up to advertise your book to the Goodreads Community—50 million readers! List a book giveaway to generate pre-launch buzz.
    • Participate in discussions on your profile, in groups, and in the book group forums for your books.

    So all you do is go join free and follow the instructions for ‘The Goodreads Author Program.’ You can add friends and readers by using your Facebook account or even your Email list. So make sure you explore thoroughly.


    My next pick is Twitter. I love Twitter for book promoting. It can be a challenge as they only give you 140 characters to work with, so you have to be more creative and learn quickly on how to abbreviate. For book promoting or promoting your brand as an author, Twitter has come a long way! You can share your books, and the book covers with a tweet by using your Amazon or Barnes and Noble links to post and share. Twitter has enhanced their services to help you reach more readers. Start by opening a free account, then build a following by interacting and engaging with readers.

    They follow you, and you follow back. Look for book and reader groups and book clubs, other authors and writers as they will be helpful by retweeting what you post. Your followers will retweet what you share about your book, and you get the benefit of reaching ALL their followers. “Word of mouth” promoting by one little retweet.


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    Here are some new tools Twitter has rolled out to help get your new book in front of readers. Yes, some cost money, but you can set a low budget limit to try it out to see if you get good results.

    How Twitter Ads Work:

    Choose your target audience:

    Reach the right audience by targeting based on interests, geography, gender, device, or users similar to your followers. Also, maximize the relevancy of your message by targeting by keywords in people’s Tweets.

    Amplify your message and get discovered:

    Get your Tweets and your account in front of more people who are interested in you.

    Set a budget and pay for what works:

    Only pay when users follow your account or retweet, like, reply, or click on your Promoted Tweet. You’re in complete control. There’s no minimum spend, and you can start and stop at any time. So open a free Twitter account to started. Then visit their Twitter Ads advertising to see what works best for your book promotion budget.

    Facebook for Book Promoting

    My last pick on social media is Facebook. Again, I read my several email newsletters from Professional PR firms, and they all say that having a social media presence is a crucial to all authors in promoting their books. I have been promoting my books since 2012, and I am a firm believer that social media is where your readers are. But engagement and interaction are what makes the “magic” happen between readers and authors. And that is how you sell books and gain book reviews.

    Facebook is another fantastic place to promote your books, authors. Here you are not limited to how you can post all about your new book. I like being creative when sharing my client’s books on Facebook. I produce fun book cover photos to share; I can share book reviews of their books right from Amazon or Barnes & Noble and so much more. And just like Twitter? Facebook has rolled out some new advertising tools authors can use to help promote your book or brand as an author. And yes, you can join Facebook for free. Here are things you can do to enhance your book promoting through Facebook.
    Create an Author page separate from your home Facebook page here: Facebook Advertising

    Creating a separate ‘like page’ for yourself as an author allows you to use that space to promoting your book. You can schedule events—giveaways, book tours, book trailers and release dates—connect to your readers in a professional space, and use the page to link to your website or blog. If you gain enough “likes,” you can also use Facebooks ads.

    Facebook Ads:

    Facebook has a whole host of new advertising methods to help you promote your books or brand. You can visit Facebook Ad Products for Business to explore all your paid or free options of advertising through Facebook. And like Twitter, they have a “pay as you go” option to see if you get results before spending a lot of money for ads. They even have tips on how to write your ads and proper images to go along with them. So join today and get started.

    If you need more helpful advice, tips, and some good listing book sites to share your book through just like here on “Book Marketing Tools,” then come to Lyon Book & Social Media Promotions tips and advice page today. I got authors covered!

    Catherine Townsend- Lyon  Columnist, Author

    Catherine is a best-selling TKG author of “Addicted to Dimes”, available on Amazon and Barnes & Noble. She is a freelance recovery writer/columnist for “In Recovery Magazine, and “Keys to Recovery newspaper,” and an ‘Expert blogger of Gambling Addiction Recovery on Addictionland’ recovery.

    Another passion is her Book Promotions business called, “Lyon Book and Social Media Promotions.” Catherine has fast become well known in many addictions and recovery communities and book promotion & reader communities. She has a large following on social media. You connect with Catherine onTwitter, Facebook, and Goodreads. She lives in Phoenix, Arizona with her husband and 3 cats.


    BOOK REVIEW: ‘The Truth She Knew’-By Author, J. A. Owenby . . .



    Mama didn’t want me. In fact, she would’ve traded my soul back for someone different if God would’ve let her, but he didn’t, so she was stuck with me.

    For eighteen-year-old Lacey, life at home is a rollercoaster. She doesn’t think she’ll ever be good enough to truly deserve Mama’s love.

    But when Lacey enters college and meets Walker, everything starts to change. Suddenly, Lacey is face to face with the realization that maybe what she’s always seen as normal really isn’t. Her entire life—and everything she’s ever believed about herself and her family—is abruptly hanging in midair.

    Lacey is left facing two paths, and she has to make a choice. The first means walking away from everything she’s ever known. The other means never really knowing the truth.

    The Truth She Knew offers an honest and powerful glimpse into mental illness, the meaning of true love, and the psychological waltz that a daughter dances as she endures her mother’s unpredictable emotions, manipulation, and abuse.



    Rating: 5 Stars
    An Amazing Story Of Contemporary Fiction with a Message.

    I was very excited to be picked to receive an early copy for an honest read and book review.

    With that said, this book is painful, in-depth, and even though it is a piece of fiction, it comes with several strong messages.

    One? Parents? Listen to your KIDS.

    As a childhood sex abuse and parental trauma abuse survivor myself, I have to share I was at times when reading the abusive and explosive dysfunctional relationship between Lacey and Mama; it had transported me back in time to my painful teen years. Not a bad comment, this proves the author did her job as a writer well. As this is an exceptional look inside mental illness and will help many.

    What takes place in this dynamic storyline is real and are serious topics. The way the author formed and wrote her characters, narratives and fiction storyline gives a hint she has been through something like this herself or with a loved one. It can be a daunting task and fine line when writing about topics like mental health & illness, addiction and recovery and others without the reader feeling lost or disinterested.

    That does not happen in this book! It grabs you from beginning to end and makes you want ‘Book Two’ in this series ready to read NOW. It too is a love story and will make you feel like I did, on a roller coaster of emotions. The read made me giggle, shed some tears from the pains Lacey had, and so much more. That tells me the author as a “writer” did her job with “passion.”

    An excellent read I Highly Recommend for all and especially women!


    J.A. Owenby’s Book is Available At These Locations:

    Goodreads link


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    Visit her Author Website to learn all about the author:


    A bittersweet story of young love independence and soul-crushing manipulation. Just as Lacey is finding herself in life, growing in independence, and finding the sweet taste of love for the first time, her mother’s claws grow tighter and more painful as if she were trying to choke the life out of Lacey and completely break her spirit. A confused Lacey tries to make her mother love her through trying to anticipate her mother’s moods and desires and doing everything she can to please her.

    These attempts are futile because her mother’s actions become increasingly more insane and erratic.. At the same time, Lacey both loves and hates her mother. Lacy lives a double life, trying to be a normal young woman with her abundance of friends, at school, and at work; and then living a horrific life at home. I fell in love with Lacey’s character and with Emma, her true friend. The author, JAOwenby, does a superb job of developing the characters and mixing normalcy with insanity throughout the plot. On the one hand, Lacey is an adorable and lovable young woman, and on the other hand, she is the victim of craziness and mind-numbing manipulation at home.

    Even though she lives in an out of control situation, Lacey is strong and she consistently tries to make sense of her life and to figure out the truth of what is really going on. Lacey must find her strength to break out of her family pattern and become the person she truly wants to be. This bittersweet story makes you cry, laugh, get furious, and ultimately you feel like you want to rescue anyone who is living like this. You end up cheering for Lacey and wanting the best for her. Lacey’s family could be your neighbors- normal on the outside and deep darkness on the inside. This compelling novel, The Truth She Knew, shines the light on the impact of mental illness on family members and makes you want to know more about what happens to Lacey next.  —Dr. Sheri Kaye Hoff, PhD., Professional Life Coach


    “Presented By Lyon Book & Social Media Promotions ~ Author, Catherine Lyon”

    Novel Launch For: “The Truth She Knew” By Author, J. A. Owenby.



    About The New Novel ~ Press Release:

    Publication Date: Monday, September 12th, 2016.
    Title: The Truth She Knew, book 1
    J.A. Owenby, Author

    “This really is an extraordinary story and a must-read for 2016.”
    ~Brittney Sahin, bestselling Amazon author.

    For eighteen-year-old Lacey, life at home is a rollercoaster. She doesn’t think she’ll ever be good enough to truly deserve Mama’s love.

    But when Lacey enters college and meets Walker, everything starts to change. Suddenly, Lacey is face to face with the realization that maybe what she’s always seen as normal really isn’t. Her entire life—and everything she’s ever believed about herself and her family—is abruptly hanging in midair.

    Lacey is left facing two paths, and she has to make a choice. The first means walking away from everything she’s ever known or finally discovering the truth.

    The Truth She Knew offers an honest and powerful glimpse into mental illness, the meaning of true love, and the psychological waltz that a daughter dances as she endures her mother’s unpredictable emotions, manipulation, and abuse.
    The Truth She Knew is available:


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    About J.A. Owenby:

    Jennifer Owenby

    A prolific writer of award-winning short stories, J.A. Owenby now introduces her newly released full-length novel titled;  The Truth She Knew ~ Book One in this Series.

    She’s a published author of six short stories, and she is currently working on her third full-length novel. She also runs her own business as a professional resume writer and interview coach—she helps people find jobs they love by day and a night owl writer by night.

    J.A. is an avid reader of thrillers, romance, new adult, and young adult novels. She loves music, movies, and good wine. And call her crazy, but she loves the rainy Pacific Northwest; she gets her best story ideas while listening to the rain pattering against the windows in front of the fireplace.

    You can follow the progress of her upcoming novels at New Author Website and on her  Author Facebook Page. Also Connect on Twitter @jaowenby.


    Editorial Reviews:

    “A bittersweet story of young love, independence, and soul-crushing manipulation. J.A. Owenby shines a light on the impact that mental illness can have on a family.”
    —Dr. Sheri Kaye Hoff, PhD., Professional Life Coach

    “I’m in love!! I could NOT put this down and I read the entire book in half a day! Lacey and Walker are so authentic and easy to relate to. I could see the entire book unfolding, like a movie, in my head. The plot was easy to follow, but not predictable. The descriptions were clear and not long winded. This book, this Author, made me cry, laugh, get angry and get happy. All the emotions you expect and want in a moving, wonderful love story. Great job!
    –Nancy Harvey

    Now released and available in both Paperback and the E-book is only $1.99 for a limited time!

    ** “Presented By ~ Lyon Book and Social Media Promotions of Author, Catherine Lyon” **