My Book Review For “Aiming High” By International Best Selling Author, Darren Prince. Forward Written By “Magic Johnson” Former NBA Legend.

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About International Best-Selling Author, DARREN PRINCE, His Book, Career, and Giving back:

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CAREER
Darren Prince is a sports and celebrity agent who, at the age of 14, founded a mail-order company selling baseball cards and traveling around the country participating in trade shows. At the age of 20, he sold his company and became an industry leader in private autograph signings for sports and celebrity memorabilia with athletes and celebrities. A-List celebrities included Muhammad Ali, Hulk Hogan, Pele, Joe Montana, Carmen Electra, and Jenny McCarthy.

In 1995 Prince started a new venture with Prince Marketing Group (PMG), representing athletes and celebrities for marketing deals consisting of endorsements, licensing, TV, movie and book deals, autograph signings, and appearances. His first client to sign with the firm was none other than Magic Johnson. Soon after Smokin’ Joe Frazier, Dennis Rodman, Pamela Anderson, and Chevy Chase followed.

With PMG growing at an enormous pace, Prince added Scottie Pippen, Clyde Drexler, Mickey Rourke, Roy Jones Jr, Micky Ward, and the late Evel Knievel as clients over the years. The sports/entertainment industry is a small world and very competitive,” says Darren Prince, CEO of Prince Marketing Group. “Prince Marketing Group has prospered over the years by delivering out of the box thinking for clients and building relationships through the practice of good business and effective networking.”

Prince Marketing Group is currently a multi-million dollar business that has negotiated over $200 Million in deals and currently secures marketing deals, arranges signing/memorabilia appearances, commercial licensing, product endorsement, and voice-overs.

Darren is a true entrepreneur as he has been able to continuously reinvent himself and significantly grow his business over the years. He has been featured in outlets such as Your World With Neil Cavuto, The Big Idea with Donny Deutsch, CNN’s Anderson Cooper 360, Hannity & Colmes, ESPN, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, New York Post, USA Today, Forbes’ Sports Money, On the Record with Greta Van Susteren, Howard Stern radio, CNBC The Closing Bell and a variety of others for his marketing expertise.

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AIMING HIGH FOUNDATION:
Today Darren gives back to those who suffer from addiction. Darren Prince, International Best Selling author of his memoir “Aiming High” is a prominent sports and celebrity agent and global advocate for addiction and recovery.

As a leading authority in this recovery space, his insights have been featured in WSJ, NYT, USA Today, CNN, Fox and Friends, Tucker Carlson, and Dr. Oz. From selling his first business at 19 to building a multimillion-dollar talent agency, Darren has experienced what life is like in the celebrity world. Unfortunately, he also saw the dark reality of addiction through his own personal struggle. After over 11 years of sobriety, it’s now Darren’s mission to help others avoid and break free from addiction.

Through his new cause and the Aiming High Foundation, he has become a sought after speaker on addiction recovery and mental health. He specializes in helping high functioning addicts and at-risk executives to identify and avoid the pitfalls of addiction and especially enjoys working with teens teaching them self esteem and self-worth.

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ABOUT HIS BOOK

   

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Aiming High is the astonishing story of sports and celebrity agent Darren Prince, who battled addiction while representing some of the most iconic figures in the world. After a drug overdose, many demoralizing nights, and mornings where he couldn’t get out of bed without a prescription in hand, Darren hit rock bottom at the top–and in the process discovered the true meaning of success. The paperback and ebook now on sale and available at MyBookOrders. Now available as an audiobook and you can listen FREE with Amazon Audible Free Trial Membership!
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MY REVIEW FOR “AIMING HIGH” and EDITORIALS 

Aiming High: How a Prominent Sports and Celebrity Agent Hit Bottom at the Top
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Darren Prince (Goodreads Author), Kristen McGuiness, Earvin Johnson (Foreword)

 

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Catherine Townsend-Lyon‘s Review

Jun 07, 2020 


A Memoir of Addiction, Self-Discovery, and Freedom Within Recovery

Not many of us get a second chance in life after addiction. Not everyone reaches the height of the business world while having a self-imposed problem with opioids until you overdose. That is what happened to Darren Prince as he shares all in his intriguing memoir of “Aiming High.” Being a top sport and celebrity agent while representing some of the most iconic and legendary figures of our generation didn’t mean Darren was not immune from addiction either as he shares in his memoir.

Another lesson you will learn from reading Darren’s book. As a person maintaining recovery myself, I have learned that “Addiction of any kind does not Discriminate of whom it will touch”… Something Darren understands today and brave of him to share his testimony while sharing many memorable stories throughout his career as he weaves his downfall, but most important, how he fought like hell to gain his life back within recovery. He also proves we stay “sick as our secrets.” And that is part of the disease of drug addiction.

I won’t lie; it is impressive to continue working in a high-profile career and hiding a secret of drug addiction. But? The bigger you become? The harder they fall. But Darren got back up and now shares all to help others who may suffer in silence just as he had. He is a real example that if want your life back from addiction? You have to do the recovery work needed, and Darren shares it as well. The fantastic stories alone make the book a great read, but the clear message is there is HOPE after addiction, and recovery is possible for anyone.

“Aiming High” needs to be read by everyone because it has an extraordinary message of endurance, acceptance, and HOPE.

~Lyon Media Services & Literary Consulting –Catherine Lyon~

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MORE REVIEWS and EDITORIALS 

“For 17 years, Darren has worked 24/7 as my sports agent.  I’ve seen him at his worst and now at his best. Aiming High is all about the journey he took to get there, and how today he is living a spiritual life one day at a time.  Ten years ago, he asked for the blessing and now he’s become one.”

Hulk Hogan

World Wrestling Entertainment Twelve-Time Champion

“Aiming High is an amazing story of struggle, acceptance, and embracing the power of recovery.”


Chris Herren

Former NBA Player, Motivational Speaker


“Well done Darren for the release of his memoir “Aiming High”. His story of opiate addiction to sobriety while managing revered icons of our time.”

Dr. Drew

Addiction Specialist, Media Personality


Amazon ReviewS:

5-Stars!
Aiming High is an identifiable story of self will run riot, the inability to be true to oneself, and the power it took to finally deal with life on life’s terms.

Darren’s acknowledgment of what it was like, what happened, and what it’s like now is so honest, courageous, and inspirational! This book needed to be written and more importantly, needs to be read!


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Matthew Israel‘s Review

Oct 03, 2019
5-STARS 
Read 2 times. Last read October 3, 2019.

 

MUST-READ!!!! YOU WILL NOT BE ABLE TO PUT IT DOWN!!!

As the opioid epidemic continues to worsen in this country, people need to learn more about it, especially if anyone close to you is battling this horrible addiction aka disease of the mind. This story is almost surreal, but shows how it can happen to anyone! This book was extremely well written. One of those rare books you won’t put down until it’s complete!

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FORWARD Written by Earvin “Magic” Johnson Former NBA Legend:


Darren and I have worked together for 24+ years. During that time, he has worked 24/7, negotiating memorabilia signings, speaking engagements, appearances, and other services. It’s an honor to write the foreword for his book.

Transitioning from being a renowned athlete to a successful businessman was not easy, and I like working with people who are trustworthy, motivated, and efficient. Darren was all of the above. After the second time working together for one of my signings, Darren told me that his parents were downstairs in the hotel lobby and asked if they could join us. Meeting Darren’s parents helped me realize how important family was to him. His business wasn’t about making money; it was about building relationships and growing extended family. He made me a part of his family, and he became a part of mine.

Two years later, Darren shared his dream to become an agent and start Prince Marketing Group. He was young, but he had a plan and he knew what he wanted to do in life. I wanted Darren to be more than successful, so I continued to work with him as his client. Over the next few years, I watched as he worked with some of the biggest stars in sports and entertainment, such as Smokin’ Joe Frazier, Muhammad Ali, Pamela Anderson, Chevy Chase, Larry Bird, Dennis Rodman, Hulk Hogan, and many, many others.

As good friends, in 2006 Darren talked to me about very challenging times that he was undergoing, the most challenging being an opioid addict. “Earvin,” he said, “I can’t get out of bed in the morning or function during the day without painkillers. It’s taken over my life. Talking, traveling, working out, eating; I can’t do anything without the pills. I can’t stop.”

Nothing was bigger than the painkillers that he was addicted to, which were slowly taking his life. I had seen too many lives destroyed from addiction and knew he needed to get his life in order. It took some time for Darren to reach complete sobriety. After almost nearly losing his life to opioids, Darren overcame the addiction and built a greater life through his recovery.

Through sobriety, he has continued to expand his business, and he is using his testimony to help others fight their addiction. Amidst all the tragedy that has resulted from this opioid epidemic, Darren has the courage and support to share his story and inspire thousands of people in this book. Darren is a survivor!

“Today, Darren doesn’t just represent the biggest stars; he has become a star in his own right in the world of recovery.”

He speaks in schools all over the country, and he is dedicated to Turning Point, where he was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award at their recent gala. Darren has appeared on Dr. Oz and other national media to share his message on recovery.

Recently, he began working with the White House Commission on Combating the Opioid Crisis, where he plans to educate youth on how they can build self-worth and faith so they don’t go down the same road he did.

Over the years, I have watched Darren Prince grow in his business, tackle his addiction, and now lead a life of spirituality and inspiration. I am extremely proud of the man he has become, and I am honored to be a part of Darren’s family.

I hope his book inspires you to overcome any battles you may be fighting and to be a light unto others.

– Earvin “Magic” Johnson 

Connect with Darren on Social Media 

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Congrats To Our Southern Christian Author, Cynthia Ulmer. She is Awarded 5-STARS From Readers Favorite, a Literary Influencer…Book Two of Her Series.

Lyon Media Services and Cat’s Reading Den proudly announces Author, Cynthia Ulmer has received a 5-STAR Readers Favorite Review!

Our Featured Christian Fiction Author has been awarded a 5-star book review for her book two titled “CLYDE and WANDA” of the book series “The Cedar Cove Chronicles,” a southern family drama . . .

 

YES, Cat does get a bit excited when all our authors are doing amazing! I am getting ready to start Cynthia’s book two of her series since I finished book one titled “TODD” a delightful read with a few twists and interesting characters to say the least. You can read my review post for “TODD” on Amazon or GoodReads.

Now, if you don’t know who Readers Favorite is? Here is a little about their book reviews and awards program as they are a big literary influencer. Authors receive marketing seals which let readers know all their books are exceptional reads. And here is a more about our award-winning Christian fiction author too!

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    ABOUT READERS FAVORITE

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Readers’ Favorite is owned and operated by authors for authors. Our staff and nearly all our 1,000+ reviewers are authors who have come together to provide fellow authors with a valuable set of resources to help them succeed.

Authors need feedback and exposure, and we provide this through free quality reviews and a free feature-rich review page, the opportunity to obtain recognition through our respected annual book award contest, and free Monthly Book Giveaway, Book Exchange, and Book Donation programs.

Real reviews for authors as they also need information and support. Thus we have created an Author Forum in our Author Area where authors can communicate with each other, ask questions, and share ideas on writing, marketing and more. We also provide hundreds of free articles that we have created to answer questions and guide authors through today’s often difficult and changing literary landscape.

In addition, we provide professional, low-cost proofreading, editing and critique services starting at just $1 per page. We add fast and friendly customer support by email, phone and text message to make sure authors get the help they need. We truly are looking out for our fellow authors.

In fact, we were the first book review company to not post negative reviews and provide authors with constructive criticism instead, which has now become an industry standard. We were also the first to offer Review Exchange and Book Donation programs to help authors receive more reviews and recognition.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR ~ CYNTHIA ULMER 

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Cynthia Ulmer was born in Newport News Va and raised in Leland, NC. Her Cedar Cove Chronicles is a series of books based on childhood stories and family memories she heard as a child. There are 6 books in the series, chronicling the lives of the Jansan family during the ’40s and ’50s in Southeastern NC.

As you read the series, you will grow with the family and experience life as it happens to them. Cynthia always wanted to be a writer and has a natural gift at bringing characters and situations to life.

Visit and Connect with the author: WebsiteFacebookTwitterGoodreadsAmazon,

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Clyde and Wanda
The Cedar Cove Chronicles, Book Two
by Cynthia Ulmer



Clyde and Wanda
Christian – Fiction

265 Pages

Reviewed on 03/04/2020

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BOOK REVIEW BY READERS FAVORITE ~ CLYDE & WANDA 

Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers’ Favorite

 

Clyde and Wanda is a work of fiction with Christian themes and plenty of interpersonal family drama and was penned by author Cynthia Ulmer. In this second novel in The Cedar Cove Chronicles, we find ourselves following the Jansen family seven years after the events of book one, in which Todd wondered about his Uncle Clyde who had disappeared whilst off at war. Now Clyde has returned and gotten married, started a family and a business. He had hoped life would finally settle down for himself and his wife Wanda, but the past always finds a way of catching up with us when we least expect it.

Author Cynthia Ulmer writes family fiction with plenty of details and nostalgic, highly descriptive moments. The atmosphere of the work overall makes it feel like you’re living in a black and white movie, with strong characters who are easy to relate to. Wanda’s backstory becomes more interesting and heart-breaking by the minute, making for an intriguing plotline that develops the family dynamics more and more.

Readers who appreciate a strong message of Christian values such as faith and devotion are sure to enjoy the novel on that level too, and Clyde makes for a strong hero character in that respect as he tries to keep his life together despite the ever-present threat of trauma and trouble returning.

Overall, Clyde and Wanda make an excellent addition to a strong family saga with plenty of vivid characters and memorable moments: A most highly recommended read.

 

Lyon Media Services Has Our Authors on The Go! There Are Book Events, New Releases, Writing Projects, and Much More . . .

Hello and Welcome Friends, Readers, #Writers, and New Friends! Thanks for stopping by…

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Cat’s going to jump right in with all the amazing Literary News and Updates for all our award-winning writers and best-selling AUTHORS we have the Honor of PROMOTING and Working With…

First up is our prolific storyteller and best-selling author Mr. Joe SiccardiAnd since he calls me his Personal Publicist, and I call him Papa Joe, I better get his updates correct! (lol). Now, Joe, who is on the road traveling this spring and summer around the USA while he visits all of his children and grandkids.

As he is feverishly writing a follow-up to his popular heart-warming Memoir of “Wisdom From A Father,” Joe, will be setting up a few Christian Book Reading and Signing Events along the way. And, all of his titles are garnishing many more new 4 & 5-Star Book Reviews like this new one for his newest title; My Name is Sam…And Heaven is Still Shining Through available on Amazon!

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New Book Review For “Sam”

Reviewed in the United States on March 3, 2020
Format: Paperback  An ordinary woman who experiences God’s grace

Some people like escape fiction designed to take the reader out of their everyday reality. Escape fiction is fun, but I also like stories that help me in my everyday life. That’s why Joe Siccardi’s book, My Name Is Sam, first appealed to me. A fictionalized memoir, Siccardi’s book is the story of an ordinary woman, not so different from you or me.
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Her life, her loves, her ups and downs, and how through it all, God’s love shines through. An easy read. If you are looking for something to help you recognize God’s presence in your life, even when God seems far away, this is the book for you.

For more updates, author news, and his writing from Joe Siccardi, stop by his Official Author Website at https://wisdomfromafather.com/ or connect with him on Twitter!

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MEET RUSTY BLACKWOOD ON HER “ROMANTIC DRAMA 4 SUMMER” BOOK TOUR!

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Meet Rusty Blackwood! Rusty is the multi-award-winning writer and author of the riveting romantic fiction drama, Passions in Paris: Revelations of a Lost Diary, and the celebrated, 5-star award-winning romantic fiction drama, Willow’s Walk, and her newest, an intense romantic drama, The Perils of Autumn.

Rusty is kicking off her “Summer of Romance Book Your” beginning at her first appearance on Sunday, June 7, 2020, at 1 PM – 3 PM …Hosted by The Pen Centre in  St. Catharines, ON, Canada.

MORE FROM RUSTY:
“Please join St. Catharines’ 5-star award-winning romance novelist, Rusty Blackwood, on Sunday afternoon, June 7th, from 1 to 3 pm at Pen Center Coles where she will be greeting readers, and signing copies of her three romantic fiction dramas, the 5-star award-winning The Perils of Autumn, the 5-star awarded Willow’s Walk, and her very first romantic drama, the grand scale, 4-star Amazon- awarded Passions in Paris: Revelations of a Lost Diary.

Do take this generous opportunity to get a copy of one, two, or possibly all three of these exciting reads for your summer! You will be glad you did, and you will not be disappointed with the journeys you will take!”

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Cat will be sharing more about that one soon. She’ll also be sharing how the follow-up to “Perils” titled; “Return To Autumn” is coming along as you can read a sneak peek Chapter as she was gracious enough to share it with all of Cat’s Readers and Blog Visitors here: https://anauthorandwriterinprogress.wordpress.com/2020/02/23/coming-this-year-the-follow-up-to-the-perils-of-autumn-by-award-winning-romance-author-rusty-blackwood-here-is-a-taste-of-whats-to-come/

You are invited to connect with Rusty through social media and visit her beautiful Official Author website to sign up for her newsletter so you won’t miss an update!

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MEET AWARD-WINNING SELF-HELP AUTHOR MAUREEN SCANLON at B&N

~UPDATE 03/17/2020 DUE TO NEW RESTRICTIONS DUE TO CORONA VIRUS …B&N CANCELED THIS EVENT and WILL BE RESCHEDULED SOON!

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An Afternoon With Author & Life Coach Maureen Scanlon Book Event ~ CANCELED BY B&N 

Book Signing and Meet & Greet With Life Coach Maureen … 
Author Discussion, Life Advice, Author Signing (Happier Life, Self-Help, Furry Pets) Tempe, AZ.  Barnes & Noble (Tempe, AZ)  

Join Multi- Book-Award-Winner and Life Coach Maureen Scanlon as Barnes & Noble of Tempe Marketplace welcomes this fantastic Author, Speaker, and Life & Relationship Coach, Ms. Maureen Scanlon and Sponsored by Lyon Media Services.

Ms. Scanlon will be discussing how she uses unique cognitive techniques from her book and how she learned them through the ways of her doggies Jaden and Brodie. She’ll share sound advice on how to change poor habits and learn positivity to have a happier life through her research and personal experiences with her Furry Pets.

All this and much more can be read in her award-winning book, “My Dog Is More Enlightened Than I Am,” as books will be available for purchase and signed at this event, come and join us for a few hours of literary fun!


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About The Author:

Maureen Scanlon is the founder and CEO of Maureen Scanlon Life Coaching. She is an award-winning author, relationship expert, motivational speaker, positive change integrator, and spiritual coach who has successfully helped many people, from experienced professionals to young adults and couples. She focuses her tools and techniques on overcoming past negative experiences and making positive changes in our thoughts and lives.

Maureen has been featured on 3TV Good Morning Arizona, 3TV Your Life Az, ABC15 Sonoran Living, Voyage Phoenix Magazine, appeared on the cover and featured in Ultimate Women International magazine, USA daily times, as well interviews on radio shows like Mind Body Radio, Business Talk Radio, and Networking Arizona. Her book has now won a silver award from Author Shout and Top 12 book pick list from Spirited Woman, with a 5 Star rating on Amazon.

When Maureen is not working to change the world, you can find her at home relaxing in Mesa, Arizona, with her husband, Dennis. She enjoys scrapbooking, painting, traveling, and time with her furry baby doggies, Jade and Brodie. She is also the mother of three adult children and grandmother to three grandchildren whom she adores.

Join us for a few hours of literary fun! It is a free literary event open to the public and located in Tempe Marketplace. See you there!

Don’t miss any new books or events by Life Coach and Award-Winning Author, Maureen Scanlon, so visit here official website at “Life Coach Maureen” or book  a session with her today! You’ll be much Happier and Motivated after.


CAT WILL BE SHARING MORE UPDATES SOON of More Multi-Award-Winning Authors LIKE Amy L Bovaird, Cynthia Ulmer, and Maxwell Ivey!!

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Glowing BookLife Critic’s Report for “My Dog Is More Enlightened Than I Am” by Our Featured Award-Winning Author, Maureen Scanlon, and More News!

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COME MEET OUR AWARD-WINNING AUTHOR, MAUREEN SCANLON READERS!


“Cat Lyon’s Reading and Writing Den and Lyon Media Services are Excited to Announce Our Featured Self-Help Author and Popular Life and Happiness Coach, Maureen Scanlon will be appearing at the Barnes and Noble in Tempe, Arizona!”

Barnes and Noble be hosting a book signing event for our award-winning author who is the founder and CEO of  Maureen Scanlon Life Coaching. Not only is Maureen a multi-award-winning author, but she is also an expert life coach, a motivational speaker for both business and recovery events and conferences, while she successfully helps many become comfortable with change, learn personal growth, and gain a positive outlook for a better, happier, and more fulfilling life.

One way she accomplishes this is through here unique and fun book release of “My Dog Is More Enlightened Than I Am” which just received an amazing BookLife Prize Entry Critic’s Report! Maureen does this through her speaking events and on her informational blog on her Official Website of Life Coach Maureen…

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COME MEET MAUREEN AT BARNES & NOBLE, Tempe Marketplace! March 21st, 2020, 1PM

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The book event will be held on:
Saturday, March 21st, 2020. Begins at 1 PM till 3:30 PM
Location: B&N / Tempe Marketplace #2243
2000 East Rio Salado Pkwy. Ste 1032. Tempe, AZ
Books will be available for purchase at this event and signed by the author!
Maureen looks forward to seeing readers in Tempe and even avid readers from ASU!


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GLOWING CRITIC’S REPORT By BookLife ~ “My Dog Is More Enlightened Than I Am”

Title: My Dog is More Enlightened Than I Am

Author: Maureen Scanlon

Genre: Nonfiction/Self-Help & Relationship

Audience: Adult

Word Count: 29522

Assessment:

Idea/Concept: This charming guide to living joyfully and fully, posits that readers might learn a great deal from closely observing the lives of dogs. In the process of studying the behavior of dogs, Scanlon advises readers to reflect meaningfully on their lives and personal priorities.

Prose: Scanlon writes with warmth, compassion, and enthusiasm, comparing and contrasting the (often flawed) human responses to outside circumstances, with those of canines.

Originality: Adoring books about furry companions are abundant and popular, but few fall into the self-help category. Scanlon takes an uncommon approach to singing the praises of our pets, while offering effective advice for their humans.

Execution: Though the advice Scanlon provides is more Self-help in nature–readers will value her unique approach. Though humorous in nature, readers will also detect a strong undercurrent of sincerity and truth in her arguments. Delightful and informative read.

Score: Out of a 10

  • Plot/Idea: 7
  • Originality: 8
  • Prose: 7
  • Character/Execution: 7
  • Overall: 7.25

Report Submitted: February 28, 2020

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Maureen is currently working on and writing book two as I know she has taken ner BookLife report to heart, as she shared with me. Her next book about “relationships,” and yes, some of it through the eyes of her furry pets too. She said it will be packed with more advice than the first as I know avid readers will enjoy it book two when it releases just as much as her current book.

The Cat will let you know when this HAPPENS … Another way Life Coach Maureen helps people wanting to live a happier life is by sharing informative advice through her blog. So here is a little share of some of her most recent posts and I encourage you to visit her Official Website of Life Coach Maureen… for more sound advice? You can set a session with her and see how Maureen can re-charge your personal and career goals!

Like Maureen always say;

“It’s never too late to dream a new dream. Love yourself, show compassion, and become the person you want to meet.”

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More Amazing Book Reviews For Author, Cynthia Ulmer and Book One, “TODD” and The Cedar Cover Chronicles Series…

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AMAZING REVIEWS FOR THE CEDAR COVE CHRONICLES BY CYNTHIA ULMER
A Christian Southern Fictional Drama
At Its Finest. Review Courtesy of
‘On My Kindle Book Reviews’

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Todd (The Cedar Cove Chronicles, Book One) ~ Kindle Available on Amazon on Sale! by Cynthia Ulmer


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Source: I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Genre:  Fiction, Christian fiction, Historical Fiction
Format: eBook, Print
Publication Date:  December 1, 2013

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Todd is a southern novel about family love, faith and endurance. In 1943, ten year old Todd Jansan lives with his family on a North Carolina tobacco farm. The Jansan’s neighbor, Horace Hammond is a cruel man who punishes his children by holding them over a well. The Jansans have to deal with his cruelty and with the mystery surrounding Todd’s uncle who is off at war.

Review From “On My Kindle”

Todd is set in rural North Carolina on a tobacco farm during the 1940s and is narrated by a ten-year-old boy, Todd Jansan. The plot revolves around two central themes: the conflict between the Jansan family and the Hammonds, and the conflict within the family between Todd’s father and Todd’s uncle who has returned home after being wounded in World War II. Both conflicts have the potential to tear the family apart as Todd’s father struggles to exemplify the merits of faith, love, and perseverance to keep the family together.

Like some readers before me, I was a bit concerned about the cruelty and abuse mentioned in the book’s blurb; however, my concern was unfounded since Ulmer did not discuss the subject in graphic detail.

In a world filled with gizmos and gadgets to help streamline life, it was a joy to read a heartfelt story that took me back to a time before life became a frenzied, frantic rat-race. The picturesque setting is the perfect backdrop to refreshingly unidealized characters who were so artfully crafted that I sometimes forgot they were fictitious.

The plot itself is brilliant and the dialogue is eloquent! Readers get a glimpse of life on a tobacco farm in North Carolina, as well as internal and external strife, through the eyes of a realistically observant ten-year-old narrator who idolizes an uncle who has served his country. The dialogue makes the characters endearing and imbues the plot with simple Southern flair.

Todd is an enjoyable, cozy read that has a profound and timeless quality to it. I highly recommend it to readers who enjoy historical and Southern fiction!

Rating: 5/5 – Todd has a charming and quaint setting, it is filled with true-to-life and intriguing dialogue, and the protagonists exude old-time Southern Christian family values. It really is the embodiment of “Ole Southern fiction!”

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The Award-Winning Author, Cynthia Ulmer

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Author, Cynthia Ulmer

I enjoy writing, reading, listening to music, being with my family and working in my church. Writing has always been my passion. Some people struggle with what they are meant to do in life and others just know it all along. I’ve known since I was a small child that I wanted to write–the stories were always in my head.

My series, The Cedar Cove Chronicles, is set in the fictional community of Cedar Cove, North Carolina and follows the lives of the Jansan family, their friends and neighbors during the 40’s and 50’s.

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Connect with Cynthia Ulmer on Social Media!

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Readers & Book Reviewers Are Sharing Some Love For, “My Dog Is More Enlightened Than I Am” by Award-Winning Author & Pet Lover, Maureen Scanlon While Garnishing Top Reviews.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Maureen Scanlon a Popular Life Coach, Empowerment Speaker, and Award-winning Author of her self-help book titled “My Dog is More Enlightened Than I Am”…

“I’m a spiritual, confidence, and relationship coach with a passion for helping you be your Best Self.”

Maureen Scanlon is the founder and CEO of Maureen Scanlon Life Coaching. She is an award-winning author, relationship expert, motivational speaker, positive change integrator, and spiritual coach who has successfully helped many people, from experienced professionals to young adults and couples. She focuses her tools and techniques on overcoming past negative experiences and making positive changes in our thoughts and lives.

Maureen has been featured on 3TV Good Morning Arizona, 3TV Your Life Az, ABC15 Sonoran Living, Voyage Phoenix Magazine, appeared on the cover and featured in Ultimate Women International magazine, USA daily times, as well interviews on radio shows like Mind Body Radio, Business Talk Radio, and Networking Arizona.

Her book “My Dog is More Enlightened Than I Am “ has now won a silver award from Author Shout and Top 12 book pick list from Spirited Woman, with a 5 Star rating on Amazon.

When Maureen is not working to change the world, you can find her at home relaxing in Mesa, Arizona, with her husband, Dennis. She enjoys scrapbooking, painting, traveling, and time with her furry baby doggies, Jade and Brodie.

She is also the mother of three adult children and grandmother to three grandchildren whom she adores.

You may learn more on her Official Website at https://lifecoachmaureen.com/ as she shares with you “how to unlock your purpose and build your best life the way you meant IT!”

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MY DOG IS MORE ENLIGHTENED THAT I AM

Maureen Scanlon

Outskirts Press (2019)
ISBN 9781977210531
Reviewed by: Susan Violante for Reader Views (01/2020)


“I’ve lived with dogs my entire life and c
urrently have three furry kids as part of our family, so when I came across “My Dog is More Enlightened That I Am” by Maureen Scanlon I jumped on it. In it, I found a self-help guide to experiencing life through our puppies’ eyes. The premise is not about living like dogs, it is about applying the wisdom that exists in their simplicity to our complicated lives. The author’s point is founded on how most of us go through life, but life doesn’t go through us.

We all race each day without stopping to take in what surrounds us. We just go through routines step by step from sunrise to sunset, focusing on a future that we can’t grasp yet, oblivious of what really matters. Scanlon’s ideas are organized into 20 Chapters which consist of certain aspects of how our dogs live their lives, which we should adapt to our lives. From: ‘Relax Whenever You Can, ‘Take Care of Each Other’ and ‘No Regrets’, to ‘Transitioning.’

This book takes readers by the hand and guides them through the author’s own realization of what matters in life. Her voice is comforting and motivating enough to allow the reader to relax and open their minds to imagine living in the moment. To pause and to appreciate the beauty around us. To dare to be true to ourselves and consider, “What if I was spontaneous, what if I took a minute to relax just when I need to, what if I embraced simplicity when looking at the world around me and how I live?”

The author, in my opinion, did a great job presenting to readers her “out of the box” ideas on how our dogs can guide us to a better quality of life, as her voice is clear, her words flow, and the book’s format makes sense. As a lifelong dog owner and lover, I had been lucky enough to have looked up to them also as my mentors in life and enjoyed seeing their lessons presented to the world to discover.

“My Dog is More Enlightened That I Am” by Maureen Scanlon is a great simple little book that shares big, awesome ideas for a better life for all readers. A guide filled with expert advice based on our puppy’s wisdom! LOVED IT!”

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MORE EDITORIALS & REVIEWS:

“The wisdom courtesy of Maureen Scanlon laced throughout My Dog is More Enlightened Than I Am is sensational and actually awe-worthy. As I read Scanlon’s book, I was engrossed and wanting to know more…

The information and knowledge laced throughout “My Dog Is More Enlightened Than I Am” is impeccable, and I am impressed by just how much knowledge there is.

…a wealth of information, all the information is useful as well as relevant to the topics explored so do not worry readers that you will be bombarded with information as this does not happen in this book!

As My Dog is More Enlightened Than I Am is a book laced with incredible wisdom, it is also laced with phenomenal literature courtesy of the wonderful Maureen Scanlon; Scanlon’s words are incredible, and they will flow flawlessly from beginning to end.”

-Aimee Ann of Redheadedbooklover.com
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“I enjoyed how she wrote and laid out just “How” to accomplish each task. It is a unique personal growth book I have read while the author shares techniques involving our pets and her own life challenges. I have not read such an uplifting and motivational book like this one until now”

~Catherine Lyon of “Lyon Media Services.com and Cat’s Reading and Writing Den”

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January 18, 2020
Format: Kindle Edition

Cat’s Review: The Watchful Dead: A Tale of Old Hastur (A Ring Gargery Thriller) By Author, Joe Pawlowski ~ 4 Stars…

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New Author Joe Pawlowski
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READERS:


‘The Watchful Dead: A Tale of Old Hastur (A Ring Gargery Thriller)’

 

 

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Amazon BOOK INFO:

Series:
 A Ring Gargery Thriller (Book 1)
Publisher: Glint Media (January 12, 2019)
ISBN-10: 1733610812
Paperback: 199 pages  – Kindle Length: 201 pages
Available For Kindle Unlimited Membership
Genre:  Gothic FictionHorror Literature & Fiction,  

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ABOUT THE BOOK:

Within the shadowy walls of ancient Hastur, reality and illusion walk hand in hand.

A 12-year-old boy housebound all his life, a conjure woman who talks to the dead, an evil slave trader driven ruthless by greed and a war hero whose greatest battles take place in his own mind: all are about to have their lives shaken to the core by powerful forces from beyond the grave.

A tale of murder, magic, and madness, The Watchful Dead is a nightmare blend of gothic traditionalism, magical realism and dark fantasy that will haunt you long after you turn its final page.

Readers are calling The Watchful Dead “a ride right off the bat” and “nicely written, with a lyrical quality that kept me turning virtual pages,” and the author “possesses the talents of a classic great writer.”

The Horror Fiction Review says, “All in all, it’s a gutsy, ambitious, skillful exploration of cosmic/epic dark fantasy that brings something new to both facets of the genres.”

 
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

New Author, Joe Pawlowski is a retired journalist living in the Twin Cities of the great state of Minnesota with his wife, Debbie, and rescue dog, Lucy. Besides reading and writing, he enjoys music, movies and socializing with his many friends…

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CAT’S BOOK REVIEW and RATING: Solid 4- STARS

Hauntingly Dark and Mysterious … Is The Watchful Dead

I will start by being transparent as this is not my normal genre of choice. I am also not a spoiler of any books. And, when I first read Mr. Pawlowski’s book title, my first thought was “Pirates”… far from it!

However, what a real ebook page-turner from the first few pages. A little too “gothic” for my taste, but this read had all the elements of dark thrilling mysterious suspense that holds your attention and keeps you deep within the pages and storyline.

Exceptionally written with unearthly characters, an end you really don’t see coming, and as a writer, I have no clue how this author kept up with all that goes on with Ring’s deeply disturbing and dysfunctional family and the full storyline unfolds.

And Oh the twisty weaves of dark magic, ghostly characters who passed on, fantasy and so much more within this great read.

I would suggest it to those who do enjoy a darker gothic thrill ride!
Definitely worth the read.

~Cat Lyon’s Reading and Writing Den by Author, Catherine Lyon

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You can purchase with Amazon Direct Links Below!

$2.99
$10.95

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Our Friends of TCK Publishing Is Sharing News of Amazon’s Ever-Changing “Book Review Policy”…

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We all know how important Book Reviews are for Authors and Writers…

Not that t is an easy task for authors to gain book reviews for our published works, it seems for readers as well.

Have you heard about the ALL THE rules for Amazon reviews?

Amazon has made several updates to their review policies recently, and that’s had a big impact on the industry.

In fact, many self-published and traditionally published authors have had Amazon reviews removed from their books for violating their new guidelines. So my Tom, my friend who runs TCK Publishing and who has a helpful blog too. He shares today for all of us about ALL the New Rules of Amazon Review Policies in hopes it helps all who give it a read!

~CAT of Cat Lyon’s Reading Den

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Having problems with your Amazon book reviews? So are we.

Our team at TCK is always happy when new books get immediate reviews on our Amazon product page. Our authors are also delighted when positive reviews start to roll in.

Amazon reviews not only build customer confidence, but they also create momentum. Book reviews can help improve your book sales and improve your rankings in Amazon’s algorithms by increasing your conversion rates (meaning more browsers actually end up buying your book).

Higher Amazon conversion rates influence cross-postings on other product pages and increase the chances that your book will be read and recommended by influencers or accepted by book promotion sites.

Not surprisingly, when reviews that had been rolling in suddenly start to disappear, it can be confusing and disappointing. To make matters worse, Amazon’s Customer Reviews Guidelines state,

“We can only discuss specific Customer Review removals with the person who originally posted the review.”

So, you may never know what the review said, who posted it, or why it was removed unless the person who posted it contacts you directly.

Amazon’s Newest Reviewer Policies

Amazon continually experiments with different guidelines and algorithms to eliminate fake reviews and “reviews for hire.” Their algorithms use machine learning and data mining to assess the multitudes of reviews that products and books receive daily, a task that would be impossible for the Amazon Community Guidelines team to tackle on their own.

While we at TCK Publishing applaud Amazon’s goal of a truthful review process, we don’t want legitimate reviews from readers and book reviewers to get caught in the crossfire!

In a relationship- and word-of-mouth-driven industry we believe authentic voices and relationships should outweigh machine learning and algorithms.

Here are some of Amazon’s current reviewer policies you should know about if you’re selling books on Amazon.

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1. You cannot offer anything in exchange for a review

“We do not permit reviews or votes on the helpfulness of reviews that are posted in exchange for compensation of any kind.” – Source

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Paying for reviews is an obvious way to have your review deleted in a hurry.
But we were surprised to find that Amazon reviewer policies allow “book authors and publishers … to provide free or discounted copies of their books to readers, as long as the author or publisher does not require a review in exchange or attempt to influence the review.”

It is therefore important that the review never states “I was given a free copy of this book in exchange for a review.” If your reviewer insists on disclosing that they were offered a review copy, however, encourage them to use wording like “I received an advance review copy at no cost and without obligation from the author,” otherwise the review may be pulled.

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2. You cannot review your own book and family and friends cannot review your book

 

“We don’t allow individuals who share a household with the author or close friends to write Customer Reviews for that author’s book.”


Amazon has been cracking down ruthlessly on this policy. They have launched new data mining techniques in combination with artificial intelligence and machine learning to remove questionable reviews. Unfortunately, these tactics sometimes remove legitimate reviews as well.

“Family members or close friends of the person, group, or company selling on Amazon may not write Customer Reviews.”


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For example,
if friends or family leaving reviews use the same IP address as the author, Amazon may deem the reviews to be from “someone you know” and remove the reviews. They even go so far as to remove reviews from anyone that the author has “friended” on Facebook or other social media.

Before you panic and start deleting your Twitter, Instagram, and author fan page on Facebook, however, remember that social media is still a great platform for marketing your book and building your reader base.

One of our authors recently received this cryptic message from Amazon, which does not make it clear what similar information caused the eliminated review:

 

Hello,

We removed the Customer Review for your book because our data shows that elements of your Amazon account match elements of the reviewer’s Amazon account. In such cases, we remove the review to maintain trust in our customer reviews and avoid any perception of bias.

Customer Reviews are meant to give customers unbiased product feedback from fellow shoppers. Because our goal is to provide Customer Reviews that help customers make informed purchase decisions, any reviews that could be viewed as advertising, promotional, or biased will not be posted.

To learn more about this policy, please see our Customer Review Creation Guidelines (http://www.amazon.com/review-guidelines).

3. Customers in the same household may not post multiple reviews of the same product

If you leave a review for a product, no one else from the same IP address will be able to leave a review for the same product.

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4. If your book has only sold a few copies but receives many reviews they may be removed

If an influx of reviews appears immediately after a book’s release even though it has sold only a few copies, Amazon could deem this suspicious behavior and remove the reviews.

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5. Reviews must be respectful

This is fairly obvious. If a review is slanderous, obscene, sexual, crude, etc. it will be removed. You can take a look at Amazon’s Community Guidelines for details of what constitutes a non-respectful review.

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6. The review cannot post promotional content

This is also fairly obvious. Reviews cannot be used to market other products.

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7. The reviewer must be a recent customer on Amazon

To contribute to Customer features (for example, Customer Reviews, Customer Answers, Idea Lists) or to follow other contributors, you must have spent at least $50 on Amazon.com using a valid credit or debit card in the past 12 months.

Amazon reviewers must be regular Amazon customers. Prime members are automatically enabled to leave reviews since their purchase of Prime exceeds the $50 minimum. If they are still on the free trial of Prime, however, the $50 minimum would still apply.

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8. The reviewer does not necessarily have to purchase the book

However, we recently spoke to an Amazon customer support agent who said that all nonverified reviews were being removed. That means that the reviewer would have had to purchase the product in question as well as other products totaling $50 in the past year. This contradicts Amazon’s current Community Guidelines, therefore we hope that this is just a temporary measure by Amazon.

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Be on the lookout for fake reviews

We’ve seen several fake reviews posted about our authors’ books. We aren’t sure of the motive behind them, but it could be a tactic by a competitor to lower the product ratings.

Here are some red flags that can alert you to potentially fake reviews:

● The reviewer’s posts are all the same or similar.

● The reviewer posts only one- or five-star reviews, and there are very few helpful votes on any of their reviews.

● The reviewer has only one or two reviews, usually one star or five stars.

● The reviewer has posted many reviews in a short amount of time. We have seen hundreds of reviews from one reviewer on the same day.

● The review is brief and doesn’t provide any reason or explanation.

● The review doesn’t make sense or apply to the book. Here’s an actual review that was left on one of our author’s books: “The book took over my Kindle, the book crashed my computer.”

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If you think a review on your book violates Amazon guidelines, report it

What can you do if you get a review that violates Amazon Guidelines? You can report it to the community help site.

To report:
1. Go to the review on your book listing

2. Click the “REPORT ABUSE” button

3. Click on the Report button

4. You can also contact Amazon Support at community-help@amazon.com. You must specify the location of the review (copy and paste the URL for the specific review into the body of your email) and explain why you believe the review violates the community guidelines.

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How to Get More Book Reviews

If you want to learn how to get more high-quality book reviews, visit and read our TKC Publishing blog post on How to Get Book Reviews: The System That Got Us 1,000+ Reviews on Amazon. 

Come visit our team at Lyon Media and Literary Services to see how we can help you!

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