Pricing Your Books. Are You Over Pricing Authors? Are You Listing in The Correct Categories?

So my friends over on Book Marketing sure knows about pricing your books so that it helps you gain sales and reviews, not over price readers from not buying. We also need to make sure we are adding our books in the correct categories when we upload them on Amazon’s Create Space and KDP for kindle e-books.

WHY?

Because your category placement also affects your Amazon rankings which can move every hour as does sales and book reviews. You can find a lot more about your listing categories and how rankings work here on Amazon Author Central

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More about pricing:

Many self-published authors tend to price themselves out of sales.

This happens because:
1) You know how much time you spent to write the book, time or money spent on editing, time or money spent on the cover, time spent on learning to self-publish, plus the priceless view you have of your own work (rightfully so), all which combine to make you put a higher price tag on your book.
2) Self-published authors often aren’t making many sales, so they often price their book higher to earn more per sale since their sales are infrequent. We get that… but we’ve always been a proponent of the fact that you can sell more books with a lower price, and while you’ll earn less per book, you will make more in aggregate than you would with a higher price book. Plus, until you have more books to sell, it’s all about getting more readers so when you DO have more books, it’s much easier to sell them with a built-in reader base.

Now we have proof, with numbers directly from Amazon!

Amazon is usually pretty guarded with their stats. They don’t share much, but they recently shared some numbers regarding book sales at different price ranges.
Here is the quote relevant to book pricing:

“It’s also important to understand that e-books are highly price-elastic. This means that when the price goes up, customers buy much less. We’ve quantified the price elasticity of e-books from repeated measurements across many titles. For every copy an e-book would sell at $14.99, it would sell 1.74 copies if priced at $9.99. So, for example, if customers would buy 100,000 copies of a particular e-book at $14.99, then customers would buy 174,000 copies of that same e-book at $9.99. Total revenue at $14.99 would be $1,499,000. Total revenue at $9.99 is $1,738,000. The important thing to note here is that at the lower price, total revenue increases 16%. This is good for all the parties involved.”

This is directly from the largest marketplace in the world, who specializes in e-books. How much clearer can it get?

Sure, we would all love to sell at $14.99 or even $9.99, but that’s not the reality for the self-published author. But, you can still make good money selling at $0.99, $1.99, $2.99. Especially for the new author, with so much competition out there, you don’t want your price to be the reason people aren’t willing to give you and your books a shot.
Once you have a strong following of readers who love your books and want to buy more (you are building that mailing list right?), then, you can experiment with $3.99, $4.99, even $5.99. Many self-published authors are now able to command those prices, but they were not always able to sell their books for those prices. If you try to start at that price, for whatever reason, and you have very few reviews and hardly any fans, you’re going to continue to not sell many books, and you will earn less than you would with a lower price point.

Your goal is to reach as many readers as possible and to get them to want to buy every other book you come out with in the future. The bigger fan base you are able to build now, the easier it will be to sell books in the future with every new book you write.

Get people in the door with a lower price, build a readership, get them to fall in love with you and your books, THEN price your books higher.
Here’s to Selling More Books Authors!

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Cat’s Book Review: Author, Johnnie Calloway and His Book “Dragons to Butterflies: The Metamorphosis of a Man.”

“Cat Lyon’s Reading Den” presents Book Reviews for Author, Johnnie Calloway…

“Dragons to Butterflies: The Metamorphosis of a Man.”  now available on Amazon and Amazon Kindle!

 

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ABOUT THE BOOK:

Johnnie Calloway is a gifted storyteller and has written a superb personal account of his harrowing childhood and adult life. Although he retells his experiences of emotional and physical abuse, neglect, heartache, and betrayal, and later his own addictions and struggles with mental illness, he manages to keep the reader thoroughly engaged and inspired by his strength and wisdom throughout this page-turner. Johnnie’s willingness to be soul-baringly honest in this book as he traces his earliest memories into his teens and then adult years is truly unlike anything I have ever read. I have no doubt that his display of courage and his determination to go to any lengths necessary for his own healing will serve as a guiding light for countless readers. It is a story of hope and love, forgiveness and healing. I only wish it had been available when I was a practicing addictions counselor. I would have made it required reading!

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Johnnie Calloway grew up in a small town in Kentucky. His mother passed away when he was 5, leaving him to grow up with his father who he describes as a sexually-confused, angry alcoholic. Calloway fell into drug addiction, alcoholism and battles with mental illness before finding healing through forgiveness. In “Dragons to Butterflies: The Metamorphosis of a Man” (published by Balboa Press), the author chronicles his abusive relationship with his father and the steps that led him to recovery.

“An astrologist told me that I was supposed to write in 1991 and I then wrote ‘Taming the Dragon,’” Calloway says, adding, “The object is not to conquer the dragon but to tame him and make him an ally.”

Calloway hopes to expose the darkness of child abuse and give “a voice to those kept silent by fear, guilt, and shame.” He lives in Florida and writing a new book to release soon.

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Cat’s BOOK REVIEW:

A Fantastic Memoir and Bravery! 5-STARS!

Where Do I Begin?

What an exceptionally written book and writer Author, Johnnie Calloway is! A true memoirist. As a child, what this man went through and the dysfunctional family dynamic didn’t surprise me that it sent him on a long journey of seeking, affirmation, self-sabotage, and turning to addiction. We seem to forget or not taught when starting to recover; we need to begin the “inner work” of processing the horrific trauma to heal in “Wellness.”

This book proves and is a testament to never giving up and having resilience into Triumph in recovery no matter how lost we are. The chapter that “touched” me the most was Chapter 17, “The Aftermath.” The author starts out; “Humiliation became a way of life for me. I ran into everything head first, hoping to find the one thing, one person, or substance to make me OKAY.”

What a powerful statement as I knew what he was saying. I did this myself in my aftermath of childhood trauma and abuse and had turned to addiction. This book gives an in-depth look at a person who can and has found his way to “other side.”

Was it easy? NO. But with the bravery and courage, Johnnie has found along his journey some peace and serenity and let it go! Life events are just as traumatic, like the death of a parent, which affected the author deeply when his mother passed at his age of five. He spent years blaming himself that he held part of her passing. It started a cycle of self-sabotage and feeling unworthy of anything good in his life.

Reading this book is must read for all and shares no matter how deep our past pain and scars are?

We can we recover no matter the roadblocks in our way!

Johnnie is now on a quest to share what he has learned along his journey to share and give hope to others. Just an amazing true story and read!

“In Recovery Magazine” Columnist & Author, Catherine Townsend-Lyon”
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“Read this book. Dragons to Butterflies is the true story of a little boy who believes he caused his Mother’s death. That incorrect belief and being brought up by a family who was unable to raise kids in a safe and loving environment caused Johnnie to become a young man who continually sabotaged his own happiness and success. The story is well written and proves that one’s life can be changed when facing incredible odds against it. Johnnie shares his very personal story to encourage anyone who is facing their own “dragons”. His honesty and strong desire to help others is evident as you read about his ability to overcome and emerge as the phenomenal adult he is today.”

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“Dragons to Butterflies is a heartfelt, true story about a man’s very difficult journey through life. If you believe you have had challenges in life and wonder if you can ever overcome, you must read this book. Johnnie’s life story brought tears to my eyes, made me angry at life’s injustices and yet somehow made me laugh. You will walk away knowing that you are not alone in your challenges and that there are absolute answers. His lifelong passion to give-in and give-up somehow translated into his beautiful strength to persevere. His life story delivers a vision of hope and belief that there is a way, to those that for good reason, simply cannot currently see or believe.”

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5.0 out of 5 stars “Dragons to Butterflies” is the best book I have read in a very long time, October 1, 2016
This review for; Dragons to Butterflies (Paperback)
“I am not a book reader, it really needs to catch my attention within a few pages. Hands down, “Dragons to Butterflies” is the best book I have read in a very long time. Johnnie Calloway’s-never underestimate the positive influence and impact you have had on so many lives. Your honesty, integrity and caring soul shine through every single page. You never gave up, you kept on picking yourself up and moving forward. Inspiration is the word that comes to my mind when I think of you and honored to have met you and come into my life.”

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Please take some time and visit Author, Johnnie Calloway on his blog; Today I Laugh

New #blog has published. Take a look 👀 and be sure to follow.
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“An Intimate Author Interview With Romance Thriller Author, A. Gavazzoni Here on Cat Lyon’s Reading Den.”

Hello, and Welcome Readers and Friends,

Today we have Author, A. Gavazzoni as our guest author interview and she has just released her second novel of her romance psychological thriller series. Her first book titled; “Behind The Door: Hidden Motives – book one” has just received a “Golden Box Books Judges Choice” book award! She has released book two titled; ” Lara’s Journal: A Sizzling Psychological Thriller” that I feel will HIT #1 on Amazon Kindle soon.  So let’s read and learn more about this beautiful Brazilian Lawyer by day and writer of steamy suspense by night, Author, A. (Adriana) Gavazzoni . . . .

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(Q) Tell us a little about your new release of Lara’s Journal – book two and how it differs from your first novel ‘Behind the Door’?

“Lara´s Journal is the sequel to Behind The Door, and in this new novel, the reader is going to discover the hidden motives behind Lara´s behavior as an adult. Readers will get to know her, learning about her childhood through her college years.

Simone suffers deep changes in this second novel, thanks to the traumas she endured in the first book. In Lara’s Journey, Simone decides to enjoy life in a different way. The new book contains mystery, murder, and all criminal scenes were checked and endorsed by a former FBI agent, so they are as realistic as possible.

The book is also steamy as hell, so prepare for sex beyond any limits—even more scandalous than what readers encountered in Behind The Door”

(Q) How many books will be in your novel series?

I believe I’m going to write at least three…but I don´t put reins on or apply rules to my imagination; I let it run free!

(Q) What writing challenges did you have with Book Two? Was it more difficult to write than ‘Behind The Door’?

Book two has many criminal situations that required a frequent consultation with FBI agents, and also, I had to study a lot of psychiatry to create Lara and the other characters, but I don´t think writing Lara’s Journey was more difficult than writing Behind The Door, I believe the first novel was more difficult because it was the first one.

One difficulty I really had was to cut the second novel before it reached a thousand pages…and hold on to the rest of the story, keeping it in my mind for book number three.

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(Q) Tell us about yourself?

Well…I am from Brazil…and I am a very active person, or better, I am hyperactive. Professionally I’m a lawyer and a writer…I love to dance, to work out, to read and to cook ( I can cook some amazing dishes and now I’m learning Indian Cook…spicy!!!!). I am also addicted to movies.I love to learn foreigner languages and culture ( I speak English, French, Spanish and Portuguese) and I travel abroad whenever I can. I love art and I’m a museum rat and passionate about history. I love animals. All kind of animals. And I have two dogs, two beautiful girls, Gaia and Juno.

(Q)  What inspires you to write?

Human nature inspired me. I love to observe people and try to guess why they behave the way they do…it’s all about hidden motives and we all have ours.

(Q) Do you have any unusual writing habits?

Whenever I have an idea for a scene I send messages to myself (whats app and e-mails) LOL.

(Q) What authors, or books have influenced you?

So many marvelous writers inspired me…to start with the classical ones like Emily Bronte, Stendhal, Dumas, Saad Marquis, Margaret Mitchell and modern ones like Marc Levy, Tom Clancy, Dan Brown, John Grisham and Colleen McCullough …but I could list a hundred here…the poems of Alisson Matos – a Brazilian writer – from Baudelaire to Allan Poe.

(Q) Do you have any advice for new authors? And what was the best advice you have gotten?

For writers, if you love to write, believe you are going to be a published writer/author and never give up on your dream! Now, the best overall advice I ever heard came from my father; “learn everything you can, Nobody can take knowledge from you.”

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(Q) Now to round out your interview, a few personal detail. What is your favorite color and favorite foods?

My favorite color is red, and I don´t know if I have a favorite food, as I enjoy trying everything, but I really love any kind of spicy food—Thai, Indian, Brazilian Bahía´s food. I take great pleasure in the dining experience and think of it as a sensual activity, so, whenever I can…I try something really different.

(Q) And last, what is one “secret” about you that readers don’t know or can’t find to about you?

I´m an open person, so if someone asks me a direct question, I will answer. I don’t think I have any deep, dark secrets or skeletons in my closet, but there is one thing people might not guess about me—I´m very childlike, and I love to watch cartoons, Disney movies, and go to amusement parks. Nothing is more fun to me than a crazy-dangerous roller coaster that causes me to shout and scream until I’m hoarse! LOL!

Author Websites and Profiles
A. Gavazzoni Website
A. Gavazzoni Amazon Profile

A. Gavazzoni’s Social Media Links
Facebook Profile
Twitter Account

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Now you have all the scoop readers! All you ever wanted to know about our ‘Guest Author, A. (Adriana) Gavazzoni.’  Please make sure you visit her website for updates above, connect with her on social media as well, and do yourself a big favor and grab a copy of both her released books in her novel series and be ready for Book Three!


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*CaT* ~ “Cat Lyon’s Reading Den” of Author/Columnist, Catherine Lyon**


 

New Book Release: Author, Rico Austin of “Baja Loco: 4 Racing Days & Tequila Nights on the Norra Mexican”

“Well, it seems Amigo Rico Austin has a new book release for those who enjoy Baja Racing and a splash of TEQUILA on the side! Rico is a  fantastic writer and the BEST storyteller around. I have read both his books titled;  My Bad Tequila  and  Mexico Got Lucky .  Now his new release is now available on  Amazon & Amazon Kindle  .  .  .  .  Here’s more.”

About The Book:

4 Racing Days & Tequila Nights on the NORRA Mexican 1000.

“The journey is the destination.” – Dan Eldon

“In order to write about life, first you must live it.” – Ernest Hemingway

“A Rough Day can be fixed with One Thing – TEQUILA!” – Rico Austin

“Live as if you were to die tomorrow.” – Mahatma Gandhi

“If you have everything under control, you’re not moving fast enough.” – Mario Andretti

“You’ll see the true reflection of me when the tequila bottle is empty.” – Rico Austin


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About Amigo Author, Rico Austin and Interview on TV  News.

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“Award-Winning Author Of ‘My Bad Tequila’, Named As Finalist In ’50 Great Writers You Should Be Reading’ Book Awards”

Rico Austin was picked from a field of hundreds of authors who appeared on The Authors Show. Rico Austin’s book, entitled ‘My Bad Tequila’ details one man’s epic journey across two continents and four countries with 50 years of adventure.

WILMINGTON, NC, December 01, 2016 /24-7PressRelease/ — Rico Austin, author of ‘My Bad Tequila’, has been named as a finalist in the ’50 Great Writers You Should Be Reading’ Book Awards Contest. His honors came as a result of his appearance on The Authors Show. Rico Austin was chosen from a field of hundreds of authors through a public voting process. ‘My Bad Tequila’ details one man’s epic journey across two continents and four countries with 50 years of adventure. But 1986 changed everything forever when one event devastated the lives of 19 students, three chaperones, and one bus driver. Was it the tequila?

“I wrote this book,” Austin stated, “because I had to purge myself of this fateful Spring Break trip of 1986. I felt the need to share the perils of binge drinking, engaging in irresponsible sex and what happens when college and high school students don’t think twice about what happens when bad decisions are made and acted upon.”

“Thinking about sending your ‘Kids’ to paradise unsupervised? THINK AGAIN.”

“You’ll see the true reflection of me when the tequila bottle is empty.” – Rico Austin

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Austin has won numerous writing awards throughout his writing career:

Hollywood Book Festival – Honorable Mention (Wild Card genre 2011)
Readers Favorite Book Awards – Silver (Fiction – Mystery – General genre 2011)
Amazon eKindle – #1 Top Rated Kindle eBooks (Mexico Travel genre 2011)
“Five Parrots in a Palm Tree” – Superb Island Reading award 2011
#1 Book to Read, June 2011 – NY Professional Reviewer, Fran Lewis
Readers Favorite Book Awards – Finalist (Fiction – General genre 2011)
Arizona Authors Association – 3rd Place (Fiction Book of the Year 2011 – 2012)
London Book Festival – Honorable Mention (Wild Card genre 2012)
Los Angeles Book Festival – Honorable Mention (Wild Card genre 2011-2012)
New York Beach Book Festival – Honorable Mention (General Non-Fiction genre 2012)
New Mexico – Arizona Book Awards – Finalist (Fiction – Mystery genre 2012)
Bibliocracy.com – Author of the Month (June 2012)
Suspense Magazine – Review & Article (July 2012 issue)t
Book Town – February’s Book of the Month (March 2013)

Austin is also the author of a number of other books:

‘In the Shadow of ELVIS, Perils of a Ghostwriter’ – Autobiography, Memoir; This is the true story of how and when Rico met the legitimate, illegitimate son of the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll, Mr. Elvis Presley. These are the trials and tribulations of ghostwriting John Dennis Smith’s epic and incredible mystery of being adopted and discovering his birthright.

‘ARIZONA Is Where I Live’ – Children’s book; ARIZONA Is Where I Live is a masterful and learning display of the Sonoran Desert, the mountains, the lakes, the Grand Canyon and of the animals that make Arizona one of the most unique and interesting states in the Union.

‘Son of the KING, an ELVIS Paradox Unveiled’ – Biography; This biography is the true story of Elvis the King of Rock n’ Roll and his legitimate, illegitimate son. This book explores the relationships of those closest to Elvis Presley and the influences each of them had that kept Elvis from claiming his first born John Smith Presley.

‘MEXICO Got LUCKY’ – Non-Fiction; Lucky, the most famous dog in all of Sonora, Mexico was dognapped on March 1st, 2014. Was it a prank gone bad by teenagers? Did it involve the ruthless, Sinaloa Drug Cartel, deadliest in the world? Or was it just a lowlife dog thief?

‘Author, Artist & Anyone’s Personal Marketing Guide: Financial Success with 11 Proven Promotions Including Blogs & Social Media’ is Rico’s sixth book.

‘Entrepreneur, Realtor & Anyone’s Personal Marketing Guide: Financial Success with 10 Proven Promotions Including Blogs & Social Media’ was Rico’s seventh book published.

New – Baja LOCO, 4 Racing Days & Tequila Nights on the NORRA Mexican 1000′ – Memoir: This is the true adventure of the Azunia Tequila / General Tire race team and author Rico Austin’s journey of the 2014 Mexican BAJA 1000 which was published this last November 2016.

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Members of the public who want to vote for Rico Austin in the ’50 Great Writers You Should Be Reading’ Book Awards can access his entry and vote at The Authors Show site at http://www.TheAuthorsShow.com. Rico Austin is available for media interviews and can be reached using the information below, or by email at rico_thunderbird@yahoo.com. All of Austin’s books are available at online retail book outlets. More information is available at Rico Austin’s website at http://blog.mybadtequila.com.

Rico Austin earned an Associate Degree in Marketing and Sales from BSU. Rico moved to the Phoenix/Scottsdale area and continued his education receiving a Bachelors of Business Administration in International Business at Grand Canyon University, named the “Outstanding International Business Graduate of 1995.” That same year he was also selected as “Mr. Future Business Executive” at the State Leadership Conference which included all universities in the State of Arizona.

The summer before graduating, Rico went to Vilnius, Lithuania, and taught English (ESL). During his fall semester of his senior year at GCU, Rico attended Staffordshire University in England where he also started on the American Football Team for the Staffordshire Stallions. Rico finished his Masters, an MBA in International Management from the Thunderbird School of Global Management with a focus on the Latin America Region and the Spanish language. He appeared in a cameo appearance on Baywatch where he played the role of a drug lord.

Rico was selected for the May 19th, 2013 issue to represent Arizona in the fellow author, Annette Synder’s popular blog, Fifty Authors from Fifty-States, which spotlights writing professionals across the Fifty United States. He was again chosen to represent his home state of Idaho on March 23rd, 2014, and was named for writing about Arizona on January 17th, 2016. Rico was also chosen from among several hundred writers and bloggers to help compile a booklet with 13 other prominent authors. ‘How to Create Credibility as a Freelancer – 70 Tips from a Collection of Experts’ was published in December 2009.

So there you go readers. All you wanted to know about this fantastic author. Now do yourself a favor and grab a copy of his New Release Today .  .  .  All of Rico’s books will make a great “Holiday Gift” for the Avid Readers on your gift list!  So visit his  Amazon Author Page to see all his books.

** Happy Holiday Reading Friends! **

Catherine Lyon, Author/Columnist  🙂

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Book Review: Whit’s End, The Biography of a Breakdown. By Author, Whitney McKendree Moore.

Welcome Readers and Friends,

I just finished an amazing new book I feel all will enjoy. It is by my sweet new friend and fellow Author, Whitney McKendree Moore. So let’s get right to it!

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About The Book:

Whit’s End is the biography of a breakdown. It will bring hope to any Christian who is wringing their hands over a loved one’s addiction. In author Whitney Moore’s family, the problem was related to alcohol, but addiction is addiction, is addiction. This story proves that nothing is too hard for God—that when we can’t, God can.

The victory that is unfolded in these pages starts with the shock of realizing there is even such as thing as “functional alcoholism.” When the problem is finally revealed, Moore finds help in a twelve-step recovery, where people learn to discern (and do!) God’s will. In meetings, people share the miracles that, for them, have started to unfold:

• Fear turning into faith
• Bondage turning into freedom
• Mourning turning into joy

Moore’s story is full of evidence that what is impossible for man is possible with God, and that with God’s help, there is hope for the hopeless and help for the helpless. In short, God can, if only we will get out of His way.

This book is for any Christian who loves an alcoholic.

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MY BOOK REVIEW:

Bravo Whitney for shedding light on how alcoholism can take a toll on a family that by all accounts from the outside looks happy and normal, but Whitney shares in writing, behind closed doors can be a very different picture and slowly becomes real life dealing with addiction and mental illness.

Don’t let the beautiful beginning of her tribute to the fond memories of her family and childhood fool you as you delve deeper into reading her memoir. As many topics and issues start to unravel themselves that begins the part of the book’s title; “Biography of a Breakdown.” It will tug your heart strings as you learn what was actually taking place between her mother and father, and the father-daughter dynamic. I don’t like reviews that “spoil” a good book, what I can tell you, this is an exceptionally well-written read.

It will enlighten you to many serious issues that can destroy an “angelic family life.”
You also begin to see just how “faith and miracles” can intervene when all hope is lost. It sheds light on the topics of what a “functioning alcoholic and alcoholism” looks like and how a 12-Step program can make all the difference in learning how to protect yourself when thinking we can change or control what is happening around us and by whom. Nope, only God has that ability as the author shares very well of her personal experiences.

Through this book, that is exactly what Whitney testifies about and clearly shares. Many times addiction is just too big to handle on our own. As Whitney learns. She shares that even from death, grief and difficult life events, we can find blessings and lessons learned from tragic negatives and trauma. I loved when she shared; “when we can’t God CAN.” Which is very profound if you are a Christian and woman of God as the author is by reading her book. ‘Hope and Faith’ will never fail you.

This book will help you heal old wounds, makes you feel sadness, happiness, shed a few tears, laugh, cringe at times and have joy as Whitney finds triumph along with peace and serenity in her life. Addiction and mental illness are hard topics to write about. Whitney has done a service to all who are facing these same challenges. You learn how to “just give it to God and forgive.”

I highly recommend this book to everyone!


Purchase “Whit’s End” on Amazon here in paperback and E-book.

Do You Know Your “Roots to Religion?” Meet Diane Olsen, Author. She Studied This Subject in Her New Book.

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Diane Olsen, Author Presents Her New Book Release Titled; 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 ( various theories or philosophical systems that seek to explain phenomena of nature by the action of force) – even war. Those who suspect there is a unified core of basic beliefs should enjoy Ancient Ways.

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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, unique and an in-depth 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.’


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5-STAR AMAZON BOOK REVIEW: “Totally encompassing the history of the world’s religions.,” -September 25, 2016

Ancient Ways: The Roots of Religion (Kindle Edition)

Ancient ways, The Roots of religion is one amazingly concise and intuitive book. The subject covers from the very earliest bipedal man through biblical times and into the middle ages and beyond.Communicating with gods that seem to have so much in common and so many similar histories assist in the belief that we share a creator and creation story.

I found myself lost in this book, not a negative, the history and the evolution of man was very well stated and provides documentation for the statements. It delves into zombies, white witches, Jewish God, Islamic Allah, Buddha, Osiris, and every form of Diety that has been worshiped and found through verbal and written histories.

The ancient ways connect astrology, alchemy, and all other esoteric practices. The book of Enoch in the Apocrypha tells of the giants that inhabited the world before the great flood. This is carried through in other religious documents of the time. Learning about the Priest, Ram was a new and fully invigorating story of earth’s early man and their desire to move past a belief in nature.

They began with priestesses and the chapters on Rams dreams, writings and memories is so thought provoking and insightful. It was new material for me and I was in awe of his place and time in history. I had heard of Cherchen man before, but to read of their belief system and their history was so enlightening. Rama took away the sacrifices and brought about praise. All because of yet another dream. I can not stop reading this book., Each page is filled with unknown religious histories.

This book will provide you a glimpse of each of the main religions of the current people and the original people. I will keep this as a reference because it encompasses so much information, I can’t retain it all. IT is a book to absorb and retain for reference! Very well researched and written. .  .  .

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“A Few Questions Answered By The Author”

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Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
I have one book which is currently in print, and two which I am currently writing. I have also completed several screenplays and scripts, magazine features and newspaper articles, and written for several columns.

What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
Ancient Ways the Roots of Religion – I have been gathering the material for such a piece all my life. Both ancient humans and the various ‘Faiths’ naturally came together for me here. I had also studied many religions along with studying at the University of Montana, Missoula: Anthropology, Archaeology, and Paleontology. I did a lot of research for this book. LOL.

What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
I hired a book promoter to help me set up my Social media accounts and listing my book on many book sites. She helps set up layered book ad’s as well. And she promotes my book throughout social media. She uses and works with many other book promo people and places like your’s here at Awesomegang.

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Book Review of “The Path of the Child” by Author, Sojourner McConnell. 5-Stars!

  The Path of the Child – By Author,   Sojourner McConnell – On Amazon

ABOUT THE BOOK:

Seventeen-year-old Melanie Easton grew up in a lonely loveless home and accepted that she was facing an empty life. Unable to reach out to other children that she attended elementary and High School with, her quiet existence seemed to be her lot in life. One morning fate dropped a new friend into her life. As unexpected as it was that she made this friend, she noticed that changes started taking place in her life. After making a new friend, she finds that changes are occurring in her life. Will they be wonderful changes?

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

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Born and raised in Birmingham, Alabama. Sojourner McConnell continued to live in Pleasant Grove while raising her three children until 2000. At that time Sojourner moved to Phoenix, Arizona. She thrived in Phoenix, finding creativity and independence.

In 2010 she moved back East to be closer to her children and grandchildren. She lives in Winchester, Kentucky with one of her daughters and three of her thirteen grandchildren. She has six grandchildren in Alabama and four that live in Michigan.

The Path of the Child is Sojourner’s first book. She is currently completing a second book at this time. This book is expected to be released in 2016. When not writing, she is busy entertaining her Australian Shepherd, Beau. Beau gets jealous when she spends too much time working on the computer.


Note: My dear friend Sojourner is not only a fantastic writer and author, but many know her as a passionate reader and book reviewer on her fabulous blog: The Page Turner – Vickie Goodwin. https://vickgoodwin.wordpress.com/  Make sure you stop by and say hello!


BOOK REVIEW:   5-STARS!

“I Could Relate To This Coming of Age Story Personally”

Where do I begin? Even though this a piece of fiction, you learn right away that this story is one of many young girls journies and path in life. Starting from childhood to about 17, Melanie has faced abuse, abandonment, non-existent parental love as the list goes on. I could actually “feel” many of the same feelings Melanie felt. I to had a rough childhood. As I, and Melanie, just wanting to be heard or acknowledged from your parents would have been a sliver of hope for unconditional love.

I don’t like to spoil a good book, so what I will tell you is that the author did an exceptional job in writing this storyline as it shares many topics through her characters that brought meaning.
And when a writer can make you feel what she is writing with a tear shed, a smile with a laugh, a girl longing to find some truth, the power of friendship and feeling her character has ‘Triumphed’ by the end of the story?

Now that’s what makes a book a great read like this one!

And that is exactly what you get when reading “The Path of the Child.” It leaves you feeling inspired, learning the power of love, and shows we all have a “seed” within us to overcome anything in our lives through Melanie…. I will be waiting for book 2.

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