Book Reviews – An Outstanding Spiritual Wisdom Book & Guide Called; “The Gateways” ~ By Author, Dr. Jane Galloway.

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“It is not often when a book comes along and can change your “life path” to a new direction and journey of spiritual healing and inner peacefulness no matter what life may bring you, good or bad. That is some of what you gain by reading Author, Dr. Jane Galloway’s new release titled; “The Gateways.”

We all know life can be a tough challenge within the society we live in today. There is so much unrest throughout our world, and believe it or not it can make many of us feel on edge. Especially if we are dealing with our own life roadblocks.

There can be many! We need to learn to have awareness of how to deal with life challenges and get back to living with less stress and drama that seems to happen all around us. This is why I highly recommend you read Dr. Jane’s book. It will open the gateways into living a life of freedom and a path to a real spiritual awakening in mind, body, and soul. That is how I felt while reading this book. Here is more about Jane, her book and what other readers felt…

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About The Book: “The Gateways on Amazon Kindle”

“The Gateways are…A Gateway, a Bridge, an Opening into living the Spiritual Life that the Steps promise!  What YOU get from this is TOOLS, Inspiration, Time to release the Shame and move into the FREEDOM.”

Is there more to recovery than just staying sober and clean? Dr. Jane Galloway offers an emphatic “yes” to this question in her groundbreaking 12 Step companion guide, The Gateways: The Wisdom of 12-Step Spirituality. Galloway presents the 12 Steps squarely in the context of 21st-century spirituality with breadth, skill, and sensitivity that helps readers of any faith (or of none) experience a profound spiritual awakening.

Too many recovery programs fixate on the sickness of addiction and, as a result, trap people in a pathology-centered mindset. Jane Galloway’s strength-based approach suggests “Rather than obsessing about what is ‘wrong’ with a person, learning what is ‘right’ with them may hold the key to understanding.” Incorporating ancient developmental systems like Chinese meridians and the Kabbalah Tree of Life, as well as more recent psychological systems like Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs and Erik Erikson’s Eight Ages of Man, Gateways presents 12-Step Spirituality as a Wisdom Path. Galloway’s 12 corresponding Gateway Essences unlock the power of the Steps through spiritual practices and rituals that make up a customized, holistic Mind, Body, Spirit toolkit.

As a 30+ year member of Alcoholics Anonymous, ordained pastor and Doctor of Ministry and accomplished stage and screen actor, and community organizer, the Rev. Dr. Jane Galloway brings a woman’s voice to the chorus of men who have previously spoken on 12-Step spirituality. Her work is inspired by and devoted to AA’s founding spiritual vision as it appears in “The Big Book”: “To us, the realm of Spirit is broad, roomy, all inclusive; never exclusive or forbidding to those who earnestly seek.” The Gateways opens wider vistas to the deeper wisdom within us all.

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A Must Listen “The Gateways” ~ ~ Dr. Jane Galloway Shares Hosted By Omar Pinto of “The SHAIR Podcast”

 

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BOOK REVIEWS:

Jane Galloway opens the Gateways….  5-Stars! Amazon Reviewer.

Just finished The Gateways: The Wisdom of 12 Step Spirituality by Jane Galloway. Its subtitle is “Dynamic Practices that Work.” I recommend this book for anyone wrestling with addiction problems, but even more so for anyone seeking a deeper spiritual experience and inner healing. Jane begins with a theological exegesis of the traditional 12 step path and then leads us to deeper spiritual connections across a variety of traditions. The book is set up as more of a “workbook” than a didactic instruction book. It is intended to provide ways to actually explore and experience a richer spiritual life. My highest compliment would be that at a certain point in the introductory section, I began looking forward to the Gateways as a way to deepen my own spiritual experience.

It is also indicative of Jane’s commitments that she includes a section on how these practices can be used in building community. This is a book only Jane Galloway could have written. She has lived in both the worlds of traditional mainline “church” and also New Thought, worlds which often don’t touch, or see, each other.She is a very valuable “bridge person” between these worlds. As you will discover, she has also explored Wisdom literature, and practice, in the broadest possible way. She is a scholar, a theologian, a preacher, but most of all pastor. It is from that caring perspective this book is written. I will always be thankful for our years as colleagues at West Park and for what I learned from her Sanctuary community…

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This book is a gift to anyone on the spiritual path toward wholeness.

The Rev. Dr. Jane Galloway’s The Gateways: The Wisdom of 12-Step Spirituality combines the tried-and-true methods of the 12-Steps with dynamic spiritual practices that allow people to more deeply integrate the Steps into their own personal spirituality. Among longtime members of recovery groups like Alcoholics Anonymous (such as the author), newcomers to the 12 Steps, and even among the throngs of curious onlookers wanting to know just exactly how this method miraculously transforms broken lives into productive, joyous, deeply spiritual lives, The Gateways is creating a different kind of buzz.

Rev. Galloway sets the stage by telling the story of the 12 Steps with all of the drama and detail of her significant acting career. Whether you know the adventures of Bill and Lois by heart or you’ve never heard of the founders of AA and Al-Anon, the first part of The Gateways reflects some of the best recovery writing I’ve seen. Galloway remains true to the letter of AA’s founding tenets as well as its original literature—much of which reads like a 1950s newsreel and is at risk of becoming outdated—in this timely, revolutionary book. But Jane Galloway’s The Gateways is much more than an update.

It presents the 12 Steps squarely in the context of 21st-century spirituality with skill and sensitivity that will carry the message into the next millennium. The Gateways invites devotees of every faith, as well people who identify as agnostic, atheist, and spiritual but not religious (SBNR), to share this journey into wholeness. And, somehow, Jane Galloway manages to map this vast topography with equal breadth and depth in a concise, direct narrative.

With honesty, candor, and a touch of wry humor, Jane Galloway begins the conversation on 12-Step spirituality by telling us her own story. She has nothing to hide—which I find one of the most refreshing characteristics of 12-Step philosophy. One of my favorite parts of the book is where the author transitions from her personal background to the bigger historical picture in a chapter entitled “A Country Spirals into Addiction.” The 20th century was indeed a breeding ground for widespread addiction, but it was also a time of great breakthrough in preparation for the spiritual and religious awakening that is upon us in the 21st century.

Dr. Galloway devotes three especially salient chapters to the ways 12-Step spirituality dovetails with New Thought spirituality, eastern Wisdom teachings, and the Christian movement known as the Jesus Path. Here’s where Galloway’s Doctor of Ministry from Claremont School of Theology sheds light on the full spiritual spectrum without becoming bogged down in any of the doctrinal dogma associated with religion. She’s well equipped with the necessary knowledge and wisdom—distinctly crucial attributes—to guide us on the inter-spiritual path of which the 12-Steps are a valuable part.

All of this builds up to the truly groundbreaking second part of the book, where the author introduces twelve “Gateway Essences”—a veritable smorgasbord of spiritual practices including a Chakra, a Chinese Meridian, color, sound, gemstone, and musical note that reflects the deeper essence of each of the 12 Steps. Galloway cleverly provides a metaphorical container for these practices, modeled on the Japanese bento box, whereby people can pick and choose which practices they’d like to incorporate, just as a typical bento box may hold rice, fish or meat, vegetables, etc. In today’s global spiritual marketplace with its overwhelming selection of spiritual teachings, it’s nice to visualize this tidy little personalized “to go” box of spiritual practices. Finding the spiritual practices that feed your soul can make the difference between lifelong sobriety and serenity, and the repeated relapse scenarios we see and experience all too often. The tangible rituals and practices of The Gateways unlock the power of each of the 12 Steps to make recovery a truly sacred experience.

But perhaps the greatest contribution of “The Gateways” is its emphasis on strength-based recovery. Too many recovery programs fixate on the sickness of addiction and, as a result, trap people in a pathology-centered mindset. Jane Galloway suggests “Rather than obsessing about what is ‘wrong’ with a person, learning what is ‘right’ with them may hold the key to understanding.” Recognizing the importance of addressing the root causes of addiction, she posits that “Drawing forth the inherent strengths in a person opens a world of self-realization.”

Herein lies the genius of The Gateways: Jane Galloway’s multivalent spiritual approach empowers people to not only live soberly but to live spiritually. The Gateways doesn’t replace basic Step work, but takes each of the 12 Steps to the next level and, in so doing, helps us live in greater alignment with our Higher Power, our life’s purpose, and the joy of living. Jane Galloway’s The Gateways is a priceless gift not only to the recovery community but to every spiritual pilgrim on the path toward wholeness.

Kate Sheehan Roach
Managing Editor, Patheos Spirituality

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You can connect with Author, Rev. Dr. Jane Galloway on her many social media sites and a visit to her website is a must. With currently all 100% 5-Star Amazon book reviews, you know this is an Exceptional Read.

Jane’s Website: Jane Galloway, Author
Sacred Stories: About The Author
A Goodreads Author
Her Podcast:  
The Gateways with Rev. Dr. Jane Galloway – YouTube
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Press Release: News and Events for Author, Rusty Blackwood. A Fabulous Writer and Popular Canadian Author…

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“Blackwood’s latest 5-star romance novel, ‘Willow’s Walk’, follows ‘Passions In Paris’, a romantic fiction novel written in the tradition of Bram Stoker’s ‘Dracula’ and ‘What Dreams May Come”

 

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After a successful low-cost book promotion of “Willow’s Walk,” Canadian Author, Rusty Blackwood has more events lined up! Here is more about all the scheduled events happening courtesy of 24-7 Press Release….

March 15, 2017, /24-7PressRelease/ — Canadian Indie romantic fiction novelist Rusty Blackwood has announced a number of interviews and special pricing in March 2017 for her 5-Star rated romantic fiction novel ‘Willow’s Walk’. The new romantic fiction novel is unique in that it addresses the dangers of social media within the context of a romantic fiction story line. Social media sites can sometimes be wonderful places to form new relationships. They are also fraught with danger for the unsuspecting. Blackwood uses this concept as one focal point of the story. A mature woman / younger man relationship that begins in an Internet chat room leads to real trouble for Willow Sutherland-Crosby, the protagonist of the story.

On March 21st 2017, an interview with Rusty Blackwood will appear on the same site. There will be a free giveaway of the Kindle version of “Willow’s Walk”@ Amazon Kindle. com .  FROM: 6 am to 11 pm.

Then on March 28th, 2017, ‘Willow’s Walk’ will be the Book of the Day on “Indie Author News ~ Book of The Day.”

“I am very pleased to have three upcoming day features during the month of March on Indie Author News,” Rusty Blackwood stated. “I have appeared on this popular and informative Indie book site back in 2013 with my romantic fiction drama, ‘Passions in Paris: Revelations of a Lost Diary’, and I am most pleased to have my newest novel, ‘Willow’s Walk’, hold center stage, along with an interview with yours truly speaking about the novel, as well as my role as an Indie author. To have one’s work featured on such an impressive site is a credit to one’s name, and to one’s work, and I am once again looking forward to it.”

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“Willow’s Walk,” follows the release of ‘Passions in Paris: Revelations of a Lost Diary’. Her first romantic fiction novel is a sweeping saga written in the tradition of Bram Stoker’s ‘Dracula’ and ‘What Dreams May Come’. It has been compared to Erich Segal’s ‘Love Story’ and Nicholas Sparks’ ‘The Notebook’.

Willow’s Walk’ is a gripping new tale, certain to hold readers captive from the very first page. Set in the beautiful city of Ottawa, Canada in 2003, this touching story centers on the life and times of a woman determined to prevail at all costs, regardless of what is set before her, the result of which is certain to leave the reader reeling in its wake.

The path each person walks is entirely their own. The pitfalls along that path, as well as the way in which they are dealt with, are entirely up to the individual. But Willow Sutherland-Crosby walks a far-different path, and with her own agenda.

Abuse, deception, intrigue, and a never ending quest for happiness and love – will she find these, or will her blind determination be her downfall?

‘Willow’s Walk’ has received a number of 5 star reviews from professional reviewers. Maria Beltran stated, “I highly recommend this book.” Gisela Dixon said, “I thoroughly enjoyed reading about the life of a person presented in such a wonderful manner.” Another said, “Brutally honest. I was touched by the bittersweet conclusion that sometimes purpose and happiness are only found through great tragedy …”

 

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‘Passions in Paris’ has also received rave reviews. Linkk Kula Kane said, “Passions in Paris I think stands its ground with these other powerful romantic stories like ‘The Notebook’ by Nicolas Sparks.” Reader Fred Pifer stated that “‘Passions’, is a fascinating book of a love story that seemed to be written with me in mind. In the book ‘Love Story’ by Erich Segal, he told of a deep abiding love story that reminds me of Cullen and Joy’s in Ms. Blackwood’s book, but the twists of intrigue and mystery that she adds keeps the reader on edge throughout.”

Information on the new romantic fiction release, including a new book trailer, is available at Blackwood’s site on the ‘Willow’ page. Readers can download paperback and Kindle versions of both books at Amazon sites worldwide, including Amazon.ca

Rusty Blackwood is available for interview in the Toronto and Niagara areas and can be reached using the information below or by email at writerrusty@hotmail.ca.
More information is available at her website;  Rusty Blackwood, Author …

** Rusty Blackwood is a prolific Indie author of romantic fiction, short story comedies, contemporary and traditional poetry and children’s books. Her first love is romantic fiction, but she crosses genres with ease. **

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

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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.”

 

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BOOK REVIEW FEATURE ~ KEYS TO RECOVERY NEWS ~  “Monkey Traps” Book One

“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:
Control.”

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

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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.


WANT TO TRAP A HUMAN? 
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.

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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?

ABOUT ADDICTS:

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


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~Fabulous Cover Reveal & Editorial Review for The New Kim Carter Mystery~ “Murder Among The Tombstones”

“What can I tell you about Authoress of Mystery Thriller reads? Her new release; the follow-up to “Sweet Dreams, Baby Belle” titled, “Murder Among The TOMBSTONES: A Clara & Iris Mystery,”

That’s WHAT!

And oh my are the early Galley Book Reviews FABULOUS!

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MURDER Among The TOMBSTONES’ ~ Who’s body will turn up next in THE ATL?”

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About The Authoress:

Kim Carter, Author and prolific writer of contemporary Mystery, Suspense and Thriller books, is a fan favorite among her avid readers with her array of released mystery titles like; “When Dawn Never Comes,”  “Deadly Odds,”  “No Second Chances” and “Sweet Dreams, Baby Belle.” Her soon to release mystery titled;  “Murder Among The TOMBSTONES”  and Kim’s #5 new book under her belt.

Kim has been writing mysteries for some time and has a large reader fan base who enjoys all her mystery, suspenseful books, and it shows with the many 5-Star book reviews given by her readers. She continues to write for her mystery fans, as she enjoys interacting and engaging with all of them.

Kim and her husband have raised three successful grown children and have vested in retired greyhound dogs as they enjoy attending the many events held annually for them, as well as educating others about their need for great homes and what great pets they make after retirement.

Kim, a college graduate of Saint Leo University, she has a Bachelor Degree of Arts in Sociology. She has worked in Human Services in the Grant Division before becoming an author and writer. She lives in the Atlanta, Georgia area. Between reading and traveling with her beautiful family, she will continue to write mysteries for some time for all her avid reader fans. You can visit and connect with her now on Goodreads: Kim Carter Mysteries On Goodreads .

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(See, even Kim’s son Austin and his doggie Olive enjoy reading Kim Carter Mysteries!)

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Editorial Review:
By Author, Ronald E. Yates was a foreign correspondent for the Chicago Tribune and Professor Emeritus of Journalism at the University of Illinois.

REVIEW:

“Two crafty septuagenarian widows turned private investigators; a crabby Atlanta cop recovering from a gunshot wound; and a cunning killer who dumps his victims rather appropriately in cemeteries. Those are just a few of the zesty ingredients in Murder among the Tombstones, the latest whodunit by Georgia-based mystery writer Kim Carter. It’s a fast-paced, twister of a mystery that keeps you turning pages until the very end. Readers are going to Rave about this one!”

~Author, Ronald E. Yates, Chicago Tribune . . . .

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So keep watching for this one reader’s as it will be releasing in a few in a few weeks! Other books by Kim Carter Mysteries and All Available Here on  Amazon Online!

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New Book Release and Author Interview With Nancy LaPointe,”Faith’s Illusions.”

“It is not every day you come across a person that is bursting with joy, faith, and kindness. This is what you will find within my new friend and Author, Nancy LaPointe. You will also read this throughout all of her wonderful books including her new release, “Faith’s Illusions.”  .   .  .  

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About The New Release:

Newspaper Reporter Laurel Kingston leaves everything behind to begin a new life in Phoenix, Arizona. Planning her wedding to fellow reporter Carter Bradley is exciting, but life in Phoenix is a big transition for this southern girl. The strong faith Carter shares in her bring’s hope and promise for wedded bliss.

But questionable practices in the church arise to cause tension and a blanket of darkness that seems unexplainable. Conflict builds as each examines their own personal beliefs and realizes how strongly they stick to their convictions. Can their love survive the conflict? As family crises, wedding plans and career stresses challenge the couple, God steps in with interesting and inspiring solutions. A story that will encourage readers to examine their own personal beliefs and foundation of faith.

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About The Author:

Nancy LaPointe is a pastoral counselor, certified life coach, and ordained pastor. She has written for newspapers, newsletters, blogs, and magazines for about twenty years, always with a focus on the power of God’s healing. Her books carry a central theme of spiritual growth, inspiring even through fiction. Leading women’s retreats and Bible studies, she is passionate about helping people find emotional healing and learning to walk in freedom. Nancy enjoys living with her family in the beautiful mountains of New Mexico.

 

 
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My Interview With Nancy .  .  .  .

1.) How did come to writing and publishing books?

I have always enjoyed writing, as far back as grade school. A few years ago I decided it was time to write more seriously. I had published magazine articles and newsletters with my different places of employment, including regular newspaper articles, but I wanted to write a book. I believe God was in it as He was continually putting ideas in my heart. Then I knew it was time to take the plunge and just go for it!

2.) Are there authors or books that have influenced you and your writing?

I have been strongly influenced in my writing life by Julia Cameron, whose books on creativity stir up the passion in me. Her book, “The Artist’s Way,” to me is a book all writers should experience. I’ve worked through the workbook portion several times. My spiritual life and writing are definitely influenced by Francis Frangipane and also Ann Voskamp’s “One Thousand Gifts.” There are more, but these are probably the top contenders.


3.)  What is your “Motto about Life”?
“Be kinder than necessary, for everyone you meet is fighting some kind of battle. ”


4.) How many books you have written?

I have written three books. The first, “Living in God’s Rest…At Peace in a Chaotic World,” shares some valuable life lessons about slowing down and resting in God, which brings peace to all areas of life. My other two books are Christian novels which carry underlying themes regarding living the Christian life in a sometimes confusing world.


5.)  What are your Favorites:

Favorite Books: Bible , The Artist’s Way

Movie: Steel Magnolias

Foods: Green chile, pecans, coconut and of course, chocolate

Color:  Purple

Animal: Dogs


6.)  We know a little about you from your Amazon Author Page, but what are some hobbies and interests?

I enjoy oil painting, reading, playing with my puppy and spending time with friends and family. I’m a flea market junkie, and DIYer so enjoy refurbishing old furniture. HGTV is my inspiration.


7.) Lastly, how about family life? Do you have grown children? A grandma?

I have one daughter, a talented writer and website developer, who is building a tiny house right now. She has one daughter, my only grandchild, who of course, is gorgeous, brilliant and a gymnastics star. We lost my husband to cancer in April so our little family has had much to deal with, but we are blessed with a huge extended family who brings lots of joy and support to our lives.

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Now we all know a little more about Nancy. I hope you will do yourself a big favor and visit her wonderful Author Website and Blog called;  Nancy’s View
You may also connect with Author, Nancy LaPointe all over social media.

Let her know Catherine sent you!
Connect with Nancy  On Facebook  –  on Twitter –  on Google+  –  and on GoodReads
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Lyon Book Promotions Welcomes Author & Recovery Coach, Roger Stark …

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Author, Roger Stark writes addiction/recovery books, with two under his belt so far. His first release is titled;  “The Water Fall Concept, A Blueprint for Addiction Recovery.” His most recent new book has just released early June 2016 titled; “Reclaiming Your Addicted Brain: A Recovery GPS:  How to find your path to recovery and not get lost.”  Both books are available in e-book and paperback and sold online on Amazon.com, Amazon Kindle Store, and on the author’s websites: The Waterfall Concept  &  Reclaiming Your Addicted Brain .

Now one of my favorite social media places believe it or not is over on LinkedIn! This is where Roger and I connected. He sent me a message ‘begging me’ to help him promote his new book, well, …. OK, he didn’t quite beg, but he did ask about my promotion services! LOL. LOL. Here is more about both of his books and a wee bit more about him and his co-author, Irwin Morse  ….

 

About The Book Waterfall Concept:

This is an addicts owner’s manual. It is truly a blueprint for recovery. It is a practical description of addiction and what must be done to recover. Whether the struggle is drugs, alcohol, gambling, pornography or any other sexual addiction, it is all covered in this book. It is written with the understanding that only an addict/clinician can have It is the book I wish had been given to me the day I realized, I was in fact, an addict.

In my own recovery from addiction, in my studies which qualified me to practice as an addiction counselor and in my ensuing work with addicts, I have been taught. What I have come to understand is presented here.

Are you seeking to understand addiction or looking to find recovery? Please, let us help. Our goal is to help you understand the mess addiction is.

The Waterfall Concept, A blueprint for addiction recovery, is the new standard in LDS addiction recovery books. It provides insights that give understanding to addiction and well as solutions that lead to recovery. It was written by a recovering addict and trained addiction counselor who combines his life experience, education, cases studies and clinical best practices to produce a truly unique recovery guide.
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About The New Book Reclaiming Your Addicted Brain:

Inexplicable logic is normal fare in addict land. Friends and family are baffled by the behaviors, antics, and thinking of the addicted one. Their patience, tolerance, and love are depleted quickly. Eventually, their empathy and compassion exhausted, they say the inevitable, “He will just have to hit bottom,” as they shake their heads and walk away.

The tool of self-destruction so effectively wielded by the addict is his own mind. The addict takes a perfectly good brain and, by relying on thinking errors, rationalization, justification, and every form of denial known to man, creates an addict where a person used to be.

“Reclaiming Your Addicted Brain” reviews the return journey from addict land, the learning of how to leave our thinking errors behind. Written around the recovery story of one man from alcohol and sex addiction, clinical notes, and comments appear throughout the story helping the reader to understand this baffling disease. Addicts report being able to see their own behaviors that were previously hidden from them when they are manifest in someone else. Reading George’s (the book’s addicted character) story and misadventures creates ‘aha’ moments of understanding that can open the doors to recovery.

This is definitely a “How To” book. George presents his “legs of a stool” analogy that eloquently describe the needed steps to recovery. The clinician’s voice adds step by step directions on how to gain the key ‘Skills of Recovery.”

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Reclaiming Your Addicted Brain: A Recovery GPS: How to find your path to Recovery and not get lost along the way
(click book to Amazon)

 

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About The Author:

Roger and his wife Susan live in the Pacific Northwest in the great State of Washington.

Roger is an avid bicyclist. Married to his wife Susan for over 45 years, they raised seven children, have eight grandchildren with two more on the way. He and Susan love to travel and see the sites and cultures of the world. They indulge in the sport of Geocaching on their travels. Roger works as a licensed addiction counselor in the State of Washington, (CDP), and is Founder of The Waterfall Concept, located in Vancouver, WA. Visit his website for all the services he offers:  Waterfall Concept .

Roger also offers Mini-Camps through Reveille, Awaken To Recovery.

Designed specifically for addicts, their families and helpers, Reveille Speaking Engagements and Mini-Camps are intensive recovery experiences. The curriculum brings understanding by making sense of the addiction mess and provides the solutions that make recovery possible. These events are specially designed for those who have struggled to find healing or have experienced treatment failure.

Mini-Camps are cost-free and work on:

  • Education – Understanding the disease
  • Planning — Charting the Recovery Path
  • Goals — Outlining the goals of recovery
  • Change — How compulsions are extinguished
  • Helpers — The helpers role
  • Rules of Recovery — The rules that lead to recovery
  • Benchmarks — How we measure success
  • 12 Step Work – The key to spiritual healing
  • Skill Building — Raising the ability to change
  • Tool Gathering – Acquiring the tools of recovery

Usual Suspects — These guarantee recovery failure

“Bring your desire to change, we will show you how.”

About The C0-Author, Irwin Morse:

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“Reclaiming your Addicted Brain” is Irwin Morse’s first writing effort. Irwin writes about addiction and recovery from the perspective of his first-hand experiences. This book includes events from his life including his 26-year journey of recovery, some of those events successful, many not. He shares his experiences in an effort to be true to Step 12 of Alcoholics Anonymous: to reach out to the addict who still suffers. Irwin was born and raised in New York and has traveled extensively, including living overseas. He currently resides in the South and is an active supporter of both the AA and SAA communities there. You can learn more on his website: Reclaim Your Addicted Brain  . . . .

Now, I have been working closely with Roger for past the few weeks, and I can tell you he has a great sense of humor and down to earth. I just finished reading his first book, Waterfall Concept and my is it truly a guide to a successful recovery for those who are in early recovery. Great advice and resources in this book!  I also have just started his new book with Irwin, and so far it is an exceptional read. Here are a couple book reviewers take on just how well written and fantastic both books are!

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Book Reviews:


WaterFall Concept:  Packed with helpful suggestions

Format: Paperback

“This is an excellent book, filled with information and suggestions to help someone as they struggle with addiction recovery.

Roger Stark is not only an addiction counselor and a recovering addict himself. He approaches this book with the same attitude required of anyone attempting recovery — humility. He offers so many tools in this book and covers all the bases: spiritual, emotional, physical. His suggestions progress from the easiest to follow early recovery techniques to more challenging techniques in later stages and the maintenance phase.

Stark clearly defines what an addict is and describes how they got to their place of addiction. I found it to be a good book for any parent who may have a child that is beginning to use drugs or alcohol as a coping technique for their feelings. I think many of the suggestions could be used as preventative tools, not only as recovery tools.

Stark is positive and encouraging throughout the book. He helps put relapses into perspective so they can become learning experiences rather than stumbling blocks.

What I loved most about his book is that many of his techniques are helpful overall life skills. Anyone can benefit from learning and incorporating the suggestions for coping, self-care, and expressing feelings.

The book had a lot of grammar and punctuation mistakes that made the reader have to work a little too hard. But it was well worth the effort. I strongly recommend this book to anyone, those who are currently in addiction recovery, parents, or anyone looking to become healthier emotionally.

Review of Reclaiming Your Addicted Brain:  “Great Resource

Format: Kindle Edition

“This is a great book about the addict brain and the crazy rationalizations. The book does a great job of helping everyone see how an addict convinces him/herself to act out and not see anything wrong with it. The author offers great advice and sound steps on how to combat this faulty thinking and behavior. I would highly recommend for anyone suffering from addiction.”

.Connect With Roger on Social Media here:

Twitter: @author_RStark
Facebook: Waterfall Concept FB
Facebook: Reclaim Your Addicted Brain FB
Google+ Circle   and connect on Follow on GoodReads

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Again I Welcome Roger to “Lyon Book & Social Media Promotions!”
Author/Columnist, Catherine Townsend-Lyon  

 

 

 

 


Guest Writer Interview Of Mystery Author, Kim Carter . . .

Hello and Welcome Readers, Friends & Visitors,

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Today I would like you to meet one of the best mystery writers
around as far as I am concerned.
Please meet Author Kim (Herron) Carter and
all four of her fantastic mystery thriller reads.

Her newest book SWEET DREAMS, Baby Belle is receiving
Rave Reviews over on Amazon Books. She had
recently been interviewed over on Awesomegang Book Club,
and it is such a great interview I wanted to share it
on my blog so my readers can get to know more of
Kim’s writing technique.

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~Writer’s Interview With Mystery Thriller Author, Kim (Herron) Carter~

 

Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
I’m the mother of three grown children and live in Atlanta, Ga. I’ve written eight novels, four of which have been published, and I’m currently working on my first series.

What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
Sweet Dreams Baby Belle is my latest book and it was actually inspired by a young child’s tombstone in the Biloxi City Cemetery in Mississippi. Although the book is fiction, her small broken monument touched and inspired me. After two years of research to discover the truth about Baby Belle, we were able to find out very little about her short life. This mystery is a tribute to that little girl who died in the late 1800’s.

Do you have any unusual writing habits?
I always write in my pajamas. I mean, who doesn’t want to be comfortable? I also write best when it’s raining. I have a sound machine with thunder and lightning, but it’s just not the same as when it’s storming outside.

What author’s or books have influenced you?
I’ve been influenced by so many great mystery writers starting with Sue Grafton. I also love Iris Johansen, Karin Slaughter, and Mary Higgins Clark.

What are you working on now?
I’m working on a series that is actually a spin-off of Sweet Dreams Baby Belle. I just wasn’t quite ready to let go of some of those characters.

What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
Awesomegang of course! But. I have to give some ‘Kudos’ to my little book promoter – Catherine at Lyon Book & Social Media Promotions has done an excellent job in getting my mystery books out to the readers who will enjoy them.

Do you have any advice for new authors?
Don’t let anyone discourage you! I’m trying to get thicker skin but sometimes it’s difficult.

What is the best advice you have ever heard?
My mother told me all the time as a child and often as an adult that ‘practice makes perfect’. Some days my writing is better than others and I’m not afraid to delete a sub-par day of writing.

What are you reading now?
The Witches by Stacy Schiff

What’s next for you as a writer?
To continue writing for as long as I enjoy it. I have a new book almost done to release early summer 2016, which is book 2 of the Sweet Dreams series.

If you were going to be stranded on a desert island and allowed to take 3 or 4 books with you what books would you bring?
Oh wow, just 3 or 4? Could I take 3 or 4 books from each of my favorite all-time authors? That’s not fair, I know, but I’m going for it… Nathaniel Hawthorne, Sue Grafton’s Alphabet Series, Beverly Cleary, and John Steinbeck.

 

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More About Kim The Author & Writer:

Kim Carter, Author and prolific writer of Contemporary Mystery, Suspense, and Thriller novels, a fan favorite among avid mystery readers has an array of released titles like; “When Dawn Never Comes,” “Deadly Odds,” “No Second Chances,” and her new release, “Sweet Dreams, Baby Belle.”

Kim has been writing mysteries for some time and has a large reader fan base who enjoys all her books, as it shows with the many 5-star book reviews given by her readers. She continues to write for her mystery fans, as she enjoys interacting and engaging with them.

Kim and her husband have raised three successful grown children and have vested in retired greyhound dogs, and they enjoy attending the many events held annually for them, as well as educating others about their need for great homes and what great pets they make after retirement.

Kim, a college graduate of Saint Leo University, she has a Bachelor Degree of Arts in Sociology. She has worked in Human Services in the Grant Division before becoming an author. She lives in the Atlanta, Georgia. Between reading and traveling with her beautiful family, she will continue to write mysteries for years to come for her avid readers.

Kim’s has just finished her 5th mystery book and will be released early summer 2016. It is a new volume of the Sweet Dreams series. Early edit reviews say it maybe an Amazon Best Seller!

 

Author Websites and Profiles
Kim Herron Amazon Profile

 

Kim Herron’s Social Media Links
Goodreads Profile
Facebook Profile
Twitter Account
Buy the Book On Amazon.

 


“Presented by Lyon Book Promotions & Interview Courtesy of Awesomegang Book Promotions”