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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“Presented By “Cat Lyon’s Reading Den” ~ Author, Catherine Lyon”

Meet Author, Johnnie Calloway and His New Book;”Dragons to Butterflies: The Metamorphosis of a Man” This Month’s Book Pick!

“A journey of tragedy to triumph, from the broken heart of an abused child to the beautiful soul of a man…”

A true-to-life story by Johnnie Calloway .  .  .  .

Publisher: Balboa Press (April 3, 2016) ~ Author, Johnnie Calloway.

About “Dragons to Butterflies”

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-bracingly 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!


~Retired Addictions Counselor, Callie Chappell-Nicholas

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Overview

Dragons to Butterflies takes you on a journey of tragedy to triumph from the broken heart of an abused child to the beautiful soul of a man.

“You have a strong voice Johnnie, and an important story to tell. Tell your story”

– Chip St. Clair, New York Times Best-Selling Author of “The Butterfly Garden”

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Courtesy of  PRWeb Author Press Release ~ SARASOTA, FLA. (PRWEB) JANUARY 03, 2017

Johnnie Calloway has spent much of his life fighting one battle after another. A long train of unfortunate events carried him from a violent childhood to an equally unstable adulthood. Calloway chronicles his journey to create a promising future from an oppressive past in “Dragons to Butterflies: Metamorphosis of a Man.”

Calloway recounts his endless struggles in “Dragons to Butterflies.” He narrates his early years with an emotionally and physically abusive father, which led to substance abuse and mental illness as an adult. Calloway provides a detailed history with his demons, using his trials and tribulations to propel him towards growth and strength.

“It was incredibly painful to relive some of the moments that I wrote about in Dragons to Butterflies,” Calloway said. “But in order to inspire others, I knew I would need to be open about all that I have been through. My hope is that others will be motivated to move beyond their abuse and use the past as motivation for the future.”

“Dragons to Butterflies” takes one man’s true story of cruelty and transforms it into one of love, forgiveness, and hope. For more information on the author and book, please visit website and blog: http://www.dragonstobutterflies.com. Connect on  Facebook and

“Dragons to Butterflies: Metamorphosis of a Man”
By Johnnie Calloway can be purchased in hardcover, paperback, or e-book formats.
Available at Amazon, Barnes and Noble and Balboa Press

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About The Author ~ Johnnie Calloway

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Johnnie Calloway grew up in a small town in Kentucky, with the population at around 11,000. His mother passed when he was only five, leaving him to grow up with an angry, alcoholic, sexually confused father.  Johnnie was born into a reputation that he never wanted but was obligated to live up to. Still, Johnnie always wanted to be the “good guy.” The conflict between his personal desire and his sense of obligation to his dad’s/family’s reputation created a great torment that was oddly accompanied with an insatiable yearning to learn.

Eventually, Johnnie became a seeker of truth. And has now devoted himself to sharing what he is seeking has taught him with others. He has written two books, “Taming the Dragon” and Dragons to Butterflies: The Metamorphosis of a Man, and is currently working on, “Within the Chrysalis, It’s an Inside Job”.

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Shared by “Cat Lyon’s Reading Den”  ~ ~ Author, Catherine Townsend-Lyon 

“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**


 

My Guest Today – Marsha’s PR Insider! Get Your Brand As An Author Ready For The New Year on Social Media.

How Social Media Turns You Into A Valuable Media Commodity   by

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All I can say is I just love Marsha Friedman from The PR Insider! I have learned SO much from her through the years about PR, Social Media, Branding, and Book Marketing. She is well respected and very inspiring to many .  .  .  .

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If you’re savvy enough to be using social media as part of your branding efforts – and I know that you are – then you’re also savvy enough to want to get the most out of those efforts.

After all, when you’re using social media for personal or business branding, you’re not out to learn how many of your high school classmates have grandchildren, or “like” the photos of your niece’s wedding.

Instead, your goal – or at least one of your goals – is to build a loyal following and then leverage that following to enhance your marketing and branding efforts as an authority in your field.

Because here’s the thing: the greater your following, the more intriguing you’ll appear to the media gatekeepers you’re trying to attract to spread your message.

Let’s face it, most people in the media are inundated with requests from people who have a story to tell, a product to sell or a service to promote. If you manage to cut through all that clutter and get on the media’s radar, one of the first things they will do is Google your name or your company’s name and check out your presence on social media.

It gives your credibility a strong boost if the media find that you are widely followed on social media sites. Here are just a few ways your social media following can pay marketing dividends for you:

  • A large, built-in following makes you an asset to the media. The bigger your following the more impressive you’ll look when the media take a peek into your online world. As a result, a journalist will be more inclined to interview you, and a TV show or radio show host more likely to want to talk with you on the air. Simply put, the more popular you are, the more valuable you are as a guest or interview subject.
  • Once you’ve achieved some media coverage, your social media following is your doorway to sharing that coverage with an even wider audience. There is so much information on the internet competing for attention that it’s a challenge for any one article or interview to achieve much notice. That’s why you have to give any coverage you receive a little nudge – or maybe even a big shove!

    Let’s say, for example, that you’re interviewed for an article that appears in a national publication. If you share a link to the article on your social media sites, you have immediately broadened the potential audience for that article. But it doesn’t stop there. Many of your followers may share it with their followers, widening the reach even more. If you’re lucky, it could even lead to the article or interview with you going viral! You’ll like that and so will the media outlet you helped shine the spotlight on.

  • If you’re looking for a book deal, that social media following will be influential. Traditional publishers who are mulling the risk of taking you on will be more inclined to do so if you have a large number of people following you.
  • A large social media audience can attract sponsors interested in tapping into your audience because they’re after the same demographics. That could be a deep well of revenue for you.

Building an extensive social media following and making the best use of it is not only smart, it’s essential if you want to take advantage of the marketing and branding opportunities that social media present.

When the media start checking you out, you want them to be impressed with what they find. And at that point, the whole situation could become almost self-perpetuating. A growing audience can help lead to media attention. Media attention can help grow your audience.

What an extraordinary development that would be!

Perpetually yours,

Marsha 

(P.S. If you need professional help with your branding and social media efforts, give us a call at 727-443-7115 ext. 215.)

ABOUT MARSHA FRIEDMAN:

Marsha Friedman launched EMS Incorporated in 1990. Her firm represents corporations and experts in a wide array of fields such as business, health, food, lifestyle, politics, finance, law, sports, and entertainment. She consults individuals and businesses on a daily basis and is frequently asked to speak at conferences about how to harness the power of publicity.

 

Merry Christmas Eve and Weekend Authors, Readers, Bloggers, Writer’s and Friends. Guess What? He IS On His Way!

Santa’s On His Way And Being Tracked! Will he be stopping in your TOWN?

 

Only If You Didn’t Make The Kitty?

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.  WERE YOU NAUGHTY or NICE Kitty THIS YEAR?

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Of Course, I had to get in the Very Berry Merry Christmas Season! LOL!
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And My Kitty Kids TOO! Mr. Boots, Miss Prissy Princess, and Simon! 

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So I Wish YOU & YOUR’s A Very Blessed and Happy Holidays from Catherine Lyon and The Gang!!!

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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.