Book Tours: Author Interview Dearly Beloved

1) How long have you been writing?

Ever since I picked up a crayon many moons ago! Seriously, though, I wrote professional non-fiction in my 20’s-40’s. I started writing fictional romance when I turned 54 and had my first romance book published – traditionally – at 55.

2) What is your favorite genre to write?

Contemporary romance because I like to live in the here and now. From that, I write two subgenres within that genre, smalltown romance and RomComs ( romantic comedies)

3) Which genre have you never tried before, but would you like to try out?

Historical, particularly REGNECY. But I haven’t done so because there is so much you have to get right, from the table settings, to the clothes, to the titles. Regency readers are knowledgeable and loyal. I don’t want to make any mistakes.

4) Please tell us about your book.

The easiest way to tell you is the give you the blurb:

Colleen O’Dowd manages a thriving bridal business with her sisters in Heaven, New Hampshire. After fleeing Manhattan and her cheating ex-fiancé, Colleen still believes in happily ever afters. But with a demanding business to run, her sisters to look after, and their 93-year-old grandmother to keep out of trouble, she’s worried she’ll never find Mr. Right.

Playboy Slade Harrington doesn’t believe in marriage. His father’s six weddings have taught him life is better as an unencumbered single guy. But Slade loves his little sister. He’ll do anything for her, including footing the bill for her dream wedding. He doesn’t plan on losing his heart to a smart-mouthed, gorgeous wedding planner, though.

When her ex-fiancé comes back into the picture, Colleen must choose between Mr. Right and Mr. Right Now.

5) Which character was your favorite, and why? Which character was your least favorite, and why?

My favorite character was Nanny Fee( Fiona). She is a 93 year old Irish spitfire. Age hasn’t dulled her political activism – or her red hair. Although now, it comes out of a box! Two, if we’re being truthful, to match the color she wants it to be. Nanny is loyal, loving, strict, flirty, and outrageous – everything I hope to be when I am 93!! In all honesty, I don’t have any characters I don’t like, including my “villain” Harry ‘VLAD’ Green.

6) What was the hardest part about writing your book?

The theme of the book ( aside from the romance) is forgiveness. Should Colleen forgive her ex-fiance for cheating? Should she forgive her parents for abandoning the family during a crisis? Should Slade forgive his father for his many sins? I knew I wanted to make sure the reader was given the reason each character could or should forgive, but didn’t want to do it in a preachy, holier-than-thou way. I struggled with allowing my H/H to work their way through this theme in a cleansing – hopefully fulfilling way for the reader – without sounding like I was being judgmental or overbearing. I think – hope!- I did that.

 

7) What is your writing routine? Are there things you absolutely need to start writing?

I retired from my regular day job in 2015 when my first book was published. Since then I consider writing my full time job, so I am at my desk by 8 every morning to write in my current manuscript and I usually write until 3-3:30 every day. I have chronic insomnia, so I am up at 3 am every day and I do all my social  media promotion between the hours of 3 am and 6am. Then I go to the gym for an hour or so, and then home to write. The only thing I absolutely need to get my day started is a bottle of Diet Mountain Dew. It provides me with the caffeine hit  I need since I don’t drink coffee or tea.

8) How long did it take you to write your book from start to finish?

I write fast, so the first draft is usually completed in 12 weeks, then 2 weeks to edit before I ever try to get it published.

9) Can you tell us about your editing process?

I self edit after the first draft is completed. I don’t usually go back and change something that I wrote, say two days ago after thinking about it because I work from a detailed outline and plot point system. Once the entire manuscript is done and I’ve typed THE END, I go back and nitpick: words, phrases, emotions, scene order. The one thing I never change is the characters because I’ve got them so fleshed out before I ever type  a word, they are already real people to me. Once the book is approved by an editor, there are usually 2-3 rounds of edits ( copy, line, galley) that the books goes through before it is released.

10) Is this book part of a series? It is book 1.

If so, how many installments do you have planned?

3 plotted out and a fourth mulling around in my head!

 

11) Do you have any advice for aspiring authors?   

If you want to write for publication – never give up. I was 55 when my first book was published, an age I was watching people around me beginning to discuss retirement. Not me. I embarked on a brand new career and am loving every minute of it, so my advice is to never give up on a dream and do whatever you can to make it come true for you.

12) Why should everyone read your book?  

Well, without sounding conceited, my book looks at family in a true way – meaning, I deal with death, betrayal, loss, and grief – all with humor, which is the second thing: you will cry on one page and then be brought out of your sadness by laughter on the next page. I haven’t read too many authors who do that. Typically romance novels deal with a straight arc of lovers meeting, getting pulled away, and then finding their HEA. I deal more with the families plus the love interests, and their paths to discovery which leads them to their HEA. And again, it’s done realistically, but with a great deal of humor.

13) If you could meet three authors, dead or alive, which authors would you choose?

Jane Austen, Jodi Picoult, Lauren Layne

14) What inspired you to write your book?

Actually, that’s a great question and a good story. I’ll try to be succinct. A few years ago my daughter was in the wedding party of one of her sorority sisters. The bride came from one part of the country, the groom the other. They wanted everyone they loved to attend, so they picked a neutral spot on the east coast. They chose a venue for their wedding where everything was in one spot: church, reception, and accommodations for the travelers. I started thinking about what a one-stop wedding would look like in my tiny New England town and who would run the business. Also, who would book a venue like this? The O’Dowd sisters came to me in a dream one night – a trio of sisters who each ran a branch of the business: one is the wedding planner, one is the Officient, and one owns the inn. A MACTH MADE IN HEAVEN was born.

15) Are you working on something at the moment? If so, can you tell us more about it?

Book 2 in this series, and I am trying to find a publisher from another series I’ve started about a detective agency run by brothers.

About the Book

Title: Dearly Beloved

Author: Peggy Jaeger

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Colleen O’Dowd manages a thriving bridal business with her sisters in Heaven, New Hampshire. After fleeing Manhattan and her cheating ex-fiancé, Colleen still believes in happily ever afters. But with a demanding business to run, her sisters to look after, and their 93-year-old grandmother to keep out of trouble, she’s worried she’ll never find Mr. Right.

Playboy Slade Harrington doesn’t believe in marriage. His father’s six weddings have taught him life is better as an unencumbered single guy. But Slade loves his little sister. He’ll do anything for her, including footing the bill for her dream wedding. He doesn’t plan on losing his heart to a smart-mouthed, gorgeous wedding planner, though.

When her ex-fiancé comes back into the picture, Colleen must choose between Mr. Right and Mr. Right Now.

Author Bio

Peggy Jaeger is a contemporary romance writer who writes about strong women, the families who support them, and the men who can’t live without them.

Family and food play huge roles in Peggy’s stories because she believes there is nothing that holds a family structure together like sharing a meal…or two…or ten. Dotted with humor and characters that are as real as they are loving, Peggy brings all topics of daily life into her stories: life, death, sibling rivalry, illness and the desire for everyone to find their own happily ever after. Growing up the only child of divorced parents she longed for sisters, brothers and a family that vowed to stick together no matter what came their way. Through her books, she has created the families she wanted as that lonely child.

Tying into her love of families, her children’s book, THE KINDNESS TALES, was illustrated by her artist mother-in-law.

Peggy holds a master’s degree in Nursing Administration and first found publication with several articles she authored on Alzheimer’s Disease during her time running an Alzheimer’s in-patient care unit during the 1990s.

In 2013, she placed first in two categories in the Dixie Kane Memorial Contest: Single Title Contemporary Romance and Short/Long Contemporary Romance.

In 2017 she came in 3rd in the New England Reader’s Choice contest for A KISS UNDER THE CHRISTMAS LIGHTS and was a finalist in the 2017 STILETTO contest for the same title.

In 2018, Peggy was a finalist in the HOLT MEDALLION Award and once again in the 2018 Stiletto Contest.

A lifelong and avid romance reader and writer, she is a member of RWA and her local New Hampshire RWA Chapter.

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Book Tours: Starter Day Party Inside the Chinese Wine Industry

I’m hosting the starter day party today for the book tour for nonfiction “Inside the Chinese Wine Industry”. The tour runs from November 19 to December 19.

Tour Schedule

November 19th: Starter Day Party @ I Heart Reading

November 21st: Promo Post @ Stormy Night Reviewing

November 23rd: Author Interview @ Majanka’s Blog

November 25th: Book Excerpt @ Author C.A. Milson’s Blog

November 27th: Author Interview @ Editor Charlene’s Blog

November 28th: Book Review @ Editor Charlene’s Blog

November 29th: Promo Post @ Nesie’s Place

November 30th: Guest Post @ Bookish Madness

December 3rd: Promo Post @ Books, Dreams, Life

December 5th: Promo Post @ Indy Book Fairy

December 7th: Book Review @ I Heart Reading

December 10th: Book Excerpt @ Nesie’s Place

December 12th: Book Excerpt @ T’s Stuff

December 15th: Book Excerpt @ Stephanie’s Book Reviews

December 17th: Author Interview @ Bedazzled Reading

December 18th: Book Review @  Bedazzled Reading

About the Book

Title: Inside the Chinese Wine Industry

Author: Loren Mayshark

Genre: Nonfiction

The wine business is one of the world’s most fascinating industries and China is considered the rising star. A hidden secret, the Chinese wine industry continues to grow at an amazing pace and is projected to soon enter the top five producing nations, supplanting long established countries such as Australia. Inside the Chinese Wine Industry: The Past, Present, and Future of Wine in China takes you through the growing Chinese wine scene.

Wine has had a meteoric rise in China over the past two decades. The nation is projected to become the second most valuable market for wine in the world by 2020. One recent study concluded that 96% of young Chinese adults consider wine their alcoholic drink of choice. Not only does Inside the Chinese Wine Industry explore current expansion and business models, it journeys back to the past to see where it all began.

There are more than seven hundred wineries in China today. Although it’s bit of an oversimplification, the vast majority of the wineries fit into one of two categories: the larger established producers who churn out mostly plonk to meet the growing demand for inexpensive wine and the newer wineries that try to cater to the tastes of the wealthy Chinese with money to spend on luxury goods like fine wine. In the words of wine guru Karen MacNeil, author of The Wine Bible, “The cheap wines from the very large producers have mostly verged on dismal.” However, this should not be considered a blanket statement regarding every wine from large producers. Also, she has positive reflections regarding the level of wine produced by “cutting-edge wineries” which she finds “far better.” How good are they? MacNeil asserts: “Some of these wines are so good they could easily pass for a California or Bordeaux wine in a blind tasting.”

Author Bio

Loren Mayshark studied Chinese art, religion, philosophy, and history while earning a B.A. in history from Manhattanville College in New York.  After graduation, he attended The Gotham Writers Workshop and the prestigious New York Writers Workshop. He has written about the Chinese wine industry for The Jovial Journey and Sublime China.

After college, he supported his itinerant lifestyle by working dozens of jobs, including golf caddy, travel writer, construction worker, fireworks salesman, substitute teacher, and vineyard laborer. Predominantly his jobs have been in the restaurant industry. He cut his teeth as a server, maître d’, and bartender at San Francisco’s historic Fisherman’s Grotto #9, the original restaurant on the Fisherman’s Wharf. While working with a colorful crew of primarily Mexican and Chinese co-workers.

He spent much of his young adult life exploring the wine industry from Sonoma Valley to the North Fork of Long Island, immersing himself in vineyards and learning valuable lessons. He has traveled extensively in South America, Europe, and Asia.  He presently splits his time between Western New York and Sweden.

His first book, Death: An Exploration, won the 2016 Beverly Hills Book Award in the category of Death and Dying and was a finalist for book of the year in the 2016 Foreword INDIES Awards in the category of Grief/Grieving (Adult Nonfiction). Inside the Chinese Wine Industry is his third book.

For more information visit his website: lorenmayshark.com.

Keep up with him on Twitter: @LorenMayshark
 

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Book Tours: Starter Day Party Dearly Beloved

I’m hosting the starter day party today for the book tour for contemporary romance “Dearly Beloved”. The tour runs from November 14 to November 28. Enjoy the tour!

Tour Schedule

November 14th: Starter Day Party @ I Heart Reading

November 16th: Book Excerpt @ Bookish Rantings

November 17th: Promo Post @ Indy Book Fairy

November 18th: Book Excerpt @ T’s Stuff

November 20th: Book Review @ Crazy KALM

November 21st: Book Excerpt @ Bookish Madness

November 22nd: Author Interview @ Bedazzled Reading

November 24th: Book Excerpt @ Books, Dreams, Life

 November 26th: Promo Post @  Stormy Night Reviewing

November 27th: Book Review @ Editor Charlene’s Blog

November 27th: Guest Post @ I Heart Reading

November 28th: Author Interview @ Majanka’s Blog

About the Book

Title: Dearly Beloved

Author: Peggy Jaeger

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Colleen O’Dowd manages a thriving bridal business with her sisters in Heaven, New Hampshire. After fleeing Manhattan and her cheating ex-fiancé, Colleen still believes in happily ever afters. But with a demanding business to run, her sisters to look after, and their 93-year-old grandmother to keep out of trouble, she’s worried she’ll never find Mr. Right.

Playboy Slade Harrington doesn’t believe in marriage. His father’s six weddings have taught him life is better as an unencumbered single guy. But Slade loves his little sister. He’ll do anything for her, including footing the bill for her dream wedding. He doesn’t plan on losing his heart to a smart-mouthed, gorgeous wedding planner, though.

When her ex-fiancé comes back into the picture, Colleen must choose between Mr. Right and Mr. Right Now.

Author Bio

Peggy Jaeger is a contemporary romance writer who writes about strong women, the families who support them, and the men who can’t live without them.

Family and food play huge roles in Peggy’s stories because she believes there is nothing that holds a family structure together like sharing a meal…or two…or ten. Dotted with humor and characters that are as real as they are loving, Peggy brings all topics of daily life into her stories: life, death, sibling rivalry, illness and the desire for everyone to find their own happily ever after. Growing up the only child of divorced parents she longed for sisters, brothers and a family that vowed to stick together no matter what came their way. Through her books, she has created the families she wanted as that lonely child.

Tying into her love of families, her children’s book, THE KINDNESS TALES, was illustrated by her artist mother-in-law.

Peggy holds a master’s degree in Nursing Administration and first found publication with several articles she authored on Alzheimer’s Disease during her time running an Alzheimer’s in-patient care unit during the 1990s.

In 2013, she placed first in two categories in the Dixie Kane Memorial Contest: Single Title Contemporary Romance and Short/Long Contemporary Romance.

In 2017 she came in 3rd in the New England Reader’s Choice contest for A KISS UNDER THE CHRISTMAS LIGHTS and was a finalist in the 2017 STILETTO contest for the same title.

In 2018, Peggy was a finalist in the HOLT MEDALLION Award and once again in the 2018 Stiletto Contest.

A lifelong and avid romance reader and writer, she is a member of RWA and her local New Hampshire RWA Chapter.

Links

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Twitter

Amazon Author Page

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Pinterest

Goodreads

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BookBub

Book Review Dearly Beloved by Peggy Jaeger

Title: Dearly Beloved
Author: Peggy Jaeger
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Rating: 4,5 stars
Purchase: Amazon
Review copy provided by Enchanted Book Promotions in exchange for an honest review.

Colleen O’Dowd manages a thriving bridal business with her sisters in Heaven, New Hampshire. After fleeing Manhattan and her cheating ex-fiancé, Colleen still believes in happily ever afters. But with a demanding business to run, her sisters to look after, and their 93-year-old grandmother to keep out of trouble, she’s worried she’ll never find Mr. Right.

Playboy Slade Harrington doesn’t believe in marriage. His father’s six weddings have taught him life is better as an unencumbered single guy. But Slade loves his little sister. He’ll do anything for her, including footing the bill for her dream wedding. He doesn’t plan on losing his heart to a smart-mouthed, gorgeous wedding planner, though.

When her ex-fiancé comes back into the picture, Colleen must choose between Mr. Right and Mr. Right Now.

In Dearly Beloved, main character Colleen manages a thriving bridal business along with her sisters. Despite having had a bad break-up courtesy of a cheating ex-fiancé, Colleen still believes in true love. Still, with a business to run, a grandmother and siblings to look after, she doesn’t have much time to look for the right guy.

Then, she meets Slade Harrington, a man who has no desire in being in a relationship and thinks the single life is just as well. But when Slade meets Colleen, it could be a match made in heaven… But then the ex-fiancé comes back into the picture, and Colleen has to make a choice that will change her life forever.

I don’t want to give out too much spoilers, but I loved this! Colleen is amazing. She’s charming, fun, kind and generous. And the way she interacts with her family is simply adorable. Slade too is intriguing, and he has a mysterious side to him that the reader instantly wants to know more about. I was also very fond of the writing style, which was easy to read but brought just the right pacing to a book in this genre. A great read for those cold winter nights!

Book Release: Dearly Beloved by Peggy Jaeger

About the Book

Title: Dearly Beloved

Author: Peggy Jaeger

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Colleen O’Dowd manages a thriving bridal business with her sisters in Heaven, New Hampshire. After fleeing Manhattan and her cheating ex-fiancé, Colleen still believes in happily ever afters. But with a demanding business to run, her sisters to look after, and their 93-year-old grandmother to keep out of trouble, she’s worried she’ll never find Mr. Right.

Playboy Slade Harrington doesn’t believe in marriage. His father’s six weddings have taught him life is better as an unencumbered single guy. But Slade loves his little sister. He’ll do anything for her, including footing the bill for her dream wedding. He doesn’t plan on losing his heart to a smart-mouthed, gorgeous wedding planner, though.

When her ex-fiancé comes back into the picture, Colleen must choose between Mr. Right and Mr. Right Now.

Author Bio

Peggy Jaeger is a contemporary romance writer who writes about strong women, the families who support them, and the men who can’t live without them.

Family and food play huge roles in Peggy’s stories because she believes there is nothing that holds a family structure together like sharing a meal…or two…or ten. Dotted with humor and characters that are as real as they are loving, Peggy brings all topics of daily life into her stories: life, death, sibling rivalry, illness and the desire for everyone to find their own happily ever after. Growing up the only child of divorced parents she longed for sisters, brothers and a family that vowed to stick together no matter what came their way. Through her books, she has created the families she wanted as that lonely child.

Tying into her love of families, her children’s book, THE KINDNESS TALES, was illustrated by her artist mother-in-law.

Peggy holds a master’s degree in Nursing Administration and first found publication with several articles she authored on Alzheimer’s Disease during her time running an Alzheimer’s in-patient care unit during the 1990s.

In 2013, she placed first in two categories in the Dixie Kane Memorial Contest: Single Title Contemporary Romance and Short/Long Contemporary Romance.

In 2017 she came in 3rd in the New England Reader’s Choice contest for A KISS UNDER THE CHRISTMAS LIGHTS and was a finalist in the 2017 STILETTO contest for the same title.

In 2018, Peggy was a finalist in the HOLT MEDALLION Award and once again in the 2018 Stiletto Contest.

A lifelong and avid romance reader and writer, she is a member of RWA and her local New Hampshire RWA Chapter.

Links

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Twitter

Amazon Author Page

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Goodreads

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About the Book

Title: Inside the Chinese Wine Industry

Author: Loren Mayshark

Genre: Nonfiction

The wine business is one of the world’s most fascinating industries and China is considered the rising star. A hidden secret, the Chinese wine industry continues to grow at an amazing pace and is projected to soon enter the top five producing nations, supplanting long established countries such as Australia. Inside the Chinese Wine Industry: The Past, Present, and Future of Wine in China takes you through the growing Chinese wine scene.

Wine has had a meteoric rise in China over the past two decades. The nation is projected to become the second most valuable market for wine in the world by 2020. One recent study concluded that 96% of young Chinese adults consider wine their alcoholic drink of choice. Not only does Inside the Chinese Wine Industry explore current expansion and business models, it journeys back to the past to see where it all began.

There are more than seven hundred wineries in China today. Although it’s bit of an oversimplification, the vast majority of the wineries fit into one of two categories: the larger established producers who churn out mostly plonk to meet the growing demand for inexpensive wine and the newer wineries that try to cater to the tastes of the wealthy Chinese with money to spend on luxury goods like fine wine. In the words of wine guru Karen MacNeil, author of The Wine Bible, “The cheap wines from the very large producers have mostly verged on dismal.” However, this should not be considered a blanket statement regarding every wine from large producers. Also, she has positive reflections regarding the level of wine produced by “cutting-edge wineries” which she finds “far better.” How good are they? MacNeil asserts: “Some of these wines are so good they could easily pass for a California or Bordeaux wine in a blind tasting.”

Author Bio

Loren Mayshark studied Chinese art, religion, philosophy, and history while earning a B.A. in history from Manhattanville College in New York.  After graduation, he attended The Gotham Writers Workshop and the prestigious New York Writers Workshop. He has written about the Chinese wine industry for The Jovial Journey and Sublime China.

After college, he supported his itinerant lifestyle by working dozens of jobs, including golf caddy, travel writer, construction worker, fireworks salesman, substitute teacher, and vineyard laborer. Predominantly his jobs have been in the restaurant industry. He cut his teeth as a server, maître d’, and bartender at San Francisco’s historic Fisherman’s Grotto #9, the original restaurant on the Fisherman’s Wharf. While working with a colorful crew of primarily Mexican and Chinese co-workers.

He spent much of his young adult life exploring the wine industry from Sonoma Valley to the North Fork of Long Island, immersing himself in vineyards and learning valuable lessons. He has traveled extensively in South America, Europe, and Asia.  He presently splits his time between Western New York and Sweden.

His first book, Death: An Exploration, won the 2016 Beverly Hills Book Award in the category of Death and Dying and was a finalist for book of the year in the 2016 Foreword INDIES Awards in the category of Grief/Grieving (Adult Nonfiction). Inside the Chinese Wine Industry is his third book.

For more information visit his website: lorenmayshark.com.

Keep up with him on Twitter: @LorenMayshark

Links

Twitter

Goodreads

Amazon

Facebook Book Page and Facebook Author Page

Author Website

Book Review: Understanding Pain is your Guide to Healing by Hayuta Epstein

Title: Understanding Pain is Your Guide to Healing
Author: Hayuta Epstein
Genre: Nonfiction, Spiritual
Rating: 4 stars
Purchase: Amazon
Review copy provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Your Body Knows Everything

Understand the spiritual cause for pain and use it to for personal growth and healing

Our body speaks to us through pain, as well as other sensations and bodily experiences. Each pain has a reason and a purpose: to signal and communicate to us what needs attention and healing. Understanding Pain is Your Guide to Healing teaches the reader to listen to the body’s signals and understand the spiritual cause for pain, in order to facilitate personal growth and development.

You can take responsibility for your life and develop the ability to heal yourself

Why did we come to this world? What is the cause of our pain and suffering? How can we connect with our inner guide, enter the path of healing and communicate with Higher Sources of knowledge? This book offers an alternative perspective to the conventional perception of pain, teaching that pain can be a valuable resource for self-understanding and spiritual growth.

Learn how to balance body, spirit and soul

Understanding Pain is Your Guide to Healing has important and useful insights about the medical, emotional and energy-related reasons for pain, as well as valuable methods for self-healing. Learn how to change harmful thought patterns and reconnect with your inner guide through this new and higher understanding of pain.

In Understanding Pain is Your Guide to Healing, the author describes how pain is our body’s way of letting us know something is wrong. Pain has a reason and a purpose, even if we can’t immediately figure out what the reason is. Pain signals to us something in our body needs to be healed. The book shows how you can listen to your body’s signals and understand the spiritual causes for pain.

You can develop the ability to heal yourself, and that’s what this book tries to promote. However, while I believe that up to some point – a lot of illnesses can be cured more easily with a positive mindset, with attention for your body and the health needs your body has – this certainly does not count for everything. No matter what type of holistic approach you want to try, something you need a doctor or medical professional. But for regular ailments, like a stomach ache or a cold, I do think you can accomplish some self-healing.

It’s an insightful book, but one that needs to be read from a critical point of view.

Book Review: Parkinson’s? You Must be Joking! by Alona Golan Sadan

Title: Parkinson’s? You Must be Joking!
Author: Alona Golan Sadan
Genre: Nonfiction
Rating: 4 stars
Purchase: Amazon
Review copy provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Life with a parrot on my shoulder . . .

“You’ll have to get used to this disease,” said the doctor. “You’ll carry it on your shoulders all your life.” I immediately thought of Jack Sparrow’s parrot…

After years of trembling, stumbling, and difficulties that seemed natural to one who is no longer a spring chicken, Alona Golan Sadan discovered that she actually had Parkinson’s. She tells openly and with humor about dealing with this strange new bird in her life. Misdiagnosing doctors, alternative therapists who claimed aliens were following her, and the unfortunate (for her!) discovery that she now needs to do intense physical activity – these pitfalls become easier as Sadan helps her readers to look at them cockeyed and find what is amusing in them.

A sense of humor is not enough.

Also featured is the added value of expert advice. Renowned neurologists, psychologist, dietitians and additional experts from different fields, also weigh in with articles in their fields, including a chapter on rights and governmental benefits for Parkinson’s patients in the US.

An absolute must for those diagnosed with Parkinson’s, family members, friends, and professionals.

In Parkinson’s? You Must be Joking!, author Alona Golan Sadan describes how she had suffered from various symptons for years, until she was diagnosed with Parkinson’s. She tells candidly, and with a sufficient dose of humor, about dealing with this disease, and finding a place for it in her life. Also included is expert advice, from renowned neurologists and psychologists, who give tips for how one can make life bearable, even with a disease like Parkinson’s.

I would recommend this book to everyone who has Parkinson’s themselves, or who has a family / relative or friend with the disease. It’s an eye-opening read with lots of medical advice, tips on how to handle the knowledge of having such a disease, and a good dose of humor added in as well.

Book Review: The End-Time Foretellers by Ran Weber

Title: The End-Time Foretellers
Author: Ran Weber
Genre: Technothriller, Thriller
Rating: 4,5 stars
Purchase: Amazon
Review copy provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Plucked out of early retirement, former Mossad Agent Yoav Sharf is after cyber-terrorists!

Former Mossad agent, Yoav Sharf, is a computer hacker who spends his days in a small gadget store in Tel Aviv. When Rami, his ex-IDF operator, recruits him for a final mission, he is left with no choice. Yoav finds himself trying to eliminate a digital terror organization seeking to establish a new world order by passing secret nuclear codes to Iran.

From arms dealers to spiritual mentors, he encounters a vast array of colorful characters.

His journey to locate organization members brings Yoav to meet hackers, arm dealers, and LA-based agencies in LA, San Diego, and Nevada. Benjamin, a warm and resolute American Jew, introduces him to a way of life he had never known, one that penetrates armor he had built his whole life.

Incredible adventure and human angst carry the reader on a breathtaking journey.

Digital terror, end-of-days prophecies, and human nature combine to produce a fast paced, world-embracing, apocalyptic thriller. It takes the reader on a riveting journey that begins with listless despair and soars to the heights of burning will and endless hope. The countdown has already begun, with Yoav in a race against dark minds trying to erase Israel and ignite an end time’s global war. Will Yoav succeed in stopping the organization that is trying to destroy Israel on its way to realizing its dark goals?

In The End-Time Foretellers, former Mossad agent Yoav Sharf spends his days in a small gadget store. When Rami, his former IDF operator asks him on a final mission where he will have to use his computer hacking skills, Yoav really has no choice. Trying to eliminate a digital terror organization seeking to establish a new world order by passing nuclear codes to Iran, his journey will take him to hackers, arm dealers, and even the USA.

This is a fast-paced technothriller with an intriguing, mysterious main character, an edge-of-your-seat plot and a race against the time that’ll have your heart beating twice as fast. The pacing is excellent, and from the first chapter onwards, the reader feels immerged in this breath-taking story.

Book Review: Getting Used to Success by H.J. Shalev

Title: Getting Used to Success: Develop an Invincible Mindset, Bolster Self-Confidence and Build Winning Habits
Author: H.J. Shalev
Genre: Nonfiction, Self-Help
Rating: 5 stars
Purchase: Amazon
Review copy provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Are you self-aware, rational, and pragmatic, yet still unable to achieve the results you want in your management, business or career?

Success in business doesn’t solely depend on diligent planning, executing and ‘doing’. The ‘human factor’ plays a vital role in accomplishment and prosperity. As an executive or a business owner, your success depends first and foremost on your mental conduct. It’s not enough to learn tactical methods and techniques, or plan a strategy; in order to succeed in today’s competitive reality, you must first tackle your mental side and reprogram your ‘operating system’. Once you do that, you can eliminate what is blocking your success, excel your execution and break through!

Effective methods and tools to earn more money

The “Getting Used to Success” book reveals a unique methodology developed by H.J. Shalev, which he first implemented on himself in his dramatic career change back in 2005. Ever since, he has used this methodology to help about 1,000 clients in over 10,000 hours of coaching, to reach breakthrough results in their businesses, management and careers.

This methodology is brought to you here, step by step, in an effective, structured, practical and applicable way. This unique book combines the mental and the physical, spiritual and tangible, ‘being’ and ‘doing’ aspects needed to succeed in business today.

Getting Used to Success, as the title suggests, is a self-help book created in order to help people cultivate the necessary mental conduct in order to achieve success. Showing several effective methods to better your career and earn more money, the methodology explained in this book is rather straight-forward and easy to understand, but in a good way, allowing everyone to understand the step-by-step plan to become more successful.

Success is a combination of many factors, and it’s exactly the right combination that allows someone to succeed in every task they perform. Passion, dedication, talent are just some parts of the equation, but there’s much more to it: success is a habit. And a habit, you can develop – meaning that everyone can become successful.

This was an excellent, thought-provoking, detailed book that I would recommend to everyone who wants to be successful in life; and don’t we all want that?