Thursday, December 31, 2015

Journey Beyond the Trauma Book Blast

We're happy to be hosting Dr. J. Denee and her JOURNEY BEYOND THE TRAUMA Book Blast at The Writer's Life today!

Title: Journey Beyond the Trauma: Simple Practices of Resilence for Survivors of Sexual Abuse
Author: Dr. J. Denee
Pages: 99
Genre: Self-Help

Journey Beyond the Trauma: Simple Practices of Resilience for Survivors of Sexual Abuse goes right to the heart of the issues related to abuse. It shares the impacts of abuse and offers simple, yet, practical strategies and information to help survivors reclaim and restore their lives. Dr. J. Denee' guides readers through a 30-day journey to jumpstart their innate resilience. Journey Beyond the Trauma helps survivors to:

• Take responsibility for your healing and your life

• Transform into your authentic self 

• Identify and manage triggers

• Turn emotional pain into progression

•  Develop self-acceptance and reclaim self-worth

• Embrace resilience as a way of life

For More Information

  • Journey Beyond the Trauma is available at Amazon.
  • Pick up your copy at Barnes & Noble.
  • Discuss this book at PUYB Virtual Book Club at Goodreads.

About the Author

Juanita D. Ashby-Bey, PhD, known as Dr. J. Denee’, is a sexual abuse speaker, author, and resilience expert who specializes in helping women survivors of sexual abuse to rebuild their lives. A survivor of sexual abuse herself, Dr. J. Denee’ has been dedicated to the prevention, intervention, and recovery of sexual abuse issues and other traumas for the past 10 years. She received her Ph.D. in Education from the University of Maryland Baltimore County and a Master’s Degree from Johns Hopkins University.

After coming to an understanding of the extent to which the sexual abuse and trauma she suffered as a child had profoundly affected his life, Dr. J. Denee’ traveled her own personal road of recovery and resilience, and made a firm decision to help build awareness about sexual abuse and to empower and support other sexual abuse survivors and the professionals who engage with survivors along the path to recovery. 

As an educator, Dr. J. Denee’ spent many years researching and applying intervention strategies to help people transform themselves and discovery new possibilities. Leveraging her 15 years of experience as an educator at the collegiate and K-12 school levels in the capacities of administration, accreditation, evaluator, professor and teacher, Dr. J. Denee’s approach includes practical and research-based intervention strategies that are designed to produce results that guide women to more loving relationships with themselves and others. She helps women to tackle feelings of powerlessness by finding their voice, build emotional muscle to manage anger and rage, rebuild and establish healthy relationships rather than sabotaging them, and to learn how to effectively establish, respect, and protect personal boundaries for themselves.

Dr. J. Denee’ is an acclaimed speaker who is available to conducts seminars, workshops, keynote addresses, and panel discussions. She empowers her audience to tap into their internal ability to persevere, recreate themselves, express their individuality, and welcome and manage life’s simple and complex challenges successfully. With an interactive and inspirational delivery, Dr. J. Denee’ provides her audience with an effective toolkit of strategies that help women survivors of sexual abuse transform their lives and create authentic happiness, joy, and progress. 

“Beyond the Trauma… Living Triumphantly” is the ultimate goal that Dr. J. Denee’ desires for all survivors. Dr. J. Denee’s upcoming, inaugural book, Beyond The Trauma – Simple Practices of Resilience for Survivors of Sexual Abuse is available for pre-sales and will be released in September 2015.

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Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Dear Santa Letters: Katerina Valduva of Jennifer Ott's new historical fiction DESPERATE MOON

000009In order to kick the holiday season off right, The Writer's Life will be hosting authors from December 1-23 with a fun way to celebrate the season called “Dear Santa.” Yep, lots of crazy, fun, sentimental, what have you, Dear Santa letters by authors of all genres. Only, this will be a little different as the Dear Santa letters won’t be from the author’s POV, but from their character’s POV. What a fun way to get inside the minds of some of these characters during the Christmas season! Today's guest is Katerina Valduva from Jennifer Ott's new historical fiction, DESPERATE MOON.

Dear Santa, you jolly ole elf,

I can sense your taste, sparks of peppermint, zing of ginger and sweet dazzle of sugar crystal on my tongue and your geniality surging through my empty veins and filling my darkened heart and soul with your bliss.  Santa, you are too good to take completely, as you are too precious to this world. One bite, however, would sweeten my festivities into the New Year.

Countess Katerina Valduva

About the Author:

Author Jennifer Ott has written several satire fiction, Wild Horses, The Tourist and two non-fiction books Love and Handicapping and Ooh Baby Compound Me! She recently published, Serenidipidus and Edge of Civilization. She also is the host of the SuperJenius Internet Radio show on Artist First radio Network.

Jennifer Ott lives in Long Beach, California, enjoys the sun, the sand, the surf and lots of Mexican food.

Jennifer’s latest book is the Victorian era historical romance, Desperate Moon.
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About the Book

Author: Jennifer Ott
Publisher: Independent
Pages: 390
Genre: Victorian Era Historical Romance

A thought-provoking take on the vampire mythos that makes you consider how the natural-spiritual and scientific worlds might intersect.

For six hundred years, vampire Katerina Vaduva roamed Europe witnessing civilization’s altering events—knights on crusade, the suffering of plague, enlightening of the humanist movement, among others. Throughout her years and separated from the normal human condition, she gained knowledge, riches and personal power the greatest kings and mightiest leaders failed to acquire.

During the latter half of the 19th century, while married to a Prussian Colonel, Katerina meets and falls passionately in love with a young ambitious scientist who desires to understand her condition and the life she had lived. He wants more than to possess her body, but her heart, her mind and her soul. It is for him, she would risk everything. True desire is not just a physical matter; it is in the mind and the heart of your lover.

For More Information

  • Desperate Moon is available at Amazon.
  • Discuss this book at PUYB Virtual Book Club at Goodreads.
Book Excerpt:

Siegfried was still awake scouring over his texts when a knock sounded on his door. He checked the clock and grinned—just in time. He closed his books and strolled to the door. Upon opening it, he saw a dark face shrouded under the hood of a large cloak.
“Irena,” he said with a widening smile.
She stepped inside lowering her hood. “Here for my appointment, Doctor,” she said letting her cloak drop to the floor and exposing her nakedness to him.
He had met her during one of his house calls. She offered nanny services to one the elites who lived in the hills surrounding Prague. Siegfried always wondered why such a beautiful girl would give herself up to servitude when she could find a rich husband.
“Servitude would be marrying a rich man,” Irena once said to him, “freedom is being his servant. Mistresses gain a lot more than married women.”
Irena was greedy as such. Siegfried was only too happy to find himself tasty to her, yet he too shared her same philosophy. He offered his service in providing healing and care and once he left their front door, he was again a free man to his own mind and mission.
Not being able to resist the sight of her supple body, he pulled her close and kissed her face.
She pushed him away. “Doctor, you are still dressed.”
With haste, he removed his clothes starting with his pants that constrained him and his shirt which he struggled to remove. She laughed helping him tug the sleeves over his wrists. Once both were naked, he carried her to his bed where he rested her down on the feather mattress.
He lowered his face between the plump yet firm breasts of his nubile nightly visitor, traveled upward to the nape of her neck, and paused. Curiously, he nibbled and tasted her skin.
“That feels good,” she said with a sigh.
He lowered his body onto hers and pressed himself inside her continuing to thrust rhythmically as her head gently hit the headboard. She dug her nails into his back scratching his skin and drawing blood. He grunted pushing harder and faster.
Within a black swirl, Katerina appeared in the doorway. She watched Siegfried's blood run down the curve of his back as he made love to Irena. She moved toward him, elevating her palm just above him to feel his sexual energy.
He rolled over pulling Irena on top of him. She laughed, gyrating above. She too lowered herself nibbling on his neck. “Feel good?”
Siegfried widened his eyes suddenly seeing Katerina. He sat upright with fright. “Kat—!”
Katerina disappeared instantly.
Irena rotated her head in the direction of Siegfried's gaze and saw no one. ”Kat?”
Siegfried collapsed on the bed, the moment ruined.
Irena crawled off his body. “Who is Kat?”
“No one,” he said hoping she would believe.
She threw her cloak over her shoulders. “If you have another woman, Siegfried that is fine with me. Just refrain from screaming out her name while with me.”
He pulled on his pants. “No. It is not that. It was nothing. Just an illusion.”
“Maybe you are working too hard, too much stress,” she said gathering her stuff to leave.
“It is late. Stay,” he begged
Irena grinned and kissed his chin. “It is a short walk. I will be fine.” She blew him a kiss at the door.
Outside the wind howled and Irena held her hood tighter around her neck. She spun around and saw another cloaked shadow. “Hello!” she called and received no response. “Hello, is someone there?” She looked around fearful back-stepping to Siegfried’s door.
The shadow neared her with the force of a howling storm. Irena had no time to react when Katerina pierced her teeth into her neck. Irena’s life evaporated into Katerina. She vanished with Irena still in her embrace.

Friday, December 18, 2015

Interview with Bryan Koepke, author of 'Sabotage'

Bryan Koepke lives in the United States with his wife, and dog. He grew up in the midwest, settled in Arizona, and then twenty years ago made his way north to Colorado. He's a private pilot, Electrical Engineering Technician, and since 2009 has been employed as a Financial Analyst. Bryan has always had an interest in writing. He wrote his first stories at the age of 7. He started writing thrillers in 2010, and published his first book in 2014.

He holds an FAA Airframe & Powerplant Mechanic's license, Pilot's license, and has a BS in Finance. He's also taken multiple graduate level engineering classes. His many hobbies include hiking, fishing, skiing, and travel. He's an avid reader and enjoys watching television shows like 24, Homeland, Breaking Bad, The Blacklist, and Ray Donovan.

His latest book is the thriller, Sabotage.

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About the Book:

Title: Sabotage
Author: Bryan Koepke
Publisher: Writers Cabin Press, Ltd.
Pages: 316
Genre: Thriller

Reece Culver and his friend Haisley Averton travel to Scotland with only one thing on their minds - fishing.  After witnessing an automobile accident involving a freelance journalist they quickly realize that something far greater than a crash caused his SUV to sink into the frigid waters of the North Atlantic.

With increasing curiosity, Reece inserts himself into the complicated life of Marie Rhodes who is in the middle of her own crises as she watches her 20-year marriage crumble.

Realizing that they’ll never make it out fishing, Haisley uses his skills in computer forensics to find out who hacked into Karl Rhodes’ office computer at Draecon International and made it appear that he’d remotely accessed the dead journalists laptop.  As Haisley combs through logs on the chief of strategy’s computer he stumbles upon an even bigger plot involving a secret drone factory somewhere in the United Kingdom, what looks like funds being embezzled out of Draecon International, and a plot that threatens the national security of the U.K.

Reece spends increasingly greater amounts of time with Marie Rhodes trying to learn what she knows and soon finds that he can’t resist the temptation of falling in love with the woman of his dreams.  But as things heat up he questions her true motives.

When Karl Rhodes’ executive secretary is found dead Reece agrees to protect Marie’s soon to be ex-husband Karl.  In a tricky game of cat and mouse Reece travels the globe as he tries to keep Marie, her husband, and Karl’s mistress out of harms way, and unknowingly puts himself directly into the crosshairs of a hired assassin.

For More Information

  • Sabotage is available at Amazon.
  • Discuss this book at PUYB Virtual Book Club at Goodreads.

Q: Welcome to The Writer's Life!  Now that your book has been published, we’d love to find out more about the process.  Can we begin by having you take us at the beginning?  Where did you come up with the idea to write your book? 

A few years back I read an article about corporations that were too big to fail.  This got me thinking about a premise for a new book in the Reece Culver thriller series.  I envisioned a large multi-national corporation named Draecon International that was headquartered in London.

With this initial idea in mind I came up with a handful of powerful executives each on a path to satisfy their own motivations. As I wrote Sabotage I thought about what a high level executive might resort too to ensure that this giant of a company didn’t fail, and what pursuits they might take on to ensure their career went the direction that they’d envisioned.

As with any book I’ve ever written the initial notes, outline, and plot serve only as a beginning framework. As I write tens of thousands of words weaving together subplots and scenes the characters take on a life of their own and guide the story in new directions I’d not thought of earlier.  For me this is where the real magic of writing takes place. 

With each new revision of the novel the story grows in depth.  I’ve come up with an analogy for this – think of a thriller writer writing a novel and let the image of a painter standing at an aisle come into your mind.  With each new revision of the novel the depth of the story increases much the same way as the layers of paint cover the canvas as an artist paints her painting in oils.  At points along the way the craftsman takes a step back and looks at the whole of their work. A dab of paint here becomes a new tree on the horizon or a lighter shade of blue becomes a cloud reflecting off of the surface of a pond. For me writing works the same way.  I step back and build a timeline of the scenes within the novel.  I outline them making notes about possible new paths a character might take.  As I write I leave these notes up on the right side of my computer screen.

As I wrote and rewrote Sabotage the motivations of the main characters became more obvious. Much like the interworking of a large family, the interworking of a group of executives within a large corporation is filled with conflict, tension, and rivalry.  As the company grows workers are passed over for promotions, positions are filled with newly hired employees, and the overall dynamics of the corporation changes.  In times when markets are tight assets or divisions are sold, and employees are terminated to make way for new corporate visions.  In the end the people at the top will do whatever it takes to save Draecon International.

Q: How hard was it to write a book like this and do you have any tips that you could pass on which would make the journey easier for other writers?

Over the course of the past six years I've found a new passion in writing thriller novels.  For me the greatest challenge has been finding time in my busy life to write every day.  I do the bulk of my writing on weekend mornings, but also try to write a minimum of 3 mornings a week before commuting into my day job.  I've learned to make use of my 45 minute daily drive to and from work to think through scenes and jot down new chapter ideas while I'm stopped at traffic lights.

My advice to other writers would be to write as often as you can. Set a goal to write 1,000 words and develop a routine of writing in a quiet place within your home or at a coffee shop. Once you sit down to write don't look at any social media or email until you've completed your writing goal.

Once you've written your first draft make an outline of all of the scenes & chapters in the book. When you begin revising the draft use your new outline to keep notes, and jot down ideas for new scenes or chapters.

Q: Who is your publisher and how did you find them or did you self-publish?

I started my own publishing company Writers Cabin Press, Ltd. back in 2014.  I've self published all of my work though this company.

Q: Is there anything that surprised you about getting your first book published?

I found the task of working as a publisher and marketer of my own work very challenging.  On this new book SABOTAGE, the second in the series, I've used many of the lessons I learned the first time around on VENGEANCE.

Q: What other books (if any) are you working on and when will they be published?

I'm currently writing INTRUSION, the third book in the Reece Culver thriller series, and I'm aiming to publish this new book in December of 2016.  I've also started writing the initial chapters of book 4 in the series and hope to have it published by December of 2017.

Q: What’s your favorite place to hang out online?

I enjoy reading multiple writing blogs, as well as reading articles on CNN.  I find much of what is happening in the news sparks ideas for future thrillers.

Q: What’s your nightly ritual before retiring for the night?

I let our dog Daisy outside, and while she's out I'll check my twitter account and email.  Next I'll lock the doors, shut off the lights and climb into bed where my wife and I will watch the local news. If I'm having trouble with a scene or subplot in my current work in process I'll think about the scenes and characters as I fall asleep.  I find this valuable because my sub conscious will continue working through the story as I sleep and often times the next morning or several days later the solution will come to me as I take my morning shower.

Q: Finally, what message (if any) are you trying to get across with your book?

All of my books have a central theme and in the first two it has been good always prevails over evil. 
Q: Thank you again for this interview!  Do you have any final words?
Thank you for having me.  Readers can find out more about me and my books at . They can find my work on my Amazon author page and on other e-book websites across the web.  If they’d like to receive my monthly author newsletter and find out about new releases or events please signup on my website.

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

"Writing: It Takes the Fun Out of Everything," by By Russell James, author of 'Q Island'

I’ve officially become no fun.

Since I started seriously writing, I’ve spent much more time exploring the craft. I’ve taken several online writing courses, worked with a personal coach, listened to hours of podcasts hosted by pros like Jonathan Mayberry, Brandon Sanderson, and Brian Keene. I’ve taken my own stories apart down to the molecular level and reconstituted them. I’ve critiqued the works of others every week for several years. I’ve gotten pretty good at spotting sloppy writing or cheap shortcuts in a work, even though I still frequently miss it in my own.

And so now I can barely read for pleasure. Every chapter gets analyzed, ever sentence deconstructed. Stories spark related ideas, and I have to stop and write them down. On the occasions where a story just sweeps me downstream without triggering an analysis, instead it triggers depression, because I wish that I could write that well.

But it’s not just my own entertainment experiences that I’m ruining. I share the pain with my wife. I’m pretty sure it’s been years since I haven’t commented on a plot hole, a character inconsistency or a lazy plot turn in a TV show. Examples:

·        An FBI agent on the run needs to contact someone. She picks a smartphone out of a passerby’s pocket and makes the call without breaking stride, knowing what suit coat pocket the phone was in, getting the only phone on earth the owner hasn’t password protected, and having the phone number memorized (seriously, who knows phone numbers?).
·        Someone hot wires a car built after 1968 in three seconds by reaching under the dash and making two wires spark against each other. Using no tools.
·        One character finds out a really important piece of information. And shares it with no one.

Can such poor writing be allowed to pass unnoticed? I say no. My wife says “Shut up and let me watch the program!”

So when people ask about the downsides of writing, this is a biggie. In the same way a chef can’t just eat a meal, a writer can’t just relax and be entertained. Is the trade-off worth it? I think so. My wife however…


Title:  Q ISLAND
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About the Book
Epidemic! An ancient virus surfaces on Long Island, New York turning its victims into black-veined, infectious, psychopathic killers. Chaos and madness rule.  In desperation, the military quarantines the island, trapping Melanie Bailey and her autistic son, Aiden. Somehow, Aiden survives the infection. He could be the key to a cure—if Melanie can somehow get him to the mainland.

Gang leader Jimmy Wade   has his own plans for what to do with a boy who might be a cure. He and his men launch a heated hunt for the boy forcing Melanie and Aiden to avoid Wade’s tightening grip as well as the growing legions of the infected. Can they escape what’s being called Q Island?  Can anyone get out alive?
A taut, tense, terrifying thriller that teems with intensity, Q Island is an eerily realistic tale. With a chilling plot, compelling characters, and a pulse-quickening storyline, Q Island will leave readers breathless.  Earning nods as one of this year’s best horror novels, Q Island is an extraordinary story exceptionally well-told.

About the Author
After a tour flying helicopters with the U.S. Army, Russell James now spins twisted tales best read during daylight. In addition to two horror short story collections, Tales from Beyond and Deeper into Darkness, James is the author of seven paranormal thrillers:  Dark Inspiration, Sacrifice, Black Magic, Dark Vengeance, Dreamwalker and Q Island. His next novel, The Portal, is slated for release in 2016. Visit him at

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Cover Reveal! A Most Inconvenient Wish by Eileen Richards

A Most Inconvenient Wish

AmostinconvenientwishTitle:A Most Inconvenient Wish
Author: Eileen Richards
Publisher: Lyrical Press
Publication Date: July 19, 2016
Genre: Historical Romance
Format: Ebook

 The Best Laid Plans Come From The Heart…

 Sophia Townsend has watched both of her sisters find love and settle into idyllic married lives. But raised to believe that her greatest purpose is to advance the family’s fortunes, Sophia has grander ambitions when it comes to choosing a husband. She’s never lacked for suitors, but now she finds herself running out of time. Her last and best hope is Lord Bateman—and she has only a few days to secure his proposal.

Ian McDonald has long been a friend of the Townsend family and has watched Sophia with amusement over the years. A Scot and sheep farmer, Ian has done well for himself, but holds little social standing. Yet just as he’s realized his love for Sophia, she has set her sights on another man. Nevertheless, Ian is determined to win her. He a bold plan in mind, but when he and Sophia encounter one another at the legendary Fairy Steps, a most inconvenient wish is accidentally made—and neither could possibly guess the happy outcome…

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Eileen RichardsEileen Richards has been writing for most of her life. Poetry, totally inappropriate answers to essay questions in school, and interesting error codes during her 30 year IT career has prepared for the manic world of publishing.

She writes sassy regency romps set in the small villages of England where the rules are bent a bit and gossip rules the day.

Eileen resides with her husband and their diva of a greyhound in North Carolina.


Monday, December 14, 2015

Cover Reveal! A Will and a Way by Maggie Wells

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A WILL AND A WAYTitle: A Will and a Way
Author: Maggie Wells
Publisher: Lyrical Press
Publication Date: July 5, 2016
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Format: Ebook 

What's a nice widow like you doing in a place like this?....

Consummate ladies man Will Tarrant has made it to middle age without walking down the aisle. People think he's anti-marriage, but he knows he just hasn't met the right woman yet. Then he lays eyes on Southern Belle Betty Asher--in the neighborhood pub of all places. She's new in town, perfectly gorgeous--and a perfect lady. But can Will be a perfect gentleman?...

With small town life and her cheating late husband behind her, Betty is looking forward to big city adventure. When she captures the attention of the local heartthrob, she even indulges in some hot and heavy flirtation. After all, it isn't everyday she gets to play the merry widow. She assumes their acquaintance will end there, until a job interview lands her in Will's office--and in his arms once more. Despite their irresistible attraction, Betty's enjoying her freedom, while Will's finally ready to put a ring on it. Now he'll just have to convince her that nothing could be sweeter than being tied down--with him.

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Maggie WellsMaggie Wells is a deep-­‐down dirty girl with a weakness for hot heroes and happy endings. By day she is buried in spreadsheets, but at night she pens tales of people tangling up the sheets. The product of a charming rogue and a shameless flirt, this mild-­‐mannered married lady has a naughty streak a mile wide. Fueled by supertankers of Diet Coke, Maggie juggles fictional romance and the real deal by keeping her slow-­‐talking Southern gentleman constantly amused and their two grown children mildly embarrassed.

Interview with Michael Alvear, author of Eat It Later

Title: Eat It Later
Author: Michael Alvear
Release Date: August 4, 2015
Publisher: Woodpecker Media
Genre: Diet/Wellness
Format: Ebook/Paperback

  “A wellness strategy that changes the way you think about food. Alvear’s writing style and the structure of his book make for an easy read and, more importantly, easy use in daily life.” -- Kirkus Reviews

You Don’t Need A Diet. You Need An Eating Strategy. Use these proven psychological methods to reduce cravings, eliminate overeating, “shrink” your stomach and help you eat in moderation--without feeling deprived.

  • Cut Up To 90% Of Your Snacking Without Feeling Cheated.  Use Habituation and Systematic Desensitization to dramatically cut how much you eat without feeling deprived. Psychologists use these treatments to get people off Vicodin and Xanax. Imagine how well they work on chips and cookies.

  • Control Your Cravings With Delayed Gratification Techniques That Teach Discipline Without Suffering.  Based on famed psychologist Walter Mischel’s “Marshmallow” experiments, they will painlessly help you master self-control.

  • Eat Healthier Without Forcing Yourself To Eat What You Don’t Like.  Use the “Nutrilicious” concept to make healthier choices without sacrificing taste or preferences. This book is about how I lost 14 pounds and 2 waist sizes and kept it off for 25 years without ever going on a diet. Inspired by Walter Mischel’s iconic The Marshmallow Test, Eat It Later is a science-based, psychological approach to developing weight-reducing eating habits. It chronicles how I did it and lays out a plan for how you can too.

  Learn Techniques For Eating Less Without Feeling Deprived.  Today, I don't eat three Oreos at a sitting and force myself from the table, biting my fist and longing for the 16 I used to eat. I am as satisfied with three as I used to be with 16. Habituation, desensitization and delayed gratification techniques stopped my mindless eating and painlessly “shrank” my stomach so that I could eat much smaller portions without feeling cheated or deprived. Like most people, I thought, “eating in moderation” was code for “you’ll never feel full again.” I thought portion control meant pain management. I thought volume reduction meant perpetual dissatisfaction. I was wrong. If you make the kind of tiny, systematic reductions I show you in this book, your body will adapt to the new normal without any pain or suffering.

  Learn The Keys To Self-Control.  You are not going to get a list of foods to eat or avoid. Or recipes or meal suggestions. I am not going to ask you to count calories, fat, carbs or sugar. I am simply going to show you how to permanently change the amount of food you eat. And to do it with strategies identified by researchers and psychologists as the keys to self-control—habituation, systematic desensitization and delayed gratification techniques.

  Ever Finish A Bagel And Say, “Why Did I Eat It–I Wasn’t That Hungry?”  You do that because you don’t have an intuitive eating system that separates no/low cravings from high cravings. Eat It Later shows you mindful eating techniques that take about 3 seconds to separate low from medium and high cravings.

  Say Goodbye To Will Power Fatigue.  Diets force you to white-knuckle your way through 5-alarm cravingsand leave the table feeling hungry and deprived. But with habituation, desensitization and delayed gratification techniques you will never experience will power fatigue because there is nothing to be fatigued about—you will have what you like but through an intuitive eating mindset.

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When and why did you begin writing?
I started writing marketing strategy columns for Adweek, Mediaweek and other advertising/marketing publications.
Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?
In college.  My English professor said she never gives A’s so I took that as a challenge.  I did manage to get 1 A out of her.  One of my proudest moments in school.  Well, that and my ability to drink copious vodka without throwing up.
When did you first know you could be a writer? 
When Adweek ran a cover story of mine
What inspires you to write and why?
I like being helpful AND controversial.  It’s a unique blend where I help people WHILE pissing them off.
What genre are you most comfortable writing?
Nonfiction How to
What inspired you to write your first book?
My first REAL book as opposed to collections of my advice columns, was Not Tonight Dear, I Feel Fat How To Stop Worrying About Your Body & Have Great Sex . I wrote it out of outrage for what women in America go through in terms of  how society perceives their worth and how that translates into sexual dysfunction.
Who or what influenced your writing once you began?
My sister, the novelist Vicky Alvear Shecter
What do you consider the most challenging about writing a novel, or about writing in general?
Using my fingers on the keyboard instead of my forehead (i.e. the impossibility of getting started)
Did writing this book teach you anything and what was it?
That you can make a good point without embellishing the details.
Do you intend to make writing a career?
Is IS my career.

Michael Alvear
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Commander Henry Gallant by H. Peter Alesso Book Blast

We're happy to be hosting H. Peter Alesso's COMMANDER HENRY GALLANT book blast today!

Author: H. Peter Alesso
Publisher: Video Software Lab
Pages: 350
Genre: Science Fiction 

Henry Gallant thought Alaina loved him, but now she’s found someone else. A tidal wave of loss and grief has left him miserable, despondent, and lethargic.

Despite his emotional travails, he is ordered on a dangerous mission to an invading aliens’ home world in the Gliese-581 star system. There he uses a neural interface to penetrate their communication network and steal a high ranking alien’s identity. Through this artifice, he learns about their history and society, and discovers a way to hinder and possibly defeat them.

A side-effect of linking into this network—which was created to service autistic savants—is that Gallant’s mind is stimulated and enhanced to the point that he begins to experience superintelligence abilities.

Upon returning from his mission, there is concern that Gallant might pose an even more serious threat than the aliens. While he struggles to fend off those who doubt his loyalty, he fights to win back Alaina.

This is the fourth book of The Henry Gallant Saga and can be read as a standalone story.

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Book Excerpt:

Alaina told him to leave.

Gallant thought they were in love, but now she’s found someone else.

He’s racked his brain—sifting through the wreckage of their relationship—trying to piece together what went wrong.

A tidal wave of loss and grief has swept over him, leaving him undecided about what to do next, or how to move forward—which is ironic because he’s always prided himself on his ability to reach difficult decisions during a crisis. Is this a crisis? Maybe it’s worse because his brain is numb and won’t process facts or ideas—it just kept replaying the breakup over and over again.



The Warrior was Henry Gallant’s first command. It was the culmination of everything he’d worked for since entering the academy. Her rocket-shaped hull was over a hundred meters long, equipped with stealth technology, an antimatter sub-light engine, and a dark matter FTL drive.

The ship was on course for Elysium, a warm-water planet with oceans coving ninety per cent of its surface and dotted with numerous islands supporting abundant life including birds, mammals, reptiles, and a multitude of plant life. Home to a displaced United Planets’ colony, it was the second of five planets orbiting Tau Ceti, a mustard-yellow dwarf star about 11.5 light-years from Earth.

Sitting in the command chair, Gallant noticed that the bridge was unusually quiet despite the background hum of machinery and the chatter of the bridge crew. There were no alarms, or sirens, or exclamations of concern, all of which was a good thing, but in his heighten state of anticipation he was left with an eerie sense of emptiness.

He could barely contain his excitement at the prospect of seeing Alaina for the first time in nearly a year. His mind was alive with memories—many of which included Alaina’s alluring figure—quickening his pulse. There was nothing auspicious or dramatic about the images—it was just their sheer untimeliness and incongruity that was troubling.

Standing up abruptly, he shook my head to cast off my distracting torpor.

All eyes on the bridge turned toward him.

Chagrinned, he drew a breath and sat back down.

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As a scientist and author specializing in technology innovation, H. Peter Alesso has over twenty years research experience at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL). As Engineering Group Leader at LLNL he led a team of scientists and engineers in innovative applications across a wide range of supercomputers, workstations, and networks. He graduated from the United States Naval Academy with a B.S. and served in the U.S. Navy on nuclear submarines before completing an M.S. and an advanced Engineering Degree at M.I.T. He has published several software titles and numerous scientific journal and conference articles, and he is the author/co-author of seven books.

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