BOOK REVIEW # 2016-084 – THE ASSERTIVENESS GUIDE FOR WOMEN

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Wow if there was ever a book that was supposed to serve as a guide for women for gain any sort of assertiveness in their lives – THIS BOOK IS IT !!!

The basic problem for women is that for too long women have allowed their past, specifically their lives as a child, to control who they are today. Dr. Julie de Azevedo Hanks has done a marvelous job in creating a pyramid of information to help women is this predicament, beginning telling what the difference between assertive and not being it.

The author’s experience not only as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker [LCSW] but as a Psychotherapist lends itself perfectly to her readers what they need to gain the assertiveness they’re looking for.

Instead of merely telling her readers this is what they must do or not do, she asks them to reflective on their lives and to look at the past events they’ve experienced from different angles so they can try to: have more clarity in their lives, more compassion towards others and how to connect with them more effectively, increased calmness when the situations warrant it, and most important an increase in the confidence they have about themselves. In order to attempt this, the book contains exercises which I feel are not to arduous to do.

Being a child of the 1950’s, if was a song which would epitomize what this book is trying to do for women, than it would have to be “I Am Woman” by Helen Reddy. If you’re not familiar with this song here are some of the lyrics:

I am woman, hear me roar

In numbers too big to ignore

And I know too much to go back an’ pretend

‘Cause I’ve heard it all before

And I’ve been down there on the floor

No one’s ever gonna keep me down again

[Chorus:]

Oh yes I am wise

But it’s wisdom born of pain

Yes, I’ve paid the price

But look how much I gained

If I have to, I can do anything

I am strong (strong)

I am invincible (invincible)

I am woman

You can bend but never break me

‘Cause it only serves to make me

More determined to achieve my final goal

And I come back even stronger

Not a novice any longer

‘Cause you’ve deepened the conviction in my soul

As you can probably see there’s no way I can’t give this book the 5 STARS it so richly deserves.

US: https://www.amazon.com/review/R11918QYSK5UQ7

A BLOG TOUR HAS STOPPED AT MY BLOG – NICHOLAS ROSSIS

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I feel honored that NICHOLAS ROSSIS decided to stop here today with her blog tour. Mr, Rossis is the author of “Runaway Smile.”

NICHOLAS ROSSIS BLOG TOUR

If you enjoy writing, write!

Ever since I remember myself, I have enjoyed writing. At school, many of my classmates dreaded essay-writing, whereas I could count on my essays to be read in class. So, when I finished highschool, I figured I’d try writing for a living.

NICHOLAS ROSSIS

Expecting words of praise, I showed one of my short stories to a career councillor who was a family friend. Instead of the expected thumbs-up, she told me in no uncertain terms that I had no future in writing, and I had best focus my energy on a “proper” career.

So, I became an engineer, then an architect, then a web developer.

In 2009, I decided to try again my hand at writing. A newspaper had a segment called 9, that included a short science fiction story each week. Usually, these were translated into Greek, but every now and then you would see a story written by a Greek. So, I submitted my story, not expecting much.

They published it, and sent me a cheque for 150 euros. I was ecstatic. I quickly wrote another couple of stories and submitted them, but the newspaper had by then ran into financial trouble and discontinued that segment. So, I sent one of the stories to a short-story competition, and won. The story was (traditionally) published in an anthology called Invasion.

I then started working on my novel, Pearseus, which turned into a series. I first published that on Amazon in late 2013, certain that I was missing something: surely someone would call my bluff. Amazon would take a look and go, “hey, you’re not an author. What are you playing at?”

Instead, people bought Pearseus and reviewed it. They said nice things about it and actually paid to read my work.

Wow. People liked my work. This really was an eye opener, and I continued to write and publish. I’ve learned a lot, developed my voice and interacted with hundreds of wonderful people.

Then, yesterday, the funniest thing happened. Remember that councillor I mentioned at the beginning? Apparently, she read Runaway Smile and asked my mother for my phone number – remember, this is someone I had not talked to in over 25 years.

Her first words were, “I wanted to congratulate you on your book. It’s absolutely wonderful. It’s clear that this is where your future lies. Don’t give up writing, it’s who you are and what you’re meant to be doing.”

Needless to say, I almost dropped the phone with surprise. All I could say was “aha,” and “thank you.” Then, I hung up and turned to my wife. “You’ll never guess who that was…”

If you want to see what this woman was talking about, why not read my children’s book, Runaway Smile, online for free and make up your own mind?

RUNAWAY SMILE

Book Blurb

I woke up this morning and I had lost my smile and it wasn’t my fault and I looked everywhere and it was gone. Then I met a workman and a king and the best salesman in the world and a clown and no-one wanted to give me theirs. At school, I asked Miss to give me hers, but she gave us a pop quiz instead, and then no-one was smiling and…

From the blog of Nicholas C. Rossis, author of science fiction, the Pearseus epic fantasy series and children’s books

A little boy wakes up in the morning and realizes he has lost his smile. After spending the entire day trying to find it, he learns the truth behind smiles: the only real smiles are the shared ones.

Contact Information

I’m all around the Internet, but the best place to find me would be my blog, 

http://nicholasrossis.me

Anyone interested in my books can check them out on Amazon:

http://www.amazon.com/Nicholas-C.-Rossis/e/B00FXXIBZA

Also, people can read for free both Pearseus: Schism, on Goodreads and

Runaway Smile on my blog:http://www.nicholasrossis.me/childrens-books/ 

Other places to connect with me include

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Brief bio

Avid reader. Web developer. Architect by training, holder of a PhD in Digital Architecture from the University of Edinburgh. Most importantly, author.

Nicholas loves to write. He has published Runaway Smile, a children’s book, and the Amazon best-selling epic fantasy series, Pearseus. The fourth book in the series is currently edited, and expected to be released mid-February.

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A BLOG TOUR HAS STOPPED AT MY BLOG – LIZ GAVIN

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I feel honored LIZ GAVIN decided to stop here with her blog tour. Ms. Gavin is the author of “Luck of the Irish.”

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Keira Ashe’s parents are great but her mother has overprotected her for years. Now, this twenty-two-year-old Bostonian has graduated from college and can go on a trip she has been planning for years. She fears her shyness may get in the way of her enjoying what could be a life-altering adventure. However, Keira feels her luck is about to change when she meets gorgeous bartender Declan Slane.

Declan Slane is twenty-six and works at a hotel bar in Dublin. He hasn’t been very lucky in his love life so far. Also, he has got a troubled past he has chosen not to revisit in order to keep his sanity. Because he isn’t looking for a girlfriend, Declan isn’t very pleased to meet a certain breathtaking American who walks into his bar one afternoon.

Get a taste of adventure and heartache as Keira spreads her wings and matures while she gets to know her great-grandparents’ home country – Ireland. Hold your breath when she faces tough decisions and dangers. Root for Keira while she weighs up the consequences of making love for the first time. Bite your nails when she comes across unforeseen threats.

Liz Gavin’s second full-length novel is hard to put down just as it is hard to pinpoint its genre. She has woven an intricate web around her characters that will leave readers breathless. In the sizzling concoction, this talented new author poured heart-warming romance, heart-stopping suspense, and a dash of heart-searching paranormal. Take your pick. Regardless of the literary genre you might favor, Liz Gavin’s writing will take you to a whole different side of it.”

LIZ GAVIN

AUTHOR BIO

When Liz Gavin was in Second Grade – just a couple of years ago, really – her teacher told her mother the little girl should start a diary because she needed an outlet for her active and vivid imagination. She was a talkative child who would disrupt the class by engaging her colleagues in endless conversations. She loved telling them the stories her grandfather used to tell her.

Apparently, the teacher wasn’t a big fan of those stories, and Liz’s mother bought her a diary. She happily wrote on it for a couple of months. Unable to see the appeal of writing for her own enjoyment only, she gave up on it. She missed the audience her friends provided her in class. She went back to disturbing her dear teacher’s class.

Since then, she has become a hungry reader. She will read anything and everything she can get her hands on – from the classics to erotica. That’s how she has become a writer of erotica and romance, as well.

As a young adult, she participated in a student exchange program and lived in New Orleans for six months. She fell in love with the city and its wonderful inhabitants. NOLA will always hold a special spot in Liz Gavin’s heart. Nowadays, living in Brazil, Liz’s creativity has improved many times because it’s such a vibrant, gorgeous and sexy country.

Welcome to her world of hot Alpha males and naughty, independent women. Add a touch of the paranormal in the presence of some wicked souls and you’ll get the picture.

Book & Contact Links:

Amazon US = http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00MS48JO0

Amazon UK = http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00MS48JO0

My blog = elessarpublishing.blogspot.com

Twitter =   http://www.twitter.com/LizGavin_author 

Facebook = www.facebook.com/liz.gavin.54

Email = lizgavin@elessarbooks.com


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A BLOG TOUR HAS STOPPED HERE TODAY – JENNIFER HINSMAN

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I feel honored JENNIFER HINSMAN decided to stop here today with her blog tour. Ms. Hinsman is the author of “Angel of Death.”

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Making Mistakes:

It seems to me that making mistakes and learning from them is what life is all about. From the very beginning, we all started to learn about life and our surroundings by making mistakes.  The learning comes when we are hurt, either emotionally or physically, typically not wanting to repeat that feeling.

‘Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new’ — Albert Einstein

My point is to try to make others see that mistakes are something that everyone makes, so don’t let them hold you back.  If there is something you enjoy, or want to see if you enjoy, try it!  If you look around there are hundreds of other people that have made similar mistakes and are only too willing to help and support you.  Go for it and pursue your passion!

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Excerpt from Chapter 4- Angel of Death:

     Everyone sat in his or her usual spots at the huge dining table, and the chef served the first course, lobster bisque.  This was followed by a tomato salad and a mint sorbet to cleanse the palette for the wine and Brie that was to come.  Finally, the main course of duck with caramelized orange sauce, small roasted potatoes, and asparagus steamed to perfection, with a hint of garlic, was placed in front of each dinner guest and compliments to the chef went around.  The family talked business and oil prices, and they also wanted to know about Miles and Stacy Lynn’s plans for children and how the landscaping was going on their new home.  Everyone seemed to be in good spirits, but Audrey was rather quiet because of her nervous stomach.

     Baron asked Audrey to tell everyone what she had been up to, and that seemed like a good time to bring up the dreaded subject of Chicago.  She shrugged and talked about finishing her senior paper and studying for finals.

      “There is a bit of other news I wanted to share with everyone.”  Audrey couldn’t make eye contact with her parents so she looked at Jonathan instead; he smiled at her.

      Liza’s face lit up, “Oh Audrey, I bet I know, please tell us you have finally picked a college.  I have a feeling it is University of Texas or SMU.”  She clapped her hands in excitement.  “We spent so much time with applications and touring campuses, they are all really great and I have a favorite, but I did tell you it was your decision.”

     “Well, I am glad to hear that you feel it is my decision.  I am not really sure how to tell you all, but I plan to leave Texas for college.”  She took a deep breath.

     Miles spoke up, “You’re kidding, right?  That’s funny little sis, seriously though, which did you pick?”  His gaze was on her, as was everyone else’s.

     “No, I am not kidding, actually. I’ve given it a lot of thought and I’m sure that I want to do this.”  She looked at Miles as she spoke and saw Stacy Lynn gasp in surprise.  “Don’t act so surprised, Stacy Lynn.  It’s not like you know me, and really my decisions aren’t any of your business anyway.”  She looked at Miles and he seemed a little hurt.

     “Don’t be ridiculous, Audrey,” her father piped in at the end of the table, his tone was even, but she could tell he wasn’t happy about this.  “You will stay in Texas, just as all of us have.  The schools here are exceptional, so there is no reason to go out of Texas.”  He took a sip of his wine.

     “First, I’m sorry, Miles, I didn’t mean to snap at Stacy Lynn like that.”  He nodded and she knew she was forgiven, at least by him, and that was all she cared about.  “I have been accepted to Northwestern in Chicago.  Mom and I have traveled there several times for shows and shopping.  The city fits me and has so much to offer.  I love the culture and diversity there.  Plus, there are all four seasons there and I know Texas can’t offer me that.”  She smiled, hoping that would lighten the mood in the room.

     Her grandparents were very quiet, but Audrey guessed they knew it was Baron and Liza that would lay down the law.

      “I don’t remember you saying anything about Chicago for school.  When did you apply and why was it behind my back?”  Liza glared at her daughter, feeling stupid in front of her in-laws and parents.

      “Mom, I know, I knew you would fight me on it and not let me apply.  Or dad would call a business friend to make sure my application was denied.  I did this on my own and used my own money to pay the application fee.”  Audrey took a sip of her water; her throat was suddenly feeling constricted and dry.  “I accepted their offer a few months ago.”  She looked down at her plate, but defiantly decided to look up at her parents to show confidence in her decision.

     “That’s impossible, Audrey, your mother and I are paying for your college education and you may not move up to Chicago.  End of story.”  Her dad was using his business voice and expected to have Audrey follow whatever he demanded.  “Now, after all this foolishness, who wants dessert?”  Baron looked around at the quiet table.

     Jonathan spoke, “Well, I’m always ready for dessert, but maybe you and mom could hear Audrey out, and look at all the things Northwestern has to offer.”  Audrey cringed, knowing her father would probably take his comments out on him at the office.

     “No one asked for your opinion, Jonathan,” Baron said with an edge to his voice.  “Besides, you got your degree here in Texas, and you seemed very happy about that.”

      “True, but Audrey and I are two different people.  She’s the most independent of the three of us.”  She could see that Miles nodded in agreement.  Audrey really loved her brothers, but she didn’t want them to take the wrath for her.

      “Look, Dad, Mom …”  Audrey sighed. “The boys are not trying to go against you, they just love me and still see me as the littlest, the youngest, and the one they need to protect, so please don’t be mad at either of them.  I really don’t think they have a side, so to speak, in this, they know I just want a chance at something different.”

     “So, they’ve known this whole time and didn’t bother to let us know.”  Liza waved her hand in the air and gestured toward them.   “That’s great, all we do for you kids and then you go off keeping secrets like this.  I won’t stand for this, Audrey, you are staying in Texas.  We are not letting you make this monumental mistake!”  With those words, she disappeared into the kitchen and they could all hear her telling the chef they were ready for dessert.

     “Dad, they didn’t know anything, I swear.  I wouldn’t make either of them keep a secret from you guys.”  Jonathan had known for a few weeks, but she didn’t need to tell her parents that.

     “Dessert will be served momentarily.”  Liza walked back in, acting as if that uncomfortable conversation had never happened.  “Who would like some coffee?”  She held up a silver coffee pitcher and smiled.

     Liza would have made a great actress, Audrey thought.  She was beautiful, tall and thin, and she could always mask whatever she was really feeling to be the perfect hostess, business woman, volunteer or whatever she was doing at any particular moment.  In a sense, Audrey admired her mother’s resolve, but this was a family discussion, so why did she have to be such a Stepford-wife at this time? 

     Audrey got up from the table and excused herself.  She was too annoyed to be around her parents right now.  Jonathan excused himself from the table a few minutes later to check on her.

ANGEL OF DEATH Book Trailer:
http://youtu.be/hPGx4yGyW9I

ANGEL OF DEATH Purchase Link:
Amazon US:  http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00P2UBI5Y

Amazon UK:  http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00P2UBI5Y 

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A TOUR HAS STOPPED AT MY BLOG – JEFFREY von GLAHN

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Background:

Jessica had always been haunted by the fear that the unthinkable had happened when she had been “made-up.” For as far back as she could remember, she had no sense of a Self. Her mother thought of her as the “perfect infant” because “she never wanted anything and she never needed anything.” As a child, just thinking of saying “I need” or “I want” left her feeling like an empty shell and that her mind was about to spin out of control. Terrified of who––or what––she was, she lived in constant dread over being found guilty of impersonating a human being. 

Jeffrey Von Glahn, Ph.D., an experienced therapist with an unshakable belief in the healing powers of the human spirit, and Jessica, blaze a trail into this unexplored territory. As if she has, in fact, become an infant again, Jessica remembers in extraordinary detail events from the earliest days of her life––events that threatened to twist her embryonic humanness from its natural course of development. Her recollections are like listening to an infant who could talk describe every psychologically dramatic moment of its life as it was happening. 

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When Dr. Von Glahn met Jessica, she was 23. Everyone regarded her as a responsible, caring person – except that she never drove and she stayed at her mother’s when her husband worked nights.

For many months, Jessica’s therapy was stuck in an impasse. Dr. Von Glahn had absolutely no idea that she was so terrified over simply talking about herself. In hopes of breakthrough, she boldly asked for four hours of therapy a day, for three days a week, for six weeks. The mystery that was Jessica cracked open in dramatic fashion, and in a way that Dr. Von Glahn could never have imagined. Then she asked for four days a week – and for however long it took. In the following months, her electrifying journey into her mystifying past brought her ever closer to a final confrontation with the events that had threatened to forever strip her of her basic humanness.

Jessica by Jeffrey Von Glahn

Twitter Handle:  @JeffreyVonGlahn
Website:  http://jeffreyvonglahn.com

Purchase Link for book:  http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00IUCKOD8
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This excerpt is from the Prologue. It describes how my view of infants was changed by Jessica’s therapy.

Listening to Jessica during therapy sessions was the same as listening to an infant who could talk describe in vivid detail every psychologically dramatic moment of its life as it was happening. As a result, my perception of infants was radically altered. I will never again think of them as simple little beings primarily interested in eating and sleeping. They are far more complex than I had ever imagined. When I am now in an infant’s presence, I am acutely conscious that an active force in the world is before me. What I say and how I act will be watched with great interest by a mind that, though not as developed as mine, is probably more curious about the world and definitely more sensitive to it.

Infants, especially newborns, pull me toward them with what seems like an irresistible power. Whenever I see one of these brand-new human beings, I must fight my urge to drop whatever I’m doing and immediately rush to its side. In my fantasy, I see myself slow down as I approach my goal and unhurriedly cover the last bit of distance. I close in with the most incredibly joyous smile anyone has ever seen. My eyes bulge in unabashed delight, while my smile and eyes speak for me. They speak the language of infancy, a life rich in feelings, hopes, dreams, potential, and an insatiable curiosity about the world. It is a life as exciting and intriguing as anything adults can even imagine.

A TOUR HAS STOPPED AT MY BLOG – HARMONY KENT

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Hi there! Thanks for joining me on my awesome fourteen-day blog tour with 4Wills Publishing and my fantastic host for today! You can find details of my other stops here: 4Wills Author Page. 

I published my first book, THE BATTLE FOR BRISINGAMEN, in May 2013. I soon followed this up with the award winning mystery/thriller THE GLADE in November 2013, and my first Young Adult fiction book, ELEMENTAL EARTH, in July 2014.

Today, am promoting my latest work, POLISH YOUR PROSE. This is my first non-fiction book, and is a powerful new guide that gives essential editing tips for authors.

Lots of books have been written on the art of writing, and here—at last—is a guide that will teach you the essential techniques of editing your own book. This will help you turn a promising manuscript into a published novel. And, it does this without the jargon. You don’t need to know all the grammatical terms in order to make use of this book. You don’t need to know the definition of a split infinitive, a comma splice, or a ‘to be’ verb, as this manual explains these in detail in easy to understand terms, and a lively and engaging style.

Chapters on Passive Writing, Tense, Point of View, Dialogue, and other techniques take you through the same processes an editor would go through to polish and perfect your manuscript. Good writing is nothing without good editing. Learn the secrets of good editing and writing with this essential author reference, which offers so much more for so much less.

As well as being an award-winning author, I am an accomplished editor and proofreader. My passion is helping Indie Authors to successfully achieve their goals and dreams.

Excerpt from the preface.

“An independent author finds him or herself with many pressures on time and financial resources. Often, any available funds are funnelled toward advertising, rather than hiring a professional editor. Usually, authors who do hire an editor will get a copy edit and overlook the need for a comprehensive line edit. Some won’t even know there is a difference. And finding a good proofreader can seem impossible at times. …

 … It is my aim, in this manual, to highlight and explain the essentials without getting lost in the skies of academia, or drowning in a sea of words that need translating into the common tongue. Whenever I edit for an author, I always attempt to explain the changes I have made, so they can learn for themselves and avoid the same errors the next time around. It is far better to write my comments in plain English, than to confound with obfuscation.

I am all about supporting Indies, and one of the most helpful tools I have found is that of education. If we can do it for ourselves, it is much cheaper and less time consuming than getting someone else to do it for us. And, we do our own work for free!”

Link to Youtube book trailer movie.

You can pick up your copy of POLISH YOUR PROSE here:

Amazon UK

Amazon US

Links for my other books:

The Glade

Elemental Earth

The Battle for Brisingamen

You will also find me in the soon-to-be-released Rave Reviews Book Club Anthology: RAVE SOUP FOR THE WRITER’S SOUL, and the All Authors Magazine Anthology: CONCORDANT VIBRANCY.

My website is http://harmonykent.co.uk

I’m also on twitter: @harmony_kent

My 4Wills Author Page.

Thanks for stopping by!