Guest Post: The Leftover by Brooke Williams

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Goodreads Synopsis

A reserved wallflower discovers that reality TV is the perfect backdrop to develop her confidence in this lighthearted rom-com.

Megan Malone is the ultimate homebody. When her sister talks her into going on The Leftover, a local version of the TV show Survivor, she isn’t sure she’ll make it past the first vote. Meanwhile, Cane Trevino is nursing a broken heart by joining the show as a medic.

With time away from his regular job and a dozen contestants to distract him, he hopes he can finally get over the woman he thought was “the one.”

 

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About The Author

Brooke Williams is a stay-at-home mom/freelance writer/author. Brooke is a former radio announcer and producer who also did a brief stint as a TV traffic reporter. Now, she writes novels as well as articles, blogs, and copy for clients on a freelance basis during the one-hour a day her daughters allow her the time.

She has been married to her husband, Sean, since 2002 and they have two beautiful daughters, Kaelyn and Sadie.

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Guest Post: Fat Jimmy and the Blind Ballerina by Eddie Owens

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This is the story of one young man’s desire for comedy fame: a tale of ambition and humiliation on the way to the top.

Fat Jimmy is a cynical, young comedian and writer, who desperately wants to make it to the big time. He wants it all and he wants it now.

Fat Jimmy loves women; he loves booze and he loves comedy. He is sweary and controversial, but always funny and always memorable.

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Guest Post: Littlethumb Sneezed by Truant D. Memphis

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What would happen if everything in the world suddenly froze, except you?

Littlethumb Sneezed is the tale of prolific artist and renowned philanthropist Littlethumb Brooks. From the discovery of his creative genius as a child to his rise to fame, join Littlethumb on a satirical journey through the world of American pop culture. It is a life filled with love, laughter, charity, art, disguises, magic tricks, international intrigue, and unfortunately, horrible tragedy. There’s also a punk rocker named Tommy Toxic.

It began with the Occurrence. Littlethumb was a little boy…

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About The Author

Truant Memphis is your friend. He is also a writer and part-time fictional character. He was born and raised in Texas, then got the hell out of there and began wandering about, trying to save the Universe.

He is married to Daffodil Fields, a character he created. Truant and Daffodil have two children. Dan Trate is their son through time-travel and adoption. Peaceful Dreaming Memphis (Sweet Pea for short) is their daughter. She happened the old-fashioned way. Truant loves you and wants you to be happy. You can follow the personal communication feed of Truant’s and Daffodil’s adventures on Twitter. Help them save the Universe.

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Guest Post: Crystal Castle by John D. Ashton

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Gabriel sits by his fire awaiting the arrival of each member of his fellowship. They do not know of him nor of the epic journey that lies ahead. Brought together by forces unknown, they travel across the vast landscape of New Earth on their quest to bring to an end the evil reign of the mysterious Ruler of the Crystal Castle. During their treacherous journey, which is plagued by the cruel, dark power of the Ruler, they find friendship and love, but also suffer great loss and witness untold horrors as they move closer to the infamous Crystal Castle. Gabriel knows that this mission is his fellowship’s destiny, but will they be strong enough to succeed?

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About The Author

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John D. Ashton is the author of fantasy novel Crystal Castle.

He is currently working on his second novel, which is a murder mystery story with a supernatural element, due out in 2017.

Born in Wakefield, West Yorkshire, he spends a lot of his time travelling, seeking new creative ideas.

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Guest Post: The Generalist – Taboo 0: Double Feature Show by Thomas Duder

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Waking up in a bathtub full of blood and a head empty of memories is certainly not the typical morning for an average person. Frank Todd, however, is anything but an average person. Follow along as he fights his way through the city of Neo Los Angeles encountering friend and foe alike in his quest to find out who and what he is. Many strange revelations await him, and he’s about to learn exactly how strange it gets for The Generalist!

Come take a wild ride through a Neo Los Angeles of tomorrow! Monsters, magic, martial artists, catgirls, and more misfits await you. Follow the misadventures of The Shop as they take on all challengers with a bizarre variety of attacks and allies in this action adventure, urban fantasy run amok.

The Generalist – Taboo 0: Double Feature Show! Because you cannot read about people being punched in the face ENOUGH!

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Guest Post: Brand Identity Breakthrough: How to Craft Your Company’s Unique Story to Make Your Products Irresistible by Gregory V. Diehl

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Goodreads Synopsis

Does your business have a story to tell? It should! Every new product can be unique in its industry. Does yours stand out from the crowd?

After a life of exploring the way people exchange value in over 35 countries, Diehl teaches business owners how to have conversations about brand strategy. In Brand Identity Breakthrough, you will learn how to develop a strong business identity by combining your personality and values with the functionality of your products to become irreplaceable to your audience.

Whether you lead a growing company, or are just starting a business, Brand Identity Breakthrough will give you a smarter way to think about new product development and business model generation. With undeniable, well-organized logic, it will show you how anyone can sell more, and at higher prices, so long as they give customers exactly what they want.

• Learn how to build a unique selling proposition for your product
• Learn the best methods for how to sell a product to customers, no matter what you offer.
• Overcome the sales learning curve, and sell products in both physical and online marketplaces.

Table of Contents

Section I: Why Identity Matters
This section will help you learn to see your own value, the value of your business, and the value of your products or services from the perspective of your customers. Only then can you begin to fashion your identity appropriately. If you can train yourself to think like your customers, you can get a much better idea of what value you should be focused on creating.

1. Can You Tell a Good Story?
2. When Good Ideas Fail
3. Why Entrepreneurs Fail to See Their Own Value
4. Why Others Fail to See Your Value

Section II: Creating Your Brand Identity
We don’t always know what makes our own ideas valuable. Failed entrepreneurs are often very close to getting the results they want. In being so close to your own business, you forget what things look like to an outsider, and you can’t present your business in a way which will appeal to what they are specifically looking for. Time to move beyond functional descriptions of your business, and focus on profound change.

5. Uncovering Your Core Values
6. Developing a Unique Selling Proposition
7. Crafting Your Personality Profile
8. Knowing Your Target Audience

Section III: Telling Your Story to the World
Communication is happening in every shared moment, and in ways that are not always obvious. There are so many other things we take for granted about the messages we send out to the world. By learning how to be a better communicator, you will gain access to a wide new world of opportunities which are only available if you know how to talk in a way that makes others want to listen.

9. How to Sell Who You Are
10. How to Speak with Clarity, Authority, & Authenticity
11. How to Display Your Character Through Writing
12. How to Educate Your Audience

Section IV: Brand Identity Case Studies
Case Study #1: From Consultant to Concierge with Productized Services
Case Study #2: Pre-Seeding a Two-Sided Marketplace for Launch
Case Study #3: Turning a Charitable Project into a Profitable Movement
Case Study #4: Skyrocketing a Personal Brand through Narrative Focus
Case Study #5: Embracing Personality in a Technical Niche

Section V: Resources for Prospective Entrepreneurs
Appendix 1: Entrepreneurial Terms Defined
Appendix 2: 50 Useful Starting Questions for New Entrepreneurs
Appendix 3: Making Money Online ask them to buy copies as well!”

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Guest Post: The Boy Who Could Talk To God by Faheem Jackson

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Building a relationship with God takes some people their entire lives. How do some come to understand him earlier versus those who connect to him later?

For Tyler Hargrove, growing up in the confines of his Booker T. Washington housing project in the Mott Haven community of the South Bronx, was one of the only things in life he knew. Another was living in a household where his mother expressed her love for God. As for how he carried himself through life, he always sought the quick way out. If he needed to get something done, he looked for a shortcut; a shortcut with his academics and a shortcut at home. His life of finding shortcuts led him into St. Mary’s Park where he would have a divine intervention with God.

Tyler will continue, not only on this first occasion, but on many occasions, to come to know and understand God. In addition to knowing and understanding God, he’ll have to learn there’s more to life than a shortcut. And adhering to his parents will be crucial in his success in school as well as in life. A full transformation will be of use in order for Tyler to leave behind childish ways and become more accountable for his actions.

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Guest Post: My Shorts by Arthur M. Doweyko

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Mind-blowing science fiction and fantasy short stories designed to make you rethink reality and your place in the universe. From first contact to thinking machines, from time-travel to the brutal realities of space travel, each story is finely crafted to set your teeth on edge and to grip your armchair. A policeman decides the fate of mankind when he unholsters his weapon during a first contact with aliens; Harry meets Harry in a time-travel attempt to save his wife; a little boy discovers he can’t lie; Andrew is the last human, a cyborg who must decide to be upgraded to fully artificial, or not. These and other thought-provoking tales await you in Arthur M. Doweyko’s collection of award-winning shorts.

About The Author

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As a scientist, Arthur has authored 100+ publications, and shares the 2008 Thomas Alva Edison Patent Award for the discovery of Sprycel, a new anti-cancer drug. He writes hard science fiction, fantasy and horror. His debut novel, Algorithm, which is a story about DNA and the purpose of humanity, garnered a 2010 Royal Palm Literary Award (RPLA) and was published by E-Lit Books October 2014.

He has published a number of short stories, many of which were finalists in RPLA competitions. A number of his short stories have garnered awards, which include Honorable Mentions in the international L. Ron Hubbard Writers of the Future Contest and First Place in P&E Readers Polls.

His recently completed Angela’s Apple, a novel about angels who are not angels, won 1st place as Best SciFi Novel at the 2014 RPLA and will be published by Red Adept Publishing. His current project, Henry The Last, is about the last human being, a Lakota Indian cyborg. He lives in Florida with his wife Lidia, happily wandering the beaches and jousting with aliens.

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Guest Post: Can’t Buy Forever by Susan Laffoon

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In the early 1950s, Odessa Drake (Dessa) is rescued from a bleak existence with a single mother. She takes a chance on the unknown to work in a boarding house owned by a widowed great aunt in Mineville, New York. Dessa is devoted to Aunt Flo and especially a young man, Nicholas, who appears and takes shelter in the attic, the only available space. Four years pass. She looks forward to each day because of his presence, in spite of the tedious work. Dessa is now eighteen and knows little more of Nicholas than the day he arrived to work the mines. She knows only he is a remarkable man who has a limp and she trusts Nicholas explicitly. There is a familiarity both recognize and an unshakeable bond develops. Nicholas has reasons to keep his past buried. Dangers loom and become evident when Nicholas gets too close and exposes their bond. What is the mystery behind this threat? To discover the answer, they escape by railway heading West, colliding with treachery and uncovering secrets, mile by mile. Their journey is impossible, but, they are supported by friends who risk their lives to make sure a great love and lineage is preserved. Or is it? None will forget their odyssey as they proceed to their destiny farther than they imagined.

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Guest Post: A Mother’s Meditations: Teachings of the Heart by Shelly Jacobs

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Some books should be sipped like fine wine and savored like good chocolate; A Mother’s Meditation’s is one of those books. Filled with deeply inspirational and poignant reflections, this book offers profound and powerful insights on a range of topics such as; love, fear, vulnerability, compassion, friendship, grief, learning, gratitude, relationships and many more. Each page beautifully captures life’s gifts and it’s struggles. A Mother’s Meditation offers spiritual and philosophical guidance for those who wish to live more heartfelt and passionate lives.

 

About The Author

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Shelly has a Masters Degree in Psychology and has worked as a psychotherapist for over 30 years. She is a long time practitioner of Vipassana Meditation and is the mother of two. She lives in the last great frontier of Alaska and has contributed writings in Turning Point: Integrative Solutions for Chronic Pain.

 

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