“Romantic Recovery” with its co-authors Waterford Adams
1.Best Writing Wardrobe – As sisters who share a residence we write from home.
Our best writing wardrobe is casual, comfortable
clothes after morning coffee.
Best Inspiration for Writing – People, People, People, in all walks of life.
Best Writing Place – For Waterford, seated at the computer; for Adams, seated
at the table.
Best Pick-Me-Up Book – For Waterford, The Recovering Romantic; for Adams
Best Secret Talent – For Waterford, interpreting body language; for Adams,
Best Experience or Writing Idea – to leave a legacy of peacemaking in
As co-authors Waterford Adams, we are sisters with a British cultural heritage, who were born in Australia and spent our early years in rural and remote outback regions of Queensland. During our personal histories we have lived and worked in many and various situations, and have learned through adversity that pain is a brilliant teacher. Now in our mature years and with an honourable working relationship, we specialize in the promise of romantic recovery through an ongoing commitment to peacemaking. The collective outcome of this proposal is strengthened by our individual contributions.
WATERFORD: As a registered nurse in public hospitals, I received extensive experience in observing and treating trauma and recovery. Additional periods of real life research have encouraged me to strive to locate the definitive cause of less noticeable trauma. During this study, I have developed through a foundation of insight, the wisdom to appreciate that unidentified emotional pain, if not addressed, is re-created in the form of various discordant and abusive relationship behaviours. My contribution to this book has been refined and inspired over fifteen years.
ADAMS: Teaching for nineteen years in state high schools, with further professional involvement in human relationships education, school camps, term dances and the senior formal, I had the opportunity to study young adults and gain insights into their struggles. The additional years I worked as a telephone counsellor developed my natural intuition, giving me instinctive perception in personal pain and relationship issues. My contribution to this book is to offer a potential for its readers to secure greater awareness through self discovery.
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Release Date: 9/25/2012
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Book Description: “Romantic Recovery” is a study of the modern relationships game, revealing the drama in the lives of the characters who perform within it. Showcasing eight well-known players: – Failed Family – Daddy’s Girl – Cheating Partner – Posing Friend – Mummy’s Boy – Sexual Predator – Bully – Fanatic this is a unique journey through the thrilling Contest of Recovery where females and males score points in deciding the fate of 64 relationship dilemmas. As a finale, there is an intimate eight-day diary with questions and answers designed to benefit singles or couples on a personal quest for romantic recovery.
The failed family is the seat where generosity is dispensed in erratic doses from nestling status through to old age. It lacks reform. The family failure creates a group of infants who convince anyone who is afraid, that less is much more than they deserve.
Our well being within this family unit is on high alert. While we may pursue a commission of excellence and social standing, close scrutiny reveals we bear the scars of bewilderment, manipulation and heavily accented progaganda.
The parents in a failed family corrupt with sentiment. They seduce their children with a measure of affection and mix it with a dash of disguised michief. They live and breathe self-contempt because they themselves have been disabled by lies.
There is little to be gained from the failed family portrait as it stands. The foundations are crudely formed. The stays and props displayed are listing badly with the trauma of old fear and unexamined pain which holds each family member to ransom.
This kind of conditioning can imprint itself upon us from very early days. It is difficult to escape being caught in its enmeshment. While ever we remain a captive, we cannot find and protect our dream.
February 13 – Introduction at VBT Café Blog
February 14 – Interviewed at My Life, Love and Passions
February 16 – Spotlight at 4Covert2Overt A Place In The Spotlight
February 18 – Spotlight at Deal Sharing Aunt
February 20 – Spotlight at Black Coffee, Brown Cow
February 25 – 6 Besties at BK Walker Books
February 26 – Spotlight at Jody’s Book Reviews
March 2 – Spotlight at The Voluptuous Book Diva
March 4 – Guest Blogging at Confessions of the Perfect Mom
March 6 – Interview at The Avid Reader
March 9 – Interview at Bikers With Books
Lowell (now University of Massachusetts, Lowell). It was there that I
learned to love jazz. I have been performing jazz and other kinds of
music for over 20 years, throughout the New England area. I live in
North Reading, Massachusetts with my husband Richard, and my son
6 Besties at BK Walker Books
1. Best writing wardrobe. I don’t know about you, but I like to be comfortable when I write. I think my best writing wardrobe is in my Pajamas but sometimes I will wear jeans too. It depends on when I need to write too. For instance, when I need to promote the faires, I need to just write a promotional PR piece for the events coming up. Sometimes, I will wear my hat that I wear at faire just to get in the “Mood”.
2. Best Inspiration for writing. My best inspiration for writing is reading other writers books. Sometimes I will listen to jazz or whatever music I have at the time to get writing. Sometimes it’s what you see around you that’s the best inspiration. For me, I’m writing more about the Blues, so I need to get more blues albums and listen to what they are singing in order for me to get unstuck from my writers block.
3. Best writing place. Seeing as I don’t have a large place to sit and write, the best place for me is at my living room table. However, sometimes I do have a notebook with me and I’ll go to a forest or someplace quiet to write. Sometimes, I have really great luck writing with my brother on a piece of paper and then I come home to write it out.
4. Best Pick-Me-Up book. A picture book always picks me up. I’m not just saying that because I wrote a picture book, but I think it’s true. Any picture book can pick you up. It’s the magic of the art, the story and the usually happy endings in Picture Books.
5. Best secret talent. I’m not all that secretive. I usually tell everyone what it is that I do. So, my not so secret talent is that I’m a jazz flutist, a pretty good one (well, back in the day). I also knit pretty well (working on my first sweater as I write this post). Maybe my secret talent is that I’m somehow able to manage posting 3 blogs, manage 5 fan pages, promote 2 faires and keep writing while working full time, be a full time mom and just have time to relax – which is hardly ever. I think I need to figure out how to chunk out my schedule so I can manage to find time to relax.
6. Best experience or writing idea. So many ideas pop into my head. I think though that once I come down to one or two really GREAT ideas is when it really works and people enjoy them. I think that the challenge of writing “Journey to Jazzland”for the class at Bunker Hill College back in 1999 was the crux of my writing “career”.
I had always played jazz flute, and when the class came around the project was to write and draw a picture book for kids. My idea was “Journey to Jazzland” in which a Flute named Windy was a little bored in Orchestra one day and wanted to learn more about jazz.
My latest idea is to write a picture book called “Boogie in Bluestown” , I’ve already been asking feedback on my idea, and so far, the response has been positive.
I have too many great experiences in my lifetime to say which one was the best one, but I have to say that getting published was definitely one of the TOP experiences of my lifetime. I never in a million years thought that this book was ever going to be published. It was just a class project where the art was done in crayon and pen was done. Now, I’ve become a published author of a picture book and have learned SO much about marketing, promoting and just writing more books.
legendary place where music is joyous, creative and free.
Caldric Blackwell realized he loved reading when he read about a bunch of people (with single-syllable names) and their pets (also with single-syllable names) in kindergarten.
Exposure to a host of great authors while studying at the University of California, Santa Barbara inspired him to begin writing fiction. Although he began writing short stories for adults, he eventually migrated to writing children’s books. His debut work is an early chapter book titled The Enchanted River Race. His second release is a picture book titled The Boy Who Couldn’t Cry Wolf.
Outside of writing, Caldric enjoys hiking and playing the mandolin, banjo, and guitar. Caldric currently resides in California.
Publisher: Icasm Press.
Release Date: November 20, 2014.
Six-year-old Byron Woodward is a werewolf who can’t howl. Determined not to embarrass himself after being chosen to lead a full-moon ceremony, he embarks on a mission to learn how to howl. He learns a lot about howling during his journey, but more importantly, he learns a valuable lesson about believing in himself.
December 14 – 20
December 14 – Tour Kickoff at VBT Café Blog
December 15 – Spotlight at Deal Sharing Aunt
December 16 -Spotlight at Tea and A Book
December 17 – Reviewed at Platypire Reviews
December 18 – Reviewed at Debbie Jean Blog
December 19 – Spotlight at Readsalot
Deceimber 19 – Spotlight at Mythical Books
December 20 – Spotlight at 3 Partners In Shopping – Nana, Mommy & Sissy Too!
December 20 – Reviewed at My Twins Hid My Books…Again
December 20 – Reviewed at I Feel The Need…The Need To Read
Title: Ignition: An Educator’s Journey
Author Name: Michelle Arrose
6 Besties with author, Michelle Arrose
- Best Writing Wardrobe- Sweat pants and a T shirt.
- Best Inspiration for writing- my experiences turned into realistic fiction, a good TV show with good writing makes me think of the ingenious behind the script, an act of kindness or humanity
- Best Writing Place- my bedroom
- .Best Pick-Me –Up book- Harry Potter series used to cheer me up.
- Best Secret Talent- Acting/singing show tunes
- Best Experience or Writing Idea- Many people tuned into different blogs which I wrote such as-
- 50 Shades Of Shame (Inspired by 50 shades of Grey)
- A Treacherous Storm (Inspired by losing home in Hurricane Sandy)
- It’s A Wonderful Strife!
- Mastocytosis (Inspired by my friend diagnosed with this disease who was fighting for her life)
- RIP Robin Williams
Author Bio: My name is Michelle Arrose. I am currently a teacher. I enjoy writing and completed a short-novel titled, “IGNITION” Throughout my entire life I have always felt inspired to write. I also am a strong believer in being a teacher advocate. If my novella could help educate people as to the hardships educators face today, then I would be extremely elated. This is my first novella and hope you enjoy it. I also set up a blog which is: marrose215.blogspot.com. Feel free to follow me as I continue to write many more literary works.
Book Genre: Fiction
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“IGNITION” is about a first year teacher. Karen Woolsworth who was given (in her mind) an excellent opportunity to work in a school and educate the young minds of today. However, little did she know that teaching led to her nightmare rather than her paradise. One troubled student, Kevin Connelly, becomes part of her obsession that she cannot focus on anything else. A teen that has a disturbing past. Kevin is a representation of the typical student that educators face every day around the world. Karen is left feeling alone in the world and fearing for her life with no support from administrators. Ms. Crowe, the Assistant Principal, is a woman who follows Karen’s every move like a bird. Instead of a dove she becomes a vulture who eats away at the mental psyche and emotional stamina of Karen’s well-being. The only salvation in this pool of chaos is Billy, her husband. However, he has difficulty relating and understanding the educational dilemmas which Karen faces. The constant struggles that Karen encounters to balance her life as a teacher and wife weigh her down daily. This book is a rollercoaster filled with emotional ups and downs until the ride ends. This novella is unique for its alternate endings and you get to choose exactly how Karen’s ride ends.
A New Journey
August 24, was a magical day for me. Not magical in the sense of wizards and sorcerers, but rather in the sense that I, Karen Woolsworth, landed my first teaching position.
I was so excited. I could not wait to go home and tell Billy, my husband, that all that hard work paid off. Two long years of rigorous graduate school, finally over. Taking all those teaching exams and suffering for hours with a proctor staring at you, sizing you up while tapping her pencil, and distracting your every thought when you needed to be in control at that time.
The day started out dreary. I woke up to rain. I spilled coffee on one of my suits and had to go to the interview in my navy blue suit and white blouse. It was not my favorite, but it had to do. I hoped that spilling coffee on my suit did not mean bad luck.
That morning, my curly dark hair stood as frizzy as can be. I felt like a cat that just had gone through a car wash. Imagine how he would look. Well, the spilled coffee delayed me a bit, but I raced for my interview as fast as a jaguar runs and I made it right on time. I was lucky that I did not get a speeding ticket. Billy would have been quite upset if I had. I also would have missed the job interview. Oh, what a shame that would have been!
When I arrived at West Street and Ninth Avenue, my nightmare began. There stood a lonely building called, The Charles Dickens School. This was a five-story building with fifteen-hundred students. The school consists of sixth through eighth graders. I was able to see that this was an old, musty building with no elevator. As I walked into the horrific huge school, I felt so small, but there was an aroma of endearing books, which made me feel quite elated. I was in awe. I grew up in the suburbs. I had never been inside an urban school. This was quite an adventure for me. I was so excited and nervous. As I walked up the three small steps, I was greeted by security, a man in a blue uniform. I gave him my driver’s license as proof of ID and signed in. He told me to turn right at the first door and on the left was the main office. I would then have to meet with the principal. I thanked him and went on my way. As I walked down the long narrow corridor, I remember my heart was beating very fast and my palms felt sweaty. It reminded me of a first date, but much worse. The principal, Mr. Scott, a tall man with a mustache, asked me many questions. He started the interview in a friendly manner by shaking my hand and asking me if I found the school okay. At this point, I remember that his smile turned into more of a serious face, as if to say, “Let’s begin.”
He asked me, “What made you want to go into teaching?” I do not even remember what I answered him, but he must have been pleased with my response. During the interview, there was another person in the room as well. This person happened to be an assistant principal. She was on the large side with curly short blond hair. Her glasses hugged her ears tightly. She was the one who asked some tough questions. She had a poker face on the entire time and did not crack a smile once. Her name, I will never forget was Ms. Crowe. She reminded me of a spectacle-wearing shark staring at a guppy. I guess that you can guess who I was in that scenario: the guppy. I remember Ms. Crowe’s last question was one of the toughest.
“How would you prepare your students for the statewide exam?”
I must have looked at them dumbfounded. I could not believe this question. I had just graduated from my master’s program. I had never taught before. I did not know what to say.
At that moment, a magical thing happened. The principal’s secretary came in and interrupted us, saying that he had an urgent call from his wife. He told me that I have the job. Naturally, I accepted the job with alacrity. He then excused himself. If I had had time to answer the question, I believe that I would not have gotten that job. He informed me that I would have to teach a self-contained eighth-grade class which meant that I would have to teach the same children throughout the day. My only hope at this point was that my students would be great and not horrific.
I thanked him and walked out of his tight, stuffy office, leaving him and the shark behind. As I walked out the door, I felt relieved that it was over and my teaching career would begin. The following week I would start and I could not wait. I was overjoyed that I felt like skipping down the block. However, in case the principal should glance out the window, I knew I had to maintain self-control and save that giddy emotion for when I got home.
November 23 – December 15
November 23 – Introduction at VBT Café Blog
November 24 – Spotlight at 4 Covert 2 Overt: A Place In The Spotlight
November 26 – Spotlight at 3 Partners In Shopping – Nana, Mommy & Sissy Too!
November 27 – Guest blogging at Mythical Books
November 28 – Author Interview at Deal Sharing Aunt
December 1 – Spotlight at Freshly Baked Books
December 3 – Guest Blogging at The Avid Reader
December 5 – 5 Things I Know For Sure at CAT Magazine
December 8 – Interviewed at Bikers for Children’s Books
December 10 – 6 Besties at BK Walker Books
December 12 – Review & Guest Blogging at SimpliRead
December 15 – Review & Guest Blogging at Fiction Zeal
6 Besties With Donata Joseph
1. Best writing wardrobe. Nightgown
2. Best Inspiration for writing. Prayer
3. Best writing place. In Bed, lights off, eyes closed and let it flow.
4. Best Pick-Me-Up book. I Declare by Joel Osteen
5. Best secret talent. No secret talents..
6. Best experience or writing idea. Being able to write a book in 11 days and not know what I was writing during the process until the end when I printed it out to read.
Author Bio: Short Bio:
Donata Joseph is a motivational speaker who is passionate about encouraging, empowering and elevating individuals in all walks of life. Whether it’s through her non-profit organization Adding Doses of HOPE Daily Foundation or through her all natural skincare line DONATA, she endeavors to make and impact on the lives of others.
Donata Joseph believes in making her mark and changing lives.
In 2011, Ms. Joseph founded Adding Doses of Hope Daily Foundation to empower families of children with Attention Deficient Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). She wanted to share her experiences, challenges and tips for raising two children diagnosed with ADHD.
In 2012, she decided to break the silence and address the escalating issue of Domestic Violence. Her blog, Behind Closed Doors, chronicled a seven-year abusive relationship. The post elicited responses from people all over the world. The Foundation sponsors events and programs that bridge the gap between mental health and healthy relationships. Through motivational speaking, youth mentoring and parenting education, she encourages, empowers and elevates individuals in all walks of life to reflect on their overall mental wellness. Prior to founding Adding Doses of Hope Daily foundation, Ms. Joseph volunteered in a variety of community settings, including nonprofit organizations, youth centers and churches.
In 2013, Ms. Joseph created DONATA, a natural skin care line that also offers skincare, nutrition and health seminars. She uses this platform to empower teens and adults to see the connection between their minds, bodies and spirits. The proceeds from DONATA help fund programs for Adding Doses of Hope Daily Foundation.
Ms. Joseph obtained her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Florida International University with an emphasis in Behavioral Analysis. She was a research assistant in the University’s Center for Children and Families, where she focused on research and treatment of evidence-based approaches in child and adolescent mental health.
She lives in Miami, Florida with her three children.
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Joseph reveals why she stayed in a seven-year abusive relationship
and the incident that motivated her to leave.
remarks elicited from family and friends who did not understand the
emotional, familial and financial complexity of her situation or why
she did not recognize herself as a victim.
Joseph discusses the impact her abusive relationship had on her two
teen daughters and young son and the ensuing parent-child
conversations that changed all of their lives.
abusive relationship, consider recommending this book. Ms. Joseph
wraps up her knowledge, wisdom and advice in a non-threatening
package delivered with compassion and understanding.
Why I Wrote ITGIRL4LIFE by Tamara Branch
To the GIRLS of the world <3,
I wrote ITGIRL4LIFE because I want you to create the best life you can for yourself. I want you to go for your dreams and give it all you’ve got. I want you to be bold, speak up, speak out and be fearless. I want you to be HAPPY. I want you to know how strong you are and that you can get through anything. I want you to pick yourself up when you fall down. I want you to be YOU to the highest power, authentic and real. I want you to SHINE. I want you to believe in yourself, step up responsibility, honor your life, have faith and push through. I want you to stand in your GREATNESS as a young woman.
When I first got the idea to write this book, I thought of my own insecurities when I was a teenager and what helped me to overcome them. I thought about what I learned from my mistakes, life lessons, experiences, personal study and my life’s exploration. I thought about the ‘not smart enough, pretty enough, tall enough, thin enough’ epidemic in our society, the media’s influence on how girl’s feel about themselves, other people’s opinions and judgements and the pressure on girls and women to look, act and be a certain way.
I wanted to contribute something to the self-esteem conversation. I’m a student of personal development. I study the thought leaders in this area. I read books that uplift. I surround myself with people that are about IT. I am committed to improving, expanding my thinking, being of service and keeping myself inspired. EVERYBODY has doubts, fears, challenges, tough times. I certainly do. Life can be hard. It’s not easy to show up for yourself and stay positive ALL the time. I wrote ITGIRL4LIFE to help.
To build a house you have to begin with a strong foundation. You have to lay the ground work before you start adding on and designing the rest. Same thing with you and me. Having a foundation of powerful ideas and principles helps to create an INNER support, giving you the tools to cope with the ups and downs of everyday life. The stronger and more solid your foundation is, the better because your foundation is what keeps you standing. You learn to tap into your power as an individual and that’s the key to making it.
There is a reality that hits you as you get older and that is that your life is up to YOU. What you believe about yourself is EVERYTHING. When you believe that you are a person of value, extraordinary, beautiful, capable, smart, talented and important, you walk into the room differently, you ACT differently and you make decisions from a secure and confident place. There it is. I wrote it because I want you to always remember the simple, yet profound things that will help you create the best life you can for yourself.
“YOU have IT. IT is the GREATNESS you were born with.” - from the book
Writer, Artist and Speaker, Tamara Branch serves up 40 bite-sized chapters on how to build unshakable self-confidence, honor your life, and shine bright in the world, in ITGIRL4LIFE:How to bring out your special something and so much more. Get ready to fall in love with your own wisdom, beauty, and strength.
Hashtag Us – #ItGirl4Life #vbtcafetours
Tamara Branch is a writer, artist, and speaker, on a mission to help girls unlock their brilliant potential. She’s from New York, born and raised in the Bronx, and currently lives in Los Angeles, CA.
Tamara Branch is from New York, born and raised in the Bronx. She is thrilled to share her first book release, ITGIRL4LIFE: How to bring out your special something and so much more. The book kicks off the ITGIRL4LIFE self-esteem movement to help empower girls to stand up, stand out and shine bright in the world.
Tamara has worked as a professional model and actor for almost two decades. She strutted down the runway for designers Calvin Klein, Donna Karen and Christian Dior, acted in a few independent films, co-hosted PBS New York’s education series, “What’s up in Technology” and appeared T.V. commercials and print ads for Levi’s, Old Navy, Hershey’s, Colgate, Kellogg’s Special K, Revlon, Hanes, Nike and many others. A Penn State alumnus and lifelong student of personal development, Tamara is deeply passionate about uplifting the human spirit.
After graduating from Institute for Integrative Nutrition, studying under Deepak Chopra, Dr. Andrew Weil and some of the top health and wellness experts in the world, she was inspired to raise the bar on her own ‘self care’ and support others in living more vibrantly. She is an abstract artist and teaches a dynamic dance class, where she gets to fuse her varied background, having trained in everything from jazz, ballet and modern to Afro-Caribbean and Salsa.
Tamara was recently asked to become a Female Visionary Author guest blogger for The Brave Heart Women Global Community. She’s a SAG/AFTRA member since 1998, a member of Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators and is represented by Abrams Artists Agency.
Tamara currently lives in Los Angeles, California, with her husband of seven years and offers ITGIRL4LIFE workshops to assist girls on their self empowerment journey. Her second book is due out next Spring. Stay tuned!
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