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Literary Fiction Spotlight: Tyson & Joey: Two Worlds Collide by Tom Watts


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Self-Help / Literary Fiction


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This is the story of two very different young men, from two very different worlds. Tyson is from the rough streets of Trentan, Joey from the affluent northern suburbs. The worlds of these two young men collide through a chance encounter, and as a result, they begin to question their life situations. This connection sparks a shared journey of self-development; one which brings about necessary changes for both men.

The story has a self-help thread throughout, which is inspired by the author’s personal experience of living with anxiety and depression. The text conveys the truths that enabled him to rise out of suffering, and to live a life of peace and fulfilment. The teachings are centred on the concept of “present moment awareness”, and how this can be applied to everyday life.

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Excerpt:

Clearing his throat, the man began to read.

“I wake to the sound of a screaming baby and kids running up and down the hallway. I live on the ninth floor of a social housing building, sharing the space with my mother and younger sister. My father left when I was twelve, so I’m the man of the house. It’s a role I take seriously. Certainly more than he ever did.

I rise out of bed and stare out of the window at the streets below. They’re beginning to show life. Rubbish trucks pass, people begin the commute to work, and shopkeepers lift the cages on their stores. The homeless who have found a night’s rest in the shop front are moved on without a second thought, or any risk of compassion.

Another day in paradise.

I’m born and raised in Trentan, an inner-city district known for its high crime rate and not much else. The community has been neglected. Everything here, from the roads to the services, is in a state of disrepair. Life is hard.

After working all night, I’ve only managed a few hours of sleep. I make my money selling drugs. It’s dangerous work, but I’m good at it. In Trentan, that’s reason enough to carry on.

I’m a product of my environment. Not by choice, but as a result of been raised in a broken home in a low-income area. My life of crime was set in motion long before I could make a conscious decision.

From a young age, I was exposed to things that no kid should see. There were good times for sure, but things could turn violent at any point. One minute you’re playing with your friends on the street. The next you’re witnessing a murder over drugs. And sometimes, what went on in the house was even worse.

These memories stick with you, and in many ways they harden you. Constantly seeing people die or taken away by the police makes you see life as temporary and unforgiving. Subconsciously, this makes you live for the moment. You never know when your time might be up.

With that mentality, you don’t think long term. You look for quick success. You can’t afford to take your time and establish a career; money is needed now. Selling drugs is the natural progression. Drugs are everywhere in Trentan, and there’s always a market for them.

I’m stuck in a cycle perpetuated by poverty and fear. I know if I stop selling, my family will end up homeless. I can’t let that happen. If I don’t support them, nobody will. Not my Dad. Not the government. Nobody. This keeps me doing what I’m doing. I don’t see any other option.


About the Author:

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Tom Watts was born and raised in New Zealand and has spent some time living in Australia. After growing restless down under, he moved to London, where he currently resides and works as an urban designer, a career that he has been pursuing since graduating university. Tyson & Joey has been a background project for Tom, developing organically over several years as a response to his mental health challenges. For more information on the author and his works, visit tomjwatts.com.


Self-Help Feature and Interview: Navigating Indieworld: A Beginner’s Guide to Self-Publishing and Marketing Your Book by Julie A. Gerber and Carole P. Roman @Awaywegomedia_ @caroleproman


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Self-Help


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I have not seen a more thorough, specific, actionable guide for self-published authors than Navigating Indieworld. I have been recommending it to my indie clients. — Margaret Brown, publisher, Shelf Unbound, National Book Critics Circle Lifetime Member

Social media guru, Julie A. Gerber and award-winning author of forty-three best-selling books, Carole P. Roman, team up to travel the winding road of self-publishing, promoting, and marketing a book. Join these two experts as they share their vast store of experience in an easy to read book.
Learn why you need a beta reader and the importance of a good editor. Make a list of what you need to do when choosing an illustrator. Compare the many ways to promote your book.
Navigating Indieworld will end up being your travel guide as you journey from writer to published author.
FIVE stars from ForeWord Reviews.

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Navigating Indieworld: A Beginner’s Guide to Self-Publishing and Marketing Your Book

Introduction

A funny thing happened on the way to my retirement. I found myself entering a whole new career in my late fifties, joining a community of people in which there was no return. I entered Indieworld.
A different breed of people live there, yet we all have the same agenda. It’s an amazing place – we don’t see our differences. We are color, age, and gender blind. We only want to tell our story and have it be appreciated. Oh yes, and make a small fortune in the process.
Indieworld is a vast entity filled with a universe of people driven to do the same thing. They are seeking what I refer to as the three “Fs”: fame, fortune, and fulfillment without getting screwed. I bet you thought I was going to use another word.
It’s been four years since I fell through the rabbit hole of independent publishing, and I feel the motivation to give back to my people. This is for the endless population of folks who are loitering on social media, crammed on Goodreads, and filling up blogs, who are lost and don’t know how to get on the track to succeed.
If any chapter of this book makes it easier for one of our brethren and they make it to Fifty Shades of Gray status, then we feel we have done our job. A best-seller for one of us is a victory for all of Indiekind.
This is making me feel like an independent author superhero, and every one of those has a valiant sidekick. A brave individual ready to take on the dark forces of bad reviews, expensive publicity, and the black hole of a four-digit high-rating number on Amazon.
The partner in my quest for the three “Fs” is Julie Gerber, the head guru at Away We Go Media. She is the wonder woman of social media, the empress of Twitter, the princess of Pinterest, and a maverick riding the ups and downs of Facebook. She has become a vital part of our process and a member of our family. I could not have done it without her.
We will approach the subject to educate, prepare, and enable any person to write, publish, and ultimately sell their books to the general public. This is our story.

Carole P. Roman
Long Island, New York


About Julie A. Gerber:

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Julie A. Gerber is the founder of Away We Go Media, a social media management and consulting firm for authors. She is the Executive Vice President, Business Manager, and Director of Social Media at TopShelf Indie Authors & Books, Director of TopShelf Magazine, and co-author of Tortured Souls: The House On Wellfleet Bluffs. She can usually be found at home refereeing her sons or glued to her desktop as she works from home. She lives in Georgia with her husband, two kids, and her little sidekick, a doting Pekingese rescue named Abby. Visit her at awaywegomedia.com.

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About Carole P. Roman:

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Named to Kirkus Reviews’ Best of 2012 for her first book, award winning author Carole P. Roman started writing as a dare from one of her sons. Using an imaginary game she played with her grandson as a base, Captain No Beard was born.”Captain No Beard- An Imaginary Tale of a Pirate’s Life” has not only been named to Kirkus Best of 2012, it received the Star of Exceptional Merit, and won the Pinnacle Award for 2012. “Pepper Parrot’s Problem with Patience” Book 2 in the series, received 5 Stars from The ForeWord Review The Clarion Review. Strangers on the High Seas has won second place in the Rebecca’s Reads Choice Awards 2013. It has followed with six more books to the series. This year, Captain No Beard and the Aurora Borealis was named to Kirkus Best 2015. The entire cultural non-fiction series If You Were Me and Lived in… was named Best Series by Shelf Unbound. She has begun work on two new series that will be released in early 2016.
Motivated by her love of yoga, Roman has written a book that not only teaches four poses, but shows how easy and accessible yoga can be.
Her new non fiction series, “If You Were Me and Lived in…” combines her teaching past with her love of exploration and interest in the world around us. The debut book in the series, “If You Were Me and Lived in…Mexico” has won the Pinnacle Award for Best in Children’s Non Fiction 2012. France, South Korea, and Norway. Rebecca’s Reads has given If You Were Me and Lived in…Norway an honorable mention in the 2013 Choice Awards. If You Were Me and lived in …France won second place. ForeWord Review has nominated If You Were Me and Lived in…France for best in children’s non fiction literature 2013. They will be followed with Kenya, Turkey, India, and Australia. She plans to do Portugal, Greece, and Argentina next year.
Writing for children has opened up a whole second act for her. While she is still working in her family business, this has enabled her to share her sense of humor as well as love for history and culture with the audience she adores. Roman lives on Long Island with her husband and near her children.

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Author Interviews:

CAROLE’S INTERVIEW

Could you tell our readers a little bit about your writing journey? Thank you for such interesting questions. I have had many careers in my life, being an author was always a dream. I had written two books when I was younger and was rejected everywhere. I put any ambitions of writing on a back burner and concentrated on careers within my grasp. Self-publishing made the idea of writing a book become a reality.

How many books do you currently have published? I have self-published over forty books, all in four and a half years. They are all best-sellers on Amazon and I am proud to say have won numerous awards.

What has been your favorite book to write so far? Why? That would be like choosing children. I love them all!

Are you currently working on a book? Will this be your next release? Navigating Indieworld A Beginner’s Guide to Self-Publishing and Marketing a Book has just been published with Julie Gerber. I am very proud of it. I just released If You Were Me and Lived in…Israel, which is part of my non-fiction cultural series. Kelsea Wierenga is illustrating Germany right now. Cuba will be her next country. I also published One to Ten for my nursery series with Mateya Arakova. She is putting the finishing touches on If You Were Me and Lived in…the Ancient Mali Empire for the historical series. Paula Tabor is illustrating the Ancient Mayan culture. I am just finishing If You WereMe and Lived….on Mars. It will go for illustrations next month. So, yes, I ‘ve got a few things going on.

What do you enjoy most about writing? I love the research. I love the collaboration of putting the work together. I love seeing the illustrators vision.  I love the excitement of hitting “publish my book.”  I am thrilled to see the reviews coming in. I enjoy the whole process.

Do you ever get writer’s block? If so, how do you deal with it? Never have writer’s block. Sometimes I wish it would slow down a little bit for me.

What lessons have you learned since becoming a writer? Do you have any tips for new writers? If you have an idea- write it down. Don’t wait. Once it is on the computer, you can go back and shape it the way you need. Don’t procrastinate. Get a good beta reader, who will be honest with you.

If you were to recommend your books to a stranger, which book would you advise them to start with? Why? If you are planning to write a book, then Navigating Indieworld is a gateway source for new writers. I think Julie and I did a terrific little guide that demystifies the whole process. It does exactly what it promises. The books cut through all the information and steers an author through the steps they have to follow.

Anyone of my other books make great additions to kid’s libraries from 3-15. They each stand alone and I like to think are enjoyable ways to open conduits for discussions on anything from bullying, to culture to history, to imagination

If you had to sum up your life as a writer in ten words, what would you say? I am having the best time, come join me., please!

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JULIE’S INTERVIEW

How many books do you currently have published? I have coauthored two books. The first was Tortured Souls: The House On Wellfleet Bluffs. The second is Navigating Indieworld: A Beginner’s Guide To Self-Publishing And Marketing Your Book.

What has been your favorite book to write so far? Why? Navigating Indieworld was so much fun to write. Carole has become one of my closest friends over the years and every night we would meet and work for hours together. I learned a lot from her and we shared a lot of laughs!

Are you currently working on a book? Will this be your next release? I am working on a book and unless Carole wants to do a sequel to Indieworld, my current project will be the next book I publish. It is my first solo book and I am both excited and nervous about publishing on my own. I do not have a release date but I am pushing for a release sometime next year.

What do you enjoy most about writing? I think writing gives us the unique opportunity to create little worlds where readers can get lost. I remember reading The Chronicles Of Narnia as a child and wanting to live within those pages. It is exciting to think that maybe one day, someone will want to get lost in the pages that I wrote. That hope and dream is what I enjoy the most. I think about the possibilities.

What lessons have you learned since becoming a writer? Do you have any tips for new writers? Working as a beta reader and a social media manager, I already knew how hard marketing your book could be. I am learning to get more creative and make my books stand out. My advice for new writers is to invest your time in marketing and social media. Connect with your fans. Help other authors along the way by offering reviews and telling others what has worked for you. Pay it forward.

Now it’s time to get to know you! What are some of your favorites to read? Affliction Z series by L.T. Ryan. Serious author crush there. Another great series? Slow Burn by Bobby Adair. You can tell that I like zombies. My favorite books to read are zombie books, EMP books, and anything that threatens the world as we know it. Those are the books that scare me!

What about television shows? Movies? I don’t watch a lot of television, but I do love The Curse Of Oak Island series. I love history and the search for buried treasure. Favorite movie? It’s A Wonderful Life and Gone With The Wind. I watch them both a few times every year.


Self-Help Book Feature and Interview: Master the Mystery of Human Nature: Resolving the Conflict of Opposing Values by D. Scott Trettenero @ScottTrettenero


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Self-Help, Non-Fiction


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Life is a mystery, on planet Earth, where the billions of people live their lives day to day, most not knowing what their purpose is. We can’t figure out life’s answers because some of us don’t even know the questions to ask. It can be so confusing—sometimes even a bit maddening. In Master the Mystery of Human Nature, author D. Scott Trettenero tackles the vast and mysterious subject of human nature and unravels its secrets to give you clarity and a depth of understanding to some of the previously unanswered questions of life.

He has translated the important, yet complex work of philosophers, psychologists, scientists, and other pioneers in this field into an easy-to-understand format with ideas that can be applied to everyday life. Trettenero has taken the essential aspects of their work, simplified it, and has created a new matrix that connects the dots to better explain how and why people do what they do.

Master the Mystery of Human Nature helps you learn about yourself, others, and how the world works because of our differences. Conflicts will take on an entirely new meaning; things that used to be a mystery, will make sense. It will help you experience a sense of calm and freedom once you see the beauty and wonder of how our human nature reflects the balance of power in Nature and the ways that duality shapes our every experience on this earth.

This is a deeply thoughtful and carefully written book. It provides an unusually practical set of tools for understanding self and evaluating others. Thank you Scott Trettenero for writing a book everyone needs to read.

– Robert E Quinn, PhD

Margaret Elliot Tracy Collegiate Professor in Business,

Ross School of Business, University of Michigan

Author of Deep Change

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About the Author:

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D Scott Trettenero is a practicing solo dentist in SW Florida since 1981. Born and raised in small town central Missouri, he did his undergrad work at the University of Missouri and received his dental degree from UMKC. Upon his graduation he moved to Florida to practice.

His participation in a university research project in the field of service quality and his interest in human temperaments formed the basis for his first book, Unlocking the T-Code. He has written and published articles in major dental journals and received a patent for an invention in 2002.

He is married and has two children.

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Interview:

The title of your book is intriguing to say the least.  What is the book all about and how does it differ from other books on human nature?
The book has two sections to it.  The first half explores how people are different and the conflicting values that shape our temperaments.  I have used the work of Dr Robert Quinn from the University of Michigan School of Business, the temperament models of the Social Styles and the Myers-Briggs. Using these models I have created a unique template that better describes and defines how the different types are perfectly distributed, aligned and positioned for the big picture of humanity. Once you see it you will be amazed by how beautifully crafted our earthly experience truly is. By seeing where you fit in the overall scheme can help to understand yourself and others as never before. This will help to develop an appreciation, tolerance and compassion for those who are different from you; especially those who are in conflict with you. The second half is exploring the final frontier of mastering oneself and that is recognising how our ego controls our actions.  By uncovering the nature of the ego, one can begin to intentionally rise above its control and create a more harmonious and productive life.  A real bonus is that the book is easy to read and is in layman’s terms.

What made you decide to write this book?
I was part of a research project concerning quality service in dentistry and was exposed to a model of business by Dr Quinn called the Competing Values Framework which stated that in order for a business to be successful, it must juggle opposite and competing values simultaneously. At the time I was very interested in temperament studies because of self-discovery and a need to understand my wife, who was my total opposite in every way. I saw that the Competing Values Framework was very similar in nature to the four quadrants of the Social Styles model of temperaments. I then saw a lack of continuity between the Social Styles and the Myers-Briggs models.  It took off from there as I was rather consumed with trying to figure it all out.

What are the benefits that the book can provide to the reader?
You will get a precise understanding of the root causes of human conflict that is universal to us all. This is huge in how we perceive the world and how it works (or doesn’t work).  You will get an accurate understanding of self which is the launching point for higher levels of awareness. Understanding others with be greatly enhanced. This will allow for deeper and more harmonious relationships in all aspects of your life. You will understand what some refer to enlightenment with a new appreciation of ancient wisdom and the latest scientific breakthroughs.

What are your goals for this book?
As any author would like, I would love to have commercial success for a number of reasons.  First of all, it would help so many people in so many ways.  There are some unique tools discussed that will help people to understand self, others and life as never before. It would be a wonderful validation of the processes that went into writing it.  I believe that my life has been set up for me to write this book.  Of course, it could just be my ego talking.  I am excited to hear what others have to say about my book and ultimately I would love to hear people tell me that it helped them personally.

Final thoughts…
Marketing a book of any kind is an enormous undertaking. I appreciate your help and allowing me to have a platform to help spread my word.  I hope Psychreg readers like my book. Also, you can engage with me on Twitter @ScottTrettenero. Thank you so much!


Nonfiction Feature: The Aha! Moment: The Guide to Creating a Game Changer by Cory The Author @Corypitts9


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Nonfiction, Self Help


the aha moment

Ask yourself one question.
Why aren’t people more successful?
If you’ve ever suddenly had that idea that made you sit up and say ‘Aha!’ or made that proverbial light bulb go off in your head, you’ve probably had an idea that could well be a game-changer.
We all have, at some stage of our lives, what we would describe as a great idea. These are ideas which make life better, easier or more enjoyable for all who use it, and it may make you rich and successful by implementing it.
But the sad fact is that very few of us have confidence and know-how to follow through with great ideas and see them successfully applied. This is the fundamental reason why some people aren’t as successful as they could be.
In this ground-breaking book I will change all that for you. In each chapter, I lay out the process of preparing yourself to be a game-changer and show you how to take an idea from a budding concept to its complete form.
Build confidence, become a game changer, exploit those fantastic ideas and become successful and financially secure. All you need is this book and those all-important ideas to get started.

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Imagine a world with zero ideas. No one ever came up with the idea of soap, computers, planes to travel. Better yet imagine a world where people had an ideas, but refuse to share them with the world. When you think about it ideas have made life easier. Everything begins as an idea. Ideas are very important to the shaping of society. They can transform the world. Most people have had at least one in their lifetime. What did you do about it?  Probably nothing.

We have been transformed into robots, or the perfect employee. In society,our basic way of thinking has been taken from us. Society is forcing us into a box so that we are satisfied by our lack of purpose. The world is looking for Game Changers, innovators and people who plan on turning it on its axis. They are looking for people who can think outside of the box because that’s where true game changers are born. People who have a lasting legacy in our world are the ones who are not afraid to think outside the box. If it weren’t for people thinking outside of the box: we wouldn’t have cars, we wouldn’t have computers and we wouldn’t have smart phones. These very ideas you thought were crazy can change the world. It starts with your mind, and your ideas. Thinking outside of the box will set you apart from the rest of the world, it is what allows you to bring value to this world. “You can trade hours for dollars or ideas for millions.”


About the Author:

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Cory The Author was born and raised in Atlanta Georgia. As a kid he had always dreamed of being a writer. At the tender age of 14 he read the 48 Laws of Power and The Art of War. Fascinated by strategy he wanted to write his very own book. After years of working in corporations he quit his job to become a full time author. Also Inspired by The Four Hour Work Week, and 33 Strategies of War he wrote the The Aha Moment: The Guide to Creating A Game Changer.

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Self Help Feature: F*ck You Money!!!: The Guide to Firing Your Boss, and Hiring Yourself! by Cory The Author @Corypitts9


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the guide to firing your boss

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With austerity, cut backs, record lay-offs of workers around the world and the power seemingly all held by employers, it’s time for you to fight back and regain control.
Many workers take endless abuse from big business and have no recourse when it comes to losing their jobs. So they put up with the exploitation which is driven by corporate America and do nothing about it.
But what if there was a solution? What if you held more of the power so that you could simply walk away from a job when it suited you, rather than feeling that you have no choice but to remain no matter how bad the situation?
Fuck You Money gives you that option. Driven by the concept of keeping a large enough amount of cash stashed away in a bank account, shares or even under your mattress, which you can then use to live on when you need it, you will be able to say “fuck you!” to an asshole boss at the time of your choosing.
Regain;
Power
Independence
Self-respect
Financial control
Your life
Your pride
Fuck You Money is the answer you’ve been looking for. Download it today and never worry about money again.

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Excerpt:

It is impossible to enjoy the riches, wealth, and abundance that life, this universe has to offer if  if you are working a 9 to 5  to “make a living”.  Most people spend the majority of their time slaving away at 9 to 5 doing work that is meaningless. In society we are conditioned to believe that a job is “all there is”, or that we  have to “work hard” for money.

It’s  “what everybody else does” or “what our parents did.” So we get comfortable being in this continuous cycle.  Everyone else is  – broke, poor, and in debt.  You most likely  will never experience true wealth or anything close to it in this lifetimes if we stay in this  cycle.


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