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Friday, May 25, 2018

"Self Publish Now" by E. Van Lowe


GUEST POST and EXCERPT
Self Publish Now:
The Underground Playbook to Get You Writing, Finishing, and Self-Published NOW
by E. Van Lowe

Self-Publish Now: The Underground Playbook to Get You Writing, Finishing, and Self-Published NOW  by E. Van Lowe

This book blitz for Self Publish Now by E. Van Lowe is organized by Bewitching Book Tours. You can read an excerpt from the book and a guest post by the author. Please make sure you visit the other participating blogs as well.


For more books by this author, please check out my blog post on the Falling Angels Saga.

Description
Do you have a book you’d like to get published … or are you thinking of writing a book? Great! This tiny book contains my step-by-step, easy to follow system for getting your book written and self-published NOW. It’s probably the most complete, no-nonsense guide to self-publishing available.
I take you on my personal journey, from an abject failure living in the Bronx with no future to speak of to becoming the writer I always dreamed of being - writing bestselling books, movies, and hit TV shows. I tell you how I went from dreamer to having money in the bank and fans around the world.
I tell you in my straightforward style what’s holding you back from writing success, and give you the kick in the butt, plus all the tools you need to self-publish NOW. I tell you how I got where I am, but more importantly, how you can get there, too. This book contains:
*Expert instruction from a bestselling self-published author
*PDFs for you to download and study
*VIP access into my author success group
*Links to free video training that teaches how James Patterson and other bestselling authors write their bestsellers
*How to choose an editor
*Video instruction on how to create a beautiful book cover - free
*A list building guide showing you step-by-step how to grow your fanbase
*The most important modules from my paid VIP self-publishing program
Plus so much more …
Do Not be fooled by its size. This tiny book contains everything, literally EVERYTHING you need to get your book written and self-published NOW.
What are you waiting for? The time for excuses is over. You want to get published? You want fans around the world? You want money in the bank? Get this book. It’s time to self-publish NOW!

Excerpt
It was 7:30 a.m. Monday morning. The alarm clock had gone off half an hour ago, yet no matter what I told myself, I just couldn’t get out of bed. I should have gotten up and started getting ready for work as soon as the clock went off.  That was normally how I did it.
Something was wrong.
As I lay there, I took inventory of myself. I wasn’t sick. It wasn’t a hangover. Truth is, I wasn’t actually tired, although every muscle in my body seemed wracked with fatigue.  I was sweating.
I thought back to Sunday morning.  I felt great when I got up on Sunday.  I was up early.  I read the paper, I played with my son, and we all went to church. 
We had brunch in Manhattan after church, and spent the warm afternoon in Central Park near the Merry-go-round.  My son loved to go to the merry-go-round. He didn’t like to ride it. He said it made him dizzy, but he loved being in the presence of all the energy exuded by the kids. He feasted on it.
Around 4 p.m. I started feeling a bit sluggish.  It increased gradually, and by bedtime, I was exhausted. I had developed flu like symptoms.
As I lay there that Monday morning, I realized it was around 4 p.m. Sunday afternoon when I started thinking about my job.  On Sunday evening as I prepared my route for the following day, I started feeling a sense of dread. 
I quickly diagnosed myself with a malaise felt by millions nationwide. My illness was that I dreaded going to work. I hated my job.
I asked myself “how did this happen?”  I had a dream job.  At least it was a dream job for a guy from where I’m from. I was the envy of all my friends. I was both proud and excited when I landed the job a few years earlier.  Back then, I couldn’t wait to go out into the field. WHAT had changed?
Hi, my name is Ehrich Van Lowe (pronounced Eric. My friends call me E.) and I am a writer. I’ve spent most of my working career writing professionally, and loving it.  I’ve written for big publishers, small publishers and I’ve self-published. I’ve written blog posts and articles in magazines.
I’ve written for the theater, I’ve written poetry, and I’ve written for TV and film. I’ve won many writing awards including being nominated for the Emmy Award and the Oscar, all for my writing.  I have written bestselling novels and hit TV shows. I am a working writer who has had, and still enjoys a wonderful and rewarding career.
But on that morning, a long time ago, I was a twenty-three year-old nobody who had abandoned my dreams.
If you are a writer trying to figure it all out, or a failed writer, or a would be writer, I wrote this book for you. I hope you will read it from beginning to end. There are a few things I’d like to tell you that I believe can help launch your writing career, and keep you from years of not realizing your dream.
Much of what you are about to read in this book you have never heard before.  Some of it you have, but not from me. The purpose of this book is to get you comfortable with the idea that you, yes YOU, can actually become a published author and make money. It’s also to give you some tools you can use to get your writing career going, and not just going, but going quickly and successfully.
[Want more? Click below to read a longer excerpt.]


Praise for the Book
“No nonsense. No blather. This guy had what I thought were the most creative notions I'd ever heard ... He gave me the ideas that changed my life.” ~ John Klawitter, Author, screenwriter
“You not only get solid advice you can use but you hear firsthand how E. Van Lowe helped other very successful people.” ~ Kindle Customer
“Trust me, if you want to self-publish successfully you need to read this book.” ~ Roxanne Rhoads, CEO-Bewitching Book Tours
“I LOVE IT! My favorite line is ‘One of the great secrets we writers harbor is the secret dream that we can actually have careers as writers.’ I have a draft of a book that I started 20 years ago...” ~ Peggy
“Ohhhh my gosh!!! This book really touched me!! I have been struggling to change my life plan. I pursued a career and even obtained my doctorate but I hate my job. You described my every day struggle to go to work. I loved your book.” ~ Natalia Martinez, Non-writer
“Step-by-step guide to self-publishing that works!” ~ Marie Weiss, Mother, Grandmother, Writer
“As I was reading, your A to Z steps became so clear I visualized my book completed and published. This book have erased all my reservations and fears about self publishing.” ~ Stephen Sweeney
“A must read for any new author! This book is bursting at the seams with information; from how to get your email list going too how to format your book to upload. But it doesn't stop there!” ~ Debbie Browdy, New author
“The Author states it is only for beginners but I have been an author and book doctor for 21 years and I still found new principles to use.” ~ Dr. Opal, Director of Santa Barbara Christian Writers Conference

Guest Post by the Author
The Stigma of Self-Publishing
I’m going to be honest here. It was the stigma attached to self-publishing that kept me from self-publishing for many years. I got enamored with self-publishing back in 2011 when Amanda Hocking became the poster child for self-publishing by earning a million dollars from 99 cent ebooks.
Even though I was enamored with the possibility of earning big money, I was afraid to try. I heard all the negative voices, especially the really loud one that kept repeating: “the only people who self-publish are those who can’t get published by a REAL publisher.”
You’ve heard that nagging little sucker, haven’t you?
Even though I had traditionally published a fairly successful book - Never Slow Dance With A Zombie was a selection of the Scholastic Book club, putting it in virtually every school in America - I allowed the voice to persuade me. Despite a large initial order (my editor told me it was one of the largest initial orders ever for the publisher at that time), and the fact that I made me zero dollars beyond the small advance, I allowed the negative voice to keep me from giving self-publishing a shot.
Despite being a super-successful writer and entrepreneur (I’ve earned millions, mostly from my writing), I allowed that negative voice to hold me back. Truth is, it’s that nagging, negative voice that keeps most people from pursuing their success. As I say in my new book, Self Publish Now, we make up all kinds of very convincing excuses as to why we’re not pursuing our dreams, but at the end of the day, it’s the fear that negativity allows in that keeps us from our dreams.
So, here’s the thing, I didn’t make any real money from my books until I gave up traditional publishing. I didn’t build my incredibly wonderful and supportive fan base until I gave up the traditional (legacy) way of doing things.
Now, I admit, self-publishing is not for everyone. But I believe everyone should try it. If all you do publish is a 10-page short story you wrote over the weekend, you should give self-publishing a try. You’ve got nothing to lose, aside from that nagging negative voice, and possibly everything to gain.
I also believe it should always be the author’s choice (or anyone’s choice, really) to take their lives into their own hands. If you think self-publishing could possibly work for you, please check out my new book. It contains every tool you need to self-publish a book spending little or no money.
But whether you decide to self-publish or not (perhaps you’re already self-published; perhaps you’re not a writer), recognize the voice of negativity when it starts chirping in your ear. You best successes will come when you can put that voice to rest.
Please visit my new blog I created to inspire, educate and motivate authors.

About the Author
E. Van Lowe
Ehrich Van Lowe, aka E. Van Lowe is an award-winning television writer, screenwriter, bestselling novelist, and writing coach with over 30 years earning his living as a writer. He is a six-figure author, and a seven-figure entrepreneur. He knows how to be successful. He has taken clients from having no knowledge of the business, to earning a living, to becoming bestselling authors.






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Monday, May 14, 2018

"30 Noodles" by Reut Barak


EXCERPT and GIVEAWAY
30 Noodles
by Reut Barak

30 Noodles by Reut Barak

30 Noodles by Reut Barak is due for release on 18 May but is currently available for pre-order. Follow the tour with Goddess Fish Promotions. The tour stops here today for an excerpt and a giveaway. Please be sure to visit the other tour stops as well.


Description
Join the fun!
This book is all about the warm crunch: pesto, fettuccine, pad thai, and even coconut chicken, all in their raw vegan version. It’s a great way to have a quick, impressive healthy meal.
30 recipes for 30 days of a spiralizing adventure. It’s a whole new way of cooking!
“It’s always great to share food with the people we love, and Raw Munchies book series is all about making something special to have together. It could be an exotic smoothie, a healthy spaghetti, or a portobello mushroom steak. It’s been my greatest challenge and joy to create this book series and open up to this new art: to bring popular and gourmet recipes from around the world to the raw vegan table.” ~ Reut Barak


Book Video



Excerpt
Kelp Noodle Salad
A rich blend of nutrients from the sea with fresh colorful vegetables.
Ingredients
Dressing
1 tablespoon almond butter
½ cup pine nuts
1 tablespoon cold-pressed olive oil
the juice of 3 lemons
½ teaspoon coconut aminos
Vegetables
1 cup red cabbage
½ red bell pepper
½ cup mint leaves
1 cup parsley
2 tablespoons maple syrup
½ teaspoon oregano
Noodles
12 ounce (340 grams) bag of Kelp noodles
Garnish
Avocado
sprinkle of chili flakes
Preparation time: 30 minutes
Serves Two
Method
Dressing
In a food processor or high-speed blender, blend the Dressing ingredients until smooth.
Vegetables
Chop cabbage, pepper, mint, and parsley, and mix with the rest of the Vegetables ingredients.
Noodles
Wash the Kelp noodles well. Mix with the vegetables. Add the Dressing.
Garnish
Garnish with chopped avocado and chili flakes.



About the Author
Reut Barak
RawMunchies.org is a raw vegan website dedicated to making healthy, gluten-free recipes, that are delicious, easy, and great for detox.
Reut Barak has been an online influencer in the Raw Vegan world since her transformation in 2015:
I started cooking when I was 7, on my own making Challah bread. I was brave. The result was what could only be described as beginner’s luck. I have since had every possible failure in the book (and some of my own).

But I always succeeded in the end, and over the 25 years in the kitchen I mastered cooking. I could make anything I wanted to make. Until I went raw.
A chance night of late Googling on May 25, 2015 exposed me to this new great challenge and I learn new things every single day. Join me!
Love,
Reut

Giveaway
Enter the tour-wide giveaway for a chance to win a $20 Amazon or B&N gift card.

Plus, purchase your copy of 30 Noodles by Reut Barak on the launch date of 18 May 2018 to receive a stack of freebies. Find out more here.

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Wednesday, May 2, 2018

"Hot Mess" by Laurie Palau


REVIEW and GIVEAWAY
Hot Mess:
A Practical Guide to Getting Organized
by Laurie Palau

Hot Mess: A Practical Guide to Getting Organized by Laurie Palau

Hot Mess: A Practical Guide to Getting Organized by Laurie Palau is currently on tour with Goddess Fish Promotions. The tour stops here today for my review, an excerpt, and a giveaway. Please be sure to visit the other tour stops as well.


Description
Most of us have too much stuff and not enough places to put it. Combine that with our hectic modern lives, and you’ve got a recipe for clutter catastrophe. Luckily, help is at hand. Hot Mess: A Practical Guide to Getting Organized can show you how to simplify your life - and get control of your stuff.
In this new guide to streamlining and organizing your belongings, your house, and your life, author and expert Laurie Palau gives you all the strategies you need to clear your clutter once and for all. This comprehensive book offers clever storage ideas and decorating tips, but more importantly, it shows you where your clutter comes from and how to change your approach. This makes it the definitive how-to for dropping all the dead weight that’s been keeping you stressed and anxious. Just follow the hacks, tips, and strategies Palau clearly outlines, and you’ll soon be sipping a vodka martini in your beautifully tidy living room.
Whether you’re naturally neat or a total chaos magnet, this informative and amusing guide takes an approach to organizing that’s as unique as you are. Let this witty little handbook be your new secret weapon in the war on disorder!

Excerpt
When my older daughter first started school, she would get off the bus, have a snack, and immediately start her homework. That’s what I always did as a kid, and it made sense that she would follow in my footsteps. I never really gave it much thought until my younger daughter started school. She would come off the bus utterly exhausted. It was a struggle to get her to unpack her backpack, let alone start her homework. Some days she would actually fall asleep within minutes of walking in the door. Naturally, I wanted her to get her homework done, not just for her sake, but for mine. I fought with her to sit down and do it immediately. I never took into account she had ADHD and needed to decompress after sitting in school all day. Homework that should have taken 30 minutes was taking upward of two hours.
After months of battles and tears (hers, not mine - I preferred wine), I finally had my light bulb moment: I realized she goes into a valley in the afternoon. I never factored in her peak productivity time, only mine. I discovered that if I gave her time to chill out and relax for an hour first, she would come back more focused and less combative.
We all know when we are at our best, and when we are basically just going through the motions. Decluttering and organizing take both mental and physical strength, so being cognizant of your peak productivity time (and that of those around you) is an important part of the process.
[Want more? Click below to read a longer excerpt.]


Praise for the Book
“I always knew clutter was an issue for me, but I never knew where to begin to get a hold of it. I started reading Laurie's book "Hot Mess" and it helped me identify my clutter type, so I could start the process of taking control of things in my life. The weight from clutter feels as if it is being lifted, but it is going to take time to be completely free. I feel if I try to work on things each day, life would be good!” ~ AW
“Laurie Palau understands there is no shame in being a Hot Mess. She not only offers solutions to declutter you home but more importantly she guides you to understanding how the clutter came to be a Hot Mess in the first place. She is an organizational therapist, by forcing you to examine your own ‘cluttering behavior’ she guides you to change your behavior so once you declutter an area of your home it will stay clutter free. Highly recommend this book because all of us are a Hot Mess to some extent.” ~ Amazon Shopper Mom
“A helpful guide in a busy world ... if you feel you are overwhelmed, read this book!!! Laurie's practical witty humor to taking control of your clutter is a must read.” ~ Mrs. Michelle M. Curtis
“Love this book! Laurie Palau approaches clutter in such a practical way that it quickly shifts from scary to manageable with all of her amazing strategies. A must read for anyone ready to take control of their clutter!” ~ Dana W. Siverd
“Very Motivating! Absolutely a must read for anyone who needs to get their life organized quick! The book is refreshing and broken down by chapters on ways to de-clutter your life. We are all busy and this book is a guide in tackling our messy lives!” ~ Cindy Sherman

My Review
I received this book in return for an honest review.


By Lynda Dickson
This practical guide is “a step-by-step guide for taking you from chaos to calm.” It is divided into three sections: first, the author gets us to understand the root of our clutter; then she describes solutions; and, finally, she shows us how to organize different areas of our home. Best of all, she states that “there is no ‘right way’ to organize your life. The most successful methods are the ones that are simple and sustainable.”
The author speaks to us in a no-nonsense, conversational manner and illustrates her points with true-life accounts. The book itself is full of simple, easy-to-follow, practical advice, as well as quizzes and questionnaires to help you through the de-cluttering process. There is a handy summary of key points in the last chapter, followed by a list of resources at the end of the book. These include: places that accept donations, products and suppliers mentioned in the book, and productivity apps.
The book is beautifully presented and illustrated throughout with gorgeous, clutter-free, black and white photographs, as well as simple diagrams. Even the tables expand with a simple touch. It is also the first footnoted book I have read where the footnotes work properly.
After reading this book, I am actually looking forward to starting my de-cluttering and organizing!

About the Author
Laurie Palau
Laurie Palau is the founder of simply B organized, host of the weekly podcast This ORGANIZED Life, and author of the book Hot Mess: A Practical Guide to Getting Organized.
She is a go-to Organizing Expert whose advice has been featured in The New York Times Parenting Section, Family Circle, and Home + Table Magazine. Laurie can also be seen sharing tips on the CBS Philadelphia’s Morning Show and WFMZ in Allentown, Pennsylvania. Whether speaking or working with clients Laurie is authentic, relatable, inspiring, and highly entertaining.
When not organizing the world, Laurie can be found at home in Bucks County, Pennsylvania with her husband Josh, two girls (Zoe and Logan), and two dogs (Jeter and Oliver). She loves coffee and Tito’s Vodka (not together), and in her spare time she is actively involved with the St. Baldrick’s Foundation, which raises money for Pediatric Cancer Research.

Giveaway
Enter the tour-wide giveaway for a chance to win a FREE 30-minute phone consultation to help address specific organizing challenges.

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