WOW (Women on Writing) Blog Book Tour for Mari L McCarthy’s “Heal Yourself through Journaling Power”

Hello Bookworms;

Here’s the first leg in my participation in WOW’s blog Book Tour for Mari L. McCarthy’s Heal Yourself through Journaling Power. In this week’s post I’m including a guest post on the subject of journaling power for emotional health and an interview with Ms. McCarthy.

Journaling for Emotional Health:

When you decide to be more attentive to your physical health, you usually know where to start. You may strive to eat more vegetables, go for morning walks or quit smoking. But what about when you want to care for your emotional health? What steps can you take to make it as much of a priority as your physical well-being? 

Journaling has a way of shining a light on your inner life. In the pages of your journal, you can safely express all of youremotions, fears and desires. Regular journaling will help you define what you are feeling and why, giving you insight into what is going well in your life and what you’d like to change. 

Try one of these journaling exercises to give your emotional health the attention it deserves. 

 1. Name That Emotion 

 Ask yourself, “What am I feeling right now?” Can you identify your emotions – boredom, worry, frustration, happiness, enthusiasm? Notice and name your current feelings in your journal. Explore why you might be feeling a certain way and how your emotions are affecting your actions. This processhelps you build self-awareness, minimize the impact of negative emotions and make healthy changes. 

 2. Let It Out

 When you are feeling unpleasant emotions – anger, shame, sadness, envy – give them an outlet in your journal instead of bottling them up. Vent about whatever is bothering you, jotting down stream-of-consciousness thoughts until you feel you don’t have anything else to say. 

3. Gather Gratitude 

A funny thing happens when you practice focusing on the positive moments in your life: you notice more and more of them and encourage an attitude of gratitude. Positive psychology research shows that simply remembering and writing down three good things that happened to you in a day can give you a huge happiness boost over time. 

 Every day for at least a week, write a detailed description of three things that went well that day. Why do you think it happened? How did you feel at the time? How do you feel now, looking back on it? The items on your list can be as small as, “I sat in the sunshine during my lunch break,” or as big as, “I finished my last round of chemo today.” 

Incorporating journaling into your daily routine – even just a few minutes a day – can have a remarkable impact on your emotional health.

The Interview:

Q: What made you choose this subject matter?

My Journal prompted me in this direction. She’s my muse and mentor. We’ve been partners for 21+ years and she’s always sending me universal messages and one day the message, journaling power trilogy, appeared so I knew it was time to write and publish my journaling power experiences. With her help, I published the first book in the trilogy Journaling Power: How To Create The Happy, Healthy Life You Want To Live in 2016 which is an introduction to Journaling Power. It was my Journaling Journey story. I call it a self-help memoir as it contains lots of practical exercises for people to create and enhance their own life-changing journaling practice. The second book in the trilogy, Heal Your Self With Journaling Power, the book I just published, focuses on the Journaling Journeys of 10 other writers and how they use journaling to master life’s mental, physical, and spiritual challenges. My Journal and I have so far created a title for the third book in the trilogy Create Unconditional Self-Love – A Journaling Power Book which will be another self-help memoir about my journey from self-sabotage to self-love.

Q: What made you choose writing as a profession?

A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away I majored in journalism looking for a practical major that would help me be a success in the real world. After a short stint as a weekly newspaper editor, I set off into the business world and then the only writing I did was business reports. A health challenge forced me off the road (I owned a management consulting firm traveling 24/7) and I took up journaling (Julia Cameron’s Morning Pages) for physical therapy purposes only since I’d lost most feeling on the right side of my body and needed to teach myself how to write with my left hand. But lo and behold, Journaling opened up many, many memories and I remembered how I loved words, writing essays and stories and I was back into the writing profession.

Q: Do you have any advice for future writers? Especially women?

Keep a Journal. Pen to Paper every day. That way, you’ll stay connected to your Muse, your Inner Writer, your True Self. Inner Critics hate it when we take care of ourselves first. So write, write, write in your Journal every day and you’ll never encounter page fright, writer’s block or other literary ailments.

Q: Use this space to give yourself a shameless plug about this work/any other works/your website(blog)?

I’m the Founder and Chief Empowerment Officer of CreateWriteNow.com, The Journaling Power Center. I mentor health conscious writers in using Journaling For The Health of It, also known as therapeutic journaling, to heal the issues in their tissues and grow and transform their life. We have tons of resources: complimentary ebooks, 375 unique and soul searching Journaling Power Prompts, a Journaling Power Journey Blog where other writers share their journaling experiences and AHA adventures, and a store with 20+ Journaling Power workbooks that cover life challenging topics such as Empower Your Self, Heal Your Life and Journal Magic For Writers.

Please come visit and please always #JustWriteON!

Here are the remaining dates for the tour:

As always, make Ms. McCarthy feel welcome feel free to post any questions you have in the comment section of this post. Next week I’m posting my review and all additional information about the CreateWriteNow.com program. Have a blessed day and enjoy 😉

WOW (Women on Writing) Blog Book Tour for Rina Z. Neiman’s “Born Under Fire”

Guest Post :

Music plays a big role in my book, Born Under Fire, and goes to the core of the main character. When I was putting the finishing touches onto the manuscript, a friend asked if there was a way to hear the music mentioned in my book. She told me about a photography book that had a companion smartphone app. When you held your phone up to the icon in the book, a video about the subject played.

That got me thinking. Wouldn’t it be cool if I wrote:

“What is it?” she asks. “What is it? It’s the score for the debut concert of the Palestine Orchestra,” he replies as he points at a line. Rachel gasps. “A Midsummer Night’s Dream!” she says.

…and you could hear the actual recording of that orchestra from 1936. I searched YouTube and found Toscanini conducts Palestine Symphony Orchestra 1936 (rare audio fragment).

Creating an app on my self-published book budget was not an option, but using QR codes was.

What’s a QR code?

A QR code is one of those black and white bar coded squares you see on bus stop posters and in museum exhibits that say SCAN ME!

What’s bad about a QR code, is it’s kind of ugly. What’s great about a QR code, is when scanned using a QR code reader app on a smart phone, it will take the user directly to a website. There are many free QR code generators online. Plug in the URL you want to link to and the generator makes your unique QR code. Download the QR code and insert into manuscript!

I made a list of all the music and historical events that I’d want to attach an audio or video cue to, and searched. In the end, I came up with a list of 25 videos that I linked to via QR codes.

But how to insert them? I didn’t want them to be intrusive to the reader. In the end, I decided to use the footnote approach, that way if someone wanted to ignore them, they could. And if someone was interested then they could delve deeper into the material online.

For a list of QR code links in Born Under Fire, click here. Or SCAN ME!

Our Interview:

Q: What made you choose this subject matter?

A:  The main character in Born Under Fire is based on my mother, Shulamith Dubno Neiman, who was born in Tel Aviv in 1928. Unfortunately, she died when I was eleven years old and there were so many questions about her life that were never answered. When I uncovered her belongings after my father’s death years later, I found photographs and documents that I had never seen before. Most significantly, I found a sketch book that her late-brother wrote and illustrated about a trip they took to the Galilee in 1947. This was the uncle we never met but knew was her best friend. For the first time, I had a view into their relationship. It was also a snapshot of what life was like for this first generation of modern day Israelis. The story of their relationship and of the history of the Sabra generation compelled me to write this book. 

 

Q: What made you choose writing as a profession?

A: I had stories that I wanted to tell and found that writing was the way I could best convey this one. Writing has always been part of my work, and as a PR professional I had a years of experience with the crafting of descriptions and compelling narratives. Once I found the book that my late-uncle created, I knew I had a story worth my time and energy. It has given me so much and so many levels. 

 

Q: Do you have any advice for future writers? Especially women?

A: Here’s my two-cents:

 Take classes in writing. Learn the craft. 
 Create a timeline with an outline. That’s your path.
 Find a writing group with other women writers. In Adair Lara’s book Naked, Drunk, and Writing, she talks of howimportant it is for women to find a supportive writing group. By nature, women want community and connection and, although we need quiet time to write, we can do it around other women (and that’s okay!). 
 Polish your final piece. Use an editor! Make it as professional as you can. Spelling, grammar, punctuation – you need to check it all. 
 Write THE END. Are you sure? Better check it one more time…
 Network with other writers, writing groups and organizations that may have an interest in your work. Self-marketing is part of the publishing world now. The best way to create interest in your story is to find like-minded people, and promote to those you are connected with. Move out from there. 

 

Q: Use this space to give yourself a shameless plug about this work/any other works/your website(blog)?

A: The most rewarding part of this project is hearing how the story touches people. It was important to me to not only capture the place and time, but the spirit of the people and the city of Tel Aviv, where most of the book takes place. The website that I built (www.bornunderfire.com) has photos from my mother’s collection, links to historical documents and books that I used in my research, as well as my video promo that gives some context to my journey with this story. I’ve done several talks to middle schools and other organizations that have been very successful. Born Under Fire is now available to purchase on AmazonBarnes and Noble, and Thrift Books.

AND here’s MY shameless plug for my radio show Eclectic Weekends on Stationhead.

Promo for Friday’s Blog Book Tour and My Radio Show Eclectic Weekends

Hello Bookworms;

Here’s a promotional video for Friday’s portion of WOW’s blog book tour. I made some changes in the order which I’ll explain in the clip. See y’all Friday!!!

WOW Blog Book Tour for Rina Z. Neiman’s “Born Under Fire”

Hello Bookworms;

Who is this strange lady in the video below? Click on it and find out….

Now that we’ve answered that question, here’s a link to the promotional video for the book.

And here’s the media press kit information for the tour. I look forward to seeing y’all. Hopefully, I didn’t scare you with the above video. 😂😂😂

Rina Z. Neiman’s

WOW! WOMEN ON WRITING TOUR For

Born Under Fire

Tour Begins May 20th

Book Summary

Born Under Fire is a historical novel that tells the story of a girl coming of age and her drive to excel despite the devastating effects of long-term war. Born in Jerusalem under British rule in 1928, Shula grows up in a world in turmoil as Hitler rises to power and nations enter into war. Amid a landscape of ancient stone ruins next to modern Bauhaus architecture, and desert scrub ending at newly verdant farmlands, Shula grows into her independence as the State of Israel is born. Based on historical documents and events, Born Under Fire is also about the context surrounding the founding of the State of Israel, as well as the horrors and dangers of growing up in a conflict zone. Shula battles grief and depression due to the shattering events affecting her, her family, and the entire world. Despite this struggle, her resilient spirit enables her to reach great heights as a concert pianist..

 

Print Length: 258 Pages

Genre: Historical Fiction

Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform

ISBN-13: 978-1986349147

ISBN-10: 1986349144

 

Born Under Fire is now available to purchase on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Thrift Books.

 

Praise for Born Under Fire

 

“I went to high school in Israel in the late 50’s and heard many personal stories about the early years and the struggle for independence. Your book makes these years really come alive. Also, most of my relatives’ tales were set in Kibbutzim and rural Palestine. Your book describes life in Tel Aviv as just as heroic. Lastly, I share your mother’s love for Yemenite embroidery and am happy that your book calls attention to this beautiful art form.”

 

Vita Hollander

 

“This lovely coming of age story provides a view into the challenges, conflicts and dilemmas facing the European Jews fleeing Hitler’s reach and trying to make Palestine their home. It pulls no punches and honestly acknowledges the dilemmas posed by the creation of this new country, but as it tells the story from the eyes of a young girl, we see those intricacies as she would have seen them, allowing the reader an understanding not only of historical events that readers may not be aware of (the proposed partition, the ethical dilemma posed by Jewish terrorist groups, etc.) but also of the emotional journey of these refugees and their children. This story is an important reminder of the effects of war and provides a critical piece of history necessary for understanding the world today.”

 

Nima M. Vincent via Amazon.com, 5 out of 5 star review

 

“This story drew me in from the very first page. The vivid descriptions of smell, sights and taste, longing, disappointment and joy, evoked real emotion and made me wish I were sitting at the kitchen table with Shula and her aunts. I appreciated the many history lessons tucked into the adventures, and was relieved to discover details about this time period without being burdened by the author’s politics.”

 

Lisa Fliegel via Amazon.com, 5 out of 5 star review

 

About the Author, Rina Z. Neiman

 

Rina Z. Neiman is a writer, event producer and public relations professional. Born Under Fire is based on the true story of her mother, Shulamit Dubno Neiman, a Sabra, a musician and one of the first generation of modern-day Israelis. Rina lives in Marin County, California with her husband and son. This is her first novel.

 

You may find out more about the author and her book by visiting the website https://www.bornunderfire.com/. Also, you may find her on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram

 

— Blog Tour Dates

 

May 20th @ The Muffin

What goes better in the morning than a muffin! So, grab your coffee and join us today as we celebrate the launch of Rina Z. Neiman’s book Born Under Fire. Read an interview with the author and enter to win a copy of the book.

http://muffin.wow-womenonwriting.com/

 

May 21st @ Karen Brown Tyson Blog

Make sure you stop by Karen’s blog today where you can read Rina Z. Neiman’s guest post about how to manage time and distractions during the book writing process. If you are writing a book – or thinking about writing one – this one is a post you don’t want to miss!

https://karenbrowntyson.com/blog/

 

May 22nd @ Coffee with Lacey

Grab some coffee and visit Lacey’s blog today where you can read her review about Rina Z. Neiman’s book Born Under Fire.

https://coffeewithlacey.com/

 

May 23rd @ Coffee with Lacey

Stop by Lacey’s blog again where you can read the author Rina Z. Neiman’s guest post about why researching primary sources is so effective.

https://coffeewithlacey.com/

 

May 23rd @ Bri’s Book Nook

Looking for a new book? Make sure to stop by Bri’s Book Nook and find out why you need to add Rina Z. Neiman’s book Born Under Fire to your reading list.

https://brisbooknook.com/

 

May 24th @ One Sister’s Journey

Today is a can’t miss review by Lisa over at One Sister’s Journey blog. She’s sharing her thoughts about Rina Z. Neiman’s historical fiction book Born Under Fire.

https://www.lisambuske.com/

 

May 26th @ Reading Whale

You won’t want to miss today’s stop at the blog Reading Whale where you can read this Rina Z. Neiman’s guest post about when you can finally start writing your book after all that research.

https://readingwhale.com/

 

May 27th @ The Burgeoning Bookshelf

Fill your bookshelf with good books! Stop by Veronica’s blog and read author Rina Z. Neiman’s guest post about writing biographical fiction and when to dramatize real events.

https://theburgeoningbookshelf.blogspot.com/

 

May 28th @ Helen Hollick’s World of Books

Join Helen Hollick’s Tuesday Talk over at her blog and read Rina Z. Neiman’s guest post about how videos can reinforce your historical novel.

https://www.helenhollick.net/

 

May 28th @ Book Collab Blog

Make sure you stop by Morgan’s blog Book Collab where you can find out what she has to say about Rina Z. Neiman’s historical fiction book Born Under Fire.

https://morganbray15.wixsite.com/mysite

 

May 29th @ Author Anthony Avina’s Blog

If you love historical fiction, make sure you visit Anthony Avina’s blog today where he features author Rina Z. Neiman’s blog post about how she researched her historical fiction novel Born Under Fire. You won’t want to miss this!

https://authoranthonyavinablog.com/

 

May 31st @ Jess Reading Blog

Are you interested in writing history for young adults? If you are, you will absolutely want to visit Jess’ blog today where author Rina Z. Neiman talks about writing history for young adults and what grabs them and what loses them.

https://jessbookishlife.wordpress.com/

 

June 1st @ The World of My Imagination

Come by Nicole’s blog today where you can read her review of Rina Z. Neiman’s book Born Under Fire and enter to win a copy of the book.

http://theworldofmyimagination.blogspot.com

 

June 2nd @ Author Anthony Avina’s Blog

Can’t resist a good book? Visit author Anthony Avina’s blog today when he reviews Rina Z. Neiman’s incredible historical fiction book Born Under Fire.

https://authoranthonyavinablog.com/

 

June 3rd @ Beverley A. Baird’s Blog

Looking for your next great read? Make sure you stop by Bev’s blog today and catch her opinion on this fascinating historical fiction novel Born Under Fire.

https://beverleyabaird.wordpress.com/

 

June 4th @ Amanda Diaries

Today’s stop is at Amanda’s blog where you can read what she thinks about Rina Z. Neiman’s historical fiction book Born Under Fire.

https://amandalsanders1989.wordpress.com/

 

June 5th @ The Frugalista Mom

Visit Rozelyn’s blog today where you can not only read her review of Born Under Fire but also enter to win a copy of the book!

https://thefrugalistamom.com/

 

June 7th @ Bookworm Blog

Feeling bookish today? Make sure you stop by Anjanette’s Bookworm blog where you can read her thoughts about Rina Z. Neiman’s powerful historical fiction book Born Under Fire plus read an interview with the author.

https://bookworm66.wordpress.com/

 

June 8th @ Jessica’s Reading Room

Today’s tour stop is a fantastic guest post written by author Rina Z. Neiman about how to make stories interactive. A must-read for all the writers out there!

http://jessicasreadingroom.com/

 

June 9th @ Jess Bookish Life

Need a new book in your life? Stop by Jess’ blog today where she shares her opinion about the historical fiction book Born Under Fire.

https://jessbookishlife.wordpress.com/

 

June 10th @ Beverley A. Baird’s Blog

Are you doing research for your novel? Make sure you visit Bev’s blog today where author Rina Z. Neiman is talking about top 5 ways to research secondary sources.

https://beverleyabaird.wordpress.com/

 

June 12th @ Author Anthony Avina’s Blog

Get to know author Rina Z. Neiman at today’s stop over at author Anthony Avina’s blog where he interviews the author.

https://authoranthonyavinablog.com/

 

June 14th @ Bookworm Blog

Visit Anjanette’s blog today and read a guest post by the author who talks about making your story interactive and why adding music is so effective.

https://bookworm66.wordpress.com/

 

June 15th @ Strength 4 Spouses

Visit Wendi’s blog at Strength 4 Spouses where you can read Rina Z. Neiman’s guest post about the importance of writing during deployment.

https://strength4spouses.blog/

 

June 17th @ 12 Books

Visit Louise’s blog over at 12 Books and find out her thoughts about Rina Z. Neiman’s book Born Under Fire.

http://www.12books.co.uk/

June 19th @ Inquiry and Beyond

Join Kathy on Instagram and on her blog PYP in Paradise as she reviews and features Rina Z. Neiman’s book Born Under Fire.

https://www.instagram.com/InquiryandBeyond/

http://pypinparadise.blogspot.com/


 

June 21st @ Choices Blog

Interviewing someone for your book? Make sure you visit Madeline Sharples’ blog today where Rina Z. Neiman talks about how to conduct interviews with people who are (and who are not) willing to talk with you.

http://madelinesharples.com/

 

June 23rd @ Strength 4 Spouses Blog

Need a new book? Make sure you stop by Wendi’s blog where she reviews Born Under Fire by Rina Z. Neiman.

https://strength4spouses.blog/

 

WOW (Women on Writing) Blog Book Tour: Black Madonna: The Pope’s Deadly Obsession by Linda Lee Kane’s

Hello Bookworms:

It’s time for another blog book tour, courtesy of our friends at WOW (Women on Writing). This tour is going to be a two parter. Today’ I’ll be posting a guest post by Ms. Kane called “Heroes and Villains”, where she discusses how grey areas, inner moral conflict, and villains help with the character development of heroes.

I’m also posting a brief interview with Ms. Kane where we discuss how she decided to focus on this topic for her current work and how she became an author.

Next week I’ll post a review on “Black Madonna”. As always, make Ms. Kane feel welcome, ask her all the questions you want, and comment as much as you like.

Heroes and Villains:

Most thrillers tell the story of a hero who leaves the comfortable, know world and ventures into the dangerous unknown, often at risk to his/her life, to bring benefit to humanity. As such, thrillers hearken back to myth is that span all cultures and epochs. Look at Wikipedia’s list of Heroes and World Cultures and Heroines in Folklore and mark those that appeal to you the most. Keep a list of ideas, and heroes in a notebook to refer to later.

When creating motivations for heroes and villains, a fundamental principle to remember is that making a decision between good and evil is never really a choice. All humans will choose well as they see it. You must tell why your villain is picking his own right (which your reader will perceive as evil). This is where your moral gray area becomes essential.

In the Black Madonna, A Popes Deadly Obsession the moral gray area is whether or not to bring the last written words by Jesus to light. An offshoot of the Catholic Church doesn’t want it to come to light, but Luci in her naivety believes that by doing so it will bring truth to the bible and in doing so bring light to all mankind.

All stakes, no matter what kind of novel you’re writing, should involve death. This can happen physically (the hero’s life is in danger), psychologically )the hero stands to lose his identity or a vital aspect of his soul) or circumstantially (or at some point of the hero’s life will be lost forever-a career, a marriage, his family, etc.). When you’re designing your hero’s central conflict, ask yourself which kind of death your hero is going to confront.

Sometimes a moral gray area turns a hero into a villain. In fiction, this is known as an anti-hero. Check out these television shows as an example:

Tony Soprano of The Sopranos

Walter White of Breaking Bad

Lisbeth Salander in The Girl with the Dragon Tatoo

Watch Raiders of the Lost Ark and observe how the character of Indian Jones is revealed. Which character traits are shown first? Which ones come later? What motivates Jones in his quest?

What aspects of your hero can be reflected through your villain?

What aspects of your villain’s personality and life could create relatable motivations for what they do in your novel?

The Interview:

Q: What made you choose this subject matter?

 Thank you, I don’t think I’ve ever been asked this question. I picked the topic because I read an article on the BBC about the Cathars. I had never heard of this religious group before. While researching, I found information linking the Tarot cards with the Cathars. After that, I just had to keep digging, it was far too compelling.

 Q: What made you choose writing as a profession?

 If you look at my website, I’ve had several professions. When I became a professor, I ended up writing grants, this leads me to the history of the institution I was writing the grant fo, so the next progression was to retire and write full time. 

 

Q: Do you have any advice for future writers? Especially women?

If you decide to become an author, learn your craft. Take classes, and never give up on this dream. You may never make very much money…the average author earns about $10,000 a year. So if you’re doing it for the money or the fame, forget it. Do it because you love to impart stories to others, you love the creative process. Do it because you can’t think of anything that you would rather be doing.

 Q: Use this space to give yourself a shameless plug about this work/any other works/your website(blog)?

My website is www.llkane2152@gmail.com

I’ve written several books… Death on the Vine, Chilled to the Bones, Death Among Us: An Anthology of Murder Mystery Short Stories (this will be coming out in October 2019), and several Children’s books that I’m quite proud. I am finishing up the edits on the sequel to Black Madonna: A Pope’s Deadly Obsession. 

I do have a blog, it’s on WordPress…Herstory: Because of them…we can! It’s about historical women who have made an impact that many have never heard about. My favorite is Sybil Ludington, a young woman of 16 who rode further, faster and warned more people that the British were coming than Paul Revere. Now wouldn’t that make a great children’s book!

Black Madonna is now available to purchase on AmazoniTunesKOBO, and Barnes and Noble.

You can find Linda at her website: https://www.lindaleekane.com/

 You may also follow her on Twitter at @llkane2152.

 You may also follow her on Amazon and GoodReads.

Follow the remainder of the Tour at these blogs, then join me back here next week for my review of Black Madonna: The Pope’s Obsession.

April 13th @ Chapters Through Life

Visit Danielle’s blog where you can read her interview with author Linda Lee Kane and hear more about this interesting writer!

https://chaptersthroughlife.blogspot.com/

 April 15th @ Beverley A. Baird’s Blog

Visit Bev’s blog again where you can read Linda Lee Kane’s guest post about finding the idea

 https://beverleyabaird.wordpress.com/

 April 16th @ Amanda Diaries

Visit Amanda’s blog where she reviews the exciting historical fiction book Black Madonna: A Pope’s Deadly Obsession by Linda Lee Kane.

https://amandadiaries.com/

 April 19th @ Bookworm Blog

Stop by Anjanette’s bookworm blog where you can read her thoughts about Linda Lee Kane’s book Black Madonna: A Pope’s Deadly Obsession.

http://bookworm66.wordpress.com

 April 19th @ Jill Sheet’s Blog

Make sure you stop by Jill’s blog today where author Linda Lee Kane talks about finding the idea.

https://jillsheets.blogspot.com/

 April 20th @ Madeline Sharples’ Blog

Stop by Madeline’s blog where you can read Linda Lee Kane’s blog post about life as a writer.

http://madelinesharples.com/

 April 22nd @ Cassandra’s Writing World

Visit Cassandra’s blog where you can read Linda Lee Kane’s guest post on research.

https://cassandra-mywritingworld.blogspot.com/

 April 23rd @ Joyful Antidotes

Come by Joy’s blog today and find out her thoughts on Linda Lee Kane’s exciting book Black Madonna: A Pope’s Deadly Obsession.

https://joyfulantidotes.com/

 April 25th @ To Write or Not to Write

Visit Sreevarsha’s blog where she shares her thoughts about Linda Lee Kane’s exciting thriller Black Madonna: A Pope’s Deadly Obsession.

https://sreevarshasreejith.blogspot.com/

 April 26th @ To Write or Not to Write

Make sure you stop by Sreevarsha’s blog again where you can read Linda Lee Kane’s fascinating blog post about the anatomy of a thriller.

https://sreevarshasreejith.blogspot.com/

 April 27th @ A Day in the Life of Mom

Visit Ashley’s blog and check out what she has to say about Linda Lee Kane’s exciting historical mystery Black Madonna: A Pope’s Deadly Obsession.

https://adayinthelifeofmom.com/

 May 2nd @ Author Anthony Avina’s Blog

Be sure to stop by Anthony’s blog today where you can read his opinion about Linda Lee Kane’s exciting historical mystery Black Madonna: A Pope’s Deadly Obsession.

https://authoranthonyavinablog.com/

 May 4th @ Author Anthony Avina’s Blog

May the 4th be with you on this day! Be sure to visit Anthony’s blog again where you can read Linda Lee Kane’s guest post on the anatomy of a thriller as well as an interview with this incredible author.

https://authoranthonyavinablog.com/

 

May 6th @ Cassandra’s Writing World

Visit Cassandra’s blog again where you can read her review of Linda Lee Kane’s book Black Madonna: A Pope’s Deadly Obsession. Plus you can also enter to win a copy of the book!

https://cassandra-mywritingworld.blogspot.com/

 

WOW Blog Book Tour for Karen Brown Tyson

Hello Bookworms;

It’s time for another blog book tour from our friends at WOW (Women on Writing).

Today’s guest poster is Karen Brown Tyson, author of Time to Refresh: A 21- Day Devotional to Renew Your Mind After Being Laid Off, Fired or Sidelined.

I read some of it (I didn’t get a chance to read all 21 days but WILL be finishing it) and it’s very inspirational. It really makes you take time to pray, hear from God, and plan your next steps.

Today’s guest post is called “Balancing Career, Home, and Ministry “. Ms. Tyson will share he perspective on work/life balance and time management. I will also be publishing an interview with Ms Tyson on December 7th, so please come back to read and comment. Here’s the schedule for the remainder of the tour and as always, make Ms Tyson feel and feel free to ask her questions you like:

November 29th @ The Frugalista Mom

Visit Rozelyn’s blog where you can read her review of Karen Brown Tyson’s book Time to Refresh.

http://thefrugalistamom.com/

 

November 30th @ Amateur Twin Mom

Visit Jonelle’s blog to read what she has to say about Karen Brown Tyson’s book Time to Refresh.

https://www.amateurtwinmom.com

 

December 3rd @ Beverley A Baird Blog

Visit Beverley’s blog where Karen Brown Tyson talks about how to improve your writing life.

https://beverleyabaird.

December 5th @ Break Even Books

Stop by Erik’s blog where you can read Karen Brown Tyson’s blog post about how to build your personal brand.

https://breakevenbooks.com/

 

December 5th @  Jill Sheets Blog

Stop by Jill’s blog today where you can read Karen Brown Tyson’s blog post about how to improve your writing life.

https://jillsheets.blogspot.com/ 

December 6th @ Beverley A Baird Blog

Visit Beverley’s blog again where she shares her thoughts about Karen Brown Tyson’s book Time to Refresh. 

https://beverleyabaird.wordpress.com/December 7th @ Bookworm Blog

Visit Anjanette’s blog again where she interviews author Karen Brown Tyson about her book Time to Refresh.

bookworm66.wordpress.com

 

December 8th @ A Storybook World

Visit Deirdra’s blog where you can read Karen Brown Tyson’s blog post about fearless writing.

http://www.astorybookworld.com/ 

December 9th @ Reducing Overload

Stop by Peggy’s blog to read author Karen Brown Tyson’s post about journaling and stress management.

http://reducingoverload.com/

December 13th @ Memoir Writer’s Journey

Visit Kathleen’s blog where you can read Karen Brown Tyson’s blog post about fearless writing.

https://krpooler.com/

 

December 13th @ M.C. Walker’s Blog

Visit M.C. Walker’s blog where she interviews author Karen Brown Tyson about her and her book Time to Refresh.

https://seeminoltawrite.com/

December 14th @ Strength 4 Spouses

Visit Wendi’s blog where you can read Karen Brown Tyson’s blog post about having faith during difficult times.

https://strength4spouses.blog/

 

December 15th @ Jessica’s Reading Room

Visit Jessica’s blog where you can read her thoughts on Karen Brown Tyson’s book Time to Refresh.

http://jessicasreadingroom.com

December 16th @ 12 Books

Visit Louise’s blog where she shares her opinion on Karen Brown Tyson’s book Time to Refresh.

http://www.12books.co.uk/

 

December 18th @ Look to the Western Sky

Visit Margo’s blog where you can read Karen Brown Tyson’s blog post about parenting.

https://www.margoldill.com/

 

December 20th @ Strength 4 Spouses

Visit Wendi’s blog again where you can read her opinion about Karen Brown Tyson’s book Time to Refresh.

https://strength4spouses.blog/

December 20th @ The Faerie Review

Visit Lily Shadowlyn’s blog where you can read Karen Brown Tyson’s blog post about journaling.

http://www.thefaeriereview.com/ 

December 21st @ The World of My Imagination

Visit Nicole’s blog where she shares her thoughts about Karen Brown Tyson’s book Time to Refresh.

http://theworldofmyimagination.blogspot.com 

December 23rd @ Look to the Western Sky

Be sure to stop by Margo’s blog again where you find out what she had to say about Karen Brown Tyson’s book Time to Refresh.

https://www.margoldill.com/

December 23rd @ Coffee with Lacey

Visit Lacey’s blog where you can read Karen Brown Tyson’s blog post about journaling.

http://coffeewithlacey.wordpress.com 

December 24th @ Coffee with Lacey

Stop by Lacey’s blog again where she reviews Karen Brown Tyson’s book Time to Refresh.

http://coffeewithlacey.wordpress.com 

December 27th @ The Frugalista Mom

Be sure to visit Rozelyn’s blog again where you can read Karen Brown Tyson’s blog post about change management.

http://thefrugalistamom.com/

Introducing Karen Brown Tyson:

Balancing Career, Home and Ministry

By Karen Brown Tyson

It’s a juggling act.

You have so many relationships to manage, so many work projects, so many ministry activities, so many commitments.

How are you supposed to prioritize? How are you supposed to get anything done?

One week, you think you have it all figured out, and the next, you’re confused again. It’s crazy! With so much going on all the time, you wonder if you will ever get a handle on everything.

I have news for you:

You are not alone. As a wife, mother, author, communications coach, blogger, and ministry leader, I know what it feels like to have a lot going on. In managing ministry, career, and family, I know exactly how to deal with everything.

Know your objective

In my role as a Christian leader, I have learned to take care of God’s business, while He takes care of my business (Matthew 6:33). When God sends ministry assignments my way, He supplies everything I need to ensure a balanced, peaceful, stress-free journey. But when I pile on unnecessary projects, that’s when life gets hectic.

To avoid being overly busy in ministry, know your objectives. Are you taking on an assignment God wants you to work on or do you have a problem letting other people pitch in to help? I always ask myself if what I am doing is what God wants or my attempt to please people. Instead of accepting everyone’s invitation to help, I look for opportunities to train other church members who are sitting on the sidelines.

Know your limits

Have you ever had to wrestle with an overstuffed suitcase? You either struggled to fit one more thing inside, or you took things out of your suitcase to lighten the load. Our schedules are just like the suitcase.

For example, when my son was in elementary school, I volunteered in the library after school; I helped the teacher make copies for the class; I supplied treats for the class; I went on every field trip. Sounds great, right? The only problem was I tried doing all of this within the same school year… while working a full-time job. I finally had to admit I had an over-packed schedule. I picked one assignment and resisted the urge to do everything.

Know when to set boundaries

When I worked in corporate America, I traveled for work every six to eight weeks for 13 years. But I set boundaries. For example, since I had flexibility around my travel dates, I usually left home on Sundays after church to avoid disrupting family time on the weekends. While I was away, I set aside time each night to help my son do his homework over the telephone. Setting boundaries allowed me to balance my work-life, ministry assignments and family commitments.

Know how when to breathe

Before I learned to unpack my schedule and set boundaries, I sometimes felt rushed and overwhelmed. Not a good feeling. So, I taught myself how to take a moment to breathe.

Every day, I take a few minutes to pray and express my gratitude to God. I reflect on what’s going well and remind myself that everything will be fine if I operate within God’s plan for my life. These few precious moments help me stay focused on what matters.

It’s important to remember that God calls every believer in the body of Christ to serve. But no one area of our lives can take up all of our time. We must take a balanced approach to manage our ministry assignments, family commitments, and career.

Karen Brown Tyson is the author of, Time to Refresh: A 21-Day Devotional to Renew Your Mind After Being Laid Off, Fired or Sidelined.

Karen works online, in person and by phone as a communication and writing coach. Karen helps her entrepreneurial clientele focus on business and nonfiction writing.

About the Author:

For the past 25 years, Karen Brown Tyson worked for Fortune 500 companies in the fast food, pharmaceutical, and telecommunication industries. Today, Karen is the founder of Constant Communicators, a lifestyle business that helps people improve their business writing skills. Time to Refresh: A 21-Day Devotional to Renew Your Mind After Being Laid Off, Fired or Sidelined was released in August 2018. Karen lives in North Carolina with her husband and son.

You can find Karen at –

Personal Website – http://www.karenbrowntyson.com

Blog: https://karenbrowntyson.com/blog-2-feed/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/KBTWrites

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Write-to-Inspire-385353048666490/

WOW (Women on Writing)Blog Book Tour for Renee Antonia’s “I’m NOT Okay”

About the book:  When she wakes up in the morning, the first thing that goes through Alejandra’s head is whether or not she will be forced into another anxiety inducing situation. The struggles of being a young adult living with an anxiety- ridden brain becomes too much for Alejandra to deal with. So, with the help of her friends, she forces herself out of the I'm Not Okay by [Antonia, Renee]bubble her anxiety has placed her in.

Hello Bookworms;

It’s time for another blog book tour from our friends at WOW (Women on Writing). Today’s guest author is Ms. Renee Antonia, author of I’m not Okay. Today’s post will include an interview with Ms. Antonia, a review of her book AND a guest post about mental health misconceptions. As you always do, make Ms. Antonia feel welcome and feel free to ask any questions about her work, mental illness, and GAD (Generalized Anxiety Disorder). Comment all you like. Enjoy each other’s company. I will be dropping in from time to time to answer comments. So enjoy!!!

Mental Health Misconceptions

One of the hardest things about living with any mental illness are the never ending misconceptions that are thrown around in today’s society.  It isn’t that I don’t know that they are all fabricated lies, because I do. I am aware that the people who say that anyone who is clean and neat are OCD or that anyone struggling with depression is suicidal are wrong.  I know these things, but the rest of the world, the world that doesn’t struggle with mental illness, don’t.

Every misconception is taken as gospel, and since mental health is still a pretty taboo topic, people who suffer aren’t given the opportunity to defend themselves.  Hearing what people think about my mental illness weighs heavily on me, especially on days where it’s at its worse. However, those are the days that I have to take a step back and remember how wrong these fallacies are.  And, this is how I do it:

  1. Nobody knows what it feels like to live with my mental illness.  No matter how much research they do, they will never know how I feel, how I cope, or how I live.  Because of this, their words are nothing more than sounds coming out of someone’s body. Once you start to look at their words of ignorance as just white noise, ignoring them become easier.
  2. Do you think you’re crazy?  Violent? Weird? No? Okay, then that’s all you have to worry about.  I’m not saying that hearing those names won’t hurt, but if you know they aren’t true, then they have no control over you.  This was definitely something that I had to practice. Hearing people who know nothing more than your diagnosis, call you disgusting and heartless names is difficult.  It definitely wore on my confidence, but after I realized that these people saying these things didn’t know who I actually was, I was able to get over all of their comments.
  3. Your mental illness is NOT you.  You are not anxiety, depression, bipolar, schizophrenic, obsessive compulsive.  You are so much more than your diagnosis. Their misconceptions forget to factor that in.  So, just remember when they’re talking about anxiety, they are not talking about you. They are talking about a small part of you.  A part of you that isn’t as important as every other part.
  4. I feel like the hardest part of living and struggling with mental illness is the isolation that it tends to brings.  However, mental illness and mental health is no longer as taboo as it once was. There are huge communities who are willing to not only accept you, but help you grow and learn.

At the end of the day, misconceptions about mental health will always be around.  There will always be people who believe they know the best for you, and everyone who suffers from mental illness.  Not allowing those people to dictate how you feel about yourself is how you take control of your life.

Interview with Renee Antonia:

Q: I did a little bit of research on you and I see that you are a fellow blogger. Is blogging therapy for you? 

A: Blogging is definitely therapy for me.  I write short stories for my blog, but every short story that I write almost always comes from something that I am going through or something that I have went through.  I find it comforting to be able to put my feelings out into the world without explicitly making it my story.  

Q: Tell us about your background. What made you decide to write about mental illness? About anxiety? 

A: I decided to write about mental illness because I suffer from both anxiety and depression.  When I first began writing I’m Not Okay, I was going through a really hard time in my life with my own mental illness and I needed a way to express myself.  While I was writing it, I wasn’t sure if I was actually going to go through with publishing it, but I knew that I had to.  I’m Not Okay really helped me grow and understand that my mental illness wasn’t something I had to be ashamed of, and if one person reads it and finds the same, then it would all be worth it.   

Q: When can we expect your next book? 

A: Well, my next book is definitely completely different from I’m Not Okay.  I am currently in the process of writing the first book of a duology.  The book follows a teenage boy who lives in the underground city of Seattle, and the reader gets to follow his quest to move away from the Underground City and to live in Seattle.  It’s completely different from what I have written before, but it has been a lot of fun to create this new world and I am very excited to see where it can go.   

Q: You can use this space to give yourself a shameless plug? 

A: When I am not writing for my next book, I love writing short stories.  Most of my short stories can be found on my website at www.writingsbyrenee.com, where you can also find a link to my book and other information.  I also write exclusive Patreon- Exclusive stories on my Patreon account,  https://www.patreon.com/reneeantonia.   

My Review:

   I’m not Okay is the story of Alejandra Vanessa Sanchez, a nineteen old college student who suffers from Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD). GAD is a mental illness that is characterized by uncontrollable, irrational worry as well as apprehensive expectation about events and activities. This excessive worry interferes with the person’s everyday life. These irrational fears can be triggered by almost anything in the person’s life (job issues, financial problems, family problems, etc.).  

People who have GAD also suffer from physical symptoms like headaches, vomiting, diarrhea, sweating, etc. In order to be formally diagnosed, sufferers must have had these symptoms for at least six months. Cognitive behavior therapy (also known as CBT) combined with medication have been proven to be effective in reducing severity of symptoms. 

There are several things I like about this book. The first thing I like is that it’s written in first person. Since we’re talking about mental illness, it’s always more interesting to hear about the reality of mental illnesses from the viewpoint of the actual sufferer and not just what you read in text books or the DSM-5. It makes the illness more humane and helps you to put a face on it.  

I like how descriptive Ms. Antonia’s writing style is. Especially when she describes the reactions Alex’s family has to finding out about her illness. Especially the sister who always took care of her internalizing, sort of taking blame for the diagnosis. As though she didn’t do enough to make Alex feel secure enough to tell her sooner about her issues. Classic caretaker mindset.   

I also like the fact that Ms. Antonia not only sheds a spotlight on the whole issue of mental illness, but also talks about the whole issue of women feeling as they have to be “strong” and “keep a stiff upper lip” while inside they are crumbling. I’m not Okay makes it okay to not be okay and admit it and remove the shame that often accompanies mental illness. This book is an excellent read and comes highly recommended!!!

Our Guest Author:
Renee AntoniaRenee Antonia

Born in Downey , The United States

Website
Renee Antonia grew up in a small city near Los Angeles. She always had a love for writing, but never acted on it until she graduated high school in 2014. When confronted with the question of what she wanted to accomplish, she realized she wanted to publish books. So, she changed her career path and began to write about anything and everything. Soon after, she started writing her first novel, “I’m Not Okay,” which she self published in 2017. She hopes to continue publishing for years to come.