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by Victoria Ngangu from her book:
IN THE HEART OF OUR SOULS
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We asked Victoria in an interview about her books and her writing. Here are her answers:
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What inspired you to start writing?
What inspired me to start writing is the story of my great grandfather.

Is there a message in your book that you want your readers to grasp?  Love and honor your family.

If Oprah invited you onto her show to talk about your book, what would the theme of the show be?  The love and sad stories of the Kingdom of Congo’s descendants.

How much of the book is based on real life (either yours or someone you know)?  The entire book is based on real life.

If your book would be made into a movie, who should play the main character?  Alley Berry

What is the best part of being a writer?  The best part of being a writer is to be able to write an excellent book and write what is in the mind.

Where can people learn more about your writing?  People can learn more about my writing at https://vickybook.wordpress.com/

http://www.helpchildrenofafrica.org/STREET%20CHILDREN.pdf

From the Poor Country of Congo to American Author
Victorine Ngangu and her great-grandfather were not paid for work they did because of their ethnicity.  When Victorine Ngangu discovered that a photographer and one of her friends had forged her signature so that they could sell Ngangu’s photographs to a major U.S. company, she was outraged. Without her knowledge and consent, 144 of her photographs were sold. Ngangu was never paid and did not receive an apology from the photographer, her friend or the company. Those people walked free of charge in the court of law. In 2012, Ngangu filed a case with local police to bring them to justice but received no satisfaction.
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Reviewer on Goodreads:  “It’s a very emotional and impacting book as you see how much was endured throughout her life but all in all an absolute incredible read. Truly Inspirational”
 
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Victoria Ngangu’s books are available in English and French at her website, at Kobo / Barnes&Noble and soon at Amazon.
 
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Marcel Proust EXPOSED

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Dr. Charlayne Grencis’ Marcel Proust Exposed is the first and only in-depth analysis of Marcel Proust’s psyche, sexuality, and his famous works by a clinical sexologist. Grenci’s report is an absorbing and critical examination which will both challenge and go beyond all other Proust aficionado’s critiques and biographies by revealing the results of an exclusive research. 
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Marcel Proust Exposed is an original report of paramount discovery and significance because it thoroughly exposes the private life and dark side of a famous author.
Grenci’s study will prove beyond a reasonable doubt why Proust was a sadistic, tortured soul, plagued by the depth and diversity of his sexual identity and secret perversions, his highly creative personality and medical illnesses.
Between these covers is a mind-blowing revelation prepared to inform readers of non-fiction books; parents; Proustian fans; literary scholars; psychiatrists; professors and students of literature, psychology, abnormal psychology, human sexuality, clinical sexology, medicine, sociology, the judicial system, and criminal profiling; and persons, seeking methodology successful in detecting and trouble-shooting problem origins and analyzing cases involving sexual evaluation. 
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Marcel Proust Exposed is also a fantastic read for all individuals interested in learning about gifted people and their problems.  Is the creative genius predisposed for a life of misery, being misunderstood, prone to addictions or criminal behavior?  Are they blessed with their talent, psychotic because of it, or cursed?  These answers are uncovered between the sheets of Marcel Proust Exposed.

 

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Napoleon Hill’s 13 Steps for Authors

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During the 1930’s Napoleon Hill, a journalist, studied over several years 500 rich men and boiled down their success into 13 steps.  You might have read his book Think and Grow Rich – or let’s change it in the following paragraphs for these author success tips into:

Think and Become a Bestseller Author.
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1. Desire: You have to want it – Success,Happiness, Money, Health …
Hill explains: Wishing will not bring riches. But desiring riches with a state of mind that becomes an obsession, then PLANING definite ways and means to acquire riches, and backing those plans with PERSISTENCE which does not recognize failure, will bring riches. This is not so different from the modern-day concept of visualizing your writing and publishing goal.

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2. Faith: Believe that you can achieve your goal.
Growing rich starts with your MINDSET — with the belief that you can accumulate wealth. Hill writes: Riches begin in the form of thought! The amount is limited only by the person in whose mind the thought is put into motion. Faith in yourself removes limitations!
Authors who create massive value for others, you have the right to be as rich as they want. Becoming a bestselling author or a wealth one (not only money-wise) starts with your mindset.

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3. Auto-suggestion: Use affirmations to reach your goal.
Turning desire for money or success into reality requires sending your subconscious mind phrases and mantras that support your goal. You have to repeat out loud what it is that you want, and how you plan to get it, so you become obsessed with your purpose.  Hill explains:  Your ability to use the principle of AUTO-SUGGESTION will depend, very largely, upon your capacity to concentrate upon a given desire until that desire becomes a burning obsession.  For example, if you want to get over a hundred book reviews, use affirmation to reach your goal, work on inviting reviewers every day.

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4. Specialized knowledge: Gain experiences and continue learning.
Knowledge is potential power.  An education only becomes powerful and leads to great wealth when it is organized and applied to life.  It also must be continually sought after.  You’re never done LEARNING. Successful authors never stop acquiring specialized knowledge related to their major purpose, becoming a bestseller author and to self-publish their books.  Many modern-day successful and wealthy people are voracious readers; they never stop learning and challenging their minds.  Those who are not successful usually make the mistake of believing that the knowledge-acquiring period ends when one finishes their book and don’t make an effort to learn about publishing and book marketing as well.

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5. Imagination: Come up with ideas and visualize your success.
If you can imagine it, you can create it, says Hill: Ideas are the beginning points of all fortunes. Jack Canfield said: People who don’t have goals work for people who have goals
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8jS8knNjsgQBook writing and marketing ideas are products of the imagination …

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6. Organized planning: Take action.
Once you’ve visualized your success, you need to TAKE ACTION with persistence and enthusiasm.  Hill explains: Opportunity has spread its wares before you.  Step up to the front, select what you want, create your plan, put the plan into action, and follow through with persistence…  Most of us are good “starters” but poor “finishers” of everything we begin.  Moreover, people are prone to give up at the first signs of defeat.  There is no substitute for PERSISTENCE.
Some authors wrote dozens of books, and they are true role models to follow for anyone who complaints that their first book is not a bestseller…  The authors mentioned in the blog article are writing every day, almost always at the same time, seven days a week.

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7. Decision: Defeat procrastination with decisiveness.
Those who settle on decisions quickly know what they want, and they tend to get what they want.  He writes: People who fail to accumulate success and wealth, without exception, have the habit of reaching decisions, if at all, very slowly, and of changing these decisions quickly and often.  DECISIVENESS is not just a trait of the wealthy, but one of the most important qualities a leader needs to possess.  At the end of the day, making a bad decision is better than making no decision at all.  As a writer you need to take things in your own hands, don’t procrastinate…if you really love writing and want to have publishing success.

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8. Persistence: Don’t stop until you get what you want.
Persistence is crucial when trying to accumulate success and wealth, yet few people possess the willpower required to turn their desire for money into actual money.
Hill writes: Riches do not respond to wishes.  They respond only to definite plans, backed by definite desires, through constant PERSISTENCE.  The most successful people tend to have dealt with, and overcome, failure.  Remember JK Rowling who says she received ‘loads’ of rejections before her Harry Potter success.

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9. Power of the Master Mind: Surround yourself with the best.
The wealthiest people create a “Master Mind,” meaning they surround themselves with talented friends and colleagues who share their vision. The alignment of several smart and creative minds is exponentially more powerful than just one, Hill explains: No individual may have great power without availing himself of the “Master Mind” …
Rich people tend to make friends with other rich people. Robert Kiyosaki – Rich Dad – Poor Dad said: “Successful people are constantly networking, while others look for work.” Authors who don’t enjoy meeting present and future readers in person or on social media are maybe not too successful…

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10. Choose a compatible partner.
It can enhance our creativity, passion, enthusiasm, and persistence, all which are crucial in accumulating wealth, Hill says: Love, romance, and sex are all emotions capable of driving men to heights of super achievement.  When combined, these three emotions may lift one to an altitude of genius.  Having a supportive partner is important to career success.
Writers all should have a very supportive partner!

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11. The Subconscious Mind: Master positivity and dismiss negative emotions.
If you truly want to be successful, you have to plant that desire, and then your plan, into your subconscious mind.  Hill writes: The subconscious mind will not remain idle!  If you fail to plant desires in your subconscious mind, it will feed upon the thoughts which reach it as the result of your neglect. Positive and negative emotions cannot occupy the mind at the same time.  One or the other must dominate.  It is your responsibility to make sure that positive emotions constitute the dominating influence of your mind.  Research shows that positive, happier people are more likely to perform better in their careers.  So, authors should maybe only read positive reviews : ) and write daily lists of all the positive things in their lives.

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12. The Brain: Associate with other smart people and learn from them.
Our brain is a “transmitter and receiver of thought vibrations” — it absorbs thoughts from other individuals surrounding us, making it even more important to ASSOCIATE with intelligent, creative, and positive individuals.  Hill writes: Every human brain is capable of picking up vibrations of thought which are being released by other brains … The Creative Imagination is the “receiving set” of the brain, which receives thoughts released by the brains of others.
Find solutions to problems or brainstorm ideas.  Hill calls this “blending of several minds into one,” and suggests sitting down with a small group of people and diving deep into the problem at hand.  Writers can do this by meeting with their peers, writing feedback and beta reading groups, librarians, editors etc.

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13. The Sixth Sense: Trust your gut.
Hill says: “Through the aid of the sixth sense, you will be warned of impending dangers in time to avoid them, and notified of opportunities in time to embrace them.”
While this principle isn’t the most straightforward — Hill admits it is generally not attained until age 40 — his basic claim is that your intuition will change.  You’ll have achieved a level of wisdom that will allow you to start making smart financial and life decisions naturally.  The SIXTH SENSE might be especially important for writers to avoid pitfalls, such as vanity publishers, and other predators in publishing, and also when reading offered publishing contracts, to secure the help of a lawyer before signing anything.

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Read the original book as PDF for FREE:
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5 Authors Who Fought the Odds

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5 Authors Who Fought the Odds and Lived their Passion

Life experience and passion are necessary to make any kind of writing pop off the page. The most famous authors today have meshed their life’s work, or their favorite hobbies, with their writing. Clive Cussler, Dan Brown, John Grisham and Robin Cook are a few of the authors that have written to their passion by writing about the subjects with which they are most familiar.

The writing of many authors seems more real because it is infused with their own life experiences. Some writers are inspired by personal tragedy or political beliefs. Some authors are motivated by a dysfunctional childhood to create a unique writing style or imaginary world.

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Who are Some Famous Authors Who Have Survived Incredible Odds?

Emily Elizabeth Dickinson (1830–1886) was an American poet who lived a mostly introverted and reclusive life. She was considered eccentric. Although she was a prolific poet, fewer than a dozen of her poems were published during her lifetime. Those that were published were altered significantly by publishers. It was not until after her death that the full scope of Dickinson’s work was discovered.

Steven King (1947-present) is, arguably, the top-selling author of horror novels in the United States. Many of his books have been made into successful motion pictures and mini-series over the decades. Mr. King wasn’t always successful. His first major work, Carrie (1973) was rejected over 30 times. His wife retrieved an early draft out of the trash and demanded that he finish it. In the late 1970’s, Carrie was made into King’s first blockbuster movie. Another struggle that the author dealt with was the desertion of his father  when King was 2 years old. The family was left near penniless. Steven King’s most recent complication occurred in 1999. He was walking on a rural highway when he was struck by a distracted driver. He suffered multiple injuries.

J.K Rowling (1965-present) is the United Kingdom’s top selling author. She writes the Harry Potter Series. She has had many challenges in her life, including the following: her mother’s illness and death, a challenging relationship with her father, domestic abuse during her first marriage (finally ending in divorce), a miscarriage, clinical depression, and poverty.

Malala Yousafzai (1997-present) is a Pakistani author, social activist, and youngest-ever Nobel Prize recipient. She was the co-recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize in 2014. She fought for human rights, including equal education for girls, in her home province where the local Taliban had often banned females from attending school. She began blogging anonymously on the BBC Urdu website in 2008 about the militant Taliban’s growing influence. She kept blogging despite death threats. In October, 2012, she was shot three times by a Taliban gunman while traveling on her school bus. Yousafzai’s memoir I Am Malala: The Story of the Girl Who Stood Up for Education and was Shot by the Taliban, was published in October, 2013.

Harriet Beecher Stowe (1811-1896) was an American abolitionist and author. Her novel Uncle Tom’s Cabin (1852) was a depiction of life for African Americans under slavery. It energized anti-slavery forces in northern states while provoking widespread anger in the southern states. President Abraham Lincoln is quoted as saying that Harriet Beecher Stowe’s book helped the northern states to win the Civil War. She and her husband were critics of slavery. They supported the Underground Railroad by temporarily housing several fugitive slaves in their home.
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What Can These Achievers Teach Us?

• Address topics that impassion your imagination and real life. Harriet Beecher Stowe and Malala Yousafzai wrote about extreme social injustice. The works of J.K Rowling and Emily Dickinson are fueled by fantasy born of childhood isolation and personal trauma.

• Write on topics, or in styles, that will change the world. Uncle Tom’s Cabin opened the eyes of America to the horrors of slavery. Emily Dickinson’s groundbreaking style of poetry broadened the spectrum of that genre.

• Illuminate your own world as you envision it; readers may want to become temporary residents. Most people do not live in a world of haunted hotels, psychopathic high-school students and children, or cars that seem to come to life. Yet, Steven King’s horror novels have been bestsellers for over 30 years. Many readers choose to read to escape reality. They are looking for something new.

• Expose the truth at all costs, no matter how ugly it is. Malala Yousafzai fought to expose the repellant truth of legitimized social injustice in her own country despite bullying and an assassination attempt. I believe that the unbelievable perseverance of survivors like the five trendsetters listed above can inspire every author. They are inspirational in how they dealt with personal trauma, their refusal to quit, their groundbreaking techniques and topics, and their passion. May we follow their examples as we write to our own truth and passion!

Now it’s your turn:  How have you meshed your passion with your writing?
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Traci Lawrence writes about her passion: communication, relationships, the value of individuals and rising above verbal bullying, or trash talk. She lives in the Northern Virginia area of the United States and teaches English, among other subjects. Please find more on her blog, and read her book: Accept No Trash Talk

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The Nirmala Effect by Fiza Pathan

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Powerful, Passionate Fiction – and Why Fiza Pathan Wrote it…

Nirmala: The Mud Blossom graphically depicts the travails, discrimination, and abuse faced by female children in India from the cradle to the grave. Not an easy read I thought before starting the book. Despite it is a fictional story, it is a clear indictment of India and the inhuman way women and girls are still being treated today. However the story immediately drew my attention and I finished this gripping, fascinating novel in one reading session over the weekend.
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The Reason for Writing this Story?
I was wondering how Fiza Pathan, a very well educated, and well-off writer, could tell the story of Nirmala the Mud Blossom. After all I knew her for her great non-fiction work CLASSICS: Why We Should Encourage Children To Read Them.  And now a novel that takes place in the slums of Mumbai?
“Rejected and thrown into the dustbin when she was just two days old, the child was rescued and returned to her family by the NGOs. All because this little girl had the misfortune to be born as a female in Mumbai, India …
Nirmala is ill-treated by her mother, always subject to violence at her hands. She is allowed to continue her studies only because she can then coach her younger brothers, as the parents are illiterate. Each beating is accepted with forbearance, as she loves to go to school to get books to read from her library.
Nirmala is forced to stop her studies after the twelfth grade so her parents can save enough money to send the boys to college. She is then married off, but while her married life begins smoothly, it is only the beginning of her next phase of hell. After giving birth to her first child, Nirmala is subjected to harassment, beatings, and forced into doing things contrary to her beliefs and dreams. Her life is shattered.
What will happen to this little mud blossom? Will she fight back or succumb? How can she rid herself of harassment and rise above the stigma she endures?”
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Fiza Pathan Explains in Her Own Words Why She Had to Write Nirmala: The Mud Blossom

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My first novel which has just been released titled ‘Nirmala: The Mud Blossom’ was an accident. I had no intention of writing this story, let alone framing and formatting it into a novella. Yet when I pass the many filthy slums of Mumbai surrounding sky rise buildings and towers…I think to myself that maybe my character Nirmala and I both were accidents. Nirmala, was tossed into a dustbin because she was a girl…I was sent home to my mother’s family because I was a girl. Nirmala and I are two really different people and I can’t understand how I managed to write about her in the first place.

Do I empathize with Nirmala? Maybe…Do I sympathize with Nirmala? Maybe…but one thing is for sure. Nirmala got me thinking about reality, the reality that girls in India are not wanted…Nirmala and I both were not wanted.

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Success Guide: Interview with Author Jerry Gladstone

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Today’s interview features author Jerry Gladstone and his very inspiring, upcoming book THE COMMON THREAD of Overcoming Adversity and Living Your Dreams. He shows how successful people are living their dreams and features Academy Award and Grammy Winners, Super Bowl and World Series Champions, Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Legends, Best-selling Authors and Billionaires, Olympians, Boxing and UFC World Champions.  Having a vision and a plan, working hard, being dedicated and having a network of people, never giving up, being willing to take on whatever comes your way – this is what distinguishes them all – like a “common thread”.
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Author Jerry Gladstone and his wife Brooke

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Jerry, thanks for taking the time for this interview.
How would you describe your book to someone who has not yet read it?

As an instant motivator not based on theory but rather on the experiences of those who have overcome challenges and obstacles on their journey to success. The book consists of more than 50 well-known celebrities from the world of sports, music, business and other areas.
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Is there a message in your book that you want your readers to grasp?
The belief that success is not just reserved for some of us, but can and should be for all of us.

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What inspired you to start writing?
The time that I spent with so many well-known people was invaluable and I wished that my friends, family and business associates could have the same experience as I did, gaining wisdom and insight from my conversations with them.

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How did you get the idea for this inspirational book?
My wife Brooke was a great inspiration. We were talking about how some of our friends and people we knew had such great potential, but had a hard time getting out of their own way.
We realized that there was a common way, a common theme, a “Common Thread” of overcoming obstacles and being successful, that ran through the successful people we came in contact with, and we wanted to share with others.

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Does your book have any underlying theme, message, or moral?
Self-belief can knock down many barriers.

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Who is your favorite character and why?
I would have to say Sylvester Stallone. I was just 16 years old when Sylvester Stallone’s Rocky hit the theaters. He made me realize that it didn’t matter that I was not the biggest, strongest, smartest or most talented and that with heart, drive and determination, I could accomplish just about anything.

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Give us an excerpted quote from your favorite review of this book:
Dan Caldwell, founder and president of TapouT. And also a friend of mine started a little T-shirt company out of the back of his car. Years later he sold it for more them $200 million.
He is a big believe that if he can do it then so can anyone!  “If you’re looking to get real strategies to make real productive and positive changes in your life, then ‘The Common Thread’ is a must-read!”
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If Oprah invited you onto her show to talk about your book, what would the theme of the show be?
Self-belief, overcoming adversity and living your dreams!
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How much of the book is based on real life (either yours or someone you know)?
100 percent.

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What would/could a reader or reviewer say about this book that shows they “get” you as an author?
That it was important to share these stories because as a young man I had many challenges and overcame them by using the same best practices offered in the book.
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Thinking way back to the beginning, what’s the most important thing you’ve learned as a writer from then to now?
To write when you are inspired and in the right creative mindset. Also, if you do a little at a time, it adds up.

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Considering a book from the first word you write to the moment you see it on a bookstore shelf, what’s your favorite part of the process?
Re-living the experiences while writing the book.

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What scene or bit of dialogue in the book are you most proud of, and why?
Rule number one has always been and will be forever:  don’t beat yourself, don’t get in your own way and don’t come up short due to lack of effort, preparation or self-doubt.
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If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything about your book?
I will tell you that when it comes out!
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If your book would be made into a movie, who should play the main character?
Stallone because he represents how an underdog with a million to one shot can succeed.
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What is the best part of being a writer?
Conveying a message of hope.
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What’s your least favorite?
The grammar!

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What is your favorite book?
A very good friend of mine, Ben Macchia, went through a very difficult time after losing his brother Jamie in a motorcycle accident.  Years later I went through a very dark time in my life, Ben sent me this book.  I will always be grateful and without question this book, which was first published in 1968, inspired me to keep moving forward: The Greatest Salesman in the World by Og Mandino
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Where can people learn more about your writing?

http://www.TheCommonThreadBook.com

http://www.thecommonthreadbook.com/SuccessBlog.en.html

 

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Pinterest http://bit.ly/1mHgeZR and http://bit.ly/1oLqWzp

Flickr https://www.flickr.com/photos/123427234@N07/

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What is ONE thing that you have done that brought you more readers?
Hired Doris at http://111Publishing.com/Seminars!

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Invasion of the Overworld: A MINECRAFT Novel

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Parents love the anti-bullying message
This novel  deals with cyber-bullying. As the self-proclaimed King of the Griefers, Gameknight starts out bullying other players, i.e. griefing them, because he is bullied at school. But as he battles through the different challenges in the story, Gameknight999 comes to learn the negative affects of his behavior on other people. In the end, Gameknight comes to learn the real meaning of sacrifice for another and the true value of friendships. And kids are turning off the computer and READING!

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172 pages –  for 10 yr old’s and over  -  211x 5-Star Reviews!
Invasion of the Overworld is available in print and digital format.
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A best selling Minecraft novel on Amazon
With an exciting plot, spine tingling battles, and detailed characters you come to love — this book is capturing the attention of people all over the world.
“Invasion of the Overworld” tells the story of Gameknight999 after being pulled into Minecraft…for real. He has to struggle through exciting life and death battles with zombies and creepers and spiders while he faces off against the most terrifying of monsters, Erebus, the King of the Endermen. If he can’t stop the monster horde, then they will move up through the server planes until they break into the physical world, where they will destroy everything. Can he stop the crashing wave of evil monsters from destroying everything? Can he stand up against the terrifying King of the Endermen? Only Gameknight999, the User-that-is-not-a-user, knows how to save the multitudes from certain obliteration.
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Invasion of the Overworld is something new to the landscape of Minecraft novels.
People love this book because it completely immerses them into the world of Minecraft;

  • They feel like they’re living this adventure with Gameknight999.
  • The battle strategies and crafting hints used throughout the book will give you new ideas about Minecraft.
  • The spine tingling battles will make your heart race and make you want to stay up late reading to the end.

Author Mark Cheverton
Mark Cheverton released the first book in his Minecraft series, Invasion of the Overworld: A Minecraft Novel, which is expected to be followed by the sequel, Battle for the Nether, in 2014.
Mark Cheverton grew up in Southern California, going through high school, and college. After college, Mark taught high school physics and math for many years. While teaching, he earned a Master’s degree in Physics and conducted research on planetary atmospherics. After moving to the east coast, he started doing research for a Fortune 100 company in the fields of machine vision and additive manufacturing. His first book, The Algae Voices of Azule, was released in 2012, followed by the sequel shortly after.

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Meet Mark Cheverton at his website: www.markcheverton.com
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9 Tips to Increase ‘Newbie’ Writer Confidence

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By Wanda Octave 

All writers believe in their work. Introvert or not, you write because it’s in your DNA. And when you pen your masterpiece, you know that you have developed a brilliant piece of literature that someone would love to read. But… fear keeps it hidden.

Fear of Rejection

  • Fear of what others will think.
  • Fear of writer’s poverty.
  • Fear of taking the leap.
  • Fear of sticking to it for the long haul.
  • Fear of whatever new reality pops into our heads at any given moment.

This has caused many bestselling manuscripts to die in the laptops and shelves of ‘the shy writer’.

Fear Holds Writers Back.
Fear, is the only thing holding good writers back from greatness.  My biggest fear has always been losing my words. As a published author, I am great on paper, but I fear losing my words in a live forum. And though there are many great online marketing sources, you have to put yourself out in the open to market your work. People want to ‘hear’ from the author at some point. Fans want to meet you. And inquiry minds want to know about you. And on many levels.  I have no problem with that. In fact my book is based on life lessons learnt largely from my own life, so my life is literally ‘an open book’. I am shockingly candid at times and ‘tell it like it is’ without fear of judgment. In ‘real’ life, I also love meeting people and talking about my book, about life and about their experiences. But when Cameras, microphones, and a sea of faces stare up at me, I’m suddenly afraid of losing my words.
As a newbie this is normal, but I’ve heard that it happens to established authors too. This is only my first book so my trip to OZ has been slow and rocky, I am becoming more confident as the months roll on. By this time next year, I’ll have a different article for you. In the meantime here’s what I’ve learnt and what has worked well for me:

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1. Send Interview Questions Before Hand.
Include a list of sample interview questions in your media kit so that you know what to expect and are comfortable with your answers. I used to  be worried about repetition but each interviewer somehow has a different flare or twist and though the answers are the same, they are different every time. Also sometimes the interview may move in a particular direction and you get to cover a lot more than your core questions.

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2. Have a Conversation Instead of an Interview.
It is a good idea to research your interviewer so that the interview can have more of a friendly flow. Easing your book into a ‘conversation’, makes it relate-able and relevant. If time permits, it is also beneficial to have a casual chat with the interviewer, or producer with the cameras rolling. Many times you reveal a lot more interesting information then, than during the actual interview.

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3. You Will Need to Think on Your Feet.
When I sit with my thoughts, the words don’t just flow, they gush! It’s not the same when you’re the center of attention in front of a live audience. So I usually come up with a plan of a beginning, middle and end, and fill in with personal experiences in between. I understand that it is the experiences of life that connect us and I want to connect with the sea of faces in front of me. If I only have three things to remember, ‘beginning, middle and end’ then it is less difficult to ‘lose’ my words.

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4. Hide Behind Radio.
Doing Radio is like having a one on one. At first, the prospect of hundreds of people listening to me made me started having a conversation with the announcer and literally forgot that there were hundreds or thousands of people listening.

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5. Do A LOT of Book Signings
I absolutely love book signings. It is a great way to meet people. A perfect sales medium and an excellent way to build your confidence as a writer. I do book signings at books stores, malls, events, street fares, you name it!  And I have met a wide spectrum of people, many of whom have helped me grow my business.

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6. Everyone Will Not Love You.
As it is in life you will get your share of critics and you will need to develop a tough skin. People will be judgmental and condescending, but if you believe in your message/story, it will be enough. Always remember why you decided to become a writer and remind yourself too of the many lives that you have changed through your work.

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7. Go to Conferences.
If you want to learn to be more effective in public, it is a good idea to go to conferences that you would like to speak at in the future. Recognize what each speaker brings to the table. Learn different presentation styles. See what you can offer that can add value to a future conference. Then write an awesome proposal and start pitching for next year. You may be a newbie this year, but hopefully a pro by next year.

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8. Make Yourself Interesting.
Connect. Connect. Connect! Keep it real. I believe that we connect with each other through our experiences. And we all have the same experiences, our circumstances are just different. Tell your story. You will be surprised how many people can relate. The most popular feedback that I get, is that the stories in my book are relevant. When a reader feels that you understand them, they become a fan.

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9. Hang Around.
I like to chat with staff at the radio and TV stations and talk to the audience after a conference or event that I attend or speak at. The bulk of my book sales come from book signings and ‘back of the room’ sales. Because my book is relatively new and I am not an established writer, I have to make a personal connection with potential readers. And being available for a chat gives me an opportunity to do one-on-one marketing, have in-depth personal conversations or sometimes a mini coaching session. I have learned that people are more likely to purchase your book when they connect with you.

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Finally, there is also a whole world of online marketing out there which I am only now starting to explore. I have to learn to put myself ‘out there’ both in the physical and virtual world. It’s nice to be at home, while out (in cyberspace) at the same time. I’m sure it’s not as easy as hiding behind my laptop though. I’ll have to gather all my self-confidence tools and start over.

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Bio:  A former Marketing professional, Wanda Octave worked in the fields of banking, real estate and tourism before fulfilling her lifelong dream of becoming a writer. She currently resides on the tranquil Caribbean Island of Saint Lucia with her husband Simon and daughter Kelci. Find more information at www.wandaoctave.com and her Amazon author page http://www.amazon.com/dp/9769555711 

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5 Tips to Become a Happier Writer

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At workshops, seminars or writers conferences I often meet unhappy authors, no matter if they are beginners or established ones. I sometimes feel like having to cheer them up. And when I look back in (writing) history there are many examples of unhappy writers. Edgar Allen Poe wrote in 1842 to his publisher, apologizing for drinking so much and begging for money. Is it the struggle to find a publisher, low self-esteem that prevents from self-publishing, too many things to be learned before becoming author-published, time pressure from day-job, family and writing demands that make writers depressed?

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Writers: Embrace What You Have Got!
Be thankful for the wonderful talent that sets you apart from the crowd, for the opportunity to express yourself, for the world you are able to create in your mind – and don’t focus too much on getting a publisher or rushing to find your writing on Amazon or other online retail spaces. See your writing as an evolving process, as a marathon and not as a sprint to riches. Yes, there are writer-millionaires, such as James Patterson, J.K. Rowling or Stephen King, but they are not even 1% of all writers and it took them dozens of years or even longer to come to this fame and wealth, not to speak about the portion of good luck or to be at the right spot at the right time. Some tips to get out of the negative mind-set:

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1. Take Your Time!
Enjoy what you have got. Enjoy every minute you can write, and concentrate on the writing process. Enjoy every step in the writing – and book marketing process. Enjoy the company of other writers, the many new things you will learn, a complete new world that opens to you, be thankful for the interesting life of a writer.

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2. Don’t Compare Yourself With Others
Staring at famous writers and being jelious doesn’t make you more successful or happier. Ask yourself: Would you write for your own joy, without getting recognition from others or a publishing contract? Is it a fountain of happiness for you to write – or are you seeking praise from readers and the public? Enjoy time with family, friends and collegues

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3. Concentrate on Writing
If you really like writing so much, why don’t you write more? Why not write short stories, blog articles or magazine / newspaper columns beside your books? Even if it is only a short article you write for a weekly community paper. It gives you instant rewards, such as having finished a piece of writing, getting your name out and often being even paid for your writing. It is so much fun to promote your books with even more writing!

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4. Meet Fellow Writers
Their company will help and comfort you and give you many new ideas. Only they know how hard you are working on your manuscript. Band together and build a writing critique group, support each other on Social Media or at book signings, and exchange your book marketing tips. Writing groups or beta readers are everywhere and even if you live in the jungle or on top of a mountain, you can join a writers group, community or forum online. It is so much easier with the help of supporters – and it gives you joy to help others.

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5. Keep Your Balance
Set yourself a schedule: Time to write, time to promote, time for family, time for your other hobbies or interests. Cut out useless time-waisters, such as TV news or reality television. Writing is not an excuse to neglect your friends and family. And don’t let yourself overwhelm with all the new tasks to promote your book. Get help and a mentor who knows the industry and can introduce you professionally and much faster to all the possibilities of getting your name out into the world of books. It takes years to study the publishing / book marketing industry. Profit from their knowledge and concentrate more on your writing.

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Be Thankful
There are many things that are outside of your control. Take control of what you have: Your writing talent, your joy of writing and the time you have to do what you like best. Appreciate it and keep writing. Before you haven’t written a couple of books and even more articles, you cannot consider yourself as a writer, nor can others. Keep writing!

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Thriller set in International Oil Markets: To Steal a Sea

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About the Author Simon D. Reagan:

Simon D. Reagan lives in London and has lectured and presented on financial crime, money laundering, and international finance for more years than he’d care to say. He holds a doctorate in financial innovation in the global shipping sector. He’s fascinated by world politics and conspiracies, both real and imagined, and loves the beaches of Trinidad during the later cooler days of summer. Quite a paradox since he prefers rain and wind-swept umbrellas, and thunderstorms across seascapes.
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To Steal a Sea in Print and e-Book:

Russian oligarch Petr Damyanovitch had amassed his fortune through ruthlessness and charisma. His war record had been exemplary: as one of the most talented snipers in the Russian Army he had survived the blood-soaked killing fields of Stalingrad, and been present at the fall of Berlin.
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But after the collapse of the USSR his obsession became to restore his nation’s place in the world, using the untamed destructiveness of the international bond markets to wreak havoc upon those he blames for its demise. New-found allies on Wall Street and in a pragmatic White House would collaborate in his conspiracy, by supreme irony assisted by an Islamic fundamentalist with a vendetta against a modern secular world.
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Only three men stand in the way, with exceptional talents in law and finance but character flaws in equal measure. This would be a battle which would engulf many in its path, with the oil riches of a sea and the survival of nations as prizes. As panic floods the markets, a figure from the past emerges who holds the balance of power in his hands, seeking justice for a crime hidden from the world for a lifetime.
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The theme of closeness between friends, between lovers, and between father and daughter, pervades the book, as a terrifying conspiracy tears its way through the international oil markets. But it is the haunting of a war criminal, and the unfathomable self-guilt of a survivor, which drive forces which would clash across countries and continents in a remorseless quest for revenge and retribution, and an insatiable need for spiritual salvation.

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Paperback: 566 pages, great reviews

Kindle Edition $3.99 
http://www.amazon.com/Steal-Sea-Simon-D-Reagan-ebook/dp/B00FRSKGO0

Paperback     $19.80
http://www.amazon.com/To-Steal-Sea-Simon-Reagan/dp/0957526709/ref=tmm_pap_title_0

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