BOOK REVIEW: Conquer Your Pain in 9 Steps by Carole Staveley With a Guest Post by the Author


As a sufferer of fibromyalgia as well as myofascial pain syndrome, I’m always looking for ways to get pain under control, so when I saw Conquer Your Pain in 9 Steps, I had to have it. I’m glad I found it. Ms. Staveley did an excellent job of writing a concise and understandable book to help those of us with chronic pain. As much as I’m sorry that Ms. Staveley has suffered, I appreciate that she understands what it’s like to always be in pain. She tells her personal story, and then outlines a plan to improve the quality of life for those with chronic pain. She taught me to take control of my own life, to stand up to medical professionals and demand whatever it takes to improve my quality of life.  Thank you, Ms. Staveley, for giving me hope. Among other things, Conquer Your Pain in 9 Steps, gives a step-by-step guide, from setting goals, and building a healthcare team, to finding motivators and developing long-term solutions. I would recommend this book to anyone who suffers from chronic pain, or knows someone else who does. Below you’ll find further information on this great book, as well as on the author, including a guest post.  There is also a list of other sites where you can find more reviews, interviews, and opportunities to win a free copy of Conquer Your Pain in 9 Steps. There is info on where to buy the book, and how to contact the author.   Conquer Your Pain in 9 Steps

Book Description:
 

Recognizing the years of unnecessary suffering in her own life, Carole Staveley makes it her mission to maximize your chances of overcoming health barriers in the shortest possible time. Her 9 Step Health Champion approach shared in this book will help you achieve your full potential by taking you through the process of establishing a Health Champion mindset, building your most effective health team, and maximizing your odds of persevering through it all. Become your own Health Champion and keep your healthy vision alive—no matter what challenges you face.

Carole Staveley

Author’s Bio:
 

After suffering 13 years of debilitation caused by a chronic myofascial pain condition, Carole Staveley realized there was no “magic bullet” coming to her rescue. She took charge of solving her health challenges and went on to complete an IRONMAN triathlon in 2013. Carole’s book, Conquer Your Pain in 9 Steps, takes you through her proven 9-step Health Champion approach to suffering less and achieving more. Carole Staveley is President of Inner Victory Coaching, an organization she founded to empower others to become their own Health Champions and reach their full potential.   Connect with the author:    Website ~  Twitter  ~  Facebook

Becoming Your Own Health Champion, Step 5: Select and Challenge the Right Health Professionals Becoming your own Health Champion essentially means becoming the Chief Problem Solver for your health challenges. This does not mean you need to go out and earn an M.D. diploma! What it does mean is that you need to know how to discover and get the most benefit from the health resources that exist out there. Rights and Responsibilities in Your Relationships with Health Professionals You have the right to demand a problem-solving partnership from the members of your health team. You must be prepared to advocate for yourself, and let them know when you’re not satisfied with the answers you’re getting. If you don’t feel qualified or capable of self-advocacy, find a member of your social network who is willing to help you prepare for appointments or have these conversations on your behalf or simply be there with you for moral support. Another option is to hire a health coach who can help you build your self-advocacy capabilities and steer you in the right direction. Your rights to being treated as a partner and being respected for self-advocating in healthcare come with responsibilities. You have the responsibility to be as prepared and informed as possible when you attend an appointment. This is your part of the equation. You will not get the most from your healthcare appointments if you’re not informed or prepared. Being prepared means you will have done the following:

  • You’ve compiled a list of symptoms and any related circumstances that could shed light on the cause of the symptoms.
  • You’ve prepared questions in advance, and are ready to ask as many questions as it takes to be satisfied that the health professional is going down the right path in terms of diagnosis and treatment.
  • You’ve done some research, either by speaking to others who have suffered similar symptoms, by searching on the internet, and/or by asking for input from anyone in your social network who has some sort of healthcare background, or who might know someone with a healthcare background.

Do Your Homework If you think about it, what I’m suggesting in terms of preparing for healthcare appointments is comparable to the degree of preparation you would put into a large purchase like a car or an expensive appliance. Consider the value of a healthy life compared to these types of purchases. I know we’ve been taught to defer to physicians when it comes to health knowledge, and it’s likely they will always have more specific health knowledge than we do. However, there is no way to leverage the full power of their knowledge to our maximum benefit unless we do our homework and work with the medical professional to solve our unique problem. I believe our biggest mistake in dealing with health issues is having the expectation that the “experts” hold the answers, and that we just need to bring our problem to them to get a resolution. There are a number of issues to take into consideration when dealing with health professionals:

  • The letters beside their nameswill not tell you if they are good at what they do or if they will be effective at solving your problem.
  • A top expert in his/her field might have the best grasp of the medical literature, but they don’t have insight into the nuances of what’s been happening in your body. They need your input in order to tailor their knowledge to address your particular situation most effectively.
  • Depending on your particular health issues, the professional(s) who can help you the most might not be found in the mainstream medical system.
  • Health professionals who are open to working collaboratively with other health professionals and who embracea holistic, multidisciplinary approach are generally valuable and are more likely to be problem solvers determined to help you get to the bottom of the issue.

In my journey from chronic pain sufferer to IRONMAN finisher, it was my own research, combined with key questions I asked of excellent health professionals that added up to a successful recovery.  Along the way, I broadened my definition of “health professional” and discovered so many additional valuable resources outside of our mainstream medical system. Start by appointing yourself Chief Problem Solver of your health challenges, vow to identify and leverage key healthcare resources, and dare to discover new approaches to managing or solving your health challenges. Book Trailer:

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July 6 – Library of Clean Reads – review / giveaway

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July 7 – Griperang’s Bookmarks – review / author interview / giveaway

July 8 – The Autistic Gamer – review / author interview / giveaway

July 9 – I’d Rather Be at the Beach – review / giveaway

July 10 – Green and Glassie – review / author interview

July 13 – Create With Joy – review / giveaway

July 14 – The Novel Life – review / guest post

July 15 – Sarah Rehmatullah – review / giveaway

July 16 – Brooke Blogs – review / guest post / giveaway

July 17 – Working Mommy Journal – review / author interview / giveaway

 
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REVIEW: How To Sell Books by the Truckload on Amazon by Penny C. Sansevieri


Posted by Ryder Islington, author of Ultimate Justice, a Trey Fontaine Mystery

Authors know that books don’t sell themselves. We no longer live a a world where writers get to just write, while all other aspects of the writing business is handled by publishers and agents. Now, if want your book to sell, you have to sell it. How To Sell Books by the Truckload on Amazon is the perfect book for those of us who have written a book and need to increase our sales. It doesn’t matter if you’re an old pro or a newbie, this book is a great asset for writers.

Ms. Sansevieri explains how Amazon works, how to research key words, Amazon Author Central, free promotions, how to find top Amazon reviewers, and much, much more. And the real key is, even an old fogie like me can understand what she’s saying!

This book is going on my reference shelf with those keepers that I rely on regularly for writing, publishing, and promoting. A great book for wannabes and pros.

Below you can see the cover, read a book description and an author bio, find out where to get the book, and find other reviews, as well as interviews of the author and posts by her. And don’t forget to put your name in the hat for a chance to win a free copy of How To Sell Books by the Truckload on Amazon  by Penny C. Sansevieri.

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Book Description:

Amazon wants you to sell a lot of books. And How to Sell Your Books by the Truckload teaches you exactly how to do it. Internationally renowned Amazon book marketing expert, Penny Sansevieri, has created the ultimate guide for mastering the Amazon marketing system.

And in moments it can be right at your fingertips! The savings in time you’ll gain is enormous—when compared to painstakingly researching this information yourself.

When you follow Penny’s time-tested proven formulas you’ll instantly skyrocket the exposure you receive and kick your book promotion campaign into overdrive!

Plus, you can bypass all of the misinformation out there about how Amazon works. That’s because every secret you need to know to understand the Amazon marketing system inside and out is right here. Penny Sanseveri takes you step-by-step through simple and dynamic processes that show you how to:

  • Get top visibility for your book on Amazon
  • Increase sales through perfectly-timed pre-order campaigns
  • Leverage a secret tool to get hundreds of reader reviews
  • Use Kindle Unlimited to your greatest advantage
  • Boost sales by knowing when to give away your e-book – it really works!
  • Use keywords and book descriptions that puts your book in front of tons of buyers
  • Identify and locate secret categories that drive bigger sales

Get your booked ranked #1 in your category!

Penny C. Sansevieri

Author’s Bio:

Penny C. Sansevieri, Founder and CEO Author Marketing Experts, Inc., is a best-selling author and internationally recognized book marketing and media relations expert. She is an Adjunct Professor teaching Self-Publishing for NYU.

Her company is one of the leaders in the publishing industry and has developed some of the most innovative Social Media/Internet book marketing campaigns. She is the author of fourteen books, including How to Sell Your Books by the Truckload on Amazon and Red Hot Internet Publicity, which has been called the “leading guide to everything Internet.”

AME was the first book marketing and publicity firm to use Internet promotion to its full impact through The Virtual Author Tour™, which strategically harnesses social networking sites, Twitter, blogs, book videos, and relevant sites in order to push an author’s message into the online community. AME has had over eleven books top bestseller lists, including those of the New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal.

To learn more about Penny’s books or her promotional services, you can visit her web site at www.amarketingexpert.com.

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REVIEW: Going Against The Grain Italian Style by Nuccia Ardagna


Posted by Ryder Islington, author of Ultimate Justice, A Trey Fontaine Mystery For those of us who are gluten sensitive, gluten intolerant, or have full-blown celiac disease, this book is a life saver.  With an informative forward by Peter HR Green, MD, who helps the reader understand what gluten is, and how it affects those of us who don’t tolerate it, and details directly from the author about her own journey, Going Against The Grain Italian Style, reminds us of our limitations, while opening us up to the wonderful possibilities of great food that’s gluten free! Nuccia also details how to read labels for gluten, how to eat out gluten free, how to deal with cross-contamination, and providing for children who can’t tolerate gluten. The recipes are clear and easy to understand, and delicious! I’m so glad I had the opportunity to read and use this book. It has really allowed me to enjoy food again without the miserable symptoms that accompany gluten intolerance. I would recommend this book to anyone who has problems with gluten, as well as anyone who cooks for a sufferer of sensitivity, intolerance or celiac. In fact, the recipes are so good that anyone who loves good Italian food will love this book. Below you’ll find details about the book and author, as well as a list of other sites where you can find more reviews, and also, opportunities to win a free copy of this fabulous book. Good luck!   Going Against the Grain

Book Description:
 

This two-part book is a vital adjunct to any home attempting to be gluten-free. The first part guides you through early diagnosis and is an essential guide for any beginner diagnosed with celiac disease or some form of gluten sensitivity. You will learn how to identify symptoms of the disease, how celiac disease is diagnosed, and the consequences if left untreated. It will help you to understand how to read labels and how to manage your gluten-free home in a shared environment. It outlines practical advice for parents of children with celiac disease as well as tips for eating out and dealing with social settings such as special occasions or when traveling. Honorary foreword provided by renowned Dr. Peter HR Green, MD – Celiac Disease Center at Columbia University. Growing up authentically Sicilian, Nuccia Ardagna thought that getting rid of gluten meant giving up her favorite traditional foods, but that could not be further from the truth! Nuccia combines her passion for eating amazingly Italian with her new dietary needs to bring you scrumptious, traditional Italian (and Sicilian) recipes. From simple, classic appetizers to decadent desserts you thought you could never enjoy, every recipe is easy-to-follow and offers beautiful full-color pictures throughout. You can feel confident about entertaining guests and family with these mouth-watering recipes. You can eat healthier, feel better, and truly enjoy living gluten-free while never having to sacrifice great taste! In this book, Nuccia not only shares her personal story with celiac disease but also the recipes she grew up with at home and uses to entertain guests. Look for the bonus section at the end of the book along with a section dedicated to her favorite links and resources. We hope you enjoy the book and find it helpful in your journey.   Author’s Bio: Displaying Nuccia Ardagna.jpg Nuccia Ardagna loves to travel to the place of her roots: SICILIA! Being Sicilian, she grew up with mamma, nonna and all her zie learning all the tricks of the trade and creating DELICIOUS Italian food from scratch. When diagnosed with celiac disease she was forced to learn new habits and, now, after trial and error and experimenting, wants to share her exquisite culinary creations with you. She IS a true Italian to the core.   Tour Schedule:

May 4 – Sarah Rehmatullah – review May 4 – Working Mommy Journal – review May 5 – Get Cooking – review / guest post May 6 – Library of Clean Reads – review / author interview / giveaway May 6 – Girl With Camera – review / giveaway May 7 – Mrs. Mommy Booknerd’s Book Reviews – review / author interview May 8 – A Mama’s Corner of the World – review / giveaway May 11 – Freda’s Voice – review / giveaway May 11 – T’s Stuff – review / guest post / giveaway May 12 – Rockin’ Book Reviews – review / guest post / giveaway  May 12 – One Frugal Girl – review / giveaway May 13 – I’d Rather Be At the Beach – review / giveaway May 13 – Ryder Islington’s Blog – review / giveaway May 14 – Il Mio Tesoro – review / author interview May 15 – Ivory Owl Reviews – review / giveaway May 18 – Storeybook Reviews – review / giveaway May 19 – Books, Movies, Reviews. Oh My! – review / giveaway May 20 – Brooke Blogs – review / guest post / giveaway May 20 – Genuine Jenn – review / giveaway May 21 – Celticlady’s Reviews – review / giveaway May 22 – Create With Joy – review / giveaway May 22 – Anglers Rest – review / giveaway

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GUEST POST: Two Approaches to Portraying Characters Three-Dimensionally by Pamela Nicole


Posted by Ryder Islington, Author of Ultimate Justice, A Trey Fontaine Mystery,and coming soon: Ultimate Game, A Trey Fontaine Mystery
I hope all of you enjoy this article as much as I did. She may only be eighteen but Pamela Nicole has a a working knowledge of how to build a character. Read on as she shares her knowledge.

 

2 Approaches to Portraying Characters Three-Dimensionally

 

It’s not uncommon for readers to blame it on the characters when they haven’t enjoyed a book. In fact, poor characterization, Mary-Sues, and flat characters, are the reasons why some books just don’t work, in spite of having a great plot. And that’s where writers begin climbing the walls and request the deity of literature to please make readers just see what perfect characters they have.

 

So, maybe your beta readers have told you the characters aren’t really there for them, your critique partners aren’t convinced either, or perhaps you, yourself can’t get over the feeling that they’re lacking something.

 

That’s okay. In order for this post to be useful, you’ve got to accept you may be doing something wrong, or need to do more.

 

Readers know their thing. If they say characters are your weak point, it’s worth checking it out.

 

Let’s get to it, then.

 

Approach #1: The Dialogue and Action

 

By now, it’s understood you have your characters. Let’s say they are Jane and Joe, BFFs. We’re going to focus on how to use dialogue to portray Jane and Joe in a way that seems believable, and not forced. If you have been reading about shy Jane for now 156 pages and then Jane gets all ‘Let’s Party!’, you might want an explanation. But if this explanation never comes, or it’s just not enough, you have a characterization problem there.

 

Dialogue plays a important role in characterization, because, while we enjoy reading thoughts and conclusions, it’s what characters say and do what really stick with us.

 

I’m sure you must be at least okay at writing dialogue. No biggie. Your dialogues are not bad. Maybe there really isn’t anything wrong with them. But I assure you, you can make it even better and make good use of it for the benefit of the characters.

 

Here are some ideas:

 

  • Read some of your dialogue aloud. Do you feel like you want to laugh? Gag? It needs revising.
  • Tweak it so everytime there’s a conversation, the speakers show a trait. (It’s a good idea to keep a list of personality traits for major characters in order for this to be easier)

 

And for Actions

 

  • Try to always keep your characters in motion, or you’ll bore readers.
  • Every thing they do must have consequences. I repeat: Don’t forget the consequences.
  • Pay close attention. Jane and Joe do what Jane and Joe typically do, unless they have a reason to not to. Ex. Joe is afraid of the dark, but he enters a dark cave, albeit sweaty and shaking, to rescue his best friend, Jane.Note here that Joe isn’t happy about confronting this fear.

 

Approach #2: Opposite/Similar Character Traits

 

This is something I always strive to do. Do you sometimes feel your characters are hard to tell apart from each other? This is the solution. And it’s two-fold. Apart from being the answer to your characterization prayers, it also offers a much needed element in your story: Conflict.

 

Consider Jane:

  • Shy
  • Studious
  • Likes Gardening
  • Bossy

 

And Joe:

  • Friendly
  • Movie geek
  • Likes Videogames
  • Bossy

 

Now, these situations:

  • Jane going with Joe to a party. Jane is unconfortable and this can lead to several embarrasing moments.
  • Joe stuck in a study appointment with Jane and preferring to clean rather than study.

 

And then this one,

  • Jane and Joe are working with other classmates in a group project. Both have different but good ideas.

 

See what I mean? If you dig a little deeper, you can easily build a network of interactions between your characters that brings out the best/worst in them, gives them a distinct voice, and also offers situations you can use for the benefit of the plot.

 

Happy writing to all!

 

Fit In or Fit Out

Book Blurb:

Every person is the main character of their own story, and no one is less important thant anyone, right? Then, why do we have such a hard time understanding this simple concept? Why do we push people away and keep the wrong one close? In this work of non-fiction, written by a teenager herself, the subject is analyzed to some hard-to-admit depths, using famous quotes and relatable examples, the truth about high schools and human nature in general is revealed.

 

 

 

 

Pamela NicoleBio:

Pamela Nicole is an Ecuadorian 18-year old writer and blogger. After several attempts at productive hobbies, she discovered she could finish a YA book in three hours and forget about the real world in that time. So, after reading more, and more, she started writing short stories online and a novel draft. She published a short essay based on her own highschool experience. Pamela is currently working on her second novel.