Wednesday, December 13, 2017

YOU CAN CHANGE THE WORLD: BE A CHANGE WIZARD AND GET IT LIKE YOU LIKE IT by Bever-leigh Banfield Excerpt & Guest Post



Title: YOU CAN CHANGE THE WORLD: BE A CHANGE WIZARD AND GET IT LIKE YOU LIKE IT
Author: Bever-leigh Banfield
Publisher: Twinkle Entertainment
Pages: 366
Genre: Nonfiction


You have an ultimate magic within you, capable of transforming yourself, your life and everything that exists. You needn’t fear change, leave it to others, or get stuck with whatever happens next. You can pull heaven right out of your hat with the alchemy of your heart and mind. You just have to know how to use your abracadabra presto change-o. You can make things disappear or pop up because you are the change you crave. Your dream is a reality somewhere, ready for you to experience it by making change your BFF. Tap into who you're meant to be, and the special thing you're meant to do – with this book about your mission in life, and how you can have it materialize to be happier, healthier, wealthier, wiser, and make the world a better place. 

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Welcome. I’m so glad you’re here. You are my brothers and sisters, and I’m excited to get into this. Okay, first let’s claim your ideal life—because it is ready to bring you joy. Your ideal life is the one the world is waiting to experience, watching to see it reveal and unfold.

When you envision the life you most want to lead, what do you see? Great health, of course. Maybe the perfect body, at the weight and shape that makes you feel invincible, relatable, and up for anything at any time. A high-paying, cool job, with health benefits—or maybe self-employment you can’t wait to get to every day. Let’s toss in some work that fulfills you, stretches your talents and abilities, and challenges your mind. Perhaps you desire Prince Charming too, riding up on his mighty steed to take your hand, or a Sleeping Beauty awaiting your sexy kiss to awaken her love. You might only long for a roof above your head that doesn’t leak, or that new car that doesn’t break down, puff smoke from the tailpipe, or embarrass you when you pull up to valet park. You may simply desire security, whatever your concept of that is. Maybe you crave a weekly mani-pedi or massage, relaxing vacays in exotic ports, a closet full of designer clothes, the latest tech, some diamond bling, a pair of name-brand athletic or red-soled shoes and cozy creature comforts. You could be aiming to play a sport, or pursue a hobby you adore. And who doesn’t want some excitement, adventure and fun to liven up their days? If you’ve chosen to have children, you will want them to grow up happy, healthy, prosperous, kind, educated and free. You will want all that’s good for them, and resolve to help that happen.

Though you might not want any of these, it might also be true you want all of them. And yet, there is something you must want most. Are you in touch with what that is? If not, then this is the time to seek it out and have it come to you. When you’re alone—or not alone—in the dark at night with your active mind, or when you wake up in the morning and realize the universe has gifted you with another day of living your life, what do you want to do with it? Do you want your life to shine, or are you content to just get through it, putting one foot in front of the other, surviving as the clock ticks and the years fly by like soaring jets.

When someone discovers an abnormality in some vital body part, or loses a parent, a child, a marriage, their business or a job, or is presented with some other ginormous hill to climb to reclaim their life, things tend to zoom into focus. Disparate ideas seem to coalesce into helpful realizations. They’re given to epiphany, become open to insights they’ve never received before. They often drop all pretense, and become able to skirt trivialities that might have irked them earlier. Other people in their life come closer or fall away. Those remaining are held cherished, and communication blossoms. Longrepressed yearnings surface that may cause them to rethink their choices and mull over past mistakes or missteps they may feel have brought them to that point. People look for the meaning of their lives, and seek to address and fulfill it when the rubber is meeting the road, the chips are down, and their back is to the wall.

Why wait for such a cataclysm? Life is occurring with every breath. Every now gives way to another now that presents great opportunity. Every instant is calling you to rise up and reach your highest consciousness, and nothing is standing in your way. On the contrary, even the beat of your heart is designed to uplift and support you.

You are the answer to all of your questions.

You are the change you’ve been waiting to see.




Bever-leigh Banfield, M.F.A. is a writer, actress, voice over artist, host and speaker. She has penned numerous celebrity interviews, one of which, published in Essence magazine, won the American Diabetes Association National Media Award for journalism. As an actress, Bever-leigh has performed in television shows, movies, Broadway and off-Broadway theater and national commercials. Her voice has been heard in TV and radio ads, as an ABC network announcer, in animated films and cartoons, and as narrator of planetarium space shows at landmark Griffith Observatory in Hollywood. Ms. Banfield holds an M.F.A. from the Yale University School of Drama and a B.A. from Stanford University. She has lived in Europe and the Caribbean, and traveled in Africa, South America, and across the United States. She has been gifted with psychic perception since childhood, and as an intuitive, has experienced a vision of world peace. Creating is her joy. Her debut non-fiction book You Can Change The World is about helping you be who you are meant to be, and do what you are meant to do - live your dreams, and change the world for the better!

Guest Post:

Change Like a Boss in 7 Steps
by Bever-leigh Banfield

You want to feel empowered, right? You want to soar with eagles. You don’t want to fit in, you were born to stand out. You’re brave and visionary. You see things all around you that need to change, and you wish you were able to change them. Well, you can. And you will. It’s who you are. You don’t want to fear change, leave it to others, or get stuck with whatever happens next. You are what’s going to happen next. You’re what’s happening now. You hold the answer to all of your questions. You’re the next wave in a sea change. You’re not a statistic, you’re at the vanguard, lighting the way to what mankind is at its peak, what society ought to be. You have a magical mojo within you, capable of transforming yourself, your life, and everything that exists.
You’re on a quest to transform yourself to be even more awesome than you are. And you’re super amazing now. You’re essential to progress, you’re one of a kind. You can make giant change from the inside out, because change is an inside job  – and when you change, you change the world. So, seize that responsibility now. There’s someone you are meant to be and something you are meant to do. You are a cause that has an effect on everyone around you. You’re either a plus or a minus as you go about your days and nights, and all you’ll ever be and do arises out of change. Changing will lift you higher, friend, and it is by being your highest self that you make dreams come true.
The good news is you’re in control. Of your mind. Of your feelings. Of your life.
You can change on a dime if you want to. You’re an idea whose time has come, and nothing is more powerful. You’re endless possibilities. Regardless of what the chattering talking heads on TV report to you, you know peace and love will always win and they’re your middle names. Never mind doom and gloom on your Twitter feed, or angry Instagram videos, or Facebook feuds that don’t reflect your mindset or morality. You work to transform like a butterfly leaving the chrysalis to be your best. You change like the wind direction whenever you need to adjust your plans. You retool your ideas, beliefs and decisions the moment you find they no longer suit, just as easily as a chameleon changes its color and shifts its environment.
You are The Changer and you are The Change.  You are changing the world around you with every thought you think, each word you say, and the string of good deeds you commit to do. You are the change you are yearning to see, and your evolution revolution starts in 7 steps:
·         Choose to change, and be willing and ready now. Understand that it’s your time.
·         Pinpoint what it is you need to change. Be specific and incisive. Meditate on it if you’re unsure. Changing bad habits, letting stuff go, and embracing alternatives sets you free.
·         Commit to making changes that will reveal a healthier, happier, stronger you who’s up to whatever it takes. Declare you’ll be a benefit to others, serving the greater good and contributing to a better world.
·         Dream a humongous ginormous dream that can elevate people around the globe and shine a light that can be seen from space on every creature. Set goals that can bring about lasting change for everybody everywhere. Your dream wants you to call it forth.
·         Make a plan and act on it. Brainstorm the steps you need to take. Jot down the ideas you think might work. You may only be able to see the first step when you start. Keep moving and having faith and your path will be revealed.
·         Determine the tasks you must perform to launch and continue your master plan. Be sure to set priorities and do what’s most important first. Gather a team to help you.
·         Persevere no matter what situations and circumstances may arise, no matter what people say or do. Be flexible and inventive. Learn everything you need to know, be nimble, progress steadily, and persist until your dream comes true.
I believe in you and I’m by your side. I know that you can change the world!


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Friday, December 8, 2017

Love's Wall by Karen Deen Teaser & Giveaway




Title: Love's Wall
A Time for Love Series Standalone
Author: Karen Deen
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: December 4, 2017



Blurb

Falling in love can be so easy - but is it always the right thing to happen in your life? Everyone has a history but, for some, that history makes them believe they aren’t worthy of love.

Zach

Life sends us the right person at the right time. You just have to be ready to accept them.
When his last relationship ended and shattered his dreams for the future, Zach moved forward carving out a life on his farm. He built a wall around his heart so he’d never be hurt again.
Family is everything for him. Working in the family-owned building company, life was simple and happy. Yet something - or someone - was missing from that life. Zach didn’t know it, but things were about to change. His wall was about to be tested and love was going to challenge everything he has strived to protect. Will it crumble enough for him to accept his one?

Emily

Just when you least expect it, there is that one moment that changes everything.
Being a single Mom, every day is a challenge for Emily. Her life has become a series of relentless hurdles. She decided a long time ago that love was on hold until her children were old enough to support themselves.
Life has toughened Emily. She’s created a wall around her little family to protect them - and her heart. Never again would she allow it to be taken and abused by someone else. Pushing hard to survive the latest blow, Zach walks into her life and turns it upside down. Seeing Emily at her lowest, Zach wants to rescue her. Can she let her pride slip enough to allow her wall to crumble and open up to him? If she finally shares her world, will Zach still look at her the same? Should she put it all aside so she doesn’t miss her one?

Can love erase the history that has made their walls so thick and high? Even if they both know they’ve found the one, can they demolish their walls enough to make the leap? 







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Karen Deen has been a lover of romance novels and happily-ever-after stories for as long as she can remember. Reaching a point in her life where she wanted to explore her own dreams, Karen decided now was the time to finally write some of her own stories. For years, all of her characters have been forming story lines in her head, just waiting for the right time to bust free.

In 2016, Karen put pen to paper for the first time, with Zach and Emily being the first characters fighting to have their story written.  From that first word, she hasnt been able to stop. Publishing Loves Wall (her first novel in the Time to Love Series) in 2017 has ignited her passion to continue writing and bring more of her characters to life.

Karen is married to her loving husband and high school sweetheart. Together, they live the crazy life of parents to three children. She is balancing her life between a career as an accountant by day and writer of romance novels by night. Living in the beautiful coastal town of Kiama, Australia, Karen loves to enjoy time with her family and friends in her beautiful surroundings.



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The Happiness Pact by Liz Flaherty Interview & Giveaway

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The Happiness Pact
by Liz Flaherty
Contemporary Romance
Paperback & ebook, 384 pages
December 1st 2017 by Harlequin Heartwarming

The fine line between BFF and happily-ever-after…

Tucker Llewellyn and Libby Worth—strictly platonic!—realize they’re each at a crossroads. Tucker is successful, but he wants a wife and kids: the whole package. Libby knows that small-town life has her set in her ways; the tearoom owner needs to get out more.

So they form a pact: Libby will play matchmaker and Tucker will lead her on the adventure she desperately needs. But the electricity Libby feels when they shake on it should be a warning sign. Soon the matchmaking mishaps pile up, and a personal crisis tests Libby’s limits. Will Tucker be there for her as a best friend…or something more?


About the Author


Liz Flaherty was a little nervous about retiring from her day job, but making quilts, more family time, traveling at the mere mention of “why don’t we go...” and becoming a Harlequin Heartwarming author have made the past years more fun and exciting than she could ever have imagined.

Interview:

1.   What literary pilgrimages have you gone on?
I’m not sure if they qualify as pilgrimages, but every trip I’m on that involves staying overnight becomes literary for the simple reason that there is something about working in a hotel dining room that makes me productive. I’ve done hours’ worth of edits, become unblocked (yay!), and written countless blog posts while under the influence of a bottomless coffeepot and the friendly conversation of strangers.

On a more planned note, my friend Nan Reinhardt and I go on at least one writing retreat a year. We write, go to restaurants our husbands would hate, wear comfortable clothes, drink wine, write...

2.   Does writing energize or exhaust you?
Well...yes. Today, for instance, I was writing a scene that had absolutely everything in it I love. Humor, angst, the turn of a corner—everything! I wrote until the words were blurring in front of my eyes and after dinner I went out to my office and tried to write some more. (Didn’t work, but I tried.) It was the most energizing writing day I’ve had in a while, and I am totally exhausted by it. I’m sitting here whining about taking a shower because I’m so tired. And happy. So happy.

3.   Do you want each book to stand on its own, or are you trying to build a body of work with connections between each book.
Although The Happiness Pact is the third book from LakeMiniagua, and I insert the occasional name from previous books into every new one, I’m not interested in creating a long series. I think they’re wonderful, but I don’t have the focus required to keep all the continuity ducks in a row. All too soon I’d be giving someone the wrong eye color or middle name.

My “body of work” is as eclectic as my taste in music, and I like it that way. I might have had a more successful career if I’d stayed in Taft or Peacock or any the other settings I wrote about, but I don’t think I’d have had as much fun.

4.   If you didn’t write, what would you do for work?
Actually, I retired from the post office after 30 years in 2011 and I loved that job. Then, a year and a half or so ago, a friend at the local library said the director was looking for part-time help. I filled out an application, stating in a separate note that I didn’t want to work very much and I didn’t know how long I’d want to work. She hired me either because of or despite my limitations and I love this job, too.

The serious answer to that question, though, is that I’ve always written, since years and years before I was published. Quitting that has never been an option. Still isn’t. I’m just one of the lucky ones who liked her other jobs, too.

5.   What is the first book that made you cry? When Beth died in Little Women, I lay in bed and cried for...well, I don’t know how many nights. Looking back, it seems like a lot, but I was nine, so it’s hard to be sure. Although Jo March was the one I wanted to be, I loved Beth. I grieved for her as much as I would have for a close friend or even a family member...

     ...which segues neatly into Question 6. What is your favorite childhood book? I read voraciously as a kid (even more so than now) and had a new favorite every week. Since I didn’t go to college and specialized writing courses weren’t offered in my high school, the books of my childhood and adolescence were my training manuals. I think I learned something from each of them, but Little Womenwas my syllabus. If I could only take one book to a desert island, it would be the one.





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His Baby Dilemma by Catherine Lanigan Giveaway, Review & Interview

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His Baby Dilemma (Shores of Indian Lake #9) Catherine Lanigan Adult Contemporary Romance Paperback & ebook, 384 pages December 1st 2017 by Harlequin Heartwarming
  Must they always be continents apart? Nobody expects Paris fashion designer Grace Railton to settle down in her Indiana town, least of all Mica Barzonni. Fifteen months ago, he turned to her for comfort and compassion following a farming accident that left him permanently injured. Then she returned to France and went silent on him. Until, suddenly, Grace shows up on his doorstep with life-altering news. Mica, a father? He’s barely learned to navigate his postaccident life. But this could be his chance to become the man he’s always wanted to be—the husband and father Grace and their baby son need. Now Mica just has to convince her to stay.
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About the Author
Catherine Lanigan is the international bestselling and award-winning author of forty published titles in both fiction and non-fiction, including the novelizations of Romancing the Stone and The Jewel of the Nile, as well as over half a dozen anthologies, including “Chicken Soup for the Soul: Living your Dream”, “Chicken Soup for the Writer’s Soul”, and more. Ms. Lanigan’s novels have been translated into dozens of languages including German, French, Italian, Spanish, Russian, Portuguese, Chinese, and Japanese. Ms. Lanigan’s novels are also available in E-books on Amazon.com and Barnes and Noble.com, Apple Store, Mobi and Kobo. Several of her titles have been chosen for The Literary Guild and Doubleday Book Clubs. Her Vietnam war-based novel, The Christmas Star, won the Gold Medal Award Top Pick from Romantic Times Magazine and has also won Book of the Year Romance Gold Award from ForeWord Magazine as well as Book of the Year Romance from Reader’s Preference. Lanigan is the author of a trilogy of non- fiction books regarding angelic intervention in human life: Angel Watch, Divine Nudges and Angel Tales published by HCI and Cedar Fort. Skyhorse published Lanigan’s “how-to” book on writing: Writing the Great American Romance Novel. Lanigan was tasked by the NotMYkid Foundation to write a non-fiction book addressing teen addictions. Ms. Lanigan’s first Young Adult adventure novel, The Adventures of Lillie and Zane: The Golden Flute, was published by Cedar Fort. Currently, she has published eight novels in the Shores of Indian Lake series for Harlequin Heartwarming: Love ShadowsHeart’s DesireA Fine Year for LoveKatia’s Promise, Fear of Falling, Sophie’s Path and Protecting the Single Mom. Family of His Own pubs July, 2016. She has recently contracted for one more in the series: His Baby Dilemma. As a cancer survivor, Ms. Lanigan is a frequent speaker at literary functions and book conventions as well as inspiring audiences with her real stories of angelic intervention from her Angel Tales series of books. She is an outspoken advocate for domestic violence and abuse and was honored by The National Domestic Violence Hotline in Washington, D.C. (THE EVOLVING WOMAN). She has been a guest on numerous radio programs including “Coast to Coast” and on television interview and talk show programs as well as blogs, podcasts and online radio interview programs.

Interview:

1.      What Literary pilgrimages have you gone on?
A.    If you are talking about an actual pilgrimage, I went to England and visited Matthew Arnold’s house, William Makepeace Thackeray and Shakespeare’s house. I’d read their books, studied a lot of Shakespeare during high school and college and read more during the trip. It’s an interesting thing to do, read someone’s work and then visit the place where the real action took place. Naively, I expected to get some great “vibe” in all the places, but didn’t. In Paris, I went everywhere Hemingway and Fitzgerald, Gertrude Stein and others were said to have “hung out”, frequented and lived. Still, no jolt of inspiration came to me. The connection was always in the written word. Those books and so many, many others hold magic for me. Then and now.
2.      Does writing energize you or exhaust you?
A.    Both. Most of the time, when I’m “in it” I have no idea the time, day or where I am. Today I’m in Houston, at my son’s house, but had to work on a synopsis. I got up early this morning and hit the computer right off the bat. Before I knew it the family was all in the kitchen fixing food. It was lunch time. Five hours had passes and I barely knew it.  Now, a few hours later, my back hurts. I’m not in my comfy, lumbar supported chair. Just a hard seated, wooden chair. Time to exercise, get my back straight and move on to the next project.
3.      Do you want each book to stand on its own, or are you trying to build a body of workwith connections between each book?
A.    This is a good question, because my SHORES OF INDIAN LAKE SERIES is interconnected. Yet, each story does stand alone and they can be read out of order. My purpose when I started the series was to write 26 books in this series. HIS BABY DILEMMA is #9.  Still a ways to go. All the stories are romances, of course, but the anchor in the small town is Mrs. Beabots. Some of the other “characters” have interesting idiosyncrasies that are charming and memorable. This town is what we all imagine a small town to be with the closeness of friends who are like family. Though everyone has “issues” they are dealt with together and with love.
4.      What is your favorite under-appreciated novel?
A.    Hands down, it’s WINGS OF DESTINY. This was my epic saga spanning 140 years, but is basically the story of the founding of San Francisco. I spent 15 years writing, researching and trying to sell the book to a publisher. The original ,manuscript was 1000 pages plus. I’m sure when I’m dead, people will clamor for it. Things like that always seem to happen, you know. The story begins in Jamaica in the late 1700’s with a young slave girl, Yuala, who is gifted with “future vision” or psychic abilities. She sees the future and in it is her great granddaughter, a white woman whose destiny is to reveal evil in the Golden City of the future. The book came out in hardback, but the publisher “pulled the plug” on the promotional tour and advertising that was promised and it never got off the ground. Back then, there was no social media to pick up the slack, so the numbers were not what the publisher expected. Ironically, these days,  most of us would kill for those kinds of sales. But that was then, and this is now.
5.      What did you edit OUT of this book?
A.    In the original version, I had an entire story line that followed my research about traditional Italian families. When Mica discovers that he has a son, I wanted Mica to be nearly obsessed with giving the baby his name.  Mica’s father is dead and the Barzonni name is important to all the Barzonni brothers. They honor the hard work their father did to create the successful farm. Mica would have gone to great lengths to legally have the baby’s name changed. Not to mention the tension it would create between Grace, the baby’s mother, and  Mica.  I did a lot of research on how one went about changing the name of a child born in France to an American Mother and Father. However, all that got cut, for reasons I won’t go into. I thought it was an excellent line of thinking and action for my aloof, hard-nosed hero.
6.      Do you hide any secrets in your books that only a few people will find?
A.    I most certainly do. Most of them deal with Mrs. Beabots. The last book in the series, hopefully #26, will be entitled MRS. BEABOTS’S SECRETS.  In each book leading up to that one is a “dropped line” that gives a clue as to her past. Also, she has a walk-in closet that holds a treasure of vintage Paris designs from past designers who made history. Dior, Chanel, etc. Mrs. Beabots makes references to the fact that she knows how to handle and shoot guns, she worked for Coco Chanel when she was alive and often she talks about Europe and the places she knows first-hand. But not until that book will the REAL story of Emma Beabots come out.

Thank you, everyone for stopping by Deal Sharing Aunt and reading my interview.  A Merry Christmas to all and Happy New Year! 
Tour Schedule
  November 27th:
Launch Busy Bumble Bee Book Reviews underneath the covers 
Thoughts of a Blonde 
November 28th: 
Mello & June, It's a Book Thang! 
Remembrancy 
November 29th: 
Hearts & Scribbles 
November 30th: 
Reading Is My SuperPower 
Wishful Endings 
December 1st: 
It's all About the Romance 
Cafinated Reads 
December 4th: 
Heidi Reads... 
Janices Book Reviews 
December 5th: 
Deal Sharing Aunt
Inside the Mind of an Avid Reader 
December 6th: 
I Am A Reader 
Jorie Loves A Story 
December 7th: 
Book Lover in Florida 
Rockin' Book Reviews 
Harlie's Books
December 8th:
Colorimetry 
Nicole's Book Musings 
December 9th: 
Grand Finale

My Review:
This is a great Christmas story! What was Mica to do? His life was in shambles. He was injured and not really in a good place, never mind able to take care of a baby. However a little Christmas spirit is all that he needs to realize that he loves her. Will he be able to convince Grace to stay with his son? Is Grace willing to Leave Paris? I liked the characters and can not wait for other books by this author! I am giving this book a 4/5. All opinions are my own. 

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Thursday, December 7, 2017

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