Cover Reveal The Bleaklisted Books


Not an interview today, but a cover reveal, and this cover features a kitten! What more can you want in a cover? I love the banner too, with the little paw marks.



Title: The Bleaklisted Books

Authors: Donna Brown, David M. Brown

Genre: Non Fiction: Humour/Pets & Animals


My mini-irons,

I urge you to embrace the goose-spell of Animal Farm and you will find sanctuary when our difficult war is over. I will add, of course, that given that conquering the world means a long, long, long, long, long war, I will permit you to read another book every now and again.

Just remember which books are bleak-listed; e.g. Barry Potterer, 100 Years of Silly Tudor, Prude and Perjury, The Hungary Olympic Games, The Chronicles of Nerdia and Of Mike and Ben.

In the meantime, here is a list of books I have vetted and will reconsider for approval if the appro… apprap… proper changes are made. Read this manyule carefully mini-irons.

Your Cat-tain

Charlie Brown

About the Authors

DonnaBrownDonna:  Donna is a longtime book lover and sometime book reviewer and has devoured books from an early age. She writes short (or long) stories as and when inspiration hits and is married to fantasy author David M. Brown (Fezariu’s Epiphany, A World Apart). She was also co-contributor to David’s book, Man vs Cat, a humorous look at life with six rambunctious rescue cats.

Donna has lived in many different areas of the UK over the last 30-something years but has remained in Yorkshire for the past decade. She ardently disputes the misnomer that ‘It’s grim up north’. You can find Donna on Google+, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Goodreads, or visit her and her husband’s shared blog: B-Lines and Felines.





DavidBrownDavid:  David Brown could be considered a fantasy fanatic, especially since he has spent the last 10 years developing a 47,000-year history for his fictional world of Elenchera. When converting his obsession into literary form, David commits himself to a rigorous writing and editing process before his work can meet his approval. Combined with the critical eye of his wife and a BA Hons in History and English, David’s dedication leads him to his goal of inspiring readers through heartfelt stories and characters.

Although David is inspired primarily by fantasy fiction, he also finds his muse in the form of anime, world cinema, history, and biographies. His own books, Fezariu’s Epiphany and A World Apart, combine aspects from worlds both old and new into compelling tales of a world not soon forgotten., David himself certainly does not lack a spirit of adventure; in fact, he left his job in 2007 in order to spend a month travelling. Second only to meeting and marrying his wife, David counts this as one of the most amazing experiences of his life.





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Author Interview A Personal Guide to Self-Healing, Cancer and Love


I’m interviewing Regina Chouza, author of non-fiction book “A Personal Guide to Self-Healing, Cancer and Love”. My questions are bolded, Regina’s responses are in regular font.

What’s the hardest part of being an author?

For me spending all that time alone at my computer can be quite challenging. I enjoy working in social environments, but I also love writing and publishing my work. On some level it’s helped build my social networks because I take Facebook breaks to chat and then go back to writing.

Can you give us a short synopsis of A Personal Guide to Self-Healing, Cancer & Love?

A Personal Guide to Self-Healing, Cancer & Love is a practical guide to self-healing for families who are dealing with cancer. It provides a fresh perspective on some of the challenges faced when someone we love is diagnosed. We often start by asking why it happened or what it means. Inevitably our biology, lifestyle habits and emotional wellbeing all play a part. I also believe that difficult experiences can teach us life lessons. Cancer is no exception. Some may feel regret over the choices they have made, prompting a major wakeup call. This book is based on my family’s experience with cancer and the perspective I have gained since then on my own healing journey.

The rest of the book explores Energy Healing as a complementary therapy to cancer care. Energy Healing is a broad term that can be used to include a variety of techniques including guided meditations, breathing exercises, journaling and even hands-on-healing such as Reiki. My theory is the Energy Healing addresses the mental, emotional and spiritual aspects of disease while medical intervention treats the physical body. Energy Healing can also benefit the whole family.

What inspired you to write this book?

My dad was diagnosed when I was 16 and it had a profound effect on my family. You stop taking people for granted. It puts things in perspective, but then there is also this tremendous loss of control. And so many factors to think about, so many questions. Why did it happen to us, etc.?

Then a couple years ago I discovered energy healing, psychology and meditation. It dawned on me that we, as a family, had barely scratched the surface when it came to healing and stress relief. My dad’s doctors were fantastic and we were very lucky to have them. But it wasn’t enough. I wrote this book because I wanted to share the techniques I learned during a two-year accreditation in Energy Healing. It’s about Healing as a complementary therapy to medical care.

How many hours per day do you spend writing?

Not enough!

I tend to write in bursts and then I’ll go and do something else for a few weeks. When I’m in writing mode, I try to spend at least 4-8 hours a day on a particular project. Then I go back to reading, anything from historical fiction and sci-fi to spiritual healing books. Right now I’m reading Deepak Chopra’s Buddha. It’s good seeing a historical figure brought to life that way.

And of course, my Diary of a Psychic Healer blog is always active. I spend a few hours every week blogging about energy healing, intuition and any classes or books that I have come across.

Name your top five favourite books.

I loved David Copperfield by Dickens, Cider House Rules by John Irving, all the Harry Potter books, and A New Earth by Eckhart Tolle. I’m still looking for that 5th book to blow me away.

About The Book

Self-Healing, Cancer and Love - Cover JPEGTitle:  A Personal Guide to Self-Healing, Cancer & Love

Author: Regina Chouza

Available on Amazon

Kindle Freebie Dates: 19-20 October 2014

It is human nature to ask ‘Why did this happen to me?’ Though there may be medical explanations for illnesses, a scientific answer will not help us make sense of the pain and suffering that comes with these experiences.”

This book provides a fresh perspective on the challenges faced when we or someone we love is diagnosed with cancer. We often start by asking why it happened and what it means. Inevitably our biology, lifestyle habits and emotional wellbeing all play a part. For true healing to occur, we need to make changes on many levels. The author goes on to explore Energy Healing as a friendly booster for tired souls, equipping the reader with simple tools that can be used daily to facilitate their personal healing journey. The pages turn quickly, infused with love, courage and optimism.

Author Bio

It all started in 2009, when Regina discovered the College of Psychic Studies in London. Could anyone learn to channel healing and shift his or her life in a new direction? Of course! Since then Regina has left a successful career in marketing to become a qualified Healer, Reiki Master and talk radio host. Her first book, “A Personal Guide to Self-Healing, Cancer and Love”, is available on Amazon worldwide.

Visit her blog at


Release Party The Luddite’s Guide to Technology


About the Book

the_luddites_guide_to_technology_iiTitle: The Luddite’s Guide to Technology

Author: CJS Hayward

Genre: creative non-fiction / religion and spirituality / technology – social aspects

Mammon, as it is challenged in the Sermon on the Mount, represents such wealth and possessions as one could have two thousand years ago. But that is merely beer as contrasted to the eighty proof whisky our day has concocted. The Sermon on the Mount aims to put us in the driver’s seat and not what you could possess in ancient times, and if the Sermon on the Mount says something about metaphorical beer, perhaps there are implications for an age where something more like eighty proof whisky is all around us.

Author Bio

cjsh_square_fullChristos Jonathan Seth Hayward wears many hats as a person: author, philosopher, theologian, artist, poet, wayfarer, philologist, inventor, web guru, teacher.

Some have asked, “If a much lesser C.S. Lewis were Orthodox, what would he be like?” And the answer may well be, “CJS Hayward.”

Hayward has lived in the U.S., Malaysia, England, and France, and holds master’s degrees bridging math and computers (UIUC), and philosophy and theology (Cambridge).



Author Interview When All Balls Drop Tour


I’m interviewing Heidi Safkas, author of non-fiction / inspirational / memoir “When All Balls Drop”. Enjoy the interview.

What’s the hardest part of being an author?

I find that being an author is my true calling. It allows me to do what I love: write, inspire, travel, and learn. However, that doesn’t mean that it is easy. I would say since I have been focusing of non-fiction, memoir writing over the past years, I feel that the hardest part of being an author for me is that I relive those parts of my life, all the joy and pain together. I believe even for fiction writers, there is a deep personal connection to what one writes. I also know there is a lot of hidden truth and non-fiction in fiction.

As a side note, I do want to warn other writers that today you have to do more than write to be a successful author. You are your marketing and PR team too. You need to be an expert in social media, savvy with imaging and video, and basically a Jack or Jill of all trades.

Can you give us a short synopsis of When All Balls Drop? What inspired you to write this book?

In fall of 2009, I was visiting New York’s Hudson River Valley when in a split second, a thousand pound tree limb struck me, breaking my neck and leaving me unconscious for days. After neurosurgery and release from the hospital for a multiple month recovery far away from where home was at the time, South Florida, I also discovered my husband had been living a double life. If that wasn’t enough, I received a call from my employer forcing me to resign, thus losing my professional identity. It was a triple whammy of loss. During I was writing in a journal. It was my therapy as well as walking. Through both my writing and walking, I gradually reframed my circumstances. I decided that I had lost everything, but I had the opportunity redesign my life, having it all: health, love, and career. It was nearly a year and half after the accident while on a multiple week walkabout in South America when I decided to write When All Balls Drop, using those same journal entries as foundation.


How many hours per day do you spend writing?

As a goal, I try to concentrate for only two hours by setting an alarm on my phone. However, I find that the majority of time, I pause the alarm to continue a thought or until it feels that I’m not making any good progress. There are days where I’m on a roll and I forget to eat, go to the gym much later than usual, and work all-day. Also, remember that I spend a good portion of each day aside from writing on building my audience, marketing, and PR.

Name your top five favorite books.

Kiss My Tiara by Susan J Gilman

Left Neglected by Lisa Genova

Wild by Cheryl Strayed

Eat Pray Love by Elizabeth Gilbert

I Remember Nothing and Other Reflections Nora Ephron


What are you working on now?

I’m currently writing a sequel. It will pick up where I left off in When All Balls Drop. It will begin with revisiting my roots in small-town Wisconsin. It will continue on in South Florida where I started to rebuild my life: finding a job, dating again, and changing my home. It includes a crucial therapeutic walkabout to South America. Its main theme describes the healing components of travel whether to a foreign place or somewhere as familiar as your hometown. The perspective gained from getting away completed my life change sparked by the tree in 2009.

I plan on releasing my next book in the fall of 2015. Until then, I will be promoting When All Balls Drop in Florida, Wisconsin, Kauai, and Massachusetts. You can check out my events on and my Facebook page. Don’t worry! If you are in remote area, you can attend one of my virtual events.

About The Book

whenallballsdropcoverTitle: When All Balls Drop: The Upside of Losing Everything

Author: Heidi Siefkas

Genre: Non-Fiction, Inspirational, Memoir

The true story of a survivor
who through losing everything,
redefined having it all

Heidi Siefkas was a happily married, globetrotting professional who seemingly “had it all”—until a tree limb in New York’s Hudson River Valley struck her down, breaking her neck and leaving her unconscious. Suddenly, life as she knew it stopped. She lost her independence. She lost her career. She watched her marriage disintegrate as she confronted a trail of devastating lies about her husband’s double life.

She had lost all that mattered, but she was a survivor. She fought to restore her health, repair her broken heart, and rebuild herself. Along the way, she gained clarity about her core values, ultimately coming to a deeper understanding of what it means to have it all.

Through down-to-earth, short vignettes, When All Balls Drop shows us how it’s possible to “look up” in spite of pain, deceit, and loss. Heidi’s memoir–rich with hope and humor, inspires anyone who’s had to confront tragedy and reassess their life in the wake of life-altering events.

Author Bio

Heidi Siefkas is an author and adventurer. Originally from small-town Wisconsin, she lives in Kauai and also calls the Midwest and South Florida home. Heidi is currently crafting a sequel to this memoir, embracing both her wanderlust and love of writing by documenting her many travels. You can connect with Heidi at, Facebook, and Twitter.



Twitter: @HeidiSiefkas


Author Interview You Can Love Writing Tour


I’m interviewing Connie B. Dowell, author of non-fiction “You Can Love Writing”. My questions are bolded, Connie’s responses are in regular font.

What’s the hardest part of being an author?

Definitely having to stop working on the book. I could tweak a manuscript forever if I didn’t have a deadline.

Can you give us a short synopsis of You Can Love Writing?

You Can Love Writing is a guide for new and returning college students to not just get through writing assignments but find joy and empowerment in the academic writing process. This book goes through the process with an emphasis on big picture elements of writing as well as techniques to make the most of one’s writing and learning. Who says writing assignments have to be boring?

What inspired you to write this book?

As a tutor, I watch many students make progress and learn about writing, but the best part is when I get to watch people start having fun and owning their role as a writer. After a tutoring session one afternoon, I thought Why can’t there be a book about that?

How many hours per day do you spend writing?

It varies a great deal. I work the kind of job where my free time can evaporate rather quickly around finals and midterms. During semesters, I probably average around one to two hours per weekday, but that’s an average of some big extremes. In a way, a schedule like that is a blessing in that it teaches you seize the time you have available instead of putting things off.

Name your top five favorite books.

I never can manage to pick favorites! What I can do is tell you about five excellent books that have been on my mind lately.

The Guns of August by Barbara Tuchman: An intense look at the causes and outbreak of World War I. It’s an especially timely read right now. This August marks the hundredth anniversary of that war’s beginning.

Out of the Easy by Ruta Sepetys: 1950 New Orleans, a murder, a brothel, and a young adult protagonist who works in a book shop but keeps a pistol strapped to her leg. How could these ingredients not end up making a fantastic novel? I read this in less than twenty-four hours, and it isn’t short either. No sleep for me.

How to Teach Physics to Your Dog by Chad Orzel: If you’re curious about quantum physics, this book, written as a series of conversations between Orzel and his dog, makes getting the basics easy and fun.

May B. by Caroline Starr Rose: This middle grade verse novel tells the story of a 19th century Kansas girl with dyslexia who finds herself abandoned in a sod house as winter approaches. It’s a wonderful read for anyone, but especially for those who work with or know someone with a learning disability.

Grammar Girl Presents the Ultimate Writing Guide for Students by Mignon Fogarty: I know, I’ve written a student writing guide and I’m recommending a different one. What gives? Actually, both books have different emphases. When students are ready to move beyond the big picture aspects of composition and focus on grammar and other sentence-level concerns, this is the book to pick up.


What are you working on now?

I’m mid-first draft of a young adult historical mystery dealing with Southern suffragists. It’s been fascinating to learn about the period and the commitment of the women who dedicated their lives so that women today have a political voice. The South was one of the toughest places to fight for suffrage, and, of course, suffrage activists of color faced even greater challenges.

I’m anticipating that book, the first of a series, to come out next spring.

Title: You Can Love Writing: A Guide to get through your College Papers and Like it

Author: Connie B. Dowell

Genre: Non-Fiction, Educational

How would you like to

  • perform with the passion of an Oscar winning actor,
  • compete with the drive and fervor of an Olympic athlete, or
  • teach like you’ve got a Nobel Prize slung around your neck

all while doing your homework?

Believe it or not, you can do all of this and much more in the course of writing your college papers. This book takes you through the overlapping stages of the writing process, using game mechanics, cooperation, and learning styles to help you have as much fun as possible and take charge of your own education. With exercises and activities for groups and individuals, this text focuses on the meat of writing, the big picture elements that matter most in both college papers and real world writing situations, all with an eye toward enjoyment.

Sit down, crack open this guide, and give your favorite notebook a big hug. You may not have a choice about writing your papers, but who says you can’t love them?

Author Bio

Author Photo  C DowellConnie B. Dowell is a writing center coordinator and freelance editor. She holds a B.A. in English from the University of Georgia and a Masters of Library and Information Science from Valdosta State University. She lives in Virginia with her husband, where they both consume far more coffee than is probably wise



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Twitter at @ConnieBDowell

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Book Review ‘Living The Thin Life’

Title: Living The Thin Life
Author: Elle Meyer
Genre: Diet/Weight Maintenance
Rating: 9/10

Living the Thin Life – Creative Ways to Maintain Your Weight for Life was written to help successful dieters maintain their ideal weight. Each person is different, so everyone needs to develop his or her own personalized plan for fitness and weight maintenance. This book explains how to build that personal plan to take into account each individual’s unique eating personality. Tips for staying motivated, shaving off calories, and working exercise into an everyday routine are provided in a light-hearted manner. As an added bonus, over 50 healthy, low calorie recipes are included.

The author, Elle Meyer, successfully lost weight ten years ago and came up with her own methods for keeping the weight off. She decided to write a book to tell her story and share strategies that really work. She interviewed many people who have lost and maintained weight and included their best ideas and suggestions. These tips are from real people, for real people.

In addition to including common sense, effective diet techniques, Elle also describes some habits of her husband “Elvis” (name changed to protect his reputation). These habits provide examples of what not to do when trying to maintain a healthy weight.

Book Review

I don’t usually read non fiction novels, but I wanted to make an exception for this one. I’ve been struggling with my weight for many years now, and I’m glad to read a book by an author who not only managed to lose the weight, but who also managed to keep it off for a long period of time. I’m quite jealous, to be honest (but in a good way!) and wished this would work for me as well, so I’m going to take the principles mentioned in Living The Thin Life and use them myself to keep the weight off.

The author gives some useful suggestions, ranging from what to eat and what not to eat to how to exercise and how many times a week to exercise. I found her exercise tips in particular very useful. I also loved how she referred to her husband as ‘Elvis’ because he’s the King! Haha. I also liked how she contrasted certain things she did with things her husband did, and which obviously didn’t work. It was nice to see the contrast.

This book inspired me to start my eternal struggle against the extra weight again. I hope that if you read it, it inspires you just as much!

Book Excerpt

Chapter 1 Let’s Get Motivated

This is my key message – discover what motivates you and what works for you. We are all unique individuals. We don’t look alike or think alike, so why should we expect the same eating or exercise program to work for everyone? In fact, research has shown that women differ from one another more than men do1. These differences make it important to develop your own system and not expect a “one-size-fits-all” program to work for you. Pick and choose from all the suggestions and advice presented here to come up with your own personalized plan. Improvise by adjusting, combining, or adding suggestions.

Over the years I’ve realized you can develop a system that suits you through experimentation and learning from your experiences. It’s an ongoing process that you will continue to fine-tune over time. There are new products continually being developed – exercise equipment and programs, sugar and fat substitutes, new menu items at restaurants – so you can add variety to your routine and avoid monotony. That keeps it fun!

The first step in developing your custom plan is to discover your own personal motivators. What truly makes you want to do whatever it takes to stay healthy and fit? When you’re tempted to overeat or skip a workout, what thoughts will keep you on track by reminding you of why you want to stay in good shape? Here are some possibilities to consider:

A desire to be healthy. This is a great motivator for most people. Maintaining a healthy weight can help reduce your risk of developing certain health conditions such as:

• High blood pressure
• Type 2 diabetes
• Heart disease and stroke
• High blood fats such as cholesterol and triglycerides
• Arthritis
• Cancer
• Gallstones
• Fatty liver disease