Summary: Interviews with authors of new, bestselling books.
We live in the age of the Entitled Child. Many books have been written about entitlement and entitled children. but Indie author Peggy Harper Lee‘s book “Spoiled,” by contrast, is written for and about the parents of an entitled child. Whether you know you have an entitled child and want to change your relationship, or you’re wondering if you have an entitled child and want to learn the signs so you can be sure, or if you’ve been warned that your child is in danger of becoming an entitled child, this book is for you! Throughout this journey of the entitled child, Lee examines what an entitled child looks, sounds and acts like at every stage from infant to adult. She explores the strategies that you, as a parent, can use to effectively build a new relationship with your entitled child. More below the media player. Listen to Peggy Harper Lee The Indie Author Life Self-esteem is a critical factor in raising children who are not entitled. Writing recently on her bloh, Peggy Harper Lee offered up five ways to teach your child to love herself: Self-esteem is a movement that has taken a life of its own in the […]Similar Posts:Make Me One With the Woo-WooFalling Hard for the Girl of His DreamsSordid Past Haunts SupermodelA Child Learns to Pay It ForwardIt’s a Small (Weird) World, After All The post How To Tell If Your Kid is Spoiled – And What To Do About It appeared first on The Bookcast.
For many years, people asked Tom North what it was really like to grow up in the family he was part of. What they were asking was, was it really like in that movie, “Yours, Mine and Ours”? Tom North is one of the eight North children, who, together with the ten Beardsley children, became the family which was featured first in the 1968 film starring Lucille Ball and Henry Fonda, and again in the 2005 remake starring Rene Russo and Dennis Quaid. But Tom North always felt conflicted when people would ask him what it was really like, because he knew they wanted to hear that, gee, it was just like in the movie. It wasn’t just like in the movie. In his new book “True North” Tom explains what life WAS like in the Beardsley household, and it is, he says, the polar opposite of that sweet Lucille Ball – Henry Fonda flick. Tom’s stepfather was violent and abusive, and created a life of intimidation, confusion, turmoil, fear and depression for all the North children. All hope seemed lost as Tom realized that he was caught in a prison and there was no way out. But maybe there […]Similar Posts:An Ireland Full of Sensory DelightsIndie Author Update – MayKeep on Truckin’, MamaLove, Hatred and Jealousy. But Also Regret.This Girl Is One Elf You Don’t Wanna Mess With The post “Yours, Mine and Ours” – Now We Know the Truth appeared first on The Bookcast.
Delaney Wilkins finds herself at odds with hotel developer Nick Harris over a deathbed promise and a mysterious find in the Tennessee forest, in Dianne Venetta‘s novel “Ladd Springs.” Both Delaney and Nick are after title to Ladd Springs, a mecca of natural springs, streams and trails in the eastern Tennessee mountains, a tract of land worth millions. But Delaney’s uncle, Ernie Ladd, owns the property and is adamantly opposed to them both. Delaney’s daughter, Felicity Wilkins, deserves to inherit her family’s legacy, but neighbor Clem Sweeney is working against her, ingratiating himself with Ernie Ladd. Clem is also harboring a secret that will make him a very wealthy man — unless the others stop him before he can bring it to fruition. Complicating matters is Annie Owens. She’s the ex-girlfriend of Jeremiah Ladd, Ernie’s estranged son living in Atlanta. Annie declares that her daughter Casey is Jeremiah’s, making Casey every bit as entitled to the property as Felicity, only Annie has not proven this claim. Yet. All are fighting to get the property, but only one will walk away with the gold. Who will it be? More below the media player. Listen to Dianne Venetta The Indie Author Life […]Similar Posts:The 11-Year-Old Witness to An ApocalypseA Huge Gamble on Love, Or a Sure Bet?A Slave Girl Destined For GreatnessShe’s Trying, Very Hard, to Live – Happily Ever…She No Longer Believes in Magic – But Does Magic Still The post They’re All Fighting Over the Land – But Only One Will Get It appeared first on The Bookcast.
At the age of thirteen, Angelina Clark cast an Appalachian love spell. She would be beautiful and gifted, and at the age of twenty-one she would find her true love. But her father’s death and her mother’s failing health have shaken Angelina’s magical faith to its core. As her twenty-first birthday approaches, she refuses to practice her supernatural gifts and no longer believes in the spell. That is, until Dylan Thomas arrives on her porch. July 4 Is ‘Mountain Charm’ Book Launch Day In Sydney Logan‘s novel “Mountain Charm” Dylan has traveled to Maple Ridge to write a story about Appalachian witchcraft. While everyone is convinced that Dylan is her true love, Angelina remains skeptical. Despite their bickering, sparks fly. But can Dylan prove his love is real, spell or no spell? More below the media player. Listen to Sydney Logan The Indie Author Life In a recent guest post on librarygirlreads, Sydney Logan revealed how her musical tastes have changed, and how it’s affected her writing: I was definitely a child of the 80s. Michael Jackson. Madonna. Stevie Nicks. But then came the 90s, and with it a shift from 80s synthesizers to 90s grunge. For me, grunge was […]Similar Posts:Two Sisters and the Impossible EscapeFalling Hard for the Girl of His DreamsWhat a Long, Strange Journey, To Find The MusicHow to Get Your Song on the RadioA Huge Gamble on Love, Or a Sure Bet? The post She No Longer Believes in Magic – But Does Magic Still Believe in Her? appeared first on The Bookcast.
With her husband half a world away, in the trenches of Flanders, in 1918, Sarah Underhill struggles alone to maintain their home for his return. But these orchards and lands have been part of a misjudged attempt to establish an English Eden in the arid interior of British Columbia in southern Canada. The help she finds is young Irishman Jack Butler, whom she discovers to be a liar, a thief, and possibly worse. Their love affair must end with her wounded husband Edward’s return. In James Ferron Anderson‘s novel “The River and The Sea” Jack’s love turns to jealousy and hatred, and when he gets his chance to lead Edward to possible death in a foolish three-man hunting trip in the frozen north, he takes it. But as the three men starve and freeze, and slowly die together, Jack’s perspectives change. And if he survives and returns to Footner, who will Sarah be waiting for? Will she be waiting at all? More below the media player. Listen to James Ferron Anderson The Indie Author Life Choosing a good title for a book can be the most challenging part of the writing process. In a racent blog post, James Ferron Anderson […]Similar Posts:Escaped Slave Finds Freedom. Or Does He?A Stunning Story of Two Women and the Bond They ForgeWill Ambition Get The Better of Verity Parker?A Body in The Basement – Of Course He’s the…A Huge Gamble on Love, Or a Sure Bet? The post Love, Hatred and Jealousy. But Also Regret. appeared first on The Bookcast.
Writers have a love-hate relationship with editors and editing. The value of good editing is obvious, but it’s not something most writers look forward to doing, or having someone else do. While editing is integral to the writing process, its role is often misunderstood. So, what if editing could make writing less stressful and more enjoyable? What if it could help you write sharper, more compelling prose? Now “The Editor’s Eye” by book coach and editor Stacy Ennis shows you how editing can help you write your best book. She takes you through the ins and outs of the often bewildering book-editing process. And as you begin to understand how writing and editing complement each other, you’ll become more confident as a writer, finish your book faster, and move toward the ultimate goal: publication. More below the media player. Listen to Stacy Ennis The Indie Author Life As Stacy Ennis told us in our interview, a good editor is like a coach or cheerleader for her author. Stacy’s blog contains a lot of “coaching” for authors, too, including a recent post she calls “5 Ways to Buck the Writing Blues.” Sometimes, she says, you just get stuck, discouraged, or bored. […]Similar Posts:The 17-Year-Old Who Must Save the Human RaceThe Ghost and Mr. TrafficIt’s a Small (Weird) World, After AllCan a Patient’s Silence Kill the Doctor?A Stunning Story of Two Women and the Bond They Forge The post Learn to See Your Book The Way An Editor Does appeared first on The Bookcast.
Alexandra Daniels is forty-something and hard-working, in and out of her home. But her life has been plodding along at a snail’s pace, and she’s longing for excitement. In Linda Bolton‘s debut novel “Take 2″ Alexandra wins a trip to her favorite talk show in New York, the “Veronica Becker Show,” and it just so happens Derek Dunbar, the actor of her dreams, is a guest on the show. Is Alex’s life about to change? Derek Dunbar is Scottish, and a hunk. Every woman in America drools over him. He has his pick of women – but stinks at relationships. At forty, is he longing for a more meaningful relationship? Does he even know how to have one? Is he willing to make the effort or will it just be too complicated? More below the media player. Listen to Linda Bolton The Indie Author Life In “Take 2″ Linda Bolton explores the nuances of trying to remain sexy and attractive while aging – and looking for someone who is doing the same. So, do you have realistic expectations? That’s the title of a recent blog post by Linda Bolton: I’ll pick on men first. They’re easiest – sorry guys. From [...]Similar Posts:Using The “Flow” That You Thought Only the…Homeless But Not HopelessOne Family’s Story of Coming to AmericaFalling Hard for the Girl of His DreamsWho Is The Serial Killer of Aspen Falls? The post Two People, Looking For Something More… appeared first on The Bookcast.
Seventeen-year-old Gavin Hillstone is resigned to being miserable for the rest of his life. Left alone in the world after his parents died in a fire when he was four, he was placed in foster care, which for him meant ending up in an abusive home with an alcoholic adoptive father. Gavin’s only escape is in taking and creating images. His camera is his refuge from the unending torture and isolation of daily life in his so-called “family.” Until he learns by accident that he isn’t as alone in the world as he thought. His father’s parents are still alive and living in Washington, D.C. In “The Photo Traveler” by Arthur Gonzalez, Gavin travels 3,000 miles to find his grandparents. But then he learns that they — and he — are part of something much bigger, and more dangerous, than he could ever have imagined. More below the media player. Listen to Arthur Gonzalez The Indie Author Life On the website for “The Photo Traveler,” Arthur Gonzalez reveals the backstory: How did you come up with the idea for the Photo Traveler? The grandmother to one of the most special people in my life had passed away. He was looking [...]Similar Posts:Will It Take a Miracle To Restore This Friendship?A Suicide, A Homecoming, and TerrorCan She Get Her Son Back – From Her Own Parents?Candidly, He’s Cautiously OptimisticRejection – It’s No Joy For Me, Either The post A Troubled Teen Discovers His Hidden Power appeared first on The Bookcast.
Success, in an organization and in life, is not a solo effort. It’s created through working together, working in sync with colleagues, clients, and valued friends or family. Through this reciprocity, small ideas grow into big plans, local efforts have a global impact, and productive managers become great leaders. It’s the power of leading without a title and getting greater results through coordinated efforts. In his new book “Working in Sync,” Whitney Mitchell tells the stories of eleven highly successful professionals who learned the principles of connection and teamwork on the Dartmouth class of ’86 crew – which he coached. After a twenty-fifth team reunion, Whit wanted to find out the secret to their successes. He conducted months of one-on-one interviews, uncovering outstanding insights on life, business, and success. And he saw a direct connection to his executive coaching clients. More below the media player. Listen to Whitney Mitchell The Indie Author Life Why do some teams succeed in turning around while others flounder and fail? Here’s a portion of what Whit Mitchell said recently: Q: How does one effectively engage and motivate employees to “jump on board” with organizational change and to row in the same direction? Whit: If [...]Similar Posts:Life, Love, and Business in HollywoodDon’t Let Hollywood Kill Your DreamTwo People, Looking For Something More…For Romance Click Any KeyMaking Sure Your Success Builds Wealth The post What We Can All Learn From a College Rowing Team appeared first on The Bookcast.
Brigid Kildare is not your typical hard boiled private eye. But she doesn’t pretend to be. No matrimonial. no child custody, no bodyguard or surveillance work, no process serving. Brigid is strictly data. Asset searches, background searches, computer security, pre-employment screening. Basically any type of records research is what she deals in. And you really couldn’t expect anything else. After all, your average five-foot-tall, blue-eyed blonde is rarely the person you would send out after a bail jumper. Oh, and there’s that whole one leg thing – ADA aside, most people don’t think of an amputee as the go-to person for a security job. But in Kate Eileen Shannon‘s mystery “Social Insecurity,” professional PI Brigid Kildare turns amateur sleuth when old ladies in the Federal Hill area of Providence start to go missing, and she can’t get the police to believe her. Brigid, along with an odd cast of friends and family, solves the mystery – but not before four old ladies have died, she has caught the eye of a handsome Providence detective, and she discovers that not everyone who is close to her is what they appear to be. More below the media player. Listen to Kate Eileen [...]Similar Posts:A Doctor Becomes an Unwitting KillerDear Mom (And Dear Dad)It Takes a Texas Girl to Nail This London Serial KillerProf. Henry Fell’s “Coming of Middle Age”…A Deadly Race Is On To Save A 12-Year-Old Girl The post Private Eye Goes Out on a Limb to Solve This Case appeared first on The Bookcast.
To those who experience life as struggle, hard work, and constant effort, the concept of “effortlessness” may seem incomprehensible. But is it, really? Stop and think about a time when you could work on a project for hours. Perhaps you were fixing a car, baking a cake, or creating a make-believe story for a child. Did you lose track of time? Did you even forget that you were hungry? You may have been experiencing the flow of effortlessness. The experience of effortlessness is for everyone, including those holding fast to the idea that this sort of flow belongs only to “creative” people. Linda Smarzik‘s book “The Mind of Thuse!!” is a guide describing the neuroscience, philosophy, and new thought behind the process of creativity that can lead us into this sublime state of effortlessness. More below the media player. Listen to Linda Smarzik The Indie Author Life What inspired Linda Smarzik to pursue The Thuse? As is explained on her website, it was in 1999, during a trek in the Nepal Himalayas… On the second evening of her journey, she experienced such intense altitude sickness that she was told to immediately return down the mountain to the next lodge, two [...]Similar Posts:Two People, Looking For Something More…Paranoid? Or is Someone Really Out to Get Her?Not A Vanity Website for Not-Vanity BooksLearn to See Your Book The Way An Editor DoesCan She Get Her Son Back – From Her Own Parents? The post Using The “Flow” That You Thought Only the Creatives Had appeared first on The Bookcast.
Catherine Boyd will do anything to regain custody of her young son, even reconcile with the husband accused of killing their son’s twin. In Theresa Rizzo‘s novel “He Belongs to Me” Catherine graduates from college, eager to start a new life with her six-year-old son Drew. But when she tries to bring him home, her parents refuse to relinquish control of the grandson they’ve raised. Wrongly accused of a horrible crime, Thomas Boyd has buried himself in his career, determined to forget his painful past and the family he lost. But now, five years later, Catherine is back, asking for his help to regain custody of their son – custody he thought she had. Though older and wiser, when courtroom battles reveal lies and secrets and generations of pain, will Thomas and Catherine find more tragedy and loss, or will old wounds finally heal? More below the media player. Listen to Theresa Rizzo The Indie Author Life Now here’s a grateful author. This, from Theresa Rizzo’s website: I’ve finaled in many writing contests and even won a few. I’ve been privileged to travel to wonderful, interesting places like Maui, Seattle, San Diego, Crested Butte, Nashville, and more to attend writing [...]Similar Posts:The Secret That Haunts A Presidential HopefulComing to Grips With The Reality of ChangeUsing The “Flow” That You Thought Only the…A Troubled Teen Discovers His Hidden PowerLearn to See Your Book The Way An Editor Does The post Can She Get Her Son Back – From Her Own Parents? appeared first on The Bookcast.
Booze, sex, and good times. What more could you ask for, from a memoir? “Letters To Young Chong” by Melanie Moore is much like the pickled ginger on a sushi plate. As a reader, sometimes you need something spicy to cleanse your palate between complex books. That is what you will find here. “Letters To Young Chong” is based on the friendship that developed between Melanie Moore .. and Melissa Moore; no relation at all. In school they were often confused for twins, or sometimes mistaken for the same person. Melanie was sure she would hate that name-stealing girl for all of time. But she finally got over it and now says she could not imagine life without her. More below the media player. Listen to Melanie Moore The Indie Author Life Melanie Moore’s blog is a great place to find more of the same kind of stories that are in “Letters to Young Chong.” Here’s one recent entry: It is no secret in my group of friends that I can burn water. I can also cause you to spend a not so delightful afternoon in the bathroom. People who know me well will tell you that you’ll want to [...]Similar Posts:Trapped Between Life and Death – What Will She Do?Will It Take a Miracle To Restore This Friendship?Homeless But Not HopelessDear Mom (And Dear Dad)Soul Food For Lone Wolves and Wild Women The post Something Spicy to Cleanse Your Palate appeared first on The Bookcast.
Earth lies in ruins, destroyed by an unknown enemy. Humanity flees their burning homeworld, seeking a safe place to hide before they can be hunted down and eradicated. In Andrew Saxsma‘s space opera “Lonely Moon” Alliance Captain Michael Hane watches helplessly while his wife and unborn child fall victim to the random slaughter of Earth. Now, with time running out for him and all of Earth’s survivors, he is burdened by the last bits of humanity to find a way to stop this menace before it wipes the galaxy clean of every last human being. Listen to Andrew Saxsma The Indie Author LifeSimilar Posts:Where Magic is as Common as TechnologyThe 17-Year-Old Who Must Save the Human RaceWar, Holocaust, Rebellion – and Dragons and RunicsParanoid? Or is Someone Really Out to Get Her?Using The “Flow” That You Thought Only the… The post Something Is Wiping the Galaxy Clean of Humans appeared first on The Bookcast.
Malcolm Tully, the young owner of a pastry shop in suburban Chicago, would never dream of joining a religious cult, let alone leading one. But when he starts a discussion group to liven up Saturday nights at the shop, events quickly spiral out of control. Kathleen Maher‘s book “Diary of a Heretic” is a comic novel about the outlandish rise and fall of Religion Without Rules, a spiritual movement with Malcolm as reluctant leader and Carlos, his pastry chef, as instigator and financial mastermind. Malcolm discovers his hidden talents for charismatic preaching and money begins to flow in. But as the movement outgrows the pastry shop and sprouts international ambitions, the foundations are wobbling. Malcolm’s diary entries during the wild ride swing with his moods: from panic at being thrust onstage, to exultation as he gains confidence, to dark eroticism as his love/hate relationship with Carlos becomes physical, and ultimately to peace as the cult begins its inevitable collapse. More below the media player. Listen to Kathleen Maher The Indie Author Life Do indie authors let their kids read their works-in-progress? Kathleen Maher recently posted on Facebook, “Keeping The Kids Safe From My Writing”: During the years in which my [...]Similar Posts:It’s Not Snooping – Read This…Inside The Mind of a Serial KillerParanoid? Or is Someone Really Out to Get Her?Have You Met Any Indie Authors Recently?Barb Stark, Psychologist, Who Doesn’t Believe in… The post Meet Malcolm Tully, Reluctant Cult Leader appeared first on The Bookcast.