Guest Post by Alex Franzen: Time for Yourself

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As part of the WOW blog tour for the The Checklist Book by Alexandra Franzen, Alex has agreed to share with us how to put self-care into your daily checklist and make time for yourself.

Welcome Alex!

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Making Time for Yourself

Give it to yourself.

“I’m taking a month off,” Megan told me. She’s a busy woman with a husband, kids, pets, and a small, but very successful business.

Most days, Megan works with her clients for five or six hours, and then it’s onto texts and emails, phone calls, working on her blog and her newsletter, sending out invoices… dozens of tiny deductions from her time-bank. Her to-do list never ends. It just spirals onward, like an infinite scroll that rolls down, down, down.

“Whoa. A whole month? No client stuff at all? Nothing? A blank slate?” I asked. She nodded.

Then I asked, “What are you going to do with all that time?”

She smiled and said, “I am going to be quiet… and hear myself think.”

A whole month. Thirty days. Seven hundred and twenty hours. All of that space to breathe, to daydream, and map out the future… what a priceless gift.

I asked Megan, “Was it difficult to clear your schedule and set aside all that time?”

She told me, “In some ways, yes. It took some planning. I had to notify all my clients in advance, for example.” She paused. “But I knew… if I wanted this month for myself, then I needed to claim it. Nobody is ever going to give this time to me. I had to give it to myself.”

I’ve been thinking about that conversation with Megan for the last several weeks. Her words keep echoing inside my head: I had to give it to myself.
What do I need to give back to myself? What is my heart longing for? What do I want?
Several things. I want twenty minutes every morning to drink coffee in bed, sink into a snowy mountain of pillows, and read a fantastic book — twenty minutes of inspiration before I begin the day’s work.

I want three days of solitude to refine my business plan for 2018.

I want two months to study Hawaiian mythology and then write my next novel.

And like Megan, I want time to be still and do nothing at all.

Who’s going to give that time to me?

Nobody except me.

And who’s going to give you the time that you long for — time to write a collection of letters for your children to read when they’re older, time to take that long-overdue trip with your best friend, time to make art, time for yoga and meditation, time for a long bath, time to sit peacefully in a room and hear yourself think?

Nobody except you.

The time that you want. The time that you need. The time that your mind, spirit, and body is aching to take back. The gift that’s worth more than gold, more than anything.

Give it to yourself.

 

Thanks so much Alex.

Be sure to check the other stops on the blog tour for this amazing book.

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Find Alexandra’s latest projects, classes, and hundreds of free articles and resources at: AlexandraFranzen.com

— Blog Tour Dates

May 11th @ The Muffin

What goes better in the morning than a muffin? Make sure you visit the WOW blog today and read an interview with author Alexandra Franzen and enter to win a copy of the book The Checklist Book.

https://muffin.wow-womenonwriting.com

 

May 12th @ Karen Brown Tyson

Stop by Karen’s blog today and read Alexandra Franzen’s inspiring guest post entitled, “You Are Going to Survive.”

https://karenbrowntyson.com/blog/

 

May 13th @ World of My Imagination

Join Nicole as she reviews Alexandra Franzen’s book The Checklist Book.

http://theworldofmyimagination.blogspot.com

 

May 15th @ The Burgeoning Bookshelf 

Visit Veronica’s blog today and you can read her review of Alexandra Franzen’s book The Checklist Book.

https://theburgeoningbookshelf.blogspot.com/

 

May 16th @ Lapidus International

Stop by the words for wellness organization today and read Alexandra Franzen’s guest post about the importance of nature time.

https://lapidus.org.uk/news

 

May 18th @ One Sister’s Journey: Keeping It Real

Visit Lisa’s blog today and read her review of Alexandra Franzen’s book The Checklist Book.

https://www.lisambuske.com/

 

May 19th @ Chanel Bevis’ Blog

Stop by Chanel’s blog today and read her review of Alexandra Franzen’s book The Checklist Book.

https://chanelbevis1.wordpress.com/blog/

 

May 20th @ And So She Thinks

Visit Francesca’s blog today and you can read Alexandra Franzen’s guest post about what a checklist can do you for you.

https://andsoshethinks.co.uk/blog/

 

May 23rd @ Boots, Shoes, and Fashion

Visit Linda’s blog and you can read her interview with Alexandra Franzen. Don’t miss it!

http://bootsshoesandfashion.com/

 

May 25th @ The Frugalista Mom

Stop by Rozelyn’s blog today and you can read her post about Alexandra Franzen’s book The Checklist Book.

https://thefrugalistamom.com/

 

May 27th @ Dog-Eared Days of Summer

Visit Courtney’s blog today and you can read her review of Alexandra Franzen’s book The Checklist Book.

https://dog-eareddaysofsummer.com/

 

May 28th @ Strength 4 Spouses

Visit Wendi’s blog today and read Alexandra Franzen’s guest post unplugging more.

https://strength4spouses.blog/

 

May 29th @ Wild Hearted

Visit Ashley’s blog today where she shares her review of Alexandra Franzen’s book The Checklist Book.

https://www.wild-hearted.com/

 

May 30th @ Memoir Revolution

https://memorywritersnetwork.com/blog/

 

May 31st @ Michelle Cornish’ Blog

Stop by Michelle’s blog today and you can read a guest post by Alexandra Franzen about shifting away from perfection. A post we all need to read today!

https://www.michellecornish.com/

 

June 1st @ Strength 4 Spouses

Visit Wendi’s blog today to read her review of Alexandra Franzen’s book The Checklist Book.

https://strength4spouses.blog

 

June 2nd @ Beverley A. Baird’s Blog

Visit Bev’s blog today and you can read her review of Alexandra Franzen’s book The Checklist Book.

https://beverleyabaird.wordpress.com/

 

June 3rd @ Rachael’s Thoughts

Visit Rachael’s blog today and you can read her review of Alexandra Franzen’s book The Checklist Book.

https://rachaelstray.com/

 

June 4th @ Michelle Cornish’ Blog

Visit Michelle’s blog today and read her review of Alexandra Franzen’s book The Checklist Book.

https://www.michellecornish.com/

 

June 5th @ Editor 911

Stop by Margo’s blog today and you can read her review of Alexandra Franzen’s book The Checklist Book.

https://editor-911.com/blog

 

June 6th @ Megan Writes Everything

Visit Megan’s blog today and she reviews Alexandra Franzen’s book The Checklist Book.

https://meganwriteseverything.com/

 

June 7th @ The New England Book Critic

Visit Victoria’s blog today and read her review of Alexandra Franzen’s book The Checklist Book.

https://thenewenglandbookcritic.com/

 

June 8th @ Dog-Eared Days of Summer

Visit Courtney’s blog again and read Alexandra Franzen’s guest post about focusing on tiny wins.

https://dog-eareddaysofsummer.com/

 

June 9th @ Alternative Grace

Stop by Amber’s blog today and read her review of Alexandra Franzen’s book The Checklist Book.

https://alternativegrace.com/

 

June 10th @ Beverley A. Baird’s Blog

Stop by Bev’s blog again and you can read Alexandra Franzen’s guest post about putting self-care into your daily checklist. An absolute must-read!

https://beverleyabaird.wordpress.com/

 

June 11th @ Jill Sheet’s Blog

Visit Jill’s blog today and you can read Alexandra Franzen’s guest post about getting the phone out of your room.

http://jillsheets.blogspot.com/

 

 

WOW Blog Tour for Barbara Barth’s Memoir: “The Unfaithful Widow Ten Years Later”

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I am honoured to be part of the WOW! Women of Writing Blog Tour for Barbara Barth’s memoir The Unfaithful Widow Ten Years Later, which I read and am now reviewing.

(Please note: I received a free copy in exchange for my honest review.)

My Review:
As someone who is facing seventy in just a few years, it was so encouraging to see that we do not have to be defined by our age. We can and should continue to dream, make plans and see those dreams realized.

This book follows Barth’s first one, The Unfaithful Widow, written about the first year following her husband’s death when she was sixty.

Written in short, engaging vignettes, many drawn from her blog posts over the years, covers the ten years following her husband’s death. She calls this decade 9and is the subtitle of this book) “My Life with dogs and every day magic”.

So much happened to her in these years – selling antiques in different places, losing her mother, as well as some of her precious dogs, adopting new rescue dogs, surgery on her shoulder and having two hip replacements, just to name a few.
Barth is, for the most part, positive, always looking for “what’s next”.

Each short story draws you into her adventures and gives a glimpse of her life, full of her sparkling personality. She sought creativity, love, adventure, friendships and was blessed with several tribes of friends.

So many times, I chuckled as she described her ups and downs. As she has said, she’s “all about the laughter”.
Two of my favourite chapters were:
* ”In Texting Hell”, about the Italian student she hosted. I could so relate.
* ”My Obituary” Read it and you’ll see why.

There is much wisdom in its pages. My favourite quote from the book (although there were many to choose from), was shared when her dog Annabelle was diagnosed with lymphoma:
“I count my blessings. Each day is a miracle. For her, for me, for you. None of us, canine or human, know how many days or years we have left. The gift is to live those days full of love and compassion.”

Barbara Barth’s memoir is touching, inspiring and a very enjoyable read. This is a must-read book.

About the Author 

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Author, blogger, sometimes antique dealer, dog hoarder, bedazzled by life. Widowed ten years ago, Barth writes about finding a creative path back to happiness. Her recent move to a 1906 historic cottage brought many surprises, including discovering the Monroe–Walton Center for the Arts where she started the monthly Walton Writers group and is on the MWCA Board as Literary Arts Chair. Barth is a contributor to Walton Living Magazine and a former blogger for The Balancing Act, Lifetime Television’s morning show for women. Currently she lives with six dogs, rescue dogs that rescued her.

Visit her website at https://www.barbarabarthwriter.com/, follow her on Twitter @writerwithdogs, and follow her Amazon author page.

About the Book
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Picking up where The Unfaithful Widow ended, Ten Years Later continues the author’s journey from widow to a slightly askew woman. A memoir written with warmth and candor on being single again, aging, and finding a creative path surrounded by dogs, friends, laughter, and a bit of craziness. Barbara Barth shares stories on the adventures that followed her first year alone as she moved headfirst into a new life, listening to her heart, sometimes not so wisely, but always full speed ahead. Join her on the ride of her life, from owning an antique shop to moving to a Victorian cottage outside of Atlanta, and all the follies in between. Going into the next decade with six dogs by her side, the author proves you are only as old as you feel, and happiness begins with a grateful heart. A funny and engaging memoir for anyone who wants to be their own superhero facing life’s good and bad moments.

Print Length: 374 pages
Genre: Memoir
Publisher: Gilbert Street Press
ASIN: B07YBNHXZG
ISBN-10: 0983171564
ISBN-13: 978-0983171560

The Unfaithful widow Ten Years Later is available in print and as an ebook at Amazon.com.

 

Be sure to check out all the stops on the blog tour for this delightful memoir. Barth has several guest posts that are well worth the stop!

Blog Tour Dates

 @ The Muffin

What goes better in the morning than a muffin? Grab your coffee and join us in celebrating the launch of Barbara Barth’s new book The Unfaithful Widow Ten Years Later. You can read an interview with the author and enter to win a copy of the book.
http://muffin.wow-womenonwriting.com

November 12th @ All Things Audry
Author Barbara Barth is a guest writer over at Audry’s blog today and will be talking about women friendships.
http://allthingsaudry.blogspot.com/

November 13th @ Words from the Heart
Stop by Linda’s blog and you can read a guest post by Barbara Barth about publishing anthologies.
https://contemplativeed.blogspot.com/

November 14th @ Thoughts in Progress
Visit Mason’s blog today and you can read Barbara’s guest post about starting a writing group. Don’t miss it!
https://masoncanyon.blogspot.com/

November 15th @ The World of My Imagination
Visit Nicole’s blog and read her review of Barbara Barth’s book The Unfaithful Widow Ten Years Later.
http://theworldofmyimagination.blogspot.com

November 16th @ Lori Duff Writes
Stop by Lori’s blog today where you can read her interview with Barbara Barth and read her review of Barbara’s book The Unfaithful Widow Ten Years Later.
https://www.loriduffwrites.com/blog/

November 16th @ Jill Sheets Blog
Visit Jill’s blog today and you can read Barbara Barth’s guest post about self-publishing.
https://jillsheets.blogspot.com

November 17th @ A Storybook World
Be sure to stop by Deirdra’s blog today and check out her spotlight of the book The Unfaithful Widow Ten Years Later and enter to win a copy of the book!
http://www.astorybookworld.com

November 18th @ Beverley A. Baird’s Blog
Be sure you visit Bev’s blog and read Barbara Barth’s guest post about starting over at 70. You won’t want to miss this!
https://beverleyabaird.wordpress.com

November 19th @ Look to the Western Sky
Be sure to visit Margo’s blog and read her interview with author Barbara Barth. Don’t miss it!
https://margoldill.com/blog

November 20th @ Anthony Avina’s Blog
Make sure you visit Anthony’s blog today and read Barbara Barth’s guest post about publishing anthologies.
http://www.authoranthonyavinablog.com

November 21st @ Cassandra’s Writing World
Stop by Cassandra’s blog today and read her review of The Unfaithful Widow Ten Years Later. You can also enter to win a copy of the book as well!
https://cassandra-mywritingworld.blogspot.com/

November 22nd @ Karen Brown Tyson’s Blog
Join us at Karen Brown Tyson’s blog where you can read a guest post about self-publishing by author Barbara Barth. Don’t miss it!
http://www.karenbrowntyson.com

November 23rd @ Beverley A. Baird’s Blog
Visit Bev’s blog again and you can read her review of Barbara Barth’s book The Unfaithful Widow Ten Years Later.
https://beverleyabaird.wordpress.com

November 24th @ Choices
Be sure to stop by Madeline’s blog and read Barbara Barth’s guest post that will be talking about women friendships.
http://madelinesharples.com/

November 25th @ Wild Woman Writer
Visit Anne’s blog today and you can read Barbara Barth’s blog guest post about starting over at 70.
https://wildwomanwriter2018.blogspot.com/

November 26th @ Life Like A Galaxy Girl
Stop by Alanna’s blog today and you can read her review of Barbara Barth’s memoir The Unfaithful Widow Ten Years Later.
http://lifelikeagalaxygirl.com/

November 27th @ Lisa Haselton’s Reviews and Interviews
Visit Lisa’s blog today and you can read her interview with author Barbara Barth and find out more about this incredible author!
http://lisahaseltonsreviewsandinterviews.blogspot.com/

November 28th @ Bibliotica
Stop by Melissa’s blog and make sure you read Barbara Barth’s guest post about grief over the years and finding happiness again.
https://www.bibliotica.com/

November 29th @ Stranded in Chaos
Visit Sara’s blog and you can read her review of Barbara Barth’s book The Unfaithful Widow Ten Years Later.
https://strandupdate.blogspot.com/

November 30th @ Anthony Avina’s Blog
Visit Anthony’s blog again and read his review of Barbara Barth’s book The Unfaithful Widow Ten Years Later.
http://www.authoranthonyavinablog.com

December 1st @ Words from the Heart
Visit Linda’s blog and read her review of Barbara Barth’s book The Unfaithful Widow Ten Years Later. 
https://contemplativeed.blogspot.com

December 2nd @ Women’s Writing Circle
Stop by the blog Women’s Writing Circle and you can read a guest post by Barbara Barth about adopting dogs while all her friends are having grandkids. Don’t miss this one!
http://www.susanweidener.com/

 

Blog Visit from Barbara Barth

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As part of the WOW blog tour for Barbara Barth’s book “The Unfaithful Widow Ten Years Later”, Barbara has agreed to share with us how she was able to start over at age seventy.

As someone who has had to start over after divorce and then to remarry at 50. Barbara’s  book has inspired me to see that having a purpose and making more of one’s life can be done at any age – and should be!

Welcome Barbara!

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Starting Over at Seventy   by Barbara Barth 

Who am I? Even those strong at the core, like I think I am, ask this question at some point. Of course, the other question I always ask myself is what do I want to be when I grow up? For me, the two go hand in hand, especially as a single woman of a certain age without kids. I didn’t worry so much when my husband was alive, but as a new widow at sixty, I needed purpose. And purpose for me is creating and doing. I created a grand world for myself between sixty and soon to be seventy in the home I’d lived in for thirty years in a Metro-Atlanta suburb, one of the hottest areas around. But I wanted more, something different.
For as long as I remember I’ve dreamed of old houses, wanting to live in a Victorian cottage or a farmhouse, maybe run a B & B. I hoarded my best old painted pieces as an antique dealer for my future home. My Zillow list was long. My Pinterest boards growing daily. Would there be cows along my drive? I finally found the one and the universe moved me quickly and smoothly to a historic community about forty miles outside of Atlanta. It was a dream come true until I realized all my basic support systems had changed and I was indeed starting over.
The who am I question hit me hard. Thirty years in one house, everything was familiar. My friendships included women from when I worked for the federal government, my antique dealer buddies, people who knew me when I was married, and so many wonderful people I’d met along the way as a widow. We had a history that only time can give. Because of all my activities, I ran into someone I knew everywhere I went. Then there were my favorite little pubs and independent book shops. I would be leaving all that. While the mileage between my old home and new was not terrible, the drive in Atlanta traffic makes it hard to just pop in and out for a visit. And all my friends have busy lives, grandchildren, some still work, others already moved to the mountains, and a bestie got married. We are only a phone call away, but that grounding face to face chatting about our lives over dinner dramatically changed.
Doubts crept in, not about the move, but about me. Would I suddenly be that older woman on a cane that everyone called ma’am? No one had a clue as to what I’d done in the past, except, of course, I tossed the author word around to help my mental self-image. Sometimes the drama queen crown fits me well.
Social Circle, the sweet town where I bought my house is fifteen minutes from Monroe, Georgia, where I used to have antique booths in 2012. I knew people there, so a quick drive (passing all those wonderful cows in pastures) put me back onto familiar turf where I could pop in for a quick chat until I got my bearings on my new life.
My move was the best thing I could have done for myself. I could have stayed where I was, life was good there, the town full of things to do. But that was not what I wanted. If I were going to make a move, I felt it was now or never. I didn’t downsize, didn’t give up all the things I love to live with, brought five dogs with me, and managed it all while still recovering from hip replacement surgery that went badly the past spring. My 1906 historic cottage is a dream come true. I love to stare at my twelve-foot ceilings, snuggle with my dogs, and wonder how I got so lucky.
The best news of all, I found my new creative place at the Monroe-Walton Center for the Arts, where I can do all that I love pulling together a writing community. Starting over at seventy? You bet. I’m not getting older I’m sprouting new growth!

 

Thank you so much Barbara for your reflections!

Author Bio:

Author, blogger, sometimes antique dealer, dog hoarder, bedazzled by life. Widowed eleven years ago, Barth writes about finding a creative path back to happiness. Her recent move to a 1906 historic cottage brought many surprises, including discovering the Monroe–Walton Center for the Arts where she started the monthly Walton Writers group and is on the MWCA Board as Literary Arts Chair. Barth is a contributor to Walton Living Magazine and a former blogger for The Balancing Act, Lifetime Television’s morning show for women. Currently she lives with six dogs, rescue dogs that rescued her. Visit her web at https://www.barbarabarthwriter.com/  Her books are available on Amazon and Kindle. Amazon author page:
https://www.amazon.com/Barbara-Barth/e/B0049M0IXO

Be sure to read her book:

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and check out all the stops for her blog tour :

November 12th @ All Things Audry
Author Barbara Barth is a guest writer over at Audry’s blog today and will be talking about women friendships.
http://allthingsaudry.blogspot.com/

November 13th @ Words from the Heart
Stop by Linda’s blog and you can read a guest post by Barbara Barth about publishing anthologies.
https://contemplativeed.blogspot.com/

November 14th @ Thoughts in Progress
Visit Mason’s blog today and you can read Barbara’s guest post about starting a writing group. Don’t miss it!
https://masoncanyon.blogspot.com/

November 15th @ The World of My Imagination
Visit Nicole’s blog and read her review of Barbara Barth’s book The Unfaithful Widow Ten Years Later.
http://theworldofmyimagination.blogspot.com

November 16th @ Lori Duff Writes
Stop by Lori’s blog today where you can read her interview with Barbara Barth and read her review of Barbara’s book The Unfaithful Widow Ten Years Later.
https://www.loriduffwrites.com/blog/

November 16th @ Jill Sheets Blog
Visit Jill’s blog today and you can read Barbara Barth’s guest post about self-publishing.
https://jillsheets.blogspot.com

November 17th @ A Storybook World
Be sure to stop by Deirdra’s blog today and check out her spotlight of the book The Unfaithful Widow Ten Years Later and enter to win a copy of the book!
http://www.astorybookworld.com

November 18th @ Beverley A. Baird’s Blog
Be sure you visit Bev’s blog and read Barbara Barth’s guest post about starting over at 70. You won’t want to miss this!
https://beverleyabaird.wordpress.com

November 19th @ Look to the Western Sky
Be sure to visit Margo’s blog and read her interview with author Barbara Barth. Don’t miss it!
https://margoldill.com/blog

November 20th @ Anthony Avina’s Blog
Make sure you visit Anthony’s blog today and read Barbara Barth’s guest post about publishing anthologies.
http://www.authoranthonyavinablog.com

November 21st @ Cassandra’s Writing World
Stop by Cassandra’s blog today and read her review of The Unfaithful Widow Ten Years Later. You can also enter to win a copy of the book as well!
https://cassandra-mywritingworld.blogspot.com/

November 22nd @ Karen Brown Tyson’s Blog
Join us at Karen Brown Tyson’s blog where you can read a guest post about self-publishing by author Barbara Barth. Don’t miss it!
http://www.karenbrowntyson.com

November 23rd @ Beverley A. Baird’s Blog
Visit Bev’s blog again and you can read her review of Barbara Barth’s book The Unfaithful Widow Ten Years Later.
https://beverleyabaird.wordpress.com

November 24th @ Choices
Be sure to stop by Madeline’s blog and read Barbara Barth’s guest post that will be talking about women friendships.
http://madelinesharples.com/

November 25th @ Wild Woman Writer
Visit Anne’s blog today and you can read Barbara Barth’s blog guest post about starting over at 70.
https://wildwomanwriter2018.blogspot.com/

November 26th @ Life Like A Galaxy Girl
Stop by Alanna’s blog today and you can read her review of Barbara Barth’s memoir The Unfaithful Widow Ten Years Later.
http://lifelikeagalaxygirl.com/

November 27th @ Lisa Haselton’s Reviews and Interviews
Visit Lisa’s blog today and you can read her interview with author Barbara Barth and find out more about this incredible author!
http://lisahaseltonsreviewsandinterviews.blogspot.com/

November 28th @ Bibliotica
Stop by Melissa’s blog and make sure you read Barbara Barth’s guest post about grief over the years and finding happiness again.
https://www.bibliotica.com/

November 29th @ Stranded in Chaos
Visit Sara’s blog and you can read her review of Barbara Barth’s book The Unfaithful Widow Ten Years Later.
https://strandupdate.blogspot.com/

November 30th @ Anthony Avina’s Blog
Visit Anthony’s blog again and read his review of Barbara Barth’s book The Unfaithful Widow Ten Years Later.
http://www.authoranthonyavinablog.com

December 1st @ Words from the Heart
Visit Linda’s blog and read her review of Barbara Barth’s book The Unfaithful Widow Ten Years Later. 
https://contemplativeed.blogspot.com

December 2nd @ Women’s Writing Circle
Stop by the blog Women’s Writing Circle and you can read a guest post by Barbara Barth about adopting dogs while all her friends are having grandkids. Don’t miss this one!
http://www.susanweidener.com/

Guest Post by Mari L. McCarthy on Mindful Eating

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As part of the blog tour for Mari L. McCarthy’s book “Heal Yourself With Journaling Power”, Mari has agreed to share with us how mindful journaling leads to mindful eating.

As someone who has struggled with weight for years, Mari’s book has helped me to journal about issues and concerns on a more regular basis and has led to my writing about my weight.

Welcome Mari!

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Mindful Journaling for Mindful Eating

Food can be one of life’s greatest pleasures. Unfortunately, for many, food can also be a source of stress, guilt and judgment.

If you have a complicated relationship with food, adopting a more mindful approach to eating may be a good fit for you. Mindful eating – complemented by mindful journaling – can help you make intentional choices, savor your meals more and unravel your complex emotions around food.

Mindfulness and Journaling

Mindfulness is simply being aware of the present moment and paying attention thoughts, feelings and sensations without judgment. When you are mindful, you aren’t going through the motions on autopilot; you are purposefully bringing your focus back to the present.

Journaling is a practice that builds mindfulness. Writing in your journal helps you tune into what you are feeling and thinking right now, revealing deeper insights into your experiences.

Tips for Mindful Eating

The purpose of mindful eating isn’t to count calories or lose weight. It’s to heighten your awareness and appreciation of every bite – and many people do find that they eat less, enjoy more and make healthier choices when they become more mindful eaters.

Are you ready to incorporate more mindfulness into your meals? Start with these small steps.

Focus on Your Senses

Slow down and savor your food. Focus on your senses while you are eating. How do you experience smell, sound, touch, sight and taste? Notice all of these sensations as you slowly chew each bite.

Change Your Attitude

Embrace mindful attitudes when eating, such as:

Patience: taking time to be aware of each moment and letting the experience unfold
Non-judgment: cultivating an open mind and letting go of past experiences or attachments
Acceptance: noticing what you are experiencing and accepting it for what it is
Trust: developing awareness of your personal experience and trusting what is true for you

Write It Down

Keep a record in your journal of what you eat throughout the day. After a meal or a snack, jot down brief notes on:

What you ate or drank
Where you were and who you were with
If you were doing anything else while eating (watching TV, working, etc.)
How you felt while eating (hungry, sad, bored, etc.)

Remember the mindful attitudes you worked on earlier, especially non-judgment. Food journaling is supposed to build awareness, not shame or guilt. Just notice what you are eating and why, and that knowledge will help you make more mindful choices. Research shows that writing down what you eat helps you observe your habits, identify patterns and make healthy modifications in behaviors you want to change.

Strive to listen to your senses, savor your meals and eat mindfully every day.

 

Thanks Mari – such wonderful advice!

 

 

Be sure to visit all the stops on this wonderful blog tour!

— Blog Tour Dates

June 17th @ The Muffin

What goes better in the morning than a muffin? Stop by Women on Writing’s blog The Muffin and read an interview with author Mari McCarthy and win a copy of her book Heal Your Self with Journaling Power.

http://muffin.wow-womenonwriting.com/

 

June 18th @ Karen Brown Tyson’s Blog

Visit author Karen Brown Tyson’s blog today where you can read Mari McCarthy’s guest post about why you might still be experiencing writer’s block.

https://karenbrowntyson.com/blog/

 

June 19th @ Conversations Live with Cyrus Webb (Originally Aired June 12th @ 10:30 AM EST)

Cyrus Webb interviews Mari McCarthy of Create Write Now about her latest bestseller Heal Your Self With Journaling Power.

http://cyruswebb.com/category/conversations-live-radio/ 

 

June 20th @ Look to the Western Sky

Visit Margo’s blog today where you can catch her review of Mari McCarthy’s incredible new book Heal Your Self with Journaling Power.

https://margoldill.com/

 

June 22nd @ Lapidus 

Visit Lapidus, words for well-being association, where you can read Francesca’s review of Mari McCarthy’s eye-opening book Heal Your Self with Journaling Power. 

https://lapidus.org.uk/news

 

June 23rd @ Life Like a Galaxy Girl

Stop by Alanna’s blog today where you can read her review of Mari McCarthy’s new book Heal Your Self with Journaling Power. 

http://lifelikeagalaxygirl.com/

 

June 24th @ Thoughts in Progress

Do you love the energy in National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo)? Well, if you do, you will not want to miss today’s post at the blog Thoughts in Progress where Mari McCarthy shares her tips on how to recreate the magic of NaNoWriMo in any month.

https://masoncanyon.blogspot.com

 

June 25th @ Bev Baird’s Blog

Make sure you stop by Bev’s blog today where you can read her review of Mari McCarthy’s book Heal Your Self with Journaling Power.

https://beverleyabaird.wordpress.com/

 

June 26th @ A Storybook World

Visit Deirdra’s blog today where she highlights Mari McCarthy’s new book Heal Your Self with Journaling Power.

http://www.astorybookworld.com/

 

June 27th @ The Frugalista Mom

Make sure to Rozelyn’s blog and read her review of Mari McCarthy’s book Heal Your Self with Journaling Power. Plus enter to win a copy for yourself!

https://thefrugalistamom.com/

 

June 29th @ Coffee with Lacey

Grab your coffee and visit Lacey’s blog today and read her thoughts about Mari McCarthy’s powerful new book Heal Your Self with Journaling Power.

https://coffeewithlacey.com/

 

June 30th @ Wild Woman Writer

Visit Anne’s blog today where you can catch her review of Mari McCarthy’s inspiring new book Heal Your Self with Journaling Power.

https://wildwomanwriter2018.blogspot.com/

 

July 1st @ Choices

Visit Madeline’s blog today and read Mari McCarthy’s poignant guest post about our conversations with our inner critic and how to silence them.

http://madelinesharples.com/

 

July 1st @ Writing Through Life

Be sure to stop by Amber’s blog and read her interview with author Mari McCarthy and also enter to win a copy of the book Heal Your Self with Journaling Power.

https://writingthroughlife.com/

 

July 2nd @ Ramblings of a Misguided Blonde

If you are in need of a new book in your life, make sure to stop by Lindsey’s blog today where you can read her review of MariMcCarthy’s new book Heal Your Self with Journaling Power.

https://russelllindsey.blog/

 

July 2nd @ The Frugalista Mom

Stop by Rozelyn’s blog again today where you can read Mari McCarthy’s guest post about why we procrastinate and how to avoid it.

https://thefrugalistamom.com/

 

July 3rd @ The World of My Imagination

Visit Nicole’s blog today and catch her thoughts about Mari McCarthy’s book Heal Your Self with Journaling Power.

https://theworldofmyimagination.blogspot.com/

 

July 5th @ Bring on Lemons

Make lemons into lemonade today when you visit Crystal’s blog today and read her thoughts about Mari McCarthy’s new book Heal Your Self with Journaling Power.

http://bringonlemons.blogspot.com/

 

July 7th @ One Sister’s Journey Keeping it Real

Visit Lisa’s blog today where you can read Mari‘s blog post about disconnecting from technology and reconnecting with yourself.

https://www.lisambuske.com/

 

July 8th @ A Day in the Life of Mom

Want to inspire your kids to journal? Visit Ashley’s blog today and read Mari McCarthy’s guest post featuring imaginative journaling activities to do with kids.

https://adayinthelifeofmom.com/

 

July 9th @ Bev Baird’s Blog

Visit Bev’s blog again where you can read Mari McCarthy’s guest post about mindful journaling for mindful eating. Don’t miss!

https://beverleyabaird.wordpress.com/

 

July 9th @ Ramblings of a Misguided Blonde

Visit Lindsey’s blog again where you can find out more about Mari McCarthy and her book Heal Your Self with Journaling Power.

https://russelllindsey.blog/

 

July 10th @ Lapidus

Join Francesca at Lapidus again where you can read Mari McCarthy’s guest post about why journaling is part of self-care.

https://lapidus.org.uk/news

 

July 10th @ Look to the Western Sky

Make sure you visit Margo’s blog again and read Mari McCarthy’s guest post featuring more imaginative journaling activities you can do with your kids.

https://www.margoldill.com/

 

July 12th @ Author Anthony Avina Blog

Stop by author Anthony Avina’s blog today where you can read his review about Mari McCarthy’s inspirational book Heal Your Self with Journaling Power

http://www.authoranthonyavinablog.com

 

July 12th @ Bookworm Blog

Visit Anjanette’s blog today where you can read her interview with author Mari McCarthy and also be sure to check out MariMcCarthy’s guest post about journaling power for emotional health.

https://bookworm66.wordpress.com/

 

July 13th @ A Day in the Life of Mom

Make sure your day today includes visiting Ashley’s blog where you can read her thoughts about Mari McCarthy’s life-changing book Heal Your Self with Journaling Power.

https://adayinthelifeofmom.com/

 

July 14th @ Author Anthony Avina Blog

Do you procrastinate too much? Well, visit Anthony Avina’s blog again today where you can read Mari McCarthy’s guest post on how to use your favorite types of procrastination to your advantage.

http://www.authoranthonyavinablog.com

 

July 15th @ Strength 4 Spouses

Do you like to journal? Stop by Wendi’s blog today where author Mari McCarthy talks about journaling power for mental health. Don’t miss it!

https://strength4spouses.blog/

 

July 16th @ Reading Whale

Visit Caitlin’s blog today and read her interview with Mari McCarthy as they talk about Mari‘s book Heal Your Self with Journaling Power.

https://readingwhale.com/

 

July 17th @ Michelle Cornish Blog

Stop by Michelle’s blog where she reviews Mari McCarthy’s book Heal Your Self with Journaling Power. You can also check out her interview with Mari and find out more about the author!

https://www.michellecornish.com/blog

 

July 19th @ Strength 4 Spouses

Do you love journaling? Well if so, you will want to visit Wendi’s blog where she shares her thoughts about Mari McCarthy’s powerful book Heal Your Self with Journaling Power.

https://strength4spouses.blog/

 

July 19th @ Bookworm Blog

Visit Anjanette’s blog again where you can read her review of Mari McCarthy’s book Heal Your Self with Journaling Power.

https://bookworm66.wordpress.com/

 

July 21st @ Jill Sheet’s Blog

Visit Jill’s blog today where you can read Mari McCarthy’s blog post about overcoming writer’s block. Don’t miss this if you are struggling with staying inspired!

https://jillsheets.blogspot.com/

 

 

Wow! Women on Writing Review of Mari McCarthy’s Heal Yourself with Journaling Power

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I am honoured to be part of the WOW! Women of Writing Blog Tour for Mari McCarthy’s Heal Yourself with Journaling , which I read and am now reviewing.
(Please note: I received a free copy in exchange for my honest review.)

 

My Review:

I was fortunate to be able to read (and review) Mari McCarthy’s earlier journaling book – Journaling Power. It encouraged me to journal more often and I have kept it up.
Mari’s latest book, Heal Yourself with Journaling Power, builds on this book and provides a valuable tool to help anyone improve their life.

What I especially liked about Mari’s book was the focus on sharing testimonies from people who had had their lives changed from journaling. Most chapters focus on one person who tell their stories, give advice and hope, with the knowledge that anyone can journal and grow.
Each of the 12 chapters also provide a writing prompt to help us all tell our own stories, take action, discover our power, express ourselves.

We can have the life we envision and have the future we want.

Mari’s book was an easy, but powerful read, with lots of valuable information about journaling. Mari never gives us strict rules – rather suggestions about using journaling the way it will work best for each of us.
This book was a very worthwhile read – 5/5 on Goodreads for me.

 

About the Book

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Mari L. McCarthy’s international bestselling book, Journaling Power, started a movement. Now, Heal Your Self with Journaling Power is igniting a revolution!

You’ll discover the life-changing magic of journaling through moving personal stories told by just some of the thousands of people who have tapped into the proven therapeutic power of expressive writing.

These are people just like you, and their challenges are the same ones you have.

Heal Your Self with Journaling Power reveals the inner strength and grace that comes with living your life in the present from the inside out. It will help you transform your life and…

  • Manifest everything your desire
  • Fill you with uplifting positive energy
  • Put you on a path to better health and wellness
  • Give you the inspiration and motivation to live your best life
  • Show you how to use journaling to solve your most pressing problems

 

The only right way to journal is YOUR way. Just grab a pen and paper and do it!

Praise for Heal Your Self with Journaling Power

Print Length: 143 Pages
Genre: Non-Fiction/Self-Help
Publisher: Mari L. McCarthy
ISBN-13: 9780463807361
ASIN: B07R47JT1T

Heal Your Self with Journaling Power is now available to purchase on Amazon.comKobo.comBarnes and Noble and also on Mari’s website CreateWriteNow.com (where you can get a signed copy).

 

About the Author

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Mari L. McCarthy is the Self-Transformation Guide and Founder/Chief Inspiration Officer of CreateWriteNow.com. She is also author of the international-bestselling, award-winning book Journaling Power: How to Create the Happy, Healthy Life You Want to Live.

Mari began journaling to relieve the debilitating effects of multiple sclerosis (MS) over 20 years ago. Through journaling, Mari was able to ditch her prescription drugs and mitigate most of her MS symptoms. Now she teaches people throughout the world how to heal, grow, and transform their lives through the holistic power of therapeutic journaling.

She lives in a gorgeous beachfront home in Boston, where she has the freedom, flexibility, and physical ability to indulge in all her passions, which include singing and recording her own albums.

 

— Blog Tour Dates

June 17th @ The Muffin

What goes better in the morning than a muffin? Stop by Women on Writing’s blog The Muffin and read an interview with author Mari McCarthy and win a copy of her book Heal Your Self with Journaling Power.

http://muffin.wow-womenonwriting.com/

 

June 18th @ Karen Brown Tyson’s Blog

Visit author Karen Brown Tyson’s blog today where you can read Mari McCarthy’s guest post about why you might still be experiencing writer’s block.

https://karenbrowntyson.com/blog/

 

June 19th @ Conversations Live with Cyrus Webb (Originally Aired June 12th @ 10:30 AM EST)

Cyrus Webb interviews Mari McCarthy of Create Write Now about her latest bestseller Heal Your Self With Journaling Power.

http://cyruswebb.com/category/conversations-live-radio/ 

 

June 20th @ Look to the Western Sky

Visit Margo’s blog today where you can catch her review of Mari McCarthy’s incredible new book Heal Your Self with Journaling Power.

https://margoldill.com/

 

June 22nd @ Lapidus 

Visit Lapidus, words for well-being association, where you can read Francesca’s review of Mari McCarthy’s eye-opening book Heal Your Self with Journaling Power. 

https://lapidus.org.uk/news

 

June 23rd @ Life Like a Galaxy Girl

Stop by Alanna’s blog today where you can read her review of Mari McCarthy’s new book Heal Your Self with Journaling Power. 

http://lifelikeagalaxygirl.com/

 

June 24th @ Thoughts in Progress

Do you love the energy in National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo)? Well, if you do, you will not want to miss today’s post at the blog Thoughts in Progress where Mari McCarthy shares her tips on how to recreate the magic of NaNoWriMo in any month.

https://masoncanyon.blogspot.com

 

June 25th @ Bev Baird’s Blog

Make sure you stop by Bev’s blog today where you can read her review of Mari McCarthy’s book Heal Your Self with Journaling Power.

https://beverleyabaird.wordpress.com/

 

June 26th @ A Storybook World

Visit Deirdra’s blog today where she highlights Mari McCarthy’s new book Heal Your Self with Journaling Power.

http://www.astorybookworld.com/

 

June 27th @ The Frugalista Mom

Make sure to Rozelyn’s blog and read her review of Mari McCarthy’s book Heal Your Self with Journaling Power. Plus enter to win a copy for yourself!

https://thefrugalistamom.com/

 

June 29th @ Coffee with Lacey

Grab your coffee and visit Lacey’s blog today and read her thoughts about Mari McCarthy’s powerful new book Heal Your Self with Journaling Power.

https://coffeewithlacey.com/

 

June 30th @ Wild Woman Writer

Visit Anne’s blog today where you can catch her review of Mari McCarthy’s inspiring new book Heal Your Self with Journaling Power.

https://wildwomanwriter2018.blogspot.com/

 

July 1st @ Choices

Visit Madeline’s blog today and read Mari McCarthy’s poignant guest post about our conversations with our inner critic and how to silence them.

http://madelinesharples.com/

 

July 1st @ Writing Through Life

Be sure to stop by Amber’s blog and read her interview with author Mari McCarthy and also enter to win a copy of the book Heal Your Self with Journaling Power.

https://writingthroughlife.com/

 

July 2nd @ Ramblings of a Misguided Blonde

If you are in need of a new book in your life, make sure to stop by Lindsey’s blog today where you can read her review of Mari McCarthy’s new book Heal Your Self with Journaling Power.

https://russelllindsey.blog/

 

July 2nd @ The Frugalista Mom

Stop by Rozelyn’s blog again today where you can read Mari McCarthy’s guest post about why we procrastinate and how to avoid it.

https://thefrugalistamom.com/

 

July 3rd @ The World of My Imagination

Visit Nicole’s blog today and catch her thoughts about Mari McCarthy’s book Heal Your Self with Journaling Power.

https://theworldofmyimagination.blogspot.com/

 

July 5th @ Bring on Lemons

Make lemons into lemonade today when you visit Crystal’s blog today and read her thoughts about Mari McCarthy’s new book Heal Your Self with Journaling Power.

http://bringonlemons.blogspot.com/

 

July 7th @ One Sister’s Journey Keeping it Real

Visit Lisa’s blog today where you can read Mari’s blog post about disconnecting from technology and reconnecting with yourself.

https://www.lisambuske.com/

 

July 8th @ A Day in the Life of Mom

Want to inspire your kids to journal? Visit Ashley’s blog today and read Mari McCarthy’s guest post featuring imaginative journaling activities to do with kids. 

https://adayinthelifeofmom.com/

 

July 9th @ Bev Baird’s Blog

Visit Bev’s blog again where you can read Mari McCarthy’s guest post about mindful journaling for mindful eating. Don’t miss!

https://beverleyabaird.wordpress.com/

 

July 9th @ Ramblings of a Misguided Blonde

Visit Lindsey’s blog again where you can find out more about Mari McCarthy and her book Heal Your Self with Journaling Power.

https://russelllindsey.blog/

 

July 10th @ Lapidus

Join Francesca at Lapidus again where you can read Mari McCarthy’s guest post about why journaling is part of self-care.

https://lapidus.org.uk/news

 

July 10th @ Look to the Western Sky

Make sure you visit Margo’s blog again and read Mari McCarthy’s guest post featuring more imaginative journaling activities you can do with your kids.

https://www.margoldill.com/

 

July 12th @ Author Anthony Avina Blog

Stop by author Anthony Avina’s blog today where you can read his review about Mari McCarthy’s inspirational book Heal Your Self with Journaling Power

http://www.authoranthonyavinablog.com

 

July 12th @ Bookworm Blog

Visit Anjanette’s blog today where you can read her interview with author Mari McCarthy and also be sure to check out Mari McCarthy’s guest post about journaling power for emotional health.

https://bookworm66.wordpress.com/

 

July 13th @ A Day in the Life of Mom

Make sure your day today includes visiting Ashley’s blog where you can read her thoughts about Mari McCarthy’s life-changing book Heal Your Self with Journaling Power.

https://adayinthelifeofmom.com/

 

July 14th @ Author Anthony Avina Blog

Do you procrastinate too much? Well, visit Anthony Avina’s blog again today where you can read Mari McCarthy’s guest post on how to use your favorite types of procrastination to your advantage.

http://www.authoranthonyavinablog.com

 

July 15th @ Strength 4 Spouses

Do you like to journal? Stop by Wendi’s blog today where author Mari McCarthy talks about journaling power for mental health. Don’t miss it!

https://strength4spouses.blog/

 

July 16th @ Reading Whale

Visit Caitlin’s blog today and read her interview with Mari McCarthy as they talk about Mari’s book Heal Your Self with Journaling Power.

https://readingwhale.com/

 

July 17th @ Michelle Cornish Blog

Stop by Michelle’s blog where she reviews Mari McCarthy’s book Heal Your Self with Journaling Power. You can also check out her interview with Mari and find out more about the author!

https://www.michellecornish.com/blog

 

July 19th @ Strength 4 Spouses

Do you love journaling? Well if so, you will want to visit Wendi’s blog where she shares her thoughts about Mari McCarthy’s powerful book Heal Your Self with Journaling Power.

https://strength4spouses.blog/

 

July 19th @ Bookworm Blog

Visit Anjanette’s blog again where you can read her review of Mari McCarthy’s book Heal Your Self with Journaling Power.

https://bookworm66.wordpress.com/

 

July 21st @ Jill Sheet’s Blog

Visit Jill’s blog today where you can read Mari McCarthy’s blog post about overcoming writer’s block. Don’t miss this if you are struggling with staying inspired!

https://jillsheets.blogspot.com/

 

 

How to Research Secondary Sources by Rina Z. Neiman (Part of her WOW Blog Tour)

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As part of the blog tour for Rina Z. Neiman’s historical novrel Born Under Fire. Rina has agreed to share with us 5 top ways to research secondary sources. Welcome Rina!

 

5 TOP WAYS TO RESEARCH SECONDARY SOURCES  by Rina Z. Neiman

My novel, Born Under Fire, takes place from 1934-1949 under the British Mandate of Palestine. When I took on writing an historical novel, I knew that secondary sources would be a large part of my research.

Here are my top 5 ways to research secondary sources:

  1. Museums are a wonderful resource for research and inspiration. Seeing an outfit from a certain time period and being able to examine the details, from buttonholes to hair pins, will give your historical fiction believability.

2.  Academic books can give you a better understanding of the forces that led a historical events. . Many of these books are prohibitively expensive so use your local library’s inter-library loan system to find and check out books from academic institutions.

3. Movies and historical documentaries give a sense of what it was like at the time. Search for films not only about the time period, but of the time period.

4. Newsreels with narration give a sense of what public perception was about a particular event of the day. YouTube is a great source for many historic newsreels.

5. Newspaper reports about an event are the best way to learn about an event when it happened. Archives are accessible via the internet or your local library.

For a full list of resources and links I used for my novel, VISIT HERE. 

 

 

Thank you Rina for your wonderful insights into researching secondary sources.

Be sure to check out Rina’s book and the other posts on  the WOW book tour.

 

About the Author

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Rina Z. Neiman is a writer, event producer and public relations professional. Born Under Fire is based on the true story of her mother, Shulamit Dubno Neiman, a Sabra, a musician and one of the first generation of modern-day Israelis. Rina lives in Marin County, California with her husband and son. This is her first novel.

You may find out more about the author and her book by visiting the website https://www.bornunderfire.com/. Also, you may find her on FacebookTwitter and Instagram

About the Book

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Born Under Fire is an historical novel that tells the story of a girl coming of age and her drive to excel despite the devastating effects of long-term war. Born in Jerusalem under British rule in 1928, Shula grows up in a world in turmoil as Hitler rises to power and nations enter into war. Amid a landscape of ancient stone ruins next to modern Bauhaus architecture, and desert scrub ending at newly verdant farmlands, Shula grows into her independence as the State of Israel is born. Based on historical documents and events, Born Under Fire is also about the context surrounding the founding of the State of Israel, as well as the horrors and dangers of growing up in a conflict zone. Shula battles grief and depression due to the shattering events affecting her, her family, and the entire world. Despite this struggle, her resilient spirit enables her to reach great heights as a concert pianist..

Print Length: 258 Pages

Genre: Historical Fiction

Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform

ISBN-13: 978-1986349147

ISBN-10: 1986349144

Born Under Fire is now available to purchase on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Thrift Books.

 

— Blog Tour Dates

May 20th @ The Muffin

What goes better in the morning than a muffin! So, grab your coffee and join us today as we celebrate the launch of Rina Z. Neiman’s book Born Under Fire. Read an interview with the author and enter to win a copy of the book.

http://muffin.wow-womenonwriting.com/

 

May 21st @ Karen Brown Tyson Blog

Make sure you stop by Karen’s blog today where you can read Rina Z. Neiman’s guest post about how to manage time and distractions during the book writing process. If you are writing a book – or thinking about writing one – this one is a post you don’t want to miss!

https://karenbrowntyson.com/blog/

May 22nd @ Coffee with Lacey

Grab some coffee and visit Lacey’s blog today where you can read her review about Rina Z. Neiman’s book Born Under Fire.

https://coffeewithlacey.com/

May 23rd @ Coffee with Lacey

Stop by Lacey’s blog again where you can read the author Rina Z. Neiman’s guest post about why researching primary sources is so effective.

https://coffeewithlacey.com/

May 23rd @ Bri’s Book Nook

Looking for a new book? Make sure to stop by Bri’s Book Nook and find out why you need to add Rina Z. Neiman’s book Born Under Fire to your reading list.

https://brisbooknook.com/

May 24th @ One Sister’s Journey

Today is a can’t miss review by Lisa over at One Sister’s Journey blog. She’s sharing her thoughts about Rina Z. Neiman’s historical fiction book Born Under Fire.

https://www.lisambuske.com/

May 26th @ Reading Whale

You won’t want to miss today’s stop at the blog Reading Whale where you can read this Rina Z. Neiman’s guest post about when you can finally start writing your book after all that research.

https://readingwhale.com/

May 27th @ The Burgeoning Bookshelf

Fill your bookshelf with good books! Stop by Veronica’s blog and read author Rina Z. Neiman’s guest post about writing biographical fiction and when to dramatize real events.

https://theburgeoningbookshelf.blogspot.com/

May 28th @ Helen Hollick’s World of Books

Join Helen Hollick’s Tuesday Talk over at her blog and read Rina Z. Neiman’s guest post about how videos can reinforce your historical novel.

https://www.helenhollick.net/

May 28th @ Book Collab Blog

Make sure you stop by Morgan’s blog Book Collab where you can find out what she has to say about Rina Z. Neiman’s historical fiction book Born Under Fire.

https://morganbray15.wixsite.com/mysite

May 29th @ Author Anthony Avina’s Blog

If you love historical fiction, make sure you visit Anthony Avina’s blog today where he features author Rina Z. Neiman’s blog post about how she researched her historical fiction novel Born Under Fire. You won’t want to miss this!

https://authoranthonyavinablog.com/

May 31st @ Jess Reading Blog

Are you interested in writing history for young adults? If you are, you will absolutely want to visit Jess’ blog today where author Rina Z. Neiman talks about writing history for young adults and what grabs them and what loses them.

https://jessbookishlife.wordpress.com/

June 1st @ The World of My Imagination

Come by Nicole’s blog today where you can read her review of Rina Z. Neiman’s book Born Under Fire and enter to win a copy of the book.

http://theworldofmyimagination.blogspot.com

June 2nd @ Author Anthony Avina’s Blog

Can’t resist a good book? Visit author Anthony Avina’s blog today when he reviews Rina Z. Neiman’s incredible historical fiction book Born Under Fire.

https://authoranthonyavinablog.com/

June 3rd @ Beverley A. Baird’s Blog

Looking for your next great read? Make sure you stop by Bev’s blog today and catch her opinion on this fascinating historical fiction novel Born Under Fire.

https://beverleyabaird.wordpress.com/

June 4th @ Amanda Diaries

Today’s stop is at Amanda’s blog where you can read what she thinks about Rina Z. Neiman’s historical fiction book Born Under Fire. 

https://amandalsanders1989.wordpress.com/

June 5th @ The Frugalista Mom

Visit Rozelyn’s blog today where you can not only read her review of Born Under Fire but also enter to win a copy of the book!

https://thefrugalistamom.com/

June 7th @ Bookworm Blog

Feeling bookish today? Make sure you stop by Anjanette’s Bookworm blog where you can read her thoughts about Rina Z. Neiman’s powerful historical fiction book Born Under Fire plus read an interview with the author.

https://bookworm66.wordpress.com/

June 8th @ Jessica’s Reading Room

Today’s tour stop is a fantastic guest post written by author Rina Z. Neiman about how to make stories interactive. A must-read for all the writers out there!

http://jessicasreadingroom.com/

June 9th @ Jess Bookish Life

Need a new book in your life? Stop by Jess’ blog today where she shares her opinion about the historical fiction book Born Under Fire.

https://jessbookishlife.wordpress.com/

June 10th @ Beverley A. Baird’s Blog

Are you doing research for your novel? Make sure you visit Bev’s blog today where author Rina Z. Neiman is talking about top 5 ways to research secondary sources.

https://beverleyabaird.wordpress.com/

June 12th @ Author Anthony Avina’s Blog

Get to know author Rina Z. Neiman at today’s stop over at author Anthony Avina’s blog where he interviews the author.

https://authoranthonyavinablog.com/

June 14th @ Bookworm Blog

Visit Anjanette’s blog today and read a guest post by the author who talks about making your story interactive and why adding music is so effective.

https://bookworm66.wordpress.com/

June 15th @ Strength 4 Spouses

Visit Wendi’s blog at Strength 4 Spouses where you can read Rina Z. Neiman’s guest post about the importance of writing during deployment.

https://strength4spouses.blog/

June 17th @ 12 Books

Visit Louise’s blog over at 12 Books and find out her thoughts about Rina Z. Neiman’s book Born Under Fire.

http://www.12books.co.uk/

June 21st @ Choices Blog

Interviewing someone for your book? Make sure you visit Madeline Sharples’ blog today where Rina Z. Neiman talks about how to conduct interviews with people who are (and who are not) willing to talk with you.

http://madelinesharples.com/

June 23rd @ Strength 4 Spouses Blog

Need a new book? Make sure you stop by Wendi’s blog where she reviews Born Under Fire by Rina Z. Neiman.

https://strength4spouses.blog/

 

 

WOW- Women on Writing Blog Tour for”Born Under Fire” by Rina Z. Neiman

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I am honoured to be part of the WOW! Women of Writing Blog Tour for Rina Z. Neiman’s Born Under Fire, which I read and am now reviewing.
(Please note: I received a free copy in exchange for my honest review.)

My Review:
Born Under Fire by Rina Z. Neiman, details the birth of Israel through the eyes of Shula, a young Sabra, during the years 1934 to 1949, as she grows from child to you woman.  Neiman has based this historical novel on her own mother’s life.
We see Shula’s family and their home life, their struggles, life in and around Tel Aviv. We see the war years, the tensions with the British and the Arabs and the creation of the state of Israel.
So much of Israel’s struggle for nationhood is shown in history books. Yet through Shula we get a much more personal glimpse, as if we were with her.
I would highly recommend this novel. It was both moving and informative, history come alive.

About the Book

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Book Summary

Born Under Fire is an historical novel that tells the story of a girl coming of age and her drive to excel despite the devastating effects of long-term war. Born in Jerusalem under British rule in 1928, Shula grows up in a world in turmoil as Hitler rises to power and nations enter into war. Amid a landscape of ancient stone ruins next to modern Bauhaus architecture, and desert scrub ending at newly verdant farmlands, Shula grows into her independence as the State of Israel is born. Based on historical documents and events, Born Under Fire is also about the context surrounding the founding of the State of Israel, as well as the horrors and dangers of growing up in a conflict zone. Shula battles grief and depression due to the shattering events affecting her, her family, and the entire world. Despite this struggle, her resilient spirit enables her to reach great heights as a concert pianist..

Print Length: 258 Pages

Genre: Historical Fiction

Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform

ISBN-13: 978-1986349147

ISBN-10: 1986349144

Born Under Fire is now available to purchase on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Thrift Books.

 

About the Author

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Rina Z. Neiman is a writer, event producer and public relations professional. Born Under Fire is based on the true story of her mother, Shulamit Dubno Neiman, a Sabra, a musician and one of the first generation of modern-day Israelis. Rina lives in Marin County, California with her husband and son. This is her first novel.

You may find out more about the author and her book by visiting the website https://www.bornunderfire.com/. Also, you may find her on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram

 

— Blog Tour Dates

May 20th @ The Muffin

What goes better in the morning than a muffin! So, grab your coffee and join us today as we celebrate the launch of Rina Z. Neiman’s book Born Under Fire. Read an interview with the author and enter to win a copy of the book.

http://muffin.wow-womenonwriting.com/

 

May 21st @ Karen Brown Tyson Blog

Make sure you stop by Karen’s blog today where you can read Rina Z. Neiman’s guest post about how to manage time and distractions during the book writing process. If you are writing a book – or thinking about writing one – this one is a post you don’t want to miss!

https://karenbrowntyson.com/blog/

May 22nd @ Coffee with Lacey

Grab some coffee and visit Lacey’s blog today where you can read her review about Rina Z. Neiman’s book Born Under Fire.

https://coffeewithlacey.com/

May 23rd @ Coffee with Lacey

Stop by Lacey’s blog again where you can read the author Rina Z. Neiman’s guest post about why researching primary sources is so effective.

https://coffeewithlacey.com/

May 23rd @ Bri’s Book Nook

Looking for a new book? Make sure to stop by Bri’s Book Nook and find out why you need to add Rina Z. Neiman’s book Born Under Fire to your reading list.

https://brisbooknook.com/

May 24th @ One Sister’s Journey

Today is a can’t miss review by Lisa over at One Sister’s Journey blog. She’s sharing her thoughts about Rina Z. Neiman’s historical fiction book Born Under Fire.

https://www.lisambuske.com/

May 26th @ Reading Whale

You won’t want to miss today’s stop at the blog Reading Whale where you can read this Rina Z. Neiman’s guest post about when you can finally start writing your book after all that research.

https://readingwhale.com/

May 27th @ The Burgeoning Bookshelf

Fill your bookshelf with good books! Stop by Veronica’s blog and read author Rina Z. Neiman’s guest post about writing biographical fiction and when to dramatize real events.

https://theburgeoningbookshelf.blogspot.com/

May 28th @ Helen Hollick’s World of Books

Join Helen Hollick’s Tuesday Talk over at her blog and read Rina Z. Neiman’s guest post about how videos can reinforce your historical novel.

https://www.helenhollick.net/

May 28th @ Book Collab Blog

Make sure you stop by Morgan’s blog Book Collab where you can find out what she has to say about Rina Z. Neiman’s historical fiction book Born Under Fire.

https://morganbray15.wixsite.com/mysite

May 29th @ Author Anthony Avina’s Blog

If you love historical fiction, make sure you visit Anthony Avina’s blog today where he features author Rina Z. Neiman’s blog post about how she researched her historical fiction novel Born Under Fire. You won’t want to miss this!

https://authoranthonyavinablog.com/

May 31st @ Jess Reading Blog

Are you interested in writing history for young adults? If you are, you will absolutely want to visit Jess’ blog today where author Rina Z. Neiman talks about writing history for young adults and what grabs them and what loses them.

https://jessbookishlife.wordpress.com/

June 1st @ The World of My Imagination

Come by Nicole’s blog today where you can read her review of Rina Z. Neiman’s book Born Under Fire and enter to win a copy of the book.

http://theworldofmyimagination.blogspot.com

June 2nd @ Author Anthony Avina’s Blog

Can’t resist a good book? Visit author Anthony Avina’s blog today when he reviews Rina Z. Neiman’s incredible historical fiction book Born Under Fire.

https://authoranthonyavinablog.com/

June 3rd @ Beverley A. Baird’s Blog

Looking for your next great read? Make sure you stop by Bev’s blog today and catch her opinion on this fascinating historical fiction novel Born Under Fire.

https://beverleyabaird.wordpress.com/

June 4th @ Amanda Diaries

Today’s stop is at Amanda’s blog where you can read what she thinks about Rina Z. Neiman’s historical fiction book Born Under Fire. 

https://amandalsanders1989.wordpress.com/

June 5th @ The Frugalista Mom

Visit Rozelyn’s blog today where you can not only read her review of Born Under Fire but also enter to win a copy of the book!

https://thefrugalistamom.com/

June 7th @ Bookworm Blog

Feeling bookish today? Make sure you stop by Anjanette’s Bookworm blog where you can read her thoughts about Rina Z. Neiman’s powerful historical fiction book Born Under Fire plus read an interview with the author.

https://bookworm66.wordpress.com/

June 8th @ Jessica’s Reading Room

Today’s tour stop is a fantastic guest post written by author Rina Z. Neiman about how to make stories interactive. A must-read for all the writers out there!

http://jessicasreadingroom.com/

June 9th @ Jess Bookish Life

Need a new book in your life? Stop by Jess’ blog today where she shares her opinion about the historical fiction book Born Under Fire.

https://jessbookishlife.wordpress.com/

June 10th @ Beverley A. Baird’s Blog

Are you doing research for your novel? Make sure you visit Bev’s blog today where author Rina Z. Neiman is talking about top 5 ways to research secondary sources.

https://beverleyabaird.wordpress.com/

June 12th @ Author Anthony Avina’s Blog

Get to know author Rina Z. Neiman at today’s stop over at author Anthony Avina’s blog where he interviews the author.

https://authoranthonyavinablog.com/

June 14th @ Bookworm Blog

Visit Anjanette’s blog today and read a guest post by the author who talks about making your story interactive and why adding music is so effective.

https://bookworm66.wordpress.com/

June 15th @ Strength 4 Spouses

Visit Wendi’s blog at Strength 4 Spouses where you can read Rina Z. Neiman’s guest post about the importance of writing during deployment.

https://strength4spouses.blog/

June 17th @ 12 Books

Visit Louise’s blog over at 12 Books and find out her thoughts about Rina Z. Neiman’s book Born Under Fire.

http://www.12books.co.uk/

June 21st @ Choices Blog

Interviewing someone for your book? Make sure you visit Madeline Sharples’ blog today where Rina Z. Neiman talks about how to conduct interviews with people who are (and who are not) willing to talk with you.

http://madelinesharples.com/

June 23rd @ Strength 4 Spouses Blog

Need a new book? Make sure you stop by Wendi’s blog where she reviews Born Under Fire by Rina Z. Neiman.

https://strength4spouses.blog/

 

WOW! Women on Writing Review: “Bloody Coffee” by Michelle Dim-Pierre

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I am honoured to be part of the WOW! Women of Writing Blog Tour for Michelle Dim–St. Pierre’s book Bloody Coffee, which I read and am now reviewing.
(Please note: I received a free advance copy in exchange for my honest review.)

My Review:

I have not read Book 1 of Dim-St. Pierre’s “Pinnacle” series but I was quickly drawn into this tale full of secrets, distrust, lies and even betrayal.

Leigh is an interesting character, hurt by the lies her mother has told her all her life, but determined to find out the truth.

We meet many different people, both in New York and Israel, where the action takes place. We travel with Leigh as she goes to Israel several times, the country where her mother was born. We get to see glimpses of life in Jerusalem as well. We definitely learn about the legal system in Israel, which Leigh must maneuver through.

The anger and distrust leigh has for her mother drives her to continue the search, even when others try to discourage her.  There is even a budding romance.

The ending leaves us wondering – what will Leigh do now – about Sloan, Dankner and even her mother?

I enjoyed this book and the mystery Leigh is trying to solve. I’d like to read book 3 next to see the conclusion to this suspenseful novel.

 

 

About the Book:

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A complex, suspenseful, and engrossing tale of doubts, trust, budding romance, and two bullets.

Eighteen-year-old Leigh arrives at a Tel Aviv hospital, seeking information about her probable father, Dr. Sloan, who had a cardiac arrest right after they met for the first time. As she stands next to her father’s bed and watches him, her past, present and future collide. Despite the advice of those around her, Leigh decides to face the challenges of the legal system in Israel. She obtains a court order for a paternity test and confronts Sloan. During her quest to find the truth about her biological father, Leigh is exposed to violent religious intolerance, faces life in a country where church and state are not separate, and meets the man who may be her first true love. Will she change her view of the world she thought she knew? Will she forgive her mother? Will a gunshot change her attitude towards her probable father? And, what will she say to Steve, the only father she ever really had?

· Paperback: 332 pages

· Publisher: Mountain Abor Press; 1st edition (April 22, 2019)

· ISBN-10: 163183522X

· ISBN-13: 978-1631835223

 

About the Author:  

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Michelle Dim-St. Pierre was born in Tel-Aviv, Israel, where she spent more than half of her life before relocating to the United States.

She lived through four wars and served in the Israel Defense Forces for two years. Unlike her first year of service in an armored division in the Golan Heights, she served her second year serving in the medical corps where she interacted directly with the injured soldiers of the Peace of Galilee war and their families. This interaction, along with the exposure to the hospital atmosphere, fascinated Michelle and further touched her heart.  She went on to get a BS degree in Nursing in Tel-Aviv, and practiced internationally for 32 years in various positions in the surgical field and quickly advanced into health care administration. During her career she worked in the Operating Room, Recovery Room, and CCU—along with many other duties.

Writing was Michelle’s outlet at first, but it soon became her passion. Now, she is a full-time writer. Her international background, along with her military and nursing experience is always at the tip of her pen. Her first novel, Pinnacle Lust, started the Pinnacle trilogy and won the Beach Book Festival in the Romance category, as well as received several honorable mentions in other book contests. It was published to rave reviews.

Michelle is a world traveler who enjoys cooking epicurean food and creating original recipes. She currently splits her time between Florida and Georgia, where she is at work on her next two books.

Find Michelle Online:

Goodreads:

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/13199731.Michelle_Dim_St_Pierre

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25048045-pinnacle-

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Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/MichelleDimStPierre/

LinkedIn:

https://www.linkedin.com/in/michelle-dim-st-pierre-

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Website(s):

www.MichelleDimStPierre.com

www.PinnacleLust.com

www.BloodyCoffeeBook.com

Buy the Book:

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/dp/163183522X?ref=myi_title_dp

Barnes & Noble: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/bloody-coffee-michelle-dim-st-pierre/1131320894?ean=2940161424711

Apple Store: https://books.apple.com/us/book/id1461500705

Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/bloody-coffee

Publisher: https://www.shop.booklogix.com/Bloody-Coffee-Hardcover-20881-HC.htm

———-Blog Tour Dates

Launch Day – May 13th

Michelle Dim-St. Pierre launches her tour of “Bloody Coffee” with an interview and giveaway at the Muffin!

http://muffin.wow-womenonwriting.com/

May 14th @ Jill Sheets

Jill Sheets hosts Michelle Dim-St. Pierre with a guest post about Michelle’s writing process. Don’t miss the opportunity to learn more about “Bloody Coffee” and this successful author!

https://jillsheets.blogspot.com

May 16th @ BreakEven Books

Today’s author spotlight at BreakEven books is Michelle Dim-St. Pierre with her latest bestselling novel “Bloody Coffee” – a psychological thriller!

https://breakevenbooks.com/

May 17th @ Reviews by Deb

Deb Blanchard reviews “Bloody Coffee” by Michelle Dim-St. Pierre and shares her thoughts with friends on Facebook and Goodreads!

https://www.facebook.com/Reviews-by-Deb-1737715249887520/

May 20th @ Coffee with Lacey

Lacey delights her readers with her review of “Bloody Coffee” – this is thrilling novel readers can’t get enough of – find out more about Lacey’s thoughts and Michelle Dim-St. Pierre’s book by stopping at Coffee with Lacey today!

https://coffeewithlacey.com/

May 21st @ Amanda Diaries

Amanda L. Sanders offers her review of “Bloody Coffee”. Readers will delight in learning more about this fast-paced mystery!

https://amandadiaries.com/

May 22nd @ The Muffin

Crystal Otto from WOW! Women on Writing couldn’t put down “Bloody Coffee” by Michelle Dim-St. Pierre and she can’t wait to tell readers of the Muffin about this absolute must read thriller! Today is Michelle’s birthday – will Crystal give her a 5 Star Present? Stop by to find out!

http://muffin.wow-womenonwriting.com/

May 24th @ Author Anthony Avina

Fellow author Anthony Avina gives a raving review after reading Michelle Dim-St. Pierre’s thrilling mystery “Bloody Coffee” – readers won’t want to miss the opportunity to hear Anthony’s insight into this must read novel!

https://authoranthonyavinablog.com/

May 27th @ Beverley A. Baird

Michelle Dim-St. Pierre has done it again with another best seller – this time it’s a mystery/thriller called “Bloody Coffee” and Beverley A. Baird can’t wait to tell readers all about it in her review! This is a complex and suspenseful mystery readers will be excited to get their hands on!

https://beverleyabaird.wordpress.com/

May 28th @ Deal Sharing Aunt

Vicki, the Deal Sharing Aunt, shares her thoughts after reading the latest novel by Michelle Dim-St. Pierre. Readers won’t want to miss the opportunity to learn more about “Bloody Coffee”!

http://dealsharingaunt.blogspot.com/

May 29th @ Margo Dill

Editor and Author Margo Dill couldn’t wait to read “Bloody Coffee” by Michelle Dim-St. Pierre. Stop by her blog today and read her review about this thrilling new release!

https://editor-911.com/articles

May 30th @ Sreevarsha  Sreejith

“Bloody Coffee” by Michelle Dim-St. Pierre travels all the way to France today as Sreevarsha Sreejith reviews this mystery and shares her thoughts with readers at her book blog!

https://sreejithsreevarsha.wordpress.com/

June 3rd @ World of My Imagination

Nicole Pyles couldn’t put down this 5 star read – let’s hear her review of “Bloody Coffee” by Michelle Dim-St. Pierre. Readers will delight as they put this mystery/thriller on their TBRPile!

https://theworldofmyimagination.blogspot.com/

June 5th @ Bring on Lemons with Tara Forst

Wisconsin business woman and mother, Tara Forst is a friend of WOW! and is excited to talk about her thoughts after reading “Bloody Coffee” by Michelle Dim-St. Pierre. Don’t miss this review and giveaway!

http://bringonlemons.blogspot.com/

June 6th @ Cassandra’s Writing World

Stop by Cassandra’s Writing World to hear more about Michelle Dim-St. Pierre and her latest best seller “Bloody Coffee” as Cassandra shares her review with readers!

http://cassandra-mywritingworld.blogspot.com/

June 7th @ Choices with Madeline Sharples

The author spotlight at Choices today is Michelle Dim-St. Pierre with her latest bestselling thriller “Bloody Coffee” – readers won’t want to miss an opportunity to learn more about this fabulous novel!

http://madelinesharples.com/

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WOW Book Review: Looking West by Albert Nasib Badre

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I am honoured to be part of the WOW! Women of Writing Blog Tour for Albert Nasib Badre’s moving memoir “Looking West”, which I read and am now reviewing.
(Please note: I received an advance copy to read and review.)

My Review:

At age 14, Nasib Badre began a new life in America, leaving behind his life in Beirut, Lebanon. Badre writes in great detail about his daily life in Beirut, describing his large family get-togethers, school, home and shopping. It is quite a different life to what he finds in America.
Badre must adjust to a new language and new experiences, first in Albany, N.Y, and then Iowa. Not only did Badre have to adjust to new customs, new people, new places, he had to adjust to a new name. People had difficulty saying Nasib, so his mother added Albert to his name when they arrived in the U.S.
Badre shares his hardships and his triumphs as he masters English, makes friends, learns new skills, attends college and becomes successful.
It is a candid look at the differing lifestyles of Lebanon and the U.S. and the challenges immigrants face when arriving in a new land.
I di not know there was such a clash between the Protestant and Catholic faiths in Lebanon. I appreciated learning about the history of Lebanon and the religious struggle there.
I enjoyed this memoir very much and learned a great deal. It is definitely a book to read – especially in this time when immigrants face such terrible challenges now.
Nasib faced down great challenges to become a successful American citizen and in the process, made his dreams come true.

One quote from the book is a stark reminder of how we should be treating everyone:
“If we help the poorest and more disadvantaged move forward and improve their quality of life, then our entire society will be elevated as well.”

 

About the Book

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In 1960, the Badre family emigrates from Beirut, Lebanon to the United States, a dream come true for fourteen-year-old Nasib.

Nasib struggles to assimilate as a teen in Albany, New York. With limited English skills, he attempts to learn new customs, make friends, and adapt to a different culture. In Beirut, the Badre family was well-known and socially privileged. In America, they are unknown nobodies. Nasib adopts his father’s name “Albert,” and to further Americanize his name, young Albert becomes “Al.”

Despite the many frustrations and difficulties, Al’s ultimate goal is to become a successful American. The new anonymity actually inspires the young man. Excited by the opportunities available to him in his new country, he determines to make a potent contribution to society.

As he strives to adapt, Al reads voraciously, becoming increasingly interested in religion and philosophy. Books become his “American friends,” and reading soon prompts him to ask deep theological questions about his family’s Lebanese Protestant roots, his mother’s conversion to Catholicism, and the contrast between the Protestant and Catholic faiths. This ultimately leads to his Catholic conversion.

Al’s search for meaning in life leads him to social activism among New York City’s poorest. And, in time, to graduate studies, where his desire is to improve the human condition through information technology.

Al Badre– like many other American immigrants–works his way through hardship to achieve a meaningful place in his adopted nation.

 

  • Paperback: 267 pages
  • Publisher: WidO Publishing
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B07N6LR52T
  • ISBN: 9781947966130

Amazon Link:  https://www.amazon.com/Looking-West-Journey-Lebanese-American-Immigrant-ebook/dp/B07N6LR52T/?tag=wowwomenonwri-20

 

About the Author:  

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Albert Nasib Badre is an American author born in Beirut Lebanon. He immigrated to the United States with his family in 1960 at the age of fourteen. His family made Albany, N.Y. their first home in America where he attended a private Catholic high school through his Junior year. After three years in Albany, the family moved to Iowa City, Iowa, when his father accepted a professor position at the University of Iowa. He finished his senior year at Iowa City High School, then went on to the University of Iowa where he got a Bachelor of Arts in Religious Studies.  After college, he spent a year as a social worker in New York City. Deciding social work was not for him, he went on to pursue graduate studies at the University of Michigan where he got his Ph.D. in 1973.

He spent the next thirty years at the Georgia Institute of Technology, and today he’s Professor Emeritus of Computing. During his tenure at Georgia Tech, he was an international consultant specializing in designing technology to enhance the human experience.  Dr. Badre was an early pioneer in the field of human-centric design, with some thirty years of experience in human-computer interaction, learning technologies, and human-centric e-learning. His background combines expertise in the empirical methodologies of the behavioral sciences and the design approaches of the computing sciences.

​Dr. Badre authored numerous technical papers, is co-editor of the book Directions in Human Computer Interaction, and the author of the book, Shaping Web Usability: Interaction Design in Context, which was adopted in several dozen courses worldwide. His memoirs, Looking West, is the story of his coming of age immigration to America and subsequent conversion to the Catholic Church.

​Today, Dr. Badre and his wife live in Providence, R.I., near his son and family, where he leads a very active volunteer life, in service to the community.

 

Find Albert Online:

Goodreads:   https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/197752.Albert_N_Badre

Twitter:  https://twitter.com/anbadre

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/anbadre/

Website: https://www.badremusings.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=12819942

 

———-Blog Tour Dates

Launch Day – April 8th

Albert Nasib Badre launches his tour of “Looking West; The Journey of a Lebanese-American Immigrant” with an interview and giveaway at the Muffin!

April 11th @ World of My Imagination with Nicole Pyles

Nicole Pyles shares her review of “Looking West; The Journey of a Lebanese-American Immigrant” with readers at World of My Imagination. Don’t miss a chance to learn more about this heroic memoir.

https://theworldofmyimagination.blogspot.com/

 

April 12th @ Bring on Lemons with Crystal Otto

Crystal Otto shares a 5 star review or the touching and empowering memoir “Looking West” by Albert Nasib Badre.

http://bringonlemons.blogspot.com/

 

April 15th @ Selling Books with Cathy Stucker

Cathy Stucker interview Albert Nasib Badre about his empowering memoir “Looking West; The Journey of a Lebanese-American Immigrant”. Readers at Selling Books are looking forward to learning more about this touching journey.

https://www.sellingbooks.com/

 

April 16th @ To Write or Not to Write with Sreevarsha Sreejith 

Sreevarsha Sreejith reviews “Looking West” by Albert Nasib Badre. Don’t miss this opportunity to hear from Sreevarsha and visit To Write or Not to Write.
http://sreevarshasreejith.blogspot.com/

 

April 16th @ Lisa Haselton Reviews and Interview

Don’t miss today’s empowering and honest interview between Lisa Haselton and Albert Nasib Badre – you will want to learn more about “Looking West; The Journey of a Lebanese-American Immigrant” in this touching memoir.

http://lisahaseltonsreviewsandinterviews.blogspot.com/

 

April 17th @ Linda Appleman Shapiro

Well known book reviewer and fellow memoirist Linda Appleman Shapiro reviews “Looking West; The Journey of a Lebanese-American Immigrant” by Albert Nasib Badre.

http://applemanshapiro.com/category/book-reviews/

 

April 19th @ Memoir Revolution with Jerry Waxler

Jerry Waxler thoroughly enjoyed reader “Looking West; The Journey of a Lebanese-American Immigrant” by Albert Nasib Badre and shares his thoughts with readers at Memoir Revolution. Don’t miss this insightful review of Badre’s touching memoir.

https://memorywritersnetwork.com/blog/

 

April 22nd @ Author Anthony Avina

Author Anthony Avina delights readers at his blog as he reviews the moving memoir “Looking West” by Albert Nasib Badre.

https://authoranthonyavinablog.com/

 

April 23rd @ Beverley A. Baird

Beverley A. Baird reviews the memoir “Looking West; The Journey of a Lebanese-American Immigrant” by Albert Nasib Badre.

https://beverleyabaird.wordpress.com/

 

April 26th @ Breakeven Books

Today’s author spotlight at Breakeven Books is none other than memoirist and immigrant Albert Nasib Badre with his touching story “Looking West; The Journey of a Lebanese-American Immigrant”. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn more about this inspirational coming of age memoir.

https://breakevenbooks.com/

 

April 30th @ Choices by Madeline Sharples

Today’s guest post titled “The Backstory: Letters, Photos, and Conversations” is penned by Albert Nasib Badre. Don’t miss this great post and opportunity to learn about Badre’s memoir “Looking West; The Journey of a Lebanese-American Immigrant”

http://madelinesharples.com/

 

May 7th @ Bring on Lemons with Karen Levy

Israeli-American author Karen Levy reviews “Looking West; The Journey of a Lebanese-American Immigrant” by Albert Nasib Badre.

http://bringonlemons.blogspot.com/

 

Finding Your Idea -Guest Post by Linda Kane

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I am very pleased to host Linda Kane today, whose thriller Black Madonna is a on a blog tour with Wow- Women On Writing.

Linda is writing about finding the idea for your book and offers advice for all writers.

Welcome Linda.

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 Finding the Idea
Things that you’re interested in, will interest your reader. So ask yourself, what am I interested in? This question should be your jumping-off point. You’ll hear the advice to “write what you know.” Yet what draws forth our best energy and talent is often the desire to learn more about things we don’t know.

The first step in finding the idea for your novel is to discover your world.

My book, The Black Madonna A Pope’s Deadly Obsession came from my desire to know more about the lost documents found by sheepherders written by Jesus’ apostles. It helped me figure out who my characters would be, where the action would take place, and what would go on in that setting.

Your choice should always be informed by your interests, so immerse yourself in books, television, movies, and anything else that inspires you. This will help you to create the building blocks for your novel.

Trust your own tastes. You’re going to be working with these ideas for a long time, so choose things that interests you enough to sustain you.

Finding the core idea for your novel, is essentially what your book is about. In this question, you are establishing the main ‘idea’ . It is the biggest, most essential promise that you’re making to your reader and should always reflect the story’s highest stakes. You promise your reader by the end of the novel will (as in Black Madonna) will Luci find the lost codex written by Jesus?

Your sole dramatic question depends on understanding the motivations of your hero and villain.

 

Be sure to check out all the stops of the tour for more writing advice from Linda and reviews and contests.

Blog Tour Dates

April 1st @ The Muffin
What goes better in the morning than a muffin? Come by today and celebrate the launch of Linda Lee Kane’s book Black Madonna: A Pope’s Deadly Obession. Read an interview with the author and also enter to win a copy of the book.
http://muffin.wow-womenonwriting.com

April 2nd @ Break Even Books
Make sure you visit Erik’s blog today where you can catch Linda Lee Kane’s blog post about heroes and villains.
https://breakevenbooks.com/

April 3rd @ Words from the Heart
Rev. Linda Neas will be reviewing Linda Lee Kane’s book Black Madonna: A Pope’s Deadly Obsession. 
https://contemplativeed.blogspot.com/

April 5th @ Words from the Heart
Stop by Rev. Linda Neas blog where you can read Linda Lee Kane’s blog post about heroes and villains.
https://contemplativeed.blogspot.com/

April 8th @ Jennifer’s Deals
Visit Jennifer’s blog where you can read her review of Linda Lee Kane’s exciting historical mystery book Black Madonna: A Pope’s Deadly Obsession.
https://www.jennifers-deals2.com/

April 10th @ Beverley A. Baird’s Blog
Stop by Bev’s blog today where you can read her thoughts about Linda Lee Kane’s historical mystery Black Madonna: A Pope’s Deadly Obsession.
https://beverleyabaird.wordpress.com/

April 11th @ Oh for the Hook of a Book
Visit Erin’s blog today where she shares her opinion about Linda Lee Kane’s exciting book Black Madonna: A Pope’s Deadly Obsession.
https://hookofabook.wordpress.com/

April 12th @ Bookworm Blog
Stop by Anjanette’s bookworm blog where you can read author Linda Lee Kane’s post about creating suspense. Plus, be sure to check out the interview with the author as well!
http://bookworm66.wordpress.com

April 13th @ Chapters Through Life
Visit Danielle’s blog where you can read her interview with author Linda Lee Kane and hear more about this interesting writer!
https://chaptersthroughlife.blogspot.com/

April 15th @ Beverley A. Baird’s Blog
Visit Bev’s blog again where you can read Linda Lee Kane’s guest post about finding the idea.
https://beverleyabaird.wordpress.com/

April 16th @ Amanda Diaries
Visit Amanda’s blog where she reviews the exciting historical fiction book Black Madonna: A Pope’s Deadly Obsession by Linda Lee Kane.
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April 19th @ Bookworm Blog
Stop by Anjanette’s bookworm blog where you can read her thoughts about Linda Lee Kane’s book Black Madonna: A Pope’s Deadly Obsession.
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April 19th @ Jill Sheet’s Blog
Make sure you stop by Jill’s blog today where author Linda Lee Kane talks about finding the idea.
https://jillsheets.blogspot.com/

April 20th @ Madeline Sharples’ Blog
Stop by Madeline’s blog where you can read Linda Lee Kane’s blog post about life as a writer.
http://madelinesharples.com/

April 21st @ Coffee with Lacey
Grab some coffee and visit Lacey’s blog where you can read her review of Linda Lee Kane’s exciting thriller, Black Madonna: A Pope’s Deadly Obsession.
https://coffeewithlacey.com/

April 22nd @ Cassandra’s Writing World
Visit Cassandra’s blog where you can read Linda Lee Kane’s guest post on research.
https://cassandra-mywritingworld.blogspot.com/

April 23rd @ Joyful Antidotes
Come by Joy’s blog today and find out her thoughts on Linda Lee Kane’s exciting book Black Madonna: A Pope’s Deadly Obsession.
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April 24th @ Bring on Lemons
Stop by Crystal’s blog today where you can read her review of this exciting historical fiction book, Black Madonna.
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April 25th @ To Write or Not to Write
Visit Sreevarsha’s blog where she shares her thoughts about Linda Lee Kane’s exciting thriller Black Madonna: A Pope’s Deadly Obsession.
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April 26th @ To Write or Not to Write
Make sure you stop by Sreevarsha’s blog again where you can read Linda Lee Kane’s fascinating blog post about the anatomy of a thriller.
https://sreevarshasreejith.blogspot.com/

April 27th @ A Day in the Life of Mom
Visit Ashley’s blog and check out what she has to say about Linda Lee Kane’s exciting historical mystery Black Madonna: A Pope’s Deadly Obsession.
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May 2nd @ Author Anthony Avina’s Blog
Be sure to stop by Anthony’s blog today where you can read his opinion about Linda Lee Kane’s exciting historical mystery Black Madonna: A Pope’s Deadly Obsession.
https://authoranthonyavinablog.com/

May 4th @ Author Anthony Avina’s Blog
May the 4th be with you on this day! Be sure to visit Anthony’s blog again where you can read Linda Lee Kane’s guest post on the anatomy of a thriller as well as an interview with this incredible author.
https://authoranthonyavinablog.com/

May 6th @ Cassandra’s Writing World
Visit Cassandra’s blog again where you can read her review of Linda Lee Kane’s book Black Madonna: A Pope’s Deadly Obsession. Plus you can also enter to win a copy of the book!
https://cassandra-mywritingworld.blogspot.com/