Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Rise to The Rhythm-Groove to Improve & Live Your Life’s Highest Capabilities, One Beat At A Time by Joey L. Dowdy

Happy Tuesday morning. It is a gorgeous day in my part of the world. I got to wake up, smell the fresh brew of coffee, sit on the patio deck and drink it. There is something to be said about the phrase, "You have to stop and smell the roses." Wait! As good as that sounds, I realize that if I don't do something else to energize myself, I become a desk or couch potato. Yep, here goes another saying, "If you don't use it, you lose it." Ouch! I must confess that I am very good at using my brain. I am constantly writing, editing or marketing with my Fiverr gigs. Yes, that right, I also freelance and offer numerous services for authors. If you want to know more about that, contact me.

Now back to moving. I hate to exercise with a passion. I swim -- in my mind, that's fun, not exercising. The same goes for walks in the park, hiking, or riding a bike. All of those fun activities I enjoy. The last really big activity I enjoy is dancing and by dancing, I am referring to any type of dancing. I can dance in the kitchen, dance as I clean, dance in the pool, dance in my living room, and I have taken ballroom dancing, which I love. This brings me to the next author, Joey L. Dowdy, AKA, Dr. Dancer, who I am going to introduce to my readers. I think you are really going to love learning about him and his new book  "Rise to The Rhythm-Groove to Improve & Live Your Life’s Highest Capabilities, One Beat At A Time." This book is after my own heart.

Joey L. Dowdy, AKA, Dr. Dancer

Rise to The Rhythm-Groove to Improve & Live Your Life’s Highest Capabilities,
One Beat At A Time 

  1. Tell your readers a little about yourself, where you grew up, where you live now, where you went to school etc. Let them get to know the personal you.
    Hello, I’m Joey L. Dowdy AKA Dr. Dancer. The title of my book is Rise to The Rhythm-Groove to Improve & Live Your Life’s Highest Capabilities, One Beat At A Time. I’m originally from Memphis Tennessee and I went to Craigmont High and after graduation, I went to college at Point University in Pittsburgh Pa. Where there I received a Bachelor of Performing Arts (Theatre, Dance, Music) & Communications degree. Today I live in Los Angeles. 
  2. What inspired you to author this book?
    I wrote this book hoping it would reach and touch the lives of those who may feel as though they’re stuck in the rhythm of a life that’s going nowhere. Yet, they’re still hanging on to a glimmer of hope. And if this is you know that your, “Hope Has Arrived!”

  3. Where did you get the inspiration for your book’s cover?
    My inspiration for the book cover stemmed from wanting to do something different. Because what I didn’t want was to be common and or generic. I felt the cover needed to reflect me and the artistic work I do. I describe my book cover as a collage that shows movement, sex appeal, connection, freedom, and how you can use your life’s rhythm and ability to reach for what you desire.  
  4. Who has been the most significant influence on you personally and as a writer?
    I’m influenced and excited by people who desire to do something with their lives. People who aren’t afraid to look foolish in the eyes of others who might laugh at them for having the guts and courage it takes to step out of the box, and or their comfort zone.

    As a writer, I gained the courage to pursue my writing abilities from Dr. Niama Leslie Williams. She is a very caring person and a close friend who passed away from breast cancer in Aug 2016. Her accolades include having a PH-D in literary intuitiveness and she is also an author of eleven books. As a creative nonfiction writer, she encouraged me to tell my stories about the people I encounter, my artistic abilities, and to express what I write with sincerity, honesty, and boldness.

     Dr. Niama also taught me about self-worth when she came to visit me in the hospital on June 7th, 2016 the day after I had a total hip replacement surgery. She knew I had pushed my body, mind, & spirit to its limit. Therefore, she insisted that I take a break from performing, teaching, dancing, etc. or anything causing me to overexert myself. In which I had not done in over a decade. Then she said something to me no one had ever said to me before. She said, “You Deserve So Much More!”
  5. What were your struggles or obstacles you had to overcome to get this book written?
    I’m so glad you asked this question because it’s what the book is all about. Overcoming!!!

    Here’s an excerpt from the book.

    Imagine It to Be

    Grab A Number and Wait in Line?

    I remember this story so well; it was back in June 2013. It so happened that when I told people, I would write my first book entitled “Get Up & Groove: Step Into Greatness,” I got mixed reactions. Some were excited because they knew it was a tall task to take on. Then, some skeptics didn’t believe, and said, “yeah, we’ve heard that before, so why not grab a number and wait in line with the rest of them?”

    However, I believe what they said stemmed from bitterness or jealousy. They probably aspired to do the same but never did.  Then there were those who literally laughed in my face. For example, I remember telling a male and a female duo management team, working for a housing facility, that I would write a book. Now here’s the thing, their physical reaction spoke louder than their words. After I told them, they looked at each other and made a chuckle that translated, “yeah, right?” What did I do? I shrugged it off because I had clarity about what I wanted to do.

    And I was so excited in the early period of working on my manuscript that I couldn’t wait to share it with a friend. Even though what I shared was a rough draft, and I mean “rough,” I did so hoping to get some feedback since he was an avid reader whom I believed would find favor in reading it. And he did! Well, at least I thought so “at first.” Let me explain.
  6. Tell your readers about your book.
    This is my second book, and it’s personal to me because I self-published it on my own. Unlike my first book produced by a vanity publishing company who cared nothing about the writing. Rise to The Rhythm-Groove to Improve & Live Your Life’s Highest Capabilities, One Beat At A Time is a book written for those who’ve been down for too long but are now ready to get back up & take control over their lives.  

    Here’s another excerpt.  Know This: The Rhythm of Life Is A Powerful Beat!

    Been Down for too long? Well, it’s time to Rise to the Top and awaken the beat to live your highest capability. Did you know that as rhythm has a cadence, and a beat, so does your life? In fact, the rhythm of life is a powerful beat. But what happens at those times when your life’s rhythm knocks you off your beat? Is it possible you can catch up? Or is there a point where it might be too late? Here’s the thing. If you’re not moving, it means you’re not motivated to get up and groove. It’s like having a broken link that needs to be fixed. How do you fix it? The secret is to “Catch the Rhythm” and live in the pulsating power of a “life on the groove.”

    No, it’s never too late to find your beat and get back in step. 
  7. Who is your target audience, and why?
    My target audience is the little boy, or girl, or the grown man or woman who believes their dream can go from being a "fantasy to reality.” Why? Because you need to know that if someone else did it, then so can you.
  8. What do you consider your greatest success in life?
    My greatest success in life is being able to do what I love every single day. It’s truly a gift from God I never take for granted.
  9. What one unique thing sets you apart from other writers in your genre?
    I would it’s my ability to real and not fake with telling people the naked truth about what it’ll take for them to get the results they desire.


    1. Author Website: https://www.joeyldowdy.com   

Sunday, September 15, 2019

The Next Maxim Model

Today is a little different type of post because I am interviewing a young lady who desires to become the next Maxim Magazine model. This position isn't something that she takes lightly because she is on a mission to not only be a positive role model to young girls but to females worldwide. She has always chased her dreams and believes that being the best version of yourself is what makes you a confident woman. To achieve her new goal, she needs you and everyone else you know to vote for her as the next Maxim Magazine model. Read her interview below and learn about Jamie and how you lend support by voting for her.


Tell my readers about yourself.

Jamie and her family.

I’m a mother of two, a wife to a Coast Guardsmen and an artist at heart. When I’m not taking care of my children, cleaning, and cooking, you can find me painting galaxies and sacred geometry, practicing yoga or playing outside with my dragon staff. Here is a short video of me spinning the dragon staff.

What is a typical day like in your life?

My typical day usually begins with a good morning greeting from my four-year-old, followed by a cup a coffee and a simple breakfast. From there, we will play outside, paint or run into town for groceries. During the afternoon, I will practice yoga, work on ideas for my next painting and practice poses for modeling. Dinner soon comes around and we tend to eat together as a family on most nights. Soon after, the kids are put to bed and my husband and I have some quality time together if he is not on patrol.

What is your experience in the acting and modeling industry?

I’ve been pursuing acting and modeling since I was about eleven years old. Ten years later I landed my first big-screen movie in T.D. Jakes, Woman thou art Loosed: On the 7th Day and was able to obtain my SAG-Aftra card. I landed more serious modeling gigs when I moved to Los Angeles and really started breaking into the scene.

On the Red Carpet with Clyde Jones
Why do you want to be the next Maxim girl?

I want to show women from all over the world to never let anything hold you back from what you want to pursue. Showing them that age does not matter, whether you have kids or whatever it is that you think is holding you back, if you believe in yourself and work hard, you can make your dreams and passions come true.

How can you be a role model for younger girls?

To the generations coming of age now and in the years to come, I hope to show them that confidence is key. It doesn’t matter what career path you choose, with confidence people will believe in you and you will be able to conquer anything. 

How do you juggle your career with being a Coast Guard wife and mother of two young boys?

By taking naps whenever possible! Lol. Seriously though, I wouldn’t be able to do it without the support of my husband, my mom and the rest of my family and friends supporting me through the entire journey. They are the reason why I am able to chase my dreams.

As a family, we also make certain that we are involved as a family. We go to a lot of festivals, do arts and crafts, and we love to camp and go hiking. I think it is important for all of us to be outdoors.

How do people vote for you?

They can vote for me by following this link https://maximcovergirl.com/2019/jamie-alyson There are two options to vote. A free daily vote that uses your Facebook account. Don’t worry, they are not spamming you or sharing that you voted, just making sure you are a real person. The other is a Warrior Vote, which is a donation-based vote that benefits Jared Allens’ Home for Wounded Warriors foundation. Not only does it help secure homes for veterans that fought for us and our country, but also helps me further along in the competition.

Why is it important to vote every day?

Voting every day is the sure-fire way that I will stay on top in the leaderboards of the competition. Without your support and votes, even the free ones, I will only go so far.

What else do you want your readers to know about you?

I think they would like to know that with winning this competition, I hope to start a non-profit organization that will provide access to free, clean water to those living all over the world. I’m truly passionate about helping people become their best selves as well. I am a certified yoga instructor and one of the greatest rewards is from getting to guide others in yoga is seeing them transform and be lifted out of a stagnant place, energetically. I hope that I can continue to inspire and uplift people and live true to my purpose of changing the world one person at a time through truth, love, and kindness.

Julian Michael Carver and his book "A Raptor Ate My Homework,"

What a glorious Sunday morning. I feel very blessed to spend another day on this world. Today I am introducing my readers to an author and their book. I hope you enjoy reading about him as I did. Meet Joey Kelly who goes by the pen name Julian Michael Carver and his book "A Raptor Ate My Homework," which is available on Amazon.


It's the first day of fourth-grade for twins Andy and Anna. Andy is a shy boy obsessed with dinosaurs and Anna is an adventurous girl willing to take risks. One day when they step off the school bus, Anna suggests taking a shortcut through a dark alley to get home.
As they navigate through the abandoned alley, they find a mysterious large egg tucked under a bush. They take it home and try to hatch it, careful not to tell their parents who are strict about pets. After building a makeshift nest in the attic, the egg hatches into a friendly baby velociraptor, whom they later name Tennyson, due to his infatuation with destroying tennis balls.
Now they must convince their parents to keep the little dinosaur, while overcoming bad grades and the school bully.

  1. Tell your readers a little about yourself, where you grew up, where you live now, where you went to school etc. Let them get to know the personal you.
    Hello everyone! My name is Joey Kelly (Pen name Julian Michael Carver). Growing up I was completely obsessed with dinosaurs - everything from Jurassic Park and The Lost World to A Land Before Time. I was raised in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania, where I spent a great amount of time fossil hunting and building a further appreciation for our ancient past and prehistory.
  2. What inspired you to author this book?
    The Backpack Dinosaur series is a fun little read for kids, especially ones who love dinosaurs! The book heavily stemmed from my appreciation of dinosaurs (especially velociraptors) and wanting to bring a fun and safe read for children who want a fun, campy read.
  3. Where did you get the inspiration for your book’s cover?
    The covers were modeled after the popular vibrant covers from the '90s that I grew up with (like Goosebumps, Choose Your Own Adventure, Encyclopedia Brown and Frindle). I used to love those eye-catching covers from back then when I was growing up. The artist who did the illustration (who does fantastic work), Pantelis Politakos, is available for hire through Fiverr.
  4. Who has been the most significant influence on you personally and as a writer?
    Probably Michael Crichton - author of Jurassic Park and the sequel, The Lost World.
  5. What were your struggles or obstacles you had to overcome to get this book written?
    My biggest obstacle was probably finding the time to perfect the story. In addition to working a full-time job, I also run a night business as a freelance video content producer, so things can be hard to juggle. Thankfully, my skills in video advertising help me produce my book trailers!
  6. Tell your readers about your book.
    "A Raptor Ate My Homework!" is a fun, campy read about two fourth-grade siblings, Andy and Anna, who find a dinosaur egg in an alley. They bring it home, where it hatches into a velociraptor, and that's where the fun begins! The sequel, "Camp Raptor" will be made available as of October 1, 2019.
  7. Who is your target audience, and why?
    The target audience would be children in grades 2-5. The reading level would suit them the best as the story is cartoony and fun! Other readers who love dinosaurs of all ages might also love the story!
  8. What do you consider your greatest success in life?
    My greatest success so far would be my marriage to my wife, Cloey! She is always supportive of my endeavors and greatly supports The Backpack Dinosaur series.
  9. What one unique thing sets you apart from other writers in your genre?
    Well, I can't say this with certainty, but it seems that children's chapter books (for the most part) don't feature dinosaurs at all. For the most part, the genre is now dominated by elves, dragons, vampires, cats, dogs etc. My book series brings dinosaurs back into kidlit in a safe, fun way. Please buy my book for your child if your kid loves dinosaurs, and you want a cute gift for them :)