Wednesday, January 1, 2020

2020 Came in Like a Roar


Last night we ended one decade and started another and it couldn't get here fast enough for me. This year 2020 holds to be special because it should; isn't hindsight 2020? Okay, maybe that was a bad pun, but I fully intend on making 2020 the best year possible by focusing on my family, my health, and my writing. Last year I published a lot of books and this year should prove the same. I will have a new romance novel coming out called Secret Romances: The Forbidden Thirst for Love, and I am writing several "Life Hack" books on a variety of topics to share things I have learned from my grandmother, mother, and by experimenting. Also, in the works is a book called "Author Tips: How to Improve Your Novel." Last, but not I have a book on campfire stories for children that will be coming out in the summer. Now you know my goals. Have you defined yours?
 
One thing that struck me last night was that we have entered back into time of the "Roaring Twenties." Well, not exactly, but the 1920s were always a favorite decade of mine to read and to write about. So, now, I have a modern excuse, which brings me to today's author and book. I hope you enjoy learning about both in the Author Interview Below.
 
ABOUT THE BOOK

Roar: The Power Of Rejection (your voice is important, refuse to be silenced!) Paperback – Large Print, April 20, 2019

by Augustina Ekwunife (Author)

 

"Rejection doesn't mean you aren't good enough; it means the other person failed to notice what you have to offer." -Mark Amend Frustrated people are always comfortable being surrounded by like-minded. When you shine too bright for them, they tend to reject you. That's Ok, You don't have to live for people's acceptance, so keep shining. If you are not being reject, maybe that your dream isn't big enough. You have to be rejected to be discovered!

 

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EXCERPT
 
 
Augustina Ekwunife

Roar
 
 
 
 
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.

Augustina Ekwunife was born in Anambra State - Eastern Nigeria. She is a published author, Writer, Mentor, Speaker, Teacher and Evangelist. She is a graduate of the Global School of Ministry and further Upgraded her scriptural knowledge by undertaking a nine month intensive course on the ‘Advanced Mentorship Program- Masterclass’ of GSOM. She is a member of IMF (International Ministers Fellowship). In 2019 by His Grace she was elected to the office of the Director- Business, Professional & Public Affair Network, IMF Italy. She is also an Italian trained professional who for the past 16 years, gives health and social assistance. She lives with her amazing daughters and currently works in a private hospital in the heart city of Padua.
A dynamic evangelist and a counsellor and a Truth seeker, she shares her personal experiences and founded truths. She Gives counselling on areas such as: Difficulties in marriage and relationships in general and dealing with difficult teenagers.
She shares her ideas and thoughts on self-awareness, self-discovery, personal growth and personal spiritual growth.
She has also collaborated with some group of advocates to fight for legal and civil rights for immigrants in Padua, Italy from 2009 to 2015.
 
She is an influencer, a leader, and a catalyst for change- no one comes in contact with her person that remains the same. She leaves a lasting impact on your life in such a positive way that it will challenge you to unearth your hidden potentials. She is a visionary, a strong, determined, focused and courageous woman, a mother, a sister and a friend. A woman with unstoppable passion and love for life and the things of God.
 
What inspired you to author this book?
I suffered from rejection from all the people I loved. From my own blood to people I meet along the journey of life. I was hurt. I was broke and broken. One day I decided to do short writeups on fb... And I discovered that as I was writing this short post on fb, I release my pains and hurts, and I heal. So in said, why not write a book and tell my story. So from one book, another book was birthed and another and another. So today, I'm working on my 6th and 7th book. 😊
I want to be an inspiration. I want to be a Voice to those who don't have one. I want to be that change I sorted for all these years. I want to make a difference. And the best way for me to do that right now is through my writings-my books.
 


 
Where did you get the inspiration for your book’s cover?
Well, as I write the title? I visualize the image that best suits the title and the message I want to send out. The title must match the image or symbol vice versa.

Who has been the most significant influence on you personally and as a writer?
I love Myles Munroe. I read one if his books back then in Africa and the book changed the way I think. I love Lisa Nichols so much. Whenever I watch her speak, I see myself in her. my dream is to become a transformational speaker one day.

 
What were your struggles or obstacles you had to overcome to get this book written?
 
I had to fight to keep my voice. once I discovered the potentials I have, I had to fight to keep it. It cost me friends and family members, including having to say goodbye to a marriage of more than 23 yrs. It wasn't easy to start all over. Here is where many start to give up, but I fought to keep standing. I had to fight not to give up on me.
 
Tell your readers about your book.
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ROAR is about the power of rejection. Everybody wants to be accepted. We all want to be accepted, respected and loved. We need that sense of belonging where we feel at home with ourselves and with the person or people involved. But what happens when that connection is disrupted? What happens when, one day you feel so secure and the next day you feel lost and lonely?
What happens when you wake up one morning only to realize that you have no one to count on. You find yourself solo and you feel lonely and scared. Yes, you feel despair and that sense of hopelessness that creep in without prior notice and no matter what you do or say, that feeling is there, refusing to go away.

Being rejected, neglected, abandoned, refused or simply ignored can hurt so much. Taking someone for granted is the worst kind of disrespect and this can hurt so much especially if coming from someone or people you love.

But that's the secret! Yes, the secret lies in how you respond to all these negatives happening to you. This is what I addressed in the book, Roar. Roar is a book I wrote with the intention to inspire and motivate my readers. Roar is about You not giving up on yourself, on life and more especially, on Love. Roar is my means of saying to any woman or man going through a difficult time. Who has been broken is right now hurting; I too have been there. And if I could make it, You can!

Roar is about me using my message to encourage you as to read each and every chapter. I implore you to take your pain and turn it into a force that will create a burning desire to rise above your suffering or challenges. I call it Power Of Rejection!
Because it is easier to lie down and weep and beat on yourself over and over.
It is not what happens to us but how we choose to react or respond to what happens to us. Rejection is in effect a redirection or a protection. There is no place in the bible where God said; I will give you an average life. But God said in Ephesians 3: 20
“Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, to Him be glory in the.”
Which means God is able to do more than we ask of Him and even exceeds in an abundance all that we can think of. Therefore we limit our potentials and blessings when we chose to settle for anything less than we deserve.

Sometimes, Rejections are ways God is telling us to move forward.
 


Who his your target audience and why?
My target audience is women and youths.

The reason I've chosen to address this particular audience was that they are the two most vulnerable to letting people dictate for them how they should live their lives... Women and youths are more likely to fall victim to abuse and violence in relationships.
What do you consider your greatest success in life?
Getting my voice out there in the world. This book s a huge success because It allowed me to step into the woman I've always wanted to Be. I am also proud of my other books that I have written.

What one unique thing sets you apart from other writers in your genre?
It is my story. It is unique because we all are unique. I believe that that sets me apart from other writers. Because this book is about Me. It's about my message to the world and because I am Unique.
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