Monday, February 17, 2020

"How Big is Your Love" by Deborah Price


Good morning world. Whew! The last six days has basically been a nightmare for me because I have been extremely ill with flu like symptoms, both ears plugged and infected, a horrible cough, and tightness in my chest requiring breathing treatments four times a day. I plugged long hoping for the best. I went to the emergency care and they tested me for the Coronovirus because I had all of the symptoms. Praise Him in His holy name that it wasn't that. After a steroid shot, breathing treatments, prescriptions for cough, wheezing etc. I made it back home and went back to bed. I finally started feeling better sometime yesterday and today, on a scale of 1 to 10, I feel like a six. So, I'm am improving. Thank all of you for your continued support and prayers.

While I was sick, it was amazing how my grandchildren took care of me. Yes, grandchildren. My four-year-old granddaughter, insisted that I drink water and take a nap. She also sat by me reading me books. My other four-year-old grandson, said, "Muma, I think you should do another breathing treatment; that always makes me feel better." And, my ten-year-old insisted on bringing me orange juice and made be a bowl of tomato soup. I feel blessed that my grandchildren recognize the need to help someone. I can't tell you how all of this warms my heart and I love them so much.

This brings me to today's book, "How Big is Your Love," by Deborah  Price. I believe we need more stories like this one to share with our children and grandchildren. Written from the heart of a mother, this book will simply warm your heart. Take a look and meet the author.

ABOUT THE BOOK

How Big is Your Love Paperback – November 20, 2019

 
 
 
D.W.Price

How Big is Your Love?
 
 

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.
 
I am a native of Roanoke, Virginia, where I continue to live with my husband, children, grandchildren, extended family, and friends. I'm a second time around parent of twin girls that I love to the moon and back. They keep me busy, which can make scheduling time to write a little tricky, but we get it done.

I am a graduate of William Fleming High School. I have worked for organizations such as a Family Development Specialist, provided Therapeutic Day Treatment Services, and worked as a Mental Health Case Manager. I have worked in the service field for over twenty years, assisting children and families. I currently provide case management services and facilitates motherhood classes to pregnant and parenting mothers within her community, with Stronger Parents, Brighter Futures.

I believe in the Universal Precautions of Love regarding trauma where you assume that every child you meet needs love, to prevent further trauma.

I have a passion for healthy families and a lifelong belief that every child deserves to feel loved reflects in both her written and daily work.
 
What inspired you to author this book?
 
I'm a second time around parent. Anyone that has ever provided kingship care, you understand that this can be all-encompassing. Your entire life shifts. One moment you are preparing to send your youngest child off to college, and the next, you are responsible for twin baby girls. They were in the NICU for almost a month, and I was working full-time, so navigating the changes was difficult.
The question, '”How Big is You Love?” was something that I spoke to God about quite frequently. My answer to that question was and continues to be, “Big Enough for Sweet Little You.” I began this journey believing that I would help and teach my girls, but I have learned so much more from them.
 

Where did you get the inspiration for your book’s cover?
I
 owe that to the wonderful team of Qamber Kids, Najla, the cover designer, and Daniela Frongia the illustrator. The team worked hard to create my vision. Jenn Lillico’s knowledge and navigational skills was incredible. The young girl reaching up to capture all of the love in this word, was a perfect decision.


Who has been the most significant influence on you personally and as a writer?
 
I get a ton of inspiration, around every corner in my home courtesy of my twin daughters Sophia and Ahleeya, and a little Beta fish named Bluey.

Although I have wanted to write since I met my first-grade teacher, Mrs. Gibson, she was incredible. I will never forget all that she taught me. I believe that Mrs. Gibson practiced the Universal Precautions of Love. She loved teaching and I felt that about her.

 
What were your struggles or obstacles you had to overcome to get this book written?
 
There are a ton of things to navigate throughout the day, managing the girl's schedules, working full-time, being a mom, and wife. It doesn’t leave much time for writing and managing a publishing company.

I think with my first novel Kismet, The Incomparable Life of Madison Ryan, I went through growing pains. I knew absolutely nothing about publishing or marketing. One thing for sure is that I will never accept a free ISBN again. I went through a print on demand company that offered the free ISBN, not realizing that by doing so, they owned the rights to my softcover book.

When I wrote How Big is Your Love? I knew that I wanted complete control of this book. The story is so close to my heart that I founded my own publishing company and navigated it.
Tell your readers about your book.
 
Nana answers her sweet little granddaughter's questions, about LOVE and teaches her that we all have enough LOVE in our hearts for everyone in this world, including all the swimming fishes. I believe this world needs more love and compassion. We have the capacity to embrace diversity and operate from a place of acceptance. I hope that people walk away from this story understanding the importance of LOVE.
 

 
Who is your target audience, and why?

 
I would like to think that younger children will enjoy this book, parents and grandparents will love reading “How Big is Your Love?” To their children and grandchildren.
 

What do you consider your greatest success in life?
 


The day that I became a mom. I know that may sound cliche, but its the truth. I love being a mom and now a grandmother. The greatest success as far as my professional career was the day I published Kismet and now How Big is Your Love. The books have different emotions tied to them.
 
What one unique thing sets you apart from other writers in your genre?
 
My ability to draw from everyday life and create a story that millions could relate too. We all want to be loved and accepted, and I think that my passion for children and health for the family is on every page.


 







 







 






 






 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

"You are the Influencer," by Renee Meriste


Many of my readers know that I have worked in the film and music industry a number of years. As a result, I have met many A-listers, both musicians and actors. One of my favorite moments are when I get to film Rockin Dopsie Jr. & the Zydeco Twisters. It is always an exciting show. He has been at it a while, performed in front or Presidents, recorded with Bob Dylan,  Simon Garfunkel and many, many more. This industry is and can be brutal. With that said, if you are a musician or performing artist who wants to get ahead, you might be interested in "You are the Influencer," by Renee Meriste. He has years of experience in this industry and his book provides a wonderful insight. Take a look at the book, and then meet the author.

ABOUT THE BOOK


What makes the entertainment industry so amazing? Influencers, Dream builders...
Dream builders are a unique type of a human being.
 
They manage the fulfillment of an artists’ dreams, nothing more, nothing less. Achieving this “modest” goal is an incredible thing.A nd to be clear, managers have been around as long as the first song was heard -- Even Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart had a manager - his mother. Once just a “Mom” there are now business managers, lawyers, designers, publishers, marketers and PR people, all a part of the dream building team. “You Are The Influencer” Is a new book by industry expert Renee Meriste. The book takes a reader on a short, data infused hyper lesson of the dos and don’ts of the music business....and really any business. Renee brings over 25 years of global music industry experience into the pages of this fact driven, fast paced read. Once a singer in a punk band, he then guided careers and became the oversight person at a billion dollar media industry accounting firm. He still spends time guiding artists and enjoys giving lectures on the industry in the United States and Europe.



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.
 
Born and raised in Estonia. Last 14 years lived in Los Angeles, California
 
What inspired you to author this book?
 
To share my knowledge and experiences. Everything is possible and you just need to do it!
 
 
 
Where did you get the inspiration for your book’s cover?
 
Art - Music - Creative Industry
 
Who has been the most significant influence on you personally and as a writer?
 
Wow, very hard to answer. I like too many to name just few.
 
What were your struggles or obstacles you had to overcome to get this book written?
 
Always wanted to add and change, but in one moment, you just have to say, “It’s done now!”
 
Tell your readers about your book.
 
What makes the entertainment industry so amazing? Influencers, Dream builders...
Dream builders are a unique type of a human being. They manage the fulfillment of an artists’ dreams, nothing more, nothing less. Achieving this “modest” goal is an incredible thing. And to be clear, managers have been around as long as the first song was heard -- even Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart had a manager - his mother. Once just a “Mom,” there are now business managers, lawyers, designers, publishers, marketers, and PR people, all a part of the dream building team. “You Are The Influencer” is a new book by industry expert Renee Meriste. The book takes a reader on a short, data-infused hyper lesson of the dos and don’ts of the music business....and really any business. Renee brings over 25 years of global music industry experience into the pages of this fact-driven, fast-paced read. Once a singer in a punk band, he then guided careers and became the oversight person at a billion-dollar media industry accounting firm. He still spends time guiding artists and enjoys giving lectures on the industry in the United States and Europe.
 
 As legendary A&R Tom Zutaut wrote in the foreword,
 
“The beauty of the music business is that every dream is possible with hard work and perseverance! Renee is a great example of that - born under Soviet occupation, and then following his dreams to travel with his music career all over the world. I once asked him how he did it and he told me...’Everything is possible in life; you always have to dream big no matter where you are and how old you are.’ He continued by saying to me to ‘Remember, you have to get along with the janitor and the President of the record label to succeed.’ Good advice. Read this book, then follow your dreams, with all that you can learn by the words of Renee in these pages, as he speaks to you... and remember, the music business is special, takes a certain mindset and mentality... and lastly, dream big as Renee, and I have for everything in life is possible! Enjoy! And don’t forget, Renee is crazy, crazy enough to believe he can change the world. So when you finish this book, you might be a little crazy too. Like Renee, crazy enough to believe you too can change the world. If this scares you, put this book down and get back to your normal life."
 
Who is your target audience, and why?
 
Everyone who wants to make things happen. You can do it, just believe in yourself and make a plan!
 
 
What do you consider your greatest success in life?
Happiness is the greatest success in life. There will always be obstacles, but the key is to be happy.
 
What one unique thing sets you apart from other writers in your genre?
I try to write as short as possible and no matter where you open the book you can read and learn.
 
 
EARLY REVIEWS ON THE BOOK
 
"I found Renee's book an invaluable primer in understanding many facets of today's music business. Straightforward, thorough, and easy to read." Jimmy Steal” - WTMX 101.9-F
 
"I just love it. An amazing book with broad coverage and some rock n roll stories thrown in for good measure. Well done Renee" Princess Maha - BIMM Business School London
 
 "An excellent read, and a great insight into many aspects of the Music industry. Well done Renee Meriste, you are the influencer. " Adi Healey - Plan B
 
 
"Renee's book is brilliant in its focussed approach to succeeding in the music biz and is relevant in any part of the world. Importantly, it's very simply written without industry jargon and that's very helpful." Mandar Thakur - Time Music
 
 
"Renee's book is a rarity --one about the music industry that is concise but comprehensive, detailed but easily understood, and in short an excellent guide for folks trying to "make it" in the 21st century music business. Fueled by his first-hand, extensive, and practical experience in Europe, Asia, and the US in a variety of areas -- including labels, marketing, and touring -- Renee has filled You Are the Influencer with sound and solid career advice for the novice and veteran alike, and the result is a must-have book for anyone trying to navigate the turbulent waters of the modern music industry. Highly recommended." Jeff Izzo - California State University Northridge
 
 
"The book opened up a new perspective for me on how to build a strong team. It also opened up the very nature of the manager and the fundamentals of working as a manager. Highly recommended reading for all the leaders, not only in the entertainment business, but every leader." Raul Markus – Attorney
 
“This book is amazing. Why? Because it uses the best ever guide to being a leader and how to build a team . Also, as a way to teach us how to treat each other." Juri Koll - Fine Arts Film Festival
 
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Monday, February 10, 2020

"One Chance Encounter" by Joy M. Lilley

 
 

I am very excited to introduce you to Joy M. Lilley and her new novel "One Chance Encounter." Why? The book is fabulous with unexpected twists and turns. I had the pleasure of being the editor on this project as well as publishing the book under my company Absolute Author Publishing House. When working with this author, we became friends although she lives across the pond in the UK and me in New Orleans. The distance didn't bother us and I hope to one day travel to visit her in the near future. Now, let me tell you about the book and introduce you to Joy.

ABOUT THE BOOK

One Chance Encounter Paperback – February 8, 2020

  

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Two strangers, a UK married woman and an American movie star meet and said hello. Their hello turned into an online relationship. The online relationship turned into a wanting to see each other again. The desire for one chance encounter turned into something no one could imagine. Morya, a romantic at heart, meets a mysterious stranger, and her life would never be the same. Would fate or destiny lead her to one chance encounter?

 

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  • Paperback: 120 pages
  • Publisher: Absolute Author Publishing House (February 8, 2020)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1951028457
  • ISBN-13: 978-1951028459
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.3 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.9 ounces 


 




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 to all my readers, my name is Joy Gerken; however, I write under the pen name of Joy M. Lilley. I grew up in Folkestone, Kent England and now live in Hythe, which is about five miles away. I went to a secondary modern school until my father decided I was getting in with a motley crowd and that I should go to a private school. This I did for the last three years of my education. It helped me with the elocution lessons I had to undertake, which has led to the voice over work I now perform. I married the first time when very young. This marriage resulted in one son, Roger, and a fourteen-year marriage. During this time, I became a State Enrolled nurse and loved every minute of it. Even the unsocial hours and sadness that had to be overcome were enjoyable. It was during my second marriage in which I acquired three stepchildren, another son and two daughters. Later, I took myself off to night school to attain the qualifications required to be able to train as a Registered General nurse and worked within nurse management for the latter years of my long career retiring in 2008. It was at this time I began to take writing seriously. I have four books published and the one you're hearing about now makes it five. I love writing and will continue to do so for as long as I am able. I now have six grandchildren and four great-grand-children. Family life features highly in my world. I love to travel and do so as time and money allows. I wish you all well in your lives and may you be happy and healthy,

With all good wishes,
Joy
What inspired you to author this book?
I wrote this novel after hearing of so many lonely women, looking for love and not realizing they were looking in the wrong direction. They ended up in misery and a good deal out of pocket. In this book, vanity also plays a considerable part.

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Where did you get the inspiration for your book’s cover?
 
Through my publisher’s advise which is Absolute Author Publishing House. I am delighted with the result as I hope you will be.
 
Who has been the most significant influence on you personally and as a writer?
 
My Sister who thinks it marvelous that I write novels. And of course my readers who inspire and encourage me to keep going. It is not always easy and finding the right individuals to help you a bit hit and miss.
 
What were your struggles or obstacles you had to overcome to get this book written?
 
None, I found this book one of my easiest to write. I was lucky as I struggled for years with my last book “Strawberry Moon” which is a murder mystery set in France.
 
Tell your readers about your book.

Two strangers, a U.K. married woman and an American movie star meet and said hello, their hello turned into an online relationship. The online relationship turned into wanting to see each other again. The desire for one chance encounter turned into something no one could imagine. Moyra, a romantic at heart, meets a mysterious stranger, and her life would never be the same. Would fate or destiny lead her to that one chance encounter?

Who is your target audience, and why?

All ladies who love romance as I am sure like me, there is nothing like a juicy romance.
 
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What do you consider your greatest success in life?

It has to be raising four children having been fortunate enough to see them into life successes. Then my nursing career because never being an academic I managed to succeed in becoming a senior nurse in a career that was my destiny.

What one unique thing sets you apart from other writers in your genre?

I suppose it has to be that I do not write in a single genre. All my books vary. One slight similarity is within my first novel “Figs, Vines and Roses” which is an historical romance and this last novel “One Chance Encounter”  is a romance too. Having said that, I feel sure there are many writers who practice their craft in the same way as I do.