Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Don't Fight Love

Today, with the help of www.thecadencegrp.com, I'm delighted to welcome two guests to my blog, Dr. Tony Ferretti and Dr Peter Weiss. They are the co-authors of a new and fascinating book on marriage called The Love Fight: How Achievers & Connectors Can Build a Marriage that Lasts. "Marriage matters," as one of the authors says below. And this timely book might help readers build marriages that matter in the right way. (Click on the image to find the book on Amazon, or scroll down for more information.)


The Love Fight: How Achievers & Connectors Can Build a Marriage that Lasts.

Written by Drs. Tony Ferretti, PhD and Peter Weiss, MD, The Love Fight explains how worldly, successful individuals fail at home in their intimate relationships, often from a mismatch of priorities and styles between the success-oriented 'Achievers' and their relationship-oriented 'Connector' spouses. Throughout this book, they share that there is hope for success in marriage and they provide tangible strategies to make it work.

'Career success can be associated with destruction of personal relationships,
 yet healthy relationships produce the greatest joy in life.'


It sounds a wonderful and valuable book, so here are Doctors Ferretti and Weiss to tell you more.

Thank you Sheila! – Pete and Tony


Married to an Achiever? 


Does your spouse put work first? Are the demands of his or her job always taking precedence over your needs or family needs?  Does he or she seem insensitive or maybe clueless when it comes to your emotions and desires?  Are you trying to figure out what’s up with that?  That’s why we wrote The Love Fight: How Achievers & Connectors Can Build a Marriage that Lasts.  

Truth is that we used to be those guys too, but people can and do change.  We’ve learned to be better husbands and fathers, and we’d like to help others improve their relationships.  The Love Fight explains what we’ve learned through our personal journeys and from Tony’s specialty psychology practice, which is geared towards helping high-powered professionals with relationship problems.

When worldly successful individuals fail with their family at home, it’s often from a mismatch of priorities and styles between these success-oriented “Achievers” and their more relationship-oriented “Connector” spouses.  This Achiever orientation is pretty common among physicians, attorneys, executives and entrepreneurs and can explain a lot of the relationship problems these individuals may experience.  From a personality standpoint, Achievers are typically emotionally underdeveloped while exhibiting extreme drive for success, power and control. 

This isn’t all bad; it can be a winning personality in the workday world.  The business environment is often dog-eat-dog, and the toughest, hardest working people frequently do come out on top.  Unfortunately for the Achiever, marriage and parenting operate by different rules.  When the Achiever brings his driven personality and “get it done” workday behavior style home to his family, it harms relationships.  

Of course, in The Love Fight we go into considerably more detail about the specific personality traits of Achievers and Connectors, how these might have developed in childhood, and how they might be modified now to improve marriages and family relationships.  The two most important concepts to mention here are that: 1) people can change and 2) any relationship takes effort from both parties to make it work.

It’s also important to point out that Achievers are usually mystified by Connectors and vice versa.  Neither truly “gets” the other, each may want to blame the other, but both will need to change to make their relationship work.  Sometimes they are willing; other times one or both would rather walk away while blaming the other party.  One of the chief goals in helping Achiever/Connector couples, and for our book, is to help Achievers and Connectors understand each other and understand the dynamics of the relationship itself.  With mutual understanding, forgiveness and a willingness to change, relationships are healed and strengthened.  We like that!

Honestly, marriage matters.  A lot.  Your marriage is probably your single most significant relationship and an important determinant of your general happiness and even your health.  We urge you to take it seriously.  If you’re a Connector married to an Achiever (or vice versa) The Love Fight can help. 

 About the authors:

Tony Ferretti, PhD, is a licensed psychologist specializing in helping power couples through relationship woes. For over twenty years, he has shared his expertise in psychology to help others recognize the additive nature of power, control, and success. His methods have helped thousands of clients to achieve balance in their relationships and have been recognized through the Dr. Phil show.

Peter Weiss, MD, is a physician and health care executive with a passion for helping others to physical and emotional health. From the bedside to boardroom, Dr. Weiss has seen talented friends and colleagues lose their marriages through misplaced priorities. As a high-powered professional himself, he has tempered his interpersonal style to sustain close and fulfilling relationships.


This sounds a great, timely and wise book, in this world of high-stress high-powered jobs. I hope lots of people will read it and build stronger marriages and families.


More About the book:

Are you going to fight for love or against each other? Opposites have tied the knot since the beginning of time. To explain the bond, experts have used the analogies pink and blue, Venus and Mars, or spaghetti and waffles.

In The Love Fight, Drs. Tony Ferretti and Peter Weiss address a new dichotomy: the clash between Achievers and Connectors. In studying couples with Achiever and Connector personalities, this duo illustrates how this common encounter can create a mutually satisfying relationship. Their expertise will walk you through the scrimmage between those who want to accomplish and those who want to relate. They couldn¹t be more opposite, but Drs. Tony Ferretti and Peter Weiss know how to mentor Achievers and Connectors through their differences and guide them to a marriage that lasts.

The Love Fight is a book that can help you understand your spouse and save your marriage. Its self-assessments and content based on the authors' years of experience will give you an action plan to achieve connection today.

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Monday, December 29, 2014

272 books, plus 5

So many books!!! I've just checked on Goodreads, and they say I reviewed 272 books in 2014. One son suggests I aim for 365 next year; but another, more wisely, suggests it's time I cut back. Still, there are so many good books out there, and I do so love to read!


Of course, I did cut down a little over Christmas - so many good meals, so much good company... But here are a few more reviews from books read recently. Grab a coffee and match that brew to the reading view.

Starting with poetry - after all, Christmas is a pleasingly poetic season. Shadows of Poetry, by A. F. Stewart, is a beautifully presented gift book, with gorgeous illustrations and scrollwork, and well-drawn verses in well-metered sections, musing philosophically, arguing cogently, dreaming delightfully, and wandering the warring places of fantasy. Enjoy with a 5-star dark cup of coffee for those darker, haunting pages; or give it to someone as a gorgeous gift.

Staying in the realms of fantasy, Hero’s Best Friend, edited by Scott M. Sandridge, offers a very cool Anthology of Animal Companion, and I'm not just saying that because one of my stories is in it (though it is). With cats, ferrets, the occasional snake, dogs, wolves, lions and more... plus heroes galore, these stories may all be fantastical, but they take the reader from zany humor to fascinating alternate universes (where mid-century soldiers ride spiders instead of tanks perhaps), to alien worlds, to mystery and beyond. Enjoy a great well-balanced collection with some well-balanced 3-star coffee (and a few dark 5-star cups for the darker tales).

Sci-fi fantasy for younger readers can be found in Ben Brown’s Flying Machine, by Michael Thorp. Rooted firmly in present-day America, though less firmly in science and use of English, it asks some intriguing questions about why we do what we do. Enjoy with some mild, crisp 1-star coffee for a fast-flowing tale, but keep some stronger brews on hand for the more confusing elements.

Moving to a younger audience again, Divorce Stinks, by Paul M. Kramer, is a picture book offering ample opportunity to discuss the title's thesis with children of divorce. A low-key rhyming scheme holds some serious concepts and long sentences together, page by page; and cool illustrations invite young readers in. There's much to learn too about the practical aspects of support and therapy, so this could be a surprisingly valuable book to those contemplating or moving on from divorce. Read with some well-balance three-star coffee. And may the children win.

Finally, another children's picture book by Paul M. Kramer is A Pig Tale,where a pig who doesn't quite fit in, finds help in unexpected places, and even offers help in turn. A pleasingly illustrated, nicely rhyming tale with a valuable social message, it's a good one to enjoy with a group of children, and a 2-star easy-drinking coffee.

So now my total should be 277. Happy New Year!










Saturday, December 20, 2014

Are you part Neanderthal?

I'm enjoying a virtual cup of coffee with author Harper Swan today. Her novella, Raven's Choice, blends science fiction, prehistory, and archeology into an enticing tale of genetics, Neanderthals, and mystery. I'm certainly looking forward to reading it, probably when the Christmas rush is done. After all, I love Jean Auel's books, and Kathleen Flanagan's Misfits and Heroes series. But I've never been tempted (yet) to write prehistory. So I had to ask Harper, when she agreed to visit here, what led to her writing this book. And here's her answer... Over to you, Harper




Although I was interested in history even as a child, I first became fascinated with very ancient prehishoric times during eighth grade study hall one day in my middle school library.              
 
While browsing the science section, I ran across a book about early hominids. I was flabbergasted to discover that many other hominid species had lived on this Earth but were no longer here. The Neanderthals especially caught at my imagination when I  studied photos showing their skeletons and artist illustrations of how they might have looked. I was so engrossed that I didn’t notice my class had lined up to leave the library. My teacher called my name to get my attention and told me go check out the book.
 
That sounds fun. I got hooked on mythology at about the same age. Our school rules dictated that each child should take one fiction and one non-fiction book home to read. When I learned that Greek myths were shelved under non-fiction I started reading every myth and legend I could lay hand to. But what books have you particularly enjoyed, and which ones do you think influenced your writing?
 
I loved Jean Auel’s Earth’s Children series when it was released, especially The Clan of the Cave Bear. So when I decided to try my hand at writing, the first thing that came to mind was to do a tale about Neanderthals and Early Modern Humans. I talked myself out of it, thinking how prehistoric fiction was such a limited genre, and I went on to write something else. But when I finished with that story, I found myself again wanting to write prehistoric fiction.
 
I gave into that impulse and wrote the first book of The Replacement Chronicles, Raven’s Choice, and I have never regretted it. But really, over the last five years, prehistoric fiction has blossomed from just a few titles into quite a list when you look on Goodreads and Amazon. On Amazon, if you do a search for prehistoric fiction, a long list will pop up.
 
Good idea. I shall go and do that search. But you've been looking into real research too, haven't you, not just books lists on Amazon? Did you learn anything interesting about Neanderthals?
 
After I found that geneticists had sequenced Neanderthal genomes and now say that many people living today carry Neanderthal genes, I had my genome sequenced by a genetics company. According to their analysis, I am 2.8% Neanderthal! 
 
Wow! Really...
 
How might this have happened?
 
Indeed!
 
And when Early Modern Humans and Neanderthals encountered each other while hunting, say, how did they react to the others presence. Those questions, in a nutshell, are what my novella, Raven’s Choice, is all about.
 
It sounds fascinating. But it sounds like writing it must have been really hard work. What else did you learn?
 
I’ve done a ton of research for this story, and I’ve woven many details into the story line that are based on recent findings. After learning that Neanderthals have a hyoid bone essential for speech such as we do, although angled in their throats a little differently, I was even able to slip my love of languages and linguistics into the story. (I used to teach both Spanish and English, by the way.) 
 
Very cool, and more for me to look out for and enjoy when I read it.
 
Raven, my spunky main character, learns the word for eat, and I based the structure of that word and how she says it on my research.
 
Hmm. May I offer you a virtual cookie to eat while you drink your e-coffee? What else are you working on?
 
I am presently writing the second story in the Replacement Chronicles. Raven’s Choice is a cliffhanger, but not a cliffhanger, to quote a review I received. The story stands on its own, but I’ve left a lot of room to write more.

(This photo shows me in the National Prehistoric museum in Les Eyzies, France. I spent many fascinated hours there looking at artifacts made by Homo Erectus, Early Modern Humans and Neanderthals.) 

Wow. Thank you Harper. I think I'm hooked! And I wonder what percentage Neanderthal I am.

With linguistics, science, fascinating questions of prehistory and relationships, Raven's Choice really sounds just my thing. If only I could download a little more time and start reading straight away, but I'll hope to post a review in the New Year. Meanwhile, dear readers, you could do better still; buy the book and review it yourself!

Thank you for visiting my blog, Harper, and for sharing those new discoveries.

And here's where readers can find Raven's Choice:

And where they can find...

About the Book:

What possible link could Mark Hayek, an introverted twenty-first century research scientist, have to Raven, a young woman who lived during the late Pleistocene? It has everything to do with an encounter between a band of Early Modern Humans and a group of Neanderthals intent on hunting bison.

As meticulously researched as Jean Auel's Earth Children series but with the benefit of recent discoveries, this novella is an updated story revealing how contact between Neanderthals and Early Humans had surprising results.

After an injured Neanderthal hunter is taken captive, Raven, as a healer, feels she has no option but to become his advocate. Her own survival soon becomes doubtful when the band's leader threatens to cast her out onto the steppe for what he sees as dangerous willfulness.

Raven feels an unexpected empathy for the mysterious Neanderthal. But while trying to preserve his life and health, will she go so far as to commit what could be the worst error of her own life? Mark Hayek will never find out that Raven faced a frightening dilemma. But if he did know, he would understand that the present reality exists because of choices made in the past.





Friday, December 19, 2014

Imagine a City Full of Santas

How did it get so close to Christmas! HELP!!!! And the fact that my kids are older and have left home really doesn't help (though the fact that they're coming home soon is wonderful!). Anyway, I am a Reader not a Writer is hosting a book blast for what looks like a really fun Christmas book for kids, and I promised I'd post something, in honor of the season of giving, and the joy of Santa Claus. There's even the chance to WIN A GIFT at the foot of this post, so don't forget to read down to the end!

ABOUT THE BOOK: A City Full of Santas

Ranked as #1 BestSeller on Amazon India

This Christmas is special; really special for Santa. Read this lovely Christmas tale that would re-define the meaning of Christmas. A must read for everyone. Just like Pooja’s other books, this book brings love, warmth, and a special message. A story that parents would love to read to their children.

WHERE TO FIND IT:
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Author Pooja Sardana
 
Pooja Sardana, is a mother, a teacher, an illustrator, an author, a visionary and the co-founder of PictureBookTree. Her books and her initiative – PictureBookTree have been widely covered in Indian media and abroad. Titled as one of the Unsung Hero in ‘Saga of the Unsung Heroes of India” , she continues to touch lives of many through her books and her work. Her picture books for children can be availed free of cost by NGOs or individuals working with Under-privileged children. If you work with under-privileged children, you can drop an email at Picturebooktree (AT) GMAIL (DOT) COM to receive your free copy.

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WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING:

“Such a lovely story that brings back the meaning of Christmas, one that many will want to read.”
“Parents/teachers will enjoy reading this story to their children. The children will be full of questions and want to discuss Santa’s surprise.”
“Artwork “pops” off the pages pleasantly and storyline has a great message. A fine addition to any Christmas collection and it is a children’s book that I would recommend!”

Good luck with the book Pooja, congratulations on the great reviews, and thank you for letting me be part of your tour.


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Thursday, December 18, 2014

Searching for Facebook Diamonds?

Are you on Facebook? Would you like to join my page? Or are you hunting for diamonds? You'll have to scroll down to find the treasure I just learned of through Facebook, but to find my page... well, you might have to choose between three, or join them all.

https://www.facebook.com/SheilaDeethAuthor is my author page.

https://www.facebook.com/FiveMinuteBibleStories is my page for the Five-Minute Bible Story Series. And
https://www.facebook.com/pages/MathemaFiction/680404778724456 is the page for my mathemafiction series, starting with Divide by Zero (now with real reviews and ratings on Amazon!)

Then there are all those pages of friends of friends, and distracting games (I've not fallen for them yet), or...

diamonds perhaps.

Here's a diamond I found on Facebook today: a 99 cent sale for the charity anthology Gifts of the Magi! It's a Countdown sale, so it bumps to $1.99 Saturday afternoon, and so on, and on, so buy your copies now!

http://www.amazon.com/Gifts-Magi-Speculative-Holiday-Collection-ebook/dp/B00P042IQ0

The authors don't make a dime on this, but they hope to raise a bunch for the Indy Reads Books literacy charity with this project, and it looks really cool.

What are your waiting for. Go to Amazon, buy the book, then go to Facebook and join my pages :)

Friday, December 12, 2014

Murder, Mystery, Time, Space and Antique Magic

I'm a guest on Murder by 4 today (but I didn't murder anyone; honest; it was one of my characters...) Meanwhile Eileen Harris, author of Antique Magic, is a guest on my blog, courtesy of b00k r3vi3w Tours. I suspect it was one of her characters who committed murder in Alicia Trent's home town, but we promise neither of us will hurt you. The coffee's guaranteed not to be poisoned, so please grab a cup, sit down, and join us while we chat.




Hi Eileen. So... From Arizona to Upstate New York (see, I read your author bio)?  What's the same?  What's different?  What do you like best about where you live or have lived?

That is a lot of questions in one. 

Sorry. I'll stop to drink some coffee while you reply :)

Arizona to Upstate New York is a massive change in almost everything.  I spent some time trying to think of what is the same.  In the end I couldn't come up with a thing.  Different was easy.  Everything is different.  Here in New York everyone worries about keeping warm.  In Arizona it is keeping cool.  The food, weather, seasons, people, scenery, you name it and it is different.  I have lived in the north, south, and southwest, and I like things about all of them.  The different scenery and architecture are wonderful.  None of them are perfect, but given a chance all are interesting.

How does where you live feed into your writing?

Big time!  Things and places I see spark my imagination so where I live plays a big part in what my characters see.
Your book involves an antique dealer.  Did you grow up around ancient things?

Actually just the opposite is true.  I grew up in Arizona which has much less past than some of the eastern states.  I think I have always liked the idea of treasures, and hunting through old possessions to find just the right item seems a bit like treasure hunting.

Did you grow up around big old houses?  Do they even have big old houses in Arizona?

Arizona is all about big open spaces.  Most of the original homes there are one story because that makes them easier to cool.  So no, I didn't grow up around big old houses.  When I was small I visited relatives in Pennsylvania.  They had huge three story houses and I was fascinated.  Attics and basements were a thing of wonder.  I think some of that youthful fascination remains.  Arizona does have a few big old houses, but there are a lot more big new houses.

What attracts you to reading/writing mystery?  Do you read a lot of mysteries?  If so, is there a series you particularly enjoy? (And am I asking too many questions at once again. Must drink more coffee!)

I read a lot.  Do I read a lot of mysteries?  I suppose I do, but as with most things I like variety so I read books in a wide variety of genres.  I don't know for sure why it's what I write.  When I put my butt in the chair and my hands on the keyboard it is just what appears on the page.

What attracts you to the characters you write about?

The good ones please me because they are logical and intelligent.

That kind of begs the question about the not-so-good ones :) But what's next for you?

Easy answer, more writing.  Right now I am working on two new books.  I usually write more than one book at a time, and right now I am working on a mystery that is somewhat darker than I've tried before.  I am also working on the next book in the Alicia Trent Series.    


It's oddly comforting to meet someone else who is usually working on more than one book at a time, though I find my mind slightly boggled by the idea of keeping more than one mystery in mind at once. Another Alicia Trent book sounds great fun, and I'll wish you the best of luck with all your novels. Thank you for visiting my blog.

About the Book:


Antique dealer Alicia Trent is hired to appraise a huge collection of treasures hoarded by a woman who has recently died in the town where Alicia grew up.

The huge old house poses mystery after mystery from the moment she arrives, but the stakes become deadly when murder is added to the mix. The question then becomes, can she stay alive long enough to unmask the killer?






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About the Author:

From living off the grid in the Arizona desert, Eileen has moved to the woods of upstate New York. She has authored a standalone adventure novel called Desert Shadow. She is also the author of Alicia Trent Series. The Black Cane : Dowager Diaries Book 1 is her latest release.







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Thursday, December 11, 2014

Where would you sell books?

Last year we wrote down goals in our writers' group and hid the bits of paper in a box. Soon we'll open the box. But will we have achieved our goals?

The trick, of course, is to recognize we've all reached some goals, even if they weren't ours. I didn't get my books onto the shelves of Powells, but I got some into Jacobsens. Did I sell any? Probably not. But then, where would you expect to sell books in these modern, hitech days?

On the internet?

Amazon has this nice "look inside" feature, so you can flip through pages, read a bit, decide what you'd like... But Amazon also has an awful lot of books. So do BarnesandNoble.com, and Powells.com, and more. And in this haystack, stacked to the virtual sky, who will find my words?

In a bookstore?

My latest dream is to get one of my books onto the shelves of Foyles in London. But it's not a goal. Somehow goals have to be something I believe I can achieve. Foyles? Nah, that's just a dream. And even if my book were there, would you find it among those glorious well-appointed shelves?

At a craft bazaar?

Our writers' group sold quite a few books at the bazaar. But we counted our sales on one hand, some of us on one finger. Maybe one of us rode the wave from red to black in the accounting book, but people at craft bazaars aren't really looking for books.

At a Holiday Cheer book event?

I sat in the company of authors, talked with them, and was welcomed as one of them; it was a wonderful experience. But I still only needed two hands to count my sales.

So where would you sell books? And where would you read them?

With the book sales over, I'm now frantically buying books as Christmas gifts. I'm buying from the internet, from real book stores, and from Holiday Cheer. I bought scarves and birthday cards from the craft fair. And I finished reading the books I'm about to review. So, find some coffee; check the color, strength and flavor of the brew; and pick up a book.

If you pick up one of mine I'll be very happy and think it's Christmas!

My first book today is Radiomen, by Eleanor Lerman. Combining good old-fashioned crystal radios with a touch of science fiction, social commentary, and even a delicate tinge of spiritual musing, it's a cool first-person novel of ex-hippie, now-bartender existence existentially changed by a chance call to a late-night chat-show. And it's great. Humor, pathos, mystery and more, enjoy this perfect blend with an elegant, complex 4-star coffee.

Next is The Way The World Is, by Yael Politis - second in her Olivia series, and a beautiful continuation of the first story. Olivia's youthful enthusiasms slowly temper into age, while her naivete grows into sincere determination. Detroit at the end of slavery becomes a very real place, filled with genuine and fascinating characters, and all the excitement, fear and loss of runaways. It's a haunting tale and stands alone perfectly, though you should probably read Olivia, Mourning first. Enjoy with some bold dark intense 5-star coffee.

Not Forgotten, by Donna Zadunajsky, tells the story of a woman returning home and rediscovering her past, while all around are hurt, and the past is filled with pain. It's a slow, hard tale, told in a chatty, casual voice. Lots of unpredictable twists and turns, and a wealth of detail, not always convincing, build into a truly intriguing plot. Enjoy with some bold dark intense 5-star coffee.

In a wholly different style, Anita Clenney's Heart of the Highland Warrior invites readers back into the lives of highlanders displaced in time and space. Here, history meets the present day, and demons meet vampires and more. There's plenty of humor as the ancient warriors learn of modern conveniences, and try to cope with modern, unsubmissive women. And there's plenty of action. The novel starts with a list of characters, but readers should probably start at the beginning of the series, and the interlocking storylines begin to get quite complicated by now. It's fast, fun and exciting. Enjoy with some bright, lively, easy-drinking 2-star coffee.

And finally, A Trip to the Hardware Store, by Barbara Venkataraman, offers a collection of humorous essays on everyday life. The wry humor is pleasing, especially in the first and last of this collection, though occasionally grating in the middle. It's a short pleasing read, best enjoyed with a mild, light coffee.

So now I'll make a trip to another bookstore, stare at those wonderful shelves, buy books, and wish my books were there.