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Stress Management for Authors

Stress Management for Authors, guest post by Ingrid Kelada @ikelada @iReadBookTours #21DaysToHappiness #IngridKelada

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According to the Statistic Brain website, 76% of people cite money and work as the main causes of their stress.

As a psychologist and a happiness expert, I can tell you that people think it's normal to be stressed, overwhelmed and tired, but it's not! Certainly, when experiencing it, stress gives energy, but in the long run, it hurts our performance.

Stress is the answer to a perception of danger. In difficult situations, the adrenaline released allows us to be fast, strong and agile. It's very practical in the moment, but in the long term it harms our physical and psychological health.

Stress Management for Authors, guest post by Ingrid Kelada @ikelada @iReadBookTours #21DaysToHappiness #IngridKelada


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Here are the 2 most effective tips for authors that I recommend you practice.

Breathe Slowly and Deeply

By slowing down our breathing, we send a signal to our brain that we are in control. This allows us to react better because we are more focused, creative and effective when we are calm than when anxious or exhausted.

A practical tool to control our breathing is cardiac coherence. This method of monitoring heart rhythms was discovered by American researchers and then widely publicized by Dr. David Servan-Schreiber.

It is believed that the average number of complete breaths that is related to positive emotions and well-being is between 5 and 7 per minute, depending on the person. By "complete breathing" we mean long, deep inhalations and total exhalation: the cycle is about 10 seconds in total (5 seconds of inhalation, 5 seconds of exhalation).

Quick tip: try this…Before you sit down to write, here is a video with English instructions or my favorite video on YouTube, you get a bonus free mini vacation with the second one!

In addition, I suggest you download the APP RespiRelax-iOs or RespiRelax-Android on your smartphone, so you can easily "de-stress" between crises in about five minutes!

Learn to De-dramatize

When you need to focus on your writing but something goes wrong you can feel unable to function. Stress, as previously mentioned, is caused first and foremost by our perceptions or interpretation or events. If you think a situation is serious or negative, your stress automatically increases. Conversely, if you think there is a solution to everything and that things could be worse, your stress decreases. One thing I love to do to help de de-dramatize comes from the book Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff. The book poses the question “will it matter a year from now?”. Usually, the answer is NO! Most of the time, we are stressed with things that are usually quickly resolved. We tend to manage multiple emergencies and crises per week to which we most often find solutions. I always say: “if there is not a solution, there is a lesson!”

Quick tip: try this…Since I am not a physician, when dealing with problematic situations at work, I often say to myself: "There are no lives in danger" and this allows me to regain my composure in order to find the best way to deal with the issue.


Stress Management for Authors, guest post by Ingrid Kelada @ikelada @iReadBookTours #21DaysToHappiness #IngridKelada
Ms. Ingrid Kelada is an experienced psychologist and happiness expert. She is a speaker and has facilitated over 1000 workshops all over the world. People find her to be pragmatic, inspiring and funny! She has an online personality questionnaire store to help people identify their talents and interests. With over 25 years experience, she offers her expertise to a wide range of clients. She is bilingual and a member of the professional association of Psychologists of Quebec. Visit her online at www.keladacc.ca

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Book Showcase: Countdown by Carey Baldwin

Book Showcase: Countdown by Carey Baldwin

Title: Countdown

Author: Carey Baldwin

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The next pulse-pounding Cassidy and Spenser thriller from USA Today bestselling author Carey Baldwin!
Don’t believe everything you see.
Special Agent Atticus Spenser and forensic psychiatrist Dr. Caitlin Cassidy are in Tahiti enjoying a much-needed break from the FBI when they spot newlyweds taking fun photos on the beach. But as the groom carries his bride deeper into the waves, Spense is positive he sees a flash of terror cross her face. All his instincts scream that this woman is in danger. Yet moments later, it’s the groom who has nearly drowned… and the bride has vanished, leaving a bloody wedding dress floating in her wake.
The authorities aren’t sure who to believe—the groom, who insists his wife tried to murder him… or her twin, who claims her sister must have acted in self-defense. Intrigued, Spense and Caity agree to help investigate. But when they discover that the missing bride is the daughter of a notorious confidence man, they begin to suspect that all is not what it seems. Now they’ll need to separate victim from villain, fact from fiction, truth from lie, to determine if there’s really a killer on the loose… or if it’s all one big con.

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CAREY BALDWIN is a mild-mannered doctor by day and an award-winning author of edgy suspense by night. She holds two doctoral degrees, one in medicine and one in psychology. A USA Today bestselling author, she loves reading and writing stories that keep you off balance and on the edge of your seat. Carey lives in the southwestern United States with her amazing family. In her spare time she enjoys hiking and chasing wildflowers.

Carey loves to hear from readers so please visit her at www.CareyBaldwin.com, on Facebook facebook.com/CareyBaldwinAuthor, or Twitter twitter.com/CareyBaldwin!


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Book Showcase: The Nomad Series by Georges Benay

Book Showcase: The Nomad Series by Georges Benay @NomadG8on @iReadBookTours


Title: Nomad on the Run 
Author: Georges Benay

Category: Adult Fiction, 290 pages
Genre: Thriller, mystery/suspense
Publisher: Bookstand Publishing
Release date: April 15, 2011
Content Rating: PG (No swear words, some violence and minimal/clean sex scene)

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Beneath greed, deceit and coercion hides the truth.
Enticed by an investment firm in Morocco, Eric Martin is caught in a world where no one can be trusted.


Beneath the golden desert and azure seas of Morocco lurks a hidden world of greed, deceit and financial terrorism. But the players are not who you might think. Lured away from his seemingly idyllic life as a managing director for a major international bank in Toronto, Eric Martin returns to his ancestral roots in Morocco.

Tempted by a mysterious offer from a boutique financial firm, Eric soon discovers he has walked into the middle of a whirlwind where everyone has their own secret agenda, and he unwittingly has become the key to unlocking them all. From the broad avenues of Toronto to the mean streets of Casablanca, Eric rushes to discover the truth before time runs out. But who can he trust?

The power and attraction of money is strong. In the midst of a dangerous cast of characters, Jeff Offenbach, bank president, knows more than he lets on. But how much does he know? Is he a key player in a scheme to terrorize the global economy, or is he just trying to save his firm from becoming another victim of the global economic collapse? Valerie is the unknown factor. Is she involved in the partners' machinations, or is she as guileless as Eric? Can he trust her? And more importantly, will he survive long enough to find out?



Title: The Nomad's Premonition

Category: Adult Fiction, 240 pages
Genre: Thriller, mystery/suspense
Publisher: Story Merchant Books
Release date: April 28, 2017
Content Rating: PG-13 (some violence, a couple of swear words - minimal)

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A new mystery waiting to be unraveled.
Eric Martin has a gut feeling that his worst nightmare is about to make a comeback the moment the electronic record of the stock market trade flashes across his monitor.


Eric Martin is desperate to forget his past, one that almost cost him his future.

Working in Paris as deputy head of a bank's internal security department, Eric notices a high-speed trader's uncanny ability to predict extremely profitable trades. Even though there's nothing illegal about the activity, he knows the trader's success is more than just luck.

But, no one believes him. Armed only with a handful of data and a powerful instinct, Eric searches for the mysterious trader on his own. He suspects that a predictive algorithm has fallen into the wrong hands.

Eric sets off for Istanbul to find answers promised to him by an informant. He finds an unlikely ally in Interpol agent Stephanie Brule. With Interpol wanting him back in Paris and out of the way, Eric's quest is also hampered by the sudden appearance of his ex-lover, a boss he's not sure he can trust, and a terrorist who always seems one step ahead.

Will Eric put an end, once and for all, to the nightmare that began when he accepted a job that was too good to be true? Or will his need for revenge and justice lead him deeper into a treacherous world he has no way of escaping?


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Georges Benay is a former international banker who is now working as a Toronto-based writer and award-winning photographer. He is the author of two novels, including The Nomad's Premonition and a collection of short stories. His award-winning pictures have been featured in several magazines and book covers.

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Interview with Clay Gilbert

Interview with Clay Gilbert


What genre do you write and why? 
I write science fiction, horror, and urban fantasy.

Tell us about your latest book.  
My latest two published novels are “Annah and the Exiles” and “Annah and the Gates of Grace.”  They were published simultaneously this year by my new publisher, Dark Moon Press.  They’re the second and third books in my science-fiction series “Children of Evohe” which tells the story of a young woman named Annah, from a distant world called Evohe, her human mate Gary Holder, and her search to overcome a life of disabilities and adversity—a search that leads, eventually, into political intrigue, war, and a destiny as the An-Rhyel, “the Restorer”, a figure from her people’s legends who is meant to reconcile the divided people of Evohe to the wholeness of their past.  On the whole, I’d say the series combines the coming-of-age drama, cultural struggle and romance of a classic novel like “Jane Eyre” with the mysticism, interstellar intrigue and politics of Frank Herbert’s “Dune”.

What did you edit out of this book?  
Well, I’m not sure if it exactly qualifies as editing out, but originally, I had conceived books Two and Three as a single novel, “Annah’s Exile”, and I eventually decided there was too much story for a single volume, and edited and refashioned the narrative into two books.

How was this book published? (traditional, small press, self pub, etcc...)  Why did you choose that particular publishing route?  
I’m currently signed with a small press publisher, Dark Moon Press, out of Ft. Wayne, Indiana.  I personally don’t have any interest in self-publishing at this stage in my career, so when my previous publisher, PDMI Publishing, LLC, announced last February that they were ceasing operations, I began looking for another publisher.  Fairly quickly, my thoughts turned in the direction of my good friend Eric Vernor, who I’ve known a number of years through our mutual association with the DragonCon science fiction convention.  I approached Eric about the possibility of becoming one of Dark Moon Press’ stable of authors, and he was happy to welcome me on board.  And I’m very happy to be there.

How do you select the names of your characters?  
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Usually, they tell me their own names.  Which is to say, I trust in the operations of the subconscious a lot.  Usually, I’ll find that the name a character has ‘picked’ corresponds in some way to a quality that I intended that character to have, or which they end up having.  ‘Listen to your characters’ is something I tell beginning writers, a lot.  In the case of Annah, the protagonist of my Children of Evohe science fiction series, I ended up finding out that the name she’d ‘picked’ meant ‘favored by God’, and given Annah’s eventual role as a savior/messiah figure for her people, that made a lot of sense.  But I had no idea at first.

What marketing methods are you using to promote your book? 
Podcast interviews, online articles (such as the recent spotlight article done by scifipulse.net), website interviews such as this one, Facebook posts, and public appearances.  I’m always looking for new ways to promote, and you yourself have been a big help in offering ideas in that regard!

Do you read your book reviews? How do you deal with the bad or good ones? 
 Honestly, to be in this business, you’ve got to develop a thick skin.  Reviewers, good or bad, mostly don’t know you.  Before I was a published author, I worked on one of my novels, my vampire book Dark Road to Paradise, as a project in a grad school seminar on Writing the Novel.  When I got my first chapter back, the professor had written THIS SUCKS in huge capital letters on page one.  What can I say?  It was a draft.  I knew it wasn’t perfect.  So I revised.  In the end, that same professor not only agreed to accept that novel as a thesis project, but to be my thesis director.  And ultimately, the book got published.  Most of the people who’ll review your book haven’t, and couldn’t, write one themselves.  That wasn’t the case with this professor—she’d published six, and been well-reviewed.  But if you can steel yourself enough to withstand the disapproval of someone like that, and turn it around, you’ll be able to withstand any bad review.  Remember: it’s about the work, not you, personally.  They don’t know you.

Do you Google yourself? 
At least every couple of months.  Helps to make sure that I’m who’s coming up when people Google me, and helps me know what people are reading about me.  Funny story about that.  On one of my recent self-Google sessions, the results turned up what appeared to be, of all things, a science fiction story with a protagonist whose name was Clay Gilbert.  I went to the site, and found the blog of a writer and teacher named Paul J. Gies, from Maine, who had indeed not only written one novel about a man named Clay Gilbert, but a series of them.  I messaged Paul, and when he wrote back, one of the first things he said was, “I wondered how long it would take you to get in touch with me.”  He had apparently come up with my name as a character name quite by accident.  He was looking for a first name that was ‘elemental, and Earth-based’—Clay, check, as well as a last name with French roots.  “Gilbert” qualifies there, too.  He told me he’d been writing the book for several months before he became aware that there was, indeed, a science-fiction novelist with that very name.  He asked me if I wanted him to change it, and I said no.  Later, he submitted his first novel featuring his “Clay Gilbert” to PDMI Publishing, LLC, the publisher I was then Chief Editor for.  We accepted it, but as PDMI went out of business in August of last year, it was never published.  Paul’s a talented writer, and I know he’ll get published eventually.  And now I have a new friend.

What formats is the book available in?  
All of my work is available in paperback, and can be ordered online from Amazon and Barnes and Noble.  My newest work—the Dark Moon Press editions of my YA dystopian novel “Eternity”, and the first three books in my science fiction series “Children of Evohe”—“Annah and the Children of Evohe”, “Annah and the Exiles,” and “Annah and the Gates of Grace”—are all available in paperback from Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and direct from my publisher at darkmoonpress.com.  All of my upcoming releases will also be available from Dark Moon Press.  “Eternity” is also available on Kindle, and the “Annah” novels will soon be available in that format as well.

Who are your favourite authors?  
Stephen King, Clive Barker, Ray Bradbury, J.R.R. Tolkien, Robert Jordan, Anne Rice, Tad Williams, Dan Simmons, Walt Whitman, Herman Melville, E. B. White, C.S. Lewis—and that just starts to scratch the surface.

What advice do you have for other writers? 
Read a lot.  It provides raw fuel for your craft.  Also, write a lot.  Write every day, without fail.  Finish what you start.  You can’t revise what you don’t finish, and everything is going to need revision.

Where can people find out more about you and your writing? 
The official site for my Children of Evohe science fiction series is at www.childrenofevohe.com. My author blog is at https://portalsandpathways.wordpress.com/.

How long did it take you to write your book?
My two newest releases in the “Children of Evohe” series took about two years combined.  My other new release this year, the YA dystopian book, “Eternity”, took a year for the initial draft and a longer and more roundabout journey through editing and revision to eventual publication. 

Who designed the cover? 
The CEO of Dark Moon Press, Eric Vernor, designs all my covers, and I think he does a fabulous job.

Who inspires you? 
God, my parents, other authors; friends and relatives.  I guess there are different kinds of inspiration.  Other authors can be a tremendous inspiration specifically in how I do my work.  My publisher, Eric Vernor, has a tireless work ethic that’s certainly inspiring.  My personal tastes and life experiences inspire certain facets of my stories.  And my family and friends are a constant source of sustenance and inspiration.  Also the music I listen to, movies or TV shows I watch, and books I read.

When and where do you write?  
‘When’ is 8-10 hours a day; ‘where’ is at my desk in my apartment.  I always tell people that regularity in writing, meaning doing it in the same place at the same time daily, is important.  I do the same myself.

Interview with Clay Gilbert
Are you a plotter or a pantser?  
I’m not overly fond of either of those terms, although I guess if I have to define myself, I’d use the latter of those two p-words.  I wish someone would do the writing community at large a great service, and popularize a less-condescending-sounding term than ‘pantser.’  (Laughs) But yes, I’m in the category of writers who, by and large, don’t outline.  I can’t say I don’t plot at all, because I start with a main character or two, and I usually have an idea of the general journey those characters are going on.  But I let them take me there.  ‘Controlling’ the story is something that, for me, leads to boring and unsuccessful writing.  Stephen King wrote once, “I write to find out what I think.”  King, like me, doesn’t plot or outline.  I like the idea of writing as a journey, but it’s NOT the only way.  The best way is the way that works for you, and I know plenty of writers who get good stuff out of outlining and plotting.  I just wish some of those folks wouldn’t call me a ‘pantser.’

Do you believe in writer’s block?  
Not a bit.  I think the non-writing world over-mystifies and over-romanticizes the creative process, to the point where some creative folks actually buy into the concept and expect to be blocked.  I’ve been writing since I was four, and writing seriously since my teens (I was first paid for publication of a story when I was thirteen).  I’ve never been ‘blocked.’ Regularity and repetition lead to a mindset that allows writing to occur anytime.  Revision can always fix whether what comes out is any good or not—and a first draft rarely is.  But you can’t revise a blank page.

If you could tell your younger writing self anything, what would it be?  
Stick with it.  Don’t worry about a ‘fall-back plan.’  It will all pay off.

How do you research your books?  
Most of my stories take place far enough in time and space from the ‘real world’ of today that research isn’t necessary, but when it is, Google and the Internet are amazing resources.  During my grad school years, I learned enough about finding credible sources that I don’t end up dragging bad facts into my fiction.  Fortunately.  Readers tend to catch things like that.

What is your work in progress? Tell us about it.  
“The Conversationalist” is a science-fantasy novel set in the universe of my “Children of Evohe” books, although, since Annah’s not in it, it’s not technically a part of that series.  It’s about a guy, Northrop Wynn, who is a data analyst stationed on board a starship whose job is to monitor signals from passing ships and respond to them if necessary.  North comes in contact and eventually develops an ongoing conversation with a girl on another starship whose name is Rynn Handel.  Rynn and North are headed to a common destination, a world called Holdfast that’s a hub for intergalactic travel.  On their way there, they get to know each other a little bit at a time.  But each of them has a secret.  For North, it’s that he has a somewhat-debilitating condition which causes his brain to work faster than normal humans, which is good, but it deteriorates his motor functions to some extent.  Rynn has an even more isolating disability—she’s a cyborg, a being comprised of part human tissue, including human DNA, and part mechanical technology.  She doesn’t even have a body—she’s going from Holdfast to Mercy Prime, a planet known for building cyborg bodies, to fix that problem. So in a sense, North’s mind is like a computer, and part of Rynn IS a computer, and they have to decide whether they’re going to accept each other—whether ‘human’ is a condition more complex than either of them may have been willing to accept before.  Rynn was a character who first appeared in the third Children of Evohe novel, “Annah and the Gates of Grace”, and I wanted to do more with her.  It's a sci-fi romance like most of my other stuff, but this one, I think, has a little more humor in it, although the questions it asks are serious.  “The Conversationalist” should be out from Dark Moon Press sometime in 2018.

Interview with Clay Gilbert

Does your family support you in your writing career? How? 
They’ve encouraged me in my writing since I first started doing it at the age of four, but these days they support me by reading the books, of course, and by helping me with book signings and convention appearances, and getting the word out about new releases/.  They’re the best ‘ground crew’ I could want.

What are you currently reading? 

What are some of your all time favourite books? 
Moby-Dick by Herman Melville, The Stand by Stephen King, Dandelion Wine by Ray Bradbury, Prince Ombra by Roderick MacLeish, Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman, Dune by Frank Herbert, Stranger in a Strange Land by Robert Heinlein, and the Bible.

What is your favourite book you've read this year so far? 

What books or authors have most influenced your life? 
Stephen King, Ray Bradbury, Robert Jordan, Clive Barker, Anne Rice, Frank Herbert, Robert A. Heinlein.

When you’re not writing, how do you spend your time? 
Watching movies, listening to music, reading, hanging out with friends and family, and my cat and snake.



Book Showcase: Hypatia of Alexandria by Laurel A. Rockefeller

Book Showcase: Hypatia of Alexandria by Laurel A. Rockefeller


Title: Hypatia of Alexandria (The Legendary Women of World History #8)
Author: Laurel A. Rockefeller
Genre: YA Historical Fiction

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Teacher. Philosopher. Astronomer.
Born in 355 CE. In the aftermath of Constantine's reign Hypatia of Alexandria lived in a collapsing Rome Empire, a world where obedience to religious authorities trumped science, where reason and logic threatened the new world order. It was a world on the edge of the Dark Ages. As libraries burned, she dared defend the light of knowledge.

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Born, raised, and educated in Lincoln, Nebraska USA Laurel A. Rockefeller is author of over twenty books published and self-published since August, 2012 and in languages ranging from Welsh to Spanish to Chinese and everything in between. A dedicated scholar and biographical historian, Ms. Rockefeller is passionate about education and improving history literacy worldwide. 

With her lyrical writing style, Laurel's books are as beautiful to read as they are informative.

In her spare time, Laurel enjoys spending time with her cockatiels, attending living history activities, travelling to historic places in both the United States and United Kingdom, and watching classic motion pictures and classic television series.



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