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Welcome to EJ’s real, crazy, emotional, probably too honest journey. She is an everyday girl in this everyday world trying to keep her head above water. Within the pages of this book you will learn about the things that have broken EJ down and the steps she is taking to build back up. You will see, that this story is written in a unique, general, conversational voice, which was her choice. She wants you to be able to picture yourself in her shoes, relate her trials and tribulations to yours and see that you too can find your happiness. Even if you don’t realize this yet, every single one of us possesses things inside of ourselves that we didn’t know were there. It took EJ’s life taking a crazy right turn and dumping her at the lowest possible point before she could see the strength within herself. We are not defined by what we do, we are defined by the choices we make. EJ decided when she put pen to paper that she wanted her choices to start defining her as strong, confident, secure and above all else, happy. So, who am EJ? How about who she was – a self-loathing shell who put everyone else’s happiness before her own. Herein lies a story about finding that happiness and all of the ups and downs along the way. See who EJ was and who she is trying to become and maybe, somewhere in there, you will find out a little about yourself too.

Her latest book is the self-help, Your Crossroads. Your Choice.

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About the Book:

Welcome to my diary, my journey, as I tripped and crawled through the darkest time in my life- when I witnessed  people that I held incredibly close to me shatter my very existence with their words and actions. The things within this book spine are extremely raw and exceptionally real. You and I are going to get very close, the details in this book, although oddly general, are incredibly specific. Yes, I realize what I just said and as you read my words you will see what I mean. As you silently gasp and mentally bitch slap me, please be kind because my story is just that – my story. It is not any more or less special than yours. In fact the only difference between our stories are the choices we made at each of the crossroads in our lives. For most of my life the choices I made were not based on my happiness but on everyone else’s. This book describes what I have experienced in my journey to finding my happiness and hopefully never letting it go. Sadly, it took me thirty six years to find the strength I need to detoxify my life and self-view and find someone who is worthy of my awesomeness. Thirty six years to shatter the negative foundation I had built shatter the ultimate representative I created to hide behind and begin the process of building a new foundation. Only this foundation will be built on strength, confidence and above all, happiness. So take a minute or thirty and sit with my story for a while. You never know what you might find out.

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How did you come up with the idea for your book? 

My initial reaction is to say that unfortunately, it is based on actual events that occurred in my life. But in actuality it is not unfortunate. I am a stronger person after going through what I did. I am hoping my story will inspire other people to have confidence in themselves and their choices and not repeat my tragic tale.

Can you tell us what your book is about? 

Sure! My book weaves the tale of woe that I went through in order to become happy with my true self. I couldn’t believe some of the things that were happening in my life at the time, like an open marriage, and felt like writing it down would make it more real. I began to outline the story and work through my decision to get a divorce after eight years of marriage, two children, a dog and a house. This book is written as if you and I were sitting having a drink and I was telling you the craziest most “Jerry Springer-esque” story known to man! For most of my life the choices I made were not based on my happiness but on everyone else’s. This book describes what I have experienced in my journey to finding my happiness and hopefully never letting it go. Sadly, it took me thirty six years to find the strength I need to detoxify my life and self view and find someone who is worthy of my awesomeness. Thirty six years to shatter the negative foundation I had built shatter the ultimate representative I created to hide behind and begin the process of building a new foundation. Only this foundation will be built on strength, confidence and above all, happiness.

Can you give us an excerpt?

Quasi Logic Behind Totally Illogical Thoughts

I challenge anyone to argue with the following oh so utterly simplistic, almost ridiculously too easy to be real, truth. Here it is, people, be ready for your mind to be blown! Every choice has an opposite choice. And these choices come at a crossroads. A crossroads you are in control of. So go ahead, try and come up with a reason to argue that what I speak isn’t the absolute truth. I’ll wait. Come back when you realize you can’t think of a single one. Please don’t get me wrong, it’s not that I enjoy being right; I just know it’s hard to argue with such an insanely logical and straightforward truth. You see my readers, my new friends, it will hurt less if you accept this to be so. Everything in our world has two opposing choices, and these choices sit at our own personal crossroads, forcing us to embrace either the right or the wrong, the easy or the hard, the light or the dark. Throughout this book, you will see how I am working through this arduous journey with you by my side, priding myself on being a woman of logic and facts, but let’s be clear: I also believe in Santa, the Tooth Fairy, and unicorns!

What can I say, it gives me intense pleasure to know that while you read this book you are going to be kept on the edge of your seat! There will be sexy steamy bits, utterly hopeless bits, raw emotional bits, hilariously funny bits, and pathetic whiny bits. But I promise, if you stick with me, at the end of it all, there will be mostly strong, empowered, utterly-confident bits. But who knows, right? This is honestly an introduction to my journey of self-discovery not directed simply at you but at me as well. Welcome aboard my crazy train, I hope you enjoy the ride!

If you could tell your younger writing self anything, what would that be? 

Become obsessed. Eat, drink, breathe, sleep, dream, even poop writing! Words should be colliding all around you. Oh and always carry a notebook you never know when genius strikes. And if it strikes just as you are about to fall asleep get up! No matter how hard you try, you will not remember what you thought of the next morning. Trust me.

What would you say is one of your interesting writing quirks? 

I write as if I am talking directly to the person who is reading my material. It is an odd voice but it works for my platform.

Do you hear from your readers?  What do they say? 

I have given the first chapter and in some instances the entire book to a few people and have gotten very positive feedback! Everyone seems to be able to relate to something I talk about which is what matters most to me.

What is the toughest criticism given to you as an author? 

I seem to be unable to shake the passive voice. Which makes it tough to get some green readability and SEO scores but I am trying hard everyday and making progress!

What has been the best accomplishment? 

The best accomplishment is having the courage to have my book published. This is a very personal story so it is hard not to take reviews to heart.

Do you Google yourself? 

I do! I am a middle school teacher so I try to make sure that I am aware of what is out there. I also create “memes” from my book quotes and when you Google my name, they come up which is pretty cool.

How many unpublished and half-finished books do you have? 

I currently have three  in the hopper – a teenage version of this book, a fictional book centered around my sister’s experience working on an organic farm in Argentina and the sequel to this book.

Do you have anything specific that you would like to say to your readers? 

I hope that my story resonates with you. It was written to empower my readers who are standing at a crossroads in their lives. If my story can give you the strength and confidence you need to find happiness in your choices then well, that’s just the cherry on my sundae. Your crossroads. Your choice.

 

In his book Utilitarianism, John Stuart Mill refers to the great objects of human life. We may assume that that what Mill calls an object is the same as an objective in modern parlance. The examples of great objectives that Mill cites include power, fame, and money. One wonders how seriously Mill was actually endorsing such aims to be the overarching objectives of living or whether he was simply expressing his finding that many people actually do take such aims as these for life. The contention is that Mill was indeed recognizing that people do choose such goals in life. After all, happiness has been recognized as an objective of life at least since the time of Aristotle, and virtue has a similarly ancient pedigree. It is quite common for ordinary people to adopt such mottos as “Healthy, wealthy, and wise” as aims for life. But we know that having more than one such value can lead to conflicts. This had been a concern to Sidgwick as well as other nineteenth-century moralists. A resolution to the problem was found by the time of the twentieth century, when it was realized that we should not try to achieve definite objectives, but instead look to some other procedure, such as a variety of evolution, to shape our objectives. In that case, we make plans and evaluate them, as we proceed. We should use our values, as Dewey recommended, for guideposts. The book discusses the methods of arriving at such plans and weighs some of the ethical and moral problems an individual or a society might face at the present time.
Robert Finch is the author of five collections of essays and co-editor of The Norton Book of Nature Writing. He broadcasts a weekly commentary on NPR and serves on the faculty of the MFA in Writing Program at Spalding University in Louisville, KY. He lives in Wellfleet, MA.

philBorn in Atlanta, Phil Kimble went to school in Utah, lived for 2 years in LA, then moved back to Atlanta.  He and his wife Julie live in Conyers. Mr. Kimble is an avid motorcyclist and competitive distance runner.

Q: What’s inside the mind of a Motivational/Self-Help author?

A: For me, I’m trying to first help myself.  Most of the concepts I write about are ones I with which I at one time struggled.  I assume I am no different from the average person, so the things I figure out I believe will help others as well.

Q: Tell us why readers should buy The Art of Making Good Decisions.

A: It will help individuals in their decision-making process, from understanding the “Why did I do that?” basis for a less-than-optimal decision, to the “What do I do now?” basis for upcoming decisions of any complexity.

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Q: What makes a good Motivational/Self-Help Book?

A: It has to get within the readers’ circle, answer the “what’s in it for me?” question. It has to give the reader an assignment—something tactile to do.

Q: What has writing taught you?

A: I think it has taught me the importance of empathy, being able to transmit your sentences into something someone else can understand.  It’s not a “talking down” sort of thing, but because everyone has different experiences, how I may explain a concept may be a miss with someone else.  So understanding where that person is coming from is important.

 

 

 

Leaders orchestrate commands to people in order to accomplish objectives pertinent and in accordance with their personal principles and intentions. This book sets to identify the qualities and abilities of a certain kind of leader, which I refer to as the natural-born leader (NBL). The NBL possesses innate traits, refined and perfected over time with education, training, and experience. I will attempt to illustrate these traits by drawing from my fifty years of personal experiences and hope readers will look at this as an opportunity to introspect. I have also designed a self-assessment tool so you may self-evaluate the presence of these NBL abilities and identify where you ultimately fall on the spectrum.
Today, there is widespread lack of confidence in leadership whether in business, government, education, or elsewhere. The vision of a confident leader, that of an NBL, is needed for the betterment of the world.

 

Salar Ahmed Khan, MD, MBA, FACA, FCCP, DTCD, MCPS, worked as an Internist and Pulmonologist at Karachi, Pakistan from 1985-87; as the Chief of Medicine, the Acting Director of Medical Services, and Acting Hospital Director at Al-Midhnab General Hospital under the Ministry of Health in Saudi Arabia from 1988-93; as the Associate Professor Medicine at Baqai Medical College and Hospital in Karachi, Pakistan from 1993-94; as a Surgical Assistant, Material Management, and Acting Central Processing Supervisor at Edge Water Medical Center in Chicago from 1996-2000. He is working as a program specialist at Chicago, Illinois since 2000. He was nominated and won several awards at national and international levels. In his spare time, he enjoys cooking, photography, and watching sport, like cricket. He lives in Chicago, Illinois with his wife and two sons.

Title: THE RAID ON TROY
Author: Murray Lee Eiland Jr.
Publisher: Independent
Pages: 300
Genre: Light Fantasy / Historical Fiction / YA

The Greek raid on Troy is chronicled in the Iliad and the Odyssey. These poems are pillars of ancient literature and continue to be carefully studied. Homer, who lived in the 8th or 7th century BC, is credited as the author. The actual conflict has been dated from 1260-1180 BC or even earlier. The question is, how close is Homer’s account to real history?

In the Orfeo Saga volume seven there are some familiar characters from Homer. Their motivations, as well as their history, can be radically different. Memnon is a self-made man and a petty king who craves the fabled gold of Troy. His brother Menas is king of Sparta. They assemble a coalition to sack the city. Telemon, not eager to join the expedition, is moved to act after his daughter Elena is taken. He seizes the city of Mycenae and goes to Troy. Odysees might not be as clever or brave as the man described in Homer, but he joins the expedition out of greed. He soon meets Orfeo’s son, who is in search of his first real adventure. Orfeo is on the Trojan side, and has to face the assembled military might of Greece as well as Odysees cunning plans. The Greeks have Ajax, who they count on to defeat any foe in single combat. Can Telemon – now an old man – defeat the greatest Greek warrior and recover his daughter?

The Raid on Troy might not be any closer to real history than the ancient poems, but it does offer insights into what might form the basis of the stories.

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Excerpt:

Memnon knew the ship was hitting the beach. He heard the scraping of the hull against sand and

pebbles, and the angle of the deck changed as the prow rose higher. He had not seen the ship’s deck for days, nor had he been permitted to walk around on land for perhaps two years. Slaves on Theran ships were treated with about the same respect as sheep, only slaves could not even be eaten because of some Theran religious prohibition. Galley slaves were useful,but were neither expensive nor in short supply.

At age fourteen, Memnon had seen little else of the world, as he had been seized in a slaver raid as he and his brothers played on an unknown beach now well beyond remembering. He knew he was less than five years old at the time, and now he believed he was nearly fifteen, although no one had been interested in explaining the concept of birthdays to him. Memnon had learned virtually all of what he knew from other slaves in the orchards of Thera, where he had begun his working career by carrying buckets of water to the men who tended the trees and picked the fruit. He had been separated from the two older brothers seized at the same time, but recognized one of them as he was taken to his place at an oar on one of the warships the Therans used to exact tribute from various cities; Memnon had occasionally spoken with him when their different groups of oarsmen were allowed on deck

Memnon recognized that his brother burned with rage. Over time, Memnon found himself coming to understand its origin and nature. Although he could not recall much about his life before his abduction, he remembered a world with occasional comforts, and even times of celebration.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Dr Eiland is a psychiatrist by training, and has written about Near Eastern art and culture. His novels are set in the heroic past and feature fictional characters in a realistic matrix. He has a special interest in exploring how and why people lead. The books contain themes that are suitable for young adults who have an interest in history.

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Joe Bendoski studied psychology in college and was fascinated by all the insights it provided into human behavior, only to realize most the information never reach people, and when it did, rarely was it in a form that allowed for practical application. He started writing non-fiction, but soon came to understand how few people read that genre and began the difficult transition into fiction writing. His non-fiction works include; the Chemistry of Attraction and the Language of Emotion.

He worked as the head writer for the television show ‘Saved by Grace.’ After being frustrated with comments like “make this scene cheaper,” “What’s my motivation?”, and “Do we need this scene?” he decided to go in to literature.

His latest book is the thriller/espionage/conspiracy/historical novel, When the Sky Falls.

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Would you call yourself a born writer?

No. I think writing is an incredibly complex skill that has to be developed. I also know that some writers pick up the craft just by reading, while other have to study directly. I’m the second kind.

What was your inspiration for When the Sky Falls?

I heard a podcast on the 1938 War of the Worlds scare, and it made me curious. One of the most interesting things to me was the conclusion that it could never happen again. That didn’t make sense to me, that’s not how real science reaches a conclusion, not only that but it happened again only six years later in Chile. Clearly, they got it wrong. I wanted to know what they missed

What themes do you like to explore in your writing?

Mass media persuasion is a big focus of the story, and it’s not subtle.

How long did it take you to complete the novel?

Seven years. A lot of what was just learning how to write fiction, create characters, complicate them, write a setting that supports the emotional tone of the chapter. There was so much, and I’m still learning.

Are you disciplined? Describe a typical writing day.

I have my daily schedule in certain blocks, some for writing, some for marketing, but I shuffle them around based any immediate demands. I used to write more, but now that I’m marketing my books that takes a lot of time.

What did you find most challenging about writing this book?

Answering the question of how it was all possible. How people have their fundamental beliefs about reality shifted in less than an hour? I spent years collecting pieces that all seemed relevant, but none actually answered the question outright.

What do you love most about being an author?

The first draft. Some days I hate writing it, but most of the time I get lost in the story, and it’s raw creation. It’s both calming and invigorating all at the same moment. I hate it when I’m done and know a lot of work needs to be put in to fix it, but during that first draft my imagination runs wild, and I love it.

Did you go with a traditional publisher, small press, or did you self-publish? What was the process like and are you happy with your decision?

I went indie with this one. On my first book, almost 8 years ago, I received a $40k advance, and 16% royalties on the back end. The offer I got for this book was $1,000 advance and 7% royalties on the back end. The indie market has cut such a big hole in traditional publishing that it’s not really worth it to pursue that avenue anymore. If you just want to write a single book and get it out there, traditional is a good way to go, but if you want to make a living at writing, indie is the new path.

Where can we find you on the web?

Joseph-bendoski.com is my website. You can also find me on Twitter @Jbendoski or my podcast on writing craft Start Writing. There is a fan page for me as an author, and I also run a Facebook group for my podcast. Since the podcast has started to take off, I have a huge backlog of Twitter messages and what not so it might take while for me to get to people who use that route. My website will connect people my email, and I’m really good and clearing that out each day.

 

Mark Oristano has been a professional writer/journalist since the age of 16.

After growing up in suburban New York, Oristano moved to Texas in 1970 to attend Texas Christian University.  A major in Mass Communications, Mark was hired by WFAA-TV in 1973 as a sports reporter, the start of a 30-year career covering the NFL and professional sports.

Mark has worked with notable broadcasters including Verne Lundquist, Oprah Winfrey and as a sportscaster for the Dallas Cowboys Radio Network and Houston Oilers Radio Network.  He has covered Super Bowls and other major sports events throughout his career.  He was part of Ron Chapman’s legendary morning show on KVIL-FM in Dallas for nearly 20 years.

In 2002 Oristano left broadcasting to pursue his creative interests, starting a portrait photography business and becoming involved in theater including summer productions with Shakespeare Dallas. He follows his daughter Stacey’s film career who has appeared in such shows as Friday Night Lights and Bunheads.

A veteran stage actor in Dallas, Mark Oristano was writer and performer for the acclaimed one-man show “And Crown Thy Good: A True Story of 9/11.”

Oristano authored his first book, A Sportscaster’s Guide to Watching Football: Decoding America’s Favorite Game. A Sportcaster’s Guide offers inside tips about how to watch football, including stories from Oristano’s 30-year NFL career, a look at offense, defense and special teams, and cool things to say during the game to sound like a real fan.

In 2016 Oristano finished his second book, Surgeon’s Story, a true story about a surgeon that takes readers inside the operating room during open heart surgery. His second book is described as a story of dedication, talent, training, caring, resilience, guts and love.

In 1997, Mark began volunteering at Children’s Medical Center in Dallas, working in the day surgery recovery room. It was at Children’s that Mark got to know Kristine Guleserian, MD, first to discuss baseball, and later, to learn about the physiology, biology, and mystery of the human heart. That friendship led to a joint book project, Surgeon’s Story, about Kristine’s life and career.

Mark is married and has two adult children and two grandchildren.

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About the Book:

What is it like to hold the beating heart of a two-day old child in your hand?  What is it like to counsel distraught parents as they make some of the most difficult decisions of their lives?

Noted pediatric heart surgeon Dr. Kristine Guleserian has opened up her OR, and her career, to author Mark Oristano to create Surgeon’s Story – Inside OR-6 With a top Pediatric Heart Surgeon. 

Dr. Guleserian’s life, training and work are discussed in detail, framed around the incredibly dramatic story of a heart transplant operation for a two-year old girl whose own heart was rapidly dying.  Author Mark Oristano takes readers inside the operating room to get a first-hand look at pediatric heart surgeries most doctors in America would never attempt.

That’s because Dr. Guleserian is recognized as one of the top pediatric heart surgeons in America, one of a very few who have performed a transplant on a one-week old baby. Dr. Guleserian (Goo-liss-AIR-ee-yan) provided her expertise, and Oristano furnished his writing skills, to produce A Surgeon’s Story.

As preparation to write this stirring book, Oristano spent hours inside the operating room at Children’s Medical Center in Dallas watching Guleserian perform actual surgeries that each day were life or death experiences. Readers will be with Dr. Guleserian on her rounds, meeting with parents, or in the Operating Room for a heart transplant.

Oristano is successful sportscaster and photographer and has made several appearances on stage as an actor. He wrote his first book A Sportscaster’s Guide to Watching Football: Decoding America’s Favorite Game, and continues to volunteer at Children’s Medical Center.

“We hear a lot about malpractice and failures in medical care,” says Oristanto, “but I want my readers to know that parts of the American health care system work brilliantly. And our health care system will work even better if more young women would enter science and medicine and experience the type of success Dr. Guleserian has attained.”

Readers will find all the drama, intensity, humor and compassion that they enjoy in their favorite fictionalized medical TV drama, but the actual accounts in Surgeon’s Story are even more compelling. One of the key characters in the book is 2-year-old Rylynn who was born with an often fatal disorder called Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome and was successfully treated by Dr. Guleserian.

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Would you call yourself a born writer?

Well, I came from a very literate family. Reading was always stressed. I taught myself to read at age 2.5. I’ve always had a flair for language, so maybe it is born, who knows?

What was your inspiration for SURGEON’S STORY?

I’ve been a volunteer at Children’s Medical Center in Dallas for 20 years, and that’s where Dr. Kristine Guleserian is a heart surgeon. The more I got to know her and know about her, the more I thought she was a perfect subject for a book. Luckily, when I pitched her the idea, she readily agreed.

What themes do you like to explore in your writing?

The truth of real people and what makes them tick. Why they do what they do.

How long did it take you to complete the book?

Six years, but that was mostly because any time we had an editing session or some interview time carved out, we’d have to cancel it so Dr. G could go to the OR and operate.

Are you disciplined? Describe a typical writing day.

Up at 9. Coffee and newspapers. Breakfast. NY Times Crossword (mandatory for writers), emails and catchup. At noon, writing until four. Then the rest of the day to do whatever.

What did you find most challenging about writing this book?

The amount of technical/medical knowledge I had to acquire. I had to learn about the anatomy of the heart both before and after birth. I had to learn terms like homozygous familial hypercholesterolemia. Heck, just typing some of them is difficult.

What do you love most about being an author?

I’m always employee of the month.

Did you go with a traditional publisher, small press, or did you self publish? What was the process like and are you happy with your decision?

We had several New York houses who were interested, but only if the book was done in the doctor’s first person voice, which she refused, saying it was too egotistical. So we self published.

Where can we find you on the web?

http://www.surgeonsstory.com

 

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