Archive for January 9th, 2014


Title: Traveling Business Class

Genre: Travel

Author: Randall L. Erickson, PhD

Publisher: iUniverse

Pages: 230

Language: English

ISBN – 978-1-47594-606-2

In this unusual memoir and travelogue, a longtime employee of 3M climbs up the corporate ladder and starts traveling the world—for free. Author Randall L. Erickson, PhD, recalls his adventures of traveling throughout the world. His looks back on being named an honorary member of the House of Lords, meeting the pope one Easter Sunday in Rome, and touring the Imperial Palace in Tokyo.

Those stories are just the beginning; he also shares the hilarious tales of how he pretended to be a male prostitute in Madrid and how he was saved from a Chinese prison because he smoked cigarettes. He also provides practical guidance, such as how to find a western toilet in Japan, how to dry your underwear when your luggage doesn’t arrive, and tips on experimenting with new foods. Erickson had such a variety of experiences while traveling on business that his wife dubbed him “the Forrest Gump of 3M.” After hearing about his adventures, there’s no doubt that you’ll agree with her; get some practical advice for having fun while abroad in Traveling Business Class.

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Randall L. Erickson, PhD, received his bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota, and his doctorate in physical chemistry in 1965 from North Dakota State University in Fargo, North Dakota. He retired from 3M after thirty-three years and currently lives with his wife, Nancy, in North Oaks, Minnesota. He still enjoys traveling, but now he has to pay for it himself.

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Title: Reqiuem for Doctor Edward Browne

Genre: General Fiction

Author: Richard Dean Smith

Publisher: iUniverse

Pages: 580

Language: English

ISBN – 978-1-44013-771-6


When Dr. Browne’s partner retires, his practice is taken over by Dr. Forbes Q. Hazzig, who becomes a zealot for a ‘managed care revolution’ of ‘marketplace medicine.’ Browne and his associate Dr. Kennes receive irrational, discordant information from healthcare experts, consultants and economists. Browne learns that rhetoric of a mass movement must be as erroneous as possible promising a vague, glorious future. Hazzig grows immensely rich and gains enormous power relying on intimidation and coercion.

Joanna Browne’s exhibition of J.M.W. Turner becomes a thrilling success, yet Hazzig’s wife succeeds in eliminating Joanna’s position at East Valley Museum of Art. Joanna must accept a position at a distant university; her absence devastates Browne.

Browne and Kennes discover managed care was based on a Washington bureau hoax, the ‘health maintenance strategy’ of 1973: an irrational mass movement, a mass hysteria. Hazzig plots to humiliate and ruin the two doctors; each threat goes awry. Hazzig is discredited; his illusory wealth collapses.

Reunited with Joanna, Dr. Browne receives a disturbing invitation to return to East Valley to be recognized with Dr. Kennes for their efforts to expose the folly of managed care. Browne is reluctant to relive his lonely, troubled, distressed past.

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Richard Dean Smith 48 words The author received medical education at Kansas University Medical Center and Mayo Graduate School of Medicine. He is presently Medical Director of the Rehabilitation Services, John Muir Medical Center, Walnut Creek, California. Dr. Smith lives and practices where managed care had its beginning and its most rapid growth.

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  • This giveaway begins January 7 and ends on January 21.
  • Winners will be contacted via email on January 22, 2014.
  • Winner has 48 hours to reply.
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Champagne Lies CoverTitle: Champagne Lies
Genre: Mystery
Author: Wendy VanHatten
Publisher: DocuMeant Publishing
Pages: 246
Language: English

She should have been on her 30th wedding anniversary trip. Instead, Stacie stumbles upon a body where it should not be…an upscale beach on the Mexican Rivera. She also should have been celebrating with the man she has been married to for those 30 years. Instead, she finds out she may not have really known what he did or who he was.

Things happen to her she can’t explain. Who is the mysterious Maria in Italy, why did her husband need secret, hidden rooms, who do the guns belong to, and who was the man she married? Nothing is as it appears…and Stacie keeps finding more surprises the more pieces she uncovers.

From dead bodies to stolen jewels…it just keeps getting worse.

10 Tips for Becoming a Better Writer

  1. Pick the right writing workshop: If you are going to attend a writing workshop, check it out first to make sure it’s right for you. If you are a beginning writer, you probably won’t get as much out of one geared toward published authors. Make sure it’s a good fit. Then put the information into practice as it works for you.
  2. Find a mentor: When looking for a mentor, there are several things you should consider. First, look for a person that ‘has been there and done that’. Your friend, who loves cats but has never written anything other than emails, probably isn’t going to be the best mentor. Once you have a good mentor, give their suggestions a try. Don’t ignore what they have to say!
  3. Write what you know: You’ve probably heard this. It’s true. It’s easier to write about things you already do or know. This doesn’t mean ONLY what you know. But, it makes your writing more believable if you’ve actually done what you are having your character do.
  4. Devote a space dedicated to your writing: This can change but I find it works best if I write in the same place.
  5. When you’re ready to write…write: I write on my computer in my office. I find it’s best if I don’t make my grocery list, read the mail, or play games during the time I am there to write. That can happen at a different time.
  6. Organize: If you’re doing research, organize your thoughts and outline so you accomplish your research. If you’re working on a character, organize your thoughts so you think about that character.
  7. Organize your writing space ahead of writing time: If your space is a cluttered mess, you probably will spend more time cleaning than writing.
  8. Talk to other writers: Any tips you can get along the way…write them down so you can refer back to them. I keep a notebook of ‘tips’ gained from others.
  9. Continue to learn: Writing itself may not change, but circumstances, genres that interest you, trends, etc. change and evolve all the time. Keeping up with what is going on in the industry helps in your writing.
  10. Write…write…write: It sounds easy and elementary. But, it’s not. Writing everyday keeps you in the habit of writing. The more you write, the more of a habit it becomes and the easier it is to keep that habit.



Wendy Van HattenWendy VanHatten is a published author, Editor of Prime Time Living Magazine, professional editor for authors, and contributing writer in additional magazines. Her children’s books, the Max and Myron series, teach children to read as they learn how to become good citizens with positive character traits. She has taught writing at the college level and travel writing for continuing education workshops.

Currently, she documents travel advice and photos in her blog,  www.travelsandescapes.blogspot.com. More information about Wendy and her books may be found at www.wendyvanhatten.com. Her books are available on Amazon or from her website.

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Book reviewed at Ali’s Books

Wednesday, November 27

Interviewed at Review From Here

Friday, November 29

Interviewed at Literal Exposure

Monday, December 2

Interviewed at Pump Up Your Book

Tuesday, December 3

Book reviewed at Hezzi D’s Books and Cooks

Wednesday, December 4

Interviewed at Book Marketing Buzz

Thursday, December 5

Book featured at The Book Rack

Friday, December 6

Guest blogging at The Writer’s Life

Monday, December 9

Guest blogging at Allvoices

Tuesday, December 10

Book reviewed at Authors and Readers Book Corner

Thursday, December 12

Interviewed at Beyond the Books

Friday, December 13

Book featured at The Book Rack

Monday, December 16

Interviewed at Blogher

Tuesday, December 17

Interviewed at Broowaha

Wednesday, December 18

Guest blogging at The Story Behind the Book

Thursday, December 19

Interviewed at Straight From the Author’s Mouth

Friday, December 20

Guest blogging at Between the Covers

Guest blogging at Newsvine

Monday, January 6

Interviewed at I’m Shelf-ish

Tuesday, January 7

Book reviewed at Storeybook Reviews

Wednesday, January 8

Book reviewed at Carol’s Notebook

Thursday, January 9

Guest blogging at The Dark Phantom

Friday, January 10

Guest blogging at Literarily Speaking

Monday, January 13

Interviewed at As the Pages Turn

Tuesday, January 14

Interviewed at Examiner

Wednesday, January 15

Book reviewed at Mary’s Cup of Tea

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Thursday, January 16

Guest blogging at Redroom

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Book reviewed at Read 2 Review

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