The Collision of Grief and Gratitude Self Help Book Spotlight & Giveaway

Today, we have a self help book in our book spotlight for those dealing with grief and loss.  Check out The Collision of Grief and Gratitude, learn about the author and enter for a chance to win a paperback copy of the book in the book tour giveaway at the end of this post.

Book Cover for self help novel, The Collision of Grief and Gratitude, by Rosanne Liesveld.

Book Title: The Collision of Grief and Gratitude: A Pursuit of Sacred Light
Author: Rosanne Liesveld
Category: Adult Non-fiction, 468 pages
Genre: Self-Help, Death & Grief, Grief & Bereavement
Content Rating: PG 
The subject of loss is explored and some of the emotions may be too raw for young children.

About the Book

Day 209
"And so each day goes; the grief and the gratitude fighting for the bigger spot in my heart. The tug of war between these emotions exhausts me most days. If you see me in the grief mode, you'll think I'm a wreck. But if you see me in gratitude mode, you'll think I m doing well. Neither is 100 percent true. I am what I am most days, leaning toward finding more gratitude than grief as the days turn into weeks and the weeks into months."

After the unexpected death of her husband, Rosanne Liesveld felt a desperate need to communicate gratitude to those who helped her through the shock that death left in its wake. The day of Curt's funeral, Rosanne wrote a Facebook post expressing how, in the midst of profound grief, she found a space in her heart for gratitude. The next day, she wrote another post; then another.

Rosanne's daily posts throughout her first year of widowhood attracted hundreds to follow along on her journey. Her words inspired those who were not only grieving in some way, but those who wanted to build stronger relationships or live life with more intention and gratitude. It was messy. It was raw. And it was healing.

Rosanne's posts have been compiled into this 366-day journey and are accompanied by beautiful photos taken by Curt.

To follow the tour, please visit Rosanne Liesveld's page on iRead Book Tours.

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Meet the Author

Headshot for author Rosanne Liesveld.

After the unexpected death of her husband, Curt, Rosanne Liesveld went on a year-long quest to find a glimmer of gratitude each day. She posted her daily journey on Facebook. Those posts become her book, The Collision of Grief and Gratitude: A Pursuit of Sacred Light.

As a coach and teacher for more than thirty years with the Gallup Organization, Rosanne has helped people discover and lean into their strengths. She now speaks to groups about how to build stronger relationships, and live life with more intention and gratitude.

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The Adventures of Louise Short Story Series Spotlight & Giveaway

Today, we have a romantic comedy, short story series from author Bena Roberts.  I recently featured her mystery, Moms With Secrets, and her novella, The Forever Night Stand --and have a short story series, adapted from chapters of her novel, Blind Dates, BigLove and Six Tinder Weeks in our spotlight this morning.   Check out The Adventures of Louise short stories, learn about the author & enter for a chance to win a $10 Amazon gift card in the book tour giveaway at the end of this post.

Book Cover for romantic comedy short story My Cake! From The Adventures of Louise series by Bena Roberts.
My Cake!
The Adventures of Louise Book 1
by Bena Roberts
Genre: Romantic Comedy, ChickLit

Louise, otherwise known as a red-haired Kardashian decides she wants to settle down. She dreams of a sugar daddy and is willing to sacrifice good looks and great sex for Mr. Sensible. 

Is this really what Louise wants? Can she put her lover, liar and diva life behind her and fall in love with the older man Gerhard?

Will this May to December date change her life forever? Alternatively, will Louise's sexual appetite make things difficult for her?

Question - What is the first line of the book?

Answer - Yesterday, I had God-like sex with a man juicier than sirloin steak.

This laugh out loud short story is a quick read for the beach, train or plane.

This is a very short story, not a novel or a novella. It has been heavily adapted from one chapter of the book Blind Dates, Big Love & Six Tinder Weeks

**Only .99 cents!!**

Book Cover for romantic comedy short story My Bite Back! From The Adventures of Louise series by Bena Roberts.
My Bite Back!
The Adventures of Louise Book 2
He promised to be a lawyer, a great lover and a tennis player. 

He wasn't. 

First betrayal and manipulation then Louise bites back. After two weeks of feeling sorry for herself, she makes a plan to get her revenge.

This is a hilarious chicklit short story! With a flash of adult humor! 
Betrayal, manipulation, and payback. 

Amazon Short Read - this is a 15 to 30 minute short story!

My Bite Back is from The Adventures of Louise Series all of which can be read as standalone. 
This is an adapted version of one of the chapters from Blind Dates, Big Love and Six Tinder Weeks.

**Only .99 cents!!**

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Bena Roberts was a journalist and analyst. Now she prefers the title novelist and romance adventurist. She graduated in England 1994 and then with a Masters in 1997. 

Born in 1973, Bena lived in West London until she was 24. Then she lived and worked in Budapest, Bruges, Prague, Amsterdam, Vienna, Hamburg and Munich. She currently resides in Germany, between Heidelberg and Frankfurt. Although she still refers to London as 'home.'

Bena successfully created a technology blog which gained funding, had lunch with Steve Ballmer and was 'top 50 most influential woman in mobile.' Her blog also won several awards including Metro Best Blog. 

Bena has two children, loves small dogs and always writes books with a cup of Earl Grey. 

Bena's favorite literary style is black humor, and she hopes to offer a unique voice in this area. Her books aim to confront the darkest of life experiences, with levity. Most of her writing is heavy hitting yet also entertaining. The second novel out in 2018 offers thought-provoking fiction which embraces the absurd with reality. 

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Flip The Beat Contemporary Romantic Comedy Book Spotlight & Giveaway

This morning, we are featuring a contemporary romantic comedy in our book spotlight.  Check out the modern day fairy tale, Flip the Beat, learn about the author & enter for a chance to win a $25 Amazon gift card in the book tour giveaway at the end of this post.

Book Cover for contemporary romantic comedy Flip the Beat by Roxanne D. Howard.
Flip the Beat
by Roxanne D. Howard
Genre: NA Contemporary Romance, Modern Day Fairy Tale, Romantic Comedy

Molly Ivers thinks she is falling for the opposite of Prince Charming, and she knows she should give him up, but, oh, the temptation.

Molly Ivers thought she found Prince Charming, complete with a devilishly sexy accent, and six months ago she gave into their undeniable attraction. But the swarm of ever-present groupies was so not part of the fairy tale. As much as it hurt her heart, she shut out rocker Evan Castle.
Now, on the verge of finishing her graduate degree and moving to Paris—she even hires a French life coach—Molly begins to realize Evan, who hasn't given up on her, might be the man of her dreams after all.

Headshot for author Roxanne D. Howard.

Roxanne D. Howard writes sizzling erotic romance with Boroughs Publishing Group and The Wild Rose Press. She is a U.S. Army veteran, and a Columbia College alumni. She loves to read poetry, classical literature, and Stephen King. Also, she is an avid Star Wars fan, musical theater nut, and marine biology geek. Roxanne resides in the western U.S., and when she's not writing, she enjoys spending quality time with her husband, children, and furry companions. Roxanne loves to hear from her readers, and encourages you to contact her via her website and social media.

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Resilience During Your Breast Cancer Journey: How to Thrive After Your Diagnosis and Treatment Kindle Countdown Event Sale!

 This morning, we have a self help guide for those facing a battle with breast cancer--either as a patient or a support person--in our book spotlight.  Check out Resilience During Your Breast Cancer Journey, learn about the author & buy your copy during the Kindle Countdown Event sale for only .99 July 17, 18, and 19th!

Resilience During Your Breast Cancer Journey 
How to Thrive After Your Diagnosis and Treatment
Author: Zaheen Nanji
Genre: Women’s Health and Cancer
ISBN: 978-0-9949224-1-0
Pages: 69

In Celebration of Breast Cancer Survival
July 17 -19, 2018

Kindle Countdown Event Sale. New Release “Resilience During Your Breast Cancer Journey How to Thrive After Your Diagnosis and Treatment.’ Just .99 cents on Amazon!

A great e-guide for Women with Breast Cancer, Caregivers, Cancer Associations, Medical Professionals, Family members supporting Women with Breast Cancer and more!

Whether you’re a caregiver, you have breast cancer, or you work in the medical field, there is something in this book for you!
Learn how to:
1.        Adapt to the situation and be provided with support as you go through every single phase of your breast cancer journey;
2.        Prepare your body for faster healing;
3.        Manage change and accept your new normal.

About the Book

“You have breast cancer”. There’s NOTHING that can prepare anyone in this world for this sentence.

Having heard this exact phrase or some variation of it, you already know how soul crushing and devastating it can be. It feels like the entire world is crumbling around you, you’re losing hope and the will to live.

But it doesn’t have to be this way. We’re living in the 21st century which means you don’t have to take your breast cancer journey alone. In fact, you can thrive through breast cancer and emerge a survivor.

Every woman handles their breast cancer news differently but we all share the same capacity for hope, improvement and inner strength.

You now have two options; either to let go and give in to despair…OR pick up this book, allow hope to be rekindled inside you, fight and emerge triumphant.

Just .99 cents on Amazon.com! 
No strings attached! 
Just an opportunity to learn!

About the Author:

Zaheen Nanji is a bestselling author, professional speaker, breast cancer survivor and a director of a successful health and wellness business. Embracing change and fear is Zaheen’s trademark because she overcame her speech impediment, embraced her journey with breast cancer and learned to live in a new country, at the age of 15, without her parents.

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Book Excerpt:

I knew my hair was going to fall out some day, but I was sad to see it go.
To have tenacity, you have to be flexible.
To have long-term perspective, you have to be flexible.
To have a positive attitude, you have to be flexible.
Being flexible means, you can modify your behaviour and recognize that it’s better to change YOU or your tactics instead of spending your time lamenting about your problems.
Life throws us curveballs, but why is it then when we are told we have cancer and its treatable, we still feel like our life has come to an end and everything that is happening to us is not fair.
When my surgeon told me that breast cancer is 80% curable, depending on the stage of cancer, I hung on to those words like a person being thrown a line when they feel they are drowning. I’m not sure why, but I reminded myself of those words every time someone told me how sorry they were that I had breast cancer. I reminded them that its curable and I wasn’t going anywhere.

The Dociles: The Secret Archives Trilogy Book One Book Spotlight

I love science fiction and dystopian novels--and I am excited to featuring the first book of a new trilogy from author Valerie Puri today in our book spotlight!  Check out The Dociles, book one from The Secret Archives trilogy & learn about the author!

The Dociles by Valerie Puri

Walls are meant to keep the monsters out… Deep in the forest there is a wall where no wall should be. Behind it live the people of the Commune, the last remnant of human kind. Jennie Caraway has lived behind the wall her entire life, certain that it protects her and her brother from the lemerons, ravenous undead monsters whose only desire is to kill – and feed. Jennie’s peaceful existence is shattered when she uncovers a secret organization whose purpose threatens to destroy not only Jennie, but her entire world. The Order has a deadly mission, and they will stop at nothing to see it completed. Jennie and those closest to her must expose the evil truth before they are killed – or worse.

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Valerie Puri has always had a lifelong interest in all forms of artistic expression. She has tried her hand at many things, yet she always found her way back to reading and writing. With inspiration everywhere, she finally put pen to paper (or rather, fingers to keyboard) with the intent of publishing her stories. Writing has always come naturally to Valerie, and for a time she even worked as a technical writer. She continues to hone her skills by having at least one writing project in the works at any given time. Her true passion lies in the freedom that comes with writing the stories that pour from her imagination and real life inspiration. Valerie believes that the experiences we have in life are just stories waiting to be written.

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The Children of Never Epic Fantasy Book Spotlight & $10 Amazon Gift Card Giveaway

This morning, we are featuring the first book from The War Priests of Andrak Saga by Christian Freed!  Check out epic fantasy The Children of Never, learn about the author & enter for a chance to win a $10 Amazon gift card in the book tour giveaway at the end of this post.  We have featuring the author in the past with his urban fantasy, Where Have All the Elves Gone, and fantasy, Dreams of Winter so be sure to check those out too if you missed them!

The Children of Never
The War Priests of Andrak Saga Book 1
by Christian Warren Freed
Genre: Epic Fantasy

The war priests of Andrak have protected the world from the encroaching darkness for generations. Stewards of the Purifying Flame, the priests stand upon their castle walls each year for 100 days. Along with the best fighters, soldiers, and adventurers from across the lands, they repulse the Omegri invasions.
But their strength wanes and evil spreads.
Lizette awakens to a nightmare, for her daughter has been stolen during the night. When she goes to the Baron to petition aid, she learns that similar incidents are occurring across the duchy. Her daughter was just the beginning. Baron Einos of Fent is left with no choice but to summon the war priests.
Brother Quinlan is a haunted man. Last survivor of Castle Bendris, he now serves Andrak. Despite his flaws, the Lord General recognizes Quinlan as one of the best he has. Sending him to Fent is his best chance for finding the missing children and restoring order. Quinlan begins a quest that will tax his strength and threaten the foundations of his soul.
The Grey Wanderer stalks the lands, and where he goes, bad things follow. The dead rise and the Omegri launch a plan to stop time and overrun the world. The duchy of Fent is just the beginning.

Headshot for author Christian Warren Freed.
Christian W. Freed was born in Buffalo, N.Y. more years ago than he would like to remember. After spending more than 20 years in the active duty US Army he has turned his talents to writing. Since retiring, he has gone on to publish 17 military fantasy and science fiction novels, as well as his memoirs from his time in Iraq and Afghanistan. His first published book (Hammers in the Wind) has been the #1 free book on Kindle 4 times and he holds a fancy certificate from the L Ron Hubbard Writers of the Future Contest. 

Passionate about history, he combines his knowledge of the past with modern military tactics to create an engaging, quasi-realistic world for the readers. He graduated from Campbell University with a degree in history and is pursuing a Masters of Arts degree in Military History from Norwich University. He currently lives outside of Raleigh, N.C. and devotes his time to writing, his family, and their two Bernese Mountain Dogs. If you drive by you might just find him on the porch with a cigar in one hand and a pen in the other.

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