I was able to write my book with sheer determination, which is common for many writers. Success requires determination.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI was in a serious car accident that left me critically injured and comatose for over four months. When I awoke I had NO memory of my life. I was dazed as anyone would be and my mind was blank. I had to learn how to be a woman again: a living, breathing, 35 year old woman who had three sons, whom I did not remember either! I did not know how to be a Mom. I had to re-learn how to do everything from the basic learning how to breathe, learning how to eat and how to breathe as I ate, everything a person learns from birth, but I was beginning of a new life. The woman I had been was gone and I had to start my life anew.  

After re-learning some basic tasks like learning how to sit up, eat and brush my teeth, I was sent home with a husband whom I did not remember either, accompanied with many “how to” lists for my therapists and myself. I had very little comprehension of life. I had care givers and therapists coming daily during my early recovery, and it was pretty overwhelming. I permanently injured my right hand which was the preferred hand so I had to re-learn to write with left hand. I had to start somewhere! ~grin & wink~ Read more

Online Book Tours!

Posted by admin on March 24, 2015
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Have you published a book and its not doing much? Have you promoted your book to the best of your ability? Have you thought of an Online Book Tour?

Online Book Tours can get your book in front of thousands upon thousands of people!

We have listed some of the more popular online book tour sites. Explore your possibilities! Grab your opportunities! Organise a book tour for your book!

 

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Well known and popular children’s author Gigi Sedlmayer interviewed by Uvi Poznansky

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Who inspired you to start writing and how did your craft develop since then?

Surviving cancer and finding myself still alive after two years of just sitting around, but still locked after my two little girls and my husband, Albert, I finally came to my senses again. Since I couldn’t work at a traditional job any longer, I couldn’t stand or sit too long, Albert, my husband, taught me how to use a computer. I started to write, since there was nothing else for me to do. In the beginning I wasn’t sure, in which language I should write. But then I decided to write in English, since my English became better and we live in an English-speaking country.

I wrote many short stories and entered them into competitions and often got very good reports back, which gave me confidence to go on writing and inspired me to go on. One of the short stories was about Talon and Matica. Judges from the competition loved the story and so I thought, I could develop a series about Talon and Matica. And so the TALON series came to life.

And my English is getting better and better and my ideas as well. My head is full with great ideas for the next books in the Talon series.

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blind dog sled racerRachael Scdoris, a 28-year-old outdoors enthusiast, has been a competitive dogsled racer for well over a decade. Thanks to the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS), a division of the Library of Congress, she’s been an avid reader for the past year.

Scdoris was born and raised in the wilderness of Bend, Ore., where she traversed mountains and deserts on the back of a sled with her father, who spent 36 years as a musher—a trail his stubborn daughter was determined to follow no matter what. Scdoris was born with a rare vision disorder called congenital achromatopsia, robbing her of colors, distinct shapes and many layers of depth. But her flat, fuzzy world was more of a challenge for others and their misconceptions than for her.

To the legally blind musher, a disability is a mere state of mind. “What it really boils down to is people saying ‘Well, if I were visually impaired, I couldn’t do it, so clearly you can’t.’”

The 2003 decision to allow the teenage Scdoris to enter the Super Bowl of dogsled racing, the Iditarod, was “a major controversy.” She competed in the Iditarod three times after that—through blizzards and frost bite—before the word “gimmick” was finally laid to rest. Now, as a fully established racer, Scdoris is waiting on major sponsorships before undertaking the Alaskan legend again.

In the meantime, Scdoris juggles a variety of balls—including training for her newest competitive interest, tandem cycling, giving commercial sled-dog tours and caring for more than one hundred huskies. That’s a kennel the size of a football field.

In 2012, Scdoris was also a guest speaker at the national conference of libraries that partner with NLS to provide extensive reading materials in audio and braille to people with visual or physical disabilities. She first started receiving books through NLS programs as a child but didn’t use the service again until last year.

“They told me about all this cool technology they’re using to make it easier for their patrons, and I really wanted to take advantage of that again,” said Scdoris, who favors authors like Paulo Coelho and Christopher Moore. “What takes most people 20 minutes to read would take me an hour or more. To have the book on audio and be able to listen to it faster than most people could read it—that was a nice thing.”

But, even when the self-proclaimed bleeding-heart liberal is enjoying political reads, her furry teammates aren’t far from her mind, “They’re amazing. The definition of teamwork is many individuals working toward a common goal. They’re all individuals but they become such a unit when it’s important. I’m kind of the leader, caretaker of that. I’ve been doing this my entire life, and I’ve tried to explain it my entire life, and I really can’t. It’s a feeling unlike any other.”

If you or a loved one are blind, have low vision or can’t hold a book due to a disability or illness, the NLS talking-book program will help you keep reading for free. To learn more, visit www.loc.gov/nls or call 1-888-NLS-READ.

 

Happy Children

Posted by admin on March 14, 2015
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Children celebrating the arrival of new English books.

 

Mumma to Be – Amanda Starling

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAEvery hiccup and foreign moment I endured I wanted reassurance and peace of mind. From that moment I was prompted to record my journey. My words began, freely, candidly and honestly. Initially I was writing for my baby thinking it would be a great keepsake for when she was older – I’m such a realist thinking so far in advance! Perhaps she will be mortified to know how candid and forthright I was. I began writing everything, I knew I couldn’t count on my memory (baby brain); everything I thought was relevant I wrote down throughout my pregnancy.
My intent behind ‘Mumma to Be’ was initially for my baby girl, then it changed direction slightly as I began writing for all first time Mums. I took it from a light hearted point of view to enable the reader to get a sense of realness and comfort from my words. Read more

Featured Author

Posted by admin on February 26, 2015
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Featured Author for March – coming next week!

Stay tuned for more

Wheels of Mizfortunate Review

Posted by admin on February 20, 2015
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Wheels of Mizfortunate front coverI have Wheels of Mizfortunate and thought I’d say a few words about it. I think the book was a unique inside up close look into what it would be like if the worst happened to us , an accident or mishap that would be crippling. I recently broke my ankle and was immobilized for just a brief period of time as I read this book. What am ordeal , so many things that change so quickly. Constant challenges of all kinds. She depicts in interesting ways what that was like. Relationships with family and friends and physical difficulties just getting through each day. 

The book gave me new respect for disabled folks and to read the book would be helpful for them as well I feel. I know I am biased because of my friendship with Linda but I would go to bat for her anytime. She has been through more than most folks could deal with but is less handicapped that most in spite of it. Dave Aronson, Minnesota.

Linda’s book is available from Amazon.com

 

indexWith hectic schedules ruling the day, people often underestimate the importance of taking time to relax and recharge—even if for only a few minutes.

To that point, why not do so with a good book? Whether you’re curled up on the couch after work or simply on your lunch break, eReading companies such as Kobo have enough options to keep you interested—and relaxed.

No matter what age you are, there’s something for everyone’s taste or preference.

The 20s can be fraught with stress and tension. You’ve left the comfort of home, so now what? Consider books that will help direct you on your own path. There is “How to Be Interesting” by Jessica Hagy and “The Defining Decade: Why Your Twenties Matter—And How to Make the Most of Them Now” by Meg Jay.

The 30s might have you pondering marriage and family, in which case, “Smart Parenting for Smart Kids: Nurturing Your Child’s True Potential” by Eileen Kennedy-Moore and Mark S. Lowenthal might be informative and invaluable reads. For a mind-candy read that’s sure to entertain, try “Bridget Jones’s Diary” by Helen Fielding.

By their 40s, people are looking for a little romance or a thrill. Books such as “Inferno” by Dan Brown, or “Committed” by Elizabeth Gilbert may have just the appeal you’re looking for.

In your 50s, the kids are (hopefully) out of the house, and you now have time to read and travel. To that end, “Still Alice” by Lisa Genova and “Live By Night” by Dennis Lehane could be the thing to toss in your suitcase.

The 60s, or Golden Years, mean retirement and the ability to enjoy the things you love most. Whether it’s spending time with family, keeping fit, or curling up with a good book, there is “Beautiful Ruins” by Jess Walter or “Paris” by Edward Rutherfurd.

As well as offering instant access to millions of titles online, digital reading companies offer a cornucopia of eReading device options and free reading apps for most smartphones and tablets, making it easy to expand your “just read” list. Whatever your age—young or old, married or single—books are a source of entertainment, escape and inspiration, but most of all, enjoyment.

 

Aurora House publishing has been busy. They have recently released five new books – two children’s books and three autobiographies. Look over to the left and you will find them all in Recommended Reading.

Each new release is excellent reading.

Faceless Man 140x210The Faceless Man will take you across Australia on motorbikes, from the east coast to the west. Across the desert with its searing heat, through tropical storms – just becuase they can. It will hold you from beginning to end and have you begging for more!

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