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Authors Read Hosts Award Winning Jim Musgrave

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Tune in to Authors Read Blog Talk Radio at 12:00 noon EST, July 28, www.blogtalkradio.com/authorsread to hear award winning author, Jim Musgrave’s short story “The Betting Man”. Before or after the show, take a moment to download Jim Musgrave’s free sampler of his book, The President’s Parasite and Other Short Stories http://efraimzgraves.wordpress.com/2008/07/12/new-download-sampler-from-the-presidents-parasite-and-other-stories/. This sampler will whet your appetite for more of his thought provoking short stories. You can find his book at Amazon when your ready for the main course. Amazon Link for President’s Parasite: http://www.amazon.com/Presidents-Parasite-Jim-Musgrave/dp/0977650367/ Donna Sundblad – Author, Editor and Tour Coordinator Author of Pumping Your Muse www.virtualblogtour.blogspot.com – Get more information about virtual blog tours

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Learn More About How Jill Lublin Promotes Her Books

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Friday July 25 – http://readersstation.ning.com/group/promotionalauthorinterviews For more information about Jill – visit www.jilllublin.com. For full tour details, visit http://virtualblogtour.blogspot.com/2008/06/jill-lublin-author-of-get-noticed-get.html Monday starts the final week of Jill’s tour. Have you ordered your copy of Get Noticed Get Referrals?? Nikki Leigh – Author, Publicist and Tour Coordinator www.nikkileigh.com – Book Promo 101: Learn the Basics of Book Promotion www.virtualblogtour.blogspot.com – Get more information about virtual blog tours

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Hugh Ballou’s Transforming Power Bonus Gifts

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Hugh Ballou – author of Transforming Power – is offering a fantastic selection of FREE bonus gifts to people who buy a copy of Transforming Power. We are sharing a partial list of the bonuses that are available, see the information posted below. Hugh Ballou is touring cyber space from July 28th through the end of August and we are providing a wide variety of information about his book, his background, and the leadership services that he offers. What Can a Conductor Teach You About Leadership? How can you compare “being a conductor” with “being a corporate leader”? Visit this page for a comparison of these two occupations and you will see why Hugh Ballou’s 40 years as a choir conductor is invaluable in helping people learn how to become leaders. http://virtualblogtour.blogspot.com/2008/06/what-can-conductor-teach-you-about.html Feel free to visit any tour stops to learn more and for the opportunity to ask him questions. To view Hugh Ballou’s tour schedule, visit:http://virtualblogtour.blogspot.com/2008/06/transforming-power-virtual-tour-with.html Take a peek at some of the bonus gifts Hugh Ballou is offering to people who buy his new book – Hugh’s Personal Gifts for Purchasing His Book ($500 value) EXCLUSIVE Leadership TeleSeminar TRAININGS, HAND-PICKED FOR YOU Hugh has carefully selected these trainings from his monthly training series, Leadership TeleSeminar. These lessons will impact you effectiveness as a Transformational Leader iMMEDIATELY! He shares his secrets with YOU to support your success. You will receive the full, professionally formatted transcripts and MP3 files.A sample 30 minute coaching session with Hugh Ballou is included. ($250 value) Hugh’s BONUS Gift #1 – POWERFUL GOAL SETTING: Goal Setting that Works! This extensive but concise lesson on setting and implementing powerful goals for you and your team will impact your life. These time proven strategies work over and over again for Transformational Leaders around the globe. Hugh’s Training on Goals – Hugh‘s BONUS Gift #2 BUILDING HIGH PERFORMANCE TEAMS: Solving Conflict Before it Happens! Hugh has carefully selected these trainings from his monthly training series, Leadership TeleSeminar. Building high performance teams means building the skill set of the leader. This training provides systems and strategies for leading teams and transforming organizations. The Truth About Making Money on the InternetBy bestselling author Kathleen Gage Are you tired of all the hype and get-rich-quick nonsense? Learn the Truth about Making Money on the Internet. Learn strategies to attract the kind of clients and business you desire while maintaining a very high level of integrity. Whether you sell a product or service, write books, speak professionally, consult or run a business, you will discover one of the most powerful strategies to gain massive visibility on the Internet. True Internet experts have been using this information to build successful businesses. Learn strategies that will make you real money, and lots of it, for your efforts. FREE Book – Super Achiever Mindsets & CEO Space Lifetime Membership Discount – Access to Resources, Team, Capital and MORE! Save $1000 Off Lifetime Membership! CEO Space would like to congratulate Faculty member Jill Lublin on her […]

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Learn More About How Jill Lublin Promotes Her Books

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Friday July 25 – http://readersstation.ning.com/group/promotionalauthorinterviews For more information about Jill – visit www.jilllublin.com. For full tour details, visit http://virtualblogtour.blogspot.com/2008/06/jill-lublin-author-of-get-noticed-get.html Monday starts the final week of Jill’s tour. Have you ordered your copy of Get Noticed Get Referrals?? Nikki Leigh – Author, Publicist and Tour Coordinator www.nikkileigh.com – Book Promo 101: Learn the Basics of Book Promotion www.virtualblogtour.blogspot.com – Get more information about virtual blog tours

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Teaching to Write or Writing to Teach? See What This Popular Author Says

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Author Jim Musgrave, teacher and author of The President’s Parasite and Other Short Stories visits Current Events in Books http://currenteventsinbooks.blogspot.com/ and shares an article titled: Teaching to Write or Writing to Teach? In it he says, “Remember how it was in school? Sometimes, the teacher made you think about what you were reading. That’s the way it is in my new book of short fiction, The President’s Parasite and Other Stories.” Be sure to check out the entire article. It may make you smile, smirk or even frown, but it is sure to make you think! While you’re there, leave a question or a comment for Jim for a chance to win a copy of his book. That’s right! Each comment enters you in a drawing to win a free print copy of his book at the end of the tour. Increase your chances of winning by stopping and leaving a comment at each blog hosting the tour. Take a moment and treat yourself. Download the free sampler of Jim’s book, The President’s Parasite and Other Short Stories at http://efraimzgraves.wordpress.com/2008/07/12/new-download-sampler-from-the-presidents-parasite-and-other-stories/ Amazon Link for President’s Parasite: http://www.amazon.com/Presidents-Parasite-Jim-Musgrave/dp/0977650367/ Donna Sundblad – Author, Editor and Tour Coordinator Author of Pumping Your Muse www.virtualblogtour.blogspot.com – Get more information about virtual blog tours

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Jill Lublin Is Interviewed About Networking

Wednesday July 23 Susan Payton of Egg Marketing shares an interview with Jill Lublin on her blog – http://www.sparkplugging.com/marketing/ Thursday July 24 Jill Lublin will be interviewed on The Frazzled Entrepreneur Program: The Author as Entrepreneur series that we’re doing with the Frazzled Entrepreneur – www.blogtalkradio.com/frazzledentreneur 8 pm EST – Call-in Number: (646) 200-0886 For more information about Jill – visit www.jilllublin.com. For full tour details, visit http://virtualblogtour.blogspot.com/2008/06/jill-lublin-author-of-get-noticed-get.html Nikki Leigh – Author, Publicist and Tour Coordinator www.nikkileigh.com – Book Promo 101: Learn the Basics of Book Promotion www.virtualblogtour.blogspot.com – Get more information about virtual blog tours

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Promotional Interview with Marilyn Meredith

Marilyn Meredith is the author of Smell of Death. This is a bit about her latest book —- A missing child, strange burglaries, the murder of a mother and her daughter disrupt the peaceful beach community of Rocky Bluff. Officer Stacey Wilbur assists Doug Milligan with the investigations and she finds herself breaking her long-standing rule of never dating anyone who works for Rocky Bluff P.D. PROMOTIONAL INTERVIEW WITH MARILYN MEREDITH You have been invited to share your promotional experience with others who visit the Inspired Author Self Promotion web pages. Inspired Author is a great resource for writers who want to learn more about writing, freelancing, working at home, promotion and much more. We invite you to visit www.inspiredauthor.com/promotion. Your Name: Marilyn Meredith (also F. M. Meredith) 1. Where you are from and where are you now? I grew up in Los Angeles CA, married a sailor and traveled to Virginia and Maryland, lived many years in Oxnard CA near the Port Hueneme Seabee Base, and now we’re in Springville CA which is located in the foothills of The Southern Sierra. 2. How did you get started writing? I drew stories even before I could read or write, thanks to my mom listening to soap operas on the radio. I’ve been writing stories ever since I knew how. In junior high, I wrote and printed and sold my own magazine. Also wrote plays for the neighborhood kids to star in. 3. What do you do when you are not writing? Most of my day is spent in front of the computer. If I’m not actually writing, I’m doing promotion. I also do writing for others–including ghost writing. By evening, I’m ready to read or watch TV. My husband and I try to go to a movie every week or so. I have a big family, so I do spend time with them kids and grandkids and greats when possible. I’m also active in my church. 4. What would readers like to know about you? I’m one of these people who never gives up, despite many, many rejections over the years, two publishers dying who were publishing my books, getting tangled up with a couple of crooked publishers, I kept going. 5. What inspired your first book? My first book was an historical family saga based on my family’s genealogy. My sister did the genealogy and I was so fascinated by what she found out and all the unanswered questions, I decided to some research into the places and times the family was there and try to figure out why they moved from here to there. It was fascinating–and I wrote a book about each side of my family. 6. How many books have you written? That I’m not sure about. What I do know is I have over 20 published books, and two that I have contracts with my publisher. 7. What are the titles of your books and what genres are they? I have so many I’ll just […]

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Promotional Interview with LaConnie Taylor-Jones

Your Name: LaConnie Taylor-Jones 1. Where you are from and where are you now? I’m a native Memphian and for the last twenty-four years, I’ve lived in Northern California. 2. How did you get started writing? The one thing that catapulted me into the writing world was my husband. In the spring of ’03, I was in bed reading a novel that was horrible. It was pass midnight and I think my husband was tired of hearing me whine about the book because he said, “Honey, if you can write a better book, do it, but baby, turn out the lights.” I took him up on the challenged and I’ve never looked back. 3. What do you do when you are not writing? I’m trying to successfully juggle the responsibilities of wife, mother, and consultant. 4. What would readers like to know about you? I want readers to know that I take my writing very seriously and will give them nothing less than the very best story I can possibly write. 5. What inspired your first book? The inspiration for this story came from my experience as a health educator. For the last fifteen years, I’ve taught health education primarily to African American women in community-based settings. Oftentimes, before I can lecture on the risk factors associated with chronic diseases disproportionally impacting African Americans, I have to deal with the soci-economic deterrents women face. Unfortunately, abusive relationships top the list. 6. How many books have you written? I’ve completed two full length novels and I’m just about to wrap up my third. 7. What are the titles of your books and what genres are they? When I’m With You is the title of my debut novel. My second book, which is scheduled to release April 1st is entitled, When A Man Loves A Woman. We’ve selected the title for the third book and it’s, If I Were Your Woman. 8. How do you decide on that topic or genre? The romance genre chose me years ago! In fact, I flunked an organic chemistry midterm after staying up all night to read my first romance novel. The topics for my stories come from my experiences as a health educator. 9. How do you manage to keep yourself focused and on track? I set goals for myself whether personal or professional and use The SMART Goal Setting Technique to keep me on track: S = SpecificM = MeasurableA = AttainableR = RealisticT = Timely 10. Do you write to make money or for the love of writing? Right now, I definitely do it for the love of writing. However, I’m preparing myself so that I can make a comfortable living from writing. 11. What are some traditional methods of marketing you have used? My marketing covers a broad spectrum of promotion techniques including: book signings, blog touring, and book club appearances, to name a few. So far, all are working very well. 12. What are some unique methods of marketing you have […]

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Promotional Interview with Cheryl Kaye Tardif

You have been invited to share you experience with our readers. Name: Cheryl Kaye Tardif, bestselling author of Whale Song, The River and Divine Intervention 1. Tell us about yourself – where you are from, how you got started writing, what you do when you are not writing (or anything you want our readers to know) I was born in Vancouver, BC, but moved around a lot as a child. I even spent 3 years in Bermuda, which was a slice of heaven and where I was first really encouraged to pursue my passion for writing. As a teen, I became one of the youngest paid journalists in BC and wrote a weekly column titled Masset Meanderings. But fiction?particularly horror, suspense and mystery?was always my true passion. I am now a full-time author. I write most days, although sometimes I’m writing articles, blog posts or press releases, and other days I am working on the current novel. I consider myself a full-time promoter of my work, blogging regularly and creating exciting events and contests every month. When I am not writing you can usually find me watching TV. I am a CSI, Medium, Law & Order, Lost, Journeyman addict, to name a few. And of course, I also enjoy reading! 2. What inspired you to write your first book? When writing the original edition of Whale Song in 2003, I was inspired by a native legend that I had heard many times while growing up on the Queen Charlotte Islands, which is north of Vancouver Island and very isolated and wild. The legend says that if you see a killer whale close to shore, it is really the reincarnated soul of a loved one who is coming to say goodbye. I think that is such a beautiful vision and a peaceful way to look at death, and as a child, I spent many days walking the beaches and waiting to see a killer whale. That legend is the heart of my novel Whale Song. 3. How many books have you written? I have written 6 novels (3 published, 2 unpublished, 1 was stolen) plus 2 children’s picture books (unpublished). My most noted works are my published novels: Whale Song (2007), The River (2005) and Divine Intervention (2004). They each explore various degrees of mystery or suspense. 4. How do you decide on their topic? That’s a tough question. Sometimes the title comes to me first and once I dwell on that, the story plot will often unfold. Many times a character comes to mind, one with a particular problem or challenge. Or the entire plot just “comes to me”. I often say that I don’t pick the plot…it picks me. 5. What works best to keep you focused and on track? I am an obsessive note keeper. I have notes on post-its stuck to my computer, my desk and walls. These notes help to keep me in line. If I know I have deadlines, I will leave a note for […]

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Promotional Interview with Chris Hoare

Your Name: Christopher Hoare. Where you are from and where are you now? I was born in London, England and am now a Canadian Citizen living in a small community in Alberta against the Rocky Mountains. How did you get started writing? I wrote some articles about the desert for a local English language newspaper while I worked in Libya. At the same time, a historical scenario grew in my mind – an attempt to create real characters at the time of the arrival of the Saxons in Roman Britain. I left Libya and moved to Canada, and after my first winter’s work, set up residence in a truck-camper and spent the summer traveling and attempting to write that early novel. What do you do when you are not writing? There’s not a lot of time left over. I belong to a number of online social sites where I join discussion groups about writing and publishing. I also belong to several writing groups where I take part in reading and critiquing other writers’ work. I’m secretary of a local political party constituency and prepare for election campaigns, as well as participate in community activities and the local senior’s centre. What would readers like to know about you? I really don’t know. Perhaps I might offer a lesson about changing times and perceptions. When I started working as a surveyor in oil exploration, in 1963, I believed I was involved in noble work that fuelled almost every aspect of modern society. When I retired about four years ago, I had become one of the desecrators of wilderness and polluters of the world, and yet I did exactly the same things. It’s interesting how fluid perceptions are – and how distant they can be from reality. What inspired your first book? this might be one of the things I don’t want readers to know – . I was young and arrogant and believed I could write this real story about a time in history that had been muddied by popular acceptance of Arthurian myth. I also believed that I could write a purer truth by keeping myself away from every other school and fashion in literature. I believe it can be called ‘learning the hard way’. The novel that finally resulted earned a few polite rejections, and I learned it was better to stand upon the shoulders of those who had gone before. But I still write from my own perception of the craft and of the business and prefer to strike out in directions that others haven’t seen. How many books have you written? I have two tallies here. Actual books that exist and can be picked up by a member of the public and read number two: Deadly Enterprise and The Wildcat’s Victory, the first two stories of my Iskander series. Books that were completed but never went anywhere, starting with Wyrd’s Harvest in 1968, number five or perhaps five and a half. There are also two more Novels under […]

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