Giving Candy to Strangers

Giving Candy to StrangersToo many sales people are focused on the end result, the outcome—the close—and another notch on their gun! But, what if you approached “sales” from a heart-centered standpoint, with curiosity and playfulness, as though the world were your sandbox?

What if you created relationships for no other reason than to help others and make new friends? I know what you are saying, “How can it not be about results when it comes to business?”

The bottom line is important, but if you detach from this burden while you are creating relationships, you will find that the health of your bottomline will improve on its own!

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Stan Holden, owner of The LooneyBin Creative Studio, has created work for many Fortune 100 companies. As a protégé, he was first published in a national magazine during the 5th grade. A graduate of California University Long Beach, his screenplay, Rebel Without A Claus, has received a “recommend” by Disney and optioned for filming. He resides in Irvine, CA, with his wife, Reneé, and their two teenagers, Sara and William.

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Book Spotlight: Right or Almost Right

Right or Almost Right (1)Right or Almost Right is based on John Haremza’s 25 years of success in network marketing. It’s John’s answer to the questions so many ask such as, “Where’s the money? Why am I not seeing the success I expected?” As John says, “I meet so many intelligent, hard-working, dedicated network marketers who are struggling. They are not seeing the results they expected, and they always as, “Why?”

John believes that the small subtleties of how the network marketing business is done make the big difference between making a little money versus making a lot of money, between success and struggling. He addresses many of the basics of doing “the business,” from prospecting to leading your organization, and points out what is “right” as compared to what is “almost right.”

John has lived every example contained in his book. “Network marketing changed my life beyond my wildest imagination,” says John. His story is amazing, from living in a trailer park to a well-known network marketing leader. And his story can help you to make your dreams come true too!

 

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Author’s Bio:

John HaremzaAfter he graduated high school, John got a job as a machine operator at the potato chip plant. When he was promoted to maintenance manager he thought that this $22,000 a year job was the best job he could ever hope for. Then he was introduced to Network Marketing and his life changed forever.

John’s story is one of those American rags to riches, from adversity and obscurity to a life of dreams. Now after spending 23 years in network marketing John has earned over $12 million. He has been responsible for product sales of over $500 million. His teams have earned over $200 million in commissions and he is featured in numerous publications and has produced 100’s of sales tools to support his teams.

​Currently, a regular speaker, consultant and author, John hopes to bring his message of Right or Almost Right to the masses.

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David’s Haunted Library: Black Easter

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8690575Paul Hatzis was tired of life in San Francisco, his wife had left him to join a cult and he feels American culture is violent and delusional. Paul is in search of a simpler life and has decided to go to  the Greek island of Vóunos to find it. He rents out a small old house but what he doesn’t know is that the house has a dark history.

Seventy years ago master of the dark arts, Dafyd along with a seer named Magda and Klaus a delusional SS colonel practiced black magic there. They killed some of the locals and in their final ritual they made a deal with outer hell and gave up their bodies to serve 70 years in hell. In exchange for their service they will be given new bodies and become immortals on Earth and the souls of the three bodies they inhabit will spend eternity…

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Kings Or Pawns

Kings or PawnsCorruption reigns on the elven world of Sevrigel. The government is run by a council of Elves and King Silandrus being fed up with the political situation left the city of Elvorium with his supporters called the true bloods years ago. After the death of his father Prince Hairem is now in charge of the Elven kingdom and he plans on bringing peace to Sevrigel.

This is no easy task, the council of Elves has their own interests they are working against him and a warlord named Saebellus is threatening to take over Sevrigel’s Eastern capital. To make matters worse an assassin is loose in the city and killing members of the Elven council. Hairem has the impossible task of fixing the corrupt Elven council, bringing peace to his world and trying to figure out who is his friend and who is trying to manipulate him.

Kings Or Pawns by J J Sherwood is a work of Epic fantasy. In all honesty I’m a horror fan and not a huge fan of fantasy but I was sold on this book by the cover art. When I started it I saw the glossary of terms and map of the world where it takes place and I thought I’m not going to like this. I enjoy a book that creates its own mythology but I get bored with too much world building. I decided to read on and became hooked on the characters.

In chapter one there is a discussion between two of the characters Jikun and Navon on religion. Navon talks about going to a religious temple to give thanks and Jikun says he will not thank the gods until he sees them at work. I love the debate they have and at this point you think this is going to be a serious novel but then later you get a little humor as Navon starts to read Jikun’s poetry even though Jikun doesn’t want him to. We then meet Hairem  and learn that he is not what you expect a king to be and he hints that he will do things different then his father did but he doesn’t have as much power as he thinks.

I felt like this book was a political thriller first and foremost. I loved the character of Hairem, he is idealistic and believes he can change things but he learns while dealing with the Elven council that he is not really in charge and at one point he asks himself am I a king or just a pawn of the council. To add another layer to it we see the people who are giving him advice and are left to wonder what is everyone’s agenda here and everyone in this book does have an agenda. Even when it comes to his love interest you wonder is she loyal to the king or her father who is on the council and working against Hairem. We also get to know Harem’s servant girl Alvena who despite being low on the social ladder shows that she is quite intelligent and I loved that the king thinks of her as important despite her standing in society.

I love how the groundwork is set in the beginning of this book. Little by little you learn more about the world they live in and you are completely invested in the story as a political thriller before it becomes an action adventure story. Calling it epic fantasy almost seems like an understatement. It works on a lot of different levels and what really surprised me is that it’s from a first time author. J.J. Sherwood has spent 20 years writing this book and planning out the world where it takes place. You can see that this book was a labor of love, it’s well written and a fun ride. This is the first in a series and it introduces a world that mirrors are own in some ways but is very different in terms of mythology. If you love fantasy you have to read Kings Or Pawns.

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Guest Blog post: J.J. Sherwood

Book Description for Kings or Pawns:

Kings or PawnsJ.J. Sherwood’s debut novel KINGS OR PAWNS: THE KINGS, BOOK 1 is the first in a high fantasy epic series sure to please fans of both the science fiction and fantasy genres.

The year is 8994 P.E., and the city of Elvorium is corrupted—rotted to the core by the machinations of depraved politicians. With his father dead and the country facing a rebellion, Price Hairem becomes the king of the elven world of Sevrigel in one of its most turbulent points in history.

Young and daring, Hairem is determined to eradicate the corruption festering in Elvorium’s self-serving and all-powerful council, which thwarts his best intentions at every turn. But Hairem’s problems are far more sinister¬—and deadly—than merely political. The loyal members of the council are being savagely murdered by an assassin loosed within the city—an assassin whose brutality knows no bounds. Outside of the city, the Lord Saebellus wages a vicious rebellion against the capital. He has been thwarted thus far by the brilliant General Jikun, and Hairem is certain that the general can crush Saebellus.

But instead of continuing the campaign against the warlord, the council orders Jikun’s army to be split, sending him on a mission that furthers only their own wealth and power. Jikun knows that the council’s demands will leave Elvorium vulnerable to an attack from the formidable warlord. Although Saebellus has been recently defeated, he is far from vanquished. As corruption and death threaten to tear the city apart from within, the rebel Saebellus seizes the opportunity to lay siege to Sevrigel’s eastern capital and unleash his most powerful weapon yet: a demonic beast that neither weapon nor magic can kill. With the elven world crumbling around him, Hairem is grasping for his own power to fight against the forces that threaten Sevrigel.

Will Hairem overcome the council’s scheming and duplicity? Can General Jikun defeat the warlord Saebellus? Will this be the war that finally brings Sevrigel to its knees? KINGS OR PAWNS offers action, intrigue, mystery, and suspense—a thrilling story that will leave readers hungry for the sequel, Heroes or Thieves, to be published in February 2016.

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  1. Where did you get the inspiration for Kings or Pawns?

I’ve been world-building for this series for close to twenty-years and there are so many factors in my life that have led to the creation of this series—moving, college classes, roleplaying, linguistics, etc…! It would be impossible for me to select any one thing.

  1. What was the hardest character to write?

It was actually one of the primary point-of-view characters and, as it turns out with readers, the most popular: General Jikun Taemrin. He refused to co-operate through the first several drafts of the novel and it was only in the final editing stages that he finally opened up.

  1. Why do you like the fantasy genre? What attracted you to it?

I love the “endless possibilities” of the fantasy genre—the doors that magic opens up in the world. That is what definitely pulled me in and has held me. There are just no limitations!

  1. If you could go back in time, where would you go?

As much as I am fascinated with the history of the medieval era, I think I would enjoy the sophistication of the American Victorian era more-so.

  1. Do you write every day?

With few exceptions, yes, every day, 10-14 hours a day!

  1. Where do you write?

In the living room, on the couch, in a bathrobe, surrounded by four, nearly identical cats.

  1. What is your next project?

The second novel of the series, Heroes or Thieves. I’m looking at publishing sometime between February and May of next year.

Author’s Bio:J.J. Sherwood

J.J. Sherwood lives in Ohio with her husband and four near-identical cats. KINGS OR PAWNS is J.J.’s widely anticipated debut novel, and is the first book of The Kings quartet. The series is set in the high fantasy world of Aersadore, home to hundreds of characters who all clamor for J.J.’s attention. To learn more about the trials and tribulations of General Jikun and King Hairem, visit StepsofPower.com. J.J. Sherwood will be at the tenth Fandom Fest Comic Con in Louisville, Kentucky this coming August 7th-9th.

 

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Johnson Junction

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Maddy and her son Bryan have had it rough. After six years of living in a secluded farmhouse. Maddy went on the run with her son to get away from her alcoholic abusive husband. Her car breaks down by a place called Johnson Junction which is kind of like a truck stop in the middle of nowhere. When she goes into the building she receives a gift that seems to good to be true, she gets offered a place to live and a job. Things aren’t what they seem though and we soon learn that there is something sinister going on at Johnson Junction.

Johnson Junction by J. W. DeBrock is not your normal every day book. As I started to read it I didn’t know a lot about the story or the author and I wondered how would I categorize this book? There is a romance to it but it’s not the central theme of the story in my opinion. Though we do see the two main characters become better people when they fall in love, which is one of the things I liked about the book.

There is also a mystery to this book because in the beginning you wonder what’s going on in this weird place in the middle of the desert. When Maddy gets a job at Johnson Junction, I thought to myself that this seems too convenient, but you quickly realize that there is a reason why they want Maddy at there. The place only employs people who are down on their luck and this eventually leads into the paranormal occurrences that happen in the story.

So you could call this book a paranormal mystery or a romance but mainly it’s a story of redemption and new beginnings. Johnson Junction is a good book but it has its flaws. I felt that the villain in the story Mr. Waverly should have been in the book a little more, I wondered what made him the person he was and I would have liked to have known more about Maddy’s alcoholic husband. It’s pointed out in the book that both characters were evil but not a lot of detail is given. I also thought that a couple of the action scenes could have been described a little better since I was a little confused as to what was going on. The one thing that really bothered me about the story was that we know Maddy is leaving an alcoholic husband but her new love interest is also seen drinking constantly. I felt that it should have been pointed out that Maddy was following a pattern as it looked like her new boyfriend had some of the same traits as the husband.

Johnson Junction had its moments and it held my interest to the end. There was a sense that anything goes in the story and it is an entertaining read. I liked the message that the book presents, which is that no matter how bad things get you just never know when you might find love and a new start. I also have to say that I liked the setting for the story which reminded me a little of the Bates Motel from Psycho. J.W. Brock has written a good and bizarre story that fans of romance and paranormal mystery will enjoy.

 

About J.W. DeBrock:

Publication of Blue Macabre is, for me, the realization of a life dream I have entertained since childhood. My mother taught me to read at the age of three, and her love led to a lifetime of enjoying the printed word. I’ve been a fan of Stephen King for nearly his entire career – can it be almost 40 years? and also love Dean Koontz. I believe reading to be one of the most enriching aspects of human existence. Through it we can learn, love, be horrified, travel in time – backwards and forwards – and best of all, imagine.

I’ve lived all over the United States, and currently thrive among rich cornfields in a vintage old 61C0a9qo4aL._UX250_home that was once on display at the 1893 Columbian Exposition. Writing is my most passionate art, and I also find great joy in painting, textiles, and a variety of handcrafts. I am happy to be known as an eccentric Aquarian! I enjoy the challenge of being diabetic, and loathe cooking . . . I maintain an online presence for my fine arts endeavors through Fine Art America.com, where prints of many of my works are available. Additionally I also have an online shop through Etsy.com – Jewels In The Attic – where I feature textile art and original paintings and artwork.

I write for myself, and I believe that through my writing some may find something beyond entertainment. I adore the concept of Universal Truth – and desire that I will always make it a part of who I am and what I write. Dear Reader, thank you so much for your interest and possible appreciation. My wish for you is to take something more than a thrill or chill from my work – something that will stay with you, as in my own life countless authors remain with me.

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