Tuesday, July 27, 2021

Say Yes to Life! by Elliott Robertson

 


So many of us are seeking our authentic selves so that we can lead greater lives. In Say Yes to Life, author Elliott Robertson aims to help us along that journey. Read an excerpt from the book, as well as a guest post that addresses a lot of the "What if's." Be sure to leave questions and comments here and as you follow the rest of the tour. Best of luck entering the giveaway!



Say Yes to Life provides you with seven keys to unconditional, abundant living. Each key opens a doorway to experiencing life as a gift.

This book will guide you to the depths of your heart where you long to celebrate life with a wholehearted "Yes!"

You will be led to a place of greater authenticity.
You will be encouraged to take joy in who you are.
Only willingness is needed to embrace yourself with gladness.
With your true Self in the driver's seat and the ego in the back seat, life takes on a new vibrancy.

Now you are present to yourself, to your companions, and the cosmos. The mountaintop appears and beckons you into the fullness that has always been awaiting you.


Read an excerpt:

The opinions we carry about ourselves are not readily identified. They are not easy to spot. We think the opinion (“I can’t handle adult responsibilities,” or “I’m socially awkward and therefore I’ll always be rejected”) is a fair, objective description. We mistake the mask we’re wearing for who we are, and we have no recollection of ever choosing the mask, or putting it on.

To say Yes to life is to bow down to Spirit, to make the “Yes” God utters more important than any other considerations.You may think of yourself as hobbled in certain ways. Your negative self-talk may have convinced you that you are not smart enough to pursue something you dream about. You may have formed unflattering opinions about, say, your artistic abilities, and these opinions may have caused you to leave your art supplies in the attic, untouched for years.

Cling to the negative self-talk no longer. Listen to Divine Intelligence say “Yes” to you, instead.


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What if God is always whispering, “Hush now, babe, I want one thing. I want only for you to receive my love, hush, hush”? What if God’s nature is to give love, nothing more and nothing less? What if from the highest place in heaven it is clear that there is nothing, truly nothing to be feared?

What if fear impedes our communication with one another? What if we are designed to put fear in the backseat of the car, to blow loving kisses to her from time to time, and to be genuinely grateful to fear for her desire to protect us. What if fear cares deeply about our well-being, yet at the same time hinders our ability to listen? What if fear places obstructive filters that add meanings to what others say, misinterpreting and distorting what has been said?

What if God is a Power that is always looking for us? What if God is like an octopus with infinite arms, each tentacle always looking for unplugged lamps, the tentacle an outlet designed to light up the human soul that plugs in?

What if God is a Game that is always available for all to play, a Game always in the presence of each soul? A Game called “non-resistance” or maybe called “receptivity” or “quantum love”? The rules are simply this: Be who you are and let God do the rest.

What if God is waiting for us, always waiting. The Unchanging One who waits for us to say, “Yes, I shall conform my heart to yours” or “Yes, I shall set my sails now such that I’m available to intimacy with you and with the yellow daisy, the red tulip, and beauty everywhere. Free will has been given us, so what is there for God to do but wait?

What if the Goddess of Playfulness is always eager for us to be clear with ourselves about what we want? What if she is eager for the desires of each participant to be met? She wants us to know that play exists only when the desires of each one are honored. And she knows the deepest longings within each soul are to love and to be loved.

The time has come for us to celebrate who we are. And to rejoice in our relationship with Mystery. The time has come for us to open our hearts to life.
 
Elliott Robertson is a Happiness Coach. He holds an MA in Psychology and has been certified as a Happy for No Reason workshop facilitator. His articles have appeared in several magazines, including Science of Mind and Miracles Magazine.

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Tuesday, July 13, 2021

Read an exclusive excerpt from The Sword in the Haned by J.J. Fischer

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Welcome to the book tour for The Sword in His Hand by J.J. Fischer! I have an exclusive excerpt for you today from this Christian historical fantasy. Please enjoy and then follow the tour linked above for even more. Best of luck entering the giveaway!


The Sword in His Hand
(The Darcentaria Duology #1)
By J.J. Fischer
Christian Historical Fantasy
Paperback & ebook, 496 Pages
February 9, 2021 by Ambassador International

“One is an opportunity. Two is a threat. Three is an invasion.”

For hundreds of years, strange things have been washing up on the shores of Darcentaria. But when a young foreign woman named El is found unconscious on the beach amidst the burning wreckage of a strange metal craft, the villagers of Odessa are immediately suspicious—is she an agent of the Dalriadan Empire, their cruel oppressors for as long as they can remember? Or does she come from the Outside, the vast and legendary lands beyond their borders from which no man or woman alive has ever returned?

Torsten Eiselher, a talented young swordsman, has spent the last nine years of his life wrongfully imprisoned by his uncle, the Empire’s ruler. Betrayed and deceived at every turn, Torsten has survived by keeping a firm grip on his sword—and by staying well away from anything to do with the Outside. But when his young sister is murdered, Torsten finds himself irrevocably drawn to El despite her Outsider heritage—and he begins to question everything he has been told about her world.

Intrigued by the existence of a powerful and dangerously advanced world within his reach, the Empire’s ruler, Jurien Arminius, launches a hunt for El and the two Outsiders that arrived with her—the ones who could help him win his war against Torsten and the rebellion that threatens to topple his Empire.

Suddenly, Torsten is forced to choose between defeating his long-term enemy or saving the woman he has come to love . . .


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A single man stood at the gallows, with the noose already around his

neck. He was tall and exceptionally well-built for his sixty or so years. From

where she stood, El saw the fine cut of his clothes and knew this was no

commoner. Even this close to death, there was a pride and arrogance to his

posture as he looked out unseeingly at the crowd.

It was then that she saw the other man standing beside him. At first, he

seemed a less impressive figure: still muscled, perhaps slightly shorter. But it

was this man’s face that held her.

He was the type of man who would only become more striking as he

aged; at fifty or so years, he was still in excellent health, with an unfurrowed

forehead and high cheekbones and a full mouth. He was not handsome, but

his eyes were dark and compelling, and, unlike the condemned man, he

looked fully at the crowd before him, as if seeking the face of each one and

trying to win him over.

And then he began to speak.

Although she did not perfectly understand the words—he was far away

and spoke quickly in a thick accent—their effect was undeniable, even on her.

His voice was rich and smooth and unquestionably powerful, the kind that

stirred a person to passionate action, even that which would result in his own

death. His voice was the toll of a bell against which all else was measured. It

meant life at the same time that it meant death. It betrayed a mind at once

cautiously hopeful, courageously daring, and righteously angry. She felt the

mood of the crowd change as they were swept along by the man’s honeyed

tones: their murmurs rose and fell with his; their eyes lifted heavenward as

his did, then descended with loathing on the object of his hatred.

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The Secret of Fire
(The Darcentaria Duology #2)
By J.J. Fischer
Christian Historical Fantasy
Paperback & ebook, 352 Pages
July 13, 2021 by Ambassador International

Only one can save them.

The Rebellion has fallen.

The door to the Outside has been opened.

And the one who opened it—Jurien Arminius—is now the most powerful man in Darcentaria.

But everything they have known is about to change forever.

Separated by Arminius but fighting to get back to each other, El and Torsten encounter unlikely allies that reveal stunning truths about each other, the Outside, and the very beginnings of Darcentaria itself.

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About the Author


Jasmine (J.J. Fischer) is living proof that it is possible to be addicted to tea and coffee simultaneously. Both made it possible for her to complete her Bachelor degree in English Literature and Creative Writing in 2012.

Jasmine is married to David, and together they are the proud owner-parents of five warring pet chickens who tolerate each others' existence—most days. When tempted away from the keyboard, she enjoys reading, thinking about lasagna almost as often as Garfield the cat, and working towards her black belt in karate. She vows to one day write the perfect fight scene. Jasmine makes her home near Sydney, Australia, where most animals want to kill you and drop bears enforce a daily reign of terror. If you're reading this, please send help.


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Wednesday, May 26, 2021

Read an exclusive excerpt from DIL Deeply in Love by Neena Paul

 


It feels like now more than ever, we need to rediscover the importance of loving ourselves. Author Neena Paul shows you how in her book DIL Deeply in Love. Read an exclusive excerpt and then download your own copy. Read even more as you follow the tour. Let her know your thoughts along the way. Best of luck entering the giveaway!



The Creator is unique, unfathomable, formless, and without any attributes. After searching everywhere, I first found it in myself, and then I found it, all prevalent and timeless, in every Creation of the Creator.

DIL Deeply in Love is author Neena Paul's attempt to reach out to all people in the entire world, irrespective of age, to help them connect with their own self.

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Before going further, you must understand the importance of both the internal and external journey on this path called life.

The external journey is all about doing things, actions, which have consequences — good or bad. The internal journey is the one that bears fruit, and leads to a life of completion.

It is imperative to understand here that in the external journey of life, you interact with the world around you, as a social being. You make relations, learn, earn, and carry an ‘ego.’

This ego, or self-respect, is a very important part of your day-to-day existence. You just cannot have anyone take you for granted. You have to be fair and righteous. For example, if you have put in sixty hours of work in the week, you should be paid for sixty hours: not less and not more.

There is no scope of humbleness, meaning that you need to fully know and understand your own limits of righteousness.

In this social interaction process, you may show some people down, or someone else might show you down. You have to be an honest professional in whatever you do, while you are doing it, with your head held high.

The traits are completely different for the internal journey. In the internal journey of life, there is no room for ‘ego.’ This is a journey of total surrender. Total surrender is when you neither exaggerate nor elaborate.

Exaggeration will satisfy your ego and pride, and at times insult others. Elaborating things will bring in self-praise and raise your own false expectations, since everyone loves praise and followers.

On this path there is truth, in its most naked form; and honesty, no matter how bitter it is. It is what it is.

When you are honest in all its total nakedness, you come to a point of not hiding anything from your own self first.

This is not about the world; this is only about yourself. This section explains how to understand these two journeys. Try and balance them to the best of your ability.


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The author, a successful entrepreneur and business woman for over three decades, is now using her experience, as a consultant and a coach to help people globally. Her endeavor is to help everyone live and love their lives, and to bring meaning to their existence.

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Friday, May 7, 2021

How to Overcome Insomnia All By Yourself



A lot of us suffer from insomnia. And there can be multiple reasons for this. In How to Overcome Insomnia, author Antoinetta Vogels shares her theory and her experiences in finding her true self to help her overcome her own sleeping problems. Read an excerpt and then follow the tour for even more. Be sure to leave your questions and comments along the way!



Antoinetta has a bachelor’s in French and a master’s in music. She worked in the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra as a bassoonist, has two grown daughters, and lives in Bellevue, WA, USA.

In 2013, Antoinetta created the Sense of Self Method, a self-help program for people who want to get a good night’s sleep no matter what!

With her company, Healthy Sense Of Self, LLC, Antoinetta and her team provide education about what can be wrong in the way a person experiences their self and, consequently, others. Antoinetta has made it her life’s work to help people improve their life by reversing issues related to a negative self-image. She wants everyone to have the ability to be their most authentic self.


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Insomnia wreaks havoc on your quality of life and it’s bad for your overall health, so it is no wonder that sleeping aids are a twenty-nine billion dollar market. People need to sleep. You want to get rid of this problem, but you don’t know how. No clear solution has yet been found and nothing you’ve tried so far has worked.

As an ex-insomniac, I have written this book to share with you how I managed to get rid of my chronic sleeping problems and hand you down the tools that helped me heal myself. It is my deepest wish they ensure that you will have fewer restless nights, and perhaps even free you from insomnia forevermore.

Let us first agree on how to look at insomnia.

If there is no medical explanation for your insomnia, please make the effort to understand the reason behind it. Doing so will allow you to make adjustments to your life so you can eliminate the issue. I’ve found that the best way to get started with that is to see insomnia as a type of self-sabotage. But note that I don’t use this term with the same negative implications that are commonly attributed to it. What I mean to say here is actually the opposite: What if insomnia is in fact serving an important natural purpose for you?



Antoinetta Vogels is the Founder and CEO of Healthy Sense of Self™ LLC, author of "How to Overcome Insomnia All by Yourself" her newest book which will release in the fall. She also wrote "Healthy Sense of Self How to be True to Your Self and Make Your World a Better Place!" (2013), as well as the Online Course: Introducing the Sense of Self Method! (found on her website, www.healthysenseofself.com), the "Sense of Self Workbook" (based on the Online Course but also to be used independently) (2014), "A Guided Journal to a Healthy Sense of Self (2014), and "The Motivation Cure" (2017).

Through many years of searching for her Self, Antoinetta has come to conclude that from early childhood on, many of us have not been acknowledged as the autonomous people we truly are. She provides insight and tools to help you enhance and/or completely restore your ability to sense your Self and correct the ill-effects of childhood conditioning that reverberate in all aspects of our lives.

Antoinetta Vogels is a graduate of the Royal Conservatory in The Hague, Netherlands and a former bassoonist of the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra. She is a ballroom dancer, a mother of two and lives in Washington, USA.

https://www.healthysenseofself.com/
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Thursday, May 6, 2021

Read an exclusive excerpt from "When will it stop hurting?": One man's journey through grief by Glenn Cameron

 


Grief is a terrible, all-encompassing thing. And many times, the loss that we are experiencing is one we were not ready for, no matter how much we think we have prepared. Glenn Cameron shares his story of grief in his book When Will It Stop Hurting?. Read an exclusive excerpt before you download your own copy. Be sure to follow the rest of the tour and leave your questions and comments along the way. Best of luck in the giveaway!



Crystle was the love of his life. For thirty-six years they had done everything together. As retirement approached all he could think of was spending even more time with his beautiful wife, growing old together. Just three years earlier they had sold their home in the Toronto area and moved to Niagara in preparation for retirement. Then on her 58th birthday, Crystle was diagnosed with stage four brain cancer. A terminal diagnosis that Glenn never allowed himself to accept. But just eight months later she had succumbed to her illness and Glenn was thrust into a time filled with uncontrolled grief that seemed to almost suffocate him. This is his real life story. He shares the raw emotions and the dark places he visited in his mind. His story will make you laugh and cry. It will makes you cherish your loved ones. You will be uplifted as you follow his path in overcoming grief. His inspirational story will provide comfort and hope to others struggling with grief.


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I searched the internet for the word grief and found definitions at great length that loosely describe grief as an emotional response to loss. That loss may not only be due to the death of a loved one, it can also be the end of a relationship, and while I have never experienced loss due to a broken relationship, to me it seems the grief could be just as intense as it would in death. If a person you have loved is no longer in your life, what does it matter the cause?

Why am I elaborating on the definition of grief? To define the narrow scope of my journey and hence this book. Since I am sharing my personal story, this book will discuss grief as it relates to the loss of a loved one, and more specifically, the loss of a spouse or life partner. I can only share what I know from personal experience. However, I suspect the shroud of grief and its terrible pangs are shared by each of us no matter whence it has come upon us.

That being said, I do hypothesize that not all grief is the same. And I most certainly do not feel we all experience grief in the same way. But what I have discovered is that to make such a statement is somewhat taboo. In my walk with grief, it seemed to me, as I began my attempt to try to understand what grief was, that I was being led to believe that all grief is homogenous. That was simply not my experience, and I quickly found myself becoming very guarded in sharing my true thoughts. I felt oddly pressured to be politically correct by saying that we all experience grief at the same level. It became a common theme provided to me by authors and speakers who ostensibly preferred tiptoeing around the subject. So, I began to tiptoe with them.

To make such a bold statement may seem pious. But my belief, again, comes from my own experience. I lost my father just twenty months before my wife passed away. I love my dad dearly. I have such fond memories with him. He was a pastor in an evangelical denomination. He excelled in his profession and I am very proud to say he is my father. He didn’t just preach hell, fire and brimstone; he ministered to people in their everyday lives. He went into their kitchens when they hurt. Visited them in the hospital when they were sick. He cared for the elderly through regular visitation. He was a very busy man, yet he always made time for his family.

I felt safe. I felt loved. When he passed away, I shed tears and I was sad. But the truth is my life returned to normal very quickly. In July 2016, the passing of my father became my reference for what grief was all about. I would have said that in grief you are sad for a few weeks and then life goes on. Then Crystle passed, and I had an entirely new perspective on grief. Not all grief is the same.

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I grew up in Canada’s east coast and moved to Toronto in my late teens. I was ready to sow my wild oats in the big city. But I met Crystle on a blind date and everything changed. I knew she was the love of my life. I have a business degree from the University of New Brunswick and I have worked in the information technology sector much of my working career. That hardly is credentials for an author, but life makes us all experts, even in areas we may prefer not to hold that title. When Crystle passed my life was forever changed. My grief was so overwhelming I felt I needed to share my story and if even one person is inspired to defeat grief then my writing career will be a success.


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Join the Book Launch Party for How to Overcome Insomnia All By Yourself by Antoinetta Vogels


Celebrate with us via Zoom as we launch Antoinetta Vogels' new book, "How to Overcome Insomnia All by Yourself: a Healthy Sense of Self Guide to Getting a Good Night's Sleep."

The party will take place at 9:30 PM on May 7.

The link for the Zoom party can be found here: https://www.facebook.com/events/4431699853512264/?active_tab=discussion





Antoinetta has a bachelor’s in French and a master’s in music. She worked in the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra as a bassoonist, has two grown daughters, and lives in Bellevue, WA, USA.

In 2013, Antoinetta created the Sense of Self Method, a self-help program for people who want to get a good night’s sleep no matter what!

With her company, Healthy Sense Of Self, LLC, Antoinetta and her team provide education about what can be wrong in the way a person experiences their self and, consequently, others. Antoinetta has made it her life’s work to help people improve their life by reversing issues related to a negative self-image. She wants everyone to have the ability to be their most authentic self.





Antoinetta Vogels is the Founder and CEO of Healthy Sense of Self™ LLC, author of "How to Overcome Insomnia All by Yourself" her newest book which will release in the fall. She also wrote "Healthy Sense of Self How to be True to Your Self and Make Your World a Better Place!" (2013), as well as the Online Course: Introducing the Sense of Self Method! (found on her website, www.healthysenseofself.com), the "Sense of Self Workbook" (based on the Online Course but also to be used independently) (2014), "A Guided Journal to a Healthy Sense of Self (2014), and "The Motivation Cure" (2017).

Through many years of searching for her Self, Antoinetta has come to conclude that from early childhood on, many of us have not been acknowledged as the autonomous people we truly are. She provides insight and tools to help you enhance and/or completely restore your ability to sense your Self and correct the ill-effects of childhood conditioning that reverberate in all aspects of our lives.

Antoinetta Vogels is a graduate of the Royal Conservatory in The Hague, Netherlands and a former bassoonist of the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra. She is a ballroom dancer, a mother of two and lives in Washington, USA.

https://www.healthysenseofself.com/

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7177981.Antoinetta_Vogels

http://www.twitter.com/HealthySoS

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Wednesday, April 21, 2021

Smile More Stress Less by Geoffrey Saign

 


Life has been extra challenging as of late. We're all looking for ways to cope. This book may help you do it. Take a look inside Smile More Stress Less by Geoffrey Saign for an example of some tips he has to help you. Also enjoy some of his further reflections on his life and having less stress in it. Be sure to follow the tour and leave your thoughts and questions along the way. Best of luck entering the giveaway!



Want one easy method to end anxiety, stress, sadness, loneliness, fear, & anger? While maximizing happiness, inner peace, and self-awareness?

One quick way to cut through all negative emotions? And have fun doing it?

~Savvy & easy workbook exercises ensure success!~

In just minutes a day this playful yet smart approach can:

*End inner and outer conflicts
*End anxiety, worry, fear, anger, boredom, and self-doubt
*Increase healthy relationships with everyone in your life
*End illusions in your life and maximize clarity
*Rewire your brain to live with deep intelligence
*Become your own AAA+ rated super-counselor
*Help you discover the Power of HERE
*Allow your natural joy to blossom

This hands-on, A+B = C approach will supercharge your brain function, improve your emotional intelligence, and change your life!

~Finalist Forward INDIES Self-Help Book of the Year 2020~ (Winner TBA 6/17/2021)

Read an excerpt:
You Can End Daily Stress With Playfulness & Humor

One way to change rote, stressful thought patterns is to use playful exaggeration. It is a simple, repetitive method that will produce immediate and significant results, and we will use it often in this book in different ways and situations.

Let’s try it with dirty dishes. You see dirty dishes in the sink. Thoughts enter your mind about how irresponsible the person was in leaving them there. You feel annoyed and irritated. You notice this Self-Created Stress reaction inside yourself, and you interrupt it. You say out loud or think:

Oh no! My hands will never recover from this!
This is going to ruin my whole life!
It’s the end of the world as I know it!


Smile as you do this. Smiling brings about a strong positive emotion, and strong emotion helps change the brain by wiring a new neural pattern that’s even stronger.

Every time we change our thought pattern or interrupt old thought responses, we are changing our brain—teaching it—and allowing a new neural pattern to develop. We are telling the brain, This old pattern of thought is no longer useful or acceptable. The brain always listens. EVERY SINGLE EFFORT IS WORTHWHILE. This cannot be overstated.

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If my life was made into a movie…

You never know how life is going to turn out, or how it might zig or zag when you think you’re following a straight line. Thus what is most important is following your heart, following your passions, and being true to those. Stress and other psychological problems can derail all of that. Thus you want a clear, calm mind to pursue your dreams. I’m saying all of this because I’ve been writing for 40 years. I’ve had near misses with some of the biggest agents trying to sell my books. I’ve had movie producers interested, but they walked away. And now, when I’m largely stress-free daily, the happiest I’ve ever been in my life (due to what I discovered in my book Smile More Stress Less) I have 3 movie deals, with a 4th coming. What’s even better, is that I can enjoy it calmly, without stress, craziness, anxiety, fear, anger, worry, loneliness, disappointment, and all the other emotions that can rob you of just living happily.


If my life was made into a movie, it would be the underdog who never gave up, suffered some huge setbacks with health and life, but still came out on top. I like happy endings, else why bother suffering through anything in life? My books all have that. I might put the hero/heroine through terrible trauma, but in the end they learn, they grow, and they have joy and happiness in their life. That’s my life. I hope it is yours too!


Geoffrey Saign began reducing stress by practicing mindfulness at the age of fifteen. For fifty years he studied many modalities for mind-body calming and awareness, including Qigong, tai chi, kung fu, meditation, biofeedback, positive psychology, and many others. He co-designed and taught a cutting-edge, research-based self-awareness class to young adults for ten years. In 2020 the author experienced a major breakthrough in mind-brain-body awareness, which led to him Living with intelligence HERE, and the resulting book, Smile More Stress Less.





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