Blitz: Murder on the Lake of Fire by Mikel J Wilson

Murder on the Lake of Fire
Mikel J. Wilson
(Mourning Dove Mysteries, #1)
Published by: Acorn Publishing
Publication date: December 1st 2017
Genres: LGBTQ+, Mystery, Romance

At twenty-three and with a notorious case under his belt, Emory Rome has already garnered fame as a talented special agent for the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation. His career is leapfrogging over his colleagues, but the jumping stops when he’s assigned a case he fought to avoid – to investigate an eerie murder in the Smoky Mountain hometown he had abandoned. This mysterious case of a dead teen ice-skater once destined for the pros is just the beginning. In a small town bursting with envious friends and foes, Rome’s own secrets lie just below the surface. The rush to find the murderer before he strikes again pits Rome against artful private investigator, Jeff Woodard. The PI is handsome and smart, seducing Rome and forcing him to confront childhood demons, but Woodard has secrets of his own. He might just be the killer Rome is seeking.

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EXCERPT:

Britt hadn’t been able to even look at her skates since the embarrassment of her last competition, and now as they dangled from her shoulders, she faced the frozen lake like it was a pervy ass-pincher about to get slapped. Knowing someone had drugged her didn’t soothe the humiliation of that night and didn’t make returning to the ice any easier.

“I can do this,” she chanted while her shins cut through the crouching morning fog and her boots crunched a path onto the snow. As she unburdened her shoulder at the lake’s bank, the blades clinked against each other like engaged sabers, shocking the silence to attention. She changed her footwear and stepped onto the frozen water, prepared for battle.

Britt plowed through the thin layer of snow atop the ice and warmed up with minor moves of little friction that evolved into grander displays of gifted athleticism. From a Y-spiral she leapt into a butterfly jump and followed it with a double Axel. When she landed, she spotted something protruding from the ice in her path. Branch! She shuffled her feet and averted a tumble, but the back of her blades scraped each other, which caused a slight spark.

Composure regained, Britt twisted into a purposeful spin. As she drew in her arms to increase her speed, her visible breath encircled her head like the arms of the Milky Way. She couldn’t focus on the white and grey world that whirled around her, but she noticed that the sun had risen and was now warming her face.

The sun, however, was still in its place, hiding behind the snow-covered pines.

Fire surrounded her petite frame and spread across the lake. Britt tried to scream, but the smoke she gasped in gagged her throat.

She continued spinning, unable to stop, as the blaze engulfed her body. In a fiery vortex, Britt plunged through the melting ice.

 

Author Bio:

Mystery and science fiction author Mikel J. Wilson received widespread critical praise for his debut novel, Sedona: The Lost Vortex, a science fiction book based on the Northern Arizona town’s legends of energy vortexes and dimensional travel. Wilson now draws on his Southern roots for the Mourning Dove Mysteries, a series of novels featuring bizarre murders in the Smoky Mountains region of Tennessee.

Murder on the Lake of Fire, the first novel in the Mourning Dove Mysteries series, will be available December 1, 2017.

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Promo: The Big Event by Anne John-Ligali

Synopsis

You are cordially invited to the party of the season where you’ll meet Constance and friends in action.

Constance Jeffries is excited when she gets the chance to meet up with virtual friends at a get-together in a London hotel. She’s been tweeting and messaging her lovely friends for years and feels they must be just as excited to finally meet her in person too. Or so she hopes.

The Big Event is first part in a short story series about the importance of ‘real’ friendships and how it’s the little things that matter the most. A Gorgeous Venue, A Room Full of Friends,

What Could Possibly Go Wrong?

About the Author

Anne John-Ligali is a writer and the founder of Books and Authors UK, a popular website featuring author interviews and book reviews.  She loves all things books: reading, writing, going to book events, and meeting other book lovers. She has written a series of short stories and is currently writing her first novel.

When Anne is not writing, she is likely to be at soft play with her kids, taking long evening walks in Hyde Park, making green smoothies, window shopping, or having a pampering session at her local beauty salon (whenever she gets the chance). She can also be found watching box sets (albeit with a bit of shame at still having to catch up on Scandal, Grey’s, and Downton).

Originally from Peterborough, Anne now lives in London. After moving to London, she studied graphic design at the University of Arts and has held a number IT administration jobs in the city. Anne continues writing and aspires to write more women’s fiction books, a non-fiction book and several children’s books.

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Author Spotlight: Daniel Morgan Jones

 

 

About the Author

Daniel Morgan Jones is a philosopher, scientist and musician. In 2007 he became world famous when he founded the Church of Jediism at the age of 20. Since then he has appeared in many national newspapers and Time magazine, and been interviewed by BBC, Good Morning America, ITN and numerous other TV and radio stations. In the past ten years the Church has invited thousands of new members to join every year and follow the teachings of Jediism.  Daniel also has a degree in Chemistry from the University of Bangor, Wales. He is a member of pop punk band Straight Jacket Legends whose debut album charted in Japan and runs the Aspie World YouTube Channel having been diagnosed with Asperger’s in 2013. After a period of inactivity due to Daniel’s many commitments and coming to terms with his Asperger’s diagnosis, the Church of Jediism reactivated in 2017 to help all who join become the Force for love, compassion and peace –   for Jediists to become the positive change they want to see in the world. 

Theresa Cheung (www.theresacheung.com) was born into a family of spiritualists and has a Masters in Theology and English from King’s College, Cambridge University. She has been writing best-selling books and encyclopedias about the psychic world, the afterlife and personal transformation for twenty years and has been published by Simon & Schuster, Random House, Penguin, Harper Collins, Piatkus and Watkins Media with book sales of close to half a million. Two of her spiritual titles became Sunday Times Top 10 bestsellers and her books have been translated into 30 different languages and counting. Theresa runs a popular author page on Facebook.

How this book came to be by Theresa Cheung

Jediism first caught and held my attention in the spring of 2014. Since leaving King’s College, Cambridge University with a Masters in English and Theology I’ve spent close to two decades writing best-selling and Sunday Times top 10 spiritual books and psychic world encyclopaedias. At the time I busy compiling an A to Z of as many world religions as word count would allow for a book I was writing called How to Find Heaven. The idea was to show my readers that there is a very real difference between religion and spirituality and that you can be spiritual but not necessarily religious. I also wanted to introduce my readers to other religions, even obscure ones they might never have heard of before, in the hope they would notice that there was profound beauty in them all and that in essence they all sought or said the same thing but simply expressed their light in different ways. I even included atheism and humanism in my A to Z as it could be argued that they make a religion of their ideas.  

At the end of the A to Z I asked my readers to name their top three religions and then to think about why these three religions spoke to them more than others. I wasn’t being flippant here. I wanted my readers to see how their choices could reveal a lot about their spiritual needs and perhaps show them that one movement can’t satisfy all your spiritual needs and there may be elements in others you are drawn to. Along the way I told them what my top three belief picks were and how my choices had surprised even me – especially as the movement I found myself most strongly drawn to was Jediism.  

Jediism appealed to me because of its emphasis on inner calm, altruism, positive thinking and positive doing. I also related powerfully to the idea of the Force within and around me. I was completely in tune with a movement that was universal in that it embraced and valued all religions and belief systems as long as they harmed no one and brought a sense of personal fulfilment. The light hearted Star Wars connection didn’t bother me in the slightest as I immediately saw that the Force was simply a metaphor for spirit, chi, prana or whatever name you want to give the spark of life that is eternal. Also many religions draw inspiration from stories that stretch the limits of the imagination and aren’t thought to be real but valued because they offer profound life lessons or truths.  

Mentioning Jediism in my A to Z connected me to Daniel two years later. In early 2016 I decided to interview a number of influential spiritual leaders, teachers and experts for my website blog and Daniel was on my list of people to interview. Once again my aim was to open minds to the idea that there are many paths to the same truths. I sent him an email requesting an interview and to my delight he replied and an interview was agreed over Skype. I was instantly impressed by his intelligence, vision, courage, honesty, humour and sincerity as a spiritual leader. During our interview I asked him if he had a Book of Jediist Scripture or church literature as I was curious to read it. He told me that he did have several leaflets but no book. Over the years several publishers had been in touch with him to write a book about Jediism but he had not followed up any of these opportunities because writing a book felt like an almost insurmountable challenge for him. He would also need help from a writer in tune with Jediism and so far he had not met anyone suitable.

At that moment I knew I was uniquely qualified to help Daniel write his book of scripture. First, I’ve been a truth seeker all my life. Second, I’ve spent two decades researching and writing about spiritual growth. Third, I named Jediism as my top religious choice in one of my books and everything about the movement resonated with me. Fourth, I was aware of Daniel’s Asperger’s diagnosis and my father was definitely on the autistic spectrum so I had personal experience of the challenges related to the condition and how best to interview Daniel. Last, but by no means least, I simply adore Star Wars. Always have. Always will. I remember the buzz of excitement attending the original movie screenings with my family in the 70s and early 80s and how I felt like I could quite literally fly into space after watching it. The world didn’t seem small anymore after Star Wars. It became a universe of infinite possibilities.   

Without wanting to sound evangelical it did feel that the Force was calling me to interview Daniel and help him write his book. So over a period of several months in late 2016 and early 2017 I interviewed Daniel in person, on the phone and via Skype. Then with the help of the amazing editorial team at Watkins I got down to work transcribing those interviews into the first official book of scripture for the Church of Jediism – the book available for preorder on amazon and in all good bookshops right now.

 

 

ABC Fun Phonics: Putting Books and The Arts Back in the Classroom

Interpersonal tool between child, parent and teacher that drastically increases the learning curve to read in a fun and exciting way.

Authors and retired teachers Lorraine Drogin in New York, New York and Barbara Panawa in Palm Desert, California, who also happen to be sisters, have been asking this question along with parents around the country: “What is happening to the Arts in our schools, and how do we make our children’s education more beneficial?”

The answer to this question has baffled many, but Drogin and Panawa have come up with the perfect median to ensure children never forget their ABCs and how to use them in a phonics book with a music link. What makes this beginner reading phonics “ABC Fun Phonics” book unique is that it is a delightful “music” fun phonics book in a children’s storybook format. This puts books back into the child’s hands while also integrating music, poetry and imagery. It can be used by both teachers and parents to enhance beginning reading in a fun way through the Arts and creativity. The music used along with the phonics/poems incorporates memory training skills with rhyme, rhythm and repetition. The child reads, sings and acts to each beautifully illustrated phonics poem/song. The illustrations of Lauren Ashley Panawa in the book are presented in a fun colorful magical way. It allows for a more interpersonal approach to reading. Visit the website for video (abcfunphonics.com) for exciting examples, and a video demonstration.

Drogin used this program successfully in her multicultural New York kindergarten classroom with 100% of her students reading by the end of the year. The book was used as a graduation performance. The combined authors have 70 years’ experience in education, and are members of the Palm Springs Writers Guild, Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) and National Association for Education of Young Children in Washington D.C. Barbara presents at conferences for Early Childhood Education.

The sisters are presently introducing “ABC Fun Phonics” into schools nationwide, to members of the Steinway association, principals, parents, Head Start programs and primary teachers. Everyone loves the program because of the interpersonal approach to reading through the Arts.

ABC FUN PHONICS by Lorraine Drogin and Barbara Panawa
MAKING LEARNING FUN

Publication Date: August 25, 2017

Paperback; child size 8 ½” by 8 ½” for sale on Amazon.com and SCBWI.org book store for $24.99
Paperback; adult size with CD 11″ by 12″ on sale ABCfunphonics.com through PayPal for $39.99

 

Interview: Daniel M. Jones author of Become The Force: 9 Lessons on How to Live as a Jediist

About the Book

Daniel M Jones founded the Church of Jediism in 2007, and it now has over 500,000 members around the world. This is the book his fans have been waiting for. In it Daniel outlines the Jedi perspective and provides practical tools for anyone interested in gaining a deeper understanding of how to use the Force in everyday life. The Force is a metaphor for the universal life energy that connects us all, and it can be both light and dark, good and bad. Now, more than ever, it is our responsibility to overcome the dark side. This book does not aim to convert but to inspire its readers to live a life of meaning and purpose according to the universal spiritual teachings from ‘The Way of the Jedi’.

Become the Force covers:

Daniel’s own fascinating spiritual journey and how overcoming personal struggles has awakened him to his purpose.
How Jedi teachings can empower mind, body, heart and spirit.
A comprehensive toolkit that will allow anyone to genuinely embrace ‘the way of the Jedi’.
Compelling reasons why the spiritual teachings of Jediism are relevant today.
A comprehensive explanation of Jediism as a spiritual movement (a universal desire for self-awareness, spiritual awakening, peace, love and harmony) rather than a religion.
Shows that it’s plausible that the Jedi-minded among us today might usher in a new spirituality and shift in global consciousness towards peace and harmony that is more powerful than any we can possibly imagine.

About the Authors

Daniel M. Jones aka Morda Hehol is a philosopher, scientist and musician. In 2007 he became world famous when he founded the Church of Jediism at the age of twenty one. Since then he has appeared in many national newspapers and Time magazine, and has been interviewed by the BBC, Good Morning America, ITN and numerous other TV and radio stations. Daniel also has a degree in Chemistry from the University of Bangor, Wales. He is a member of pop punk band Straight Jacket Legends, whose debut album charted in Japan. He also dedicates his time to his the Aspie World YouTube Channel highlighting what life is like with Aspergers, after having been diagnosed in 2013. For more information please click here.

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Theresa Cheung was born into a family of spiritualists and has a Masters in Theology and English from King’s College, Cambridge. She has sold almost half a million books and encyclopaedias about the psychic world, the afterlife and personal transformation over twenty years. Her spiritual books Heaven Called My Name (Piatkus 2016) and An Angel Healed Me (Simon & Schuster 2010) became Sunday Times Top 10 bestsellers and have been translated into thirty languages.

For more information please visit http://www.theresacheung.com or follow her on Facebook @TheresaCheungAuthor

Interview

Why did you use The Force as a metaphor for life energy? Is it because it is easy to relate to because of the Star Wars franchise? What problems do you encounter in linking it to this well know idea?

Great question and my book Become the Force outlines why and how I used the Force from Star Wars as a metaphor for life energy in greater detail and the moment when I had that revelation but in brief I have the kind of mind that sees connections very easily. This may have something to do with my Asperger’s but whatever the reason I always look for common factors and being a student of philosophy, religion and spirituality my mind saw obvious parallels between the Force and Chi, prana, spirit and universal consciousness.

What do you want the reader to take away from learning more about your journey?

That I’m not perfect and am exactly the same as everyone else. The only difference being that I have this insatiable curiosity to understand the meaning of life and I truly believe that curiosity and the willingness to learn and grow from both our mistakes and our failures is the path to fulfilment and a life of meaning. I would like everyone to feel that their lives are filled with deep meaning and purpose.

Do you find that people are open to the concept of the Force? What common barriers to belief do you come up against?

The wonderful joy of Jediism and the concept of the Force it embodies is that almost everybody knows about and loves Star Wars so it is very easy to engage them in debate. It isn’t easy to engage people in debate about religion or spirituality as they immediately switch off but that is never the case with Star Wars. The most common barrier is that I’m not taken seriously and people say how can you base a movement on a book. My answer is that many of the world’s largest religions are based on stories that stretch the limits of imagination and which we now regard as metaphors for profound life truths and Star Wars is no different.

With everything in our modern society being challenging and worrying at present what one lesson from the Way of the Jediist do you feel is most appropriate to our lives right now?

Simple. We are all one. We are all united by the universal life force so harming others harms ourselves.

New Audiobook Designed to Unlock Lifelong Meditation Benefits for Millions

 

The 5 Minute Meditation Paradise Audiobook

 

Many Americans use meditation to enhance their daily lives: The National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH) estimates that, as of 2012, approximately 8 percent of the adult U.S. population, or 18 million Americans, were harnessing meditation for “stress management, emotional well-being” and “better sleep.”   Now there is a new audiobook to help ensure that those millions of users of meditation are optimizing its many benefits and to introduce those benefits to many more Americans.

The new audiobook, The 5 Minute Meditation Paradise: The Ultimate “How to Meditate Guide” to Help You Increase Mindfulness and Reduce Anxiety through Guided Meditation, Chakra and Zen Music (www.MeditationHub.Net), is published by Positive Mind Hub and written by seasoned author Stephens Hyang.

Hyang has authored a wide spectrum of previous audiobooks that provide guidance on how to alter bad habits and preclude self-damaging behavior, and how to induce success and self-fulfillment using “Positive Affirmation” and the “Law of Attraction.”

Mastering Meditation for Long Run

Hyang’s new meditation audiobook is intended to help meditation novices and veterans alike gain the most from meditation while thoroughly debunking longstanding myths that meditation is a time-consuming, complicated process. The audiobook begins by offering a brief introduction of the history of meditation and a general overview of the five major types of meditation.

The listener is then introduced to an array of tips and methods on how to meditate successfully: specifically providing 11 steps toward a successful meditation; 13 tools and techniques to help one meditate and five “scientific ways to build a meditation habit that sticks.”  Dispensing with laborious theories, the audiobook focuses on the essential areas of meditation: what is the best time to meditate, how to breathe properly, how to reach deep meditation – which are all elucidated well for the meditation beginner.  (The audiobook also notes that celebrities and inspirational people who meditate or meditated include Steve JobsOprah Winfrey and Jerry Seinfeld.)

Hyang emphasizes that this “audiobook is not about meditation for a day or two; it’s about sustaining this habit for the long run. From meditation for beginners to meditation that controls your chakras, the audiobook will give you all the tools to actually master meditation.”

He continues: “Meditation opened me up spiritually and managed to somehow give me additional strength to weather my daily storm. Nothing changed with my schedule, apart from adding 10 minutes of meditation each day.”

About Positive Mind Hub

Positive Mind Hub publishes a broad range of audio self-help books, affirmations, visualizations and prayers seemingly tackling every facet — and nearly every major challenge and opportunity — of a person’s daily life. These audio products encompass such topics, among others, as love and marriage, education, exercise, anger management, ecommerce, child adoption, healthy eating and weight loss, debt and finance, and gambling and alcoholism.

Positive Mind Hub is also now offering a free Law of Attraction ebook.  Please visit: www.positiveaffirmationshub.com

 

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Review: Addicted by Krys Fenner

Addicted
Krys Fenner
(Dark Road Series, #1)
Publication date: September 29th 2017
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult

Sixteen-year-old Bella Kynaston has been the victim of a brutal rape, by someone she can only describe as ‘the scar-faced man.’ With little recollection of what happened, she must somehow rebuild her life. Being the person she once was proves more difficult than she imagined.

To complicate matters, Bella has just met Jeremiah Detrone, the new guy in school. He’s attractive, funny, and smart. All things she’s ever wanted in a boyfriend. Too bad she’s conflicted over so many unexpected emotions. Without realizing it, she falls down a rabbit hole and begins walking a dangerous line between addiction and self-preservation.

As Bella works together with the police to bring her attackers to justice, will she be able to see it through to the end? And even if she does, will it only bring her more pain and misery? Or will she find an anchor in Jeremiah and figure out how to move forward?

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Review

Wow! This book will definitely keep you on your toes.  It has a LOT going on in it’s pages.  It is gritty and dark and I would probably say this is closer to New Adult than Young Adult but nothing graphic is described in any particular detail.  The cover is what initially drew me to this book and I don’t think the book disappointed either!

Initally, there was a lot of world building and questions forming which helped to build the suspense of what was to come.  The author carefully exposes parts of the plot to give you something but not too much in one go.  I found this kept me reading page after page.

Just as the story really gets going and you start gaining some explanations for the things going on in Bella’s life there is a major cliffhanger! I cannot wait to read the rest of the books in this series as I believe they story line is only going to get stronger and more interesting!

 

Author Bio:

Krys Fenner has been infinitely passionate about writing and helping people for as long as she can remember. To date, she has published two books, numerous poems, and is now avidly working on a fantasy series. Krys received an Associate of Arts in Psychology and is currently working on her B.A.

To find out more about Krys Fenner and her upcoming book releases, visit her official website: www.krysfenner.co

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Character interview: Sukie McLaren from Rock ‘n’ Roll Lovestyle

Synopsis

So who exactly is Sukie McClaren?

A Christmas-loving Cat lover? A Sound of Music Fanatic? A Fiercely Independent Woman?

She is all of the above. And when she is sent to Salzburg for a business trip a few weeks before Christmas, she thinks all her dreams have come true. As she packs her suitcase, the only things on her mind are Christmas markets, lots of snow and finally seeing the Doh-Ray-Me steps. Becoming the new best friend of the world’s hottest rock-star doesn’t even get a look in.

Pete Wallace is a reclusive, reluctant, rock-star and the world’s Number One, best-selling, male solo artist. It’s been three years since his last tour and he’s now preparing to go back on the road again. A week in Salzburg, schmoozing with the music press, is one of his worst nightmares. 

He can’t wait for it to be over.

When Pete and Sukie meet, it is the beginning of a beautiful friendship. Lonely for too long, he begins to remember how it feels to be happy and, for the first time in six years, Christmas feels special again. 

Eduardo di Santo however, whose kid sister suffered life-changing injuries at a Pete Wallace concert, is all set on getting revenge. When Pete’s new tour is announced, he begins to make his plans. Plans that will culminate in Pete’s demise.

Will Pete and Sukie’s new friendship die before it has a chance to flourish?

A Christmas tale full of love, laughter, friendship and revenge.

Character Interview

Sound of Music….Really?? What is it about the Sound Of Music that you love so much?

My parents split up when I was seven years old and my dad moved to Australia. I haven’t seen him since. My first Christmas without him was really hard and I couldn’t understand why he wasn’t with us. I remember my mum sitting me on the sofa with a big tin of sweeties on my lap. She sat on one side of me and my grand-mother sat on the other. My grand-dad was on the chair at the side. The Sound of Music came on the television and we all tried to sing along to it. My grand-dad kept making up silly words when he didn’t know the correct ones. It really cheered me up and helped me cope with the change in my life. Every year after that, my mum and grand-parents would sit and watch it and it became a little family tradition. When my grand-parents passed away, mum and I continued to watch it every year. It has very special memories for me. The great music and wonderful scenery are added bonuses.  

If someone offered you a gorgeous new kitten but on the condition that you could never watch the sound of music again what would you do?

I would have to politely decline. My family memories are far too precious to me. Even for the most smunchiest, cuddliest, gorgeous little kitten.

Have you been to many Christmas Markets?  What’s the best thing you brought from one?

I’ve been to a few in the UK – The Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park in London, Lincoln, Birmingham, Buxton, Chatsworth, Nottingham and, later this year, Stratford-upon-Avon. In Europe, I’ve only had the pleasure of seeing some of the Austrian markets in Innsbruck, Seefeld and, of course, Salzburg. The best thing I have bought is my Nutcracker men which came from Salzburg.

What drew you to Pete Wallace?

(Pauses…) His vulnerability. When people live in the public eye, it’s all too easy to forget that they are human beings. We put them on pedestals. Pete had found out the hard way that many people take advantage of you when you’re famous and it has left him very distrustful. As such, he had very few friends and was lonely. As I got to know him better, I found him to be a really kind, caring and funny man.

When people learn your story what do you want people to take away from your adventure?

That, no matter what, we should never be scared to follow our heart. So many opportunities are missed because we’re too scared to make the leap, too worried about looking foolish or aren’t prepared to make the compromises that will help us to overcome the obstacles in our way. You only have one life so grab every opportunity you can to laugh, to live and to love.

About the Author

Kiltie grew up in Scotland, Glasgow to be precise. A very unique city with a very unique way of looking at life. When she was old enough to do so, she moved to London and then, after several years of obtaining interesting experiences -which are finding their way into her writing – she moved up to the Midlands.

She currently lives in Staffordshire with five cats and one husband. The cats kindly allow her and her husband to share their house on the condition they keeps paying the mortgage!

Her little home is known as Moggy Towers, even though despite having plenty of moggies, there are no towers!

She loves reading, watching movies, and visiting old castles. She really dislikes going to the gym!

Her biggest desire is that one day she can give up the day job and write her stories for a living.

Kiltie first began writing ‘A Rock ‘n’ Roll Lovestyle’ over ten years ago. The project was shelved on Chapter Seventeen as she felt the story wasn’t flowing as she would like it to.

In her own words “The images in my head would not come out of my fingers!” Fast forward to November 2016 when, having finished reading Lizzie’s Christmas Escape by Christie Barlow, she read more about the author and was inspired with how Christie herself came to be a best-selling author.

In that thunderbolt moment, Kiltie knew – with a deep certainty- that she needed to reacquaint herself with ‘A Rock ‘n’ Roll Lovestyle’ and begin writing again. She did this in January 2017 and found the words flowed faster than she could type them. Finally, the time was right for her to write her novel.

Her determination to finish what she had started all those years ago was absolute and the first draft was completed on Sunday 16th April 2017.

Since beginning to write again, the ideas have not stopped flowing. She has begun typing up her second book, ‘Of All the Unlikely Places’, and book three (not yet titled) has been worked out and is waiting in the wings for its turn in the spotlight.

She currently has a further ten plots and ideas stored in her file (it’s costing a fortune in USB drives as each story has its own memory stick!) and the ideas still keep on coming.

She now lives her life around the following three quotes:
“I love having weird dreams, they’re great fodder for book plots!”
“Why wait for your ship to come in when you can swim out to meet it?”
“Old enough to know better, young enough not to care!”

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Extract: Live like you give a F**k by Nicola Findlay

Live Like You Give A F**K!

The No Nonsense Philosophy for Smart Girls who Want to Smash It!

Boss a bitch? Diet a hot mess? Broke after payday? Ghosted on tinder?

If life feels like a constant hangover why not take five f**king minutes for yourself to decide what you really want. Slam on the brakes, kick off your heels and unplug from the social media circus.

Stop Surviving – Start Thriving

Live Like You Give A F**K will show you how to create the future you want, not the one that’s been shoved down your throat. It will shake and wake you from the hypnosis of modern living. The triple shot of empowerment, confidence and motivation will unleash the badass in you.

Nicola Findlay is the straight-talking, bold, coaching diva who isn’t afraid to tell it like it is. If you ask her advice about your lame partner she’ll give you a bitch slap, tell you to raise your standards and get rid of that loser.

She’s your best friend, your enemy, your punchbag and your cheerleader. Some people call her a diva, some people call her a badass bitch but whichever you decide you will get results.

WARNING: If you’re afraid of a few swear words on a page put this book down and go cry to your Mama. I’m not here to offend anyone.  I’m here to tell you how to rock your world, and because I’m so passionate about it I’ll be shouting and swearing from the rooftops.

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Our assumptions, values and beliefs are the way we view and judge ourselves and other people which then informs our outlook on the world. Our unique outlook on the world then influences how we behave, think and act. Some of these influences will be positive and help you to grow while others will hold you back and inhibit you; these shitty ones are called limiting beliefs. We have personal beliefs about all the different areas of our own lives which usually start with words like I’m too young, old, I’m rubbish at, I can’t, or I’m not. We also have global beliefs about everything outside of ourselves such as politics, money, work, relationships and pretty much anything else you can think of.

For example, as a child you were witness to your parents’ marriage. And they may have had a happily ever after kind of relationship, or they shouted and screamed until they got divorced kind of relationship. What you witnessed in that time will have subconsciously influenced your current view of marriage which has now in adulthood become your belief.

The freaking scary thing is you’re not consciously aware of your beliefs and you believe them to be true even if they’re not, so watch out for your own #fakenews. Our beliefs are very subtle and are affecting how we deal with our grown up ass lives and often they just don’t serve us well anymore.

Why do these beliefs even exist? During your formative years you adopted your perceptions, values and beliefs about the big wide world from your parents, carers, teachers, family and just about anyone who influenced you during that time.

Some of our childhood beliefs were designed to protect us; hands up who heard ‘don’t talk to strangers’? Yet others were based on our upbringings, social backgrounds and our carers’ prejudices and beliefs about the world. The things Beliefs 21

they believed to be true. Some parents had beliefs that their children should be seen and not heard. If you grew up in that environment it may influence how you now behave as an adult, you just may not be conscious of it.

Many of my clients have subconscious values and beliefs about relationships, money, sex, what career they ‘should’ do, what they think they’re good and bad at, but understanding this concept is the first step in cutting this crap out of your life and creating awesome beliefs that will work with you not against you.

Knock out your limiting beliefs before they take you in the next round.

 

Think of a limiting belief like a nasty little bitch that lives in your mind. Every time you want to move forward in life, to stretch yourself or to attempt something amazing and new she is there with her stink attitude telling you why you can’t do it.

Do not pay attention to her, do not entertain her, do not give that bitch the time of day. Starve her ass out of your system because she was sent here on a mission from the dark side to totally fuck you up and hold you back. She thinks she’s protecting you from failure and pain but oh no, she’s keeping you small and from realising your fullest potential. Just when you think; ‘Yeah that’s an awesome idea I’m going to step into my greatness’, here she comes with her negative attitude and backchat, with all the reasons why you can’t do something or why your idea won’t work. And then what happens? You listen to her bullshit and don’t take action.

Don’t get me wrong, she sometimes manages to wrangle her way into my mind when I’m doing something challenging. This is an example of what ‘Sandra’ (yes, give the bitch a name, it makes it easier to deal with her and very satisfying to tell her to fuck off!) said to me when I was about to pitch my audio programmes to an online company a few years ago.

“Oh, so you really think you’re going to get a deal with Audible and Apple iTunes. REALLY?! You?!! You’re a nobody. Who is going to want to listen to what you’ve got to say. No one will care about what you think. In fact, I wouldn’t even waste your time pitching the idea, I’d just give up now and save yourself the embarrassment.”

So, as you can see, it ain’t much fun having a Sandra lurking around. The best thing you can do is turn that bitch into a beast who’s going to make you ROAR!!

About the author:

Nicola Findlay, a former British Airways air stewardess, is a qualified neurolinguistic practitioner and accredited international coach with over a decade of experience. She runs personal group workshops, 1-2-1 coaching and corporate training working with companies such as Specsavers and Stella & Dot. Previously she managed the Brighton branch of Life Clubs where she ran weekly personal development workshops with different themes each week before starting her own company The Coaching Diva in 2015. In 2018 she is planning a series of live events in London and New York including; Attracting Mr Right and Live Like You Give A F**K! Nicola lives with her 7 year old daughter and husband in Surrey, England

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