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About the Author- Lorraine Pestell

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Lorraine Pestell was born in London and has had a successful career as an Information Technology professional in the UK, US, Europe, Singapore, and more recently Australia. Lorraine currently resides in Melbourne, Victoria, with her 13-year-old dog.
Although still working full-time, Lorraine is a passionate volunteer for several organisations, including serving on the Board of Directors of Propel Youth Arts WA, being a mentor for The Smith Family’s iTrack program and providing project management assistance to The School Volunteer Program. She finds that volunteering time and energy to those less fortunate is an effective antidote to life-long depression and the symptoms of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.
The idea for “A Life Singular” originated when Lorraine was 14 years old, and the story has continued to develop in fits and starts since then, whenever time and life events permitted. However, three years ago, a new element of the plot triggered a sudden urge to complete the novel, and since then the story has evolved into six separate parts.

 

Books by Lorraine Pestell

A life Singular

A novel in six parts, serialised as e-books and paperbacks, “A Life Singular” tells the story of a successful celebrity writing his autobiography after the tragic loss of his wife. In essence a love story, “A Life Singular” is about dealing with mental illness, the choices we make between right and wrong, and how one affects the other. Some of life’s lessons are harder to learn, and some amazing opportunities easier to take. The trick is always to understand the consequences of our choices, before it’s too late… The series has been written by a sufferer of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), with the hope of inspiring other sufferers of depression, anxiety and other related symptoms to rise above them and make a success of their lives. It also aims to inform non-sufferers that it is possible for people with mental illness to co-exist and thrive, with their love and support, instead of viewing these behaviours as strange or dangerous.

A novel in six parts, serialised as e-books and paperbacks, “A Life Singular” tells the story of a successful celebrity writing his autobiography after the tragic loss of his wife. In essence a love story, “A Life Singular” is about dealing with mental illness, the choices we make between right and wrong, and how one affects the other. Some of life’s lessons are harder to learn, and some amazing opportunities easier to take. The trick is always to understand the consequences of our choices, before it’s too late… The series has been written by a sufferer of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), with the hope of inspiring other sufferers of depression, anxiety and other related symptoms to rise above them and make a success of their lives. It also aims to inform non-sufferers that it is possible for people with mental illness to co-exist and thrive, with their love and support, instead of viewing these behaviours as strange or dangerous.

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The second novel of six, serialised as e-books and paperbacks, “A Life Singular” tells the story of a successful celebrity writing his autobiography. In essence a love story, “A Life Singular” is about dealing with mental illness, the choices we make between right and wrong, and how one affects the other.

Part Two

Writing an autobiography on behalf of someone else presented Jeff with an interesting dilemma. Did he make assumptions about what Lynn would have included, or should he restrict her contribution to direct quotes from her letters and diaries? He had their kids to protect, and her parents…

As he worked through the huge amount of material available in the press about their life as it had taken shape, interlacing it with highly personal stories, the widower crafted chapter after chapter of memories, both happy and heartbreaking. If this was to be a true account of their partnership, he owed it to the memory of his beautiful best friend to cover so much more than what was already on public record.

When it came to adding his own reminiscences of those early months, about meeting someone he already knew intimately, Jeff had no difficulty in recalling every single, vivid moment. Entire conversations came back to him, sometimes word for word, rushing through his fingers and into the computer.

Photographs prompted him too, as did the treasured possessions that surrounded him, like the old leather jacket he had received on his twentieth birthday. Lynn had left him shortly after that, just like she had left him now. The pull of being together again was unrelenting, but Jeff hung on to the dream that their life singular would one day resume.

Once their story had been told.

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About the Author- Tami A. Goldstein

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This journey begins with a mother’s love for her daughter…

Heather was diagnosed with High-Functioning Autism, Asperger’s Syndrome just shy of her 13th Birthday. Not long after, her mother, Tami, watched her daughter spiral out of control medically and educationally until she found an occupational therapist who explained how Heather’s Sensory Processing Disorder impacted the Autism.

Knowing that having the right support is key not only to the development of children on the Autism Spectrum, but also to the well-being of their parents, Tami began to tirelessly educate herself in the sciences of: Behavioral Health, Child Psychology, Human Anatomy, Occupational Health, Pharmacology, Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork and has been a parent advocate for her daughter since 1997.

Together mother and daughter learned from their OT how a Sensory Diet, CranioSacral Therapy , and Bio-Medical Therapies  can lead to Functioning Recovery. Tami navigated the public school environment and the medical community to get the right support for Heather, who overcame many obstacles. Tami uses this personal experience, extensive knowledge, and dedication to help others learn about and understand the medical and educational aspects of Autism, Autism Spectrum Disorders and SPD. Knowing there is no one-size-fits-all trick, Tami shares her recommendations for other parents as she tells the story of Heather’s Coming Through The Fog.

About the Author- Lawrence R. Deering

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About the Author
Lawrence R. Deering spent more than 30 years as a healthcare executive. He was raised a Southern Baptist and often writes about the impact of organized religion on people’s lives. He is an avid audiophile with an extensive vinyl record collection. Many of his stories include references to the musicians and the music he loves. He is a 32nd degree Freemason and draws on the rich history and tradition of the Craft in his books. Lawrence lives with his wife Lisa in Winter Park, Florida and St. Croix, Virgin Islands.

The Brotherhood 

“Aaron Davis joins his father’s ministry at seven years of age. He attracts national attention when he heals a woman of cancer. His services draw thousands of worshipers. He creates an organization with his sister Esther, called the Brotherhood of Man, that unites the major religions of the world. He brokers a treaty that ends the conflict in the Middle East and Northern Africa. He fields a powerful army to maintain the peace.

Jack Holder, a former Congressman, becomes President. The United States is under intense international pressure to join the Brotherhood of Man’s effort to create a new world order. Jack’s secret Masonic organization wants Aaron Davis eliminated. Barbara Holder, Jack’s religious wife, believes Aaron Davis is the Antichrist. The fate of the world will depend on which side Jack chooses.”

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Book of the Year!

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Author Ben Burgess Jr.
2013 Book of the year winner with Readers Favorite: http://readersfavorite.com/book-review/8769
I remember when I was publishing my first book. I fantasized about being on Oprah. I dreamt about making the New York Times Best-Sellers List, and in my head the sky was the limit. One thing I didn’t think about was…How would people discover that my book was out there? Every author has that dream of being extremely successful with their book. Everyone wants to be the next Stephenie Meyer or E.L. James. A writer can have the talent, but to make it to that next level you need more than talent alone, especially if you’re self published. If we can’t solely rely on talent, what more can we do? Promotion is highly essential to the success of a book.
Why is Twilight and 50 Shades of Grey so successful? Not only do people find their books entertaining, but they are heavily marketed and talked about. When I wrote my first book “Times Have Changed and Life is Strange” (Shameless plug-in. I know, but it serves a purpose, bare with me. LOL) I didn’t have a plan. I didn’t know what else to do besides getting my friends and family to buy it and pray that they spread the word. The first piece of advice that I can share is to have a plan. You need to know what you’re going to do besides getting your friends and family to support it. You need to know how much you are willing to spend to get the word out on your book. For me, my second time around with my first novel “Monster” (Shameless plug-in #2, I’m on a roll!!! LOL) I wanted and still want to this day to make this book super successful. I want the world to read this book, and I’m willing to pay whatever is necessary to make that happen. It was never about the money for me. To me, I believe my book can change lives and the world, and I want to see my book do that for people.
Now, getting to the important tips. One of the most effective ways to get your book known is through book reviews. Here, you have to do your research. You have to find out if the reviewer reads your genre because if you give your book to any random reviewer, chances are they will not like it and leave a less favorable review. Some will say that reviews are not important, but they are. If you see a book that is getting favorable reviews, chances are you will check it out to see what all the talk is about. While good reviews are great, you want quality reviews. YOU NEVER WANT TO PAY FOR POSITIVE REVIEWS. Take pride in your work. If you get a positive review, know that you got that review because a person was really feeling your work. Some reviewers also do interviews. I recommend doing all types of interviews. You want to get your name out there and reach as many people as you can. You never know who is reading or listening (Some reviewers are on Blogtalk Radio which is a great tool and an awesome experience) to interviews that you’re doing.
Another effective tip, search for book clubs. Book clubs are great because you can get a lot of people to read your book (and possibly leave reviews) all at once. I must warn you, not everyone in the book club may like your book. Book clubs have members with different likes and personalities. There is no guarantee that everyone will care for your book. You have to take the good with the bad. With the book clubs that I have had the pleasure of working with, I like to talk to the members of the group over skype. It allows for the book club to really get to know you and ask questions. I feel it enhances the experience for the readers. Book clubs also help with word of mouth. If lots of clubs are reading your book and enjoying it, they are going to talk( they will talk whether they like it or dislike it, but let’s think positive.)
Another effective strategy is advertising and promotion. I’ve had the pleasure of meeting many promoters on Facebook, and I can honestly say if it weren’t for them constantly promoting my book throughout various groups for me, I wouldn’t have had the success I’ve had with “Monster”. Again, you have to research to find a promoter for your genre. You also have to assess to see if it’s in your budget to constantly run promotions. Facebook has millions of people on it. If you can reach a fraction of those people, then you’ll be a success which leads me to my next strategy, fan pages.At first, I made the mistake of having an author page and a book page. While having a book page is cool, you only need the author page. The author page is beneficial because you can post info for all of your books compared to a book page where you’re only talking about one of them. An author page allows you to reach lots of people, and you can advertise certain posts to expand your reach. People like what other people like, so you want to gain lots of “likes” for your page. Post things you enjoy, post quotes, post pictures thanking your fans for the support. Show the readers who you are as a person. It is important to be active and do more than just advertise your books. You want people to see that you’re human, and not just a person looking to sell them a book. Which brings me to another helpful tool, blogging.Some people aren’t fans of blogging. I find it cool because I feel people can see my true self in the blogs. Blogging gives me the opportunity to vent or to talk strongly about topics I’m passionate about. It’s also another way to gain fans and potential sales.

In conclusion, if you wrote a book because you planned on getting rich off it, you need to rethink your reasoning. Write a book because you need to write it. Write it because in your heart and soul you know (not think, know) that the story you have needs to be told. If everything is done correctly, with word of mouth, fan pages, blogging, promotions, interviews, family, friends, and co-worker support, etc, your book should do well. A big part of your success is YOU! Nothing is going to come easy. You have to work hard and want that success. Do what’s in your means,and make your dreams come true.

.Monster