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Writing for Bliss by Diana Raab (Fall 2018)

Our latest tour this fall 2017 is for Writing for Bliss by Diana Raab, published by Loving Healing Press in September 2017.

writing4blissA personal narrative can truly have healing and transformative powers. In her inspirational new book, Writing for Bliss, Diana Raab, Ph.D., examines how life-changing experiences can inspire you to write a compelling narrative of your life. A how-to guide for anyone interested in growth and personal transformation, Writing for Bliss will take you on a unique journey of self-discovery, and guide you to your own personal bliss.

Geared for the emerging writer, the seasoned writer, and those in academia, this book leads spiritual seekers down the path of self-discovery through writing prompts, tools for journaling, and embodied and reflective writing techniques; and offers ways to find the best vehicle for profound self-expression.

Those who can benefit from writing a life narrative may have been exposed to early-life trauma, loss, or addiction. Writing your story is a way to reclaim your voice, reveal a family secret, or simply share your story with others. Journaling is a cathartic and safe way to work through your feelings and “direct your rage to the page.”

With the help of this indispensible guide to therapeutic writing, you’ll understand yourself better and be able to deal with various challenges in your life, such as depression, anxiety, addiction, loss of loved ones, diseases, and life transitions.

Offering step-by- step practical exercises for journaling your thoughts, emotions, and memories, along with techniques to jump-start your writing, Writing for Bliss will help you achieve the therapeutic results of writing for healing, and provides essential information for using this technique to transform your life in a meaningful way.

Advance Praise:

“Poet and memoirist Raab (Lust) credits her lifelong love of writing and its therapeutic effects with inspiring her to write this thoughtful and detailed primer that targets pretty much anyone interested in writing a memoir. Most compelling here is Raab’s willingness to share her intimate stories (e.g., the loss of a relative, ongoing struggles with cancer, a difficult relationship with her mother). Her revelations are encouraging to writers who feel they need ‘permission to take… a voyage of self-discovery.’ The book’s seven-step plan includes plenty of guidance, including on learning to ‘read like a writer,’ on practicing mindfulness meditation, and on addressing readers as if ‘seated across the table from [your] best friend.’ Raab covers big topics such as the ‘art and power of storytelling’ and small details such as choosing pens and notebooks that you enjoy using. She also helps readers with the important step of ‘finding your form’” —PUBLISHERS WEEKLY

“Writing for Bliss brims with the truths of Raab’s life, as well as that of other established and beloved authors and philosophers. Writing for Bliss is far more than a “how-to-manual”; it enlightens the creative process with wisdom and a delightful sense of adventure.  Bravo to Bliss!’   —LINDA GRAY SEXTON, author of Searching for Mercy Street: My Journey Back To My Mother, Anne Sexton and Bespotted: My Family’s Love Affair With Thirty-Eight Dalmatians

DR-Headshot_600x600_300dpi-300x300About the Author:

Diana Raab, MFA, PhD, is a memoirist, poet, blogger, speaker, thought leader, and award-winning author of nine books and more than 1,000 articles and poems. She holds a PhD in psychology—with a concentration in transpersonal psychology—and her research focus is on the healing and transformative powers of personal writing. Her educational background also encompasses health administration, nursing, and creative writing.

During her 40-year career, Dr. Raab has published thousands of articles and poems and is the editor of two anthologies: Writers and Their Notebooks and Writers on the Edge. Her two memoirs are Regina’s Closet: Finding My Grandmother’s Secret Journal and Healing with Words: A Writer’s Cancer Journey. She has also written four collections of poetry, her latest collection is called, Lust. As an advocate of personal writing, Dr. Raab facilitates workshops in writing for transformation and empowerment, focusing on journaling, poetry, and memoir writing. She believes in the importance of writing to achieve wholeness and interconnectedness, which encourages the ability to unleash the true voice of your inner self. Dr. Raab serves on the board of Poets & Writers (Magazine Committee), and Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center in Santa Monica, California. She is also a Trustee at the University of California, Santa Barbara. 

Visit her on Twitter and on Facebook.

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Writing for Bliss

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Tour Schedule:

Aug. 18: Modern Creative Life (Poem)
Sept. 5: Soapy Violinist (Review/Giveaway)
Sept. 5: Modern Creative Life (Guest Essay)
Sept. 15: Mia Sutton (Review)
Sept. 20: Diary of an Eccentric (Book Spotlight/Giveaway)
Oct. 3: Katherine & Books (Book Spotlight/Review)
Oct. 6: Life’s a Stage (Book Spotlight)
Oct. 10: The Reader’s Handbook (Review)
Oct. 13: Life’s a Stage (Review)

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Kinship of Clover by Ellen Meeropol (April 2017)

Our latest tour this April will be for Kinship of Clover by Ellen Meeropol, published by Red Hen Press in April 2017.

kinshipcloverHe was nine when the vines first wrapped themselves around him and burrowed into his skin. Now a college botany major, Jeremy is desperately looking for a way to listen to the plants and stave off their extinction. But when the grip of the vines becomes too intense and Health Services starts asking questions, he flees to Brooklyn, where fate puts him face to face with a group of climate-justice activists who assure him they have a plan to save the planet, and his plants.

As the group readies itself to make a big Earth Day splash, Jeremy soon realizes these eco-terrorists devotion to activism might have him and those closest to him tangled up in more trouble than he was prepared to face. With the help of a determined, differently abled flame from his childhood, Zoe; her deteriorating, once rabble-rousing grandmother; and some shocking and illuminating revelations from the past, Jeremy must weigh completing his mission to save the plants against protecting the ones he loves, and confront the most critical question of all: how do you stay true to the people you care about while trying to change the world?

Advance Praise:

“Ellen Meeropol has an uncanny knack for examining the big topics of our contemporary world and putting a human face on them. In Kinship of Clover, she does this with intelligence and a big generous heart. An important book by a unique writer, it’s a must read.” —Ann Hood, author of The Knitting Circle

“Midway through this wonderful novel, you will find a woman dancing in her wheelchair. That scene is one of many memorable moments in a story about young people organizing for a sustainable future, even as their once-radical elders try to hold on to a gradually disappearing past. This is a book about time and love, politics and family, and it is sharply observant and deeply compassionate.” —Charles Baxter, author of The Feast of Love

“Ellen Meeropol brings her keen political sense and psychological understanding to this story of family secrets and family trauma. Kinship of Clover is compelling and the characters stay with you long after you’ve finished the book.” —Nancy Felton, co-owner, Broadside Bookshop (Northampton, MA)

About the Author:

Ellen Meeropol is fascinated by characters on the fault lines of political upheaval. Previous work includes a dramatic script telling the story of the Rosenberg Fund for Children which has been produced in four U.S cities, most recently in Boston. Elli is the wife of Robert Meeropol, youngest son of Ethel and Julius Rosenberg. Elli is a former nurse and independent bookstore event coordinator and the author of two previous novels, House Arrest and On Hurricane Island. She is a founding member of Straw Dog Writers Guild. Short fiction and essays have appeared in Bridges, DoveTales, Pedestal, Rumpus, Portland Magazine, and the Writer’s Chronicle.  Connect with her on Facebook, Twitter, and GoodReads.

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Kinship of Clover

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Tour Schedule:

April 3: CelticLady’s Reviews (Spotlight)
April 4: Diary of an Eccentric (Guest Post)
April 6: Lovely Bookshelf (Review)
April 7: All Roads Lead to the Kitchen (Guest Post)
April 7: Samw00w (Review)
April 13: Angel M. B. Chadwick (Interview)
April 18: Bookfan (Guest Post)
April 18: The Book Connection (Interview)
April 20: A Bookish Way of Life (Review)
April 21: Book-ilicious (Review)
April 26: Readaholic Zone (Review)
May 4: Jorie Loves A Story (Review)
May 23: True Book Addict (Review)
TBD: Sportochick’s Musings (Review)
TBD: Everything Distils Into Reading (Review)

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Sensing Light by Mark A. Jacobson Blog Tour (Fall 2016)

sensinglightHello everyone, we’ve got a new tour filling up for Fall 2016: Sensing Light by Mark A. Jacobson, published by Ulysses Press in July.

March 1979, a young street hustler in San Francisco stumbles into an emergency room with lungs so congested he can barely breathe. Seen by a perplexed young medical resident, the patient becomes the first of many thousands to die from a yet-to- be named plague. Sensing Light is raw, compelling novel that reveals the personal and professional lives of men and women on the front lines of the emerging AIDS epidemic.

This breakout book by Mark Jacobson, a leading Bay Area HIV/AIDS physician, follows three people from vastly different backgrounds who are thrown together by a shared urgency to discover what is killing so many men in the prime of their lives. Kevin is a gay medical resident from working class Boston who has just moved to San Francisco in search of acceptance of his sexual identity. Herb, a middle-aged supervising physician at one of the nation’s toughest hospitals, is struggling with his own emotional rigidity. And Gwen, a divorced mother raising a teenage daughter, is seeking a sense of self and security while endeavoring to complete her medical training.

Advance Praise:

Krista Bremer, author of My Accidental Jihad, says, “A moving story of doctors navigating the intersections of suffering, ambition, and discovery.”

“In Sensing Light, Mark Jacobson creates a moving tapestry of the doctors, the patients, and their lovers, both gay and straight, caught up in the AIDS epidemic.  A compassionate, intelligent novel, part medical thriller that only someone who was there from the start could’ve written.”  Bill Barich, staff writer for The New Yorker, 1980-95, and author of Big Dreams: Into the Heart of California.

“The AIDS epidemic emerges at Ground Zero — San Francisco in the 1980s. This riveting drama poignantly captures the raw emotions at the intersection of patients, health professionals, and a society unprepared for a new epidemic.”  Diane Havlir, MD.  Chief, UCSF Division of HIV, Infectious Diseases and Global Medicine at San Francisco General Hospital

Sensing Light by Mark Jacobson, a doctor who worked with early HIV- infected patients and continues to practice medicine today, is a compelling story of the onset of the AIDS epidemic shown through the eyes of three doctors at a San Francisco public  hospital. Although historical fiction, the novel reads like a creative non-fiction exploration of the pathos and uncertainty of those early days when gay men were dying and no one could figure out why. The characters are all too human; their battles both internal and external as they attempt to make sense of the horror around them.”  Gayle Shanks, co-owner of Changing Hands Bookstore, Phoenix, AZ, and former president of the American Booksellers Association.

jacobsonphotomarkj_crop1About the Author:

Mark Jacobson, a professor of medicine at the University of California San Francisco and attending physician at San Francisco General Hospital, began his internship in 1981, just days after the CDC first reported a mysterious, fatal disease affecting gay men.

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Sensing Light

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Tour Schedule:

Sept. 21: Rose City Reader (Interview)
Oct. 14: Diary of an Eccentric (Guest Post)
Oct. 18: Book Nerd Demigod (Review)
Oct. 25: Svetlana’s Reads and Views (Review)
Nov. 13: Readaholic Zone (Review)
Nov. 14: Donna Book Reviews (Review)
Nov. 16: Eva Lucia Reviews (Review)
Nov. 17: Eva Lucia Reviews (Interview)
Nov. 18: Katherine & Books (Review)
Nov. 19: My Trending Stories (Review)

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Chaos Comes to Longbourn by Victoria Kincaid Blog Tour (Fall 2016)

Hello everyone, we’ve got a new tour filling up for Fall 2016 (Sept.-Nov.): Chaos Comes to Longbour by Victoria Kincaid, published in July 2016.

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This humorous Pride and Prejudice variation begins at the Netherfield ball. While attempting to suppress his desire to dance with Elizabeth Bennet, Mr. Darcy flees the ballroom only to stumble upon a half-dressed Lydia Bennet in the library. After a shrieking, nerve-stricken Mrs. Bennet discovers them in this compromising position, Darcy is forced to make Lydia an offer of marriage.

A few weeks later, Bingley returns from London to discover that a heartbroken Jane has accepted an offer from Collins. Bingley instead proposes to Elizabeth, who accepts with the hope of reuniting him with Jane. Now Darcy must cope with jealousy toward Bingley and a fiancée who longs to get her hands on the grand estate of “Pembleton” (or is it “Peckersly?”). Lydia, in turn, is jealous that Wickham has proposed to Charlotte Lucas—who (much to Wickham’s dismay) does not find red coats nearly as appealing as clerical collars.

Although Darcy yearns for Elizabeth, he feels honor bound by his promise to Lydia. Elizabeth has also developed feelings for the master of Pemberley, but he has never seemed so far out of her reach. How can Darcy and Elizabeth unravel this tangle of hilariously misbegotten betrothals and reach their happily ever after?

Advance Praise:

Five Stars. “Ms. Kincaid has spun a tale that is quite comedic, while she simultaneously manages to balance her story with the serious consequences contained within each couples’ own particular situation. I love that her plot never sags or wanes and that she also manages to develop Darcy and Elizabeth’s own budding relationship in the midst of all of this chaos.” –JustJane1813.com

“I was a little apprehensive going into this book but after I started reading I couldn’t put it down. The hilarity that ensues because of all these unlikely couples having to hook up because of compromises and convenience….Victoria Kincaid proves yet again that she is a rising star in the world of JAFF fiction. This is definitely one of her best books.” – Half Agony/Half Hope Blog

“A really great variation to the traditional story. Takes all our favorite characters and throws them in the blender. Kept me guessing and reading all night. Entertaining, funny, well-written, and lots of interesting tidbits. Ms. Austen herself would approve. Had me guessing until the very last chapter!” Five Stars – Amazon Customer

“The zany aspects of the story are nicely balanced by the more serious consequences of these mismatches. The reader is given insight into all the anguish experienced by Darcy, Bingley and even Jane. There is a breath-taking almost-kiss between a pair, each of whom is engaged to someone else. It all seems like a hopeless muddle that will end in several unhappy marriages, which isn’t really a laughing matter. I will not hint at any spoilers beyond saying that events do proceed to a HEA for almost everyone. This is just a delightful and well written story from beginning to end. I highly recommend!” Five Stars – Debbie B.

“What a book! I was quite apprehensive to start this book since I could never imagine dear Mr. Darcy with anyone other than Elizabeth. I couldn’t even imagine myself with him! Nevertheless, I’m happy I read this book. ‘Chaos’ wouldn’t be enough to describe the events in this book….It’s as hilarious as it sounds, folks. There were a lot of funny parts in the book that made me laugh out loud…” Of Pens and Pages Blog

“One of the funniest variations I’ve read! It is so topsy turvy but it was hilarious! I loved to read the thoughts of the characters as the author presented them in a very witty and clever way….Of course, all the couples right themselves in the end and they all live happily ever after. I definitely was laughing throughout the story, even with Lydia. In fact, some of the funniest interactions were between Lydia and Darcy. Oh man, poor Darcy! Definitely one I want to read again and again!” Five Stars – R. Mayorga

About the Author:

The author of numerous best-selling Pride and Prejudice variations, historical romance writer Victoria Kincaid has a Ph.D. in English literature and runs a small business, er, household with two children, a hyperactive dog, an overly affectionate cat, and a husband who is not threatened by Mr. Darcy. They live near Washington DC, where the inhabitants occasionally stop talking about politics long enough to complain about the traffic.

On weekdays she is a freelance writer/editor who specializes in IT marketing (it’s more interesting than it sounds) and teaches business writing. A lifelong Austen fan, Victoria has read more Jane Austen variations and sequels than she can count – and confesses to an extreme partiality for the Colin Firth version of Pride and Prejudice. Visit her website. View her blog, visit her on Facebook, GoodReads, and on Amazon.

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Tour Schedule:

Sept. 22: Margie’s Must Reads (Review)
Sept. 27: Book Girl of Mur-y-Castell (Review)
Sept. 30:  Eva Lucia Reviews (Review)
Oct. 4:  Diary of a Stay at Home Mom (Review)
Oct. 12: A Bookish Way of Life (Review)
Oct. 25: Write-Read-Life (Review)
Nov. 10: True Book Addict (Review)

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