Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Release Blitz: A Man Devoured by His Body, Food & Work by Stuart McRobert #promo #newrelease #nonfiction #eatingdisorders #giveaway #stuartmcrobert @RABTBookTours


Non-Fiction / Self-Help / Eating Disorders & Body Image
Date Published: January 15, 2020
Publisher: CS Publishing Ltd.

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For 40-plus years the author battled with attitudes, beliefs and behaviors that are commonly labeled as symptoms of three psychological disorders: muscle dysmorphia, orthorexia, and obsessive-compulsive personality disorder (OCPD). The consequences were grave. This book explains Stuart’s struggles and self-inquiry, and then describes the five elements of his psychological healing. Each element helped him, but their synergism profoundly improved his mental health, his relationships, his physical health, and his overall life. 

 This book isn't targeted only at male bodybuilders and other exercise enthusiasts. The great difficulties Stuart dealt with are experienced by millions of men and women who struggle with their body-image and/or eating, and/or who are tormented by perfectionism or workaholism. His success story may inspire any of those people to start their own self-inquiries that lead to their own success stories.

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This is Stuart, author of A MAN DEVOURED BY HIS BODY, FOOD & WORK. I have a story to tell only because I survived my mental torment, recognized I had a serious problem, sought help, and turned my life around. 


 Men are less likely to admit to mental health problems than women. And men are also less likely to take action to help themselves. Women outnumber men among therapy and counseling clients. 

 With the right therapy, those with mental health problems can cope and lead rewarding lives. I experienced the therapy myself with great success. But it had nothing to do with psychiatric drugs and institutions. (I’ve never taken psychiatric drugs, and nor was I ever prescribed any.) There were five elements of my overall therapy and healing. The first was talk therapy with a properly trained and licensed therapist. This book includes my session notes—a real-life case study. What I learned from some influential books led to three other elements of my overall therapy and healing. And the self-therapy from writing this book—writing therapy, or expressive therapy, or writing cure—was another element that contributed to my overall progress. 

 I was (and still am) a highly involved participant in my overall therapy. My self-inquiry produced self-awareness, self-knowledge, self-understanding and healing, which enabled me to take true control of myself. 

 This book details the five elements of my psychological self-care. Each helped me, but their synergism profoundly changed me for the better. 

 My journey may especially resonate with readers who have problems related to body-image issues, food, or “perfectionism” and/or “workaholism.” Of course, each reader has travelled a unique path with a particular background, which I can never know. But perhaps through reading my story, readers may be inspired to start their own self-inquiries that bring about their own realizations, self-awareness, self-knowledge, self-understanding, and healing. The particular process that worked for me may not work for others, but my story may help others find the processes that work for them. 

 I’m writing primarily to men, including young men in their teens. But many women also have mental health problems and may benefit from reading my story.



About the Author

Stuart has had around 1,000 articles published in print magazines. He wrote a monthly column for the UK’s leading bodybuilding magazine for 22 consecutive years. He also authored several acclaimed books including BEYOND BRAWN and BUILD MUSCLE LOSE FAT LOOK GREAT, and published his own magazine for 15 years. But his success as a writer was born out of his efforts to survive the profound struggles he had because of his psychological challenges, which resulted in suffocating distress.



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Monday, January 13, 2020

Blog Tour: Steel Heart by RJ Blain #blogtour #interview #giveaway #paranormal #urbanfantasy #fantasy @RABTBookTours @SneakyBookLady


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Jesse Alexander, #2
Urban Fantasy/Paranormal
Publisher: Pen & Page Publishing
Date Published: December 25, 2019

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With the Hope Diamond locked around her throat, Jesse Alexander finds herself in the unfortunate position of being a walking national treasure. With the Starfall stone poised to pulse and flood the world with more of its magic, she must figure out how to remove it before she becomes its pawn yet again.

Unfortunately, the stone has a mind—and plans—of its own. Add in a determined tiger, a wolf out for revenge, and an ultimatum to find her clan's missing Starfall stone, and it will take all of Jesse's wit and cunning to survive with her life—and her heart—intact.


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Is There a Message in Your Novel That You Want Readers to Grasp?


In Steel Heart, I didn’t write the book specifically to have a message for readers, although they are in there. If I had to pick one, I would say it’s about theme of the family your heart picks, and sometimes, that family can be flesh and blood, but it’s often not.

There are other messages lurking in the pages, but they would spoil the book, so I’ll keep those to myself.

They are in there, though.


Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?


While writing Steel Heart, I had to constantly go back and forth in the book to make sure everything stayed consistent. The book was feral. I like it a lot, but while writing it? I was certain that the book was out for my blood, and that it would leave my lifeless corpse on the ground in its wake.

I’m really happy with the results, but the entire danged thing was a challenge to write. It’s hard to pick something that’s particularly challenging because every book has different challenges. Every book is different. Some days, I can’t describe my way out of a cardboard box. Other days, my characters wish to commit emotional suicide and want me to join them in death. (They can be real jerks at times.)


How many books have you written and which is your favorite?

Honestly, I’ve lost count of the number of books I’ve written. It’s more than 30. Maybe 40 by now. I tried to count them, but my brain froze at the thought of trying to figure out what I’ve accomplished since beginning my writing career. I’m going to guess somewhere between 30-40 books now, however.

As for which one is my favorite, that’s a very good question. It changes. Right now, Steel Heart is my favorite despite it having come into the world feral and possibly rabid. (It has bitten, it will bite again… and it will make me like it.)

Some days, Books like Blending In are my favorite; light, fluffy, and just a pure joy from start to finish. Some books never make the favorites list, though. I won’t say which ones, because they’re fan favorites, and I wish to survive.


If You had the chance to cast your main character from Hollywood today, who would you pick and why?

No idea. I don’t watch television or go to movies. Can I be the t-rex or velociraptors from Jurassic Park? They win. (I have seen all of the Jurassic Park/World movies, and I love watching dinosaurs eat people.) 

When did you begin writing?

I started after I graduated high school for the most part. I had dabbled during school, but it doesn’t really count for me. 

How long did it take to complete your first book?

72 hours. I got sick and tired of never finishing anything, so I decided I was going to finish something. 72 hours and 66,000 words later, I had finished my first book.

It. Was. Terrible. 

Did you have an author who inspired you to become a writer?

Madeline L’Engle and Mercedes Lackey. Without them, I woudn’t have become a reader—and if I’d never been a reader, I never would have become a writer.

What is your favorite part of the writing process?

 I really love the entire process, even editing. I’m very fortunate. Editing can be painful at times, though—but I’m constantly editing while I’m writing, so it’s hard to distinguish any part of the process. Though, there is always something elating and terrifying about hitting the ‘publish’ button.

Describe your latest book in 4 words.

Has bitten, will bite again. Yeah, that was five words, but I’m cheating, because that really sums up my feelings about Steel Heart. Badass Tigress Saves Day also applies. 

Can you share a little bit about your current work or what is in the future for your writing?

 I’m currently working on Blood Bound: a Lowrance Vampires novel. I needed a change of pace, so I decided I would play with vampires. I’m having a great time with it.


As far as moving forward, I have a huge list of books I want to, and I never have enough time to work on it. I’ll just be writing and doing the best I can. I’m grateful writing is my day job and I get to do what I love every day—even on the days where the book has become feral and is out for my blood.


About the Author

RJ Blain suffers from a Moleskine journal obsession, a pen fixation, and a terrible tendency to pun without warning.

In her spare time, she daydreams about being a spy. Her contingency plan involves tying her best of enemies to spinning wheels and quoting James Bond villains until satisfied.


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Friday, January 10, 2020

Release Blitz: Luz and the Alchemist's Folly by @columbkillnoon1 #excerpt #giveaway #childrensbook #adventure @RABTBookTours


Children’s Adventure
Date Published: 1/3/2020

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 Luz, a Peruvian girl, is enjoying her life in Lima with her father. But what she does not know is that something is about to go very, very wrong, because she lives in a future that has been strangely altered by the magic of an overzealous alchemist from the past. Soon her world will collide with other times and places, putting Luz in terrible danger and linking her fate to a motley assortment of characters.
Will they find their way through unimaginable danger, together? Or will the challenges of this strange new world prevail and take them out, one by one?


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Even as she cowered, she felt the apartment building give a great shudder as the water, now carrying the detritus of all that it had already broken, struck it broadside. There was a screeching sound, as though the building was tearing in two. Then her apartment simply disintegrated around her and she was swept up in the great current, adding her screams to the cacophony of everything else.




About the Author

Columbkill Noonan is the author of the best-selling Barnabas Tew series of mythological mysteries, as well as a number of fantastical short stories. When she’s not writing, she’s busy teaching aerial yoga or having adventures with her elderly rescue horse, Mittens.

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Release Blitz: Why Your Marketing Is Killing Your Business by Minal Sampat #promo #newrelease #business #marketing #nonfiction #giveaway @minalsampatllc @RABTBookTours


Business / Marketing
Date Published: January 3, 2020

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Do you funnel time, resources, and a significant portion of your budget into every marketing platform you can think of, only to see few results? If so, you’re not alone. This common problem is not only frustrating but the complete opposite of business growth. Marketing that doesn’t convert eats away at revenue, leaving your business stagnant. Let it go on for too long, and you’ll quickly find that marketing has killed your business.

Fortunately, there is a way to turn this problem around and get production back on a growth track. Customers who want what your business offers are out there. To find them, you need the right tools and an understanding of how to leverage them. In Why Your Marketing is Killing Your Business and What to Do About It, expert marketing strategist Minal Sampat shares exactly that, illustrating with real-life examples from over ten years of experience working with businesses in multiple industries.

In this easy-to-read, conversational guide, Minal untangles some of the mysteries of the market, including social media platforms, and shares how a few of her clients have achieved real results such as:
  • reducing their marketing budget by $20,000
  • nearly doubling their customer base
  • gaining thousands of online followers and reviews
  • increasing production by 20% even while experiencing a drop in new customers
  • making social media presence the top source of business referrals
  • Why Your Marketing is Killing Your Business and What to Do About It also includes strategies based on nationwide workshops Minal leads with businesses of all sizes and locations. Just like workshop attendees, business owners can complete these activities and walk away with detailed, custom marketing plans ready for execution.
Your business is more than just your livelihood: it is your passion, your inspiration, and your contribution to the community around you. Your customers recognize this, but only if you are visible and authentic. If you’re ready to start connecting with your ideal customers to launch your business growth pattern, Why Your Marketing is Killing Your Business and What to Do About It has everything you need to begin the journey.


About the Author


Minal Sampat is a speaker, marketing strategist, and health care professional who launched her first marketing company by breaking a Guinness World Record. She has over a decade of experience helping business owners find success through connection and engagement strategies. A proud member of the National Speaker Association and a world traveler, she lives in Washington State with her husband and an extensive shoe collection. Why Your Marketing is Killing Your Business is her first book. To learn more or get in touch, visit minalsampat.com.

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Wednesday, January 8, 2020

Release Blitz: A Drummer in Red by Gordon Saunders #promo #youngadult #historical #historicalfiction #releaseday @mediaropa @RABTBookTours @INtensePub


YA Historical Fiction
Published Date: 1-8-20
Publisher: INtense Publications LLC

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Lewis Elliot and his mother, Stella, are forced to flee their Baltimore home for the modest farm of their cousins in Gloucester County, Virginia. They arrive just as the feared Lord Cornwallis and the hated Colonel Banastre Carleton take up residence in Gloucester Point and across the York River in Yorktown. The war heats up as Cornwallis fortifies Yorktown and Carleton begins foraging raids in Gloucester County.

Then, while Lewis and his cousins, Lloyd and Tetty, are off to Gloucester Courthouse to try to sell enough tobacco to provide for the family, Carleton raids the farm and Stella receives a life-threatening injury.

Through battle, betrayal, unexpected alliances, and, apparently, the Hand ofGod, Lewis and his cousins and friends take a role in the events leading to Cornwallis’s surrender on October 19, 1781, after the last major battle of the Revolutionary War.


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Growing up in Boston, and living in four countries in Europe over 25 years, gave Dr. Saunders a desire to know and share the history that’s shaped the world we live in today.

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PROMO Blitz: Cubbyhole Kid by C.E. Joseph #teen #youngadult #memoir #nonfiction @RABTBookTours


Teen / YA Biography, Memoirs
Date Published: November 2019
Publisher: Page Publishing

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Cubbyhole Kid is a heartrending true story of dysfunction and abuse in a California family in mid-1960s.

It tells the harrowing survival story of a young four-year-old boy as he recounts his days being raised in a strict Irish Catholic family while expressing his gratitude and love for two incredible women that saved his life—his protective fourteen-year-old sister, his godmother, and his beautiful, religious mother. Together, along with his other siblings, his brothers, they painfully navigated their abusive, alcoholic, ex-military father through the mid-1960s, Los Angeles. While dealing with a severe childhood anxiety, suicidal depression, physical and learning disabilities at such a young age, the boy traveled inside the cubbyhole, a small, two-by-four middle section of the family station wagon, unexpectedly experiencing his World War II veteran father’s life-threatening road rage.

With the fear of death always looming, the boy witnessed his father’s all too familiar, unpredictable violence, explosive temperament, and heavy drinking during our country’s escalating involvement in the Vietnam War, the hippie cultural movement, riots in the streets, and arguably the heyday of rock-and-roll music.

The story describes the boy’s fond memories and relationship with his older sister, who bravely kept him shielded from their father’s harsh punishments and became like a second mother to him. While he experienced the beauty of life outside the home during his sister’s “coming-of-age” teenage years, along with her friends who were part of the youth cultural shift that seemingly took place overnight. The nightly demonstration of violence and abuse, coupled with his father’s unwillingness to accept the generational changes taking place with society’s youth, and his mother’s unexpected illness, would seem too much and test the young boy’s faith.





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C. E. Joseph is a first-time author who grew up in Los Angeles and is currently married and resides in Louisiana.


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Tuesday, January 7, 2020

Book Cover Reveal from Stuart McRobert for his new Non-Fiction / Self-Help book - A Man Devoured #promo #coverreveal #bookcover #nonfiction #selfhelp @RABTBookTours


Non-Fiction / Self-Help / Eating Disorders & Body Image
Date Published: January 15, 2020
Publisher: CS Publishing Ltd.

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For 40-plus years the author battled with attitudes, beliefs and behaviors that are commonly labeled as symptoms of three psychological disorders: muscle dysmorphia, orthorexia, and obsessive-compulsive personality disorder (OCPD). The consequences were grave. This book explains Stuart’s struggles and self-inquiry, and then describes the five elements of his psychological healing. Each element helped him, but their synergism profoundly improved his mental health, his relationships, his physical health, and his overall life. 

 This book isn't targeted only at male bodybuilders and other exercise enthusiasts. The great difficulties Stuart dealt with are experienced by millions of men and women who struggle with their body-image and/or eating, and/or who are tormented by perfectionism or workaholism. His success story may inspire any of those people to start their own self-inquiries that lead to their own success stories.



About the Author

Stuart has had around 1,000 articles published in print magazines. He wrote a monthly column for the UK’s leading bodybuilding magazine for 22 consecutive years. He also authored several acclaimed books including BEYOND BRAWN and BUILD MUSCLE LOSE FAT LOOK GREAT, and published his own magazine for 15 years. But his success as a writer was born out of his efforts to survive the profound struggles he had because of his psychological challenges, which resulted in suffocating distress.




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